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alk down any street in England and you can tell, almost instinctively, whether the doors and windows of a home really suit the structure of the building. When the windows are wrong it is blindingly obvious – but when they have been chosen well, or the original windows and doors preserved, the effect is often simply beautiful. So what should you consider when investing in new Timber Windows? For many homeowners, restoring the integrity of the original structure is paramount. When choosing windows and doors to faithfully replicate the appearance of the building in its heyday it is essential to study the size of the window sections, ensuring that they match the proportions of the original frames as closely as possible. Deep bottom rails, slim meeting styles and fine glazing bars are important details. In casement windows non-opening elements should be glazed with dummy sashes to ensure balanced sightlines. The amount of glass area is important and overly bulky sections should be avoided.The Timber WIndows range provides great dimensional flexibility and a wide range of choices to ensure traditional aesthetics are preserved, whilst providing 21st century levels of comfort, security and performance. Fungal & Insect


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Many options also exist to really break down the boundaries between the house and outdoor space, letting light flood in, such as the addition of a folding sliding door or a smooth running patio door. Time was when every window frame in sight was white. Today the choice of factory applied colours and finishes available adds a level of choice our predecessors would envy. With natural timber finishes, subtle shades of cream, green, blue and grey, as well as elegant black, the Timber Windows colour palette can help to highlight or to blend in. Multiple colours are also possible, with the option to finish the insides of your windows and doors differently from the outsides. We can also colour match to leading, quality paint brands to complement your interior colour scheme. Balancing the style, colour and choice of windows and doors appropriately all adds up to what our trans-Atlantic cousins call 'curb appeal' - a pleasing visual aspect for neighbours, passers-by and even future purchasers. This is the art and hallmark of a job well done. Timber Windows would very much welcome the opportunity to work with you, enabling you to enhance the value and beauty of your home through the addition of well-chosen timber windows and doors. To take the first steps simply visit our website, call us direct or pop into our showroom.


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IN A NUTSHELL this issue

40 a class above The all-new Mercedes. Featuring all the luxury you’d expect from the manufacturer plus seats that simulate a hot stone massage



the weddings issue

from field to fork

One of two annual weddings issues, this time round we present the best in venues, dresses and rings for when you say I do

We take a tour of the Goodwood Farm and find out how they are using the food produced in the estate’s restaurants

Regulars 12 The making of the issue

82 What to tell your kids about...

A welcome from our editor including the inspiration behind ‘Roaring Fires’

This issue, our education expert Jennifer Orgill passes on her advice for talking to your little ones about internet safety

15 The Residence One luxury stand-out home that’s on the market right now

122 In the diary A selection of forthcoming events across this county and beyond

28 Do tell Jonathan Dillon explains how to take a terrific photograph at any event |9

53 ever wondered about whisky? Tom Ford walked down a catwalk with a tumbler of it and Beyonce dances away with a glass in hand - whisky’s back



favourite things

Something sweet

Our selection of the finest products on the market including Graff diamonds, Montblanc and BoConcept - with gift ideas for this season

Thought sweetcorn was just for salads? Think again. With a handful of recipes that turn corn into cuisine



58 Top wedding venues

85 All the world’s a stage

A selection of the best places in Sussex to celebrate your marriage or civil partnership

Find out why drama has an impact on your children’s success long after the curtain comes down

64 With this ring

89 Hello sir

Gold, platinum and diamonds galore in this feature dedicated to jewellery for popping the question

We spoke to the head teacher at Seaford College about his approach to education at the school

70 Choosing a wedding dress

91 Success story

How to find the right style for your body shape with help from the experts at White Mischief Bridal

Louise Higson from Farlington explains why she believes the school is on a winning streak


IN A NUTSHELL this issue

100 keep that summer glow Winter can be harsh on our skin. Stay stunning with our expert’s tips on beating the moisture-zapping cold spell



amaze this autumn

roaring fires

With the cooler weather comes warm wools, cosy cashmere and a striking palette of greys, blues and black

If you’re thinking of adding a fire or stove to your home, browse our selection of the very best available – and get cosy

FEATURES 24 TH Baker’s makeover

45 Flower power

Congratulations to the jeweller, which has recently re-opened its Brighton store

Meet Sashma Windor, who’s on a mission to make floristry more environmentally friendly

27 Interested in interest rates?

105 Save your sight

Greg Mahon from Rathbones examines and explains the plans made by the Bank of England’s new chief

A consultant ophthalmologist from the Nuffield Hospital Chichester talks about the ways you can ensure your sight stays sharp for longer

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the making of ROARING FIRES

The inspiration behind this issue has been getting cosy. We all love summer, but there is something about golden brown leaves, the smell of bonfires, roaring fires and cashmere jumpers that makes saying goodbye to highs of 28 degrees that little bit easier. So with battening down the hatches, baking a few gingerbread men and grabbing a blanket in mind, we’ve put together 100-odd pages of things to help you warm up. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about whisky, fireplaces and fashion for autumn/winter are just the tip of the iceberg (sorry to revert you back to the thought of anything freezing). You’ll also find a


selection of beautiful bathtubs and tips from an expert on keeping your skin’s summer glow throughout the cold spell. Of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of Fine Sussex without us presenting some of the most luxurious and desirable products on the market. So you’ll also find Graff diamonds, the new Mercedes S-Class and Montblanc inside. Officially, though, this is one of our two annual ‘Weddings’ issues. And rather than simply publishing page after page of advertising from wedding-related suppliers, our aim here is to provide bride and groomsto-be with useful, entertaining and often calming features to make planning the big day a little easier. We lead with advice on choosing the dress - a big deal, I’m told.


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James Hood


Lewis Forsaith

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Katrina Smith Jennifer Orgill Benjamin Coren

PHOTOGRAPHY Jonny Dillon Danni Beach


Davey Pearson


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ADVERTISING child safety online

getting social at work “There’s no doubt that when used properly, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are powerful communication tools. They can help boost your visibility online, raise brand awareness and even improve your search engine rankings” DAN PURCHASE on using social media for business

“If your children share photos or videos online, you and your child can lose control of who sees them. Did you know that Facebook and many other online communities have an age limit of 13 and over?” JENNIFER ORGILL on internet safety for your children

strike a pose “Take a look around, look out for those moments when people are in conversation with each other, smiling and laughing. These candid shots make great memories when people are acting naturally, not realising they’re under surveillance”




The views and opinions expressed in the articles herein are those of the authors concerned and are not endorsed by the publisher. Whilst every care has been taken during the production process, the publisher does not accept any liability for errors that may have occurred or for the views expressed. Fine Sussex Roaring Fires 2013 This publication is protected by copyright. ©2013

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Finale House Finale House is situated on the tranquil, prestigious private Kingston Gorse Estate, considered one of the most exclusive on the West Sussex Coast. Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in a unique hamlet of special scientific interest, it has vast uninterrupted direct views of the sea. The property is situated at the foot of the South Downs with direct access from the garden to the greensward and beach. This is an impressive coastal property with exceptional sea views. Inside the home comprises an entrance hall, dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen/breakfast room/ family room and utility room. There’s also a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and games room. The master bedroom suite has a dressing room and there are five further bedroom suites. Outside, the home has mature gardens. Price Guide £2,800,000 Contact Knight Frank on 01403 339180 for more information or to schedule a viewing.

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Cumberland House

Cumberland House is a charming Georgian Grade II listed village house with origins believed to date to the 17th century. Originally thought to be a farm, the property was rebuilt in the mid-18th century as the Duke of Cumberland Inn and subsequently attached to the village Bakery. A notable previous owner includes the Dowager Marchioness of Reading. The home is set in the most beautiful landscaped gardens and includes a reception all, drawing room, dining room, study, family room and kitchen and utility area. In addition, there is a breakfast room, master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room as well as three more bedrooms. There is another family bathroom as well. As if that wasn’t enough, the property also comes with a cellar and a period stable barn.

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Cranleigh £4,450 pcm

Ockley £4,495 pcm

A period home offering six bedrooms in a stunning setting with tennis court, swimming pool. EPC: E Horsham Lettings 01403 254877

A six bedroom character house with many beautiful original features situated close to Ockley village. EPC: E Horsham Lettings 01403 254877

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Cranleigh £5,550 pcm Beyond your expectations

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Cranleigh £6,950 pcm

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A stunning eight bedroom Grade 2 listed period house offering spacious accommodation with an outdoor pool. Horsham Lettings 01403 254877

Occupying a prime elevated position in the sought after Willinghurst Estate. EPC: E Horsham Lettings 01403 254877

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Chanctonbury Walk, Storrington Ä


A lift-served top floor apartment enjoying lovely views in a discreet retirement group, just 300 yards from the village Delightful position with views and the Downs visible | Light interior | Entrance hall | Double-aspect 19ft living room | Refitted kitchen with appliances | Refitted shower room | 17x11ft main bedroom with wardrobes & views | Bedroom 2 or study | Heating & D/Glazing | 60+age restriction | Resident & visitor parking | Attractive maintained gardens | Emergency/alarm system | No Chain | EPC to follow |

Storrington Ä

Offers Ä485,000

End-close location backing onto woodland, a walk from the village & schools. 1,615 sqÅ interior, 5 beds & 2 bathrooms 22x15 living room | Large bay window dining room | 19x13 kitchen & family dining room | New cloakroom | Main bedroom & ES shower room | 4 further bedrooms | Bedroom 5/study | Family bath & shower room | Gas CH, DG | Large, mature rear garden with own gate to National Trust woodland | 19x16 double garage plus 15ft store | No through traffic and away from roads | EPC D |

Birklands, Storrington Ä

Offers Ä395,000

The South & West Penthouse in this exclusive private lane location, a walk from the village & Downs 1,485 sq ft interior | Wonderful south views | Tranquil area with no through traffic | 21x21 ft drawing room | 17x15 ft kitchen with dining space | Utility room | Elegant entrance hall | Luxury cloakroom & 2 ES bath/shower rooms | 2 generous double bedrooms with wardrobes | Good internal storage | Gas CH, DG | Delightful maintained grounds | External store | 2 car spaces | A no-chain sale | EPC B |

Enjoying sunny, south-facing gardens

Storrington village Ä

Offers Ä275,000

A charming Grade II Listed semi cottage on Manleys Hill. Large garden widening out up the hill behind the cottage Delightful 300 year-old cottage with exposed beams & timbers | Beamed sitting room with ingle-nook fireplace | Little study area | Dining room area | Farmhouse style kitchen breakfast room | Stylish bath/shower room | Vaulted main bedroom | Second bedroom with wardrobes | Rear patio and upper garden with south view | 2/3 car forecourt parking | No Chain | EPC D |

Storrington Ä

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Guide Ä439,500

Delightful, sunny & private position less than a mile from Storrington. 3 good bedrooms & 2 bath/shower rooms. Tucked-away setting away from busy roads | Wide entrance hall | Luxury shower/cloakroom | Sitting room | Dining/garden room | Kitchen & dining/breakfast room | Main bedroom & ES bathroom | 2 further double bedrooms | Recent new gas CH & DG | Extensive drive & parking | Garage plus rear workshop/utility | National Trust walks nearby | Beautifully planted gardens | EPC D |

Storrington Ä

Offers Ä465,000

Well-planned 4 bed, 2 bath/shower room home. Feature conservatory studio/family room & beautiful private garden Mature locality a walk from village & countryside | 1,500 sq ft layout plus double garage | Sitting room | Dining room | 13x12 all-year conservatory | 16x11 family room | 15ft kitchen/family dining room | Hall Refitted cloakroom | Main bedroom. dressing area & ES shower room 3 further bedrooms | Family bath & shower room | Gas CH & DG | Beautifully planted gardens | Detached double garage | EPC D (68) |

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Guide price Ä565,000

Sanctuary Lane, Storrington Ä

A particularly large 3 double-bedroom family house in a pleasant setting, handy for village amenities and the local first school

Enjoy this wonderful country view from this 2009/10 built New England-style home in a leafy lane about 1.3 miles from the village. 3 double bedrooms, or 2 plus a study. An ideal downsize or 2nd home.

