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5 TEAMS 99 HOLES 13 HOURS WHO WILL WIN THE 2010 LEADERBOARD CHALLENGE? On Monday 5th July 2010 teams of Professional golfers from across the South East will be picking up their clubs to raise money for charity. Two golfers from each of Leaderboard Golf’s ﬁve facilities will be competing against one another in the 2010 Leaderboard Challenge in association with Absolute Publishing and Classic Sports Series, and Lookers Mercedes-Benz.
better of their two scores will count on each individual hole. These scores will then be converted into points which are all added together at the end of the day to create the ﬁnal team score. After playing all 99 holes that Leaderboard owns, the teams will be able to use any remaining time to continue playing the two courses at Dale Hill in order to score some valuable extra points.
The teams from Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent, Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club in East Sussex, The Leaderboard Golf Centre in Reading, The Oxfordshire Golf Club in Thame, and Sandford Springs Golf Club in Hampshire will have 13 hours to play as many holes of golf as they can in the allotted time, not including the time spent travelling between courses.
The team with highest score at the end of the 13 hours will receive a monetary bonus, to be donated to their charity in addition to any sponsorship funds they are able to raise, giving them all a real incentive to play their best possible game.
They will start at 4.30am in Thame at The Oxfordshire, before moving on to Sandford Springs and then Chart Hills, ending the day in East Sussex at Dale Hill. Thanks to Lookers Mercedes-Benz the golfers will at least be able to travel in comfort from course to course, in cars loaned especially for this event. The competition will be played as a better ball stableford, meaning both professionals from each team will play their own ball, but only the
The charities supported by the Leaderboard Challenge are: Macmillan Cancer Support www.macmillan.org.uk
Naomi House www.naomihouse.org.uk
Christopher’s Smile www.christopherssmile.org.uk
Maggie’s Centre www.maggiescentres.org
Guide Dogs for the Blind www.guidedogs.org.uk
Cancer Research UK www.cancerresearchuk.org
Dale Hill more than just a golf club Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7DQ Tel: 01580 200 112 | Fax: 01580 201 249 email: Kelly.email@example.com
Hello... Food, glorious food! From Nepalese to Japanese, Chinese to Indian, Thai to Italian, French to gastro pubs; in Tunbridge Wells we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to quality everyday places to eat. To help you decide, we’ve produced (for the first time in the town) a ratings guide to a dozen restaurants you might like to sample, if you’re not already a regular. Our undercover foodie Damian Cotton visited each of them anonymously and paid for his meals. We rate them on the food, drink, service and general ambience of the place. Still in the kitchen, we get some topical tips from Head Chef Jens Folkel at the Hotel du Vin on how to make the most of what’s in season this month. Show business takes centre stage this issue as we bump into a few celebrities (how many can you spot?) at the Chelsea Flower Show, where local exhibitors are amongst the honoured. We also find out about the return to the big screen next year of our cover celebrity Nicole Kidman, we track down Rolf Harris as he rides into town for his art show and meet the man who saved the debt-ridden Trinity Theatre from shutting its doors for good. Few people realise just how close we came to seeing the final curtain come down. Last month we told you how to get your body beach-ready. This time round we offer help on the best swimwear in which to show it off. And if you’re looking for that special house in the right part of TW, we’ve got just the place and it’s yours for under £2million. Add to all that our must-read review of the new Italian stallion Maserati, along with the chance to win £1,000s worth of diamonds and there’s a package with something for everyone.
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MONTH YOU SHOULD… 12 THIS Relax and let a robot mow the lawn,
check out New Orleans bluesman Dr John when he comes to town and start training for the Hospice in the Weald 10K run.
TELL US… 17 SO What happened when a couple followed our advice and complained about bad service at a local restaurant and why you might want to stay put in Tunbridge Wells this Summer.
FOR THE NEWS 19 NOW It’s been a surreal few weeks.
21 CONFIDENTIAL Through the town’s grapevine, we hear that half a million pounds gets a soul legend to sing you Happy Birthday and that the businessman in trouble with his wife (June issue) has been forgiven.
AT THE CHAPEL 25 CHARITY The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation benefitted to the tune of £1,000 when a Champagne fund raising event took place in Tunbridge Wells.
ART OF LIFE 26 THE Rolf Harris caused quite a stir the other day when some 500 people queued to meet the legendary artist during a visit to the Artique Gallery.
28 COVER FEATURE:
THE GOLDEN GIRL Banking pay cheques of £10million a film makes Nicole Kidman one of the highest paid actors in the world. And it’s all down to her first stage appearance – as a sheep!
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INSIDER – WOMEN 43 BODY & SOUL 37 FASHION We take a look at some local It’s festival chic for the ladies this month; designer wellies, maxi dresses and statement necklaces lead the way.
FASHION INSIDER - MEN Proof you can be patriotic and on trend, we look at World Cup style. Plus the season’s must-wear trousers.
TO DIVE FOR 40 SWIMWEAR Polkadots and prints, what you should be wearing on the beach this Summer.
treatments and therapies that could change your life for the better.
CHILD’S PLAY 49 There’s rock star style, second homes and wallpapering fun – designed for kids, but you’ll want it all too.
51 WIN Your chance to own a £1,000 diamond pendant necklace courtesy of our friends at Wessex Fine Jewellers.
Cover image: Nicole Kidman courtesy of New Lines/Everett/Rex Features
They’re drilling for Black Gold in Bidborough, thousands of fish have gone walk-about at Bewl Water and TW police are all of a Twitter.
RATINGS 85 RESTAURANT Find out our foodies’ verdict
LIFE 53 MARINE Through the keyhole of a £1.75 million family home currently on the market. This month it’s nicely tucked away in the Tunbridge Wells ‘Village’ area.
MARVELLOUS 71 BLOOMING Local exhibitors pick up more awards at the Chelsea Flower Show; we had a chat with them before going celebrity spotting. How many can you recognise?
GALLERY 76 THE Louise Giblin is just one of the artists whose work is featured in an exhibition this month at The Rhapsody House Gallery in The Pantiles.
PERSONAL TOUCH 79 THE BA strikes and volcanic eruptions have burst the online booking bubble as more and more people return to good old-fashioned travel agents.
when he paid an anonymous visit to a dozen of the town’s good quality, everyday restaurants. Is he right?
APPROACH 93 SEASONED Hotel du Vin Head Chef Jens Folkel gives us a few tips on how to make the most of seasonal produce.
NICHE 95 CAVA We open some bottles with Jo Sorenson, theTunbridge Wellian brand manager for Codorniu, the UK’s favourite Cava. And, by the way, it’s pronounced “codon-you”.
FRIGHT 100 STAGE Meet the man who saved Trinity Theatre from having to shut its doors for good. Few realise how close we came to seeing the final curtain.
DEAD GORGEOUS 106 DROP The Maserati Gran Turismo was always a great looking car and it’s just got that bit better, with a drop-top roof.
COURAGE 114 CAPTAIN’S The inspiring tale of how David Reginald Hermon Phillip Salomons, from Southborough, gave his life to save his fellow soldiers. He was 30.
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Vers products are cool. Full stop. Whether they’re making cases for your iPhone out of bamboo or building incredibly stylish iPod docks, we love their retro-infused, functional and attractive wooden creations. Their new 1.5R iPod speaker is no different and comes in a variety of finishes. For instance you can choose from (take a deep breath) natural cherry, natural walnut, dark walnut, bamboo, piano white and piano black. The big chunky volume and tuner dials feel solid and well-built, mainly because they are; each of these is finished by hand and takes over a week to complete. Around £140, see versaudio.com
This month Carry…
It’s picnic season and whether you honour that by taking a country stroll, enjoying lunch in the park, or having a sit down on the beach, here’s the perfect package to take along. The aptly titled Wine in the Park is a temperature insulated wine carrier with room for a single bottle of plonk. The zip-up case also comes with two wine glasses made from, er, plastic and a corkscrew. Oh, and in the unlikely event that you and your friends don’t polish off the entire bottle, there’s a bottle stopper too. £34.99 from thehandpickedcollection.com or call 0845 602 3578.
Rent… The Blind Side is the film that almost overnight forced film buffs around the world to take Sandra Bullock seriously. The Oscar-winning actress put in the performance of her career as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the Christian Republican housewife whose life is, for some reason, unfulfilled. By chance she meets Michael ‘Big Mike’ Oher, a scholarship football player at the same college as her middle-class kids. She offers the homeless teenager her sofa to sleep on and begins a friendship that impacts the lives of those involved in more ways than they ever expected. Out this month on DVD and Blu-ray from The Foyer, £3.50 a night. 01892 548 700.
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At this time of year the garden flowers are in full bloom, the leaves are weighing down the boughs of the trees and the lawn just doesn’t stop growing. It seems every time you turn your back on those freshly mown green shoots, they remerge twice as quickly. So, why bother doing it yourself? You could hire a gardener, but you’ll only end up making them endless cups of tea. Instead, try the Husqvarna Automower 260 ACX, a robotic mower that will amble around your garden all summer without a word of complaint. £3,299.99 from Wadhurst Country Services, 01892 784 438.
Take one attractive blonde vocalist with a penchant for the songs of yesteryear, add a hugely-talented producer named Richard Swift and introduce a twist of Neil Young-esque melodies. What do you get? The Mynabirds, America’s best new lo-fi offering. Songstress Laura Burhenn is the singer and writer for the band and she’s frequently admitted that the debut album, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, is an attempt at creating an album that sounds like Neil Young ‘doing Motown’ – we reckon she might well have succeeded. £10 from Ape, TW, 01892 535 732.
you should… Experience New Orleans bluesman Dr John is quite simply a legend in his field. Having played with the likes of Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, the pianist is now coming to the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall on Wednesday July 7. The prolific artist has spent recent years maintaining awareness of the plight of his stricken home city and this summer is making some rare UK appearances. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an intimate performance with this legendary American musician. Tickets £26.50, call 01892 530 613 or visit assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
If you were one of the people who missed out on Tunbridge Wells’ half marathon in February there’s another chance to test yourself and raise money for a good cause on Sunday 19th September. The Hospice in the Weald 10km run in TW is taking a new route on Sunday 19 to ensure that more people can take part in the fundraising event Our friend, and Olympic windsurfing bronze medalist, Bryony Shaw will be firing the starting pistol and giving out medals at the finish line. It’s hoped that the event will attract 750 runners and raise over £30,000 for the important local charity. To register visit runnersworld.com or call 01892 820 508.
It’s a pretty big deal when Bret Easton Ellis releases a new book; this is the man who penned The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho and Less Than Zero (the film of which starred SoTW cover man Robert Downey Jr.). His new novel, Imperial Bedrooms, follows the characters of Less Than Zero and catches up with the hedonistic teenage characters, now middle aged in the Los Angeles ‘scene’. The book’s protagonist, Clay, returns to LA as a successful New York screenwriter and is quickly reunited with old friends. In a frivolous world of drugs, deceit, fortune and power Clay’s old demons once again emerge and his life spins wildly out of control. £16.99 from Waterstones TW, 01892 535 446. J U LY 2 0 1 0
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Get your friends and family together for a Jamie at Home party and share with them the new Jme Collection of kitchen and dinnerware. Similar in design to the Tupperware parties of days past, buying and enjoying the Jme Collection has never been more fun. With the launch of his latest summer collection, Jamie Oliver, one of our favourite restaurateurs, has all the accessories you need to make alfresco dining a stylish affair. Host your own parties and you’ll receive loyalty points to spend on Jme products of your choice. So join in the fun and share in Jamie’s passion for getting people in the kitchen and book a Jamie at Home party. Call 01444 455 167.
Georges Bizet’s much-loved opera, Carmen, is coming to Hever Castle on the weekend of July 3 & 4. Performed by Opera Novella, a story of jealousy and desire, Carmen tells the tale of forbidden passion between a young soldier and a fiery Gypsy girl. The special gala performance marks the launch of Hever’s new Festival Theatre and features a dinner served at 6:30pm with opera starting at 8:30pm. Tickets start at £20, for music and dinner tickets, £65. heverfestival.co.uk
Oscar Wilde’s most successful play The Importance of Being Earnest is at the Trinity Theatre in TW from Tuesday July 20 to Sunday July 25 . Before each performance you’ll be able to enjoy Pimms and high tea in the specially created period garden within the grounds of the Trinity. Cucumber sandwiches and strawberries with cream will be on hand, served by costumed waiters. Sounds like a topper evening to us, eh wot? Book online at trinitytheatre.net or call 01892 678 678.
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With The Grain brings together some of the finest designer-makers in the South-East in one single exhibition. Between June 25 and July 4 Scotney Castle will be showcasing the impressive woodwork of some of Britain’s best furniture makers, set within the beautiful Walled Garden of the castle. Work by students of the Furniture Craft School, based on the Scotney Estate, will also be on show making this a rare opportunity to view, buy and commission pieces of contemporary furniture. Ian Spencer, designer and maker of the Chaos Chair (pictured) will be unveiling his new chair for which is constructed using his unmistakable style. Pieces like the Chaos Chair sell for around £4,200. Call 01892 891 555 for details.
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SOTW WINNING LETTER OF THE MONTH: Sir, The British Airways fiasco and the volcanic ash has deterred us from foreign travel this Summer which means we will be spending our annual holiday in this country. Having taken that decision and done some research we have been amazed at the wonderful attractions right here on our doorstep, many within an hour’s drive of Tunbridge Wells. There’s Camber Sands, Bewl
Roger and Cynthia Eastman (via email) Ed: Hate the word ‘staycation’ but it’s really not a bad idea, so long as you take a brolly.
Evelyn Taylor (Langton Green)
Ed: Trust you were brave enough not to leave the fellow a tip.
be routine. Jonathan Maitland (via email)
Ed: Forget the speed of light. Down here, the next generation will still be travelling the A21 at the speed of a snail.
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Water, Hever Castle, Westerham and, of course, Brighton to mention just a few. We often don’t realise how lucky we are living in this part of the world.
