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Join us as we meet host of Channel Five’s, The Wright Stuff, Matthew Wright, at a Prince Regent Charity function and see if you were spotted in our social section. We also attend Tottenham Hotspur legend Harry Redknapp’s charity Q&A breakfast morning at Woolston Manor. We catch up and exclusively interview entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, who tells us all about the launch of his latest business venture, lingerie brand, Boux Avenue, in Essex’s Lakeside shopping centre. There’s no chance of you missing a trick or a trend as our resident fashionista scours West Essex’s best boutiques, salons and interiors stores to bring you this month’s must buys in our all new ‘As Seen in SCENE’ feature. We step into summer and reveal the latest must have women’s shoes for this season and pay Chelsea flower show a visit to find out what’s in store for this month’s blooming marvellous show! Meanwhile our resident food critic, Gary Verby, visits Loughton’s Wheatsheaf pub and restaurant for a fine dining experience. Plus all your usual favourites including: Fashion, Motors, Style, SCENE in Essex and Star SCENE
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SCENE In Essex The May update from local businesses, news, what’s going on and gossip across the Essex county this month. SCENE In The News The headlines from across Essex, awards, celebrities, new store openings and more have made it into this months News. Dear SCENE A selection of our favourite letters as sent in by you our readers, see if yours made it in this month. For Those In Need Guest talker Matthew Wright, spoke to over 250 local ladies about his successful showbiz career. See the photos here. Football Legend The Development of Pancreatic Cancer Research played host to “A Breakfast with Harry Redknapp” at Woolston Manor.
Enter The Dragon We interview self made millionaire and lingerie guru, Theo Paphitis, on just about everything. Masquerade Ball On Saturday 4th June Chigwell’s Prince Regent Hotel will play host to their first ever Summer Masquerade Ball. As Seen In SCENE There’s no chance of you missing a trick or a trend as SCENE Magazine’s fashionista scours the area for top fashion items. Women’s Fashion A selection of this months fashion and style hot picks featuring fantastic getaway clothes and accessories. Step Into Summer Summer is officially here and what better way to celebrate than to buy a new pair of shoes!
Men’s Fashion Get the perfect casual Look for this Spring and Summer with our fantastic selection of casual wear that will make you look great.
Property Portfolio Your property and interior design section, including properties for sale, furnishing and interior design ideas. Boundless Imagination Warendorf is back with a brand new range of fantastic kitchens for 2011. We showcase a few of their best.
Garden Wonders Whilst the sunshine is out, it is time to give the garden a little TLC. Here are a few ideas to help get the gardening back on track. Higgins Homes A boutique development of eight properties in Loughton, Essex, is being launched by award winning Higgins Homes. Flowers For May Spring is definitely in the air and it’s time to shake off the winter blues. It is time to brighten up your home with some spring blooms.
Flower Show 2011 marks the 98th anniversary of the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. And this year is set to be the best ever. SCENE Eats The Vault in Woodford Green, Catch in Buckhurst Hill and The Olive Tree in Loughton all feature in this months SCENE eats. Wheatsheaf Who would have thought it? We review the Wheatsheaf’s, Loughton, fine dining experience. Motors This month we keep it British with the all new Noble M600, built to be driven. Warning: this is not a toy! Star SCENE The stars for the month of May provided by international clairvoyant Jenny Ayers. What will May bring you? My SCENE This month we catch up with Melanie Devers avid SCENE reader and front of house manager for Sheesh in Chigwell SCENE 11
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TIKADI OWNER REACHES LA HEIGHTS In a climax to an eventful year, Michael Mehmet of Tikadi flew to Los Angeles last week, all expenses paid, to work with the legendary John Frieda team at their US West Coast Flagship salon. The Tikadi salon owner was rewarded for his ‘astounding efforts’ and going ‘EXTRA LENGTHS’ as part of John Frieda’s HairRaising campaign that raises essential funds for the work of Great Ormond Street Hospital. ‘I couldn’t believe I’d been given this opportunity to begin with. However, I did enjoy every second of it. There is lots to learn always continually when you’re a hairdresser and that’s something
I believe in very strongly. It was a once in a lifetime experience’ explained Michael. ‘I met some wonderful people, both the John Frieda salon team but also celebrities including Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen in 80’s series Dallas, and Gywneth Paltrow plus a few others. It’s great though to come home and get back to the salon’ continued Michael. Tikadi have 2 locations in Essex, at Theydon Bois and a recently opened salon in Ongar. The salon raised a staggering amount for HairRaising/Great Ormond Street by staging a Summer Ball in mid 2010.
Chantelle Houghton launches Vardo boutique in Buckhurst Hill’s Queens Road by bringing traffic to a halt and turning up to the shops launch party in a horse-drawn carriage and dressed in a stunning floor-length black gown with gold detailing. The intimate launch was attended by local celebrities including some of the cast from The Only Way is Essex.
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Dear SCENE, Enjoyed reading your top 15 Ways to be An Essex Bride feature last month, I’m getting married in a few weeks, any chance of a free sample of number 10 on your list (Christian Louboutin shoes)! Amanda Morris (Chingford) Ed: Amanda we like your style, unfortunately we can’t even get our hands on a pair of Christian Louboutin’s. We wish you the very best of luck with your Wedding and hope our Essex guide helped to style your day.
Dear SCENE, It was lovely to see so many friends and familiar faces in your ‘For Those in Need’ social feature last month. Having attended I can confirm it was a fantastic ladies lunch and Patti Boulaye gave a thoroughly entertaining talk. Your photographer stopped at my table and took a picture of me and a close friend… is there any chance of sending over a copy as it was not published. Jackie Davis (Loughton) Ed: Jackie, we always try our best to get as many photos in the magazine as possible, we will be in touch to organise sending on your photo. We accept Letters to the editor by e-mail (email@example.com) or post to SCENE PUBLISHING Albert Buildings 49, Queen Victoria Street, London, ECN 4SA Letters must carry full names and contact details. Letters may be edited for publication. SCENE 19
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FOR THOSE IN NEED LONG RUNNING CHARITY FOR THOSE IN NEED ONCE AGAIN ORGANISED A MARVELLOUS LADIES LUNCH AT THE PRINCE REGENT HOTEL. THIS TIME THE EVENT WAS HOSTED BY NONE OTHER THAN STAR OF CHANNEL 5’S THE WRIGHT STUFF, MATTHEW WRIGHT, WHO SPOKE TO OVER 250 LOCAL LADIES ABOUT HIS SUCCESSFUL SHOWBIZ CAREER.
FOOTBALL LEGEND Q&A The Development of Pancreatic Cancer Research played host to “A Breakfast with Harry Redknapp” at Woolston Manor and in the process raised a TOTAL of £12,460. The money will go towards MUCH NEEDED FUNDS For Barts Hospital and Research Centre for Pancreatic Cancer. The Spurs manager is a patron of the charity, which raises awareness of pancreatic cancer so that the survival rate – which was the same in 2010 as it was in 1970 – can be improved in the future.
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FOR ANY UNKNOWN, FLEDGLING ENTREPRENEUR, AN IMMENSELY HECTIC SCHEDULE COMES WITH THE TERRITORY WHEN LAUNCHING A NEW RETAIL BRAND, BUT UNKNOWN AND FLEDGLING ARE TWO WORDS A WORLD AWAY FROM THE LIFE OF RETAIL MAGNATE-COMETV STAR, THEO PAPHITIS.
espite his outwardly, friendly nature and willingness to answer any question thrown at him, it is clear that Mr Paphitis’ time is precious, and understandably so. Coupled with the behind-the-scenes efforts of establishing a major new shopping experience has been a gruelling PR campaign for a man who is not only the brains behind the brand, but the increasingly popular and smiling face. A fifteen minute phone interview the night before the official launch party (in late March) is about as good as it’s going to get. Having built a well-respected retail empire over the last fifteen years, April 2011 marked a fresh chapter in the story of Theo’s business portfolio as he unveiled luxury lingerie brand, Boux Avenue. Representing his third foray into the lingerie market and what has arguably now become his specialist subject, the steely dragon is quietly confident in this his latest venture. “You know, anyone who is ever that arrogant that they never worry about something failing, is going to fail. But of course I’m confident Boux is going to succeed, and it’s going to succeed because of exactly that. I always worry that it’s going to fail so I make sure that it doesn’t,” explains the 51-year-old. Wise words of a man who has made his name and fortune from the success of various businesses which, without his intervention, were otherwise destined to fail. It could be suggested, however, that this is perhaps his most difficult task to date. With the residue of the recession still with us, as Theo so very aptly describes it, the launch of Boux Avenue could be deemed a bold and brave step as other struggling retail chains continue to post poor profit figures and even disappear off the face of our high streets. But Theo is unperturbed, “I’ve been involved in lingerie for many years, with La Senza and Contessa. It’s a subject I know a little bit about and felt there was a real big need in the market for where Boux has positioned itself.”
