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ST ALBANS LIFE

ST ALBANS LIFE ISSUE 91

APRIL 2014

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EDUCATION LIFE T H E

Q U A L I T Y

E D U C AT I O N

S U P P L E M E N T

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Welcome... The independent school system in the UK is one of the finest in the world, and you are fortunate to have some of the best schools in the country right on your doorstep. In today’s economic climate, making the right choice for your child’s education is of paramount importance. Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children. Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Many schools will be holding open days during the course of 2014.

Encourage your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. Take a notebook with you and write down the positive or negative things your child discovers from each school. This will be a useful tool when you are comparing notes! It also provides an insight into the way a child sees a prospective future school. This month sees the second of our three main Education Life Guides, with the next appearing in the September 2014 issue. Please feel free to contact me Corinne Sugar at corinne@fishmediagroup.co.uk or call 0844 800 8439 if you would like any further information.

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Welcome to our April issue... Gallery Rouge St. Albans is proud to announce the fourth exhibition in their annual showcase of 20th Century Masters; Salvador Dali and the Surrealists will offer key original lithographs, etchings and drawings for acquisition from one of the most ground-breaking movements in art history. Be the first to learn about the works which will be available by registering your details at stalbans@ galleryrouge.co.uk. Now in its sixth consecutive year, Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park 2014 will return to the beautiful surroundings of leafy Fulham, for a weekend of ferociously competitive on-field action, a variety of off-field entertainment and world-class pitch-side hospitality. Riding high on the success of being voted the UK’s No. 1 showroom, Herts Bifold Doors are still going strong. This continuously growing company is coming on leaps and bounds during 2014, they are looking at branching out into new product areas and doing their first home renovation show!

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When Brit designer Graeme Ellisdon set out to create a new London flagship store in the heart of St James, it was to his home county of Hertfordshire that he turned for inspiration…

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ritish designer Graeme Ellisdon started Osprey London back in 1980 from a barn he rented in Kimpton. Over thirty years later and the lifestyle brand most famous for its luxury leather bags and accessories has just opened a 5000 sq. ft. flagship store on Regent Street, in the heart of St James. A far cry from a barn in Kimpton, you might think, but Ellisdon is firmly of the belief that while you may take the man out of Hertfordshire, you can’t take Hertfordshire out of the man. “This county is where I was born and bred,” he tells us. “It’s where my wife Alex and I have brought up our family and it’s where some of our customers have come to almost feel like family. After all, they’ve been visiting us here for nearly ten years.” He’s referring, of course, to his beautiful rural shopping venue, sited in a series of converted farm buildings off Coopers Green Lane in St Albans. With a lifestyle home wares store, outlet store and Saddlery Café serving delicious, locally baked wheat and gluten-free cakes and treats, the place attracts a stylish and loyal clientele. Indeed, when Ellisdon opened his new London store, it was the Hertfordshire contingent who turned out in force on opening day to wish him well. “It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces walking along from Piccadilly Circus that day,” he says with a smile, “and yes, they were all wearing Osprey London bags!”

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Originally commissioned by The Crown Estate, the building itself had been used by Barclays Bank for ninety years and is certainly impressive, with huge windows that flood the space with light and a 5 metre high plasterwork ceilings. An empty shell when Ellisdon took it on, he and Alex quickly decided upon the look they wanted for their new showcase: “We designed it to feel like our place in town on the ground floor and our place in the country on the lower ground - so you could say it’s St James upstairs and St Albans down.” The Hertfordshire links continue throughout, with beautiful oak carpentry and a stunning feature staircase, both of which were created by locally based craftsmen. With its individually carved icons of natural history, the staircase alone took over 3300 hours to make and install. “As a business that celebrates craftsmanship,” says Graeme, “it was important to use the best.” With a branch of the Saddlery Café tucked away downstairs in the bank’s converted vaults, it’s not hard to imagine yourself far from the hustle and bustle of St James. Town or country, it’s clear to see this is one business that has gone out of its way to make sure you’ll always feel at home. For opening hours, please visit www.ospreylondon.com.


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s the ultimate destination for home owners and self-builders, over 100,000 consumers are expected to visit the event over nine days. Grand Designs Live London will offer visitors a great day out, 100’s of innovative ideas for the home, specialist exhibitors and FREE expert advice all under one roof – making it an invaluable and unmissable event for home lovers. The following show sections have been confirmed: Grand Build, Grand Interiors, Grand Kitchens & Bathrooms sponsored by Miele, Grand Village, Grand Technology, Grand Gardens and Grand Food & Housewares. IN ADDITION GRAND DESIGNS LIVE LONDON CAN REVEAL THE FOLLOWING SHOW HIGHLIGHTS  sk An Expert, will be located in the heart of Grand Build and promises to A offer aspiring developers and those undertaking a home project, specialist advice to assist with getting their own Grand Designs project underway Market Lane – Grand Food & Housewares, new for 2014, Market Lane is an interactive feature within the Grand Food & Housewares section. With six demonstrations daily along with tasting and cookery schools from a variety of experts based in London and the South-East ‘The Tech Box’ – Grand Technology, new for 2014, the Tech Box is an interactive walk through experience showing the latest innovative gadgets and technology as well as lighting designs and systems for the home The Live Kitchen Experience, sponsored by Miele, will boast two interactive stages, the first will showcase top chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers demonstrating on the Live Kitchen and the second will allow show guests to interact and experience Miele products and appliances in action. Plus, don’t miss the celebrity ‘cook along’ featuring show ambassadors Kevin McCloud, George Clarke, James Alexander-Sinclair and Jo Hamilton

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 he Grand Village promises to showcase best-in-class innovation as seen T on Channel 4: ‘Grand Designs’ with a range of eco homes and green living solutions for visitors to explore. Plus it will also demonstrate a variety of sustainable building techniques with hands on activities and live builds taking place throughout the 9-day show The Grand Theatre will host a ‘meet the grand designer’ seminar each morning along with hot debates and talks with a range of experts and guest speakers – from self-builders to interior designers as well as addressing local planning and building issues For the eco-conscious visitor, Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes will showcase show ambassador Kevin McCloud’s hand-picked selection of the most impressive eco-innovations and technologies; some of which are being exclusively launched at the show This year Grand Interiors will feature room sets to inspire generations; working with top home interiors stylists who will design room settings aimed at everyone from first time buyers, young families, to those looking for a revamp. This is a must see for home colour, materials and pattern inspiration. Not forgetting the Grand Interiors Theatre, the hub of the interiors hall, it’s a place to gain inspiration, ideas and advice from industry interiors professionals ranging from DIY specialists, interior designers, celebrity speakers and much more! The Garden Design Competition is set to run at the London show for the second time. The competition will see entrants submit a garden design based on ‘Introducing Colour to your Garden’. Final judging will take place live at the show by a panel including Kevin McCloud who will be joined by the Grand Designs Live Garden Expert, James Alexander-Sinclair. Saturday 3rd May – Saturday 10th May 10am-6pm, Sunday 11th May 10am-5pm Order your tickets online: www.granddesignslive.com or call the booking hotline on 0844 854 1348.


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St Albans Film Festival takes flight in its second year Just when you thought it was safe… ancient Cathedral to show The Birds and state-of-the-art swimming pool to show JAWS at St Albans Film Festival

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t Albans may not have an actual cinema yet, but St Albans Film Festival director Leoni Kibbey is finding that a cathedral and a swimming pool will do just as well, thank you, as she prepares to open this year’s 4-day event with a screening of Hitchcock’s The Birds at the Abbey, and then delight the over-18s by showing JAWS in the swimming pool at the new Westminster lodge. These are just two of the innovative venues that will be used to screen over 100 films to an audience of film-lovers at the second St Albans Film Festival which takes place from 1 – 4 May in the City. The festival was a first time fledging in 2013, but is certainly taking flight this year and is soaring to new heights with the announcement that London Luton Airport is to be its headline sponsor – which is particularly fitting as it has the theme of Birds and Flight for 2014. Leoni Kibbey, Festival Director, says: “Given our theme, it makes perfect sense to be putting on the Festival in association with London Luton Airport, which has been an important landmark in the local area for over 75 years and has been integral in the lives of many local people, both as employer and a gateway to the sun.” Chika Austin, Community Relations Executive, London Luton Airport, said: “We know a thing or two about flying here at the Airport so we are delighted to be involved in this year’s Film Festival. This unique event, which brings together people from all over the world in celebration of culture and community engagement is something that we strongly support. “ The grand opening event will see the stunning Cathedral turned into an

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aviary for the night. The real birdy superstar Hedwig (from the Harry Potter films) even makes a guest appearance, flying through the 11th century building. There will be live music from community choir Big Sing and a licensed Prosecco bar. Leoni says: “This year the festival has so much going on. As well as our wonderful feature film screenings in the Abbey and the pool and other venues across the city, for those who want to watch short films there will be special screenings of all the finalists of the short film competition. The quality of these is amazing, as they have been chosen from over 400 films that came in from 35 countries across the world. But for those who want to get behind the scenes there are workshops on hair and beauty from films, magic in the movies, the art of writing screenplays, and a very special event from the BAFTA nominated St Albans director, Dan Smith, who has created an incredible 3-D programme about prehistoric birds for Sky, starrIng Sir David Attenborough. As Chika Austin, London Luton Airport , continues: “The Festival promotes inward investment in the region and resonates with our own Community Engagement Strategy. It’s really great to see such inspiring projects being brought to the area for local young people get involved in.” And young people are certainly catered, for with a programme of over 50 events in 16 venues, there is something for everyone, including familyfriendly events, events strictly for the Over 18s, events that real film buffs will enjoy, and free events. The full programmes of events is available at the St Albans tourist office and other locations around the city, or download it from www.stalbansfilmfestival.com


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Highlights of the second St Albans Film Festival include For Families THURSDAY 1st MAY  .45 – 10pm St Albans Cathedral ‘The Birds’ at the Cathedral (age 12+) – with 6 special fleeting appearance by Hedwig, from Harry Potter (this is the opening event and tickets will fly!)

FRIDAY 2nd MAY 10am Parent & Child screening of Mamma Mia in the Town Hall, with Greek treats! Great for mums and babies!

SATURDAY 3rd MAY 10am Maltings Arts Theatre - The King & The Mockingbird (widely considered one of the best animated films of all time) 4.30pm – 7pm Verulamium museum - Children’s short films screenings – the best films from young talent entering the film competition (age 5 -15 years) 1.30pm Westminster Lodge - Films while you Swim – Ponyo (U) at Westminster Lodge – IN THE ACTUAL POOL! Price include parent and child ticket

Free Events SATURDAY 3rd MAY  1am – 3pm – Christopher Place Meet Beautiful ‘Birds of Bray’ : real owls that love 1 having their picture taken – come along and see them close-up S  aturday 11am – Sunday4pm - SFX Make up demos & other activities in the Town Hall - including: Special effects make up demos, fashion and hair styling from the movies,  facepainting, movie star make overs,  feather fashion, Oaklands College students demonstrating alongside professionals from the film industry.  Plus come and walk our very own Red Carpet with Papparazzi’s and feel like a STAR! All ages welcome!

SUNDAY 4th MAY  1am – 12 Verulamium park, by Westminster lodge. The UK’s premier military 1 parachute display team, the RAF Falcons will perform a spectacular free fall display into Verulamium Park. Be captivated as they perform advanced manoeuvres falling at speeds up to 120 mph. 

Girly Events THURSDAY 1st MAY  .45 – 10pm St Albans Cathedral - ‘The Birds’ at the Cathedral (age 12+) – with 6 special fleeting appearance by Hedwig, from Harry Potter (this is the opening event and tickets will fly!)

FRIDAY 2nd MAY  pm – 3pm - ‘Ricky’ Dir. Francois Ozon Feature Film Age: PG When Katie, an 1 ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, something magical happens: a love story. From this union an extraordinary child is born: Ricky. (French language with subtitles) Info for Parents with kids at school: This film will finish in time for school pick up!  7pm – 9pm Costa Coffee Panel discussion on women in film. Are women fairly represented in film? What is the Bechdel Test? Is a good thing? Should we be joining Sweden and adding a Bechdel rating to movies? Join a panel of filmmakers, listen to the debate and share your views on the future of women in the film industry.  7pm – 10pm Waterstones - Birds, Books and Gin! - Free cake & gin at this event

SATURDAY 3RD MAY  1am and Sunday 3pm - Trips up the Clocktower - ‘a mini break’ perfect for a bit 1 of fun!! Get taken on this secret surprise immersive cinema experience. 7.30pm – 10pm - Philomena feature film The Maltings theatre - Presented by London Luton Airport - Age 15+ 7.30 – late Rub shoulders with our VIP guests and filmmakers. The winners of the short films  will be awarded at this glamorous and fun closing awards ceremony. Headlining the night is CassetteBoy Vs DJ Rubbish Comedy Disco – an amazing interactive event.  Plus DJ Set from KIBI Party till late as it’s a Bank Holiday weekend

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Mary Shaw Soft and delicate, these peaceful works transport you back to happier times. For some, they are the lost years of childhood innocence, frolicking in the meadows. For others, they remind of the fresh outdoor walks on a crisp morning.

Rozanne Bell Originally from Zimbabwe, Rozanne Bell moved to the UK in 2002 and has never looked back. Now living and working in Dorset, she recently held a one-woman show of her work at Gallery Rouge in August 2013. Her positive personality is embodied in the richness of her work. Using thick acrylics and resin her work is beautiful and tactile.

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To discover more about these artists, why not visit Gallery Rouge in either of the stunning galleries in St Albans or Harpenden. Gallery Rouge is recognised for representing affordable original artwork from respected international artists – you’re bound to find something special to grace your home!

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The ALL NEW Hertford House springs open in time for the Easter weekend

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reating a vibe is something that cutting edge chef, Carl Clarke, does in his sleep, fresh from a stream of sell out experiential dining concepts in London, he’s brought his unique brand of casual yet confident British diner-style dining to Hertford House this Spring.

