In The Country & Town October 2023 magazine

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The Property & Lifestyle Magazine COUNTRY & TOWN October 2023

Hello Autumn! House Market Late Season Up-tick INSIDE - PROPERTY FOR SALE & RENT + EDITORIAL FEATURES | 1

Within This Issue...

P.8 New To The Market -Guide £5.250m.

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P 62 Michel Roux’s vegetable tart + tagliolini with seafood + raspberry tart

P. 56 Nadiya Hussain’s saag aloo chicken jalfrezi recipe crab bhuna recipe

P. 72 Architect George Clarke: Sustainability and style can go hand-in-hand

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A collection of exquisite properties and engaging editorial

P.38 Anticipated Guide Offers In Excess of £3.250m. DUE TO THE OPEN MARKET SOON PREVI EW

P. 46 The Old Oak: ‘It’s a message of hope. It’s a message of humanity’ - Ken Loach’s final film

P. 22 Beginner’s guide second-hand furniture

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Creating the inspiration to move

Autumn House Market Up-tick!

With properties from £375,000 to £5.250m in this magazine edition we are pleased to showcase some of the finest properties for sale or to let, so we hope you will enjoy exploring the pages of In The Country & Town.

The autumn has seen a positive upturn in house buyer activity during September and early October, so after a shaky start to 2023 we appear to be witnessing a market that has stabilised as we head into the final quarter of this year. This stability is a result of house sellers being more realistic on price and then finding plenty of buyers willing to secure their dream home, seemingly conscious that house prices next year could be on the move up again. We like to bring our readers previews of properties which are not yet on the open market and not showing on property portals, thus creating an exclusive opportunity for potential buyers to view early. One of the preview properties new to the market can be seen on page 38 , which is a significant country house property with a guide price of offers in excess of £3.250m.

The property shown left and below is new to the market and is an excellent example of a fine home for sale around £925,000 with an exquisite interior.

There are many character properties to see within these pages and you will see the wonderful interiors of some of the finest properties on the Berkshire / Hampshire borders.

And if you are a buyer with a budget around £375,000 to £475,000, then take a look at pages 28 and 36.

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Another preview exclusive for this magazine is shown below, which is in the Blue Triangle area of Fleet in Hampshire and is due to go to the market with an anticipated guide of £1,500,000.

Editorial Features

We hope you will enjoy reading some of the editorial features we have pulled together for our readers, including recipes from world renowned chefs Nadiya Hussain and Michel Roux, George Clarke on how sustainability and style can go hand-in-hand and Lisa Dawson on buying second hand furniture.

Nadiya Hussain

George Clarke

Michel Roux

Lisa Dawson

House Market Insight - Continued Resilience, with wise buyers thinking about next years prices.

For the immediate months ahead the market will be impacted by the possibility that The Bank of England could raise interest rates again despite UK inflation cooling, so this factor alone will stop any market rebound and keep prices static. This resilience in the market is no doubt underpinned by the labour market conditions, but buyer caution is unlikely to be calmed until they can gauge where the new peak in the bank rate will be, but in the meantime savvy buyers are cashing in on the buying opportunities available in this years market. The residential letting market is in very good shape with plenty of tenant demand, and properties are being snapped up by eager tenants in all price sectors from £1,000 p.c.m to £15,000 p.c.m. If you need market insight at any time in 2023, just go to our web site and ask your nearest branch for a free no obligation house price appraisal. We hope you enjoy reading this October edition of In The Country & Town and we look froward to the following edition in November when we will give our readers further market insight and will again showcase some of the finest properties for sale or to let.

John Holden - Chairman McCarthy Holden | 7

Finchampstead Ridges - Berkshire new to the market - guide £5.250m. details on following pages

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Finchampstead (The Ridges), Berkshire Guide: £5,250,000

• C.15,000 sq. ft. of Exquisite Space • Superb Kitchen • Indoor Swimming Pool •

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Set in glorious Berkshire countryside and standing on high ground, this is a truly stunning high specification property built almost entirely new about twelve years ago, with grounds in total of around 6 acres. This wonderful property, built to an exceptional standard, provides around 15,000 sq. ft. of luxurious space within the dwelling, increasing to 16,126 sq.ft. including the five car garage block.There is extensive stabling in addition. This property is surrounded by countryside with magnificent far reaching views, yet retains ease of access to London,

