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so E 8 2 pages pages of ideas and properties to help you decide whether to move or improve TUNBRIDGE WELLS WE TEST DRIVE THE CHEVRON GT3 once in the tiny cockpit my nerves go beyond jangly the salty peanut butter strolls slowly in like a bouncer FARNBOROUGH COMMON chapter one restaurant making the right choice for your child EDUCATION GUIDE LONDON FASHION WEEK the view from our catwalk seat on the styles and trends to make you stand out GARY BARLOW on his friend elton john and why he finally cherishes take that MARCH 2014 1.50 WWW.SOMAGAZINE.CO.UK F E AT U R E SO MARCH 2014 5 SO HELLO HERE S WHAT S INSIDE YOUR FEBRUARY ISSUE MARCH ISSUE THE CELEBRITY Is he finally back for good Gary Barlow spills the beans on why the pain of Take That s parting has been soothed by their sweet reunion 24 COVER IMAGE PA PHOTO THE BUYS Looking for a Mother s Day gift This bracelet is worth 28 000 and a lifetime s worth of Brownie points 20 87 Should you move or improve We take a look at the benefits of both plus we explore the wealth of stunning options for those who want to get packing THE HOMES THE EVENTS From comedic capers to jazzy nights it s all going on in the Weald this month 16 8 MARCH 2014 CONTENTS SO 193 THE SCHOOLS Our indispensable Education Guide is back and it s even bigger than ever 33 THE FASHION When the top designers roll into town we re always in the front row... Read our report from London Fashion Week 180 Michelin starred dining that doesn t break the bank what s not to like We ll race you to this Kent restaurant 234 Swap the road for the track and discover your inner speed freak with the Chevron GT3 Racer THE FOOD THE MOTOR THE TRAVEL Time to pack your Stetson and head to Montana for a fantastic outdoor experience 80 258 How a Hollywood icon found peace and tranquility amid the Wealden woodland MARCH 2014 THE ARCHIVES 9 LETTERS SO INBOX Email jconnolly or write to us at SOTW Longford House 19 Mount Ephraim Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1EN Please be sure to include your full name and address. Letters may be edited for publication. LETTER OF THE MONTH TOPICAL TWITTER We had a lot of feedback for our interview with Cllr David Jukes Leader of TW Borough Council... Larry Hardcastle LarryHardcaste Wow... David Jukes has managed to come across absolutely abysmally in the latest SoMagazines. Brilliant interview Worth a read. Cpl Humblebucket Corporalhumble Remarkable interview with DavidJukes in SoMagazines. Head still boggling just as well I m not a teacher Anke ankertw LadeezWhoLaunch SoMagazines I liked that interview. Lizzy Woodfield Lizzyswoodfield News just in Jukesey is a real person and is actually leader of tunbridgewells borough council. Adam Dowling adamdowling Back from an interesting morning ghost hunting in Rusthall cemetery for BBCRADIOKENT. No ghosts but 1 odd EMF reading ookumsspookums Kate Shaw_KateShaw Saw a girl in FLIP FLOPS tonight wandering through TunbridgeWells I know it s not the arctic but come on... Jenny Barsby JennyBarsby robocallaghan MagsTWells no street lights in parts of Rusthall...feared for my safety going to work the other morning Why not tweet us yourself We ll print our favourites SoMagazines DEATHLY DEBATE WATER WOES Hearing Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council confessing that they didn t stock up on enough sandbags ahead of the floods made me so angry brings back memories of the Titanic lifeboat mess Add to this the Environment Agency s claim that new staff were to blame for not communicating the severity of the flood warning to Tonbridge residents and it makes me want to tear my hair out All these mistakes seem to come down to a lack of communication. While the pencil-pushers look for someone to blame local people s homes have been ruined and their lives turned upside down for months. Why can t our authorities get a grip on things Gary Richards Tonbridge Ed Will lessons be learned in time for the next rainy season Last month I was fascinated by the story on your Confidential page about the woman who saw a strange ghostly face on her baby s video monitor. This happened to me numerous times when my daughter was a toddler and in two different houses Eventually a medium came in and made contact with three restless spirits who were then able to move on. So it s great to see someone else being brave enough to report their experience Suzanne Carter By email CAR KARMA I just could not resist taking this picture of the councils CCTV spy car [used to monitor motorists] broken down at Fiveways in Tunbridge Wells. The car and the other one that came along with jump leads were both parked on yellow lines which resulted in a passing bus driver shouting out of his window You re not allowed to park there. Do you think they ll get tickets Rosemary Hopkins Langton Green Ed No We read with interest the story in your magazine last month about the mum who was startled when she saw the face of a stranger suddenly appear on the baby monitor in her son s bedroom. You were obviously suggesting the presence of a being from elsewhere a ghost an apparition something evil. Your interview with TW Council Sorry but what utter nonsense. Leader David Jukes (Feb) was Has she checked at the homes highly entertaining though it of her neighbours to see if they left me in two minds about him. are using similar monitoring Belligerent blunt and a wee bit systems where the camera is arrogant Certainly and those are positioned over the child s bed not qualities that appeal to me in a They probably are and public servant. But as he said he is the transmitted image at least getting some things done has been picked up by around here and perhaps that s the other monitor. what it takes. Nothing wrong with a Jonathon Raynor little humility though David... By email Ed Which one of our readers Andrew Skinner is right the sceptic or the By email Ed Well he is the boss believer PICTURE BY SEAN AIDAN JURY OUT ON JUKES MARCH 2014 13 SO 14 MARCH 2014 new SO OUR MONTHLY LOOK AT SOME OF THE LOCAL STORIES MAKING THE HEADLINES NEWS WHAT A BOMBSHELL Bomb disposal experts were called to woodland in Southborough to remove an unexploded mortar shell. Fortunately Nigel Stapple who uncovered the bomb while digging with the wood s owner Peter Marshall recognised the shape of it and the pair put the device down rather carefully before calling the police. Mr Marshall said the mortar may have been shed by German bombers when they flew over the area during the Battle of Britain. DAVID BARTHOLOMEW ROYAL SNUB FOR LIZZY Olympic gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold was the subject of a pressure campaign after Royal Mail refused to gild a Sevenoaks post box in her honour. After the London 2012 Olympics the postal service installed gold post boxes in the home towns of the 47 British athletes who took the top medals. But Royal Mail insisted that had been a unique occasion and that the new skeleton champion from Sevenoaks who won gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last month was not worthy of the gesture. By the time of going to press they had still not bowed to a social media campaign started by the Sevenoaks Chronicle despite the British Olympic Association s own Director of Communications adding his support. paintitgoldforlizzy SWEET TIDINGS Paris-trained pastry chef Marc Mouzon has teamed up with Tunbridge Wells own celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager to open a new patisserie. Guests were invited to the launch of the new venture on The Pantiles where they sampled some of the goodies that will be in store from Marc. His impressive CV includes Head Pastry Chef at Michelin starred restaurant Le Royal Champagne in France Head Pastry Chef at the Savoy and a stint at the three AA rosette restaurant at Swinton Park in North Yorkshire where he ran courses in advanced patisserie. From macarons and croque en bouche to Gateaux Opera it looks like Marc will make a mouth-watering contribution to Tunbridge Wells foodie scene. COMMON GOOD New parking restrictions around Tunbridge Wells Common have been approved to the relief of the Commons Conservators who feared further erosion of the grassland. However residents of Castle Road were concerned that the introduction of four-hour parking zones would not free up more spaces for them as office workers would simply move their cars around during the day. Council officers responded by extending the resident parking zone from the bottom of Castle Road to Onslow House then later adding the upper part of Castle Road. But some residents are still unhappy claiming that the loss of 70 free all-day spaces will result in more congestion elsewhere. VOICE OF YOUTH Children have been invited to create posters with anti-crime messages in a competition run by a local woman. Mercedes Valentino from Sherwood first ran the contest last year in an effort to reduce crime in the town. Anyone aged between five and 18 can take part they just need to design a colourful poster in size A3 or larger that includes the phrase Say no to crime no to vandalism . Winning designs will be posted online and Ms Valentino will hold a fancy dress prize-giving party for entrants. The competition is not associated with the police but entries can be dropped off at Tunbridge Wells police station by March 17. A SLIGHT HICCUP A teenager from Tunbridge Wells hit the national headlines after suffering from constant hiccups for over two months. Chris McKernan (19) was struck with an attack on November 20 last year and has been hiccupping on average 25 times per minute ever since. Doctors are baffled by the problem which has not been solved with acid relieving tablets or any of the traditional remedies such as drinking water upside down standing on his head and receiving a sudden shock. My girlfriend doesn t seem to mind but it would be better for everyone if they went Mr McKernan says. MARCH 2014 15 SO EVENTS CALENDAR 1 IN FULL BLOOM ST MARCH Nothing signals the arrival of spring like a carpet of daffodils and at Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells the award winning gardens are a delightful place to enjoy the flowers. The attraction opens on weekends this month and then every day from March 31. Visitors can also play with the giant chess set admire the unusual animals have a go on the oversized tree swings in the Enchanted Forest or explore the Pride and Prejudice museum. For admission details call 01892 861 444 or visit ALL THAT JAZZ Fans of live music will love the regular blues and jazz nights held at The Poet at Matfield. Taking place on the first Thursday of each month the events are a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment. You can book a table and indulge in a bite to eat or just have a drink while taking in the fantastic music which starts in the bar at 7.30pm. To find out more about this and other upcoming events visit the website 6 TH ONLY WAY IS JUPP Already a familiar figure from Have I Got News For You and The News Quiz comedian and actor Miles Jupp is sure to provide an entertaining evening of stand-up comedy. Recently described as a young fogey Jupp will be discussing everything from fatherhood and ageing to other people s underwear. See him in action at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells at 8pm. Tickets cost 15 13 and can be booked by calling 01892 678 678 or visiting 15 TH HEAVENLY MUSIC Frant Church plays host to highly regarded jazz vocalist Trudy Kerr in the latest of its fundraising concerts. She ll be singing many much-loved songs in a celebration of the music of trumpet maestro Chet Baker and prolific composer Gerry Mulligan. Trudy will be accompanied by her allstar quintet featuring such highly rated musicians as Derek Nash Dick Pearce and Geoff Gascoyne. Priced at 12 tickets are available from Frant Stores or by calling Paul Barber on 01892 750 665 or David Cragg on 01892 750 845. 21 ST 16 MARCH 2014 EVENTS SO NEW HEIGHTS KRISTIAN SCHMIDT 26 TH The thrilling rush of mountain sports is explored on the big screen when Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Tunbridge Wells for the first time. Eight of the most breathtaking short films will be screened during the evening featuring exploits such as wingsuit flying climbing surfing and skiing all against stunning natural backdrops. The showing will be held at the Assembly Hall at 7pm and tickets cost 12.50 11. Book online at or call the box office on 01892 530 613. BY THE BOOK Aspiring authors can develop and write a children s story in just two days on a creative writing course taught by Alan Durant. As the award winning author of more than 80 books for children Alan will help students to complete a story idea for three to seven-year-olds. On the last day there will be feedback from acclaimed illustrator Guy Parker-Rees and Sue Buswell Deputy Publisher at Random House Children s Publishing. The course is held at Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells on Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22 at a cost of 295 book at 21 ST WEEKEND WONDERS Thousands of local people will be enjoying a free day out at attractions across the county during the Kent Big Weekend on March 29 and 30. A ballot was held last month to allocate 25 000 free tickets to lucky entrants so that families can explore more than 110 wonderful attractions including stately homes theme parks zoos and more. So if you were fortunate enough to win tickets don t forget to go out and enjoy yourself Entries for the ballot are now closed but you can find out more about the event at 29 TH TIME FOR TEA Treat your mum to a special cream tea in a beautiful setting on Mothering Sunday. Chiddingstone Castle invites you to enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant White Rose Drawing Room if the weather is fine you could follow your meal with a stroll in the grounds to admire the daffodils and the cherry blossom on the Japanese earthquake memorial trees. Tables can be booked at 1pm or 3.30pm and cost 15 per person. Booking is essential so call 01892 872 746 or email events MARCH 2014 30 TH 17 MY RANT SO SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE With awards season having been and gone cinemas across the Weald will be gearing up for the impending onslaught of summer blockbusters. But for one Tunbridge Wells cinephile Jason exorbitant ticket prices are making movie outings an increasingly rare and endangered experience s a regular cinemagoer I m of the somewhat old-fashioned opinion that there s nothing quite like seeing a movie for the first time on the big screen. But more and more ticket prices are putting people off and resulting in a deeply cynical outlook on the whole experience and Tunbridge Wells I m sad to say is no exception. Without sounding too much like a broken record ever since the closing of the ABC cinema on Mount Pleasant local film fans have had to make do with the extortionate Odeon at Knights Park where prices have become nothing short of disgraceful. Let s do the maths then shall we The standard price of an adult ticket for a 3D film at Odeon Tunbridge Wells is 12.45 ( 14.15 if you go for Premier seating). For children (12 years and under) it s 9.10 or 10.80. So if a family of five want to go and see the latest cartoon caper (assuming there are no teenagers involved) they ll be spending a minimum of 52.20 before they ve even bought drinks and snacks (and that s if they re not particularly well organised booking online in advance incurs an additional charge of 50p per ticket). Accordingly if a cinema trip is a weekly event mum and dad could be shelling out a prepopcorn sum of 2 714.40 a year. That s over 10% of some salaries. Getting the picture A Places like Trinity Theatre on Church Road offer a great alternative but you have to be in it for the long haul a 20 annual membership comes with free coffees discounted ticket prices of around 20% and multi-buy promotions but the biggest savings come from booking five tickets at a time way in advance. Plus they show their films a month or two after general release for only one day so it s not for everyone. Orange Wednesdays (Odeon s buy one get Ticket prices are putting people off and resulting in a deeply cynical outlook on the whole experience one free ticket scheme) are all well and good but organising a cinema trip in this way is not unlike a military operation. There s also the issue of having to go in even numbers in order to keep the price down which is simply not practical. With the sheer volume of films that come out every week oftentimes if you don t catch the ones you want to see on the first Wednesday after their initial weekend release (provided they re not mega 3D blockbusters that play for months on end) they tend to stop showing very quickly thereafter meaning you either have to pay full whack on another night or miss out altogether. And it s not just customers wallets that are suffering. As staying in and watching films and TV on demand becomes increasingly preferable (be it legitimately or otherwise) these sky-high prices are effectively shooting the film industry in the foot. I don t condone piracy but we re now in a vicious cycle where as a way of sticking it to the man stealing films for free only makes for even more ludicrously priced tickets to make up the financial loss of cinemas studios distributors etc. (they have to make their money back somehow I guess). The likelihood of people actually leaving their homes therefore diminishes even further and so it continues. Make no mistake I love going to the cinema but I m not made of money and even I have my limits. I m also not a successful businessman but surely surely keeping prices down will ultimately mean a higher turnover and just maybe make a dent in the ongoing issue of piracy and illegal downloading. Some people will always opt for the free option no matter what (why pay when you can steal right ) but for those of us who still believe in the magic of cinema there will come a time when something s got to give if we are to keep this joyous pastime alive or else face an eternity in darkened rooms with nothing but a high-speed Wi-Fi connection to keep us company. DO YOU HAVE A RANT YOU D LIKE TO RELEASE Email your views in no more than 600 words to Editor Jane Connolly jconnolly We won t publish anonymous letters and contact details must be supplied but if you d prefer not to be named in print please make this preference clear. MARCH 2014 19 SO MARCH YOU SHOULD THIS MONTH ENTERTAIN... Mother s Day is all about treating the lady of the house and no day of elegant entertaining is complete without a civilised afternoon tea. If you re going to play mother though you can t let her down with a boring old tablecloth and paper napkins. Dress up your tasty treats and Champagne with some charming table linen such as this Country Period Pastels organic cotton set from Ochre & Ochre. Available in a variety of vintageinspired spots and stripes the designs come in plain cotton or with a light PU covering for easy wiping. Table cloths are priced from 30 to 65 and napkins cost 20 for four. LISTEN... The Man in Black is back from beyond the grave and joyously this is no compilation of been there done that greatest hits this is a genuinely new albeit posthumous album. Out Among The Stars is a collection of lost recordings that Johnny Cash made in the 1980s they were subsequently shelved by his record company until his son rediscovered the tracks two years ago. Produced by Billy Sherrill some of the 12 songs also feature vocals by Waylon Jennings and Cash s late wife June Carter Cash. The album is released on March 24 and we reckon it ll be worth the wait. Available for 9.72 from READ... We re lucky to have Rosemary Shrager s own cookery school in Tunbridge Wells but sadly she can t be at our sides in the kitchen all the time. Help is at hand though her new book Rosemary Shrager s Cakes WATCH... Ever felt a little bit lost Then you ll sympathise with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney who play two astronauts in the highly acclaimed thriller Gravity. By the time you read this the BAFTA winning film may be an Oscar winner too the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Actress for Bullock who impressed with her portrayal of a medical engineer on her first trip into space. Disaster strikes when an accident leaves Bullock adrift in the cosmos with only Gorgeous George for company. Will they be rescued And will she care Find out when the DVD is released on March 3. Available for 10 from Bakes and Puddings is the next best thing. From ginger biscuits to Black Forest gateau you ll be whipping up tantalising treats in no time. Published by Hamlyn the book is available from March 3 priced at 18.99 from 20 MARCH 2014 THIS MONTH SO BOOK... Now in its 13th year Forest Live the Forestry Commission s series of annual outdoor concerts is a real highlight of the summer calendar for music fans. This year sees the Modfather Paul Weller becoming the latest huge star to entertain among the trees and he ll be performing at Bedgebury near Goudhurst on Saturday June 21. These gigs are always immensely popular so don t delay in booking your ticket to see one of music s coolest men playing live in a beautiful setting. Priced at 46.20 tickets to see the former Jam and Style Council frontman are sure to sell fast buy yours online at music or call 0300 068 0400. PRINT... Wonders will never cease... Those of us who struggle to understand the concept of 3D printing can now watch it happening in our very own homes with the Cubify Cube 2 second generation 3D printer. Using two types of plastic the device can print objects measuring a maximum of 14cm x 14cm x 14cm and it comes with 25 free designs to try. More designs can be purchased online for everything from watches to phone cases and you can create items in 16 colours. The printer uses Wi-Fi to wirelessly receive the software from your computer and large items such as shoes can be printed overnight. This space age device is yours for just 1 150 at Selfridges. SPARKLE... Delicate and feminine this stunning trinket by Maiyet packs a big punch in its slender frame making it perfect for showing you care this Mother s Day. The new 18ct gold Machu Picchu bracelet boasts 11ct of diamonds all of which are full cut to reflect more light which results in an even brighter sparkle. All the diamonds are Kimberley Process Certified and conflict-free so your mum can enjoy peace of mind with this breathtaking piece of jewellery. The cost is 27 825 but we bet you ll be in her good books for a while Order yours from Browns Fashion. PACK... When you re struggling to decide on a destination for your summer holiday a multi-centre break can seem like the ideal solution. But you don t want anything less than absolute luxury so how about visiting 10 of the world s most extravagant hotel suites in one 21-day trip Enjoy the billionaire lifestyle at exclusive accommodation in Paris Dubai the Bahamas Tokyo Rome Las Vegas New York London Istanbul and Hong Kong. From the Royal Suite at Burj Al Arab which comes complete with a butler and solid gold concierge iPad to Atlantis in the Bahamas where you can expect a personal chef this is the definition of decadence. The holiday costs 359 000 per couple via although you also have the chance to bid for it at just 371 through a new auction website visit for details. For each trip sold 1 000 will be donated to The Prince s Trust. MARCH 2014 21 GOSSIP SO CONFIDENTIAL BY TACITUS NOTHING ESCAPES OUR ATTENTION has been hoist by one s own petard Simples The man who for years made mischief by sending anonymous Valentine cards detailing nights of passion to the homes of other business people. He had fallen out with them and wanted revenge. Last month three really racy Valentine cards dropped through his letter box and were read by his wife. Protests that he was not seeing other women fell on deaf ears. That ll teach you sir WHO did this local personality raise an eyebrow over a bread roll Because she argued against paying for a whole one as she d only eaten half of the roll with her soup. Staff at the local cafe stood their ground and the money was reluctantly handed over. This larger than life individual is getting a bit of a rep for being frugal with her dosh. WHY was over the moon to hear from his ex girlfriend That would be the guy who received a call to say she had won a weekend away in Brighton and had no one to go with. He broke the record for packing a bag and getting out the door. The chap didn t return talking about reconciliation but he did have a big smile on his face. And he told her he was perfectly happy to be on standby. WHO have these hotel staff been left with a bad taste in their mouths Because bosses at this leading high-cuisine country pile keep feeding them truly terrible food from the kitchen such as uncooked baked potatoes and raw burgers . Their attempt at using chicken mix was a disaster. Beware sirs. There s a rebellion brewing below stairs. WHY local landmark is apparently up for grabs That would be the one that is rumoured to be on the market because the current owners need to have the asset disappear from their portfolio ASAP hence the reason it s being offered at a realistic price but will there be any takers This is one potential sale that will attract a lot of attention so watch this space WHICH is prancing round town displaying his war wounds Answer The young entrepreneur who visited the family home in the South of France. He over imbibed reached out to grab a stair rail that wasn t there and tumbled head over heels downwards. Impressive lumps bumps and bruises cover the mid torso which he readily reveals. WHO has this married high flyer come crashing down to earth Because his wife found out that he was having an affair. Biggest surprise though was the woman he was bedding his wife s sister Talk about your own doorstep . The philanderer who had built a most successful career in one of the professions was quite rightly shown the door and now lives on his own cutting a somewhat sad figure. No word yet about the sister. WHY has put a smile on Binky s face Answer The chap who got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. And the really good news is that she s said a big yes . Hopefully she s found the right one at last after running around with the married man who eventually dumped her and returned to his pregnant wife. Ding dong ring those wedding bells WHO hotel with plenty of nice star ratings ran out of booze That would be the one that phoned round nearby pubs the other night asking them if they had any beer to spare. Surely they could have jumped in one of their vans and driven down the road to Tesco. Anyway don t they know that pubs these days can t afford to carry spare stock WHICH Got a rumour Pass it on via confidential We never reveal our sources MARCH 2014 23 SO CELEBRITY Patience is a virtue W Gary Barlow is at the top of his game - but he still has sleepless nights worrying it will all end tomorrow. The singer songwriter and TV talent judge tells Andy Welch about being friends with his idol Elton John new-found confidence and finally cherishing Take That Gary Barlow by numbers Number one singles 14 Number one albums 8 Record sales 50million Marriages 1 Children 3 Ivor Novello Awards 6 Estimated fortune 60million atching Gary Barlow on The X Factor mentoring and dishing out advice to young hopefuls it s hard to remember a time when he wasn t a massive star with several multi-platinum albums under his belt. But as recently as 2005 the year the documentary Take That For The Record aired prompting the group s reunion almost a decade after they d split he was a faded force. It seems ludicrous now but when he Howard Donald Jason Orange and Mark Owen announced they were getting back together there were sneers all round. The idea that the foursome could pick up where they left off without Robbie Williams who d left the group prematurely to become one of the country s biggest-selling solo artists seemed impossible. One listen to Patience their 2006 comeback single and the sneers stopped. But why the initial doubt Songs Barlow had penned after all had been among the biggest hits of the 1990s breaking chart records left right and centre. His solo efforts during the group s break though hadn t been so successful... His debut Open Road capitalised on his reputation as the real talent in Take That selling almost three million copies and spawning two number one singles. But with his follow-up Twelve Months Eleven Days things spectacularly ground to a halt. It peaked at No 35 and fell out of the Top 100 a week later. I was in a rotten place back then Barlow (43) says now. It was written by committee that album with [producer] Clive Davis in the US telling me who I should be and who I should work with then the UK label telling me something different over here and there s actually very little of me on there. I promised myself this time around that I wasn t going to listen to anyone else or be swayed. The first time the label heard the [new] album was when I d finished it. The new album is Since I Saw You Last his first as a solo artist in 14 24 MARCH 2014 JOHN PHILLIPS PA PHOTOS MARCH 2014 CELEBRITY 25 SO CELEBRITY SO I m in contact with him a lot we ve known each other about 20 years GARY says in a way that hints he still can t believe he s friends with his idol years. The title track he says is one of the most literal things he s ever written summing up exactly where he Williams Orange Howard and Owen were all that time ago. It s about where we are today too he says. It s a celebration saying that even though all that stuff happened it led us back here to this great place we re at now. There s a duet too with his old pal Elton John. I m in contact with him a lot we ve known each other about 20 years he says in a way that hints he still can t believe he s friends with his idol. They see each other about four times a year and most of their communication involves exchanging music recommendations but when Barlow had a song he thought they could sing together and sent it over within 10 minutes he d had an answer. He was on the phone said it was a smash and wanted to record it as soon as possible says Barlow. Three weeks later we were in the studio playing the piano part together recording the vocals in the same room. It s an old-fashioned duet in that sense two people in the room together and it was brilliant. He s my idol Elton he s the reason I sat at the piano in the first place so to be in a studio with him as an equal is incredible. The funny thing is the song s about that mutual respect. Needless to say I m very happy about it. So what s different now compared to 14 years ago Barlow puts it down to self-confidence and being happy he s been married to dancer Dawn Andrews since 2000 and they have three children together. (Tragically the couple had a stillborn daughter Poppy in 2012.) He doesn t believe he s become a better songwriter since then and still despite the 50 million album sales has sleepless nights worrying he ll never write another good track. I m so lucky to find these melodies he says. I never feel like I was put on this earth to write songs. Never. I just work really hard but I always get this feeling that I ve lost the ability and the luck has run out. Acceptance seems to have played a part in Barlow s renaissance too he admitted in his autobiography Gary Barlow My Take that he once saw the other members of Take That as his backing act but now realises that he wouldn t be where he is without them and cherishes it. I took Take That for granted we all did and now it s come back to us we realise