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THE MONACO GRAND PRIX THE MAGIC OF MONACO WILL TRULY BE IN EVIDENCE FROM THE 24th MAY WHEN THIS BEAUTIFUL PRINCIPALITY HOSTS FORMULA ONE’S 70th GRAND PRIX

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Welcome to our May issue Royal Ascot is one of the pinnacle events of the summer social season and the racecourse will be playing its part, in this historic year, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For the fourth year, the hallowed turf of Hurlingham Park in Fulham will thunder with the hooves of polo ponies. Polo players from all over the world will battle each other in a furious display of horsemanship at MINT Polo in the Park. The Chelsea Flower Show takes place from the 22nd - 26th May. The best from Hertfordshire will be seen in gardens, floral displays and trade stands across the show ground. Exhibiting at the world’s most famous flower show is an opportunity to present talent from Hertfordshire to the show’s 157,000 visitors from around the world. The magic of Monaco will truly be in evidence from the 24th May when this beautiful Principality hosts formula One’s 70th Grand Prix. This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles featured in this month’s issue...

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he magic of Monaco will truly be in evidence from the 24th May when this beautiful Principality hosts formula One’s 70th Grand Prix. In the words of Graham Hill, it’s the only Grand Prix where you meet lamp-posts, trees, nightclubs, houses, hotels, curbs, gutters and boats. For one glorious weekend in May Monaco becomes a festival of style, colour and ear-splitting noise, blended with glamourous members of the ‘jet set’ and stars of screen and stage. Remember, Cannes Film Festival is in full swing just along the coast and is the perfect warm-up act for Monaco’s Grand Prix. We especially love Monaco during this week because it just doesn’t sleep and its vibrant atmosphere after the excitement of the racing keeps on going. Stunning cocktails, fabulous restaurants, dancing and people watching all come to the fore, but what has been missing until 2012 has been a beach party.

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F or the fourth year, the hallowed turf of Hurlingham Park in Fulham will thunder with the hooves of polo ponies. Polo players from all over the world will battle each other in a furious display of horsemanship at MINT Polo in the Park.

Winner of the 2010 and 2011 ‘London Sport Attraction of the Year’ at The London Lifestyle Awards, MINT Polo in The Park is the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in Central London, providing a mix of sport, entertainment, VIP experiences, fun and glamour like no other.

the following times: Fri -9.00pm, Sat - 8.00pm, Sun - 7.00pm

Spend a quintessentially British summer’s day at MINT Polo in the Park, complete with a Harrods Food Court, which will recreate some of the iconic Knightsbridge store’s food service area. Enjoy The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden, London’s largest champagne garden! The Veuve Clicquot garden gives spectators first class service and the best views of the polo at MINT Polo in the Park. Relax and revive on the picnic blankets and simply sit back and sip on a cool glass of Veuve Clicquot.

MINT Polo in the Park invite you to join them for the perfect summers afternoon of fun, fashion, Back by popular demand, the ‘Tiki’ luxury and high octane polo action! themed bar has been re-located pitch-side. This slice of cocktail Friday 8th June lets you see all the action and City Friday & Polo Players be able to relax around tables Party - ‘Veuve Clicquot @ or picnic blankets as you wish, The Hurlingham Club’ with the much larger marquee Saturday 9th June structure providing ample cover Ladies Day and shade from the sun. Sunday 10th June

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You can also celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style, at their very own ‘Best of British’ themed

pub,Crown & Corgi Pub! This pub boasts one of the best viewing spots in the park. They can also deliver your drinks straight to your grandstand seat. Pimms anyone?

will run from midday - 1.45pm with children’s entertainers circulating the crowd , providing the ultimate family day out

To add variety they have created two new areas, Havana Mojito Bar and PIMMS Bus. There will be the ultimate chill-out zone - The Havana Mojito Bar. Relax in the shade as you sip on the ultimate summer refreshment. If hanging out in the sun on deck chairs is more your scene, they have the famous PIMMS Bus with its own picket fenced garden - what better way to relax between the excitement of the games!

Mint Polo in the Park has ticket packages to suit all ages and budgets:

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The newly designed kids club will be a carnival atmosphere, featuring a circus activity run, themed bouncy castles, a soft play centre, face painters and lots more to keep the kids entertained. FAMILY DAY Sun 10th June

As a special addition for families, on Sunday 10th they will have special free on-field entertainment catering for all age groups, and

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NGS Celebrates 85 Years OF OPEN GARDENS IN HERTFORDSHIRE

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he NGS or National Gardens Scheme raises money to support nursing, caring and gardening charities through open garden days and is particularly active in Hertfordshire. This year, the NGS reaches its 85th anniversary and will be celebrating its 1927 origins when 609 gardens ‘of quality and interest’ around the country opened their gates to the public for ‘a shilling a head’ as a fundraiser for the Queen’s Nursing Institute. Since then, the NGS has grown with the support of garden owners and volunteers to become the single largest benefactor for not only the Queen’s Nursing Institute, but also Macmillan, Marie Curie and Help The Hospices. Other beneficiaries of the NGS include

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Cross Roads Care, Perennial (The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Fund) and the National Trust. Of the 609 founder gardens, 120 are opening for the NGS this year to celebrate the 85th anniversary and here in Hertfordshire, we are lucky enough to have 3 of these wonderful gardens to visit, while at the same time supporting these very deserving and vital causes. The West Garden at Hatfield House offers an early season opening on Saturday 31st March (11am–5pm) where you can enjoy bluebells and wildflowers in the beech and oak Woodland Garden with its nineteenth century rhododendrons that

flourish alongside more recently planted shrubs. More formal garden styles are to be found in the Old Palace Garden with its box borders and mini maze, and linked by a pleached lime walk, the Sundial Garden features the recently installed Longitude Dial, surrounded by herbs-filled planters. Further north, in Whitwell, another garden with royal connections opens for the NGS on Sunday 22nd April (2–7pm) in the form of St Paul’s Walden Bury. Birthplace of the late Queen Mother and home to the Bowes-Lyons since the 1700s, this spectacular Grade 1 listed formal woodland garden features long undulating rides flanked by clipped beech hedges and offering

views to temples, statues and a large lake. Spring flowers flourish on the banks above the lake and in the woods, being allowed to seed for the following year before being cut back. The 60 acre space at St Paul’s Walden Bury has opened for the NGS every year since 1927, offering its garden visitors a unique insight into 18th century garden design with a particularly French influence. The third 1927 garden open for the NGS in Hertfordshire is Benington Lordship located just to the east of Stevenage. A midsummer opening on Sunday 7th June (12–5pm) provides visitors with an array of garden areas to discover around the Queen Ann manor house. This 7 acre garden created on the site

of a Norman castle takes a steep angled hillside into its stride as it rolls down and blends seamlessly with the surrounding parkland and lakes. The earthworks and ruined keep of the castle provide much of the structure and form of the garden and weaving paths and steps reveal planting surprises around every corner. The blend of formal box areas and neatly maintained hedges with the more relaxed herbaceous borders and the bountiful kitchen garden offers a variety of interest sure to be enjoyed by every kind of gardener. More information on these and other NGS garden openings can be found at www.ngs.org.uk.

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his summer will see the launch of a bespoke polo consultancy company, Polo Life. Founded by polo player Charley Law this unique service offers the finest of what the sport has to offer, creating truly unforgettable experiences for their clients. As a player himself, Charley has competed with some of the world’s best horsemen, has a true understanding of the management side of the sport, and has travelled to a diverse range of polo destinations around the world. Many aspects of polo are still relatively unknown or inaccessible to the public, so employing his extensive knowledge and contacts, Charley has created Polo Life to throw open the door and bring this thrilling sport to all. Polo Life provide a tailored service, designed to meet the needs of everyone, whether businesses or individuals. They will organize Taster Days which provide the finest of what polo has to offer through a variety of packages that tend to be built around a polo lesson followed by witnessing a high goal match, where you will be both coached and accompanied by an international player. Not only will clients learn about the intricacies of the sport, but they will be experiencing all of this amongst the finest surroundings, not to mention the helicopter rides and the quad bike polo. Charley personally knows the owners of some of the most desirable private estancias which are not usually advertised to the general public, taking each person’s requirements into account and planning the perfect sporting holiday. For those who prefer to soak up their polo from the sidelines, Polo Life has an extensive portfolio of commercial and private polo events throughout the year on a worldwide scale. The service will advise on the most suitable occasions and are always in-the-know about the private and discrete events that are often preferred for entertaining clients at. Polo Life’s global knowledge of the latest polo developments allows them to also offer a unique service to businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities in the game whether it be; targeting a club, player, team, event or tournament to support. Founder Charley Law sums up the launch of Polo Life: “Polo Life is an invaluable new concept that was founded with the intention of giving businesses and individuals the inside track to the world of polo. We look forward to helping our clients achieve the absolute optimum from this unique and thrilling sport.”

