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    Welcome to VineHello and welcome to the november issue of Vine. This month weve taken a commemorative look at The Great Storm of 1987 and its harsh impact on the local area. Turn to page 18 to see the fascinating photos of the aftermath and find out how the landscape has strived to redevelop. We catch up with Paralympic double medallist, Will Bayley, on page 12 and find out if he was disappointed to have missed out on the highly sought-after gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics. From sports to festivities, weve got your Christmas plans covered. Check out the festive menus feature on page 24, showcasing the finest cuisine the local eateries have to offer this season. Get your Christmas shopping underway on page 16: whether youre a book buff or a sports fan we have trawled the stores to find the perfect gifts for every family member. As the Christmas celebrations are almost upon us Sevenoaks' hair salons know you want to get your hair party-ready. Turn to page 32 to find out more about the promotions available throughout november and how you can be the cream of the crop at your work party. if youre looking for a new dress to complement your hairstyle then check out vine Style on page 27. Weve picked the ultimate party outfit which will flatter any shape and keep you looking fabulous throughout the festivities. Also in the issue is a round-up of the best gadgets on the high street, our pick of the best festive-inspired interiors and the latest news, reviews and events.

    See you next month!

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    10 MontHly Musts

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    22 faMily and kids

    42 WHats on?

    44 seVenoaks sHoWCase

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    27 Vine style Vine has searched the high street to find the most flattering and stylish Christmas party outfit for you

    31 CaRinG foR ouR CoMMunity Richard Gould gives tips on which modern technology applications to invest in for your elderly relatives


    16 Vine's ultiMate CHRistMas Gift Guide From books to golf lessons, Vine brings you a selection of the best Christmas gifts ideal for all members of the family

    18 tHe GReat stoRM Vine looks back at the Great Storm of 1987 and how the local area has redeveloped

    24 festiVe Menus Vine takes an all-inclusive look at the best festive cuisine on offer at your local restaurants

    32 CReaM of tHe CRoP We bring you the latest promotions at Sevenoaks' salons this season

    Cover shot: Hand-drawn surface pressure

    chart for the morning of 16 October 1987 (Met Office)


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    35 inteRioR tRends This month, we take a look at the best festive-inspired interiors ideal to bring to life any home

    36 GReat Value GadGets Are you a bit of a gadget geek? Vine uncovers some of the best value tech available, including a look at latest retro cameras, alarm clocks, music players and tyre inflators



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    Rockdale are hosting a night of seasonal sing-alongs bring your family to the Pamoja Hall at Sevenoaks School on Saturday December 15. The evening includes music from the Second Wind Concert Band

    and the obligatory Christmas carols. Rockdale are holding the fundraising event to provide flexible and affordable care for the elderly.

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    On Saturday 15 December from 7.30pm 9.45pm, Darenth Valley Choir will be performing at the Drive Methodist Church in Sevenoaks. Donations will be accepted at the back of the church with further announcements throughout the concert. They will also be singing around the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square from 7pm-8pm on December 11, raising funds for Demelza House Childrens Hospice.

    Darenth Valley Choir concert

    Look out Sevenoaks, the countdown to Christmas has begun and Father Christmas is on his way! From December 11 he will be stopping at Bullfinch, Bradbourne, Brittains Lane, The Lakes and Kemsing Central meeting children and raising money for charity. To see a full route and dates go to and dont forget to give Father Christmas your wish lists this year!

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    Companies across the country have pledged to take on more than 280 apprentices in a new proposal. New Look Tiling and Revolution Events, both based in Kent, are the latest to join the scheme designed to benefit youngsters. Kent County Council have put aside 2 million to support the Kent Employment Programme which is now searching for more local businesses for which apprentices could be advantageous.

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    Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, former owner of Sevenoaks-based Springbank Clinic, has released a book celebrating 50 years of natural medicine. The book features Richards grandfather, Andrew Pitcairn-Knowles, and discusses his family memories and inspirations for opening Riposo Health Hydro in Hastings a century ago. The book is 7.99 from or any Waterstones store.

