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2018 VOLUME IV Focus on... Education


Exploring Liguria


The Art of Public Speaking

In this issue...



Lucy Pitts visits Christ’s Hospital to find out more about why and how it sits in such an unusual position in the educational landscape.

Fine editor and local historian unearth Cuckfield’s past and enjoy its present.



Florabundance showcase a diverse selection of local artists and unusuall floral art at this autumn’s exhibition.

Fine contributor Pat Levy explores the many delights of this oft forgotten corner of northern Italy.



Two autumn festivals to look out for, celebrating all that is good about woodland and wine.

Nutritional therapist Suzanne Sawyer explains some of the best ingredients for ensuring a good night’s sleep.



In this new series, Janine Lowe explains the characteristics behind the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

Slinfold Golf and Country Club bring you the perfect day.

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Lucy Pitts rediscovers the city of York including some great places to eat, stay and visit.

A selection of some of the best and most interesting events coming up in our region this autumn.



Get healthy with our two, easy to follow sugar free recipes from Nutrition Coach Leonie Wright.

Fine editor explores the regions Speakers Clubs as part of a new series into hobbies and clubs in our region.



Preparing students for university with specialist guidance and Executive Life Coaching.

For those thinking about buying a new SUV, Ade Holder test drives Vauxhall’s newest family member.



As the days get shorter, enjoy foraged mushrooms, local game and slow cooked autumnal recipes.

Carolyn Burchell explores changing attitudes to education and professional standards.

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i and welcome to our early autumn edition of Fine. If our last edition was all about food and drink, this one is a much more cerebral affair with the spotlight on education. We’re lucky to have some amazing schools in our region and this month, three of the best explain a bit more about their values, what makes them different and what they can offer your child.

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This month we’ve also put the spotlight on the historic village of Cuckfield in Sussex, which you might say is small but perfectly formed and a great place to stop for a bite to eat. And in the first of a new series about some of our region’s many activities, I’ve been learning all about what goes on at our local Speakers Clubs! If you’re planning a late summer break, Fine contributor Pat Levy has been exploring the beautiful region of Liguria in Italy for you, while I’ve been soaking up the many treats on offer in York for those that fancy a long weekend away. And as our thoughts inevitably turn to getting back in shape after a long relaxing summer, Nutritionist Leonie Wright has provided us with some simple sugar free recipes whilst The Chequers at Rowhook tempts us with some of their delicious home produced fine dining. As always, there’s lots of wonderful events going on in our region at this time of year


and we’ve handpicked a choice of some of the best and most interesting in our “In The Diary” section, so be sure to have a look at that. Finally, what better way to get ready for autumn than by doing your bit for British wildlife by helping the hedgehog (lots more on that in our Amazing Grace feature) by exploring some of our local art galleries and exhibitions. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year, and I hope you enjoy siting back with a copy of Fine and enjoying some of the real delights our region has on offer.

Ade Holder Carolyn Burchell Suzanne Sawyer Janine Lowe Pat Levy

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Lucy Pitts EDITOR

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Christ’s Hospital

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why it really is a school like no other

Fine editor Lucy Pitts talks to the headmaster of Christ’s Hospital Simon Reid, to find out more about the values, ethos and dynamics at the heart of this unusual but very successful school.


very school likes to pride itself on the unique opportunities that it offers pupils. So, what is it that really does make Christ’s Hospital so very different? Unashamedly academic It’s a school that describes itself as “unashamedly academic” and as soon as you arrive, you’re struck by the scholarly atmosphere which is almost tangible. That said, it’s clear from the exceptional facilities and enrichment opportunities,

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that the school attaches equal importance to broader, off curriculum activities. If a pupil has a particular passion, interest or strength, all emphasis goes to helping them to develop it. However, struck as you inevitably are when you visit, by the historic uniforms, the stunning architecture, the 100 strong school band that marches pupils to lunch and the school’s philanthropic heritage, it’s easy to make assumptions about what

makes this school tick. But in reality, the real difference and value provided by a Christ’s Hospital education is in its unusual blend of philosophy, purpose and people. Built on an intention to change lives As headmaster Simon Reid explains, to start with, it’s the very founding purpose of the school that has created such a diverse, unusual and transformational school experience for pupils and teachers alike.

A unique position in the educational landscape “The school is unique in that it sits in territory somewhere between state and private education, with as many as 76% of our students being financially supported, some of them completely so. Our aim is to offer pupils who have potential but are in need an educational experience that transforms their lives and the possibilities for their future. That’s our starting point and that alone makes us different. What the school is doing, is addressing a fundamental problem within the UK education system, namely the educational divide between those that have access to a great education and those that don’t. So our admissions criteria is underlined by three requirements: is a pupil academically strong enough to cope, will they be able to manage a boarding environment and are they in need. We want to be able to take children who are disadvantaged and give them the means and resources with which to thrive and excel. That’s transformational education at work.” How does that translate into life as a pupil here? “Life here is unusual in that the social mix of pupils is extremely diverse. But in fact, that mix is much more representative of real life than you’d experience at other private schools. We really do have children from all walks of life and backgrounds, with a variety of needs. The fact that many of the children have been given a life changing opportunity, also means that our pupils have real academic

ambition and drive and a hunger to absorb the incredible chances they get here. Better still, pupils aren’t particularly aware of what a unique social position our school sits in or that some of them are more disadvantaged than others. Our uniform is a great leveller and everyone here is equal. We just get on with the business of learning. I think it’s only really when pupils leave us, that they start to realise the significance of their experience. And one of the by-products of that is that we have a very strong alumni network.” What sort of young adults do your pupils become? “We deliberately don’t try to develop a Christs Hospital “type” here because above all else, I want pupils to develop as authentic and reflective. Instead we try to emphasise and live by our core values, namely compassion, resilience, challenge and civility. Good education is about tolerance and awareness of others. I want pupils to feel comfortable being challenged and also to have the ability to question and challenge others…but with civility, open mindedness and appreciation. I regularly communicate these values to my staff and the pupils alike and the 24/7 boarding environment really helps pupils to absorb this philosophy. The aim is to see our values naturally integrated and reflected in everything we do, after all, that’s when you know what you’re doing is working.” Outstanding success In order to achieve its objectives, the

school works hard to reach children from Sussex, London and beyond who would most benefit from a place at the school. They run workshops, conferences and events in some of the country’s most deprived areas. For fee paying students however, a Christ’s Hospital education is still a unique chance. The school provides outstanding academic and vocational opportunities but it’s the diversity, the values behind the results and the very ethos on which the school is built that perhaps provides pupils with something that you just can’t get anywhere else. And it’s certainly an approach to education that’s working. Simon Reid describes with pride the transformation that takes place in pupils from when they arrive in year 7, often not from the best of starts, and how they leave at the end of the Sixth Form, confident, able and compassionate. 98% of Christ’s Hospital leavers go on to the UK’s top universities, with 10% going on to Oxford or Cambridge. A number also go on to the likes of the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There’s a lot that goes on at Christ’s Hospital that makes it a school like no other, and it’s something you feel from the moment you arrive. It seems to be engrained into every stitch of the Tudor uniform, every red brick, every cloister. It’s something that’s intangible, yet clearly life changing and for a school that’s been around for hundreds of years, it’s something that feels refreshingly modern.

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School should be

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


chool League tables are now very much a part of our lives and pretesting for schools is creeping in at a younger and younger age. Now, take into account the not insignificant amount of money that private schools charge. You can see the rising pressure on both teachers and the Head to ensure that pupils achieve the highest results. The safest way to do this sees the classroom take on a more teacher lead approach where pupils are told the information they need to learn, guided in how to answer questions by rehearsing past papers and even have timetabled lessons on verbal and nonverbal reasoning tests. Such an approach generally ensures that pupils pass their tests but at the cost of genuine enjoyment, pleasure and natural wonderment of school. I believe there is an alternative way in which children can foster their love of learning. By understanding there is more to the process of education than just working to pass a test, they are able to develop a set of skills that enables them to tackle challenges without a fear of failure. Inspired by the book “ Educating Ruby – what our children really need to learn” written by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas, all the staff at Great Walstead School explored a variety of definitions for the seven aspects that the book identified as developing confidence and character. At Great Walstead we refer to these as our 7Cs - Confidence, Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Commitment and Craftsmanship. Each “C” has an age appropriate definition for the sections of our school and children are rewarded when they demonstrate these attributes. They see confidence as the ability to tackle difficult tasks and

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

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Amazing Grace Saving Britain’s hedgehogs A chance for us all to do something to help save the hedgehog


here’s no doubt that hedgehogs are one of our nation’s favourite wild animals. So many people recall hearing the snuffly sounds of hedgehogs foraging in their gardens and their excitement on seeing one. But have you ever asked why you don’t see as many hedgehogs these days? Hedgehogs are in crisis It’s no secret that hedgehogs are in serious decline. In the 1960s Britain had around 35 million hedgehogs. Today, that number has fallen to less than one million. Without help, hedgehogs could soon be facing extinction in Britain. Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue has been working with hedgehogs for over thirty years, helping around 800 sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs every year.

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Trustee and founder Anne Brummer said: ‘We spend a lot of time helping hedgehogs return to the wild but have become increasingly concerned about the decline in their population. With hedgehogs facing a real threat of extinction in Britain we knew we had to take action.’ It all started with Grace Amazing Grace is a campaign to save Britain’s hedgehogs. Anne recalls: “It all began with a rescue hedgehog called Grace. She came to us with a neck wound that thankfully she recovered from, but Grace was orphaned and underweight and had lost both her siblings. Grace needed time to recover. She did overcome her bad start in life and quickly became the inspiration for our campaign when she won the heart of guitar legend Brian May.