Spacious 1,130 sq ft layout | Extra-wide west & south garden | Hall & landing 15ft Living room | Separate 12ft dining room | 15ft kitchen with IKEA fitments | Utility room | Cloakroom | Useful workroom/office | White bathroom | Gas CH & DG | Front parking & additional side area | Wide, rged road in an established neighbourhood | No chain | EPC C (74) |

Light, designer-theme 1,452 sq ft interior with oak floors & underfloor heating downstairs| 38ft through sitting room, dining room & kitchen with outstanding National Trust & Downs views | Separate utility room | Hall & landing | Cloakroom | 2 ground floor bedrooms with ES shower rooms (including Study or bedroom 3) | Vaulted main bedroom upstairs with wardrobes either side, stunning views and large bath/shower room | Gas CH & DG | Natural gardens | Sun deck | Gated drive and extensive parking | Many Craftsman & Eco features | Available as a no-chain sale | EPC B |

A fine 5 bedroom home with 4 reception rooms, 3 bath/shower rooms plus a home gym/office

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last one-bedroom apartment remaining ... Storrington

Offers Ä629,500

A stoneÅs throw from open countryside on the Amberley side of Storrington, a pleasant walk from village & Downs Traffic-free close | Built 2006 providing a light 2.100 sq ft interior Large central hall & imposing gallery landing | Drawing room with fireplace | Dining room | Second sitting room/TV room | Study | Home gym/office | Cloakroom | Kitchen breakfast room | Utility room | 5 first floor bedrooms with 2 shower room suites plus family bath/shower room | Gas CH & DG | Paved drive & parking | Matching attached garage with loft | Private gardens, attractively landscaped with lily pond feature & extensive level terraces | A no-chain sale | EPC C |

12 Church Street, Storrington

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Tanyard Lane, Steyning

Ä149,950 & Ä385,000

The last remaining 1 bed apartment and the exclusive lift-served Penthouse Luxury interiors, oak/carpet floors | Full appliance-fitted kitchens | Luxury Travertine bath & shower room | Underfloor heating & high insulation | Fitted wardrobes | The stunning 1,125 sq ft 2 bed, 2 bath Penthouse has high, vaulted ceilings and wonderful E,S & W Town & Downs views | Now priced at Ä385,000 with own parking |

Executive The Letting Experts

Horsham £1,600 pcm

Superb executive three bedroom unfurnished town house situated in a prime central gated development. Benefits include: single garage, driveway, central heating and garden. EPC Rating: C

Our Staff Leaders only employ exceptional people as we believe that our staff are the most important asset of the company. The enthusiasm, drive and dedication of our staff is what makes our company so successful. By choosing Leaders, landlords can feel confident in knowing you have our greatest investment, our staff, working hard to look after your most important investment, your property. Reputation We pride ourselves on having an excellent reputation within the industry and many of our landlords have chosen Leaders as their agent through recommendation. We see our relationships with our landlords as long term partnerships and many landlords feel that they are part of the Leaders family. We also have tenants who choose to use us time and time again, making us First In Letting for so many people. Experience Many lettings companies try and fail in a short space of time, intending to quickly benefit from a good lettings market. However since we opened our first lettings office in 1983, we have seen and overcome many property cycles and are still around today to tell the tale. As founding members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents we remain focused on lettings and many of our staff not only have years of experience in lettings but, are also ARLA qualified. Local Service We offer all the benefits and security of one of the larges specialist letting agencies in the UK, with the personal service you would expect from local, individual branches with fully trained managers and staff who are keen to take responsibility for all aspects of the letting process.

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Horsham £850 pcm

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Well presented two bedroom apartment situated a short walk from the town centre and station with residents parking. EPC Rating: C

Unusually spacious two double bedroom apartment, centrally located with allocated parking, central heating and en-suite to master bedroom. EPC Rating: C

Horsham £910 pcm

Horsham £925 pcm

Extremely spacious two bedroom unfurnished second floor apartment set within easy reach of the town centre and station. EPC Rating: B

Superbly presented ground floor part furnished apartment. Two double bedrooms (one with en-suite) and allocated parking. EPC Rating: D

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Eco-friendly Horsham £1,550 pcm

Eco-friendly four bedroom family house with contemporary Paula Rosa fitted kitchen and ceramic tiled bathroom with Roca sanitary ware. Sorry No Pets. EPC Rating: C

Balls Cross £975 pcm

Horsham £975 pcm

Horsham £995 pcm

A charming two double bedroom cottage in a rural hamlet and featuring a brand new fitted kitchen and gardens bordering woodland and paddocks. EPC Rating: E

Exceptionally spacious two double bedroom ground floor conversion apartment with private parking and en-suite to main bedroom. EPC Rating: E

Smart two bed two bath executive apartment in a modern development close to the town centre and within a short walk of the station. EPC Rating: B

Family home Southwater £1,250 pcm

Broadbridge Heath £1,100 pcm

Horsham £1,200 pcm

Spacious three bedroom unfurnished terrace house situated in a popular residential area with easy access to the A24 and A264. EPC Rating: D

Much improved three bed unfurnished house offering spacious accommodation in a popular residential area on the West side of Horsham. EPC Rating: D

Lovely three bedroom detached family house situated in a desirable area. Benefits include separate dining room, private garden, driveway parking and single garage. EPC Rating: D

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A NEW START for TH Baker Brighton

S Celebrated jeweller T H Baker continues to offer customers nationwide the best in prestigious watches and jewellery, with the official opening of its relocated Brighton store

Founded in 1888 by Thomas Henry Baker, the family business is currently in its 125th year


ituated at its new premises at 63 Churchill Square, the new T H Baker store opened its doors to customers in August. The new store location occupies 2,000 square foot and visitors continue to be assisted by a team of knowledgeable staff, headed by store manager Zoe Evans. The new store also helped to create several new jobs. T H Baker Brighton boasts specialist boutiques dedicated to names such as TAG Heuer and Breitling as well as Pandora, Links of London, Gucci and Thomas Sabo - offering customers the ultimate one-stop experience for all fashion accessory requirements. These special boutique areas are complemented by the store’s range of other best-selling jewellery brands and some of the most renowned timepieces on the market today. The opening weekend was a great success according to manager Zoe Evans, who told Fine Sussex: “It was a great start for a new store that we think offers our customers, old and new, a great shopping experience.” An official launch event in support of the opening is soon to follow.


Following the store’s debut weekend, director Phillip Higgs added: “It is with great delight that our new store in Churchill Square is now officially open for business. The opening weekend was a fantastic success and far exceeded our expectations. I must say a special thank you to all our staff and customers who came to celebrate the opening with us and made it such a memorable day. We are very much looking forward to a long and prosperous future in Brighton.” Founded in 1888 by Thomas Henry Baker, the family business is currently in its 125th year of business and continues to welcome new customers in experiencing quality, choice and value for over a century. Although T H Baker Brighton is part of the company’s network of Southern stores, the past 10 years has seen the business expand into Worcestershire, Shropshire and the West Midlands, with plans for more stores underway. Find them at 63 Churchill Square Brighton or go to

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Greg Mahon, from investment management firm Rathbones, examines the changes and plans made by the man who’s taken the reins at the Bank of England and comments on his new approach to managing interest rates


Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England (BoE), recently announced the organisation’s new approach to managing the economy. Having been invited by George Osborne to adopt new monetary policy tools to stimulate growth in March, there had been widespread speculation about which measure Mr Carney would choose. At the Bank of Canada, he was one of the first central bankers to use ‘forward guidance’ to instil confidence. This involves giving clear guidance to investors, businesses and consumers on the direction and likely timing of changes in interest rates. Previously, central bankers spoke with Zen-like restraint about future policy in case speculation trapped them. However, since Mr Carney used forward guidance successfully in Canada in 2009/10, when he said that rates would remain at very low levels for at least 15 months, it has been adopted by the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan. Like the Federal Reserve, the BoE has chosen to adopt forward guidance on unemployment. Mr Carney signalled that it will not consider raising base rates from their record low of 0.5 per cent until unemployment falls to seven per cent. BoE forecasts indicate that the target will not be reached until 2016. However, Mr Carney’s big announcement wasn’t as well received as he might have wished. The stock market fell and sterling strengthened, suggesting that investors aren’t convinced by his guidance. This is because of the caveats that Mr Carney also outlined: the BoE will only leave rates unchanged if any of its three ‘knock-out’ conditions aren’t breached. Irrespective of its guidance, the BoE will consider raising rates if: 1. Its inflation forecasts for the next 18 to 24 months exceed 2.5 per cent; 2. There is a general expectation of higher inflation in the medium term; or 3. The BoE’s financial policy committee believes there is a risk of financial instability, such as a bubble in the housing market. In reality, all three of these are a distinct possibility, particularly as the BoE also confirmed the economic recovery by revising its growth forecasts: GDP has been increased to 1.5 per cent for this year and to 2.4 per cent for 2014. In the short term, Mr Carney probably won’t have to back-track as the BoE’s economists will no doubt continue their record of making optimistic inflation forecasts. The Chancellor hired a markets-savvy former investment banker and gave him a mandate to get the economy growing at all costs. Mr Osborne will surely be delighted with Mr Carney’s approach as it suggests the economy will be allowed to grow unchecked until after the 2015 general election, greatly enhancing the Conservatives’ chances of winning a majority.

from three. Were sterling to weaken against the dollar, which is quite possible given that US interest rates are now likely to rise before UK rates, inflation would be pushed up by higher food and oil import prices. And, with a recovering economy, workers will start to feel more confident in asking for wage increases, particularly as real wages have been falling for over three years. So, we appear to be heading towards a period of higher inflation, which will be exacerbated by a government-sponsored housing boom. In these circumstances, interest rates would normally be increased before the end of 2014. However, with an election in May 2015 and a BoE governor with form in allowing asset bubbles to grow unchecked (i.e. the Canadian housing market), it is more likely that there will be a hard landing in 2015/16 as the BoE tries to shut the stable door after inflation has bolted. The tension between what should happen and what will probably happen is likely to increase volatility in financial markets (and ultimately in consumer expectations) over the next two years. Ironically, such uncertainty would be the very opposite of what forward guidance is intended to achieve. In the meantime, consumers should use the opportunity to reduce debt to a level that is affordable were interest rates to rise sharply in 2015. Greg Mahon is the regional director for Rathbones’ Chichester office. For more information go to

Mr Carney used forward guidance successfully in Canada in 2009/10, when he said that rates would remain at very low levels for at least fifteen months, it has been adopted by the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan

However, Mr Carney’s 2016 vision of strong economic growth supported by ultra-low interest rates, but without inflation, is very optimistic – particularly given that the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme may be stoking up a housing market bubble. With the economy returning to meaningful growth, a prudent BoE would contemplate a rise in interest rates as early as next year, particularly as they are currently so low. Instead, it is turning a blind eye and there is a real risk of inflation taking hold. Since December 2009, CPI inflation has been at or above 2.5 per cent every month apart

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How do I take an amazing photo?

Whether it’s a breath-taking landscape or casual candids at a wedding, taking a good picture is an art form. So we’ve enlisted the help of professional Jonathan Dillon to show us how it’s done Rule of thirds When looking through the viewfinder and lining up a shot, try splitting the scene up in to three segments, both vertically and horizontally (see image on right). Rather than taking a photo head on with the subject (like all the other amateurs will likely be doing), try placing points of interest either in one of the sections, or along the lines. For example, you could put a horizon in line with the top or bottom line, and the main point of interest off centre to one of the side sections. This makes pictures more interesting than the typical ‘point and click’ shots. If done right, this technique allows the viewer to browse across the image and see it in a more natural way.

Draw the viewer in Place an object or point of interest in the foreground of your photo to help guide the viewer in to the picture. Anything from a footpath, face, tree or handrail can be used to draw the eyes along and in to the deeper part of an image. Take a look at the image I took of Monument Valley in Arizona (above). The log helps guide you in to the centre of the picture.

Think of other angles Don’t just stay standing with the camera, get down to floor level, or perhaps elevate yourself with the camera and see how you can achieve different variations of the same shot. It’ll soon become evident which is more effective depending on the subject matter. You’ll be amazed at how moving the camera to a higher or lower position can completely change an outlook of a photo.


Lighting If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself at a scenic destination during either sunrise or sunset, be sure to make use of the changing light from the sun. There are two ‘golden hours’ to every day. These two times normally work best when taking landscape/scenery shots. Half an hour before and after sunrise, half an hour before and after sunset. This is when light is normally at its most dramatic offering interesting variations in colour. In the middle of the day, natural light is at its most intense as the sun is directly above. This harsh lighting can cause problems as it casts harsh shadows. These are particularly annoying when it comes to portrait photography, where a flash is normally used to fill in shading from the sun.

Perfect portraits When you’re a guest at a wedding or event, it’s all about waiting for that right moment to capture - taking nice photos of people having a good time. Take a look around, and look out for those moments when people are in conversation with each other, smiling and laughing. These ‘candid’ shots make great memories when people are acting naturally, not realising they’re under surveillance!

And don’t forget Always go out knowing your battery is fully charged, and if possible carry a spare battery with you. Make sure there’s enough spare room on the memory card, or take a few spares with you. Happy snapping! For more information go to or call Jonathan on 07811395511

Kitted out A tripod is ideal for stabilising the camera, in order to decrease the chances of image blur. You can pick up some really cheap, small travel tripods you can easily squeeze in to suitcases. Alternatively, if you find yourself without a tripod at hand, make use of your surroundings e.g. a wall or ledge of some sort to help stabilise the camera. A flash is essential to fill in shadows either when light is low, or if the sun is behind your subject and their face needs lighting up with fill light. Most cameras come with flashes, perfect for when fill light is needed.

About Jonathan “A friend of mine quit his photography course at university and I started using his camera. That was when I realised I had a passion for taking pictures so I carried on”, he told Fine Sussex. Now, almost three years later, Jonathan (or Jonny as he is often known) is a professional photographer, snapping portraits, landscapes and also taking on corporate or product assignments. The 25-year-old was mostly self-taught for his first year and went on to study a diploma at the Photography Institute in London.


SLR (Single-Lens Reflex)


Digital SLR

Automatic or full manual capability with interchangeable lenses. Takes film, which can become rather costly when developing the images. The only time you can view the images you have taken is after they have been developed.

This is the standard ‘pointand-shoot’ type of camera the majority of people own. They mainly just shoot in full automatic mode, and the lens cannot be changed. Images can be viewed straight away or uploaded to a computer for viewing. Perfect for the amateur who wants to take holidays photos or good memories with friends. Most record video as well.

The camera of choice for most professionals. Same capabilities as the film SLR, but with a digital back and does not take film. Images can be viewed straight away or uploaded to a computer for viewing. Some of the higher end models are able to record video.

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Sashma Windsor’s business, Lettuce Flowers, has won an international business award. The local company, which makes living, edible floral arrangements for corporate events and weddings, has won a Green Apple Environment business award. The company will find out whether it has won Bronze, Silver or Gold at a prize-giving event at the House of Commons later this year. Lettuce Flowers has been enjoying increasing success nationally and has created floral displays for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, the PEA Awards, Brighton Centre and Haymarket events and is becoming a familiar name on the Sussex wedding scene. Sushma created Lettuce Flowers as a sustainable alternative to the cut flower industry, which can cause environmental damage. The company supports local nurseries by using plants grown within a 35-mile radius of Billingshurst. All Lettuce Flowers’ displays and arrangements use edible plants, including herbs, edible flowers and, of course, lettuces. Windsor told Fine Sussex: “It’s such an honour to receive the recognition of an established awards scheme like the Green Apple awards. I’ve poured my

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The company supports local nurseries by using plants grown within a 35 mile radius of Billingshurst

heart and soul into Lettuce Flowers and have had a very positive response, but the company is still in its infancy, so the award is particularly gratifying. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Lettuce Flowers. From our plants and the way they are grown to the containers we plant them in and the transport we use, we’re always looking for ways to limit our environmental footprint. Our displays are every bit as beautiful as the kind of thing a florist would produce, but they go on living long after the event they were created for.” The International Green Apple awards have been running since 1994 and have become a feeder scheme for British entries into the Brussels-led European Business Awards for the Environment.

