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AUTUMN NUMBER 2013 Issue 191


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Property Art - Mark Spain Travel Leonardo Di Caprio Fashion Beauty Cobham Claygate Private Education Interiors Fire Places Wine Wine Competition Hotel & Restaurant Review That’s Entertainment Music - Andrea Bocelli



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FRONT COVER: Leo the Great. Leonardo DiCaprio: Hollywood heartthrob, whose career goes from strength-to-strength



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facing garden. When the adult members of the family require rather more elegant and quiet spaces to entertain, they can transfer to the formal dining and drawing rooms. Octagon specification is at its usual grand luxe level, notably in the kitchen, with its chic high gloss Terra Oak units interspersed with the Oxshott essentials; Miele twin glass fronted wine chillers, full height fridge and freezer, 2 ovens, a microwave/combination oven, Gaggenau ceramic high speed hob, and the chef’s rite of passage, a walk in larder. A connecting door from the kitchen takes the lucky Oxshott resident into their fully equipped utility room, also easily accessed directly from the bedroom floors by a second flight of service stairs. Upstairs, there are six double bedrooms and six bathrooms, the Master Suite deservedly bagging two of them, both clad in sleek marble, and perfect companions for the Master Suite’s two walk-in dressing rooms. All the bedrooms have bespoke fitted wardrobes, and three further bedrooms have comfortable en suite bathroom facilities. An integral triple garage has electronically controlled garage doors, making frosty arrivals and departures almost a pleasurable task. Outside is a deep forecourt for multiple guest parking, and to the rear of the house, a full width terrace overlooking the sensational gardens. Priced at £5.5m , the house can be viewed through appointed agents G ascoigne Pees telephone 01932 866 931 or on the website www


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London N ights

mark spain

An Evening in Paris

An Eveining in London


ark Spain may have begun his artistic career as a printmaker, specialising in original etchings and collographs, but his journey as an artist has been marked by constant experimentation with different subjects and techniques. Born in 1962 and interested in art from an early age, Mark spent three years at the Medway College of Art, studying graphics, illustrations and printmaking. After graduation, Mark’s first work was as a freelance illustrator, using airbrushing as a particular technique for producing polished and refined images. In 1984, he set up his first studio in Kent, creating original etchings inspired by the rural, unspoilt British countryside around him. After travelling abroad, his etchings were further developed from his drawings of wildlife from various game reserves in Kenya. Commissioned by Kew Gardens to produce a limited edition etching of the gardens after the great storm of 1987 to raise funds for the restoration of the gardens, Mark’s love of landscape images led him to create many other successful etching editions, most published by CCA Galleries of London and exhibited by Mall Galleries. He soon branched out into many other subjects, including abstracts, figurative works and many more themes, the production of which spanned many years and

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ART which have been sold all over the world. Mark’s work has also been exhibited at the 20th Century British Art fair as well the Chelsea and Hampton Court Show, and the Barbican Contemporary Print Fair, with further distribution in USA, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain and Holland. A creative and vigorous artist, Mark began to experiment with different forms of imagery and techniques as his career progressed. He started to use and develop his use of oils, embracing the challenge of a completely different medium. His new work in oils, mostly figurative, was very well received; in 2003 he was awarded the Fine Art Trade Guild Up and Coming Published Artist award and was nominated for Best Selling Artist in the following year. His oil paintings have been featured in exhibitions in galleries throughout the UK, including Harrods, and in 2010 was included in a very successful exhibition at the Artexpo in New York. Mark comments “My ideas can come from many sources, but are more often than not prompted by music. The majority of ideas develop when I’m working on another painting or in the evening when I’m relaxing. When this happens I do a small thumbnail size sketch so that I don’t forget it. Then at a later date I work the sketches up, until I can visualize it as a painting, with the use of models and props.” His working day varies depending on whether he is working on the print-making side of his career, or as a painter. Mark says "Having experimented with many forms of imagery in recent years, figurative work has been the most challenging and satisfying. My main goals are always to create a certain amount of movement within the image, with particular emphasis on setting a mood and atmosphere. I would like the viewer to be intrigued as to the possible thoughts of the subject, which can only add to the effect of the picture.” He likes to listen to music as he paints, which helps to infuse the painting with the right mood and feeling, as well as sometimes giving rise to more ideas for future pictures. Mark’s figurative work is mostly based on the female form, with movement a key to many of the pieces as well as form, texture and colour. Mark says “I always like to create a little energy with the brush strokes, to help give the finished painting some life. Once finished I often place the picture out of sight for a few days and then revisit it later with fresh eyes to see how I feel about it, and whether I can improve it in any way.” When working on abstracts, Mark prefers to be more spontaneous: “…I just allow the image to happen. Colour choice depends on my mood and I usually work on several images at once. I will continue to work on them over a period of several months, sometimes painting major changes to the image many times, until I’m satisfied with the end result.” As evidenced by the mercurial and constantly evolving techniques, subjects and mediums of Mark’s journey as an artist, he is beginning a whole new body of work. As well as his figurative work, Mark is also producing a range of cityscapes, adding another layer to a dynamic and exuberant artistic career.

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Tenerife O

ne of the newest and most luxurious holiday spots on the beautiful island of Tenerife, Costa Adeje is located on the southwest coast in the region of Adeje, where more than 45% of the locality is made up of protected natural areas. Recently and sensitively developed, Costa Adeje boasts one of the most exclusive resorts in the Canary Islands and a wide range of sporting and leisure activities, all to be enjoyed in year-round temperatures of a perfect 24 degrees. Tenerife itself is shaking off its old image of cheap and nasty hotels and sunburned lager louts. It is a magical island, just four hours flying time from Gatwick Airport, with some of the best beaches, magnificent scenery and history-steeped shores in Europe. Costa Adeje has four kilometres of beaches, including the Playa Blanca, a beach with white volcanic sand and the exclusive El Duque beach. One of the highlights of a trip to the area has to be a whale-watching trip. Pilot whales and occasionally even a sperm whale can be seen in the coastal waters of the area, not to mention the numerous dolphins and turtles. You can

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Costa Adeje even swim, dive or snorkel with these beautiful sea creatures in Costa Adeje's clear blue waters. The FlyOver diving centre offers a dive of about nine metres to swim with species such as green turtles, seahorses or Harlequin crabs. Teide National Park makes the perfect day out for all family members. Declared a natural heritage site by UNESCO in 2007, the park also boasts Mount Teide, Spain's tallest mountain at 3,718 metres high. There are also spectacular inland spots such as the Barranco del Infierno (Hell Gorge), the deepest ravine not only in Tenerife but through all the Canary Islands. Special environmental protection is now afforded to the area and public access is limited, so be sure to book your place to avoid disappointment. For a more energetic day out, why not visit Siam Park, Europe's biggest aquatic adventure land and its only heated open air water fun park? Its popular attractions include the almost vertical 28-metre slide The Tower of Power and the Wave Palace, a pool that produces an astonishing 42 different types of wave. There is also the Kinnaree, an incredible 200-metre-long slide with high speeds

and Sawasdee, a safe children's area for the littlest members of the family. For golf fans, there is something a little unusual to experience. Designed by Pepe Gancedo, Golf Costa Adeje is a peculiar, 27 hole golf course with traditional stone-walled terraces spread across irregular land once used for farming. As one of the most modern and exclusive areas of Tenerife, Costa Adeje boasts first class shopping facilities. One of the most popular ones is luxury Plaza del Duque Shopping Centre, which has more than 60 shops and restaurants, including well-known brands such as Cartier, Esprit and Porsche Design. The seafront is a wonderful place for a stroll, with its squares dotted with bars and restaurants, while the town of Adeje boasts some interesting historic buildings including the churches of Santa Ursula and the convent of Guadalupe and San Pablo or the Casa Fuerte, from the sixteenth century. For further information on Tenerife, please visit For Hotel reservations call 0800 008 7288 or visit classic-collection

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Amberley Castle

ancy staying somewhere that combines 900 years of history with all the luxury, elegance and comfort that the twenty-first century can provide? Amberley Castle lies at the centre of one of the prettiest villages in the South Downs, a mere 22 miles from the lively seaside resort of Brighton and only 60 miles from London. The Castle has been a luxury hotel since 1989 and has recently undergone a major refurbishment, reopening in March 2013 after a redesign of five of the bedrooms and the library. Whether you’re looking for a restful break, a romantic getaway or the perfect wedding reception venue, Amberley Castle will be sure to cater for your every need. The interior design of the hotel reflects its history as a castle, with antiques, fine furnishings and luxurious appointments to be found in the 19 bedrooms. Each of the rooms is unique in design, named after individual Sussex castles and all feature en-suite whirlpool bathrooms. The newly refurbished rooms have been lovingly designed to marry contemporary and historical themes, where original fireplaces and arched stone windows are beautifully offset by luxury fabrics and contemporary bathrooms. Amberley Castle is also noted for delivering outstanding cuisine. The recent appointment of head chef Robby Jenks has enhanced its already longstanding reputation for a wonderful gastronomic experience. Robby worked as Head Chef for five years at the Michelin Star Gideligh Park and will be bringing his experience and expertise to the Amberley Castle kitchens. Dining rooms at the hotel include the magnificent Queen’s Room, with a barrel-vaulted ceiling dating back to the 12th century, while The Great Room, built in 1165 by Bishop Luffa of Chichester, is a wonderful example of

Norman architecture, with its high lancet windows, tapestry and suits of armour. These are truly unique surroundings in which to enjoy signature dishes such as locally farmed chicken with nettle puree, roast quail and langoustine cannelloni. There is also a hugely popular afternoon high tea service, where classic delicacies such as the Chelsea Bun and Bakewell Tart are given a contemporary twist. The Castle abounds in history. The land where the Castle stands was gifted to Bishop Wilfrid in 683 AD by Caedwalla, King of Wessex and is recorded in the Domesday Book. Many different royals have visited over the centuries, including Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth herself (now HM the Queen), who stayed with friends at the Castle in 1945. The ancient portcullis is one of only four still working in the UK and the beautiful landscaped gardens are still completely enclosed by a wall of medieval stonework. Hidden within the gardens and reached only by rope bridge is Mistletoe Lodge, which is available for hire for celebration meals and civil wedding ceremonies. Guests can also enjoy the professional standard 18-hole putting course, a tennis court, croquet lawn or simply wander through the twelve acres surrounding the castle and enjoy the spectacular views of the South Downs. As well as Bob, the white peacock who roams the grounds, the hotel even has its own resident ghost, known as Emily. With all this comfort, interest and luxury on hand, it’s hardly surprising that a former inhabitant would be loath to leave Amberley Castle!