An ambitious mbitiou us chal challenge to make the t e whole who of Surrey Heath Borough ‘Hedgehog Friendly’ began this year by trying to make all gardens in Surrey Heath Grace-friendly”

A helping hand from Queen! The Queen legend has supported the work of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue for many years and is passionate about wild animals. Brian said: “It is shocking that hedgehogs could face extinction in the UK. We must unite and give these wonderful creatures a chance.” Brian’s wildlife charity The Save Me Trust is now working with Harper Asprey. Our work started in our home village of Windlesham and working with the local residents, schools and the business community, we made Windlesham, the first hedgehog friendly village in Surrey. A good achievement but Grace had bigger plans... An ambitious challenge An ambitious challenge to make the whole of Surrey Heath Borough ‘Hedgehog Friendly’ began this year by trying to make all gardens in Surrey Heath “Gracefriendly”. But with over 9500 hectares of land covering 16 parishes, it’s a massive challenge so Grace needs all the help she can get! Anne said: ‘We are asking everyone to do something to help the hedgehogs in their local village or town. Every house gets an invite to meet Grace which explains why hedgehogs need our help. Our Grace banners have become a popular sight in the villages we’re working in and Grace can be spotted at many local landmarks. Grace is so popular she even has her own hashtag #AmazingGrace and you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Get down to the local pub! We call our family fun days ‘Grace Days” and they’re usually held in the garden of the local pub. There’s lots to do for all ages - the children can colour and draw and maybe help compose a hedgehog song whilst Mum and Dad do the serious

work of saving hedgehogs. We know that can be thirsty work - especially for Dads! But both Mum and Dad can relax with the kids safe in the wonderful safe setting of the local pub. No wonder Grace is so popular! Grace really wants to encourage everyone to do something in their own gardens because if your garden has everything a hedgehog needs, one of her friends will make it their home. Anne said: “Of course, there is a serious side - we are improving connectivity to open up new areas to isolated populations of hedgehogs. This is good conservation with a community benefit. Over time we will create a connected landscape that will deliver everything a hedgehog needs to be healthy and happy - and happy healthy hedgehogs leads to lots more hoglets being born year on year.’. Doing your bit You will find lots of helpful advice and tips on Grace’s website and, we are happy to visit gardens in Surrey Heath to give specific advice. In fact, some people have been so enthused, they are now helping hedgehogs from the rescue centre return back to the wild through the soft release programme. More information can be found on the website. Grace is a remarkable hedgehog. She has inspired so many people to take action to help her hedgehog friends. She really is incredible, in fact, we think she’s amazing! The Amazing Grace project is run by Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and supported by Dr Brian May’s Save Me Trust and British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Find out more about the project by visiting

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Cranleigh Prep school looks forward to a new era and a new headmaster As former head of Cranleigh Prep Michael Wilson moves on to pastures new at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, the school starts an exciting new era from September under the leadership of Neil Brooks. With an impressive and diverse CV which includes active service as an Army Officer and 20 years in education, we’re delighted that he was able to spare a few moments to tell us more about both himself, his career and his vision for Cranleigh.

1. Army Officer to Educator and the Natural History Museum: it’s an interesting career path and how do you think it has shaped and influenced who you are and how you run a school? I believe the career path I have followed has given me a breadth and depth of experience beyond that of having been tunnelled down the more traditional classroom route. It has allowed me a perspective of the world in which today’s pupils are educated. The NHM work was almost entirely concerned with outdoor learning. 2. What is it that you hope to bring to Cranleigh? An eagerness to continue to promote the strong values with which it currently operates. I am very keen that Cranleigh celebrates all areas in which the children can be successful. It is very easy to make much of sporting prowess in schools. This has its place but can lead to isolating some children who have talents in music, drama

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or other creative arts. Indeed, there may be some avenue which is not yet formally recognisable in the school in which a child might have an emerging strength. 3. The Cranleigh ethos: how would you describe it and how will you make sure it’s a meaningful part of everyday life for students and teachers alike? Everyone speaks of the Cranleigh “family”, not just referring to the group of schools but to the ethos within each school. The ethos is very much part of the culture and reflected in the way in which everyone treats each other on a daily basis. I think we should have high expectations for all stakeholders and encourage the children to explore and experiment. 4. How do you as head ensure that the school nurtures and brings out the full potential in every single child? By ensuring that each child is known and, in some way, celebrated for their

individuality, skills and talents - they all have something to offer, the trick is finding it! We have to be innovative and open to ideas - not just look for success in those immediately recognisable areas in schools. Opportunities must be made for exploration, trial and error. The latter (error) is crucial in education. We spend a lot of time in schools focusing on the right answer; rather we should be looking at how we might be able to seek a solution. This approach does not ignore wrong answers but looks at refinement and encourages innovation. 5. The person behind the title: Who is the real Neil Brooks and how do you let your hair down? I enjoy good company, watching children develop, grow and begin to understand themselves and develop a sense of purpose. Sport, the outdoors, mountains, sea and cider keep me content along with a good book on holiday.

Katharina Klug Linear Patterns at Arundel Contemporary 18 August – 2 September


ustrian-born ceramicist Katharina Klug will be showing her exquisite pieces at Arundel Contemporary from August 18 and throughout this year’s Arundel Gallery Trail. Having started making pots at a young age to earn extra pocket money, Katharina now produces intricate pieces ranging from small mustard pots, up to dishes as large as 50 cm in diameter. She works in Staffordshire clay and makes her own glazes, using three kilns in her garden studio in Cambridge. Clay fascinates her for its durability and its contrasts: while being worked, it is soft and malleable, yet after firing, it becomes hard. Katharina points out that pottery is one of the only things we have left of ancient civilisations, and she hopes that her work, too, will stand the test of time. Katharina’s designs reflect the things she sees around her: power lines, meadows, woodland. She simplifies the lines and allows them to cross over, leaving the viewer to reach their own interpretation. The linear patterns on the exterior of her works are contrasted with translucent colour created by metal oxides on the interior, resulting in beautiful hand-crafted pieces which will grace any home. As well as Katharina’s beautiful works, 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.

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Florabundance Discovering Aordable Art Contemporary Flower Art at Watts Contemporary Gallery 20 | fine


lorabundance, opening at Watts Contemporary Gallery in Compton, Surrey on 13 July (until 7 October), brings together paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists to create a veritable bouquet of flower pictures for visitors to the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village to see and buy!

From ex exquisitely quisitel curate botanical botani accurate watercolours to exuberant riots of colour in acrylic paintings

From exquisitely accurate botanical watercolours to exuberant riots of colour in acrylic paintings, Florabundance celebrates the best of modern floral art and recalls the inspiration found by Watts Gallery’s founders, the great Victorian artist G F Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904) and his wife, the artist and designer Mary Watts (1849 – 1938), in the natural beauty of the Surrey Hills. Arists featured at Florabundance include: Anna Perlin, whose distinctive acrylic paintings capture the beauty of wildflowers in the British landscape. Vivid paintings in watercolour by Gael Sellwood, revealing the integrity and vibrancy of the flower. Bristol-based artist and printmaker Hannah McVicar, who uses multi-media printmaking to illustrate plants in all their forms. Helen Hiorns who, working in watercolour and organic ink, strives to find the balance between the realistic depiction of plants and an artist’s aesthetic vision. Paintings by Kate Thelwell that imitate the interaction of flora in its environment through fluid, expressive mark-making. Prints by Linda Farquharson inspired by the garden and countryside surrounding the artist’s

studio in Perthshire, Delicate ink paintings by Lucy Augé that capture fleeting moments of nature’s evolution. Engravings by printmaker Peter Collins which allow a freer interpretation of botanical subjects. Richard Shimell’s linocuts inspired by plants he finds in the Dartmoor valleys on his studio doorstep. Collagraphs by Vicky Oldfield reflecting the artist’s fascination with the structure and design found in flowers and plants and unique works on fabric using plant material by Amanda Ross that evoke real and imagined environments. The exhibition also includes the public launch of Nessie Ramm’s unique VERGE project, through which the artist is painting the botany of Britain’s road verges onto decommissioned aluminium road signs. In these unloved laybys and verges, Nessie has discovered a wealth of botanical interest. Florabundance will feature three works from this project. Florabundance is presented in partnership with Gwen Hughes Fine Art and continues the Watts Contemporary Gallery exhibition programme, which provides a unique opportunity for visitors to discover and buy affordable contemporary art and craft that resonate with the Arts and Crafts heritage of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Proceeds from the sale of work directly benefit Watts Gallery Trust’s learning and outreach programme, which engages over 28,000 participants each year. All work is offered for sale with prices from £80. You’ll find Watts Contemporary Gallery at Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ

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The historic village

of Cuckfield

A look back at the village’s staging post history and a taste of some of its culinary delights – past and present


lthough the settlement probably dates back to Saxon times, two hundred years ago the historic High Weald village of Cuckfield (pronounced “cook field” and presumed to have been named after the cuckoo) on the main route from London to Brighton, was a bustling little market town. The busy Brighton Road came straight through the village and carried a thriving trade between 1760 and 1830. At the time, Cuckfield boasted at least six inns, several farriers to service both the stage coaches and the carriages of private travellers and in its heyday, Cuckfield probably housed up to 450 horses to service the passing trade.

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The barren heath land of Haywards Heath If it wasn’t for Cuckfield, Haywards Heath wouldn’t exist other than in the form it took before 1840, which was a barren heath land. But when a railway was planned to connect London to the coast, the good people of both Cuckfield and nearby Lindfield to the east, didn’t want a snorting, smoking Leviathan monster disturbing their peace and so in the end, in 1841, the line was constructed across the heath in the middle and a new town was eventually born. The Independent State of Cuckfield Move forward a century and in the 1950s, the residents of Cuckfield got into the

habit of hosting an annual Donkey Race on the August Bank Holiday, on land which is now playing fields at Whitemans Green. The race was quite an event with up to 10,000 people attending and all money raised went to support worthy or needy causes. But when the District Council acquired the land in 1965 they refused permission for the race to continue and as a result the people of Cuckfield proposed a Mayor’s Election. It was known locally as a contest between "Publicans and Sinners" and when the first mayor was elected (the Landlord of the “White Harte”), the “Independent State of Cuckfield” was declared. In fact, passports were issued and a currency created, and the Independent State continued, and continues today, to raise money for needy causes. A Stuart feast at a Tudor hotel Hospitality goes back a long way in this little village, not least due to the presence of Ockenden Manor, a Tudor house which is now a luxury spa hotel. In the 17th century, Ockenden was home to Timothy Burrell, son of a local family who had made their fortune from the iron industry prevalent in this part of Sussex. You can still dine in the Burrell room where Burrell used to entertain friends and neighbours with his Christmas feasts! One such 4 course menu reportedly from 1707 included: soup, two large carp, pigeon pie, salad, veal ollaves, leg of mutton and cutlets, scotch pancakes, tarts, asparagus, three green geese, four mackerel, raisins in cream, calves foot jelly, dried sweetmeats, Flummery (a sweet dish made with beaten eggs, milk and sugar), Savoy cakes and Imperial cream! And Ockenden Manor isn’t the only surviving Tudor home, with the stately (and allegedly haunted) Cuckfield Park just outside the village next to the cricket fields.