Sir, In your May issue you suggested people should learn to complain more if they paid for food or drink and were not happy with it or the service. We took your advice when dining recently at a local restaurant and were, as you suggested, sincere, sensible and respectful. We were practically thrown out. The manager was far from sympathetic and extremely abusive and we will be not eating there again.
Sir, Thank you for an excellent story (June) about Mr Will Whitehorn, a farmer from Wadhurst, going into space and in his capacity as President of Virgin Galactic hoping to take the rest of us with him. It really is quite remarkable to think that space travel for the next generation will probably
Sir, Might I through your pages say a big “thank you” to all the people who work so hard to make this town a brighter place to live. I’m thinking in particular of the Tunbridge Wells in Bloom scheme where flowers are planted to bring a bit of colour to the place. It is all much appreciated. Heather Brightman Tunbridge Wells
Sir, Summer must be here. We have spotted our first street busker of the season near Chapel Place. Rachael Watkins (via email)
Ed: It’s the lesser spotted plucker who comes back every year.
Ed: And a blooming (sorry) good job they all do! We accept Letters to the Editor by e-mail (email@example.com) or post to SoTW, Studio Six, Sussex Mews, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5QJ. Letters must carry full names and contact details. Letters may be edited for publication. O C T OJBUELY R 220001 0 9
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the news… OUR MONTHLY LOOK AT SOME OF THE STORIES, MAKING THE HEADLINES FELT WRONG
Crowborough born astronaut Dr Piers Sellers (55) has been talking about what it’s like to experience walking in space. He was aboard the shuttle Atlantis in May for its final flight programme before being shelved. The one-time student at Cranbrook School, now living in America, has clocked up more than 559 hours in space and says: “Outside (the shuttle) for six or seven minutes you see three or four sunrises. It’s quite beautiful, you see the Amazon river and then the Sahara desert a few minutes later. Minutes apart you see everything – rivers, mountains and lakes. “It’s a huge privilege and I wish everytime that I could take everyone with me.”
A wide brimmed felt hat allegedly worn by former Tunbridge Wells resident Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the man who formed the scouting movement, went under the hammer at an online auction for £1,700. However, the buyer became concerned when he noticed the letter of authenticity was simply a scribbled biro note from an auctioneer in the 80s. He raised the matter with the current auctioneers and was given a full refund Baden-Powell credited the two years he spent as a pupil at Rose Hill school with teaching him some of the scouting skills he later shared with young people around the world.
Good news for all those living in the villages that surround Tunbridge Wells. According to an official report villagers are likely to live more than two years longer than town dwellers. The findings support long standing evidence that people with the highest life expectancy are residents of the more prosperous rural areas such as the Weald. The study by the Office for National Statistics says fresh air and healthy lifestyles contribute to the advantages of the countryside. Overall, rural men are likely to live to between 78 and 79 years while women notch up between 82 and 83 years.
Tunbridge Wells police have signed up to the social networking site Twitter to deliver a daily dose of information to help crack crime and protect us law abiding citizens. It’ll be used to provide details of police surgeries being held in the borough, crime prevention updates and news of police operations. Each posting on the site, which can be accessed on the internet via your laptop or mobile phone, is known as a ‘tweet’ and is limited to just 140 characters. Chief Inspector Martin Wilson says the site will help them “identify what the public’s concerns are, to act upon those concerns and to feedback and tell them what we have done about it.”
An energy company is to drill for oil on a site close to Bidborough village and Judd’s Wood, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Midmar Energy UK has been given the go ahead by Kent County Council to drill two appraisal wells and then carry out extended tests. If they strike “black gold” the company will seek to make the drilling rig a permanent fixture. Protestors believe it’s “totally unnecessary” and will dramatically increase traffic through the village and country lanes.
Strange happenings at Bewl Water where 9,000 fish worth £12,000 have disappeared. Police received a call to say they had been stolen from two storage cages and tyre tracks were found at the scene. However, Bewl owner Simon HumeKendall believes it simply a case of nature taking its course and that the fish have probably been taken by pike, otters or cormorant birds breaking into the cages. During the course of a year the Lamberhurst lake, one of the most popular visitor attractions in the area, is home to up to 70,000 fish. J U LY 2 0 1 0
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The bubbly flowed and the raffle tickets were snapped up when some 50 people gathered at The Chapel hairdressing salon in Tunbridge Wells to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The charity exists to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes which is a lifelong condition. The evening, which raised just over ÂŁ1,000 for the foundation, was organised by client Denise Hamilton whose daughter Alexandra has diabetes. Photography: Phil Glover
The art of life
Some 500 people went along to the Artique GallerY in TW to meet Rolf Harris, one of our most popular and best loved artists. He was in town to host a Life in Art event featuring a collection of works celebrating his 60 years in art; it’s on display at the gallerY until Sunday June 27. Rolf, known for his upbeat and accessible attitude to art, says: “You know, I can’t help thinking how lucky I’ve been over the years. I’m thrilled at continually having been able to find new things to do, new paths to follow and now being able to painT almost every day.” artiquegalleries.com
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SHE’S ONE OF THE HIGHEST PAID ACTRESSES IN THE WORLD, BANKING PAY CHEQUES OF £10MILLION PER FILM. SHE’LL SOON BE ADDING TO THAT FORTUNE WITH THE RELEASE OF TWO MORE, SO JUST HOW DID NICOLE KIDMAN BECOME HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN GIRL?
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scar winning superstar Nicole Kidman has, for a long time, occupied the dizzying heights at the top of the industry pile. Numerous awards, fashion deals and product promotion have seen her grace countless red carpets over the years and secured her place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
saw her break the world record for the most money paid per minute to an actor. She pocketed a reported £8million for the three minute commercial.
Having just wrapped filming on two more projects – an easy to watch rom-com entitled Just Go With It and the rather ominous looking Rabbit Hole – it looks like Nicole will be back on our screens in a big way.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nicole moved to Australia with her family at the age of four. She reached 5’11 inches at a young age and struggled with her height and complexion as a teenager.
But before all the glamour and glitz, growing up, the starlet was a quiet child. Intelligent, tall for her age and studious, at times she could have been described as outcast. As she got older, however, Nicole found a way to channel her skills into acting, a career that has since seen her reach the peak of fame and fortune.
“When I was growing up in Australia, the beautiful look was straight blonde hair and olive skin. I was fair-skinned redhead. I used to pray for God to give me tanned skin but if I tried to tan, I’d go red and peel. So I had to put zinc oxide on my nose, wear sun hats and cover up.”
So at what point did the awkward young Aussie turn into one of the most elegant and well-respected actors of her generation?
But when given an opportunity to act, something happened that dramatically changed the direction of her life forever. In one of her first appearances on stage, she was cast as a sheep in a typical school nativity play. Feeling the need to upstage the rest of the cast the young girl began bleating continuously through the performance - she was the focus of the play. Relishing the limelight, an actor was born.
But it’s not just her feature-length work that sees Nicole cashing in six figure sums. The Christmas adverts for the Chanel No. 5 perfume, which screened in the mid 2000s,
From there it became a hobby, then part of her education. On stage, she could craft new personas, creating a confidence of character she’d never known before. To begin with her
Over three decades 43-year-old Nicole has appeared in more than over 50 movies, with 17 of these taking over $100million (£70million) at the box office. The star, whose more recent projects include The Golden Compass and Australia, is one of the highest paid female actors in the world, with a number of pay cheques in the region of £10million.
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parents, both their backgrounds in the sciences, were somewhat sceptical. “My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn’t be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men.” Undeterred and thrilled by the rush of entertaining, in 1982 the 15-year-old attended the Australian Theatre for Young People. The budding star took to dancing and mime, as well as conventional acting and had finally found a way to fully express herself. “Theatre was a place where I could go and just be somebody else. I was like, ‘I hate who I am, I hate how I look, I hate how I feel with all these hormones racing through my body’.” What started as escapism quickly escalated into a career and Nicole’s first onscreen performance was at the age of 16 in the Aussie kids’ film BMX Bandits. Despite its subject matter, the film acted as a great launch pad for Nicole’s career – a testament to the popularity of BMX bikes in the ‘80s. After a number of successful Australian TV and movie parts throughout the ‘80s she never looked back, finally achieving international recognition in the big budget American blockbuster, Days of Thunder, alongside husband-to-be Tom Cruise. Essentially a re-formatted Top Gun, Cruise’s big bucks vehicle from the 80s, Days of Thunder simply replaced his cocky US fighter pilot with a cocky NASCAR racing driver. Nicole played his doctor and love interest; their acting more than hinting at the off-screen romance blossoming between the two stars. As we now know, the pair went on to marry in December of 1990 and despite Nicole towering a full four inches above her husband, and his dubious links with the shady Church of Scientology, the pair became the ‘it’ couple throughout the ‘90s. “The marriage existed because it was two people in love,” she says of being wed to Cruise. “It’s that simple ... He basically swept me off my feet. I fell madly, passionately in love.” Along with Days of Thunder Kidman/Cruise performed well as the lead couple in two other well-received films of the decade. In Far and Away they portrayed an Irish immigrant husband and wife seeking their fortune in 19th Century America. More famously, they starred in the steamy Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s final project. Noted for its overt sexual content and troubled lead characters, in a way the film marked both the on and off screen demise of the relationship.
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The pairing dubbed by the media as the ‘perfect couple’ divorced in 2001 and, as yet, haven’t appeared in the same project since. Blaming too much time apart and their careers for putting excessive strain on the relationship, the couple are said to have split amicably. In months after the divorce, Nicole put on a brave face, joking: “I can now wear heels.”
after the split from Cruise but the following years proved to be her most productive and acclaimed. “My life collapsed.” She said of the time. “People ran from me because suddenly it was, ‘Oh my God! It’s over for her now!’”
though never intended as a box office smash, it did well with its target audience and maintains a respectable reputation. Following that she co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel The Human Stain which received both high accolades as well as dismissive reviews.
Determined to prove them wrong she threw herself into her work, building on her back catalogue of 90s successes such as To Die For and Batman Forever. She released a string of critical and commercial successes, starting with Moulin Rouge! directed by fellow Aussie, Baz Luhrmann. It was a huge hit, earning Nicole an Oscar for Best Actress and winning numerous soundtrack and costume accolades along the way.
The third, Cold Mountain, was more of a mainstream success story, though still a far cry from the standard boy-meets-girl Hollywood cliché. The story follows two Southerners, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, lovers separated by the American Civil War. With a great soundtrack, reminiscent of the Cowen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and a star-studded cast, awards for the film flowed.
Following that came the chilling ghost story of The Others and the critically acclaimed The Hours, for which she garnered praise for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf. In the biography of the influential writer, co-starring Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, Nicole won the holy trinity of film awards; taking Best Actress at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAS and the Oscars. It was at the LA award party for the Academy Award that she made her famously teary speech.
If juggling a high flying acting career wasn’t enough, while cultivating global fame Nicole had also made time to dedicate herself and her accompanying international clout to the children’s charity UNICEF. A member of its Australian arm since 1994, she was made a Citizen of the World ten years later when the United Nations deemed she had made a significant contribution to raising awareness of child poverty around the world.
“I do have to say,” she blubbed. “’Why do you come to the Academy Awards when the world is in such turmoil?’ Because art is important, because you believe in what you do and you honour that and it’s a tradition that needs to be upheld.”
In 2006 Nicole married once more, to the country singer Keith Urban after meeting at an LA event celebrating Australians living in the West Coast city. Their little girl, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, was born in 2008. The family now spends the majority of their time at their Nashville, Tennessee home (just one of many dotted around the globe).
With this statement she seemed to be hinting at her next few roles. Essentially riskier and more art house projects, she seemed comfortable in marrying her love for acting with more experimental and intellectually challenging film.
Dogville, released in 2003, by Danish director Lars von Trier, was more of a recorded play than a conventional movie and
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But don’t think Nicole’s hanging up her acting career just yet. With those two films on the horizon and Rose out of nappies, she’s back on screen. And, if her previous work capacity is anything to go by, she’ll be there for a long time yet… SO
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N O I H S FA R E D I S INWOMEN
Fashion Editor Melissa Woodland on what you need to know this month
Give it some welly Heading for a festival this month? With the British weather being far from reliable, it’s worth investing in a pair of ‘just-in-case” wellies to prevent your weekend becoming a washout. This Summer, welly specialists Hunter have teamed up with footwear favourite Jimmy Choo to design an imitation crocodile skin pair. Featuring leopard print lining, gold buckle hardwear and the signature lengthened buckle strap. Limited edition Hunter and Jimmy Choo Wellington boots £255, exclusively from hunterboot.com
Ok to blush Versatility If packing light is a priority for your annual trip to the ‘tropics’, you’ll want to pick versatile pieces that work together in a capsule wardrobe. Easily dressed up or dressed down, these gold, sunflower-inspired sandals fulfil the brief. Slip on with a sarong and hat and you’re ready to hit the beach. Team with an elegant maxi dress and a few gold accessories when it’s time for dinner. Gold sandals £265, Marc by Marc Jacobs at matches.com
Maxed out style If there is one must-have item for July, it’s the maxi dress. Printed or plain, halterneck or bandeau, jersey or cotton, the full-length dress is an essential element of your Summer style. They’re as at home on the seafront as they are in the office. If you’ve never tried one before, now is the time to be brave. Just make sure you find one the right length. (They should finish on the ankle bone) Turquoise fantasy maxi dress £299, 120% Lino @ Kitch, High Street, TW.
The trend for nude colourways is to continue right through the warmer months, so it’s time to update your wardrobe with lighter-weight fabrics. Look for chiffon overlays and sheer detailing to keep the style current. We love this delicate blush top with polka dots and ruffles from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Sheer silk top £245, 3.1 Phillip Lim @ cruisefashion.co.uk
Chain reaction Fans of statement jewellery have reason to shop this month, with the arrival of accessories specialist Juel on Mount Sion. Offering luxurious pieces for women, including jewellery, bags, scarves and belts, the store is certainly worth a visit. This unique limited edition necklace is handcrafted by French jeweller, Delphine Nardin from naturally tumbled sea glass and is crafted in gold plate on silver. Sea Glass necklace £645, Juel, Mount Sion, TW.
