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2018 VOLUME 1I Focus on... Weddings ~

A weekend in Tromsø


What to wear

In this issue...



If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten track and brimming with history and elegance, look no more. Leonardslee Gardens in Sussex and West Horsley Place in Surrey tick all our wedding venue boxes.

Tired of scrolling through page after page of wedding dresses seeking inspiration? Look no more. Rosie Carne of Rosemary Jane Designs describes how she creates gorgeous gowns as beautiful as the brides she designs them for.



Give your wedding day look the perfect polish with some beautiful bling. Simon Pure jewellers at Smithbrook Kilns has a range of beautiful collections from which to select your wedding day sparkle.

Unless you’re a minor celebrity, it’s unlikely you’ll every be photographed as much as on your wedding day. Get ready for your close up with our collection of hard working skin fixers.



If you’re looking for love, a home makeover could hold the key to everlasting happiness. Janine Lowe offers her tips.

To help make sure you’re in peak condition for your big day, nutritionist, Suzanne Sawyer, offers her advice on what to eat (and what to avoid).


30 IN THE DIARY Whether you’re looking for a break from wedding planning or just a lovely day out in the English countryside, check our dates for your spring diary.

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48 SURREY HILLS ENTERPRISES A growing centre for commerce and leisure, the Surrey Hills is a thriving community attracting an audience from miles around.



Thanks to affordable, direct flights and the rise of photo sharing through social media, tourists are heading to the Arctic Circle to catch the Northern Lights in their droves. Fine spent a long weekend in the “Capital of the Arctic”.

Whether you’re looking for something beautiful to adorn your own walls or a special wedding gift for a special couple, the No Naked Walls galleries showcase some of the hottest local and national talent.

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Our motoring correspondent, Ade Holder, takes the latest Volvo S90 D4 out for a test drive and is suitably impressed with what he finds.

Now in it’s fourth year, the annual Petworth Antiques Fair combines beautiful objects from 50 antiques dealers with beautiful views across Petworth Park.



The Myeloma UK Garden at Chelsea Flower Show this year is one of three major events that will mark the charity’s 21st anniversary. We explore the work the charity does and the creative process behind the garden itself.

Just as January 1 marks the beginning of resolution season, so the new tax year on April 1 is the perfect opportunity to take stock and get things in order for a successful business year ahead.



The legal and financial implications of marriage or civil partnership. It is important to understand the impact it could have on your life.

Collingwood & Batchellor, offer an insight into some of the new products you can find in store and online .


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With spring (finally) in the air, it seemed only right to celebrate new love and new life with another weddings issue.

We’ve discovered a pair of wedding venues slightly off the beaten track, that avoid the conveyor belt feeling. West Horsley Place once welcomed King Henry VIII and has been lovingly restored thanks to the efforts of the Mary Roxburghe Trust, while Leonardslee Gardens in Sussex reopens to the public this year after almost a decade in mothballs.

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If you’re looking for the ideal tipple with which to toast your union, we have showcased a selection of exceptional local sparkling wines. And to ensure you look your best on your big day, we’ve gathered together some super-powered skincare to help get you photo-ready. We also spoke to local dress designer, Rosemary Jane Designs about what goes into creating her extraordinary wedding gowns. Anyone looking for a glimpse of the exotic should read our travel feature, A Long Weekend in Tromso. After all, what could be more romantic than standing on a frozen hillside, watching the Northern Lights swirl overhead? Bucket List honeymoons are the new beach breaks! Thanks to social media, tourism to the “Paris of the North” is booming and the

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EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Ade Holder Carolyn Burchell Suzanne Sawyer Janine Lowe

Northern Lights are currently at the peak in their 11-year cycle, so get in quick. As well as our special features, we have all the usual contributions from our correspondents. Surrey Hills Solicitors talk about the legal implications of marrying and cohabiting, Ade Holder takes the Volvo S90 D4 for a spin and Collingwood Batchellor offer more advice on how to fill your marital nest, while accountant, Carolyn Burchell is full of the joys of spring.

PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Wright Photography



DIRECTOR Jennifer Oliver

Enjoy the issue and we’ll see you next time. Catherine Ross EDITOR

On the front... Image by Sophie Clare Gale. Model wears an original wedding gown by Rosemary Jane Designs. See our feature on page 14 for more about creating your dream dress.

The views and opinions expressed in the articles herein are those of the authors concerned and are not endorsed by the publisher. Whilst every care has been taken during the production process, the publisher does not accept any liability for errors that may have occurred or for the views expressed. Fine Sussex & Surrey 2018 Volume I1 This publication is protected by copyright. ©2018 Printed in the UK by Foundry Press

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Where to


There’s no shortage of places to get hitched across Sussex and Surrey, but to make your day supremely special, we’ve found a couple of venues off the beaten track that combine history and heritage with beauty and style to help make your perfect day perfect in every way.

Leonardslee Gardens, Sussex Closed since 2010, Leonardslee Gardens in Lower Beeding, just outside Horsham, has been lovingly restored. The beautiful country estate boasts stunning formal and ornamental gardens, a number of lakes, extensive woodlands, local wildlife and the odd wallaby as well. It is the perfect setting for a stylish wedding ceremony and reception. The Italianate manor house is Listed Grade II and is a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies and celebrations, with a range of additional services from which to choose for your special day. The manor house is available for wedding bookings for up to 60 people for a wedding breakfast and up to 180 in the gardens’ marquee, adjacent to the house. Before they were closed to public access in 2010, the landscaped woodland gardens attracted some 50,000 visitors a year. They were first planted in 1801 and are noted for the outstanding spring displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.

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...award-winning food design, innovative creative production and years of expert industry experience to deliver a celebration like no other

Visitors were also attracted by a unique doll’s house exhibition, depicting the Edwardian estate and neighbouring villages at 1/12th scale, and a rare colony of wallabies that have grazed in the gardens for over a century. The gardens are listed Grade I on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. They cover 200 acres of a steep sandstone valley, in which there are a series of seven man-made ponds. The site includes two alpine glasshouses, in need of refurbishment. A rock garden near the house was built in 1890 by the well-known Victorian landscaping company James Pulham and Son. Leonardslee is now part of the same group as the Mannings Heath Hotel and will become a wine destination, thanks to wines from its sister vineyard in South Africa and the cultivation of a 35 acre vineyard on site. Couples planning their wedding can choose from three approved caterers to meet their wedding breakfast needs. Anise Catering provides menus that offer every concept from the stylish and modern through to the traditional and classic. Food is prepared in the Anise kitchens and

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transferred to Leonardslee for finishing with the utmost care. They use only natural products and exclude genetically modified foods from our menus wherever possible. Ingredients are all sourced using local suppliers and all the fish we serve comes from sustainable sources. Rhubarb creates tailor-made catering with beautiful presentation and forwardthinking creative flair for your special day, bringing together award-winning food design, innovative creative production and years of expert industry experience to deliver a celebration like no other. The product is stylish and menus are deliciously different. Etch can cater for up to 150 guests. Headed by Steven Edwards, a British Chef, best known for winning the 6th series of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013, dishes are ingredient led and utilise quality produce from in and around the Sussex countryside. Double Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jnr. commented: “His food is lovely. He makes food that is great to eat, expertly cooked, presented with a certain elegance, clean lines, and it works — fault-free.” For more information visit

West Horsley Place If you want to follow in the footsteps of royalty, West Horsley Place in Surrey is the ideal wedding venue. Since the 15th century the house has been a very elegant private residence, welcoming a number of illustrious owners and royal visitors including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The house is known for its beautiful 17th century brick façade and a wonderful selection of rooms, including the spacious and elegant Stone Hall with original fireplace, large sumptuous first floor drawing room, a cosy and intimate booklined library and a sunny morning room. In addition, the romantic walled gardens offer the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs and feature various areas where a marquee could be located. Three years ago West Horsley Place came into the public eye when historian and former presenter of University Challenge, Bamber Gascoigne, unexpectedly inherited the estate from his aunt, Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe and collaborated with the Trust of the Grange Park Opera to create a smaller version of La Scala - the famous opera house in Milan - in the woods behind the house.

