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Welcome to our April issue. Royal Weddings have always been a traditional affair, and when Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Friday 29th April, we will see whether those traditions have been upheld. A local St Albans inventor won £50,000 in the Barclays take One Small Step competition last year. The prize money has helped develop his revolutionary idea of a texting fire alarm, and the product has now launched to the UK market. We meet entrepreneur, Matthew Newman to talk about his wonderful invention. The daffodils are out on the Brocket Hall Estate, where there are a wide variety of “Stay, Play and Dine” packages, providing some cracking ideas to help families enjoy the Easter break this year. The choice for where to send your child to school is a difficult and sometimes confusing period in any parents life. Now is the ideal time to start thinking about and visiting schools that you are considering. This month’s issue sees the second of our education supplement series. This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles featured in this month’s issue, until next month...

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local St Albans inventor, who won £50,000 in the Barclays Take One Small Step competition last year to help him develop his revolutionary idea of a texting fire alarm, has launched the product to the UK market. Matthew Newman, 31 of Ashwell Street, the central region winner in a 2010 nationwide competition run by Barclays Bank to find innovative new enterprises, used the £50,000 he won in the contest to fund the manufacturing of 1,000 Firetext smoke detectors in a factory in Scotland. Firetext is the only standalone battery-operated smoke alarm that uses text messages, as well as an audible alarm, to remotely alert home owners to a fire in their house. The alarm, which also impressed the judges in the inventor of the Year competition at this year’s ideal Home Show and made it to the final four, can store up to four numbers, so users, for example, could input their number, a neighbour’s, family member’s or a friend’s.

to tell me if there was smoke in my house when i was away, but i didn’t want one that had to be wired into the mains. When i couldn’t find one on the market, i invented my own. “The great thing about this product is it is not only the person who lives in the property who can receive the alerts, but also up to three others too. This makes it very useful for people who are concerned about vulnerable relatives and friends, such as the elderly and infirm.” Matthew is planning to launch a number of earlywarning safety products and has set up his own company called Emergency Life Systems to help him achieve this.

The Firetext smoke detector has been trialled by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service. The Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service says: “The FiRETEXT smoke alarm has been going through extended concept trials within the Herts region since 2010 and Matthew, who is currently an account manager for a once it is a fully commercial offer we are sure it plastic-packaging company, said he stumbled across will provide further and enhanced warning to the smoke alarm idea. “it is the first time i have ever a fire threat. We particularly think this type of alarm is greatly beneficial to carers of the elderly invented anything. it was one of those lightbulb or those with severe disabilities who wish to live moments that most of the time you don’t pursue. independently.” “i moved into a house in St Albans last year that needed a lot of work and i travel a lot for Matthew’s invention also won praise from St business so i was always a bit concerned about Albans MP Anne Main last year. She said: an electrical fault leading to a fire in the house “Matthew’s smoke alarm idea is brilliant but while i wasn’t there. simple, with the potential to make a real difference and even save lives. in my experience, simple ideas “i was looking for a smoke alarm that could text me are often the best.” 8 april2011

FIRETEXT IS PARTICuLARLY GOOD FOR The hard of hearing People with vulnerable relatives, such as the elderly and infirm, who live alone People who travel a lot and leave their property empty People with disabilities People who leave teenagers alone in the house on occasion People with pets being left in the house on occasion Landlords Small business owners Matthew was voted by the public as the central region winner in Barclays Bank’s Take One Small Step enterprise competition in 2010 (a competition that attracted more than 3,500 entries) with the Firetext product. in 2009, Matthew received funding from the East of England Development Agency to work on his idea. He used the money to develop 30 Firetext smoke alarm prototypes before entering the Barclays Take One Small Step competition last year. Suzi Perry, presenter of The Gadget Show, and of the ideal inventor of the Year competition at this year’s ideal Home show, called Firetext “an amazing entrant” and said there were “so many uses for it, when you start to think about it.”

Firetext is currently available online from www.firetext.me and retails at £89.99.


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As the crowds waited in keen anticipation of the race, the afternoon suddenly cooled and a south westerly breeze blew up, creating chilly conditions for spectators all along the course. The crews warmed up downriver below Putney Bridge before moving up onto the start as 5pm approached, and as the flotilla of launches jockeyed for position on the incoming tide umpire Rob Clegg dropped his red flag and the 157th Boat Race was under way. Cambridge rated 47 strokes a minute on the Middlesex station agains Oxford at 46, with honours even as both crews reduced their rates approaching the boathouses on Putney Embankment. The Dark Blues had the edge after the first minute, still rating 39 with Cambridge at 38, but approaching Fulham football ground it was Oxford who were warned twice by the umpire. Despite the blip their cox Sam Winter-Levy took them back on course and they maintained the advantage, and with both crews rating 35 Oxford reached the first timing position at the Mile in 3 mins 49 secs, one second ahead of the opposition. Passing Harrods Repository Oxford began to build their attack to create the key point of the race. Packing on the pressure, but with a minimal rate increase, they began to ease away to create

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a three second advantage by Hammersmith Bridge, which they reached in 6 mins 52 secs. Leading the way by just one length at St Paul’s School boathouse they finally broke clear at the top of Chiswick Eyot, still rating 34, while for a brief moment Cambridge raised the rate by one pip and Liz Box steered them tight on the corner to try and claw back the deficit. It was to no avail - the margin between the two crews was six seconds at Chiswick Steps, which Oxford reached in 10 mins 44 secs, looking increasingly confident as they capitalised on their advantage. Cambridge were rating 34 along Corney Reach and gathering themselves for one final push as the final Middlesex bend was in their favour. But with ten seconds dividing the crews at Barnes Bridge, where Oxford’s time was 14 mins 34 secs, Winter-Levy was able to steer where he liked, denying Cambridge the final edge. The Light Blues upped the rate to 36 strokes a minute as the Mortlake Brewery came in sight, but it was too late. Oxford were able to hold them off with ease, crossing the line in 17 mins 32 secs to take a four length verdict over Cambridge, who were 12 secs adrift at the Finish. www.theboatrace.org


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part in his creative development from his mother’s creative drive to his father’s unorthodox and often difficult life which helped to provide his inspiration.

Fabián spent much of his childhood in his father’s clubs which were regularly closed down; nevertheless Fabian Perez will be joining The Lemongrove Gallery the young artist was constantly exposed to beautiful for a Champagne reception to celebrate the launch of women who could seduce a man “simply by lighting a cigarette”. Today we see these “ladies of the night” his exclusive new collection of Canvas Editions and exquisitely portrayed in many of Fabian’s paintings previously unseen Original Paintings inspired by life after dark in Buenos Aires. Fabian’s captivating work memories of his youth and the nightlife he observed. is characterised by a passionate narrative style and an Add to this a world of sultry and glamorous tango dancers, flamenco guitarists and gypsy musicians, intoxicating atmosphere which originates from his and Fabian’s stunning paintings fall into context as fascinating and unusual background. atmospheric representations of forbidden sensuality and unnamed desires. His Argentinean upbringing provided him with an unconventional view of life which has contributed to his unique style of artwork. His parents played a huge This new collection from the South American master includes some of his most atmospheric work to date. Famously brilliant at evoking the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires by night, Fabian has surpassed himself with the diversity, technical execution and allure of these pieces. Always feted for his figurative paintings he has once again beguiled us with some captivating female portraits, but these are complimented by a set of still lives that encapsulate the world Fabian chronicles. Olivia O’Sullivan, Gallery Manager comments, “We are delighted to welcome an artist of Fabian’s status to Harpenden. Despite his formidable reputation in the art world, his warm personality has made him a favourite with collectors. He is always happy to sign artwork or pose for photographs. He is a lovely guest and we shall enjoy introducing him to collectors over a glass or two of bubbly. All of our Collectors and friends in 12 april2011

the area will all be coming along to meet him and to enjoy this unique occasion.” Lemongrove Gallery is one of the UK’s most exciting art venues. This cutting-edge art venue offers art lovers a place in which to relax and enjoy viewing an exceptional range of artwork from artists such as Rolf Harris, Doug Hyde and Sherree Valentine Daines - Offering new art buyers paintings and editions at introductory pricing, whilst assisting serious collectors purchase major pieces of art.

The Lemongrove Gallery warmly invites you to join them for a glass of bubbly at a Champagne Reception from 6.00 – 8.00 pm. 32 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2SX. Gallery Opening Hours, Monday – Friday, 9.30 – 6.00 pm, Saturday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm & Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. For more information contact the Lemongrove Gallery: Telephone: 01582 462222, E-mail: harpenden@thelemongrovegallery.co.uk Visit: www.thelemongrovegallery.co.uk


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medals for their efforts and enthusiaism throughout the year. Each number was colourful, dynamic and exciting. it was suitable for any age to enjoy a couple of hours of entertainment. The show this year had a toy shop theme where the characters came to life. Jessica Class aged 17 opened the show with a contempary dance number where she fell asleep and had a dream. This is when all the characters woke up and came to life. Some of the numbers included were, i have a dream (abba), My life will suck without you (glee), California girls, Jai-ho, Waka waka, The time, Beautiful monster, Loose my breath (soldiers) sugar plum fairy and many more. Each year a charity is chosen to raise the money for, which has included Fight for Life, BBC’s Children in Need, Children with Leukaemia and Mac Millan Nursing. The celebrity hosts in the past have included Nikki Clarke, Rachael Stevens, Stefan Booth, Natalie Cassidy, Fearne Cotton, Lacey Turner, Duncan James and Thomas law (eastenders)

This year the chosen charity was “Fight for Life” charity. They hope to raise between £3500 - £4000.

Vanessa Class has been a dancer herself since the age of three, trained at The Arts Educational stage school, became a member of The Vienna Festival Ballet Company and then opened up her own schools in Harrow and Elstree. After she had children she opened up another school in Bushey Heath. She teaches street jazz/hip hop and tap to students between the ages of 2 – 21yrs. Every child of any ability gets to perform in her annual charity shows. She has 2 girls herself, Jessica 17 and Sasha 16 who also perform in the shows. Although the dance school is for dancing, there are some extremely talented singers and a few months prior to the show there are regular singing groups to create some solo and group songs for the performances. The classes are held at St Peter’s Church Hall on Mondays and Fridays. There is a new pre-reception/reception class starting in April. Also available are children’s birthday parties consisting of dance, song, hair and make-up. (Little stars parties), available for all ages.

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from the outset is really important. Narrowing the field of what you and your child want is also a great place to start. Ask them to make a list of the things that are important to them and cross reference them against your own list. You will find this tip really useful. To help you on your way, we have produced our latest Education Life. Fortunately, in your area are some of the finest schools in the UK. This comprehensive guide contains the latest information on these schools as well as

fabulous editorial features which will give you food for thought. Thank you for all the positive feedback you gave us from our last education series in February. We are delighted that so many of you took the time to let us know your thoughts. Our final part of this series will be in the September 2011 issue. Please feel free to contact me corinne@fishmediagroup. co.uk if you would like any further information. Corinne Sugar

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AS EDUCATION SECRETARY MICHAEL GOVE RETURNS LATIN TO THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM, MARTIN DRURY - WHO HAS TAUGHT LATIN AND ANCIENT GREEK AT MERCHANT - TAYLORS’ FOR TWENTY-NINE YEARS - OFFERS AN INSIGHT INTO HOW THE TWO SUBJECTS HAVE EVOLVED AND THEIR RELATIVE HEALTH. A grumpy Classics teacher walks into a restaurant. He orders steak with a bottle of hock. The waiter pulls a face: “Is sir sure? A white wine with red meat?” Our avuncular classicist replies: “Hock is what I said and hock is what I want! Hic haec hoc/hunc hanc hoc/huius huius huius/huic huic huic/hoc hac hoc. Hock!” The waiter returns with steak but no wine. ’t I order a bottle of didn , man dear “My hock?” “Indeed you did sir,” says the waiter. “But then you declined it.” A classical schoolboy ‘Classical’ witticism: a joke that would no longer be understood, except by those of a certain vintage or those who attend independent schools. Does it reflect the ‘decline’ in the Classics over the last half century? What is the study and teaching of Greek and Latin like today? It is tempting to draw a stark distinction. Once upon a time, there was ‘then’. Chalk, blackboards, The Browning Version, mortar boards, and Kennedy’s Latin Primer defaced into Kennedy’s Eating Primer. 2 APRIL2011

In today’s brave new “now” we have interactive whiteboards, projectors, the internet, … all very Strictly Come Classical Dancing. Tempting but misleading. Changes there have certainly been, but they are far more subtle than the above caricature would imply. First of all, the exams. In 1972, Oxbridge entrance was settled by five three-hour examinations (unseen translation, prose composition, literature essays), taken in the seventh term in the sixth form. Nowadays, applicants submit two pieces of previously written work before doing two short unseens and being interviewed in college. At school I was exposed to sizeable chunks of more than two dozen Greek and Roman authors. Current students can easily get away with reading no more than six. Once there was the opportunity to explore the byways and curiosities of the subject for their own sake. Pupils now work relentlessly towards exams for three years in succession and inevitably have their eyes firmly on the syllabus the whole time. Doubtless this system concentrates their minds wonderfully, but it encourages a blinkered and constricting approach to study which most of us would regard as utterly at odds with the purpose of a liberal education. To put it bluntly, Syllabus Rules OK? What of the standard of the exams? Are they the piece of cake the papers imply every August? With 1969 and 1971 O and A level papers open in front of me, I think I know what I’m talking about. Translation into Latin and Greek was not compulsory, nevertheless, everyone did it. Now virtually no one does it. Current students cannot engage with the languages in a way that was once taken for granted and they have a nasty shock when they are expected to do so at university. The art of prose composition, as verse composition so long before it, is very definitely dead. The set text allocation at O level was four times as long as it is now at GCSE. It was three times

as long at A level. O level pupils in the 5th Form or below translated verse as well as prose and the standard was considerably above that of the current Lower Sixth AS examination. There were no vocabulary lists. The essay topics at A level –What scope was left for oratory after the death of Cicero? – would leave most modern students utterly perplexed as they are no longer required to write an essay at all. Is this nothing more than the rant of a Grumpy Old Man? I hope not. When I pore over those past papers I am also struck by how very dull they were. Classics was, in many ways, treated as a circus trick (albeit a very adroit one involving much intellectual juggling). You studied the subject in a kind of vacuum. Things have changed. The study of Latin and Greek is no longer regarded as an end in itself but as an access to the far wider aspects of those two civilizations – literary, historical, philosophical, artistic, and architectural. Trips to classical sites are annual events at many schools, as are visits to classical plays. Classically related films, from Ben Hur to Gladiator) are now freely available in classrooms equipped with internet and projectors. At the flick of the mouse, pupils can see a statue of Cicero, take a virtual tour of the Pantheon, or watch a modern reconstruction of the techniques of glass-blowing in ancient Alexandria. In short, the study of the two languages is a pathway to the study of the two civilizations, and not a self-contained cul de sac, as it all too often could be in days of yore. So it’s onward and upward, or prorsum et sursum! I’m happy to report that numbers studying Latin and Greek (particularly the latter) are healthier than ever at Merchant Taylors’. I am proud that the study of Classics continues to thrive. In the 1980s, “Tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis” became familiar to an entire generation via Sir Humphrey Appleby and “Yes, Prime Minister” and this without Tom Stoppard or Ian Hislop championing our cause as now they do... not to speak of Michael Gove!