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FA S H I O N
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WEARING THIS MONTH AT WORK, REST AND PLAY
If you want to stand out on the beach, statement print shorts are the way to do it. We love these barcode print Vilebrequin swim shorts. Ocean barcode swimwear £105, Vilebrequin @ menalamode.com
Continental style Little Belter
Now, how do you hold up your new Summer trousers? Black and brown leather belts have their place, but might be a tad too formal for your casual July look. Watch out for a softlycoloured woven belt like this pale blue Havelock piece from Reiss. Its leather trim and solid weave ensure it’s a versatile option. Havelock belt, £59, Reiss@ Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells.
We may be in the grip of World Cup Fever, but that’s no excuse for letting your style slide. Most men’s fashion houses have given a nod towards the footballing event, releasing polos, hats and t-shirts in team colours. So, you can look good while being patriotic. World Cup polo shirts, £95, Ralph Lauren @ Hoopers, Tunbridge Wells.
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Finding the right Summer trousers can be tricky. Jeans are too heavy (and hot!) and linen only looks good for about ten minutes before it creases. A well-tailored, soft-toned pair with a high cotton content could be the solution. Cool and lightweight, these 100 percent cotton trousers by Balenciaga should be a wardrobe staple. Cotton trousers £335, Balenciaga @ matches.com
If you’ve been wearing the same selection of shirts for your nights out with the boys, it may be time to trade in block colours for something more exciting. The latest collection from British designers Eccentric Shirts features playful patterns that will certainly make you stand out at the bar. Plus, for every Union Jack shirt sold, the company will donate £10 to Help for Heroes. Stylish and philanthropic! Lulu shirt £95, eccentricshirts. com
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Life’s a WORDS: MELISSA WOODLAND
NOW THAT YOU’RE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO A BEACH-READY BODY (JUNE ISSUE), IT’S TIME TO PICK OUT THE ALL-IMPORTANT SWIMWEAR IN WHICH TO SHOW IT OFF
Back to Black Slimming and chic, the black onepiece swim suit is anything but dull. Block colour can be forgiving of imperfect silhouettes, plus they are more easily accessorised than prints. We like: The halter-neck shape of this black number from Aspiga. £72, aspiga.com
Little gem Not everyone wants to accessorise when they’re on holiday, so look for a swim suit that incorporates a bit of bling. Chain straps, sequins and glitter thread embroidery adorn the latest collections. We like: The all-out glamour of this jewel-encrusted bikini by Aguaclara. £175, House of Fraser, Bluewater.
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Spot the difference If you’d like a change from your standard black and white swimwear, but aren’t brave enough to go for colour, choose a playful print instead. Polka dots are reminiscent of ‘50s frivolity and jazz-up the conventional colour palette. We like: The gold ring detailing on this barely-there polka dot twopiece from Pistol Panties. £110, pistolpanties.com
Two-tone A bandeau bikini is a great option if you’re petite. Monochrome is elegant, and perfect for setting off your tan. We like: The Chanel-esque embellishments on this two-piece from Myla. £65, myla.com
Citrus twist If you like the idea of giving colour a try, pick a suit with contrasting details or patterns. Eyecatching shades will ensure you stand out from the crowd. We like: The purple ruffle trim on this lime green Red or Dead one piece. £64.75, Pour Les Femmes, High Street, TW.
Wild thing Going somewhere exotic? Why not be a little more adventurous and go for an animal print. Pick a print that complements your skin tone to make the style a roaring success. We like: The simplicity of this leopard print halterneck bikini by Melissa Odabash. £129, sandinmytoes.com
Inject a taste of the tropics with a flash of colour. You might not want to go for head to toe vibrancy, but colour on a black swimsuit, or mis-matched block colour separates liven up your look. We like: The vivid lime bandeau top of this Seaspray strapless suit. £65, Fenwick, Royal Victoria Place, TW.
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BODY & SOUL
LAST MONTH WE SHOWED YOU HOW TO GET BODY BEAUTIFUL FOR THE SUMMER, BUT WHAT IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AND FEEL BETTER IN THE LONG TERM? MELISSA WOODLAND HAS BEEN OUT AND ABOUT AROUND TOWN TO FIND OUT WHAT TREATMENTS, THERAPIES AND PRODUCTS ARE MAKING PEOPLE HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER ALL YEAR ROUND
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get directions Before you book a course of relaxing facials, visit SW1 on the High Street, TW for a Face Mapping session. This new approach to skin analysis sees your face visually divided into 14 different ‘zones’, each of which may have its own requirements. Your therapist will then be able to tailor your treatment to maximise the benefits.
deep clean Most people’s eating habits leave a lot to be desired. We eat too much processed food, sugar, fat and chemical additives. Add to that the fact we don’t chew our food properly (most people chew a mouthful just ten times, when the average number needed is closer to 40) and we are putting our digestive system under some serious pressure. This can result in constipation, fullness and lethargy, seriously impacting quality of life. Colon hydrotherapy, such as the treatment offered at Royal Tunbridge Wells Skin and Laser Clinic on London Road TW, is helping to reduce the problems this dietary lifestyle is causing. A gentle, internal bath, it cleanses and detoxifies the body from the inside-out, removing accumulated matter and gas. The average adult can have as much as 6kg trapped in their colon! Royal Tunbridge Wells Skin and Laser Clinic assistant manager Toni Warran-Smith says even after one treatment
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the patient feels more energised; “And after a course of three to six treatments, they’ll feel a real improvement in digestive problems, have a stronger immune system and their lymph and nervous systems will be functioning better. It can also help with weight loss.”
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to repair tooth decay, with the US Food and Drug Administration admitting mercury vapours released from amalgam fillings could be harmful. Fumes are released from the fillings over the course of their life, particularly when you eat hot foods. While some studies have linked mercury poisoning to depression, heart problems and fatigue, others have shown no such link and our Department of Health says the heavy metal fillings pose no health risk. Still, many people are opting to have their metal fillings removed and it is vital that this is done without any of the mercury leaking into their bodies. Louise Peters, the manager of the Southboroughbased Tooth Fairy Holistic Centre, specialises in the safe removal of mercury fillings.
Fillings are probably not something you think about on a day-to-day basis. You may well have the odd ‘silver’ or mercury filling, but aside from the initial trip to the dentist when you had them put in, they’re unlikely to have any impact on your life, are they? Well, for the last few years, health experts have been questioning the wisdom of using mercury
”We use a special vapour control unit that rests on the patient’s chest, absorbing any fumes or spray that is released before it can be absorbed by the body.” With the mercury removed, any tooth decay is repaired with non-metallic fillings. Patients who have had their fillings removed have reported improved health in the days and weeks following the procedure, with many previously untreated symptoms abating completely.
back off A staggering four out of five people experience some form of back, neck or joint pain in their lifetime. Poor posture, sitting at computer screens all day, carrying heavy shoulder bags (that one’s mostly for us ladies) are all contributing to a growing problem of back pain. It might just be that you’re experiencing niggling twinges. Or perhaps you suffer from a chronic pain that’s really restricting your lifestyle. Either way, it may well be worth a visit to an osteopath if that pain is stopping you living the way you’d like. The holistic therapy aims to improve overall health by manipulating both bone and muscle. Founder of TW’s Chilston Road-based Atman Clinic, Geoffrey Montague-Smith says: “When joints get stiff, a mechanical solution is required, while if tension in muscle or tissue is not addressed, pain and dysfunction persist. “Structural osteopathy is a gentle and painless method of correcting these issues, increasing general wellbeing.” J U LY 2 0 1 0
no added Salt The prevalence of asthma and allergies like hay fever is increasing on an annual basis, as is our reliance on pharmaceuticals to reduce the symptoms. But a new arrival to Tunbridge Wells could offer a drug-free answer. The ‘Salt Cave’, in Vale Road is a sterile, salt-lined room full of tiny salt particles which get into the respiratory system, reaching even the deepest parts of the lung. An hour sat in a comfortable chair in this specially equipped room, inhaling this salty air reduces inflammation in the whole respiratory system, widening the airway passages. Ultimately, you benefit from reduced intake of prescription drugs and fewer asthma attacks.
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face Off Our skin is one of the biggest indicators of general health and well-being, yet it is exposed to the elements on a daily basis. Regular facials can be beneficial, hydrating and strengthening the skin. Beauté, on Neville Street, TW are now offering an anti-aging, calming treatment that is specifically designed for fragile or red sensitive, even angry, skin and has shown up to a 27 percent reduction in wrinkles. Using an acidity balancing formula, the course of four treatments normalises skin pH to soothe, strengthen and protect the delicate skin on your face.
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You may not want to encourage your offspring to draw on the walls, but if you’re keen to develop any artistic tendencies, the Join the Dots wallpaper is a fun way to go. Just paste the paper to the wall in the usual way, then let your little ones loose with pens and pencils to create their own dotty masterpieces. It won’t be long before you pick up a pencil. Join the Dots wallpaper £50 per roll, coxandcox.co.uk
Buzz, Woody, Mr Potatohead and the Toy Story gang are back with a new adventure. Owner Andy, is heading off to college, which means his faithful childhood friends are being given away to a children’s nursery. How will they escape their new toddler playmates? Odeon Cinema, TW from Friday 23 July.
WHAT YOUR LITTLE DARLINGS SHOULD BE WEARING, SEEING AND DOING THIS MONTH WORDS: MELISSA WOODLAND
Every child loves a space to call their own. Whether it’s a home-made den at the end of the garden or a precariously balanced tree house, it’s somewhere for them to play, relax and see their friends, and is usually out of bounds to grownups. With the Summer holidays upon us, now is the time to invest in something a little more long-lasting and commission a playhouse to fit your outside space. From fortresses to weatherboard residences, pretty much any design is possible – you can even incorporate climbing frames, swings, slides and storage. Playhouses from £2,000 theplayhousecompany.co.uk
Rock-a-by-baby Tired of the usual pastel-shades of baby wear? Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres was, so he’s developed an edgy range of rock-inspired clothing for tots, all in black, white or grey. The collection includes baby grows, vests and bottles, all with more than a hint of the rock star. Rock Star Baby Deluxe Starter Set £82, rockstarbaby.com
The Summer’s fashion musts have reached miniature proportions. The nautical trend is everywhere, with shrunk-down Breton stripes and anchor detailing. Sonia Rykiel Enfant bejeweled jersey dress is a playful and practical take on the look, with pink stripes replacing the traditional navy and sparkling embellishments ensuring it’s fit for your princess. Sonia Rykiel Jewelled Anchor Jersey Dress, £95.95, The Children Salon, High Street, TW. J U LY 2 0 1 0
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MARINE HOUSE HAS ALL OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF AN ATTRACTIVE COASTAL TOWNHOUSE. RATHER CONVENIENTLY, HOWEVER, IT’S SITUATED RIGHT HERE IN THE FASHIONABLE ‘VILLAGE’ QUARTER OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS
WORDS: HARRIET LOUVELLE
s its name would suggest, Marine House would be perfectly at home nestled in any picturesque coastal town of Kent or Sussex. Thanks to its quirky flinted front elevation, curved arch windows and attractive balcony with trellis columns, it’s an elegant and individual property. But this Grade II listed Regency home, currently on the market at £1,750,000, actually resides in the TW ‘Village’ area - with its bold front leading onto the footpath of Cumberland Walk and car access via Cumberland Yard. It’s tucked away but still close to the town’s hub, among similarly prestigious properties built circa 1820. In general, the neighbourhood encapsulates the heyday of Royal Tunbridge Wells, oozing historic charm. Entering the patio garden from Cumberland Walk you’re instantly faced with the flint façade of the house and its large windows with brick detailing. At the top of the stone staircase, leading up to the front door, there’s a west-facing balcony – perfect for reclining with a book and something refreshing at the end of the day.
The ground floor comprises two large, rectangular rooms; one
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Once inside, one instantly becomes aware of the scale of this house. Though far from small externally, the building’s generous square design means that each room is large and airy, while those beautiful rounded windows fill the home with natural light.
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reserved as the dining room and the other as a spacious drawing room. Victorian cast iron radiators set the theme of the house where an old-meets-new approach has been used to great effect. While the interior décor is up-to-date, many restored features and fittings remain from bygone days. Throughout this period property there are a number of original fireplaces, again, reminiscent of the building’s past. At the back of the property an extension houses a good sized workshop, rear hall and boot room; plenty of storage then. Back to the hub of the house, and a wide staircase leads downstairs to the lower ground floor. Here, in the half-sunken section, is the kitchen, family room, utility room and cellar. A traditional wood-burning stove will warm the lower level in the winter months and the rest of the year will act as a traditional style-point, further boosting this house’s personality. Dark stained exposed floorboards adorn the two lower floors and further contemporary decoration keeps the space feeling clean and modern, despite the property’s historic past. Still downstairs, the custom-fitted kitchen/breakfast room is finished with marble surfaces, glass-fronted wooden cupboards and hardy limestone flagstones. For everyday usage, the kitchen also has access to the back of the property, leading to the road and garage. Heading up to the first floor and each of the twinned principal bedrooms feature luxurious amenities. One has a large dressing room, while the other an en suite with bath, shower and toilet. The Fired Earth bathroom deserves a particular mention for its
stand-alone bath, huge glass shower and generous amounts of natural light, plus there’s even more of that opulent dark wood flooring. At the back of the house on this floor you find a miniature set of stairs leading down to a further bathroom and a quaint guest bedroom. And if you’re heading up to the second floor, there are two petite staircases, the main set leading to four further bedrooms and a bathroom, while the smaller leads up to an almost secret bedroom. This extra guest room, tucked into the top corner of the house, brings the total to eight. Outside a modest patio leads away from the front of the house and joins a pleasant garden, perfect for opportune barbeques and afternoons in the sun. With Marine House one is left posing the question: “What more could you ask for?” Right in the centre of one of the most sought-after spots in town, it’s spacious, attractive and certainly has character. It’s just a shame that in TW we don’t have the added benefit of a seaside view… SO At a Glance… Location: Cumberland Walk Type: Detached Grade II Price: £1,750,000 Floors: 4
Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 3 Contact: Hamptons International 01892 516 611
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ROLVENDEN LAYNE VILLAGE PRICE GUIDELINE OF £249,950 FREEHOLD
Occupying an ideal position within this sought after Village, this Quintessential Country Cottage is to be found tucked away down a Country Lane. Characterful White Weatherboarding awaits, followed by forever sought after Beams which abound in every Room. This Enchanting Cottage provides Accommodation over three floors comprising: an Open Plan Sitting and Dining Room with Open Fireplace, Kitchen, Two Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Off Road Parking and a Garage. The Garden offers a pretty Terrace, sprinkled with Cottage Plants and a surprising continuation into an Inspiring Seating Area, with Mature Hedging and filled with the scent of sweet Roses. Staplehurst provides a Main Line Station and the ancient Village of Tenterden offers a range of Shopping and Banking facilities.
