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300 boats from all over the UK and around the world are expected at this year’s Great River Race, the 21 mile Thames marathon to find the UK Traditional Boat Champions. The race taking place on 17th September, starts in Docklands and finishes in Richmond. ‘Surrey Jive’ are a dance company that specialise in 1940’s – 1950’s Swing Jive. The dance originates from The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, New York in the late 1930’s. BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme, Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 34th series at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, on Thursday, 25th August, 2011. The Spirit of ‘66 Ball is a stylish, themed evening of entertainment and fundraising in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The event, now in its ninth year, will be held on Saturday 1st October 2011 at The Hurlingham Club. Epsom Downs Racecourse will once again be opening their gates for the popular Bank Holiday Family Fun Day on Monday 29th August. This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles featured in this month’s issue, until next month... Faye Manning Editor
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Two Titles, Two Hundred Fights and Only One Good Hand
stablished in 1876, Fellows auctioneers are auctioning a fantastic 1926 Lonsdale belt belonging to undefeated Welterweight Champion ‘Gentleman’ Jack Hood. As one of the UK’s leading auction houses, Fellows has a history of auctioning boxing memorabilia and in particular Lonsdale belts. In November 2000, Fellows auctioned the Randolph Turpin 1956 Lonsdale Belt for £23,000. It is now Jack Hood’s Lonsdale belt that will grace the auction room and it is sure to raise quite a stir.
Welterweight Division, Hood was never given an opportunity to fight for the World Welterweight Title because of an apparent weakness of the right hand. “Every time I landed a solid right punch an agonising pain shot through my arm” said Hood, ultimately making his achievements all the more impressive. He was therefore forced to seek contestants in the Middleweight Division, yet it was in this division where he found his greatest rivalry, with three memorable contests against the great tactician and future Heavyweight Champion of Great Britain, Len Harvey.
As a professional boxer, Welterweight Champion and pub owner, the life of Jack Hood is one laden with success and achievement. Born in Birmingham in 1902 ‘Gentleman’ Jack was led to a career in boxing through poverty. Upon leaving school and with an eye on working on the railways, at the age of 20, Hood was refused a permanent job after failing, of all things, a medical. A blessing in disguise, Hood found himself in the ring no less than 10 days later, winning the bout and with it the Midland Welterweight Championship. Whilst trying to find his way in boxing, Jack worked at Samuel Heath Brass Founders, who supported him through his early days in the ring. This was the catalyst for a career that spanned until 1934 and although Hood never had a shot at the World Welterweight Title his accomplishments include over 200 professional bouts, one Lonsdale belt, an undefeated six month period fighting in America and a bout ordered by Royal Command of the Prince of Wales.
On 31st May 1926 Hood defeated Harry Mason over a brutal 20 rounds in Holland Park Rink, Kensington, to win the Lonsdale belt and take charge of the British Welterweight Title. He then outpointed Mason once again in a rematch just two months later on 22nd July in the same venue, to retain the
Known as ‘Gentleman’ Jack, for his generous and charismatic persona both in and out of the ring, Hood went on to rule the British Welterweight Division for two decades between the 1920’s and 1930’s. Although in a class of his own in the British
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Mancini. At mid-day on Monday 13th February 1928 Hood fought Len Johnson by Royal Command of the Prince of Wales at the famous Blackfriars ‘Ring’. Len Johnson had been scheduled to fight Belgian cruiserweight Fernard Delarge, however, when the then heir to the throne heard this he remarked “I’d prefer to see that Birmingham boxer, Jack Hood. Can’t they match him with Johnson?” Hood received the call from his manager whilst on holiday ‘You’re fighting at the ‘Ring’ on Monday before the Prince of Wales. The money’s good. I’ll see you at the weigh in’ and Hood swiftly caught the train to London. When the fight was all said and done, it was Hood who stood with his hand aloft by outpointing Johnson after the 15 classic rounds.
title. It then took a further two years for Hood to find someone to challenge him for his British Welterweight Title but on the 25th June 1928 Hood proved to be too good for Alf Mancini, again being victorious on points. Following his initial win and winning his two successful challenges, in line with Lonsdale rules, Hood became legible to keep his Lonsdale belt outright. Hood’s Lonsdale belt is one of the original belts made under the contract of the National Sporting Club, before changes were made to the design by the British Boxing Board of Control in 1936. This belt was made by Mappin & Webb in Birmingham and is cast in 9ct gold with the original enamelled ‘boxers’ design. It is a tremendous example of boxing supremacy and continued success in the most hegemonic of sports. The proudest moment of Jack Hood’s boxing career however, came before his 25th June 1928 Lonsdale belt battle with Alf
Boxing over 200 bouts, winning his first 187 and losing only six demonstrates the depth and success of Jack Hood’s boxing career. When Hood came to retire in 1935 at the age of 32, he was the acclaimed Champion of Great Britain, Europe and the Empire, and he retired as the undefeated and undisputed British Welterweight Champion. It is the champions that people remember and in a sport where few things come easy it took two gruelling fights with Harry Mason and one with Alf Mancini to cement Jack Hood and his Lonsdale belt in boxing history. Hood only fought once more after his retirement in 1935, at an exhibition in 1947 at the age of 44. It was also for his second life as a pub owner where many remember him. His Lonsdale belt was displayed proudly over the bar at the Bell in Tanworth -in-Arden for 32 years where ‘Gentleman’ Jack would reminisce with boxing followers and regulars alike who would come from far and wide to meet the man. When he would be asked about his days as a boxer Jack would always reply with “No regrets, I’d do it all again”. A true champion and a real gentleman, Jack Hood’s stunning Lonsdale Belt will go under the hammer during Fellows’ auction of Silver, Plated Ware, Coins & Medals on Monday 5th September 2011 and has an estimate of £15,000 - £20,000. For further information on this auction, please contact Naomi Wilson on 0121 212 6302 or email Naomi@fellows.co.uk AUGUST2011 9
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THE GREAT RIVER RACE 2011 LONDON’S RIVER MARATHON SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2011 DOCKLANDS TO RICHMOND
boats from all over the UK and around the world are expected at this year’s Great River Race, the 21mile Thames marathon to find the UK Traditional Boat Champions. The first boat will leave from just above the Millwall Slipway, opposite the Docklands Sailing Centre, Westferry Road E14 3QS at 1.40pm with a winner expected at Ham riverside, below Ham House, Richmond at around 4.35pm. They will be propelled by over 2,400 enthusiastic leisure rowers and regular racers ranging from barelyteenage Scouts to Italian dragonboat champions. Entered also by rowing clubs, councils, schools,
corporations, pubs, youth organisations, police, fire brigades, the armed services, boating and other societies just out to take part and beat the course.
Row2Recovery as our official charity and delighted to welcome their crew to the Race. And it all can be followed by GPS tracking live on our website.”
Many will be striving to win the Challenge Trophy of The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames, feature in one of the 34 other classes or simply finish and collect a much-prized individual participation certificate. many in fancy dress. The Race is run on a ‘slowest away first, fastest last’ pursuit handicap basis, meaning the last boat away will have to make up 58 minutes to win. Roger Mutton, Great River Race deputy chairman, said today: “It is great to see such a diverse and competitive entry. We are proud to announce
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THE LEISURE LUXURY & LIFESTYLE SHOW here will be something for everyone who visits Surrey’s exciting new lifestyle event, The Leisure Luxury and Lifestyle Show at Sandown Park Racecourse on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. Organiser James Webster says ‘We have a great show for everyone in the family. There will be so much going on in the exhibition hall with prizes and special discounts on offer from the many super exhibitors, the presentations on the main stage, the live kitchen theatre and the Piper Heidsieck Champagne bar ... and not forgetting Chelsea FC Foundation outside with the youngsters’. For the ladies there will be exquisite lingerie on display from Corsetera, natural cosmetic and skin care products from Nutrimetics, beautifully bold handcrafted jewellery from Sx-Z Jewellery, hair styling and hair products from award winning salon, Clay Salon & Spa of Oxshot and cooking and kitchenware products from The Pampered Chef. There will be magnificent motors for the men with Tony Purslow displaying the dramatic gullwing Mercedes SLS, Broughtons of Surrey featuring their beautiful Bentley Continental GT, and Ecurie 25, The Super Car Club will have one of their fabulous super cars on display, while talking about cars on stage will be Chanel 5’s Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell. Sparkling holidays from Club Med, Cruise Holidays and Club la Costa, great ideas for places to visit and things to do with Spice London and Visit Surrey, while 12 AUGUST2011
for sports lovers you will find Burhill Golf Club, shooting at Bisley, tennis, squash, golf at Foxhills Resort and Spa, while the youngsters - from 4 to 14 - can enjoy some expert football coaching from Chelsea FC Foundation. Exhibitors for the home and garden include gazebos by Crown Pavilions, brand new furniture from BO Concept, Britelite Windows, Cheam Windows, interior designers Koubou Interiors, solar panel installation specialists 360 Solar PV, tableware and giftware company The Celeste Collection and the fabulous pictures & photography from Legende Celebrity Art. Other features will be the main stage presentations including Dragons Den winner Laban Roomes of Gold Genie, super new girl band A Girl Called Alice, fashion shows from Scarlets Boutique and GB judo champion Jonathan Purssey... and there’s more. At the Kitchen Theatre, the list of presenting chefs is impressive. It includes Steve Drake
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‘Surrey Jive’ are a dance company that specialise in 1940’s – 1950’s Swing Jive. The dance originates from The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, New York in the late 1930’s. With a passion for all things vintage, four friends, Caroline and Philip Stone, and Nicola and Paul Shepherd formed the company in 2008.
They now run dance classes in Epsom, Thames Ditton and Woking for the complete beginner, to those dancers at advance level. To date they have taught over 1,000 people to dance such disciplines as the ‘Jitterbug’ and ‘Savoy Lindy Hop’. It can certainly be said that Surrey Jive practice what they preach, having won three major
dance trophies between them. Known for their friendly approach, they are often hired for private functions that have included corporate events such as the Café Royal and RAC Club. Their monthly dances called ‘Jiving at Ruby’s have become a hotspot for the jive community and those that love the sounds of Glenn Miller, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and Elvis Presley, to name but a few. Watch the swing jivers bring the dance floor to life with their high energy, spontaneous movements and sophisticated styling. Surrey Jive recently extended their show to include their very own dance troupe ‘The Jive Squadron’. Consisting of six further dancers, all of who learnt with Surrey Jive, they now provide another dimension to this successful group. Surrey Jive are quick to point out the benefits of this dance. It is a great way to stay fit, and meet new people, all whilst learning something new.
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BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 34th series at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, on Thursday, 25th August, 2011. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free. This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s fourth year with the Roadshow and she says, ‘Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a 18 AUGUST2011
show that you already love to watch. Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth? moment. The AR isn’t just about antiques - it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.’ Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains
for inspection by the experts. The last series, watched by an average of six million viewers, included some great finds such as an Egyptian stone head dug up in a garden worth £10,000, a medieval ring found on a farm and valued at £20,000 and a Meissen cup and saucer bought at a car boot sale for £2.50 which was worth £5,000. Among some of the stranger items brought along were uneaten pieces of Royal wedding cake and a life-sized model of a lion once used in a TV series. People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road,
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s well as being havens for wildlife, wetlands are also crucial for humans, as the thousands of visitors who go to WWT London Wetland Centre each year will testify. The Centre is a tranquil oasis close to the centre of the Capital and just 10 minutes from Hammersmith, but it could be a world way. It provides a space for Londoners to relax and recharge their batteries and to escape from the stress of city living. Humans have been aware of the benefits of wetlands such as rivers, estuaries and marshes for thousands of years. Over the centuries people have chosen to live close to wetlands for the clean water they provide, as well as the raw materials they generate which are used for food, clothing and housing. People today may no
longer be so conscious of the benefits that wetlands offer in these respects but they still value them for their scenic beauty, their wildlife and as places to walk and relax. To remind visitors of civilisation’s long association with wetlands London Wetland Centre is hosting a Traditional Craft Weekend on 23rd and 24th July. The weekend celebrates rural skills such as basket making, weaving, spinning, felt making, duck decoy carving and coracle ‘sailing’. There will also be a talk about eels, explaining how they were traditionally caught in wetlands and why they are now under threat. And on Sunday 24th July visitors can enjoy the particularly English skill of Morris Dancing; it may not be specific to wetlands but it’s a lot of fun to watch! One of the most important
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aspects of wetlands is the habitats they provide for wildlife. London Wetland Centre is home to over 180 species of birds, plus amphibians, reptiles, insects and rare plants. The Centre also hosts a thriving colony of water voles, the UK’s most endangered mammal. Look out for these wonderful little animals among the reeds and irises and listen for a loud ‘plop’ as they dive into the water to escape from perceived danger. The Centre has recently
opened a fantastic new feature; a sand martin nest bank with CCTV links into the nest boxes. This gives visitors the rare chance to see these amazing aerial acrobats up close, flying up to the nest bank and also sitting on their nests, feeding their chicks. But if you are planning a visit to London Wetland Centre don’t delay too long if you want to see the sand martins as they start migrating back to Africa in August. Visit wwt.org.uk/london or call 020 8409 4400.
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EPSOM HOSTS A FESTIVAL OF BANK HOLIDAY FUN
psom Downs Racecourse will once again be opening their gates for the popular Bank Holiday Family Fun Day on Monday 29th August. For the first time in the event’s history, Epsom will turn the event into ‘fun festival’ as it combines with the 2011 Epsom Trainers’ Open Day on Sunday the 28th and racing on Tuesday 30th August.
Entertainment at the annual Family Fun Day on Monday 29th August will include a parade of ex-racehorses, pony rides, hot shoeing demonstration, the Shetland Pony Derby and tradestands selling something for everyone.
Sunday 29th August will see horses exercising on the gallops from around 9am, after which, a complimentary bus service will provide transport around the local racing yards as they open to the public between 10am and 1pm.