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t seems only natural that most exclusive peninsula in the UK is home to the South’s most glamorous and spectacular summer event, the Asahi British Beach Polo Championships. Now in its fifth year this beachside sporting event with a festival vibe not only brings together the four nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to battle it out in a custom-built polo arena for the first time, but the organisers are also planning some unique night time activity to make the championships in 2012 extra special. Famous for glamour and excitement that spills off the pitch and onto the dance floor, Asahi Beach Polo 2012 brings a new class of partying to the exclusive shores of Sandbanks. After a day of exhilarating polo, Friday’s after party kicks off early evening with sophisticated ambiance to get guests in the mood. ‘Swing the Polo’ is the theme for the celebrations promising a mix of finger clickin’, hip jiggling live swing, jazz and 1 6 M AY 2 0 1 2

mellow vibes heating up the dance floor until the late hours. e real excitement however comes Friday night at 10pm with a stunning world-first planned by Sandpolo Events and Airstar lighting. As the curtain of night drops across the waters of Poole bay the arena will be illuminated by giant ethereal balloons of glowing light, suspended in the air as if by magic. International polo players will then stage a stunning display of gladiatorial night polo set against a backdrop like no other. Of all the elements new to e Asahi Championships 2012 this is the one that promises to be the most breathtaking. Culminating in a dramatic climax to the championships, the final teams will go head to head on Saturday afternoon to win the coveted first place spot. anks to the award winning Mayfair club Amika, Saturday’s guests can then get down to partying the night away and rubbing shoulders with polo players, VIP’s and

celebrities at the ‘Beach Party e Polo’ with live music and International House DJ Colin “StarRocker” Pereira. is exhilarating two-day event promises to be a non-stop feast for the sensations. Dip in and out of the polo and activities to create your own perfect blend of sport, sun, sand and sophistication. If you have never experienced the Asahi British Beach Polo Championships this year is the one not to miss and for those of you who can’t resist, expect more of the best sport and partying Sandbanks has to offer.

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oyal Ascot is one of the pinnacle events of the summer social season and the racecourse will be playing its part, in this historic year, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Royal Meeting will certainly be one of the mustattend events of the year to enjoy all of the pageantry and history of a quintessentially British day out. The quality of the racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with nearly £4 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen ‘Group’ races (racing’s term for the most prestigious races) over the five days. The celebrations will commence at 2pm each day as Her Majesty The Queen arrives in her horse drawn landaus, with superb racing action from 2.30pm onwards, including seven Group One races over the five days. After racing, traditional singing around the Bandstand commences in Grandstand Admission at approximately 6pm.. Silver Ring customers can help celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee too, by joining in with the 1950s style ‘Street Party’ with everything from brass bands to bunting.

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The opening day of what is sure to be a spectacular Royal Meeting gets off to a flying start with three Group 1 races (i.e. the very best in the world); the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes - the first British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge - and the St James’s Palace Stakes. As the first day of Royal Ascot, the fashion stakes are high but the atmosphere is relaxed which allows racegoers the chance to enjoy a glass of Champagne between races or explore the racecourse at their leisure. WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE 1 8 M AY 2 0 1 2 2 M AY 2 0 1 2

Royal Ascot experience at a slightly more gentle pace.

The highlight of the second day is the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, arguably the most important race at the Royal Meeting in the modern era with £400,000 prize money on offer. Also on the card are the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes, for older female milers and the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes, for the best up and coming two year old fillies (females). Wednesday is perfect for groups of friends to enjoy the

Thursday’s highlight is the Group 1 Gold Cup, a battle of stamina and determination over two miles and four furlongs - this undisputed long distance world championship is not for the faint hearted! Style, elegance and the height of the summer social calendar all combine on Gold Cup Day, colloquially known as ‘Ladies’ Day. Although the whole week of Royal Ascot is a fashion show like no other, it is Thursday when the designer creations and millinery masterpieces reach new heights. To commemorate 300 years of racing, the Hampton Court Stakes has been renamed the Tercentenary Stakes. FRIDAY 22ND JUNE

The feature race on Friday is the Coronation Stakes, which traditionally brings together the leading threeyear-old fillies in Europe. Also on the card is the King Edward VII Stakes, colloquially called


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the ‘Ascot Derby’ - as its conditions mirror those of the Epsom Classic. This is the perfect way to start the weekend with friends and work colleagues. SATURDAY 23RD JUNE

The final day of the Royal Meeting always provides a dramatic climax and features one of the world’s most important and international races, the Golden Jubilee Stakes, renamed as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s important milestone. The race is also the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. Saturday is a relatively new addition to the Royal Meeting, having been introduced as recently as 2002. Although the fashions are as elaborate as they are during the week, there is a pronounced, relaxed family feel as many people who are unable to attend until the weekend come to enjoy the experience of the greatest race meeting in the world. Royal Ascot is without doubt the greatest race meeting in the world and a celebration of everything that is uniquely British. For more details, including strict dress code and tickets, please visit www.ascot.co.uk M AY 2 0 1 2 1 9 M AY 2 0 1 2

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Sainsbury’s Announces

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Revealed Sunday 3rd June 2012, 2pm - 6pm

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audience expected by the major broadcasters to number many hundreds of millions. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said, “I am proud that London can play such an important role in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and there couldn’t be a better start to an outstanding summer of aweinspiring events in the capital. The Thames Pageant and associated events around the capital will not only provide the most fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne but will be an amazing opportunity to show off to the world London’s pride in its heritage and traditions ahead of the Olympics” The Music herald Barges

The flotilla will be divided into ten sections, with music

herald barges separating each one. The Pageant’s music will be a diverse mixture of the contemporary and classical. The final music herald barge will be the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing a British repertoire, including music by Benjamin Britten and Gustav Holst. The sequence oF The FloTilla

Heralded by The Royal Jubilee Bells, and led by Gloriana, the hand-built, 88-foot rowbarge, will include rowed and paddled vessels, modern row boats, kayaks and Dragon boats. The second section includes boats carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations, Realms, Territories and Dependencies. Then comes the Royal

section, with support vessels from the former Royal Yacht Britannia, accompanying the Pageant’s flagship, the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, on which The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other members of the Royal family will travel, decorated and adorned for the occasion at the head of the royal section of the flotilla. The Prince of Wales will play a key role on the day as Patron of the Pageant. This will be followed immediately by the Guard of Honour, the Dunkirk Little Ships, historic vessels, working boats, including steam boats and tugs, and then an array of leisure vessels, narrow boats and Dutch barges. The final two sections are designated for passenger vessels, allowing for significant public participation as part of the flotilla itself. Applications to take part from boat owners from the UK and the Commonwealth have been three times oversubscribed. The Pageant organisers made the final decisions on vessels selection, with advice from the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. BaTTersea Park JuBilee FesTival

As part of the planned entertainment for the Pageant, there will also be a festival held in Battersea Park, where visitors will be able to watch the flotilla as it passes by the park’s northern Thameside. The Jubileethemed entertainment, curated by Hemingway Design and Clare Patey, will be a day-long programme of funfair, competitions, games, food and cookery, storytelling, fashion, and live music through the decades. Follow us on Twitter @riverpageant


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t is not surprising that the New Yard-O-Led Diamond Jubilee Ballpoint and Pencil have more than a passing resemblance to those made for Britain’s only other Diamond Jubilee – Queen Victoria’s, in 1897. The small British company in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, not only employs the same levels of craftsmanship that were used more than a century ago, it has also based its design on a pencil, called ‘The Pointer’, that dates back to the period. The cap of Yard-O-Led’s Diamond Jubilee Ballpoint and Pencil features the commemorative hallmark of Queen Elizabeth II’s head, created specifically to mark 60 years on the throne. Six other hallmarks are individually applied to the barrel of the reassuringly heavy pens and pencils, before each one is individually numbered by hand. Tim Tufnell, the Director of Yard-O-Led, and John Freeman – one of the craftsmen who makes the Diamond Jubilee pens and pencils – have both celebrated their 40th Anniversary at the company, while John’s brother, Dennis, has notched up an even more remarkable 45 years. The workshops are full of old but beautifully

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maintained machines and tools that are every bit as durable as the craftsmen who use them. No other pens in the world are made using such traditional skills at every stage in their creation, and with so few people now having the skills the company needs, Yard-O-Led provides a way to protect as well as enjoy all that is best about British craftsmanship. • Yard-O-Led’s history stretches back to 1822 when Sampson Mordan invented the first ever propelling pencil. • Each Yard-O-Led pen and pencil has a lifetime guarantee and is individually numbered and hallmarked – making it unique. • The distinctive hand-chased Victorian finish, available on several designs, requires at least 2,000 strikes to create the exquisite pattern. • The team of highly skilled silversmiths are based in workshops within Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Stockist enquiries: www.yard-o-led.co.uk, 08705 143702

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A Touch of Class 2012 Vanessa Class School of Dance has just celebrated 12 years of producing song and dance shows for charity, called “A Touch Of Class 2012” The shows have raised £5000.00, making her grand total of £104,00.00 over the last 12 years.

All the children from the dance school are aged between 2 - 21yrs performed in the show.They have been working hard for the last few months where they performed 3 shows at The Radlett Centre which took place on Saturday March 17th at 7.30pm, Sunday March 18th at 2.00 pm & Monday March 19th at 7.00pm. All three shows were sold out and Thomas Law (pete from eastenders) and Himesh Patel (Tanwar Massood from eastenders) attended the Monday eve show. Tom welcomed everyone and then stayed to watch the show and drew a raffle at the end. He was taken back with how proffessional the performances were and how much talent there was in the show. The children sang some amazing 2 6 M AY 2 0 1 2

songs, both from the theatre and pop, and the dances had fantastic choreography. The whole audience seemed to be mesmorised continually, but the 2 -4 year olds stole the show on the Sunday and returned on Monday by popular demand with their bare necesities dance number dressed in bear costumes. Each number was colourful and dynmaic and exciting. It was suitable for all ages and great entertainment. The show opened up with the whole cast to “One night only” folllowed by a variety of dance numbers including Burlesque, Pretty girl rock, Halo, Run the world, Domino, Do Re Mi, The climb and a Whitney Houston medley, and ended with a fabulous finale to “I Believe”, from Honey. The chosen charity is “Fight for

Life” (terminally ill children) and the celebrity guests over the past 12 years who have supported and hosted the shows have included : Fearne Cotton, Natalie Cassidy, Nikki Clarke, Rachael Stevens, Duncan James, Stefan Booth, Lacey Turner,Thomas Law, Melissa Suffield, and Jimmi Harkishin.

