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SCENE In Kent The April update from local businesses, news, what’s going on and gossip across the Kent County this month. Social SCENE We’ve been busy this month attending some of the best events in Kent. See you were snapped by the SCENE photographer! Your Fired! This month join us as we catch up with Lord Sugar to profile his career and look at the latest season of the Apprentice. Days Out In Hayes We explore the fantastic shop’s and services that the village of Hayes has to offer in this months high street feature. Men’s Fashion It looks like the coldest part of the year has finally come to an end. Why not celebrate with a new Summer wardrobe?

Stacey’s Smile Scene interviews Essex celebrity, Stacey Solomon, who reveals all about her glowing white smile. Women’s Fashion New to the Scene Fashion team this month, Dezi Markou, on what you need to wear this month. Motors Be captivated by this month’s car of choice, the good looking, practical and economical Chevrolet Captiva. SCENE Eats Nick Constantine, the man behind Plaza in Locksbottom, shares a favourite recipe of his that for all our readers.

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SCENE In The Kitchen Fashion doesn’t stop at what to wear. Here is our selection of the most fashionable kitchenware to have in your home this spring. Grand Designs We catch up with the interior design guru and the host of Grand Designs, the one and only Kevin McCloud.

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WATCH THE TITANIC IN 3D The blockbuster film that is Titanic is set to return to the big screen and this time you can Experience it like never before in 3D. Titanic is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time,

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the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the ship of dreams -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

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AMELIA ROSE Amelia Rose will be hosting a luxury Handbag sale, with at least 50% off previous seasons handbags from Longchamp, Alison van der Lande, Coccinelle, Radley and more at St Marys Community Hall, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9NB on Saturday 21st April 11.30-4pm.

IT’S TIME TO PLAY Your local Bang & Olufsen showroom has launched the manufacturer’s new ‘B&O PLAY’ brand in style with the retro-looking Beolit 12 portable music system. Influenced by striking, 1960s Bang & Olufsen radios and featuring the most advanced sound technology, Beolit 12 epitomises the fun and portable brand values of B&O PLAY. Convenient and robust, BeoLit 12 is compatible with iPod, iPhone and iPad variants. With Apple’s Airplay technology, BeoLit 12 allows users to play music wirelessly from these Apple devices and also a PC or Mac when connected to a wireless network. A rechargeable battery provides up to eight hours of quality sound that can be listened to via the 120 watt amplifier, twin 2” tweeters and 4” woofer of BeoLit 12. Although immense in performance and style, BeoLit 12 is small in cost at just £599. Please call into the retailers below with your iPod, iPhone or iPad to experience Beolit 12. Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath, Tel: 0208 303 2760, www.bang-olufsen.com/bexleyheath Bang & Olufsen of Bromley, Tel: 0208 466 8080 www.bang-olufsen.com/bromley Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells, Tel: 01892 527 525 www.bang-olufsen.com/tunbridgewells

BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW SPRING AT BLUEWATER 12TH – 15TH APRIL Organisers have announced that tickets to the brand new BBC Good Food Show Spring are available to buy. The Show will follow the format of the flagship BBC Good Food Show Winter bringing some of the most popular features to the brand new Events Venue at Bluewater. This includes the best producers of fine food and drink, ultimate suppliers of the best kitchenware as well as live cookery demonstrations in the Supertheatre from some of the UK’s best loved chefs including James Martin’ The Show will also bring to life some of the nation’s favourite TV programmes. Saturday Kitchen Live sessions hosted by James Martin will feature celebrity guests to give us their food heaven and food hell. MasterChef will be brought to life with live sessions from John Torode, Gregg Wallace and a whole host of past contestants and winners. For Tickets please visit BBCGoodFoodShowSpring.com or call 0844 581 1362 SCENE 11


It’s time to switch It’s not just flowers that The digital switchover is nowthe happening across Kent. We can help you make the switch and tune are colourful this Spring... into a whole new viewing experience.

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With the digital switchover now underway, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your television. This transition means that if you are using an analogue television then you will no longer be able to receive channels via a traditional aerial, typically BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five. Instead, you will need to add a freeview box to your television or upgrade to a superior, digital set, such as any Bang & Olufsen television. We can advise you on all your options and should you wish to move up to a Bang & Olufsen television, then we can make it even more appealing with our attractive trade-in promotions on the impressive BeoVision 10 and BeoVision 7 television families*. Simply trade-in any working television BeoSound 8 is a breath of fresh air for 2012, iPod, iPhone and iPad owners. With andbenefit no matter the age, brand or crystal model clear – andsound you will at our showrooms before 31st March striking good looks that can be individualised with speaker grille covers in a choice of colours, from a minimum trade-in allowance of: BeoSound 8 adds a refreshing and unprecedented twist to the enjoyment of digital music.

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Choose 8 and add10-40 some colour to your music collection. Experience the unrivalled ■ £700BeoSound towards BeoVision and 10-46 docking station at our showrooms today.

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Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath 155 Broadway, Bexleyheath www.bang-olufsen.com/bexleyheath Tel. 0208 303 2760 Bang & Olufsen of Bromley 62 High Street, Bromley www.bang-olufsen.com/bromley Tel. 0208 466 8080 Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells 66 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells www.bang-olufsen.com/tunbridgewells Tel. 01892 527525 *Terms and conditions apply. Please ask in-store for details. 12 SCENE B&O_FEB-MAR_12.indd 1

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ILIRIK Ilirik has only been open just over a month, but has built up a great reputation already. The unisex hairdressers was formerly The Barber Club, but since Selvi, the new owner and manager has taken over, you wouldn’t recognize the place. Gone are the barber chairs and masculine décor. In have come some feminine touches and a splash of colour. On offer as well as the cutting, colouring, and perming are Balmain hair extensions and YUKO hair straightening and antifrizz treatments. For more details contact Ilirik, 436 Upper Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 3HQ. Tel: 020 8650 5066

EASTER AT BLUEWATER For an egg-citing day out with the whole family during the Easter Holidays, visit Bluewater’s Easter Eggs-travaganza Experience. Bluewater, the leading fashion, leisure and events destination, will be hosting a mix of fun family activities in the Plaza with Easter offers galore! Take up the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf challenge, located in the Wintergarden. The guest with the least number of attempts to score a hole-in-one with a special egg shaped golf ball wins a prize! Check out www.bluewater.co.uk for the latest information and retailer Easter offers. • Good Friday 10am-9pm • Easter Saturday 9am-9pm • Easter Sunday Closed (The Showcase Cinema and selected restaurants will remain open, for details please check www. bluewater.co.uk) Easter Monday 10am-7pm

THE BAKERY

It’s an exciting time at The Bakery in Tatsfield, as big plans have been set in motion to redevelop the kitchens, dining facilities, and introduce five boutique style en-suite rooms so people can stay. Phase one - to extend and completely refit the kitchens - of what will be a four-phase project ,should already be finished by the time you read this. After this, the en-suite rooms will be put in, and hopefully these will be ready prior to the Olympics, especially as there might be extra demand for rooms

due to the anticipated number of extra flights Biggin Hill Airport will be receiving during this period. It’s hoped that the bedrooms will also attract custom to the village from nearby businesses, travelling business people, tourists and not to mention guests dining at the restaurant who may with to stay over after dinner, a wedding or birthday celebration. The Bakery, Westmore Green, Tatsfield, Kent, TN16 2AG. Tel: 01959 577605

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isis Flowers 2nd birthday Isis flowers & Events, well known all across Bromley for their beautiful bouquets and contemporary twist on the classic high street florist, celebrated their 2nd Birthday in March. Champagne and nibbles were on hand for all their friends and customers who had come out especially to show their support for this local flourishing business.

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NEW IN AT LA BELLE BOUTIQUE A NEW SEASON MEANS A NEW WARDROBE FOR MOST LADIES. LA BELLE BOUTIQUE IN WEST WICKHAM OPENED THEIR DOORS AFTER HOURS FOR A SPECIAL INVITATION ONLY EVENT TO SHOWCASE THEIR NEW COLLECTION FOR THE WARMER MONTHS, INCLUDING A NEW RANGE OF DESIGNER ATTIRE MODELLED BY TOWIE’S LAUREN POPE!

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A tweetfull event at BACCARAT Baccarat Hair Design played host to the first ever networking event for Beck/BromFL in March. The winner of the ‘Bromley’s Most loved Business’ award opened their doors in support of local tweeters as a place to meet up and network with like-minded local business people. The event was supported in part by Lavender House Cafe, who made sure there was plenty of food going around, and The Yummy Cake Company who made sure everyones sweet tooth was satisfied with their delicious cupcakes!

