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

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MVDC - balancing the budget

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Andy’s Blog

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Wallace & Gromit’s Big Breakfast

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Leatherhead theatre

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Pictograms

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Leatherhead Lions car boot markets

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Free parking on 5th April

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Registration open for Surrey Youth Games

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Quiz - Eating Out

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Give a cat a home

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Rainbow Trust’s ‘Thunderwalk’

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Codeword

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

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What’s on in April? Pages 64-69

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Crackdown on benefits cheats

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Collect supermarket schools vouchers

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Quiz - Birthplaces

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Gardening - Slugs and Snails

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Ready for the digital switchover?

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Gardening - Forsythia

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The Birds and the bees - a story

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Potted histories

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GO50 Guided Walks/Cycle rides

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Water crisis threatens wildlife

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Appeal for road stewards in Ashtead

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Surrey connection with Titanic disaster

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Leatherhead Museum opens 29 March

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April crosswords

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April events at RHS Wisley

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Surrey Council’s Get Composting Scheme

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Simple crossword

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Flag design winner announced

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Recipe - Easter chocolate mousse cake

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Transition Ashtead

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Book reviews

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Useful numbers

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Solutions on page 80

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From the Publisher

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do love this time of year mostly because of the wonderful spring sunshine and all the new buds promising a colourful start to the gardening year and probably because my birthday happens to fall in March! It’s so nice to finally go outside with a cup of coffee and enjoy the warm spring sunshine. I don’t think we’ve had a particularly difficult winter, certainly not as bad as predicted back in October, but I do welcome the warmer weather and spending more time in the open air. I am delighted to say that the Vision 2010 project at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall has borne fruit with the opening of a new bar and the Ralli Room. These two refurbished areas were officially opened by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP in early March and you can read more on page 22. Mole Valley District Council continues its crackdown on benefits cheats and cites two recent cases on page 24. One of my pet hates are these cheats who do nothing to contribute to society but, instead, just expect the government to provide, diverting much needed funds from worthy individuals and families who are down on their luck and genuinely need help. More power to the council’s elbow I say. Just in case you haven’t heard, our area is due to become ‘digital’ in two phases, on Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 18th April, which means that we will no longer be able to receive an analogue signal through our televisions. We need to re-tune our TV's on both these dates and this Advertising isn’t as complicated as it sounds, details of how to do The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local this can be found on page 28. If it all gets too much, provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads just ask a teenager to sort it out for you - we do! cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

It has just been announced that from 5th April, Sutton & East Surrey Water (along with six other English water companies) will be introducing a hosepipe and sprinkler ban for domestic customers due to two dry winters in a Technical & Legal stuff row. Water is a precious commodity and we must all use Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine it wisely and sparingly. is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Easter Sunday falls on 8th April this year and obviously I shall be eating my own body weight in chocolate eggs, which are not fattening at all because they have a large volume of air in the middle. In any case, it would be, of course, untraditional not to indulge and I am a stickler for tradition. However you celebrate Easter, I do hope No part of this magazine may be that you have a good break over the four days. It would reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - be perfect if the weather holds out and we can all try electronic, mechanical, recording, out the barbecues that have been waiting patiently for photocopying, or otherwise - without us in the corner of our gardens. 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 2012. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

Cheerio readers,

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945

www.ashteadresidents.org.uk AGM and Spring Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Ashtead Residents’ Association is to be held on Tuesday 24th April commencing at 7.30pm in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. At 8pm we will have members of the Watch on duty from Leatherhead Fire Station talking to us about safety in the home and in the car after which they will answer any questions you might have on Fire Safety. Please come along to the Hall to find out how to make sure your homes and cars are safe.

Ashtead Station

For the observant amongst you, residents will have seen that work has started on clearing the site to extend the station car park. Once completed this will add many more spaces to the existing car park and make it easier to park once the commuters have used their spaces. However having more spaces available is all well and good, but if Meteor continues to increase ticket prices, more and more commuters will leave their cars in residential roads around the station. Already residents are complaining about inconsiderate parking in Oakfield Road, Woodfield and Woodfield Close, not to mention the Berg Estate. It makes little business sense to continually increase prices just to drive existing customers away to find alternative sites in residential roads near to the station. Surely it is more economic to keep prices at a reasonable level thus attracting more customers to use both the existing and the enlarged facility. Similarly affected are Albert Road and Grove Road but this is more from people working in The Street or nearby offices. In addition those roads close to schools in Ashtead become very congested at school

drop-off and collection times. Driveways are often blocked and verges ruined by inconsiderate parking leading to occasional confrontations. Residents should be aware that the Police and Mole Valley Parking Wardens are patrolling these areas and warning drivers, and persistent offenders will receive a Fixed Penalty Fine. If your street is affected either by commuter parking or long term parking for other reasons let us know. Email us at roads@ashteadresidents.org.uk. Whilst the current round of parking reviews is already underway we can ensure those roads affected are brought to the attention of Surrey Highways when the next review is undertaken.

Tesco

Whilst on the subject of parking, Tesco have now submitted their plans for the Metro store in The Street. They will be employing numerous people to staff the new store and they hope to recruit many of these locally via a Jobs Fair to be held at the APMH. We believe Tesco have made provision for 6 off-site staff parking spaces, but despite this the Residents’ Association believe that many staff will drive to Ashtead and will park in local streets adding further to the congestion and the inconvenience of local residents. In addition it is believed the capacity of the APMH Car Park will be exceeded on occasion when an event is being held and this will either force people to not attend the event, or make prospective shoppers drive on to Leatherhead or Epsom. SAVE are organising a count to verify Tesco’s assertions and could do with help. Email them to offer assistance on info@saveashtead.co.uk.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION With Spring in the air, various sectors of the town are preparing for the many celebrations the year holds; St Patrick’s Day, Easter, St George’s Day, the Queen’s Jubilee, and the Olympic Cycle Race July 28th & 29th. These events will take us through the summer and the town will, for the most part, be decked with Union Jack flags. Two other spring celebrations for our calendars include the 120th Anniversary of the Letherhead Institute with an open day May 19th, and the “famous” Duck Race Sunday 24th June.

You are all invited to attend a meeting at the Letherhead Institute with a presentation by Louise Bircher (MVDC) and Surriya Subramanian (SCC,) on Monday 28th May at 8.00pm, (immediately after the LRA AGM). They will inform us of what we can expect to happen in Leatherhead during the historic Olympic Cycle Road Race. Come prepared with your questions.

A variety of local issues were discussed at our ‘open’ committee meeting on 5th March, benefited by county and local councillors present. Parking continues to be high on the agenda Residents and shop-keepers have been planning ahead for the two “once in a lifetime” events; the whether it is use of public car parks or on-street Queen’s Jubilee and Olympic Cycle Race. Flowers parking by commuters and others, restricting access to residents’ homes. The LRA is continuing in Olympic colours are being planted around the route and red, white and blue floral plantings will its efforts to ensure that Leach Grove and Teazle adorn shop windows. The Leatherhead Residents’ Woods are retained for use by future generations. Association is playing its part and working with Empty shops are a concern and the committee key agencies to maximize the beauty of the town was dismayed to learn that Waitrose had and surrounding area. With a long hot dry summer withdrawn their interest in Church Street, with predicted, it should be a memorable year for efforts to tempt another major store proving Leatherhead. unsuccessful. St John’s School continues to seek expansion with the LRA keeping a close eye on the Perhaps not everyone will appreciate the developments. festivities and there is concern about the disruption to the town that the cycle races will Localism is going to be a vitally important issue bring; the litter that is likely to be generated in when the Act comes fully into force, yet little is the Red House Gardens, the Swan Centre and the really known about it and how it will impact on High Street where screens will be set up to watch the local community. A workshop on Localism and the races. The already existing problem of parking Neighbourhood Planning will be held by the CPRE is likely to be exacerbated – where will visitors to and we will report on this in the May magazine. the town park? With final Olympic details being Our next open committee meeting will be on issued on 23rd of May, this is exactly the kind of Monday 2nd April in Room G8 of the Letherhead question that will be answered at the LRA's Institute at 7.30pm. special event May 28th.