Vanessa Class has been a dancer herself since the age of three, trained at The Arts Educational stage school, became a member of The Vienna Festival Ballet Company and then opened up her own schools in Harrow and Elstree. After she had children she opened up another school in Bushey Heath. She teaches street jazz/hip hop/tots dance/lyrical and tap to students between the ages of 2 – 21yrs.

Every child of any ability gets to perform in her annual charity shows. She has 2 girls herself, Jessica 18 and Sasha 17 who also perform in the shows. Although the dance school is for dancing, there are some extremely talented singers and a few months prior to the show there are regular singing groups to create some solo and group songs for the performances. The classes are held at St Peter’s Church Hall on Mondays and Fridays. Also available are children’s birthday parties consisting of dance, song, hair and make-up. (Little stars parties), available for all ages. Anyone interested in any dance classes or parties please contact Vanessa Class on 07889405289.


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EVENTS

London events

Cartier The prestigious launch of the Cartier Tank Watch Collection takes place at the Orangery, Kensington Palace Gardens

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n Thursday 19th April, Cartier UK celebrated the launch of the Tank Anglaise, part of the iconic Cartier Tank collection. It was unveiled in true Cartier style alongside the Tank Folle and the Tank Louis Cartier XL Extra Flat. Cartier bell boys greeted guests at the entrance of the Orangery, where they were then escorted through the West Apse, decorated by bay trees interlaced with candle lights. Within the Orangery, guests were invited to view the iconic vitrine’s displaying the historic Tank watches. At 8.30pm, flanked by trumpeters the Master of Ceremonies brought the guests to attention. With some welcoming words, Arnaud M. Bamberger, Executive Chairman of Cartier UK, proceeded to unveil the Tank Anglaise to great applause and celebration. Cartier UK was pleased to welcome both friends of the Maison, as well as ambassadors of the Tank Anglaise, who were photographed by David Bailey in an exclusive portfolio. Guests included Miss Edie Campbell, Miss Olympia Campbell , Mr & Mrs Charles Delevigne, Miss Poppy Delevigne, Ms Charlotte Dellal ,Dame Vivien Duffield, Ms Sophie Hicks Ms Kelly Hoppen,Mr Richard Laxton & Mrs Saskia Winbergh

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Ultra-Rare £1m Lamborghini Reventón On sale at lOndOn MOtOrexpO, 11-17th June, Canary Wharf

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ell-heeled petrolheads will have a unique opportunity to take possession of one of the world’s rarest supercars on the planet this summer, when an ultra-exclusive Lamborghini Reventón supercar features in an exclusive H&H Classics sale being held at London’s Motorexpo . Expected to achieve more than £1 million, the Reventón being offered for private sale at Motorexpo was one of only 20 produced and is thought to be the only example in the UK, making this a truly unique opportunity for automotive collectors. The Reventón was revealed to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007 and, despite commanding an asking price of €1 million (plus local taxes), all 20 examples were pre-sold before the car had even been unveiled. Powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 650bhp, the carbonfibre Reventón can crack the 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 211mph, ensuring the car has more than enough pace to live up to its stunning F-22 Raptor jet fighter-inspired body. As part of its ‘Supercars and Superclassics’ sale, H&H will be presenting an Auburn Speedster replica as well as a number of vehicles from brands such as Ferrari, Pagani, Maserati, and Koenigsegg. “The appearance, let alone sale, of a car as rare as the Lamborghini Reventón is sure to attract a large number of supercar enthusiasts and collectors to Motorexpo this summer,” commented Graeme Carver, Motorexpo CEO. “But even those who can’t 3 0 M AY 2 0 1 2

quite justify the £1 million asking price for the Reventón can get up close to their potential next purchase – be it classic or modern. Alongside H&H’s impressive catalogue of vehicles a host of car manufacturers will display more than 250 new models. With on-the-road prices starting from less than £8,000 there will be a car for every buyer,” he concluded. Motorexpo is open daily in Canary Wharf from 10am to 6pm , Monday 11th - Saturday 16th and 11am to 5pm on Sunday 17th June. In addition to the cars being displayed by H&H, a number of leading automotive brands have already confirmed their attendance, including Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall and Volvo. Motorexpo offers visitors unrivalled interactivity, with all vehicles being open and available for people to sit in and enjoy. Motorexpo is also offering full test-drive capabilities with Motorexpo DriveME, giving visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of the very latest models on the roads around the famous Canary Wharf business and shopping district. For more information about the show visit www.motorexpo.com. Further information about the vehicles being offered by H&H is available at the company’s website: www.classic-auctions.com.


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EVENTS

This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, will welcome exhibitors from Hertfordshire. The best from Hertfordshire will be seen in gardens, floral displays and tradestands across the show ground. Exhibiting at the world’s most famous flower show is an opportunity to present talent from Hertfordshire to the show’s 157,000 visitors from around the world. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show presents the best examples of horticultural

Cleve West for Brewin Dolphin, Andy Sturgeon designing for show sponsor M&G Investments, and Joe Swift for Homebase. Artisan Gardens are back for a second year and as usual there will be spectacular floral displays in the Great Pavilion.

Highlights from Hertfordshire Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May 2012, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3

22–23 May: RHS members only 24–26 May: RHS members and non-members

22–25 May: 8am–8pm 26 May: 8am–5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

To buy tickets: 0844 338 0338 www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea Ticket prices range from £16 – £55 for RHS members, £22 – £49 for non-members. All tickets must be bought in advance

excellence and sets the latest gardening trends. This year’s show will include sixteen Show

Gardens by some of the finest contemporary designers, including 2011 Best Show Garden winner

New for 2012 is Fresh, a category which challenges designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are experimental and less conventional. Also new this year is RHS Environment, which replaces Continuous Learning and supports the RHS commitment to improving the environment through gardening.

2012 Hertfordshire Exhibitors Please note: information in this document is provided by exhibitors, and is subject to change.

SHOW GARDEN

Rooftop Workplace for Tomorrow designed by Patricia Fox at Aralia for Walworth Garden Farm, sponsored by RBS. Challenging our perception of workplaces and offering inspirational ideas for the future, ‘Rooftop Workplace for Tomorrow’ will position the garden as an extension to the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space.

The Fountain, this garden will depict a Cumbrian landscape, complete with a grazing meadow, fountain, stream, a stone well and a rustic crofter’s hut.

The Herbert Smith Garden for WaterAid designed by Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour Patrica Thirion and Janet Honour, from A Touch of France Garden Design, have taken inspiration for their 2012 garden from the important work carried out by WaterAid. The garden will highlight the transformation that clean water brings and it will be designed around the WaterAid symbol of a water droplet. It will contain a water pump and a hut that houses a composting latrine.

The Plankbridge Hutmakers Ltd Garden designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith. Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, RHS Chelsea Gold winners in the Courtyard Category on three previous occasions, will return to RHS Chelsea in 2012 with a design for the Plankbridge Hutmakers Garden. The garden is inspired by the Dorset countryside immortalised by Thomas Hardy in Far From the Madding Crowd and will evoke feelings of peace and nostalgia. The centrepiece of the garden will be a beautifully handcrafted shepherd’s hut which is based on the hut that features in the opening scene of the book. Plankbridge Hutmakers, who have revived the craft of making and restoring antique shepherds’ huts, are exhibiting at RHS Chelsea for the first time.

The Veolia Water Garden designed by Vicky Harris. The Veolia Water garden, designed by Vicky Harris, will demonstrate inventive ways to conserve water and achieve a beautiful garden during times of drought. Inspired by William Wordsworth’s poem,

Daisy Roots Daisy Roots will be creating a sunken gravel garden to showcase a range of drought tolerant plants. Inspiration comes from the increasingly

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dry summers experienced in the southeast of England, particularly East Anglia where the nursery is situated. There will be a strong emphasis on plants with silver foliage, accompanied by flowers in strong jewel-like colours to give the whole planting contrast and zing. Harkness Roses This exhibit includes roses planted in beds, and roses as cut flowers. All roses are home-produced at the Harkness nursery in Hitchin, Herts. This display will demonstrate the effectiveness of roses planted in small groups, in scale and space that is realistic for any private garden. This shows how to make the most of roses in a modern garden, and aids the imagination in visualising how such usage can integrate into mixed gardens.

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friendly resin technology, will be providing the flooring for the display again this year. Ian Gill Sculpture J’s Pots & Potted Gardens have an ever changing supply of old and antique pots, coppers, troughs, statuary, fountains, birdbaths, boot scrapers, bygones, and other garden antiques. It only sources in the UK but sometimes does have items that have originated in France - currently a range of large pale limestone. Original and well made, all stock items bring weight and substance to gardens, new and old. Majestic Trees Majestic Trees produces mature trees for both the trade and retail sector, and provides a complete range of advisory, planting, and aftercare services, thereby removing barriers to direct consumer purchase of mature, showgarden quality trees. Although only 10 years in operation, the company has won numerous awards, including the Ornamental Grower of the Year in 2008 and 2011 and the Silver Rose, International Grower of the Year 2011.