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ang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells motored ahead when it came to hosting a unique event that would capture the imagination of its VIP customers. The Mount Pleasant Road retailer invited customers to experience an unrivalled fusion of audio-visual and automotive excellence with its participation in the Aston Martin ‘Speed of Sound’ Tour. Through the Tour, which was exclusive to only six nationwide Bang & Olufsen retailers, Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells arranged for its customers to drive the latest Aston Martin models and receive professional tuition from the manufacturer’s Performance Driving Instructors.

Customers who attended the unprecedented event, which was based at the Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells showroom, were treated to a 40-minute drive of the new DBS Carbon or V8 Vantage. Prior to getting behind the wheel of the phenomenal Aston Martins, customers were given a demonstration of each car’s impressive, factory-fitted Bang & Olufsen audio installation and were

able to witness how the loudspeakers rise out of the dashboard the second the key is placed in the ignition.

When customers weren’t experiencing what are two of the world’s most exciting sports cars, they were able to sample another top performer at Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells – the newly-launched BeoVision 12. With its phenomenal 65”, 3D screen, the latest Bang & Olufsen digital television ensured that it wasn’t just the striking Aston Martins that looked amazing. Andy Irvine, Sales Executive at Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells, was delighted that the retailer had helped customers achieve their driving ambitions. “Response to the event was excellent and it was good to see our customers getting a lot from the experience, enjoying the chance to drive such aspirational cars and also being able to enhance their own road skills through tips from professional drivers,” said Andy. “There was much interest in our latest products too, all our customers being

impressed with how BeoVision 12 sets a new high when it comes to creating the ultimate home cinema experience.” Andy continued: “It was one of our best and most memorable events and it’s something we’d certainly like to host again in the future. In fact, we could have filled the places we had available many times over.” 66 Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RH. 01892 527 525 SCENE 17


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Lord Sugar was brought up in a council house on an estate in Hackney, South London, and showed entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. While many schoolchildren were in bed, a young Lord Sugar would be up at 6am boiling beetroot for a greengrocer.

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It seems like only yesterday that these immortal words last ricocheted off the walls of the boardroom but, now that last year’s candidates’ performances have been consigned to the Youtube bloopers vault, it’s time to welcome the class of 2012 and the 8th series of The Apprentice. Once again, Lord Sugar has invited a shortlist of 16 of the UK’s most ambitious business brains along with him on a 12 week journey full of tears, tantrums, egos, mishaps and mayhem, before finally, one victor will walk away with the spoils. Once again, the winner of this year’s Apprentice will become Lord Sugar’a business partner, walking away with a £250,000 investment to give their new venture the best start in life. Any viewers of previous series will know, this isn’t a task Lord Sugar takes lightly, and in series 8 he will no doubt once again testing the candidates creative, sales, marketing, leadership, and organisational skills to the absolute limit. With the eagle eyes of Nick and Karren following their every move, the class of 2012 will no doubt be eager to prove their commercial insight and business sense, and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls that have sealed the fate of previous contestants. One thing Lord Sugar is never very impressed by is the candidates claiming any affinity or similarity to himself. One of his classic one liners in series 3, ‘Don’t start telling me that you’re just like me, because no one’s like me, I’m unique’, may ring true, though you couldn’t do worse than learn a few lessons from Lord Sugar’s business experience. The original ‘Del Boy’, Lord Sugar was brought up in a council house on an estate in Hackney, South London, and showed entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. While many schoolchildren were in bed, a young Lord Sugar would be up at 6am boiling beetroot for a greengrocer, and by the age of 16 was earning more than his father, from weekend and evening work alone. Business acumen, and ingenuity played an important part in his early years; he even built his own bicycle from an old frame when his family couldn’t afford to buy him one. After SCENE 19


selling car aerials and cigarettes from his equivalent of Del Boy and Rodney’s Robin Reliant, he started his first electronics company aged just 21. Although Lord Sugar has never been immune to the perils of business, he made his first million with one of his most well-known success stories, the Amstrad computer. Amstrad also had a lucrative line in set top boxes, a business which is now owned by BSkyB. Today, Lord Sugar, his wife, and his collection of classic cars, have found a home in Chigwell, Essex, from where he can not only enjoy his passion for cars, but also puts to good use his 30 year’s experience as a qualified pilot as he owns a Cirrus SR20 four seat aircraft. Lord Sugar certainly has a few ‘boys toys’, but they are just rewards for a businessman, who, when not playing the role of ‘belligerent boss’ in The Apprentice, also has his current business portfolio to oversee. He owns and/ or is chairman of Amsair, a business and executive jet company; Viglen, an IT solutions business; Amscreen, a digital signage advertising business - and Amsprop. Amsprop is Sir Alan Sugar’s property investment firm, and forms the core of his business activities. Now of, course, he is well known as a TV personality; perhaps, some might say, as famous for his business record, as his acerbic wit and archive of one-liners. As the BBC wrote when they profiled him on their website in 2007, “Sir Alan is living, growling proof that you can reach the top and yet retain a distinct cockney flavour”. With such a solid business record, Lord Sugar’s success is something this year’s potential Apprentices hope to emulate one day, although to a certain extent they might want to avoid adding too much ‘cockney flavour’. Hopefully, they’ve also had a look at some of the ‘best bits’ from past series of the hit BBC show. While the ever

so catchy ‘Dance In Your Pants’ ad jingle, and the equally questionable catchphrase ‘Hasta La Vista Gravy’ might have provided some TV Gold at the time, the novelty might wear off if any of the candidates decide to attempt something similar this time round. The series kicked off on March 21st, and prior to this we were given an opportunity to ‘meet’ this year’s candidates and measure up their business potential. The 16 men and women taking part this year include an architect, beauty salon owner, market trader, a recruitment team leader, a national sales manager, and a technology entrepreneur. There’s also a co-founder of a food manufacturers and a restaurateur in the line-up. They won’t have any trouble identifying a cloche in a buying task then, except oh wait, that was part of last year’s buying tasks. Whatever tasks await in this year’s gruelling 12 week process, one Apprentice we’ll definitely be looking out for is local candidate, Michael Copp. 31 year old Michael is a Londoner, whose ‘drive and tough background’ has led him to become the Managing Director of Dream Bedrooms and Kitchens in Woodford Green. Unlike some of the other contestants, Michael can’t include moonlighting as a wrestler, or ice skating alongside Olympic, champions Torvil and Dean, in his personal profile, but it’s character and business skills that matter in this process. Saying that, it’s interesting to note the quote that candidate Azhar Siddique has chosen for his personal profile. He states that “It’s not about who shouts the loudest, it’s who has the ability to control the conversation.” Whether this shrewd insight will apply to Michael or any of the applicants, only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure, when it comes to whittling down the candidates and picking an overall winner, Lord Sugar will be the only one in the boardroom controlling the conversation.

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HAYES VILLAGE STOOD AT THE JUNCTION OF HAYES LANE, LEADING NORTH TO BROMLEY(ONE MILE DISTANT, AND WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS PICKHURST LANE, LEADING WEST TO WEST WICKHAM. THE CENTRE OF THE OLD VILLAGE IS NOW CALLED HAYES STREET. THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY IS LOCATED THERE, AS WAS THE VILLAGE SCHOOL. THE PUBLIC HOUSE, ALSO ON HAYES LANE, IS CALLED THE GEORGE. HAYES STREET FARM, STILL SHOWN ON MODERN MAPS, IS LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF THE VILLAGE CENTRE. TODAY THE AREA CONTAINS SOME SMALL SHOPS, THE LOCAL POST OFFICE HAVING CLOSED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND THE NEAREST IS NOW IN THE MAIN SHOPPING AREA BEING NEAR THE STATION. THE VILLAGE SCHOOL IS NOW A SECOND SMALLER VILLAGE HALL. THE LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL WHICH OPENED IN CIRCA 1930, TO REPLACE THE FORMER VILLAGE SCHOOL IS LOCATED IN GEORGE LANE. IN RECENT YEARS IT HAS EXPANDED IN SIZE AND NOW HAS 3 FORMS IN EACH YEAR. IT IS EXTREMELY POPULAR AND MANY OF ITS PUPILS GO ONTO HAYES SCHOOL IN WEST COMMON ROAD. BY COINCIDENCE, THE CURRENT HEAD OF HAYES PRIMARY IS A MR HAYES!