In addition to the racing and activities no Family Fun Day at Epsom would be complete without the traditional children’s races, which take part along the race track with prizes for the winners and runners-up. The majority of entertainment
Family Funday favourites such as children’s races, a petting zoo and an opportunity to meet the jockeys will also be on offer on the day.
will be located in the main enclosures however inflatables will be in the Lonsdale Enclosure which can be accessed for just £5 per person. Rupert Trevelyan, Managing Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, comments; “I am really looking forward to our first festival of fun on this year’s August Bank Holiday weekend. I look forward to welcoming the local community and hope that families come along to enjoy the racing, entertainment and exceptional facilities that Epsom now boasts.” To book your tickets either call 0844 848 0197 or visit www.epsomdowns.co.uk
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he Nomad – the most intrepid, the most adventurous, roaming pop-up cinema experience in the world. Nomad film events embrace and enhance the venue, offering new ways of seeing and remembering an uplifting range of films from classics to cult, noir and silent, to mainstream guilty pleasures. More than just providing screenings of great films in great locations, Nomad events promise to immerse you in the flavour of the film, with added elements of theatre, music, dressing and performance. So prepare to do the odd doubletake and keep an eye on that ‘guest’ just over your shoulder. All may not be as it seems… 2500 acres of beautiful wilderness in London: hills, woodlands, ponds, gardens, grasslands and 650 free roaming red deer – Richmond Park is
the largest and wildest of London’s Royal Parks and a fine, fitting backdrop for the Nomad’s 3-night mini-season. Taking you on a nostalgic adventure with some of the most best loved films of recent times, the Nomad Cinema screenings are bound to be popular with movie buffs. The screenings are part of a series of pop up cinema events taking place across London over the summer. The first film screening to take place at Richmond Park is Raiders of the Lost Ark, which sees Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. The following night, film fans can watch E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on the big screen, before the final night screening of The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn as a mismatched pair who find true love.
The programme of outdoor film screenings at the Nomad Cinema at Richmond Park looks like this: WEDNESDAY 31ST AUGUST RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER THE AFRICAN QUEEN The screen is located at Roehampton Gate.
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‘ONE SIMPLE STEP CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE’ A FUN-FILLED INTERACTIVE FAMILY ECO-EXTRAVAGANZA IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE AND NATURAL LOCATIONS
TART, an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales to inspire the UK public to take simple steps towards achieving more sustainable living, is delighted to announce Start@ Kew, a five day interactive eco-extravaganza of entertainment and simple ideas located in the historic Kew Gardens. Start@Kew will give visitors simple sustainable living ideas that they can start doing to make a difference. This family event will inspire people with ideas they can start on right now. The event will have entertainment, playful discovery and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visitors will be able to access Start@Kew, along with everything else Kew has to offer, for the general Kew admission price. Start@Kew will be located between Kew Palace and the Kew Orangery will be bursting with kids and family activities, a performance area, exhibits, 26 AUGUST2011
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demonstrations and interactive experiences that show the proven benefits of using fewer resources such as energy, water, food, fuel and materials. Joey Tabone, CEO of Start, says: “The gorgeous environment of Kew and its connection with the natural world is the perfect setting for inspiring people. Everyone who comes will be guaranteed a stimulating and memorable family day out – and of course a great Start experience that will be truly inspirational.” The Start initiative is supported by a whole host of celebrities all trying to make their own difference and have already made a Start by making a sustainable promise:
Barbara Windsor “Britain is such a beautiful place to holiday in, I’m going to Start promising to encourage people to ‘Carry On Camping’.” Alan Titchmarsh “I promise to start cycling
again and avoid using the car for local journeys. Anyway, you can get a better view into folks’ gardens from a bike!”
Kirstie Allsopp “I promise to keep my house as stylish and comfy as possible by dressing all the windows with gorgeous ‘homemade’ curtains and to always draw them closed at the right times so I’m warm in winter and cool in summer!” Kew Gardens opens daily at 9:30am. Tickets are priced: £13.90 for adults, £11.90 concessions, and children go free. Tickets are available from www2.seetickets.com/kew www.startuk.org AUGUST2011 27
THE WORLD’S GREATEST CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 15TH JULY TO SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2011 THIS IS THE 117TH YEAR OF THE PROMS AND STILL IT REMAINS TRUE TO ITS ORIGINAL AIM: TO PRESENT THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF MUSIC, PERFORMED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS, TO LARGE AUDIENCES.
he first Proms concert took place on 10th August 1895 and was the brainchild of the impresario Robert Newman, manager of the newly built Queen’s Hall in London. While Newman had previously organised symphony orchestra concerts at the hall, his aim was to reach a wider audience by offering more popular programmes, adopting a less formal promenade arrangement, and keeping ticket prices low. The 100th Proms season took place in 1994 and the festival now includes over 70 main Prom concerts every year, ever widening the range of symphonic and operatic music presented. The BBC Proms continues to welcome leading international performers whilst showcasing the best of the British music scene, including the BBC’s own orchestras and choirs. The BBC Proms are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and many are broadcast on BBC television and all broadcasts are available via the BBC iPlayer for 7 days. Seasoned enthusiast or complete newcomer, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed when faced with the fascinating variety of concerts that make up the BBC Proms 2011 season. There’s something to appeal to everyone, with 74 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, 12 Chamber Proms at Cadogan Hall plus numerous other special events to choose from. The Proms Plus series incorporates over seventy events 28 A J UULG YU 2 0S1T12 0 1 1
talks, films, family events and more. A further highlight of the season is the world-famous Last Night of the Proms, bringing the season to a spectacular end on Saturday 10th September with celebrations taking places across the UK. BBC PROMS IN THE PARK, HYDE PARK, LONDON SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2011 Now in its sixteenth year, Proms in the Park is still one of London’s most popular events. This year a host of internationally acclaimed stars, including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Lang Lang, will be accompanied by Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. Gates open 4pm, Entertainment from 5.30pm Price £32.50 (under-3s free) Buy Tickets online www.bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark. By Phone, Royal Albert Hall
Telephone 0845 401 5040* (9.00am – 9.00pm, a booking fee of 2% of the total value, plus £2.10 per ticket applies) Or from See Tickets 0844 412 4630* (a transaction fee of £2.00, plus a booking fee of £1.35 per ticket applies) In Person The Royal Albert Hall (Door 12, 9.00am– 9.00pm, no transaction fee) THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2011, 7.30PM The Last Night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, is one of the most popular classical music concerts in the world, watched and listened to by an audience of many millions around the globe. While it lives up to its reputation of a fun Last Night party celebrating British tradition, it equally encapsulates the spirit of the Proms, with leading international artists and an all-embracing programme, introducing new works alongside much-loved classics and bringing together the different themes of the season. This year Edward Gardner leads the festivities for the first time, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with starring roles for pianist Lang Lang and soprano Susan Bullock. All tickets for the BBC Proms are sold by the Royal Albert Hall Box Oﬃce. Telephone them direct on 0845 401 5040 (9am - 9pm, 7 days a week) For full information please visit the Proms website at www.bbc.co.uk/proms
F E AT U R E
The National Trust in Surrey WHETHER YOU’D LIKE TO DISCOVER SOME INTERESTING STORIES ABOUT NATIONAL TRUST HOUSES AND GARDENS, YOU NEED A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION AS A BACKDROP SEARCHING FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS OR LOOKING FOR A LOVELY DAY OUT , THE NATIONAL TRUST IN SURREY HAVE THE PERFECT VENUES AND PLACES OF INTEREST...AND WHAT’S COMING UP THIS SPRING.
WINKWORTH ARBORETUM Hascombe Road, Hascombe
Clandon Park, West Clandon,Guildford Built by the Venetian architect, Leoni, in the 1730s for 2nd Lord Onslow, Clandon Park has one of the finest marble halls in Europe. The 4th Earl served as Govenor of New Zealand from 1888 - 1892, which is why there is a Maori meeting house in the grounds. Attractive gardens contain a sunken Dutch garden, grotto and stunning bulb field in spring. Inside a superb collection of 18th century furniture, textiles and one of the finest collections of porcelain, including Meissen Commedia dell’arte figures. Clandon is also home to the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment Museum. A first class licensed restaurant in the vaulted undercroft is open for coffee, lunch and teas from 11am. Please note Clandon Park is open Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
The house was built for the Naval hero Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and boasts the earliest surviving interiors by Robert Adam. Inside explore the world’s largest collection of composer related keyboards upon which J.C.Bach, Chopin, Mahler & Elgar, to mention a few, have played. The shop and licensed tearoom serving coffee, lunches and teas can be found in the lovely cobbled courtyard, both open the same days as the house.
Great Bookham, Nr Dorking
Hatchlands is set in a beautiful 430 acre Repton park offering a variety of parkland and woodland walks.
Originally an elegant 1820s Regency villa in a magnificent landscape setting. The house was remodelled after 1906 by the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. Her collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver are still displayed in the reception rooms and galleries. Extensive grounds (1,400 acre estate), walled rose garden, lawns and landscape walks. Gift shop, restaurant, farm shop open every day, located outside the pay perimeter. Dates: 3 April 2011 12:00pm
LEITH HILL & TOWER
Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford
Clandon Park, West Clandon,Guildford
Estate Office, Abinger Road, off Etherley Hill, Dorking
The Old Fort, Box Hill Road,Tadworth An outstanding area of woodland and chalk downland, Box Hill has long been famous as a destination for day-trippers from London.It has much to offer families, as well as ramblers and naturalists, with many beautiful walks and views towards the South Downs. On the summit there is a Discovery Zone, shop, servery, ample car parking and a magnificent view. The National Trust is thrilled that the wonderful landscape of Box Hill will be showcased to the world during the London 2012 cycle road race. Abby Johnson Brennan, Regional Director for the National Trust in London and the South East, said: “The road race is a wonderful opportunity to really show-off the beauty and value of Box Hill, especially as a place for people to enjoy outdoor activities and exercise. “We do have a duty to protect this special site and its wildlife, and therefore will be working closely with LOCOG and Natural England to ensure this obligation is fulfilled. We hope that people will CLAREMONT LANDSCAPE GARDEN Portsmouth Road, Esher
F E AT U R E appreciate and respect this. Currently we are awaiting the results of an environmental impact assessment, which will help inform plans for the event moving forward.” Box Hill is currently enjoyed by over 800,000 visitors each year and is already a cycling hot-spot
CLAREMONT LANDSCAPE GARDEN Portsmouth Road, Esher
Claremont is a beautiful garden surrounding a small lake and featuring an unusual grass amphitheatre. The garden’s creation and development has involved great names in garden history, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. In 1726 it was described as ‘the noblest of any in Europe’ and the garden today is of national importance. Visitors walking round the lake will see the island and pavilion, grotto and many viewpoints and vistas. There are hidden features to enjoy as well as wider estate walks and a new children’s play area.
DEVILS PUNCH BOWL & HINDHEAD COMMONS London Road, Hindhead
Owned by the National Trust, the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a remarkable natural basin with a true wilderness feel. With its large swathes of lowland heath, it is Europe’s largest spring-eroded valley. Local people, visitors from further afield and those journeying along the A3 can all enjoy the stunning scenery of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and Hindhead Commons from the viewpoint 50 yards from the Devil’s Punch Bowl Café. See both portals of the new A3 tunnel from viewing platforms.
and climb aboard Reliance, one of the last surviving barges. In the hands-on discovery room visitors can have a go at lifting a load or tying a nautical knot, or find out more about the cargoes carried on the river. Free children’s trails are always available and there is a programme of special family events. The Wharf has a small shop that sells souvenirs, drinks, snacks and ice creams and there are also lovely riverside picnic areas. To enjoy the river from a different perspective take a trip in our quiet electric launch (weather permitting). Dapdune Wharf is situated on the bank of the River Wry, just five minutes walk from Guildford town centre or by car from the A322 (Woodbridge Road). It is open to the public from 11:00-17:00 on Thursdays to Mondays, April to October.
LEITH HILL & TOWER
DEVILS PUNCH BOWL & HINDHEAD COMMONS London Road, Hindhead
Estate Office, Abinger Road,off Etherley Hill, Dorking The highest point in south east England, Leith Hill is crowned by an 18C Gothic Tower, with panoramic views north to London and south to the English Channel. There are colourful displays of rhododendrons and bluebells in May and June. Rugged countryside provides exhilarating walking in woodland and over heathland and farmland. Please note: Leith Hill Tower is open all Bank Holidays except for Christmas Day. The countryside surrounding Leith Hill Tower is accessible throughout the year. Leith Hill Tower is open on Wednesdays from April to end of October.
RIVER WEY AND GODALMING NAVIGATIONS
Navigation Office, Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford The visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf is the centrepiece of one of the National Trust’s most unusual properties, the River Wey Navigations. A series of interactive exhibits and diplays allow you to discover the fascinating story of Surrey’s secret waterway, one of the first British rivers to be made navigable. See where the huge Wey barges were built
West of Dorking, on the North Downs, Surrey Dramatic and stunning chalk escarpment with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Amazing views towards Leith Hill, highest point in south east England, and Holmbury Hill in the west, with super spots for wildlife-watching. One of the best sites in south east England for seeing butterflies and orchids, peaceful walks along ancient tracks, and historical Second World War pill boxes, part of London’s outer defences
The Street, Shalford, Guildford Shalford Mill is a wonderful hidden gem, in the quiet backwater of Shalford sitting across the clear water of the Tillingbourne stream.The National Trust runs regular guided tours of this well preserved early 18th century water mill. The building has remained almost unaltered since ceasing operations in 1914. Although the water wheel no longer functions, it is still possible to trace the remarkable journey of grain around the mill before it was bagged up and carted off to the bakers.
WINKWORTH ARBORETUM Hascombe Road, Hascombe
Wander round this tranquil hillside arboretum which contains over 1,000 shrubs and trees. Although perfect as an all-year-round venue, don’t miss the spring’s colourful blossoms (magnolias, rhododendrons, bluebells and azaleas) and fantastic autumn colour (beautiful golds and reds of maples, tupelos and cherries). Make sure you enjoy the views of the lake from the boathouse and if you have a little longer, why not take the circular walk across the wetland? Children’s trails are available.
Reigate Hill, alongside the North Downs Way, East Surrey Nineteenth century defensive fort positioned on top of Reigate Hill, affording sweeping views across the Weald. A short walk along the North Downs Way to Reigate Fort looking at the history and uses of this recently restored Scheduled Ancient Monument and learning how it has played such an important role in the evolution of warfare. Built in 1898 as a defensive structure to protect London from potential French invasion and represents the evolution of warfare due to rapidly developing technology. Step back in time on a guided tour to discover what life was like in the Fort and fantastic walks along the North Downs Way, with impressive views . The National Trust is a charity and is completely independent of Government. They rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from commercial operations. They have over 3.6 million members and 55,000 volunteers. More than 14 million people visit pay for entry properties, while an estimated 50 million visit their open air properties. National Trust protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.But it doesn’t stop there. They also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.