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Head to Petworth House for the changing of the seasons; pull on your wellies and enjoy a brisk autumn walk surrounded by the reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves in the park and pleasure grounds. Don’t miss the Ionic Rotunda, a great place to pause and take in the stunning views. Out in the parkland it’s time for the rutting season as the bucks in our herd of fallow deer lock antlers, why not join our rutting ramble and picnic (details below) to discover more about this autumnal spectacle. We’ve got plenty to entertain this Halloween too, with a spooky stroll through the woods on our haunted trail and potion making classes with Professor Grimble during October half term.

October events

The Haunted Wood

Monday 28 October to Sunday 3 November 10.30am to 3.30pm

Are you brave enough to enter our haunted woods trail? Little monsters will receive a small reward for their bravery. £3 per trail

Rutting Ramble and Picnic Lunch Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 10.30am–1.30pm Join our ramble and afterwards enjoy a picnic delivered to a scenic spot. Booking is essential on 01798 342207 £15 per person

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FESTIVE feasts there are plenty of special, seasonal events at Petworth House

Once the air turns even colder and our thoughts turn to Christmas, join us to celebrate the festive season. Wrap up all your shopping at our Christmas Fair, now in its eighth year, the fair offers 120 stalls with a range of exclusive gifts for all tastes and budgets. Escape the high street and browse our heated marquees, lit by chandeliers; mince pies, mulled wine and live music complete the relaxed festive atmosphere.

for the Eyes’ and discover the Servants’ Quarters dressed for a fantastical, imaginary feast. Wander through the Historic Kitchens piled with food and copper pots and pans, delight in twinkling Christmas trees made from bottles and exotic dishes made out of all manner of foods. You’ll find surprises at every turn, from the extravagant costumed mannequins to scurries of servant mice hiding in the each room.

In December join us for ‘A Festive Feast

November and December events Petworth House Christmas Fair

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 10.30am – 3.30pm If you dream of having your Christmas shopping all wrapped up in one day, under one roof, then look no further. Escape the bustle of the high street and indulge in a little retail therapy at the annual Petworth House Christmas Fair. Now in its eighth year, the event offers a range of exclusive gifts to suit all tastes and budgets in a festive but tranquil setting. Adult ticket: £5 (to include NT Members) Children FREE

Christmas spectacular - A Festive Feast for the Eyes

Saturday 30 November to Sunday 22 December (closed Thurs/Fri) 10.30am - 3.30pm A fantastical seasonal journey through our atmospheric Servants’ Quarters awaits visitors to Petworth House this Christmas, with the Historic Kitchens dressed for a fantastical, imaginary feast. Expect the unexpected but rest assured this festive feast will delight and enthral. Adults £6, Children £3, National Trust members free. Booking is advisable on 0844 249 1895. A Festive Feast for the Eyes will be officially launched on the 3rd of December with a drinks party jointly hosted by “rhubarb” Cranleigh with special guest Chef Heston Blumenthal. For a chance to win a pair of ‘golden tickets’ to this exciting evening event, simply book your tickets for A Festive Feast for the Eyes before Friday 22nd November to be entered into the prize draw which will be announced on Monday 25th November.

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real I GOOD FOOD At Goodwood you can enjoy a hearty, healthy and delicious meal made using ingredients reared, raised or grown just a stone’s throw away on its own farm. James Hood had a tour and learnt that care, experience and a commitment to traditional farming is what makes the venue’s menus unbeatable

t’s a pretty well known fact that fresh, natural food is best when it comes to our nutrition. And it’s also widely believed that choosing food from local sources comes with a low carbon ‘footprint’ and is therefore better for the environment. But rarely can we be quite so sure of where our meal has come from than when dining at Goodwood. Because although you probably know a lot about the historic house, the Revival event, the wedding venue and the incredibly stellar Kennels members club, you might not know that the estate also has a farm. But this is not just any farm. Here they provide not just wholesale suppliers with high quality produce, they also supply Goodwood with home-grown, fresh food and drink. That means that in the estate’s restaurants such as the Richmond Arms, you can be sure that, where possible, the food hasn’t travelled very far. The farm spans 3,500 acres and rears cows, sheep and pigs in vast fields and pens, allowing them to roam free, eat fresh grass and generally live a ‘happy life’ as farm manager Tim Hassell puts it. He said: “The animals are born and reared on the estate and for most of their lives they’re outside in the open air. We’d only bring them in if the conditions were particularly harsh. It’s a nice, natural way for them to live. They thrive like this. We wouldn’t have it any other way.” As the in-house butcher John Hearn explained, it’s not only good for the life of the animal – it can have a significant influence on taste. He told Fine Sussex: “There is no doubt that a well reared cow, pig or sheep that is free to roam and eat fresh grass and feed produces a better end result for the consumer. It’s particularly true of the cows, which we use for steaks, because they develop muscles that add taste if they can run free. These are beautiful animals that are treated with respect. And our customers enjoy the meat they produce because of that. It also makes a big difference when the animals live on the same farm as the meats are prepared. Our burgers for example are made on-site from mince, oats, salt and pepper. Nothing more. You won’t find any fresher.” In case you needed any reassurance about the quality of the processes and produce at the Goodwood farm, you should know it’s not only John and Tim who believe that what they do makes for excellent, wholesome food and dishes. The Great Taste Awards, one of the most respected benchmarks for superb food in the UK, has awarded Goodwood with two Gold Stars. And speaking to Tim, it’s no wonder they are award winning. The Sheffield-born farmer has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry and says that life at the Goodwood farm is a 24/7 job that usually sees him working seven days a week. He talks at length about the management and forward planning required to make a farm like this run effectively. “We move the animals around depending on the time of year and to allow crops to grow. Then they always have fresh food to graze on. People think I only have to plan the feeding of the cows or the shearing of the sheep. But I am already thinking about the logistics of 2014!”


It makes a big difference when animals live on the same farm as the meats are prepared. Our burgers for example are made on-site from mince, oats, salt and pepper. Nothing more

The farm is known for producing not only beef, pork and lamb, but a range of other food and drink including cheeses, milk and even beers that are all homegrown. And all of the food and drink is used by the estate’s restaurants at The Kennels and The Richmond Arms. There you can enjoy a lunch or dinner (check the individual venues for times and availability) that’s been prepared using the finest foods from not too far away. At the Richmond Arms head chef Simon Wills is responsible for turning the food into a dish. And on the menu you’ll find creations such as cheese soufflé to start, home-reared lamb chargrilled and served in hay, Goodwood beef or pork shoulder for a main course, and apple and blackberry crumble for dessert. Of course, like any good restaurant, there is a wide choice available. So fish lovers can still order a fillet of salmon if they wish. But the real treat at Goodwood is knowing the food has been lovingly raised and prepared – so a home-grown dish is highly recommended. As Simon puts it: “Most of what we need is here already. The barley for the beer, the milk we need for the butter, the bacon... it’s all at my disposal, which as a creative chef is a dream come true. It is terrific to be able to say that the menu is wholly influenced by the produce that’s made available to me. And I think our guests benefit greatly from that.” To book a table at The Richmond Arms call 01243 775537 or go to

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OK, so it might not be the most extravagant food you’ll eat, but here in rural Sussex, fresh produce is on our doorstep. So as it’s in season and sublimely tasty at this time of year, here are a few recipes - for sweetcorn

Spicy sweetcorn and black bean burgers

What you need to do

What you will need (serves 4) • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 small onion • 2 cloves garlic • 1 jalapeño pepper • half a red pepper • 1 x 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed • 1 x 195g can of sweetcorn, drained and rinsed • 50g plain bread crumbs • 2 teaspoons cumin • Teaspoon curry powder • Teaspoon cayenne pepper • Teaspoon dried oregano • Salt and pepper • 50g plain flour (or as needed) • Burger buns • Sliced cheese • Shredded lettuce • Sliced tomatoes • Sliced avocado • Condiments of your choice

Place onion, jalapeño and garlic in a food processor and blitz until the ingredients are diced finely. Add the sweetcorn, black beans, cumin, curry powder, oregano, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper and then blitz until well mixed. Place mixture into a mixing bowl, cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Remove chilled mixture from refrigerator and stir in breadcrumbs. Divide the mixture into four equal burgers and coat both sides with flour. Pour the oil into a heavy frying plan over a medium heat and cook the burgers for five to seven minutes on each side or until a crust develops and the patties are heated through. Alternatively pop on your barbecue and cook for five to seven minutes each side until heated through. Remove patties from heat and place onto burger buns with your toppings of choice.

Thai spiced sweetcorn fritters with chilli dipping sauce A great alternative to Thai fishcakes

What you will need (makes about 12) • 275g fresh, tinned or frozen sweetcorn • 1 tbsp kaffir lime leaves (finely sliced) • 2 tbsp fish sauce • 1 heaped tsp red curry paste • 1 tsp brown sugar • 2 tbsp cornflour • Vegetable oil for frying • 1 egg


What you need to do Drain, defrost or prepare the sweetcorn, depending on which one you are using. Place two thirds of the sweetcorn in a blender together with all ingredients apart from the frying oil. Tip out into a large bowl and mix in remaining whole kernels of sweetcorn. Heat a wok or a frying pan and add about three to four tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat gently. Spoon a rounded tablespoon of the mixture into the hot oil. Cook about eight to 10 fritters at a time, and turn them over to cook on both sides. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm. Serve with sweet chilli.

Mexican Elotes, Mexico’s finest street food What you will need (serves 6) • 6 corn on the cobs • 80g mayonnaise • 2 tablespoons sour cream • Teaspoon chilli pepper, plus more for serving • 2 teaspoons of juice from a lime • Pinch of salt • 60g grated cotija (Mexican cheese) or parmesan cheese if not available • Lime wedges for serving

What you need to do Prepare a medium hot grill or barbecue. Grill the corn until hot and lightly charred all over, about seven to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature of the grill. Meanwhile mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice salt and chill pepper. Roll the corn cobs in the mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and more chilli if desired and serve with a lime wedge.

Succotash sweetcorn stew with cornbread What you will need 350g podded broad beans, fresh or frozen 2 tbsp sunflower oil 200g smoked bacon lardons 50g butter 1 medium onion, chopped 25g plain flour 500ml chicken or vegetable stock 250g waxy potatoes, cut into 1cm dice 450g tinned sweetcorn 2 small courgettes, diced finely 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed 100ml double cream 2 tbsp chopped chives 1 fresh corn on the cob or 70g frozen sweetcorn kernels, thawed 140g plain flour 100g cornmeal or polenta 1 tbsp baking powder 150ml semi-skimmed milk 4 tbsp olive oil 1 egg 1 tbsp clear honey

What you need to do Start by making the bread. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F, gas mark seven). Lightly coat an 18cm (7in) square baking tin that is 5cm (2in) deep with cooking spray or a teaspoon of olive oil. If using fresh corn on the cob, remove the kernels using a sharp knife. Set

aside. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the flour, cornmeal/polenta and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine the sweetcorn, milk, oil, egg and honey, and beat well to mix. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and cornmeal mixture. Quickly and thoroughly mix together. Pour into the baking tin, scraping any mixture from the sides of the bowl into the tin. Spread the mixture evenly with a spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Meanwhile, for the stew, bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the broad beans and cook for five minutes. Drain and wash under cold water and then carefully remove the bright green beans from their skins. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the bacon and cook for one to two minutes, stirring, until lightly golden. Add the butter and onion and cook gently for six to seven minutes until the onion is soft but not browned. Add the flour, cook for one minute then gradually stir in the stock. Bring to the boil, stirring, and simmer for three minutes. Stir the potatoes into the pan and simmer for five minutes. Add the sweetcorn, courgettes and butter beans, and then simmer for five minutes until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the broad beans and cream, season and simmer for one to two minutes. Stir in most of the chives. Ladle the stew into warm, shallow soup plates and sprinkle with more chives. Serve with a piece of warm cornbread.

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Tom Ford walked down the catwalk with a glass of it and Beyonce was photographed at her husband’s album launch with a tumbler of the beverage in hand - it’s a sure sign whisky is no longer reserved for your dad. So we’ve enlisted the help of Richard Macadam from The Angel Hotel in Midhurst and whisky writer Robin Laing, who share the knowledge you need before tasting the tipple

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What we know for sure is that every whiskey is different. From the age and the colour to the aroma and taste. We also know that the whisky you enjoy, whether it’s a Glenlivet from Scotland or Jack Daniels from Tennessee, is largely down to personal taste. But what makes each one so individual and what do you need to know before making your mind up?

What should i look for when choosing a whisky? Go for Scotch Scotch whisky is the name most commonly given to whisky made in Scotland. It’s widely regarded as the best producer of the drink anywhere in the world. This is largely because of the centuries of skill they’ve acquired as well as a high quality of pure soil and water. You can also get American or Irish whiskey (note the added ‘e’ in the name). A Scottish whisky will usually be stronger and have a very distinctive taste, due to the


ground and grains used. By contrast, an American whisky like Jack Daniels or Jim Beam will be sweeter. It is worth remembering, it is very much down to personal taste and there are countries around the world that produce a high-quality whisky or rye (as the Americans call it). But only a Scottish-made whisky can legally be labelled a Scotch.