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The Talented

Mr DiCaprio Linda Mindel Carvell profiles Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio


eonardo DiCaprio‘s dilemma for most of his 21 year career as a Hollywood actor is that he looks so young. In his first major film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, he looked 17. When he made females round the world swoon as Jack Dawon in Titanic, he was 24 but still looked 17. In Catch Me If You Can, playing a charming con man, he was 28; and when he played Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Leo still looked younger than his years. Leo’s breakthrough came in 2006, in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed; followed by Blood Diamond, for which he received an Oscar nomination. Suddenly, Leo was not just the beautiful boy, but a handsome man, able to carry a film. And, when he was reunited with his Titanic co-star, Kate Winslet, in Revolutionary Road, at last he looked older than her. Now, Leo is not only grown-up, but serious. He wants to make more films with a message, like Blood Diamond’s. This showed the tragedy of much of Africa in details never before seen in a cinema. That was DiCaprio playing the kind of role that he believes Hollywood stars should play more. Leo’s a great environmentalist, gives big bucks to Wildlife Conservation and believes that global warming is a great threat. Privately he practices what he preaches. He drives electric cars, refuses to fly in private planes and covered his home in California with solar panels. He says he wants to get married and have children. “I absolutely believe in


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marriage,” he says. “I want to make a life about more than just my career. Most of my life has been spent on some faroff movie location, and not lived normally.” DiCaprio’s good looks and talent transcends the decades. With his hair swept back, his eyes half closed, his face fashionably unshaven, he could be the lovechild of Clark Cable, James Stewart, Robert Mitchum or Henry Fonda. Not unexpectedly, Leo is said to be looking at filming a Western, a remake of the great classic Shane, where he would star with Kevin Costner and Meryl Streep. Even if Shane does not come to pass, the point is that Leo looks a Hollywood star, he is Hollywood made and is now one of the highest paid actors in Tinsel Town. The talented Mr Caprio is only 38. He may have no Oscars yet, and only one Golden Globe award, but he has already been nominated for three Oscars, five Golden Globes, endless BAFTAS and Film Critics’ Awards. Scorsese thinks Leo will become the superstar of his generation, and expects him to scoop at least three Oscars in the next five years. Leo’s two blockbuster films this year were Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby. He is reunited with Scorsese again in The Wolf of Wall Street, a biographical black comedy based on the memoirs of New York stockbroker Jason Belfort, who was arrested in the late 1990s for money laundering and securities fraud. The film will be released in the UK in January 2014. How did he get his name? The explanation is that his parents were half-German and half-Italian. When his mother was pregnant they travelled from Los Angeles to Italy. She was looking at a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, when her unborn child kicked for the first time, and she decided to name him Leonardo. Who cares whether this is true or Hollywood spin! It’s a great story, just as Leo’s career will be even greater in the next decade.

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Cobham Village I

f you’re looking for a wide variety of independent, interesting shops, charming restaurants and atmospheric pubs, beautiful parkland and places of historic interest, the lively town of Cobham is well worth a visit. Cobham’s roots can be traced back to the Iron Age and the town appears in the Domesday Book as Covenham – a settlement in a curve of a river. The arrival of the railway in 1885 linked the area to London via Waterloo and to Guildford, causing a rapid expansion of the original village. The entrance to the High Street was widened in the 1960s, allowing the main shopping area of the town to develop into a thriving collection of shops and restaurants. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of a European Special Protection Area, the nearby commons of Ockham and Wisley are habitats for several rare species, such as the small falcon known as the hobby. Ockham Common’s rare heathland is known for its beautiful purple heather that flowers every summer. Wisley Common is also noted for its large population of dragonflies and damsel flies as well as many other species of wetland plants and birds. The one surviving working watermill in the whole of Surrey, Cobham Mill resides on the banks of the River Mole. Once derelict and abandoned for sixty years, the mill was beautifully restored in the early 1990s and is now open on to visitors on the second Sunday of the month from April to October. Operated and maintained entirely by volunteers, admission is free: visitors can see for themselves the 20

milling of corn using traditional methods. Painshill Park is one of the notable sites of historic interest in the vicinity of Cobham. Created by Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1173, the park grounds contain a working vineyard, crystal grotto, a ruined abbey, gothic temple, a Chinese bridge and more. Well worth a visit, the park is open all year except for Christmas and Boxing Days. Cobham has also been associated with motor racing, most particularly during World War One and Two. This was in part due to the proximity of the Brooklands race circuit, whilst motor engineer and car designer Reid Railton began building the well known Railton straight eight road cars at a manufacturing facility in the Fairmile works during the 1930s. After the bombing by the Luftwaffe of the Vickers-Armstrong aircraft factory at Brooklands in 1940, the Vickers Experimental Department was dispersed to secret locations, including depots in Cobham’s Corbie Wood, Conway Cottage and Norwood Farm. There was further drama when a Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter flew low over Brooklands and crashed at Cobham on 16 March 1944. Today Cobham is home to the Chelsea Football Club training ground and many of the team’s players live in the area; perhaps you might bump into them as you wander through the town’s bustling shopping streets. Cobham has an interesting and varied selection of shops, bars and restaurants which makes for a relaxing and pleasant shopping experience.

Silvermere Golf & Leisure is perfectly located in the green heart of Cobham, Surrey, offering visitors a challenging 18-hole golf course featuring two stunning finishing holes over Silvermere Lake. Waterside dining at the Inn on the Lake restaurant is available to golfers and non-golfers alike, featuring exceptional cuisine served all week. The famous Doug McClelland Golf Store will cater to any golfing needs you have, supported by a friendly and highly knowledgeable staff. Shopping at Silvermere is an experience everybody can enjoy. Telephone 01932 584300 or visit La Capanna is the only independent restaurant in Cobham; all the food is freshly cooked to order from the finest ingredients, the wine list is extensive and the staff take great pride in looking after you. La Capanna is the perfect place for a romantic soirée, meeting with friends, Sunday lunch, family celebrations, weddings and business or corporate events. La Capanna will blow you away with its intriguing architecture, great atmosphere and, most of all, its divine cuisine. Tel: 01932 862121 or visit At Home has been catering for distinctive events for over 30 years. The idea was first born with a New York inspired at home dinner party shop in Cobham. Since those early days At Home have grown into one of the country's leading contemporary caterers working on events with style both home and abroad. They have built their excellent word of mouth reputation on creative food, exceptional service and distinctive events, they love what they do and it shows. Telephone 01932 862 026 or visit

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Cobham Riverhill Project


Overlooking the picturesque Tilt Green you will find one of Cobham’s oldest and most welcoming of pubs – The Running Mare. After a facelift a few years ago by owner Oliver Bailey, ‘The Runner’ has maintained its cosy bars and atmosphere, but added a more contemporary, softer look to its dining areas and pretty outdoor terraces. Chef Neil Ling's food consistently gets great reviews, whether it’s his barbecued giant prawns, homemade burgers, grilled whole lobsters or tempting desserts. His Sunday lunches are hugely popular and booking is recommended. Telephone 01932 862007 Ellis and Thompson located in the high street is one of the most established family businesses in Cobham. As experienced optometrists, they have all of the necessary qualifications to perform the advanced eye testing and diagnosis that takes them closer to your needs. With more than 18 years' experience of providing bespoke spectacles, designer sunglasses, contact lenses and frames that are matched to your visual requirements and stylistic needs, it's why they say your vision is their focus. Telephone 01932 862008, or email

Hollyhedge Dental is a family friendly dentist in the heart of Cobham, Surrey. They provide affordable dental health services, ranging from examinations and hygiene visits to dental implants and all forms of cosmetic dentistry, including invisalign braces. They take great pride in the quality of their dentistry and want to make your visit to them a pleasant experience. Their aim is to achieve good dental health for you and your family and to make your visit to the dentist an enjoyable one. Telephone 01932 865 888 or visit The Prestige Flooring Company has a vast product range covering carpets, engineered and solid wood, laminate flooring and luxury vinyls (Amtico and Karndean). Not only do they provide a personal consultation service, but they also save you money. They operate from an office and mobile showroom, rather than a high street shop which means that their overheads are far lower than the average shop and this is reflected in their prices to you the customer. Give them a call today on 01932 866087. Cobham Furniture’s showroom in Cobham hosts a wide range of furniture from sofas, beds, cabinets, kitchens,