Open in time for the Easter weekend, don’t miss your chance to try out the new menu! Local Ingredients Great quality, locally sourced ingredients are at the heart of Carl’s philosophy and inspiration behind the new menus. Sourcing all the meat from artisan butchers Turner and George specializing in rare-breed meats and flat iron steaks, all cuts come from small, family-owned Essex farms and where the livestock have entirely natural diets. Day boat fish ensures the freshest fish possible is served, literally hours from being plucked from the sea from Cornwall’s Looe fish market. Moving to the fruit and vegetables, Cherry Tree farm provides all the seasonal fruit and vegetables available. The Ice Cream

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Union churns up fresh artisan flavours in the dessert menu, seasonally changing varieties include Black Sesame, Rhubarb Ripple, Popcorn and Miso. Food Bursting with the freshest local ingredients, finest cuts of meat and seafresh fish, no compromise has been made on the quality of food in the new menu. For breakfast delights including Hickory Smoked Duck Hash, Buttermilk Pancake Stack with a choice of dry cured bacon, house smoked sausage or local berries, will ensure the fun starts early. The all day menu kicks off with a range of ‘Snacks’ ranging from lip-smacking buttermilk friend chicken wings, hot smoked salmon pumpkin seed cracker and wood grilled English asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, fried duck egg with a smoked ranch dressing. Innovative salads boast house smoked chicken, charred butternut squash and hot smoked spring salmon varieties. ‘Top Notch’ burgers include the signature HH burger (rare breed beef, cheese, bacon, pickled onions and bun sauce),


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buttermilk fried chicken roll with chilli vinegar and Korean mayo and Cornish day boat fish tacos with Cornish brie, wild garlic and HH slaw. The BBQ menu tempts with pulled rare breed pork, ½ hickory smoked chicken and ‘low and slow’ saddleback belly ribs whilst the Wood Grill showcases Cornish day boat fish, rare breed flat iron steak or a bone-in 35 day dry aged rib eye. Robata Grill The Robata grill is the star of the new kitchen set up, a first in Hertford town, used at top restaurants in London including ROKA and ZUMA, it means ‘fireside cooking’ in Japanese that uses a very special type of British eco-friendly charcoal. When cooked on Robata, the 35 bone-in dry aged rib eye steak takes on a smoky flavor and the intense heat means you get a really crunchy crust on the outside whilst the inside is melt-in-your mouth tender. In-House Smoker British cherry, maple and hickory wood chips are used in the new smoker, imported all the way from the home of Southern American cuisine, Texas in the US. Imparting a delicate and delicious flavour to the in-house smoked salmon whilst stepping up imparting a fuller flavour in the pulled rare-breed pork, ‘Low and Slow’ saddleback belly ribs. Drinks Leading drinks expert, Wes McCarthy from the Sip Kitchen (award winning bar and events specialists in London) has devised an impressive new selection of fun, delicious, great value, quality cocktails for the new bars. Taking the reins from Wes is Ben Irvine, new resident bar manager of Hertford House, hailing from some of the best bars both in the UK and round the world, counting Soho House, the Sheraton Park Plaza and plentiful super-luxury cruise liners in his impressive CV. The enticing list features a wide range of re-worked classic cocktails including a Gin Daisy made with a summary combo of Gin, Crème de Fraise and local jam makers ‘All that Jam’ Strawberry and Champagne variety. Another great menu highlight is the Smoked Jalapeno Pickle Back, a shot of Jameson’s Whisky served alongside a shot of Jalapeno infused pickle juice, originally created in Brooklyn, New York, this is a spicy rendition of the original. Teas and Coffees 3 Things that make the new coffee at Hertford House exceptional:

The Coffee Using coffee beans from Allpress Espresso, specifically their Redchurch Blend (Roasted on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, London), a medium roast with cocoa, spice & caramel characteristics. The Shot Coffee served as a double ristretto to bring out the best flavour. A ristretto shot is shorter than a regular espresso shot and more full bodied with less bitterness. The Machine Employing a La Marzocco Linear Classic espresso machine and a Mazzer Super Jolly grinder, La Marzocco are the most trusted and well respected espresso machine makers in the world, hand made in Florence since 1927. All the teas are from the Yumchaa brand showcasing classic black teas, green teas, white teas and Tissanes (caffeine free) in Egyptian Nights and Raspberry Vanilla varieties. Design The new and improved Hertford House has undergone a full on make-over with a redesigned dining area using British eco-friendly lump wood. Cult street artist and stable-mate of Banksy, Pure Evil (now a local resident) has installed an iconic JeanMichel Basquiat inspired canvas named ‘King Samo’ who’s also left his infamous tag on the woodwork, try and find it when you’re next in! Keeping it in the family, multi-skilled Nick Shipton (whose family owns Hertford House) has also leant his own series of paintings adding an abstract and urban feel to the space. Music True to Hertford House’s existing reputation of leading the way with Hertford’s nightlife scene, music is key to creating the ultimate atmosphere. During the day diners can expect a laid back mix or reggae, dub, punk, soul, groove and 80’s classics. Top weekend DJ’s will up the tempo, each week, playing from both the bar area and late-night cocktail lounge downstairs. This Easter weekend sees the likes of T Money (collaborated with Justin Timberlake and Jamiroquai), Femi Fem and Ian Woodall taking to the decks

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Harrods, the world’s most famous department store, presents Pradasphere.

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aunching in May, the exuberant exhibition will catalogue the most multifaceted activities of the Italian design powerhouse – from fashion and accessories to architecture, cinema and beyond. Concurrently, the legendary Harrods Exhibition Windows will showcase treasures from the Prada archives coupled with a capsule collection of ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories inspired by iconic Prada collections from the last 100 years – developed exclusively for Harrods. Housed on the store’s Fourth Floor, the PRADASPHERE exhibition will trace the everwidening ambitions of Italy’s most influential fashion house, and present a broad spectrum of historic collections, special projects, collaborations and experiments. The carefully curated selection of design ideas will be adjoined to the first PRADASPHERE Café. Helen David, Fashion Director of Womenswear, Accessories, Fine Jewellery & Childrenswear at Harrods, comments: “We are delighted to work with Italian’s finest fashion house to bring the Prada universe to life. PRADASPHERE will offer our customers a singular experience and the opportunity to shop an exclusive Prada collection found nowhere else.” PRADASPHERE at Harrods will be open throughout May. To find out more, go to www.harrods.com and follow @Harrods@Prada #Pradasphere Harrods Limited,: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London. SW1X 7XL

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PAOLO VERONESE, THE CONVERSION OF MARY MAGDALENE, ABOUT 1548 ŠTHE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

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Veronese Exhibition at the National Gallery If you want a once in a lifetime experience this March, look no further than the National Gallery and the dramatic, spectacular art of Paolo Veronese!

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s the first and potentially last opportunity to see his work displayed, the exhibition celebrates Paolo Veronese as one of the greatest painters of all time. His works, that influenced artists such as Van Dyck, were grand and theatrical and captured the opulence and splendour of life in Renaissance Venice. The exhibition features around 50 of his most famous works including

altarpieces, mythological, allegorical and historical pictures, and portraits. Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice is sponsored by Credit Suisse and runs until 15th June. For a magnificent day out packed full of culture and art, and to visit the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, book tickets at www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Life Magazines Competition For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Veronese exhibition at the National Gallery and afternoon tea for two, answer the following question: In which city was Paulo Veronese based? a) Venice b) Paris c) London Email your answer, with your name, address and contact telephone number to lauren.hopgood@newslife.co.uk The winner will be picked at random. Closing date for entries is 20th April. The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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Boat Race highlights In another moment of controversy the 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race saw Oxford romp away to one of the biggest margins of victory in recent years.

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xford University beat Cambridge by 11 lengths in the biggest victory since 1973 to win the 160th BNY Mellon Boat Race, extending their dominance with their fifth triumph in seven years. The hot favourite Dark Blues won the toss and opted to start from the Surrey Station, which would give them the advantage of the big Surrey bend a third of the way into the Race. Therefore it was Cambridge who would have the early advantage around the Middlesex bend after the end of the Fulham Wall. Off the start both crews sprinted off in the mid 40’s, Oxford taking an early lead. As expected the crews were very close to each other with Cambridge warned by first time Boat Race Umpire Richard Phelps. The Light Blues used the bend to their advantage reeling in Oxford’s lead, hence as they passed the Town Buoy the crews were level. With both crews at 35 Oxford began to exert their power, pulling out to a 1/3 length lead along the Crabtree Reach. Then shortly after the Mile Post , 5 minutes in to the Race, came the moment that effectively settled the result. Phelps had warned Oxford who now had a ¾ length lead, they responded but Cambridge moved with them and as the Umpire issued a warning to Cambridge the blades of Light Blue 2 man Luke Juckett came into contact with that of Sam O’Connor the Kiwi in the Oxford 7 seat. Juckett was knocked out of his stride, crabbed and was nearly thrown from the boat. Oxford seizing the moment powered away as Cambridge floundered, missing five effective strokes. Worse, Juckett’s rigger was bent meaning his pitch was completely wrong so he could only make a negligible contribution to the speed of his crew. At Hammersmith Bridge Oxford had an 8 second lead meaning they could choose their own water. They continued to pile on the pressure at a steady 33 strokes a minute and continued to move away from a demoralised Light Blue crew. Even with a strong headwind and rough conditions after Chiswick Eyot, Oxford’s progress was relentless. At Chiswick Steps the Oxford lead was

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16 seconds over 5 lengths, at Barnes Bridge 28 seconds and at the finish a massive 32 seconds. Cambridge cox Ian Middleton raised his hand in protest after the finish but to no avail. Richard Phelps later explained, “I was concerned where Oxford were, so I warned Oxford and they moved immediately. A second later I was happy where the crews were but I then saw the Cambridge bow just twitchin towards Oxford, so I warned Cambridge. The next thing there was a slight contact but the impact was great.” Talking about the Cambridge appeal he said that “Cambridge’s view was that when the foul occurred Oxford were not on their station. From my perspective Oxford were on their proper station; quite clearly. Contact could only have been in neutral water or at the worst Cambridge were off their station. I advised Cambridge I was overruling their appeal.” Steve Trapmore Cambridge’s Head Coach was understandably disappointed, “I can’t give you an informed decision without seeing the replay. We knew this race was going to be tough and I’m immensely proud of this crew.” The winning president Malcolm Howard thanked his crew and coach Sean Bowden for an amazing year. He felt the clash but “I don’t think it affected the outcome, we were moving really well, we’d withstood their big push early on and had started to take seats. We were moving on them and would have kept moving.” Bowden for his part said, “We can look back on this year with a lot of pride. I felt this year we could achieve really high standards. The clash is one of those things that can happen. Cambridge put a lot of pressure on early on but we were moving away. Steering is always competitive and this is one of the things that can happen when you take risks.” The crowds came out on a gloomy Sunday evening to line the River Thames and cheer the teams on with the same enthusiasm as if it were a gorgeous sunny day.


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POLO IN THE PARK 2014 HURLINGHAM PARK, FULHAM, SW6 6th, 7th & 8th JUNE 2014

In June 2014, the historic fields of Hurlingham Park will play host to one of the most hotly anticipated events on the sporting and social calendar.

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ow in its sixth consecutive year, Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park 2014 will return to the beautiful surroundings of leafy Fulham, for a weekend of ferociously competitive on-field action, a variety of off-field entertainment and world-class pitch-side hospitality.

Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park 2014 continues the legacy of bringing the exhilarating world of polo back to central London. This polo event has become one of London’s greatest summer outdoor events and will kick off another summer social season in the capital. International polo players from countries such as China, Argentina and Australia, riding some of the world’s best polo ponies, will thunder across the fields of Hurlingham Park in thrilling, high-octane polo matches to compete for the Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park Trophy. With a large range of off-field features and double-decked world-class hospitality areas, Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park 2014 will offer guests a quintessentially British celebration at the spiritual home of polo. It is the perfect way to kick off the summer season in London with family, friends, clients or colleagues. Eat, drink, shop, socialise and get close to all the polo action with the thousands of guests who return year after year to this multi award-winning event. 28 APRIL2014

Launched in 2009 as an exciting and innovative new polo event that hit the streets of London with gusto and glamour, the event went on to win the 2010 and 2011 ‘London Sport Attraction of the Year’ at The London Lifestyle Awards, followed by a ‘Distinction of Excellence’ award in 2013 from Visit England as a leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in central London. Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park 2014 is widely regarded as being one of London’s most innovative and successful summer events. FRIDAY 6th JUNE

12noon – 9pm

Chukka Friday London’s Summer Office Party Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park kicks off with ‘Chukka Friday’, with three afternoon polo matches. Bars with direct views of the polo field will be open, along with fresh food outlets and the Luxury Shopping Village. Corporate guests can dine in style at the exclusive Hurlingham Club before heading across for an afternoon of high-octane polo action followed by afternoon tea. SATURDAY 7th JUNE

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Ladies’ Day The Social Event Of The Summer Sip Champagne in the stylish Pommery Champagne Garden or sample amazing cocktails in the Mahiki Bar. For the summer traditionalists, enjoy a tall glass of PIMM’S at the PIMM’S Bus and Garden. Hot and cold food


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is served all day at KERB Street Food Market and the Luxury Shopping Village may tempt you. This year Club Med KidsTM will provide a fully staffed area filled with inflatable toys, table football, a soft play centre and circus games. SUNDAY 8th JUNE

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Finals Day A Fun Action-Packed Day For Everyone From 12pm to 1:30pm children can participate in a multitude of fun games organised on the polo field and the polo teams will also be available for autograph signing sessions. Polo fans can watch the Final and Plate Final and see the victors being presented with the Trophy and the Plate at the end of day prize giving ceremony. The Rules Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park has simplified the traditional rules of polo so that newcomers will be able to follow the action without any prior knowledge of the game.  maller Polo Field meaning S the action is never far away from the spectator. The Dash unique to our event and provides an exhilarating start. 45 Yard Ring goals scored from outside this line are worth double the points compared to a goal scored from within. Changing Ends teams change ends only at half time – making the game quicker and simpler. Tickets All tickets provide access to the main event area at Hurlingham Park, for all Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park matches and public entertainment. For Corporate and Hospitality Packages, please view the hospitality page on the website.