“And on the basis that I had a willing team, we were able to secure some good sites and we had an image and a view of what Boux should be, we decided to go for it.” And go for it they have. Early April saw an initial six stores open in Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, Bluewater, Cardiff and Lakeside with further plans in place to open an additional two stores around the country each month in the coming year. The residues of the recession clearly off the agenda for Mr Paphitis who has certainly signalled his intentions to regain his title as the King of British lingerie. Whether it’s selling bras and knickers at Boux Avenue or pens and pencils from what is Theo’s most synonymous association, Ryman, Paphitis is a self-confessed shopkeeper at heart. “I love what I do, I love retail,” he says with unmistakable passion. “I’m lucky enough to do what I love on a day-today basis. People ask me when I’m going to retire and my answer is always the same. The day I retire will be the day I die.” It is perhaps this drive, along with Theo’s unflinching desire to make money that has made him the successful entrepreneur he is today. Unsatisfied as Chairman of Ryman the stationers and co-owner of Red Letter Days, Theo’s desire to broaden his empire further is a simple illustration of a man with a thirst for success. At the end of 2008, he even explored the possibility of buying the now defunct Woolworths chain as it entered the doldrums of administration. But, recognising it was perhaps more trouble than it was worth, Woolworths was one project Theo had to eventually turn his back on. “It’s one of my biggest regrets,” he says with a pang of remorse. “I would have turned it into a profitable
business again but it was just too unrealistic.” It is this high standard of judgement and business acumen that made Theo an ideal resident expert on the hit show, Dragon’s Den. An excellent addition to the panel in 2005, his prolonged association with the BBC programme has endeared him to a British public who not only recognise his genuine passion for business, but appreciate his nononsense attitude to those without a clue. A Simon Cowell of the corporate world, perhaps. Theo Paphitis has come a long way from his humble roots in Cyprus it would seem. Born in Limassol in 1959, before immigrating to the UK with his family in 1966, Theo’s journey to success was far from plain sailing. Plagued by childhood dyslexia it was clear his skills lay outside the academic classroom, as was evident when establishing what he considers his first profitable retail outlet – the school tuck shop. Still mildly affected by his dyslexia today, Theo attributes the wonders of modern technology to overcoming his trouble with words. “I can’t spell,” he laughs. “I’m absolutely terrible at spelling. But the iPhone is great; it corrects words I’ve misspelt to stop me looking like an idiot.” “As a youngster, if I couldn’t spell a word I’d just find another one that meant the same thing. It didn’t help me with words I couldn’t spell but it definitely improved my vocabulary.” This refreshingly simple common sense and logical competency has enabled Theo to chance his arm in other areas of business. In 1997, he was encouraged to invest in a then, Division Two
football team. Having initially turned down the chance to become financially involved with a sport he had admired for many years, Theo eventually gave in and became Chairman of Millwall Football Club, a position he held for eight seasons. Reminiscing on his time at the helm of the South London outfit, Theo has only fond memories. “It was the best time of my life,” he explains emphatically. “I was only meant to be there for three years but I ended up there for eight. We took Millwall to the FA Cup Final against Manchester United in 2004 and it was fantastic, truly wonderful.” Despite pleasant recollections of his time in football, Theo has no regrets about his decision to stand down from his position at the club. “It was the right time,” he says. “On top of my role at Millwall I was chief executive and chairman at Ryman, Partners, Contessa and La Senza. “
“It was getting to the point where I was doing something I had promised I would never do – allowing my business and other interests to detract from my family life.” Family is a value that resonates throughout a conversation with Theo Paphitis. With numerous references to the infamous ‘Mrs P’ on the telephone and, of course, on Dragons Den, it is no secret that ‘Mr P’ has a loyal and loving family supporting him. Though this is perhaps as far as Mrs P’s role extends when it comes to Theo’s work. “We make a great team,” explains Mr P, “Mrs P does a fantastic job looking after our home and raising our children. I do what I do and Mrs P does what she does and its always been that way. She’s the boss at home and I’m the boss at the office, it works for us.” With some of the stress of launching
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an all-new retail brand abated for a while, there is perhaps a chance for Mr P to indulge in some of the finer things in life. Rarely seen without his custom-chrome Maybach (with the unmistakable RYM4N number plate), oft emblazoned with unsightly yet charitable Comic Relief promotion, the wealthy Cypriot has something of a soft spot for motoring. “I’ve got a lot of cars, too many to count. But the good news is,” he says, pausing for effect, “I only drive them one at a time.” It’s hard to dislike Theo Paphitis. With a reported wealth of £160m at his disposal he could perhaps be forgiven for any arrogance or lack of humility. But there is none of that. A conversation with him is light and pleasant and he appears willing not only to promote his brand but to speak candidly about any subject raised, well, nearly any subject. Asked if there is anything else he would like to achieve in the business world or in his personal life, Theo is uncharacteristically vague. “There are so many things I want to do before I die,” he says quite chirpily, “and the sad thing is I know I won’t be able to do all of them.” Any thought of gaining a weird and wonderful insight into Mr P’s bucket list is promptly quashed however. “But I can’t tell you what they are, they’re mine.” Despite his warm and honest nature it would appear that even this dragon has things lurking in the darkest dungeons of secrecy.
ON SATURDAY, 4TH JUNE, CHIGWELL’S PRINCE REGENT HOTEL IN ASSOCIATION WITH SEVERAL LOCAL CHARITIES WILL PLAY HOST TO THEIR FIRST EVER SUMMER MASQUERADE BALL. JOIN ESSEX’S SOCIAL ELITE AND BE SURE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW AND ENJOY A FUN FILLED SUMMER NIGHT OF CHAMPAGNE, FOUR COURSE DINING AND LIVE MUSIC PLAYING. WITH 50% OF ALL TICKET SALES BEING DONATED TO LOCAL SUPPORTING CHARITIES, WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE LOCAL CHARITIES INVOLVED IN THE EVENT.
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We are a small but very active committee of 12 ladies who have worked on behalf of the members of the Redbridge Branch of the M.S. Society for many years. We funded the entire cost of the Maurice Prince Room at the Marjorie Collins Day Centre in Essex. Since then we have installed a hydraulic bath for patients, replaced kitchen equipment and many more essentials. We continue to hold functions and fundraising events. In spite of these times of increasing financial pressure we continue to work on behalf of the centre and supported the M.S. Action Group in Walthamstow, where we have installed two toning tables for their members’ benefit. Over the years with our numerous fund raising events, we are well on the way to reaching £250,000
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Hopes & Dreams is a voluntary registered charity whose aim is to turn the hopes and dreams of chronically, seriously or terminally ill children into reality. The committee members of Hopes & Dreams arrange fundraising events throughout the year. Our aim is to fulfil the dreams of terminally and chronically ill children and young adults, whether it be meeting their favourite singer or band, going to see their chosen football team and meeting the players, going to see a show, visiting a theme park, etc. “Our reward is in making an ill child’s dream come true”
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BRINGING WEST END 5 STAR QUALITY AND SERVICE TO WEST ESSEX AND EAST LONDON AT REALISTIC PRICES. Satori are the first salon to have the 100% Natural KERASPA BRAZILIAN BLOW DRY with 0% FORMALDEHYDE. Leave the salon with restored moisture, softness, brightness and lasting smooth and silky hair. You can wash your hair on the same day as your appointment and have your colour before the service. Satori Loughton Connaught house High road Loughton IG104HJ 0208 508 0000
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THE FASTEST WAY TO A PERFECT POUT! Add an instant shot of glamour to your wardrobe with one of Lulu Guiness’ iconic lips clutches. Inspired by the designer’s own signature red lipstick, her clutches are available in a number of colours and finishes. RRP £225£275 Available at Believe In, 75 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5BW 020 8505 9626
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SUNDARI NIGHTS Sundari Nighttime Nourishing Oil for Dry/Normal/Combination Skin is rich in vitamins, herbal extracts and essential oils to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin’s elasticity is improved and is protected from damaging free radicals. So your skin is left looking revived and smooth. RRP £115 Available at Beauty Just Around The Corner, 1-3 Wellington Rd, London , E11 2AN - 020 8530 0555
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CULT FRAGRANCE Eccentric Molecules’ Molecule 01 is created from one single ingredient. It works with your natural pheromones, making it totally unique to the wearer. You will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself as Molecule 01 is more about the effect it has on others. Wear this and watch the trail of distraction you leave in your wake! RRP £63 Available at That Little Shop, 170 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1DN - 020 8418 0090
A GREAT ECO BUY! If you’re only going to buy one pair of jeans this season, then it has to be Monkee Genes’ coloured skinnies. The global brand with a conscience, Monkee Genes are available in an innovative range of fits, styles and pop art inspired colours. These organic soft and stretchy skinny jeans are so hot (pink) right now! RRP £65 Available at InJeanious, 15 Brook Parade, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6PF - 020 8500 2878 SCENE 33
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GATHER UP THAT BIKINI, IT’S HOLIDAY TIME! WE’VE GOT OUR FINGERS CROSSED FOR LONG, HOT DAYS LOUNGING AROUND IN THE SUN, BUT WE WANT TO LOOK COOL AND STYLISH, NOT HOT AND SWEATY.
