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18 EVERY MONTH 08 Headlines 12 Monthly musts 14 YOUR VINE 30 family and kids 42 What’s on? 44 SEVENOAKS SHOWCASE 46 mumblings

HOME & GARDEN 32 INTERIOR TRENDS From rustic clocks to the finest statues, this month we bring you a selection of accessories from the best stores around Sevenoaks to tie your living room together 38 GREAT VINE GADGETS This month Vine looks at a range of new gadgets to keep your kids entertained this summer



18 FESTIVAL FEVER With the festival season underway, it’s time to get ready for a summer of fun. Jordan Collyer explores the most anticipated festivals this summer, on your doorstep and further afield

15 FINANCIAL matters NJT Accountancy offer regular, expert moneyrelated advice. This month, Nigel Taylor discusses the options available to any startup business.

22 VINE DINING Vine rounds up the finest pubs and restaurants in Sevenoaks, including The Snail who offer a traditional British menu at reasonable prices

15 legal matters The team at Warners Solicitors offer regular expert advice on topics relevant to our everyday lives. This month, Matthew Aves discusses mediation after a relationship breakdown

24 SUMMER SHAPE UP Vine takes you to Sencio to explore the various classes, sports and facilities to burn off extra calories Cover shot: Bestival dancers at sunset, © Jamie Baker 2012

WELLNESS 26 VINE STYLE Matthew Mallinson explores the best dresses to achieve the monochrome trend

Hello and welcome to the June issue of Vine. May saw some nice summer days, mixed in with some bitterly cold ones. Here at Vine we are hoping that summer will truly arrive this month. We’re looking forward to picnics at Knole Park, chilling at the beach and catching some rays! We look ahead to all the big festivals (page 18) this month. From the locally based, like Lawnfest and B Festival, to ones further afield, including Bestival and Benicassim, we inform you which festivals you should be seeking tickets for this summer, even giving you a chance to win a few. We also have our annual Summer Shape Up feature (page 24), covering the best sports, exercise and activities for you to get fit this season. We head down to Sencio in Sevenoaks to have a look at their leading facilities and fantastic classes. We also take a look at the lessons available at Lullingstone Park Golf Course, offering training for everyone regardless of age or experience. Vine Dining (page 22) explores the best restuarants in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas. In Your Vine we talk to Helen Jordan, a care nurse for chYps. We also have a chat with Steve Elson, lead singer for a Rolling Stones cover band, The Counterfeit Stones. In this month’s Vine Style (page 26) we explore a big trend of the year, black and white monochrome, showing you the best dresses to achieve this trend while also adding a nice twist. Until next time, have a great month! Enjoy the issue! June 2013 vine 7


Annual summer festival

Breast Cancer Care walk

A two-week celebration of the arts, the 44th annual Sevenoaks Summer Festival begins on Saturday 22 June. This year over 100 events will be featured, from drama to live music to comedy and much more. Many local groups are taking part, along with celebrity concerts including John Williams, Steeleye Span and Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence. The town will come alive with music played at three outdoor venues within Blighs. Young children will love the Long Nose Puppets performing at The Stag Plaza Suite while older children can enjoy an interactive jazz musical romp in the main theatre. A Latin jazz version of West Side Story will be sure to delight young and old alike! The Vine will once again host Colourscape, a visually stunning experience for all the family, which will be accompanied by a children’s art tent.

Come down to the loveliest castle in Kent this month to be tickled pink. On Saturday June 8, Leeds Castle will host a Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbonwalk to raise money for the prevention of breast cancer. The event will also raise awareness of the more than 50,000 people who are afflicted by the disease in the UK every year. You’re invited to wear pink and take on a 10 or 20-mile challenge. This will be the first time Leeds Castle has hosted the walk, which is one of five across the country this year. Nationally, the walks raised more than £1 million last year. More than 500 people are expected to sign up. The day will include a village fete, including a barbecue, massage stations, entertainment and a medal for completion. Registering costs £30, walkers are required to raise a minimum of £175 for sponsorship.

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Flower Club’s anniversary Colourscape – a fun family experience

Churchill to grace £5 note Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill will soon feature on the back of the five pound note. Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, unveiled the note’s design at a ceremony at Churchill’s former home, Chartwell, near Westerham. The new note will be featured from 2016, with Churchill replacing prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, who gained international recognition following her appearance on the note. It is hoped that the note will bring newfound attention to the already world famous Churchill, who is often remembered as one of the greatest prime ministers of all time. Churchill will be the 16th Briton to claim the honour and the first statesman to join the list.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Sevenoaks Flower Club, one of the oldest flower clubs in the country. To mark this historic milestone. the club will host a spectacular competitive exhibition of flower displays entitled ‘Summer Celebration’ on Saturday 29 June from 10am - 4pm at The Kippington Centre. In addition to the exhibition, the event will also feature a tombola and a sales table; admission is £3 which includes refreshment with free parking. Over the years the club has staged festivals at Knole, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Squerryes Court, Lullingstone Castle and St Nicholas’ Church, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Many club members have won medals, including Gold and Best in Show at Chelsea, and some have achieved distinction at national and world shows. Club meetings featuring professional demonstrators, and occasional workshops, are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1.45pm in the Cornwall Hall. Visitors and new members are always welcome. n Call 01732 469277 for more details


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Hop Farm music fest cancelled

Search for fire fighters in Ash

Remarkable comeback

This year’s Hop Farm Music Festival has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, the economic climate seen as the cause for its downfall. The featured acts would have been rock band My Bloody Valentine, along with The Horrors and The Cribs. Promoter Vince Power said: “We thank the fans that have supported us over the past five years, it is with great sadness that the decision was made.” Ticket holders will be refunded.

A new fire station is being built at Ash-cum-Ridley and they’re looking to recruit on-call fire fighters. The fire and rescue services assistant director Sean Bone-Knell said, “there is sometimes a bit of a stereotype of who can be a fire fighter and we want to challenge that.” On-call fire fighters must be ready to respond to a call-out immediately.

A mother from Sevenoaks has made a remarkable comeback from a nearfatal motorbike accident to become a black belt in taekwondo. Almost 20 years ago she found herself lying on the A20, suffering from a severely broken leg, and was told she might never walk again. Her coach Michael Simmonds believes her to a be a role model. He said, “She has always shown determination and I had no doubt she would achieve her ambitions.”

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Cat lover Peggy Earwicker has come up with a fun way to support Sevenoaksbased animal charity Rescued Animals in Need (RAIN). She collects unwanted and unused soft cat toys which are then ‘adopted’ by new owners for a donation to the charity. At 94 years old, Peggy may be the oldest volunteer charity fundraiser in Kent. She is a keen cat lover and plans to use her baking skills to support the charity further, by holding a bake sale.

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Local RSPCA fun day

Primary school art week

The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Leybourne Animal Centre is running a Fun Day on Saturday June 8 from 10.30am to 4.30pm in Leybourne, West Malling to raise money for the charity. The event’s main attraction will be a dog show and a dog scurry (a timed competition). There will also be a fun fair, bouncy castle and a barbecue (featuring locally sourced beef burgers, sausages and vegetarian options). Refreshments will also be available, including alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and Pimm’s. Meopham Vets have arranged for a tombola, with local businesses offering exciting prizes. Last year’s Fun Day earned £1000 for the RSPCA and they hope to achieve similar success again. The RSPCA is only able to exist because of public donations, providing vital work preventing animals from suffering cruelty.

Knole DFAS, a member of The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, recently invited pupils of St Lawrence Primary School to a workshop led by wildlife painter Stephen Pierce-Smith. Using paint, collage and crayons, the children produced some very exciting pictures, which are on display in Sevenoaks Library. n Knole DFAS meet once a month at Sevenoaks Community Centre for lectures on a wide range of art-related topics. For more information visit

Mums Mean Business Festival Kent ‘Mumpreneurs’ are invited to sign up for the brand new Darent Valley Mums Mean Business Festival. It’s the first festival in the area dedicated to showcasing and promoting small businesses run by Mums. The event will take place in Eynsford Village hall on June 29 from 2pm-5pm. Anyone can visit for free allowing you to take part in demonstrations and listen to informal talks and advice. If you’re a mum who wishes to pitch your business, this will cost £15 and there’s also a chance to book a slot in the “demonstration room” which is suitable for mums running fitness, music or dance classes. n To book a pitching or demonstration slot email: mumsmeanbusinessfestival@ For more information visit or follow @Mumsbizfest on Twitter

Triumph for young engineers

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Conservatives hold position

Sennockian protagonist

The Conservatives have held their position on Kent County Council in all divisions of Sevenoaks in a landslide victory. Before the election it had been theorised that UKIP might steal seats from the traditionally Conservative county. In all divisions the Conservative Party won by a majority but UKIP were their closest competitors across the board, showing that UKIP are on the rise, risking the Conservatives’ stronghold.