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Ticket includes entry to: Grandstand, KERB Street Food Market; The Pommery Champagne Garden; The Mahiki Bar; The PIMM’S Bus; Luxury Shopping Village; Club Med KidsTM; Children’s Activities (Sunday only) Visit www.polointheparklondon. com/tickets Or call Ticketmaster® Line (0844 248 5069) to buy tickets or make Group Bookings with Ticketmaster® (official ticket agent). Hurlingham Park More than 100 years ago, Hurlingham Park hosted regular weekly fixtures of polo as it was then the Hurlingham Club’s number one polo field and weekend crowds would gather for the summer social scene. Polo continued to be played in Hurlingham Park right up until 1939, but, with the onset of World War II, the fields were given over to the ‘Dig for Victory’ food production campaign and Hurlingham’s polo days became a distant memory. In 2009, City Events Ltd created the City Polo Series and brought polo back home to its central London roots. Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park is now the London fixture in the Series’ global calendar and Hurlingham once again plays host to this very traditional English summer past-time. PLEASE NOTE: Main Public Entrance and Box Office is on Hurlingham Road. Tickets will allow re-admittance to the park throughout the day. There is NO access to the polo via The Hurlingham Club. APRIL2014 29


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his year represents the 60th occasion that the PGA Championship has been played, along with the tenth anniversary of BMW’s arrival in the Surrey heartland of Wentworth Club as the newest Partner alongside the European Tour and the world famous golf club. Italian Matteo Manassero, who established a landmark of his own last year by becoming the youngest winner of the Tour’s flagship event at the age of 20 years and 37 days, defends his title after thwarting Luke Donald’s hat-trick bid in 2014. As always, a world class field will assemble on the iconic West Course, with Manassero and Donald joined by a glittering array of stars including reigning US Open Champion Justin Rose, Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.It was in 1955 that England’s Ken Bousfield won the inaugural playing of the event at Pannal in Harrogate, and since then the Roll of Honour has included legends of the game such as the BBC’s Peter Alliss, Ryder Cup captains Bernard Gallacher, Tony Jacklin, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie. The latter is the only person to win three times in succession from 1998-2000. Then in 2005, BMW sealed their partnership with the Tour and Wentworth when Argentine Angel Cabrera triumphed, to be followed chronologically by David Howell, Anders Hansen, the irrepressible Miguel Angel Jiménez, Paul Casey, Simon Khan, Donald in 2011 and 2012 and finally Manassero. It was a win which propelled Manassero to new heights, and the four-time European Tour winner cannot wait to return for the 2014 edition, which once again will be played over Wentworth Club’s stunning West Course from May 22-25, and relive some of those wonderful memories. “I’m really looking forward to returning to Wentworth, especially after my win last year,” said the gentleman from Verona. “Wentworth has a really special place in my heart, I really cannot wait to get back there and I’m looking forward to defending my BMW PGA title as best I can.” Looking back over the last 60 years, Peter Alliss, three-time winner of the Championship (1957, 1962 and 1965), said: “I played in the very first PGA Championship at Pannal in Harrogate in 1955 and am very proud to be a three-time winner of the event, having won at Maesdu in Llandudno in Wales in 1957 then again at Little Aston in 1962 and Prince’s three years later.” Jamie Birkmyre, BMW PGA Championship Director, explained: “This is a special year for the BMW PGA Championship, with two anniversaries to celebrate. In addition to the event’s 60th, we are looking forward to

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The European Tour’s tag line of ‘Celebrating Golf’ could not be more appropriate in 2014 as the BMW PGA Championship lights up the candles on a birthday cake for two very special anniversaries. Anniversaries galore as Manassero defends the PGA Championship crown.

celebrating BMW’s ten year association with the tournament, as title Partner. “The event has come a long way since its modest beginnings in 1955. The BMW PGA Championship is now a Blue Riband event on the British sporting calendar, attracting a world class field and we have some exciting plans to celebrate this year’s Championship, which will be one of our biggest and most thrilling yet.” The popular celebrity pro-am event on Wednesday 21st May, includes, amongst others, Chris Evans, gold medallist Eve Muirhead, David Ginola, Jamie Redknapp, Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Ben Foden. Reserved seating in the 18th green grandstand, previously limited to the weekend only, is available for pre-booking over all four days of the Championship in 2014. Thursday and Friday tickets are priced at £10, rising to £15 for Saturday and £20 on Sunday. This limited Reserved Seating is also available on a first come, first served basis. Families planning to attend the Championship should note that all children aged 16 and under will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Hospitality packages for the Wentworth Clubhouse and the Moët & Chandon Brasserie in the Championship Village are available now. Availability is limited so early booking is recommended to avoid missing out on one of the year’s great occasions. Tickets are available on the European Tour website: www.europeantour.com\tickets Further details of the BMW PGA Championship’s 60th anniversary celebrations during tournament week will be announced in due course.

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London Polo Club 2014 Fixtures

The historic London Polo Club is once again gearing up for the summer season.

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is looking to be a busy year with several new fixtures. This year will not only feature the games against Cowdray Park but also fixtures against the Guards Polo Club in Windsor. Also particularly worth looking out for is the Gaucho International Polo Festival in September and the Pro Alvear challenge with its famously wild after party on June 7th. The Dubai Trophy, one of the club’s flagship tournaments, will be played at the club on two Friday evenings this summer. July 18th and August 1st will feature the highest level of polo played at Ham and are without a doubt one of the best opportunity for polo fans to see top international players in action. If you can’t wait to come and enjoy the atmosphere at Ham then you’ll be pleased to know that polo starts on Sunday 5th May. The first big finals day will be May 19th when Oman Air will be sponsoring their first tournament the Ham House Trophy. An action packed final will be followed by a full afternoon of polo matches so make sure there’s plenty of Pimm’s in the picnic hamper. Only eight miles from Hyde Park Corner, Ham Polo Club is the last remaining polo club in Greater London. Founded in 1926, the club has an established and distinguished reputation at over 85 years old. HPC was the first club to restart the game of polo in the UK following the second world war, this was largely due to the efforts of Billy Walsh who was honoured by HM the Queen in 1985 for his efforts reviving the club and the sport. Billy’s career in the game brought a great deal to Ham, he had a huge knowledge of horses and was for many years the Duke of Edinburgh’s team mate. He captained the Ham team that won the Roehampton Cup in 1947, the first post war edition of the competition. The tournament for the Roehampton is now held at Ham and the finals sponsored by Oman Air are held in late August. Ham has had many royal visits over its history. Prince Charles played at the club in several high profile events during the 1980s and 90s. Since 2000 Princes William and Harry have been on the field for a number of charity

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fundraisers. Charity days like these at Ham have raised around £2 million over the last 15 years. Ham Polo Club has become one of the most idyllic settings in the capital city and goes from strength to strength. Upon arrival, players and spectators find themselves nestled between the leafy cover of Richmond Park and the River Thames, overlooked by the stunning Jacobean Ham House. The club now boasts one of the busiest schedules of competitive polo and charity events, and known for excellent playing and social facilities combined with a relaxed family atmosphere. As well as these big events there is a full programme of polo every Sunday at Ham Polo Club. Spectators are always welcome and there is plenty of pitch side parking and picnic space. A day at Ham Polo Club is a truly British day out as well as being one of the most inexpensive ways to entertain family and friends. The club also offers social membership which allows you to use the fantastic clubhouse restaurant and bar. Set in more than 21 acres, the Club has 3 polo fields, all suitable for helicopter landings by arrangement. Agreed and paid for in advance, we welcome helicopter landings from all over the country, and are happy to offer 30 minutes parking included free of charge within the landing fee. For advance bookings, please contact helicopters@hampoloclub.com There is ample parking for quick and easy limo access to nearby central London and the surrounding area. Its close proximity to the River Thames means the nearby River Boat service at Richmond can be accessed for trips into and out of London. Twickenham Rugby stadium is just 3 miles away. For the full 2014 fixtures list please visit the website Ham Polo Club Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH www.hampoloclub.com


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Welcome... The independent school system in the UK is one of the finest in the world, and you are fortunate to have some of the best schools in the country right on your doorstep. In today’s economic climate, making the right choice for your child’s education is of paramount importance. Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children. Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Many schools will be holding open days during the course of 2014.

Encourage your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. Take a notebook with you and write down the positive or negative things your child discovers from each school. This will be a useful tool when you are comparing notes! It also provides an insight into the way a child sees a prospective future school. This month sees the second of our three main Education Life Guides, with the next appearing in the September 2014 issue. Please feel free to contact me Corinne Sugar at corinne@fishmediagroup.co.uk or call 0844 800 8439 if you would like any further information.

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any schools describe themselves as offering an ‘all-round education’ and much emphasis is placed upon their range of extra-curricular clubs and activities – from chess to cheerleading, squash to scuba diving. Haileybury is different. The bespoke education Haileybury offers does not depend on children choosing ‘bolt-on’ options in order to balance their academic studies; the co-curricular programme is fundamental to a Haileybury education – it is a way of life. Whether Haileyburians enter the school at 11, 13 or 16, the College strives to ensure all pupils fulfil their academic potential. The College prides

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itself on discovering as well as nurturing talent and offers a personalised learning experience that encourages intellectual exploration and practical ambition. Sport, music, art and drama are not just optional extras but ensure pupils engage outside the classroom and learn key life skills which will stand them in good stead for university and the wider world beyond. Participation for all is crucial, but the school also actively supports individuals in the elite levels of their chosen sport. Current Haileyburians include national and international representatives in various age ranges in rugby, hockey, sailing and karting and the Performance programme at the Legends Tennis Centre on site provides coaching to promising young stars.

If your child is aged 9-12 and would like a taste of life at Haileybury, book a place now on the Boarding Activity Weekend on 18th – 20th July. Visit www.haileybury.com or call the Haileybury Box Office on 01992 706355 for further details. For further information, or to attend an Open Morning, you are warmly invited to contact the Registrar, Iona Hutchinson Tel: 01992 706353 or email: registrar@haileybury.com Haileybury, Hertford SG13 7NU @HaileyburyUK Registered charity number 310013 www.haileybury.com


inspires We are a leading 11–18 boarding & day school for boys & girls. Academic rigour and outstanding co-curricular provision are at the heart of Haileybury, providing the exceptional opportunities and truly all-round education that allow our pupils to discover enduring passions and talents. We offer a choice of IB Diploma or A Levels in the Sixth Form. Our next Open Mornings are: (11+) Thursday 15 May; (13+) Saturday 11 October; (16+) Saturday 13 September

For further information, or to attend an Open Morning, you are warmly invited to contact the Registrar, Iona Hutchinson registrar@haileybury.com 01992 706353 Haileybury Hertford Herts SG13 7NU haileybury.com

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As an exceptional school we will provide a complete education for able girls aged 3-18, developing personal integrity alongside intellectual, creative, and sporting talents. With highly qualified and enthusiastic staff

and excellent facilities, we know and care for every pupil. Building on this, we are now entering a very exciting 5 year plan to take the school to the next level. St Helen’s is located in Northwood on a spacious 20 acre parkland site easily accessible on the Metropolitan Line. The school is adjacent to Northwood Station connecting to

Baker Street (30 minutes) and Amersham (20 minutes). Girls achieve outstanding results in public examinations at all levels. Main entry points are at 3+, 4+, 7+, 11+ and 16+. In our flourishing Sixth Form, there are approximately 160 girls who are able to choose from over 20 subjects to study at A Level. They go on to prestigious universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and enjoy successful careers thereafter.

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Success takes many forms The early years are not only critical for developing good learning habits, but are also essential to foster a lifelong love of sports.

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ith outstanding sports facilities including: a floodlit, all-weather sports surface, fully-equipped Sports Hall, squash courts, swimming pool, tennis and netball courts, as well as pitches for cricket, rugby, hockey, lacrosse and football, Beechwood Park School offers students the opportunity to try a wide range of sports, helping every child to find one that they enjoy. In addition to P.E. lessons and extra-curricular clubs, Beechwood Park runs a Sport for All programme on Wednesday afternoons, which allows pupils to try out a variety of activities including sailing, fencing, BMX racing, table tennis and martial arts.

Whilst some pupils have gone on to achieve success in local and national competitions, others have simply found a sport they love and will continue to practise outside school and well beyond their time at Beechwood Park. Orienteering is one example of a popular activity which was recently introduced, described by pupils as ‘making cross country more fun’. Having completed the school’s course, pupils now represent Beechwood Park at inter-school competitions.

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Put your child on the path to success Beechwood Park School Open Morning - May 23rd • Montessori nursery for 3-4 year olds • Average teaching group of 15 • Breakfast and After School Clubs • Optional, flexible, weekly boarding from Year 5 To find out how we create an environment where every child can fulfil their potential, call our Registrar Liz Graham on 01582 840333, or visit www.beechwoodpark.net/openday

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BY MICHAEL HALE, HISTORY TEACHER AT MERCHANT TAYLORS’ SCHOOL

n this edition, rather than write on current topics of educational controversy, we are devoting our column to an issue that will be at the heart of the teaching of history in independent schools this year. This year marks the centenary of the First World War, a conflict that changed Britain forever. In 2014, Merchant Taylors’ School will commemorate all those who served, and in particular remember the invaluable contribution made by Old Merchant Taylors (OMTs) in a war that we now recognize as the greatest collective undertaking in British history.

DULCE ET DECORUM EST On the eve of war in 1914, the British army was a small, but well-trained fighting force of 247,432 regular officers and men, very different from the mass field armies of France, Russia, and Germany. R.B. Haldane (the Liberal Secretary Of State for War) who created an expeditionary force of six infantry divisions and one large cavalry division had reformed it between 1906 and 1909. In addition, Haldane had sought to improve the training of officers and looked to the public schools of England to provide suitable recruits. From the 1880s, the public schools had been an increasingly rich breeding ground for potential officers and accounted for three-quarters of the Woolwich entry (for the artillery and engineers) and over one-half of the Sandhurst entry (for officers of other arms) in 1896-1900. Haldane hoped that the public schools would play a part in a rejuvenation of the armed forces and the Ward Committee of 1906 advised that existing school cadet corps and university rifle volunteer units should be united to form the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC). Once founded in 1908, they proved immensely popular, and by 1910, there were 152 contingents in the ‘Junior Division’ at schools such as Eton, Haileybury, and Uppingham, and 19 in the ‘Senior Division’ at universities. Following the outbreak of war in the summer of 1914, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was sent to France. Between the summer and Christmas of that year, the BEF lost 16,200 men killed, 47,707 wounded and another 16,746 missing and taken prisoner. Most of these casualties had been sustained by the regular army, which immediately called for volunteers to enlist. In the next eighteen months, 2,466,719 men answered the call to arms, and between August 1914 and March 1915, 20,577 officers were commissioned from OTCs, whilst it is estimated another 12,290 ex-OTC men were serving in the British Army. The schools had done their job but were fated to be racked by grief, on an unprecedented scale, in recompense.

