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What’s in here this month? Ashtead Residents’ Association

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Polesden painting gets priestly approval

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Children’s Page

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Win tickets to ‘Thank you for the Music’

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Recipe - 5 spice chicken with soy & honey

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A tale of three deer

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Local History Article

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Leatherhead theatre

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Discover the secrets of life at Polesden

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Surrey Hills Onward Learning

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Louise White - Business/Life Coach

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News from Ashtead Youth Centre

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January’s crosswords solutions

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Winter wellness, part 1

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What’s on? Pages 70-73

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Secret Love - a story

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Improving services for local people

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Quiz - Reality Television

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Gardening - Crocuses

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Imprisoned for unpaid Council tax

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MV Police - New Year message

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Arts Alive - a big success

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MV Police - staff moves

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Give a cat a home - Cats Protection

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Hints for a more fuel efficient home

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Local Rotary Club says thank you

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February’s crosswords

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Andy’s Blog

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National Children’s Orchestra

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‘Is your baby the cutest?’ competition

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Transition Ashtead

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Meredith’s Memories

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Book reviews

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Quick crossword

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Useful numbers

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From the Publisher

2011

is now well underway and I hope it’s going to be a good one for us all. One of my best Christmas gifts was a telescope from my partner Matthew. Sadly, as I go to print we have only had one or two clear nights where we have been able to get out in the garden and see anything other than clouds! The telescope was given to me as a result of the Astronomy course that I started last September. My interest in the universe started on my first visit to the London Planetarium in Marylebone Road on a school field trip when I was eight years old and it has fascinated me ever since. These days the London Planetarium is based at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich which holds many public events throughout the year. As well as planetarium shows there is also an opportunity to gaze at the moon, planets and stars through their telescope, the largest of its kind in the UK and the seventh largest in the world. If you are interested in visiting the observatory and planetarium in Greenwich, why not go on to their website, www.nmm.ac.uk, it’s full of interesting facts and you can buy tickets online to their events. There are also many astronomical societies dotted around the UK, some of our nearest are Farnham, Guildford, Croydon, Orpington and East Sussex (Bexhill). I was delighted to be invited by Denbies, once again, to judge their annual Bacchus Award but at the time of going to print, the winner is yet to be officially announced, so I shall let you know more in the next edition. Abba tribute band ‘Thank you for the music’ is appearing at the Leatherhead Theatre on Thursday 24th February and I have a pair of tickets to give away, see page 14 for more details. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Andy Newbold is running a competition to find the cutest baby in the district, all the info and entry rules can be found on page 50.

I received a really nice email from a local resident, Anna Semple, who asked whether she could give us an ‘inside view’ of the National Children’s Orchestra and I Technical & Legal stuff think she has done a really good job of explaining how Whilst every care has been taken to the Orchestra works and what’s involved behind the ensure that the data in this magazine scenes. Anna’s piece is on page 88 and I am sure it is accurate, the Publisher cannot will inspire musical youngsters to join.

accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or Flip Cargill, who organises walks around the Mole damage caused by errors or omissions Valley (see the regular events on what the what’s on resulting from negligence, accident page) has very kindly sent in a two piece article about or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2011. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

‘Winter Wellness’ and part one can be found on page 36, and it makes for an interest reading.

February is obviously the month for all the ‘loved up’ amongst us to buy cards/flowers/meals for our loved ones, so best we crack on. Does that sound too cynical? Have a ’love’ly month. Tatty bye.

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Now that the snow seems to have gone, two things have struck me driving around the Ashtead area recently. The weather has taken a heavy toll on our roads, creating more and deeper potholes than ever, and the drains in many places around the Village are once again struggling to handle even modest rainfall.

Individual County Councillors can help to ensure that cases are identified and given appropriate priority and they have modest funds to deploy at their individual discretion. An example of how this can work effectively These problems are not new. Unlike the is the remedial work completed in Overdale. unusually heavy and prolonged snowfall we Overall however individual Councillors have have experienced in the last year or two, we know that it is going to rain and we know that limited power to act. without adequate maintenance our roads and It seems to me that for many years there drains will deteriorate. has been a major hidden problem which is neither widely understood nor subject to Close to where I live there are two spots public scrutiny at either national or local where the drains simply do not work and level. Unless this changes, we must expect ponds form every time it rains, causing a further steady deterioration for the hazard for pedestrians and road users. There foreseeable future, whatever the politicians are at least two other parts of the Village with similar problems or worse. These have all may say. been reported to Surrey County Council upon numerous occasions over a protracted period. Could Surrey have deployed its resources more effectively in the past? I think so but we Action has been lamentably slow and are where we are and that is not the ineffective. fundamental issue. The time for effective corrective action cannot be now, given the “Disgraceful!” “Somebody should do poor state of public finances. Perhaps this is something about it!” “Why do we pay however the ideal time for a fundamental reCouncil Tax?” are understandable reactions think of the quality of infrastructure we in my opinion. expect in the future and what we are So what can be done? In the short term the prepared to pay. answer seems to be “not much”. Surrey In the meantime, as an Association we will County Council has primary responsibility for these services, although some drainage issues continue to report problems and monitor are complicated by responsibility being shared planned actions. If you have a “wet spot” near to where you live, please let us know. with Thames Water. Similar problems are widespread throughout Surrey, the budget Unfortunately I do not expect the ponds which allocated to Highways has been woefully frequently appear near to my home to inadequate for many years and is now being disappear any time soon. Looking on the cut yet again. bright side however, perhaps they work together with the numerous potholes as an Surrey operates a system of recording problems (euphemistically referred to as “wet inexpensive “traffic calming measure”. I am also looking forward to the arrival of ducks! spots”) and prioritizing their resolution. Action is therefore dependent upon problems being reported, analysed, allocated a priority Paul Le Versha and funds being available. As a result of lack Chairman of funds many known problems have been 8