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    Kemsing Players theatre workshop

    Exhibition shows intimate snaps of Knole

    The Kemsing Players are inviting you to an exciting theatre workshop at St Ediths Hall (opposite the pub) in Kemsing on Friday 16 November or 23 November at 7.30pm. The session enables you to try out the sound desk, see how scenery is designed and how the lighting rig works. You don't need to be an actor to contribute; the shows are a team effort involving stage managers, technicians, scene designers, bar staff and make-up artists amongst other roles. The next production is to be staged in April and has (amongst others) several interesting parts for young (or young at heart) ladies. Participants feel a real sense of achievement when the curtain goes down on the last night. So switch off the TV, put the dates on your calendar and well see you there.

    n For more information, contact Rick davnall on 07702 053984

    An exhibition of experimental and intimate photographs is set to open in the Orangery at Knole, the National Trust House in Sevenoaks. The display will feature the work of West Kent artists Barbara Ludman and Katherine De Koningh, who entered a competition to record and submit their separate experiences of Knole Park. The artists edited their photographs to create daring, captivating and unique images.

    n The exhibition is free and opens on october 24 from 11am-4pm.

    Cards for Good Causes have opened their pop-up shop at Sevenoaks library offering shoppers stylish cards which also benefit local charities. They offer a range of card designs, wrapping paper and gift tags. At least 75p from every 1 is given to charities, including local organisations such as Kent Air Ambulance. The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Ends on December 18.

    n For more information visit, or call on 01264 361555

    Greeters who helped to give a warm welcome to over 30,000 visitors during the Olympics have attended a special event to celebrate their success. The volunteers were joined by representatives of Visit Kent, Kent County Council and Voluntary Action Maidstone. Applauded for their passion, knowledge and professionalism with visitors, it is anticipated that many will continue to volunteer.


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  • MonTHLYmustsA round-up of trends, whats new

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    Mumford and Sons released their debut album Sigh No More the indie quartet return

    with their second album, Babel. Fans need not worry as Mumford have stayed true to

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    MuST-reaD Set in the spring of 1914, Park Lane tells the pragmatic story of two women dreaming of breaking free from tradition. inspired by her familys history, Frances Osborne explores the fictional life of Beatrice Master. Master is a wealthy young suffragette, who believes in peaceful protest and seeking better opportunities. The novel is a fast-paced tale, portraying the period perfectly and offering a compelling insight into two different characters lives. Park Lane is powerful and just as gripping as osbornes number-one best seller, The Bolter.

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    MuST-see everybodys favourite comedian Michael

    Mcintyre returns on november 12 with his third live dvd, Showtime. Filmed during

    Mcintyres 10-night stint at Londons o2, the show highlights the best bits from his side-splitting 71-date arena tour seen by

    over 700,000 fans. Loved for his ability to turn everyday situations into comedy gold, Showtime is Mcintyre at his best and would

    make a perfect stocking filler certain to have the entire family laughing in hysteria.

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    MuST-Do Set in the scenic Calverley Grounds,

    Tunbridge Wells ice-skating rink returns on november 23 and its bigger and better than last year. Surrounded by authentic

    chalets selling everything from candles to confectionery, visitors can indulge in a cup

    of warming mulled wine inbetween skating and shopping. new for 2012, families

    can also visit Santa in his traditional log cabin overlooking the ice rink. The ice rink will be

    open throughout the day and evening; however, advanced booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

    n For more information and to book your tickets for both ice skating and Father Christmas visit

    MuST-visit on Friday 30 november and Friday 25 January between 10.45am and 2pm, knole house will be hosting a Winter Warmer Lunch Walk. Attendees can take a stroll in the autumnal gardens and take in the majesty of knole house. When youve worked up an appetite a hearty lunch will be served in the Brewhouse tearoom, thawing out your chills and warming your cockles.

    n For more information visit, or to book call 01732 462 100

    MuST-taste For cheese lovers everywhere, time to add some new flavours to your cheese board! You must visit Bobbie and Simon Akhurst at The Cheese Harp in Sevenoaks. This clever duo spotted a gap in the market back in 2011 and theirs is the only specialist cheesemonger and in Sevenoaks boasting over 70 British and continental cheeses. Group tasting sessions are soon to be available, as well special occasion cheese events. n visit

