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Blue Orchid

01494 432245

Harte and Magpies

Alan and Katherine.

01494 726754


Gaëlle, Nawelle and Anna.

The Swan

01494 726611

Charlotte, Holly, Russ and Nicki. 01494 727079


Seasons Cafe Deli

Amanda, Sharon, Julie, Nicky, Louise, Lisa and Sue. 01494 434853

Alan and Katherine.

01494 726754


in Amersham

Megan, Rod and Laura. 01494 729769

Mhairi and Mary. 01494 729749

The Eagle

Caffè Uno

Pizza Express

Robert, Henry,Vicey, William, Emma and Oliver. 01494 725735

The King’s Arms

David and Liselotte. 01494 725722

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Amersham fashion designer Debbie Wingham launched her new collection at the Dorchester Hotel in aid of the Honeypot Children’s Charity with hair by premier salon B Inspired. 01753 892566

B Inspired


in Amersham

Deborah’s Beauty

Sophie. Little Chalfont.

01494 766468

Gatsby and Miller


01494 728899

Elle –The Beauty Box


01494 721532

The Lemon Rooms


01494 728248

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Chris and Heather.

Basmati 01494 671500


Alex and Julie (post tennis!).

01494 673070

Greyhound Bar

Sarah and Andy.

01494 671315

Loch Fyne

Robert, Michael, Jon, Peter and Graham.

01494 679960

SPLASHLIFE in Beaconsfield

Pizza Express

Sarah and Harry.

01494 677077

Saracen’s Head

Carmen, Chloe,Vicky and Lucy for Chloe’s 18th.

01494 674119


Stuart, Lisa, Nicola, Livia, Ginge and Sam.

01494 677808

The Treehouse

Ryan, Adam, Robin and Nick.

01494 674104

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Oxygen Hair & Beauty

Daisy Taylor, one of their stylists, with hair by art director Phill Hughes. Photography by 01494 676180


01494 730646


Emile de Londres Marieta.


in Beaconsfield

01494 675491

Toni & Guy


01494 678080



01494 670581

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Fego Caffè

Domi’s Halloween birthday.

Alex, Artur, Paolo, Tony and Mario.

01753 892566

Di Paolo 01753 880300

Café Rouge

Pauline Shot’s 80th Birthday.

01753 880601

Luna Rossa

Anna, Chloe and Paul.

01753 889197

SPLASHLIFE in Gerrards Cross

The Bull Hotel

01753 885995

The Apple Tree

Paul, Caden and Lisa.

01753 887335

Elizabeth, Amy and Kieran.

Maliks 01753 880888

The Elthorpe

Carol, Eddie, Natalie, Alfie, Steve, Nick and Sarah.

01753 882039

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The Gallery


01753 886977


Morgan Dwyer Barbers Vivus 01753 893337


01753 886769

SPLASHLOOKS in Gerrards Cross

Vision Hairdressing


01753 883116



01753 883763


Hair Art 01753 883316

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The Chequers

01628 482053

Fego Caffè

01628 475873


01628 890200


07747 321987


Kasper and Espen.

Burgers 01628 483389

The Assembly Room

Marlow Bar & Grill

Maurice, Julie, Stuart and Colin.

01628 488544

Villa d’Este

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Enhance Nails & Body

Marlow Bottom 01628 477330

Diva’s & Dude’s Hair Accademia and Beauty Italiana 01628 477728


The Barber Shop Group Hair by Karen.

01628 488552


Diodonna Italian Hair


01628 477292

Toni & Guy

Leightons Opticians


01628 477998

David Clulow

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Forenza Ristorante Italiano

Exclusive thirtieth birthday party.

The Kings Arms

Neil and John.

01628 530667

01628 63323

Pizza Express

Leyan, Omer and Seran.

01628 676878


in Maidenhead and Cookham

Maliks 01628 520085

The Hinds Head

Bobbi, Christopher, Ingar and Neal.

Bray 01628 626151

The Bel and Dragon


01628 521263

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Salon Coco

01628 789261

Finishing Touch


01628 674100

Gina Hadden Nails

07411 433668

Vanilla Hairdressing


Cookham Rise 01628 524299


in Maidenhead and Cookham

The Suntan Shop Raffles Hair


01628 633136


01628 671888

Nailway Station


01628 530007

Tony & Guy


01628 62484

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Café Rouge

Jackie, Euan, Tanya and Oliver.

01491 411733

Hot Gossip

Michael and Antonia.

01491 414070

La Bodega The Three Tuns

Christine and Angus.

01491 578611

01494 410138

Chocolate Theatre Café


01491 411412

Villa Marina

James and Gray.

01491 575262


Loch Fyne

Emily and Julia.

01491 845780

Hotel du Vin

Thomas, Peter, Jossy, Aileen, Pierre, Andrew,Yves and David. 01491 848400

Angel on the Bridge

Becky and Rich.

01491 410678

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Wigg 01491 410626

Rudi Kartal


01491 572056

The Strand


01491 577732


Planet Nails


01491 576337

Esquire’s Barbers


01491 413566

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Ruth serves with a smile.

Nando’s 01753 856993

Bella Italia

Jon Najarian and family.

01753 864122

All Bar One

Matthew, Martin, Lesley and Kevin.

01753 857570

Hungry Eye Gurkha Restaurant &b Bar

01752 830099


in Windsor

The River House

Chrissie and David celebrating their engaement and her birthday. 01753 620010

La Taverna

Guy Williams and friends with owner Don Peppino.

01753 863020

Latino Taverna

01753 857711

Pizza Express

Freddie and Bibi in their favourite restaurant.

01753 856424

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Tony & Guy


Ana raises funds for Children in Need.

01753 852569

Essensuals 01753 840222

Marino Capelli


01753 860623

Artwork Moe’z Hair Salon 01753 831000

01753 582035


in Windsor

Ginger Group Innovations

01753 867369

Montys 01753 867966


01753 621111


Suntan Express 01753 842222

RUSH Hair 01753 251532

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Lucy and Emily.


Bar One

01344 872369

Kelly Beckett, Lucian Laviscount (star of Celebrity Big Brother and Waterloo Road), Sophie Stevens. 01344 875123

The Wine Circle

Don Beni

Guests enjoying a Christmas wine-tasting dinner.

01344 843369

Aryan, Sonia, Parris, Dr Bob and Kamran.

Winkfield 01344 884480


in Ascot, Sunningdale and Virginia Water



Sunningdale Lounge

01344 876200

Sunningdale Lounge ‘Lizards’ Joe Tappy, Sandy Montana and Yves Wenger, all successfully completed the ‘Grim Challenge’. 01344 876887

Fego Caffè

The Belvedere Arms

Amy Edge and Chris Wyatt.

01344 874318

Justine, Stanley and Leigh.

01344 870931

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Smile Hair

Samantha Coleman, styled by international art director Liz Burton.

01344 626026


in Ascot, Sunningdale and Virginia Water

Hamza’s Barber Shop

Fraser having his hair cut by Hamza, the local Sunninghill barber. Sunninghill 01344 875123

Aura Spa

Leanne and Amy

01344 621530

Guinot 01344 637509

Isis Hair Pret A Couper Ascot Barbers

Birthday girl, Tanya Laouzai, receives flowers Councillor Asghar Majeed and Roy Huntley. from a friend. Sunninghill 01344 873200 07760 161482 If you have a great people shot from your hair or beauty business please e-mail to will publish the best images we receive.


01344 620055


Il Siciliano Caffè

Café Rouge

Deborah and Hilary.

01932 851777

Slug & Lettuce

Jeenna and Renuka.

01932 857808

SPLASHLIFE in Weybridge

Boho Tea Room & Coffee Shop

Sabina and Lisa.

01932 847822

Red Bar & Restaurant

Sam Wedgewood playing live.

01932 850222

Sullivans Wine Bar

Tracy and friend.

01932 850545

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David Mark Hair

David Mark, Weybridge crimper, celebrates five years in the Queens Road with some favourite clients (l-r: Melanie Hanks, Sharon Triffitt and Susan Keegan. 01932 829100

Collections Hair Club

Ross Fraser, client.

01932 842473

Paul. 01932 859889

Lloyd Roberts Opticians

SPLASHLOOKS in Weybridge



01932 842753


Hair UK Inner Radiance 01932 855559


01932 848511

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Layla Restaurant

Carly, Lizzie and Stevie.

01372 462333

Costa 01372 467580

Caffè Piccolo

Yvonne and Trevor.

01372 465596

Lily and Bow Coffee Shop

Heather, Henry and Jacqui.

01372 460732


in Esher and Cobham

Loch Fyne

Daniel, Philippe, Louise, Lee and Zoe.

Mary and Richard.

01932 586010

Wildwood 01932 860360

Pizza Express

Justine, Erik, Ethan, Tamar and Rachael.