A village still full of charm Today, four of the original six inns survive, although only The Talbot can truly lay claim to an ancestry from the old posting houses. Timber-framed 16th century (or earlier) buildings still line the high street, even though some are behind Victorian facades. And the church dates back to around 1250 (although it was heavily restored in the mid-19th century). The village even boasts a museum in which you can learn more about the first fossilised dinosaur remains found in nearby Whitemans Green in 1822 and about the village’s staging post past. And it’s still a culinary delight You can still enjoy Cuckfield’s hospitality in The Talbot with some of their many craft beers, or you can eat at some of the other “gastro pubs” such as the Rose and Crown or of course, at Ockenden Manor - although they’re not serving Timothy’s menu anymore! Every 2nd Saturday of the month, there’s also a food market for local produce in The Talbot’s courtyard where you can buy cheeses, game, fish, organic vegetables, jams, chutneys, cakes, bread, honey, meat, poultry, flowers and seeds. Failing that you might just want to browse some of the village’s range of quirky little boutiques. The village is quiet enough to feel sleepy on a Saturday afternoon, but large enough to feel bustling on market day. And that has to be what a quintessentially English village is all about surely? So, if you’re heading to Brighton for whatever reason, you could take the fast route and whizz past Cuckfield on the monstrous train or the motorway. Or you could take the old-fashioned route and linger a while in the past, while dining on great local produce. By editor Lucy Pitts and contributor and local historian Peter Benner

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The Swan – a taste of home Set in the heart of Arundel, The Swan has been lovingly refurbished with a style to create a refined but homely pub, restaurant and hotel. Warm and cosy you’ll always find good company, delicious food and an impressive drinks menu. 24 | fine


he Swan prides itself on its fresh, seasonal and creative food. Castle visitors, dog walkers, race-goers and antique enthusiasts will be able to treat themselves to a full English breakfast or afternoon tea, while foodies and drink connoisseurs will enjoy our tasting menus with drinks pairing. Centrally located in the stunning town of Arundel, The Swan is also ideal for weddings or special events with tantalising menus that could include delights such as seared scallops for starters and panroasted duck breast for your main course, as well as a tempting range of desserts. Their Exclusive use package allows you to have a bespoke event up to 75 for a sit down meal & up to 130 people for an all day celebration. Let head chef, James Childs, to explain his vision and passion used to create The Swan’s fabulous menus. “Inspired in part by my humble beginnings in a country pub, my cooking style is somewhat varied and I use unique techniques to create unusual textures and flavour delivery, offering new experiences to the discerning diner. The dish I’m most proud of is our pan roast salmon dish, accompanied by watercress purée, watercress gel, caper and raisin purée and olive coral tuile. It’s a wellbalanced dish that is perfect for a warm day, accompanied by one of our great selection of wines.” And that’s the other good reason to visit the Swan, their extensive and varied drinks range, from Fuller’s award-winning cask ales, to a handpicked selection of premium wines (including from the local Bolney estate), to an intriguing selection of cocktails which you can sample every Friday at one of their 2-4-1 cocktail nights. Every week there is a different signature cocktail created by hotel deputy & mixologist, James Bartley. His passion has always been combining elixirs, finding new flavours & creating extraordinary cocktails. You’ll also find one of Arundel’s largest choices of gins and be able to watch as bartenders hand-carve ice from enormous crystal-clear blocks. Run by a team dedicated to good food, warm hospitality and personal service, The Swan has private dining facilities for up to 26 people. After a long day sampling everything that Arundel and The Swan have to offer, you’ll be able to rest your head in one of our beautiful bedrooms, the perfect place to stay for the night. All you need to do is relax and let Beata and The Swan team look after you!

27-29 High St, Arundel BN18 9AG Phone: 01903 882314

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photography Claire Vincent

Explore Surrey Hills For business, for pleasure ForFantastic Festivals High Clandon Elysium CuvĂŠe SculptureSorting out the Economy-Simon Conolly

Celebrate the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 2 fantastic Festivals set within stunning landscapes. They are a fantastic way to explore the local area with friends and family, learn more about local produce and artisans as well as enjoy the best of what Surrey has to offer.

Fantastic Food Festivals – Surrey Hills, Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept 2018 Denbies Wine Estate A truly fantastic Festival in the stunning grounds of Denbies Wine estate in the centre of the Surrey Hills. photography Claire Vincent

Surrey Hills Wood Fair, 6th & 7th October, 10am – 5pm Fish Pond Copse, near Cranleigh GU6 7DW Celebrate all that’s Good about Wood in the beautiful setting of woodland and meadows in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Join us for a great family day out with lots to see and do. Full of traditional rural charm, there is something for everyone with woodland walks, demonstrations, beautiful crafted woodland products and delicious local food and drink. Children can enjoy zip wires, tree climbing, horse & cart rides, crafts, storytelling, games and animal attractions. Friendly dogs welcome on leads. Find out more and book ahead: £7.50 in advance Tickets also available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre 01483 444334 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ

An entertaining day for all the family to celebrate the delicious food and drink from the Surrey Hills and beyond. Local and regional stalls will be offering a tasty range of produce including artisan bread, cheeses, gourmet BBQ, locally reared meat, chocolates, Surrey Hills wines and locally made gins and craft beers. Children can enjoy the pop-up rare breeds petting farm, games, storytelling, live music and face painting in the Kids Zone. There will be a full programme in the Talks and Tastings Hub from national and regional Chefs, including Chef Steve Drake from Sorells, and demonstrations, tastings and cooking tips from food experts. Combine with a wine tour by Denbies, the largest wine producer in England, a gin masterclass or a butchery course Staged by Fantastic Food Festivals in partnership with Surrey Hills Enterprises and Denbies Wine Estate this is a special event for all the family providing an exciting and delicious experience.

The Trade Mark Surrey Hills is a new accreditation and a Mark of local provenance and quality. The Award promotes the best of what Surrey has to offer and celebrates those businesses of high quality that reflect and support the distinct and special nature of the Surrey Hills.

Find out more about these businesses awarded The Trade Mark Surrey Hills and discover the best of the Surrey Hills and the local produce, events, wine tasting, crafts, courses and activities: •

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The Trade Mark

Surrey Hills

A Mark of quality and local provenance

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, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Receive regular up-dates about the exciting range of activities & events

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Chinese Animals Traits, Loves & Auspicious Days



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 and your sign will depend on the year of your birth. In this issue, I’m going to explain a little about monkeys and roosters.

Monkey You have a monkey in your life chart (date of birth) if you were born in the years 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016. The characteristics of the monkey are cheeky, quick witted, adventurous, optimistic, and extremely compassionate. They will drop everything to help you and make the best friends. Cheeky but honest Everyone one has their faults and the monkey’s are that they’re stubborn and frank. Be careful what you ask them because although the answer you get will be honest, it may not be the answer you wanted!

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The “element” of the monkey is metal and the best months for them are April, May, August & December. Monkeys tend to love Christmas, as it’s an excuse for a party, although they’re able to have a party for one as long as there’s music! Auspicious days for monkeys Auspicious days for August are 20th, 24th & 28th. Auspicious dates for September 5th, 10th, 13th, 21st, & 25th.

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Rooster Roosters rule the month of September! You’ll have a rooster in your life chart (date of birth) if you were born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017. The characteristics of the rooster are that they’re ambitious, independent, warm hearted, honest, communicative and they seldom rely on others as they just get on and get things done! They love to dress up and they attract a lot of attention from the opposite sex, which they adore. They love time by themselves but are also party animals. High standards or arrogance? They can be arrogant at times and it’s generally their way or the high way. They also set the bar high for themselves and are known to over think situations, as well as criticize themselves and others. The element of the rooster is also metal and the best month for them are January, April, May and August. Their best hours are 07.00-11.00 and 15.00-19.00. And if you ever want to find a rooster, look for the person who is the centre of attention at an event! Auspicious days for roosters Auspicious days are August 13th, 16th, 17th, 21st & 28th. Auspicious days are September 1st & 10th.

