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A grand design in Lewes

January 2018

Tour around Tom Petty’s final Californian home

Five-star Madeira Hotel and golf review Beautiful Homes

Special issue

Healthy eating guru James Wong recipe

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PORTFOLIO welcome

“Guilty secret food? Deep-fried pigs’ tails with BBQ sauce” Samuel Lambert, Head Chef, 64 Degrees, page 86

WELCOME Happy New Year to you all!

“Petty’s retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room and 125-feet of shore frontage” Celebrity Home, page 23

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ith all festivities and seasonal joy now historical, you probably feel like crawling back to bed and hibernating throughout the rest of the winter. Join the club. Perhaps that’s why it’s National Festival of Sleep Day on 3rd January, meticulously timed to coincide with our return to work. So, our celebration of that particular awareness day may be confined to having an early night and trying to capture those elusive eight hours. Sleep actually plays an important role in your physical health, so our beds, and bedrooms, are vital to our well-being. On page 80 we peek into the bedroom and look at how to ramp up the “hygge factor.” In a special travel section in this issue on page 88 we review the beautiful Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel in Madeira, which cleverly created an atmosphere of intimate, relaxed luxury, offering fabulous food and a wonderful golf course. All this, combined with their temperate climate, makes it the perfect winter holiday destination. So, it’s back to reality, and perhaps back on the march for a new home this year? You’ve come to the right place, of course, as we highlight properties for sale throughout the city, from the very best estate agents, and with particular focus on Shoreham-by-Sea in this issue. Our front cover, however, takes you to Lewes with that strikingly beautiful home on the River Ouse, recently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, and which is now for sale with Oakley Property. For a little light relief turn to page 104 and our interview with comic and musician Bill Bailey, who will shortly be appearing in “Larks in Transit“ in Brighton. Universally loved and admired, he was described by The Daily Telegraph as “The brainiest comic of his generation,” and who are we to disagree! Enjoy a happy and healthy 2018.

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Architecture Open up your home with ARCH-angels Architects

STORY 20 COVER Competition - WIN dinner for two at Source, Stanmer House

33 Calendar Getting out and about in January 40 Regional property news Collection 49 January The best homes in Shoreham-by-Sea

property 52 Featured Magnificent Surrenden Crescent residence

Home of the month STORY 23 COVER 59 ‘The Rusty House’ Celebrity homes - Inside the late Tom Petty’s beautiful home

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Gardening Winter tips PLUS the best gardening books

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STORY 104 COVER Interview – Comedian

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96 Motoring New Year, new Limited Edition Mazda MX 5 Z Sport

98 Escape to the country

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asn’t it Margaret Thatcher who claimed there was no such thing as community? Most definitions of community include things like shared geographic location, attitudes and interests; networks and connections; some shared interests and reciprocity. In fairness, residing in Downing Street and Whitehall, she probably was (and still is) right. For the rest of us, despite the social, demographic and economic changes of the twenty-first century, community is alive and well in the nooks and crannies around high streets, stations, schools and pubs. It steps in and helps when a school is threatened with closure, when your husband has a terrible accident, or when old Mr Smith down the road can’t get out to Tesco. Community buys dilapidated church halls and turns them into thriving centres. It collects coats and food for the homeless, lends you a cup of sugar and makes sure you get home safely at night. It is the co-dependent, shiny, life-filled sum of shared space and the people that inhabit it. I was oblivious to ours until I got made redundant in 2015. I’d spent 15 years flying between station, school and home, and suddenly I stopped and landed smack in the middle of it. By the time I’d worked out what to do next, I was thoroughly ensnared. No more school run in my pyjamas - I couldn’t leave the house (even at 6am) without bumping into someone I knew. No more public swearing at Dave (the dog), no matter what atrocity had been committed, since one son or another would invariably hear it verbatim later at school. Or worse, half way through a tirade, from the corner of my eye I’ll spot staff

DON’T EAT THAT! ITS BEEN ON THE FLOOR Only for two seconds – I counted. And anyway, the floor is the least of your worries. If you want to talk dirt, germs and even fungi, there are much, much grubbier places in the house. No-one drops their toast in the toilet. You’d be surprised at the number of people who drop their phone in the loo - but the WC isn’t the worst offender. One of the first places not to drop your toast is in bed: We produce on average 26 gallons of sweat each year when we sleep, and what doesn’t get absorbed into our clothes is taken up by bedding and mattress. This creates a hot, humid environment that scientists at the New York University School of Medicine call a ‘hotspot for microscopic life – and an ideal fungal culture medium’. A 2015 study from the University of Manchester found that the average pillow contains between 4-16

and children from my daughter’s nursery on their way to the swings, blinking at the second-hand verbal assault. On the plus side, I had a lot of new friends, from the park, the school, from the charity I volunteered at, and from our local pub. Communities need pubs, parks, shops, and playgrounds because without safe shared space, we’re just strangers living in our Victorian / new-build boxes. There’s a trend for property developers to swoop in

“Communities need pubs, parks, shops, and playgrounds because without safe shared space, we’re just strangers living in our Victorian or new-build boxes” and make a quick buck from turning tired local pubs into townhouses and flats – but people need other people, and spaces to interact with them, even if it’s just an exchange over a lime and soda. So if you stop along the way to smell the flowers, take a moment to appreciate the park that they grow in, the shop around the corner, the pub over the road. Never mind location, location, location – a trip to the local pub or park and an hour spent people watching there will tell you everything you need to know about the place in which you live.

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different types of fungi after only 18 months of use. In order to stop the fungus, bacterial and other nasties (including the outputs of millions of dust mites – dust mite poop) building up, we should thoroughly wash our bedding every 1-2 weeks. Ok, so I wont eat in bed anymore. Or sleep, probably. Well, the rest of the house is pretty ripe, too. A 2011 study carried out by US public health company NSF international swabbed 30 different household locations for bacteria, yeast and mould. The areas with the highest contamination rates were (worst offender first): Kitchen sink dish sponge, kitchen sink, toothbrush holder, pet bowl, coffee machine reservoir, bathroom tap handle, pet toy and worktop. Frequency of use, contact with pets, environmental conditions and contact with our mouths (which are pretty germy) all contribute to making these the dirtiest spots in the house. I’ll get some bleach and my Marigolds It’s a good idea to know where germs linger, and to keep these areas clean, but we need contact with some microbes to keep our immune systems healthy. So if you don’t mind, I’ll just take my toast back and eat it.

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The dream combination - a Michelinstarred super-chef who is also a committed athlete. Gordon knows how important it is to eat well, whether you're training for a triathlon or just leading a busy, active life. And just because it's healthy food you don't have to compromise on taste and flavour. The book is divided into three sections, the Healthy section consists of nourishing recipes for general well-being; the Lean recipes encourage healthy weight loss, and the Fit section features pre- and post-workout dishes to build strength and energise. Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Fit Food: Mouthwatering Recipes to Fuel you for Life is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 4th January 2018, RRP £25.

Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work. During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. With 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. These works proved so controversial when they were first shown in 1917 that police censored his solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also featured are his lesser-known, radical and thought-provoking sculptures, as well as his portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi and partner Jeanne Hébuterne. Tate Modern, London until 2nd April 2018 www.tate.org.uk

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OPEN UP ARCH-angels Architects improve the flow of a ground-floor flat in the West Hill Conservation Area THE BRIEF: The client came to us looking to refurbish their bathroom and change the only access to the large rear garden. Their property is a groundfloor flat situated on Alexandra Villas, which is within the West Hill Conservation Area. Alexandra Villas were built in the 1860s, situated in the West Hill Conservation Area of Brighton. The building itself has a beautiful exterior design. However, during conversion into flats this historic building became chopped up into a labyrinth of rooms which simply do not flow. In our client’s case, the only access to their garden was through the bathroom – a far from ideal situation. But with the high ceilings, central location and large garden, the clients were hesitant to leave. Therefore, the brief was to create a new access route to the garden from the existing flat and refurbish the bathroom completely. ARCH-angels Architects suggested that the new access to the garden

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should be through the bedroom. We worked with the clients to create a design which would fit their needs and a home they felt comfortable in, enabling them to remain in the home they loved. A new, contemporary access platform and steps to the garden from the ground floor flat were proposed. We also proposed a replacement of the existing bedroom sash window with charming French doors, to open up the room, allow light to flood in and ,of course, give access to the new platform. This addition also provided the clients with the choice to retain the room as the bedroom or later convert it into the living room. Although the building is not listed, discussions with the conservation officer at the local authority took place. Careful consideration was given to the design of the platform; a new, light-weight walkway and stairs in glass and steel was designed in order to have minimal impact on the existing building, and in particular the lower ground-floor flat. Due to the fact that the villa is located within a conservation area, we had to make sure that the exterior matched the rest of the building. Therefore, to block up the existing back door and replace it with a new window, we had to seal both the windows and put in opaque glass for privacy.


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The alterations to the property included a complete refurbishment of the bathroom. Before the clients came to us, their bathroom provided them with the only entrance to their garden. They saw the opportunity to not only rid themselves of this awkward connection from inside to outside, but to also design and create a bathroom that reflects their style and needs. The outcome was a bespoke, contemporary room, comprised of sleek black tiling and the bold use of vibrant green. The contrast of the two colours against light coming in from the three windows provides a breath of fresh air into the once disappointing space.

“The result of the works was a far smoother flow within the property, allowing the clients to fully enjoy their home” The result of the works was a far smoother flow within the property, as well as the creation of a style which better fit the clients' personalities, allowing them to fully enjoy their home. Instead of having to move because their property was not meeting their needs, they were able to re-order the space and layout to realise their dream home. Richard Zinzan and Nicola Thomas are founders of ARCH-angels Architects in Brighton, an approachable local practice specialising in environmentally conscious and cost-effective architecture. We work closely with you to maximise your space and provide beautiful integrated buildings.

Create your dream home: Contact ARCH-angels Architects Ltd 3 Dorset Place , Brighton BN2 1ST 01273 267 184 | www.aaarchitects.co.uk | Twitter: @ArchAngelsBton

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EXCEPTIONAL HOMES Outstanding properties in our beautiful part of the world

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ALBANY VILLAS, HOVE

GUIDE PRICE £525,000 - £550,000

A beautifully presented and exquisitely designed 3 bedroom garden apartment, boasting in excess of 1000 SQUARE FEET and spanning the entire lower garden level of this magnificent bay fronted Victorian villa, situated in a sought after central location, adjacent to Church Road and the seafront. The property has been cleverly designed to maximize space and has been finished to an extremely high standard by the current owner. This property also has the benefit of a private car parking space, a rarity in the area!

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LANGDALE ROAD, HOVE

GUIDE PRICE £500,000 - £525,000

This beautifully presented three bedroom period apartment with sea views occupies the entire first floor of a fine double fronted Victorian Villa on the ever-popular Langdale Road between New Church Road and the seafront. The spacious apartment has many original features and is very well presented, having been extensively renovated to a high standard.

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HILL BROW, HOVE

OFFERS INVITED ÂŁ1,600,000

Located in the superb Hove park area. This is a rare available beautiful five bedroom detached contemporary style residence which has been lovingly renovated to create a stunning home. Particular features include a luxurious fitted kitchen/breakfast room with quality integrated appliances. 5 bedrooms three of which featuring luxury en suites, fantastic heated swimming pool with spacious decked area and established beautifully maintained garden. Integral double garage.

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WISH ROAD, HOVE

ASKING PRICE ÂŁ849,995

A substantial and well presented, four bedroom detached family home situated in a highly desirable location close to Hove seafront and adjacent to Wish Park. Located on the south side of New Church Road, this property is within easy reach of the seafront, Hove Lagoon with a host of water sport facilities and the delightful Richardson Road, with its range of amenities including an award-winning butcher, local fishmonger, bakery and coffee shop.

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OLD SHOREHAM ROAD

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£850,000

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A Victorian house over four floors located in Hove and close to Seven Dials. A grand, characterful house in every sense that exudes style and individuality.

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ASHFORD ROAD

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£475,000

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A two bedroom house near Preston Park, Brighton. This charming house celebrates the best of classical features tastefully mixed with a modern twist.

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DITCHLING | Offers in Excess of £1,500,000 Substantial 'Sussex Style' residence - Approx. 6,971 sq ft (inc outbuilding) - Gardens and grounds of approx. 1.65 acres - Luxury spa complex including swimming pool - Detached 1 bedroom cottage - 6 bedrooms - 5 reception rooms - 6 bathrooms

KEYMER | £1,050,000 Beautifully presented modern Sussex style house - Semi-rural location - 4 bedrooms - 3 reception rooms - 3 bathrooms Glorious views over neighbouring farmland - South facing gardens - Detached double garage

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wo brand-new luxury Georgian-style houses, each with over an acre of grounds and boasting panoramic uninterrupted views over the South Downs National Parkland and the Adur Valley. Set in a peaceful elevated position, Hill House and Park View benefit from far-reaching, panoramic views over the South Downs National Parkland and the Adur Valley. Built to the highest specifications, the properties boast spacious, well-appointed accommodation, with the majority of rooms benefiting from the stunning views across the valley. Amassing to approximately 5,348 sq ft (including the garage), the properties offer luxurious and comfortable family living space with opulent touches throughout. The principle reception rooms are accessed from the large galleried reception hall. Of particular note is the triple-aspect kitchen/ breakfast/family room with bi-fold doors on the whole of southern side, capitalising on the glorious views. The grand first-floor galleried landing provides access to five double bedrooms, all of which are serviced with ensuite facilities. The master suite boasts a large balcony providing panoramic views of the South Downs National Park. There is also the benefit of a substantial games room. The properties are approached over sweeping driveways with parking for several cars and access to the large integral double garages. The beautiful gardens surround the properties on three sides, with each property enjoying a large terrace and infinity lawns.

Smugglers Lane, Henfield Road, Near Upper Beeding Guide Price: £2,150,000 to £2,250,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Extras: Stunning views of the surrounding countryside; Premium finishes including: Villeroy and Boch, Zucchetti and Miele.; Bespoke Mereway kitchens Best Bits: Galleried staircase and landing; Triple-aspect bi-folding doors to the family room opening out on to large rear terrace Chatt Estates 133 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 9PU 01273 844500 www.chattestates.co.uk

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COMPETITION

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A THREE-COURSE MEAL FOR TWO PEOPLE WITH WINE AT PROUD COUNTRY HOUSE IN STANMER PARK

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roud Country House in Stanmer Park opened their new restaurant ‘Source’ last month with a seasonal ‘farm to fork’ menu. Meats, fish and fresh produce are sourced from within 20 miles. The food is complemented by the sumptuous surroundings of this Grade II-listed Georgian country manor, which has been sensitively renovated, juxtaposing antiques and reclamation yard finds with '70s glamour and modern patterns. Lunch is served seven days a week, dinner is served on Friday and Saturday. There is also an informal Grazing Source menu, glorious Afternoon Tea and a traditional Sunday Carvery. The man behind the operation is new Head Chef James Mitchell, who joins Proud Country House after 25 years' working in some of the best restaurants in the country. His career started at The Savoy Hotel in London, after which he went on to revamp and reinvigorate the kitchens of several high-end West End venues, including The Strand Palace and Hilton Park Lane. He says: “All our meat and vegetable produce is sourced from farms surrounding Stanmer House. Our fish is landed daily at Shoreham and Newhaven from our suppliers’ own

boats. All farms and suppliers are met and inspected by me personally to make sure they hold up the highest standards of naturally grown produce and well-kept and healthy animals.” We have got together with Proud Country House to give away a meal for two (three courses) along with a bottle of house wine at Source.