To enable others to enjoy this atmospheric country house and gardens, Bamber and Christina Gascoigne generously transferred ownership of West Horsley Place to a newly-formed charity, The Mary Roxburghe Trust. Income from the weddings, private events and filming will help MRT with their charitable mission to restore and care for West Horsley Place. West Horsley Place has created an exclusive partnership with premium food experience brand and event caterer Rhubarb. This is the first time that this beautiful and historically important house and gardens have been available for private hire. Rhubarb will work with clients to create bespoke wedding receptions featuring creative dishes such as seared scallops with cauliflower and truffle followed by guinea fowl breast with herb gnocchi, wild mushrooms, broad beans and watercress velouté and apple parfait with a salted caramel centre, caramel popcorn crumb and apple sorbet. For further information visit the website at:

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Sparkle & Shine What you wear on your wedding day is about so much more than the frock (or suit). The jewellery you choose will mark you as part of a partnership as long as you both shall live. With so much variety available, it can be difficult to narrow down all the options to a final selection. Fine caught up with the team at Simon Pure Jewellery at Smithbrook Kilns and in Guildford. The Simon Pure Jewellery showroom and workshop is a haven for magpies. Filled with sparkling jewels in all manner of colours, styles and finishes, the team offer honest, expert advice to help you choose between the variety of simple, hand finished rings and bespoke, tailored diamond-set bands.

Engagement rings Set the tone of your nuptials or select an heirloom that will stay in your family for generations with a beautiful engagement ring.

Wedding bands Take part in a 5,000-year-old tradition with the giving and receiving of wedding rings. The Ancient Egyptians saw the ring, a circle, as a powerful symbol. The band with no end representing eternal life and love, and its opening representing a gateway to worlds unknown.

Necklaces Complement the neckline of your wedding dress or add a splash of colour – perhaps your something blue? Alternatively, these necklaces would make wonderful bridesmaid gifts. To enjoy the gorgeous designs, visit the showroom and workshop at Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh or the boutique in Swan Lane, Guildford, browse online at or call 01483 273111.

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Anyone looking to create a unique occasion for their nuptials might struggle to choose from pages and pages of identikit dresses from national suppliers. The alternative, of course, is to have something specially made to your specifications. Fine spoke to Rosie Carne of Rosemary Jane Designs about how she helps brides make sure they have the dress of their dreams for their big day.

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ost brides fit into one of two camps: the quirky, nothing is too wild bride and the demure, classical ivory bride. But many fall somewhere in between, looking for a gown that suits their figure and budget, but that also reflects their personality and style. Rosie Carne is keen to stress that to have a bespoke dress you don’t need to be a specific type or have a massive pot of cash. Dresses can be tailored to a budget and there are always choices to be made on design and fabric. To Rosie, it’s the variety that makes her job so enjoyable as no two dresses have ever been the same. Rosie has spent years making beautiful costumes for films including Cinderella, Dr. Strange and Snow White & the Huntsman. What I’m obsessed with, apart from great shoes and sequins, is making even more special dresses designed in collaboration with you lovely brides. She created Rosemary Jane Designs

after friends and family kept asking her to design or customise their wedding dresses. Rosie specialises in injecting colour and fun into wedding dresses. Rosie says: “When brides come to me to have their dress designed, they normally fall into two categories. The type that need telling and the type which know exactly. First, we will sit down and look at images for inspiration. Some will try on a few of my samples and I’ll do a few sketches. Sometimes brides will come back for a second consultation to refine the design further. I then cost up the design and take measurements. “Brides will generally have three fittings, sometimes two. The first fit is usually just a basic bodice and skirt so that I can get a good shape to put the rest of the design on. The second fitting has all the design done except for hem, fastenings and sometimes decoration. At the final fitting, the dress is complete, steamed and ready to leave the studio providing there are no outstanding little adjustments.”

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Kate had a very set idea about what she wanted. She’d seen a photo of a dress on Pinterest and despite a serious amount of internet research she couldn’t find it. We met at a wedding fair, she showed me the photo and the rest is history.

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Her dress has all this fabulous silk painting and ombre dyeing so we had to enlist the help of a textile artist, Kate found Lauren Thomas (Instagram @ laurenthomasdesigns). To go about making her dress, I had to first make a toile (mock up) using plain organza to figure out how the dress was going to work. With the plain organza I could play on the mannequin and drape the fabric to suit Kate’s figure. Meanwhile Lauren did various samples so that Kate could decide exactly how she wanted the flowers and which colours she wanted more of. Once the toile was fitted, Lauren and I could talk about where to put certain details to maximise her designs on the dress. I then started to make the basic shape in the silk organza, which was then sent to Lauren to work her magic. While Lauren was doing her work, I was making the corset, underskirts and petticoats. When the fabric came back, it was then a matter of draping the fabric in the same way as the toile. When Kate came in for the final fitting, Lauren was present and we all got a bit giddy with excitement at what we had created!

Polly had no proper idea, she knew she wanted something timeless and lacy sleeves. She tried on a few samples and we quickly decided that an A line skirt from the waist with no gathers or pleats were the way forward. She loved the organza for how it fell softly and I embroidered the hem with daisies, her favourite ower. Polly’s colour theme for the day was blue so we used pale blue ribbon on her petticoat, a Rosemary Jane Design signature. For the bodice, we decided to dip the back as she has lovely skin. Also, the line from a wide shoulder to a low back and narrower waist with an A line skirt creates an optical illusion of the waist being smaller than it is. This is also helped with a sparkly belt to make it looked cinched in.

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To talk to Rosie about creating your dream dress, visit www.rosemaryjanedesigns, email or call 07754499961.

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Get ready for

your close up

There are few days in your life when people will take more photos of you than your wedding day. To help you make sure you’re photo-ready, Fine has handpicked a selection of hard working skincare heroes.