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Italy’s best-kept secret: Western Liguria Travel writer Pat Levy reveals some of the stunning countryside and local history, traditions and cuisine of this quiet corner of Italy


he Tuscan countryside may have panache and Florence is hard to beat for a culture trip but everyone knows this and the crowds pour in. Quite different is western Liguria, the area of northern Italy bordered by France and, on the other side, the ancient port town of Genoa. The coastline east of Genoa is familiar territory for holidaymakers but not so Liguria’s hinterland to the west, its ancient and individualized towns built for defence in valleys, clinging to precipitous blue-green hillsides. Ancient villages, cascading flowers and mountain peaks Setting off in a hired car from the airport, you are soon driving along narrow and winding roads, following the course of mountain streams, parking in cobbled medieval streets of small settlements that each possess their own take on the regional cuisine. There are opportunities for walking and cycling: in spring, wild flowers cascade by roadsides and little caps of snow still top distant mountains; come summer and autumn, the fruits of the season are in abundance and everything is luscious. Olive groves and traditional taverns Heading up Valle Argentina, the road takes you past acres of greenhouses tightly fitted on to the ever steeper hillsides. Picturesque Badalucco suddenly comes into view. Here, at the Olio Roi olive oil factory, early twentieth-century oil presses are still in situ and a shop retails the modern factory’s products: olive oil, beauty products, even a gin. Up through forested mountainside, the road gets narrower and steeper until you reach Realdo, an almost deserted ancient village but with a functioning osteria and grand views of the valley and mountains. Inspiration for Monet On your way back, a dawdle in the village of Trioria allows shopping for artisan

products and, for the grim story of poor villagers victimized here in the fifteenth century, a visit to a witch museum. On the other side of San Remo is a drive along the Nervia Valley, first to Dolceacqua whose cobbled alleyways are home to pretty shops such as Sogni per Dame e Cavalieri where the artist proprietor makes highly original jewellery and artwork from recycled material. Dolceacqua’s castle sits high above the village and, looking at a wonky ancient bridge below it, you begin to understand why the artist Monet became enraptured by the scene and the quality of the light. He painted in the region for three months in 1884. Local history infused with local wine Higher up the valley are more medieval villages, like Apricale which snuggles into the mountainside and with tapering paths running through arched buildings. Restaurants and accommodation are found built into what were once wine cellars. Perinaldo, 600 meters above sea level, was built in the eleventh century and boasts a broad town square, an observatory and a museum dedicated to the memory of Giovani Cassini, a seventeenth-century astronomer who was born in the village. An annual fair in May celebrates the local and strange purple artichoke and street performers entertain with gusto. Lirguria’s wine, produced on a small scale and very localized, is not very well known but look for Rossese di Dolceacqua, an earthy and quintessentially Ligurian red wine made from the fussy rossese grape. Restaurants in Apricole, like La Capanna de Baci, are unelaborate affairs serving local dishes like panissa, a vegan bread made from chickpea flour, and a desert called zabaglione con le pansarole. A place to stay Instead of brand-name hotels there are

delightful B&Bs like L’Adagio in Badalucco, with five suites equipped with small kitchens on an olive farm, plus a spa and a sauna. Check out its autumn packages which have you out in the olive groves shaking loose the olives with long poles. San Remo makes a sound base for trips into the valleys with some decent restaurants like La Pignese, close to the promenade and set back from the main road in a quiet square with outside tables. The ultra-modern Victory Morgana Bay doubles as a nightclub – all purple strip lighting and huge glass windows – and in addition to Italian seafood there is a menu of sushi and sashimi for when pasta dishes get the better of you. Rediscover beautiful Genoa Time has to be found for Genoa and its atmospheric old quarter, once in danger of becoming rundown but now decidedly bijou, with tiny specialist shops that have remained in the same families for generations. Via Garibaldi is a showcase for the splendid architecture built for nobility in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. One vintage building is now the Palazzo Grillo Hotel, its conversion carefully preserving much of the original detail. Equally charming is the impressively designed Melia Hotel which does an excellent affordable lunch in its Blue Lounge restaurant. Be dazzled, too, by the staircase in the hotel Bristol Palace and its Giotto Restaurant serving Italian haute cuisine in a grand dining room. Western Liguria is Italy without the crowds and the tour coaches. Mountain walks will be solitary ones, local people welcoming and happy to explain their particular take on focaccia or pizza or bread. Locally grown organic beans, saffron, artichokes, olives and more all make appropriate gifts for family and friends. Western Liguria, in short, is lovely.

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Fine editor Lucy Pitts explores the ancient city of York and unearths some of the many reasons to visit.


ork - ancient walled city which throughout the centuries has seen Vikings, Romans, railways, religion and wars, the wool trade and chocolate, and quite a bit more. It’s architecturally stunning, culturally diverse, and a haven of places to eat and drink. What could be better for a weekend away?

Getting to grips with this vibrant city It’s easy to forget quite how much there is to do in this vibrant city which sits so proudly on the River Ouse. But any

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visit has to start with a compulsory walk around the 3.5km of medieval city wall - if only to get your bearings and catch tantalising views of some of the gardens, courtyards, alleys and buildings within. As you walk, you’ll also of course inevitably be drawn to York Minster. You just can’t visit York without spending some time in awe of its 13th century gothic extravagance, magnificent medieval stained glass and sheer glorious size which captivates even the most regular York

visitor. And you don’t have to be spiritual to enjoy a few moments of calm in the cool nave near the heart-shaped design known as 'The Heart of Yorkshire' near the west window or to enjoy the exquisitely hand carved stone work. With a renewed sense of reverence, why not then head to the Shambles for a stroll down this narrowed cobbled street over hung with 15th century facades or to the eclectic daily Shambles Market, the largest market in the North and always a good place to linger.

York iss a pla place ce to indulge in he past, past to linger lin in the in the present and to replenish body and soul Take time out to enjoy a few indulgent delights As you’ve now already sampled three of York’s headline attractions, you can start to explore some of the detail. And if you’ve arrived on a Friday afternoon, a restorative afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square is inevitably in order as you plan the rest of your stay. There’s a delightful sense of opulence here, the interior having been inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner. Their traditional Afternoon Tea includes smoked salmon and cold meats, scones and miniature cakes. Or you could just opt for the pink champagne option! Well why not? Consider a tour There are dozens of different tours to choose from in York whether you want to stay within the walls of the city or go further afield. The independently run “Tours in a Dish” is a must for food lovers and takes you on a historically-rich journey round the best places to eat and drink in York, revealing the authentic, the diverse and the delicious!

night in a vintage double decker bus to reveal the mysterious, unearthly and dark secrets of the city. And no visit to York is really complete without a river cruise to take in the sights from a calmer more leisurely perspective. Planning museum visits There are some 30 museums in York which cater for every interest. One of the most well-known is The Jorvik Viking Centre which sits on the site of a Viking settlement discovered in the 1970s and has just had a large-scale restoration and revamp after flood damage. The Centre is famed for its smell which is a big part of what makes this museum so evocative. Is it fire you can smell? Fish? Or just Viking bad breath, you ask as you’re transported back by time travel to AD 960 and an interactive Viking settlement. Mansion House is another must see and again, it’s just re opened after major restoration work. Built in 1732, it tells the story of all the Lord Mayors of York from the Middle Ages to date and is home to an extensive gold and silver collection as well as a beautiful Georgian kitchen.

And the new Visit York chocolate trail includes 11 chocolate venues such as chocolate factories, museums, shops and stately homes as it tells the story of York’s chocolate past.

And then there’s York Dungeon with nine live and very sensory shows, the National Railway Museum, air and army museums, the Henry VII Experience Museum and the list goes on. As do your choices of art galleries and theatres.

Alternatively, for the brave and daring at heart, try one of the city’s ghost trails which will guide you around the city at

Escaping the city Of course, it’s a stone throw from York to the vast wonders of the Yorkshire

countryside and if you can find the time, one place well worth the effort has to be the famous Castle Howard. The setting of dozens of films including Brideshead Revisited, it’s home to the most fabulous rooms, incredible works of art and 1000 acres of parkland. Places to eat For finer dining loosen your belt and try Skosh (which describes itself as serving contemporary British cooking with an international influence) recommended in The Michelin Guide, Melton’s Restaurant with its five-star rating in the Good Food Guide or Le Cochon Aveugle with its six-course seasonal tasting menu. Or alternatively just head to any one of the dozens of bistros, restaurants and cafés in the centre of town. Places to stay From Airbnb to the grand Victorian station hotel (The Principal York), there are plenty of centrally located places to stay. The 5-Star Grand Hotel and Spa has beautiful Edwardian architecture and splendour in abundance and the sublime Grays Court tucked in the shadow of the Minster is one of the oldest inhabited houses in York. York is a place to indulge in the past, to linger in the present and to replenish body and soul. A weekend break isn’t really long enough to discover the full depth of this city, but it certainly makes for a very pleasant taste of some of life’s finer pleasures! Plan your visit by visiting

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Seasonal, local and quality ingredients

at The Parsons photography:

If you ask Lee Parsons, Chef Owner of The Parsons Table in Arundel, what the foundation of good cooking is, he’ll say “great ingredients make great food…it’s a simple as that.” At his 34-cover restaurant which he runs with his wife Liz in West Sussex, the dishes are focused around fresh seasonal produce where and whenever possible.


ince they opened two and a half years ago Liz and Lee Parsons have formed great relationships with some fantastic local suppliers who share their dedication in sourcing the best products from around the region. Much of the fish they use for their daily changing ‘catch of the day’ is from along the West Sussex coastline. Currently the delicious heirloom tomatoes from Nutbourne Nurseries are incredible and their meat is sourced from local farms. West Sussex corn has just come into season so expect to see a few tweaks to their menu in the upcoming weeks. Liz says “We’re a small family run business and in turn we want to use incredible produce and support independent businesses like ourselves. Why would you not when there is such an abundance on our doorstep!” Lee adds “Our philosophy since we started hasn’t changed, we simply won’t compromise on ingredients and we hope by selecting the best our locality can provide, we won’t need to.”

The Parsons Table is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday and all menus can be found online at . Call 01903 883477 for reservations.

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The Art

of colour

Sharon Withers is the founder of No Naked Walls Galleries.


fter graduating from The Slade School of Fine Art she has achieved a reputation for excellence and expertise and has exhibited her work at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Finalist of the Gilchrist Fisher Award for young landscape artists, exhibited at The Affordable Art Fair and has artwork in collections all over the world. Sharon’s work is vibrant, she uses multiple layers of oil paint to build up atmosphere in her paintings which portray the ever changing landscape creating dramatic abstract – landscape paintings. Sharon is well known for large scale statement paintings creating a centre piece for a room. Sharon’s paintings deliver maximum visual impact and are equally suited to the home interior or as a statement piece within the corporate environment. Sharon often works to commission and works closely with her clients to achieve the

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perfect painting. She has completed many successful commissions. Please contact us at if you would like to discuss a commission or home visit. We can bring artwork to your home to inspire and will happily take the time to discuss your vision. To see more of Sharon’s paintings please visit or pop in to No Naked Walls Galleries. 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

Lifeat a better pace Retire to Charters Village and enjoy the best of both worlds

Residents who have chosen to retire to Charters Village in East Grinstead have the best of both worlds. They enjoy all the benefits of stunning, landscaped gardens without the chores associated with their upkeep. The grounds are lovingly managed by the village gardening team enabling residents to take full advantage of their hard work. Beautiful rural setting That could mean strolling around the cut paths in the wild flower meadow, sitting peacefully, enjoying strawberries and cream, a glass of Pimms or a barbecue or enjoying an impromptu outdoor game on the lawn. Charters Village is characterised by its mature trees, manicured lawns, carefully tended borders, neat, swept paths and an explosion of summer colour from the flowering baskets.