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    Amy Smith, a 25-year-old midwife from knotts Place, Sevenoaks swam the english Channel in August this year in a fundraising event to raise money for Prostate Cancer uk. Amy swam 21 miles in the Channels shortest and busiest shipping lane in a gruelling 15 hour and 52 minute swim, finally making it to Wissant Beach on the coast of France in the early hours of the morning. Throughout her inspirational voyage Amy received support from her crew and sister who chugged along beside her. Peter Andres Mysterious Girl was played at full volume from the boat when times got tough, keeping Amy focused on the task ahead and getting her through the pain. After several months of hard training and a jellyfish sting later, Amys brave efforts raised an amazing 680 for Prostate Cancer uk and a further 645 for Pengarth day Centre in Penzance. Amy would like to thank those at Joules Clothing for donating a very girly yet suitable swimming costume and her sponsor Pulsin, who provided her with energy filled snacks, that helped her to get across the Channel.

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    The big news this month has to be confirmation that Britain is no longer in recession. The latest set of figures show the economy grew by 1% in the 3rd quarter of this year, the fastest quarters growth for 5 years. But that isnt the only good economic news. unemployment is down by 50,000 with the percentage out of work falling to 7.9% in the last three months. Inflation is down from 2.2% from 2.5% in August; this is less than half what it was in September last year. interest rates have been kept to a historic low of 0.5% - good news for mortgages. Finally, whilst the gap between public spending and borrowing (the deficit) we inherited from Labour was 165 billion a year

    weve now closed that gap by one quarter to 121 billion a year. All this might not be as obviously exciting as say, e L James latest book, or who paid for what type of train ticket.But, what matters more than Westminster gossip are things like becoming employed, being able to meet your mortgage repayments, and having enough spare cash to be able to join your friends in the pub for a drink.What the figures show is that the economy is moving in the right direction and that it is becoming easier to do all those things. Theres still a long way to go, but this Governments policies are working to get us there.

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    We catch up with Paralympic table tennis champion, Will Bayley

    Why are you visiting Sevenoaks today?

    im here visiting Sevenoaks Prep School. im a patron for the Tunbridge Wells-based environmental charity, Haller, and the school supports them too so im just having a chat with them about that as well as the olympics.

    Were you disappointed to miss out on the gold medal this year?

    I was disappointed but Im going to be back fighting at Rio; full-time training starts next week so i can get used to having no social life again.

    How did you get into table tennis?

    i was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 7 and couldnt play action-filled sports so my Grandma bought me a table tennis kit.

    How do you find inspiration and keep yourself motivated?

    i watch sporting videos on YouTube and have inspirational quotes posted on my wall to keep me feeling positive.

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    The National Cycle Network, co-ordinated by Sustrans, has miles of walking and cycling routes and over one-third are completely traffic-free. Their easy routes are ideal for family days out and can be found at The website informs you of local attractions, the ground surface and type of ride it is as well as guiding you to the nearest place to rent bicycles.

    So pack a picnic, pile the bikes on the car and take the kids out to explore the beautiful countryside and coastlines Kent has to offer.

    GeT on your BikeStatistics have shown that since the London 2012 olympics Brits have felt inspired to get on their bikes. Vine discovers the best route-finders for cycling in Kent

    T here are huge amounts of health benefits that come with cycling and as its a gentle form of exercise its great for all the family. As with all forms of exercise, cycling will help ensure you get some quality shut-eye. Itll also leave you feeling happier and will boost your brain power ensuring youre more alert at work. Studies from Purdue University in the US have revealed that cycling regularly can cut your risk of heart disease by 50 per cent as well as reducing your risk of developing cancer.

    As well as improving your health and fitness, riding a bike means that you get to see more, visiting places you wouldnt usually see by car and where better to explore by bike than the garden of England? If youre not sure where to go there are plenty of routing websites allowing you to choose your location, fitness level and how long you wish to be riding for.

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    will find an endless list of routes across the area. Distance, difficulty and duration are highlighted at the top so you can easily find your ideal route; it even tells you how many calories youd burn. Users uploading routes can post landmarks, pubs and places to see along the way as well as any additional information you may need such as whether its steep or based on particularly busy roads. There are a number of routes in the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge area currently posted.

    Check out the leisure pages at for more cycle routes in Kent. The website allows you to download and print a PDF guide to take with you as well as giving you three different durations based on your cycling ability and speed. The website also tells you the ratio of on and off road cycling as well as informing you about the history of the route and places to stop and see.