SwissCode Pure Hyaluron Serum This serum acts as a daily moisturising tonic for your skin. It contains the highest concentration of clinical grade hyaluronic acid, working to soothe irritation and provide youthful translucency. Naturally occurring Hyaluron levels diminish with age, so adding this youth-restoring ingredient from the outside makes a huge difference to the buoyancy and radiance in the skin. It doesn’t have the greatest fragrance in the world, but it more than makes up for that when it comes to effectiveness. It promises to increase moisture levels by 20% in less than two hours and enhance the absorption of Vitamin C in the skin by three times. While I wasn’t monitoring Vitamin C absorption with any scientific means, I can certainly vouch for this product’s ability to restore moisture and elasticity while making skin smoother and fine lines less visible.

BEA AHA rejuvenating wands What we really want from our skincare is a touch of magic. Just wave these wands over your face once or twice a week and you might think you’ve been enchanted! Soaked in 7% glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid, the swabs on end of the wands are mini skin peel applicators. The active ingredients work to brighten the complexion, working their magic on a range of skin conditions including acne, pigmentation, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Use with the brand’s Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serum for rehydration without congestion.

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Alpha H Beauty Sleep Power Peel If you’ve tried Liquid Gold from Alpha H, you’ll know the power these cult products have. This little gem does exactly as the name suggests. Slather it on at bedtime once or twice a week and emerge from your slumber looking years younger. It’s packed with active ingredients. Glycolic acid and fruit enzymes eliminate dead cells to help the retinol penetrate and stimulate production of new skin cells. The impact? Firmer, more resilient skin, reduced scarring, sun damage, dark spots, acne and wrinkles. Winner.

From the inside, out… Accumax supplements We all know we should drink more water for a glowing complexion, but what if there was something else we could put into our bodies that would help achieve the glow? Well, it turns out there is. Two capsules twice a day for fourteen weeks of Accumax promises to completely transform the behaviour of problematic skin. This scientifically advanced formula combines antioxidants and natural skin perfectors including Vitamins A, C and E, with an active plant compound known as DIM (sourced from broccoli). Easily absorbed by the skin, this effective combination of nutrients helps to encourage healthy collagen formation and normal cell function to clear up redness, breakouts and uneven texture. After just a few days, I can’t honestly swear that I’ve noticed an enormous difference in my skin, but I certainly look more refreshed on waking.

And for perfect peepers and a pictureperfect pout… CHADO Ideal Mascara The innovative Ideal Mascara from swiss brand, CHADO employs stem cell science that separates, defines and curls lashes as it coats them one by one. The curved wand helps make sure you reach every last lash and the mascara layers well without clumping. The CHADO range was born from a firm conviction that make-up should be there to enhance the natural beauty of the wearer and define features to compliment, rather than overpower.

CHADO Enhancing Lip Balm A hydrating balm that reacts with your PH and temperature to enhance colour and reveal fresher, fuller lips. It looks like a clear balm, but once applied, provides the prettiest sheen of colour.

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Fall in Love Again with the Power of Feng Shui Finding your Peach Blossom! with Janine Lowe De-cluttering for love De clutter your Peach Blossom by getting rid of anything you don’t use. Then clean and sweep the area and start thinking about your new partner.


here are four areas that relate to love chi or your Peach Blossom. South is the horse, West is the rooster, North is the Rat and East is the rabbit. Just use your Chinese animal (the year of your birth) to identify the auspicious direction for finding a partner.

Your Chinese animal

Your direction

Snake, Rooster and Ox

South 180 degrees

Monkey, Rat and Dragon West 270 degrees Tiger, Horse and Dog

East 90 degrees

Pig, Rabbit and Goat

North 0 degrees

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Imagine their personality, character and what love would mean to you? How would it make you feel? Create a vision board and collect a few things that represent your new partner. Place them in your Peach Blossom area and then wait for the magic to happen! Keeping your love alive! Keep the lighting in your bedroom soft, and treat yourself to new, luxurious bed linen. Only have artwork that is passionate and meaningful and place the bed in an auspicious direction. Clear the bedroom of anything electrical such as TVs, laptops and phones, remove mirrors and never use your bedroom as an office. Finally, clear your home of any items like photos and joint purchases from old relationships.

Get emotionally ready Hard as it may feel, clear out emotions and thoughts about past loves! Try writing down your feelings from past relationships and then burn what you’ve written. This can be very powerful when trying to move on. Does this Feng Shui work? I recently helped a widow find her Peach Blossom. She did all that I asked – cleared, cleaned and swept the area. Then she filled it with fresh flowers and relaxed and listened to music there. She also created a vision of her new man. Within ten days, she met the man she had visualised. They married on New Year’s Eve!

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A long weekend

in Tromsø

Known as both the “Paris of the North” and the “Capital of the Arctic”, Tromsø, is Norway’s northern-most city. Located within the Arctic circle, it has become something of a Mecca for travellers hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights. Fine Editor, Catherine Ross, spent a long weekend in the frozen north.


he city of Tromsø itself sits on Tromsøya Island, part of the archipelago that makes up the northern coast of Norway. Inhabited since the ice age, Tromsø was issued with its city charter in 1794 and became a busy fishing hub. Since then, the city has grown to a population of over 70,000, hosts a selection of international hotels and is a global centre for environmental research. As a result, Tromsø manages to feel modern and cosmopolitan, while retaining the historic charm of a compact island city. Ten years ago, the majority of Tromsø’s tourist traffic arrived in the summer for fjord cruises and sea fishing. In the intervening decade, bolstered in no small part by travellers sharing their Northern Lights photos on social media, the September to March season has grown to support record visitor numbers. Marcus Ahlund, of Explore the Arctic has been at the forefront of the change. “Ten years ago, I was mostly running summer tours. Back then, mine was one of only two or three companies offering Northern Lights excursions. Now there are more than thirty.”

What to do There’s so much to do in and around Tromsø. Three days is just about enough to get a good introduction, but it’s definitely possible to spend longer and find exciting excursions with which to fill your time. Northern Lights Tour It’s the reason so many people flock north throughout the winter months, so a good Northern Lights Tour is a must. All tours are not created equal, with many new kids on the block, travellers should be wary of where they book. Explore the Arctic is fully insured tour company with luxurious Mercedes minibuses. Their Northern Lights tours include a video introduction to the Lights, a campfire dinner, warm clothes and boots and photographic tuition. Although the lights are present every night of the year, they’re only visible from

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September to March and then intensity varies and cloud cover will completely scupper your chances of seeing this remarkable natural phenomenon. Explore the Arctic monitor weather and cloud forecasts and travel to different locations to maximise your chances of seeing the lights. The intensity of the light show is currently at its peak in a 11-year cycle, so get in quick! The lights, when they do appear, are truly breath-taking. Swirling across the sky in a luminous ballet of green (and, if you’re lucky, red and purple too) it can be tempting only to view the spectacle through a viewfinder to share on social media, but don’t forget to take the time to really see it, in the moment, with your naked eyes. Tromsø Icedomes Built using the same techniques as the Icehotels, Tromsø Icedomes is the region’s newest attraction. A 45 minute bus ride from Tromsø, the Icedomes are located at Camp Tamok, close to the border with Finland. The team built the icedomes for the first time in 2017 in the coldest part of Norway, where temperatures remain well below freezing for the majority of the winter. Chinese ice artists created the spectacular sculptural interiors.

