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Welcome to our February issue. Butterfly World in St Albans was conceived by Clive Farrell, a butterfly fanatic and lepidopterist whose dream was to create a centre of learning for the

preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. We take a closer look at the wonderful £27M project.

Executive chef Phil Thompson and his team have good reason to celebrate

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since retaining their position in the culinary bible. The Michelin Guide, widely regarded as the most respected source of ranking the world’s most exceptional restaurants, yesterday awarded him a Michelin star for 2011 at Auberge du

Lac – the idyllic lakeside restaurant on the Brocket Hall estate - for the third

consecutive year. We visit the only Michelin starred restaurant in Hertfordshire. London 2012 organisers have announced that tickets for the Olympics will go

on sale from 15th March 2011 while Paralympics tickets will become available

on 9th September 2011. Under the process, people will have six weeks to apply for tickets to all 650 Olympics sports sessions.

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London 2012 ticket sale dates announced Sports fans will be able to apply for london 2012 olympics tickets from mid-March!


ondon 2012 organisers have announced that tickets for the Olympics will go on sale from 15th March 2011 while Paralympics tickets will become available on 9th September 2011. Under the process, people will have six weeks to apply for tickets to all 650 Olympics sports sessions and can submit their application at any time, as tickets will not be allocated on a first come,

first served basis. Applications will close on 26th April and all oversubscribed sessions will be allocated via a ballot. Full details of the process and the final schedule for all sporting events are set to be announced this month.The London 2012 Olympic Games will take place from 27th July to 12th August, and the Paralympic Games from 29th August to 9th September.

The action will centre on the Olympic Park in East London, home to the Olympic Stadium and key venues such as the Aquatics Centre. Other events, such as football and sailing, will take place across the UK. Organisers will reveal more details of the prices and application process for Paralympics tickets later this year. Seb Coe, chair of the London Organising

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our quest for the best in international design starts at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Nowhere else will you find such quality, choice and creativity. At London Design Week, you can embark on your next design experience. Showcasing new collections from 88 Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showrooms as well as outside participants in King’s Road, Chelsea, it’s all yours to discover.

Taking part for the first time are Armani/Casa, Christian Fischbacher, Lizzo and Illuminati with new showrooms opening at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in time for the event.

handcrafted finish. This year also heralds the return of small-scale repeats while geometrics appear as trellis or links. Other patterns may have a nostalgic, retro or architectural steer.


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From paintbox primaries to low-key palettes, this year it’s anything but predictable. It’s all about creating your own look. Blue, in its many guises, is a recurrent theme, as is pewter, often with a

The pursuit of individuality and the new challenge of bespoke are key themes this year. Hear more from world-renowned experts who share their insider knowledge at design lectures, seminars and masterclasses. Headline speakers include interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon who worked on the renovation of The Savoy. Learn how his projects exude harmony and comfort while retaining a

how to get there ✱ Easy to get to, Design Centre Chelsea harbour is also

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sense of the location’s spirit. Get the inside track on the exacting standards and creative flair needed to create one-offs with influential designers Helen Green, Staffan Tollgård and Kit Kemp. Gordon Campbell Gray discusses the creation, philosophy and concept of his highly original hotels. For the first time in association with RIBA, a professional practice seminar discusses the new synergy between architecture and interior design. Panellists include architects Thomas Croft and President elect of RIBA Angela Brady as well as high profile interior designers Martin Brudinzki and Philippa Thorp. Don’t miss awardwinning interior and product designer Lee Broom. He has designed over 35 venues in the UK, specialising in bars and restaurants. Furniture maker and interior designer Tim Gosling talks about how his classic designs reflect the needs of his clients. Director of the Design Museum Deyan Sudjic talks about the impact of William Morris today. Why not take part in a full day masterclass in association with KLC School of Design - Learn insider secrets on ways to build and show your treasured possessions to reflect your personal style. At a special evening event, style legend Tricia Guild explores her innovative approach to design. At the allday SuperyachtDesign Summit join principle designers and industry figureheads from the world of superyachts as they debate design regulations. Meet the author sessions will take place in the RIBA Bookshop with Allegra Hicks and Pierre Yves Rochon. In the iconic domes of Design Centre Chelsea Harbour on-trend show colours and stylish public spaces capture the mood of the moment. Enjoy the buzz of the show in a peaceful arbour at the pop-up Tatler Restaurant. Why not take an über-stylish break on high at The World of Interiors Champagne Bar or, treat yourself to a delicious cupcake.






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is for Champagne and canapés. Laurent Perrier is the patron Champagne of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. is for History. The 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the 89th show to be held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital. is for Event expertise. This is the same team that operates Royal Ascot and the Open Golf Championship, with over 30 years of experience in business entertainment. is for London. Amid the hustle and bustle of central London, visitors to the hospitality village at RHS Chelsea will find an oasis of calm which combines fine dining, excellent service and comfort. is for Social season. RHS Chelsea Flower Show marks the beginning of the Social Season. The social season is historically the time when members of the elite flocked to the city rather than the country, and took up residence set to entertain. is for eager. Hospitality guests have priority entrance to the show so they can avoid the queues. is for afternoon tea. What could be more quintessentially English than a selection of traditional finger sandwiches and a selection of tempting afternoon pastries and fancies served with a pot of Earl Grey tea?

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running from Tuesday 24th May until Saturday 28th May 2011, rhS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of the horticulture world. an afternoon tea offer has been created exclusively for lIFE magazines and is available on Saturday 28th May 2011. Combine the social whirl and glamour of this spectacular show with excellent food and pampering hospitality. Guests will have access to the show ground from 3pm and can enjoy a glass of champagne with traditional afternoon tea in the luxury of the hospitality village. The package includes: ✱ afternoon entrance ticket to the grounds ✱ a glass of champagne in the peace of the hospitality village with its private lawn ✱ full afternoon tea served in a hospitality chalet This package costs £80 per person, including VaT To book your place please call 0870 421 4868, or email bloom @prestigehospitality. and quote ChElSEa lIFE.

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International arena Polo to hIt London & the WorLd Stage at the o2 arena

on 24th February 2011 the rapidly growing sport oF polo will take another historic step into the sporting mainstream with a unique indoor event in london’s the o2 arena


aucho International Polo will be the ultimate celebration of the game and its growing popularity. A festival atmosphere will be generated by the multitude of entertainment as well as corporate hospitality, live music, fashion shows, food and drink stalls and a retail village. On 24th February 2011 The O2 arena will play host to a remarkable indoor polo event featuring some of the finest polo entertainment available. Three world class matches will be played, culminating in the historic grudge match between EFG’s England and Camino Real’s Argentina who will slog it out for the ‘Churchill Cup’. More than 12,500 spectators will attend the evening of high

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octane entertainment. Arena Polo is a truly exciting form of polo played on a reduced size pitch and with only 3 people per side rather than the usual 4. The result is a fast and exciting game that is extremely spectator friendly played in an intimate and exciting atmosphere where the crowd can see, hear - even smell all the action this highly physical sport provides. The O2 arena is the perfect place to showcase this great form of the game. Gaucho International Polo really will be a showcase of all the best things that polo has to offer, all at one of the world’s great venues. A Thursday evening has been chosen for the event making it the perfect

place for corporate hospitality, at The O2 arena Gaucho Grill and backstage bar, as well as providing a truly special evening out for people to go to after work. The range and quality of the entertainment also make this a great after-school event for families. The event will start at 2pm with corporate hospitality provided by Gaucho. The first match will be at 5pm - a top class exhibition match. Following that there will be an international game between Scotland and South Africa (6.15pm). A short but highly entertaining celebrity polo match then kicks off at 7.30pm. This all culminates with the Churchill Cup game between EFG’s England and their old adversary Camino Real’s Argentina. Prize giving is at 8.45pm. Between games there will be a host of great entertainment, including a celebrity polo-am match. Great thought has gone into making sure that every element of this tournament is world-class and we don’t even have to worry about the weather! Of course, no polo tournament is complete without a players’ after-party. For this tournament we will not need to go far. One of the exclusive 2500 capacity clubs within The O2 arena will be where the players can be found after the tournament as they host an after-party fitting of such a great tournament. Gaucho Polo Tournament and Ralph Lauren Ambassador Nacho Figueras comments: “Polo is growing so quickly now and the introduction of such a great tournament to the UK during the winter off-season is a welcome addition. Arena polo is such an exciting form of the game and it will be truly special to play it at such an iconic venue in front of so many supporters.”

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ashion and fundraising are set to come together like never before as iconic designer Henry Holland launches ‘Debut’, a unique exhibition and event in aid of Cancer Research UK. Held at London’s stunning One Mayfair on Thursday 24th March 2011, the event is the first of its kind for the charity and sees Henry joining forces with the fashion world’s leading designers, models, photographers and enthusiasts for a spectacular night celebrating British fashion. With supporters including Lulu Kennedy, Paul Smith

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and the inimitable Colin McDowell MBE, Debut is a must for anyone with an eye for style. Guests will be treated to an exhibition of British fashion through the ages including previously unseen photographs and exclusive items from influential industry leaders, including Giles Deacon, Mary Quant, Tracey Boyd, Kate Moss and Rankin, alongside music from top performers and DJs. All the pieces exhibited will be available to buy at auction on the night, giving guests a chance to get their hands on a unique piece of

British fashion history. Presented by TV’s Nick Grimshaw and Miquita Oliver, the evening will raise vital funds towards the charity’s life-saving research into gynaecological cancers – such as ovarian, womb and cervical. Currently around 50 women a day in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and ovarian cancer alone was the cause of around 4,370 deaths in 2008 Henry Holland said: “I’m incredibly excited to be part of this amazing initiative for a hugely important cause. Cancer affects so many people, I personally have lost people close to me to the disease and I’m thrilled to be able to support Cancer Research UK in any way I can. Debut is set to be an unmissable date in the 2011 fashion calendar. We have the support of some great industry experts and we aim to make sure it is an unforgettable evening.” Further information about Debut can be found at www. or by emailing For those who cannot attend on the night, a limited preview exhibition will be open at One Mayfair on Tuesday 22nd March and Wednesday 23rd March with a suggested donation for entry.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years. Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to beat cancer. For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 3469 6699 or visit www.

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he vibrant and internationally renowned London Fashion Week is always exciting and inspirational, and February’s event will in no doubt prove to be just that once again, all housed under one roof in the neo-classical surrounds of Somerset House. London Fashion Week presents another unrivalled opportunity for both established designers and newcomers to present their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections. A constantly buzzing key event for those who haven’t got the patience to wait until the latest fashion designs and stylish fashion trends make it into the fashion magazines. The magic of London Fashion Week is not merely thanks to the fashion designers’ and fashion stylists’ cutting-edge collections but the media excitement that accompanies them. The allure of the show is exceptional and London Fashion Week continues to be the top fashion event pulling visitors from every corner of the globe. British Fashion Council have announced the provisional schedule of designers who will be showcasing their Autumn/ Winter 2011 collections at London Fashion Week this month. Returning to show on schedule this season are luxury British brand Aquascutum and Temperley London, who celebrate their 10th anniversary. They will join current LFW catwalk designers including Antonio Berardi, Burberry Prorsum, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson and Pringle of Scotland. New to the presentation schedule are J. JS Lee and Les Chiffoniers. British heritage menswear brand, Alfred Dunhill, will show at London Fashion Week, hosting an intimate style salon show on Tuesday evening as a prelude to Menswear Day, Wednesday 23rd February. Showing at LFW’s dedicated Menswear Day for the first time is Cassette Playa, who will be showcasing her luxury streetwear collection on the catwalk. Modern menswear tailoring label Mr Start and luxury heritage brand Bally will also debut. Both will show their collections on the presentation schedule for Menswear Day.

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LONDON fASHION WEEk 2011 A WORLD Of cELEbRItIES AND fAmOUS pEOpLE, bEAUtIfUL AND ExpENSIVE cLOtHES AND gENERAL fASHION gLItz. There are 50 or so catwalk shows on the official schedule as well as further 45+ show off schedule. The exhibition that runs alongside the catwalk shows showcases over 100 ready to wear and accessories designers each season. LFW visitors have access to many more designers through presentations, multi-brand and individual showrooms. For more information about London Fashion Week at Somerset House, including schedules, location, news, video and much more go to the official London Fashion Week website. London Fashion Week is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. The event is organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and funded by a number of sponsors (including Canon Europe current headline sponsor for seven consecutive seasons). London Fashion Week puts London and British Fashion firmly on the global stage, generating orders in the region of £100m; the event itself contributes £20 million to the London economy in terms of direct spend and attracts visitors from over 25 countries including US, France, Italy, Russia, Middle East, China and UAE. London Fashion Week visitors has access to many more designers through presentations, multi-brand and individual showrooms. In addition to the official and off schedule events London Fashion Week has become a focus for a broader base of fashion linked activities with international designers, media and other high profile brands choosing to host their own events during the weeks. The British Fashion Council co-ordinate an events schedule to help visitors experience London ‘the city’ as well as the showcase of British fashion design talents at London Fashion Week.

