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ickets are now on sale for the Investec International Music Festival 2018, the annual celebration of contemporary classical music performed by acclaimed multi award winning artists and rising stars in intimate venues across the Surrey Hills. This year, the Festival, which is in its ninth season, will be extended to include four concerts over two weekends to accommodate the growing demand for a more comprehensive programme of music and artists from enthusiastic Festival goers. Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces its New Season, presenting a drama-packed programme of events on the Main Stage to put a spring in your step and keep you entertained right through to the summer. Hop along to Kew Gardens and follow Peter Rabbit’s trail on a botanical bunny adventure this Easter holiday at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Visitors can expect an exciting activity-packed day out with games, crafts and storytelling inspired by Beatrix Potter’s iconic tales. Ascot Racecourse has created the Ascot Spring Garden. This highquality boutique event, showcasing Britain’s finest established and emerging horticultural talent, has been planned and designed by Stephen Bennett, former Shows Director at the Royal Horticultural Society where he was responsible for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the launch of all other major RHS shows.

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Editor Faye Manning ••••• Editor Assistant Katie Miller ••••• Sub Editor Alex Lux ••••• Fashion Editor Hazel Englander ••••• account Manager Anita Hill ••••• Design/ Production Lisa Wade ••••• Accounts Kathy Manning, Ken Fleet ••••• Sales James Marshall ••••• Directors Rory Smith, Patrick Smith


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out & about – We put fantastic local businesses and exciting events in the spotlight each month – i ma g e : Y V ONN E A RN A UD TH E ATR E


until 15 april

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House: The Safe Cracker Can you crack the Ham code this Easter’ Hunt for Egg clues around the garden and piece together the answer so you can crack the safe to free a Cadbury Easter egg. 3 per hunt map with free egg. Learn about the different birds who live around Ham by finding all 20 of their eggs around the garden. Find the letters on the eggs to piece together the code which will crack the safe and release a chocolate egg. Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-uponThames, Surrey TW10 7RS

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Scone making workshop Have you ever wondered how our bakers’ scones are so delicious’ Book onto a workshop to learn the secrets for yourself. You’ll get the chance to experiment with different ingredients, taste your first batch of scones and make some flavoured scones to take home. The tutor will explain some of the science behind the perfect scone and give hints and tips to ensure your success when baking at home. Book on 01306 711685. Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, Leith Hill, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6LY

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10 & 11 april

Daffodil Show Hundreds of blooms in over 100 classes, the perfect place to see the range of daffodils grown and learn how to grow and show them. The Horticultural Competitions run by the RHS are open to all (you don’t have to be an RHS member) and free to enter. They cover a wide range of ornamental plants as well as fruit and vegetables; a variety of prestigious trophies and prize money are awarded to winning entries. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

6 & 13 april

Martha’s Market Weekly market featuring homemade/grown produce including cakes, crafts, plants, eggs, haberdashery, cards and bric-abrac. Come along and stay for a coffee. Stalls can be hired in return for 10% of sales. New customers very welcome. Pay and display car park. Orders taken. 10.30-11.30am Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8BD

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Warlingham, Surrey Spring Foraging Course Enjoy a 20 minute introduction on what to look for, then set off on a 2-3 hour walk around the area identifying a selection of different edible and poisonous Spring shoots, plants, flowers and mushrooms. The Harrow Inn, 309 Farleigh Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9EL


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Polesden Lacey - Unseen Spaces Tour We are continuing to ‘unlock’ more rooms in Polesden Lacey House, guest bedrooms, corridors, & the King’s suite, for everyone to enjoy. This involves structural work and extensive funding to restore the rooms and will take some years to achieve. The Unseen Spaces Tour will give you a preview of these spaces while the work is in progress and you will be able to see rooms that have never been open to the public before. Tours start promptly at 2.15pm from the front of the house and will be approximately one hour in length. Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD

until 15 April

Wild art spring collage Let’s welcome the spring by creating colourful wild art. Bring your own collection of natural materials or go round Dapdune Wharf to collect what you need to create a nature inspired collage. Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RR

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Sparkling Vineyard Trail and Gallery Restaurant Dinner Enjoy a tour offering spectacular view points of the vineyard overlooking Box Hill and Dorking. Sparkling wine, canapes and athree course meal will then be served in the Gallery Restaurant. Denbies Wine Estate London Road Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA


Horrible Epsom Walk Horrible Ewell Discover Ewell’s dark past and the tales that some would rather forget. Tread in the footsteps of the body-snatchers and see where they plied their grisly trade. Hear stories of witches, tragic coach crashes and folk who won’t stay dead! Discover Ewell’s historic jail and see what eighteenth-century justice was like. Bourne Hall, Spring Street,Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF

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until 15 April

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LOSELEY PARK’S SPRING GARDEN SHOW Plant sales, garden stalls and bygones, garden equipment and furniture, driftwood sculpture, decorative house furnishings, food stalls and a chance to preview spring bedding displays. Loseley Park Walled Gardens, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS

You Think You Know About Dinosaurs..?! Go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show. Dorking Halls Reigate Road Dorking Surrey RH4 1SG

Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt Hop through the garden on the trail of the Lindt gold bunny. Bring your family along for a full day of Easter fun every day and join in with arts & craft sessions. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious treat for your best Easter ever! RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

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Lingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair With 130 indoor stalls, this is a great place to buy unusual and unique items. 10.30am-4pm. Lingfield Park Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ

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Cyclamen Spring Show Late spring-flowering cyclamen species will be exhibited and on sale along with companion bulbous plants and expert advice. 10am – 4pm. Free with Garden admission. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, Surrey GU23 6QB

COMMUNITY SPRING FETE Enjoy this community Spring Fete at The Triangle (11am-4pm) in aid of Love Kingston, the Mayor of Kingston’s official charity. Julie Pickering the Mayor will be attending the event. There will be several activities for the day, including: Fire Brigade and Police Team with marked police car and fire engine for children to explore. Community Centre Open Day with Kids’ Sport Day on the park (egg and spoons races, rug of war...) Dr Bike and Go Cycle (bike maintenance, road safety, bike security marking...) Fulham Kicks FC - football coaching. x14 market stalls on the main road. Live music / live bands on the main road. Raffle. Irrefutable Health clinic Open Day with health talks and health assessments. Yoga classes at The Willow. The Willow ‘meet our suppliers’ - free samples of food and drink. Kids Kitchen workshops at The Willow. The Triangle, Norbiton, KT1 3RT APRIL 2018 15


Stars gather for Investec International Music Festival Tickets are now on sale for the Investec International Music Festival 2018, the annual celebration of contemporary classical music performed by acclaimed multi award winning artists and rising stars in intimate venues across the Surrey Hills.

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his year, the Festival, which is in its ninth season, will be extended to include four concerts over two weekends to accommodate the growing demand for a more comprehensive programme of music and artists from enthusiastic Festival goers. The season gets underway on Thursday 19 April in Shere with an Insight Evening hosted by former Radio 3 broadcaster, musician and author Sandy Burnett who will share his thoughts on the composers and music from the 2018 programme. Tickets for this event, priced at £5, can be reserved by emailing According to Sandy “Looking at this year’s wonderful programme, two works stand out that I’m particularly looking forward to. First up is the Belcea Quartet, a consistently exciting group who are sure to push Janáček’s first string quartet, the “Kreutzer Sonata,” to the very edge. And at the other extreme,

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, played by Leticia Moreno, Maxim Rysanov and the London Mozart Players with conductor Leonard Elschenbroich - it’s an evergreen classic that’s simply bursting with gorgeous tunes. For those two highlights, and everything else in this great local festival, I simply can’t wait.” The Belcea Quartet led by Corina Belcea (Violin); Krysztof Chorzelski (Viola); Axel Schacher (Violin)

“The season gets underway on Thursday 19 April in Shere with an Insight Evening” and Antoine Lederlin (Cello) will open the concert series on Thursday 3 May, performing Mozart, Janacek and Mendelssohn at a new Festival venue for 2018, the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon. Tickets for this concert ONLY are available at or call 08700 842020 (priced at £25 or £21 for under 21s) . Friday 4 May will be an ‘evening of song ‘ as soprano Anna Patalong; mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley; tenor Paul Curievici and the baritone Ben Nelson accompanied by Festival directors, the pianists Wu Qian and Tessa Marchington perform works by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms in the baroque surroundings of Holy Trinity Church Guildford. Holy Trinity Church will also host The Sitkovetsky Trio (Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin), Wu Qian (Piano) and Isang Enders (Cello) ) who return to the Festival on 11 May with Michael Collins (Clarinet) and Kate Woolley (principal horn from the Philharmonia Orchestra, London) to perform a varied programme of Stravinsky, Brahms, Beethoven. The evening will also feature the European premiere of ‘Lost on Chiaroscuro Street’, a new work by American composer Akiho. The season finale takes place on Saturday 12 May at the Mairlot Hall, St Teresa’s Effingham when the Festival is once again delighted to host one of the most revered chamber orchestras in the world, the London Mozart Players. Featuring guest conductor Leonard Elschenbroich and featuring the violinist Leticia Moreno and violist Maxim Rysanov, performing key pieces from Mozart, Rossini and Beethoven, this concert promises to offer a most spectacular end to the 2018 Festival season. David Richardson, divisional director of Festival sponsor, Investec Wealth and Investment said “Investec is a long standing supporter of the arts over many years and our involvement with the Festival goes back five seasons. We are therefore delighted to see it growing in stature and enjoying continued support from a loyal and growing following of music lovers right here in the Surrey Hills. “The Festival organisers work extremely hard behind the scenes to pull together a most impressive programme and we wish them every success for the coming season.”

THE DETAILS A free glass of Prosecco will be offered by The Cricketers, Downside (01932 862105) on 3 May and the March Hare (01483 401530) on 4 May and 11 May to Festival goers who make a preconcert supper reservation, and show their concert tickets on arrival. Reserved seating. All performances start at 7.30 p.m. Tickets priced from £25-£29 (under 21s - £5) for the 4, 11 and 12 May concerts are available from the Tourist Information Centre, 155 High Street Guildford, 01483 444334, either by phone or in person or online Full details of all concerts can be found at

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Electrifying New Multimedia Dance-Circus, Tuesday 1 May

our years in the making, Charge is a unique collaboration which draws together art and science. Motionhouse teamed up with the University of Oxford to place science at the heart of the creation of the show, which explores the electrical charge that sparks human life. Charge sees six performers use the highly physical dance and spectacular acrobatics, interspersed with 3D digital projections, to delve deep into the human body and to bring to life the incredible story of energy in our lives. Charge is a unique collaboration between art and science: Motionhouse is working with science partner Professor Frances Ashcroft and her team from the University of Oxford on the role of electricity in the human body, to support the creative and choreographic process, putting science at the heart of artistic practice.

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‘Charge is an incredible collaboration between artists and scientists,’ said Finnan. ‘Bringing multiple disciplines together to create one piece of work is really exciting for me. I find the science that inspired the show fascinating and I want to use this to create a show for audiences to enjoy – but which also makes them think and feel about the role energy plays in our lives. I want to use dance and the onstage world I am going to create to give audiences new perspectives on energy and some of the science behind it.’ Charge will be supported by an education programme including online resources, teacher packs and workshops to enable young or nonscientific audiences to explore the science that inspired Charge.

“I want to use dance and the onstage world I am going to create to give audiences new perspectives on energy”


A big day out with Peter Rabbit™ at Kew Gardens Until Sunday 15 April 2018


op along to Kew Gardens and follow Peter Rabbit’s trail on a botanical bunny adventure this Easter holiday at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Visitors can expect an exciting activity-packed day out with games, crafts and storytelling inspired by Beatrix Potter’s iconic tales. Children will be delighted by the exquisite illustrated world of Peter Rabbit set against the stunning landscape of Kew Gardens. Spring will be well and truly underway and the Gardens will be filled with the dazzling colour of blooming crocuses, daffodils and magnolias. The Easter extravaganza will celebrate the beauty of nature at Kew and encourage visitors of all ages to explore the wonderful world of vegetables and other edible plants, whilst learning about how they are grown. From Kew’s beautiful Secluded Garden, visitors will follow a Peter Rabbit trail to find activity popups for all ages. A trip to Mr McGregor’s potting shed will encourage visitors to plant their very own seeds to take home and nurture. Elsewhere,

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youngsters can choose which Peter Rabbit character they’d like to be for the day and make some fuzzy bunny ears to match. Around the festival hub, children and adults will also be able to get stuck into all sorts of giant food card games, while the hilarious veggie consequences workshop will offer the chance to create incredible monster vegetables. Families will also get the chance to take fun souvenir snaps at special Peter Rabbit selfie boards. Visitors can also pop into Kew’s Kitchen Garden nearby, to learn about the fruit and veg grown by Kew’s very own kitchen gardeners. What’s more, there will be a variety of delicious Easter culinary offerings available at the festival hub, as well as Peter Rabbit gifts and goodies available in the Kew shop. Admission to the festival is included in the general entrance ticket to the Gardens (Adult £17.00, child - £5.00). PETER RABBIT™ © Frederick Warne & Co. Limited 2018. Based on the works of Beatrix Potter. PETER RABBIT and BEATRIX POTTER are trademarks of Frederick Warne & Co., a Penguin Random House Company. All rights reserved.

