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June 2016

A SPORTING SUMMER Bigger Picture looks at Euro 2016 football


TICKETS TO THE South of England Show

Millionaire homes for footballers & wives!


Catwalk in the City

INTERVIEW with Tennis icon Boris Becker KITCHEN ENVY

At The Kitchen Store


Warmth Light

The region’s LARGEST property publication


Great Sussex-built kitchens from ÂŁ8,000. Brighton & Hove 01273 957778

Horsham 01403 259320

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Ruby Wax, page 20

Kitchen Envy, page 6

Hill House & Home Truths COVER STORY : Kitchen envy at the Kitchen Store All the regional property news Calender : Out and about in June Beyond Digital, page 36

What’s trending COVER STORY : June Collection - The millionaires' club Beyond digital : The print revolution Talk Money : Cover yourself

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Legal Matters : Howlett Clarke are on the move

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Doing it yourself : On the shelf

Home style tips : Making the most of your spare room Social event : Starr Trust golf day

Gardening : The English rose Overseas : Poolside

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June Collection, page 30


84 Interiors, page 84

Chalk Architecture : On top of the world Interiors : Greener footprints


Shopping : Brassed off


COVER STORY : Fashion - Covet catwalk


COVER STORY : The Bigger Picture Euro 2016 football


Celebrity recipe : The Hairy Bikers on salad


Restaurant review : New Steine Bistro


Local news : Round-up of the City’s top stories



Golf Guy : Gets a grip on putting COVER STORY : Boris Becker at Wimbledon

Celebrity recipe, page 94 Boris Becker, page 104

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Contributor: Kate Hill

Contributing Editor: Tara de la Motte

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EXPERT column




ast week I sat down to draw up a to-do list for every part of house and garden. More than just snagging, it was the stuff that - despite 18 months of work and thousands of pounds spent - still needs to be done. The list quickly became daunting, and I felt overwhelmed. How on earth would we get it all done before October, when the newest Hill family member arrives? It was all too much; I wanted to crawl into bed and hide. I think I can blame my mini-meltdown on hormones (oh, and living in a building site for nearly two years). I was due a bit of a tantrum; the sheer scale of work - and frustration - tipped me over the edge. And then I heard that a close friend had lost his daughter. Barely an adult, she'd lived with mental illness that at times was crippling for most of her young life. Over the bank holiday, she had enough. I put my self-pity back where it belonged, and wept for my friend and his daughter instead.

“The shock and grief of losing someone so young, with so much potential, puts everything else into perspective”

Sun tan lotion, flip flops, towel… What are you doing? It’s only June! Perfect time for an early summer break. I’m off to spend some time in the Aegean.. if only I could close this suitcase… Suitcase won’t close? You’ll have packed it wrong.. what method did you use?


Well that’s where you’re going wrong, then. With the majority of European airlines charging for hold luggage, the struggle to fit everything into a small cabin bag is ever more important. And, needless to say, there is some science to help you pack it all in.

Adding a bit of shoving and brute force? Not at all. Lifestyle science blogging site carried out a controlled comparison of five different packing methods: simple folding; the ‘filing’ method (folding clothes and stacking them along the suitcase on their sides, like DVDs); bundling (exactly what it sounds like: small items in the middle, bigger items rolled around the outside); rolling and using compression (vacuum) packs. Rolling items for packing allowed the testers to fit an impressive 15 extra T-shirts into the case compared to simple folding: if you can’t close your suitcase, that’s the method to choose.

We don't like to talk about mental illness. We can sit in the pub and compare broken bones, man flu, scars and war wounds, but the stigma of mental illness persists. Yet it can be as - if not more - terrifying as a serious physical illness, just as life-threatening. The shock and grief of losing someone so young, with so much potential, puts everything else into perspective. I am fortunate to be well, to be able to get up and get on without fear or pain. This week, the paint fund is being put to better use. Farrow and Ball don't need our money. It's being donated to the ward that cared for my friend’s daughter.

Kate Hill

Sure, if I want my linen trousers to have wrinkles on their wrinkles! If you’re prepared to sacrifice a few t-shirts, then ‘bundling’ your clothes (starting with a small roll, but placing the wrinkle-prone items on the outside of the bundle) will keep your delicate things relatively creasefree. But where am I supposed to put my things? PORTFOLIO  5


KITCHEN ENVY The Kitchen Store’s success story continues with the opening of their beautiful new showroom in Horsham. Lynne Edwards is invited to take a tour with unintended consequences


hen I visited the engaging Alan Margetts and his team at the prominent new kitchen showroom in central Horsham, I thought I was immune from temptation. Having done my own ‘kitchen project’ six years ago, I was very happy with the design and our own cabinet choices. However, within five minutes of entering this domestic heaven I had kitchen envy, which I’m here to tell you is a very common, mostly female, ailment! The array of new designs, materials and colours is absolutely inspiring; clearly, kitchens are continuing to evolve, and Horsham and Kitchen Store’s other two showrooms in Hove and Lancing are the perfect spaces in which to showcase the new technology available. The eye-catching moulded Corian and concrete work stations on display are perfect for the large kitchen/breakfast rooms we are incorporating into our homes these days, and the cabinet colours and finishes available give you the



opportunity to stamp your own personality on this most important room. Any estate agent will confirm that the kitchen is often the deal maker (or breaker) when selling your home, and the investment required is therefore entirely justified. Having won Best Retailer Award from the Brighton & Hove Business Awards in 2015, Alan and his team’s great reputation for building quality kitchens appears to be spreading. “What people may not know, however, is that all our kitchens are Sussex-made in our local factory, making us one of the biggest independent kitchen retailers in the county.” As in all successful businesses, the emphasis is on good, oldfashioned customer service, delivered by knowledgeable teams of designers and staff. Hove branch is managed by Jan Hunballe and Horsham by Mark Davies who have both been with The Kitchen Store for many years. Building such a strong local reputation for quality workmanship and service has clearly paid off as they hold the FIRA (the UK’s leading furniture testing body) Gold Award for installation, which is a huge achievement in the industry. Having witnessed my ‘kitchen envy’ first hand has given Alan the idea of inviting the trade and public to see some of their products in domestic settings in their Hove and Horsham showrooms in an evening, perhaps with some live cooking demonstrations. So, watch this space for more information about this. Meanwhile, don’t wait for your personal invitation to The Kitchen Store; drop in to one of their showrooms today.

“Our kitchens are Sussex-made in our local factory, making us one of the biggest independent kitchen retailers in the county” Horsham

SHOWROOMS AT: 130 Old Shoreham Road, Hove, BN3 8BD. Tel 01273 957 778 46 East Street, Horsham, RH12 1HN. Tel 01403 259 320 Blenheim Road, Lancing Business Park, BN15 8UH. 01903 524 343 The Kitchen Store: PORTFOLIO  7


Asking Price £1,500,000

A truly remarkable, detached family home of considerable style and quality, offering beautifully light, spacious and versatile living space over three floors, while standing in lovely large, mature, south facing gardens. As you approach this property, the initial impression is one of understated style and class. On the ground level the main focal point, is the superb open plan kitchen/dining/ family room with sliding doors opening onto a beautiful south facing garden and the modern fitted kitchen is simply stunning.There is also a snug with log burner, utility room and a lovely living room at the front of the property. A central staircase, leads to the first and second floors, there are five double bedrooms with three en suites, including the first floor master suite with it’s large en-suite. All rear facing bedrooms enjoy fabulous views over the fine large mature gardens and over the surrounding area, towards the sea.

5 94 Church Road | Hove | BN3 2EB



01273 778 877 |


Guide Price £1,750,000 - £1,850,000

An imposing detached Edwardian Villa of considerable character with a mature South facing walled garden and off-road parking for three cars. This handsome residence was built in 1908, retains many original features and has been owner-occupied by only three families since 1927. The house has Arts and Crafts decorative, tile hung, hipped and gabled bays, Southwater engineering bricks, corbelled chimneys, and fleur-de-lys finials. The interior has extensive Art Nouveau detailing, stained glass, eight period fireplaces, dado rails and an unusual square, double landing, staircase ascending two stories. Its high ceilinged rooms have original cornicing, panelled doors, and include a 34 foot lounge. This is a once in a generation opportunity to acquire an unspoilt, well preserved, six bedroom Edwardian masterpiece of domestic architecture located in a conservation area. Few South Coast homes have the amenity value, period features, elegance, and lifestyle options that this property offers.




Beyond your expectations

Roedean Way, Brighton £2,995,000 Five bedroom detached superior Roedean home. EPC E

Kings Gardens, Brighton £1,000,000 Spacious ground floor sea front, sea view apartment. EPC D

Grange Walk, Brighton £950,000 Modern five bedroom detached house in gated development. EPC D

Carlisle Road, Hove £1,100,000 Extremely well presented four bedroom house. EPC F

Hamptons International Estate Agents Hove Sales. 01273 796 061 | Lettings. 01273 796 159

Beyond your expectations

East Dean £3,995 PCM Grade II* listed 8 bedroom detached Georgian house in the heart of old East Dean with far reaching views over the South Downs and Beachy Head.

Brighton Lettings 01273 796159

Roedean Heights £3,250 PCM A large beautifully appointed detached house in the prestigious location of Roedean. With five double bedrooms and three bathrooms. EPC:62

Brighton Lettings 01273 796159

Hamptons International Estate Agents Hove Sales. 01273 796 061 | Lettings. 01273 796 159

Woodland Drive £3,250 PCM A recently refurbished & generous sized four bedroom family home located on one of the most sought after roads in Hove. With two reception rooms, two bathrooms and & large rear garden. The rent includes a seasonal gardener. EPC:39 Brighton Lettings 01273 796159

Pyecombe £2,600 PCM An impressive modern four/five bedroom detached house with ample parking and garden situated in a private road of Pyecombe village enjoying views of the South Downs. EPC 86.

Brighton Lettings 01273 796159

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or the first time in thirty years, number one Albany Villas is coming to the market! This beautiful, detached, Grade II listed residence has been in the same family for decades and is situated on one of the most desirable streets in central Hove, minutes from both the seafront promenade and amenities which that location offers. A superb Italianate villa, the house is believed to date from the 1830s and has an attractive double-fronted façade with canopied balconies on either side over lovely tall sash windows. At the front, black wrought iron railings border a front courtyard area and two off-road parking spaces.

Albany Villas, Hove, BN3 2RS Guide Price: £1,800,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Extras: Two reception rooms; Double Fronted; Hove seafront at the end of the road Best Bits: Sought after central location; Period detached home; Parking Hamptons International 82 Church Road Hove BN3 2EB 01273 230230 PORTFOLIO  13


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THE LONGEST GOLF DAY CHALLENGE David Beaken of Oakley Property is taking part in "The Longest Golf Day Challenge" to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. He says, “On July 29th myself and three friends are taking on "The Longest Golf Day Challenge" to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. I am sure you are all thinking a golf day doesn't sound much of a challenge but consider the following! We will be starting at around 4am and won't finish until around 10pm. Playing four rounds back to back, this means dragging a 25lb bag across more than 20 miles swinging a club roughly 400 times. My last challenge like this was a marathon over five years ago and I wasn't exactly an athlete then so I can honestly tell you this is going to be a big challenge…” Fortunately I have three friends joining me so we can help and cheer each other along. Macmillan is an amazing charity and all of us in the group have been affected by the work they do in one way or another. As a group we would love to raise £1,000 so anything you could donate, even a couple of pounds would be gratefully received.”


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31 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG Tel: +44 (0) 1273 725229

Legalex was bigger and better than ever this year, with over 2000 solicitors and legal professionals flocking to the ExCeL in London for this epic two-day event. Searches UK could be found at the entrance of the exhibition, on stand L400, with their art gallery concept: ‘The Art of Conveyancing Searches’. Delegates were guided through their wide variety of conveyancing searches for both residential and commercial property transactions as well as their many added-value benefits, including reimbursement schemes, quotation platforms and case-management systems. Across the ten speaking theatres, many topics were covered by experts from a variety of backgrounds and companies, including Searches Managing Director, Andrew Stenning, who spoke alongside Managing Director of Terrafirma Mine Searches Ltd, Tom Backhouse and Strategic Account Manager at Groundsure, Andrew Crawshaw.



TICKETS TO THE SOUTHERN HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW We have five pairs of tickets to give away to lucky readers. The annual Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is back at Sandown Park, from 25-26 June 2016. With over 220 exhibitors, 24 free master classes and 500 advice sessions on essential topics which can tackle any problem, from funding a remodelling project to implementing the latest intelligent security systems, the event is set to help put visitors’ ideas into motion through a step-by-step approach. Over 12 resident property specialists will be on hand to discuss all building and renovating queries at the Advice Centre, and leading companies will be presenting their latest ranges of services and products from a variety of industries, including architecture, design, financial topics, kitchens, bathrooms, doors and windows, lighting, heating, ventilation, planning permission and much more. For your chance to win a pair of tickets, just email us with your name, address and Southern Homebuilding in the subject box and send it to: Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door (children under 16 go free). The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Sandown Park, Surrey, 25-26 June 2016.

OAKLEY HELP RAISE OVER £30,000 FOR MAYOR’S CHARITY Oakley were proud to be the main sponsors for Brighton & Hove Property Consortium's Brighton i360 to the Paris Eiffel Tower sponsored bike ride. The company made a major contribution to the fundraising, which is now approaching the level of £30,000. Chris Oakley of Oakley took part in the bike ride, which involved 20 sponsored riders leaving the Brighton i360 on 6th May, headed for Paris over two days. They were met by the Mayor of Brighton, who travelled over to France to congratulate the team at the finish line at the Eiffel Tower. Combined with the sponsorship of the event from Oakley, Chris Oakley managed to raise over £15,000 of sponsorship. Chris Oakley commented: “This was a fantastic event and I am really proud to have taken part and to have raised so much money for good causes. The ride has been such a success that we are now planning next year's event through the property consortium, and, hopefully, we can encourage other property professionals to join us for what has been a great, fun event.” The Brighton & Hove Property Consortium has been supported by local property companies to include Colin Brace Property, Hyde, Lewis & Co, RLF and Handlesbanken.

MTM: CELEBRATING 12 YEARS Having started with just a handful of properties and two staff, MTM Sales and Lettings now celebrate their 12th year in business. From humble beginnings, the business has expanded to a rental portfolio of over 600 properties, housing close to 2,500 tenants. With six fulltime staff, the company now covers all areas from Saltdean to Shoreham and a diverse range of properties. Running a busy sales department and an ever-expanding rental portfolio, Andrew Gunner, Sales & Lettings Manager, said, “It’s a fantastic achievement to be where we are today. It’s down to all the team and their hard work and dedication, so hats off to them all.” MTM Sales and Lettings 108a Lewes Rd, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 4AE. 01273 645797.


52 Church Road Hove, BN3 2FN • Tel 01273 778844 113 St. Georges Road, Brighton BN2 1EA • Tel 01273 685111 10 Station Road, Portslade BN41 1GA • Tel 01273 383830 NEWTOWN ROAD, HOVE, £775,000

HOVE OFFICE: 01273 778844

Contemporary 4 Bedroom Terraced House with Roof Terrace and Steam Room. Throughout this stunning bay-fronted home, modern design features blend effortlessly with sash windows and high ceilings to provide a brilliant example of contemporary living in a period property. EPC Rating D.

ST AUBYNS, HOVE, £265,000

HOVE OFFICE: 01273 778844

1 Bedroom Garden Apartment in Converted Period Building. Set inside a converted mansion building, this spacious ground floor apartment has a landscaped, west-facing patio garden. Situated between the shops and amenities of Church Road and the seafront, this classic period conversion features a bright west facing living room and separate kitchen.


