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Kidz @ The Ritz. Creating magical memories for children.




he most family-oriented of London’s luxury hotels, the setting of The Ritz is perfect, with the wide spaces of the stunning Royal Green Park on our doorstep and a variety of toy stores and family activities to delight children only a short walk away. The service is legendary and their Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant boasts a menu sure to please even the fussiest of young diners. Ascot Racecourse has created the Ascot Spring Garden Show. England’s first garden show of this scale in 2018. 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. Rardley Motors is the one stop workshop for all your Ferrari Servicing and restoration needs. A company formed in the mid 1970’s, it has gone from strength to strength continuing to build on its success through reputation and customer focus. Easter is coming, and so are the Easter Eggs! Which one will you choose this year? We went along to visit Chris Bachmann at his multi award winning Weybridge Patisserie in the search of the perfect egg. We asked him, “What makes a Bachmanns Egg so special?” 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.

Faye Manning Editor


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VIP Ladies Day at The Friary Guildford Ladies are invited to get ready for Mother’s Day by indulging in an afternoon of pure relaxation, glamour and lavish treats. With makeovers and goodybags, a Prosecco lounge, live music, styling tips from professional colour analysts, delicious nibbles and exclusive retailer discounts from stores such as Kiko, Accessorize, Boux Avenue, Sole Trader and Smiggle, ladies will be made to feel like the Princesses they truly are. Enjoy all things luxurious at this Wonderland themed event. 12 - 4pm - Free. The Friary, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4YT


the calendar

20 march

Tea and Talk at Haslemere Museum: Palaeontology Looking for something different to do? Then why not go along and enjoy the Museum’s informal talks for adults with tea and biscuits. Join Palaeontologist Dr Andy Swan and discover more about the Museum’s extraordinary fossil collection. To find out more, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk. 2.30pm no need to book. Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA

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Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring Show Discover fabulous displays of orchids, learn how to care for your orchid and speak to our friendly experts for help with all your orchid questions. Free propagation and care workshops during the day. The perfect place to get expert advice and buy from a range of top suppliers. This event is free with normal Garden entry. 10am to 4pm. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

19 march

BALLET CENTRAL With a chance to see the rising stars in dance theatre, Ballet Central presents a new programme showcasing the best in international dance. These young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers will perform a mixed bill, featuring works by world-renowned choreographers. Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX


MOTHER’S DAY at denbies


Treat your mum to a wonderful day out at this local vineyard

Birdworld’s Easter Holiday Eggstravaganza Percy the Penguin has hidden a bumper 50 eggs around the 26-acre park in a very special Easter Eggstravaganza spotting trail. Entries at all levels will be placed into a draw for the chance to win some great prizes, including Penguin Feeding for over 7’s and cute cuddly toys! Birdworld Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD


Easter Bunny Special Cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal All your favourite Easter characters will be here to entertain you. Come along and join in the fun. 40 minute trips at 11am, 12pm and 2pm. £10. The wharf behind the Onslow Arms, High Street, Loxwood, West Sussex, Surrey RH14 0RD



Timber Hill - Open Garden for NGS Beautifully kept 15 acre park like garden and woodland with views to N Downs. Fine oaks, liquidambar and liriodendron. Early witch hazel walk, a sea of snowdrops and species crocus; beech, cherry, maples, acers, over 200 camellias and magnolias. Drifts of spring narcissi, daffodils and stunning camassias, tulips in borders. 11am3.30pm. Telephone: 01932 873875. Timber Hill, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8JF

until 31 MARCH

Exhibition: A New View The Museum’s spring exhibition, mounted in association with the Capel Camera Club, features beautiful landscapes and iconic images of our stunning market town and the surrounding countryside and villages. The club, established in 1963, is a group of both amateur and professional photographers who have come together to create this joint project. 10am to 4pm Price: Adults £2, Concessions £1, Under-5s free, Family ticket £4.50. Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre, The Old Foundry, 62 West Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1BS


The Gallery Restaurant Mother’s Day Brunch & Outdoor Vineyard Tour Brunch in the panoramic third floor Gallery Restaurant followed by the outdoor vineyard tour with a glass of sparkling wine, climbing to the highest point of the vineyard offering breath-taking views across the estate 9.30am to 11am, £29.50 per person.


Cadbury Easter nature quiz Identify natural things on our nature table and claim a Cadbury’s Easter prize. 11am to 4pm, £3. Shalford Mill, Shalford, Nr Guildford Surrey GU4 8BS



Mane Chance Easter Egg Trail Meet the horses and shetland ponies, see the farm, enjoy the walk and solve the clues along the way to win an Easter egg prize. 10am-3pm, £3 per trail. Book at tickets@manechancesanctuary.org Mane Chance Sanctuary, Monkshatch Garden Farm, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey GU3 1DL

Mother’s Day Vintage Sparkling Afternoon Tea Enjoy Denbies sparkling wine tour hosted by Denbies Wine Expert in the atmospheric Denbies cellars where you will be guided through a tasting of our award winning sparkling wine. Followed by an informal afternoon tea served buffet style in the Denbies cellar with live music. 3pm to 5pm, £35.

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Kenley Market This is a friendly indoor market with lots of bargains,jewellery,clothes, toys,bric a brac etc, with a cafe for you to have a cup of tea with a friend....Whether you want to come as a customer or a new stall holder,selling off a sortout from home or a craft you love but have too much of,all are welcome,come and find us at Kenley. 8.30am till midday Free entrance, stalls £10 Menorial Hall, Godstone Road, Kenley, Surrey CR8 5AB

Mother’s Day Celebration Flower Arranging Demonstration ‘Perfect gift for mother’ Join us for a hands on experience focussing on Spring flowers basket arranging. Refreshments and light lunch with a glass of sparkling wine included. 10am to 2.30pm. £35. All at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA march 2 0 1 8 9


A big day out with Peter Rabbit™ at Kew Gardens Friday 30 March – 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). Kew.org 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 observer”. urrey based Couture Milliner Amanda A lot of Amanda’s individual designs are worn Keitch is delighted to win a place at the for the races, weddings and cocktail parties but London Hat Week Exhibition. Exhibiting don’t overlook her casual felt fedoras, so stylish but her Blackbird Cocktail hat, Amanda has perfect to keep warm on a chilly day. become an in demand hat designer for Amanda is teaching millinery at The the past twenty eight years, originally Reigate School of Art at present, she learning Millinery at Central St London Hat often gives talks on the history and Martins in London and working Week March etiquette of hats and collaborates for Royal Milliner Philip 22-28, 2018 with London Couturiers Masato Somerville for four years in London Hat Week is a collection of with her millinery. Her work is London. hat related events run by individuals also soon to be in an American Amanda was lucky and organisations across London, poetry book by Patrick Coates. enough to design and make celebrating the art of hats in the If you book an appointment hats for Her Majesty The City that is home to some of the to order a hat with Amanda, it’s Queen, Her Royal Highness most talented hat designers truly an experience to savour. The The Princess of Wales and Her in the world. impeccable bespoke customer service Royal Highness The Duchess of with couture fabrics, the craftsmanship Kent. She has also made hats for and knowledge used to create such beautiful Golden Eye Bond film and many other unique model hats is second to none. exciting fashion shows and exhibitions. “I’ve always loved making hats, there are many www.amandakeitch.co.uk parts to making the perfect hat, firstly it’s the initial design, this could be me designing a new collection or designing a hat especially for an individual client or collaboration between us both. I will using traditional couture methods and craftsmanship in creating a hat that will last a life time. I get such immense pleasure in hand blocking a hat and sewing everything by hand, I feel a hat is the final piece to enhance an outfit and allow the wearer to feel confident and fabulous at the same time. A hat is a thing of beauty, a sculpture or a piece of art to be enjoyed by the wearer and admired by

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INNER SOUNDS An Exhibition of Contemporary Tapestry Weaving About Tapestry Weaving:


ourth biennial exhibition of contemporary woven tapestry art. Inner Sounds, as a woven tapestry art exhibition, is the latest in a series of biennials showcasing the individual creative practices of members of the British Tapestry Group South East (BTGSE). The theme of the exhibition explores types of listening, visualised in a world saturated with sounds and images, with the intention of raising awareness whether as viewer, listener or tapestry weaver. The exhibitors have explored their responses through the medium of woven tapestry to create rich and varied works of art. The tapestry art on display will include works from all members including those who exhibit nationally and internationally as well as from those who are at different stages of their artistic journeys. Within the exhibition there will be: Weaving supplies and postcards for purchase; Other textile related stalls; Demonstrations of tapestry weaving; Opportunities to meet and talk to the weavers

Haslemere’s links to weaving Surrey and Sussex have a rich history of weaving and so it is fitting that the exhibition is being held at the Haslemere Museum as the town was a thriving centre for weaving as recently as 100 years ago. Haslemere’s Arts and Craft movement was based around Foundry Meadow. The silk weaver, Luther Hooper ran the Haslemere silk weaving studio from Green Bushes. Nearby at the Weaving House on Kings Road, Maude Egerton King set up eleven looms to teach local women to weave. Next door was the Tapestry Studio where tapestries and rugs were made to Godfrey Blount’s designs. www.haslemeresociety.org

By raising public awareness through its exhibitions and regional activities, the BTG showcases the combination of craftsmanship and artistic inspiration that is translated into woven pieces.

