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HOME & GARDEN 56 INTERIOR TRENDS From natural soaps to bath towel holders, this month we bring you a selection of accessories for your bathroom 76 GREAT VINE GADGETS This month Vine looks at a range of new gadgets to complement your lounge, from universal remote controls to touch-sensitive wireless speakers



22 Tranquility of nature Matthew Mallinson takes you to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve – one of the hidden gems in the local area, exploring the rare wildlife along with the spectacular views of its many lakes

21 FINANCIAL matters The team at NJT Accountancy offer regular expert advice on all things money-related. This month, Nigel Taylor discusses the dilemma of using a company car

36 20-page EDUCATION SPECIAL Vine gives you a round-up of the best independent schools in West Kent

21 legal matters The team at Warners Solicitors offer regular expert advice on topics relevant to our everyday lives. This month, Estelle Tague talks about the tax implications of separation and divorce

56 BATHROOM SPECIAL Vine inspires you to restyle your bathroom, from modern designs to more unusual themes. We also present our guide to the ultimate relaxing bathtime experience Cover shot: Moncrieff Bee Orchid, Sevenoaks

WELLNESS 28 VINE STYLE Vine takes a look at the latest range from the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity

Hello and welcome to the May issue of Vine. We’re almost afraid to get our hopes up but it looks like we finally have some warm weather heading our way, reminding us of the old traditions of May as the signifier of summer! This month we head down to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve (page 22), taking a closer look at this hidden gem just outside of Riverhead. We also have our great bathroom feature (page 56), inspiring you to create a fantastic-looking bathroom, with accessories and themes. Our regular interior trends feature (page 56) ties in to the bathroom feature this month, suggesting the best items to decorate your bathroom. We also have a comprehensive 20-page education section this month, keeping you up to date with the latest developments at the best independent schools in West Kent. In this month’s Vine Style (page 28), we take a look at the latest fashion campaign from charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In Your Vine, we talk to Alison Butler from Emily Jackson Care Home who has recently run the London Marathon. Also, your local MP Michael Fallon talks about the importance of international aid (page 16). There’s also a fantastic golf spread (page 30), offering beginners the best tips and encouraging you to visit the beautiful Lullingstone Golf Club. We have a chat with Jason Scott from local band, Jay Scott and the Find, about his new EP (page 18). Until next time, have a great month! Enjoy the issue! May 2013 vine 9


Kent College receives prestigious award Kent College Pembury is delighted to announce they have recently been awarded HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) accreditation, reinforcing their status as a thriving independent day and boarding school for girls in Kent. HMC membership is the key association for leading independent schools. Strict criteria must be met in order for a school to achieve the status, factors such as examination results, size of sixth form and pupil retention are considered. The HMC committee who visited the school in January commented on how well Kent College lives up to ‘its aim to treat each pupil as an individual in a caring and supportive community”. Kent College is already a member of the Girls’ School Association (GSA) and will remain in both. They join several local schools in HMC status, including Sevenoaks School and Tonbridge School. Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang said “It is a mark of our current strength and success that we are able to display the HMC badge.” n For more information contact Kent College’s Admissions department on 01892820218 or email

Success for local choir Green Street Blues are a local ladies chorus who specialise in a cappella singing and have proven a smash hit on the national choir circuit in recent months. Green Street Blues are hoping to outdo themselves as part of the highly acclaimed Voices Now Festival at Camden’s Roundhouse on the 22 and 23 of June. Green Street Blues will perform part of City Songs, a celebration of the choral and the communal, which is a new commission by Eriks Esenvalds with words by Emma Jones. Tickets to Voices Now cost £12 and can be purchased from If you fancy the sound of competing in national choir competitions or would just love the chance to sing, Green Street Blues are always looking for new members and anybody is welcome. n For more information see

Comedic therapy The Old School House, Tunbridge Wells is hosting a comedy event on Thursday 30 May at 7pm, featuring many talented comedians from the UK and around the world. John Gordillo has previously directed shows for Eddie Izzard and Reginald D Hunter, returning with his unique brand of ambitious and honest material after a six-year hiatus. His shows are nourishing, analytic, intellectual and hilarious. Brian Gittins is the master of awkward comedy, attracting Ricky Gervais; he is a big fan of audience participation. Peter White is Canadian born but has become incredibly popular wherever he travels, accomplishing a great deal in just a few short years. Lloyd Griffith started out in Tunbridge Wells back in 2009, quickly establishing himself for his natural, original comedy. Due to strong language and adult humour the show is only open to over 18s. Tickets cost £12 on the door, £10 in advance. n For more information and to book tickets visit:


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ITV show Secret Dealers is looking for people who may have hidden treasure in their home, and are giving you the opportunity to turn it in to serious money. Secret Dealers sees three antique dealers browse through your home for items to sell, giving you money for things they find valuable. To qualify you need to have at least 12 quality items that you think collectable.

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Prescribed poetry Fed up with housework? Need a hangover cure? Looking for a new job? Renowned Poet William Sieghart will be on hand to prescribe a poem for any problem that is presented to him at 2.30pm on Wednesday 15 May at the Sevenoaks Library. Tickets must be booked in advance, priced £3.00. n For further details contact Sevenoaks Library on 08458 247 200

RFC promotion Tunbridge Wells have returned to the London Two South East League, after defeating Folkestone on Saturday 20 April. Tunbridge Wells had to beat Folkestone by a bonus point in their final game to achieve more points than Sheppey, securing their promotion. They won in style, with a final score of 54-3. Promotion was one of the key aims for RFC, with captain Rob Harrison before retiring now the season is over.

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Wildlife Photography Competition launches If you’re a budding wildlife photographer a competition launched by Kent Wildlife Trust may be right up your street. The sixth annual Wildlife Photography Competition aims to encourage locals to venture out during spring and summer to capture natural assets of the Garden of England. It doesn’t matter where the photos are taken, as long as it is in Kent. The four categories cover fauna (animals, insects etc), flora (plants, trees etc), landscape and coastline; it is subdivided into adults and juniors (17 and under). Prizes are for grabs in the free competition and the winning entries will be showcased across Wild Kent magazine, the trust’s website and five visitor centres across the county. An awards evening will be held for the winners at The Barnyard Restaurant in Upchurch in the autumn. n The closing date for entries is July 31; an entry form can be obtained by visiting or calling 01622 662012

Oil rush comes to Sevenoaks It may sound hard to believe, but Sevenoaks and the surrounding villages are to be investigated for oil this year. A seismic survey on behalf of Northdown Energy will assess the likelihood of the oil being found in the area by scanning the ground for telltale signs of fuel. The plans for prospecting have resulted in some local outcry from those who fear that, if oil is found, the subsequent fracking process may disturb the natural beauty of the area. Kent County Council have been keen to stress that drilling is not a foregone conclusion and that these are only preliminary investigations, stating “It’s not a bad thing to see what we have – if we know we have oil we can decide what to do with it.”

Wrotham Arts Festival The Wrotham Arts Festival returns this year, bringing together exhibitions of fine art, sculptures, ceramics and craftwork from over 60 artists from around the south east. It is a wonderful day out for families with a cafe, raffles, choir, and of course the opportunity to view and purchase artwork from local talent at a reasonable price. This year’s prizes (as provided by Duncan Lawrie Private Bank) will be awarded by world renowned author Martina Cole. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of St George's Church. The festival will run from Friday May 10 to Sunday May 12 from 10am to 5pm. Entry to the event is free and parking should be readily available. n For more information visit:

Sevenoaks RFCH end strong season Sevenoaks finished their Rugby League campaign on Saturday 13 April, after their fourth successive win in the London Two South East league, over the fifth-placed Lewes. Most of the first half of the game, Sevenoaks were down 19-0 in Lewes’ favour, but they gained a stronger foothold towards the end of the half, thanks to a try from Streather which Jonathan Barber converted. They were able to dominate the second half, before Captain and Man of the Match Ollie Robinson secured their victory with one final try. The final score was 31-19. Sevenoaks RFC finish the season in tenth place, leaving them in the London 2 South East league.

MoonWalk UsTwirls, a group of women from Tunbridge Wells, will walk around London in bras as part of MoonWalk London 2013 on May 11, raising funds for breast cancer. The friends have already smashed their target of £1,000 by raising over £2,500. Tunbridge Wells Hotel created a UsTwirls cocktail, donating £1 from each sale to them. n You can follow the girls @UsTwirls on Twitter

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Cookie’s Kitchen is a cookery school founded by Maxine Pancaldi, which includes a fabulous, devoted team of mums and teenagers who run home-spun cookery classes across Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Maxine is looking to recruit more local ladies to join this team as cookery instructors and to run parties and clubs. If you are interested you can contact Maxine on

Plans to restore the Tonbridge war memorial have been saved thanks to additional support from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. The war memorial has fallen in to a state of disarray, with crumbling walls and broken pavements. Additionally the area lacks suitable access for the disabled. The restorations will hopefully be finished just in time for the anniversary of the First World War next year.

Sencio Community Leisure (SCL) has teamed up with Mencap for a health and safety challenge. The scheme will encourage staff to be constantly mindful of potential hazards, whether it’s a broken tile in a changing area, a worn carpet or a piece of gym equipment requiring urgent attention. Each time a potential hazard is identified and dealt with SCL will donate £5 to Mencap.

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HMV’s Saviour HMV stores across Kent, including Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Maidstone, have been saved by restructuring expert Hilco in a £50 million deal, saving over 2,500 jobs across the country. HMV collapsed in January, due to internet downloads and online stores. Hilco have had previous success as the owners of HMV Canada. Their chief executive has said, “we believe it has a successful future ahead of it”.

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nnnUp and coming New York gloom pop band MS MR are releasing their first album later this month. Comprised of female vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and male producer Max Hershenow, the duo are often compared to Florence and the Machine for their use of pianos and stomping drums. In place of Florence Welch’s operatic, booming voice they have a dark, yet still style that evokes a feeling of gloom and loss. Featuring previously released singles Hurricane and Fantasy as well as many new tracks, their new album Second Hand Rapture will be released on May 14th at high street stores and on iTunes. They will also be appearing at Glastonbury this June.. n For up-to-date information follow them on twitter @msmrsounds


Looking for a classical music treat this month? Head down to the Pamoja Hall on Sunday 19 May at 7.30pm for the latest performance from the fantastic Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra was formed in 1944 and today is made up of over 60 local musicians and instrumental teachers. The concert will feature a wide breadth of material from Gershwin to Britten, spanning music from around the globe. It will close with a performance of Borodin’s Symphony No. 2, a patriotic, playful composition. Tickets are £13 or £1 for minors (18 and under).

Come to Coolings Garden Centre in Knockholt this month to get your garden fitted out for the summer. Coolings offer the finest range of plants in the south east to make your garden a beautiful space. Coolings also have a fantastic range of gardening equipment, supplying you with the perfect tool for any job. This year is especially important for Coolings as they are celebrating their centenary. Look out for special offers and events in store. So, head down to Coolings Garden Centre this May and create your own magnificent garden in time for summer. n For information visit


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Lilliput is the second novel from local children’s writer Sam Gayton. Based in Chelsfield, Sam has always had a passion for creative writing and his most recent story is an exhilarating sequel to Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Sam says: “Gulliver’s Travels is a great book that everyone knows. I wanted to imagine what happened next,” and what happens next is not to be missed! Lilliput tells the story of Lily – a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew – who is kidnapped by Gulliver and trapped in 18th-century London. In her quest to get back home she must encounter evil clockmakers, chocolate shops and very talkative parrots – a beautifully illustrated children’s book that is not to be missed!

The Pantiles' third annual food festival will be held on 18-19 May and is a must for all budding foodies, chefs and fans of top-quality cuisine. Held in Tunbridge Wells' historic Pantiles the festival focusses on fresh Kent and Sussex produce and in previous years has drawn crowds of over 10,000 people, with over 50 stall holders selling a wide range of hot and cold food, fresh produce, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and other tasty treats. This year the festival also has the patronage of local Cookery School doyenne and celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager who is “absolutely thrilled” to be taking part. n For more information visit www.

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MUST-DO Head back to medieval times at Penshurst Place this half-term with a wide range of seasonal activities and workshops. Transform into a dashing knight, a regal noble lady or a lowly peasant. Each role comes with its own fun art and craft activities, ranging from the making of dolls or seed sorters to colouring. Activities are available from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June, from 12-4pm. n To find out more about the activities on offer visit

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The highly anticipated musical Carnaby Street is coming to the Assembly Hall Theatre and with the announcement of the new cast members it will certainly be a show to remember!

ave you ever felt like travelling back in time and reliving the iconic moments of the swinging Sixties? Well now is your chance: the new production ‘Carnaby Street The Musical’ will be showing at the Assembly Hall Theatre from 14-18 May. Heaving with over 30 classic hits from the time, including ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, ‘Keep On Running’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’ and ‘Born To Be Wild’, this production will soon get you reminiscing about the good times. Carnaby Street is a stunning

new musical, set against the backdrop of London’s West End in the Sixties, its iconic clubs, fashion and characters, at a time full of hope and freedom, when the world is changing and anything seems possible. It tells the story of a workingclass boy named Jude who travels down to London in his pursuit of fame and fortune. After a lucky encounter with man-about-town Jack who becomes Jude’s inexperienced manager, they endeavour to make it big in the exploding pop/rock scene of the time. New to the cast is Maidstone-born

and bred Aaron Sidwell who will take on the role of Jack. A former EastEnder, Sidwell’s theatre credits include 'Loserville – The Musical' (West End) and 'The Prodigals' (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh). He has also appeared in the films Blood Army and The Nephilim. Another addition to the cast is Matthew Wycliffe who will play Jude, the idealistic musician who travels down to London to chase his dream of stardom. Wycliffe’s previous credits include Bob Gaudio in the hit West End show 'Jersey Boys' and touring the world as Buddy Holly in 'The Buddy Holly Story'.

Directed by Bob Tomson, whose West End credits include 'Blood Brothers' and 'Dreamcoats and Petticoats', this musical is a must-see this season!