Heathrow and the M3 / M4 motorways. EPC C (79) - Telephone 01252 842100 | 11

Finchampstead, Berkshire

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Guide: £5,250,000 | 13

Sale Agreed In 3 Weeks - In Excess Of Guide multiple offers received similar equestrian property wanted


Hampshire / Berkshire Borders Anticipated Guide Price: £2,000,000

• Family House & Equestrian Enterprise • Set in Around 42 Acres •

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Situated within in a highly regarded location between Sandhurst and Finchampstead, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a significant freehold with mixed use benefits of a family home and a significant equestrian yard. The detached family house is of generous proportions and provides 5 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms and a double garage.The equestrian enterprise / yard includes a mix of stables, open bay barns, indoor riding school, outdoor sand school and storage spaces. The entire property is in circa 42 acre of land. EPC - Telephone 01252 842100 or EMAIL FOR FURTHER DETAILS | 15

Fleet, Hampshire Guide: £700,000

Situated within close proximity to local schools, this spacious and well presented property is arranged over three floors and provides five bedrooms and three bathrooms, in addition to living room, kitchen/dining room and play/breakfast room. EPC E (50) - Telephone 01252 620640

• 5 Bedrooms • Excellent Rear Garden • Superb Kitchen / Diner •

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Church Crookham, Hampshire Guide: £850,000

This four-bedroom chalet bungalow is located in a popular non estate location within Church Crookham. The property has been completely refurbished, offering spacious and contemporary living accommodation, with the spacious main bedroom being of particular note, with en suite and views over the rear garden. EPC C(73)Telephone 01252 620640

• Beautiful Interior • Sought After Location • Extensive Rear Garden • | 17

Odiham, Hampshire Guide: Offers In Excess of £800,000

Situated in a prime location, within close proximity of the desirable Odiham village centre and its amenities, this well- presented, three-bedroom town house is offered to the market with no onward chain. EPC D (68) - Telephone 01256 704851

• Exquisite Interior • Three Bedrooms • No Onward Chain •

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Herriard, Hampshire Guide: Offers In Excess of £900,000

Situated within the sought-after village of Herriard, this exquisite three bedroom detached family home built in 2020 by Forays Homes, is located within an exclusive development of just three detached properties. Benefits to this property include a detached double garage with ample driveway parking, air source heat pump, dressing room, underfloor heating, and wonderful countryside views. EPC B (85) - Telephone 01256 704851

• Beautiful Interior • Double Garage • Countryside Views • | 19

Winchfield, Hampshire Guide: £925,000

• Exquisite Interior • Superb Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Four Bedrooms •

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This attractive four bedroom detached family home is positioned in a unique semi-rural development setting in the Hampshire village of Winchfield, A particular feature of this home is the wonderful mature rear garden which is of a south westerly aspect. EPC C (70) Telephone 01252 842100 | 21

most efficient way of purchasing for your home, as you don’t have to wait for long lead times.” So where should you go, and what should you be looking out for?

Beginner’s guide to buying second-hand furniture By Sam Wylie-Harris, PA Who doesn’t love a cheerful mix of old and new? From hand-me-downs to flea market finds and car boot sales, a good old rummage can certainly reap its rewards… and chime with present-day pieces. But how about taking your purchasing prowess to the next level – and styling up your space with planet-friendly finds en masse? “We’re all trying to buy less and buy better,” says Lisa Dawson, home stylist, interiors blogger and author of Resourceful Living. So when you’re planning your interior scheme, she says you want to make sure to include a sustainable mix of furniture. “Sourcing vintage and second-hand furnishings is a great responsible way to do that, instead of buying everything new.” Harriet Pringle,founder of Narchie,a homeware marketplace app, also applauds shopping second hand.“Not only is it the most sustainable way to shop for your home, it helps give new life to something that would otherwise be chucked away.“But you can also get cheaper,better quality,and unique designs at a fraction of the price. It’s also the quickest and

Where to shop

“For me, the number one place to source vintage from – that everyone can access easily – is eBay,” says Dawson.

She advises:“Now eBay is a massive platform and can seem daunting with thousands of sellers – so it’s really important that you do some due diligence while you’re shopping there.” Make sure to spend time looking at the customer ratings the seller has received – before you start bidding – to check how reliable they are to be buying from, warns Dawson. “You really don’t want to be bidding on products, for them then not to be what you expect – or arrive in poor condition.” She says you can also filter your shopping search by distance, so you can see which furniture items are closest for you to collect, or to organise a courier service for. Pringle says platforms like Narchie have more than 2,800 sellers, selling everything from vintage tableware, textiles, furniture and art, so there is a huge selection to suit every budget and style. “You can search for specific items or categories, and you can filter by resale, new, price and more,” she highlights.“So it’s easier to find specific pieces you’re looking for, as well as

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discovering items you may not have otherwise come across.” She says the algorithm also creates a ‘ForYou’ section in the app that recommends pieces you may like.