About the British Tapestry Group: The British Tapestry Group (BTG) promotes and explores the concept of woven tapestry as a contemporary art form. By raising public awareness through its exhibitions and regional activities, the BTG showcases the combination of craftsmanship and artistic inspiration that is translated into woven pieces. The British Tapestry Group welcomes professional UK and international tapestry weavers as well as supporting those who are starting on their weaving journey. More information on the British Tapestry Group can be found at www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk 14 MARCH 2018

“Tapestry as an expressive art holds a precious heritage of connection through the personal narratives and life histories of those who commissioned the works and those who have woven them” (Leslie Millar, Professor of Textile Culture at the University of the Creative Arts) Tapestry weaving is an ancient art form that has been practised since early history and has continued to evolve into the computer age of the 21st century. It is slow art in a fast-paced society. Technical ability is combined with artistic inspiration to produce unique insights that are translated into weavings. What is so fascinating about woven tapestry is just this - that the process has remained largely the same over the centuries but the imagery remains contemporary to its time, just as with painting. The contemporary tapestries in this exhibition respect the traditions and techniques of the past but push the boundaries to create woven art that is of our time. Materials and process are important, with artists utilising the textural and reflective qualities of a range of materials including wool, silk, linen, cotton, paper, nettle and found objects. Woven tapestry is created on a series of vertical threads, ‘the warp’, into which coloured threads are interlaced largely horizontally, ‘the weft’, forming a fabric. (Unlike needlepoint tapestry which is worked on a stretched canvas cloth.) For many modern tapestries the artist creates the design, translates it into a drawing, ‘the cartoon’, and weaves the work as well. The artist weaver therefore develops a full range of creative practices (design, drawing and the technical aspects of weaving). This is the approach taken by the contributors to the exhibition, and leads to many, varied interpretations of the theme Inner Sounds – it is also what makes woven tapestry such a rich imaginative and accomplished visual art. Wednesday 4th April – Saturday 21st April excluding Sundays. Open 10.00 – 5.00pm daily Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA; 01428 642112 www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk


Silent Pool Distillery to open new distillery extension


ith the drive to expand their presence both nationally and internationally, Silent Pool Distillers, producers of the multiaward winning Silent Pool Gin, are due to open their new distillery in April this year, just three years after they first started back in 2015. The new distillery extension will contain an 1800L, custom made copper still, 5 times the size of their original still Juliet, allowing the company to keep up with the current and increasing global demand. Unlike many other distilleries, Silent Pool Distillers proudly bottle their spirits onsite ensuring that each product is entirely crafted within the four walls of the distillery. It was of great importance to the company that even with increased production, their ethos of personally overseeing every stage of production remained. With the aid of an EU grant the distillery will also unveil a new bottling line built in Italy which will enable the company to hold true to overseeing each stage onsite but also to meet the

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“Unlike many other distilleries, Silent Pool Distillers proudly bottle their spirits onsite”

fast growing demand. The expansion has been driven in large part by exports, Silent Pool Gin is now available in over 24 countries including most of mainland Europe, Japan and America; this has resulted in more jobs for local people and local trades who supply the business. The efficiency of the larger still will allow the innovative distillers to dedicate more time to product development within gin but also whiskey and brandy. Part of what makes the distillation process so authentic is the method they use to power their hand made still. Similar to Juliet, the new still will be heated by steam from a reclaimed, vintage boiler that’s fired on local hardwood. Originally designed to power a steamboat in a 1980’s film, this classically British, McEwen boiler has been reformed and adopted by the distillers at Silent Pool and is now an essential part to the production of their handcrafted spirits. Becoming a ‘greener distillery’ was integral in the planning stages of the expansion and with over 40 solar panels covering every square inch of the new roof, the distillery extension will now generate enough electricity across the year to be completely carbon neutral, Silent Pool Gin really will be made by sunshine! Nestled on the banks of the spring-fed Silent Pool, deep within the rolling Surrey Hills, the distillery is open to visitors 7 days a week, MondaySaturday 9:30-17:00, Sundays & Bank holidays 10:00 – 15:00. You can even immerse yourself into the world of Silent Pool Gin with a 90 minute deep dive distillery tour, covering all aspects of production including product sampling. Please check their website for more details www.silentpooldistillers.com/tours


Easter fun at Brooklands T

here is some speggtacular Easter Family Fun at Brooklands this April with an Easter Egg Trail that will keep visitors entertained every day from 30th March – 15th April. During this period visitors will be able to collect their free Trails on arrival, head off around the Museum to solve the hidden clues, and then back to the Shop to claim their FREE chocolate prize. And there are loads of other Easter attractions at the Museum to keep visitors absorbed for the rest of their visit once they’ve solved the Trail clues. The Museum’s long-established and hugely popular rides in vintage-style cars and on London Bus Museum’s iconic double-decker buses will also be operating during weekdays from 3rd – 13th April. Car rides take in the challenging summit of Test Hill and the Members’ Banking, the steepest part of the original Race Track, as long as it’s not too wet or slippery. Or, for a more relaxed journey, hop on board a real double-decker bus for a bus trip through the surrounding streets. Car and bus rides will run in the mornings and afternoons with a short break for lunch and are subject to crew and vehicle availability. The Concorde Experience is a half-hour virtual supersonic ‘flight’ on the Brooklands Concorde and runs every day, but on each weekday from 3rd – 20th April, special Kids Tours will be running twice a day. And don’t forget to look out for the Museum’s larger than life mascot, Bertie Bear, who will be roaming the site looking for fans to have his photograph taken with weekdays 3rd - 13th April. The Brooklands Learning Team will be running two FREE drop-in workshops for youngsters: from 3rd – 6th April they can test how much cargo a paper plane can take while from 9th – 13th April they can have a go at painting their own Pompom Easter Egg to take home. All of the Museum’s regular displays and activities will be open to help families have a lively and absorbing visit,

including the new Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed. Inside the newly restored Bellman hangar, visitors will be able to clock in and don factory workcoats as they begin their ‘Brooklands Apprenticeship’. A series of workshops and interactives explore some of the skills used over the 80-year history of aircraft manufacture at Brooklands. On a new mezzanine level, the story of design at Brooklands is told and visitors can design their own military and civilian aircraft from different eras of aviation including those of the future. Leaving the Factory and entering the new Flight Shed visitors will see some of the Museum’s collection of complete aircraft, including opportunities to sit in the cockpits of the Hawker Hunter and Harrier, as well as displays on radar, ground-to-air radio and pioneering pilots. The Sunbeam Café is the ideal place for refuelling and add to this a visit to the Museum Shop to pick up a souvenir and you have the recipe for a perfect day out come rain or shine.

THE DETAILS Normal admission prices apply for Easter and are: adults £13.50, seniors £11.50, children (5-16 yrs) £7, family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35.

The half-hour Concorde Experience is £5 for adults, £3 for children, 4D simulator rides are £4 for adults, £2 for children. *A minimum donation of £1 per passenger is requested for car and bus rides.

The main visitor entrance for the Museum is via Mercedes-Benz World, on Brooklands Drive off Wellington Way between Weybridge and Byfleet.

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Creating magical memories for children


he most family-oriented of London’s luxury hotels, the setting of The Ritz is perfect, with the wide spaces of the stunning Royal Green Park on our doorstep and a variety of toy stores and family activities to delight children only a short walk away. The service is legendary and their Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant boasts a menu sure to please even the fussiest of young diners. Young guests of The Ritz will remember getting dressed up and taking their first world famous Afternoon Tea with mummy and daddy or their first Ritz bathrobe and slippers, identical in all but size to that of their parent’s. A stay at The Ritz creates memories between families that will be cherished forever, rather than providing a distraction for children when travelling away from home. To make a reservation please email reservations@theritzlondon.com or telephone +44 (0) 20 7300 2222; www.theritzlondon.com

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Every child th a member o at stays automatically be f c children’s pro ‘kidz@theritz’, their exclu omes sive gramme. Th ey VIK (Very Im por tant Kid) receive their own which come membership s (for children with a host of exciting card, benefits up to 15 ye ars-old): • Sp

ecial welcom e gifts • In-room ga mes consoles • In-room se lection of ag e-appropriat DVDs e children’s books and • Children’s bathroom am enities, bath • Special trea robes and sl ts at evening ippers turn down • Complimen tary ice crea m in The Palm Restaurant Court or The Ritz • Children’s menus in th e M ichelin-starr £30 for two ed Ritz Resta courses or £ urant for 35 for three • English br courses eakfast £19 .5 0 per child • Afternoon Tea £35 per child • Children up to the age of 15 can stay a complimen in their pare tary basis (J nts’ room on unior Suite • Guarantee or above) d interconne ct in g rooms at th (subject to ro e time of bo om category oking ) • Complimen tary cots • External ba bysitting serv ice can be ar ranged thro ugh Concier ge

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Easter is coming Easter is coming, and so are the Easter Eggs! Which one will you choose this year? We went along to visit Chris Bachmann at his multi award winning Weybridge Patisserie in the search of the perfect egg. We asked him, “What makes a Bachmanns Egg so special?”