01932 862588

NY Bar & Grill

01932 860601

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Academy Hair and Beauty Hair Associates Coconut Hair


01932 863003

01932 864929


01372 468282


in Esher and Cobham


J’s Gentlemans Barbers


01372 464747

Kobkun Thai Therapy

01372 468886

Seventeen the Opticians


01372 462401

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SPLASHLIGHT Distribution points for your take-home copy

AMERSHAM Feast Café & Bistro, 13 Hill Avenue, Amersham, HP6 5BD, 01494 729055 The Lemon Rooms, 51 High Street, Amersham, HP7 0DP, 01494 728248 Su Chases Interiors, Red Lion House, Old Amersham, HP7 0HL, 01494 721626 SDI-Unistride Ltd, Unit IFI Passfield Mill Business Park, Passfield, GU30 7QU, 01428 752242 ASCOT Ascot Butchers, 43 High Street, Ascot, Berks, SL5 7HG, 01344 620481 Ascot Carpets, 2A Hermitage Parade, High Street, Ascot, Berks, SL5 7HE, 01344 625112 Annie C Designer Boutique, 53 High Street, Ascot, Berls, SL5 7HP, 01344 873526 Chancellors, 31 High Street, Ascot, Berks, SL5 0DP, 01344 627101 Don Beni, 102 High Street, Crowthorne, Berks, RG45 7AD, 01344 773393 Don Beni, 37-41 Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berks, RG10 1AY, 01189 9759678 Don Beni, Winkfield Row, Ascot, Berks, RG42 6NH, 01344 884480 Fego Caffé, 1 The Hermitage, Ascot, Berks, SL5 7HD Grace, 4 Hermitage Parade, High Street, Ascot, Berks, SL5 7HE, 01344 638600 Jaqueline Interiors, Bridge House Brokenhurst Rd, South Ascot, Berks, SL5 9DL, 01344 638867 Knight Frank, 59 High Street, Ascot, Berks, SL5 7HP, 01344 624732 Swinley Store, 20 Brockenhurst Road, South Ascot, Berks, SL5 9DL, 07828 423077 BEACONSFIELD David Shuttle Cookshop, 3 The Broadway, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2PD, 01494 673501 Grace, 6 The Highway, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 1QD, 01494 678908 Nigel Briggs & Co, The Old Estate Office, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 1LU, 01494 671099 Old Town Friar, 7 London End, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2HN, 01494 673056 Ricki’s News, 71 Wycombe Road, Old Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 1LX, 01494 673506 Su Chases Interiors, 11 London End, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2HN, 01494 730005 Tim Russ Estates, 6 Burkes Court, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 1NZ, 01494 681122 COBHAM Buddha & Spice, 15a Church Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EG, 01932 868934 Fired Earth, 87 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JH, 01932 867639 Maison Blanc, 4 Holly Parade, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EE, 01932 868194 ESHER Café Rouge, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AD, 01372 465550 Club, 83 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QA, 01372 469262 Colours of Esher, 94 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QJ, 01372 464736 Hamptons, 51 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9RQ, 01372 468411 Red Peppers, 45 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9RL, 01372 467241 Sandown Park Lodge, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ, 01372 461201 GERRARDS CROSS Maliks, 14 Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8BR, 01753 880888 Roberts Newby Partership, 83 Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8PQ, 01753 891188 Sweet Sweet Life, 3 Bulstrode Way, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 7QT, 01753 882771 HENLEY Blandy House Dental Practice, Hart Street, Henley, RG9 2AR, 01491 410058 The Chocolate Theatre Café, 13 Thameside, Henley, RG9 1BH, 01491 411412 Grace, 21 Thameside, RG9 2LJ, 01491 579999 Hubbledays, 43–45 Duke Street, Henley, RG9 1UR, 01491 579016 La Bodega, 38 Hart Street, Henley, RG9 2AU, 01491 578 611 Lemongrove Gallery, 10 Duke Street, Henley, RG9 1UP, 01491 577215 Loch Fyne, 20 Market Place, Henley, RG9 2AH, 01491 845780 Savills, 18 Hart Street, Henley, RG9 2AU, 01491 843000 The Boat House, 30 Duke Street, Henley, RG9 1UP, 01491 412030 Villa Marina, 18 Thameside, Henley, RG9 1BH, 01494 575262 Waitrose, 33 Bell Street, Henley, RG9 2BA, 01491 410 440


MAIDENHEAD Boulters Riverside Brasserie, Boulter’s Lock Island, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 8PE, 01628 621291 Maliks, 14 Royal Exchange, Cookham, Berks, SL6 9SH, 01628 520885 Oliver Lily, 9 The High Street, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 1JN, 01344 874399 Spirit Health Club, Holiday Inn, Monor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA, 01628 506030 The Thames Hotel, Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8NR, 01628 628721 MARLOW Ballards, 45 High Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1BA, 01628 477000 Dynamite Fashion, 63 HIgh Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1AB. 01628 488277 Elite Nails, 46 West Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2NB, 01628 488522 Grace Boutique, 5 West Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2LT, 01628 475040 Lemongrove Gallery, 74 High Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1AH, 01628 477785 Maliks, 101 High Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1AB, 01628 482180 Paper Chains, 91 High Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1AB, 01628 482186 Snappy Snaps, 1 Market Square, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1BE, 01628 898445 Tree Nail Spa, 13 Station Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1AB, 01628 488200 Villa D’Este, 2 Chapel Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1DD, 01628 472012 SUNNINGDALE Chancellors, London Road, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 0DP, 01344 620163 Fego Caffé, 9 Broomhall Buildings, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 0DU, 01344 876464 Hamptons, 6 Broomhall Buildings, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 0DU, 01344 627555 Harringtons Dry Cleaners, 12-14 Broomhall Buildings, Chobham Road, Sunningdale, SL5 0DU Lewis Butchers, 53 Chobham Road, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 0DT, 01344 620141 Sytner BMW, London Road, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 0EX, 01344 630400 Vanilla Delicatessen, 7 Broomhall Buildings, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 0DU, 01344 622320 SUNNINGHILL Dragon Shed,40–42 High Street, Sunninghill, Berks, SL5 9NF, 01344 627748 Nail & Body Zone, 76 High Street, Sunninghill, Berks, SL5 9NN, 01344 870112 Sapphire Estates, 34 High Street, Sunninghill, Berks, SL5 9NE, 01344 870100 The Stock Exchange, 1 High Street, Sunninghill, Berks, SL5 9NQ, 01344 625420 VIRGINIA WATER Barton Wyatt, The Estate Office, Virgina Water, Berks, GU25 4DL, 01344 843000 Buckinghams Estate Agent, 6 Station Approach, Virgina Water, GU25 4DL, 01344 845050 Patsy Blunt Interiors, 7 Station Approach, Virgina Water, Berks, GU25 4DL, 01344 845594 WEYBRIDGE Brooklands Hotel, Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0SL, 01932 335700 Curchods Estate Agents, 54 Church Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8DP, 01932 843322 Dry Cleaning Centre, 14 York Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9QT, 01932 843755 Hamptons, 26 High Street Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8AB, 01932 859933 II Sicilino, 1 Balfour Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8HE, 01932 852047 Percy Lambert, 2 High Street , Weybridge, KT13 8AB Renew Medica, 11 Baker Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT14 8AE, 08445 768311 WINDSOR Don Beni, 42 High Street, Eton, Windsor, Berks, SL4 6BD Duchess of Cambridge, 3–4 Thames Street, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1PL, 01753 864405 La Bodega, 4 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1DG, 01753 841220 McDonald Hotel, 23 High Street, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1LH, 0844 879 9101 Moe’z, 1 River Street, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1QT, 01753 831000 Renew Medica, 31 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1EA, 0844 5768312 Savills, 3–4 High Street, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1LD, 01753 834600 Windsor Larder, 59a St Leonards Road, Windsor, Berks, SL4 3BX, 01753 840272

this month: DECEMBER 2011


Light on Life – what’s been happening out there?




Dita Von Teese – the queen of burlesque 30

Art Works – Lemongrove Gallery’s Rachel Beaver 32


Nigel Harman – Lording it in the West End 38


Come Dine with Me – Christmas wishes from Francesco Beni and his team 44


Challenge Hargreaves – No. 3, 18 holes in 100 strokes 50


Christmas cards! – seasons greetings to our readers 56


Karen Waldron – Vintage fashion 62


Malik – our celebrity chef’s tandoori recipes 66


Beauty. By Nicole – preparing for the new year 72


Legally Speaking – where there’s a will… 76

The Magic of Panto – we look at what’s on round your way 78


Would you like a copy of Splashlight to take home? See our list of distributors opposite. Splashlight is published by Kingsdown Marketing PO Box 4503 Slough SL1 0UT

PUBLISHER: Tony Light –




Julie Turner for advertising, features and Business Heroes – 07917 877513

Ann Merry Henry Todd Claire Saul Ben Hargreaves

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Alias Photography Life Image Photography



Eve Taylor

While care is taken to ensure that Splashlight is as accurate as possible, no responsibility can be taken by Kingsdown Marketing for any errors or omissions contained herein. All opinions expressed are those of the editors and not necessarily representative of any other individual or concern. Furthermore, responsibility for any loss, damage or distress resulting from the use of any information made available through this publication, howsoever caused, is equally disclaimed by Kingsdown Marketing.


Would you like a copy of Splashlight to take home? See our list of distributors on page 20


he Oddness of Christmas It comes but once a year and in reality is just one day out of a 365 (and a quarter) day annual calendar, but whether you love it or loathe it, you simply cannot escape the impact of Christmas.

I am not going to bore you with the tempting debate about traditional values versus commercialism – it’s a popular discussion, but goes nowhere. Instead I will just share some observations about the oddness of the season. Our infant expectations Not, as you may think about the expectations that kids have (presents, presents and more presents in most cases) – but more about our ‘adult’ expectations of them. On the one hand we point to the fire and say ‘burn!’ to keep toddlers safely at bay and assure them that jumping off tables is a silly, dangerous thing to do, whilst – only at Christmas – we extol the virtues of the good guy that skips from rooftop to rooftop and safely descends chimneys without the slightest singe-mark or blister ever appearing. In fact we encourage this type of anti-health-and-safety behaviour by luring him in with pies and sherry – or worst still whiskey – when a mere dozen or so years later we will be pointing out the risk of just drinking and driving – let alone flying. Oh – and another thing – these small children, who are only just learning to communicate properly, have to readily adapt to the fact that this fine chap has several names, all of which have to be used throughout the season. Yes – we expect a lot of kids at Christmas. The Christmas song collection There are the irritatingly inevitable stalwarts in the average ‘Your Favourite Christmas Hits’ album, from Bing, Noddy and Roy (Crosby, Holder and Wood, for younger readers) but here’s some more oddness – how did Angels, courtesy of Robbie Williams, get classified a s Christmas song?