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Thanks to a fascinating trick of nature, the internal temperature stays at a steady minus five degrees throughout the season. For its inaugural year, the Icedomes features a bar, restaurant, cinema and one bedroom. For winter 2018, there are plans to create 12 luxury bedrooms to offer overnight accommodation. Also at Camp Tamok, visitors can enjoy husky sledding and skidoo tours, while two cosy restaurant huts and an on-site sauna offer somewhere a little warmer to thaw out. Winter Fjord Cruise The Arctic landscape is astonishingly beautiful and unspoilt and best seen from sea level. Explore the Artic hosts daily Fjord cruises throughout the winter, touring the islands and fjords that make up the north coast of Norway. In the coldest months, lucky tourists have seen pods of whales. Throughout the season, many are fortunate enough to see seals and sea eagles; enormous birds with a colossal wingspan and terrifying beaks and talons. Guests on the Explore the Arctic tours can also try their hands at a spot of rod and line sea fishing, with the option of taking the catch home for tea. The tour finishes back on dry land

Tromsø manages to feel modern and cosmopolitan, while retaining the historic charm of a compact island city.

with a hot meal and a chance to view the photographs the professionals have taken. Exploring the city Much of Tromsø is still made up of historic, wood clad buildings, making it a beautiful city to explore on foot. Of particular interest are the two cathedrals. The Arctic Cathedral, built in the 1960s and inspired by the shape of the rocky island of Håja is an icon of the Tromsø skyline. Visit at night and enjoy one of the Northern Lights concerts every Thursday to Sunday night between 9 February and 11 March. You can hear beautiful music in the form of religious folk music, classical music, Sami music (joik) and ballads. The concerts start at 11pm, allowing time to take the Fjellheisen aerial tramway for one of the best views of the city.

Where to stay Tromsø welcomes international visitors year-round, which is reflected in the availability of hotel beds. The Clarion Collection Hotel With is centrally located on the waterfront, offering sea or city views from its 76 bedrooms. The relaxation area on the top floor offers magical views of the harbour, Arctic Cathedral and the aerial tramway. There is a sauna and steam room, and an area for relaxation where there's always something refreshing to drink. As well as a generous and varied buffet breakfast, the hotel offers “afternoon sweets” of DIY waffles and a complimentary evening meal. Snacks and drinks are available all day and include the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted!

The Tromsø Cathedral, meanwhile, is Norway’s only remaining wooden cathedral and the northernmost protestant cathedral in the world. It calls itself the Tromsø international church and has an international congregation for people studying, living and working in the city. The wood-clad interior is light, airy and welcoming.

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Creating a better future through drama When Fifth Form students begin to weigh up their A-level options, they are bombarded with advice from teachers, careers advisors and parents alike and very often this becomes the basis for perhaps the most important decision that they have had to make as far as their educational life is concerned. Luke Gasper, Director of Drama, Hurst College expands their horizons. 28 | fine

S We are here to help students build their future and enable them to take brave and informed decisions that are right for them

tudents need to carefully consider which subjects will best facilitate their chosen pathway, the balance between their short-listed subjects and will their eventual choice of subjects be those that universities will favour? These are dangerous times for the 16+ age group, with increased pressure being applied in schools, coupled with the reality of how expensive university education has become - which adds even greater pressure to the next generation of young adults in this country. There can be little objection to the view that the emphasis in schools has firmly shifted towards the core subjects in recent years, but at what cost to the students’ overall educational experience? In amongst the reforms and re-reforms lies an unchanging mantra when it comes to the role of the teacher. We are here to help students build their future and enable them to take brave and informed decisions that are right for them. This generation will face the most competitive employment environment ever and it will be the small margins that help them progress. Studying drama at any level allows students to make cognitive and physical connections with the world around them in a variety of mediums, with no fear of being right or wrong. The range of skills experienced in a single lesson provides the student with tools that will inevitably be used in other situations. It is these skills that employers refer to as soft skills - the personal attributes, traits, inherent social cues and communication abilities - needed for success in the workplace. Soft skills characterise how a person interacts in their relationships with others and, unlike the job-specific hard skills, are much harder to learn in most classroom environments. The teaching and studying of drama in schools naturally exposes students to

every aspect of the soft skills definition and engaging with them at a young age prompts a far more instinctive young adult. Whether through improvisation, or engaging with a character in a script, a drama student must employ imagination in their work and be brave in making decisions that an audience can engage with. Some students are more naturally able to perform than others but that is not the purpose of drama from a curricular point of view. Over the course of an academic year, each student is able to progress even if that is simply engaging with others in a more confident manner. To truly develop these skills takes time and, too often, drama is seen as a subject for younger students that is replaced by other subjects later in their school career, when these skills should actually be honed further from 13+ onwards. With a foundation of creativity established, the GCSE and A-level courses enable students to tackle the more complex elements of the subject. These include knowledge and understanding of history, philosophy, language, literature, maths, science as well as the other creative arts. The typical drama student must be able to access knowledge of these subjects at all times but can do so with a far more creative and expressive approach. On a number of occasions, I have heard drama in the curriculum described as a soft subject – ironic, in many ways, that such a subject naturally induces the soft skills that may well provide a young adult with their first steps into professional life. It is vital that schools do everything they can to preserve this – and all other creative subjects - if they are genuinely working towards creating a better future for their students.

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Get outdoors this spring to enjoy some of our finest locations. 28 May 4 to 28 May SURREY HILLS SCULPTURE GARDEN

The stunning 48-acre Birtley Estate provides the perfect venue for the 10th annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden, the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey, featuring over 180 sculptures created by emerging and established sculptors. The stunning Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden is set within the beautiful landscape of woodlands, meadows and lakeside within Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Combine your visit with a craft workshop or demonstration.

SURREY COUNTY SHOW, STOKE PARK The show combines top class entertainment, award winning livestock and horses, local foods and crafts, floristry, countryside and farming displays and brings the best of the countryside to the heart of the town. It’s a great day out for the whole family, with the opportunity to see firsthand the many aspects of country life and farming.


11 to 13 MAY PETWORTH ANTIQUES FAIR For the fourth year in a row, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited is hoisting The Marquee, in the impressive Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown designed grounds surrounding the magnificent Petworth House in Petworth, West Sussex, ready for the 48 exhibitors to fill it with the finest and most diverse selection of quality treasures for interiors and other irresistible items.


It is 1474 and England’s new king Edward IV has secured the throne during the wars of the Roses. The scenario is that a French raiding party has seized the castle. The Earl of Arundel is with the king and the English must take the castle back. Although not based on a real siege, visitors will experience aspects of a 15th century siege, with fully armoured knights fighting, replica cannons firing and a tented encampment.

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For a great family day out look no further than our Family Race Day. As well as a thrilling afternoon of horseracing this fixture also features hands-on workshops, farrier demonstrations, a chance to walk the course, trips to the race start as well as a behind-thescenes tour of the racecourse. A unique treat for children and an opportunity for the whole family to experience the world of horseracing at Goodwood.



An independent board boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11-18 Christ’s Hospital provides more financially supported places than any other school in the independent boarding sector and has done for over 460 years.