ll our Easter Eggs and Bunnies are hand-made with love on the premises. There are a few reasons why I think that our Easter products are the best in the UK. First, we use one of the finest couvertures in the world, sourced from a small manufacturer in Switzerland. It not only eats well on its own, but marries perfectly with other flavours. Not only is the chocolate perfectly tempered and therefore beautifully shiny, but unlike factory made products, the chocolate is poured into the moulds, allowed to set, and then another molten layer of chocolate is added. When this layer sets, it creates a tension or fault line between the layers, which improves the “snap” of the chocolate when eaten. Last, we also hand sculpt our eggs, adding a final exterior textured layer, and by adding chocolate flowers and hand made buttons, each egg becomes an individual work of chocolate art. It is the repeated lamination that makes the eggs break up delicately before melting in the mouth, and that is what truly sets them apart. However, this takes a lot of skill, and we have a great team here under Wayne Harris our head Chef, and our choclatier Dan Ellis. Filled with either our legendary fresh cream truffles, or packed and encrusted with Crunchy Almond Rochers (baton almonds, macerated in cointreau, toasted with icing sugar over a hot flame, and mixed with melted chocolate and cocoa butter) our Eggs make an exquisite and unique gift for that special someone. We only make and stock our eggs for the three weeks between Mothers Day and Easter- that way we can pack them so that the products are super fresh and tasting their best- you know they haven’t been sitting around on a shelf in a warehouse for months and months. “In fact, a couple of Easters ago, one lucky lady opened her Bachmanns egg to find a diamond and platinum engagement nestling inside. Bachmanns were asked to pack the ring in its box into a truffle filled 800g dark chocolate egg so the suitor could propose in style on Easter day. “I must admit, I was quite relieved to get the ring and the egg back to the owner- it was a gorgeous piece of jewellery and I imagine it was extremely expensive. It was quite a compliment that we were trusted to look after it. I am delighted to say that we got a thank you letter from him and his new fiancé the week later” Bachmanns Patisserie, 32 Church St, Weybridge KT13 8DX, 01932 820 247 6 Criterion Buildings, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton KT7 0SS, 020 8398 1988

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We send the team along to The Willow – an award-winning ‘real food’ restaurant & bar in Kingston-Upon-Thames to see if it actually lives up to its reputation for being “deliciously nutritious”…


he Willow offers an environment where FODMAP-friendly options without compromising you can relax and tantalise your taste buds on taste. This was really interesting for us as we with great food without the nagging guilt have numerous friends and family with dietary of having guzzled down a blowout meal. needs who would find it so easy to eat out here. We were treated to a chef ’s table and a sneak preview Their Arabica coffee was superb and was a experience of some of The Willow’s new spring lovely finish for our afternoon. Their kids menu menu, the food was not only delicious, and carefully is genuinely impressive as they serve kids proper handcrafted, it was clear how much thought and food that you’d actually want to feed them! attention to detail went into creating it from This place is really forward thinking and a nutritional standpoint. The cuttlefish, inclusive especially for groups with mango and chilli starter in particular dietary requirements, we absolutely The Willow is was bursting with flavour and their loved it and will be back to try each completely glutenFalafel burger has been featured in new seasonal menu. free and accredited by national magazines, for good reason, it The Willow is co-located Coeliac UK really does taste as good as it looks! We with the holistic healthcare clinic were initially surprised to find a grass-fed Irrefutable Health, where Lifestyle 30 day dry aged steak on the menu, but it Medicine, chiropractic, nutritional therapy, was incredibly tender and easily on par with the acupuncture, massage and podiatry are in daily finest steakhouses in London. To wash it down we practice. The concept is the brainchild of Gale sampled from a unique selection of award-winning, Zappacosta, DC. She says, “Empowering people gluten free beers on draught. The bar also sported an to optimise their health has always been central to impressive range of organic wines and infused spirits. my work as a chiropractor and nutritionist. Our We especially enjoyed their homemade chocolate approach to tackle long-term health conditions is to cake which was really rich and gooey, it was served provide personalised, holistic and cutting-edge care. with a beautifully with a creamy coconut gelato. Truly The idea of marrying a multi-disciplinary clinic with a perfect balance of gorgeous flavour without having a ‘food as medicine’ restaurant has been a dream of to worry about the waistline. mine for a long time.” Interestingly you could get through an entire The Willow Real Food Restaurant & Bar, 16 meal without realising that The Willow is The Triangle, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey completely gluten-free and accredited by Coeliac KT1 3RT; Tel 020 3034 2424; Email UK. They also offer dairy-free, grain-free, lowinfo@yourwillow.co.uk; Web yourwillow.co.uk; carb, protein-rich, lower-sugar, vegan, Paleo and Facebook /yourwillow Instagram your_willow

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“We especially enjoyed their homemade chocolate cake which was really rich and gooey”


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 26 MARCH 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 www.ascot.co.uk/gardenshow or call 0844 581 6990.


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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

The North Surrey Mud Runner to be held on 10th March 2018.

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. 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 to be held on 10th March 2018. There are 3km and 6km routes on offer, so maybe too short for the serious athlete – but a good opportunity for some filthy fun for young people and the less athletic amongst us to commune with nature. There are some good group discount on offer, so why not join up with some friends and have some fun? It is all for a good cause, after all… Further details available at www.waltonfirs.co.uk/event, email info@waltonfirs.co.uk or telephone 01932 863243 for more information. Minimum age for competitors is 6, any competitor under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Rising Stars Exhibition: 3 March to 14 April 2017 - free entry

Private view: 2 March, 6-8pm. Winner will be announced at 7pm


Top right: Xuan Fang, Buotuo, Wood & Acrylic, 4x11x7 cm Top: Tony Howard, Semi-circular Istio Articulation, Ceramic, 60cm (Photographer: Paul Mounsey) Bottom: Alex O’Connor, Veer Pouring Vessel and Companion, Britannia Sterling Silver, 30x20cm Middle: Kas Williams, Wild Pollen I (detail), Acetate, Steel & Acrylic (Photographer: Beytan Erkmen)

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“The exhibition is a great collector opportunity to learn more about the stars of the future”

ising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new craft by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated exhibition is accompanied by professional development and a cash prize. In the past, many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse supported by the Crafts Council. Therefore, the exhibition is a great collector opportunity to learn more about the stars of the future. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, AnneLaure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang The shortlist was selected from more than 50 applications. The selectors were Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts Farnham; Gemma Curtis, Craft Programme Co-ordinator, Farnham Maltings and Victoria Shearing, Gallery Director, New Ashgate Gallery. Opportunities such as Rising Stars are needed more than ever, as arts funding is being questioned and some art organisations focus on established names that are less risky than presenting recent graduates or students. The winner of the Rising Stars Professional Development Award will be announced in the Rising Stars private view on 3 March and she/he will receive a cash prize and a solo exhibition in the gallery. We hope that this will have a significant impact on the winner’s career. The exhibition also has a free-to-attend professional development programme that supports all emerging artists and makers – the participants of this exhibition and all regional new talent. The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts. New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS; 01252 713208; www.newashgate.org.uk


Give Your Dog A Break! Do dogs need holidays too? Your pooch might be more stressed out than you think…


ou’ve enough clothes to deal with whatever the British weather throws at you. There’s distracting gizmos galore to keep the cries of “are we there yet?” to an absolute minimum. The satnav is locked and loaded to the scenic route option. But hold on: something’s missing. You’ve left your faithful hound behind! Imagine your poor pooch’s consternation as they stare back through the bars of the kennel door, as they’re locked in for a two-week stretch in the canine clink. “It’s a case of mistaken identity,” they’d cry, “it’s The Pawshank Redemption.” Dogs reduce our stress. People who have pets tend to have lower blood pressure, heart rate and heart-disease risk than those who don’t. Providing motivation for regular exercise and the relief of having a steadfast friend also do wonders for our health. Shouldn’t we repay the favour? Not only that, but the benefits of taking your dog on holiday in the UK are clear to see.

R&R Dogs might not have tight work deadlines or bills to pay, but they can easily pick up on our own stressed-out habits when they spend as much time with us as they do. They love to be around owners at their most relaxed, so accompanying us on our holidays is great for their well-being. When we’re happy, relaxed and having fun, that rubs off on to our furry friends.

Staying in Shape We’re always far more active on holiday, so why wouldn’t you take the most lively member of the family along with you? On top of that, 60% of vets say obesity is the biggest healthcare concern for UK pets, according to figures released by the British Veterinary 32 MARCH 2018

Association. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and get active with your dog.

New experiences Of course, exercise isn’t the only benefit of taking your pooch along with you; getting your dog’s brain working is great for their health too. Your pup will love experiencing a whole new heap of sights, smells and socialising opportunities.

It’s even better for you No strops, no staring at their phone and always up for fun: dogs are the perfect travelling companion. And no one can forget about the savings you’ll make by not having to shell out for expensive kennels or dog-sitting services. With PetsPyjamas, you can organise your perfect, dog-friendly holiday in the UK. Dogs go free and you’ll even get a special welcome box when you arrive. To start planning your getaway, call 0203 642 3168 or visit:www.petspyjamas.com/travel


The Local Ferrari Garage


ardley Motors is the one stop workshop for all your Ferrari Servicing and restoration needs. A company formed in the mid 1970’s, it has gone from strength to strength continuing to build on its success through reputation and customer focus. Situated in the quintessentially English village of Grayshott near Hindhead, It also borders the equally beautiful towns and villages of Farnham, Churt, Haslemere and Guildford (a mere 15minute drive). Rardley Motors have established themselves as ‘The local Ferrari garage’ within the Surrey/ Sussex and Hampshire Counties (Incidentally all classed as areas of outstanding, natural beauty and certainly worth a visit with your pride and joy). The company has operated for over 40 years and is owned and run by Dean Frost and Martin Rowles, who collectively have over fifty years specific experience with the Ferrari Marque. Their combined wealth of knowledge and attention to detail continues to build their reputation, ensuring that no Ferrari leaving their establishment is anything less than dependable, reliable and be a delight to its owner. Dean, Martin and their staff can perform any service requirements no matter whether your car needs a simple check over, a carburation tune, a major service or a complete engine over-haul. They can tend to every aspect of your Ferrari including a complete ground up, nut and bolt restoration, interior and bodywork repairs to concours level, should you require. Rardley Motors has seen an extensive electronic development in Ferrari cars over the last two decades and as the cars have become more digital and electronically sophisticated, they have also sought to keep up with those developments, investing in the diagnostic tools to meet those demands, this has allowed the business to attract a new generation of customers and enabled them to cater to a wider clientele.