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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION About fifteen years ago I was shown round Seeability. This tour included the padded rooms where the most desperate inmates were housed. These poor souls were totally blind and deaf, so that communication with them was almost impossible. They were intelligent souls but totally imprisoned within their own bodies. But what shocked me most of all was that their care was entirely paid for by charity. So why could the NHS not cover the care costs? Indeed how far should we take the idea of voluntary giving as against state funding? Living in a typical residential road, I have usually cleared the snow outside my front fence – not this year as I was in Australia when the snow fell! Together with my nextdoor neighbour we take it in turns to cut the grass verge. But many people consider that they pay the Council to maintain the roads, and verge cutting is their responsibility. So what is the Big Society? Is it just a scheme to use unpaid volunteers instead of council employees for community services? Or is it an opportunity for us to come to together for the improvement of our neighbourhood? The Residents’ Associations are about to meet with MVDC officers to discuss how we might work together in the delivery of services under the expanded authority of the Council.

In some respects this is an extension of some of the Council’s services such as Dial-a-Ride which uses volunteer drivers. But perhaps we should think of it as working together to help our neighbours improve the environment in which we live. Following the ‘Health Checks’ which involved a small number of volunteers, the Leatherhead Area Partnership Ltd. was established to turn ideas into reality. As a limited company this organisation was able to access funds which were not available to Councils. Without listing the successes and problems of the company, it is still there as a vehicle for the betterment of the Town and its environs. There is therefore an opportunity to realise community schemes in which our local residents can participate with local businesses, under the authority of the council (whose powers are to be enhanced by Central Government) to make our Town a better place to live and to do business. It follows that the Residents’ Associations should have a full role to play in representing and co-ordinating the wishes of those who live in and around the Town. By working together we can do more for those who need a helping hand.

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News from Ashtead Youth Centre The Youth Centre continues to be busy though thankfully it is less hectic over the winter months. We have our regular sessions running in the centre and in local schools plus support for individual young people. We have recently had quite a large group of young people get to 18 years old, and although we miss having people around (we build a very strong bond with people over the years) – we do have to let them go and encourage them to find other things to do. Everyone that moves on knows that if they ever really need us we are still here for them, and many do pop in from Louise working at the Orphanage time to time to keep in touch. Some have summer which I thought was an amazing showed an interest in helping us by becoming experience of many highs and a few lows. volunteers. The highs included meeting and working with We are currently planning for the next year, we the local children in their school and in an have the full Duke of Edinburgh’s Award orphanage. Children have much in common returning to the Centre led by Gary Nash (ACCT wherever you go, but what really struck us was Worker), and we have already secured funding how they make so much out of so little. Another for the Karting and part funding for the Summer fun memory was on one of our few days off Adventure Week which are both very popular where we found a karaoke place and let off opportunities. steam by singing terrible tunes late into the night. The next twelve months will be interesting as Surrey County Council is changing the way it The lows included many of us getting pretty ill runs its Youth Centres which are likely to at some point – the legendary “delhi belly” and become more locally managed. The devil is in sheer exhaustion, I also had a brief visit to the the detail which we have not yet seen, but I am local hospital after slipping over and bruising confident that we have considerable support in my back. the community from young people, parents, Something that has really stuck with me was Councillor Chris Townsend, Ashtead Churches the inequality between men and women there, Community Trust, Ashtead Rotary and the it became clear that in some places men were Residents’ Association to name but a few, and seen as more important. This was particularly between us I think we can make sure that the the case when we visited a women’s shelter and centre will continue to thrive, maintain the talked with the ladies that run it. They consistency we have delivered over the years explained that many of the women who ended and remain a reliable service that challenges, up there had been assaulted and then not nurtures, and develops the potential of believed and outcast by their families and Ashtead’s young people. communities, they had to stay at the shelter to Richard Leary have their babies and were then helped to Youth Leader in Charge make a living and look after their children. 01372 276912 – richard.leary@surreycc.gov.uk In our country you have a pretty good chance of justice, the people we spoke to have very little What members think about chance of any justice at all.” life at the Youth Centre “My name is Louise Hickmott, I am 16 years old and I have been coming to the Youth Centre for about a year.

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Ruth had been suspicious for a couple of weeks. The signs were all too evident. The improvement in personal hygiene and lingering aroma of aftershave gave him away. The covert text messages and rising blushes were conclusive proof. Should she confront him, subtly question him or ignore the signs completely? She had never experienced this before. Her friends advised her to ignore it. This wouldn't be the first time and her interference would only cause embarrassment. He would tell her if he wanted to. She should simply let it run its course and be there to pick up the pieces when it was all over.

On Valentine's Day, Ruth and Sam exchanged cards as usual. When the post arrived there was a red envelope, addressed to Ben. Ruth was overcome with excitement. She took it up to his room and leaned the card against his computer. He couldn't miss it there. This Elizabeth girl was definitely keen on him. She desperately hoped he had reciprocated. She couldn't bear the thought of a heartbroken girl waiting for a card from her insensitive son. She had a sudden flashback to herself as a thirteen year old, clinging to the misguided hope that the Valentine card from Harry Field had simply been delayed in the post.

The battle with her curiosity was overwhelming and it was a battle Ruth knew she would lose. Her first born child had a girlfriend. How could she not say something? Ruth discovered the name by accident. She was in Ben's room and decided to 'dust' his desk. It was a perfectly justifiable act as there was a definite film of grime over the surface. As she flicked the duster around, she happened to flick over a pad of paper. One word was written in the corner. 'Elizabeth'. This was her first clue.

That evening, she didn't say a word. Ben went to his room and came down for tea as usual. Nothing was said. No acknowledgement was made. Ruth couldn't bear it any longer and followed him up to his room. "Was the card from Elizabeth?" She asked casually. He was genuinely taken aback. "Elizabeth? Who's Elizabeth?"