“Children will be delighted by the exquisite illustrated world of Peter Rabbit set against the stunning landscape of Kew Gardens”


The Elite London

11th- 12th May 2018, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire London’s jet-set lifestyle event: 30 Unique Experiences • 150 Lifestyle Brands • 1 Exclusive Location

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The Marine Showcase Meet the finest in marine brands and see the latest in products, initiatives and charter.

Supercar Showcase Pedigree, performance and prestige are the key components of this luxury automotive showcase.

The Luxury Brand Show


xclusive offer for Life Magazine readers! Buy online discounted tickets for two to attend this year’s ‘The Elite London’ event and receive a complimentary bottle of Gerard Bertrand wine! The Elite London is ‘London’s most exclusive jet set lifestyle event’ specializing in a combined gathering of  lifestyle products and related services at one unique private venue, accessible by both road and air. The unique showcase offers over thirty on the day experiences where visitors are able to indulge in a variety of jet-set activities from; runway supercar test drives, to clay pigeon shooting, complimentary beauty treatments and helicopter pleasure flights. *Some experiences have limited availability and require booking online in advance. The event incorporates five show sections including; ‘Jet-set Lifestyle, ‘Supercar Showcase’, ‘The Luxury Brand Show’, ‘The Marine Showcase’ and new for 2018, ‘The E.J. Churchill Shooting Show and Country Show’. In total over 150 luxury brands will be on showcase during the 2 day event.

Jet-Set Lifestyle Get up close to the latest aircraft from leading manufacturers and their representatives.

The Luxury Brand Show will celebrate the luxury lifestyle world by showcasing the finer things in life. Featuring stunning brands from fine art to fashion, luxury gifts to exquisite jewellery and sports & leisure to Home & Interiors.

E.J. Churchill Shooting and Country Show Showcasing a variety of country life brands and shooting experiences in partnership with E.J. Churchill. For 2018 a host of both returning and new exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services. Exciting UK exclusives and product launches will be taking place during The Elite London. Visitors attending the event will be eligible for free aircraft landing fees, complimentary event features including lifestyle presentations and an exciting competition provided by Port Ferdinand Marina & Luxury Residences for a five star getaway in Barbados.

The Elite London has partnered with The Berkeley, Berkhamsted’s favourite wine bar, to create a fantastic gift with purchase offer. Redeem this offer by purchasing discounted online entry tickets for 2 to The Elite London event and present your printed ticket to The Berkeley stand where they will gift to you an individually numbered bottle of Gerard Bertrand, ‘Le Forge’, a blend of Syrah and Carignan grapes from the Corbieres region of France. Specially selected by Jamie, Sommelier at The Berkeley, this wine sells in their wine bar for £35 per glass.** Visit to use the code BG32344 And redeem this online offer! *A Show Pass for 2 is priced at £45 ** *Due to the rarity and by definition limited availability of this fine wine, we reserve the right (once availability is exhausted) to replace this wine with one of equal rarity and value

Participating Brands Include... Cirrus Aircraft H.R. Owen Heli Air  Berkeley Galleries Hinckley Yachts The Wellesley CCM Motorcycles Flying Smart Arsenal F.C. Damac Properties Heli Group Pulse Cinemas Chelsea F.C. Oriens Aviation  Koy Clothing Hemmels Sri Lanka Bespoke Really Wild Clothing Tesla Moloh and many more!

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“How do we get in?” Discover The Waterfront Enclosure During Henley Regatta 2018

THE DETAILS The Waterfront Enclosure during Henley Royal Regatta 2018 Wednesday 4th July – Saturday 7th July 2018 10.30am – 5.30pm Pricing and all-inclusive package details: Wednesday £249.00 + vat Thursday £289.00 + vat Friday £299.00 + vat Saturday £249.00 + vat Includes free car parking, complimentary regatta programme and live rowing commentary. Bookings available on 01635 200 200 or by email to The Wild Fork, The Old Cart Shed, Haw Farm, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire RG18 0TP

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hese were the words on everyone’s lips last year at Henley Regatta 2018 as they stumbled across the exclusive Waterfront Enclosure. Located by the iconic start line opposite beautiful Temple Island, The Waterfront Enclosure run by stylish event and catering company The Wild Fork is emerging as the place to be at the world famous sporting event. The eye-catching stretch tent and idyllic English country garden add style and atmosphere to a perfect summer’s day out, either for entertaining corporate guests and colleagues or for gathering friends and family for a real treat. Arrive mid-morning in time for champagne and a classic Pimms with delicious pastries, fresh juices, miniature English breakfasts and healthy granola, yoghurt and fruit compote pots on offer too. Friendly, attentive staff are on hand to ensure guests quickly unwind with soft, live music playing in the background.

A 4 course lunch is served from 12.30pm onwards, shared across banqueting tables with views of the river and the team of chefs impressively working the wood-fired ovens. Expect overflowing platters of gin and elder cured salmon as well as rabbit rillette, duck liver parfait, smoked pigeon and celeriac remoulade to start. To follow, mouthwatering lamb with orzo, spring greens, tzatziki and flat breads and deliciously tender chicken accompanied by Israeli couscous, heritage tomatoes and tabbouleh. A selection of miniature English classic desserts and a fine cheese board complete the feast. The inspired bar stocked with thoughtfully selected wines, spirits, summer cocktails and craft ales remains at guests’ disposal for the rest of the day before afternoon tea is served - a temptation too irresistible to miss. Tickets are selling fast so see below for booking information plus don’t miss out on a 10% discount for all early bird bookings made before the end of April. Quote TWFHENMAGOFFER


Cashmere for Summer words: stephanie Smith


ummer and Pure Collection cashmere. It’s a perfect pairing, which might surprise you if you think of cashmere simply as a winter wardrobe staple, a cosy and luxurious essential for the chilliest months of the year. Yet exquisitely soft, premium cashmere is one of nature’s best all-year-round secrets. Its natural fibres make blissfully light and airy pieces ideal for the warmer months too, allowing your skin to breathe and adjusting to your body’s heat so you always feel cool and comfortable, even when the temperature rises. Pure Collection is a British brand specialising in contemporary cashmere styles, which sit at the heart of its impeccably designed womenswear range featuring washed silks, crisp cottons, laundered linens and the highest quality jersey. Pure’s philosophy is that cashmere is a luxury, of course, but an everyday luxury, one that works

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for all seasons and occasions. Most of all, cashmere is a luxury no stylish modern wardrobe should be without. Once you discover the easy elegance and waysto-wear options of Pure Collection’s season-less cashmere, summer dressing becomes a breeze. It specialises in different weights of cashmere, from barely-there, super-fine featherweight to relaxed, whisper-soft gassato cashmere. If you are planning your holiday wardrobe, take a look at Pure’s light-as-air sweaters, exquisitely soft ponchos, layering cardigans and super-sized scarves. These all make chic yet weightless travelling companions, for your suitcase or as elegant coverups on the plane. For this summer, there’s an edit of irresistible new cashmere styles, alongside season-ready favourites and those updated classics you rely on. Contemporary silhouettes and fluid, figure-flattering

cuts – a flared sleeve, a swing shape, a dipped-back hemline – these are the thoughtful design updates taking cashmere into a new era of modern elegance. Cashmere is at the heart of Pure Collection, but it’s not all it offers. There’s the fit-to-flatter denim range featuring comfortable two-way stretch. There’s soft linen tailoring, summer-perfect tees and head-turning beach-to-bar cover-ups. Designed in-house at the Harrogate studio, new season highlights include fluid silk dresses, fresh cotton shirting in tuck-in/out styles, and updates to favourite pencil skirts and capris. Each style benefits from the design detailing that Pure Collection is renowned for, from delicate pointelle stitching to chic Bardot necklines, forgiving pleats and soft ruching.

“There’s soft linen tailoring, summerperfect tees and head-turning beachto-bar cover-ups”

Pure also specialises in exclusive prints, many created in-house. For this season, there captivating florals and a galaxy of stars and stripes. Every Pure shade is handpicked, playing dreamy-soft pastels and vibrant notes alongside harmonious neutrals and wardrobe-building classics. Whatever the summer holds, Pure Collection brings you beautiful, effortless options. Contemporary and timeless, these are affordable investment pieces to wear and love forever. Paradise guaranteed. Visit your nearest Pure Collection boutique in Guildford, 14 Market Street, GU1 4LB or Reigate, 47 High Street, RH2 9AE Or view and buy online @ or by phone 0844 848 1030

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Matchmaker Make Me A Match! Experts in Finding Love


xpertise is a luxury that successful people like to tap into, and they’re willing to invest in it to achieve. Just between us, did you know that high achievers are nowadays confidentially connecting with experts like the team of fantastic cupids at Vida Consultancy in Mayfair? Getting them out of the black hole of online dating cyber space, brings a massive sigh of relief to most of their clients!

Meet Richard who could very well be a candidate for the hot Dad version of The Bachelor. Late 40’s, tall, handsome, and successful. How is it that this charismatic, creative man whose philosophy of “healthy body, healthy mind” is without an amazing life partner? 28 APRIL 2018

Why did you choose to contact Vida Consultancy? I did my homework and discovered that their practise is based on the psychology of relationships. I wanted to know what their method was in achieving successful introductions and delighted to find that it was founded by a former business psychologist Rachel MacLynn. What sealed the deal for you? The proof is in their achievements, like an 85% success rate in matching people and winning a number of international awards as the best in their field. Discretion was key, plus I needed help in meeting a woman outside of the regular social and business circles I move in. Were you nervous when you first visited Vida Consultancy? A little, but mostly excited as I knew I was taking an affirmative step. Success is great, but so much better with someone special. The confidentiality and process of it made me feel safe to speak openly. Can you tell us what kind of partner you told Vida you were looking for? If I had to list things that really appeal I would say, sophisticated, creative, interested in the arts, passionate, intelligent, someone beautiful inside and out. Totally happy if she has children, I have three of my own 11-16, but now I’d like to think it’s about us and our lives now, so I’m not looking to have more children.

Richard sounds like a bit of a catch to us. Matchmaking expertise is an investment with fees starting at £12,000 per annum but could be the first step toward changing the landscape of your life. The team at Vida are charming as well as thoroughly professional. They are completely focused on helping you find that missing element in your life, someone to share it all with. If you’re interested in finding out more about Vida and how they work, contact:


Let a matchmaker start your search now. For more information please contact 0203 907 3940




uildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces its New Season, presenting a drama-packed programme of events on the Main Stage to put a spring in your step and keep you entertained right through to the summer. The Theatre swaps stage for screen to present a Film Season (Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 April) of BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning films, including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour. Paul Opacic, Richard Walsh, Karen Drury and Dean Smith star in Gallowglass (Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 April) from the pen of one of the world’s greatest thriller writers, Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and following a sell-out West End run, the unforgettable tour de force The Kite Runner (Monday 16 – Saturday 21 April) comes to Guildford. A dynamic, thrilling adaptation of Henry

James’ much loved, genre defining classic ghost story about strange happenings at a seemingly idyllic country house in Bly, Turn of the Screw (Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 April) stars Carli Norris, Annabel Smith, Maggie McCarthy and Michael Hanratty. An exciting week of one-nighters commences with Shylock (Wednesday 2 May), taking a fresh look at one of Shakespeare’s finest creations from one of his greatest plays; Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose present their critically acclaimed English version of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Eugene Onegin (Thursday 3 May); and the Theatre celebrates global music superstars with Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael (Friday 4 May) and Thank You for the Music – The Ultimate Tribute to ABBA (Saturday 5 May). Prior to its London run, Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee stars in Torben Betts’ sharp, searing state of the nation comedy Monogamy (Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 May), alongside Jack Archer, Charlie Brooks, Genevieve Gaunt, Patrick Ryecart and Jack Sandle. Travelling backwards in time over 30 years in the entertainment business comes the legendary cult favourite musical Merrily We Roll Along (Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 May). Following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End, the political smash hit This House (Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May) gives us a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics. The New Season at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre goes on sale on Tuesday 3 April! You can book your tickets by calling the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Box Office on (01483) 44 00 00 or by visiting the website at

“A dynamic, thrilling adaptation of Henry James’ much loved, genre defining classic ghost story”

Clockwise from top left: Monogamy, Janie Dee; Giles Cooper, This House (credit Johan Persson); The Kite Runner, Raj Ghatak and Jo Ben Ayed (credit Betty Zapata); Merrily We Roll Along; Shylock, Guy Masterson; OperaUpClose’s Eugene Onegin. Alexandra Stenson, Tom Stoddart, Felicity Buckland, Kathryn Hannah, Caroline Daggett. By Andreas Grieger; Carli Norris, Turn of the Screw (Photo by Robert Workman)

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Cobham’s N well-kept Secret

Walton Firs Activity Centre is a very well-kept secret in Cobham. Nestled down a private road opposite Notre Dame School, it would be hard to find unless you knew of its existence.