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“The company has operated for over 40 years and is owned and run by Dean Frost and Martin Rowles”

Upon entering the no frills active workshop, you are greeted by an array of exotic past greats from Ferrari. It is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of cars from the golden age and yester-year along with a car-park brimming with modern Ferraris! Every era of Ferrari is catered for, it’s nothing short of motoring Nirvana for the car enthusiast and visitor! Having witnessed and experienced first hand the eclectic mix of old and new within Rardley Motors, you can’t help but notice the owners of these exquisite machines. They are equally as diverse and as individual as the cars they drive. The care and personal requirements of a Ferrari, old or new is as individual as it gets and finding an Independent Ferrari workshop who understands this, well that is the barn find of the century… Headley Road, Grayshott, Hindhead GU26 6LB; 01428 606606; www.rardleymotors.com


“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 jaz@thewildfork.co.uk www.thewildfork.co.uk 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


For more information please contact membership@thevidaconsultancy.com 0203 907 3940 thevidaconsultancy.com


The importance of an all-through school education


ll-through schools combine at least two stages of a child’s education. Within the independent sector this typically involves a combination of Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2), Prep (up to 13 Years) and Senior School (up to A Level). In some cases, the full age range is included from Nursery, the different phases sharing one site, zoned ageappropriately. This provides the powerful advantage of accumulated benefits over the years, with a longterm perspective of a child’s educational journey in full focus, every step of the way.

The learning journey Providing education over multiple phases allows for secure transitions in a familiar environment. The school can forge longer term relationships with pupils, pastorally and as learners, with the continuity of a consistent educational ethos. Moving through the school with an established friendship group, familiarity with staff and routines, avoids the disruption of moving schools. If there is a requirement for a child to convert from day to boarding, doing so in an environment which is already familiar and secure is most effective.

One-stop shared facilities Where schools are based on the same site, younger pupils benefit from specialist senior facilities, such as in sports, science, languages and the arts. Specialist teachers can have an input in the lower years, in lessons and after school activity options. For parents with several children, the logistics of one school looking after different age groups of learning and clubs makes a great deal of sense. 38 MARCH 2018

Seamless curriculum and leadership vision Cohesive planning across the school phases can create a seamless curriculum, adding value at each level. All-through schools often have a more diverse senior leadership team than a single school, with specialist heads of Prep and Senior pooling their expertise and experience to support the entire age range, within a single vision for the school as a whole. Continuity is key. Greg Meakin is Head of Prep at Sherfield School, a co-educational day and boarding all-through school (Nursery to Sixth Form), located between Basingstoke and Reading. To register for scholarship and open days, please contact admissions@sherfieldschool.co.uk


Ascot Grange Care and Nursing Home Luxury Senior Living with Signature’s Award-Winning Care


et in peaceful, landscaped gardens, Ascot Grange offers extensive facilities within a luxurious, comfortable and homely environment. Assisted living enables residents to live independently with care and support available 24 hours a day. Our accommodation ranges from private studios all with ensuite facilities and stunning one-bedroom apartments that enable couples to stay together even with their differing care needs. Many of our suites have stunning garden views and patio doors enabling you to enjoy our beautiful surroundings on your patio. Our home offers a choice of dining facilities as well as Signature café where residents and visitors can enjoy coffee and cake with friends. We offer a wide choice of in house activities, 7 days a week as well as trips out to local places of interest in our own mini buses. We are also thrilled to have our own cinema which will feature regular films nights and great sporting events! As a pet friendly home, we are delighted to allow our residents the opportunity to still have their beloved pets living with them.

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Mr David North, one of our founder residents, answered the following questions 1/Moving to a care home can actually give many people a new lease of life – how has your life changed since moving? Tremendously, it has taken away the hassles of living by myself at home. I no longer need to worry about cooking, cleaning, shopping or bills. As well as all of this my days are now filled with a variety of activities with new friends. 2/Can you tell us a little more about your accommodation?  I chose a delightful spacious studio apartment with patio doors on to the garden. I have a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge to keep my milk and snacks! There is a non slip wet room with a heated towel rail. Most importantly I was able to bring my own furniture which means it feels more like home. 3/What does a normal day consist of ?  Every day is different, from morning exercise classes, trips out in the mini bus (last week I went to Windsor and stopped at a country pub for a pint) and gardening club. There is also a cinema with nightly screenings which is fabulous! They even took me to Ascot Races! 4/What attracted you to Signature at Ascot Grange? The spacious accommodation and beautiful grounds. I love sitting on my patio with a morning coffee or taking a gentle stroll around the garden. 5/How would you describe your relationship with the staff ?  Excellent, nothing is too big for anyone – from restaurant to activities, maintenance to housekeeping and of course the fabulous nurses and carers. 6/If you could sum up Signature at Ascot Grange in a sentence, what would it be?  A five star hotel!

At Ascot Grange, our award-winning care is delivered by our very own in-house carers and nursing team, ensuring our residents can be supported up until the end of their lives. Our services will also feature 24 specialist dementia suites, designed especially to offer unique support for those requiring specialist dementia care. Signature Senior Lifestyle is delighted to be recognised as a top 20 Care Home group in the UK and had 19 finalists in the Great British Care Awards in 2016/17. We have limited availability for respite care in our Assisted Living and Dementia suites. If you would like a short term break or support following an operation, please contact us. Our Mission: “To provide exceptional care delivered by compassionate people in the highest quality homes” Why not phone us today to see how we can make a positive difference to your life, or the life of someone you love. Call Toby or Maurice for more information 01344 798301; www.signature-care-homes.co.uk


Get it seen to quickly at JOINTPAIN? the Ascot Primary Care JOINTPAIN?

Get it seen to quickly at the Ascot Primary Care Joint Pain Clinic. Joint Pain Clinic. Get it seen to quickly at Our clinic runs on Saturday mornings between 9am and the Ascot Primary Care midday. Your 30 minute consultation with a specialist Joint Pain Clinic. musculo-skeletal doctor will include: clinicif runs on Saturday mornings between 9am and • UltrasoundOur scan required midday. Your 30 minute consultation with a specialist • Opinion and management advice musculo-skeletal doctor will include: • Ultrasound• guided injections at the clinic Ultrasound scan if required • Opinion andbe management • Further imaging can arrangedadvice locally if required. • Ultrasound guided injections at the clinic

Patients may self refer.imaging Referrals accepted from GPs, • Further can also be arranged locally if required. Physios, Osteopaths and other Health Care Professionals. Patients may self refer. Referrals also accepted from GPs, Physios, Osteopaths and other Health Care Professionals.

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fashion, HEALTH

& beauty – Fashion, health and beauty news to keep you looking and feeling your best – i mag e : E T E R NO C L INI C



BEAUTY & FASHION WINTER WARMER This men’s wool rich peacoat for in true breton style, is designed in France. A true classic. £170, www.thenauticalcompany.com


THE GIFT OF BEAUTY Perfect for Mother’s day, the Winter in Venice Gardeners’ Gift Luxury Hamper from Virginia Hayward will leave your lucky recipient feeling special. Offering an array of gorgeous bath soaps, scrubs and lotions, infused with extracts of sweet smelling Cedarwood, leave them feeling pampered and relaxed after a day working in the garden. Along with a pair of pretty patterned gardening gloves and presented in a beautiful red plant pot.

WE LOVE This strong, stunning statement ring fom Pernille Corydon, with a large synthetic coral stone on a simple gold band. £50, www.printerandtailor.com

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SENSE OF ADVENTURE The canvas barrel bag, used by sports women and men for decades. Jimbag has updated the original by combining fashion with function. The barrel bag takes you from the office to the gym with ease. £39.99, www.jimbag.co.uk

Revive your favourite LBD with a touch of elegance. Shades of gold, copper, yellow and orange will make you sparkle, and breathe new life into your favourite evening outfit. Framed in the middle sits an artist’s rendering of the Black Breasted Parrotbill, a dwindling species found in northeastern India. £140, www.in-spaces.com

silly socks These Soup Socks make an ideal quirky gift. They’re available in three designs: minestrone, spring vegetable and carrot & coriander and come presented in a soup can. £9.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk


“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

6 Esher Park Avenue, Esher, KT10 9NP | Tel: 01372 890890 | enquiries@cosdocs.co.uk | www.cosdocs.co.uk 46 MARCH 2018

Esher’s Best Kept Secret

Dr. Peter Forrester MBBS FRCA

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.