What to look out for

It’s all about the bones… When you’re looking at a piece of furniture like a vintage sofa, it’s very easy to cast aside something that doesn’t look too pretty based on the fabric pattern or colour alone, notes Dawson. “But the key here is to make sure you’re looking at the structure – or the bones – of the piece to focus on what the frame is like, and whether it has potential to be re-invigorated with a new fabric or a lick of paint. “While I was looking for a new sofa for my own home I found a design with a very grubby looking fabric,” reveals Dawson. “But the bamboo framework itself was absolutely beautiful.” So she purchased the sofa “at a very good price as obviously a lot of customers were put off by the fabric,” and then invested her money on having the cushions reupholstered in a fabric that ties in with the rest of her interiors scheme.”

Top tips

“I’m always searching for vintage furniture on eBay due to the sheer volume of products available,” says Dawson.

“A top tip for me when you’re searching for a term – such as ‘vintage sofa’ for example – is once you’ve searched, you click on ‘filter’ and make sure to select the ‘auction’ category. “You don’t want to be on ‘all listings’ as this includes items that definitely aren’t vintage!” advises Dawson. “You’ll see this filter then refines your search and only includes purely vintage designs.”You can then save this search for the future and if new sellers start adding additional vintage pieces, you’ll be alerted immediately, notes Dawson. “It’s a great service that can unearth some real hidden gems!”

Do your research

Think outside the box

If you’re new to shopping second hand online, Pringle says it’s worth making a list of the specific homeware or furniture items you need. “This will help you stay focused and avoid impulse purchases.” From a practical standpoint, she says it’s worth researching and getting familiar with styles, materials, brands and design names you love, e.g. Ercol or Pieff.You can then set alerts and discover good deals more easily. And don’t be afraid to negotiate the price, adds Pringle. Most sites have a feature which allows users to negotiate prices and find amazing deals on high-quality second-hand items. “Know when to be impulsive and when to be realistic,” says Pringle. “For bigger furniture pieces it’s worth waiting and making sure it’s exactly what you want, as they are often an investment.”

Pringle says to be open minded and don’t be put off by minor imperfections – focus on the overall construction and craftsmanship of an item… “Any small blemishes, scuff marks or chipped paint can easily be fixed… keep in mind that sometimes all a piece needs is a little love,” says Pringle. “A fresh lick of paint, a re-varnish, new drawer handles or even dying material can completely transform an item. The great thing about upcycling is you create a piece that perfectly matches your style.” Lisa Dawson’s online course with Create Academy – An Introduction to Resourceful Interior Styling – is available now,£49 for lifetime access in which she explains more about vintage shopping and styling at home.Visit Createacademy.

Photo: Harriet Pringle

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Fleet (Blue Triangle), Hampshire Guide: £1,350,000

• Exquisite Interior • Superb Kitchen • Grounds c. Half An Acre •

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This extremely attractive property sits on a beautiful plot approaching half an acre, within the Blue Triangle area of Fleet. Having been extended to include flexible accommodation including an annexe, the property still

retains many of the original features. EPC E (49) - Telephone 01252 620640 | 25


Finchampstead (The Ridges), Berkshire Guide: Offers in excess of £2,000,000

• Near Wellington College • Superb Kitchen / Diner • Grounds of c. 1.8 Acres •

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This is a distinctive looking house with considerable interior spaces, thought to have been first built during the 1920’s with additions in recent years.The property is situated in grounds of around 1.8 acres and located in a most sought after Berkshire location known as The Ridges, nearby to internationally renowned Wellington College. This property is built over two floors and provides around 3,646 sq. ft. of stunning space (circa 4,675 sq. ft. including garage). Of particular note is the vast kitchen, the hub of the home and ideal for family living or entertaining.