BRIGHTON OFFICE: 01273 685111

Two Bedroom Apartment In Bay Fronted Period Conversion With Sea View. Sitting on the first floor of a classic period property, large sash bay windows allow plenty of natural light to flow into this elegant apartment with separate kitchen. EPC rating D


PORTSLADE OFFICE: 01273 383830

Stylish 3 Bedroom Semi-Detached House with Stunning Rear Garden. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the South Portslade area, contemporary interior features and a wealth of natural light make it is easy to see that this home has been designed with a great attention to detail. EPC Rating D.




onveniently located in the heart of Brighton, within easy reach of the seafront and city centre, offering beautiful views of the Royal Pavilion. Sitting on the ground floor of a distinguished red brick building, this beautifully appointed apartment forms part of the Grade II listed Old Court House, which dates back to 1894. Modern design features blend seamlessly with tall sash windows and high ceilings to provide a brilliant example of contemporary living within a period building. Natural light tumbles into the impressive, double-aspect, open-plan living space from elegantly tall sash windows, highlighting the exceptionally high ceilings and period cornicing. Crisp white walls combine with engineered wood floors to create a calm and peaceful feel which flows throughout the entire apartment. A large living room area offers ample room to relax, whilst a small step up takes you to an ideal space for a large dining table with views of the courtyard garden. A luxury ensuite bathroom features a rich mix of pale stone tiles, contemporary wall lights and glass shelving. The ample space includes a deep, inset bath, wall-hung basin and large walk-in shower, all combining to give a real sense of style. White double doors open onto a walk-in dressing room, complete with an abundance of open-wardrobe storage. An adjoining, discreetly hidden room, ideally sized for a study/ home office, features an exposed brick archway cleverly configured as a wine rack.

Old Court House, Prince’s Street, Brighton BN2 1WE Price: OIRO £725,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 (1 en-suite) Extras: Utility Room; Acoustic Secondary Glazing; Split-level courtyard garden Best Bits: Amazing location for commuters; Allocated secure parking; High ceilings and period features Fine & Country 46 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FN 01273 739911



Fine & Country 46 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FN

Langdale Road, Hove


Elegant 5 Bedroom Detached, Double Fronted House. A newly renovated, three storey, detached house with master suite and sea views. Tastefully presented with an impressive attention to detail, this beautifully spacious, home, conveniently situated within a short walk to Hove seafront, features five double bedrooms, each with their own en suite bathroom, and has newly fitted, double glazed, sash windows throughout.

Tel: 01273 739911

Grange Walk, Brighton

OIEO £1.5M


Light and spacious 5-bedroom family home with garden studio close to Patcham Old Village Along a leafy, winding driveway this substantial family home sits in the middle of just three properties. Set well back from Old London Road the homes location is secluded and tucked away and comes complete with a welcoming portico entrance way. Recently updated throughout, there is an easy natural flow between reception rooms. Combining décor of fresh white with a touch of soft grey and mullioned windows, its singular style signature is both relaxed and contemporary. Located towards Brighton’s northern periphery, excellent transport links are close by while it’s just a few minutes’ walk to Patcham’s historic village centre for local shopping.

Tel: 01273 739911


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CALENDAR of events


Our pick of June events selects some of the highlights from around the county, from Goodwood’s Festival of Speed to Brighton’s Big Screen on the beach

4 June Rufus Wainright Rufus Wainright has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. In 2013 he sang for Billy Joel at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, and October 2nd, 2015 saw the Deutsche Grammophon release of a double CD/vinyl recording of Prima Donna with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The Canadian Opera Company commissioned Wainwright’s second opera, about Roman Emperor Hadrian, to premiere in Toronto in 2018. Dome Concert Hall, 7.30pm.

14 June Television Television were one of the most innovative bands to emerge from New York’s underground scene of the mid-70s, creating an influential new guitar vocabulary. In the early ’70s, Television began as the Neon Boys, a group featuring guitarist/ vocalist Tom Verlaine, drummer Billy Ficca, and bassist Richard Hell. At the end of 1973 in New York City, New York, the group became Television, adding guitarist Richard Lloyd. The band soon obtained a residency at CBGB, where they were featured on Sunday nights for several months. The club would become an important venue for punk and new wave bands. In 1974, Verlaine played guitar on Patti Smith’s first single, 'Hey Joe'/'Piss Factory', as well as writing a book of poetry with the singer. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 7pm

10 June - 10 July Brighton Big Screen There’s something about the open-air environment that makes watching live sport and movies an unforgettable experience. Brighton Big Screen will be delivering it again this year on Brighton Beach, with live sport and films from 10 June to 10 July. The 2016 programme combines live football coverage, plus over 30 classic and recent box office hits, on the gigantic 40sqm screen. Brighton’s Big Screen kicks off on June 10th with France v Romania. The film programme combines family favourites, while classic films include Finding Nemo, Harry Potter, Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby – and, of course, Jaws and Quadrophenia… Visit


23 - 26 June Festival of Speed The Festival of Speed offers enthusiasts an unrivalled opportunity to get close to the action and to meet the great champions who gather at Goodwood each summer. It has been running since 1993 on the same stretch of the March family's driveway, getting bigger every year to become the internationally celebrated, sell-out occasion that it now is. Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed is motorsport's ultimate summer garden party, an intoxicating celebration of the world's most glamorous sport. Nowhere else will you get so close to the cars and bikes as they blast up the Hillclimb track; nowhere else will you enjoy such unrestricted access to the machines and the drivers who made them famous. “This year’s Festival will see the wildest, craziest, fastest, baddest cars and bikes ever to ascend the Goodwood Hill,” says Lord March For more details visit

Throughout June Glyndebourne Festival Surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Downs, Glyndebourne’s 1,200-seat opera house is the place to be in June. Glyndebourne Festival 2016 continues into June with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (until 27 June), Mozart’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (until 17 July) and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (from 12 June). Visit the website for full details of performance dates and times. Make an occasion of visiting Glyndebourne: explore the beautiful gardens, visit the archive and the White Cube (temporary art gallery) and enjoy a picnic on the lawn during the Festival’s extended interval. Glyndebourne Festival 2015 runs until 28th August. Glyndebourne Opera House, Glynde

CALENDAR of events

19 June Ruby Wax - Frazzled: A Guide to Mindfulness Ruby Wax, US-born comedian, actor and writer based in the UK, has become a mental health campaigner and gained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. This event is a followup to her sell-out touring show, and best-selling book, ‘Sane New World’, which looks at why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. The Forum is an opportunity to engage in discussion with Ruby to explore further the power of mindfulness practice and how it can be applied in daily life. This event is your passport to saner living. She might not be sane herself but she does a pretty good imitation. Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm.

1 June - 4 September Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives A new exhibition that explores the life of one of Britain’s most iconic actresses, Vivien Leigh, is unveiled this summer in the family home of her favourite costume designer. Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives, includes items by set and costume designer Oliver Messel, and is set in his former home – the National Trust’s Nymans in West Sussex. Organised by the V & A, the exhibition includes over 100 pieces from Leigh’s personal archive - from costumes and sketches to photographs and scripts. Amongst the exhibits on show are letters from husband Laurence Olivier, Leigh’s own diaries, and 3D stereoscopic slides that offer behind-the-scenes glimpses into the life of Britain’s first international film star. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the magnificent headdress Messel made for Leigh’s performance as Cleopatra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra. The headdress will be shown alongside Leigh’s Cleopatra costume, together with Messel’s original costume sketch and stills from the film. For more information, and times and prices, visit

7 - 11 June Brideshead Revisited English Touring Theatre and York Theatre Royal present the world premiere of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited, re-imagined for the stage by Tony Award nominee Bryony Lavery (Frozen) and Olivier Award winning director Damian Cruden (The Railway Children). In the midst of World War II, Captain Charles Ryder finds his past and present blur as he confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with the Marchmain family at Brideshead Castle. Falling under the spell of their privileged lives, Charles looks back at the way his own life would be changed forever by the summers spent with the seemingly charming Sebastian and his beautiful sister Julia. This is the first large-scale stage adaptation of the evocative and timeless story that has captured audiences' imaginations for over seventy years. Theatre Royal, Brighton. For times and prices visit

10 June Don Giovanni Heritage Opera returns to Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) after last year's success with Madame Butterfly. Don Giovanni is the compelling tale of one man's rampage through the hearts and minds of every woman he meets. This period production features 19th-century costumes, is sung in Italian by a professional company of nine, with the story supported live by sub-titles in English. Brighton Open Air Theatre is an amphitheatre formed of eight terraces leading down to a sunken stage. A bespoke acoustic wall retains sound, improving the experience for the audience and prevents noise pollution. BOAT operates from May to September each year and provides a space for local artists, schools and similar, alongside national touring productions. Brighton Open Air Theatre, Dyke Road Park, Hove.

PLUS... Sunday 5 June - Classic Car Run. The event also includes the London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run, hosting a display of kit, sports and replica cars. For more information visit Saturday 11 June - Martlet's Midnight Walk. This women-only night time sponsored walk is the Martlets Hospice's biggest fundraising event of the year. Women can choose either a six- or 13-mile route; both start at Brighton Racecourse at midnight. For entry details and further information, visit www.themartlets. Sunday 19 June - British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride. With 27,000 cyclists taking part each year, this is the biggest cycling event of its kind in Europe and the largest of the British Heart Foundation's sponsored events. For more information visit Saturday 18 June - Take Part Festival. A celebration of community sport, dance and physical activity, with events taking place across the city open to all ages and abilities, with something to do for everyone. For more information visit Sunday 26 June - Capital to Coast Bike Ride. Raising money for three charities - Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Norwood, and Down's Syndrome Association - this is the alternative London to Brighton Bike Ride. With a choice of two different routes, this event finishes at Hove Lawns. Visit


Crescent Drive North, Woodingdean, Brighton



Full of personality. A fantastic 4 bedroom family home featuring open plan living and a beautiful rear garden that provides privacy and sea views. Benefits also include an en-suite to the master bedroom, downstairs cloakroom, family bathroom, off-road parking and garage. Energy Rating C72. Maslen Estate Agents 62-64 Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6BA t:01273 278866











his spacious two-bedroom third-floor city centre flat has a spectacular view overlooking The Royal Pavilion and Gardens. A large open-plan living area with luxury fitted kitchen opens onto a superb 45’ westfacing sun terrace, which looks over The Royal Pavilion and its beautiful garden. The main bedroom also accesses the sun terrace, with both bedrooms offering en-suite facilities. The building is serviced by a lift and there is an allocated gated parking space. Close to the town centre and The Lanes, Brighton Station, Kemptown and the Seafront, this property is being sold with no onward chain. Energy Rating: B82

Glass Pavilion, Brighton, BN2 1RD Price: £500,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Amazing view of the Pavilion and its gardens; Superb 45ft sun terrace; Luxury kitchen Best Bits: Central location; Gated allocated parking space; Spacious, open-plan living Maslen Estate Agents 39 Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3HQ 01273 677001



PAVILION POINT, BRIGHTON This prestigious two bedroom residence is situated in a prominent Brighton location, boasting exclusive views of the Royal Pavilion. Internal accommodation offers a tasteful combination of modern and impeccable style, with an extensive range of integrated kitchen appliances. Both bedrooms are spacious doubles, the master bedroom having the advantage of a deluxe ensuite with a bath and a separate shower cubicle. The luxurious open plan kitchen has a premium gloss finish with ample worktop and cupboard space providing full functionality and ease of living. Similar properties required, call us today for a complimentary valuation

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We have five pairs of tickets to give away to lucky readers. Where better to celebrate the Queen’s official 90th birthday weekend than at the South of England Show, where you can enjoy the best of the British countryside, food and drink and outdoor entertainment for the whole family. For three glorious days, the South of England Agricultural Society will throw the spotlight on both the new and the traditional, as well as great music, delicious food and drink and superb shopping. Highlights include the highenergy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National, on both Friday and Saturday, hound parades, and the famous livestock display! For your chance to win a pair of tickets, just email with your name, address and South of England Show in the subject box. The winner may choose any one of the three days for their visit. Under-16s go free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket, so you can bring two children with you, too! The South of England, Ardingly, West Sussex, 9-11 June.

COVET EXPAND! Covet recently hosted a launch at their new Church Road, Hove store. Friends and customers enjoyed drinks, nibbles and a preview of the current season’s trends. Covet independent women's boutique opened in Brighton 11 years ago in the North Laines. It now enjoys a more prominent position on Ship Street in the The Lanes and also at Church Road in Hove Carefully chosen pieces form a wide selection of hand-picked designers. Individual and unique pieces grow organically into an exciting wardrobe. You'll find on-trend designs with a feel-good factor. Covet is for real women who don't want to dress like everyone else. See their fashion feature on page 90. Covet Brighton, 37 Ship Street Brighton BN1 1AB. 01273 770407 Covet Hove, 146 Church Road, Hove BN3 2DL. 01273 749270

BIG HEART AUCTION 2016 The inaugural Big Heart charity auction raised an impressive £30,000 in March 2015. The Big Heart Auction 2016 includes around 200 donated artworks from local, national and celebrity artists, illustrators and photographers as well as pieces by some of the children cared for by Chestnut Tree House. All proceeds from the sale of the artworks will support Chestnut Tree House’s vital work caring for children with life-shortening illnesses across Sussex, and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s community work, such as the Umbrella Club, which provides live art experiences for these children. Proceeds will be split, with 80% going to Chestnut Tree House and 20% to Brighton Dome. The final exhibition of all artworks will be available to view from 1 to 5 July 2016 at Brighton Dome, Brighton, and the online eBay auction will be open from 1 to 10 July 2016. For opening times and locations, visit


BEATLES CUSHIONS It’s Fathers‘ Day on Sunday, 19th June. Dads can be the hardest people to buy for, but we love these colourful Beatles pop-art print cushions from Red Candy, depicting each individual member of the band during the Seargent Pepper phase of The Beatles. The cushion is made from high-quality super-soft faux suede and stuffed with a feather cushion pad. This vibrant design is available in two sizes of cushion, a large, 45 x 45cm, sofa cushion and a super-sized, 90 x 90cm, version. Each cushion is printed and made in the UK and is machine-washable.

Youngerman Beatles Cushions, from £41.99 each. PORTFOLIO  25

DITCHLING | OIRO £1,100,000 Immaculately presented detached family house – Large spacious rooms – 4 bedrooms – 2 bathrooms – 4 reception rooms – scope for further extension – Workshop – Detached double garage – Beautiful west facing gardens – Potential plot

DITCHLING | £650,000 Deceptively spacious chalet bungalow - Highly adaptable accommodation – 4 bedrooms – 2 bathrooms – 3 reception rooms Beautifully landscaped gardens – Detached garage - Scope for further extension | 01273 844500 34 HIGH STREET, DITCHLING, EAST SUSSEX BN6 8TA




onverted from 18th-century farm buildings by the famous artist and calligrapher Eric Gill, ‘Crank Barn’ now takes the form of a wonderful Grade II-listed, four-bedroom property with delightful landscaped gardens. Awash with character and period features, references can still be found relating to the artist. The property offers space in abundance, with a large kitchen/dining room with French doors out onto the south-facing terrace. The sitting room is of an excellent size, and with its vaulted ceiling and period windows is light and spacious. With a further four reception rooms and four bedrooms, the property offers versatile space with a multitude of different orientations. The predominantly south-facing landscaped grounds would be appreciated by any discerning gardener, with areas of formal lawns interspersed with planted beds, mature shrubs, an ornamental pond and water feature.

Crank Barn, Ditchling Common, BN6 8TP Price: OIRO £875,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Former residence of the artist Eric Gill; Character and period features Best Bits: Light-oak parquet flooring to the sitting room; Single garage; Landscaped gardens of approximately ½ acre Chatt Estates 34 High Street, Ditchling, BN6 8TA 01273 844500 PORTFOLIO  27

Holland Road, Hove

£450,000 O.I.E.O

Fantastic and beautifully presented two bedroom apartment with west facing balcony, situated on the first floor of a converted period house in central Hove. The property, which boasts a wealth of period features and high ceilings throughout, is in a superb location, just off the seafront and walking distance from Hove lawns and the array of local shops and eateries on both Western Road and Church Road.


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Four of our favourite properties this month. Visit our website at to view all our properties. Marine Parade, Brighton

York Road, Hove

£425,000 O.I.E.O

£450,000 O.I.E.O

A beautiful presented two double bedroom apartment with direct, uninterrupted sea views, high ceilings throughout and a fantastic south facing balcony. The property is situated on the first floor of a converted Grade II listed period building on Kemp Town seafront, moments from the beach and walking distance to the city centre and Brighton Train Station

Located in one of Hove's most sought after locations, this gorgeous and contemporary two bedroom, two bathroom spacious apartment with lift in the building, is located approximately 5 minute walk away from the Hove seafront, 15 minute walk from Brighton Station and benefits from having an allocated parking space in the underground parking complex and visitors parking which is also on site.