6 Esher Park Avenue, Esher, KT10 9NP Tel: 01372 890 890 enquiries@cosdocs.co.uk

Discreetly situated just off the High Street www.cosdocs.co.uk

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The State-Of-The-Art Low-Down Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

In Conversation with Mr Fulvio Urso-Baiarda a consultant plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon with an architectural skill in ensuring the very best results for his patients.


ncorporating the very best techniques, Mr Fulvio Urso-Baiarda has been praised by his peers and patients for not only his exceptionally discreet low scarring methods in Tummy Tuck Surgery but also his unrivalled results. The talented Surgeon is leading the way in body confidence procedures, in this exclusive interview he reveals more about his admired approach to Tummy Tuck Surgery. Tell us some more about ‘the low-down’ Tummy Tuck? This refers to a tummy tuck making use of a very low scar, which is hidden by underwear or swimwear. This sounds like an obvious thing to do but traditionally low scars have been avoided because it is necessary to remove more abdominal skin to achieve them (it’s a more difficult technique for surgeons) This in turn it has been felt by surgeons to result in the scar pulling back up after surgery. In fact, the low-down technique places the scar even lower, in ‘fixed skin’ rather than ‘mobile skin’, preventing the scar from creeping back up after surgery. To see the difference between fixed and mobile skin here’s something you can try yourself - you might want to find a private room! Pinch the skin towards the outside of your tummy and pull it

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upwards – it will probably move an inch or more. Now go lower into your groin crease and try to pull that skin upwards. You will find that it hardly moves at all. That makes it a good place to anchor the tummy tuck scar, where it is both inconspicuous and unlikely to move upwards too much after surgery. You have been openly praised for your technique, can you tell us more about why it is better than other techniques? A tummy should be beautiful, and there is much more involved than simply the removal of loose skin with a low scar. Tummies should have curves and contours rather than looking like a flat tight sheet, and it is important to create or enhance those contours as part of a tummy tuck. So, as part of a beautiful tummy tuck, a midline ridge is created by a combination of liposuction and stitching the midline down to the tummy muscles. A smoothly curving belly button region is made by fat debulking and shortening the belly button stalk, which also helps to hide any belly button scarring too. Muscle definition can be enhanced with careful liposuction, and the waist can be accentuated by liposuction of the flanks and tightening of the tummy muscles. The pubic area is often not given enough attention, but this too may benefit from being reduced or flattened.

“Mr Urso-Baiarda changed my life forever and it’s not just the surgery; it is the way he is. He actually cares about the person and what he is doing and he knows he is making lives so much better.’” – quote from a patient who underwent Tummy Tuck Surgery with Dr Urso-Baiarda

What results can a patient expect? As well as a more attractive tummy, improvement in back pain is often an unexpected benefit of tummy tuck surgery. Our tummy wall should form a ring of muscle (I tell patients that we are like squid!), which gives us a muscular tube for core support. If that ring is broken by separated tummy muscles – which is often the case after pregnancy, a period of weight gain or even just the way you are made – then instead core support has to come from the very strong muscles of the back. Eventually those back muscles start to feel the strain of doing all the work, and the result is a chronic back ache. Restoring the muscle ring helps share the load again, and patients frequently tell me that they feel more secure and comfortable after surgery as well as more confident in their appearance. What is the down-time for the procedure? Patients usually stay in hospital for two nights but are mobile from day one. They can usually get back to driving after a few weeks and back to officebased work in under a month. I advise a gentle return to exercise from six weeks. I also insist on a scar regime that usually keeps the scars soft and flat throughout the recovery period, but the scars will need to be protected from the sunlight until they have turned from red to pale, which could take up to a year. What advice do you give patients for ensuring safety in surgery? Firstly, make sure you and your surgeon form a good rapport, that your expectations for the outcome have been taken on board, and that you totally understand what the risks are and how they can be reduced. Maintain a healthy diet before and after surgery and try to avoid yo-yo weight changes. Be sure to always check your Surgeon’s credentials by logging onto the BAAPS / BAPRAS or GMC website.

THE MINI-TUMMY TUCK What is the ‘Mini Tummy Tuck’? A mini tummy tuck is an operation to remove excess fat and skin from the lower tummy and waist, but unlike a full tummy tuck it does not involve a scar around the belly button. Instead, the belly button is pulled downwards as a result of skin removal. Which patients are ideal for the Mini Tummy Tuck? It’s ideal for people who work out but can’t seem to shift that area of fat. The patient must have looseness of skin below the belly button without looseness above the belly button, and must also have quite little extra skin.

One of Mr Urso-Baiarda’s patients following a full (low down) tummy tuck.

Complimentary Mini Consultation * Enquire about availability quoting Eterno Tummy Tuck T : 01753 866826 W : eternoplasticsurgery.com

*Terms and Conditions Free mini consultations are 10 minutes in duration with Mr Urso-Baiarda. Limited spaces available and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. One mini consultation per person. Offer to be taken by 30th September 2018. Location to be advised by Eterno Plastic Surgery at the time of booking. On booking please quote the code ‘Eterno Tummy Tuck’.

What results can a patient expect? After surgery the skin of the abdomen is much tighter than before. As well as there being no belly button scar, the transverse scar is extremely low – even lower than that of a ‘low-down’ tummy tuck. What is the down-time? Down-time is quicker than the more invasive procedure, with a return to work after a week and a return to exercise in three to four weeks. MARCH 2018 49


SURREY’S FAVOURITE COUNTRY CLUB Discover where you belong at Surrey’s favourite Country Club. For over 40 years, Foxhills has welcomed those with a flair for fitness, budding golfers, spa enthusiasts and more.


oday, Foxhills features a Youth Club, two Championship golf courses, one par 3 course (the first of its kind in Britain), 70 bedrooms, three restaurants, eleven tennis courts, four squash courts, four swimming pools, an award-winning healthspa, conference and meeting facilities, and a weekly cycling club, capitalising on its status as official resort partner to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and home

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to Team GB’s road race cycling team during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Promoting its longstanding ethos of ‘where you belong’, this family-run resort offers something for the whole family; you are guaranteed to feel better when you leave than when you arrived.

The Details:

Contact the Membership team on 01932 704450 or membership@foxhills.co.uk www.foxhills.co.uk/join/2018.

Sherwood House Care Home

offers passionate & friendly care in a warm & considerate environment

Providing outstanding dementia and frail elderly care

• Permanent residency • Respite stays • 24 hour care, 7 days a week • Person centred care • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms with TVs, emergency pull cord system & full laundry service

• Dedicated activities team who provide a variety of daily programmes & outings • Delicious & nutritious home cooked meals • Beautiful landscaped gardens with easy access • Use of allotment grounds for resident enjoyment • Home from home environment • Kind, caring and supportive staff

If you are considering a care home for your loved one and would like to know more about Sherwood House please call or pop in and meet our friendly team:

Sherwood House an Asprey Healthcare Limited care home

Sherwood House Care Home 40 Severn Drive, Walton-on-Thames KT12 3BH 01932 221 170 managerSH@aspreyhealthcare.co.uk www.aspreyhealthcare.co.uk


The Other Academy Awards! Salv mulè , John Baxter Hill, Errol Douglas MBE


Cobham team


airdressing icon Errol Douglas was the host and compere for the fourth Academy Hair & Beauty Salon Awards, which recognized and celebrated the stellar achievements of the Academy group’s salons and team. The black tie event was held at the prestigious Brookland’s Mercedes-Benz World. Errol commented, “The evening was about the Academy Salon’s success not only in cutting hair, but also the total client journey. From front of house and consultation to cutting, colour and beauty, the strengths of the amazing Academy team were celebrated.” There were hotly contested Business Awards; including Record Average Takings; two for Education, and also Creative Awards. There were three nominees per category, which created a highly competitive, but fun atmosphere. Trophies were presented to each of the winners by representatives from Academy salons’ manufacturer and brand

10 The Green, Hersham, Surrey KT12 4HL T: 01932 252 464 42 High Street, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3EB T: 01932 864 929 105 Hare Lane, Claygate, Surrey KT10 0QX T: 01372 462 724 Franco Capozzi, Sarah Biss, Errol Douglas MBE

partners Balmain Paris Hair Couture, , Alterna Haircare, Salon Evolution Group, Salon Spy and Inter Training Services. The award ceremony portion of the fabulous evening climaxed with the presentation of the prize for the individual Salon of the Year which went to Cobham, while a genuinely surprised but hugely ecstatic John Baxter -Hill from the Cobham Salon scooped Hairdresser of the Year for the first time. The much sought after Manager of the Year was also presented to a delighted Sarah Biss ,Manager of Esher she said “I can’t believe I’ve won but I’ve enjoyed every little twist and turn of this fantastic industry– this award makes me so proud and even more passionate about my work and my team” Managing Director, Salv Mulé congratulated all the winners on their hard work and contribution to the continuing success of the salons. He said, “It’s evenings like this that just make me so proud of my team and even more passionate about this fantastically creative service industry that we are all part of.” Photography – Andrew H Williams

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91 High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9QA T: 01372 466 400 81 Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9UQ T: 01932 852289 www.academysalons.com www.balmainhair.com Academy Salons - finalists for the British Hairdressing Business Awards 2016.



– Everything you need to create the perfect kitchen or bathroom – Ware n d o rf b y i n - toto w w w. i n toto. c o. u k • 0 1 9 3 2 8 5 6 9 0 6



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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


Stylish flooring ideas for your bathroom Finding the perfect floor design for your bathroom will add the finishing touch to your brand new look. A bathroom floor needs to be both durable and stylish to meet all of your needs and should give your bathroom a strong and solid foundation.


ith so much choice available, it can be hard to decide on one option. Take into consideration your daily routine and lifestyle: Do you have children who will need a slip-free and hardwearing floor? Or do you have a glamorous and grown-up bathroom suite that requires an equally chic floor? Don’t be afraid to try unusual materials, such as wood, which can work well in a bathroom, despite any concerns you might have about the humid conditions affecting the wood. Try hardwood, laminate or PVC flooring to get the same effect, but without the damp results. Floors in marble, granite or polished concrete will also create a dramatic effect and lend a chic, polished finish to your bathroom. These are all hard-wearing materials that will look stunning and last for years.For something truly unique, try cork or rubber. Popular in the 1960s and 1970s, cork is back in a big way and is one of the most eco-friendly floor options around. Rubber is warm, waterproof and easy to keep clean, so a great option for anyone with children. Solid

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wood or laminate floors aren’t usually suitable for bathrooms as the humidity will cause the material to discolour, swell and warp. But hardwood floorings, such as teak and bamboo, can work well (doublecheck with the manufacturer first) and engineered wood and bathroom-specific laminate - made with PVC - are designed to withstand moisture.