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OF THE RHS CHELSEA
FLOWER SHOW 2011
our types of awards – Gold Flora, Silver-Gilt Flora, Silver Flora, and Bronze Flora – are given in various horticultural categories, including Best Show Garden, Best City Garden, Best Chic Garden, and Best Courtyard Garden, among others. Despite the challenging warm and dry weather conditions throughout April and May, exhibitors excelled in both planting and design, with the world class growers and exhibitors in the Great Pavilion amassing over fifty gold medals in total. The Daily Telegraph Garden, designed by Cleve West, was awarded gold and has been given the accolade of Best Show Garden. This is a stunning hat trick of Best in Show awards for The Daily Telegraph. Among the gold winning highlights, Diarmuid Gavin achieved his first gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his Irish Sky Garden. The judging panel awarded a total of eight gold medals, five silver - gilt flora medals and silver flora medals in the show garden category. In the Urban Garden category, eight gardens were awarded medals - three gold; four silver-gilt and two silver medals. The Best Urban Garden 2011 title went to Stockton Drilling Ltd, with Lands’ End and Worcester Bosch gardens also winning gold. The Best Artisan Garden accolade and a gold medal were awarded to the Hae-woo-so (Emptying One’s Mind) garden. Other awards in this category are one other gold, one silver – gilt, three silvers and a bronze. In the Great Pavilion, right at the heart of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where world class nurseries exhibit a vast range of top quality plants, there were over 100 medals awarded, of which 56 were gold. The President’s Award in the Great Pavilion was awarded to Crug Farm Plants, Gwynedd Four gold medals were awarded in the Continuous Learning category in the Great Pavilion, with Sparsholt College being awarded gold and Best Continuous Learning Exhibit. In the first session of the Floral Arrangement Awards a total of nineteen awards were presented including four gold medals. 32 AUGUST2011
T radestands are an important part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Alitex, Hartley Botanic Ltd and David Harber Ltd were awarded the highest accolade of a Trophy award. 2011 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW AWARD WINNERS BY REGION SURREY WINNERS...
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Award Bronze Grenfell Category Flower Arranging 1st Session Site Number FA1 Name Mrs J Wright Address Wood Lane Cottage, Wood Lane, GU10 1HS
Award Gold Category Floral Marquee Site Number GPH Name David Millais Address Crosswater Farm, Crosswater Lane, GU10 2JN Tel 01252792698 Email email@example.com Web www.rhododendrons.co.uk
Award Gold Category Floral Marquee Site Number GPE Name Martin Gibbons Address Opp. Riverside Drive, Ham Street, TW10 7HA Tel 02082556191 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.palmcentre.co.uk
The Daily Telegraph
Award Gold Category Show Garden Site Number MA Name Mr M Fane Address Nursery Court, London Road, GU20 6LQ Web www.telegraph.co.uk
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Award Merit Category Tradestands Site Number EA Name Mr P Heyland Address Ridgewood Stud, Ironsbottom, RH2 8QG Web www.heylandandwhittle.co.uk
All in all it was a very successful week for the glorious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, one of the highlights of the British social season. It will be interesting to see how they outdo themselves next year!
Three individual showrooms open 9am-5pm weekdays, 10am-4pm Saturdays
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Building on water Some of the country’s foremost house builders, architects and surveyors throw caution to the wind, quite literally, when taking part in their exclusive industry event, the Little Britain Challenge Cup, Europe’s largest commercial sailing regatta, which takes place every September in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight. This year’s event, taking place 8th-11th September, received a record number of firm entries during the first week of opening their on-line booking service, something that particularly delighted the Little Britain Chairman, David Smith, from Surrey-based luxury house builders Octagon who comments,
“We see the LBCC as the perfect mix of a wonderful few days’ racing combined with some great networking opportunities. Anybody who is anybody, is here for the four day extravaganza, either bringing down company members to crew, or inviting clients who love to join in for both the racing and partying afterwards. We forsee this being a sell out year, so are urging regulars and newcomers alike, who have yet to register, not to delay, so they can be assured of place in September.” Both those wishing to actually compete, or simply join in from the quayside, there is a jam packed programme of events which will take 1500 guests through from sunrise to the early hours throughout the regatta period.
Everyone is invited to join in the evening parties held at Cowes Yacht Haven. This year, the Friday night extravaganza is Viva Las Vegas, giving guests the chance to dress up in theme, and take part in a fun filled programme of entertainment. This includes getting hitched in the Little White Wedding Chapel, and special guest appearances from ‘Elvis’, ‘Frank’, and the lovely ‘Vegas Show Girls’. The LBCC is more than just a jolly, as it continues to support a number of charities, which, more than ever, need help and support. Not least the GBR Paralympic Sailing Team. This is the LBCC’s last big chance to raise funds for these most magnificent of sailors, to ensure they enter the 2012 Olympics in winning style. Already well into serious training on the Olympic waters of Weymouth, the seven young individuals are determinedly gearing themselves towards victory, despite their varying degrees of disability which range from cerebral palsy through minus a right forearm to a double below the knee amputee.
The LBCC money really does make a huge difference, as these sailors, all professionals and regatta champions, get nothing in the way of handouts from government or councils. This is the time that costs start to soar, as the team require more boats, which come hand in hand with higher maintenance bills. As well as actively overturing sponsors themselves, to help keep their boats in prime condition and in the water, they rely on the generosity of people like the contestants and guests who attend the Little Britain Challenge Cup.
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Join the Race 8th-11th September 2011 www.littlebritain.co.uk An invitation to sail in Europeâ€™s largest commercial regatta, the 24th Little Britain Challenge Cup. If you have a connection with the building industry you are probably eligible to join in this fantastic annual event taking place 8th-11th September at Cowes. Attracting around 150 yachts across 10 classes, with over 1500 competitors and quayside guests, the LBCC is the construction and property industryâ€™s premier event for high level networking and socialising.
Ham House & Garden A
400-year-old treasure trove waiting to be discovered and one of a series of grand houses and palaces alongside the River Thames. Ham House was built in 1610 for Sir Thomas Vavasour, Knight Marshal to James I. On Sir Thomas’s death in 1620, the house passed briefly to the Earl of Holdernesse, before becoming the home of William Murray in 1626. Murray had been the ‘whipping boy’ for the future Charles I. He took punishment on behalf of the young prince, and formed a close bond with him, growing up to share his taste in art and architecture. Between 1637 and 1639, Murray remodelled the interior of Ham. He created the Great Staircase
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and a suite of sumptuous rooms on the first floor: the Great Dining Room (now the Hall Gallery), the North Drawing Room, and the Long Gallery with its adjoining picture closet. The decoration is intact in most of these rooms. The remaining part of Murray’s art collection gives us a rare picture of fashions under Charles I.
organisation supporting the exiled King. Even before Tollemache’s death in 1669, Lady Dysart was rumoured to have formed an attachment to the ambitious John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, Secretary of State for Scotland.
When the Civil War broke out in 1642, Murray naturally joined the Royalist cause, and was created 1st Earl of Dysart for his loyalty. He died in Edinburgh in 1655.
Following their marriage in 1672, they extended and refurnished Ham as a palatial villa reflecting the Duke’s status as one of the most powerful ministers of Charles II. Much of this luxurious interior decoration survives today, along with rare textiles, furniture and paintings.
The Duchess of Lauderdale
The Tollemache dynasty
Ham passed to Murray’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth. Her father’s titles were conferred upon her in 1655, after his death, when she became the Countess of Dysart. She was described by contemporaries as beautiful, ambitious and greedy. In 1648, she married Sir Lionel Tollemache, 3rd Baronet, of Helmingham Hall in Suffolk, a wealthy and cultivated squire. They had eleven children, of whom five survived to adulthood.
After the Duke’s death in 1682, the Duchess had to curb her extravagance and was eventually reduced to pawning her favourite pictures and jewellery. Elizabeth died at Ham in 1698. Ham House and the Dysart title then passed to her eldest son from her first marriage: Lionel Tollemache, 3rd Earl of Dysart (1649-1727).
Renowned as a political schemer, she is said to have belonged to the Sealed Knot, the secret
Lionel took little interest in the house but by contrast, the 3rd Earl’s grandson and heir, another Lionel, the 4th Earl, carried out major structural repairs in the 1740s. He filled many of the rooms
The beautiful gardens include a statue of Bacchus at its centre
with new furniture and paintings. Most notably, the Queen’s Bedchamber, furnished by the Lauderdales for Charles’ Queen, Catherine of Braganza, was converted into a first-floor drawing room. The mahogany chairs, gilt pierglasses and tables, and tapestries after Watteau survive in situ. The 5th Earl partially re-landscaped the garden and was succeeded in 1799 by his brother, Wilbraham, who immediately made improvements inside and outside the house. The 6th Earl was a generous patron of Reynolds and Gainsborough. He created the striking Yellow Satin Bedroom, but most of his changes were antiquarian in spirit, enhancing Ham’s 17thcentury character.
Restoration & renewal Little changed at Ham between the 6th Earl’s death in 1821 and 1884, when William, 9th Earl of Dysart came of age. Sixty years of benign neglect had left the house and its contents in urgent need of repair and Lord Dysart embarked on a thorough restoration campaign.
The roof was renewed, electricity and heating installed, and much of the 17th-century furniture repaired. The 9th Earl died in 1935, when Ham passed to his second cousin, Sir Lyonel Tollemache. Sir Lyonel and his son, Cecil, gave Ham to the National Trust in 1948. Discover the fine interiors and historic gardens that make Ham an unusual and fascinating place to visit. Please note: for conservation reasons, some rooms have low light levels. The beautiful gardens include the much photographed Cherry Garden. It features lavender parterres flanked by two berceaux (vaulted trellises) of pleached hornbeam and a statue of Bacchus at its centre. Walnut and chestnut trees in the outer courtyard act as roosts and nesting sites for a large flock of green parakeets. The formal listed avenues are formed by more than 250 trees. It is said that the Duchess still haunts the house today, along with a number of other ghostly inhabitants.
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The Royal Automobile Club One membership, twO exclusive clubhOuses
ounded in 1897, with the aim of encouraging automobilism in Britain, today the Royal Automobile Club is a private members’ club that combines over 100 years of tradition with contemporary and luxurious facilities. Two unique clubhouses, one in the heart of London’s Pall Mall, the other Woodcote Park, a peaceful estate set within 350 acres of rolling Surrey countryside, offer unsurpassed dining, banqueting, accommodation, golf and sporting facilities. Membership remains at record levels of around 16,500 members in the UK and beyond with members ranging from those in their teens to those over one hundred years of age! Club life
The Club’s lively and diverse events programme covers art and culture, sporting events with guest speakers, theatre, comedy, live music, along with gourmet dinners and visiting Chef ’s from Europe’s top restaurants and beyond. Partner Clubs
Members gain access to other exclusive properties and facilities as the Club has reciprocal links with over sixty other private clubs around the globe. soCial aCtivities
Sample a wide range of activities and sports, from Sub Aqua to Squash, Book Club to Billiards, enjoying professional tuition, regular competitions, social and lecture evenings. Motoring
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annual motoring dinners, awards and industry launches, Pall Mall frequently plays host to the world’s top marques, Rolls Royce, Bentleys and even the occasional supercar or F1 on display. Membership of one of the finest clubs in the world truly brings many privileges
Pall Mall Today
Set in the heart of St James’s, the Pall Mall clubhouse provides a welcome sanctuary away from the bustle of Central London, in which members and their guests can relax. In all its Edwardian splendour, the high ceilings, rich carpets and ornate plasterwork, as well as a fine collection of art, help create a contemporary experience set within the luxurious and comfortable surroundings of a traditional club. The clubhouse provides a fine choice of restaurants, lounges and bars with décor and menus that range from opulence to relaxed to meet every member’s requirements. In 2007 The Great Gallery restaurant enjoyed a metamorphosis with its lavish use of gold leaf, a hand-blocked wood floor inspired by Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg and a series of murals by artist Catherine Lovegrove. The unused terrace beyond became a splendid topiary-filled oasis for al fresco dining and, when smoking became outlawed, the Smoking Room also underwent a transformation. Now known as the Club Room, it retains a cheerful informality as regulars
sip tea and play chess in an awe-inspiring interior that was described in Country Life as ‘English Palladian style at its most sumptuously architectural’. The room boasts a ceiling and frieze modelled on the old War Office that stood at 89 Pall Mall before the Club was built. Members and guests can unwind in leather armchairs, take tea and sandwiches or a drink, play backgammon or chess, read a daily paper or a book from the well stocked clubhouse library. The elegant Cocktail Bar and Art Deco inspired Brooklands Room, a smaller and more informal brasserie-style restaurant rarely have a spare table and for member functions, there are six impressive private dining and meeting rooms allowing for all kinds of events, from intimate dinners and small private meetings to the very grandest receptions for up to 450 people. The exceptional sports facilities include a well-equipped gym, unique Turkish baths for male, female and mixed days, squash courts, billiards tables, treatments rooms and the famous marble columned swimming pool is the training ground for many a dedicated swimmer. Out of town members benefit from the use of its 84 en-suite rooms and full housekeeping services, while the business centre and library provide the latest technology to members away from their offices. Building work is currently taking place at Pall Mall, to increase the
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number of bedrooms available to members by 22, due for completion early 2011. The Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HS Telephone 0207 930 2345 www. royalautomobileclub.co.uk
The History of the Pall Mall Clubhouse
The purpose built Pall Mall clubhouse took three years to complete. Responsible for the work were the famed architects Messrs. Mewes and Davis, who numbered the nearby Ritz amongst their achievements. Together they pioneered a steel structure as an internal framework and utilised every new scientific innovation available at the time, electric and hydraulic lifts, central heating and air conditioning, 120 telephone lines, gas flares to illuminate the front of the building and even electric lighting. Eventually opening in March 1911, at a cost of £250,000, a Vanity Fair article of the era described the clubhouse as being ‘on a scale of grandeur absolutely unparalleled anywhere.’ The Committee convened in the new clubhouse for the long-awaited opening, but half of them got lost in the vast new building and needed guides. The interiors were equally as impressive, as were the views over London, from Nelson’s Column to Buckingham Palace. Opulent French Renaissance style décor, Doric colonnades in the central vestibule and fine paintings, all added to the splendour. In total the clubhouse contained 258 rooms, including a library, photographic studio, barbers and hairdressers, bedrooms, waiting rooms, assembly rooms, committee rooms and smoking rooms. Dining has always been central, with the original Great Gallery able to accommodate up to 500 people. Unsurpassed recreation and sporting facilities have also been a constant, with card tables, a billiard-saloon, fencing, gymnasium, a rifle range and even a bowling alley. Squash courts and a Turkish Bath were also installed, but the piece de resistance was the swimming pool with its mosaic columns, white Sicilian marble walls and bronze balconies overlooking the shimmering green water. It is even rumoured that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret learned to swim in the pool at the Club.