The award-winning age-exclusive retirement village has proved incredibly popular and there are just a few plots still available in the latest development of one and two-bedroom apartments. Fabulous facilities Discerning purchasers are able to live independent retirement lifestyles in the privacy of their own homes yet tap into a range of communal facilities in the stunning Charters Towers – an exclusive residents’ clubhouse complete with bar, restaurant, sun room, conservatory, library, doctor’s surgery, hobbies room, residents’ lounge and meeting rooms. There are even guest suites for visiting friends or relatives to stay overnight should they choose. Wonderful sense of community Existing residents have already created a strong sense of community with lots of special interest groups established and

an active social calendar enabling people to pick and choose what they want to do, whenever they want to do it. But don’t take our word for it, come and see this wonderful place for yourself. Make an appointment to visit and join us for a cup of tea. You could also view our new two-bedroom show apartment to see why retirement living at Charters Village continues to prove so popular. Our marketing suite is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am until 5pm. Prices start from £345,000 leasehold. Other charges apply (please ask our sales team for full details).

For more details. please contact: chartersvillagesales@retirementvillages. or tel: 01342 870871 or visit

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Does sleep affect

school performance?

Nutritional Therapist Suzanne Sawyer serves up a timely reminder of how and why to ensure the kids get a good night sleep


leep is especially important for children with growing bodies and minds. Prolonged lack of sleep can lead to depression and attention deficit disorders as well as difficulty retaining information and in trying to staying awake during class. Some sleep researchers suggest that children go to bed too late and according to one study, using electronic equipment i.e. computers and tablets can contribute to adolescents’ inability to fall asleep. Eating the right foods can help Your family’s chances of having a good night’s sleep can also be improved by incorporating certain foods into their weekly diet plan. For example, food that contains tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to make serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter instrumental in slowing down nerve traffic to the brain and has a calming effect. By adding more foods containing tryptophan, a natural sedative, you are giving yourself and your child a much better chance of good quality sleep.

Suzanne Sawyer Nutritional Therapist Healthwyze

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Some carbohydrates are particularly rich in this calming ingredient. For example foods such as potatoes, rice, bread,

couscous, eggs, seafood, chicken, turkey, humous, seeds and nuts are all high in tryptophan. Some to avoid Avoid caffeine rich drinks: tea, coffee and colas at bedtime as well as sugary drinks and foods such as cakes, biscuits and chocolate. Snooze foods Meals that are high in carbohydrates but low to medium in protein may help you to relax in the evening and ensure the best chance of a good night’s sleep: •

Scrambled egg with parsley

Tofu stir fry

Humous with wholemeal pitta

Seafood pasta

Tuna salad

Chicken/turkey sandwich

Chilli – not too spicy

Every living creature needs to sleep, especially children as it directly impacts their mental and physical development. So remember to think about nutrition as part of the sleep process.


Horsham Coffee Roasters began in the

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

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

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... we’ve got plenty on chil offerr to keep children happy, active and learning new skills


hether your children are at school, pre-school or still at home, keeping them active and still taking care of yourself isn’t easy. But at Slinfold Golf and Country Club we’ve got a fantastic range of facilities that helps you tick every box.

Teaching your child skills and keeping them busy From our fully staffed Sandpit Crèche (which welcomes babies aged from four weeks old up to children aged seven), right up to our Junior Health Club membership, we’ve got plenty on offer to keep children happy, active and learning new skills. Our sensory toys, baby gyms, mats, bouncers, rattles and more are a great hit with the tots, while our toddlers can play in our interactive ‘home corner', or get stuck into a host of art and craft activities. For older children who can’t wait to start using the gym, we run 'Teen Cardio' gym sessions, and there’s always our Fun Splash, swim lessons and sessions in the swimming pool. Or why not enrol your children in our Junior Golf Academy which runs weekly classes, roll ups and holiday camps.

Make time for some personal relaxation Everyone needs a little time for themselves and at Slinfold Golf and Country Club, we’ve got plenty of space and a whole host of treats to help you unwind. Relaxing in our stylish Spa Pool and Steam Room can help ease muscle tension following an energetic workout and reduce stress and anxiety. And once you’ve enjoyed some time in the Spa, why not treat yourself to some pampering at The Retreat. Our luxurious beauty and treatment rooms, are just a few steps from the Spa and offer a full range of face, body and beauty treatments, leaving you feeling rested, invigorated and looking your best. What better way to finish your “me time” than with a chilled glass of wine, a spot of lunch or a coffee, in our bar or better still, on our sun-soaked balcony with its stunning views over the lakes and greens. You’ll find Slinfold Golf and Country Club set in secluded grounds just outside Horsham. There’s ample free parking and we’re just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Down’s Link. We’d love to show you around, so why not give us a call on 01403 791154.

Enjoy getting active with our fantastic facilities and classes With your children occupied, staying fit and healthy has never been easier than at Slinfold. We’ve got a fully and newly equipped state of the art gym, a 20-metre heated pool and classes of every description.

We’re offering a free Guest Visit for Fine Magazine readers worth £15.00. Simply contact the Membership Team and quote ‘Fine Magazine’ to receive your Guest Visit.

From Body Pump, Zumba, Body Combat and aerobics to Yoga, Pilates and Body Balance, all the classes and disciplines you could need are on site, making it simple to stay in great shape or get healthy and fit. And you’re always greeted with a friendly welcome.

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Back to School


Fine editor talks to Jon Perriss Deputy Head at Christ’s Hospital and Mike Lamb, Head of Shell (Year 9)/Director of Pupil and Staff Wellbeing at Hurst College about how to make the new academic year a success


ith children of my own, one of whom makes the big step up to year 7 this autumn, this time of year always leaves me feeling slightly intimidated. I’m full of good intentions about calmly supporting my children and encouraging them to do their best but as the new term approaches and the mad rush for school uniform and equipment kicks in, somehow it all gets a little chaotic. Then terms starts, and I find myself flinging the children through the school gate with a massive sigh of relief that I’ve made it this far only to realise that all my good intentions of being calm and supportive seem to have been left somewhere on a Mediterranean beach. And as term gets into full swing, it only seems to get worse! Thinking I can’t be alone in this, this summer I decided to ask two of our best local teachers, to see if they could share any advice on how to make the new academic year a success for both children and parents alike!

For pupils starting at a new school for the first time, what words of advice would you give?

they are doing. Their ups and downs are important to them, so make them important to you.”

Jon Perriss: “Involve yourself in as many different activities as possible. Music, drama, sport, games in the house; by throwing yourself into a plethora of activities you will open yourself up to opportunities you may not have known existed. You never know until you try.

Mike Lamb: “Parents need to support and be there for their children. Transition at Year 9 can be a tricky time for some pupils. Parents who appreciate that there will be ‘bumps in the road’ but who help and guide their children to deal with the bumps themselves are helping the pupils develop resilience and key life skills.”

Also, everyone is new and a bit nervous, so don’t worry. There are plenty of older pupils and adults to talk to and plenty to keep you busy.” Mike Lamb: “Be open minded, get involved, be friendly and smile. Having a go at everything with a positive approach is the best way to immerse yourself in your new school and make friends.” What is the single most important thing that parents can do to help their children at the start of (and throughout) the new academic year? Jon Perriss: “Communicate with your children and take an interest in what

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And what can, or should pupils do to help themselves to prepare and thrive in the new year? Jon Perriss: “Go into the new year with positivity and confidence; a glass half full approach will get you a long way.” Mike Lamb: “Pupils should ensure they are prepared for the new year by completing any tasks set by their school for the break. Having all equipment/ uniform etc. sorted is key too. That said summer is also a great chance to spend time with family and friends and doing whatever activities or hobbies the children enjoy.”


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Entrepreneurs Simon and Kelly Boylett explain how they turned their natural talent for furniture restoration into a thriving business and a source of quality home furniture and décor. Rustic-Charms furniture stockists and refurbishers began as a hobby for Simon and Kelly Boylett back in 2011. Pleased with the results we had achieved on our own furniture, we began to do a few pieces for friends and family. This in turn led us to make the decision of turning it into a business venture and we started selling out of our garage at home. Then we set a work shop up in the garden and this year, we finally decided to take the big leap and open a shop. We wanted our shop to be something a bit different and after a few months of hard searching we found our current location and fell in love with it. Church Lane Estate was once used as a mushroom farm and now the old buildings house various small local businesses. The

premises was a dirty empty shell, but with hard work, the long hours we put in all paid off. On 26th May this year we finally opened the doors! The aim at Rustic-Charms is to source and refurbish quality made furniture. A commission service is also available where your existing furniture can be updated or we can find a piece and refurbish that for you. As part of the service we can collect the furniture from your home and deliver once refurbished. Not only do we stock furniture, but we also have lots of lovely home décor items, soft furnishing and gifts. With approximately 1000 square feet to look around, we hope there is something for everyone.