Single malt Vs blended A single malt whisky is produced at one distillery, as opposed to a blended whisky, which is produced from different whiskies and usually of different ages. A single malt whisky tends to be more pure and stronger than a blended scotch. And despite the term ‘single’ malt, there is no such thing as a double malt.

Look at the age Like wine, the older the whisky the better and more expensive it is likely to be. But this is also a sign of quality. Malts are usually between 10 and 16 years old and an aged whisky is more mature – the longer it stays

in the barrel the better it tastes, and the more value it gains. Producers are usually proud of the length of time their whisky is distilled and there are pockets of vintages that offer a high quality of beverage. Also, by keeping them for longer in casks made from wood such as walnut, the flavour just gets better and better. Age can also drive demand and therefore price. There are five main areas in Scotland that produce whisky, each producing a Scotch that’s very different in flavour

Speyside These are single malt Scotch whiskies, distilled in Strathspeythe area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland. Speyside whiskies can generally be classified as light and grassy (Glenlivet) or rich and sweet (Macallan).

Islay Islay (pronounced ‘eye-luh’) whiskies are among Scotland’s most powerful drams.

On the menu How do I know what to order? Again, this will be down to personal taste and I would advise anyone to taste a few whiskies and decide which they like best. If you are faced with a choice from a menu, read any information provided about where it was produced. Start with a Scotch if you are unsure and you can always ask the advice of the barman or waiter.

How do you take it? Most self-respecting Scots-men would never add anything but water to his or her Scotch. If you want to do it properly, order a single either neat or with a dash of water (which releases more flavour). While many whisky drinkers consider it sacrilege to add anything but water to whisky, Robin Laing, a Scotsman with such a love of the drink he has written books, songs and poems on the subject, is undecided: “People have come to blows about this subject - but my honest opinion is that it should be left to each individual to decide no rules!”

Often with plenty of peat and smoke, brine and medicinal flavours, of all the whisky regions of Scotland, Islay has attained a truly iconic status.

Highlands The Highlands region is one of big-bodied whiskies, often peated and smoky, often very powerful. The Highlands is such a large, diverse region that is difficult to categorise their whiskies accurately.

Campbeltown These whiskies are a curious mix. Characteristics include a defined dryness with a pungency, smoke and a solid salinity. Imagine a cross between the Lowlands and the Western Highlands with a pinch of salt thrown in for good measure.

Lowland The Lowlands produces gentle, light whiskies, often very dry and devoid of peat. Lowland whiskies are commonly referenced as feminine drams, ‘the Lowland Ladies’.

The songwriter and author, who writes tasting notes for the Scottish Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) added: “I think it depends on the whisky. Most whisky has already had water added to it twice - once when it goes into the cask and then again when it is diluted to the lowest allowable bottle strength (i.e. 40 per cent alcohol). The best single malt in my opinion is single cask, at natural strength - anywhere between 50 per cent and 60 per cent. At natural strength it makes sense to add a drop of water, because the high alcohol can be fierce in its impact on the mouth and the nose. The arguments advocated by those who recommend adding water (apart from just the taming of the brew) are that it somehow activates or opens up the whisky - allowing other flavours and aromas to emerge. There is some truth in this - at the SMWS we always write tasting notes that describe the difference water – sometimes called ‘releasing the serpent’ or ‘the dew on the rose’ – can make. It’s a complicated issue. But the safest rule, for me, is no rules - except maybe if you serve somebody a good single malt and they reach for the Coca-Cola! I served some malts at a tasting on Colonsay once and a table of English ladies were putting Lilt in the Ardbeg Uigeadail. When challenged, they said: ‘Well, son, we like the effect, but we don’t like the taste’. Can’t really argue with that.” With thanks to Robin Laing and Richard Macadam from The Angel Hotel, Midhurst.

RICHARD’S TOP FIVE MALTS Jura Superstition, Islay Taking the smooth fruity notes of regular Jura and adding some peat makes for a heady combination as the flavours are enhanced and highlighted. Crafted from a selection of the finest aged Jura single malt whiskies, this mysterious spirit has a unique style and character, where tastes of spice, honey, pine and peat with a whisper of smoke make a dramatic impact. Bottled at 43 per cent volume. Currently on offer from major supermarkets from £25 per bottle (it’s normally £32 upwards).

Dalmore 12 year old, Highland This north Highland beauty has been a big hit with our customers over the last three years. Rich, full- flavoured and beautifully packaged. This north Highland distillery produces aged malts that command the highest prices from investors, but this is proof that even its younger whiskies are rich, full-flavoured and complex. £33

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12yr old, Speyside A wonderful single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types. Over the period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt - the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour. Waitrose £32

Talisker 10 yr old, The isle of Skye From the western shores of the Isle of Skye, in the tall shadows of the Cuillin Hills, comes a single malt like no other. An alluring, sweet, full-bodied spirit with a warming afterglow, so easy to enjoy yet, like Skye itself, so hard to leave. Talisker, made beside the Loch Harport in the jagged shadow of the Cuillin range, is the only single malt whiskey from the Isle of Skye. A soft, smoky nose introduces an enticing, sweet taste. Fullbodied and smooth, this muscular malt also has a robust, deep intensity. It has a long, richly warming finish. Available in most supermarkets from £32

Glenfarclas 10 year old, Speyside This is proper whisky making at its finest – top quality distilling and maturation in the finest sherry wood. No gimmicks. Makes it look easy - it isn’t. Full-bodied Speyside whisky matured in Sherry casks and rich in orange and red berry fruits. World class whisky making from this family-run distillery. From £40

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SOUTH LODGE HOTEL come rain or shine

Cassie Over, wedding coordinator from the luxury Horsham hotel, explains why a winter wedding there is so special. And says that if you haven’t set the date, you might want to consider celebrating your nuptials with a backdrop of golden brown leaves and roaring fires The calendar turns as we welcome the new year and with that the doormat full of Christmas cards gives way to invitation after invitation for that oh so popular summer wedding. But why are summer weddings so popular and is there an up and coming trend for a more cosy affair in winter months? At South Lodge Hotel we are fortunate to be able to offer a perfect venue for all seasons. In spring we welcome a striking colourful display of rhododendrons. Our outdoor wedding pavilion offers the unique opportunity to marry with the beautiful backdrop of the South Downs in summer months. Within the 93 acres of parkland, plenty of vibrant colours in the autumn set a theme for your wedding day, and candlelit ceremonies and roaring log fires add to the atmosphere of love and romance when there is a chill in the winter air. So why are couples opting for a winter wedding on the increase? At South Lodge Hotel we are certainly starting to see this trend developing as more and more couples go for what is seen to be an off-peak wedding date. Weather is the main factor that our brides and grooms discuss with us, the ‘what ifs, buts and maybes’ if it rains on their day when they have planned an outdoor ceremony. We are fortunate to be able offer wet weather plans in one of our stunning individually designed function rooms and will ensure one is always at the ready just in case of that short, sharp summer shower. Weather is the one element of a bride and groom’s day that they cannot control and as much as we can give a five-star service, and overcome most issues, we cannot, with regret, make the sun shine on their special day. Because of this, many are choosing not

to put their trust in the gods and plan a day where weather is not a factor and can in turn be a blessing if the sun pays a visit on their day; however it is not all about the weather. Finding the suppliers of your choice on your wedding day in the summer months can be challenging as the very best are in huge demand and may be booked up for years in advance just like some wedding venues can be. Availability is better in winter months therefore our wedding couples find that they don’t have to make snap decisions on their photographer, band, cake and florists as dates are not in as much demand. Likewise if you marry in summer when social calendars are full and summer holidays are booked ahead of time, you run that risk that family and friends may not be able to make your special day.

Plenty of of vibrant colours in the autumn set a theme for your wedding day, and candlelit ceremonies and roaring log fires add to the atmosphere of love and romance when there is a chill in the winter air

So, the question is mulled wine or Pimm’s? A fur shrug or a lace bolero? Ceremonies by candlelight or outdoors? What is your preference, perhaps a winter wedding now? All that remains to say is that if you have just got engaged, then many congratulations from all at South Lodge Hotel and we would love to show you around our wedding venue for all seasons. Choose South Lodge for your winter wedding with 60 guests or more in January or February 2014 and we will put ‘the icing on the cake’ for you. Bride, groom and six of the wedding party seated at the top table will be wined and dined with our compliments. For more information visit South Lodge Hotel on the Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Nr. Horsham, West Sussex. Call 01403 891711 email or go to



Marking our Weddings issue, we’ve selected some of the most exquisite venues across the county for celebrating your marriage

GOODWOOD GOODWOOD.COM 01243 775537 Imagine your perfect wedding day. Perhaps you are partying in the rooms of a magnificent stately home or simply enjoying the company of your closest friends in a stunning contemporary hotel set deep in the Sussex countryside. Whatever you imagine you will find it at Goodwood.

The Racecourse

The Goodwood Estate is the perfect place to create the wedding of your dreams. From the elegance of Goodwood House to the contemporary chic of the Hotel; from the beautiful racecourse, with its stunning views across the South Downs to the intimacy of The Kennels, the private Member’s Grade 1 listed club house, there is a place at Goodwood just right for your celebration.

Set high on the South Downs, Goodwood Racecourse is widely regarded as the most beautiful in the world. With views stretching across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. The extraordinary position and glorious architecture at the racecourse create a unique and breathtaking setting for your wedding.

The Goodwood Hotel

The elegant classical building built to house the 3rd Duke of Richmond’s fox hounds has been recently transformed into a prestigious Member’s club. Full of style, The Kennels’ interior provides a superb backdrop for an intimate celebration.

Old world charm combined with 21st century chic combine to make The Goodwood Hotel an unforgettable experience. The Richmond Arms, an 18th coaching inn, opens out onto a sun-drenched terrace, while the more contemporary rooms spill out into the old kitchen garden with its mellow brick walls, dovecote and orchards. The newly refurbished Lennox with its atmospheric design also makes a wonderful room for intimate evening dinners or winter celebrations. The beautifully furnished bedrooms and suites at The Goodwood Hotel give you and your guests space to relax and prepare for the day ahead. Whether it is the luxurious bed, the marble-topped bathroom or a


dip in the indoor pool, everything is there for your comfort. Goodwood chefs will work with you to create a menu your guests will never forget. Much of the ingredients will come from Goodwood’s organic Home Farm, including livestock reared on the estate and artisan cheese from the dairy. These ingredients coupled with those sourced from local producers create menus with such depth of flavour your wedding breakfast will be unforgettable.

The Kennels

Goodwood House At the heart of the Goodwood Estate and surrounded by wooded parkland lies Goodwood House, ancestral home of the Dukes of Richmond. With a long drive culminating at the portico at the front of the House, you will be welcomed into the Front Hall by Goodwood’s butlers. The magnificent state apartments, designed in the Regency period for entertaining Royalty, are hung with fabulous works of art and are an incredible setting for your wedding.

THE ANGEL HOTEL MIDHURST THEANGELMIDHURST.CO.UK 01730 812421 Weddings at The Angel are a tradition that has been taking place for many many years. Our main room is the Courtroom, originally the travelling magistrates court for the area up to the early 1920s. It lends itself to wonderful intimate gatherings for up to 60 guests. Our civil license allows our couples the opportunity to be married and also celebrate and party in the knowledge that we will take care of all the arrangements and all they need to do is get ready and enjoy the occasion. We have a very personal dedicated events team based inhouse, which has over 25 years experience of arranging these special days. Our approach to your event is to create a bespoke package for each guest, listening to their requests to ensure we do everything possible to make it truly a day to remember. Our fantastic team of chefs is led by our head chef Richard Cook. He has been working in top level hotels and restaurants for the last 15 years and his approach is to

use local ingredients carefully sourced and to achieve the right balance of taste, texture and presentation have created a wonderful selection of menus, canapés and buffets to cater for a range of tastes and budgets. Our recently refurbished 15 boutique bedrooms offer your guests the perfect opportunity to relax, sleep well and enjoy our lovely duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets, flat screen TVs, the best comfy pillows, bathrobes, luxury toiletries and if that is not enough – homemade cookies to enjoy with their tea and coffee. Our premier rooms are ideal for families with small children and we have plenty of Z beds and cots to save space in the car. Our junior suites have four poster beds, plenty of floor space to allow the bride and her bridesmaids room to get ready in comfort and the additional lounge makes relaxing even easier. We are a family owned hotel that prides itself on its reputation for quality, friendliness and professionalism.

CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL CHICHESTER 01243 813586 If you are looking for a venue with elegance, character and ambience, set within a unique location – then Chichester Cathedral has a choice of venues. From small, intimate wedding breakfasts to receptions for up to 120, the Cathedral has the perfect location to match your requirements. The Vicars’ Hall is a medieval banqueting hall that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast. Its historic ambience, medieval architecture and unique location make this venue one your guests will never forget. George Bell House is a stunning property, situated in the Cathedral precincts. Available for exclusive hire, the house can seat up to 32 guests in one room with an area for a disco and a bar. Alternatively the secluded,

walled garden can accommodate up to 150 guests for a marquee reception. The house also offers eight beautifully decorated bedrooms which allow for your friends and family to wind down at the end of your big day in tranquil and relaxing surroundings. At Chichester Cathedral we fully understand the need for careful coordination and attention to detail. You can be confident that every aspect of your reception will be taken care of by a professional team, leaving you free to enjoy every moment of your special day. Chichester Cathedral’s menus are designed to offer you a range of choices throughout the season, or if you prefer, we can tailor-make menus to suit your specifications and budget.