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One of the more common complaints I get in my postbag is about international aid; constituents ask why, if there is austerity here, we are spending money overseas. There are two justifications for foreign aid. The first point is that it is enlightened self-interest. When we deliver aid around the world we stabilise regions and promote development. Not only is a man with food in his belly and shoes on his feet less likely to be susceptible to radicalisation by someone preaching an extremist creed, but he is more likely to remember Britain fondly in years to come. A more developed world means more trade, more customers for British goods and greater wealth for all. The second point – and one less likely to persuade the critic – is that while we have a primary responsibility to our kith and kin in the UK, that does not alleviate us of our responsibility to help

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those outside our borders. To put it in perspective, Britain is the 7th biggest economy in the world, one of the richest per head, and our aid budget is only 0.7% of GDP. We spent £8 billion on aid, compared to £118 billion on the NHS and £33 billion on education in 2010. Proportionally, the aid budget is tiny. Yet, with that tiny budget, we are able to do a fantastic amount of good abroad. To give one example, we’ve vaccinated 130,000 children from Yellow Fever since 2010. For those 130,000, this may quite literally be the difference between life and death. Just think of the horror if the UK government let 130,000 British children die for the cost of a few pence. Our foreign aid helps us and it helps the poorest on this earth. We should be proud of it. n Have a question for the MP? Please send to

It can’t have been easy for Alison to prepare for the 2013 Virgin London Marathon around her full time job and home life but somehow she found a way. Alison is the General Manager at Emily Jackson Care Home, overseeing the day-to-day running of the superb team of seasoned carers. She raised £3,000 for Children With Cancer UK, a charity that is dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers. To fit in training she had to get up early in the morning and stay up late at night, escaping for hours at the weekend running in cold and snowy conditions. Alison feels the training was totally worth it, allowing her to run the 26 miles with relative ease. Her family spurred her on throughout, as her parents and extended family were at different points. She used them as checkpoints and encouragement. She said “Seeing them gave me a feeling of ‘I can do this!’. I saw my family at the final stretch and sprinted the last leg”. When we asked if she would do it again, she didn’t even need a minute to think before responding “Absolutely! It was such a magnificent atmosphere”. n Alison’s Just Giving page is still open, if you wish to donate head to

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The town’s name is derived from the Saxon word “Seouenaca”, the name given to a small chapel near the seven oak trees in Knole Park around AD 800.

The eponymous oak trees in Knole Park have been replaced several times over the centuries. In 1902 seven oaks were planted by The Vine cricket ground to commemorate King Edward VII’s coronation. During the Great Storm of 1987 six of those trees were blown down. There are now eight trees on the site, of varying ages.

Sevenoaks is sometimes called ‘The Town in a Wood’ due to the number and variety of trees in the town.

Sevenoaks School is one of the oldest lay foundations in England and the third oldest nondenomination school in the UK. It was founded by William Sevenoke in 1432, as detailed in his will to be a school where boys could learn free of church constraints.


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Knole House is a calendar house meaning that its details match the numbers of days in a year, having 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards.

Keith on keyboards and backing vocals, and the latest member is Aliocha, also on guitar. What would you say your sound is as a band? Ah, that is such a tricky one... Or maybe your influences then? Ok, that is easier – I am a huge fan of countryblues. Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Rodriguez, The Stones, all the classics really. Our last album was country-blues, I would say the new EP though – it’s more melodic rock.

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Tell us a bit more about the EP. It was edited by the same man who edited The Who?

Vine catches up with local musician Jay Scott of Jay Scott and The Find to talk soundtracks, festivals and their latest EP Don’t Cry.

Yes. John Astley. We have been really lucky, Adam works in an incredible studio in London and has lots of contacts, so John Astley mastered the EP – he worked for The Who and Led Zeppelin and said he had a very enjoyable evening working on our EP which was obviously really flattering. We’ve also just got one of the tracks into the new James McAvoy film Welcome to the Punch – the song is called LA – that was a very proud moment too.

Tell us a little bit about your line up and who you guys are. Well the band is Jay Scott and The Find and the idea originally was that we would find different musicians and have a revolving lineup – but everyone who has joined has been so good we’ve wanted them to stick around! At the moment it’s an old friend of mine, Alex – he is a fantastic guitarist – Adam on drums,

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So what is next for Jay Scott and The Find? Some friends of mine are organising a really unique little festival called the B Festival

with lots of very talented artists – the idea is to bring together people on the verge of being signed – and we’re planning to chat there about how to launch your own music via social media. There’s lots of stuff really. We are working with Matt Cardle at the moment, releasing the EP this year and hitting the festivals in the summer. We have a music video coming up too – basically the plan is to get our band and our music out there as much as possible. Don’t Cry is available to download from iTunes now, for more information visit



With the month of May upon us, Matthew Mallinson explores the traditions of May Day and how they influenced the holiday of today

he start of May signals warmer weather, and is the start of summer in many eyes. On the first of May, the national holiday of May Day occurs and celebrations exist as expressions of joy and hope after the long cold months. The earliest recorded celebrations around the time of May are related to the Roman goddess Flora, who represented flowers, spring and fertility. Between April 28 and May 3 around 240 BC the festival of Floralia would occur, celebrating the cycle of life with the giving of flowers and copious amounts of alcohol, along with theatre performances and

circus events. Prostitutes were a common feature at these festivals; the satirist Juvenal noted that they often danced naked and fought in mock gladiatorial combat. Many Germanic countries celebrate the spring festival of Walpurgis Night on April 30 or May 1, involving dancing and bonfires. The idea of a bonfire is brought over from the fabled celebrations on the Brocken mountain in Germany, where it is said witches would await the arrival of spring. People dress in witch garments and burn broomsticks and wiccan effigies on bonfires, bringing connections with Halloween.

A similar event is the Celtic Irish tradition of Beltane, a fire festival that celebrates the coming of spring and fertility. Many proposals would occur at these events, often with marriages occurring either immediately or soon after as spring was considered the best time to get a woman pregnant. Fire was a key part of the celebration, with people leaping over the Beltane bonfire to bring good fortune, fertility and happiness through the coming year. When Christianity became popular across the Western world, these pagan holidays lost their religious importance, often merging with or replaced by Christian ones. Though May Day has lost its religious connotations

it's kept many of its established themes. The maypole is erected with people dancing around as a celebration of life and fertility. A May Queen is crowned, who wears white to symbolise purity and a crown of flowers to celebrate fertility; and in this regard she draws comparisons with the goddess Flora. The holiday of May Day is celebrated across the country on the first Monday of the month, marked with a bank holiday. So next May Day when you’re enjoying the Morris dancers and activities on offer, remember the traditions that started it all.

KENTISH OPERA TURNS 60! 2013 is an auspicious year for Kentish Opera as they celebrate their 60th birthday, Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday and The Stag Theatre’s 30th. Vine magazine caught up with them to talk all things opera, Aida and Mastermind


n 1951 Audrey Langford – a renowned local singer and operatic tutor – was asked to put on an opera as part of Bromley’s contribution to the Festival of Britain celebrations. She joined forces with Ande Anderson (then the director of the Royal Opera House) and the resulting performance of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (whose cast was drawn almost exclusively from Audrey’s pupils) was such a success that the pair formed Kentish Opera in 1953 and produced The Marriage of Figaro the following year. Since then Kentish

Opera has not only survived as a local business and institution in spite of the many economic dips and dives of the past 60 years but has gone from strength to strength! Now under the Artistic Directorship of Sally Langford (the daughter of Audrey) it is about to launch it’s 60th Anniversary Production of Verdi’s Aida: a powerful piece known for its impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music. It is a particularly apt choice, not only because this year sees Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday but because Kentish Opera’s own Sian West recently reached the grand final of Mastermind with the operas of Verdi as her specialist subject – and while she did not take home the coveted glass bowl

she demonstrated wonderful knowledge of the composer and his works. This month’s traditionally staged performance of Aida will be sung in English with international soloists from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, together

with a professional orchestra and Kentish Opera's superb amateur chorus. It will run from 15 - 18 May at The Stag Theatre and is a must for any fans of opera, or those simply looking for a theatrical and visual spectacle.

n For more information on Kentish Opera and how you can get involved with their chorus visit Tickets for Aida are available from The Stag Box office on 01732 450175 May 2013 vine 19


March’s Grapevine event at the Bentley Showroom in Sevenoaks went swimmingly. Guests were able to check out some amazing cars while mingling, swapping business cards and enjoying great food provided by Rafferty’s Cafe

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The team at Warners Solicitors offer regular expert advice on topics relevant to our everyday lives. This month, Estelle Tague discusses tax implications of separation and divorce

Nigel Taylor of NJT Accountancy discusses the dilemma of a company car ACQUISITION If you are a small business owner and are thinking about buying a brand new company car then you may want to think again! Buying a company car is all well and good as your own company is paying for it, but there are pros and cons with this type of acquisition. From the company’s point of view, it would be entitled to capital allowances on the car in the year that it was purchased and the corresponding years, depending on the cost of the car. Some cars may receive a 100 per cent first-year allowance depending on their carbon dioxide emissions. In this scenario where 100 per cent allowances are received in the first year, it’s a shock to the business owner in the following year to see a larger than expected corporation tax bill! The downside is a cash flow issue for the business, as well as an asset on the balance that has a valuation considerably reduced once the car rolls out of the showroom. Also remember that there is a benefit in kind charge (BIK) to the employee when the car is available for private use. The charge to the employee is derived based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle, times by the percentage of the list price. CONTRACT HIRE Contract hire is another alternative to outright purchase, though no capital allowances are given in this type of transaction. With contract hire you have the option, usually after three years, to give the car back and replace the vehicle with another one. Servicing and car tax might also be included by the supplier, so check the small print.


There is a BIK charge to this transaction which normally you are informed of by the supplier of the vehicle. The three-year contract hire is recorded on the balance sheet as a firm commitment, so make sure you can afford the payments over this period, as this may affect your business credit rating. DIVIDEND PAYMENTS If we ignore the obvious route to acquire a car, an alternative might well be a dividend payment to purchase a private car out right or to lease a car over a three-year period. Monthly payments from your company to you to cover the lease payments can be treated as a dividend payment, or an end of year dividend may well pay for the car! This type of payment all depends on how much the owner of the business is earning, so please check before you dive into buying a brand spanking new car! By Nigel Taylor n For more information on company cars and the most taxefficient way to purchase one, talk to the team at NJT Accountancy on 01732 446462 or visit

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ax planning is understandably not often considered by couples when their marriage breaks down. As a tax solicitor, I am often asked to plan in advance in this very specialist area. A product of complete marriage breakdown is that I am given a fait of accompli, and timing is all important. Tax planning, whilst difficult in this situation, is not impossible provided both parties work together. During the tax year of separation, that being 6 April to the following 5 April, any assets transferred between spouses are transferred in a tax neutral manner for capital gains tax purposes (“CGT”). This is known as no gain/no loss. The asset transfers at the transferor’s base cost of purchase or, if higher, the value of the asset as at 31 March 1982 (if the asset was held at that time). CGT exemption is only applicable between spouses in the fiscal year of separation. The couple must have lived together at some point during that tax year. If assets are transferred in later tax years, CGT will be charged on the asset transfer in the normal way. This issue is particularly important in relation to business asset transfer between

spouses. Second properties, holiday homes and property portfolios are particularly at risk from CGT. In the majority of cases the largest asset held by a couple is the family home and this is especially true in the Sevenoaks area. Usually the family home is free from CGT, however when a couple separate the property ceases to be the main residence of the non-resident spouse. Consequently, CGT may arise on the non-residing spouse’s share in the property. Gifts between spouses are not subject to Inheritance Tax, the assets transfer with spouse exemption and this continues until the time of divorce, i.e. decree absolute. If separation occurs towards the end of the fiscal year the time limit for tax efficient transfer of assets between couples may be severally hampered. When considering separation it is essential to obtain specialist advice if you have assets that could crystallise a CGT liability. n For more information on Tax Planning, contact Estelle Tague on 01732 747929 or Follow Warners on Twitter @KentSolicitors

Estelle Tague Associate Private Client Lawyer, Taxation Specialist Tel: 01732 747929 Email: Areas of Expertise • Private Tax Planning • Wills • Trust Creation and Advice • Inheritance Tax Planning • CGT Planning • Corporate Tax Strategies Professional Memberships • Chartered Institute of Tax • International Tax Diploma • Member of The Bar (non-practising) Likes: My family, films & gardening In my next life I want to be... A ski instructor May 2013 vine 21

Matthew Mallinson explores the beautiful landscape, flora and fauna at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

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ust outside of Riverhead sits running the site with the help of many a pioneering nature reserve; benefactors until it was it was taken a hidden gem of Sevenoaks. over by the Kent Wildlife Trust in 2005, It is renowned for its at which point the site became open expansive array of birds to the public. The visitor centre is still and breathtaking views. A named after Jeffery Harrison to note his 135-acre serene environment, the reserve remarkable contributions to the site. boasts five stunning lakes and a mixed A guided walk around the lakes and habitat of ponds, surrounded by vast woods takes place once a month on a woodlands. Over 2000 species of plants, Sunday, showcasing birds and plants that fungi and animals have been discovered can be found on the routes. The routes in the area; the figure is ever expanding. can be slightly rough so sensible footwear The area started out as farmland is advised and binoculars will be essential but was converted to a series of gravel to fully enjoy the wildlife. You can also pits, by Kent Sand & Ballast Company walk around the grounds at your own in the 1930s. The doctor brothers leisure five days a week, Saturday to James and Jeffery Harrison conceived Wednesday. You may be lucky enough a vision of converting the site for to spot the elusive Great Spotted wildlife, approaching the Kent Sand Woodpecker! In warmer weather, you are and Ballast company with the plan; in likely to see dragonflies and damselflies 1956 the project was launched. A joint near the lakes. Keep an eye out for the venture carried out with many wildfowl Clustertop Vervain, with its beautiful associations and trusts, its primary aim purple flowers and alluring scent. was to increase the breeding and feeding The reserve has an enthusiastic habitats available to wildfowl and waders. education team, who encourage young This was the first British attempt to children to discover the reserve and develop a series of gravel pits for the its inhabitants, putting it right at the purpose of nature conservation; meaning heart of the local community. There that much of the work was experimental. are regular talks on the habitats and In addition to their primary interest of behaviours of animals that can be creating an avian habitat, they knew found around the region. Pond dipping that they had to create a experiences are a monthly completely thriving and activity, exploring the habitat sustainable community. of ponds and studying Habitat management work the many dragonflies and This was the took place to broaden the damselflies that can be range of plants, insects found there. Nature trails first British and mammals on the site. take children into the wild, attempt to The team was comprised exploring how the animals develop a series entirely of volunteers who live at the reserve. Mini beast learned as they went along, sessions allow children to of gravel pits adapting their approach handle some of the creatures. for the purpose and methods. Sevenoaks The site features the of nature Wildlife Reserve still world’s largest solitary bee relies on the help of it’s house. Bees are a genus at conservation; dedicated volunteers to this risk, with many species in meaning that day, working as an effective serious decline and the hive much of the team around the reserve’s was created to house solitary small permanent staff. bees that pollinate flowers. work was The Sevenoaks It was hoped that the hive experimental Wildlife Reserve is mostly would remind people of the manmade, virtually all of plight of bees, encouraging the 13,000 trees around the them to create simple bee nature trails were planted houses for their own gardens. by hand. Lakes and ponds The Sevenoaks Nature were created by excavating gravel pits, Reserve is a fantastic location to see a then flooding them with water from the wide range of wildlife, especially of the River Darent. Reeds, rushes and sedges avian variety, and a plethora of flora. were planted around the margins of It’s the perfect place for a relaxing day the lakes to provide food and cover for out, strolling through the nature walks or wetland bird species and insects. By 1980 trying a spot of bird watching. a peaceful nature reserve stood in place The reserve is currently open daily, dawn of an industrial quarry. to dusk, and the visitor centre is open Unfortunately Jeffery Harrison didn’t Saturday to Wednesday, 10am-5pm. live to see his vision completed, dying in 1978 at the relatively young age of n Call 01732 456407 for further 56. The Jeffery Harrison Memorial information on events and visiting Trust was created following his death, the reserve May 2013 vine 23

LET’S GO BIRD WATCHING n One of Britain’s favourite birds and the unofficial national bird of the UK. As well as being visually stunning, the birds are known to be very people friendly, so you may be lucky enough to have it feed from your hand. n A small bird, with quite an ornate plumage. A migratory bird, you should be able to catch them in the Spring time foraging for food in muddy areas. Enjoying a modern lifestyle, both the males and females take turns to incubate the eggs. n These beautiful birds will often be found in trees, foraging for food. Often they lay their eggs in the second half of May, so have a listen out for the chirping of their young. n One of the smaller birds of prey, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk has a blue-grey colouring with light orange underparts. Males tend to prey on smaller birds, such as tits and finches. The females can be up to 25 percent larger and as such are capable of taking down birds weighing over 500 grams. n A breed of finch, the Siskin has greyish green plumage, with grey-streaked white underparts and black and yellow wings. The male has more of a yellow colouring with a distinctive black cap. Their chicks are often born in the period between April and June, making this a great time to look for them.