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JENNINGSBURY GARDENS Three contrasting gardens, one NGS open day

ust outside Hertford town centre, on the edge of open countryside is a trio of gardens known collectively as Jenningsbury Gardens. Thirty years ago, the land served as a working dairy farm before barns and stables were converted to houses, and paddocks and fields changed to gardens. The buildings are still recognisable as to their original use but the gardens, so thoughtfully created and laid out, now look as if they have always been there. An ancient moat starts at Jenningsbury, the original 16th century farmhouse. The surrounding garden is approached through a wooden gate in a brick wall that opens beneath a wisteria covered pergola. Against the wall, a deep border bursts forward with tulips and wallflowers in spring followed by dahlias, cannas and salvias later 3 4 M AY 2 0 1 2

in the year. At the back of the house is a small patio featuring clipped box contrasting with informal plantings that spill over, softening the edges of the form. Following the side of the house, you arrive at a small formal lawn edged with shrub roses and bedding outlined with brick paths. A wide mown grass path leads to a large manmade pond stocked with inquisitive koi. When viewed from the house, a stand of willow and colourful dogwoods acts as a back drop to the lake – the shrubs are coppiced each year to provide new growth and bright winter interest after the leaves have fallen. Stretches of longer grass are home to fritillarias and cowslips with swathes of cow parsley taking over in late spring. The wildflower meadow has been recently scraped back to reduce fertility and the banks resown with

traditional seed mix for successional flowering through a long season. The second garden here at Far End Barn is a garden modified over the years to serve the ever-changing needs of a family. At the back of the house, two pergolas on the patio support a variety of flowering climbers – clematis, jasmine and trumpet vine – providing wonderful colour and scent through the seasons. To the right sits a small Japanese garden featuring a shale river through gravel and a bridge. An octagonal summer house offers the perfect place to enjoy some late spring sunshine – facing onto a circular bed whose central feature is a sundial. And here the garden changes to become fluid borders and island beds filled with a mix of herbaceous perennials, spring bulbs and specimen trees such as monkey puzzle and

silver birch. This flows gently into an expanse of well-managed lawn that has in turn been play area and football pitch for the family. Beyond this is a gate through an arch that allows access to the ancient moat, which crosses the bottom of the garden. Completing the trio is the courtyard garden at The Stables – a small space bordered by wrought iron railings, featuring clipped topiary in pots, small specimen trees and a constantly changing floral display. Full of creative and unusual ideas, this garden is carefully planned with a designer’s eye and attention to detail. Jenningsbury Gardens is open for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 27th May from 2–5.30pm, combined admission £5.00. For more information on this and other NGS Open Gardens, go to www.ngs.org.uk


EVENTS

London events

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he Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. Louboutin’s exquisite shoes, with their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, are a unique fusion of fashion, craftsmanship, engineering

and sculpture. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Louboutin’s shoes are the epitome of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance. Drawing from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive,

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the exhibition presents his celebrated shoe designs, referencing the origins of the iconic red sole, through to the latest Louboutin collections including a range for men and desirable handbags. A dramatic exhibition environment will present Louboutin’s artistic personality and creative approach. It will examine the many sources of his creativity, shoes inspired by performance, cabaret and the showgirl; fantasy and fairy tale; art and architecture; film; landscape and travel. The exhibition will also focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate his highly innovative ideas, forms and materials. There will be a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for ‘Fetish’ an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a unique collaboration of photography between Louboutin and acclaimed artist David Lynch. At the core of the exhibition will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey, revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory. Looking beyond design and production the exhibition will also explore the company’s innovative store design in which Louboutin is always closely involved.

Design Museum, Shad Thames, London Se1 2Yd Opening: 10.00 -17.45 daily. Last admission: 17.15 Admissions: £10.00 Adults, £9.00 Concessions, £6.00 Students under 12s Free. T: 020 7940 8790 W: designmuseum.org

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THEY'VE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS BUT STILL MAKE THE BEAUTY BEST-SELLER LISTS. LISA HAYNES LOOKS AT THE CULT CLASSIC BUYS TO COVET.

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very week, new lines hit the beauty market. But often it's the products that have been sitting unassumingly on the shelves for years that are still causing a stir - the must-have items that outlive seasonal trends. "In order for a product to become a cult classic, it has to be timeless, sophisticated and continually offer that feel-good factor which consumers seek," explains Hannah Phillips, beauty buyer at Harvey Nichols. "Skincare is more of a loyalty product, so as long as it produces results, it will remain in a person's regime."

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Whether you're an aficionado to just one or crave them all, these long-standing cult classics are standing the test time. YSL TOUCHE ECLAT Brightening faces for 20 years, Touche Eclat is the magic gold pen that makes early mornings (and late nights) easier to bear. e go-anywhere highlighter launched in 1992 with just one colour. But now new shades are being introduced, celebrating two decades of business, taking the total to 10 subtle tones. e original pen still dominates luxury top 10 lists, but a limited edition 20 Years

Collector version is also available from mid April. Both cost £25 (www.yslbeauty.co.uk). ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR irty years ago nobody had heard of a face serum - and then Night Repair broke beauty boundaries. e first skincare product to use Hyaluronic Acid, the container was designed to look like an old-fashioned pharmacy bottle, complete with an apothecary dropper to reinforce the product's serious skincare sentiment. e word 'Advanced' was added in 1991 when the solution was reformulated.


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1 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 2 Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 3 Estee Lauder Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Advanced Night Repair 4 SL Touche Eclat 20 Years Collector Complexion Highlighter 5 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free.

Buy the Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Bottle Advanced Night Repair bottle, or the original ANR, from £41 (www.esteelauder.co.uk). CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE Big sister Chanel No.5 may have been a permanent fixture in the best seller lists, but Coco Mademoiselle is currently basking in the sweet smell of success. Created by Chanel's in-house perfumer Jacques Polge, Coco Mademoiselle first launched as an EDP in 2001, and out-ranked Chanel No.5 in Harvey Nichols's top five sellers list for the first time ever this year. Its distinctive scent is down to the key notes of orange, rose absolute and patchouli. Available from £45 for 35ml EDP (020 7493 3836). ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM Every 30 seconds in the UK, a tube of this multi-tasking cream flies of the shelves and into a handbag. But the successful formula is changing for the first time in 82 years, as some people aren't keen on its distinctive love-it-or-hate-it smell. Alongside the original Cream Skin Protectant, a new Fragrance Free version has been launched, both £25, available at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide. VASELINE Taking the prize for the oldest cult product, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly was first introduced in 1870.

By 1874, it was being sold at the rate of a jar a minute. e foolproof formula is a mixture of mineral oils, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes. Proof that quality classics don't have to cost the earth, the Pocket Size tin is just £1.45, from supermarkets and chemists.

the market. Its secret? A famous fragrance and unbeatable formula, unchanged since its UK launch in 1961. Elnett's 50th birthday was recently celebrated with a commemorative limited edition can and Cheryl Cole ad campaign. Priced from £2.56, available nationwide.

CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZING LOTION e hero of moisturising products, Dramatically Different was launched along with Clinique's now famous 3-Step System when the brand started in 1968. Today, one Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is sold every four seconds somewhere in the world. Its popular formula helps duplicate moisture naturally occurring in the skin. Priced from £16.50, available at Clinique counters nationwide.

CREME DE LA MER MOISTURIZING CREAM Despite the hefty price tag, Creme de la Mer has made quite an impression in just 12 years. e nutrient-rich 'Miracle Broth' at the heart of the potion was pioneered by aerospace physicist Dr Max Huber, who wanted to improve the appearance of scars he'd suffered in a lab accident. Today the range extends to serums, eye treatments and body products. Creme de la Mer e Moisturizing Cream is priced from £95 (0870 034 2566/www.cremedelamer.co.uk).

CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM Known in the industry as 'Cinderella in a tube', Flash Balm is famed for its quick-fix transformative qualities. Olive and witch hazel extracts help smooth the skin's surface, minimising lines and wrinkles, while soothing bisabolol helps restore skin's youthful glow. It's reached worldwide success despite rarely being advertised since its launch in 1980. Priced £28 (0800 036 3558/www.clarins.co.uk). L'OREAL PARIS ELNETT As far as hairsprays go, Elnett, nicknamed the 'Golden Goddess', has a firm hold on

NIVEA CREME e Queen may be celebrating her Jubilee this year but Nivea recently toasted it's centenary. Nivea Creme is now 101 years old and still a bathroom shelf staple with a formulation that has remained virtually unchanged. e famous blue pot was first sold in a yellow tin with Art Nouveau decor. Nivea's name derives from the Latin adjective "niveus/nivea/niveum", meaning 'snow white'. e 50ml Creme Pot is £1.99, available nationwide ■

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Rolling Back the Years

When you look in the mirror, do you wish you could give your skin a bit of a ‘pick-me-up’? Is it grey and dull? Do you have open pores, lines and wrinkles or scars from previous skin break outs?

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What we do At the Anti Ageing Clinic, we have expertly trained therapists to administer Dermaroller treatments. When you book a consultation, they will take a thorough history and provide you with advice on pre-treatment skin preparation. We also provide you with topical anaesthetics to reduce any sensation during the treatment.

What happens during and after a treatment? The Genuine Dermaroller micro Available at the Anti Ageing Clinic surgical needle causes an initial in Park Street, genuine Dermaroller trauma and wound healing treatments offer the latest advanced response. The skin immediately medical treatment for natural skin after procedure is red, resembling rejeuvenation and scar repair. mild sunburn. This reduces by 50% How it works Dermaroller can significantly improve the appearance of: Acne Scars Aged and sun-damaged skin Facial and décolleté lines and wrinkles Hand rejeuvenation Stretch marks. Dermaroller uses ‘advanced micro skin needling’, a procedure that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely to create smoother, brighter, healthier and younger-looking skin without any painful surgical procedures. 4 2 M AY 2 0 1 2

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within hours and most people are normally able to go about their usual daily activities later the same day or on the following day.

Mineral make up can be applied afterwards to reduce the redness and to calm the skin and a surgical cooling treatment is applied immediately post treatment. Appropriate home care advice is also provided so that you can look after your skin in between treatments. Treatments are usually six to eight weeks apart and most patients require between three and six treatments to see a 75% reduction in acne scarring, pigmentation, sun damage and stretch marks.

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Treating smaller scars We also use Dermastamp, a smaller device designed to treat chicken pox scars or small scars in difficult-to-access areas, such as the nose or chin area. After several treatments, the depressed scar will be filled by new collagen that has formed naturally in the skin to leave smoother skin. If you wish to have a small scar treated, please contact us for a consultation.

What our clients say “I saw a great improvement in my acne scarring and my skin looks plumper and more radiant.”