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email admin@westbrookhay.co.uk www.westbrookhay.co.uk London Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2RF

Courage

Compassion

Courtesy

King Harry Lane St Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4AW Telephone (Senior): 01727 855185 (Prep): 01727 862616 Email: admissions@st-columbas.herts.sch.uk www.stcolumbascollege.org A BROTHERS OF THE SACRED HEART FOUNDATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION REGISTERED CHARITY NO 1088480


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A Valuable Education

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he expression Value Added, when used in education, can be somewhat confusing for many parents but it is an important consideration when selecting a secondary school for your son or daughter. This apparently arcane calculation in fact reveals the difference that a school actually makes, by measuring the likely performance of an average child between their arrival in secondary school and their GCSE results, and then compares this with what happens in a particular school. The results can be very enlightening, and often enforce the reasons why parents choose an independent education. A school which offers small class sizes is

ideal, where dedicated staff are committed to encouraging the best out of their pupils; able to stretch the very able, and offer extra support and encouragement for those who need it, and also where each individual is considered to be a valued member of the community. It is of course important that each pupil is prepared to try their very best; like all things in life, the more you put in the more you get out.

Aldenham School in Elstree demonstrates a strong commitment to Value Added and continues a long reputation in this area. To find out more, pop along to the next Open Morning on Saturday 18 June 2011, or visit www.aldenham.com

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Open Morning 18 June 2011 Aldenham School

10.00am - 12.30pm

(ages 11-18)

Entry for Boys & Girls at 11+, 13+, 16+

Aldenham Preparatory School

(ages 3-11)

Entry for Boys & Girls at 3+, 4+, 7+

An excellent all round education Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts WD6 3AJ

T 01923 858122

www.aldenham.com


Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Outstanding academic achievement: a true love of learning

Junior Open Morning 2nd July 2011 10am-12.30pm School Open Day 1st October 2011 Juniors 10am-12.30pm Seniors 2pm-5pm Scholarships and Financial Assistance available from 11+

Independent Day School for Girls from 4-18 Aldenham Road, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3BT e: admissions@habsgirls.org.uk t: 020 8266 2338 www.habsgirls.org.uk Registered Charity No. 313996

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Pre-Preparatory School Nurturing Excellence

Prospective Parents are invited to our Pre-Prep Open Day on Thursday 5th May 2011 by appointment only •

5+ entrance

36 places available

To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Susanna Muller on 01727 873632 or email preprepoffice@habsboys.org.uk

The Pre-Prep site is based in Hazel Road, Park Street, AL2 2AH Headteacher Yvonne Mercer BEd Tel: 01727 873 632 office@habsboys.org.uk

by appointment only

www.habsboys.org.uk registered charity no: 313996


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THE GREAT MOVE OF 1961 the community of haberdashers’ Aske’s boys’ school is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its move to elstree.

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n September 1961 Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School moved to its current location near Elstree. Led by Dr T W Taylor (Headmaster from 1946 to 1973), more than 1000 pupils and staff took part in this move, involving not just new buildings and facilities, books, catering equipment and sports pitches, but also the creation of an entirely new school coach service. A controversial decision at the time, given that the original school founded in 1690 had already moved from its location in Hoxton to Hampstead in 1902, the Elstree move has since proved to be inspired. In Elstree, boys could

thrive in stimulating and modern classroom environments, with sports pitches and a swimming pool just yards away. Today Habs is recognised as being one of the very best boys’ schools in the nation. Quite aside from its academic excellence (nearly 42% attained the new A* A level grade last year), the school is a thriving multi-cultural community, revelling in an astounding range of extra-curricular activities. At Habs, every boy finds an activity at which he can excel. The school will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the move in the academic year 2011-2012, and wishes to invite back all the ‘old boys’ who

were involved in the 1961 relocation. With the passage of time, the school has lost contact with many of these ‘old boys’. If you are an ‘old boy’ and you have not received newsletters or email bulletins from the school within the past year, you are one of their ‘lost alumni’.

To ensure that you are invited to the 50th anniversary reunion celebration, please call Zola Okpara on 020 8266 1820, email externalrelations@habsboys.org.uk , or write to External Relations, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3AF . They look forward to inviting you to a great reunion!

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BOARDING SCHOOLS UPDATING YOUR PERSPECTIVE

BY PATRICK ATKINSON, HEADMASTER, BEECHWOOD PARK SCHOOL, A CO-EDUCATIONAL PREPARATORY SCHOOL SITUATED IN MARKYATE, NEAR ST ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE Boarding Schools have suffered, and to a certain degree still do suffer, from a bad image. An image that belongs in the stereotypes created by stories such as David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby and the other Victorian classic Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Whilst we must be aware of the danger of generalisations, there were indeed many boarding schools in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries that had more in common with the workhouse than a comfortable family home. Nowadays, thank goodness, the reverse is true and many boarding schools have more in common with a 5 star hotel or an all-inclusive holiday resort, than the harsh boarding schools of yesteryear. Even so, as parents, we find it difficult to shed the associations with the past that colour our image of what a boarding school is like and assist us in imagining the dire privations that our beloved children would have to endure, should we make the apparently old-fashioned decision to send them to one of these institutions. There is no doubt that this move away from the harsh institutions of an earlier era has been helped by a variety of forces and even, dare I say it, government (not this one) initiatives. Market pressures definitely lead the way, parents simply refusing to buy it, preferring instead the Independent Day School. Another pressure point on schools was the Children’s Act and following that the Boarding School National

Minimum Standards. The biggest influence though has been the drive from the schools themselves to offer an experience that reflects the needs and aspirations of family life as it is today and the requirements of an education that is fit for young people and their ever-changing futures. As a parent who took that radical step and sent both children, a boy and a girl, to boarding school I should like to share some truths with you which will hopefully help you to see beyond the stereotypes, as I had to do, and help you to see that going to boarding school or being a boarder, is a fantastic opportunity for children of a certain age and even a bit of benefit to their parents. First off, let me lay my cards on the table and reassure you that by ‘boarder’ I mean a child between the age of 8 and 18 years. Children younger than 8 should only in extremis have to become a boarder, though for such children it can be a haven from the itinerant lifestyle that an orphan might otherwise have to live. Similarly a boarder is not a child or young person, in my view, who effectively leaves home for 3 months at a time (roughly the length of a school term). A boarder is any child who on a regular and frequent basis spends some nights at school. This may be anything from a couple of nights a week, called flexi-boarding, to a whole term at a time with the odd exeat weekend and half-term at home or with guardians, referred to as full-boarding. Some Preparatory Schools, I am the Headmaster of one, offer the flexi-boarding or weekly boarding (Monday to Friday) option. This is a marvellous opportunity for the child to develop in all sorts of important ways, which just aren’t available to day pupils, without the wrench to the children and sometimes more significantly their

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parents, of leaving home for weeks at a time. Also of very real interest to city-dwelling families these days are preparatory boarding schools in the countryside that offer children the chance to board during the week, benefiting from an educational setting of unsurpassed beauty, yet able to return to an exciting weekend in their metropolitan home. Such schools are also seeing increasing interest from parents of ‘nearly teenagers’ (11 and 12 year olds) who having reached the top of their independent junior school in London are not quite ready to experience the full-on boarding regime at a large boarding senior school, but need the transition offered by a couple of years weekly boarding at a prep-school in the country, somewhere close to town and mum and dad. Boarders develop social skills at a pace rarely seen amongst their day-pupil cousins, they are more independent, better organised, more tolerant and have better study habits. When at home they are more appreciative of what home offers and many mothers and fathers note that they don’t have so many run-ins with their adolescent offspring. Parents don’t feel that they have become glorified taxi drivers constantly required to lay on a social life which the boarder gets at school. For families where both parents are working the fear of bringing up a brood of latch-key children is dispelled as quickly as it takes to text their son or daughter!


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BEECHWOOD P ARK S CHOOL FOR THE BEST P OSSIBLE START

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hether you are looking for your child’s first Montessori Nursery, a Reception place or a school for your eleven year old to experience Years 7 and 8, prior to going to a 13+ senior school as a day or boarding pupil, you are strongly urged to visit Beechwood Park, before making this important decision.

A day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 - 13 years, many join from the nearby, recently enlarged Beechwood Montessori Nursery, (at Little Cheverells) which welcomes children from 2½ years. Amongst the older children weekly boarding is increasingly popular; it enables boys and girls to experience the lifestyle of a boarder in a smaller, more intimate environment. Beechwood offers a broad, balanced curriculum producing an excellent record of exam success and scholarships at a wide range of senior schools with which Beechwood has excellent connections. The number of scholarships to senior schools looks set to be a record in 2011. “Just as important as impressive academic results, are the pupils’ many extra-curricular achievements and the enjoyment and benefit they derive from

participating,” says Headmaster, Patrick Atkinson. “This term, for instance, our pupils have won a national Art competition, reached the finals of an Under 9 Rugby tournament and a group of Year 7 pupils have raised significant funds for The Woodland Trust and in particular the creation of Heartwood Forest, near Sandridge, by organising a sponsored Cycle Ride and competitions.” The school benefits from a uniquely beautiful and inspiring rural setting; sports facilities are superb; the variety of sports on offer means there is something for everyone. All children, not just the athletically gifted, have access to the best coaching and festivals of sport. The creative arts flourish too. About 50 children have just taken part in a spectacular production of The BFG. Music provision is second to none; 300 individual instrumental and singing lessons take place each week. There are four choirs and the number of ensembles has recently increased to 17. A wide-ranging extra-curricular programme, visiting speakers, frequent trips and excursions all add to the culturally-rich environment for Beechwood’s pupils.

Sebright Bursaries are available for entry in Year 7. The school, which is well-served by school buses from several locations, is situated just outside Markyate in an eighteenth century mansion house. The Headmaster is always eager to talk to parents personally to discuss how their child’s needs can be met at Beechwood Park.

“Do please come and see for yourself. No words can adequately convey the experience of spending school-days in this idyllic setting.”

NEXT OPEN MORNING FRIDAY, MAY 27th 9.30am - 12 noon Headmaster’s presentation at 11am

Please view the website: www.beechwoodpark.herts.sch.uk or telephone the Registrar on 01582 840333 for a prospectus, an appointment or for more information about the Beechwood Park Montessori nursery, bursaries for senior children or to register for the Open Morning.

SCHOOL

A day and weekly boarding school for girls and boys aged 2½ to 13 years

Please do come and visit Beechwood Park School Markyate Hertfordshire AL3 8AW Telephone: 01582 840333 Email: admissions@beechwoodpark.herts.sch.uk

www.beechwoodpark.herts.sch.uk


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Taking Learning Outside the Classroom At St. Helen’s children of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy new learning experiences by taking lessons outside the classroom.

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unior School has recently developed a conservation pond which pupils use within their lessons, as the Head of Junior School explains: ‘Children learn best from a hands-on approach which excites and inspires them. By building our own conservation area, which the girls can look after and study, we can instil in them a strong sense of environmental responsibility whilst enabling them to experience some of the ecological concepts they learn about.’

Opportunities to enhance learning through visits to museums, the theatre and other places of interest enable subjects to be brought alive. Even within the school, there are opportunities to take learning away from the confines of the classroom. Donna Masters, Little St. Helen’s English coordinator, has found her teaching of grammar outdoors of huge benefit: ‘The

Open Morning Wednesday 22nd June 2011 10.30am - 12.30pm Our staff and pupils are delighted to welcome all prospective Senior School (11+) pupils and parents. By appointment only - please contact the Admissions Secretary.

outdoor classroom is full of opportunities for creating, exploring and learning. By taking my lessons outdoors and teaching in a multisensory way, I have found that my class has greater motivation for learning.’ The importance of a balanced education is highlighted by qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma which includes the core component of Creativity, Action, Service. Students take part in a range of creative, physical and community-based activities in order to complete the Diploma, encouraging them to become well-rounded individuals, ready to participate in the life of the wider community. This rounded approach ensures pupils develop the learning and life skills to equip them not just to achieve their best academically but also to be prepared for the challenges of life beyond school.

• International Baccalaureate and A Levels offered • 93% of A Levels passed at grades A* to B • Impressive range of extracurricular 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), 30 minutes from Baker Street, and coaches are available from many locations, including Barnet, Radlett and St. Albans.

An independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18

St. Helen’s School Eastbury Road Northwood Middlesex HA6 3AS Tel: 01923 843230 admissions@sthn.co.uk

www.sthn.co.uk


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ockers Park is a happy, small boys’ day and boarding school (145 boys) set in 23 acres of parkland just above Hemel Hempstead. The school is proud of its all-round record and our boys go on to a variety of schools. Many gain scholarships to the likes of Eton and Harrow in a range of disciplines ranging from academic to art, sport and music. The average class size is 14 and the pupil: teacher ratio a healthy 1:8.

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Lockers offers a real family atmosphere, where boys are safe and happy. Whilst day boys enjoy all the facilities and opportunities of a boarding school, boarding is enormous fun; dormitories are warm, friendly rooms and there is a wide variety of enjoyable weekend opportunities.

a rugby match at Wembley.

Recently, the boys have been ice-skating, canoeing, enjoyed a Wild West Evening (complete with bucking bronco!) and been to

Don’t just take our word for it, come and visit us and find out what Lockers Park can offer you and your son.

A process of modernisation has ensured that the school offers first-class classroom and sports facilities. The arts are also well catered for and music is a particular strength with most boys proficient in at least one instrument.