Woodcote Park Today
Woodcote Park is a 350-acre estate set in the Epsom Downs, just 16 miles from Pall Mall. The handsome red brick mansion retains the style and atmosphere of a great country house and is the perfect place for members looking to escape urban life. Gold enthusiasts can enjoy two 1840 AUGUST2011
hole parkland golf courses - members can play on payment of a green fee. This is complemented by other sports facilities, including a 30-metre indoor swimming pool, four squash courts, six floodlit tennis courts, a modern gymnasium and a croquet lawn. The Boston Room, Woodcote Park’s newly refurbished main restaurant, offers the best in British and international cuisine served in formal but stylish surroundings. Completely transformed with a new menu and interior, the Boston Room is the place to go to sample the finest ingredients that Britain has to offer; succulent beef from the Castle of Mey in Scotland or free range chicken from Laverstoke Park in Hampshire. Cooked using techniques from around the world to give the dining experience a truly cosmopolitan feel. the Derby rooM
Derby Day is perhaps the highlight of Woodcote’s social and sporting calendar, but the Derby Room itself, can be used for many other occasions during the year, including dinners, luncheons, wedding receptions and conferences. It can also be used for small dances in conjunction with its smaller neighbour the Oaks Room. the oaks rooM
Named after the other June Classic run over the Epsom Downs course, the Oaks room, like the Derby Room beside it, has fine views over the Woodcote golf courses. This intimate corner room, on the first floor, is regularly used by Members to entertain smaller parties of friends, family or business colleagues. 22 bedrooms, including 1 suite, offer a very high standard of accommodation. The prestigious entertaining rooms and banqueting facilities make Woodcote Park an impressive venue for garden and drinks parties, wedding receptions, residential conferences and business meetings. The grounds can also be utilised for team activities such as archery, laser clay shooting and country pursuits. The Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park, Wilmerhatch Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT18 7EW Telephone 01372 276311 www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk
The History of Woodcote Park
In 1913 Woodcote Park near Epsom racecourse was purchased as a Country Club to compliment the Pall Mall clubhouse. Located on the site of a historic 12thCentury abbey, it was a mansion built in 1679 by Richard Evelyn (brother of diarist John), and mentioned
in his diaries by Samuel Pepys. Barely had the ink dried on the documents when the First World War was declared, and both clubhouses were put at the disposal of the armed services. In 1934, Woodcote Park was razed to the ground by fire, re-opening only 21 months later in May 1936. World War II saw the country club assume a new role, a training centre for thousands of troops with the grounds ploughed for agricultural purposes. In August 1940 a Hawker Hurricane made a forced landing in the golf course. The British pilot was helped into the Clubhouse for medical assistance, having first proved his nationality by waving a packet of ‘Players’ cigarettes at golfers in the vicinity. The intervening years saw the country clubhouse firmly establish itself as a social and golfing haven for members and guests, with two 18-hole parkland golf courses, the Coronation and the Old Course. In the 1980s investment was needed to bring Woodcote Park up to date; around £5 million pounds was invested in refurbishing and equipping the country clubhouse with a sports complex, Cedars, indoor swimming pool, squash and tennis courts. Today Woodcote Park remains a hub for members looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of London.
From the advent of the horseless carriage to the age of the stretch limousine, the Royal Automobile Club has been the ‘Parliament of Motoring.’ The Royal Automobile Club, Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation, was born out of a shared love of motoring and a dedication to preserving the rights and best interests of motorists over 100 years ago. Founded in 1897 by Frederick Richard Simms, assisted by Charles Harrington Moore, the Club’s history mirrors that of motoring itself: In 1896 the restrictive Red Flag Act, that had required a man to walk in front of every vehicle, was repealed, the birth of motoring in the UK. The Emancipation Run, the precursor to today’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, was organised to celebrate the passing of the Locomotives on the Highways Act. In 1900, Claude Johnson organised the ‘Thousand Mile Trial’, putting British motoring on the map. Three years later, the Club vigorously campaigned for the Motor Act, having long had the interests of the private motorist at heart. This Act increased speed limits and removed other restrictive legislation. 1905 and the Club organised the first Tourist Trophy (TT) race, today the oldest
motoring race regularly run. In the same year the Club became the governing body for motor sport in Britain and introduced driving certificates, a responsibility which was not to be taken over by the government for another thirty years. In 1911 the Club turnover rose to £970,000 from £385,000 the previous year, as a result of a huge influx of new members, all paying 25 guineas a head to join and an annual subscription fee of 10 guineas. In 1943 Lord Mountbatten became the Club’s President. From the 1950’s to 1960’s the British car industry began to suffer from overseas competition and inefficiencies and the Club’s main rival the AA began to modernise and consolidate its service to members. Despite this the clubhouse itself continued to prosper. After Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA in 1979, Prince Michael of Kent became President of the Club. 1991 saw the formation of the RAC Foundation for Motoring. Long before that the Club, through its Public Policy Committee, had become a respected voice in the formulation of government policy on roads and motorised transport. This was recognized and strengthened by the formation, in 1991, of the RAC Foundation for Motoring, a registered charity. RAC Motoring Services Ltd, which offered roadside assistance and many other benefits to over 5½ million associate members, was sold by the Club in 1999 to the Lex Group, and later passed to Aviva, the insurance company formerly known as Norwich Union. 1999 also saw a very new era for the Club as ladies were admitted as members in their own right! Present Day
Overseen by the Club’s Motoring Committee, the Club continues to own and maintain a unique fleet of veteran and historic vehicles and runs a number of annual events including the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which commemorates the Emancipation Run of 1896. It is the longest running motoring event, with people coming from all over the world annually to view over 500 cars dating from before 1905. Members can participate in a range of varied motoring related events whilst the Committee continues to foster links and relationships with industry and the wider motoring world. Recent award winners at the Club have included Lewis Hamilton, James Toseland, and the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss famous motoring names of recent decades. AUGUST2011 41
, OCTOBER 2011 SATURDAY 1STHAM CLUB THE HURLING
THE SPIRIT OF ’66 BALL T
he Spirit of ‘66 Ball is a stylish, themed evening of entertainment and fundraising in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The event, now in its ninth year, will be held on Saturday 1st October 2011 at The Hurlingham Club, London. Radio presenters Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross will host the evening with the energetic Jonny Gould acting as auctioneer. Guests are invited to join Stephanie Moore MBE to celebrate the best of Bobby’s era at a slick and chic evening that embodies all the fun and freedom of the revolutionary decade - the 1960s. A Standard package can be purchased for £1,750 which includes a champagne reception, three course fine dining experience
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for ten people with live entertainment, silent and live auctions of memorabilia and experiences, 60s themed fundraising games and dancing until late. The title performer is yet to be announced. There are three additional packages available, for full details see attached package sheet. For more information and to purchase tables please visit www. thebobbymooresportsball.com. The event raises vital funds to help the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK tackle bowel cancer, in memory of one of the nation’s most cherished sporting legends of all time, Bobby Moore OBE. Bobby Moore OBE, 1966 World Cup captain, died from bowel cancer in 1993 at just 51 years of age. Stephanie Moore
MBE established the Bobby Moore Fund, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, in 1993. To date, the fund has raised over £17 million for dedicated bowel cancer research. The funds are spent on high-quality bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. The money raised has funded over 37 bowel cancer research projects. To find out more about bowel cancer and to support the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, please visit www. bobbymoorefund.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ officialbobbymoorefund Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives
through research. The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years. Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses, and together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to beat cancer For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 3469 6699 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org
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WALKING THE WEY NAVIGATION TOWPATH
PAPERCOURT TO TRIGGS LOCK T by Rachael Talibart
he Wey Navigation runs for twenty miles from Weybridge to Godalming through some of Surrey’s most beautiful countryside. With eight pubs along the route and numerous points of historical interest, the Navigation is one of Surrey’s most rewarding leisure resources. This month’s walk upstream along the Navigation towpath joins two locks, Papercourt and Triggs.
This stretch of river, viewed from the bridge, is so still that it frequently holds almost perfect reflections making it a super spot for photography...
FISHING, WORSFOLD MOORING AT TRIGGS LOCK
From Papercourt (described in the previous article in the series) the Navigation flows through an artificial cut while the River Wey follows a sharply meandering course to the North West. As far as Cartbridge, the channel feels very enclosed after the open water meadows between Walsham and Papercourt. The thick vegetation on the banks makes this ideal habitat for damselflies and a motley collection of colourful beetles and other insects. One of the most prevalent plants along here is bamboo, so much so that floating down the Navigation can feel almost exotic. Overhanging trees on the non-towpath side throng with small birds; the walker in spring and summer is serenaded with birdsong. No doubt the profusion of wildlife here is also due to the presence to the West of a 20 hectare nature reserve owned by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Running parallel to the Navigation is Broadmead Cut, a drainage channel dug as part of the River Wey Improvement Scheme (RWIS) of the 1930s which made several improvements to the Navigation. About 600 yards from Papercourt, Tanyard Bridge crosses the Navigation. It carries the Woking to Ripley bridleway. On the nontowpath side loom buildings that bear evidence of the Navigation’s industrial past. There used to be both a mill and tannery here.
A second bridge, known as High Bridge, carries a footpath between Send and Old Woking. This stretch of the Navigation curves around the village of Send (for more information see: http://www. sendvillage.org/About_Send.html). Send is a village with a long history, already a thriving community when it was recorded in the Domesday Book (1086). More recently, the area around Send has been home
to a number of celebrities, including Robson Green, Sandi Toksvig and Paul Weller. Above High Bridge used to stand one of the Navigation’s earliest wharves, known as Send Heath Wharf. For about two centuries, until the railways came and a station was built on Woking Heath (1838), Send Heath Wharf, with its handy road links to Send and Woking, was an important and bustling part of the Navigation’s industry. The towpath curves to the South before running under the bridge at Cartbridge. The towpath changes sides here but there is a path under the bridge with steps up, making a safer route to the towpath than attempting to cross the road. Under the bridge, a stone in the opposite wall bears the date 1759, probably dating from the first brick rebuilding of this old bridge (Wardle, 2003). Ideally sited beside the towpath after the bridge is the New Inn. It has a large beer garden with views of the Navigation. The towpath at Cartbridge is attractively shaded with a neat row of small trees that recalls the orderly canals of the Continent rather than the more natural feel of much of the Navigation. The towpath side is abutted by back gardens. An elegant iron footbridge spans the water. Soon, the towpath reaches Worsfold Gates. Worsfold Gates are floodgates and are only closed in times of flood when the excess water is forced into the natural river which rejoins (as we are travelling upstream) the channel here. The National Trust’s workshops are here and the buildings provide a base for its maintenance crews. From 1885, master carpenter Walter Grove, his wife and their eight sons and five daughters occupied the house. Walter’s son, Norman took over as master carpenter
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and maintenance foreman until 1966 and many other Grove family members worked on the Navigation, having collectively more than 350 years of service on the Wey (Wardle, 2003). Beyond Worsfold, the towpath passes some agricultural land, where last summer a herd of friendly goats grazed, and crosses a long iron and concrete bridge over a drainage ditch before the landscape opens out into water meadows once more, providing yet more vital habitat for wildlife. Greater crested grebes are often sighted here, along with many other types of waterfowl. It is a popular fishing spot for humans and herons. While walking here on Midsummer’s Day last year, the author observed hundreds of field chafer beetles. They would fly to a stem of long grass, crawl to the tip and hang suspended from it, bouncing in the breeze, before flying to another stem and repeating the process. No doubt a biological imperative was at work, but to the uneducated it looked for all the world as if the bungee beetles were doing it just for fun, or midsummer madness! Although the river and Navigation flow together here, the course is not entirely natural as the meandering river was partly straightened during the RWIS. Ordinance Survey Explorer Map no.145 shows the old meanders, which are now largely silted up but remain beyond the nontowpath side. Before the works, the towpath ran on the opposite bank. Just before Triggs Lock, the River branches away to the Southeast and is crossed by the towpath on a small bridge. This stretch of river, viewed from
the bridge, is so still that it frequently holds almost perfect reflections making it a super spot for photography if the sky is interesting, although the bridge is a little narrow and the path a little popular for tripods! After the bridge, the towpath reaches Triggs Lock, marking the half way point of the Navigation’s journey from the Thames to Godalming. Perhaps because no public road reaches here, this is a particularly pretty and peaceful spot, popular with artists and photographers. The attractive lock house dates from 1769 but, unlike other cottages of similar age along the Navigation, strangely does not have Listed Building status (Wardle, 2003). The Grove family lived here from 1856 until, presumably, 1885 when they moved to Worsfold Gates (www.weyriver.co.uk/theriver).
