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ST ALBANS LIFE W I T H D E S I R A B L E A R E A S A C R O S S B E A U T I F U L H E RT F O R D S H I R E ISSUE 83

AUGUST 2013

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Welcome to our August issue... Centurion Club near St Albans opened on July 1st and is already being lauded as one of the finest inland courses in the whole of England. The Club is owned by an Anglo-Dutch quartet comprising Chairman, Graham Wildish, Managing Director, Scott Evans along with Bert Pronk and André Hendriks and they have spared nothing in their desire to create a private members’ Club of unrivalled quality. The Club’s 7,084-yard par-72 course is jointly designed by Scott Evans and Simon Gidman, a past president of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects. They have succeeded in crafting a modern masterpiece which is destined for a place near the top of the GB & I course ratings. It’s hard to believe that Gallery Rouge Harpenden has been open for a year already. Well established and respected by clients within the region, the studio has immediately created a loyal following for displaying even more exceptional work from renowned artists, from Bob Dylan to Pablo Picasso. To mark this auspicious occasion, Gallery Rouge Harpenden will be holding a special celebration evening on September 12th, where they will be joined by leading British landscape artist Harry Brioche. About to celebrate its 11th birthday this coming August, Darcy’s restaurant is an Antipodean gem in the heart of St. Albans. Taking its influences from modern European cuisine, Darcy’s has become known for its innovative and delectable dishes as much as the relaxed atmosphere that Darcy’s is famous for.

This gives you just a small taste of exciting events & articles featured in this month’s issue...

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Captain’s Charity Pro-Am Digital Appeal for Disabled Children This year, Scope patron and Brocket Hall Golf Club Captain Richard Bradbury CBE, will be hosting the 2013 Pro-Am to support Scope’s Meldreth Manor School and Orchard Manor Transition Service Digital Technology Appeal for disabled children and young people.

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he 2013 Brocket Hall Golf Club Pro-Am will take place on Monday 23rd September on the prestigious Palmerston course, one of the finest and most beautiful courses in the country. Joining the event will be European Tour golfer Simon Khan along with a host of professional golfers for members to meet and play with.

Meldreth Manor School, situated on the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire border in the village of Meldreth, is one of Scope’s three schools supporting disabled children and young people with complex needs. The school combines a range of education, social activities and residential care for pupils who come to learn, live and get the most out of life. Despite the complexity of their medical needs, the ambition and the potential of the pupils should not be in doubt. The children and young people are full of life, fun loving and eager to learn. As well as the school, the Meldreth Manor site is h ome to Scope’s Orchard Manor Transition Service, which supports disabled people aged 18 - 26 to enhance their social and independent living skills in preparation for adult life. Technology such as phones, tablets, laptops and home computers has, over the years, changed our lives, but for a disabled person with complex needs the impact can be much greater. Items like these are portable, affordable and don’t carry the stigma of bulky, specialist devices. Furthermore, tablets are a mass-market affordable technology and when paired with the low price of apps and software these items have the potential to significantly enhance the lives of disabled people for a portion of the usual cost. Historically, specialist technology for individuals with complex needs has been very expensive and hard to update. However, mainstream devices are increasingly becoming more accessible and affordable with the capacity to be used by disabled people for a range of everyday purposes – including as

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a voice output communication aid, as a means for accessing the curriculum and as a route to socialising and networking with friends. Brocket Hall Golf Club’s Pro-Am aims to raise over £50,000 for Meldreth Manor and Orchard Manor. This funding will be used to purchase essential technology for Scope’s students and to upgrade the IT infrastructure at the school site to ensure it can embrace and enable this technology to be accessible and reach its full capacity. Jamie, a student at Meldreth Manor School, has no verbal speech; he communicates through gesture and body language. In the past, telephone calls to his mum and dad have left Jamie really frustrated, anxious and upset as he struggled to be understood. However, now Jamie uses apps like Face Time and photo sharing tools on his iPad to share his day with the people who are important to him. Jamie’s mum explains ‘using a phone meant that communication with Jamie was limited as we could only hear him make the noise for ‘yes’ – but so much of Jamie’s communication is through beaming smiles and his body language. It is a big thing being able to see Jamie via the iPad and know that he is happy’. The Brocket Hall Digital Appeal wants more students like Jamie to have the chance to access technology that gives them the opportunity to socialise with friends, stay in touch with the people most important to them, make day-to-day choices and share experiences whenever and wherever they like. For more information contact Imogen Frances Fitzpatrick Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships Scope, 6 Market Road, London, N7 9PW Phone: 020 7619 7115 www.scope.org.uk


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Setting New Standards Centurion Club near St Albans opened on July 1st and is already being lauded as one of the finest inland courses in the whole of England.

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BY COLIN CALLANDER, FORMER EDITOR OF GOLF MONTHLY

he Club is owned by an Anglo-Dutch quartet comprising Chairman, Graham Wildish, Managing Director, Scott Evans along with Bert Pronk and André Hendriks and they have spared nothing in their desire to create a private members’ Club of unrivalled quality.

The Club’s 7,084-yard par-72 course is jointly designed by Scott Evans and Simon Gidman, a past president of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects. They have succeeded in crafting a modern masterpiece which is destined for a place near the top of the GB & I course ratings. There are a number of things which standout at The Centurion Club and the first is the majestic piece of land the course is built on. It is both picturesque and undulating and the mounds that separate many of the holes will make marvellous vantage points if ever the owners decide to host a top Tour event. The A1 creeping bent grass greens are already in immaculate condition and are sufficiently contoured to make pitching and putting challenging without becoming a chore. It is a course which provides options for the thinking man’s golfer and also enables a player to use every club in the bag. Most courses have a single signature hole but The Centurion Club is spoilt for choice in that department. It opens and closes with spectacular par-5s and in between there is as diverse and inviting a collection of par-3s, par-4s and par-5s as can be found anywhere in the country. The course at Centurion Club can be stretched to over 7,000-yards from the CENTURION CLUB 6th HOLE

back tees but with five sets of tees it is eminently playable for all standards which is something Gidman is keen to ensure at all the courses he builds. “Our courses are designed to be enjoyed by all golfers and not just by players who can hit the ball 240-yards through the air,” he said. “We want golfers of all abilities to enjoy the experience which is why we have worked hard to provide a variety of different strategic options. “There are many grand holes at The Centurion Club,” he added. “My own favourite might well be the long par-4 6th but it is interesting to note different people often tell you they have a different favourite hole. “The 18th is probably the most spectacular but I’d like to think it’s the sort of course where you’re likely to remember most holes long after you’ve played.” A flexible and varied design is the key to the success of the golf course in Evans opinion. “We have looked to build a course that is fun for golfers of all abilities, but also one that is a good test for the top players from the back tees. The feedback we have received so far suggests that we have achieved that and as it matures over the next few years it’s only going to get better.” Centurion Club is currently offering guided tours for prospective members. There are three categories of membership available: Senate, Centurion and Corporate. Further information about membership is available from Richard Corbett on 01442 510520. CENTURION CLUB 8th HOLE

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Last Night of the Proms

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SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013- ROYAL ALBERT HALL, SW7

arin Alsop will make history at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall when she becomes the first woman to conduct the world famous final night of The Proms. Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra through a programme of both traditional and new music, threading together the many exciting themes of the 2013 Proms.

Park, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor... An array of acclaimed artists, including, will also take part (more artists will be announced in due course). The Hyde Park event is broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. Highlights of the Last Night celebrations around the country will be included as part of the live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Radio 3, while digital TV viewers can choose to watch the Royal Albert Hall.

Stars of the classical world, Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato take to the stage to perform a wide range of popular pieces including Over the Rainbow, Danny Boy, and Williams’ Lark Ascending. Described by conductor Jiri Belohlavek as “the world’s largest and most democratic musical festival”, the much-loved classical celebration now encompasses more than 100 concerts each year.

Fancy dress is an optional extra: from dinner jackets to patriotic T-shirts. Many use the occasion for an exuberant display of Britishness. Union Flags are carried and waved by the Prommers, especially during Rule, Britannia!”. Flags, balloons and party poppers are all welcomed though John Drummond famously discouraged this ‘extraneous noise’ during his tenure as Director of the Proms. Sir Henry Wood’s bust is adorned with a laurel chaplet by representatives of the Promenaders, who often wipe an imaginary bead of sweat from his forehead or make some similar gentle visual joke.

Opening with the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, the Last Night programme includes music by some of the season’s Anniversary composers, including Wagner and Britten, as well as featured composers Williams and Bantock, before closing with the traditional Last Night pieces. The Last Night of the Proms celebrations spill out of the Royal Albert Hall into all four nations of the UK. Each BBC Proms in the Park event has its own popular line-up of artists and presenters, and culminates in a live link-up with the Royal Albert Hall for the second half of the concert, transmitted on BBC One. Nigel Kennedy and Joseph Calleja, both of whom will have featured earlier on in the festival, will perform at BBC Proms in the Park, Hyde 10 AUGUST2013

The Royal Albert Hall could be filled many times over with people wishing to attend the Last Night. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. For full details and ticket availability please visit: bbc.co.uk/proms


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Live By The Lake at Kenwood House 23rd – 25th AUGUST & 30th AUGUST – 1st SEPTEMBER 2013

The hotly anticipated series of outdoor summer concerts at Kenwood House, marks the welcome return of the English Heritage concert season.

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roduced by the young dynamic agency, Rouge Events, Live By The Lake’s outstanding lineup of world class music is scheduled over six days. Each show promises to attract up to 10,000 music and film lovers to enjoy the music and share a picnic with friends and family in more than 100 acres of Kenwood House’s beautifully landscaped gardens. Boasting the perfect mix of pop, rock, soul, classical, musical theatre and film, Live By The Lake promises something special for every music lover in the land.

Programme FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST

Suede and special guests British Sea Power and Teleman Kicking off proceedings on Friday August 23rd are the multi-platinum selling, mighty Suede (left), Britpop progenitors, one of the world’s most exciting rock bands and whose sixth studio album ‘Bloodsports’ was released in March, after a ten year gap, to much critical acclaim. Suede’s special guests are the splendid Brighton-based indie rockers British Sea Power, the title of whose current album, ‘Machineries of Joy’, was inspired by a collection of short stories by the great sci-fi author, Ray Bradbury. The band recently performed their soundtrack for the documentary film ‘From the Land to the Sea’, directed by Penny Woolcock, at the 12 AUGUST2013

Sundance London Film and Music Festival at the 02 and at the Sheffield Documentary Festival. Also on the bill is fast rising Teleman the London guitar, drum, and synth trio. SATURDAY 24RD AUGUST

Choral Greats with the Royal Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Roderick Dunk On Saturday August 24th it’s a feast for classical music lovers with the Royal Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Roderick Dunk, performing a wonderful selection of arias from, among others, Carmina Burana, Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s Requiem and many more. The night will end with a spectacular firework display. Roderick Dunk will be well known to BBC Radio 2 listeners as the BBC Concert Orchestra’s regular guest conductor for the long running Friday Night is Music Night. SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST

Keane and special guest Laura Mvula and Jessica Sweetman To complete the perfect first weekend on August 25th the Brit Award winning, Grammy nominated, 10 million selling Keane will take to the stage; fronted by the charismatic Tom Chaplin, the band’s fourth studio


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KEANE SUEDE

ANA MARIA MARTINEZ

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album, Strangeland, was released in May 2012 and immediately topped the UK charts. Keane are delighted to have as their special guest the uniquely gifted soul singer/songwriter Laura Mvula, whose debut album, ‘Sing To The Moon’, was released this year and instantly catapulted her into the musical stratosphere and a headlining slot at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. Also performing on the same bill is the young British singer/songwriter Jessica Sweetman. FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST

Singin’ In The Rain’ - film screening, score performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Neil Thomson Friday August 30th offers a truly rare opportunity to film fans: the screening of the 1952 musical romantic comedy ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ to a LIVE score performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Starring the legendary Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed and directed by Gene Kelly, the film offers an entertaining depiction of a 1927 Hollywood caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. The RPO, conducted by Neil Thomson, will bring the film’s iconic soundtrack to life while the re-mastered film is shown on the big screen. SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST

Opera Al Fresco with Ana Maria Martinez, Wynne Evans and the English National Opera Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel Saturday August 31st is Opera Alfresco night with the English National Opera Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel and a special appearance by the incomparable Grammy Award winning American soprano, Ana Maria Martinez whose lyrical, elegant style has seen her grace all the grand opera houses around the world. The English National Opera Orchestra together with principal soloists Wynne Evans, and David Kempster will perform some of the world’s greatest and most popular arias from the works of Bizet, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and more. SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

Michael Ball and friends sing songs by George & Ira Gershwin with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Jae Alexander

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Michael Ball, double Olivier Award winner (‘Hairspray’, ‘Sweeney Todd’), multi-platinum recording artist, and radio and TV presenter will close Live By The Lake’s programme of events with a special evening of music by George and Ira Gershwin with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Jae Alexander. Britain’s top musical theatre star will be inviting friends from the West End stage such as Kerry Ellis, Gina Beck, and David Shannon to join him in performing some of the Gershwin’s best loved songs including Summertime, I Got Rhythm, S’Wonderful, Shall We Dance, and many more. Nathan Homan of Rouge Events says: “We are absolutely delighted to be producing the first Live By The Lake at Kenwood House in association with English Heritage. We’ve got a wonderful lineup of world class performers and I think Kenwood’s beautiful grounds are the perfect setting for what promises to be a seriously great series of summer concerts. Even in this digital age, the appetite for live performance is greater than ever – the calibre of artists who are appearing at Live By The Lake is a testament to their own enjoyment of playing outdoor concerts and I think audiences across the six nights will love every minute of it.” Boasting the perfect mix of pop, rock, soul, classical, musical theatre and film, Live By The Lake promises something special for every music lover in the land. Tickets are now on sale at www.kenwood.seetickets.com and there are a limited number of discounts for residents in many of London’s northwest postal districts. Ticket holders will be able to choose a variety of reasonably priced tickets for each concert and to decide whether or not to bring their own picnic and all-weather paraphernalia! For those who want to rock up unhampered, the best of Carluccio’s Italian picnics can be ordered in advance and picked up on the day of each orchestral concert. (NB: Suede and Keane concerts will be standing room only, so picnics and chairs should be left at home and a range of drinks and delicious food will be available from the on-site concession stands.