LOCKERS PARK

Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire Day & Boarding Preparatory School for boys aged 5 - 13 years

OPEN MORNING SATURDAY 21ST MAY 2011 Telephone us on Hemel Hempstead 01442 251712 Bursaries are available to boys Years 3 to 6 Bene agere ac Laetari: good results, good manners, good fun

Parent friendly flexible pick up and drop off www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk Registered Charity Number 311061


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The Hills were alive with... …the sound of Abbot’s Hill School at our recent production of ‘The Sound of Music’.

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ver 100 girls in two casts staged a spectacular performance. The set created the atmosphere of the enclosed Benedictine order at Nonnberg Abbey and the opulence of the Von Trapp’s impressive villa. Highlights included human puppets, 40 nuns and a fancy dress night for the audience.

their motivation but also the pleasure they have in their learning and the excellent teaching. 71.4 % of all the GCSEs taken this summer were awarded A*/A grades and every girl has achieved 7 or more passes at A*- C. On average, girls have attained 10 GCSEs and we are proud of every one of them.

Mrs Hindmarsh, the director was delighted with the performances. “Double casting and understudying some of the main parts has allowed more girls to develop their performance skills. I would like to praise the girls for their commitment and thank parents for their patience’’.

Our magnificent grounds provide the backdrop to a range of extracurricular activities. Sporting excellence is celebrated and girls participate in a range of individual and team sports such as lacrosse, netball, volleyball, dance, gym and trampolining. Our well known dramatic productions and range of choirs and ensembles provide opportunities in the Performing Arts. Participation in Creative and Performing Arts is encouraged and girls make full use of the wide ranging and diverse clubs and activities on offer. Most girls complete both their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Year 10 and 11.

Academic work is the pinnacle of life at Abbot’s Hill and girls have a wealth of opportunity to develop their gifts and talents outside the classroom. Girls have been successful in a wide range of subjects to the extent that our value added reflects not only

Alongside their academic work, Year 11 girls are encouraged to take leadership roles as Prefects, running the School Council and helping organise the day to day running of the Senior school. Our Scottish heritage, underpins our clan (house) system and inter clan events are very seriously contested, lead by our Year 11 Clan Captains. These roles and responsibilities are balanced alongside their academic work and extracurricular involvement. At Abbot’s Hill we aim to educate, challenge and develop confident and independent girls. It is a pleasure to engage in our learning in such an idyllic setting.

To find out more or to arrange to visit the School and see our superb facilities for yourself please contact the Registrar on 01442 240333 www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

LOCHINVER HOUSE SCHOOL Heath Road, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1LW Tel: 01707 653064 Fax: 01707 620030 www.lochinverhouse.herts.sch.uk Independent Preparatory School for Boys aged 4-13

Independent Day School for Girls 3-16 & Boys 3-5

OPEN DAY

OPEN MORNINGS Wednesday, 25th May Saturday, 1st October

You are warmly invited to our School on

Saturday 8 October 2011 2.00pm - 4.00pm (last tours begin at 3.30pm) no appointment necessary • Excellent academic standards & results • Wide range of extra-curricular activities

• Breakfast and after school care available

10.00 am - 12 noon (A Creche is available for toddlers and babies over 4 months)

• Small class sizes

Working Open Morning - Wednesday 18 May 2011 Come and see our Nursery and Infants at work and play. Please telephone to book your place

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E: registrar@abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

T: 01442 240 333 F: 01442 269 981

Please come along on the day or telephone the Registrar, Mrs Anne Meir, for more information. Direct Line: 01707 620036 email: ameir@lochinverhouse.herts.sch.uk Lochinver House School: a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England: Company Number 4374254 Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1091045


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WILL MY CHILD COME INTO CONTACT WITH DRUGS?

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rugs have been a blight on our society for as long as any of us care to remember. As parents and teachers we have a responsibility, a duty of care, to protect our children and to educate them on the possible consequences of taking “recreational” drugs. The short answer to the question posed in the title is “yes”. I left school over thirty years ago and at that time we knew of people who took drugs in school, but usually this was only after they had been expelled. Drugs were certainly not as readily available then as they are now and the message that the police give to me when they visit my school is that it is not a case of how children should react if they come into contact with drugs, rather, it is a case of when they come into contact with drugs . So how should we prepare our children for this experience? How can we help them when peer group pressure to try something is immense, when the substances are so readily available and when “everybody” seems to be doing it? The answer to this is education. It’s not enough these days to hammer home a message of “Just Say No!” Children will know from things they see on television and from experiences of older siblings or relatives that this does not work and that taking drugs can give you short-term “highs”. What they do need to have is education that explains very clearly to them what the possible consequences can be if things go wrong and the long term risks associated with taking drugs. The risks of death, of permanent damage to internal organs, the effects of having a criminal record and the impact that that can have on your life in the future and the way that drug addiction can completely take over your life. All of these need to be very carefully explained.

Again, the police tell me that if this education is left until Secondary School it can be too late, so any Primary or Preparatory School worth its salt should have a comprehensive drugs programme, including the dangers of household substances and medicines through to a wide-ranging syllabus that covers illegal drugs and the effects that taking these can have on your body, your health and your life. These sort of programmes can be supplemented by visits from reformed drug addicts, people who have lost someone very close to them because of drugs and pharmacists and doctors who can explain the chemical issues surrounding drugs. The programme should be very detailed and updated regularly because new drugs are constantly being introduced. There are some very good software packages and websites available that can assist with this sort of programme and again, tapping into these sorts of resources can also be really helpful. It is also important to remember that substances such as alcohol and tobacco also need to be

included in these sorts of sessions. They can obviously be just as harmful as illegal drugs and children must be aware of the dangers that go hand in hand with either of them. As a parent it may be helpful to recognise the importance of communication with your children. Liaising with their school will ensure that you know what’s being covered there. Make sure that you know who your children’s friends are and that you are able to speak with your own children about these sorts of issues. If you feel that you do need help, you can approach your GP, your School or one of the many Helplines that you can find on the internet. You are not alone and there are people out there who can help you. In conclusion, these are very real risks for our children today. I know of children who have left my school who have been approached by people within their first few days at Senior Schools who are trying to sell drugs. We owe it to all of our children to protect them and the most effective way of doing this is to educate them.

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THE FIVE COURTS BUILDING AT THE KING ALFRED SCHOOL

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ing Alfred School (KAS) was established in 1898 by local parents who wanted an alternative to what was on offer in the educational world. It has remained true to its founding principles and is a small, independent, co-educational, non denominational day school, embracing a wide range of abilities and years (4 – 18). KAS is an informal school – there is no school uniform and all are on first name basis - a friendly

community where the emphasis, both academically and socially, is on discovering and maximising the potential of each child. The Fives Court Building is an exciting new building project, currently under construction in the Lower School area of the school. It is the culmination of several years of planning and brainstorming as to what the school might need to meet its needs for the next 25 years.

Built on the site of two old fives courts, it will contain a new staff room, library, all our learning support facilities, an IT suite, an art room, an auditorium and a multipurpose room. These facilities will be shared across the whole of King Alfred School. The design of the building is in keeping with our policy of using sustainable materials and will be an extremely attractive addition to our school environment.


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A*s beyond A level AT FRANCIS HOLLAND SCHOOL Six Francis Holland Upper Sixth girls undertook the Extended Project this year and four achieved A*s and full marks (90 out of 90). Mrs Vivienne Durham, the Headmistress, said, “The Extended Project gives sixth formers an opportunity to achieve beyond A level. I am delighted at the outstanding results the Upper Sixth have gained, which reflects the intellectual commitment of both staff and pupils.” The Extended Project is a qualification taken in addition to A levels which is designed to challenge the most able students. This year, sixth formers chose subjects ranging from ‘How do writers get their message across under censorship?’ to ‘Why was r- EPO developed and how has this caused problems for those in competitive sports?’

supportive atmosphere. Last Summer’s A level results, 88.4% A*-B grades, saw sixth form leavers heading off to a range of top universities including Oxford to read English and also Chemistry. FHS, however, offers so much more than pure academic success. Girls are happy and encouraged to fulfil themselves in other areas too. Sport, drama, music and art make a particularly strong contribution to the school’s lively extra-curricular schedule. For example the recent Sports Tour to South Africa is just one of the many sporting opportunities.

The school has its own swimming pool and uses Regent’s Park for tennis, hockey, rounders and netball. There are two school orchestras, several choirs and a jazz band. Girls can choose from over 70 clubs and societies, including history and politics, jujitsu, cookery, water polo, The 450 strong girls’ school puts its Hampstead Life April 20112_Layout 12/04/2011Mandarin 22:09 Page 1 gymnastics, yoga, Chinese, continued success down to the 1excellent academic results achieved in a friendly and kick-boxing and animal club.

Leading Independent Day School for Girls aged 11-18

FRANCIS HOLLAND SCHOOL Regent’s Park NW1

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To reserve a place please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Sandy Bailey.

• Entry at 11+ and Sixth Form

Sports Tour to South Africa, Autumn 2010.

Reg. Charity No 312745

• Excellent academic standards • Warm supportive atmosphere • 50+ extra-curricular activities • Academic and Music scholarships • Bursaries up to 100% fees

registrar@fhs-nw1.org.uk 020 7723 0176 www.francisholland.org.uk Francis Holland School, Clarence Gate, London NW1 6XR


St. Francis’ College

Independent Boarding and Day school for girls aged 3-18 years.

Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire

Have you looked at

weekly boarding for your daughter?

• 4 nights at school and 3 nights at home over the weekend • All the benefits of boarding as well as family time • Just half an hour North of Central London, in safe rural Hertfordshire • Homework with an academic tutor • “The standard of the pupils’ personal development is excellent”

ISI inspection 2011

• Fabulous extra curricular opportunities

Come and see what’s on offer at Hertfordshire’s best kept secret

Open Day

Saturday 7th May 10.00am - 12.30pm

To pre-register for Open Day or to arrange a visit please email: admissions@st-francis.herts.sch.uk or call 01462 670511 St. Francis’ College, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3PJ www.st-francis.herts.sch.uk Welcome to St. Francis’ College, I like to think of St. Francis` College as Hertfordshire`s best kept educational secret. As Headmistress I take great pride in the ethos and values of our College, it is always pleasing to have others affirm that what we hold to be important is actually taking place in practice. The ISI inspections which began in December 2010 confirmed our achievements in meeting our academic aims saying “pupil’s overall achievement is excellent” and “across all subjects pupils are articulate, work enthusiastically and achieve high standards”. St. Francis` College offers full boarding for girls whose parents either live, or are serving, overseas., This community is further enriched by an ever increasing number of weekly boarders whose families live a little too far away to be day pupils. This allows the girls all the benefits of boarding as well as family life. Ensuring high quality provision for these girls is very important; OFSTED, in their inspection report, agreed that our provision is good and I was especially pleased to read in the report that “boarders gain confidence in an environment where they are valued and where caring attitudes are encouraged”. The girls achieved 84% in the new English Baccalaureate which places us in the top 2% of all schools nationally. This I feel is a tremendous achievement considering we take girls of average ability and above. Education is not just about academic endeavour, despite being a medium sized school we have county, regional and national team representatives in sports such as badminton, tennis, athletics, hockey, netball and swimming. The girls excel in a range of performing arts, dance, drama and music from choirs to orchestras to rock bands. The art department cover a wide range of disciplines from drawing to painting, sculpting to photography. St. Francis` College is a distinctive school, possessing a remarkable charm. Many visitors say that we “feel different”. We believe this is because our founding traditions continue to reinforce the values that lie at the heart of our community: academic rigour, trust, respect, integrity and responsibility.

In our life and work, in the care we give and receive, there is a noticeable unity of purpose. Our girls call it “a St. Francis` thing”, meaning that even if you are busy, you will always make time for others, demonstrating unending patience, kindness and support. Our founders called it: “One heart, one soul”. I like to say that we are small enough to make a big difference. This is witnessed by the fact that 9 girls from the last three years are currently studying at either Oxford or Cambridge, that is one in eleven pupils. The College has a Sixth Form entry both for day, full and weekly boarding. The weekly boarding option is increasingly sought after by London based families seeking to maximise A level achievement whilst still having the best of family life.The GCSE requirement is six subjects at a minimum B grade. ”The quality of the pupil`s achievements and their learning throughout the School is excellent”. “They respond eagerly to the high quality of teaching which they receive at all stages, and their support for each other is outstanding” (ISI inspection 2011) Any Head would be proud to read this of a College they lead, but as a parent of a girl at the College I was filled with pride twice over. I sincerely hope that your daughters will find that our College is the right home for them to study and grow into the successful leaders and achievers of the future, whether as a day girl or a boarder. Don`t take my word for it come and see us. Open Day is on Saturday May 7th to pre register email admissions@st-francis.herts.sch.uk or call us on 01462 670511. I look forward to welcoming you to the College.