Her next objective was easy. In September, the school sent contact details for the year group. Ruth went through the names, narrowing down her search to 'Elizabeths', 'Beths', 'Lizzies' and 'Libbys'. There were six on the list.

"Darling, it's alright. I do know... Mothers have a sixth sense about these things..." "What planet are you on Mum? Who the hell is Elizabeth?"

Her next objective would take guile and strategy. She would cross examine any possible witnesses. Daniel and Sarah might have seen something but she had to tread carefully as any false move could prove disastrous. When Ben was out at football training, she idly dropped hints into the conversation but her younger two children just gave her a bored look when she mentioned Valentine's Day and ignored her subtle references to 'special friends'. Daniel's only response was to put his finger down his throat and pretend to throw up.

"Elizabeth is your girlfriend isn't she? It's fine. I'm very happy for you. Was it a nice card?" "Mum, my girlfriend is called Becky. Becky sent me a Valentine. Before you ask, I sent her one too and yes, we have kissed and yes, I like her! Can we shut up about it now!" "Of course, darling, I'm sorry. I didn't want to invade your privacy." "Who the hell is Elizabeth?" He asked again. "I saw it on your notepad. I wasn't snooping, I promise..."

She would have to take direct action. She waited until Ben was on his own and casually mentioned that she would be going into Epsom at the weekend to buy a Valentine card for Sam. Did Ben want to come with her to do some shopping? The response was negative. She had a passing acquaintance with three mothers of 'Elizabeths' on the contact list and rang each one for a 'chat'. She subtly tried to ascertain the level of friendship between her son and their daughters but all she gained from the conversations were three dates in her diary to 'get together for coffee'. She didn't know the remaining three mothers on the list and couldn't

Ben looked at the pad on his desk and burst out laughing. "That's classic, Mum... Those are my English notes. We're doing 'Pride and Prejudice'. Did you really think I was going out with Elizabeth Bennett?!"

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Resident Imprisoned for Unpaid Council Tax In December at Redhill Magistrates’ Court Mr David Bark of Chart Lane in Dorking was found guilty of the offence of failing to pay council tax and additional costs totalling £2,518.09 to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). In accordance with the relevant legislation, MVDC sent Mr Bark bills, reminders, final notices, summonses and an attachment of earnings order, the failure of which resulted in visits from the bailiff. In addition to these formal notices and actions Mr Bark received numerous other letters and went to the Council offices on a number of occasions to speak with officers to discuss the matter. As Mr Bark still refused to pay his council tax, as a last resort MVDC issued a committal summons for him to attend court. As he ignored this, a warrant of arrest was issued. Mr Bark appeared before District Judge Hine and was found guilty of “wilful refusal” to pay the money he owed. The judge sentenced him to 28 days in prison. Councillor Ben Tatham, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Assets, said: “Mole Valley District Council only takes committal action such as this as a last resort. If council tax is not paid, we will take all available steps to recover the money due. Unpaid council tax ultimately results in higher bills for all those who do pay; therefore the Council will always make every effort to ensure that outstanding debts are paid in full. “The Council is committed to providing the best service possible to residents. In cases such as this, where our ability to fulfil this commitment is compromised, we will always take action.”

Saffron Massage Service Susi Ezzard became interested in massage last year and has since then gained an ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage and is a professional member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (MFHT) and started her own business - Saffron Massage Service - and, although early days, this is already proving a great success. Susi says that, although massage cannot cure certain ailments, it can help provide an overall sense of wellbeing to those suffering from conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis and tension brought on by stress. There are two parts to the Saffron business, firstly, there is a comfortable and wellequipped treatment room within Energie Fitness Centre in Epsom and, secondly, Susi provides a mobile service, where she can visit the client in the comfort of their own home. During the first visit, there is a 10 minute free consultation in order to ascertain the client’s lifestyle and ensure that the treatment is tailor made to their needs. Susi is also keen to give important aftercare advice which will benefit the effects of the massage. Saffron is offering 10% off the your first treatment, so be sure to book early...

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Arts Alive 2010 A Big Success Figures just in from Mole Valley’s fourteenth annual Arts Alive Festival show that it was a huge success, with thousands of people from across Surrey getting involved. The 2010 festival held last October involved 120 events organised by local arts groups and artists. Every art form featured in the festival, with art exhibitions, live music spanning the genres, dance classes, poetry readings and much more taking place. Over 1,000 people took part in the festival, which is now the largest annual community arts festival in the District, either by performing or exhibiting. Over 18,000 people attended at least one Arts Alive event. This is more than in 2009, proving that Arts Alive is becoming more and more popular. People came from across Surrey and beyond to watch or take part in the events. Over 500 children and young people visited the festival, and enjoyed taking part in a range of activities. These included creative workshops such as the popular Family Jungle Drawing workshop, in which people drew jungle plants and animals with the help of local professional artists. Well-known actress, singer and entertainer Anita Harris, who was the 2010 festival patron, also enjoyed getting involved. She went to a number of events, including “The Brass Spectacular”. During this event Mole Valley Silver Band and Regent Brass performed exciting marches, brass band classics and popular tunes. This was just one of the many Arts Alive events held at Dorking Halls. Councillor Vivienne Michael, Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing and Customer Service, said: “What good news! I’m thrilled that Arts Alive 2010 was such as success, and that so many people got involved. The Council is proud to have been able to work with its communities and partner organisations on such a fantastic event. I can’t wait until Arts Alive 2011!”

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Are you looking for a new start and a new year feeling emotionally and psychologically happier? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could be the answer.

Local Rotary Club says 'thank you' for Christmas donations

Why choose CBT? CBT is proven in research to be the most successful form of therapy and is recommended in the NICE guidelines. It is normally a short term therapy of about 6-12 sessions.

The photo below shows Leatherhead Rotarians Juliet Beckwith and Heather Hunt collecting outside Lidl in Leatherhead.

It can help you to deal with any issues you are currently facing, and also gives you a tool to overcome any emotional or psychological struggles that you might face in the future.