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Following recent concerns that the Council’s offer of free parking on Thursday afternoons in December was not taken up by all users of the council’s car parks, the District authority considers it appropriate to offer a further afternoon of free parking before Easter. Although many visitors did make use of the free parking before Christmas, some income was received during this period. It is therefore proposed to offer a further afternoon of free parking on Maundy Thursday. Councillor Reynolds said “The council recognises the pressure that the current economic climate is placing on all our businesses. To support them and to promote the benefits of ‘shopping local’ to all our residents, Mole Valley District Council has agreed a one-off suspension of parking charges from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday 5 April in all our car parks.” Car park details are as follows:

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New Bar and Ralli Room in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall officially opened On Saturday 3rd March Chris Grayling MP joined Roy Guy and the trustees of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in celebrating the official opening of the new bar and Ralli room. This was the culmination of several years of fund raising and planning to complete their Vision 2010 Project. The hall – known as WAM ‘Where Ashtead Meets’ – is in use by a wide variety of community groups and people of all ages and from all walks of life. Money for the project had come from a range of sources including Bewley Homes, Leatherhead Trust, Surrey County Council, Mole Valley District Council, Lord Barnby Foundation, the friends of Ashtead Village hall and many private donors both large and small contributing to the “buy a brick “scheme. The names are recorded in the Roll of Honour displayed in the hall. The donors were invited to the opening ceremony along with local councillors and dignitaries and representatives of the regular users of the hall. The opening ceremony began outside the new doors (donated by the friends of the hall) where Chris Grayling and Roy Guy together cut a ribbon and welcomed guests into the building. In the bar a second ceremony took place where a plaque was unveiled which speaks of turning Vision into reality. The final part of the ceremony was held in the new Ralli room where Roy Guy spoke to everyone about Vision 2010 and thanked all those involved. This was followed by Chris Grayling affirming the value of the local community working together to such a great benefit for all. There was a photographic display in the Marshall room and guests were encouraged by the present chairman of Trustees – Jane Hiley – to consider the next steps. These include an “Access for all” project to provide a new sound system throughout the building and to remove an old brick store outside to make a safe play space for young children. Like handing on the Olympic flame the Trustees hand on the hall to the next generation to be kept in good order for years to come.

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Crackdown on Benefits Cheats Continues The Council prosecuted two benefit fraud offenders at Redhill Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17 February. This follows three prosecutions for similar offences last month. Case One Miss Danielle Nicholls, a 33-year-old woman of Chart Downs, Dorking, was prosecuted by MVDC and the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) for four offences of benefit fraud. She had been receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from MVDC and Income Support from the DWP as a lone parent since August 2008. She had told the authorities that her partner had left her and their two children, and that she was not working. However, the Council became suspicious that Nicholls’ partner had returned to live at the address. An investigation began, and evidence showed he had indeed returned to the address during February 2010. Nicholls was formally interviewed under caution by investigators from MVDC and the DWP. She admitted that her partner had returned to live at her address and that she had failed to notify the appropriate authorities of this change in her circumstances. Between February 2010 and May 2011, Nicholls had fraudulently obtained £5,949 in Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support to which she was not entitled. The overpayment is being recovered from Nicholls. She was sentenced to a one-year community order to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £500 in costs. Case Two Mrs Dorothy Clayton, a 71-year-old woman of Rose Hill, Dorking, was prosecuted by MVDC for three offences of benefit fraud. Clayton had been receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from MVDC since December 2003 based on her declaration that she was residing with her husband and that their savings were below £6,000. As a result of proactive government data matching, the Council became aware that Clayton held capital in further accounts that had not been declared to the authority. An investigation was conducted by MVDC benefit fraud investigators and evidence was obtained that revealed Clayton’s capital was over £40,000, well above the permitted limit of £16,000. Clayton was formally interviewed under caution, during which she stated that she didn’t believe that the money was hers but admitted that she had not been entirely honest in failing to declare the money, knowing that it would have affected her benefit entitlement. Between June 2007 and April 2011, Clayton fraudulently obtained £21,543.64 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled. The overpayments have been fully recovered. Clayton was fined £300 and was ordered to pay £450 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Councillor James Friend, Leader of the Council said: “Failing to declare or hiding your true circumstances when making claims for benefit is a criminal offence and deprives those in most need of benefits. If you receive benefit from Mole Valley District Council, and either your income, savings, household composition or residency change, please inform us immediately. Failure to do so could result in an investigation, and legal action being taken against you. The Council is committed to helping people access benefits they do qualify for, whilst also delivering value more money services.”

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Are you ready for the Digital Switchover? The Crystal Palace Transmitter (for London and the Home Counties) will be switching over on two dates, 4th and 18th April

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BBC2 will go to digital and some new digital channels become available. This means that: If you haven’t switched, you’ll lose BBC Two The time of day you switch will depend on which relay transmitter you are watching, but in this area it is expected during midafternoon If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to retune your equipment

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All the remaining analogue channels will switch to digital and the remaining digital channels will become available. This means that: If you haven’t switched to digital, you will lose your TV service, again the switchover from the Dorking relay transmitter is expected during mid-afternoon. As on 4th April, If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to re-tune your equipment again

Switchover is a two-stage process. If you have, or are planning to get Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV, you will need to re-tune your digital box or TV: • At both stages of switchover • If at any time you find you have lost any TV channels • Re-tuning regularly is good practice. This ensures that you keep your equipment up to date, and that you have all of the latest channels. If you are not sure how to re-tune, follow the guide below. It is a good idea to practice re-tuning before switchover, so you know how to re-tune on the day. Satellite and cable television does not need to be re-tuned. These instructions are a guide only - each product works slightly differently. Your instruction manual will explain the process for your particular product. If you don't have a copy of the user manual to hand please follow the following guide. Make sure you do a full re-tune following the guide below. Some product menus have 'add channels' or 'auto search' functions which may not restore all channels.

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Switch on your Freeview TV or box. Press 'menu' on your remote control. From the 'menu' options on screen, select the 'set up' or 'installation' menu. Select 'first time installation' option (sometimes called 'factory reset', 'full retune' or 'default settings'. Some digital boxes will ask you for a code. If you haven't already changed it this is usually either 0000 or 1234. Press 'OK' if your equipment asks if you want to delete all your channels - don’t worry, this is normal. Channels will be automatically installed. This may take a few minutes, and your equipment may shut down and restart. Remember to re-tune every piece of Freeview equipment you have.

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The Birds and the Bees Ruth's young daughter, Sarah, had developed a fascination with babies. Their neighbour, Clare, was about to have her third child and Sarah was obsessed with the whole process. She'd seen the scan photos, felt the baby kick and was forever bombarding poor Clare with personal questions which thankfully were taken with great understanding and good humour. When Sarah started studying reproduction in school her curiosity was heightened further and sex seemed to be everywhere. Wildlife was procreating wherever she looked, from rabbits in the local field to a pair of dogs on the way to school. As Easter approached, Sarah naturally became focused on eggs. However, much as she loved the chocolate kind, she was more concerned with the shell covered kind and was determined to hatch a chick for herself. She used her pocket money to buy a box of eggs, wrapped them in a towel and tucked them in the back of the airing cupboard. Before placing them in their 'incubator' she carefully wrote a name on each egg in blue and pink felt tip. She guessed at which ones might be girls and which boys. The names were well considered and appropriate: Humpty, Dumpty, Fluffy, Licken, Beaky and Kellogg. Ruth only discovered this enterprising project a few days later when she went to get clean sheets out of the cupboard. She pulled out some pillow cases and the box of eggs fell to the floor. Fortunately, they were still in their box so the beige carpet was safe but sadly only Kellogg remained unbroken. Ruth explained to her daughter that a cockerel needed to fertilise the eggs before they could develop into chicks and that led to a detailed anatomical and logistical discussion which was only concluded when Ruth suggested a glass of orange squash and a couple of bourbon biscuits.

