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n 21st March 2012 Gaucho will host The Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. Following the triumphant inaugural year in 2011, Gaucho International Polo has now evolved into the ultimate celebration of Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage at the O2 arena. The 2012 event will consist of two international arena polo matches merged with exclusive performances from Grammy award winning band, Bajofondo. Sport Relief is back - and it’s coming to London! The city is set to host one of the flagship Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles on Sunday 25th March, and needs Londoners to show their support by entering now at www.sportrelief.com. This year, over one million people are expected to pull up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in order to raise some serious cash for vulnerable people right here in London, across the UK and in the world’s poorest countries. Enjoy your issue and until March...
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Leander Club is the most prestigious and successful rowing club in the world, with 99 Olympic medals won by our members up to and including the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In celebration of our success we are proud to introduce an evening with… Dan Snow The evening will take place at the historic Leander Club, Henley On Thames where you and your guests will be welcomed by Dan and meet and mingle with the Club’s Acadamicians who have set their sights on the very top of the sporting ladder. Guests will enjoy a fine-dining experiece and get the inside track from Dan and the athlete table hosts as we move closer to Eton Dorney Rowing Lake in August 2012. We are extending a special offer to readers of Fish Media Group’s ‘Life’ titles at a special price of £295.00 per person or a table of 10 including an athlete at £2,950.00. This will be a great corporate event or for that special occasion. It will be a night to remember! Profits for the evening will go to support the Leander Academy in developing our next generation of athletes for 2016 and beyond
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A Grand Ukulele Festival in aid of Unicef. There will be solo acts including Krabbers, Ken Middleton, Keef and Hamish Currie, Groups and open mic sessions. For the beginners there will be a workshop and some easy strum-a-longs. Improvers will have a choice of two workshops. There is a raffle with many prizes which include two fabulous ukuleles. Light refreshments will be served and there is a licensed bar. All ages and abilities welcome Those staying for the day should use the station car-park. 11.30 to 17.30 Entry is by donation to Unicef. Berkhamsted Civic Centre Hertfordshire HP4 3HD Saturday 3 Mar 2012 www.ukesforunicef.com SCRAPBOOKING RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND
Scrapbooking Residential weekend. All meals and accomodation included Beginners and experienced equally welcome!! Run by experienced scrapbooking tutor. Includes teaching sessions, use of papercrafting tools. Crafting shop onsite £155 twin £189 single Ring 01525 400523 or email email@example.com Friday 4:30pm to Sunday 4:30pm Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 9BQ. Friday 9 Mar 2012 to Sunday 11 Mar 2012 www.lindagransby.co.uk A BIRD IN YOUR EAR
Snail Tales brings you another chance to enjoy stories you won't find anywhere else - because each one has been born in the minds of children. Genies in teapots and hat-munching squirrels are just a few of the characters joining boys and girls like you on fantastical exploits, brought to life with puppetry, song and opportunities to jump on stage and join in. Families with children aged 3-11 years will join our magic-spinning storytellers on a journey through a creative world, made for children 14
by the people who know them best - children! ‘Refreshingly encapsulates everything that a child’s imagination should be...’ The Stage ‘A delight from start to finish.’ Bedford Corn Exchange Saturday 25 February, 2.30pm Tickets £6.25 / £4.25 Dacorum Card To book call 01442 228091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE Hertfordshire HP1 3AE Saturday 25 Feb 2012 BEACONSFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
This popular and busy market has around 30 stalls offering an amazing selection of quality, local food - traditionally reared beef, lamb, bacon and pork products. Also free range poultry, game, great cheeses and yoghurts, seasonal fruit and veg, beer and cider, wines, breads, pies, cakes and other baked goods, honey and preserves, fresh trout and sea fish. Guest local stall: Young Enterprise Group selling fair trade tea! Hot bacon rolls available from Castleman's Farm. Other refreshments from tea rooms nearby. Free parking in Windsor End. 9am - 12.30pm Windsor End, Old Town Buckinghamshire HP9 2JJ Saturday 25 Feb 2012 www.tvfm.org.uk MAGNOLIA HOUSE - OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS
½ acre, many mature trees incl magnificent copper beech and large magnolia.Wollemi pine,Cactus,fernery, stream,beehives, 2 ponds, greenhouses. 2 small aviarys. 10,000 snowdrops and hellebores in spring. Collection of over 60 different hostas. Stay in our self catering accomodation,enjoy the garden. It is constantly being udated and new features added. Open:Suns 26 Feb (11-2), 24 Feb 2013 . Admission £3, Children free.