DENE PARK, TONBRIDGE PRICE GUIDELINE £599,950 FREEHOLD
Without a doubt Dene Park is one of the most prestigious and sought after addresses in this area and discerning purchasers will be thrilled to find this beautifully sympathetic, new-build property set within this visually imposing exclusive Gated Development, approached via a sweeping gravelled drive. The backdrop here is awesome too, set within stunning landscaped communal Grounds of approx. 4 Acres. The Three Floors and offer impressive, quality accommodation comprising: Entrance Hall, an elegant Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Master Bedroom with an En-Suite Bathroom and far reaching views over surrounding countryside, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3/Study, a Family Bathroom and a Cloakroom. Private Garden. Allocated Parking. Garage.
SANDHURST VILLAGE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £739,995 FREEHOLD
A beautifully refurbished and renovated Detached Twin Kiln Oast House believed to originally date back to the 1850s. The light and flexible Family accommodation of some 2978sq.ft comprises: Entrance Hall, Drawing Room with Fireplace, Grand Conservatory, Family Room, stunning Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Roundel Sitting Room and Dining Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, Five further Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms. There is a south facing Lawned Garden to the rear of the Oast and ample Parking to the front, with planning permission for a Timber Framed Double Garage with a Room above. Staplehurst provides fast Mainline Rail Services into Central London. The Oast is located within the renowned Cranbrook School Catchment Area.
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RURAL BROAD OAK PRICE GUIDELINE OF £525,000 FREEHOLD
Nestled quietly off the main road is this beautifully presented Family Home. If light and airy rooms are what you long for, this Deceptively Spacious, Detached property could be right up your street! Offering: a Spacious Entrance Hall, Cloakroom, Kitchen and Breakfast Room, a very handy Utility Room, a Dining Room, ‘L-Shaped’ Sitting Room with Open Fire, Master Bedroom with EnSuite Shower Room, Three further Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom. Externally the Property benefits from a Double Garage with the scope to extend into, (with the relevant P.P), Parking for another two vehicles and a beautifully maintained Garden which has been divided into a Cottage Garden, Wild Life Garden and Beach Garden. Robertsbridge offers Mainline Rail Services into Central London.
RURAL GILLS GREEN, PRICE GUIDELINE OF £695,000 FREEHOLD
This lovely immaculately presented Grade II Listed Barn stands proudly within approximately One Acre of Garden and Paddock. Light/bright Accommodation Comprises: a welcoming Open Plan Reception/Dining Area with Floor to Ceiling Windows to the front and rear with a Vaulted Ceiling, a Triple Aspect Kitchen, Sitting Room with Log Burning Stove and Windows abound, Cloak Room, Study, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, a Further Double Bedroom with an En-Suite Shower Room plus a Guest Suite on the Second Floor with Bathroom Area featuring a Stand Alone Roll Top Bath with Claw & Ball Feet. The Barn is complimented by Terraces, a Vegetable Patch, Workshop and Animal Shelter set within a Grass Paddock. Nearby Staplehurst offers a Main Line Station. C.S.C.A.
RURAL HORSMONDEN PRICE GUIDELINE OF £595,000 FREEHOLD
Often sought yet seldom found, this picture perfect Country Cottage is in an idyllic setting along a leafy lane with wonderful far reaching undulating rural views over two beautiful medieval Churches. Within lovely Grounds of just under an Acre, this immaculately presented character Cottage provides the perfect combination of light and bright, tastefully styled accommodation comprising: Open Plan Sitting and Dining Room with a Log Burner, Kitchen and Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Drawing Room with French Doors onto a Terrace, Cloakroom, Study, Bathroom, Principal Suite with a Dressing Room and an En-Suite Bathroom, Three further Double Bedrooms. Externally, the Cottage offers various Lawns and a Wooden Garage with Carport. Paddock Wood has a Main Line Station to Central London.
RURAL ROLVENDEN LAYNE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £695,000 FREEHOLD
Standing proudly along a quiet, leafy, Country Lane is this substantial Grade II Listed former Farmhouse. This Equestrian Property benefits from Four Stables, Tack Room, approximately 2 Acres of Grounds and another 5 available to Rent, so there is plenty of Grazing for your companions. A Heated Pool, Pretty Terraces, Lawns, Off Road Parking and Detached Garage await your visit. Internally, this Charming Country Home has the potential to be split in two. Inside the main Property, there is a Kitchen/Breakfast Room with AGA, Cloak Room, Drawing Room with Log Burner, Dining Room, Bathroom and Three Bedrooms. The potential Annexe comprises: A Kitchen (currently the Utility to the Main House), Entrance Hall/ Study, Sitting Room/Bedroom, Shower Room and further Bedroom.
MARDEN VILLAGE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £785,000 FREEHOLD
Tucked away in Half an Acre enjoying an enviable Village setting this handsome Grade II detached Cottage is thought in part to date back to circa 16th Century. Step inside to discover the considerable comforts, charm and easy lifestyle. Infused in a rich combination: with many retained original features, high ceilings and well proportioned accommodation comprising: Entrance Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Kitchen & Breakfast Room with AGA, Garden Room, Cloakroom. To the 1st Floor there are 3 Double Bedrooms, Bathroom & a Shower Room, with a Guest Suite comprising; Bedroom, Bathroom, Dressing/Bedroom on the 2nd Floor. The private Grounds are beautifully segregated offering something for all the family: Tennis Lawn, Rose Garden, Lawned Terrace and Childrens Adventure Play Area.
RURAL WADHURST OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £785,000 FREEHOLD
This delightful detached period property is situated in Grounds of approx. 1 Acre with the beautiful Gardens laid out to the rear: a true Gardener’s Delight with Mature Trees, Shrubs and a Lovely Lily Pond. Inside the property oozes character with period features including an Open Fireplace and Exposed Beams. The accommodation offers great flexibility with a Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom and Dressing Area, Guest Bedroom with En-Suite WC, 2 further Bedrooms, Bathroom and Study. Outside the property benefits from a Double Garage with integrated Workshop and Storage Space above. Situated approx. 1 Mile from the Mainline Railway Station at Wadhurst offering services to London.
RURAL PILGRIMS WAY, HOLLINGBOURNE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £945,000 FREEHOLD
An immaculately presented converted Flint and Brick Barn set in 3.4 Acres and located in the much sought after Hamlet of Broad Street providing magnificent views over the North Downs and the nearby Gallops.The Beamy Accommodation comprises: Reception Hall, Sitting Room with a Woodburning Stove, a 36’ long South Westerly Facing Garden Room, Dining Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Galleried First Floor Landing, Master Bedroom with an En-Suite Shower Room, Three further Double Bedrooms, and a Family Bathroom. Externally, a Flint and Brick Tandem Garage, a 0.4 Acre of Garden with Mature Trees, Shrubs, raised Flower Beds and a Pond providing sanctuary to the Greater Crested Newt. The Paddock of some 3 Acres is perfect for all Equestrian Pursuits.
RURAL MATFIELD PRICE GUIDELINE OF £975,000 FREEHOLD
Well positioned in Grounds of over 2 Acres, this property is Deceptively Spacious and offers Versatile Accommodation. Within this much sought after location, Property is often sought, yet seldom found. Offering: an Entrance Porch, Sitting Room with Open Fire, Study, a Formal Dining Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom, a Kitchen and Breakfast Room, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, three further Bedrooms all with Built-in Wardrobes, and a Family Bathroom. Externally, the extensive Grounds would happily lend to an Equine Companion or two, a fantastic Adventure Area for Children or a place to sit quietly watching the local Wildlife in this Private Haven. The Triple Garage could, (with correct P.P) offer more accommodation. Paddock Wood provides a Main Line Station.
SEMI-RURAL KNOCKHOLT PRICE GUIDELINE OF £1,095,000 FREEHOLD
A Semi-Rural Detached Equestrian Property enjoying views of its own pasture land. Built in 2000 to an Extremely High Specification throughout the property boasts Marble Floors with under floor heating, an Audio Visual System and a Games Room to the Basement. Accessed via automated Iron Gates the Property Comprises; Entrance Hall, Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen, Utility Room, Games Room, Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom, Guest Bedroom with Ensuite Shower Room, Two further Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Externally there are beautifully tended Gardens, Heated Swimming Pool, Summerhouse, Detached Garage. Equestrian Facilities include Three New Stables, Atcost Barn and a Nice Post and Railed Three Acre Paddock.
RURAL SELLINDGE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £1,250,000 FREEHOLD
In the heart of the most sought after Village of Sellindge, this sympathetically Converted Granary Barn is set within 14 Acres of prime Countryside. Tucked away down a long Drive, through a Five Bar Wooden Gate is this ‘idyllic Country Retreat’ comprises; Reception Hall, Kitchen with an AGA, Utility Room, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Garden Room, Cloakroom, Master Suite with En-Suite Bathroom, 3 further Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom. Plus a really special Cottage with Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, 2 Bedrooms and Bathroom. All in the most fabulous Gardens with a Gazebo, Summerhouse, Greenhouse and pretty Stream. The Grounds then divide into 7 Post and Railed Paddocks with 6 Stables, Feed and Tack Room, 40 x 20m Menage, Atcost Barn, Double Open Barn.
RURAL BROAD OAK, BREDE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £1,100,000 FREEHOLD
The ultimate in peace and tranquility! This exquisite Unlisted Detached period property is located at the end of a long private driveway and benefits from exceptional views over its own Gardens and Grounds of approximately 14.6 Acres. The beamy, sizeable accommodation comprises: Side Entrance Hall/Utility Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room with AGA, Sitting Room with Inglenook, Study, Drawing Room with Inglenook, Dining Room, Family Room, Cloakroom, Principal Suite, Guest Suite, Four further Double Bedrooms, a Family Bathroom and Laundry Room. The Grounds are divided into post-and-railed Paddocks and Gardens featuring a decked Terrace, Hot Tub, Dog Run, Kitchen Garden, Stable Block and a Three Bay Garage Complex with a Room above and a Shower Room.
RURAL ROLVENDEN LAYNE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £1,495,000 FREEHOLD
Splendour exudes throughout this exquisitely appointed Grade ll Listed Country House. Recently lavishly and painstakingly extended and restored to create sheer perfection. Standing proudly in a class of its own, cleverly making an indulgent use of the 4,918sq.ft., spanning Three Floors to provide an Entrance Hall, a fine Drawing Room, a Sitting Room with an impressive Inglenook, Dining Room, Library, Study, a bespoke Kitchen/Breakfast Room with an AGA, capacious Cellarage, Garden Room, Cloakroom, Principal Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, Guest Bedroom with En-Suite, 4 further Bedrooms with a Family Bathroom. Ensconced in an enchanting setting in 2.5 Acres of manicured Garden and Grounds. Garaging. Very highly recommended.
RURAL GOUDHURST PRICE GUIDELINE OF £995,000 FREEHOLD
Situated on the fringes of the sought after Village of Goudhurst is this delightful Wing of an elegant Country Mansion. This lavishly appointed property combines splendour, character and gracious living. The well presented accommodation comprises: Reception Hall, a stunning Drawing Room of classical proportions with views over the glorious Gardens, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Principal Bedroom Suite, 4 further Bedrooms, 2 of which have En-Suites, and a Family Bathroom. The Grounds amount to approximately 3.3 Acres with Manicured Lawns, Mature Specimen Trees, Woodland, and a Yew Walk. A Gravel Driveway opens out to provide ample Parking and leads to a Garage with an attached Office. Within the CRANBROOK SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA.
RURAL FOSTEN GREEN PRICE GUIDELINE OF £1,200,000 FREEHOLD
In a convenient, yet rural position, this fine detached Country House sits in some 13 or so Acres, plus there is the possibility that one may be able to purchase an adjacent converted detached square Kilned Oast – currently registered as Holiday Lets – by separate negotiation. Excellent Equestrian facilities: with 2 Stable Blocks, a Ménage, Paddocks and numerous other Outbuildings. Formal Gardens principally to the side and delightful Woodland too. This really well presented character property comprises: Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Study, Cloakroom, Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility/Boot Room, Cloakroom, a lovely Principle Suite with a Bathroom and a Dressing Room, 3 Double Bedrooms with En-Suites, 1 further Bedroom and a Family Shower Room. In Cranbrook School Catchment. Highly recommended.
RURAL FRITTENDEN PRICE GUIDELINE OF £1,900,000 FREEHOLD
Visually inspiring throughout, this charismatic Grade II Listed Water Mill will captivate you from the moment you walk through the front door. Provenance abounds, this unique and capacious family home currently comprises: Entrance Hall, Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Utility Room, 5/6 Receptions, 6/7 Bedrooms and 4 Bathrooms and has the potential to become 2 dwellings, subject to planning. Professional plans have been drawn up to remodel the property whilst enhancing and retaining its character. A separate Cottage offers 2 Kitchens, 2 Sitting Rooms/Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms. Set within a peaceful Wildlife Haven of approx. 9.7 Acres the breath taking Grounds are interspersed with natural Water and feature Lakes,Woodland, Fruit Gardens, a mature well planted formal Garden, Swimming Pool with Summer House and Garage/Store. No Neighbours. Nearby Staplehurst provides a Main Line Station. CSCA.
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The Warren, Crowborough £2,700 pcm Available Mid July A unique five bedroom, five reception room character family home.