We are also official stockists of Annabell Duke Chalk and Modern Finish Mineral Paint so if you want to try and have a go at painting something yourself, we can offer you advice and guidance as well as the perfect colour choice. There is always plenty to look at on each visit as the stock changes on a weekly basis, and if you can’t make it to the shop but would still like to purchase we have a reliable nationwide courier. Simon and Kelly Boylett Rustic-Charms Unit 12 Church Lane Estate, Plummers Plain, Horsham, RH13 6LU rusticcharmswestsussex

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The Chequers

at Rowhook

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utumn has to be one of the best times of year for both chefs and fine food lovers a like. It’s such a great time for enjoying nature’s abundance and the homely feel of slow cooked beef or gently sautéed game. Local produce and foraged ingredients As the summer lessen its grip, the team at The Chequers are already preparing their autumn menu based on produce harvested from their own grounds, local game such as pheasant, partridge, duck and venison and the fruits of Chef and Proprietor Tim Neal’s foraging. “I’ve learnt the craft of foraging over the last 20 years and the area between the North and South Downs is one of the richest belts. You can find plenty of Cep, Trompette and St George’ s mushrooms and even truffles” he explains. “We also grow our own vegetables, crab apples which form the base of our jellies, apples and berries for our tarts and desserts and our own herbs. All our game is shot locally and so our dishes have a real connection with the countryside that surrounds us.” Choose from a sheltered vine clad terrace or a roaring fire As ingredients simmer, the sheltered and sunny terrace at The Chequers is the perfect spot for a lingering lunch in September sunshine, especially if you’ve been exploring some of the local walks, woodland and autumn colours. And as temperatures drop, there is little more comforting than coming together in front of the fire to enjoy some of the very best cuisine the region has to offer.

Slow cooked dishes and comforting flavours Favourite autumn dishes here include bresaola, pheasant with sage risotto & crispy pancetta, and beef daube with horseradish mash. Wholesome, comforting flavours but with an elegant twist which combines the best of British, with Frenchinspired cuisine. Every dish is freshlyprepared in the country kitchen and of course, you’ve got a choice of wines sourced from all over the globe (from vineyards in Sussex to France, Italy and the New World) and handpicked local ales. A unique Sussex pub In the leafy and secluded hamlet of Rowhook, near Horsham, in a beautiful 15th century building, The Chequers has an outstanding reputation. It’s in the AA, Michelin and Master Chefs of Great Britain guides and offers the exceptional quality of a country house hotel, served in a less formal atmosphere. Good service is an important part of The Chequers and you’ll always get a warm welcome when you arrive. With a fine dining menu as well as choice of lighter dishes served in the bar area, what better way to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the gathering in of the harvest than an afternoon or evening spent enjoying The Chequers’ hospitality. Call to book or visit our website to have a look at the menu: The Chequers Inn Rowhook Road, Horsham, RH12 3PY 01403 790480

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Eat healthy! Time to say goodbye to any summer excesses


s the sun starts to slowly set on summer, there’s inevitably a moment when you realise you’ve over indulged. For those of us of a certain age, the worst culprit is usually sugar (and alcohol) which seems to be unforgiving in its treatment of our midriffs and general health.

Leonie Wright is a Nutrition Coach, Speaker, Author and founder of EatWright Over the last 8 years Leonie has helped over 250 people to improve their health and fitness through food, mainly by giving up sugar.

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From wanting to shed those few extra pounds, to tackling type 2 diabetes, there are many reasons why you might want or need to cut done on the white stuff, so this month I caught up with Nutrition Coach Leonie Wright to see if she could help. Leonie shared two straightforward recipes which are easy to whip up mid-week and should keep everyone happy. Explaining why she chose these two, Leonie said,

“These recipes have no added sugar other than the sugar in the vegetables. If you make or buy stir fry it often includes E621 which is a mono sodium glutamate which is harmful to the body. Also, herbs are often used, like for example Chinese five spice and that contains sugar. Pre-bought meals are also high in salt (and it’s the wrong kind of salt) and don’t include the good fats. The big difference with these recipes is that the sugar content is low. If you have to much sugar it will transfer into fat if the sugar is not used for energy. Plus, all the ingredients are fresh! Changing your regular mid-week meals to these healthier options is a terrific way to start taking those all-important little (but long lasting) steps towards a healthier diet.”

Ginger chicken with toasted sesame seeds


Nutritional value: Carbohydrates: 9 Protein portion: 1.25 Vegetable portion: 1.5


Serves 4 Ingredients: 500g chicken breasts, skinned and cut into strips 2 tbsp olive oil 1 leek thinly sliced 1 head of broccoli cut into small florets 1 large orange pepper cut into small squares ½ cauliflower, cut into small florets 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 2 tbsp sesame seeds 1 tbsp cornflour 1 tbsp water 4 tbsp soy sauce

In a medium dish combine the soy sauce with 4 tbsp of water. Toss and coat the chicken strips in the sauce and cover the dish with cling film. Chill in the fridge for an hour.

2. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon. 3. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and stir-fry the chicken and leek until the chicken is browned and the leek is beginning to soften. 4. Stir in the vegetables and ginger. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes 5. Place the sesame seeds on a baking sheet under a hot grill. Stir them once to make sure they toast evenly. Set aside to cool. 6. In a small bowl, combine the corn flour with 1 tbsp of water and whisk until smooth. Gradually add the liquid to the frying pan, stirring constantly until thickened. 7. Top with the sesame seeds and serve.

4 tbsp water

Stir-fried chicken with vegetables


Nutritional value: Carbohydrates: 5 Protein portion: 1 Vegetable portion: 1


Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil 2cm fresh root ginger, finely chopped 2 crushed garlic cloves 1 Large red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped 400g chicken fillet cut into 5mm strips or cubes 2 red onions cut in half and sliced 1 small pak choi cut into strips (400g) 1-2 tbsp soy sauce Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan or wok, add the ginger, garlic and red pepper and stirfry for 2 minutes

2. Add the chicken strips and stir-fry for another 3-4 minutes. 3. Add the onions and the white, hard parts of the pak choi and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. 4. Add the green parts of the pak choi and stir-fry on a high heat until the pak choi has wilted. 5. Finally add soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste and heat through for 1-2 minutes

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Why it is not too late

to invest in bonds That interest rates are going to rise in the UK and the United States is not in doubt. When and how quickly is another question.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said “it’s likely” interest rates will rise this year[1]. But, mixed economic data and a decline in inflation have put a rate increase on ice in recent months. Over in the US, where the economy continues to expand at a robust clip, further interest rate rises this year look more certain. Across the Atlantic, the debate is over whether the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates three times in 2018 or four times in total. Putting timing aside, the fact that we are in a rising rates environment is a watershed moment. Given that interest rates have been at record low levels for most of the past decade, it might also seem alarming. We would argue that there is no need to be overly concerned, but it is better for investors to be prepared. On the fixed income markets, we have already seen US government bond prices and yields move in the expectation of higher rates. In April the ten-year Treasury bond yield – Treasuries are the popular name for US government bonds – passed the 3% threshold for the first time since 2014[2]. When benchmark interest rates increase, yields on government bonds will tend to rise. They must continually re-adjust their yields to stay in line with the current interest rate cycle to ensure they remain attractive to potential investors. Meanwhile, a bond’s price moves in the opposite direction to its yield. Simply put when yields rise, traditionally bond capital prices fall. Selective opportunities Despite the threat of falling prices, investors can be reassured that even in a rising interest rate environment there will still be opportunities to make an attractive return from fixed interest assets. Different types of fixed interest securities are impacted in different ways by rising rates. Interest rate rises have a greater impact on fixed interest securities with a low risk of default such as government bonds. Amongst government bonds, called gilts in the UK, those with longer maturities are hit harder when interest rates rise – investors don’t want to be locked into a low rate for a long time. You are generally better off with shorter-term government bonds as rates increase. Fixed interest securities issued by companies, called corporate bonds, tend to be more sensitive to the economic outlook and a company’s underlying financial situation than rate rises. That gives grounds for optimism. In the US, for example, rates are expected to rise quicker than elsewhere because of the positive economic outlook. US companies reported their best profit gains in more than seven years and a record number beat Wall Street forecasts in the first quarter.

Valuations for corporate bonds have undoubtably reached lofty levels over the last decade. However, thanks to heightened corporate profits, the ratio of corporate debt to earnings is relatively low on a historical basis. Company balance sheets are looking healthier than they have for years, due to the deleveraging that took place following the financial crisis. This means companies are more likely to meet their interest payment obligations even if interest rates move higher. Corporate Bonds tend to have much longer maturity life spans than typical bank loans, which provides a buffer against default risk. The overall message is that the US corporate sector can handle higher rates, which should give rise to further spread tightening in corporate bonds against benchmark Treasuries. Undoubtably, corporate stresses will eventually rise, but it will likely take a recession for this to happen. Going direct Of course, you don’t have to worry about falling prices if you buy individual fixed interest securities direct and hold them to maturity. Provided the issuer doesn’t default, you know you will get back its “par value”, or 100% of its original value. Although providing broader credit diversification, there is no such certainty with a bond fund, which holds hundreds, even thousands of individual bonds. Fund managers can also be forced to sell bonds before maturity to meet redemption requests. This means fixed interest funds need to be selected with care. A manager’s skill, the team behind them and the flexibility of their approach, counts for a lot in a rising rate environment. At Brewin Dolphin our experienced analysts are constantly monitoring the fund marketplace to select the funds best suited to clients’ needs. Our investment managers can also build and manage a portfolio of directly-selected individual bonds. Whether you would like to invest direct or through funds, we can help you to make a real return from you fixed interest assets, even as interest rates rise. Paul Cannons, Investment Manager, Brewin Dolphin Reigate

About Brewin Dolphin Brewin Dolphin is a UK FTSE 250 provider of discretionary wealth management. With £39.7* billion in total funds, it offers awardwinning personalised wealth management services that meet the varied needs of over 80,000 account holders including individuals, charities and corporates. We give clients security and wellbeing by helping them to protect and grow their wealth, in order to enrich their lives by achieving their goals and aspirations. Our services range from bespoke, discretionary investment management to retirement planning and tax-efficient investing. Our focus on discretionary investment management has led to significant growth in client funds and we now manage £34.3* billion on a discretionary basis. Our intermediary business manages over £11* billion of assets for over 1,000 advice firms either on a discretionary basis or via its Managed Portfolio Service. In line with the premium we place on personal relationships, we’ve built a network of 29 offices across the UK, Jersey and Dublin, staffed by qualified investment managers and financial planners. We are committed to the most exacting standards of client service, with long-term thinking and absolute focus on our clients’ needs at the core. The value of investments and any income from them can fall, and clients may get back less than they invested. *As of 31 March 2018 Reigate: 45 London Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9PY | t: 01737 223 722 London: 12 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9LA | t: 020 3201 3900 Disclaimers The value of investments can fall and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The information contained in this document is believed to be reliable and accurate, but without further investigation cannot be warranted as to accuracy or completeness. No investment is suitable in all cases and if you have any doubts as to an investment’s suitability then you should contact us. If you invest in currencies other than your own, fluctuations in currency value will mean that the value of your investment will move independently of the underlying asset. The opinions expressed in this document are not necessarily the views held throughout Brewin Dolphin Ltd.