D. MacGinty (Mrs) Headmistress

Come and see what’s on offer at Hertfordshire’s best kept secret


Chalfont Art & Framing Picture Framing and Art gallery Royal Weekend Originals Exhibition Wednesday 27th April - sunday 1st May To celebrate and to mark the Royal Wedding, we have brought together a wonderful and varied display or Original Art. So that the event is even more special we have decided to celebrate the Royal Weekend by offering you a Right Royal Discount on ALL Original Art but only during this Exhibition. Originals on display will include work by Jack Vettriano, Todd White and Fabian Perez. Have a look online to see to others in our Originals gallery and we look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

Fabian Perez Original

Call us today for more details on 01494 766220 about this extra special event

Todd White - New Collection

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oyal Weddings have always been a traditional affair, and when Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Friday 29th April, we will see whether those traditions have been upheld. The groom in uniform, bedecked with medals. The bride in a beautiful dress by a British designer, her flowers containing sprigs of myrtle cut from the same bush used for Queen Victoria’s bouquet. And cheering crowds of course! Thousands of well wishers from around the world are expected to be out in force to cheer on the official vehicles following the royal wedding route.The bride’s route in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI is from St James’s Palace to Westminster Abbey is expected to be lined with celebrating crowds keen to catch a glimpse of the future Queen. London landmarks and roads on the route include The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square. Similarly, the roads will be clear for the newlyweds taking part in a carriage procession along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace for the traditional kiss on the balcony, before attending a reception with the Queen and a private dinner hosted by Prince Charles.The Royal wedding reception will span over 19 rooms of Buckingham Palace, it has been confirmed. These will include the state dining 36 april2011


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room, the white drawing room, the blue drawing room, and nearby picture gallery, where the royal cake will be displayed. The Queen’s head chef - Mark Flanagan - is promising to provide the 600-strong royal wedding guests “the best of British produce”. Although reluctant to give away specific menu details. With the 29th April declared a public holiday so that as many people as possible can watch the second in line to the throne marry his bride, the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is bound to be one of the highlight events of 2011. While millions of people are expected to tune in and watch the day’s events on the television, London spectators can cheer on the royal couple as they pass by. This is a royal wedding, as celebrated by William’s great-grandparents, his grandparents, his father and mother, aunts and uncles. More recent nuptials - Edward and Sophie’s, Charles and Camilla’s - have been more modest affairs by royal standards, with buffet-style wedding breakfasts and intimate ceremonies in Windsor. Over 20 ‘little known’ charities will benefit from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding list guest fund.The Royal Couple have selected a wide range of charitable causes, many of which have not received Royal support in the past. They have requested that wedding guests and well-wishers donate rather than spend money on a gift.These include the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, the Army Widows Association and Beat Bullying. A hIsTORy OF ROyAL WEDDINgs

chapels or palaces. The war meant the Royal family were keen to play down its German heritage, and to strengthen its rapport with the British people. King George V changed the family’s Germanic name to Windsor. “He also encouraged the use of Westminster Abbey for Royal weddings. It was the great British church, founded by a king and where kings and queens were traditionally crowned,and that its size meant a wider circle of guests could be invited. Throughout the 20th Century, grand processions through the streets were a feature of almost all Royal weddings. There were street decorations, and sometimes street parties. This was a great way of allowing ordinary people to share in the royal celebrations. The marriage of Elizabeth and Philip was the definitive modern Royal wedding: She wore a gown decorated with patriotic symbols, made from silk from Chinese silkworms - just two years after WWII, Japanese or Italian silkworms were out of the question. He wore his naval uniform, with medals earned on active service She laid her bouquet of seasonal flowers, with sprigs of myrtle, on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, just as her mother had done. They waved to crowds of well-wishers from the Buckingham Palace balcony. They then feasted on French-style dishes named in their honour. And, for the first time, the wedding was broadcast live to an international radio audience. In another first, newsreel cameras were allowed into the Abbey itself, although those watching the wedding film only saw the backs of the happy couple at the altar.

When Queen Elizabeth II was 11, five possible future bridegrooms from four foreign families were under consideration

Modern Royal weddings - those in the past 90+ years - mark a significant break with the past, says Fiona Macdonald, author of Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History. “Until the 19th Century and early in the 1900s, the pattern had been largely the same for the past 1,000 years. Royal weddings were usually arranged for political, dynastic and empire-building reasons, and the bride and groom were always of mutually royal rank. “Marrying a commoner was exceptionally rare. The most famous example was Edward IV marrying Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th Century.” That was just what Prince Albert did, marrying Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of a minor Scottish aristocrat, in 1923 at Westminster Abbey. As the second son, Albert had somewhat more freedom of choice than his brother Edward. But Edward abdicated to be with Wallis Simpson, a divorcee, and so Prince Albert became King George VI, his wife became Queen Elizabeth, and their daughter Elizabeth became heir to the throne, all of which recently captured in the Oscar Winning film, A Kings Speech. When Queen Elizabeth II was 11, five possible future bridegrooms from four foreign families were under consideration, including the man she eventually fell in love with - Prince Philip of Greece. He renounced his own titles in order to be her consort, and the future queen married the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in 1947. A vERy BRITIsh ChuRCh

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Wedding feasts are declarations of wealth and power. Highly upmarket foods such as gilded peacocks were common on medieval tables, but the most imposing feature of any modern wedding is the cake. When Victoria married Albert in 1840, one of their cakes weighed in at 300lb, while that of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 was almost nine feet high. Our own Queen sent pieces of her cake all over the UK, linking her subjects to her in a rather special way. Royal weddings first became a public event in the later half of the 19th Century, with the advent of mass media such as daily newspapers. “Once reliable telegraphy was up and running, British royal events became news across the Atlantic and throughout the Empire. In 1923, the Archbishop of Canterbury vetoed live radio coverage of Prince Albert’s wedding, who feared men would listen in pubs, while still wearing their hats. Instead, a silent newsreel was shown in cinemas worldwide. The first Royal wedding to be televised live came when Princess Margaret married Lord Snowdon in 1960. But TV audiences did not witness an exchange of vows until 21 years later, when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. By the time of Edward and Sophie’s, and Charles and Camilla’s weddings, there was a mixture of old and new Royal wedding traditions - televised, but more intimate and less stately occasions. When William marries Kate on 29th April, intimate is unlikely to be the adjective of choice....For it will be the wedding of our future King and Queen. m aa p rrci h l 2200 111 13 3 7


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Estate and discover why this was a favourite country retreat of Queen Victoria. Explore 543 acres of ancient parkland with one of our residential packages, with double rooms available from £110. Alternatively, the popular Auberge Experience is available at £295 per couple, which includes dinner in Michelin-starred Auberge du

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Smoke on the RiveR New Views of old loNdoN A luxury Magna Carta voyage offers the finest views of London

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hen in 1803 William Wordsworth wrote that ‘the river glideth at his own sweet will: Dear God! The very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still’, he was standing on Westminster Bridge at dawn, looking along the Thames as it rippled through one of the great cities of the world at the only moment in the day when it lay motionless. For London by then was the hub of a great empire and the Thames, as later described by the politician John Burns, was ‘liquid history’. London’s history is intimately linked with the river that flows serenely through its centre. Reflected in its waters are all the

great buildings and projects that have arisen throughout the two thousand years since London’s foundation as their British capital and principal port by the Romans. For London’s history is to a very great extent Britain’s history, even, it could be said, the history of the modern world. There is the Tower of London, a solid reminder of the last time Britain was invaded. The Houses of Parliament, within which were laid the foundation of liberal democracy. Scientific advance and military power at Greenwich, an elegant example of the happy coincidence of art and utility. The majestic, massive presence of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Not to mention Shakespeare’s Globe and the London april2011 41


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Genuine pieces from the great ocean Liners iners establish a vital connection with another branch of the age of Luxury travel. Eye. All of them on or near the banks of the River Thames because the river and the city it cleaves have always been one and the same. All of them built to be used and appreciated with the river in mind. Always the river. Liquid history indeed. London has grown into one of the most significant cultural and financial capitals of the world and yet its river, the source of its greatness, is today oddly underused. Once, the Thames was London’s single most important transportation conduit, only to be supplanted by the railway and the road. The road has become impossible and the train shows you nothing of London, unless your interest lies in suburbs. But from the river you see everything and on a luxurious ship, you can gaze the landmarks of London unhurried and in comfort. Just as it is traditional to cruise the Nile in order to see the best that Egypt has to offer, so too should it be possible in London. And now it is. On Monday 11 April 2011, on a voyage called ‘Memories of London’, the MV Spirit of Chartwell, flagship of the Magna Carta Steamship Company, makes her maiden passenger voyage along the Thames, carrying no more than seventy fortunate travellers for a day of civilised relaxation and cultural appreciation, fine dining and pampered luxury, and the best views in town. To call the Spirit of Chartwell a pleasure cruiser is akin to referring to the Queen Mary as a ferry. At 210 ft she is as long as Nelson’s Victory and yet can turn on a sixpence. But it is the luxury appointments that will appeal to most 42 april2011

passengers. ‘Coach-built’ does not begin to describe her. Take the distinctive chocolate and cream livery – if it calls to mind the great days of Pullman train travel, it is no accident, because the design of the public spaces on board have been inspired by the René Lalique Pullman car ‘Côte d’Azur’, which was operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits and later by the Compagnie Des Chemins de Fer Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée. Amazingly, the Magna Carta Steamship Company has discovered authentic pieces of Lalique’s carriage, the highlight of which is a series of exquisite glass panels featuring classical figures. These, together with thirtythree original Côte d’Azur Pullman Express armchairs have been painstakingly restored and integrated into the new vessel. Furthermore, genuine pieces from the great ocean liners establish a vital connection with another branch of the age of luxury travel. Two magnificent portholes in the main lounge, bathroom fittings, bar stools and fine brass friezes that formerly graced RMS Windsor Castle, the last flagship of the Union-Castle Line, whilst most of the twenty staterooms are illuminated by wall lights from the SS France, once the longest passenger vessel afloat. In fact, links with the golden-age of travel have been preserved throughout. The main restaurant and lounge commemorates George Bradshaw, a real-life founding father of modern travel, whose railways and shipping timetables – items we now


f e at U R e regards as indispensable – provided both the inspiration and the practical information for perhaps the greatest of travel adventure books, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. On the Spirit of Chartwell, today’s voyagers can experience all the charm and elegance of what travellers once took for granted, combined with the comforts and conveniences of modern life. Panoramic windows offer unrivalled views, whilst inside, rich hardwood finishes and flooring, intricate marquetry-work, glittering table-settings, and the gorgeous Lalique glass panels are as fascinating to the eye as the views outside, as the city slips by. The George Bradshaw Restaurant and Lounge and the adjoining Somerset Maugham Piano Bar occupy the entire central passenger deck. Above is the London Observation Deck, where both open and covered spaces provide uninterrupted views and al fresco dining. The cruise begins and ends at the Spirit of Chartwell’s home berth in the heart of London’s historic docklands. Following a Champagne reception, the cruise heads downstream towards the estuary at Gravesend, passing the O2 Arena, Tilbury (where Elizabeth I delivered her speech to the troops before the attempted invasion by the Spanish Armada) and the Thames Barrier. A three-course lunch will then be served aboard as the voyage continues upstream to Greenwich, where passengers disembark to visit the National Maritime Museum in the Old Royal Naval College. As the ship passes the Tower of London, HMS Belfast and the Globe, high tea is taken, before a stop to visit the Tate Modern Gallery. Then its back on board to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Lambeth Palace and Chelsea, and to enjoy a fivecourse gala dinner, as one after another of London’s pearls drift by. The high quality cuisine is prepared on board by chefs at the peak of their profession using fresh local produce. It is served by highly-trained, liveried stewards. There are three dining options: the Commodore’s Table, where travellers may eat with their fellow guests, window tables for four or five diners and intimate window tables for two. Sunday departures in April and May will feature guest speakers, among them eminent journalists like Martin Bell (doyenne of war correspondents) and Michael Nicholson (‘Welcome to Sarajevo’), and academics and historians like Mary Dicken (Tudor and Stuart specialist). The following months will feature other equally entertaining speakers. After the voyage, guests may like to book a one-or two- night stay in one of the twenty luxurious twin or double staterooms on the Sir Hugh Casson Deck. All are finished in rich cream and mahogany and adorned with perfectly restored antiques with a naval flavour. All have en-suite bathrooms and satellite television. Accommodation aboard ship is an excellent, unusual and good-value alternative to conventional hotels. Passengers may also like to consider a voyage aboard the Magna Carta Steamship Company’s smaller vessel, the MV Passepartout. ‘A Passage to Cliveden’ plies the serene upper reaches of the Thames from Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed, to pass Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead to finish at Cliveden, the former home of the Astor family, and its wonderful gardens. To reserve your voyage, go to www.spiritofchartwell. com or telephone 020 7372 2077. Memories of London from £145 per person. Passage to Cliveden from £95 per person. Overnight stateroom accommodation, including full English breakfast, from £75 per person (second night free if reserved before May subject to availability).

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There are two Thames voyages performed by the ‘Spirit of Chartwell’ and the sister vessel ‘Passepartout’. The ‘Spirit of Chartwell’ performs day long voyages entitled ‘Memories of London’ from and to Canary Wharf covering the tidal Thames from the Estuary to the Upper Tideway encompassing London’s iconic landmarks with Lunch, High Tea and Gala Dinner served on board with calls at Tate Modern & Greenwich. The day voyage maybe reserved separately or enhanced with overnight accommodation in one of the vessel’s sumptuous State Cabins for one or two nights (Sundays only one night). The ‘Passepartout’ performs daily voyages entitled ‘A Passage to Cliveden’ from Runnymede via Windsor to historic Cliveden with Luncheon served on board and the voyage maybe reserved separately or combined in one itinerary with the ‘Memories of London’ making use of the State Cabin accommodation onboard the ‘Spirit of Chartwell’. When both itineraries are combined transfers are provided from and to the ‘Spirit of Chartwell’. MeMoRies of loNdoN

Operating every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from & to Canary Wharf. Embarkation 11:00 Disembarkation 22:00 There are three categories of table settings namely the ‘Commodore’ centrally located table setting (from £145pp), Riviera Cote D’Azur Armchair (window) table setting (from £180pp) and guaranteed Riviera Cote D’Azur Armchair (window) table setting for two (from £220pp). Overnight State Cabin accommodation maybe optionally reserved at £75 per guest (twin sharing) including full English Breakfast, second night is £35 per guest including full English Breakfast. Sunday sailings are accompanied by a guest speaker. See the website for full details of the itinerary and tariffs. Complimentary parking close to the vessel. A PAssAGe To CliVedeN

Operating daily from 12th April till 3rd October. Embark Runnymede 10:30 and return to Runnymede 16:30. See Runnymede overnight hotel option Tariff including luncheon on board £95 per guest

www.spiritofchartwell.com. Telephone (call back) 0207 372 2077 email: reservations@spiritofchartwell.com The Magna Carta steamship Company is a member of the Travel Trust Association (U3434)

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so most people want to understand how hair transplant surgery works? You will wonder “How do we give a balding guy hair again? Where does it come from?!”

All hair transplant surgery uses your own existing hair - do not mistake hair transplant surgery with adverts which use hair ‘pieces’ or ‘units’ or ‘devices’... this is not hair surgery - it is basically other hair stuck on to your own (whether it be real or artificial hair) - it is not permanent! The glue eventually comes apart with obvious restrictions and it can cost the same amount as hair transplant surgery for a solution which is temporary and needs constant maintenance and money spending on it. So in a nut shell. We use your existing hair from what we call a ‘donor site’ this is the back of your head. Take a look right now (or feel your own head!) and you will see that any balding man has a ring of hair around the sides and back of the head - that common ‘horse shoe’ shape of hair. Well you will notice that all men, young or old keep this ring of hair until the day they die and this is where the newly transplanted hairs come from. The hair is genetically programmed to stay in

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place permanently and it can be repositioned. However the clever part is the technique.