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Established for 17 years in Hayes and now with a new men’s grooming salon in Beckenham, Antonios Male Grooming continues to offer high-end service in large impressive men’s salons. They have managed to successfully create a feel of traditional men’s grooming, yet in a modern setting. The highly experienced team cover all aspects of male grooming for guys of all ages, from hot towel shaving to colouring and offer special rates for senior citizens and school boys under 16yrs Monday - Friday. Area Manager and Senior Stylist, Natalie Perrott, say’s ‘Our emphasis has always been to offer great customer service in a comfortable and friendly environment.’ You can walk in and relax in a spacious waiting area where you can browse through the latest men’s mags and hairstyle books whilst you enjoy TV entertainment and refreshments. They also provide an appointment service where you will be seen at a chosen time and by an appointed stylist. A visit to Antonios Male Grooming salons is definitely an experience you will want to repeat again and again. They are open 7 days a week with late nights until 8pm Mon - Fri. 11 Station Approach, Bromley, BR2 7EQ 0208 462 2990


BEAUTY CONCEPT

If you are crying out to be pampered, Beauty Concept is definitely the place to go. They have practically everything to treat your body from head to toe, such as facials, using MD Formulations, or Guinot products. Even then you have a choice as to what type of facial will be good for you, like a deep cleansing or one for severe acne, scarring and sun damage. Down to the non-surgical face-lift. Manicures or pedicures using Geleration nail polish is a treat for your nails, costing £35 and, if you come back within three weeks for the infills to be done, it’s only £25. Once a month, a qualified dermatologist holds a clinic for those people who want Restylane dermal fillers. Waxing is available but, for those who would like a more permanent solution, IPL laser hair removal is also available, and if you book a course you will get 50% off. Throughout the year you find all sorts of promotions running, so for more information on these and other treatments please contact: Beauty Concept, 23 Station Approach, Hayes, Kent, BR2 7EQ 020 8462 4141

CANNON CARS

Cannon Cars is the largest private hire and courier company in the local area and among the largest in the South-East of England and they pride themselves in offering an extremely high level of service at very competitive rates. Their fleet of drivers have gone through NVQ level 2 training and certification in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving, which is a customer service qualification and highlights their commitment to service. They are a family run business that has been in operation for 22 years and operats with approximately 140 well-maintained vehicles including saloon cars, estate cars, MPV’s, wheelchair access and an executive fleet. They are fully licensed with The Public Carriage Office, Five Star graded with the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, hold the Gold Award with The National Private Hire Association and we are ISO9001 registered with BSI. Cannon Cars Ltd offer credit account facilities in addition to a standard cash service. 10-12 Bourne Way, Hayes, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7EY 0208 460 3333

PHOEBE BOUTIQUE

Phoebe Boutique - formerly known as Jessie - but now under new management and with a summer refurbishment on the way, Phoebe Boutique has arrived in Hayes. This unique, independent ladies fashion boutique offers the very latest in contemporary on trend women’s fashion. Phoebe stocks a range of cutting edge brands, including the likes of Forever Unique, John Zack, TFNC & Glamorous. Phoebe is also proud to stock a selection of one-off pieces from independent designers and, with a vast range of jewellery and accessories to complement your outfit, Phoebe truly is the perfect boutique for all your clothing needs. 54 Hayes Street, Hayes, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7LD 0208 462 0000

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isis Flowers

For many years toni and claire have shared a passion for flowers and weddings so they pooled all their knowledge and experience and two years ago isis Flowers & events was born. a flower store for your every day needs and specialising in weddings Flowers. toni and claire, along with pete, have spent two years building the business and have had the pleasure of working on many beautiful weddings, and as the business has grown, they have recruited liz along the way. their aim is to provide simple, stylish elegance and exquisite attention to detail – whether by helping you choose the perfect bouquet of flowers or by working with you to plan your wedding or celebration. at isis Flowers & events, they provide a very high standard of customer service ensuring that you will not only achieve exactly what you are looking for, but also you will enjoy the whole experience. For more details or to book a free consultation contact: isis Flowers & events, 24 hayes street, hayes, kent. Br2 7ld tel: 020 8467 7074 web: www.isisflowers.co.uk

the venue

the venue is the perfect setting for all types of celebrations, completely versatile to suit any type of event. whether you wish to book a private party, a wedding reception, christening, baby shower, a wake for a loved one, or a corporate event, the venue is ideal with multifunctional usage. the venue comprises of two rooms, the glemnet suite and the boardroom, which can be opened into one large suite. both rooms are fully air conditioned with full wi-Fi, disabled access with ample, free parking, so please contact the events team and we will endeavour to make your booking with us an enjoyable one. the venue, Bromley Fc, hayes lane,Bromley, Br2 9eF 0208 460 5291 or 07798 714641

travelsolutions

From left to right mandy eulenkamp (director), dawna Brown (office manager), Fred eulenkamp (managing director)

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the experts at travelsolutions (formerly global star travel), an independent travel management company in hayes show a real passion for helping their clients find the best solutions for their holiday plans. being an independent company with no links (hidden or open) to any particular tour operator, airline or hotel group you can be sure that the advice they give is completely impartial. widely travelled and knowledgeable they can sit down with you and help plan anything from a six month world tour to a one night short break. bespoke is their buzzword – travel itineraries are planned with you in mind and they can be built around you rather than you having to fit in to a standard brochure offering. safari in africa, beach in the caribbean, cruise in the med or a city break to paris travelsolutions will be able to help find you the right trip to suite you and your budget. as they like to say at travelsolutions: “travel – it’s a lifestyle choice” 49 station approach, hayes, kent. Br2 7eB. tel: 020 8462 8712


IMAGES

Images have a superb choice of products to meet your every need in the bedroom, study or even the lounge for every member of the family. With their imaginative designers they will turn your dream into a reality. For your protection every product has a covering guarantee for both materials and installation. Their after-sales service is second to none (in the unlikely event of a defective item or finish). Images GUARANTEE that for equal quality they won’t be beaten on price by the competition. They can do much more with their bespoke furniture than is shown in the brochures. Just ask for one of their experienced designers to come and visit. Quotations are free, and there’s no pressure! Call 020 8462 2232 or visit www.imagesbedrooms.co.uk for your convenience. 36 Hayes Street, Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7LD

COURTNEY ERIN

This fresh and modern salon has been run for 8 years now by Courtney who has worked in the same location for over 14 years. She trains her staff to keep up with the ever changing looks and provides in depth consultations, recommending products and services to suit your hair needs and solving problems that you may have experienced with your hair. Every client gets to enjoy a relaxing shiatsu head massage with every service. They specialise in Racoon hair extensions and bridal hair, as well as all other aspects of hairdressing. Every Tuesday there is 50% off all colouring services, and there is 50% off on your first visit for a cut and finish. Courtney Erin is also a stockist of ghd and KMS California. For more details please contact: Courtney Erin, 54 Station Approach, Hayes, Kent, BR2 7EJ Tel: 020 8462 3516 www.courtneyerin.co.uk

JAYNE REESE INTERIOR

Never judge a book by its cover is the lesson learned as you walk into Jayne Reese in Hayes. As you walk through the door, the shop changes from a small shop that you see through the window, to a huge shop spread over 2 floors, comprising of 6 show rooms. Spread over the two floors are a selection of sofas ranging from 1 ½ seater chairs through to 9 seater L-shape. All the sofas are bespoke available in any fabric from over 1000 fabrics on display or a customer supplied fabric. The ceilings are covered in specialist lights ranging from single light pendants to huge 60 light led fixtures. If you speak to the staff in Jayne Reese, you can learn of their interior design service, as well as curtain design and manufacturing. For more information visit 53 Station approach, Hayes, Bromley, BR2 7EB (opposite the station), call: 0208 462 3444 or visit www.jaynereese.co.uk or there other branch 99-103 Main road, Sundridge, Kent TN14 6EQ

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Men’s Fashion

FaShioN Editor, dEZi MarKou, oN what MEN NEEd to wEar thiS MoNth

essexin’ it up

Not since David Beckham in his first Calvin Klein ad, have Essex Boys been the focus of fashion media but with the hit TV show TOWIE getting great press, the Essex-Boy style has become a trend that has everyone, all over London, taking notes. Logo T-shirts send a message, so naturally, Ralph Lauren is a big hit with the Essex lads, from their famous elbow padded sweatshirts to their tight fit polo shirts, yes, the Granddad Look is a trend that is becoming bigger and better, so guys get familiar and fast! Essex Boys love to make an effort seem effortless. Enter the roll-neck under an open-collar shirt, a new trend making a BIG impact. River Island, SS12 Menswear

Step Up, Look Sharp

Shoes, because whether or not you think they are important, they make a difference. Touching on the Sports-Luxe craze, good quality leather lace-up high tops are a key trend this month, a reliable shoe that’s fashion-forward. Want to make a statement? Nothing screams FASHION more than crocodile-print! You read it here; Men’s footwear is an item that cannot be ignored! Jeff Banks Boots £65. Debenhams.