And Fairytale of New York (The Pogues, and my personal favourite, by the way) – which includes the immortal lyrics ‘You’re a bum, You’re a punk, You’re an old slut on junk, Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed, You scumbag, you maggot,You cheap lousy faggot’ – and so on.Very peace on earth to all men I’m sure. The Christmas card This is a real winner. Stand up all of you that enjoy the task of writing Christmas cards – sorry that should have read ‘stand up both of you’ – or are my expectations too high? The Post Office struggles on against the allconquering impact of e-mail.We only send letters by post if we really have to, and e-mails allow the benefit of cut-and-paste. But convention says you still have to hand-write every card with the same basic greeting as every year, and pop a (how much?!!) stamp on it, and send the conventional way. On arrival, the recipient will nod appreciatively, and look for a convenient place to display your card, which most likely will end up hidden amongst all the others, representing a fire risk - what with all the festive candles – only to be cleared away for (at best) recycling on twelfth night to the sound of voices murmuring ‘glad to see the back of these’. But Christmas greetings by e-mail simply don’t work. Discuss. The food and drink Every year it’s the same. The eternally growing number of supermarkets cluttering our towns are stocked with more food and drink than at any time of year, and by close of till on 24th the shelves are nigh on empty. It’s the same effect that is achieved by the threat of fuel strikes, blizzards or hurricanes. However that’s not the odd thing. Everyone understandably wants to have plenty of stocks of food and drink in for Christmas. No the odd thing is why the same supermarkets are overwhelmed again on 27th as people desperately have to re-stock their larders after the Christmas break. Where does it all go…?



The sentiment However, the story of enemies becoming friends for one day only – Christmas Day – sharing a cigarette or two during The Great War is perhaps the oddest and most relevant aspect of Christmas. Somehow this stressful, illogical time of year has the wonderful ability to cause people to find it in their hearts to look for the best in all that’s around them. So let’s be grateful for that reality and fuel the positive spirit this Christmas time. 2012 is round the corner and we should enter it with all the positivity we can muster. Merry Christmas!

PS: The Johnny Factor Before I close for the year, I just have to mention Johnny – ‘cos nobody else seems to be doing so. I refer to Johnny Vaughan, who departed most suddenly from his breakfast show slot on Capital Radio on 18th November after seven years. I cannot be alone in wondering what happened to weekday mornings since this travesty occurred. He appears to have been airbrushed from Capital’s history, after providing me (and I suspect a few million others) with the best entertainment available on the airwaves. I know not the reasons why. But thank you Mr Vaughan.You were appreciated.


Above: Princess Alice hospice volunteers Eve Houseman, Ryan Ottley-Booth, Claire Hunter, Cameron Aitchison, Niamh Hunter and Elaine Coffee.

Midnight in Monte Carlo

Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

25th anniversary event at Mercedes Benz World Big names from the stage and the small screen came out to celebrate

given a boost with an auction, which included multiple temptations,

the 25th anniversary of the Princess Alice Hospice on November 25th

ranging from a bespoke sofa to luxury villa holidays and a rare private

when the Midnight in Monte Carlo party was held in a starlit marquee

dance lesson with a former Strictly Come Dancing champion at her

at Mercedes Benz World, in association with Best Parties Ever.

exclusive Karen Hardy Studios.

Bonnie Langford and Bobby Davro were among the VIPs attending

The event netted an equally spectacular £34,000 on the night in

the spectacular evening celebration alongside a thousand guests, and

support of the hospice, which gives outstanding end-of-life care to

entertained by circus acrobats, a magician, a live jazz band, choir, DJ

adult patients and support to their families and friends in the Surrey,

and casino, not to mention some daring dodgem rides. Fundraising was

south west London and Middlesex areas.

Below left: Nadine Baggott, Hello’s Health and Beauty Editor and This Morning Beauty Presenter, with John Scott, Celebrity Stylist and TV presenter. Below right: Communication Officer Darran Hutchings meets TV and theatre star Bonnie Langford.



Left: Mark Harvie with Strictly Come Dancing superstar Karen Hardy. Above: Mick and Cilla Rogan with Anna Fidimore and Roger Taylor.

Above left: Sylvia Cable, Wendy Jay and Mary Powell. Above right: Bags of style from Claire Hunter and Cameron Aitchison. Below left: High Sheriff of London and founder President of the Law Society Fiona Wolfe with her husband Nicholas, Chair of Trustees. Below middle: DJ David ‘Kid’ Jensen and his wife Gudrun. Below right: Erin Boag puts Splashlight in the spotlight.

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Above left: VIP guests John Scott, Karen Hardy, Erin Boag and Nadine Baggott. Above right: Stunning ‘Green Goddess’ Diana Moran – in red!

Above left: Jean and Allen Chubb look forward to their evening. Above middle: Cheers! Gill and Tony Morris. Above right: Princess Alice CEO Nicky Sharpe with big-hearted Bobby Davro – champion of many charities. Left (top): The Ding Dong Daddios do their thing. Left (bottom): Strictly Come Bumping! Karen Hardy and Erin Boag get competitive. Below left: Just smile, Susi Glatt, please don’t wave! Below right: Monte Carlo motoring.



Above left: Strictly’s longest-serving female dancer Erin Boag and her husband Peter O’Dowd. Above right: Nick and Karin Harvey with Penny and John Dancer.

Above left: Luke and Richard Lazell who have both run marathons for the hospice. Above middle: Lovely ladies Emily Young, Charlotte Bendig and Stephanie Young. Above right: Bonnie looking bonny. Below left: Hospice volunteers Gemma Hefford and Lorna Palmer check out the prizes. Below right: Magician Richard Pinner with floating ring. Has anyone missed it yet?

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Above left: Carole Turner helps to swell the profits with raffle tickets for Lorraine Arnold. Above right: Jenny Nicholl and Mike Maynard. Below left: Roger and Jane Formby, who is founding trustee of the hospice. Below right: Phil Lee, Emma Parminter and Kerry and Max Pilbeam.

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Dita Von Teese is the world’s most famous burlesque dancer and model and she is recognised as a fashion icon across the globe. She’s launching an exclusive London speakeasy, the Cointreau Prive, open for a limited three-week period in December. The speakeasy is modelled on her own bedroom. So what brings you to the UK? I’m opening a glamorous private cocktail bar for Cointreau, which will be open for three weeks. It will be like stepping into my world, with lots of personal touches and tributes to my home decor. My close friend Fiona Leahy is designing the club. She also organised my wedding, so she knows how to evoke my brand of glam to a party! I am also performing at the grand opening, and trying to get my favourite DJs to play and maybe even some burlesque performances. Cocktails? That must play havoc with the red lipstick? Not at all. I’ve been wearing red lipstick daily since I was 14, so I consider myself an expert! Cocktail-sipping is basic... now, eating a cheeseburger with red lips, that is a good trick! What, to you, is burlesque? For me, the essence of burlesque is showing that striptease can be elegant. It’s a tribute to a time when burlesque shows were in nearly every city in America, and the main attractions were the striptease stars! My goal is to change people’s minds about what it is to be a stripper, and to evolve burlesque to the next level, all the while staying true to its risque origins. Strangely, it’s especially difficult to get the message through in the US, despite the fact that we had all these great mainstream stars like Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand. Despite burlesque being so distinctly American, in the US it’s still being either dismissed or sanitised for the masses, which I think does a great disservice to the women of the golden age of burlesque who did perform striptease, and who made the burlesque revival possible.

With thanks to Cointreau Prive

Do you get cross if people call you a stripper? Not at all! ‘Stripper’ is one of my favourite terms, and I never get offended by it, because I know the history of the word and how it was used in the Thirties and Forties, and that Gypsy Rose Lee loved the term too. And by the way, I am a stripper! It’s only in modern times that the word has gained a negative connotation. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I am a stripper, and personally, I enjoy the look of confusion. I don’t need to validate myself to people who haven’t seen my show. Do people confuse the stage version of you and the reality? Do they expect a performance when you’re putting on your pyjamas? I wear very glamorous pyjamas! I have never really had anyone confuse the stage version of me and the reality, because the differences and similarities are fairly clear to anyone close to me for any length of time. The only thing is that sometimes people cannot understand that I am quite shy offstage. But I can say that when I am undressing for the night, whether I happen to have company or not, there is always the opportunity for a rehearsal of sorts. I never pass up the chance to take my stockings off with a dramatic gesture!

What do you hope to see while you’re in the UK? I have a lot of friends in London, so of course I will visit them, but I also like to go to the museums and shop for things I can’t find anywhere else. Are there any names on the UK burlesque scene to look out for? I haven’t seen many of the UK burlesque acts in person, but there are a couple that have piqued my interest and that I would like to see while I am in London, because I am looking for unique acts to have a guest spot in my ‘Strip Strip Hooray!’ show which I’m booking worldwide for 2012. I’m finally working out how to take my most elaborate acts on tour after all these years, and so I’ve been looking for show-stopping acts to add to the line-up. What question would you ask Gypsy Rose Lee if you had the chance? I would ask her to show me her collection of Charles James gowns! She was a major haute couture shopper and fashion muse.