REFLECTIONS AT TRIGGS LOCK TRIGGSLOCK
From here the towpath continues on towards Sutton Place, the home of Sir Richard Weston, the Navigation’s builder, of which more next month. The author is indebted to Wardle, A.R. (2003) ‘The Wey Navigations’, Surrey Industrial History Group, for some of the historical information in this article. For more information on the Navigation, see www.weyriver.co.uk/theriver
Rachael Talibart is an Elmbridgebased photographer specialising in local landscapes, architecture and nature images. Many of Rachael’s images are available as postcards, greetings cards, calendars, prints and posters at http://rtalibart. redbubble.com. For more information, contact Rachael on 07905 665545 or by email: email@example.com AUGUST2011 45
‘I never dreamt I’d be on TV!’ INTERVIEW BY NICKY MORRIS
o says Guildford-based art and antiques valuer. But David is becoming a well-known face not only for his regular appearances on ITV’s daytime antiques programme Dickinsons Real Deal, but more recently the equally successful ‘Secret Dealers’. For the month of July David was on our screens almost every day and with Dickinsons Real Deal sold to over 30 countries it’s a pretty sure bet he’s on somewhere in the world at some time. After coming out of the Navy David started his antiques business in the ‘60s, opening his first shop in the Kings Road. ‘ I did a lot of house clearances and I shudder to think of the things that I scrapped . I still struggle with the idea that objects produced in the 50s when I was a young man are now collectable! Are we both antiques?!’ David’s business was very successful and grew rapidly. With his main business in Thames Ditton he finally ended up with six further retail outlets . He moved to
the country, bought a big house, racehorses and had four children (one of whom, Grant Ford, can be seen as a regular on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show). But like so many, David’s businesses was badly hit by the recession of the 80s. He moved to Compton just outside Guildford where his busy antique shop became a wellknow landmark. Then in the 90s David switched tack, sold his business and for the past twenty years has been a professional valuer of antiques and works of art. With his wide knowledge and experience he assesses everything from jewellery to silver, furniture, paintings – the lot! ‘It was a surprisingly good move and I wish I had thought of it earlier’ says David. ‘It takes me all over the country and occasionally abroad and I get to meet a wonderful amount of interesting people with the occasional celebrity for good measure!’ David’s great strength both professionally and on television is his very broad knowledge of all types of
antiques. The programmes also require a very quick response. ‘Many people don’t realise that we use our own money on both shows so I have to know what I am buying. In the Real Deal I don’t have sight of the object before it lands on my table and on Secret Dealer we are given one hour to chase round an entire house deciding what we would like to buy and out bid the other dealers.’ David also is a freelance auctioneer, and last Christmas enjoyed conducting an auction in the House of Lords. David feels very fortunate. ‘I am busy, I never know what the next day will bring and I am in show business – who could ask for anything more?’
For more information about David Ford & Asscociates, Ford House, Guildford, Surrey, call 01483 301847 or 07770 687553. Alternatively you can email david@ antiqueandartvaluers.co.uk or visit the website at www.antiqueandartvaluers.co.uk
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here is an increasing trend for both men and women to seen non-surgical, non-invasive methods for achieving a younger look. There are various options available that fall into this category, including wrinkle relaxing injections such as Botox®, dermal fillers and skin peels, to name just a few. Erika Moore recently visited Sister Kay Greveson at her clinic in Hampstead after becoming increasingly frustrated by her lines and wrinkles. Here she outlines her experience. I work in a job that involves dealing with clients on a daily basis, so my appearance is important. I was increasingly aware of the lines on my forehead and between my eyes. I always felt as though I looked angry, and older than I was, even though I am only in my early 30’s. I approached Sister Kay Greveson her clinic within Aquarius Spa, Hampstead, about two months ago as I had been recommended to her by a friend. I was initially nervous as I have never had any sort of treatment like that before. I was worried about having the injections and what I would look like afterwards but Kay put my mind at ease immediately. We had a detailed chat about what results I wanted from the treatment; she took a medical history and some photographs. Kay explained that Botox® is a safe, naturally occurring protein that works by blocking nerve
It was so excItIng to see the lInes dIsappearIng lIttle by lIttle each day and I don’t thInk I’ve ever looked In the mIrror so much as I dId In those fIrst 2 weeks! signals to specific muscles that cause facial expression; relaxing the muscle and making the treated area smoother and less wrinkled. She gave me the option of using a ‘numbing’ local anaesthetic cream, which I took. Despite being nervous, I did not find the procedure bad at all. Kay talked me through each step and made sure I was comfortable throughout. She was very gentle and I hardly felt the injections; it certainly wasn’t as bad as I had
imagined. She explained that it would take between 2 and 14 days for the full results to be visible and advised me to come back after this time so she could check on the result and have a ‘dose adjustment’ of treatment if required. It was so exciting to see the lines disappearing little by little each day and I don’t think I’ve ever looked in the mirror so much as I did in those first 2 weeks! In the end I did not need more treatment as I was more than pleased with the results. I have a natural look and still have facial expression but no lines!! Botox® is not permanent, lasting only three to four months, after which, the lines that were there prior to treatment slowly return. I will definitely have it again when the time comes as it has made me feel so much more confident with my appearance. I feel that I look more relaxed and don’t have an ‘angry’ look from frowning all of the time.
sister kay greveson has over ten years experience working as a specialist nurse within the nhs. she qualified as an independent prescriber in 2007 and works as a mobile aesthetic practitioner in regents park & hampstead, and does home visits at her clients’ convenience. regents park facIal aesthetIcs tel: 07745845777 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.facebook.com/ regentsparkfacialaesthetics follow at: www.twitter.com/regentparkbotox
Tracey Smyth Tracey Smyth our specialist semi-permanent make-up artist talks to us about brows, eyeliners and lip blushes.
ello People Tracey Smyth here again, How are you all? Well it has been chaotic with the on-set of Summer, every one dashing in to prepare for their up-coming holidays and with the seasons events in full swing, we all need to look our best! To have a brow out of fashion or shape at Ladies Day would be a sin! Getting the best shape of eyebrows for your face can be an insurmountable problem. When I apply semipermanent make-up I always draw the shape on your face first so we can see if it really suits you and to make sure you are happy. With all the celebrity focus and new TV programmes, Made in Chelsea and the likes, the look can get a little convoluted. How do you know who to go to and what shape to choose? The most important piece of advice I can give you is: “Choose your semipermanent expert very very carefully” Here are the top 5 most asked questions by my new and prospective clients. How long Have you been doing semipermanent make-up
I have been doing semipermanent make-up for 20 years. I am constantly updating my qualifications as I believe it is important to remain current and in touch with the latest techniques and equipment. There are many training systems and schools all over the UK now, 50 AUGUST2011
however one interesting point. “As little as 10% of people trained go onto do semi-permanent makeup professionally”. is semi-permanent make-up painful?
I always use a numbing cream which completely de-sensitises the area. One tip is, choose the timing of your procedure as your skin is often more sensitive before
use the hair stroke method. is it tHe same as a tatoo?
No, semi-permanent make-up is more superficial, meaning I do not permeate into the lower area of the skin bed. Also I only use organic ink which does not contain toxins and is a more expensive product. How long does it last?
it is nice to be on-trend However a more important point is tHat tHe sHape really suits your individual look. and during your period. will it look natural?
It depends which procedure you have, there are a few different techniques, for a very natural look. I use a hair stroke procedure which is tiny brush strokes giving a fine hair like finish, air brush is also a very nice finish as it creates a fine shadow, over which I tend to
Semi-permanent make-up last for up to 3 years, although I do suggest a colour boost after 6 months, I do charge a fee for this service, however it will keep your brows looking fresh and boost the depth of colour. I hope that covers some of the nagging questions. Now onto what is on trend this season. I have been doing my
research as ever and have tracked down the sought after Celebrity make-up artist Beth Alderson to ask her what is on-trend this season for brows. Beth say’s: “Big brows this season, my top tip “They must be controlled and defined with crisp edges. Apply a good quality eye brightener under the brow to really make them pop” It can be helpful when you come for your consultation to bring a picture of your dream brow as I can then see what you are hoping for and if that look is achievable. It is nice to be on-trend however a more important point is that the shape really suits your individual look. Here is the list of Celebrities whose brows we love! Kate Middleton Kim Kardasian Keira Knightley J Lo Anyway all this said..... I am looking forward to hearing from some of you. Until next time be lovely and look wonderful. Tracey x This month we are having a Summer special 25% of your semi-permanent eyebrow treatment. Please quote voucher number 0001 to receive your Summer Special. Tracey Smyth can be seen in the West End and at her salon in Crouch End www.beautyworkslondon.co.uk 0208 340 8069
Dr Ariel Haus, an expert in anti-ageing and skin treatment procedures is delighted to announce the arrival of eMax powered by the revolutionary elos Technology at his Harley Street clinic in London. Dr Ariel Haus has been credited as a UK spokesman for the complete aesthetic treatment solutions delivered by this unique product. Extensive treatments are now available through Dr Haus’ London clinic and these include:
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follicles are precisely targeted and destroyed and target areas include upper lip, cheeks, chin, neck, breasts, stomach, arms, shoulders, bikini area, legs and back. Hair growth is reduced after each treatment and several are recommended. The elos Technology used is truly the next generation of safe and effective hair removal. This is a no-downtime procedure. To restore youthful, healthy looking skin and safely and comfortably fade the
appearance of rosacea, spider veins, skin imperfections caused by sun damage, age spots and uneven skin tones created by red and brown spots- the eMax is a leader. The combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies of elos Technology precisely and safely target pigmented lesions such as freckles. Vascular lesions are also lightened and gradually fade. Gradual and cumulative improvement of skin tone is
typically achieved between 5-6 treatment sessions. The total number of sessions will depend on the skin’s condition. For those suffering from acne, the eMax allows for clinically proven, safe and effective treatment. There is a reduction of the sebaceous gland activity and the ultimate destruction of active acne. By using the eMax, significantly less energy is required than conventional lasers and IPLs. By offering these life enhancing treatments, Dr Ariel Haus is at the forefront of the latest developments and comments “My clinic is home to some of the industry’s best equipment and using my expertise and knowledge I can now enhance multiple areas of the body to meet increasing patient demand for non-invasive treatments which ultimately feature minimal downtime – perfect for busy people with busy lives. I am delighted to be able to offer my patients the opportunity to experience for themselves the benefits of the revolutionary eMax.” To restore a natural and new, safe and effective look visit Dr Ariel Haus. Treatment prices vary according to treatment area and number of sessions needed. www.drhausdermatology.com 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF. 020 7467 1525
Dr Haus has regular columns in UK magazines and is often consulted by manufacturers of leading skin products and brands to offer insight and his opinion owing to his extensive experience. AUGUST2011 51
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by Levanah Reyes-WainWRight
oday everyone is so busy and taken with wanting to achieve all that is possible within the shortest amount of time; we forget to actually take care of ourselves. Why not try booking yourself in for a Reiki Treatment; you might be surprised at the effects. What is Reiki?
Reiki pronounced Ray-key is a Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy. Reiki is an ancient healing system that can be experienced by either ‘hands on’ or by distance (remote) healing. A Reiki treatment encourages physical, mental and emotional healing and spiritual growth. This unique gift of healing is learned by a process of attunements. A person who has been attuned to Reiki has experienced a very ancient technology for fine tuning the physical and spiritual bodies to a higher vibrational level. The individuals energy centre’s (chakras) are also opened up to enable them to channel higher amounts of Reiki energy. Reiki is not a religion or a belief system because it holds no creed or doctrine. Reiki is designed to work whether you believe it or not. Reiki energy is drawn through the practitioner, and the recipient’s body will draw the energy to those parts of the body that require it. Simultaneously the practitioner is also treated whilst giving the treatment. Energy enters through the practitioner and passes out through the hands to the recipient. Reiki healing not only works on a physical level; it can relive pain but also promotes total relaxation and works to restore mental well-being and spiritual equilibrium. After being attuned an individual can also perform self healing, with daily self treatment to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities and reduce stress. the five Reiki PRinciPles Just for today: I wIll not worry
Remember that there is a divine and universal purpose in everything. Living each day to the best of your abilities is all that can be asked of anyone. To worry about the past or future is futile. Just for today: I wIll not anger
Every situation is a mirror, a direct reflection of cause and effect created by ourselves. Those who cause anger in us are teaching us a lesson about ourselves. Witnessing your weaknesses gives you opportunity to grow. Just for today: I wIll respect my famIly, employers and frIends
Respect those around you for their wisdom and experience and show gratitude. Feel thankful for what you have received and trust it will always be provided. A U G 5 2 2A J UU GN UEUS2ST0T21201 0 1 111
Just for today: I wIll earn my lIvIng honestly
If we are honest with ourselves then we project honesty to others, it then becomes easy to “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. Just for today: I wIll show gratItude to every lIvIng thIng.
We must not try to control nature, but harmonise with nature and show love and respect for all life forms. By practising the five Reiki principles daily and using them continually they will become a habitual part of life and compliment your Reiki treatments. Your participation in your own life healing process is of paramount importance, in order to achieve the perfect balance you must give back for what you receive. What haPPens duRing a tReatment?
Treatments can vary from 30 – 45 minutes and prices vary according to practitioner as do types of Reiki, but the healing element is the same. You will be fully clothed and lying down on a bed akin to a massage. Reiki practitioners often practice ‘hands on’ healing on or around the head area and will channel energy through them to you. However, if you are uncomfortable being touched Reiki is still as effective with the practitioner placing their hands above the area about 6 inches away from the head or body. The practitioner should ask if you are comfortable for them to treat other areas of the body, such as feet, legs and stomach. The practitioner’s hands may be placed lightly over your eyes, sides and underside of your head and/or your neck depending on where they feel you need treatment. During a treatment some people experience nothing whereas others may experience feelings of hot cold, tingling and sometimes even light headed dizziness or seeing colours. However on the most part, people experience a feeling of well-being and deep relaxation. The practitioner should not suggest changes in medication or attempt to diagnose you with any conditions they think you may have. Most people have Reiki treatments, and may even be attuned to study Level 1 and 2 for everyday self treatment and care for family members and/or friends. If you want to move forward with Reiki as a hobby or profession you must do Level Three Master/Teacher. A certified practitioner can be found via The Reiki Association http:// www.reikiassociation.org.uk/ who apply rules, regulations and standards to treatments, as well as offering membership and practitioner insurance.
This uniquE gift of hEAling is learned by a process of ATTunEmEnTs.
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Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness programme created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. Perez forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching. He took the tapes available in his car, consisting of traditional Latin salsa and merengue music, and improvised a class using this non-traditional aerobics music. After the initial success in Colombia, he took the class to the United States in 1999. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Unlike a typical dance class where counts are used, Zumba involves following the music with repetitive movements. Zumba exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training for fitness and losing weight. The music comes from the following dance styles: Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Flamenco, Cha - cha - cha, Reggaeton, Soca, Samba, Belly dancing, Bhangra, Hip hop music, Axé music and Tango. The calories typically burned during a class range from 500 - 1000 and depend on your weight, workout duration and workout intensity, and work muscles you never get to move in a standard fitness class!
The Zumba programme presently offers six types of Zumba classes: ZUMBA This is a combination of aerobic and highenergy Latin and international beats.
ZUMBA GOLD Zumba Gold paces the moves to suit the needs of the active older participant.
This effective and efficient class can be adapted to all fitness levels.
ZUMBA TONING This combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs.