We do not make the back look bald to fill in the top - that would not be clever or look aesthetically pleasing - hair surgery is all about balance. We use several ways of removing singular hairs from these areas in order to increase density on the top (or front or temples or wherever required) without leaving gaps in the back and by carefully selecting zones from the donor site and this can be repeated so there is plenty of scope for further increasing density and financial flexibility with the surgery costs.

So if you want to know whether you have enough hair to transplant then stand in front of the mirror and hold another mirror behind you (or let someone else do it!) - like they do in the hairdressers. if you have hair from the back of the neck up to the top of your head (it doesn’t matter if you can see some thinning at the top) then it sounds like you have what we call a good donor area and there is an opportunity to restore. Next come to Riverbanks Clinic and we will confirm exactly how much hair you have and the options available to you so don’t delay as they say. As we hear from hair loss patients...”my hair started to thin in my late 20’s”...and he is now 40 with a totally bald head. A totally bald head is far more challenging to restore than a small loss of hair to the crown and can be considerably more expensive to treat so delays cost money and time marches on as your hair marches off !

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the increased production of oil. During puberty the skin begins to produce more sebum and the pores have to enlarge in order to be able to handle the increased output. Pores appear enlarged when they are clogged ,dilated and infected. Often the pores get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt and oil which can make them appear more prominent.


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Dr. Haus qualified as a doctor in Rio de Janeiro over 10 years ago, and since then he has practiced exclusively in the field of Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine. Dr. Haus offers his patients a wide variety of non-invasive treatments to improve the appearance of their skin or prevent premature ageing. lindo maravilhoso!

Dr. Haus is registered as a medical practitioner in Brazil, the United Kingdom and Portugal. The specific noninvasive cosmetic treatments that Dr. Haus offers are: • Skin peels to remove the effects of sun damage and also to rejuvenate the skin • Treatments to address wrinkles and frown lines • Dermal fillers (bioplasty and Restylane SUBQ) to smooth out deeper wrinkles and lines • Skin treatments, rejuvenation and hair removal using eMax • Body sculpting, cellulite and fat removal with Velashape, the latest technology to achieve non-surgical liposuction. In addition to his private clinic in Harley Street, London, Dr. Haus also works in the NHS and by arrangement is also able to see patients in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Haus only uses noninvasive treatments and medicines that have been 5 i li 2l02101 1 1 5 22 aapprr

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ith 25 years experience, she is the semi-permanent make-up genius who changes the lives of celebrities by revitalising and enhancing their look. Together with her team of specialists and revolutionary treatments, Tracey devises a complete treatment plan to get that youthful and natural look you are hoping for. Semi-permanent makeup can change your life! Want to change your look, freshen up, look well rested and ultimately look younger? With an arch of the brow your look will be transformed from dated to on-trend and open eyed therefore giving the impression of fresh faced youthfulness. It’s time for a brow re-model. “Semi-permanent make-up has taken a complete turn, gone are the days of the half moon shape slapped above the eye, we have so many different types of fantastic and natural looking ways to enhance your eyebrow shape from fine hair line strokes to simply filling in patchy eyebrows with a shadow effect. I can create a totally realistic and natural arched brow for both men and women!” As you get older the shape of your face changes and it is very important to move with the times, it’s amazing how many women still over pluck their eyebrows into the shape they had in the nineties or even eighties. The area becomes over traumatised therefore making it impossible to achieve that full lush look you had in your 20’s. As the brows are such

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FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE

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words Idai Makaya


heaLth BeaUty Urinary incontinence is a common problem in both the female and male populations. Recent advances in treatment, and improvements in the services available, have enabled an increasing number of patients to be helped overcome this embarrassing condition. This month idai Makaya discusses the causes of female incontinence with particular focus on a new nerve stimulation technique which helps treat incontinence in women – called PTNS (percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation). incontinence refers to the involuntary loss or leakage of urine from a person’s bladder. There are two major types of incontinence – Stress incontinence (leakage with coughing, sneezing and exercise) and Urge incontinence (which is most often caused by an overactive bladder). When the bladder is irritable or overactive patients often have to pass urine frequently both during the day and at night. in addition they sometimes develop a sudden, overwhelming desire to pass urine (also known as urgency) which can lead onto incontinence if they are not near a toilet. incontinence has become a highly topical issue in recent years as sufferers become increasingly aware that it is not necessarily a normal part of getting older, and more treatments become available. Many patients of all ages with stress incontinence can now be cured with simple day-case surgical techniques if they fail to improve with pelvic floor exercises. A number of tablets have been developed to help women who suffer from urgency and for those who don’t improve with medication, Botox injections into the bladder or a new acupuncture like technique – PTNS (Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation) – can significantly reduce symptoms. For this reason, it’s worth explaining the causes of incontinence and the range of treatments available. To aid in this discussion i called on the expertise of Mr Andrew Hextall, a gynaecologist based at the Spire Harpenden Private Hospital in Hertfordshire, who specialises in the treatment of female urinary and gynaecological conditions.

IDAI MAKAYA WHat CaUsEs Urinary inContinEnCE in WoMEn?

Andrew Hextall: Stress incontinence is most commonly caused by damage to the pelvic floor and supports of the bladder as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. it becomes more common around the menopause but can affect women of all ages. Patients who regularly enjoy high impact exercises may be more aware of stress incontinence but some women can leak with a small cough or simply walking downhill. it is unclear why some women develop an overactive bladder which is the main cause of urge incontinence. The bladder squeezes when it shouldn’t do, often at the most inconvenient times. Sometimes the urge to pass water can be so strong that urine starts to leak when patients are on the way to the toilet – a condition known as urge incontinence. This

problem is particularly common in the elderly but can also affect younger women including teenage girls who may leak urine when they laugh (‘giggle incontinence’). Some women can have symptoms of both stress leakage and urgency at the same time - a condition known as Mixed incontinence.

rate. The most common operation (called a TVT procedure) involves placing a tape or sling under the bladder using minimally invasive key hole techniques. Most patients are back to normal activities, such as driving, within a few days - although it may take a little longer to make a full recovery.

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The most common symptoms of stress incontinence are leakage of urine upon coughing, sneezing, laughing or physical exertion - particularly high impact exercises. Women with an overactive bladder often pass urine frequently during the day (usually more than 8 times) and may have to get up more than once at night to go to the toilet. This of course may vary, depending how much a patient is drinking, with some patients finding their symptoms are worse if they have a lot of tea, coffee or fizzy drinks.

A. A combination of treatments is often necessary for the best results. Sometimes it is necessary retrain the bladder to try and restore good bladder habits. Often patients have developed a pattern where they go to the toilet extremely frequently, which means they get used to only holding a small amount of urine in the bladder before they want to go to the toilet. Bladder retraining aims to improve the capacity of the bladder and allow patients to decide when they want to go to the toilet – rather than waiting for a sudden signal from the bladder.

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HoW is strEss inContinEnCE DiagnosED?

There are a number of tablets available to treat patients with an overactive bladder. They do not usually cure the problem but are a way of helping to control symptoms. Unfortunately, although the majority of patients get some improvement they do not benefit everyone and some patients hav troublesome side effects, such as a dry mouth. in recent years it has been possible to use Botox injections into the bladder wall to stop the muscle contracting when it shouldn’t. This works well for 70-80% of patients but the effect usually wears off over 6-9 months and re-treatment may then be necessary. Temporary problems, such as difficulty emptying, are common.

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HoW Do yoU trEat strEss inContinEnCE in yoUr PatiEnts?

Most consultants diagnose stress incontinence based on a patient’s symptoms, and examination findings of weakness of the pelvic floor - including the area under the bladder. Simple treatments including pelvic floor exercises, perhaps using the help of a specialist women’s health physiotherapist, can then be started without the need for further investigations. if these don’t work some tests (including a bladder function study called ‘urodynamics’) may be necessary to help plan further treatment.

HoW Do yoU trEat UrgE inContinEnCE in yoUr PatiEnts?

A new acupuncture-type treatment has recently been approved by The National institute for Clinical Excellence (NiCE) for women with symptoms of an overactive bladder. This is called PTNS (percutaneous/ Some women find that some simple changes to their lifestyle can make a big difference. it is posterior tibial nerve stimulation) and involves placing important to make sure that patients are not drinking a fine needle near a nerve, just above the ankle, along with an electrode on the foot. A mild electric current too much fluid as this puts an extra strain on the is passed through the needle to relax the nerves that bladder. Going to the toilet fairly frequently, but control bladder function in the lower back. Treatment not too often, can also help. Avoiding high impact usually consists of 12 outpatient sessions of 30 minutes exercises and trying other gentler exercise may be each, once a week. Although the long term benefits acceptable for some patients. Stopping smoking (to remain uncertain, about 70% of women with an reduce coughing) and losing some weight can also be beneficial – although it is important to remember overactive bladder are delighted with the initial results. that even very slim women can develop incontinence. The content of this article is provided for general information only and should not be treated as a Pelvic floor exercises are the first-line treatment option for all women with stress incontinence and can substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional. The reduce urinary leakage in about 60-70% of patients. Most women will see some improvement within a few views expressed are those of the columnist or guest weeks but it may take up to 3 months before the true contributor and do not represent any particular benefit is realised. Fortunately, there are no side effects organisation or clinical body. and if successful surgery can be avoided. For those women who need further help there are now simple day-case surgical procedures to treat stress incontinence, with an at least 80-90% cure

Andrew Hextall is a Consultant Gynaecologist based at Spire Harpenden Hospital, where he can be contacted on www.spirehealthcare.com/ harpenden or 01582 714 420.

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INGREDIENTS 500g Linguine 8 anchovies fillets in oil, drained and chopped 2x400g tinned cherry tomatoes 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely sliced 100g kalamata pitted olives, cut in half 50g capers in salt, rinsed under cold water 6 tablespoons of olive oil ½ teaspoon of dried chilli flakes Salt to taste PREPARATION 1. in large frying pan or a wok, over a medium heat fry the garlic and anchovies in the oil for approx 2 minutes, stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. 2. Add in the chilli, capers and olives and continue to

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cook for a further 3 minutes. Continue to stir. 3. Pour in the cherry tomatoes, stir well and gently simmer for 8 minutes with the lid off, stir every couple of minutes. Once ready, season with salt, remove from the heat and set to one side. 4. in a large saucepan, cook the pasta in the salted boiling water until al dente. “To get the al dente perfect bite, cook the pasta 1 minute less then instructed on the packet”. 5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and tip back into the same pan where you cooked it. 6. Pour over the puttanesca sauce and stir all together for 30 seconds allowing the flavours to combine properly. 7. Serve immediately without any kind of cheese sprinkled on top.

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ne redeeming feature of the antiques trade is that every so often something turns up that at first glance, which is usually enough for a hardened old pro, appears to be one thing but on closer inspection has so many different features that it is difficult to evaluate precisely. One such piece is the small upright chest of drawers decorated with Wedgwood ceramic plaques, illustrated here. It has a distinctly French feel to it and it is indeed an English version of the French original, which would have seven drawers rather than six. It came into being during the mid-18th century, a luxury item for a luxurious age. Essentially an item for the boudoir its seven drawers held clean lingerie for each day of the week. That begs the question why the English version only had six drawers; did we all go grubby for a day? The form was quickly adopted in late Regency and Victorian England on a commercial scale after The Duke of Wellington is reputed to have favoured it as being most compact and convenient while on campaign. From then on and still today the English model is known as a Wellington chest and usually made of good old mahogany. Sometimes the drawers are flanked by two columns, one of which is hinged and lockable when closed thus serving to secure all the drawers. But the one illustrated is very different. My first thoughts were that it might be to a design by Henry Holland, 1745 – 1806 the architect and iconic designer to the Prince of Wales. Irrespective of our being at war we maintained a strong artistic link with France and one of Holland’s favourite themes was the

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John Bly its seven drawers held clean lingerie for each day of the week. classic French style of which this could be a fine example. However, on closer inspection it crosses the boundaries of several collecting fields and manufacturing details. The silver beaded mounts were a novelty that became a most fashionable motif during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The inlay of once bright coloured leaves on thin threads hang from faux bamboo style tubes inlaid onto harewood – sycamore dyed with oxide of iron - are reversed on the lower section. The use of ivory for the John Linnell (cabinet maker 1729 – 96) shape feet was ahead of its time and all the timbers, the marquetry and the form of extended front columns are all elements attributable to Henry Holland. But now it starts to get complicated. The backboard is secured with traditional hand cut screws, while the back edge of each drawer bottom is secured with machine cut screws. Now the immediate reaction to that is that it must be 19th century, because it is generally accepted that machine made screws were not introduced until the 1830’s. However we now know that the first truly modern screw-cutting lathe was likely constructed by J. Ramsden in 1775. Twenty

years later in France, M. Senot created a screw-cutting lathe capable of industrial-level production, and in 1800 Henry Maudslay created a screwcutting lathe that became the international standard machine. These late-18thcentury screw-cutting lathes represented the breakthrough development of the technology but cabinetmakers used them with caution to begin with, combining the use of hand made where they might be seen and the new machine made where not. Another guide to 18th or 19th century is the thickness of the veneers. Prior to the early 1800s all veneers were cut by hand and were rarely less than 1/16th of an inch thick. The development of machinery capable of cutting veneer to a paper thickness by the 1830’s revolutionised the furniture industry and gives us strong evidence for dating. The veneers on this chest are both thick and thin. Thus far we are in mind to say a date for this circa 1830, but a pair of almost identical form and decoration with seven drawers and unquestionably French are housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum and are dated at circa1870. We shall now begin to examine the silver mounts and the Wedgwood

plaques. I will let you know. Another nice surprise recently was the discovery of two miniature portraits, or rather the discovery that one of them was of General Robert Monckton (1726 – 82). We don’t know who the other one is…yet. They are monochrome in a medium known as plumbago. This describes a particular method of drawing with finely pointed pieces of graphite onto vellum, and although it was first developed in the 17th century examples from this period are rare, and it is from the 18th century that most are found today. The fact that there is a name of a famous person on the back of a picture can mean nothing at all, but in this case there are sufficient portraits of General Monckton to be able to identify him as the subject of this miniature. He was an officer of considerable note in the British Army and a colonial administrator in British North America. He established a most distinguished military and political career and was responsible for organising the deportation of the Arcadians from the then British controlled Nova Scotia in the early part of the Seven Years War. In 1759 General James Wolfe chose Monckton to be his 2nd I.C. for the assault on Quebec and so significant was his military role during this part of his life that the city of Moncton, New Jersey is so named in his honour. So what at first glance looked like just another 18th century miniature portrait of an officer turned out to be a history lesson, for me anyway. Always good. John Bly Est Antiques 1891. Tel: 01442 823030 Mobile: 07831 888826. Website: www.johnbly.com