how precious OWEN SWEENEY INVISION AP PA PHOTOS IAN WEST PA PHOTOS In 2000 Barlow married Dawn Andrews who was a dancer on their 1995 Nobody Else Tour. They have three children Daniel Emily and Daisy MARCH 2014 27 SO CELEBRITY ANDREW MILLIGAN PA PHOTOS I see the solo album as a lovely little hobby for a year and it ll mean I can release some music and do a tour but the main job is always going to be Take That YUI MOK PA PHOTOS Gary Barlow with Robbie Williams it is he says. I include Rob in that it s his band too. The band is for us all to take care of for the next 20 years or whatever. We can leave it and do other things and come back to it but it s my number one priority. I see the solo album as a lovely little hobby for a year and it ll mean I can release some music and do a tour but the main job is always going to be Take That. It was the string of live shows he played this time last year that prompted Since I Saw You Last in the first place. We extended that tour three or four times because we were having so much fun he recalls. After getting home I thought there might be a record in me. I put my head in that space for a few weeks and wrote three or four songs. It felt new and fresh so I called the label told them what I wanted to do and got to work. Another much bigger tour is happening this year. While not on Take That s scale - their Progress tour saw an unprecedented 1.34million tickets sold in 24 hours Barlow will be playing arenas all over the country including London s O2 this month. There ll be a bit of production but mainly it ll be me and the band very music-based. Put it this way there won t be any 60ft robots elephants or unicycles he says referencing some of Take That s past stage props. The group reconvened in January to start work on their seventh album. At the time of writing it s unknown whether Robbie Williams will take part although the invitation is there. It all needed organising says Barlow. We ve all got families and there were lots of things that needed moving around to make it happen. I ve been really really looking forward to getting back with the guys though. It s our first [record] in four years and that s daunting and exciting. I m very excited about my tour too. So yeah it s going to be one hell of a year. 28 M A R C H 2014 NICK ANSELL PA PHOTOS THE LOOK SO Our favourite MARCH look BUDDING TREND Spring is in the air and it s time to mimic nature by allowing your wardrobe to burst into colour. Big bold floral prints are one of the season s greatest hits but that s not the only way to embrace gorgeous graphics we love the Popcorn collection by Emma Louise London. This shift dress 245 uses a classic 60s-inspired shape and has a floral feel. Pick up yours at MARCH 2014 31 SO 32 MARCH 2014 THE LOOK SO Direct from the front row The pouring rain certainly didn t stop the London fash pack photographers and journalists from around the world descending on Somerset House to partake in one of the most celebrated events in fashion. London Fashion Week was back and this time designers showcased their Autumn Winter 2014 collections with a strong focus on masculine silhouettes furry textures and sparkly embellishments. To give you an overview of what top trends to look out for next season our fashion expert Catherine de Cr vecoeur reports straight from the catwalk for So magazine J JS LEE A beautiful key colour to hit the catwalk Forest green DAKS Real or not this is one of AW14 s biggest trends Leather HOLLY FULTON Stay fresh with pretty pastels in cosy coats and ladylike separates Winter pastels MARCH 2014 33 SO THE LOOK DAKS JASPER CONRAN Faux fur or real fur designers push for a wearable furry look JASPER CONRAN Furry fabrics It s all about dazzling in head to toe glitter Sparkles Adding a modern touch of feminine softness Sheer tops 34 MARCH 2014 THE LOOK SO JEAN-PIERRE BRAGANZA For a relaxed oversized yet sophisticated look another big season trend JOHN ROCHA Masculine silhouettes MARK FAST Embroidered embellishments From jewels to knitted flowers and sequins Continuing the masculine trend with boxy cuts and elongated hems Oversized coats MARCH 2014 35 SO MARCH 2014 37 SO F E AT U R E 38 MARCH 2014 F E AT U R E SO MARCH 2014 39 SO F E AT U R E 40 MARCH 2014 F E AT U R E SO MARCH 2014 41 SO F E AT U R E 42 MARCH 2014 F E AT U R E SO MARCH 2014 43 SO F E AT U R E 44 MARCH 2014 SO 46 MARCH 2014 THE LOOK SO beauty FILE Take a peek in our cosmetics bag as we reveal our beauty favourites Tried & Tested... Some of the best products we ve discovered this month EXOMEGA EMOLLIENT CLEANSING OIL 200ML 10 A-Derma BODY SCULPTING SERUM 125ML 12.99 Argan GLOW RED CLAY MASQUE WITH CACAO 125ML 44.50 Clayspray Elle McPherson DRY ROTATING BODY BRUSH 39.99 DEEP CLEAN BLACKHEAD EXFOLIATOR 150ML 4.99 Good Things Specially formulated for very dry skin and eczema sufferers this gentle oil provides effective cleansing without drying out the skin. It s oat-based and soap-free Available from Boots Get those legs into shape for spring with this moisturising formula. Rich in amino acids and essential oils the serum claims to firm and tone improving the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks Available from Boots and Good news for chocoholics Made with a blend of fine African and American cacao this mask is packed with vitamins antioxidants fatty acids and red clay to purify and regenerate the skin Available from It s never too early to prepare for warmer weather so this device is perfect for giving your skin a healthy glow. The brush exfoliates dead cells to help your skin look and feel brighter Available from Boots Exfoliating facial skin helps to keep pores clear preventing the congestion that can cause blemishes and blackheads. Liquorice and papaya are used to remove dead cells and brighten the skin Available from Boots NATURAL LIP GLOSS 6.95 Benecos Two new shades have been added to the Benecos range of natural and organic lip glosses Praline and Flamingo. Each contains organic sunflower oil for softness and protection from the cold Available from ALL ABOUT SHADOW NEUTRAL TERRITORY 2 PALETTE 32 Clinique Aromatherapy Associates SOOTHING DAILY REPAIR MOISTURISER 50ML 51 Perfect for spring this eight-shade eye shadow palette gives you everything you need for casual or smart looks. Craft anything from a light dusting of day colour to the classic smoky eye Available from Clinique counters and Start recovering from the stresses of winter weather by treating your skin to a highly nourishing moisturiser this is particularly good for sensitive skin that is prone to redness Available from MARCH 2014 49 SO THE LOOK GENTS GROOMING For many years now a good proportion of British men have been just as familiar with moisturisers and anti-ageing serums as women are. However the vast majority of chaps are still unwelcome to experiment with anything approaching makeup while watching with envy as their wives and girlfriends get to create perfect faces every morning using foundation concealer and BB (blemish or beauty balm) creams. But that could all be about to change as MMUK Man introduces the country s first BB cream for men. Specially formulated to suit male skin tones the cream subtly hides blemishes evens out the skin tone and reduces redness to create a smooth and fresh look without appearing made up . Available in three expertly matched shades light medium and dark this cream could mark a real shift in male grooming. MMUK Man BB Cream 29 is available from FRESHEN UP Spring is the time to freshen up your look. If you ve failed on a detox regime this season s makeup is all about creating or faking that elusive healthy glow. The main thread throughout the season is the idea of outdoor day-lit beauty explains M.A.C s Director of Makeup Artistry Terry Barber. We used oils highlighters and even super-fine glitters to emulate dewdrop skin and flickers of sunlight. The mantra is skin is in . So if super-green juices just aren t your thing digest this season s key beauty trends instead. hazy pastels like lilac peach and eggshell blue are used strategically to brighten the face and play up features for a subtle statement. It s a natural yet tinted effect. Loud lips Classic orange true red bright cerise - pick a bright to make your pout go hyper-colour for spring. These high wattage lips are packed with pigment but particularly dense in the centre and blurred at the edges to tone down the outline. If you didn t indulge in a New Year detox you might still have some work to do to give your skin a fresh spring look. Eyes can be the first to suffer from late nights or bad diets but help is at hand if your peepers need some extra pep. Polaar s Icy Magic roll-on eye gel 17 might be the answer. According to research 70% of men found that puffiness under the eyes was reduced after using the product for 28 days the manufacturer also claims you should see dark circles lightened from 15 days of use. Why not get yours from and put it to the test Max lash The bold androgynous brow has dominated the last few beauty seasons but spring is all about the lashes. Think more is more to achieve the look. Take inspiration from the Sixties and don t skimp on application. Load up lashes with at least two coats for calculated clumpiness. Day glow Wholesome femininity is key to this raw and rugged natural look as if exposed to the elements on a spring day. It s nonchalant fresh and should get people secondguessing about a no makeup look. Ditch the fake tan and bronzing powders and achieve an organically beautiful look by patting on cream blushes and sculpting creams. lush fi Get off the starting blocks with the sporty radiance vibe via your cheekbones. Barely-there looks will benefit from a springlike apricot peach or pinktoned blusher to warm up the complexion. Sheer colour Brights and pastels have been given a soft-focus makeover this season with sheer washes. A palette of 50 MARCH 2014 SO 52 MARCH 2014 ADVERTORIAL SO EVERYTHING YOU LL NEED FOR YOUR DREAM WEDDING The third annual wedding event to be held at Payne & Son Jewellers in Tunbridge Wells High Street will once again feature local businesses exhibiting in store from Thursday March 20 to Sunday March 23. Here are just some of the exhibitors this year Y ou can expect to see exhibits from Kent Wedding Awards Finalist for 2013 Cut Above Productions who are an innovative video production company with an unrivalled reputation for excellent customer service and attention to detail SW1 Hair & Beauty have a wide range of hairdressing and beauty services with a holistic approach to making you look and feel fabulous for your special day and you are invited to visit The Barn winners of the Kent Wedding Venue Awards 2013 in Lonsdale Gardens on the morning of Sunday March 23 from 10.30am till noon for a glass of bubbly to see how it is dressed for a wedding. You can hire the exclusive use of the premises for your wedding so be sure to pop along for a viewing and if you purchase your engagement ring from Paynes you will receive a free engagement photo shoot from top wedding photographer Kerry McNair worth over 300 and a 15% discount voucher towards the purchase of your wedding bands at Paynes. You can also dress to impress with bridal couture from Judy Mott who have been individually hand-making in Tunbridge Wells using only the finest silks and French lace couture wedding dresses for many years and have helped numerous women marry in the dress of their dreams Create the perfect ambience for your special occasion Victoria Longhurst is a professional harpist enhancing your day for the arrival of your guests the ceremony drinks reception wedding breakfast or a combination tailored specially to your requirements. A full repertoire list and demo CD is available on request which encompasses classical and traditional film music musicals popular songs and nostalgia. Come and hear Victoria play in store on Saturday March 22 from 2pm 4pm. Offering a personalised Wedding List Service Susie Watson Designs can help you choose your list with one of their stylists at a time to suit you. You can revise your list at anytime and have your items delivered when you re ready. Hickmott & Sons have been hiring out our limousines for weddings since the 1950s - this service continues today and on most weekends their vehicles are dressed in the white ribbons for those happy occasions. There are Rolls Royces and stretched limousines available for weddings and private hire. MARCH 2014 55 SO 56 MARCH 2014 ADVERTORIAL SO Because you re the greatest Cadenzza celebrates the power of jewellery this Mother s Day at Bluewater with an exclusive shopping event and inspiring gift ideas other s Day is just around the corner. While it s easy to make a call and order flowers a gift this important should reflect more than just a last minute thought - that is here today and gone tomorrow. It should be a lasting keepsake that triggers wonderful memories time and again. Jewellery is the perfect gift for all mothers to celebrate her special day. Cadenzza is the latest offering from jewellery powerhouse Swarovski. Benefitting from Swarovski s global network of international designers and over 115 years of manufacturing expertise Cadenzza has the expertise and choice to select the best and most exciting pieces and dazzling gifts. With over 60 renowned designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier Oscar De la Renta and Versace and fashion set such as Mawi and Anton Heunis all under one roof. And to add the extra special touch all of Cadenzza s gift boxes can be embossed with a personalised message the makings of a truly special Mothers day gift. Ring 41 Necklace 41 Cuff 49 Earrings 45 M Cadenzza is located at Bluewater Shopping Centre Lower Guild Hall Kent (Opposite John Lewis) Mother s Day Shopping Event at Cadenzza Bluewater Please join Cadenzza for an exclusive event honouring you and the brilliant women in your life. Thursday March 27th 6pm 9pm Guests can enjoy a whole host of treats whilst shopping for the perfect mother s day look or gift including Swiss chocolates Prosecco & Pink Lemonade Mini Makeovers by Exclusive Discount 10% Complementary Goody Bag with purchase Gift with purchase and refreshments in store Thursday March 27th thru to Sunday May 20th 2014 To reserve a makeover appointment and goody bag please RSVP to Events.UK 60 Minimum spend applies. Whilst stocks last. MARCH 2014 59 THE LOOKK SO BOB A GIRL CALLED This spring flowing hair extensions are out and cute snappy bobs are in which is good news for those who prefer a little less maintenance as the weather warms up It s important to keep your cut as sharp as a pin with regular trims particularly if you want a classic slick bob that frames your face to perfection. But if you prefer a more boho look you can employ a more casual approach to bobs. Keep it loose with a little texturising spray we love Bumble & Bumble s Dryspun Finish 21.50 for a soft elfin look. Alternatively you can be right on the wet look trend by slicking it back with a good quality product such as Toni & Guy s Extreme Hold Hairspray 2.90. MARCH 2014 61 SO THE LOOK The advent of spring means that woolly hats will (hopefully) be a thing of the past so it s time to make sure those tresses are in tip top shape to greet the world once again. Dryness can be one of the biggest problems left behind by the winter weather so here s our pick of this month s hydrating heroes Hairheroes Herra Protect HAIR PERFUME 50ML 24.99 Designed to shield the hair from the damage caused by free radicals during everyday life this weightless formula protects and hydrates your hair while working in harmony with your own perfume Available from NHP Nutri Argan TOP TEN PERFECT STYLING CREAM 150ML 16.80 Rich in nutritious organic Argan and macadamia oil silk proteins and Panthenal this multifunctional treatment targets 10 problem areas such as frizziness split ends and heat damage Available from Hairy Jayne HAIR PERFUME WITH HEAT PROTECTION 50ML 9 This handmade product freshens up your hair between washes tames fly-aways and protects against the effects of heat styling. It comes in three divine fragrances Musk Citrus and Floral Available from Lavera EXPRESS CARE LEAVE-IN SPRAY 125ML 6.95 Fine and limp hair is aided by the orange and green tea extracts which soften and condition from root to tip. The light hydrating formula makes this great for giving a quick lift Available from Helios in Tunbridge Wells and Clemency in Sevenoaks Weleda OAT REPLENISHING TREATMENT 150ML 11.50 The nourishing properties of Skin Food are at last channelled into a hair product. Organic jojoba and coconut oils shea butter and extract of oat smooth rough hair making it silky and healthy Available from Waitrose and independent pharmacies 62 MARCH 2014 ADVERTORIAL SO Here comes the sun ith our range of kaftans bikinis maxi dresses beach bags accessories and shoes you need look no further when creating your holiday wardrobe This season we have launched into swimwear introducing Melissa Odabash with a whole range of beautiful beachwear from crochet kaftans to floppy sunhats and some gorgeous bikinis and elegant swimsuits too. We are also extending our Hipanema range now not only can you buy their colourful cuffs from us but they also have beautifully bright bikinis to match. Plus we have gorgeous new jewelled sandals from Aspiga. As all our loyal customers know no Kitch Spring Summer collection would be the same without our range of carefully created Juliet Dunn kaftans and 120% Lino summer dresses. Not forgetting our ever faithful yet stunning new frames from the man himself Mr Tom Ford. You will find all the classic styles in vibrant new colours and some fabulous new shapes too. Alongside our brand new holiday shop we have Your one stop holiday shop for Spring Summer 14 has landed at Kitch in Tunbridge Wells W lots of other exciting brands more suited to our less exotic English summer. We have our full range of denim from Citizens of Humanity and James Jeans with lots of neon knits and tees to keep you warm on those less summery days as well as lots of beautiful dresses from Finders Keepers The Pretty Dress Company Halebob Ingenue and Forever Unique to suit all occasions from weddings and proms to days at the races Pictured are the Melissa Odabash Patty top in white and blue 185 (left) and the Melissa Odabash Sharize kaftan in white and yellow 210. KITCH 1 High Street Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1UL 01892 513 613 MARCH 2014 65 SO THE LOOK expert OPINION BLOCKED BIO-RHYTHMS - A HIDDEN CAUSE OF BACK PAIN Geoffrey Montague-Smith D.O Osteopath and Founder of the Atman Clinic explains how blocked bio-rhythms can be the cause of unresolved back pain and how cranio-sacral osteopathy can help n 2011 34.4million UK working days were lost due to musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain neck pain and upper limb problems (Office of National Statistics). It is estimated that four out of every five adults will experience back pain at some stage in their life. Whilst in most cases back pain is nothing serious and will disappear spontaneously for some it can become a daily problem which seems difficult to remedy. More and more of us are in sedentary jobs and we move around less than we should. With busy stressful lives and little time for exercise the body easily gets unfit and is prone to injury. Stress comes in many forms but one reaction is for the body to tense up and the natural I flow of the body s inner rhythms become compromised. With each breath we take there is an ebb and flow through the spine into the pelvis and up into the cranium (skull) above. The concept of cranio-sacral osteopathy is not well understood by most people but it is a vital component when treating musculoskeletal pain as it is possible to release these movements when they get stuck. The tail bone is designed to gently rock backwards and forwards with each breath keeping the discs of the lower back healthy and free from compressive tension which can lead to injury. When you sit still in your office chair car or plane etc your back is meant to move as shown in the picture a rocking movement backwards and forwards. Injuries such as falls birth trauma car crashes or other accidents can compress the pelvis and lower back blocking this rhythmic movement. The end result is back neck and limb pain which is worse for immobility. This pain will often only be relieved when the compression is released. The head and the pelvis are connected by membranes called the meninges as well as by the many spinal muscles nearer the surface. Problems at the base of the spine can lead to symptoms in the head and neck and vice versa. Treatment with a cranial osteopath will THE CRANIO SACRAL FLOW include gentle techniques to release tension in the cranium and sacrum which is why it is called cranio-sacral osteopathy. Releasing these stuck bio-rhythms when they are compromised is essential to relieve pain and tension in the body. This is especially true in growing babies and children as a lot of what is diagnosed as colic is actually structural blockages which lead to growing pains. So next time you are in pain ask yourself the question could I have blocked bio-rhythms And consider cranio-sacral osteopathy as part of your treatment plan. Geoffrey Montague-Smith D.O. is the Principal Osteopath at the Atman Clinic 8 Chilston Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN4 9LT 01892 544 783 66 M 2 F E BARRUCAHR Y 021 0 1 4 2 4 SO 68 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH Education LIVE in association with SO Magazine is a new and vibrant showcase of schools from the South East offering you the unique opportunity to meet the best pre-prep prep and senior schools. ALL UNDER ONE ROOF ON ONE DAY AT SALOMONS NR TUNBRIDGE WELLS KENT TN3 0TG Come to speak to the schools pick up a prospectus or two and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Salomons with great food in the caf 36 acres of grounds to explore and a museum open all day Entry is FREE send us your full name and number of tickets required to register salomons_venue eduLIVE Call us on 01892 779 650 Ref Education Live IN 1 HOUR & 43 MINS DOOR TO D OR KENT TO CANNES We believe in taking the simple approach where others make things over complicated. 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You can claim by filling in Form AA1A available from the Post Office or alternatively call the helpline on 0345 605 6055 or go online at eservice Best wishes Debbie Moulton Care Manager Bluebird Care If you have a question that you would like to ask Debbie then please email her at debbie MARCH 2014 75 SO life&style We take a look at some of the best ways to enhance your home and lifestyle this month From boots to beauty Ilse Jacobsen Hornb k is an international lifestyle brand represented in all major cities around the world Paris New York London Berlin Montreal Amsterdam Copenhagen Sydney and Seoul among others. The brand originates from the luxurious seaside village and summer resort of Hornb k that is a constant source of inspiration for Ilse Jacobsen work. The Ilse Jacobsen Hornb k lifestyle universe incorporates handmade rain boots rainwear and sophisticated womenswear as well as refined footwear and accessories. In 2012 Ilse Jacobsen launched her maritime brand Cruize by Ilse Jacobsen and a few months ago she launched the line of spa and beauty products in her name Ilse by Ilse Jacobsen. These are to be used at home or during treatments at her newly opened luxury spa Kurbadet by Ilse Jacobsen making the lifestyle universe complete. 6 High Street Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1UX 01892 537 241 Serene experience Situated near The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells Serenity Therapies allows you to escape and restore the serenity within. Our aim is to provide the perfect experience to everyone who chooses to visit our friendly and professional Health and Beauty Rooms where every individual client is at the centre of our care. Serenity Therapies is introducing LipoSculpt. It s a safe form of laser liposuction that can really change your body almost instantly. LipoSculpt uses a mild low laser (or cold laser) treatment to reduce your body s fat. It is not cosmetic surgery. 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Claire Davidson BSc Personal Trainer and Nutritionist says The programme uses aerobic and resistance exercises so that the tone you achieve is more visible and has the greatest impact. I also focus on reducing body fat through dietary changes guiding you through the best foods to eat in order to reduce your body fat looking leaner for spring and summer 2014. The earlier you start the better you will look when the sun starts to shine. Get in touch to find out more about personal training and nutritional optimisation. 07734 214 284 Claire Property peace of mind My Concierge are a team of individuals with many years experience across a multitude of industries. We are purveyors of bespoke property and lifestyle management services. We offer bespoke management services built around your needs and requirements working in partnership with you to ensure that services are provided and that your property is maintained to a high standard. With us you can find expert assistance without the need to hand over your building to a block management agency - you remain in full control of your asset. My Concierge aim to deliver a high level of service to our clients using effective communication open book pricing cost savings and a return of investment in your property. The idea is to work in partnership with you to deliver a service of excellence. 07899 952 134 info Furnished with love I can t believe it s been 30 years already. With those words cabinet maker and master craftsman Paul Clifton accepted his 30-year service award at a presentation at Conquest Fitted Furniture s Hampshire Showroom. Paul s ability to work wood to the perfect finish is unsurpassed even within Conquest. Oak would have to be my favourite he says. I love the colour and texture and it works to a lovely finish. Paul has some useful tips for people who are trying to assess the quality of fitted furniture whether it s for a kitchen library or fitted bedroom. Check the joints you need to be looking for clean crisp joints at the cornice (above the unit) and plinth (connecting the unit to the floor). Also when we select the wood for any furniture we look to ensure that the flow and pattern of the grain is retained and continues naturally through to the finished product. 0800 975 1199 MARCH 2014 77 SO 78 MARCH 2014 SO T R AV E L STRIKING gold IN MONTANA 80 M A R C H 2014 Ever dreamed of pulling up a stool in the saloon before heading home to the ranch Peter Thompson heads off to the Wild West to sample the ultimate outdoor pursuits holiday T R AV E L SO Travel facts Peter Thompson was a guest of The Ranch at Rock Creek who offer rooms from 550 per person per night (based on two people sharing) including all meals beverages two daily on-site activities downhill skiing at Discovery Basin with ski concierge excursions to historic local towns telephone calls and internet. Butte and Missoula are the nearest airports accessible via Chicago Denver Seattle and Minneapolis. United Airlines Delta British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly daily to Chicago or Denver from London Heathrow. Guests then take a short internal flight to Missoula International Airport. n a crisp winter morning in the heart of the Wild West the ominous sound of gunshots echoes around a vast valley in Montana s Granite County. Cowboys and Indians used to do battle in these parts but I m in no danger of getting caught up in a stand-off as it s me spraying the bullets. As I stare down the barrel of a Magnum revolver it s fair to say the likes of Butch Cassidy and Billy the Kid would hardly have been quaking in their cowboy boots if they were still running amok in the American state known as Big Sky Country. But thanks to some expert tuition from my instructor Theo I still manage to pepper the target. There s no likely afternoon duel for me though as the prospect of a massage followed by a Snowcat ride before dinner is far more appealing. I might not be a cowboy in the making but I m very much at home at The Ranch at Rock Creek - a 10-square mile luxury retreat which provides the perfect escape from the rigours of the real world. The Ranch was originally a mining claim in the late 1890s but more recently it was owner Jim Manley who struck gold when he bought the property before it hit the market in 2007. Jim dreamed of having his own ranch when he was a boy and at the age of 33 he started casting his eye over properties in Canada and the United States. Jim was not looking for any old ranch he insisted the property must meet strict criteria which included the need for a river running through it a ski resort nearby no snakes and no grizzly bears. Friends and family felt O After another pitiful attempt on the ice we are back at Granite Lodge for a delicious dinner featuring a tender grilled Montana elk strip loin. We continue the night with some ten-pin bowling and pool over at the Silver Dollar Saloon as barman Matt keeps us hydrated with a range of tasty American beers cocktails whiskeys and whatever takes our fancy. But with my first attempt at cross country skiing to come in the morning I figure it would be a good idea to dismount the bar stool before I get too comfortable that proves to be a wise move. The following morning I endure one of the sternest fitness tests of my life encountering one hill after another with no sign of any let-up. But after gritting my teeth I m able to appreciate skiing downhill more than ever before tumbling into deep snow at the end of the run like a leggy marathon runner stumbling over the finishing line. I feel I ve earned a few afternoon beers in nearby Philipsburg. On our way we spot two moose also quenching their thirst by the river on The Ranch. During the late 1800s Philipsburg was a thriving silver mining town. But the silver crash in 1893 left it devastated. There s still a buzz in the recently opened Brewing Company though where we sample local brews. It perks me up for the following day when I m ready for my next challenge - pistol and rifle shooting. After a thorough briefing on gun safety there s a distinct lack of nice shot calls from Theo as I miss the target time and time again. Very soon I find myself face down in a hot tent I might not be a cowboy in the making but I m very much at home at The Ranch at Rock Creek - a 10-square mile luxury retreat which provides the perfect escape from the rigours of the real world that was just a pipedream but Jim stuck to his guns and 20 years after starting his search his patience paid off when he acquired The Ranch on the same day he clapped eyes on the property. And it was certainly worth the wait. We arrive in the dark of night so it s not until morning when I climb out of the huge four-poster bed in my swanky Palomino room that I m able to take in the surroundings. And I m not disappointed as I gaze out to see the natural beauty of rolling hills tall trees covered in snow and a valley that stretches as far as the eye can see. After tucking into a hearty breakfast the huge leather sofas in front of a roaring fire in the homely Granite Lodge look very appealing as do the luxurious cosy Cabins on The Ranch which would look very much at home in the Swiss Alps. But I d not come all this way to sit inside and we are soon off into the hills for some clay pigeon shooting where Theo gives me a big helping hand by advising me to shoot left-handed rather than right. Nice shot bellows Theo as I pick