Visit www.zumba.com for your nearest class and instructor & burn calories with a smile on your face! SPIKYJUMPER© PHOTOGRAPHY WWW.SPIKYJUMPER.COM
AQUA ZUMBA Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, this is is a water-based workout that helps cardioconditioning and body-toning, ZUMBATOMIC It is designed specifically for girls and boys ages 4-12 and incorporates urban dance styles like hip-hop, reggaeton and pop with concepts such as co-ordination, discipline, confidence, and teamwork. ZUMBA IN THE CIRCUIT Completes the exercise routine in 30 minutes, using reggaeton, salsa, merengue, soca, and hiphop as compared with a regular 60-minute class. AUGUST2011 55
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he main reason why people put on weight is through bad eating habits accompanied by lack of activity. FitFarms are very strong on nutrition, running workshops testing for mineral deficiencies and sub clinicla thyroid testing. The thyroid is particularly important as it controls the rate of your metabolism. Your metabolism controls the amount of calories you burn and if we can spot that a participants metabolism is slowing down we can give exercises and food tips that will speed it up and get them back on the weight losing track again. Here are five ways to rev up your metabolism mainly through nutrition but also a few exercises and a life coaching tip at the end:
1. Do not cut too many calories
If you reduce your calorie intake too much which would be less than 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day, your body will respond by slowing your metabolism. Your metabolism may slow by as much as 45%. Furthermore, you will be losing lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is a calorie burner. 58 AUGUST2011
2. interval training
Interval training is any type of exercise that causes the heart rate to go up briefly followed by a break. This is done multiple times to get the heart rate up and then bring it back down. Some of you will think that interval training is just for athletes. That’s not true. Regardless of your fitness level you can conduct a form of interval training when walking or jogging. Listen to your body so that you don’t overdo it and consult your physician to make sure you are medically cleared. For example, when going for a walk, pick that park bench or telephone pole about 100 yards or less from your starting position and simply pick up the pace to the point that you feel like you have increased exertion and you find yourself huffing and puffing. Once you cross the finish line, slow your pace and slow your breathing down. Then do it again. Do this 3 to 8 times depending on your fitness level and you will burn more calories and increase your cardiovascular conditioning.
Gillie Sutherland, health manager at FitFarms gives readers insight to help you speed up your metabolic rate. raisins, fresh fruit and ground flax seed and you’ve got a great combination of carbs, good fats and protein. 4. strength training
Strength training will increase your metabolism because muscle, especially muscles that are exercised, burn more calories. Include muscle endurance training as well. Muscle endurance is the ability of a muscle to work continuously under fatigue. 5. eat Frequently anD Drink Water
Eating frequently can keep
your metabolism going. You should eat about five to six times a day. That does not mean you have to have a prepared meal that frequently. A snack of an apple, banana or yogurt counts as one of those meals. If you allow your body to go without food for more than four hours, your metabolism will slow. This may cause you to overeat or eat unhealthy choices because you have starved your body. Stay hydrated and make water your beverage of choice. Drink lots of water. Book your fitness retreat today at www.fitfarms.co.uk 0800 634 3070
Your Action Plan: all the information given here can be actioned today. there’s no time like the present to make your own life changing choices. you’ll start to feel great once you get started and getting started is actually easier that you think. set an appointment with yourself to exercise and prioritise the appointment so you don’t break it. once you’ve finished make another appointment keep going and never give up.
3. eat BreakFast
About 50% of those who are overweight do not eat breakfast. Your best bet is to eat a high fiber carbohydrate such as oatmeal. Add some
incorporate interval training into your workouts 2 to 3 times per week and start eating 5 to 6 times a day. have healthy snacks available so you don’t get caught slowing your metabolism by not eating frequently enough.
Very Impressive Pilates One-on-One Sessions with Master Trainers at All Bootcamp Pilates Studios
ust back from that holiday or heading off on holiday and need some VIP attention? Bootcamp Pilates has the answer. The benefits of reformer pilates and that full body work out are now well known and established and London’s first and top Reformer Pilates company - Bootcamp Pilates - are launching VIP Pilates from September 2011. With the dedicated one-on-one attention of the UK’s top master trainers in reformer pilates, each 1 hour, one-onone, VIP Very Impressive Pilates dynamic Pilates
session delivers improved co-ordination, increased stamina, focused breathing, better alignment, focused concentration and a more toned body concentrating on the core muscles as well as thighs, arms, shoulders, buttocks and a flatter stomach and trimmer waist. And clients get the undivided attention of the industry’s finest trainers at all 4 studios in and around London. Londoners in a variety of areas including Notting Hill, Hoxton, Fulham and Richmond can use state-ofthe-art reformer machines
made by Balanced Body, getting the ultimate core muscle workout by targeting & strengthening all the muscle groups to give the body long, lean muscles and a balanced physique. The reformer machines are more efficient and targeted than traditional, mat based Pilates. Dynamic Reformer Pilates is not only one of the safest forms of exercise available, but also one that delivers real, noticeable, long lasting results including those mentioned above as well as less obvious benefits such as a more efficient respiratory, lymphatic and
circulatory system, boosted immune system, fewer injuries, better posture and improved performance. The VIP sessions allow clients to gain both a greater understanding of how their bodies are improving and also how to maintain and benefit from future pilates sessions; whether one-on-one or as part of the usual group which never goes above 10 -12 clients. The medical profession has also embraced Pilates as an ideal activity for those who suffer from remedial issues including back problems, and clients often find themselves stronger and pain free as a result of Pilates. The VIP sessions are an excellent treatment as individuals with issues can benefit from the master trainers’ dedicated focus on the need areas to improve the problems. Pilates is open to people of all ages and levels of experience. Many in the sporting profession now actively refer those involved in a selection of sports to Pilates and especially Reformer Pilates, with a view to delivering an improved on-going performance. The VIP Very Impressive Pilates sessions are priced from £70.00 for an hour and must be booked in advance by calling one of the studios listed below. The UK’s number one dynamic reformer Pilates company just got better! West: 34 Porchester Road, Bayswater, London W2 6es 020 7034 0000 City/east: 152-160 City Road, London, eC1V 2NP 020 7739 1130 FuLham: 30 Bishop’s Road, Fulham, London sW6 7aD 020 7871 2777 RiChmoND: 4 Red Lion street, Richmond, tW9 1RW 020 8090 7999 ViP Very impressive Pilates Classes - £70.00 (inc Vat) Per class www.bootcamppilates.com AUGUST2011 59
It’s official, that post-holiday feeling can wear off in as little as seven days. Dutch researcher Jessica de Bloom warned this week the feel-good benefits of a vacation disappear quickly, and unfortunately that tan you worked so hard on may fade just as fast.
With recent research from Superdrug indicating 71% of British women feel more confident with a golden glow, it’s time to encourage an everlasting tan. But fear not, you can go from pale and pasty to post-holiday glow without so much as stepping on a plane. The faux glow is safer, quicker and more dramatic than its sunny sister alternative. Just as well, considering deep, rich-coloured skin, a la Farrah Fawcett, is bang on tan trend. “Whatever the season, the dark ‘retro tan’ always looks good,” says tanning expert James Read. “There are tricks to achieve this look but it’s all about making the skin look glistening, golden and hot. Lotion
products are making a comeback this season as they are the best formula to deliver that darker look.”
Get glowing with our expert guide. PREP PERFECT Dry, dehydrated skin is your self-tan enemy. If you want your look to have staying power, sloughing off dead skin cells is all important. “Exfoliate - this prepares a smooth base for your tan,” advises Sun-Believable tanning guru James Harknett. “A gentle scrub is sufficient to remove dead skin cells and give a good foundation for a tan to cling to.” Plan your tanning session and stay one step ahead with your hair removal. Wax 48 hours or shave 24 hours before tanning to avoid product entering open pores on your legs, which can resemble telltale spots. Moisturiser is both your friend and foe when it comes to tan prep, according to Harknett. “Don’t use a moisturiser all over your body before tanning as it works as a barrier against the dihydroxyacetone or DHA, the tanning agent that reacts with the proteins on our skin,” he says. “But do apply an oil-free moisturiser sparingly to the feet, elbows, cuticles, hands and back of heels, only. Apply a small amount of moisturiser to the base of your palm, using a semi-circular motion. This allows the tan line to naturally fade, so nobody knows you’re faking it.”
HEALTH BEAUTY TAN TACTICS Know your limits when it comes to your faux glow. Work with your natural complexion to achieve a flurry of “have you been away?” compliments rather than self-tan inquisitions. “From my experience you should only ever aim to go two shades darker than your current natural skin tone,” advises Athena Skouvakis, celebrity make-up artist and advisor to Piz Buin. “Opting for darker shades, unfortunately, won’t give you the sleek sun-kissed look that we all adore.” If a tan’s a top priority for you, dedicate time to being a bronzing beauty rather than piling it on as you’re flying out of the door: a recipe for a streaky disaster. Skouvakis says: “A key self-tanning rule is to make sure you don’t rush the application - never mind how much you want to get out and party! “To avoid messy streaks or an uneven shade, you really must take the time to do it properly. Also remember that less is more and you should always be able to build the colour up.” MAINTAIN MODE Keep your fake tan glowing for as long as possible with regular self-tan maintenance. Nobody wants to walk around showing off streaks, patches or premature fading. “For an even tan you need to keep skin sleek, smooth and well hydrated,” says Nichola Joss, St Tropez skin finishing expert. Moisturise twice daily to maintain the longevity of your tan and help your tan fade naturally. Despite the misconception that exfoliation will ‘shed’ a tan, the action of lifting dead cells will keep your colour looking fresh. “Tanning products absorb into several layers of skin - the surface build-up of dead cells is what can make you look dull and orangey,” Joss explains. “Gently exfoliate every two or three days; you’ll still have a tan coming through, but
it’s radiant.” Amp up the volume of your tan for evenings out with a glossy sheen using a shimmer oil on areas that you want to highlight, like shoulders, collarbone, arms and legs. TAN TRUTHS British beauties are obsessed with achieving a gorgeous glow. Superdrug’s research reveals the lengths us ladies go to for self-tanning: The average female will spend as many as 680 hours applying fake tan during her lifetime. Almost a quarter (23%) of women confess to having an unhealthy obsession with looking tanned. More than half (54%) want a noticeable tan like Cheryl Cole or Katie Price. One in 10 women wouldn’t consider going on a night out unless they had applied fake tan. Of the 1,500 men questioned, 23% confess to using fake tan on occasion.
With my wedding coming up, I wanted the perfect waterproof mascara and may just have found it with this one. An instant eye-opener with its chunky wand, I gave it the ultimate test by wearing to the gym and it admirably survived both workout and shower. Plus, it was easy to remove at the end of the day. Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, £18 www.bobbibrown.co.uk This mascara survived unexpected H2O attacks and eye rubbing without budging or flaking. The long lasting, waterproof formula also bestowed dramatic lashes. My only problem was taking it off ! BUY IT NOW CK One, the fragrance famous for being shared, has gone solo - for him and for her. The new CK One Shock line-up is exclusively available at Boots now and nationwide from August 27, with EDT priced from £23.
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Structure in the Garden
WITH SUMMER NOW UNDER WAY, IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE TO LOOK OUT INTO THEIR GARDENS AND FEEL A BIT LET DOWN BY THEIR EFFORTS. ONCE THE BEDDING PLANTS HAVE PEAKED OFTEN THE GARDEN CAN TAKE ON A SLIGHTLY NEGLECTED LOOK. TO AVOID THIS EFFECT IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE GARDEN CONTAINS STRUCTURE.
here you are planning a new garden providing structure is relatively easy using a mixture of different or feature ground surfaces, partitioning & perennial plants. Where you are adding structure to an established garden this can be more difficult, but the addition of structural plants is the simplest way to do this. I’m sure a lot of people will be saying what do I mean by structure. What I do not mean necessarily, is the use of buildings and paving everywhere. In it’s simplest form it is the use of different materials within the garden, both hard and soft which will provide interest all year round. This can give you different forms, textures and colours, but also don’t forget scent. The skill is in using enough for interest but not over doing it which will result in sensory overload. Structure can also be used as a framework for showing off other features of the garden that would otherwise be lost in the sea of foliage, flower or stone. When planning a garden paving is often one of the first choices that is made. You need enough paving to enable the garden to be accessible all year round. If you want to spend a lot of time sitting and enjoying
the garden choosing paving that will add to the interest would in most cases be inportant. In a few cases a more utilitarian approach could be appropriate. The main frameworks almost certainly would involve providing a backdrop for the garden. This could be in the form of a wall or fence, but in most cases I would recommend a simple green backdrop of plants, even if you do need a wall or fence for security purposes. Using a dense green canopy such as laurel yew or other conifers is like providing a plain backdrop when you are painting a portrait. Like with this you do not want to detract from the main subject whether this comes in the form of a pot, sculpture, plant or flower border. In smaller gardens it may be necessary to ensure that this backdrop has a bit of seasonal interest such as the spring red leaves of photinia turning green for the rest of the year. For larger gardens and borders it is advisable to break up the landscape with the use of more greenery as partitions. In some gardens this could take the form of formality by the use of trimmed buxus (box) plants as mini hedges, or in borders it may be the use of a few plants which are reliable in performance, which
may not be outstanding on their own, eg tiarella (a foliage plant) but provide the partition or backdrop to more seasonal plants such as many other cottage garden plants and some shrubs. The use of partitions are also great to show off specimen plants: cloud trees or simpler topiary as well as many other specimen plants are shown to their best with a plain backdrop, this could be the stone of the house or patio or a contrasting plant form. What I will guarantee is that it will make you stop and think on that next lazy day! This hopefully has given you a bit to think about the next time you are sat dreaming in the garden. The only other bit of advice is that the best thinking is always done with a drink in your hand, choose your tipple.
For more information or help with your planting contact The Big Plant Centre at Pantiles, Almners Road, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0BJ or call 01932 872195 or visit the website at www.bigplantcentre.co.uk.