The project to convert gravel pits to a nature reserve was launched.

The reserve stood in place of an industrial quarry

1981 Site of Special Scientific Interest protection granted for its diverse birdlife

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY This month’s walk 12 May at 6.30am Centering around the beautiful orchestra of birds. Costs £5 for adults, £2 for under-16s, infants are free. The Life of Bats 10 May between 7.15pm and 9.30pm A talk will be held on bats, covering the different types, their habitats and behaviours.

Fascinating Flora European Dwarf Elder (Sambucus Ebulus) n This plant has green leaves and stems, flowering in

white or pink, it has been known to grow as tall as 2 metres. Each year the stem terminates producing a dense cluster of dark red berries. The stem and leaves turn red in autumn, causing it to be associated with blood and battles. Slender Bird’s-foot Trefoil (Lotus Angustissimus) n Featuring small yellow pea-flowers on a very short

Bug Catching 30 May between 10am and 4pm - Pond dipping experience. Festival of Wildlife 17 and 18 August Festival of Wildlife takes place, featuring live music, guided walks and children’s activities. Florum Art Exhibiton 7 to 14 September from 10am to 5pm The FLORUM art exhibition returns, displaying fantastic flower and plant portraits using a variety of media.

stalk covered in small hairs, the plant derives its name from the shape of its seed pods. When ripe its pods are stiffly splayed like the claw of a bird’s foot. Small Cudweed (Filago Minima) n Small and slender with clusters of three to six

woolly, white flowerheads. The plant was originally grown as food for cows who had lost the ability to chew cud, hence the name cudweed. Cudweed often grows in dry, arid areas. Clusterop Vervain (Verbena Bonariensis) n Tall, narrow, sparsely-leafed stems bear flattened

1996 29 new islands were created in the East Lake to attract more wildlife

heads of bright lavender-purple flowers. Originally native to South America, the flower became popular in England for its beautiful appearance and fragrant scent, which is similar to lavender. Obtained its first Guinness World Record for the world’s largest Solitary Bee house

The reserve was taken over by the Kent Wildlife Trust


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Golf can be a tricky sport, especially for beginners. Matthew Mallinson outlines a few tips for anyone who’s looking to start out

f you’re just starting out playing the sport, most Golf Clubs will offer days when you can try out the various types of club for a small fee; this day will allow you to check your skill. Don’t buy any clubs until after you have tried some out, as you may find you are stronger with a different hand than you originally thought. After you have decided to go forward with playing golf, you may wish to get some lessons. Start out by buying one of each of the four basic golf club types. A driver is the first club you use, to

drive the ball from the starting position to the green; it has a large head to hit the ball the farthest distance. Irons are smaller and lighter with a flatter head, the aim being to move the ball closer to the hole itself from the green. A sand wedge is used if you get trapped in

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a bunker to get you back on to the green. The putter should be the final club you use, to move the ball from the last stretch of green to your target – the hole. Be advised that to play on a golf course there is a certain etiquette to uphold. You must dress smartly and you should wear golf shoes as opposed to trainers. Even at clubs that don’t require membership to play, being a member will give you reduced fees and priority booking over the average golfer. A handicap will be really helpful if

you plan to play against a more professional golfer as it gives you additional hits to achieve par depending on your experience. So if you have handicap on 36 and are playing a 72 par course you will in effect have a par of 108. As your improve your handicap should lower until you are a pro.

Friendship, fresh air and exercise golf has it all ...... Golf’s winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction make it the perfect tonic for good health and happiness. There’s no better sport for bringing people together. With plenty of time for conversation and fun – golf is the perfect way to make new friends. One hour taster sessions are available across Kent from the Kent County Golf Partnership, where you will receive a basic introduction to the game from a PGA professional.

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With summer fast approaching, Vine takes a look at Lullingstone Park Golf Course and the wonderful experiences their greens offer for all golfing abilities


ummer is the perfect time to come to Lullingstone Park Golf Course. With It’s expansive grounds located in over 500 acres of the most beautiful and picturesque Kentish countryside, the course will propose an unrivalled location for dedicated players and devoted beginners. Playing the 18-hole Castle Course enables you to enjoy the spectacular views of Lullingstone Castle whilst testing all your golfing skills on some of the beautiful par

5 holes. If you wish to do the shorter 9-hole Valley Course don’t underestimate the challenge, with tricky hill starts and corner cutting accuracy it poses a real test on your golfing ability. When you’ve finished your round you can take a well-earned rest at the Lodge and choose from a fantastic selection of fresh food and drink. Regardless of your golfing abilities Lullingstone Park Golf Course is a must-visit this season and will provide you with a fun and rewarding day out!

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Golf is the only sport played on the moon. In 1961 Alan Shepard was the second man to travel to space and he hit two golf balls on the lunar surface in his next mission ten years later. Golf balls were typically made of feathers up until the 19th century. The feathers were boiled then put into a leather pouch which was sewn up into a ball shape.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

If you hit a hole-in-one in Japan it is customary to share your good luck by throwing a party complete with gifts for all your friends.

Balls travel significantly further on hot days. A golfer swinging a club at around 100 mph will carry the driver up to eight yards futher for each increase in air temperature of 25°F. May 2013 vine 31

We’ve always felt privileged here at Vine to have our headquarters set in the beautiful grounds of the St Clere Estate, and this month we caught up with our neighbours at St Clere to discuss history and corporate hospitality


he St Clere country estate is a private, working estate in Kemsing, and is still completely family-owned. Because of this, it maintains a quiet, intimate atmosphere. The grounds are famously tranquil, made up of over 2500 acres of land and gardens nestled in the heart of the Heaverham countryside, and the estate itself is full of unusual and picturesque spaces. There’s a lot to see in the surrounding grounds before tackling the house and gardens; cottages hide behind thick woodland, stables and barns face a classical pavillion on the banks of a lake and the surrounding acres are crisscrossed with ancient footpaths that are still used today. The formal gardens of the main house provide a beautiful contrast to the sprawling countryside that surround them, and are made up of neat terraces, a renowned kitchen garden, and border hedges. It’s easy to forget what century you’re in when taking a tour of the grounds, and in fact most of the estate has been preserved since its construction in 1630. The same terraces you can walk over were once trod by its one-time owner, Thomas Boleyn. It is likely that Henry VIII visited St Clere early in his relationship with Thomas’s daughter, Anne Boleyn, a courtship undoubtedly helped along by the impressive collection of roses on display in the gardens. More recently, the house has been home to the first Chairman of the BBC, and later Montagu Norman, Governor of the Bank of England, who turned the house into a school for London’s evacuated children. The house itself also contains many surprises besides its rich and varied history. Unusual octagonal turrets overlook the gardens, adding a touch of whimsy to its characteristic 17th-century manor style and the interior has its share of artefacts, too: the staircases and panelled walls have remained unchanged since the 18th century and the central chimneypiece was designed by renowned architect Sir John Soane, responsible for designing the Bank of England, Whitehall and the House of Lords. The 1793 chimneypiece and doors to the drawing room were brought from the Bank of England and reset in St Clere in 1933. But it is not all about a bygone age at St Clere’s Estate; the house and grounds are still fully functioning and now the formal rooms of the house and the grounds are available for both personal and corporate hire. Whatever anyone wishes to do at St Clere, the owners offer the same guarantee: total privacy and exclusive use of the estate which strives to provide a friendly, intimate environment where guests will have complete use of all facilities and gardens – allowing the peace and privacy to enjoy themselves and make important decisions. St Clere has proved phenomenally popular with businesses, due in no small part to the fact that, while the house and grounds are peaceful, secluded and quintessentially Kentish, the estate itself is within 30 miles of London. The estate also offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and team-building exercises for companies, or individuals, to enjoy from clay pigeon shooting and falconry to quad biking and Segways, the estate owners working closely with businesses at all times in order to tailor their day exactly to suit their needs. Whether companies wish to consolidate existing business relationships, create new networking opportunities or repay customer loyalty, St Clere offers a professional and dependable service and all of this against an unparalleled backdrop full of natural beauty and fascinating history. n For more information on The St Clere Estate, its history, grounds and full details of how to hire it for corporate or personal use visit or phone 01732 761309

St Clere Estate Open Garden Date: 16 June 2013 Time: 2pm- 5pm Entrance Fee: £5.00 adults / £1.00 children If you would like to get a sneak-peek of the beautiful gardens and grounds St Clere has to offer they will be open to the public for the National Gardens Scheme initiative ‘Gardens Open for Charity’. The four-acre garden is full of interest with formal terraces surrounding the mansion (not open) with beautiful views of the Kent countryside. There are herbaceous and shrub borders, a productive kitchen and herb garden, lawns and rare trees. Tours of the garden will be conducted by the Head Gardener at 2.30, 3.30 & 4.30 (£1 per head) and teas will be served in the garden room.

Much Ado About Nothing July 2013 St Clere is donating its proceeds from each performance to Breast Cancer Care. Additionally, Saturday 6th July will be a Gala event in aid of Breast Cancer Care, with pre-performance (5pm onwards) live classical music and picnics provided by Rafferty’s. Further information;

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f you’re a mother who loves singing, even if you’re not very good, head down to Nunama. Escape from the pressures of motherhood for a minute and be uplif ted by the power of music; you can even bring your babies or children along to join in. A movement that was started by two British mums in Singapore, the group is launching as a weekly choi r in Sevenoaks at the Christ Church United Reform Church on the 24 April from 10am to 11am. Your first session is free and if you find you like it it will cost £8.50 per session or £70 for the first term of 11 weeks.

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he beautiful Himalayan Gardens at Rive rhead are now open for the summer and they are still a won derful family day out. Explore the gardens with your family and friends, discover secret pathways, incredible views, learn about plants brought back from the Himalayas and maybe even spot the elusive Yeti. With plenty planned for May from Abstract Colour Art Day – where children can walk around the gardens recording the colours they see before matching them with acrylics and creating an abstract representation of the gardens – to fami ly quizzes, you will never be shor t of an activity to keep the little ones (and you) entertained.


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The senior experience

AT SEVENOAKS PREP Joining Sevenoaks Prep in Year 7 is an opportune time for children. Vine takes a look at the experiences and skills they learn along the way


school whose former pupil became its headmaster and has since made it his mission to ensure that the school stays true to its ethos, ‘The Way of Life’, Sevenoaks Preparatory School embodies a true sense of community amongst its pupils. A co-educational school for pupils from the ages of 2¾ to 13 years, there is a tradition of academic success at 11+ and 13+ to both grammar and independent schools. Pupils are encouraged to progress through life with confidence and self-reliance whilst also enjoying being children. The unique facilities and activities available at Sevenoaks Prep offer pupils opportunities for both responsibility and leadership. The school places great importance on the individual, encouraging them to take part in extracurricular activities which help them to flourish in a way that truly benefits them.

Now is an opportune time for children going into Year 7 to join the school as they will start their secondary education in small classes with teaching being adapted to individual needs. Subjects are taught by specialist teachers, many with secondary school teaching experience, and pupils are given the chance to reinforce their classroom learning with workshops and field trips bringing learning to life.

Proud of its facilities, with a state of the art music and drama facilities and Sports Hall, all pupils are encouraged to take part in the arts. Some highlights of Years 7 and 8 include rock concerts, talent shows, school productions as well as the many activities and trips that take place after the Common Entrance.

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They also take part in The Oak Award, which is a programme designed to engage them in the areas of community, creativity and challenge. This programme again develops great skills that prepares the pupils for secondary school and beyond.

The true sense of community at Sevenoaks Prep is evidenced by the number of former pupils and their families that come back regularly to revisit their school for key events such as Family Day, the Christmas Bazaar or Bonfire Night. Maybe, like the headmaster, the Alumni never really get away!

Nothing better prepares the pupils for the big wide world than Sevenoaks Prep School. The pupils undertake a programme developed by The Prep called the Social Entrepreneurs Project. This is an initiative to encourage pupils to set up and develop their own small businesses with profits being used to help support the charity HopeHIV in their work with AIDS orphans in Africa. The children start out with ÂŁ10 in the hope of making a profit through their start up businesses and, in the process, develop skills in marketing, accounting and business that provide an edge for these pupils as they look towards the future. The combination of entrepreneurship and social responsibility learned whilst undertaking this project is extremely valuable.

Extracurricular activities are highly encouraged at The Prep and a variety of competitive sports are played every week against other schools.

n To come and meet us call 01732 762336 or visit us in Godden Green, Kent, TN15 0JU. For more information visit May 2013 vine 37

RUSSELL HOUSE The Worth of Small Schools With the debate over school size ever present, Vine explores the benefits of small schools over larger ones


he population bulge which is seeing a dramatic rise in pupil numbers at some primary schools has reignited debate over the ideal school size. Russell House, an independent prep school in Otford, has around 200 pupils between the ages of 2 and 11. Its headmaster, Craig McCarthy, believes that there are clear advantages for children in a school of this size.

individual child tick and focus their teaching accordingly. It’s a more tailored learning environment which allows children to develop at their own level. In larger schools, some children may be forgotten and fall behind, whereas smaller schools can cater for a wide range of skill sets and ensure no one is overlooked. Rather than place children into predefined groups, their individual talents are ascertained, and teaching pitched at the optimum level.