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Visible results after only a few sessions In order to really shape and form your body in an effective and targeted way, it is essential to activate and intensify the fat burning process in the problem areas. The HYPOXI method focuses on this, and is based on two complementary elements. 1. The generic stimulation of the metabolism through light cardio exercise; and 2. The targeted intensification of blood circulation through the alternating high and low pressure sessions. This unique therapy is so effective that you get visible results after just a few sessions! Firm buttocks? No sweat – just take a seat Even other body areas may be shaped and formed with HYPOXI treatments. Our HYPOXI S120 has been specifically developed to target the buttock and thigh areas of the body. The fat burning exercise is done on an ergo meter mounted inside a pressure chamber in which the lower body is hermetically sealed – this intensifies blood circulation and produces targeted results.
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Shapely buttocks without intrusive intervention HYPOXI® Therapy is healthier than any plastic surgery and is still highly effective. In only a few weeks you can reduce up to two sizes from your stomach and waist without having to go through intrusive and risky operations. Guaranteed success results from performing, moderate fat burning exercise while HYPOXI® equipment simultaneously activates circulation in problem areas. It doesn’t matter where you want to reduce - abs, hips, thighs or buttocks. More information: www.hypoxiwls.co.uk Contact Sylwia, Hypoxi Therapist for more details 020 8989 2700, HYPOXI South Woodford, 24 High Road, LONDON, E18 2QL (located next to Ho Hos Chinese restaurant)
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DAZZLE IN STYLE These stunning sunglasses from Dune are guaranteed to keep you looking fab whilst shielding your eyes from the sunshine this summer. Small bow feature ladies sunglasses Gold metal with tortoise effect arms Large pink lenses and cut out sides. Flare sunglasses, available from Dune, £40
FLOWER POWER This colourful case is the cutest way to care for your laptop. Made from durable padded neoprene its hard wearing and will protect your laptop too. This case is ideal for larger laptops and comes in our sunny Electric Flowers print. Also available as a matching purse and phone case. Cath Kidston Electric Flowers 15” Laptop Sleeve available from john lewis £25
Make a statement with this quilted tote handbag from Ted Baker. Spacious, it features one main zip compartment and one front zip pocket. As the bag is made from polyvinyl chloride it can be wipe cleaned. Pink Quilted Tote Handbag, available from Ted Baker, £119
BLACKBERRY LIPS This anti-feathering lipstick treats your lips to rich, bold colour that doesn’t feather. Autograph AntiFeathering Lipstick in Blackberry Available from M&S £9.50
MULTIPLE LIFT This amazing eye care product combines 2 formulas for 6 different results. A unique treatment that addresses both wrinkles and lost firmness, featuring the GF-Volumetry™ complex, shown to help support cellular communication. Lancome Renergie Yeux Multiple Lift, available from john lewis , £44.50 SCENE 37
Lace ups are this seasons new buckles, teamed with a peep toe for the latest must have combination! Slip Knotted £55.OO. Available from Office
As the sun sets think Studio 54 and get glam as you become a seventies siren. Disco divas slip their feet into luxe metallic leather. Be prepared to showcase those fabulous feet and revive that retro vibe. Hurley Burley, £68.00. Available from Office
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Traditional summer essentials seasoned with exotic prints that conjour up the exoticism of Africa are a must buy for ladies this season. Won Me Over, £70. Available from Office
For ladies who just have it all, Jimmy Choo’s multicoloured, multistrap sandals - the ultimate in eclectic glamour. Wear them to update a simple shirt dress and add a fringed suede bag to complete a safari-inspired look. Available from www. net-a-porter.com £695
Simple classic sportswear makes a comeback this season with the classic boat shoe that has changed our summer wardrobe forever, add some oomph by adding a welcome splash of colour. Regatta Boat Shoe, £55. Available from Office
Natural colours are this summer’s black and the muted tones mean that they’re your go-with-everything shoes. It’s a great look that you can casually wear all day and into the night making the most of the long summer evenings. Repeat That, £55. Available from Office
Sport some stripes and indulge in some Riviera-chic this season with the addition of leg ties and lace ups. This up-to-date take on the trend is a sure fire hit for the summer! Sundcastle Leg Tie, £25.00. Available from Office
Florals are in full bloom this summer and available in an assortment of bold, ditsy or antique pretty prints. Ibizian brights to English garden roses, this summer we can’t get away from this once traditional print. It’s bloomin brilliant! Marthas Prairie, £72.00. Available from Office
IT’S OFFICIAL, BRITISH SUMMERTIME HAS ARRIVED! THE SUN HAS STARTED TO SHINE WHICH MEANS LADIES, IT’S TIME FOR A WARDROBE OVERHAUL. IT’S TIME TO GET A PEDI AND START FLASHING SOME TOE CLEAVAGE AS YOU WELCOME THE WARMER WEATHER. SUMMER SANDALS, ESPADRILLES AND WEDGES PACK AN ALMIGHTY PUNCH IN BOLD BRIGHTS, AND FEMININE FLORALS RETURN LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. FOR A NOSTALGIC FEEL, REWIND BACK A FEW DECADES AND TAKE INSPIRATION STRAIGHT FROM THE 70’S OR, ALTERNATIVELY, ADD SOME SUGAR AND SPICE TO YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE WITH RICH COLOURS AND SPARKLING STONES. THE DARK DAYS ARE OVER AND THIS SUMMERS SHOE TRENDS HAVE IT ALL… For a simple, sharp look this summer, block your brights. Whether you are rocking a platform heel or keeping it cool in flats, strong statement colours are all the rage this summer. School Play Jelly, £15.00. Available from Office
We love the tribal look with habitual patterns in luxurious chiffon and cotton, bejeweled with precious stones and authentic beading that have us dreaming of flamboyant foreign lands, far far away… Madagascar, £85.00 Available from Office. Keep it cool this summer and sport some fantastic flats, the key essential in having the perfect summer wardrobe. Styles hit the shelves in classic colours but are styled with a summer twist. Sat In My Cage, £55.00. Available from Office
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AT HOME WITHOolong
bi Adams has had a long standing fascination with taking care of the body from the inside out which started with her therapist training at the Steiner School of beauty in the heart of London at the age of 17. Having taken a short break to experience 9-5 life in an office she gradually came back to therapy but in the more holistic sense, training in acupressure/Thai/pregnancy/hot stone and Indian head massage. Abi wanted to create a mobile spa company that not only performed Indonesian based facial rituals with beautiful organic products from Pinks Boutique, but complementing these with fine teas from around the world and delicious organic treats made by her best friend.... And so 9-5 life was left behind and Oolong was born!
Whilst sitting in Abi’s gorgeous glitterball treatment room in Woodford featuring many pieces from Mill Lane Antiques, sipping one of her delicious teas, she fills me in on her recent month long training in Thailand, learning Thai Energy Line and Body Screening. “It was absolutely amazing. Not only did I learn how to release energy lines for a better working body and assess for bad breathing and postural habits, I met some wonderful people and learned a lot about myself.”