What would you like to think of as your legacy? I’ve been performing burlesque for almost 20 years now, whether it was chic or not, whether it made me money or not, whether there was an audience or not, so I suppose I just want people to see my passion for the art of burlesque. When you do something strictly for the love of it, the rewards are there all along, success or not. I’m so glad that there’s been a huge burlesque revival; I never thought it would be like this! But now the important thing is to keep it here, and the only way to do that is to continue to bring new things to it so it can evolve and live on. For more information on CointreauPrive, visit


ART WORKS with Rachel Beaver


ith chilly Christmas nearly upon us I’d like to share with you the work of two of the very hottest contemporary artists. Not a snowman or robin in sight, but either of these painters’ limited editions would make spectacular Christmas gifts, particularly for the teenager who has everything.

Todd White

an American bestseller Todd White’s stylish and distinctive figurative artwork has won him an international reputation that keeps on growing. Described as ‘America’s coolest artist’ and compared in fame to Warhol himself, White’s paintings captivate people, often invoking laughter and always demanding repeated viewings. By revealing his subjects’ innermost feelings, he creates timeless scenes of attraction and intimacy. Beneath the exaggerated features and textured skin of his characters there is a truth that we can all recognise – both theirs and ours. Henley-on-Thames 10 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1UP
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Todd is a compulsive observer of detail, always studying and absorbing figures, faces and features. He spends his life people-watching – scribbling down sketches whatever the situation (often on napkins or even tablecloths) to record an idea for his next work. While his subjects come from everyday life, his perspective is so unusual that he alters the way we perceive people and the roles we play around each other. He studies body language, using its nuances to capture the subtleties of what we show and what we hide. Born in 1969 in Texas, Todd relocated to Hollywood in his twenties and worked in animation, developing characters at some of the most renowned production studios in the country. He was even part of the lead team for the international hit cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants. During this period Todd started to forge his artistic style by experimenting with colours and concepts. He eventually arrived at the working method that now guides him through every piece. He always names his pieces first, visualises faces and personalities, then develops each person’s story. In fact, he doesn’t paint at all until he can conceptually see that story in his head. And he always tells it as directly as possible – what isn’t necessary to the story does not go on the canvas. Hands are a focal point as he has always been impressed by how powerfully and expressively tiny gestures can amplify an actor’s performance. ‘Everyone’s hands are full of personality,’ says Todd, ‘They reflect the subject’s state of mind almost as much as facial expressions.’ Todd has been the official artist of the Grammy Awards and, in 2009, was invited by Warner Bros. to contribute the centrepiece of a major design exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz (later snapped up by Sylvester Stallone). Following a string of record-breaking shows in the UK, Todd returned to the US to even greater acclaim, and has become one of the world’s most collectable and successful living artists, with original oils fetching up to £75,000 and finding their way into the homes of such Hollywood icons as Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. And early next year Todd White will be visiting our galleries (watch this space for where and when), but you don’t have to wait until then to view some fine limited edition prints.



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the king of cool Another utterly contemporary and in-demand artist to buy now is Zinsky. The reclusive British painter – currently living in Barcelona – has refreshed the ‘icon’ genre with his remarkable portraits of the famous and infamous. In the galleries we have a small number of exclusive hand-embellished limitededition prints, including Michael Caine, Mohammed Ali, the Kray brothers and Bono, alongside a couple of rarely available and highly sought-after originals. Fascinatingly, rather than starting with a photographic portrait, Zinsky paints from memory – literally giving us his image of the person, in each case presented in an urban, street-art, context. Painted with speed and spontaneity, the portraits are nevertheless utterly convincing, demonstrating a raw talent that is completely natural. The staggeringly detailed portrayals of his celebrity subjects has won him a dedicated following and their launch into the UK has already had a massive impact.

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Above: Job done. Next year, it’s Regent Street.

Here Comes Christmas! Maidenhead gets switched on Maidenhead tripped the light fantastic on Saturday 26th November

Centre of the Arts, left her frozen homeland for the relatively warmer

when this year’s festive flames were switched on in an evening

climes of Berkshire to assist young Madison Foxcroft in switching on

of celebration. Crowds gathered late in the afternoon for the

the lights. Madison won her VIP role with a fabulous picture which

countdown to the big moment, entertained by local pop band Riser.

scooped top prize in a competition run by the arts centre.

Younger visitors enjoyed fairground rides along St Ives Road and the

Madison also got the evening off to a cracker-ing start by setting off a

High Street.

firework display from the Town Hall. Safe to say that the celebrations

Miki, star character in the Christmas show at the Norden Farm

went with a bang. Or two.

Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

Below left: Local band Riser get the party started. Below right: Lucie Mullier and Magalie Duval.



Left: May the force be with you Alara. Here with parents Lee and Jen Bodell. Above: We can see you, Mr Sell!

Above left: David Wallen takes aim. Above right: Kids entertainment, right on track. Below: Three Laserketeers Jaydea and Rocco Valentin and Anissa Ouabahi. Right: Madison Foxcroft prepares for light-switching duty with the help of Mayor, Councillor Asghar Majeed.

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Above: Madison’s big moment. Left: Nadine, here with Nisrin Kalomar, is having a weird hair day. Below: Don’t mess with Holly Staff! Holly is here with Sarah and Chris Hill.

Above left: Dylan Garrard and Christine Kershaw are in a spin. Above right: Ooooh! Aaaaah! Below left: That’ll be the right button, then! Below right: Always important to co-ordinate with your weapon, Lauren Davies. Christine seems happy enough but

Peter Kerry and Louie Davies clearly think it should be their turn, now.



Above left: Rosy ladies Tasha Sikkel and Kevie Gordon of Chrissies Ribbons. Above middle: Matt Delahoussaye and Sian Spratt find the best way to keep warm. Above right: Anyone know the collective term for a lot of baubles? Answers on a postcard‌

Above: Marian, Ishak and Abra Tournani meet Maidenhead’s Mayor, Councillor Asghar Majeed. Below: Madison with actors Ella Creese and Paul Sockett from the Christmas show Miki, now on at Norden Farm Centre of the Arts. And a penguin.


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SPLASHLIGHT Left: Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad and the company of Shrek The Musical. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg. Below: Kimberley Walsh (Princess Fiona), Nigel Lindsay (Shrek), Nigel Harman (Lord Farquaad) and Richard Blackwood (Donkey) in Shrek The Musical. Photo by Jason Bell.

As Lord Farquuad in Shrek the Musical, actor Nigel Harman inhabits a persona that is a million miles away from his most famous role as Dennis Rickman in EastEnders. Equally so for his subsequent work as wheeler-dealer Sam in Hotel Babylon and as 60s pop singer Jess Conrad in the film Telstar and more. But that’s all part of Nigel’s career plan… You started out in musical theatre From a young age, I always wanted to be in musical theatre. I went to public school in south London and when I came out, I got a diploma in musical theatre from Arts Ed in Chiswick. And I had a very lovely time. But when I got to about 25, I realised I didn’t really want to do that for the rest of my life, that it’s quite limiting. And so I thought, I’ll give acting a go. By then, people were asking me to be in their musicals and I would literally negotiate myself parts. I’d say: “Look, I’ll come and be in your musical, if you’ll let me be in your Chekhov. I will tap dance, but please can I be in your play?” Over time I phased out the musicals, did a bit more Chekhov and then I starting working on telly. And now I get the joy of coming back. I popped back to do Guys and Dolls five years ago and now I’m popping back to this. Were you already a fan of the original Shrek film? Yeah, I remember seeing it soon after it came out and it was quite anarchic. It started out like a fairytale and I thought, oh, it’s going to another one of those Disney things, and then suddenly, he rips the page out of the book and wipes his arse with it and you’re just, like, brilliant! When this came round, I had another look, and it’s just as good now as it’s always been.

Interview by: Nancy Groves and Claire Saul. Main image by Helen Maybanks.

The role of Lord Farquaad requires a fair physical transformation… I’m a method actor so I have been knee-capped! No, I’m literally, no tricks, down on my knees for the whole show. I wear a wig, doublet and hose, a huge cloak – and knee-pads! I’ve got these ridiculously fandangled knee-pads which I presume are skateboarder’s kneepads and I put them on but unfortunately my dog thinks it’s playtime so I get jumped on by my Rottweiler. You’ve played quite a lot of baddies in your career They get the best lines! Baddies are more complex – playing a goodie is very hard work. But I don’t see Farquaad in baddie-goodie terms. Working from the inside out, he’s just a human being, a bit misguided. I don’t have a career of goodies or baddies, I just have people who have neuroses and this guy has a lot of them. Is he misunderstood? He’s not very nice to people because he’s clear about what he wants, put it that way. Ultimately, his mother died, he was abandoned by his father and he wants to become king. It sounds like a Shakespearean character. Instead it’s Lord Farquaad in Shrek. How have you managed to create such a diverse career for yourself? I think I am lucky in that I can do quite a few things. I get to do the ‘nice hair’ parts – though not so many of those anymore – and I also play a lot of character roles. I can do a passable American accent. And the singing and dancing thing also opens up that whole avenue for me.

Did the public attention surrounding Little Den ever get too much? Well, it did at the time, but now it’s fine.You regain your identity after a while. There’s a real sense of ownership from the public sometimes and rightly so. They follow you, they support the journey of your character and they feel quite personal towards you and it. But when that drifts away, they go back to seeing you more as a human being. Everyone is always so nice when they talk to me. They all call me Nigel; they very rarely call me Dennis anymore. Though some of them do talk to me like I’ve never worked again, like if you’re not in EastEnders, you don’t exist. Did they also think you were a Cockney? When I used to get in cabs while EastEnders was still on the telly, they’d be a bit upset I wasn’t from Bow Bells. I’d say: (assumes posh accent) “I’m from Surrey, actually.” But I did cultivate it. I became more London for an identity really. I still play Cockneys when I need to. I’ll turn it up and down. If I’m in a London part, I’ll play it a lot more posh, and if I’m meant to be posh, I’ll be more geezer, just because I like playing with people’s expectations. I entertain myself if no one else! According to your co-star Richard Blackwood, you were let out of Shrek singing classes early for being so good. Is that true? No, but I love that. Please tell that story. How does it feel to perform at such a famous theatre? I can’t believe I’m genuinely here at Drury Lane. It’s thrilling.You’re part of a big, big thing working here and you’re leaving a tiny little ripple in the pond. Just to be part of that history, that in itself is enough.