The school is your extended family Children in smaller schools often feel more secure, as well as happier and more confident. This is to do with the warm, family-like environment at these schools. The children are likely to know all their fellow pupils, not just in their class but across the school, promoting greater interaction between age groups and more confidence with their elders. Successes and achievements pass quickly through the school and are congratulated. As Mr McCarthy told Vine, “There is a real sense of camaraderie in our school, with all pupils urging each other to do well and co-operating effectively.”

A common commitment to achieve success “Russell House aims to instil in all pupils an understanding that most things that are worthwhile and ultimately fulfilling, require commitment, time and effort,” said Mr McCarthy. “Our relative size allows us to get that message across more easily.” The sense of common purpose within the school also extends to parents as the small size encourages closer relationships between home and school. It is easy for parents to become involved and to talk to teachers regularly on an informal basis. In the process, they gain more insight as to how best to support their child.

Pupils are individuals With excellent pupil-to-teacher ratios, the children are able to build a real connection with their teachers. Teachers are able to understand what makes each

n Russell House is an independent prep school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 11 and welcomes children from across the Sevenoaks area n For more information, please visit or call 01959 522352. Russell House, Station Road, Otford TN14 5QU

“For many parents, the success of a school is measured by its achievements,” said Craig McCarthy. “Russell House is vividly able to demonstrate success across academic results, music, sport and the arts. I would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of a small school at first hand to every parent who would like to visit our school and experience the difference for themselves!”

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SCHOOL EVENTS THIS SUMMER FAMILY DAY OUT Kent College are hosting a family fun day on Saturday 18 May from 12pm to 4pm, offering a enjoyable afternoon for the whole family while discovering what the school has to offer. The afternoon starts at 12pm with a summer BBQ lunch, featuring burgers and sausages along with a vegetarian option. This will be followed by a wide range of activities including craft classes, cupcake decoration, Fun with Phonics and Musical Bumps workshops. Laura Budden will be running Play Therapy Parent Workshops throughout the afternoon. Children will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Early Years outside play area. Family tickets are £8, including BBQ lunch for two adults and one child, plus all activities, with £2 for each additional child.

GREAT BRITISH LEADERS A new exhibition will be on show at Churchill School, entitled 'Great British Leaders Through the Ages', on Thursday 23 May from 5pm to 7pm. The exhibit was created jointly with Chartwell House and Quebec House and features Churchill School pupils' hard work, along with some exhibits from both Chartwell and Quebec House about Churchill and General Wolfe. The children will also be researching Richard III and Queen Elizabeth II to give presentations throughout the evening. n For more information visit www.churchill. or call 01959562197

OPEN DAYS GRANVILLE SCHOOL Granville School in Sevenoaks is hosting an Open Day on Thursday May 23 from 4.30pm to 7pm, allowing parents and prospective pupils to tour the school. n For more information visit www.

Granville School

SEVENOAKS SCHOOL Sevenoaks School is having a Performing Arts Open Morning on Saturday May 11 from 9.30am to 11.30am, offering a presentation and tour of the facilities for prospective pupils with an interest in music and/or drama. On Saturday June 8 they are having a more in-depth Open Day for the entire school. n To register your interest visit www.

n For more information contact Kent College’s Admissions department on 01892820218 or email admissions@

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Engaging with the Co-curriculum Neil Tetley, Deputy Head Co-curriculum at Sevenoaks School, explores the value of co-curricular activities


o-curricular activities are an integral part of a Sevenoaks School education. We aim to provide opportunity and excellence for our students. In sport a high number of Sevenoaks pupils represent the county or country and many of our teams are successful in regional and national competitions – the U15 rugby team recently won the Kent Cup, for example. Our music and drama are among the best of any school in the country, all housed in a wonderful state-of-the-art performing arts centre. However, it is just as important that every student is given the opportunity to take part and last year, for example, we put out 125 representative sports teams including E and F teams in certain sports. Above all it is about finding something for everyone and having fun. At Sevenoaks we use the term co-curricular activities instead of extracurricular as we believe that these activities are not extras but absolutely integral to the education we provide. Students spend three timetabled afternoons taking part in co-curricular activities: two on sport and one doing either community service or Combined Cadet Force. We were one of the first schools in the country to offer community service as part of the school day and we continue to innovate in what we offer our students.

There are opportunities for all ages to engage with the art department. Š ZAK WATERS

What is the value of a co-curricular education?


First and foremost it is the area of school about which students are very often most passionate. Every student at a school like Sevenoaks should be able to find something he or she enjoys, be it chess, football or music, and this will add tremendously to his or her school experience.

'Blood Wedding', 2012


Students gain confidence from overcoming challenges, from performing in a concert to completing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition. At Sevenoaks nearly all our Year 10 pupils enter the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award and then can go on to take Silver or Gold. The DofE scheme is often one of the first times students have to be totally self-reliant, without a parent or teacher to guide them.

Initiative, risk taking and resilience Life is about trying things, making mistakes and learning from them. Co-curricular activities allow the freedom to do this in a way that is much harder in the classroom. One Sevenoaks student last year even set up her own charity and, while this has been challenging, it has been an invaluable experience.

Teamwork and leadership Students need to learn how to be part of a successful team and how to lead and inspire others. Team sport, ensemble music, plays and Combined Cadet Force all offer this. Indeed as students get older many will be expected to take more and more responsibility for activities and even teach younger pupils. Last year a group of Sevenoaks Sixth Formers took their own production to the Edinburgh Fringe. While they were mentored by the Head of Drama they had to take responsibility not only for the creative side but also the logistics: booking the venue, selling tickets and promoting the play.


Within the curriculum there are inevitable constraints of exams and schemes of work. Not so in the cocurriculum. Students can produce their own films, direct or even write a play or compose their own music. If the school doesn’t offer what they want, they can set up their own society.

Compassion and emotional intelligence

At Sevenoaks we use the term co-curricular activities instead of extracurricular as we believe that these activities are not extras but absolutely integral to the education we provide

Above all, through co-curricular activities students learn more about themselves and about how to interact with other people. By taking part in community service they learn that there are people in society with very different life chances from theirs. Sevenoaks School launched the Voluntary Service Unit in 1960, and today over 400 students a week take part in community service, with activities ranging from visiting elderly local residents to working with physically disabled children and helping adults with learning difficulties.

Final thoughts

When thinking about secondary schools parents often look at results, university destinations and league tables as these provide the most quantifiable, tangible means of comparing schools. However, education has to be about much more than we can measure and I would argue that the co-curriculum is as important in a student’s personal development as anything that happens in the classroom. Activities outside the classroom are often the most enjoyable area of school life; it is where students make many of their friends and develop the skills and characteristics that will be so important later in life.

Sevenoaks offers a wide range of sporting activities © LINDSAY BARKER

If you are interested in finding out more about the cocurriculum at Sevenoaks there are two open mornings that might be of particular interest: Saturday 11 May, 9.30am–11.30am, Performing Arts Saturday 22 June, 9.30am-11.30am, Sport Ensemble music


Preparing for the Future Kent College Pembury offers students a diverse and exciting activities and enrichment programme designed to engage and inspire now and for the future

Great extracurricular activities

Here the ‘extra’ in extracurricular means the chance to be extraordinary, to find your limits and then surpass them

Girls at Kent College are encouraged to surpass their expectations and to discover new talents whilst enhancing those that may already exist. The leading school in Pembury provides an ambitious and extensive programme of activities, ranging from those you might expect such as football and rugby, to the more unusual such as scuba-diving, theatrical make-up, fencing and bee-keeping, in addition to the school’s high achieving sport, debating, maths, classical reading and linguistics clubs which have gained success in various national competitions. In addition to this, Kent College offers a platform for young designers to get noticed at the Young Fashion Designer UK national competition which encourages submissions from students across the south of England studying textiles, fashion and product design at GCSE through to A Level, (as well as BTEC & IB courses). Film Festivals, music concerts and fundraising events are held regularly at the school, encouraging a great sense of community whilst on Saturdays, Kent College’s set of Academies, open to children aged five and above, focus on excellence in gymnastics, performing arts and swimming.

Performing Arts Kent College is well known as a community that encourages its students to express themselves, with an impressive reputation for excellent stage productions. They have produced marvellous, large-scale productions such as ‘Evita’ and ‘Carmen’ which each ran for a week, selling out night after night.

Kent College students trek to the Junior School in Nepal

Girls have the opportunity to immerse themselves in all aspects of a professional theatre production from front of stage to technical sound, lighting, set design, costume and make-up. When rehearsals are taking place there is a palpable sense of excitement and camaraderie around the school and the results are always spell-binding. All performances take place in the Countess of Wessex Theatre, a modern 300-seat venue with a 1,600 square foot stage and an array of professional sound and lighting equipment. Music is taught in a purpose-built centre equipped with practice rooms. Specialist teachers offer individual tuition on a wide range of instruments and can prepare students for Associated Board Exams. Dance is taught at GCSE and A Level in a specialist dance studio. Individual tuition is available from speech and drama professionals, and many students gain LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and ESB (English Speaking Board) qualifications and awards. Our Saturday Theatre Academy encourages excellence in drama, dance and singing and gives those with a passion the means to express this further.

Enrichment Programme Kent College prides itself on offering enriching opportunities which encourage students to develop and challenge their thoughts, whilst enhancing their studies and applications for university. Kent College is one of only 13 schools in the country to offer the prestigious Leith’s Food and Wine Certificate which teaches the skills needed to be a confident and efficient cook. It also includes the basic Food Hygiene Certificate, which is an essential qualification for students looking to work in the catering or food industry. Kent College students participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme

The Kent College bi-annual Ski Trip Kent College’s 2013 sell-out production of Evita

Kent College’s new climbing wall Finals of the Young Fashion Designer UK awards in 2012

Leith’s Cookery Course at Kent College

which gives them an understanding of business and is supported by over 2,000 UK-based businesses who volunteer resources, funds and people allowing students to effectively run their businesses. Young Enterprise students learn valuable business skills by taking up roles in management, marketing, selling, production and quality control. Kent College encourages girls to broaden their horizons, with overseas trips and excursions that develop a global perspective. The Kent College community sponsors the Kent College School in Nepal and each year students have the opportunity to visit the school, to work with the Nepalese teachers and students and to see how they are helping to make a difference. In addition to this, Geography students visit the beautiful landscapes of Iceland and Naples. Art and Classics students explore the cultural hubs of Venice and Rome while Biology students travel to Indonesia. Language students are given the opportunity to practise their skills in a new culture

as part of foreign exchange programmes with countries such as Spain and Germany. Kent College’s scholars play an active role in the school community. All scholars are offered a wide range of lectures to stretch and enrich their academic learning through automatic membership to The Margaret James Society. Every academic year there is a series of topical and academic lectures given by visiting guests or teaching staff which add breadth and depth to the students’ academic experience at the school. n To discover your daughter’s potential at Kent College please visit their Open Morning on Wednesday 8 May 9.30am – 1.00pm. Alternatively please visit To find out more about applying for the Young Fashion Designer UK Competition please email


King’s Rochester

Sport, Sondheim and Sightseeing King’s Rochester is a prestigious, independent school in the heart of Kent’s historic city of Rochester. Combining history and modernity King’s is both traditional and dynamic. Vine caught up with them this month to discuss all the latest in school news

This year Sam has been awarded a scholarship to study composing at the Royal College of Music

CELLO CONCERTO WORLD PREMIERE 24th of April saw the pupils of King’s Rochester perform a wide range of classical and modern pieces in Rochester Cathedral accompanied by the Orchestra Roffensis. The concert featured a performance of Mozart’s Requiem by the Senior Choir with countertenor solos performed by international soloist David Allsopp - a former King’s pupil and King’s Cathedral Chorister. Other soloists were post-graduates from The Royal College of Music and King’s own Kate Lambert. The concert also saw the world premiere of Sam Hall’s solo cello concerto Mind Slices. Sam is a member of King’s upper sixth form and an up and coming force in the music world having won the prestigious Fanfare! Competition, as well as the Medway Young Musician of the Year Competition 2012 and the ESTA Young Composer 2012 award (senior category). He has the accolade of being the youngest Musical Director at a major British theatre and has had his compositions performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This year Sam has been awarded a scholarship to study composing at the Royal College of Music.

Virtuoso Sam Hall at the World Premiere of his concerto Mind Slices

Blood, Wit and Barbers Sam Hall also took centre stage for King’s recent production of Stephen Sondheim’s darkly-comic musical Sweeney Todd playing the title role opposite Caroline Canty’s Mrs Lovett. The cast included 30 King’s pupils who tackled Sondheim’s epic score with enthusiasm and great aplomb. The performances were given a highly polished edge by the professional input of West End theatre directors Karen Hebden and Wayne Morris. Wayne Morris designed the set and Karen Hebden not only directed the show but gave the actors the tools to put on a convincing and mature performance and undertook the job of technical director, training pupils in the school’s Technical Society in all the various jobs required to make a complex musical like Sweeney Todd come to life. Douglas McIlwraith, King’s Rochester Director of Music, said of the show: “Our cast of 30 senior school pupils (aged 13-18) have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing Sondheim’s electrifying score and the performances were hugely entertaining, if a little scary!”

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Sam Hall and Caroline Canty as Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett

Nick Easter at the Gala Dinner with James Borner (l) and Ben Kite (r) King’s Year 9 pupils

Gala Charity Sports Dinner

Katie White breaks records on the running track

Record Breaking Student Having competed in the Kent Indoor Championships, King’s Rochester pupil Katie White (Year 11) is now Kent champion in the 200m, improving on her personal best by over a second! She also won Bronze in the 60 metres, missing the Gold by just a tenth of a second. U17 Katie also competed at the Tonbridge Athletic Club’s Open Meeting last month and despite the cold and windy conditions she ran the 150m in 19.25sec, trimming Tonbridge club’s record for not only her own age group, but also for seniors!

Stars from the world of rugby, cricket, hockey, football and athletics turned out in force to a gala charity sports dinner to support King’s chosen charity for the year, Restart – The Rugby Players’ Charity, which was represented on the night by Alex Bennett, former Saracens and England A rugby player. At a sumptuous dinner held at The Rochester Corn Exchange, parents, staff and friends of the school dug deep and raised in excess of £20,000 for the charity which provides financial, practical and emotional support to injured rugby players and their families. Former Saracens and England Star Alex Bennett

Exploring European History Prep and Senior pupils enjoyed a History trip to Moscow and St Petersburg where they absorbed the nation’s history; from the absolutism of tsarist Russia to the totalitarianism of Soviet rule and lived through temperatures of minus 11 degrees Celcius! In addition, a number of Prep pupils participated in a German exchange programme with a partner school in Munich - experiencing family life and improving language competence. Additionally, an annual pilgrimage to Ypres, included visits to the First World War battlefields which were both moving and thought-provoking for pupils and parents alike.