Martin Johnson’s new novel Roadrage is centred around West Kent, with its main protagonist living in Sevenoaks. The book sees ordinary Sennockian Gil Harper become targeted by a psychopath. He soon finds himself involved in a vindictive game that quickly becomes life-threatening. Roadrage will be released on June 3 and will be available at Sevenoaks Bookshop.

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Last month, a group of Year 10 girls from Kent College attended the ‘Big Bang’ Science Fair in London, the biggest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. A group of four girls entered the Institution of Civil Engineers competition to build the tallest tower possible and leave it standing for five minutes. The challenge saw them working as a team against other groups to construct the tower from wooden blocks, with the added trial of incorporating a tunnel in its base. The girls beat all competition, winning places on a skiing holiday in Italy next year.

Gymnastic win

Student award

City of Culture

Sam Large (eleven) and Leo Keenan (eight) from Next Dimension Gymnastic Academy (NDGA) in Tunbridge Wells brought home the gold at the InterRegional Championships in Southampton. Head Coach Holly Freeman said: “Sam and Leo really set the standard for the rest of the gymnasts.” NDGA was launched in October 2011; they train classes for all ages and experience, as well as running freestyle and fitness classes.

A student from Sevenoaks has been named Britain’s Undergraduate of the Year, winning a ten-week summer placement in Australia. She also was presented an award from legendary broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald. Sarah Leggett is currently studying structural engineering at Sheffield University, having entered the competition against 4,400 students from 140 universities. She was formerly a pupil at the Weald of Kent Grammar School.

East Kent’s bid to become the UK’s City of Culture has seen support from many high profile names. Hollywood heart-throb Orlando Bloom, who was born in Canterbury, and Jools Holland are backing the bid. Even fictional character Bagpuss has joined the cause from his new home in the Canterbury Heritage Museum. Should East Kent become the winning ‘city’ then they will host a year of cultural events, attracting visitors and increasing media interest.


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Steve Elson Vine chats to Steve Elson, lead singer of Rolling Stones tribute band The Counterfeit Stones, about their 22nd anniversary and their show Knock Up Your Daughters that is currently touring Where did the idea for the Counterfeit Stones come from? We started in 1991, as a one-off gig in San Diego, California. It was the Del Mar Grand Prix and they wanted an English band as the theme and we decided ‘let’s be the Stones!’. We had so much fun that we decided to stay together, got ourselves an agent and

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things really took. So how did you guys come together? We’re from West London, we went to a place that used to be called The Guitar Institution, a rock guitar school but it covers things like bass and other instruments too. Forming this group as an act I believe was a good exercise. Most bands when they have gigs it’s just like, ‘let’s have a bottle of vodka and take some illegal substances’ and then they go on, but with us it was very professional. We all loved the Stones and while we didn’t look exactly like the band it was about having the right shape so that with wigs and make up we looked like them. What in particular do you love about the Rolling Stones? While they haven’t really done a good record since 1980, which was Start Me Up, they always stood out because they were a bit different, they had an edge. We always found when we did cover music we got a far better reaction [doing the Stones] than the Beatles; there’s something about them that gives them such a wide appeal. Mick is 70 years old now and he’s still doing well, must

be doing something right. So tell me a bit about Knock Up Your Daughters It’s the life story of the Rolling Stones on stage, covering all the different looks and sounds from the last five decades. It’s very tongue-in-cheek but also factually accurate. Essentially it’s a lot of humour, good music and a fraction of the price to see the real thing! So what else are you up to? We’re performing at Music on the Hill at Kings Hill on Sunday 21 July. It’s not confirmed yet but we may be performing at Carfest, an event hosted by Chris Evans from Radio 2. We often play abroad in Belgium and Denmark to rooms of 60,000 to 70,000 people. What do you like to do when you’re not focusing on your music? It’s kind of half a hobby but I keep fit and do lots of martial arts, essentially so I have the body of Mick Jagger all year round. I love editing film and recording music, just anything to do with music in general. I am very passionate about cooking; my love for it almost competes with music. But in a race music would win! June 2013 vine 11


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Visit the new walled garden at the Himalayan Gardens in Riverhill on June 29 from 6.309pm for a classical open air concert from Chaconne Brass, while enjoying the beauty of this new environment. Chaconne Brass’ repertoire spans a wide spectrum, featuring artists like Praetorius, Steve Reich, Gershwin and Miles Davis, making use of acoustic, brass and beyond. Bring a blanket and have a nice picnic while enjoying this fascinating ensemble. Wine, beer and Pimm’s will be available to order from inside the garden. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available in advance from the Himalayan Garden’s website.



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Idiopathy is the debut novel from Sam Byers, exploring the relationship of three old friends who meet up after years apart and attempt to rekindle the relationship. The story explores themes of love, narcissism and loneliness in a surprisingly humorous manner. Sam describes the characters as having just entered their thirties and struggling with becoming adults, still obsessed with immature things. He says “I’ve been working on the book for the last three years, in my head I’m already planning what to do next and this book kept rearing up. The experience of it being out in the world and people reading it who you’ve never met is both exciting and slightly terrifying!”.

Head down to Knole’s annual Open Evening on Wednesday 26 June from 6pm to 8pm for a chance to see the showrooms, garden and other wonderful spaces – for free! An evening of fun activities and family events, there will be family crafts and games and the opportunity to dress as Tudors! Your visit will also include free entry to the showrooms and Gatehouse tower – providing a breathtaking view. In Green Court there will be live music for you to listen to as you drink some Pimm’s. Make an evening of it and bring along a picnic or enjoy food straight from the grill. n For more information visit

MUST-LISTEN MUST-TASTE Take a trip to St Giles’ Church, Shipbourne for this month’s Farmers’ Market on June 6 from 9-10am, to find the best local produce, freshly picked, high quality and competitively priced. Chatting to the grower or producer allows you to know exactly where your food has come from, something that is lacking from the supermarket grocery department. In addition to being able to buy the best produce you can purchase food made from the best natural ingredients, giving them a wholesome feel. There will be tasting sessions allowing you to try a new food experience, with unusual and original food. So come and support your local Farmers’ Market!

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Daft Punk have made a come back recently with their new song Get Lucky which is currently on pace to become the highest selling single of 2013. Their new album Random Access Memories is the first since 2005’s Human After All which was generally considered a flop. The album will change the face of dance music, providing a more sophisticated edge through making use of live instruments. Along with Get Lucky, which is extended here over the radio version, there are many great new tracks to get you moving. Random Access Memories is a bold, new statement from Daft Punk.

MUST-DO If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling skills, try out your local SkyRide on June 16 from 2-4pm. This month the route begins at the primary school in New Ash Green, heading out on quiet roads towards Stansted. The cyclists will travel at a comfortable pace, the rides taking place on quiet roads (with some small hills) and many sites can be seen along the route. The whole route will take approximately 1 hour 20 mins to complete, covering a distance of 10 miles. There will be time to stop for a rest and a drink as you travel through this scenic tour of rural, picturesque Kent. n For more information visit

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There are fairies and Pevi in Knole Park, but you can’t see them. Maybe, if you are a particularly sensitive human being, you can feel their magical presence on a quiet summer evening. Discover the secret world on your doorstep in Night of the Fête, the quirky new novel by V S Rose. An intriguing adult tale of fantasy, biotechnology, romance and tragedy. Available as paperback or e-book.