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Kenneth Turner Flowers Blossoms Again NeW ‘At Home WitH KeNNetH turNer FLoWers’ LoNdoN PAcKAge & NeW Luxury FLoWer desigNs uNveiLed


ith an enviable world wide reputation, the brand Kenneth Turner has become synonymous with everything luxury. Over the years the brand has grown to include a selection of sought after scented candles, fragrances and homeware. The much anticipated Kenneth Turner Flowers which were a signature of the brand have returned with some unique bespoke designs and at home classes with Laura Lee who worked with Kenneth Turner for 25 years before setting up Stormy, one of London’s most desired florists on the event, party and wedding scenes. Kenneth Turner Flowers is back drawing on the history and heritage of the brand that inspired so many of us to get creative. The new ‘At Home with Kenneth Turner’ bespoke packages are designed for anyone in and around London looking to learn in their homes how to prepare the perfect floral arrangement for all manner of events. Led by leading florists Laura Lee and her colleague Jon Poulsom both from Stormy, customers will receive a one-on-one session ranging from a dining table centre piece to a garden party event or to a more extravagant celebration where flowers are required - full design lessons are offered. The service educates the consumer on flowers, how to select them, look after them and display them for maximum impact. Whilst your eyes will be entertained with a vision of

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whilst your eyes will be entertained with a vision of colour and creativity , your sense of smell won’t be forgotten.

colour and creativity designed by you under Laura or Jon’s creative eyes, your sense of smell won’t be forgotten. The ‘At Home with Kenneth Turner’ package includes home fragrances matched to your flowers along with a scented candle from the extensive range. Your home will be picture perfect and smell divine. The starting cost is £130.00 for the consultation, flowers are extra and subject to requirements along with the tuition fee which will vary according to time. For those wishing to simply select one of the exquisite designs- Kenneth Turner Flowers has also unveiled a selection of new designs available exclusively from The Flower Market at New Covent Garden and also online. The new designs are put together by Laura and Jon and each design captures different moods and sentiments. There are 6 new designs to choose from and these can be adapted to suit different occasions. The below are all beautifully presented with a hand written card. Prices start from £65.00. Design 1 –“Spring” is a wrap of gorgeous Ranunculus. Design 2 –“Phalenopsis” is an elegant classic Moth Orchid with a choice of container; a green glazed earthen ware pot or a smart silver sphere. Design 3 –“Rustic Basket” is a collection of flowers of the moment arranged beautifully in a charming rustic basket. Design 4 –“Avalanche” features twenty best quality long stemmed roses which are presented as a vintage sheaf with

clouds of crisp white tissue. For a full list of designs consult the Kenneth Turner website. Kenneth Turner Flowers are also delighted to announce their affiliation with Brockett Hall – a historic house and golf club set in Hertfordshire, England. Kenneth Turner Flowers has been chosen as the preferred supplier to show off unique designs. Says Laura Lee; “Having started with Kenneth Turner 25 years ago, I soon saw the growth within the UK floristry market, most of it driven and inspired by what Kenneth Turner had established. He opened many creative doors and over the last few years I have kept those doors open through my own flower business Stormy where Jon and I have created unique designs for events in the UK and across the world to capture all manner of briefs. We are delighted to be heading up the return of Kenneth Turner Flowers by Stormy; the enthusiasm and passion for the brand and indeed for his floral vision never went away. We are already established in venues and ‘At Home with Kenneth Turner’ will take the brand into peoples living and dining rooms and beyond.” Whether it is a vase, bowl, basket, entire room or venue that requires creativity and energy for a party, event or special occasion- Kenneth Turner Flowers by Stormy has an arrangement to suit all. 66/71 The Flower Market New Covent Garden, London SW8 5NJ. 020 7627 5640

Major International Exhibition Gallery Rouge is excited to announce the forthcoming exhibition of leading canadian artist Eric Waugh. Much desired and widely collected, Waugh’s fun yet sophisticated art celebrates living. Vibrant bold colours infuse with musical repertory, embracing the artist’s love of the simple pleasures in life.


Eric Waugh will be in attendance at Gallery Rouge on March 19th, between 1pm and 4pm.

With a career spanning almost twenty five years, Eric has enthralled thousands with his joyful paintings, and is one of the most collected young artists in north America. not content solely with studio painting, Eric also takes his art to the people through live painting performances which have gained attention internationally through their appearance on major TV networks including cnn, and ‘The Today Show’, cBS, and nBc.

Of particular interest is Eric’s place in the Guinness World Records Book for the largest canvas painted by a single artist from which all proceeds benefited camp Heartland and the Starlight children’s Foundation. Eric is recognised for his charitable endeavours supporting numerous worthy causes; the artist has raised a staggering $500,000 in the last few years alone. To receive an invitation to this champagne event, please contact Gallery Rouge on 01727 860401 or via their website at

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he Ideal Home Show, multi- award winner of best Consumer Show of the Year 2010, is returning to London once again! Six fabulous celebrity ambassadors will host their own dedicated sections offering the widest variety of home improvement ideas, inspiration, and style as well as demonstrations and expert advice across a staggering EIGHT different areas which include; Ideal Show Homes, Ideal Interiors, Ideal Home Improvements, Ideal Gardens, Ideal Food & Housewares, Ideal Shopping, Ideal Woman, Ideal Gadgets and plenty of Ideal shopping for all of those home and gift needs all combined into one event to make the Ideal Home Show the UK’s ultimate home event. Here is our guide on what to see at this year’s must see event ..


If you want to make the most of your existing space, want to revamp that bathroom & kitchen or simply looking for inspiration and ways to be more green friendly and save you money, come and see the latest products and advice with George Clarke’s Ideal Home Improvements. George Clarke, who will be attending every day, offer ing a series of demonstrations and seminars offering practical advice on many home improvement projects . er bu ru ry 94f ef b 24 aa ry 2 021011 1


The flagship feature at this year’s show, visitors are invited to take a trip through our three spectacular life’s size homes, built within the iconic Ideal Show Home street, offering the ultimate experience of properties and different homes of today. This year’s Show Homes will be the most exciting to date with a series of properties that will demonstrate easy home improvement ideas and how you can build for a greener future. The first property is a transformation based on one of the UK’s most iconic homes from Coronation Street, offering inspiration and advice on how to improve your home, how to utilise your existing space to save you money on your energy bills. Another property is the ‘Prince’s Foundation Ideal Home’. Supported by The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment this traditional Georgian family home takes a look at new and green building innovations, and the future of community living. IDEAl INTERIoRS LINDA BARkER

If you’re looking to add a bit of style or personality to your home, Linda Barker’s Ideal Interiors offers the latest in design and interior advice. Set against a Central Marina with the first ever pop up floating tea room, visitors will be able to find everything they need from furniture, homewares, and interior design advice from some of the biggest names in interiors .



For those gadget lovers, check out the latest in home entertainment and gadgets, with the Gadget show’s Suzi Perry hosting the Ideal Home of the Future. Here are the domestic gadgets of here and now, with interactive demonstrations showing the marvels gadgets for the home, demonstrating to you how they can make our homes more interesting, fun and efficient. From the latest 3D technology, inflatable Vitamins, interactive appliances, hypotonic gardens Philippe Starck designs.

Check out the Celebrity Chef Theatre, where cooking comes to life in a series of live cooking demonstrations from a series of acclaimed UK chefs including; John Burton Race, Aldo Zilli, Jun Tanaka, Dhruv Baker, Henrietta Green, Mich Turner, Stacie Stewart, Dean Edwards, Matt Dawson, Theo Randall, and Cooking in Heels. Gain inspiration as they cook up a storm with high energy demonstrations from cooking Healthy food, cooking with Home Grown Ingredients, Guilty Pleasures and how to Cook to a Budget.



The Ideal Home Show will provide visitors with a plethora of ideas on how to create an array of different features for your garden. With summer just around the corner, spring is the perfect time to get ahead in the garden, as Diarmuid Gavin give his expert advice . This year will also see the launch of the very first ‘Ideal Home Show Young Gardener of the Year Competition’, a brand new initiative being launched in association with The Prince’s Foundation to find the best young garden designers of the future. Eight of the best gardening colleges in Britain will go head to head for the first time showcasing new ideas, skills, talent and determination to flourish into talented designers.

Fiona Phillips’ Ideal Woman section will offer a relaxed retreat to pamper yourselves with a massage, makeover, facial or one of their other FREE beauty treatments, provided by the London College of Beauty Therapy in the dedicated Beauty Bar. Once rested and recuperated, enjoy the vibrant and fun Catwalk shows providing stylish, yet affordable and even recycled fashion and advice from some of the UK’s experts, stylists, and life mentors with advice on health fitness, fashion, beauty and careers, for women of every age.

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Restaurateur and TV Presenter Gregg Wallace will be getting taste buds tingling in the Ideal Food section as he shows off his favorite British culinary delights. From a huge range of tastes from around the UK, it offers a selection of independent food companies with a tempting array of the best regional food, wines, and beers to sample, with a new Farmers Market area showing a diverse range of eats and treats from locally sourced and organic producers. Head to Gregg’s very own pop-up restaurant, celebrating the best in British cuisine with a truly British menu of the UK’s favorite dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy hearty British food such as; Toad in the Hole, Chicken Casserole, Cheese Ploughman’s and Tomato Soup as well as indulge in typically British Puddings such as;’ Chocolate fudge Sunday, Knickerbocker Glory or Bread and Butter Pudding. ✱ The Ideal Home Show,

london will open its doors for 17 days from 11th - 27th March 2011, at london’s Earls Court. ✱ exClusive 2 for 1 TiCkeT offer The Ideal Home Show are offering this exclusive saving for our life Magazine readers - get 2 weekday tickets for just £16 and 2 weekend tickets for just £18! offer expires: 28th February 2011 ✱ Purchase tickets for the show at this exclusive discounted rate. Get up


Shop until you drop for the latest homewares and new products from a unique Ideal Shopping conurbation. Whether you’re looking for furniture accessories or that special item of clothing, visitors will get an array of unique one off pieces. Affordable and bespoke, there will be an array of crafts, homemade products, gifts and goody’s in this year’s Ideal Shopping arcade, so come and treat yourself! So whether you’re looking for ideas, inspiration or expert advice on your home improvements, or simply just looking for a day out , this year’s Ideal Home Show has an unmissable line-up of activity with something for everyone. The Ideal Home Show will be supporting the ABF Soldiers’ Charity for the second year, following an incredible campaign in 2010 which saw a total of £102,000 raised for the ‘Ideal Homes for Heroes’ campaign, in aid of soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need of support and grants for home improvements and mobility issues.

to £18 off the on-thedoor price (full price adult tickets) with this 2 for 1 ticket offer, simply by quoting IHSP17 when you order. ✱ Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 415 4144 or www. ✱ 50p per ticket sold goes to the Ideal Homes For Heroes appeal supporting ABF The Soldiers’ Charity see www.idealhomeshow. for details.

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xecutive chef Phil Thompson and his team have good reason to celebrate since retaining their position in the culinary bible. The Michelin Guide, widely regarded as the most respected source of ranking the world’s most exceptional restaurants, yesterday awarded him a Michelin star for 2011 at Auberge du Lac – the idyllic lakeside restaurant on the Brocket Hall estate - for the third consecutive year. Thompson, who transformed Hertfordshire’s flagship restaurant in Welwyn since taking over the reins from former Chef Patron Jean Christophe Novelli, adds the award - the most coveted honour for fine cuisine - to the string of accolades he has already garnered. Of the Michelin star, Thompson, who started his career in the Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park, said, “I am thrilled. Each year is just as hard, if not harder with the bar being raised by adventurous chefs all around the world. This third consecutive year is just as special to me as the first year and highlights the commitment from my team, both front and back of house. I look forward to building on our success.” Hearing news of the award, Ken Creighton,

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Pear & Roquefort Mousse Poached Pear

Managing Director of Brocket Hall International says, “We are all ecstatic. Phil Thompson is an excellent chef and thoroughly deserves the recognition from such a prestigious ranking system regarded as the most reliable source of recommendation”.

2 Pears 250g White Wine 1 Lemon Zest 1 Vanilla Pod 50g Sugar ½ Cinnamon Stick

Auberge du Lac is located in an 18th century former hunting lodge overlooking the Broadwater Lake and the illustrious stately home that is Brocket Hall. Known as the “foodie´s favourite” both restaurant and chef have received a steady flow of plaudits since Thompson took over as Executive Chef in 2005.

1. Bring the ingredients to the boil and burn off the alcohol. 2. Cook for approx. a further 10 – 15 minutes - till pear softens 3. Allow to cool

Recently described by the Good Food Guide as, “confidently sailing through the tricky waters of modern cuisine fashioning star-studded dishes that dovetail artisan British ingredients with contemporary French techniques and influences from the Orient,” Thompson seduces his guests with a heady cocktail of the finest gastronomy served in an aristocratic country retreat. That very mix once causing critic Michael Winner to comment, “The tart was totally superb. Close to historic.” A fitting tribute for a fine restaurant steeped in history.

Roquefort Mousse 75g White Chocolate 200g Double Cream 50g Roquefort

Current Offers at the Auberge du Lac THE AUBERGE EXPERIENCE

Accommodation in Melbourne Lodge Dinner in the Auberge du Lac Restaurant Full English Breakfast Morning Newspaper Half bottle of wine on arrival Available Tuesday-Saturday £285.00 per couple


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1. Melt the white chocolate 2. Semi-whip the cream 3. Whisk half of the cream into the chocolate and melt in the Roquefort 4. Fold in the rest of the cream and allow to set in the fridge.

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Cannelloni alla Margherita Cannelloni filled with sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and basil SERVES

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INGREDIENTS 26 sheets of fresh lasagne 1 x 720ml bottle of passata sieved tomatoes 15 basil leaves 50g freshly grated parmesan cheese 2 mozzarella balls, drained and finely sliced (do not use buffalo mozzarella) For the filling 500g ricotta cheese 3 mozzarella balls, drained and cut into 1cm cubes (do not use buffalo mozzarella) 20g fresh basil leaves, chopped 200g sundried tomatoes in oil, drained ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste 2 8 f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 1

For the béchamel sauce 100g salted butter 100g plain flour 1lt full fat milk (cold) ¼ freshly grated nutmeg PREPARATION 1. Preheat the oven at 180º. 2. To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a large saucepan on a medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute until becomes a light brown colour. Gradually whisk in the cold milk, reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes whisking constantly. Once thickened, stir in the nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to slightly cool. 3. Pour the passata in a large bowl with the basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper, mix all together and set aside.

4. To prepare the filling, place all the ingredients in a large bowl, except the mozzarella, season with salt and pepper and with the help of a fork, mix all together. Scatter over the cubed mozzarella, gently fold all together and leave in the fridge to rest. 5. Prepare a large saucepan with plenty of salted boiling water and start to cook the pasta sheets in batches of five. 6. Boil the pasta for 1 minute then remove and place in a large bowl with cold water, this will stop the pasta going soggy. After a minute in the cold water, remove the sheets of pasta and place onto a clean tea towel. 7. Place 1 and half tablespoon of filling onto each pasta sheet and start to roll up the pasta from the narrow side going forward. To seal the cannellone, overlap the pasta sheet for approx 2cm. Repeat the process until all the pasta sheets are filled. 8. Select a rectangular dish measuring 25 x 35cm and pour in a third of the béchamel sauce. Spread evenly. 9. Place half of the cannelloni onto the béchamel layer with the seam facing down. 10. Spoon over half of the passata and half of the remaining béchamel sauce. 11. Build up the second layer of cannelloni and spoon over the remaining passata. Spread over the remaining béchamel sauce. 12. Finish by sprinkling over the parmesan cheese and bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. 13. Take the dish out of the oven, place the slices of mozzarella on top and continue to bake for a further 15 minutes until golden and crispy. 14. Once ready, leave it to rest for 5 minutes out of the oven. It will be easier to cut and serve as the layers hold together. For more information up to date information on Gino, please visit

You can also get Gino’s lastest book Gino’s Pasta: Everything You Need to Cook the Italian Way, available nation wide and online.