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Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival 2013 15th – 17th SEPTEMBER 2013 - IVY HOUSE, NORTH END ROAD, LONDON NW11

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The excitement is mounting, the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival 2013 bookings are now live

his year’s festival, sponsored by Yelverton Properties and now in its 5th year will feature top authors and celebrities including Ruby Wax, Nick Ross, Maggie O’Farrell, Tracy Chevalier, Sathnam Sanghera, Gill Hornby, Marcus Burkemann, Shelina Permalloo, Miles Jupp, Charlotte Mendelson, Mark Billingham, Countess of Carnarvon, Daisy Waugh, Kate Figes and Baroness Gillian Shephard, to name but a few. Organisers and hosts, the London Jewish Cultural Centre in partnership with the Ham&High, are delighted to announce a fantastic line-up, along with two special new additions to the festivities on Sunday 15th September; Kidsfest and Poetry in the Park. Kidsfest offers a host of ‘Kid for a Quid’ events at Ivy House, and for readers of all ages, there will be live poetry in neighbouring Golders Hill Park. Don’t miss Tea and Jam Sandwiches with The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr, celebrating her 90th birthday, Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola), Horrible Histories, workshops and more. Kidsfest is sponsored by Diana and Allan Morgenthau Charitable Trust.

Other Highlights include Sunday 15th September, 11am – 12 midday 50 Years of Doctor Who A celebration for fans of all ages Steve Tribe, James Goss and Marcus Hearn Marcus Hearn’s The Vault is a collector’s dream - 50 years of photographs, props, costumes designs, production memos, letters and scripts. And for the untold story of Gallifrey’s last Time Lord, James Goss and Steve Tribe’s The Doctor: His Lives And Times, charts the story of an impossible life – of a time traveller who continually saved the universe. £10 Monday 16th September 6.45-7.45pm The Real Iron Lady - Working with Mrs T. Gillian Shephard talks to Sarah Baxter What was it really like to work with Mrs T? Gillian Shephard, peer, politician and former Parliamentary Under Secretary under Margaret Thatcher, will discuss with Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, Sarah Baxter, what the Iron Lady was really like at close 14 AUGUST2013

quarters. Drawing on the perspective of John Major, Geoffrey Howe, Douglas Hurd and other Cabinet colleagues, she laces her observations with her own sparkling wit and acerbic comment. £12 Tuesday 17th September 12.30-1.30pm Camden Lock and the Market Caitlin Davies talks to Wendy Wallace Caitlin Davies introduces us to Camden Lock, the world’s most famous market and London’s second most popular free attraction after the British Museum - a unique piece of London, a cradle of design talent, heartland of the capital’s music scene and a multicultural melting pot. Her new book tells its stories in an illustrated history full of personal memories and previously unpublished archive images. £7 and 2.30-1.30pm The Complete Jack the Ripper Donald Rumbelow Fully updated and revised, Donald Rumbelow’s classic work is the ultimate examination of the facts, theories, fictions and fascinations surrounding the greatest whodunit in history. Rumbelow, a former London Metropolitan policeman, and authority on crime, subjects every theory to deep scrutiny. He also examines the horrifying parallel crimes of the Düsseldorf and Yorkshire Rippers to try and throw further light on the atrocities of Victorian London. £7 Keep visiting www.hamhighlitfest.com for full details of the Festival, Kidsfest, and Poetry in the Park. Book online or call 020 8511 7900 Venue: Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Some tickets will be available on the door, on a first come, first served basis. Every event is individually priced; please check the website for details. If you purchase tickets online, please print the email confirmation and bring it with you to each event. The confirmation is your ticket. All information is subject to change.


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When only the Best will do Announcing some of the freshest work for you to enjoy

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nquestionably we’ve been basking in one of the finest summers for a long time. Gallery Rouge have been inspired by the positive energy created by this glorious period to seek out yet more outstanding works for your viewing pleasure. Now is a great time to find that perfect piece to brighten up your home! Rozanne Bell visits Gallery Rouge St Albans Gallery Rouge were delighted to welcome the attendance of Dorset based artist Rozanne Bell earlier this month. Better known for her whimsical beach scenes, her latest collection of work captured the colour and spirit of summer. Through the use of rich acrylic paints, Bell wonderfully depicts the floral abundance of a British landscape, enriching our visual senses. In addition were some

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fantastic darker midnight harbour compositions. Rozanne was gracious in her praise for the gallery commenting “I’ve worked with Kuldip for a number of years now – his enthusiasm for art and for beautifully displaying the work is overwhelming. I’ve loved meeting my collectors and in sharing my experiences and journey”. Gallery Director Kuldip Chohan was equally enthused “Representing talented artists is one thing; working with fun and lively artists a bonus! Rozanne is an absolute joy to be with – her gregarious disposition is infectious and comes through in the vibrancy of her work” It’s not too late to see the wider collection from Bell – be sure to visit Gallery Rouge St Albans to see for yourself what all the fuss is about!


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EASTERLY WINDS BY HARRY BRIOCHE

EVENING STEALS THE AFTERNOON BY HARRY BRIOCHE

Celebrate the First Anniversary of Gallery Rouge Harpenden! CHAMPAGNE BIRTHDAY EVENING – SEPTEMBER 12TH 7PM – 9PM It’s hard to believe that Gallery Rouge Harpenden has been open for a year already. Well established and respected by clients within the region, the studio has immediately created a loyal following for displaying even more exceptional work from renowned artists, from Bob Dylan to Pablo Picasso. To mark this auspicious occasion, Gallery Rouge Harpenden will

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be holding a special celebration evening on September 12th, where they will be joined by leading British landscape artist Harry Brioche. To request an invitation to this event, please email Harpenden@ galleryrouge.co.uk

Bringing you a flavour of some of our newest works Joe Bowen Cityscape artist Bowen has been slowly but surely creating a solid name for himself. Initially working in acrylics on board, his work is then sealed with resin to create a stunning vista of some of London’s iconic backdrops. With subtle detailing, Bowen’s impressionistic paintings are incredible value and mark him out as one of the understated artists to follow.

CITY VIEW BY JOE BOWEN

Bruno Tinucci Italian artist Tinucci’s works convey the heat and sunshine of Tuscany. Born in Livorno, Tinucci has been painting for over 35 years. His use of oils to create rich texture are difficult to convey in a photograph, so it’s recommended that you visit Gallery Rouge Harpenden to really get a sense of his works.

PRIMAVERA BY BRUNO TINNU CI

To learn more about Gallery Rouge and the extensive work they represent, view their website at www.galleryrouge.co.uk or visit their gallery locations at St Albans and Harpenden. 27 Chequer St, St Albans, AL1 3YJ 01727 860401 stalbans@galleryrouge.co.uk

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Dream Hanbury Manor Weddings Smaller weddings are becoming a more popular option with numbers of 15 to 30 people being a preferable amount of guests for the day.

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eople spend too much time worrying about other people that they do not concentrate on what they want from their wedding day. Opting for a small wedding not only saves on your budget but gives you the opportunity to not have to tell people they are not invited without feeling bad. You can dance the night away with friends and family you feel comfortable with rather than spend the day catching up with acquaintances and most importantly you can soak up being a newlywed with your new spouse. One of the biggest wedding decisions you need to make is picking the venue, so why choose a bigger venue just to accommodate more guests when you can go for the first option you instantly fell in love with. Hanbury Manor, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Ware, Hertfordshire offers Intimate wedding packages with smaller room options including the Drawing Room and Conservatory that can be opened to join into each other if you wish you utilise the two rooms through the day or the period library setting with all options overlooking the 200 acres of stunning parkland. The hotels Intimate Wedding Packages are licensed for civil ceremonies with a minimum number of 15 people required starting from £75

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per person that typically includes a three course sit down meal with tea and coffee, half a bottle of house wine, half a bottle of mineral water, hire of banqueting suite, dedicated banqueting manager and personalised menu cards. Bespoke packages are also available on request with options of canapés, sparkling wine and celebration cakes to be included. For further information on any of our Intimate Wedding Packages at Hanbury Manor please contact one of the dedicated Wedding Organiser’s on: 01920 487 722 Terms & conditions apply. Subject to availability.

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Bringing Back Brooches

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hen you think of brooches, what immediately springs to mind? Maybe it is something pinned to a lapel, both jacket and jewel a little old fashioned, or the realisation that you never see the Queen without one. For some reason brooches occupy a very traditional place within the jewellery family, rather like a rather severe aunt. It doesn’t have to be this way. A quick trip over to Paris will reveal a whole new range of possibilities for that beautiful but boring brooch. Maybe it is their joie de vivre or the inspiration of the jewellery ‘Grande Maisons’ at the city’s heart but an observant eye will quickly see that Parisians really do enjoy their jewellery and whether worth the earth, or fabulous paste, it is worn with flair and creativity. The trick is not to see these jewels as over-sized lapel pins, but as self-adhesive go-anywhere pieces of glamour. Only the form of the brooch itself should dictate its most advantageous position. Symmetrical pieces tend to work best on the centre line, but this could be at the top of a blouse or shirt, on the waistband of trousers or skirts as an elaborate buckle or an accent at the point of a V on a dress – either at the front or back. Of course the moment a rule is suggested, the thing to do is to break it. Symmetrical brooches can

be used as a variation on a bow and so could be used in similar positions such as a on a hat band, or in the hair. I have even seen them worn on the hip of a pair of jeans. Asymmetrical brooches can be worn almost anywhere. If pinning the brooch to a piece of clothing seems tame, run a chain through the pin and you have a necklace. Attach it to a length of ribbon and you have a fabulous choker, or a shorter ribbon could be a bracelet. The only limit is your imagination. Worn on a scarf, a brooch can be a decoration for the neck but a particularly French habit seems to be to tie the scarf to a suitably gorgeous handbag, or even pin directly to the bag if you dare. If your brooch has sufficiently curved pins you could even thread them through a thin finger ring to create a show stopping party piece. A note of caution: the value of a brooch may advise a limit to its position and the situation it is worn in. A strong gust of wind might lead to a family heirloom, attached to a hat, sailing off down the river so temper your creativity with common sense. Check the pins carefully and make sure that any safety clasps are working correctly. If you are wearing a brooch with precious gems, inspect the settings to ensure that there are no loose stones. To avoid pain and injury, test where the brooch will sit so that a movement or gesture later does not lead to a serious stab wound. With a little resourcefulness, a brooch can be the most versatile piece of jewellery so dig out yours and start wearing them, and if you don’t have one, visit the Fellows website for an ever-changing selection. Fellows Auctioneers, 2nd floor, 3 Queen Street, London W1J 5PA 020 7127 4198 www.fellows.co.uk

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MAGNIFICENT MUSEUMS IN HERTFORDSHIRE Ashwell Village Museum A fascinating collection covering every aspect of village life, housed in a 16th century timber-framed building.

contains the original forge and bellows.

De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

New museum bringing to life the rich history of the town and its unique links with the history of empire and Africa through the Cecil Rhodes collection

Situated on the historic site of Salisbury Hall, the museum has on display 18 types of de Havilland aircraft and sections ranging from DH Moths, modern military and civilian jets and the prototype Mosquito.

British Schools Museum, Hitchin

Elstree Film and Television Heritage Group

A collection of elementary school buildings, including the only surviving example of a monitorial schoolroom in the world. The museum also contains an intriguing collection of Victorian school and home artefacts.

This museum regularly create displays on the growth of the film and television industry in Elstree and Borehamwood, covering key events in the history of the film and television studios as well as current productions.

Buntingford Heritage Centre

First Garden City Heritage Museum

Bishops Stortford Museum

Provides a regular programme of temporary exhibitions about the history of Buntingford and the surrounding area.

Bushey Museum The collections tell the story of Bushey with an emphasis on the unique artistic history of the village, including works by the Monro Circle and Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA and his famous school of art.

Cromer Windmill Hertfordshire’s sole surviving post mill, Cromer Windmill dates from 1679/81 and was in use until 1923. After many years of restoration work, the mill is now open to the public.

Dacorum Heritage Trust The Trust acts as the museum organisation for the Borough of Dacorum and operates a museum store in Berkhamsted. The Trust organises displays drawn from its collections at different venues around Dacorum.

Datchworth Museum Displays about the history of the village housed in a former blacksmith’s shop, which

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Housed in a building designed by Harry Parker the museum tells the story of the Garden City Movement from it origins to the present day. The Temporary Exhibiition Programme explores the social history of Letchworth Garden City from 1903.

The Forge Museum, Much Hadham There is a working blacksmith on site and a beautiful Victorian Cottage Garden behind the museum, which was the village forge from 1811 to 1983.

Hertford Museum Located in a 17th century town house with a recreated Jacobean knot garden. There are extensive century-old collections, mainly local history, as well as temporary exhibitions and resources for schools.

Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery Displays include a reconstructed Victorian chemist’s shop and a costume gallery. The museum has a changing temporary exhibition programme and holds regular events. There is also a garden of medicinal plants.

Knebworth House This has been the home of the Lytton family since 1490 and successive generations have contributed to the building, décor and contents. It has also been used as a film location, including Wayne Manor in the first Batman film.

Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery Includes displays on natural history and archaeology, particularly the Iron Age and Roman period. The fine art collection concentrates on local artists and contains many works by William Ratcliffe. There is a regular programme of temporary exhibitions.

Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon Displays include artefacts, photographs and pictures relating to the history of the Borough of Broxbourne.