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evertheless it is becoming ever more popular with youth groups seeking a great base for exploring the local area, but with plenty of activities on-tap to keep large numbers of children entertained. The site was owned by The UK Scouting Association between 1939 and 2008, but for the last ten years it has been owned by a small charity (Walton Firs Foundation), which was established specifically to save it from closure following the Scout’s decision to dispose of it. The site continues to welcome Scouting and Girlguiding organisations, but has now also opened it’s doors to a broad variety of other youth groups and charities all working for the benefit of young people. Some of the regular site visitors include Surrey Young Carers, Foster Children, many schools, church and faith groups and other youth groups with special educational needs or physical disabilities. The site comprises approximately 36 acres and has extensive camping grounds, but it also has three large buildings available for hire and a wide range of outdoor activities. These activities are designed to be educational, challenging and fun with a focus on the development of essential life skills which young people may struggle to learn in a classroom. There is a wealth of academic research available on the benefits of outdoor education, and the Government continues to espouse the necessity for it. Self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and communication skills are just a few of the positives,

but as well as the skills based and physical positives, emotional and mental wellbeing amongst young people and adults has also been shown to be improved by exposure to some good old fashioned outdoor fun.

“The site comprises approximately 36 acres and has extensive camping grounds, but it also has three large buildings available for hire and a wide range of outdoor activities” Just occasionally, the Centre allows the great Cobham public to visit. Last year the site held a ‘Wild Weekend’ in August which encouraged members of the local community to try caving, crate stacking, archery and some of the other outdoor activities available. The event was a big success, and precipitated the next public offering – The North Surrey Mud Runner which was held on 10th March this year. There were 3km and 6km routes on offer, so maybe too short for the serious athlete – but it was a good opportunity for some filthy fun for young people and the less athletic amongst us to commune with nature. or telephone 01932 863243 for more information.

01932 856906


Thank God it’s Friday!

This month, we have Hefin from Hefin Harries Coaching highlighting the frustrations that can creep into our lives, and more importantly, how to overcome them.


ishing for the end of each week to arrive is sadly all too common. Those who do clearly don’t enjoy what they do and the majority are very much looking forward to retirement. Depressing I know, especially when the average UK life expectancy for men and women is 80 and 83 respectively. From my experience through coaching clients, the biggest cause of frustration and stress is a lack of direction, no real purpose or doing something that doesn’t excite them but feel trapped in order to pay the bills. Setting goals is a great way to get out of this rut. Goals are milestones you set for yourself, which will stretch you as a person in both your personal and business life. It’s more about the person you become as a result of achieving the goal and less to do with the outcome itself. When you think of what goals or challenges you’d like to achieve, take some time to think why you want it, because the reason for doing it needs to be strong enough to pull you along and stay disciplined. Have you been wishing to do something for a while, but it hasn’t happened or turned out as you’d hoped? What’s the main reason for you wanting to do this? Will it stretch you as a person? Is it something that excites you? Does it push you outside of your comfort zone? Thinking of doing something new that feels huge can be overwhelming and stop you in your tracks. 34 APRIL 2018

THE DETAILS Hefin Harries Coaching, The Long Barn, Down Farm, Cobham Park Road, Cobham KT11 3NE T: 01932 977 021

The key is to break the task into smaller chunks, so it feels less daunting and manageable. Then, no matter how small - TAKE ACTION! Action has genius in it as it’ll help to move you one step closer to your goal. Not taking action on something you’ve set out to do will have a negative impact on your self-confidence, so having the discipline to do the little things that matter each day is crucial. As the late Jim Rohn once said – ‘We must all suffer from one of two pains; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is that discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.’ The reason the coaching process is so effective is that it helps to raise the clients’ awareness and offers the kind of support you won’t get from friends, family or work colleagues. Insanity is when you expect a different result, be that more freedom, more money in the bank, more clients, more friends, better work/life balance but end up doing the same thing week-in-week-out. If this resonates with you, take time out today to find out what you really want to do and take action!


Spring Craft Fair returns to RHS Garden Wisley With new additions for 2018


he Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley will host a spring shopping extravaganza with the return of the Spring Craft Fair, from 3-7 May 2018. Within the beautiful surroundings of the garden, the annual contemporary Craft Fair will see 200 of the UK’s finest designer-makers showcase their quality wares. Visitors will be able to browse and buy from a wide selection of unique crafts, including art, furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, fashion and sculpture. For the first time, alongside the 200 exhibiting artisans, the Spring Craft Fair will feature 30 demonstrating artists, with visitors able to view skilled craftspeople at work as they create handmade items. The Fair will also have a Food Village, offering visitors the chance to try and buy tasty products, such as cheese and chocolate. Additionally, shoppers will be treated to live music as they stroll around the Fair and take in the seasonal horticultural highlights in the garden. Belinda Betts, Head of Site at RHS Garden Wisley, said: “The Spring Craft Fair is one of the most popular events at Wisley. It provides our visitors with the chance to select from a unique collection of products that have been made by some of the finest craftspeople in the UK - all in one place! Exciting new additions for 2018, include the Food Village and the demonstrating area for artists, providing the opportunity for visitors to see just how these unique items are created.”

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The Spring Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley coincides with National Gardening Week (30 April-6 May 2018) where visitors to the garden will be able to listen to informative talks in the Wisley Plant Centre. Entry into the Spring Craft Fair is free to RHS Members. Normal garden admission applies to non-members. For further information, visit Top images: Spring Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley ©RHS. Credit Line RHS / Georgi Mabee; Right: Talking to an exhibitor at RHS Garden Wisley ©RHS. Credit Line RHS / Guy Harrop


Ascot Racecourse will be sporting a different kind of colours this April…

ASCOT SPRING GARDEN SHOW 2018 13th – 15th April 2018


scot Racecourse has created the Ascot Spring Garden Show – the south east of England’s first garden show of this scale in 2018 – with the gardening enthusiast in mind. This high-quality boutique event, showcasing Britain’s finest established and emerging horticultural talent, has been planned and designed by Stephen Bennett, former Shows Director at the Royal Horticultural Society where he was responsible for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the launch of all other major RHS shows. Forming part of the historic Crown Estate, the Ascot Spring Garden Show is supported by The Savill Garden and The Valley Gardens at Windsor Great Park. It promises top-quality horticulture and gardening advice, unsurpassed service and state-of the-art facilities that are recognised the world over. Visitors to the brand-new show can look forward to six ‘Town and Country’ themed show gardens, that have been designed and built by established and award-winning designers. An additional six gardens 38 APRIL 2018

will also be on display, created by student teams from talented horticulture colleges, as part of the Young Gardeners of the Year competition, hosted by ITV’s Love your Garden co-presenter David Domoney. Show visitors can also peruse a fine array of horticultural trade exhibitors – from leading manufacturers and suppliers of the best garden equipment, greenhouses, tools and machinery to designers of outdoor sculpture and stylish garden ornaments – purchase plants from a range of specialist plant nurseries and enjoy a daily programme of free talks and personal guidance from horticultural experts. Perfect for Mother’s Day, a botanical-themed afternoon tea has been designed by the talented Ascot chefs in partnership with celebrated pastry chef Claire Clark and is available in the Parade Ring Restaurant for pre-bookings and on-the-day. Free parking and a complimentary plant creche and porter service are also available for the duration of the show.

THE DETAILS Advance tickets are just £20. For further information and to buy tickets for the Ascot Spring Garden Show visit or call 0844 581 6990.


An individualised approach to care C hoosing a care home can be a difficult decision for everyone involved, but finding the right home can relieve worry, knowing that you have found the best possible care for you or a member of your family. At Barchester Healthcare they provide an individualised approach to care for all of their residents. They have a number of care homes situated in and around Surrey that offer person-centred care provided by highly qualified professionals and carers working within the homes. Services include

This image and main image: Reigate Beaumont Care Home

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residential care, nursing care and respite care, as well as expert care for those with dementia within their dedicated Memory Lane community. The teams of dedicated staff ensure that all residents receive professional, respectful and personalised care. All Barchester homes offer stunning furnishings throughout to ensure that residents feel comfortable and at home, and many boast beautiful landscaped gardens that residents can enjoy all year around. Residents are able to enjoy seasonal menus of flavoursome, nutritional dining that are prepared fresh on the premises by each of the hospitality teams, who are able to cater for dietary requirements for each individual The varied activities taking place across Barchester care homes in Surrey allow for residents to have plenty of choice of things to do; from baking, to sing-a-longs, or attending outings to a number of places of interest near the homes. Looking for care can be a daunting process, and Barchester will do all they can to provide you with the guidance and support you need, and answer any questions you may have. Join them on the 21st of April when their Surrey care homes will be hosting an Open Day from 12-4pm, where you can talk to their team about care options, and take a tour of their homes. To find your local care home please visit

“The varied activities taking place across Barchester care homes in Surrey allow for residents to have plenty of choice of things to do�

Epsom Beaumont Care Home


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Environment Day



large number of us watched The Blue Planet – Series II only to be alarmed by some of the statistics relating to the volume of plastic in the world’s oceans. It was examples of environmental damage of this kind on a global scale that urged us at St George’s School Windsor Castle to come together to learn about the vast scale of harm being done to our planet and to raise the children’s awareness of what needs to be done during the course of their lifetime. This was a very special event in the life of the school where pupils from Year 2 to Year 8 were divided into groups and took part in a carousel of cross-curricular activities. The aim was for each child to have fun doing very practical tasks which made them think about and discuss how humans are damaging the environment, and ways in which they could ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations. A speaker from Grundon Waste Management got the day off to a great start with a focused look at what can be achieved through careful and targeted recycling. The children heard that just about everything we use can be turned into something else, avoiding the need for relentless land-fill. They learnt about the sorts of items that can be made using recycled products – an example given was a ski jacket! It was a terrific opportunity for the children in different year groups to work collaboratively towards a common goal. Life skills such as resilience, teamwork, independent thinking, critical thinking and innovation were on offer in plentiful amounts for the children – even the younger pupils were directing some of the Year 8s when it came to peddling bikes to make smoothies! The school swimming pool simulated an ocean awash with plastic, the DT Room was used to create a 44 APRIL 2018

“It was a terrific opportunity for the children in different year groups to work collaboratively towards a common goal”

giant collage of thousands of recycled milk bottle lids, and outside the children searched for lichen as nitrogen-loving organisms and therefore good indicators of air pollution. In Modern Foreign Languages they designed board games in French using phrases associated with the environment and in the English Room they wrote poetry to highlight the importance of protecting our planet. The choir recorded an environment-themed song as backing music for a video made of the day. The pupils are now keen to set up a ‘Green Pupil Council’ to ensure the current excellent practices at St George’s are maintained and further improved, and they are already talking about holding a similar event next year!


a perfect blend of tradition and innovation


ranleigh Prep School is a leading co-educational day and weekly/flexi boarding school for 7-13 year olds. Set in 40 acres of stunning countryside on the edge of the Surrey Hills, less than 50 minutes from London, the School offers a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. Whilst a top, high-achieving independent prep school in its own right, that feeds in to a wide range of leading senior schools, many of our pupils continue to our Senior School across the road at age 13, where we share an exceptional 7-18 programme for sports, music and computing. This is reflected in our many county and national achievements in sport and music in recent years. Surrounded by beautiful campus fields, the School is exceptionally well equipped, with outstanding classroom, studio, performance and sports facilities. A new two-storey teaching block, housing three new Science labs, state of the art CDT and Food Tech areas, as well as two spacious Art studios, will be ready for the Michaelmas term 2018. In addition, the work will include a new parental hub, to be used for interaction between parents, pupils and staff. The boarding facilities will also be enhanced and expanded to meet increased demand before the new academic year. A school bus is now running to and from London on Mondays and Fridays. Visitors are always struck by the warmth and

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friendliness of the School. There is enormous family loyalty and a strong sense of community here; the fact that so many Old Cranleighans are parents at both the Prep and Senior School, many being third and fourth generation, is testament to the incredible connection many families have to the School. Cranleigh Prep pupils have been awarded 127 scholarships over the last three years to some of the country’s leading senior schools, including Brighton College, Cranleigh, Charterhouse, Eton, KCS Wimbledon, Marlborough, RGS Guildford, Tonbridge, Wellington and Winchester. The wide range of the 47 awards achieved in 2017 for Academic (12), All Rounder (6), Art (8), Drama (1), Music (5) and Sport (15) reflects the School’s ethos of all round involvement and are a fitting example of the many areas of success achieved by Cranleigh Prep’s pupils. We look forward to welcoming Neil Brooks in September, when he takes up the role as Headmaster here. Having already successfully been Headmaster of both Cothill and Fulham Prep, we feel confident that he will continue to take the School from strength to strength. Cranleigh Prep is a very happy and vibrant school, large enough for diverse opportunities and yet small enough for every individual pupil to be known, supported and encouraged, whatever activities they undertake.