Carney: Brexit uncertainty could delay interest rate rise, 19 April 2018. Financial Times: Global fund managers see 3% Treasury yield as attractive, 25 April 2018.


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Every December the gardens at The Three Crowns in Wisborough Green are transformed into a Festive Winter Wonderland Back for its 5th year, the two huge Nordic style tipi hats with their interiors adorned with fairylights and reindeer hides create the most magical party space. Offering a range of entertainment, 2017 saw a host of acts from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Tribute nights, fantastic local bands, wreathmaking lunches and Carol Singing. The space is perfect for large grouos looking for a Christmas party venue and depending on party size exclusive use is possible. This year our popular party nights are running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout December. So whether you are a party of 4 or 44 get in touch.

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The Vauxhall

Grandland X

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here are many things this world needs and there are many things this country needs but I would be very confident in saying another mid-sized SUV is not one of them. In fact, I would even be happy to go a step further and say the market is 100% completely saturated. That said, the ridiculous level of SUV choice out there only exists because the buying public show a clear demand for it, so who I am to disagree? To that end dear reader, I give you the Vauxhall Grandland X.

2 options as well as a 1.2 turbo charged petrol engine. My test car had the later option and it is a cracking little engine. It delivers nearly 130 bhp and is brilliant on motorways as well as smaller roads. It just loves to be revved and really rewards both aurally and in terms of speed. Where it does really lack though is torque; there isn’t any. A little extra throttle does get rid of the problem in low gears, but it does require a conscious effort to get the right gear…although when you do, it is great!

Looks It really is hard to stand out in such a busy segment and the Grandland doesn’t really try. What it does manage to achieve is very positive though. It is a good-looking car and although it may not draw looks from passers-by, most people don’t want that anyway. It does look good sitting on the drive way and it certainly holds its own against more expensive rivals.

Interior The Grandland X is a nice place to be. The cockpit is well appointed, and the seats are firm and positive. The driver gets a powered seat which is always welcome. What is really good is the air-conditioned seating where cold air is forced through the back of the seat. This is a very nice touch in hot weather. The cabin is perhaps not the most spacious, but it is certainly a match for most competitors of the same size. The materials are surprisingly plush, and the cabin feels like a quality car all round.

Driving The Grandland was a bit of a surprise in the handling department. It offers a very firm ride and handles corners well. So well, in fact, it is the kind of car that goads you into pushing it a little on twisty B roads and that is very commendable. How far it could actually maintain this vigour is up for some debate though. The driving position is good, and you feel well connected with what’s going on. The gear shift is a little notchy and light, but this is something only a purest would really think about. Power While some big brands are no longer making diesels, the Grandland still has

Tech The infotainment system is functional and higher specs come with more toys as one would expect. The touch screen works well but there are a few user experience issues; it took me a very long time to work out how to change the direction of the air flow! That said, it’s far less cluttered than many other cars and navigation is simple. Overview With a segment so full it is very hard to give a definitive winner. The Grandland

is actually built in partnership with the Peugeot group and as such carries an engine made and built by them. So it’s commendable that Vauxhall have managed to make a very different car to the Peugeot 3008 on which it is based. Even though it is an SUV, there is no off-road discussion here; Vauxhall offer no all wheel drive option and have made no noises to suggest there will be one in the future. So, if you are looking for something capable of getting out of a muddy campsite or through a bit of snow this may not be the car for you. However, the overwhelming majority of SUV buyers don’t seem to be looking for these traits, so Vauxhall may well have done the right thing here. The Grandland starts at around £22,000 and our test car was just over £28,000. This is a lot of money, but Vauxhall are delivering a solid, well built, comfortable and good-looking car for the price. It may lack torque and any off-road ability but so do most of its rivals. Nissan certainly offer some serious competition with the Qashqai and the SEAT Ateca is also something to consider but the Grandland is certainly worth a test drive; it’s subtle but very stylish looks will win over a good percentage of buyers. Vauxhall may be a bit late to the SUV party here, and the Grandland cuts very little new ground, but perhaps it’s still best to consider it a product of its competitors’ mistakes and a distillation of other brands’ work!

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Mole Valley Specialist Cars The Leading Prestige Sports and Performance Car Dealer for the South East and a part of British Motoring History


n the world of British motorsport, George Eyston is a legend. In the 1920s and 1930s, George raced at Brooklands, entered Formula One (and came 3rd in the French Grand Prix), raced MGs in the Mille Miglia and broke the Land Speed Record in “Thunderbolt”, built in the old KLG factory at Kingston Vale. Pioneering motoring at its best In 1935, three Eyston-coached all-female teams driving for MG entered the

infamous Le Mans 24-hour endurance race: unusually for the time, all three entries finished the race! George went on to break the land speed record three times between 1937 and 1939 and in November 1939 he became the first man to attain 300mph!! British motoring runs deep at Mole Valley In the 1980’s George Eyston’s grandson Charles Eyston joined forces with James Tilling (Jaguar Race Team member and Le

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Mans commentator) to form Mole Valley Motor Group. They dealt exclusively in the sale of low mileage sports cars, and famous Grand Prix racers from the 1950s and 1960s such as Innes Ireland, George Abecassis, Mike Salmon and Jack Fairman regularly hung out in the showroom. Over 25 years of TVR James Tilling retired in 1987, but when in 1991 Charles Eyston saw the new TVR Griffith at the Birmingham Motor Show, it stopped him in his tracks. Mole Valley came to TVR with twenty years’ experience in selling sports and prestige cars and by 1992 Mole Valley had become an official TVR Main Dealer. From that day, the team have built on their passion and knowledge of these individualistic and unique British sports cars. Under its new ownership, the TVR brand has now once again been re-born with the launch of its new Griffith model designed by the legendary Gordon Murray…an exciting future awaits! A simple but compelling philosophy Charles Eyston felt that customers should always be treated in the same manner that he would expect if he was purchasing a car: “nice cars to nice people”, always with courtesy and hopefully with some humour! And it proved a successful approach which Mile Valley still follow today.

The Tuscan Challenge When racing is in your blood, you can’t ignore it and in 1996 the Mole Valley team entered the Tuscan Challenge with their own luminescent green Tuscan, which they launched at their second race at Oulton Park. The Tuscan quite literally took off at Island Bend but from then on, in that first season the team worked up to be a regular top six runner and the highest placed new dealer team in this exciting series. In 1997 Mole Valley teamed up with Rollcentre Racing. That year they secured third place in the Championship with Martin behind the Factory Team and Streber Motorsport. 1998 they won the Tuscan Championship and came third with their other Tuscan. A fair achievement for a Dealer Team, in a very competitive field of some 40 entrants! In 2000 the team built and entered a TVR Cerbera GTO in the British GT Championship and won the prestigious Spa Francorchamps race. Their success continued as they won or nearly won many major Championships in the early 2000s. Exceptional, prestige cars are our passion Today Mole Valley continue to sell exceptional, low mileage sports and performance cars and being an official TVR Heritage dealer, the interest in TVR is still as strong as ever.

Horsham Road (South of Dorking A24)

They also like to source exceptional, low mileage, and interesting sports cars and coupes, that are just that ‘bit different’. Their extensive stock selection can be viewed in their large indoor showroom and there’s an eclectic mix of classic and modern cars: Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Maserati and a lot more beside! The Mole Valley service technicians are Morgan, Noble and TVR enthusiasts, who take a pride in their work and love the cars that they work with, and the Mole Valley passion for exceptional cars remains palpable. If you are looking for a new or low mileage ‘specialist’ or performance car, why not experience that extra bit of care and expertise that comes with a century of British racing history and get to know some of the very best prestige cars on the market. You will always receive a warm welcome from Chris and John who will be happy to show you round their ‘toyshop’! Images: top and clockwise: George Eyston, Le Mans 1935 female team, “Thunderbolt,” George Eyston. You’ll find them at: Mole Valley Specialist Cars Ltd, Horsham Road A24, South of Capel, Near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JH or visit . Or you can call them on 01306 710088.

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diary WINGS AND WHEELS 25 - 26th August, Dunsfold, Surrey

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This high-octane celebration of British aviation and motoring is a fantastic note to end the summer holidays on. The jam packed 2-day event includes military and civilian air displays, motoring demonstrations, and record-breaking cars. Set in a 32-acre site which includes the Top Gear track, you can get up close and personal with a vast array of vehicles and aircraft, whilst enjoying live music, a fairground and all sorts of other family attractions. This year the event is supporting the Brooklands Museum and Help for Heroes.

GOODWOOD REVIVAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY 7th to 9th September, Goodwood, West Sussex One of the world’s largest historic motor racing events and the only one to be staged in period dress. In honour of Goodwood Motor Circuit’s heyday from 1948 to 1966, the event showcases high-quality, competitive racing and parades, featuring cars and bikes that are entirely authentic to that era. Each year, 150,000 visitors descend upon this rural corner of England creating the ultimate romantic time capsule – where automobile heritage and vintage style go hand in hand.