Mill Green Museum A working 18th century watermill, situated in an attractive riverside setting. The adjoining museum has displays on local history and archaeology.

Museum of St. Albans The story of historic St. Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day. There is a special exhibition programme and a wildlife garden.

Potters Bar Museum The museum tells the story of Potters Bar from prehistory to the 1950s. A new exhibition on an aspect of local history is displayed twice a year.

Royston and District Museum & Art Gallery The museum includes displays of local history from the Stone Age to the present day. It also exhibits an excellent collection of 20th century ceramics, the Royston Tapestry and work by local artists.

Scott’s Grotto, Ware An enchanting 18th century grotto built

by the Quaker poet John Scott. The Grotto was visited by many famous people of the time, including Dr. Johnson. There is also an octagonal summerhouse on the hill above the grotto.

Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St. Lawrence The home of George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950. The atmospheric rooms remain much as he left them and contain many of his literary and personal effects.

Stevenage Museum The story of Stevenage and its people. Displays include a Roman coin hoard and a computer challenge about the New Town.

Three Rivers Museum, Rickmansworth A collection from the Three Rivers District, including archaeology, Second World War memorabilia and local photographs.

Veni Vidi Verulamium, St. Albans Discover the secrets of Roman Verulamium with Veni Vidi Verulamium. Roman Britains, archaeologists & modern school children take you for a walk in the park, telling stories of daily life in Roman times, the excavations and artefacts in the Museum. Based in Verulamium Park, the tours are available throughout the year.

Verulamium Museum, St. Albans The museum of everyday life in Roman Britain. Discover the life and times of a major Roman city through awardwinning displays of mosaics, room settings, interactives and computer touch-screens.

Natural History Museum, Tring Once the private collection of Walter Rothschild, the museum holds more than four thousand species of animals in a unique Victorian setting.


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His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge T Born George Alexander Louis on 22nd July 2013 at 4.24pm - 8lbs 6oz

he Duchess of Cambridge, formally Kate Middleton, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son, in the hospital’s private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, London... where Princess Diana gave birth to William in 1982 and Harry in 1984. The baby is third in the line of Succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. He is styled His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. The baby moves ahead of Prince Harry, who’s now fourth in line. The birth was announced via a formal press release issued by Kensington Palace, which stated that the duchess “was safely delivered of a son” at 4:24 p.m., local time, weighing 8lbs 6oz. News of the royal birth - which came after an 11 hour labour - was not made public by Kensington Palace until 8.29pm, four hours

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after the baby was born. Sources said the couple ‘just wanted to spend a little time together to bond as a family’ and inform members of both families privately before the news was announced to the world. William made those calls personally. A bulletin containing details of the birth was taken by car to Buckingham Palace and placed on an easel at the palace gates for the public to see. The framed sheet of paper became the target of a thousand camera flashes as people thrust their smartphones through the railings. The news was greeted with shrieks of “It’s a boy!” and strains of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside the palace. Champagne bottles popped and shouts of “Hip! Hip! Hooray!” erupted outside Buckingham Palace as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife


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Kate’s first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne. Outside the hospital, a man dressed as a town crier in traditional robes and an extravagant feathered hat shouted the news and rang a bell. London’s landmarks, including the London Eye, lit up in the national colours of red, white and blue, and the city had a party atmosphere unmatched since last summer’s Olympics. Right across the country and indeed right across the Commonwealth people celebrated and wished the royal couple well. Prime Minister David Cameron told waiting reporters in front of 10 Downing Street. “It is an important moment in the life of our nation but I suppose above all it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy. It’s been a remarkable few years for our royal family -- a royal wedding that captured people’s hearts, that extraordinary and magnificent Jubilee and now this royal birth, all from a family that have given this nation so much incredible service, and they can know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple.”

Before mounting the St Mary’s Hospital steps, the smiling Prince of Wales asked journalists who have been stood outside for almost three weeks: ‘Have you been there long?’ When he left around 10 minutes later, Charles said the baby was ‘marvellous’ and told journalists: ‘You’ll see in a minute’ Prince Charles spoke of his joy and pride in becoming a grandparent for the first time. “It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” Prince Charles said in a statement. “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time, and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.” The Queen told guests at a Buckingham Palace reception she was ‘thrilled’ at the birth of her great-grandson. On the eve of the baby’s birth, the Queen famously told a ten-year-old schoolgirl that she didn’t mind if it was a boy or a girl, adding: ‘I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday’.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth after he and his wife were brought by car from Kensington Palace to St. Mary’s Hospital in London before 6am in the early stages of labour. William joked his new son ‘has a good pair of lungs’ and tells the crowd his child has Kate’s looks and more hair than him. The medical staff present were Mr Marcus Setchell, Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Obstetrician and Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist at St Mary’s Hospital.

Gun salutes sounded across London marked the birth of the royal baby as the armed forces join in the celebrations. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company carried out the ceremonial royal salutes in honour of the new addition to the Royal Family. Gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is in the line of succession, the Ministry of Defence said. The last royal salute for a birth was for Princess Eugenie in 1990. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, wearing full dress uniform, paraded past Buckingham Palace to Green Park where they staged a 41-gun royal salute. They went from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks into Green Park, where 71 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position for the royal salute. Each of the six guns fired blank artillery rounds at 10-second intervals until 41 shots were fired. The horses and riders then collected the guns and escorted them back to Wellington Barracks.

Carole and Michael Middleton were the first visitors to arrive the following day, with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla following them at 5.30pm after being rushed to London by helicopter after two-days carrying out official duties in Yorkshire.

Major Mark Edward, commanding officer of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, said: ‘The opportunity to mark the birth of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by firing a 41-gun royal salute, comes as a huge honour for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.’

The Archbishop of Canterbury, meanwhile, said he was “delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy”.” Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time,” he added. May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead”

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Whilst a royal gun salute normally comprises 21 guns, this is increased to 41 if fired from a royal park or residence. Uniquely, at the Tower of London, which is a royal residence, 62 rounds are fired as this also includes an additional 21 guns for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch. As soon as William returned to work following his two weeks’ statutory paternity leave, Kate plans to depart the palace for her parents’ mansion in Berkshire. She will reside there - on and off - for a few weeks, while her husband completes his present tour of duty with the RAF in Anglesey, North Wales. The prince will finish his posting as a Search and Rescue pilot at RAF Valley in early September, relocating to London while waiting for his next assignment, meaning the couple can enjoy some quality time together as a new family. Within weeks, by October at the latest, it is hoped that they will finally be able to move into their new official London residence, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace. Apartment 1A is actually a spacious four-storey, 20room property with its own large south-facing walled garden, which takes up half the Clock Tower wing originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren for King William and Queen Mary. The couple have drafted in a key servant to help them look after Prince George: their housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone, hired as the couple’s “righthand woman” in May, was spotted decamping to Bucklebury, Berkshire, with the new family of three. William, Kate and their son are staying with Michael and Carole Middleton at their £4.7million Georgian Grade II listed mansion while the renovations at their new home at Kensington Palace near completion. Although the couple have so far shunned a large entourage, it seems they could not do without their Italian multitasker, who was poached from Buckingham Palace, where she worked for 13 years as one of the Queen’s three top housemaids. Palace officials confirmed for the first time last night that the couple will not have a nanny and rely upon their families help instead, saying: ‘They have both got families that will care hugely for this baby’ Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible, a challenging goal in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities. Buckingham Palace held celebratory drinks parties at the end of the one of the most exciting Royal weeks, also held at Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace, Her Majesty’s official Scottish residence in Edinburgh. The Palace invitation said staff could enjoy a “glass of champagne” to celebrate the “royal birth” in the dining room between 11.30am and 1.30pm. At Windsor Castle they were told to gather in The Undercroft between noon and 2pm 30 AUGUST2013

and staff at Holyrood in the coffee shop and Abbey Strand. One courtier said: “The Queen is on Cloud Nine at the moment and wanted to share her happiness with her hard-working staff, so the obvious thing to do was to get out the champagne” The Queen, 87, is thrilled to have seen her great-grandson, George Alexander Louis, at Kensington Palace, the day after he was born. She then completed her duties before travelling up to Scotland to spend the summer at Balmoral. , Prince Philip has been convalescing at Sandringham following abdominal surgery in June. This means the 92-year-old Duke could not meet his great-grandson until he and the Queen return from Royal Deeside at the beginning of October. The Royal Baby’s title follows the dukedom bestowed on William by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on his wedding day in 2011. Earlier this year, the queen issued a royal decree allowing this royal baby -- and all of William and Kate’s children -- to be titled prince or princess. The decree said “that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.” The baby’s gender had been of particular interest because the prospect of Kate’s pregnancy had prompted a change in the laws of succession to ensure that a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother. No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada. The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The little prince represents a living link to Britain’s imperial history as the great-greatgreat-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power. No date has yet been set for when the baby will be christened, but it is likely to be some time in the autumn, when the Royal family return from their summer break at Balmoral. The Duke of Cambridge, for example, was christened six weeks after his birth, in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, using water drawn from the River Jordan in the Holy Land, in keeping with a tradition dating back to the Crusades. Another royal tradition is for babies to wear a lace and satin christening robe made in 1841 and worn by all of Queen Victoria’s children and every generation of royal babies since, including Prince William.


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Why George Alexander Louis? It is a partial victory for the old maxim, “the bookmakers are never wrong”. George was the rock-solid favourite for boys’ names for a while, backed all the way down to 2/1. Alexander and Louis were both not far behind. Of the three names, it is the significance of the third that is most obvious. Louis immediately makes one think of Louis Mountbatten, uncle of Prince Philip and last viceroy of India, who was killed by the IRA in a bomb attack on his yacht. His father Prince Louis of Battenberg was Prince William’s great-great-grandfather. Louis is also one of William’s middle names. And, of course, the name of 17 kings of France (or 18 or 19, depending how you count). If Louis honours one side of the Royal Family, George clearly resonates with the other.

It was his son George VI whose struggles with his stutter are so movingly depicted in The King’s Speech. Christened Albert and known to his family as Bertie, but crowned as George, he’s a reminder that the monarch has the final say on their regal name.

Despite St George being the patron saint of England, it took the arrival of a German king, George I, to cement the name’s place in England. Long a popular name in Germany, it has Greek roots.

Prince Harry has said he is determined to make sure his nephew has fun in life - and joked about his babysitting fees. The proud uncle was one of the first family members to meet the Royal baby and said: “When I saw him he was crying his eyes out like all babies do I suppose.”

There have since been five other Georges to sit on the throne. George III, king during the loss of the American colonies, is perhaps now best known for his mental illness thanks to Alan Bennett’s play and the subsequent film adaptation. The most recent Georges reigned through two world wars. It was George V who declared war on Germany in 1914, pitting him against his first cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm II. George V recognised the strength of anti-German feeling and changed the Royal Family’s name from the House of SaxeCoburg and Gotha to the more English sounding Windsor.

On the other hand, Alexander has never been the name of a king of England or the UK, but was borne by three kings of Scotland. Prince Harry planning a party for the arrival of his nephew, Prince George. Prince Harry gave his first reaction to becoming an uncle, saying he will keep the newest member of the family out of harm’s way.

The 28-year-old is reportedly organising a party for the royal baby with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s blessing. Prince Harry is already taking his new role of uncle very seriously, reportedly organising a huge party to celebrate the birth of his nephew Prince George. The Prince is putting his reputation as the wildest member of the royal family to good use as he plans to wet the baby’s head and Kate and William have given him their blessing. “”He has had calls made already and William has agreed to it. Kate is fine - it’s tradition.”

A long line of Georges King George I

King George II

King George III

King George IV

King George V

King George VI

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bout to celebrate its 11th birthday this coming August, Darcy’s restaurant is an Antipodean gem in the heart of St. Albans. Taking its influences from modern European cuisine with a sprinkling of the East, Executive Chef Ruth Hurren has made sure that in her quest for yummy, Darcy’s has become known for its innovative and delectable dishes as much as the relaxed, Aussie atmosphere that Darcy’s is famous for. With 3 dining rooms as well as an informal bar for diners to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and a private outdoor courtyard, Darcy’s has the unique ability to accommodate a variety of needs from a romantic dinner for two through to a private party for up to 48 guests. Eclectic is the best way to describe the feel of the restaurant as from the moment you walk through the door, warm reds welcome you with open arms and blend wonderfully with the overall feel of Darcy’s. Darcy’s has recently updated its A La Carte menu, introducing some wonderful new dishes like the Smoked Chicken & Nashi Pear salad, served with local ‘wobbly bottom’ cheese & dukkah complementing classic Darcy’s dishes such as the BBQ Kangaroo. Darcy’s prides itself on being family friendly and there is a box of toys as well as a varied children’s menu to keep young minds entertained. The Set Menu changes monthly and has always proven popular with regulars

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and fresh faces alike. There is always a carefully thought out mix of dishes and flavours which ensures that everybody is catered for. Sunday is Roast day at Darcy’s and has always been very popular with the locals with a range of meats on offer as well as a vegetarian option for a set price. Darcy’s has also recently updated its cocktail menu and the wine menu is always varied with flavours from around the world brought in to complement your meal. The restaurant caters for a lot of private parties from birthdays and anniversaries to wedding breakfasts and business luncheons. The staff will always go the extra mile to ensure that your experience at Darcy’s is one that you will remember fondly.

For more details on booking a private function or to book a table, please feel free to call the restaurant on 01727 730777. They can also be found on Facebook and twitter, just search for DarcysDining! To keep up to date with the latest news and offers from Darcy’s, please feel free to subscribe to the monthly newsletter which can be found on the website at www.darcysrestaurant.co.uk where you can also find all the menus and have the ability to book online.


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Anyone for a Pimms?

The Pimm’s tradition is almost as entrenched in British culture as the cup of tea. All it takes is a prolonged period of good weather, and nothing beats a glass of Pimms on a summer’s day.