Privately Educated People Dominate Top British jobs

The study, by the Sutton Trust education charity, shows that virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils grabbing the senior management/director positions – two-star generals and above – went to private schools. Only 12 per cent attended comprehensives. In medicine, 61 per cent of doctors were privately educated while 22 per cent went to selective state grammar schools and just 16 per cent to comprehensives. The list goes on – 48 per cent of civil servants were educated privately, 29 per cent went to selective grammar schools and 23 per cent to comprehensives. The higher echelons of journalism are also dominated by the private sector, with 51 per cent educated in independent schools. And of those chief executives of FTSE 100 companies who were educated in the UK, 34 per cent were privately educated. Nearly half the top actors – 42 per cent of Bafta Award winners – went to private schools, fuelling criticism that the profession is becoming more elitist. “Our research shows that your chances of reaching the top in so many areas of British life are so much better if you went to an independent school,” said Sir Peter Lampl, the chairman of the Sutton Trust. “As well as academic achievement, an independent education tends to develop the essential skills such as confidence, articulacy and teamwork, which are vital to career success.


heir grip on power is most noticeable in the judiciary, where 74 per cent of leading judges (those in the High Court or Court of Appeal) were privately educated. Figures in the report also show that one in three MPs (32 per cent) was privately educated – as were half the members of the Conservative Cabinet. Even in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, 13 per cent of members went to private school. Nationally, the figure is just 7 per cent. The report, carried out by Dr Philip Kirby, goes on to show that 71 per cent of senior Army officers

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“The higher echelons of journalism are also dominated by the private sector, with 51 per cent educated in independent schools”


Transitioning from school to university

The transition from school to university can be difficult and unsettling, and whilst new-found freedom can be liberating, not all young adults feel prepared for independent coeducational living. It can also be difficult for those who are used to a singlesex environment. Students who have entered the Upper Sixth at Hurst College during the past 20 years or so have been based in one co-educational house, St John’s. Currently, St John’s is home to 160 students who all have their own room with a bed, even if they are day students, with separate corridors for the boys and girls.

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urst students are already used to having co-ed classes and in St John’s they learn to live with each other in a co-ed environment. They make full use of the large social space, where they can play table tennis and pool, sit and discuss work or simply relax in a vibrant and civilised atmosphere. “They enjoy the feeling of having some extra space and it enables them to live with a broader range of people, which is far more representative of real life and as a result prepares them more effectively for university and the world beyond”, said Caty Jacques, Hurst’s Deputy Head (Pastoral). As well as trying to bridge the gap between school and university, the idea of St John’s is to create an environment that encourages greater independence. “We give our students more independence as they progress through the school, whilst still providing a safety net of support when it is needed”, said Caty. Hurst’s St John’s model has proved so successful, that many other independent schools have recently followed their example. The sense of camaraderie and support in St John’s – also seen throughout the rest of the school - is tangible as students tackle the process of completing UCAS forms and EPQs (Extended Project Qualification), understanding only too well the challenges faced by their peers. Upper Sixth students are provided with a sensible introduction to alcohol, at twice weekly bar nights when they are allowed up to two drinks each. “At the start of the year they can’t wait to have two alcoholic drinks, but by the end of the year they’re often quite happy with a Diet Coke and a packet of crisps”, said Caty. They also enjoy other social events, such as discos, which are absolutely vital to help them unwind in a challenging year. St John’s has also created its own traditions. To raise money at Halloween, the Upper Sixth organise a haunted house night for the younger students who pay to enter an appropriately themed environment. “The younger children see the Upper Sixth students as grown-ups – which they are”, said Caty. In essence, St John’s provides an increased amount of freedom, with an excellent support network, which effectively bridges the gap between a school environment and life outside of Hurst.

Best of the best for careers guidance and work experience Hurst College was named the best of the best for careers guidance and work experience by The Week magazine in their 2017 UK Independent School Awards. The judges were impressed by the work placement programme run by Hurst’s Careers Department as well as the interview skills training, UCAS presentations, gap year fairs and seminars. This award was the culmination of another great year in the college’s careers department, as it continues to grow speed talk and work placement programmes. They also organised their first Careers Networking Event for Sixth Form students and supported their hopeful medics, vets and dentists with a more complete programme of workshops, interview practice and volunteer opportunities. Steve Lewis from LinkedIn launched the inaugural Careers Networking Event, where the Sixth Formers engaged with more than 50 industry representatives from a variety of key professions such as marketing communications, financial services, finance, IT, STEM, law and property. Following a rigorous application and interview process, 106 of the college’s students secured a work placement last summer covering 132 weeks of experience between them, and gained an invaluable learning opportunity to assist with personal statements, university applications/interviews and future career paths. Last term, Hurst students enjoyed a series of Speed Talk events, delivered by the Hurst parent body and alumni, on a variety of industries and careers including: medical, PR, journalism and event management, TV, theatre and production, veterinary, archaeology and museum/archivist, engineering and science. Each event had up to six hosts representing different aspects of their professions, which enabled students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities available to them and routes of entry. The programme for medics, vets and dentists was expanded by inviting former students currently studying these subjects, parents and working alumni to engage and pass on the benefit of their experience.


One small step… WORDS: Greg Meakin, Head


reparing for the first day of school can be an emotional time for parents as it signals one of the key stages of their child growing up and becoming more independent. Ensuring your child is cared for and educated in the best environment possible is an important first step of their journey into formal education.

The EYFS The Reception year for 4-5 year olds is the culmination of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which underpins and sets the standard for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. All Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. Ofsted inspect these standards for all EYFS settings, including the independent sector, so take a good look at the latest inspection report. Not all settings achieve the gold quality stamp of “Outstanding in all areas”. Those that do, also offering full time education beyond the EYFS, are most likely to have the same level of quality built in for the Key Stage 1 and beyond.

Solid foundations The Reception year is fundamental as it creates the foundation for future learning, much of which should be taught via play. Plenty of outdoor time and active learning are crucial to bring numeracy and literacy to life; children are not designed to be confined to classrooms and desks, especially at this age. Access to books and reading 1:1 with an adult each day at school and at home is important. Choosing the right Nursery and Reception for your child at this point will help secure a positive 52 APRIL 2018

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attitude for life-long learning, to see your child through their school years. Sherfield School and Nursery is unique in the area for its EYFS setting, having gained three “Outstanding in all areas” Ofsted inspection judgements in a row since 2012. At Sherfield, the EYFS children experience nature walks in the school grounds, woodland and parkland, play in their own custom-built adventure playgrounds and use the sports hall facilities. Yoga, Spanish and French learning starts in the nursery and after school care provision is available until 6pm for working parents. To find out more about the Nursery and Prep School, please contact Photo credit: Neil Turner

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Make joint and muscle pain a thing of the past “M

Dr Edward Williams, Ascot Joint Pain Clinic

any of us put up with muscle and joint pain as a necessary evil of growing old or the result of a sporting related injury. However, the old adage ‘no pain, no gain’ is no longer acceptable. Living with pain slows us down, prevents us from doing the things we enjoy and ultimately changes the way we live our lives. The problem many of us have is navigating the many forms of treatment available. Where should we seek help for that nagging neck or back pain? The good news is that help is on hand. Clinical assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, that is any problem affecting your joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves that may cause pain or reduced function, is provided by a MSK practitioner. Dr Williams has set up a one-stop Joint Pain Clinic in Ascot to help patient’s manage and minimise pain. “The differences between a chiropractor, physiotherapist, orthopaedic physician or rheumatologist are not widely understood. There are many overlaps as well as clear distinctions and all provide forms of pain management. As a MSK clinician I help my patients navigate the system and ensure that they have access to the most appropriate treatment, advice or investigations. This may be exercises, an ultrasound, X-ray, MRI scan or a referral to another professional. Most importantly

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I work together with my patients to develop a pain reduction and management plan to enable them to continue to live their lives to the full.” Don’t let joint and muscle pain slow you down, early diagnosis and management would help prevent chronic pain. Ascot Joint Pain Clinic, Gate 3 Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8AA Tel: 01344 588844.

“The differences between a chiropractor, physiotherapist, orthopaedic physician or rheumatologist are not widely understood. There are many overlaps as well as clear distinctions and all provide forms of pain management.”


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“Scientific studies have shown that HA fillers can stimulate the formation of healthy skin tissue and new collagen”

Dermal Fillers: Friend or Foe?

Cosmetic specialist, Dr Peter Forrester answers some questions and clears up some misunderstandings about dermal filers. What are dermal fillers?

Are dermal fillers safe?

The term Dermal Filler refers to a group of injectable clear gels designed to lift and plump skin. They are commonly based on hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in many body tissues including the skin where it has important functions maintaining structure and hydration. HA binds to water in the skin, locking in moisture. As we get older the amount of hyaluronic acid in skin gradually diminishes which in part is responsible for many of the appearances of skin ageing.

Restylane was the first HA filler and has been in use for over 20 years. Since introduction HA filers have been used tens of millions of times. Hence, we now know a great deal about both their benefits and safety. Because the HA in fillers is very similar to the HA that exits naturally under the skin they are very well tolerated with a minimal chance of allergic reactions. Infrequently inflammatory reactions can occur resulting areas of swelling or firmness. These usually settle without treatment but can be resolved by the use of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that dissolves HA. It should be stressed that in the right hands dermal fillers are very safe. They should only be used by properly qualified and experienced healthcare professionals.

Will it be obvious that I have had a filler treatment or will I look pumped up? Images in the media of hugely plumped lips and cheeks and the so-called trout-pout have given HA dermal fillers an undeservedly bad reputation. Correctly used they will result in a natural and rejuvenating appearance with no risk of an over-treated look. The paradox of filler treatments is this, when they are obviously over-done everybody notices but when properly used the results are subtle. People see the ‘bad’ ones but don’t notice the ‘good’ ones – this leads to a belief that all filler treatments will produce a bad result.

What areas can be treated with fillers? Fillers can be used to: • replace lost volume in cheeks and lips • reduce deep and fine surface lines including smokers lines around the mouth • lift the jowls • stimulate and hydrate the skin

How long do HA fillers last? Injected hyaluronic acid is slowly broken down in the body. The beneficial effects of a treatment can be expected to last for up to 12 months. However, this will depend on a number of factors including patient age, area treated, quantity of filler injected, skin quality, general health and lifestyle including smoking. It was once believed that once all the hyaluronic acid had been broken down it would have no further benefit. However scientific studies have shown that HA fillers can stimulate the formation of healthy skin tissue and new collagen. This boost to the body’s own collagen may help to explain why smaller volumes of filler are often required during top up treatments and why some people seem to derive significant benefit for 18 months or longer.

Dr. Peter Forrester and Ms. Helen McEvoy offer: Non Surgical Treatments • Anti-wrinkle Injections - reduce frown lines and crow’s feet. • Dermal Fillers - smooth deeper lines and furrows as well as returning lost volume to the face. • Thread Lift - minimally invasive procedure where surgical threads are used to lift and support cheeks, jowls and neck. • Facial Peels - helps to return a healthy glow to dull tired skin. Peels also reduce fine lines, wrinkles uneven skin tone, acne and scarring. • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) - natural anti-ageing skin rejuvenation treatment using small amounts of recipient’s

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With over 20 years experience in non surgical cosmetic medicine, Peter specialises in minimally invasive facial anti ageing treatments.

Dr Peter Forrester FRCA and Ms Helen McEvoy FRCS (Plast) are fully qualified to offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. These include plastic surgery and minimally invasive facial anti-ageing treatments.

Ms. Helen McEvoy MSc MA MBBChir FRCS (Plast)

Helen is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon based at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospital and she consults privately from her rooms in Esher. blood to improve the skin’s texture and to reduce lines and wrinkles. • Facial Thread Veins – we remove thread veins affecting the nose cheeks and all area of the face. • Hyperhidrosis – an effective treatment for excessive underarm sweating • INTRAcel – uses radio frequency and micro needling to improve the tone and texture of the skin. It also tightens to reduce sagging, wrinkles and fine lines. INTRAcel helps to improve stretch marks and scarring. • Advanced skin care - ZO range of concentrated formulas delivers rapid results. A unique skincare regime will be formulated by Dr. Peter Forrester to ensure the best possible outcome.

Jennifer Luyt Jennifer brings to us 40 years experience in the high end beauty therapy industry and, has practiced as a Senior Medical Aesthetician for the last 11 years.

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Ahead of the arrival of the new royal baby, Katie Wright selects the cutest kids’ fashion on the high street.


he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to welcome their third child next month, and speculation is rife over when exactly the baby will arrive (could it be St George’s day?) and whether it will be a boy or girl (or even twins, as some overzealous bump-watchers have been theorising lately). While we won’t know for definite until it happens, chances are, the new bundle of joy will be following in big brother Prince George and big sister Princess Charlotte’s footsteps in terms of what they wear. Whenever we see them at public appearances or in official portraits, the littlest royals are always beautifully turned out; 4-year-old George in shorts, buttoned shirts and sensible shoes, while Charlotte, who turns 3 in May, has an array of pretty floral frocks, knitted cardigans and Mary Janes. With arguably the best-dressed mum in the UK, it’s no wonder the adorable siblings are already inspiring babywear designers with their prim and proper outfits.