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now in their fourth year, Gallery Rouge has built a strong and enviable reputation for helping clients find exceptional artwork for their homes. The gallery owner, Kuldip chohan, is actively involved in working with clients to make the right choices. He has personally selected the artists

who are represented by the gallery, bringing a diverse ensemble of artists to the region, constantly seeking out new work from all over the world. Gallery Rouge is a local art gallery owned and run by a local resident. The focus is primarily

on providing clients within Hertfordshire and north London exceptional choice. Whilst the gallery has since become respected nationally, the emphasis is firmly rooted in a close personalised service.

NEW VEHICLE LAUNCH AT LEXUS HATFIELD Gallery Rouge are delighted to have been asked to exhibit a collection of original artwork at the forthcoming launch of the new cT200h at Lexus

Hatfield, the world’s first full hybrid luxury compact car. They will be joined for the evening entitled ‘Life After Sport’ by Richard Hill MBE and Kyran Bracken MBE who were part of the winning Rugby World cup squad in 2003 and between them

capped 118 times for England. Richard and Kyran were also key players for local Premiership Rugby team Saracens. The event takes place on Friday March 11th 2011 – to receive an invitation to this exclusive event please contact Kuldip by email at info@

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I am truly passionate about art. Having collected for over 20 years myself, I want to give to my clients the level of support I would have welcomed when I first started acquiring art. It’s what drives me personally – to deliver only the best for my clients. I work closely with all the artists I represent, which I feel is important. So whether you’re renovating your home or completely rebuilding it, why not engage the services of Gallery Rouge to help you find some wonderful paintings which perfectly compliment your rooms. WHY VISIT GALLERY ROUGE The largest selection of original paintings in Hertfordshire to choose from A real mix of styles, from abstract to photo realism Professional friendly service from people who really care Flexible payment terms to help you acquire that sought after piece New work constantly arriving Regular events and exhibitions – a great chance to meet the artists! Gallery Rouge can be contacted on 01727 860401. Better still, visit the gallery at 27 Chequer Street, St Albans, AL1 3YJ. A large selection of work is also viewable online at

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The Wonderful Story of Butterfly World

This £27 million project was conceived by Clive Farrell, a butterfly fanatic and lepidopterist whose dream was to create a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species.



long with the support of our patrons (who include Sir David Attenborough, Professor Dr David Bellamy, Alan Titchmarsh, Emilia Fox and Baroness Helena Kennedy) the project was launched in March 2008 at an event at the Royal Society in London. Building work began in September 2008 and the image here shows the dome area under construction. Once completed in the Autumn 2011, it will be the biggest butterfly experience in the world and the Biome (100m in diameter x 17.5 m high) will be big enough to house the footprint of Stonehenge seven times over.

PHASE II - SPRING 2010 The education focus is launched next, to include the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre, the Chrysalis Lake, new gardens, picnic areas and the developing children’s play area. The Nectar House Cafe and new shop are opened too and the landscape is very much more developed.

PHASE I - SPRING 2009 The site was created in the shape of a butterfly’s head and the designer gardens competition, Future Gardens, was launched. The wildflower meadows were created and Ivan Hicks’ gardens were also opened, plus a cafe, shop and plant boutique. We celebrated the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 40th birthday too.

PHASE IV - AUTUMN 2011 The final stage will be the completion of the massive Biome, the largest walk-through experience in the world, with rope walkways, Maya caves and ruins to explore, streams and tropical rainstorms. The project will incorporate a living rainforest, yards from the M25 and M1 and a tribute to our tropical and native butterflies.

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PHASE III - SPRING 2011 This phase will show further development of the site and construction of the first half of the massive rainforest Biome, 100 meters in diameter and home to over 10,000 tropical butterflies, hummingbirds, insects, spiders as well as tropical plants.

EXPLORE THE BIOME The 27 acre site is designed in the shape of a giant butterfly’s head, with the 100m Biome (to be completed in autumn 2011) as its geodesic eye. It represents an architecturally exciting, iconic landmark of the future. Giant maya ruins based on archaeological sites of Belize and Mexico will provide the backdrop to a kaleidoscope of up to 10,000 tropical butterflies and a variety of hummingbirds and many other creatures. The Biome will be an exhibition of living flora and fauna found within the rainforests of the world, including a lost civilisation, underworld caves with insects, spiders and scorpions, canopy walkways and intermittent thunderstorms - a lost world and a truly tropical adventure. The Biome will also provide one of the most extraordinary corporate events and hospitality venues in Europe, and will include a restaurant, cafe and retail areas. OUR BUTTERFLIES The tropical butterfly house will this year house over 600 tropical butterflies, to include the Blue Morpho, The Monarch, Swallowtail, Owl, Helliconius,

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Clearwing and many more. As well as these spectacular butterflies we are focusing this year on educating visitors about the lifecycle of the butterfly, how extraordinary and fragile it is and how it can be so easily broken by a declining habitat. In the Butterfly Breeding House you can see the tiny eggs, pupae and caterpillars and watch the butterflies emerging from their pupae ready to spread their wings. From here they are transported to the Tropical Butterfly House to source nectar and breed. The butterflies are bred in the rainforests around the world in farms either owned or supported by The Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm, which in turn is owned by the founder of Butterfly World, Clive Farrell. The butterflies come in chrysalis form (in their sleeping bags!) by air freight from all over the world, to include Belize, the Phillipines, Costa Rica, Kenya, Columbia, Northern Thailand and El Salvador. The Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm is one of the biggest butterfly livestock businesses in the world, and supplies most of the live butterfly exhibitions in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, including the Natural History Museum. Clive Farrell’s butterfly farm in Belize, Fallen Stones, won a Shell Technology Worldaware Business Award in 1995 for his work on developing this project, where it is the mainstay of the local economy. The project prevents this area of the rainforest being used as a wood source or destroyed by cattle.


OUR GARDENS Ivan Hicks is the celebrated garden designer and chief landscape architect for the project and he has created an incredible attraction for anyone interested in gardening – or just those who want to be inspired - at Butterfly World. He has created an array of different gardens from ‘The Theatre of Insects’ to ‘Through the Flowerpot Garden’, in which you are transformed into ‘insect size’ and can walk through a giant flowerpot… but make sure the spider doesn’t catch you! Adored by children and grown-ups alike, come and see what he is creating for Phase II. WILDFLOWER MEADOWS With the conservation of our native species of butterfly in mind, Ivan Hicks has created a kaleidoscope of colour with his unique approach to wildflower planting. There are over 20 acres of wildflower meadows at Butterfly World, which last year were an incredible sight to behold and attracted an enormous amount of media attention. The international wildflower meadows provide a wonderful nectar transfusion for the butterflies and insects – their very own service station off the M25! It also brought tears to the eyes of the visiting public who could not remember seeing such a spectacle for years. FUTURE GARDENS As part of phase I of the project, Butterfly World RED ADMIRAL

last year hosted a designer gardens exhibition called Future Gardens. This involved inviting talented garden designers from around the world to contribute thought-provoking designs for individual gardens which fit into the segments of a caterpillar. Each of the 12 gardens makes a design statement with no shortage of inspiration for visitors to take home and try for themselves. These gardens look fabulous in their second year of development and continue to offer fun for the children and great ideas for garden lovers. CHILDREN’S PARTIES Our futuristic Solardome, Nectar House Cafe and Insect Study Centre provide wonderful spaces for children’s parties as well as the 27 acres of Butterfly World Phase II to run around in. We can organize the whole package for you – entertainers, activity walks, craft sessions, face-painting, party lunch or tea, butterfly cakes and party bags - for up to 30 children. We hope to provide an educational, unusual and fun venue, near St Albans, which your children will never forget. You can simply book ahead and reserve a table for a minimum of 10 children.Organised parties are available for a two hour period subject to availability: Lunchtime from 11.00am – 1.00pm or Teatime from 3.00pm – 5.00pm Email PUPAE

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Frank Bruno tries out the facilities!


oxing Legend Frank Bruno, Spurs ace Jermaine Defoe and Watford FC Malky Mackay were among the guests at the VIP launch party Of Athletic Squared in Radlett recently. The multi million pound training facility has been heralded as the most exclusive fitness performance centre in the country marketing itself as a one stop shop for personal trainers, healthcare professionals and sports scientists.

Life Publisher Rory Smith with frank bruno

Michael Jenkins, Frank Bruno Thomas Vermealen, Malky Mackay, Darren Glenister

Party organiser Sam Rosenberg with Frank Bruno and Jermaine Defoe Antoine Christoforou and Jenna Rose

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Sam Rosenberg of Jammy Media who organised the launch party said: “We had a fabulous turnout and the feedback has been tremendous. “Frank Bruno was keen to come along as he was in the area visiting his friend Steve Wright Browne of Absolute Style Limousines and he was blown away by the facilities. “He even took to the ring with the centre’s Operations Manager Darren Glenister for some sparring! Bruno said: “It’s wicked. You don’t normally go to a local gym and see a punch bag and boxing ring. This place has got a lot of character and I will definitely be back for a work out.” Talking to LIFE magazines, Watford FC Manager Malky Mackay said: “I came here when it was just a shell and Darren showed me his vision for the place on his ipad. It really is fantastic and I wish Darren every success with this venture. “ He continued: “There is a different twist here, as there is a physiotherapist and you can come along and train with a personal trainer without a membership which is unlike any High Street gym, which I think will benefit the area.” Former Queens School boy and Hertfordshire resident Darren said: “Its great to see so many of the players who I looked after when I was Physio at Josh and Tanya Saunders

Watford FC come along to support me this evening. “As well as celebrities and sports personalities there were an number of sporting professionals in attendance keen to share the views on the new facility. Andrew Martin an advanced Personal Trainer commented “I am extremely impressed with what I have seen here tonight. The attention to detail is fantastic and I have already booked a client in for tomorrow who does mountaineering so he will be keen to get on the climbing wall” Athletic Squared have a team of inspirational and motivated Fitness trainers who are happy to discuss you fitness objectives. For a Free consultation you can pop in or call them on 01923 852100. Personal Trainers and healthcare professionals who would like to work from Athletic Squared need to register by calling the above number or visiting them at 203 - 205 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts WD7 7AQ.

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Our winter sale is now on with up to 50% off Fishpools has grown over the last 111 years and today we are the largest quality furniture store in the south east. Our 60,000 square feet showrooms feature over 200 room sets from classic to contemporary, minimal to vintage and rustic to romantic all designed to help you make your home unique. There are over 150 sofa collections, 120 dining ranges, 100’s of beds, 75 bedroom ranges, and a large carpets & rugs department. Choose from a wide range of linens, softs, pictures and mirrors plus cookware and gifts from our brand new Home Accessories department.

If it’s big name brands you’re after, we stock Stressless, Ercol, Natuzzi, G Plan, Duresta, Collins & Hayes, Nolte, Vi Spring, Tempur and many more. As a family-run retailer our commitment to great service begins as soon as you enter the store to be greeted by our well trained, knowledgeable people, who will assist you on all aspects of your purchase until it is safely delivered to your home. So pop in, we have ample customer parking, an in-store coffee shop and we look forward to making your acquaintance.

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WeLcome the choice for where to send your child to school is a difficult and sometimes confusing period in any parent’s life. Spring is the ideal time to start thinking about and visiting schools that you are considering for your child to enter the following year. the next few months will see your diaries fill up with open days. use this time wisely and involve your child from the beginning. encourage them to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. i also suggest making ‘notes’ about any positive or negative things that your child brings up. they provide a useful insight into the way a child sees a prospective future school! this month sees the first of our three part education Life series this year. it is packed with information on local independent schools as well as the most fantastic features from prominent heads and teachers to help you prepare for the coming months. Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information. corinne Sugar

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Enrichment versus Acceleration BY NICK HAMSHAW Head of Mathematics, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School It is 1983. George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi has completed the celebrated Star Wars Trilogy, Michael Jackson’s music video for Thriller has been unleashed on the general public and Manchester United win a replay of the FA Cup final against Brighton and Hove Albion. What better than a film event, and exciting sports result or another media release so visible to spark a common feeling of belonging to a particular era and actually being there when it happened. So what else was memorable in 1983? Well Ruth Lawrence aged 13 years joined University of Oxford, St Hughes College as one of the youngest ever Mathematics students, having topped their entrance examinations. Ruth would go on to earn a spectacular First after just two years and gain prestigious teaching positions at the Universities of Harvard, Michigan and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am a Mathematics teacher and have enjoyed working with pupils with a wide range of abilities. Latterly I have been fortunate enough to have significant numbers of pupils who find Mathematics to be broadly accessible, and even some who have excelled sufficiently to take the subject on to Oxbridge places. The principal joy of working with these pupils has not been the speed at which they have ploughed through syllabus material or delivered examination results of the highest order. No, the most fun has been had when the pupils have allowed themselves time to fully understand the Mathematics and explore the consequences of each result in a much broader context than the syllabus demands. Competitions such as the UK Mathematics Trusts’ Mathematical Challenges, or the Hans Woyda competition certainly give most pupils more than enough challenging material. As rewarding as syllabus material can be, acceleration through the experience can be at the expense of enrichment, and there is a danger that the joy of discovering things along with your peers and having the chance to discuss them afterwards is lost.