Having just received one of Oolong’s amazing Thai massages, I have to agree. Abi’s sensitivity is evident as she treats you, which is refreshing in an age of conveyor belt beauty. She really takes her time with her clients, going beyond the surface and assisting with exercise and nutrition advice. I can’t Abi also completed her 200 hour yoga wait to come back to this haven of teacher training course in 2009 and currently teaches at Chigwell Convent in calm and tranquillity in Abi’s home and have already booked my next 3 addition to private yoga tuition. “I love teaching yoga and combing it with Thai treatments in her little red Mulberry diary (“I can’t live without it”!) massage is the best therapy ever!”
holistic hedonism Oolong brings holistic hedonism to the home. The purest, organic, head-to-toe health and beauty treatments served with fine teas and nutritious treats. Treatments can be booked in Oolong’s tranquil treatment room or in the comfort of your own home. Whichever you choose, the pursuit of pleasure ends at the front door.
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STAR GAZING There are estimated to be at least 70 sextillion (7 x 1022) stars in the observable universe and with the nearest one after the sun being 39.9 trillion kilometres away, it is difficult to discover and appreciate their true celestial beauty without the help of a high quality telescope. This LCM 114mm Newtonian reflector telescope from Celestron couldn’t be more perfect for the job with its NexStar computer control technology consisting of a database capable of locating over 4,000 celestial objects, with a built on SkyPointer Finderscope to help you align the scope and achieve outstanding views of stars, moons, planets, comets and the endless array of other exciting features waiting to be discovered in the night sky. Available from John Lewis £350
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MINIMALIST DESIGN COMBINED WITH NEOBAROQUE DETAILS, TECHNOCRATIC DESIGN COMBINED WITH BRICK RED HIGHLIGHTS, A WHITE KITCHEN FEATURING A MIXTURE OF MATT GLASS AND WHITE CRYSTAL FRONTS, STYLISHLY SPOTLIGHTED BY THE MOODLIGHT LIGHTING SYSTEM, OR A KITCHEN IN BLACK OAK WITH A SILESTONE CHROME WORKTOP - THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE COLOURFUL MIXTURES OF STYLES FEATURED IN WARENDORF KITCHEN DESIGNS FOR 2011
new take on “Elegant Fascination”, the combined Warendorf and Starck by Warendorf kitchen, will be cleverly extending the imaginative Warendorf repertoire in 2011. The combination of two product lines has resulted in a fascinating mixture: the wall unit, the island and the tower have become one. The combination of high gloss lacquer and smooth lacquer in the wall unit and the black oak of the island creates a luxurious, elegant and stylishly exclusive effect. The kitchen is unexpectedly versatile with the wall unit, the island solution and the Hot Tower from the STARCK COLLECTION. The previous bronze glass version of the “Elegant Fascination” kitchen design has been awarded the Interior Innovation Award 2011 by the Design Council. The new version on show at the LivingKitchen stylishly combines a grey Silestone worktop with chrome effects and a black oak island. This combination of colour and nature inspires a very special fascination. SCENE 49
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he Starck by Warendorf Duality kitchen is comprised of a free standing kitchen island that acts as a room divider with a practical pass-through and the trumpet table, the basis of haute cuisine. The latter also serves as an architectural element linking the living room and dining room. This version of Duality is a menu featuring class and personality. Duality gets its name from its two-faceted utilisation - living and cooking, design and functionality. This kitchen from the Starck by Warendorf product line is shown here in stainless steel coloured laminate, with shelves in pure white. The white niche is harmoniously highlighted by the surrounding niche frame with integrated grip handle that particularly accentuates the niche, which is designed as an open pass-through in this instance. This emphasises the visual contrast while at the same time spotlighting the practical interplay between the work and storage areas. The Duality kitchen is complemented by the trumpet table, which joins the preparation surface, sink area, hob and eating area and encourages hosts and guests to linger awhile.
DUALITY - ARCHITECTURAL ROOM DIVIDER WITH A TWO-FACETED APPEARANCE
rimary can be interpreted in many different ways: first class, elementary, or even original. The central working area with niche provides all the basic functions needed. Preparation and cooking area with sink, draining board and hob are made of stainless steel - the material used in professional kitchens: surfaces that reflect the light from the surrounding yellow mirror fronts in all of its nuances. From greenish lime to sunny orange to refreshing yellow â€“ the mirror fronts capture the widest range of moods, depending on the angle of incidence and the brightness of the light from the recessed light rail in the shelf or the two unusual lamps in the living room, and transmit them to the room itself. Stocks and favourite items are stored and displayed in the open shelves at the side.
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WHILE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE STAYING PUT AND NOT MOVING HOMES, THE EMPHASIS NOW IS FIRMLY ON REDECORATION AND WITH A GREAT SUMMER AHEAD OF US - NOW IS THE TIME TO GET STARTED
his hasn’t gone unnoticed at Shades of Chingford, the Blinds, Awnings and Shutter experts, as they now stock a wide range of fabulous wallpapers, wallcoverings and coordinating accessories..
The days are gone when you were limited to a couple of patterns that may or may not match your new fabrics! SHADES of CHINGFORD stock the better manufacturers products that ensure everything coordinates with the wallcovering, from the cushions to the pelmets. At Shades of Chingford, you will find the top names in wall coverings, including Osborne & Little and Villa Nova and the Shades’ expert staff will be on hand to help with your choice and decision. Not only can you browse through the thousands of patterns, styles and textures available in the Shades relaxing, air-conditioned showroom, but a trained designer is on hand to make further recommendations, if required. Shades of Chingford are your distributor for the fabulous NoNo range of Wall Art. This has to be seen to be believed! From the beautiful floral prints that would look amazing in a bedroom to fairy tale castles that will make a childs playroom unique. Wall Art is very fashionable this year. And this is not forgetting that Shades of Chingford are still Essex’s leading supplier of blinds, shutters and awnings. Whether it’s the unique blinds from Luxaflex or the beautiful Plantation Shutters from SCraft, you will find them at Shades, where the highly trained staff are on hand to help you at every stage, from the design choice right through to ensuring that they are fitted perfectly. It’s no wonder that they are known as “the Experts”! If you are looking to add that unique touch to your home, whether it’s blinds, shutters, awnings, fabrics or wall coverings, there is only one place to go. SHADES of CHINGFORD 54 Larkshall Road, Chingford London E4 6PD T: 0208 498 5818 shadeswindowcouture.co.uk SCENE 53
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The Bow Hammock is the epitome of style, elegance and precise craftsmanship. The contemporary design will complement any garden or patio and the ample canvas will provide the perfect place to take an afternoon nap. The frame is made from pre-treated larchwood which means it can be left in the garden all year round. The canvas can be easily removed and stored to keep it clean. Assembly requires two people and, utilising the tools provided, should take less than 30 minutes. Available from Living It Up, £139
SWINGING SENSATION Beautiful vintage feel garden tool set. Comes in a gift box. Includes trowel and fork with weather proof ash wood handles and stainless steel engraved quote. Available from The Contemporary Home £24.99
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Savills Chelmsford 136 New London Road Chelmsford CM2 0RG
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GREAT SALING, north essex
6 reception rooms ø 7 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø cellars ø attic rooms 3 reception rooms ø 5 bedrooms (4 en suite) ø 2 bedroom self contained ø 2 bedroom cottage ø double garage ø outbuildings ø about 12 acres flat/annexe ø 3 bay cart lodge/garage ø paddock ø about 11.5 acres Guide £2.8 million
Guide £1.8 million
BELCHAMP ST PAUL, essex/suffolk borders
3 reception rooms ø 8 bedrooms ø 4 bedroom coach house ø about 1.76 acres ø award winning village in 2009 and 2010
4 reception rooms ø 9 bedrooms ø 3 bedroom detached cottage ø extensive outbuildings ø garaging ø about 4.3 acres
Guide £1.75 million Freehold
Guide £1.25 million
NORWOOD END, nr fyfield, essex
3 reception rooms ø 4 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 3 reception rooms ø 3 first floor bedrooms ø 4th bedroom/office ø study ø 2 paddocks ø outbuildings ø garaging ø about 4.08 acres south facing gardens ø swimming pool ø garaging ø about 1.08 acres Guide £995,000
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THEYDON PARK ROAD, theydon bois A substantial family house ø about 3,000 sq ft ø 5 bedrooms ø 3 reception rooms ø 2 bathrooms ø 1/3 acre landscaped gardens ø double garage Guide £1.2 million Freehold
THE BARN, sewardstonebury A magnificent listed barn ø 5 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø station 1.3 miles (liverpool street) ø outbuildings ø swimming pool ø 7 acres Guide £2.95 million Freehold
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A most attractive four / five bedroom detached property situated on the ever popular Goldings Manor Estate. The beautifully appointed accommodation features a master suite with dressing room and shower room, three further bedrooms, two bathrooms, spacious lounge, dining room, study, superb kitchen/family room, utility room and cloakroom. The rear gardens are approx 87' x 55' backing Epping Forest. Carriage driveway serves garaging. Apply Loughton 020 8508 5424
An attractive four bedroom family home set in a semi rural location with superb views overlooking Epping Forest to the front. Accommodation comprises master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite, a further three bedrooms, family bathroom, two reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, ground floor cloakroom, carriage driveway serving garage and off road parking, and pretty rear garden.