THE GRAND, BRIGHTON BRIGHTON 01273 224355 WEDDING@GRANDBRIGHTON.CO.UK DEVERE-HOTELS.CO.UK/THEGRAND Standing proud on Brighton’s vibrant seafront, The Grand is a masterpiece of Victorian splendour and the ultimate coastal wedding venue in East Sussex. Just a stones throw away from the Brighton beach; The Grand is the perfect setting for couples who wish to embrace a sophisticated seaside wedding. The traditional and at times quirky seaside charm, the beautiful bandstand and of course the stunning sea views, provide the perfect backdrop to capture the memories of such a special day. Built as a seaside retreat for the London set, The Grand was designed with flexibility in mind. The four fully licensed private event rooms can accommodate anything from intimate gatherings to banquets for 500 guests. The traditional Regent Room is the perfect space for smaller ceremonies, before setting outside for beautiful postcard-perfect photographs. For those larger gatherings, dine in the gorgeous Empress Suite then let your hair down in the adjoining Pavilion Suite, affording stunning sea views.

The hotel boasts four luxurious bedroom suites to choose from for that special wedding night, each with its own character and all offering stunning sea views. Expect beautiful furnishings, individual character and some offer a private balcony in which to share a moment in blissful peace and quiet. Bridal parties can relax and pamper from top to toe at The Spa @ The Grand, the luxurious day spa, launched in May 2013. The spa offers a great range of pampering treatments by ESPA and Carita, a detoxifying steam room, aromatherapy sauna and a sumptuous relaxation lounge. Nails by Jessica and makeup by MII are also available for the perfect finishing touches before the big day. The hotel has also recently opened a glamorous new seafood restaurant, GB1. This stylish eatery offers a unique dining experience where guests can enjoy some of the south coasts finest and freshest fish. GB1 offers classy private dining options and is the perfect spot for a pre-wedding get together.


SOUTH LODGE HOTEL BRIGHTON ROAD, LOWER BEEDING, NR. HORSHAM 01403 892237 WEDDINGS@SOUTHLODGEHOTEL.CO.UK SOUTHLODGEHOTEL.CO.UK Nestled in the heart of the dramatic Sussex Downs, South Lodge is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Sussex. Our outdoor wedding pavilion offers the unique opportunity to marry with a beautiful backdrop in summer months, whilst candlelit ceremonies and roaring log fires add to the atmosphere of love and romance when there is a chill in the air. If you are looking for a wedding with all the bells and whistles for up to 160 guests or a simple, intimate vintage afternoon tea affair, South Lodge Hotel has the flexibility to accommodate your dream wedding. As you would expect from a five-star venue, we have award-winning dining to match. Our Chefs are proud to use locally sourced meat and produce from around the Sussex area and we are blessed to have our own kitchen garden. The original Victorian walled garden


has been restored beyond its former glory and we work closely with our garden team to plan a year round supply of seasonal produce. Ingredients are collected daily - you can’t get more local than that! And one special member of the team at South Lodge offers a particularly supportive and exceptional culinary skill. For brides and grooms or wedding guests who have a food intolerance, the hotel’s talented pastry chef Haley Hamblet can rustle up a gorgeous gluten free wedding cake! Having worked under Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche, she really knows her eggs and bakes gluten free cakes every day for guests to enjoy. If you have just got engaged, then many congratulations - do give us a call to arrange your showround to see how we can make your dream wedding become reality.





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Luxury Spa Treatments You do so much. You are too busy. You have no time. You are not a robot. Come and recharge at The Sp@ The Grand. Enjoy luxury spa treatments from £35 and take full advantage of our thermal suite, sumptuous relaxation lounge, rehydrating Carita facial’s or try a warming ESPA hot stone massage. Become a member with our exclusive spa memberships. Want to treat a loved one who needs to escape? We also offer gift vouchers. Hide with me. Spa with me.

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18ct rose gold diamond set bridal suite. All rings can be made to your specifications, with a centre diamond from 0.10ct to 2ct. Price on application

All Gold Arts wedding bands available in rose, yellow or white gold, platinum and palladium. Rings from £100 at Gold Arts,

It wouldn’t be a Weddings issue without a few diamonds. Here we present some of the highest quality and utterly stunning rings for when you pop the question or say I do

Diamond set engagement rings from £500.00 - diamond set wedding Bands are priced from £300.00 At Wakefields Jewellers, Horsham.

Plain wedding rings are priced from £100 and are available in yellow and white gold from 9ct to 24ct, platinum and palladium At Wakefields Jewellers, Horsham.

Julian Stevens handmade silver wedding band with detail


Rings are placed on the fourth finger on the left hand, because Ancient Greeks believed that it contained a vein that led to the heart (vena amoris).

Henrich & Denzel Platinum 0.32ct Diamond Matte Band Ring £3060 This stunning ring offers elegance with a timeless design. The platinum band ring features a stylish matte finish, complete with a row of dazzling set diamonds towards the edge of the band. A touch of luxury for someone special. At TH Baker

Henrich & Denzel Platinum 0.975ct Diamond Half Eternity Ring £7170 This elegant and contemporary half eternity ring from Henrich and Denzel is the perfect gift for someone special. Featuring a square-shaped Platinum band which is set with 5 rows of dazzling Diamonds halfway around. At TH Baker Ladies Platinum 4mm Court Wedding Ring £1695 This understated yet elegant wedding band encompasses classic design with modern platinum that will stand the test of time. At TH Baker

Mastercut 18ct White Gold and 40ct Diamond Triple Cluster Ring £3000 The Mastercut Vintage range is a collection that will leave you in awe. This beautiful cluster ring is the perfect fit for those seeking either an engagement ring or luxury dress ring. At TH Baker

Mastercut White Gold Single Stone .50ct Diamond Ring £3600 The Mastercut range offers unprecedented beauty and quality, embodied in this exquisite white gold ring. Wrought into a gentle twist design, this gorgeous band is enhanced with a dazzling diamond gem stone, its facets sparkle brilliantly from all angles. At TH Baker Henrich & Denzel Gents Platinum Matte Groove Band Ring £1100 Offering effortless style with a contemporary feel, this elegant ring is crafted from platinum and features a sleek groove design and matte finish. At TH Baker


THE ART OF CHOOSING THE PERFECT RING Gold Arts Jewellers in Sussex, explains why the jewellers makes it such a special occasion and says that getting it right, is an ‘art’. There are many important decisions in life, and perhaps one of the most important is choosing the perfect wedding or engagement ring


diamond ring has always represented a token of love and commitment, with the engagement ring for many women being the most important diamond they will ever own. Choosing the right jeweller is also an important decision. You want to feel delighted and thrilled when you find that perfect ring and trusting an experienced jeweller will help you do this. At Gold Arts we pride ourselves on having one of the finest selections of engagement rings on the south coast. We are certificated diamond merchants, with an extensive range of diamonds to showcase the beauty of every cut and carat. Whatever the reason, giving or receiving a diamond heightens the joy of the occasion it celebrates. Every diamond is as individual as you are and your purchase will be just as special. Enjoy the discovery of the perfect diamond for you - your own piece of forever. Choosing a wedding ring together is an exciting experience for both the bride and groom. When you visit a professional jeweller, you might be surprised at all the services that are offered. See and feel the difference between white and yellow gold,


platinum and palladium and ask questions about how the different profiles will suit your finger shape. Many couples choose matching rings, or they may find that they each prefer different profiles, widths or finishes. There are countless options, from diamond set, to mixed metals, bevelled edges, engravings and satin finishes. At Gold Arts our fully trained and helpful staff are happy to offer advice and guidance with a friendly smile. If you have previously struggled to find a wedding ring to match your engagement ring, please do come to see us. We specialise in finding creative solutions for even the most challenging shaped rings. Each store has a goldsmith and workshop on the premises, so if your ring needs a slight alteration or you would like us to provide a quote to make a bespoke design of your choice, we are happy to oblige. Jewellery has always been synonymous with the most precious moments in our lives, with the wedding ring, a continuous circle of metal; strong, valuable and precious, symbolising the promises made of eternal love. Gold Arts, 8 Brighton Place, The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1HJ | 01273 203178


RIGHT RING More and more couples are choosing engagement rings together. So if you’re really not sure that your knowledge of your partner’s taste is spot on, consider bringing them with you. At Julian Stephens, it’s good fun! And an experience that can make you feel closer as there’s a lot to see and a lot to think about it.

the stone. On the other hand, if you are set on a particular metal the right stone can be found to complement it. “A sapphire in yellow gold will appear warm and lustrous, in 18ct white gold it will seem stormy and mysterious, and in platinum it will become glittery and ice-like. The beauty of bespoke is that you get to actually see and try out all these options.”

Naturally the stone in most designs forms the centrepiece of the engagement ring. Tradition dictates that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and we can help find the perfect one for you, with an array of the classic round brilliants to choose from as well as a wide selection of other shapes, cuts, colours and grades. Julian Stephens also has a real passion for other fine gems. He specialises in engagement rings featuring something unique – a fiery blood red ruby, a sparkling rich green demantoid garnet, a vibrant, deep purple sapphire. He says: “With these stones an engagement ring becomes something more – a fine piece of art built around an exquisite and unique jewel. Diamonds are wonderful, but don’t be afraid to explore other options. Come and have a look.”

The engagement ring is only half the story though, and it is important to consider that it will be worn with a wedding band. One advantage to having a bespoke piece is that you can plan ahead if you know you want a plain wedding ring, and design an engagement ring that will accommodate it. If you’re after something more unusual, however, then a custom ring can always be designed with a custom wedding band in mind - something shaped to fit round the stone, or embellished with stones or engraving to compliment the engagement ring. Finally, whether you bring your own ideas or let the beautiful work in our gallery inspire you, don’t pass up the possibility of perfection – this is one time when only perfection will do.

If you are to build your ring around the gemstone that has captured your heart, the metal you use may well be dictated by the colour or hue of

Find Julian Stephens Goldsmith at 37 Gloucester Road, Brighton, call 01273 692110 or go to

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Lili Boutique offers contemporary collections, catering specifically for each valued customer’s style with a dedication to creativity, personality and attention to detail. Labels range from high glamour & cutting edge clothes to casual easy wear. They include: Versace, Fabiana Filippi, Patrizia Pepe, Pinko, D Exterior, Dubarry. Citizens of Humanity heads its jeans selections and there’s a range of lovely knitwear. Lili can arrange evening appointments for busy ladies or for the lady who wishes to shop privately at her own pace. 3A Little London By Little London Car Park Town Centre Chichester PO19 1PH 01243 539006

A stunning collection of contemporary & modern gowns from some of Europe’s leading designers Mother of the Bride outfits also in store high street, henfield, west sussex bn5 9hp telephone: 01273 495566 AUGUSTA JONES • JENNY PACKHAM • JESUS PEIRO • CHARLIE BREAR • CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO • NAOMI NEOH • ENZOANI

WEDDING DRESS DECISIONS A wedding day should be absolutely perfect, so it’s no wonder brides want to look their very best. Emma Howie from Henfield bridal shop White Mischief passes on some expert advice for dressing for your shape



t’s so important to go into your first wedding dress shop with a clear, open mind. You may have collected hundreds of cuttings from magazines of girls looking fabulous in that ‘dream’ dress of yours, but you won’t really know until you try something on as to whether it is truly the right dress, or even style, for you. We have seen so many girls come in with a set idea in their head of what they always wanted and leave while saying “I never thought I’d go for that!” This isn’t by all means a bad thing. This is the exact reason why designers design dresses in so many different styles; one style, simply does not suit all. For girls with apple-shaped figures, we recommend A-line gowns; this brings the focus to the smallest part of your body. With added help from an inner corset, which most of our A-lines have, you can really cinch in that waist and create an enviable hourglass shape. Boat neck styles tend to balance a large chest while having a long train will create the illusion of a small waist. This is because the widest part of the dress is at the bottom and so, like a triangle, makes you look smaller at the top. Who can resist a glamorous train anyway? If you are one of the lucky girls who has that enviable hourglass shape, or if you have smaller hips and want to balance your shape, we recommend fishtails to best show it off. By bringing focus to your hips; flaring just above the knees, fishtails will give the illusion of a balanced shape. Your shoulders won’t look too broad, as your hips will compliment them in proportion. Adding a corset will cinch in your waist and exaggerate the hourglass shape even more. If you’re a girl with more of a straight, boyish figure, a corset will give you this exact look. The fishtail is such a sexy, elegant silhouette. Any girl would look like a bombshell on her wedding day.

Princess cuts are perfect for pear-shaped girls. The full skirt hides wide hips and shows off your best bits, while the waist line will bring in your waist to make it look super tiny, giving you a balanced silhouette. Steer clear of tiered, trumpet and mermaid cuts, as these will emphasize wider hips and make your shoulders appear smaller. If you are only slightly pear shaped but you can’t resist anything other than a mermaid cut, choose one with sleeves or off the shoulder straps. This will balance your shape and give the illusion your shoulders are wider, creating the hourglass look.

We have seen so many girls come in with a set idea in their head of what they always wanted and leave while saying ‘I never thought I’d go for that’

Be sure to take your time finding your shape and be smart about it. Try on every style you can to help narrow it down. But always remember girls, you wear the dress; the dress does not wear you! For more styling advice, visit White Mischief Bridal, Henfield, to find the perfect dress for you or call 01273 495566.





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INTERNET S what to tell your kids about



As abuse online comes to the fore in the media, there’s never been a better time to address the dangers of social media and other websites with your children. Our education expert Jennifer Orgill explains how you can broach the topic and shares a handy acronym for making it memorable


s we all know, the use of the internet and social networks has increased massively in recent years. The advances in the technology we have in our homes and literally at our fingers tips has many positive uses - we can entertain ourselves with games and music, communicate with family and friends across the world, share photos and other personal data, buy things at our convenience, catch up on our favourite programmes, research and discover answers to questions and know instantly about global events. As with many things however, the internet has to be used safely and with respect. When it is used to defraud, abuse or bully, the consequences can be devastating.

an example – we all know they can be time killers sometimes!