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Fayre Play Victoriana comes to Sunninghill The residents of Sunninghill embraced the spirit of Christmas past on November 20th with a Victorian Street Fayre, where over forty festive stalls enticed local Fezziwigs and Cratchits (but thankfully no Ebenezer Scrooges) to the High Street to raise funds for charities Sebastian’s Action Trust and the Ascot Day Centre. Visitors were invited to dress up in Victorian costume to enjoy traditional attractions such as Punch and Judy shows, food stalls and children’s rides alongside more modern-day temptations such as junior go-kart rides and Indian and Italian cuisine. Santa carefully listened to the wish lists of lots of boys and girls who promised to be extra-specially good before Christmas. Unfortunately Rudolf and co were evidently resting up before their big day, so Santa arrived in something of an unexpected old curiosity, the Batmobile!

Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

Left: Carol Butler with her basket of wares.

Above left: It’s tombola time for John Morris and Ian Kirkwood of the Ascot Rotary Club. Above right: Jes Rozario, Sonia Chaggar, Sarah Clark and Shauna McGroarty from Sebastian’s Action Trust. Below left: Keith Waters, John Quinn and Julian Sharpe of Windsor and Eton Brewery have plenty of bottle. Below right: There’s no es-cape from Andrew Darling.



Above: Noel and Wilfred Sigamoney are happy to find that Father Christmas is starting early this year. Below left: Si Abbott goes nuts. Below right: Laurent Malnuit, self-proclaimed King of the Barbeque!

Below left: Chris Senn and Charlie Cooper enjoy their hog roast sandwiches. Below right: Pippa Reid and Grace Vobe from the local Brownie pack branch out.

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FAYRE PLAY continues…

Above left: St Andrews Pipe Band have plenty of sox appeal. Above right: Sue Potts gets into the spirit of things. Below left: Father Christmas (Ron Cotterell) enjoys the fact he’s not on driver’s duties on this occasion. Below middle: Holy Big Pointy Ears, it’s Batman! Below right: Stand well back everyone, Rebbecca Farrant looks as though she means business!

Left: Stephanie Milledge turns Freja Taylor into a beautiful butterfly. Above: Tom Lamond, Lucy Duncan and Max the dog.



Above left: An Ugly Sister (Brent Whitted) from The Quince Players’ forthcoming production of Cinderella tries to raise a smile from Queen Victoria (Alison Sharpe) but you’ve guessed it – she’s not amused. Above right: Stuart Miles, Duncan Raynor and Jose Fragga collect donations for Sebastian’s Action Trust. At least, we think it’s Duncan…

Above right: Doreen and Jim Hathaway cuddle up to beat the November chill. Above left: PC Martin Withers, Phillip Ward of the Thames Valley Chorus and Special Inspector Sam Matthews make an arresting sight.

Above left: Let us eat cake! Cynthia Reilly does the honours. Above right: It’s pancake o’clock for Isabella and Harvey Somerville and Isabelle Atkinson. Below left: Audrey Ternent, Jan Doherty and Trudi Ternent take the taste test. Below right: Success is key for Alan Flisik.


Come dine with me – Francesco Beni’s world of food – and Christmas wishes

Christmas is the time when we all have shared values – looking for the best side of life and the finest ingredients on the plate. Here in the UK the aspiration is normally for a fine turkey, with Norfolk firmly marked on the culinary map. However in other parts of the world the choice is quite different, which is clear when you take a tour of my own colleagues!

Bekino: I love the happiness and high spirits – and the turkey!

So this special month I have invited my team to share their Christmas thoughts, and loves, as well as what brings the greatest pleasures on their Christmas plates, whether it’s porcini pasta and lamb in Italy, salted cod recipes from Portugal or baked carp. May I join them all in wishing you a wonderful Christmas. We look forward to seeing you during this exciting season and, of course, when we continue our world dining tour in the new year.

Manuel: A healthy life for everyone – and a great Xmas table!

Helder: The look on the face of my 7 year old son with presents.

Francesco Beni is the creator of Don Beni – passionately Italian restaurants in Eton,Winkfield, Crowthorne and Wokingham.The food is inspired from his travels and the atmosphere from his personality. Noisy, friendly and family.



and us Mario: To see the best in people – gammon, port and cheese

Fernando: Lots of people staying at home – roasted goose

Samuel: Church and spiritual time with family, beer and shots!

Pawel: Long walks and presents – baked carp and pure spirits.

José: Big family Christmas – but I love New Year the best! Adrian and Nan:

Kamil: Time with family and friends – baked fish and vodka

Have a great Christmas!

Enzo: Good food, drink and partying – lamb and porcini pasta.

Giovanni: Positive spirits – home to Italy – beef steak and red wine.

Pepe: Relaxation at home – octopus and T-bone steak

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Deck The Halls Borlase’s Christmas Fair It’s that time of year again... a time of love, peace and goodwill to all men... and rushing around at the last minute to get the stuff you should have thought about weeks ago! That is why, being the well organised gang that we are, we got in early this year with our yuletide shopping and headed to the Sir William Borlase’s Christmas Market. For the second year running, the Parents Association really pulled out all the stops to bring students, parents, teachers and Marlow locals a huge event that was literally fun for all the family. And we’re not just saying that – there was face painting and games for the little ones; a roller-disco for the youngsters (and young at heart); a vast array of Christmas related crafts and gift stalls for the grown ups; cakes, fudge and popcorn for everyone and mulled wine and mince pies that even kept dad amused. A Gospel choir serenaded shoppers with Christmas carols and made us feel more festive than the Christmas department at

Photos: Alias Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

Above: Joe needs to practise his beard-growing before I’ll believe he’s the real Santa! Below: Santa and his Elves.

Harrods. Ho Ho Ho!!!

Above: We’d like to think that Josh is stocking up for Christmas, we’re pretty sure he’s just stocking up for his tea. Left: Alex Fyfe MD and the Sox team; all Borlase’s Sixth Formers who are part of the Young Enterprise Project.



Above: Oli, Alice and Laura who were raising money for their chosen charity Walser by selling Tanzanian pots and keyrings. Below: Borlase’s girls Sophie, Sakshi and Jess.

Above: Amanda and Louise didn’t have to try too hard to sell their amazing homemade cakes. Below: Sarah Young from Croft Designs; there’ll be a few of her creations on our tree this year.

Below right: Pilar and Donna from the Parents Association popping some corn for a good cause. Below left: Michaela and her daughter Holly from Michaela’s Cakes. They’re not Michaela’s... they’re MINE!

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DECK THE HALLS continues…

Above left: Maddie, Ella, Charley, Zoe and Immy. Above right: Jane and Vanessa raffling our feathers... not really – they were raffling loads of prizes including two one hour driving lessons from Marlow School of Motoring.

Above left: Stephanie, Rhianna and Tash collecting money for Cancer Research UK. Above right: Kate and Ros from FinkStuff... we Fink their Stuff was lovely, and it’s all hand made too! Below: Jed, Ciaran and their team Helping the Heroes.


See in the new year in style with the finest food from the centre of Italy, plus dancing until late! New Year’s Eve at Villa D’Este, Marlow

New Year’s Eve at Villa Marina, Henley

5-course dinner £70, including dancing

5-course dinner £75, including dancing

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Golf Challenge at Stoke Park Close but no cigar!

Photograph by Luke Fuller



Main Image: Chipping onto the 14th green on the Championship course at Stoke Park.

The Challenger:


Stoke Park

Country Club and Resort Challenge: Get around the championship 18 hole golf course at Stoke Park in under 100 strokes. I’m not particularly good at golf so might be an opportunity to improve my game. Challenge Accepted. There were two reasons I purchased a set of golf clubs a few years ago. One, to get the day off with my colleagues where I used to work when they went on corporate golf days, and two to get to spend some time with my Dad. Like a lot of golfers, I bypassed the all important lessons and adopted my own style of playing, made the assumption that I could pick it up as I went along, and hacked around a number of golf courses... this worked sometimes and other times I just ended up wondering why I ever bothered! Lost golf balls, losing numerous rounds to Dad and losing interest by about the 10th hole. The 100 stroke challenge isn’t anything new... I think it’s fair to say that for all golfers breaking the 100 stroke barrier is a significant step and another step closer to achieving par. For those of you wondering what all this means here is a break down: The championship golf course at Stoke Park has a par value of 71, comprising four par-threes, eleven par-fours, and three par-fives. A golfer’s score is compared with the par score. If a course has a par of 71 and a golfer takes 74 strokes to complete the course, the golfer’s reported score is +3, or “three over par”.This means that the golfer has taken three shots more than par to complete the course. If a golfer takes 70 strokes, their reported score is -1, or “one under par” and so on. For this challenge I would be allowed 29 strokes over par to be able to call this challenge a success. This initially seemed like a lot, however broken down, this only meant I was allowed on average 3 over par on each hole. No lost balls or silly mistakes.

Right: Attempting to get the swing perfected prior to heading out on the course.