The Rotary Club of Leatherhead would like to thank everyone who so generously donated to their recent Christmas collections outside Lidl and Tesco in Leatherhead.

It’s easy to understand and helps you to recognise the connections between your thoughts and your emotions, and how they can create emotional turmoil. What is CBT all about? CBT is an active therapy which works with you to help you identify your perceptions, beliefs and ways of thinking, help you recognise where these thoughts are having a negative impact on your life, and helps you challenge them by developing a healthier and more realistic mindset. CBT can help you with issues such as bereavement, alcohol dependency, depression, anxiety, self esteem, phobias, OCD, relationship issues, stress management and any other emotional problems.

Altogether a total of over £700 was collected, which will be used throughout the coming year to support local charities and voluntary organisations. The Rotary Club of Leatherhead meets at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964.

Where can I go for CBT? Changing Minds is a local counselling service in Epsom which specialises in CBT and face to face and telephone sessions. I am Alison Pryor, the founder, and I have worked with CBT for over ten years because I find it very successful for helping clients with almost all types of emotional issues. What do Clients of CBT Say? “I have never thought about my problems in this way and it has helped me with all sorts of other areas in my life” “It has made everything so much clearer, I now understand why I felt so anxious all the time and couldn’t control it”

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Meredith’s Memories Meredith - Heating Engineer CUC - were helpful with information. The CUC had a list of accredited installers who were given a lapel badge.

Since my last episode in ‘The Local’ four and a half years have passed in my story. I have just made my exit from a test trip as an Instrument Repairer in a Dakota aircraft in the RAF at Cawnpore in India. A message was waiting for me that I was detailed for demobilisation under Class B. This was early release for those most urgently needed back in civvy street. The great majority of servicemen were desperately impatient to get back home.

In the days after the war, back with the family firm, I was looking for the way forward. My days as an Instrument Repairer in the RAF had taught me a few useful things about hydraulics, water pressure, water temperature and electricity and these thoughts led me to considering the opportunities in the field of central heating.

The plumbing world was astonishingly changing, with the introduction of copper and plastic for domestic water pipes. As a consequence impetus was given to the installation of central heating in ordinary homes. Initially the idea of hot water pipes had been used for churches and public halls and then a few large houses in the later years of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Then in a short period of time after the Second World War there was a sudden awareness of the opportunity of central heating in the homes of a large proportion of home owners. The small bore system was one of the vital innovations in home heating which enables a smaller amount of water to do the job more quickly by being pumped around the system.

At that time when Linden House was demolished and the site was awaiting the development of Linden Court, a trade fair was held on the vacant site and one of the stalls was run by BCURA with one of the earliest displays of small bore heating. These two factors, alongside information which was becoming available at that time to anyone interested spurred me on to have a go in this interesting and challenging field. I went on several courses which were helpful and informative, provided by companies such as Potterton (gas) and Watts. I went to Lydney in Gloucester where Watts were based and had arranged a course. They made a range of boilers which were fired by anthracite grains automatically fed from a hopper in the top of the boiler. In the 1950s our Company were converting a large property in Ashtead into five flats and we installed a replacement boiler Watts into the existing gravity system with some modifications to serve the five flats.

There was lively competition for the choice of fuel to fire the boiler at the heart of the system coal, gas or oil. Potterton had been making cast iron boilers for gas for many years for gravity systems; coal-fired boilers were also in general use for large systems; oil was newer to central heating but eager to be involved. Lots of associated accessories were needed such as pumps, thermostats, radiators, programmers and valves. The boiler manufacturers were running training courses on installations and calculations. The British Coal Utilisation Research Association - BCURA - had offices in Leatherhead, and the Coal Utilisation Council -

And so it came to pass that Meredith became the Heating Engineer. There is no space for the rest of the story. I did have the satisfaction of installing one of the earliest small bore systems in Ashtead and installations fired by gas, oil and coal. It was an interesting and satisfying occupation and still left me time to fit in the occasional decorating job which I have always enjoyed doing. What next? Meredith Retirement? Who knows...

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Polesden painting gets priestly approval If you thought snow at the end of November was unusual, imagine seeing it fall in Rome in August! Apparently that’s what happened in the year 358, when a snowfall covered the Esquilino Hill in Rome, and what is more it fell in the shape of a church! That church became the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four main papal basilicas, and one of the city’s major tourist attractions. The scene, of falling snow in the shape of a church, was captured in a painting now on display at Polesden Lacey. It is thought to be by one of the leading painters of the Umbrian school, Pietro Perugino (c.1450-1523), whose most famous pupil was Raphael. Mrs Greville, owner of Polesden Lacey from 1907 until her death in 1942, was a shrewd and committed art collector and her collection contains many other important works which can be viewed when the house is open (Nov – Feb as part of guided weekend tours only). One Polesden Lacey volunteer, Mr Christopher Bishop, recently contacted the Archpriest of the Basilica informing him of the painting’s location and inviting him to come and view it. 55


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We have some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mole River, various ponds around the area and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex. For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Eric) on 01372 377654, or visit: www.leatherheadangling.co.uk

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Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Spread the five-spice paste over the skin of each chicken fillet and place in a foil-lined roasting tin. Drizzle over the oil and roast for 30-35 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the spice coated skin is lightly charred.