“Don’t be afraid to try unusual materials, such as wood, which can work well in a bathroom”

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bathroom can be so much more than just a room for hygiene. You can create tranquil areas of relaxation and Cranleigh Bathroom Studios can help your ideas come to life. With their experience in the industry they can create relaxing areas that will take away all of your worries and woes with ease. As well as giving you those relaxing moments, you can have a fresh bathroom for mornings to get you ready for the whole day ahead. Whatever you have dreamed of can be brought to your home in quick time with matching tiles, furniture and accessories in tow. As well as full bathroom suites they can install shower enclosures that are effective and attractive. A wide range of shower enclosures include floor to ceiling glass screens and smaller effective screens depending on your needs. The shower enclosures they supply complete your bathroom and can keep water where it is supposed to be at all times. If high quality tiles in a wide variety of colours, pattern and style is what you are looking for then

As well as giving you those relaxing moments, you can have a fresh bathroom for mornings to get you ready for the whole day ahead

you in the right place. With a wide range of superb tiles to choose from you can truly personalise your bathroom or build complete bespoke sets to suit your needs and taste. At the showroom they have various tiles to explore, including mosaic, ceramic and pebble tiles for both flooring solutions and walls. They understand that a bathroom is often a place for relaxing but also needs an element of freshness at the same time. To accomplish this tranquil atmosphere they work with you to build your dream bathroom from top to bottom so that you can really sit back and relax. Please call in to meet Craig and the team, not forgetting Bryn their Showroom Dog! 246 High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8RL; 01483 272727; www.cranleigh-bathroomstudios.co.uk 62 MARCH 2018

Bryn the Showroom dog’


Eco-friendly kitchens Ten ways to go green USE RECYCLED STEEL AND GLASS Stainless steel and glass not only look stunning, but also reduce the footprint you leave on the planet. Stainless-steel sinks are generally made from up to 70% recycled material. Recycled glass worktops are hardwearing and have anti-bacterial protection, so are perfect for a busy kitchen. CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE TIMBER For a country kitchen that’s as eco-friendly as it is stylish, go for units, flooring and worktops made with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood - this means the timber comes from sustainable sources. TURN OFF YOUR APPLIANCES Keeping your kitchen appliances on standby wastes energy. Turn them off manually or get yourself a standby saver that automatically switches off all appliances when they are not in use RECYCLE Recycling is key to saving the planet, but it can be a hassle. Make it easier by creating a dedicated recycling area with a range of stylish bins for different types of kitchen waste. GO FOR GREEN CLEANING Cleaning products can considerably expand your ecological footprint. Switch to eco-friendly products instead and consider making your own from no-impact kitchen staples, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. TRY SALVAGE CHIC Upcycling furniture and accessories is a great way to add vintage style to your kitchen and reduce your impact on the environment. Use reclaimed materials from salvage yards for flooring and have kitchen cabinets made from reclaimed timber. 64 MARCH 2018

PAINT IT GREEN Always choose eco-friendly, water-based kitchen paints made of natural ingredients, with no solvents and low or no Volatile Organic Compounds OPT FOR NATURAL, HARDWEARING FLOORS Made of linseed oil and pine resin - both sustainable materials - linoleum is also warm under your feet and very hardwearing. Other eco-friendly alternatives include bamboo and cork SAVE WATER Kitchen appliances can use up a lot of water. Choose an efficient washing machine to reduce waste and run it on full load for optimum efficiency. MIND THE DISHWASHER The latest generation of green dishwashers will consume significantly less energy and water than older models. Always run them at full load: the half-load setting uses more than half the energy and water used on a full load. Choose a small model if there aren’t many of you in the house.

“For a country kitchen that’s as ecofriendly as it is stylish, go for units, flooring and worktops made with Forest Stewardship Councilcertified wood”


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ARENDORF by in-toto is starting the year with amazing new kitchen materials and outstanding craftsmanship Made in Germany. With their versatile, sophisticated, tailored solutions and the unique folding carcase, WARENDORF by in-toto offers a premium quality kitchen, exclusively designed for you and your personal lifestyle. Create a point of interest in your kitchen with the combination of titanium grey concrete and American walnut. Against the rough and urban appearance of the concrete featured in the image above, the warmth of the wood emphasises its

“Create a point of interest in your kitchen with the combination of titanium grey concrete and American walnut”

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velvety side. The combination with a worktop made from hot-rolled stainless steel provides an intentional contrast. The special carcase at a standard dimension with a reduced plinth heightoffers ergonomic advantages and additional storage space as well as an extraordinary look. The high-quality exterior concept is accomplished by pull-out systems in aluminium and walnut. Matching interior organisers in walnut and writeable magnetic niece elements round up this exclusive kitchen, creating an individual living space. in-toto offers a variety of design possibilities, including a choice of worktops in the latest highquality materials and finishes, inspired storage solutions, and harmonising lighting options helping you to create a kitchen that is individually tailored to your lifestyle and tastes. Discover how in-toto can design a space for your home that is as individual as you are by visiting www.intoto.co.uk. 29-31 Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9UG; 01932 856906; weybridge@intoto.co.uk; www.intoto.co.uk

ABOUT IN-TOTO in-toto means “entirely” in Latin and was embraced as the company name when it was established in the UK in 1980. in-toto has kitchen design studios spread across the UK.

in-toto prides itself on its extensive national network of business owners and designers whose passion is creating, building and installing beautiful and practical kitchens. Renowned for its “Made for You” ethos, all creations are designed in partnership with the customer to reflect their lifestyle, personality and the specific needs of their home.

01932 856906


Stylish Buys To Brighten Up Your Kitchen After easy ways to brighten up the heart of the home? Sam Wylie-Harris selects the freshest new-season kitchenware and accessories.


ith so many eye-popping patterns and funky designs being dished out, there couldn’t be a better time to freshen up your kitchen with some new accessories. And no matter how large or small the space, key pieces such as a coffee machine (Nespresso have a new mini model), casserole dish and decorative tableware look great on open shelving, while even the latest recycling bin is stylish enough to want to make room for. Here’s our shortlist of various kitchen collectables and practical pieces for table tops and work surfaces. Who knows, it may even inspire some creative cooking... Anthropologie Sally Muir Dog-a-Day Dessert Plate - French Bulldog, £14; Gilded Monogram Glass Tumbler, £14; Set of 6 Assorted Colours Latte Bowls, £24; Turquoise Old Havana Serving Bowl, £58, and matching Old Havana Pitcher, £38, John Lewis If you’re pulled in all directions and can’t make up your mind on a colour code, try mixing and matching. There may be the odd clash, but eclectic is totally cool. Leon Terracotta Tagine - Red, £65; Wok Set, £40, and Granite and Oak Pestle and Mortar, £45, John Lewis With the Chinese New Year celebrations kicking off, why not try blending the flavours of Oriental chicken tagine with ‘lucky foods’ such as noodles, to channel some happiness and longevity - with some super-stylish kit, of course. Flamingo & Pineapple Nest of 3 Stacked Bowls, £55, FenellaSmith.com With just the right measure of kitsch, we love these 70 MARCH 2018

quirky measuring bowls, featuring pink flamingos, which (depending on your appetite) can double up and be used for breakfast cereal, soups and puds. Brabantia Bo Touch Bin with 1 Inner Bucket 36 litre - Daisy Yellow, £149, Brabantia.com/uk Waste not, want not... With easy waste disposal, sturdy legs and plenty of capacity, this daffodilyellow touch bin can hold all your glass, paper and plastics ready for you to recycle in style. Orla Kiely 70s Oval Enamel Casserole Pan Red, £85, amara.com With a fun Seventies-inspired floral print, and matching flower kitchenware available separately, this could inspire a super satisfying chicken casserole or beef bourguignon supper. Pink Mixer with Bowl and Attachments, currently reduced to £59.99 from £179.99, Studio.co.uk Planning to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and flip a few pancakes? This pink stand mixer will whisk the smoothest batter to perfection - and look pretty on your counter top all year round.

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llustrate Kitchens is looking forward to celebrating its third year in business this spring and continuing to strengthen its position as Guildford’s most progressive and exciting kitchen showroom. This rapid growth is attributed to the experienced and dynamic directorship of father and son duo, Percy and Darren Contractor. With 49 years of combined experience working within the kitchen industry, they have grown the company from two people to a staff of seven, and currently looking to fill further roles. Illustrate Kitchens is a premium retailer for the world’s finest kitchen brands, such as Aster Cucine, an Italian company that amalgamates the most unorthodox material combinations into stunning kitchen furniture, and Gaggenau, one of the worlds most advanced and cutting edge appliance manufacturers. Both directors cite their obsession with design as a key difference in their business. Darren comments ‘Our philosophy is to design a kitchen that utilises a space to its most dramatic effect. Most of our clients tell us that they tried a few companies and received similar and reasonable designs. When they see our ideas, their reaction is that of surprise and genuine admiration that we can turn their kitchen into a genuine show-stopper.’ It is this reputation that has seen Illustrate Kitchens called out as far afield as Oxfordshire, West Sussex and Hampshire. Darren continues, ‘We are well known within the Surrey, London and of course Guildford as the firm to call if you want the most original design, and we are very proud and honoured that this reputation is expanding further afield.’