14th January 2012 10am-1pm. Parking (Pay&Display) Disabled Access, Free Entry. 10am-1pm - Free Admission Disabled Access - Public Car Park (reasonable charges 30p/hour) on-site refreshments available. Any interested producers please note that you must be local to Bourne End. We also have sufficient food and jewellery producers. Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End Buckinghamshire SL8 5LX Saturday 10 Mar 2012. GERRARDS CROSS BOOK FAIR
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100 English Sporting registered Shoot over 10 manned stands. Prize Money will be High Gun receiving £75, followed by 1st place in each CPSA class receiving free entry to the next month’s CPSA. During winter light conditions: first entries from 10am and last entry 3pm. All shooting needs to finish by 4pm. All entries £30.00 No booking required. For more information call 01494 883227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org E.J.Churchill Shooting Ground, Park Lane, Lane End Buckinghamshire HP14 3NS Thursday 1 Mar 2012. www.ejchurchill.com Times:11-2. Telephone:01628 525818. Open for charity. Magnolia House, Buckinghamshire HP10 0QD. Sunday 26 Feb 2012 www.lanford.co.uk/events BOURNE END COMMUNITY CRAFT MARKET
10am-1pm. Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5LX. Local residents offering their own produce and services, including: Purely Local Fresh Food ~ Savouries ~ Cakes ~ Fudge ~ Charity Tombola ~ Jewellery ~ Cards ~ Jams & Chutneys ~ Garden Produce ~ Candles ~ Crafts ~ Art ~ Fashion ~ Health & Beauty ~ Bags ~ Cushions ~ and more Saturday
Secondhand and antiquarian books for the collector, dealer or casual reader 10am - 4pm Tel: 07884 425450 Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 7AD Saturday 10 Mar 2012 www.davidfordbooks.co.uk LITTLE CHALFONT FARMERS’ MARKET
This is the place to shop for locally produced, quality rare-breed pork, bacon and award-winning sausages. NEW! Veg stall. Also beef, lamb, poultry, free range eggs, organic breads, pies and baked goods, cheeses, yogurts, home baked cakes and lots more from small local producers. Take a break - refreshments by WI in village hall. 9am - 1pm Every second Saturday in the month. Village Hall car park, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP8 4UD Saturday 10 Mar 2012 www.littlechalfontfarmersmarket.co.uk CONCERT: DUO DORADO -"ANGELS AND DEVILS"
The programmes presented by Hazel Brooks - violin and David Pollock - harpsichord, have been widely praised for their variety and colour. Visually interesting and musically stunning, the duo introduce the pieces to bring to life the musical and historical context. This programme includes works by Corelli, Handel, Scarlatti and ends with Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' sonata. Concert starts at 20.00 Doors
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open at 19.15 Single tickets £15 Under 18s free Tickets and further information from the Box Office 01494 765420 Dr Challoners High School, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP7 9QB Saturday 25 Feb 2012 www.amershamconcerts.org.uk HENLEY WINE EVENING
Join us at this lovely venue over looking the Thames for a fun and informal wine tasting evening this March, and this year we have decided to push the boat out by inviting some of the very finest wine producers to join us. You will be able to sample over 30 fantastic wines from across the globe, including a number of wonderful wines presented by their producers as we will be joined by Andrew Napier from Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite), and highly acclaimed winemaker Henry Laithwaite, both of which will be happy to talk to you about life in the vineyards. We will also be showcasing our very own stunner, the Theale Vineyard English Sparkling Wine from Theale. Our tastings are very relaxed – no wine knowledge needed! 6.30-8.30pm Tickets are £23.50 Henley River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire RG9 1BF Tuesday 6 Mar 2012 www.laithwaites.co.uk NEARLY NEW SALE
Baby/Kids Nearly New Sale Fantastic bargains to be had! Mothers to be and parents can pick up a bargain at our sale. Items include high chairs, buggies, toys, books, clothes and more ……… Lots of Nearly new stalls and small businesses. Face painting for the children. Stalls available at £12.00 each. If interested please call or text 07921 560356 or email email@example.com 10 am - 12.30 pm £1.00 entry per adult. Children get in free. A donation from each entry fee given to Action For Kids. With each entry a raffle ticket given for the FREE RAFFLE. Lots of lovely prizes. Raffle drawn at 12.00 noon. Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 1DD Sunday 4 Mar 2012
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Rickmansworth's Boutique Outdoor Market at the Fox & Hounds in Rickmansworth High Street! Offering a great mix of unique stalls and undiscovered gems, The Little Fox Market has something for everyone, bringing you a unique shopping experience every month. Savor some delicious locally home baked goodies or browse the excellent selection of jewellery, homeware, gifts, hand made beauty products and more. Come along on the first Saturday of every month from 10 am 3pm. Fantastic high quality products run by local people. Each event raises money for charity and promotes small business in our area. Homemade. Individual. Tasty, Interesting, Friendly and Unique! The Market opens at 10am and ends at 3pm. We take entrance donations for local charities. The Fox & Hounds Public House Garden - 183 High Street, Rickmansworth, Herts. WD3 1AY Hertfordshire WD3 1AY Saturday 3 Mar 2012 www.littlefoxmarket.co.uk BRIDGE DRIVE