For a chance to win, all you need to do is email: competitions.portfoliomagazine@gmail.com with SOURCE in the Subject Box, plus your name, address and a contact number. Closing date for entries is 25th January 2018. Terms & Conditions: Prize is for a three-course meal for two people with a bottle of house wine. Prize must be taken before end of February 2018. Closing date for entries is 25th January 2018. Any travel and accommodation will not be included in the prize.

LAST MONTH’S PRIZE of Christmas gifts for the whole family was won by avid PORTFOLIO magazine reader Sheila Shepheard of Langdale Road, Hove.

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CELBRITY home

TOM PETTY’S MALIBU HIDEAWAY A few months before Tom Petty's tragic death last year, the 66-year-old rocker and his wife, Dana York, put their Californian lakeside home on the market for $5.895 million, and it’s gorgeous

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t never occurred to Tom Petty that gathering a group of friends to play music wouldn’t make them big stars. After meeting Elvis at the age of 10 and, later, watching the Beatles, he knew he was meant to be a musician and approached it with laser focus. In the late '60s, at age 17, Tom put his theory into practice: gathering several buddies, he took guitar lessons, added a few more instruments to the mix and was soon on his way to stardom. Nothing deterred him or slowed him down, even the disapproval of his father, who was disappointed that his son would take the artistic route rather than what he considered a more masculine sports-oriented road into adulthood. >

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“It’s a California house with a European mountain lake-chalet vibe geared to inspire creativity, from its barrel-tiled roof to its enchanting terrace” Tom’s first band, the Epics, started out in his hometown, Gainesville, Florida, where he played locally between odd jobs to keep them financially afloat until they hit the big time, which he knew in his heart was just a matter of time. The Epics evolved into Mudcrutch, a popular band at the Gainesville University of Florida area bars, but failed to get outside attention. His next band, the Heartbreakers, quickly turned things around, making it to the top in 1976 with their hit song Breakdown. Tom and the Heartbreakers never looked back, producing classics such as American Girl, Free Falling, and I Won’t Back Down and forging a career that lasted over 45 years. Music poured out of Tom Petty like a fast-moving river, as he produced hit after hit, many used for movie theme songs and sound tracks. Just as he imagined as a young boy, Tom and the Heartbreakers became one of the most popular American bands in history, garnering virtually every important award in the music industry and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Petty died in October at the age of 66, and now his much-loved Lake Sherwood getaway near Malibu and nine miles from the Pacific Ocean is for sale. Built in 1931 with walls of local field stone, Petty’s retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room and 125-feet of shore frontage. Deceptively large at 5,300 square feet, the house has three bedrooms and three baths and underwent an expansion in 2004. Its rustic feel from the field stone and natural wooded environment is complemented by its balcony fireplace, redwood-paneled bath with stone bathtub that overlooks the lake and vaulted beamed ceilings and fireplace in the field-stone living room. It’s a California house with a European mountain lake-chalet vibe geared to inspire creativity, from its barreltiled roof to its enchanting terrace. It also has a private deep-water dock where one can sit and dream, launch a boat, fish or swim. Located high above the fog line, the property is guaranteed bright sunshine and cool breezes. Listing agents are Dana Sparks and Amy Alcini of Compass Realty in Malibu, California. Rock and Roll superstar Tom Petty’s fabulous Lake Sherwood retreat near Malibu is listed at $5.895 million. www.toptenrealestatedeals.com

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substantial six bedroom family home set back from the road with a private driveway offering ample parking, double garage and large rear garden. Fernlea is a superb property believed to date back to 1867 which offers a wealth of interesting and characterful features. Spanning to over 4500 sq ft it offers a plethora of living and entertaining space for a growing family to enjoy. With the advantage of having two staircases it provides an ideal set up for a live in or separate space for family and friends when they stay. Features include a wonderful oak panelled entrance hall, and elegant accommodation and opulent styling throughout with an abundance of natural light. A generous and private garden has several special features including an ornate pond and terrace.

Fernlea, 24 Dyke Road Avenue, Brighton BN1 5LB Price: ÂŁ1,700,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4 Extras: Six reception rooms; Detached property; Two separate staircases Best Bits: Private Parking; Large rear garden; Wonderful views Hamptons International 82 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EB 01273 230 230 www.hamptons.co.uk

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he Manor House is a country house in a semiurban setting, and a picturesque example of a double-fronted period building, oozing character and charm, with the older parts dating back to the 17th century. This handsome family home is tucked away behind a flintstone wall and mature gardens which the current owners estimate to be in the region of around ¾ of an acre. The location is superb, with the local high street, coastline and train station close at hand. With period charm and character in abundance, The Manor House in Southwick is a beautiful Grade II listed Manor House set within its own grounds with parking and mature gardens. There are seven good bedrooms, including a gorgeous en-suite master bedroom with a large room off which the current owners use as a study and two further large bedrooms on the first floor. There are two additional multi-functional rooms on the second floors which serve as guest bedrooms, storage and teenagers den, making a grand total of 10 rooms on the upper floors.

The Manor House, 14 Southwick Street, Southwick, BN42 4AD Price: £1,375,000 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 3 Extras: Grade II listed Manor House; Double-fronted; Abundance of period charm and character Best Bits: Own grounds with parking; Mature gardens; Four Reception Rooms Hamptons International 82 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EB 01273 230 230 www.hamptons.co.uk

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This lovely vase from the LSA Pleat Collection is hand made from mouthblown glass and designed with heather glass, featuring subtle flared contours designed to echo the soft folds of pleated fabric. It is perfect for displaying both traditional and contemporary flower or foliage arrangements. The Pleat Collection of mouth-blown glassware from LSA has style and makes a super gift. LSA Pleat Vase £50.00

The Smithfield is an elegantly enhanced Chesterfield sofa designed for Rume by Richard Paul Baker and hand made to order by skilled staff in their Sussex workshops, drawing on classic English furniture making traditions and techniques. This individual approach allows you to specify dimension, fabric, seat type and layout, even leg timber and stain, plus your choice of fabric or leather. Rume three seat Chesterfield Sofa in purple velvet £3836.00 excluding fabric

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Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet: a vivid purple. Pantone say: "Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future

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STAR-STUDDED Take a fresh look at an old country classic and add some bling factor to your home. The Arthouse ‘Star Studded Stag’ is the special one in a series of five baby stags. Now available in various colours: Hot Pink, Pastel Pink, Champagne, Aqua Marine, Pewter, Silver, Black, Pearl and Ruby as well as this on-trend, striking Ultra Violet purple. Star Studded Stag £100.00 www.arthouse.com


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his impressive five-bedroom property is nicely set back from the road and is approached via electric gates to the equally impressive frontage with its circular driveway, offering ample space for parking and access to the integral garage. The property itself affords spacious living, including a large entrance/reception hallway and superb living room, with French doors overlooking and giving access to the delightful rear garden, as well as double doors to the dining room, also at the rear of the property, with access out onto the rear garden. The well-fitted, integral kitchen/breakfast room opens up onto the conservatory. The beautiful rear garden is a particular feature, offering several areas ideal for alfresco dining, separate patio areas and an enormous lawned garden.

64 Dyke Road Avenue, Brighton BN1 5LE Price: ÂŁ1,595,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Extras: Delightful rear garden with several areas; Five bedrooms Best Bits: Prestigious location; Ample parking; Spacious living Hamptons International 82 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EB 01273 230 230 www.hamptons.co.uk

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January

Our pick of January events features international ballet and music, and award-winning theatre

30 January, Kodo

One Earth Tour 2018: Evolution

25 January - 10 February, War Horse

The taiko: a traditional Japanese drum with limitless rhythmic possibilities. Kodo’s mission is to explore these possibilities, and in the process forge new directions for a vibrant living art-form. In Japanese, the word Kodo holds a double meaning. It can be translated as 'heartbeat,' the primal source of all rhythm. Indeed, the great taiko is thought to be reminiscent of a mother’s heartbeat as felt from the womb, and babies are often lulled to sleep by its thunderous vibrations. If read in a different context, however, Kodo can also mean 'children of the drum,' which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child. Since the group’s debut at Berliner Festspiele in 1981, Kodo has given over 5,800 performances in 49 countries on five continents.

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse is on a major tour of the UK, which coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War. War Horse has won 25 awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty, and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War, is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.

Brighton Dome, 7.30pm. www.brightondome.org

Brighton Centre. For times and prices visit www.brightoncentre.co.uk

5 -13 January, Strangers on a Train Strangers On A Train is based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith, made famous by the classic, Oscar-winning Alfred Hitchcock film. A fateful encounter takes place between two men in the dining carriage of a train crossing America. Guy is the successful businessman with a nagging jealousy; Charles is the cold, calculating chancer with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever. The cast is led by Christopher Harper, Coronation Street’s Nathan Curtis, playing the charismatic and manipulative Charles Bruno. Having played Vicar Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale for over 20 years, John Middleton makes his UK touring stage debut as Detective Arthur Gerard. Completing the line-up is Call The Midwife favorite Jack Ashton as the troubled Guy Haines, alongside Mr. Selfridge star Hannah Tointon as Guy’s fiancé Anne Faulkner. Theatre Royal, Brighton. Visit website for times and prices. www.atgtickets.com/brighton

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Until 28 January, Paula Rego: The Sketchbooks A rare opportunity to see Dame Paula Rego’s preparatory sketches, providing an insight into her remarkable draughtsmanship and the development of her ideas. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, Rego has a career that spans over half a century and, since her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, has travelled consistently between the two countries. Using folklore and fairy tales, both personally constructed and widely known, Rego’s work builds narratives of both trouble and fantasy, often leaving reality behind in favour of a religious fervour. The exhibition draws largely from sketchbooks from the 1980s and '90s, including studies for some of her most famous works, and provides a new understanding of the work of one of Britain's and Portugal’s most-loved figurative artists. It coincides with an exhibition of Rego’s recent paintings at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. Paula Rego is supported by Marlborough and Kirker Pallant House, Chichester. For details of opening times visit www.pallant.org.uk

5 - 14 January, Holiday on Ice TIME

15 January, Tom’s Film Club: David Lynch: The Art Life

HOLIDAY ON ICE presents its new production, TIME, celebrating “the best and most memorable times of our lives”. Experience the wonder of a brand-new world of music, light and visual effects in a trail-blazing Holiday on Ice extravaganza of worldclass performances and dazzling choreography. The show will take you back in time on a journey to the memorable moments we all cherish; first kiss, a long-lost love, one unforgettable holiday, a party under the stars with friends and loved ones. Director/Choreographer David Liu, known for his innovative and exciting choreography, leads the cast of highly skilled skaters from the four corners of the world. Music will feature well-known songs from the Universal Music Publishing catalogue, including Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Seal and Michael Buble.

An intimate look at one of modern cinema’s greatest filmmakers, The Art Life covers David Lynch’s earlier creative endeavours in painting and sculpture before he embarked on a career in experimental film with his debut feature Eraserhead. Described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era," The Art Life is an early portrait of an artist coming into his own and the promise Lynch started to show at a young age. With a lot of insight and humour, and including all the idiosyncrasies we have come to expect from the sultan of strange, this is a must-see for anyone immersed in the surreal world of Lynch. “Crucial for serious fans of Lynch, even if it may baffle newcomers. Since pretty much the only thing more interesting to lovers of his work is the enigmatic man behind it, there’s a lot for them to get their teeth into here.” Andrew Lowry, Empire

Brighton Centre. For times and prices visit www.brightoncentre.co.uk

The Old Market, Hove, 8pm. www.theoldmarket.com

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6 January - 29 April, Elizabeth Friedlander Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft presents the story of outstanding artist, designer and typographer Elizabeth Friedlander. The work of Friedlander (1903-1984) is instantly recognisable as mid-20th century design at its best, but few will know the name behind the art. Best known for her Penguin book covers and Bauer Type Foundry typeface ‘Elizabeth’, the exhibition touches on her escape to London from 1930s Nazi Germany, friendship with her sponsor – poet and printer Francis Meynell – and her work with a wartime British black propaganda unit. The show includes rarely-seen works from the artist’s compelling career, including type design, wood engravings, decorative book papers, maps and commercial work. The exhibition is co-curated by video artist and author Katharine Meynell, granddaughter of Francis Meynell, who recently shone a light on Friedlander’s little-known story by writing and producing ‘Elizabeth’, a film about the artist. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling. For details of opening times visit www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

3 & 4 January, Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake

5 - 7 January, Moscow City Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Moscow City Ballet returns to the Festival Theatre with two stunning ballets, each presented in classic Russian style with full orchestra. The ballet has marked the new year at the Theatre for over a decade – and is an unmissable climax to the festive season. Swan Lake is the world’s most romantic ballet, a tragic tale of love and betrayal set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful, haunting score. A signature piece of the company’s entire repertoire, the heart-breaking tale of Siegfried and his love for Odette, the Queen of the Swans, is brought to life in all its original splendour.

The second of Moscow City Ballet’s stunning ballets at the Festival Theatre, presented in classic Russian style with full orchestra.The enchanting and romantic story of The Sleeping Beauty inspired Tchaikovsky to write some of his most glorious music, and the ballet has captivated audiences for well over a century. Featuring the delicate Princess Aurora, her gallant Prince, wicked Carabosse, the beautiful Lilac Fairy and a host of fairy-tale characters, this truly magical production showcases the company’s exquisite dramatic and lyrical talents.

Chichester Festival Theatre. For times and prices visit www.cft.org.uk

Chichester Festival Theatre. For times and prices visit www.cft.org.uk

22 & 23 January, St Petersburg Classic Ballet: Giselle and The Nutcracker Combining classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet’s performances have an air of magic, complemented by a full orchestra and outstanding soloists who will take your breath away. Giselle, with music by Adolphe Adam, is one of the few 19th-century Romantic ballets to survive intact, the quintessential story of unrequited love The Nutcracker, with its famous score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is delightfully festive, as Clara is whisked away on a fairy-tale adventure by her Nutcracker Prince. Giselle (Monday) and The Nutcracker (Tuesday) The Hawth, Crawley, 7.30pm. www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

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Tivoli Crescent North, Brighton, BN1 5NA A substantial and beautifully presented detached family home of considerable character, standing in truly lovely large mature gardens, with stunning far reaching elevated views at the rear, within a sought after residential location.

£1,150,000 • Close to Preston Park station • Planning permission for expansion • Open plan kitchen/family room


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rand-new detached home, currently under construction, with off-plan reservation available. Ready spring 2018!

A simply stunning, brand-new detached family residence, currently under construction, occupying an enviable residential location just off Dyke Road Avenue. Being one of a pair, this superb home cleverly combines a traditional visual appeal with luxurious contemporary styling and design features. With comfortable and versatile living space of around 2548 sq ft spanning three floors, the property provides fabulous family accommodation. Particular features include a large, beautifully fitted and crafted kitchen/dining/family room opening onto the rear gardens, together with separate lounge and further study, providing great flexibility for modern life and living. There are four bedroom suites over the first and second floors, including three luxurious bathrooms, as well as a southfacing balcony on the first floor. The house stands in good-sized level gardens, with a private driveway affording parking for several vehicles. Further details and reservation procedure on application.