Alda Dizdari The virtuoso violinist explores Beethoven

24 June, 7.30pm, Pamoja Hall, £7 The Space box office: 01732 467765

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INSPIRING THE YOUTH THROUGH MUSIC Looking for new ways to inspire your kids through music? Innovative new Sevenoaks-based music academy We Teach Music has the answer with a range of musical activities suitable for children of all ages


un from the idyllic Stonepitts Farm in Kent this brand new music school We Teach Music is set up and run by acclaimed recording artist Dan Clews and supported by a team of qualified teachers and energised music industry professionals. Dan Clews’ love of teaching music brings an insightful and inspiring journey for all students. As a well-respected and active artist within the music industry, Dan has stood on some of the UK’s most prestigious

stages including the Royal Albert Hall as well as playing over 50 BBC Radio sessions. At We Teach Music there are a number of different musical tutors, each one with a wealth of musical experience, who all have a collective desire to inspire and unleash children’s musical talents. The school offers inspirational private tuition during term time in guitar, vocals, keyboard, ukulele, drums and bass, covering a broad range of styles from rock and pop to classical. Stonepitts Farm is fully equipped to teach electronic music programming

such as drum & bass, hip hop and dub step using the latest music technology software. The school also runs innovative half-day and full-day band, song writing and recording workshops in the fully equipped music studio, as well as artist development and electronic digital programming sessions for teenagers 14+. They also run week-long ‘School of Rock’ band courses for children during the summer holidays at Sevenoaks Prep. The workshops cater for beginners through to advanced level individuals and can be tailored to the

National Curriculum and all exam boards. Lessons are available at weekends and after school, catering for a mix of different individuals. Having already gained an excellent reputation We Teach Music believes that learning should be an enjoyable experience and therefore provides an exciting and enriching learning environment for all its students. “Dan’s workshops are fantastic – the students are inspired, entertained and see true talent at work” Luke Harrison, Head Master, Sevenoaks Prep.

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This financial year will be a significant one in Royal Mail’s history. It has been in public ownership for 377 years. But the postal market is changing rapidly and one of my key ministerial responsibilities is to oversee its privatisation so it can gain access to the private investment necessary to innovate and seize opportunities in new markets. The need for these reforms did not come about overnight. Mail volumes have been declining for years as businesses and individuals increasingly use electronic communications. Unless Royal Mail is able to raise the money it needs for future modernisation and investment from the private sector then every pound that it borrows is another pound on the national debt. Royal Mail has the capacity to run as a profitable, fully commercial business that can raise private capital. We’ve already taken steps to put Royal Mail on the road to sustainable

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profitability such as taking its pension deficit onto the public books and separating Royal Mail from the Post Office: they are distinct businesses and the split allows both companies to modernise. The final phase is the sale of Royal Mail shares. We are going to make 10% of the company available to an employee share scheme so the postmen and women of this country can share in Royal Mail’s success. Our critics have said this is a danger to the universal postal service and will raise prices. Those are myths. Only Parliament could change the 6-days-a-week, oneprice-goes-anywhere service. The real danger to the universal service is if we don’t allow Royal Mail to modernise and get the investment it needs. This government is making sure both those things happen. n Have a question for the MP? Please send to

Hospices can be a scary place for young children, where they don’t get the comfort of their family except in visiting hours. Helen Jordan is a care nurse for chYps Children’s Hospice at Home; instead of taking the child to the hospice, they take the hospice to the child. Helen works across West Kent, supporting children with life-limiting or lifethreatening conditions, also visiting children at school or in a respite setting depending on their condition. For the family she gives advice on managing their child’s condition and symptoms when she isn’t there, offering psychological support in hard times and liaising with other professionals – such as therapy staff, teachers and social services – on behalf of the parents. Helen said, “one of the best things is being able to prevent children from having to go into hospital or being able to support a family so their child can come out of hospital earlier.” ChYps is a charity, not part of the NHS, and so relies on generous supporter donations, to provide their hospice service free to families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Faye Williams, a mother of two ill children in Sevenoaks, said, “chYps are a wonderful charity and they have made an enormous difference to our lives. We are very grateful to the people who give generously to fund the service. I hope this continues to ensure chYps can reach out to other families in need.” n For more info visit, follow @chYpsCharity and ‘like’ chypschildrenshospice

Readers’ Pets Pet name: Hetty & Willow Owner: Naomi Gomersall Likes & DISLIKES: They both love getting their belly scratched and sun bathing, as well as winding up the family cocker spaniel. If they aren’t fed on time you’ll know about it! They will kick up a fuss if you walk past their pen without saying hello and they hate being out in the rain. Favourite Treat: Monkey nuts, they also love apples. A word from the owner: Hetty is like a bull in a china shop, having to be the centre of attention. Willow is very cheeky, nudging you and then flopping onto her side so you’ll tickle her belly! Naomi is teaching them to sit on command and wait for treats, as well as training them to go for walks. n If you think you’ve got a print-worthy pet then email us at




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any clients seem to say the same thing, “I’ve setup as a sole trader and I just pay my tax bill each year”, not thinking about the best approach to business. SOLE TRADER Most business owners usually have a great idea or a skill that they can use or sell without the need to be employed, but they just go out to the ‘street’ without thinking about their set up or structure. A sole trader can be an advantage if you’re a small business as it’s quick and easy to set one of these up. All you have to do is to notify HMRC as soon as you set a sole trader business up so that you can pay the appropriate national insurance contributions. A self assessment is then filed in the following tax year to show your earnings for that period and to work out how much tax is due. You can also use a personal bank account, rather than a business bank account, saving you on fees. Accountancy/ professional fees are usually lower for a sole trader as statutory accounts are not required. You are taxed at the income tax rates, rather than dividend rates, which are much higher. All risk associated with this set up is on the owner; therefore, if a customer doesn’t pay the bills, it’s up to the owner of the business to pay for it. LIMITED COMPANY A limited company has limited liability and it reduces the risk to the business owner. When you set up one of these companies, there is quite a lot of paperwork to deal with, although there is a massive tax benefit to the owner of the business, especially when it’s a family-run business. HMRC will be notified by

Companies House that a company has been set up, although as director you are liable to notify HMRC what the company does and other legal obligations. The company pays corporation tax on its profits before any dividends are paid to the owners, but once dividends are paid, a shareholder will pay 0% tax on dividend income up to £32,010 (2013/14). This is because the Company pays you dividends out of profits on which they have already paid tax; therefore you receive a 10% tax credit at the basic rate. If you employ staff, the business will have to pay national insurance contributions at 13.8% over the primary earnings level, so it can be quite expensive. We would usually recommend a limited company set up, as there are so many tax benefits that a business owner can achieve through this structure, i.e. low earnings under the LEL reducing the need for RTI, dividend payments, use of home as office, relevant life policy through the business and much more. Nigel Taylor NJT Accountancy Chartered Certified Accountant n For tax advice on corporate structures contact NJT Accountancy on 01732 446462 or visit

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ver the recent months, partly as a result of the withdrawal of Legal Aid from family cases, there has been increased interest in mediation as a method of resolving issues arising from a relationship breakdown. Mediation is not about getting couples back together. It is a process that provides couples who have decided to separate or divorce with a forum to talk things through. Mediators are trained to help people reach agreement about how to make the best arrangements for the future. Mediation can ease the pain of family breakdown because it: • can reduce tension and hostility • helps individuals make informed decisions that are right for them in the circumstances • keeps communication channels open • saves the cost of expensive court battles • helps the children by showing parents working together • often leads to a better psychological outcome because people are making decisions themselves rather than having them imposed on them. Mediators give impartial guidance to help their clients understand what matters to them. They also help them to make their own

choices about the best way forward. The emphasis is on practical solutions which feel fair for both parties and for the family as a whole. Clients usually have a number of sessions with a mediator (perhaps four to six one or two-hour sessions). They are able to consult their solicitor at any time to take advice and once an agreement is reached, it is approved by the parties and their solicitors then complete the legal formalities. Warners is one of very few firms in the locality who offer mediation services and are fairly unique in that we offer all models of divorce process, including collaborative law. Call or email us to find out more.