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Merchant Taylors’ should have a cadet force although its exact origins remain a mystery. While boys were involved in external units from 1878, the official establishment of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) was not until March 9, 1900. It swiftly became an integral part of school life and flourished in the early years of the twentieth century; many former members of the corps served during the conflict. Throughout the war, precisely 1820 OMTs served, including three recipients of the Victoria Cross, the most highly coveted decoration in the British Armed Forces. Lieutenant J.C. Barrett, Midshipman G.L. Drewry and Captain A.O. Pollard were all awarded VCs for conspicuous bravery, whilst 297 other OMTs received war honours. One in six OMTs were decorated for their services in His Majesty’s Armed Forces. With ghoulish symmetry, approximately one in six OMTs were killed on Active Service too, fearful losses for any school to bear. In addition, 245 were wounded or gassed whilst 297 OMTs died, including the great England rugby union international John Raphael.

WORLD WAR ONE HUNDRED To commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the part played by Merchant Taylors’ School in the conflict, the School is inaugurating a series of events – World War 100 – which will run for four years. They include creating an interactive online resource where today’s boys will research OMTs who served in the conflict, and where families with historic links to the school can upload information about the involvement of their ancestors. There will also be an emphasis on the role of Empire, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of Merchant Taylors’ today: over 8,500,000 men from all corners of the earth served in the British Army in the First World War. In addition, we will host Max Hastings, author of ‘Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War’ this April 30, undertake trips to the Imperial War Museum in conjunction with our annual visits to the Somme, host art exhibitions, drama workshops and productions, major concerts, poetry recitals, cross-curricular learning and undertake historical scholarship. Finally, we will utilize the School, OMT & Merchant Taylors’ Company archives to create a Book of Remembrance for all OMTs who served in World War 1. It is our aim to bequeath a legacy to the next generation of OMTs, and we hope that they will understand, honour, and remember the sacrifices made by their predecessors one hundred years ago: “Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day”. We will never forget them.


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• 2015 Registration: 13+ June 30 2014 11+ November 30 2014 16+ December 31 2014 • Bursaries • Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships

Getting here • Coaches • Car • Transit

Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Highgate, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore MTS is 15 minutes from the M1, the M25 and the A40 MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan Line) www.mtsn.org.uk Chiltern line trains change at Rickmansworth Find us on Facebook Merchant Taylors’ School From Marylebone: Chiltern Line trains change at Harrow Follow us on Twitter @MerchantTaylors Travelling time from WC1/W1 is 40 minutes

Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 11.15 and 12.15

Please contact Gregg McCann, Admissions Officer admissions@mtsn.org.uk +44(0)1923 845514 Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood Middlesex HA6 2HT

Excellence, integrity and distinction since 1561.

For boys 11 - 18


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Developing pupils’ interests at Edge Grove Edge Grove works hard to discover and nurture the talents of each pupil to ensure that they grow in confidence, develop a love of learning and are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

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Pre-Prep children enjoy a full range of After-School clubs to enrich their learning such as Football, Construction, Ballet and Adventure Club. For children in Years 3-8 the programme runs in two sessions after school, offering the flexibility of a choice of pick-up times, with additional options for activities on Saturday mornings.

The After-School Activities Programme is offered to all pupils from Reception through to Year 8, providing a plethora of extra-curricular opportunities to enrich pupils’ lives and create lasting memories.

The range of activities on offer is extensive, from Squash, Girls’ Football, Fencing, Taekwondo, Golf and Netball, to Speech and Drama (LAMDA), National Geographic Club, Mandarin, Horse-Riding, Street Dance, Chess, Film Making, Cookery, Creative Clay and Airsoft Target Range. Older pupils can also develop their initiative and collaborative skills by working towards the Edge Grove Award, a three-part qualification completed over a year, involving Expedition, Community Service and Skill.

he school provides many opportunities for pupils to embrace new interests and expand their experience, such as the recent Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka that offered a group of Year 7 and 8 boys a ten-day ‘trip of a lifetime’. Educational trips and visits play an important part in the delivery and enrichment of the curriculum at Edge Grove and are invaluable in bringing learning to life.

The school has the advantage of excellent facilities, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, croquet lawns, playing fields, a new purpose-built Home Economics building, fully-equipped Textiles room and adventure playground.

Most pupils at Edge Grove take part in at least one activity and enjoy broadening their education and learning a new skill.

Edge Grove is a leading independent day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3 -13, set in 28 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. • A broad curriculum, inspirational teaching and superb pastoral support ensure outstanding academic achievement • First-class facilities including a new purpose-built Home Economics building, fully-equipped Textiles room and adventure playground • Full, weekly or flexi boarding available from age 7 • After-school Activities Programme every day until 6pm

‘School in Action’ Open Morning Friday 2nd May 2014, 10am - 12pm No pre-booking necessary Edge Grove, Aldenham Village, Hertfordshire WD25 8NL 01923 855724 admissions@edgegrove.com www.edgegrove.com


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Outstanding opportunities for learning & personal development at Abbot’s Hill School

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Abbot’s Hill is a vibrant and dynamic school for girls aged 3-16 and boys aged 3-5 situated in over 70 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead.

he school has a strong record of academic success. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report 2012 stated that “Across the school, small classes, in which pupils feel well-known and supported, enable them to fulfil their potential.” The 2013 GCSE results reflect the excellent academic standards with 96.9% of passes at A* - C and 54.5% at A*-A. The superb facilities and dedicated staff provide an inspiring environment for learning and personal development. Pupils are encouraged to discover their individual talents in an atmosphere which combines the right blend of support and challenge, and which celebrates not only success but also collaboration, commitment and endeavour. The ISI report stated that “Excellent relationships, between staff and pupils and amongst pupils, are at the heart of the success of the school.” and that “The quality of pupils’ personal development is outstanding.”

The typical day at Abbot’s Hill is action-packed and on top of their academic work girls take part enthusiastically in a range of activities from drama and music to engineering and debating. We make the most of our superb grounds and offer a range of sporting opportunities. Whilst many of our girls compete at regional and national levels there is a culture of sport for all at Abbot’s Hill, ensuring all girls develop an active, healthy lifestyle. Abbot’s Hill is well served by major transport links and offers before and after-school care. There are school buses from a number of locations. There will be a Working Open Afternoon for the Nursery and Prep School on Thursday 8 May 2014. The next Whole School Open Day is on Saturday 4 October 2014. If you would like to arrange a tour of the school please contact the Registrar on 01442 240333. www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk.

Independent Day School Girls 3-16 Boys 3-5

“The quality of pupils’ personal development is outstanding” ISI report January 2012

Working Open Afternoon Thursday 8 May 2014 See our Nursery and Prep School in action. Please telephone to book your place.

Abbot’s Hill is a happy, dynamic and thriving community with an excellent record of academic success and an outstanding reputation for pastoral care. - We aim high - We love learning

- We value friendship - We grasp opportunities

• Breakfast and after-school care • School buses run from a number of areas • Nursery offering flexible sessions 8am-6pm • Childcare vouchers accepted.

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 8RP T: 01442 240 333 E: registrar@abbotshill.herts.sch.uk abbotshill.herts.sch.uk


100 YEARS OF HABS CADETS Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School celebrated the centenary of their Cadet Corps on 14th March 2014. A Spitfire flyover, piloted by local veteran Peter Teichman, was the crowning moment of this special event, which was a part of the Biennial General Inspection. Inspecting Officer – Air Commodore ME (Sammy) Sampson DSO MA RAF began the day’s events by inspecting the Guard and Corps of Drums at midday, followed by a reception and lunch in Aldenham House. In recognition of the CCF Centenial celebrations Jake Krais wore a WW1 replica uniform. There were a number of Old Haberdashers who attended the event: Duncan Jenkins, Melvin Leong and Andrew Carr, the Assistant Clerk to the Haberdashers’ Company. The event was full of activities and competitions including a flight simulation classroom, an army section skirmish and sailing across Aldenham Reservoir. Air Commodore M E Sampson presented the trophies for the competitions and gave an address after the day’s activities. was valuable in aiding the cracking of the German ‘Enigma Code’, working with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park. Contacts between Habs and the Army are still strong. Old Haberdashers have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, with Major Jeremy Lamb receiving the Military Cross for his service. An Army scholarship has just been given to Russell Hughes, a sixth form member of the CCF 850 Old Haberdashers served in World War II – over half Army section. as officers. There were many honours awarded, 10 MCs (Military Crosses) and 9 DFCs (Distinguished Flying Crosses). Regrettably 87 Old Haberdashers lost their lives Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Butterfly Lane, Elstree, along with one master. There were many who made School Hertfordshire WD6 3AF important contributions to the war effort, Alan Whicker, the Tel: 020 8266 1700 acclaimed broadcaster and journalist, was one of the first office@habsboys.org.uk www.habsboys.org.uk in the Allied forces to enter Milan. Jack Good, who was a Open Day: Sat 11th non-combatant Old Haberdasher and later a professor, October, 2014 1-4pm The Habs Corps was granted official recognition in 1914, when war broke out and by 1915 had 240 members. Over 500 Old Haberdashers served in the Great War, 18 were awarded MCs (Military Crosses), sadly 107 gave their lives. The sacrifice made by every man will always be remembered at Habs with a memorial for every Old Haberdasher lost.


Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

learning & independence Junior Open Morning

5 July 2014, 10.30am-1pm

Open Day 11 October 2014

Juniors 10am-12.30pm, Seniors 2pm-5pm Scholarships and Financial Assistance available from 11+ Independent Day School for Girls aged 4-18 Aldenham Road, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3BT e: admissions@habsgirls.org.uk t: 020 8266 2300 www.habsgirls.org.uk Registered Charity No. 313996

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Nurturing Excellence

An outstanding independent day school for boys aged between 5 and 18.

Open Day Saturday 11th October 2014, 1–4pm (no appointment necessary)

Headmaster Peter B Hamilton MA Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3AF Tel: 020 8266 1700 office@habsboys.org.uk

www.habsboys.org.uk

registered charity no: 313996


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THE FUTURE ELITE

BY JAMES FOWLER – HEADMASTER, ALDENHAM SCHOOL

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ne of the aspects of a UK independent education that is so striking to foreigners is the absolutely central role that school sport, and especially team sport, plays in school life. In other countries sport plays its part, but usually beyond the school gates, whilst in a school like Aldenham the routine of sports matches is a prime part of our programme. Just one example; over the last two terms our boys ‘and girls’ hockey teams have played over 170 different fixtures against other schools. In these events, the teams have experienced the chance to compete keenly, sometimes in national tournaments (four of our teams reached regional finals) winning, losing and drawing in roughly equal measure and thereby learning to experience both success and disappointment, hopefully able to treat them “both the same” as Kipling would have it.

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It is also clear that the role of school sport is recognised widely by elite sporting development programmes in this country, so that our pupils who are on academy programmes at premiership football clubs, on representative teams for hockey, on national programmes for swimming or gymnastics, or in county teams for cricket are all allowed to compete for their school and learn to lead others by their excellence.

Headmaster will speak at 10.15am and 11.15am Head of Prep School speaks at 11.00am Last tour in the Senior School is 12.00 noon

Open Morning

Saturday 14 June 2014 10.00am-12.30pm

Outstanding Boarding / Day options for boys & girls within the M25 An excellent all round education Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts WD6 3AJ Tel: 01923 858122 www.aldenham.com


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‘What do you want the school to do for your child?’ What follows conflates what is so often said. BY BEN WALKER, HEADMASTER LOCHINVER HOUSE SCHOOL “Firstly we want our child to feel happy, safe and secure. We want the learning to be stimulating and fun! We hope that our child will be known for the individual he is, that he will be encouraged to try new things and to take risks in his learning. We hope that he will ‘dare to do’, to take on new things and not to

fear failure. We want him to be supported and challenged. We hope that he will be taught that it is good to enthuse, to be committed and to be curious about the world around him. We want him to be held securely and from external discipline, to develop inner discipline and resilience. We want him to

develop his talents and a set of skills that will lead to his independence as a learner. We want him to appreciate his privileges, to develop a generosity of spirit and a desire to care for others. We want him to be confident without being arrogant and to be assertive enough to speak up when something is wrong.”

LOCHINVER HOUSE SCHOOL

Heath Road Little Heath Potters Bar Hertfordshire EN6 1LW Telephone: 01707 653064 Fax: 01707 620030 Independent Prep School for Boys (Aged 4 - 13) www.lochinverhouse.herts.sch.uk Headmaster: Ben Walker B.Ed (Hons) PGCE CELTA

Judged as ‘EXCELLENT’ following ISI Inspection

OPEN MORNING

WEDNESDAY 21 MAY A tour of the school at 10.15 am will be followed at 11.00 am by an address from the Headmaster A Crèche will be available for toddlers and babies over four months Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Anne Meir, for more details and a copy of our Prospectus Telephone: 01707 620036 e-mail: registrar@lochinverhouse.herts.sch.uk Lochinver House School: a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England: Company Number 4374254: Registered Office: as above. Registered Charity Number: 1091045


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THE COLUMBAN CODE

Courage, Courtesy and Compassion S

t Columba’s College provides an inspiring and challenging environment where boys from the age of four to 18 years old aspire to achieve their own best standard.