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Remove the chicken from the tin and cover and keep warm. Pour any juices from the roasting tin into a small pan and add the soy sauce and honey. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 4-5 mins until slightly thickened, Stir in the sweet chilli sauce.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 24

The Original Club House – Alf Perry Leatherhead Golf Club - Kingston Road - Leatherhead

Woodbridge Corner c: 1905 Showing a view of the Club House

Club House & Shop c: 1960s

The Course was originally laid out in 1903, at which date the Club was known as the Surrey Golf Club. The Club House was a conspicuous landmark when approached from the south as the main road forks to Esher on the left and to Kingston on the right. In 1938 the course underwent considerable alterations. Before the Second World War the club had a claim to fame as being the home course of Alf Perry born 1904. He worked as a club professional, and won the 1935 Open Championship at Muirfield. He retired from his post at Leatherhead in 1972, and died two years later. Perry was a member of the Great Britain Ryder Cup team in 1933, 1935 and 1937. During the Second World War a small part of the course had temporarily to be given up when on the 6th September 1940 a bomb wrought havoc on the 18th Green and Club House. Alfred Perry 1935 With the building of the M25 the old club house had to be demolished and a new one built further in on the course. To this day its ancient oak trees line the fairways whilst the greens which are well guarded and subtly contoured are regarded as being amongst the best in Surrey.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: staff@lheadmuseum.plus.com Website: www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk 62


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WHAT’S GOING ON IN FEBRUARY? Saturday 5th

Dorking Halls at 7.30 pm. Sacconi String Quartet: Hugo Wolf - Italian Serenade / Smetana - Quartet No.1, From My Life / Beethoven - Quartet op.59 no.1, Rasumovsky. Tickets £18 (students £9, children under 16 accompanied by an adult £4.50) from 01306 740619 and Dorking Halls box office 01306 881717 or on line at www.dorkinghalls.co.uk.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th

Valentine’s Weekend Celebrations ‘Wine & Chocolate Tasting Tours’. A marriage made in heaven, sparkling wine and fine chocolate. £14 pp. Denbies Wine Estate. 01306 876616, www.denbies.co.uk, events@denbiesvineyard.co.uk

Friday 18th

Lecture 'Guildford Past and Present' by Phillip Hutchinson Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street) coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm entrance £1 all welcome. Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Saturday 19th

Dorking Halls at 7.30 pm. Sacconi String Quartet: Suk - Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn / Dvorak - Quartet in F major The American / Beethoven - Quartet op.59 no.2, Rasumovsky. Tickets as for 5th February.

Saturday 19th

A talk about the life of author Flora Thompson after Lark Rise to Candleford. 3pm4pm. Christian Centre, Church St, Dorking, RH4 1DW. Tickets £6 (in advance or on the door). 01372 841125. www.familyline.org.uk.

Wednesday 23rd

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‘Elmer’ party at Leatherhead Library 2.30-3.30pm. Come along to Leatherhead library and enjoy stories, activities and an appearance by Elmer the elephant. £2 per child (age 3+), must be accompanied by an adult. email libraries@surreycc.gov.uk or tel 01483 543599 ‘Gloriumptious Roald Dahl’ workshop at Ashtead library, 11am-12.45pm. Polish up your writing skills at this fun workshop, explore the popular stories of Fantastic Mr Fox and George's marvellous medicine. A must for Roald Dahl fans! £2 per child (age 7+), must be accompanied by an adult. Contact details as above.

Saturday 26th

Mid-Surrey mencap's Jumble Sale at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead . 11am-1pm. Admission 30p Refreshments.

FRIDAY 4TH MARCH

Motor Neurone Disease Assoc ‘Barn Dance’. 7pm. St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. £15 inc hot supper, bring your own drinks. 07753 821964

GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. For more routes and info contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, or e: richardj@acsurrey.org.uk

February Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Wednesday 9th

Denbies : 4½ mls Walk through the vineyard to North Downs Way, on to Ranmore with good views. A climb at the start of the walk. Refreshments at Denbies. Meet 10:15am (10:30am start) in Denbies Vineyard car park. Off A24, north of Dorking. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA / Dorking station

Friday 25th

Burford Bridge : 7½-8 mls Circuit walk through Norbury Pk to Polesden Lacey and back. Late pub lunch in Mickleham. Meet 10am (10.15am start) in car park by Burford Bridge roundabout. Off A24, north of Dorking. TQ171519 / RH5 6BX / Boxhill & Westhumble station

February Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Wednesday 2nd

Ockham Common : Easy : 12 mls A ride across Ockham Common visiting Wisley aerodrome & the River Wey. Meet at The Cricketers, Downside Common, Cobham. From A3 take the A245 through Cobham then turn right onto Downside Bridge Road. The Cricketers - TQ108582 / KT11 3NX

Friday 25th

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN FEBRUARY? REGULAR MONTHLY EVENTS Wednesday 2nd

Ashtead WI talks. ‘Get Ahead and Get A Hat’ Mrs Mary Reily. 7.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Sandra Brown 01372 276736, visitors welcome.

Wednesday 2nd

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group. Sue Aston ‘Barking Mad’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group Wednesday welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play 2nd (weekly) or chat. New families welcome - just turn up. (23rd - Half term break) Thurs 3rd, Tues 8th or Fri 11th

Works by the 16thc artist, Jan Gossaert, are to be exhibited in the National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing. If you want to know more about the Northern Renaissance & the life & times of this artist phone 01372 272235 or visit www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk for more information. Cost £10 (inc refreshments).

GO50 Leatherhead Health Walk. Meet 10.15am for 10.30am start at Leatherhead Thursday 3rd Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. Walk will last for about 1½ hours and cover 2-3 miles. (weekly) Richard Jeffries, Age UK Surrey, 01483 534706, richardj@acsurrey.org.uk Thursday 3rd Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, (weekly) Doris Gibson 01372 374160. Thursday 3rd Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham (mthly) Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2.50 Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844 Day Centre Luncheon Club, arrive 10.30-11am, lunch served at 12.30pm, £3.50 per Thursday 3rd visit. Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Some vacancies currently exist. (weekly) More info from Mary Fenton Jones 01372 276042 Friday 4th (weekly) Friday 4th (weekly) Friday 4th (weekly) Friday 4th (weekly) Sunday 6th (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Full range of haberdashery in stock. Order service also available. Get sewing and crafting for spring and Easter! Beautiful greetings cards from just 90p each. 10.30am - 11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with a welcome cup of coffee or tea. 10am-12pm. The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now featuring haberdashery (fabric, ribbons, stickers) and beautiful greetings cards. Coffee morning serving home made cheese and fruit scones. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in the 1980’s to raise funds for APMH maintenance and provide a friendly venue for people to meet friends, new visitors always welcome. Leatherhead Parish Church, Church Road, welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Contemporary Service with Band and children's group 11.15am Parish Communion with Choir.