A well appointed four bedroom detached house located on the desirable Goldings Manor estate. The spacious well cared for accommodation comprises a most attractive 27’ lounge/dining room, modern kitchen with study area, utility room and a master bedroom with en-suite and walk in dressing room. Externally, is a very pretty and well secluded southerly aspect rear garden.
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Coopers Court in Theydon Bois is a stunning Victorian building occupying an enviable position in the villages’ premier turning on the edge of Epping Forest. The building has now been sympathetically converted into 14 apartments. Each property has been individually designed so all apartments are different and unique. Some have vaulted ceilings, others benefit from private patio gardens or large balconies. Apply Theydon Bois 01992 815314
A gated barn conversion situated within a charming mews development of similar properties. Offering many character features to include open beam work and part vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms one with en-suite dressing and shower room, elegant lounge, family room, fitted kitchen, games/recreation room. Double garaging.
A magnificent Grade II listed 15th Century barn converted and redesigned to the most exacting standards by the present owners. Originally a seven bedroom conversion, this stunning property provides adaptable living accommodation with the option of a two bedroom self contained annex all set on an elevated plot of around one acre surrounded by twenty acres of farmland yet very conveniently situated for Epping town centre and central line tube station. Apply Theydon Bois 01992 815314
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£2450 pcm Woodford Green
MODERN 4 bedroom detached house within a private development overlooking KNIGHTON woods, lounge with feature fireplace with doors onto conservatory, dining room & study. 020 8989 3331
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Newly refurbished 2 double bedroom top floor flat with views over Chingford, large lounge, Newly fitted kitchen with fridge/freezer, washing machine, electric heating, white bathroom suite. 020 8989 3331
Newly refurbished 4 bedroom double fronted house with the CONSERVATION area of LOUGHTON, large through lounge, newly fitted fully equipped kitchen/diner. 020 8502 2222
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NEWLY refurbished 2 bedroom house, good size lounge, fully equipped kitchen/diner, Modern bathroom with shower, separate WC, 2 double bedrooms, UNFURNISHED, gas c/h, double glazed. 020 8502 2222
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£2950 pcm Loughton
Spacious 5 bedroom detached house within a private development, large lounge with doors onto garden, dining room, study, fitted kitchen with built in oven & hob, dishwasher & utilty room.
EXTREMELY large 4 bedroom detached house, lounge, dining room, study, cloakroom, fitted kitchen/diner with appliances, 4 good size bedrooms, gas c/h, unfurnished, garage.
£925 pcm Chingford
Luxury 2 bedroom second floor purpose built flat, lounge/diner, fully fitted kitchen with built in oven & hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, furnished or part, electric heating, off street parking.
Good size 3 bedroom semi detached house, lounge, open plan lounge/dining area/fitted kitchen with range oven, doors onto garden with decking area & grassed area. 020 8502 2222
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Semi rural farm house with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, large fitted kitchen/diner, good size lounge with large feature fireplace, dining room, study, utility room, unfurnished. 020 8502 2222
£1550 pcm Buckhurst Hill
NEWLY decorated 4 bedroom detached house set within a Cul de sac, lounge with laminate flooring & patio doors onto low maintenance garden, dining room, fitted kitchen with appliances.
£995 pcm Chigwell
NEWLY decorated 2 bedroom ground floor purpose built apartment, large lounge with wood floors, fitted kitchen with appliances, modern bathroom with shower, 2 double bedrooms.
£1295 pcm Loughton
Modern 3 bedroom mid terraced house close to Loughton town centre, lounge with tiled fllors, fitted kitchen with appliances, modern bathroom with shower, unfurnished, gas c/h, double glazed. 020 8502 2222
£3250 pcm Stapleford Abbots
A truly amazing 5 bedroom detached house occupying a position on the outskirts of Epping and flanked by two no through lanes yet within a few minutes drive of EPPING TOWN CENTRE. 020 8502 2222
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£1350 pcm South Woodford
IMMACULATE three bedroom 1930`s terraced house located in Woodford. Consisting of two large double bedrrooms, 1 single, modern and spacious kitchen/ diner fully fitted with appliances.
£2000 pcm Clayhall
Spacious 4 DOUBLE Bedroom Detached UNFURNSIHED family home which is currently being refurbished throughout and benefits from 3 reception rooms & fitted kitchen/diner.
NEWLY decorated one bedroom ground floor purpose built apartment, located close to Epping central line station, Electric heating, security entry phone system, MODERN bathroom, fitted kitchen. 020 8502 2222
WITH 23 YEARS OF SOLELY LETTING EXPERIENCE, SPENCER MUNSON LETTINGS ARE NOT TIED OR RELATED TO ANY BANK, BUILDING SOCIETY, MORTGAGE BROKER OR ESTATE AGENT SO THEIR ADVICE IS TOTALLY IMPARTIAL AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE LOCAL RENTAL MARKET IS SECOND-TONONE.
ased in Loughton, Essex, and South Woodford, London E18, Spencer’s team let residential properties within the fast-developing areas of South West Essex and East London. Unlike other agencies, Spencer Munson Lettings don’t sell properties but concentrate solely on letting and managing quality homes. They are not an Estate Agency with a letting arm, this is their core business, which means their Landlords and Tenants receive unparalleled levels of service. The wide choice of rental property in both branches means that Spencer Munson Lettings have many corporate clients and local football clubs on their database. Their specialist lettings technology and targeted print and online marketing, supports and enhances their service offering and all of Spencer Munson Lettings’ Landlords receive complimentary Legal & Rent Guarantee Insurance (STS). As an independent, dedicated Lettings Agency, with more than 20 years’ niche experience within local Lettings, Spencer Munson’s friendly, experienced and knowledgeable Lettings and Property Management team are best placed to advise Landlords on how to maximise the rental value of their property and offer Tenants the widest choice of homes to rent. Long-established and well-respected in the Lettings arena, they have a reputation for letting properties quickly without compromising on Tenant suitability or service quality. As proof of their commitment to integrity, customer service and client satisfaction, Spencer Munson Lettings are members of the Government backed National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the Lettings Property Ombudsman, so Landlords and Tenants can be sure of a worry-free let. Because they are not an Estate Agency with a Lettings business `on the side’, they remain totally focused on Letting, offering their clients the best service at the most competitive price. Perhaps that’s why they often have more Landlords and more property to let than any other Lettings Agent in any one branch location. So if you are a Landlord looking to let, or a Tenant looking to rent, in Loughton or South Woodford, it would be in your best interest to contact one of the Lettings and Property Management team at Spencer Munson Lettings.