The Jewel in the
e first met our latest client, a Kent property developer, when he called in at our stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower show,” explains Crown Pavilions’ in-house Garden Designer, Carl Hooper. “He explained that he had admired our products for some time - and browsing our website noticed we have our own landscaping company (which, incidentally, was awarded the much coveted Merit Award for Outstanding Presentation),” he adds. “He wanted a beautiful garden complete with spacious gazebo, all of which would reflect the unique character of the main house. All elements had to work together in harmony as well as forming a sumptuous back-drop for relaxing and entertaining. Day or night, winter or summer, rain or shine… he wanted a year-round sanctuary where he could work, rest and play.” Unfortunately ‘sanctuary’ wasn’t the first thing that came to mind when Carl and the design team arrived on site one cold, damp March morning. “We had to clamber across rubble, weeds and rubbish,” he recalls. “The soil was poor and the drainage atrocious. However to our landscapers it was the perfect blank canvas and at the heart of this canvas would be the jewel in the crown: a bespoke 12-seater cedar gazebo with luxury dining, seating and lighting, fully wired for media and internet – an ‘escape’ that could be a haven of relaxation one minute and a glorious pleasure zone the next.” Crown Pavilions and its sister company Crown
As A property developer you get used to building sites, but when thAt building site is your own ‘gArden’, it’s quite Another mAtter. And when the ‘building’ At the heArt of thAt gArden - the jewel in the crown-to-be - is little more thAn A pile of rubble, you need A speciAl kind of lAndscAper to put it right. Gardens (responsible for the landscaping) aren’t just ‘your average’ landscape designers or gazebo manufacturers. “We’d started life as a manufacturer of high-end gazebos and garden rooms,” Carl explains. “But, increasingly, we were finding people wanted us to handle the landscaping too – after all, when you’re investing in a state-of-theart gazebo you want a setting that does it justice!” So Crown Gardens was born to work in parallel with its sister company - and scores of sumptuous gardens-and-gazebos later, they’ve attracted the attention of some of the world’s most discerning clients – people like Duncan Bannatyne for his Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings and Canadian businesswoman Gabriella Atkinson for her home and riding centre at Bedgebury Park (to be reported in the next edition). “We’ve also created stunning sanctuaries overlooking the Mediterranean where the gazebo is more about sheltering from the heat than the rain or snow,” says Carl.
HOUSE GARDEN But wherever the location, the accent is firmly on creating the perfect haven to relax and entertain, and which requires minimum maintenance. “It’s important that everything - from the smallest exotic shrub to the most intricate cascading rock waterfall, from the plump feather-filled cushions to the siting of the gazebo itself - must work in complete harmony.” But unlike a painting on a canvas, a garden never looks the same. “Not only does it change dramatically according to the season, it must look amazing from every angle.” From the house to the garden room and back again, it’s a 360 degrees 3-dimensional entity that needs to look stunning and serve a multitude of different purposes “whether you’re putting your feet up at the end of the day or welcoming guests to a glittering celebration.” Then there’s the weather to contend with. “Soft furnishings must be fade and insect-resistant for the summer and mould-resistant in the wet season. Structures must be sturdy and low maintenance. Lighting must complement each other. And, of course, you need heat so you can get the most from the garden room all year round.” Inspired by a string of triumphs “which includes the transformation of our property developer client’s ‘building site’ into a breathtaking garden retreat”, Crown is now setting its sight on making clients’ outdoor spaces even more versatile. “These days, people want a garden in which they can do everything,” says Carl “We already have a popular range of gazebos with hot tubs. Now we’re about to introduce a range of bespoke garden offices and outdoor kitchens, vastly extending the scope of how you use your garden.” 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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Simply Beautiful HOME TECHNOLOGY By James Ratcliffe of Homeplay Ltd - Your local Home Technology experts.
THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION HAS DRAMATICALLY CHANGED THE WAY THAT WE LIVE OUR LIVES AWAY FROM HOME. MOBILE TECHNOLOGY HAS COME ON LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS AND MODERN SMARTPHONES ARE UNRECOGNISABLE FROM THE MOBILE TELEPHONES OF A DECADE AGO, MAKING COMMUNICATION MORE SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE AND BENEFITTING MOSTLY OUR WORKING LIVES. y contrast, technology has done anything but make our home life simple and less cluttered. It’s burst into our kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, leaving funny looking boxes with flashing lights and nasty cables sprawling everywhere. Look at a typical modern TV set and the mass of cables winding in every direction and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally gate-crashed a snake’s wedding. Likewise, our walls have become cluttered with switches and controls for all manner of electrical things from lighting to heating and security systems. Technology at home makes our lives far better in many respects, but without some expert knowledge and careful planning, technology can quickly morph the most beautiful home into a mass of technological ugliness. Quite apart from the aesthetics of poorly designed home technology, when systems get added to over and over again without proper planning, they can become difficult for a
tech-savvy teenager to understand and use, let alone an adult. Prospective clients of mine often complain about having to push half a dozen different buttons on various remote controls just to watch the news. And if they are unfortunate enough to hit a button out of sequence then they might find themselves watching a blank screen, or have no sound, or both, which leads them to randomly pushing buttons on several remotes, desperately hoping that they might by chance push the correct permutation of buttons required to watch their desired program. Well it doesn’t have to be this way... A properly designed home technology system will solve these problems. Firstly, the systems we design and install at Homeplay are operated through one simple user interface, be that a basic hand held remote control or a more sophisticated touchscreen like an iPad. What we specify is based upon what you want to control but our ethos is to keep things as simple as possible at all times. Another major benefit of our systems is centralisation of your viewing and listening sources, which put simply
means that we put your Sky boxes/DVD players/music collection/etc in one place and make them all available to watch, listen to and control anywhere in the house whilst helping to keep the house free of electronic clutter. A Homeplay system is also very flexible, allowing you to record a program on your own Sky receiver and play it back on any TV in the house, or play any song or radio station you want in any room, even the garden. All of this is achieved whilst staying true to the most important aspect, which is making the system simple and pleasurable for the whole family to use. If you’d like to find out more about what Homeplay can do to enhance your home and lifestyle then why not arrange an appointment at our luxury high street showroom in Esher, where we can demonstrate to you the technology described in this article and much more. James Ratcliffe is Director of Homeplay Ltd and can be contacted on 01372 476 783 or email@example.com .
making waves in the swimming pool world O ORIGIN CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS IN THE SWIM… rigin Leisure has been at the top of the swimming pool industry for thirty years. To celebrate this milestone the company has rebranded their entire look, with a bright new logo, an all-new website, and redesigned vans. But the ethic of the company remains unchanged. They are still adopting their programme of constant improvement, and their products are more adventurous, more imaginatively designed and more perfectly built than ever. Reflecting on the early days, when the company started out life as Leisureland, the directors searched the archives for
photographic evidence of the pool houses they were building in the eighties. Simplicity seemed to be the keyword in those distant days - when a simple pine building housed a small heated swimming pool. In further research they found that the majority of these buildings are still in daily use today, giving new generations the pleasure of swimming at home throughout the year. Many of these early masterpieces have been refurbished by the Origin maintenance team, to bring the look and the pool technology up to date. To celebrate this burst of nostalgia, the directors also gathered a collection of early
advertisements and brochures, and featured them in the Origin summer newsletter NewsWave. Also featured is an article on Britain’s brightest swimming talent Francesca Halsall. Origin is delighted to be one of Fran’s sponsors, especially as she has just clocked a world-leading time in the 100 metres freestyle! Generally the buildings have become bigger, better, far more complex and far more stylish over the years - you can see the evidence of this in the photographs on these pages. Lovely pool houses that are designed to co-ordinate with their surroundings, to actually improve the vista from the owner’s home, and match in
with the materials and fabrics of the existing building. Constancy has been a key feature in Origin’s development. The client always meets a representative at director level, and has the opportunity to discuss his ideas and requirements with someone who has a total understanding of the swimming pool world. The architects and designers are seasoned players in their fields, and bring a wealth of experience to every aspect of this complex and demanding business. Even the teams who build the final pool houses are eminently professional, many having been involved since the very early days of the company.
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Within Origin’s range of expertise is a long standing commitment to the supply of hydrotherapy pools. Realising the benefits of swimming as a health giving pursuit as well as for pure fun, the company has made sure it has become recognised as the most important player in this exacting field. It was accepted as a natural progression to build outdoor pools too. The level of skill and the company’s unique understanding of pool technology stood them in good stead to become one of the country’s foremost outdoor pool providers. A pool house is a beautiful and stylish addition to your family life, but for pure
aesthetics an outdoor pool twinkling welcomingly in an English garden cannot be beaten! A question that is asked again and again is “Do you do the whole project yourself?” The answer is a resounding yes. From the very first sketch, maybe produced whilst standing in the client’s garden, to standing in that same garden admiring the pure
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craftsmanship, no other company apart from Origin has been involved. From architectural design, through the rigours of planning consent, to the creation of the pool, the building, the heating, the glazing, it is a complete job, monitored and run by a team of committed experts. Origin is Britain’s longest established pool company. And the new look and logo
underlines that fact. The strapline reads ‘The original indoor & outdoor pool company.’ And that just about says it all. Origin Leisure Harefield Middlesex UB9 6TG Telephone 01895 823366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the new range of brochures, or to subscribe to Origin’s new newsletter NewsWave. www.originleisure.com AUGUST2011 69
The solar PV clock is slowly ticking... towards April 2012
olar PV has never been more in vogue. Even the fiscally astute Dragons in the den have been wowed by the fantastic investment opportunities presented by this fast growing industry. See “ The dragons den” Sunday 31st July 2011. As more and more domestic home owners take up this wonderful investment and socially green opportunity the industry braces itself for what will surely be an extremely busy 6 months. The tariff was started in April 2010 and the government paper dictated that the tariff would not be altered until April 2012. As April looms ever closer more and more people are joining the Solar revolution whilst the optimum tariff remains available. Industry insiders predict not only will the tariff drop in accordance with the tariff table issued in the Government paper but will have an additional cut applied. This is essentially to bring the tariff back in line with the original return on investment figures of between 8 – 10%. The current reduction in the cost of installation has in some cases pushed up the ROI to as high as 17 – 18%. The fact that the tariff bracket applied when the install is complete is maintained, plus inflation, for the life of the tariff (25 years) means people are keen to sign up now. GREEN Ltd are a solar PV specific company with a showroom and warehouse in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. With a second showroom opening in Bristol later on this year the company is bracing itself for a busy period ahead. Managing Director Paul Shiels said “ Over the past 18 months the Solar PV industry has gone from strength to strength. With the increase in April 2011 from 41.3p to 43.3p per unit generated the amount of domestic homes having this technology installed has rocketed”. GREEN Ltd are a family run business with over 30 employees. We asked Paul why he felt customers should be embracing this new technology. “ The FIT has taken
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that do not break the bank. We have invested heavily in stock and have put ourselves in a position to offer people installed systems at sensible prices “ said Paul. GREEN Ltd have a special summer offer at present a fully MCS approved 3.84KW system with a 10 year warranty for £9999.00. To book an a free appointment and survey contact GREEN on 01767 317806 or visit our website at www.global-renewable.com and fill out our online application. email@example.com A UaGuUgSuTs2 t 0 12 10 171 1 51
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It takes a very special business to grow through a recession, but Farnham-based CREATIVE BLINDS AND SHUTTERS have managed to achieve just that. Here, owner/director Richard Teague, explains what is behind the secrets of their success Describe your business to us… Creative Blinds and Shutters provide a personal and professional service covering all aspects of window blinds, specializing in the growing market of internal plantation shutters. What has been your secret to surviving the recession? Persistent hard work, reducing overheads and consistent quality advertising. In the last 12 months we have increased our turnover by 25%. Recent research shows that one in four of Surrey’s small and medium sized businesses are preparing for better times – would you agree? Considering how well we have done during the recession, now that it is over things can only get better. What’s the most unusual thing about your business? The depth of knowledge and experience that we have in the relatively new market of plantation shutters. They are a far superior option to filter light and cover a window than almost any other type of blind and, as such, have a vast amount of frame options etc that require a high level of expertise to fit. Would you have any particular advice for someone who wanted to start their own company? Do your homework on the industry and the area you want to set up in. Concentrate on the quality of the product and provide the best service surrey.greatbritishlife.co.uk
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“We are looking to continue to grow and expand the business without losing touch with what has made us successful in the first place” that anyone could hope for. 70% of our new business is from previous customers or recommendations. What do you most enjoy about doing business in Surrey? As I travel around Surrey I like the way it can change from one mile to the next. The many and varied villages and towns all have their own unique characteristics. The Surrey countryside is very similar to where I was born in New Zealand. Tell us your hopes for your business during the year ahead? We are looking to continue to grow
and expand the business without losing touch with what has made us successful in the first place. Providing that exceptional service that everyone is looking for but finding harder and harder to find.
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designed to cuddle up in warm red/pink/orange, yellow/ochre/orange or turquoise/azure/navy. Unbelievably tactile, the faux ostrich feather cushion Notting Hill is in muted greys and browns and fabulous yellow/ochre. The Piccadilly velvet cushion with mohair piping adds accent colours of crimson, ochre, terracotta, turquoise as well as neutral shades.