Start your day with a coffee and biscuit followed by a great Bridge Drive, spend time chatting with friends over lunch with Bucks Fizz and continue playing in the afternoon before we announce the prize winners of the day! There will be a raffle as well and all proceeds go towards the Paul Strickland Scanner Appeal, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood. Paul Strickland Scanner Centre provides state-of-the-art scanning services for the early diagnosis of cancer and other serious diseases and needs funds for new scanners. Registered Charity No 298867. 10.30am for 11.00am start and finishes at 3.30pm. Entry is £10.50 per person to include coffee & lunch with bucks fizz or soft drink, bookings on 01923 844290. Pairs and teams of four welcome, the format will be Chicago Bridge, please bring your own cards and table cloth for lunchtime. Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 6AS. Monday 5 Mar 2012 www.stricklandscanner.org.uk
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CHEESE MAKERS MARKET DATE ANNOUNCED FOR 2012
ith over 98% of British households buying cheese, and a staggering 700,000 tonnes (including cottage cheese and fromage frais) consumed on average each year, the UK is clearly a nation of Cheese Lovers. And so what better place to visit, than the UK’s top event for Cheese Lovers, which will take place on Saturday 14th April at The Market Place, Old Beaconsfield? Although Cheddar is the nation’s favourite cheese, this event will offer visitors so much more! An opportunity to taste, learn about, and buy new and unusual cheeses, as well as artisan and traditional favourites, the Cheese Makers Market will offer cheeses from over 70 different producers, showcasing both British and Continental varieties. In association with Premier Cheese (a specialist supplier to top restaurants around the UK including Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons and Tom Aikens) and La Cave à Fromage (a wonderful cheese retailer with shops in London and Brighton offering over 200 different varieties) this will mark the second year of the market. In 2011, the market was opened by Alain Roux, Chef Patron of the renowned Waterside Inn. With over 2,000 visitors, last year’s participants included noted producers such as Cooleeney from Ireland, Thornby Moor from Cumbria, Bath Soft Cheese, Cornish Blue Cheese, Errington from Scotland, Isle of
Mull Cheddar and Innes Cheese from Staffordshire. This year, Eric Charriaux and Amnon Paldi, Directors of both Premier Cheese and La Cave à Fromage, will be making The Cheese Makers Market even bigger and better, with more producers (hailing as far as Portugal, Spain, France and Italy), cheese and wine matching tutorials hosted by renowned wine journalist Tim Atkin, workshops and chef demonstrations. The Cheese Makers Market will also have a few carefully selected stands selling cheese macaroons, cheese ice cream, cheese making kits, cheese accessories, wine, cider, beer, bread and hot food made with
cheese. Look out for the pop-up restaurant sponsored by Premier Cheese and La Cave a Fromage, which will offer delicious fine cheese selections served with bread and wine, or a selection of fine cheese and charcuterie platters or raclette served with or without wine. Cold storage will be available for visitors wanting to purchase and keep their
shopping chilled while they continue to browse and enjoy their time at Old Beaconsfield. Amnon Paldi said: “Although Cheese is our business, it is also our passion and hobby! We want to give visitors the opportunity to not only taste cheeses that may be new to them, but also allow them to meet the Cheese Makers who may produce some of their favourites. The Cheese Makers Market will be a must visit for not only
die hard cheese lovers, but also for consumers looking for a one stop for everything relating to Cheese and Dairy.” The Cheese Makers Market will be on Saturday 14th April 2012, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The location is The Market Place, Old Beaconsfield, HP9 2JN Car parking is available, and there is a fast train service from London Marylebone to Beaconsfield. Events and further details at www.cheesemakersmarket.com
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hen you read the “Life Series” group of magazines across Berkhamsted, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Marlow and the beautiful surrounding areas about the fascinating stories concerning local people, local businesses, good causes and the countryside, towns and villages that you are part of, don’t you sometimes think that there are other topics that would look good in print? are you perhaps a keen amateur photographer producing shots taken in the immediate area that would complement and enhance the articles in the magazine? WELL – NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO SEE YOUR NAME, OR THAT OF YOUR ORGANISATION IN PRINT!