n To demonstrate our commitment to providing our clients with access to excellent value legal advice, our family team currently offers a FREE initial consultation concerning Family Law. Our specialist solicitors can advise you in person, by email or on the telephone so please don’t delay, get in touch on 01732 747900, family@warners-solicitors. Follow Warners on Twitter @KentSolicitors

Matthew Aves Partner & Family Mediator Tel: 01732 747915 Email: Areas of Expertise • Matrimonial/Divorce • Children Act Proceedings (Contact/Residence/Specific Issue) • Cohabitation Disputes/Cohabitation Contracts/Prenuptial Agreements • Financial & Property Matters on Divorce/Separation Likes: My children, my wife, my Lotus, my Caterham – Obviously in that order Dislikes: Ill-informed opinion June 2013 vine 15


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n ethos that adopts a high standard of academic achievement, enjoyment of learning and promoting a readiness for the real world sits at the heart of Combe Bank School. Many factors at Combe Bank prepare the sixth formers for the responsibilities and challenges that the real world presents. With outstanding facilities and a high-quality learning environment, students are given the relative freedom to indulge in their specific academic and extracurricular interests. Being taught interpersonal, leadership and confidence skills ensures the young ladies will have a better chance of succeeding in later life and this is at the core of Combe Bank’s ethos. Gareth Hughes, Head of Sixth Form, knows it’s an extremely competitive market out there. With thousands of young people securing solid university degrees, pure academia isn’t enough to get noticed and most employers are looking for something that gives an individual the edge. Combe Bank can acknowledge the problems that the recession has caused for future graduates and the difficulties they will face when applying for jobs. Many schools are aware of the difficult economic situation

Vine takes a look at how Combe Bank School prepares its sixth-form girls for the real world

but not many know how to prepare their pupils for this. Combe Bank have gone that step further by taking an active approach in teaching their pupils that building relationships in the commercial world will be hugely beneficial in the future. The sixth form girls took part in a networking course held by Vine Publishing that encouraged them to start building a network by utilising their contacts and surrounding networks efficiently. They were taught how to follow up every contact they meet, how to work a room as well as giving them confidence and reassurance that asking for help and work experience is a good thing. Further tips and tricks were provided on how to network effectively and later put into action when they

Last month’s Grapevine event at Combe Bank School was a smashing success. We had a fantastic turnout in an excellent venue that gave everyone the chance to have a good chat and exchange some business cards

Next month’s Grapevine will be held at St Clere Estate on Wednesday June 26 from 6pm - 7.30pm. Visit to register for your free invite.

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attended Vine’s monthly Grapevine event hosted at Combe Bank School on the 25th of April. With over 30 local businesses present, the girls took the opportunity to meet as many people as possible putting their social skills to the test. The event proved a great stepping stone as some of the girls have now secured work experience through following up contacts, such as McMillan Williams Solicitors, a very successful firm. The social media training sessions were available to the sixth form girls as well as members of the senior leadership team. The training sessions illustrated the importance of social media to market oneself in the real world and highlighted the business opportunities as well as the pitfalls on future careers. They were taught how to effectively use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to enhance their social network and market themselves appropriately. Through these interactive sessions the girls have now taken an active approach to follow their chosen universities on social media networks. This will enable them to get a sense of what the course is like, allowing the girls to build up a dialogue with future lecturers. As education has always been seen as a formal process, the emergence of social media has ensured a whole new world in which individuals can interact and engage with key figures. The girls are placed in a better position when writing their personal statements and attending interviews. This year at Combe Bank, all the girls have received offers from their university choices and with the help of network building and social media training they will be extremely well prepared for the challenges of the real world.

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With the festival season well underway, it’s time to pack your tent, put on your shorts and wellies and get ready for a summer of fun. Vine’s hand-picked the most anticipated festivals on your doorstep and further afield

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Lawnfest For a chance to win a family ticket to Lawnfest head to enter your details and tell us why you deserve to win.


Where: West Heath School, Sevenoaks When: July 6, 3pm-6pm Headliner: Billy Ocean About: Described as the small family festival with a big heart, Lawnfest is one of the best-loved boutique festivals in Sevenoaks. This one-day festival showcases the raw musical talents of unsigned talent as well as established acts. Support acts include Brit pop band Man Like Me as well as Lulu James and Josephine, who have recently featured on Jools Holland. Susie Mathis, event organiser for Lawnfest, told Vine: “The music is so credible this year, it’s the best line-up we have ever had.” Lawnfest is a non-profit organisation and all the money raised goes to West Heath School, which uses education to rebuild the lives of emotionally traumatised children. Serving up some incredibly tasty food, the festival also hosts an affordable art auction, workshops and amusements for the kids. Tickets: family ticket: £60 (2 adults, 2 children) n For more information visit or call 08456526263

Friday Night Live B Festival 2013 For a chance to win a family ticket to Friday Night Live head to, enter your details and tell us why you deserve to win.


Where: Fawkham When: 5-6 July Headliner: Jay Scott And The Find About: B Festival is the ultimate family festival with its foundations built on a tremendous cause. Running for eight years, B Festival has raised over £50,000 for its chosen charities and this year the profits will support The Brain Tumor Charity. The first night will be hosted by Friday Night Live, an event aimed to help encourage and promote local music. Six great local acts will play, including a great One Direction tribute band, with a meet and greet after the show. The two-day festival provides families and friends an afternoon of great music, dancing and drinks. Tickets: Family pass £65.00, adult single ticket £27.00. To purchase tickets for Friday Night Live go here: www.fnl-bfestival.eventbrite. n For more information on B Festival visit:

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Where: Canterbury When: 26, 27, 28 July Headliners: Seasick Steve, Dub Pistols About: This award-winning boutique festival in the Kent countryside is now celebrating its eighth year on the idyllic working farm. Lounge On The Farm prides itself on representing local talent, as well as playing host to a number of established music artists. This year we will see the likes of Jessie Ware, Dub Pistols, Seasick Steve, Man Like Me and more. Previous headliners have included Emilie Sande, The XX and Ellie Goulding. This family-friendly festival allows children under the age of 12 in for free all weekend. With a variety of different activities, you can wander from stage to cinema, kitchen theatre to bar, and you will never go hungry as there is food on every corner that boasts the best produce from top local suppliers. Event manager, Jack Walsh, told Vine: “Lounge on the Farm was born out of the desire to bring a unique slant to the UK summer festival market, to provide an event that promoted many performers, musicians, traders and creative talent.” n Adult weekend tickets £100. Visit www. for more details

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Bestival Where: Isle of Wight When: 5-8 September Headliners: Elton John & His Band, Snoop Lion, Fatboy Slim About: The multi-award-winning, four-day music festival set in the heart of the Isle of Wight is back with a bang celebrating its tenth birthday with another exciting line-up. This year will play host to brand new attractions, slideshows, the most cutting-edge new music, cabaret and so much more. Bestival boasts the most original boutique campsite experience with a unique array of attractions. This includes a Bollywood cocktail bar, a wishing tree stage, fancy dress en mass and even a roller disco. The unique experience offered at Bestival presents an exciting world of discovery and adventure inspiring a culmination of peace, love and dancing. Bestival was born in 2004 by Rob da Bank, the talent who, after ten years of pioneering music events and record releases, had a dream to create a modern day festival. With the help of wife Josie da Bank and two partners they went on a mission to revolutionise the face of independent festival culture to bring magic to the shores of the Solent, whilst spreading the love worldwide. With some outstanding headline acts this year, the festival will stay on course for a truly epic tenth birthday spectacular with over 20 stages and big sound systems. Other artists such as MIA, James Blake and Franz Ferdinand are amongst many of the acts gracing the stage this year. Members of the Vine team spent the weekend at last year’s Bestival. Vine’s founder, Owen Hunnam, said: “Having been to most of the major festivals in the UK over the years, I had never been to Bestival until last year and can honestly say it was undoubtedly my most enjoyable festival experience to date – an amazing way to round off the summer.”