Dyke Ridge, Tongdean Lane, Brighton, BN1 5JE Price: ÂŁ1,350,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Extras: Luxurious, contemporary styling and design features; South-facing balcony Best Bits: Comfortable and versatile living space; Three luxury bathrooms; Ample parking Goldin Lemcke 160-162 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2DL 01273 777123 www.goldinlemcke.com

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Quebec Street, Brighton

ÂŁ400,000 FREEHOLD

A very well presented 2 double bedroom house. Situated in the heart of Hanover, this property is truly stunning. The bright and airy open plan layout includes a living/dining room, a modern kitchen with all appliances fitted, a family bathroom with bath and separate shower and an attractive rear garden. Its close vicinity to local shops, pubs and schools makes this an ideal property for any family or couple. Energy Rating: E48 Maslen Estate Agents 39 Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 3HQ t:01273 677001 e:lewesroad@maslen.co.uk

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his ground-floor flat is situated in the prestigious Bazehill Road in Rottingdean Village. Bazehill Manor is at the end of the road and has the most amazing views over farmland and The Downs. The flat is of a good size and has two double bedrooms, one with en-suite, and both have doors leading to private, decked seating areas. The living space is open-plan and there is a further private, covered seating area off the lounge to maximise enjoyment of the fantastic views. Bazehill Manor is accessed via private security gates and a door-entry phone system. There is also private parking available. (Share of Freehold). EPC C73

Bazehill Manor, Bazehill Road, Rottingdean, BN2 7DB Price: £425,000, Share of Freehold Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Gated entry; Door-Entry Intercom System; Very well-presented Best Bits: Stunning views to farmland; Open-plan living space; Family bathroom and en-suite to master; Private decked area Maslen Estate Agents 62 - 64 Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton, BN2 6BA 01273 278866 www.maslen.co.uk PORTFOLIO  39


PROPERTY news

PROPERTY NEWS JIMMY CARR PRESENTS SAWYER & CO AWARD Sawyer & Co Sales & Lettings was presented with the Best Small Lettings Agency in the UK award at The Negotiator awards. The company was presented with the award by TV presenter and comedian Jimmy Carr at the Park Lane Hilton on 31st October. Commenting on the award the judges said that Sawyer & Co were “A very impressive agency in a hotly contested category. They are ambitious and open to innovation and experimentation – a marketing and business machine!” On accepting his company’s winning award, Director Chris Sawyer said “I’m over the moon that we’ve won this award. Of course, Adam and I accepted this on behalf of the whole team, who have made such a huge contribution to how we operate. I’m so proud of everyone; if I could have had them all on the stage to collect it, I would have done. Everyone can take huge satisfaction from this recognition.” This award rounds off a hugely successful year for Sawyer & Co, who have already won the Best Estate Agency of the Year – South East award from Guild of Property Professionals, Gold Excellence status and awards in the new Best Estate Agency Guide 2018. www.sawyerandco.co.uk

INSIDE CONVEYANCING AND LEGAL UPDATE Searches UK have collaborated with leading news portal Inside Conveyancing to host an informative legal, CPDaccredited, seminar providing essential information and updates by leading industry experts. The event is designed to inform conveyancers and solicitors on recent developments in the conveyancing industry. It incorporates a range of topics from the profession’s leading organisations and speakers, including Professor Ian Cooper, The Land Registry, Legal Eye, Think Marble and Bold Legal Group. The seminar is worth a total of 6 CPD points. Inside Conveyancing and Legal Update Conference, Birmingham Library, Thursday 25th January 2018. For full details visit www.searchesuk.co.uk.

FLOATING HOME IN CITY MARINA Manufacturer Vent-Axia has supplied ventilation to a floating home in Chichester. Vent-Axia, based in Crawley, is providing energyefficient and effective ventilation to a new, exciting project which promises to offer a new way of living. With a housing shortage in the UK and an increase in building on flood plains, or land at risk of flooding, the floating home offers an exciting house-building solution. Inspired by canal living and designed by Baca Architects, the Chichester prototype model was built by Floating Homes Limited. Not a houseboat but a house that floats, it is situated on a residential mooring on a disused canal which runs alongside Chichester Marina. www.floatinghomes.ltd.uk

GREAT HAMPTONS BAKE-OFF Hamptons-International recently had a special cake sale in their Hove office in aid of Cancer Research UK. Portfolio magazine went along to donate and sample some of the home-made cup-cakes. A total of £350 was raised for this worthy cause. Congratulations to Associate Director Paul Taggart and all the team! www.cancerresearchuk.org | www.hamptons.co.uk

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FASTER AUTOMATED CONVEYANCING The HM Land Registry has revealed more details of long-term plans to improve and speed up conveyancing processes in a five-year business strategy. The Registry says that the increasing availability of online property information services and digital changes to how estate agencies operate has prompted it to respond with “a consistently high-quality multi-channel experience” - in other words, providing faster and better information to help speed up and simplify residential transactions. “Over the five years of strategy execution we will find more ways to make it straightforward for conveyancers to submit applications to HM Land Registry and will explore with the industry how we might reduce the need to delay applications as we seek further information, known as requisitions,” the organisation says in its new strategy document. We will also look at how we can better support conveyancers through customer training and education programmes and also simplify the registration process.” The Registry says it plans to digitise and automate 95 per cent of its daily transactions by 2022 - up from 81 per cent, according to the latest figures, dating from 2016. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry

2018 BHEAA ANNUAL CHARITY DINNER The 2018 BHEAA annual charity dinner takes place on Friday, 9th February 2018 at The Grand Hotel. The incoming President is Tina Templeman of Mishon Mackay. The black-tie evening will include dinner, DJs and burlesque. Drinks reception is from 6.45pm, dinner at 7.30pm, with carriages at 1am. Tickets are £60 per person, with tables available for eight to twelve people, though smaller groups can be catered for. Proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the The Clock Tower Sanctuary and Mind. The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a drop-in centre providing advice and support for homeless young people aged 16-25 in Brighton & Hove. www.thects.org.uk. Mind provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. www.mind.org.uk To book tickets for the 2018 BHEAA annual charity dinner, email bheaadinner@barriealderton.co.uk or call Vicky Alderton on 01273 570 242

POWER OF ATTORNEY “There's no better time than now to sort out a Lasting Power of Attorney; it's easier than you think. We will do all the hard work, all you need to do is get in touch.” Reassuring words from Brighton & Hove solicitors Crosby & Woods, who are specialists in the area. There are now two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s) in relation to Property & Affairs, Personal Welfare, or both. The new forms are in-depth and professional advice is recommended when creating these as you now require a Certificate Provider to certify that all parties understand the implications of the power as well as other checks to give both the person requiring an LPA and their Attorney more protection. If you have a relative, friend or partner who has already lost capacity, it’s not too late to seek advice. Crosby & Woods’ experienced solicitors can also offer information and guidance in relation to managing their affairs using a process known as “Deputyship,” which could assist you. For more information, speak to Managing Partner David Crosby (pictured above) on 01273 734 600 or at david@crosbywoods.co.uk

PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS' LUNCH The Property Professionals' Lunch provides the perfect opportunity to mingle with your peers and like-minded professionals. The next Property Professionals’ Lunch will take place on Thursday, 11th January at Pub du Vin, Brighton. January’s Guest Speakers are Nicola Tilbury and Alex Johnson from Potter Raper Partnership. Potter Raper Partnership is a Multi-Discipline Construction Consultancy covering Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Project Management, Employer's Agent, Bank Monitoring, Joint Venture Management, Health, Safety and Environmental Services, Site Inspectors and 3D CAD and BIM Services.There will be a special raffle prize draw, in aid of the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. The cost is just £30 per person (including a three-course lunch, wine and coffee). To book your place, contact Stephanie at marketing@searchesuk.co.uk.

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BRUNSWICK STREET EAST, HOVE PRICE £900,000, FREEHOLD • • • • •

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n attractive Tudor-style detached residence, set well back from this prestigious road in what is considered to be Hove's premier residential area. Ideally placed for schools and nearby Hove Park, within a short walk away. The accommodation is spacious and extends to approximately 1700 sq ft, with large, well-proportioned rooms associated with properties built around the 1930s. There is a big reception hallway with tiled flooring and underfloor heating; an impressive staircase leads to the first floor, providing an excellent initial impression. Other features include a cinema room with feature marble fireplace surround and inset cinema screen, together with a huge kitchen/family room with bi-folding doors extending across the full width of the room, a signature area for the property, and a glorious rear garden with additional study room. There are four double bedrooms at first-floor level, the master bedroom having an ensuite shower room and dressing room in addition to a family bathroom. To the rear, the garden is simply stunning, west-facing with a large paved area and hidden swimming pool, which is currently covered by artificial grass and not used by the current owners, together with central steps leading to a large lawn area and access to the three-cornered copse set behind. To the front of the property is a brick-paved courtyard which provides off-road parking with an 'in and out' drive.

148 Woodland Drive, Hove, BN3 6DE Guide Price: £1,100,000 Freehold Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Cinema room; Access to the ThreeCornered Copse; ‘In and Out’ drive Best Bits: Fabulous large 100ft rear garden; Spacious ground-floor living areas; Signature combined kitchen/family room Elliotts Estate Agents 2 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2FL 01273 773399 www.elliottsestateagents.co.uk

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Bonchurch Road, Elm Grove £550,000 Freehold A three bedroom (with additional loft room), end of terrace, box bay fronted family home with plenty of original features and arranged over four floors offering versatile accommodation throughout. This lovely family home spans approximately 109 square meters/1173.27 square feet and has a good size lawned garden, a wealth of period features and internal viewing is highly recommended. EPC E.

Windmill Street, Queens Park £480,000 Freehold Offered for sale with no onward chain, this three double bedroom bay fronted house must be viewed to be appreciated. Well-proportioned accommodation is over two floors and comprises; bay fronted sitting room with wood burning stove, a 14’9 x 14’5 kitchen/breakfast/dining room that opens out to the garden and is a great eating/ entertaining space, three double bedrooms, bathroom and a low maintenance south westerly garden. EPC D.

Hendon Street, Bakers Bottom, £370,000 Freehold This lovely, Victorian, mid terrace home has accommodation over two floors and comprises; sitting room with working fireplace, good size kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom and two double bedrooms. To the rear is a courtyard garden and handy storage area. The property would benefit from some modernisation throughout and is offered for sale with no onward chain. Potential to extend STNPP. EPC F.

Ionian Heights Saltdean £360,000 Leasehold A well-presented two bedroom, two bathroom, raised ground floor flat with exceptionally large terrace (30'6 x 27'3) with sea views and secure gated parking and forming part of this popular Art Deco development in Saltdean. Ionian Heights is set within wellmanicured landscaped gardens and has the added benefit of an allocated, underground parking space, lift to all floors, on-site gym for residents, under floor heating, a long lease and sea views. EPC C.

Gladstone Place, Brighton £265,000 Share of Freehold A good size, one bedroom, garden flat occupying the entire garden floor of this period building with a large, south facing rear garden and front patio and its own street entrance with benefits to include gas central heating and double glazing. The property is offered for sale with vacant possession, no onward chain, a share of the freehold and would suit a first time buyer/buy-to-let investment. EPC D.

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tanford Estates are delighted to present this exceptional flat, which has been sympathetically restored and updated. Forming the entire lower ground floor of a prestigious Grade II-listed property located just off Hove seafront. The flat benefits from two spacious en-suite bedrooms, modern open-plan kitchenliving room, and a private westerly-aspect patio garden. The property benefits from the latest in-home technology; including hard-wired LAN internet network to all rooms, USB sockets, a Nest Intelligent Energy Control System and is offered for sale with no forward chain.

Lansdowne Place, Hove BN3 1FP Guide Price: ÂŁ425,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Own street entrance; Share of Freehold; No onward chain Best Bits: West-facing patio garden; Open-plan kitchen-living room; Sensitively restored Stanford Estates 20 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AE 01283 733334 www.stanfords-estates.com

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EVENT War Horse

“The National Theatre’s acclaimed multi-award-winning production of War Horse” Coinciding with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War. 25th January – 10th February Brighton Centre. For times and prices visit www.brightoncentre.co.uk


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THE January COLLECTION Shoreham-by-Sea boasts a pretty old town, sought-after seafront properties and panoramic views of the sea and the South Downs. Here are our favourite properties for sale now

Versatile home Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea This well-appointed, luxurious detached bungalow has numerous great features. The accommodation includes a stunning, contemporary, open-plan 35' 9'' living room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling, two double bedrooms, a re-fitted bath/shower room, gas central heating and double glazing. There is extensive off-road parking and a garage, plus a charming 47' landscaped rear garden. This lovely home is situated on level ground in a sought-after central location, approximately 0.5 of a mile from Shoreham town centre with its range of shopping facilities, bars and restaurants, library, health and community centres along with mainline railway station, providing direct city and coastal train services. Price: ÂŁ599,950 Harrison Brant 01273 464642 | www.harrisonbrant.co.uk

Bright and spacious Doveleys Court, Riverside Road, Shoreham-by-Sea Two-bedroom apartment In the heart of Shoreham-by-Sea. This bright and spacious first-floor apartment is offered for sale vacant, with no onward chain and a share in the freehold. The property is located on the first floor of this unique, landmark building and comprises a spacious hallway, south-facing living room, separate modern kitchen, two bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. From the kitchen is a decked balcony with views across the river and to The Downs beyond. From the balcony, steps lead down to the rear of the property, where the garage and parking space can be found.

Price: ÂŁ225,000 Mishon Mackay 01273 418888 | www.mishonmackay.com

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“Built to the highest specifications, the properties offer luxurious and comfortable family living space with opulent touches throughout”

Georgian style Smugglers Lane, Henfield Road, near Upper Beeding Two brand-new luxury Georgian-style houses, each with over an acre of grounds and boasting panoramic views over the South Downs National Parkland and the Adur Valley. Built to the highest specifications, the properties offer luxurious and comfortable family living space with opulent touches throughout. The principal reception rooms are accessed from the galleried reception hall. The triple-aspect kitchen/breakfast/family room has bi-fold doors on the whole of southern side, capitalising on the glorious views. There is parking for several cars and integral double garages. The beautiful gardens surround the properties on three sides with each property enjoying a large terrace and infinity lawns. Guide Price: £2,150,000 - £2,250,000 Chatt Estates 01273 844500 | chattestates.co.uk

Architect-designed Old Fort Road, Shoreham-by-Sea This architect-designed, detached family home is situated on the foreshore of Shoreham Beach, a highly sought-after location. On the ground floor the current owners have five bedrooms and four bathrooms, of which three are en-suites. There is also an office, large garage and separate utility room. Four of the rooms have direct beach access. On the first floor is the open-plan kitchen/ living room, plus cinema room. Sliding doors lead out onto a large decked terrace with views over the beach and sea and access down to the garden with outdoor Jacuzzi. The master suite on the second floor has breath-taking views of the sea and its own roof terrace.

Price: 1,899,950 Hamptons International 01273 803191 | www.hamptons.co.uk

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Heart of Shoreham East Street, Shoreham-By-Sea

Price: £365,000 Foster & Co 01273 830919 | www.fosterandcoestateagents.co.uk

A fab town-centre maisonette, full to the brim with period features and quirky décor. The property has three bedrooms, a generous south/west facing roof terrace as well as two reception rooms and two bathrooms. It has its own street entrance as well as a kitchen/breakfast room and is offered for sale with no onward chain. The property is located in the heart of Shoreham town with all the local shops, leisure facilities and amenities you would require right on your doorstep. Shoreham has a train station as well as plenty of bus routes around town and into Brighton and is located a short distance from the A27 for further access out of the city.