  • With picturesque gardens as the backdrop, local business owners gathered for last months networking event at Churchills former victorian home, Chartwell House in Westerham. over 90 guests enjoyed great food, drinks and chatter aplenty at yet another triumphant Grapevine event



    Congratulations to all the guys @vineMagazine for laying on an exceptionally good networking event last night at Chartwell HousePrincipal Chambers @chambersburton

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    LegaL MATTeRSThe team at Withers offer regular expert advice on topics relevant to our everyday lives. This month, Penelope and Melissa talk about uk/uS tax planning

    Sevenoaks is in the heart of the commuter belt and home to a diverse range of nationalities. Those of you who are citizens of, or domiciled in, the US have an extra reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Until 31 December 2012 you have the benefit of a lifetime US estate and gift tax exemption of US$5.12 million, enabling you to transfer assets up to that value (less previous taxable gifts you have made) to your loved ones tax-free (with US married couples getting double the exemption). Gifts over the exempt amount are subject to tax at the all-time-low rate of 35 per cent. But there is only a limited window of opportunity from 1 January 2013 the exemption reduces to US$1 million and the top rate of tax reverts to the 2001 rate of 5 per cent. Here are some planning ideas to think about: If youre happy to relinquish control of assets, make outright gifts up to the exempt amount to your family. If youd prefer the assets were held in a structure for your familys benefit instead, create a trust offering a protective and flexible vehicle through which assets can be held long-term. Provided youve lived here fewer than 17 years and youre not planning to settle UK property the trust will be outside the scope of UK inheritance tax (IHT). If youve lived in the UK more than 15 years you could find yourself deemed domiciled in the UK which means that IHT can be triggered on gifts into trust, in which case you could consider establishing a family limited partnership to achieve the succession and US

    gift tax benefits of a trust without the IHT bill. You could cancel loans/receivables from family members, reducing your estates value without impacting your real asset position. If the matrimonial home is co-owned by (say) a US husband and a UK wife, a gift by the husband of all/part of his interest to the wife would benefit from the exemption and avoid US tax on gains on the propertys future sale. And even once the 31 December deadline has passed, it will still be vital that you ensure you have integrated US/UK tax and estate planning arrangements in place to minimise any UK/US tax exposure and safeguard your familys future. Food for thought, along with the roast turkey and pumpkin pie? With the largest legal US/UK wealth planning team in the country and offices in the US, Europe & Asia, Withers is uniquely placed to advise on complex tax and estate planning issues for people with US or other international connections. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to pass your hard-earned wealth to your family rather than Uncle Sam and give us a call, before its too late.

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    Francis Jones Jewellers

    Francis Jones Jewellers is one of the lo

    ngest-established businesses in

    Sevenoaks High Street. The current ow

    ners, Gary and Roberta Ware,

    are gearing up for their 28th Christma

    s in the town, with fantastic

    new stock for the busy festive period, i

    ncluding the highly successful

    London Road Collection, and have lots

    of ideas for the perfect gifts

    for ladies and gents. A large part of the

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    et,Sevenoaks, TN13 1JR

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    Create the perfect traditional Christm


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    Fabulous gift ideas and stocking fi

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    Hever Castle Golf Club

    Gift Vouchers

    Hever Castle Golf Club gift vouchers

    make excellent presents for

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    A Village Artist by A.M. Parkin

    A Village Artist is the sublime limited ed

    ition book featuring the

    works of local Sevenoaks artist, A.M. P

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    le that he knew or came

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    Thousands of buildings damaged, millions of trees flattened and lives lost. Its been 25 years since the great storm of 1987; Vine takes a look at how Sevenoaks landscapes were hit and how they have recovered