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Celia Warbrick, managing director of Brookmans of Rickmansworth, comments: “We believe we’ve earned this reputation because not only do we look after our customers at every stage of the project, we offer kitchens that cater to all tastes. From handbuilt traditional kitchens by bespoke manufacturer Davonport through to cutting-edge contemporary

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Celia continues: “We often find that our clients want to include different styles in their home, choosing luxurious traditional furniture from Davonport for the main family kitchen, but specifying high-gloss lacquer units by Proform for the utility room.”

adds Celia. “Families often want to treat the kitchen as a sociable room where everyone can meet for meals, to chat, do homework or use the internet. Others want to use it as a focus for entertaining and ask for a design that allows them to prepare, cook and serve a meal in beautiful but informal surroundings.” This painstaking planning and design process is matched by the level of choice given to customers. Those opting for a more traditional design have a dizzying array of woods to choose from when selecting their furniture. Richard Davonport, md of Davonport Furniture, adds: “Whether a client wants a Regency style or a classic Shaker design, we can show them how specific woods can create surprisingly different


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effects, using anything from cat’s paw pippy oak to a rich walnut. The hardwood cabinetry we supply is made-to-measure and built by skilled British craftsmen at our local workshop. Their skilled workmanship shines through every piece of furniture, resulting in a kitchen that exudes quality and luxury.” Customers who want something contemporary benefit from the very best of German design by Proform. These kitchens are sleek, chic and available in every tone of white, mushroom, cappuccino, grey and vanilla for a neutral look that suits every home. There are a wide variety of finishes available, from subtle matt finishes to attention-grabbing high-gloss lacquers, and innovative storage solutions that provide a home for every piece of kitchen kit. Celia at Brookmans of Rickmansworth continues: “We’re increasingly finding that our

clients also want their kitchens set up for TV and internet. We’re able to build this into the design so that it fits into either a traditional or a modern setting. Kitchens are all about flexibility, so where space allows we try to provide our clients with both informal family space and a formal dining area. Ultimately it’s all about what the client wants. We’re incredibly proud of the reputation we’ve earned in the area, so we must be getting it right somewhere!”

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Dream Gardens FOR SuMMER

Eloise has combined purple, lime green and pale pink effectively using Papaver orientalis with Alchemilla mollis, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ in a planting scheme in Hertfordshire.

strUggLing to MakE yoUr garDEn Look its bEst For tHE sUMMEr? FoLLoW tHEsE toP tiPs anD yoU WiLL HaVE yoUr DrEaM oUtDoor sPaCE in no tiME.

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ummer will be here before you know it, but there is still time to get your garden looking beautiful. All you need are a few nononsense tips on simple garden design, planting and landscaping. Eloise Walduck, award-winning garden designer at Growing Vision Gardens, and Richard Bickler, landscaper at Arbour Design & Build, offer their expert advice.

overcrowded. Make sure you space your plants with their future height and spread in mind.

good compost and make sure you water and fertilise them during the growing seasons.

Fill the gaps in between with annuals and bulbs such WatEring yoUr garDEns as; nigella, cosmos, geranium, tulips and alliums. Fed up with seeing your plants drooping on Aim to create bold drifts using groups of three, a hot summer’s day? No time to get the hose out after a long day at work? The solution is five and seven in your garden borders, rather than one of everything. The end result will look to install an irrigation system, especially useful when you go away on holiday. There are some more effective and easier on the eye. Always Don’t bE tEMPtED to oVErPLant very simple irrigation systems on the market consider the aspect and soil type for your new it’s really important your garden borders are not plants, give them the best start possible by using which are not expensive to have installed. An impressive example of hard landscaping by Richard “This is a very contemporary garden with clean lines and attention to detail”

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Richard was really pleased that the expectation of the client was exceeded in this garden, Enfield


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Keeping it simple, here Eloise has used white as the predominant colour in the scheme.

garDEn boUnDariEs is your panel fencing dominating your garden? if so stain or paint it a dark green, charcoal grey or black and it will blend in much better, and create a more subtle backdrop for plants. Train climbers or wall shrubs to cover part of the fence. Trachelospernum jasminoides is a great allrounder; it’s an excellent evergreen climber with white scented flowers in summer. it will even grow surprisingly well on a north-facing wall. garDEn EntErtaining Fingers crossed, this summer we are due some hot, sunny weather. Chances are you will want to entertain your friends outside. But think carefully about where to position your patio. Are you going to use it more in the morning or the evening? How close should it be to your kitchen? Where should you house the barbecue? it’s important you build it large enough to accommodate your garden furniture and the number of guests you’re going to entertain. For Here Eloise has used bold drifts of Iris sibirica, Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’, Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation, Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii.

An example of how Eloise has used sleepers as raised beds in a modern garden.

example, if you have a rectangular table that seats six, you’ll need a patio at least five metres by three and a half metres.

materials, machinery and tools safely and out of sight. A proper site survey can save you time and money in the long run.

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Town houses often have long, narrow gardens at the back of their properties which can look like airport runways if you’re not careful. Break up their length by subtly dividing the space with diamond-shaped lawns. Use low hedges in sections or decorative trelliswork with climbers to screen parts of the garden without overpowering the space.

Choose carefully the materials you use for terraces, paths and the hard areas of your garden. You need materials that are sympathetic and complement the architecture of your house. For example, if your house is red brick, then use the same type of brick as an edging detail on a terrace or along the edge of a gravel path. if you have a modern house, sleepers can look really effective when used to build raised beds.

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FUrtHEr inForMation Always speak to your neighbours before work starts to warn them of possible noise or disruption. Think about access for deliveries, skips and lorries with heavy goods. Protect your existing driveways, trees, and other surfaces, and consider where your pipes, cables and drains are situated. Think about where you can store Another example of how Eloise creates successful contrasting colour combinations.

If you need more advice on garden design or landscaping, contact Eloise Walduck at Growing Vision Gardens (www. growingvisiongardens.co.uk; 07866 556614) or Richard Bickler at Arbour Design & Build (www.arbourdesign.co.uk; 0208 953 6177). To create hot, bold drama Eloise has used Hemerocallis ‘Crimson Pirate’ contrasting with Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’, Allium sphaerocephalon and Stipa tenuissima

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AMAZING NEW CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOWROOM IN BOREHAMWOOD

Zinc Home Technologies has recently opened the doors of their new state-of-the-art showroom. Zinc HT’s 4,000 sq ft customdesigned store offers the very best in home technology, including televisions, Hi-Fi, and domestic appliances. The brands in stock are carefully chosen for their performance, reliability and manufacturer support.

Zinc HT’s flagship showroom offers the convenience of free car parking so discerning customers can view the products at their leisure.. Once inside, customers are seduced by audio visual equipment and domestic appliances displayed to their best advantage. The sense of space and feeling of calm create an extremely pleasant shopping experience.

The latest products from leading manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, Fisher & Paykel, Neff and Siemens are on display alongside ultra-highend brands such as Linn, Naim, Loewe, Rangemaster, Falcon and GE. Many of these brands are usually only sold through specialist single-brand installers, but now have been gathered together for the first time under one roof, offering the customer a unique combination of the very best products to choose from.

Zinc HT take pride in the team of industry professionals that they have assembled to run the store. Massively experienced and exceptionally well trained, their passion for technology and detailed product knowledge ensure that the customer has every question answered in a consultative and thorough manner.

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Customers don’t just see some of the world’s greatest technology products; they can step into

Zinc HT’s luxurious sound and vision demonstration suites and be immersed in a world of exquisite music and film. Zinc HT’s large, comfortable and air-conditioned demonstration facilities set new standards for the industry – and complimentary refreshments are available. Once a product has been selected, customers can collect it at the store or arrange for Zinc HT’s team to deliver to their home where they will advise on installation. The showroom is located at Zinc HT, Meteor House, Manor Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1QQ (near the junction of Elstree Way and Manor Way, and next to Devonshire House). It is easily reached from the A1, M1 and M25.


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Swarovski Elements Wallpaper

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS pRESENT ThEIR fIRST WALLpApER cOLLEcTION bRINgINg A LuMINOuS cRySTALLINE dIMENSION TO INTERIORS. With these dazzling designs and the company’s recently developed technological innovation resulting in the new look Crystal Strata, Swarovski Elements lives up to its exceptional reputation for innovation and craftsmanship. Designed by British wallpaper designer Karen Beauchamp in collaboration with the Swarovski Elements in-house design team, the collection has proved an exciting means of pushing the boundaries and turning design concepts into wallpaper reality. The finest crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski are shown on backgrounds of exquisite flock, mirror-like foil and layered ink giving the effect of metallic leather. Swarovski Elements shimmer as light plays across the wall refracted by the multi-faceted colored crystals, Cabochon pearls and Crystal Strata integrated into the designs. The collection comprises 9 wallpapers embellished with Swarovski Elements and 2 coordinating plain wallpapers. Three of these wallpapers have a fabulous layer of crystals, the Crystal Strata, which subtly changes color creating a refined

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and subtle brilliance never before seen in interiors. To create the lavish crystal-spangled effects of Crystal Strata, dense layers of crystals are applied directly to sections of the designs as the wallpaper is printed for an intense and sparkling effect. In Feather Palace, clouds of flock feathers fall from the sky and the design is interspersed with a single metallic plume every 85 cm whose strands are accentuated by Xilion crystals reflecting light for an intensely luminous effect. Available colours: Mauve Black, Copper, French Grey and Pale Aqua. Like the soft focus reflected in the romantic blurring of an antique mirror, the rectangular pane design of Versailles has the appearance of 18th century verre églomisé gilded glass fixed at each corner with a cluster of Crystal Rocks.


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Kohinoor DamasK

Available colours: Gold, Silver. Plume evokes all the style, sophistication and allure of an ostrich feather in sinuous velvet flock against a background with the appearance of fine metallic leather. A hundred years ago ostrich feathers were ounce for ounce more precious than gold and here their status soars again cashmere with the quill of each 50 cm plume embellished with Cabochon pearls and Xilion crystals.Available colours: Black, Sage, Mauve Black, French Grey, Pale Duck Egg. The scintillating Jewelled Stripe in broad tone on tone velvet flock and metallic crackle is bordered, depending on the color, by a delicious line of pearls or crystals. The crackle stripe in the design matches the plain Oriental Crackle Texture wallpaper.Available colours: Black Bronze, Red, French Grey, Champagne, Oyster. Precious as the name suggests, Kohinoor damask is damask with a difference. The large 85 cm design dazzles and sparkles with lavish Crystal Strata bouncing and stealing light from candles and lamps, sumptuous and magnificent with a fin de siècle feel. Available colours: Black Copper, Magenta, Mauve, Taupe, Oyster. Diamond shapes and Crystal Strata characterize this harlequin style diamond Trellis. Each colorway explores fabulous textures including Crystal Strata, velvet flock and metallic leather effect printing accentuated with Chessboard Circle crystals. Available colours: Copper, Sage, Petrol, Duck Egg, Oyster. A fusion of luxurious elements in Cashmere - the iconic paisley design twinkles with miniature Swarovski Elements on the softest tactile flock background with a raised pile giving the impression, depending on the color, of cashmere, suede or

velvet. The counterpoint design is enhanced with Swarovski Elements every 85 cm and may be hung as a straight match or a half drop. Available colours: Grey Gold, Taupe, Oyster, Duck Egg. Ruffle Silk jaspe features fine subtle printing with layer upon layer of ink on a mica ground for a Fortuny style pleat effect. Upon closer inspection sophisticated sparkle is revealed dotted in random rows nestling between the pleats. Available colours: Dark Grey, Bronze, Red, Taupe, Neutral. Inspired by Venetian gondola mooring poles, the richly colored spiral bands of Venetian Stripe entwine with Crystal Strata as if reflecting sunlight in the shimmering water of the lagoon. Available colours: Charcoal Black, Black Copper, Taupe Mauve. Oriental Crackle Texture has a simple crazed crackle design to accentuate the opulence of the other wallpapers in the collection and is a glorious combination of ink and paper texture. The colors match the stripe in Jewelled Stripe. Available colours: Black Bronze, Red, French Grey, Champagne, Oyster. The background wallpaper Silk Velvet Texture is designed to emphasize the artistry in the crystal designs with multi-layering of colors and a metallic appearance. The colours match the backgrounds in Plume. Available colours: Black, Sage, Mauve, French Grey, Pale Duck Egg. The dimensions of the wallpaper rolls are 52 cm x 10 metres Retail prices from £280.00 to £740.00 per roll For full contact details of our worldwide distribution partners for Swarovski Elements Wallpaper please see our website: www.swarovski-elements.com/wallpaper april2011 75


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aracia house

Acacia House is a modern mansion of just over 9,000 sq ft with its own self contained annexe, situated in a secluded position at the head of a private road.Set back from the road on the prestigous Totteridge Lane.

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SALES NEW HOMES LETTINGS

www.statons.com Totteridge Hill ·Hill Oakleigh Park · Whetstone Wood Totteridge Oakleigh Park Whetstone Arkley Barnet · Mill Mill · Arkley · Barnet · Hadley Hadley Winchmore Hill Brookmans Park Cuffl ey Winchmore HillWood Brookmans Park Cuffley Northaw Essendon Radlett · · · · · · Elstree Northaw Essendon and Surrounding areas Park Street · Aldenham · Shenley · Letchmore Heath and Surrounding areas

From Cottages to Country Estates

BROOKMANS PARK

MONKEN HADLEY

CUFFLEY

HADLEY WOOD

Spectacular Georgian style detached residence, of just under 10,000 sq ft set in extensive landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately 2 acres with an indoor pool complex and panoramic countryside views. 5 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms (all en-suite), kitchen/ breakfast room, cinema room, indoor pool complex, gymnasium, triple width garage. Freehold. Sole Agent.