Did she talk too much? Had she fallen behind in some way? Mrs Jones smiled politely and shook them by the hand. Her manner was professional but unusually distracted as she shuffled exercise books and examined her notes. "Sarah is an endearing child isn't she? She's so enthusiastic about her work... She's progressing well with her tables and I gather Mrs Briar has already spoken to you about her science?" There was then a noticeable pause and Mrs Jones tried to avoid eye contact. "Did Mrs Briar mention anything in particular? No? Ah... well... perhaps I should say something then..." This comment was followed by another pause and a clearing of the throat. "Don't worry, Sarah is doing extremely well. She's very creative, particularly with her story writing. However, I thought I just better bring one recent piece of work to your attention. Perhaps you should read it when you get home? If it's carefully torn out from her book, on this occasion, we would quite understand..." She held out a blue exercise book and smiled supportively. As soon as they reached the car Ruth and Sam opened the book. The title read "What I like about my life". This seemed uncontroversial enough. Then they began to read... "I am very lucky to be alive. If my parents hadn't had sex, I wouldn't be here. My Daddy has fertilised my Mummy three times now. She must like it very much. The lady next door must like it too. The poor hens at the farm didn't have a cockerel to fertilise them and so their eggs stayed runny. Mummy says that having a baby is like laying a very big egg but it must be harder to push out because of all the arms and legs. I hope my Mummy and Daddy have sex again soon as I would like a sister..."

Later that week Ruth and Sam went to the parents' evening at Sarah's primary school. All was fine and Mrs Briar was very complimentary about Sarah's interest in the science topic, praising Ruth and Sam Copyright Sarah Lott for their refreshingly open minded attitude. Sam March 2012 smiled and Ruth blushed for a moment but they didn't think any more about it. That was until they talked to Sarah's form teacher. Mrs Jones was approaching retirement and had a traditional style of teaching. She was very kind to the children but had a long held view that parents belonged at home and nowhere near her classroom. The Memory Book As Sam and Ruth approached her table she seemed to sit up a little bit straighter and take a deep breath, as if in preparation for a challenge. Ruth immediately became nervous. Was Sarah naughty?

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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. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email: richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk website: www.acsurrey.org.uk

April Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Tuesday 10th Wednesday 18th Friday 27th

Tue 10th: Ashtead Common Ranger Walk : 3m An informative walk on Ashtead Common with a local Ranger. 10am start at City of London Ashtead Common offices, Woodfield Road, Lower Ashtead. TQ179589 / KT21 2DU nr Ashtead station Wed 18th: Merstham & North Downs Way : 4m Views of Weald. Climb to North Downs Way. 10am at Rockshaw Rd, Merstham. Park nr post signed ‘North Downs Way’ beside bungalow ½m along Rockshaw Rd from A23 London Road. TQ300537 / RH1 3DD | Fri 27th : East Molesey (evening walk) : 3m Flat evening walk exploring back of Imber Court & Cow Common. Prompt 6:15pm start at Imber Court Sports Club, Ember Lane, East Molesey. Optional meal (£5/6) and team quiz afterwards. TQ148670 / KT8 0BT

April Guided Cycle Rides Friday 6th Friday 13th

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Fri 6th : Inn on the Pond, Merstham : A ride along Sustrans NCR21, delightful East Surrey bridleways. A well deserved drink after. Meet at Inn on the Pond, Merstham. TQ301516 / RH1 4EU | Fri 13th : Downside : Bookham Common, quiet roads and hard tracks through farmland to Horsley, Ryde Farms and return via Wisley Aerodrome and Oxshott Common. Meet at The Medicine Garden, Downside Road, Cobham. TQ107592 / KT11 3LU

April Guided Nordic Walks Tuesday 24th

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Appeal for Road Stewards in Ashtead The Residents' Association is in need of volunteers to be a Road Steward for any of the following roads in Ashtead. The role involves delivering two magazines a year, and annually collecting £2.50 per member household. The roads in question are as follows:-

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Without the help of our army of Road Stewards the Association would falter. If you think you might be able to devote a tiny bit of your spare time to assisting the Association by delivering the magazines and collecting subs please do let us know.

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Leatherhead Museum Opens 29th March On Saturday 31st March at 10.30am the Mole Valley Council Chairman, Councilor Bridget LewisCarr will arrive to open the museum to launch the 2012 Museum Season. The 2012 season will be one of special events and exhibits as outlined by Museum, featuring: “Beneath one’s Feet in Fetcham” This features evidence of flint working from the Stone Age in various parts of the Parish. Also there are finds from Roman times and a display of Saxon artefacts including the spears and the remnants of the famous Saxon bucket. (The replica of this remains one of the highlights of the Museum’s displays). “The Fetcham Mill Pond and the Mill” This is close to the site where Saxon objects were discovered in the 1930s. More recently, in 2009, the remains of a Roman Building were revealed. “Down(s) and out with the Tanners” The memorabilia and records of the “Tanners Marathon”, the run which was held annually for 50 years, ending very recently. [“Tanners” from “Tanners Hatch” and not the Football club!] Leatherhead Museum in Church Street, Leatherhead, will be open to the public from Thursday 29th March until mid-December. Its most popular features include, The Victorian Kitchen, The Well in the Garden and World War Two Memorabilia.

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April events at RHS Garden Wisley Saturday 21st April All day Weeds Display Find out all about your troubling weeds- how to identify them and how to get rid of them!

Tues 10 April Sow and grow – Snapdragons Sessions at, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Storytelling with Jamie Crawford Listen to Jamie tell amazing stories about the weather. Story sessions at 11.00am, 12.00noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm.

10am-5pm Plant Swap Visitors can bring their extra plants and swap for someone else’s

Wed 11 April Sow and grow - Snapdragons Sessions at, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

10am-4pm Willow weaving activity Join our gardeners in creating exciting willow sculptures in the Pinetum

Thurs 12 April Wonderful Weather Music Workshops With Bassistry Arts Recreate sounds of the weather with Marcel and Philippe using percussion instruments in this fantastic music workshop. Don’t forget to join in a ‘rain dance’. Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.20pm.

10am-4.30pm ‘Mystery’ Sow and Grow Activity Glasshouse Gallery Choose which seeds you’d like to sow and grow on at home 11am-12pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm ‘Ask the Gardeners’ Clore Learning Centre Test our experts with your questions Limited spaces on a first-come first-served basis

Make a Rain Stick Make your own rain stick to recreate the gentle sound of rain. Sessions at, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

1pm-3pm Weeds Display & Expert Advice Find out all about your troubling weeds- how to identify them and how to get rid of them!

Fri 13 April Wonderful Weather Music Workshops With Bassistry Arts Recreate sounds of the weather with Marcel and Philippe using percussion instruments in this fantastic music workshop. Don’t forget to join in a ‘rain dance’. Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.20pm.

1pm-3pm Alpine Trough Demonstration Bowes-Lyon Pavilion Alpine expert Lucie Rudnika Sunday 22nd April Willow weaving (details as 21st)

Make a Rain Stick Make your own rain stick to recreate the gentle sound of rain. Sessions at, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

‘Mystery’ Sow and Grow (as for 21st) Ask the Gardeners (as for 21st) Weeds Display & Expert Advice (as for 21st)

Sat 14 April Make a Paper Kite – make a simple kite to fly in the air. Sessions at, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

Alpine Trough Demonstration (as for 21st) 12.30pm-1.15pm Walk with the Curator around RHS Garden Wisley, one of the finest gardens in the world.

Sun 15 April Make a Paper Kite – make a simple kite to fly in the air. Sessions at, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

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Education & Tuition Angie Sayer professional Ceramicist and teacher Pottery classes in own studio in Ashtead Throwing on the wheel and hand-building D of E skills skills course coursess

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New one-year A levels at the Leatherhead Institute Never let it be said that Surrey Hills Onward Learning ignores the learner voice! We have had many requests from people who, due to age, circumstance or a variety of other reasons, require A level courses which can be completed over one year instead of two. Having investigated the programmes of ‘crammer’ schools in central London (and their fees!) we could see that there would be considerable demand for such courses offered locally and at affordable price. And who wants London when they could have lively Leatherhead! We are starting in a modest way, with just three subjects, studied in the evenings from 6.30pm9.30pm. We shall run Law on Mondays, English on Wednesdays and History on Thursdays. Classes begin in September and run till the June exams in 2013. This would equip people to apply to university after just one year of study. But the caveat is that learners would have to put in about 6 hours of homework per subject in order to keep up, and to succeed. Classes will be limited to ten students to allow for maximum individual attention. Fees are £500 per A level, but there are discounts under certain circumstances. We have already started to take enrolments for the autumn term.