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Tips to look and feel Your best on your wedding day Every bride wants to look and feel perfect on the best day of their life when she will be the centre of attention with all eyes focused on her.


ry to incorporate the following into your regime at least 3 months before the big day:

y Start the day with a glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice or fresh lemons; add crushed mint or thinly slice ginger for added flavour y Whenever you feel peckish, eat some fresh fruit y To limit calorie intake, stay away from junk food, sugar, ice cream, cakes and pastries. Control portions by using a smaller plate or drinking a glass of water 20 minutes before a meal so that you don’t feel as hungry. To curb chocolate cravings, try brushing your teeth with strong mint toothpaste – you don’t want to put sugary products in a clean feeling mouth y A hearty breakfast is a healthy way to start the day. Include fresh fruit, at least one source of protein, low fat milk products, wholegrain cereal (watch the sugar content) and fruit juice

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y For lunch/dinner, choose grilled fish or chicken, plenty of fresh vegetables or salad, legumes, wholegrain pasta and brown rice

y If you want to lose weight, start focusing on your diet at least 6 months before the big day y To get a glowing, healthy skin, eat carrot, apricots, yellow and orange fruits, green vegetables i.e. spinach and tomatoes which contain lycopene which is extremely beneficial for the skin y Eat walnuts as they contain Omega 3, a fatty acid which helps make hair shiny and healthy skin y Drink 3-4 cups of green tea a day which is loaded with anti-oxidants and nutrients which have a powerful beneficial effect on the body y Avoid excessive alcohol and smoking y Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice (watch the sugar content) each day y Keep energy levels up by consuming salads, vegetables and fruits y Exercise – take plenty of walks in the fresh air, try Pilates or join a dance class Above all, relax, smile and enjoy yourself on your special day.

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Volvo S90 D4

Volvo has never really been what you might call a normal brand. For years during the 80s they were known for being safe but certainly not cool. The in the 90s they put out some pretty fast estate cars even the police liked and used. Fine’s motoring correspondent, Ade Holder, takes the S90 D4 out for a test drive to see how Volvo has evolved. 42 | fine

button. Why is it like this? Who knows, but being different is a good thing and when it works this well why not? The rest of the interior literally screams build quality and care. It feels like everything was planned and build just for this car rather than being hijacked from a previous model and re based. If you care about subtle design and a careful approach to interior planning then the S90 is for you! The audio system is fantastic and the iPad sized infotainment screen is really one of the easiest to use and the best I have ever tried. It is mounted vertically so is easy to reach without lifting your arm up to the height of the dashboard. It is also very intuitive and wonderfully intuitive. The Drive The 2.0 Litre 184 bhp diesel is certainly not a fast engine and it won’t be competing with the more powerful German rivals. But, it is certainly functional and suffers no lack of power in terms of everyday use. It is, in its perfunctory nature, perhaps not the most exciting thing about the car but it will do everything you need to do with class and ease. It won’t, however, be scaring anyone’s mother in law anytime soon. It is a front wheel drive car for all but the very top model the D5. Once again this sets it against the German tradition of rear wheel drive and could put some of those buyers off but the handling is supple and very positive. The car doesn’t second guess you and is happy to be throw around if needs be. The ride is firm but compliant, it does not wallow but it soaks up the B road bumps very well.

Volvo was always a brand for those who loved the marque but not for those who might be shopping around. After Ford bought the make things got a little dull but since their Chinese acquisition Volvo have really started becoming a brand that people desire. The XC90 SUV is hugely successful and has even become a bit of a “dream” car for a lot of 30 something’s and it is off the back of this Volvo hopes the S90 will do well too. Rivals Before even talking about the car itself it is really important to look at what the S90 is up against. It is in the business/ luxury saloon segment and as such has to content with some big names. The BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and the Mercedes E Class all pretty much own the market and have done for a long time. Can the S90 compete and even beat some of these household names?

Looks The first thing you really notice as you walk up to the S90 is the styling, it looks great. Gone are the boxy days of Volvos of old. We now get a sleek but muscular front end and strong stance all the way to the back. It is perhaps not a car likely to stir great emotions in a teenage car fan but for those who wish to have a car that speaks of subtlety and style then the S90 certainly weighs in well. Inside It is worth keeping in mind the test car I had was the top spec model and a good £3000 more than the base model; however even the lower models are well equipped. Volvo have always done things a little different and the latest cars remain in keeping with that sentiment. The ignition system is a small dial you turn on the central console rather than a key or

There is an estate version called the V90 which will certainly be appealing for people with families and the like. The S90 however offers the business traveller or the saloon fan a very serious option when it comes to choosing between a German standard or something a little different. There is absolutely no doubt at all the Volvo is very well built, the quality simply oozes from every pore and you just get the feeling it will never go wrong! It is not cheap at around £45,000 for the Inscription test car I had but that was well spec’d and removing a few luxuries might make it a little more affordable for some. Volvo has managed to make a sleek, stylish and effortlessly composed and comfortable car. It is not a shouty high flying entrepreneur, it is something of a refined and well educated expert sitting quietly at the back of the room ready to impress and wow when called upon to speak.

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Richard Symonds

‘Wild at HeART’ No Naked Walls gallery is excited to announce a new exhibition showing at their Bramley Gallery - Wild at HeART a solo exhibition of the work of wildlife artist Richard Symonds. Documenting Richard’s career, the show features a wonderful selection of original pieces and limited edition prints at one-off prices.


ichard has demonstrated a passion and commitment to wildlife over the course of his successful career. Entirely self-taught and pursuing a string of commissions including amongst others Harley–Davidson, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC, he decided to concentrate solely on painting and drawing wild animals in their natural habitat. Following his continuous passion and love of wildlife, Richard soon found himself on safari in game parks throughout Africa. Each research trip brings its own highs and lows, seeing the wonders of the natural world, but also the destruction inflicted by man, through poaching, hunting and the widespread abuse of animals. It is because of this that Richard has pledged to give back to the wild which inspires his art by raising funds through the sale and auction of his originals and prints. His chosen charities include: Animals Asia, The Born Free Foundation and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. This special exhibition opens on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at No Naked Walls Gallery, Bramley with a very special private view opening at 11am. Opening the exhibition will be actor and wildlife advocate Peter Egan. Peter is well known for starring in many popular shows including Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders and Ever Decreasing Circles. Please contact the gallery for your invite to this special opening event info@ The exhibition then continues until Thursday 10th May at; No Naked Walls 24 High Street, Bramley Surrey, GU5 0HB (01483) 894466 As No Naked Walls Galleries go from strength to strength, 2018 promises to be an exciting year. We are looking forward to an exciting exhibition schedule in the months to come, and will also continue to

offer our popular artist workshop days. For further details about the exhibition programmes for both galleries, to view the artists’ work, details on workshops and additional services, please visit the website

No Naked Walls Bramley is open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat each week 10am - 5.30pm. No Naked Walls Chertsey is open Wed – Fri 10.30am – 5.30pm and Sat 10am – 5pm. No Naked Walls Bramley 24 High Street, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0HB (01483) 894466 No Naked Walls, Chertsey 6a Windsor Street Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AS (01932) 561758

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Objects of Desire At almost any given date, an antiques fair of some kind is held in the UK, but few events can boast the triple attraction that The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair has to offer: over 50 high quality specialist exhibitors under one roof, the splendours of the world renowned stately home that is Petworth House and a picturesque market town full of antiques shops, galleries and restaurants – all to be enjoyed in Petworth over the weekend of 11 to 13 May.