History trip to Russia

Discovering the Maritime Past The King’s Rochester Pre-Prep enjoyed a Maritime Arts Fortnight which stressed the importance of Rochester and Chatham’s maritime past with each class visiting a maritime place of interest and undertaking various art and photography projects assisted by local artist, Wendy Dawes. Poets and authors, Victoria Shoesmith and James Armstrong lead poetry workshops with all year groups and these activities culminated in a Pre-Preparatory School Art Exhibition in Chadlington Hall.

King’s Rochester Open Day Friday 10th May 2013 4.30pm Principal will speak at 4.45pm and 6.30pm

Supercamps AT King’s Supercamps - quality holiday activity courses and childcare at King’s - is especially useful for the school’s working parents but is open to everyone with children aged between 4 and 14 (whether they are currently at King’s or not). Having run a successful camp at Easter, Supercamps is now taking bookings for the Summer holidays for the period 22/7/2013 - 23/8/2013. To find out more about the activities on offer at Super Camps or to book a place visit:

Last tour at 7pm No need to book but, if you have any questions, please contact Lynne Davies - Registrar on: 01634 888590 or email n For more information on King’s Rochester visit May 2013 vine 45


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Swimming lessons at de Stafford Sports Centre and Tandridge Leisure Centre starting from 6 months to adult. For more information check out our website or email Lisa O’Donnell on de Stafford Sports Centre Caterham 01883 344355 Tandridge Leisure Centre Oxted 01883 716717

Discover how we can change your future. Visit or call 0500 551 434 Hadlow College, an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ and LSIS Beacon college, has sites in Canterbury, Tonbridge and South-East London offering full and part-time qualifications, including degrees, in a variety of land-based, sport and outdoor subjects.

Co-Education the Hilden Grange way • Outstanding academic results

• Superb extracurricular programme with particular strengths in sport, music, drama and art • Impressive record of success in the 11 plus and of gaining scholarships to leading independent senior schools • Specialist teachers in every subject from Year 3 • A vibrant, warm and supportive atmosphere

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Hilden Grange School Dry Hill Park Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 3BX Tel: 01732 352706 Email:

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED LOCAL TUITION Kip McGrath is a progressive education centre providing Maths and English tuition for Sevenoaks – Vine caught up with their clients to discover just what makes them such a wonderful agency


ip McGrath Sevenoaks is the local branch of the renowned, national tuition agency Kip McGrath. It first opened in August of 2012 and since then has had an ever-growing client base of young students. Vine

asked some of their parents to report back on what makes Kip McGrath and Zoe Trodd (the local owner and manager) so special. Their testimonials speak for themselves! Karen Taylor’s son Jack is in Year 5 and has been attending Kip McGrath since last August, and both mother and son

are very impressed. “His confidence has increased so much and his teacher at school has seen a significant improvement. Even though he has been at school all week he always loves going to Kip on a Saturday morning and runs in at 9am each week. He’s working towards his 11 plus at the moment but has said that he still wants to carry on coming to Kip forever!” Emma Davies’ son, also in Year 5, is similarly enthusiastic: “He attends with a smile on his face, and is always greeted by an equally smiley Zoe. We cannot praise Kip McGrath Sevenoaks highly enough!”

But it’s not just 11 plus tuition that Kip McGrath provides. Nathan Murdoch is preparing for his GCSEs, his mother Patsy states: “His sessions at Kip McGrath have given him all the necessary information he needed to learn the course work. In addition to this it has given him back the confidence that he had started to lose” and Steve Satterley, whose daughter is also in Year 11, stressed the “family atmosphere”, “aura of enjoyment” and “constant help, support and advice” that students could enjoy with Kip McGrath.

n If you are interested in seeing what Kip McGrath can do for you and your child you can contact Zoe on 01732 453657 or visit for more information

A love FOR languages Vine catches up with Tracey Taylor, a qualified, trained, CRB-checked licensee for La Jolie Ronde and owner of Linguaholics Tell us why you started Linguaholics I started learning languages from a young age and adored it so much that I went on to do a degree in Modern Languages. I feel passionately that learning languages offers a fantastic opportunity to experience new cultures. At first I became a licensee for La Jolie Ronde to teach children aged 3-11 years then demand grew as their siblings and parents also wanted to learn. I therefore wanted more people to Love Learning Languages so I set up Linguaholics.

Why is it so important to learn a language? Learning a second language comes easy to very young children therefore it is an ideal time to familiarise them with the sounds and patterns of a new language. The more they enjoy learning a language when they are young, the more likely they are going to find it a positive experience when they are older. But it’s not just children, adults often want to learn a language to increase their confidence and improve communication, whether it be for a business trip or family holiday abroad.

What do your lessons consist of? We teach 3 groups: 3-11 year olds following the La Jolie Ronde course (the leading provider of French & Spanish language learning); GCSE and A Level Revision; and adults. n For more information check out our website call Tracey Taylor on 01732 457553

In addition to this, we also offer 1:1 tuition for beginners or improvers or students who want to gain more confidence in speaking the language. At Linguaholics, the emphasis is on “fun” and lessons are designed to encourage a positive approach to language learning. The students are therefore much more relaxed and better at imitating sounds and pronunciation.

In an increasingly anglicised world, are foreign languages still relevant? Absolutely. Michael Gove, the Education secretary said, “Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy, imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children. It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning.”Linguaholics are looking to add new languages to their portfolio and are looking for new tutors, please contact them if you are interested in teaching.

ENHANCING THE Learning Experience This month Vine catches with Hazelwood School to talk education, tradition and the recent renovations to their historic building courtesy of YES Glazing Solutions


ith a long history of inspiring young people dating back to its foundations in 1890, the school values the traditions of the past and embraces the best of modern education. Hazelwood School is an independent, co-educational school set amongst 25 acres of magnificent woodlands on the Surrey/Kent border. The school’s commitment to providing the best learning environment for the student to excel in has always been at the forefront of what they do and is evident throughout their proactive attitudes. However, it is not just the learning environment that the students are encouraged to consider. In belonging to an eco-committee, children are encouraged to come up with ideas on how to create an eco-friendly and sustainable environment. As part of The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution, pupils at Hazelwood School have been involved in Green Week, which takes place once a year. Last year, a series of events and assemblies were put on to immerse the children in all aspects of conservation and recycling. Every day of the week the pupils were given a theme and responded to a series of challenges and activities. n For more information, please visit www. or call 01883 712194. Hazelwood School, Wolfs Hill, Limpsfield, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0QU

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KEEPING IT GREEN MAKE-DO MONDAY The week started with Make-Do Monday in which children were made aware of how much money is spent on new clothes every year and how much is wasted and sent to landfill. The children arrived at school in clothes from charity shops or hand-me-downs, and prizes were awarded to the oldest, worst and best-dressed children. This proved to be a fun and enjoyable day for both the children and teachers.

TURN-OFF TUESDAY Turn-off Tuesday encouraged the children to conserve energy by turning off lights. The evening before, staff placed various photographs of eyes over light switches throughout the school. There was a treasure hunt activity with pupils finding and identifying whose eyes were guarding which switch. If any light had been left on, the children were eager to be the first to turn it off.

WATER CONSERVATION As well as taking part in Green week, Hazelwood School has also taken part in a local competition organized by Sutton and East Surrey Water as part of their ongoing educational programme for schools in the area. They grabbed first prize for identifying different ways of saving water in and around the home. The school’s commitment to the environment continues to blossom and with such beautiful surroundings, the upkeep of the land and school is essential for the children’s working environment. As an ongoing project the school has worked closely with YES Glazing Solutions for over 10 years to ensure the maintenance of the school. Sited within a conservation area, there are certain criteria that have to be considered to ensure the building remains the same aesthetically.



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azelwood School provided YES Glazing Solutions with a brief for a multi-phased project replacing the original sliding sash windows and doors on the main building as well as the sliding doors on the school’s enclosed swimming pool. Having served many years, the originals were in disrepair and from an environmental point of view had become inefficient and obsolete. After various site visits and consultations, it was agreed that to reduce product maintenance, improve energy efficiency and closely resemble the originals, the Rehau Heritage sliding sash window should be used. Specified with a slim centre rail and deep bottom rail, the windows perfectly matched the originals allowing for a seamless multi-phased project to commence, without any obvious difference between old and new. For the replacement doors to the main property, highquality bespoke timber joinery was hand crafted with energy-efficient glass installed. New low-maintenance, energy-efficient sliding doors were installed to the swimming pool enclosure. Alongside the installation of a new polycarbonate roof undertaken by the school, this has given the swimming pool complex a new lease of life. As an ongoing project, YES Glazing Solutions have acknowledged the importance of the learning environment at Hazelwood School and have worked

around scheduled timetables to ensure minimal disruptions. Since the beginning of the project YES Glazing Solutions has managed to stick within its proposed costs illustrating their impressive work commitment and consideration for Hazelwood School. James Howard, Director of YES Glazing Solutions, and a former pupil of Hazelwood School emphasised how the building deserved the attention to detail and high quality products, ensuring longevity and energy efficiency: “It’s great to see how the school has grown and evolved since my time there, whilst retaining their high standards and traditions.” Always happy with their services, Maxine Shaw Head of Hazelwood School said: “The Schools priority is in providing the right environment to enhance our children’s learning.” Working together has ensured that the school maintains its beauty as well as providing an environment perfect for the children, an environment that captures the spirit of community whilst nurturing an atmosphere of teamwork and support between the staff and pupils.

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GROWING Through the Granville Vine takes a look at the The Granville School, how it fosters its students' potential and creativity at every stage of eduction, and how this is paying off with exceptional academic results


he Granville School is an independent day school in Sevenoaks for girls aged between 3 and 11 and boys between 3 and 4 which aims to develop the full potential and natural talents of each student in order to prepare them for a fulfilled, happy and productive life. It is an ethos that runs through every stage of the school. This month Vine caught up with The Granville for an insight into school structure and educational emphasis for each year group.

Early Years Life at The Granville begins at the Foundation Stage of the Early Years department where boys and girls aged between 3 and 4 benefit from individual teaching in a happy and inspiring environment. The emphasis throughout the Foundation Stage is fostering and stimulating the young students’ natural curiosity so that they are able to develop more formal skills as they approach the Juniors. The curriculum is balanced between academia and creativity – with literacy and numeracy skills incorporated into play activities while art, craft, class music and ballet lessons all help the children to express their creative sides. French classes begin in the Early Years with songs, games and rhymes, and physical development is encouraged with the use of the Early Years Adventure Playground as well as specialist teaching in PE and swimming.

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Juniors (Key Stage 1) If Early Years aims to foster children’s natural curiosity then the goal of Juniors is to help them satisfy this curiosity and introduce them to the joys of learning. The Junior department is a busy, challenging and exciting environment where individual talents and strengths take centre stage. Experienced teachers support the girls, helping them consolidate their emerging skills and understanding, and leading them towards becoming confident, more independent learners. The main educational emphasis in Juniors is on developing reading, writing and number work while pupils’ general knowledge and understanding of the world around them is developed through stimulating cross-curricular work in science, history, drama, French and art to name but a few. The emphasis on creativity that emerged in Early Years is not lost in Juniors either. The Granville’s grand tradition of festivals – whole school occasions which celebrate various events throughout the year through music, drama, poetry and dance – helps to keep creativity alive.

Seniors (Key Stage 2) Academic range and depth increases in Seniors and is enhanced by a number of extra-curricular clubs for sport, art, music and hobbies (such as chess). Intellectual stimulus, skilled teaching, and the best of resources and

modern equipment produce a very high standard of work. Good study habits that will prove invaluable in secondary school are nurtured through regular challenging work and class tests. The emphasis is still on the core subjects of literacy, numeracy, science and ICT, but the syllabus also includes the teaching of History, Geography, Art, Music, French, Design Technology, Drama, PHSCE and RE. By the end of Year 6 pupils will have reached their full potential. Perhaps the best proof of The Granville’s educational system and ethos is to be found in the acheivements of their students. This year their Year 6 girls received a fantastic set of 11 plus results with seven out of the eight girls who sat the test passing. Four were accepted to Tonbridge Grammar School, one to Tunbridge Wells Grammar and two to Weald of Kent. In addition seven different students were awarded academic, music and drama drama scholarships to a range of excellent independent schools including Sevenoaks School, Walthamstow Hall and Kent College. n For more information on on The Granville School visit

A Summer of Celebration at

Walthamstow HalL JUNIOR SCHOOL Celebrating the school’s 175th birthday is just one of the exciting events taking place at Walthamstow Hall Junior School this term Examination Success Year 6 pupils are getting ready to set sail for their new Senior Schools in September. The girls are celebrating great success in their entrance examinations which saw an academic scholarship, two academic exhibitions, an academic award and a sports award being awarded by Walthamstow Hall Senior School and two academic scholarships being awarded by Sevenoaks School.

Learning by Doing Throughout the year pupils in every year group have enjoyed a wide variety of trips related to their learning in the classroom. Recent trips have included: Reception meeting some eagles and owls which were almost as big as they are when they visited Eagle Heights; Year 1 girls enjoying a journey through time at Yesterday’s World; Year 2 climbing to the top of the Monument in Pudding Lane; Year 3 visiting the British Museum; Year 4 stepping back in time at Penshurst Place and Year 5 going to school in France as part of their residential trip.Year 6 are eagerly anticipating their forthcoming residential trip where they will be experiencing many adventures to develop their independence and leadership skills.

Taking to the Stage There are many opportunities for every girl to take to the stage during the school year, be it leading a school assembly, singing or playing in a concert or performing in the productions staged by each year group. The summer term will end with Year 6 giving their final Junior School performance in their special summer production.

A Summer of Sport Pupils competing in this term’s matches and sports days will be working hard to emulate the achievements of the Year 6 swimming squad who brought home a haul of individual and team medals and record breaking times from the Kent Primary School Swimming Championship Finals in March. The team won both the Girls Open 100m Medley Team and the Girls Open 100m Freestyle Team events and set new team best times for both. They also took 2nd places in the 50m Butterfly and Backstroke and 4th places in the 50m Breast stroke and 50m Freestyle. They also await taking part in the Finals of the national IAPS Swimming Championships.

Happy Birthday This year Walthamstow Hall celebrates its 175th birthday. The Junior School will be marking this special occasion with special ‘historic’ activities and a tea party on June 26, the day upon which the first foundation stone of Walthamstow Hall was laid back in 1878. With perfect symmetry the trowel used to lay the original foundation stone will be used again on 26 June this year to turn the first piece of soil to mark the start of the new Dining Hall construction.