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extensive giftware range. They have a wide delivery area throughout Surrey and can arrange to send flowers nationally and internationally so pop in sometime. Telephone 01932 863843 or visit If you are looking for Italian manufactured contemporary luxury fashion, why not call into George Whitehead at Between Streets who celebrates over fifty five years in Cobham. Although one of the town’s oldest independents, George Whitehead’s modern shop fitting, coordinated merchandising and elegant products give the store an enviable quiet, reserved ambiance. Telephone 01932 863841. RIVA is a family run boutique and has been established for over 12 years. They specialise in Mother of the Bride and Occasion Wear and house the best, well-known designers, such as John Charles, Condici, Presen, Mireia, and Adrianna Papell. They pride themselves in bringing their customers the latest new fashion designer brands in casual wear. Owner Vivienne Leary’s brilliant team have a wealth of knowledge and experience and believe that shopping for that perfect outfit should be an

enjoyable experience. To book your tickets for the show please visit or telephone 01932 862597. Questa - A Ladies Fashion Boutique in Cobham high street established for nearly 25 years, offers smart casual wear from top designers including Marc Cain, DtLM, Joseph, N.Peal, Vilagallo, Save the Queen, Jeans by Seven for all Mankind, James Jeans, and Hudson. They are very excited to have Michael Kors, Velvet, Handwritten and 360 Sweater coming in for the first time this season. Accessories by Bibi, Lily & Lionel and Hipanema. To keep up with the latest Questa events visit or call 01932 866 636. Ideally situated in Cobham High Street, Suzanne Fashion Boutique owned by Dee Macauley has been there for nearly 25 years. Look no further for a wonderful, friendly experience for the best selection of first line and main line collections. Designers include Escada, Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Armani Collezioni and Armani Jeans. For further information telephone 01932 865135. 8 Hollyhedge Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3DG 01932 865 888 |

Professional, family friendly dentist located in the very heart of Cobham. • Routine check-ups

• Dental Implants

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• Root Canal Treatment

• Veneers

• Crowns

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examinations for children under 16yrs

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So if that’s what you want for yourself and your family, we’ll give you something to smile about.

Easily accessible from the A3 and M25, with ample parking in the public car park on Hollyhedge Road.

Saturday appointments available • For an appointment call 01932 865 888 or email


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Luxury Residential Care on Silvermere Lake Silvermere, our new flagship care home, brings to the Cobham and Weybridge districts a home of unrivalled luxury, overlooking Silvermere Lake and the adjoining Silvermere Golf Club. The home has been developed by award winning Avery Healthcare, a care provider with a portfolio of established residential care homes across the UK. This vibrant home, set amongst pleasant woodland, offers the highest standards of living. Call Lesley Loizou if you would like to know more. Silvermere Care Home Redhill Road | Cobham | Surrey | KT11 1EF Telephone 01932 576650 Watch our video at


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Claygate Village


t's true that London was once a collection of villages but did you know that you can still experience village life a mere 16 miles from the capital? Claygate Village is home to six thousand people, yet surrounded by open countryside and woods and is part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. More than just a village, Claygate has wonderful independent shops and restaurants. If you're looking for lovely gifts and products to accessorise your home, a visit to Claygate Interiors is a must and there is a superb selection of art with high quality framing at Trew Art. If you're looking for the latest looks by experts in beautiful hair, Academy Hair is the place to go; or to be pampered with the latest

beauty treatments and technologies, why not visit Tranquillity Beauty? Claygate's latest addition is the newly refurbished hotel, bar and restaurant at The Foley. The name of the village derives from the clay pits that surround it, which used to provide bricks for much of the local building, including the sumptuous Hampton Court Palace, a stunning piece of Tudor architecture with delightful gardens and its famous historic maze. Claygate literally the 'gateway to the clay' - is situated at the start of the broad belt of clay deposits which surround London. It's thought that the village's relative historical isolation resulted in part from the impassability of the roads in wet weather. As well as the Tudor splendour of Hampton Court Palace, there are many other interesting sites around the village. Claygate is dominated on one side by Ruxley Towers, a 19th century edifice constructed by eminent local Victorian Lord Foley. If travel and transport are interests of yours, then a visit to the Cobham Bus Museum will reveal exhibits that span decades of bus history. A visit to Brooklands is a must for any fans of motor sport and aircraft. Claygate may be featured in the Doomsday Book but it is most definitely not stuck in the past.

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Tranquillity Clinics beauty and medical aesthetic treatments

Tranquillity Clinics is a Medi Spar that has been a leading light in the beauty and medical aesthetic industry for over 13 years. Located in the extremely attractive village of Claygate with its ample parking and easy access it offers the full range of beauty and medical Aesthetic treatments to an ever growing number of loyal and discerning clients. Come and join them and notice the difference we can make. 25% off your first treatment with this advertisement. 101 Hare Lane Claygate Surrey KT10 0QX 01372 462290





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An Independent Education


ndependent schools are at the forefront of educational achievement in every way. They are the most academically successful schools, they offer great facilities, excellent teaching and an astonishing breadth of extra curricular activities. There are over 1,200 independent schools with more than 500,000 pupils in the UK, which means there is likely to be a good choice of our schools in your area. Choice is what independent schools really offer. There are schools to suit every requirement, whether you want a day school or a boarding school, single sex or co-education. Some of our schools are selective and highly academic, offering a chance to stretch the bright child. Others have very strong drama or music departments full of creative opportunities in plays, orchestras and choirs. For children with special needs such as dyslexia or autism there are many outstanding independent schools that offer the best provision in the country. Our schools have very strong track records of high achievement in sport, offering great facilities, excellent coaches and a full fixture list. Independent schools excel at the traditional sports like football and rugby, but also offer more unusual sports like rowing, fencing and even rock climbing. So it is no surprise to learn that at last year’s Olympics, 45 out of the 114 medal-winning athletes in Team GB attended an independent school and independent school athletes won 24 out of the 65 Team GB medals. There is also a wealth of extra-curricular opportunity available. Whether your child is into debating, sailing, the Model United Nations or is interested in army training in the Combined Cadet Force, most schools offer numerous clubs and activities. It all adds up to an exciting, broad and stimulating all-round education. But results are important too and independent schools have a lot to shout about. 30

More than half of ISC pupils (51.39%) achieve A* or A grades at A-level (compared with a national average of 26.6%), and six out of ten (60.0%) GCSE and IGCSE entries achieve A* or A grades (compared with a national GCSE average of 22.4%). Our schools are also very strong at traditional subjects, like the three sciences and modern foreign languages, essential when it comes to applying and winning places at the best universities. How do independent schools achieve this? Our schools are free from government interference, which means they do not have to follow the National Curriculum and can organize themselves to best meet the needs of their pupils. They can spend more money on staff and smaller class sizes and they tend to have very good discipline. Your child is much more likely to be taught by someone with a good degree in the subject they are teaching than would be the case in other schools. Despite the recession, independent schools remain popular. A recent survey showed that nearly six out of ten people would send their child to an independent school if they could afford to. The average fee for a day pupil per term is £4,051, the average fee for a boarder per term is £9,204. But increasingly schools are able to help out with fee assistance. Last year over a third of pupils at independent schools received some form of fee assistance with ISC schools providing more than £620 million annually. If you think you might be eligible for fee assistance, so contact the Bursar at the school you are interested in applying to. Independent schools are recognized by the OECD as being among the best academic schools in the world. Why not visit one and see for yourself. For free impartial information from ISCias (ISC Information Advise Service) on all types of independent schools tel: 0845 7246657 or email

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EDUCATION Located in Guildford, the RGS is an independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18. The School dates its foundation from 1509 and has a national reputation for academic excellence, but prides itself on its traditional values of decency and respect, supported by very strong pastoral care. As a closeknit community, each individual has the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their natural ability in the widest range of enriching activities. Visit or telephone 01483 880600 for more information. Small classes, dedicated teachers and high expectations ensure excellent academic results throughout both St Catherine's prep and senior schools. A new Friday evening bus service planned for weekly boarders along the A3 corridor makes it even easier to see why weekly boarding is increasingly popular. Girls have access to exceptional on-site facilities including a multi-purpose sports hall, fitness suite and indoor pool. The auditorium provides superb acoustics, better than many London venues! For further details please call 01483 899609. Once again over 50% of Year 6 boys gained places to Hampton School, consolidating Denmead School's position as their largest feeder. Fierce competition makes the pursuit of academic achievement paramount, but for true success in education, the classroom should be seen as part of the whole. Experiences in sport, the arts and residential trips provide many opportunities for the children to learn about themselves and life in general. Come to their Open Morning and let the children explain Denmead life. Telephone Tina Zander on 020 8979 1844 or email

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Halliford School, Shepperton




Saturday 5th October 2013

10am-12noon (HM Presentation at 12noon)

6th FORM OPEN EVENING Wednesday 9th October 6.30-8.30pm OPEN DAYS -Thursday 14th & Tuesday 19th November 2013 Tours 9.30 & 11.30 by appointment

Please telephone the Registrar for more information: 01932 223593

Russell Road, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 9HX Email:

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EDUCATION Aldro is a day and boarding prep school in Shackleford, Godalming where boys aged 7-13 enjoy an outstanding allround education. Aldro has an unparalleled record of success over the past ten years with the scholarship boards speaking for themselves. The boys have the freedom to keep hold of their precious childhood and, combined with high academic standards, are meticulously prepared for the next stage of their lives. Telephone 01483 409019 or email to attend the Open Morning, or to arrange an appointment with the Headmaster. Cranleigh Preparatory School is a co-educational day, weekly/flexi boarding prep school for children of 7-13 years. The school is set in 40 acres of stunning Surrey countryside, with an excellent range of facilities. A superb pastoral care system supports a thriving day and boarding community. Life for the children is busy and fun - an atmosphere where they learn, play and develop in a happy and caring environment. Telephone 01483 542051 or email or visit Cranmore School (awarded top grades in every category in 2013's Inspection) is one of Surrey's leading independent prep schools and offers boys aged 4-13 years an unrivalled allround education. Bright Stars Nursery at Cranmore (co-ed from 2 years) is open year-round. Cranmore has outstanding facilities and strong pastoral care and achieves excellent academic, sporting and musical results. The magnificent 24 acre site is situated in West Horsley and has good school transport links. Visit, telephone 01483 280340 or email


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EDUCATION If you are looking for a school where children are happy, safe, challenged, interested, caring and friendly then look no further than Ewell Castle School; a small independent day school for 3-18 year olds, set in beautiful grounds in Ewell Village. For information about the Junior School (Co-ed), Senior School (Boys) or Sixth Form (Co-ed), scholarships and bursaries in years 7, 9 and 11 or to attend an Open Day telephone 020 8393 1413, or email or visit The aim at Farnborough Hill is to find and nurture in each student that which is unique in her and to permit her to excel in every way she can. The school aspires to academic excellence, giving girls a sense of fun and enjoyment in their learning. Visitors to Farnborough Hill often comment on the happy faces that they see and the polite, kind and self confident students they encounter at the school. Visit or ring Clare Duffin on 01252 529811. Feltonfleet School is a co-educational independent day, weekly and flexi boarding school for children aged 3-13 years, situated on a stunning 25 acre site of woodland, games fields and landscaped play areas. High quality teaching and excellent pastoral care underpin the unique family atmosphere at Feltonfleet. They are proud of their recent ISI Inspection report, their excellent academic results and the increasing number of senior school scholarships awarded to their pupils. Telephone 01932 862 264, email or visit Photo courtesy of Cranleigh Prep School

Greenacre is a thriving and vibrant school for girls aged 3 to 18 years, large enough to offer variety, challenge and

Happy children make the best learners! Open Mornings We look forward to seeing you. Three Gates Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2ES t. 01428 643734


Friday 11th & Saturday 12th October 9.30am - 12pm Pre-prep & prep for girls 4-11 yrs. Co-ed nursery from 2 yrs. Education awards and bursaries. Daily school transport. In federation with Haslemere Preparatory School for Boys.

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The caring face of academic excellence A leading independent Roman Catholic day school welcoming all girls aged 11 to 18. At Farnborough Hill we aim to care for each individual student to help her excel and achieve her educational and personal goals. Enthusiastic, imaginative and very effective teaching enables students to enjoy their learning and have fun in this beautiful setting. Financial assistance and scholarships Excellent transport links

Call 01252 545197 Email: Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 8AT





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EDUCATION opportunities for all talents and interests, but small enough for each girl to be known as a unique individual, enabling her to realise her full potential. The girls are taught well by highly qualified staff; pastoral care is exceptional and the range of extra-curricular opportunities is wide. They emerge as articulate, confident and inquisitive, accomplished, yet considerate young women. Telephone 01737 352114 or visit Glenesk is a unique Pre-Preparatory School preparing children for entry to all Surrey Preparatory Schools. They have a fine record of academic success with a curriculum covering both the Early Years Foundation stage and KS1 as well as a full Creative Arts & Sports programme, Early Morning and After School Clubs. They are delighted to have been awarded a place on the 'Outstanding' providers list by Ofsted. Telephone 01483 282329 or visit Halliford School is a small independent day school for boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18. By virtue of the school's size, the staff are able to get to know all the pupils personally. The facilities are good, the teaching is excellent and the atmosphere friendly. A Halliford student goes out into the adult world equipped with self-confidence, a sound education, awareness of the needs of others and often with examination results exceeding his or her expectations. Telephone 01932 223593 for further information or visit

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St Hilary's is an Independent Preparatory Day School for girls aged 2-11 and boys aged 2-7. It is non-selective and offers a firm grounding in academic subjects with opportunities for sport, art, music and drama. The previous year has seen the


Open Evening: Wednesday 9th October 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Catholic Day and Boarding School for girls aged 11 to 18 • Experience teaching the IB Diploma for over 30 years!

• Scholarships and bursaries available • Multilingualism: up to 9 languages taught

• Exclusive pre-IB Middle Years Programme • Nurture and support: girls gain excellent results

• Internationalism: over 40 nationalities, yet one shared mission

• Places achieved at top Universities worldwide

• All faiths welcome

Please contact: Tel: 020 8949 0571 George Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7PE.


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EDUCATION school go from strength to strength under the leadership of Headmistress, Mrs Jane Whittingham. The new academic year promises extended outside learning in the newly cleared woods and opening of the Hiorns Centre cooking area. The next Open Day is on 17 September. Visit or telephone 01483 416551. Hampton School is a wonderful place to work and learn. The School offers an excellent all-round education, encouraging high aspirations, independent thinking and mutual respect in an energetic and happy environment. The curriculum is enriched by an extensive co-curricular programme which forms an essential part of the balanced education which Hampton provides. Hampton is academically selective and results are consistently high with the vast majority of boys going on to elite universities. Visit, telephone 020 8979 9273 and email Set within extensive playing fields and blessed with outstanding facilities, The Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton provides an environment that is both inspirational and supportive. The ISI judged that "The quality of the educational experience provided throughout the school is "outstanding" and "balances the successful attainment of outstanding public examination results with the pursuit of excellence in the extensive extra-curricular programme". Visit their website for more information or telephone 020 89791601. Notre Dame School, Cobham has recently embarked on an exciting new era by becoming one school for pupils aged 2 to 18, with the Prep and Senior merging to make fuller use of

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The Lady Eleanor Holles School HAMPTON, MIDDLESEX

300 years and still celebrating For day girls aged 7 - 18 (Junior dept for girls aged 7 - 11) A reputation for academic success and a rich extracurricular experience Superb facilities on a 24 acre site Academic and Music Scholarships available (11+ and Sixth Form entry)

The Lady Eleanor Holles School

Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3HF

Tel: 020 8979 1601 email: Head Mistress: Mrs Gillian Low MA (Oxon) Contact the Registrar or visit

Up to 100% fee assistance (bursaries, means tested) Registered Charity no 1130254


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EDUCATION resources, expertise and leadership. The new Executive Team led by Headmaster of 16 years, Mr David Plummer, has identified exciting projects including Sixth Form refurbishment, new staffing roles and responsibilities, a brand new library for younger pupils, a beautiful tree house and an ambitious outdoor all weather sports' facility for all to enjoy. For more information Telephone 01932 869990 Parkside School gives their pupils an excellent record of academic and sporting achievement which prepares them to fulfil their potential at senior school. Their facilities, built in 40 acres of beautiful grounds and sports fields, are constantly renewed as a testament to their vision and financial stability. Their most recent addition is a new portable IT suite comprising of 20 iPads for use throughout the school. The Parkside ethos encourages boys to build friendships which endure and gives them opportunities to shine. Telephone 01932 862749, email: Web:

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At Pennthorpe they are very excited about their creative curriculum and it's no surprise that this year their leavers won an impressive 23 scholarships. Their commitment to teaching pupils to think independently starts from an early age, with Reception pupils spending Wednesday afternoons in their extensive woodlands. Guided by their own Forest Schools teacher, classes take a fun approach to literacy and numeracy while developing the communication and language skills that are the building blocks to future success. Email or call Fiona Long on 01403 822391.

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The Sunday Times’ Independent School of the Year 2011/12, Brighton College now welcomes more boarders than ever before. All pastoral aspects of boarding were classed 'outstanding' by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in 2011, and an on-going major investment programme enhances the excellent existing provisions, with a new award winning social space and additional boarding house. Perhaps this is why Brighton was described as ‘the school everyone’s talking about’ by Tatler and is the choice of so many Surrey families. To visit or attend an Open Morning, call 01273-704202. St. Andrew's School is a respected, thriving co-educational prep school for children aged 3-13, set in beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Woking. With excellent on-site facilities including a new Pre-Prep playground and an all weather sports surface, together with a broad curriculum, St. Andrew's seeks to create a nurturing and happy environment of trust and support where all pupils are encouraged to develop to their full potential. For further information telephone 01483 760943; email or visit St George's Weybridge is a leading independent, coeducational, Roman Catholic day school providing a perfectly balanced education for 3 to 18 year olds. They aim to develop perfectly balanced individuals by educating minds, expanding hearts and empowering lives. Inspirational teaching inspires a love of learning and fulfils aspirations and potential. Their distinctive Josephite ethos instils mutual respect and compassion while encouraging among their students a strong sense that all members belong to one family which encompasses the wider world. Telephone 01932 839300 or visit

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The top co-educational school in England THE TIMES GCSE RESULTS 2013

England’s Independent School of the Year 2011-12 England’s Headmaster of the Year 2012-13 TATLER


College (11+, 13+, 16+) Saturday 28th September Pre-Prep and Prep (3+ to 10+ entry) Saturday 5th October