A Catholic school, St Columba’s is open to boys of wide variety of religious traditions, with learning underpinned by the Columban code of Courage, Courtesy and Compassion. While striving for academic excellence the College realises that it is whole-person education that best prepares boys for the world, recognising that moral and spiritual qualities are essential in achieving roundness of character. In addition to the curriculum, there is an extensive Extra and Extended Curriculum ranging from the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Combined Cadet Force to Young Enterprise. These activities develop

qualities of self-knowledge, teamwork, leadership and resilience. The College regularly wins trophies for Rugby, athletics, basketball and other sports. There is a strong tradition of music, drama and public speaking with regular concerts and drama productions. The school’s strength lies in the combination of high expectations, a culture of mutual respect and care, creating a stimulating happy environment in which boys thrive and learn, building firm foundations for confident socially-skilled pupils. The community is vibrant and the students are the best evidence of what a Columban education can produce. Browse the website and have an individual tour of the College with one of the boys. www.st college.org

ST COLUMBA’S COLLEGE

A CATHOLIC INDEPENDENT (HMC) DAY SCHOOL FOR BOYS, AGES 4-18

Courage, Courtesy, Compassion

SINGING FROM THE HEART Being a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral is the experience of a lifetime St Paul’s choristers sing in one of the most famous and beautiful places of worship in the world, perform in concerts around the globe, and receive a first-class academic education at the Cathedral School. Boys are not expected to have fully-developed voices or much formal singing experience – enthusiasm, intelligence and musical potential are the keys.

Inspiring and challenging boys

OPEN SCHOOL WORKING DAY Friday 6th June King Harry Lane St Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4AW T: (Senior) 01727 855185 (Prep) 01727 862616 E: admissions@stcolumbascollege.org www.stcolumbascollege.org

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100% tuition fees for all choristers Assistance with boarding fees available One of the top preparatory schools in the country The finest musical education An amazing start to life

If your son is aged 6–8 and shows musical promise, do get in touch. He could become one of the next generation of choristers at St Paul’s. For more information please contact: Clare Morgan, Registrar, St Paul’s Cathedral School 020 7248 5156 · admissions@spcs.london.sch.uk


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Good Results, Good Manners and Good Fun The Lockers Park School Motto

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et in 23 acres of parkland, Lockers Park is a day and boarding school that has been educating boys aged 5 - 13 to the highest standard for over 130 years. Our emphasis on academic excellence combined with first-rate pastoral care nurtures the boys to produce their best. We prepare boys for the best of British public and independent schools. We do not feed to any particular school, but work with the boys and their parents to find the most appropriate school to further his education. Lockers Park academic results are excellent. As a small family school of 145 boys with an average class size of 14 and an impressive staff:pupil ratio of 1:8, we are able to allow individuality to flourish. This ensures that every boy achieves his full potential and, each year, all the leavers succeed with Common Entrance and pass on to the senior school of their choice, often with a scholarship. The most recent ISI inspection described the curriculum as “excellent” and commented on the breadth of subjects covered. However, it isn’t all about what happens in the classroom. At Lockers Park, we believe that our emphasis on outdoor play, exercise and a wide range of boys’ activities leads to increased concentration during lessons. All the boys have the opportunity to take part in sports and activities every day and, as well as our main team games of rugby, football, cricket and hockey, we offer a variety of individual sports such as tennis, squash, athletics, shooting and skiing. Both boarders and day boys also take part in many other extracurricular activities including joining our very own Cub or Scout pack.

The arts are a very important part of life at Lockers. The junior and senior plays are the focus of the drama year but there are plenty of other opportunities to perform including the Poetry Speaking Competition and the hotly contested Debating Competition. Music is one of the major strengths of the school with nearly all the boys learning to play an instrument, and many learning two or three. The String Orchestra, Junior Choir, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble all perform to a very high standard and the Chapel Choir regularly sings at prestigious venues such as St John’s, Smith Square, London. The annual Chapel Concert and Summer Concerts are the highlights of the School’s musical calendar, showcasing all that is best about music at Lockers. However, in keeping with the Lockers Park ethos, there are regular informal concerts and participation for all is the mantra. In short, Lockers Park is a very special place where happy and wellmotivated boys flourish in an environment that is specifically suited to their needs. In the words of Christopher Wilson, the Headmaster, “At Lockers Park, we offer a first class education, hold traditional values dear but infuse this with modern practice. We encourage all boys to participate by living a full life and enjoying the busy school day. Boys are motivated, energetic and ambitious when they leave us for senior school. We are proud of the school and all it stands for, perhaps summed up best by the school motto – good results, good manners and good fun.”

LOCKERS PARK Bene agere ac Laetari: good results, good manners, good fun “A winning formula of security, activity and motivation designed to prepare boys to continue with confidence and success.” Good Schools Guide.

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

OPEN MORNING Saturday 10th May 2014 at 10.30am www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk Bursaries are available to boys Years 3 to 6

Telephone: 01442 251712 Hemel Hempstead

Registered Charity Number 311061


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A member of the Berkhamsted Schools Group

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Open Days 2014

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PRE-PREP & PREP

A diamond school offering the best of co-educational and single-sex tuition Thursday 2 October Sixth Form 5pm - 7pm Friday 3 October Pre-Prep & Prep 9am - 12 noon Senior Girls & Senior Boys 3.30pm - 6.30pm

Saturday 4 October Pre-Prep, Prep & Day Nursery 10am - 12 noon Call 01442 358001 or visit www.berkhamstedschool.org for details

Registered Charity No. 310630

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F E AT U R E

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C900 WORLDTIMER

C7 ITALIAN RACING RED CHRONOMETER

Time for summer from Christopher Ward

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ith their own UK in-house design team and dedicated Swiss workshops, independent British watchmakers ,Christopher Ward, give watch enthusiasts access to levels of technical quality previously limited to only the most elite, and expensive, brands in the world.

Based at the company’s Maidenhead showroom, where the watches are designed, Christopher Ward’s stylish portfolio of men’s and women’s watches provides a range of styles to suit any occasion – from classic Dress pieces to robust Diver’s watches and dynamic expressions of Motoring and Aviation heritage, including a special selection of Limited Edition watches. Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, the company’s focus on delivering truly exceptional technical quality combined with outstanding value provides some truly exceptional pieces. You could be one of the first people in the world to own the very latest launch from Christopher Ward - the elegant C9 Harrison Big Day-Date. The Harrison range is the company’s most premium timepieces and is named in tribute to John Harrison, the extraordinary 18th-century clockmaker who solved the huge challenge imposed by the navigational longitude problem. The simple aesthetics and design clarity of the C9

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Harrison make this, the first big day-date complication from Christopher Ward, an instant classic. It’s also the perfect gift to present to anyone with a ‘Big Day’ this year! A stunning blend of technical innovation and creative design - the awardwinning C900 Worldtimer sets a new benchmark for multi-timezone clarity with its ingeniously adapted (patent pending) movement by Christopher Ward’s Master Watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke. Launched to rave reviews and prestigious awards, the Worldtimer is a remarkable expression of horologic skills and the ultimate accessory for the time (and style) conscious globetrotter! The noise of Formula 1 may be reduced but the passion isn’t! For the man with a love for the road, the Christopher Ward Motoring collection offers the stunning new C7 Italian Racing Red Chronometer. This Limited Edition (500) is a dynamic expression of the motor racing world’s blend of style, precision and craftsmanship and is sure to sell out – watch how fast it goes! For him and for her, the iconic Trident range has become a global favourite among watch enthusiasts. This high-performance dive watch – rugged enough for a dive boat and stylish enough for the most exclusive city cocktail bar - has a heart of pure Swiss precision and offers a versatile range


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As summer gradually extends the daylight hours, British luxury watch company Christopher Ward (London) share some of the ways to pass the time... beautifully. of colour and strap permutations. Available in two case sizes 42mm and 38mm to suit any size of wrist, with 5 colour options, 3 different movements and 4 strap styles, the Trident collection offers 44 permutations to provide you with precisely the watch you want! For him: The nostalgic and patriotic hint of British Racing Green is the latest colour in the Trident range. For her: The stunning W61 Trident Automatic in a burnt orange tone is perfect for summer colour – and the W61 also offers the option of smaller sized bracelets and strap options, perfectly fitted to even the slimmest of wrists.

Guided by your own personal watch consultant, you can explore the Christopher Ward collection and also arrange for bespoke adjustments such as bracelet resizing, and movement regulation to be completed during your visit. Engraving and deluxe gift boxing services are also offered. It’s the perfect way to find the perfect watch, either for yourself or as a truly memorable and personalised birthday gift! Backed by exceptional customer service, the Christopher Ward 60:60 guarantee provides a 5-year guarantee on every watch movement, backed by a 60-days ‘no quibble’ returns policy that enables you to ensure you’re fully satisfied with your choice of watch.

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In addition, Christopher Ward’s collection of watches for women offers a stunning selection of styles to suit any occasion, including a choice colour and strap options to coordinate with any outfit. Time to choose... You can view and select from the full Christopher Ward collection online at (www.christopherward.co.uk) and can even arrange a private appointment at their stylish Maidenhead showroom to experience the range in person.

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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

Which body contouring treatment is right for me? With so many treatment options available today, it can be very confusing for consumers to choose the right treatment for their body. Manufacturers can often over promise and the treatments under deliver - all at the expense of your hardearned cash. So how do you choose the best option? Dr Ravi Jain of Riverbanks Clinic explains

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he demand for body contouring is increasing all the time and so much so that new systems are finding there way to UK shores on a daily basis. Many systems are cheap imitations of higher quality systems and clinics may invest in the less expensive systems so that they can increase their profit. However, often these systems leave the clinics and their clients out of pocket with poor results and support. Surgery vs Non-Invasive treatments Surgical solutions to body contouring such as liposuction and tummy tucks have long been the only solution to address many peoples concerns, but these obviously have their significant risks, prices and relatively long recovery periods. However, in the right hands they can produce life changing results and we see that frequently at Riverbanks clinic, particularly with our VASER Lipo body sculpting system. VASER Lipo is a form of liposuction which allows careful sculpting of body fat to help create athletic looking bodies. It is extremely versatile and can be used in delicate areas such as the chin, neck and inner thighs as well as the more popular tummies, waistlines, muffin tops and outer thighs and arms (bingo wings). It is best carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation to maximise your comfort and allow the surgeon to give you the best shape possible. There is usually time

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off work required and this can be between 1-7 days depending on the extent of your surgery. Compression garments need to be worn for several weeks to minimise swelling and help reshape your new body. And many patients benefit from some aftercare therapy in the first couple of weeks after their surgery. Despite these significant inconveniences to daily life, VASER Lipo is an extremely popular treatment of choice as it often produces life changing results - and at Riverbanks we are proud to have a 97% patient satisfaction rate over the last 4 years! The holy grail for many clinics is to find a non-surgical system that produces results as close as possible to surgical liposuction. This has not been possible up until very recently with the introduction of fat freezing systems such as the Cooltech which is produce in Barcelona and carries a CE-Medical mark, confirming its high quality. Cooltech is a unique system which comfortably treats stubborn pockets of fat in little over an hour which you simply lie there and read your magazine or iPad. The fat is frozen to -8C via a cooling cup placed on your skin for 70 minutes. Cooltech is best applied to tummies and love handles, outer thighs, inner thighs and back rolls. The best bit about Cooltech is that most of our patients have only needed an treated just once. It is only the fuller patients that have required 2-3 sessions.


H E A LT H & B E AU T Y The way the cooling is applied is critical for good and effective results.I have seen plenty unsatisfactory patients who have had some very well marketed fat freezing systems which have either caused excessive deformities, or have done absolutely nothing over several treatments. This is why it is absolutely critical that you are given the right advice at the start. In my practice I have seen a huge demand for the treatment as it really can offer results similar to liposuction in many patients. I was extremely sceptical about the treatment which is why I took two years to research all the different systems before choosing Cooltech for my patients. I continue to be amazed by its results and we have not had a single unhappy patient! What is also interesting is that the only clinics which have chosen Cooltech are those of top plastic surgeons and aesthetic doctors and this is a testament to the high quality and efficacy of the treatment. MedContour is another non-invasive system for reducing the appearance of fat but it particularly excels at managing cellulite. And it is for this reason that our patients choose it about 2 months before any sunny holidays. 6 weekly sessions of ultrasonic fat dissolving and lymphatic massage produce long lasting results, reducing cellulite and also reducing waistlines. The treatments are very relaxing and many patients gradually drift off into a light nap during a treatment by one of my therapists.

BEFORE MEDCONTOUR TREATMENT

AFTER MEDCONTOUR TREATMENT

Medcontour is an Italian system, with a CE- Mark and we have found that when combined with Cooltech, you get the best possible nonsurgical fat reduction treatment available. The only draw back with Medcontour is that it requires 6 weekly treatments, whereas Cooltech is potentially just one treatment. So which treatment is best for me? Cellulite

Medcontour (6 weekly treatments. Costs from £300 per session)

Mummy Tummy

Cooltech (1-2 fat freezing sessions. Costs form £800 per session). VASER Lipo (from £3000)

Bingo Wings

VASER Lipo (from £3100)

Double Chins

VASER Lipo (from £2600)

Man boobs

VASER Lipo (from £3100)

Muffin Tops

Cooltech (from £800) or VASER Lipo (from £3100)

Outer Thighs

Cooltech (from £800) or VASER Lipo (from £3100)

Inner Thighs

Cooltech (from £800) or VASER Lipo (from £3100)

BEFORE VASER TREATMENT

BEFORE COOLTECH TREATMENT

AFTER VASER TREATMENT

AFTER COOLTECH TREA TMENT

Tips to help you choose the right treatment 1. Ask to see before and after photos - make sure the lighting is the same in the two sets of photos as flashguns can make cellulite and lines & Wrinkles look better even without a treatment. Make sure that the photos are results performed by the clinic and even better the practitioner who will be treating you. 2. Find out where the system is manufactured - many very well marketed systems are rebadged cheap imports from the far east and are low quality and could actually harm you. European and US made systems are generally of higher quality and will have met higher standards. 3. Check the system has a CE-Medical Mark - this is a higher standard set by the European regulatory authorities to show that the system is suitable for medical use. American systems will have FDA approval. 4. Ask How many treatments are needed - make sure that

this is understood right from the beginning so that you can budget and set your expectations accordingly 5. Ask about side effects - in the more effective treatments there maybe some side effects which should be explained to you before hand. If there are no side effects, usually the treatment is ineffective. 6. What is the recovery like - check to see if any aftercare is needed, any dietary requirements are necessary and if any compression garments need to be worn. 7. Meet the surgeon - Make sure you have a full consultation with the surgeon performing any surgery on you, before you decide to have treatment and not just on the day of surgery. Good clinical practice guidelines recommend a 14 day cooling off period. 8. Ask for a written quote before treatment and avoid any time-limited offers for surgery. Competitions for cosmetic surgery is frowned up by the regulators.