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I regularly read books on Popular Mathematics, ranging from potted histories to those that require a little more ‘hands on’ work with algebra! If only we could persuade our more talented Mathematicians to look for the fun side of their deeply mysterious and mystifying subject then so much more could be achieved. So what is my message? Talent is one thing in Mathematics, but if it is not coupled with the opportunity to enjoy the results, to explore their consequences and to understand their place in the Mathematical Universe, then the talent is wasted. What is the point of merely being able to reproduce the great proofs of history unless you use them as a springboard to find something new of your own and to understand how this result fits into the Mathematical Big Picture? If your child is a budding Mathematician, you should encourage them to develop their talent by giving them enrichment puzzles and time to explore the Mathematical Universe, it could add up to a bright future in Mathematics.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Fun, excitement and challenge: a true love of learning 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: t: 020 8266 2338 Registered Charity No. 313996

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PARTNERSHIPS words James Fowler, headmaster Aldenham School

at a time of coalition government when we have all been able to witness the need for parties to work closely together for the mutual benefit of the country and Parliament whilst setting aside their differences, it is indeed a salutary time for schools to examine their attitudes to partnerships. of course partnerships between schools are nothing new. For many generations there have been opportunities for schools to share facilities, or resources for the benefit of students. Yet as the competition for pupils has become intense, not least in the independent sector, there has perhaps been less inclination for schools to provide opportunities such as oxbridge interview preparation, or to share workshop or masterclass sessions with one of their rivals. Yet there is little doubt that the most significant factor to have brought partnership issues to the fore in the recent past was the insistence of the previous new Labour administration on addressing independent schools through the charity commissioners. at times it felt as if independent schools were extremely naughty school children who needed to be instructed on their responsibilities to foster closer friendships with schools in the maintained sector. the disappointment for those in the independent sector who felt the wrath of the invective aimed at them was due to the inappropriate nature of the attack in two regards. Firstly, there seemed to be little or no acknowledgement of the fact

that countless partnerships between maintained schools and independent schools had existed successfully for many years without the need for government intervention to make them happen. Where two Heads had seen a common interest being served by linking together it was an entirely natural and successful course for them to take. Many primary school children across the country had already been benefitting from the use of sport or science facilities at their local independent school on a relatively informal basis. the second way in which Heads on both sides were disappointed was by the sense of being pushed down a one way street. i vividly remember the relish with which andrew adonis told the HMc conference in 2007 that he would be looking for “the dna” of independent schools to be planted in new academies. He was clearly recognising that independent schools’ success with their pupils was something that he wanted to share, but probably did not have the political support to praise it openly, or indeed a recognition that it would take far more than glossy new buildings to embed such a sense in an academy. He also did not appear to have anything for the maintained sector to offer independent schools in return. Yet those of us who have worked in successful partnerships with maintained schools know that there is an enormous amount to be gained. in aldenham’s case we have worked with three local primary schools over the past few years, in each case giving their children the opportunity

to undertake a Saturday morning programme including sports, science and art. this has also given our sixth form students the chance to develop leadership skills in running the sessions. our ccF operates in an incredibly successful partnership with Queens’ School Bushey and as i write this article pupils from both schools are competing together in a national competition for cadets at RaF Halton. We also work at the level of staff development with a number of local maintained schools and many of our staff can testify to the benefit of sharing good practice with our colleagues in the maintained sector. those of us working in schools can already see the benefit of such programmes without the iron fist of a charity commission sitting over us. Yet it has been useful to be reminded over the last few years of our responsibilities as charities, not least in requiring us to read our objects. in examining aldenham’s objects we were made well aware of our responsibilities as part of a wider educational community in Hertfordshire, and therefore we have looked to a partnership with another charity as an ideal next step. this has led to us incorporating another smaller educational charity, the St Hilda’s educational trust, into the aldenham Foundation from the beginning of this year. in this way by taking responsibility for St Hilda’s School in Bushey we hope we will have the chance to create a mutually beneficial partnership with a school which has a similar ethos to ours and which we imagine many schools will want to examine in the years ahead.

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true educational independence at Merchant Taylor School words Christopher Massi

Four hundred and fifty years ago at the height of the english Renaissance, a group of men belonging to a prominent Livery company undertook an act of great charity. inside the festering moat and city gates of London, they founded a school for street urchins. able but poor children would study alongside the sons of well to do merchants. as an act of philanthropy, it was unlike most others that came before. it was not a university to educate the elite nor was it a medieval almshouse. unlike the most ancient schools, such as Westminster, the donation was not by royal or episcopal direction, but by the burgeoning and prosperous middle class.

negotiated their way through the Reformation and counter-revolutionary forces, sometimes lending (and expelling) students for the cause. even simple educational decisions could be fraught with risk. the Haberdasher’s school debated the merits of Latin versus French instruction, a choice between a traditional education and a more commercial orientation. this was more than a choice about which book to purchase; it was a choice between a clerical religious past and an outward looking future.

Merchants, not noblemen, lit the fires and paid the masters and for the first time, schools became an agent for change.

at the same time, the first Head Master of Merchant taylors’ School, Richard Mulcaster, penned two books on education, the Positions and elementarie, which took the rather radical position that english, not Latin, was a perfectly good language for undertaking academic study and that exercise was an important component in the formation of a student. He also was among the first to champion the use of a referee during ‘footeball’, sincethe game in that era seemed to have been little more than two unruly mobs chasing a ball. in Richard Mulcaster, the academic but well-rounded student had found his – and indeed her – first champion, for Mulcaster was a prominent advocate for girls’ education, music and drama as well.

in today’s world, such a project would involve millions of pounds and quite a few committees and would probably run afoul of rival political interests. indeed, these Renaissance schools took quite a few political and educational risks. they

these and other city schools survived the Plague, the Great Fire, the Reformation and the Restoration, sometimes lagging behind change, but often as not leading change creating a new middle class and offering more avenues for

to be sure, this gift might be seen as somewhat self-interested. Street urchins are good for crime and bad for business, but London’s ancient guilds, the twelve Great Livery companies, could have left things as they were for poverty, disease and death to solve the problem as they always did. instead, the Livery companies built a revolution with books, not muskets.

economic mobility. But the 1800s offered new challenges – a more mobile population, train lines, industrial pollution and a Great War – so that by the 20th century, many city schools were in the process of moving to the shires. Some schools were secure in north London, urban, yet comfortably so. others moved all the way to open fields and fresh air. Schools began to teach english as a discrete course, not limited to teaching subjects in english. art and music gained footholds and what was 100 years earlier the study of natural Philosophy became Biology, chemistry and Physics. independent schools – being independent – to this day have less to fear from taking risks and leading the occasional academic revolution. they can and do blend the best of the past with the best for the future. independent schools offer far more opportunities to their students – boys and girls can still study traditional subjects like, Maths, Latin or Greek, French and Spanish and German, yet students can also venture further off the path with Mandarin and Japanese. they can listen to visiting lectures with internationally recognised guest speakers, take part in unrivalled work experience and career networking, pursue academic trips abroad, sing in musicals, and puzzle through the Biology olympiad. they can study in greater depth, choose among a broader range of courses, and pursue a wide number of extracurricular activities. independent schools have plenty of burnished oak and ancient traditions, but make no mistake, it is the ability to broaden the mind – it is the tradition of intellectual adventure – that sets these schools apart. So many of London’s independent schools grew out of enlightenment ideals, it should be no surprise to families that excellence and adventure abound. Risks and revolutions, the kind that broaden the mind and open the world to exploration and wonder, these are product of england’s great national heritage.

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A London school in the country Merchant Taylors’ School

Do you want the best for your son? Next Open Morning May 14th 2011 10.00 – 12.30 Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 12.15 MTS coaches from Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan line) Finchley Road to MTS: 20 minutes Amersham to MTS: 20 minutes

• A traditional boys’ education • A `Top Ten’ boys’ school • ‘An outstanding school’: 2008 School Inspection • Civilised, friendly & unpressured • Unique tutorial system • Inspirational teaching • Small class sizes • Magnificent sports fields • Superb facilities set in 250 acres • Respect for all faith traditions • Easy access by tube and coach • You are welcome to visit us any time Please contact the Admissions Secretary, Penny Wright +44(0)1923 845514 Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood Middlesex HA6 2HT

Celebrating 450 years of excellence, integrity and distinction since 1561

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Wednesday 16 March 2011 - Early Morning

For boys and girls aged 3-13 • Excellent academic standards • Small class sizes • Scholarships available • Nursery • Fabulous facilities in 26 acres • Breakfast / after-school clubs OPEN MORNING

Saturday, 12th March 2011

T: 01707 602500 E: Shepherd’s Way n Brookmans Park n Hatfield n AL9 6NS Queenswood is a registered charity (311060) dedicated to girls’ education

Our children are at a successful school where they have the best possible chance of reaching their potential through the care and commitment of its wonderful staff.

SCHOLARSHIP DAY Monday, 21st March 2011

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

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


OPEN MORNINGS 10.00 am - 12 noon

9th February 2010 25th May 2010 A Creche is available for toddlers and babies over 4 months

You are warmly invited to our School on

Saturday 12 March 2011 10.00am - 12.00noon (last tours begin at 11.30am) no appointment necessary

• Excellent academic standards & results • Wide range of extra-curricular activities

• Breakfast and after school care available • Small class sizes

Working Open Morning - Friday 28 January 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:

T: 01442 240 333 F: 01442 269 981

For an all round education that will be exciting, challenging and stimulating Please come along on the day or telephone the Registrar, Mrs Anne Meir, for more information. Direct Line: 01707 620036 email: 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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Direction In uncertain times Parents in this economic climate have some difficult decisions regarding the education of their children. The news is full of gloomy prospects for State schools, with ring-fenced money for sport removed and overall budget cuts demanded by a Government that is determined to drastically redress the deficit. However, when these cuts start to reduce front-line services there is one certainty; class sizes will increase and the opportunities for extra-curricular will further diminish. It is now, more than ever that parents should give thought to the alternatives. Independent education is not a cheap option, but at Westbrook Hay Prep School, we think we give full value. With class sizes on average half of those seen in State primary schools, the opportunity for individual attention and teaching means that every child can have the best start to their education. Coupled with fantastic facilities and specialist teaching, the advantages that a private education can bring are many and varied. With a commitment to providing a diverse

and exciting experience for children, the extensive opportunities for sport, music, drama and art means that going to school is not a ceaseless grind and it is little wonder than children learn with a smile on their faces. When to embark on this journey is very much a personal choice. Some parents will want to take advantage of a splendid Nursery to start their children’s education. Others will wait until Reception, when school becomes full-time (although beware the waiting list if you haven’t signed up early). For some it will come later, perhaps into Year 2 or 3 and for those that stay in the Primary school system it may be to explore the advantages that life in Year 7 can bring, if the State school allocation does not bring you what you want. Investing in your children’s future is one of the best things parents can do, so come and see what Westbrook Hay has to offer you and your children.


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

OPEN MORNING SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 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 Registered Charity Number 311061

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Looking to the future the


King 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 multi-purpose 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.

Leading Independent Day School for Girls aged 11-18


Sports Tour to South Africa, Autumn 2010.


11+ Open Events 2011 25TH March, 23RD June, 1ST July To reserve a place please contact the Registrar, Mrs Sandy Bailey. Academic and Music scholarships. Bursaries up to 100% fees.

Clarence Gate London NW1 6XR

020 7723 0176 Reg. Charity No 312745

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Beechwood Park School for the Best Possible Start If you are looking for the school to give your child the best possible start, then do visit Beechwood Park, the day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 - 13 years. Many join from the nearby Beechwood Montessori Nursery which takes children from 2½ years. The Montessori (at Little Cheverells) has recently been extended and refurbished. Amongst the older children, weekly boarding is increasingly popular; trial and flexi-boarding are available to enable pupils to experience its benefits. Beechwood offers a broad, balanced curriculum producing an excellent record of exam success and last year 17 scholarships were awarded to leavers who went on to a wide range of senior schools. “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.

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 are currently rehearsing for a production of The BFG to be staged in March. Music provision is excellent; 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. 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.”


Friday, February 18th 9.30am - 12 noon Headmaster’s presentation at 11am Please view the website: www.beechwoodpark. 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.


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:

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skills for Life the ability to think independently and to evaluate information critically are key learning skills that equip children for life beyond school. at St. Helen’s, girls are encouraged to take an active involvement in their learning and to question things both inside and outside the classroom.

active Learning Weeks are a regular feature of the curriculum, enabling girls to work individually, and as part of a team, to produce pieces of work that they can be really proud of by taking control of their learning and becoming part of the decisionmaking process.

Students are asked not just to complete tasks but to research, present, debate, guess and prove, with classroom learning punctuated by independent learning tasks that encourage students to explore new ideas, to think outside the box and to discover the joys of learning. By becoming actively involved, the girls develop the confidence to use their abilities, tackle difficult challenges, and to make mistakes which they can learn from. in the Sixth Form, girls can choose to study a Levels or the international Baccalaureate

(iB) diploma. the iB places emphasis on developing the skills needed for university and beyond, focusing on independent research, critical thinking and active involvement in the community. all students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning through effective planning of their study time and a critical approach to their studies. through this continued emphasis on independent, active learning, upon leaving school, each girl is confident, self-reliant and independent, ready to take their place in the adult world.

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. (Last school tours leave at 11.30am) By appointment only - please contact the Admissions Secretary

• International Baccalaureate and A Levels offered • 93% of A Levels passed at grades A* to B • Impressive range of extra-curricular activities • Focus on the individual • Bursaries available • Scholarships offered: academic, art, music and sport at 11+ • 20 acre parkland site

St. Helen’s is adjacent to Northwood station (Metropolitan Line), 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

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Our definitive guide to help you make all the right choices for your children there are 2,500+ independent schools in the uK which are independent of local or central government control. independent schools offer a wealth of facilities and high teaching standards that enable students to achieve great results year after year. independent schools are in the unique position to provide a truly bespoke education for your child.

Free of the national curriculum, prep schools can differentiate their curricula according to what they think best prepares children for their later education. Most prep school children will be learning a foreign language from the very first year, and don’t be surprised to see subjects like Latin, Philosophy and Physics in the classroom, with cricket, rugby and tennis all on offer during games.

choosing the right school for your child is an important decision that takes plenty of time and research. there are a wide range of independent schools specialising in different age groups and needs.

as children reach the end of their time at prep school, most will look to the common entrance exam as their gateway into the senior schools. it is during this transition process that senior schools are also looking for talented pupils for scholarships and other awards, so the very able students may be asked to attend further examinations/recitals/ matches &c, depending on where their particular strengths lie.