Elegant early 18th century Grade II listed Georgian residence set within a delightful walled garden with an additional detached cottage. The property, which retains many period features, is an imposing character detached residence with immense charm which dates back to circa 1720 with Victorian additions and a stunning recently erected glass conservatory. The property has 5 receptions, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with the benefit of a heated swimming pool. Freehold. Sole Agent.

A spectacular Georgian style detached residence which extends to just under 7,000 sq ft, located in one of the area’s finest locations. The property is approached via a remote controlled gated entrance and features: 3 reception rooms, cinema and games rooms plus a gym, kitchen/family room, 6 bedrooms, 5 bath/shower rooms, detached double garage and landscaped gardens. Freehold. Sole Agent.

An elegant Tudor style detached family home set at the head of a security gated enclave. Guest cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, landscaped garden, double garage, Freehold. Sole Agent.

£5,950,000 BROOKMANS PARK OFFICE 01707 661144

£4,500,000 BARNET OFFICE 020 8449 3383

£3,750,000 BROOKMANS PARK OFFICE 01707 661144

£2,495,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797

HADLEY WOOD

ELSTREE

MILL HILL

RADLETT

A Banner Homes house, with NHBC warranty, situated in a private close. 5/6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, guest wc, garage, rear garden. Freehold. Sole Agent.

Located in an exclusive close with stunning views over glorious greenbelt countryside is this immaculately presented detached split level bungalow offering versatile family accommodation over 3 floors.This unique property comprises of 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 receptions, bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, double garage & parking for numerous cars, professionally maintained mature rear garden with swimming pool. Situated within close proximity to Haberdashers’ Aske’s school. Freehold.

An individually designed 5 bed detached home offering spacious, versatile accommodation, ideal for grand scale entertaining and family living. Set on grounds of approximately half an acre, the house commands views across greenbelt countryside to both the front and rear. From the rear of the property is an extensive split level terrace leading to the heated swimming pool. Freehold. Sole Agent.

A recently constructed detached family home situated on one of Radlett’s private roads.This superb property benefits from 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms/shower rooms, a superb 33ft living room, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, study with fitted storage space, ground floor garden room/games room with doors leading out to the beautiful south facing rear garden, spacious hallway, second floor playroom plus a large amount of eaves storage space, as well as driveway with parking for numerous cars. Freehold. Sole Agent.

Price Guide £1,995,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797

£1,950,000 RADLETT OFFICE 01923 604321

£1,925,000 TOTTERIDGE OFFICE 020 8445 3694

£1,895,000 RADLETT OFFICE 01923 604321

HADLEY WOOD

TOTTERIDGE

HADLEY WOOD BORDERS

WOODSIDE PARK

A beautifully presented 5/6 bedroom detached family residence situated in this peaceful turning in the heart of Hadley Wood and benefiting from a landscaped southerly aspect rear garden with a heated swimming pool. 5 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms (2 en suites), rear garden, heated swimming pool. Freehold. Sole Agent.

A beautifully presented detached family home situated in this popular residential cul-de-sac with good access to the open spaces of Totteridge Green and Common and the wide range of local amenities at whetstone the house has been sympathetically refurbished by the current owners to provide a superb living environment with spacious and versatile accommodation. Freehold.

Set in landscaped grounds of approximately half an acre Ivy House is approached via a gated entrance. Hallway, 3 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, laundry, utility, master bedroom with en suite dressing room and bathroom, bedrooms 2 & 3 with en suite shower rooms, bedrooms 4 & 5, bathroom/ wc, twin loft areas, detached double garage and garden with swimming pool. Freehold. Sole agent.

A beautifully presented 4 bed home in the heart of Woodside Park, facing directly south with views across and direct access to Woodside Park Sports Club. The property provides convenient access to local shops and transport links such as Woodside Park underground station (Northern Line). Freehold. Sole Agent.

£1,795,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797

£1,475,000 TOTTERIDGE OFFICE 020 8445 3694

£1,450,000 BARNET OFFICE 020 8449 3383

£889,950 TOTTERIDGE OFFICE 020 8445 3694

SALES OFFICES AT: BARNET 020 8449 3383 TOTTERIDGE 020 8445 3694 HADLEY WOOD 020 8440 9797 BROOKMANS PARK 01707 661144 RADLETT 01923 604321 NEW HOMES SHOWCASE: HADLEY GREEN 020 8441 9555 o ct o ber i ss u e | 7 9 PREMIER LETTINGS: HADLEY GREEN 020 8441 9796 ASSOCIATE OFFICES: MAYFAIR MOSCOW


houses AND APARTMENTS that make perfect homes When brothers, Jason and Jamie Rishover founded Heronslea, their aim was to develop homes of the highest quality and finest design. They have almost fifty years of construction experience between them and it is that expertise which has earnt them recognition as one of the region’s leading property developers. The company enjoys an unrivalled reputation for excellence in every home that they create.

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eronslea builds properties that feel like home the moment you step inside. It is a company philosophy that they believe is the key to their success, together with superb customer service and exceptional attention to detail. Properties feature high specification finishes, top quality materials and integrated state-ofthe-art heating, lighting, datacomms and entertainment systems. New properties are always in the pipeline and continuous growth means the Company is constantly seeking new sites,

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Jamie and Jason Rishover outside one of their new developments - King’s Court, Bushey

with or without planning consent, to help them meet the demand for their ‘homes of distinction’. Recent projects have seen off-plan sales agreed prior to the formal release date, as the benefits of location, style and value become apparent even in the earliest stages of the build. All Heronslea properties are specifically designed to enhance local aesthetics, promote environmental responsibility and offer the most luxurious standards of living to the most discerning home owner.

“I feel very much at home in my new apartment”

rene Peters has now moved into her new home in King’s Court and could not be happier. “I moved to be nearer my family who live in Stanmore and rented in Bushey from Preston Bennett & Stone, until just the right new development came along. When I saw the boards go up at King’s Court, I contacted Heronslea immediately and have been very happy how things have gone,” said Irene. “I was slightly apprehensive about buying off-plan - especially as it was hard to visualise what the final building and apartment would look like - but everyone at Heronslea helped enormously.” The advantages of buying off-plan enabled Irene to work with Heronslea to make changes to her first floor two bedroom home that were important to her. “Claudia Glickman gave me excellent

(L-R): Claudia Glickman and Jason Rishover of Heronslea, Irene Peters - with housewarming gifts - and Lee Martin of Preston Bennett

advice on the internal décor including choosing the colour scheme for my kitchen. They also created the third toilet into a utility room, made a guest

cloakroom out of the second en-suite and changed the shower to a bath. Heronslea definitely get my recommendation - the finish of the apartment is superb. Nothing was too much trouble for them!” Irene was the first person to move into King’s Court in March - since then four more flats have been occupied - with only two remaining in this select seven home development. These last two apartments are still available through Preston Bennett priced from £425,000 - who are also marketing Heronslea’s three other major developments in the area. “The size of King’s Court was a major attraction for me and the secure basement parking with a lift is a boon. I certainly do not plan to move again as I have now found the perfect home!” said Irene.

A partnership that works “Preston Bennett has a long-standing working relationship with Heronslea that goes beyond just selling our homes.” says Jason Rishover. This successful partnership is further endorsed by Lee Martin, New Homes Director of Preston Bennett: “As the region’s leading New Homes agency, we

share the same approach as Heronslea to deliver the very best in customer service. We are proud to have been appointed to market their exceptional homes and in helping them reach the highest levels of market recognition that the quality of their design and build standards deserve.”

Lee Martin, New Homes Director, Preston Bennett

Information on Heronslea and their ‘Homes of Distinction’ can be seen at www.heronslea.net


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BUSHEY GATE Sparrows Herne Bushey Prominent landmark position • Close to shops, restaurants and leisure facilities • Secure underground car parking • Communal landscaped gardens • Apartments available with storage Sole Agents

This striking new development comprises fourteen spacious one and two bedroom apartments

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newhomes@prestonbennett.co.uk www.prestonbennett.co.uk

020 8954 8626

KING’S COURT Little Bushey Lane Bushey Quiet, desirable area • Close to shops, restaurants and leisure facilities • Secure underground car parking • Communal landscaped gardens • Apartments available with storage

Situated at the southern end of Little Bushey Lane, a short walk from Bushey High Road, comprising seven spacious one and two bedroom apartments over three floors, designed to meet the needs of modern living

ONLY TWO APARTMENTS REMAINING

www.heronslea-group.co.uk

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PRESTON N E W

BENNETT H O M E S

newhomes@prestonbennett.co.uk www.prestonbennett.co.uk

020 8954 8626

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HERON’S COURT Shenley Hill Radlett Close to Radlett mainline station • Within 100m of the thriving high street shops • Secure underground car parking • Apartments available with storage Joint Sole Agents

Twelve newly built two and three bedroom luxury apartments set in landscaped gardens. Available late 2011

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newhomes@prestonbennett.co.uk www.prestonbennett.co.uk

020 8954 8626 01923 604321

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THE HAVEN Parkgate Avenue Hadley Wood Accommodation will comprise: Reception Entrance, Guest Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Library, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Orangery, Utility Room, Master Bedroom with en-suite Dressing Room and Bathroom, 5 further Bedrooms, 3 with ensuite, Family Bathroom, Playroom, Integral Garage, Garden

A stunning new detached six bedroom home of approximately 5,500 sq ft over three floors. Situated in a most desirable location a few minutes walk from Hadley Wood station

COMING SOON - REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW

www.heronslea-group.co.uk

Joint Sole Agents

PRESTON N E W

BENNETT H O M E S

newhomes@prestonbennett.co.uk www.prestonbennett.co.uk

020 8954 8626 020 8441 9555

H E R ON S L E A Homes of Distinction


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AT THESE FABuLOuS NEW APARTMENTS AT BuSHEY’S HILLSIDE MANSIONS ONLY 3 APARTMENTS REMAIN IN THIS uNIQuE PROPERTY in what is probably the prime residential site in Bushey, Herts. - Merry Hill Road- 21 luxury apartments have been designed and built with the historic Hillside Studios as a ‘backdrop’. An appropriate word, as previously the then Hillside Studios was home to J. Arthur Rank and his T.V Centre, which also became home to a range of companies involved in film and T.V. production. The last production to be filmed at Hillside Studios was ‘Hot Fuzz’ in 2007, from the team that brought us ‘Shaun of the Dead’, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost and Timothy Dalton. Hillside Mansions retains the core of the original house built in 1911 and its Edwardian neo-Tudor exterior is reflected by the development’s highly distinctive and impressive architecture. Set within beautifully landscaped and tranquil gardens of over 3 acres with spectacular views, Hillside Mansions offers a choice of 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, priced from £ 575,000. The luxury specification and high quality craftsmanship of the finish could have almost stepped out of a Rank Organisation film set!

THE FABuLOuS SHOW APARTMENT IS OPEN THuRSDAY-MONDAY 10AM TO 5PM

Every home is unique in layout with spacious and light interiors. Most apartments have balconies with some having a private terrace. Superb fully-fitted kitchens with an enviable range of integrated appliances plus luxury bathrooms and en-suites make the homes at Hillside Mansions the most sought-after in the area. With discreet underground parking plus extra surface spaces (2 spaces in total reserved for each apartment) and a passenger lift to all three floors, this gated development is unique in more ways than one - and is a true rarity! Bushey retains a true village atmosphere yet the nearness of its train station enables the heart of the city to be reached quickly. Watford’s popular Harlequin shopping centre and its Underground station are a short drive away with access to the motorway network and Luton airport also close at hand. The fabulous 3-bedroom show apartment and other view apartments are open daily 10am to 5pm– telephone 020 8950 3046.

HILLSIDE MANSIONS, MERRY HILL ROAD, BuSHEY ENJOYS FABuLOuS GARDENS AND GREAT VIEWS. THE EXTENSIVE GARDENS AND GROuNDS OFFER MANY QuIET CORNERS IN WHICH TO RELAX AND ENJOY.

With over 85 percent sold, these apartments from Shanly Homes are proving highly popular, not only with those looking to downsize and still remain in the area that they know and love – but For more information on the apartments at Hillside also with those wishing to move there to enjoy all Mansions, please contact Preston Bennett New Homes on 0208 954 8626 or visit www.prestonbennett.co.uk the benefits that living in Bushey provides. april2011 83


Unlocking your Land wanted for Residential

development potential Development

The Land Office has a sound track record for helping clients unlock the development potential of their land from side gardens, large plots and complex site assembly between neighbours. Described as ‘one of the most experienced agents around’ Lance Trendall heads up The Land Office across the Home Counties. Lance provides free initial appraisals before getting stuck in to turn your back-breaking garden into a very valuable development site.

Before – 1 house and garden

After – 2 large detached houses

Free Initial Appraisal and Consultation • Land sold to Developers There are many different approaches to selling your valuable development site each with different merits and pitfalls. Our initial meeting can focus on the most advantageous strategy for your circumstances. All matters are respected as confidential and your concerns and time scale are respected throughout.

Call us today and arrange your free land appraisal In many cases, landowners prefer our developer contacts to seek planning at their own expense so you can remain free from costs and planning expenses Lance Trendall

lance@thelandoffice.co.uk EXPERIENCE • INTEGRITY • ENTHUSIASM

01582 461581 www.thelandoffice.co.uk


Woodside Park Totteridge Whetstone Oakleigh Park Finchley Mill Hill Arkley

www.realestates-wsp.co.uk Arkley oiro £1,700,000 S AG OL EN E T

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Totteridge £2,450,000

Situated in a gated development on a corner plot, a double fronted detached home boasting panoramic views to rear. Barnet High Road & Totteridge’s shopping & transport facilities are accessible. Guest clk, lounge, dining room, study, family room, fitted kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, utility room. Master bed with balcony & en suite, guest suite, 2 further beds & family bath to 1st floor. Bed 6/games room to 2nd floor.

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132

Totteridge £1,650,000

Totteridge £1,150,000

An unusual 4 bed detached property in a cul-de-sac location in Totteridge Village, boasting a magnificent landscaped garden & off street parking for several cars. Spacious reception hall, guest clk, lounge, dining room, large fitted kit/breakfast room, utility, playroom/study, 2 baths (1 en suite).

Viewing is highly recommended of this attractive and cleverly extended family home in a cul-de-sac backing onto Greenbelt yet close to Totteridge & Whetstone tube station &multiple shopping facilities at the High Road. Guest clk, 2 receptions, kit/breakfast room, utility, master bed with 2 dressing rooms + scope for en suite, study, 3 further beds, garage, approx 50’ garden.