Dr Ravi Jain is the medical director and founder of the multi-award winning Riverbanks Clinic. It is the only medical aesthetic clinic in the UK to have won ‘Best Clinic’ 3 times. We pride ourselves on only offering our patients treatments which work. For an appointment please call 01582762877. APRIL2014 55


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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

Be a natural beauty C

onsumer demand for organiconly is part of a growing beauty trend that analysts are calling ‘Nature Plus’. Eco-ethical products are set to be a key part of the UK cosmetics market over the next five years, according to a forecast by Companiesandmarkets.com, who say it’s ‘partly in response to increasingly sophisticated consumer tastes and also the rise of the ethical consumerism movement’. Over a third of women cite health as the main reason for buying natural beauty products, according to Mintel, while others just want to live a less chemicalladen life. Championing the cause are beauty journalists Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley. Their latest and sixth book, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible, gives the green light to botanical beauty. Green goddess “Today, being a natural beauty doesn’t mean compromising on texture, fragrance or performance,” says Stacey. “Natural beauty has definitely moved on from the time when it was all about balms and oils. As we know from the trials for this book, plenty of natural products rival their synthetic/rocket-science counterparts.” Whether you’re a super-natural or just a concerned consumer, there’s a myriad of reasons why women are choosing to pick up certified organic products. Fairley says: “Feedback tells us that

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some of us prefer the power of plants to sort out skin and hair, rather than the sort of Nobel-prize-winning high-tech molecules that feature in a lot of 21st century skincare. “For some, it’s concern about chemical ingredients, while others want to tread a little more lightly on the planet.” Label revision Navigating ‘natural’ beauty products can flummox even industry experts, with

Once resigned to a tiny corner on beauty counters, organic and natural cosmetics are experiencing a major makeover. misleading packaging and Latin-listed ingredients. There is no legal definition of ‘natural’, or organic. “Pretty pictures of herbs and flowers don’t mean the product is based on more than a waft or whiff,” Stacey explains. “The very best way to ensure you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin is to create products from scratch.” If you don’t fancy going all Nigella with a beauty larder, study labels carefully for ingredients. “The list is in descending order of quality - you want botanicals to feature at the top of the list, and any synthetic chemicals to languish down the bottom,” Jo advises. To make life easier, Sarah and Jo have devised a ‘Daisy Rating’ system for the products featured in their Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible. While One Daisy is mostly natural with a small percentage of synthetic and/or petrochemical ingredients, Two Daisies means botanically derived with no synthetics or petrochemicals, and Three Daisies means a product’s been certified organic by one of the leading international certification bodies, like Ecocert or Soil Association. Daisy delights You don’t have to compromise your routine to go green. The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible is packed full of 222 award-winning products, whittled down from hundreds. Stacey and Fairley have gleaned the greenest winners boasting Three Daisy ratings that triumphed in their category. Bravo!


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Visit The ‘UK’s No. 1 Showroom’ A T

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iding high on the success of being voted the UK’s No. 1 showroom by Origin bifold doors, Herts Bifold Doors are still going strong. This continuously growing company is coming on leaps and bounds during 2014, they are looking at branching out into new product areas and doing their first home renovation show!

in 100’s of colours including a variety of wood grain effect, for those of you who want the real thing there is also a range of Timber folding doors available. Sister company G&N Windows has a full range of Aluminium, UPVC and Timber windows, a selection of front doors and roof lights making them a one stop shop for your whole build!

Herts Bifold doors have built themselves a great name locally over the past 2 years, with a variety of installations under their belt from small domestic work to housing estates; the team have conquered all kinds of challenges earning their title as bifold door specialists. The staff are able to help guide you through the planning stages right through to installation with recommended architects and structural engineers to help along the way.

As accredited installers of each of our products and a FENSA registered company you are guaranteed a quality job finished to an extremely high standard. A 10 year guarantee on all parts and labour is also offered with every installation. To see for yourself the Consumer Protection Association give you an unbiased review of the company as it is assessed on each installation by the client and is currently achieving 100% in all criteria.

The showroom located on the Gryphon Industrial park in St Albans is open 6 days a week, here you are welcome to come in with your ideas or plans and speak to a member of the team to discuss your project and how they can help you create your ideal living space. The professional and friendly staff can make magic happen and install a bifold door into almost any home and leave you with a neat and tidy new addition.

Herts Bifold Doors invite you to visit their showroom, take a look at their product range and speak to a member of their experienced sales team. You will be surprised at just how many options there are when choosing bifold doors!

Herts Bifold Doors understands that not every house would suit an ultramodern Grey Aluminium door, this is why they also offer Aluminium doors

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For more information about Herts BiFolds Doors call 01727 845600 or email us at information@hertsbifolddoors.co.uk www.hertsbifolddoors.co.uk


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HOME ACCESSORIES COLLECTION 2014

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his second home collection by Jean Paul Gaultier explores the designer’s favourite themes with photographic landscape... crushed metal... angelic medallions... patchwork... images by French photographers Pierre & Gilles... fishnet... and of course la marinière stripes.

woven fabric. Cushions are for sofas or floors with a fold-out pouf/chair/bed.

Astonishing fabrics including suedine, linen, cotton, silk and wool are transformed into cushions, ready-made curtains, throws, quilts and rugs... all beautifully adorned with crystals, delicately embroidered, framed in tulle, super-sized as patchwork, criss crossed with lace or daubed with metallic splashes. There are 4 themes to the accessories collection - Paysage, Angelots, Carrosserie and Dentelle.

There is also a large-scale patchwork quilt available in two sizes (231 x 231cm or 132 x 198cm) made from all the Gaultier fabrics in two variations - neutrals or primary colours. Prices of the accessories start from £77.00

The Paysage accessories are based on the Vagabond heavy linen fabric which shows a soft focus photographic image of a landscape. There are ready-made curtains; two sizes of cushions plus Poesie, a small delicately embroidered cushion; a fine wool and silk throw and finally an all wool rug featuring the same tree silhouettes as the fabric. For the Angelots accessories, Gaultier has taken the classic idea of a toile de Jouy fabric and updated it with the medallions featuring angelic figures clothed in the famous marinière stripes. The curtains have striped borders at the top in either red or blue. Cushions have cameo-like cutouts of the figures with one design framed in tulle and the luscious Couple cushion is also embellished with Swarovski crystals. The Carrosserie accessories are in the Fangio and Le Male fabrics. With images of crushed metal transposed onto a soft suedine velvet or a metallic 62 APRIL2014

Dentelle is a feminine collection, with a background of the fishnet Casino fabric, cushions are criss-crossed with bands of lace or embroidered with sprays of flowers. The curtains have lace borders at the top.

The Art Gallery at the Barbican will host an exhibition - ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ from 9th April 2014 – 25th August 2014 The collection has been designed for Lelievre, a company founded in Paris and celebrating its centenary in 2014. Since that time they have created exclusive fine furnishing fabrics, coordinating decorative accessories and designer collections for countries around the world. Four generations of this family owned company have been driven by a desire for perfection in the manufacture and design of beautiful textiles. Working hand in hand with interior designers, Lelievre always uses themes both traditional and contemporary in their collections with unique creativity and technical innovation. For stockists, please contact LELIEVRE at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE Telephone 0207 352 4798 www.lelievre.eu


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Shutters to Suit

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Your Home

hen decorating and furnishing a room, your choice of window covering can make a tremendous impact. Choose well and you will enjoy the pleasure of light days and cosy evenings, in a room blessed with design features and ambience control. Plantation Shutters are widely becoming a very popular choice, both for their incredible style and their practicality.

come with a lifetime guarantee. While the practical benefits are clear, most people choose shutters because they are quite simply beautiful. As every pair of Plantation Shutters is made to measure and specifically designed for your home, so, whether you are looking for a sturdy, secure, wipe clean shutter for the bathroom, a private, shady bedroom shutter, or a bold colourful children’s room – we have the perfect solution for you.

Why chose plantation shutters? Shutters provide a range of benefits, they offer flexibility by allowing you to open fully to let the light flood in, or close to almost black out, with every degree of light and shade in between. They are hard wearing and unlike blinds or curtains they do not warp or discolour over time, they do not collect dust or allergens in the same way and

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Gene Astell is your local Just Shutters specialist and can offer you the widest selection of shutters in the UK, from a company with a reputation that is second to none. Visit our website for full details www.justshutters.co.uk or call Gene now for a personal design visit: 01727 221298.


Kitchens - Bedrooms - Bathrooms - Furniture - Interior Design Reeva Design is part of the Glotech Group, 2 Soothouse Spring, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 6PF

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We take a close look at The Heritage Window Company and spend a day on site with them as they work their magic preserving the 1930s charm of a much loved home.

Original steel windows are delicately removed so as not to damage existing timber subframes which are to be reused.

The Heritage Experience... O

wners of 1930s style properties will often stay in the property for life as they provide space, tradition and many period features. One of those key features are the Windows. In many cases the originals will be slim line traditional steel windows which offer the period feature, however the negatives are the draughts, condensation and high energy bills which come as standard. When looking at replacement options, many are put off by the high cost of steel or the loss of aesthetic that tends to result from specifying UPVC. Therefore to provide the ideal solution is a cost-effective, energy efficient, slim line update. Since 1978, The Heritage Window Company has been installing its Benenden™ Range of slimline aluminium windows all over the south of England. Best of Both Worlds The Benenden™’s ultra-slim aluminium frames afford maximum light transmission and mimic the minimalist sightlines of steel windows. They are fitted with the latest in argon-filled sealed double glazed low E units, so owners benefit from excellent heat retention and noise reduction characteristics without ruining the appearance of their home. As Heritage Managing Director Sean Ballard, points out “Many of our customers want to update their property with new Windows and in doing so, ensure they have all the benefits of modern Glazing technology, without compromise to completely losing that important ‘period look and feel to the property.” A range of matching traditional handles and pegstays enhance the period features and a multipoint locking system ensures that windows not only look good, but provide security as well. Benenden™ frames

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are cleverly designed to install into either direct to brick or direct to stone, or in the majority of cases into existing timber sub-frames. The aluminium frames are finished with a durable powder coated paint which is available with over 200 interior and external colours to compliment their chosen décor. See the New Conservation Range at Grand Designs Live In an exciting development, Heritage is launching its brand new Conservation Window at Grand Designs Live, London Excel, 3-11 May. The result of extensive consultation with conservation officers, the refined window features a minimalist 39mm section and a Polyamide thermal break – which means it is the slimmest aluminium window available with an “A” Window Rating and will meet current and beyond Building Regulations. This will cater for both replacement and new build projects. The company has built an enviable reputation for quality over the years. Benenden™ Windows are manufactured in the UK and installed by the firm’s directly employed fitters who work meticulously to minimize disruption. The company also has a team of surveyors who carry out pre- and postinstallation inspections to ensure every job satisfies its own exacting quality standards. The result is a long list of satisfied clients who are only too happy to refer other customers, and a growing collection of testimonials which can be viewed at any of its showrooms in Beaconsfield, Dorking or Sevenoaks. The Heritage Window Company Call 0208 695 0055 or email sales@thwc.co.uk www.thwc.co.uk

The wooden subframes are then scraped free of putty and paint, sanded, cleaned and any necessary repairs made

New aluminium frames are installed, drilled and screwed firmly into place.

Double glazed sealed units are inserted into the outer frame and fixed in place.

Coloured silicon mastic ensures the new units are draft-proof and coordinated with internal décor.

Finally, everything is checked and cleaned both inside and out for that extra sparkle!


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DINING AT HANBURY MANOR AFTERNOON TEA IN OAK HALL This Winter, why not indulge with our quintessentially British Afternoon Tea. Enjoy finely cut sandwiches, homemade, freshly baked scones and dainty pastries from £25.00 per person. Why not add a chilled glass of Champagne for an additional £6.50 per person?

SUNDAY LUNCH IN OAKES GRILL Enjoy a three course Sunday buffet lunch in our contemporary Oakes Grill overlooking the PGA Championship golf course for £26.50 per person*. *Children under 10 years dine for £10; Children under 5 years dine for £5, Children under 2 years dine free of charge.

To make a booking, please call: 01920 487 722 (Lunch and dinner reservations are also available in Oakes Grill as well as our fine dining restaurant, Zodiac. Terms & conditions apply. Subject to availability. Pre-booking required. Golf and Leisure Memberships are also currently available. Please contact the Membership Manager on +44 (0) 1920 885 015 for further details.)

Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD. Telephone: 01920 487 722; Website: MarriottHanburyManor.co.uk


F E AT U R E

For richer, for poorer…

unless the pre-nup binds us otherwise!

Prior to marriage, an increasing number of couples are considering the impact of divorce on their personal assets and family wealth.

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n the high profile report regarding matrimonial property, needs and agreements which was published last month, the Law Commission has taken steps to address the lack of certainty when assets are divided by the Courts on divorce. The Law Commission has proposed the introduction of “qualifying nuptial agreements” which will enable couples for the first time to make binding arrangements (both before and after marriage) about how to divide their assets if they divorce. Under the proposals, qualifying nuptial agreements would be enforceable contracts and the fairness of these agreements would not be subject to the scrutiny of the courts. The Courts would only have the power to vary qualifying nuptial agreements if they do not meet the financial needs of both parties and any children. For a nuptial agreement to be binding the parties will also have to disclose evidence of all material facts relating to their financial position, there must be no coercion to enter into the agreement and both parties must have sought legal advice beforehand. The agreement will also need to be executed at least 28 days before the marriage or civil partnership. It is unclear whether the proposed recommendations for qualifying nuptial agreements will become Law during this Parliament. However, despite the fact that there is currently no legislation in force that specifically relates to pre-nuptial agreements, since the landmark Supreme Court decision of Radmacher and Granatino in 2010 the Courts are already treating pre-nuptial agreements as binding where they are “fair” and have been entered into “freely.” In the recent High Court case of BN v MA Mr Justice Moystn stated that where pre-nuptial agreements are signed by “sophisticated, highly intelligent couples” following legal advice, their decisions should be given “heavy respect.” Pre-nuptial agreements can be particularly effective in protecting the interests of: Those who have assets they wish to protect now or who expect to acquire them in the future; People who are entering into a second marriage and want to protect assets for the benefit of their children.