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    Dont worry, there wont be a hurricane but we will have strong winds, were the infamous words that weatherman Michael Fish broadcast to the nation on the afternoon of 15 October 1987. Hours later the greatest storm to hit south-east England for more than 200 years tore through the region. Kent, Essex, Sussex and Greater London received the harshest impact. This was unusual as the South East is an area of high population density and property exposure, not usually prone to such dramatic weather. During the storm a ship capsized at Dover and a ferry was blown ashore near Folkestone. Had the storm hit during the daytime it could have been an even bigger disaster and claimed more lives, fortunately such a storm is predicted only once every 300 years. Winds of over 100mph inflicted chaos on roads, buildings and the environment and Sevenoaks was amongst the worst-hit towns. On the morning of 16 October Sevenoaks residents awoke to utter devastation; roads were blocked, cars crushed and many homes and buildings damaged. The storm inevitably had an impact upon businesses, bringing some companies to financial ruin whilst creating opportunities for others. Landscapes were destroyed as trees fell like matchsticks across the town. Six of the seven well-known

    oaks on the Vine Cricket Ground were ruined. The seven oaks were referred to as the coronation trees as they were planted on the Vine in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. The oaks were supposed to keep alive the tradition of having seven oaks in the town but the morning after the storm just one oak was left standing. The story of the six fallen oaks has been told all

    over the world but miscommunications meant some people got the wrong story. Italians were told the death toll ran into thousands whilst holidaymakers in Spain were horrified to hear that Sevenoaks was flattened and homes were blown off the earth. The greatest impact was on the environment. Trees which had stood in the Knole for 400 years lay collapsed on the ground; Knole Park lost a huge 610 trees during the storm including sweet chestnut and other traditional varieties. As the area of woodland at the Knole is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, most of the trees that fell were left as deadwood. Christopher Tipping, a land agent for the

    Knole, tells Vine how the park has endeavoured to revive the land over the years. There were a number of plantations created in the park after the storm. These are now over 20 years old. We are starting to put in place thinning programmes to ensure that they develop into mature, deciduous trees which will help protect the park's landscape for the future. Chartwells tall beech trees which formerly stood

    The greatest storm to hit south-east

    England for more than 200 years tore through the region

  • framing the view of the Weald were destroyed, leaving an exposed view across Kent. The neighbouring areas including Ide Hill and Toys Hill endured perhaps the harshest impact; Emmetts Garden lost 95 per cent of its trees. However, the enormous redwood outside the mansion was one of the few to survive and its tip is still the highest point in Kent. Alan Comb has been a gardener at Emmetts since the week after the storm and has worked hard on the regeneration of the woodland. He tells Vine, Emmetts were considering planting new trees prior to the storm so it actually gave us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to redevelop with a blank canvas. It was a real mixed bag of advantages and disadvantages for us. The view over the Weald was very restricted prior to the storm as the trees acted as a border but with the trees gone it really opened up. The downside of the exposed space is that the area is windier. The fallen trees left as deadwood have grown new trunks from the branches but as they are unstable its unknown how long they will be standing. The deadwood also increases the amount of fungi which has great environmental benefits. Fungi help to feed nutrients and additional water back into the tree, more than the tree could manage alone. Many trees will die if enough fungus does not develop around their roots during their first year of growth. Alan tells us, unfortunately we lost many of our champion trees; those that are an exceptional example of their species due to their age, rarity, scale or historical significance. And as trees were destroyed habitats were ruined too which meant loss of wildlife, mainly birdlife. We have also had many cases of squirrels stripping the beech off trees, which would not happen to mature trees. In a bad year we lost 200 trees because of this. Some areas were left to regenerate naturally but we have planted a lot, including many beech and birch trees. Weve generally tried to keep the area the same as

    it was. I do think Emmetts can thrive as it did before the storm, it will just take time. Regenerating Sevenoaks' landscape was a seemingly impossible task and a lot of areas had to be left to redevelop naturally. The community put on an

    exceptional show of local pride when thousands turned up to participate in the planting of the new seven oaks on the Vine. Fast forward 25 years and Sevenoaks still bears scars as its still recovering now and will be for years to come. But through regrowth and natural regeneration the town has healed remarkably well. Though visitors can still see characteristics of the aftermath, Emmetts gardens have developed magnificently. The storm gave them the opportunity to add autumn colour plants to their gardens, creating a dual season to match their Victorian Spring Garden. Knole Parks grounds look healthier than

    locals could have imagined at the time and despite the destruction of much of the wooded landscape, new plantation is blooming at the Knole. Toys Hill, where 98 per cent of trees were flattened. now has a non-intervention zone, which was set up after the storm. It is unknown whether the number of trees that fell that night was greater than those that fell during the storm of 1703, but the blemishes and wounds that our landscape wears will be a constant symbol of the distinctive legacy that could last for years to come.