‘A Doodle Do Chicken’ by Anna Pugh, 2017, acrylic on board, 15” x 20” (38.1cm x 50.8cm), POA from Lucy B Campbell Gallery

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aunched in 2015 this annual fair, which is held in a purpose-built marquee in the 700-acre deer park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, has established itself as a great source of art and desirable objects. Local residents, interior designers, collectors from London and beyond, curators, antiques lovers and those just looking for inspiration and a shopping experience with a difference can all enjoy the works of art on offer and find something unique to treasure.

Of the select exhibitors, a quarter are from Sussex, and between them they represent the large variety that makes the fair so popular: Tim Saltwell and Wilsons Antiques show 19th century furniture and decorative items, Fileman Antiques has a vast selection of period glass and lighting, Garret & Hurst Sculpture exhibits both romantic and contemporary sculpture, Merville Galleries and Moncrieff-Bray Gallery show works by established and emerging artists, Jupiter Antiques

A Martin Baker ejection seat from an RAF Jet Provost, 143cm high, dated 1978, £11,500 from Hatchwell Antiques.

specialises in the finest English porcelain and Hickmet Fine Arts is a leading dealer in Art Nouveau and Art Deco sculpture and glass. From Petworth, Augustus Brandt showcases some of its timeless antiques and design objects, Petworth Antiques Market provides a mini version of the nearby showrooms, members of the Petworth Antiques And Decorative Arts association fill a stand with furniture and works of art and Ottocento displays a variety of vintage posters and oil paintings to grace any interior.

A same mark of seat can be seen on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

A fine six light cut glass ormolu mounted chandelier of classic tent and basket design, attributed to John Blades, English, 33in (86cm) high x 22in (56cm) wide, c.1825, £8,500 from Fileman Antiques.

In addition to the above, visitors can find displays of jewellery for every occasion, vintage watches, clocks and barometers, finely crafted Tunbridge ware, 18th to 21st century oil paintings and watercolours, silver, aeronautical items, book illustrations, Georgian and country furniture, mid-century modern pieces, Arts & Crafts objects and many other exciting examples of craftsmanship from the ancient to the contemporary. The majority of exhibitors are members of BADA and LAPADA, the UK’s leading associations for professional dealers. The organisers, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, have an ongoing collaboration with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. Local craft scholar and mural artist Nick Hobbs will be present on two of the days, demonstrating his artistic skills and promoting his mural painting workshops.

‘Mister Toad’ by Rachel Talbot, bronze, 85cm high, edition of only 12, £12,000 from Art of the Imagination

A porcelain mantel timepiece, dial signed Copelands china, T. Goode & Co, decorated with birds and flowers, £2,850 from Richard Price

Members of the National Trust enjoy free entry to the fair and, in a reciprocal arrangement, antiques fair ticket holders can visit Petworth House and the grounds at no extra cost during the three days of the event. Ample free parking is provided near the marquee, and the courtesy shuttle can ferry visitors into the town centre just five minutes from the fair. Light refreshments are available in the marquee, and a wider selection of food and drink is on offer in Petworth House and in the local cafés, pubs and restaurants in town. The fair is supported by the National Trust, Anderson Rowntree Solicitors, PAADA (Petworth Antiques And Decorative Arts association), Petworth Business Association, Savills Petworth and Bold & Reeves Property Management.

‘Wildwood’ driftwood horse’s head by Trudy Redfern, 1 metre high, £5,000 from Moncrieff-Bray Gallery

Stunning large acid etched vase by Daum Nancy, enamelled and vitrified with ‘Volubilis’ flowers and leaves, French, approx 28cm high, c.1905-1910, £5,750 from Solo Antiques

Opening hours: Friday 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10.30 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10.30 am – 5 pm. Tickets are £10 each on the door or email for a complimentary invitation admitting three. Further information can be found on

15ct gold, opal, pearl and ruby eyed bee brooch, c.1900, £1,650 from T Robert

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Surrey Hills For business, for pleasure

The Trade Mark Surrey Hills

Denbies Wine Estate

The beauty and character of the Surrey Hills is not as widely known as other areas across the country but it is no less spectacular. Over a quarter of Surrey is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with a 6 mile hinterland around the boundary, this covers most of the County of Surrey. Its distinctive character of chalk downlands, greensand hills and heaths, wooded valleys, streams, and villages creates a landscape rich in wildlife variety and heritage. 48 | fine

Birtley Estate, Bramley

et amongst the stunning landscapes are an equally inspiring range of businesses, artisans and local producers, which reflect the special local character, and make Surrey Hills a fascinating area to explore.


smoke home-reared trout and other products on site. Their Coarse and Trout fishing lakes provide a popular day out for all ages and their farm shop sells a range of their smoked products, local game, pies and seafood.

‘The Trade Mark Surrey Hills’ was launched by Surrey Hills Enterprises in May this year to create a mark of local provenance, quality and sustainability. The Trade Mark provides a distinct and easily recognisable endorsement of those businesses supporting the local area, achieving quality standards and who are working to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impact.

Visit the Farm shop, explore the local walks or enjoy a day’s fishing and have your catch smoked on site for you!

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The Trade Mark Surrey Hills ‘a registered trade mark of local provenance and quality’ Simon Whalley, Chairman of Surrey Hills Enterprises says ‘Businesses awarded the Trade Mark Surrey Hills reflect the special character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty highlighting the value of local distinctiveness and raising awareness of the importance of the quality of the environment and the rural economy of the area. We are proud to promote an exciting range of businesses from farms to artisans and from vineyards to local breweries. There are opportunities for open days, farm visits, tastings and tours and they make a great way to explore the beautiful landscape, enjoy stunning views and purchase local produce that supports the local area’.

Birtley Estate, Bramley

Tillingbourne Farm is a family run business in the small picturesque village of Abinger Hammer in the centre of the Surrey Hills. They are the only smokery in Surrey and

Chimney Fire Coffee produces speciality grade coffee from ethically and sustainably sourced coffee beans. Their coffee is roasted, ground, sampled and packaged at their roastery near Ranmore Common in the Surrey Hills. Each batch is labelled according to its origin giving transparency on quality, provenance and flavour. You can visit the roastery, purchase directly or enjoy a coffee tasting session and learn more about the process. Buying local and linking to environmental impact is becoming increasingly popular but it is difficult for people to know where and how to support local businesses and produce. Find out more about these businesses and others awarded The Trade Mark Surrey Hills. Visit: •

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Surrey Hills Enterprises works with local businesses to support the rural economy and to promote, protect and enhance the beautiful Surrey Hills. As a Community Interest Company, funds generated from its work goes back to support the work of enhancing Surrey Hills, its landscape and local communities.