off several clays before being flummoxed when he proceeds to send up two at a time. It s then on to the ice skating rink where the Johnny Cash track Get Rhythm belts out. I show anything but rhythm however as one spectacular fall is followed by another before I retire for a hot toddy by the fire. covered in sweat. Fortunately I have not been captured by Indians and taken to their tepee. Quite the opposite in fact I m in a Swedana steam tent enjoying a herbal Ayurvedic therapy. Completely relaxed and invigorated I m soon climbing into the back of a Snowcat and sampling another hot toddy as we plough up the hills to find more alcoholic refreshments waiting for us next to a blazing fire that burns in the snow. It s difficult to imagine how my holiday could get any better but the following morning I pay a visit to the Discovery Ski area. I ve encountered very few people during my time in Montana and that s not about to change as I hurtle down near empty blue and black runs building up speed like I ve never done before. Still on a high after my latest adrenaline rush I m eager to sample more of the old Wild West so we head to locally renowned bar The White Front in Philipsburg. Despite being warned that outsiders are not always welcome we are soon mixing with the locals one of whom is still licking his wounds after his defeat in the local elections and bemoaning the demise of the mining industry. But as far as I m concerned there are still plenty of riches to be found in Montana. And unless I m back at Rock Creek the next time I hear the words let s go back to the ranch I suspect I ll be disappointed. MARCH 2014 81 SO 82 MARCH 2014 GARDENS SO Glorious Gardens Emma Davies who owns The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst with her husband Monty offers her tips for surviving the wet weather O kay enough is enough Our gardens are now ranging from soggy to quagmire. This is not going to help us get ahead and ready for the spring rush. Instead let s talk damage limitation what can you do in order to give your garden the very best chance of recovering from the extreme weather we ve experienced these last few months Firstly check your fence posts pergolas or any other wooden structures for any damage. It s better to get anything which needs fixing dealt with now when most plants are dormant and avoid anything falling later on and crushing all of your hard work. It really is best to avoid treading on waterlogged soil you will ruin any structure your soil has so it is best left alone. Is the garden looking messy Don t stress think of the hiding places you ve created for insects you re just helping out the food chain Once the soil has dried out you can then get to work use boards to stand on if at all possible. You need air in the soil so dig a spade s depth and loosely break up clumps as this helps aerate waterlogged soil. Shallow rooted plants may now have their roots exposed making them unstable and susceptible to disease so bring the soil back over the roots and firm down. If your plants are totally immersed in water they may survive a few days but you really want oxygen getting to the roots before they die. Rescue your most valuable plants by forking them out of the soil and pot them up or heel them into drier ground even if it s just a temporary move until the water drains. Plants in pots will have had most of the nutrients washed through by the sheer amount of rain we ve had re-pot them once the weather settles or at the very least give them a feed. Do check your pots to make sure that they are draining well. Of course I am very much hoping that by writing about floods I m tempting fate hopefully by the time you read this there will be glorious sunshine and this article will be irrelevant This has always worked for me in the past when writing about drought tolerant plants at the beginning of 2012 (when we were faced with a hosepipe ban) it then proceeded to rain for most of the year Happy gardening Emma OF THE MONTH plant Ammi majus Also known as Bishops Flower this hardy annual provides masses of delicate umbels of lace-like white flowers from May until October. Great for cutting even the seed heads are attractive. Sow from seed in a greenhouse from early March and then plant out in May. A brilliant gap filler plant them in the spaces where you ve had wallflowers or tulips in the spring. Keep on cutting the flowers to encourage further flowering. You won t be disappointed. nursery OF THE MONTH Rapkyns Nursery in Broad Oak East Sussex This nursery is such a find a treasure trove of cottage garden plants along with a large variety of ornamental grasses all grown on site. Steven is very friendly and knowledgeable. Do check their website for opening times to avoid disappointment. MARCH 2014 83 SO INTERIORS The French Bedroom Company Dolly stool 240 FRENCH CONNECTION When the cold weather leaves us feeling chilled a beautiful boudoir provides a welcome retreat at the end of a long day. For glamour and downright opulence the classic French style is the ultimate choice here are some tips for giving your bedroom a little je ne sais pas 84 MARCH 2014 INTERIORS SO The French Bedroom Company Bonaparte French bed 2 680 Sweet Pea & Willow large floral painted chest of drawers 3 096 W hen you re recreating the elegance of Marie Antoinette s boudoir there are two essential hues white and metallics. White is widely used for walls floors and furniture. A pale carpet or if you re blessed with good floorboards white wooden flooring will provide a lovely backdrop for your design. This makes rooms feel large and well appointed as airy and fresh as a chamber in a chateau. But if white seems too cold for a winter bedroom or you re concerned that a snowy colour scheme will appear too bland fear not the French style offers plenty of ways to add warmth and luxury to the scene. Metallic shades bring a deluxe touch to shabby chic lifting it above rustic and giving it an antique upper class look. Use it for beds furniture and soft furnishings in an array of textures to recreate the decadence of centuries gone by. The key feature of any French style bedroom is the bed. This should be large over-stated and in some shade of white or metallic an off-white or light vintage cream will banish any starkness. Whether you choose a substantial sleigh bed a four-poster or one with a beautifully adorned headboard selecting a bed in gold silver or white with raised decorative designs will provide you with an infinitely impressive and appealing centrepiece. You want to create an appearance of no expense spared and the beauty of this scheme is that you can achieve this even if on a small budget. Adorn the bed with bedding that looks luxurious and expensive even if it s not though it s nice to treat yourself to the best you can afford heavy quilts feather pillows (or well-stuffed hypoallergenic alternatives) and extra cushions will make the bed look and feel deep and beautifully comfortable. Use white or cream as the base colour preferably in heavy Egyptian cotton then add extra layers of opulence using cushions throws or a luxurious bedspread. These can be all white or you can lift it with cream or metallics but texture is the key here as well as colour faux furs rich wool and shiny fabrics add a Sweet Pea & Willow cream French Chantelle bed 1 040 rarefied look to a relatively simple backdrop. Despite the over-stated nature of this style less is more when it comes to furnishings substantial and few is the golden rule when you re shopping for French inspired items. A huge wardrobe with decorative stylings (mirrored doors are a nice touch too) a Regency-esque chest of drawers and an elegant antique-look dressing table should suffice as their ornate appearance will make a big statement. If you choose a more subdued style use pretty metallic ornaments lamps and mirrors or accessories in fur and feathers to add the required touch of luxury. Metallic or heavily brocaded curtains are also a simple way to break up the white and make you feel like French aristocracy a period-style wallpaper with a bold pattern and dashes of precious metal will add an extra dimension to an otherwise all-white room. Be bold be stylish and don t forget go for unadulterated Alison at Home luxury you Delphine occasional chair 325 deserve it Alexander & Pearl Francois French cream and gold chest 695 MARCH 2014 85 HOME FRONT Spring is a time of change but if you re feeling restless should you move home or simply improve your existing property We ve got lots of ideas for how you can give your place a new lease of life but if you ve decided to relocate read on for a selection of beautiful Wealden properties that could fit the bill Why a makeover could be the solution to your property dilemma BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO WAYS TO IMPROVE Wealden hotspots that should be on your viewing list MOVING ON UP Family home that s been lovingly refurbished Price 1.2million MAYFIELD Spacious portion of a period house Price 750 000 SEVENOAKS Victorian farmhouse with lovely views Price 1.2million HEATHFIELD Rare chance to live on coveted estate Price 3million SEVENOAKS Superb barn conversion near village Price 1 575 000 MAYFIELD Georgian house with indoor pool Price 2.5million RYE FEBRUARY 2014 3 PROPERTY SO SHOULD YOU MOVE OR IMPROVE Spring is on its way a season that always inspires fresh starts but if you feel that a spring clean won t be enough to reinvigorate your home this year it could be time to make a decision... E ven the most cherished family home ceases to be perfect when it no longer meets your needs. There are many reasons why you might decide that your property is no longer suitable and these can range from practical considerations such as location space and facilities to a long-standing dream of owning a particular type of home. So the day has come when you re thinking about making a major change but do you move or improve If it s extra accommodation a change of layout or a more practical garden that you need buying a new property might not be the only or even the best answer. Moving house is expensive and you might not get the best value for your money particularly when you can t compromise on location or size. Before you hand over the keys to a much-loved house or flat consider whether there s some way that you could evolve your home to keep in step with your lifestyle. Our handy guide suggests some great ideas for updating improving and altering your property so that you can enjoy a fresh start in wonderfully familiar surroundings. Moving house however is a tremendously exciting process particularly when it corresponds with a positive turn of events in your life. Perhaps a new arrival means extra rooms are needed or maybe the children have left home and you re finally free to buy that dream cottage in the village you ve always had your eye on. If you ve decided that you want to move rather than improve it s hard to think of a more beautiful place to house-hunt than the delightful Weald. We ve put together a guide to some of our favourite places with an overview of what s on the market and what you can expect for your money aside from a fabulous Wealden lifestyle of course. Read on for inspiration... MARCH 2014 89 PROPERTY SO LOCATION TUNBRIDGE WELLS With its beautiful buildings great shopping busy music scene and historic feel Royal Tunbridge Wells is a highly desirable address. Commuters can reach central London in less than an hour by rail while enjoying weekends spent strolling in the tranquil Calverley Grounds and summer evenings listening to live jazz on the iconic Pantiles. Surrounding villages such as Frant Groombridge and Bells Yew Green are some of the loveliest in the Weald offering the peace of country life while remaining within easy reach of a busy and exciting town. Local authority Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Estimated town population 57 000 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 LOCATION So you ve decided that the time is right to move on to pastures new where will you find your dream home The Weald is rich with thriving towns picturesque villages and breathtaking rural landscapes each with their own unique appeal. Combined with excellent road links and easy rail access to London this makes our corner of the world attractive to all sorts of buyers. Here we take a look at seven hotspots across the Weald revealing what we love about each area and how far your money will go The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION Tunbridge Wells Kent TN4 Detached Victorian house 8 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 6 reception rooms swimming pool terrace period features parking Price 2.25million Council Tax band G - 2.443.42 Nearest railway station Tunbridge Wells (0.6 miles) Price 575 000 Council Tax band F - 2 117.63 Nearest railway station Tunbridge Wells (2.2 miles) Local authority Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council Estimated town population 31 000 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 Council Tax band E - 1 756.90 Nearest railway station Tonbridge (2.3 miles) TONBRIDGE Believed to have been the location of a Saxon settlement Tonbridge is home to possibly the finest Norman gatehouse in the country. Renowned for the high standard of its public schools Tonbridge in many cases offers homebuyers greater value for money than neighbouring Tunbridge Wells making it a real hotspot for aspirational families. There s a wide variety of leisure activities available to residents of all ages including canoeing on the graceful River Medway that dissects the town and there are lots of attractive villages such as Tudeley Hadlow and Hildenborough within a few minutes drive. OVER 500 000 Hildenborough Kent TN11 Mid-terrace house on rural development with 1 acre of paddock and 7 acres of communal grounds 3 bedrooms 2 reception rooms 2 bathrooms Guide price 550 000 Council Tax band F - 2 096.17 Nearest railway station Hildenborough (1.5 miles) EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION Hadlow Kent TN11 Detached Victorian house in 4.8 acres semi-rural setting 7 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 4 reception rooms c ellar terrace Price 1.95million Council Tax band G - 2 481.55 Nearest railway station Tonbridge (5.2 miles) OVER 750 000 Pembury Kent TN2 Detached house 5 bedrooms 4 reception rooms 3 bathrooms parking garage Price 800 000 Council Tax band E - 1 760.97 Nearest railway station High Brooms (2.3 miles) SEVENOAKS Having grown up around the stately Knole mansion Sevenoaks has long been one of the most desirable spots in the south east. In recent years the town has been named among the UK s best places to live according to a national survey making it highly attractive to London families who want MARCH 2014 OVER 750 000 Tonbridge Kent TN11 Detached three-storey house in 0.3 acre overlooking farmland with brook 6 bedrooms 3 reception rooms 3 bathrooms double garage parking Price 825 000 - 850 000 OVER 500 000 Langton Green Kent TN3 Detached Georgian style house in cul de sac 3 bedrooms 2 reception rooms 1 bathroom double garage parking communal tennis court 91 SO PROPERTY Sevenoaks elegant homes and a strong sense of community without putting up with the stress of city life. The countryside around Sevenoaks with its wealth of beautiful villages and National Trust properties is staggeringly beautiful and offers fantastic opportunities to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Local authority Sevenoaks District Council Estimated town population 18 500 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 5 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 0.25 acre of garden Guide price 875 000 Council Tax band G - 2 540.03 Nearest railway station Sevenoaks 1.7 miles OVER 500 000 Sevenoaks Kent TN13 Detached 1920s house 3 bedrooms 2 receptions 1 bathroom south-facing garden off-road parking Guide price 625 000 Council Tax band E - 1 862.69 Nearest railway station Bat & Ball (0.3 miles) Cranbrook EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION Seal Chart Kent TN15 Detached Grade II listed house in about 8.3 acres 7 bedrooms 3 bathrooms tennis court swimming pool private parkland Guide price 2 275 000 Council Tax band H - 2 991.90 Nearest railway station Kemsing (1 mile) School is one of the country s most prestigious grammar institutions and properties that fall within its catchment area are highly sought-after. Local authority Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Estimated town population 19 500 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 Guide price 595 000 Council Tax band E - 1 792.58 Nearest railway station Staplehurst (5.5 miles) CRANBROOK Famous for the 15th century church that is known as the Cathedral of the Weald Cranbrook is a highly coveted spot for those who want to enjoy Wealden life to the full. The appealing High Street with its pretty facades and numerous independent traders draws plenty of tourists most of whom also wish to see the town s sole remaining windmill. Cranbrook Tonbridge CROWBOROUGH Situated at the edge of the beautiful Ashdown Forest Crowborough is the largest inland town in East Sussex and at 242 metres above sea level features the highest point in the High Weald. Crowborough was the adopted home of Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who set some of his Sherlock Holmes stories in the area and who died at his home there Windlesham Manor in 1930. There s lots going on for young people Crowborough Rugby Football Club played a key role in the early career of England star Dylan Hartley and there s always a busy programme of community activities on offer. Local authority Wealden District Council Estimated town population 21 000 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION Cranbrook Kent TN17 Barn conversion with 5 000 sq ft accommodation 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms integral garage 10-year build zone warranty Guide price 1 295 000 Council Tax band H - 2 933.30 Nearest railway station Staplehurst (3.1 miles) OVER 750 000 Sevenoaks Kent TN13 Detached extended house in cul de sac with permission to extend further OVER 750 000 Cranbrook Kent TN17 Attached Victorian townhouse 6 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 32ft drawing room cellar off-road parking Guide price 870 000 Council Tax band F - 2 118.50 Nearest railway station Staplehurst (5.3 miles) OVER 500 000 Cranbrook Kent TN17 Detached house in no-through road 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 3 reception rooms garage terrace enclosed gardens with raised beds EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION High Hurstwood East Sussex TN6 1920s country house built in Tudor style 8 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 1- bedroom 92 MARCH 2014 PROPERTY SO Edenbridge south-facing gardens with pond about 1.5 acres Guide price 675 000 Council Tax band E - 1 910.07 Nearest railway station Edenbridge Town (0.4 mile) EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION Tenterden Kent TN30 Detached house dating from 1912 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 3 reception rooms swimming pool summerhouse with sauna about 4 acres Price 1.45million Council Tax band G - 2487.93 Nearest railway station Appledore (1.5 miles) TENTERDEN Cranbrook may be home to the Cathedral of the Weald but Tenterden goes one step further this wonderfully quaint town is fondly referred to as the jewel of the Weald . Take a look at the delightful tree-lined High Street with its clapper board houses and intriguing shops and you ll understand why. As with so many Wealden towns Tenterden has a few historical claims to fame Lord Nelson s daughter Horatia married the vicar and William Caxton inventor of the printing press is believed to have been born here. From the vintage Kent and East Sussex Railway to The Rare Breeds Centre at Woodchurch families will never be short of things to do in the area. Local authority Ashford Borough Council Estimated town population 7 800 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 cottage equestrian facilities pool tennis court about 18.3 acres Guide price 2.95million Council Tax band H - 3 362.02 Nearest railway station Crowborough (2.5 miles) Eden Valley Museum summarises the history of this delightful town yet the area remains in the public eye thanks to its annual burning of a celebrity effigy at the popular Bonfire Night celebration. Local authority Sevenoaks District Council Estimated town population 8 000 For nearby schools see our Education Guide starting on page 193 OVER 750 000 Tenterden Kent TN30 Detached new build house 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms integral garage terrace adjoining business suite with 5 offices reception and shower room Price 750 000 Council Tax band G - 2 487.93 Nearest railway station Appledore (6.6 miles) OVER 750 000 Crowborough East Sussex TN6 Detached converted oast house roundel study 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms double garage with office above 0.5 acre parking Price 795 000 Council Tax band F - 2 428.12 Nearest railway station Crowborough (1.1 miles) OVER 500 000 Smallhythe Kent TN30 Detached period features 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms conservatory garden room large gardens spring-fed pond Guide price 520 000 Council Tax band F - 2 156.21 Nearest railway station Appledore (5.1 miles) EXAMPLES OF WHAT S ON OFFER OVER 1MILLION Four Elms Kent TN8 Detached oast house and barn conversion 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms vaulted ceilings garden room garage workshop about 8.2 acres Price 1.95million Council Tax band G - 2 479.75 Nearest railway station Edenbridge (1.2 miles) OVER 500 000 Crowborough East Sussex TN6 Detached Victorian house 6 bedrooms 4 reception rooms 3 bathrooms self-contained office with en suite attached garage parking Offers in region 580 000 Council Tax band F - 2 428.12 Nearest railway station Crowborough (0.4 miles) Tenterden OVER 750 000 Hever Kent TN8 Detached house dating from 1910 in prestigious country lane 5 bedrooms 3 reception rooms 2 bathrooms detached office over 1 acre Guide price 995 000 Council Tax band G - 2 479.75 Nearest railway station Hever (0.4 miles) EDENBRIDGE Boasting four surviving windmills this town has many medieval buildings and is the gateway to the picturesque Eden Valley. Nearby is Hever Castle one of the country s most popular historical attractions and the scene of many romantic meetings between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Housed in a 14th century farmhouse the OVER 500 000 Edenbridge Kent TN8 Detached bungalow 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms double garage heated outdoor pool MARCH 2014 93 SO 94 MARCH 2014 F E AT U R E SO HOME SWEET HOME We all fancy a change of scenery sometimes but what can you do when you crave fresh surroundings without the hassle of moving In that case buying a new place might not be necessary giving your current property a makeover or tackling that problem area could leave you feeling as if you ve got a brand new residence. Here are some great ways to reignite your love affair with your home this spring whatever your budget MAKING AN ENTRANCE First impressions count so if you were putting your house on the market freshening up the exterior would be your first job. But why only improve its kerb appeal for the benefit of potential buyers If coming home no longer inspires you it s time to look at your front door through fresh eyes. A tired door can be instantly rejuvenated with a lick of paint and new accessories why not bright red with a gleaming chrome letter box or even invest in a brand new door to give your frontage the wow factor. Adding potted plants hanging baskets ornaments a carriage lamp or new wrought iron railings around a small front garden could give you a sense of renewed pride every time you turn the key. Many people don t like walking straight into the living room from the street so building a porch could solve the problem and provide storage space for coats and shoes. Replacing the windows with UPVC double glazing or insulated heritage windows could also work wonders for the property s appearance as well as your heating bill. (While we re on the subject don t dismiss your home as irretrievably draughty and cold just yet try insulating the loft and putting draught strips around the doors or for a longer term Attic conversions are a popular choice for unlocking valuable extra space and often they don t require planning consent as they can be classed as permitted developments though you should always double check the requirements investment replacing an antiquated heating system with an energy efficient new option.) An extension even just a single storey will give you those essential extra square feet of accommodation that could transform the way your home operates. Building an extension to your existing home means you can design the space to your own requirements whereas buying a new already extended home means living with someone else s choices potentially at a much higher cost. An alternative to extending your living room is to add a conservatory or sun room which would offer the added bonus of having somewhere to sit and admire the garden all year round. If you have plenty of off-road parking the garage could be a candidate for conversion into an office or annexe. And don t forget that your garden can help to provide living space too there s a wealth of high quality and highly versatile garden buildings on the market that could be used for everything from an artist s studio to a fully powered heated and internet enabled home office. MARCH 2014 SPACED OUT A common reason for moving house is the pursuit of more space. Perhaps there s a baby on the way a relative is coming to live with you or you need to introduce a home office and your current property just doesn t have that extra room you need. But even if you can t see the potential in your home an architect may. Speaking to an expert about your needs could uncover all sorts of unexpected solutions that won t break the bank. Attic conversions are a popular choice for unlocking valuable extra space and often they don t require planning consent as they can be classed as permitted developments though you should always double check the requirements. Costs can vary dramatically depending on the project but are often preferable to the fees involved in moving home. 97 SO PROPERTY Just replace the doors if you don t want the upheaval of a complete refit But always consult an expert make sure you understand the position on planning consent and don t try to undertake your own extension or conversion unless you re a professional builder. COOKING UP A STORM For many people the kitchen is the hub of family life. You might be feeling that your kitchen is too small or outdated for your needs but think twice before giving up on it. Buying a whole new set of cupboards and worktops doesn t need to cost a king s ransom these days shop around to find the best deals on stunning designs or just replace the doors if you don t want the upheaval of a complete refit. Clutter and bad layouts can prevent us from enjoying our homes so think of ways to improve what you have. Investing in integral appliances or simply moving a few cabinets around could make a huge difference to how the kitchen feels clever storage solutions could clear those busy worktops hide the unsightly bin and provide you with more space for the features you want to introduce so be creative and spend some time researching ideas. Many of us covet a large airy kitchen with doors opening to the garden so do you really need that separate dining room or could you knock through and create a beautiful kitchen diner with those longed-for French windows Extending to the rear might be an option and this would give you the chance to design your own perfect room from scratch. SPLASHING AROUND Bathrooms are another feature that can make or break a property deal but you don t have to move house to rid yourself of an old-fashioned bathroom that s seen better days. A simple white suite can cost just a few hundred pounds from some retailers while tiles and flooring can also be replaced cheaply for an instant transformation. Boxing in pipes sinks and toilet bases also gives the room a smooth luxury look and can create extra concealed storage. But if you re looking for a sumptuous sanctuary that feels like your favourite spa why not treat yourself Deep spa baths walk-in monsoon showers and highly stylish sanitary ware are not just the preserve of boutique hotels. If space is a problem consider sacrificing a spare bedroom to extend or even move your existing bathroom so you can fit in all those decadent features that will make the morning shower a joy every time. Always longed for the luxury of an en suite Experts suggest that an extra bathroom could add 5% to your home s value though you should convert a single bedroom if possible it s advisable to not reduce the property s number of double bedrooms unless you have plenty to spare. THESE FOUR WALLS When you re happy with your furniture and layout yet the place still feels tired redecorating is the simplest way to make any room dazzling again for a relatively small outlay. Using a plain neutral colour for walls and floors might feel like the best way to make rooms feel spacious but you may be surprised 98 MARCH 2014 PROPERTY SO at how slightly bolder colour choices could transform your living space. Feature walls in a statement hue or striking pattern will provide a focal point but switching magnolia paint to a soft grey or carpet to a wooden floor could have just as big an impact. Look at magazines and interiors showrooms for inspiration if you admire a friend s home pay more attention to how they ve achieved their look. If you lack the confidence to embark on a really effective makeover consider hiring an expert interior designers have the know-how contacts and creative eye required to turn your dreams into reality. Check their portfolio to make sure you re happy with their style and insist on a thorough consultation first so you can feel sure they understand your needs and desires. They can advise on the colours arrangements and accessories that could give your home an amazing new lease of life. Those who can only boast a tiny overshadowed courtyard should fill striking pots with big ferns and hostas to create a lavish green backdrop that will hide any ugly walls then sit back and feel smug that you don t have acres of lawn to mow every weekend. When space isn t a problem but a badly designed garden is lucky you that means there is potential to transform your outdoor area into a beautiful retreat with the help of landscapers. A good garden designer will take on board your ideas and needs to create your ideal garden using the plants and materials that are practical for the size direction and soil type. Landscaping can mean anything from a spectacular makeover with decking pergolas and water features right down to simply levelling off an uneven plot introducing raised borders for vegetables or putting in a new path that guides the eye to all the garden s best features. The possibilities are endless whether you long for an immersive cottage garden with abundant borders or want to swap an out-of-control lawn for a low maintenance urban sanctuary with not a blade of grass in sight there s something to be done. Always wanted a house with a pool Well maybe this summer you could have one without moving. Size is naturally a consideration but you might be surprised by how affordable swimming pools can be plus an adjoining pool house can be a great place to incorporate a sauna hot tub or gym. Decking and paving offer great solutions for party animals who want to take the fun outside even if recent downpours have turned the lawn into a quagmire. Add a covered veranda or canopy with a chimera or environmentally friendly patio heater for chilly nights and you ve just extended your year-round entertaining space without having to knock down a single wall. If all this is beyond your budget don t forget that you can give your garden a fresher look by replacing a rotten fence filling the patio with colourful bedding plants in pots or repainting the shed how about jaunty blue for a cheerful seaside look Your home is your oyster now release the pearl UP THE GARDEN PATH Everyone wants a charming garden whether it s for relaxing in the sun entertaining alfresco or cultivating your plant collection. Whatever the headache your existing garden is causing you there s probably a solution out there. MARCH 2014 99 SO F E AT U R E 2 Rusthall Place Tunbridge Wells Guide Price 1.65million A significant part of a large Victorian mansion occupying a commanding position above Nevill Park with stunning views. 