A versatile five/six bedroom Kent Oast with two allocated parking spaces.
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Tunbridge Wells £1,600 pcm A three storey family home in the popular ‘village area.’
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Wadhurst £2,500 pcm A beautiful 4 bedroom house on the outskirts of the village.
Rushlake Green, Heathfield £2,600 pcm Available 1st August A beautiful detached Grade II listed farmhouse, hidden away in a rural location.
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Unique property dating back to 18th Century in a superb semi-rural location.
Beautifully restored and very elegant Victorian villa close to the centre of town.
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Detached country house with about 2.5 acres in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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Robertsbridge ÂŁ1,495,000 A superbly appointed country house located along a rural lane amongst 13 acres of glorious grounds with fabulous far reaching views.
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Tunbridge Wells ÂŁ1,750,000 A stunning Grade II Listed renowned Regency townhouse, situated in a conservation area in the highly regarded older part of the town.
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A substantial house which until the 1980’s formed part of a much larger Victorian country house. Originally built in the 1880’s the property still retains many original features. Accommodation is set over three floors comprising entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, utility, shower room, 5 bedrooms, en suite bathroom and balcony to master bedroom, bathroom, extensive private gardens, ample parking and triple garage.
A well presented and spacious, modern detached family house built approximately 12 years ago, situated in a much sought after semi-rural location within walking distance of the village & Etchingham train station. Accommodation consists of reception hall, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, 5 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, family bathroom, goodsized front and rear gardens, double garage and ample off road parking.
A modern end of terrace townhouse located in a quiet residential area on the south side of town, just a short walk from The Pantiles and Sainsbury’s supermarket and approximately 15 minutes walk of the train station. Accommodation is set over three floors consisting of entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom/WC, 4 bedrooms, en suite shower room, bathroom, front & rear garden, garage & off road parking.
A delightful 18th Century, Grade II, listed family house; possibly with earlier origins and still retaining a retail / commercial element. It has been extremely well refurbished over the years, maintaining much of its original charm and character. Accommodation consists of entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, cellar/store room, studio room, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, outbuildings, gardens & off road parking.
A delightful 18th century Grade II listed cottage, situated 15 miles south of Tunbridge Wells, offering practical living and entertaining space and notably, retaining much of its original charm and character – with in particular, exposed beams and a lovely inglenook fireplace. It provides an entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom/WC, utility area, 5 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, attic room, garden, garage and off road parking.
A superb townhouse built to an attractive contemporary design, providing good-size accommodation over 3 floors in a small and attractive development of similar properties close to the town centre. Accommodation consists of entrance hall, open plan reception/ kitchen, cloakroom/WC, 3 bedrooms (one with south facing balcony), en suite shower, bathroom, patio garden and private parking space with additionally visitor parking.
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4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room with fireplace, dining room, study, 23ft kitchen/ breakfast room, utility, cloaks, LPG heating, DG, garage, shed & greenhouse. Minstral gallery, atrium, exposed beams & rural views.
Comfortable family size house walking distance of shops, schools & station. 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room with fireplace, dining room & study .Kitchen, utility, cloaks, Gas CH & DG. Double garage & large south westerly facing mature gardens.
Deceptively spacious detached family home and both the accommodation and the size of the garden could hardly fail to impress. 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 23ft living room, 17ft kitchen, utility, cloaks, gas CH, DG, integral garage & 150ft rear garden. Situated in central village location with shops & schools at hand.
Modernised Victorian semi-detached house at 9 Denbigh Road is definitely the one to see. 3 Bedrooms, 2 reception, upstairs bathroom, Ikea fitted kitchen, utility/conservatory, gas CH, DG, garden with shed. Walking distance of local shops, school & station.
A lovely detached bungalow standing on a good size plot. 3 Bedrooms, sitting room, conservatory overlooking the mature garden, kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom, gas CH, DG, Double garage & planning to conver t the loft. Residential location convenient to the town centre & buses
Well presented extended sem-detached house with 2 double bedrooms, sitting room, conservatory/dining room, fitted kitchen, bathroom, gas CH, DG, garage, garden with covered patio. Walking distance shops & station. NO CHAIN
Very stylish modern home on 3 floors with a fabulous master bedroom suite. 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,living room, study, fully fitted kitchen, cloaks, gas CH, DG, patio garden, 2 parking spaces. Prestigious gated small development in the centre of the village, easy walk to shops & station
NO CHAIN. This detached house has been extended to provide flexible accommodation comprising 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, utility, gas CH, DG, integral garage, established gardens. Walking distance shops, schools, countryside & main line station.
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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
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It’s the five day event that marks the start of The Season. Chelsea Flower Show plays host to exhibitors from across the world, including a few from our patch. Before the Queen arrived for her tour, SoTW had its own exclusive preview (as you’d expect for such a magazine) of all the horticultural highlights and caught up with a few medalwinning exhibitors from Kent and East Sussex
The M & G Show Garden
After an eight year hiatus, Edenbridge designer and nursery owner Roger Platts was back at Chelsea to create the M&G Garden (above). Featuring a Summer house carved from Sussex Oak, gently curving paths of reclaimed Victorian bricks and gentle, cottage style planting, the garden was not only well received by the Royal Horticultural Society judges, but was voted the ‘People’s Choice’ at the end of the show.
Roger says: “I was absolutely thrilled to be awarded a Gold Medal and then, to finish the week by receiving the People’s Choice Award, voted for by the general public, was the icing on the cake. The award really does reflect what people enjoy from a garden. My first passion is plants and the whole point in creating something like this is so that everybody has the opportunity to take away ideas and inspiration for their own creations.“ J U LY 2 0 1 0
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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
The Christian before Dior Courtyard Garden Sponsored by stonework specialists Chilstone, the Christian before Dior garden was a celebration of Dior’s love of flowers and scent. Winning a bronze medal, the garden features climbing roses, fragrant stocks and specially designed stone urns by Chilstone. Martin McHugh of the Langton Green-based company says the garden proved popular with visitors. ”The reaction from the public was fantastic. They really responded well to the classic rose garden style. This was the first time we’d designed a piece just for Chelsea and it was certainly worth all the effort.”
Downderry Nusery Away from the grand scale of the gardens, individual exhibits in the Chelsea Pavillion are a chance to showcase expertise in a specific area. Hadlow’s Downderry Nursery was back for a tenth time to display their array of beautiful lavenders. As well as setting up their own exhibit, Downderry’s plants came to the rescue of L’Occitane’s courtyard garden, when their lavender had failed to bloom in time. “This was a great Chelsea for us,” says Downderry’s Simon Charlesworth. “The public seemed to enjoy the exhibit and we were pleased with our Silver-Gilt Medal.”
McBean’s Orchids of Lewes On the other side of the Pavillion, 85-time exhibitor McBean’s Orchids of Lewes was the proud recipient of a Gold Medal – adding to the 79 received in years gone by. McBean’s Jim Durrant says it’s always good to be recognised for your work. ”Every year we try to be different and show new or unusual orchids. We had a fantastic response this year and were glad to take home another Gold.” SO
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With global warming creating ever changing weather conditions, trees are now under enormous pressure and struggle to keep up with climate change. Kingswood has been providing a professional tree care service in this area for over 25 years, for both commercial and domestic clients. During the summer, leaf coverage in the canopy is a good indication of health. By comparing leaf growth potential problems can be prevented. Mulching provides trees with a cool, moist root environment. It can also help prevent damage caused by gardening implements. We provide an expert, high-quality and economical service in all aspects of:• Tree Felling • Deadwooding • Shaping/Thinning/Pruning • Crown Reduction and Lifting • Stump Grinding and Hedge Cutting Fully Qualiﬁed Crew and Public Liability Cover For free estimates and advice please contact us on
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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
EVERY YEAR, CHELSEA ATTRACTS GARDENLOVERS AND SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES (LIKE US), AS WELL AS A FAIR FEW FAMILIAR FACES. WE BUMPED IN TO A NUMBER OF THEM ON OUR WALK ROUND THE PLACE AND THEY WERE ALL MORE THAN WILLING TO BE PICTURED BY OUR SOTW PHOTOGRAPHER. HOW MANY DO YOU RECOGNISE?
Celebrities enjoying the sunshine and flowers included Piers Morgan, Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriott, Bill Bailey, Lulu, Nigel Slater, Bill Oddie, Carol Klein, Alan Titchmarsh, Chris Beardshaw, Nick Knowles, Christopher Biggins, David Bellamy, Floella Benjamin, Lesley Garrett, Raymond Blanc and Ronnie Wood.
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on this page: A Curious View by Rosy James, acrylic on canvas (130cm x 190cm) £2600 Prey by Sharon Rosa Seymour, mixed media and oil paint on canvas (103cm x 103cm) £1600 When I fall in Love by Lorrain Mailer, mixed media (38 x 53.5cm, framed size 58 x 73cm) £460
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on this page: Ammonite by Sara Habgood, oil on canvas with silver leaf (76 x 102cm) £650 So Sacred by Mark Paul Perry, oil and acrylic on linen (80 x 60cm) £980 Motor Head by Louise Giblin, cold cast aluminium (42 x 20 x 20cm) £1295 All works featured can be viewed until July 22 at Alter Ego Arts at The Rhapsody House Gallery, 36 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN www.alteregoarts.co.uk 01892 784620 J U LY 2 0 1 0
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EVERY VOLCANIC CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING. THE TRAVEL CHAOS CAUSED BY THE ICELANDIC ERUPTIONS AND BRITISH AIRWAYS STRIKES HAS BOOSTED THE POPULARITY OF THE GOOD OLD FASHIONED PERSONAL TRAVEL AGENT. IT SEEMS THE ONLINE BOOKING BUBBLE HAS BURST. WE TALK TO SOME OF THE LEADING LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS TO FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING
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didn’t have to worry. As with the BA strikes, we took care of rebooking all flights and accommodation for clients abroad and kept families left here informed about the status of their loved ones on a daily basis. Plus anyone who’d booked a package holiday with us had all their additional accommodation costs paid for, without question. Since then, we’ve had a lot of customers asking how we would help if the volcano erupts again.
Tracy Pearcy is the co-owner of local independent, The Travel Concept Why is the locally-based travel agent still relevant today? An online booking form can’t tell you what the views like, how friendly the staff are and where the best beach is at a specific destination. A local travel agent can – we’ve either been to the resort or we know someone who has. Your holiday time is precious, so we want to make sure it’s spent in the right place. How have recent events affected your business? The ash clouds caused chaos for many travellers, but our customers
Will the trend continue if and when the flight issues are resolved? People are asking lots of questions about logistics, but they’re not being put off booking a holiday. They know we’ll make sure they get home. Customers are booking next year’s holidays already! What is it that your particular agency offers over other competition? We are able to provide a really personal service while still offering competitive prices. We’ve built strong relationships with tour operators, which mean we get favourable conditions for our customers. We make sure we match the right people to the right holiday and will even visit clients at home if that’s easier. Plus we’re available 24/7 if there are any issues, like a volcano erupting.
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Liz King is the owner of the local independent, Liz King Bespoke Travel Why is the locally-based travel agent still relevant today? I regularly refer my clients to hotel websites. However, if you donâ€™t know where to look, booking a holiday online is an incredibly frustrating exercise. The risks involved in booking components of a holiday separately online are huge. My clients often spend large amounts of money on a holiday and they want to know their money is protected by booking with an ABTA bonded travel agent. By the way, the web is not necessarily cheaper!
Christian Allcorn is Assistant Manager of Flight Centre on Camden Road, TW Why is the locally-based travel agent still relevant today? The internet provides you with no personal contact whatsoever. You are bounced around non-UK based call centres and nobody seems to want to help. Being local is the key for us, customers can come in and talk face-to-face with the person responsible for their travel. In our agency you have a direct dial to your own personal travel consultant. No call centres and endless menu options. How have recent events affected your business? Aside from the financial implications and the inconvenience caused to our customers the volcano has made our customers and those who choose to book online realise just how important it is to have a personal travel consultant who will keep them abreast of what is happening when events such as volcanoes, strikes and civil unrest occur. We contacted all of our customers either in the UK or abroad to advise them what to do. We have seen those who had been converted to the benefits of online booking come back to us for all future bookings and itâ€™s not surprising. Will the trend continue if and when the flight issues are resolved? Yes definitely. There were so many people angered by the lack of support they received from their online agent during the volcano. There are those who will never go back to booking online as they were left stranded. In the t0ravel industry there is always something happening which is out of the ordinary. You donâ€™t need to sit on hold for hours to find out what to do. We will do everything for you. What is it that your particular agency offers over other competition? We understand that, although excellent service is essential, price is also very important to the public. We negotiate the best contracts with the airlines but if and when we are more expensive than a competitor we will beat the fare. We are a team of travel experts. Each and every one of us is extremely well travelled and can offer advice and guidance which will help our customers find the best travel arrangements to suit their needs. In the current climate our financial stability is also extremely important. Over 75% of our business comes from repeat and referred customers, which says it all really.
How have the recent volcanic events affected your business? My existing clients were well looked-after and very grateful for my help during the crisis. Whatever the time of day or night it was in the UK, I was obviously there for my clients stranded abroad. I have noticed a few clients I had not heard from for a while have made enquiries with me since then. Will the trend continue if and when the flight issues are resolved? Oh definitely. It was always going to take something major like this to finally burst the online booking bubble and make people see that the benefits of booking a holiday through a professional with an ABTA or ATOL license by far outweigh the risks involved by saving a few pounds on a DIY holiday. What is it that your particular agency offers over other competition? My product is fairly unique, really. Most of my clients are very busy, either professionally or raising families. I get to know them, do all the time-consuming research for them, offer them several holiday options and then apply all the available offers and discounts. I am truly independent and can spend as much time as it takes to find the perfect holiday for my clients and they know they can have absolute faith in me.
Recommended Agents The Travel Concept - 01435 866555, luxurybespokeholidays.co.uk Flight Centre - 01892 530030, flightcentre.co.uk Liz King Bespoke Travel - 01435 872679, lizkingtravel.co.uk
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Abergavenny Arms at Frant 15th Century Coaching Inn Serving good food, ﬁne wines and real ales seven days a week.