Friday 11th

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am - 12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free entry. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac and much more.

February Walks Sat 12th Sat 19th Sat 26th

Winter walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. 1-2 hours, 2-4 miles, dependent on weather. Donation to charities. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on www.livewellnaturally.co.uk Sat 12th 10.30 am Top of Woodlands Rd Effingham Sat 19th 10.30 am Denbies car park Sat 26th 10.30 am Burford Bridge, Rykas car park

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Improving Local Services for Local People Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council have embarked on a series of ambitious projects to further improve local services available for local people. As part of the wider Surrey Strategic Partnership, these projects will test how both councils can best work together with fewer resources, reduce duplication of effort and most importantly deliver services that local people in Mole Valley want and need. It is intended that what is learnt from these projects can be not only be used in Mole Valley but will provide positive examples to be applied elsewhere in Surrey.

council’s local committee, said: “This is a challenging series of projects but it is right and proper that as councillors we ensure that your Council Tax is spent in the most effective way. If we can do that by ensuring local needs are met and can be better met by both councils pooling resources and effort – this is the right approach for us to take”. Both councils are keen to hear from residents, businesses and organisations in Mole Valley how we can further improve effective delivery of services across the public sector – contact us at communications@molevalley.gov.uk.

There are several projects underway, with some focussing on services and others concentrating on the way the two councils work together. These projects are: • looking at how best to use the property that both councils own and manage for the benefit of local people • looking at how services for young people are provided. There are two projects, one focussing on how youth services are provided and how we can best work with the voluntary sector to ensure our young people can find the services they need. The second has a focus on how both councils could work better with schools to jointly plan for additional services that our schools could provide. • trying to co-ordinate highway works and street cleaning so there is minimal disruption for all residents and visitors to our area • looking at how we can co-ordinate funding received as part of planning applications to ensure it is spent in the most useful and effective way • aiming to ensure that the Mole Valley Community Partnership is as effective as possible in bringing together work from both councils for the benefit of Mole Valley. Clare Curran who is a Councillor for Mole Valley District Council and for Surrey County Council, and Chairman of the county 74

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The styles of the autumnflowering Crocus sativus believe it or not - provide the culinary spice and yellow dye that we know as saffron. It seems remarkable now that saffron was once commercially grown and harvested in this country; indeed, it was so important to the prosperity of one part of Essex that there is a town named after it – Saffron Walden. It would be nice to think that such a benign industry could be resurrected, especially rocuses, like Hamlet’s sorrows, come not since saffron is the most expensive spice you as single spies, but in battalions. And can buy, but the summers would have to get a stealthy battalions at that. One day, there is bit hotter and winters appreciably colder no sign of them, while the next they have before it was viable again. And I rather doubt popped up everywhere. Anyone who walks you could get people to pick the flowers. It across a public park daily to get to work and would be back-breaking work, which we suddenly, one morning, comes across a would not appreciate; after all, it takes veritable carpet of plump Dutch crocuses, 100,000 flowers to make just a kilo of dried purple and yellow, will know what I mean. culinary saffron and the harvest has to be That jack-in-the-box character is only done very quickly. Crocus sativus is grown for part of the fascination that crocuses have to profit in central Spain, Iran, Greece and offer us. For me, their appeal lies as much in Kashmir and has been cultivated for more the way they open their petals out when the than 3,000 years. As well as its culinary use, sun warms them as in their colours. It may be it is a textile dye and also in the past was also a no-nonsense bio-chemical reaction to used in medicine. Indeed, there is some sunlight, but it is still reminds me of the way I recent evidence that it has anti-cancer feel like stretching my arms out to enjoy the properties. February sunshine, so it always makes me What really tickles me about the crocus is smile. that it is one of the few plants which can Nor is that all, for the styles (that is, correct my shortcomings as a gardener. It has stigmas and stalks inside the flowers) exhibit the capacity to draw itself down to the right an intriguing variety of form, depending on place in the soil, using what are called the kind of crocus it is. I really enjoy going ‘contractile’ roots. So even if I get the round the garden on a sunny day, peering into planting depth wrong, the crocus ends up in crocus flowers to observe the branching of the right place in the end. Indeed, I really the golden or red styles. In fact, this is one don’t see how further evolution could possibly way that botanists identify different species. improve on the crocus. Except perhaps to The styles of the well-known spring-flowering make the bulbs taste unpleasant to mice and Crocus chrysanthus, for example, are orangesquirrels. Yes, and make the flowers more red and divided into three, while those of weatherproof in February, provided it did not Crocus sieberi are fringed. The styles of detract from their unique beauty. Crocus imperati are so divided that they look © Ursula Buchan, 2010 like masses of fine orange threads.

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN New Year Message from Mole Valley Police items of value with them when leaving their car unattended. Also, before your journey it is worth considering if you actually need all the items that you normally keep in your car (laptop, camera, expensive tools etc). It’s worth considering leaving the glove compartment open and the boot shelf removed, to show clearly that nothing of value is in the car. This may well help prevent your vehicle from being targeted.

Every year, we receive reports relating to thieves targeting cars left unattended and parked in beauty spots, of which there are many across Mole Valley. Police carry out regular patrols at beauty spots and, whenever possible, we speak to vehicle owners and advise them about not leaving any items of value in their cars. When we do not get to speak with the vehicle owner but can see valuables clearly on view, we take the vehicle details and write to the owner to advise them of our concerns. In a single weekend recently, officers recorded details of nearly 50 vehicles which had been left with valuables clearly on display and, in some cases; the cars were not even locked!