Nicola C treated at The Anti Ageing Clinic.

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HydraFacial The Hit A-List Treatment At The Harpenden Skin Clinic The Harpenden Skin Clinic is a medically-led service dedicated to natural looking results. Based within the relaxing environment of Harpenden’s stylish “Breathing Space” Spa, the clinic offers a range of leading aesthetic and non-surgical treatments to suit the individual needs of their clients. Janne Maheson – an aesthetic nurse practitioner, with extensive experience and expertise in aesthetic medicine and skin care – heads a dedicated team of staff, who are committed to maintaining a discreet and ethical service through meticulous yet friendly client care and consultation. One of the most exciting new treatments offered by The Harpenden Skin Clinic is the revolutionary HydraFacial, which has been shown to visibly improve the appearance of skin after just one session. Also known as Hydradermabrasion, this noninvasive skin resurfacing facial has quickly become one of the hottest trends in Hollywood. Celebrity fans include Beyoncé Knowles and Matthew McConaughey, whilst beauty editors regularly name HydraFacial as the secret weapon behind beautiful A-list skin. HydraFacial uses the latest aesthetic technology to provide highly efficient skin rejuvenation, 4 4 M AY 2 0 1 2

Anti-oxidants, vitamins and many other key nutrients are soaked deep down into the skin, guaranteeing a much higher absorption than if applied separately with a cream. Unwanted debris is immediately vacuumed into a separate closed container as the machine passes over the skin, ensuring a quick and totally clean process.

but without the pain or irritation associated with previous skin resurfacing treatments. Rather than using abrasive techniques that can dry or irritate the skin, the HydraFacial exfoliates whilst simultaneously hydrating the area with an anti-oxidant serum. Intense hydration helps the existing skin cells to perform at their optimum, encourages the production of new cells and counteracts tissue damage and aging. The anti-oxidant serum also encourages the plumpingup of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, leading to an overall improvement in skin tone and texture. Hydration during treatment has elevated the HydraFacial to

the forefront of skin resurfacing procedures. The facial is a soothing and refreshing experience that is even suitable for sensitive skins and it provides more effective and reliable results than the previously popular microdermabrasion. During the HydraFacial, a handheld machine is gently stroked over the face in a continual motion. The painless device features a specially shaped HydraTip, which effectively dislodges dead skin and loosens particles on the upper epidermal layer. A rejuvenating serum is simultaneously directed onto the area via a unique transdermal infusion application.

HydraFacial has been clinically proven as an effective treatment for skin complaints such as hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, acne, oily skin, puffy eyes, sensitive skin, sun damage, age spots and blackheads. By blending available serums, various skin concerns can be targeted in one session and no downtime ensures a quick and easy solution for better skin.

The Hydrafacial is an ideal one-off treat to boost the skin or to create a fantastic radiance for a special event. Alternatively, a course of six weekly treatments is recommended for deeper treatment and to improve specific skin concerns. For more information please visit www.harpendenskinclinic. com or phone 01582 462223 to schedule a free consultation.


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It was while caring for his terminally ill step-father Bob that Ken Waterhouse’s views on long term care began to change. With the perception of home care in the UK hitting an all time low as cases of abuse, cruelty and even malnutrition make the headlines, in 2011 Ken decided to try to change things by setting up his own company, Home Care Preferred.

Deciding how best to care for a loved one in their later years can be difficult and emotionally-fraught and many families see residential care as their only option. But with kindness and consideration top of their agenda, the Home Care Preferred team offer the support and care needed to allow people to live secure and fulfilled lives in the comfort of their own familiar surroundings. Bespoke services such Pairing his 25 years experience as one-to-one care mean loved ones working in the retirement sector can continue to live within their with a new conviction that most own four walls and with their family, people would prefer to be cared for pets or treasured possessions around in their own homes, Ken established them, for as long as possible. There the first branch of Home Care Preferred in Winchmore Hill. “I started in this business in 1987 and it can be really difficult,” admitted Ken. “But the reward is actually making a difference in people’s lives. While caring for my step-father, I experienced for the first time care at home from a client’s perspective and this made me truly appreciate how important staying at home is to people.” 4 6 M AY 2 0 1 2

is no right or wrong answer when it comes to care, but the team are on hand to talk through the options, allowing families to make a decision they will feel comfortable with.

Home Care Preferred’s carefully selected team-members are fully trained and CRB-checked and can also offer respite care, personal care and companionship services as well as hospital sitting or holiday companionship for relatives whose busy lives or geographical locations mean they cannot be there for their loved ones as much as they would like.

Above all, Home Care Preferred services are tailor-made and cater not just for the elderly but for anyone who wants to remain as independent as possible despite conditions such as multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis or diabetes. The team also care for people with depression, arthritis, epilepsy, blindness, spinal injuries and motor neurone diseases as well as those with mental illnesses and the terminally ill. Ken also signposts people to other agencies which may be able to help, with issues such as claiming benefits, and is in regular contact with care charities and organisations. His team also offer an occupational therapy assessment service and physiotherapy service. For moreinformation about Home Care Preferred, 49 Station Road, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 3NB. Call 020 8364 3670 or email ken@homecarepreferred.com www.homecarepreferred.com


Residential care is just one option: how about live-in care and support in the comfort of your own home? “My team and I promise to treat you and your loved ones with consideration and kindness.” - Ken Waterhouse, founder “Everything is going perfectly. Mum is happy, the girls are amazing. I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.” - Client’s daughter, London

At Home Care Preferred, we are passionate about people having the choice to stay in the comfort of their own home and to live the best possible life. Our professional, highly trained caregivers provide professional, friendly live-in support and help people to remain as independent as their situation allows. The Home Care Preferred team are dedicated people who are committed to providing our clients with choice, dignity and respect, coupled with genuine kindness. • • • • • •

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Personalised one-to-one care and support A real alternative to residential care Respite or long-term care available Caregivers provide help with all tasks, from housekeeping to personal care All our team are carefully selected and exclusively employed and trained by us A team with 25 years’ experience of supporting clients and their families Our services include: Dementia care Personal care Companionship Home help Escorts for holidays We support people with conditions including: Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, ME, motor neurones and terminal illness.


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An ExquisiteWine Club AT AUBERGE DU LAC

et deep in the Hertfordshire countryside, Auberge du Lac sits on one of England’s most beautiful country estates, and is unrivalled in its setting. Positioned waterside, with magnificent views over a tranquil lake, extensive parkland and the prestigious Brocket Hall, views from the restaurant’s terrace are captivating, as is the innovative cuisine from Executive Chef Phil Thompson, who retained his first Michelin Star for a fourth year running in 2011, and whose talents appear to be on the continual rise. Phil, who has transformed Hertfordshire’s flagship restaurant since taking on the role of Executive Chef in 2005, adds the accolade – the most coveted honour for fine cuisine – to the string of awards he and the restaurant have already garnered. The Auberge du Lac wine club opened its doors in January and aims to provide a dedicated wine service to their members. With a series of benefits listed below and an exclusive wine cellar with over 800 bins, this could well be the perfect membership to enhance your love of wine!

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Benefits

 omplimentary consultation with sommelier C Complimentary bottle to take away Ability to purchase wine from the Exclusive Members Wine List Brokerage service ‘If you can’t find it- we’ll find it for you’ 20% Discounted rates on wine purchases from Auberge du Lac when dining Priority booking for events through the year Discounted room hire rates for Private Dining Wine Auctions £25 Voucher to spend in the restaurant upon joining

Price Valid for 12 months .

£185 Single Membership £250 Couple Membership

For more information about Auberge du Lac, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL8 7XG call 01707 368888 or email aubergeevents@brocket-hall.co.uk or visit the website at www.brocket-hall.co.uk


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MAY DAY AFTERNOON TEA—MONDAY 7TH MAY 2012 Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in Oak Hall followed by entertainment on the front lawn of the traditional Morris & May Pole dancers for £30 per person. HANBURY MANOR GARDEN PARTY—MONDAY 4TH JUNE 2012 Celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee at Hanbury Manor in the beautifully flowered walled gardens where traditional Afternoon Tea will be served with live music playing throughout the day and children can play classic summer garden games. Adults for £30 per person; children under 12 years for £15 per person and children under 4 years old enter for free. FATHERS DAY CELEBRATIONS - SUNDAY 17TH JUNE 2012 Treat dad to a three course buffet lunch in Oakes Grill overlooking the championship golf course or opt for the James Bond Afternoon Tea in Oak Hall for £30 pp with live entertainment. ANTON EDELMANN COOKERY DEMONSTRATIONS SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2012 Join Anton Edelmann at Hanbury Manor to create mouth-watering recipes followed by champagne and canapés, a three course lunch in the elegant Zodiac Restaurant for £75pp To make a booking please contact the hotel on: 01920 487 722 Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Pre-booking required.