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The Play’s the thing April sees us celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. He’s our most celebrated playwright but who else believed ‘all the world’s a stage’?

Alan Bennett

Fame came knocking overnight for Bennett after the Oxford university lecturer teamed up with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook to write and perform in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe. One of his most-loved series is Talking Heads which was originally written as a series of hilarious character monologues for the BBC. Bennett enjoyed further acclaim with his play The History Boys. Set in a fictitious boys’ grammar school it follows a group of students preparing for the Oxbridge exams. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2005 and scooped Best Play at the Tonys the following year.

Harold Pinter

The best thing about seeing a Pinter play is hearing everyone in the interval trying to work out what it all means. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature so you know it’s good stuff, you just may not know whether you actually like it or not. Although Pinter didn’t win

critical acclaim until The Caretaker, it’s worth reading his earlier work, The Room, which he wrote in three days. The Dumb Waiter produces a lot of laughs with an excellent twist at the end and A Slight Ache might leave you examining your own relationships.

Alan Ayckbourn

Playwrights don’t come more prolific than Alan Ayckbourn who’s written more than seventy plays. In Absurd Person Singular, three married couples take it in turns to host a dinner party on three consecutive Christmas Eves. It was adapted into a television drama with Geoffrey Palmer, Maureen Lipman, Michael Gambon and Prunella Scales among the cast. Sisterly Feelings is a challenging Ayckbourn play following the lives of siblings Abigail and Dorcas. The first and last scenes always remain the same, whilst the decision to go with either Dorcas’s story or Abigail’s is made on a coin toss at the end of the first. Some companies rehearse just one version but others learn both.

Sir Tom Stoppard

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critic and then a playwright. His works often centre on themes of human rights, politics and freedom of expression. His first great success, Enter a Free Man follows the story of George who has unrealistic dreams about a reusable envelope empire he’s planning on building. In his Tony award-winning play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead his two main protagonists are the actors playing the parts of the messengers in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Most of the action takes place in the wings during Hamlet and great confusion and ambiguity ensues.

Sir Noel Coward

There’s still time to catch Noel Coward’s Hay Fever which is currently enjoying a successful run in the West End. Hay Fever is a lesson in the importance of paying attention to your house guests. Set in the 1920s it deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and the farce that ensues when they all invite a guest to stay for the weekend. Coward’s Blithe Spirit is also a theatrical mainstay. This time the socialite Charles Condomine is tormented by the ghost of his first wife who is hell-bent on ruining his second marriage.


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Fine Food & The Farm The Food Academy... Have you ever wanted to learn some tips of the trade? Improve your knife skills or your food knowledge? We run a number of different courses so there will be something to suit your taste. The new website was launched last week, which has an array of information including a recipes page with a video step by step for our Caramelised Apple Chutney, give it a try and let us know how it goes! Slow Food UK

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The Farm... Finally it seems as if things seem to be warming up a little, as you can see below the bees have been off foraging for pollen for the first time around Four Gables Farm. We have just planted an orchard on the farm, in two years we should have an abundance of cherries, plums, apples and pears!

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Mole Valley District Council - Balancing the Budget With budgets being squeezed at this difficult economic time, things are no different for Mole Valley District Council and savings have had to be made. With Value for Money being a key part of the Council’s Corporate Plan, how has MVDC managed a balance budget, with no rise in its portion of council tax, for 2012/13?

Council is investing £130,000 in an additional lorry and crew for garden waste. This fits with one of the aims in our Corporate Plan to provide a better environment.

Councillor Clare Curran, Portfolio Holder for Finance, said “Balancing the budget has been a difficult but necessary task. We are committed to providing value for money to A key part of the council’s approach to all its our residents whilst working hard to ensure decision-making has been to engage with its that we improve access to services and residents and listen to their views. There provide a better environment. We are have been many examples of this in the last grateful to those residents who responded to year, particularly around proposals for the our recent consultations and we hope that future of Dorking Town Centre. In 2012/13 more will get involved in such surveys in the we will continue to listen to residents about future. Our residents’ views are a valuable their views on delivery of our services. part of our decision-making process.” Partnership working is a key way of achieving savings whilst also providing improved service or more resilience. By sharing the Council’s own IT, Environmental Health and Policy services with other authorities, Mole Valley plans to save £95,000 over the next two years. A partnership with Surrey County Council has allowed the introduction of a shared management post between the District Council’s Environmental Health and County’s Trading Standards teams. For Mole Valley residents this means we will make savings and provide improved services in areas such as food hygiene and licensing.

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Please go to www.the-theatre.org to check timings and make on-line bookings, or call the box office on 01372 365141 Velveteen Rabbit

Saturday 14th 1.30pm

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The Velveteen Rabbit loves his boy very much and asks his friend the skin horse what it means to be real. The skin horse tells him that to be truly real you have to be loved to the point where you have no fur because it has all been hugged away. Children will take away a theatrical memory they will treasure as much as the story itself.

Hobson’s Choice

Thurs 12th-Sat 14th and Thurs 19th-Sat 21st 7:30pm £10 Casson Room (stepped access only) A widower cobbler makes his three daughters work unpaid in his shop whilst he whiles away the days in the pub. The eldest Maggie, is very hard working and develops excellent business sense whilst the other two are less concerned about work.

Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Olympic Feat! Wednesday 18th

7.30pm £12, conc £10, Groups buy 10, get 1 free

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Sports Enthusiast and Devotee of English Schooling, whisks you back to Athens 1896 for the far-from-straightforward birth of the Modern Olypmics©. With a big moustache and a bigger idea, he inspires US jocks from Princeton, a Greek shepherd legging it over Mount Parnassus and considers tips on competitive knitting from Shropshire’s Much Wenlock Olympicks. Epic, energetic, home-made – this true story is glorious fun and Games, where the Pymlico© village is a water pump and Marathon runners pound along in national costume.

Broadway and Beyond Friday 27th

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Ninth Leatherhead Drama Festival - Mon 7th - Sat19th May - (more details next month)

Films (info on full film programme can be found on the website) £7.50, Concessions £6.40 The Woman in Black

Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd, Wed 4th 7.30pm

The Muppets

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This is the night where you’re the entertainment. Whatever you play, whatever you sing, book a slot with our bar manager at info@mezzbar.com

Jazz Jam with Jenny Green Friday 27th

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Green Room

Jenny Green has been bringing the talent of the jazz world to Leatherhead – and also the opportunity for you play with the professionals. Singers bring two sets of music in your key, players bring your instruments. Drum and bass provided. Free, but donations are very welcome at the end of the night 50


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Osteopathic Clinic Don’t suffer - Get it sorted!   

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Recognised by all insurers including Bupa and Axa PPP Clinics based in Fetcham and Uxbridge Male Osteopath ‘Kaps’, specialising in sports injuries (see left) Getting to the ‘root of the problem’ FAST 70% better in 3-5 sessions Convenient location with free parking Established since 2001 All major debit and credit cards now taken

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15% off your first visit 2 Shamrock Close, Fetcham, KT22 9JG

01372 363721

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"There's gold in them there lofts" In these times of rising prices making your money grow is extremely hard, so look in your loft, storeroom indeed anywhere in the house where you have kept unused items for years and bring them to sell at a car boot market. The Leatherhead Lions are holding their car boot markets starting on Sunday 15th April at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre fields and thereafter on the third Sunday in the month until October. The market opens at 7.30am, no need to book, just £10 for a car or £14 for a van. A friendly atmosphere with the majority of pitches taken by local householders, so why not combine with a neighbour. One charge and you keep the rest, usually finishes at lunchtime but feel free to leave when you like. Craft stalls are welcome as a new attraction, and there will be catering on site.