Want to dress up your little prince of princess in a similar fashion? Here’s how to get the royal baby look on the high street... 62 APRIL 2018

House of Fraser; My1stYears Personalised Gingham Robe, £26

Prince George Classic button-down shirts and navy shorts, worn with shiny laceup shoes, are the young prince’s uniform while on royal duties with mum and dad. His quilted jacket is a winter staple, and even his PJs are super-stylish - who can forget the adorable sight of the then 2-year-old meeting Barack Obama in a personalised bathrobe and gingham pyjamas?

Joules Baby Boy Popper Front Coat, 0 - 12 months, £34.95,

Marks and Spencer Pure Cotton Striped Oxford Shirt, 3 months - 7 years, from £10 John Lewis Heirloom Collection Boys’ Cotton Sateen Suit Shorts, 2 - 14 years, from £10

PRINCE OR PRINCESS Marks and Spencer Kids’ Leather Walkmates Crossbar Shoes, from £24

Monsoon Baby Nouvoux Dress, 0-3 years, £45

River Island Mini Girls Yellow Frill Collar Cardigan, £14

Princess Charlotte Cap-sleeved smock dresses in pretty printed fabrics are Princess Charlotte’s signature look, paired with Mary Jane shoes and ankle socks - an eternally cute combination - and a cardigan if the weather calls for it. The toddler looked sweeter than ever when she was flower girl at Pippa Middleton’s wedding last year, wearing a white silk dress with a sash bow and floral crown. There’s no word yet on whether we’ll get a repeat at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May. Here’s hoping...

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ASOS Bold Check Blazer, £55, available from ASOS.

Spruce up your office wardrobe with these versatile buys, says Katie Wright.

Kitri Agnes Burgundy Satin Blouse, £125; Sergei Check Trousers, £85, available from Kitri

“This season it’s all about blockcolour blouses in soft fabrics with beautiful detailing”

few months and long may that continue, we say. Whether you coordinate it with matching trousers, or rock it with a white tee and jeans, your heritageinspired blazer should be straight-cut, slightly oversized, and with a general nicked-it-from-myboyfriend vibe. JD Williams Double Breasted Check Blazer, currently reduced to £54 from £60, and Tapered Check Trousers, £45 (shoes, stylist’s own); ASOS Bold Check Blazer, £55

The statement blouse More languid than the classic cotton shirt, this season it’s all about block-colour blouses in soft fabrics with beautiful detailing. Think ruffles, rouching and wrap fronts - anything that adds interest and elevates a simple blouse and trousers combo into something a little bit special. Kitri Agnes Burgundy Satin Blouse, £65, and Sergei Check Trousers, £85 (shoes, stylist’s own;; Lipsy Satin Knot Blouse, £40, Next

The high-waisted trousers


Lipsy Satin Knot Blouse, £40, available from Next

Crisp tuxedo pants will never go out of style, but for a 2018 update in the trouser department, it’s all about the paper bag waist - high, ruffled and with a tie belt. In super-bright hues, these cropped styles are the ideal on/off duty separate, looking equally at home with the aforementioned statement blouse and blazer, or a chunky knit and pair of Adidas Gazelle trainers. Miss Selfridge Ochre Paper Bag Trousers, £35; F&F Red Crop Trousers, £16, Tesco (available April)

Tu Monochrome Check Printed Floral Border Skirt, £16, available from Sainsbury’s

Miss Selfridge Dogtooth Checked Mini Skirt, £28, available from Miss Selfridge

JD Williams Double s tailoring Breasted Check Blazer, moves into the £54 (was £60); Tapered Miss Selfridge Ochre Check Trousers, £45, mainstream, and Paper Bag Trousers, available from JD the line between The check skirt £35, available from Williams Miss Selfridge smart and casual clothes is The miniskirt has made a major increasingly blurred, workwear is comeback of late, and while more versatile than ever. Which is Instagram’s favourite zip-up leather excellent news - because shopping versions may not fly in your office, an is way more fun when it’s for understated check style probably will. clothes you’ll be wearing for Teamed with opaque tights, a fine gauge weekend fun-times, and not just knit and ankle boots, this is your short-cut to the daily grind. Once considered Sixties-esque chic. office-only attire, blazers, blouses Miss Selfridge Dogtooth Checked Mini and Savile Row-inspired checks Skirt, £28; Tu Monochrome Check Printed are breaking into off-duty territory, Floral Border Skirt, £16, Sainsbury’s so you can invest in these on-trend pieces and mix them into your The shiny boots existing wardrobe with ease. What There’s also more than a whiff of the Sixties to wear to work now? These five about the season’s coolest footwear; shiny, staples will help you crack the block-heeled ankle boots Dressy enough for the modern nine-to-five code... office but with a practical heel, they’re perfect for pairing with any of your new-season separates. Sosandar Burgundy Patent Leather Perspex The bold blazer Heel Ankle Boots, £95 (; Jones The undisputed jacket of autumn/ Bootmaker Madalyn Boots, currently reduced winter 2017, check blazers have to £69 from £99) been trending massively over the last

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F&F Red Crop Trousers, £16, available from Tesco

Jones Bootmaker Madalyn Boots, £69 (were £99), available from Jones Bootmaker

Sosandar Burgundy Patent Leather Perspex Heel Ankle Boots, £95, available from Sosandar


Charity Fashion Show a Headquarters, Kingston and Academy Salons, Cobham created the sensational hair for the 12 models,including 3 wheelechair users at the Front Row Fashion Event held at the prestigious Honourable Artillary Company in London


he fashion show featured leading UK designer pieces from Ellu Amour. Hampton Court. The make up, to complement the stunning looks was provided by Liz Patey Make up. Over £65,000 was raised to support Back Up’s vital services for people affected by spinal cord injury. BAFTA-winning actor Olivia Colman also attended the evening with friend and Back Up trustee, Clair Pollard. She spoke about her experience of Clair’s injury and the big role Back Up has played in Clair’s life. Sarah Bryan, Back Up’s CEO, said: ‘The Front Row event was a wonderful example of people working together to make a huge difference for people affected by spinal cord injury. A huge thank you to everyone who took part .’

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Academy Salons Stylish cuts, vibrant colour, outstanding customer service and extremely high standards – the Academy Salons team is focused on delivering an excellent experience for all clients. With modern salons situated in Surrey, the Academy Salons team consists of highly skilled stylists, colourists and beauty therapists. As members of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, our team is committed to delivering creative excellence and giving you the look you desire. Academy Salons’ ethos of “Family Hairdressing, Individual Style” is strongly supported by owners, Franco Capozzi and Salv Mulé, who have vowed “to create an in-salon experience that is unique and individual for every member of the family”. Our Academy Education programme, directed by John Baxter Hill, allows our assistants to learn

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Salv MulĂŠ Academy Salons Managing Director backstage

the skills of the trade, whilst gaining first-hand practical experience. We believe we stand out from our competitors as Academy Salons has been established for 18 years. Our clients recognise this and have confidence and trust in our brand and teams. Now a group of five salons within the Surrey area, we can offer more clients the opportunity to experience our unique service.

Back Up Spinal cord injury is permanent. It can happen to anyone through accident or illness and is easy as falling down the stairs. Every eight hours, someone in the UK has their life changed forever through spinal cord injury. There are estimated to be 40,000 people

affected by spinal cord injury in the UK today Back Up is a leading UK charity that inspires people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life. Each year, they reach over 800 people with their award-winning services that are designed and delivered by people affected by spinal cord injury. With an amazing team of over 400 volunteers, they offer wheelchair skills training, an accredited mentoring service, telephone support, life skills and activity courses, and support returning to work or education. They also offer support to family members, and they’re the only UK charity with dedicated services for children and young people with a spinal cord injury. Find out more at Photography

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Get in shape for

Summer A

s warmer months approach, women and men alike commence the search for innovative and non-invasive ways to sculpt their bodies in time for summer. With so many different treatments to choose from, it can be a daunting prospect to know which procedure is best, and what is involved. Medical Director of award-winning Health & Aesthetics clinic Dr Rekha Tailor explains the benefits of the increasingly popular fat-freezing method of bodycontouring using world-revered CoolAdvantage by CoolSculpting® system. “Despite following a healthy diet and exercise regimen, many individuals still struggle to eradicate localised and persistent areas of body fat that can cause both discomfort and concern. One of the most technologically advanced, innovative and safest ways to shift stubborn areas and create the body shape you want in time for summer is by booking a series of treatments that use the popular CoolAdvantage by CoolSculpting® system. CoolAdvantage is a non-surgical cryolipolysis (or ‘fat freezing’ as it is more commonly known) procedure that has revolutionised the experience for practitioners like myself and patients alike. It uses a vacuum applicator cup to deliver controlled cooling to areas of excess fat. The cold temperature freezes and damages subcutaneous fat while leaving surrounding structures unharmed, resulting in fat being expelled naturally through the body’s own lymphatic system. We have been offering CoolSculpting® at Health & Aesthetics for several years, both at our former location in Farnham and more recently at our brand new, purpose-built clinic in Elstead and it’s a favourite with both new and existing patients alike. Renowned for being safe, effective and clinically proven, this treatment is ideal for those leading busy lifestyles as each session only takes 35 minutes, with minimal post-treatment discomfort and on average reduces fat of any area treated by an impressive 25-40%. Results can be seen over a period of 3-6 months after treatment and additional treatments in the same or multiple areas can be carried out to further enhance results. Although there are other body-contouring treatments available on the market, we have chosen to offer our patients CoolSculpting® due to its

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proven efficacy and cutting-edge technology. With this in mind, prior to embarking on any aesthetic procedure it’s imperative to research both treatment and clinic to ensure that it is reputable, adheres to the highest standards of clinical excellence and offers the very best in terms of scientific innovations and personnel training. Our recent relocation to the Elstead clinic has been designed with the highest principles of care in mind and continues to offer patients the very best our industry has to offer in a relaxing, discreet and easily accessible setting. On arrival, patients are welcomed into a spacious waiting area where they can relax with complimentary refreshments before their consultation or treatment. There are seven treatment rooms which will not only allow the introduction of new treatments over time to an already extensive treatment menu, but also accommodate the increase in demand that the clinic has experienced in recent years. The clinic also boasts several patient parking spaces and a new look that offers a more modern environment for patients and our team alike. Whether you are interested in CoolSculpting® or a different treatment to suit your individual needs, our friendly team of qualified professionals are on hand to offer advice and book appointments. To book a detailed consultation to discuss your requirements and formulate a bespoke treatment plan, please contact us on 01252 933133 or email


8 weeks after Coolsculpting treatment Photos courtesy of Leyda E Bowes, MD


12 weeks after Coolsculpting session Photos courtesy of A Jay Burns, MD



Can this fitness trend really help you to get a better night’s sleep?

Yoga is already famed for its ability to help calm and restore - but the new wave of candlelit yoga classes is taking things to a whole new, softly-lit level. Liz Connor tries it out.


ometimes, the last thing you need after a long, busy day is to throw yourself into a high-intensity cardio session (while there’s no denying all those potent endorphins are great if it’s a natural high you’re after, pushing your body to its limit doesn’t exactly help in the windingdown stakes). So, after spending my nights naturally trying to ‘switch off ’ after working up a sweat at the gym, I decided to try out my first candlelit yoga class - keen to see if it really could help me to get a more peaceful night’s rest. Here’s what happened...

What’s the deal? Candlelit yoga is exactly what you might imagine: It usually takes place in the evening, and involves your instructor placing gently flickering candles around the perimeter of a dimly-lit studio to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Unlike Bikram or Ashtanga yoga, you won’t be drilling through Vinyasas at high speed. In candlelit yoga, the movements are deliciously soft and the focus is on relaxation and stretching out all of the day’s worries. It utilises a combination of Yin yoga, where positions are held for up to five minutes, and restorative yoga, which uses blocks to support healing poses. While it still has a toning effect, it’s more of a workout for the mind rather than the body. Expect to concentrate on the breath, holding twists and stretches while attempting to take the mind out of ‘hurry mode’. Candlelit yoga is a particularly great bedtime ritual for insomniacs and troubled sleepers, because it reduces your exposure to artificial blue light that can prohibit your brain from producing melatonin - the all-important hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Meditative breaths and relaxing stretches can also help to wind down the body and mind after a long day.

The class Tucked away in Hackney, The Refinery is just one of the many yoga studios across the UK that now offers a take on the trend. Their ‘Candlelit Hip & Hamstring Heaven’ class is specifically designed for those who’ve spent a long week cycling, running or walking to work, and are suffering from tight hamstrings, hips and calves - as well as frazzled urbanites who are looking 60 minutes of peace and quiet. Instructor Ahmed Zambarakji immediately makes everybody feel at ease by welcoming us into the candlelit studio at the door, while a soft soundtrack of gently tinkling music helps set the relaxing mood. The class starts with some gentle stretches and Ujjayi breathing - the act of exhaling loudly to let out the day’s stresses - before moving into some more difficult poses. As an intermediate 70 APRIL 2018

“In candlelit yoga, the movements are deliciously soft and the focus is on relaxation”

yoga student, I was worried that the some of the positions would be far too advanced for me (despite my best efforts, I am nowhere near able to perform a crow pose without falling flat on my face), but Ahmed tailors each movement with optional modifications so you can pick an intensity that suits you. Some of the stretches are gentle and restorative, like the welcoming child’s pose that soothingly pulls at the spine and shoulders, but there are also deeper (and more difficult) stretches that last for three minutes, like the pigeon pose that works on relaxing the hips. Listening to Ahmed’s deep and calming voice, it’s easy to forget about the million racing thoughts that usually run through my head, and focus simply on moving through the sequence of deep stretches. Throughout the class, he reminds us to keep the focus on our breathing, rather than attempting to push the body too hard. Amazingly, it works. I spend most of the class with my eyes closed, concentrating on my breath flowing in and out of my body, rather than worrying about what’s going on around me.