2 reception rooms 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. Landscaped south facing private gardens. In all about 0.5 acres. LIVING IN THE PAST 4 Temple Grove House Uckfield Guide Price 649 950 Exceptional country house apartment. 3 reception rooms 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. 15 acres of communal parkland including a lake tennis court and heated swimming pool. Period properties are incredibly popular with homebuyers who seek character substance and a sense of history. Owning a house that is centuries old can be a highly rewarding experience but there are some useful tips to bear in mind when choosing your ideal heritage home W hen looking to move home there are numerous reasons why so many of us covet a period property over a new or However a cosy cottage will not be suitable for those who want a greater feeling of space or have a large family to accommodate. If you hanker after well-proportioned airy rooms with prominent windows high ceilings and ornate features Georgian properties should be on your viewing list. Not only do these generously proportioned properties offer ample living space they re also supremely elegant and very suited to being surrounded by formal landscaped gardens. For buyers who want to be in the centre of the action yet still enjoy a home of character Victorian properties are the ideal family option. Often substantial and imposing even when in terraces these solidly built houses offer large rooms decent sized gardens and attractive period features such as high ceilings and open fireplaces yet they re often found near town centres. This means you can enjoy your slice of British heritage without having to compromise on convenience. For nostalgic appeal on a more modest scale many 1920s and 30s houses offer similar features with some chic Art Deco touches if you re lucky but often in quieter residential areas. And of course barn and oast conversions can more recently built residence. While some buyers relish the chance to design a property to their own specifications and start its story from scratch others love the idea of being the latest chapter in their home s history the thought of many other lives having been played out within its walls can seem to give a home greater interest. Each architectural era boasts unique features that appeal to 21st century buyers in different ways and your desired lifestyle will suggest which type of home is best for you. Those who long for a chocolate box cottage in a quintessential English village are in luck Kent and East Sussex boast a wealth of breathtaking Elizabethan and Jacobean houses in idyllic locations Furnace Farmhouse Goudhurst Guide Price 995 000 Attractive Grade II Listed farmhouse situated in a quite outstanding secluded position at the end of a private track. 3 reception rooms 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Gardens and grounds. In all about 0.4 acres. where at first glance little seems to have changed since the days of the Spanish Armada. To own a black and white in a tranquil country setting is at the top of many people s property wishlist and these rural retreats are the perfect choice for those who adore beamed ceilings inglenook fireplaces and a feeling of warmth with a pretty cottage garden just outside the leaded light windows. 100 R A R 0 2 M A MC H C2H 1240 1 4 IN ASSOCIATION WITH F E AT U R E SO Longbrooks Farmhouse Brenchley Guide Price 1.395million An impressive Grade II Listed period farmhouse situated on the edge of Brenchley village. 2 reception rooms 5 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Gardens grounds and paddocks. Planning permission for stables and sand school. In all just over 25 acres. provide the best of both worlds a new home built to modern expectations yet contained within old walls and alive with historical references. So you ve found your period property and fallen in love at first sight. Old homes can give you all sorts of unforeseeable surprises but there are a few steps you can take before buying to try and ensure it s not a heartbreaker appealed to you in the first place. So taking on a period home with the idea of making sweeping changes to suit your lifestyle might not be realistic perhaps you should look at another architectural style that is more appropriate. 4 Don t underestimate the cost and time involved in renovating a period property. 1 Whether you re restricted by a listed status or simply through your own sense of aesthetics renovations to period homes need to be approached even more sympathetically than newer buildings. For example you might be obliged to live with secondary glazing rather than double glazing or to use a particular wood when replacing rotten beams both of which might come at a higher price than more convenient alternatives. Updating period homes is a true labour of love that might require a generous budget so take the time to get a comprehensive and realistic quote before buying. Check whether the property is listed or located in a Conservation Area. Being listed suggests prestigious historical credentials but make sure you understand just how extensive the restrictions are when it comes to making both exterior and interior changes or repairs. Even if the home is not listed being in a Conservation Area can also dictate what alterations you re allowed to make. The Stables Tunbridge Wells Guide Price 1.5million An outstanding Victorian family house occupying a superb position on Hungershall Park - one of the most highly sought after roads in Tunbridge Wells. 5 reception rooms 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Landscaped gardens. 2 Have a comprehensive building survey carried out. As with any potential new home you need to identify any structural issues that will have to be addressed and the older the property the more involved this process may be. Commissioning an integrated Building and Historic Survey will also give you important information about the property s historical development which could prove invaluable when applying for listed building consent. 5 Consider buying a mature home that has already been renovated for modern life. Working hard to bring a period property into the 21st century is an immensely rewarding process as you ll be playing your part in keeping our national heritage alive while adding your own mark to an already much-loved residence. However if time or budget is a consideration why not look at properties where someone else has already done the hard graft A characterful home with a wonderful atmosphere that is equipped with all the creature comforts you expect that has to be at the top. of anyone s wishlist tunwells 01892 515035 Knight Frank Tunbridge Wells. M A MC H C H 12 0 1 4 R AR 20 4 Building an extension or significantly rearranging the rooms might be out of the question for some period properties due to their listed status or location. Also you might find you can t make the desired changes without losing some of the historical features that 3 Take the long term view will the property be able to meet your family s needs Winters Farm Mayfield Guide Price 1.95million Superbly positioned country house with outstanding views. 3 reception rooms 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. Self-contained 1 bedroom cottage. Field with small area of woodland. In all about 5 acres. 101 3 SO 102 MARCH 2014 SO BEAUTIFUL HOMES LIFE IN THE WILDERNESSE This impressive house on a sought after Sevenoaks estate offers versatile accommodation with potential for more P erfect for big families or simply those who love to entertain guests Roseneath is an extensive home that has already been extended. There s room to More views of the garden can be enjoyed from the double aspect kitchen breakfast room from here you can step into the utility room and adjoining family room. A range of handcrafted furniture adorns the ground floor study. On the first floor there s a beautiful master bedroom with a wooden floor and an en suite bathroom. The guest bedroom also has an en suite bathroom and a third bathroom is shared by the remaining three double bedrooms. Mature beech hedging borders the garden and provides plenty of privacy for the plot which is set well back from the road. create more bedrooms above the integral garage where there s currently a playroom with a vaulted ceiling and access to a large attic storage area. From the moment you step into the impressive reception hall which opens to the dining room you ll know you re in a delightful house. A contemporary gas fire is a great feature of the drawing room and steps lead down from both reception rooms to the fantastic triple aspect orangery which has four sets of French doors opening to the garden and swimming pool. For full details contact Knight Frank 01732 744 477 104 MARCH 2014 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO Property Roseneath detached house Location Parkfield Wildernesse Estate Sevenoaks Kent Guide price 3million Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 plus WC Land Just under an acre Extras Orangery play room attic store room with potential for ancillary accommodation integral triple garage gardener s WC heated outdoor swimming pool pool house Best bits Summer days will be a real joy at Roseneath for in the rear garden there is a substantial terrace that is perfect for alfresco entertaining. You can also invite your guests to take a dip in the heated swimming pool or observe the fun from the nearby pool house. MARCH 2014 105 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO BArn convErsIon wITh coTTAgE This stunning property near Mayfield has two residences and plenty of land breathtaking reception hall with full height vaulted ceiling welcomes you into this superb barn conversion located about a mile and a half south of the village of Mayfield. Between the drawing room and dining room there s a fantastic woodburning stove set in an inglenook style fireplace that divides the two rooms. The bright and well equipped kitchen has a rustic feel and features a central island Corian work surfaces and an Everhot range cooker. A family room on the ground floor could be used as a fourth bedroom. Two bathrooms serve the three Property Oakwood detached barn conversion Location Piccadilly Lane Mayfield East Sussex Price 1 575 000 Bedrooms 3 4 Bathrooms 2 plus WC Land About one acre Extras Three-bedroom detached cottage south facing terrace LPG heating vaulted ceilings Best bits This property comes with a detached converted cart lodge. The cottage boasts one to two reception rooms two to three bedrooms kitchen breakfast room bathroom and shower room. The cottage also has its own terrace and lawn. A bedrooms on the first floor and the vaulted ceiling is a charming feature of the master bedroom. Exposed beams and timbers give the home a warm feel and there s LPG heating in both the barn and the detached cottage with underfloor heating and radiators. Outside the property is approached via a gravel drive and there s a wide parking area. The south-facing terrace is a delightful place from which to admire the sweeping lawns and colourful flower borders. In the grounds there are a number of outbuildings one of which houses the pump for the borehole water supply and main supply. For full details contact Hamptons 01892 516 611 MARCH 2014 107 SO BEAUTIFUL HOMES EQUESTRIAN HOME IN THE COUNTRY With stunning rural views and access to excellent bridleways this farmhouse in Broad Oak is perfect for those who love the outdoor life P roviding the best of 21st century country living Chatsworth Farm is a delightful Victorian property that has been sympathetically and stylishly modernised. Period features such as fireplaces oak beams and flagstone floors combine with bright airy and beautifully presented interiors to create a truly appealing family home. On the ground floor there s a welcoming entrance hall a spacious living dining room and a contemporary kitchen with a central island. There are also two useful utility rooms and a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs you ll find five attractive bedrooms three of which have en suite shower rooms. A family bathroom serves the remaining two bedrooms. Along with the extensive paddocks and woodland this property has an ornamental enclosed garden with a large decked seating area and pergola ideal for outdoor entertaining. There s also a children s play area and a separate area of garden with a log store space to hang out washing and access to the utility rooms. The separate open plan annex which has a living room kitchen and shower room provides accommodation for a relative nanny or holiday rental. For full details contact Maddisons Residential 01892 514 100 110 MARCH 2014 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO Property Chatsworth Farm detached farmhouse Location Broad Oak Near Heathfield East Sussex Price 1.2million Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 1 plus 3 shower rooms & WC Land 16 acres Extras Annexe groom s quarters equestrian facilities paddocks woodland triple garage tractor store Best bits Riders will be delighted with this property as it has stabling for eight horses a tack room feed room and barn as well as an all-weather arena and horsewalker. Plus there are separate groom s quarters with a living room kitchen bedroom and shower room. MARCH 2014 111 SO ADVERTORIAL INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY WITH INTERIORS Circle Automation design and build discreet audio visual solutions that fit seamlessly into your home. Using the latest technology and products we create simple and easy to use systems oin us for an informal chat in our new state of the art showroom in Sevenoaks where we showcase some of the very best technology available today. With most of our team coming from an electrical background we can cater for all your electrical and complete technology needs. Creating fantastic lighting scenes activated at the touch of a button from your iPhone or on-wall controller the chances are we can design something that will fit seamlessly into your surroundings. And it s all available for you to have a go in our demonstration facilities. Adding that extra sparkle with some fantastic lighting may not be as expensive as you thought with single room design from just 215 and complete installation from as little as 1 800. Our stunning new totally immersive cinema is also available for demonstrations showing what you can do with a room measuring just 3.5m by 4m Imagine having your own private cinema in your home with fully reclining leather seating a big screen and plenty of sound All in a space similar to a garage or spare room an ideal way to provide entertainment for the whole family and add value to your home. We know how important it is to integrate the latest technology seamlessly into your home. And for that reason we have put the show facilities together as you might expect to find in a typical J lounge. They show off our fantastic Mirror TV invisible speakers with superb audio quality and not a speaker in sight These are just some of the fantastic systems we have on display. Come down and check out how we can integrate and install CCTV to the outside of your property so you can see what s going on at your place from anywhere across the world. Or you can turn on your lights before you get in. And how about heating your home based on outside weather data and your anticipated time of arrival These are just some of the ways we can make your home intelligent leaving you to get on with the things you really want to be doing. With so many TV s and Sky boxes in the house it s difficult to remember which box recorded the latest programme you want to watch. Why not let us create a system for you that puts all the Sky boxes together in one media hub From a complete electrical and lighting design and installation to a media room CCTV audio and TV to every corner of the house we ve got the ideas and people to make it happen. Drop in and see for yourself what we can do 01732 458748 The Studio 38a Dartford Road Sevenoaks Kent TN13 3TQ 114 MARCH 2014 ADVERTORIAL SO MARCH 2014 115 SO MARCH 2014 117 SO 118 MARCH 2014 SO 120 MARCH 2014 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO SPACIOUS HOME IN PERIOD PROPERTY Discover delightfully large and bright accommodation in Sevenoaks with enviable views Property Two-storey portion of a period house Location Linden Chase Sevenoaks Kent Guide price 750 000 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 plus WC Extras Garage parking summerhouse private garden Best bits This property is located in a sought-after quiet residential area within walking distance of Sevenoaks High Street. The occupants of this house enjoy delightful wooded views along with a great deal of privacy in the well-bordered garden. A s part of a substantial period house 3 The Glen is a surprisingly generous property arranged over two levels with light and airy rooms. Set in a delightful area of town the property offers attractive views particularly from the sitting room which has a striking feature fireplace and there s a picture window looking out to the rear from the dining room this room could alternatively be used as a family room. Features of the kitchen breakfast room include bespoke solid oak units granite worktops an American style fridge-freezer a double range cooker and a breakfast area. In the master bedroom there is an en suite dressing room and a sitting area. There are two more double bedrooms and a large family bathroom boasting a feature fireplace and an oversized bath. You approach 3 The Glen along a sweeping driveway that leads to the parking area and garage. There s a great sense of privacy in the dedicated garden area at the front of the house with a lawn decking and summerhouse plus a further secluded area of garden beyond. For full details contact Chesterton Humberts 01732 741 212 MARCH 2014 121 SO 122 MARCH 2014 SO 124 MARCH 2014 ADVERTORIAL SO INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST ON SHOW IN TW Tunbridge Wells Bluemoon Gallery on Camden Road is to stage an exhibition of celebrated painter and printmaker Brendan Neiland. Neiland s work which explores the enigma of modern metropolitan existence is represented in major museums and galleries worldwide including The Tate Gallery London and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Private collectors include designers Paul Smith and Charlie Allen and HH the Sheikh of Sharjah. was shell-shocked by the change. It was wonderful I loved the vibrancy the people shops cars and factories the nonstop activity. This is what I attempt to capture in my work movement vibrancy and colour. I enjoy walking through cities being immersed in the reflections of the buildings. To wander to lose time. There isn t enough space in the city to step back and view a whole building you only see fragments sections. These fragments reflect the perpetual activity of the people that pass before them including me one becomes part of the urban fabric. The city is to me what the countryside is to landscape painters. WERE YOU THE FIRST ARTIST TO USE STENCILS TO CREATE A PAINTING Almost certainly. I didn t want there to be any visible brush strokes on my canvases I saw brush strokes as interference an imperfection. I was experimenting by using a spray gun to apply the paint this gave a subtlety of colour and allowed me to build the richness of my palette layer upon layer but you need to impose a hard edge in order to develop form. At first I used masking tape and scraps of paper but it was very time consuming and voided whole areas of the canvas. Creating stencils from paper was the next logical step. It is a similar process to silkscreen printing though I am not limited to the number of colours I can use. Using this method has helped me to develop my understanding of colour how it shifts in tone how it can be built up. YOU SEEM TO BE GRADUALLY CHANGING WHERE YOU SHOW YOUR WORK WHY IS THIS From the outset I wanted my work to be approachable and accessible. It s important to me to show in galleries where the staff and owners love and understand my work and show it in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Viewing and buying art should be exciting rather than intimidating I want to share my vision. Brendan Neiland s work will be on show at the Bluemoon Gallery Tunbridge Wells from March 8. On March 22 he will be giving a talk about his work and the stencilling process at 2pm. To book your place info putting SoTW 0314 in the subject line. Follow us on twitter BluemoonTWells major figure in the contemporary art world and a key motivator behind the revitalisation of the Royal Academy School this is one of the first times Neiland s work has been shown in a smaller gallery. Bluemoon owner and Art Consultant Iaysha Salih interviewed him ahead of the exhibition to give So readers an insight into the man behind the art. WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM I lived in the countryside in Lowestoft until I was 14 when we moved to Birmingham. I A MARCH 2014 125 SO MARCH 2014 127 SO 128 MARCH 2014 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO UPDATED PERIOD HOME WITH VIEWS A recent refurbishment project has left this Mayfield property with even more charm than ever eautifully presented throughout Chausey is a substantial family home that has been lovingly brought up to date while retaining appealing period features such as marble fireplaces stained glass panels in the inner front door and an original window bench in the sitting room. Improvements include new central heating and electrics and new kitchen breakfast room bathroom suites and sandstone terrace. There are three impressive reception rooms on the ground floor along with the stunning kitchen that makes the best of the southerly aspect. There s also a Property Chausey detached period house Location Station Road Mayfield East Sussex Price 1.2million Bedroom 6 Bathrooms 3 plus WC Extras Cellars south-facing terrace in-and-out driveway off-road parking versatile accommodation Best bits Stunning views across the Rother Valley are among this property s greatest assets and these can be enjoyed from many rooms some of which have bay windows. The south-facing terrace in the attractive landscaped rear garden is also a delightful spot from which to admire the vista. B utility room and cloakroom plus access to the cellars which have the potential to offer further accommodation. On the first floor there s the master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite bathroom two further bedrooms a family bathroom and a study. The remaining three bedrooms and another bathroom are found on the second floor these rooms could be made into a separate suite for an au pair or teenager if desired. There is parking for several vehicles on the in-and-out driveway at the front of the property and at the rear the garden feels very private and secluded. For full details contact Burnett s 01435 874 450 MARCH 2014 131 SO BEAUTIFUL HOMES FAMILY HOME WITH BUSINESS OPTIONS A rare opportunity to buy an attractive house in Tonbridge that has been in the same family for decades aving been built by the current owner s grandfather this house in Orchard Drive has been a much-loved home to the family for 65 years. Situated in a convenient location just over a mile from the town centre the property is in the sought-after north west area of Tonbridge. The deep bay window in the dining room is a charming feature of the house s frontage and the room also has a feature cast iron fireplace ith a pine surround. In the kitchen breakfast room there s an A fi e ring gas ho ith a dou le o en below and a stable door gives access to the side lobby. A view of the garden can Property Detached 1950s house Location Orchard Drive Tonbridge Kent Guide price 625 000 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 plus shower room & WC Extras Self-contained annexe with business use and flat Best bits Originally garaging the detached annexe has business space on the ground floor with a treatment room offices a reception room a kitchen and a cloakroom. There s a flat above with a bedroom a kitchen and an en suite bathroom. The annexe could be converted to residential use subject to planning permission. H be enjoyed from the sitting room and the conservatory has sliding doors to both the front and rear of the property. A utility room and shower room complete the ground floor layout. There are three bedrooms upstairs one of which has a bay window to the front. ou ll also find a athroom and separate cloakroom along with access to the loft space. The house requires some modernising but there s scope to extend the property subject to planning consents. Outside a block paved driveway leads to the annexe which has its own parking area. here s a la n and flo er eds as well as a garden store. For full details contact Barnes Kingsnorth 01732 771 616 132 MARCH 2014 SO MARCH 2014 133 SO 134 MARCH 2014 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO BEGGARS CAN BE CHOOSERS Equipped with fantastic leisure facilities and glorious southerly views this Grade II listed Georgian house near Rye is an exceptional period home Property Mockbeggar Georgian country house Location Playden Rye East Sussex Price 2.5million S Bedroom 4 (suites) sleek modern units in the farmhouse kitchen breakfast room which also has a four-oven Aga. Plus there s a walk-in larder and a laundry room. Over the first and second floors you ll find the four bedrooms arranged as separate suites each with its own bathroom. The two rooms on the top floor are reached via two individual staircases. Outside there s plenty of parking and the grounds o er great variety including a partially walled garden to the west an orchard area and lawns to the south partly bounded by a ha ha (turfed incline). Bathrooms 4 plus WC Land 5 acres Extras Double garage with stores and room above cellar with wine store recreational barn pasture Best bits The substantial recreational barn is an amazing facility for entertaining or simply spending time with the family. Features include an indoor heated swimming pool billiards room gym cloakroom and first floor office. et in an elevated position amid its own mature and well manicured gardens Mockbeggar is a wonderful example of a carefully restored house with 17th century origins. Approached via two driveways the house s features include Georgian sliding sash windows impressive fireplaces and exposed beams. There are delightful views to enjoy from the south-facing drawing room and sitting room the latter has a French door opening to the terrace plus there s a charming formal dining room. Old French floor tiles are complemented by For full details contact Savills 01580 720 161 MARCH 2014 137 SO 138 MARCH 2014 SO 140 MARCH 2014 BEAUTIFUL HOMES SO BArn convErsIon coMEs wITh orchAr Soaring ceilings and original features add to the appeal of this Grade II listed dwelling in Brenchley Property The Old Tong Barn Grade II listed conversion Location Tong Road Brenchley Kent Price 895 000 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 2 plus shower room & WCs Land About 3.5 acres Extras Vaulted ceiling original oak beams walled courtyard gazebo vegetable garden annexe guest accommodation Best bits One of the bedrooms is contained in a separate guest annexe comprising a bedroom store room and cloakroom. This room has underfloor heating so it will be cosy all year round. O ering around s ft of accommodation the old Tong Barn is a fantastic building that was converted within the last years. not only does this home boast a me anine level and the full height of the original barn in the living room s vaulted ceiling it also incorporates the former victorian workshop. other features include windows in the place of the original cart doors and a brick chimney with wood burning stove. The sympathetically converted rooms on the ground floor comprise an entrance hall with a sitting area a drawing room and dining area and a kitchen breakfast room with ad acent utility room and a door to the garden. There are also two bedrooms one of which is the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a shower room on this level. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the me anine level. lenty of parking is available in the attractive walled courtyard at the front of the property. highlights of the grounds include a vegetable garden a stone-built ga ebo a small meadow a pond and an apple orchard. For full details contact Winkworth 01892 519 600 MARCH 2014 143 SO 144 MARCH 2014 SO FA I R FA X G A L L E R Y For the spring the Fairfax Gallery will be exhibiting artists including Royal Academicians award-winning and emerging talent. We will have landscapes in both traditional and abstract styles along with figure painters who regularly exhibit in the National Portrait gallery and win major awards. We are pleased to continue our home trial service throughout Kent Sussex & London to help you find the perfect piece or help with a larger project... Dorion Scott Red Jacket II Oil on Panel 91 x 91cm Louise Fairchild BreakingClouds Oil on Canvas 122x122cm Beverley Rouwen Play List Oil on Canvas 65 x 200cm ON THIS PAGE Open 7 days a week 23 The Pantiles (Lower Walk) Tunbridge Wells 01892 525 525 174 2 F E BMRAURACRHY 22001144 FA I R FA X G A L L E R Y SO The Fairfax Gallery was founded in 1995 on the elegant Lower Walk of The Pantiles. Whilst now having two other permanent galleries and exhibiting in London New York Singapore & Hong Kong the original Pantiles gallery always ensures it has the latest and strongest examples on display in its spacious gallery set over two floors with a large stock behind the scenes... Caroline Yates Man with Burnt Sienna Bag Oil on Canvas 100 x 150cm 2750 Steven Outram RBA Passing Unseen Oil on Canvas 50 x 60cm Peter Brown Dovecote II Acrylic on Canvas 50 x 60 1500 Carol Peace the Gift Bronze 85cm ON THIS PAGE F EA R C H R Y 12 0 1 4 M BRUA 20 4 175 3 FOOD SO OUR MONTHLY LOOK AT WHAT S HAPPENING ON THE LOCAL CULINARY SCENE TASTE OF ITALY FOODNEWS A new brand of 100% natural extra virgin olive oil has been launched by Tenuta Marmorelle in Puglia southern Italy the area visited by So Magazine last autumn. Produced by the Carlucci family Zero has no additives at any stage. Unlike many producers they handpick the best olives early in the season and press them the same day using cold extraction at a controlled temperature of not more than 24 C only the finest extra virgin olive oil is produced in this way. In addition Zero has an acidity level of just 0.2% significantly lower than the maximum of 0.8% allowed in order to class an oil as extra virgin. It also boasts higher than average levels of proteins and polyphenols making it an essential part of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Tenuta Marmorelle Zero Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available from at 12.42 for 500ml. zero to hero SIMPLE FUN AND FLUFFY For sweet treats with a difference check out these local handmade marshmallows from a company based in Hawkhurst. DulciBella Marshmallows specialise in filled versions and their pretty creations have been attracting attention from the likes of Tatler magazine BBC s The One Show and celebrity baker Paul Hollywood. The company produces marshmallows in small batches to sell through a limited number of retail outlets in Kent and Sussex they also sell directly at food festivals. Look up DulciBella Marshmallows on Facebook to find out more. mellow mallows AN APPLE A DAY juicy prospect VIP PARTY bubbly bar Guests enjoyed a sparkling welcome at the launch party for a new bar at Alexander House Hotel near Turners Hill in Sussex. The 1608 Champagne Bar is an elegant space in which to relax and enjoy bubbles and cocktails which were sampled by the party guests along with canap s created by Head Chef Mark Budd. They also enjoyed a tour of the hotel s new two-bedroom luxury serviced lodge. Thousands of new apple trees have been planted at Chegworth Valley near Leeds Castle. The farm which has been fully certified organic has been growing apples for more than 30 years and has extended its 60-acre operation in order to meet increasing demand for its award winning fruit juices. The 8 000 new trees include traditional favourites such as Cox Braeburn and Russet along with lesser known varieties like Boskoop Rouge Galmac and a new variety called Cheerful Gold bred by Kent-based JR Breach. The first crop should be produced in about three years. MARCH 2014 177 SO MARCH 2014 179 SO FOOD Start a new chapter IF YOU LONG TO DINE IN A MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANT YOU DON T NEED TO TRAVEL TO LONDON CHAPTER ONE IN FARNBOROUGH COMMON KENT OFFERS AN AWARD WINNING CULINARY EXPERIENCE RIGHT HERE ON OUR DOORSTEP. AND FINE DINING DOESN T HAVE TO COST A FORTUNE AS ERIK BROWN DISCOVERS kay let s start with a little quiz. Where can you get lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant for less than you might pay at your local gastro pub The answer is not far away at Chapter One in Farnborough Kent. The menu du jour is just 19.95 but even a normal threecourse lunch can be ordered from the a la carte menu for just 27 dinner is 38.50 on Fridays or Saturdays and on Sunday evenings 33.50. It goes without saying that the food is exemplary in fact I had my favourite starter of the year there not long ago but more of that later. What really interests me is the quality of the service. It is quite simply better than many lauded West End restaurants and hotels not because Chapter One is less busy it does 1 500 covers a week which is seriously hard work with a kitchen brigade of 16 but because the training is rigorous and the staff are well chosen. Our waitress Karina a Latvian floats through the restaurant and around the tables always alert always relaxed like to quote award winning restaurant manager Fred Sirieix a gazelle on Red Bull . When I ask her where she has worked before she names one of my favourite restaurants in London Galvin s Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street. It figures. And so to that starter jugged hare ( 5). Yes jugged hare usually a heavyweight main meal gamey and strong often matched by a good claret (a Berry Brothers & Rudd Good Ordinary will do nicely thank you). I last had jugged hare at Rules in Covent Garden so long ago that I smoked a cigar afterwards at the table in the restaurant. I haven t smoked in more than a decade. At Chapter One the jugged hare is presented in a glass with an espume of mashed potato on top and with three sticks of hare satay alongside. It looks like an Irish coffee and it tastes divine. O PRICES AT A GLANCE (dinner) Starters - 9.25 Mains - 21 Desserts - 8.25 Three courses for 38.50 33.50 (Fri Sat Sun) Wine by the glass from - 5 2 MARCH 2014 FOOD SO THE JUGGED HARE ROAST GROUSE PANNA COTTA The panna cotta is very light and sweet with just a hint of the salty peanut butter that strolls slowly in like a bouncer until it hits the taste buds with surprising force Jugged hare is a quintessentially British dish. Its earthy flavour is up there with the white truffle as a gastronomic experience. I adored it as a starter and at just a fiver it was cheaper than the first courses in most of the pubs I use in Kent and Sussex. The jugged hare is preceded by an off-menu sweet and foamy parsnip soup as an amuse bouche and followed by a thin terrine of foie gras with duck macadamia nuts fig pur e celeriac pur e and tiny shimeji mushrooms and toasted fruit bread ( 7.95). And that s before the roast Yorkshire grouse and pithivier of leg with creamed curly kale Jerusalem artichokes and sloe gin and grouse jus ( 17). Now it s really hard to run a Michelin starred restaurant. The quality of the food has to be consistent the quality of the napkins cutlery and crockery have to be top end the front of house staff have to be exquisitely well trained and there have to be a lot of them and the kitchen brigade has to consist of trained chefs not one trained chef and some guys on an hourly rate but all trained chefs. If you re trying to do that in central London with London rents it s actually quite difficult to make money at all which is why so many chefs become celebrities. They have to make money out of their brand with books first then with TV programmes and eventually a few of them open restaurant chains emblazoned with their names. So how does Chapter One s chef patron Andrew McLeish manage to run a Michelin starred restaurant inside the M25 at pub prices Well first of all he and his team work like crazy. If 16 chefs sounds like a lot you have to realise that Chapter One is a seven day a week operation. And then Andrew goes for the tastier less expensive cuts often shooting game for the pot himself. The menu is seasonal too with damsons and cob nuts accompanying a warm salad of local wood pigeon ( 5) on the day I was there. So he shops cleverly and he shops locally. So many restaurants these days especially chain restaurants or whatever they are called are production lines in which pre-prepared ingredients are assembled by a chef and some assistants. Hold that thought and let s just go back to that pithivier of grouse leg and the sloe gin and grouse jus. You d have to be a pretty serious chef to put that together that s not an assembly job. It takes skill care and talent. And it s wonderful with the pastry crust on the pithivier as thin as a credit card and as crisp as a biscuit and the grouse leg inside savoury and light. The jugged hare is the standout course for me but it nearly loses out to a peanut butter panna cotta with golden lime sorbet and morello cherry foam ( 5). At the beginning the panna cotta is very light and sweet with just a hint of the salty peanut butter that strolls slowly in like a bouncer until it hits the taste buds with surprising force. He knows his desserts Andrew McLeish there s a touch of genius in every one. Chapter One Farnborough Common Locksbottom Kent BR6 8NF 01689 854 848 MARCH 2014 181 SO 182 MARCH 2014 SO 184 MARCH 2014 FOOD SO Apprentices can go into any profession to work and gain a qualification at the same time. In our case we offer a Shrager apprenticeship to become a professional chef. To achieve this we find jobs for young people aged from sixteen to 24 Thought for food OUR FOOD COLUMNIST CELEBRITY CHEF ROSEMARY SHRAGER DISCUSSES HER NEW VENTURE AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF FOOD HEROES T he launch for the new patisserie on The Pantiles went with a bang last month. We had one or two teething problems in the first two weeks which always happens in a new business. I have the wonderful Sarah Janes who manages the patisserie with great attention to detail. Sarah has recruited the most lovely young people not forgetting our new apprentice Izzi who is a joy and who I know will go a long way in the industry. Our amazing patisserie chef Mark Mouzon is highly skilled in making the most divine patisserie from Galette des Rois to fine mousses his own chocolates made on the premises (try the salted caramel) and the most mouth watering marshmallows I have ever tasted. I feel I could just go on and on but must stop day-dreaming The location has given us a wonderful outlet for promoting the cookery school in the Corn Exchange and our always popular Chef s Table with John Rogers. I was very sad he was not at the launch but he was busy working at the school. Last month I was concentrating on promoting our Apprenticeship Programme to schools in the locality. We at the cookery school are very excited about this and have been incredibly impressed by the enthusiasm and interest shown by so many young people. Apprentices can go into any profession to work and gain a qualification at the same time. In our case we offer a Shrager apprenticeship to become a professional chef. To achieve this we find jobs for young people aged from 16 to 24. Since it s mandatory now to stay in education until the age of 18 it s a good way to start work and gain understanding of a working environment and get a qualification at the same time. To achieve this they are trained for one year and a day. In the first week they train with us picking up the basics such as knife skills vegetable prep and basic sauces and learning about health and hygiene. Then we send them out to work in a restaurant or hotel they are happy with. Our chef tutor regularly visits to make sure everything is fine. They are paid the minimum wage but we encourage our employers to top this up. The students then come back to us for a minimum of two days a month and have masterclasses and other training. At the end of the year they achieve their NVQ level 2 and at that point the restaurants can offer them a job or they can continue to do their NVQ level 3. I am not academic. At school I was into art cooking and sport anything that was active so this sort of training would have suited me. I feel very passionate about this way of training as not everyone suits the university direction. I look at it like a satnav where there are different routes to take you to find the one that suits you best. Next month I will share with you the wonderful culinary delights of spring. Speak next month. MARCH 2014 185 DAVID BARTHOLOMEW SO MARCH 2014 187 E D U C AT I O N SO EDUCATION NEWS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EDUCATION WORLD A WOMAN S WORLD RACING AHEAD Three runners from Claremont Senior School in Bodiam East Sussex enjoyed success at the Sussex Schools Cross Country Championships. Dylan Leisinger (pictured) comfortably won a 4 000m race in a mixed group of Year 8 and 9 boys and he ll now be representing Claremont in the English Schools Championships this month. If he finishes in the top five Dylan will be selected to run for England. Josephine and Nicole Edmunds finished eighth and 12th respectively in a 3 500m race with Year 10 and 11 girls. This meant they had qualified for last month s Inter Schools Cross Country Competition. Meanwhile Claremont pupils in Years 3 and 4 explored the past during a fun session about Roman life courtesy of the Outreach Team from Bignor Roman Villa near Pulborough. Six Year 13 students at St Leonards-Mayfield School have beaten the odds to be offered places at Cambridge University. Around five students chase each place available at Oxbridge institutions so securing half a dozen spots is a real achievement particularly as one of the students Mojisola Agboola is just 16 years old. Not only that but they ll also be studying for degrees in what would traditionally be viewed as boy s subjects . Mojisola Ellie Cox Hannah Gilliland Julia Laskowska Jenny Shepherd and Ella Strudley have been offered the chance to read engineering medicine human social and political science economics engineering and natural sciences respectively at Cambridge University colleges. Headmistress Antonia Beary says As a Cambridge graduate myself I have no doubts as to how much these girls will enjoy and benefit from their time there not only studying but also in making the most of all the opportunites undergraduate life offers. TOP OF THE CLASS David Westcombe head teacher of Rose Hill School in Tunbridge Wells has spoken of his delight after the school was declared excellent across the board. A four-day visit by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) resulted in high praise for every aspect of life at Rose Hill including the arts and sports provision all nine key areas being assessed from pupils learning achievements to the quality of their spiritual moral social and cultural development received the top grade available. Mr Westcombe says An excellent grading across the board is extremely hard to achieve and is a tribute to the hard work of the staff and pupils and the strong support of parents. I am very proud of the school. The teachers and pupils all work incredibly hard to make Rose Hill the happy and successful community it is today. MARCH 2014 191 E D U C AT I O N SO EDUCATION GUIDE THE 2014 SPRING EDITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 193 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO BACK TO SCHOOL S chool days should be a magical time for children through learning they ll make new discoveries every day unveil their hidden talents and forge the friendships that may last a lifetime. These precious years will also do much to shape your child s future both in terms of their career prospects and their personal development. Choosing the school that will provide the perfect environment for your child s academic sporting social and spiritual growth is no small task. Here in our part of the world we re privileged to have access to an array of high quality establishments all of which offer their own unique approach to educating the next generation. How do you decide which school ill pro ide the right fit for your child s needs There are lots of elements to consider not least of which is whether the school s ethos matches your own views on education. From the academic curriculum and teaching standards to the leisure activities and social opportunities on offer you ll want to feel sure you ve made the right choice in order to give your child the very best start in life. That s why we re here to help with our latest Education Guide. Over the next 35 pages some of the area s top schools give you a glimpse of life on their campus reveal the values at the heart of their education and provide all the information you need to make this most important of decisions. MARCH 2014 195 SO E D U C AT I O N Bede s Senior School Type HMC Day weekly and full boarding for boys and girls aged 13-18. Cost per term (day) 6 480 Cost per term (boarding) Weekly- 9 230 Full- 9 810 Web Tel 01323 843 252 Head Dr Richard Maloney WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION Bede s philosophy of breadth and excellence within the academic curriculum and beyond inspires young people to achieve in every facet of their educational experience. UPPER DICKER EAST SUSSEX BN27 3QH TALK US THROUGH THE NOTABLE FACILITIES AT YOUR SCHOOL Aside from our award-winning boarding houses our Art School has a national reputation we boast an on-site Animal Management Centre which holds over 60 species in the Miles Studio Theatre building we also host The Legat School of Dance our Science building is one of the best equipped facilities of its kind in the South East and in sport we boast an eight-court Sports Complex with bespoke fitness studio squash courts and a swimming pool plus tennis courts a golf course and seven full-sized and immaculately maintained sports pitches elsewhere on campus. WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Our goal is to ensure that we educate the whole person and because of this we give equal importance to academic pastoral and co-curricular aspects of life. This holistic approach to education is not just an add-on. It is our strong belief that learning takes place beyond the confines of the classroom and with this in mind we place creativity service and action at the heart of the student experience. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF Our ground-breaking collaboration with King s College London which reflects the emphasis that we place on innovative thoughtful teaching teaching that encourages students at Bede s to be massively ambitious and hold nothing but the highest aspirations. 196 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO Bricklehurst Manor School Type Independent co-educational day prep school Cost per term (day) 327 - 3 400 Web Tel 01580 200448 Email office Follow us on Facebook and Twitter bricklehurst Head Mrs Christine Flowers The warm family atmosphere at Bricklehurst Manor is probably the first of many positive feelings that you will have as you enter the BARDOWN ROAD STONEGATE WADHURST EAST SUSSEX TN5 7EL school. Family owned and established for 55 years this Grade II listed building provides a wonderful environment in beautiful surroundings in which children can grow. Now with its third owner Christine Flowers who has worked for the past 12 years to provide a modern all inclusive school here children of all abilities have a unique and refreshing opportunity to experience a stimulating and thorough education with the attention on the basics... including good manners. Children come to us from the age of three to join our Early Years which was rated in our last inspection as Outstanding in all areas. We have small classes specialist teachers for languages (French and Mandarin) games drama and dance a dedicated special needs teacher plus a dyslexia specialist. Our broad curriculum offers every child the chance to thrive and find success whether it be an academic musical sporting or artistic talent. The extended day provides the opportunity for children to enjoy a range of clubs and activities including Lamda choir orchestra Spanish gymnastics art and seasonal sports. The school enjoys an excellent academic record with our children regularly gaining places in the Kent Grammar Schools or being awarded scholarships to local independent schools. At Bricklehurst we work hard but have fun so that childhood can be enjoyed says Headteacher Christine Flowers. I believe that we fully achieve our aim to produce happy confident and well rounded pupils who are known to thrive in the secondary school of their choice. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 197 E D U C AT I O N SO Beechwood Sacred Heart Type Co-educational day & boarding independent school (age 3-18) Cost per term (day) 2 960 - 5 175 Cost per term (boarding) 7 615 - 8 590 Web Tel 01892 532 747 Head Mr Aaron Lennon WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION We prepare our pupils for the future but encourage them to enjoy the present so that all our pupils leave school with self-confidence and a sense of ambition. As well as being prepared for examinations Beechwood pupils are taught to think for themselves think creatively and they learn to work in teams this prepares them for life at university and in the workplace. At Beechwood we believe in excellence in teaching and learning. In our small classes our teachers support and inspire pupils to achieve their best exceeding their academic targets. TALK US THROUGH THE NOTABLE FACILITIES [AT YOUR SCHOOL] Beechwood is well equipped for teaching and learning in the 21st Century we have Internet access in all rooms interactive whiteboards provide up-to-date resources and teaching aids an ICT suite and learning resources centre well-equipped laboratories media studies centre Sixth Form Study Centre. Spacious landscaped grounds provide a healthy green space for sports and play. PEMBURY ROAD TUNBRIDGE WELLS KENT TN2 3QD Beechwood is a school that welcomes people from different religious beliefs and where people from different cultures are encouraged to live together as one big family. (Year 12 student) Plans are in place to build a new Sports Hall and an Art & Design Studio which are due to open in the next academic year. WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Parents are looking for a school that not only prepares pupils to do their best in exams but one that teaches the higher level thinking skills that will be important throughout life such as independent and creative thinking. Parents are attracted by our small class Beechwood has the right balance between education and kindness they encourage the pupils to be nice to each other and to be polite always. (Year 10 pupil) sizes and the individual care and attention that we give to every pupil. Parents appreciate Beechwood s values of respect consideration for each other honesty and hard work which are based on Catholic Christian principles and which are at the heart of the school. Beechwood is the only co-educational independent school in Tunbridge Wells and if needed offers flexi and weekly boarding for both boys and girls. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF Beechwood has a strong sense of community we all pull together which gives the school a wonderful friendly atmosphere. This and the high standards of personal conduct and achievement of Beechwood pupils and the hard work and dedication of the staff make the school what it is. Beechwood teaches you how to be a good kind and helpful friend. (Year 5 pupil) IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 199 E D U C AT I O N SO Claremont Senior School and Sixth Form BODIAM ROBERTSBRIDGE EAST SUSSEX TN32 5UJ Type Independent day school Cost per term (day) Senior School 4 600 Sixth Form 5 000 Web Email enquiries Tel 01580 830 396 Head Mr Giles Perrin WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION At Claremont Senior School we aim to strike a healthy balance between maintaining traditional values and adopting a forward thinking open minded and progressive approach to teaching and learning. Students are regularly reminded of the importance of a good attitude at all times be it in their relationships with teachers and peers academic studies or in our extensive co-curricular programme. Our students are ambitious and are keen to succeed but not at the expense of kindness and consideration towards others. We have outstanding staff whose energy passion and enthusiasm is contagious and has helped to develop a unique and remarkable school atmosphere WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Parents choose Claremont Senior School because with only 50 students per year group we know and can help every student succeed in their own unique way. At the heart of a successful school lie outstanding relationships between the key stakeholders staff students and their parents. I have never seen this working more successfully in a school setting than at Claremont. There is an astonishing amount of activity taking place here far more than our size would suggest but this we believe is necessary to prepare students for university and the world of work. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AT YOUR SCHOOL Without a doubt the students and the staff. As founding Headmaster of the school I have had the pleasure of assembling a new staff team and they have turned out to be the school s greatest strength. We have a mix of youth and experience they are highly skilled talented teachers who are hugely proud of the school and tirelessly enthusiastic and energetic. I am very grateful to all of them. Likewise I have worked in a number of school settings and have never had the pleasure of working with such a fine group of motivated students as we have at Claremont Senior School. TALK US THROUGH THE NOTABLE FACILITIES At Claremont Senior School these include a new 1.5million Sports Hall which houses a state-of-the-art indoor cricket training facility a fitness gym four badminton courts a five-a-side football pitch an indoor tennis court and netball and basketball courts. We have also just built a beautiful new Performing Arts Centre including a 250-seat theatre and we are currently building a new Sixth Form Centre Photography Centre and an additional new science laboratory. Additionally we have one of the finest six-lane indoor swimming pools in this area. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 201 E D U C AT I O N SO Cobham Hall COBHAM KENT DA12 3BL Type Round Square International Baccalaureate World school for girls aged 11 to 18 years Cost per term (day) Year 7 & 8 5 030 Year 9 5 351 Year 10 5 725 Year 11 6 047 Pre IB & Sixth Form 6 367 Cost per term (boarding) Year 7 & 8 7 599 Year 9 7 973 Year 10 8 347 Year 11 8 776 Pre IB & Sixth Form 9 578 (Non-returnable Registration Fee of 100 per girl should be sent with the registration form to Admissions) Web Email enquiries Tel 01474 823 371 Head Mr Paul Mitchell Cobham Hall is the only all-girls Round Square school with both boarding and day pupils in the United Kingdom. Set in 150 acres of grounds near historic Rochester Cobham Hall is a deliberately small school. We know the nuances of each character rather than remembering girls names by where they sit in the classroom. The ability to provide an education tailored to the needs of individual girls is a reality at Cobham in quite a different way than it could be in schools with many hundreds of students. Being a small school means girls don t have places they ve never been to and broaden their horizons much further than the physical distance they travel to school. Throughout term time the school is like a small town. It is always open busy and bustling from early in the morning until late at night. Flexible boarding options mean we can hold school events at night big Christmas dinners plays talent shows concerts art exhibitions parties and trips and have day girls stay the night afterwards. Aside from special occasions on any given day girls can arrive early for breakfast stay late for supper and prep or stay the night. As an all-girls school we ve discovered that girls without boys are something of a wonder. Girls without boys will spin in dizzy circles and laugh until they cry. Girls without boys will study mathematics and the sciences without considering they might be subjects traditionally intended for boys. Girls without boys are unselfconscious and confident. Girls without boys are not afraid of doing things because they might make a fool of themselves. Girls without boys are not afraid of having their own opinion. These are Cobham girls. Beneath all this quietly bubbling away sometimes roaring is the Round Square ethos which arguably makes it all possible. Perhaps you are not familiar with Round Square Round Square is about finding the extraordinary within. In the simplest sense Round Square is the idea that challenging yourself will lead to discovering who you really are and who you could be that everything learnt is connected and that every experience is a lesson. There s more in you than you think. Welcome to Cobham Hall. to be the loudest in the class to be noticed. Girls can t slip through the cracks or get by without making contributions to classroom discussions or school festivals and activities. At Cobham we like to think every girl has her space to shine whether she seeks it out or not. And as a result girls emerge from Cobham Hall with greater confidence than when they began. Although the majority of our girls are from the UK girls at Cobham come from all over the world from Europe and Africa the USA and Asia. They arrive at Cobham with all sorts of different backgrounds and find a place to belong find fascination in each other s cultures and traditions and fit together with ease. Day girls meet boarders from exotic IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 203 E D U C AT I O N SO Cranbrook School WATERLOO ROAD CRANBROOK KENT TN17 3JD Type Selective State day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 18 years Cost per term (day) Free Cost per term (boarding) 3 662 Web Tel 01580 711 800 Head Dr John Weeds THINK YOU CAN T AFFORD A BOARDING EDUCATION THINK AGAIN With the wide choice of boarding schools available to parents many are not aware of state boarding schools like Cranbrook that offer excellent boarding education at less than half the cost of independent schools. Headmaster Dr. John Weeds says We might be a more economical option than the independent sector but what Cranbrook School has to offer is just as good. Cranbrook is quite unique it is the only state grammar day and boarding school for girls and boys from aged 13 in the country. The school s preferred area for day students runs to a 8.5km radius. Day pupils go free of course but the 250 boarders come from further afield and pay about 12 000 a year - a snip compared to the boarding fees at independent schools and particularly when you look at the results (78 per cent A -B at A-level last year with an impressive Oxbridge tally) and facilities. Beyond academic and extra-curricular excellence what makes Cranbrook so special is that no other school blends so completely the traditions of a state and independent school. Its House based system formidable sports programme and 75-acre campus result in a community which is truly twenty-four-seven. Drama music art social service CCF DofE and foreign travel are also key features of a Cranbrook education. Rated as an outstanding school by Ofsted in 2011 the School has a distinguished 500 year history. Entrance to Cranbrook is by its own exam and caters for the top 20 25% of the academic ability range challenging the brightest boys and girls to fulfil their potential in the classroom and broader walks of life. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 205 SO E D U C AT I O N Dulwich Prep COURSEHORN CRANBROOK KENT TN17 3NP EARLY YEARS EXPANSION FORGES AHEAD AT DULWICH PREP NASH HOUSE THE EARLY YEARS SECTION OF DULWICH PREP CRANBROOK IS UNDERGOING A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION At the end of the project the building will have four new bright and spacious classrooms linked to new cloakroom spaces a spacious and airy lobby and a reception area. Each classroom will face south and have its own outdoor learning area (under a retractable canopy) leading into a completely new playground. The only room to remain in its present function and form is the Hall although this will have the benefit of new heating and air conditioning and will be renovated and redecorated. Plans are ahead of schedule and the children have been enjoying their new playground since the summer the timber fort and moat and the wooden tractor are particularly popular Other favourites include the mud kitchen and the playground xylophone. Oast Nursery took possession of their new classroom in November and the first Reception classroom was ready by spring half term. The entire project will be completed by the end of 2014. Headmaster Mr Paul David says We are delighted with the progress of the development and it is wonderful to see the children benefiting already from the fantastic purpose-built facilities that have been created. Nash House has a happy homely vibrant atmosphere with an emphasis on forging a strong home school link to ensure children make a confident and happy start to their education. Early Years funding is available. 