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imm’s is most popular in Britain, particularly. It is one of the two staple drinks at Wimbledon, the Henley Royal Regatta and Ascot. A Pimm’s is also the standard cocktail at many polo matches. History of Pimms Rewind back to a London oyster bar in the 1840s where owner James Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent, invented the thirstquencher. Using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs, Pimm served up the brew as an aid to digestion, in a small tankard and the No. 1 Cup moniker was born. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is based on gin and can be served both on ice or in cocktails. It has a dark tea colour with a reddish tint, and tastes subtly of spice and citrus fruit. It is often taken with “English-style” lemonade, as well as various chopped fresh ingredients, particularly apples, cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberry, and borage, though nowadays most substitute mint. Pimm’s can also be mixed with champagne (or a sparkling white wine), called a “Pimm’s Royal Cup”.

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Pimm’s began large-scale production in 1851 to keep up with sales to other bars. The distillery began selling it commercially in 1859 using hawkers on bicycles. In 1865 Pimm sold the business and the right to use his name to Frederick Sawyer. In 1880 the business was acquired by future Lord Mayor of London, Horatio Davies, and a chain of Pimm’s Oyster Houses was franchised in 1887.

Pimms Recipes

After the Second World War, Pimms extended their range, using a number of other spirits as bases for new cups. Pimm’s No. 2 Cup was based on Scotch whisky. Pimm’s No. 3 Cup is based on brandy. Phased out, but a version infused with spices and orange peel marketed as Pimm’s Winter Cup is now seasonally available. Pimm’s No. 4 Cup was based on rum, currently phased out. Pimm’s No. 5 Cup was based on rye whisky, also currently phased out. Pimm’s No. 6 Cup is based on vodka. It is still produced, but in small quantities.

ENGLISH PASSION PIMMS NO.6 Take a shaker 2/3 full of ice and add 50ml of Pimms No.6, 25ml of Zubrowka vodka, flesh and juice of a passion fruit and a dash of sugar syrup. Shake well and strain into a tumbler full of ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and two short straws.

The original No. 1 cup still reigns supreme in popularity.

TRADITIONAL PIMMS NO.1 Take one slice of orange, lemon, apple, cucumber per person and one sprig of mint and add to two parts lemonade to one part Pimms. TURBO PIMMS NO.1 As above but five parts lemonade, two parts Pimms, one part gin.

MAXIMUM VOLTAGE PIMMS NO.6 Take a shaker 2/3 full of ice, 50ml of Pimms No.6, 25ml of Zubrowka vodka and 25ml of Cointreau. Shake well and strain into a highball full of ice. Fill with soda water and garnish with mint. If mixing your own Pimms sounds too much like hard work, head to one of the many pubs and bars in London which serve up Pimms with a healthy dose of fruit, ice and garnished with a sprig of mint.


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BENTLEY SENSES SUCCESS WITH NEW FRAGRANCE COLLECTION Bentley is delighted to announce the launch of its first luxury fragrance range for men, which brings together the two worldrenowned brands of the master French crystal maker Lalique and the iconic British car company.

Lalique creates the first limited edition crystal flacon for Bentley  fragrance collection of luxury scents for men A Unique artwork reflects dynamism of Bentley design

Lindsay Weaver, Director of Licensing at Bentley Motors, comments: “This collaboration has allowed the transposition of Bentley brand core attributes into luxury fragrance.” ‘Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition’ “Bentley and Lalique have a similar history. Both companies were founded almost 100 years ago. Both stand for craftsmanship and tradition, but also for luxury, lifestyle and innovation. To create a fragrance together is to capture 38 AUGUST2013

the essence of our skills and our vision in a bottle,” says Silvio Denz, CEO of Lalique. The collaboration between Bentley and Art & Fragrance, owner of Lalique, creates the bespoke ‘Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition’, an impressive crystal flacon with the legendary ‘Flying B’ Bentley mascot. Finely wrought in gleaming crystal, the dynamic styling of its wings epitomises timeless beauty.

Daniele Ceccomori, Bentley Designer, says: “The crystal edition is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, reflecting the unrivalled luxury and elegant values of both Bentley and Lalique. Just as the ‘Flying B’ sits gracefully on the front of our flagship Mulsanne model, we wanted to communicate the


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same importance with the preciousness of the crystal artwork and the uniqueness of the essence treasured by its delicate flacon”. The eau de parfum itself, composed by Mylène Alran, from the French perfume house Robertet, is a fitting elixir of fine woody notes and exquisite leather to complement the epicentres of excellence within Bentley’s craftsmanship. Further, precious orris butter accord enriches the scent to create a sensual and charismatic character. The ‘Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition’ showcases the finest glassmaking expertise and is limited to only 999 pieces, available at a number of carefully selected retailers from April 2013. ‘Bentley for Men’ and ‘Intense’ range The ‘Bentley for Men’ and the high-impact ‘Bentley for Men Intense’ fragrances are created by top French perfumer Nathalie Lorson, from the perfume house Firmenich. She has skilfully transformed the quintessence of the luxury automotive brand Bentley into a superb and unmistakeable fragrance experience. To do so, the finest perfume raw ingredients have been used, including those must-haves for Bentley’s debut fragrance, fine wood and leather notes. “I chose cedar because of its powerful unadulterated scent and patchouli for its sensual depth and natural elegance,” explains Nathalie.

The ‘Intense’ version will take these notes to another level by infusing the rich scent with aromatic African geranium. The bottle design echoes the luxury of the cars with an elegant symmetrical shape, striking appeal and a knurled ring around the top. Both captivating Bentley fragrances will be available at selected perfumeries and department stores from April 2013.

Prices Price for the ‘Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition’ Eau de Parfum £3,000 / 3,500 / 40 ml Price list for the ‘Bentley for Men’ product range Eau de Toilette £43 / 59 / 60 ml Eau de Toilette £59.50 / 79 / 100 ml Intense Eau de Parfum £69.50 / 87 / 100 ml After Shave Balm £32 / 50 / 100 ml Hair & Body Shampoo £24 / 27 / 200 ml For further information on Bentley please visit: www.bentleymedia.com Twitter @BentleyMotorsPR You Tube www.youtube.com/bentleymotors

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KATE MOSS THE COLLECTION Curated by Gert Elfering

Christie’s is thrilled to announce Kate Moss – The Collection - Curated by Gert Elfering, an auction taking place on 25 September that will present a selection of works in various media celebrating the great modern muse Kate Moss.

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urated by renowned collector Gert Elfering, the sale will offer the opportunity to acquire works otherwise unavailable to the market, representations – either unique or from very limited editions – of the most celebrated global icon of fashion and style. Photographs predominate, since that is the field in which she has made her career. Many are in exceptionally large sizes; the selection comprises now-famous and historic images as well as less familiar but equally compelling ones.

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The roster of artists includes Allen Jones, with his work Kate Moss (bronze glitter) 2013, (estimate: £20,000-30,000, illustrated above), Annie Liebovitz, Mary McCartney, Craig McDean, Irving Penn, Mario Sorrenti, Sam Taylor-Wood, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, and Albert Watson. Their images are complemented by new, specially commissioned painting and sculpture by Allen Jones, a collage by Sir Peter Blake, a tapestry by Chuck Close, and a sculpture of Kate Moss as a naked angel in 18ct gold by Nick Knight.


F E AT U R E D  AVID SIMS KATE, FRENCH VOGUE COVER 2005, ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINT £10,000-15,000

 LBERT WATSON KATE MOSS IN TORN VEIL A MARRAKECH, 1993, ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINT £20,000-30,000 A  LLEN JONES KATE MOSS (BRONZE GLITTER) 2013, DYE-DESTRUCTION PRINT £20,000-30,000

 ICK KNIGHT KATE ‘ALADDIN SANE’ N 2003, HAND COATED ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINT £25,000-35,000

The auction is further highlighted by Chris Levine’s hologram She’s Light (Laser 3), 2013, a lenticular print on lightbox measuring 134.9 x 103.4 x 5.1cm (illustrated above left, page 2, estimate: £100,000-150,000); Irving Penn’s platinum-palladium print, Kate Moss (hand on thigh), New York, April 25, 1996 (illustrated above centre, page 2, estimate: £50,000-70,0000) and Chuck Close’s staggering Jacquard tapestry Kate, 2007, measuring 261.6 x 182.9cm (illustrated above right, page 2, estimate: £60,000-80,000). Gert Elfering, Collector, comments “I am pleased to be working with Christie’s once again, on this occasion to celebrate the living icon Kate Moss. She is the subject and inspiration for this collection, but the importance of the present works is in her collaboration with the internationally renowned artists who created them. As I saw the collection taking shape, I was delighted by the variety and the consistent power of the works, and I have already enjoyed seeing the positive reaction in the faces of others when they first see them. Kate is the ultimate modern muse and we will be seeing her images in major museums and private collections for years to come. She has altered perceptions for women across the globe, encouraging them towards greater individuality and expressive freedom. There is so much you can learn from Kate – how you should always remain true to yourself, develop your own style, and emphasise your individuality”.

GLEN LUCHFORD KATE MOSS 1994, ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINT £10,000-15,000

Public Exhibition Saturday 21st September: 2 – 5pm Sunday 22nd September: 2 – 5pm Monday 23rd September: 9am – 4.30pm Tuesday 24th September: 9am – 8pm Auction Kate Moss – The Collection Curated by Gert Elfering Wednesday 25th September - 5pm Christie’s London, 8 King St, St James, London SW1Y 6QT Christie’s, the world’s oldest fine art auctioneer, has sold fine art, furniture, jewellery and wine since James Christie conducted the first sale in London on 5th December 1766. Ever since Christie’s has continued to provide the perfect backdrop for the sales of the world’s finest collections and greatest works of art before their auction. Christie’s moved to its global headquarters at 8 King Street, St. James’s, in 1823, still its London headquarters today. For more details please visit www.christies.com AUGUST2013 41


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LONDON FASHION WEEK PREVIEW SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTIONS FRIDAY 13th – TUESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2013 - SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND, LONDON WC2R 1LA

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ondon Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. The event is organised by the British Fashion Council and funded by a number of sponsors (including principal sponsor Vodafone). It is a world of celebrities and famous people, beautiful and expensive clothes and general fashion glitz.

London Fashion Week puts London and British fashion firmly on the global stage; it is estimated that orders of over £100m are placed during LFW each season. Over 5,000 visitors attend: buyers, TV & radio crews, journalists and photographers. The vibrant and internationally renowned London Fashion Week is always exciting and inspirational, and this month’s event will in no doubt prove to be just that once again, all housed under one roof in the neo-classical surrounds of Somerset House. The BFC co-ordinate an events schedule to help visitors experience London ‘the city’ as well as the showcase of British fashion design talents at LFW,

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presenting another unrivalled opportunity for both established designers and newcomers to present their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. A constantly buzzing key event for those who haven’t got the patience to wait until the latest fashion designs and stylish fashion trends make it into the fashion magazines. British Fashion Council have announced the provisional schedule of designers who will be showcasing their Spring/Summer 2014 collections at London Fashion Week this September. Returning to the show on schedule this season, are luxury brands including Temperley London, Jasper Conran, House of Holland, John Rocha, Nicole Farhi, David Koma, Julien Macdonald, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Burberry Prorsum, Jonathan Saunders, Moschini Cheap and Chic, Osman and Pringle of Scotland. The British Fashion Council has announced nine of London’s brightest emerging fashion labels that will receive sponsorship to showcase SS14 collections at London Fashion Week from the newly focused designer support initiative, NEWGEN sponsored by TOPSHOP


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NEWGEN designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference. This season the NEWGEN committee, chaired by Sarah Mower, focused on selecting designers that are ready for the profile, platform and support that NEWGEN offers. Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented: “It’s with pleasure that we are able to offer this incredibly talented and diverse group of designers NEWGEN support to help guide their journey towards commercial success both at home and overseas. All nine recipients sit at the helm of Britain’s creative success and we look forward to seeing their upcoming collections this September”. Since its inception in 1993, NEWGEN sponsorship has acted as a promotional launch pad for young designers, attracting media profile, orders and investment whilst offering encouragement and support for new talent.

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Previous NEWGEN winners include Alexander McQueen, Antonio Berardi, Boudicca, Christopher Kane, Clements Ribeiro, David Koma, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Holly Fulton, Jonathan Saunders, Julien Macdonald , Louise Gray, Marios Schwab, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, Meadham Kirchhoff, Michael van der Ham, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll and Sophia Kokosalaki. The magic of London Fashion Week is not merely thanks to the fashion designers’ and fashion stylists’ cutting-edge collections but the media excitement that accompanies them. The allure of the show is exceptional and London Fashion Week continues to be the top fashion event pulling visitors from every corner of the globe. For more information about London Fashion Week at Somerset House, including up-to-date schedules, news, video and much more go to www.londonfashionweek.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @LondonFashionWk and join the conversation #LFW

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Laser Love on the latest technology

Brazilian Dermatologist Dr Ariel Haus’ passion for skin and creating a youthful, flawless canvas means that he is constantly seeking the very latest non-surgical, hightech machines to deliver his patients long-lasting results.