“Absolutely the best estate agents I have dealt with. Justin Lloyd took on my property and sold it within a day. Amazing. I would not use another estate agent. Well done and thank you again.” Vendor comment, April 2016



Bright and spacious 5th floor two double bedroom apartment in prestigious art deco building in the heart of Hove. The property benefits from private balcony, well-tended communal gardens, lift to all floors, an on-site caretaker and is located approximately 5 minute walk away from the Hove seafront and 15 minute walk from Brighton Station.

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Kemp Town 118 St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1TH Hove 111 Western Road, Hove BN3 1DD






ruly magical and stunning four-bedroom, top floor mansion apartment in, arguably, one of Hove's most desirable blocks. Arundel House, built in 1899, was the first block of apartments on The Drive in Hove. With stunning outlooks, close proximity to Hove Station and the Church Road cafes, shops, restaurants and Hove seafront, this gorgeous apartment is perfectly located to enjoy all of what Hove has to offer. In more detail, the apartment comprises: spacious entrance hallway, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, one being ensuite. This triple-aspect, grand property boasts many original features, including detailed cornicing, leaded light windows, high skirtings and high ceilings. The apartment is accessed through immaculately presented communal hallways and has access to a passenger lift and a rear, west-facing communal garden.

The Drive, Hove, BN3 3JD Guide Price: £750,000-£775,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Extras: Two reception rooms; Triple aspect; No onward chain Best Bits: Magnificent four-bedroom apartment; Over 2000sq ft of accommodation; Third floor of beautiful period building (with lift) Justin Lloyd Estate Agents, 118 St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1TH 01273 692424 PORTFOLIO  29

THE collection

THE JUNE COLLECTION This month we put the spotlight on million pound plus properties for a touch of luxury. We profile some of the best premium properties currently available…

Mill House Ballards Mill Close, Patcham, Brighton Mill House is a stunning home which has been sympathetically restored; the property itself dating back to the 1650s. This home boasts four spacious bedrooms and benefits from an additional, newly constructed, self contained studio apartment and double garage. Mill House forms part of the renowned select Ballards Mill gated development situated in Patcham Old Village. The new interior has only recently been completed and is a fusion of character and modern living. This spectacular four bedroom detached home features three reception rooms, two new bathrooms, a double garage and parking for several cars.

Price: £1,250,000 Spencer & Leigh 01273 565566


THE collection

Grand proportions Stanford Avenue, Brighton This double fronted, triple aspect, semi-detached home enjoys commanding views over beautiful south-west facing gardens. This unique family home is graced with period features, and is beautifully finished in an elegant contemporary style. The house occupies the widest plot on the street and thanks to the favourable aspect is flooded with natural daylight. Extensive living space includes grand reception rooms with high ceilings, fireplaces and bay windows. Beautiful custom-built kitchen and a dining room. Victorian conservatory with stained glass opening to the garden. Five bedrooms include a master bedroom suite. 100ft gardens include a west facing patio and a large south facing lawned garden. Two garages.

Prices from: £1,400,000 Knight & Knoxley 01273 286666 |

Luxury villa Ovingdean Stunning five bedroom detached Spanish style villa in the picturesque village of Ovingdean. The property offers perfect accommodation for entertaining with several reception rooms including a stunning 36' games room with open bar area. There are five double bedrooms, (two with luxury en-suites), a luxury bathroom suite and an additional luxury shower room. To the front is a sweeping driveway suitable for several vehicles. The large landscaped garden is secluded, and includes a sun terrace, perfect for alfresco dining, a heated swimming pool, an open summer house area, with changing room plus a level lawned area, with ornamental fountain.

Guide Price: £1,750,000 King & Chasemore 01273 796017 |

Stunning grounds Downside, Poynings Road, Fulking A fine country residence with unprecedented views towards the South Downs, Downside offers space in abundance. A large kitchen/breakfast room with a bespoke, handmade ‘Morris & Murray’ kitchen has a triple aspect view over the landscaped rear garden and grounds. Four further reception rooms and a large reception hall provide good formal and informal family spaces. The first floor provides five bedrooms including the master suite with dressing area and en-suite. The gardens and grounds are 3 1⁄2 acres and encompass a terraced swimming pool area, established and productive kitchen garden, tennis courts and landscaped lawns. Plus garaging for four cars. Planning permission has been granted for a front and side extension.

Guide Price: £2,250,000-£2,500,000 Chatt Estates 01273 844500 |


At Nash Watson, we don’t believe a premium service should come at a premium price. So we won’t charge you one. What you get is expert advice, marketing, beautiful photography and considered design. All at an honest price. Because while we believe your home should stand out, we don’t believe our costs should. Call us on 01273 733 500 and we’ll help shape a package that’s exactly right for you and your home.





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courtenay tye bn3

hollywood glamour price £3,500,000

beds: 5 | living rooms: 2 | area: 4746 sq ft | location: hove seafront

It is no surprise that this unique building, probably constructed in the 1840’s and definitely designed to impress, is now listed. Lived in by Hollywood star Elizabeth Allen, this beautiful house hosted parties for the Hollywood elite, and before that, the house was lived in by naval surgeon turned director of cinematography in World War I, Dr Edmund Distin Maddick, whose visitors would no doubt have included his good friends Edward VII, George V, and Edward VIII. In a terrace probably named after the Earls of Devon, the house was updated, possibly by Dr Maddick who also perhaps named the house, as “Tye” is a naval tem for the chain or rope passed through a mast to hoist or lower the yard. Originally designed with gardens leading to a private stretch of beach, the land was subject to a compulsory purchase order in 1908 when the attractive wall and gate at the end of the still considerable garden were built ensuring privacy, and this house remains one of only a few in the whole city to have a large private south facing garden opening onto the pedestrian Esplanade. Within one of the most exclusive terraces in Hove, this exceptional five bedroom mansion has fabulous, uninterrupted sea views, off-street parking and is a very rare find indeed.

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hove: kemp town: preston park:

01273 22 11 02 01273 683 111 01273 504 441


upper drive, bn3

exceptional entertaining

guide price

£1,250,000 - £1,400,000

beds: 6 | living rooms: 3 | area: 3753 sq ft | location: hove

A flowing open plan layout, crisp white walls and an abundance of south facing glazing are just some of the key features which make this striking six bedroom home outstanding. It is detached and has recently undergone a complete transformation from its 1930s original glamour, to a modernist 21st century home, which affords both easy family living, and a sophisticated space for entertaining. Every room is filled with light, and only the finest quality materials have been used for the designer kitchen as well as the four en suite bathrooms.

roedean road, bn2

breath taking



beds: 5 | living rooms: 3 | area: 2630 sq ft | location: roedean

On one of Brighton’s most exclusive roads and with breath taking sea views from all floors, this elegant house has been beautifully designed to create a sophisticated yet comfortable family home of an exceptional quality. With a luxurious ground floor for stylish entertaining, sun terraces on each level and stunning landscaped gardens, this house also has an up to the minute security system, two garages and a hard-standing for several cars.

hove office

call: simon lemcke 01273 22 11 02

maldon road, bn1 designer penthouse


beds: 3 | living rooms: 1 | area: 1516 sq ft | location: withdean

This stunning, three bedroom penthouse was a brand new edition to this modernised building, in 2014. The current owner has spared no expense in creating a luxurious and contemporary space, and it is clear they have a refined eye for colour and style. Light floods in from every angle; through three sets of French windows, and two tremendous skylights in the central, double height stairwell. With under floor heating throughout, clever design elements, generous room proportions, and practical furniture solutions, this apartment really is exceptional, and being so close to Preston Park Station, would be perfect for commuters and professional sharers.

kemp town office call: david vaughan

01273 683 111

preston park office call: jason brand

01273 504 441


BEYOND DIGITAL Many leading companies are now investing in their own luxury periodical publications, to help them gain an advantage over their competitors. PORTFOLIO Publications is helping some of these boutique businesses achieve new levels of exposure and success


n an age which, six years ago, industry trend-spotters widely believed would be post-print, magazines are not only surviving—they are thriving. They have shown themselves to be flexible, adaptable, and robust. The creativity of publishers in creating multi-media platforms and leveraging them as a driver to print is a testament to that. Men’s magazine ShortList has the highest combined print and digital circulation of any men's magazine in the UK and Ireland at 505,562, according to recent figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Interestingly, the top two spots in the ABC's table measuring the combined print and digital circulations of magazines, which covers the second half of 2015, were taken by free publications. This freemium market and the boutique market for high-end niche publications which may be monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual is a growing area for print and proving quietly


and beautifully that print is very much alive and relevant. The paid-for magazines sector has certainly faced a challenging time over the last decade - as have local and daily newspapers - with many becoming free or ending print publication

“A company with their own publication is immediately recognised as the market leader - a significant player…” completely (The Independent). However, in other sectors print is quietly growing. For example, women's monthly titles have shown a steady six per cent growth in their printed products in the past year. Of course, digital offerings have acquired themselves a foothold in the industry and the popularity of digital

media is unquestionable; but it is projected that 2.5bn will be spent this year on just print advertising in the UK alone, and last year the majority of people still read the news in printed papers. There is such a great need for brands to communicate with their markets on many levels, whenever and wherever they can that simply visiting a website, sending an email or building up a social media presence is not enough. The most successful of the recent magazine launches in the past decade have been in the high-end niche market and, generally, lifestylefocussed. Digital has certainly informed a new emphasis on design and style, with quality, not quantity, as the keyword. “Print is still a top-of-funnel medium,” says Andy Blau, senior vice president of finance and advertising at New York-based magazine publisher Time Inc. “It’s really for establishing brand worthiness in the marketplace, for


“you can’t necessarily maintain marketing of a brand through digital alone”

establishing the value of the brand, for communicating very broadly, with broad reach, to the right target audience. It’s really pure brand advertising. And digital tries to do some of that, but it’s still much more of a direct response. People still measure digital with click-throughs and conversion rates, and you can’t necessarily maintain marketing of a brand through digital alone. Print advertising is a very efficient way of establishing a brand identity and for communicating that to the target market.” To illustrate this, the Economist recently launched bi-monthly lifestyle magazine 1843 covering culture, technology, style and design, food and drink, travel, and body and mind. It is against this backdrop that Your PORTFOLIO has been created with estate agents, solicitors and other professional companies in mind. Many leading companies wishing to expand their brand awareness and reach are now looking to create luxury magazines of their own. PORTFOLIO Publications can help to provide unique and

relevant editorial content, using quality design skills, combined with clients’ own material and advertising copy, to easily produce a bespoke publication which can be used in a variety of ways. A company with their own publication is immediately recognised as the market leader - a significant player by customers and competitors - putting them at a huge advantage to gain more, higher-quality business. Managing Director Lynne Edwards says “We have the expertise to provide the customer care and unique packages that can deliver a monthly, quarterly or annual publication, and digital presence that meets a company’s individual needs.” PORTFOLIO Publications already produce luxury periodical magazines for businesses, so why not let us discuss the potential business this could offer you? Let’s discuss any ideas that you may have to help your business reach another level. Call Lynne Edwards 07931 537588 or email

HELPING YOUR COMPANY BE SEEN AS THE MARKET LEADER How it works and what we can offer: •

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Experienced magazine team available to deliver the product you envisage Relevant, topical editorial content can be supplied for you Bespoke design service, offering you a unique publication Celebrity and other interviews and well-researched features included Advice on generating advertising revenue to offset costs Access to the best possible print costs Delivered to you for you to maximise your marketing opportunities Digital magazine version for adding to your newsletter and online marketing activities Low-cost monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual magazines of all sizes Include your company news, staff changes, achievements, awards, charity donations etc. Help shape the way business is done in the future Ensure maximum benefit and exposure by using your marketing budget wisely, to best effect


Spectacular four bedroom detached home

Self contained studio flat

Sympathetically modernised & improved

Three reception rooms

New fitted kitchen

Two new bathrooms

Separate utility room

Private gated development

Double garage

Parking for several cars



Mill House is a stunning home sympathetically restored dating back to the 1650's with four spacious bedrooms and a newly constructed self contained studio apartment and double garage. Mill House forms part of the renowned select Ballards Mill gated development situated in Patcham Old Village. The new interior has only recently been completed and is a fusion of character and modern living. Internal viewing is considered essential to fully appreciate all that this unique home has to offer which is exclusive to Spencer & Leigh.

108 Old London Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 565566

TALK money

COVER YOURSELF How much life cover do you need? Claire Cook from Independent Financial Advisors Talk Money explains how to decide How much life cover do you need? It’s a subject most of us don’t like to think about. What if we died? What if we weren’t around? How would this affect our families and loved ones? Not only would people be impacted emotionally, but how would they cope financially? Of course, it wouldn’t be the first thing on their minds, but leaving your family secure in their home and with no work pressure would certainly help, whatever anyone says! It is quite rare that people have the right amount of cover to achieve this. So, what is the right level of cover? Firstly, think about having enough cover to pay any outstanding debts, such as mortgages, credit cards and loans. A simple life policy can cover this, and it is often surprisingly affordable. Then, you could think about the outgoings that need to be covered: utility bills, food, running a car and possible childcare costs. Literally take yourself and your income out of the equation and see what would need to be paid. A calculation often used is 10 times the annual amount, but if you have a large family to support or young children, this could be increased to 15 or 20 times.

How do the plans work? The plans pay out a lump sum in the event of your death during an agreed term. The most simple type of policy is Term Assurance, which gives you a level amount of cover for a number of years. You decide the cover level and term when the plan starts. You can cover just yourself or take the policy in joint names to cover both yourself and your partner. Another version

“There are other types of policies which are more flexible and can be arranged to suit your circumstances and needs” is Decreasing Term or Mortgage Protection Assurance, which is less costly as the cover level reduces during the term in line with what you owe on your mortgage. There are other types of policies which are more flexible and can be arranged to suit your circumstances and needs, for example, to cover an inheritance tax bill.

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How much does it cost? The cost of the cover depends on many factors, but mainly your age and your health. Nowadays there is no gender difference; EU regulations mean that men and women pay the same rates. The older you are, the higher the premiums are likely to be as the risk to the life company potentially increases. Also, if you have had health issues, these may adversely affect the cost. Affordability is always a factor when working out the level of cover. It is wise to get quotes for varying amounts and terms to see what suits best. An element of compromise can normally be built into any planning involved. You may be thinking, “that all sounds good, but it’s a bit of a minefield.” However, please feel free to call me! I offer a free initial consultation and would be very happy to assist. Please call me, Claire Cook, on 01273 224667. Talk Money is a trading style Aspect 8, a member of Best Practice IFA Group Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested. PORTFOLIO  39

Hove Office: 01273 773399

RIGDEN ROAD, HOVE Substantial double fronted semi-detached family home in the heart of Hove Park. Three separate reception rooms, good sized kitchen/ breakfast room, study, utility room and ground floor cloakroom. Four double bedrooms, a contemporary family bathroom and separate shower room. Outside the house has a wide frontage with attractive lawned garden and with driveway providing off street parking for up to 3 cars, which in turn leads to two garages. To the rear there is an attractive lawned and patio garden with established planting.

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Impressive entrance hall 
 Walking distance central Hove 
 Four double bedrooms 
 Contemporary family bathroom 
 Separate shower room 
 Lawned and patio rear garden 
 Sought after Hove Park District 
 Wide frontage, private driveway 
 Two separate garages 
 Three reception rooms 
 Separate study 
 Kitchen/breakfast room 
 Utility room 
 Ground floor cloakroom 

£895,000 FREEHOLD

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 This very good sized detached family home has been celeverly redesigned and extended. Originally a single storey construction, the house is now a very sizeable and generous two storey family home. Three double bedrooms, an en-suite shower room, a separate family bathroom, a reception hallway, a sensational south facing open plan living space/dining arrangement and kitchen and an entirely separate utility room. Outside there is off street parking to and a 50' south facing rear garden with a useful out building/games room.