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“A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That”

Brownie points are awarded to men with the stylish accessories, so lads; carry your money in a nice brown or black leather wallet. Simplicity makes all the difference, along with a trendy money clip, the more basic you are with your wallet, the more fashion-forward you’ll become. Good old-fashioned FOX umbrellas are also a classy and stylish way to peacock. Austin Reed SS12 Menswear Ready to Wear.

Sitting proudly on Woodford High-Road, Jun Qi is a boutique stocking top quality garments and upmarket, hard to find brands, from Franklin & Marshall, Scotch & Soda to Rubber-Duck. This unique find not only stocks high standard fashion labels but offers a very classy, one-onone customer service. Catering for all, it’s fair to offer Jun Qi Boutique of the Month! 172 Woodford High Road, IG8 9EF 0208 559 2122 www.junqionline.com

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Business or Pleasure

Unless your job is at an office based in the 90’s leave the boring boxed suits at home. The City of London is becoming aware of the modern-day-man, giving more meaning to the phrase “powertie.” Men are paying attention to detail, so by displaying a tieclip, wearing a chunky watch, and not forgetting the novelty of hosiery; classy socks (without the sports-team logo) Men have been given the chance to express themselves at work. The power of fashion has forced its way into The Square Mile, transforming the black-suit attire, thus freeing more colours, fancier ties with matching pocket-handkerchiefs, waist coats and macs. The list is endless; the choice is yours, dress for success.


Stacey Solomon

Can you remember the first time you went to see, Dr Abbas ? I remember the first time I went to see Dr Abbas, I was really, really little and I wasn’t nervous as I didn’t know what the dentist was and I haven’t ever been nervous since as he was so good. How important do you think it is to have a perfect smile in showbiz? I just think it’s important to smile! I don’t think it matters how perfect your smile is, as long as you smile all the time. Were you ever scared of going to see Dr Abbas? If so, how did he handle the situation? I was never ever scared of seeing Dr Abbas. He is the best dentist there is and he has always made me feel comfortable. If you hated going to the dentist, what excuse would you try to use to get out of going? I’ve never hated going to the dentist. Do you think that it matters what kind of products you use or do you think they all just do the same thing? I definitely think it matters and I think that Dr Abbas has always advised me on the best products to use - and I’ve always had really healthy teeth. Since becoming, famous have you been pressured into going for the bleached white Simon Cowell look or are you happy staying natural? I love white teeth, so I do use whitening toothpaste, and I have had my teeth whitened a couple of times but nothing too drastic.

has the signature smile!

Americans stereotypically think that Brits have ‘bad teeth’. Does having perfectly straight and white teeth really matter? I don’t think it matters but I do think it looks really, really nice but, as I said before, as long as you are happy, that’s all that really matters. Why have you kept going back to Dr Abbas at Signature Smile? Dr Abbas has been my dentist since I was three years old and I trust him, he always makes me feel comfortable and I’ve never had any problems with my teeth. Do you think you’ll keep going back? Yes, I will always go back to Dr Abbas, twice a year, every year, and so will my children. 0208 505 4466 7a Johnston Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0XA www.woodfordsmile.com

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Women’s Fashion

FASHION EDITOR, DEZI MARKOU, ON WHAT YOU NEED TO WEAR THIS MONTH

We Just Love

Founded by sisters Giulia and Cecilia Maresca, LEMARESCA’s timeless pieces are designed with the modern cosmopolitan woman’s dynamic lifestyle in mind. From tough embellished cuffs, to statement shoppers, totes and shoulder bags, or elegant clutches worthy of the red carpet, every piece in this standout collection rings of effortless glamour and city chic. The collection features ultra-luxe fabrics such as butter-soft calf leather, suede, printed pony skin and snakeskin embellished with fine chain and stud detailing in a colour palette ranging from understated taupe, nude and black to dazzling metallic tones and animal prints. Avaliable from LeMaresca Prices from £150 www.lemaresca.com

Walk This Way

We just can’t wait to step into spring with Gucci’s latest range of shoe designs. Gucci first began using bamboo in its designs during the ‘40s, and this now iconic detail still sets fashion hearts racing. These off-white leather sandals nod to the label’s rich history, drawing on retro inspiration from across the decades. Slip them on with the season’s printed dresses for a masterful mix of classic and contemporary style. Avaliable from Gucci Bamboo-detailed leather sandals £540

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Sleep in Style, Lounge in Luxury

Strip Wax Bar is famed for celeb clientele such as Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller, have launched a luxurious range of loungewear perfect for taking you from boudoir to bar. The eponymous label consists of 6 styles guaranteed to bring you a touch of irresistible style. Choose from the Racer Back Cami, Scoop T-shirt, Racer Back Chemise, Tie Side Shorts, Tie Side Trousers and the Cami & Short Set. Available in Stretch Silk Satin, the colour palette focuses on chic Pale Mink and Ink Black, in sizes XS to L. Loungewear doesn’t get more luxurious than this! Get yours now from www.stripwaxbar.com/shop

Enhance your natural assets this s/s ‘12 with amazing natural shades. Dip into the peachy keen trend, as this simple yet effective colour tone luminously boosts who you, already are and gently highlights your existing facial structure and shapes. For a slice of the action, indulge in anything from Giorgio Armani Rouge

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Lipstick, £23 to Lancome’s Peach Fever Blush, £25.50. ASOS.com

Closet Confidential

Updating your wardrobe with the latest styles doesn’t have to be costly. SCENE Magazine, can transform your old season clothes, into new season trends, for under £20! Yellow, is a huge trend this season, so introduce some sunshine into your closet by jazzing up a pre-owned baby-doll dress from last season with a yellow statement-necklace from Matalan for just £8! Style-Tip: If wearing yellow seems scary, then start with an accessory to help BOOST your confidence! Loving prints? Why not transform an old pair of chinos with a leopard-print belt, £16 from TOPSHOP. This small adjustment helps to keep you up to date with the latest summer-trends whilst saving you money for a rainy day!


ILIRIK Unisex Hairdressing’

wags boutique

20% OFF Wash, Cut and Blow-dry and Colours for all new cu stomers

Balmain Extensions & DoubleHair YUKO Hair Straightening and Anti-Frizz Treatment

Spring season collection now in 020 8777 8103 23 High Street, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 0LP

MATTHEWS the JEWELLERS

Opening Hours

Mon 9am – 1pm Tues & Wed 9.30am – 7pm Thurs 9.30am – 8pm Sat 8.30am – 4.30pm Closed on Sundays 436 Upper Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3HQ Tel: 020 8650 5066

WE BUY GOLD, SILVER & PLATINUM Call in for a free appraisal.

020 8777 1347 22-24 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0NJ

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NATURAL HEALTH PRACTICE

Suffering with Aches and Pains?

Osteopathy could help Sophisticated fitness for women

Personal Training

Fun, personal, motivating... all in the comfort of your own home, garden or local park

Fitbox

Boxing & kickboxing , indoor, pumping music – serious toning!

Osteopathy could help with:

Bootcamp

Back and Neck Pain Headaches Repetitive Strain Injuries Sports Injuries Muscle Aches and Strains Arthritis And many more

OltFatiFon £it1ia0 l consu in

Outdoor group workouts for all abilities... get toned, have fun!

Pregnancy

Group post natal classes or personal training for safe exercising during and after pregnancy

Running

Beginner & intermediate running courses

Bridal

For more information or to book an appointment please contact:

Look and feel fabulous on your wedding day. Our expert advice and guidance will have you glowing inside and out

Sally Wade BSC (HONS) OST

Qualified Advanced Personal Trainers, Fully insured & registered

T. 01322 558334 M. 07792 526642

info@penelopefitstar.com www.penelopefitstar.com

North Cray Road, Bexley, Kent

07787 432230

Specialist clinics also available for pregnant mothers, infants and children www.natural-health-practice.co.uk

At last, straight hair without the ‘nasties’. Permanent (3-4 months) straight hair, but with: • NO AMMONIA • NO SODIUM HYDROXIDE • NO FORMALDEHYDE • NO THIOGLYCOLATES • NO ANIMAL INGREDIENTS and with certified organic ingredients, Kitoko is a true straightening system - without the nasties! Oasis now offer Kitoko in tandem with its Organics Colour Systems to give you healthier, beautiful hair.

your Oasis Taking care of beautiful hair Kitoko straightening costs £95 but book before 31st May 2012 and mention Scene Magazine and get 10% off.

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Oasis

127 Lee Road,Blackheath, SE3 9DS 020 8297 8585


Be Captivated

“When the original Captiva Came to market baCk at the end of 2006 it marked a turning point for the brand, a Clear signal of Chevrolet’s intentions of beComing a mainstream player in the highly Competitive european market.”