“Our philosophy is to design a kitchen that utilises a space to its most dramatic effect” Kitchen projects are managed in-house by a dedicated team consisting of a full-time installation manager and a full time fitter. Percy has worked in this industry for almost four decades and knows that replacement kitchen projects can be stressful. ‘A replacement kitchen can cause significant disturbance in what is normally the most important room in a house. We make sure the whole process is planned to perfection and will seamlessly move your project from the design phase, to installation, to handing over the finished kitchen to you.’ Illustrate Kitchens also holds great respect with architects and developers. Percy has a background in architecture and comments ‘A great deal of our work is instigated by architects or developers, who either approach us directly or recommend their clients to use us. www.illustratekitchens.com 72 MARCH 2018


KITCHEN GADGETS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE Put the spiralizer away and try one of these nifty bits of kit. When it comes to can’t-live-withoutthem kitchen gadgets, your toaster and kettle are of course top of the list. But they might soon need to share their top spots on your worktop with these clever inventions.

SuperFast Thermapen 4 thermometer Never get food poisoning again with this clever little thermometer probe. Perfect for checking the temperature of turkey, poultry, meat and fish, it has a patented rotating display so it can be used in any position, whether you are right or left-handed. £64.80, thermapen.co.uk Pressure King Pro (5L) 12in-1 Digital Pressure Cooker Is there anything better than popping your dinner in a pot before breakfast, then arriving home at the end of a long day, to find it’s cooked and ready for you to tuck in? This pressure cooker also locks in nutrients and leaves your meat/fish/veg super-tender. And it’s wipe clean too. £69.99, highstreettv.com Lavazza A Modo Mio Fantasia Plus Cappuccino Latte Coffee Machine, Ice White This gadget will certainly save you the trouble of queuing at your local coffee shop every morning, and it’ll look very suave on your kitchen counter. Ideal for cappuccinos and lattes, there’s a special milk-whisking function for optimum froth. £169.95, John Lewis Russell Hobbs Desire Electric Mini Food Chopper Put the chopping board to one side and stick any veggies you need sliced and diced into this handy chopping device. Just don’t over-fill it, and your veg prep will be done in a jiffy. £27.99, Argos

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Vitinni Raclette Grill with Crepe & Pancake Plate A dinner party that doesn’t involve you having to cook for everyone? It’s the dream - so whip this raclette machine out next time you have friends over and they can cook their own meal of molten cheese and griddled meat, using the paddles supplied. £29.99, Alfresia.com Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZX2522 This slimline breadmaker won’t take up too much space on the kitchen side and has lots of gluten-free options, from pasta to cake and pasta doughs. The settings are straightforward but clever (you can pick the crust colour!) and there’s even a jam and compote mode, so you can home bake your bread and slather it with your own homemade jam. £239.99, Panasonic Dexam Chef’n Herbcicle Plus Frozen Herb Mill Fill this herb mill with a bunch of leafy green herbs, then put it into your freezer. When you want to use them, twist the top to grind the herbs onto your food. This way, you’ll always have fresh coriander and rosemary on hand - and old, leftover herbs will never again lurk at the bottom of your fridge. £11, dexam.co.uk Beko HBA6700W Sense Hand Blender Set Food processors can often be bulky and all the attachments a tangle of blades, too easily lost in the back of the cupboard but this one from Beko is slick, simple and efficient. £33.34, Amazon


Villeroy & Boch present:

The new Finion Premium Collection


delicate and purist design, high-quality material and workmanship while boasting versatility and individuality. Finion, the new premium bathroom collection from Villeroy & Boch, creates a luxurious bathroom setting with its exclusive bathroom ceramics, elegant furniture, stylish lighting concept and high-quality monolith bath, making it an oasis of relaxation and well-being. Designed as an extensive complete bathroom collection, Finion offers a wide range of possible combinations. The three different types of washbasins in three ceramic colours look stunning when combined with the numerous models of vanity units in ten colours. The bath also provides greater design freedom thanks to the design ring in three elegant metallic colours, lighting and Colour on Demand, opening up new scope for individuality and uniqueness in the bathroom.

Innovative ceramics – Washbasins made from TitanCeram The renowned designer Patrick Frey exploited the excellent material properties of TitanCeram in creating Finion. “I took full advantage of the benefits of TitanCeram for the flowing, strongly contoured design of the washbasins as this material allowed me to make very thin and fine forms.” It resulted in ten 76 MARCH 2018

ceramic washbasin models whereby the wall-mounted and surface-mounted washbasins have walls that are only 6 mm thick. The collection has surfacemounted, wall-mounted and vanity washbasins, ranging from a compact hand washbasin that is 43 cm wide to a spacious 130 cm double washbasin, therefore providing a perfect washbasin solution for all tastes and almost any room layout – from small guest bathrooms to roomy well-being oases. An optional integrated ceramic valve that is available with the ViFlow overflow system blends harmoniously into the washbasin, emphasising the collection’s premium character. The wall-mounted toilet and bidet enhance the bathroom setting with their clear linear design. The rimless toilet is invisibly secured with SupraFix and fitted with DirectFlush technology. The SoftClosing feature closes the slim 40 mm toilet seat softly and silently and can be removed quickly and easily via QuickRelease when it is being cleaned. To improve comfort, the new ViClean-I 100 shower toilet can also be integrated into the Finion bathroom design. Finion has been selected to receive an iF DESIGN AWARD 2017, one of the most prestigious design prizes in the world. The winning products are the freestanding bathtub, the washbasin and vanity unit and the WC with seat. www.villeroy-boch.com

“The new premium bathroom collection from Villeroy & Boch, creates a luxurious bathroom setting”


Authentic, Unique Bespoke Kitchens


harlie Kingham’s bespoke kitchens and furniture offer is aimed at helping you create your dream project. Tailoring each project to reflect a truly authentic design, he tackles and solves issues that arise in our modern lives, homes and kitchens, without compromising quality and aesthetics. The Charlie Kingham team have perfected their design process. After receiving the clients brief, they put together a wonderfully realistic set of 3D renders so you can envisage exactly what the finished project will look like. Once the designs are signed off, your kitchen will be completed and in your home ready to use in under twelve weeks. They have three collections of kitchen styles that vary from classic and simple to a more edgier and industrial feel. Whether it is a simple kitchen to fit in a traditional farmhouse in the country or a georgian townhouse in the city that needs a more detailed kitchen to suit the architecture, Charlie Kingham are confident they will produce an authentic, unique and bespoke kitchen that will compliment and complete your home. Despite only having two showrooms, they have completed projects all over the world, from south London to the south of France. Even though they may come across as traditional kitchen designers they have a much more versatile back catalogue, due to their work being truly bespoke. It is tricky to show what work you can achieve when you can design and produce absolutely anything. From standalone pieces for an awkward space to a full kitchen refurbishment and cabinetry throughout your home, they are up for the challenge. Proving they are more than just traditional cabinet makers, the Charlie Kingham team have taken on contemporary kitchen styles. Even though it may not be advertised all over their website and showrooms, this has naturally become their hidden talent. This kitchen breaks the conventions of a traditional shaker by building from modern minimalism and incorporating natural material finishes. A contrast in concept but the mix of linen and leather textures will continue to look timeless yet contemporary. Below is another modern kitchen that challenges the typically overdone all white look. The sleek lines and curved corners help this small space look bigger and brighter. This is complemented by the Carrera Marble worktop, proving that even a minimalistic kitchen can be full of some brilliantly designed details. 8 Chertsey Street, Guildford, GU1 4HD Telephone 01483 338888 www.charliekingham.co.uk

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3 steps to your dream kitchen with Tara Neil Making your dream kitchen happen is what Tara Neil Kitchens is all about, and the 3-step process they use will ensure that your vision becomes a reality. 80 MARCH 2018

THE CONSULTATION The first step to creating a truly unique interior is dialogue. You can meet one of the Tara Neil designers at their inspiring 4,000 sq. ft. showroom in Woodley, Reading, or in your home, to discuss your project further. During this initial consultation, your designer will ask you about your project, lifestyle, timescale and budget, and will compile an outline design brief. At this stage, they will work from your architects’ plans or undertake their own on-site survey to obtain the relevant architectural information and room dimensions. This is a service that, unlike with some other companies, is always free at Tara Neil Kitchens.

THE DESIGN Once your designer has established your brief, the next step is to create a draft proposal of floor plans and elevations, along with an initial estimate for the project. This is normally produced within 2-3 days of the consultation. You will then be invited for a second appointment in the showroom to discuss the design and costs in more detail. This also gives you the opportunity to inspect

the finer details of the design proposals from the impressive selection of samples and full kitchen displays. Tara Neil’s in-house interior designer will also be on hand to advise and inspire. Once the final design and costs are agreed, you will be asked to pay a commissioning deposit. At this point your designer will produce the relevant service drawings, as well as securing a delivery slot for your furniture.