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t Leisure Plan’s showroom in Stansted Mountfitchet, you will find the greatest selection of contemporary outdoor furniture imaginable. The stunning display is a surprising contrast to the converted old chapel (1836) which houses the complete Leisure Plan organisation. Back in the early 80’s Leisure Plan’s founder and owner Chris McCormack set up his company with the express intention of bringing the very best of European outdoor furniture design to the UK. Since then Leisure Plan’s portfolio of high quality, distinctively designed collections have established the company at the very top of the market for outdoor living. Leisure Plan is the exclusive partner to the three most highly rated luxury outdoor furniture brands and market leaders in Europe and many other world markets. DEDON – the originator and undisputed world leader in hand-woven fibre. EGOparis- French design flair with the largest colour range of any outdoor furniture manufacturer. FISCHER MOBEL – German precision using the highest grade modern materials. All three brands are winners of the prestigious Red Dot Award, worldwide recognition from a panel of independent judges with a knowledge and passion for contemporary design and quality. The strongest endorsement of Leisure Plan’s skill in identifying good design with product reliability, offering complete comfort and satisfaction. From Dedon comes the latest introductions of Mu, an imaginative and versatile modular system, adaptable to a variety of configurations and layouts. This offers a hugely versatile combination through the range of

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Outdoor Luxury sofas, daybeds ,benches , coffee and side tables. Less formal but equally distinctive is the new SeaX foldable director style chair from the French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. Distinguished by the attention to detail, the combination of materials,textures and colours gives this collection an air of sophistication, whilst maintaining the simplicity of function. Colour has an individual language. EGOparis has an extensive colour palette with over 20 choices of powdercoated aluminium frames, combined with 16 colours of high-tensile polyester mesh slings. Manufactured entirely in France, the designs are based around conviviality, informality and the chance to create an individual outdoor ‘look’. From the new innovative KUBE – (each single piece converts into either a sunlounger, chair or coffee table) – through the TANDEM range including a sunlounger that is now a design classic, to the highly versatile KAMA which can change function simply by moving the cushions One of the most highly respected German outdoor furniture manufacturers of the past 50years, Fischer Mobel’s reputation for minimalist design in the highest grade materials – stainless steel- aluminium- ceramic/granite/glass has given this brand an enviable reputation for long lasting, highly durable collections. LODGE is a modular lounge system designed around the simplest of concepts - a square base unit with easily interchangeable backs and armrests according to individual preference. The rounded stainless steel frames of the TAKU collection gives the stackable chairs a real practicality, and when combined with the single catch flip-top table, makes this elegant style suitable for any location where space is at a premium. This contrast of styles enables Leisure Plan to offer furniture suitable for any design scheme or location, where individuality,


style, quality and comfort are paramount. Leisure Plan’s furniture is specified for residential projects in the furnishing of terraces, deck areas, poolsides and conservatories through to high end hotels, spas, cruise liners and luxury motor yachts. To compliment the wide variety of furniture, cushions are manufactured in Leisure Plan’s own workshop. From their large collection of fabric colours, you can give your outdoor area a touch of individual flair that will be much admired and enjoyed by all. Why compromise comfort because it is outdoors? The modular low seating combinations to dining sets, loungers and unique signature pieces ,allows home comforts to be enjoyed outdoors – without moving the furniture ! Across all three of Leisure Plan’s exclusive brands can be found collections which will satisfy the desire for both traditional and highly contemporary settings. Why not take a trip to Leisure Plan’s showroom and benefit from their expertise and assistance to help you create the outdoor lifestyle for play, relaxation or entertaining which will not only extend your home, but give you much satisfaction and enjoyment.

Leisure Plan, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8HD, T +44 (0) 1279 816001 F +44 (0)1279 816089, sales@leisureplan.co.uk. www.leisureplan.co.uk

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t has been an unseasonally warm March, and we are all hoping that summer is just around the corner and we can start looking forward to outside living. But if you are lucky enough to have a garden room or a gazebo you can enjoy garden living all year round. Not only that, but a garden room can add value to your home and increase your quality of life. Crown Pavilions manufacture a whole range of garden rooms which can feature outdoor kitchens or barbecues, sitting rooms with plasma screens, studies with storage and internet connection, screens or fold-back doors to protect you from the weather, mood lighting for evening entertainment, heating, hot tubs, home gyms. Crown Pavilions can create a wide range of buildings for a variety of requirements, all of which will enhance your use of outside space, whether it be leisurely breakfasts with the family early evening drinks with friends, lunches and dinners, or just a private, quiet sanctuary. One of the questions that often arises is whether planning permission is required. Luke explains, “A garden room should

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be an extension of your home and you can put it wherever you want. In most cases our buildings would fall under permitted development. However in certain circumstances planning may be required. We always advise that you either contact your local planning officer, or why not let us do it for you. We provide a seamless hassle-free product and service from order to completion. “When we install a garden room we are especially mindful of the landscaping around it. Our sister company Crown Gardens, will look after every aspect of planting and creating a beautiful setting which fits in with your existing garden. The lighting and heating are also important, especially if you want to entertain in the evening. We take care of all that too. “ In an exciting development, for Chelsea Flower Show, Crown Pavilions is launching The Crown Duchess, a new garden room designed in partnership with the Duchess of Rutland. Working closely with the Duchess on every aspect of design and finish, Crown Pavilions has created a versatile, handcrafted garden room with elegant interiors that echo Belvoir Castle, the beautiful home of the Duchess of Rutland.


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Crown Pavilions have created some wonderful garden rooms for many UK and international clients. They specialise in providing a tailored, bespoke service. Recently they have been working with a number of retailers who will carry samples of their garden rooms and gazebos so that people can experience the quality and workmanship before committing to purchase. Stewards GardenLands in Christchurch, Dorset, is the first retailer and they will be displaying a Crown Edward from the Redwood Collection and a new Cedar Pavilion not yet before seen in the UK. Contact: Rees Gidley or Barbara Anne Barber Tel 01491 612820. Crown Pavilions Ltd, 6B Lys Mill Farm, Watlington, Oxfordshire, OX49 5EP

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR GRASS? Is your lawn looking tired, frazzled or frayed and is it littered with lumps, bumps and bald patches rather than sporting a sleek and verdant finish? Let LandEscape into your life for a complete lawn makeover.

a trim before you can see what needs to be done. For the first cut, set the blades on high to remove the winter and spring growth and then gradually lower the blades. Then spade edge the lawn to redefine the edges.

Firstly, survey your lawn to assess how much of it is covered in weeds and moss, I would expect that it is the majority. Do not fear... your lawn can be completely renovated and looking new within three-four weeks. Follow LandEscape’s stepby-step guidelines to health check your lawn:

Stage 2 - Feed and Weed

Stage 1 – First Cut

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Feed the lawn with a weed and feed fertiliser. Pour the contents into a bucket and skim in over the surface. It should take three or four skimming movements up and down the lawn to empty one handful of fertiliser. Repeat until lawn is completely covered. The moss will turn black in a couple of days and this is when the lawn is ready to scarify.

Stage 3 - Scarifying

You can scarify the lawn manually or hire/buy a petrol one. Scarify in both directions and remove the thatch and moss. Recut the lawn on a number 2 to remove the remaining thatch and moss and then you are ready to reseed.

Stage 4 - Reseeding

Get some lawn seed from the garden centre, a minimum of 10kg to reseed the average sized lawn. Apply evenly, taking special care not to over-seed into the beds along the edges.

Stage 5 – Top Dressing

Buy a 10-15 25kg bag of lawn dressing and spread evenly across

the lawn. Once all areas are covered, taking care to add more to barren and poor areas, rake in the soil with the back of a metal rake until the dressing has been worked into the lawn. Now feed with a suitable pre-seed fertiliser.

Stage 6 – First Cut following the works

Do not cut the lawn for a minimum of three-four weeks. The lawn will now look verdant green and long. Cut the lawn on a number 4 and then down to a number 3. To have your lawn looking lovely in time for a springtime barbecue or summer party, call LandEscape now on 07852 993467.


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If you are looking for inspiration for your home and garden living space then take a look at Faraway Furniture. With over ten years of experience they specialise in luxury teak garden furniture, handmade reclaimed teak indoor furniture and beautiful, unique arts and crafts. They have gained an outstanding reputation as designers and producers of exquisitely hand crafted, custom made dining and living room furniture. The recycled timber used to craft their Sahara indoor collection is hand selected for the best grain, hand cut and finished with attention to detail that is unsurpassed.

For their outdoor furniture ranges only premium materials are used to ensure a long lifespan and durability in demanding conditions. Teak is the best timber for outdoor use as it is very strong and requires very little maintenance or care. Faraway Furniture use FSC, reclaimed and sustainable plantation teak to craft their furniture collections. Their outdoor garden sets fuse stainless steel, sling, granite and weave together with teak to produce a contemporary designer look. Traditional style teak benches, outdoor chairs and

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tables are also available for the classic English country garden. Free delivery is offered on all furniture sets throughout the UK, a 10 year guarantee and free white glove assembly service means total convenience and peace of mind. Visit Faraway Furniture’s Hertfordshire showroom at Battlers Green Farm to view their designer garden and home furniture collections. Unique home wares including reclaimed teak vases, bowls, fossilised sculptures and handmade Swedish crystal can also be seen at their showroom. The showroom is situated at Battlers Green Farm Shopping Village, Common Lane, Radlett, Hertfordshire, WD7 8PH. Open Tues– Sat 10:00 – 17:00 and Sun 10:00 – 16:00 Call 01923 856066 or visit www.farawayfurniture.co.uk for further information or advice.


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TOP TIPS For Renovation STOP - don’t spend your money on emergencies. It is dead easy to be penny wise pound foolish and have all your money go up in flames. Mending and making do will be expensive, stressful and not worth it. Modern appliances and systems use less energy, are safer and more efficient. Your house may look old but it needs to work in the 21st century.

2. ECO ECONOMY Energy prices are going up. Early investment can give you great savings and earn you more than money sitting in the bank.

Plan ahead. A few strategic decisions will save money and agro. 1. SERVICES If your boiler, heating and electrics are older than 15 years you should plan for their replacement or some serious upgrading.

The easiest way to save money is by making your house air tight, triple glazed, well insulated and installing new LED bulbs and watch your heating and electricity bills plummet (and do switch off the lights and keep the doors and windows closed in cold weather).

Consumer sites such as WHICH www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/ heating-water-and-electricity/guides/ boiler-energy-efficiency/ can help you decide what to install. Don’t rely on the plumber – who may not have researched the latest advice. Check a boiler’s SEBUK rating to see how efficient it is.