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Extended detached family home of quality 
 2 floors of accommodation 
 3 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) 
 Stunning open plan kitchen/ living arrangement Bifold doors from kitchen to garden
 Separate utility room
 Off street parking to the front 50' rear garden with games room Quiet location


Shirley Drive, Hove, BN3 6NQ Guide Price: ÂŁ1,800,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Extras: Fabulous open-plan living area; Four separate bedroom suites; Parking for numerous cars; Overall floor area c3078 sq ft Best Bits: Double garage & summerhouse; Ultra-contemporary, individually designed; Hide-away location with gated entrance Elliotts Estate Agents 2 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FL 01723 773399



uxury, ultra-contemporary detached residence, designed and constructed for its current and only owner, making full use of natural light and located in a little-known and tucked away location at the end of a long private driveway with gated entrance. Considerable time and effort has been spent to utilise the space available and to create a contemporary yet functional home, which will appeal to discerning prospective purchasers looking for individuality and privacy. On the lower (ground floor) level there are four separate bedroom suites, divided into two main sections, whilst the fabulous reception hallway, with feature staircase, surrounded by glass balustrades above, provides a quite stunning entrance and first impression. At first-floor level there is an enormous living area which is zoned to make each area individual, making full use of the natural light to a stunning effect. A quality kitchen is incorporated, a separate utility room with separate study off. Features include integrated Air/heat automation throughout, Control 4 Home Automation, including Lutron lighting control, Heatmiser wet underfloor heating and eight-zoned, built-in audio system. To the front is parking for numerous cars and access to an integral double garage. To the rear there is plenty of space to relax, including water-featured terracing and patio sections, hot tub and additional garden room or home gym.


LEGAL matters

“The firm is staying ahead of the times by constantly recognising trends and gaps in the market, enabling us to build upon our successful reputation”


Jackie Gillespie, Managing Partner at QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke, announces that the company have moved offices, after 243 years


owlett Clarke are proud to announce that May 31st saw the Brighton office move to 96 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UJ, just a short walk away from the previous Ship Street office. The building has been recently renovated and the move brings a fresher, more modern feel to the practice. With an open-plan office scaling over four floors, there is much more space for clients and the staff, which will allow the firm to expand into new areas of law. Our old office on Ship Street served the firm well over the past 243 years. In fact, the practice had been in the same building since establishment in 1773. A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOWLETT CLARKE: Not only is Howlett Clarke the oldest law firm in Brighton, but we are the only ones who can actually be traced back to the 18th century. William Attree is the known founder of Howlett Clarke. Back in 1773 he purchased 8 & 9 Ship Street and used one site for the office and the other for his personal home. Work boomed for William in the 1800s; as he was one of the only solicitors in the town, he soon acquired many loyal clients. William Attree was instructed

multiple times by the Prince of Wales to expand his home (the Royal Pavilion) after the Prince was sworn in as Prince Regent. A portrait of the Prince, donated by him to the firm, still hangs in the office today. Following William’s death, one of his sons, Thomas Attree, became more involved with the firm, and his partners were James Howlett and Somers Clarke. The firm became known as Attree & Clarke. Following Thomas’s death in 1863, the firm became more commonly known as Clarke & Howlett. Fast forward 130 years or so, to when I first approached the firm for work experience: little did I know that I would be fortunate enough to be one of the first to undertake the firm’s training contract before qualifying as a solicitor in 2002. Now in the role of managing partner of the company, continuing on the hard work of my predecessors is of upmost importance. The firm celebrated the move by hosting an open evening to welcome people to the new offices, followed by entertainment, drinks and networking at The Dome, Brighton. The firm is staying ahead of the times by constantly recognising trends and gaps in the market, enabling us to build upon our

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successful reputation. Whilst offering a wide variety of services for both businesses and individuals alike, the introduction of fixed-fee pricing for most of our services has enabled our clients to be fully aware of their costs and we’ve removed the pricing ambiguity found among most firms’ services. Jackie Gillespie is Managing Partner at QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke Our new address is: QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke 96 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UJ 01273 3718 512 The telephone number, fax and DX will remain the same. From everyone here at the firm, we look forward to greeting you in the new office. More information on the firm and the services we offer can be found at our website:





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sympathetically and stylishly refurbished three-storey, Grade II-listed maisonette retaining a wealth of period features and charm, located in this highly sought-after street between Western Road and the seafront. The accommodation comprises double-aspect lounge and dining room, balcony, south-aspect kitchen/ breakfast room, lovely west-aspect roof terrace, three double bedrooms, family bathroom with period suite, further bathroom, utility room, attic, period features including feature fireplaces, oblique views to the sea and gas-fired heating.

Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ Guide Price: ÂŁ1,000,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Beautiful and stylishly refurbished; Retaining a wealth of period details Best Bits: Full-width balcony; Three double bedrooms; West-aspect roof terrace Brices Sales & Lettings 30c Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF 01273 323000





truly stunning penthouse apartment offering amazing views towards Hove Park. Fantastic open-plan living, with a stunning lounge/dining room & sliding doors leading out onto a large private roof terrace. (Also accessed via the communal hallway.) The kitchen is by Paula Rosa, both stylish & modern, with dishwasher, washing machine & integrated fridge/freezer, granite worktop, lovely breakfast seating area with full-height window with stunning views, large opening through to the lounge area, which creates an abundance of light as well as being sociable for entertaining. The master bedroom is fitted with three sets of wardrobes, en-suite shower room and door to the second roof terrace, which is adjoined to the second bedroom, also fitted with lovely wardrobes. The third bedroom is currently used as a home office, with fitted bookcases & wardrobes to two walls. Opposite the third bedroom is a large family bathroom. The apartment benefits from having two good-sized storage cupboards in the hallway, one housing Worcester Bosch boiler with an 8-year guarantee. Engineered wood flooring throughout the main living areas and hallway. There is also a loft which covers the full floor space of the apartment, plus two underground secure parking spaces with direct lift access to the second floor.

Orchard House, Park View Road, Hove, BN3 7AW Price: ÂŁ699,950 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 (1 en-suite) Extras: Second floor penthouse apartment; Two amazing terraces; Two underground secure parking spaces Best Bits: Stunning surroundings; Lift from parking level; Amazing open-plan living Goldin Lemcke 160-162 Church Road Hove, BN3 2DL 01273 777123


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Addison Road, Hove A truly stunning house that has been refurbished to an extremely high standard, with impressive original period features throughout. A new kitchen/breakfast room extension to the rear of the property.

£985,000 • 4 bedrooms • Original period features • Good size rear garden

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Hove Park Gardens, Hove This beautiful house is set back in its own private gardens and offers an enormous amount of privacy and seclusion. The house itself has been recently modernised to a high standard.

£925,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2 ensuites • Garage + Off-Road Parking

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The Beeches Montacute Road Lewes BN7 ÂŁ750,000 Freehold Fantastic seven double bedroom home to the west of the historic Sussex town of Lewes. This lovely red brick home is at the end of an attractive cul-de-sac. Well-positioned back from the road with a large front garden, the house has a double garage and further off street parking for two cars. The house is beautifully designed and being only five years old has all the advantages of a modern, practical family home in a superb location close to the South Downs and walking distance from Lewes.



Beaconsfield Villas Brighton BN1 ÂŁ895,000 Freehold Constructed in 1888 a magnificent and substantial period home. This exceptional property has recently undergone a sympathetic and extensive program of restoration with exquisite attention to detail throughout. This impressive house benefits from spacious principal rooms flooded with natural daylight and extensive living space of approximately 1860 sqft over four levels, comprising five bedrooms, two bathrooms, cloaks/w.c, stunning kitchen/dining room, 35ft dual aspect reception and landscaped gardens.




CARNIVAL OF GOLF The Dyke Golf Club cannot guarantee that you will play like a professional during their weeklong Carnival of Golf, but they will ensure your team will have fun, and get the opportunity to play with a pro at the Pro-Am event...


righton’s Dyke Golf Club is proudly hosting its first Carnival of Golf Week, in August, with a range of team events, culminating in a Pro-Am and Men’s Team Open. The Pro-Am on Friday 5th August gives teams an opportunity to be paired up with a professional golfer, so whether you want to have a fun day out with friends or maximise the opportunity to entertain clients, it’s a great way to play golf in a relaxed and fun environment and to see just how it should be done! A range of sponsorship opportunities is available during the week for companies who’d like to promote their business to like-minded golfers. Harveys, the oldest independent brewery in Sussex, has recently announced its sponsorship of the week, so they’ll be sure to prevent anyone getting thirsty, and will provide a chance to sample their great beer during the golf!

The Men’s Team Open on Saturday, 6th August - at only £25/person, including bacon roll, lunch and prizes - is sure to be very popular, and with entry limited to just 25 teams, you should get your entry in quickly to avoid disappointment. Club Captain David Fitzpatrick says, “The Dyke is one of the finest downland courses in the South, and, at 650 feet above sea level, we’ve got amazing views across Brighton and the South Downs. In August our fast downland greens and some summer sea breezes will be sure to make this a memorable week for everybody. We look forward to welcoming firsttime and returning golfers to our wonderful course during Carnival Week.” Download entry forms at: visitors/opens or, if you’d like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, please call Martin Yeates on 01273 857296.

SCHEDULE: Monday 1st August Seniors Team Open £25pp Dyke Golf Club Founded 1906 18-Hole Team Stableford Competition. Teams of 4, 2 scores to count per hole. Any combination of members and guests. Tuesday 2nd August Junior Open £17.50pp 18-Hole Strokeplay Competition. Open to Boys and Girls under 18 on 1st January 2016. Wednesday 3rd August Mixed Open £65 per pair 18-Hole 4-Ball Betterball, Stableford. Thursday 4th August Ladies Open - £36pp 18-Hole 4-Ball Betterball, Stableford. Friday 5th August Pro-Am £75pp includes coffee & bacon roll, buffet lunch and prizes. We will provide teams with a Pro if they wish. 18-Hole Team Strokeplay. Teams of 3 Amateurs and 1 Pro - best 2 scores to count. 1st – 5th Team Prizes and Pro Medal (PGA South Region). 9am Shotgun. Saturday 6th August Men’s Team Open £25pp 18-Hole Team Stableford Competition. Teams of 4.

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onstructed in 1886, by John George Blaker, a magnificent double fronted, triple aspect, semi-detached home. This exceptional property is set back on an elevated plot bordering Waldegrave Road and Stanford Avenue with commanding views over beautiful south-west facing gardens. Offered to the market for the first time in over 30 years this unique family home is graced with period features, and is beautifully finished in an elegant contemporary style. The house occupies the widest plot on the street and thanks to the favourable aspect is flooded with natural daylight. Extensive living space includes grand reception rooms with high ceilings, fireplaces and bay windows. Beautiful custom-built kitchen and a dining room with double volume glass atrium and lounge area. Victorian conservatory with stained glass opening to the garden. Mahogany turning staircase to upper floors, with five very fine bedrooms including a master bedroom suite, with en-suite bathroom. Wonderful 100ft gardens, west facing patio area which is perfect for late summer evenings, large south facing lawned garden. Two garages. View Next Generation Virtual Tours at

Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6GA Price: £1,400,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Two garages; west facing conservatory, utility room, roof terrace with superb views Best Bits: Highly sought after location, triple aspect south/west facing, Private 100ft gardens, packed with period features Knight & Knoxley Clyde Corner, 2 Clyde Road, Preston Circus, Brighton BN1 4NP 01273 286666 PORTFOLIO  51


Park Street, Brighton £440,000 Freehold Terraced period property on 3 floors, favoured Kemp Town. 3 Bedrooms, bathroom, through lounge/dining room. Kitchen, cloakroom, patio, G.C.H. Some updating required. Sole Agents.

Factory Mews, Arundel Place, Brighton £825,000 Leasehold Stunning newly built 4 story Townhouse in Courtyard development at Kemp Town. 3/4 Bedrooms, 3 bath, lounge with south facing terrace. 30’ x 15’ Kitchen/dining room with integrated appliances. G.C.H. with contemporary radiators. Garage. 10 Year new home warranty.

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Central Brighton £449,950



An attractive two double bedroom, North Laine, mid-terraced home having been refurbished with new bathroom, new kitchen with integrated appliances and stripped polished floor boards, west facing patio garden.

Hove Park £595,000




A fantastically located three bedroom penthouse apartment with parking and a good sized roof terrace offering panoramic westerly views across Hove, sea views and Hove Park. The property benefits from a 10 year NHBC new build warranty and new 125 year lease.

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Central Brighton £725,000




An impressive Historic Lanes three storey grade II listed house. Well presented throughout, offering versatile accommodation and benefitting from period features and potential for a garage. (STNC)

Westdene £650,000




A substantial family home situated in an elevated position overlooking Withdean. The property benefits from a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, an integral garage, garden to three sides with mature planting and off road parking.




ighthouse Point is an attractive detached individually designed home with stunning panoramic views to the English Chanel and the South Downs National Park from a raised position. The property offers versatile accommodation having four bedrooms on the ground floor along with a generous sitting room offering access to the southerly sun terrace and extensive grounds. An attractive sweeping spiral staircase in the turret leads to the light and spacious open plan living accommodation with stunning triple aspect and access to a spectacular sun deck with open coastal views over the private sweeping gardens. The master suite has a dual aspect view and has access through its own doors to the southerly sun deck. The property has a detached double garage and studio block comprising double garage, utility room and a studio work space with its own toilet facilities and access to the rear gardens.

The Highway, Peacehaven, BN10 8XL Price: £999,950 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Extras: Generously proportioned accommodation; Double Garage and Studio block with toilet facilities and garden access; Unique turret with spiral staircase; Ample parking for several vehicles Best Bits: Splendid views of the Coast and South Downs National Park; Ability to split ground floor to create onebedroom annexe; Light & spacious open-plan living area with access to sun deck Oakley Property 3 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YA 01273 688881 PORTFOLIO  55



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HOME tips

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPARE ROOM If you are lucky enough to have spare room, make sure it is being used to its best advantage


s your spare room somewhere which is unused most of the time and subsequently becomes a dumping ground for the various items that you never found a place for? Making the most of your spare room won’t just benefit you personally, it can also potentially increase the value of your property. If you’re selling your home it can be useful to dress a room for a purpose, even if you hadn’t used it for that purpose yourself. If someone can see the potential in a room, it will make it easier for them to picture themselves living in your property, increasing your chance of selling it. Whatever its size, there are any number of ways that you can transform your spare room. Here are just a few:

If the space allows, the office doesn’t have to take over the whole room; it can be incorporated into the corner of a larger bedroom. If you are looking for young professionals as a market for your property, it’s important to let potential buyers see the opportunities available. TIP: You can also use your awkward understairs space to create an office.

AS A HOME OFFICE With more and more people working from home and being given more opportunities for flexible working, home offices are becoming very popular. These days the working day doesn’t always end at 5pm, which means that people need somewhere at home to sit quietly and concentrate. This is a perfect solution when the room is slightly too small to be used as a bedroom.

AS A GYM Not necessarily a full-sized commercial gym, but try making enough room for a few dumbbells and an exercise bike, or at least enough space to accommodate your yoga mat, and this will show how the room could be used. A simple storage unit with mirrored doors enables the room to look bigger whilst also being useful when training and to store items out of site. If your spare room is on the smaller size, you


“Making the most of your spare room won’t just benefit you personally, it can also potentially increase the value of your property”

could simply add a few weights and a bar or foldable cardio machine. If you’re not a fitness fanatic, there are plenty of other possibilities. FOR A LODGER If the room is big enough, and you feel that you’re ready to become a landlord/landlady, you could always consider renting it out to a lodger. The obvious benefit is the fact that you can earn some extra income by taking on a lodger. It’s worth recognising that renting out your spare room is something that needs careful consideration, not just for yourself but anyone else that might be affected. There will need to be basic ground rules and a tenancy agreement put in place. The income you generate may also be tax-free, but you may need to advise your mortgage provider. AS STORAGE Some people will be using their spare room for storage, but whether the space is being used as effectively as it could may be debatable. If you want to sell your property, it’s clearly important to keep it as clear as possible to show just how the room could be used. Maybe invest in some cheap storage for a few of the things that are Thanks to

usually in the room, but move the rest to somewhere else during viewings, or take the opportunity for a spring clean/ de-clutter. There’s also a way that you can make money from your spare room as an alternative to renting it out to a lodger. You can also rent it out as storage space. There are many different sites that you can sign up to, allowing you to find people who want to store items and where they are located. The sites also allow you to chat or meet before you agree to anything. AS A HOBBY/GAMES ROOM OR DEN If there’s no practical need for a room, then you can embrace your inner child and use it as a games room or a den. A place where you can go to relax and let your hair down when you need to. What goes into this room will be dependent on your own interests and the size of the room. Smaller rooms could have a TV on the wall, a sound system and a comfy chair, while larger rooms might be able to accommodate a table tennis or pool table. Even if you don’t currently have a family of your own, if your property would be perfect for new parents

it gives them an opportunity to see the potential for the room being adapted into a play room or nursery. A BEDROOM FOR GUESTS And finally, there is nothing wrong with the obvious: make the spare room into a guest room. It allows extra space for when you have friends and family to stay or if you’re intending to expand your family further down the line. With bedroom furniture available in any number of different sizes and shapes, it doesn’t matter how big your room is, it can still look impressive. As an occasional bed, a bright futon will take up less space and will also provide more flexible space. The most obvious benefit is the potential to increase the value of your property. There are so many different things you can do with a spare room, but ultimately it’s up to you. The one thing you should keep in mind, is making the most of it, and if you are selling your property, don’t show it to prospective buyers stacked full of rubbish. It could be so much more and it could benefit you more than you thought.