206 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO Dulwich Prep COURSEHORN CRANBROOK KENT TN17 3NP Type An independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13 years Cost per term (day) Nash House Nursery 5 mornings 1 685 Full day 2 695 (differential rates available for flexible sessions) Reception Full day 3 205 (differential rates available for part-time attendance in first term) Little Stream - Year 1 3 205 Year 2-4 4 240 Upper School - 4 970 Web Email registrar Tel 01580 712 179 Head Mr. P.A. David B.Ed. (Hons) WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION Throughout the school there is a two-fold purpose to enable the children to learn as much as possible according to their individual abilities and to be happy and confident in an environment of learning. We are a school where children have the space to breathe and the time to grow the opportunity to be inspired to aspire so they can shine in their chosen field. independent and group study and for collaboration between children and staff. Evacuated from London to Cranbrook in 1939 the school is one of two preparatory schools administered as a charitable trust by a Board of Governors the other being Dulwich Prep in London. We are very proud of our humble beginnings from a scattering of farm buildings in the orchards of Cranbrook and this year we celebrate our 75th anniversary. WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Choosing the right school for any child is a difficult and major decision. So many factors are involved but perhaps one of the most important is the feel of the school. The atmosphere at Dulwich is open and friendly and we encourage children to develop their self-confidence by introducing them to a broad curriculum where the arts and sport are given equal billing with academic subjects. We provide a secure and caring environment in which children learn increasing independence as well as consideration for others as they progress through the school. We hope you will visit us so that you can experience for yourself the sense of purpose enjoyment and buzz of life at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AT YOUR SCHOOL Our children Every day they bring new ideas to school and it is a joy to watch them thrive and develop. They pack so much into their days with a vast array of extracurricular clubs and activities and they are always hungry for more Our theme for the term is Seize the Day it is a key aim to encourage and nurture new interests. There is a vast array of clubs and activities for all ages both at lunchtime and after school. There are music groups for all levels including a school orchestra jazz band choirs and recorder groups. Groups of musicians perform regularly at concerts and in the community and have travelled overseas on tours. Drama Club is very popular and each year the group produces a play or revue. Sports clubs cater for all levels and ages in most of the major sports Triathlon Club is proving particularly popular in Upper School. Art sewing gardening cookery newspaper and eco clubs are some of the other options on offer. TALK US THROUGH THE NOTABLE FACILITIES Our school is set in 50 acres of countryside in the heart of the Weald of Kent surrounded by farmland. We offer nursery pre-prep and preparatory education for children from the ages of three to 13. The school is divided into three sections Nash House Little Stream and Upper School - which work together to make a stronger more vibrant whole. Four brand new light bright classrooms are currently being built for Nash House (Early Years) featuring outdoor learning areas under a retractable canopy. Sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall astro-turf two swimming pools tennis courts and a 400m athletics track. Children in Years 7 and 8 are all issued with an iPad which are a great tool for both IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 207 SO E D U C AT I O N Eastbourne College OLD WISH ROAD EASTBOURNE EAST SUSSEX BN21 4JY Type Co-educational independent for ages 13 to 18 Cost per term (day) 6 500 in Years 9 11 6 610 in Years 12 - 13 Cost per term (boarding) 9 920 in Years 9 11 10 030 in Years 12 - 13 Web Email admissions Tel 01323 452 323 01323 452 550 Head Simon Davies MA Eastbourne College offers a full education that is so much more than the excellent academic results its boys and girls achieve year after year. All pupils are given every opportunity to achieve across the board academically in the creative arts on the sports field as individuals and in teams. They thrive in a welcoming and purposeful environment and develop into confident able and responsible individuals who make life-long friends while at school. The College employs only first class teachers who are fully committed to the College s unique approach to education which provides individual work spaces for day pupils and boarders alike ensures that day houses are supervised until 8pm every weekday evening and encourages pupils to throw themselves into a full programme of activities every day of the week. Academically pupils achieve outstanding results outperforming much more selective schools the four-year rolling average A B at A level is 83% and the same measure of A A at GCSE is 63%. Co-curricular activities available are varied and vibrant and pastoral support renowned. Pupils and their families are recognised and valued in this educational community where strong relationships are nurtured and highly prized. In recognition of the pressures of modern family life day pupils may go home any time between 6pm and 8pm with parental and school permission. 208 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO The Mead School 16 FRANT ROAD TUNBRIDGE WELLS KENT TN2 5SN Type Co-educational day school for ages 3 11 Cost per term 3 230 (Years 3-6) 2 915 (Reception Years 1 & 2) 951- 1 585 (Kindergarten) Web Tel 01892 525 837 Head Mrs Angela Culley WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION Each child has only one chance of a school education and at The Mead we make sure that every day of that education is valuable and valued. The curriculum is creative and stretching the environment motivating and inspirational. Each child is respected as an individual and is given the opportunity to explore and discover a love of learning. TELL US ABOUT THE NOTABLE FACILITIES AT YOUR SCHOOL A child who is happy and secure in school is one who will thrive and reach their potential. Our aim is to create lifelong learners and as such we use all the local community has to offer Trinity Theatre The Neville local swimming pool London libraries and much more. On site we have specialist dance drama and music studios gym playing field environmental area fully equipped outdoor classroom library and much more please come and see for yourselves WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Our unique learning environment and ethos. The Mead truly is one large family living under one roof close to the heart of town. Our size (max. 190 pupils) and small bespoke teaching groups (average 12 14) enable every child to flourish feel success and grow in competence and confidence. They experience and experiment in every direction through curricular extra-curricular and leadership opportunities. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AT YOUR SCHOOL Each and every one of our current and past pupils. Wonderful ambassadors of a Mead education they embrace every opportunity at school and beyond have strong moral compasses are good citizens and lifelong learners with a well developed work ethic. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 209 E D U C AT I O N SO Marlborough House School HIGH STREET HAWKHURST KENT TN18 4PY Type Independent co-educational prep school for ages 2 - 13 day and flexi-boarding Cost per term (day) 2 450 5 070 Web Tel 01580 753 555 Head Mr Martyn Ward ABOUT THE SCHOOL Marlborough House School is set in 34 acres of grounds with extensive sports pitches orchard ponds and woodland. The school boasts superb sports facilities including an astroturf pitch indoor sports hall netball and tennis courts shooting range outdoor swimming pool and dance hall. The newly extended and refurbished Pre-Prep was opened last year. Happy confident children are keen to learn to push themselves and to achieve more. That is our belief at Marlborough House and one which we know is shared by parents. It is our job not only to help your child to achieve academically but also to become a well-rounded enthusiastic and self-confident individual. Academic achievement is of course at the heart of our work and year on year Marlborough House children have been hugely successful in securing places at leading senior schools. Our pupils leave with lasting friendships happy memories and more importantly a love of life and learning. to fund this. So the question then is why do parents make these sacrifices The answer I believe is that private education is the best investment you can ever make it is something that will pay dividends to your children throughout their lives. In educating your child at a private school you are providing them with opportunities and experiences that are significantly better than good enough . Excellent results should be taken as read but it is the round development of the child that is so important personal happiness wellbeing the confidence to face the challenges of the future as responsible confident compassionate leaders are paramount in a child s education. Schools like us make substantial investments to offer facilities and surroundings that enthuse and stimulate our children but what you really pay for in an independent school is the people. At Marlborough House that means employing and developing the very best teachers and then giving them the freedom to take on a bit more to inspire to excite to challenge to create a bit of magic. Given the sacrifices that so many parents make they are right to expect all of these things from an independent education. Parents are right to expect value for money. Good enough for your children should not be good enough. I would like to invite you to come and see for yourself what Marlborough House can offer your child. MARTYN WARD HEADMASTER There is no getting away from the fact that educating children in the private sector is a significant financial commitment for many. And yet against the backdrop of the deepest longest recession for a hundred years the sector has remained largely buoyant. There are flickering signs of life but the economic conditions out there are very tough. Parents who have chosen to educate their children privately don t need me to remind them of the sacrifices that many of them make in order IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 211 SO E D U C AT I O N Rose Hill School Type Independent prep school Cost per term (day) 1 820- 4 275 Cost per term (boarding) N A Web Tel 01892 525 591 Head David Westcombe CONISTON AVENUE TUNBRIDGE WELLS KENT TN4 9SY TALK US THROUGH THE NOTABLE FACILITIES Last year we opened a new 2.1m teaching facility including a 95sq m science laboratory six teaching classrooms two ICT suites a learning skills suite and a medical room for the school nurse. We also have a fantastic creative arts centre including a 220 seat theatre an astroturf and a sports hall in 18 acres of land in the heart of Tunbridge Wells. WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Rose Hill is friendly and open and relatively small with just over 300 pupils across the Pre-Prep and Prep departments. Its size allows each child to be known and valued. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AT YOUR SCHOOL In December 2013 Rose Hill was awarded excellent in all areas by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). Inspectors commented that parents expressed their overwhelming satisfaction with the education and care the school provides for their children We are thrilled with the results as an excellent grading across the board is extremely hard to achieve and is a tribute to the hard work of the staff and pupils and the strong support of parents. I am very proud of the school. The staff and pupils all work incredibly hard to make it a happy place to learn and develop. WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION I believe it is the children s personal development through the sporting creative social and spiritual opportunities Rose Hill provides which underpins their academic success and enables them to move successfully and happily through their secondary education and beyond. 212 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO Sackville School TONBRIDGE ROAD HILDENBOROUGH KENT TN11 9HN Type Independent co-educational school for ages 11 to 18 years Cost per term (day) 4 375 Web Email office Tel 01732 838 888 Head Peter Lane BSc When choosing a secondary school for their child today s informed parents are starting to question the traditional one size fits all approach to education. Sackville School in Hildenborough believes the answer to this is individualised learning. Sackville is a truly mixed ability school for girls and boys aged 11 to 18 where we celebrate each of our student s achievements be they academic sporting or creative. With our exceptionally small class sizes we are uniquely placed to understand each and every student s particular educational profile and to tailor their learning accordingly. We then monitor our student s progress with detailed assessment and tracking which enables them to achieve their full potential often exceeding expectations our exam results demonstrate this value added outcome. We are proud that former Sackvillians are currently studying at The London College of Fashion Norwich College of Art and Westminster Catering College as well as Oxford and other Russell Group universities. Set in 26 acres of historic parkland between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks Sackville s Grade II listed building has recently benefitted from a programme of refurbishment and a new Science block and Performing Arts studio. The school also recognises the importance of providing extracurricular opportunities and offers an exciting and extensive programme of activities. We believe our pastoral care is second to none and we are proud of our friendly atmosphere where the traditional values of manners respect honour and behaviour are highly valued. But don t just take our word for it why not come and see for yourself Our doors are always open for personal visits. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 213 SO E D U C AT I O N Sevenoaks Prep School Type Co-educational independent day school for children aged 2 to 13 Cost per term (day) 296 per session in Nursery Kindergarten 2 820 in Reception 3 250 in Forms 1 & 2 3 970 in Forms 3 - 8 Web Email admissions Tel 01732 762 336 Head Luke Harrison Many children at Sevenoaks Prep begin their school life in the Nursery at the age of two. It is a warm secure environment with dedicated experienced teachers who put children and parents at ease. Children are treated as individuals and take part in a wide range of activities that allow them to grow in confidence and to feel part of the wider school community. At the beginning of each morning the children and teachers in the Nursery gather round for circle time and introduce the activities for that morning. Cookery music nature trails craft colouring tumble tots stories drama and science are just some that are enjoyed. It is vital that the children have fun while they are GODDEN GREEN SEVENOAKS KENT TN15 0JU learning. Their social skills are greatly enhanced by the interaction they have with their peers and teachers. Mrs Sue Binnie head of the Nursery recognises the importance of treating each child as an individual and understanding their strengths and challenges. In the 2013 ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Report and also in the most recent Ofsted inspection The Early Years Foundation Stage was rated as outstanding in every area Children trust and respect their teachers and relate well to each other. They are provided with secure foundations for their future well-being in all aspects of their learning. As a result they respond to school life with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. (ISI 2013). The nursery classrooms and outdoor area lie in the heart of the Junior School with close access to the wider school facilities such as the large hall the adventure playgrounds with specialist play equipment the fields and access to Knole Park. Nursery children also join school celebrations including special assemblies. Through shared facilities and interaction with the older pupils Nursery children have an understanding of the bigger picture of the school which makes a fluid transition to Kindergarten Reception and beyond. Families are welcome to visit the Nursery as part of a tour of the school or as a taster session to appreciate the very special atmosphere for themselves. 214 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO Skippers Hill Manor Type Preparatory school Cost per term (day) From 1 328 (Full time Kindergarten including EYEE) to 4 460 (Years 5 8) Cost per term (boarding) NA Website Phone 01825 830 234 Head Mr Tim Lewis FIVE ASHES MAYFIELD EAST SUSSEX TN20 6HR WHAT S YOUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION At Skippers we strive to promote a holistic education where the spiritual moral social physical and creative aspects of a child s development are nurtured as well as the academic. Education is more than lessons and extra-curricular activities it involves good sportsmanship basic courtesy kindness caring for others healthy competition opting in rather than out stimulating creativity encouraging independent learning and developing the child s talents whatever they may be. TALK US THROUGH THE NOTABLE FACILITIES The setting is frankly stunning. The Manor House is set in 22 acres of playing fields and woodlands. The youngest children are inspired by the Outdoor Woodland Experience and plans are afoot to extend this to all our pupils zip wires and swings willow tunnels camps and tree houses. WHY MIGHT A PARENT CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER Our school blends traditional values with a forward-looking and flexible approach. Being a small school has distinct advantages our size allows us to really get to know each child to identify their passions and their fears to celebrate their efforts whatever their achievements to encourage pupils to think for themselves and finally to question and to appreciate the world around them. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF [AT YOUR SCHOOL] The buzz of excited children who are happy and achieving across the board brightens even the dullest wintry day I just wish I could bottle up their energy and fun and distribute it prescription free to everyone in the UK. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 215 SO E D U C AT I O N St Andrew s Prep MEADS STREET EASTBOURNE EAST SUSSEX BN20 7RP Type Independent co-educational preparatory school Cost per term (day) 2 850 to 4 965 (nursery costs available) Cost per term (boarding) 7 055 (flexi boarding costs available) Web Email info Tel 01323 733 203 Head Simon Severino Opportunity choice discovery and space all in one stunning location. You need to find a good school for your primary aged child and you have a number of schools to choose from. Why should you opt to pay for your child s education and why should you choose St Andrew s Prep over the other schools on offer From an early age children are taught by experienced teachers in each subject area with specialist teaching for drama music and sport. Class sizes are small but not too small and children receive individual attention. The majority of our older children play instruments and there is a fabulous mix of musical groups to join. Sports teams start from Year 3 and we want all our children to represent the school. There are two big school productions each year for Years 5 to 8 and many other smaller productions in house. Our wide range of co-curricular activities gives breadth and choice to enable children to develop and pursue passions and interests. They can try some golf or shooting take extra drama or art join the rock band or sing in the senior chamber choir. They can discover the excitement of taking the curriculum outside in the Forest and Beach Schools and enjoy our extensive outdoor space with the freedom to pursue everything on offer. We provide our children with the environment support and resources to learn and develop above all it is the potential and character of each individual that we seek to nurture daily at St Andrew s. Confidence happiness and fulfilment in every child is our absolute priority so that they can flourish both at school and beyond. 216 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO St Edmund s School Canterbury ST THOMAS HILL CANTERBURY KENT CT2 8HU Type Co-educational day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3 to 18 years Cost per term (day) 2289 - 6018 Cost per term (boarding) 5966 - 9365 Web Email admissions Tel 01227 475 601 Head Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes St Edmund s School Canterbury understands and upholds the values of both stability and change. The Head Louise Moelwyn-Hughes explains The school s core values remain constant in that at the heart of all that we do remains a tradition of academic excellence a respect for the individual a belief in meritocracy and a commitment to ensuring that our young men and women leave St Edmund s not only with the exam grades they will require for university and employment but with the interpersonal skills and qualities they will need to lead happy fulfilling and successful lives. Government statisticians increasingly know the price or at least the UCAS tariff score of every conceivable qualification but they do not always recognise the value of a high quality all round education. At St Edmund s we are confident that pupils have been well taught to excel in GCSE and A level but we are equally sure that important benefits of a St Edmund s education are the intangibles the values and inner strengths that underpin adult life. In many ways St Edmund s although true to its traditional roots is a changing school with the recent upgrading of classroom boarding and House facilities and the creation of a new astro pitch Medical Centre and Sixth Form Centre very much enjoyed by our pupils and staff. So too has the curriculum seen change in the last two years with Arabic economics Greek and government and politics being added to the wide range of subjects on offer to our pupils. St Edmund s welcomes new pupils and their families to come along and experience our excellent classroom teaching our outstanding extracurricular provision and our lively and vibrant charitable and service programmes. IN ASSOCIATION WITH ALEX HARE MARCH 2014 217 E D U C AT I O N SO Saint Ronan s WATER LANE HAWKHURST KENT TN 18 5DJ Type Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls from 3-13 Cost per term (day) 3 031- 5 198 (Nursery charged by session) Cost per term (boarding) 33 per night Web Tel 01580 752 271 Head William Trelawny-Vernon HEADMASTER TELL US ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL Saint Ronan s is a gem. It was founded in 1883 in Worthing and moved to Hawkhurst in 1946. Over the years it has evolved from an all boys all boarding school into a co-educational day and flexi boarding school for children from 3 to 13 . It is set in the magnificent Tongswood Estate which offers 250 acres of excitement and adventure based around the majestic Tongswood House a large rambling Victorian mansion once home of the Gunther family of Oxo fame. Whilst retaining its Hogwartian charm the school has undergone a renaissance in recent years with a new Pre-Prep Music School School Farm and Sports Hall having been constructed new areas provided for Science DT IT Art a Forest School and the Nursery. The swimming pool tennis courts and golf course have been re-vitalised and now there is glorious mix of rigour fresh air and fun. We excel in all areas as our 2014 record for Scholarships shows. Music is particularly strong with approximately 80% of the children in Y3-8 taking individual music lessons and over thirty of them achieving Grade 5 or above. Sport is played every day and competitive matches each week. Typically half a dozen candidates sit for Art Scholarships each year and the vast majority will chose to be involved in dramatic productions from Shakespeare to pantomime or musical. Most stay with us until the end of Year 8 and about half remain in the independent sector moving on to a range of Public Schools the other half go to the grammar school in Cranbrook. THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT SCHOOLS IN KENT WHY SHOULD PARENTS SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO YOUR SCHOOL It s a competitive market and this competition cautions schools about becoming complacent and resting on their laurels. For those who like to make decisions on strictly objective measures they should look at the recent inspection report which rated us excellent in every aspect of our provision. For those like me who are more subjective they should visit and witness and absorb the family atmosphere and character created by the people and the place that is Saint Ronan s. I think the recent Good Schools Guide report sums this up well a what s-not-to- love campus...a truly magical childhood experience... a superb all-round education WHAT ARE YOUR SCHOOL S PLANS FOR THE FUTURE The big moves have been made location size gender age range. We are spoilt with a remarkable site in a glorious setting and over the last ten years Saint Ronan s has become fully co-educational and now has very similar numbers of girls and boys. It has extended its age range down to the three year olds and doubled in roll to that of a medium size Prep School. It is now big enough to provide all the opportunities it should but small enough to retain the attention on the individual. Going forward we hope to start the construction of an all-weather pitch later this year and develop an area to be called Chapel Court which will include a new Library overlooking an inspiring Memorial Garden and beautiful cloistered walkway to the Chapel. Saint Ronan s School (Hawkhurst) Registered Office Water Lane Hawkhurst Kent. TN18 5DJ. Registered in England No 3419744. Registered Charity No 1066420. MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH 221 SO E D U C AT I O N Sutton Valence School Type Co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 to 18 years Cost per term (day) Prep School 2 640 - 3 955 Sutton Valence 4 765 - 6 215 Cost per term (boarding) Sutton Valence 3 nights per week 6 369 - 8 928 Full 6 536 - 9 440 Web Email enquiries Tel 01622 845 271 Head Sutton Valence Bruce C W Grindlay MA Cantab MusB FRCO CHM Prep School - Malcolm Gough BA LLB (Rhodes) LLM (Cape Town) PGCE (OU) A recent ISI inspection has given all at Sutton Valence and Sutton Valence Preparatory Schools a lot to be proud of. Not only has the Preparatory School been rated excellent in all eight categories but Sutton Valence gained excellent in seven of nine categories and was deemed to have made excellent progress since the last inspection (2009) . Sutton Valence Preparatory School takes children from 3 into Nursery which (along with Reception) was particularly praised by the Inspectors for meeting the children s SUTTON VALENCE KENT ME17 3HL AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL CHART SUTTON KENT ME17 3RF needs exceptionally well. Throughout the School pupils achievements were judged to be excellent attaining high standards and gaining a secure grounding in literacy and numeracy . Teaching staff at the school are pleased that their expertise has been rated as excellent and is extremely effective in enabling pupils to make excellent progress. Pupils have considerable success in the Kent 11 test and demonstrate confidence self-awareness and courtesy in everything they do. Head Malcolm Gough says This is a terrific endorsement of everything that goes on here. It s a hugely positive outcome but we are already looking for further ways to improve. There will be no resting on laurels. At Sutton Valence the Inspectors recognised that the school provides an excellent education and that the pupils personal development is strong. They are supported in an inclusive community by excellent pastoral care and for those that board an excellent boarding education that encourages the development of key personal skills and confidence . It was noted that GCSE results have improved over the past four years and that at A Level results have been similar to those of grammar schools in recent years. A great strength and defining feature of the school is the extensive range of co-curricular activities highly valued by parents and pupils alike pupils respond to the opportunities by achieving considerable success in sport music art and drama. What pleases me most says Headmaster Bruce Grindlay is that the inspectors have recognised the work we have done in recent years to improve teaching and learning raiseexpectations and achievement and in building an inclusive community with a particular focus on the needs of the individual pupil. If you are unable to attend any of the Open Mornings please call the relevant Admissions contact who will be happy to arrange an alternative visit. 222 MARCH 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH E D U C AT I O N SO Walthamstow Hall SENIOR SCHOOL HOLLY BUSH LANE SEVENOAKS KENT TN13 3UL JUNIOR SCHOOL BRADBOURNE PARK ROAD SEVENOAKS KENT TN13 3LD Type Independent girls day schools Senior school 11 18. Junior school 3-11 Cost per term (day) Senior 5 470 Junior 3 200- 3 990 Cost per term (boarding) N A Web Tel 01732 451 334 Email registrar Head Mrs Jill Milner MA (Oxon) INSPECTORS JUDGE WALTHAMSTOW HALL EXCELLENT Walthamstow Hall in Sevenoaks has enjoyed a happy start to 2014 receiving an Excellent inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) excellent being the highest category awarded by the ISI. Highlights from the inspection include STUDENTS The personal development of pupils is excellent. They are confident and articulate young people with a well-developed sense of right and wrong and a high degree of emotional maturity. Pupils are eager and co-operative learners who are able to work independently and think critically and whose creativity is very well developed. They listen carefully to teachers and to their peers and have very positive attitudes to their work and activities. The effectiveness of the school s leadership and management is reflected in the high quality of the education care and personal development of the pupils they are happy and they achieve very well. TEACHING AND ACADEMIC STANDARDS Pupils receive a high quality education from a very committed team of staff. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge are keen to share their enthusiasm and often make learning fun... EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS At all stages and for the range of abilities the extra-curricular programme is extensive and varied providing pupils with abundant opportunity to develop their interests and talents. PASTORAL CARE Strong and effective pastoral systems ensure that high quality support and guidance are provided to all pupils. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 223 E D U C AT I O N SO Vinehall School ROBERTSBRIDGE EAST SUSSEX TN32 5JL Type Co-educational independent day and boarding prep school Cost per term (day) 866 - 5 171 Cost per term (boarding) 6 082 - 6 745 Web Email admissions Tel 01580 883 090 Head Mr Richard Follett Vinehall School is set in 47 acres of parkland in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the East Sussex Kent border and has an enviable reputation for sending children to the widest range of top senior schools. Vinehall takes the best elements of a traditional prep school and combines them with a refreshing 21st century approach. This ensures that when the time comes for pupils to move on to senior schools they have been given the best possible preparation for the next stage of their journey to adulthood. For children aged two Vinehall life starts in the Nursery and Kindergarten which is set in the purpose-built Pre-Prep building. The classrooms are spacious and bright and blend many of the great traditions of nursery schooling with the latest technology for learning in the Early Years thanks to superb modern equipment and proven teaching methods. Children progress through the Pre-Prep developing key skills knowledge and confidence with just as much importance placed upon the ability to use cursive handwriting as how to use an iPad. Music sport drama and art lessons are all taught and the pupils progress in a fun and nurturing environment. The children also benefit from a selection of wonderful outdoor play areas as well as a designated Outdoor Learning Area and woodland zone. The close proximity to the Prep School also enables the younger children to use all the Vinehall facilities including the indoor heated swimming pool Information and Communication Technology (ICT) suite theatre magnificent sports complex floodlit astroturf pitch and playing fields. When children reach Year 3 they join the Prep School as part of the Juniors and are based in their own block for the majority of their lessons. Teaching is mostly delivered by class teachers however there is a real sense of growing independence as the children move around the school for practical lessons with subject specialists for lessons in carpentry drama music and art as well as sport. In the senior years (Years 6 to 8) the Vinehall education system really stands out from other prep schools. Specific preparation for the widest range of senior schools enables pupils to succeed in being awarded places and scholarships at all the top schools in the country with pupils typically moving on to over 16 different senior schools each year. The in-depth knowledge of what such a wide variety of senior schools require for entrance is a key part of the Vinehall success story and biannually Vinehall hosts a Future Schools Evening to which over 20 senior schools from across the south east of England attend eager to recruit Vinehall children. Children progress through the Pre-Prep developing key skills knowledge and confidence with just as much importance placed upon the ability to use cursive handwriting as how to use an iPad. Vinehall has a well-established boarding community of boys and girls and currently about three-quarters of the boarders are local children. The majority of older pupils choose to board at some point in their time at Vinehall with temp (up to 3 nights per week) and weekly boarding both well-liked options the latter seeing a boom in popularity since its introduction a year ago. Full boarding is also an attractive choice and there are regular exeat weekend breaks every two or three weeks. Most boarders describe the weekends at Vinehall as the highlight of their week with a wide range of trips and activities on offer. IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 225 E D U C AT I O N SO Woldingham School MARDEN PARK WOLDINGHAM SURREY CR3 7LR Type Independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 Cost per term (day) 5 925- 6 455 Cost per term (boarding) 9 470- 10 315 Web Email registrar Tel 01883 654 206 Head Jayne Triffitt MA (Oxon) Woldingham School is an independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1842 it is steeped in history and tradition and nestles in 700 acres of the English countryside. The school aims to be a caring and supportive Christian community in which girls are happy confident and inspired to meet challenges and achieve excellence in whatever they choose to do each according to her ability. Woldingham s approach to religious instruction is all-inclusive welcoming girls from all faiths. A Woldingham girl is confident compassionate and courageous with the confidence to believe in herself and clearly articulate her views. She is compassionate considering the feelings of others in the best traditions of the Society of the Sacred Heart and she is courageous to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She studies determinedly to achieve her next academic goal or get onto her chosen career path whether that be in microbiology architecture corporate finance or the fine arts. Woldingham s results are testament to its ability to take a pupil and encourage her up to above average or top of the class the Bs get transformed into As and the As into A s and then onto Oxbridge Alumnae include Vivien Leigh Lady Vanessa Musgrave Caroline Wyatt Louise Mensch and Carey Mulligan. The Woldingham community is a vibrant mix of boarding (two thirds) and day (one third). There is the option for weekly boarding for Year 7 and return home on Friday evening. Year 8 upwards can return home at lunchtime on Saturday. This is the best of both worlds a full boarding experience and the opportunity to see your daughter at weekends. The school encourages its pupils to be inquisitive and to seek out life s opportunities 99% of Woldingham girls go on to higher education 6% to Oxford and Cambridge. The school s Oxbridge Preparation Programme aids students in every area of preparation from the monitoring and discussion of super-curricular reading to interview preparation. Students benefit from a mixture of collective and individual sessions as well as assistance with personal statements and the production of any super-curricular work. In 2012 the Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded the School excellent the top mark in every category. In 2013 68% of GCSE grades were A or A. At A level 55% of grades were A and A 84% of girls achieving A A and B grades. Saturday Open Mornings are March 22 May 17 and June 14 2014 (by appointment only). To reserve your place please contact the Registrar Mrs Linda Underwood on 01883 654206 or email registrar For further information please visit The quality of teaching is excellent and the school benefits from excellent governance leadership and management and from the total commitment of staff both teaching and nonteaching who give unstintingly of time energy and expertise to the happiness and success of the pupils. ISI Inspection report 2012 IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARCH 2014 227 MOTORS SO MOTORING MATTERS OUR ROUNDUP OF NEWS FROM THE MOTORING SCENE DIAMOND DISCO THE X-FACTOR To mark the 60th birthday under the leadership of Design Director Ian Callum the dramatic and purposeful The first Jaguar car to be createdof the legendary Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Disco Volante Touring Superleggera - a XK is prestigious Milanese coach building 2015 model year that add to its list of impressive performance technologies and receiving a number of additions for thefirm which has been designing and building vehicle bodywork since 1926 has created the 2013 edition of the Disco Volante available in exclusive Signature Alfa Romeo. R specifications. The luxury features. Two special edition models will bewith the official endorsement of and DynamicThe Disco Volante is a2015 two-seater Gran Turismo with a completely bespoke handmade carbon fibre and aluminium to UK customers by model year XK line-up now comprises Signature Dynamic R and R-S derivatives. First deliveriesbody underpinnedof the the stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione coupe with R editions are expected this month. engine and transaxle new XK Signature and Dynamic its front-central mounted 4.7-litre V8 rear drive with unmodified specifications. PLUGGING AWAY Mitsubishi Motors is pleased to announce that the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has been confirmed as eligible for the Government s Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) totalling 5 000. In order to qualify the Outlander PHEV has met a wide range of safety emissions and performance standards set by OLEV. For OLEV to award the Outlander PHEV the PiCG categorising it as a ultra-low emission car is particularly impressive considering that it is a permanent 4x4 sports utility vehicle (SUV). There are few hybrids in the market that will qualify for the PiCG. STING IN THE TALE Harking back to the glory days of purebred affordable sports cars Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the brand s most aggressive concept car ever when wraps came off the GT4 Stinger at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Kia s eyecatching design language moves in a bold new direction the concept pushes the boundaries of performance with a rear-drive 2 2 sports car that places man and machine in harmony on the road or track. It comes as no surprise that the GT4 Stinger is the wild style child of Kia s California design team home to its 2012 predecessor the Track ster concept. BEST OF BRITISH An all-new British luxury automotive brand is to be launched in April promising to refresh the classic British sports car for the 21st century. Successful businessman and car enthusiast David Brown has created a brand in his own name David Brown Automotive to deliver his vision for a new take on the British sports car. David has sought out key industry talent to create the car. The result codenamed Project Judi will be revealed next month and will be made available for sale in strictly limited numbers. It will combine a classically-inspired exterior design with the latest in performance dynamics technology comfort and refinement. IN GOOD COMPANY Honda s new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC scooped the award for Best SME Company Car to Buy at the second annual Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards. The Civic triumphed in the category for cash-rich SME firms looking to maximise their tax position with cars that qualify for the 100% writing down allowance tax break and emit no more than 95g km CO2. At the same time cars in the category must have the appeal and ability to suit the employees of a small business. Judges praised the Honda Civic for its low purchase price whole life costs BIK costs and driver appeal. They also noted that the Civic is comfortable and refined and features a three-year 90 000-mile warranty. MARCH 2014 229 SO 230 MARCH 2014 SO MOTORS Race for glory Anyone looking to invest 200 000 in a thrilling new hobby is in luck Chevron s mighty V8-powered GT3 racer is here and raring to go. Matt Joy steels himself for an explosive experience e careful what you wish for that s the lesson I m starting to learn after a late evening phonecall means that rather than sitting in the office I m going to be inserting myself into the cockpit of Chevron s GT3 race car instead. If you don t know the back story Chevron Cars began in the 1960s building racers. Today Roger Andreason continues to build and restore historic models while the other side of the business is the modern Chevron racer you see here. Pictures are all very well but when you meet the Chevron GT3 for real it s hard not to be intimidated. For starters it s very compact very low with short overhangs and not exactly a lot between the wheels. Add to this the fact that it has a 6.2-litre Chevrolet V8 in the back and a race specification one at that and the nerves start to jangle. It gets worse. Anthony Reid veteran racer and winner of the Goodwood hill climb last summer in this very car went out first to get the car warmed up followed by team-mate Jordan Witt then it was our turn. Unfortunately the mandatory lunch break came first and with it came the rain. So by the time I actually slid into the tiny cockpit nerves had gone beyond jangly. Like any racing car the driver is the last thing you make room for there s a substantial roll cage and a tiny bucket seat. The windscreen is narrow and your view out is between the front wings while there s a video monitor to look directly behind. There s a multitude of unlabelled and confusing switches and buttons before me on the dashboard so it s a relief when one of the pit crew leans in and hits the starter button a relief until it fires up anyway. Racing cars generally don t need to pass noise regulations so they tend to be loud and the Chevron s V8 sounds like it s about to eat me whole. B The Chevron has a sequential gearbox too rather than an H-pattern like most road cars so it s a simple lever that moves forwards and backwards for up and down. Dip the clutch pull back for first and once you re rolling you don t need the clutch again. I do just that and with a helpful push from the team I m kangarooing off down the pitlane. Proper racing cars like this aren t designed to be good in traffic and at low speeds they grumble and protest like a racehorse asked to trot around a parade ground. Eventually I get out on to the damp surface of Donington Park and it s time to get going. At first the Chevron is a real handful. As I dawdle around at low speeds trying to get my bearings the engine protests at my lack of progress and every time it hesitates the hiccup makes me jab the throttle and create wheelspin. Then it twitches sideways I back off and the cycle starts all over again. A whole lap of this makes me wonder just how far out of my depth I really am. The Chevron is much happier at speed though and once I start to push a little more it all starts to fall into place. Even on wet tyres and a drying track the throttle needs the utmost respect there s a minimum of 450bhp possibly over 500bhp and the traction control system is you. But used properly the Chevron simply flies. There s a spectacular blare from the exhaust even through my crash helmet and the acceleration feels more NASA than GM. The sequential box means a gear change requires just a snap of the lever and then it starts all over again. The straights at Donington are eaten up in a handful of seconds and half a dozen gear changes. The brakes are like nothing you ll ever experience on the road either. 234 MARCH 2014 MOTORS SO There s no servo to help you out so an initial push is just met with a lot of resistance but push with conviction and it has you heaving against the seat belts over and over again. Corners are another thing altogether. For starters the steering is like an out-of-body experience. It s so sharp and fast that you only need make tiny movements with your hands in a fixed position and you end up thinking your way through the bend rather than consciously steering it. Grip levels are a psychological thing too. This car has massive tyres low weight and a huge aero package to achieve mind-bending levels of cornering force but on the other hand the car s worth over 200 000 and doesn t belong to me. In the damp conditions it scythes through the bends with precision delicacy and as much speed as you dare its ability dwarfs my own but when someone like Anthony Reid sings its praises you can be sure it has enormous potential. So what does it take to get yourself a Chevron GT3 Well 175 000 plus VAT might sound like a lot but any pro driver will tell you that racing doesn t come cheap. And the Chevron is designed to be used by customers so your car will be built for you and full support and bespoke packages are available. There s also a version built to GT4 regulations that s a full 50 000 cheaper. The big secret is there s a road version to come too and while we ll have to wait until later this year for that budding racers and track day enthusiasts can have a proven race-winner in the shape of the Chevron GT3. It s as exciting as cars get. Facts at a glance MODEL Chevron GT3 210 000 including VAT ENGINE 6.2-litre V8 custom-built from Chevrolet unit running 438bhp up to 550bhp available TRANSMISSION Six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox driving the rear wheels PERFORMANCE Top speed 180mph 0-62mph in under 4 seconds ECONOMY Don t ask MARCH 2014 235 BUSINESS SO BUSINESS NEWS OUR MONTHLY LOOK AT WHAT S GOING ON IN THE LOCAL BUSINESS WORLD TRY BANKING ON IT The British Bankers Association (BBA) has launched a campaign to encourage companies in the region to apply for business loans. It follows market research showing that while 12% of south east businesses intend borrowing to finance expansion only 7% follow it through. One of the reasons is their lack of confidence in their chances of success. Just 37% of SMEs believe they will win approval while the actual rate is 67%. BBA Chief Executive Anthony Browne says We want to let businesses know they are a lot more likely to get finance than they think. HELPING YOUNG GUNS A tremendous success is how organisers of the Wealden Business Group s annual charity dinner described the event at the Little Silver Country Hotel in Tenterden. The sell out night attracted almost 120 guests and helped raise more than 4 500 for the group s chosen charity - Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs which provides support mentoring training and access to finance to young people starting their own businesses. Pictured (left to right) are members of the organising committee Richard Harvey Oliver Johnston Anne Webster Simon Hammond and Foundation Chairman Alan Mowatt. RESPECT FOR ADEPT NEW NEST WELLIAN S WINNING WAYS Tunbridge Wells-based discretionary fund management company Wellian Investment Solutions have won three major awards recognising 200 ton them as among the best in the country. Their team transformer discharged out-performed some of the biggest names in using floating investment and wealth portfolio management at crane in UK The Portfolio Adviser Wealth Manager Awards 2014. They won Gold for both Best Balanced Portfolio and Best Aggressive Portfolio in the boutique category and the top Platinum Award for Best Cautious Portfolio. The company was the only firm boutique or large to win awards in all three categories. Judges included experts from leading financial planners law firms and accountancy practices. Managing Director Eric Clapton says As our name suggests we are true Wellians so it s great to out-perform the large organisations and get national recognition for a Tunbridge Wells firm. The CEO of Tunbridge Wells-based AdEPT Telecom - Ian Fishwick - has been appointed as SME Director of PSNGB the industry association for Public Service Network suppliers. He will champion the cause of all SMEs and work closely with Government and the Cabinet Office to seek easier ways for the public sector to do business with SMEs. It s a great honour because the directors are elected by the various telecom companies large and small that comprise the PSNGB trade association he explains. This is a clear sign of the respect with which AdEPT Telecom is held by its peers and the growing recognition that AdEPT is an important government supplier. MARCH 2014 FOR LEGAL EAGLES The anchor tenant at Royal Wells Park the site of the old Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells is to be Cripps Harries Hall. The law firm hopes to move from its existing office in the town in 2016. The new 45 000 sq ft office will accommodate 350 staff and is being designed to bespoke requirements with a high-quality IT infrastructure. Berkeley Homes began building work at the site last year. Eastern Counties Managing Director Peter Smith says Royal Wells Park is promising to become a key feature of the area providing much needed housing a free school and commercial space. 239 SO 240 MARCH 2014 BUSINESS SO INN CROWD WIN TOP PUB AWARD The pub and restaurant group Whiting & Hammond which has venues across Kent and East Sussex has picked up a national business honour for its Gastro magazine he prestigious Business Innovation of the Year Award at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastro Pubs 2014 was handed to W&H Managing Director Brian Whiting at an awards ceremony in Hitchin Hertfordshire. Behind the award was the leading pub industry magazine The Publican s Morning Advertiser which wanted to recognise those companies that had shown strong business innovation in the past year by introducing a successful new initiative. Whiting & Hammond s innovation was its glossy magazine Gastro which is published quarterly in conjunction with One Media the publishers of So magazines. Gastro carries a range of features about the company s pubs as well as lifestyle articles with the aim of building the W&H brand amongst its customers. The free magazine available at W&H venues is designed to keep customers in touch with what s happening at the venues from beer festivals to British Pie Week. It also profiles staff runs competitions and suggests recipes for meals at home. W&H suppliers are showcased in Gastro with readers being taken to the source of their wines such as the Waihopai Valley region of Marlbrorough in New Zealand. Since it was launched early last year cover stories have featured the likes of celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Rosemary Shrager. The Managing Editor of the Morning Advertiser Jo Bruce said Whiting & Hammond demonstrated a strong T Whiting & Hammond s innovation was its glossy magazine Gastro which is published quarterly in conjunction with One Media the publishers of So magazines understanding of its customer base and a willingness to try something new in launching its Gastro magazine. It has already impacted on customers awareness of its sites as well as increasing customer loyalty and trade. We are certain the magazine will continue to make a positive impact on the W&H brand. Whiting & Hammond which is based in Chiddingstone Causeway near Tonbridge has collected numerous awards since it was established in 2003. Today it has seven venues The Chaser Inn (Shipbourne) The Mark Cross Inn (nr Tunbridge Wells) The Cricketers Inn (Meopham) The Old Dunnings Mill (East Grinstead) The Little Brown Jug (Chiddingstone Causeway) The Farm Friday Street (Eastbourne) and Stanmer House (Brighton). An eighth site is due to open at Bessels Green near Sevenoaks later this year. HEAD OFFICE The Little Brown Jug Chiddingstone Causeway Tonbridge Kent TN11 8JJ 01892 871 042 MARCH 2014 241 ADVERTORIAL SO RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE IN PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT ellian Investment Solutions is an award winning discretionary investment manager based in Tunbridge Wells partnering exclusively with financial advisers to provide clear practical and effective investment management solutions for their clients. Our range of services may be tailored to suit the needs of those clients whatever level of investment is being considered. The Wellian Investment Solutions team has considerable investment experience and has provided independent fund research to financial advisers since 2000 extending this to offer an authorised discretionary fund management service in 2008. We specialise in managing multi asset model portfolios believing that they offer the most practical and effective means of managing risk adjusted performance. By partnering with Wellian Investment Solutions advisers and their clients benefit from using our discretionary investment permissions that save time and reduce investment risk. Our range of model portfolios allows advisers to provide a professional investment management service to their clients even if they do not have large sums to invest. The extensive knowledge of our experienced team has been recognised W with a five star Defaqto rating for our model portfolio service underlining our commitment to provide our partners with a range of portfolios tailored to meet their clients financial objectives and risk tolerances. We have been very pleased to be nominated for a variety of awards that reflect our standing in the investment community. We are now delighted to announce that Wellian Investment Solutions has won three awards at the Portfolio Adviser Wealth Manager Awards 2014 which recognise firms for their excellence in portfolio management. We won the top Platinum Award for Best Cautious Portfolio as well as winning the Gold Award for both Best Balanced Portfolio and Best Aggressive Portfolio in the boutique category which recognise firms with assets of up to 3 billion under management. Winning three awards across different performance categories shows that our excellent investment performance is being delivered consistently across our range of portfolios. The Awards were judged by an independent panel with expertise in wealth manager selection using quantitative data provided by the wealth management companies themselves. The judges included experienced individuals from leading financial planners law firms accountancy practices consultancy businesses and trust companies. Boutique and large firms were awarded separately. Rather than simply being rewarded for past achievements awards were given to those firms who the judges felt were best suited to running new client money both now and over the coming years. This recognition further builds on our other recent achievements with Wellian Investment Solutions being shortlisted twice in the 2013 Citywire Investment Performance Awards where we were named as one of the top four firms in the UK in the Best Overall Small Firm category as well as being one of the top performers in the Best Cautious Portfolio category. Regulated advisers who wish to know more may contact our Business Development Manager Nick Frank on 01892 550600 or visit our website Private individuals should contact their financial adviser. From left to right Ed Greenhalgh - Investment Support Emma Clarke - Senior Fund Analyst Chris Mayo - Investment Director Ellie Clapton - Junior Fund Analyst Eric Clapton - Managing Director MARCH 2014 243 SO ADVERTORIAL MAKING A WILL MAKES SENSE This month we hear from Simon Rozzier a Solicitor at Warners Tell us about your role I am a solicitor in the firm s Private Client department dealing with Wills and Probate Trusts and Power of Attorney matters. How do you help clients I help clients by appropriately structuring and advising on their estates. It is an important aspect of life that is often overlooked until the very last minute. If dealt with at an early stage and then assessed at life altering events (marriage birth of children etc) clients can rest assured that their estates will be divided and distributed in the manner that they decide whilst they have the time to carefully consider all of the relevant factors. Why did you start working at Warners I chose to work at Warners because I was looking for a forward-thinking firm outside of London. With its connections to the capital city Sevenoaks is a perfect place for commuters and all sorts of clients from the man on the street to those lucky enough to be considered high net worth individuals. It is that variety of client and therefore work that makes being at Warners interesting and enjoyable. What makes Warners different The firm has a large Private Client department employing not only Solicitors but also Accountants giving us the ability with that specialist knowledge to advise across a broad spectrum of issues. Having these different professions at our disposal means we can offer a more bespoke service to our clients without having to refer them away. What is your favourite place in Sevenoaks Being the outdoors type whenever the opportunity presents itself to get away from my desk at lunchtime getting out to Knole Park is a huge positive for Sevenoaks. If you re having a particularly challenging day being able to get some fresh air helps prepare you for the afternoon ahead. It also doesn t hurt to have the Black Boy pub around the corner to relax in for the evening. Simon Rozzier 01732 747 918 s.rozzier Warners Solicitors 16 South Park Sevenoaks TN13 1AN 244 MARCH 2014 ADVERTORIAL SO THINKING OF MOVING HOME THIS YEAR Paul Barratt of Keene Marsland reveals how to avoid your biggest purchase being your biggest mistake ou ve made the decision to move found your dream home and your offer has been accepted. Feelings of excitement and apprehension have set in and all you want is the whole process to end with you safely ensconced in your new home. So what steps can you take to ensure that the process will run smoothly and costly mistakes are avoided Well skimping on surveys and conveyancing can cost you dearly in the long run. So here are some top tips to help your move go as smoothly as possible. 1. Get your mortgage agreed first Although borrowing from banks and building societies has improved recently it is not a given. So to avoid disappointment check you can get the mortgage you need before starting the process.You can get a mortgage agreement in principle secured first but remember that this is an indication and not a legal agreement. 2. Decide whether you are happy to rely on the mortgage lender s valuation or if you require a full survey A lender s valuation is an assessment carried out by and for the benefit of the lender in order to check that the property presents adequate security for its loan should you default and the property has to be sold. However it does not report on actual faults in the property. For many a Home Buyer s Report which will expose problems such as damp dry rot and subsidence is adequate but if you are buying an older or unusual home a full structural survey will be a wise investment. You wouldn t buy a car without the knowledge of a service history so why would you run this financial risk when buying a house 3. Remember to factor in the true cost of moving Mortgage arrangement fees survey Y fees legal costs and removal costs are all substantial costs of moving. However the often overlooked but most expensive cost is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) which varies dependent on the value of the property purchased. For example a house bought for 130 000 is charged at 1% so 1 300 must be paid in SDLT. A house bought for 350 000 is charged at 3% so SDLT of 10 500 is payable. 4. Choose your conveyancers with care If you buy your house without the support and guidance of an expertly trained conveyancer you run the risk of walking into a financial booby trap which can seriously hamper your progression up the property ladder. That is why it is essential that you get the advice and guidance you need every step of the way to help you avoid the pitfalls of what can be a murky area. The cheapest option may not always prove to be the best. Remember you should be able to contact your solicitor and fully understand what is happening at each step of the move. If you are not sure ask Your solicitor will not visit the property themselves so should there be something you feel uncertain about bring it to their attention and they will provide you with the options available in order to try to resolve the issue. 