When choosing a parking space, try to park in the most openly visible location and not tucked away out of easy view. It is these locations that will enable a thief to try car doors or even break in with less chance of being seen whilst doing so. A locked vehicle may not prevent it being targeted but an opportunist thief will normally pick a vehicle that is unlocked and when items of value are on view. Please don’t make it easy for thieves.

Normally, this problem tends to occur throughout the summer months but recently we have seen vehicles being targeted over the winter and into this year. Smaller items, such as handbags and purses are being taken and you can imagine the inconvenience and distress this type of theft can cause.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator clarke13363@surrey.pnn.police.uk

A thief can gain entry to a vehicle very quickly and they know the most commonly used places where people leave items of value within the vehicle. These include the glove compartment, under the driver’s or passengers’ seat or on the rear foot well of vehicles and, of course, in the boot.

Tel: 01483 630809 To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999 Your local team can also be contacted by email to mvalley.snt@surrey.pnn.police.uk www.surrey.police.uk

The more rural parts of our county can also present easy opportunities to would be thieves, particularly if vehicles are parked in more remote locations where they cannot easily be seen by their owners or passers by. We would always advise people to take any

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Mole Valley Police - Local Staff Moves I would like to let you know that there will be some staff moves within the Mole Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team in the New Year. Continuity is very important and the officers moving have all been in their posts for several years. I have to balance continuity with individual officers wishes to develop either by taking on the challenges of a new area or towards promotion. I feel it is important to explain that these moves are not management led but are taking place in order that I can retain all three officers who are, in my view excellent NSOs and assests to Mole Valley whilst satisfying some of their needs in relation to career development. PC 2188 Chris Lewis will be moving to the Leatherhead town to work alongside PC 2056 Gaynor Grout. PC 2175 Jason Woods will be moving to cover the Goodwyns, Chartdowns and North Holmwood area. PC 3239 Fran Davey will be moving to Ashtead There will be handover periods, the officers are already attending adhoc key meetings on their new areas and Fran will work alongside Jason and then Jason alongside Chris for one month. It is anticipated that the moves will be completed by March 2011. Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator - Mole Valley Leatherhead Police Station 44 Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7BN Email: clarke13363@surrey.pnn.police.uk Tel: 01483 630809 80


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Hints for a more fuel efficient home

t the time of writing January temperatures of a warm 14°C are forecast, which might lull us into a false sense of security. December, with an average temperature of -1°C was the coldest December since records began, so what can we do to lower our fuel consumption and, hopefully, our bills. Simple remedies such as lowering the thermostat 1°C will help. I keep mine at 19°C for my lounge. Anyone feeling chilly can always put on a sweater. Resident teenagers might complain, but you could focus their attention by telling them you will take the extra cost of heating the house to tropical temperatures out of any pocket money they get.

loft insulation at a subsidised price. This made my loft space much colder so I ensured I had adequate pipe insulation so nothing froze. Most DIY stores sell pipe insulation and it is something even a novice DIYer can do. Finally, your boiler. By keeping this regularly serviced, your boiler will burn fuel more efficiently. Modern gas boilers are far more efficient than they used to be with many having a burn efficiency of 97% compared with 75% or less for older models. If your boiler is old, then replacing it might be a good long term investment. If you know an elderly person living on their own, do the neighbourly thing and see if they would like your help to insulate their home.

DIY stores have various draft proofing remedies and fitting this to external doors will stop annoying cold drafts and save you money. Thermostatic radiator valves help Here’s to a fuel efficient 2011. regulate individual room temperatures and placing reflective insulation behind The Happy Householder radiators on outside walls reflects most of the heat back into the room, giving you the benefit, not the outside wall. Tucking curtains behind radiators stops the heat rising up behind them. Heat disappears out of windows so keeping the curtains and blinds of bedrooms drawn all the time, and internal doors closed, helps stop heat loss. Later in the year you might decide to re-decorate so consider investing in interlined curtains, which go a long way to insulate a room. Thermal loose linings will also help. Replacing single glazed windows with double glazing will reduce heat loss drastically, but is expensive. However, if I were buying a house, double glazing would certainly be something I would look for.

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National Children’s Orchestra - an ‘insider’s’ view My life changed with an audition in 2007 at Ashtead Memorial Hall (until recently the rehearsal venue for the South-easterlies regional orchestra) for the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO). Then I was nine and the viola was a hobby, now I am thirteen and the viola is the centre of much of my life. The NCO was founded by Vivienne Price, who went to school at Roseberry, in 1978. It gives children aged 7-13 the chance to create breathtaking music at residential courses and at optional regional rehearsals. Due to its enormous size, the NCO is split into five age-banded orchestras: the Training (7-10), Under 11 and Under 12 orchestras meet for an eightday summer course, ending with a concert for family and friends; and the Under 13 and Main orchestras meet for two nine-day courses in spring and summer, finishing with a public concert at fantastic venues like Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Brighton Dome; as well as a nonresidential course in London with a public winter concert normally held at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

of my best friends, had some of the most memorable times and played some of the greatest music. I’m ecstatic to be part of the 2011 Main orchestra. The NCO has given me, along with hundreds of other Playing at the ‘Big Give’ in children, Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly unforgettable opportunities. Last year I was chosen to play as part of the NCO’s Sinfonietta at the Foundling Museum, London; and just last December I played at the Big Give Charity Ball, helping raise £40,000 for NCO which was then doubled!

At thirteen, this is my last year with the NCO. I hope through writing this, I have shown how wonderful the organisation is and what it offers to each and every child who successfully auditions and even those who are unsuccessful, and how the orchestra is a priceless and precious part I consider myself a conventional teenager – of our lives and deserves to be well-known I like to go out with friends, go on the all over the country. computer and watch TV, but ever since Anna Semple gaining a place in Training Orchestra, the For more information go to NCO has formed part of my life that I could not live without. I have made some www.nco.org.uk or call 01934 418855 From L to R, Director of Music, Roger Clarkson, my brother Alexander, who is in Training Orchestra, and the founder, Vivienne Price.