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Benicassim Where: Spain When: 18-21 July Headliners: The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and Beady Eye

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About: Would you like to avoid the unpredictable British weather? Then head over to Spain for this year’s Benicassim Festival for a combination of sun, sea and amazing sounds. Benicassim is an annual music festival, which takes place in a relatively small town on the east coast of Spain. The festival is located in close proximity to several beaches and attracts a young, party-orientated crowd. With a variety of music from pop, rock and electronica artists, past performers have included Franz Ferdinand, Oasis and Bob Dylan. As well as great music, the festival also plays host to short films, fashion shows and arts and crafts. With a reputation as one of the best on the international festival circuit, the UK Festival Awards 2012 awarded ‘Best Overseas Festival’ to Benicassim. Benicassim festival owner Vince Power said: “It’s very rewarding seeing so many people having the time of their lives; you live off the adrenalin during the festival”. Tickets: weekend 4 day ticket £150, Villa Camping £75.00 n For more information: visit:

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AT STONE STREET Vine heads to The Snail, a great gastropub in Seal to discover their new menu as inspired by traditional English pubs 01732 810 233

he Snail has it all – great atmosphere, fantastic food, exceptional service, expansive gardens, an adventure playground for the children to explore and sun-loungers for relaxation. George and Evelina took over the pub in October 2012, bringing new decor to the restaurant and redesigning the kitchen. Inspired by the best pubs in the country, they have brought a traditional English style to their menu. The front house manager Andrew Woollard said “we took the best from the old and brought in the best new things we could”. The cuisine at The Snail is second to none, specially prepared by the chefs from locally sourced meat, fish and produce to the highest quality. New head chef Jason Gibbons has worked to bring a British style to the menu. The menu includes many classics, given culinary twists to achieve a fantastic flavour. For instance their braised lamb shank comes with crushed grain mustard potatoes giving the dish an exquisite,

complex taste. The menu is accompanied by a specials board that changes every fortnight, the most popular courses are incorporated into the main menu. Jason created the dessert menu from scratch, using traditional favourites like Eton mess and sticky toffee pudding. Part of the pub has been converted into a soft-furnished, comfy area for drinks and snacks, leaving the other part as a dining area. George and Evelina worked tirelessly to renovate the garden to make it suitable for al fresco dining, doing all the work themselves. Whether you’re after a light bite, a quick drink or a full three-course meal with friends or family, The Snail has you covered.









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We will be hosting an extreme bungee jumping day to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The main attraction will be a 200-foot bungee jump from a crane. There will also be a BBQ from 12-8pm, a beer tent, bouncy castle, free face painting and live music.


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reared in a 400-acre truly freerange environment. If you’re looking for an interesting flavour sensation create delicious skewers from marinated venison steak cubes, combined with a few vegetables. For a more traditional barbecue option, Chart Farm also offers a range of prime beef including burgers and many types of steak such as sirloin, rump and rib eye. Lamb will make a succulent addition, available as chops or leg. Marinate the lamb in some mint sauce for a even greater flavour. No matter the function, Chart Farm will be happy to provide you with great quality cuts of meat. So head on down there this summer!


ummer is finally here and the weather’s getting warmer, making it the perfect time to dust off that grill and have a good old-fashioned barbecue. Chart Farm offers a wide range of the finest quality meats for any gathering. Chart Farm is renowned for its venison, which is available in a range of cuts including loin, shoulder and haunch. Burgers, sausages and steaks are also available. Wonderfully delicious it also very good for you; compared to other red meats venison has lower levels of fat, calories, carbohydrates and cholesterol – even healthier than chicken. The deer at Chart Farm are

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As part of our Summer Shape Up feature Vine takes a trip to Sencio’s Sevenoaks Leisure Centre to have a look at the services they offer


encio is quite uniquely placed for a gym in Kent; it doesn’t have one single focus but instead covers a broad range of activities, offering visitors the full package. If you’re looking to get that perfect summer body Sencio is the place to go, with numerous activities to get you into shape.

A Great Work Out At Sencio you can enjoy a fully functioning gym, featuring the best equipment to get you into shape. Try interval training on one of the centre’s treadmills to help you shed those unwanted pounds, or if toning is your goal you could have a go on the state-of-theart weight machines available in the gym. There are always fully qualified fitness professionals available to help you achieve your goals, so you can ensure that you get the best out of every workout. A wellness membership will give you unlimited access to the gym, as well as swimming, exercise classes and various sport packages.

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Get a 1-month wellness membership Swimming is a fantastic for £44 per person or a 3-month full body workout that will wellness membership for £99 per help you get into shape this person, offering unlimited gym, summer. Varying the strokes swimming and exercise classes*. will work different muscle Offer valid until 31/08/13 groups including the arms, legs and core. Swimming and aqua aerobics are low impact sports, ideal for people with joint or muscle injuries requiring rehabilitation or for those looking for a gentle re-introduction to exercise. If you need to improve your water confidence and skills try 1-2-1 lessons, while group swimming lessons are available for all ages. A swimming membership will give you unlimited access to the pool, seven days a week. This is also included in a wellness membership.

Fun for all the family The sporting activities at Sencio can boost your skills and fitness while also being fun for all the family. Options available include football, trampolining, basketball, badminton, gymnastics and fencing. Training classes are available on a weekly basis or in 12 week blocks; card holders get a reduction on fees. For children under five there are many activities to keep them entertained. There is a fun crèche available weekdays from 9.30-11.30am, giving you the chance to hit the gym. Sign them up for the Football Charlton Athletic Challenge on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Alternatively take them to Todder Gym on Monday and Thursday mornings or Toddler Sport on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Plus children of all ages and abilities can learn essential water safety skills with swimming lesson courses.

Fitness Classes At Sencio you have the opportunity to take part in over 100 exercise classes each week, choosing from a wide variety of styles and skill levels. Gentler classes include line dancing, Yoga and Pilates, offering a more relaxed mood while also getting a good workout. For a more intensive full body workout try Box-a-cise, BODYPUMP ™, Bodyattack ™ or Spinning. The Latin-inspired dance craze Zumba is a surprisingly effective workout regime that is also incredibly fun. Classes are included* in all-in-one membership or available on a pay and play basis. n Visit for more information or call 01732 470700 to arrange a free no-obligation tour of Sevenoaks Leisure Centre. Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LW

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Vine explores the lessons available at Lullingstone Park Golf Course that cater to all skill levels and age ranges

ith the weather warming up there’s no better time to take up golf at Lullingstone Park Golf Course, the most beautiful and expansive golf course in Kent. If you haven’t played the sport before or are in need of a bit of a tune up, Lullingstone Park Golf Course offers fantastic lessons with the finest instructors. Their lessons are perfect for preparing you for the often challenging 9-hole and 18-hole courses at Lullingstone. Half-hour classes are available on an individual basis for £25; if you buy four lessons at the same time you get the

picked up the sport, a fifth one free. When you junior membership become a bit more is available at experienced at the Lullingstone, sport, you can allowing them purchase a 9-hole to play all the playing lesson for courses for £60, where the Get a midweek round of golf for 2 just £150 instructor will players and a buggy for just £49. For per annum. take you through seniors (60+) this is an even better Head down the small yet deal at £44. to Lullingstone challenging course. Offer valid until 30/06/13 Park Golf Course Lullingstone can also this summer to offer 45-minute pairs learn the basics or lessons if you wish to improve your skills. learn with your partner or a friend for £38. If your child wants to get into the n To arrange a lesson or sport, half-hour junior lessons are available on a one-to-basis at a cost of reserve a tee time visit £15 per lesson and can be arranged at a perfect time to suit you. The staff or call 01959 533793 at Lullingstone take great pride in Lullingstone Park Golf Course watching young people entering the Parkgate Road, Chelsfield, sport, gradually improving as they Nr Orpington, Kent BR6 7PX learn and practise. When they have

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Skateboard Your Way to Fitness


With Go Skateboarding Day on June 21, Matthew Mallinson explores the health benefits of skateboarding

o Skateboarding Day started in California back in 2003, as an excuse for skateboard enthusiasts to make skateboarding their top priority. Since then it has branched out to be a worldwide event. While it is often celebrated for its thrill levels, creativity and the communal spirit found among skateboarders, it is rarely recognised for its health benefits. The act of standing on the board, let alone jumping and squatting, gives a fantastic workout for the quadriceps and calves. In activities like running or cycling the body uses the same muscles over and over.