    25 years and Sevenoaks still

    bears scars as its still recovering

    now and will be for years to come

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    The vine Childrens Choir is looking for new singers aged seven and over to join them at the vine Baptist Church in Park Lane, Sevenoaks on Wednesdays at 6pm. Formed two years ago, the choir is run by three local primary school teachers. Alison Saunders, head teacher at St Lawrences Primary School says: We have got lots of fun and exciting music this year and would really like some more children to come along and join in. The choir performs two concerts a year alongside Quorum, an a capella choir from Tunbridge Wells, in the summer and the mandatory carols at Christmas. no auditions required, just turn up and have fun.

    n For more information call Alison Saunders on 01732 452905 or 07734 310716

    Young voices wanted for community choir

    Kumons maths and English study programmes are tailored to your childs individual needs, nurturing their independence and enthusiasm for learning. To unlock your childs potential, contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment:Sevenoaks Study Centre Mandy Yarnold 01342 851221

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    A s the cold winter nights draw in, evenings are best spent unwinding in a warm and welcoming pub. The Crown Point Inn and its new team and management have the perfect solution for the frosty evenings ahead, inviting you to join them for an array of festivities this season. Set in a convenient yet delightfully secluded spot just off Sevenoaks Road, the inn has the entire Christmas period all wrapped up. From live music to delicious set menus, there is something for everyone so bring the whole family along. Ideal for work parties or family get-togethers, a special Christmas party menu is available, starting from 12.95 for two courses or 15.95 for three. They also have exclusive offers for over-50s when they opt to join the Diamond Club. Its simple and free to sign up and for members the set menu starts at 9.95 for two courses or 12.95 for three.

    only from British Red Tractor Assured farms ensuring they dish up the best ingredients.The inn is based amidst many walking routes and theyre happy to welcome dogs in the bar where you can relax by a roaring log fire with a drink in hand. The modern function room at the inn is great for big groups, parties, business meetings and training events and there are ample parking spaces including further spaces for coaches. The inn is happy to open early for breakfast and coffee meetings when arranged via an appointment.The Crown Point Inn is currently taking Christmas bookings, so start planning your celebrations now to avoid disappointment.

    Or if you just want to indulge in a classic roast with all the trimmings a regular carvery costs just 5.95 Monday-Saturday and 8.95 on Sundays. Dont want to slave over a hot oven on Christmas day? Leave it to the professionals and take your family down to the inn to indulge in a four-course Christmas lunch prepared just for you. Prices start at 22.50 for children and 49.95 for adults. The inn has New Year's Eve covered too; for just

    39.95 you can see 2013 in with great live music, six courses of fantastic food and a disco. If you

    enjoy live entertainment, join the inn at their party nights held on Fridays (7, 14 and 21) throughout December. Proud to support British farmers, the inn uses fresh vegetables and sources their meat

    CHRiSTMAS AT CroWn point innSet in a convenient yet delightfully secluded spot just off Sevenoaks Road the Crown Point Inn has the Christmas holiday all wrapped up

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    Soprano Sevenoaks is a newly established restaurant situated in the heart of Sevenoaks. After the great success in Tunbridge Wells, Soprano Sevenoaks offers a great range of homemade cakes, pastas and delicious tapas. Visit for a mouth watering breakfast, a relaxed lunch or an evening meal. You can also enjoy live Spanish music on Fridays and Saturdays. As always with tapas you can order as little or as much as you like. Soprano offers catering for private parties in and outside of the restaurant.

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    and lamb, local free range sausages and many other cuts of meat

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    C hart Farm is already celebrated for its fine cuts and tender joints of fresh venison, but what better way to open this years festive season than with a tasting day. The day guarantees to give you tips and recipe ideas for you to try at home this winter. On Saturday 24 November between 11am and 2pm, Chart Farm will be serving several mouth-watering venison sausages. Dishes include roasted venison haunch and others, giving visitors the opportunity to witness and try alternative dishes using more nutritious and healthy meat. If you have never tried the tender taste of venison or consider it to be a rare treat then the tasting day is the perfect excuse for you to try, taste and be amazed by its flavour and its diversity in everyday dishes. On the event day the farm shop will be open as normal, selling a variety of mouth watering venison sausages, mince and burgers. As well as that a selection of other fresh meat such as prime beef, lamb and poultry. The arts and craft