THE CONTEMPORARY HOME OFFERS YOU THE HIGHEST QUALITY, EASY MAINTENANCE GARDEN RATTAN FURNITURE ALL YEAR ROUND. OVER 30 STYLES ARE AVAILABLE AT WHOLESALE PRICES DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC. London Corner Group RRP £1200 Wholesale £599
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HIGGINS homes A BOUTIQUE DEVELOPMENT OF EIGHT PROPERTIES IN LOUGHTON, ESSEX, IS BEING LAUNCHED BY MULTI AWARD WINNING HOUSEBUILDER HIGGINS HOMES.
he exclusive Pavilions development features six contemporary twobedroom, two bathroom apartments and two two-bedroom semi-detached villas. The building work is scheduled to be completed in July. Located under a mile from the town centre of Loughton, the Pavilions honours the town’s great cricketing heritage. Standing adjacent to the long-established Loughton Cricket Club, the stylish apartment block will provide outstanding views of the pitch from the private balconies of each home. Every apartment features two large, double bedrooms including an en-suite bathroom to
the master bedroom, a stunningly spacious reception room complete with signature bay window, contemporary décor and stylish kitchens by Urban Myth. The block also includes a lift.
Higgins Homes is also creating two two-bedroom, semi-detatched villas at the Pavilions, which have been designed to replicate a pair of Victorian villas houses complete with an original and refurbished weathervane. Each superb home features an en-suite bathroom, a first floor study or hobby room and a magnificently spacious reception room. They also include open plan kitchen and dining rooms leading to private gardens.
Jeremy Marcus, Sales and Marketing Director, Higgins Homes, comments: “These exclusive properties are ideal for buyers looking for a village lifestyle without leaving behind the sophistication of the city. Like all Higgins Homes properties, the apartments and villas at the Pavilions will be built to the highest specifications and with such limited availability we are confident these will sell quickly.”
mix of medieval cottages, Victorian terraces and grand public buildings.
Loughton is a town rich in history and was once a haven for the leading artists and scientists of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The town’s popularity in years gone by is particularly evident through the elegant and well kept architectural
A limited number of off plan reservations are being taken now. Prices start from £399,950. For more information, please contact Higgins Homes on 020 8508 6000 or visit: www.higginshomes.co.uk
Loughton town centre still retains a village-like feel which belies its close proximity to Central London, only twelve miles away. There is a wealth of boutique and high street shops, including independent butchers, grocers, florists and fashion retailers, vibrant restaurants, cafes and cosy pubs.
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SPRING IS DEFINITELY IN THE AIR AND IT’S TIME TO SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES. THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN MOST MAJOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS ARE UNDERTAKEN. IF YOU ARE NOT UP FOR A MAJOR OVERHAUL, A FEW STRATEGICALLY PLACED PLANTS MAY BE JUST WHAT YOU NEED TO REVITALISE, BRIGHTEN AND FRESHEN UP YOUR LIVING SPACE. PLANTS ARE A GREAT WAY OF INTRODUCING COLOUR TO THE HOME.
tilise them as you would any accessory. Similar to lighting, plants can transform every room in the house and used in conjunction with clever lighting your plants can be presented as innovative features. Greater visual impact is achieved with three or four of the same (or similar) plants grouped in a signature container. Create a tropical indoor garden in the living room or hallway with four or five different palms and dracaena at differing heights that can coexist harmoniously. Make your bedroom into a temple of rest with the soft white Spathiphyllum Wallisii (peace lily), which is an air purifying plant. Orchids also work well in this space as they are delicate, graceful, calming, and very easy to maintain. As the Orchid is a parasite it requires only one teaspoon of water per week to flourish. A simple bonsai or a dish of succulent plants will provide a low maintenance display that thrives well in the hot, steamy atmosphere of the bathroom. Cacti such as the Echinocactus (mother-in-law’s pillow) bring a taste of the exotic to that space. During spring a group of hyacinth bulbs in a glass container with the roots exposed will also give fragrance and colour to the bathroom. The bright yellow splendour of the narcissi, together with the blue of the muscari and multi-coloured tulips in natural rustic pots, or a homemade container of hollowed out driftwood, will be simply stunning on the windowsill of a kitchen or conservatory. Modern silk plant arrangements can be used as an alternative to living plants for those with allergies, or to brighten a dark hallway where a living plant may not survive.
Select healthy plants with no damage to leaf or flower and check for pests and diseases. Read the care card and find the correct placement in your home for each plant. Care cards detail the information you need to provide the correct amount of water, light and nutrition. Regularly groom your plants by removing any dead flowers or foliage, dust and polish the leaves and lightly spray with water, if appropriate. Don’t be tempted to place every plant on the window sill. Most plants love lots of light, however, not all will thrive on a window sill with hours of direct sunlight. As a general rule the darker the leaf of a plant the less light it requires, variegated or lighter leaf plants need more light. Plants with brightly coloured fruit or flowers usually like direct sunlight. Overwatering remains the most common cause of death for a house plant. Keep the soil moist, not wet, and not sitting in water for long periods of time. Place adequate drainage at the base of a new container prior to re-potting. Dress the top of the soil with moss, decorative bark, gravel coloured stones, glass beads or slate to aid the retention of moisture. Look beyond the aloe vera, mother-in-law’s tongue, monstera, anthurium, peace lily, phalanaeopsis orchid, African violet and kalanchoe and discover the strange exotic beauty of plants such as aechmea, ananas comosus (ivory pineapple), euphorbia ingens (cowboy cactus), maranta tricolour (herringbone plant), medinilla magnifica, heliconia, to name a few. A plant is not for life, change them regularly and recycle by passing on to family, friends, or, donating to your local church or school bazaar. Do visit our website www.blushtemples.co.uk SCENE 69
2011 MARKS THE 98TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD FAMOUS RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW. ESTABLISHED IN 1913, ON THE GROUNDS OF THE CHELSEA ROYAL HOSPITAL IN LONDON, THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED ANNUAL EVENTS IN THE WORLD AND THE SHOWCASE FOR HORTICULTURAL EXCELLENCE, ATTRACTING VISITORS AND EXHIBITORS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE. SINCE ITS BEGINNING, THE SHOW HAS GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AND GROWN FROM 244 EXHIBITORS IN 1913 TO OVER 600 TODAY, INCLUDING GARDENS, NURSERIES, FLORISTRY, EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS AND TRADE STANDS. IT NOW ATTRACTS 157,000 VISITORS EVERY YEAR. THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW HAS WITNESSED NUMEROUS CHANGES, BUT HAS ALWAYS PROVIDED A SHOWCASE FOR THE GARDENING FASHIONS AND TRENDS OF THE DAY. SHOW GARDENS HAVE MIRRORED THE CHANGING ENTHUSIASMS OF THE GARDEN DESIGNERS, FROM THE JAPANESE AND TOPIARY GARDENS OF THE EARLY DAYS, THROUGH THE ROCK GARDEN CRAZE DURING THE WAR YEARS, THE PAVED BACK YARDS AND COTTAGE GARDENS OF THE 1980S TO THE CONTEMPORARY, SCULPTURAL GARDENS OF THE PRESENT DAY. THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE AROUND 600 EXHIBITORS AT THE SHOW FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, INCLUDING 32 GARDENS, OVER 100 GROWERS AND NURSERIES AND ALMOST 250 TRADE STANDS.
DID YOU KNOW? • RHS Chelsea Flower Show was originally called the RHS Great Spring Show, and that name has never officially been changed. • Despite the First World War, the show was held in 1914 – 1916, but cancelled in 1917.
DID YOU KNOW? • Japanese dwarf trees, now known as bonsai, were first seen at the first show in 1913. • The show was cancelled during the Second World War, when the land was requisitioned by the War Office for an anti-aircraft site. • In 1937, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth celebrated their Coronation year, and an ‘Empire Exhibition’ was staged. It featured wattles from Australia, pines from Canada, gladioli from East Africa and even a prickly pear from Palestine.