The verdict By the time we’d moved into Shavasana (aka lying spread eagle on the floor), I was ready to curl up into a ball and fall soundly asleep on my mat. As someone who likes the idea of meditation but can’t seem to calm my thoughts for long enough to really get ‘into the zone’, candlelit yoga felt like a great way to keep my mind focused on just being present. If you’re the type of person that struggles with stress, anxiety or disrupted sleep, this is a brilliant way to practice some much-needed self-care, while also giving your body a gentle workout. After just one 60-minute class, I slept sound as a baby, convinced the next morning that candlelit yoga is a much better tonic for sleepless nights than any kind of over-the-counter sleeping aid. Even if there isn’t a class near you, you can easily recreate the magic at home: Simply light some candles, play some relaxing music, roll out your mat and give candlelit yoga a go in your own living room.


Considering a care home for our loved one… “It’s clear that staff are passionate about their residents and the service they’re providing” life history while looking through old photographs and maps. Later that morning we encountered a group of residents departing for a trip to the local park and garden centre. There seems to be an understanding at Sherwood House that moving into a care home is about making life enjoyable. Considering a care home for a loved one is probably one of the most difficult decisions to make, with the question one keeps asking oneself whilst walking around Sherwood is; would you want your Mum and Dad living here? From what we’ve seen; most certainly yes. Sherwood House Care Home offers both permanent residency or short-term respite stays and at the time of visiting fees started at £930 per week. 01932 221 170; 40 Severn Drive, Walton-onThames, KT12 3BH;


estled among a leafy residential area in Walton on Thames sits Sherwood House, a purpose-built residential care home. Under new management since June 2017, Sherwood House offers quality care for frail elderly residents and those living with dementia. On visiting Sherwood, it’s clear that staff are passionate about their residents and the service they’re providing. There is a real homely feeling with warmth and compassion emanating throughout. During our tour of Sherwood House, the aromas of home cooking drew us into the large dining room where the in-house chef was serving up a choice of nutritious and delicious looking meals. We then visited the bedrooms which felt spacious and bright and in the landscaped communal gardens we were introduced to some keen resident gardeners who were busying themselves in Sherwood’s own allotment area. The Manager also explained that weekly resident activities are planned based on what residents have chosen to do for themselves and managed by the dedicated Lifestyle Co-ordinator which was refreshing to hear. The real lasting impression of Sherwood House was of smiling staff who seem to genuinely care about the home and its residents. Understanding individual care needs is high on the agenda at Sherwood as we witnessed a trained care provider genuinely interacting with a resident suffering from mild dementia; reminiscing about past times and

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Values Contemporary, reliable and expertly crafted are the values to which Lagoon Pools adheres to on every project they undertake. Based in Surrey, the company has created many stunning pools in and around the M25, neighbouring counties, and greater London. They can regularly be seen operating in private estates (but not exclusive to) around Weybridge, Esher, Cobham, Oxshott and Wimbledon. They work alongside leading property developers as a trusted partner, helping to design and build leisure spaces for some of the finest properties in England. Lagoon Pools also works alongside family home owners. For years they have been enhancing outdoor living spaces to be enjoyed by the whole family. They work closely with client needs, and provide efficient construction solutions for every unique home. Nothing gives more satisfaction to Lagoon Pools than when smiles are brought to the faces of families as they enjoy the summer time by the pool.

Design Every swimming pool they design is unique. They believe clean lines, simplicity and polished finishes are an unbeatable combination. Through their dedicated approach and technical expertise, Lagoon Pools are confident they can offer clients a superior swimming pool construction experience. Many pools now include LED lighting, speakers, water jets and fountains. Modern technology has elevated the swimming pool industry to new heights. 76 APRIL 2018

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Indoor or outdoor? An indoor swimming pool is a luxurious and convenient addition to any home. Whether for exercise routines or relaxation, it can add value to real estate and to the quality of life. Lagoon Pools has vast experience in managing and designing indoor pool projects. Bespoke leisure spaces are often built as extension’s to the home; giving a divine feeling of relaxation all year round. Many home owners are also redeveloping basement spaces to contain entertainment suites with swimming facilities, including Spa, Sauna and Steam rooms. Outdoor pools offer summer fun for all the family and friends. Many great memories are made by the pool in a refined outdoor living space. Lagoon Pools highly recommend outdoor pools to include Automatic Safety Covers, as piece of mind can be achieved in regards to the safety of children and family pets. Safety covers also provide greater water heat retention, adding efficiency to warm water swimming all year around. Over the last 40 years, Lagoon Pools have helped countless people realise their dreams of a bespoke, luxury swimming pool. They are committed to building swimming pools that you fall in love with. 01932 569569;

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nowy conditions could not defeat the crowd that came to see much loved gardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock officially re-open Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking last Saturday 17th March. Charlie Dimmock was at Squire’s all day hosting a number of gardening activities, including planting up pots to raise money for the charity Greenfingers, a Gardeners Question Time, a Spring Container Workshop, and she launched Squire’s ‘Grow Your Own Chips’ initiative for school children showing them how to grow potatoes in pots. Customers enjoyed live music from the Panama Jazz Band, and children were treated to face painting, balloon sculptures and clowns teaching them how to spin plates. Charlie and Chairman Colin Squire OBE helped plant a majestic Cloud Tree at the entrance to the garden centre to commemorate the opening. Charlie Dimmock said, “It was an absolute delight to spend the day at Squire’s in Woking and to

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see this fantastic new garden centre. I really enjoyed meeting so many people who are as enthusiastic about gardening as I am. It was a fun day and great to see so many children learning about gardening too.” Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s commented, “I’d like to thank Charlie for coming to officially re-open Squire’s in Woking. It was lovely to welcome her back to Squire’s as she has previously been to some of our other garden centres. She has so much energy, enthusiasm and horticultural knowledge, and all day I kept hearing customers saying ‘she’s great isn’t she’. I’d also like to thank everyone who came on Saturday and braved the snow. Charlie joked that it was ‘typical Ground Force weather!’ but the garden centre looked stunning nonetheless. Our team has put a lot of hard work into making it a beautiful place to visit, with lots of fantastic new stock. As a local family business, we are delighted to be open and part of the local community again, and I hope that this will be a garden centre that local people can be justly proud of having in their midst.” Squire’s Garden Centre on Littlewick Road in Woking has had a significant extension and a stunning makeover. There’s an inspirational plant area with an outdoor canopy to keep you and the plants dry, a much bigger shop, and the Café Bar has been extended and completely refurbished and now has a beautiful outdoor verandah where you can sit and admire the plants. Full waiting service means that you can order from the comfort of your table, plus every Sunday in March there’s live music from Surrey-based classical guitarist Richard Veitch between 12.30pm-2.30pm. Squire’s Garden Centre, Littlewick Road, Woking, GU21 4XR.

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The dazzling flowers of peonies are apparently Meghan Markle’s favourites. We show you how to grow these royal showstoppers in your own garden.

moved or replanted, so it may take a year or two for them to settle in before flowering. If you are transplanting existing plants, do it in early autumn or spring, keeping the rootball as intact as possible.

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That largely depends on the weather. Vast bowls of petals emerge from thick stalks above the pretty foliage in late spring and early summer, which will need supporting with a stake or frame to stop them falling over in the wind. The flowers of herbaceous peonies are shortlived, lasting little more than a week or two, and if it rains they won’t last that long, as wet weather tends to make them flop, particularly the heavy, double flowered forms.


undits have been predicting that peonies may feature in Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet, so enamoured is she with these saucer-sized romantic blooms. In the early days of dating Prince Harry, she posted a picture of a beautiful pink and white spray of peonies on Instagram, with the caption: ‘Swooning Over These. #London #peonies #spoiledrotten. You too could have peonies flowering in your garden come early summer, and some will be at their best around the time of the royal wedding in May. Their blousy blooms, in shades from deep red to white and everything in-between, add a touch of glamour to borders and, if you can bear it, you can cut them and bring them indoors.

How easy are they to grow? Pretty easy, in the right conditions. The pot-grown peonies you find in garden centres can be planted at any time of year, while bare-rooted types are ideally planted in October. They prefer heavier soil in a sunny or slightly shaded spot, and add plenty of organic matter to the planting hole before you start. Don’t let them get waterlogged, though. Add horticultural grit if the soil is extremely heavy. Don’t plant them too deeply - the soil should just cover the topmost tuberous roots. Mulch them lightly in February or March with potash-rich wood ash to increase flower production. If you want huge flowers (but less of them), debud the sideshoots in April or May with a sharp knife.

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Any recommended varieties? If you want huge pink fragrant double flowers, try Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’, which is favoured by commercial cut flower producers. Familiar favourites include P. officinalis ‘Rubra Plena’, a deep red, frilly double cottage variety, or if you want a larger tree peony, growing up to 2.5m, consider P. ludlowii, which bears zingy yellow saucer-shaped flowers. For a longer flowering period go for ‘Bowl Of Beauty’, a Japanese type which flowers for almost twice as long as the others and has a fantastic fragrance, growing to around 90cm, so it will need staking.

Any rules for cutting? Don’t cut stems in their first year of planting. Leave the plant to strengthen a bit and you’ll have more blooms to cut the following year. Always leave at least a third of the stems on each plant, which will help it gather strength and feed the root through summer and early autumn.

Indoor tips Acclaimed floral designer Judith Blacklock, founder of The Judith Blacklock Flower School ( in London, explains: “You must cut peonies in bud but there must be some colour showing in the bud or it won’t open.” She recommends pairing peonies in arrangements with astrantia and Alchemilla mollis. Peonies are thirsty cut flowers, so fill up your vase every day with fresh water and they should last about a week. Snip off the base of the stems every couple of days to help them last a little longer. “Remove the lower foliage but don’t discard it as you can mass the leaves together and they will look gorgeous,” Blacklock adds. “The cooler the atmosphere inside, the longer the flowers will last.”

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Interesting and varied furniture for your home A t this time of year if you pass No44 Furniture & Fine Things in Cobham, adjacent to the carpark you will see an area full of stunning outdoor furniture for dining and relaxing. This is continued on the indoor covered terrace area, where the 2018 collection includes outdoor furniture made from a mixture of aluminium, teak and woven rope – beautiful contemporary designs to enhance your outdoor area. On entering the main shop you will find it exactly as the name describes, with a wonderful selection of unique and individual furniture items, and many Fine Things including Lamps, Decorative Items, Mirrors, Clocks and Homewares. Paul and Jayne Robertson, owners of No44 Furniture & Fine Things, take considerable time sourcing the furniture, and buy directly from suppliers in Europe and Asia. Their aim is to provide an interesting and varied furniture range and accompany this with individual accessory items that are regularly changing. Dining Furniture features strongly in the store, ranges include beautiful Oak Dining Tables in both classic and contemporary designs, accompanied by a wide range of dining chairs including Dining Benches in Leather or Fabric – a favourite in Europe and now becoming popular with the British customer. New for 2018 are Dining Tables with the surface made from Dekton – a stunningly beautiful surface that looks like marble but is indestructible and ideal for combining family living and formal dining. The team of staff at No 44 Furniture & Fine Things really understand the furniture business and are on hand to offer advice and a personal service to their customers, Paul confirms “Our aim is to make a visit to No 44 Furniture & Fine Things an inspiring experience that will give our customers new ideas for their homes, and the first class customer service they would expect when visiting an established independent store”. No 44 Furniture & Fine Things is open seven days a week and has a customer car park at the rear of the store.