“The homes have been flexibly appointed throughout to suit modern living and designed with clean lines and neutral colours”

On the water Oyster Quay, Shoreham-by-Sea Offering stylish four-bedroom accommodation, this contemporary waterside town house is one of nine similar homes in Oyster Quay. This new scheme is located on the Riverside, parallel to the High Street. Each home offers panoramic views across the river estuary, to the sea and also towards the South Downs National Park. The first floor has a spacious balcony and the top floor boasts a roof terrace with southerly views. The homes have been flexibly appointed throughout to suit modern living and designed with clean lines and neutral colours. There is under-floor heating throughout, the passenger lift provides access to all floors and the garage has space for two cars.

Price: £900,000 Hamptons International 01273 803191 | www.hamptons.co.uk

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y Sales are delighted to offer to the market a fabulous fivebedroom, three-bathroom family home set in the tree-lined area of Surrenden. Benefits from having an additional self-contained one-bedroom annex, a grand entrance driveway, and is newly refurbished throughout. The property boasts being close to Preston Park Station and an array of popular primary and secondary schools. Built in the 1930s, this magnificent two-story mansion house has been refurbished to the highest specification, with a delightful terrace and south-facing garden.

Surrenden Crescent, Brighton, BN1 6WF Price: OIRO ÂŁ1,350,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Extras: Self-contained annex; Grand private driveway; Close to fantastic local schools; Close to Preston Park Railway Station Best Bits: Refurbished to a high specification; Delightful terrace; South-facing garden. My Sales 215 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6SA 0127626494 www.mysales.agency

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A class act! This striking home offers almost 1300 sq.ft of sheer elegance! Arranged over 4 floors, with the option of 2 / 3 reception rooms and 3 / 4 double bedrooms, this truly is a versatile home. Come and see for yourself!

This Grade II listed house is one of only three in a row and forms undoubtedly the oldest row of terraced houses in Brighton. Bought primarily for investment and has proven to be a fruitful holiday let business in the heart of Brighton Old Town.

BRIGHTON | PRICE: £400,000

BRIGHTON | PRICE: £265,000

This Grade II listed house is one of only three in a row and forms undoubtedly the oldest row of terraced houses in Brighton. Bought primarily for investment and has proven to be a fruitful holiday let business in the heart of Brighton Old Town.

Like the buzz of City life, well it doesn’t get much better than this! Positioned smack bang in central Brighton this larger than average apartment is sure to stir up a frenzy of activity!

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panning four floors, and with an impressive 1500 sq ft of wonderful space, this stylish family home will leave you wanting more, which, coupled with its popular location, makes this property an incredible find. The heart of the home is without a doubt the 27-foot open-plan living area, an impressive room for entertaining, gathering the family or for simply cosying up in front of the TV. The property is currently arranged as five bedrooms and a bright sun room at basement level overlooking the mature 100-foot, sunny garden. If preferred, you could quite easily have a separate formal lounge and dining room. This property is located in the popular Roundhill conservation area between Fiveways and the popular 'Level area.' There’s an abundance of local shops and cafes nearby and it's only a stroll away from Downs Junior and Infant Schools, a stone's throw away from the bustle of the City, yet far enough removed to provide a quiet and more peaceful ambience. Central Brighton is close enough for a pleasant walk, or just hop on the bus for a short ride into the city. The area has many popular gastro-pubs, including the 'Jolly Poacher,' 'Signalman,' 'Open House' and the newly refurbished ‘Martha Gun.’ For commuting, London Road train station is located a mere 500 metres away with services to Gatwick Airport and London. Brighton mainline train station can be found approximately 1km away.

Richmond Road, Brighton, BN2 3RN Guide Price: £625,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Sun room and two entrances Best Bits: 27ft open-plan living area; 100-ft rear garden; Roundhill Conservation Area Princetons Property Services 6 St Georges Road, Brighton, BN2 1EB 01273 606326 www.princetonsps.co.uk

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fantastic three-bedroom property, neutrally decorated to suit all styles. in a popular residential area with easy access to the A27, a driveway and a garage.

This semi-detached house comprises two large double bedrooms and a smaller double bedroom with built-in storage, a spacious dining and living area separated by doors when privacy is required, a separate kitchen with space for appliances, family bathroom with a shower overhead and a separate WC on the ground floor. Benefiting from gas central heating and double glazing. There is a spacious rear garden and a driveway big enough to park at least two cars, and there is also a garage available for use. Ideal for anyone needing that extra space for storage. A great location for families as local schools and amenities are close by. Hove Park and all of its recreational facilities is also a short drive away.

King George VI Drive, Hove, BN3 6XF Price: ÂŁ1,650 pcm Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 and a separate WC Extras: Local schools nearby; Ample storage throughout; Family home; Residential area Best Bits: Large driveway; Spacious rear garden; Long-term let; Close to A27 Harringtons Lettings 109 Western Road, Hove BN3 1FA 01273 724000 www.harringtonslettings.co.uk

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...as selected by PORTFOLIO magazine Iconic five-bedroom, detached house for sale in South Street, Lewes £1,595,000

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'one-off' opportunity to acquire a stunning, RIBA Award-winning, contemporary home located alongside the River Ouse in Lewes. This riverside property was constructed in 2015 and has featured on 'Grand Designs' with Kevin McCloud. 'The Rusty House,' as it is fondly known locally due to its 'Core-ten', weathered steel coating, sits beneath the chalk cliffs, just a few minutes' walking distance of the town centre and mainline railway station. Spanning circa 2,800 sq ft, this versatile home offers 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, office, utility room and expansive, open living space with the most beautiful outlook. Outside is a lawned, landscaped garden which blends in perfectly with the river and offers the opportunity for mooring. 142 South Street has been awarded a RIBA South East Award, The Sunday Times British Home Award 2016 for the best 'one-off' home in the UK and - perhaps the most prestigious of all - the RIBA 2017 National Award. Oakley Property Lewes 14A High Street, Lewes BN7 2LN 01273 487444 www.oakleyproperty.com

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An attractive well presented Victorian semi detached villa set back from the road in the West Hill conservation area offering versatile accommodation across four storeys. The property has been sympathetically modernised and benefits from a roof terrace with splendid views across Brighton, period features, a good sized rear garden and ample off road parking for several cars.

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his attractive, extended and updated detached bungalow offers spacious and versatile accommodation as a family home consisting, in brief, of an entrance hall, four goodsized bedrooms, a living room, a fitted kitchen/dining room, en-suite shower room and family bathroom. The house has been finished to a high standard throughout and has scope to extend into the loft. The property benefits from a modern central heating system, rooftop views towards the South Downs and the Sea, a front garden with off road parking, a good sized westerly aspect rear garden with, paved patio, lawned garden and a terrace off the second bedroom. Crescent Drive North is situated in the popular residential area of Woodingdean and is ideally situated between the South Downs National Park and Rottingdean village/seafront. There are nearby shops in Falmer Road and Warren Road and schools, including Longhill High, Saltdean Primary, Woodingdean Primary and Downs View. Woodingdean has good road links to the A27 and the A23 and local bus services towards Brighton City Centre and the seafront.

Crescent Drive North, Woodingdean, BN2 6SF Guide Price: £475,000-£500,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Off-road parking; Views to the Downs and sea; Kitchen and dining area opening onto garden Best Bits: Bright, spacious accommodation; Ensuite to master bedroom; Rear garden with terrace Oakley Property 3 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YA 01273 688881 www.oakleyproperty.com

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Sales & Lettings Victoria Street, £725,000

Windmill Drive, £695,000

Russell House, From £260,000

An excellently located bow fronted Victorian Terrace, in the much sought after Clifton Hill conservation area. A family home comprising three bedrooms, living area, separate kitchen, study, private front and rear gardens. EPC: D

Detached four bedroom family home located within the popular residential area of Westdene, North Brighton. The property is a brick built three storey home benefiting from a driveway with enough room for two cars and a single garage with a front lawned lawn. EPC: D

The development offers a selection of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Brighton, with the opportunity to purchase much sought-after, secure parking spaces. EPC: Off Plan

Gloucester Mews, £425,000 - 450,000

Coombe Lea, £425,000 - 450,000

Brighton Belle, £380,000

Refurbished two bedroom townhouse located in the heart of the famous Brighton North Laines. The property is excellently located with amenities found on Queens Road as well as Brighton mainline station located 400 yards away. EPC: E

A spectacular tenth floor penthouse apartment with westerly panoramic views across to Worthing and the south downs. The flat is within a the well established block of Coombe Lea on one of the most prestigious roads in Hove, Grand Avenue. EPC: G

Newly built two double bedroom purpose built apartment built by Crest Nicholson built under 10 years ago. The property is located in the regenerated area of the New England Quarter with easy reach to Brighton mainline station. EPC: B

East Street, £350,000 - 375000

Dyke Road, £300,000

Hartington Villas, £247,500

Immaculate two double bedroom maisonette in the heart of Brighton’s famous South Laines. situated on the first and second floor of this victorian conversion comprising two double bedrooms, open plan living kitchen and shower room. EPC: D.

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A well situated two bedroom apartment on Dyke Road. Seven Dials is 400 yards away where pubs, cafes and shops can be found as well as bus links to across the city. Brighton Mainline station is found under a mile away with trains to London Victoria. EPC: E

One bedroom top floor flat in a central Hove location. The property is featured on the attractive tree- lined road of Hartington Villas, under one mile from Hove mainline station and under a mile from the seafront. Local amenities can be found just 200 yards away. EPC: C


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NEW YEAR PREDICTIONS Andrew Hovey, Area Sales Manager for Sussex at Leaders, on what to look out for in the property market in 2018

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ith 2017 almost at its end, property specialist Leaders has looked ahead to the new year and revealed its belief that the next 12 months will prove to be positive, albeit challenging, for the sector. Andrew Hovey, Area Sales Manager for Sussex at Leaders, says there are plenty of reasons to be confident, whether you are planning to sell, let, buy or rent in 2018. “Despite some experts predicting the property market would suffer in the wake of the Brexit vote and the uncertainty caused by a general election, quite the opposite has been true. 2017 has actually seen growth in house prices across the country and a renewed sense of positivity. We expect this to carry on through 2018 and for a variety of factors to combine to make the new year an extremely successful one. Prices will continue to rise, making it a great time to sell, while recent changes to stamp duty payments will encourage more people across

the country to get moving.” Andrew has made three predictions of key trends he believes will come to define the property market in 2018: 1) House prices will continue to rise While there has been a softening in house price increases in recent months, the outlook for the market remains positive. A lack of supply will ensure properties remain in high demand and prices continue to rise. Leaders anticipates growth of between five and six per cent nationally in 2018, with some hotspots – such as areas that are commutable from London – likely to experience even greater increases. 2) More people will get moving The government’s recent announcement that it is scrapping stamp duty for first-time buyers will have a huge impact on the market in 2018. By making it more affordable for first-time buyers to get on the ladder, Leaders

expects the entire market to get moving as a result. First-time buyers will save thousands by not paying stamp duty, allowing them to build bigger deposit funds and buy sooner, which will allow even more second-steppers to make their next move. 3) Brexit negotiations will determine market confidence The great unknown in 2018 is the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU, with nobody yet sure how these will play out. The housing market can be sensitive to confidence levels, which are likely to be either positively or negatively affected by progress in talks between the two parties. While Brexit is unlikely to have a major impact on the UK property market, progress could lead to more people being willing to move while problems may result in reduced affordability that encourages people to stay in their homes.

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE… It’s time to consider your property’s carbon monoxide safety during government consultation

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andlords are advised to take measures to ensure their tenanted properties are adequately protected against the threat of carbon monoxide, as a new government consultation on the issue takes place. The Department of Communities and Local Government is carrying out a review of safety regulations in the private rental sector, which currently require landlords to have a smoke alarm on every storey of a rental property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that contains a solid fuel burning appliance. However, many tenants do not realise it is their responsibility to fit carbon monoxide alarms in any rooms that do not meet this criteria, with the Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed campaign revealing almost a third of renters do not have an alarm anywhere in their property. Although there is currently no indication

the existing legislation is set to change, it is worth acting to install alarms and prevent a disaster.

“Carbon monoxide detectors do not break the bank but can save lives, so we always advise landlords and tenants to have them installed” Joanne Darroch, Senior Branch Manager for Brighton and Hove at Leaders, says: “Carbon monoxide is something with which no landlord or tenant should ever take a risk. Landlords must meet their obligations to install an alarm in any room with a solid

fuel-burning appliance, while tenants should consider other areas of their homes that could benefit from an alarm. “It is not only solid fuel burning appliances that pose a threat, as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning extends to all types of combustion, including natural gas. “Carbon monoxide detectors do not break the bank but can save lives, so we always advise landlords and tenants to have them installed in any property with either solid fuel, oil or gas installations.” Earlier this month, a study by Certas Energy found four people in the UK are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning every day. Despite this, 58 per cent of people have no idea how to spot a leak. For more information or advice relating to smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors contact your local Leaders branch.

For more information and expert advice on selling, letting, buying or renting in Brighton and Hove, please contact your local Leaders branch or visit leaders.co.uk.

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SAFE AS HOUSES Planning a winter holiday? Follow these tips for ensuring your home is safe and secure while you are away

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inter holidays are a break from the normal routine and a chance to get away from everyday worries. But for some, leaving home unattended for days or weeks at a time can be a major worry in itself. There are many proactive and affordable security measures that can be put in place before your holiday to help prevent burglaries. Don Shulsinger from Blinkforhome, manufacturer of Blink, the video home security and monitoring system, gives advice on some simple steps to take.

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Tell trusted Neighbours and Friends Let them know you will be away so that they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity while you’re gone. Leave them your contact details, a spare set of keys and the code for any alarm so that they can drop by to close curtains, switch lights on and off, water plants and the lawn if needed and make sure there is no post poking out of the letterbox or parcels left on the doorstep.


DIY Keep a secret from social media Don’t post travel plans or photos while you’re away as this will publicly notify people that you have an empty home. Be sure that your kids also understand that they should wait until after you have returned home safely to share those holiday selfies. Recently the footballer John Terry was burgled after he posted holiday photos on his social media feeds. Cancel Services Cancel any regular grocery, newspaper, milk and other deliveries while on holiday. If you forget to do this, these could be left on your driveway or by your front door, making your home an obvious target for a break-in. Wireless Home Security and Video Monitoring System A home security monitoring system will provide an enhanced level of security and peace of mind while you’re away. An easy to set up wireless option is Blink, which sends temperature and motion alerts along with recorded or live video clips to a smartphone, anytime and from anywhere. You can even find out what the cat is up to while your family is away. Hi-Tech Door Locks Keyless locks offer security features, like Bluetooth and the ability to see who’s knocking at your front door on your smartphone’s screen.