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Newly refurbished and brought up to date we have retained the old charm and character of the building. The quality of our food is reflected in our service, the warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes for the best dining experience in Loughton
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oodford Green’s sophisticated Champagne and Wine Bar, The Vault, continues to draw in locals from the area, whether for a midweek light lunch, a post-work glass of wine en route home from a stressful day or an evening out for drinks with friends Situated in the basement of an old bank, The Vault offers a unique setting in which to socialise and enjoy a vast selection of wines and champagne, alongside creative and delicious dishes from rising star chef, Jaran Samat. Jaran launched his new menu last month, keeping his signature dishes on there but with a few tasty additions. Following on from successful events in April, including celebrations for St. George’s Day and The Royal Wedding, May sees The Vault hosting one of their
hugely popular Wine Tasting evenings. Taking place on May 10th, this event will be showcasing white wines from South America. Fine wines will be presented in a fun and informative tasting from 7pm – 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at only £16 per person and if dinner is pre-booked, you will receive 10% off your total food bill on the night. The Vault chambers can also be hired for corporate and private functions with a variety of canapés and sharing platters available. Open from midday every day, The Vault’s professional and friendly team look forward to serving you soon…Go along and try for yourself! For further enquiries and bookings, call 020 8506 6419 or visit www.thevaultbar.co.uk
here flavours of the Mediterranean fuse with traditional British classics... CATCH fish restaurant continues to reel in the customers at its Queens Road site in Buckhurst Hill by offering the freshest and tastiest fish dishes throughout the day. Since Opening at the end of January, proprietors Nicky and Jackie Hunt and their experienced team have created a bright, airy and welcoming restaurant for their customers, offering simply great food at good value in relaxed surroundings. The menu contains an extensive selection of seafood and shellfish dishes, as well as meat and vegetarian options. On a recent visit, recommended
dishes included a generous starter portion of grilled sardines and a fish stew bouillabaisse bursting with flavour. The sharing dessert platter also deserves a mention - just grab a spoon and tuck in! CATCH offers a lunchtime menu, served Tuesday – Friday at only £8.95 including a glass of wine or beer, and a great value kid’s menu for the little ones, so it’s well worth a visit! For further enquiries and bookings, call 020 8504 6505. Closed Monday. www.catchfishrestaurant.co.uk
The Olive Tree
he Olive Tree in Loughton is a family run restaurant which prides itself on its hospitality, attention to detail and of course its great food and drink! The vast menu draws its influence from the Mediterranean using fresh quality ingredients sourced locally where possible. Dishes include grilled octopus and fennel, chicken souvlaki and a delicious trio of Greek desserts called Elinico Trio. There are daily specials to choose from and a great value set lunch menu available Monday to Saturday 12-5pm offering 2
courses for only £12.95. The restaurant plays host to various music events alongside their live jazz every Tuesday and Friday evening. Please see their website for forthcoming events. Whether you want a quick and simple lunch, a special night out with friends and family or want to make use of the 26 seat private function room, The Olive Tree is the perfect choice. Open daily from midday. 258 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB 020 8502 3332 www.olivetreeloughton.co.uk SCENE 73
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Fine Dining At THERE IS A DEFINITIVE BRITISH INFLUENCE WITH EVERY BISTRO THAT SITS WITHIN THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES OF OUR HUMBLE COUNTRY. IDENTIFIABLE BY ALL, A CERTAIN EXPECTATION RESTS ON THEIR REPUTATION AND IMAGE IN ORDER FOR THE PATRONS TO HABITUALLY SLIP INTO THE COMFORT ZONES. Words & Photos by Gary Verby
ick Van Wylen, Manager of Loughton’s ‘The Wheatsheaf’ and genuine master of hospitality, dictates a fresh outlook to these formulas. Never swaying from the expectations, the restaurant illustrates everything we envisage from a bistro pub, and then some. Previous to this dream venture of his, restaurant manager, Rick, took to the globe, engaging his dedicated abilities to the top establishments of the world, only recently returning from Dubai. Any explorer could articulate the greatest lessons and experiences are found away from home. Rick, however, has selflessly shared his own experiences with the good customers of ‘The Wheatsheaf’, and the restaurant depicts these cultural diversities in spades. Retaining all the existing charm of the establishment’s predecessor, there is a beautiful duality to the atmosphere.
The first stage of this multifaceted restaurant is the bar; visible on entry it possesses all the trimmings of the orthodox pub; on closer inspection, however, it could be considered the peak of its kind. ‘The Wheatsheaf’ undeniably prides itself on the widest assortment of the finest wines from around the world, an influential addition from Rick’s years of expertise. Bottles dating 30 years plus will be served with a healthy knowledge of their backgrounds by the educated staff, all trained with the idyllic restaurant etiquette. The establishment’s mentality towards a bar personal service exceeds the conventions as waiters will come directly to you to receive your request. After refreshment from the Bar, take a few steps through the archway and the aforementioned duality of the restaurant becomes clear. An immensely charming, contemporary independent dining area waits. A sizzling log fire and multitude of candlelight warms the atmosphere and sets the tone for the remainder of your dining experience. Nothing quite compliments the environment than the delectable palette of the ‘Crispy Smoked Duck’ appetizer, dressed to the nines with a mango and pear garnish. The duck, a succulent treat, and the dressing forming a flavoursome accompaniment, the presentation as expected is class and beauty to perfection. ‘The Wheatsheaf’ which has already founded a very loyal customer base and will promptly confirm the contented experience of tasting the fine wine with the main course at the restaurant. Rick guarantees the produce is sourced locally, with ingredients SCENE 75
of the highest quality, which Jack Follon, the immensely talented chef, is then given to create the magic. His grandest trick is performed when the ‘Pan Fried Lamb Cutlets’ are ordered. This vibrant and stimulating dish exudes a sweetened aroma as the mint gravy perfectly moistens the lamb. Chef Jack has fashioned a tender and sweet course that is sure to be a personal desire upon returning visits. When the candles dim, the final spark of the fire crackles and that last mouthful of the rich, fluffy home baked ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’ is finished, a returning visit will be the first thing on your mind. ‘The Wheatsheaf’ is a truly refreshing getaway from the restaurants of its kind, all at once modern, traditional, sophisticated, comfortable and romantic. Come for the pub, come for the bar, come for the dining, come for the unique experience.
For bookings call The Wheatsheaf on 020 8508 9655 or visit them online www.thewheatsheafloughton.com Alternatively their doors are always open 15 York Hill Loughton Essex IG10 1RL 76 SCENE
You are cordially invited to the Menzies Prince Regent Summer Masquerade Ball on Saturday 4th June 2011
Menu Glass of champagne on arrival Cray fish, crab and prawn panache with winter vegetable leaf salad and dill yoghurt dressing French onion soup with gruyere toast Chicken wrapped in pancetta with green peppercorn sauce Panache of vegetables with chateaux potatoes Fruits of forest cheesecake Coffee or petit fours Chocolate mousse with creme friache
In association with the charities of Prince Regent we are pleased to welcome you to our first Summer Ball Live band playing till late and prize for best mask Tickets £50.00 of which50% of the ticket price is being donated to your charity. Champagne on arrival from 7pm • Sit down 8.30pm • Carriages 1am For more information contact Nicola Sands 020 8505 9966 - email@example.com
THE NOBLE M600 IS A CAR PRODUCED NOT IN COMPETITION TO THE CURRENT SUPERCAR ESTABLISHMENT, BUT ONE, THAT OFFERS THOSE SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR DRIVING, AN ALTERNATIVE PHILOSOPHY AND A MORE REWARDING DRIVING EXPERIENCE. ONE OF THE MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS ASKED IS ‘WHAT OF THE CURRENT SUPERCARS IS THE NOBLE’S COMPETITION?’ THE HONEST REPLY IS ‘NONE WHATSOEVER’.
IT’S GOT 650BHP, A BETTER POWERTO-WEIGHT THAN A VEYRON, AND A PRICE TAG OF £200,000
ou’re probably thinking, ‘hang on a second, that’s not new, I remember seeing it in 2009’?