Part of the challenge was an hour with the club professional Stuart Rank, this started on the putting green overlooked by the club house... an hour was a short space of time to go through every aspect of the game so we focused on three short sections: putting, chipping and the swing. Straight away my bad habits were addressed, advised on grip, stance and swing - this made a significant difference instantly. We then moved onto the driving range, where we looked at body movement whilst hitting the ball. Again progress was being made. Every part of the set up was broken into stages and when I was at the point I had absorbed enough advice, I was then ready to attack the championship course. The first 9 holes went well, I got a par on the signature hole (the 7th) and went on to the half way point with 51 strokes, leaving me with 49 left for the remaining 9 holes. Having set off just after midday, this didn’t leave a lot of time for mistakes. A lost ball on the 11th hole and again on the 16th meant that I’d have to get 1 under par on the last two holes, in what was now very low light. Unfortunately this didn’t go to plan, 4 over on the 17th and 3 over on the 18th hole (the same hole which played host to the most memorable game of golf in cinema history, when James Bond defeated Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 classic Goldfinger) put me on a finishing score of 110 strokes, close but no cigar. A week later I was invited back to try out the brand new golf analysis facility that has just been built in the grounds, a high tech set up with multiple cameras, trajectory equipment and computer software all linked together to analyse the golfers stance, swing and anything else that can help fine tune a golfer’s accuracy and performance.

The whole experience from the minute you pass the gates at Stoke Park is incredible. The resort is packed with history and activities, golf, tennis, conferences, spa and a swimming pool to name but a few.The main house overlooks the estate, including the golf course and adds to the excitement of the place.The team running the club made me feel very welcome, from the grounds staff to the management. Although classed as a fail for this challenge I thoroughly enjoyed it, I now have a new outlook on the game of golf. A big thanks to Stuart Rank and the team at Stoke Park. Time for a sit down, cuppa and a chocolate biscuit. For those of you who’d like to get into golf or are thinking of a gift for a loved one this Christmas, Stoke Park is in Stoke Poges nr Slough and they have a range of gifts available on their website: – one of the offers is for a 9 hole playing lesson where they waive the green fee, ideal if you are a beginner or have been playing for years and want to refine your skills.You can buy online or call the club shop on 01753 717160. Anyone who would like to set a challenge, or get involved please contact the Splashlight team through the website or email

Getting a grip. Computer analysis shows that my grip needed some fine tuning. Above left: Grip before. Above Right: Grip after. Right: Making progress with the swing.

Far Left: comparing my swing before and after analysis. Middle: The new golf analysis facility. Near Left: Getting the stance and set up correct.


Above: At the start of something special.

Speedy Santas 5k run raises funds for Thames Hospice Care Santa had to swap his usual sleigh and reindeer for Shanks’s pony on

to participate in the 5k run, which has so far raised over £45,000

Sunday November 27th, but he didn’t mind a bit as it was all for a

of pledges in support of the hospice. Former X-Factor finalist and

great cause. The third annual Santa Dash was held at The Lookout in

Berkshire boy, Danyl Johnson, did the honours in starting the race and

Bracknell, raising funds for Thames Hospice Care.

has even agreed to join in the run next year.

In fact, over 600 santas postponed the mince pies and glasses of sherry

We’ve noted that in our diaries, Danyl!

Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

Below left: Not your everyday forest sighting. Below right: The kids race gets off to a flying start.



Above left: Elland Rogers and Susan Rogers remember their beloved Uncle Mick. Above right: Hope that sleigh’s going to be considerably fuller when it reaches us on the 24th…

Above left: Sally Clark and Laura Poole limber up. Above middle: Callum Johnson and Ellis Balmer can’t seem to find Prancer, Dancer, Blitzen and co., but they are still beaming! Above right: Time to get going for Ben Russell and Jo Everitt. Below left: Tamsin Bradley and Kate Partridge snuggle up to Danyl Johnson. Below right: Jon Mole enjoys a pre-run massage from sports massage therapist Kathryn Miller.

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SPEEDY SANTAS continues…

Above left: The ladies of the Berkshire Racquets Club and Health Centre know how to look after their ‘elf’! They meet Danyl Johnson. Above right: We did it! Anna Maclean, Ross Dinghile and Amy-Rose Ramage.

Above left: Helen Preedy with her hard-earned winners medal. Above right: Sprinting santas. Below left: Elaine Coppard, ‘Mulder Fox’ and Kyra Moffatt take a quick ‘paws’ in their warm up. Below right: The tinseltastic Tamsin Bradley and Kate Partridge.



Above left: Gary and Nicki Davies ran in memory of Nicki’s lovely Grandad. Above right: Aha, so Rudolf did make it after all! Joe Martin, seen here with Andy Lawson and Chris Martin. Below left: Charley Hart surrounded by giant furry animals doing jazz hands in Swinley Forest. Not your average Sunday morning, or is that just us? Below right: Samantha Hayward, Ryan Bransome, Jason Noguar and Iwona Jonska get ready.

Right: We know santas like a sherry but that’s a rather large measure, Ray and Kim Sharp! Below: And a furry happy Christmas to you too!


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Above: Paralympic Gold Medallist Danny Crates presents Nikki Emerson with her £500 grant from SportsAid.

Great Sports Photos: Courtesy of BP Collins © Kingsdown Marketing

Bucks SportsAid Foundation support local athletes The second Bucks Sporting Lunch Club held at the Crowne Plaza

The lunch, which raised over £4,000 for SportsAid, was organised by

in Marlow saw the Bucks SportsAid Foundation award a £500 grant

a core team of business sponsors from across the county, including

each to Buckinghamshire athletes Nikki Emerson and Lauren Cattell.

Gerrards Cross-based law firm BP Collins; chartered accountants



Harwood Hutton and independent financial advisers Austyn James

Prestwood near High Wycombe, who competes in the 100m, 200m,


Wealth Management, both from Beaconsfield; NatWest Commercial

400m, 800m and marathon, received her cheque from Paralympic

Banking in High Wycombe and local business group Buckinghamshire

champion and world record holder Danny Crates. Nikki has already

Business First.

used her grant to pay for flights to this summer’s US National Track

Guest of honour Danny Crates, who switched from rugby success

and Field Championships, with a view to a move further up the world

to athletics glory after the loss of his arm, thanked SportsAid and

ranking lists.

the sponsors and said: “The support given to athletes at an early

Chesham rugby star Lauren Cattell, 17, who joined the ranks of the

stage in their career to help them develop to the next level is very,

England Women’s Under 20s rugby team for the first time this season,

very important. And as an athlete, to know local people and local

plans to buy kit for the new season and to help fund the divisional

businesses are standing behind you cheering you on is a massive

camp training programme.







Above left: Stuart Jones, chief executive of Bucks Business First, co-sponsor for the lunch, addresses the audience. Above right: Roger, Nikki and Joey take to the stage to draw the charity raffle, which raised over £1000.

Above left: Roger Fennemore from SportsAid pays tribute to Nikki, “an incredibly determined and successful young lady.” Above middle: Mr Motivator! Paralympic gold medallist Danny now enjoys inspiring others, as a top motivational speaker. Above right: Lunch guests enthralled by the words of guest speaker Danny Crates. Below left: Sprinter Joey Duck (back left) hopes to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympics and is sponsored by Austyn James Wealth Management. Below right: (r-l) Grant recipient Nikki Emerson, Paralympic Gold Medallist and guest speaker Danny Crates, Andy Dent of lunch sponsors NatWest, Lynne Cairns of Bucks Business First, David Stanning of B P Collins, John Brace of Harwood Hutton and Jenna Slater of Austyn James Wealth Management.



magine if Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha lived together and you had exclusive access to their closet? That’s what Vintage Couture is all about – and everybody’s doing it.

Some clothes are for now, some are for tomorrow – but some are forever. Don’t confuse the concept with the classic secondhand dive, filled with mothball-smelling racks of mostly junk. Quality vintage couture has merchandise arranged like a boutique with, in contrast, a lovely Ylang Ylang smelling chic environment, with candles flickering, and luxuries available like strawberries dipped in chocolate, and rose petals for your bath. It’s about glamour, making a woman look glamorous and beautiful – because there is always the perfect look and outfit for that special occasion. And the benefits of vintage couture go two ways, because for the ‘suppliers’ seeing their clothes have a new life can be very validating for a woman’s sense of style.

Vintage Fashion with

Karen Waldron

Pre-owned and often unworn, 21st century ‘vintage’ means merchandise that can date back to the 1960s – but can be as recent as last week’s Dolce and Gabbana purchase that didn’t really fit but that ‘oooh – I have to have it’ mistake was made. The only and absolutely must is that it has to be a designer label – check the list on our website. Vintage couture clients are from all over the world – wealthy woman and several celebrities. Good examples of pieces I have collected are a Jean Paul Gaultier piece of ‘art’ that was worn on the red carpet, and a magnificent mink and Swarovski crystal stole, owned by an A list actress in L.A. It’s not about bargain basement – you can see one woman buy her neighbour’s Louis Vuitton bag or Amanda Wakeley sheepskin coat and it’s cool with everyone. The benefit of vintage couture is that there is such a vast array of styles and designs to choose from with new and exciting pieces coming in every day. I once had a very rare limited edition Louis Vuitton. It was originally purchased in 2006 – and was unused. It’s like owning a painting, it will never lose its value, and a Hermes Birkin that’s over ten years old is worth more today than a new one. Everyone from Julia Roberts to Jennifer Lopez to Nicole Kidman has posed in front of the paparazzi in recycled gowns and they are not afraid to say so. My obsession at the moment is Chanel. We had three amazing jackets from the early 1990s – Princess Diana had been pictured in one from this collection – and on the first weekend we opened all three were snapped up. I literally cried – the chances of finding them again is very low.