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ouis Chevrolet would be proud of the latest SUV entry, the New Captiva. Chevrolet’s full blooded compact SUV has been given a major makeover for 2011, including a fresh exterior design to give it an even more confident and dynamic presence; an all-new range of the latest powerful and fuel efficient engines; chassis modifications to improve ride and handling and an upgraded interior. Chevrolet was the creator of the first sports utility vehicle back in the 1930’s with the iconic Suburban, a nameplate that has spanned an incredible seven decades and is still going strong in the U.S. today. The appeal of a vehicle like the Captiva is that it will fulfil its duties on the shopping run one day, it will then take half the football team to the match the next day, followed by some off-roading or a trip onto the beach at the weekend. It is that kind of modern versatility and can-do attitude that encapsulates the spirit of a car like the Captiva, and why it is expected to appeal

not only to family motorists but to anyone seeking an alternative to the conventional sedan or hatchback, a vehicle which says something about their lifestyle.Wayne Brannon, Chevrolet Europe’s president and managing director, believes now is an excellent opportunity for the new Captiva to make further inroads into market share. “The new model is very much a car of the times, designed for families and their everyday requirements yes, but also for those looking to go out and have some adventures. That’s what an SUV like the Captiva is all about, it makes a statement and for many it’s an extension of their lifestyle. The new Captiva also personifies what the Chevrolet brand is all about, in that it transcends social status or profession, and will, we think, appeal to people from all walks of life.” Strong exterior design The Captiva has won many friends for its exterior design and with the new model it just got even better. A number of features are immediately noticeable when

viewing the new Captiva from the front: the re-shaped and sharply sculptured bonnet, a new larger grille with the Chevrolet signatories, such as the dual opening and the ‘bow-tie’ badge which sits proudly in the middle, and the new cylindrical prism-style headlamps and integrated turn signals on the exterior rear-view mirrors; all up-market features which belie the Captiva’s entry price point. Moving round to the front fenders, the side air-vents now take on a more angular shape to emphasize the new Captiva’s sporting intentions. Viewing the new model from the A-pillars back, the Captiva retains its handsome profile, characterized by a subtle rising shoulder line. All of these design changes contribute to a stronger, more athletic stance but also ensure the new Captiva has a look that is immediately recognizable as one of the new breed of Chevrolets. The re-sculptured and more muscular wheel arches will be able to accommodate wheel sizes of between 17 and 19 inches; SCENE 31


and setting the Captiva’s body off perfectly is a range of exterior colours. Power with efficiency – two new engines It is under the Captiva’s new bonnet that the most far reaching changes have taken place. Two new powerful engines will be available, combined with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission. They will give Chevrolet customers a smooth, purposeful and efficient drive experience and make the new Captiva one of the most powerful compact SUVs on the European market.The new engine line-up, which is comprised of two turbodiesel variants both of 2.2 litre displacement, incorporates a host of advanced technologies, aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. Customers can be sure of getting the latest in diesel technology and efficiency. The new 2.2 litre unit will be available in two power outputs of 163 or 184 hp. This latest generation 32 SCENE

engine is an advanced, four cylinder dual overhead cam (DOHC) turbocharged unit featuring a highpressure common rail fuel injection system and variable geometry turbo charger (VGT) with intercooler. Major makeover for interior The Captiva’s upgraded interior now features an array of new finishes and textures, including all-new seat fabrics and improved interior décor appointments like satin chrome rings around the vents, to give the car a more up-market feel and look. Designers have put to good use some of the elements featured on other new Chevrolet models, such as the ice-blue back lighting and the ‘wrap-round’ design of the front fascia which flows into the driver’s and front passenger’s doors, creating the Chevrolet dual-cockpit look. The Captiva’s audio system includes Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, with commands integrated within the steering wheel. A seven-inch navigation system is standard on

LTZ models with full European road coverage and integrated rear view camera for parking assistance. The audio speakers have been re-positioned in the doors, while passengers will enjoy their audio experience all the more thanks to a raft of engineering improvements to the interior acoustics, including improved isolation on the windshield, doors and headlining, all of which has resulted in reduced road, wind and engine noise.

the neW stuff

• Two new engines, new manual and automatic sixspeed transmissions • Fresh, more aggressive exterior with distinctive Chevrolet ‘face’ • Enhanced, up-market interior • Featuring Hill Start Assist, electric park brake and rear view camera • Five or seven seat versatility, plus front or allwheel drive • Inventor of the SUV - at home in growing segment


Positions in the magazine cannot be guaranteed except where special positions are agreed in writing and on payment of a Special Position Fee.

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tHE bAKERY

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bar restaurant & grill

bar restaurant & grill

SET IN A FORMER BAKERY • 70 SEATER BAR & RESTAURANT

SET IN A FORMER BAKERY • 70 SEATER BAR & RESTAURANT

MODERN BRITISH & EUROPEAN MENUS • BEST FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE

MODERN BRITISH & EUROPEAN MENUS • BEST FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE

It's a question of taste!

It's a question of taste!

01959 577605 • www.thebakeryrestaurant.com

01959 577605 • www.thebakeryrestaurant.com

WESTMORE GREEN, TATSFIELD NR. WESTERHAM, KENT TN16 2AG

WESTMORE GREEN, TATSFIELD NR. WESTERHAM, KENT TN16 2AG

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Perfect al fresco dining in the heart of Beckenham

63 High Street, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1AW 0208 650 2291 www.larascasse.com SCENE 33


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Goodfellas

IGF - INTERNATIONAL

S world.

ince the opening, in Bromley, of IGF Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, the venue has really made its mark in the entertainment

When you walk through the doors of IGF, you are met by the full size figures of Marilyn Monroe, Al Capone and Humphrey Bogart, with The Rat Pack posing over the magnificent curved bar, which resembles a gigantic film reel. No expense has been spared; the décor is amazing, stylish and sophisticated and must be seen to be believed. Upstairs is a VIP lounge where you can relax in luxurious seating overlooking the dance floor and DJ, and drink your champagne (if that’s your tipple). Throughout the month, IGF host many events and this month they are presenting Diva Night (6th April), Bollywood Night (13th April), and on 28th April they are winding back time to the 80’s classics, so you can dance the night away to some of your old favourites. There are also tribute nights and, on 20th April, you can swoon over Robbie Williams or, on 27th April, you can try out your moon walking with Michael Jackson.

To add to their achievement, IGF has “Unique Dining”, which starts the moment you open the menu, with a vast selection of fine foods from all over the world. Whether it’s a lad’s lunch with a metre of pizza, a business meeting with a selection of the new international tapas selection, or a romantic dinner for two in the VIP lounge, you will receive a warm welcome.

When it comes to mixing cocktails, you will certainly be in for a treat (Tom Cruise eat your heart out). These guys will have you clapping, cheering and gasping in amazement as they show you how it should be done. A fantastic time awaits you. For more details and to find out what up and coming events are happening, contact: IGF/ International Goodfellas, Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Churchill Court, Westmoreland Place, Bromley, Kent. BR1 1DS Tel: 020 8466 7799 www.internationalgoodfellas.co.uk SCENE 35


Scene EATS PLAZA MEDITERRANEAN BAR & GRILL HAS A FAMOUS REPUTATION IN THE LOCAL AREA FOR PROVIDING THE BEST IN AUTHENTIC MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE SOURCED FROM THE FINEST, FRESH INGREDIENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. IN THIS MONTH’S SCENE EATS, EXECUTIVE CHEF AND RESTAURANT DIRECTOR, NICK CONSTANTINE, SHARES THE SECRET RECIPE OF ONE OF PLAZA’S MOST POPULAR DISHES.

SPINACH AND FETA CHEESE FILLO PASTRY PARCELS For 8 parcels (4 people) Ingredients: - 4 bunch of fresh spinach - 200gr of greek feta cheee - 20gr fresh mint (finely chopped) - ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon - Packet of fillo pastry - Melted butter Method: pick the stalks off the spinach and wash the leaves in cold water then blanch in hot water for 30 seconds. Take out and put in cold water and then drain that too. When you have done that squeeze out any remaining water and chop finely. Place in a bowl and break the fetta cheese. Add the finely chopped fresh mint, and the cinnamon and mix well. Lay the fillo pastry flat with a wet cloth over it so it doesn’t get dry. With a sharp knive cut strips about 4 inches across. Lay the sheets of the cut fillo pastry and put the filling on the corner of each one and fold to the end. Before the last fold brush melted butter to stick . When finished brush all parcels with melted butter and place in a hot oven of 220 degrees for about ten minutes. When golden brown the parcels are ready to be served. You can serve with mixed leaves (ideal for a nice healthy Spring lunch). Plaza Mediterranean Bar & Grill 366 Crofton Road, Locks Bottom Orpington, Kent BR6 8NN Telephone/ Reservations: 01689 859 000

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WHAT MAKES PLAZA MEDITERRANEAN BAR & GRILL THAT EXTRA MILE WORTH VISITING?