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London basements The only way is down
ith every square foot of floor space at a premium within London, basement construction has become the most popular form of home expansion. When you have either expanded to the limits of your property above ground, or have been refused planning for expansion above, a basement is the obvious solution. Maggie Smith of London Basement tells me that it is no longer a second choice for expanding homes, it has become the first choice for home owners and indeed for purchasers of new properties. It is the only way to gain such a large amount of space, indeed, a whole new floor level! London Basement is the original basement company, who have been building basements for over 15 years, who have to date built a remarkable 1000 basements. Maggie Smith told us that they have seen a steady increase in the construction of basements over the years
service, with all staff trained to the highest standards, Research has shown that there are many new companies springing up, stating that they have the experience and history to be able to take on these highly specialised projects, but please make sure to do your research into the track record of any company
It Is the onLy way to gaIn such a Large amount of space, Indeed, a whoLe new fLoor LeveL! and they are generally working on an average of 30 â€“ 40 sites at any time. The reasons are simple and obvious, the improvement in lifestyle, a basement is generally cheaper than moving, taking into account the larger house, stamp duty and moving costs, the added living space is a perfect investment in your home where properties have achieved a 30% increase in value and when you have invested time and money to create your home and perhaps
your children are settled in local schools, a new basement floor level to improve your lifestyle, makes complete sense. The old concept of dark damp basements has been fully dispelled, as you can see from the portfolio on London Basementâ€™s web site, showing wonderful living and entertainment areas, which I have to admit, fill me with envy. It is also refreshing to find a company that provides a true design, build and project management
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The Country House in the City T he lanes that crisscross Hampstead Hill are lined with many fine houses, proud among them the evocatively named, Charlecote. Those with a mind for history may recall the grand Warwickshire estate, Charlecote Park. Perhaps, with its 12th Century origins and Victorian-era remodelling, it inspired the naming of this distinctive 1870s London home, adorned as it is with medieval fireplaces and stained glass. There are no records that formalise any such connection, yet it is undeniable that the tranquil atmosphere of a country manor permeates the Charlecote of Hampstead. Originally the property would have been festooned with Victorian splendour: rich colours and textures, thickly-hung drapes and copious ornamental clutter. Unfortunately, much of the original character had been smothered under ubiquitous layers of ageing white paint. The new owners appointed
Originally the prOperty wOuld have been festOOned with victOrian splendOur: rich cOlOurs and textures Callender Howorth, an interior and architectural design company, to rediscover the identity of Charlecote and transform it into a functioning family home for the 21st Century. “We absolutely revel in commissions of this kind,”
exclaims Mark Howorth, founder of Callender Howorth. “To be able to take an historic property, restore its character and re-imagine it for a new era, is a great opportunity.” The Charlecote project began with restoration of the unusual stained glass and medieval
fireplaces, along with swathes of original Victorian wood and plasterwork. “Bringing these distinguishing features back to life was really quite piognant,” Mark explains. “It put all of us in touch with the history of the house and helped to inspire themes for its renaissance: a firm nod to the past, but with a convivial, eclectic character that befits contemporary family life.” Construction work took the property back to brick, sensitively renovating each room to impart its Victorian essence, but without the era’s heavy-handedness. Structural changes included a conservatory extension to the kitchen to create a relaxed family dining space, along with a large Italianate loggia – essentially a covered veranda ideal for sheltered alfresco entertaining. The owners were keen to be involved in the details of the interior decoration; Callender Howorth organised a visit to the Victoria &
Albert Museum to research colours and motifs of the period. Favoured palettes were updated to add vibrancy, while quirky elements, such as the oversized orchid wall images in one of the bathrooms, bring lightheartedness to the design. Beneath the surface bristles the very latest in security, entertainment and lighting technology, making Charlecote a home of very modern comforts. Callender Howorth Interiors Ltd. +44 (0)20 7336 8560 Morelands, 5 - 23 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HL. www.callenderhoworth.com
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that the glass panels are set flush with each other giving a flat surface that’s much easier to clean than a traditional conservatory. While the temperature in oldstyle conservatories tend to veer from arctic in winter to tropical in summer, the light, contemporary “glasspaces” constructed meet all the latest heat-efficiency regulations so won’t add to your energy costs. This is thanks to a layer of argon between the two sheets of glass that make up each unit, plus a special thermal coating, you can also add solar-control coating for very sunny places. The company manages the glass construction process from initial survey to final clean and will work in conjunction with your architect & builder. Glasspace by Eagle S G & W Ltd Telephone 01268 782307 www.glasspace.com
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ounded 20 years ago, The Natural Wood Floor Company is a family run business which has grown to become one of the leading wood flooring manufacturers and suppliers in Europe. Run by three brothers, this is quite an achievement for a company that began life in a shed of a house in Balham. Trading began in 1991 selling reclaimed flooring from demolished buildings in the capital. As the company’s reputation grew, the demand for their products increased. Quick to respond, the company soon moved into manufacturing,
opening up a state-of-theart manufacturing facility in Eastern Europe. Providing supreme craftsmanship and excellent customer service are key to the company’s success. The company’s UK base is located in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth. With over 20,000 square metres of timber in stock, covering 140 different types of flooring, the showroom offers a huge selection of wood flooring to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets. This includes an unrivalled selection of engineered, solid and parquet woodblock floors and an extensive choice of pre-finished designs. These come in a variety of different species including oak, maple and walnut along with more exotic species such as wenge and panga panga. With ecological issues high on their agenda, The Natural Wood Floor
Company operates with a strict environmental policy. All timber is sourced from government owned and managed forests, ensuring that wood is from a reputable supplier, originating from a sustainable source. The company also operates with a strict zero waste policy. The whole tree trunk is used in the manufacturing process with by-products such as sawdust being used to power the wood drying machines and heat the factory buildings. This commitment ensures that all of their products are produced with respect for, and in harmony with, the environment. The use of The Natural Wood Floor Company’s products in a number of prestigious properties is testament to their success. The Tate Modern, The Natural History Museum, Westfield London, Chelsea
Football Club and The British Library are just a few of the buildings where you can see the company’s floors. There are many advantages to buying directly from the manufacturer, including the price. The company offers big discounts on end of line products, with up to 40% off the normal price. Stock changes quickly, so it’s best to visit the showroom regularly, or keep an eye on their website for some great deals. The Natural Wood Floor Company 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1EQ Tel: 020 8871 9771 www.naturalwoodfloor.co.uk 82 AUGUST2011
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ell what an interesting month since I last addressed these pages. I’ve had more enquiries from readers than the previous three months put together, which reminded me of the writing load I used to have when I was the ‘Silver Editor’ of an American newspaper called “The Antiques Monthly” and questions with photographs poured in from all over the States. Anyway the recent batch of enquiries was so diverse that thought I would print just a couple for you to illustrate the range of items that people have. The first is one of a pair of vases, each bearing the stamp of Carlton Ware, but the owner could find no further information. The vases are extremely what is known in the trade as - ‘showy’; lots of shape and lots of colour with big classical scenes on the front and back. This was because the Victorians of the late 19th century loved mirrors over their fireplaces, at the back of sideboards and anywhere else they could stand ornaments, and so they had to be decorated on the reverse side as well as the front. This practice did not cease with the end of the century and continued well into the next, when in fact these vases were made. Carlton Ware was one of many products from the company formed by the partnership of Laurence Arthur Birks and Adolphus Joseph Rawlins in the 1890’s, which continued until1932 at the Vine Pottery at Stoke. The company was still
Dates inscribeD, engraveD or carveD on antiques can be very Difficult to authenticate; the typeface anD quality of writing are key factors.
in production in 1957. They made china in addition to their earthenware products the latter of which these vases are a fine example. For something so decorative it is surprising that these wares do not have great commercial value. They were made in vast number and, being available to the masses of middle class families were considered ‘old fashioned’ by the following two generations, and are only just being collected. The name of the country of origin marked on any item will indicate that it was made after 1891 when the ‘McKinley Tariff ’ as it was known was brought in by the future President of The United States of America as an import protectionist measure. The addition of the words ‘Made In’ will indicate after 1904. There are very few rules in the antiques business but that is certainly one of them. Dates inscribed, engraved or carved on antiques can be very difficult to authenticate; the typeface and quality of writing are key factors. It is too complicated to put briefly but a guide rather than a rule is to visit and take note in a cemetery of the dates and lettering on gravestones. It was rarely if ever done to put old-fashioned lettering on a headstone, and of course a date before the lettering was invented would be equally wrong. The forms of decorative borders and frames, particularly around crests,
coats of arms and presentation inscriptions are also indicative of age. The Victorians loved to mix designs and periods when they tried to create revival pieces of an earlier period. But sometimes even this can defeat an old hand like me. A case in point is the slope-top box illustrated. These boxes are often referred to as bible boxes but that more correctly describes a straightforward box with no slope. This is actually a desk, of a type not much referred to before the Tudor period but universally popular by the end of the 17th century when more people could read and write. One early record is in an inventory of Sir William More of Loseley who owned ‘a deske (sic) of chestnut tree’ and ‘another little deske to wryte (sic) on. The latter was valued at 3d by the valuer. Now part of the carving on this desk is a mystery to me. The scrolling designs is common enough and typical of the mid to late 17th century which would tie up nicely with the construction and the iron work and it is good Baltic oak, the stable timber for good solid furniture at the time. But to my knowledge the diagonal lines do not fit to any known pattern in the UK, nor am I sure if they are contemporary. It could be Scandinavian or even more romantically, it could have been done by a sailor on board ship after he had visited some exotic island and picked up some native designs. So I’m stuck on this one and ask
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if anyone recognises this pattern, and has the sort of ”Oh I know where that came from” reaction please write and tell me. One of the most interesting pieces of American silver I have ever dealt with came to light after an enquiry from an English reader of ‘The
Antiques Monthly’. It was a large bowl with two cast side handles and a presentation inscription over a coat of arms. It read ”Valentine and Louisa D. Mott”. Back in the 1970’s this meant nothing to me and there was no Google, but the lettering of the inscription
was typical of the 1850’s, so we had an approximate date. Underneath were the stamps ‘Jones,Ball & Co’ ‘Boston’ and most interestingly ‘Pure Silver Coin’. Armed with this I flew to my copy of Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by the delightfully named Dorothy T. Rainwater. Here I discovered that Jones and Ball registered their mark in 1852 as part of a huge conglomerate with the equally engaging name of ‘Shreve, Crump and Low, Co. Inc. They certainly know how to come up with catchy titles. So now we have date, maker and material. But who were Valentine and Louisa Mott? The shield of the coat of arms was divided in three; in one third was a hand with a scalpel, another was a ribbon around a tube and the last was a crescent. The latter is a device with many meanings but the scalpel was a clue. By now I’m sure the suspense is almost too much to bear so I will cut to the chase and tell you that via The New York Historical Society, Rosary College Library, Chicago and the Milwaukee Museum of Fine Art I found that Valentine Mott was a hugely important American surgeon (1785 – 1865) who performed over one thousand ground-breaking operations including the first successful amputation at the hip. The bowl went on tour from New York to the places just mentioned and now rests on display In the Milwaukee museum. So you never know what might happen when you write to me. I hope someone will re the Desk. John Bly Est Antiques 1891. Tel: 01442 823030 Mobile: 07831 888826. Website: www.johnbly.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org AUGUST2011
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ritish genius and luxury goods designer Stuart Hughes has yet achieved another amazing and unique product for an anonymous leading Malaysian business man, calling his project “History Supreme“, probably the world’s most expensive yacht, putting Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s swanky yacht in the shade. The billionaire’s 533ft Eclipse, which has its own missile defence system and escape submarine, is the world’s biggest private yacht — but at £750million it is a snip compared to this creation. The 100ft super boat took 3 years to complete, with the use of 100 tons of solid gold and platinum to design the deck, dining area, rails, anchor, making the exclusive project absolutely unique. While the base of the vessel is wrapped in gold, a thin layer was formed to embrace this huge section, the stunning main sleeping quarter is adorned with platinum accents of which included, 86 AUGUST2011
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wall feature, made from meteoric stone, with genuine Dinosaur bone shaved in from the raptor T-Rex. There is also a wall feature in the master bedroom that is made from meteoric stone and an aquarium made from 68kg of 24 carat gold. An additional jaw-dropping feature aboard the ultra-expensive ‘History Supreme’ superyacht – which is fitting for the ultimate billionaire lifestyle: a glass enclosed atrium perfect for dining in the epitome of high-style. Also on board is a luxury liquor bottle featuring an 18.5ct diamond, one of the world’s rarest. Worth almost ten times more than Eclipse, the largest yacht in the world, this creation of the gorgeous yacht costs
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Stuart, 40, a jeweller from Liverpool said: “It was probably the most mammoth task ever.” Stuart — who also made a £5million diamond-wrapped
iPhone added: “I’ve covered all sorts of things in gold but this has got to be my most ambitious project yet. This will never be topped.
a case of can you make this gold, can you make that gold? “We just did what we were told and are delighted with the result.”
Mr Hughes, who has also used gold to customise other luxury goods like iPads and iPhones, added: ‘He wanted a plane doing as well but the thing would never take off if we did. “So he said, ‘Can you do the yacht?’ and I said, ‘We’ll give it a crack.’ Then it was pretty much
The anonymous leading businessman from Malaysia probably won’t be that anonymous after getting on this beauty. The yacht was built in Italy and completed in Malaysia last month. AUGUST2011 87
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An imposing five bedroom detached family home located within a prime residential road and is very close to the American Community School in Cobham. Featuring a large kitchen/breakfast room, elegant Drawing room and a wonderful landscaped gardens with an outdoor heated pool.
£4,500 per calendar month
Weybridge Park, Weybridge, 4,995 calendar month A beautifully presentedSurrey four bedroom/three bathroom detached family home featuring a bright£open planper kitchen and family room. Located in one of the areas most exclusive Private roads and is within easy reach of Claygate Village and mainline station.
A character This home with mature,enjoys south facing rear gardens with and an outdoor swimming pool.lawned The accommodation overa three comprises of: Entrance hall with polished property an elevate position wonderful mature gardens with largefloors terrace. wood flooring and a wealth of oak joinery, cloakroom, four reception room areas (wooden floors to dining and sitting room areas), and spacious kitchen/breakfast room. First floor: Master bedroom with en suite, three further double bedrooms, family bathroom. Second floor: One double and two further single bedrooms, bathroom, separate w.c., Outside: Large mature private gardens with good size lawned area gated outdoor swimming pool plus sun terrace area ideal for outside summer dining.
70 High Street | Esher | Surrey | KT10 9QS email@example.com | www.chkmountford.co.uk 5 High Street | Cobham | Surrey | KT11 3DH firstname.lastname@example.org | www.chkmountford.co.uk
BEACONSFIELD ROAD CLAYGATE, SURREY A
beautifully presented six Bedroom family home. It is located within a stones throw of Claygate Village. This interesting property has been lovingly restored to an extremely high standard including the installation of a ‘Mark Wilkinson’ hand crafted Kitchen which opens onto a large Breakfast Room and Family Room. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with spacious and practical bedrooms ideal for a large family. The property has an elegant feel throughout with high ceilings and neutral décor. Large Entrance Hall with beautiful wooden flooring and sweeping staircase. Elegant Drawing Room with large feature fireplace and wooden flooring. Dining Room. Study. Large Kitchen/Breakfast Room furnished by Mark Wilkinson. Utility Room. Family Room. Six Bedrooms. Four Bathrooms. Gym. Lovely Gardens which are totally private. Double Garage.
Avialable to rent £6,750 pcm
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Princess Square – a life beyond luxury Princess Square is a unique collection of six, four-storey period townhouses, 12 luxury new spacious apartments and nine elegantly restored apartments within the once royal residence of Milbourne House. This prestigious, landmark development is already 30% sold and ready for immediate occupation. • Exceptional specification 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties • Louise Bradley designed interiors • Beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens • Gated development with concierge • Private underground parking • Leisure facilities For a private viewing of this magnificent development, please contact Royalton on 01372 460852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Privileged location in Esher Prices from £950,000