EPC D (66) - Telephone 01252 842100 | 27


Odiham, Hampshire Guide: Offers In Excess Of £375,000

Within close proximity of the village centre, this well presented, three bedroom family home has potential to be extended subject to planning permission.The property offers three bedrooms, one bathroom, living/dining room, kitchen, utility room, garden room and externally; garden and driveway parking. EPC E (49) - Telephone 01256 704851

• Three Bedrooms •Kitchen & Utility • No Onward Chain •

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Riseley, Berkshire Guide: £725,000

A beautiful high specification four bedroom property situated in the charming village of Riseley on the Hampshire / Berkshire border, providing a rural location whilst still providing excellent transport links. EPC C (76) – Telephone 01252 842100

• Four Bedrooms (2 en-suites) • Excellent Garden • Superb Kitchen / Breakfast Room • | 29

Fleet, Hampshire Guide: £600,000

This lovely four bedroom detached family home is situated on the popular Ancells Farm development and is ideal for the commuter, being situated within close proximity to both Fleet mainline station and junction 4a of the M3 motorway. Also within close proximity is Fleet Pond and Nature Reserve, providing beautiful

walks through 141 acres of varied habitat. EPC C(74) – Telephone 01252 620640

• Four Bedrooms • Pleasant Garden • Exquisite Interior •

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Fleet, Hampshire Guide: £800,000

This attractive double fronted Edwardian house is located in a no-through road within the desirable Pondtail area of Fleet, close to Fleet town centre, mainline railway station, and Fleet Pond & Nature Reserve.The property has been tastefully modernised whilst still retaining many character features. EPC E (49) – Telephone 01252 620640

• Sought After Location • Excellent Garden • Kitchen / Breakfast Room • | 31

Rotherwick, Hampshire Guide: £1,500,000

• Annexe / Studio • Stunning Kitchen / Diner • Fine Living Room •

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Having been extensively renovated in recent years, this quite unique home forms part of the former Tylney Hall Estate’s model farm. The spacious family accommodation is complemented by a 3 / 4 bedroom annexe and further studio, providing the option to offer a revenue. EPC F (23) - Telephone 01252 842100 | 33

Odiham, Hampshire Guide: Offers In Excess Of £1,000,000

• Immense Character • Garaging • Village Centre • No Onward Chain •

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Grade II* Listed property with a wealth of character, charm and period features throughout, with accommodation over two floors offering flexible family living. Queens Arms House has a rich history, having been dendro dated back to 1446 when King Edward IV was on the throne, including a period as a former public house a hundred years or more ago for the then King Street brewery. Telephone 01256 704851 | 35

Odiham, Hampshire Guide: £475,000

A superb two-bedroom detached chalet bungalow, offered to the market for the first time in 40 years. Benefits to this property include garage with driveway parking, three reception rooms, a wonderful well-established rear garden, and no onward chain. EPC C(70) Telephone 01256 704851

• Garage & Driveway Parking • Excellent Garden • No Onward Chain •

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Hampshire / Berkshire Borders Anticipated Guide Price: Offers In Excess Of £3,250,000 Telephone 01252 842100

• Exceptional Family House • Stunning Indoor Swimming Pool • Just Over 3 Acres •

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Finchampstead (The Ridges), Berkshire LET AGREED - Guide: £9,500 p.c.m.

• Wonderful Interior • Superb Kitchen / Diner • Heated Swimming Pool •

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A fine home with many breath-taking interior features, first built during the 1930’s with Art Deco influences of the period and more recently the property has benefitted from significant enhancements and vast enlargement by the present owner.The property is situated in grounds of around 1.5 acres and located in a most sought after Berkshire location known as The Ridges, nearby to internationally renowned Wellington College. This significant property is built over two floors and has been enhanced with meticulous attention to detail, providing almost 6,500 sq. ft. of stunning space (almost 7,400 sq. ft. including triple garage and outbuildings). EPC D (66) - Telephone 01252 842100 | 41

Church Crookham, Hampshire Guide: Offers In Excess of £700,000

Situated on the Netherhouse Moor development in Church Crookham, this spacious home was originally built by Charles Church and has been subsequently extended, providing 5 bedrooms and an

impressive 18ft kitchen/breakfast room. EPC C(74) – Telephone 01252 620640

• Five Bedrooms • Pleasant Garden • Superb Kitchen / Breakfast Room •

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Crowthorne, Berkshire Guide: £375,000

This property is a fine example of spacious and well designed living spaces, providing around 800 sq. ft. of excellent living spaces. The living room is of particular note, because of the balcony which overlooks the tree fringed grounds to the rear. This apartment provides an impressive reception hall, a fine living room, a kitchen / breakfast room, a main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a second bedroom and a family bathroom. One allocated car parking space. EPC B (81) – Telephone 01252 842100

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Eversley, Hampshire (To Let) Guide: £4,000 p.c.m. + Fees

• Wonderful Setting • Available Now • Five Bedrooms •

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Located in the semi rural village of Eversley, this refurbished 5 bedroom home is set on a large plot with driveway parking for multiple vehicles in addition to double garage and an additional outbuilding.The newly fitted kitchen/dining/ family room is complemented by the study and living room; there are five bedrooms to the first floor with the main and guest bedrooms providing en suite facilities.The property comes unfurnished and is available now.