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

The new 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste not, want not; Haste makes waste; Wilful waste brings woeful want; The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity. Are these quotes familiar? They have been around for ages but they are beginning to take on a new meaning as we get to grips with using the worlds resources in a more sustainable manner. We live in a finite world of finite resources and there are a lot of us (6 billion and rising…) so we need to do a bit if global budgeting of life’s necessities - things like water, food, energy, minerals. Share around what there is on the planet and not waste what we’ve got. It’s as easy as ABC really – the new 3 Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle. Reduce This is the greenest option - just cut down a bit on buying stuff. Do you need to replace the car/fridge/carpet/mobile NOW? What would happen if you postponed it for a few weeks or months? Or didn’t replace it till it stopped working? I’ve noticed that the buzz of having something new is very temporary but the cost to the global budget lasts a lot longer…How about sharing tools and household items rather than buying your own – does every household need it’s own hedge-trimmer/step ladder/wood-chipper/ DIY gizmo? Could you set up a Tool Pool? Reuse is less green than reducing but is recycling’s greener sibling – re-using means using something in it’s current form without breaking it down into raw materials and starting again; for example, sending clothes to a charity shop, buying clothes at ditto; sending your old mobile to be used in the Third World (eg Mazuma Mobile aim to reuse over 95% of the mobile phones received in various developing markets where the cost of new mobile phones is sometimes unaffordable. http://www.mazumamobile.com/ …other mobile reusers are available) A staggering 66% of used ink cartridges and ink toners end up swelling the contents of UK landfills, that’s 15 million toner and 35 million inkjet cartridges, or 28,000 tonnes of yearly pollution - what a waste! Get them refilled!! Be inventive – use a skate board as a planter trolley, use egg boxes as seed trays, use rechargeable batteries… And lastly, Recycling Think about buying things that have easily recycled components – milk in glass bottles from the milkman, maybe; or join a campaign for less useless packaging…If you do use non-rechargeable batteries, make sure they are recycled. The EU Batteries Directive aims to reduce the impact on the environment of the manufacture, distribution, use, disposal and recovery of batteries - it sets portable battery collection targets of 25% by 2012 rising to 45% by September 2016. (Good for the EU, not all their directives are crazy!!) With a little imagination, improving your grasp of the 3 Rs is as easy as ABC…let’s do it together! Chris Ellis

If you would like to help Transition Ashtead deliver information about the 3 R’s to our community, please get in touch, contact details below. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk Contact our Secretary Fiona on 07766 976866 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 90


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Book Reviews the claws of Stalin's merciless Ministry of State Security. So when Andrei is asked to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, he and Anna are fearful. Trapped in an impossible, maybe unwinnable game, can they avoid the whispers and watchful eyes of those who will say or do anything to save themselves? The Betrayal is a powerful and touching novel of ordinary people in the grip of a terrible and sinister regime, and a moving portrait of a love that will not be extinguished.

STOP PRESS: Recent bad weather meant that we had to cancel the book launch and signing for John Griffin’s “Love and Peace in Surrey”. This has now been rescheduled for Saturday 5th February. John will have copies of this new book of poetry and will be happy to sign them as the ideal Valentine’s Day present. So come along from 9.30am until 4pm. Go to our website www.bartonsbookshop.co.uk and follow the live link on the front page to learn more about John and his poetry. John will be donating £1.00 from the sale of each copy at this event to charity To a Mountain in Tibet Colin Thubron £16.99 A new book of travel writing from the author of “Shadow of the Silk Road”. Mount Kailas is the most sacred of the world’s mountains – holy to one fifth of humanity. Isolated beyond the central Himalayas, it is claimed by myth to be the source of the universe created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma. For centuries the mountain has been ritually circled by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.Colin Thubron joins them, after an arduous trek from Nepal, through the high passes of Tibet, to the magical lakes beneath the slopes of Kailas itself. He talks to secluded villagers and to monks in their decaying monasteries; he tells the stories of exiles and of eccentric explorers from the West. Yet there is another dimension in this book. Colin Thubron recently witnessed the death of the last of his family. He is on a pilgrimage of his own. His trek around the great mountain wakens an inner landscape of solitude, love and grief, restoring precious fragments of his own origins. The Betrayal Helen Dunmore £7.99 Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the post war, post siege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid

Treasures from the Attic Mirjam Pressler £20.00 Recently discovered letters, documents and photographs of Anne and her family including letters from her, her father's letters from Auschwitz and his poignant descriptions of searching for his family after the war and his discovery of the diaries, have been made into a family saga by Mirjam Pressler, the editor of the definitive edition of the Diary. The book, which reads like a novel, an epic, fateful, family saga, recounts the story of Anne's family both before, during and after the war. Into the Unknown Stewart Ross & Stephen Biesty £16.99 Find out how the greatest explorers in history pieced together the picture of our world in this dynamic unfolding crosssections book. Stomp Jeanne Willis & Paul Howard £10.99 Stomp! Stomp! Here comes a mini-monster - he's looking for something special . . . He crashes through the kitchen and stomps up the stairs, but he can't find that special something anywhere! Just what is the mini-monster looking for? With a bold but simple text and an adorably cheeky little monster, all children will love joining in the search. Barton’s Bookshop, 2 Bridge St, Leatherhead 01372 362988 Email: sales@bartonsbookshop.co.uk

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Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 375605 (Len Skilton) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 08456 009009 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Police Station 0845 1252222 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley Carers Support 01306 640020 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 276742 (Brian Light) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 St Helier Hospital Main switchboard 020 8296 2000 Surrey County Council 08456 009009 Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteering Centre, Leatherhead 01372 383456 Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline, calls 50p per min) 94


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