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The Dream Lodge Group launch LAGO Lodge, plus two new luxury parks in Suffolk and Berkshire


he Dream Lodge Group has unveiled its brand-new LAGO Lodge, created in collaboration with renowned Italian interior design specialists LAGO. This spectacular lodge is one of the company’s most luxurious and the very first to be hand-crafted in the company’s newly opened manufacturing facility In line with the new lodge, two brand-new parks have also been announced, in the heart of Suffolk and Berkshire. Both parks represent a significant move for the company to the very top levels of the luxury lodge marketplace and are characterised by sweeping countryside and very low-density lodge positioning. The LAGO lodge is available for sale at both new parks as well as across the company’s five other parks in Cornwall, Devon, East Sussex, Essex and Norfolk. 55% of the 27 units at Fornham Park in Suffolk have already been sold and 72% of the 25 at The Sanctuary in Berkshire, highlighting the already high levels of demand for parks and lodges of this calibre. Formerly the prominent estate of the Duke of Norfolk, Fornham Park features magnificent lakes and landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown, born 300 years ago this August. The Sanctuary, meanwhile, is set within 20 acres and is located on the doorstep of several National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the South Downs, Chilterns and The Cotswolds. The newest timber-framed, three-bedroom lodge is the combined vision of globallyrenowned LAGO designers and The Dream Lodge Group’s Managing Director Simon Moir. Influenced by his journeys across the Italian Riviera, Simon has worked with the LAGO team to style a new standard of lodge, where design and finish are held in the highest regard. Highlight features include a vast outdoor 62  PORTFOLIO

decking area, a gazebo and hot-tub, as well as integrated seating and entertainment spaces, to facilitate the alfresco Italian lifestyle. Interiors are spacious, light and airy, with predominantly open-plan living areas and deluxe finishes. Explaining the thought process behind the creation of the new lodge, Daniele Lago, LAGO CEO & Head of Design, comments: “We believe that spaces should empathise with the people who live in them. That’s why we designed this space with The Dream Lodge Group, focusing on three fundamental dimensions of human existence: head, heart and courage. The head is in the functionality of the spaces and in the quality of the materials used. The heart is in

“Highlight features include a vast outdoor decking area, a gazebo and hot-tub, as well as integrated seating and entertainment spaces to facilitate the alfresco lifestyle” the warmth and tactile experience offered by Wildwood, an old wood, full of soul. Courage is in the innovative suspension of all of our furniture. The atmosphere is sophisticated, timeless and connected to the past, but looking to the future”. Of the partnership, Dream Lodge Group’s Simon Moir explains: ‘The LAGO design team has captured perfectly the new level of luxury that The Dream Lodge Group is committed to delivering. Their interiors are elegant, intelligent, sophisticated and refined and complement the lodge’s overall design, which is defined by natural wood and pale pastel shades. To be able to partner with such a

renowned brand has been a delight for the team and means we have already experienced remarkably strong pre-sales.’ Those looking to balance their investment with rental gain can opt for one of a selection of investment packages which deliver guaranteed payments, either monthly or at the end of the three-year investment term, at a rate of 8%. With all of these options, owners can still use their lodge for up to four weeks of every year or add their free weeks to the rental pool to increase the rate of return. Dream Lodge purchases incur zero stamp duty, start-up costs or solicitor fees, making them a viable investment model for families, individuals and retirees alike. The entire range of Dream Lodge Group properties is delivered fully furnished and built with superior-quality materials and techniques, and with one, two or three bedrooms. Bespoke extras can be added upon request, including hot tubs, decking areas, patio heaters and BBQs, alongside changes to the decoration and furnishings. Each property is fully detached and features an average of 1,200sqft of living space. Flexible financing options are available for purchasers, including assistance with part exchanges, as well as monthly payment plans and opportunities for shared ownership. PRICES: LAGO LODGE Whole Ownership from £399,000 Shared ownership for ¼ share from £100,000 Shared ownership for ½ share from £200,000 Shared ownership for ¾ share from £300,000 Full ownership in a range of other styles in the Dream Lodge Group portfolio is available from £99,000 For more information visit

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A stunning family home which has undergone complete refurbishment throughout. This house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms and a beautiful rear garden.

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A versatile two double bedroom (previously three), three storey house. This Grade II listed house offers charm and character and is considered to be beautifully decorated throughout.

A delightful four bedroom detached residence. Comprising of two reception rooms, modern fitted dining kitchen, master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite, further family bathroom and large rear garden.

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A stunning Edwardian semi-detached villa with extensive, well established south facing garden and off-road parking along this sought-after tree lined road, close to Preston Park, excellent local schools such as Varndean and Dorothy Stringer and the Preston Park railway station. Boasting some incredibly detailed, period features and beautiful stained glasswork leading into a central hallway with feature staircase and rare original ceiling lantern. The main reception room has a traditional open fireplace and oak flooring, while the dining room is ideal for entertaining as it leads through to the kitchen as well as having French doors opening to the verandah and garden beyond. There are three double bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor, the master is at the rear and features a large balcony overlooking the rear garden. The second floor has two more bedrooms and a huge attic which is can also used as an artist studio with its impressive height and huge capacity. Viewing essential.

Ask the experts Q A

Should you move or improve? Our homes are at the centre of family life, but it’s very easy for a property that was perfect for our needs to quickly be outgrown. So when your home no longer suits your requirements what should you do – move or improve? In some cases it may be that the space is not being used in the most practical way, so think about how you could rework the layout of a room, or perhaps even think open-mindedly about the function of each room. Do you have a dining room you only use at Christmas while one of the bedrooms is just too small for your growing child? Perhaps the dining room could become a bedroom and solve the problem. Maybe you need a home office and your garden would offer the perfect place to build an outdoor study. However, sometimes it just comes down to there simply not being enough space or the location of your home no longer working for you in which case moving is the best way to get what you want. So how can you make your home appeal to the needs of potential buyers to ensure you get the best price when you sell? 1) First impressions count Many buyers form an opinion on your home within seconds of walking through the front door - and some may even have made up their mind as soon as they set eyes on it from outside. So spend time on the areas people will spot first, such as the driveway, flowerbeds and entrance hall.

4) Fix it Small details can make a big difference. Have you got a dripping tap, a door that doesn’t close or a hole in the carpet? Getting all minor repairs out the way before your property comes on to the market will make it more desirable.

2) Eliminate clutter Clutter only serves to make your home seem smaller and less organised. Before putting it up for sale, think carefully about what needs to remain, what could be placed in storage and what you can throw away.

5) The right agent Your home is likely to be your most valuable asset, so put it in the hands of an agent you trust. Check the agent will advertise it on all the major portals and how else it will be marketed, as being able to reach suitable buyers is the number one priority.

3) Use mirrors It’s easy for homes to feel claustrophobic in the winter months, when you are unable to open doors to the garden, large windows or balcony entrances. By adding mirrors to a property, you can create a perception of extra space.

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he Starr Trust held its annual charity Golf Day for the fifth year running at Singing Hills on May 18th. This popular event, sponsored by Beales of Worthing and Collins and Hayes, local upholsterers, saw 52 local players compete in teams of 4 on this prestigious course. Adding to the fun this year was the chance to win a fabulous” Kia Soul Caribbean” from Tates of Pycombe, sponsored by local insurance broker Bishops and Calway. Even the weather could not ruin the day! The event was made even more successful by many local businesses sponsoring holes and entering teams. The Charity was delighted by the response “We would like to say a huge thank you for everyone’s support. As a result of today we raised a massive £4054! Singing Hills Golf Course provided staff for the day, and dinner afterwards and with their professional manner ensured the day was a huge success.” The annual golfing event was also a great opportunity for local businesses to network and enjoy a relaxing and fun day of golf whilst helping a really good cause. All the players, as well as enjoying the gorgeous course, seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and have vowed to play again next year offering a prayer to the weather gods!


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INVESTING IN PROPERTY Investing in property in Brighton continues to be a very attractive and reliable option. Joanne Darroch, Leaders’ Senior Branch Manager for Brighton and Hove, looks at the factors involved


t is no secret that Brighton and Hove is an incredibly attractive proposition to people looking for somewhere to live, but what makes it a rewarding and reliable market for investors? Despite relatively high house prices, it is possible to achieve a yield of more than five per cent in Brighton and Hove - and the benefits of letting out property in the city do not end there. I believe there are five key advantages to investing in property in Brighton and Hove that few other cities in the UK can match. 1) A broad range of prospective tenants Brighton’s diversity is there for all to see. With such a cosmopolitan mix of people choosing to make it their home, there is demand for all types of home. Thousands of young people are on the hunt for studios and one-bedroom flats, local professionals and commuters typically look at larger apartments, and families are keen on larger houses away from the city centre. Whatever type of property and location you invest in, you can be sure Brighton has the exact tenant to match. 2) Sky-high demand With people from all over the UK and abroad keen to move to Brighton, as well as a large

local population looking to find a suitable home, it will come as no surprise to find competition for quality properties is incredibly fierce. We often let properties within hours of their coming onto the market, underlining just how determined tenants are to secure a home that meets their needs. As a landlord, you can be confident your property will experience only minimal void periods.

“According to Zoopla, house prices in Brighton and Hove have risen by almost 28 per cent in the last five years” 3) Soaring house prices According to Zoopla, house prices in Brighton and Hove have risen by almost 28 per cent in the last five years. While every investor can enjoy a good return from rental income alone, often the most rewarding aspect of investing in the city comes in the form of capital growth. Property in a fashionable and popular city in the south-east will always be highly soughtafter, meaning prices typically increase and provide you with the option of selling at a profit in the future.

4) A fantastic location Just an hour from London and nestled between the South Downs and the sea, Brighton is undoubtedly in a prime position on the South Coast. Not only will this attract tenants to the area - making it easier to let your property at a great rental price - it means there will be a queue of potential buyers should you choose to sell and reinvest your funds elsewhere. 5) A booming student population The city is home to about 40,000 students, creating a golden opportunity for investors to cash in on this lucrative market. Looking for properties along Lewes Road with good access or nearby transport links to the universities is a wise starting point. The majority of three-, four- and five-bedroom houses can be used as student homes and you will benefit from receiving rent from each occupant. Just be sure that you budget for any conversion costs before completing a purchase and acquire the necessary licenses. For more information on investing in Brighton and Hove, contact any of Leaders’ five branches across the city, or visit PORTFOLIO  69

Incorporate display and storage in style with open shelving


pen shelving is increasingly a feature in contemporary homes. This design aesthetic lends itself to bespoke cabinetry, whether the shelving has been introduced to work with existing building constraints or is ‘floating,’ to act as a soft divide between open plan areas. One reason open shelving is so popular is its versatility: incorporating display and storage in a practical but visually appealing way, allowing you to display a collection of glassware, ceramics, books or providing practical storage for everyday serveware, glassware, cafetieres or cook books – the options are almost endless. Cupboard-free walls in a kitchen will create a feeling of light and space. Paint your shelving in the same colour as the walls so that they seemingly disappear into the background, or paint them in a contrasting colour so that they sing out. Open shelves allow easy access to muchused items, and are also great for showing off stylish crockery, utensils and ceramics.


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Show off Your Collections: Floating shelves are perfect for showing off curated collections. Plus, they blend into the wall and put the focus on your possessions.

5. Float Your Books: Dedicate one wall to your library. Floating shelves can keep all your books in one place without taking up too much floor space.

2. Display Books and Magazines: Display your 6. Create a Gallery Wall: Use skinny shelving coffee table books, magazines, and artwork. Everything stays accessible and moveable.

to display collections that are more about beauty and less about function.

room, opt for open shelving to open up your space and let the light through

10. Floor-to-Ceiling Room Divider: If you have a large open space that you need to divide up, use open shelving to create “walls” that can be used for storage and to keep light coming through.

11. Show off Perfumes and Potions: Small3. Fake Built-Ins: If you have recessed areas 7. Style your storage: If you choose to use scale shelving – or even a stylish spice rack in

on either side of a fireplace or window, you can easily fake built-in shelves with customcut floating shelves. They will look way more expensive than they actually are.

4. A Complete Office on One Wall: If you don’t have a dedicated office but need to carve out some space to work, use open shelving to transform a wall of your living room into your workspace. You’ll be surprised how much you can fit if you go vertical.

exposed shelving in your kitchen, decant your baking supplies, grains, and snacks into stylish containers or jars. Keeping glass as the base will bounce light.

8. Display Daily Dishes: If you’re going to keep dishes out in the open, display the ones you use frequently. That way they never sit on the shelf long enough to get dusty or dirty.

9. Room Divider: Instead of closed cabinets over a counter to divide your kitchen and dining

the bathroom - will display your well-packaged beauty products.

12. Open Up Under The Sink: Don’t close off all of your under-sink storage in the bathroom. Keep open shelving here to display piles of fresh towels and other supplies. 13. Short Shelves: Most of the bathroom essentials you want to have out won’t take up a lot of space, so you can easily store them on mini shelves nestled into a recess in the wall.


COLOUR BLOCK YOUR BOOKS Forget alphabetical order - the most stylish way to stack your shelves is according to colour. ‘Colour-coordinating your books can make such a big difference,’ says furniture Designer Bethan Gray. ‘I have my collection on shelves painted an understated dove grey, but any uniform colour would look good.’ The great thing is that this works with everything from a small stack of paperbacks to a whole library.

Transform awkward spaces like alcoves into a practical storage solution that works for you with bespoke shelving. Built-in shelving units in a bedroom or on a landing can create the perfect place for bedding and soft furnishings. Under-stair space can be reclaimed and repurposed. Building bespoke shelves offers a great opportunity to create something which addresses your needs and the space available. Think about the height of your items – for instance, books - and plan accordingly, to make the most of every inch Visit for great-value shelving units.


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An end of terrace block of three adjoining properties, over three floors, arranged as six purpose built flats and a basement room situated just off Elm Grove on the corner of Franklin Road and Wellington Street close to local shops and amenities.

A detached brick built holiday cottage with secure access from and offering secure off road parking.

The buildings produce £24,164 per annum from four of the units with the majority of the flats in need of upgrading. Three of the units are vacant and there is the potential to increase the total rental income once the units have been modernised. EPC:E

Sitting between the villages of Hassocks to the east and Henfield to the west, both offering a multitude of amenities, the cottage is conveniently located with good access to local fishing lakes, golf courses and country walks. EPC: Guide: £50-60,000 - FREEHOLD

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Dittons Road, Polegate

An outstanding freehold investment and development opportunity situated on the outskirts of the popular town of Polegate, comprising a two bedroom semi-detached house, and adjacent land with Planning Permission for an additional three bedroom detached house with off-road parking. EPC:TBC Guide: £280,000 Plus - FREEHOLD

Eaton Gardens, Hove A three bedroom flat being offered with vacant possession and forming part of this well presented purpose built block. The flat is conveniently located within easy reach of local shops, amenities and Hove mainline railway station. Along with communal gardens and passenger lift the flat also has a private balcony, double glazed windows and entry phone system. EPC:D Guide: £250,000 Plus - LEASEHOLD

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Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot sell the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10% above a single figure guide. Please check our website regularly at, or call 01273 504232, in order to stay fully informed.



CLIVE EMSON AUCTIONEERS The latest news from Clive Emson Auctioneers


JULY AUCTION INVITATION MAXIMUM COVERAGE Being able to offer local knowledge for property and land from Essex to Cornwall, Braintree to Bath and the Isle of Wight to the M4 Corridor, along with everywhere in between is, in our opinion, vital to provide our Clients with the right professional, unbiased advice. We produce eight catalogues, with five auction venues in each, at regular intervals throughout the year. Dates of forthcoming auctions and closing dates are listed on our website, together with the results from previous sales.

The fifth of our 2016 auctions will take place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Wednesday, 27 July, starting at 11am. Please contact one of the team if you are considering placing a lot into the auction, or if you have any other auction-related questions, please email or call 01273 504232.