    Based just outside Seal in Sevenoaks, Chart Farm is hosting their popular tasting day at the farm shop, sharing the secrets and recipes of their own freshly cut venison

    n For more information call 01732761672 or visit for full details and directions

    Why not celebrate this festive season by gathering the family around for a classic Christmas dinner to feast upon. At Chart Farm they not only sell the best tasting venison around, but also the best Turkeys, Geese and well hung ribs of beef satisfying your bellies through to the New Year. Open Tuesdays through to Friday from 9am-4pm & on Saturdays 9am-3pm

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    Protecting Your FamilyCripps Harries Hall and Close Brothers Asset Management invite you to an evening at Dorton House in support of The Royal London Society for Blind People on 27th November 2012 at 6pm.

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    The evening will include drinks and canaps in the beautiful surroundings of Dorton House - home of the RLSB.

    Dorton HouseWildernesse AvenueSeal, SevenoaksKent, TN15 0EB

    The theme of the evening will be Protecting Your Family and our guest speakers will look at different strategies for safeguarding the interests of vulnerable family members as well as the finances of the family.

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    Dental Elegance is a highly praised practice with an experienced team, using the most advanced technology to give you the head-turning smile you desire whether its essential or aesthetic

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    Dental Elegance offers a wide range of services suitable for all, whether you are missing teeth or just want to straighten up. Services include the Inman Aligner; Tif Quereshi of Dental Elegance was the first dentist in the world to utilise the aligner. The revolutionary tool is ideal for patients seeking a removable, less-visible straightening device that aligns teeth in a fraction of the time conventional braces take. Dental implants are an excellent option for patients who have lost one or more teeth and provide an effective and permanent replacement for your false teeth. Implants are a more stable option than removable dentures and look and feel good too. If the idea of wearing visible braces has put you off achieving your dream smile, the practice alsooffers lingual braces. Metal brackets are fitted to the back of your teeth so are unobtrusive,straightening your teeth without anyone knowing youre wearing braces. Extremely popularwith celebrities the lingual system comes in a variety of forms depending on which teeth requireattention. As the braces are fixed, remarkable results are achieved quicker than with removable braces. The practice also carries out veneer procedures: a popular choice of porcelain facings applied to your teeth to not only cover cracked or crooked teeth but also to reshape them and improve colour. Composite veneers can also solve twisted, chipped or gapped teeth speedily and affordably. Dental Elegance also offers general dentistry including bridges, crowns, teeth whitening and cleaning using only the best materials and is now thrilled to launch a range of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. So whether you want to go a shade whiter or simply remove those coffee stains, Dental Elegance has options for everyone. Get in touch to find out more.

    Conscious of his upper front teeth, Jamie was fed up with the yellow colour and the gap which looked like a missing tooth. He turned to Dental Elegance for help and was thrilled with the results. A removable orthodontic appliance was used to push the canine tooth back into position and then an Inman Aligner was used to straighten the rest of the upper teeth. Jamies teeth were whitened with in-surgery power whitening and a home kit. Finally, composite resin bonding was used to improve the shape and outline of the front four teeth. The upper left canine teeth were built up with a direct composite resin veneer.

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    This patient (right) was unhappy with her protruding front teeth. An upper standard Inman aligner was used to bring the teeth back into position in 11 weeks. The patient was getting married shortly and had always been unhappy with appearance of her teeth in photos. An Inman aligner for 9 weeks was followed with tooth whitening and some bonding. Total treatment time 12 weeks. Smile on wedding daypriceless!

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    Chris enjoys providing his patients with a full range of treatments and services and has a particular interest in smile enhancement and improvement using the most gentle and minimal techniques. Chris has participated in several extended training programmes in aesthetic and restorative dentistry since qualifying from Sheffield University in 1997 and is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Society of Occlusal Studies. Outside of dentistry Chris is a keen musician and enjoys spending time with his family and two young daughters.

    It is an interest in gentle aesthetic dentistry which led Chris to discover the Inman Aligner and the incredible benefits which it can offer patients. A relatively simple removable brace which can straighten the front teeth in, on average, 2 to 4 months was unthinkable five years ago. The Inman is now one of the most exciting services Chris can provide for his patients and , when combined with tooth whitening and bonding, this can provide some life changing results!