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fund-raiser in Marlow, a charity organiser in Beaconsfield, a life-style coach in Chorleywood or a successful community group in amersham, we would love to hear from you! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WRITE AN ARTICLE (SOMETHING BETWEEN 1000-1250 WORDS), WITH PHOTOS, AND E-MAIL IT TO: PATRICK@ FISHMEDIAGROUP.CO.UK OR CALL 07932 608 797.
You’ll get the idea of the sort of thing we are looking for by browsing through this edition of the magazine. Don’t worry too much about perfect grammar or spelling – we will check it before it goes to print! So how about it? Why not get those creative juices going, sit down and start thinking of ways in which you could publicise the part of your Local Life that is most important to you? if you want to talk about what you have in mind, or would like some advice
as to how to get the best from the topic you want aired, then please include a contact number so that we can help you. Remember, “Life Series” set of magazines publishes articles about stories of general local interest, so please don’t send us the account of great-aunt Maud’s birthday or your precious off-spring’s coming of age! We would also be delighted to receive photographs relating to the area, illustrating aspects of local life, commerce or nature. again, please send your files to the above e-mail address – sorry but we are unable to accept printed media for inclusion in the magazine. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
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LO C AL LIFE
n 1990, Nick Fitch founded Nicholas James (his middle name) – a jewellery design company. Aware that he couldn’t change the jewellery world overnight, Nick quietly designed bespoke pieces for his clients. But he longed to introduce contemporary styles to the then-static jewellery industry. Gradually he developed his own, unique styles; ultimately succeeding in introducing his collection to more than 70 top-end, independent jewellery retail stores. Innovative, design-led jewellery had arrived. In 1999, the year he won ‘Best Design in Diamonds’ at the UK Jewellery Awards, Nick prepared to open his own boutique jeweller’s. The shop in St Cross Street (off Hatton Garden) became known for its seasonal décor and imaginative displays, featuring anything from gilded walls and 1970s wallpaper to feather-filled baubles. Customers paused to admire the displays – then stopped to gaze at thejewellery, which matched the décor for wow factor and creativity. The shop’s success soared as it built up a reputation for its fast-evolving collections. Nick’s work was commanding great respect within the industry; in 2002, De Beers invited him to design the ‘King George V & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes’ commemorative pin for Royal Ascot. Within 5 years, the property on St Cross Street was no The current look of Nicholas James’s ever changing interior. longer big enough. In 2004 Nick acquired new, much larger premises in the busiest part of Hatton Garden. With a huge blank canvas to work with, Nick was able to create a truly inspirational interior. The showroom broke with design convention, presenting the collections in art-gallery style, with hyper-modern fittings and a relaxed atmosphere. It took 12 months to complete, but the flagship Nicholas James store opened to critical acclaim – and huge popularity. It beat the Apple Store in Regent Street as best shop "HAVING BEEN design in 2005 at the British Retail Interior LIVING IN CENTRAL Design Awards. Nick’s signature style, light with blue LED's and 758 combined with an interior that was completely LONDON FOR SO LONG AND WITH A BLOSSOMING FAMILY, spoons, 150 diamond set. It is unique, was destined to transform the THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE I'D RATHER BE currently on display at the Wyndham landscape of Hatton Garden forever. In 2009 THAN IN GERRARDS CROSS. I HAVE KNOWN Grand Hotel in Chelsea Harbour. Nicholas James won Best Independent THE AREA FOR A LONG TIME AND “It was a fun and exciting project Retailer at The UK Jewellery Awards. HARBOURED A DESIRE TO LIVE IN GERRARDS that pushed our skills as jewellers into Throughout the noughties, Nick had been CROSS WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT". a completely different arena.” attracting attention within the industry and his NICK FITCH, OWNER AND CREATIVE Specialising in clean, contemporary success has been recognised and rewarded DIRECTOR OF NICHOLAS JAMES lines and working predominantly with many times over in the years that have platinum, 18ct gold and diamonds, the range is designed to be worn every followed. Most recently, Nick was placed on the Hot 100list compiled by day and exudes an understated chic whilst obviously being specialist fine Professional Jeweller magazine in 2010, described by editor Rachael jewellery. Nick takes on bespoke work all the time – in fact it is one of the Taylor as “a roll of honour of the most creative, successful and talented highlights of his job, working closely with a customer to produce a people working in the British jewellery industry today”. Nicholas James fabulous one off creation that captures the desired outcome completely. was voted No: 5 out of 50 Inspiring Independents by the UK jewellery So, to get a taste of Nick's jewellery and shop, visit nicholasjames.com, or visit the industry last month. Nick was approached by Arthur Price (one of the UK's biggest store at 16-18 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8AT. Mention you are "LIFE MAGAZINE READER" and you will be assured of being given VIP and most established) cutlery manufacturers to come up with treatment! something unique for their cutlery. The end result was a 65kg spoon 20
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A Announcin ng an exciting yearr of exhibitions, eveents and artist atteendancess Never one to stand still, it will come as no surprise to learn that Gallery Rouge have a full schedule of events planned for the year ahead. The gallery once again demonstrates its commitment to bringing you the strongest selection of artwork bar none.