For further information please contact Tony on 01372 274822 or Tom 01372 272360. 52


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Registration Now Open for P&G Surrey Youth Games 2012 Young people can now register for their chance to represent Team Mole Valley in this year’s Proctor & Gamble Surrey Youth Games (SYG), which take place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June. Young people will be able to choose from 12 sports and attend free training, which will be running from April to June. The Games provide the opportunity to all Mole Valley youngsters of school year 3 to 11 to experience a competitive and enjoyable county-wide sporting event. There’s a variety of sports to choose from for a range of age groups and for young people with a disability. The sports available are: badminton, basketball, boxing, girls cricket, girls football, pan disability football, hockey, judo, netball, rugby, squash and tennis. Team Mole Valley, run by Mole Valley District Council and sponsored by Leatherhead Leisure Centre and Fusion Lifestyle, are inviting young people to attend free, high-quality training sessions starting on 16 April which will be run by local community sports clubs and led by fully qualified and CRB checked coaches. For full details of eligibility, the sports available or to register visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/ sport or collect a hard copy booking form from the Council offices or Leatherhead HelpShop and return it to: Community Sports Development Officer, Partnerships and Community Development, Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. 54


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• Well-Established Modern Practice • Fully Air Conditioned • Same Day Emergency Service • Cosmetic Dentistry including Tooth • • • •

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Massage - Facials - Tanning Eye Lash Extensions Eye Lash & Eyebrow Tinting Exfoliation - Waxing Nails - Acrylic - Gellux Make-up - Gift Vouchers Mary Kay Beauty Consultants

Situated in Curves 70A Kingston Road Leatherhead, KT22 7BW (free parking outside) www.cpeallingbeauty.co.uk cpbeautyinfo@gmail.com Charlotte: 07772 030334 Holly: 07825 688090

A family-run beauty treatment salon located in a beautiful, private and stylish room located at Curves gym. A treatment with Charlotte Pealling Beauty is the ultimate in relaxation and luxury.

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Bertie & Murphy

HOME WANTED!

Bertie (far right) and Murphy were taken into the shelter from the same rural stable, and it is suspected that they may be brothers. They are approximately 5 years old. They simply adore one another and so must be homed as a pair. They have been with us for a very long time & are quite timid and as such would best suit an experienced owner in an adult only home and they do get along fine with other cats. However given the right environment and special owner, with time and patience they are sure to become a very rewarding and loving pair. Having lived in a rural environment, Bertie and Murphy are not street wise cats and so could not live near any busy roads. Being a timid pair, they may also need a long period of indoor adjustment before they are confident enough to venture outside. If you feel that you could give Bertie & Murphy a forever loving home please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 http://www.epsom.cats.org.uk/ Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

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Leatherhead Podiatry Love your feet! Lesley Pennington S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., B.Sc.Hons., HPC reg 25 years experience

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All Aloud! - A Community Choir in Leatherhead A new community choir has recently been set up in Leatherhead and is welcoming new members. All Aloud! was set up as part of a county-wide community singing project called ‘Singing Surrey’ and currently meets weekly in north Leatherhead. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are informal and members rehearse and perform a wide variety of music ranging from African lullabies to modern pop songs. The choir meets at Kingscroft Chapel Hall in Kingscroft Road (on the corner of Kingscroft Road and Leatherhead Bypass Road), and there is parking either in Kingscroft Road or at the Hall. The choir meets on Tuesdays between 6.30-8pm, usually in school term time. Funded initially by a grant and assistance from Arts Partnership Surrey and a recent donation from the Police Property Fund the choir is now independent and run by and for its members. Contact us (details below) or just come along. You will be made very welcome.

Ann Baldwin, Secretary, annbaldwin.algo@gmail.com 01372 374404 Neil Walker, Chairman, neil@walker-trivett.co.uk 07771 861202 60


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The Fairfield Centre, Leatherhead The Centre for active over 60s in the heart of Leatherhead

Activities, Services and Catering to keep you healthy and active. • Music and Movement, Tai Chi, Pilates • Line Dancing, Ballroom Dancing • Art Classes • Sing-alongs • Computer lessons • Coach Trips • Lunches – daily, Celebration lunches • Hairdressing, Beauty Treatments, Chiropody All at low prices to enable you to join in For more information on classes or visiting the centre email christina.may@molevalley.gov.uk or telephone 01372 376058

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TASTER SESSION – SATURDAY 28TH APRIL Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness

COMING SOON Wellness Walks

A gentle walk, ideal for those with concerns about distance or pace

Workout Walks

Designed to help you keep improving and get noticeable results

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A programme for those who like a challenging outdoor workout

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Leatherhead Swimming Club

Do you enjoy swimming and would like to improve? If you are stage 7 or above in swimming you could train with Leatherhead SC. We are a friendly club that caters for ALL abilities of swimmers from juniors to elite. Our skilled coaching team, led by head coach David Vine, provides a progressive and enjoyable coaching programme.

Interested? Please call David Vine on 07834 725965 or visit our website: www.leatherheadsc.co.uk

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LeRoc Modern Jive Learn to Dance

It’s Social, it’s fun Dance after one night 5100 members since 1998 Mondays - Friends’ Life Hall, Dorking Tuesday - Dorking Halls

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07944 971195 01737 769600

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WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? Wed 4th & Wed 18th

Digital switchover, details of how this will affect you and how to re-tune your television can be found on page 28.

Saturday 7th

Jumble Sale, 26-28 Hampstead Road, Dorking, RH4 3AF, 10am-12pm, admission £1 includes refreshments. In aid of Dorking Alzeimer's Day Centre. Info 01306 883425

Tuesday 10th

Little dinosaurs on the hill, Denbies Hillside (meeting arrangements given on booking), 9am-11am. £5 adult, £2.50 child. Join our ranger, Amanda McCormick, to learn about the scaly dinosaur like creatures that live on the hill. Suitable for all ages. National Trust event, booking essential. 01372 220644 or surreyhills@nationaltrust.org.uk

Friday 13th Sunday 15th

Spring Exhibition of Arts, in aid of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth 13th -15th April, 6pm-9pm on13th, from 10am-5pm on 14th and 10am-3pm on 15th. Admission is FREE. Over 450 exhibits, available to purchase. Anyone who would like to exhibit their work, please contact the organiser, Richard Palmer on 01737 363335 or email: richardmpalmer@ntlworld.com

Sunday 15th

Dawn Chorus. Holmwood Common (mtg arrangements given on booking) 5.30-8.30am. Join Head Ranger Sam Bayley to witness this hidden daily natural wonder. Learn a few of the common bird songs, finish with a light breakfast and hot drink at Wymbleton Farm. National Trust event. £10 adult, £7.50 child (inc breakfast). Booking essential 01372 220644 or surreyhills@nationaltrust.org.uk (Also at Leith Hill on 22nd April)

Wed 18th Saturday 21st

Ashtead Players present Agatha Christie’s ‘The Unexpected Guest’, see pages 68-69

Friday 20th

AGM followed by lecture ‘Surrey - A Hundred Years’ Ago’ by John Wettern, Letherhead Institute, top of High Street, coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm, admission £1. All are very welcome. Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Tuesday 24th

Ashtead Residents’ Association, AGM, 7.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. More details on ARA page 8.