Contrast this with skateboarding where the body is constantly in motion, legs and feet performing different tasks. This means that you are working a greater amount of muscle groups, giving you a fuller workout. Persistence will help to build up your stamina, without you even having to learn a trick. Don’t take this to mean that tricks aren’t a good workout, they most certainly are! To maintain speed on ramps requires a person to test their balance and fortitude. Many tricks require the skater to rapidly switch from squatting to standing to jumping, providing a great cardio workout. Doing tricks regularly will provide a boost to your flexibility from frequently stretching and moving your muscles into different directions and positions during travel. When you first start skateboarding you’re likely to fall off, a lot. Persistence will help you to improve your coordination on the board, which will also provide benefits in other parts of life. Balance is another important element to become a skateboarding star, while tricky at first to stay balanced throughout a ride it will eventually become second nature. Your core muscles will strengthen over time, helping you to be centred on the board at all times.

In addition to the benefits to your body, skateboarding can also help the mind. When on the board you have to block everything out of your mind. Physical activity raises endorphins, which are like a natural antidepressant, helping you to feel better after a tough workout. The main benefit of skateboarding is self-esteem. At first when you get started tricks will seem a real challenge, learning a new trick will make you feel fantastic about your ability and help push you to the next level. June 2013 vine 25


Monochrome is a trend that’s proving really big this season, mostly utilising a white and black colour scheme. Matthew Mallinson explores the best dresses to achieve this trend

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he Amanda dress from Darling perfectly captures the trend with an added touch of elegance, making it great for a casual or going-out look. It’s frilled skirt is combined with a soft chiffon bodice for a comfortable feel; the dress is finished with finely detailed eyelash lace. n Available for £69 at Devine, 2-3 Dorset Street, Sevenoaks

This challenging walk will take you on a nice trip past beautiful stately homes Ightham Mote and Knole House Turn right, then quickly left at Mote Farm. Follow signs for the Greensand Way, past a pretty cottage and through beech woods. Turn right at the road, taking the narrow path on the left, opposite Rooks Hill Cottage. Cross the One Tree Hill stile; at the next meeting of paths veer left to walk along the hill edge to a clearing with sweeping Weald views. Carry on, keeping left, then right to cross a field. Turn left, walking through trees until you reach the road. Go through the metal gate opposite into the Knole Estate. Follow the path through the park, walking to the left of Knole House’s stone walls to reach the grand entrance. The house features many beautiful rooms, courtyards and precious tapestries. To finish, take the path sweeping left from the house up to the gatehouses. Walk straight on, up to the main road, turn right, then veer left at the traffic island to walk through Sevenoaks; the station is quite close if you need the train home.

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ith its full lace detail and tiered style this dress evokes the flapper girls of the 1920s, re-imagined with a modern edge. Form fitting, this dress carries a great deal of sex appeal making it perfect for a cocktail party. Cream or light pink details will work best with the pale colouring, adding a touch of colour without overpowering the dress n Available for £120 from Phase Eight

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tart at Borough Green station, walk right over the bridge heading down High Street, continuing straight down until you reach Quarry Hill Road. Carry on heading straight until you reach an old railway bridge. Head under the bridge and follow the road left along a stream into the village of Basted. Walk past stately 18thcentury houses and up Plough Hill, turning right past the Plough pub down a track and across several fields. At the bottom carry on heading right past orchards, then turn left at the T-junction down Bewley Lane. Turn right at the main road, then immediately left down Back Lane. Walk left down Ismays Road and through Ivy Hatch. At the junction, by a second Plough pub, turn left on to the main road, then right following signage for Ightham Mote. The house is a little further on the left; enjoy its medieval courtyard and stunning great hall before continuing on with the walk Walk from the back of the manor to emerge on a road.

e just love the Andrea dress from Beloved which adds a touch of brightness to a dark trend. With a drop-waist cut and a high collar this dress is totally on trend for the season; working well as a mixture of contrasts. Pair with black or white heels, as bright heels will detract from the neon glow of the dress’ lower half. n Available for £60 at Devine, 2-3 Dorset Street, Sevenoaks



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Confused about carbohydrates? Joe Birch answers your questions

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Q: Do I need still need to eat carbohydrates If I am trying to lose weight?

A: When trying to lose body fat try and limit carbohydrates to no more than 1g/kg of bodyweight per day. For most people that would be a fist-sized portion or starchy carbohydrates (e.g. rice, potato, sweet potato).

A: If you are a sedentary person who does very little intense exercise, then the answer is bluntly, no. When at rest the body can effectively use stored body fat for energy; however, the breakdown of fats into sugars for the use of energy is a relatively slow process when compared to the conversion of carbohydrates into energy. When you start doing intense exercise, a quicker source of energy is required and that’s when carbohydrates become important. While there are essential proteins and fats, there are NO ESSENTIAL CARBOHYDRATES. Unfortunately, if you eat carbohydrates at most meals, your body will be constantly trying to process the carbohydrates rather than burning your own stored fat for energy. Q: What about fruit and veg?

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A: Both fruit and vegetables provide a lot of the essential nutrients your body needs for normal healthy function. However, if your goal is fat loss, then you should focus on increasing vegetable intake and limiting fruit intake to one portion/day. Fruits contain naturally occurring sugars, that while alone aren’t unhealthy, when combined with little exercise and a diet high in carbohydrate they won’t aid fat loss. Vegetables in a diet should be unlimited and added into most meals. They will provide very little calories and help you feel fuller.

Q: When should I eat carbohydrates? A: The best time to eat carbohydrates is immediately after a workout, when muscle will be at its most insulin sensitive. The carbohydrates will then be stored by muscles/liver rather than leading to fat storage. The best types of carbohydrate to have post workout would be unprocessed starchy carbohydrates like white rice or white/sweet potato. If you haven’t exercised that day then you should try and limit carbohydrate intake by eating more vegetables and one portion of fruit, or having one small portion with your evening meal. Q: Won’t not eating carbohydrates at breakfast leave me feeling run down? A: No, you will be fuller and able to regulate your own blood sugar more effectively by eating a breakfast consisting mainly of protein and healthy fats (e.g. a spinach and cheese omelette or Greek yoghurt, berries and nuts). Joe Birch, Precision Nutrition Certified n For more advice give us a call on 01732 451979 or visit June 2013 vine 27

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Margaret Morton Tell us a bit about you. I’m 94 years old and have been at Emily Jackson House for four years. I was born and raised in Scotland in the suburbs of Glasgow in a place called Easterhouse. I was an only child and grew up on a cattle farm with a Shetland pony. I used to be a florist and like flowers.

Vine catches up with a few of the residents at Emily Jackson House to find out more about their life experiences, thoughts on technology and their time at the home Emily Jackson House provides 24-hour general nursing care for the elderly, as well as expert care for those with dementia. With a person-centred approach to care their services are adapted to fit individual lifestyles. With a fantastic activities programme customised specifically for their residents they definitely don’t miss out on a social life.

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Do you have a particular memory that sticks with you? I used to go on cruises with my aunt, which I really enjoyed. I have also been to Austria. What do you like about Emily Jackson House? I like getting involved in all the activities. I love doing quizzes and playing bowls. I also enjoy the occasional whisky from time to time.

Tell us a bit about you? I’m 77 years old and have been at the home for 18 months. I was a marine for five years and joined up to the Royal Marine Commando training centre at Lympstone. I was an aircraft carrier and we travelled all over Europe. It was one of the best experiences of my life but I remember how strict they were and if you were disobedient you would be whipped. It was terrifying but I put up with it. Do you have a past memory that sticks out for you? The day I started school it was the first day of the Battle of Britain. Me and my five brothers were on our way to school and the sky was really black. There must have been around 3,500 enemy bombers heading over Sevenoaks and Otford. At the time it was a laugh, we were only kids so we didn’t know what was going on. What do you enjoy doing at Emily Jackson House? I have lots of friends here and like to get involved in all the vast activities that Emily Jackson House hosts. I particularly enjoy going out bowling. What do you think about the advancement in Technology? I don’t have a mobile, can’t turn on a computer and wouldn’t even know how to start a car. I don’t like responsibility but I am a good passenger and keep quiet. I think technology is untrustworthy.