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Salvador Dali exhibition MARCH 24TH TO 31ST
Following on from their hugelly successful ‘Picasso and the School of P Par a is’’ Show held last Maayy, the ffocus ar ocus of this eevvent will be on one of the most influential Spanish artists of a generation. Whilst Dali has been described as a mavver erick and a genius in the same breath,, his impact on the modern art movement is unquestionable. Both Dalí’s extraordinary talent and eccentric personalittyy helped him to rise above the rest of the ttw wentieth century surrealists. This is an opportunittyy to acquire signed limited edition work which would ordinarily be inaccessible.
John-Mark Gleadow exhibition MAY MA AY 12TH - 20TH 2012
Hyper realist painter John-Mark has taken the arttw world by storm with his stunningly detailed depictions in a book spine cover format. Bridging the gap between portraiture and literature, John-Marks work demonstrates exceptional skill (each piece taking months to create) and the galler y are delighted to be holding his first ever European exhibition. John-Mark will be flying or the event. across from the US especially ffor 28
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Kal Gajoum exhibition JULY JUL Y 21ST - 29TH 2012
Follo lowing wing on from his sell-out exhibition in March 2010, Gallery Rouge is delighted to be welcoming Kal back to the UK for for a highl highlyy anticipated show to be held in central London. Kal’s palette knif knifee oil paintings have have become incredibl ediblyy sought af after ter since his tenure as the Official Artist of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and this event will coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. As his exclusiv lusivee European representativ esentatives, es, Gallery Rouge will be flying flying Kal Gajoum over from Canada to make a personal appearance and meet with collectors.
Barry Hilton exhibition NOVEMBER 3RD - 11TH 2012
Landscape painter Barry Hilton will be in attendance later in the year year with a strong collection of original oil paintings. Barry’s ability to capture atmospheric backdrops has catapulted him to the for forefront of the modern landscape genre. Barry will be holding only two exhibitions in 2012, and specifically approached Gallery Rouge, suc such h is the profile of the gallery.
Kerry Darlington exhibition SEPTEMBER 15TH - 23RD 2012
To mark Galler y Rouge’s fifth fifth anniversar y they are thrilled to announce that the UK’s top selling artist Kerr y Darlington will be coming to the galler y in St Albans. Galler y Rouge held Kerr y Darlington’s first ever solo exhibition and this event is in recognition of their special relationship. D ue to her work commitments Kerr y rarely has time for for events, so this is indeed rather special.