Saturday 21st

Violin Duo recital by Jack Liebeck and Victoria Sayles, Dorking Halls, 7.30 pm. Bach Partita in E major: Ysaye Solo Sonata No.1 in G minor Op.27: Mozart Violin Duo for Two Violins No.4: Prokofiev Duo Sonata for Two Violins. Tickets £18 for each concert from 01306 740619 or Dorking Halls 01306 881717 or online www.dorkinghalls.co.uk. Students half price; children under 16 accompanied by an adult, free

FUTURE EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARIES Friday 4th MAY

Rotary Club of Leatherhead - The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth in concert at Leatherhead Theatre in aid of Help for Heroes and Combat Stress. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50 from Peter Matthews 01372 375229 or peter@gattondev.co.uk

Sat12th MAY

Holy Cross School, New Malden, 80th Anniversary Reunion, 1.15pm-6pm. For more info please email Giuliana Slocombe on hxsreunion@holycross.kingston.sch.uk or see school website www.holycross.kingston.sch.uk

Sat 19th MAY

Come and celebrate 120 years of the Letherhead Institute at the top of the High St from 2pm. Mole Valley Silver Band, Leatherhead & District Local History Society exhibition, free cream teas. If there’s an event in May you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Thursday 12th April. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 64


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Leatherhead Art Club Exhibition 19th - 29th April

40 - 44 Church Street, Leatherhead

Leatherhead Art Club will be returning for the fourth time to the same two shops in Leatherhead town centre for its Spring Exhibition. Many of the Club’s members will be exhibiting a wide variety of original works in various mediums including watercolours, oils, acrylic and mixed media, all of which will be for sale. The exhibition is being held in Church Street, opposite the Prezzo Restaurant, from Thursday 19 April until Sunday 29 April and will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 22 April from 12pm-5pm and Sunday 29 April from 12pm-4pm The Chairman of the Club, Stuart Stanley, stated; “We are once again indebted to the landlords who have given us access to the two shops.” The recent exhibitions have received critical acclaim and have helped to create Leatherhead as one of Surrey’s leading art clubs. The Club has a wide and varied programme consisting of lectures and demonstrations from well-known speakers and artists, as well as numerous workshops. Although membership is full, guests are always welcome to the lectures and demonstrations. Details are available on the website: www.leatherheadartclub.co.uk. 65


WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? - REGULAR EVENTS Sunday 1st (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Traditional Communion Service with Choir. 10.45-11.15am Coffee in Church. 11.15am Contemporary Service with Band (Check website for updates www.leatherheadweb.org.uk) Special occasions : 1st April - Palm Sunday with dramatic reading. 8th April - Easter Day

Wed 4th (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demo ‘Floral Inspiration’, Christine Evans, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.1.45pm - 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 4th (mthly)

Ashtead WI, ‘Using Plants as Food and Medicine’, Debbie Lewington, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 4th (monthly)

Rotary Club of Leatherhead, Police Federation Headquarters, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. 7pm-9pm. Further information from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964.

Thursdays weekly 5th 12th 19th 26th

Music on Thursdays - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 12.30pm-1.20pm Admission to these lunchtime concerts is free. There will be a retiring collection if you would like to help cover costs. Go to: groupspaces.com/MusicOnThursdays to join emailing list. 5th Henry Manning, baritone, & Chris Hopkins, piano 12th Alex Rolton, cello,from the Royal Academy of Music 19th Graham Davies, organ 26th Jacqueline Phillips, cello

Thurs 5th 10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, (then Fridays Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Thurs 5th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 5th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 5th (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm 1st Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844

Saturdays: 7th 14th 21st 28th

Winter walks around the beautiful Mole Valley. with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468. Donation to charities Maps & details on website. Moderate pace & fitness Phone first if bad weather. Car Share suggested. www.livewellnaturally.co.uk 07766 166794 7th 10.30am Juniper Bottom CP (on R past Juniper Hall) 14th 10.30am Bookham Common CP right corner bottom of Church Rd 21st 10.30am NT CP Box Hill Meet outside shop 28th 10.30am Meet at Buckland Church off A25

Wed 11th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Thursday 12th (mthly)

2nd Thursday of each month, Transition Ashtead meeting, APMH, Marshall Hall Room, 7.30 pm. showing of “The Truth about Climate Change” a film made by Sir David Attenborough. This film distils his view of the effects of climate change on biodiversity. Entry is free, no booking required, so come along and share your views!

Friday 13th (weekly)

Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall.

Friday 13th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two worthy charities.

(2nd Wed mthly)

Friday 13th (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and pick up some lovely haberdashery so you can be creative! Beautiful greetings cards - fantastic value. 66


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New Headquarters – Rear of Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road Epsom KT18 5AQ

OPEN DAY DAY

Saturday 21st April - 10am - 4pm Come and celebrate the official opening of the new Scout Headquarters and Youth Hall.

A full day of exciting activities and displays!

Find out about 7th Epsom Scouts and the wonderful programme of events and adventurous activities on offer! All welcome! - Free entry. Refreshments and light lunches available. www.7thepsom.stepsound.co.uk

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Friday 13th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market. 9.30am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Free entry. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac.

Fri 13th & Tues 17th

How 17thC French landscape painters influenced British artists of 18th C such as Turner and Constable. £10 inc refreshments, 01372 272235, email ashteadartlovers@gmail.com

Sunday 15th (3rd Sunday mthly until

The Leatherhead Lions car boot market, Leatherhead Leisure Centre fields, 7.30am, no need to book, just £10 for a car or £14 for a van. Craft stalls are welcome, catering on site. For info contact Tony 01372 274822 or Tom 01372 272360.

Weds 18th & 25th (weekly termtime)

10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead. Come along for a chance to meet other parents and childminders over a cup of coffee while the children play happily

Wed 18th

NHS Blood donor session: - St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead: Two sessions: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

Thurs 19th (3rd Thurs)

Sat 28th

Leatherhead & District Friends Group, Leatherhead Community Centre. 2-4pm, third Thurs of the month. Leatherhead Men’s Breakfasts - 8am, 28th April at United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road. Leatherhead. Discussion meeting "Marriage in a modern world". More info mikeward@abard.com or go to www.churchesleatherhead.org/ 67


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Invitation to families to visit Charity Spring Fair Saturday 7th April - 12pm-4pm

The Children’s Trust is extending a warm invitation to families to visit the charity’s Spring Fair at Tadworth Court, Tadworth. Entry is FREE for all children. Tickets for adults will be £2.50 and can be pre-booked on-line at www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/springfair where places can also be reserved for the Easter egg hunt. The ever popular fair, will provide entertainment and refreshments for all the family, with a range of attractions, including fairground rides, a ‘pets corner’, an Easter egg hunt, Easterthemed games and activities, face-painting, a bouncy castle, go-karting and lots of stalls selling a wide variety of merchandise. Children are invited to enter the Easter Bonnet Competition by either taking along their home-made creations, or making hats at the Fair with materials provided. To find out more about The Children’s Trust’s Spring Fair, or other fundraising events please contact Emma on 01737 365019 or email: eburgess@thechildrenstrust.org.uk The Children’s Trust is a national charity, which provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury. www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk.

A tale of the unexpected from Ashtead Players Ashtead Players are following their comedy success, It Runs in the Family, with an Agatha Christie crime thriller, The Unexpected Guest (see right) The production will run from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April at 8pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee, at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in Woodfield Lane. The play starts with the unexpected arrival of a man at a house after a car accident. He finds a woman standing over the dead body of her husband with a gun in her hand. It looks like an open and shut murder case, but it soon becomes clear that she may be covering up for someone, and why is the man so anxious to help her cover up the crime? Is she truly the killer? There are four other people in the house and they all have motives for the murder. As with all of Agatha Christie's mysteries, the plot has a dozen twists – and red herrings galore – before we learn the truth. Amateur sleuths, be on your mettle! Tickets at £10 (concessions £8) are available from the Box Office on 01737 640352, from Buckley Pharmacy in Barnett Wood Lane, the Framing Workshop in The Street or at the hall on the night. Ashtead Players will also be appearing at Leatherhead Drama Festival on Monday 14 May with an original play by Tony Earnshaw, Stabat Mater, while Young Ashtead Players will perform Bully Dancers by Frank Gibbons in the junior week on Tuesday 8 May 2012. For more information about both groups, please visit their website www.ashteadplayers.co.uk or ring Sue Hawksfield on 01372 279614. 68


What’s On? Ashtead Choral Society will be returning to Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG, on Saturday 28th April 2012 at 7.30pm, when Paul Dodds will be conducting the choir performing Carl Orff’s magnificent Carmina Burana, last presented by the choir nearly 20 years ago, together with a selection of Brahms’ Liebeslieder. Carmina Burana is the name given to a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts from the 11th or 12th centuries, written principally in medieval Latin by students and clergy. The Liebeslieder (New Love Songs), also known as Neue Liebesliederwalzer, were written by Johannes Brahms and is a collection of romantic pieces written for voices and four hands on the piano. The Neue Liebeslieder were written during the Romantic period between 1869 and 1874. Tickets are priced at £18.00 tiered and floor, £16.00 Balcony, under 18’s half price and can be obtained from the Box Office Manager on 07504 332354.