PRe-PRePARAtORy SchOOlS (AgeS 2 yeARS - 7 yeARS) Pre-preparatory schools - also called nursery schools or kindergartens correspond to nursery and infants stages in local authority schools. in prepreparatory schools children are taught to read, write, develop numeracy and learn to play. Pre-prep schools are often attached to specific junior schools.Preprep school is the first time most children will experience education, as opposed to the daycare provided by kindergartons. children will have to learn the basics of mathematics, science and english, and a host of other subjects. outside the classroom, many of the children will be having their first proper experience with team sports, music and/ or choral tuition, and the arts. PRePARAtORy SchOOlS (AgeS 7 yeARS -11+ OR 13 yeARS) Preparatory or prep schools, have a full range of subjects leading to admission to senior schools at 11+ or through the 13+ common entrance their name implies, the preparatory schools are focused primarily on preparing boys and girls for their senior education, and the important public exams that come with it.

in the state system, children are tested by the Government Sats, however many schools in the independent sector will have their own internal methods of measuring the performance of the children. there are around 499 prep schools in the independent association of Prep Schools, one of our constituent Head’s associations, collectively educating over 134,000 children. SeniOR SchOOlS (AgeS 11 yeARS -18 yeARS) Most of the pupils in independent education are in senior school, educating over 350,000 senior school students in almost eight hundred schools. independent Senior Schools offer approaches to education, subjects, facilities and sports unparalleled in the state sector – students can study History of art, Government, Russian and Japanese, and try their hands at astronomy, ceramics or equestrianism. they could be on their school judo or sailing team, and take trips all over the world. Whatever your child’s particular strengths, passions and interests, there is almost certainly a school which can offer the chance to try all of them.

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Standards in the independent sector are high. There are very few senior schools which don’t require prospective students to sit an entrance exam (either the 11+ or, commonly, the schools own admission test), often accompanied by an interview with the Head or senior staff. If a child coming to the school from a different prep school, they will expect a report on his or her progress and attainment form the previous school. The transition from prep to senior school is a major step in itself. Pupils are generally given more rights and responsibilities than they had at prep school or junior school, and younger children may have to get used to older children with prefect responsibilities. There are also typically far more students in senior schools than prep schools, which will of course take a little getting used to. Exams taken at senior school have a much greater influence on the course of your life than they ever did before. At 16 pupils will take their GCSEs (or increasingly commonly their IGCSEs), before going on to take either A-levels, the International Baccalaureate or the Pre-U in the sixth form. Universities look at grades both predicted and achieved in deciding whether or not to offer places, and for the more popular or academically demanding courses, are increasingly looking at earlier qualifications too. Thankfully, academic standards in the independent sector are the highest in the country. Senior school should be an incredibly enjoyable time for pupils of all ages (and in all schools – state and independent), where children make friends for the rest of their lives, discover the sorts of things they really enjoy doing, and gain the skills, qualifications and they need to take them where

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they want to go, be that on to Higher Education or otherwise. These schools offer three years of general studies followed by two years for GCSE and two years for AS/A2 or the International Baccalaureate. Schools which admit pupils at 11+ sometimes have a lower school for children aged 11-13. There may be a special entrance examination to the upper school at 13. Sixth Form (Age 16 years +) The sixth form educates 17- and 18-year-olds, and is a crucially important time in education. Pupils will be taking important exams – many with a view to university courses - be they AS/A-levels, the International Baccalaureate, Pre-U or more vocational qualifications such as the GNVQ. At the same time pupils have the chance to take on more senior positions within the school itself, often becoming team or society captains, prefects, editing the school magazine, or even becoming head boy or girl. Many schools have committees made up of sixth-formers which meet regularly with the head teacher and other staff to get involved with school policy and running the sixth-form communal areas. Many sixth-formers are also involved in a “buddy system”, where those new to the senior school are paired up with someone who knows it well and is more experienced, offering their experience and wisdom in getting to grips with independent education. Special Educational Needs Your child may have a particular talent or a special educational need or both. Independent schools admit children with additional needs, disabilities

Additionally, some of the best specialist schools in the country for pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia and associated difficulties are ISC schools. However, at the moment there are very few ISC member “special schools” specialising in physical disabilities or autistic spectrum and related disorders. Independent specialist schools may accept pupils with or without a statement of SEN. Full lists of approved special schools including independent schools, in your area, should be available from your local authority. Additionally, if your child has special educational needs, you can to check what support schools in your area can offer and discuss your child’s requirements with the head of your preferred schools before making your decision. Boarding Schools Most children in the independent sector are day pupils. They often come from a wider geographical area than those at state day schools. Sometimes the children live 15 or 20 miles away. If day schooling would best suit your child, you need to make a list of schools within reasonable travelling distance from your home. Consider rail and bus links and if you like the look of a school, but it seems difficult to get to, check whether it runs its own bus service, as many do. If not, there may be other parents in your area with whom you could share the travel. But you may want to consider the benefits of a boarding school education; don’t dismiss it just because it is unfamiliar to you. You have a wider choice of schools and you avoid the trouble and expense of daily travel. Boarding schools will not suit every child, but it is fun and most children enjoy living away from home during term-time. Many children have a mixture of day and boarding experience - often in the same school. Don’t be put off by stereotypical images of boarding school favoured by the media or reminiscences of those who boarded many years ago. See modern boarding schools for yourself: you will soon understand why they are so popular with today’s boarders. Weekly or flexible boarding has become a popular option in recent years. Children go home each weekend and this often suits families where both parents have jobs. It might even be an improvement on the limited ‘quality time’ parents are able to provide during a busy working week. Most parents choose boarding schools within an

e d u c at i o n hour’s journey from their homes; if they are likely to be moved abroad or to another part of the country, they might choose boarding schools near relatives or close friends. To help you with choosing a boarding school for you child try putting together a list of the boarding schools which might be suitable. Your child could start as a day pupil but enjoy the flexibility of being able to convert to boarding later. Many day children, particularly in preparatory schools, take the opportunity to be occasional boarders for a few nights a year. Visiting the independent schools of your choice The most important way to find out about private schools is simply by visiting them. Most private schools have open days for prospective parents, but do ask to make an appointment to visit on a normal working day. Amongst the important things you should look out for are: The children How do they look and behave? How do they interact with one another, with their teachers, and with you, the visitor? Do you have a chance to speak to them yourself? The head How does the head deal with your questions? Does he or she show an interest in YOUR child? Pastoral care Do the arrangements for looking after your child’s health and welfare satisfy you? Discipline Is discipline stricter or more relaxed than you would expect? Don’t be afraid to ask any questions when you visit, the head will be happy to provide any information you need to help you make your choice. Questions you may want to ask could include: Special needs Does the school have facilities and suitably qualified and experienced staff to look after any special needs your child may have? Is there a programme for gifted and talented children or special provision for those with physical disabilities? Curriculum Is it broad and balanced? Will your child have an adequate range of

options? Are there specialist teachers? The staff How well qualified are they? Is there reasonable staff stability? Do the teachers stay long in post? Extra activities Does the school offer an exciting extra-curricular activities programme that will stimulate your child’s interest? If you are considering boarding school, you will want to know what activities the school provides for children in the evening and at weekends. Where next? If you are looking at a preparatory school and have a specific senior school in mind, ask where the majority of pupils go to for their senior education. Exam results Although academic success if important, don’t be tempted to go just for private schools which are high in the “league tables”. Exam performance reflects a private school’s academic policies and a high-flying private school might not suit your child’s needs. Once you have requested a prospectus, called the admissions department, attended the school’s open day and decided that the school is right for your child it is time to apply for a place.I t is always a good idea to check the school entry requirements for the proposed independent school. Many independent schools will require you to register your child. This does not secure a place; it merely indicates that you wish your child to be considered for a place. There is usually a registration fee to cover administration costs, which is non-refundable. After you have registered, the school will inform you of any interview and/or examination dates. You will only be given a formal offer of a place after your child has been successful in whatever selection process has taken place, whether it is selection on a first-come-first-served basis or a competitive selection. Accepting an offer of a place is legally binding; make sure that you read all the conditions that apply. In particular, you should be aware that to withdraw a pupil usually requires a full term’s notice in writing, and sometimes two.

The independent sector is successful because of the flexibility its independence affords it. This means that you can choose a school that matches your child, effectively giving your child a bespoke education. Use the reviews, school league tables and websites but remember that none of these can even come close to experiencing the school for yourself. There are around 2500 independent schools in England, but the educational provision of only half of them is inspected directly by Ofsted. These schools are known as the ‘nonassociation schools’. For Ofsted, the process of inspection of independent schools is similar to that for maintained schools: inspectors gather evidence through observation of teaching and learning, and analyse a range of other information to assess how well the school is performing. All schools will be inspected at least once in a six-year period, and they result in a published report. Ofsted also inspects the welfare of boarders in all independent schools under the Care Standards Act 2000 having regard to the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools or Residential Special Schools, as appropriate. This is an integral part of the inspection of the whole school. Please note, however, that Ofsted’s social care inspectors also inspect residential special schools annually. These inspections continue as before when not part of the whole school inspection. Education isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair and thankfully independent schools come in all shapes and sizes. The independent sector gives parents the opportunity to choose a school that is right for their child. Whether it is the breadth and flexibility of the curriculum that appeals or perhaps the extra curricular activities, you can be assured that your child will receive a well rounded education helping them to achieve their full potential.

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OPEN MORNINGS Wednesday, 13th October 2010 Thursday, 14th October 2010 Wednesday, 19th January 2011 Initial entry is usually into the Oak Tree Nursery at 2, Pre Reception at age 3, or Reception at Age 4. There is a small intake at 7 and 8+ into Years 3 and 4 and there are occasionally vacancies for other age groups. Academic / Music scholarships are available for children aged 7 or 8. For more information contact the Admissions’ Secretary: 020 7435 1916

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Dump the junk teaching our children to eat unprocessed food is essential to a healthy and happy life

Enjoying good health now and in the future comes from good habits and food choices. Therefore, healthy eating for kids is essential. Children who are trained to eat healthy foods at an early age are more likely to choose healthy food for a lifetime.

children to have more control over their own health and to lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. They need to know about the effects that food has on their health, they need to know that they have the power to make wise choices and that they can contribute to the prevention of disease.

As parents we provide the role model for our children. Therefore, if we want our children to develop healthy eating habits we need to start with ourselves. If both parents enjoy eating nutritious foods, the chances are that their children will copy their good food habits.

Creating a nutritional home is the first step to ensure the wellbeing of children. Kids will eventually see that consistent daily food choices mean healthy bodies and a happy life. As children grow up they will develop an attitude of wellbeing.

Educating ourselves regarding good nutrition is a major part of good parenting. We can help

Children seem to be the target group for the promotion of junk foods. Processed foods, promoted to children via TV advertising, offer

free toys or use cartoon characters to ensure kids pester their parents to buy these foods and food companies continually use these tactics to promote sales of their products. These processed foods include baked foods, snacks, chocolate, burgers, pizzas, cookies and carbonated drinks. Processed foods contain high levels of saturated fat, refined flour, sugar and salt which contribute to an unhealthy diet and are detrimental to a child’s health. Modern foods are produced with artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. Filling up on processed and overcooked foods that provide little nutritional benefits can lead to discomfort, depression

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Top Tips To inspire your children To become healThier - Take kids shopping

and let them select nutritious foods. - let your children help out in the kitchen and let them wash fruits and vegetables.

- use simple recipes and

Processed foods, promoted to children via TV advertising, offer free toys or use cartoon characters to ensure kids pester their parents to buy these foods

allow them to follow instructions alongside you. encourage children to make simple fruit and vegetable dishes (for example: raw vegetable sticks, fruit kebabs, fruit salads, healthy dips, juices, dairy-free milkshakes and desserts).

- demonstrate the positive and ultimately diseases that affect our society today.

sugar and sweeteners: dental cavities; diabetes; hyperactivity; mood swings; tantrums; aggression

Processed foods and chemical additives have upset our entire chemistry, resulting in health complications, food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies, for example:

When we begin to realise the health risks associated with these processed foods and food additives we start to eliminate them and opt for more wholesome alternatives that taste delicious and do not put our health at risk.

saturated fat: obesity; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; fatigue; learning disturbances salt: high blood pressure; water retention; kidney stones refined flour: immune deficiency; low energy; chronic fatigue; parasites Artificial flavourings and colourings: allergies; skin reactions; eczema; asthma

body and brain functions are influenced by a wide range of nutrients. For good health and optimum mind power a child needs a variety of foods. The body needs carbohydrates, protein and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and water. nature has given us a wide variety of plant foods that are rich in nutritional content. unprocessed food is the key to health and longevity.

value of antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts and how they contribute to good health — energy boosters and mood elevators.

- introduce new food every week; have taste-test samples.

- discuss with them how

you are going to eliminate junk foods and substitute with nutritious dishes.

- praise your children for their contribution — children will learn to develop confidence in their abilities. - raising healthy children does not need to be time-consuming. daily smoothies and juices are a fantastic source of nutrients when you have little time to prepare food. Juicing at home is the key to giving the entire family a radiant and energetic life.

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An innovative and nurturing day nursery and nursery school taking children from 21/2 months to 5 years, set in a beautiful garden site at Hyde Park.


Independent Catholic Preparatory School IAPS member, Girls aged 3 - 11, Boys 3 - 7 OPEN MORNING Thursday 24 March 2011 Refreshments and a musical welcome 9.20 am Head Teacher’s welcome Tours of the School from 10.00 am

KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE Being a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral is the experience of a lifetime — 100% tuition fees for all choristers — Assistance with boarding fees available — One of the top prep schools in the country — The finest musical education — An amazing start to life If your son is aged 6–9 and shows musical promise, do get in touch.Visits and informal auditions can be arranged at any time. For more information please contact: Clare Morgan, St Paul’s Cathedral School Secretary 020 7248 5156 ·

You are assured a warm welcome at our family-orientated, purpose-built school, close to Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park. We offer a rich and varied learning experience, with excellent examination results and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

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Fairley house school fairley house, described in the sunday times as ‘the Gold standard’. is london’s leading day school for children with specific learning difficulties. fairley house school was founded 28 years ago by daphne hamilton fairley, a speech and language therapist. at that time she was teaching dyslexics at home and she knew that what was needed was a school for dyslexic children. the school was officially opened by princess alexandra in 1982 with 20 pupils, and today that number has increased to 164. We offer an education almost unique in that educational psychologists, with speech, language and occupational therapists are integrated into the school curriculum. We enjoy a central london location with excellent facilities such as a science laboratory, art room and outdoor play space.