JUNE AUCTION The June auction catalogue is out now! Visit to view all available land and properties, or call us on 0330 024 1044 to request a printed copy of the catalogue.

We will be attending various shows and events this year, including the South of England Show, which takes place in Ardingly on 9, 10 & 11 June, where we will be on hand to offer advice regarding the auction process. Join us for a fantastic day of family fun, entertainment and celebration of farming and the countryside.

MAY AUCTION RESULTS Continuing on from the successes of the first two auctions of 2016, May provided a staggering £24,000,000 in sales for our clients across the regions. As the effects of the increased stamp duty on second homes is still being hotly debated, we enter into three months of “In or Out” of the EU! However, until we have the facts rather than political rhetoric, it will be impossible to make a balanced decision. Perhaps we should take note from an old Indian saying: “Whether left or right wing – they are still attached to the same bird.”

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WELCOME TO OUR WORLD Sussex Blinds and Shutters in Woodingdean has been established for nearly 30 years, and has recently undergone a transformation. We went to visit Gill Clamp, Natasha and their team to see for ourselves Gill, this new showroom looks fabulous. The high counter and bar stools area is now a great place to discuss customers’ needs and look at the cornucopia of fabric choices available. Presumably, client consultations and advice are a big part of the service you offer? G. Yes, it’s now a fantastically relaxing space for customers to sit and look through swatches and books for design inspiration. We can go through all the options available and offer advice to clients, without them feeling rushed or pressured. There are so many wonderful choices of fabrics available and people are amazed when they come in and see the range available here, so we felt it was important to design a space where we can showcase these. Tell us a bit about the types of curtains and blinds you offer? N. We still offer hand-made curtains, but more often now, popular choices are Venetian and pleated blinds, and roller and Roman blinds. They offer practical window solutions in most homes and are extremely reasonably priced, due to the economical use of fabric. So you can have beautiful silk Roman blinds for a fraction of the cost of traditional curtains. The modern Venetian and pleated blinds can also be installed within the window frames, maximising light. Most blinds are also available in motorised versions, too!

Shutters is a big part of the array of products you recommend. Why do you think they have become so popular? N. We have seen a huge growth in the demand for shutters over recent years. We offer both wooden and faux wood shutters in a huge range of colours and frames/fittings, and all bespoke. So they are suitable for the wonderful Victorian homes in the area, whilst at the same time look great in a new home. Contrary to popular belief, they allow a lot of light to enter a home, due to the tilt louvres, whilst also offering great sound proofing if you live on a noisy road. The faux wood versions are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens due to their moisture-resistant properties. Your business is family-owned and has been going for nearly 30 years. What’s the secret of your success? G. We have lovely, loyal staff, most of whom have been with us for many years, and we also have very loyal, long-standing customers, who happily also recommend us to friends and family. We pride ourselves on customer care, and I think people appreciate that personal touch. You’re well-known locally for residential customers, but presumably, some of your business is also for the commercial market?

N. Yes, we have worked with the Nuffield Hospital here in Woodingdean, fitting their rooms with Roman blinds – interestingly, using fabric with special properties to resist MRSA. Also, we have recently been involved in a project at the Sussex University, delivering special wide-width blinds to their lecture rooms. We travel throughout Sussex offering solutions for a variety of companies and organizations. We can’t let you go without finding out where you live, and if your home is adorned with gorgeous fabrics and blinds throughout. Or are you shutters girls? N. I love our wooden shutters, and, as I’m on a busy road with south-facing aspect, they offer shade and also reduce the outside noise. G. I have a new home in Rottingdean, and have probably used every type of blind and shutters available across our range, so I am practically an advert for Sussex Blinds and Shutters!

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INTO THE GARDEN As June arrives, spring slips away quietly and summer truly begins. Tara de la Motte, on what to do in the garden this month

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une is the month of the quintessential English flower - the beautiful rose. The rose is surely the floral emblem of England with its beauty and fragrance. It is unique and is definitely the queen of our gardens. The rose is not only admired for its beauty and fragrance, it is one of the oldest plants known to mankind and England happens to be its home. The rose also symbolises love and romance. Even William Shakespeare mentioned the rose in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Older rose varieties like Gallica, Damask, Alba and Centifolia were highly perfumed and beautiful but were limited in variety and would only flower just the once. However, today, hybridisation has given us thousands of new rose varieties which have inherited the very

best characteristics from the parent plants and will flower repeatedly while being resistant to disease. We now have many modern rose cultivars in various colours and forms. Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is a heavily scented, modern shrub rose suitable for the cutting garden, with lots of fragrant blooms. Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’ has a real old-fashioned scent, and rosa ‘Evelyn’ has an apricot aroma. For a hint of tea and bananas, try ‘summer song.’ Climbing and rambling roses bring charm and grace to the garden. An ordinary structure can be transformed by a climbing rose. An outdoor dining space can be made special by training a scented climbing rose over a pergola or a gazebo near the seating area. Thornless rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ has flushes of large, deep-pink and scented double flowers – ideal

Regularly dead-head to prolong flowering period. Add colour to terrace, patio or balcony with miniature or patio roses in pots. Cut the lawn more frequently and edge grass. Check roses for pests and diseases, spray if necessary. Stake tall-growing perennials, like delphiniums. Water only when necessary, but plants in pots must receive regular watering and should never be allowed to dry out.

for training over any structure or wall. Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ produces endless clouds of blushing white flowers and is a real luxury in the garden. Caring for roses ensures wonderful summer blooms. The time to prune roses is over Christmas up until the end of February. To prune roses, simply remove any old or weak stems to encourage new growth and to reduce the height of the plant by about half. Feed the roses well with some bone meal in spring and summer to help promote better blooms. Finally, take time out to visit the wonderful RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (5th to 10th July) to see amazing varieties of roses as well as beautifully designed gardens. This truly is a spectacular flower show with its unique setting.

“Climbing and rambling roses bring charm and grace to the garden. An ordinary structure can be transformed by a climbing rose”

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Principal Designer at Denniston Architects, Jean-Michel Gathy, has been responsible for many of the most iconic hotel swimming pools and water features in the world, From Marina Bay Sands to The Chedi Muscat and The Setai in Miami MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE Dominating the city’s skyline is the world’s largest rooftop pool, designed by Jean-Michel Gathy. It offers a spectacular oasis, with the 150 metre-long infinity pool, which is one of the best spots from which to look out over Marina Bay Sands itself. The gorgeous infinity pool is built on a 650-foot platform above three buildings, and it is the largest outdoor pool in the world at this height. POINT YAMU RESORT BY COMO, PHUKET The contemporary design of Point Yamu by Como makes use of a simple white and turquoise colour palette, inspired by the surrounding waters and emphasises texture and tiles. Point Yamu offers a breathtaking 100-meter infinity pool overlooking the panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay. PARK HYATT SUNNY BAY RESORT SANYA, CHINA Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay evokes the feel of a private mansion by the sea, comprising five

swimming pools, including a 115-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, a children’s pool, a family pool and a pool within the Spa. The Sunny Bay lap pool is, at 115-meters, one of the longest lap pools in all of China, while the 25-meter indoor pool is the only indoor pool in the entire Hainan province. CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI, MALDIVES Cheval Blanc Randheli offers stylish design and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the serene and intimate setting of the Maldivian archipelago. Jean-Michel Gathy designed each villa with a pool that is a quarter of the length of an Olympic swimming pool, overlooking the turquoise waters of Randheli. THE CHEDI ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND The design of the Chedi Andermatt is respectful, quirky, energetic and creative, yet beautifully integrated into a small village. The hotel offers a 12-meter temperature-controlled outdoor lap pool and a 35-meter indoor pool covered by a

glass roof, where guests can relax and enjoy the scenery. THE SETAI, MIAMI The Setai is an intimate oceanfront resort in South Beach, Miami, with design features that combine the rich architectural history of the neighbourhood and its cultural diversity with the sleek Art Deco style. There are three swimming pools at the resort, including the 75-degree lap pool, 85-degree enter pool and the 90-degree family pool. THE CHEDI MUSCAT, OMAN The Chedi Muscat is an award-winning hotel in Oman situated amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one acre garden oasis with 158 Omaniinfluenced guestrooms and villas. There are three outdoor, temperature-controlled swimming pools, including a 103-meter Long Pool, a 40-meter adults-only Chedi Pool and the 34-meter Serai Pool.


Year of the Sheep South of England Show 9, 10 and 11 June, in Ardingly, West Sussex. “The perfect place to celebrate HM the Queen’s official 90th birthday weekend”

VIEW FROM THE TOP In recent months, Paul Nicholson from Chalk Architecture has discussed in this column the importance of office space in the City. Lynne Edwards took up his invitation to visit him at their new office in the commercial heart of Brighton Paul, we are here at the very top of Lees House

in Dyke Road with panoramic views across the city to the sea. It must be an inspiring place to work for a firm of architects? The natural light we get in the studio is really wonderful, so we rarely have the lights on during the day. Apart from a bit of screen glare, the space is as good as we could possibly hope for – and as you say, the views are amazing. As with any creative business that relies on digital media, we spend an awful lot of time staring at the computer, so being able to lift one’s eyes away from the screen and gaze out to sea or back over Brighton has a massive impact on one’s sense of wellbeing. Creating a great working environment has a direct effect on the quality of the output from the studio. This would be the same for any office-based business, from creative agencies to call centres. We recently completed the office space for Net Natives here in the same building (we’re actually in their old unit); our brief was explicit in the sense that we needed to make the

working conditions as good as possible. We do feel a bit guilty that we’ve now got the view! As a company, you’ve had rather a nomadic journey to this location, haven’t you…? Since we founded Chalk back in 2007 we have moved around a fair bit, primarily because we wanted to keep our operations flexible to suit what was previously an unstable macroeconomic situation. These days the commercial environment is buoyant and our order book is expanding with some really exciting work. Most, if not all, of our projects are design-led, and we have a clear need for a high-quality studio space that gives us room to set out and explore creative solutions. Hence, we need to stay put for a while. We had previously been in the new Cycle Hub building next to Brighton Station, sharing the space with the Small Batch Coffee Roasters management and admin team. They’re a major client, and it made sense on a number of levels to borrow some space from them. This was

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supposed to have been a longer-term home for us as well, but back in December a fire gutted the whole unit and we suffered a total loss of our gear – literally everything, apart from the data. What could have been a catastrophic event for the business actually turned into a humbling experience from which we felt the support and generosity of the Brighton business community. If there is one piece of advice to come out of the process, it is to review your data back-up procedures. Have multiple back-ups, one of which should be cloud-based. It’s interesting that social media played such a part in helping you out of a bad situation and that the business community was so generous. Can you elaborate? These days the output of our service is nearly 100% digital. Once I knew that our data was safe, which wasn’t clear for a good few hours, the critical issue was finding somewhere to base the team and maintain the service. Everyone had their own laptops, so the team were able


Photos: to carry on working from a colleague’s kitchen table. After an initial tweet from me appealing for help, the business community leapt into action and, dozens of re-tweets later, we had various offers of emergency studio space . I’d like to personally thank Wired Sussex, RLF Quantity Surveyors, Yelo Architects and The Learning People for their offers of assistance. We ended up staying with Wilbury Stratton in Nile House, on Nile Street in the Lanes, until we moved across to Lees House. Opening their doors to us meant our clients didn’t experience any drop-off in the quality of service we provided. Anecdotally, it is noted that 70% of businesses that suffer a major fire fail. If anything, we’re now stronger. So… now you seem to be in a very good place, metaphorically and literally. Presumably, some valuable lessons were learnt, but it seems it may also have given you some ideas about your future business direction? Having had to go through an extensive process of searching for a high-quality office space in Brighton made it very obvious that Brighton doesn’t have very much of it. I think part of this is a legacy of the recession, in that developers haven’t invested in the base level of the office fit-out (usually referred to in the trade a Cat-A fit-out) and business operators have been watching their pennies, so very little has been done in the way of their installation (Cat-B fitout). This is slowly changing, though. Demand is increasing, rents are going up and Brighton’s burgeoning tech entrepreneurs are becoming more aware that they need to provide better working conditions to keep their staff. Chalk Architecture Ltd and our sister business CODE Contractor Management Ltd are well placed

to provide our experience and expertise to the sector. Do you think the Council and other bodies could and should do more to create effective office space in the City, and, going further, do we have enough? Definitely, but, realistically, the Council has very limited funds to do this. They do have access to land, though, and there is a precedent for the council entering into joint venture relationships with developers who specialise in the provision of commercial space. We’re working with one such provider, looking at how to improve the stock across the city. What the Council can

“We’ve grown organically since we started in 2007, rather than taking aggressive steps at expansion” do is to actively encourage large blue chips to relocate, by which I mean on the scale of Amazon or Google. This isn’t pie in the sky, the Field development at Preston Barracks http:// will be a huge new tech hub and is a clear sign of change coming to the office sector. I imagine that this sort of project will be on the radar of the big national players and would expect them to make the most of it.

Over the last few years we carried out some really nice residential work across Brighton and Hove: a major refurbishment to Atelier (a large modernist house) on the Droveway next to Lancing Prep School; we have been working our way up and down Westbourne Villas in Hove extending and remodelling a number of large detached and semi detached Victorian Villas. Currently we are assisting a number of expat clients who have bought property in Brighton as their bolt hole when returning from overseas. In conclusion, Chalk Architecture seems to be very forward-thinking and ‘connected’ to this area. Where do you see yourselves in five or ten years’ time? It’s funny, when you operate a creative business how, as soon as you complete your business plan re-write, you basically have to start re-writing it again. We’ve grown organically since we started in 2007, rather than taking aggressive steps at expansion. The trick is judging when to make the next step up with investment and growth. We are certainly starting to flex our design muscles into the wider architectural market, with new hotel projects and mixed-use development schemes on the drawing board. We’ll always offer our unique specialist interior architecture service, but our evolution will naturally take us into delivering solutions for both the inside and the outside of the building. CHALK ARCHITECTURE LTD. 4TH FLOOR LEES HOUSE

In addition to commercial, you presumably deal with all aspects of residential architecture and renovation, which may be particularly relevant to our readers. What other projects are you working on?

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Eco flooring has come a long way to be smart, functional and stylish. Portfolio looks at some of the options available


nvironmental sustainability used to be a fringe interest – perfectly acceptable somewhere like Brighton, of course, where we’re all a bit bohemian and where we remember to put our recycling out. Over the last decade, though, eco-friendly has become big business – in work, play and in our homes. Eco-friendly floor finishes have come a long way: some of the most stylish homes include serious flooring with a low environmental impact and minimal carbon footprint. Cork and bamboo flooring have both been around a while, and both have excellent environmental credentials. Cork is harvested from the cork oak tree (a Mediterranean tree), and only the bark is removed; it grows back in 3-4 years and can be harvested again. It has anti-microbial properties and can be stained in many different colours, making it very versatile. Good-quality cork flooring could last as long as 30 years, too – no replacement needed. Bamboo is another sustainable crop. Hardwearing and water-resistant, it has the look and feel of hardwood, and comes in many different finishes.