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Factors such as inheritance prospects or future earning capacity are often unknown at the outset of a marriage. Those with modest means prior to marrying may acquire substantial assets at a later stage for example if they are gifted money from relatives or pursue a successful career. For these reasons pre-nuptial agreements are becoming an increasingly common method of protecting assets prior to marriage. When deciding how to divide a couple’s assets on divorce, the Courts are required to take into account “all the circumstances” of the case and they have wide discretionary powers to order one party to make capital payments and/or pay ongoing maintenance in order to ensure both parties’ financial needs are met. Financial needs can include housing, income and pension needs. A pre-nuptial agreement is one of the factors that the Court will take into account when deciding a fair distribution of assets. Taylor Walton’s specialist Family Law team are based in Harpenden and St Albans and are experienced in preparing prenuptial agreements. The team can provide you with further information on pre-nuptial agreements and can advise you on the extent to which your assets can be protected. Out of hours appointments may also be available on request. Natalie Hughes is a solicitor in Taylor Walton’s St Albans office and can be contacted on 01727 818512 or natalie. hughes@taylorwalton. co.uk. Please contact Natalie for further information or to arrange an appointment.


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UPHILL ROAD MILL HILL NW7

A magnificent rarely available large double fronted detached 6/7 bedroom home set back from the road behind a carriage driveway on a large plot discretely located behind security gates in Mill Hill’s most prestigious turning. GUIDE PRICE £4,950,000 FREEHOLD APRIL2014 73


12 London Road, AL1 1NG

01727 855232

sales@druce-partners.co.uk

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LUXURIOUS NEW HOMES IN AN ELEGANT EDWARDIAN STYLE S EW E N M O H

Magnolia Gardens, London Road We are delighted to announce the release of this exciting new development of 4x Semi Detached and 4x Detached family homes in Magnolia Gardens, London Road, St. Albans. Currently under construction by local developers Caremore Homes Ltd, and due for completion in the Summer of 2014, these traditionally built homes with concrete block and beam ground and first floors will offer superb accommodation over three floors extending to approximately 2300 sq ft.

Semi Detached from ÂŁ995,000 Detached ÂŁ1,200,000

Large Entrance Hall Cloakroom Sitting Room Utility Room Fabulous 22ft open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family Room opening onto the garden Five Bedrooms Three en-suites and Family Bathroom Solid concrete block and beam construction to ground and first floors Bespoke Kitchens from de Mornay Boyes of Harpenden with choice of designs All Bathrooms by Porcelanosa with choice of designs Garages and additional parking Landscaped Gardens Within a mile of the city centre and station

12 London Road, AL1 1NG | Telephone 01727 855232 | Email: sales@druce-partners.co.uk

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From Cottages to Country Estates

FOR OUR EXTENSIVE RANGE OF PROPERTIES FOR SALE, PLEASE VISIT WWW.STATONS.COM

MILL HILL

£2,699,995

8 Bedrooms 6 Receptions 6 Bathrooms In Excess of 7000 Sq Ft Snooker Room Indoor Pool with Sauna Jacuzzi Manicured Gardens Solid Marble Flooring

TOTTERIDGE OFFICE 020 8445 3694

HERTFORD £1,700,000

5/6 Bedrooms 4 Receptions 3 Bathrooms Approx. 4700 Sq Ft On a Plot of Approx 1.4 Acres Indoor Pool Complex Stables and Outbuildings

BROOKMANS PARK OFFICE 01707 661144

ARKLEY £1,200,000 3 Bedrooms 3 Receptions 2 Bathrooms Detached Bungalow Conservatory Rear Garden of Approx. 90ft in Width

BARNET OFFICE 020 8449 3383

HADLEY WOOD

£1,795,000

6 Bedrooms 5 Receptions 3 Bathrooms Detached Family Home In Excess of 3,000 Sq Ft Integrated Double Garage Carriage Drivewa Large Rear Garden

HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797

MILL HILL

£1,695,000

3 Bedrooms 3 Receptions 3 Bathrooms Open Plan Kitchen/Breakfast Room Approved Planning Permission for Loft Conversion Beautiful Rear Garden

TOTTERIDGE OFFICE 020 8445 3694

NEW BARNET

OIEO £1,000,000

4 bedrooms 3 receptions 2 bathrooms High Ceilings Original Fireplaces Period Features Stunning Landscaped Rear Garden Potential to Extend s.t.p.p

BARNET OFFICE 020 8449 3383

HADLEY WOOD

£1,750,000

4 Bedrooms 3 Receptions 3 Bathrooms Detached Family Residence Completed to High Specification 136ft Rear Garden Garage Carriage Driveway

HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797

RADLETT £1,450,000 5 Bedrooms 2 Receptions 3 Bathrooms Edwardian Residence Scope to Extend STPP High Ceilings Mature Rear Garden Garage

RADLETT OFFICE 01923 604 321

CUFFLEY £875,000 4 Bedrooms 3 Receptions 2 Bathrooms Approx. 2425 Sq Ft Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Granite Surfaces Landscaped Front and Rear Gardens Double Garage

BROOKMANS PARK OFFICE 01707 661144

SALES OFFICES AT: BARNET 020 8449 3383 TOTTERIDGE 020 8445 3694 HADLEY WOOD 020 8440 9797 BROOKMANS PARK 01707 661144 RADLETT 01923 604321 NEW HOMES SHOWCASE HADLEY GREEN 020 8441 9555 PREMIER LETTINGS HADLEY GREEN 020 8441 9796

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SPRING FORWARD

WITH TIPS ON SELLING YOUR HOME Spring is traditionally a good time to sell your property, yet with a cautious approach from buyers, what can you do to increase your chances of a successful sale? Whether it’s with price or presentation, Gina Antoniou from Savills Barnet, gives us her do’s and don’ts for selling at this time of year. • Price is everything. For those looking to sell, it’s important to place yourself in the driving seat straight away by agreeing a competitive asking price with your agent. The likelihood is that there will then be more viewings and you’ll find yourself in a stronger negotiating position with potential buyers. Local buyers remain cautious, yet at the perceived ‘right’ price and for good quality stock, they are happy to pay the asking price. • Ensure your agent has a quality website. The Internet has advanced Gina Antoniou significantly over the past decade Head of Office and websites have become part of 020 8447 4400 our daily lives, influencing the way in gantoniou@savills.com which we shop, bank and even look for a new house. Savills always makes sure that photographs are professionally done. We find that buyers have often seen a property on our website, compared it to similar homes in the area and already have an excellent idea of what the property may be worth before they even pick up the phone.

• Try to depersonalise your property. It may be your family home, yet buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living there. Try to de-clutter and remove too many family photographs to ensure the photography and the viewings sell the space you have to others. • Use all the rooms to show off what they could be. If you have a spare bedroom that’s currently used for storage, sort through the clutter and ensure your buyers see it presented as a bedroom. This will add to perceived space and usability for your home. • Think about the entrance to the property. This is often the first impression a buyer gets of the house, so do make sure your windows are in good condition with no flaking paint, sweep away any leaves, tidy the garden and ensure lawns are cut and well presented. • Also move your car/s so that buyers can park easily and feel welcome. • Use garden furniture wisely. If you are selling your home it’s worth leaving it set up outside so that buyers can see the space in action. If you do this, though, make sure you keep it scrubbed and clean. • Keep your home warm. Homeowners with working fireplaces and ranges can really show them off to good effect at this time of year. A warm and welcoming home that’s as loved outside as it is in will always help with a quicker sale.

A SELEcTION OF PROPERTIES AvAILAbLE FOR SALE LOcALLY

Winchmore hill – epc=e Guide £1.895 million

Brookmans Park – epc=d

hadley Wood – epc=c

arkley – epc=d

Guide £1.75 million

Guide £1.4 million

Guide £1.25 million


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BARNET, hertfordshire

HERTFORD, hertfordshire

Sitting room/sun room ø dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master suite with dressing area and en suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø family bathroom ø garden ø courtyard ø double garage ø EPC = D

Reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø bathroom & shower room ø bungalow with kitchen & living area ø seperate annex ø 2 foaling stables ø further 5 stables ø within 3.3 acres ø EPC = C

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Offers in excess of £1 million Freehold

Offers in excess of £1.25 million Freehold

Savills Hertfordshire

Savills Hertfordshire

BROOKMANS PARK, hertfordshire

WINCHMORE HILL, london

2 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom with en suite and dressing area ø further 4 double bedrooms ø family bathroom ø games room ø landscaped garden ø off street parking ø 2 garages ø EPC = D

4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master suite with dressing room and en suite ø further 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø bedroom 5/study ø family bathroom ø indoor swimming pool ø garden ø garage ø EPC = E

Guide £1.75 million Freehold

Guide £1.895 million Freehold

Savills Hertfordshire

Savills Hertfordshire


SALES

FLOWER LANE £1,850,000 FREEHOLD

A recently refurbished double fronted, five bed, four bath detached family home situated within close proximity to Mill Hill Broadway’s shops and Thames Link Station. THE OWNERS LOVE “The bright and spacious open plan living is ideal for dinner parties and entertaining family and friends” “We are walking distance to our GP, Mathilda Marks, shops, cafes and transport, the location really is ideal” “Our patio area, we enjoy relaxing in the sunshine and are not overlooked by anybody”

5 Bedrooms 2 Receptions Open plan kitchen/diner 4 Bathrooms Utility room Under floor heating throughout Self contained annexe Off street parking

EPC Rating : B

Please contact Jamie McIver at MILL HILL OFFICE on 020 8906 0660

HOLWOOD HOUSE, NAN CLARKS LANE, N3 - £5,000,000 FREEHOLD

A detached five bedroom, five bathroom, four reception family home set within approximately 2.4 acres of land on one of Mill Hill’s finest and most sought after roads. THE OWNERS LOVE

“The large welcoming reception hall leading to the main reception rooms with the unique sweeping staircase leading up to the first floor” “My stunning landscaped gardens with ponds, water features and a tennis court backing on to Woodland, so tranquil. I have enjoyed my garden for many years” “This property was expertly designed with large windows in all rooms. Natural light cascades in to every room in the house when the sun is shining”

WE’VE NOTICED

The property was designed and built by its current owner in the 60’s and was the ideal home of the year winner in 1963. Nan Clarks Lane is a private road located within the Mill Hill/Totteridge borders.

EPC Rating: D Please contact Jamie McIver at MILL HILL OFFICE on 020 8906 0660

5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Receptions Kitchen/breakfast room Stunning landscaped gardens Tennis court 100ft frontage (approx) Double garage


SALES

FLOWER LANE £1,850,000 FREEHOLD

A recently refurbished double fronted, five bed, four bath detached family home situated within close proximity to Mill Hill Broadway’s shops and Thames Link Station. THE OWNERS LOVE “The bright and spacious open plan living is ideal for dinner parties and entertaining family and friends” “We are walking distance to our GP, Mathilda Marks, shops, cafes and transport, the location really is ideal” “Our patio area, we enjoy relaxing in the sunshine and are not overlooked by anybody”

5 Bedrooms 2 Receptions Open plan kitchen/diner 4 Bathrooms Utility room Under floor heating throughout Self contained annexe Off street parking

EPC Rating : B

Please contact Jamie McIver at MILL HILL OFFICE on 020 8906 0660

ST. MARY’S AVENUE, FINCHLEY, N3 £1,500,000 FREEHOLD A five bedroom family house located in a tree-lined Avenue off Hendon Lane. THE OWNERS LOVE

“I love that we have three parks within walking distance and for rainy days the library is a 2 minute walk - it was a complete saviour when the children were babies because they host weekly playgroups” “We love our garden and pretty much planted everything ourselves so come rain or shine we’re out there with the kids creating our own adventures” “We love our neighbours, there is lots of families on the street and parallel streets. Lots of the kids go to schools and nurseries within a short walk”

WE’VE NOTICED

There is scope for a further ground floor extension (subject to planning permission and building regulation approval). The house is set behind a large carriage drive providing ample off street parking.

EPC Rating: D Please contact Sophie Henry at FINCHLEY OFFICE on 020 8346 0102

5 Bedrooms 2 Reception rooms Master bedroom suite Downstairs cloakroom Utility room South facing garden Within the local Eruv Close to transport


SALES

FLOWER LANE £1,850,000 FREEHOLD

A recently refurbished double fronted, five bed, four bath detached family home situated within close proximity to Mill Hill Broadway’s shops and Thames Link Station. THE OWNERS LOVE “The bright and spacious open plan living is ideal for dinner parties and entertaining family and friends” “We are walking distance to our GP, Mathilda Marks, shops, cafes and transport, the location really is ideal” “Our patio area, we enjoy relaxing in the sunshine and are not overlooked by anybody”

5 Bedrooms 2 Receptions Open plan kitchen/diner 4 Bathrooms Utility room Under floor heating throughout Self contained annexe Off street parking

EPC Rating : B

Please contact Jamie McIver at MILL HILL OFFICE on 020 8906 0660

OAKLANDS ROAD, TOTTERIDGE, N20 £1,175,000 FREEHOLD A spacious three bedroom detached chalet bungalow.