To keep your child safe whilst using their mobile phones, PC or tablet you should involve yourself with what they are doing. If they like to play games ask them about the games they are playing, get them to explain why they like the game and discuss strategies that they use to complete the game successfully. Needless to say, follow the age and rating on the games and set the parental controls on the devices that they are using. Discuss with your child why you are doing this and what they should do if they should access anything on the internet that they find upsetting in anyway. If they can play online with their friends again help them to do this, reinforcing the need for them to invite friends that are known to them and discuss appropriate behaviour.


You can explain to them the need for caution when posting photos online, they might have set the PC or tablet to share with their “friends” only but their friends may not have. If they then share the photos or videos, you and your child can lose control of who sees them. Did you know that Facebook and many other online communities have an age limit of 13 and over? You may also find it helpful to reach an agreement on a time limit for the use of the internet and mobile phones; for example charge their phones overnight so that they can not use them when they should be sleeping. You may also choose to limit your own use of your mobile phone or tablet, as

Tell your kids how to be safe on the internet using the acronym SMART. It is good advice for us all.

SAFE Explain it is not safe to share passwords or personal details, including photos of themselves and their friends on the internet. Explain that photos and videos on chat lines can be shared and be seen by others. Like you would in the street, have a No Strangers rule so that they are only communicating with their friends. Encourage your child to tell you if a stranger is trying to ‘chat’ with them or meet them - they may not be who they say they are.

Let them know they should never arrange to meet anyone over the Internet even with one of their peers. Again, encourage your children to tell you if someone wants to meet with them.

ACCEPTING Do not accept ‘friend’ invites from strangers or open emails from unknown senders. Discuss the dangers of viruses and hacking.

RELIABLE There is a huge amount of information on the net and anyone can put it on there. So, check more than one site when looking for information on line.

TELL If your children see something that is upsetting or offensive on the internet, or feel threatened, then they should know they need to tell someone. Just like they would at any other time in life. There are many resources, including short films and quizzes about safety and how to use the internet responsibly that you can share with your child. These are a few I have used as a primary school teacher:

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Hurstpierpoint College addresses the issues as well as the benefits that the internet can bring to pupils’ learning


he internet has revolutionised the way people communicate with each other, both on a personal and commercial basis. This, in turn, has undoubtedly brought great benefits to the world of education. But (there’s always a but) there is growing opinion among educators and parents alike, that the web is a potential minefield in terms of safety for the children in our care.

indeed at Hurst. From the very start of the DPC project the College tackled these issues head-on. We worked extensively to harness the experience of children, parents, professionals and groups such CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) to create the best possible educational package. The aim is to enable children to use the internet with confidence, with training that strikes the right balance; yes we want them to be aware of potential dangers and pitfalls of the online world but we don’t want to give them – or their parents – nightmares!

All Year 7 and 8 Hurst pupils are issued with their own personal iPads – to be used as a ‘Digital Pencil Case’ (DPC) in their schoolwork. Most children don’t take much convincing that there are benefits from using the web as part of their learning. The advantages are clear from the standard of their work and it gives the school almost instant feedback as to the effectiveness of the DPC initiative. Harder to pin down can be the negative aspects of being online. They occur behind closed bedroom doors; mobile technology can be seen as eating its way into children’s privacy. Their safe haven is no longer safe. What seems a friendly online environment can quickly change into something much more sinister.

With the help of CEOP trained staff and a regular, on-going tutoring programme for the pupils, alongside staff training on INSET days, we talk to our pupils about these issues openly and honestly. We impress upon them that there is always someone to talk to, someone who will listen and help if things begin to go wrong, as inevitably sometimes they will. Just as importantly, we guide our children so that they make informed decisions about their online activity and take responsibility for that activity.

The threats to children’s wellbeing posed by those who seek out children online to ‘befriend’ them, as well as cyber-bullies and so-called trolls are taken very seriously


This is very much a partnership between school, pupil and parents and we continue to develop the open dialogue between all three, as our experience shows that many parents feel they need the help just as much as their children do. For more information go to

The threats to children’s wellbeing posed by those who seek out children online to ‘befriend’ them, as well as cyber-bullies and socalled trolls are taken very seriously indeed at Hurst

ACTING UP Our education expert Jennifer Orgill explains why teaching drama at school is so worthwhile and says it can have profound effects on your child’s success in and out of the classroom

Imagination is more important than knowledge ALBERT EINSTEIN


rama is an effective means of conveying ideas, facts and feelings. Through drama we are encouraged to think, observe, question and to empathise. “A passion for the dramatic art is inherent in the nature of man” (Edwin Forrest). It is frequently used as a way into writing, history and even science. Strategies such as role play, hot seating (interviewing a character, real or imaginary from the past, present or future) freeze framing (holding a pose from a particular key moment in a story or significant real life event) help to reinforce learning across the curriculum. Most teachers endeavour to introduce VAK activities (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) into their lesson planning. Drama provides an opportunity to bring a kinaesthetic element into the classroom. Children who may find it difficult to sit still for a length of time respond well to such activities. Drama can also be used to develop empathy with characters and helps children to respond to situations, both real and imaginary, with increased understanding. It can also encourage them to develop their questioning

skills. Drama develops a child’s imagination and a means of communicating both facts and feelings in a creative manner. Albert Einstein recognised this when he said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Without imagination, Einstein may not have wondered about time and space and may not have developed his theory of relativity. Over the academic year, most children will have an opportunity to be involved in a performance of some kind, such as a Nativity, or a class assembly. Preparing for a production, whether it is preparing a poem to be read aloud in class or having an acting part, can develop confidence in reading, develop expression whilst reading and increase comprehension of the text. Being involved in a performance develops cooperation, whether your children has a lead role or is building props, designing or selling tickets. All of these elements can develop a sense of being part of a team and lead to a real sense of achievement. Drama allows us to imagine and to be creative in a way that frees our self conscious. Through drama we can explore our feelings and those of others; to understand the past, present and future.


The possibilities are endless. To book your visit at Great Walsted School call 01444 483528 or email


Juliet McKinnell-Merrett from Great Walstead explains why her class is so important in the development of bright young things

What do you like best about teaching Drama? The chance to explore the creative side of a pupil’s talents and the opportunity to see pupils grow in confidence through performance.

What does a typical drama lesson involve? A re-cap on work to date, a ‘warm up’, improvisation, main lesson topic and then a ‘cool down’.

Is there much theory studied or is it a practical lesson? Yes we cover theory and a cross-curricular aspect within every lesson. For example Year 4 learn about a Victorian play at the same time that they are studying Victorians in History. Year 5 learn about ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare and perform an extract, and in Year 6 they study the text in English. Each year group is taught in a similar way so that their Drama lessons, as well as developing performance skills, serve also to support academic work undertaken in the classroom.

Do pupils get to perform in front of an audience? Yes, every pupil from Year 2 through to Year 4 takes part in two performances a year. Pupils in Years 5 through to 8 take part in at least one performance each year.

What are the facilities like for Drama at Great Walstead? Excellent. We have a performance space, the Chapel, which has flexible staging and stage lighting, and a rehearsal space, the Drama Studio, which has stage lighting.

Tell us a bit about the syllabus - what type of plays or scripts do you work on? A wide range. From ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll for Juniors, through to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare for Seniors. Juniors start with An Introduction to Improvisation, with scripted work introduced in Year 4. This is gradually developed through the school incorporating the History of Theatre and crosscurricular texts.

What if my child is shy or doesn’t enjoy performing, are there other roles? It is extremely rare for a pupil not to take part in a production. We find through lessons and rehearsals pupils grow in confidence. On those rare occasions, though, there is stage management.

Why do you think Drama is an important part of a child’s learning or development? Because it helps them to grow in confidence, develop teamwork skills and learn to explore their imagination without the use of pen or paper.

Do you have a favourite play? ‘Pygmalion’ by George Bernard Shaw

How many hours a week are dedicated to Drama? For each pupil one lesson or 35 minutes per week. For more information go to

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l a n o i t a r i Insp A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR MUSIC, SPORT & THE ARTS offering added value in all academic subjects. Seaford College is a small, friendly co-educational College, situated in an unrivalled position near Petworth, West Sussex. With its own Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form, the College is located away from the distractions of city life, yet is still within easy reach of cultural and commercial centres. The College accepts day pupils but also offers both full and flexi-boarding for pupils aged 7-18. We offer a home-from-home atmosphere in idyllic rural surroundings in which relationships are based on mutual respect and where each child is encouraged to attain his or her potential academically, in music, sport and the arts. With its purpose-built music school and state-of-the-art classrooms for maths and science, plus all-new boys' boarding houses and a 9-hole golf course, Seaford College is a hidden gem, tucked away at the foot of the picturesque South Downs. Why not come and see us for yourself?

Open Mornings

Seaford College Saturday 21st September 9.00am -11.00am Saturday 16th November 9.00am -11.00am

Prep School SUPER Saturday 21st September 9.00am -11.00am Thursday 3rd October 9.00am -12.00 noon

For an appointment to visit and meet the headmaster, contact the admissions secretary.

Email: - Telephone: 01798 867456 The Johnson Trust. Registered Charity No. 277439


John Green, head teacher at Seaford College, explains how they approach teaching at the school and says education is about more than just academia

In your eyes, what makes a great headmaster? Someone who is a good communicator and listener, who is ambitious for every pupil and maintains a high visibility throughout the school.

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Being able to make a positive, ambitious difference to all pupils.

What is special about Seaford College? Seaford is the most friendly school I have taught in. Pupils gain confidence to realise their true potential, both inside and outside the classroom. Our academic value added scores are also outstanding.

What advantages do you think an independent school can give a young person? We are able to provide a more bespoke education providing for our children, with outstanding opportunities and provision, academically and extra curricular.

Do you know all the children in your school? Nearly! I am very much a Head who manages by walkabout - so I certainly hope to know the majority of pupils by their first names sooner rather than later.

What’s your approach to education at Seaford College? I believe that education should be holistic - that takes in not just the academic, but moral, social, spiritual and physical aspects of life. Teaching is far more than preparing students for examinations, although given the importance of qualifications, that obviously plays a major part. However, I firmly believe we should be educating our students in the fullest sense, teaching them to think

and learn for themselves so that they can take up their places in the world as adults - ultimately responsible and accountable for their own decisions.

Do you do any teaching? This is my first year of headship at Seaford College, so probably not. However, I will be coaching games as well as covering various academic classes, so that I get an academic flavour of the school across all age groups.

How important do you think music and sport is for a child’s development? Both are equally as important. At Seaford we encourage all pupils to make the most of the wider curriculum sport, creative arts, outdoor education and community service.

Do you value and listen to input from parents? Absolutely. This term I shall be launching a new Parent Focus Group, which will meet twice a term. During the sessions, all areas of the school will be discussed from academic expectations to uniform. The focus group will also give me an opportunity to meet as many parents as possible - and include a very sociable glass of wine.

Do you think the recent Olympics have inspired younger people to achieve their dreams or goals? Yes, similar to athletics, academic success is all about striving for your personal bests. This is a message I consistently relay to all my pupils.

If you could be the education minister for a day, what is the one thing you would change? Listen more attentively to the views of experienced head teachers across all sectors so that the best academic/ examination policy is implemented for the benefit of all our children.

How do you relax? Spending time with my lovely wife and three children. Reading and attending various concerts. I also attempt to play golf on our magnificent golf course here at Seaford. Seaford College accepts pupils (girls and boys) from age seven to 18 for both boarding and day boarding. For more information go to or call 01798 867392.

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Thursday 7th November at 9.15am An opportunity to enjoy a tour of the school and to meet the Head and key staff. To register your interest, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Jo Coveney, on 01403 282 573. Independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 to 18 with a co-educational Nursery

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SUCCESS STORY Following a good year for results, the Headmistress at Farlington School, Louise Higson, explains what makes the school special and why she feels her pupils are high-achievers


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Louise Higson, Headmistress at Farlington, is originally from the North West of England and went to the University of Manchester where she studied Mathematics. She started her teaching career in 1994 at Calday Grange Grammar School for Boys in West Kirby, Wirral. From there she went on to teach in Milan for three years before returning to the UK. She joined Farlington in 2005 and this is the start of her second year as Headmistress.

Tell us something about your background? I live in Hove. I love travelling; this summer I did a 2,000-mile road trip through California in a Mustang convertible! I enjoy outdoor pursuits and am always ready for a challenge. In March last year I completed a charity abseil from the roof of the Sofitel at Gatwick Airport in aid of The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with Cerebral Palsy. I am also a bit of a foodie and enjoy both cooking at home and eating out.

In your eyes, what makes a great Headmistress? Someone who has vision for the school, integrity and a determination to succeed. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances both locally and nationally. A passion for what you do.

What do you most enjoy about being a Headmistress? I enjoy seeing the young people in my care grow and flourish into confident individuals with the self-belief to pursue their own personal goals and make a positive contribution to the wider community. I also enjoy the fact that every day is different – it keeps me on my toes.

What’s your approach to education at Farlington? At Farlington we educate for confidence. We believe in an all-round education where each girl is known and valued as an individual; she will leave Farlington as a well-educated young woman, with the skills, knowledge and most importantly the self-belief to shape her own future.

What is special about Farlington? Farlington has a wonderful sense of community. We value individuality, celebrate diversity and encourage our girls to have the confidence to think for themselves, while emphasising the importance of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility.

What advantages do you think an independent school can give a young person? An all-round education. Academic results matter because they give young people choices, but pupils also need to have the opportunities available to them for a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The competition for university places is high – I believe we help each individual to stand out from the crowd. We are very proud of our results success this year: at A level 57% of all grades were A/A* and at GCSE 62% were A/A*.