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learning difficulties benefit form learning in a multisensory way. the negative side of dyslexia is so often emphasised but what of the strengths? We bring out pupils’ creativity and the wonderful visual sense that many dyslexics possess if properly nurtured. our exciting displays of art work and design technology projects are a feature of the school.

fairley house addresses the difficulties of children between 5 and 14 with dyslexia and dyspraxia. children’s learning styles have often not been catered for in their previous school, leading to failure and loss of confidence, but fairley house offers them a ‘level playing field’ where everyone has similar difficulties. children receive a rich, stimulating educational experience integrated with therapy and specialist teaching. teaching is multi-sensory and children learn science, spelling, Geography and history through interesting, hands-on activities. there is a staff: pupil ratio of 1: 3.5. the average stay is two to three years after which children return to mainstream schooling with a new ‘can do’ attitude. our teaching is different. children with specific

a full range of sport is available at fairley house school, including touch rugby, football, netball, hockey and cricket. We use battersea park as well as the queen mother’s sports hall and swimming pool. We play fixtures against other schools and our after school clubs include sailing and fencing. at fairley house our intention is to provide your son or daughter with an educational experience which rivals that of any mainstream independent school. We aim to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem, enabling their talent and enthusiasm to grow and shine. We emphasise the development of the whole child, helping him or her to gain confidence and self-esteem through an encouraging and nurturing ethos. the children have opportunities to develop sound academic and social skills and to become independent. at fairley house, everyone succeeds.


Sarum Hall School PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS AGED 3 TO 11 YEARS Sarum Hall School is an independent preparatory school for girls aged 3 to 11 years in the heart of Belsize Park in Hampstead, northwest London. We are a happy, thriving and successful school with a positive, caring and imaginative learning environment that gives our girls the very best start in life. We pride ourselves on identifying and developing to the full the natural talents and po-

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SKIN DEEP Skin conditions affect people of all ages - both men and women - and extreme skin problems can have a profound affect on various aspects of everyday life. In this article, I will examine the two main skin conditions that commonly affect both men and women. Although these conditions are treatable, they are not necessarily curable. However, there are some fantastic expert treatments and homecare protocols that will help you to successfully keep them at bay.

to treat the individual symptoms. To reduce redness, I usually recommend a gentle skincare routine using products from the Pevonia RS2 range which is specifically designed to treat Rosacea symptoms using green tea, liquorice and rose oil to calm, soothe, decongest and desensitise the skin. Once the skin is calmed and strengthened, broken capillaries can be reduced with advanced cosmetic procedures that cauterise them, minimising congestion and pustules.

ROSACEA Rosacea is a skin condition that is characterised by its red-faced, acne-like appearance. It is becoming more widespread and is thought to be affected by stress, diet and harsh cosmetic ingredients. It can also be hereditary or caused by environmental conditions such as extreme heat or cold.

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The symptoms of Rosacea include high colouring on the cheeks, broken capillaries, small white heads and pustules on the surface of the skin. GPs usually prescribe antibiotics to help relieve some of these symptoms, but they often reoccur when the antibiotics are stopped. In any case, antibiotics can only be prescribed for a limited period of time and do not offer a long term solution to the condition.

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ACNE Acne is a very common skin condition that affects teenagers from 13 years right up to 20 years old. For most people, acne will have disappeared by their mid-20s but for some people, it can continue to affect the skin until much later on in life.

Acne is caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands that can be found on the face, chest and sometimes the back. During puberty, the production of androgens increases in both boys and girls and can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. White heads and blackheads occur when the bacteria in the pores becomes inflamed. Severe cases of acne can be treated medically with antibiotics or Roaccutane, a strong Vitamin A based treatment only prescribed by a dermatologist. Mild cases can be treated at home with products containing Benzynoic Peroxide, or in a skin clinic where the skin expert will extract and clean out the pores ensuring no contamination occurs. Too many harsh products will simply dry out the skin and make the condition worse. A mild cleanser and oil-free moisturiser will soon help to improve the condition. Acne scarring can be treated with medical microdermabrasion to reduce blackheads. Severe scars, such as ‘ice pick’ scars, can be treated with Dermaroller - a skin needling treatment that stimulates collagen synthesis to plump up the scars permanently, making them harder to see. If you have teenagers with acne or would like advice on how to deal with the symptoms, we hold regular workshops and consultations. Please call 01923 839709 for more advice.


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pas provide unadulterated stress-busting pampering, places where you can get away from it all and come out feeling refreshed, relaxed and invigorated. If you want to visit some of the finest spas around the world and you’re prepared to spend for the experience, then check out this guide to the world’s ultimate spas and get planning for your overseas tranquility. ANANdA sPA, TEHRI GARHwAL, INdIA

The Ananda Spa in the Himalayas is considered to be one of the most calming places in the world – which is not surprising, considering the region is the birthplace of yoga. The spa is housed in a converted former maharajah’s palace, and there is also an outdoor pavilion on location where guests are actively encouraged to participate in yoga and breathing sessions. The on-site wellness area has 13 treatment rooms and offers more than 70 types of treatment, including massage, scrubs and facials. The resort strives to combine Eastern and Western treatments,with a particular emphasis on Ayurvedic treatments, which were developed in the local region.


Grand Velas is massive five-star resort that overlooks the impressive turquoise waters of Bandera Bay on the Mexican Pacific Coast. In addition to over 160 suites, the resort contains a state-of-the-art spa and 20 elegant treatment rooms, which offer everything from shiatsu and reflexology to lymphatic therapies and hot stone massages. In total there are around 80 spa treatments available, including massage therapy, body er bu ru ry 80f ef b 68 aa ry 2 021011 1

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This spa is situated on a scenic stretch of the River Danube in Budapest, ‘the Paris of the East’. People are drawn to Budapest because of the abundance of hot springs in the city, including 123 thermal springs and 400 mineral ones, but for sheer opulence and grandeur you should definitely check out the Gellert Baths. The architecture of the spa is impressive and is almost oriental in design, featuring ceramic mosaic tiles, tinted glass, and ornate columns. There are 13 therapeutic pools on location, and all manner of services are available from physiotherapeutics and mud therapy to hydrotherapy and beauty treatments. sANdY LANE, sT JAMEs, BARBAdOs

Pristine white sands and azure seas provide the backdrop to this venue. Sandy Lane is a an exclusive hotel and spa frequented by the rich and famous. Having enjoyed a refurbishment, Sandy Lane’s massive spa facility is now even more impressive. There are Pilates and yoga classes available – but if you just prefer to be pampered, you can select treatments from a vast menu, which contains therapies inspired by the Caribbean, the Far East and Europe. While here, you should also check out the spa’s hydrotherapy suites, which have their own gardens, and sample ‘The Ritual’: a special package of a full day of pampering, including facials, wraps, and a hot stone massage.

traditional two-hour Malay treatment – which includes a flowered footbath, a Chinese foot massage, a Malay bath and body scrub, and an all-over body massage. BANYAN TREE, MAHE, sEYCHELLEs


The spa of Chiva-Som – which means ‘Haven of Life’ – is situated on the Gulf of Siam in the Royal Thai resort of Hua Hin, Asia’s first dedicated spa resort. Its classes and treatments reflect the Asian emphasis on spiritual and physical health. There are more than 50 treatments to choose from and Chiva-Som’s exclusivity means it regularly attracts famous celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Liz Hurley and Naomi Campbell. All the complementary therapies you can think of plus some you’ve probably never heard of! sPA VILLAGE AT PANGkOR LAUT REsORT, PERAk, MALAYsIA

This spa is in one of the most eye-catching locations on the planet, and will provide you with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. It’s set among tropical trees and plants, and the location also has a picturesque backdrop featuring granite mountains. ‘The Royal Banyan’ is the resort’s signature treatment, which involves a style of massage that has been used for centuries in the Royal Thai court. Other options here include a choice of seven body scrubs and six body wraps, as well as Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Balinese massages. However, the ultimate treat at Banyan Tree is the seven-hour-long ‘Banyan Day’ package – which aims to pamper you from top to toe! IN:sPA, MARRAkECH, MOROCCO

The In:spa venue in Marrakech has a magnificent backdrop containing palm trees and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, and is located in the exquisite Jnane Tamsna villa in the famous Palmerie area of Morocco. The spa here is a luxury detox retreat where you’ll have your toxins pummelled out by a regime of exercise, alternative therapies and a cleansing diet! While visiting, you’ll have the option of going on morning hikes and cycle rides and doing rooftop yoga, alongside getting some extensive massages and relaxation treatments.

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Pangkor Laut is a private island resort in south-west Malaysia, comprises private wooden Malay-style chalets perched atop stilts, connected by wooden boardwalks over the green sea. Pangkor Laut creates an effect that is rustic and natural, yet uncompromisingly sophisticated and luxurious. Spa and sea villas sit on stilts, with big picture windows that open out over the water, and connecting directly to the resort’s full-service Spa Village, a seaside collection of landscaped buildings and pavilions where you can select a range of treatments developed from Malay, Chinese, and Indian natural beauty and health secrets. Categories of treatments include ‘Rejuvenation and Longevity’, ‘Beauty and Slimming’, and ‘Relaxation and Stress Reduction’. The house speciality is a


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his month Idai Makaya speaks to Consultant Urologist James Adshead about prostate cancer and the things everyone needs to be aware of in order to lessen the potential impact of this condition on peoples’ lives. Prostate cancer is a disease of the prostate gland (an organ found only in men) which lies next to the base of the bladder in the pelvic area. It is diagnosed in approximately 36,000 men in the UK each year, making it the most common cancer affecting men. Like most other types of cancer it may spread to other organs of the body if left undiagnosed or untreated. The aim of this article is to help men (and the people close to them) to avoid the condition where possible, by providing any information

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that will help minimise the risk of developing prostate cancer. I am also aiming to help men self-screen themselves so as to be in a position to detect the condition as early as possible if it does happen to affect them. As with all cancers, early detection is an important part of managing or treating prostate cancer. However, unlike some other cancers, in the UK we don’t have a screening programme for prostate cancer which puts the responsibility for screening squarely on the shoulders of the public – and the healthcare professionals they come into contact with from time to time for various reasons. To assist with meeting these aims I contacted Mr James Michael Adshead, a well known Hertfordshire Consultant Urological Surgeon based at the Spire Harpenden Private Hospital in Harpenden and at the Lister NHS Hospital in Stevenage. Mr Adshead qualified at Cambridge, trained further in London and Australia, and has gone on to become a nationally recognised specialist in the field of urology (a poll of surgeons carried out by a national newspaper in 2010

- based on the ratings given by other doctors regarding who they would like to be treated by if they prostate cancer - rated Mr Adshead as a candidate for a top-ten position). Mr Adshead is an expert in robotic prostate surgery, keyhole urological surgery, and laser treatment of kidney stones. Idai Makaya: Mr Adshead, please explain which men are at the greatest risk of developing prostate cancer. James Adshead: All men are at risk of prostate cancer but especially those with a family history of prostate or breast cancer. The disease appears to affect Afro-Caribbean men to a greater extent. These 2 groups need to be particularly aware that it is a potential health risk for them. Q. Is there anything one can do to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer? If so, please state if you think there is any single action which will have the biggest impact on reducing this risk. A. Being overweight may be linked to an increased risk of aggressive or advanced prostate cancer. Therefore eating a healthy low fat, high vegetable and fruit intake in the

heaLth BeautY same way as we would be advised to prevent heart attacks is advisable. Some dietary intake has been shown to be protective such as tomatoes (lycopenes), pomegranate juice and polyphenols present in green tea and wait for the good news, … wine Q. What symptoms, if any, should people look out for when self-screening for prostate cancer? A. The problem is that many men think that the time to go to see the doctor is when ‘waterwork’ symptoms occur. Most of these symptoms are due to the non cancerous enlargement that happens to most men as they get passed 50. In actual fact ,if you look at the frequency of prostate cancer in 60 year old men presenting to their GP with flu or with ‘waterwork’ symptoms, rather surprisingly it is the same in both groups. This is why the only way to detect early cancer is by asking for a PSA blood test as well as having the ‘dreaded’ prostate examination. Q. Is there any way people can be screened for prostate cancer, considering there isn’t a national screening programme? A. Men in this country do not get asked to come for a blood test automatically which is a great shame in my opinion (in fact not even those men who we know have a higher risk of the disease). By raising awareness, however, those men interested in preventative measures can ask their GP to include a prostate cancer screening test in their ‘well man’ checks (mainly designed to look at heart disease risk). Q. How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

Q. What short term treatment options are there for managing and treating prostate cancer? A. Most prostate cancers will grow so slowly that a man may well die of something else 1st and so if we find a low risk cancer we will often just watch it and only treat if it changes to the faster growing type. This is called “Active Surveillance.” The problem is that unless you get tested you will not know which type you may have. Knowledge is everything and if you have faster growing prostate cancer there are many treatments to suit different men. The main choice is between surgery to remove the prostate and radiotherapy - either as implants in to the prostate, or traditional beam type treatment. My own expertise is in Robotic keyhole removal of the gland and I believe this allows me to see the important structures in much more accurate and 3D detail. This technology has allowed me to reduce surgical blood transfusions to zero so far and often to preserve the important nerves that control sexual and urinary continence functions. Many men get home the day after such surgery and are back to work in a few weeks. The future is exciting and there are many new drugs on the horizon which may slow prostate cancer long enough that it won’t kill anyone, anymore - but at the moment too many men are dying who could have been diagnosed earlier and probably cured. Q. I believe I once heard someone on a medical TV programme saying if men live long enough they will all eventually develop some sort of prostate pathology, even if it’s not life-limiting. Is this true? A. Yes, a rough estimate made from studies when people donated their bodies for research

Many men get home the day after such surgery and are back to work in a few weeks after death showed that prostate cancer cells are present in almost all men by the time they reach 90 and as we live longer detection may well become even more important. The greatest need is to find a test or genetic code to tell us which prostate cancers will kill in an individual man’s lifetime. For the moment we have to ‘over-treat’ men (by treating most cancers in the same way) but, in my opinion, if it prevents death from prostate cancer it’s the best option we have with the current science. Idai Makaya: Mr James Adshead will deliver a free prostate cancer information presentation at Spire Harpenden Hospital on 28th March 2011 at 7:30pm. There will also be the opportunity for a free PSA test at this event to men who would like to be screened, so if this issue is of concern to you (and you are a man aged 50-70) please contact Spire Harpenden Hospital for more information about the prostate cancer information event - or to book a free place - on 01582 714 420. Alternatively, visit www. and click on “Events.” The content of this article is provided for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional. The views expressed are those of the columnist or guest contributors and do not represent any particular organisation or clinical body.