Day, weekly and full boarding

01273 258127

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EDUCATION St Ives School, Haslemere is a truly independent, nonselective preparatory school and prides itself on the broad range of senior schools it feeds locally and beyond. Happy children make the best learners and at St Ives they aim to foster a love of learning, nurture curiosity and help girls see the world from a wider perspective. Small class sizes, specialist teachers, including dedicated SENCO support, ensure that every child is able to reach their full potential. For further information telephone 01428 643734. King Edward’s School in Witley, Godalming, aims to provide the best possible preparation for adult life in today’s world. They achieve this by combining traditional values of excellence, breadth of opportunity and high level of pastoral care with an innovative and forward-thinking curriculum. Pupils from a very wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds (reflecting the real world) become a community in which all individuals can thrive. Boarding and day pupils together grow in an atmosphere of co-operation, mutual respect and independence of thought. For further information telephone 01428 686700, email or visit

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At Sir William Perkins’s School in Chertsey, their vision is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community, so that each girl leaves having been given the best possible chance of achieving her full potential, taking with her sound values and a breadth of skills and knowledge. Scholarships and bursaries are available, and the latter may be for up to 100% of tuition fees. Please telephone 01932 574900 or for further information visit

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EDUCATION St Nicholas’ School Church Crookham educates girls from 3-16 and boys from 3-7 and is consistently at the top of the GCSE league tables. It is situated in an extensive rural campus with superb facilities for science, sport, art, music and the performing arts. The school day runs from 8am to 6pm with an exciting co-curricular programme. School buses run from Farnham, Basingstoke, Fleet, Alton, and Farnborough areas. Next Open Morning Saturday 9 November 10am - 1pm 01252 850121 or visit www.stTelephone “Excellent, sometimes inspiring teaching” “overall achievements of pupils are excellent” “Governance, leadership and management is outstanding” “excellent personal development of the girls”. These were some of the comments made of Dunottar School during inspection in March 2011. The single sex environment allows the girls to face challenges with confidence and conviction. They are passionate about getting to grips with their academic learning and life skills to equip them in a competitive and challenging world. Telephone 01737 761945. With an outstanding record teaching the respected International Baccalaureate since 1979, Marymount International School is a small Catholic School, which welcomes all faiths and stretches its students academically, socially and spiritually. Students are encouraged to develop inquiring, critical minds. Latest IB results show 20% of graduates achieving more than 40 points, typically only achieved by 4% of candidates worldwide. Marymount offers day and boarding places to girls aged 11 to 18 from over 40 nationalities.

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DENMEAD SCHOOL (Part of the Hampton School Trust) Independent Preparatory School Boys 3 - 11, Girls 3 - 7

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Happy family environment Before/After School care Excellent 7+ and 11+ results Ongoing Assessment for Assured Places to Hampton School

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Wide range of co-curricular activities Broad curriculum Small class sizes School Coach Service

OPEN MORNING: 11th October 2013

Please call for further information or to arrange a visit. Tel.: 020 8979 1844 Email: web:


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EDUCATION Telephone 0208 949 0571; visit: or email Hampton Court House is an independent school for boys and girls from 3 to 16 years set in its own private parkland. With outstanding success, pupils are prepared for 13+ Common Entrance, scholarship examinations and 16+ entrance to the leading boys’ and girls’ schools. A 'lead school' in computer science and a reputation for languages (French/Spanish/Mandarin), their teachers inspire students and are chosen for their charisma, linguistic abilities, intellectual pursuits and love of music and the arts. Visit; or call 020 8614 0857. Lanesborough provides the highest quality academic and all round education for boys aged 3 – 13. Set in the heart of Guildford, with excellent teachers and superb pastoral care, Lanesborough boys thrive in an environment where their academic, creative, musical, artistic and sporting potential is nurtured, allowing them to grow into happy, confident and successful young men. Do go and visit them on their Open Day, on 12th October, so that they can show you around. Please contact Mrs Gordon, Registrar, on 01483 880652 or email Greenfield is a thriving, forward-thinking, independent co-educational preparatory school for pupils aged 3 to 11 years. Greenfield provides an all round, broad education for its pupils, in a caring and nurturing environment, and consistently achieves excellent results across the curriculum. The school occupies a beautiful Victorian house situated on the outskirts of Woking, which has been empathetically extended to offer spacious and functional accommodation, including purpose-

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Early Years: boys & girls aged 2 - 4 Preparatory: girls aged 4 - 11 Senior: girls 11-16 Sixth Form: girls 16-18

A World Class Education for Girls on Your Doorstep from Nursery to University

Open Days:

Sat 5th Oct 9.00am - 12Noon Tue 12th Nov 9.30 - 11.30am

Inspiring Young Thinkers... Creating Life Long Learners To Find out about our Innovative Curriculum and a personal tour please call

01932 869990 Burwood House, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1HA Twitter: @NotreDameCobham





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EDUCATION built sports hall, library, art studio, dining room and Early years Department. Why not come and see for yourself? Their next Open Mornings are on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2013 between 10am and Midday. For further information telephone 01483 772525 or email Claremont Fan Court School is a co-educational independent school for children age 2 to 18 years old, set within 100 acres of historic landscaped grounds in Esher. In their spacious and inspiring environment children are encouraged to think creatively and investigate widely. They aim to provide each pupil with a breadth of educational, cultural, social and sporting opportunities, through which the full potential of each individual may be realised. Moral integrity and character education, together with high academic expectations, are established and developed within small classes in their happy, positive environment. All prospective families are very welcome to attend the open mornings. For further information about the School, please contact Mrs J Tilson Tel 01372 473624. FUTURE LEARNING Whether your child is starting at nursery, junior or senior school this autumn their education is likely to be very different to anything their parents ever experienced. It doesn’t matter whether you went to school five, ten, fifteen or generations ago education is changing. The days of ink-stained fingers, dog-eared exercise books, blackboards,

Cranmore School

Independent Preparatory School for Boys (4 to 13) Bright Stars Co-ed Nursery (2½+) ‘Working together to fulfil your son’s potential’

Inspection report awards top-grade results

School and Nursery Open Mornings Friday 20th Sept & Saturday 5th Oct 9.30am - 12 Noon 10.30am Meet the Headmaster Crèche facilities available Mrs H Perry, Registrar t: 01483 280340 e: West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6AT



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Our learning style, sports facilities, science, art, music and performance specialities are all aimed at investing in your son’s future. Academic excellence in a boy’s own setting; that’s why many parents speak of Parkside as being the best investment you will ever make for your son. The Manor, Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3PX

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EDUCATION board rubbers and lugging impossibly heavy book bags loaded with homework every day are disappearing. Like in every area of our lives, technology is changing education and for an increasing number of independent and maintained schools all this paraphernalia from the past is already being phased out. In its place the iPad/tablet computer, along with whiteboards, high quality Internet bandwidth, Wi-Fi and Apple TV are proving versatile teaching tools with all round educational benefits. Maybe the most obvious benefit to the pupils is it allows them to use their chosen learning style. Traditionally, in the old days, classrooms were very much a one-style fits all experience based around reading and writing. While these skills remain central to the teaching and learning experience what we’ve discovered is that some pupils are auditory learners and they’d rather listen and speak. Other people are kinesthetic/tactile learners and they benefit from being able to move things about. Tablet devices allow them to do this. Of course using this knowledge and the technology can have enormous benefits too for young people with learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia. There are excellent specialist applications available that are already being used by curriculum support teachers across the country and to great effect. So if homework is set on a tablet, the pupil can take his/her tablet home and if it’s easier they can create their essay or coursework by talking into it and printing it out rather than

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EDUCATION typing it on a keyboard or writing it out in longhand. At the same time they can make use of their iTextbooks, stored within the device and any materials from class that their teacher may have created too. It also allows pupils to learn at their own speed and they and their teachers get instant feedback. This means that if children haven’t grasped a concept the teacher can add an extra lesson if necessary. There’s also the opportunity to share work – the teacher can use his/her iPad to guide the class but can also connect a pupil’s device to Apple TV, which can be of great benefit to the class. And the beauty of it is that for this and future generations this technology is going to be what they will be using throughout their lives and in the workplace too. We’ve found that tablets are also incredibly versatile – it’s excellent with junior pupils and in a variety of teaching situations too. In art it can be used for drawing for instance and in maths children can do a class test on the iPad with the results, all marked, for the teacher at the end of the session. It’s just as versatile with teaching seniors too, allowing staff to create their own iBooks to guide pupils through lessons. For some this might seem like a vision of the future – investment in technology is expensive- but schools that have already made this step into the future are already seeing the benefits. Laura Johnson is the Head of IT at St Nicholas’ School, Church Crookham.