Do you know all the children in your school? Yes, of course! This is a very important part of my role.

How important do you think music and sport are for a child’s development? Vital. It is an opportunity to let off steam, improve coordination and develop a different part of the brain.

Do you value and listen to input from parents? Yes, we have a ‘Round Table’ forum where parents are able to feed in their ideas. Good communication between parents and school is essential for the happiness of the girls and the success of the school.

How can younger people be inspired to want to achieve their dreams or goals? They need to have positive role models, and also be encouraged to believe in themselves, work hard and aim high.

If you could be the education minister for a day, what is the one thing you would change? I believe a period of stability for exams would be welcome. The new AS and A Levels are due to be introduced in 2015, and there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the reform of GCSEs. Qualifications that are robust and free up more time for teaching, by eliminating modules and continuous assessment, are important and will have a greater educational benefit for all pupils. I would give every family in the country a free pass to museums, art galleries and theatres for the year. For more information go to

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Mrs Yudi Irvine, head of Admissions and Marketing at Burgess Hill School for Girls explains why open days are vital in getting a feel for a school as well as giving a few tips on the things you should look for or the questions to ask

Receiving a copy of a glossy prospectus through the door will give you an idea of the school you have expressed an interest in for your child. But when it comes to understanding the environment and atmosphere within the school, it is best to visit in person. Visiting on an Open day will give you an opportunity to decide if you are sufficiently impressed by what you see, and the people you meet, to make a follow up private visit.

If possible, take your child with you – they will ask questions that you may not have thought of and they will certainly notice things that you miss


Most schools run their major open days in September and October, aimed at families looking for a school place for their child to start the following September. However schools also welcome those forward thinking parents visiting several years in advance. This is a busy time for schools and you may find a number of schools on your list have their open days on the same day. Look at their websites and see if they have planned programmes for the day or if you have to make an appointment – this will help you to plan your visits and in what order. Don’t hesitate to phone beforehand for further information, you will get a feel for how welcoming and flexible the school is, which is an important factor if your child is to become a pupil there.

insight into the ethos of the school. Ask yourself what appears to be most important, your child’s needs or those of the school? Your tour guide will more than likely be a student. In an ideal world they will not be reading off a script and they will clearly feel comfortable giving you their honest view of the school. Bear in mind they may have their own spin on whether they do enough sport or not, or whether they have too much homework, etc, based on their personal preferences. They may indeed show you the water fountain or where ‘Flossie’ fell over last Tuesday, but they can also tell you what it is like in the classroom and what kind of opportunities they are given. Students should be the best ambassadors for any school. If you do have any ‘tricky’ questions, the student guide may not the best person to ask as they may not know the answer. It is worth checking important details with a member of staff to ensure there is no misunderstanding. There should be plenty of opportunities to talk to staff during and at the end of your tour. If possible, seek an opportunity to meet those students at the top end of the school – they represent and embody the quality of the education, in the broadest sense, provided by the school. Would you like your child to represent the same values in years to come? These senior students should speak openly and confidently about their experience of the school and their aspirations for the future.

If possible, take your child with you – they will ask questions that you may not have thought of and they will certainly notice things that you miss. However, remember why you are choosing independent education for your child and don’t base your decision solely on your child’s like or dislike of the playground or another superficial factor. As you visit various schools, the format of the day will vary enormously – be prepared, large schools may be busy and your opportunities to talk to specific members of staff may be limited.

You will gather an assortment of information from the school as you leave. Try not to be overwhelmed with all the details - it is most important to try and get a ‘feel’ for the school atmosphere and ethos. A school should value each child so take time to look at the work on display, it should represent a broad range of abilities. Visitors to Burgess Hill School for Girls regularly comment on the friendly atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the teachers they speak to. The girls are universally praised for the way they look after the families they guide around the school and for the confidence they display in the discussions they have. For us, success is knowing that our visitors leave with a positive opinion of what they have seen and then welcoming them back for a follow up visit. We hope you will choose to visit us and that you too will enjoy your glimpse of our vibrant community which buzzes with the sound of happy, enthusiastic and motivated young learners. We look forward to seeing you and your daughter on Tuesday 5th November from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

Open Days will always include a presentation from the Head teacher. Try to attend this to gain further

For more information go to or call 01444 241050.

MEET THE NEW HEAD Iona at the Grand Canyon this summer

of Pre-Prep at The Prebendal

We spoke to Iona Carmody about her unusual path to Chichester, her love of teaching and living life to the full

Her first teaching post was in 1991 and she continued her love of educating youngsters by moving to Cape Town and teaching in the shadow of Table Mountain

The new head of Pre-Prep at The Prebendal School in Chichester has already found her feet in her first term. Charged with bringing the department into a new and exciting era, Iona Carmody has a passion for life whether it is in the classroom, travelling around the world or taking on board new experiences. She was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and after four years her family moved to Swaziland and then shortly afterwards to South Africa. Her first teaching post was in 1991 and she continued her love of educating youngsters by moving to Cape Town and teaching five to eight year olds in the shadow of Table Mountain. Iona arrived in the UK 13 years ago when she taught Reception and Year 4. She was then appointed by an independent school and was the head of Girls’ Games and the head of department for Years 3 and 4. She is also currently completing her dissertation for a Masters in Education. Her passion for life took her driving America’s Route 66 this summer before heading to Canada. She

has learnt how to kayak, how to rock climb and has passed the preliminary stage to becoming a ‘Cape Wine Academy’ Master. Iona says travelling is not her only vice: “I love photography and art and the National Gallery is a favourite haunt. I’m looking forward to becoming a Friend of Pallant Gallery, I’m a member of a book club and I love collecting antique keys and glass paperweights.” Her current challenge is the Pre-Prep department at The Prebendal School where girls and boys aged three to seven form a close-knit community with small class sizes and a strong sense of identity. Iona says she’s more than ready: “With 23 years of teaching experience, I know that these early years are crucial. Nurturing each child’s individuality and encouraging them to be resilient, resourceful, reflective and collaborative learners will be our compass. Inspiring a love for learning will undoubtedly make their journey all the more richer and rewarding.” For more information go to


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ON TWITTER In an excerpt from her third book, The 15 Essential Marketing Masterclasses For Your Small Business, marketing guru Dee Blick explains how you can get the most from the social media tool

If you’re not already on Twitter, how do you know if it’s for you?

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ABOUT DEE BLICK Dee Blick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with 30 years’ marketing experience and author of The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Book; the Number 1 best selling small business marketing book in 2012. Her third book, The 15 Essential Marketing Masterclasses For Your Small Business has been released worldwide by John Wiley & Sons.

I don’t believe that every small business owner should be ‘tweeting’. In fact, for some small businesses it could be a complete waste of time. If a business’s target audience, potential clients, existing clients or introducers do not subscribe to Twitter in meaningful quantities or the product or service being offered by the business is unsuitable, it is unlikely that the tool will be an effective marketing tactic. For example, one of my clients designs high level security systems for financial institutions. Because of the highly confidential nature of their work and the fact that their clients cannot be named, posting messages on Twitter would be a pointless exercise for them.

conversations with them, you may feel that you’re failing to properly represent your business by not becoming involved yourself. Or perhaps you’ll find that your competitors are active on Twitter but not using it to its full potential, instead simply posting repetitive tweets promoting their services. In these circumstances you have the chance to establish yourself on Twitter and to outshine your competitors. If your clients are already regular users, joining Twitter yourself will provide the opportunity to build even stronger relationships with them by keeping in touch on a more informal basis.

Before deciding whether Twitter is an appropriate marketing activity for your own business, spend some time familiarizing yourself with the tool. Look into whether any of your existing clients are already using it. Are there any prospects that you would like to do business with amongst the registered users? How about any influencers you would like to reach, suppliers you’re working with, or any of your competitors?

Even if neither clients nor competitors seem to be active on Twitter, don’t decide to dismiss the value of the tool until you’ve searched for people that inspire you and that you can learn from. Twitter is an excellent resource for broadening your skills and knowledge. There are many people happy to share their thoughts and expertise on Twitter. It also provides an opportunity to keep in touch with networking colleagues and business people from your community. Communicating with them outside your usual encounters could be helpful in keeping you on their radar for when a great business opportunity arises.

If you discover that some of your clients or competitors already use the tool, take note of:

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• Who is tweeting? • What are they tweeting about and how often? • Who are they talking to? • Who is talking about them? (Using the search bar on Twitter you can find tweets that reference them. Place a hash tag before their business name to see if they are at the centre of any discussions.) • What relationships they are forming? • Who are they following and who’s following them? Within a few hours you should know whether Twitter is an appropriate tool for you and your business. If your competitors are regularly tweeting interesting information and tips to their followers and engaging in worthwhile

Twitter is without doubt a fantastic and free marketing tool if you use it intelligently. It provides a quick and easy mechanism for making people aware of the products or services that you offer. But Twitter should not be viewed purely as an advertising vehicle. It is a social media channel and if you simply pump out messages promoting your products or services, you will fail to attract many followers and could even end up being blocked by other users. To use the tool effectively you really need to embrace the rationale behind Twitter. Join in with conversations; share your own expertise and promote the expertise and resources of others. Twitter provides the means to build relationships and this important aspect of marketing your business should not be overlooked.

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SOCIAL MEDIA CIRCLES There are so many options when it comes to promoting your organisation through social media. Here, Dan Purchase from digital design company BritWeb runs through the list of options and explains the pros and cons depending on the nature of your business

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You’ve probably been told you should integrate social media into your marketing strategy. There’s no doubt that when used properly, platforms like Facebook, Twitter and so on are powerful communication tools. They can help boost your visibility online, raise brand awareness and even improve your search engine rankings. However, not every social media website will be suitable for your business. Here’s what you need to know.

Facebook Facebook is a major player in the social media world. Users can post and share lots of different types of content, businesses can set up a dedicated ‘Page’ and there’s even the facility to post adverts. In fact, over one million businesses are currently advertising on Facebook. There are many ways your business can engage with followers on Facebook – from running competitions to posting images and videos. Unfortunately, you need to gain a following first for people to see your content. To encourage people to give your Page a thumbs up, make it worth their while by regularly posting interesting and relevant content. If your business set-up is B2B, Facebook might not to be the best use of your valuable time, although there are great local community pages that are often worth interacting with via a business page.

Twitter The fantastic thing about Twitter is that it allows you to join in and follow real-time conversations with users – not just the people who follow you but everyone on Twitter. From celebrities and journalists to industry experts and brands, everyone has 140 characters to share, converse and inspire with. Nearly every type of business can benefit by being on Twitter. Whether you’re using it to quickly address customer issues or regularly broadcasting news, there are many ways Twitter can be utilised. Remember, it should always be a two-way conversation – don’t bore followers with selfpromotional tweets.

LinkedIn LinkedIn is a fantastic business-oriented social platform. It’s a must for all B2B companies to have a presence but it really comes into it’s own when used by the individual. Use its advanced search tool to identify the actual people you need to connect with to instigate commercial opportunities, join useful business related groups and use it to gather opinion or present yourself as an expert in your field. Use personalised invites and tailor requests individually every time.


Pinterest Pinterest is a virtual pin board for collecting and curating images and video from around the web. These ‘pins’ are organised on boards, which you can name, invite others to pin on or hide from public view. You can also comment on and ‘like’ other people’s pins. As Pinterest is a visual platform, it’s extremely valuable for lifestyle brands or businesses with a lot of visual content like ecommerce websites. However, like with all social media, don’t just promote your own content – involve other users by re-pinning and commenting on their pins and boards too. Craft marketplace Etsy engages users very well by regularly inviting shop owners to create their own boards.

Instagram This popular photo-sharing app lets brands and businesses break free from web browsers and, quite literally, go mobile. What differentiates Instagram from other photo-apps is that it allows users to add filters to their images then share them with each other. From the point of view of a business, Instagram provides an excellent opportunity for engaging followers by crowd-sourcing (obtaining services, ideas, or content from an online community) content and creating interactive experiences. Like Pinterest, businesses that sell products do extremely well on this social media platform. Nike, Starbucks and Topshop are some of the most followed brands, with well over one million followers each. However, it’s not just the products that are popular but the lifestyle they’re associated with. Rather than posting pictures of your products or facilities, encourage users to share their own experiences. Social media is first and foremost a way to interact with people. Whichever platform you decide is best for your business, use it to start conversations, rather than just promoting yourself. All the benefits of social media that were mentioned at the beginning will be achieved if you put real people first.

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SUMMER GLOW Cold weather and central heating can play havoc with our skin. Keep your complexion clear, soft and protected this winter with the following advice from Bravura London founder Amanda Elias


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Keeping that summer glow during the winter is very easy to manage and is much safer than baking yourself under the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. Firstly, exfoliate. Our skin is continuously regenerating itself but the top layer of dead skin sometimes needs a little help to shed. Dull skin looks grey and unhealthy and doesn’t reflect the light as well as healthy, new skin. Using products containing alpha hydroxy acids can help do break down the bond holding the dead skin on to the surface. Or for an easy exfoliating treatment that can be used on both the face and body, try Bravura’s Dermaflannel.

powder that mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion. I lightly dust all over my skin and then apply more to my cheek bones, shoulder blades and collarbone.

Having a tan all year round is very easy to achieve thanks to the large range of fake tans available on the market. I love Cocoa Brown’s 1 HOUR TAN. It goes on easily and smells amazing! Leave it for one hour for a light tan or three hours for a darker tan. No more sleeping in your tan and ruining your bed sheets. For a more natural look, your tan should be lighter than it would normally be in the summer. Using a highlighter on your skin can give the appearance of a sunlight glow even on the dullest days. Highlight areas that the sun would normally touch such as the top of your cheekbones, your collarbones and your shoulders. My favourite powder is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light, a soft, sheer lavender pink

Have a make-over. It may not sound like much but a new eye shadow or lipstick can really make a big difference to your appearance, brightening your appearance can help to brighten your mood.

