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We found Richard – great designer that will be working with us on a few projects. Into is below.

For over 15 years Richard Ross has been designing fabulous, operational, and unique interiors.

He began his career at a small business and as a result of his important contributions in increasing, and procuring clientele through his inborn design ability, he had been made a partner over 5 decades.

Getting agreat success with this business for seven years that he decided to establish his own design company.

Richard Ross Designs has emerged as one of the areas finest and most reputable design firms.

Richard’s passion for interior design and attention to detail has made him several Detroit Home Awards.

His work has also been featured in Joan Kohn’s”It’s Your Bed and Bath: Hundreds of Beautiful Design Ideas”. He provided manyideas for interior design in Birmingham MI area.

Richard has worked with renowned architects, builders, and tradesmen on very large scale jobs, in addition to more intimate projects, which range from personal residence, executive offices, and retail space throughout Michigan, Illinois, New York, Florida, Colorado, and Texas.

Richard’s unique approach to interior design is founded on his unbelievable ability to develop a close relationship with his clients, listening to their wants and needs, and combining these variables to his style and experience to create an exquisite space.

Whether it’s Traditional or Contemporary, his endeavors will always have the frequent thread of being timeless.…

Dancing bears in Sevenoaks high street

Gypsies, pedlars, labourers and the squire turned out in force for the annual town fair. With a circus, theatre and dancing bears, it was the local people’s ‘fiesta’. Local historian and Vine columnist Monty Parkin on a Sevenoaks tradition that lasted until 1874.

Dancing bears in Sevenoaks high streetThe great Sevenoaks Fair in the mid 19th century

This drawing by Sevenoaks artist Charles Essenheigh Corke shows the great Sevenoaks Fair in the mid 19th century. The illustration comes from the book on ‘Old Sevenoaks’ by Frank Richards, published in 1901, which recalls Sevenoaks in the preceding century.

The Fair was originally held in July and October, and then just October. Stalls and caravans took over the High Street, interspersed with drinking booths. Gypsies, pedlars, beggars and travelling entertainers came and a circus and a theatre were set up. One writer described it as the local people’s ‘fiesta’.

Apparently all classes attended the Fair – the labourer, the parson, the schoolmaster and the squire – and it did seem to cater for a wide range of tastes. The clowns or the ‘educated pig’ entertained some whilst the more serious-minded could shop for a bust of John Wesley or the Duke of Wellington. A travelling doctor sold medicines to cure all known diseases, his ‘phenomenal eloquence’ enabling him to do very good business.

An earlier writer says that, at the Fair, there was ‘no roughness, only innocent merriment’ but perhaps, later in the century, those drinking booths led to some over exuberance because it seems it gradually became more difficult to keep order – the Sevenoaks parish beadle is reported to have had a torrid time – and the Fair was eventually abolished in 1874.

But after its disappearance some of the travelling entertainers continued to visit the area, including the man with the dancing bear. There are reports of him visiting Sevenoaks villages in the 1890s and then proceeding to Tunbridge Wells. The photograph comes from the early 1900s. It seems odd that this medieval form of entertainment continued into the 20th century.

The man with the dancing bearThe man with the dancing bear

The travelling theatre added something to local culture. It can be seen centre left of the drawing next to what is now HSBC bank. The sign says ‘Richardson’s Theatre’. Richardson was a shrewd entrepreneur who, although illiterate, made a fortune from his travelling theatres. The fact that he came to Sevenoaks indicates what a great Fair it was because Richardson only attended the biggest and best. If you paid your money and entered his booth you could enjoy a half hour’s entertainment which included a melodrama, a pantomime and a selection of songs. So a pretty fast moving show. For some country people then, as now, a visit to the pantomime might be their only experience of theatre all year, but Sevenoaks town dwellers were more used to such diversions.

In the early 19th century the great actor Edmund Kean, known for his tempestuous performances, had made an appearance in an old barn just off the High …

Fancy a game of French cricket?

Travel editor Frank Baldwin remembers how he tried to teach the French to play cricket at a village festival, and found that in the present day it’s our cross channel neighbours who could teach us a thing or two about community spirit.

Fancy a game of French cricket?
A poster for an event last year in Saint Palais

The first time I became aware of festivals in French towns and villages was back in the 1980s when my Sunday football side in Eynsford, which is twinned with Breteuil-Sur-Iton in Normandy, was challenged to a game on French soil.

As this would also be part of their annual festival, the French council dignitaries asked if we would put on a demonstration of something that was typically ‘English’ and a game of cricket was suggested.

As we drove into Breteuil-Sur-Iton, we discovered it was more like a small town. There were giant posters everywhere, plus a banner across the main high street, announcing ‘Le Grand Match de Cricket – France v Angleterre’.