Yes. You would have seen the M600 in 2009. But that, dear readers, was a prototype. This, according to Noble, is the final, production-ready supercar set to give the automotive aristocracy
a kick up the splitter. Quick stats - a 4.4-litre Volvo/Yamaha V8 produces three power outputs depending on how many Weetabix you’ve had that morning. The ‘Road’ setting gives you 450bhp, ‘Track’ bumps it up to 550bhp, and ‘Race’ commands 650bhp. Each increases the boost curve and throttle response. It weighs 1,250kgs, and with the
Stig-switch applied (650bhp) gives around 530bhp-per-tonne, prompting the inevitable headline-grabbing reference to something Bugattishaped and fast... Noble reckons it’ll hit 120mph from rest in 8.9 seconds and go on to an estimated 225mph, making it quite a handy bit of kit. SCENE 79
The tub is made from stainless sheet steel, it’s mid-engined and rear-wheeldrive and, though prices haven’t been confirmed, will probably cost something in the region of £200,000. Aesthetics are of course subjective, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. However there are certain engineering absolutes, particularly when creating a supercar featuring such massive power and performance, which dictate, in order to have full aerodynamic and cooling efficiency that certain design criteria must be met. It is Noble’s belief that form should always follow function, there is much in the philosophy, ‘if it looks right it probably is right’. Utilising extensive wind tunnel testing they have strived to maintain the form to be as minimalist as possible whilst providing the ultimate aerodynamic and cooling efficiency. Nothing is cosmetic; every element of the shape and design is intrinsic to performance efficacy. 80 SCENE
Noble take great pride in their reputation for the excellent ride and handling of their performance cars. They firmly believe that the chassis is the fundamental foundation of any performance car. This is particularly the case with cars which do not feature a great deal of computer technology. Computer assistance can often mask deficits in the chassis design and it is not until these electronic driver aids are turned off that the flaws are revealed. There is no engineering logic which dictates that precise and effective handling should be to the detriment of comfort and ride quality. Noble believe that an effectively designed and engineered chassis should be able to combine both high speed capability and driver comfort. Their engineering, based on a ‘back to basics’ ethos, devotes a huge amount of time and resources in ensuring that the chassis is as efficient and effective as possible. This is ably demonstrated by the M600, the high speed handling is superb and the ride is both comfortable and smooth.
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20 Apr-20 May Now a big breakthrough is coming and an even greater one behind it, so do not be afraid to go with the flow and thrive as you have never thrived so much in your life. It is your destiny and has been hard fought after. Enjoy this time and relish every single moment. It is much deserved.
21 Mar-19 Apr You enter the realms of much uncertainty. You need to backtrack that which you once had and begin again. There was an aspect of which you were uncertain. That has reared its ugly head again. Come clean and all will be forgiven and allow yourself greater rewards afterwards. To cut corners puts you into further jeopardy. The outcome is there provided you trust in it.
21 May-20 Jun Now the coming of all things good and wholesome is fast approaching. You will be ready for the onslaught of work, which you have been asking for in earnest. Payment of course will follow, but that is secondary to the prestige that you will earn from these events and will bring you into what can only be described as a seventh heaven.
23 Oct-21 Nov What you have been searching for in your life is now approaching. It will sustain your every need, but do not take it for granted as it needs to be reconstructed so that a better outcome is achieved and lasting happiness is obtained. It will all make sense to you, so continue to strive forwards and meet this situation with arms wide open and release all negativity now.
21 Jun-22 Jul You finally come into your own and begin the new policy of working and acting. Begin to see all that you have achieved experience-wise has come into full effect and practice. Gone are the dark clouds of despair. You enter a new phase of enlightenment in life and finance. Open up your mind, release the tension and acknowledge where you have come from and where you are going.
22 Nov-21 Dec It is the passion that keeps you going. You thought you were lost and everything was futile and redundant. Not so! For out of the doom and despair new found workings, which were not there before, are in place to safeguard all that was impossible to start with. You climb dramatically and significantly out of these constraints and into a safe position not thought possible before.
22 Dec-19 Jan Please be patient with yourself. Your self-elevation is all around you and the positive outcome confronts you now. See the salvation bring to you more than you had thought possible, the upliftment to you always safe and secure. You are on a rollercoaster of events, which will change your life forever and secure your future for all time. There is no more hardship, only delight!
23 Jul-22 Aug It is the breakthrough that you have been waiting for. Accept that generous offer and set your sights even higher. There is no stopping this climb of achievement. That restless spirit you once were is long gone. You enter a realm of activity and finance and are master of your own destiny. Believe in the concept set before you and know you are on the right path.
23 Aug-22 Sep This topsy-turvy situation will end dramatically and you will begin to see that light at the end of the tunnel. All obstacles are wiped clean, the path way straight and secure. Your elevation to a status not thought of before is now entering into your life. Newfound friendships and acquaintances are there and must be nurtured, so that you can accomplish more than you thought possible.
20 Jan-18 Feb Tread easily into the shoes of another and do not feel overwhelmed as it is your rightful place of existence and has been denied you for long enough already. This generous role that you find yourself in will completely uplift you and remove all the ill feelings that have now passed. Secure this position and make it your very own as only you can do.
Libra 23 Sep-22 Oct It is now or never. You must make this important decision so that all is not lost. Ignore this advice and you will see much hardship enter in as it is already ahead of you. Be brave. Make this lasting decision so that you are finally out of the woods and can breathe the fresh air of freedom. You owe it to yourself and the family.
Pisces 19 Feb-20 Mar You really come into your own now. All that has already been predicted will transpire and you will have a lasting effect on so many people’s lives and livelihoods. Do not feel torn under so much paper work. Relief is there provided you know how to look. Take control and see this mighty surge of activity and finance coming your way. You are mortal, but mighty indeed. SCENE 81
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AFTER A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN DESIGN AND EVENTS MANAGEMENT, MELANIE DEVERS HAS FOUND A NEW CALLING. SWAPPING THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE WEST END FOR THE LEAFY SUBURBS OF CHIGWELL, SHE HAS RECENTLY JOINED THE FAMILY BUSINESS AT THE MAGNIFICENT NEW HOME OF SHEESH. HERE, MELANIE SPEAKS TO LUKE HARMAN ABOUT HER LOVE FOR HER WORK, HER FAMILY, AND ERRM, JACK NICHOLSON. QUICK FIRE One thing I can’t live without is... My Mum –She helps me out so much, especially at work! As a child I wanted to be... A Charlie’s Angel or an Air Hostess An ambition I’m yet to fulfil is... Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. If you had one wish, what would it be? For my Aunty Pat to still be with us. She was a character; a courageous and unforgettable woman. ‘Pat’s Booths’ at Sheesh are named after her. My proudest moment was... Overcoming my fear of public speaking to read out something I had written in front of 300 people. Never again! My guilty pleasure is... Barbra Streisand. My claim to fame is... I once danced with Jack Nicholson. Well…we shared the same dance floor, why let the truth get in the way of a good story! My celebrity crush is... It’s got to be Jack And finally, my last meal would be... A Sheesh Lamb Shish, of course.
Tell us a little bit about Sheesh... Sheesh is a family run restaurant specialising in Turkish cuisine. It originally opened four years ago in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, before we moved to the site here in Chigwell in January. Dylan Hunt, my cousin, designed the whole place and he’s done an amazing job, we’re all very proud of what he’s achieved. Describe Sheesh in 3 words… Unique. Vibrant. Delicious. What is your role at Sheesh? I’m the Front of House Manager but I’m also in charge of organising events. We had Soprano Bella here on Mother’s Day who posed as waiters & chefs before bursting into operatic song, the customers loved it! I also book the musicians who perform in the upstairs bar area. Tell us more about the bar area... We have a great space above the restaurant where you can have a drink before or after your meal on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening. We have live bands performing on Fridays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. Your dancing shoes may be required. What’s the best thing about your job? I’ve always worked long hours but when you’re doing it for your family it’s much more rewarding. It’s been fantastic to see a building site transformed into a bustling and successful restaurant and I really enjoy meeting all the customers, I’ve heard some interesting life stories! Any famous faces made an appearance? They have. Marvin from JLS & his girlfriend Rochelle from the Saturdays had a birthday celebration in the Sugar Suite. Kimberly Walsh and Olly Murs have been in and Gino D’Acampo Tweeted that our lamb shish is the best he’s ever had! Quite a compliment from a renowned chef. What dish would you recommend from the menu? My personal favourites are the pan fried squid and King Prawns. But if it’s your first visit you
have to try the Lamb Shish or Karisik Grille (mixed grill). Where else do you like to eat in the local area? Catch on Queens Road is my favourite local restaurant, they have a superb menu and their fish is cooked in Matzo, just the way my Nan used to make it. My local pub is the Cuckfield in Wanstead; my friends and I have spent many a Tuesday night cheating our way through their pub quiz. What do you do to relax? Sundays and Mondays are my days off. On a Sunday morning I like to have a stroll through Columbia Road or Broadway Market– I love that part of town. The rooftop of the Boundary just off Bethnal Green Road is the perfect place to relax with a mojito. My monthly treat is a facial at The Retreat in South Woodford and massage with Maxine at the Relaxation Place. Where do you like to go on holiday? I’m off to Marrakech for the first time in May. Thailand, New York & Italy are favourite destinations of mine but Sydney is like a home from home for me. I travelled around Australia years ago & fell in love with the place.
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