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PARHAM HOUSE 22nd _ 23rd September A celebration of traditional estate life and all that the harvest brings, Parham’s annual Autumn Fair presents the very best of homemade food and locally grown produce as well as activities for all ages. With estate tours, deer walks, gun dogs and falconry displays, there is plenty to see and do. Visitors can also enjoy a wide array of stalls selling food, drink and country wares. WORTHING LIGHT FESTIVAL 14th – 16th September, Worthing Seafront For something a little different, the East Beach Artists Collective presents an exhibition of stunning, sustainable art installations and sculptures that light up the beach. SURREY HILL CHALLENGE 23rd September, Surrey Hills Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills on the Greensand Way, this is a fitness challenge for people of all ages and ability. Burn off those summer excesses with a choice of 6 different length trails, from 1 km for the kids right up to 60km for the super fit! You can also choose from running, walking or canicross. Participants are encouraged to fundraise, and the chosen charity is the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, making it a great way to get out of your comfort zone and to give back at the same time! VELO SOUTH 23rd September, Starting at Goodwood, Sussex If you’re more of a cyclist than a runner, then Velo South is a must! Starting at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, this 100 mile fully closed road route takes riders on a breathtaking journey through the county of West Sussex. With c.1,500m of climbing, it’s a relatively challenging route, but after being treated to a grandstand finish on the hallowed tarmac of Goodwood, riders will complete a celebratory lap of the track and enter the paddocks to collect a wellearned medal! GREAT WALSTEAD ‘SCHOOL IN ACTION’ OPEN MORNING 9th October, 9:30am – 11:30am Our ‘School in Action’ day is just that, we start with a welcome by our Headmaster, Chris Calvey, before embarking on a personal tour of our school by one of our students. A real life insight into who we are and what we do here at Great Walstead. Your visit will end with a reception hosted by Chris and our teaching staff who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Book your place today at: AUTUMN COLOUR WALK AT HATCHLANDS PARK 18th October, East Clandon, Surrey Take a seasonal stroll through the park and gardens with the senior gardener and enjoy the glorious autumn colours. This Georgian country residence is home to tenant Alec Cobbe and his collection of paintings, fine furniture and keyboard instruments owned or played by famous composers such as Elgar, JC Bach and Chopin. Situated in extensive parkland, there are also trails, children’s activities and the Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren – a natural adventure area featuring hand-crafted willow tunnels, domes and balance beams as well as a tree house to explore. RIPLEY BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS 27th October, Ripley, Surrey The Ripley Bonfire is one of the best supported bonfire events in the South East. Taking place on the last Saturday of October, it attracts up to 15,000 people. As well as the bonfire and spectacular firework display there is an extensive funfair, food stalls, live music and a bar which has a perfect view.

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hey appreciate that not all clients are the same, nor do they want to be treated the same, particularly when it comes to matters such as fees. Surrey Hills Solicitors endeavour to find a fee structure that works for each client, whether on a traditional hourly rate basis or if possible by offering fixed fees. The firm has a wealth of experience by way of its partners:

Rachael Anderson: family law expert and mediator – Rachael provides clear, constructive and sensible advice on all aspects of family law and mediation. Rachael is a Law Society accredited mediator and member of Resolution.

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The key areas of legal services offered are all manner of conveyancing and property work, family law and mediation, employment, dispute resolution and litigation, commercial and charity matters, wills, lasting powers of attorney and probate. The firm also specialises in the niche area of local government. Instructions range from straight forward to very complex and all are met with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.

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Fine editor Lucy Pitts has been unearthing some of the region’s diverse hobbies and clubs, and this month she’s been getting to grips with the region’s Speakers Clubs.


t always amazes me when I come across people who dedicate large amounts of their spare time in pursuit of a hobby, a passion or for personal development. Or who’ve taken a step further and joined the committee of one of the thousands of clubs that work tirelessly behind the scenes, normally voluntarily, for the benefit of others. And having been both welcomed and inspired by several very different organisations recently, I’ve come to

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realise what a wealth of knowledge, experience and support exists in these clubs and what a hive of fun, camaraderie and opportunity can be found there too. So in the next few editions of Fine, I’ll be exploring some of the fascinating activities and hobbies that take place slightly under the radar, and I’ll be getting to know some of the people behind the scenes. And what better way to start than with public speaking?

Want to improve your public speaking? Many people seem to have heard of Toastmasters, but few seem to have heard of the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC) which is a national organisation which has 3 clubs in our region (in Guildford, Reigate and Horsham). All the clubs that are part of the ASC follow a structured formula to help you improve your public speaking skills. You start very gently by working your way through a 10-stage process, each stage

there to help with one particular aspect of your public speaking, such as giving your speech structure, use of your voice and body language, use of humour etc. For each level you successfully complete, you get constructive feedback with certificates awarded along the way. A structured process Apart from the 10-stage process, there are lots of other opportunities to improve your public speaking. In some clubs they have a warm up session with mini speaking slots, there are also opportunities to chair meetings, all sorts of interactive educational sessions and there’s a chance to practice your impromptu speaking skills too. For more experienced speakers, there’s an advanced level section that you can tackle. And whatever level you’re at, when you feel ready, there are competitions you can enter that go all the way up to national level. Welcoming and supportive If all that sounds great, but a little daunting, don’t worry. The clubs are extremely welcoming and friendly. There’s a feeling of “we’re all in this together” and you can feel other club members willing you to succeed. In fact, if you’re going to stutter, stumble or forget what you’re saying (and let’s face it, we’ve all been there), there is really no better place to do it. Fellow club members metaphorically pick you back up when you fall and help rebuild your confidence until you don’t need their support anymore! And they’re an eclectic bunch! You may also be worried that club members will be stuffy, professional speakers who don’t often see the light of

day! That’s certainly what I expected but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The clubs have members of all ages (and at Horsham that ranges from aged 12 to age 82)! There’s a good mix of both sexes, with people from all walks of life and from all around the world - some of whom don’t have English as a first language. The range in ability is diverse too. At one end of the membership spectrum you have members who have never spoken in public before or who feel sick to the core at the very thought of it. At the other end of the spectrum you have talented, experienced speakers who want a chance to give back and support and mentor others as well as continuing with their own speaking journey. Don’t let fear hold you back Most clubs meet regularly twice a month but there is no compulsory attendance. You attend when you can although it gets a little addictive and the more often you go, the more often you want to go! They say that public speaking is one of, if not, the one thing that people fear the most. And yet it’s also widely acknowledged, that public speaking is a hugely important life skill and something that we nearly all have to do at some stage in our personal or professional lives, even if it’s just at that family wedding!

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How lucky we are then, to have affordable organisations within our region that can teach us, support us and mentor us, whatever stage we’re at in our public speaking journey. If you’d like to know more about our For more details about the national organisation, or for clubs outside the Sussex and Surrey area visit: http://

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What is the point

of education? Carolyn Burchell explores the real purpose behind education, changes to professional standards and the new apprenticeship levy

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f you have children, you’re probably well versed in the Sunday-evening-schoolon-Monday-blues and will, no doubt, have had to justify why school is necessary. I usually start with the whole “think of all the interesting things you’ll learn” moving onto “you’ll get to see your friends” finishing up with “because it’s the law and (you and) I will go to prison if you don’t”. In my experience this works until they’re about 8 and then only 50% of the time. Strangely, your child moving onto teenage angst and existential questioning about the futility of a formal education and what use a Latin GCSE will be in the real world, does make you think more carefully about what the true goal of education should be. Improving professional standards Learning, in my opinion, is a mind-set. Mortimer Adler wrote that “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” My profession requires me to learn constantly. Accounting rules develop, and in the last 3 years we have just seen a significant shift in financial reporting standards (in other words how accounts must be presented to the outside world). We’ve undergone an intense period of review and change in our tax regimes; the way in which we work and charge for our time and knowledge is evolving and tax law is running just to keep up. With the popular and political focus on the gig economy, personal service companies and self-employed consultants, I would not expect the degree of scrutiny to lessen in the near future. Additionally, peripheral legislation covering areas such as money laundering and data protection has impacted every person and business – both here in the UK and globally. Hence ensuring that everyone in my practice has the right training is of utmost importance – tailored to what they do for our clients. This is an excellent reason for using a qualified accountant as their professional bodies will stipulate and monitor the continued professional development (“CPD”) of their members.

wee are in n need oof neers of any kind engineers and train drivers those are the areas with the highest potential financial support

A move towards qualitative rather than quantitative Interestingly, the ICAEW and CIOT standards for CPD are now set in terms of identifying what is relevant for individuals rather than a universally imposed number of hours of lectures to be attended. This qualitative, as opposed to quantitative, approach is a positive development. It makes sense when you consider that what I need to know as an accountant advising owner-managed-businesses is completely different to an accountant providing services to a large multinational. Why therefore would we need to learn about the same things? We should always be putting our clients’ needs at the centre of every decision so why should training be any different? Back in the real world….one of my most favourite authors, Malcolm Gladwell,

wrote: “We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instructions.” (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking). I would also highly recommend his book, Outliers, which investigates why some people achieve so much more than others (think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs). A shift in attitudes Discussions with fellow practitioners in larger firms and with those involved in recruiting the next generation of ACAs at the ICAEW indicate that there has been a genuine change of attitude towards further education. Whereas, 10 years ago, almost everyone coming out of sixthform was considering a university place, there seems to be a positive shift towards alternative paths such as apprenticeships – both in traditional and now in professional fields. The feedback from managers is also that those coming through the apprenticeship route are more productive and have far better communication skills. The apprenticeship levy But where is the money coming from to fund these changes? The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and affects how companies fund apprenticeships starting after 1st May 2017. The levy is imposed at a rate of 0.5% on employers with an annual salary bill greater than £3 million and is paid to HMRC monthly along with PAYE and National Insurance. Each employer then has a levy account from which they can draw down funds to pay for approved training. The value of funds available is calculated according to the proportion of the workforce based in England and supplemented by a 10% Government top-up. This needs careful monitoring as any funds not used within 24 months are lost – a friend told me recently that his company have engaged a fulltime employee solely to manage their apprenticeship levy account. Employers with salary bills less than £3 million are not excluded from the scheme – they access support through the co-investment programme where the government will fund 90% of the training costs up to the funding band maximum – typically £12,000 for traditional apprenticeships such as carpentry or painting & decorating and £21,000 for ‘professionals’ such as architects and accountants. Reviewing the funding on offer by industry and job-type clearly shows that as a country we are in need of engineers of any kind and train drivers - those are the areas with the highest potential financial support. Food for thought for our angst-ridden teens. And the real point? Back to my original question – what is the point of education? In the end I believe that it is about members of our community gaining and maintaining the skills required to enable society to function as a collective. What is fascinating is to see how what society needs is changing.

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