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s well as being a medical advisor to La Roche-Posay and a spokesperson for Restylane, which includes involvement in trials for new products, Dr Haus works closely with global aesthetic leaders Syneron-Candela (whose founder is the creator of IPL), and was the first London based dermatologist to take on their new ElosPlus for the face and body treatments. Sublime Collagen Creator Treatment Painless Deep Dermal Treatment for Skin Lifting, Tightening & Sculpting. Boosts new collagen growth to promote skin firmness and to provide a lifting effect. It targets deep folds, crepey skin, sagging jowls, and loose skin on the lower face, neck and abdomen. Sublative Scar Treatment Treat scars from many forms; from acne, surgical scars, burns or accidents and stretch marks. The Bi-Polar Radio Frequency technology offers fractional skin resurfacing for smoother, improved texture and skin uniformity on face or body. Sublative Rejuven-eyes Treatment Target lines & wrinkles around eyes, uneven skin tone & texture, 44 AUGUST2013

sagging brow line. The Bi-Polar Radio Frequency technology offers fractional skin resurfacing to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, smooth out the skin surface and increase elasticity and collagen. Motif Pain-Free Hair Removal Safe, Predictable, Proven, Pain-Free laser hair removal harnessing the latest technology in the market. It targets face or body, all skin types for long term hair reduction. An average of 6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for best results. Dr Haus, comments, “Syneron-Candela is worthy of their reputation for quality, safety, innovation and results, and as a dermatologist it is crucial that I offer superlative forward thinking treatments that deliver what they promise. I only use technology that is backed with reputable studies and trials, is proven to be safe and crucially only offer treatments that have the proper FDA and CE approvals”.

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Cool as a cucumber

Frizzy hair, shiny faces and bodies perspiring like Andy Murray right before his Wimbledon Championship point... Just some of the everyday beauty blunders afflicting the nation during Britain’s scorching heatwave.

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ith temperatures soaring, many of us suffered separation anxiety the moment we were parted from air conditioning or industrial fans. Be prepared for the next bout of supreme heat and humidity. If you’re burning up and there’s no outdoor swimming pool in sight, look to the beauty counters and experts for a splash of cooling respite. Put these tips on ice and you’ll be looking fresh as a daisy - no sweat. Face freshen-up Whether it’s a balmy evening or daytime by the pool, an alcohol-free facial mist is just the tonic for stressed, overheated skin. Think of it as a drink for your face. There’s no need to rub or pat in, just enjoy the instant cooling relief and let your complexion absorb the rehydrating vapours. Fighting make-up melt can be tricky, particularly if you’re prone to sweating and your T-zone goes into overdrive. “If you get shiny, especially during hot summer months, try applying a thin layer of mattifying moisturiser on top of your foundation with

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a foundation brush,” advises Witch skincare make-up artist Lisa Valencia. “This will help minimise shine instead of applying extra powder, which can leave the skin looking dry or aged.” Body cooldown Swollen ankles don’t just afflict pregnant women. If you find your lower limbs always tend to expand in the heat or after a dehydrating flight, keep your legs and feet happy with cool-to-the-touch products featuring invigorating ingredients. Extracts of peppermint or cucumber are especially effective for refreshing the skin. “Cool your pulse points by running cold water over your wrists for a minute, which will make you feel instantly cooler,” suggests Rosi Chapman, founder of Transformulas skincare. “Also try storing your body, hand and foot lotions in the fridge for an instant cool fix when required.” If you’re in close proximity to a fridge, employ a bucket of ice instead and chill your potions next to the rose wine. Sun-seekers can beat the heat with the latest in SPF products and aftersun soothers boasting cooling qualities.


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Hair Control Tonic Cuticles can have a mind of their own when humidity strikes, turning tresses uber-big (not in a good way) and frizzy. Tame unruly locks with a spritz of anti-humidity spray and always try to work with the natural texture of your hair as much as possible. When temperatures are scorchio, dry shampoo might just be your saviour from damp locks on the daily commute. Leading session stylist Paul Percival says: “If your hair gets a little sweaty from the heat, simply spray a dry shampoo into the roots and shake out - this will leave your hair feeling, and smelling, fresh and clean. “If you have a fringe that gets oily in the heat, spray dry shampoo directly onto a brush and work through the front of your hair to give it a quick touch-up when required.” If the wet look has gone one step too far, embrace it with a firm-hold gel. A perfect holiday style, working slicked-back locks will keep your hair looking modern, controlled and completely free of humidity frizz. Tried & Tested Intensify your tan with a glow-boosting SPF. Our testers trialled three spray varieties in the sunshine: Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Spray SPF30, £13.99, currently on sale for £6.99 (Boots) A powerful and fine spray action with a subtle but pleasant fragrance. My tan didn’t appear any deeper than usual but it certainly seemed to last a lot longer. Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze Spray SPF30, £16.99, currently on sale for £8.49 (Boots) This fine spray is quick and easy to apply with a smell that instantly

says ‘summer’. The high protection ensured I didn’t burn in the sun but encouraged a natural-looking tan by the end of my holiday. Piz Buin Tan & Protect Intensifying Sun Spray SPF30, £17.99 (Boots) I loved the consistency and smell of this SPF but the spray action wasn’t particularly effective. But, despite the effort required to apply it, my fair skin didn’t go pink at all and I was rewarded with a deeper glow than usual. Buy it now Give Beyonce a run for her money with BaByliss’s New Big Hair. The styling brush uses ionic conditioning technology to help you achieve a voluminous salon-perfect blow-dry at home. The improved BaByliss New Big Hair is available from July 27, £45, at Boots or Argos. Beauty bulletin - Baby Love The world has officially gone goo-goo gaga for baby Prince George. To mark his arrival, mother and baby brand Cussons Mum & Me has changed one of its popular products to ‘Ma’am & Me’. Any UK parents with babies born on the same day (July 22) can bag a year’s supply of the Sleep Tight Baby Bath product, including the limited edition Ma’am & Me bottle. To register the birth of your baby and apply for the free supply visit www.mumandme.com/blog Recessionista Alert Do the double for Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara’s second birthday. To celebrate the anniversary, the Booster Set includes a full-sized mascara and a free deluxe mini. The kit is available from August 3 for £19.50 (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk).

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Skip the sunburn, banish strap marks and avoid premature ageing this summer with the ultimate shortcut to bronzed, sun-kissed skin - faking it.

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golden glow delivers the instant feel-good factor but a natural tan isn’t without risks. “Many people feel better about the way they look when they have a tan, but sunbathing or using UV tanning beds can cause premature ageing of the skin, wrinkles and skin cancer,” warns Dr Lawrence Samuels, chief of dermatology at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, USA.” The safest way to undergo a bronze transformation is by swapping the sun lounger for self-tan. Whether you’re aiming for a light glow (think weekend in St Tropez) or dark bronze (fortnight in California), the self-tan market has it nailed with solutions that will keep everyone guessing. Glow with the flow with our expert guide to a golden summer. Base tan Get your glow just right by carrying out a patch test first to see if it suits your skin tone. The same self-tan can look completely different on two people, as it reacts to amino acids in the upper layers of your skin. Mousse, lotion or gel, whatever solution you prefer, avoid orange hand after-effects. “Use a tanning mitt when applying your tan,”

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recommends James Read, leading tanning expert. “Work down in stages so that you don’t miss bits. When tanning your hands and feet, use excess product from the arms and then work it down over and onto the hands, do the same with the legs onto the feet. “Don’t wash your hands for eight hours after tanning; you don’t want the brown arms, white hands look!” A bronzing spray is the easiest method for tanning hard-to-reach areas quickly. Instant formulas are ideal for a quick-fix night out glow but leave-on self-tans develop a deeper, longer lasting colour. “Leave your tan on for five hours for a weekend away look, seven to eight hours for a week away look, or sleep with the tan on for a fortnight away vibe,” says Read. Face glow A glowing complexion is one of the first things that people notice post-holiday, so any manufactured face bronzing needs to be convincing... The aim of the self-tan game is to ensure your face and body seamlessly match up in colour. “Don’t over-tan the face,” warns James Harknett, Sienna X’s celebrity tanning expert. “A tell-tale sign is a dramatically


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darker colour on the face. Use a tanning lotion with a colour guide and blend with your day moisturiser, half and half, for a more subtle finish.” Preparation is all-important. As we apply more day-to-day products to our face, there’s the risk of build-up, which may blight a smooth, non-patchy finish. Harknett suggests: “Always ensure you have a clear, smooth base for your tan to cling to; avoid using any oil-based products the day before your tan and gently exfoliate to create even skin tone.” Self-tan products have a tendency to dry out the skin. To make your glow last longer, apply a hydrating mask to the face and neck area and leave on for three to four hours to seal in the colour. Bronze boost Once you have your base tan, intensify your glow with sun-kissed accents and flattering gleamy finishes. To take an English rose complexion up a level to LA bronze, sculpt the face with a matte bronzer to contour the complexion. “For foolproof sculpting, apply your bronzer tracing the number three,” advises Hannah Murray, Topshop make-up consultant. “Starting from the temples sweep around and underneath cheekbone, then around and beneath the jawline without taking the brush off the face. Killer cheekbones in one move!”

No matter how much I cleanse my skin, eat healthily, and drink water, I can’t seem to get rid of stubborn acne on the oily areas of my face. I decided to try and outsmart my spots with an at-home acne clarifying system from Apothederm, targeted for mild-to-moderate acne. The first step in the three-part treatment is the Brightening Cleanser, which I applied on my face by gently massaging it into my skin and then washing off with lukewarm water. My skin felt smooth and supple almost immediately and its delicate fragrance made it one of my favourite products in the kit. Next,

THE TAN COMMANDMENTS Thou shalt prep the skin 24 hours before tanning with a thorough body exfoliation. Thou shalt wax 48 hours and shave 24 hours before tanning. Thou shalt moisturise daily both before and after self-tanning to prolong the golden glow. Thou shalt remove any traces of deodorant to avoid green underarms. Thou shalt banish any traces of old self-tan

A polished gleam over self-tanned skin can lead to instantly longer looking limbs, not to mention an uber-deluxe finish sported by just about every star that hits the red carpet. “For supermodel-like glowing limbs, mix a liquid illuminator with your body moisturiser and apply over legs and arms,” Murray recommends. “It will make skin appear flawless and your body leaner as the light hits it. Also try intensifying the highlight on the shin bones, shoulders and collarbone, applied straight from the tube.” Tried & tested Nilima Marshall tests a three-step kit to battle breakouts and blemishes.

with a wet wipe, especially focusing on dry areas like elbows. Thou shalt use a self-tan with a guide colour if feeling unconfident about application. Thou shalt ensure the body is completely dry before putting clothes back on to avoid tan transferral. Thou shalt wear dark, loose clothing post-tan to avoid dry-cleaning bills. Thou shalt prolong colour by showering with warm or cool water. Thou shalt always softly press the skin dry using a soft, dry towel and avoid abrasive products.

I used the refreshing Clarifying Toner generously on my face and neck, which removed any excess dirt, oil and traces of eye make-up missed by the cleanser. For the final step, I used the Acne Clarifying Treatment in the affected areas in small amounts using a cotton bud. The instructions warn of the possibilities of excessive drying, so I only applied a thin layer in acne-prone areas. The kit is virtually odourless, gentle to skin, and easy to use, but the results were slower than I anticipated. My spots have reduced but are still visible after two weeks of daily use. I found the combination of the cleanser and toner highly effective in reducing oiliness but, unfortunately, the treatment didn’t make my acne magically disappear. Apothederm Acne Clarifying System includes Brightening Cleanser, £24; Clarifying Toner, £24; Acne Clarifying Treatment, £29.50. For UK stockists visit www.skinbrands.co.uk Buy it now Inspired by British blue skies, Burberry has launched its limited edition Summer Splash make-up collection. The catwalk brand’s coloursaturated range includes two beach-perfect Splash Eye Palettes; Midday Sun and Hot Tropic, £34 each (uk.burberry.com). AUGUST2013 49


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GET INTO SHAPE THE EASY WAY A revolutionary treatment for both Men and Women By Rachel Gold Fashion & Beauty Editor I arrived for my treatment feeling a little apprehensive yet slightly excited as the Electro slim treatment had been described to” Guarantee inch loss” and to show “ Immediate results”

increased or decreased dependant on the client and tolerance level. It was a bit unusual at first, however it felt like a fairly firm all over body massage. For 45 minutes I was relaxed and listened to soothing music

I think it is important to say at this point that I am not over weight and I do train regularly. However I have a fair amount of cellulite on my hips and bottom, which is really unsightly, and I just cannot seem to shift it no matter how many squats I do! So it was my aim to target those areas in particular. My fears were elayed and nerves calmed when I was met at reception by the delightful and friendly nutritionist Lamiss. During our consultation I was given a print out of my body composition analysis which is very comprehensive and extremely in depth and interesting.

I could feel my body being toned! When the treatment was finished I felt refreshed and a little tingly but best of all I had lost 7 inches of my total body measurements.

Who is this treatment for? The treatment is for anyone who wants to lose weight People who cannot or do not want to go to the gym Anyone who may have lost a lot of weight and wants to tighten and tone the muscles Women or Men who have cellulite and want to tone up Men who want to get rid of unsightly moobs For people who want to see immediate results I was weighed, and my body fat percentage was measured. We also discussed my lifestyle and eating habits. On to the treatment room, which was nice and calm with a relaxing atmosphere. I was measured with a tape measure at different points of my body. I hopped onto the bed and the pads were then applied. The current of electricity passes through the pads into the body, the current may be

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The appearance of my cellulite had changed also. I felt much more toned and trim. The treatment is definitely very different and far more effective than other treatments I have tried. I am sure if I did a course I could get into my bikini and not have to hide behind my sarong anymore, Highly recommended. What The Treatment Is Repetitive variable electrical pulse waves are sent into specific zones in your body through the use of skin contact electrodes. This produces rhythmic and powerful subcutaneous muscle contractions, resulting in the surrounding fat cells being used to supply energy. This breaks down adipose tissue and increases blood circulation resulting in fat reduction, muscle rehabilitation and development. Benefits Weight loss and body toning L  oss of inches R  educes the appearance of cellulite and tightens your skin I ncreases blood circulation and improves lymphatic drainage N  o pills, no surgery, no exercise I mmediate results guaranteed


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LOCAL CARE FROM A LOCAL COMPANY When looking for care for an elderly family member it’s really important to make the right choice.