Goodbye and Welcome As the summer term ends Walthamstow Hall will bid a fond farewell to Head of the Junior School Mrs Penny Austin, who leaves the school after ten very happy years. The new Head of the Junior School, Mrs Diane Wood, together with her two youngest daughters, will join us in September. Mrs Wood is currently Deputy Head Teacher at Spring Grove Prep in Wye.

n For the latest news from Walthamstow Hall Junior School go to www. To arrange a visit to the school at a time to suit you contact the Registrar, 01732 451334, theregistrar@



at School and Home


Teaching Lifeskills supports schools and families to deliver ageappropriate Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

his local and well-established consultancy, run by health professionals Yoan Reed and Lisa Nix, is connected to national authoritative organisations relating to Child and Youth Health through its core membership with the National Children’s Bureau, NCB. It is working with and supporting several independent schools to help their students gain skills and understanding on all aspects related to growing up. Most parents are surprised to learn that SRE is not a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, but comes under Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), which is not a statutory subject. The Science Curriculum contains some biological aspects of human reproduction, but it is up to the discretion of each individual school how the wider aspects of SRE, such as puberty, peer pressure, body image and staying safe, are included in the timetable. Teaching Lifeskills and Sevenoaks Prep School have worked closely over the last four years to implement tailored programmes of Lifeskills lessons that prepare and safeguard students before they enter life outside the safe environment of a prep school. Sevenoaks Prep School, which prides itself on embracing students and their families holistically, encouraging pupils to be responsible, kind and sympathetic, has recognised and embraced the need for students to gain knowledge and skills relating to growing up. This move not only complements the ethos of the school, but also encompasses what effective SRE should be. It is not just the biological aspects that pupils need to learn about. It is equally important to equip children with skills enabling them to decode messages from what can be a confusing world outside school, and a thorough understanding of their own emotional and physical development. Teaching

Lifeskills says: "When we meet ex Sevenoaks Prep pupils in secondary schools, it is apparent that they have a greater understanding and appear less vulnerable than other children who have had none or very little SRE at their previous schools." Although schools have an important role in teaching SRE, Teaching Lifeskills recognises that families are the primary educators of SRE and parents often need support in this role. Lisa from Teaching Lifeskills (herself a mother of three) says: "When parents are empowered to become proactive in this role, they can support their child in building a safe and shared language to talk about their bodies, relationships and health. This is key to enabling young people to discuss their concerns and make good choices as they become more independent." Teaching Lifeskills run regular Parent Seminars, which inform, equip and empower parents in a variety of topics relating to children and young people growing up. Yoan from Teaching Lifeskills (also a mother of three) says: "The feedback we get from parents after seminars is that light has been shed on topics relating to SRE in the context of 'family' as well an opportunity to examine their own beliefs and values." Whatever the family values, whatever the faith, Teaching Lifeskills believes that children and young people have the right to grow up with the knowledge to help them understand their bodies, and the skills to manage all relationships. Effective Sex and Relationship Education supports young people and equips them with the information, tools and confidence to manage their lives as they move through puberty and adolescence to adulthood.

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They are working with and supporting several independent schools to help their students gain skills and understanding on all aspects related to growing up

Rochester Independent COLLEGE Preparing Students For Success

Rochester Independent College is a high-performing academically non-selective independent school based in the historic city of Rochester (though it runs a daily minibus service to and from Sevenoaks). From Year 7 through to Sixth Form, it has been preparing its students for entry to the most competitive universities and courses for almost 30 years. This month Vine caught up with them and their students to discover what makes the college sixth form such a success


Aman Chana

ochester Independent College has been helping students prepare for the most competitive university courses since 1984 and boasts an impressive track record of high achievement. They welcome students on two-year A Level programmes and those who transfer into Year 13 (after disappointing AS results elsewhere) and who need to maximise their chances of securing the required university entry grades within the normal two years of sixth form. They also offer intensive one year and A level retake courses. Rochester Independent College’s track record for entry into the Russell Group and Redbrick universities and for securing students places on competitive courses such as Dentistry, Medicine, Architecture and Law is very impressive. Vine caught up with some of their recent sixth form leavers to hear where they were going and how Rochester Independent had helped them get there.

Aman Chana from Townley Grammar: “A Level results day last year was horrible. I had an offer from St George’s for Medicine and was two grades off. Instead of just doing A Level retakes I opted to change direction and do oneyear courses in Economics and Further Maths. I considered going back to school but wanted to study somewhere fresh to resit my A Levels that would boost my chances.” Aman left RIC with A*AA at A Level and was successful in meeting her UCL offer for Economics.

Rosie Geradine came to RIC to retake her A Levels with grades ACD in her A levels from Tonbridge Grammar: “Smaller classes mean more one-to-one help on things you specifically need rather than a group problem. The teaching is more friendly and less formal. I’m more comfortable in class and more able to ask questions. Before when I went to talk to a teacher about a problem I felt I was doing something wrong.” Rosie left RIC with AAAB at A Level and won her place at Durham University to study Psychology.

Rosie Geradine

Harry Neilson

Heading to Leeds University this year is Harry Neilson who after a two year A Level course at RIC will be reading Philosophy: “My GCSE grades from Maidstone Grammar last year were not quite as good as I was expecting, I just didn’t try hard. I could have stayed at school but came to RIC for sixth form to study A Levels in Politics, Philosophy, History and Sociology. This school has invigorated me! The teachers enjoy teaching which has made me become much more of an active participant in lessons. I’ve been helped by the small classes; the teachers are passionate about their subjects and really know their stuff. The most exciting experiences of the year so far have been the trips but specifically the History trip to the Marxist Library in London. It’s the first time I’ve been and it was amazing.”

n For more information on how Rochester Independent can help you or your child with A Levels and A Level re-sits call 01634 828115 or visit May 2013 vine 53




Kent Advanced Tuition is a top-notch tuition agency catering for Sevenoaks and the surrounding area and specialising in 11 plus tuition

ent Advanced Tuition aims to provide high-quality tuition whilst building secure relationships with pupils and families. They deliver a personalised learning programme that enhances children’s knowledge and skills in either English or Maths. Feedback is provided to parents throughout their children’s tutoring and Kent Advanced Tuition welcome insights into children’s learning styles. 11 plus tuition is their area of expertise – skills and knowledge are taught together to ensure that children develop strategies to complete the test papers with confidence.

Their Summer School – based in Sevenoaks – will give children an extra boost before the tests in September. A five-day course of either morning or afternoons will concentrate on strategies and specific concepts. Children will have the opportunity to practise skills at their own level and pace whilst enjoying a low adult: child ratio and the benefits of peer support. Kent Advanced Tuition are aware of the uncertainty that surrounds future 11 plus testing and intend to keep abreast of any changes and amend their teaching methods and resources, accordingly. Their staff undergo a stringent recruitment process. For peace of mind and convenience, tuition is delivered in pupils’ homes. They are happy to tutor on a one to one basis, in pairs or small groups and you can contact them directly to discuss your requirements.

TESTIMONIALS To Alison, Thank you very much for helping me improve my maths standards and making me more confident. I do not hate maths now because I have got better at it. I will miss seeing you and you have helped me so much. If you tutor my brother when he is in Year 4 I will let you know how I am getting on at my new school. Many thanks x x x Dear Alison, Thank you so very much for helping me pass my 11+. I’m looking forward to joining my new school in September and learning lots of new things. Love x x x Dear Alison, It has been a great pleasure to have you teaching our children. Some people just have the knack for dealing with children and you are definitely one! Thank you for always being patient and cheerful. Best wishes

n For more information visit, or tweet them @kenttuition

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CATERHAM School At Caterham School independent learning plays a fundamental part in ensuring individuals are adequately prepared for the challenges beyond school


Training sessions are also available for parents where the different learning methods are explained so they discover how to influence and understand their children

rivate schools are commonly highly focussed around exams and are in constant competition to achieve the highest results possible. Kim Wells, director of Teaching and Learning at Caterham, spotted an essential gap within the education sector pointing out that students need to become self-sufficient learners in order to leave school with the confidence to succeed at university and in later life. If students have the ability to think independently with a deep understanding of their own learning styles, it will ensure an all-rounded, confident and prepared individual. Kim believes that too many students are spoon-fed and simply act as the recipients of information rather than really engaging with it. Caterham is one of the very few schools who have recognised that if they are to prepare students for the adult world, some fundamental changes and shifts in thinking will need to be undertaken. With that in mind, the school has introduced initiatives that are not subjectspecific, but can be applied across all areas of learning. Caterham uses multiple intelligence testing to find a student’s preferred learning style and has introduced a study skills programme where students cover areas such as lateral thinking, mind maps and learning styles. When exam time approaches, courses are provided that focus on memorising, note-taking, speed reading, examination technique and even dealing with stress. An extremely successful innovation is the ‘Study Buddy’ scheme in which Sixth Form students volunteer to help younger students in all areas of learning. With over half the school involved in the Study Buddy scheme and 220 sixth formers fully trained in coaching and mentoring, it is a highly successful scheme ensuring pupils can source additional help as well as develop essential life-long skills. In 2011 this scheme was recognised as the Education Initiative of the Year at the Independent Schools Award. The school also has a ‘Study Surgery’ in which pupils are able to speak to Kim and the staff to verbalise their worries and problems. By communicating their issues or simply knowing that there are members of the school who

Kim Wells, Caterham School Director of Learning & Teaching

are willing to listen and advise them gives reassurance and encouragement to the students. Training sessions are also available for parents where the different learning methods are explained so they discover how to influence and understand their children. This helps them to realise why some children may learn in ways that seem slightly unconventional. These teaching methods have proven to be a great success and is evidenced through Caterham being the only independent co-educational school to be one of the top schools for both A Level results (A*- B grades) and the "value added’’ tables. They were also the first independent school in the country to achieve Thinking Schools status from Dr Edward De Bono and have since been upgraded to Training School status. Learning to learn lies at the core of Caterham’s values but somehow Caterham has managed to capture the magic that is great examination results combined with the development of transferable life skills and a love of learning. A rare and model school indeed.

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Vine inspires you with some new ideas for the bathroom


NATURAL SOAP If you’re looking for some great-smelling soaps made from natural products look no further than All Natural Soap. The soaps on offer are free of harmful chemicals, artificial colours or fragrances, making them incredibly healthy for your skin. Their products come in a wide variety of fragrances from the more traditional Lavender to the more bizarre Seaweed or Gin and Tonic (£3.95 They also have selections which are formulated for sensitive or dry skin.


This nautical-themed blue glass bathroom set (ranging from £4.80 to £8 makes a strong style statement with its rich hues. Featuring five complementary containers to hold all your bathroom essentials, with holders designed for toothbrushes, knickknacks like cotton balls or ear buds and soap; more can be purchased if required.


This handmade towel rack captures the shabby chic look incredibly well, having a nice vintage wood finish. Available in a wide range of colours which you can choose yourself, you should be able to incorporate it into most bathrooms. The rack can hold 4 full-sized towels, with room for a washcloth on top, making it very functional as well as stylish. (£57

I know what you’re thinking, "a bookcase in the bathroom?", but it is a trend on the rise. With its stylish and bold design, constructed from solid, knotty American oak and oak veneers the Linea Rennes Bookcase (£359.10 has enormous character and is sure to be a hit. Finish it off with a few sea-inspired knick knacks: ships in bottles, shells or even a small aquarium for that ultimate maritime look.

MY KINGDOM FOR A DUCK Rubber ducks are one of those essential bathroom products, especially if you have young children. While they come in a wide variety of forms we’re quite partial to this Shakespeare one (£5.60,which captures his visage while also being hilarious! Sure to inspire a wide range of Shakespeare puns amongst your family and friends, or at least they did amongst the editorial team...

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MIRROR MIRROR This ornate gold mirror (£30 www. will add a touch of class to your bathroom, while its slightly faded style will prevent it from standing out too much in a traditionally designed bathroom. Its portrait style gives you the perfect place to do your hair and makeup in the morning and can be easily mounted to your wall.

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FOR THE PERFECT BATH Matthew Mallinson explores the must-have items for a luxurious bath-time An Explosion of Calm One of the most miraculous inventions in the world of relaxing baths. A hard-packed mixture of chemicals that explodes when put in water adding fragrance and colour to make your bath even more calming. The original inventors of the bath bomb LUSH have come a long way, now featuring a wide variety of different fragrances to complement your desired mood. I love the Big Blue bomb (£3.20), which uses lavender oil for relaxation, lemon oil to clear the mind and seaweed and sea salt to soften the skin, while turning your bathwater a refreshing blue - giving you a Mediterranean holiday in the comfort of your own home.

As Delicious As Chocolate For the softest of skin, exfoliate with one of the many body scrubs available from The Body Shop; these remove dead skin cells leaving skin feeling unbelievably soft. I’m a big fan of the Cocoa Butter Cream Body Scrub (£12.50) which leaves a faint chocolatey aroma on the skin, without being too overpowering. Simply use the scrub before having a bath or shower then wash off during for the best results. The scrubs come in a whole range of fragrances, so just pick your favourite.

Bathroom Rejuvenation If you’re feeling tired and run down after a hard time in the office or a touch of spring cleaning, then the Rejuvenate Bath Soak from Radox is for you (£2.19 from Superdrug). Jasmine is used to stimulate and revive your tired mind, while a mix of green tea and orange oil leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Mix with a bath bomb for the ultimate calming, refreshing spalike experience.


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Your bathroom should be designed around your own individual style. Matthew Mallinson presents several interesting bathroom ideas to suit you

Chiseled Stone Stone gives an old-fashioned yet modern look to your home, bringing a natural look to the space. Use black stone tiles to make your floor glisten with style and sophistication. Pair these with Tadelakt coated walls and ceilings to give your whole bathroom a stone finish. Tadelakt is a smooth marblelike plaster with a nice sheen that is available in a range of colours; I feel it looks best in a darker shade. A white bath tub will add a sense of freshness to the finished space. Marble is another alternative for floors and walls, giving an intricately grained look to the bathroom. A freestanding bath will give a luxurious touch. Alternatively try a black granite wash basin, paired with a mostly white motif to give a more modern feel. A great deal of white will also make a smaller bathroom look larger, if size is an issue. If you don’t want to go for a totally stone appearance, mixing it with other natural materials will be best. Try wooden cupboards and shelves with hues that complement your chosen style; teak or oak will work well in lighter rooms while mahogany will suit a dark colour scheme.

Gothic To channel a Tim Burton-esque gothic fantasy world start by either painting the walls black or using black tiles, setting the overall mood. Combine black and silver for a more elegant style. Reds will give the room a vampire-inspired blood effect; dark shades of purple also work quite well to add a bit of colour to a dark mood. A silver leaf-shaped bathtub will add a glimmer of light; alternatively try a more traditional square bath in black with silver details for a luxury look. For gothic lighting use black chandeliers and sconces. Candles will complete the look but it’s probably better to save these for special occasions. Try skull-shaped, medieval or darkly quirky accessories to complete the look.