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“Polished concrete is increasingly popular, sustainable because it is so long-lasting, and can be used on its own, with no need for any other floor finish”

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Linoleum - or lino - made from natural materials (including linseed oil and cork dust), is another water-resistant and hard-wearing floor finish. Although you can still get designs that mirror the lurid lino of the 60’s and 70’s, you can also get lino in contemporary designs and textures. If you’d like a recycled floor, the choice is vast. Recycled glass floor tiles, PET (recycled polyester) berber carpet, and recycled (from old tyres) rubber flooring are all super-hardwearing and very stylish. Or, if you prefer something more traditional, a simple wool carpet is a good eco-friendly choice, as is sustainably sourced or recycled hardwood. Top of the eco-friendly and cool flooring list at the moment are two contenders. Polished concrete is increasingly popular, sustainable because it is so long-lasting, and can be used on its own with no need for any other floor finish. Ilt gives a cool, modern edge to any home. Leather is the other über-hip eco floor choice: a by-product of the meat industry, thicker sections of leather can be pressed into beautiful floor tiles that lend warmth and texture to a space. Leather is only really suitable for non-vegetarians, and dry, lowtraffic areas (any spills will stain), but if its well looked after, it will tone and soften with age, improving its appearance. PORTFOLIO  87


COPPER Metallic accents are here to stay, with copper still a big trend. Bring a cool and contemporary touch to your room with sleek and stylish copper accents

MODERN RETRO The shape of the shades is inspired by space-age interiors of the '60s. The design will look great in offices, kitchens or bedrooms, whether you're using them for work or play. Austin Spot Wall Light Copper LB2 £69.00

SHINY STORAGE A copper kitchen storage rack that comes complete with a storage basket and a set of hooks.Stylish and minimalistic, with a touch of Victoriana. Copper Kitchen Storage Rack £40.00

LAQUERED COPPER The Stelton Tangle Vase in copper is created with a very pleasing design of intertwining copper bands that wind smoothly round the glass body . The use of lacquered copper as a finish gives it a lovely, soft, really luxurious look. Stelton Tangle vase Copper £74.95 88  PORTFOLIO

SHIMMERING GLOW These tealight candle holders are handmade from glass with a shimmering antique copper finish. When you light a candle inside, the light glows through, creating a lovely, warm effect. Copper Glass Tealight Holders: set of 3 £14.95

COPPER DIPPED GOLDEN VASE This copper squash vase hits the nail on its trendy head, blending two of this season’s most popular trends – nature and copper. Copper Squash Vase £18.00

Crafted with care, this clear glass shade is mouth blown and moulded then dipped into metal and copper plating to create a two-tone effect. Walpole Pendant Clear and Copper LB2 - £69.00

LUMINOUS TEXTURE These gorgeous copper bowls are hammered for a wonderful texture. Hammered Copper Bowls £11.95

BRIGHT WIRE Norm are renowned for focusing on quality, durability and timelessness, and this wire bin in powder-coated steel is no exception. Menu Wire Bin – Copper £74.95

RADIANT STYLE This magnificent four-piece copper serving set is right on trend and will look super-stylish on your dining table. The serving bowls have a hammered copper effect, which is complemented on the rim of the serving plate. Copper bowls & plate serving set £27.95

DYNAMIC DUO These coffee cups are sold in a set of two, including one with a luxurious copper metallic finish and one with a striking black finish and presented in a black gift box. Copper and Black Espresso Cups £25 PORTFOLIO  89


Flora and Dad at the Bandstand. Flora is wearing Conditions Apply coat, £225 and dad Ben is in Peregrine, £189.

Julia in Mamab tee, £95 and Mos Mosh denim culottes, £95 and the boys in Peregrine and Komodo. Above: Maya gets to pretend to be part of the Brighton Festival posing as a statue in the park in One Season kaftan, £129 and Aspiga sandals, £80.

Right: The girls stroll up from the beach. Maya in Ottodame coat, £195 and Flora in Mosh Mos jeans, £95 and Uzma Bosai tunic, £175.


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Mum and Dad chill in the sun at the bandstand. Ben is wearing Peregrine jacket, £189 and Peregrine polo, £75 and Julia is wearing Toupy silk coat, £195.

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TV – The BIGGER picture

EURO 2016 The BBC will bring audiences closer to the heart of the action than ever before with extensive coverage of UEFA Euro 2016 in France (10 June – 10 July) across TV, radio and digital platforms


he month-long festival of European football will see three home nations (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) compete in a major tournament for the first time since 1958, with the BBC bringing you every step of their journeys along with Europe’s elite. With a highly acclaimed talent line-up, including a raft of former international players bringing first-hand experience on the European stage, the BBC will bring the very best live action, commentary, news and reports, highlights and analysis across all platforms. Gary Lineker leads TV coverage alongside former England captains Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, and Thierry Henry, who won the World Cup and European Championship with France. Mark Chapman and Kelly Cates will be at the helm on Radio 5 live alongside Caroline Barker and Dan Walker. Germany’s former number one, Jens Lehmann, and former Northern


Ireland defender Gerry Taggart join the station’s commentary team. There will also be multi-platform contributions throughout the tournament from John Motson, Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klinsmann. They join an impressive line-up of former internationals working across the BBC’s coverage: Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Savage, Martin Keown, John Hartson, Mark Lawrenson, Kevin Kilbane, Neil Lennon, Gerry Armstrong, Chris Waddle, Danny Mills, Pat Nevin, Chris Brunt and Trevor Sinclair. The BBC will showcase 26 live matches on TV and streamed online within their 140 hours of programming, including highlights on BBC One, BBC Two and the Red Button, plus 24 days of coverage on Radio 5 live. The BBC’s Euro 2016 digital service at bbc., the BBC Sport app, and BBC coverage through connected TVs* will feature live broadcasts of all BBC games, commentary

and live text coverage of every game, with ingame highlight clips, on-demand highlights of every goal, breaking news, exclusive features and expert analysis. And every morning, a Euro 2016 Catch-up video will be available to stream through BBC Sport and to download via BBC iPlayer. Audiences will be able to personalise their Euro 2016 on the BBC with a range of alerts and options, including match alerts for all 24 teams and line-ups, kick-offs, goals, half-time and fulltime notifications - enabling them to customise their experience. Viewers will be able to join in the conversation across all BBC Sport social media platforms and compete with pundits and friends in the new Euro 2016 Match Predictor and Team Selector. There will also be behind-the-scenes access to the tournament with Gary Lineker and Dan Walker on Facebook Live, and Jermaine Jenas leading the new Match of the Day Snapchat

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Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport account, while the BBC Sport Periscope account will broadcast live across France. In addition to all the Euro 2016 live action, there will be four additional programmes, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Euro 96, a new look at the most famous stories of past Euros, and England’s World Cup-winning team of 1966, and Gareth Bale’s magical career and his journey with Wales from Euro 2016 qualification outsiders to history-makers. Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “As excitement builds towards one of the most anticipated sporting events of 2016, we are delighted to bring audiences closer to the heart of the action than ever before with unparalleled coverage across TV, radio and enhanced personalised options across our digital services, available 24/7. Euro 2016 on the BBC will bring together a stellar cast of presenters, pundits and commentators who will guide audiences through every moment of the action, including the journey of all three home nations and the Republic of Ireland in France. This summer’s Championship will bring the nation together to witness unmissable sporting moments, captivating audiences of all ages on football’s biggest stage.”


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Gary Lineker fronts TV coverage with 140 hours scheduled across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four Comprehensive home nations coverage on BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland bringing the very best Euro 2016 action across TV, radio and digital platforms Former England captains Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, and France’s World Cup winner Thierry Henry lead TV presentation duties TV and radio appearances from former European Cup winner Gianluca Vialli and former Germany number one Jens Lehmann On network TV, Gabby Logan will provide all the latest news and reports from the England camp, Stephen Watson will follow Northern Ireland and Jason Mohammad will report from the Wales camp alongside regular Euro 2016 updates from Eilidh Barbour across the tournament Dylan Ebenezer and Nic Parri will lead presentation duties for BBC Wales on S4C, while Stephen Watson and Michael McNamee will be at the helm on BBC Northern Ireland 24 days of live football coverage on Radio 5 live Two-time UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year Jens Lehmann joins the Radio 5 live team Unparalleled access and reports from all three home nations camps across TV and Radio 5 live Euro 2016 preview show on BBC One kicks off a week-long build-up Three new BBC documentaries celebrating the 20th anniversary of Euro 96, a new look at the most famous stories of past Euros, and England’s World Cup-winning team of 1966 BBC Wales build-up to the tournament will include a special TV profile of star performer Gareth Bale and the team’s journey to Euro 2016 qualification Personalise your Euro 2016 with the BBC Sport website and app, and rewind to Euro 96 with BBC Sport’s digital service Compete against BBC Sport pundits and friends in the new Euro 2016 Match Predictor and Team Selector, and get exclusive behind-thescenes access on social media accounts

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A special edition of the comedy show will be airing in the weeks leading up to the EU Referendum on 23 June. It will see the comedian-turned-agonyuncle help a live studio audience dispel their problems, and aims to shed light on their dilemmas and issues relating to this historic event in British politics.

David Dimbleby is set to front the BBC’s coverage of the EU referendum results despite reports that he would step back from big political broadcasts after the general election last year. This will be a “fitting send-off” for the veteran broadcaster who's contract expires this summer. BBC and other channels, June 23rd

We’re trying to catch up with hit show Orange is the New Black, the comedic drama set in a women’s prison from creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan. Another three seasons have been commissioned following this airing. The acclaimed hourlong series stars a diverse and awardwinning ensemble of women and is both

BBC2, June

funny and dramatic. Netflix, June 17th


LIGHT AND BRIGHT The Hairy Bikers may be turbo-charged and full of aggression on the roads, but this summer they’re slimming down again with a light salad that’s perfect for long evenings


n the last few years we’ve really been looking at trying to maximise flavour whilst stripping out the fat and nasties from food, and this roasted carrot, pepper and chickpea salad might just be the best we’ve ever discovered. I think the perception with good food is that it lacks flavour and substance, but not this one. The carrots and peppers intertwine to add crunch and texture, the chickpeas offer a software, and by surrounding the dish with greens as an optional extra, you have everything to hold it all together. We like a dressing to go with it as well, and you can make something really zingy with orange or lemon. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little bit more ambitious, then why not add a pinch of caster sugar or a little drizzle of honey if using lemon. With orange, add a tiny squeeze of lemon juice. The salad can be served on its own with some leaves or to accompany some plain grilled meat. This is a great salad that is filling, tasty and healthy, and we think that should be the goto summer sizzler this year.

“This is a great salad that is filling, tasty and healthy, and we think that should be the goto summer sizzler this year”

CELEBRITY chef recipe

ROASTED CARROT, PEPPER AND CHICKPEA SALAD Serves 4 - 136 calories per portion Prep: 20 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes Salad • • • • • • • • • •

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp olive oil 2 red peppers, de-seeded and cut in half, lengthways 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 tbsp chopped dill 2 tbsp chopped mint 2 tbsp chopped parsley or coriander flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper

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1 tsp tahini 1 tsp olive oil freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange or lemon 1 garlic clove, crushed ¼ tsp allspice ½ tsp cumin pinch of caster sugar or small drizzle of honey (optional)

Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Line a roasting dish with baking parchment.

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add a pinch of salt and the carrots and simmer for 15 minutes until they’re almost tender. Drain the carrots and tip them into the roasting dish, then season with salt, pepper and cumin. Drizzle with the olive oil.


Push the carrots into one half of the roasting dish and put the peppers in the other half, cut side down. Roast for 20 minutes until the carrots have taken on some colour and the peppers are starting to soften and look slightly charred. Remove the dish from the oven and put the peppers in a bag or a covered bowl and leave them to steam until they are cool enough to handle. Peel off the skin – it should come off easily – and cut or tear the peppers into thin strips.



To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. If using lemon juice, you might like to add a pinch of caster sugar or a little drizzle of honey.


To assemble the salad, put the carrots, peppers and chickpeas in a large bowl. Add all the herbs, then pour over the dressing. Mix everything together, then leave to stand at room temperature for a while to let the flavours develop before serving.



“The dining space resembles nothing if not the informal elegance of a Georgian living room”

QUELLE SURPRISE Ever on the look-out for authentic French cooking in Brighton & Hove, Daniel Frickelton, samples the francophile delights of the latest offering from hotelier and restaurateur Hervé Guyat


onsidering the physical proximity of France to southern England, with Normandy merely a long spit into a prevailing sou'wester from Brighton Pier, you would think diners in our City would be spoilt for choice when looking for a bit of French grub. I can nevertheless count on two fingers the number of restaurants offering genuine French cooking in this area during the 20 years I have lived here. I'm sure there must be some I have missed out, but it is a remarkable fact that you have to actually do an internet search to find a French eatery. You want Indian or Italian? Just mogate yourself into town and have a stroll in any direction but south (for France). You will have the same problem I have when entering a car park with loads of empty spaces: which 96  PORTFOLIO

one to choose? Tough decision, especially when they are all so similar.

“I can't think of a better place to take your hunger and thirst" Regular readers of food reviews in the British press will have noticed the decline in critical interest in French cuisine in recent years. Some insist that standards have slipped in French kitchens, that they don't seem to care any longer. Others blame the ascendancy of fast food and the eat-on-the-go culture. Personally, I think critics just got bored with writing about the glories of French food for so many decades.

The demand for things French nevertheless appears unabated. After all, millions of us still make our very necessary regular pilgrimages across or beneath la Manche to get our fix of food, drink, golf and culture at French destinations. I was therefore delighted to be offered the opportunity to review Hervé Guyat's recently renovated (2007) bar and bistro in the New Steine. Hervé rolled up in Brighton in 2000, following successful careers in fashion and then in the hotel business. The experience gained from working with the likes of fashion houses Valentino and Cacharel in Sloane St and Bond St would inform his passion for quality and getting the right mix of colour and décor, skills that served him well when he moved over to the



hotel trade. Hervé's first hotel was the Abbey Court Hotel in Pembridge Gardens, part of the trendy Notting Hill Gate. “The hotel was mainly used by fashionistas and designers such as John Galliano,” he says, “who felt at home with our English charm and modern décor. This was my first inspiration. Looking around me at what the owner had done by mixing Laura Ashley and new England with original oil paintings, Villeroy & Boch china, antique furniture and bibelots displayed in different areas, including bedrooms, creating an exclusive home from home (my emphasis).” Which accurately describes my first impression of Hervé's bistro in the New Steine. The dining space resembles nothing if not the informal elegance of a Georgian living room, decorated by someone who has mastered the difficult art of blending the old with the new – polished Georgian marble fireplacecum-surround with quirky, modern crystal chandeliers – and graced the whole with modern furniture, colourful table linen and zany, “fringie” original artwork, presumably from Hervé's private collection. The net effect is one of cultivated, classy intimacy and relaxation, a room in which guests converse in a normal tone of voice, as they do in French restaurants. Betty met us at the door, was clearly expecting us, and made us feel that our arrival had made her day. As she led us to our table by the windows, I felt like the prodigal son returning to the

warm embrace of an adoring family. Hervé's experience in London hotels was clearly not going to waste. A quick glance at the menu resolved the white-or-red issue faster than a French chef can crack an egg. My eyes went no further down the wine list than to the Bourgogne, Pinot Noir 2013 from Maison Louis Latour. Very French in style, its dry astringency laced with strawberries, cherries and a whiff of smoke, this Bourgogne was the perfect partner to our classic bistro meals, and at £24.95 was a real steal.

“You are looking for robust, well-turned classics of French cooking, and the menu at the New Steine is bursting with them” The menu card with its plastic cover and rustic, slightly tatty, appearance transported me straight to the family restaurant in the Dordogne, where, years ago, I ordered trois fois canard for lunch. Having found, identified and annihilated the three kinds of duck in the enormous warm salad placed before me, I was shocked when the second substantial course of ducky delights arrived, and quacking by the time

the third, a plateful of confit, was presented. Trois fois canard, after all. But that's just one of the things I have always loved about dining in other countries – the chance of a Forrest Gump moment. But you're not looking for surprises when you head off to M&S to buy underpants, nor are you seeking quelle surprise moments when you take your hunger to a bistro. You are looking for robust, well-turned classics of French cooking, and the modest menu at the New Steine is bursting with them. Our starters, duck rillettes and salmon tartare with avocado (£6.50 each) were faultlessly prepared in the traditional way. Crucially, the salmon was very fresh. Our mains, duck confit with lentils and lardons (£13.95) and Sussex braised pork cheeks with mash (£13.75), were but two among many bistro classics available at New Steine. My dining companion left nothing but duck bones on her plate. I swapped the mash for some potato dauphinoise and tucked into the cheeks. They came with a generous amount of red wine and shallot gravy, which I would have greedily mopped up with a piece of bread, had there been any. The pork cheeks were cut-with-a-fork tender and chock-full of meaty, piggy flavour. They truly have a cheek at the New Steine, and I can't think of a better place to take your hunger and thirst. And, did you notice the prices above? Authentic French bistro food at authentic French prices. Doesn't get much better than that. PORTFOLIO  97

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LOCAL NEWS SUCCESS FOR CHECKATRADE DIRECTOR CEO and Founder Kevin Byrne celebrated a night of success at the London and South East Director of the Year Awards in the luxury Nash and Waterloo rooms at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London. The prestigious awards, presented by Jeremy Vine, saw the Checkatrade CEO win the London and South East Director of the Year Award, with a turnover between £10m-£99m. The awards ceremony celebrated the best directors in UK business and was a recognition to the role that Kevin plays at Checkatrade. His win individually emphasised his excellence and achievement as a wellestablished business entrepreneur. Kevin commented on his achievement: “I am extremely pleased to win the London and South East Director of the Year Award. For me, it’s not just about the recognition, but about how far Checkatrade have come since the small business I set up in my bedroom all those years ago.” Kevin will now qualify for the national Director of the Year Awards, which will be taking place on the 21st October 2016. For more information about Checkatrade, or to find the perfect tradesperson for you, visit

PRIVATE LANDOWNERS FACE FINES AS FLY-TIPPING REACHES ONE MILLION CASES A YEAR Record levels of illegal fly-tipping reported this week are likely to lead to an increased burden of costs to private landowners in removing the waste, claims property management specialist VPS. A government report just issued estimates that the private sector already pays up to three times more than local authorities to dispose of illegally dumped rubbish. The cost of fly-tipping on private land is estimated to cost up to £150 million a year, in comparison to the cost of clearance of fly-tipping to local authorities in England at nearly £50 million. New fixed-penalty fines will be introduced this week to help tackle the growing issue of fly-tipping in England and Wales, so that local authorities now have the powers to issue fines of between £150 to £400 for small-scale fly-tipping cases. "Private landowners may not realise it, but it is their responsibility to remove fly-tipped waste and dispose of it legally, and at their expense. They can be fined £5,000 and a further £500 per day if they don't," warns Gavin Pringle from VPS. "It makes economic and environmental sense to implement measures that prevent fly-tipping in the first place and introduce stronger perimeter security, which might include CCTV."