Murder Mystery Dinner Thursday 29th July 2010 In conjunction with Louise Jameson, Tickets £32.50 includes 3 Course Dinner and a Dastardly Crime for you to solve! Our kitchens are open throughout the day, every day. Enjoy a bite to eat on our new terraced garden or inside by the log ﬁre. www.abergavennyarms.co.uk - 01892 750233
Welcome to our beautifully refurbished and restored gourmet restaurant, pub & guest house once frequented by Jane Austen herself. • Friendly welcoming hosts • Chef owner
• Period features meet contemporary dining • Private function room • Cask conditioned Kentish ales • Riverside garden
Members of ‘Produced in Kent’ sourcing 70% of our menu from local farmers & growers. THE CHEQUERS ■ TRADITIONALLY DIFFERENT 01892 890 260 thechequersinnlamberhurst.com The Chequers Inn, The Broadway, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8DB
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For more details call John Cullen 01892 Tea Garden Lane, Tunbridge Wells
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Ratings TUNBRIDGE WELLS HAS A HOST OF GOOD QUALITY, EVERYDAY RESTAURANTS CATERING FOR ALL TASTES AND POCKETS. WE SELECTED A DOZEN AT RANDOM AND INVITED OUR FOOD CRITIC DAMIAN COTTON TO SAMPLE THEIR DELIGHTS. HE VISITED ANONYMOUSLY AND PAID FOR EACH MEAL.
HERE, PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME, IS AN EXCLUSIVE GUIDE TO THOSE RESTAURANTS THAT ARE RATED ON AMBIENCE, FOOD, DRINK AND SERVICE. THIS IS ONE GUIDE YOU MIGHT LIKE TO CUT OUT AND KEEP
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rant alese restau ad, 01892 545 499 What? Nep Ro ey rl 59 Calve m £7.25 Where? 575, mains fro .9 3 £ m o fr rs e rt ta Price? S n ays: rkha Kitche Our man s nowned Gu re oli e o th M . f d o o t o palese fo An offsho uthentic Ne rn a e is d o is m th f , o d in Oxte epitome Road is the well-judged on Calverley eige tones, b h it w n g si e d restaurant ttings. expensive fi lighting and l like main – I fee rong for the w with it n t ke e g ic I h d C an horshani K se Both Mooli , o o a ch e ench b ns) spicy and bage and Fr b ad. something a re (c b e e ic rl m a e da Se palese g e N d n a ) sides of Ban p ce ri a ureed t (garnished htly overcooked and in Rashilo Bha ig ould have sl sh y meal. I chicken is d f a o re st a a re m b o The come fr could have sauce that exotic. re o m ething ly sounds picked som abbage rare C ! d o fo e th onions, e rest of spiced, with d trast with th n n a d co the a ke t o a h W here). And erbly co t this is sup food served y, e th ew f o ch ll y, a p exciting, bu free (as is , but a cris p se a to rs re o g o d re a which rry house ulous. No cu elight. bread is fab h garlic to d g u o n e h it w soft pancake ly to but probab I’ll be back, d n a ce n e peri A positive ex an main next time. tari e g ve a r e ord
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What? Sush i bar Where? 82 a Victoria R oad, 01892 Price? Start 515 510 ers from £2 .80, mains from £4.90 Our man s ays: Kitsu, on th e unassum ing Victoria Place shop Road behin ping centre, d Royal Vic is a bit of a handful of ta toria gem. It’s tin bles, just lik y, with just a em a café feelin g, nothing fa ost of Tokyo’s sushi ba rs. Definitely ncy or desi gned. The welcom e is genuine and smiling into starters and the me , noodles (b nu divided oth soup an Katsu curry d dry), and that will be d is hes such as fa m iliar to anyo Wagamam ne who has a and other been to chains. My mixed su shi dish (£15 ) is really en share but g ough for tw ives a wide o to selection of The rice is p d ifferent item recisely coo s. ked and sea fish, shellfis soned, and h, eg the fillings are a gs and vegetable topp ings and ll pristine an d fresh. If you’re a su shi aficiona do, then yo happy here u should be . If you’ve n ever tried it place to sta , then this is rt – the peo the ple who wo lovely and w rk here are ill happily g truly uide any be ginner. Food: ★ ★★★✩ Drink: ★★★✩✩ Service: ★★★★✩ Ambience: ★★
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nt ian restaura 2 688 688 What? Pers Road, 0189 ey rl e lv a C 0 -10 from £7.50 Where? 98 3.45, mains £ m o fr rs e Price? Start bience at ays: fé style am ca a h it Our man s w y, ugh nt is unfuss iendly, altho The restaura ice is welcoming and fr ar with the ili Serv all fully fam lunchtime. aff are not st n ia rs e -P the non e cuisine. details of th tarian . With vege The restaurants n ia s with rice. n a ew Ir st f o d l n a a ic p lls ri ty g f is e o s a littl The menu d, and main topped with quisite brea ented, and sc packet r y, a ff e u n fl starters, ex o d g n u’ll never nly – light a yo e d av n e a h is is rice r. Try th ob of butte traditional kn d rice again. of meats an s (khoresht) d ew n a st s f e o ty lim e ing dried ndless vari d the n icing, includ u sp I relish the e ro le a b a m it o ines fr with inim nd Syrah w Billi Billi vegetables are Shiraz a e Australian re e h h T . T . ts n in o o p that ce ri cinnam p in f o agrant w e good flight nchy and fr u p , st world and a u y b m ro ces ulge in is a s and balan Shiraz I ind s and pickle rb e h e th to stands up lamb. chargrilled
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What? French café restaurant Where? 86 Camden Road, 01892 525 830 Price? Two course set menu £15.95 Our man says: Like a Rive Gauche bistro transplanted to Tunbridge Road, Chez JJ is uncomplicated and uncompromising. The set menu of French dishes is no pub lunch meal deal – this is proper food.
What? Tha i restaurant Where? 71 Calverley R oad, 01892 511 37 0 Price? Start ers from £4 .00, mains £9.9 5
Our man s ays: As I enter I receive a fa bulou through the meal, the se s enthusiastic greeting rv , and all always che erful, howev ice is very pleasant an d the staff a er busy they to engende re a re. Décor is r a sense of sufficiently place, witho feels one is Thai ut being so dining in a ju extreme th ngle temple at one . My main of Pad Krapra o (pork stir wonderful, fried with ch spicy and fr illi and Thai agrant, plus prawn; som basil) is I have tang e top-qualit y and Kratiam y p rawns that my starter. Thai come in the The sauce is same sauce good, but so as not good I w anted it twic I see a num e. ber of custo mers by name, an d the constan who are regular enoug h to be greet t stream of rushed dow ed single-plate n to the cella lunches bein r bar for the Suchitra’s is g office crowd . shows how popular A decent lo cal with top -notch serv restaurant ice from love is very goo ly people; th d at what it e does. Food: ★ ★★✩ Drink: ★★✩✩ ✩ Service: ★★★★ ✩ Ambience: ✩ ★★
I choose to order bistro classics, starting with Harengs aux pommes de terre tiède – lush firm-fleshed fillets of marinated herring with warm potatoes. A million miles from soft flabby rollmops, these are top notch. There is no doubt as to the main – steak frites. It’s a simple thing, but it isn’t often impressive. Well, it is here. The steak is tasty, well-seasoned and cooked exactly as I had asked. The wine list is long, and the top end is priced in euros (terrifying given the exchange rate), but a half-litre of house red at £9.50 is excellent value for a very drinkable wine. The service also deserves a mention, particularly the flamboyant Jean-Philippe, one of nature’s great front-of-house performers. Food: ★★★★✩ Drink: ★★★✩✩ Service: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ambience: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩
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MONTROSE The award-winning Boutique Restaurant
Southborough Common, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 ORX
Delicious Nepalese Cuisine, elegant yet informal surroundings and great value for money. A combination that creates an unforgetable experience for you to enjoy with your friends and family.
With awards ranging from AA Rosette to Top Table – Top Diner Rated and Kent Restaurant Awards Winner, Montrose is the ideal venue for that social or business lunch or dinner. Now also open on Mondays. Book now
01892 513161 or on our website Set lunch menu: One course £9.95 Two courses £15.95 Three courses £18.95 Kent Restaurant Awards .co.uk 2009
Best Wine Cellar
Open seven Days a week Lunch 12.00-2.30pm Dinner 6.00-11.00pm Lunch Menu from £5.50 including a free drink. 2 course set meal £10.50 Monday-Thursday
Kent Restaurant Awards .co.uk 2009
Sunday Offer – 2 course meal £10.95/£12.95 Choose any appetiser and one main course from our a la carte menu for £10.95 (For ﬁsh or seafood main courses £12.95) A selection of vegetables, rice and bread will be served with your main course.
57-59 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells 01892 545499 www.moolirestaurant.co.uk
Best Gourmet Restaurant Open: Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner. Sun: Special Sunday lunches all day from 12.00 to 17.30 (last orders).
www.montroserestaurant.co.uk e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Turmeric Gold Restaurant & Bar at Tudeley
• Indian restaurant & takeaway available • Fully air conditioned • Fully licenced • Outside dining area • Now open • Function room • New menu Proud receivers of the ‘Tunbridge Wells Food Hygiene Gold Star Award.’
Tel: 01732 361772 Mob: 07944 076756 Crockhurst Street, Tudeley, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0NT
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The Black Pig Pub and Dining Room
The menu isn’t overlong, and much is made of the quality and freshness of the ingredients. I skip pasta and impulsively order the Milanese di Pollo. A simple dish of flattened, bread-crumbed and fried chicken breast; this is the last thing I would normally have. Chicken breast is so boring – give me wings and thighs. But this is amazing. A big beast with great flavour, proper meaty texture and an expert crumb. Another reason to like Carluccio’s is the wine list – which includes the wonderful Candido Salice Salentino; a deep purple, punchy and perfumed red from Puglia. Two espressos later and I’ve been well looked after. And that is down to the people who work there… just like in an independent restaurant. Food: ★★★✩✩ Drink: ★★★★✩ Service: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Ambience: ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ J U LY 2 0 1 0
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What? Chin ese Restau rant Where? 26 London Ro ad, 01892 5 Price? Start 13 888 ers from £3 .50, mains from £5.90 Our man s ays: The manag er is a genu inely charm makes me ing and pers feel as much onable fello at home as of the othe w; he the obvious r tables wh regulars at o are asked and grandch so for updates ildren. on their child me ren The decor is simple, with designer (b calligraphyut comforta based art a b nd fresh tu music is un lips on the ta le) black chairs, obtrusive, u b le n s. Backgrou lik e the loud Ca standards so nd ntonese ve prevalent in rsions of po Chinatown p . My ‘Indone sian Style’ la mb curry h bicarbonate as been soa to soften it, ked in and reduce most orien the flavour tal diners d that is lik e leaves the m a common practise, bu eat soggy a t it nd bland. T also too sw he curry sa eet. uce is My Toa Pan prawns hav e a sadly sp it isn’t unple ice free sau asant but th ce, e diced red peppers ad and green d little. The prawns the juicy beasts mselv with good fl avour, and w es are big, been perfe ould have ct stir-fried with mange On the plus tout and ga side, the fre rlic. nch beans are excellen in be t - cooked fa st and hot to an sauce taste and te xture - a rea p lly impressiv reserve the dish. e execution of Food: ★ ★★✩✩ Drink: ★ ★ ✩✩✩ Service: Ambience: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ★★
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What? Delistyle restau rant Where? 28 Camden Ro ad, 01892 5 Price? San 44 522 dwiches fro m £2.50, se t menu £10 Our man s ays: Relish on C amden Roa d se “Marmite” eating place ems to be a . Eit It’s an attra ctive design her loved or loathed. , lots of clea brickwork a n bare nd chunky oak furnitu clutter, givin re, without g a feel of a very upma rket café. There is a sp lit personalit y to Relish in business is a delicatess that the en serving takeaway cu both seated stomers. Th and e service is polite, and in friendly and formal with out being ca reless. The salami and ham on my deli boa – properly a rd a ged with th e right thickn re well sourced flavour. For ess of slices the main, a and good proper rest Excellent m aurant dish eat, very ta of rump of sty and ten lam der, with re al demiglace b. Overall, a sa sauce. tisfying me al with goo cooking, de d ingredien spite occasi ts and skille onal flourish me, food of d es and garn this standa ishes that, fo rd doesn’t req good value. r uire. And it’s very, very Food: ★★★✩✩ Drink: ★ ★✩✩✩ Service: ★★★✩✩ Ambience: ★★★✩
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Matt Jones and his dedicated team of bakers have earned an enviable reputation for producing a wonderful range of artisan breads, pastries and cakes at Flour Power City
Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00am to 3.00pm Wholesale Enquiries welcome Please contact: Emma Senecal, Regional Manager Mobile 07503114982 or email: email@example.com
FLOURPOWERCITY BAKERY, 3A MONSON ROAD, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT TN1 1LS TEL. 01892 532087 WWW.FLOURPOWERCITY.COM FLOURPOWECITY BAKERY LTD, UNIT 5B JUNO WAY, ELIZABETH INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, LEWISHAM SE14 5RW OFFICE TEL. 0208 691 2288
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THERE’S NO BETTER WAY OF ENJOYING FOOD THAN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SEASONS – AS THEY CHANGE SO DOES OUR CHOICE OF INGREDIENTS AND PRODUCE
o help you make the most of what’s on offer in shops and on market stalls, each month we talk with top local chefs to give you suggestions of what to cook at home. This month we speak to Jens Folkel, Head Chef at Hotel du Vin
What should we be looking out for that’s in season this month? In July there are plenty of seasonal offerings coming through. Fruits are particularly plentiful, such as blackberries, cherries, gooseberries, raspberries, redcurrants and rhubarb. But, being the middle of summer there are also many types of vegetable coming into season; we’re treated to artichokes, beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cucumber, dandelion, fennel, garlic and kohlrabi. Not to mention plenty of game like rabbit,
so it covers the fennel. Finally, finish the plate by putting the fennel mayonnaise around and garnish with freshly ripped sorrel. What wine would go well with the dish? This dish pairs particularly well with Les Brugueres 2007 Priorat, 100% Garnacha Blanca D.O.C – Spain. With its exciting stone fruit flavours balanced by a fresh acidity and a long spicy finish with hints of aniseed on the nose, this Spanish white will accompany this dish perfectly. firstname.lastname@example.org
And how will you be using those here at your restaurant? At the Hotel du Vin we offer a crab salad with pickled kohlrabi, wild sorrel and fennel mayonnaise. It’s a lovely, light-but-filling summery dish. How would we make that dish? Boil and pick the crab meat keeping the white and brown meat separated. With the brown meat add a touch of Tabasco, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce to make a smooth puree. Pickle the thinly sliced kohlrabi in 3 part water, 2 part sugar and 1 part white wine vinegar. Boil and then leave to chill for 1 hour to marinate. Place one tablespoon of the brown meat mixture on a cold plate and arrange the kohlrabi on top. Sprinkle the white crab meat over the kohlrabi. For the fennel mayonnaise, dice the fennel into 1cm cubes and blanch for 1 minute in boiling salted water. Refresh in iced water, take out and pat dry, add a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper then mix in mayonnaise J U LY 2 0 1 0
EVER KEEN TO EXPAND HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE, WE SENT DAN SMITH TO MEET JO SORENSON. SHE’S THE BRAND MANAGER OF THE CAVA-PRODUCING GIANT CODORNÍU, WHICH JUST HAPPENS TO HAVE ITS UK HQ IN TW
Before we get to the ever-so-strenuous task of tasting, I’ve got to ask Jo about the pronunciation of the brand that’s based in the countryside near Barcelona and one that produces some 30 million bottles of sparkling wine every year. “It’s cod-on-you”, she says, before adding, “We tell people to think ‘fish on you’. When I joined the Company I said it wrong for about three months, until I realised everyone was correcting me. It’s the Catalan name of the founding family of the Company.” Already chilling in an ice bath in front of us is a selection of four bottles from Codorníu’s 30 million. Although it’s tempting to dive right in, we’ll save those until the clock has made its way from am to pm. For the time being, at least, I want to find out how one becomes the envoy for such a lucrative brand. “Pure luck,” is Jo’s answer, but it’s actually a bit more than that. “I returned to the UK after working in coffee for five years in Amsterdam and I settled in Tunbridge Wells, expecting to join many other Tunbridge Wellians on their daily commute to London. I was pleasantly surprised to see this role advertised and Codorníu recognised the transferable skills I could bring from my experience in coffee to the sparkling wine area.” Coffee? Amsterdam? I raise an eyebrow. “Not like that,” she laughs with mock horror. “The Company I worked for, Starbucks, were setting up the European head office and they asked me if I wanted to go to Amsterdam and work there with in-house training, tasting, and again, brand management. “They actually built the roasting plant there and we had the offices above it, you’d get out of the car in the morning and smell the air
and say, ‘ooh, they’re making French roast today.’”