Simply modern For a truly modern feel try painting the walls white, using white or silver fixtures. One way to achieve this look is through smooth, sleek features, like a rounded bathtub and wash basin. Alternatively try a more block-shaped approach to give a less arty feel. A walkin shower will make the space look professional, like a high class hotel. If an all-white bathroom sounds dull you can incorporate small details of bright colour into a space, which will work best if one colour is chosen. This can then be used in toilet seat covers, a counter space by the sink or even the waste bin to bring colour to the space. Large mirrors will look great in either style, giving the illusion of further space as well as appealing to the more vain amongst you. Natural light looks great in rooms like this, so if possible try a large window. If natural light is not a possibility create a bright space with several LED light fixtures. May 2013 vine 59

In a league

of their own

Estate and Field Management offers the complete package when it comes to grassland, estate management and maintenance. Vine catches up with Managing Director Geoff Taylor to find out what truly sets them above the rest



ith a team of multicentred around mowing and over the skilled and highly trained years has built up a comprehensive fleet of professionals providing machines in order to cater for every type of the highest quality of ground maintenance situation, from small services and equipment, intricate areas to vast landscapes. Services Estate and Field include Mowing, Vertidraining, Spraying, Management are true experts in their field. Top Dressing, Fertilising and Scarifying. One Having a team who work across the board of the main activities in the summer is the for landowners undertaking groundwork, demanding mowing schedule and no doubt drainage, hard-landscaping, tree-work, fencing they will be in high demand this season. and general landscape maintenance, they A large part of the company client after rarely rely on sub-contractors. By using their base has grown through word of mouth, own skilled team, they can ensure a more with a high majority of clients being city cost-effective and thorough businessmen with land of approach to work. their own. They want to Geoff, chairman of the improve the environmental West Kent and East Sussex value of their properties I’m very pleased with the Training Group set up but simply have neither quality and thoughtfulness the business 11 years ago the time nor resources to when he saw a niche in the do it themselves. of your men’s work. They market: contractors were Geoff ’s overriding focus actually listened to what investing in large pieces of is on his client base and I wanted the end job to kit that were not effectively on ensuring complete and fitting into smaller areas total client satisfaction. look like! They were all so he decided to invest in Some of his work is very pleasant, professional compact machinery to undoubtedly challenging and tidy workers. We have offer a bespoke solution to and varied and requires detailed logistical each client. planning but it is here that his skilled team already received positive Based near Sevenoaks, comes to the rescue in providing and comments about the job Geoff extended his delivering solutions. services into ground works Projects and ongoing work include hard and major landscaping landscaping for a large office corporation and projects, utilising a fleet of clearing an overgrown Victorian country excavators and specialist garden for an elite housing development. equipment. EFM, who work in Kent, East and West Estate and Field Management (EFM) Sussex have developed a range of services also offers the complete package to a wide and a flexible approach to working client base extending from general estate that meets the lifestyle, property maintenance to landowners and specialist maintenance needs and quality sports ground services as well as school standards of estate owners. grounds, office complexes and communal n For more information landscape areas. call 01732 833976 or visit Specialists in turf care, the business initially

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Vine takes a look at local garden centre Coolings, who can provide you with great ideas for your garden




oolings are gardening experts who are determined to provide you with the best products, that achieve the best results. Whether you’re looking to keep your lawn the most luscious of greens, your roses looking their freshest or just keeping your garden generally tidy they are sure to have something to help you. Summer is a great time to work on your vegetable patch and Coolings stocks hundreds of varieties of vegetable seeds, including Thompson & Morgan’s Heritage Seed Collection. This collection includes long-lost varieties which will taste all the better when you grow them yourself. If you’re short on time, Coolings also stock an extensive vegetable range in their Plant Area, featuring rarely grown varieties such as Swiss Chard, Kohl Rabi and Ballotti Beans. Summer is also the time to get colour into your garden with beautiful bedding plants. Coolings are proud of their reputation for selling a dazzling range of quality summer bedding. The majority of the plants are grown on their nursery in Knockholt. Each year in excess of half a million bedding plants are grown from over 500 different varieties, giving you the range and quality you require to make your displays the envy of your neighbourhood.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY Coolings also offers a variety of talks, excursions and events to help inspire you in your garden. For monthly listings please see their website or to book call Lesley Webster on 01959 532269. Saturday 4 May 10am to 12pm - ‘Sex and Violence’ Talk Tessa Allen will show you fun and ingenious ways to fight back against ‘pests’. £5 per person. Thursday 9 May 9.30am to 5.30pm - Pashley Manor & Merriments Garden Trip Visiting the fantastic gardens at Pashley Manor and Merriments Gardens, as part of Cooling’s ‘Secret Gardens of the South’ series of trips. £55 per person, or £49 if two or more visits are pre-booked. Thursday 23 May 8.00am – 8.00pm - Beaulieu & Buckler's Hard Trip Beaulieu offers something for all the family, young and old. Beaulieu houses the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and Gardens Buckler’s Hard is on the banks of the Beaulieu River, a unique and picturesque village which has remained almost unchanged since the 16th century. £59 per person. Saturday 25 May - Farmers’ & Craft Market Saturday 25 May - Summer Theatre in the Garden - Babe the Sheep-Pig

Coolings are often asked to name their favourite bedding plants. Every plant has its merits, but in all gardens they like to recommend plants that are both beautiful and give wildlife a helping hand… Purple Trailing Verbena

Purple Trailing Verbena

Flowers non-stop all summer. Bees and butterflies love it! Look out for a new perennial upright Verbena called Lollipop. This is a dwarf form of the hugely popular Verbena bonariensis. Try using Verbena Lollipop as a lovely short centre-piece to a pot.

Nicotiana sylvestris Nothing beats the scent of this plant on a warm summer evening. It grows best in a cool border and can take a bit of shade growing up to six foot tall with classy white tubular flowers. Great for attracting moths to your garden. Blue bedding Salvia Rhea and Strata These are the absolute number one destination for bees in the bedding plant sales area! They simply adore these plants. Beautiful blue flower spikes plus the leaves have a lovely zesty fragrance.

Salvia Rhea

Heliotrope Scented like cherry pie – yum! Pollinator insects love it! Does best in a sunny spot. Cosmos

Cosmos Informal and lovely, cosmos gives an airy graceful feel to a border. Plant in modest drifts between early flowered perennials to give interest from mid to late summer. Plus the bees seem to like them!

Dick King-Smith’s heart warming tale of friendship, courage and determination is vividly brought to life. Suitable suggested age 5+ £14.99 per person. Play commences 6.30pm. Access to the garden from 6pm.

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Vine talks to David Stead Landscapes Ltd, a local landscape gardening company that promises only the best for your garden

avid Stead has over thirty years' experience designing and constructing a wide range of beautiful, stylish gardens all over the south east. David spent four years at Ravensbourne Art College, Chislehurst and graduated with a BA (Hons) and has worked on hundreds of projects in the last 31 years from small, intimate courtyard gardens to a grand scheme of sheltered housing on behalf of the Prince of Wales Trust as well as sprawling private lawns, though his chief emphasis is now on creating beautiful, bespoke gardens. He was recently commissioned to create a spectacular water

feature at Riverhill House Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks. David and his team specialise in exclusive private projects whilst also working with selected developers on prestigious houses around Sevenoaks, Chislehurst and Keston. Whatever the size and nature of the job, however, David and his team cover all aspects of the process from hard and soft landscaping to those finishing touches

such as water-features, irrigation and outdoor lighting. Whether working directly with clients or designers their emphasis is always on attention to detail. David states “attention to detail has always been our trademark, and it is an ideal our workmen carry forward today.

The aim with all jobs is to help turn a client’s dream garden into a reality and for this to be achieved you need to listen and fully understand their requirements”. And David Stead Landscapes truly do this, working closely with clients to ensure that every stage of the process meets up to the clients' exacting standards and helps to realise their garden dreams.

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From newborn lambs to fresh local produce, Pat Crawford explores the fun to be had this month at Open Farm Sunday

pen Farm Sunday has become a favourite with families all over the country and visitor numbers have grown year-on-year ever since its inception. This year farms all over the country will be welcoming visitors on Sunday 9 June and the Princess Christian’s Farm in Hildenborough is no exception. Taking as its theme ‘The story behind your food’, the diverse programme includes tours of the farm, sheep shearing, poultry, pigs, pond dipping, a variety of activities for the children, a nature trail, interactive ‘field to fork’ taster sessions – and much

more. In fact, there really is something for everyone. Produced in Kent and Why Farming Matters in Kent will be represented and both organisations are looking forward to talking to visitors about the excellent work they undertake. A wide range of PCF’s own produce will be on sale and catering will include burgers (locally produced

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meat from a guaranteed known source) and a wide range of fresh food including some of the delicious cakes for which PCF is well known. Set in 115 acres of pasture and woodland, Princess Christian’s Farm is a unique place for students with disabilities or learning difficulties. Managed by Hadlow – one of the UK’s leading landbased colleges – in a

partnership with Kent County Council, the farm produces its own pork, lamb, beef and ovenready chicken as well as over a thousand eggs every day! Students there have the opportunity to acquire a range of horticultural skills and produce ranges of vegetables and plants in the farm’s glasshouses and polytunnels. Visitors will be able to purchase fresh produce and students will also be selling planters and hanging baskets. n For further information about Open Farm Sunday at Princess Christian’s call 01732 838408

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CONTROL YOUR HOME Vine explores how New Wave AV can help to make you the perfect home entertainment room, based on your individual needs


ew Wave AV are a bespoke home automation company, specialising in amazing audio visual solutions for any style of property or business. From their brand new state-of-the-art showroom just 20 minutes outside of Sevenoaks, the most advanced in the southeast, New Wave AV can help you decide what works for you. New Wave AV don’t believe in hard selling but rather advise you on the options available to achieve your goals using their expert knowledge. Control4 technology allows for wireless integration of all the electronics in your home,

removing any wiring clutter. From either a Control4 keypad, your own tablet or smartphone you can control audio and video across your home, adjust the temperature, create

the perfect lighting mood and control your security. With the technology integrated throughout your home, pressing the ‘good Reader offer night’ button will Arrange a demonstration instantly power down with New Wave AV and find the AV, gradually turn

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Head down to New Wave AV’s showroom to meet the experts and see their technology in action

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off the lights throughout the home, set the alarm and adjust the heating to your desired nighttime setting. Start with just one room, then think about the ways New Wave AV can integrate Control4 technology throughout your home. You can add more control over time, start with a cinema system and slowly expand it to your whole home. Control4 can be used in a wide variety of ways and New Wave AV can tell you how best to achieve whatever you envision. The only limit is your imagination! n To arrange a demonstration call 0845 5000 126 or visit

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JANE BOTTOMLEY INTERIORS Jane Bottomley Interiors has a reputation for creating beautiful interiors of the very highest quality. Over the past 30 years we have forged relationships with decorators, cabinet makers, carpet suppliers and fitters and all manner of other interior related trades, this gives us an unparalleled ability to provide a totally comprehensive Interior Design Service. For more info please visit our website.

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Local interior designer, Vanessa Grape, is offering ‘Tea for Two’ at The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, which is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. To enter, like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter (@VanessaGrape) and share the relevant posts liking and following count as separate entries so be sure to do both. If you don’t have Facebook or Twitter you can also enter on their website at: enter-our-giveaway. The competition closes on 30 September 2013.

Our friends at The Chequers, Heaverham are giving away an iPad mini. All you need to do to enter is to send your name and mobile number along with a sentence describing what you will use your new iPad mini for to The competition ends on 30 November 2013.

Sevenoaks-based salon and and spa, The Square, are giving away two amazing prizes this month for a lucky winner. The first is a professional Cut & Blow Dry from one of their expert stylists; there’s also an opportunity to win a 45 min back, neck, shoulder & scalp massage in their salon. To enter, like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter (@ THESQUARESALON) and share the relevant posts, or check-in to The Square to enter. The competition closes on 27 May 2013.

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Let the light in – creative building works in Kent Vine takes the opportunity to meet the partners from SC Services Limited to discuss one of their ongoing projects


C Services are a building firm based in Wrotham, catering for a range of clients including County Councils and Network Rail but with a particular focus on luxury, high-end projects that require a high quality of work. They can offer a complete building service from concept, design and architectural planning through to completion, providing a project manager to ensure full attention to detail, timeliness and quality. A family-run business started by Rob Young, they have been working in the sector for nine years and have established themselves as an impressive business with a strapline of ‘Complete Satisfaction – Guaranteed’. Indeed, their business has grown through recommendation and word of mouth rather than advertising. One of the projects that they are currently working on seems, at first glance, to provide a challenge to even the most creative and innovative of building firms. However, having recently completed a Grade 2 Listed Building in Goudhurst where they were responsible for a complete refurbishment and extensive landscaping, challenge is the name of the game for SC Services. They are currently undertaking a year’s project that involves removing a two-storey central portion of the previously extended house in order to create a stunning orangery. This has involved stripping the whole house back to bare walls, rewiring, replumbing and installing underfloor heating. The finished effect will be phenomenal. Bespoke

handmade windows have been built to specification for installation and where there were the original wooden sash windows, these have been reconditioned. Floors have been raised and the staircase has been taken out in order to replace it with a brand new oak staircase which will be relocated for maximum effect. A great deal of steelwork has been involved in the rebuilding; for example in excess of ten steel beams have been installed to support the structure of the building and the original portion of the house has been totally reroofed and taken back to the original brickwork. The front of the building has been removed in its entirety and will be remodelled to create a completely different front elevation. Arches are being built using reclaimed bricks, a combination of marble and wood floors will be laid and all internal doors will be handmade using tulip wood. In addition to the enormous scope of building work involved, SC Services are installing all the bathrooms and sourcing tiles, bathroom materials, kitchen materials, wood, taps, ironmongery, lighting and sound systems. Specialist full-time employed tradesmen have been used throughout the whole project to ensure complete satisfaction for the client. Vine can only hope to see the completed project – in the meantime, we can dream.

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Do you feel they worked to your specifications? They did and they also gave us many ideas, helping us achieve the look we desired. They created a very usable workspace, that fitted in to the traditional design of our house while keeping it slightly modern with nice minimalistic details.

Helen Plestis How long ago did Sutherland do work for you? It was about three and a half years ago. What was the brief? We wanted a kitchen remodel and a utility room extension. We liked the idea of merging wood finishing with cream details. Our house is quite traditional so we didn’t want it to be too modern, while at the same we wanted it to look interesting. We also needed it to be family friendly.

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Would you recommend them to a friend? Absolutely! They were so helpful throughout the project and their quality is second to none.