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ona Lewie may have sung â&#x20AC;&#x153;You will always find me in the kitchen at parties,â&#x20AC;? but whether entertaining or during day to day life, it's clear that the kitchen is the heart of the home. One major consideration in planning a new kitchen, or upgrading your old one, is to focus on how to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly. There are simple steps you can take today to make your current kitchen more energy efficient, but if you are thinking of going all out and redesigning your kitchen completely, why not make your kitchen greener than green? The benefits to the planet can also be matched by the benefits to your purse. A major aspect of modern day kitchen design is the importance given to its environmental credentials. Many kitchen manufacturers are now focusing on eco-friendly appliances; providing energy efficient machines with environmentally friendly materials and production values. Likewise, kitchen designers also now incorporate eco-friendly appliances within their kitchens. They may also use reclaimed or recycled materials within the kitchen design itself, and design the kitchen to maximise the energy efficiency and minimise the environmental impact. Traditionally, kitchens were probably the most wasteful rooms in the house, what with electricity-eating appliances and the use of toxic cleaning chemicals. Whether you're looking for a whole new eco-kitchen or you simply want to make your existing kitchen space a little more green, there are lots of ways to improve its eco-friendly credentials. The easiest and most obvious way to start is with the recycling. Although most of us 48

already recycle our newspapers, glass bottles and other packaging, when installing a new kitchen plan ahead to include inbuilt recycling receptacles within the design of the kitchen itself. Many manufacturers install recycling appliances within their fitted kitchens, to provide an easier way of separating materials such as glass, paper and cardboard. Existing cabinets can also be retrofitted by installing a recycling bin. Those seriously committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle may want to consider using a composting bin or wormery. Worm composting is an efficient way to convert small amounts of kitchen waste into nutritious garden compost and plant food although it does require a little maintenance to ensure the wormery functions effectively. If you're replacing the worktops of your kitchen, look for a manufacturer who uses recyclable wood from sustainable sources, or adapt a previously used worktop for your own use. Wooden worktops can be sanded back, and re-varnished or oiled to restore their former beauty to save you the expense of a brand new worktop. Toughened glass and stainless steel are other options when choosing work surfaces. Not only are they stylish and sleek, they are also long lasting materials that can resist hard wear. Both are also very easy to keep clean; glass is completely non-porous which makes it the most hygienic choice for a worktop. Both glass and stainless steel worktops can incorporate an element of recycled material, which will also help to reduce the carbon foot print of your home. Glass worktops and splashbacks also come in a wide range of colours to add some extra pizzazz to your decorating scheme.

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SURREYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FINEST KITCHENS Based just a mile from the centre of Guildford, Seymour Kitchens is an established, family-run business that has been manufacturing and supplying the finest kitchens to Surrey homes for more than 30 years. We are renowned for our craftsmanship, the quality of our installations and our attention to detail, but our foremost consideration is always the needs of our clients. Whether you are looking for a fully bespoke service, or a fitted kitchen from one of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading names, you can be assured that the

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KITCHENS A major way to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly is to choose energy efficient appliances. Refrigerators can be one of the major culprits in electricity use and choosing a triple A rated refrigerator will be one of the easiest ways to save electricity and money. Keep your refrigerator full - a half-stocked fridge uses more energy to keep cool, as food helps retain the cold. Having a fridge freezer can save 20% less energy than a fridge and freezer placed side by side. Even something as seemingly insignificant as spending less time with the fridge door open can reduced the overall energy use. There are ways to increase the energy efficiency of your oven, too. Cooking more than one item at a time is more energy beneficial as opening the oven door whilst cooking can reduce the oven temperature dramatically. Make sure your cooker hood is cleaned frequently and works properly. If the hood does not ventilate properly, it will increase the temperature of the kitchen, meaning your refrigerator will have to work harder to keep food cool. It may surprise you to learn that a newermodel dishwasher can use up to 37% less water than washing dishes by hand. Make sure you never run your dishwasher unless completely full and make sure you use dishwasher salt if living in a hard water area: this will ensure the washer runs at optimum efficiency. Rather than using the drying function, which uses the most power, open the door when the wash cycle has finished to let the dishes air dry naturally. So, having covered how you can make your kitchen more eco-friendly with work surfaces and appliances, what about the design? Choosing a kitchen layout that allows for

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KITCHENS optimum natural light can be another way to lower your carbon footprint. Can you install another window to let in more sunlight? Energy saving bulbs can be fitted in minutes and will save you money as well as electricity. Light coloured kitchen cabinets, pale flooring (although bear in mind how often you'll have to clean it) and white or light reflecting paint on the walls and ceiling can also help increase natural light levels. As for flooring choices, what about recycled wood? Kitchen designers are increasingly using bamboo as an ecofriendly flooring material; it's quick growing, sustainable, renewable and looks great. Cork is also a great, green flooring choice, as is Marmoleum. This floor covering, like linoleum, is made from nontoxic linseed oil. You can also use recycled fabrics or organic cotton or linen to dress your windows and as table cloths and napkins. There are plenty of environmentally friendly, non-toxic kitchen cleaning products available or you could try making your own. White vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda can all be transformed into gentle but effective kitchen cleaners and anti-bacterial sprays. If you are looking around for a new kitchen style, you need to think about exactly what your kitchen will say about you. Would a country cottage style complement your house or does something more sleek and modern catch your eye? When investing in a kitchen, you want a design that will last for years. Think carefully before you purchase that kitchen style just because it's this month's 'in thing'. High fashion dates very quickly - it's sensible to think more about the

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practicality and durability of your chosen design. If in doubt, go for a classic style for the worktops, cupboards and fittings. If you ever tire of the design, you can easily update the look with fresh wallpaper, new paint or accessories. Fitted cupboards can also be re-sprayed or repainted and the handles replaced with a different design. You must first take into account the practicality of your kitchen. Do you want it to be a multi-functioning family room, or maybe just a minimalist cooking station? Either way, your kitchen has to suit you and your lifestyle. Whether you have a large family or a busy career, or both, cleaning as well as cooking is always going to be of the highest priority in the kitchen. Flat top work surfaces are best for hygiene; with no grooves to catch dirt you can simply wipe away any grime within seconds. If choosing a worktop, think about the practicalities as well as the aesthetics. Another factor to consider is storage. Clutter in a kitchen is unsightly, unhygienic and can cause accidents. However, a clever kitchen designer will make full use of all the available space to include a place for everything. They may be able to come up with ideas for storage in spaces you might not even have considered. Kick boards on the bottom of kitchen cabinets can be transformed into shallow, slide-out drawers whereas a narrow 'slice' of space at the end of a row of fitted cupboards can become a bespoke wine storage rack or chiller cabinet. A good kitchen design has the potential to change your life. Decide on what your main priorities are and design your kitchen around them. Do you entertain frequently or have




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small children who need keeping an eye on while you cook? A open plan kitchen/diner might be the very thing for you. However, open plan design does have its drawbacks; cooking odours can permeate soft furnishings such as sofas and curtains, and noise from appliances can be an annoyance when you're relaxing in front of the television in the evening. Think about the design styles; the layout; your requirements; the wide range of kitchen appliances, accessories and furniture. It can feel daunting but just think of the magnificent transformation at the end! It can help not to think of it as an on-going job, but as an exciting project that will benefit you for years to come. With the right professional advice and help, your kitchen could become your favourite room in the house. A new kitchen is a substantial investment, so it pays to get the right kind of advice from industry-experienced professionals. The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA) is the body which sets the standard for professionalism in the home improvement industry. When choosing a kitchen designer, ensuring that they are a member of KBSA will mean they work to the highest standards; all KBSA retail members are carefully vetted and have to have traded for at least two years before being considered for membership. The KBSA has a free consumer guide for customers considering investing in a new kitchen (as well as advice on bathrooms, bedrooms and home offices) available via download from their website at

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culinary Essentials Italian fridge makers, Meneghini, produce truly beautiful, solid wooden fridges. Shown here in Silver Grey, the 'La Cambusa' from Italian fridge makers Meneghini combines modern design, style and functionality to offer you a truly contemporary fridge design that will make a refined addition to any home. Optional extras to the standard fridge and freezer components include space for coffee maker, fitted pantry, double pantry, icemaker, microwave oven, steam oven and multifunction oven. Starting from £16,400 at

The Hostess Ice Maker is the perfect item for those who like to entertain, creating an easy way to create ice quickly. This product is able to create up to 12Kg of ice in just 24 Hours, meaning you'll always have some ready for your drinks as the maker can store 700g of Ice at any time. A 1.5 litre water reservoir means you won't have to keep filling it with water every few minutes, so you can leave it to get on with what it does. Available from £139.95 at

The Smart Scoop is part of the Sage range by Heston Blumenthal. This advanced ice cream maker is the first ice cream maker that a u t o m a t i c a l ly senses the hardness of your mixture based on your selection and switches to keep cool. It boasts 12 different hardness settings allowing you to make sorbets, frozen yogurts and ice cream. It will also play music when it is ready. Available from £349.95 at

To the delight of cappuccino lovers, the Philips Intelia One-Touch Cappuccino fully automatic at-home espresso machine lets you enjoy delicious hot cappuccino or baristaquality espresso in the comfort of your own home. As any coffee lover will tell you, the key to a great cappuccino is in the inclusion of hot and frothy milk, providing warmth and satisfaction with every sip. Thanks to the Intelia Cappuccino's integrated automatic milk function, every cappuccino you make will boast hot and creamy milk, automatically heated and poured into your cup with the touch of a button. Available from £700 at The Smart Toaster Pro is part of the Sage range by Heston Blumenthal. With a handy ‘Quick Look’ button you are able to check how your toast is getting on without interrupting the heating cycle, as a silent motor will lift your toast up enough to simply and easily check it. A ‘Bit More’ button is also on board if your bread needs a little more browning. This toaster is available in either a two slice, £129.95 or a four slice option, £169.95 and is available from The stylish Uma kitchen scale and timer from Bugatti not only looks great but is packed with features. It has a 3kg weighing capacity and features a weight resetting system which enables several ingredients to be placed into the same bowl and weighed separately. The bowl is removable and also dishwasher safe, making cleaning even easier. The Bugatti electronic kitchen scale also features an integrated timer function, which allows you to time food for up to 90 minutes. Available from £90 at 57