Many of these locks allow you to give access by simply inputting a phone number or sending a text from anywhere in the world. Security Lighting Thanks to automatic switches, you can make it appear as if you’re home when you’re not. Set up some internal and outdoor lights on automatic switches, and be sure to pay special attention to entry points. These lights are generally inexpensive and easy to install, but double-check that they are working properly before you go. Check Insurance and Banking Services Ensure that your policies are paid up for homeowners, car, and medical insurance. If necessary, advise your bank and credit card companies that you will be away so that they can alert you to any unusual account activity. Contact Your Alarm Company If you have the more formal home surveillance service, be sure that they have the current key holder details in order to prevent any false alarms interrupting your holiday. Has the alarm been serviced? Update the local authorities if you’ve registered your alarm with them. And after you have done all that, go away and relax, safe in the knowledge that you have done all you can to protect your home. For more information, visit www.blinkforhome.co.uk

POLICE CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox) Install a visual burglar alarm Install good outside lighting Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property Ensure rear fencing is in good repair Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property, i.e. trim high hedges Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with the UK Property Register at www.immobilise.com Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme Remove valuables from view of ground-floor windows Store any high-value items (e.g. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

Doors and windows In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it. Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break. Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach. Thanks to www.police.uk

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On the drawing board On The Drawing Board is our platform for Industry professionals and the public to discuss issues and ideas relating to planning On The Drawing Board will showcase planning permissions granted, scheme ideas and ideas for Brighton’s regeneration and future. This month: we look at some of the developments taking place in the city. If you are a property professional, or just have a great idea, get in touch on the channels below.

LANSDOWNE PLACE HOTEL The proposed conversion of the former Lansdowne Place Hotel has gained approval. Morgan Carn architects have proposed to change the use of the building from a hotel into 47 residential units. The design for this conversion includes the removal of some of the incongruous elements, the addition of a sleek penthouse floor, creating car parking and secure cycle parking at lower ground-floor level, and substantial landscaping. The Lansdowne Place Hotel closed five years ago in January 2013 with debts of more than £1 million on top of its mortgage of almost £7 million. Previously known as the renowned Dudley Hotel, the building at the heart of the Brunswick Estate has enjoyed a colourful history. This historical research revealed clues that led to the design for a new green rear courtyard wrapped by mews houses. Whilst the main façade will remain, the rear areas and upper floors have been exploited for a variety of unit types and pockets of external space. The proposal underwent several complications whilst in planning due to the challenges that came with including affordable housing within the scheme. After the initial proposal failed to gain permission, the applicants appealed against the need for affordable housing. Their appeal argued that if the development is considered to be not viable, then the application should be dealt with so that it becomes viable. There is no doubt that the city has a very great need for affordable housing, so a compromise was found in the form of a commuted sum of £2.4 million, which the developer would pay Brighton & Hove to enable the council to provide affordable housing elsewhere. MILE OAK HOUSING SITE Mile Oak housing site Domain Architects are the third firm to be appointed on a difficult housing site in Mile Oak. Despite a previous approval at planning, the client wanted a financially sustainable scheme, and Domain have spent the year negotiating on the transport, arbori-cultural, heritage and planning issues with the planning department, client and consultants. A planning application is being submitted for a mix of seven new and converted flats and houses, retaining the majority of the locally listed flint boundary wall which is such a positive feature of the local townscape. A re-thinking of the difficult access issues has resulted in resolution of the traffic management issues. A contemporary interpretation of the historic Sussex palette of blackstained timber, flint, brick and self-finished render compliments the retained brick buildings, which, although not listed or in a conservation area, add to the established sense of place and have been accepted as appropriate by the LPA in the pre-application process.

BRIGHTON’S CENTRAL PARK The Valley Gardens project aims to reduce the impact of traffic between St Peter’s Church and the Royal Pavilion, to better link the green spaces to the city centre. This will improve the environment and transport links through the central valley leading to Brighton seafront and city centre. Features will include an improved network of paths for cyclists and pedestrians. On the east side of the valley general traffic will flow, and on the west side there will be a quieter route exclusive to buses, taxis and other local traffic headed for the North Laine area. This project has proposed to cost £10m, which will mostly be funded by government money coming in via the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. This money is only permitted to be spent on the Valley Gardens project. A planning application covering re-landscaping of the area was submitted during the summer, and will hopefully reach a committee by Christmas. Subject to approval, work is expected to start next spring.

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ROYAL COLLABORATION As British royalty prepare for another royal baby, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece unveils a collaboration with leading British nursery brand 
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arie-Chantal, a luxury children's-wear designer and mother of five, worked closely with the Silver Cross design team to create a luxury range of prams, nursery furniture and bedding, launching in Spring 2018. Together, they have created the exclusive Marie-Chantal Silver Cross collection, which includes three beautiful prams - the coach-built Kensington, Sleepover travel system and lightweight Reflex - plus a cot bed, chest of drawers, baby bedding and blankets. Reflecting Marie-Chantal’s passion for classic, elegant and timeless design, the range features the Angel Wing, her iconic signature design inspired by one of her sons. Marie-Chantal said: “I am passionate about timeless style, creativity and design and I am so happy to have collaborated with Silver Cross; it was a wonderful stroke of serendipity! “I took the inspiration for the Marie-Chantal Silver Cross collection of prams from my love of classic, traditional designs with a modern twist. “For the fabrics, I started with heritage English colours and, inspired by classic English cars, I added in matte greys and creams – focusing on the rich textures that I adore from grey flannels and Scottish heather tweeds. The quilting on the pram mattress has my signature angel wing motif. As a finishing detail I chose elegant trims of tan leather. “I enjoyed working with the design team at Silver Cross to ensure that every detail is of the most luxurious quality. “As a mother of five children, it was wonderful to work on the design of the cot bed and the chest of drawers as I used my experience to add in details to the furniture that I would have loved when my children were young. “The baby bedding and blankets are a luxurious blend of cashmere and pure new wool, soft and cosy, which is so important for babies’ tender skin. The colours I selected reflect the Marie-Chantal children'swear brand with the iconic angel wings and Marie-Chantal crest.”

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“I am passionate about timeless style, creativity and design and I am so happy to have collaborated with Silver Cross; it was a wonderful stroke of serendipity!”


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MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS REFLEX This premium stroller offers standout luxury, from the exclusive vintage-inspired cream chassis to the beautiful grey fabric, offset with hand-stitched tan leatherette trims. Exquisite chrome detailing and eau-de-nil striped piping complete the look, creating a perfectly crafted and stylish pushchair. A softly padded seat liner and quilted foot muff are included to surround babies in the utmost comfort. Reflex features the unique Baby CurveTM technology – an ergonomic, breathable backrest that creates a natural position for baby and maximum air flow. MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS KENSINGTON An icon of British pram design, this hand-built coach pram has been restyled in classic, vintage- inspired cream with a beautiful chrome chassis for a stunning new finish. A luxurious grey flannel suiting fabric has been used for the hood and apron, whilst a hand-stitched tan leather handle complements the theme. The interior is equally sumptuous with a soft cotton mattress embroidered with Marie-Chantal’s signature angel wings design. The new Kensington features an exclusive upgrade to the famous Silver Cross sprung suspension, providing baby with the smoothest of rides. MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS SLEEPOVER Offering vintage appeal alongside the versatility of a contemporary pram system, Sleepover is a modern classic. This exclusive new design features a unique, matte grey-coloured chassis and luxury fabrics, with cocoa-coloured, hand-stitched leatherette detailing adding the perfect finishing touch. Sleepover offers the ultimate in comfort for babies with the spring suspension providing the smoothest of rides. The carrycot mattress is made from the softest natural bamboo fabric, embroidered with MarieChantal’s signature angel wings design. A coordinating seat unit is included to transform the Sleepover into a forward or parent-facing pushchair. MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS COT BED This beautifully crafted cot bed provides a stunning focal point for baby’s nursery. The soft cream finish is complemented by antique bronze handles, while the exclusive design features elegant panel detailing.

The cot bed features a large drawer for storage and the beautiful Marie-Chantal crest adds a regal touch. The cot is designed to grow with babies from birth until approximately four years of age as it transforms easily into a beautiful toddler bed. MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS CHEST OF DRAWERS Featuring the highest levels of craftsmanship, this beautiful chest of drawers completes the Marie-Chantal nursery set. The dresser has three large soft-close drawers for storage and can also be used as a changing table, thanks to its unique, removable magnetic top.
The soft cream finish is complemented by antique bronze handles, while the exclusive design features elegant panel detailing and the beautiful Marie-Chantal crest. MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS LUXURY BABY BEDDING This exclusive bedding set is created from 100% cotton in pure white with soft turquoise accents. Providing the perfect accessory for the Marie-Chantal cot bed and chest of drawers, each piece is beautifully crafted with embroidery and applique.
Featuring Marie-Chantal’s signature stars, hearts and angel wings design, the collection includes a quilt, dress sheet, base sheet and sleepsuit. MARIE-CHANTAL SILVER CROSS LUXURY PRAM AND COT BLANKETS Designed and made in Britain, these beautiful blankets are specially designed to complement the Marie-Chantal Silver Cross collection.
Made from a luxurious blend of pure new wool and cashmere, they offer the ultimate in softness and comfort for babies. Beautifully finished in soft eau-de-nil, each blanket coordinates beautifully with the Marie-Chantal pram and nursery collections. Nick Paxton, CEO Silver Cross said: “We’ve loved working with Princess Marie-Chantal to design the first-ever, exclusive MarieChantal Silver Cross collection. Her passion for elegant, timeless design and heritage English colours has enabled us to create an exquisite and beautiful range that we are now delighted to unveil to the world.” Silver Cross is a leading British nursery brand, dedicated to providing the best start in life. The brand was established in 1877 when its founder, William Wilson, invented the original baby carriage. www.silvercrossbaby.com

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Inaugural Presidential Dinner for Tina Templeman of Mishon Mackay Friday 9th February 2018 The Grand Hotel, Brighton Arrival: 6.45pm Carriages: 1am Black Tie Dinner Burlesque Entertainers & DJ Tables of 8 – 12 @ £60 per head RSVP: bheaadinner@barriealderton.co.uk or call Vicky Alderton on 01273 570 242 charities:


OVERSEAS

LET IT SNOW Despite the current low currency exchange rate, with French mortgage rates held at the low rate of 1.5%, purchasing a French property is still a great investment. Erna Low Property pick their top ski investments for the winter ahead: stopping just 50m from the chalets. At the end of the day, it is possible to ski right back to the door. The four chalets are being sold as classic (standard purchase) freehold, and there is definitely a strong potential on the rental market for this type of property. The largest chalet can be split into 2 sets of 3-bedroom apartments, but can also be sold as a whole in excess of 200m2. The other 3 chalets will be between 113m2 and 123m2 in size and very competitively priced - starting at €399,000. SAMOENS VAUJANY Over the next four years, huge infrastructure improvements are planned for the ski areas of Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes. The most prominent addition will be a new gondola which will link the two domains, creating a ski playground of 475km, making it the 3rd-largest ski area in France. Les Edelweiss, in Vaujany (close to Alpe d'Huez), is made up of 50 apartments over five buildings just a three- minute walk from the village centre and 250m from the main ski gondola. Now is a fantastic time to invest in one of these already popular areas, and Erna Low Property have brand-new developments in each, offering large, luxury properties and easy access to the slopes. All properties, from studio to three-bedroom, are south-facing. Prices from 142,000 euros.

“An ideal place to enjoy a holiday with your family and friends”

Le Pre d’Anne Cloe is a brand-new development in Samoens, located a short stroll from the town centre by a quiet stream and is the ideal place to enjoy a holiday with your family and friends, in both summer and winter. This small residence will be made up of just 24 apartments divided into three stand-alone chalets. 18 of the apartments will range from 1-3 bedrooms and six will be triplex semi-chalets of 4 and 5 bedrooms. Samoens is a fantastic dual season resort with lots of sporting activities on offer. With the new, longest sixseater chair lift in Europe opening in Flaine this winter, this ski area is one to watch. Prices from 244,500 euro.

LA ROSIERE Les Chalets du Chantel is a collection of four chalets, construction of which began in April, with a delivery date expected in the 2nd semester of 2018. Each property will feature a garage and outdoor parking, with a minimum of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms / shower rooms. The architecture of the chalet will respect the Savoyard style, with a mix of stone and woodwork on the facades and large bay windows opening onto very generous wrap-around balconies everything needed for a modern and stylish, yet traditional, luxury ski property. The location of the development is just outside the village of La Rosiere in a truly unique location. Access to the ski area is quick and easy, with a regular ski bus

ARC 1950, LES ARCS At the foot of a 60-metre high waterfall in the midst of a hundredyear-old pine forest, Intrawest have created a five-star traditional Alpine village called Arc 1950. Situated at the heart of Les Arcs, Arc 1950 is a unique and luxurious mountain village with direct access to Paradiski, one of the largest skiing domains in the world. Built at an altitude of 2,000 metres, the village offers panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. The popularity of this unique high-altitude village resort will ensure that year on year it enjoys an occupancy rate of over 90% during the winter. This makes for a strong rental market and an attractive proposition for investors. Erna Low Property have a selection of apartments for sale from €165,000.

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GET HAPPY Don't let the darkness get you down. Happiness hacks to combat the annual gloom associated with shorter days

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ith nearly half of Brits admitting to feeling low during the darker winter months, Scandinavian lifestyle experts from Contura, one of Europe's leading manufacturer of woodburning stoves, offer 11 'happiness hacks' to combat the winter blues Scandi-style. By this time of year we are settled into longer, darker nights and evercolder weather, but Contura Style and Marketing Director, Catharina Bjorkman, has some expert tips on how to counter the effects of the season and bring the glow back to our homes, bodies, hearts and minds. “With as little as six hours daylight in Sweden on the shortest day – almost two hours less than in the UK,” says Catharina, “we Scandinavians have tried and tested ways of beating the blues. Rather than mourning the arrival of winter, we believe that as long as you are prepared, there are many reasons to celebrate it.”

Make your own glow: With as little as six hours of natural sunlight per day in the Swedish winter, we often make our own. Natural daylight lamps will extend exposure to light during the darker months and are a worthwhile investment, providing mental and physical benefits that can counter Seasonal Affective Disorder.[iii] Studies have also shown that the warming and calming glow of a fire reduces blood pressure and stress levels, providing a quick-fix feel-good factor throughout the winter.

Let there be light: Natural light is vital for effective brain and body function and those exposed to greater quantities have been shown to be more productive, while also sleeping better at night. Whilst the sun is up, it's important to get outside as much as possible and embrace the light as much as the oxygen. It's also a great excuse to add a few cosy new layers to your winter wardrobe.