Energy Efficiency rating - E /Council tax Band - F / Tenancy Length – 12 months ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY - CONTACT AGENT FOR DETAILS. Telephone 01252 622550 | 45

Photo: PA from Ken Loach’s final film The Old Oak

The Old Oak: ‘It’s a message of hope. It’s a message of humanity’ By Jessica Rawnsley, PA Upon witnessing the detonation of the world’s first nuclear Ken Loach’s final film,The Old Oak, has all the filmmaker’s definitive qualities: it questions assumptions, with the lens unwaveringly trained on inequality and injustice.

Set in a former mining town in England’s North East – a town forgotten and impoverished in the decades following the enforced closure of the pits – the story pivots around The Old Oak pub as it becomes the epicentre of a clash between past and present. It is the last public space standing in the village, the community hub, kept afloat by a handful of regulars.When Syrian refugees arrive and face hostility, the pub becomes contested territory. The struggling landlord and former miner, TJ Ballantyne, unwittingly finds himself at the centre of the turmoil. Can the budding friendship between TJ and Yara, a young Syrian refugee, bring the two communities together? Before they began filming, Loach and Laverty went to visit former mining towns. “I wandered around, just getting lost and talking to people,” says 66-year-old Laverty. “And what was immediately obvious was there was a sense that time was present in these villages.” Among the people he spoke to was a lady in her nineties who as a nurse had attended to men injured in the 1951 County Durham mining explosion. “And when I spoke to people like that, there was a real sense of vitality about them, of connection,” Laverty says. “And a real sense of community.

Homelessness, poverty and labour rights are key themes, as in many of his movies.

The Old Oak is in some ways the culmination of his latest body of work made in partnership with long-time collaborator, screenwriter Paul Laverty. I, Daniel Blake examined the crippling effects of austerity in Britain; Sorry We Missed You is an indictment of the precarious gig economy. “We had made two films in the North East,” the 87-year-old explains,“stories of people trapped in this fractured society. Inevitably both ended badly.Yet we had met so many strong, generous people there who respond to these dark times with courage and determination. We felt we had to make a third film that reflected that, but did not minimise the difficulties people face and what has befallen this area in the past decades.”

“But then when I wandered the rest of the village, you see young people, and she was in better shape than many of

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them. Many lost souls.The place had fallen to wrack and ruin. All the shops had gone. The state had retracted swimming pools, post offices, banks, the whole shebang. The housing property had dropped. People were buying houses online on a Monday, selling them on a Thursday, trying to make a few bucks. “Other landlords would try and get anyone they could in. And so the people who live there, their one asset was undermined. Their houses going for five or six thousand pounds. You could see they were angry and furious. They felt dumped upon. Many of the people that were brought in were sent up from local authorities down south. Their lives were ruined by some of these crazy neighbours, people released from prison. And then when the asylum refugees arrived many of them felt like:‘Why us? We’ve got nothing.’ Not consulted again. Didn’t feel respected.

Syrian refugees living in England.

“It’s always important to talk about subjects like this, especially underprivileged communities that escaped war,” Mari says. “And to make films about it so people can understand it more and hopefully have less judgment towards the communities… so people can ask questions and maybe change perspectives.

“I like to think that cinema and art can change things.”

She was excited when Loach approached her.“I really believe in this kind of political and social art,” she says.“But also the subject is so close to my heart and so emotional for me, and so I felt an extra motivation to do it.” “You can have all the ideas in the world, all the issues, but you’ve got to find the story, the characters,” says Laverty. “To find two people like this, who’ve given such flesh and blood, has been an enormous privilege.” The plight of the mining communities is one Turner, who plays TJ, knows well. He was a firefighter for 30 years, before working in a pub in an old mining town in County Durham. Loach approached him, leading to a part in I, Daniel Blake. Both Mari and Turner fully embodied their characters. Partly in coming to them from places of understanding and affinity, partly due to Loach’s directing technique: scripts are handed out the day before filming, plots revealed to actors in real- time. “TJ was somebody that I could identify with,”Turner, 59, says. “TJ was a guy who had been beaten down by life in general. I know a lot of people like TJ and there were parts of TJ that were me.The way Ken works, you do it chronologically and in order, and you get the scripts the day before, so I didn’t know where my character was going to end up.”