Beverages are clearly Jo’s passion, but I’m wondering how a woman who was educated in French and Italian languages at Sussex University found she had a discerning palate for all things ground from the bean or squeezed from the grape. “I discovered it when I worked in coffee. They hired me for my language skills but I found my palate there. You don’t really know if you have a good palate or not until it’s tested I think. You’d enjoy food and drink like the next person, of course, but when I worked in coffee and we did lots and lots of tastings I started to notice certain things.” It was these ‘certain things’ that impressed Codorníu and led them to recruit her at the TW-based headquarters. However there seems to be a piece of the puzzle missing - why Tunbridge Wells? Is it that the Wellians are particularly known for their penchant for Cava? Jo explains the link: “The MD took over six years ago when the office was based in Wimbledon. He lives in Frant, and he thought, ‘Why am I travelling to Wimbledon every day?’ At that time the office was only three people I think, so he just moved it down here. He recruited people locally, so now pretty much all of the admin team are local. “Generally speaking,” she continues, “the area of London and the South East is the big sparkling wine-drinking heartland of the UK. We focus our efforts down here and sparkling wine just keeps getting more popular.” It seems it is, with Cava particularly enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity. Gone are the days when Champagnequaffers could legitimately look down their noses at the Spanish bubbly and people are finding more and more excuses to pop a cork and enjoy the glamourous beverage. “It used to be that you only ever drank it at weddings, christenings, or New Year’s Eve. Now, as it’s becoming more accessible price wise, and also the quality of sparkling wine is increasing, people are turning to Cava and other sparkling wine more and more. “A virtuous circle has been created. When people buy into
e meet at the Hotel du Vin on a bright and breezy summer morning. It’s an apt setting considering we’re here to talk about Codorníu, one of the most respected, and largest, producers of sparkling wines in the world.
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COLLECTION ONLY OR Papa John’s is American Pizza chain started in the the 1980’s by American pizza lover Johns Schnatter, who famously sold his beloved Chevrolet Camaro car to buy ﬁrst pizza oven. He is now affectionately known throughout the chain as Papa John. 25 years later and Papa John’s is the third largest Pizza Company in the world, with more then 3400 stores in 31 countries. So what make the chain different? Well their motto: ‘Better Pizza’ has gone a huge way towards making their brand well-known and trusted.With an emphasis on freshly-made pizza dough and expertly trained Pizzaiolos, the chain have a consistent quality whenever you go. Danny Saadany, the franchisee at Tunbridge Wells and Caterham says: “We believe passionately in producing quality pizza using the best ingredients, and using only 100% fresh dough.” Danny is conﬁdent his staff are among the best in the business, making it one of the most successful new opening stores for this year. It wouldn’t have been the same without the support of the Tunbridge Wells and Southborough Pizza-loving community and Danny has in turn decided to start contributing back to the community, with the launch of a charity scheme aimed at local schools, churches and charities.
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something, the quality tends to improve and now more people are taking the view that you can have sparkling wine on any occasion, it doesn’t always have to be a really special event.” Codorníu now enjoys a 30% market share in the UK sparkling wine industry, a position the Company has earned through being proactive and innovative in their approach to winemaking. It’s been a key player in pushing forward the development of Cava and reinventing its image, but despite this, it’s still steeped in tradition - Codorníu remains family-owned. “The Company has a lot of history,” says Jo. “Jaume Codorníu first started making still wines in 1551, around 460 years ago, so they know what they’re doing. We essentially became the first large scale Cava producer in 1872 when Josep Raventós went to France and brought the Champagnoise method back to Spain.” However, this wasn’t the end of the story for the evolution of Cava; while its production is almost identical to that of Champagne, for a long time the Cava D.O. (the people who set the rules about the appellation) ensured it could only be created using indigenous Spanish grapes. Traditionally Cava was only made with Spanish Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel.lo (which, Jo mentions, is perhaps the only word in the Western world to include a full-stop in the middle of it) grapes. To the winemakers at Codorníu and other producers, limiting Cava to the so-called ‘MXP’ blend seemed detrimental to the development of the Cava industry. “The winemakers saw that consumers liked Champagne all around the world, and so they lobbied for a long time with the Cava D.O. for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes to be allowed into Cavas. “It was quite a long fight, which started in the late 70s and ended in the late 80s. Now, when we use it, the Pinot Noir performs really well with the other Cava grapes, although it’s a hard grape to grow.” All the vineyards of Codorníu are family-owned and in total make up 3,000 hectares of vines. The estate in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, which is in the countryside surrounding Barcelona, is the largest family-owned estate in Europe and is essentially the spiritual home of Cava. It is here that all of the wines, still chilling away in front of me, are produced. And so for the tasting...
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James Ireland, a Chapter One trained chef and a former Young’s Brewery General Manager has taken over the oldest licensed premises in Kent, The Red Lion est. 1415. “Being part of a brigade that was awarded a Michelin Star and managing various pubs including a ﬂagship site for Young’s Brewery has inspired me to combine my skills to provide my customers with a friendly country pub serving high quality produce.” The Red Lion is a beautiful pub steeped in character with a large garden and BBQ. With a young and ambitious team our philosophy is to deliver high quality food complemented by efﬁcient yet informal service at real value for money. We strive to provide all our guests with a real home from home atmosphere.
Our menus are constantly evolving and we pride ourselves on our relationship with our suppliers and listening to their advice on the best seasonal produce available. Our game and meat is supplied by Haywards of Tonbridge whom source the majority of produce from Kent and Sussex. Our ﬁsh is supplied by Murray’s Fish and only from sustainable stocks, predominantly from the markets of Newlyn in Cornwall and Brixham in Devon. Our fruit and vegetables are supplied by Allison Risebro, awarded ‘Regional supplier of the year 2010’ at the Fresh awards. The bar hosts a selection of real ales, New World and European wines by the glass. Families, ramblers and dogs are all welcome, quiz nights are held Monday evenings fortnightly, BBQs every Saturday lunch time and Wednesday evening. Buffets, private parties and business functions are catered for.
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LAST YEAR TRINITY THEATRE IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS CAME NEAR TO COLLAPSE WITH PLANS BEING MADE TO CLOSE ITS DOORS FOR GOOD. MEET THE MAN WHO HAS TURNED THINGS AROUND AND SAVED A VITAL PART OF OUR HERITAGE
words RICHARD MOORE
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In order to understand how an entrepreneur called Stephen Mason dragged Trinity back from the abyss, it’s necessary to know something of the man himself; his roots and what makes him tick. Oh yes, you also need to know how he was able to retire at the age of 32 having made a fortune in the City – and not on the trading floor! Stephen Mason was born in Bradford 50 years ago into a working class family that ended up middle class after his mother became a grammar school teacher and his father rose through the ranks to become an army officer. He had an older brother, younger sister and a competitive spirit encapsulated by a ‘lovely story’ he tells of his early years. He was a Thalidomide baby entering the world with only a thumb and small finger on his right hand. Thalidomide is a sedative drug that was withdrawn from the market in 1961 having been found to be the cause of birth defects. “I was digitally challenged, hadn’t got enough fingers, although my parents raised me as though there was no disability for which I am eternally grateful. My brother started learning to play the piano when he was about eight and I was about six. Being competitive I wanted to play the piano as well, never thinking you might need ten fingers. “For three months I battled with the keys but in the end gave up because I just couldn’t play it. Never once, though, did I think I couldn’t do it because I didn’t have ten fingers. That thought never entered my head.” But what part has the disability played in his drive to succeed? “I suspect that, with my disability, I wanted to be a success at something, wanted to have people look at me and respect me.” That road to success started when he left the University of Brighton with a 2.1 (hons) in Computer Science and a deep desire to make money; lots of it. “Ever since day one the trigger for me was money. In those days society saw money as a measure of success.” He responded successfully to an advert for a job at the London Stock Exchange before going freelance, moving into the City and working with the big banks. “I did programme management, putting in front office trading systems for people who had more money than they knew what to do with. They paid very highly to have systems installed on time and doing what was promised. I always delivered.” Indeed Stephen Mason delivered so well that by the age of 32 he had made enough money to enable him to retire. It was also the age at which he got divorced. When pushed,
he accepts he was worth ‘several million’ although one suspects it was considerably more. He spent a year ‘sitting on my bum not doing very much’ before he realised he was bored and needed to get back to working. Knowing the City always wanted bodies he went into recruitment ‘selling people’ then branched out into IT training and consultancy and today also owns his own hedge fund. The recruitment firm alone turns over £10million a year which means he is now worth what? Silence. This is where he gets a little bit uncomfortable. Tens of millions maybe? “Mmm.....” We log that as a ‘yes’ and ask him to recall the time four years ago he was on a train coming back to Tunbridge Wells. “I just happened to sit next to Carol Wanless who was on the Board of Trinity although I didn’t know it at that time. We chatted and exchanged business cards. “Eighteen months later, out of the blue, she called and asked if I’d like to come and have a chat with the board.” He did, they liked him and he agreed to join them as unpaid Finance Director. “I thought it was time to give something back and maybe work for a charity. I chose Trinity because it was something that wouldn’t spoil my quality of life. It was bricks and mortar, with no emotional ties; something I could walk away from if needs be, unlike working with, say, a children’s hospice.” The phrase ‘quality of life’ crops up several times in our conversation and is clearly something on which Stephen Mason places much importance. He believes in taking 60 to 70 days a year off and “not working very hard.” Currently he’s working ‘actor’s hours 11 to 4.’ Shortly after being appointed unpaid Finance Director, Stephen Mason bumped into reality. “I realised very quickly things were out of control and that Trinity was losing more money than ever before. Theatre is all about show and business. You have to get the business right and put the show on top. Here it was upside down; all show and no business.” Towards the end of November 2008 he was approached by another board member and was ‘persuaded’ to offer himself up as Chief Executive. “So, rather nervously and reluctantly I did so on one very clear proviso; that I had complete charge, that what I said went. There was to be no argument. This was not because I wanted to act like Genghis Khan or Attila the Hun but because I didn’t want to spoil my quality of life and also because I had one shot at getting it right. “If you control the situation you stand a chance of winning; control the bits you need to win and let the rest go.” Stephen Mason took control of a theatre that was on the verge of collapse. “As soon as I started to look under the hood I realised how bad it all was. The doors of the theatre would be closed for good in January 2009, a matter of weeks after I took over as Chief Executive. It would be going out of business
ach year some 90,000 people pass through the portals of the old church that is Trinity Theatre to watch more than 350 productions, making it one of the leading venues in the South East. The theatre, a registered charity, has been providing a rich mix of entertainment and education to the local community since 1982. All this nearly ended in January 2009.