Delivering you Exceptional Choice Gallery Roug Gallery Rougee has fir firmly mly established itself as the place place you you must must visit first looking should you you be loo king for for artwork artwork for for your your home home or office. office. The selection selection artwork of ar twork is the largest largest and widest in Hertfordshire, Hertf tfor ordshire, as the gallery gallery is uniquelyy positio positioned uniquel ned in representing representing work work from; from; DeMo DeMontfort ntfor ntf ort Fine Fine Art Art (who rrepresent epresent household names in F Fabian abian Perez, Hyde, Harris P erez, Henderson Henderson Cisz, Doug Hyde Hy de, Rolf Harr is and Todd Todd White White to name but a fe ffew) ew) Washington Washington Gr Green een Fine Fine Art Art (r (representatives epresentatives of Alexander Mil Miller, ler,
Bob D Dylan, ylan, Peter Peter Smith, Smith, P Paul aul Kenton Kenton and Lawrence Law awrrence Coulso Coulson n amongst amo ngst others) Buc Buckingham kingham F Fine ine Ar Artt (with the hugely hugely popular Kerr Kerryy Darlington, Darlington, Barryy Hilto Barr Hilton, n, A Adam dam Barsby Barsby and Mark Mark Spain) Spain) Independent ar artists tists fr from om aacross cross the UK inc including luding David Renshaw, Renshaw, Chris Wileman Chr is Chapman Chapman and Peter Peter W ileman PRIO PRIO Inter International national ar artists tists ex exclusive clusive to the gal gallery lery in Eur Europe ope inc including luding Hessam Abrishami, Billl Ma Mack, Waugh John-Mark Abr ishami, Bil ck, Eric Eric W augh and Jo hn-Mark Gleadow. Gleadow. FEBRUARY2012 29
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THE GAUCHO INTERNATIONAL POLO
n 21st March 2012 Gaucho will host The Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. Following the triumphant inaugural year in 2011, Gaucho International Polo has now evolved into the ultimate celebration of Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage at the O2 arena. The 2012 event will consist of two international arena polo matches merged with exclusive performances from Grammy award winning band, Bajofondo. Bajofondo, who have put ‘electrotango’ firmly on the world music map will open and play throughout the tournament, creating a thrilling blend of polo and performances. The matches will see Scotland taking on Ireland and culminate in the titanic clash between IG Index’s England and Argentina, pitting Britain’s finest player, Jamie Morrison 34
against the Royals’ favourite star, Nacho Figueras. The Gaucho International Polo will be a true Argentine festival, with tastings from some of the country’s finest wine producers, brought to the event by leading authority, Wines of Argentina. There will also be a fun and charitable twist to the event in the form of “The White Jeans Party’. What to wear to polo matches has often been hotly debated amongst the style conscious, but white jeans are winning in the fashion stakes with enthusiasts such as Prince Harry donning them at matches around the world. In keeping with this, every guest who arrives at the event wearing a pair, a pound will be donated to the BFF (British Forces Foundation). Arena polo is an emerging trend in the polo world and takes place on a smaller pitch with only three players per team rather than the usual four, creating a fast-paced and spectator friendly game. With simpler rules and tickets starting at just £20, it is an accessible way of introducing
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EDUCA EDUCATION UCA ATION LIFE Welcome readers T H E
Q U A L I T Y
The independent school system in the UK is one of the finest in the world and you are fortunate to have some of the best schools in the country right on your doorstep. In todayâ€™s economic climate, making the right choice for your childâ€™s education is of paramount importance.
E D U C A T I O N
Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children.
Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Many schools will be having their first open days of 2012 soon.
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Encourage your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. Take a note book with you and write down positive or negative things that your child brings up. This will be a useful tool when you are comparing notes!
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way a child sees a prospective future school. This month sees the first of our three part Education Life series which will also appear in April and September issues.
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THE FINEST SCHOOLS IN YOUR AREA
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Words Tom Jenkins
Choosing the right GCSEs for your child For man nyy families, choosing which combination of GCSE subjectss ffor or their son or daughter to study can be a daunting experience. Many listen to advice from teachers, talk to other parents and desperatelly try to apply their own liffe experience to the decision. Others adopt a more laissez-faire attitude, delegating the choice almost entirely to the person who has to sit the exams. For pupils, it can offten ften bbe a st stressful and confusing time – eevven beffor ore the anxiety of deciding between Ger G man and Art is factored into the equation.
subject – although it can sometimes be difficult ffor or teenagers to separate this from the personality of their current teacher, which will inevitably change. For man nyy, choices are motivated otivated bbyy thoughts of undergraduate degree courses and the w wor orld of w wor ork.. It is certainly w wor orth looking at the qualifications needed for for certain courses and careers (Medicine, ffor or example l, requires Maths and Chemistry, and languages will in nvar variably require students to have studied up to and beyond GCSE), although a surprising number of courses encourage a flexible and varied menu at GCSE.