Sutherland Furniture are a bespoke company who aim to make the perfect kitchen based on your initial ideas. Vine talks to some of their former clients about the work Sutherland did for them

How did you find their service?

It was about two years ago. Some colleagues at work had recommended them to me so I asked for a quote.

Fantastic! Sutherland were very flexible and creative, that’s why we chose them over their competitors. The benefit of a bespoke company is that they make everything from scratch so there designs aren’t rigid, they make whatever you need.

And what was the brief?

Anything else to add?

My wife and I wanted a complete kitchen refit, taking out all the old cabinets and replacing them with walnut units and wooden flooring throughout.

Just that all the men were extremely polite and tidy, never leaving any mess behind.

Do you feel they worked to your specifications?

Yes, without a second thought!

Douglas came up with a plan and we discussed a number of potential ideas. He collaborated with us fully throughout, listening to our requirements and then working around them.

n For more information please visit or call to arrange an appointment on 01732 867536

How long ago did Sutherland do work for you?

How did you find the team? We built a great relationship with Doug, he checked in throughout the project and suggested many of the finishing touches like the handles, appliances and lighting. They were brilliant at giving exactly what we wanted. Even after the work was finished he came over to make sure we were happy with the finished job.

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The garden is the perfect place to relax. Matthew Mallinson explores the best items to decorate your garden in preparation for summer


Attract All The Birds Perfect for any bird lover who wants to bring them in to his garden. This bird table (£25 is made from the finest timber with a simple style that will bring an elegant look to your garden this is a must have for any garden. Coming in a flat pack style, it will require some DIY skills to assemble, though I’m sure you’ll find it worth it. Spread some seed and wait for the birds to flock in.

Nicely paired with your bird table, this bird food tin (£20 www.freshlyforked. com) is a great storage tin for your precious bird feed. Its retro styling and lettering is charming, with the words painted around being attractive; its enamel finish also makes it incredibly easy to clean. The lid fits tightly to keep food dry and keep out any unwanted pests, like insects or mice. The tin is currently available in cream or blue to match your personal style, and blend in with the theme of your garden.

YOUR FRIENDLY GARDEN GNOME The Woodland Wilf series of garden gnomes are undeniably adorable, each character with their own story to tell. We’re particularly fond of this model that is poised to water your plants (£6 Place him among your flowers and plant pots and he’ll fit right in. It is also possible to feature it in your home, if you should so choose. The gnome is hand painted and finely detailed, created to last against the elements.


CLAIM YOUR SHED These signs (£10.50 www.siopgardd. com) can be completely customised to feature any message (although they limit to about 20 words), such as “Grandad’s Shed” or “Keep Out”. Made from recycled wood, this is also a great item for the environmentally conscious, while still looking fantastic. Written in a childlike style this sign will give a whimsical look, regardless of what is is used for. These make a great birthday gift, or you can just treat yourself.

England is home to hundreds of insects, with many at risk due to changes in their natural habitat. Many insects are helpful throughout the garden; for instance bees pollinate flowers allowing them to thrive. Other insects eat aphids which can destroy flowers! This wooden insect hotel (£30 www. is capable of sheltering bees, ladybirds and hundreds of other beneficial garden insects. Simply place in a sunny but sheltered spot, sit back and wait for the bugs to arrive.

OLD-FASHIONED TIME The Copernicus sundial (£129 www. is a traditional sundial, which will appeal to any lover of classic garden items. Made from heavy, high-quality marine-grade brass, the sundial is precision engineered to give an accurate reading and built to last long term. The brass will slowly darken with age, giving it a vintage look. It can also be engraved with a message of up to 140 characters, making each sundial entirely personal.

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wHat’s ON? CHildren n 01 May. Boxercise for kids. Kikodo Centre, St Johns Hill car park, Bat & Ball. £6. 01634 723164 | 07947 093400 n 13 May & 29 Jun. Talk on Natural Remedies for Childbirth, New-Born Babies & New Mums. Times vary. Kikodo Centre, St Johns Hill car park, Bat & Ball. £20 | 01732 451839 | n 23 May. Happy’s Circus. Kemsing School. £8. PTA 01732 761236 | www.sites. n 25 May-02 Jun. Spring Holiday Fun. 12:00-16:00. Penshurst Place & Gardens. 01892 870307 www.

Community n 02 May. County Council Elections. Sevenoaks District Council | 01732 227000

Association, Rockdale Rd, Sevenoaks | 01732 458762 n 15 May. Resolutions meeting. Otford. Quarry Hill WI 01732 884768 n 18 May. Bring & Buy Sale. 10:00-12:00. St Peters Rectory Garden, Bates Hill, Ightham. In aid of Christian Aid | 01732 884198

Creative writing n 11 May. How to Illustrate a Children’s Book Course. 10:0016:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £35 for 1 week. 0845 606 5606 n 11 May. Towards Publishing Creative Writing Course. 10:0016:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £35 for 1 week. 0845 606 5606

day trips

n 07 May. Plant Swap & Resolutions Meeting. 19:45. Village Hall, Borough Green. Quarry Hill WI | 01732 884768

n 01 May. Visit to Japanese Garden from Borough Green. 14:30. Quarry Hill WI 01732 884768

n 13 May. Open Morning. 10:30-12:00. Rockdale Housing

n 11 May. Coach Outing to Kew Gardens from Shoreham.


£25 including admission (OAPs £22, children £10). Details from Shoreham Horticultural Society, Riverview Cottage, Darenth Way n 18 May. Coach trip to Peterborough Cathedral from Otford. £24. St Barthlomews Church | 01959 523185 st.bartholomews

exHibitions n 01-02 May. In the Air Art Exhibition. TopFoto Gallery, Fircroft Way, Edenbridge. Free. 01732 863939 n 01-06 May. Reference Section Art Exhibition. Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks. 08458 247247 n 01-18 May. Lost & Found Metal Detector Finds Exhibition. Wed & Fri (+ summer Sun) 14:00-16:30, Thu & Sat 10:00-16:30. Eden Valley Museum, Church House, 72 High St, Edenbridge. Free | 01732 868102 n 01 May-02 Jun. Vita at Knole Exhibition. Closed Mon except 06 & 27 May. 10:30-17:00. Knole, Sevenoaks. Free | 01732 462100

Fairs, Festivals, Fetes & sHows n 04-06 May. Weald of Kent Craft Show. 09:30-17:00. Penshurst Place & Gardens. £10. 01892 870307 | 01425 277988 n 11 May. Buy It Baby Fair. 13:00-15:00. Village Memorial Hall, Otford | 07958 762828

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

Flower arranging n 11 May. Summer Flowers & Baskets Course. 10:0016:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £35 for 1 week.

don’t miss! sHipbourne 500tH Farmers’ market Thursday 23 May 10am-2pm. St Giles’ Church, Stumble Hill, Shipbourne, TN11 9PF. Come along to the award-winning Shipbourne Farmers’ Market for their 10th Anniversary celebrations. Highlights will include live music as well as the usual regional Kentish fare. Who knows, you may even bump into some local celebrities!

n 25 May. Medieval May Fayre. 12:00-15:00. Primary School, Zambra Way, Seal. 07796 125867 n 25-27 May. Flower Festival. St Marys Church, Ide Hill. 01959 563749 n 02 Jun. Wedding Fair. Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Rd, Chiddingstone 01892 870347 www.inspiredweddingsandevents.

0845 606 5606. n 14 May. Summer Flowers & Posies Course. 19:30-21:30. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £55 for 6 weeks | 0845 606 5606 www. n 16 May. Summer Floristry Course. 10:00-12:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £55 for 6 weeks | 0845 606 5606

gardening & gardens n 02, 09, 16, 23 May. Plant It, Grow It, Eat It Workshops. 11:00-12:00. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens near Sevenoaks. n 11 May. Planting Beautiful Pots & Containers Course. 10:00-13:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £30 for 1 week 0845 606 5606

History n 11 May. Village History Walk. 10:30. Seal Library 01732 762510 n 23 May. Talk on Robespierre & The French Revolution. 20:00. St Nicholas Church, High St, Sevenoaks. £3. Sevenoaks Historical Society 01732 455340 n 30 May. Knights Templar History Course. 10:00-15:30. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £35 for 1 week 0845 606 5606

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MAy EVENTS AT tHe assembly Hall tHeatre Assembly Hall Theatre • Crescent Road • Tunbridge Wells • Kent TN1 2LU Ticket office: 01892 530613/532072 musiC n 01 May. The Big Blue Rocking Blues. 21:00. Anchor pub, London Rd, Sevenoaks. Free 01732 454898 n 15 May. Top Topham Boogie Woogie Piano Blues. 21:00. Anchor pub, London Rd, Sevenoaks. Free | 01732 454898 n 29 May. Nigel Bagge & Eddie Armer Blues. 21:00. Anchor pub, London Rd, Sevenoaks. Free. 01732 454898

pHotograpHy n 11 May. Photography as a Job Course. 10:00-16:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £35 for 1 week | 0845 606 5606 n 13 May. Capturing Africa on Safari. 20:00-22:00. Doors open 19:45. Mencap Hall, 71 Hitchen Hatch Lane, Sevenoaks | www.

tHeatre n 10 May. Stand-up Comedy. 20:30. Sevenoaks Town Golf Club, Seal Hollow Rd, Sevenoaks. £15. Out of Bounds Comedy Club | 07976 637804 n 15-18 May. Verdi’s Aida. Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd, Sevenoaks. Kentish Opera | 01732 450175 | 700993 www.

walks n 08 May. Stunning Summer Walks Course. 12:00-14:00. Adult Education Centre, Hatton House, Bradbourne Rd, Sevenoaks. £40 for 6 weeks | 0845 606 5606

prisCilla Queen oF tHe desert

Mon 6 – Sat 11 May 2.30pm, 5pm, 7.30pm & 8.15pm From £27.50 - £38.50

Get ready for the ride of your life! Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a journey to the heart of FABuLOuS! ‘The best feel-good show since Mamma Mia!’ – Sunday Express

pasHa kovalev and katya virsHilas Sat 4 May 7.30pm £22.50 Stars of Strictly Come Dancing

Sun 19 May 11am & 2pm £11

Join Sid, the hugely popular original star of the CBeebies channel, live on stage in a fantastic fun-filled adventure that’ll knock your socks off! Sid is setting out on a heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have got to.

CHas and dave

Mon 13 May 7.30pm £24

The show will be the whole history of Chas & Dave. The first half of 30 minutes duration will consist of Chas & Dave’s pub set ending with Gertcha in 1979. The start of their success. The second half will feature all their hits since then.

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Strictly Come Dancing is quite rightly one of the jewels in the crown for the BBC and two of the stars from the show, Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas have devised a sensational new live show for 2013. The production will feature them along with their guest dancers, all beautifully costumed, demonstrating a series of stunning dance routines, accompanied by a full audio-visual backdrop, a Q&A section plus an appearance by a local dance school.

aliCe in wonderland

Fri 24 May 7.30pm First 4 rows £30 & Others £26

Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. From his 70s hits such as Love Really Hurts and Red Light to the 80s mega hits of Caribbean Queen and When The Going Gets Tough, he has blessed the charts with many timeless songs.

Jim davidson – tHe legend Continues Sun 26 May 7.30pm £20

Sun 12 May 2.30pm & 6pm £20, £18

Come with Alice on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland! Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. ‘A ballet company of great achievement’ - The Dancing Times

n 12 May. 6 ½-mile walk around Hadlow & River Medway. Meet 09:45 Spice Lounge, Ashes Lane, Hadlow. Sevenoaks Ramblers 01732 882327 | 07986 402939 n 19 May. 5 ½-mile walk around West Peckham, Oxenhoath & Goose Green. Meet 10:00 West Peckham layby. Sevenoaks Ramblers | 01732 884712 n 29 May. 10-mile walk around Bough Beech reservoir. Meet 10:00 Weald village green. Sevenoaks Ramblers 01342 850827 | 07860 472445

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New stories and new gags abound as Jim talks us through his views on all manner of taboo subjects.

yes, prime minister

Tue 28 May – Sat 1 June 2.30pm & 7.30pm From £17.50

Direct from a third West End season, the original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn have reunited for this anniversary production and now Prime Minister Jim Hacker and his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby are back in this hilarious new play. Priscilla Queen of the Desert


Gin and Titonic Ice Cube Tray To liven up your drinks when entertaining try this finely detailed ice cube tray, to provide a hilarious touch to a gin and tonic – or any drink. Each tray makes 4 icebergs and 4 Titanics, allowing it be used in several glasses. Fun looking and refreshing. Pros: Makes fantastic looking ice cubes

The living room is the focal point of the home, Matthew Mallinson shows you the best gadgets to make your lounge as functional as possible

Cons: It doesn’t float quite like it does in the image Recommended for: Novelty lovers and fans of the film


Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control For the massive Doctor Who fan this Sonic Screwdriver is a must have. Using gesture-based technology this universal remote control can control entertainment systems including TVs, iPod docks and DVD/Bluray players. With advanced gesture recognition and spoken prompts, up to thirty-nine remote control codes can be stored in the Sonic Screwdriver allowing you to control many devices. A spectacular replica that doubles as a fantastic remote. Pros: Looks great and works well Cons: Can be hard to create distinctive gestures Recommended for: The Doctor Who nerd who wants to feel like the Doctor



Thumps Up Wireless Touch Speaker Warning, Impromptu party may happen. All you need is this Wireless Touch Speaker, your phone and some good tunes. Most speakers for phones are unreliable, generally underpowered and underwhelming when it comes to sound. Plus you have to grapple with irritating wires. Touch Speaker allows you to connect your device without even connecting it. All you need to do is just touch your phone to the speaker and select a song. You don’t even have to download any apps or configure you phone – unleashing all your best party songs is as simple as putting one thing on top of another! Pros: Works simply and effectively Cons: Not the most powerful speakers Recommended for: The party animal that wants a simple speaker

Tetris Light For retro lovers Tetris is the ultimate video game, providing hours of entertainment. Coming in seven individual brightly coloured shapes, they magically illuminate when they come into contact with each other. The blocks can be configured into a wide variety of poses, the possibilities being almost endless. Its colourful and unique design will make it a hit with even non-game fans, brightening up any room. Pros: Totally customisable and bright. Cons: Does use up a lot of power



Recommended for: The retro game lover

Ice-Phones Ever get home and wonder where to put your mobile phone? With this handy dock you can put your phone on charge, while leaving it still available for calls. Available in many vibrant colours (we particularly love the Union Jack style), this dock will fit nicely in to your living room. You can access all the contacts on your phone or check your calendar, even while making a call, and with the free app you can give your phone a rotary dialler screensaver to help it blend in with the nostalgic dock. Pros: Easy to use Cons: Only works with Apple and Android phones so far Recommended for: The retro lover looking for a practical phone dock

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