“We felt it was a remarkable combination of world events, historical history, all playing out in these little villages.”

The story is told through the evolving friendship between Yara and TJ, played by Ebla Mari and Dave Turner.As in other films, Loach brought real people to the screen, some with little acting experience, others with none. In casting, Loach says his principle is always the same:“Listen, observe and allow people to be true to themselves. Casting is critical. It was clear that Syrians in the film should be those who have settled in the area. Paul’s script allowed them the freedom to contribute so that the story was a true reflection of their experiences.” Mari grew up in Golan Heights, in the village of Majdal Shams, an area to Syria’s south-west and Israel’s north-east that has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. With a background in theatre, the 26-year-old makes her film debut in The Old Oak. Her on-screen family are not actors but

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Photo: PA from Ken Loach’s final film The Old Oak

“It’s a small movie,” he continues.“It’s not going to change the world. I just hope that people come to watch it with an open mind, and if it changes a few people’s minds or attitudes, then that’s a start.

“I just hope that it starts a discussion among people who have just accepted this narrative of swarm, invasion, small boats, and they’ve forgotten that it’s about human beings, it’s about humanity.

“It’s a message of hope. It’s a message of humanity.That’s what I hope people take away from it.”

The Old Oak in cinemas from September 29.

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Fleet (Blue Triangle) - Hampshire Anticipated Guide Price: £1,500,000

• Exceptional Family House • Six Bedrooms • Around Half An Acre •

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Fleet (Blue Triangle), Hampshire Guide: £1,350,000

Superb Kitchen / Diner • High Specification New Build Home

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McCarthy Holden are delighted to offer to the market this newly built executive home constructed to a high specification by the renowned local builders North Hants Homes.The property sits on a generous plot measuring approximately half an acre within the prestigious Blue Triangle area of Fleet. EPC B (88) - Telephone 01252 620640 | 53

North Warnborough, Hampshire Guide: £3,000 p.c.m. + Fees

• Sought After Location • Exquisite Interior • Available November •

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This semi detached village home offers modern kitchen with appliances, utility room, living room, and downstairs cloakroom. The four bedrooms are serviced by an en suite to the main bedroom with additional family bathroom. Outside is an enclosed garden to the rear and parking for 3 cars to the front. The property comes to the market unfurnished and is available beginning of November.

Energy Efficiency rating - B /Council tax Band - F / Tenancy Length – 12 months. ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY - CONTACT AGENT FOR DETAILS EPC D (62) - Telephone 01252 622550 | 55

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Nadiya Hussain’s saag aloo chicken jalfrezi recipe By Katie Wright, PA “This is the kind of dish that you often see being served up at an Indian restaurant and while it may look complicated, it doesn’t have to be at all,” says former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.

oil, for frying 3 dried red chillies 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 400g tin of cream of tomato soup 1½tsps salt 4tbsps brown sauce 4tbsps art masala mix 2 red onions, quartered 2 red peppers, cut into large chunks 560g tin of potatoes, halved

200g cooked chicken 80g fresh baby spinach

“This is like the Bengali stir fry you never knew you needed. It’s spiced, fast and a feast for the eyes.”

handful of fresh coriander 2 spring onions, thinly sliced

Saag aloo chicken jalfrezi

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

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For the art masala mix:

Nadiya Hussain’s crab bhuna recipe “I didn’t grow up eating crab, but I absolutely love the sweetness, which you can’t really get from any other seafood,” says former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain. “This natural sweetness is quite a wonder and it really does work well cooked with the slight crunch of the green beans and the simple spicing, making it a bhuna I cook time and time again.”