Christian Louboutin Chanel black quilted bag, 1995 Christian Louboutin

Hermès birkin, 2011 Isabell Kristensen Couture

Chanel blazer, 1980s

Kruszynsa Couture London

Karen Waldron owns Vintage and Couture in Old Beaconsfield. The shop is managed by Pam, Hazel and Dee, who are guaranteed to make you feel welcome and comfortable.You can also telephone for an out-of-hours shop with your girlfriends, with help to put together looks that complement any occasion.Vintage and Couture is an online business as well as a walk-in store. 11 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2JJ Tel.: 01494 671150 / 07785 771781

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Festive Fun Christmas late night shopping in Amersham Old Town Both bells and tills were a-ringing in Amersham Old Town on the first evening of December when local shoppers turned out for a spot of late night Christmas shopping. Santa was in attendance as the beginning of the Christmas season was marked with the official switching-on of the lights and shops remained open well into the evening. Entertained by seasonal music from a variety of vocal groups, crowds were tempted by the wares of a range of quality shops, charity stalls and Amersham Old Town traders. VIP guests Laas and Bergen took time out from preparing for their travels on the night of the 24th to place their carrot requests in person with the locals. Hope you remembered Santa’s mince pie and sherry, chaps!

Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

Above: Next stop, the North Pole!

Above left: Cllr Mimi Harker O.B.E. Mayor of Amersham. Above right: ‘Laas’ the Reindeer puckers up for a Christmas kiss but Dawn Davis is keeping the mistletoe hidden! Below left: Santa has started early for Libby Howard and Jack Howard this year. Below right: Steph Readington, Clare McKenna, Hari and Jo Birtles of the Harmani Quartet strike a chord.



Above: Abbey Phelps and Kim Oleksy go a bit nutty. Right: Is that Town Cryer Ellis Pike? Oyez it is! Below left: Venetia Shinn, for your pies only. Below right: Alistair Dodd, Clare Dodd, Andrew Fleming and Beth Lucas starting the Christmas season with a bang(er).

Above: Victoria Bellamy, and Jayne Pyper flag up a great show. Below left: Simon Rawson, Emily Taylor, Gemma Pederson and Graham Bassett taking a whistlestop tour.

Above: Martin Flint of the Real Reindeer Company and ‘Bergen’ demonstrate the Horn Dance. Now do-ci-do your partner. Carefully. Below: Now come on Santa Jamie, hand it over…


the spice of life, W

e would like to wish Splashlight readers a very Merry Christmas and to get into the spirit of the holiday season we have created our own special twist on the traditional yuletide turkey. The spicing is subtle enough for even the most delicate of palates and will perfectly complement all your usual trimmings.

Turkey with a twist


and cinnamon pear to follow


with Malik This turkey melts in the mouth and really holds the flavour of the spiced marinade during cooking. The result is an incredibly delicate yet delicious dish which can be enjoyed by even the most unadventurous of guests. Ingredients: 5kg Turkey

Method for the Marinade: Chop the onions, green chillies, green pepper, ginger, garlic, fresh coriander and mustard oil in a blender until very fine but not necessarily pureed (use a little water to help if required) and leave to side. Place the yoghurt into a large bowl and then add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam massala, methi and salt and mix in well together. To the yoghurt mix, add the blended ingredients then the lemon juice and mix well.

and for the marinade: Three-quarters of a tbsp salt (or to taste) Tbsp turmeric powder Tbsp cumin powder One-and-a-half tbsp coriander powder 1 tbsp garam massala powder 3 tbsp dried methi leaves (fenugreek) 4 tbsp mustard oil 8 fresh green chillis 2 onions (medium) 1 green pepper 1 handful fresh coriander 3 x 1cm cubes ginger (peeled) 1 whole bulb garlic (peeled) 150g butter (soft/room temp) One-and-a-half cups of natural yoghurt Juice of 1 lemon

Finally, add the butter and using your hands fold the butter and the marinade together. Method for the Turkey: Rinse the turkey well with water and then pat dry with kitchen roll. Slide your fingers or a spoon between the skin and the turkey to make room for the marinade. Start from the bottom of the turkey working up the breast and into the thighs being very careful not to tear the skin. With your hands, start by covering the cavity inside the turkey very well with the marinade (be generous), then carefully rub in the marinade under the skin evenly and then rub the remaining marinade onto the top of the turkey. Cover the turkey and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Place your turkey in a roasting tin, on top of a rack (breast side up) over any vegetables and the stock of your choice. Cover the turkey with foil and place in a preheated oven 180째C/ gas mark 4. For the 5kg turkey used in this recipe will take about 3 to 3.5 hours. Check on the turkey every 30 minutes and remove the foil for the last 30 minutes to ensure a crispy golden skin. If unsure of cooking times, use a meat thermometer and insert into the thickest part of the thigh and breast, it should register 70째C or above when cooked. Serve with all your favourite Christmas trimmings and gravy. Simple yet classy, our Cinnamon Pear dessert will round off your Christmas feast a treat and with its light, melt in the mouth texture and perfectly balanced spicy sweetness everyone will magically find room for it! Method: Peel the pears and cut into halves from top to bottom. Place halves into a pan and fill with water to 1 inch above the pears.Add all the ingredients to the pan and bring to the boil. Then lower the heat slightly and leave to simmer for a further 10-15 minutes, turning pears over occasionally. When ready the water should turn into a thin syrup and the pears cooked though and soft.

Ingredients: 8 conference pears 16 cinnamon sticks 12 bay leaves 20 cardamon pods 4 cups of sugar (or to taste)

To serve, place two halves per person onto a plate along with a cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cardamom pod and a helping of syrup. For an extra treat, serve with fresh double cream or a good quality vanilla ice cream.

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Above: Na zdravi! Alison Bird and Katie Baldwin.

Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

SEEING STARS STAR CHRISTMAS BALL AT HENLEY RUGBY CLUB The good folk of Dry Leas are used to balls of the rugby-shaped

celebrations in the RG9 region. Arriving guests were greeted by a

variety, but there was a (gentle) scrum of the altogether different

line of champagne-laden waiters before going on to enjoy a superb

and more elegant kind at the Henley Christmas Star Ball on

four-course dinner and some music from the ultimate party band

December 3 .

Lucky To Be Alive, who entertained with their rock and pop covers.

Billed as Henley’s premier event of the season, the event at

We declare the Christmas party season open!


the Rugby Club venue heralded the start of this year’s festive



Above: Gorgeous ladies Daphne West, Ginny Allan and Julia Garfath. Below: The Women’s Rugby Team: Janet Pole, Louise Carr, Kate Beaumont, Rosie Tyson, Rachael Parry and Liz Lennox in a rather more elegant scrum than usual.

Above: Let’s get this party started! Below: À votre santé! Fiona Esom and Claire White.

Above: Neil Baggett, Naomi Batten, Nikki Griffiths and David Clements. Below: Skål! Janice Sutton and Cathy White.

Right: The beautifully coordinated Dee and Steve Hind.

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SEEING STARS continues…

Above: Sláinte! Simone and Myles Leach. Top left: All shook up; Laurence Wilson, Aimée Lipinski and Beth Stephenson from Magoos Bar in Henley. Below: Pangbourne College student Charles Sykes, pipe-d at the post.

Above left: Not a bad lot! Fantastic auction prizes on offer. Above right: Elegant table settings at the Star Ball. Below left: Salut! Alex Lett and Michelle Jorgensen. Below right: Ally McNally and Tom Wragg study the temptations in the auction catalogue.



Above: Prost! Pascal & Esther Lipsky and Jeffery Wilkins. Right: Cheers! Gail and Bryan Rosier.

Above: Gia’sou! Mica Forrest and Nick Antonelli from Brakspears Brewery.

Above: Sanon! Myles Leach and Martin Leach. Right: Abby Summerhayes with her auction pictures.

Below left: Kippis! Richard Masterson and Victoria Carter.

Below right: Vashe zdorovie! Lisa Bird and Dominic Murphy


Beauty. By Nicole

prepare W

elcome to the December’s Splashlight. In this issue I will be explaining some great skin treatments for the festive season as well as the benefits of starting laser hair removal during the winter months in preparation for summer. Let’s begin with laser hair removal. Laser hair removal and IPL Now is the perfect time to get started on a hair-free body in time for those beach holidays next year! As sun exposure and laser hair removal are not a successful combination it is important to take advantage of these treatments during the colder months. In fact, it is essential that treated skin is not exposed to any sun without a sun block during laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, to minimise the risk of burns. It is always very important to declare sun exposure to your practitioner when undergoing any laser or IPL. This question should be asked during each treatment visit to ensure you are not at any risk and honest answers are essential, as you would then be liable should any adverse reactions occur, if not declared beforehand. If you are thinking of having a few extra areas treated, then remember to have a test patch on all the areas you are interested in. The test patch results last for six months giving you plenty of time to stagger-start other treatment areas, which will help spread the cost. Having said that, there are some fantastic deals currently on the market and we have great discounts on courses to help save you some extra pennies towards Christmas.

TREATMENT OF THE MONTH Primary/Power Pumpkin Resurfacer Peel   This treatment is excellent for anyone looking for a deep rejuvenation skin treatment. It helps with the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and acne.This treatment gives fantastic results every time and is a must-have during the winter months ahead!