What we thought was going to be a laid back bit of fun appeared to have gained top billing in a four day village festival which included a carnival procession, a massive bike race around the town, a fun fair and several meals and dances.

Although France is only 22 miles away from our shores, the majority of the population has never seen a game of cricket. Instead of a mown and flattened area of 22 yards, the wicket was 22 metres long with a white line painted around it. Our hosts had deduced from our instructions that this is where the boundary went.

The ‘piece de resistance’ was that the wicket stood in the middle of a piece of grass not much bigger than two tennis courts bordered by houses with nice big glass windows. After a bit of practice, it was fairly obvious that the French team were going to struggle with batting and bowling, but eventually Le Grand Match de Cricket – France v Angleterre got underway.

Each ball brought only more confusion for the French players but the home crowd helped the atmosphere by cheering every time one of them managed to hit a ball. Despite some extremely ‘friendly’ bowling, their wickets fell at an alarming rate. This was followed by some enthusiastic French bowling that consisted of throwing the ball as hard as they could at our heads. A diplomatic draw was announced and we all retired to the bar.

Nearly 25 years later and visitors to France will find that the enthusiasm of local communities for these festivals has not diminished.

In fact, some areas have turned them into tourist attractions and they are well worth a visit if your holiday coincides with one of these weekend long events, the history of which lies in religion. Towns and villages, whatever their size, hold a festival to celebrate the Saint their local church is named after.

In July last year I visited two festivals in South West France close to the …

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Vine’s Valentine’s Gift Guide

In Vine’s exclusive guide to this year’s best Valentine’s Day gift ideas, we round-up the top gifts for you, and your loved ones.

Beauty in Sevenoaks

With an icy and cold start to 2013, why not revitalise yourself with one of 7oaks Spray Tan & Beauty’s many treatments? Whether you are looking to unwind with a facial or massage, or get ready for an evening out with a manicure and pedicure, 7oaks Spray Tan & Beauty can provide this and much more in the comfort of your own home. Their vouchers make the perfect gift for your friend or loved one.

 Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Tag Your Love Gift Set

Declare your love with passion and generosity by personalising a bottle of Moët Rosé Impérial. This unique gift set includes a 75cl bottle and a gold pen to write your own handwritten messages for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day gift.

 iPad Mini

Give your loved one a gift they can really put to use with an iPad Mini – Apple’s latest release. They will be able to surf the internet, keep in contact with friends and family, read e-Books and you can even get it personalised with a message. And borrow it perhaps.

 The Rolling Stones 50

Give the gift of cool this Valentine’s with The Rolling Stones 50, the only officially authorised book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones. Not only does it look great on a coffee table, it is packed with rare material from every period in the bands history, with more than 1,000 illustrations and some of the most rare and interesting Stones memorabilia in existence. 

Indulge Mini Me

Absolutely Gorgeous Essentials Kit, £26

This set of relaxing essentials is so soothingly indulgent you’d be forgiven for buying this as a Christmas gift to yourself. The set includes a range of pampering goodies including Organic Rosehip Body Wash, Hand and Nail Cream, a Manuka, Honey, Almond and Aloe bar and a Sisal Shower Glove to keep your skin super soft.

An ideal gift for any beauty queen or lover of total relaxation (who isn’t?) these essentials will leave you feeling like a preened, pampered princess. With a range of pampering kits on the website there’s one for everyone- mums, sisters, grandmas and girlfriends. That’s your Christmas shopping covered!

Gaia Baby Starter Kit, £12.95

Made with certified organic ingredients, these 50ml miniatures all include delicate organic oils to keep your baby’s skin soft and free of irritation.

This ‘wet pack’ includes Baby Bath and Body Wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby Moisturiser, Skin Soothing Lotion and Baby Massage Oil.

No nasty artificial ingredients are used in any of the products as Gaia focuses on creating simple and gentle products designed to nurture and nourish without fuss.  The miniatures are suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitivities, making them eczema friendly. A great gift for any occasions, especially Christmas. 

Grandpa Tweed Trilby Hat, £13.50

Keep your tots looking super stylish this season in this classic tweed trilby, perfect for when your little man wants to look just like his Grandpa. A matching waistcoat (£20) and flat cap (£13.50) in a range of colours is also available

The Great Storm, 25 Years On

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

The Great Storm, 25 Years On

“Don’t worry there won’t be a hurricane but we will have strong winds”, were the words that weatherman Michael Fish famously broadcasted 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 only predicted 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 also inevitably impacted on businesses, some companies were bought to financial ruin whilst it created new opportunities for others.

Landscapes were destroyed as trees had fallen like matchsticks across the town. Six of the seven well-known oaks on the Vine Cricket Ground had been demolished. 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 7th. 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 Parks landscape for the future.”

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