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here is a small section on the home page of my website where I illustrate an image from a selection of enquiries people send to me. Tantalisingly I have a members’ page where for a modest fee of only £5 per month a full answer and valuation is given, among many other unique advantages. However, sometimes there is a question the answer to which is of wider and more general interest than those of a specific or narrower field. Such a one is the dumbwaiter illustrated and so I have decided to share it all with you. Firstly the owner wanted to know when did we first have dumb waiters? (Pieces of furniture that is, not incompetent staff.) Secondly how old is this particular example and finally does the carved decoration make it important? Well in that order, dumb waiters first appeared around the middle of the 18th century. The second generation of newly wealthy young people, to many of whom we owe our heritage of fine country houses and collections of foreign fine and decorative art, so don’t judge them too harshly, got into the habit of enjoying gargantuan meals and copious amounts of booze to go with. We had at the time the practice of table service a la francaise, which employed the old established custom of providing a member of staff for each guest. It was his duty to ensure that the food of your choice was on the plate, wine glasses were refreshed, condiments were at hand, and when needs must he would accompany you with a firm supporting arm to the end of the sideboard where a screen gave privacy to using the potty, which was kept in a small compartment also in the sideboard, along with everything else. All this was jolly good fun but not all the staff were as loyal to their masters as they might have been and as the tongues of guests got looser so the blackmailing of their owners got more commonplace. “Should I disclose to her Ladyship what you said last night my Lord?” “Oh pray no, how much to keep a still tongue?” By the mid-1740’s it was of such concern that a choice had to be made; stop drinking so much and encourage discretion or, once the food for the meal had been delivered to the dining room, dispense with the servants. So it was that we invented serve-yourself dining room accessories. Cupboards with zinc liners to keep things hot, cupboards with lead liners to keep things cold. Hostess heater trolleys are nothing new. Decanter stands on which to place the bottles and decanters of wine, wine labels to tell what was in them, cheese coasters with little wheels enabling them to be hauled up and down the table top, and for extra napery, cutlery, plates of fruit and sweetmeats a three-tiered table on castors which could be moved behind each guest was invented. It was called a dumb waiter. The one illustrated dates from around the 1770’s, but it began life without any carving. If we 7 6 f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 1


move on to the early 20th century, when old English furniture was being bought by American collectors and their advisers, the most desirable was that of the Chippendale period, carved with elaborate designs in the manner of the master. But only a very small percentage was originally decorated in this way. Most was plain and simple. In order to supply a market demand plain pieces were carved, and this is one of them. So in answer to the question, if the carving had been original it would indeed have been an important piece, but it is not.

Curiously the new habit of laying out the table in preparation for the meal, and servants appearing spasmodically, merely to clear and disappear, which is basically how we have eaten formally at home or in restaurants ever since was known as service a la russie. Our use of French terms to describe so much of our menus and mealtimes dates back many centuries. For example the old –Tudor times – French word for pudding was void. This described the period after a meal when the great dining hall was cleared for dancing. While the room was being voided guests took a bowl of pudding and some wine and went for a stroll onto the ‘leads’ or rooftops or into the garden or, in bad weather, up and down the gallery where pictures were hung as a diversion. That’s why if you sell pictures you have a ‘gallery’. If you sell antiques you have a shop. So the pudding itself had become known as the void. But around 1600 we adopted ‘modern’ French and the new term for void was desert. Another really useful piece of culinary equipment is the entrée dish. Most we have today are rectangular with tops that have detachable handles to enable double usage, and are made of silver or silver plate. They were originally used to contain a light cooked dish to be served before the main course, to herald its arrival, being an ‘entrance’ after a soup. The dishes illustrated are of Sheffield Plate and date circa 1830. They are a typical pattern with a nulled or ‘gadroon’ border around the edges and they can still be used today for they retain heat most efficiently. There are certainly temperatures for different types of wine that will ensure it is served and drunk at its very best. White wines are generally ‘chilled’ and most reds are ‘room temperature’ or correctly ‘chambred’. That should have an acute accent but without it you can see clearly its meaning; the French word for room. We tend to connect chambre with warming but it should be nothing of the sort. When bringing a bottle of wine from the cellar it may need time to acclimatise, and to aid this the wine lovers of the Regency period developed numerous devices for putting their bottles near to the fire while shielding them from direct heat. One such is the illustrated and highly desirable shielded coaster with a silver inset label announcing ‘claret’. This is a rare object indeed, for as you can imagine so many of them went up in smoke! It is made of mahogany and dates from the early 1800’s. A votre sante. JOHNBLY EST ANTIQUES 1891. Tel 0144 2823030 Mobile 07831 888826. Website: Email:

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from as early as 1780 up to the 1930s. Another hugely popular shop is London Dolls’ Houses & Toys, a wonderful collection of dolls’ houses, miniatures and antique dolls which continues to delight collectors and children alike. In recent times new dealers have increased the variety of quality items on offer. Jewellery lovers will be enthralled by the selection of fine period and vintage pieces

at Minoo (M & A Kaae Jewellery) and Maryam. With Mid-Century style currently all the rage, head to The Modernist (1930 – 1970) for vintage George Jensen and other Scandinavian and American silver jewellery designers. Browse through a fabulous mix of period and vintage collectables, including antique silver, china, mirrors, porcelain, ceramics, glass and brass plus costume jewellery and accessories at Jean, Natasha Johnson, Malcolm Davey and Sarah De Normanville. At Images to Treasure you will find an attractive selection of photographic greeting cards alongside the jewellery and china featured therein. For a more contemporary look, visit Camilla Del Maestro’s sparkling array of handmade jewellery featuring semi-precious gems or Ruthie Orlin for inspiring avantgarde designs. Find fashion at Beverley Shaw and for quality, cotton nightwear seek out Andrea Dreamtime. Not just a feast for the eyes, the Emporium is also home to Tania’s waffles and coffee! The dealers here are knowledgeable and friendly which makes a visit to the Emporium an interesting and welcoming experience. Happy hunting!


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o one wants to think about what will happen when they die. Perhaps this fact explains the shocking results of the research carried out by which highlighted that nearly two-thirds of Britons do not have a valid Will in place.

In many cases, these limited entitlements may leave an already-distraught spouse with no choice but to sell the family home. Unmarried partners (who may be as committed to one another as those who are married) do not receive any automatic entitlement.

Potentially, this means that nearly two thirds of Britons are not leaving their loved ones financially secure. Katie Khakpour-Smith of Taylor Walton solicitors looks at the frighteningly stark implications.

Drastically, if you die without a Will and you have no surviving relatives, your estate will pass to the ‘Crown’, regardless of whether you may have wanted your assets to pass to your partner, friends or charities.

Dying without a Will, known otherwise as dying ‘intestate’, means that your estate will pass according to the rigid rules of intestacy. Dying intestate can have a devastating effect on individuals who are close to you and who you would otherwise have made provision for, had you put a Will in place.

Ensuring that a properly drafted Will is put in place is essential in order to provide for and protect loved ones, and benefit those who are not entitled under the intestacy rules

Sir Gerry Robinson’s current BBC TV programme, ‘Can’t Take It with You’ will hopefully go someway to curing the ‘Will-phobic’ nation. It is commonly thought that if you die without a Will your spouse will automatically inherit everything anyway. This is not the case. Without making a Will, the amount your spouse will receive is capped so that, where there are children, your spouse will only be entitled to received £250,000 (plus your personal possessions) and where there are no children but there are other relatives such as parents, siblings etc, the spouse is only entitled to £450,000 (plus your personal possessions). 8 2 f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 1

For the approximate one third of Britons that have drawn up a Will, it is as crucial to ensure that it properly reflects your intentions and that all possible outcomes and scenarios have been considered. It is sometimes sensible to provide an explanation (which can be in the format of a letter, stored with your Will) as to why your Will has been drafted in such a way (for example, to explain why one child may be receiving a larger share of your Estate than the other). This may go someway to preventing disputes or upset on your death, when you are no longer around as a point of contact to justify your Will. During a recent interview, Sir Gerry Robinson said that it is “vital to write a Will and to get it right because a lot of unnecessary hurt can be caused to those you love and care

about if you don’t.” As ‘Can’t Take It with You’ makes clear, consulting a suitably qualified firm of solicitors is highly sensible to avoid the many pitfalls in preparing a Will and to make sure that the Will is valid and unambiguous. None of us can predict what is around the corner but we can control what will happen to the assets which we have spent a lifetime building up. Taylor Walton can provide you with technical advice and guidance, tailored to your personal circumstances and the assets which you possess. We will ensure that the issues which you should consider in making your Will are discussed with you. Seeking the expert advice which we can offer you will not only ensure that your Will is prepared validly and in line with your wishes, but it will also help you to minimise the portion of your Estate that may be liable to Inheritance Tax at 40%. Taylor Walton’s Private Client Department has consistently been ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for law firms in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and specialises in the preparation of Wills, the establishment of family trusts and charities for philanthropic purposes. If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article please contact Katie Khakpour-Smith on 01582 7165111, or by email











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Stunning brand new detached home of approximately 6000 sq ft located in one of the area’s most tranquil settings, this delightful brand new home offers of wealth of individual features. Reception hall, guest wc, reception room, dining room, morning room, laundry room, study, kitchen, sitting room (with terrace), master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 4 further bedrooms (2 en suite), 2 family bathrooms, games room, sweeping drive, double width garage, landscaped rear garden in excess of 200ft abutting Hadley Wood golf course. Freehold. Sole Agents.

Situated in this prime location is this impressive detached residence set behind an electric gated entrance. This immaculately presented home offers well proportioned family accommodation extending to 6250 sq ft comprising of 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms/shower rooms including 5 en-suites, 6 receptions including study and computer room, a modern fully fitted kitchen and conservatory. Additional features also include a stunning spacious entrance hall, gymnasium and double garage. Freehold.

Little Orchard is a outstanding & character full family home offering spacious accommodation of 4401 sq ft. This substantial home has been maintained meticulously by its current owners & is offered in immaculate condition throughout. Comprising of 6 bedrooms, 3 en-suites plus family bathroom, bespoke fitted kitchen/family room, lounge hall,TV room, formal lounge & dining room, study. Set behind electric gates with a sweeping carriage driveway & on a plot of approx 1/3 of an acre, 154ft west facing garden with stunning views over greenbelt. Freehold.

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A substantial 5 bedroom executive style home of approximately 4,300 sq ft overlooking open countryside in this highly regarded area of Brookmans Park. Amongst the many features of the property are a grand hallway, 4 reception rooms to the ground floor, with 5 bedrooms and an entertainment suite with large games room, study and sauna on the first floor. The mature rear garden is approximately 100’ square and incorporates a swimming pool. Freehold. Sole Agents.

Set in the heart of Hadley Wood’s conservation area within easy reach of local shops, mainline station and primary school, this Victorian family residence offers well presented and spacious five bedroom accommodation arranged over three floors and benefits from a heated swimming pool. 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), landscaped rear garden, swimming pool, timber pool house. Freehold. Sole Agents.

An immaculate and versatile 5/6 bedroom family home located in this popular residential road within access to the village’s amenities and mainline station.Among the many features of the property are: stunning full width conservatory, 3 further reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, 3 luxury bath/shower rooms, NHBC guarantee and countryside views to the rear. Freehold, Sole Agents.

£2,545,000 Totteridge Office: 020 8445 3694

Price Guide £2,250,000 Brookmans Park Office: 01707 661144

£1,550,000 Hadley Wood Office: 020 8440 9797

£999,995 Brookmans Park Office: 01707 661144





A detached home situated in this sought after residential location offering spacious and well proportioned accommodation ideal for family living and entertaining. Guest cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, family bathroom, 130ft rear garden. Freehold. Sole Agents.

This delightful period cottage has parts dating back to the 19th Century and has retained a number of original features whilst the current owners have recently refurbished the house to introduce a modern finish. Located in a secluded position in the heart of Totteridge Village, the property offers views across open fields and towards Barnet. 3 receptions, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Freehold.

*CHAIN FREE* A five bedroom family home positioned on a wide plot (approx 40ft) with ample space for parking numerous vehicles and a separate two bedroom annexe with the master bedroom benefitting from an en-suite bathroom. Further benefits include three reception rooms plus a conservatory, family bathroom, two guest W/Cs, shower room, kitchen/breakfast room, integral garage, landscaped garden with patio. Freehold. Sole Agents.