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Surrey Hills Enterprises

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

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

TILLINGBOURNE TROUT FARM The home of premium smoked fish and local game. A family owned business using traditional smoking methods including their signature smoked Trout reared on site in their crystal-clear spring waters. Purchase smoked fish, local game, a selection of seafood and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the lakes or enjoy a day’s fishing suitable for all ages and enjoy your catch for your evening meal. Visit us and find out more: Tillingbourne Trout Farm, Dorking Road, Abinger Hamme Dorking RH5 6SA 01306 730449

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The largest Rose grower in West Sussex

Over 300 varieties to choose from and lots of friendly helpful advice. Old favourites to new introductions, strong home grown plants to enhance your garden with colour and perfume. We’d love to see you, come and visit the nursery and wander amongst the beautiful roses. We also provide a mail order service and have a wealth of roses that make wonderful gifts, Bride and Groom, Wedding Day, Congratulations to name a few. We have roses to suit every occasion if you want to give the gift that lasts.

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Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma. Myeloma is a bone marrow cancer, which, unlike many cancers, does not exist as a lump or tumour meaning it has one of the highest rates of delay in diagnosis. The ultimate goal of Myeloma UK is to find a cure.


yeloma represents 2% of all cancers with 5,700 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year that’s 15 people every day. Myeloma is also more common in men than in women, and 71% of people diagnosed with myeloma are aged 65 or over. Myeloma UK receives no government funding and they rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising. Myeloma UK do everything they can to ensure that the next generation of myeloma treatments are available to patients in the clinic as quickly as possible. They invest in improving standards of treatment and care through research, education and awareness raising. And they inject funding, speed and eďŹƒciency into

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the critical steps of the drug discovery, development and approval process, which is transforming the way in which myeloma is researched, treated and managed. Myeloma UK works to ensure that patients and their families have access to the best possible care, information and support they need, where and when they need it. Patients, their families and carers are at the centre of absolutely everything they do. Find out more about Myeloma UK and how you can support their work at: Follow them on Twitter/MyelomaUK and Facebook/ Myeloma-UK.

The Myeloma UK Garden breathes life into RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The Myeloma UK Garden at Chelsea Flower Show this year is one of three major events that will mark the charity’s 21st anniversary. It is their first ever garden at a Flower Show and they are hoping that it will give a positive message about the fight against myeloma and raise awareness of Myeloma UK. The Garden was inspired by Peter King, a Myeloma UK supporter whose wife Gill and brother Graham both passed away in 2016 after being diagnosed with the cancer. The sculpture at the centre of the garden is modelled on Peter and Gill’s daughter Gemma Peace and represents the role of the carer, who is often a pivotal figure in ensuring the patient remains the central focus of a diagnosis.

John Everiss & Francesca Murrell: ©RecklessGardener, Sandy Felton

Myeloma UK are really delighted that RHS Gold medal winners John Everiss and Francesca Murrell have designed and will build their garden. Francesca, who lives in Sussex, is also the Founder of Nature Redesigned.

They used cutting edge 3D digital technology to create this very unique sculpture. It will weigh seven tonnes, be 12 feet high and constructed from layers of transparent blue Perspex® acrylic. Gemma’s left hand looks as though it is pushing away boulders and bog oaks, which represent plasma cells, from which the cancer arises, and symbolises the barriers and the obstacles people face in care when they suffer with myeloma. Gemma’s right hand is cupped and she appears to be gently blowing seeds and plants onto fertile soil below, to represent new treatment and as a sign of hope and growth. The Myeloma UK Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May) is in the Space to Grow section. It is sponsored by Bord na Móna Horticulture, Meyer Homes and The Christopher Laing Foundation.

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Love and marriage...

and the law The legal and financial implications of marriage or civil partnership are unlikely to be the first thing people think about, but it is important to understand impact it could have on your life. The team at Surrey Hills Solicitors offer some words of wisdom.


deally you should be discussing these matters before you get married or become civil partners to try and prevent difficulties arising in the future. The sort of matters you should be considering are making a will, whether to enter a pre-nuptial or registration agreement, and buying or owning property.

Sarah Christmas residential and commercial conveyancing/property matters

Making a Will The main reason to make a Will is to ensure that your assets and cherished belongings pass to chosen beneficiaries on your death. In the absence of a Will it may not simply be the case that all assets will pass to a spouse or civil partner. Furthermore administering and distributing an estate where there is no Will often leads to disputes, unnecessary tax bills and additional costs.

If you are Joint Tenants the whole property will belong to both of you as one. If you are Tenants in Common you specify the shares in which you own the property, this is useful if one of you contributed a larger amount to the purchase price. For further information about any of the above please contact us. Surrey Hills Solicitors

Pre-nuptial or Registration Agreements A pre-nuptial/registration agreement is simply a legal document that describes how property and assets will be treated if the relationship breaks down. They are not essential for everyone but individuals who should consider such an agreement include those:

administering dministeering a and ributing an eestate distributing where there is no Will often leads to disputes

Buying and owning a property together Your home is likely to be one of your most valuable assets so it is important that provisions are put in place to ensure your interests are properly met. If you are planning to buy a property together the key issue is how you will own that property as there are two types of joint ownership.

getting married in later life having built up their own assets that they wish to protect;

with children from a previous marriage whom they want to inherit their assets;

getting married for a second time and wanting to keep their assets independent;

expecting an inheritance they wish to keep in their family;

with significant assets; or

who own a business.

Surrey Hills Solicitors pride themselves on being approachable, accessible and committed to delivering a first class service to their all clients. In addition to the above legal services offered include employment, dispute resolution/litigation, commercial and charity matters, wills, lasting powers of attorney and probate. For further information about Surrey Hills Solicitors please visit, pop into their office at 296 High Street Dorking, or call 01306 877592.

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Spring Cleaning your home and business Carolyn Burchell looks at the new GDPR, and what effects it might have on you.


Photo by Sophie Ward Photography

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s I write this it really does feel like spring is on its way. The view from my office window is definitely greener and the sun is glinting off the leaves of the trees. Easter is early this year, as my grandmother used to say, and we can look forward to chocolate eggs and gambolling lambs: welcome symbols of the receding winter gloom. Maybe that’s why there are so many weddings at this time of year – the coupling of seasonal and personal new beginnings.

It won’t be long before many of us will be overcome by the desire to spring clean. For me, like many business owners, this will apply to my business as well as my home. It’s a good time to take a step back, to assess and evaluate. A good opportunity to take stock – quite literally for some businesses (apologies, accountant humour). The corporate tax year runs from 1st April which is why 21% of all companies have their year-end on 31st March and an even higher proportion in

the owner-managed business sector. The fact that the UK does not run its financial year from 1st January puts us at odds with just about the whole of the rest of the world. Even more bizarre is the way in which our personal tax year runs from 6th April. It may not surprise you to know that the origins of this strange choice lie in the Treasury’s desire not to lose tax revenue. This harks back to 1752, when the British finally aligned their own calendar with that of their European neighbours – a mere 170 years after the rest of the continent moved from a Julian to a Gregorian calendar.