Unlike the big chains that give you a nice looking restaurant and poor food plaza has both. With over 30 years experience, Nick Constantine, executive chef/ director over sees the whole operation with great detail to deliver the highest standards a restaurant should have. By sourcing the finest cuts of meat and the freshest fish always creates mouthwatering menus. On a weekly basis we change our set menu that offers 2 meat and 2 fish dishes.

01689 859 000

366 Crofton Road, Locksbottom, Kent, BR6 8NN

At plaza every night is a steak night at affordable prices.

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Fi M fir repla icro e s ce M up s, a pli wi rble ed th an eith or L d fi er im tte el est Polhill Garden Centre, Badgers Mount d f ect one ro ric with over 40 fireplace displays m £1 or g Wood burning stoves • Hole-in-Wall fires • gas electric, solid fuel fires • fireplace 29 as 5.0 accessories and Wall art also available 0

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

gas safe and Hetas registered installations • cHimney sWeeping • gas fire servicing

polhill garden centre, london road, badgers mount, nr. sevenoaks, Kent, tn14 7ad

01959 532444 www.kelvinfireplaces.co.uk ** Fire not as illustrated**

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VISIT E RG U O R LAOOM R SHOW ge e ran Extensiv and ll a of w s floor tile

Freelands Tiles 124 - 126 London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks,Tn13 2UT

Tel: 01732

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459 765 Open 7 days a week


Kent’s

Grandest

D ESIGNS

WITH THE UK’S LEADING CONTEMPORARY HOME SHOW, GRAND DESIGNS LIVE RETURNING TO LONDON’S EXCEL BETWEEN 5 – 13 MAY 2012. WE DECIDED TO SHOWCASE THE GRANDEST DESIGN COMPANIES THAT KENT HAS TO OFFER…

Clive Christian Brentwood Described by the commissioning editor of the Sunday Times Style magazine as “someone who has strengthened British brands” Clive is as well known for his breathtaking interiors as he is for his uniquely expensive perfumes, with a devoted following across the globe from premier league football stars to award-winning musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs and Hollywood stars. Clive’s own philosophy when designing is to “Design it first - to be the absolute best it can be – then cost it” so that the end result is always focused on the clients vision not budget. The philosophy of the Clive Christian Design House is to create rooms that are both timeless and luxurious, inspired by periods of great British architecture and to partner with the finest in current technology.

These values ultimately bring an established character to the interior, transforming a new build property into a home with soul or complementing a period home with architectural and design echoes from the time of their creation. The Architectural Design Style is designed for the larger luxury property due to the enhanced details and grand scale - the Architectural kitchen in Ivory and British Antique grey glaze and Black Oak is now installed in the Clive Christian Brentwood showroom followed by the Architectural Dining Room in the same Clive Christian ‘cool-luxury’ colour palette. 131 High Street, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4RZ Tel: 01277 223016 Web: www.clive.com SCENE 41


Chartwell Kitchens

Just Interiors Just Interiors in Petts Wood provide you with inspiration and friendly advice to make your home a truly special environment. They have a large collection of classic and contemporary furniture styles available to choose from, together with a decadent selection of lighting and mirrors, ranging from chandeliers to candle holders and hand held vanity mirrors to full size freestanding options. A sumptuous collection of cushions and throws will provide much desired texture, colour and warmth to your room. Along with ornaments, photo frames and storage solutions to create a harmonious space. Pictured is the Chesterfield inspired curvaceous Chaise Longue covered in natural fabric. (Priced at £475). Ideal day bed for the discerning homemaker. Just Interiors. 172 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, Kent. BR5 1LG Tel: 01689 870970

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For unique, solid wood kitchens, bedrooms, offices and furniture throughout the home, Chartwell Kitchens have now joined forces with Thoroughly Wood and have invested in a new purpose-built workshop near Canterbury. So the best handmade furniture is now even better! With improved production, our prices remain the most competitive for solid wood bespoke furniture. Every cabinet is traditionally handmade in any timber to suit your requirements and taste. Our fitters are based at the workshop, having followed cabinet-making apprenticeships. We design using the latest computer drawing systems which offer accuracy, flexibility and ultra-realistic renditions of your room, enabling you to completely understand every aspect of the design. We can coordinate an entire project, not just the furniture making and installation. Our dedicated building company can undertake every aspect from extensions and structural alterations through to lighting and decorating – all managed and timed to work alongside the cabinet fitting. Chartwell Kitchens, Chartside House, High Street, Brasted, Kent, TN16 1HU 01959 561018 www.chartwellkitchens.co.uk

Thornburrows

Thornburrows is a family business which has traded successfully for the last 65 years by looking after its customers, and those customers returning and recommending Thornburrows to their friends and family. This service philosophy we believe is the reason why we are still in business today, and it will form the basis of our future success. You can expect to find famous names and leading brands at Thornburrows, as we buy from many of today’s biggest and best, mainly British manufacturers. Our showroom displays breathtaking collections of furniture, beds, carpets, rugs and accessories, which encompass traditional and contemporary designs.Our dedication to providing quality and outstanding service is what makes Thornburrows stand out from every other furniture store. We offer free local delivery and free disposal of your old furniture. What ever your taste, style or budget, there is something to suit all. 257-259 High Street, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NY Tel: 01689 830898 Web: www.thornburrows.com


Creative Interiors To meet the demands of customers who want the build quality of a German kitchen coupled with the simplicity and clean lines of a handleless kitchen at an affordable price, Creative Interiors have introduced the Nero range. Available in four classic colours and a large range of units, this stunning kitchen will add a focal point to any property. Creative Interiors offer a free consultation and design service and can work on a supply only basis or full project management and undertake all works. The kitchen shown here is in shiny white and the price includes all the furniture and VAT. It doesn’t include the appliances, worktops, accessories and fitting which are all available separately. For more information or a consultation and design, please do not hesitate to contact Creative Interiors. 71 High Street Beckenham Kent BR3 1AW www.creative-iduk.co.uk info@creative-iduk.co.uk 0208 663 3393

Farningham Oak With 30 years of experience in the furniture business, we are conscious of today’s demanding requirements in terms of quality, style, service and very competitive pricing. Together with our carefully chosen and trusted suppliers, including France’s leading oak manufacturers, Pierson and Antix, our aim is to offer our customers the kind of service we would expect ourselves. We specialize in French and English 100% solid oak country and contemporary furniture: kitchen tables, oak dining tables, oak dining chairs, sideboards, dressers, bookcases, coffee tables, TV cabinets, mirrors and bedroom furniture. The furniture, traditionally made by craftsmen, is available in many different sizes, colours and levels of distress from a hand waxed rustic finish to a natural contemporary oiled or lacquered finish. Our ranges include Pierson Furniture, Antix, Lloyd Loom of Spalding and many others. We also stock quality leather dining chairs, hand made wrought iron lamps and candlesticks from Scotland, Svaja glassware and a large range of oak mirrors. The Old Bull Stores, High St.Farningham, Kent, DA4 0DG, 01322 863230 SCENE 43


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Waterways Banish Lime-scale from your home completely by installing a water softener on your incoming water supply. A water softener totally removes all lime scale from your water and will also de-scale any buildup you may already have. A water softener is the one domestic appliance missing from most peoples houses but it is the most important and it will protect and prolong the life of all your other appliances. The full installation of a water softener will cost you about ÂŁ1000 but it will save you that in just four years. For more information get in contact with us. Waterways, 120 High Street, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 0LZ Tel: 020 8777 8276 www.waterways.ltd.uk

Fashion Floors With showrooms in Bromley, Sidcup and Welling, Fashion Floors supply and fit, carpet, wood, laminate and vinyl flooring for customers in London and throughout Kent and other parts of the Southeast. We aim to provide our customers with a relaxed environment, with no sales pressure, in which to choose their floor coverings. We recognise the need to provide expert advice, design ideas and an extensive range of products for you to choose from. We also know how important it is for you to be able to see your potential choices in the room where they will be used. With our many years of practical experience and expert knowledge of all types of flooring materials for you to call on and our extensive range of samples from all leading suppliers, we are sure you will find your perfect floor covering at Fashion Floors. 21 Widmore Rd, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RW Tel: 020 8466 9477

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SCENE In the kitchen

FASHION DOESN’T STOP AT WHAT TO WEAR. HERE IS OUR SELECTION OF THE MOST FASHIONABLE KITCHENWARE TO HAVE IN YOUR HOME THIS SPRING. Caffeinated fairytale

Nespresso’s most compact invention, the ‘Pixie’ gets even smarter this month, as the range is joined by two new machines, featuring stylish side panels made from 98% recycled Nespresso Grand Cru capsules. Available in metallic “Carmine” and “Brown”, the colourful new editions will let eco-conscious owners liven up their homes this Spring, while enjoying the gourmet coffee that the Pixie is famous for producing.