*CHAIN FREE* A duplex character conversion which is presented in good decorative order throughout. The second floor self contained flat has its own entrance which could be appealing to investment buyers for rental purposes.The property further benefits from a well maintained rear garden with steps down to decked area and cabin with power and light connected that would be ideal as an office.This property also benefits from off street parking for two vehicles. Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

£995,000 Totteridge Office: 020 8445 3694

£825,000 TOTTERIDGE OFFICE: 020 8445 3694

£649,950 Barnet Office: 020 8449 3383

£395,000 Barnet Office: 020 8449 3383

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 b er i ss u e | 8 5 PREMIER LETTINGS: HADLEY GREEN 020 8441 9796 ASSOCIATE OFFICES: MAYFAIR MOSCOW

New Barnet





Hadley Highstone

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, local shopping facilities and schools. 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 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 as well as highly regarded schools including Foulds, and both QE Boys and Girls. 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


A newly constructed and deceptively spacious detached family residence affording views towards greenbelt countryside in the heart of Arkley. The accommodation is arranged over four floors and consists of five bedrooms (three en-suite), family bathroom, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room and an exceptionally large basement with spacious interconnecting reception areas and utility room. There is also a raised terrace and a southerly aspect rear garden

This landmark building, formerly The King William IV pub, occupies an enviable location in the heart of Hadley Highstone and extends to approximately 2400 sq ft. Benefitting from a landscaped rear garden, the property is offered Chain Free

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

020 8441 7173

Enfield, EN2

Totteridge, N20




High Barnet



This spacious five bedroom detached home stands on a plot approaching1/3 acre and enjoys far reaching views across the adjoining greenbelt countryside. The accommodation includes three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, guest WC, master bedroom with ensuite shower room and balcony to rear. The property offers off street parking for numerous vehicles, garage and well tended gardens

A beautifully presented four bedroom detached home in this popular turning on the fringe of greenbelt countryside yet within easy reach of High Barnet’s shopping and transport facilities and highly regarded schools. The accommodation includes a contemporary fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, spacious lounge/dining room, guest cloakroom, integral garage and modern bathroom with whirlpool bath. The property benefits from a block paved drive and a 26m (85ft) south facing landscaped rear garden

A spacious first floor apartment located in this sought-after Grade II listed gated development retaining many original features and boasting two bedrooms, en-suite shower room, 19ft drawing room, private south facing terrace, walk-in storage cellar, off street parking for two vehicles and is marketed chain free

A beautifully presented, deceptively spacious late Victorian (c. 1891) family home situated in this highly sought-after location behind ‘The Spires’ offering easy access to High Barnet’s shopping and transport facilities along with popular schools. The property retains many period features and offers excellent potential for extension (subject to planning permission). The accommodation comprises three double bedrooms, family bathroom, two reception rooms and a kitchen/breakfast room with hand painted solid wood units and granite work surfaces

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

020 8441 7173

Wise Lane

Mill Hill NW7

We are delighted to offer this stunning six/ seven bedroom detached family home which is situated in a prime part of Mill Hill, within approximately one mile of the

numerous travel and shopping amenities of Mill Hill Broadway. The property has been completely refurbished to a high decorative standard with very spacious

L arge hallway Cloakroom Tv room Very large open plan kitchen/living room Dining room 6 bedrooms 6 en-suites Family bathroom Landscaped garden Heated swimming pool Indoor hot tub Driveway for 3/4 cars

ÂŁ2,150,000 accommodation in excess of 5000 sq.ft. Arranged over three floors, the house benefits from a stunning landscaped private garden featuring and a swimming pool.

Wise Lane


Mill Hill NW7

An imposing large double fronted detached family house on an elevated position set back from the road behind security gates. Newly built to a high standard only 3 years ago this fantastic home offers 4745 sq ft/441 sq m Arranged over four floors with numerous features including a very large kitchen /family room, large basement with staff accommodation,home cinema and magnificent 130’ garden with heated swimming pool, backing directly onto Arrandene open space

 bedrooms 6 5 bathrooms 4 en suite Kitchen/family room Lounge Dining room Study Cinema room Sauna/steam shower Underfloor heating Utility room/store

Gym Air filtration system Cat 5 cabling and multiroom sound systems Guest cloakroom Landscaped rear garden with swimming pool Cctv Remainder of nhbc guarantee Off-street parking for 4/5 cars

Fallowfield Stanmore HA7

An imposing extended 5 bedroom detached family house set back from the road in this lovely quiet cul de sac just off Stanmore Hill. The property has many features including a magnificent domed entrance hall,newly decked balcony and veranda running the width of the property,4 reception rooms and a sweeping carriage driveway.

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Winifred Close

e r i u q e r e y l l a t s n e for g s r e u rti e we prop A stunning interior designed large double fronted detached family home (4493 Sq Ft) in this exclusive Cul De Sac of only 5 properties just off Barnet Road.

Constructed in 2002 by Countryside Properties the accommodation is arranged over three floors and has numerous design feature throughout benefits include 5 Bedrooms, 5 Reception Rooms including Home Cinema, large rear garden,double garage and driveway with off street parking for 5/6 cars.

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 ntrance hallway E Guest cloakroom Utility room Modern fitted kitchen opening to stunning conservatory/playroom opening on to the garden Home cinema Living room Dining room Study Master suite with en-suite bathroom and dressing room 4 further bedrooms 3 further bathrooms (2 en-suite) Double garage Double driveway Large rear garden

Flower Lane

Mill Hill NW7

A magnificent large double fronted Edwardian detached family house (2981 Sq Ft ) in this convenient location within moments of the shopping and transport facilities of Mill Hill Broadway. This spacious family home offers well proportioned rooms with high ceilings, light bright and airy accommodation over two floors and lots of original features. The house benefits from a 40ft through reception, kitchen/breakfast room & a very large separate building at the end of the garden currently used as a nursery that could easily be turned into a gym/cinema/ granny flat of 29ft / 20ft.

Entrance hall Guest cloakroom 40 ft through reception room Television room / playroom Kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory/ dining area Four bedrooms 2 bathrooms (1 en suite ) Huge den/ office at rear of garden Off street parking for 3 cars


Highwood Hill Mill Hill NW7

A modern traditionally styled detached house, built during the 1970s. It offers just under 3,000 sq.ft of accommodation on 3 floors and is positioned in a semi-rural location in one of Mill Hill’s most desirable areas.

Internally the house has been beautifully finished, fixtures and fittings are of the highest quality. The orangery was designed and built by ‘Glasshouse’ and the bespoke kitchen and bathrooms by ‘Clive Christian’  bedrooms 5  bathrooms/shower rooms (3 en-suite) 4 Spacious landing and entrance hall Guest cloakroom Tv room Study Lounge with split level dining room Clive christian kitchen, glass built

orangery/conservatory Large patio and garden Double integral garage Driveway Sole agents


with ‘CP Hart’ fittings. The house benefits from well proportioned and planned rooms, with 5 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms. The garden is beautifully landscaped and secluded with a large patio.



hadLeY GreeN WeSt, hertFOrdShire eN 5 An elegant totally refurbished and extended character home of approximately 7,500sq ft with an indoor pool complex and a 206’ landscaped garden. Linksview is approached via a sweeping carriage drive being located in this highly sought after tranquil private cul-de-sac setting with views across Hadley Green to the front and Old Fold Manor Golf club to the rear. LOCATION Located in this stunning semi rural setting, with spectacular views across Hadley Green and Old Fold golf course and within walking distance to Barnet town centre with its traditional High Street and ‘The Spires’ shopping mall. Within easy commuting distance to central London, Hadley Wood mainline station offers a 30 minute journey time to Moorgate and Kings cross with Barnet underground station (northern Line) within walking distance and junction 24 of the M25 just a short drive away. Recreational facilities include Old Fold Manor golf course, Hadley Wood golf club and tennis club. Horse riding facilities are located within nearby Arkley. Educational facilities in the area include Stormont, Lochinver, St John’s, Haberdashers’ Aske’s for Boys and Haberdashers’ Aske’s for Girls, Mill Hill School, Aldenham, Belmont, Dame Alice Owen, Haileybury, Queenswood and Queen Elizabeth’s Girls and Boys Schools. ACCOMMODATION Ground floor Magnificent triple height reception hall entrance cloakroom Guest wc Drawing room

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Dining room cinema room/playroom Study German fitted kitchen/family room Utility room Indoor swimming pool complex Steam room/shower room First floor Galleried landing Master bedroom suite comprising: Lounge with balcony Master bedroom Fitted dressing room Luxury en suite bathroom with central bath and shower 2nd bedroom suite with en suite bathroom 3rd bedroom suite with en suite shower room Second floor Galleried landing 4th bedroom suite with en suite bathroom 5th bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe Exterior Landscaped rear garden extending to approx 206’ Sweeping carriage drive providing ample parking Double width integral garage Guide price £4.75m For further details and a full colour brochure please contact Statons on 020 8441 9555.


Little Orchard

the WarreN, radLett, hertFOrdShire, Wd7 7dU Little Orchard is a outstanding and character full family home offering spacious accommodation of approximately 5,500 sq ft. This substantial home has been maintained meticulously by its current owners and is offered in immaculate condition throughout. The accommodation comprises of 6 double bedrooms three with en-suite facilities and a family bathroom, bespoke fitted kitchen/family room, lounge hall, TV room, formal lounge and dining room plus study. Set behind electric gates with a sweeping carriage driveway and on a plot of approx 1/3rd of an acre and in one of Radlett’s premier private road Little Orchard also benefits from a 154ft west facing garden with stunning views over greenbelt. Little Orchard is located in The Warren which is one of Radlett’s premier private avenues. The property is within walking distance to the excellent amenities of Radlett High Street with its many boutiques and restaurants and places of worship and the mainline station connecting to Kings cross in less than half an hour and with excellent transport links with links to the A1, A41, M1 and M25. Excellent schooling both state and private are nearby which include Aldenham School, Haberdashers Aske (boys and girls), Radlett Prep, Watford Grammar and Yavneh college.

Kitchen/diner Study Ground Floor Wc Pantry Inner Lobby Utility Room First Floor Landing Master Bedroom En-suite Bathroom Dressing Room Bedroom 2 En-suite Shower Room Bedroom 3 En-suite Bathroom Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Bedroom 6 Landscaped Rear Garden Views Across Greenbelt Electric Gated Entrance Sweeping carriage Driveway Double Garage Old Stock Brick Facade Exposed Beams Feature Fireplaces Guide price £2,825,000 For further details and a full colour brochure please contact Statons on 01923 604321.

ACCOMMODATION Entrance Hall Reception Hall Lounge Living Room Dining Room

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Greenway Close tOtteridGe, LONdON, N20 8eN

Situated in a highly sought after residential cul-de-sac within easy access to the open space of Totteridge Green, is this beautifully presented 3 bedroom detached family home. The house has been maintained to a high standard with spacious, well planned accommodation whilst offering further potential to extend if required (subject to planning permission). A decked terrace runs along the rear of the property with steps up to a beautifully landscaped garden which is mainly laid to lawn. Greenway close is

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situated in the heart of Totteridge with convenient access to a host of local shopping, transport and entertainment amenities. ACCOMMODATION Entrance Hall Lounge Family Room Study Kitchen Breakfast Room Master Bedroom Bedroom Two Bedroom Three

Family Bathroom Separate Wc Rear Garden with decked patio Guide price ÂŁ775,000 Freehold For further details and a full colour brochure please contact Statons on 020 8445 3694.

From the historic restoration to the finest detail... The final mansion apartments at Essendon Hall are now complete, each one individually designed and finished to the very highest standards

From £699,000 – £1,350,000

• Beautiful setting within the Hatfield London Golf and Country Club • High specification mansion apartments, 1446 sq. ft. – 2240 sq. ft. • Hand crafted P.J. Livesey kitchens featuring Miele appliances • Bespoke fitted bedroom furniture with concealed ensuite • Luxury bathrooms with under floor heating featuring Laufen and Vitra sanitary ware • Private parking, large garage and additional parking space • Landscaped gardens and private residents garden overlooking the golf course

Essendon Hall, Cucumber Lane, Essendon, Hertfordshire, AL9 6HN 01707 663 502 Photographs depict a lifestyle and include images of plots that have been sold and show homes. Specifications for this development may not include fixtures, fittings and furnishings shown.

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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 EXPERIENCE • INTEGRITY • ENTHUSIASM

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Woodside Park Totteridge Whetstone Oakleigh Park Finchley Mill Hill Arkley Totteridge £2,600,000

A secluded home of circa 4,742 sq ft set behind a gated entrance abutting open greenbelt countryside. Superb reception hall with atrium, drawing room open to raised library area, oak fitted kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, dining room, master bed with dressing room & en suite bath & shower rm, 4 further beds and 3 baths (2 en suite) to 1st fl, 43 ft bedroom incl games & sitting area to 2nd fl (scope for en suite). Landscaped grounds with s/pool, double garage.

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

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132


Arkley £2,695,000

Totteridge £1,250,000

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.

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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Totteridge office 020 8445 3132

Whetstone £849,950

Totteridge £675,000

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Totteridge office 020 8445 3132

A delightful 1,816 sq ft detached, double fronted bungalow offered in excellent condition, with potential to extend into the large attic (1,390 sq ft) STPP. The lateral accommodation includes lounge, dining room, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, 3 double beds, bathroom & shower room. 63’ x 34’ south facing garden, integral garage & driveway providing off street parking for 4/5 cars.

An attractive & well presented 4 bedroom halls-adjoining family home offering further potential to extend STPP. Lounge & dining room with solid wood flooring, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, family bathroom/wc, approx 80’ rear garden backing parkland, integral garage, own driveway.

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132

Totteridge office 020 8445 3132


An excellent service in garden and planting design, construction and maintenance. 020 8969 3399

Prostate Health What you need to know

Spire Harpenden Hospital is hosting a public information evening on Monday 28 March at 7.30pm. This event offers an opportunity for men between the ages of 45 -70 to learn more about prostate health screening.

This evening is only appropriate for men who are not currently undergoing prostate treatment.

Those attending will be offered a free PSA blood test on the evening and results will be sent to them.

For further information, or to reserve your free place(s), please call

01582 714 420

or email

Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4BP

A new Polo with free insurance and servicing, plus £500 off. Yes, a new Polo. That’s right, a new one.

Unbelievable Value

Alan Day Hampstead Telephone 0207 644 7800


7.9% APR

Price advertised includes £500 off. *One years free insurance is available from Volkswagen Insurance for drivers over 21, excluding Northern Ireland. Go to for full terms and conditions. Volkswagen Insurance is sold, underwritten and administered by Allianz Insurance plc. Offers apply to stock vehicles only when ordered by March 31st, 2011. †3 years or 30,000 miles (whichever comes soonest). Free servicing is available for customers who purchase their car with Solutions. Indemnities may be required. Subject to status. Available to over 18s in the UK only. Offers may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. Retail sales only. Volkswagen Finance, Freepost VWFS. Whilst stocks last.

Official fuel consumption in mpg ( litres/100km) for the Polo range: urban 35.3 (8.0) – 67.3 (4.2); extra urban 60.1 (4.7) – 91.1 (3.1); combined 47.9 (5.9) – 80.7 (3.5). CO2 emissions 139 – 91g/km.

Harpenden Life Feb 2011  

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