All students are taught English, Maths and at least one Science up to GCSE. Man ny schools also add a language to this list of compulsory subjects, It is probably better to avvvoid oid pressuring your son or daughter into and there are other constraints ts dictated bbyy staff and timetable concerns. selections which theeyy do not personally ffeel eel suited to. In nvar variably this can lead to resentment and stress due to the increased pressures and Leading schools will be able too off ffer er a broad range of subjects which provide a sm ffor or varied and stimulating learning experience ffor or teenagers. At Merchant Taylors’, intellectual demands. Higher grades and an ongoing enthusiasm the subject will leavvee individuals indiv better placed in the long run. Northwood,, pupils are stretched and challenged by by the more demanding IGCSE qualification in the core subjects,, (mathematics, English and the separate GCSEs can be something of a grind at times – there are seemingly endless sciences) and facilities are superb for for budding artists or students of Design assessment and aspects off the syylllabus which are quite prescriptive. Ideally or the most able Technology. Sciences are taught as three separate awards ffor a and these aspects will be off ffset seet bbyy the breadth and balance of the subjects chosen: a healthhyy mixture of lessons –challenging diff ffer erent skills - characterise each daayy. a health hyy mix of Arts, Sciences and Humanities is important. Alongside our son or daughter will want to So what factors should you consider? Ideally, studying a subject will begin to the subjects studied in the classroom, yyour become more in nvvolved in n the wider liffee of the school in order to provide kindle and enthusiasm ffor or the subject which lasts a liffetime etime. A key concern breathing space and develop their individual interests and confidence. is clearly going to be to be thee individuals’’ aptitude and enjooyyment ffor or a
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Merchant Taylors’ School 450 years of excellence 1561
You are welcome to arrange an individual visit anytime
Why not choose the best for your son? A ‘Top Ten’ boys’ school ‘Outstanding’ - 2008 School Inspection Inspirational teaching Unique tutorial system Civilized, friendly & unpressured Small class sizes Superb facilities set in 250 acres
May 12th 2012 10.00 - 12.30
Easy access by tube and coach MTS is a 15 minute journey by car from the M1 or M25. MTS coaches from Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore. MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan Line); Chiltern Line trains change at Harrow
Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 12.15
Please contact Penny Wright, Admissions Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org +44(0)1923 845514 Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood Middlesex HA6 2HT
For boys 11 - 18
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development is strong, they develop self confidence and self esteem through their life in the school.
t is one of the more stressful weeks in the life a Headmaster when the Inspectors come to call. The Independent Schools Inspectorate, who have responsibility for visiting independent schools give a week’s notice of their intention to arrive and ask for relevant paperwork to be sent to them immediately. This produces a frisson of excitement for those responsible for the raft of paper work, although thankfully, these days the rain forests are safer given the use of email and electronic media.
The school offers excellent pastoral care, fully supported by policies and procedures and the pupils feel cared for and safe. The school provides an excellent curriculum which covers all the requisite areas of learning and which creates independent learners, well prepared for their senior schools.
The importance of the inspection cannot be overstated. This is peer-review, from experienced professionals, most of who have been or are current school leaders. Their findings stay with the school for the next six years, so that three day visit can have a dramatic effect on a school.
Teaching is excellent overall, successfully promoting the pupils’ progress and supporting the school’s aims.”
“Pupils’ achievement is excellent and they are very well educated in accordance with the school’s aim for pupils to realise their intellectual, social and physical potential.
WESTBROOK HAY IS AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL...
The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, well supported by
a broad and very well planned curriculum and good teaching
The personal development of pupils is excellent; pupils’ spiritual
One could be forgiven for thinking the school had written these comments, but they come from the ISI report undertaken this year at Westbrook Hay Prep School. Was there a sense of relief ? Of course, but also an understanding that our parents would expect nothing less. Visit www.westbrookhay.co.uk to read the full report
An Independent Prep School for boys and girls aged 3-13 years
Happiness | Confidence | Success
OPEN MORNING Saturday, 3rd March 2012 9.30am – 12.30pm The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, well supported by a broad and very well planned curriculum.
Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2011
To view, contact:
01442 256143 email email@example.com www.westbrookhay.co.uk London Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2RF
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Promoting Independent Learning At St. Helen’s girls are encouraged to take an active involvement in their learning as part of a broad education that promotes independent learning and creative thinking. Independent Learning Weeks are a regular feature of the curriculum, enabling girls to work individually, and as part of a team, to produce pieces of work that they can be really proud of by taking control of their own learning. Further up the school
there are opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills through activities such as the Year 9 Enquiry project where girls undertake individual student-led research on a topic of their choice.