5. Remember to arrange building insurance from the date of the exchange of contracts From exchange of contract you will be legally responsible for the structure of the property. This is often overlooked and can potentially have serious consequences. Make sure you have buildings insurance cover in place from this date. With this being said and the potential risks of buying a home with hidden problems amounting to thousands of pounds in potential outgoings why would you cut corners for the sake of a few pounds when the risks are so large For further support and advice regarding your home buying selling experience contact Keene Marsland today on 01892 526 442 or email us at so Until next month take care. Paul Barratt MARCH 2014 245 SO 246 MARCH 2014 BUSINESS SO FORGET SKYPE AND TAKE TO THE SKIES Being the official media partner for Muesli Mafia we regularly feature fellow members of the breakfast network. This month we talk to Chris Marks Director of Baldwins Travel Group who tells us how business travel is actually bouncing back What s your own background Baldwins Travel is a family business with my dad having been in the industry from the age of 16 so I guess from a young age it has always been discussed over the dinner table. I worked for Baldwins straight after university but wanted to get a different perspective on things and accomplish something for myself. So I left to start a career in sales and worked (don t judge me) as an estate agent and then in recruitment which was great fun and proved to be very worthwhile. I have always had a customer service approach at the core of all my jobs probably ingrained in me by my parents and the Baldwins model. How big a part of your trade is business travel It s our growth area because we can be very competitive. Crudely we are approximately 30% business travel and 65% retail through our six branches. The remaining 5% is through foreign exchange where we are known as having the best rates locally. Are you seeing a significant pick up in business travel We are experiencing a steady increase in business especially in the long haul sector and sell a lot of those seats to clients who like to turn left (Business and First Class). Despite the threat that Skype was going to revolutionise the world of business we have actually seen a heightened growth in demand for face to face meetings. The power of meeting someone has never been greater. It s certainly a way to ensure you are not forgotten by your clients with so much business being transacted online over emails etc it seems to be as important as ever to be able to put a face to a name or email address. Why would someone book through you instead of booking direct We provide management reports so Family affair Chris Ron and Nick Marks Despite the threat that Skype was going to revolutionise the world of business we have actually seen a heightened growth in demand for face to face meetings. The power of meeting someone has never been greater companies can keep up to speed with their travel expenditure also the personal knowledge and expertise of our business consultants cannot be found on the internet There is a perception that the cheapest flights are available online and on occasions they will be but if a client requires anything further afield or a multi destination trip then that is where our team can really add value and save money and time for our clients. We handle all our clients travel needs from flights to hotels to car hire we also have an emergency out of hours service. We are a member of the Focus Partnership which is part of the Advantage Travel Partnership which collectively spends nearly 3.7billion a year on travel and through that buying power we are able to get some excellent fares. It s a bit of a clich but we want our clients to think of us an extension to their business. Everyone has their perfect working day. What s yours As long as the departments and branches are doing well and the staff are happy then in general that s a perfect working day my brother (Nick) and Dad (Ron) and I are very lucky to have a fantastic team around us and if our clients are happy the team is happy and then in general we are too. THE PLUG The Baldwins Travel Group is growing. We have offices in Tunbridge Wells Tonbridge Maidstone Uckfield Sevenoaks Travel and Travelux of Tenterden. Foreign currency is available in all our locations. Our business travel team based at the Head Office in Tunbridge Wells offer a total travel service including group travel conference and incentive travel account management out of hours and expert advice so please call us for a quote on your next trip 01892 515 900 MARCH 2014 247 SO ADVERTORIAL The word Golf Club can fill the non-golfer with an air of dread and visions of unwelcoming atmospheres and tired ancient d cor. This may still be the experience at some clubs in the area however Hever Castle Golf Club has shown themselves to be a very forward thinking Club that puts being friendly and welcoming as a firm priority he Manager of Hever Castle Golf Club Jon Wittenberg comments Our Club prides itself on its long golfing traditions however I believe that the current friendly welcoming and professional atmosphere is just as important to our Club s appeal for the future . A warm welcome in the unique Tudor Style Clubhouse awaits all who visit Hever. The Club s facilities are extensive for golfers there is an 18 Hole Championship Course a full length 9 Hole Course Professionally run Castle Golf School & shop and excellent practice facilities. For Non-Golfers the facilities are equally inspiring and include the Astor Lounge Bar & Restaurant incorporating Sun Terrace gardens & panoramic views of the course. Also available is the Princes Suite a character events venue to host all types of occasions. Jon goes on to say Our Club offers GOLF... BUT SO MUCH MORE T quality facilities in unrivalled surroundings and provides our local communities a place for relaxing entertaining fundraising and business. The Club also forms an integral part of the Hever Castle Estate and together we appeal to a wide audience looking for a range of memorable experiences. The Club resides 1 mile from the Castle entrance only a short drive from Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks on 250 acres of beautiful unspoilt countryside. Its Clubhouse is perfectly positioned to take in the panoramic views surrounding it with the Astor Lounge Bar Restaurant & Terrace areas having prime position. Jeans are allowed within the Smart Casual Dress Code and the Club welcomes all the family. The Castle Golf School also is available to those young and older who would like to start or improve their game in an unpressured environment. Take a trip to the Hever Castle Golf Club where SO magazine has arranged for readers to receive various VIP introductions to the Golf Courses Castle Golf School & the Astor Lounge Bar. Just e-mail SO VIP to mail Alternatively call Peter or Claire and they will share the details with you. 01732 701 003 Hever Castle Golf Club Hever Road Hever Kent TN8 7NP 248 MARCH 2014 BUSINESS SO THE HIGH FLYING TRAVEL BOSS And still thinking of travel... He s Chairman of Monarch Travel Group has just been honoured with a top industry award and lives in Tunbridge Wells. We find out more about Hugh Morgan fter decades in the travel business Hugh Morgan has been handed the 2014 Travel Weekly Outstanding Achievement Award during a glittering ceremony at London s Grosvenor Hotel hosted by comedian James Corden. The accolade was presented by Lisa McAuley Head of International Leisure and Strategic Accounts at Avis in front of an audience of hundreds of fellow industry associates at the Globe Travel Award. Tonight s winner is one of our industry s most experienced and respected operators she said. He has also taken the time to contribute massively to the governance and further path of the industry as one of its senior statesmen. Afterwards Hugh (66) said I have been in the industry for 46 years and so it s a wonderful gesture to receive this. I don t usually blush but I was completely taken aback. It was a very pleasant surprise. Currently Chairman of the Monarch Travel Group Hugh has previously been Managing Director of the group for over three years from July 2010. Formerly Overseas Purchasing and Operations Director for Cosmos Holidays he has also held director-level positions at Thomas Cook Sunset Holidays ILG and Intasun Holidays. He is a Board Director of ABTA and in 2009 was recognised for his efforts in furthering tourism to Spain by being awarded the Spanish Order of Civil Merit by Ambassador Carles Casajuana on behalf of King Juan Carlos. The Monarch Travel Group part of the same travel group as Cosmos Holidays started business in Bromley 53 years ago and currently sends over 900 000 UK customers on holiday every year. It is still based in Bromley. Cosmos Holidays Avro and somewhere2stay form the tour operating and holidays division of The Monarch Group which also comprises Monarch Airlines and Monarch Aircraft A I have been in the industry for 46 years and so it s a wonderful gesture to receive this. I don t usually blush but I was completely taken aback. It was a very pleasant surprise. Engineering. The Group has a turnover of approximately 1 billion offers airline capacity of over eight million sector seats and employs 3 000 staff. Hugh lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife Ann. They have two grown up children Leigh and Esme. He started out as a holiday rep on the Costa Brava and since then has worked his way through to director level at Intasun Thomas Cook and Sunset Holidays. He joined Cosmos as Overseas Purchasing and Operations Director in 2002 and last year was appointed Chairman of Monarch Travel Group. Ironically it was a travel crisis in 1974 that gave Hugh s career a boost when Clarksons went bust and thousands of passengers were stranded. The then boss of Intasun Harry Goodman ordered Hugh to start buying up beds in Majorca. He walked into a 500-bed place with the promise of filling the hotel. That was his introduction to buying and was how he helped Intasun become one of the big names in travel almost overnight. It was also the moment his own career took off. MARCH 2014 249 PICTURE TRAVEL WEEKLY SO F E AT U R E SO MAGAZINE BUSINESS GOLF CHARITY CHALLENGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH COOPER TUNBRIDGE WELLS BMW PROVIDING THE ULTIMATE DRIVE 2014 Cooper Tunbridge Wells WEDNESDAY MAY 7 AT HEVER CASTLE GOLF CLUB Join us for a day to remember with 18 holes of golf the chance to win a new BMW i3 a dazzling dinner and charity auction in aid of Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre plus the opportunity for your business to win an impressive trophy The event is a Stableford with full handicap and best two scores from four to count. The package costs just 240 with VAT and includes a light lunch the 18 hole challenge a two course dinner charity auction and presentation of prizes such as runners up best individual score nearest the pin and longest drive. The event will comprise 20 teams of four. Maximum handicap will be 28 for men and 36 for women. Places will be allocated strictly on a first come first served basis. There s also the opportunity for non- playing guests to enjoy the day with a visit to Hever Castle itself beginner golf lessons and attendance at the presentation dinner. H A i3 BMW NCE TO W A IN PLACES ARE LIMITED. YOU CAN BOOK YOURS VIA sobusinessgolf - You can also call 2 MARCH 2014 Paul Harvey 01892 779 650 or 07720 970 056 Claire Jones 01732 701 003 AC BUSINESS SO IS YOUR DRIVING GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN THIS CAR The entries are rolling in and the prizes are stacking up including the amazing BMW i3 electric car for the So Magazine Business Charity Challenge. It promises to be one of the highlights of the golfing year and a lot of fun so make sure you re with us on the big day wenty teams of four will be battling it out in a Stableford competition at Hever Castle Golf Club on Wednesday May 7 for the title of So Magazine Champions 2014 which comes complete with claret jug. The idea is to bring together people from businesses across the Weald for a day of golf networking and fun that will at the same time raise funds for a worthy local charity. We hope to make this an annual event and this time round the charity is the Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre in Tunbridge Wells. Since the centre opened almost 10 years ago it has provided support free of charge for more than 15 000 people whose lives have been touched by cancer. The cost per team is 240 including VAT and that gets you 18 holes on Hever s 7002 yard par 72 championship course which has T its own version of Amen Corner. The entry fee also entitles you to a light lunch two-course dinner and the chance to bid for some fabulous items at a charity auction. Hever Castle pro Peter Parks has also kindly given up his time for us on the day when he ll challenge each of you to beat him in a nearest the pin par 3 shoot out with prizes for any winners. Because it s for charity it ll be 10 a head to take part. And at that same par 3 you ll line up knowing that a hole-in-one something that s always possible would earn you the world s first premium car to be truly born electric from the ground up the BMW i3. Our friends at Cooper Tunbridge Wells the main sponsors of the event have kindly put up this prize which as we keep saying has to be among the best on offer this year at any golf tournament for amateurs. Places are limited and we anticipate a heavy demand. You can book via sobusinessgolf For more information and contact details please see the facing page. AMONG THE ITEMS ARE Four ball with buggies for 18 holes worth 200 and donated by Hever Castle Golf Club. Deluxe double room at Hever Castle itself with full English breakfast valued at 150. Track day at Brands Hatch courtesy of Cooper Tunbridge Wells BMW. Day s hire of a Morgan donated by Brands Hatch Morgans worth 200. Dinner or lunch for two at the Leicester Arms in Penshurst. MARCH 2014 251 SO CULTUREVULTURE OUR MONTHLY LOOK AT WHAT S HAPPENING IN THE AREA To mark the 25th anniversary of their huge hit The Living Years Mike and the Mechanics have rereleased the album and are heading for Tunbridge Wells this month. We caught up with founder Mike Rutherford (centre) to find out more about scoring hits songwriting and the passage of time YOU VE HAD A HUGE AMOUNT OF HITS AS DEMONSTRATED ON YOUR OTHER NEW ALBUM THE SINGLES 1985 2014. WERE YOU SURPRISED HOW MANY YOU HAD I ve forgotten some of the early songs we had. I think that when you see it as a body of work on one CD and CD2 is actually a lot of unreleased B-sides I was impressed. It sounded great. I enjoyed it and I m very proud of some of the songs there. HOW DID IT FEEL GOING BACK THROUGH ALL THE ALBUMS It s as the years tick by that you forget some of the earlier songs. And some of the Mechanics songs from before like Nobody s Perfect and Nobody Knows sounded great to me. I d rather forgotten about them but I think that the Mechanics always had a natural way of writing songs that work on radio and you hear that. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO FOUND THE MECHANICS ESPECIALL Y CONSIDERING YOU HAD HAD TWO SUCCESSFUL SOLO ALBUMS ALREADY I think I realised after my second solo album (which I sang that s partly why I didn t do it again) that I m happy working in collaboration with people. I think the Mechanics for me was always about doing the same as Genesis co-writing but with different people and so it sounded different it felt different from the word go. YOU DO SOME GENESIS SONGS IN YOUR SET IS THIS A SORT OF OVERVIEW OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE During the first few years of The Mechanics touring I made a point not to play in Genesis to see if it worked. It did work but it s nice to give a nod to Genesis and we do a couple of songs. On the last tour was Mechanics of life I Can t Dance and Follow You Follow Me. I think two is about right because there are many Mechanics songs we want to play anyway but it s nice to do it within a setting of Mechanics songs. THERE ARE 35 TRACKS ON THE COLLECTION ANY PERSONAL FAVOURITES It s always very hard to choose your favourite songs because they change weekly. I m very proud of Living Years All I Need Is A Miracle and Another Cup Of Coffee these are the obvious ones but lesser known ones like Nobody Knows still sound very strong. And I love the two new tracks from the last Mechanics album such as Reach Out. But there s also a song called My Crime of Passion which I hadn t heard for about 10 12 years. We tried it with the band and it sounded great so we ll do an acoustic part on the next tour. 1985 TO 2014 IS A LONG TIME TO BE HAVING HITS WHAT S YOUR SECRET I m often asked the secret to what we do musically and to still having some success. I think songwriting is really the key. There are some wonderful singers out there fabulous singers but without the right song it doesn t come to life. I think having a quality of songwriting that you re consistently trying to better [is the secret]. Having great singers is important obviously but the song is really still the key to I think one s continuity. I still 45 years later it hurts as I say it but it s true enjoy music so much. Mike and the Mechanics can be seen at the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells at 7 .30pm on Monday March 10 with support from Sadie and the Hotheads. Tickets cost 34.50 24.50. To book call 01892 530 613 or visit 252 M A R C H 2014 C U LT U R E SO Fans of Violet Jive s live performances will be pleased to hear they ve finally released one of their most popular songs as a single. The swinging local band s cover version of Bjork s Venus As A Boy has long been a hit at gigs and you can now buy it from iTunes and other online stores along with an original electro swing tune Paper Flowers. Doug P gosh created the fantastic cover artwork which is another great reason to buy. ON SONG Gig OF THE MONTH Rockabilly lady Imelda May made a huge splash with her toe-tapping debut album Love Tattoo and now she s hitting the road with her big voice in tow. Inspired by Elvis Presley she s given new life to the rockabilly genre and her live shows are not to be missed. She ll be at the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells on Thursday March 6 so book your tickets priced at 27.50 25 by calling the box office on 01892 530 613 or visit One of the world s most popular and beautiful ballets Swan Lake will be brought to life by the Vienna Festival Ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky s timeless score this moving love story is a real treat for ballet aficionados and novices alike. See the VFB s 34th anniversary show at the Stag in Sevenoaks on Saturday March 15 starting at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are priced from 14.50 to 18.50. Book online at or call 01732 450 175. SWANNING AROUND Stars of the stage and screen are heading for Southborough as Salomons extravaganza of live comic entertainment continues this month. On Saturday March 15 entertaining mindreader Graham Jolley will be amazing the audience in the beautiful Victorian theatre along with fantastic comedian Andrew Bird. Then on Saturday March 22 Mock the Week star Holly Walsh and fellow comic Jim Tavar who has appeared in the Harry Potter films will provide the belly laughs. Tickets cost 23 including a free drink on arrival. To book yours call 01892 515 152 or for more details visit events-activities COMEDY TREATS Pete Firman brings his mix of magic and comedy to the Stag in Sevenoaks on Thursday March 6 heading a bill that includes Chris McCausland compere Maff Brown and Romesh Ranganathan. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost 16.50 you can book at or call the box office on 01732 450 175. Find out more about this and upcoming shows at FUNNY MAGIC Local bands and solo acts are showcased at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells with the Show Us Yer Guns series of concerts. This month s first show on Thursday March 13 features Jody s Flat Native People Nine More Down Vivienne Youel and The Watermelons starting at 7.30pm. There are more Show Us Yer Guns gigs on March 21 and 28. Tickets cost 5 in advance at GUN PLAY MARCH 2014 253 C U LT U R E SO INSIDEVIEW Playing live in an intimate concert setting is a great opportunity to reach new fans but for emerging music acts a radio appearance is the ultimate boost. Our music columnist Paul Dunton tells us about a local DJ who is putting new talent on the airwaves ost Fridays at around 5pm on BBC Radio Kent popular local DJ Dominic King (above) has a feature on his programme entitled the Kent Gig. The idea of the Kent Gig is to broadcast a pre-recorded live session which involves a local singer-songwriter or band performing an original acoustic track. There s also a brief interview which allows Dominic to find out a bit more about the artist in question and in turn gives the artist a chance to promote their forthcoming gig at a local Kent venue. Dominic is a very personable and outgoing DJ he is genuinely passionate about fresh new music and has an ability to connect with all the acts who perform on his show enabling them to relax and have an enjoyable experience. You can really tell this is the case during M the interview part of the session. Attaining radio airplay is the Holy Grail for any up and coming act especially airplay from a station under the BBC umbrella so it is in my opinion a great thing that Dominic is doing here. For many years John Peel was of course the radio champion of new emerging music and his untimely death in 2004 was a great loss for millions of listeners and artists around the world. Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music and Hew Stephens of BBC Radio 1 are two national DJs who are following in Peel s footsteps by playing a great deal of independent and unsigned music and long may it continue. There are other renowned DJs who follow in the same vein however Dominic s feature is really about the grass roots element organic music talented local acts performing and talking about their passion for songwriting and fledgling careers in the music world. When the feature is aired this essentially means the live session can be heard by up to 350 000 listeners and is available on iPlayer for nearly a week afterwards. A great amount of those listeners are based in Kent and East Sussex so a good plug for the forthcoming gig is also a great bonus A live session on radio is a totally different kettle of fish to a track from an album receiving airplay. For a live session to come across really well the musicianship and tuning (instrument and vocal) need to be of a high standard. There is no engineer mixing the sound in these situations or luxuries such as a touch of reverb on the vocal this is an out and out unplugged acoustic session the purest type of live performance. Because the session is pre-recorded acts have the opportunity to do another take in the event of a below par performance and this lessens the pressure to a degree. So if you like the idea of hearing some fresh new interesting music and gaining an insight into the local music scene tune in to BBC Radio Kent on a Friday between 4.30pm and 5.30pm and listen out for the Kent Gig with Dominic King. You will get to hear some fabulous local acts and details of where they are playing next Listen at 96.7fm-104.2fm or online at radiokent You can also follow Dominic on Twitter radiodominic PAUL S GIG OF THE MONTH Sat Mar 29 The Local & Live Sessions at Trinity Theatre featuring Intraverse Steffan James and The Floodgates. paulduntonmusic MARCH 2014 255 SO C O N TA C T S Longford House 19 Mount Ephraim Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1EN Tel 01892 779 650 Editor Jane Connolly jconnolly Head of Design Rowena Cremer-Price rcremer-price Deputy Head of Design Tim Feeley tfeeley Junior Designer Xela Ruy xruy Production Co-ordinator Phil Glover pglover Writer Frederick Latty flatty Commercial & Digital Marketing Manager Laura Plane lplane Head of Sales Joe De Kwant Stoner jstoner Commercial Team Gemma Hak ghak Paul Harvey pharvey Patsy Kelly pkelly Clara Higgs-Prosser chprosser Distribution Co-ordinator Harry Lamb Contributors Valerie Thacker Catherine de Cr vecoeur Paul Dunton Sean Aidan Sarah Frame Dom Prevost Publishing Director Nick Moore nmoore Editorial Director Richard Moore rmoore Like us on Facebook SoMagazines Follow us on Twitter at SoMagazines one media Published by and creative uk ltd SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE ONLINE All rights reserved. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions relating to advertising or editorial. The publisher reserves the right to change or amend any competitions or prizes offered. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written consent from the publisher. No responsibility is taken for unsolicited materials or the return of these materials whilst in transit. 256 MARCH 2014 M A G A Z I N E T H E AT R E S SO ENCORE From shipwrecks to snow maidens Looking ahead to April and the school holidays there s plenty of family entertainment on the bill at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. They ve got five fun and feisty shows for different age groups all perfect excuses to keep away from those April showers April 2 - Kidnapped An adventure tale for all the family Kidnapped tells the story of Davie Balfour as he survives shipwreck and murder to dramatically escape to the Highlands of Scotland. Set against the fierce social and political backdrop of 1750s Scotland this gripping fast paced adventure story is packed full of physical storytelling and imagination. Sell A Door Theatre Company s highly imaginative re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson s classic story is perfect for young and old audiences alike. April 6 - The Snow Maiden and Other Traditional Tales In the winter wilds of Russia an elderly couple build a magical snow child of their very own. She brings such joy to their little home but what will happen when spring comes As well as the emotional re-telling of this Russian folk tale Cat s Grin Theatre Company conjures up the extraordinary stories of Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin not to mention the remarkably silly tale of Lazy John and his Knit-Wit Mum This Sunday afternoon performance is perfect for kids aged four and above. April 12 Sherlock Holmes How can one show with just four actors possibly contain so much action and adventure Elementary my dear The critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish cases yet in this delightfully inventive and hilarious show for all ages. The performance features live music audience interaction and more mystery than you can shake a magnifying glass at. April 13 - The Jungle Book Set in the vibrant tropical jungle of India and adapted from the original Rudyard Kipling story this production dramatises the journey to maturity of Mowgli the man cub. With loving care from his adopted wolf family and much advice from Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear Mowgli stands firm against the dreaded tiger Shere Khan. This production is particularly special as some of the smaller audience members can be rehearsed into mini roles dressed to the nines in costumes and actually perform onstage with the rest of the cast For ages four and above. April 20 - The Lighthouse Keeper s Cat This fantastic bedtime story by Ronda and David Armitage has been transformed into a delightfully funny version for the stage by The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company. Hamish the lighthouse keeper s cat thinks he s unloved because he overhears Mr and Mrs Grinling say he s too plump to catch mice so he runs away. He meets lots of very scary things and even gets stuck up a tree in a storm But he soon realises that there is no place quite like home... Trinity s Caf serves hot drinks and a variety of cakes and snacks before each performance so why not go along and enjoy a nice hot chocolate before the show For more information on these fantastic family adventures call the box office on 01892 678 678 or visit the website MARCH 2014 257 SO SECRETS FROM THE ARCHIVES... HOLLYWOOD ICON WHO DREAMED OF IDYLLIC KENT This month marks three years since movie legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away yet her legacy lives on. Before the child star hit the big time she spent many of her family holidays at a cottage near Cranbrook and cherished the fond memories of this time for the rest of her remarkable life A s the star of classics such as Little Women Cleopatra and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elizabeth Taylor s talent won a legion of fans worldwide. Thanks to DVDs and television repeats she s still delighting a new generation of film fans and will undoubtedly continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Elizabeth was a famous and rare example of Elizabeth Taylor a hugely popular child star who went on to enjoy even greater success as an adult. The British-born actress made her screen debut in 1942 at the age of nine by which time her family had left the UK for California. Within three years she had become a household name with her acclaimed lead performance in National Velvet and her journey to becoming an international movie legend was underway. The world s media was also captivated by the highs and lows of her private life particularly her eight marriages to seven different husbands and her enduring love affair with the equally charismatic actor Richard Burton. But it could be argued that she found her very first love right here in rural Kent. In the remarkable life of Elizabeth Taylor childhood was short. There were only a few years of tranquillity and anonymity much of this precious time was spent in the Weald before Hollywood came calling. During Elizabeth s early years the family lived in London but spent a lot of time on the Great Swifts country estate near Cranbrook which was owned by Elizabeth s godfather Colonel Victor Cazalet. They used a 16th century cottage dubbed Little Swallows as a weekend and summer holiday home and these visits made a great impression on the young star-in-waiting. Elizabeth would ride her mare Betty through the woods she and her brother Howard made friends with the animals on the estate farm and loved the rustic nature of life there. Recalling these times later on in life Elizabeth wrote It was so beautiful like a little house out of a Walt Disney film nestled against lovely following the novel s publication the real-life house began to take on its fictional reputation. Elizabeth recalled opening the door to a telegram messenger boy who refused to come inside and wait for her father. Oh no miss not me he cried. This here house is haunted Little Swallows was somewhat rundown by the time the Taylor family took it on but they transformed the property by adding a bathroom in the old dairy and putting in a water supply which Recalling these times later on in life Elizabeth wrote It was so beautiful like a little house out of a Walt Disney film nestled against lovely woods that was almost like a bird sanctuary. woods that was almost like a bird sanctuary. Reportedly named after the bird s nest outside Elizabeth s bedroom window Little Swallows already had a claim to fame before the Taylors arrived. The cottage had been mentioned in Jeffery Farnol s 1910 novel The Broad Highway which was set in nearby Sissinghurst in the early 19th century. The book tells the story of Peter Vibart who sets out to earn his living as a DAVID ANSTISS was reportedly piped from 50 miles away. It was like going to bed in fairyland with the windows all wide open and the firelight flickering on the ceilings and walls and outside even at night the birds would still sing Elizabeth wrote fondly. Years later when fame and fortune had transformed her life and the world s media was picking over the bones of yet another divorce it may be supposed that Elizabeth recalled those happy times as a child in the beautiful Weald. We ll certainly never forget our most charismatic fan. blacksmith after being disinherited. On one occasion the hero goes to the deserted cottage to investigate reports of a haunting and 258 MARCH 2014