28g cardamom pods 3g bay leaves 34g fennel seeds 100g cumin seeds or ground cumin

38g ground cinnamon 100g ground turmeric 44g chilli powder 200g curry powder


1. To make the art masala mix, use a spice grinder. Lots of smoothie-makers also come with a milling blade that works well to really crush down these whole spices. Put the cardamom pods in the grinder, husk and all. Whack them in and blend to a fine powder, then pour out into a large bowl. Now put your bay leaves, fennel and cumin seeds into the same grinder and blitz to a powder. If your grinder is small, you can do each spice alone, but just note that when doing the bay leaves, always blend them with the fennel seeds.They need the seeds to get them moving enough to crush to a powder.Add to the bowl. Mix thoroughly, being sure to do this after each addition as it’s important to make sure that the mix is well-blended. Now for the cinnamon. I prefer to use ground cinnamon as it’s readily available and will save you from having to crush something quite hard – why should we if we don’t need to? Add to the bowl and mix. Chuck in the ground turmeric and mix. Add the chilli powder and mix. Lastly, add the curry powder and give everything a good stir.Transfer into a jar or jars and you are ready to go! 2. Put a large non-stick frying pan or wok over a high heat and drizzle a good amount of oil into the base.Throw in the dried red chillies and toast in the oil until they swell up. Lower the heat, add the garlic and toast till it turns a deep golden brown. 3. Pour in the tin of cream of tomato soup, add the salt, brown sauce and art masala mix and cook till the liquid thickens and is reduced by half. 4. Add the red onion, red pepper, tinned potatoes and cooked chicken and stir in the sauce on a really high heat until everything is coated in the sauce and catching on the base of the pan.Take off the heat and stir in the spinach until just wilted.

Crab bhuna

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

oil, for frying 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 red onions, finely diced 2 red peppers, finely diced 3 mild red chillies, finely diced 1½tsps salt ½tsp ground turmeric 3tsp curry powder 180g green beans, finely sliced 3 x 145g tins of shredded crab meat in brine, drained large handful of chopped fresh coriander


1. Start with a large non-stick pan or wok and put it onto the hob over a high heat.Add the oil and as soon as it is hot, add the garlic and cook until golden. 2. Now add the red onion, red pepper and red chilli along with the salt, turmeric and curry powder. Add a splash of water and the green beans and cook till there is no liquid left. 3. Now add the shredded crab meat. As you add the crab meat, make sure you remove any excess moisture.A bhuna is meant to be dry so we want to avoid any excess liquid. Cook with the lid off over a high heat for 10 minutes.

4. Take off the heat, add the chopped coriander and mix through to serve.

Nadiya’s Simple Spices by Nadiya Hussain is published by Penguin Michael Joseph, priced £26. Photography by Chris Terry.Available now.

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Vegetable tart tatin Ingredients (Serves 4:

Michel Roux’s vegetable tart tatin recipe By Prudence Wade, PA

3 small heads of red chicory

3 small heads of yellow chicory

200g slender carrots,

“Here we have a great French classic made into a vegetarian treat,” says Michel Roux.

halved lengthways

“I’ve suggested a selection of vegetables, but you can vary them according to the season and spice them up with more chilli if you like a bit of heat. Delicious as a main meal or as an accompaniment, this can be made in individual portions as well as a large tart. It’s fine to use shop-bought puff pastry – I do!”

300g kohlrabi, cut into batons

100g cauliflower florets or sprouting broccoli, halved

1 large onion, cut into wedges

2tbsp olive oil

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2tbsp butter

2tbsp caster sugar

1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced

Leaves from 1 thyme sprig

350g puff pastry

Flour, for dusting

Salt and black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Cut the heads of chicory in half (or if they are large, into quarters) and put them in a bowl with the other vegetables. Add the oil and toss, then season with salt and black pepper. Spread the vegetables over a baking tray and roast them in the oven for eight to 10 minutes.The vegetables should be partly cooked and have a little colour.

2. Melt the butter in a large (28cm) ovenproof frying pan, then sprinkle over the sugar. Place the cooked vegetables, sliced chilli and thyme on top, making sure to pack the vegetables tightly.

3. Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface to three millimetres thick. Place the pastry over the vegetables, tucking it in around the edges. Make a few holes in the pastry with the point of a knife, then bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool a little, then place a plate over the pan and carefully turn the pan over to invert the tart on to the plate. Serve warm. Michel Roux’s tagliolini with seafood recipe “I love seafood, and pasta and shellfish are always a great combination,” says Michel Roux. “Keep this simple with mussels and clams, or if you want to go to town, use other shellfish, such as razor clams or cockles, when they’re in season. The fennel seeds and pastis bring that lovely aniseed flavour that works so well with seafood.” Tagliolini with seafood (Serves 2) Ingredients: 400g clams

500g mussels 2tbsp olive oil

1 shallot, chopped 1tsp fennel seeds 2 garlic cloves, chopped 50ml pastis 150g shelled raw prawns 4tbsp crème fraiche 300g fresh tagliolini or 180g dried tagliolini or tagliatelle | 63