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ome Instead Senior Care, a company specialising in the athome care of older people, has 5 offices across Hertfordshire and is passionate about providing care to its clients which not only improves the quality of their lives but those of their families too. Speaking about their service, Peter Neighbour from the Watford office said, “The work we do assures the wellbeing and safety of our clients and brings peace of mind to their families and this is really important. “More often than not these days older people’s children live too far away to provide day to day care for their parents and that’s where we come in, providing companionship and a regular, friendly face at the door. “Some of our clients require more complex care and we can assist with this too.” Home Instead know that quality care cannot be delivered in short, rushed visits so, unlike many of the care services reported in the media, they insist that care visits are of a minimum one hour duration. They also understand how important it is for clients to have continuity of care from the right caregiver. For this reason a great deal of attention is paid to carefully matching caregivers to clients so that they share common areas of interest and can form an immediate bond. Peter continued, “We are passionate about providing the highest standard of person-centred care. Our ethos is simple – treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. In doing this we are improving our clients’ quality of life and helping them to remain safely in their own homes, leading

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an independent life.” Home Instead’s service is extremely flexible and ranges from help a few hours a week to 24 hour care. Services can include personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing and medications reminders; home help covering housework, shopping, meal preparation and household duties; and companionship services that can involve everything from escorting clients on visits or appointments to simple conversation and good company. The company also provides a range of specialist services, which include Alzheimer’s and dementia care, convalescence care, respite care plus end of life care. With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing at an alarming rate, which means that more and more people will be affected by the disease at some point in their lives. Home Instead have developed a specialised City and Guilds accredited training programme, which is being rolled out to all caregivers. This is being followed by a new initiative – Dementia Workshops for family members. These are designed to help those caring for a loved one with dementia understand the disease and also provides coping strategies to help deal with the sometimes difficult behaviours associated with the condition. Workshops are being rolled out across Hertfordshire in the coming months. For more information on Home Instead Senior Care please visit www.homeinstead.co.uk to find your nearest local office.


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ELVEDEN INSTANT HEDGE THE DAY AFTER PLANTING

Would you like a mature hedge but don’t want to wait for one to grow?

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aiting for a hedge to grow can be a laborious affair as it can take many years to grow and won’t necessarily serve its purpose in the meantime. The Elveden Instant Hedge™ solves this problem. The Elveden Instant Hedge™ has been designed, extensively trialled and grown to offer a reliable and truly Instant Hedge product. The hedge has been allowed to grow for a number of years at the Elveden Estate and is fully knitted together. The substantial mature product is then lifted to order and replanted – it looks like a mature hedge when it is planted because it is!

the hedge formed the backdrop for David Austin Roses’ Gold medal winning stand in the Great Pavilion at Chelsea and for Paul Martin’s fantastic contemporary garden at Hampton Court. The Elveden Instant Hedge™ is supplied in continuous 2.5 metre long root strips that enable stress free all year round planting. Practicality Brown has over 40,000 metres of certified UK provenance stock currently in production. Supply only as well as supply and plant terms are available with an optional irrigation system if required. Prices vary according to species, height, quantity and delivery location.

Dense and flat sided this hedging is grown up to 1.8 metres high across a range of species including Yew, Common Laurel, Holly, Green Beech, Hornbeam, Portuguese Laurel, Photinia, Purple Beech, Native Mix, Privet, Holm Oak, Hawthorn, Berberis and Thuja. Photographs of all species can be found on Practicality Brown’s website.

A more attractive and environmentally friendly alternative to bricks and mortar or a timber fence, the Elveden Instant Hedge™ has many uses aside from giving a garden structure and a feel of maturity it offers privacy, noise screening and even added security.

The Elveden Instant Hedge™ is exclusively available from Practicality Brown who with over 30 years’ experience installing hedges and semi-mature trees across the UK are a great choice for a range of clients including: landscape architects, garden designers, property developers, sports clubs, schools and local councils as well as many private home owners.

A beautiful, established hedge can achieve a variety of goals and really does transform a garden – why wait for a hedge to grow when you don’t have to?

The hedge has also won a host of awards at prestigious shows: This year

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For more information or to arrange a nursery visit contact Practicality Brown Ltd on 01753 652022, email: hedge@pracbrown.co.uk or go to their website: www.pracbrown.co.uk

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The Ultimate Décor Explore the finest selection of tiles and flooring Watford has got to offer…

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pened in 1976, Décor Tiles & Floors is still owned and managed by the original family. Their super showroom and considerable warehouse on the Greycaine Road Industrial Estate in North Watford is one of the finest and busiest in the country, representing an extensive selection of the most contemporary and carefully chosen ranges, sourced direct from factory’s around the world. Quality Porcelain wall and floor tiles, ceramic tiles, natural stone, real wood flooring, carpet tiles and laminate flooring which are all attractively displayed and offered at discounted trade prices. Keeping up to date on trends from the Bologna and Valencia trade Fairs and with multiple deliveries from Italy, Spain, Portugal and China every week; 75% of that on show is actually held in stock. In addition to the great selection and prices, Decors forte has to be its friendly experienced staff, unstuffy yet professional, they are always willing to impart expert advice on installation and product suitability. Consequently, finding the perfect floor or wall tiles for your home, whilst

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not always easy with such a huge range of colours, textures and quality of tiles available, at Décor you can speak to their friendly staff or visit their website for top tips and very helpful videos on grouting, drilling and adhesives. As an added incentive to visit, you might be interested to know that they now have a terrific bathroom showroom next door, showing many of their tile ranges to best effect in fitted Bathroom settings at www.bathroomheaven.com “We specialise in supplying trade customers with tiles and flooring for industrial and commercial use as well as the general public for kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories. We have ample parking and look forward to welcoming you soon, you won’t be disappointed.” Neil Herring Owner

Why not visit the Décor Tiles & Floors showroom this weekend. 14 Greycaine Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD24 7GP Call 01923 248531 or email sales@decortiles.co.uk www.decortiles.co.uk


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Summer Inspiration from Ripples

Choose from the latest traditional and contemporary designs at Ripples

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ipples is an award-winning premier bathroom retailer and has been creating top quality bathrooms for well over 25 years. Long gone are the days when a sparse, white tiled space would suffice – customers are now looking to add a touch of luxury and decadence to their daily routines. With busy schedules taking over our lives it’s no wonder the bathroom has become a place of well-being and with the wealth of products available there has never been a better time to have fun and inject some serious personality into your bathroom. Ripples in Harpenden provides a relaxing environment in which to create your dream bathroom and the talented design team recognise the importance of design solutions to help make the most of the hidden potential of your bathroom space.

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Create your dream bathroom - Ask the experts If you’re thinking of improving your bathroom this Summer but finding it hard to be inspired by the limited space, Ripples trained designers can advise on how to make the smallest room in the house the place you want to spend the most time. Martin McDonagh owner of Ripples Harpenden suggests when planning a bathroom think of the function of the room and who will be using it? You can then answer many questions about material, products, layout and storage. The bathroom needs to work for you on a daily basis, so whether that is bathing or showering the room needs to be designed to fit your requirements. The Ripples Harpenden Showroom is conveniently situated 59 High Street, Harpenden and offers a selection of bathroom displays, which


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range from the ultra - contemporary to relaxed traditional designs, wet room solutions, freestanding baths, stylish modular furniture, handcrafted Ripples bespoke furniture, radiators, tiles as well as made to measure mirrors and shower screens.

types of spray such as overhead drench or rain showers. Rainshower shower heads are ideal for wet rooms as the water flows vertically and limits the amount of splashing.

What makes Ripples extra special is that each bathroom is tailor-made to your individual requirements, therefore you can feel confident that your design is unique.

For true extravagance, a ceiling flush module which mimics natural rainfall provides the ultimate showering experience. If you reside in a hard water area do consider the installation of a water softener and specify “rub it clean” nodules on the shower head to prevent the build-up of limescale.

Ripples experienced designers will pay attention to detail and add those all-important personal touches, which include designs that are handdrawn to help you create your own, individual bathroom scheme.

Chrome is currently the most popular finish for shower and bathroom fittings but is by no means the only choice available. If you want something a little different then finishes such as stainless steel, brushed nickel or antique gold can be used to great effect.

Latest Trends Today, showering has become much more about an experience rather than pure functionality, with customers looking for space and easy clean options. A natural first stage is the planning of the shower where several key issues will have to be addressed, including drainage, water pressure, ceiling height and ventilation. Everyone has their own very personal view on what makes the perfect showering zone – but generally most want easy clean options, ample space, thermostatically controlled water temperature, different

A showroom that is a must to visit! Opening hours Monday - Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm Saturdays 9.00am – 5.00pm. For more information about Ripples, 59 High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SL Call 01582 256008 or visit www.ripples.ltd.uk

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2013

is proving to be a great year for British sport...

and you could put swimming at the top of your sporting agenda!

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fter the truly inspirational Olympic year the country is continuing its winning streak, with Andy Murray holding up the Wimbledon trophy for the first time for Britain in 77 years, the Lions doing their stuff in fine style, and even a possibility of great results in the Ashes. This all points to a new high in interest in sport and physical fitness, and the regimes that make it happen - like swimming. Last year, inspired by London 2012, Origin launched its Olympic range of pool houses, anticipating this swing to healthy relaxation. They have already built many of these fitness motivated architect designed schemes, and their clients are enjoying the healthy fun of swimming with their families as never before. A world of difference... Established over thirty years, the company still handles every element of the design and building process, without bringing in any outside contractors whatsoever. Origin takes the process from beginning to end, with speed and efficiency. From concept to completion… Origin’s architects and designers bring a wealth of experience and bright ideas to every aspect of this complex and demanding business. Many members of the pool house building teams have been involved since the very early days of the company. Building an indoor pool house is a complex business, so many of Origin’s buildings are based on the company’s established styles. For example, The Panorama has a light, airy construction with a bright glazed lantern roof – and is created to co-ordinate with the style of your home. The Barn has all the appearance of a country barn conversion, but is built to current construction standards to be the perfect home for a superb heated pool. The Olympic has exceptional designer looks and a wide expanse of glass bringing a real indoor/outdoor feel to your swimming. These established styles come 60 AUGUST2013

in a wide range of standard sizes, and form the basis of many of Origin’s bespoke projects. Your heated pool will be in a style of your choice. Bespoke designs… Origin is recognised as the foremost designers of one-off buildings and extensions, designed and developed to co-ordinate with their surroundings perfectly. Materials and finishes are carefully matched with the existing structure – so the finished result is a handsome extension to the property, hiding a luxurious heated pool. Outdoor swimming too… Origin is aware that many people prefer to swim in the sun (or under the stars) and an outdoor pool can be one of the most aspirational features a home can have. The level of skill and understanding of pool technology has helped Origin to become one of the country’s foremost outdoor pool providers. All the details… As well as redesigning and updating their interactive website, and producing a new range of publicity material, Origin has also committed to a monthly email newsletter, eNews, to announce the latest and greatest improvements the company has been working on, and of course show the pick of the recent triumphs.

For full details of all Origin’s pool houses the very best way to start things off is to get in touch with Fiona on 01895 823366, or email fiona@originleisure.com. Fiona will send you brochures, fill you in with all the details, and even arrange for you to meet one of our directors on site to get the whole process going. Or visit www.originleisure.com to see our constantly changing and updating interactive website. Origin Leisure Harefield Middlesex UB9 6TH


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f the thought of giving your house a make-over or simply re-designing your living room leaves you feeling fraught, Fishpools can help. This month sees the launch of the brand new expert Design Service, created to make re-vamping your interiors as effortless and enjoyable as possible. From period updates to urban cool, the specially trained, highly experienced and friendly design experts at Fishpools are on hand to help create an inspiring individual home you can love. The expert team will guide you through the process – from discussing the latest products and trends, making the best use of space and tackling any tricky design problems, to finding the right look to suit both your property and personal style. And, even better, you won’t even need to leave the house. For as little as £200 per consultation which will be refunded against orders

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above £2,000, the design team will visit your home, create layout plans and visual drawings, compile selections and provide samples. After the initial consultation they will then work on a scheme tailored to your needs, and invite you to a follow up appointment in-store where you’ll get an idea of how your home could look including the selected furniture and accessories. It couldn’t be easier, and, once you’re happy to proceed with the scheme, the same designer will process your orders, arrange delivery and installation and follow up to make sure you are completely satisfied with the end result. What are you waiting for - call in today to book your consultation. Telephone 01992 63 64 65 www.fishpools.co.uk


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Venetian Plaster

FROM RENAISSANCE TO MODERN RESURGENCE

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enetian Plaster may be a phrase many are unfamiliar with in the UK. With its roots in renaissance Venice, Stucco Veniziano or “polished plaster”, as our British construction industry lovingly if not so tastefully calls it, has seen a surprising resurgence in Modern times due to the inventive new ways of using it being developed and the high end designers and architects use of it in prestigious work. We caught up with John Hudson of Italian Venetian, one of a growing number of serious UK based craftsmen presenting these beautiful finishes. John is currently opening a new and unique showroom in the heart of the old city, Saint Albans. “Venetian plaster has been around a long time, since roman times, but it was developed in Venice in the 16th – 17th century. Venice was the financial capital of the world, the buildings were adorned with marble to the point that the foundations were sinking into the lagoon bed. Using slaked lime and crushed marble dust and bits of old brick for colour, Stucco Veniziano or Venetian plaster was re-born. The recipe has developed again; the original recipe has always had great characteristics, anti-mould, anti-bacterial, completely natural and green,

breathable, and now with modern techniques really fits from rustic to clean architecture”

“The Venetian plaster is mixed and tinted to any colour, we can match most colours. It is wet applied to walls, ceilings, any surface really. Most of our work is on feature walls to give that luxurious wow factor to any room, in bathrooms and wet rooms – What is great about this stuff is that it is unique. Every applicator has their own style. The finished product flows organically, there are no grout lines and no mould stains after a few months, it is right at home in a warm moisture rich environment. It is comparable in price as well, as it is usually charged per metre fully fitted. With tiles you can pay £100 per metre and then have to get a good tiller in to make them shine. Our average rate fully fitted is £100 per metre.” John wants to bring this to middle England. We visited Johns’ showroom in Saint Albans, and were absolutely amazed that we had never heard of or seen this before. I am sure that the reader is still unsure as to what exactly it is. Suffice it is to say that it has to be seen in the flesh. The answer is frankly given by Italian Venetian; “Look, this finish has been around for a long time. Mass produced tiles and wallpapers are very profitable

for the big DIY stores, but the choice is very narrow, with emphasis being put on dressing the walls. Our finishes take the room to another level. This art is usually learned by good decorators and plasterers, who offer it as an option to their customers, but as it is not in the consciousness of the public it can be a hard sell. It just doesn’t photograph well, the image is always flattened. But when you see it in the flesh it washes over the senses and it really is a delight to see the same reaction from anyone who visits the shop.” Whatever we end up settling on as a name for this stuff, It is quietly becoming London’s best kept decorative secret. For years the homes of those in the know have seen Venetian plaster work, it is specified in design and architects drawings on very modern sharp works, such as the flagship Audi showroom on Berkley street, Piccadilly, a unique finish developed by Italian Venetian with Audi. Italian Venetian is opening a showroom on George street St. Albans in the courtyard of the Secret Garden cafe on the 24th May, we can’t wait to see it! For any enquiries or questions, John is available on 01727 837135.