Hygge happiness: Hygge (or Mysig in Swedish) is about being kind to yourself, spending quality time, creating a sense of warmth and cosiness, enjoying little indulgences and taking pleasure in the simple things. It's what gets us Swedes through the winter. As well as creating a cosy environment, do things that make you happy, such as having dinner with family, eating cake, enjoying a hot bath with candles, or snuggling

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Music to your ears: Create a playlist of upbeat tracks to help you feel energised on dark, cold mornings. Music has been shown to elevate your mood, reduce stress and improve cognitive performance. The brain releases dopamine while listening to music, so creating a soundtrack for your winter could provide you just the motivation you need to make it through to spring…


HOME tips

“Amino acids within tea can relax and calm the body, while it has also been shown to reduce mental fatigue and improve the memory”

on the sofa with a book and hot drink. Embrace the downtime for a calmer, happier you. It makes scents: Your sense of smell plays a part in your mood. Different smells can evoke memories, create a sense of comfort, security or peace, and can impact our mood tremendously. Vanilla is good for putting you at ease, lavender induces calm and citrus scents can perk you up. Popular feel-good winter scents include sandalwood, cinnamon, musk, vanilla, orange and clove. Declutter, declutter declutter: Believe it or not, a mere 20 minutes a week of cleaning can alleviate symptoms of depression. In 2011, Princeton University found that clutter makes it more difficult to focus on a task. A clear living space really does make for clear mind, meaning you can get on with more pleasurable pursuits without being caught up with the chaos. Move over, spring-clean and come on in, autumn clear-out. Chocolate is not always bad: Stock up on quality chocolate (and hot chocolate for those colder nights). Dark chocolate boosts the production of feel-good endorphins and improves blood flow to the brain. Make sure to treat yourself to purer forms, which offer the greater health benefits. Baking Therapy: In Scandinavia, baking is a standard winter ritual. Mental health and culinary experts are now supporting the idea that baking can work to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression by

combining aspects of traditional occupational therapies. There is a multitude of reasons why baking can make us happier, including the simple fact that it provides a nice treat to enjoy, brings the family together, makes the home cosy and inviting and makes it smell good too. Tea Time: Tea contains natural components, from antioxidants to caffeine. Amino acids within tea can relax and calm the body, while it has also been shown to reduce mental fatigue and improve the memory. As winter draws in, it is important to remember to take five regularly and make the most of the warmth and the health benefits that a lowcalorie, cleansing tea can offer. A leaf out of our book: Counter the chaos of the daily commute by transporting yourself away from the crowd. Reading reduces stress, fills you with knowledge, expands your vocabulary and improves focus. Get recommendations from friends, family or colleagues and schedule a winter's worth of reading. Good for the soul: Try to do one good deed a day, however small. Showing compassion doesn't just help others; it also helps you. It reduces stress, distracts from negative feelings and has even been shown to increase life expectancy. Acts of altruism release feel-good chemicals in the brain, meaning you'll be motivated to do more in future. For more information, visit www.contura.eu

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BEAUTIFUL homes

“A bedroom should be about what makes you tick. Don’t worry about being faithful to one style or trend”

Photo: www.wharfside.co.uk

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SWEET DREAMS Your bedroom is a sanctuary, and should be a room that reflects what you love

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e spend over a third of our lives in bed, making the bedroom the most occupied room in the house. Bedrooms are intimate spaces where design has a real impact: colour, style and form all affect our mood and our ability to sleep. Whether your bedroom is small and cosy or large and luxurious, style and design matter.

Photo: www.willowandhall.co.uk

Neutral colours Neutral palettes and pastels are key for bedrooms, a departure from the brights and bold monochromes of the last few years. The trend for wallpaper is still strong, although more muted in bedroom than living spaces – feature walls rather than wall-towall, in metallic and earth tones. Alternatively, soft, dark colours can feel welcoming and soothing in a bedroom. Keep to one colour or tone, but add interest with different textures, using wallpaper or paint effects. Don’t be afraid to add a little highlight of colour here and there: layering bed linen with runners or beautiful throws and cushions will make your bed sumptuous and inviting. Art works beautifully in bedrooms, but try to keep to one large piece, ideally of a neutral subject or abstract. >

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“The secret to a peaceful eight hours is switching off all devices, taking a relaxing bath, making a soothing (un-caffeinated) drink, and being consistent with your routine”

Photo: www.modern-rugs.co.uk

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Photo: www.time4sleep.co.uk

Eclectic style A bedroom should be about what makes you tick. Don’t worry about being faithful to one style or trend: pick pieces that make you feel good, but don’t overdo it. If you have one or two ‘loud’ pieces in the room, for example, a statement bed and huge chandelier, keep everything else toned-down or ‘quiet’ to allow you to really appreciate the beauty of those two special pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, so long as you love what you see. Mood lighting As with any room, having enough of the right sort of lighting will help you to make the most of your bedroom. A central statement light, supplemented by ambient (soft, peripheral light) and focused task light (a reading light) will give you options for a range of moods and activities. The statement light can be something that fits your personal taste and style: an oversized glass chandelier, a contemporary feather globe or something more industrial. Multifunctional design Bedrooms can be multi-tasking spaces: although most interior designers will advise against using a bedroom as work space, the reality is that many of us will use bedroom space for working, surfing the net or simply watching TV. Good storage will mean you can use your room for work, sleep and entertainment without any problem – a TV that rises from the foot of the bed (and can be put back when you’ve finished watching) will have much less impact on a room than one that’s simply stuck on the wall. Bedroom storage is often neglected – yet there’s nothing

worse than tripping over piles of shoes or books. Clever under-bed storage will help you put bedding and shoes away out of sight, and the space around beds – alcoves and walls – can be used effectively for built-in floor to ceiling shelves or a foldaway desk. Well-designed clothes storage is worth its weight in gold, adding more space than you thought possible, so if you’re going to splash out on one aspect of the bedroom, storage is likely to have the biggest impact. And relax Styling your bedroom for a good night’s sleep is vital. Warm white lighting (turn off any screens well before bed, as the blue light from devices can interfere with sleep patterns) and soothing colours (soft blue, green or neutral tones are best). If natural light bothers you on early summer mornings, blackout blinds will keep it dark. Pair them with soft, sumptuous curtains in winter to keep the heat in. Get rid of any unnecessary clutter and paperwork to keep your head clear. Scent can help soothe you to sleep: treatment candles featuring lavender, chamomile and other herbs help to produce a relaxing atmosphere. If you’re still having trouble nodding off, it might be time to change your mattress for something more comfortable: everyone varies in their mattress preference, so try out a few different types (memory foam, sprung, or the new hybrids) before you decide. One final tip for a good night’s sleep: routine is the key to getting little ones off to sleep, and it’s the same for us grown-ups, too. The secret to a peaceful eight hours is switching off all devices, taking a relaxing bath, making a soothing (un-caffeinated) drink, and being consistent with your routine. Sweet dreams.

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GARDENING

INTO THE GARDEN Evergreens and early bulbs will keep the garden alive in January. Tara de la Motte, on what to do in the garden this month

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anuary is the start of a whole new, exciting year in the garden. Days are shorter, the nights longer, and still very cold outside. The garden, however, is anything but dull. A few early bulbs will soon be appearing to lighten the garden and bring some colour to the winter landscape. The wonderful drifts of crocus, dwarf iris, snowdrops and mini daffodils will grace our gardens and woodlands once more. The evergreens - ivy, holly and laurels, for instance - will provide the backbone to a bare landscape until spring properly takes hold. Frost will still be a regular visitor, so keep off the lawn to avoid damaging the grass. As shoots and bulbs begin pushing upwards, try not to walk on the areas where they are planted. If the weather worsens, it is a good idea to brush off snow on conifers and evergreens where possible as the extra weight can cause damage. Check all containers are standing on feet for improved drainage and to stop pots from cracking. Move

pots to a sheltered position. Winter months can be a good time to move shrubs, providing the ground is not frozen. Make sure you pack the soil firmly around the transplanted plant. Water well and mulch with bark to keep the plant snug. This is a good time to prepare for the coming months in the garden by checking your gardening tools are clean and in good order. If it is dry, any wooden furniture or fencing could be treated about now. Now is also a time when you should rake fallen leaves, paying attention to those under hedges and shrubs. Remember to take care when doing this in case of hedgehogs hibernating. Perennials can be cut back now; remove any old or damaged growth to make way for new shoots. Use this month for sitting and relaxing whilst planning your gardening year. Look at gardening books and magazines and get inspiration for your own garden. Finally, enjoy the beauty of your winter garden.

GARDEN BOOKS: If you need garden inspiration or practical advice, there are wonderful

gardening books to choose from. Here is our pick of new releases Houseplants. The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

The Wellness Garden: Grow, Eat, and Walk Your Way to Better Health by Shawna Coronado.

Published by Cool Springs Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£19.99).

Published by Cool Springs Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£16.99).

Success with Succulents: Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Cactuses and Other Succulents by John Bagnasco and Bob Reidmuller Jr.

The Secret Gardeners: Britain's Creatives Reveal Their Private Sanctuaries by Victoria Summerley. Photography by Hugo Rittson Thomas.

Published by Cool Springs Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£16.99).

Published by Frances Lincoln (£30).

“Evergreens - ivy, holly and laurels, for instance - will provide the backbone to a bare landscape until spring properly takes hold”


BITE SIZED

Nick Mosley, Managing Director of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival CIC, rounds up the month’s food news

This month the media will be overflowing with the usual ‘New Year, New You’ encouragements. For those of you who want to party away dreary January, here are some ideas to re-tox, not de-tox, from Nick Mosley, MD of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival.

Looking ahead The first outing of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival of 2018 will be Brighton Wine Week, running city-wide from 6th-15th April. Featuring the Brighton Wine Festival, pop-up chef and winemaker dinners, a weekend tapas and wine trail and a host of masterclasses and tastings at over 30 venues, it will be accessible for everyone, from the wine novice to the true oenophile. Keep an eye on www.brightonfoodfestival.com for updates.

Samuel Lambert, Head Chef, 64 Degrees

Guilty secret food?

Deep-fried pigs’ tails with BBQ sauce First kitchen job?

Kitchen porter at Blacknest golf club in Hampshire Seafood or meat?

Meat - preferably fried Favourite restaurant?

Any of the Pinchos bars in San Sebastián, particularly Borda Berri

Smash it at the Plotting Parlour There’ll be nothing ‘dry’ about Brighton’s award-winning The Plotting Parlour this January. Head mixologist Jake Goldstein recommends their Winter Berry Smash, a drink that allows the berries to sing in a rich and compotty way whilst making use of seasonal fruits preserved for the winter time. The rich flavours of apple, blackberry and vanilla are offset by the zing of lime and cranberry for a drink that will warm you up whilst remaining fresh and exciting.

Vietnamese

Make it at home… • Start with a spoonful of Bramley apple sauce and blackberry Jam • Add 50ml vanilla vodka (Absolut) • Add 20ml lime juice • Add 60 ml cranberry juice • Shake hard over ice and strain into a chilled Collins glass with plenty more ice

64 Degrees, 53 Meeting House Lane, Brighton BN1 1HB 01273 770115 | www.64degrees.co.uk

The Plotting Parlour, 6 Steine Street, Brighton BN2 1TE 01273 621238 | www.theplottingparlour-brighton.co.uk

Chef you most admire?

Fergus Henderson Essential ingredient?

Salt Favourite international cuisine?

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“By focussing on key regions, grape varieties and food and wine pairing you’ll get plenty of useful knowledge to talk about wine with friends and family”

Get the knowledge with WSET The Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) is the world’s largest provider of wine and spirits qualifications, starting from beginners’ one-day Level One Awards in Wine, Spirits or Sake to an expert twoyear Diploma in Wines & Spirits. “WSET qualifications help you answer the question ‘Why does it taste like that?’”, says local co-ordinator Mike Best. “By focussing on key regions, grape varieties and food and wine pairing you’ll get plenty of useful knowledge to talk about wine with friends and family. The courses were originally just for those in the drinks industry but have expanded to include hospitality, tourism and enthusiasts.” “No prior knowledge is required to come on our one-day Level One Award in Wines or three-day Level Two Award in Wines & Spirits courses,” continues Mike. “By doing a course you increase your confidence when buying wine, explore new regions and grape varieties, understand how location and the work that happens in the winery change the flavour.” Locally, Sussex Wine School teaches WSET courses at Hotel du Vin in Brighton. Plumpton College, the UK wine-making school, runs WSET, whilst Ridgeview Wine Estate at Ditchling has just added WSET courses to its offering through Taste Wine School. For the spirits lover, Mixology Group in Brighton runs WSET spirits courses. For more information on wine and spirits, careers information and to find out where to study a WSET course, visit www.wsetglobal.com

Photo credit: Julia Claxon

Sing away your winter blues at Lucky Voice New year, new menu. Lucky Voice has started 2018 off with a bang by introducing a brand-new menu full of signature cocktails from Phil Raspberry Collins to a Popcorn Old Fashioned. Of course, they have a variety of Mocktails for everyone enjoying dry January: Elderflower Fizz, anyone? So, pick up your January blues, treat yourself to some private karaoke (with a slice of pizza, of course) and enjoy a night out where you can unwind and sing along to all your favourite tunes. Lucky Voice, 8 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND 01273 715770 | www.luckyvoice.com/bars/brighton

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“Intimate, relaxed luxury of the Casa Velha hotel, nestled among the ancient trees on the northern edge of the golf course and adjacent to the famous botanical gardens”

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COMING HOME TO CASA VELHA Craving a respite from the soggy south-coast English weather that can't seem to decide whether it wants to be winter or spring, Daniel Frickelton and companion head for Madeira in search of warmth, sun and golfing fun...

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ou know the feeling. The calendar is lurching towards the final weeks of its yearly cycle, you tumble out of bed, gaze listlessly at a leaden sky with clouds hurtling past at a furious pace and wonder how many layers of clothing you will need today. Will it be wet and breezy or wet, breezy and cold? At times like this, it's good to have a Madeira card in your hand. With its year-round stable climate, world-class golf courses and resorts and easy accessibility from Britain, it is the perfect tonic for your winter blues. And Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro, from its lofty vantage point high above Funchal town and harbour is, in every sense of the term, “a cut above.” Variously described by celebrated visitors throughout the centuries as an English country house and a West Indiesstyle colonial plantation, Casa Velha do Palheiro began its life around the turn of the 18th century, when the current hotel was purchased by the 1st Count of Carvalhal, João Esmeraldo, for use as a summer residence and hunting lodge. The Portuguese nobleman enlisted the services of a French landscape gardener in laying out the “quinta” (farm) and the grounds were set in the beautiful surrounding parkland. The now famous gardens were established and populated with trees and plants from all over the world. The rest, as they say, is history, and the estate is rich in the trappings of history, including royal liaisons and mysterious ghosts in the chapel. The Palheiro Estate's current incarnation dates from 1972, when the new owners established the golf course in existing woodland and farmland, restored the dilapidated Casa Velha, turned it into the hotel and built the Palheiro Village apartments and houses on the hillside overlooking Funchal harbour and town. Since then, Palheiro Estates have been able to provide holiday accommodation to suit every taste and privacy requirement, either in self-catering apartments of the highest standard or, as in our case, in the intimate, relaxed luxury of the Casa Velha hotel, nestled among the ancient trees on the northern edge of the golf course and adjacent to the famous botanical gardens. The hotel had arranged for taxi transport from Funchal airport to Casa Velha, a nice touch, especially when you have golf equipment for two in tow. We were welcomed, first by the enormous, sprawling Metrosideros, or Christmas Day tree, from New Zealand that guards the entrance to the hotel, and then by the reception staff. I shall never forget the inexplicable feeling I had of “coming home.” We were shown to our suite at the far end of the hotel extension and a few steps away from

the golf course. This spacious accommodation was populated with proper furniture, a skilful blend of the old and the new, to create an overall impression of comfort, familiarity and homely relaxation. Having arrived too late to be interested in a restaurant meal, we put Casa Velha's room services to the test. Our supper arrived without undue delay, hot things were hot and the rest was not. The wine was superb, the food of high quality and the service impeccable. Five stars.