Skin peels As I discussed in my last edition, central heating will cause our skins to dry out excessively, so this is the ideal time to have a skin peel to ensure the moisture in our skins is at its optimum level to keep it looking great for the party season and the cold months ahead. With so many new skin peels and treatments available there is always something that can be tailored to each individual skin’s

Nicole Robinson is clinic manager at Renew Medica, Weybridge – part of a group of 12 clinics in London and the south east that specialise in skin, body and anti-ageing treatments. Renew Medica can help to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, acne, fine lines and wrinkles and also offers treatments for permanent hair reduction and excess sweating.



your skin for the new year! needs. Results will be instant, with no downtime, so these treatments can be indulged in on the day of a big evening event to ensure your make up looks flawless. What you can do at home should also be discussed with your practitioner during a treatment to make the most of the benefits.

Dermal filler

My personal favourite during cold weather is products such as Dermaquest’s C-Lipolic antioxidant and Peptide Mobiliser or ‘Botox in a bottle’ – two fantastic products that will protect your skin whilst giving it the boost it needs to make you feel like a million dollars. IPL – intense pulsed light This is another treatment ideal for the winter months as – like laser hair removal – you should avoid the sun for best results. This treatment is very diverse in that it has the ability to treat most skin problems with amazing results. If you have specific skin concerns such as pigmentation or facial veins then this is the treatment for you. Noticeable results will be achieved in one session; however a course of at least three treatments is advised for long-term results.


If brightening is what you are looking for then this is also the treatment for you. It’s called soft focus restoration and it will leave your skin glowing and feeling amazing. If combined with a recommended skin peel then the results will be enhanced and added benefits will be achieved.

Experience is key All experienced practitioners can advise on skin concerns, hair removal methods, injectable treatments such as dermal fillers, and all body treatments available. Who wants to go to one person for one thing and someone else for another when it can all be addressed by one expert, especially with us all leading very busy lives? Your practitioner can provide you with a full treatment plan or ‘wish list’, as we call it. This gives you the opportunity to have all your desired treatments organised by priority to ensure that the best possible results are achieved.

This is the perfect treatment to have before a big event – I would recommend having it the day before. The main reason is that our skins feed at night and the combination of products used in the peel and the soft focus treatment will boost this process and you will see even better results in the morning.Your make up will go on better, you will look flawless and have beautiful radiant skin! Refer a friend If you’re looking for a great Christmas present for a friend or loved one then speak to your practitioner who will be able to advise a great treatment that will certainly be appreciated. There are some amazing treatments available and surprisingly, many people aren’t aware of just how easy it is to address some of the concerns that they have.


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, Windsor, 
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We have a lot of male and female clients who often say, “If only I knew you could treat that!” Most practitioners today are very experienced in all aspects of the skin and body. It is always worth asking. If they don’t have an immediate treatment plan available,then they can refer you to a recommended doctor or dermatologist who will be able to help.

Make the most of the winter months – it’s a great time to start a wish list! Many of us make new year’s resolutions to address our concerns with our skin and bodies but why wait? Get started now and be on your way to a more youthful and happier you in the new year!



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Above: Richard Wright and Ben Hunt-Davis.

Full Speed Ahead Launch party for Archer Mathieson The launch of the London office of Windsor executive management recruitment agency Archer Mathieson was celebrated last month, when 95 HR Directors, CFOs and Procurement Directors gathered at Axis, One Aldwych. Photos: Life Image Photography © Kingsdown Marketing

Sydney Olympics gold medal winner Ben Hunt-Davis was the VIP guest for the evening. The 2000 Olympics men’s eight rowing crew member gave a presentation which explained how a team that was not expected to perform, re-organised themselves around a common goal. Ben had competed in two previous Olympics without the results he’d strived for and attributes his ultimate success to changes to his mindset, something he views as being equally important to physical training. Throughout the crew’s pre-Olympics training everything they did was focused on the question ‘will it make the boat go faster?’ which is the title of Ben’s book on the subject. Ben’s illustration of applying a simple guiding principle to achieve farreaching effects on team performance was a true inspiration to all guests. One might say that they took his sound advice on board!


Above (top): James Gherardi of Archer Mathieson enjoys a joke with the guests. Above (bottom): Kerryn Hooper and Gordon Whyte discuss team tactics with a guest.


Above left: Olympian Ben Hunt-Davis signs a copy of his book. Above right: A view from the crow’s nest. Below left: Richard Wright CEO of Archer Mathieson, addresses the audience. Below middle: Bright ideas abound in a brightly-lit room. Below right: Peter Clarke’s spot on.

Below left: Archer Mathieson’s Lucy Martin mingles with the guests. Below right: The man with the golden touch, Ben Hunt-Davis.


Legally Where there’s a will…


aking a will may be something we don’t like to think about – but it really is the best way to manage your wealth for future generations, as this cautionary tale explains. In Hello! magazine last month,Victoria Sellers, daughter of legendary comic actor Peter Sellers and the stunning Swedish actress Britt Ekland, talked about her life as a child growing up under the spotlight of fame. Peter died when Victoria was just a teenager and, although he was in the process of getting divorced from his wife, actress Lynne Frederick, at the time of his death, she was still his main beneficiary. The interview described how, after remarrying and having a daughter, Lynne herself died at just 39. It was then her daughter Cassie who inherited Peter’s properties, £5 million and his film and image rights.

Paul Lowery, private client partner at B P Collins LLP in Gerrards Cross, illustrates the importance of making a will.

There was a further twist in the tale however, when it was revealed last year that shortly before his death, the actor had signed papers in the presence of his lawyers leaving Victoria a £20,000 trust fund, which he planned to increase over the years. Because of his untimely death just two days later,Victoria never received the money. It’s a situation familiar to us B P Collins, as we specialise in helping individuals and families to manage their wealth for future generations. Our will is one of the most important documents we ever have to think about, yet so many people choose to put it off. Unfortunately, if something does happen and


the person dies, then it’s usually too late to do anything about it and whatever plans they may have had for distributing their wealth will be lost. However, certain individuals may be able to make a claim on the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, a situation that is becoming more common, as estate values increase and families become increasingly fragmented. In a very recent case the courts allowed a claim by an estranged daughter on her mother’s estate even when the mother had written to her daughter explaining that she would not be leaving her anything in her will (Illott v Jackson). It seems as if Peter Sellers did intend to leave a trust fund for his daughter but, sadly, he died before his wishes were implemented. It’s a reminder to all of us that we owe it to our loved ones to make sure their future is taken care of. There are effectively two elements to making a will. The first is a practical need to think about how your wealth will be managed after you die, and the second is an emotional one, thinking about your family and how they handle the legacies you leave. Where there are second marriages and children from previous marriages, as in the Sellers case, it is important to remember that assets left absolutely to a new spouse will ultimately pass according to the terms of their will if you die before them. Your spouse could change their will after your death and your estate may end up in the hands of beneficiaries who you never intended to benefit. In these circumstances the use of a trust could ensure that you could look after your spouse but still control the ultimate


speaking… destination of your estate, even if your spouse changed their will after your death. Marriage and divorce also affect the terms of an existing will. A marriage automatically revokes a will unless there are specific words contained within the will in advance of any intended marriage. Following a divorce your will is interpreted as if your former spouse had already died. This may also produce a result contrary to your current wishes.

“There are effectively two elements to making a will.”

provision for family and dependents. This doesn’t just cover spouses and children, but also ‘any person... who immediately before the death of the deceased was being maintained, either wholly or partly, by the deceased.’

Making a will is an important decision that deserves proper planning and attention.

It means if, for example, a daughter from a first marriage lives rent-free with her father or he pays for her school fees or car insurance premiums, she then has a right to a share of his estate if he subsequently dies,

Marriage and divorce are therefore two instances of where it is crucial to review the terms of your will, preferably in advance of either event.

A good lawyer can advise on these issues as well as how to structure an estate to minimise the amount of inheritance tax to be paid and provide guidance in areas such as setting up trusts and legacies. Trusts can be extremely useful, as not only do they offer valuable flexibility and wealth protection, but they also provide more options than leaving a simple legacy gift. Trusts also work well if, for example, young children are left a large sum of money and are considered too immature to deal with the responsibility until they are older. Today’s often complicated family structures can make the emotional elements of making a will even more challenging. In addition, when drawing up a will, it is important to balance the needs of all potential beneficiaries. Not many people know that the law will intervene if it is thought that an individual has failed to make reasonable financial

even if he has made a will leaving everything to his new wife. More and more disappointed beneficiaries are turning to legal action to try to recover money they believe is theirs – and very often this is because the right level of advice wasn’t sought in the first place.

To speak in confidence with a member of the private client team at B P Collins LLP please call 01753 279030 or email



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Above: Now that’s what you call an ice house!


front man) Tony Hadley and patron Philip ‘Ashes to Ashes’ Glenister

service recently got their skates on down at Hampton Court Palace.

who helped out with the loops, axels, salchows and – rather more

Literally! They were invited to an exclusive skating evening at the 7


likely – lots of wobbling on display. Specialist staff helped children in

annual ice rink, newly opened for the winter 2011-2012 season. The

wheelchairs take to the ice, many enjoying the experience for the first

rink is set against the stunning backdrop of the famous Tudor palace’s

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West Front.

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After a power snack of hot chocolate and mince pies, the families took

for full details. For more on Shooting Star CHASE see

to the ice, aided by the charity’s vice president (and Spandau Ballet

Photos: Courtesy of Shooting Stars CHASE and Hampton Court Palace

Left: Lord (and Lady) of the Rinks, Dominic and Rowan. Below: Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! Sasha has fun.



Above left: Having a furry ice time at KT8. Above right: Last year’s Lowry-esque snow scene. Below left: All wrapped up and ready to go. Below middle: Actress and supporter Beth Goddard,with Karen Sugarman. Below right: Out of the way, I’m coming through!

Below left: The ice age comes to Hampton Court Palace. Below centre: 6.0! Below right: Vice president Tony Hadley, with director of specialist fundraising Karen Sugarman


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