THE OWNERS LOVE “The garden is so quiet and peaceful, as well as extremely private” “The neighbours are fantastic; there is a real sense of community” “The views from the bedroom at night are stunning” WE’VE NOTICED There was previously planning permission in place to add a 4th bedroom upstairs. The original building was torn down and rebuilt 6 years ago. EPC Rating: C Please contact Nicholas Franklin or Sam Lacey WHETSTONE OFFICE on 020 8446 2111

3 Bedrooms Detached chalet bungalow Large living room Fitted kitchen plus utility room 2 Bathrooms (1 en-suite) Downstairs guest WC Secluded rear garden Carriage driveway 1 Mile from High Barnet & Totteridge & Whetstone Tube stations


SALES

FLOWER LANE £1,850,000 FREEHOLD

A recently refurbished double fronted, five bed, four bath detached family home situated within close proximity to Mill Hill Broadway’s shops and Thames Link Station. THE OWNERS LOVE “The bright and spacious open plan living is ideal for dinner parties and entertaining family and friends” “We are walking distance to our GP, Mathilda Marks, shops, cafes and transport, the location really is ideal” “Our patio area, we enjoy relaxing in the sunshine and are not overlooked by anybody”

5 Bedrooms 2 Receptions Open plan kitchen/diner 4 Bathrooms Utility room Under floor heating throughout Self contained annexe Off street parking

EPC Rating : B

Please contact Jamie McIver at MILL HILL OFFICE on 020 8906 0660

ARLINGTON, WOODSIDE PARK, N12 £995,000 FREEHOLD A four bedroom, three bathroom detached family residence close to Woodridge school. THE OWNERS LOVE “The master suite with the dressing area and en suite bathroom” “We get no traffic as it’s not a cut through so it stays nice and quiet” “We can walk to both the station and the Orange tree in only 10 minutes” WE’VE NOTICED Arlington is well within the catchment area for Woodridge School. The property boasts tremendous potential for extension, subject to the necessary consents. EPC rating: D Please contact Stewart Willerton or Nathan Reddy NORTH FINCHLEY OFFICE on 020 8445 2222

3/4 Reception Rooms Southerley aspect garden Extension potential Kitchen/diner Guest cloakroom Master suite


F E AT U R E

New man at the top raises the bar at Fusion Residential It’s going to be a BIG year for Antoine Christoforou of award winning home builder Fusion Residential.

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ollowing internal restructuring at the company based in Letchmore Heath, the 30 year-old from Aldenham has been appointed Fusion Residential Managing Director, but there’s an even more pressing engagement on the horizon, in July he ties the knot with his longterm girlfriend. But the man who graduated in Urban Planning, Design and Management at University College London, remains unflustered by his new job title and impending nuptials. Antoine has been at Fusion Residential since its inception nine years ago and in his new role he plans to keep doing well, exactly what Fusion Residential has become famed for doing well, while at the same time raising the bar in terms of product specification in the luxury home building niche. In short, he aims to elevate Fusion Residential in the top-end London home market, helping it rise above the competition. At the same time he will continue to concentrate on acquisitions using his extensive contact base and local knowledge surveying and acquiring desirable new sites for development – perfect locations are one of the hallmarks of a Fusion Residential home Business is already booming, but the ambitious former Merchant Taylor’s student aims to have the Fusion Residential design and build team working on five or six high end schemes a year. They are currently creating six super concierge-serviced apartments to award-winning specifications in Dollis Avenue, Finchley, N3; a super contemporary trophy home in Oaklands Lane, Arkley, for a private client; and an ambitious mix of 31 luxury homes – seven houses and 24 apartments - in Parsons Green, Fulham. And there’s more in the pipeline. All have been conceived and planned to push the boundaries in terms of imagination, innovation, elegance, practicality and astonishing attention to detail.

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The Fusion Residential team excel at this, having earned lavish praise and been honoured at the UK Property Awards for their exquisite Murano House apartments in Cockfosters Road, Hadley Wood. But at the same time as helping Fusion Residential to grow in terms of highend market-share and reputation, Antoine is keen to widen his own knowledge and contact base. With that in mind he is in the process of joining the Academy of Chief Executives (ACE) which is an organisation bringing together like-minded business leaders to meet and share their experience and expertise, to problem-solve together and improve the performance of their companies. Helping Antoine keep the company moving in the right direction, Fusion’s growing team and wealth of experience boasts a number of heavy weights in the world of luxury home creation, including in-house interior designer Emma Henry, Ben Weinberg who is with the acquisitions team, planner Iain Taylor, architectural designer Simon Lee, head of sales Debbie Williams and head of operations Paul Miles. Such is the appeal of a Fusion Residential home that two years ago the company, driven by strong demand, branched out into the burgeoning new market of managing self-build and renovation projects for their most discerning clientele through the Your Fusion marque. With satisfaction guaranteed, bespoke projects are progressing well in Arkley and Hadley Wood. In his spare time, not that there’s much of it, Antoine enjoys Formula 1 and tennis and does his best to get to Silverstone each year for the Grand Prix and to Wimbledon. For details of all Fusion Residential projects call 01923 216535 or visit www.fusionresidential.co.uk.


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UPHILL ROAD MILL HILL NW7

ÂŁ4,950,000 freehold

Mill Hill Office

59 Daws Lane,Mill Hill London NW7 4SE

T +44 (0) 20 8959 9000

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A magnificent, rarely available double fronted detached 6/7 bedroom home set back from the road behind a carriage driveway on a large plot discretely located behind security gates in Mill Hill’s most prestigious turning. Offering in excess of 6500 sq ft of accommodation, this fantastic property offers the ultimate in family living. Features include a gorgeous large master suite, huge 31ft x 30ft kitchen/breakfast room, 5/ 6 further reception rooms, galleried entrance hall, double garage & carriage driveway with parking for 6/7 cars. To the rear is an incredible landscaped 240 ft rear garden with evergreen lawn leading to a separate secluded area with heated swimming pool with electric safety cover & large decked sun terrace. There is also a detached summer house / den with changing room & kitchenette. Uphill Road is a highly sought after location offering convenient access to the wide choice of amenities in Mill Hill Broadway. Rail & road links provide easy access to central London, the City & all major airports.

6/7 Bedrooms

Utility room

5 Bathrooms (4 en suite)

Double garage

Reception hall

240 ft garden with heated

Drawing room

pool and summer house /

Dining room

changing room

Study

Driveway with parking

Tv room / den

for 5/6 cars

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ABBEY VIEW MILL HILL, NW7

ÂŁ2,395,000 FREEHOLD A delightful & very spacious detached family home (4271 sq ft), situated in a desirable quiet cul-de-sac just off Marsh Lane. This 3 storey property has been remodelled & improved in recent years to offer 6 bedrooms (bed 6/games room), 4 bathrooms (all en-suite), 2 cloakrooms, impressive entrance hall & landing, 2 drawing rooms, dining room, large kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, attached garage, large landscaped rear garden & patio, as well as carriage driveway. (EPC Rating: D)

Mill Hill Office

59 Daws Lane,Mill Hill London NW7 4SE

T +44 (0) 20 8959 9000

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UPHILL ROAD MILL HILL, NW7

£3,950,000 FREEHOLD Set back from the road behind security gates, a magnificent neo-Georgian 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom luxury home, built only 3 years ago in Mill Hill’s most prestigious turning. Offering approx. 6500 sq ft of bright, spacious & contemporary accommodation over 4 floors, this stunning house looks out over a beautifully landscaped 120ft garden. Features include a magnificent galleried quadruple volume staircase, a superb bespoke kitchen/diner opening to a family room / TV room, home cinema, gym, games room & open entertaining area/bar on the garden level. (EPC Rating: C)

Mill Hill Office

59 Daws Lane,Mill Hill London NW7 4SE

T +44 (0) 20 8959 9000

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OAKRIDGE AVENUE RADLETT, WD7

£1,695,000 FREEHOLD A fantastic, large 6 bedroom, 5 reception room detached house (3100sq ft) set back from the road behind a carriage driveway, situated in the cul-de-sac part of one of Radlett’s finest and most prestigious turnings just off Newlands Avenue. The property offers outstanding family accommodation over 2 floors and a superb South West facing garden. (EPC Rating: D)

MARILLAC HOUSE MILL HILL, NW7

£875,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD An immaculately presented 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment set on the ground floor of this prestigious secure gated development with direct access to 2 private terraces providing stunning views towards greenbelt land & Totteridge Valley. The property has been well maintained by the current owners with benefits including a large reception, kitchen/ breakfast room, lift, underground parking for 2 cars & concierge service. St Vincent’s Lane is located off The Ridgeway & is within approximately 2/3 of a mile of Mill Hill East’s numerous amenties, including underground station (Northern Line), Waitrose & Virgin Active gym. (EPC Rating: C)

Mill Hill Office

59 Daws Lane,Mill Hill London NW7 4SE

T +44 (0) 20 8959 9000

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WILLS GROVE MILL HILL NW7

ÂŁ1,175,000 FREEHOLD A delightful Arts and Crafts style linked house, situated in a prestigious private road, off Hammers Lane and adjacent to Mill Hill Park. Modernised in recent years by the current owners to a high standard and incorporating a large lounge/dining room, fully fitted kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), lovely rear garden, driveway and off street covered parking. (EPC Rating: F)

HUTCHINGS WALK HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB, NW11

ÂŁ1,350,000 FREEHOLD Having undergone total refurbishment is this exceptional Art Deco style 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom semi-detached house. Situated in a popular location on the North side of the Suburb within moments of the shopping & transport facilities of The Market Place & also within close proximity of Brookland Infant & Junior schools. The property offers a fantastic fully fitted kitchen with open plan dining room, separate lounge, off street parking, landscaped garden, surround sound & underfloor heating. (EPC Rating: D)

Hampstead Garden Suburb Office 20 Market Place, Hampstead Garden Suburb London NW11 6JJ

T +44 (0) 20 8458 9119

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BIRCHWOOD MANOR

THEOBALD STREET, RADLETT

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irchwood Manor is approached via a sweeping and extensive gated driveway which leads to the front of this fabulous family home which has been designed and built to an exacting and uncompromised standard by its current and only owners, including a Lutron lighting system, extensive external CCTV system and a Crestron sound and audio management system. Situated in one of Radlett’s premier locations, an extraordinary spacious double height reception hall provides access to the superb entertaining and welcoming reception rooms, which are mainly air conditioned and include a split level drawing room and dining area, a bespoke fitted television/family room, his ‘n’ hers fitted studies and a beautifully appointed handmade kitchen/diner with Gaggenau and Miele appliances, Jerusalem stone floor, underfloor heating and wonderful views over the expansive grounds. For those looking for staff accommodation, a self-contained bedroom, lounge area, separate kitchen and bathroom are integrated into the home, with its own private access. An ornate, hand built, sweeping staircase leads to the first floor galleried landing where double doors give access to the stunning master suite of over 31’ with access to a private 21’ terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. The master suite further benefits from a fully fitted luxury dressing room and separate en suite bathroom finished using the finest Versace fixtures, fittings and tiling. Each of the remaining three bedrooms on the first floor all benefit from en suite dressing rooms, bathrooms and air conditioning. The second floor accommodation comprises of two further bedrooms, one with en suite facilities, with the other using the beautiful separate bathroom. A 26’7 x 19’2 games room completes the living space of this 8018 sq ft family residence. Birchwood Manor is set within grounds of over 2 acres. The landscaped gardens both to the front and rear are laid to lawn with a variety of mature trees and shrubs including a purpose built children’s play area. The extensive terrace at the rear of the property leads down to the enclosed heated swimming pool, separate wc and shower area. Currently used as a gymnasium, Birchwood Manor also benefits from a detached double garage. Asking Price: Price £6,250,000. Freehold

Features Porch Dressing Room and En Utility Room Entrance Hall Suite Bathroom Guest Cloakroom Kitchen/Family Room Bedroom Three with Boiler Room Drawing/Dining En Suite Bathroom Bathroom Room Bedroom Four with En Reception Guest Cloakroom Suite Bathroom Bedroom / Bedroom Seven TV Room Second Floor Exterior Study 1 Study 2 Games Room Approx. 2 acres of Bedroom Five Landscaped Front and First Floor Bedroom Six with En Rear Gardens Master Bedroom with Suite Bathroom Heated Outdoor Dressing Room and En Bathroom Swimming Pool Suite Bathroom Store Room Children’s Play Area Terrace off Master Tennis Courts Annex with Bedroom Detached Double Bedroom Two with Kitchen Garage

For more information about this property please contact Statons Radlett office on 01923 604 321 or email radlett@statons.com

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KINGWELL ROAD HADLEY WOOD

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n outstanding contemporary interior designed detached residence of just under 4,000 sq ft finished to a high and exacting specification throughout. This stunning home offers 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en-suites), 2 dressing rooms, bespoke German kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receptions and a home cinema room. The property is approached via a sweeping carriage driveway with integral garage. To the rear is landscaped garden with patio. Located in one of Hadley Woods most sought after tree lined cul-de-sacs. Situated within walking distance to Hadley Wood mainline station (with a regular service into Moorgate & Kings Cross with a journey time of approx 30mins) and parade of local shops. Cockfosters underground station (Piccadilly Line) is approx. 3 miles away, as is Junction 24 of the M25. Hadley Wood golf course & tennis club are also within walking distance and schools in the area include Stormont, Lochinver, St Johns Haberdashers Askes for boys & girls, Mill Hill School, Dame Alice Owen, Queenswood & Queen Elizabeth Girls & Boys Schools.

Guide Price ÂŁ2,000,000. Freehold

Features  ntrance Hallway & Guest Cloakroom E Kitchen/Breakfast Room Dining Room Lounge Study Utility Room Cinema Room Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and En Suite Bathroom Bedroom 2 with Dressing Room and En Suite Shower Room

 edroom 3 with En Suite Shower Room B Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Family Bathroom Sweeping Carriage Driveway Rear Garden with Flat Surface and Lighting to the Patio Border Garden Pergola with Lights Single Car Garage with Electric Up and Over Door Operated by Remote Control

For more information about this property please contact Statons Hadley Wood office on 020 8440 9797 or email hadley@statons.com

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HARPENDEN OFFICE

13 Church Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2TW

01582 766161

harpenden@harrisonmurray.co.uk

Impala Lodge, Wheathampstead

ÂŁ1,800,000

A unique 4 bedroom barn conversion in a most picturesque setting boasting excellent equestrian facilities which could be converted to create a substantial residence, subject to planning permission, EPC rating: C Open Living/Dining/Kitchen 3 Shower/Bathrooms

HARPENDEN OFFICE 13 Church Green Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 2TW

Large courtyard Feed And Tack Rooms

Stables And Menage Set In Over 10 Acres

01582 766161

harpenden@harrisonmurray.co.uk

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CONTEMPORARY. STYLISH. SPACIOUS. Luxury lateral living

Beautifully landscaped gardens

2 & 3 bedroom apartments with private balconies or terraces

Direct lift access from secure underground car park

24-hour concierge/security and gym

20 minutes to Central London

Contact us 020 8421 9139 sales@millhillplace.com

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Prices from ÂŁ1,050,000 subject to contract

Visit our show apartments 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week Hammers Lane, Mill Hill, London NW7 4AQ

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