“Unforgettable views of Funchal and the Atlantic all around, the beautiful ancient parkland setting high up in the hills and a course design incorporating a sense of fun and drama” Our first experience of the restaurant was at breakfast the following morning. Besides the cornucopia of fresh fruit, yoghurts and juices, there was a veritable feast of Continental options, with a vast array of cold meats, several sliced cheeses, German breads, French ones, croissants, pains au chocolate and local Madeiran bakery specialities. Try these. They are wonderful. You may, of course, order eggs done in any fashion, and there is a hot table of bacon, sausages, hash-browned potatoes, baked beans and the like. So you can construct your English breakfast if you can't wait until your holiday is a fait accompli. We went native, had a bit of fresh fruit to start, slid into a freshly prepared omelette (any way you like it) and finished with a modest selection of local pastries. Marvellous. Coffee or tea in proper china pots, tablecloths and cutlery fit for a gentleman and his lady. I couldn't help noticing how often the waiting staff greeted the breakfast guests by name, complete with hugs and personal remarks, which indicated a long, cordial relationship. We were among a large number of guests who had been returning to this place for years. They clearly also felt like they were “coming home.” >

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“Chicken or guinea fowl, several varieties of fish, beef tournedos and more graced our palates during our week� Thus fortified, we sallied forth to the other end of the golf course, shuttle service happily provided by the hotel as part of the package, to enjoy our first round of golf. Having played the Palheiro course several years before, we were familiar with this challenging Cabell Robinson layout, and our knees were knocking slightly in anticipation of having to negotiate the demanding tee shot on the first hole, made tricky by the severely sloping fairway and absence of any bail-out area to the right. To our surprise, a number of the large trees bordering the fairway on the right had been removed to create more space, thus making this first hole a good deal friendlier. As we progressed around this wonderful track, breathtaking views in all directions, it was apparent that a number of plane and oak trees were being thinned out to create a feeling of space and light, welcome improvements to a course with often very tight lies. Those who have had the privilege of playing at Palheiro will no doubt smile in recognition when I say that no two holes here are the same, all have their challenges, some have their quirks, but common to them all are the unforgettable views of Funchal and the Atlantic all around, the beautiful ancient parkland setting high up in the hills and a course design incorporating a sense of fun and drama. The wind had been up on the golf course, so we turned up in Casa Velha's bar and lounge with sharpened appetites and a hankering for a nice gin and tonic. These last were served up in very large stemmed glasses with plenty of ice and generous amounts of gin. When the head waiter came over with the dinner menus we were feeling like the first Count and Countess of Carvalhal, right at home in this gracious, international environment of elegant relaxation. There were groups of old friends who obviously had been coming here for years. There were other first-timers like us who found it very easy and natural to connect with one another and agree outings or rounds of golf together. Casa Velha is that kind of place.

PORTFOLIO magazine used the services of Mark Gibson from Travel Counsellors who arranged flights, car hire, hotel reservation and golf tee times. For FREE expert travel advice on Madeira and all other worldwide destinations contact Mark on 01273 761060. www.travelcounsellors.co.uk

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Although the hotel's a la carte menu is superb, we wanted to try the three-course daily menu, which, by the way, changes daily. We enjoyed several superb meals in Casa Velha's restaurant and a dazzling selection of delicious and superbly prepared dishes spanning the culinary horizon. Chicken or guinea fowl, several varieties of fish, beef tournedos and more graced our palates during our week. Stand-out dishes were starters of white bean soup, at once hearty and creamy, with chunks of spicy chorizo sausage, and the elegant beef carpaccio, which melted on the tongue like a Holy Communion wafer. Best mains were grilled sea bream fillets perched on a bed of stir-fried vegetables, laced with lemongrass and sweet/sour sauce and graced with crunchy “rice lace” (which we have subsequently dubbed “filligreedy rice”) and veal noisette, a memorable dish made so tender – probably in a sous vide – that I struggled to cut it with a knife, served with Madeiran spinach in a creamy sauce containing old “vintage” vinegar for a hint of sharpness. It doesn't really matter, though, what you choose in this restaurant; everything will be cooked with great skill, using fresh local ingredients, served with panache and friendly competence by the staff and enjoyed in an atmosphere of candle-lit elegance with proper cutlery and tablecloths. Lunches were taken at the other end of the golf course, on the terrace of Palheiro Golf Club, which besides boasting perhaps the most beautiful open-plan clubhouse you will ever see, commands an enviable, breathtaking view of Funchal city and harbour from its 500m clifftop perch. The menu is simple, unfussy and desirable. Inspired by southern European tastes and informed by the awardwinning cuisine of Casa Velha's kitchen, it embraces classics such as club (and many other) sandwiches, burgers and lasagne as well as more substantial items, such as grilled beef entrecote with either Béarnaise or pepper sauce. The evening dinner menu is of similar high quality, well prepared and served with the same friendly professionalism we came to expect everywhere at Palheiro Estates. We feel like members of the family now, so we will be back soon. Come on home to Casa Velha. Our Casa is your Casa. Casa Velha do Palheiro, Rua de Estalagem 23, São Gonçalo, 9060-415 Funchal, Madeira. | www.casa-velha.com

SANTO DA SERRA Golf & Country Club World class golf in Madeira The Casa Velha Hotel can also arrange for you to play the nearby 27-hole golf course of Santo da Serra. Designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones Senior and located in surely one of the most spectacular panoramas in all The European Tour international schedule, it has become the home of the Madeira Islands Open, regularly attracting a world-class field. Designed in 3, 9-hole loops (Desertas, Machico and Serra) on the natural elevated terrain with 4 beautiful lakes, the course is a tough technical test with some distinctive long carries. The 3rd and 4th holes of the Machico Course are the signature holes of the course, unforgettable to any golfer who plays them. Santo da Serra Golf offers a complete range of facilities to its players and guests, including a comfortable clubhouse with panoramic restaurant, lounge, bar and terrace with stunning sea views. www.santodaserragolf.com

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TRAVEL TIE CASE

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Gentlemen: Stay dressed your best when travelling. Whether for business or pleasure, this tie holder will ensure your ties are perfectly presented – just like you. With slots for two ties plus a popper-fastening pocket for cufflinks or tie clips. Travel tie holder £19.95

Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Dark and enigmatic. To uplift, to wind down, or simply to add an air of luxury. Transform the atmosphere with luxury and opulence wherever in the world you are. Pomegranate Noir Travel Candle, 60g. £23.00

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MUST HAVES Indulging in winter sun? Heading off skiing? Or just travelling for work? These travel essentials are for you…

SEW OFF Show off your world travels with this ‘Sew where you’ve been’ passport cover. The leather passport cover is printed with the world map and perforated, so each country visited can be marked with a colourful cross. This beautiful brown passport cover comes with a ‘travel’ needle and thread included, ready to be cross-stitched with global travels. Stitch Passport £25.00 maidinchinadesign.com

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BAGS OF ROOM Mia Tui bags are designed for travelling. The clever interior will make life less stressful as you will know where everything is, and they are cabin-sized compliant, even on budget airlines. The Jennie bag and Mini Jen have a pocket on the back that fits over the handle of your suitcase. Use code PF10 for 10% off your first order. Jennie travel bag £55.00 www.miatui.com


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FINDING STRENGTH IN NATURE Innovative ethno-botanist James Wong gives us an all-natural chicken soup recipe that is perfect for staving off winter colds

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’m a scientist, not a gardener. Most of what we consider very conventional British crops like potatoes and cabbages come from places like Peru and Afghanistan – and they have nothing like the climate we have. Things like kiwi berries come from climates that are almost identical to ours, and Siberia. So things like kiwis are so much easier to grow than things like cabbages. What I have found is that people in the UK, if they’re British and a gardener, end up growing things just because their grandparents did – they didn’t test them, you know; there was no scientific trial to find out what would grow and what isn’t worth growing. They just grew stuff their grandparents grew. If we were like that with food or medicine or any other aspects of our lives then we were basically living in Victorian Britain, where people were malnourished and there was child labour. Civilisation has moved on, so gardening must move on. We have less time to garden now, we have smaller gardens, and we don’t have all of the resources that big Victorian gardens did, so we have to think about gardening in a more logical way. And I like to look at stuff that is evidence-based. Everyone expects there to be one big moment where you suddenly realise you are interested and want to work in plants. I think everyone expects that, but it didn’t happen for me. I think there are some people who are born with a geeky gene. I’ve always been interested in plants, since I can remember. I’m going to blame genetics – there’s no other explanation! It just must be that. There are some people who describe themselves as working as a botanist, but it think it’s like having brown eyes. It’s not that I work as one, it’s that I am one. Even if I was working in a bank, I would be plantobsessed. I would say soil is the basis of plant growing. Once you’ve got that sorted, the plants have evolved over billions of years to grow themselves – it’s in their own interest to grow. In terms of what you need for a home garden – all soil will be improved when you add large amounts of compost, and when you’ve done it once you never have to do it again. If you recycle anything in my local council, they give you free compost. I go maybe once a month or every couple of months to pick up some big old bags and just stick them on. That’s all you need to do. >

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GOJI BERRY AND CHICKEN SOUP FOR COMBATING COLD AND FLU There's no cure for the common cold but that doesn't stop us from splashing the cash on cold and flu remedies. Eating fruit and specifically consuming goji berries is a great way to boost your body's defenses. Surprisingly, they have been spotted in Britain growing naturally along the south coast. When you are coming down with a cold or flu, goji berries are great dietary supplements to get you through as they are full of nutrients to help support your immune system. This soup not only tastes great but is packed full of ingredients that could help you fight off the first signs of a cold. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 tbsp dried echinacea root 200ml water, freshly boiled 5 tbsp goji berries, fresh or dried 2l chicken stock (homemade or from stock cubes) 3 chicken thighs or drumsticks 2 large onions, peeled and sliced 12 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced 10cm root ginger, peeled and shredded 2 fresh medium-sized chillies, finely sliced 8 garlic cloves, chopped extra sliced ginger and chillies to serve Add noodles if desired.

METHOD Combine the dried echinacea root with the water in a bowl. In a separate bowl, pour just enough cold water over the goji berries to cover them and then leave to rehydrate. Set both the echinacea and goji berries aside and leave them to stand. Place the stock and chicken pieces in a large pan or slow cooker. Add the sliced onions, mushrooms, ginger and chillies, placing them around the chicken. Simmer gently for one-and-a-half to two hours on a very low heat, or until the chicken is tender and falls apart. Take off the heat. Five minutes before serving, add the goji berries and chopped garlic. Finally, strain the echinacea infusion and add this to the soup, reheating the whole thing if necessary. Garnish with the extra sliced ginger and chillies for an extra kick, and serve.

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NEW YEAR, NEW LIMITED EDITION MAZDA MX-5 Z-SPORT Mazda will bring a burst of colour to the MX-5 range next spring with the launch of the new Z-Sport special edition

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n sale from the 1st March, this exclusive model will stand out, thanks to its deep cherry-red fabric hood, 17-inch black BBS wheels, and free-of-charge Machine Grey Metallic paint. Inside, the stand-out feel continues with Sand Leather seats, plus Z-Sport floor mats and scuff plates. While to further highlight its uniqueness, each car comes with an individually numbered Z-Sport plaque on the dash. Exclusive to the UK and limited to just 300 cars, thanks to being based on the 2.0-litre 160ps Sport Nav, the £25,595 Z-Sport features a limited slip differential, Bilstein dampers and a strut brace to ensure it has the dynamic excellence to match its sporty exterior looks. With the distinctive look you’d expect of an MX-5 special model, the Z-Sport continues the trend of offering sports car customers a striking and exclusive car at an affordable price. The second MX-5 to wear the Z-Sport badge, the latest car revisits a name last used on the third-generation MX-5 in 2007. A 2.0-litre model with 17-inch BBS wheels, Stone Leather seats and Radiant Ebony Mica paint, the

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“The Z-Sport continues the trend of offering sports car customers a striking and exclusive car at an affordable price”

last Z-Sport’s cabin featured brushed aluminium dash inserts, alloy pedals and coordinated stitching on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. With just 400 examples sold, the 2007 Z-Sport shared the exclusivity of next year’s new Z-Sport MX-5. Representing the first chance to buy a current-generation MX-5 convertible with an alternatively coloured fabric roof, the Z-Sport provides customers with exterior differentiation through its unique colour hood. Commenting on the launch of the new MX-5 Z-Sport, Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director Mazda Motors UK said, “the MX-5’s new cherry-coloured roof was shown for the first time in public at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, where it received a very positive reception. I’m delighted that we can bring it to UK MX-5 buyers as part of the exciting Z-Sport limited-edition model.” Thomson added, “We’ve had a long tradition of producing distinctive, limited-edition MX-5s that allow customers to drive a sports car with stand-out looks and enhanced equipment, and the new Z-Sport is one of the best yet. The stunning combination of the cherry-red roof and Machine Grey Metallic paint make this one of the most exclusive-looking MX-5s we’ve ever offered, and I’m sure it will be a very popular choice when it arrives in dealerships in March.” www.insidemazda.co.uk

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ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY This month we take a look at a beautiful walk through the countryside near Steyning, Chanctonbury and Washington

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teyning town is rich in history, with scores of timberframed buildings in and around the ancient high street. It was once a port on the River Adur and was prized by the Normans; their legacy today includes the magnificent parish church and the ruins of the castle in nearby Bramber. Visit some of the many shops, restaurants, pubs and tea rooms, or pop by for the monthly farmers’ market. The route of this circular walk takes you out of Steyning and then steeply up to join the South Downs Way. You’ll see views of Cissbury Ring, which covers 60 acres and is one of the largest Middle IronAge hill forts in Europe. The earthworks date back to 250 BC. The trail also takes you past Chanctonbury Ring, another Iron Age hill fort. The Ring’s current fame stems from a crown of Beech trees planted in 1750 by Charles Goring of Wiston House. Although not well received initially, the trees later became a wellknown landmark. The trees in the centre of the ring didn’t grow too well, and it was later discovered that they had been planted on an old Roman temple. Many of the trees were destroyed in the great storm of 1987, and the Goring family, who still own Wiston House, are working to restore the ring to its former glory. On leaving the Ring, the route descends to Washington, where an optional extension allows for a lunch break in the village. You can then return past Wiston House to Steyning.