Because there is less moisture in the air during the winter, make sure you use a moisturiser that is nourishing but also suitable for your skin type. Look out for ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Aloe Vera and Urea in your moisturiser which are Humectants, meaning it binds moisture to the skin. Don’t forget your hands and feet.

As tempting as hot baths and showers are, they can really dry out the skin. Have a warm bath or shower, moisturise and then snuggle up in your PJs to keep warm. No creams will ever emulate the results that a good night’s sleep will give. Make sure you get at least seven hours sleep every night and your skin will naturally look more healthy and radiant. For more information go to


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Glaucoma - What you need to know Nuffield Health Chichester Hospital would like to invite you to a free talk on Glaucoma by Nishani Amerasinghe, Consultant Ophthalmologist. What is glaucoma? How is glaucoma treated? What happens during glaucoma surgery? Going home after glaucoma surgery (trabeculectomy). Come along to find out everything you need to know about Glaucoma and have all your questions answered. Meet our Experts: When:

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SAVE YOUR SIGHT Consultant ophthalmologist Nishani Amerasinghe from the Nuffield Hospital in Chichester gives us the facts about glaucoma and explains what you can do to give yourself the best chance of managing the disease What does your role involve? I’m a consultant ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist so I see and treat patients with problems related to their eyes. I spend my time diagnosing and managing patients in clinics as well as performing surgery.

What are the main problems with the eyes that you treat? Generally speaking I deal with glaucoma (a cause of deteriorating vision) and cataracts. Patients have often come to me following a referral from their optician.

Is there such a thing as a typical patient for you? The patient I see is usually older, mainly because increasing age is a risk factor in many common sight problems. About 10 per cent of the over 75s will have glaucoma to some extent.

What happens to someone’s sight if they have glaucoma? Glaucoma happens as a result of damage to the optic nerve, which takes visual messages of what we see, from the eye to the brain. It tends to occur as we age and affects the peripheral vision, that is what you see from the sides, and progresses slowly.

Is there a particular group of patients who get diagnosed with glaucoma? Strictly speaking, anyone could be affected by glaucoma. It is most common in older people and 10 per cent of the over 75 age group will have the disease to some degree.

What is the process of seeing a specialist or Ophthalmologist? The most common route to seeing a specialist like myself would be through a recommendation from a patient’s optician. They are the ‘gatekeepers’ to this type of

problem and they are usually the first to detect it.

How often should people go to see an optician? I would recommend all adults going to an optician for a regular check up every two years. This means that if there are signs of glaucoma detected, we can address it early. If you have a family history, you can have for a free eye test once you reach the age of 40.

Does early diagnosis mean it can be cured? Glaucoma is a progressive disease that cannot be cured but its progression can be stopped. Therefore it is beneficial to get early diagnosis. With that, we can put measures in place to ensure a patient can continue with functional sight for the rest of their life – it’s a manageable disease if caught early.

What is the treatment for glaucoma? If it’s detected early enough, usual treatment would involve medication (usually eye drops), laser treatment or surgery are also options. It all depends on the severity of the case.

Are there any causes or risk factors associated with glaucoma? There is no known single cause of glaucoma. But we do know that a family history is a risk factor. Age is also plays a risk factor, as well as being long or short sighted.

Where did you train and how long have you been practicing? I’ve been practicing for about 13 years. I trained at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in Paddington. I have done most of my ophthalmology training in Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester and Bournemouth. I also spent two years doing a research fellowship in glaucoma in Singapore as well a clinical fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Consultant ophthalmologist Nishani Amerasinghe will be holding a free talk open to the public on Glaucoma on the 5 November at 7pm at Nuffield Health Chichester Hospital. Come along and learn everything you need to know about Glaucoma. Spaces are limited please call 01243 887572 to book your place.

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LOOK AFTER Getting a check-up for your hearing should be as common as visiting the optician or dentist for people of a certain age, says Jonathan Ormerod RHAD, FSHAA of the Horsham Hearing Centre


A hearing test has now become a regular health check for many people over the age of 50. Just like looking after your eyes and your teeth, a regular hearing check can highlight any hearing problems and enable you to do something about them. Hearing loss is a very common complaint and affects around one in seven of the population. It can affect not just you, but your family and friends too. Most hearing loss is easily rectified and modern technology can really enhance your quality of life. At the Horsham Hearing Centre, experienced hearing aid audiologists will guide you through the process and offer impartial advice on potential solutions.

is used to determine if any problems exist in the bones of the middle ear or with the ear drum itself. Sometimes it may be necessary to carry out further tests to obtain more detail and this may take a little longer. Once the tests have been completed, we will explain the results to you in the context of any hearing difficulties you may be experiencing. You will be given a detailed description of the type and level of hearing loss and the likely reasons for you having the loss. We will then explain what options are available to assist with your hearing and how best to proceed. Allow plenty of time to be sure you can discuss the results, ask any questions you may have and perhaps have a demonstration of what a modern hearing aid can do. At the Horsham Hearing Centre we typically allow 60 to 90 minutes for the appointment.

When you arrive for an initial consultation, we will ask you about problems you may have experienced with your hearing, such as difficulty hearing in noisy situations or when watching TV. Try to give some thought to any problems you’ve been having, and in what situations, before arriving for the test. It can also be helpful to bring a family member or friend along with you. They are often more aware of the areas of difficulty than you may be yourself and can provide moral support. You will be asked about relevant medical history, including problems such as tinnitus, pain in the ears, balance problems and so on. Before conducting the test, we will then examine your ears (a process known as otoscopy) to check for excessive wax, conditions that may require medical attention or factors that may influence the hearing test. You can also see inside your own ears on a large screen to better understand what we are looking for. The hearing test itself typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes. It consists of a series of tones played through headphones (one ear at a time) - you simply press a button each time you hear a tone. The tests are conducted over a range of frequencies, from low pitch to high pitch, and at different loudness settings in order to find the quietest sound that you can hear at each pitch. A second test, using a different type of headset,

The most common type of hearing loss, known as presbyacusis, is age related and it typically affects both ears to a similar extent. Many sufferers experience this as a loss of clarity and have told us it “sounds like everybody mumbles”, or “it’s difficult to hear in noisy places or in groups of people”. This type of problem is usually due to difficulty in hearing high pitch sounds, particularly consonants such as “f” or “s”. Female voices or children’s voices can be particularly difficult to hear. There are of course many other possible causes of hearing problems. If you are experiencing difficulty in hearing it is very important to have it properly investigated. It may simply be due to a build up of wax, or it may be due to the normal ageing process of the ears. In very rare cases it may be something that warrants medical investigation or treatment and we will advise you of this. Horsham Hearing Centre is offering readers of Fine Sussex a complimentary hearing assessment including a full consultation, hearing test and advice on hearing aids. To book an appointment call Linzi Riggall on 01403 218700 or email Horsham@ For more information go to



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Find out why you can get Christmas sorted in one place – following new stock, more floor space and a rather special new wrapping service At Sparks Yard, they understand that Christmas starts at different times for different people. That is why they will be ready when you are. As of 3 October the shop will be launching its new Christmas floor at the top of the fabulous building in Arundel. The whole new floor will be totally dedicated to Christmas decorations, gifts, party-ware and snugly winter accessories – with plenty more space this year to dedicate to the season to be jolly. Many customers will be really organised and love to get started on their Christmas shopping as soon as possible - especially if they have to post Christmas cards and gifts overseas. But at Sparks Yard they also know that it is important to still have a great choice of gifts for more ‘last minute’ shoppers. As well as how handy it is to be open until 5pm on Christmas Eve! As if that weren’t enough, they are offering a great new service this year in the form of Christmas gift wrapping in store. They will take your gifts that have been bought in their shops and wrap and gift bag them ready to pop straight under the tree. They are planning to share the


proceeds of this service with Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. The new floor will also see the relocation of the toy store, taking advantage of having much more space. This year owners Holly and Andy are hoping to have a toy section that Santa’s elves would be proud of, stocking fillers and gifts galore. This summer has seen a major shift in the way that Sparks Yard is laid out with more space given over to extra seating for its very popular coffee bar. Holly told Fine Sussex: “We were getting so busy that we never had enough seats in the coffee bar. We have now added 12 extra seats and it has made such a difference. There is more space for prams and buggies and a quiet area for people to sit and work using our free Wi-Fi while enjoying our delicious coffee. The ground floor has been opened up and displays are much clearer. Finally we are able to really show off just how fabulous our stock is, it isn’t so overcrowded and you can actually see the items shine! We have been working so hard this year to get Sparks Yard looking fresh and bright again, after 10 years you no longer see what is in front of you, but now we are looking with fresh eyes and with great excitement about our future plans.’ It is no secret that Holly and Andy have plans to expand the business with the relocation of the coffee bar to the top floor in the new year, Andy added: “We are so excited about what the future holds for Sparks Yard. We are 10 years old this year but we are constantly evolving. This year will see the biggest changes that we have made in a long time and the whole team is buzzing! We can’t wait to put all of our plans into action.” Visit Sparks Yard on Tarrant Street, Arundel or go to

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in the diary Halloween Week at Borde Hill

Farlington School PTA Christmas Fair

Borde Hill Gardens 23 October to 3 November 2013 10am to 5pm

Farlington School, Strood Park, Horsham Saturday, 16 November 11am - 3pm

There will be dragon and pumpkin trails, a witch’s house, storytelling, facepainting and arts and craft activities galore. Perfect for fun with the little ones this half term. Late night opening on 30 October (until 7pm) with pumpkin carving competition and the garden lit up at night.

Come and do all your Christmas shopping at the Farlington School PTA Christmas Fair. Over 40 festive stalls including beautiful silver gifts, handcrafted wood, jewellery, clothes, toys, beauty products and much more. There will be tombolas, a Grand Raffle, Santa’s grotto and lots of fun stalls for children, not to mention the cake stall and our fabulous café. Why not enjoy some mulled wine and a mince pie whilst browsing through the stalls? Entry is £2 on the door and the event is a fundraiser for Farlington School PTA. For more details contact Charlotte Shenoy or Louise Bubb at

Arundel Castle Gardens Alive With Colour Arundel Castle October

Get top tips for the autumn from the garden team at Arundel Castle. The venue’s gardens are alive with colour this season thanks to a late bloom; catch these impressive displays and get top tips from the expert gardening team who are on hand to help green fingered visitors replicate their success at home. Impressive displays of exotic colour can be found in the Tropical Borders thanks to the Dahlia David Howard with double apricot and orange flowers, the Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff’s bright red flowers and coppery purple leaves, the Canna Irridiflora’s dark pink flowers as well as the popular Kaniphofia, or Red Hot Poker Lily, with stunning tall orange flowers. The Organic Kitchen Garden has an abundant crop of apples and pears. The king of the culinary apples has to be the giant sized ‘Peasegoods Nonsuch’; each fruit is so large that just one is quite enough for an apple crumble.

Arundel Food Festival

The Rare Brand Market returns Throughout November It’s the alternative marketplace for inspirational gifts and ideas - the Rare Brand Market is a shopping events company that selects stunning venues and fills them with small, stylish brands that you won’t find easily on the high street. The events showcase companies that offer really individual ranges of products or services. They hand-pick each and every one, always trying to find those special brands that offer that little bit more in terms of design, customer service or expertise. Using in-house creative talent to design a shopping event that’s fresh and totally stylish, and always

support selected charities through the events. The next event is the famous christmas market on the Goodwood Estate at Goodwood Racecourse on Thursday 14 Nov, Friday 15 Nov and for the first time a Saturday which is the 16 of Nov - The market will trade - 9am to 4pm each day.

Arundel Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2013 The popular Arundel Food Festival is back for a weekend extravaganza. There will also be addition events taking place the week following, from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 October. The Arundel Food Festival has a strong community focus and is a celebration of local food and drink. The historic market town of Arundel is uniquely positioned between the idyllic South Downs National Park and the Sussex coast, enabling it to provide some of the freshest and tastiest food and drink in the South East. The Food Festival will start with the regular monthly Arundel Farmer’s Market. The following day will see ‘Activity Sunday’, a series of free, family focused events including apple pressing and street cookery demonstrations using local, seasonal food; plus a ‘veg swap’, allotment visits and a


chance to learn more about the new Arundel Community Orchard. Local foraging experts Forest Knights will also be showing children how to discover a few tasty treats growing locally and to cook their own Bannock Bread over a fire.

Prints by Eric Ravilious

Pallant House Gallery Chichester 12 October to 8 December 2013 Pallant house Gallery in Chichester presents an exhibition of prints by the celebrated British artist and designer, Eric Ravilious (1903-42). A major figure in the history of early 20th-century British art, Ravilious was one of Britain’s most popular and versatile artists of the 1930s, producing distinctive watercolours, lithographs, and graphics for companies such as London Transport and ceramics for Wedgwood which are hugely evocative of the era. His work is rooted in

the landscape of pre-war and early wartime England, particularly the South Downs in Sussex, where he grew up. Featuring loans from public collections such as the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden and the Towner in Eastbourne, which are both known for their significant holdings of the artist’s work, the exhibition also features prints, ceramics and ephemera from a number of private collections, giving a fresh insight into Ravilious’ versatility as an artist.

Petworth Farmers Market Petworth 26 October

It’s Petworth’s turn to host this event which alternates between Petworth and Midhurst. Showcasing some of the best local food and drink available in the West Sussex and Chichester area.

“ Talent and dedication go a long way” Be the best you can be - Burgess Hill School for Girls

‘see us aT work’ open morning Burgess Hill school for girls is welcoming visitors Tuesday 5th november from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

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