The fact that th the K does not run ru its UK financial year from 1st January puts us at odds with just about the whole of the rest of the world

If you own a business, what should you be spring cleaning? My first recommendation would be that you consider whether your current trading structure is the right one for you. There have been a lot of changes to commercial and tax law in recent years; it makes sense to check that your original reasons are still valid. Would you be better off as a sole trader or a limited company? Are the financial benefits of trading as a limited company still sufficient to warrant the extra legal obligations and the loss of privacy? The changes to tax rules coming into force with the 2018-19 tax year are not as substantial as previous years; we will still have the increases to personal allowances and tax bands that we have grown accustomed to enjoying. The dividend allowance will however be cut from £5,000 to £2,000 and company car drivers will see an increase to both benefit-in-kind percentages and the diesel supplement. My second recommendation would be to cast a critical eye over your client base. Lara Morgan, entrepreneur, writes that she regularly assesses her existing customers and cuts out the least profitable 10% to make room for more lucrative contracts (I would highly commend her book “More balls than most” and any chance you get to hear her speak). However there is an alternative view on this and I can relate it to my personal experience. From time to time, I am approached by prospective clients who are dissatisfied with their current service provider. There are a variety of reasons but rarely is it the quality of the work performed. More often the problem is that they are simply not with the ‘right’ accountant for them. Another driver is the “cost-fee drift” which is a universal business issue. Sometimes the client’s needs have grown and now outstrip the agreed fee. Or the costs of running a business have escalated without a corresponding increase in the fee being charged. The result is a gap between expectation and delivery. Whatever the reason, failing to address the issue is a lose-lose situation. Rather than just cutting them loose, could it be more constructive to understand why and whether there is a way to turn the relationship around? Last but not least, and specific to 2018 25th May to be precise - are you ready for GDPR? The Global Data Protection

Regulation represents the most significant overhaul in 20 years to the laws governing the collection, storage, and use of data on living persons. It is designed to harmonise legislation across Europe as well as providing greater protection for individuals. In case you are wondering, Brexit will not affect either your duties or your rights as it will also be enacted in the Data Protection Act 2018 which the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be responsible for enforcing. Fines for non-compliance can be as high as £17 million or 4% of global turnover which is why big business has been working on their systems and processes for some time now. It is clear conversely that many SMEs in the UK are going to have to work hard to meet the implementation deadline, given that many of them have not even started. Views vary on how strict the ICO will be; some experts have promoted the stance that it will make an example of those who fail to comply. However Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, has stated publicly that “it’s scaremongering to suggest that we’ll be making early examples of organisations for minor infringements or that maximum fines will become the norm”. She goes on to say that it should be a “step change” for businesses that are already compliant with existing legislation. The main ICO website is a great source of information and practical tools ( and the ICO blog covers many topical aspects. I particularly like their blog on “GDPR – sorting the fact from the fiction” and will be tuning into their podcasts. Well that’s probably quite enough of an insight into why I am a natural-born accountant and the state of my social life. Bring on the spring and new beginnings – whether that be a wedding or a fresh look at your business. If we can help with the latter, we would be very happy to hear from you – you can find all our contact details on our website and we also post useful articles on our Facebook page at Composure.Accounting. Taxation.

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.

For more advice on this or any other accountancy and taxation issues, contact Carolyn Burchell and her Team at Composure on 01403 211865 or email

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Fresh Things for Spring: with Collingwood


This week we’ve given our stores a fresh look with new furniture, lighting, accessories and soft furnishings too! And as a result, we want to give you an insight into some of the new products you can find in store and online – kicking off our much-anticipated Spring Sale. So, here’s what you can expect to find when you pop in. Coniston The Coniston’s white painted finish will bring a fresh and airy look to any home. Its unpainted tops offer the kind of character you’d expect in country settings, while the contemporary design provides modern abodes with a bright look that’s sure to bring out the best in your home.

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Bedroom, dining and living room furniture are all available from the Coniston range, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to updating your home. And the other great thing about white furniture is the ability to accessorise with almost any tone. Pictures, flowers and sculptures can all add a pop of colour and personality to your Coniston furniture.

Nova If the Coniston’s country look doesn’t quite do it for you then the Nova might just work. A mixture of faux concrete tops and walnut veneers offer the perfect balance between natural materials and contemporary structures. This modern blend encapsulates the industrial trend that many are adding to their homes, with the corner desk and dining table particular highlights from this wonderful collection. We’re fully embracing the industrial trend at Collingwood Batchellor and you’ll find an array of floor-standing lamps and accessories to sit alongside your new Nova furniture.

Woodley Bedroom

Woodley Bedroom Many of you have already added the Woodley living and dining room range to your home, which is why we’re delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new Woodley bedroom collection. Its solid oak core and real oak veneers offer the ever-present natural feel that everyone loves, while various storage options will ensure your bedroom needs are well-accommodated for. Scandinavian influences and a natural oak finish make the Woodley range a great addition to modern UK homes. And with a choice of oak or chrome handles (both supplied), there are few better collections to make your abode a stylish place to be.

Stirling Stirling Don’t be fooled by our emphasis on cabinet and furniture, we’ve also brought in loads of new sofa ranges across all stores. One of our instant favourites is the Stirling; with its collection of contemporary features, arm cushions, and wide variety of fabrics making the sofa a winner in any living room. Choose from wood finishes, a number of cotton-look velvets and standard fabric colours to design your personalised sofa. Accompanying chairs will help to complete the look. Lazio Lazio The Lazio has come into stores as a great value leather collection. The sofas and chairs are available as fixed or manual recliners, and offer an affordable and lower-end alternative to our collection of Himolla and Stressless sofas. While many of our collections are available in leather, we particularly like the Lazio for its great value, neutral style and choice of popular colours.

G Plan

G Plan, Parker Knoll and Ekornes As well as a number of classics, we’re bringing in some brand new G Plan, Parker Knoll and Ekornes collections. The G Plan Newton is now available to view, as is the Parker Knoll Devonshire, and we’re looking forward to welcoming in the new Evolution 1801 after the grand success of the Evolution 1701, 1702, 1703 and 1704 ranges. We’re also bringing in the Stressless Arion and Aura ranges very soon – so don’t forget to pop in and take a look.

And So Much More We’d love to show you all our new collections, including a brand new range of accessories such as lamps, pictures and sculptures, however, you can find all of our new products in store and many items on our website: Visit us in store at various branches across Surrey, Sussex and Kent. And if you’re interested in a particular range, give us a call on 01293 224859 to find out where the collection’s stocked.

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CROSSBUSH, ARUNDEL, WEST SUSSEX A SPACIOUS DETACHED GRADE II LISTED PROPERTY, WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE STATION AND ARUNDEL TOWN CENTRE Entrance Lobby, Dining Room, Double aspect Sitting Room, Snug, Double aspect Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Bedroom 1 with En-suite Shower Room, 3 Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Delightful south facing walled courtyard garden leading onto the wonderfully mature garden.

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Horsham Coffee Roasters began in the

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

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

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

01798 874455


63 Churchill Square, Brighton, BN1 2RG

43 High Street, Reigate, RH2 9AE

Telephone: 01273 710357

Telephone: 01737 249357

49 West Street, Horsham, RH12 1PP

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Telephone: 01403 258582