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01372 378670 The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local was the natural way for the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Mid Surrey Link to reach out to a really local audience and Zen's help in laying out the article led to really impressive results. Thank you Zen! Simon Cooke, Mid Surrey Link

Collect supermarket vouchers for schools Last year’s collection

As in previous years, The Rotary Club of Leatherhead is appealing to Mole Valley residents to help the club support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting special schools vouchers from Tesco and Sainsbury's supermarkets. For every ÂŁ10 spent in each of the supermarket chains, customers are given either a 'Schools & Clubs' voucher from Tesco, or an 'Active Kids' voucher from Sainsbury's, which can subsequently be converted by the school into vital computer and sports equipment.

West Hill School (www.west-hill.surrey.sch.uk) is an outstanding special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondary-aged pupils from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism. Over the past four years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, the Rotary Club of Leatherhead has been able to present over 17,000 supermarket vouchers to the school, enabling them to 'buy' hundreds of pounds worth of equipment to support their pupils! Simon Edmands, the Rotary Club's PR Officer, said "This is such a simple way for people to support West Hill School and its pupils. Our club has been working with the school in a variety of ways for quite a few years now and both the pupils and staff alike are a genuine inspiration!"

Please send your vouchers to Rotary Club of Leatherhead, c/o Donovan Hewitt, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN. 70


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Slugs and Snails By Pippa Greenwood This is the time of year when you’re likely to start to notice the presence of slugs and snails in your garden, greenhouse, coldframe, window box....indeed just about everywhere. It never ceases to amaze me how much damage something as small as a slug can do and in such a short space of time. But then the truth of it is, there is never just one slug or one snail, you can always be sure that there will be hoards of them. I garden on clay and our soil is alkaline and so we have a plentiful supply of snails; if you garden on an acidic soil you will generally find that snails are not a problem as they need the calcium to make their shells. To say that they infuriate me would be an understatement, but the type I hate most are those small grey-black keeled slugs that do such a lot of damage to crops such as potatoes. I garden without chemicals so there is no question of using pellets, but I have tried pretty well every other trick in the book.

remember to put a complete circle around the base of the plant, not just a ring or the slugs may simply come up inside the ring and of course check it regularly, replenishing the material as necessary. So before they start to really get a hold, show them who is boss, and take action straight away:

• Encourage wildlife such as ground beetles, birds and hedgehogs I use the biological control nematode Phasmarhabdites hermaphrodita. Although quite • Create barriers around particularly expensive it works brilliantly against slugs and susceptible plants. poses no environmental problems. If you time • Buy or make slug traps. the applications so that the crops, flowers or • If growing potatoes concentrate on earlies other plants are protected while they are at and lift these as soon as possible, and grow their most vulnerable, then it shouldn’t be too varieties that show some resistance to much of an outlay. attack. Slug and snail traps also work well, whether you • Use the biological control as a soil drench to buy your own ‘Slug Pubs’ or make them by control slugs (not snails) plunging plastic beakers into the soil close to • Attach copper strip around the circumference susceptible plants and then part filling them of pots containing slug susceptible plants. with beer. I once did a mini trial on Gardeners’ • Go on night-time slug and snail hunts. Question Time to see which beers slugs and • In late autumn collect up snails from their snails liked best, and Guinness came out hibernating places. tops....with alcohol-free lager proving least popular! I also find that stale milk works well and if you add a small quantity of grain or porridge oats to the liquid, the pests come in at Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and make Veg Growing Easy. Just select the an amazing rate. Make sure that you leave a vegetables you’d like to grow and you’ll receive centimetre or so of the rim of the beaker protruding above the soil level so that beneficial garden ready veg plants PLUS every week Pippa emails you hints, tips and advice about your creatures such as ground beetles don’t fall in. If you create barriers around plants this can help, but I find it less reliable. My preferred materials are coco-shell, pine needles and crushed shells. But whatever you use do

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‘Stunning shrubs for easy beauty’ with Forsythia So what’s the difference between ‘common’ and ‘popular’? Both are terms used to describe the wonderful Forsythia plant. The two terms are often confused but can actually effect the meaning behind a statement, for example ‘popular’ should be used to describe something or someone that a lot of people like, but “common” is used to describe something that occurs often. When something is common, it is not always apparent whether people like it or not. The problem with Forsythia is that it is so ‘common’ that it may be seen as commonplace.

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Traditionally considered a herald of spring, Forsythia is said to be a symbol of Good Nature, Innocence, and Anticipation. Korean legend states that this flower depicts the rejuvenation of love. If you don’t put any stock in symbols and legends then on a more earthly note, who can fail to be cheered by the sight of a mass of yellow blooms dripping from elegant dark arching branches? If the sky is dull, the blaze of yellow brightens the most miserable day.

Forsythia was introduced to our western shores in the 19th century from Japan by William Forsyth, a Scottish botanist and a founding member of the RHS; but not his only claim to fame - Bruce Forsyth traced his family tree back on a recent television program and found he was related to William! The shrub is also native to China and Korea. However, this shrub really took off in popularity when Robert Fortune introduced the Chinese species Forsythia fortune in 1833. In our gardens we mainly grow the plant for its flowers but it has been an essential ingredient in Chinese medicine for centuries. The Chinese used the fruit of the Forsythia for all sorts of remedies but mainly those for all kinds of ‘overheating’ for example: inflammation and swelling, fever, flu, swollen glands, boils, carbuncles and mastitis. The Forsythia plant is a great choice for those of you that have a container garden. They need little care and are hardy in extreme (British) temperatures. They will faithfully supply your garden with bright golden, bell shaped flowers on bare branches in the spring and when the flowers fade, gorgeous green foliage appears and lasts throughout summer and autumn. In winter, the bare branches make a striking garden feature. Forsythia plants are fabulous when left to their own devices to grow wild and free. They can be used successfully as a backdrop but equally are at home when trained onto a trellis. The shrub is particularly useful when grown on slopes as it can help prevent erosion. Other uses include screening, shading or wind breaks. 76


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Cannon Court Evangelical Church - Cannonside, Fetcham

Cannon Court Evangelical Church today

From small beginnings, first fostered by Mr. Evan Evans and his wife Nancy after they came to Fetcham in 1934, a non-denominational church, called Cannon Court Hall, was built in Cannonside. The first services were held in 1936 and it was not long before the congregation rose to the one hundred mark. The Sunday School was also very popular and well attended. During the Second World War many of the locally billeted American and Canadian soldiers came to the Hall which was extended to accommodate them, with Sunday lunch for those who wished. When the soldiers left the area their commanding officer wrote a letter of thanks for all the help and hospitality they had received. Soon after the war the name of the church was changed to Cannon Court Evangelical Church. Evan Evans, who helped set up the Church, passed away on Sunday 25th April 2004, just a few weeks after his 99th birthday. It has continued as an active nonconformist place of worship until the present day. Each Sunday the Church holds firstly a Sunday School and Bible Class, then morning worship. The evening service is followed by a Youth Group. Weekday activities include a Mother and Toddlers Group called Noah’s Ark, Prayer and Bible Study sessions, a Ladies Fellowship and Friday Club. Goff Powell – Extracted from– History of Fetcham L&DLHS 1998 with additions

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Water crisis threatens Surrey's wildlife A local charity is warning of "an impending catastrophe for Surrey's wildlife" this spring and summer. With a major water shortage already creating huge problems across the South East of England, and the Government saying that a hosepipe ban is likely to be imposed this summer, the Leatherhead-based Wildlife Aid Foundation - which has a veterinary hospital in Randalls Road - said it expects to have to cope with "a massive increase in patient numbers this year" due to the impact of the drought on the health and welfare of Surrey's wildlife. Simon Cowell MBE, founder and director of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, said that the prolonged dry weather could have "an absolutely devastating effect on wildlife here in Surrey and across the South East." The reason why the lack of rain is such a catastrophe for wildlife is that very young animals don't know how to find water when it's scarce. "The very least people can do," said Simon, "is to keep an eye open for orphaned wildlife and report any incidents to us here at the Wildlife Aid Foundation. As spring approaches, I would also encourage people to put out shallow dishes of water in their gardens, as this would be a huge help for small animals such as hedgehogs." The Wildlife Aid Foundation is one of the largest charities of its kind in the UK and its Leatherhead hospital handles some 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year. Animal-lovers can become members of the charity and can volunteer to help at the Foundation's wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre. For details of the charity’s work, caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, have a look at their website: www.wildlifeaid.org.uk. 82


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Local Surrey Connection with Titanic Disaster William Murdoch. As we know, his attempt to steer Titanic away from the ice failed. He was also branded a coward and a bully by many of those in Lifeboat Six where he took command. “His situation has been very misunderstood. There have been films, Broadway shows and a musical. Throughout, he has been portrayed as the villain and the coward. If I had found out Robert Hichens acted as a coward and a bully I would still have written the book and said it. I wasn’t scared of that. But I didn’t find that out at all.”