Sixth Form students can choose to study A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which places emphasis on developing the skills needed for university and beyond, focusing
on independent research, critical thinking and active involvement in the community. All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning through effective planning of their time and a critical approach to their studies.
leadership skills and take the initiative through activities such as the Combined Cadet Force, operated jointly with Merchant Taylors’ School, or by taking on roles of responsibility within the school community.
Outside the classroom, a varied extra-curricular programme offers opportunities to develop key skills and to build confidence. Girls are encouraged to develop
By developing those core skills, upon leaving St. Helen’s, each girl is confident, self-reliant and independent, ready to take their place in the adult world.
Open Morning Wednesday 20th June 2012 10.30am - 12.30pm Our staff and pupils are delighted to welcome all prospective Senior School (11+) pupils and parents. (Last school tours leave at 11.30am) By appointment only - please contact the Admissions Secretary
~International Baccalaureate and A Levels offered ~Impressive range of extra-curricular activities ~Focus on the individual ~Bursaries available ~Scholarships offered: academic, art, music and sport at 11+ ~20 acre parkland site
St. Helen’s is adjacent to Northwood station (Metropolitan Line), 20 minutes from Amersham, and coaches are available from Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Hemel Hempstead.
An independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18
St. Helen’s School Eastbury Road Northwood Middlesex HA6 3AS Tel: 01923 843230 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chesham Preparator Preparatory y School Independent Day School for Girls 3-16 & Boys 3-5
Independent education for boys and girls aged 3 to 1 13 3
10.00am - 12noon (last tours begin at 11.30am) no appointment necessary • Excellent academic standards & results • Wide range of extra-curricular activities
• Breakfast and after school care available • Small class sizes
Working Open Morning - Friday 18 May 2012 Come and see our Nursery and Junior Department in action. Please telephone to book your place
Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E: email@example.com www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk T: 01442 240 333 F: 01442 269 981
Open Days Monday 5th March 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Y ER EN RS P U O N OW N
Saturday 17 March 2012
Saturday 1 10th 0th March 9.30am 9 .30am to 12.00 12.00 midday Tel T el 0 01494 1494 78 782619 2 619 | www www.cheshamprep.co.uk .cheshamprep.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Chesham P Preparatory reparatory School, Two Two Dells Lane, Orchard Leigh, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 3QF
LOCKERS PARK Bene agere ac Laetari:good results, good manners, good fun Day & Boarding Preparatory School for boys aged 5 - 13 years
SCHOLARSHIP DAY SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2012 TH
OPEN MORNING SATURDAY 17TH MARCH 2012
Bursaries are available to boys years 3 to 6 “... a winning formula of security, activity and motivation.” The Good Schools Guide
www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk Telephone us on: Hemel Hempstead 01442 251712
Registered Charity Number 311061
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abilities. Small class sizes, specialist teaching and strong pastoral care enable pupils to achieve highly within a supportiv tivee and nurturing envir en vironment. In the past five years pupils have have been awarded 68 Scholarships to many many respected senior schools such as Harrow, Eton and North London Collegiate.
Edge Grove School Academic & Creative Excellence at
Set in 28 acres of countryside just 15 miles from L London, ndo Edge Grove is an independent boarding/da ding/dayy preparatory school for for boy boys and girls aged 3-13. Pupils are offer offered an allround education in an envir environment and atmosphere tailored to fulfilling the potential in all of them.
Frrom the age of 3 years F years pupils enter Hart House House, the purpose built pre-prep department, into a balanced and structured setting. A broad curriculum is offer offered in a livel liv ely and stimulating stimulating envir environment with Fr French, Music, ICT ICT,, and Sport taught by by specialist teachers and
regular use made of the school’s grounds and facilities.
Throughout the main school academic traditions are well respected and blended with a fresh, modern approach to learning that benefits a wide range of
Creative Arts are an essential part of life life at Edge Grove with opportunities for for Music, Art and Drama that allow pupils to develop their creative talents and gain confidence. Sport is also fundamental and with over 20 sports available each child finds something to enjoy enjoy and be successful in. A flexible boarding experience is available in recently refurbished weekl eekly boarding facilities, with full, w for pupils and flexi boarding options for from age 7. The next Open Morning is on Wednesday 29th F Feebruar uaryy 9.30am – 12pm. To visit the sc scho hool or find out moree please conta mor contact the Admissions Secret Secr etar et aryy on 01923 855724 or email ar admissions@edg email@example.com.
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