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he fireplace could be said to be the true heart of a home and with winter on its way, the thought of snuggling down by a roaring log fire is very appealing. When choosing the right fireplace for your home, it's important to consider the heat requirements of your house as well as the efficiency, practicality and expense of your chosen fireplace. The traditional coal and wood burning fireplace is marvellously cosy and romantic. However, if you have small children, the safety aspects of an open fire may overshadow its other considerations and it's important to note that open fires are not particularly heat and fuel efficient, as a large amount of heat is lost up the

chimney. A wood-burning stove might be a better choice for a cold house: stoves, especially pellet burning models, are extremely heat efficient and probably the most eco-friendly choice for your home as 85% of heat is transmitted directly into the room. It's important to consider the cost implications of fitting a stove as your chimney will need to be fitted with a liner. Gas fires are clean, instant and easy to use and maintain. Modern designs can look extremely stylish but of course, a gas flame can never be quite as cosy and as welcoming as an open wood fire. Bioethanol fires can make a real style statement and give a flame effect without the heat, although they are not to

everyone's taste. Whatever fireplace you choose, you can make a real style feature of it, perhaps by using the chimney breast as a 'feature wall' in the room by painting it a contrasting colour, or by using a stylish wallpaper. However convenient it may be, buying a fireplace or stove over the internet could well prove to be a false economy. Using a local company means you will be able to see the fire in-situ and get a real feel for the dimensions, as well as being assured of the quality and reliability of the product. Be sure to get expert advice and to use a registered fitter and professional installation company to install whichever fireplace you eventually decide on.

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Blandy’s Madeira A Dinner Party Winner


adeira wine is a dinner party must for the modern, up-tothe-minute hostess, and master Madeira producers Blandy’s have a broad enough range of tastes, styles and textures to see you through an entire meal should you so wish; from aperitifs and cocktails, through soups, fish and salads, patés and game, to cheese, puds and chocolate. There are four types of Madeira, each named after the grape from which they are made and encompass styles ranging from dry to rich wines. Malmsey is the sweetest, with rich honey, raisin and caramel flavours perfect with rich tea time or festive


fayre such as figgy pudding, chocolate log, walnut tart or other rich desserts. Bual is drier, but still relatively sweet with nutty vanilla characteristics and particularly sumptuous with all manner of deserts including tropical fruit salad and rich puddings. Verdelho is off-dry, aromatic and soft and traditionally drunk chilled as an aperitif or with richer cuisine such as pate fois gras, rich soups and game. The driest wine Sercial is clean, and crisp with a subtly nutty fruit character, mostly served well chilled as an aperitif with salted almonds or slices of fresh cut chorizo or carry through to the table to accompany starters, fish dishes and Indian cuisine. Blandy’s Madeira should be served in a generous glass to allow the bouquet to be released fully. The wines are bottled when ready to drink and do not require decanting. Each bottle is sealed with an easy open and shut stopper and will keep almost indefinitely after opening, allowing you the freedom to have several on the go at once. Madeira is a unique fortified Portuguese wine made on the mountainous Atlantic island of Madeira. Traditionally, it owes its character to the heating of the wines as they were shipped on long sea voyages. Today Blandy’s replicates the heating process in the production of Madeira wines by using the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system in which the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the company’s southfacing lodge in Funchal. The result is Madeira wines with amazing longevity

WINE which can last in perfect condition for years whilst unopened, and for several months after opening. There is a Madeira match for every budget too, from kitchen ingredient and cocktail mixer to coveted once-in-a-lifetime connoisseur’s luxury. Blandy’s wines are synonymous with outstanding quality, and their Madeira wines regularly win medals and trophies at wine competitions around the world. Wonderfully versatile, shamelessly chic, Blandy’s have your dinner party covered from aperitif to pud. Duke of Clarence 75cl bottle RRP: £12 available in all major supermarkets and 10 Year Old Sercial 50cl RRP: £19.49 available from Waitrose and good independent retailers. Blandy’s Madeira is also available online at the following address -

LUCKY DRAW 10 lucky readers will each receive two bottles of Madeira, each a very different style. For your chance to win, simply send a postcard to the following address: Surrey Occasions Magazine Wine Draw, Hillrising House, 115 Potters Lane, Send, Nr. Woking, Surrey GU23 7AW by 4th October 2013 The Publisher’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Strictly only one entry per household is permitted. Multiple entries will be disqualified and all entrants must be aged 18 or over.




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Win a case of New Zealand

Yealands Estate Wine! F

or many years now New Zealand wines have been an ever present and much enjoyed feature on wine shop shelves and restaurant wine lists. Consistently the quality of the wines is excellent and reliable, but some producers are going far beyond the lengths that others are prepared to go to in pursuit of their craft. Without doubt the wines from Awatere Valley’s Yealands Estate, part of the Marlborough region, certainly bring innovation and passionate winemaking to a whole new level. Inspired by owner Peter Yealands to “think boldly, tread lightly and never say it can’t be done”, Yealands has combined green technology and clever home-grown ideas to create a showcase of sustainable winegrowing. Yealands was the first winery in the world to achieve CarboNZero (Cert Tm) status, and it uses solar and wind energy, rain water, heating initiatives and composting to produce a truly extraordinary eco-friendly winery. To show the extremes Yealands go to, they even have a flock

of Baby doll sheep that act as pest control in the vineyard, while providing natural fertiliser. So down to the wines themselves which are very special, they are produced in a dry and vibrant way by a talented and dynamic winemaking team led by Tamra Washington at the state of the art winery. As with many Estates it is Sauvignon that leads the charge, but Viognier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and even the spicy and delicious Gruner Veltliner are produced to the highest possible standard. Incredibly versatile and food friendly, the Yealands wines are a clean and intensely fruity style making them approachable on their own. The wines and winery win many awards and this has been highlighted recently by great results in the IWC and Decanter wine awards, including an IWC Gold award for the Gruner Veltliner. All of these wines can be purchased from the website as well as in merchants and restaurants across the country.

HOW TO ENTER Yealand Estate Wines have teamed up with Surrey Occasions to offer three lucky readers a chance to win a case (12 bottles) of fantastic New Zealand wine. To win, simply answer the following questions: 1. What type of sheep are used in the Yealands Estate? ............................................ 2. In which valley is the Estate? ............................................ 3. Who founded the estate? ............................................

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f you're looking for exciting live music, an electric atmosphere and amazing cocktails, as well as delicious Lebanese food, Layla's on Esher High Street is one of Surrey's most exotic and vibrant venues. A veritable treasure trove of Eastern gourmet delicacies and luscious cocktails, and a place where you can dress up for a seriously stylish night out. Head chef Jean Ghanen and his team bring you the freshest flavours of Lebanon infused with the trends of today. From the moment we entered the restaurant the buzz of chatter and laughter surrounded us. The elegant lounge bar has plenty of low-level comfortable seating arrayed beneath a twinkling canopy of lights resembling the night sky. With soft lighting, crystal chandeliers and décor in neutral tones the dining room experience is luxurious, with the shimmering bronze hues and wall art giving a glitzy Eastern feel. With a variety of table shapes and three discreet alcoves, there is the


opportunity for both a romantic and intimate tete a tete, and for a larger group gathering. The staff were wonderfully attentive and served us throughout the evening under the direction of the charming and courteous hostess and owner Ashley Sanli. There's an a la carte menu or a sharing menu offering a multi-course fragrant banquet style feast. We enjoyed the sharing menu with a mix of tasty hot and cold Mezzes including tender chilli and garlic prawns, homemade tabouleh, vine leaves, fatoush, hummus, and cheese sambousak. Our mouth-watering mains included perfectly grilled lamb cutlets with mixed seasoned vegetables roasted with Arabic spices, chilli and olive oil served with a stack of potato dauphinoise and a mint and a spicy tomato sauce. We accompanied our meal with a wonderful Lebanese Ksara Rouge followed by a tempting selection of desserts. The cocktail menu is worth a visit on its own, with such delights as the Pomegranate Bellini, Honeysuckle champagne cocktail and the Lemon Drop Martini, as well as the classic, traditional cocktails on offer. If you don’t fancy a full meal, there are some tempting delicacies on the Lounge Bar Favourites menu, such as sesame prawns, fried calamari and halloumi pizza. The menu is very gluten free, vegetarian and halal friendly. Don't be surprised if you find yourself staying on past the end of your meal: the live music and buzzing atmosphere means you'll find it hard to leave! Following the success of Layla's in Esher, a new restaurant has now also been launched in Wimbledon. To reserve a table for dinner, or this venue for your parties please telephone 01372 462 333, visit the website which can be found at or email