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Brian Evans Tell us a bit about you? I am 82 years old and have been at the home for two years. I used to work in retail in House of Fraser but it was very different back then. I have taken part in more than five marathons. One in New York, Hong Kong, Paris and four in London and have spent a lot of time training for them. I also used to play bowls and was good at Bridge. What do you like about Emily Jackson House? My friends come over and we play bridge in the afternoon. I also took part in a drumming session, one of the many activities Emily Jackson House puts on. Do you use any form of technology? I have family that live in Canada and they send me emails and photos of my grandchildren, which we print off and read. I also have a mobile phone that I use.


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Cake Time Everyone loves an elegant tea party, with cakes and sandwiches for nibbles. This cake stand (£26.99 from Lady Butterworth), will make a perfect addition to any party. The stand features two tiers, allowing for different-sized cakes or small sandwiches. An alternative use for it could be as a candle holder for tea-light candles, allowing for several candles on each level.

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Keeping Time A clock can feel obsolete in the modern home when everyone has a mobile phone, so to maintain its place it has to hold a certain style. This wooden framed New Era clock (£64.95 from Maisie K) mixes oldfashioned features with modern details. As well as being fashionable, it is also very functional – its large display making it very easy to read.

BOOK OWL These owl bookends (£42 from Knole House Furniture) will look great in a rustic home. Finely detailed and unique, they are sure to be a talking point in your living space. They are more than just pretty, however, their solid form allowing them to be functional enough to support even the heaviest of books.

Box of Tricks This wooden box is available in two sizes (£10.95 for large as pictured, £7.95 for small from Maisie K) giving your home an old-fashioned look with their well-used style. As pictured it is full of artificial flowers (£19.95 per bunch of five), but it can be used to hold most things – from magazines to fruit. The boxes are sturdy enough to double as a small table, holding a cup of tea or coffee.

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A NEW USE FOR AN OLD SPACE Vine takes a look at New Wave AV’s latest project, transforming a garage into a home cinema hotspot


ew Wave AV are award-winning installation experts, specialising in creating bespoke home automation systems and audio visual solutions. For their latest project they were asked to convert an under-utilised garage into a private cinema room. To give the room an uncluttered feel a 119” drop down screen was installed with a projector concealed in the ceiling. Both are hidden away until the moment they are needed, then a single button touch drops the projector, the cinema screen, the blackout

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Vine travels to the secluded studio of Sutherland Furniture, an environment that will ensure you choose the perfect kitchen


hen Douglas Sutherland and Alex Donmall set out to establish a presentation studio, they knew they wanted something a bit different. Dubious of kitchen showrooms, the guys felt it constricted clients to ready-made designs as opposed to creating a kitchen from scratch. Having occupied the space of an old, noisy workshop in Hever, Doug and Alex acknowledged it was an unsuitable place to conduct a meeting and wanted a quiet, intimate setting where people could pop in for a cup of tea to discuss their kitchen plans. Their current studio was formerly a Catholic church in The Weald that lay abandoned for over 10 years. Douglas and Alex converted the insides of the church to create their own space, featuring two offices and a kitchen display. If you head down to the studio you can expect a warm welcome and a thorough discussion on the type of kitchen you are after. Sutherland Furniture pride themselves on their design process and will suggest four or five different approaches to make your idea work. The team will take your plans into consideration and provide you with many ideas on how to achieve the look you desire. Making everything from scratch, Sutherland never work to a rigid design but tailor it to individual specifications to create a truly bespoke kitchen. Their motto is simple, “listen to what the client wants, then do exactly as they’ve asked”.

All of the design consultation is provided free of charge up until the project commences. With the ability to design a kitchen of any style from contemporary to traditional they also incorporate any features the individual requires. The business has steadily grown through word of mouth and referrals and continues to remain a reputable and highly regarded business. At the studio, there is one kitchen display, built simply to demonstrate the build quality rather than supplying a template for clients to choose from. The studio also boasts a iTotal Control Aga, which works with a smartphone, tablet or laptop allowing you to control the Aga’s many ovens with the touch of a button. If you are out shopping but need to cook a roast you can simply turn on the Aga using the dedicated app, allowing you to go about your regular day. Aga Total Control cookers use under a fifth of the energy of a traditional oven, making it a must-have for the money saver or environmentally conscious. You can also check out Douglas’ other passion, creating Canadian canoes. Douglas uses his downtime to make the canoes, reliving the stress of running a business. Two are on display at the studio, made from the finest cedar and perfectly designed. So head down to the studio to see what Sutherland can do for you!

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Annoying Monsters Young kids will love these bright little monsters who react to your children’s touch in several ways. Squeeze their hands and they repeat what you say in a funny voice. Pinch a foot to hear them laugh, grab their bellies to hear them fart or poke them in the eye to hear them scream! Leave them alone for a few minutes and they’ll doze off, snoring loudly. If you have a few young children you’ll be happy that it comes in three distinctive varieties ensuring that kids can have their own monsters. Your children are sure to have hours of fun playing with these little monsters!

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aving gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering, designed Power Plants in Denmark and then set up a Muesli Company, Lotte, the brains behind Fantail, is an unstoppable force with an undeniably impressive background. When Lotte moved to the Sevenoaks area she found that getting clean windows was a longwinded process. Lotte saw a niche in the market and took the opportunity to set up ‘Fantail’, a reliable and simple-to-use window cleaning service that fulfils a promise. To keep it simple for her customers Lotte sends a text message letting them know when their

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fortune. Fantail recognises this fact and depending on the size of the house, are quoting window cleans for roughly £10-25 a month. It’s incredible the difference clean windows can make to a house and our happiness; what better way to bring the beauty of our English seasons into our living rooms! n For more information visit or call us on 0800 024 87 23 June 2013 vine 41

WHAT’S ON? ART n 22 Jun. Colourscape. 11:0016:00. Vine Gardens, Dartford Rd, Sevenoaks. Adults £2, children £1. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 450175 colourscape n 29 Jun. Annual Outdoor Art Exhibition (Sevenoaks Art Club). 09:00-15:00. Vine Railings, Dartford Rd, Sevenoaks. Free. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 450175

CHILDREN n 01-02 Jun. Spring Holiday Fun. 12:00-16:00. Penshurst Place & Gardens | 01892 870307 n 15 Jun. Family Fun Day. 13:0016:00. St George’s School, Old London Rd, Wrotham. Adults £1, children 50p n 22 Jun. Boom Boom’s Bow with Janette Mason & her musicians (for 3-10 year-olds). 12:00, 14:00. Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. £5. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 450175

n 16 Jun. Croquet, cricket & camp building. Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Rd, Chiddingstone | 01892 870347 n 22 Jun. Chin Up (art for children). 11:00-16:00. Vine Gardens, Dartford Rd, Sevenoaks. Free. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 450175 n 26 Jun. Youth Jazz Workshop (Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra). 19:00. Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. Free. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival 01732 450175 | n 29 Jun. Talk on Natural Remedies for childbirth, newborn babies & new mums. Times vary. Kikodo Centre, St Johns Hill car park, Bat & Ball. £20. 01732 451839 | www.kikodo. |

COMEDY n 07 Jun. Andrew Lawrence is Coming to Get You stand-up comedy. 20:00. Gates open 18:30. Hever Castle. £15. 01732 866114 n 22 Jun. Virtuous Burglar by

THE UNRIVALLED SEVENOAKS LISTINGS GUIDE. Dario Fo & Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley by David Tristram (2 comedies with Stag Theatre Company). 20:00-22:20. Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. £13.50 including dinner. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival 01732 450175 | www.