THE INSTALLATION The team at Tara Neil know that the upheaval involved in undertaking any kind of refurbishment to your home can be a nuisance, but it never needs to be a source of stress. Communication and organisation are vital to successful project management and your designer will manage your project from initial design to final installation. Tara Neil employs a team of dedicated professionals who have overseen many installations with the minimum of disruption (as their testimonials attest), including a full-time project manager with 22-years’ experience in large housing developments. The project manager and your designer will liaise with your architect or building contractor regularly to ensure everything is running according to plan. Once the project is complete, both the designer and project manager will meet with you on site to review the finished project. If you already have a builder or kitchen fitter that you would like to use then they can offer supply only. www.taraneil.com; 01189 698500

Beyond Ordinary thought 4 HIGH STREET, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 1QJ • 01628 639193 enquiries@orphic-kitchens.com • www.orphic-kitchens.com

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Blending into the background is not an option in 2018, let us introduce you to this quirky latest range of wallpapers and murals from Woodchip and Magnolia Take some artistic license with splashes of paint, washes of watercolour and abstract marbled designs. www.woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk

Leafy tropical forests lush with fruit and populated by charming and mysterious creatures. The Loris print features that rare and beautiful creature, the slender Loris. In vibrant mustard yellow and black or hot orange and black this large lampshade is a statement piece that will add jungly character and a pop of colour to a room. Hand screen-printed and made in Lush Designs’ London studio, these lampshades are part of a range of vibrant home wares that feature exciting, illustrative prints with story-telling themes. £80, www.lushlampshades.co.uk

1920s glamour BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS

TOP TABLEwear from vietnam

New table loveliness from Vietnam ... these stunning handmade bowls make a beautiful addition to any dining table or surface - great for fruit, salads, rice, couscous and more. This elegant handmade range of Vietnamese ceramic tableware is handpainted with an oriental indigo drop design using age old traditions that have remained unchanged for generations. www.carolinemcgrath.co.uk 84 MARCH 2018

The Hampstead, The Parisian, The Amalfi and The Miami, the four statement pieces that make up Bay and Box’s smart range of window boxes, specifically sized to fit Victorian terrace and bay windows exactly. The team looked to their favourite places around the world to establish their collection of modern products – the bestselling lead grey window box for example named after the elegant Hampstead village. In addition, the company also sell high-quality artificial plants and flowers to provide a maintenance-free solution for busy lives. £45, www.bayandbox.com

Bring a touch of luxe to your home with this fabulous pink Gatsby Velvet Armchair. This armchair with its stunning scalloped detail will subtly add vibrancy to your bedroom, living room or study. £675, www.audenza.com


G oing green for spring be omitted. Finally, the spring meadow shimmers with colourful petals of flowers. Green is best complemented by white backgrounds or patterns and all shades of yellow and pink. Flowers, and above all greenery are universal decorations, because the impression they create never overwhelms, on the contrary - it brings freshness and soothes the senses. The salutary power of nature also works through the walls, so it is worth decorating the bedroom, the living room, as well as the kitchen and the dining room with greenery, to enjoy the positive energy prevailing throughout the house. www.pixers.uk


pring favours all changes. Nature comes to life, and the world becomes more beautiful each day - flowers and bushes bloom and the meadows and parks finally become green. The days get longer, we have more energy and ideas. No wonder we give ourselves to the ritual of spring cleaning and renovations. We want our homes to be as beautiful as the spring landscape! Wallpapers inspired by the awakening nature is the best way to welcome spring. On this occasion, Pixers have arranged compositions, which are characterised by floral patterns and leaf motifs as well as delicate, refreshing colours. The spring palette is primarily all about green. Pastels and subdued colours dominate, broken with a juicy shade of young leaves and fresh blades of grass. Of course, the accents in other colors cannot

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Looking Forward

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hen the sky is grey and February temperatures really begin to bite, 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 88 MARCH 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! www.noxuhome.com


Fabulous floors from Turgon

As we enter the New Year, and new interior design trends emerge, we are left undecided as to which bits of furniture to keep that we recently purchased. Typical.


ell, we can tell you one thing. Your wooden floors going nowhere. Your furniture may change, and you can dabble all you want with colour schemes for walls etc. but your wooden floors going nowhere. The interior industry experts tell us that the interior fashion is leaving the minimalist Scandinavian features behind, and we are moving forward maximalism and rich earthy colours. And nothing else shows the natural earth tones better then a wooden floor. Just like everything else in the interior design industry, the wooden floors market will change its shape and tones as well. As predicted, in contrast with previous years where we used to see more pale white and deep grey tones and mostly planks, the future shows rather a different trend. We are going back to classic wood patterns and designs. This tells we will be looking at more herringbones , chevron and custom made 90 MARCH 2018

patterns. The bright side of this trend is, it will last forever, because classic doesn’t mean boring and these floors have shown their uniqueness since forever. They will never be out of trend, you just have to play around with the colours. Talking about colours, the future seems bright, rich and colourful. Even though the natural tone of the wood will remain the most famous, we are happy to see more rich tones such as orange brown that give that warm heritage that we’ve been missing. Walnut, cherry and natural oak are already trending. This year we will be seeing more reclaimed wooden floors. Recently we have discovered historic reclaimed woods that have been on the bogs for thousand of years, and they have shown to be a perfect reclaimed wood solution for the future because of their strength and density. Once again, keep your wooden floor, they will last forever in fashion. www.turgonflooring.co.uk



THE DETAILS Contact Paul on T: 020 8669 1500 E: Paul@castlecon.com www.castleconservatories.com

Paul Jones from Castle Conservatories, Surrey and London’s premier design and build company, talks about enhancing your property with an elegant orangery and gives us his insight into a specific project that Castle have built recently in Surrey


o, what does an orangery do? Designed to replace the more traditional, predominantly glazed conservatory, an orangery combines the feel of an extension with the light and airiness of a more traditional garden room. It can greatly extend your living area and becomes a versatile space that can be used all year round. Many of our clients, when

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Or visit our design centre at Woodcote Green Garden Centre, Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington, SM6 0SU

they approach us to discuss their requirements, do so because they love the home they live in. An orangery is a way to extend their property and we have designed many builds that have been used to enlarge a kitchen/dining area, become a playroom or study, or have simply allowed them to open the back of their homes to let the light flood in with our state of the art roofing solutions. About the Project For Mr & Mrs Holmes the brief was to create a stunning music room to house their grand piano and organ. Design was extremely important as the build needed to be sympathetic to their instrument collection and allow them to maintain an even temperature to facilitate that but also give them a space that they could use as a practise room to enjoy playing music all year round. Installing two sets of double doors means the orangery can be opened and flow into the garden in the Summer whilst with the installation of a lantern roof light floods into the property all year round making it a bright and airy place to enjoy and use, even in winter months. The insulated perimeter aids with keeping the temperature balanced and allows for the discreet additional lighting we installed whilst the exterior was designed to compliment and reflect the original property with attention to detail in flooring and stonework throughout. Step access to the garden was designed to be aesthetic and visually sympathetic to the existing lines of the property giving a feeling of flow and connectivity from the original property through the new build and out into the garden. “I have been delighted by the service and quality I received from Castle. The build was well organised and skilled and the quality of workmanship superb. I now have a fabulous music room which houses a grand piano and an organ and remains at a constant temperature ...so important for keeping the piano in tune. There is lovely light through the orangery roof and it’s the most used and best room in the house. Thanks to all the team at Castle. You are the best in the business!” – Mr Holmes, Epsom. Paul Jones, Castle Conservatories



“Each house is some 600m2 spread over 3 floors, which negotiate the changing levels of the site”


ocated in the centre of Radlett this exclusive area has generous house plots with generally substantial houses. Our site previously housed a single bungalow of no historical or architectural note. Our clients brief was to demolish the existing house and replace this with 2 generous houses, one of which to become their new house, the other to sell on. Each house is some 600m2 spread over 3 floors, which negotiate the changing levels of the site. As such the first floor from the front approach leads you through to the rear garden level. The highly contemporary properties respond to the surroundings utilising white render, but in simple modernist forms with timber cladding and elegant glazing systems, which create a delicate blend of privacy and views. The Greystone houses were shortlisted for the Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards 2011. The judges commented: “the Greystones houses are a perfect example of how sustainable design can be intertwined effectively with modern amenities in a domestic setting.” www.nicolastyearchitects.co.uk

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New Zealand


The Property Investor and Homebuyer Show T Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April 2018

he UK’s largest and longest running property investment event - The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show - returns to ExCeL London for its ‘Spring Edition’ The UK’s premier property expo is the “Must Attend” event for anyone serious about making money from property investment. It is the ideal place for networking, obtaining reliable and up to date property market information and, of course, property to buy. It is designed to cater for all levels of property experience – everyone from the novice to the seasoned investor will find an answer to their questions. With over 125 exhibitors expected and approximately 75 seminars, presentations and panel debates scheduled, you can identify the expertise and advice you need to make the right decisions on your specific area of investment interest. UK property (e.g. Buy to Let, Student Accommodation, Hotel Rooms) - plus propertyrelated and financial services make up more than half of the show content. Approximately 25% of the floor space will be dedicated to International property and provides the opportunity to compare established overseas markets such as USA, Cyprus and Portugal with emerging/newer locations e.g. New Zealand, India, Dubai, Cape Verde, The Gambia & Nigeria. International agents and developers will be present alongside specialists who can advise you on the process of buying, selling, and even moving overseas.

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April’s show highlights will include... EXHIBITORS

A number of high-profile property specialists will be on hand to give you guidance and advice. These include: BARRATT HOMES, YOUR MOVE, PCG INVEST, INTERNATIOAL NEW YORK TIMES & ENDSLEIGH.

DIRECT FROM THE DEVELOPER As the name suggests this show feature offers a unique opportunity to meet and negotiate directly with a range of leading developers. The list includes several big names from the North & South of England.

INVEST IN AFRICA Lead by Nigerian content ... the ONLY UK showcase of property from a selection of African countries presented in the UK this year will present a mix of residential and BTL property from a selection of leading developers and agents.

EXPERT SEMINARS An established highlight of the event is it’s seminar programme. Featuring presentations by many of the top names in the property sector, many sessions will be fully booked before opening day. For overseas property it provides a once a year opportunity to hear the views of several international commentators.

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THE DETAILS Admission to the show is free Opening times: 10am on both days 6pm on Friday and5pm on Saturday For show enquiries contact the organiser, Property Investor Media. Telephone: 020 8877 0610 or Email: enquiries@propertyinvestor.co.uk www.propertyinvestor.co.uk

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