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Flawless fabricated beauty with Bibliotheque Ltd

f you’re looking for high quality, innovative and beautiful tiles, look no further than the carefully selected Italian Tiles from Bibliotheque, in a range of incredible finishes. Using the latest technology, fabricated tiles replicate the luxury of wood, marble and stone while providing incomparable quality, consistency and durability. And, with beautiful glass mosaic tiles also available, there’s bound to be a design that’s right for you.

work sustainably and with ecological principles. Our fabricated tiles are all environmentally friendly and eco-certified, and we offer a large range of mosaic tiles made from 98% recycled glass. Fabricated wood tiles don’t harm any trees in their creation, and provide a sustainable alternative as well as the opportunity for this product to be installed in kitchens and bathrooms unlike traditional wood.

With all the beauty of their natural counterparts, the Fabricated Collections from Bibliotheque generate the look and feel of the real thing, to produce durable, low maintenance tiles that are suitable for anywhere in the home. From the grain of beautifully aged wood to the striations of quality marble, fabricated tiles reproduce the stunning characteristics of nature.

We’re proud of the quality, beauty and affordability of our products. Tiles supplied by Bibliotheque meet our rigorous technical specifications, giving you long lasting, beautiful walls and floors that don’t require costly maintenance.

The strength of fabricated tiles makes them suitable for high traffic areas in the home and even commercial environments. A huge selection of colours, finishes and sizes, across the wood, stone, porcelain and mosaic ranges, means there’s something to suit your design, environment and budget. With a wide range of anti-slip tiles available, they’re also ideal for outside areas, patios and swimming pools. Our fabricated tiles are harder than granite and don’t require endless coats of sealer. Bibliotheque are committed to the environment; we not only work with the world’s leading tile manufacturers for quality, we also ensure our suppliers 66 AUGUST2013

To see our ranges in person, please visit a Bibliotheque showroom or visit www.bibliotheque.co.uk. Our expert staff can help you achieve the look you want, and we’re always happy to work with you to make sure you get the quality and durability that beautifully made tiles should deliver. Hertfordshire Showroom Unit 11 Devonshire Business Centre, Cranborne Road, Cranborne Road Potters Bar EN6 3JR. Tel: 01707 649932 Email: pottersbarinfo@bibliotheque.co.uk Opening times: Tues-Fri 9.30am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 3pm


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or a company famous for producing utility 4x4s with a hint of ‘old money’ luxury, Land Rover’s move into the lifestyle end of the market - with the Evoque - has been nothing short of a lifealtering experience for the British brand. You name it, it’s skyrocketed: production numbers, brand awareness, sales, profits. Granted, the Evoque wasn’t the company’s first foray into the ‘lifestyle’ market, that honour fell to the first generation Range Rover Sport. That said, it shared more than few design cues with the equally chunky-looking Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery. That’s all gone the way of the dinosaur with the arrival of the latest generation Range Rover Sport. Visual similarities to the Evoque, the rock star of the range, are no coincidence, while Land Rover’s continued focus on reducing weight and boosting the level of

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technology in its cars continues with this more streamlined Sport. Lighter, more economical and offering a more engaging on-road driving experience than the car it replaces, alongside Land Rover’s long established off-road credentials, this new generation Sport also boasts more cabin space plus the option of a familyfriendly third row of seats. One other option worthy of note is the car’s high-low transfer gearbox. Reflecting its onroad and lifestyle bias, it’s not now a feature you can expect to see as standard on the Sport. Land Rover executives are, however, keen to stress that even without it, the Sport’s off-roading potential still easily exceeds the abilities of most drivers and the competition. Still, you can always tick the appropriate box for the full-fat experience if you need it.

And, just like with the latest Range Rover, the Sport adopts its maker’s next-gen Terrain Response system, which includes an auto mode clever enough to sense changes in terrain and change the engine, gearbox and suspension settings accordingly. Manual control remains and, despite the Sport’s streamlined looks and glossy celebrity endorsements, you’re only a few button presses away from being able to confidently scale mountains, wade through rivers or charge through power-sapping sand. The final piece in the Range Rover Sport’s performance jigsaw is the car’s engine line-up. For maximum wow factor there’s a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol motor that’s predictably destined to be most popular in places where petrol is cheap and owners are super-rich. For the rest of us, diesel will be the fuel of choice, with a high power 3.0-litre SDV6 variant


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boasting 292 horsepower and a lower power version for entry-level models producing a still useful 258 horsepower. V8 diesel power is also in the pipeline. On the road the high power six-cylinder diesel Sport is only trumped by the supercharged model in the way it sounds; the former is quiet and refined while the petrol experience is dominated by a Nascar exhaust note if that appeals. With an embarrassment of riches in both power and torque departments, the SDV6 Range Rover Sport is the consummate all-rounder. Ample low down torque is complimented by superb throttle sensitivity, making it ideal not just for inching over treacherous obstacles but also inching into supermarket car par spaces. The Sport excels at motorway journeys and spirited A-road sprints. Bodyroll is expertly kept in check and, despite the presence of aesthetically pleasing but large diameter wheels, ride comfort is also top notch. For a car destined to spend much of its time on the road, this should be music to any prospective owner’s ears. And as an owner you’ll also spend most of your time inside the Sport’s plush cabin. Land Rover’s minimalist approach with the latest Range Rover has extended to the Sport, and the lack of fuss and modest button count allows you to better appreciate the swathes of wood, leather and more contemporary trim that tastefully decorate the Sport’s interior. Factor in ample room fore and aft plus sound ergonomics for the driver, and it’s hard to fault an environment with a cabin ambience easily rivalling that of the best conventional luxury saloons. With all the usual safety and comfort equipment you’d expect to see at this price point, plus the Sport’s impressive driving dynamics and the cabin ambience, it’s clear that this second generation car has raised the bar in an already competitive market.

Facts at a glance Model: Range Rover Sport SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, from £74,995 on the road. Range Rover Sport range from £51,550 to £81,550. Engine: 3.0-litre diesel unit developing 292bhp. Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission as standard, driving all four wheels through 4x4 system. Performance: Maximum speed 138mph, 0-62mph 7.2 seconds. Economy: 37.7mpg. CO2 Rating: 199g/km. AUGUST2013 69


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or over 40 years the Emporium has been a popular destination for those in search of antique and vintage treasures from the 18th Century to the present. But how many locals realise that Hampstead is home to one of London’s last remaining indoor antique markets? Tucked behind one of Hampstead’s most picturesque turnings, just off Heath Street and Perrin’s Court, the Emporium is an intriguing labyrinth of over 20 specialists offering Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, MidCentury and Contemporary finds. Serious collectors and those searching for gifts or home accessories will be spoilt for choice. Where else could you find such a mind boggling range of antique and handcrafted artefacts from pearls to porcelain, dolls to door handles, paintings to pepper pots or tea sets to tiaras? Long-established shops include silver gift specialist Hammond Leigh – great for weddings, christenings and anniversaries; Antium

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Antiques, a haven for enthusiasts of all things Art Deco including lighting, clocks, jewellery, perfume bottles and glass plus Edwardian furniture; The Button Lady for unusual buttons and scarves plus Treasure which offers beautiful and original bespoke jewellery, a repair service and gifts. Capricorn is known for its fine small furniture, tea

sets and crystal while The Antique Textiles Company is a must for exquisite antique quilts and textiles dating from as early as 1780 up to the 1930s. Another hugely popular shop is London Dolls’ Houses & Toys, a wonderful collection of dolls’ houses, miniatures and antique dolls which continues to delight collectors and children alike. In recent times new dealers

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Mill Hill is a suburb in the London Borough of Barnet and is 9 miles North west of Charing Cross, the closest stations are Mill Hill Broadway Station (First Capital Connect) and Mill Hill East station (Northern Line). Mill Hill has everything considered essential to enjoy the modern lifestyle, boutique shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. The independent and state schools are highly regarded and another reason why the area is popular amongst families. Accommodation Ground floor Entrance hall dining room family room lounge kitchen/breakfast room guest cloakroom First floor Master

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suite with dressing room and en suite bathroom further three bedroom’s one with access to the terrace and one currently used as a study Self contained annex with own entrance Living room with access to the terrace bedroom with en suite bathroom kitchen and guest cloakroom Exterior To the front Carriage driveway garage off road parking To the rear Patio mainly laid to lawn well stocked and mature shrubs and trees South facing garden EPC Rating D Guide Price £1,795,000 Freehold For further details please contact Savills Barnet on 020 8447 4400 or email barnet@savills.com savills.co.uk


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HADLEY HADLEY WOOD CUFFLEY,GREEN, hertfordshire

2 rooms øfitted kitchen/breakfast room ø 6 bedrooms (1 en 6 reception reception rooms kitchen 7 bedrooms 3 bathrooms (ensuite) suite ø to 2 familybedroom) bathrooms ø utility room ø balcony ø parking garaging ø gardens master garaging gardens off road EPC rating ø =E EPC rating = E

receptionrooms rooms ø6/7 kitchen/breakfast room ø 6 bedrooms 5 bath/ 46 reception bedrooms kitchen/breakfast room ø utility room shower rooms en suite & 1 Jack 'n' Jill) øabout utility0.75 ø balcony ø garaging bathroom and(2shower room garaging of an acre EPC = F ø swimming pool ø summer house ø gardens ø EPC rating = D

Guide £1.25 million Freehold

OIEO £3 million Freehold

HADLEY WOOD, hertfordshire NORTHAW, HERTFORDSHIRE

HADLEYHERTFORDSHIRE WOOD, hertfordshire RIDGE,

Sitting roomrooms ø open plan family/dining ø kitchen/breakfast 3 reception reception hall 5 room bedrooms 3 bathrooms room ø 5 bedrooms ø 2 bath/shower roomsgaraging (1 en suite)out ø house/office utility room ø garaging swimming pool summer house ø gardensgardens ø EPCand rating =D extensive grounds private Road EPC = D

reception rooms kitchen/breakfast ø kitchen/breakfast room6øbedrooms 2/3 bedrooms ø2 42/3 reception rooms room 5 bathrooms bathrooms (1 enexternal suite) øoffice garaging ø gardens EPC rating = D about utility room external gym ø land/paddock

£1.35 million Guide £1.275 millionFreehold Freehold Guide £1.95 million Freehold

Guide £1.1 million Freehold

Guide £3.15 million Freehold

Guide £2.5 million Freehold

1.5 acre

EPC = D

Guide £2.65 million Freehold

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Marshals Drive, St Albans Residing on one of St. Albans finest locations is this prestigious five bedroom Georgian style detached dwelling offering impressive living space combined with versatility to incorporate the ever increasing needs of todays modern family lifestyles. The ground floor offers two spacious reception rooms, fitted kitchen with breakfast area, a study, utility room and a cloakroom. An impressive landing takes precedence on the first floor and leads to the master bedroom with en suite, four further bedrooms and a family bathroom. A beautifully maintained garden offers the ideal setting for summer entertaining and is complete with private swimming pool. Marshals Drive overlooks The Wick which is famous for providing a vast area of public woodland designated a County Wildlife Site and Local Nature Reserve. St. Albans City Centre is only a short distance away as is the mainline train station with a frequent service in and out of London.

Guide price £1,550,000 59 The Quadrant, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RD 01727 832 383 stalbans@cassidyandtate.co.uk

Smallford Cottge, St Albans A Grade II listed detached farmhouse sitting in grounds and paddocks of approximately seven acres overlooking stunning countryside. The farmhouse, thought to date back to the mid 15th century boasts original character and provides a truly impressive family home. The farmhouse enjoys generous accommodation to include four reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, scullery and master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room. On the first floor are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Smallford Cottage has a number of adjacent outbuildings including six stables, two barns, tack room, field store, stable office, three paddocks and an impressive manège. The property also features several garages, carport and a detached cottage comprising open plan lounge/ diner with feature vaulted ceiling and open fireplace, one double bedroom, private rear garden and parking.

Guide price £1,350,000 59 The Quadrant, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RD 01727 832 383 stalbans@cassidyandtate.co.uk

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Lye Lane, St Albans An impressive gated driveway provides the perfect entrance to this exquisite detached family home which is surrounded by mature grounds. The grand entrance hall is a spectacular introduction to the pure opulence displayed throughout the property with sumptuous finishing touches. The luxurious fitted kitchen complete with ‘Miele’ appliances features a spacious dining area and is complemented by two sets of bi fold doors opening to the extensive patio area. The property offers a stunning lounge with bi fold doors, playroom, family room, cloakroom, utility room, four bedrooms, two en suites, an ultra modern family bathroom, garage with overhead office and ample parking.