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owing the banks £65,000.” So why didn’t the multi-millionaire just bale them out? “When I get involved with something like a charity I either give them money or I do work for them. I never do both otherwise you get a vested interest. Others might support my decisions just because they’re being given money. That’s not in the best interest of the charity. “Apart from my theatre membership and a few minor things, I have given them nothing. Every decision has been forced through by me or done for the good of the theatre not because of any donation.” What was going wrong at Trinity? “They were putting on the wrong shows, for a start. Shows that might have had artistic merit but shows that appealed to only a small audience. They were not putting bums on seats. Trinity was also taking all the risks. Artists who appeared were given guaranteed fees, they were taking no risks.” Give us an example? “They would put on a dance company that might attract 50 people at £10 a head bringing in £500. But there might be a dozen people in the dance troupe and Trinity would guarantee the troupe £2,000 meaning the theatre made an immediate loss of £1,500. “We renegotiated the contracts for all artists so that they shared the risk, taking a split of any box office profits. Today, maybe three events a year get a guarantee and they’re big names and the guarantee is covered by one of our sponsors.” Among the contracts renegotiated was that of a ‘very famous ex-Conservative MP’ who was being guaranteed £2,500 for a speaking engagement. “Actually he was being paid £500 and his agent was receiving £2,000. When I went to see the politician in his dressing room and explained the situation he was very angry with the agent for taking so much money. The agent himself was livid with us but I believe in being transparent in everything we do here.
fired. New working practices were brought to bear and we parted company with the staff that didn’t agree with them or found them unpalatable. “It was all done on mutually agreeable terms and enabled us to take in other staff more sympathetic to our management practices.” How much resentment was there towards you? “A massive amount. When I took over people asked me what my hidden agenda was. I was quite shocked particularly because one of those who asked was a board member. I didn’t have a hidden agenda.” Did you ever think you couldn’t save Trinity? “I definitely thought that in our darkest hour which was the first week of December ’08. We had a board meeting and I told them that unless we achieved certain figures by the second week in January I would be closing the theatre. “The interesting thing is that the previous management, placed in that situation, would have metaphorically dangled their scarves round their necks, tossed their hair into the wind and declared they were going to seek more money from sponsors. But that’s not how you run a business.” Would you have closed Trinity? “Yes, absolutely, definitely. We had closure plans.” And what does the future now hold? “We have had our best financial year ever and are making money which is all ploughed back into the infrastructure of the building. Something that hasn’t happened in the last 15 years. We have a business model that’s working and we keep breaking records.
You also sacked all the theatre staff? “That’s not true. Between November 08 and March ’09 we did have a 90 per cent turn round in staff but no one was
He then speaks passionately about hopes of making Trinity a more community based theatre providing scholarships to the Youth Theatre for disadvantaged children ‘to give them
“We got the fee down to £900 which is exactly what we took on tickets. The original contract would have lost us nearly £1,500.”
“We have just six full time staff and the rest, including the board and senior managers like myself, John Martin and Michael Elliott are all volunteers. When I started here it was all about the artistic director and their empire, an element of vanity. I had to grab it by the neck and, if you like, be ruthless. Now I must ensure than in future no one person becomes all controlling and that the theatre gives people what they want. It’s their theatre and at the moment I’m its guardian, protector. It’s like slippery serpent, you always need to keep your foot on its throat.”
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confidence’ and engaging more with local charities. He also wants to produce more income from corporate conferences by offering break-out rooms for smaller groups and digital projection which might cost up to £100,000. How much longer, then, will you be at Trinity? “I gave a commitment to the board that I would stay for three years so I have another 18 months to go.” Will you be able to walk away? “Yes, definitely. It’s all about that quality of life. I will be travelling the world in 2012 with much of my own businesses passed over to other people by then although I will retain an equity stake to keep the grey cells active.” And how does Stephen Mason relax? “I play the guitar, religiously runs three times a week and share my modest two up two down home in Tunbridge Wells with my son James. I’m quite chuffed that my 20 year old son wants to share a house with his dad. My daughter Sophie (22) also regularly drops round. “Three other good things make up my quality of life. Fine wine... the company of a decent woman... and a Porsche 911. I also watch a bit of TV with my dog Baxter. He’s a schnauzer and all the ladies love him.” Stephen Mason lists his main hobby, though, as business: ”I do it 24/7 and like nothing better but it’s not just about making money. It’s about making the business model work, that’s what I get a kick out of. It just so happens that in business when you make the model work you end up making money... which is what’s happening here at Trinity.” To find out how you, as an individual or as a company, can support your local theatre visit trinitythtreatre.net
The BP oil spill is an environmental disaster that has serious financial implications for investors. As one of the UK’s top 100 Companies BP will feature in most investors‘ pension funds and investment portfolios. ‘Knowing your exposure’ is probably something that many investors have not considered before now; but with BP being the single largest dividend yielding stock in the UK, we will all feel the impact. To what degree will be determined by your exposure to BP, but this is not always obvious. Of the 85 funds in the UK Equity Income sector over half have BP as the biggest holding with the majority of the remainder having it in their top 10 – so diversification is as key as ever. We all hope BP and it’s dividends will bounce back in due course, but in the interim, do you know the likely impact for you?
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thank you Chief Executive Stephen Mason paid tribute to the scores of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep Trinity Theatre alive and without whom there would be no future. He told me: “None of this could have been achieved without the help of: Trinity Volunteers (the life-blood of the Theatre), Caroline Elliott (the DNA of Trinity), Michael Elliott, John Martin, The Board, TTC (our resident theatre club), the Trinity Staff, the Local Councilors : Roy Bullock, John Davies, James Scholes, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council – and many others.”
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Maserati say all its vehicles have style and luxury as well as high performance and after driving the Gran Turismo last year we agree. But what of their new Italian stallion? words Nick MOORE
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aserati is a car brand that conjures up all the right images. The problem was that for too long, the achingly cool Italian heritage was fronting up for a lacklustre product range.
The good news for anyone with a soft spot for the classic Maseratis of the 50s and 60s, or a spare hundred grand to spend on a luxury saloon or sports car, is that the company looks to have turned the corner. The latest crop of cars is worthy of the trident badge and none whisper Maserati more seductively than the GranCabrio. Maseratiâ€™s Fiat Group overlords detached it from Ferrari in 2005 and are aligning it more closely with Alfa Romeo these days. The brand had appeared to lose its way in the 80s and 90s but turned a profit for the first time in 17 years of Fiat Group ownership in 2007, something that was largely thanks to the introduction of the GranTurismo coupe.
In combination with the Quattroporte saloon, the car signalled a repositioning of Maserati into a more luxurious Italian performance car brand. The GranCabrio, the opentopped version of the GranTurismo only strengthens its hand in this area.
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Engine choice isn’t a Maserati forte and those with an aversion to petrol V8s will need to look elsewhere. It’s a good thing that there’s very little not to like about the hugely charismatic 4.7-litre engine that powers the GranCabrio and the other modern Maseratis. With 440bhp at 7,000rpm, owners can expect that sports car intensity at the top end with a beguiling exhaust note to match but there’s also 490Nm of torque at 4,750rpm so it should be perfectly possible to leisurely waft the GranCabrio around at speeds more suited to showing-off. A 175mph top speed and 5.4s 0-60mph sprint time will leave nobody in any doubt as to the car’s potency. A Maserati should be beautiful and with the GranTurismo, this manufacturer showed it has regained a firm grip on what makes a car gawp-worthy. The GranCabrio appears to have shed none of the coupe version’s elegance and poise in the process of losing its roof. The replacement for the hard-top is a traditional canvas item that takes a leisurely 28 seconds to lower, but then, the GranCabrio is touted as a full four-seater convertible and a 2,942mm wheelbase would appear to back this up.
The GranCabrio has the same high level of aerodynamic performance as the hard-top GranTurismo, a lower centre of gravity and the same slightly rear-biased weight distribution. Great pride is taken by Maserati in its ability to offer a whole host of bespoke trim and colour options to its customers.
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With an asking price that’s homing in on the £100,000 barrier, the Maserati GranTurismo is pitched against some illustrious rivals. Customers may also have considered top-end versions of the Mercedes SL, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster and BMW’s M6 convertible but even in this company, the Maserati badge holds a powerful allure. Assuming you’re imagining that some seriously prohibitive running costs will accompany the GranCabrio, the actual running costs aren’t as frightening as you might think. The car returns around 18mpg on the combined cycle but you might get as much as 25mpg on the open road if the temptation to plant the throttle can be resisted.
The roof has a lot of cabin to cover and should be forgiven for taking its time. At least the conversion process can happen at speeds of up to 19mph. The advantages of a canvas roof are clear for Maserati. As well as being the traditional method by which classic open-topped models like the A6G Frua Spyder, 3500 GT Vignale Spyder and Mistral Spyder kept the weather out, it helps the car retain its aerodynamic shape and optimum weight distribution.
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With 14 exterior paint shades, six different canvas colours for the soft-top roof, a variety of interior leather options and cabin trim finishes ranging from Dark Chrome to Moonwood, there’s huge scope to let your personal taste, or lack thereof, run wild. Included is a BOSE audio system and an advanced dual-zone climate control system. There’s even a bespoke luggage set specially designed to fit the 173-litre boot on the options list.
CO2 emissions are measured at 354g/km, so taxation will be hefty but that’s about as predictable as the group 20 insurance. None of this matters unduly in a car costing £100,000 and owners could always plant a hectare or two of forest in their back garden to salve their environmental conscience. Convertible sports car buyers who find Ferraris and Lamborghinis too extrovert, Aston Martins and Jaguars too stuffy and offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz too clinical, now have an alternative that blends beauty with, performance and class. The GranCabrio is a good approximation of just what Maserati is capable of in the modern era and even pitched against the finest open-top sports cars around, it’s equipped to stand out. SO
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TRICIA PETRI-CLARK Selling your property can be a difficult task, especially in the current economic climate. Home & Interior Organiser Tricia Petri-Clark says: “You have just one chance to make buyers fall in love with your home and the real key to success and a rapid sale is the first impression it presents. “The condition of the exterior can make a huge difference as to how positively the interior will be viewed and, even if your house looks perfect from the outside, most people will find it hard to see through disorganised, cluttered or ‘overdressed’ rooms. “By helping you organise, edit and re-arrange your belongings and furniture, I can ensure you achieve a great first impression for prospective buyers, showing off the best features of your home and increasing the potential for a quicker sale.” If you are simply overwhelmed by clutter, Tricia can help you claim back your space, time and energy. Her creative, yet no-nonsense approach also extends to project managing house moves and home improvements; helping clients deal with belongings after bereavement, divorce or prior to downsizing; general de-cluttering services; space planning and storage design. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 01435 883 111 OR VISIT YOURHOMEORGANISER.CO.UK
PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA Papa John’s Pizza Tunbridge Wells is enjoying tremendous success since the opening of a new Southborough branch of the award-winning chain of pizza delivery stores. Now, with thriving branches in Caterham in Surrey and in TW, owner Danny Saadany is looking to give something back to the community that’s helped make the outlet such a hit. He’s set up a scheme to benefit local schools, churches and charities. Cards with a face value of £10 will be given to these local institutions and then be offered for sale to the public. The £10 is pocketed by the charity and the owner of the card is then entitled to a free pizza whenever they make a purchase from Papa John’s. Everyone wins. Danny has now been a franchisee of Papa John’s for the last eight years and is a strong supporter of the ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza’ motto of the company. With it, Papa John’s has become the third largest pizza chain in the world with over 150 stores in the UK and 3,400 stores in 31 countries across the world. CALL 01892 618 181, OR POP IN TO 91-93 LONDON ROAD, SOUTHBOROUGH.
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Captain’s Courage LAST MONTH WE TOLD THE TALE OF SOUTHBOROUGH’S MOTORINGMAD MAYOR SIR DAVID LIONEL SALOMONS. MANY OF YOU HAVE REMINDED US OF THE EQUALLY COMPELLING STORY OF HIS SOLDIER SON WHO SACRICIED HIS LIFE TO SAVE OTHERS
n October 11 1915, David Reginald Hermon Phillip Salomons’ life changed. The First World War was raging and Salomons was the Commanding Officer of the Southboroughbased 1/3rd Kent (Fortress) Royal Engineers. Well-liked by his men, 30-year-old Salomons was to take his company of tradesmen to the Dardanelles, Turkey where they were needed to replenish troop numbers. After a farewell dinner, they sailed to Malta to board their ship, a former cross channel steamer called HMS Hythe. The vessel had been commandeered by the army from South East and Chatham Railways. Having been converted to a minesweeper the year before, it had no passenger accommodation. Officers were lucky – they had permission to keep warm in the engine room. But the lower ranks had to make do with a fabric awning which had been rigged (precariously, it would turn out) on deck to protect them from the spray and inclement weather. Though the shelter was well intentioned, it made the shallow draught craft top heavy and unstable. The Hythe set sail from Malta for Cape Helles just 50 miles away. To avoid enemy bombardment, the ship was travelling in a darkened state. With just 40 minutes of their journey to go, they received warning that another ship was bearing down on them. It was the HMS Sarnia, a larger steamer who had unloaded her cargo and troops at Gallipoli and was headed strait for the Hythe. Both ships, travelling in excess of 12 knots, tried repeatedly to change course, but it was too late. The Sarnia collided with the Hythe with such force that the smaller ship was stopped in its tracks.
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The impact caused the foremast and fabric awning to collapse, killing dozens of sappers sheltering beneath. The cavernous hole in the Hythe’s port side immediately began to fill with sea water. Those who could, jumped on to the Sarnia. Others, devoid of life jackets, leapt straight into the sea, grabbing hold of debris to stay afloat. Captain Salomons stayed on board, doing his best to save his men and helping them to safety on the Sarnia. Minutes before the Hythe sank, Captain Salomons gave up his life jacket, one of only a handful on board, to save someone else. One of the rescued men, Driver Frederick Mills, wrote of his Captain: “If he was not thinking of others he would have gone straight for his own Life Belt of which he had a beauty… If he had thought of himself first he would have been saved and if I am right he died a Hero’s death and we honour him.” Over 150 soldiers and crew died on the Hythe, more than half hailing from Southborough and Tunbridge Wells. Their Captain, who gave his life to save his men was last seen on the bridge alongside the Skipper of the Hythe, standing firm as the ship sank to the bottom of the Mediterranean. Additional Research: Catherine Stevens Warners Solicitors, ‘discretion assured whatever the secret’ warners-solicitors.co.uk
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