3. SPACED OUT Conservatories are a waste of money unless you are a plant and willing to freeze in winter and overheat in summer. If you need more space extend properly and make sure that you don’t turn your existing rooms into dark corridors to get to your new extension. Get a proper architect

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Check out the Energy savings trust web site www.energysavingtrust. org.uk/In-your-home for advice and guidance on what to do.

to do the design- they are worth it. Check out if your designer is a proper architect as all architects have to be registered by the Architects Registration Board. They will have indemnity insurance and they will know local builders and engineers who can help you out.

pipes can transform dark staircases and windowless bathrooms. Keeping lights off in the day will help these features pay for themselves. They are also good for sprouting seeds and turning your house into a jungle. Check out www.velux.com and www.sunpipeshop.co.uk

Check out www.arb.org.uk.

The effects of daylighting can be enhanced by a few twittering birds: www.sonos.com/shop/products/play3 http://www.rspb.org.uk/search/index. aspx?q=bird%20baths

4. CORE Kitchens are now the central hub of any family home. Splash out and indulge in good materials and spend time thinking about how you are going to use it. Check out this web site for some sound and sensible advice on layouts: www.homerenovations.about.com/od/ kitchens/a/artkitchendesig.htm 5. LET THE SUN SHINE IN ...pipe music round the house and don’t forget the bird bath. Daylight is very important for health and happiness. Roof lights and sun

If you need advice Hertfordshire Building Company Ltd are offering free site visits for readers wanting to renovate or property owners who need help with any building problems including damp, structure, electrics, plumbing, energy saving and bird baths. For more information contact Peter Cato on 07813624401 or email pcato@ hertfordshirebuildingcompany.com www.hertfordshirebuildingcompany.com


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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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10.30am-5.30pm, sat 10.00am-6.00pm, sunday 10.30am-5.30pm ✱ where: hampstead antique & craft emporium, 12 heath street, london Nw3 6te (may also be accessed from perrin’s court) ✱ tel: 020 7794 3297 ✱ www.hampsteadantique emporium.co.uk

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

have increased the variety of quality items on offer. Jewellery lovers will be enthralled by the selection of fine period and vintage pieces at Minoo (M & A Kaae Jewellery) and Maryam. With Mid-Century style currently all the rage, head to The Modernist (1930 – 1970) for vintage George Jensen and other Scandinavian and American silver jewellery designers.   Browse through a fabulous mix of period and vintage collectables, including antique silver, china, mirrors, porcelain, ceramics, glass and brass plus costume jewellery and accessories at Jean, Natasha Johnson, Malcolm Davey and Sarah De Normanville. For a more contemporary look, visit Camilla Del Maestro’s sparkling array of handmade jewellery featuring semiprecious gems for inspiring avant- garde designs. For quality, cotton nightwear seek out Andrea Dreamtime.  Not just a feast for the eyes, the Emporium is also home to Tania’s waffles and coffee! The dealers here are knowledgeable and friendly which makes a visit to the Emporium an interesting and welcoming experience.   Happy hunting!


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ood is the first choice for many when it comes to flooring. It has a timeless appeal, is easy to clean and is available in an abundant choice of styles, designs, colours and species. But with lots of different products of varying quality on the market, it pays to buy from an established, specialist supplier with a good reputation. Founded 21 years ago, The Natural Wood Floor Company is a family owned and run business which has grown to become one of the leading wood flooring manufacturers and suppliers in Europe. Run by three brothers, the company now employs over

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450 staff at its warehouse in Wandsworth, London and their manufacturing centre in Europe. With over 20,000 square meters of wood in stock, covering 140 different types of flooring, The Natural Wood Floor Company offers flooring to suit all tastes, budgets and designs. The extensive range of flooring includes engineered, solid wood, parquet woodblock and pre-finished. The Natural Wood Floor Company also manufactures an impressive range of pre-oiled and pre-lacquered engineered oak wood flooring in the key colours for 2012; Silver White, Silver Grey, Pure White, White and Charcoal

The Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EQ 020 8871 9771, www.naturalwoodfloor.co.uk

Wash. The pale colours help to highlight the natural beauty of the wood, as the specialist finishing process emphasises the wood’s distinctive grain patterns. Antique floors are another popular option. The Natural Wood Floor Company manufactures two products to create this look. Solid wood Aged Oak Parquet Woodblocks are ‘aged’ using a specialist distressing technique, while the Engineered Oak Antique Pre-lacquered Boards are lightly brushed and then finished with a coloured lacquer to give the wood a rich patina. The Natural Wood Floor Company also manufactures a range of wooden worktops, solid wood mouldings, step kits and kitchen chopping boards. They also offer a selection of exterior decking. With ecological issues high on their agenda, The Natural Wood Floor Company follows the replant and recycle principle. The company believes that using wood from sustainable sources is essential for the replenishment and protection of forests for the future. All of their wood is selected from both farmed and managed natural forests, which have long-term replanting procedures in place to ensure that there is a healthy crop of wood for the future. Finding the best wooden floor for your home has just become a whole lot easier, thanks to the company’s new redesigned website. With a new clear, stylish design, the re-launched site offers everything from inspirational pictures to expert advice.


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The latest products from leading manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, Fisher & Paykel, Neff and Siemens are on display alongside ultra-highend brands such as Linn, Naim, Loewe, Rangemaster, Falcon and GE. Many of these brands are usually only sold through specialist single-brand installers, but now have been gathered together for the first time under one roof, offering the customer a unique combination of the very best products to choose from. Zinc HT’s flagship showroom offers the convenience of free car parking so discerning customers can view the products at their leisure.. Once inside, customers are seduced by audio visual equipment and domestic appliances displayed to their best advantage. The sense of space and feeling of calm create an extremely pleasant shopping experience.

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HOW’S YOUR STREET VIEW?

NEW TECHNOLOGY BOOST FOR LOCAL STONE STEPS COMPANY

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espite the tough financial times the sales line for one small traditional company in London has continued to buzz, why? – Because of Google Street View. Google Street view is a remarkable application on the Internet where people can now walk down a street and take a look around from their PC or even mobile phone. Which means of course, that the appearance of our homes as viewed from the road, has never been more important.V “And that’s where we come in.” said managing director, Trevor Alexander. “Attractive steps can transform the first impressions someone has of

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your house – especially in London where steps are such a prominent feature. We create beautiful steps and paving using only top quality York stone or Portland stone, the two best looking and most famous natural materials for walking on. What is more, these traditional materials have stood the test of time because they have good grip even when wet, are extremely hard wearing, but above all, they both look fantastic! When a potential client phones us now we can now simply invite them to take a walk on Google Street View and look at the steps in their neighbourhood. As we’ve installed hundreds of

steps in South Kensington and Chelsea the chances are - the ones they like - are ours!” First impressions do count, especially when you are trying to sell your home or impress your friends. We asked one of Trevor’s clients what they thought, “I hadn’t really appreciated what a difference to the look of the whole house the steps would make. It was only when I found the Natural Stone Steps Company website on Google, and saw the ‘before and after’ photographs that I realised. Visitors now comment on the nice appearance of the house, which we never received before – even though we’ve only changed the steps! I’m

glad I Googled. Thanks Trevor!” A set of stone steps are normally installed in one or two days but will last a lifetime and if they are visible from the road then they are visible by the whole world! It may just be worth going on Google Street view to take a look (http://www.google. co.uk/help/maps/streetview/), and if improvements are needed, ring Trevor at the Natural Stone Company! For more information contact Trevor Alexander on 01483 211311, email info@naturalstonecompany. co.uk or visit website at www. naturalstonecompany.co.uk


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THE OLYMPIC RANGE

A NEW BREED OF INDOOR POOL FROM ORIGIN Origin has been in the indoor and outdoor swimming pool business for over thirty years. In that time they have built literally thousands of pool installations - most of which are still in daily use today. Along the way the company has listened to, and in many cases benefited from, ideas and styles that their customers have suggested and the new Olympic range has included many of these suggestions. In fact it is not an exaggeration to say that their wide network of customers has helped to make this the benchmark Origin design collection. More pool space and greater consideration of internal layout. Extra ideas that their customers find important - such as more daylight, better changing facilities, and importantly, more room for gym equipment. Another subject they mentioned was cost! So the company has brought these state of the art packages in at some record-breaking prices. And to help out even further, the Chancellor didn't alter the VAT rate but they

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did! For a limited time Origin are prepared to pay half the VAT on all the Olympic pool buildings. Typically this could mean a saving of up to £20,000. But how has Origin managed to produce what is probably their most advanced range at such competitive rates? rough the use of cutting edge technology and the finest new materials they can offer some very exciting advances to today's pool buyer. For example, fully temperature controlled pool and surroundings. An exterior finish engineered timber construction. A wide choice of exterior and interior finishes and colours, so the Olympic pool house will match in with the colour, texture and surroundings of your home. To complete this comprehensive package, Origin has commissioned ten big canvas prints in a wide range of subjects (from flowers, to palm trees to penguins!) to complete the picture. e company will offer you any two of these with their compliments. Artwork can really maximise the interior

look, and these big bold subjects will forever be talking points to all your guest swimmers. e Olympic range features four models - the Arena, the Marathon, the Challenger and the top of the range Olympiad. e Arena is a compact well appointed design, with all the features of its bigger counterparts apart from the Origin trademark roof lantern design. e pool size is a generous 5.7 x 2.75 metres, and has a powerful swim jet to really try your stamina. e other models even include gym equipment recommended by Origin - and the whole range boasts shower facilities and sliding patio doors. If you chose the mid-range Marathon the standard price for the complete package would be £189,000. Take off half the VAT as long as this offer lasts, and you would pay £173,250 - a saving of £15,750. * A great incentive for you to be first in the Olympic race.