Toast in Style

The 4-slot Lite toaster combines Dualit’s classic toaster styling with a contemporary highgloss finish. The Peek and Pop function allows you to check the bread while toasting without cancelling the toasting cycle, giving greater browning control. It incorporates a bagel and defrost function, extrawide 36 mm slots and automatic pop-up. There is a high-lift mechanism to remove small items easily and the crumb tray is concealed. Avaliable from www.Amazon.com Priced at £75.00

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A Touch Of The Classic

Elegant living and dining and accessories from chic British lifestyle brand, Brissi, are now available on the high street at John Lewis. John Lewis introduces the heritage inspired Brissi Kitchen homeware range. Brissi combines style, affordability and exceptional quality to create a beautiful look inspired by decades past. Available at John Lewis

Clive Christian, brentwood

Described by the commissioning editor of the Sunday Times Style magazine as “someone who has strengthened British brands”, Clive is as well known for his breathtaking interiors as he is for his uniquely expensive perfumes, with a devoted following across the globe from premier league football stars to awardwinning musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs and Hollywood stars. The Architectural Design Style is designed for the larger luxury property due to the enhanced details

and grand scale - the Architectural kitchen in Ivory and British Antique grey glaze and Black Oak is now installed in the Clive Christian Brentwood showroom followed by the Architectural Dining Room in the same Clive Christian ‘cool-luxury’ colour palette. 131 High Street, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4RZ. 01277 223016 brentwood@clive.com www.clive.com

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An interview with Kevin McCloud GRAND DESIGNS HAS GAINED A HUGE FOLLOWING IN THE UK OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, AND HOST, kevin mCCloud, WILL BE AT THE LONDON SHOW MEETING FANS, CHAIRING DEBATES IN THE GRAND THEATRE AND SHARING HIS GRAND DESIGN EXPERIENCES WITH VISITORS.

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ots of people are deciding not to sell their homes - improving rather than moving. What one thing can people do to improve their living space? It is interesting when the recession came when it did…..many people for example felt it was the right opportunity to focus on - instead of the clutter of consumerism making their homes a little bit more tailored and bespoke. And the one thing I have to say about Grand Designs is, yes, of course it is about building and construction, BUT it is also about investing in things –and investing well! Many people call Grand Designs a property programme and that is simply not true, I have never thought of it as a property programme. It is about personal journeys, commitment and investment. The recession and current climate gives all of us an opportunity to stop and check our position – to check if these objects and places that we own are really ours and if we bought them for

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ourselves and if we can build a lasting relationships with them. It’s an opportunity to find some pleasure in ownership. We like to furnish our homes idiosyncratically. Because people are moving less, we have an opportunity to now decide for ourselves what it is about our homes that we like and what we want to keep or change – do we want to keep a dining room for example? Or should we knock through the dining room….I mean, I think of Balmoral and think, yes, their dining rooms are probably still used, but - and this may be a generalisation - but many of us live in our kitchens now and won’t often use a dining room. So it’s time to look at things like the dining room and see if it is utilised in its current form and has a relevant purpose in our lives. At Grand Designs Live this year, we will be looking at various home solutions and offering free advice consultations - from 9ft high glass extensions that can be bolted on

to the back of homes to basement conversions. My friend for example has recently done his basement and added a kitchen to make it this beautiful living space. But it is important to realise, that any home improvement / alteration or addition, has to work for you and how you live. What’s the best way to add value to your home? You can look down to basements, up to lofts, out to the garden to build new living spaces, but I don’t think in monetary value - I believe in investing in passion and ideas. In fact, I have gone out of my way to avoid putting an emphasis on money and turning a quick buck. Grand Designs the TV show and Grand Designs Live, is about the long term – about people putting down roots and connecting to where they live. It is all about adding what you value personally. So do I really value a power shower, actually, yes I do…. I’d like a low flow power shower that doesn’t use too much water and is eco-logical, but actually


I want a power shower, and, if I didn’t have it, I would actually end up having a bath and using even more water…you have to work through these questions. Changes in any home need to be tailored to your personality and your needs. I think one of the most adventurous things you can do for example, to add personal value, is to commission a piece of furniture – you are evolving something that is being made in a very bespoke way for you and you build a relationship with the maker which is a lovely thing. Your home space should provide you with comfort and delight – and that is what design can give you as well as an ongoing relationship and appreciation of your home possessions. That is value. I am also fascinated by the tactile qualities of things…..and I think we too often live in a rather plastic world; you know, poly cotton sheets, synthetic clothing, plastic chairs, plastic computers. One thing we are missing is the tactility of the world to us. I would add personal value and fulfilment by investing in the things you have to touch everyday – so door handles, taps, for example. in the noughties we were knocking down walls to create big open spaces, but has this

improved the quality of living or did the victorians have it right with the more rooms the better? You can swap rooms around and knock through rooms – there is no need to stick to the original layout if it doesn’t work for you and your needs. We are really attached to this engrained idea that upstairs is bedroom, down stairs is living and actually we can change it all round! Swap it around so it makes sensible and versatile solutions – for example, the kitchen moves to the front of the house where you bring in all the goods, take out the garbage. Move your laundry upstairs so it is near all the bedrooms when you strip down the beds of linen, etc. You need to make a house work for you rather than the other way around. It is also important to think twenty years ahead and plan solutions now to ensure long term fulfilment – for example, will I be able to handle the stairs in this property in 20 years? If not, where could the lift go? Think about it now.

in these more budget-conscious times, are there certain building jobs you would always leave to the professionals? The more you do yourself, of course, the cheaper things are, but you are also more prone to disaster and failure. Nothing is free of worry or risk, or cost. There are cheaper solutions to everything and, ironically enough, I think architects are very good at thinking of cheaper solutions, partly because they have to, as they don’t earn very much and have had to think of solutions for their own home very often. Even when it is a small scale project, it is always important to ask the advice of someone who is skilled and gifted in this area - they will offer you solutions, ideas and a fresh perspective. Good professionals, designers or architects will pay for themselves. I can tell when a building or an extension, hasn’t been designed or thought through – and so can most people. There is always that wonderful sense of abdication when you get someone professional on board to help you and take on responsibility of a project. In these times of austerity, it is tempting to go for cheaper items and concepts, but you will always feel more affection and appreciation with beautifully made things that you bring in, or add to your home. It is a time now to refocus on our homes and go for quality and invest in craftsmanship, and ultimately longevity. SCENE 49


it will be spring soon, how does your home change throughout the seasons? To me, a home is a personal space and should simply reflect who you are. If you have inherited family heirlooms or kept nostalgic things from your childhood, cherish these objects and build your look around them. Having a home with wow factor is not about trends or having good taste - it’s about having conviction. You don’t have to buy lots of expensive things to give your home designer style. The art of creating a great home is to get a cohesive look by mixing expensive items with carefully selected cheaper products that look good together. Demand interest and originality – celebrate the uniqueness of where you live The most interesting and enriching homes are those that are full of autobiography. What’s your favourite way to bring the outdoors in? The kitchen garden - you grow your own. I have a fanciful notion, but not an impractical one, that one day the average sized town in Europe, Australia and America will be largely self-sustaining in food terms – growing much of what it needs within a radius of - say, 30 miles. Food growing and transportation is responsible for about 20 per cent of our carbon emissions. favourite kitchen gadget? Miele dishwashers come with the ‘Triple A’ stamp of approval and they are very efficient, using little energy, water and detergent to keep running costs down and protect the environment. favourite period of property? I appreciate form and design in all shapes , styles and sizes – it is impossible to pick one. radiator or underfloor heating? I’m quite a fan of ground source heat pumps, when properly installed – (cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground, usually used to heat radiators or underfloor 50 SCENE

heating systems and hot water.) Paint or wallpaper? Paint – in particular eco-paint. how important do you think it is to embrace microgeneration? Every breath we take as human beings damages the planet. As homeowners, we need look no further than our own four walls to find a way to reduce carbon emissions, save money on our energy bills and tackle climate change, but help must be given to homeowners on every street in Britain to green their homes and make tangible solutions. We must all move towards de-carbonization and becoming ‘off grid’ – we need to seize all opportunities to move towards a low carbon life, and, one day, zero carbon life. Human energy is the last green resource we have!” What microgeneration technology do you recommend? A little pet favourite project of mine, you will see at Grand Designs Live – it is called Kevin’s Green heroes. It is an exhibit that is entirely focused on new eco technologies and brilliant people who aren’t yet in the public eye, but who deserve to be. I keep a list in my phone or note of who I meet and what I see and we put it together as an exhibit and it is a great thing to see it materialize. This year, amongst other innovations, we have, PVT

Hybrid panels to create a solarbased hybrid electricity, domestic hot water and heating solution. Design guru, Kevin McCloud, returns to London’s Excel between 5 – 13 May 2012 as host of Grand Designs Live sponsored by Direct Line - the innovative home improvement, self-build and design show. The show boasts over 500 exhibitors, across 7 different sections, and offers free consultations and inspiration for both home owners looking for new design and renovation ideas, and aspiring self-builders looking for advice for their very own Grand Design. Book now www.granddesignslive.com or call 0844 854 1348. Kids go free.