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A stunning detached family home arranged over 3 floors in the heart of Totteridge offering spacious and versatile living accommodation with 6/7 well proportioned bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, lounge/dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast/tv room, utility room, guest clk, integral double garage, secluded garden.

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132 Oakleigh Park

£1,095,000

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132 Arkley, Herts

£775,000 & £745,000

A unique period style 5 bed link detached family home forming part of an old manor housing dating back to circa 1860, with a detached coach house to the rear of the garden. Close to Oakleigh Park stn & Whetstone shops & transport. Guest clk, 2 receptions, fitted kit/breakfast room, utility, master bed with en suite, family bath & shower room, off st parking for several cars.

Created by Belles Reves Homes, 2 stylish contemporary new homes, each with spacious accommodation over 3 floors including 4 beds, 3 baths (1 en suite) & lower ground floor media room, guest clk, lounge/dining room, study/bed 4, fitted integrated kitchen/ breakfast room, utility area, landscaped low maintenance gardens, off street parking.

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132


Totteridge & Whetstone office

020 8492 2399

Totteridge N20 ÂŁ875,000 A well presented detached family home in a quiet cul de sac overlooking Totteridge Tennis Club and within walking distance of Totteridge & Whetstone Underground station. The property comprises of large reception hall, lounge, study, open plan kitchen/diner/living room, utility room, guest cloakroom, four bedrooms, one with en suite shower, separate study on the first floor, family bathroom, garage and off street parking.

Totteridge & Whetstone office 020 84922399 totteridge@winkworth.co.uk

Whetstone N20 £799,500 A detached 1930’s Art Deco style family home in a quiet residential turning. With a double arched door leading into a good sized reception hall this very well presented property offers 2/3 reception rooms, kitchen/diner, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite shower, three further bedrooms, family bathroom, secluded rear garden, garage and ample parking on the drive for several cars. The property also benefits from planning permission to extend (plans available for viewing)

Totteridge & Whetstone office 020 84922399 totteridge@winkworth.co.uk


Barnet office

020 8447 5656

Hadley Wood Herts £1,500,00 Freehold A five bedroom detached residence which has been the subject of improvement by the present owners. The generous family sized living accommodation includes four bathrooms (three en-suite), five reception rooms, a kitchen and utility room. Externally the rear garden backs directly onto the Hadley Wood Golf Course. Situated in this culde-sac location. Joint agents.

Barnet office 020 8447 5656 barnet@winkworth.co.uk

Arkley/Mill Hill Borders NW7 £1,500,000 Freehold A five bedroom, three bathroom, Tudor ‘style’ family home with carriage drive set behind electric gates. This property offers luxury contemporary ‘style’ living with an open plan layout consisting of lounge, dining room, cinema room/ family room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, guest cloakroom, open plan hall, master suite, two bedrooms sharing an en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Joint agents.

Barnet office 020 8447 5656 barnet@winkworth.co.uk


Oakleigh Park, N20

Arkley

£2,495,000

£2,350,000

Hadley Highstone

Hadley Wood

This imposing detached early Victorian residence stands behind a 20m frontage and is approached via a carriage driveway. The property retains a wealth of original features and offers over 4000 sq ft of accommodation which includes double volume entrance hall, galleried landing, seven beds, kitchen/breakfast room, laundry room and stands in a plot of approx. 0.4 acres which includes heated pool with changing/shower room.

A unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding sympathetic conversion of a local landmark building designed to create a five bedroom (four bath/ shower room), three reception room family home, arranged over three levels, of almost 4,000sq.ft. offering contemporary living whilst retaining many original features. This premier property is situated directly opposite Hadley Common yet is within easy level reach of Barnet High Street.

£2,000,000 sales@seanheaney.co.uk www.seanheaney.co.uk

LIGHTSTONE HOUSE is one of the finest homes located in the exclusive semi rural suburb of Arkley, close to London. This stunning detached residence - formally owned by the famous jazz musician and broadcaster, Humphrey Lyttelton - has been reconstructed by Northaw Properties to an exceptional standard. This lateral villa is an ideal fusion of form and function.

A beautifully presented detached family residence standing in this exclusive gated private development. Accommodation comprises guest cloakroom, three reception rooms, kitchen/family room, utility room, master bedroom with walk-in dressing room and en suite bathroom, five further bedrooms, southerly aspect rear garden and a detached double garage.

£1,995,000 234 High Street, Hadley Green, Barnet, Herts EN5 5TD

020 8441 7173


Hadley Wood

New Barnet

£1,495,000

£1,195,000

Barnet

Cockfosters, EN4

£1,100,000

£400,000

This beautifully presented detached home stands behind a gated carriage driveway and offers versatile accommodation including ground floor en suite bedroom, four further first floor bedrooms (two en-suite), open plan landing/study with kitchen area, triple aspect drawing room, dining room, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, guest cloakroom, covered heated pool, double garage, off street parking for numerous vehicles and a rear garden.

A beautifully presented period home which retains many original features and is located in this conservation area overlooking Ravenscroft Park within easy reach of High Barnet shopping and transport facilities. The accommodation is arranged over two floors and includes drawing room, study, sitting/dining room, fitted kitchen, utility room and guest WC. There are four bedrooms (master with dressing room), family bathroom, separate shower room, a south facing garden and garage to the rear.

sales@seanheaney.co.uk www.seanheaney.co.uk

This beautifully presented detached Victorian residence dates from c. 1870 and stands behind a gated carriage driveway on the south side of this sought-after turning in the heart of the ‘Lyonsdown’ area with its easy access to New Barnet station. The property retains many period features and has been sympathetically extended to provide approx. 2,400sq.ft. of accommodation including five bedrooms, two bathrooms, four reception rooms, kitchen and garage. The rear garden extends to approx. 81ft and enjoys a southerly aspect

A spacious two double bedroom (one en-suite) split level top floor luxury apartment situated in this exclusive gated development on the fringe of Hadley Woods yet within easy reach of Cockfosters underground station, Trent Park and local shopping facilities. The property affords far reaching views and enjoys use of the landscaped communal gardens as well as allocated parking. Lift and stair access is also provided. Chain free.

234 High Street, Hadley Green, Barnet, Herts EN5 5TD

020 8441 7173


A Stunning home of 4,500 sq ft having been finished in a contemporary style with a magnificent floating circular staircase with a stainless steel handrail, glass balustrade, LED stair illumination & a central atrium. ‘Sunnyridge’, which has a security gated entrance, has been completed to an extremely high specification and is an ideal home for both entertaining and family living with magnificent receptions rooms, which inter-connect via a spiral staircase, cinema room, a galleried master bedroom suite and well proportioned bedrooms.

Sunnyridge

ELstree WD6

The luxury custom built fitted kitchen breakfast room, with cream high gloss units and granite worktops, is complemented by having both Neff and Bosch appliances which, in addition to all the normal appliances, include an American style fridge freezer, wine chiller cabinet and integral coffee machine. This home, designed for 21st century living, also features, air conditioning and Domus media sound system control panel and speakers to principal rooms, Lutron lighting controls throughout, 19” Aquavision waterproof TV to master en suite, oak flooring to reception rooms and dining areas, porcelain tiles to kitchen and entrance hall with fitted carpet at first floor level all served by under floor heating. Located within easy reach of Elstree ‘Thameslink’ station which provides a fast train to the City giving a journey time of approximately 20 minutes to Kings Cross thus providing unrivalled access to St Pancras International. Local shopping centres are close by as are a number of the areas top schools and the M1 and M25 are just a short drive.

£1,995,000


Hillview Road A Stunning newly built contemporary detached family house in a quiet cul-desac in the heart of Mill Hill Village. Ofering in excess of 3000 sq.ft over 3 floors and with the benefit of 4/5 bedrooms, 3/4 bathrooms, 2 /3 receptions including a very large Family Room and Playrooms on the lower level and beautiful south facing garden of approx 150ft backing directly onto greenbelt Woodland.

Mill HIll Village nW7

 /5 Bedrooms 4 3 Bathrooms Living Room Dining Room Study/Bed 5 Playroom/Den Stunning large rear garden Utility Room Family Room Stunning Modern Kitchen

ÂŁ1,500,000


Valencia Road  bedrooms 5 5 bathrooms (all en-suite) Guest cloakroom Lounge Dining room

 oof terrace R Tv room/playroom Study Kitchen and breakfast room Utility room

Stanmore HA7

 ouble garage D Very large rear garden in excess of 200ft Swimming pool Carriage driveway

A magnificent, rarely available large double fronted detached family house set behind a secluded carriage driveway in one of the areas finest locations. Having being modernised and refurbished by the current owners, the property is offered in immaculate order throughout and benefits from a stunning large rear garden in excess of 200ft with a heated swimming pool.

ÂŁ2,100,000


Hadar Close Acacia House is a modern mansion of just over 9,000 sq ft Set back from the road on the prestigous Totteridge Lane with its own self contained annexe, situated in a secluded position at the head of a private road. Acacia House was constructed to an extremely high specification by renowned local developer Oliver & Saunders and the double opening security gates lead onto an extensive courtyard which provides ample guest parking. The property is situated within walking distance close of South Herts Golf Club.

Totteridge N20

ÂŁ5,850,000 Ground Floor - Reception hall, guest cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, study, television room/den, garden room, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, gymnasium, shower room with wc. First Floor - Master bedroom suite with roof terrace, en suite dressing room and master en suite bathroom with shower, second bedroom suite with roof terrace, walk-in dressing room and en suite bathroom with shower, third bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and shower, fourth bedroom suite with en suite bathroom with shower, 5th bedroom, family bathroom with shower Second Floor - Reception area, bedroom 6, bedroom 7 (presently used as home cinema room), 6th bathroom with shower Exterior - Security gated access, courtyard parking, triple garage, landscaped gardens & grounds, terracing, video entryphone, external lighting to front and rear, self contained annexe with a variety of uses from home office to guest suite approached via private entrance with staircase rising to: reception area, dining area, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and fitted kitchen


WISE LANE

MILL HILL NW7

ÂŁ1,550,000

A fantastic opportunity to acquire this large 5/6 bedroom detached family house set well back from the road in this secluded elevated plot backing on to Arrandene open space. The property would benefit from modernisation and replanning but offers fantastic scopes for improvement and many features including a large landscape rear garden sweeping drive way and separate annex.  /6 Bedrooms 5 Family Bathroom/ WC Separate WC En suite Shower Room Large Lounge/ Dining Room Kitchen Breakfast Room Study Family Room Bedroom 6/ Au Pair Suite Separate Entrance To Annex Garage Large Store Room Large Front & Rear Gardens


SANDPIPER

Arkey borders NW7

ÂŁ2,250,000 A 4 bedroom contemporary detached house with its own indoor swimming pool complex, set within approximately 0.5 acres, in a private secluded turning off Hendon Wood Lane with a beautiful large landscaped rear garden. Arranged over 2 floors with a detached office building to the front and parking for 4/5 cars. Master suite with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 3 Further bedrooms, En suite WC, Family bathroom, Modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room, TV room, Separate dining room,Large family room/ drawing room, Study, Indoor Swimming Pool Complex with Sauna and Shower room, Utility Room, Separate detached office, Driveway parking for 4/5 cars, Large landscaped rear garden backing on to woodland.


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ightstone house is accessed via a private floodlit driveway (approx.84 ft). It is a beautiful lateral home of substance and aspiration. One of the finest homes located in the exclusive semi rural suburb of Arkley, close to London. This stunning detached residence - formally owned by the famous jazz musician and broadcaster, Humphrey Lyttelton - has been reconstructed by Northaw Properties to an exceptional standard and has now come to the market. It is unique. An ideal fusion of form and function. This outstanding 3,500 sq ft (approx) 4 double bedroom contemporary home, arranged over one level, is ideal for inspired open plan family living and entertainment on a large scale. Stunning individuality, spectacular spaces and exquisite detailing all complement the exceptional specification. The accommodation comprises storm porch, entrance lounge, guest cloakroom, super room comprising kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, open plan reception room, tv room,

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master bedroom suite with walk in dressing room and en suite, bedroom 2 with en suite, bedroom 3 with en suite, bedroom 4/study with en suite, garage and landscaped garden with terrace. Location

of renowned private, public and state schools, including Haberdasher Aske’s, North London Collegiate, Manor Lodge, St Albans, Aldenham, Mill Hill, Chancellors, Henrietta Barnett, Belmont, Stormont, Lyonsdown, Lochinver, St. Martha’s Senior School, Queenswood, Highgate, Dame Alice Owens, Queen Elizabeth’s Boys and Girls and Haileybury.

Arkley is a much sought after affluent area on the outskirts of North London. This unique property provides the ideal mix of town and country living. Surrounded by beautiful countryside offering some attractive local walks and views, Exterior Front yet just a few minutes drive from an excellent range of Private gravel driveway shops, cafés and restaurants. Ideally located within a two Landscaped front garden minute drive of the A1, the property allows easy access to Floodlighting central London, which is approximately 30 minutes away Parking for numerous vehicles by car or rail. The M25, (5 minutes by car) and M1, are Integral automatic garage also close by, as are all of London’s airports - 40 minutes Large mature trees to Heathrow and convenient for Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. High Barnet, Mill Hill East and Totteridge & Exterior Rear Whetstone (Northern Line), Cockfosters (Piccadilly Line) Portland stone terrace with feature planting underground stations are all easily accessible as are a choice Mature and secluded landscaped garden of British Rail main line stations at Hadley Wood, New Floodlighting to garden Barnet, Potters Bar and Oakleigh Park, (Moorgate 29 Sculpture minutes and Kings Cross 20 minutes approx). accommodation comprises Education Storm Porch The area offers an excellent wide selection Reception 1: Entrance lounge

 C W Cloakroom Store cupboards Super-room: Kitchen/Breakfast island bar/open plan dining area Utility room: storage/AV service hub Reception 2: open plan with glazed curtain walling to terrace Reception 3: TV room with glazed curtain walling to terrace Master bedroom suite comprising: Walk-in dressing room en-suite, Master bathroom en-suite Bedroom 2 + en-suite bathroom Bedroom 3 + en-suite bathroom Bedroom 4 / Study + en-suite bathroom (shower)

Price £2.350,000 Freehold

For further details and a full colour brochure please contact Statons on 020 8449 3383 or email barnet@statons.com. april2011 97


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