From top: Portland Teak Sofa Set with Sunbrella Cushions £2250.00; No44 Furniture & Fine Things Shop front; Jimmy Dining Bench from £650.00 Jimmy Dining Chair from £265.00; Valencia Dekton & Teak Dining Table £3295.00; Geneva Teak 240cm Table with 8 Milan Armchairs £2650.00

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The Great Outdoors


hen the sky is grey and the temperatures are still chilly, sometimes you can’t help but look forward to the bright sun and warmth of the summer. At NOXU Home we’re looking ahead, bringing you a selection of designer product essentials to ensure that when Summer arrives you have a garden you can really enjoy! On long Summer evenings, there’s no better place to be than gathering with friends and family around a crackling fire as the sun goes down. Eva Solo’s fantastic new Fire Globe helps you enjoy the glowing embers in style; a stylish sculptural tripod fire-pit that enhances the aesthetic pleasure of the fire while protecting it from winds! When the sun does finally set the night doesn’t need to be over; the Sunlight Garden Pendant Light is the perfect way to illuminate your garden. After 8 hours of sunlight, these pendant lights will shine brightly for up to 20 hours! Hang an array of Sunlight Garden Pendants from trees, balconies or patio covers for a truly magical feel. For a more romantic, rustic, vibe to your summer evenings, look no further than the stunning Mohani Lanterns from British designers Nkuku. A beautiful geometric lantern of antique brass and glass, this timeless lantern looks beautiful with everything from large pillar candles to a handful of simple tea-lights. Nkuku doesn’t just make lanterns; they also 86 APRIL 2018

“For a more romantic, rustic, vibe to your summer evenings, look no further than the stunning Mohani Lanterns”

make the perfect accessories for your outdoor space whatever the time of day; their incredible Manduri Hanging Planters. These floating terrariums are the perfect accessory for your garden, outhouse or porch. Show off your plants, cacti or any decorative accessories while keeping them protected! Bring a splash of cheerful colour to your garden with the outdoor rugs and poufs from the brilliantly creative designers at Green Decore. Quirky yet functional, Green Decore’s designs will be loved by all your friends and family; their rugs make a perfect playmat or picnic mat, while their snazzy poufs are effortlessly moveable seats for all weather. Easy to clean while being damp and mould resistance, Green Decore have created garden essentials for 2018!

THE TOP GARDEN FURNITURE TRENDS FOR SUMMER 2018 B ridgman have launched an exquisite new 2018 garden furniture collection, inspired by the latest trends of using mixed materials alongside sumptuous comfort and convenience. With stylish armchairs, comfortable sofas and scratch-resistant tables, our furniture is ideal for both lounging and dining!

Verona Collection: The exceptional Verona Dining and Lounging collections has an incredible 10 year guarantee. Also, it’s maintancence free, weatherproof and comes with accompanied Aqua Grey fully waterproof cushions – so your fabulous furniture is protected even on rainy days. Relax and have a glass of wine as there is no need to worry about red wine spillages – your cushions will stay stain free!

Beautiful but durable, this Verona Dining Collection is made with quality craftsmanship in mind. Verona Lounging Inspired by the breath-taking Italian coasts and seas, the gorgeous Verona Lounging collection is perfect for the outdoors. With wonderful shades of grey, this collection is expertly crafted to give you maximum comfort and quality! Made from aluminium, this remarkable Verona Lounging collection boasts premium longevity whilst being stylish. Designed by Bridgman, the collection

features an array of sumptuous sofas, relaxing sun loungers and comfy lounging chairs - ideal to chill outside with friends and family.

Verona Dining

The Verona Dining collection, designed by Bridgman, is true testament to the fresh mixed material trend. Combining sophisticated rattan dining chairs with high quality aluminium and high pressure laminate (HPL) tables - the Verona Collection is guaranteed to impress. Beautiful but durable, this Verona Dining Collection is made with quality craftsmanship in mind.

Paris Collection: Add a touch of modernity to your outdoor area, with our magnificent Paris collection. Ideal for small spaces, the incredible Paris collection is easily storable with lightweight stacking armchairs, sun loungers and even flat folding dining tables! Effortlessly durable maintenance free materials; resin, HPL and aluminium which require minimal effort to clean. These table tops are made out of HPL which means they are not only water resistant, they are scratch resistant as well. Better still, the Paris collection has 3 year guarantee. This Paris collection is impressively unique as it is comfortable with the need of seat cushions! Available in 3 stunning shades; volcanic grey, volcanic black and ice white. To stay even more on trend, add a touch of Bridgman Georg Jensen, Voyage Maison and Villeroy & Boch accessories to make your garden furniture a statement piece! APRIL 2018 87

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SHERE OPEN GARDENS One of Surrey’s most unspoilt villages opens its garden gates for charity for the 40th time, Sunday 24th June 2018


pen Gardens fundraising events are becoming popular across the country, but few have been an annual event for as long as Shere Open Gardens which this year is celebrating its 40th event with about 30 beautiful private gardens open to the public on Sunday 24th June. Shere is one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey nestles at the foot of the North Downs between Guildford and Dorking. Whether you are a keen gardener or simply curious to see behind the lichen covered walls and manicured hedges, Shere Open Gardens gives a glimpse into quintessential England and offers an enjoyable afternoon wandering around gardens in full bloom. This is an especially celebratory year for Shere Open Gardens and with this in mind there will be more gardens on show than ever before – about 30 are preparing for the big day - from sheltered courtyards full of spectacular flowering pots and

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containers or colourful cottage gardens festooned with roses, poppies and lupins in the heart of the village, to a great selection of larger elegantly landscaped gardens with sculptured planting and verdant lawns. The Tillingbourne river snakes through Shere and makes its presence in many of the gardens either as a backdrop or the focal point and there are two spectacular water gardens to be visited at Netley Mill House and The Old Netley Mill. There will be a plant sale, an over-the-wall gardeners’ question time at the allotments, the cricket club will run a Pimms Stall and the mums from Shere School serve home-made teas in the village hall. The funds raised by the event are split between about 15 local causes aimed at all ages and stages in the community, from the Shere School and the Cricket Club to the Pensioner’s Christmas Party and the local Veterans. Photography by Chris Capstick

THE DETAILS Event: Shere Open Gardens Location: Shere, off A25 half way between Guildford and Dorking Date: Sunday 24th June 2018 Time: 2pm – 6pm Parking: provided (well signposted) Refreshment: Teas served in the Village Hall Entry: Adults: £7; Over 65: £6; Children under 16: FREE. Tickets are available at the village hall and selected gardens, ask parking attendants for the nearest point. No dogs (other than Guide Dogs) allowed For further information: or follow us on Facebook

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Welcome to London Garden Designer, a friendly, personalised company set up by qualified and experienced garden designer Sara Jane Rothwell.


he London based design practice was established in 2002, where their portfolio of work ranges from small domestic courtyards, roof terraces and gardens, to full-scale rural landscapes throughout the Uk and Europe. They also collaborate regularly with property developers, restaurants and architects to produce Landscape plans for large scale developments and new builds. They pride themselves on the good working relationships they establish and maintain with their clients.

“My previous career as a film set designer and my passion for architecture, materials and textures has informed the way we design as a studio” With an emphasis on quality and detail, London Garden Designer work with you to create a distinctive, imaginative yet practical garden to suit your needs and budget, listening carefully to your requirements, ideas and wishes. The distinctive style of their gardens is very much reflective of their close working relationship with the client, ranging from classic to contemporary. “My previous career as a film set designer and my passion for architecture, materials and textures has informed the way we design as a studio, allowing for imaginative spaces that are unique to each project. No client is the same, no space has the same topography, therefore it is our job to translate these ideas and practical requirements into a garden that will give you pleasure for years to come “ London Garden Designer work regularly with a select group of reputable landscape contractors who carry out our design specifications to a very 90 APRIL 2018

high standard. Lighting is often an integral part of the design service to complete the picture and allow for year round use. All the plants they specify are sourced from specialist nurseries whose quality is assured and for a more instant effect they can bring in mature specimens. Their intention is to ensure a smooth and seamless process through from the initial design concept to the final completion of the garden build. In 2006, Sara Jane joined the elite few, as a fully registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, dedicated to maintaining standards of professionalism within the industry. During the last 15 years LGD has built an enviable reputation for their gardens of flair and imagination, having designed over 300 projects during this time, and are always keen for a new challenge. “I feel very lucky to have found a career that I genuinely love and provides so much ongoing satisfaction to my clients.”

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INTERIORS STAR BRIGHT This chandelier’s long, slender arms radiate from a central sphere in an elliptical burst. Manufactured from brass and beautifully formed by skilled artisans, the chandelier will add luxury to your home. It features eight bulbs that are tugged among the brass arms. £780,


The Romulus is an elegant and beautiful daybed with a shallow button back detail, designed for rume by Richard P Baker. As with all rume chaises it is handmade to order by our skilled staff in our Sussex workshops, drawing on classic English furniture making traditions and techniques and combining long established practices with proven modern materials. This individual approach means you can specify the fabric, leg timber and stain. As shown it has a sprung seat and back and solid ash legs with black stain.


Pretty baby blue fluffy cushions and comfy seat pads - the perfect way to create a unique and inviting and relaxing outdoor living space. Available from Dekoria in different sizes and in a variety of patterns and solid colours to mix & match. £18,



We love this modern circles mirror – great for the end of a long hallway or the narrow wall at the bottom of a staircase. £149, 94 APRIL 2018

Beckon the sun into your home with this Sol decorative piece. Classic in design, the central gold disc and wavy metal sunrays handmade out of durable steel ensure that this decorative item will last a lifetime. The Sol can be made to measure and the central gold disc can be swapped out for mirrored glass (plain, distressed, antique, fossil or speckled which can also be bevelled), allowing you to create a bespoke and personalised wall composition. £160,


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alking about colour, light and adventurous projects with Katherine Richards is certainly interesting. Last year she finished working on a five-year project, refurbishing two houses in Spain and says “working there has been inspiring, exciting and challenging in the most positive way!” ‘This project was commissioned after we completed our client’s London home. They were so delighted with the results they asked if I would be interested in transforming their Spanish homes”, Katherine explains. “The team of builders there were excellent and I project monitored from UK with regular visits to site”. “The clients were fabulous and gave me artistic freedom (up to a point), so I was able to really design a space which was unique and very personal to them”. The houses look like fairly typical Spanish villas with a nice contemporary feel, until you start to look at them in detail. Then you realise that every area upon which your eye rests, has been personalised in some way. One of the houses has ‘Stars’ in the name

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and around the pool there are tiny star shaped tiles laid into the polished concrete surround. There are giant concrete stars laid into the ground into which a palm tree has been planted and each star has been decoratively hand painted by Katherine. Fish and shells are one of her clients’ passions, so she designed a truly amazing barbeque in the shape of a scallop shell. There are sculpted curls in the rendered walls and the most fantastic hand mosaiced and multicoloured fountain which she mosaiced herself. Interesting internal wall shapes and mists of colour enhancing curves add even more interest. “I have loved every minute of this project – it has been unusual for me to be able to be so hands on so I have been extremely fortunate and able to exercise my creative skills” Katherine is particularly interested in getting to know her clients well, which then informs her of their taste and style. Sometimes they don’t always know what their innermost likes are so I am able to draw it out and then it becomes exciting! If clients are willing to engage fully, take some risks and think outside the box at times, they can enjoy complete transformations and discoveries about colour and light and design! Katherine’s honest passion and interest in people and their homes is evident and it is clear that anyone fortunate enough to engage her on a project will not regret it. Katherine Richards Design are based in Hove, East Sussex and the team work on projects in Surrey, Sussex, London and Spain.

“Sometimes they don’t always know what their innermost likes are so I am able to draw it out and then it becomes exciting! If clients are willing to engage fully, take some risks and think outside the box at times, they can enjoy complete transformations and discoveries about colour and light and design!”



Spring Dining

pringtime dining – be it hosting a supper party with friends or a relaxed, family, weekend brunch – is just as much about the setting as it is about what’s being served. Menu decided, consider ways to elevate your table settings so that they complement the food and reflect the season. Linen napkins are an easy way to make any meal feel that touch more special; Antonia, with its fringed edging and natural linen slubs is a happy balance between relaxed and refined. Next comes crockery. The undulating rims and bobbled design of Bowsley is the most laidback; Lowther is all about tactility. It feels as though it was made in a small artisan ceramic studio. Each piece is rippled, but mildly – as though it’s just come off the potter’s wheel – and is dusted with dark brown freckles on an off-white background; and Fenton is all about simple sophistication with its pure palette and fine bone china credentials. Or mix all three collections to create an interesting interplay. And serveware is always a must. It’s surprising how much difference is felt when bread is served in a woven basket lined with our Emily napkins or water from a pretty carafe sat in the centre point of your table. Hebden 230cm trestle table, Chalked Oak top, Chalked Oak legs £1,470 Blyton pillar candles, Old Rose, from £4 Montague dining chair, Mist £220 Ella tumblers, set of six £37 Herston large console table £1,235, Hanley pot £84

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pecialists in curtain fabric, interior design, making up and fitting, Fabric World is a family business that has been established for 40 years, they have two fabric shops in Epsom and Croydon, Surrey.  Stocking over 4000 designer fabrics for curtains, blind, soft furnishings and upholstery where their experienced staff will discuss your requirements and advise you on measurements, fabrics, fittings and accessories. Their expert interior designers offer an excellent personal service covering Surrey and London. Designers visit your home with a huge range of designer fabric samples and discuss with you curtains, blinds and your tailor made interior design scheme. Also offering a complete fitting service so that your curtains and blinds are fitted to a professional standard. The Epsom fabric shop has curtain making workrooms where a professional and expert team of curtain makers create all styles of curtains and blinds. They have collectively worked for Fabric World for nearly a century.  