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Badger Bathrooms Darling New is the evolution of a Duravit classic – top end design without a top end price tag. The new range offers harmonious circular forms, an exquisite shape, individual washing area solutions, individual furniture fronts and a broad choice throughout the range. The basin and new vanity unit create a particularly attractive combination and the furniture washbasin offers impressively generous storage space with a delicate

design, even in the smallest size. Darling New is the modern version of a bathroom classic – versatile, stylish and affordable. To find out more about this new range contact: Badger Bathrooms 8-9 Tubs Hill Parade, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. 01732 464450

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new look to your bathroom and find a design you really love. Choose from a vast range of high quality brand name products, sanitary ware and furniture at their Orpington showroom or let them know about something specific you have seen and want the company to source. RB Interiors do everything to get you the beautiful bathroom you always wanted. 3 Church Road, Orpington, BR6 7DB, 01689 862 417 SCENE 53


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Freelands Tiles Freelands Tiles have built up a reputation in the local area for providing excellent service, a plethora of choice and competitive prices to both trade and retail customers. Their large showroom in Dunton Green has one of the largest selections of wall and floor tiles in the area. Most of their tiles are available within one week of ordering, but Freeland’s imported ranges are normally available the next day. Experienced staff are on hand to show you their ranges and answer any queries you may have. They are also able to assist with measurements, understand your requirements and offer professional advice. Freelands Tiles offer samples for you to borrow, and understand the importance to you of choosing the perfect look. 124-126 London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, TN13 2UT. 01732 459 765

Rixson & Green Rixson and Green are an established company who have many years of experience and a following of loyal happy customers. Bathroom, shower & kitchen equipment is all available at Rixson & Green, who specialise in finding the right product for the right situation! Rixson & Green have information on bathroom equipment, shower equipment, kitchen sinks, bathroom and kitchen taps, bathroom vanity furniture, towel warmers and radiators in their Bromley showroom. Their expert in-house installers offer unique bathroom solutions and products for existing and brand new bathrooms. Visit Rixson and Green today for all your bathroom needs. 110 Beckenham Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2, 0DW. 020 8290 1777

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SCENE Aries

Libra

21 Mar-19 Apr Now the expensive time arises bringing everything together that you had hoped for. It will be the makings of you and you should be prepared to take the lead in all things possible and impossible. An opening of vast proportions lends itself to interesting possibilities where you can at last be yourself. Know that you are right on target and expect the best in all things.

23 Sep-22 Oct Thinking you are stuck is not the case. Planets move at a constant rate of change, so do our lives. Today is not the same as tomorrow. What has seemed like a stuck situation is but a moment in time to allow for certain adjustments needed to bring about those changes from now on. You will be smiling again and thankful for this temporary lull in activities.

Taurus 20 Apr-20 May This time of year is exciting for you, as all hard work that you have done begins to bear fruit. The time has been long and arduous, but well worth the rewards that come to you. Maintain a positive outlook so that you can relish in all good things. A sparkle will enter your soul as the new found experience sustains all your needs from now on.

Gemini 21 May-20 Jun Don’t be picky with what you do. What is needed is a much bolder approach to life and to the advantages that come to you now. By maintaining a positive stance you create for yourself an environment rich with opportunities and desires. All is there for your benefit, but you have to realise this for yourself. A change in atmosphere will see you reaching out to pastures new.

Cancer 21 Jun-22 Jul A gentle push is needed to get you up and running again. While you still doubt yourself you lose precious time and rewards. You deny yourself the advantages that are continually open to you. There is only a finite window of opportunity, ignore that window and you have lost vital positive chances for change until the planets move again in your favour.

Leo 23 Jul-22 Aug A brief interlude will occur, whereby you will be able to make a name for yourself. It will be charged with some difficulty, but the advantages far out reach the risks. Know that you are in the zone now and must take full advantage of what you are able to do to prove yourself worthy of these accolades – a master performance on your part where excellence is there.

Virgo 23 Aug-22 Sep Look, reflect on what you have achieved and what is still out there for you to achieve. Do not be complacent, but reach out to what you know to be true and honest. The sticky situation that surrounds you will gradually unfold leaving you in no doubt this is the best way to proceed and to honour yourself. Timing is everything. Going forwards is necessary. 56 SCENE

Scorpio 23 Oct-21 Nov Make an offer on that house/car now. See the positive outcome as you strike a healthy deal to overcome all your worries and fears. There has been a planetary shift to allow this to occur in your favour, so go with all haste and act according to what is now ultimately the best position you have been in for a long time.

Sagittarius 22 Nov-21 Dec Your life to change so dramatically in the next few months you won’t really know yourself as advantage over advantage is now opening for you and that wow factor is there for all to see and experience. You are unstoppable in so many ways. You are ahead of the game and must be seen now in a new and exciting light.

Capricorn 22 Dec-19 Jan As you look at the past and see just how far you have come and achieved, the new life beckons you with all hopes and no regrets. It remains positive and fruitful and transforms your life as never before. A beacon of light guides you onto the next stage of a fantastic life’s journey with no pitfalls, just joy and upliftment in so many ways.

Aquarius 20 Jan-18 Feb As you enter a phase of uncertainty, it is not the fear of the unknown that disturbs you, more the fact that you have been here before like a recurring dream. This is not the case. The black clouds of despair will fall away showing you a better way to live and be your own person again. You are stronger. The effects will diminish as before.

Pisces 19 Feb-20 Mar You enter a phase of a charmed life not known before. It’s a little unnerving as you need to adjust to a lifestyle that you had not thought possible. It comes in from the strangest of quarters to uplift, guide and to take you from relative obscurity to full recognition. It has lasting benefits which will elevate you into a life not even realised before.


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MY SCENE Len Goodman & Arlene Phillips SCENE CATCHS UP WITH LEN GOODMAN AND ARLENE PHILLIPS WHO HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH GLAXOSMITHKLINE (GSK) AND NHS LONDON TO LAUNCH YOUR PERSONAL BEST CAMPAIGN, ENCOURAGING OVER 55s WITH LONG TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS TO LEAD A MORE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE.

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What inspired you to become a dancer? Len: When I was 21, I injured my foot playing football. A good friend of mine went to dance classes and told me about all the girls there and how much fun it was so I thought why not. Then I discovered I really liked it. Arlene: I always wanted to dance and started at a very young age. At the age of eight or nine I decided this is what I wanted to do. Dance has been with me ever since, through the good times and the bad. What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a dancer or get involved in the industry? Len: Enjoy what you do, work hard and, most importantly, carry on doing it until you stop enjoying yourself. Arlene: You will get out of it what you put in, so you have to have the right attitude and desire from the start. What motivated you to get involved with the NHS London and GlaxoSmithKline in the over 55’s ‘Your Personal Best’ campaign? Len: I can relate to people of that age as I am that age and I believe that as we get

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older it is important to keep ourselves active, both mentally and physically. I joined the campaign to help motivate others and I have found the information I have learnt and the people I have met has actually inspired me. Arlene: I have always encouraged people to exercise and get themselves active for wellbeing and health conditions. This is a campaign I can relate to and that I am happy to be involved in. What if anything do you feel you have gained from being part of the campaign? Len: I got so much out of the whole thing, especially the day we had in February with the NHS, GlaxoSmithKline and the winners of the SAGA competition. That day was ‘terrific’. I had something put on my finger, attached to a monitor, and it was incredible seeing how minor movements can affect

your heart rate and your blood pressure. It was also really interesting hearing about getting more active within the home. Arlene: I’ve had my belief in exercise and movement reinforced. I found the knowledge given to us that day so interesting, I was there to support but I also learnt. Other than your involvement with dance, what do you personally do to keep yourself fit and active? Len: I play golf which involves a lot of walking and I cycle but I prefer that in the summer. Sometimes I just prune the garden - a lot of people don’t realise it but it is still good physical activity. Arlene: I swim regularly as I find it a great way to keep fit. I also always take the stairs when possible and run up them.


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0208 650 5355 www.beckenhamtoys.co.uk beckenhamtoys@hotmail.com 226 High Street, Beckenham, BR3 1EN

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