COMMUNITY n 01 Jun. Chipstead Lake Litter Pick. Meet 10:00 Tesco Riverhead n 11 Jun. Talk on Handbell Ringing. 20:00-22:00. St Margaret’s Church, Halstead. Halstead WI | 01689 853584 | 01959 532498 n 25 Jun. Smartest Artists Quiz. 20:00. Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. £5 including sandwiches. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 450175

CRAFTS n 08 Jun. Summer Kentish Crafts Fair. 10:00-15:00. Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. 07980 118626 | 01732 450175

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n 29 Jun. Summer Celebration exhibition (Sevenoaks Flower Club). 10:00-16:00. Kippington Centre, St Marys Church, Kippington Rd, Sevenoaks. Adults £3, children free. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival 01732 462379 | 01732 450175

n 01 Jun-07 Jul. Pills, Potions & Poisons exhibition. Wed & Fri 14:00-16:30, Thu & Sat 10:00-16:30. Eden Valley Museum, Church House, 72 High St, Edenbridge. Free | 01732 868102


n 29 Jun. Summer Fete. 14:0016:30. St Peter’s Church, Fen Pond Rd, Ightham. Free. | 01732 884198

n 02 Jun. London to Brighton Classic Car Run. Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Rd, Chiddingstone | 01892 870347

Visit Riverhill Himalayan Gardens from now until 8 September to see an exciting exhibition of world-class British sculpture. The works, by some of the country’s leading artists, offer an inspiring blend of natural materials and contemporary forms set against the varied natural backdrops, which are in abundance at these magnificent gardens. n For more information head to n 09 Jun. Open Farm Sunday. 10:00-15:00. Princess Christians Farm, Riding Lane, Hildenborough. Free. Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) & Hadlow College | 01732 838408 01732 850551 | 07771 635684


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n 20-23 Jun. Tree Stories (Sackville Theatre Company drama). Thu-Sat 19:00, Sun 13:30. Meet Space Performing Arts Centre. Sevenoaks School grounds, Tonbridge Rd, Sevenoaks. £9 (concessions £7). Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival. 01732 467765 | 01732 450175 www.sevenoaksschool. | www. n 21-22 Jun. Thomas the Watchmaker (drama). Fri 18:30, Sat 13:00. Ship Theatre, Walthamstow Hall School, Hollybush Lane, Sevenoaks. £5.50 (concessions £4). Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival 01732 450175 | www.


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n 01-02 Jun. Vita at Knole exhibition. Closed Mon except 06 & 27 May. 10:30-17:00. Knole, Sevenoaks. Free. | 01732 462100 | www.

GARDENING & GARDENS n 04 Jun. Get into Fruit Growing course. 19:30-21:30. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £46 for 5 weeks. | 0845 606 5606 n 16 Jun. Open Garden. 14:0017:00. St Clere Estate near Kemsing. Adults £5, children £1. 01732 761309 | n 27 Jun. Talk on Gardens of France by Monty Don. 19:30. Booksigning 18:00. Hadlow College, Hadlow near Tonbridge. £25 including canapés. 01732 853211 |

HISTORY n 22 Jun-07 Sep.Vintage Bus (from station to Knole). Sat, Sun, Tue & Wed. £2. Sevenoaks Town Council | 01732 459953 n 13 Jun. Talk on Women’s Land Army. 20:00. St George’s Court, West St, Wrotham. Wrotham Historical Society n 23 Jun, 06 Jul. Hidden Sevenoaks Revealed (guided walk). 23 Jun 15:00-16:40, 06 Jul 11:00-12:40. Meet Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks. Adults £7, children £4. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 450175 | www. n 29 Jun. Architecture walk from The Vine to Greatness. Meet 14:45 Vine Bandstand. Book in advance; tickets £12. Sevenoaks Society | 01732 458898 | www.

JUNE EVENTS AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL THEATRE Assembly Hall Theatre • Crescent Road • Tunbridge Wells • Kent TN1 2LU Ticket office: 01892 530613/532072 MUSIC n 19 Jun. The Little Devils blues trio. 21:00. Anchor pub, London Rd, Sevenoaks. Free. | 01732 454898 | www. n 22, 29 Jun, 06 Jul. Guitar concert with Paul Malsom (light music). 19:30-22:30. Woodman pub, Goathurst Common near Ide Hill. Free. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 750296 n 24 Jun. Young Musicians Forum (classical concert). 19:30. Pamoja Hall, Space Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge Rd, Sevenoaks. £7. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival 01732 450175 n 29 Jun. Viennese Classics (Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra). 20:00. Gates open 18:30. Hever Castle near Edenbridge. £15-40 in aid of International Needs. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival 01883 331332 | 01732 450175

POETRY n 22 Jun. Audience with Pam Ayres (poetry). 19:30-21:45. Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. £22.50. Part of Sevenoaks Summer Festival | 01732 742213 | www.

WALKS n 07, 14, 21, 28 Jun, 05, 12, 19 Jul. Welly Fitness Walks. 09:20. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens near Sevenoaks. Free. n 21 Jun. Secret Walks course. 12:00-14:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £14 for 2 weeks | 0845 606 5606 n 30 Jun. 5-mile walk around Crockham Hill. Meet 14:00 Crockham Hill church. Sevenoaks Society | 01732 458898



Billed as “The Most Famous Stones Band in England” by Sir Mick Jagger himself, The Counterfeit Stones perform faithful and faultless renditions of The Stones’ greatest hits. The show embraces the Rolling Stones’ colourful history, delivering stunningly accurate performances of Rolling Stones best-loved material, as well as a series of spoof film clips depicting real and imagined events.

This hugely entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular features a fantastic line up of knock-out hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, mixed with loads of new zany comedy routines to produce a show with a real feel good party atmosphere.

‘The most famous Stones band in England’ – SIR MICK JAGGER

The record breaking touring show presented by Duggie Chapman MBE, We’ll Meet Again, clocks up an amazing 15th year on the road in 2013. With a new programme, here is a show for everyone who wants to be cheered up in these sombre days, and that means most of us! The regular show team return with comedy star Adam Daye from TV’s Who Do You Do, recalling the wonderful comedy radio stars of the period.

Fri 7 June 7.30pm - £20

Sat 15 June 7.30pm - £24


Thu 13 June 7.30pm - £22.50 Child - £18.50

The internationally acclaimed Shaolin Warriors return with a brand new show, Return of the Master, before embarking on a world tour. This breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu Show continues the story of the warrior, and vividly depicts the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and their rigorous martial arts training. Audiences will be amazed and thrilled by their death-defying Kung Fu disciplines such as qigong, animal imitation boxing, drunken boxing, and fighting with over 20 kinds of dangerous traditional weapons.

NICKELODEON’S DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! SEARCH FOR THE CITY OF LOST TOYS Tue 18 – Thu 20 June Tue: 4pm, Wed: 10am, 1pm & 4pm, Thu: 10am & 1pm Adults - £16, Children - £14, Groups of 10+ - £12

Everyone’s favourite explorer is embarking on a LIVE musical adventure across the UK! In Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys, Dora has lost her teddy bear Osito, and the search is on to retrieve him! With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her mapreading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out – you never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way.


Wed 26 June - £15, Senior - £12, Groups of 10+ - 1 free

BUDDY AND THE KILLER Fri 28 June 7.30pm - £18

A non-stop unmissable Rock ‘n’ Roll celebration to the music of legendary icons Buddy Holly and ‘The Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis. Unforgettable hits including That’ll Be The Day, Everyday, It’s So Easy, Peggy Sue, Rave On, Great Balls Of Fire,Wild One, Breathless,Whole Lotta Shakin’, and many, many more. The show’s lead role is played by West End star of both smash hit musicals Buddy and Great Balls Of Fire, Billy Geraghty. His high energy performance is simply incredible, be it at either his ‘fire breathing’ piano as Jerry Lee, or the unmistakable sound of his Fender Stratocaster as Buddy Holly. The Counterfeit Stones


Sat 29 June 7.30pm - £17.50

This show will have you tapping your feet from the opening bars - dancing in the aisle, and screaming like you did in ‘63 by the end. With songs that changed a generation, from the depths of Liverpool’s Cavern Club, to the roof top of the Apple Building, the Upbeat Beatles will take you on a journey that is the story of The Beatles through their songs.

WEDDINGS n 02 Jun. Wedding Fair. Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Rd, Chiddingstone | 01892 870347 www.inspiredweddingsandevents. n 30 Jun. Summer Kentish Wedding Fair. 11:00-16:00. Darenth Valley Golf Club, Station Rd, Shoreham. Free. 07980 118626 | www. If you would like to include your event in these free listings please email basic details to Bob Carpenter at

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