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Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel


f you’re looking for refined British cuisine, prepared using a minimum of technology but with time-honoured techniques, the award-winning restaurant Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel should be your destination. Located on a quiet street between Mayfair and Green Park, Dukes Hotel is a hidden gem. Perfectly placed for designer shopping in Bond Street and access to the theatres of the West End, Dukes has a one hundred year history as a classic, boutique London hotel. Nigel Mendham, head chef of Thirty Six, was awarded three AA Rosettes for outstanding service and food in 2012, in recognition of the highest quality ingredients, excellent


judgement of flavour combinations and superb timing and seasoning in the preparation of his dishes. We certainly found this to be the case on our visit. We were seated in the elegant and delightfully cosy restaurant and found much to enjoy in the numerous paintings displayed on the cool grey walls, the tables set to perfection with crisp linen and a centrepiece of golden orchids held in a black glass base. We began with a rich, velvety mushroom cappuccino, topped with truffle, with an ASK Valley wine from New Zealand. Our starters were a goats cheese flan and line caught mackerel with iced horseradish; both delicious and, as for the rest of the meal, the presentation of each dish was quite exceptional. One main course was the stone bass with parsley sauce, with a tasty and unusual accompaniment of Wye Valley asparagus and crustacean mayonnaise. The other was one of the special supplements of the menu: the T-Bone of veal, with paprika dusted potatoes, dressed with watercress and a small dish of sour cream on the side. This was wonderfully tender, with a very tasty sauce. We accompanied our main course with a spicy, earthy Australian Mr Smith shiraz. We still found room for the dark chocolate pave with caramelised banana and the rhubarb and custard ginger crumble, and rounded off a splendidly enjoyable meal by taking our coffee in the charming Champagne Lounge. This newest addition to the hotel’s bars is intimate and relaxed, decorated in rich gold and forest green tones and the perfect place to let your meal settle. If cocktails are more to your taste, Dukes Bar serves the best dry martini in town - something that has to be tasted to be believed! It’s certainly refreshing to be able to enjoy meticulously prepared British food in a classic setting and the attentive and intuitive service makes for a wonderfully relaxed dining experience. Dukes Hotel, St. James’s Place, London SW1A 1NY




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Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sept 16 - 21, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook, Guildford 01483 440 000 Sept 9 : An Evening with Simon Schama Sept 10 - 14 : The Mikado Sept 16 - 21 : Rough Justice Sept 23 : An Evening with Lucy Worsley Sept 24 - 28 : Mansfield Park Sept 30 : An Evening with Rick Stein Oct 1 : Richard Durrant - The Guitar Whisperer Oct 2 - 5 : Fascinating Aïda: Charm Offensive Oct 8 : Miss Julie Oct 11 - 12 : The Secret Garden - In Concert Oct 15 - 16 : Dancing Queen - In Concert Oct 17 - 19 : The Merry Wives of Windsor Oct 23 - Nov 2 : The Duck House Nov 5 - 9 : Ghosts Nov 12 - 16 : A Midsummer Night’s Dream Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio Millbrook, Guildford 01483 440 000 Sept 4 - 7 : The Comedy of Errors Sept 12 - 14 : An Evening with Dorothy Parker Sept 14 : The Magical Playroom Sept 19 : An Evening with the Humour of Bob Newhart and Tom Lehrer Sept 20 - 21 : My Name is Bill Sept 21 : Bin Men Sept 26 - 28 : Winston On the Run Sept 28 : How to Catch a Star Oct 3 - 5 : The Knicker Lady Oct 5 : Dotty the Dragon Oct 12 : Teddy Time 2 Oct 31 - Nov 1 : You and Me


The Duck House, Oct 23 - Nov 2, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

G Live London Road, Guildford 0844 7701 797 Sept 19 : Fawlty Towers The Dinner Show Sept 20 : Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Sept 21 : Stewart Lee Sept 24 : Chris Barber Band 2013 Sept 27 : UK Pink Floyd Experience Sept 28 : Grimethorpe Colliery Band Sept 29 : Jackson Live Sept 30 - Oct 5 : Mousetrap Oct 8 : Essence of Ireland Oct 9 : An Evening with Petula Clark Oct 13 : Showtime with The Swingles Oct 18 : Paul Weller Oct 19 : The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Oct 20 : Steve Hughes Oct 23 : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Oct 25 : Sandi Toksvig Oct 29 : An Evening with Sir Roger Moore New Victoria Theatre Peacocks Centre, Woking 0870 060 6645 Sept 8 : That’ll Be the Day Sept 9 - 14 : Carnaby Street Sept 16 - 21 : Priscilla Queen of the Desert Sept 24 - 28 : Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Ugly Duckling Sept 29 : Sixties Gold Sept 30 - Oct 5 : Go Back for Murder Oct 9 : Let’s Hang On Oct 10 : Illegal Eagles Oct 11 - 12 : Gotta Sing Gotta Dance Oct 13 : Ray Mears - The Outdoor Life

Oct 15 - 19 : Sleeping Beauty on Ice Oct 22 - 26 : Fiddler on the Roof Oct 27 : The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Radio Show live Oct 29 - Nov 2 : Glyndebourne Tour Nov 3 : Three Phantoms Nov 5 - 6 : 51 Shades of Maggie Nov 11 - 23 : Ghost the Musical Richmond Theatre The Green, Richmond 0844 971 7651 Sept 5 - 7 : Gotta Sing Gotta Dance Sept 9 : Johnny Cash Roadshow Sept 22 : The Osmonds American Jukebox Sept 30 - Oct 5 : September in the Rain Oct 10 - 19 : Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense Oct 22 - 26 : 1984 Oct 29 : The Vagina Monologues Oct 30 : The Reduced Skakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Oct 31 : Reginald D Hunter: In The Midst Of Crackers Nov 1 : Rainy Days and Mondays Nov 4 - 9 : The Butterfly Lion New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon 0870 060 6646 Sept 5 : Sally Morgan: Psychic Sally On The Road Sept 6 : UK Pink Floyd Experience Sept 23 - 28 : Carnaby Street Sept 29 : Illegal Eagles Oct 1 : The Reduced Shakespeare Company Oct 2 : Ready Steady Cook Live! Oct 5 : Halfway To Paradise: The Billy





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An Evening with Sir Roger Moore, Oct 29, G Live, Guildford

Fury Story Oct 7 - 12 : Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Oct 14 - 19 : Blood Brothers Oct 23 - 26 : Scrooge The Musical Oct 27 : Let’s Hang On Oct 29 - Nov 2 : Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nov 4 : Ha Ha Holmes Nov 6 : That’ll Be The Day Nov 8 - 9 : Nutcracker: English Youth Ballet Dorking Halls, High Street Dorking 01306 881717 Sept 27 : The Manfreds Oct 2 - 3 : Aliens Love Underpants Oct 5 : Ha Ha Holmes Oct 11 : Ready Steady Cook Live Oct 16 : Milton Jones: ‘On The Road’ Oct 17 : Wishbone Ash Oct 18 : Reginald D Hunter: In The Midst of Crackers Oct 19 : Jimeoin: ‘WHAT?!’ Oct 24 : Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss: Unplucked Nov 3 : The HitchHikers Guide To The Galaxy Live Radio Play Nov 8 : Robin Ince: The Importance Of Being Interested Camberley Theatre Knoll Road, Camberley 01276 707600 Sept 19 : Blofeld & Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special Sept 28 : Joe Brown Oct 9 : Secret Love and the Life & Music of Doris Day Nov 1 : Ha Ha Holmes

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sept 24 - 28, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

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Andrea Bocelli


heard someone say that if God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." The famous introduction by Celine Dion of Andrea Bocelli is testament to the power of the artist’s voice, and perhaps also to his almost mythical status as the biggest selling solo classical artist of all time. Born in 1958 on the family farm of Lajatico, in Pisa, Tuscany, Bocelli was encouraged in his musical abilities by his parents from an early age. They supported him in learning to play the piano from the age of six, then branching out into mastering the flute and saxophone. It was Bocelli’s voice, though, that was to prove his ideal instrument. Powerful and heroic, but still with a youthful grace, Bocelli’s tenor is strengthened by an unusually polished timbre. After enjoying early success in various singing competitions, Bocelli was discovered by Caterina Caselli and signed to her independent Italian record label Sugar Music. At the same time, he made his debut on the operatic stage, playing Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth in 1994. That

Christmas, he was invited to sing the Adeste Fideles before the Pope. This was the beginning of a meteoric rise to fame and success, all the more extraordinary when you consider that Bocelli has been blind since a football accident claimed his sight at twelve years old. Part of Bocelli’s appeal is the fact that he is comfortable in both the operatic and the popular music worlds. His duet with Sarah Brightman, Time to Say Goodbye, became a 1996 phenomenon, spending four weeks at Number 1 in the UK charts and selling 12 million copies worldwide. As the singer himself has said, “I never thought of having two careers in classical and pop at all, that wouldn't have worked. I only thought about having the one where I make best use of my voice, to sing the material I perform to the best of my ability." Bocelli numbers many other famous classical musicians and artists among his friends: Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Jose Carreras are all fans. Luciano Pavarotti was Bocelli’s mentor and friend,

the latter singing at Pavarotti’s wedding and also, sadly, at his funeral. Bocelli has performed for no less than four U.S. presidents, the royal family and two popes, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. In 2001 at Ground Zero in New York, he sang Schubert’s Ave Maria at a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. One of the singer’s biggest selling albums was Amore, produced with multiGrammy Award winning producer David Foster. The two men met when Bocelli duetted with Celine Dion on Foster’s smash hit The Prayer, and teamed up again in January 2013 to produce the most recent albume Passione. “Andrea continues to be my favourite singer of all time,” Foster is proud to declare. “I pride myself on working with great voices, but he transcends that. He's a totally legitimate classical singer... but he's also super comfortable in the pop world. Everyone wants that voice in their living room. Everyone wants that voice at their coronation. He's a singer for all people, from the common man to the Pope.” This was amply demonstrated in a huge, open air concert in New York’s Central Park in 2011, where Bocelli performed to 60,000 fans. The singer said of the concert, which became a live CD and DVD, that "Classical music should be given to the general public... This music belongs to everyone and should be open to all, it is a gift and balm for everyone and everyone should have equal access to it without exception." It seems certain that Bocelli will continue to build on his extraordinary career, bringing the best of the classics to millions across the globe.

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