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“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress” Barack Obama


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CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS Both sides of the law feature in these January small-screen highlights

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his six-hour drama has been written by internationally-acclaimed Bafta and Emmy-nominated writer Neil Cross, creator of Luther. This new cop series follows two police officers, played by Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn, who are trying to keep order in a society on the brink of chaos. Jim and Agyness play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies in contemporary London, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction. Robert Hicks is a family man and a great, committed copper. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Elaine Renko is difficult and damaged… and utterly incorruptible. Hicks and Renko stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum. They also seriously distrust one other - and for good reason. But they must somehow learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world. Jim Sturgess says: “I am very excited to be playing Hicks in this wonderful project. To work with Neil's fantastic writing is a great opportunity, and I hope we are going to create an amazing experience for our audience. I can't wait to get started!” Agyness Dean adds: “As soon as I read the first episode I was hooked. I'm such a fan of both Neil and Brian's work, it's an honour to join the Hard Sun team." BBC1, January 2018

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he Russian criminal underworld is a great subject for a new 8-part series. McMafia charts the journey of Alex Godman (James Norton) as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organised crime. Russian crime boss Vadim Kalyagin (Merab Ninidze) meets with his Indian associate Benny Chopra (Atul Kale) to discuss their control of Mumbai’s main port. As Vadim leaves the meeting, his vehicle is blown up by a car bomb. It's not long before his allies have the name of the man believed to be behind the assassination attempt... Alex Godman, a successful young hedge fund manager, joins his family at a charity gala - his father Dimitri (Aleksey Serebryakov), a depressed Russian exile, his socialite mother Oksana (Maria Shukshina), his beloved and larger-than-life uncle Boris (David Dencik), his wayward sister Katya (Faye Marsay), and his British girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance). When his hedge fund comes under fire, following rumours that they’ve been trading in embargoed Russian stocks, investors start to withdraw their money in droves. Alex tries to find new clients, but struggles against the prejudices that stem from his Russian background. When Alex approaches his uncle Boris for help, he mentions a wealthy Israeli friend of his, a shipping magnate named Semiyon Kleiman (David Strathairn). Alex gratefully agrees to a meeting, but it soon becomes clear that Semiyon, his money and his intentions are not as legitimate as they first seemed... BBC1, early January 2018

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My Grandad Was Innocent

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fascinating look at historical real-life murder convictions. Two top criminal barristers, Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein, investigate historical murders where the convicts went to the gallows pleading their innocence. They join forces with a living member of the convicted criminal’s family to re-examine the crime and evidence, employing modern forensic techniques to ask whether the original conviction was safe. Between 1900 and 1964, 845 men and 18 women were hanged in the British Isles and a further 5,960 people were found guilty of murder and given life sentences. Of these cases, 2,738 were referred to the Court of Appeal. Going back over original police files and trial documentation, the barrister-presenters of My Grandad Was Innocent identify crimes that bear the hallmarks of miscarriages of justice. The pair examine every detail of the case, piecing together the evidence to create a complete picture of the crime and a profile of personalities involved. They then draw on the knowledge of medical and forensic experts, the police, local history experts and crime writers to interpret their findings and prepare a final submission for the courts. Dan McGolpin, Controller, BBC Programming and Daytime, says: “This series is based on an ambitious and powerful idea. Ten families who believe that their relative may have been falsely convicted of murder and hanged will get the opportunity to clear their name." Lindsay Bradbury, BBC Commissioning Editor, Daytime and Early Peak, says: “It’s not often that an idea like this one comes along. It’s got a real sense of public service, stacks of emotion and a huge pull through to the end.” BBC, early 2018

TV SNIPPETTS: New year highlights

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A five-part series produced by Seventh Art Productions explores the life and work of the world's most celebrated artists. This weekly series will offer an in-depth look at iconic artists including Canaletto, the Impressionists, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Each 50-minute episode will reveal unique insights into the life of the artists, from exploring the places they lived and worked to uncovering their formative relationships through private letters. Great Art will also provide privileged access to the artists’ masterpieces, going behind-the-scenes at the world’s leading museums.

For those of you already getting ‘Game Of Thrones’ withdrawal, this could very well be something to watch out for. Set in 43AD, the drama follows the Roman army as they return to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids who claim to channel the powerful forces of the underworld. Like never before, the nine-part series tells the story of the emotional and physical power struggle between three tribes: the Druids, Celts and Romans, who battle for the heart of Britannia. Starring Kelly Reilly and David Morrissey.

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LOCAL NEWS BRIGHTON BUSINESSES BACK #BEMORESNAIL Following the high-profile launch of Snailspace at the Theatre Royal in October, Brighton businesses have heeded Norman Cook’s advice to ‘get in quick’ as almost 60% of the giant snail sculptures have already been snapped up by sponsors keen to ensure their brands are associated with this ‘must-see’ event of 2018. Many of those already signed up were previous sponsors of Snowdogs by the Sea, including Griffith Smith Farrington Webb and British Airways i360 and so understand the unique commercial benefits of being involved in an event of this kind, whilst also supporting a vital local charity. However, there are also a number of ‘new’ sponsors, and details will be announced in the New Year. For businesses or organisations wanting to be involved in this unique event, the clear message is: don’t hang about if you intend to #BeMoreSnail next year! To download a sponsorship pack, visit www. snailspacebrighton.co.uk or contact Sarah Harvey, Project Manager sarah.harvey@martlets.org.uk

THOUSANDS CLASSED AS HOMELESS IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE A national homeless charity has identified Brighton and Hove as the area with the highest levels of homelessness in the South East. Brighton & Hove topped Shelter’s list, and the charity said one in every 69 people in the city is classed as homeless. The number of people living in temporary accommodation was 4,074, and there were 144 rough sleepers recorded, making a total of 4,218 people classed as homeless. Shelter has revealed the number of people recorded as homeless in the South East has reached 27,600. The report combined official rough-sleeping, temporary accommodation and social services figures, which showed the number of homeless people in the region has increased by 20 per cent in a year. However, as government records are not definitive, Shelter says that the true figure of homelessness is likely to be even higher. www.shelter.org.uk

STEPH FULLER APPOINTED AS NEW DIRECTOR Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft have announced their new director will be Steph Fuller. Steph will take up her new role on 3 January 2018, bringing with her a wealth of arts and cultural leadership experience. Since 2013 she has headed up Ideas Test, an action research programme aimed at increasing cultural engagement in an area of Kent, currently in the bottom 20%. Over the last four and a half years Steph has driven forward the vision and realisation of this £2m project, winning a grant from Arts Council England to see the project through to its second phase. Prior to that she held senior management roles at Arts Council England. Steph has responded to her appointment, saying: “I am delighted to be taking up the post of Director at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. I’ve known the museum and the rich cultural heritage it represents for many years, and I’m excited to take it forward into a new stage of development and success.” www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

ARTS VENUE WINS REGIONAL ACCOLADE The transformation of a former brewery in Lewes into a major arts venue – with a cinema, restaurant and education facilities – has won a regional planning award. The venue, known as Depot, Lewes Community Screen, is a three-screen community cinema screening a variety of new releases, documentaries, classics & films for all the family, on the site of the former Harvey’s brewery depot, close to Lewes Station. It was crowned the overall winner at the Royal Town Planning Institute South East Awards for Planning Excellence. The redevelopment – undertaken by Burrell Foley Fischer and the South Downs National Park Authority – also includes an orchard, wild flower garden and landscaping. www.lewesdepot.org

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LOCAL TIMBER & BUILDERS' MERCHANT WIN AWARD Covers Timber & Builders Merchant has been crowned ‘Timber Merchant of the Year’ at the national Builders Merchant Awards 2017. The annual awards ceremony, which celebrates all aspects of the industry, was held at London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. Presented by Joanna Lumley OBE, Covers was recognised for the improvements it has made, not only to stock, but also to the education of its staff, the addition of new services, and the offers and promotions it has established. Neil Woods, Timber Director at Covers, commented: “We continually strive to improve every element of our business, so being recognised for our team’s outstanding efforts by the Builders Merchant Awards panel was amazing. We work in a dynamic industry that is very ambitious and aims to deliver the very best, so the competition is always incredibly strong. I am so very proud of every member of our team.” www.covers.biz Image shows: Joanna Lumley OBE, Neil Woods and Toby Lewis Sales Director SCA

SOHO HOUSE DEVELOPMENT TO START The long-awaited redevelopment of Brighton Seafront’s Aquarium Terraces is now due to start early this year after being delayed by structural works at the Sea Life Centre. Planning permission for the ambitious revamp, which involves knocking down much of the existing buildings on Madeira Drive and building new pavilions, was first approved in April 2016. Developers, Brighton Seafront Regeneration Limited (BSRL), say that difficulties with co-ordinating work with the Sea Life Centre repairs caused a delay, and work is now due to start early next year. BSRL also donated £50,000 to the Madeira Terraces crowdfunding campaign, helping to smash the £421,000 target so work can also start on the other terraces on Madeira Drive in the summer. Council leader Warren Morgan said: “BSRL and Soho House remain committed to the project. They aim to start work on the lower west end of the building early in 2018, and the eastern end will follow.”

ALISON MOYET DONATES BRIGHTON SHOW PROFITS TO SAMARITANS Brighton & Hove resident, singer Alison Moyet recently donated the profits of her sell-out concert at the Brighton Dome to Samaritans. Alison said: “I have become aware of just how vital the services are that the Samaritans provide, having a close family member who is a volunteer. Loneliness is endemic in later life and often people find themselves without support. In Brighton, we have a branch that strives to always provide a 24-hour service for those in need of someone to listen without judgment or opinion. Brighton Samaritans is fully run by volunteers. I am donating the profits of my Brighton show to our Brighton branch in order to help fund this much-needed and universal life-saving service.” Brighton Branch Director Alison Pratt said: “We feel very privileged that Alison Moyet has made the Brighton date of her world tour a fundraiser for this branch. This has come at a great time for us, as it marks the start of our 50th birthday celebrations.” www.samaritans.org.uk Pictured: Alison with volunteers from Brighton, Hove and District branch of Samaritans. Photo: Georgie Gibbon

GEMINI’S BRIGHT STAR The world of print has changed over the past decade and The Gemini Print Group, based at Dolphin Way, Shoreham, is proof of the positive power of print. Gemini employs 160 staff, continues to expand and has a bright future. Chairman Chris Pennison said: “The printing world has changed and print is now in renaissance. People want to offer printed matter but in a quicker and different format. The key was us realising this and adapting to the change. Brochures, special publications, promotional material such as pens and printwear, magazines, annual reports, art books and education prospectuses remain in high demand.” Group managing director Steve Cropper is proud of introducing an unusual level of “gender balance” into the commercial printing business. With women in top roles in production management, design studio, customer services, account management and marketing, he said: “As commercial printing evolves and demands additional creativity and a supportive consultative approach for clients large and small, it is important to our business to have a real balance of people across the teams.” Account Executive Cat Scobie, (pictured above) from Henfield, recently won the Gemini GEM award from Steve for excellence in customer service and consistent positive client feedback. www.gemini-print.co.uk

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CELEBRITY interview

LARKING ABOUT Bill Bailey is buzzing to be back on tour. We catch up with the comedian in advance of the Larks in Transit tour

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fter a gap of two years, the comedian is hugely excited about returning to the live arena. In January, he is embarking on a major nationwide tour with an entirely new show entitled “Larks in Transit” – and he just can’t wait! The show combines in one unique package Bill’s trademark hilarious comedy and brilliant music. Drawing on superb new songs and dazzling routines, Bill will address politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. In addition, he will regale us with the real tale of Old McDonald and deliver an entirely new take on The Stars and Stripes. The show promises larks by the lorry load. Offering a one-off mixture of virtuoso comedy and virtuoso music, Bill is one of the best loved comedians in the land. And the critics would agree. The Evening Standard declares that “Bailey cuts a world-beating swathe all of his own. Absolutely genius on so many levels.” Time Out say that “Bailey is on top form; joyous, playful and effortlessly funny.” He is described by The Guardian as “Approaching the status of national treasure,” while The Times affirms that he is “At the top of his game.” The New York Times enthuses that “Bailey is an unalloyed pleasure, a treat for the funny bone, the brain and the ear.” The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, calls him “The brainiest comic of his generation.”

“The tour of “Larks in Transit” will also include some of Bill’s inimitable musical flights of fantasy. He will, for example, create a symphony out of ring tones” You will no doubt be delighted to hear that Bill is just as delightful in person as he is on stage. An hour in his company at his local pub in West London simply whizzes by. Over orange juice and cheese and onion crisps – rock ‘n’ roll, eh? – we touch on everything from Indonesia to stone masonry. It is like being treated to a Royal command performance – to an audience of one. The comedian, who over the past 20 years has enjoyed a dozen immensely successful international stand-up tours, begins by underlining how much he is looking forward to touring with “Larks in Transit.” He asserts that nothing beats the heady feeling that comes from live comedy. “There’s nothing quite like it. It’s a singular experience. I don’t think there is anything that quite matches up to it in all of performance art. When you’re in a play or a band, it’s still a collaborative thing. “When everything comes together and you think of an idea, a joke or routine that connects with people, it’s incredible. It’s the most amazingly satisfying experience hearing an arena full of people laughing at something you’ve thought up. It’s a tremendous buzz.” Bill, who won the Best Live Stand-Up gong at the British Comedy Awards in 1999, adds that “the best of those times come when you’re laughing along with them. It’s like you’ve hit on a bit of funny. It’s a bit of funny that was out there, a bit of universal funny that you’re just lucky enough to have plucked and shared with everyone. Those moments are rare, but they are wonderful. “There’s a great folk singer who said that the tunes are out there. You just have to tap into them or capture them before someone else gets them.” “Larks in Transit” features long-form stories about the weird and wondrous places that Bill has visited. He recounts to me one particularly amusing traveller’s tale. “We were on a birding trip in the jungles of Indonesia. I cannot tell you how remote this place was. It was like some sort of Eden. I was just standing there naked in this river. I was the only person there, and I was thinking, ‘This is one place where I won’t meet anyone.’

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“Then out of the blue, a couple of Aussies just came out of the bush and shouted, ‘Oh, look at that - it’s Bill Bailey! What the bloody hell are you doing here?' That just suddenly brought me back down to earth.” The comic, who has starred in such widely-adored TV comedies as Black Books, Spaced and Is It Bill Bailey?, adds that “the two elements of what I’m talking about in this show come together in that story. The show is about being lucky enough to have those kinds of experiences, where you get to think about the world and our relationship with Nature. But it’s also about how my life has led me to the point where people do recognise me in those same places.”

“Bill’s shows remain so entertaining because, after more than three decades in comedy, Bill is still as passionate about it as ever” “Larks in Transit” also has some thought-provoking things to say about the merits of perseverance. Bill, who for 11 highly popular series was a team captain on BBC2’s hit comedy pop quiz show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, reflects: “My grandfather was a great influence on me. He was a stone mason, and he had a very strong work ethic. Somehow, through all the chats I had with him, I get the feeling that’s rubbed off on me. He used to tell me about the dignity of work and really developing a craft. He taught me that you shouldn’t give up too easily. You continue, you endure, you keep moving forward and somehow work gains its own meaning. You don’t have to think too much about it. You just keep going. I hope I have been true to the spirit of what my grandfather said.” The tour of “Larks in Transit”, to which 36 shows and 50,000 seats have just been added, will also include some of Bill’s inimitable musical flights of fantasy. He will, for example, create a symphony out of ring tones.

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The comedian considers the importance of music in his show: “It’s another dynamic, really, it’s a bit of light and shade. I always think it’s a tremendous art and a tremendous skill to keep people’s attention with the spoken word for a couple of hours. I’m always aware of that. So when I was starting out in stand-up, I was looking for ways to break it up. “I think music works on a different level to language. Some of the words create a picture and can feed people’s imaginations. Often slow-burn, great, long routines can build up to great crescendos. But music gets you on the gut level. It gets you straight away. It’s a more instantaneous kind of reaction.” Another standout characteristic of Bill’s comedy is his captivating use of language. That is once again evident in “Larks in Transit.” “I think we’re very lucky to have English as our language,” muses the stand-up. “It’s just so expressive and so endlessly supple, and it has myriad ways of telling the same story. You can tell the same story, embroider it, put in new language, and it becomes something completely different. It’s a treat and a wonder.” So, as you can see, those of you fortunate enough to secure tickets for “Larks in Transit” have a terrific night out in prospect. Bill’s shows remain so entertaining because, after more than three decades in comedy, Bill is still as passionate about it as ever. In fact, he observes: “I appreciate it even more now because I realise that I’m lucky to have this career. I’m lucky to still be doing this and to do something I love. I’m lucky that after all these years, people still want to come and see me. “My priority is always funny first. Then if you have the time and the experience to refine it to the level where maybe the odd phrase does get through to people – well, that’s as good as it can get really.” Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit is at The Brighton Centre on Friday, 20th April, 2018. For information and tickets visit www.brightoncentre.co.uk. Interview with Bill Bailey by James Rampton


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