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    Caring for ouR CoMMuniTYin this column i discuss topical issues around social care. Whether you are wrestling with a family dilemma, looking for support for a loved one, or just interested in the debate, i hope you will find something of interest.

    Q: What technology is available to help my older relative living in their own home?

    A: Technology to help people living at home, who have needs around mobility and security is still fairly basic. I remember years ago seeing a television programme that showed technology allowing you to switch on the oven at home from your laptop at the office, now I am sure you can do that from your smartphone in California. But these things have yet to make an appearance in the UK. However there are some helpful bits and pieces that are available. Starting with the most basic, there are a huge range of grab rails, safety bannisters and handles for baths, showers and awkward corners that can be easily installed in a home. Preventing falls should be a key part of making a home safe. Think about where someone is twisting or turning in or out of a bath, stepping out onto a patio, opening a door, etc. Adjusting the heights of things from raised toilet seats, to electric beds, and electric chairs that rise up to allow easy standing from them all these solutions are available and can make a real difference to how someone is coping with reduced mobility in their own home. A really good source of advice on what is available is your local Occupational Therapist (OT) which you can find through your GP. Gadgets that help are useful too with preparing food or easing communication. They can range from jar-opening devices and

    adapted can openers, assistance with drawer or cupboard opening and closing, through to large number home phones or mobile phones with larger buttons. There are even mobile phones with GPS trackers, so you can locate a loved one with dementia who is prone to wander. On the more advanced technology side, there are tried and tested alarm devices for calling assistance. These can be bracelets or pendants or a plug in box, all of which when pressed send an alarm to a monitoring centre, who can then call your designated contacts to alert them to the situation. These really are a must have for someone living alone who is at risk of falls. More advanced systems can also monitor for fire or gas leaks and alert emergency services. Finally there is the world of face to face communication, whether through Skype via a computer and webcam, or Facetime via an iPad or smartphone. New advanced digital TVs can allow Skype through the TV screen with an internet connection. Maybe something to think about for Christmas: a new TV for a loved one that enables you to have a family Christmas video call in real time to say Happy Christmas if you cant be there!

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    Styling Sevenoaks' hair for 25 years, Crop is celebrated for its innovative and expert colouring techniques. established in 1978 in Bromley, its success has seen them grow throughout kent to open further salons in Sidcup and Sevenoaks. The friendly team at Crop have been working together for eight years and are highly qualified in all aspects of hairdressing. Colouring is a crop speciality and this november you can take advantage of a special reader offer on their colour services to get your hair party-

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    W ith a team of 25 qualified stylists and a broad range of hair styling services, Design a Head is a leading salon with stores based in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. The salons were awarded five stars in The Good Salon Guide and pride themselves on combining their skill and knowledge with exceptional creativity. If youre in need of a colour boost in the lead up to Christmas, pop down to Design a Head take advantage of their colour sale this winter. Throughout November customers will receive a 25% off any colour service (offer ends 30 November) whilst new clients are offered a 50% off on colour and cut and finish services. Open seven days a week as well as late nights Thursday and Friday, the salon is ideal for even the busiest of people. Each of the salons stylists has individual specialities making it easy for Design a Head to tailor your services personally.

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    Relaxed and revitalised

    Owners Ben Hards and Lucy Bulbrook designed their hair salon and beauty rooms with the idea of an oasis in mind, and this is reflected in the dcor. The sophisticated black and white interior, inspired by the Carita beauty spa in France, relaxes you with its simplicity. Accents of mauve, along with crystal lights and accessories, bring warmth and interest, but the look is not overly feminine. The spa appeals to men too, as they regularly come in for eye treatments, facials and haircuts.

    People are more conscious of being well groomed, says Lucy, so it doesnt surprise her at all that men now want the same pampering treatments as women. Despite the hard economic times, people still want to treat themselves, she continues, explaining that at this time of year massages and hot stones are popular, while in the summer people make regular appointments for pedicures and waxes.

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    As I sink back into the warm massage bed, a deliciously cool cream with hints of lemon grass is applied to my face, cleansing the skin and instantly relaxing the muscles. A thorough exfoliation with Le Rnovateur follows the rich smell of dry roasted sunflower seeds, lemon and thyme is quite intoxicating which removes dead

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