ABOUT ORIGIN Origin is Britain’s biggest indoor pool company. From small beginnings in the 1970s the company has grown, and its product ranges become more sophisticated, ever since. e directors and their team of key people are largely the same, some of the team being able to boast over twenty five years of service. And of course the expertise has grown to new heights, resulting in the superb architect designed buildings of today. Origin are responsible for every element of the process from early scribbled designs that include many of the customers' thoughts, through the architectural design, planning, ground works and construction. All is within the remit of this privately owned British company - from the first sketch to the last lick of paint, controlled and overseen by the Origin team. And that's a promise.

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Moneyhill Interiors is introducing a fabulous bedroom range to their Showroom in Moneyhill Parade

aving concentrated on kitchens for the last decade or so, Moneyhill Interiors is introducing a fabulous bedroom range to their Showroom in Moneyhill Parade. Celia Warbrick, Managing Director at Moneyhill explains, although we are well known for our kitchens, not everyone knows that we also produce bedrooms, cinema rooms, studies, libraries and media pieces, so we decided to display a brand new Oak and painted Bedroom from Davonport Furniture. Complete with beds from Hypnos, this room set will show the quality and craftsmanship that makes Davonport furniture so special. Often being asked what other rooms in the house we can make furniture for, the answer is really if we can design it, we can make it. With a few exceptions, our Factory in Colchester has the expertise to recreate new and exciting furniture for the home. All our designs, either fitted or freestanding can be manufactured in a variety of woods and finishes. Looking for new inspiration at home ? With only one kitchen still for sale in the refurbishment sale, now is the time to turn a dream into reality.

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A fabulous Pronorm Y line handless kitchen in White is for sale complete with 2 islands, and Miele appliances, including a Steam oven combination, and induction hob amongst the many appliances. With a totally free planning service, every installation is unique, so each design is totally personal, perhaps to include a favourite table or dresser or even an antique. All furniture available from Moneyhill Interiors Ltd., 1 Moneyhill Parade, Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, Herts. Tel: 01923 773906. Please visit our web site at www.moneyhillinteriors.com, or call the Showroom for a brochure. Showroom open, Monday to Friday, 9- 5.30, Saturday 10 – 4, othertimes by appointment only. For more information about Moneyhill Interiors Ltd 1 Moneyhill Parade, Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. WD3 7BQ. Call 01923 773906 or email celia@moneyhillinteriors.com alternatively visit the website at www.moneyhillinteriors.com


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n the current economic climate over two-thirds of first-time home buyers are receiving some financial assistance from their parents. Will Mercer, a family solicitor at Taylor Walton solicitors, considers the implications from a family law perspective of parents assisting their children with the purchase of a property and the importance of documentation to provide evidence of the parents’ contribution.

contribution by the parents is intended to be a gift and not a loan or a contribution entitling the parents to a share in any increase in the value of the property then a Deed of gift can be prepared at the time of purchase. 4. Parents as co-owners A final option to consider, and perhaps the most robust of all, is that the parents themselves are recorded as co-owners of the property having identifiable shares in the property. This will avoid any future problems as the parents can make sure they are reimbursed for their original contribution if the property is subsequently sold.

THE PROBLEM The main issue with parents contributing to the purchase of their child’s new property is that often the details of the arrangement are not properly discussed between the parents and the child and consequently the arrangement is not recorded in writing. Broadly speaking there are three different types of arrangement which occur. The first, and perhaps the most common, is that the parents do not expect to get any monies back. Parents often give their child a lump sum by way of a gift or an advance on their expected inheritance to act as a deposit for a first property and do not expect the child to pay them back. The second arrangement involves the parents lending money for a deposit to their child on the basis that it will be repaid at some point. Often either no time frame is given for when the loan must be repaid or the loan will be repaid once the house is sold. Rarely will the arrangement be recorded in writing. The third arrangement is more complex. Parents consider the money to be an investment providing them with an identifiable share in the property and entitling them to receive any proceeds in line with their percentage share in the property if and when the property is sold.

CONCLUSION Parents should consider taking the following actions when helping children buy property:

DEAR MUM AND DAD... CAN I HAVE A LOAN PLEASE? Peter decides that the time has come for him to move out of his parents’ house and his parents assist him by contributing £10,000 (as an interest free loan) to the deposit on a 2 bedroom apartment. The deposit required is £15,000 and the remaining £5,000 comes from Peter’s savings. The property is purchased in Peter’s sole name and no formal document is drawn up to document the contribution from Peter’s parents.

Two years later and Peter married his girlfriend Claire. They stay married for 10 years but then Claire decides that she cannot live with Peter anymore and applies for a divorce. She makes an offer as part Problems often arise later on when of the parallel financial proceedings the child forms a relationship. that she will accept a payment Whether the child subsequently equivalent to 50% of the value of the cohabits with their partner or marries, property. There is no evidence of the the lack of certainty in relation to contribution made by Peter’s parents the parents’ contribution can lead to which would assist him in arguing unforeseen outcomes if the child and that Claire should not be entitled to their partner later split up. 50% of the value of the property. Consider this very typical scenario; 7 6 M AY 2 0 1 2

The risk for Peter’s parents is that,

although they intended their contribution to be an interest free loan to be repaid on the sale of the property, they may not be repaid. THE SOLUTIONS 1. Declaration of trust The first solution is for the child and the parents to enter into a declaration of trust at the time the property is purchased. This will provide clear evidence of the intentions of the child and the parents in relation to the arrangements for how any increase in value is to be treated and who provided what to the original purchase price/deposit. 2. Loan agreement If the agreement is that of a loan, a loan agreement can be drawn up as evidence of the parents’ contribution and that this was the intention of the child and the parents at the time the property was purchased. 3. Deed of gift If the arrangement is that the

First, parents must ensure they properly discuss with their child the details of the arrangement – is the arrangement an interest free loan, a gift or an investment? Second, parents must ensure that the arrangement is correctly recorded whether it be in a loan agreement, a declaration of trust, a deed of gift or by having the parents recorded as co-owners of the property. Recording the arrangements clearly and correctly will avoid difficult problems arising in the future. Please note that this article has not discussed important tax issues arising from parents helping their children purchase property. Parents should always consider the tax implications of the various methods detailed above and should seek legal advice when considering how to proceed. Taylor Walton’s Private Client Department is very experienced in assisting clients with these issues. Will Mercer is a Family Law solicitor at Taylor Walton solicitors, which has offices in Harpenden, Luton and St Albans and provides effective legal solutions to businesses and individuals across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and the South East. Will can be contacted on 01727 818509 or by email; william. mercer@taylorwalton.co.uk


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SOUGHT-AFTER LUXURY APARTMENTS IN SOUGHT-AFTER RADLETT LOCATION designed, spacious apartment Stunning show apartment of quality. There are only 12 and marketing suite launching Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June. apartments at Heron’s Court At last, a new select development of luxury 2 and 3-bedroom apartments is now available in Radlett, Hertfordshire at Heron’s Court in Shenley Hill. Heron’s Court, built by local quality developer, Heronslea, is set in landscaped grounds with attractive mature woodland and is exceptionally well located to the nearby station and village centre, with its superb choice of shopping, restaurants and place of worship. Heron’s Court is the first new build development of its kind for some years in Radlett and is sure to appeal especially to local residents who wish for a well9 6 M AY 2 0 1 2

– three 3-bedroom and nine 2-bedroom homes, including two duplex apartments on the top two floors. All apartments have bespoke luxury kitchen/breakfast rooms and two designer bathrooms. In addition all residents will also enjoy the benefits of secure underground parking with lift access to each floor.

Space is of prime importance, with excellent sized living rooms and separate kitchen/breakfast rooms. Each kitchen has been individually designed and features glass splashbacks, stone worktops and integrated appliances including an induction hob, multi-function oven, combination microwave/oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washer dryer, waste disposal and Quooker hot tap.

There are fitted wardrobes to the master bedroom and professionally designed The apartments, built over 4 contemporary bathrooms. All floors, range in size from 1124 sq apartments are pre-wired for ft to 1689 sq ft with patios on multi-room audio systems, with the ground floor, whilst most on CAT 5 and Sky Plus throughout the upper floors have one or more as well as TV and telephone balconies. Due to the intriguing points to all main rooms. design of the building, few apartments have the same layout Heron’s Court benefits from but, as always, each is finished gas-fired underfloor heating plus to an exceptional standard. double-glazed sash windows.

The show home and marketing suite will be open Thursday - Sunday 10am- 5 pm. Prices range from £725,000 For more information on these exclusive new luxury homes at Heron’s Court please contact joint sole agents:

Preston Bennett t: 020 8954 8626 e-mail: newhomes@ prestonbennett.co.uk www.prestonbennett.co.uk

Statons t: 020 8441 9555 e-mail: newhomes@statons.com www.statons.com


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THE OLD MANOR HOUSE OPEN DAY 2nd JUNE, 11am-2pm

Wormley, Broxbourne £1,100.000

Grade II detached period home dating back to the 16th Century. ● 3 reception rooms ● Lounge, Dining room and a snug with original features ● Large L shaped kitchen/family room ● 5 bedrooms 2 with en-suites and dressing areas plus a further family bathroom ● Double cart lodge with a studio above ● Detached 1 bedroom annex with a kitchen/reception room and a bathroom ● Gated walled rear garden ● Off street parking.

01992 466471 www.paulwallace.co.uk

01992 447713

01707 661144


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An exclusive selection of just 25 one, t wo And three bedroom conversion ApArtments, duplexes And mews houses within the historic priory buildings exceptional interiors with an outstanding specification: • Luxurious bathrooms with sanitary ware by Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe • Contemporary sleek-lined ‘Ballerina’ kitchens with integrated Miele appliances

Launching 26th May 2012 Please call to make an appointment

• New floor coverings in solid oak rustic boards, natural Travertine tiles or luxurious 100% wool carpets

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• Existing staircases, architraves, doors, and skirtings retained and restored to their original glory

elegance and heritage unique living spaces in Stanmore

• Concierge and full estate management

prices from £595,000


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