BRIGHTON AND HOVE INDEPENDENT BUSINESS AWARDS Headline sponsor Baron Estates are keen to support local businesses, believing that these awards are a great platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the successful businesses and professional individuals in the Brighton & Hove area. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, June 17th 2016 at the Bupa Lounge, Amex Stadium and will be presented by BBC One Show presenter and Channel 5 reporter Nick Wallis. Ticket price includes reception drink, three course meal with wine and DJ. The evening will begin at 6.30pm, followed by the awards ceremony and after party. Carriages are at midnight. Dress code is black tie. For more information visit

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CHARITY CALENDAR RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR Following the success of last year’s campaign, Evonprint is reprising the ‘Love Sussex’ calendar again for 2017. The 2016 calendar featured 13 of the county’s top beauty spots, captured by budding photographers and voted for by the Sussex community. The 30-year-old Sussex family-run company is calling out to the county’s charities to nominate themselves to be in the running to become Evonprint’s chosen charity for 2017. Charities who wish to nominate themselves must have a charity shop in the county through which to sell the calendars. Nominations can be made via social media on Facebook @ Evonprint and by Twitter @Evonprint. Alternatively, via email to ,or by post. Full details at The deadline for charities to nominate themselves is Sunday, 19th June 2016. The top-three nominated charities will be put to a public vote via social media. The charity with the most votes will be chosen, and once the calendar is complete, will be given copies to sell in their charity shop(s), to raise funds for their cause. Phase two will invite local residents to submit photos of their favourite places in Sussex.

Businesses could be moving into the second phase of a £5 million seafront regeneration in less than a year as restoration work nears completion. Brighton and Hove City Council will begin the hunt for tenants to move into new shops, cafes and bars in the repaired and renovated King’s Road Arches later this year. Work is being done to strengthen the road, and the second half of the project is in its final stages after a significant restoration of the city's seafront. The council is now applying to change the use of the newly created arch units for shops, cafes, bars and a West Pier Museum.

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON FIRST IN UK TO SIGN UP TO JAMIE OLIVER'S SUGAR-SMART CAMPAIGN Jamie Oliver has praised the University of Brighton for becoming the first in the country to join his campaign to cut sugar consumption. The star chef sent staff and students a message of support as the university joins with Brighton and Hove City Council in its Sugar-Smart City campaign. The institution intends to introduce a range of awareness schemes over the next year, including a 10p levy on the price of sugary drinks. Money raised will be used to fund food education schemes for the university’s students, with cooking lessons, education and nutrition information events. Jamie said: “It's brilliant to hear you are introducing a levy on sugary drinks to help raise awareness about the long-term damage too much sugar can have on our health, and empowering us all to reduce it in our diets. It's not about banning sugar altogether – a piece of cake for a special treat is totally fine, but we need to understand that, by reducing the way we eat and drink sugar, we can have a huge impact on improving our health. With reduced sugar consumption, paired with regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet, we can all lead healthier, happier lives.” In March, Chancellor George Osborne announced a tax, to be introduced in 2018.

ZSTA #BRIGHT50 LETS START A CONVERSATION As we celebrate Brighton Festival’s 50th Year, ZSTa architects are asking visitors and residents to share ideas on what will make Brighton & Hove even better. Using social media as a platform, they invite you to share your ideas, using #Bright50. They hope to collect these ideas and display them at the end of the festival and move forward with a public discussion about the ideas. ZSTa said, “We encourage the practice to adopt further healthy, sustainable and ecological design principles as part of the usual work flow. Having had input on Regeneration projects locally for Edward Street, The Gasometer & Victoria Gardens, we are actively wanting to enter into the discussion of Brighton's future. We want to combine our knowledge and expertise with ideas from visitors and residents about what they want to improve in the city and then use our contacts to start a conversation.” Share your ideas with #Bright50 and be part of the change.



GET A GRIP! The start of a glorious Spring on our Sussex courses has GolfGuy wondering if it’s time to renew and refresh some basics...


ory is doing it. Jordan Spieth has been doing it for years. Jim Furyk has been doing it since he was a lad and claims his father taught him how to do it. Adam Scott tried it and returned to the more conventional method. It’s a practice which, like many other cherished human activities, has many names. You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m talking about the putter grip variously known as the cross-handed, lead-hand low, or lefthand low grip. Rory recently adopted this style to address a problem with right-hand dominance in his stroke, which was causing him to pull the ball left. The change appears to be benefiting him. Jordan says that older pros tell him all the time that if they could have changed one thing earlier in their careers, it would have been to adopt the cross-handed putter grip.

Not sure about the notion of letting your left hand do all the work, assuming you are righthanded? There are other options. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson are currently using a so-called ‘claw’ grip, in which the right hand remains low, but in an unusual claw-like position which some compare to the way you would hold a pencil. Others are constantly toying with new putter grips, with varying degrees of success. The one thing all of these tinkerers have in common with the rest of us is an overarching concern with pace and line on the putting greens. All it takes is a couple of missed three-footers in two consecutive rounds to set the wheels of change in motion. Unlike the average golfer, professionals instinctively turn to short-game experts such as Dave Pelz and Dave Stockton for guidance, with the result that their madness is informed

with method. The rest of us tend to pick things up from golf magazines or from watching our mates on the greens. Although this occasionally leads to some improvement, it’s not exactly an example of the scientific method in practice, is it? It is evident that adopting a new putting grip will help some, but not all, golfers. The question is, who should be considering a new grip? And which one? Some pull their putts, others push them. Some have problems with shoulder alignment, while others – Jack Nicklaus comes to mind - deliberately use an open stance. The array of choices and options is mind-boggling. How do we know when it’s time to get a grip?

Golf Guy...

GOLF A great question, and the only golfers who are needing or wanting to try a new grip are the ones who are missing their short putts. These will be missed, generally, left and with the feeling of a wristy, handsy action. The idea behind all new putting methods is to reduce/ eliminate the right hand working too quickly through impact, rather than the arms and shoulders rocking through smoothly. THE REVERSE OVERLAP In order of the most commonly used, the first grip, where we change the interlocking or overlapping finger of the normal golfing grip to the outside, is the most conventional. This makes the stroke feel more stable and has the feeling of reducing a flick. LEFT BELOW RIGHT... ...or cross-handed putting squares up the shoulders along the golfer’s line, giving the shorter putts more consistency. It also keeps the left hand lower through impact and avoids not coming up too early, creating a good ‘roll out.’ It is also the least uncomfortable and most affordable change compared to the next two. BELLY PUTTER (COUNTER-WEIGHTED) Hugely popular until banned, if anchored. The idea, once again, was to avoid a ‘flicky’ movement, and if everything is locked together, this cannot happen. Now you cannot anchor the counterweighted putter, which, being longer and heavier at the top end, feels like an extension, to encourage a pendulum motion.

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THE CLAW Looks the most awkward, and certainly is, until practiced! The right hand wrist-hinge is completely eliminated as it has moved 90 degrees. The feeling is one of putting with the right elbow stuck out, with the right forearm rolling the putt. All are trying to create the same outcome, which is to eliminate a flick. Rory McIlroy is using left below right. Frustrated by his efforts (and a missed cut) at the Honda Classic, McIlroy has switched his hands around, something he hasn’t done since his rookie year on the European Tour in 2008. COMMENTS FROM RORY: “I felt like, over the past few weeks, my right hand was becoming a little bit too dominant.” This was before the Cadillac got going. “I practised over the weekend, just with left below right, and it felt really, really good. “I missed a couple of putts on Friday at Honda that I felt, even before I made contact with the ball, that my right hand had taken over, and I missed them left. I was sort of playing around with a few different grips. This one felt more natural to me because I’ve done it before and I do it quite a lot when I’m just practising, in drills.”

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THE MINI CENSUS The world’s first ‘Mini Census’ is taking place ahead of Mini World Live, which takes place on Sunday, July 10 at Rockingham Motor Speedway


ccording to the iconic TV advert, Minis have feelings too… but then, that’s hardly surprising, as the Mini, be it modern or classic, has one of the biggest personalities on the road. And to find out just how much character owners attribute to their four-wheeled friends, the organisers of the UK’s biggest and best Mini shows are carrying out the world’s first ‘Mini Census’ ahead of Mini World Live, which takes place on Sunday, July 10 at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northants. The census aims to discover the gender split between Minis – whether they’re male or female - where they live, the average age of their owners, and, most importantly, what the top 10 names for Britain’s Minis are. So, whether yours is Mickey or Minnie, old or new, Mini World Live is calling for you to help build up a bigger picture of the UK’s Mini population. Event Manager Kat Chappell said: “Minis and the people who drive them always have plenty of character, and we know that a lot of them are much more than just a car to their owners. We want to celebrate this by finding the most

popular, as well as some of the more unusual, names that people give to their Minis.” The census can be found here and runs until Bank Holiday Monday, May 30: https://www.

“The census aims to discover the gender split between Minis... and, most importantly, what the top 10 names for Britain’s Minis are” The results will be published ahead of Mini World Live, which yet again promises to be a great success, attracting hundreds of beautifully restored classics, modified performance cars and the UK’s leading Mini specialists and experts to Rockingham Motor Speedway. Following the show’s debut in 2015, which brought thousands of Mini enthusiasts to the Northants venue, the organisers are promising

even more action and more of a festival feel for the show, which is backed by three major Mini-related magazine titles – MiniWorld, Mini Magazine and Modern MINI. The show will feature attractions catering for fans of both classic and modern Minis, including a concours competition, individual entries, a huge retail village, show and shine areas, club displays and on-track action, the details of which will be confirmed nearer to the date. Visitors will also be able to enter a competition to win a Mini, sponsored by specialist insurers Carole Nash. The classic is currently being restored by the magazine teams, and will be on display at the Show. Modified Mini owners will also be able to enter a ‘Best Wheels’ competition, in association with Wheel Whores. Live music and refreshments will also form a core part of the event, with camping available the evening before to ensure it benefits from a vibrant, festival feel. Full details of the show, along with the opportunity to buy advance early-bird tickets, saving at least £4 on show entry, are available at PORTFOLIO  103

BECKER’S BRITISH LOVE AFFAIR Boris Becker made his name as the seventeen-year-old Wimbledon champion. Thirty-one years later, he’s the driving force behind the current tennis Number One

THE interview


nlike the reaction to many of his fellow countrymen’s sporting victories on British soil, Boris Becker’s 1985 Wimbledon victory was celebrated across the nation as a marvel – a surprising inversion of traditional Anglo-German relationships pertaining mostly to Becker being just seventeen years old at the time. Since then, Wimbledon has become synonymous with the blonde Bavarian. Not only did he notch up three wins and seven final appearances as a player, but during his recent time as current World Number One Novak Djokovic’s head coach, Becker has guided the Serbian to another two Wimbledon titles. Nowadays, Wimbledon is also Becker’s preferred home, which he shares with his wife

at the Wimbledon Centre Court in the players’ box, I feel like I’m playing,” he says, “I feel like I’m 17 or 18 again, with the same enthusiasm, same fire and the same will to win, but at the same time I’m thankful that I don’t have to do it again, because I’m too old for it. So I’m happy I can put my faith into my player, but the emotions are unbelievable. You know, for me, winning Wimbledon as a player and as a coach, it’s just the ultimate thrill.” In Djokovic, Becker’s faith is rarely misplaced. The big-serving Serb already has eleven Grand Slam titles to his name, and appears to be hot on the heels of long-time rival Roger Federer’s record of seventeen. After former head coach Marian Vajda sought to take some time away from the stressful

“When I’m coaching and when I’m sitting at the Wimbledon Centre Court in the players’ box, I feel like I’m playing” Lilly and young son Amadeus, and as Djokovic sought for the mental strength to get himself over the final hurdle in major tournaments, the appointment of Becker was sure to bring with it an improved performance on the hallowed green of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club. “Wimbledon is home for me, and one of my favourite sayings is ‘never underestimate the importance of local knowledge’,” explains the 48-year-old former champ, “I know everything here, from the Centre Court to the village to the quickest way to get into Chelsea or Kensington. I’ve played on every practice court; I know the locker room, I know the player’s lounge. I’ve been there for 32 years, so I think that gives us a head start.” Becker even preserved his fondest memories of the Club in the book he released in 2015, Boris Becker’s Wimbledon. Of course, despite his playing days long being over, Becker’s return to the venue where his teenage self began an illustrious career marks it out as his favourite place to win, be it as a player or a coach. “When I’m coaching and when I’m sitting

world of coaching, the implementation of Becker resonated as yet another major statement from the World Number One. “I hope I make a difference to every single practice I do with him, but obviously he is judged by how long he’s Number One since I came to the team, how many Grand Slams he’s won, and a few times he’s lost,” says Becker of his newest career move, “Being a coach of a tennis player is a very personal relationship. In tennis it’s a one-to-one situation and in order to help him, I have to understand what he’s going through. So he has to tell me about his feelings. A tennis match is often decided by your mental attitude and your ability to concentrate and rise to the occasion. “For me to give him the right tips and strategy, I need to know where he’s at. So he has to trust me 100 per cent with everything. You have to be friends from the first day, I mean you have to be very comfortable. After a couple of months, we both realised that this is a great match and we can really benefit from each other if we are open.”


THE interview

Interestingly for a man who was prone to the odd on-court outburst or two in his day – although he was overshadowed at the time by his contemporary, John McEnroe – Becker has, over time, developed a calmer persona which he believes has been crucial to Djokovic’s ability to finish tournaments as strongly as he, invariably, begins them. “Do we scream ‘let’s go’ and ‘stay strong’ and everything?” Becker says, “Of course, but I don’t think that’s coaching in the real sense. You know in the middle of the storm, when everybody goes crazy, I think he looks for us as a place of peacefulness, of serenity, of quietness. If I would go and jump and scream all the time, I think it could make him more nervous than anything.”

“They have to be comfortable with the baggage that comes with it: the more you win, the more people have expectations” Even though Becker’s assertion that whilst winning a Grand Slam only appears easy “on paper”, as someone who won his first whilst still of school-age, the words appear a little hollow – but he maintains that the 1985 triumph was as much a shock to him as it was to the tennis world at large. “The plan from my parents for me was to finish school, go to university, get a proper degree and learn something respectful. The last thing on everyone’s mind was me becoming a tennis professional,” he told the Cambridge Student in 2012. “I decided to give it a try for two years at sixteen, and take a break from school. Nobody could have imagined that I would win my first Wimbledon the first time I played.” As someone who had won titles all over the world by his 20th birthday, in Britain, USA, Australia, France and Japan, Becker is wellplaced to cast a knowledgeable eye over the future of tennis – including those aiming, within a few years, to knock Djokovic off the coveted top spot. What he sees, however, are talented individuals let down by “character and maturity problems.” “They have to be comfortable with the baggage that comes with it: the more you win, the more people have expectations…it’s difficult for these younger players to cope.” Whilst his off-field infidelities have been well publicised, one thing’s certain: it’ll take some player to match Becker’s decades-long legacy on-court.


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