Home Consultation Interior Design Service

To make your home really special, a complete home consultation interior design service is offered in Surrey and London. Using mobile design vans, interior Designers will visit your home  bringing  with them over 1500 samples of designer fabrics, 500 samples of wallpaper, paint charts and blind and curtain books so you can touch and feel samples to help you achieve the look that you have always wanted. They share and advise on exclusive curtain, interior design and soft furnishing ideas and listen to your ideas to create your own unique style.  Sourcing fabrics from all corners of the world, including their own suppliers in China and India, and specialising in custom-made furnishings

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“Using mobile design vans, interior Designers will visit your home  bringing  with them over 1500 samples of designer fabrics, 500 samples of wallpaper, paint charts and blind and curtain books so you can touch and feel samples to help you achieve the look that you have always wanted”

for people who want something different, special or simply unique. ‘The library of books and samples are enormous ,and if you can’t find what you are looking for, it probably doesn’t exist!’ The interior design service covers everything, including measuring up, estimating fabric, choosing fabrics, trimmings, blinds, poles and tracks. They also make the curtains and blinds in their workroom at the Epsom shop and provide a professional fitting service. An interior design consultation only costs £50 and if your total order is worth £500 or more the cost is refunded. The Designer works on the curtain and soft furnishing interior design aspects, and also work in partnership with other Designers and Architects who take on complete house renovations and need to outsource to companies such as Fabric World for soft furnishings. With a wealth of experience they have helped and advised thousands of customers who come back repeatedly! Epsom: Tel: 01372 723640 15 West Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7RL Opposite Station Approach (parking for 20 cars) Croydon: Tel: 020 8688 6282 6 – 10 Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6AA Images: The Animalia Collection by Emma J Shipley


Looking for beautiful slim line metal windows and doors? Met Therm manufacture and install the AG210 range offering the slimmest thermally broken ‘A+10 rated’ metal windows and doors available



erfect for restoration and renovation projects, replacement windows for new builds*, our windows and doors are handmade to measure by our skilled craftsmen. Recognising the distinctive and coveted features of steel windows and doors, the AG210 range offers a product which counters the issues traditional windows can create whilst offering welded corners, weld-on hinges, multi-point locking and polyester powder finish. Once installed, the range requires minimal maintenance and your home will be lighter, brighter and warmer. Our windows and doors make ideal replacements for traditional steel windows. We can ensure an excellent match for your home, achieving the traditional styling of the originals and providing a seamless blend of old and new. Once completed, your new windows and doors are almost indistinguishable from the original.

Windows Our windows (and doors) can be installed direct to brick, stone or wood surrounds and we can replicate beautiful leaded lights, small Georgian/cottage panes or the classic lines of the 1930s window and also offer bespoke designs. 104 APRIL 2018

Met Therm’s stylish doors and door screens transform the look and feel of your room with slender sections and slim line framing for maximum vision and light. All doors are crafted by hand, allowing you to create a traditional style with or without kicking panel, contemporary clear glazing, or a more industrial welded bar design.

Colour and Finish Polyester powder coating provides a highly durable, low maintenance finish. With over 250 colours and a choice of finishes there are plenty of options to complement your design and project. Complete your project by selecting hinges and handles to ensure an authentic replacement.

Met Therm Windows Met Therm is a family-run business and our dedicated team draws on extensive experience within the replacement steel windows industry to meet each customer’s needs and focus on ensuring a quality service. “Met Therm were prompt and helpful throughout. Thank you for a first-class job, we would definitely recommend your products and company.”– Mr and Mrs S, Hamble. Call Met Therm on 01730 894 745, email or visit *Part Q testing pending

“We can ensure an excellent match for your home, achieving the traditional styling of the originals and providing a seamless blend of old and new”

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ince moving to Cobham six years ago Adaptations have gained an enviable reputation for their contemporary kitchen designs. Working with German furniture brands such Rotpunkt and Eggersmann they offer a wide range of styles and finishes to suit most budgets including matt and gloss lacquers, textured laminates and saw cut veneers which they mix together to create beautiful eclectic designs. Several years ago they introduced their very own unique bespoke range of furniture made from reclaimed Oak. These beautiful freestanding pieces are individually hand built by experienced craftsmen using reclaimed rustic Oak and come complete with splits and knots and other imperfections resulting in each and every island being totally unique. They can also be stained with an ebony stain to create a more dramatic effect. Adaptations integrate these pieces effortlessly into their client’s designs mixing them with contemporary matt lacquered furniture to create truly individual and eclectic designs. The oak, which is sourced from the Kentucky in the US, was originally used as ranch and railway fencing. It then has to go through several processes before it can be planned and prepared prior to being made into these individual pieces of furniture. The worktops are available in a range of contemporary materials such as Neolith and Dekton in addition to natural stone options including granite and marble and are offered in a wide selection colours, thicknesses and textures. Adaptations also have a wide selection of

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appliance brands on display at their showroom in Cobham including Siemens, Miele, Bora, Barazza, Sub-Zero and Wolf. Prices start at around ÂŁ30,000 for a complete kitchen. For a free no obligation initial consultation please contact Adaptations on 01932 584940



CEDARWOOD S et within a generous mature landscaped plot with views across the open Cheshire countryside Cedarwood offers a contemporary rural residence completed to the highest possible specification. The brief was to create a timeless yet elegant design, which connected with the surrounding landscape. Nestled deep within the established plot the simple series of refined linear buildings blend seamlessly and capture the innate natural beauty of their setting. Strategically positioned the buildings provide an array of landscaped courtyards each with its own distinct character. Constructed from the highest quality natural materials the buildings are designed to provide a healthy and sustainable living environment, highly insulated and filled with light. The large panels of recessed glazing which adorn the elevations provide panoramic views across the site whilst creating a series of bright internal living spaces. The glazing itself is highly thermally efficient allowing energy from the sun to enter the building whilst limiting

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heat loss during winter. The natural slate roof lines, which float effortlessly over the buildings, provide shelter and protection from the elements. The purity of the roof forms are further enhanced by the use of recessed guttering and concealed down-pipes. Constructed from a rigid steel frame the buildings are clad externally in western red cedar, which has a superior natural durability and resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage. Selected for its warm textured grain and rich colour cedar has an inherent quality that has been proven to retain its appearance for several decades. The use of cedar provides a strong visual connection and roots the buildings within its landscape. The buildings themselves are highly thermally insulated using sustainable wood-fibre board that not only reduces heat loss but also gives protection from overheating in the summer months. the building construction is highly breathable and vapour permeable protecting the building fabric and providing a naturally healthy living environment. Heating is provided via underfloor heating linked to a highly efficient gas-condensing boiler. Award: Northern Design Award – New Build House Winner


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ontemporary windows are so much more than something to look through and let in light. The right window can act as a focal point for your home and enhance a room’s space as well as significantly increase the amount of light coming into your property. With the right positioning, spectacular scenery can become the focus of your room, even the focus of your home. Whether as a huge picture window or a perfectly aligned group of smaller windows, you can bring the outside in. Evolution’s contemporary timber alternative windows fuse minimal fuss and simplicity of design with clean, understated lines to provide a stunning, architecturally-led design solution for the modern home. They adhere to the minimalist design ethos featuring slim frames and a greater glazed area to maximise light and space. Walls of windows or patio doors can help connect the interior of a home with the immediate surroundings. Thresholds are minimized, rooflines blend into tree lines, and outdoor spaces can become your expanded living space. There are a multitude of beautiful shapes and styles, made to your exact specifications. Evolution can manufacture square, curved or arched windows, of different shapes and sizes. Or for a spacious and open feel, floor to ceiling windows are a popular choice in contemporary properties, allowing natural light to flood into your home. Whichever style

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works best for you and your home. Once you have selected the size, shape and style of window, there are a multitude of glazing options including triple glazing, acoustic glass and even coloured glass to give a real wow factor. In addition you can also choose from over 200 RAL colours for your window frame, with a different colour on the inside to the outside if required. For added peace of mind, all Evolution timber alternative windows feature high security, multipoint locking systems as standard, combined with exceptional energy performance and exquisite wood effect and painted finishes that provide a long life and low maintenance. In addition to award-winning aesthetics, these are just some of the state-of-the-art features that set an Evolution window apart. The most important thing when choosing contemporary windows is to consider how it looks on the outside as well as on the inside. Having the right window to enhance your properties curb appeal is as important as its effect on the interior of your property. Beautiful equal sightlines and a greater glazed area for maximum light are important factors, and the reassurance that each window is carefully tailor-made for your project. Whether this is through the use of custom glass designs, frame dimensions and colours, or the window style itself, you can achieve your very own Grand Design. For further information visit tel 01767 821548

“With the right positioning, spectacular scenery can become the focus of your room


Local Rental Market sees much needed Boost

With the bad news that petrol prices are at a 3 year high, comes the positive effect that oil companies are doing well and as a result the local rental market is seeing a much needed boost. Jamie Wheatley from Martin & Wheatley explains more…


e reported at the end of last year that oil companies were relocating large tranches of employees to the UK for January 2018. We didn’t know at the time how long this would last but they continue to come thick and fast and this looks set to continue well into the summer. The demand is mainly for family houses in North Surrey and Berkshire from £2500pcm to £10,000pcm. These are great tenancies which tend to last 2-5 years on average. We are doing strong business in this market but there is already beginning to be a shortage of the right homes. This lack of letting stock coincides nicely with the ongoing soft sales market. Whilst many are holding out hope that house prices and the number of transactions will perk up in the forthcoming season, we think it is more realistic to expect this fragile period in the sales market to extend for probably another 2 years. At least until stamp duty is revised or Brexit settles down further. Developers particularly are realising the benefits of refinancing stock they can’t sell, locking into low interest rates (for now!) and renting out the houses instead. What will happen now we hope is that private sellers start to follow suit. We’ve seen this happen in countless difficult markets before and quite often these initial ‘reluctant landlords’ end up keeping the investment for the long term with no regrets and without looking back. It is a win-win for the new landlords and for tenants and helps to get some fluidity back in the market. Being a company that specialises in Lettings we often worry that we will miss out on these prospective landlords because we’re not initially selling their home. However, what we find is that discerning investors prefer to consult and engage us as we can give them honest and realistic advice, independently of a sales department. We’ve navigated our clients through many difficult markets and never has it been a better time to have an experienced agent on your side. We love to talk property, why not pop in or call for a chat. 20 Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9XE; 01932 855801 112 APRIL 2018

“We think it is more realistic to expect this fragile period in the sales market to extend for probably another 2 years”


The Property Rich List Grosvenor Crescent is crowned the most expensive street in England and Wales.

Here are the most expensive streets according to Lloyds Bank, with an average house price: 1. Grosvenor Crescent, Belgravia, Westminster:, £16,918,000 2. Ilchester Place, Holland Park, Kensington and Chelsea: £16,700,000 3. Eaton Square, Belgravia, Westminster: £13,585,000 4. Chester Square, Westminster: £12,534,000 5. Carlyle Square, Kensington and Chelsea: £11,618,000

Grosvenor Crescent

A property in East Road, Weybridge

reputations as exclusive addresses, for not only their rich historical legacy, but are both close to exclusive amenities in Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Chelsea, as well as the capital’s business and entertainment districts. Outside of London, seven of the top 20 most expensive streets in England and Wales are in Surrey, with three alone in the suburban town of Weybridge, with average prices ranging between £3.9m and just over £5m. Further afield, expensive streets in, or close to, Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset, an area dubbed “Britain’s Mayfair-on-Sea” also makes the table, and is home to former Premier League managers and millionaire businesspeople. Lloyds has said there are now 73 “million pound streets”, where the typical property is worth at least £1 million, dotted right across England and Wales.


rosvenor Crescent located in the heart of Belgravia, has average property prices of £16.9million according to a report in 2017 by Lloyds Bank. The street stretches from Duke of Wellington Place to Belgrave Square, and is a short walk from Buckingham Palace. Mostly made up of grand flats rather than houses, its Grade II-listed properties are thought to have been built between 1837 and 1860. But while residents in Grosvenor Crescent are celebrating, their wealthy neighbours in Eaton Square – which topped the bank’s table a year ago – have each typically seen more than £3m wiped off the value of their property in the space of 12 months, cutting the average price to just over £13.5m. A £55million mega mansion was listed for sale in the prestigious square in 2016 but is no longer on the market, which could account for part of the price readjustment. London not surprisingly is home to six of the most expensive streets in England and Wales, all of which are in the prime boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Both have established

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6. Kensington Road, Kensington and Chelsea: £10,185,000 7. East Road, Weybridge, Surrey: £5,053,000 8. The Green, Richmond: £4,706,000 9. West Road, Weybridge, Surrey: £4,578,000 10. Charlbury Road, Oxford: £4,470,000 11. Coombe Park, Kingston-uponThames: £4,295,000 12. Queens Drive, Leatherhead, Surrey: £4,222,000 13. Crick Road, Oxford: £3,978,000 14. Cavendish Road, Weybridge, Surrey: £3,881,000 15. Fishers Wood, Ascot, Berkshire: £3,762,000 16. Leys Road, Leatherhead, Surrey: £3,749,000 17. Gorse Hill Road, Virginia Water, Surrey: £3,727,000 18. Icklingham Road, Cobham, Surrey: £3,559,000 19. Ham Common, Richmond: £3,303,000

Ilchester Place, Holland Park

20. Panorama Road, Poole, Dorset £2,361,000

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