Handful of herbs (parsley, chives, chervil), finely chopped Juice of 1 lemon Salt and black pepper Method: 1. Wash the clams and mussels well in cold water and discard any that are broken or don’t close when tapped. Remove any beards from the mussels. 2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the shallot, fennel seeds and garlic and sweat until they start to colour. Add the clams, then the mussels. Pour in the pastis, cover the pan and cook for five to seven minutes until all the shells have opened. Take care not to overcook the shellfish. 3. Tip everything into a colander placed over a bowl, then pass the cooking liquid through a fine sieve or a strainer lined with muslin. Pick the flesh from the mussels and clams, leaving a few in the shell to use as a garnish. Tip the cooking liquor back into the pan, bring it to the boil and boil for five minutes. Add the prawns and crème fraiche, then, when the prawns have turned pink, add the picked mussels and clams. 4. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add two tablespoons of salt. Cook the pasta until al dente, then drain. Add the drained pasta to the pan of shellfish and stir well. Add the chopped herbs and garnish with some mussels and clams in shells. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper, then serve at once. Michel Roux’s almond and raspberry frangipani tart recipe “I adore almond puddings and this French version of a Bakewell tart is one of my favourites,” says Michel Roux. “It’s rich and indulgent but there is some fruit in there as well! Raspberries work perfectly with almonds but cherries would also be good here.” Almond and raspberry frangipani tart (Serves 6-8) Ingredients: For the pastry: 150g butter, softened

90g caster sugar 2 free-range eggs Pinch of salt 240g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 75g ground almonds

For the almond cream: 200g butter, softened 200g caster sugar 200g ground almonds

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2tbsp plain flour 4 free-range eggs 1tbsp dark rum or Ratafia (fruit-based liqueur) For the jam and fruit: 60g raspberry jam 250g raspberries To serve: Icing sugar Ice cream or chantilly cream Method: 1. For the pastry, mix the softened butter with the caster sugar until combined. Mix in the eggs, then add the salt, flour and ground almonds and bring everything together into a dough. You can do this by hand or in a food processor or stand mixer. 2. Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill it in the fridge for about two hours. Dust your work surface with flour, roll out the pastry and use it to line a tart tin or flan ring measuring about 24 centimetres in diameter. Chill again until needed. 3. For the almond cream, whisk the butter and sugar until pale, then add the ground almonds and flour and whisk to combine. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, then add the rum or Ratafia. 4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Remove the tart case from the fridge and spread a thin layer of jam over the pastry. Add the almond cream and arrange the raspberries evenly on top. 5. Bake for about 45 minutes until the tart is golden and cooked through. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with ice cream or cool with chantilly cream. Don’t put this tart in the fridge. Michel Roux At Home by Michel Roux is published by Seven Dials, priced £26. | 65

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Autumn pests to look out for and how to get rid of them in your home and garden By Sam Wylie-Harris, PA As we switch seasons and transition into the cooler months, the change in climate can be a breeding ground for some uninvited guests – seeking warmth, shelter and food indoors.

“The window film works like a charm because bugs are unable to detect blue and green hues on the UV spectrum.” She continues. “So, by simply adding these colours to your windows, you’re able to keep those pesky bugs at bay without the need for harmful chemicals.”

Textile moths

“If you’re preparing to pack away your summer clothes and bring out your winter wardrobe, you should keep an eye out for moths which could wreak havoc on your favourite knitwear, carpets, fabrics, and more,” warns Paul Blackhurst, head of technical academy at Rentokil Pest Control. Moth larvae can damage and create holes in clothes, carpets, blankets and curtains, as well as stored goods by feeding on the keratin contained in animal fibres such as wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt and leather, explains Blackhurst. “Textile moths are most likely to be found in spare bedrooms, under mattresses, and in infrequently used wardrobes and attics.” He continues. “As the moth larvae feed on the keratin in the fabric, they can cause significant damage to clothes, blankets, carpets, curtains and upholstery.”

Here, experts share their top tips to keep pests at bay…

Ants and flying ants

Ants are usually attributed to hot summer days, however, due to the turbulent and confusing weather this year, they don’t seem to be shifting, notes Joanna Baumard, co-founder of Purlfrost.

With warm weather encouraging them to flock inside, she says window film can help deter flying ants in your home.

“Not only does blue and green decorative film add a pop of colour to your windows and give your home a stylish touch, it also acts as a natural bug repellent,” says Baumard.

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