Guide price £1,300,000 59 The Quadrant, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RD 01727 832 383 stalbans@cassidyandtate.co.uk

Ragged Hall Lane, St Albans A highly accomplished architect and an impeccable local building company have combined their expertise to devise a unique property offering the ultimate in luxurious living whilst a sophisticated ‘eco-friendly system’ has been intelligently incorporated into the design. The brand new build will feature exquisite accommodation arranged over three floors and is to comprise of an extravagant open plan kitchen family area with bi-folding doors to the landscaped garden, an elegant lounge, study, utility room, cloakroom, five double bedrooms, four deluxe en suites and a lavish family bathroom suite. Attention to detail is guaranteed from construction through to final presentation where only the finest fixtures and fittings will be used throughout. Ragged Hall Lane is a prestigious location set within stunning open countryside and boasts an excellent catchment area for reputable schools.

Guide price £1,300,000 59 The Quadrant, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RD 01727 832 383 stalbans@cassidyandtate.co.uk

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PARKSIDE, NW7

A eight bedroom detached house backing onto parkland conveniently located for transport, shopping and leisure facilities. THE OWNERS LOVE... “I love the atrium to the Hallway. It lights up the whole hall and landing areas” “The open views to the rear gives a real rural feel to the house” “We particularly love the kitchen/ living area - it’s the heart of the house” WE’VE NOTICED... The attention to detail in the design of the house. The house is stunning and a real jaw dropper from the moment you open the front door. EPC Rating C Please contact Jamie McIver at the MILL HILL OFFICE on 020 8906 0660

£3,499,950 8 Double bedrooms Separate 1 bedroom Annex 8 Bathrooms (7 en-suites) Modern fitted kitchen TV room Double glazed Backing onto parkland Ample parking for many cars


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OAKLANDS ROAD, TOTTERIDGE, LONDON, N20 A three bedroom detached chalet style bungalow in a sought after location. 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 Contact Theo Stylianou at WHETSTONE OFFICE on 020 8446 2111

£ 1,100,000  etached chalet bungalow D 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


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GLENSIDE VINEYARDS ROAD, NORTHAW

lenside is a stunning newly built detached residence set behind a deep drive with a gated entrance. The vast grounds have been professionally landscaped, with the property itself designed by Internationally Recognised Architects F3 and built by the highly acclaimed Residential Developer Base. This delightful part weather boarded home on a plot of just under 3/4 acres features all modern necessities such as its own gymnasium, steam room, cinema room and double garage. The house itself, over 5750sq.ft, offers unrivalled accommodation over three floors and offers five bedrooms together with a further three reception rooms. Vineyards Road is an attractive semi-rural lane between Northaw Village and The Ridgeway, Cuffley. No expense has been spared to create this truly unique family home and to fully appreciate this wonderful property, an early viewing is strongly recommended. Further photographs on request. Asking Price ÂŁ3,450,000 Freehold

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Features Entrance Hall Living Room Dining Room Family Room Kitchen/Diner Utility Room Study Powder Room Basement Lobby Games Room Home Cinema Bedroom Five with En Suite Shower Room Plant Room

Gym Shower/Steam Room First Floor Gallery Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and En Suite Bathroom Bedroom Two with En Suite Bathroom Bedroom Three with En Suite Shower Room Bedroom Four with En Suite Shower Room Exterior Driveway Triple Garage Garden

For more information about this property please contact Statons Brookmans Park office on 01707 661144 or email brookmans@statons.com


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BARNET LANE, ELSTREE

ituated in this premier location behind electric gates and approached by a sweeping driveway, Scratchwood House is a sensational 6280 sq ft residence on a plot in excess of 1 acre with wonderful views over rolling countryside and greenbelt to the rear. The main house accommodation comprises of 4 receptions, including a 38’ x 15’ family/games room, fully fitted kitchen/ breakfast room with utility room and integral double garage. First floor accommodation comprises of a master bedroom suite with en suite bathroom, fully fitted wardrobes and terrace overlooking the gardens, 4 further bedrooms with bedroom 2 and 3 also sharing a terrace. Second floor comprises of bedrooms 5 and 6 with a Jack & Jill shower room. Externally a wonderful patio terrace leads to the manicured lawns, further leading to a self contained office of 18’ x 10’6 with separate kitchenette and WC. To the rear of the garden, a storage shed of 36’9 x 10’ as well as an extraordinary workshop/garage accessed via its own driveway from the front of the house. The workshop is currently used as a classic car garage and includes a WC and kitchenette. This separate unit is tailored to the vendors specific requirements however could be utilised for numerous other purposes.

Features Entrance Hall Reception Room Dining Room Kitchen/Breakfast Room Utility Room Family Room Games Room First Floor Landing Master Bedroom with

En Suite Bathroom and Private Balcony Bedroom Two Bedroom Three Balcony Accessible From Bedrooms 2 & 3 Bedroom Four Family Bathroom Second Floor Landing Bedroom Five

Bedroom Six Jack & Jill Shower Room External: Office Shed Garage/Workshop South Facing Rear Garden Approaching 1 Acre L  arge Carriage Driveway for Several Cars

Located on Barnet Lane Elstree, Scratchwood House is ideal for commuting to town and beyond with easy access to Elstree station with First Capital Connect train services to Kings Cross, St Pancras, close to the A1M, M1, M25 and A406 providing access to central London and all other areas. The property is well served by some of the country’s finest schools including Haberdashers Askes School for boys and girls, Aldenham School, Yavneh College and Radlett Preparatory as well as being within close proximity to Heathrow and Stansted airports. Asking Price £3,250,000. Freehold

Contact details: For more information about this property please contact Statons Radlett office on 01923 604 321 or email radlett@statons.com. AUGUST2013 83


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Oakridge Avenue, Radlett Hertfordshire Set in this leafy private road off Newlands Avenue in the sought after village of Radlett, is this prestigious new five double bedroom four bathroom residence, which represents the epitome of luxury living, constructed to the highest of specifications and extending to over 3,200 sq ft of sumptuous accommodation. Internally the property enjoys a wealth of features including spacious reception rooms, 32’ x 18’ kitchen/diner/family room, utility room and cloakroom. The grand master bedroom suite has bathroom and dressing room, guest bedroom with en suite shower room, a further two bathrooms and superb cinema room.

This home has many state of the art fittings including under floor heating, air conditioning, sonos sound system and high security alarm with CCTV to name just a few.

Constructed by renowned luxury house builder Fairoak Construction with 10 Year NHBC guarantee.

Price £1,525,000 Freehold 24 Hour Enquiry Line: 07973 635359


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godfreyandbarr.com A chance to purchase from plans two brand new detached houses being built by Griggs Homes and scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2014, located in a private road. Overlooking Greenbelt on the edge of Shenley Village, close to Radlett Thameslink station.

SHENLEY RADLETT WD7

Each property comprises of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, open plan kitchen/ family room, plus further basement accommodation with a cinema room and gym. Surrounded by stunning gardens with large integral garage and off street parking. Approach via private road. Each house will offer approx. 3500 sq.ft of internal accommodation. Purchase now to allow for choice of specifications, kitchen and bathroom designs and decoration. Joint Sole Agents with Lumley Estates.

ÂŁ1,750,000 FREEHOLD JOINT SOLE AGENTS

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godfreyandbarr.com A delightful picturesque detached house situated on Highwood Hill, close to Mill Hill Village with stunning rural views to the front & rear. The Mill Field & Arrandene open spaces are within close proximity, whilst the shopping & transport facilities of Mill Hill Broadway are within one mile approx. Offering excellent ‘trading down’ accommodation with generous living space & 3 well appointed bedrooms but with potential to extend, subject to planning permission. The house has a spectacular mature garden to the rear with a south westerly aspect.

HIGHWOOD HILL MILL HILL VILLAGE NW7

Accommodation 3  bedrooms 2  bathrooms (1 en-suite) Dressing room Lounge Dining room  TV lounge  Fitted kitchen Own driveway Garage Fabulous mature gardens Sole Agents

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FITZALAN ROAD FINCHLEY N3

An imposing large double fronted 7/8 bedroom detached family house, set back from the road behind a carriage driveway, situated at the top end of one of Finchley’s most prestigious roads. Offering 4207 sq ft of spacious accommodation over 3 floors including a large entrance hall, 5 separate reception rooms, a kitchen breakfast room, off street parking for numerous cars and a lovely secluded 90’ south facing rear garden with a large covered terrace. 7/8 Bedrooms Drawing room Dining room Play room TV room/den Study Kitchen/breakfast room Utility room Guest cloakroom Master suite/en suite

shower room 2 Further bathrooms Large entrance hall Carriage driveway  Off street parking

£2,250,000 FREEHOLD

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WIDECOMBE WAY

A fantastic, larger than average modernised 2555 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom semi-detached house in a popular North side turning, within walking distance of East Finchley underground station. Including a magnificent, large master suite with dressing room/ bathroom & study across the whole top floor of the house, a large kitchen opening to family room/ diner as well as a separate playroom, further reception room & pretty West facing rear garden. Utility room (first floor), Guest cloakroom, Off street parking, Sole Agents.

HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB N2

ÂŁ1,625,000 FREEHOLD SOLE AGENTS

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A spectacular and immaculate detached house of approx. 5000 square feet situated within a gated development, built by Banner Homes approx. 12 years ago, being the largest house with the largest plot on the development with about 1/3 of an acre, located just off the Barnet Road, Arkley. Benefitting from large reception rooms, a superb sized landscaped garden and a 3 car garage.

SADLERS CLOSE ARKLEY, HERTS

5  Bedrooms 4  Bathrooms G  ames room/home cinema room (loft) L  arge entrance hall C  loakroom S  tudy TV room W  ell appointed lounge D  ining room B  reakfast room F  itted kitchen U  tility room C  onservatory V  ery large garden G  azebo with brick bbq 3  Car garage O  wn driveway D  ouble glazing

ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD JOINT SOLE AGENTS

Hampstead Mill Hill Office Garden Suburb Office 59 Daws 20 MarketLane,Mill Place, Hampstead Hill Garden Suburb London NW7 NW114SE 6JJ

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PARKLANDS DRIVE FINCHLEY N3

A stunning newly built large detached home set behind electric gates offering in excess of 4,000 sq ft, located in this prestigious turning just off Crooked Usage. The property boasts a stylish & exceptionally well presented interior arranged over 4 floors. Offfering numerous features including a large master suite across the whole top floor of the house with walk in dressing room, huge ensuite bathroom & jacuzzi bath, 5/6 further bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, 2 en-suite shower rooms & a further en-suite bathroom, 4/5 reception rooms, a magnificent home cinema, underfloor heating, air conditioning & a beautiful landscaped West facing garden, as well as off street parking for 2/3 cars.

ÂŁ2,850,000 FREEHOLD JOINT SOLE AGENTS

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

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Land for development? Are you wondering how to make the most of your LAND? If you have a home with development potential like the one below, you will probably have received letters from builders, developers and estate agents. You probably know that you can choose how to sell the land: • Sell the site subject to planning • Get planning yourself then sell it • Build the new home and sell that • Do a joint venture with a reputable builder

Before – 1 house and garden

Site sold subject to planning

After – 2 large detached houses

If you are wondering how to maximise your land value – give us a call, we’re able to help with any of the four methods of sale and can work with you to maximise the land value.

In many cases, landowners prefer our developer contacts to seek planning at their own expense so you can remain free from costs and planning expenses. Please call quickly, we have builders chasing us for land and we recommend acting now before the CIL (tax) is introduced which can seriously reduce the value of your land. Lance Trendall

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St Albans Clock Tower

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he site of the Eleanor cross which once stood in St Albans lies opposite Waxhouse Gate. This was one of the entrances to the medieval Abbey. In 1290, the funeral procession of Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I rested here on its slow journey to Westminster. Neglected, the cross was pulled down in 1703 to be replaced by the town pump. Later, in 1874 a fountain was put in its place. This is now in Victoria Place, where the gaol used to be. Behind the cross and built between 1403 and 1412, is the Clock Tower, the only medieval example in the country. The map on the right shows the centre of St Albans around 1700 including the Clock Tower. From the beginning it had a mechanical clock, a great rarity at that time. As the Abbey also had one, this was probably the reason for having the same. Indeed, the Clock Tower itself seems to have been intended as a visible statement of St. Albans’ civic ambitions against the power of the Abbot. It was both a look out as well as a curfew, ringing out the times when people had to be indoors “covering the fire”.

floor were let together until roughly 1900. Progressing onto the second floor, you will discover the clock keeper’s living room, where he and his family would have lived between 1412 and 1866. The third floor boasts the Victorian clock, which was added when the tower was restored in 1866. It was designed by Lord Grimthorpe, who was the leading Victorian authority on clocks – he also designed the mechanism of Big Ben. The fourth floor houses the original bell itself, still in place and weighing one tonne. From 1808-1814 during the Napoleonic war, it was used by the Admiralty as a semaphore station. This was operated by a shutter system and could help relay a message to or from Yarmouth in 5 minutes. By the 1860’s the Tower was in a bad way and was nearly demolished. The restoration in 1864 was supervised by Sir Gilbert Scott. In 2004, the roof was rebuilt with improved public safety and access. It is planned to re-display the exhibition in the near future.

However, as you start your journey up the 93 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase, you will discover that each of its five floors reveals a snapshot of the tower’s varied historical past.

You can now access the roof of the clock tower, which not only offers beautiful views of the abbey of St Albans and the historical Roman town of Verulamium below, but is also the site of the shutter telegraph. This was used as one of 16 stations linking Whitehall and the North Sea Fleet in Great Yarmouth (within just five minutes) during the Napoleonic Wars.

The shop on the ground floor and the shopkeeper’s lodgings on the first

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