The great-grand daughter of Titanic helmsman, Robert Hichens, has written a book about his life that she hopes will finally clear his name of any wrongdoing. ‘The Man Who Sank Titanic - The Troubled Life Of Quartermaster Robert Hichens’ has been published by History Press and is readily available in books stores and online. When first speaking with Sally Nilsson it became clear she had a strong interest in her greatgrandfather and his life. Indeed, she felt it was high time the truth about him was told since he has been judged harshly by both history, and Hollywood. In 2009, being conscious of the approaching 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking, Sally made the decision to start researching in earnest, and then to write a detailed account of Robert Hichen’s life. Her main focus was to ensure the book would be finished, and in Sally Nilsson publication, by April 15, 2012. In Sally’s own words, “My book is not simply a ‘traditional’ Titanic story. Instead it covers events before, during and after Titanic’s fateful sinking. I wanted to try and put the record straight.” Quartermaster Robert Hichens has gone down in history as the man who ‘Sank Titanic’ and who then refused to go back for survivors whilst in charge of a lifeboat. He was at the wheel when the ship struck an iceberg at 11.40pm on April 15th, 1912 and famously received the order “Hard-a-Starboard” from First Officer

“The traditional story is that Titanic hit a solitary iceberg and the lookouts simply didn’t see it in time. Based upon my research, Titanic was actually heading towards an enormous ice field with many individual icebergs. The numerous ice warnings received before the collision, together with witness statements from the rescue ships all back this up.” After the collision, Hichens was ordered to take Lifeboat Number Six towards a distant light, believed to be a steamboat or fishing vessel that could have assisted in further rescue operations. Robert Hichens ultimately survived and was actually one of the key figures who testified at both the US and British enquiries. “So much was written about him afterwards. He was labelled a terrified coward who refused to turn the lifeboat back and try to rescue survivors in the water. Like other officers he was very concerned of getting caught up in the suction as Titanic sank. He was also worried their lifeboat would have been swamped had he headed back towards the doomed ship. He had a huge responsibility, he was in command of the lifeboat, and he did that job.” In 2010 Lady Louise Patten, grand-daughter of 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller, wrote the controversial book ‘Good as Gold’. According to her, Titanic actually had plenty of time to miss the iceberg but Robert Hichens panicked and simply turned the wheel the wrong way. Patten claimed that her grandfather lied at both enquiries to protect the White Star Line and its employees. Indeed, he only told the truth to his wife. This ‘family secret’ remained hidden until finally revealed in 2010. Patten’s allegation that Hichens caused the disaster is not supported by testimonies given at either enquiry. At these it was established that Sixth Officer James Moody, who was stationed behind Hichens and supervising his actions, confirmed to First Officer William Murdoch that the steering order had been carried out correctly. 84


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his naval career though and spent much time at sea. However, he was considered ‘jinxed’ by many other sailors whilst the White Star Line wanted nothing further to do with him. Over the years he suffered from alcoholism and depression. He was actually invalided out of World War 1 with neurasthenia, which would now be diagnosed as post traumatic stress disorder. In 1933 Hichens was found guilty of attempted murder (and twice trying to commit suicide) after a bitter feud regarding a business arrangement. As a result, he spent five years in prison before being released. Upon his return home, he helped to nurse his wife who had sadly developed a brain tumor. She eventually died in the summer of 1940, when Hichens left Southampton for good. He signed on as 3rd mat aboard the ship ‘English Trader’ but died of heart disease on September 23rd in Aberdeen Harbour.

The claim was also disputed by Sally Nilsson, on Channel 4 News, in September 2010. She explained that Hichens had over twelve years experience, seven of those as Quartermaster steering large ships and liners. He had been responsible on his watch for steering the Titanic for four days before the collision and would not have made such a glaring error.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, Epsom Light Opera Company (ELOC) will be presenting ‘Titanic – The Musical’ at the Epsom Playhouse between Tuesday 17th and Saturday 21st April, 2012. Sally, together with various members of her family, will be After testifying at the US Enquiry, Robert Hichens attending on Wednesday evening and signing returned to England on May 4th aboard the Celtic. copies of her book for those people wishing to He returned to Southampton, where he lived with purchase a copy. his wife Florence and their children. He continued

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Junior Youth Voice Flag Design Winner Announced The final 6 entries were: Oliver Lawman, Age 8 The Weald C of E Primary School Esme Arundell, Age 6 St Martin's C of E Primary School Lily Sky Butterworth, Age 6 St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Heidi de la Hoyde, Age 10 St Paul’s C of E Primary School

On Wednesday 29 February Junior Youth Voice selected and announced the winning design for their exciting Olympic Torch Relay flag competition. 10-year-old Heidi de la Hoyde’s colourful design (pictured above) will feature on 6,000 hand-held flags, which will be given to local primary schools for children to wave whilst watching the Olympic Torch being carried through Dorking and Westcott on 20 July 2012.

Lottie Hawkins, Age 8 St Martin's C of E Primary School James Carleton, Age 7 St Paul’s C of E Primary School

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Working towards sustainable consumption Sustainable Development and the proposed new Tesco Metro store? Sustainable Development is about meeting human needs now and in the future. It includes the idea of the three "interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars" of economy, society, and environmental protection. The UK Government believes that Sustainable Development and climate change are two vitally important challenges facing us in the 21st century. Sustainable Development will reduce the speed and degree of climate change we experience. The Government said it was appropriate to seek energy efficiency standards for new buildings which will not be regretted at a later date – “future-proofing”. In 2009, MVDC adopted its Core Strategy, which includes Policy CS19 on Sustainable Construction, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation. This set a sustainability requirement for new buildings to “meet at least Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for housing, or BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) 'Very Good' construction standards for all other development, or higher as dictated by future legislation and guidance…” Both standards have a list of technical specifications that, if met, provide a score and ranking for the property. Transition Ashtead was therefore surprised that in the new proposal for a supermarket in the Street, Tesco is not currently aiming to meet these sustainability requirements. The only way that Tesco may avoid this is by MVDC granting an exemption to CS19. Tesco claims that it is too difficult for ‘technical and financial’ reasons for it to meet the requirements. Of course, if you try and squeeze too much on to a site you can always claim that it is not technically feasible to meet the requirements. And squeezing too much onto the site is one of the key features of Tesco’s proposal. Tesco claims to be concerned about climate change. They are the Headline Partner for “Climate Week” - a campaign trying to inspire a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Tesco’s statement on the “Climate Week” website says: “We believe that climate change is the most urgent environmental threat facing mankind. We believe that retail businesses can play a powerful role in tackling climate change, and we are determined to play our part.” Strange then, that they should apply for an exemption from meeting local sustainability requirements in their new planning application. The Tesco statement might be seen by some in this case to be a prime example of ‘greenwash’. MVDC expects developers to meet CS19 requirements which the majority of developers do. We can see no reason why, in Tesco’s case MVDC might agree to an exemption for one of the UK’s biggest, and richest, companies. We believe that for long term “future proofing”, it is vitally important that MVDC do not grant an exemption to CS19, as they did last time especially as in Tesco’s own words “climate change is the most urgent environmental threat facing mankind.”

Barrie Mould If the sustainability issues concern you, please see the SAVE website www.saveashead.co.uk for details of how to object to the latest Tesco application. Next Transition Ashtead meeting: Thursday April 12th , Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Film “The Truth about Climate Change” by Sir David Attenborough, followed by discussion and refreshments. Entry is free.

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