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


Wildlife charity say NO to ivory


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Pictograms - Song Titles


Ashtead Rotary


Book reviews - We Are Family


Multi-Charity Event - 23rd June


GO50 walks/cycle rides


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead WI March meeting report


Fetcham Res. Assoc. Membership Form


Dorking Quilters March meeting report


Quiz - Brand Names


Leatherhead museum opens


BUPA London 10K Run


Local history article


Quiz - Movie Settings


Surrey re-use network


Andy’s Blog


Give a cat a home


QEF and ExxonMobil


Concert in aid of Forces Children’s Trust


Guildford Cathedral Abseil


What’s on, pages 70-76


The Easter Egg & The Fool - a story


Gardening - grow your own vegetables


Girls needed for Ashtead Cricket Club


Transition Ashtead


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Leatherhead Food Festival 42-43


MV Police column


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s I write this note we are getting ready to spend a couple of days in Bruges to celebrate my birthday. I have it on very good authority that the national foods of Belgium (other than beer and mussels of course) are chocolate and chips. Needless to say I’m going to love Bruges, what’s not to like? Ashtead Community Vision has established a forum to broadly represent the community with regard to the government’s Localism Act, which was set up to enable communities to have a say in the development of their areas. Mole Valley’s housing target is to build over 2200 homes by 2026 which will require some difficult and uncomfortable decisions to be made over the coming years. ACV is holding an open day at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on Saturday 27th April. More details can be found on page 18. On page 48 you will find an article submitted by The David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust reporting on the plight of hundreds of elephants and rhinos in Africa the worrying statistic that the African elephant will be wiped out within 12 years if current poaching levels continue. This terrible statistic can be halted with your help. 2013 sees the first Leatherhead Food Festival and so many exciting events and demonstrations have been organised around the town on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April, more info can be found on pages 42 and 43. I can’t wait to pop along and see what’s on offer and also find out more about our local producers. The lovely Becky over at Bocketts Farm Park informs me that they are expecting the arrival of over 300 lambs in the next few weeks. It’s always one of the first signs of spring when we see little lambs out in the fields gambolling and having fun. Len Wood of Ashtead Rotary has updated us on all the fundraising and social activities held over the past few months, and by all accounts a very busy time was had by all, Len’s report appears on page 12. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Our beloved Leatherhead Museum will be opened for the season provides local businesses with by the head of Mole Valley Council (Caroline Salmon) on Saturday affordable, quality advertising. Ads 6th April along with another special guest and an opportunity to cost from £53 +VAT per month, per find out about a rather intriguing murder in Leatherhead back in quarter page for a 10,000 residential 1834, page 60. distribution (yes, really!) and can be Ashtead Park Garden Centre in Pleasure Pit Road have some designed where required. tantalising offers for their Olive Tree Restaurant, the voucher can Technical & Legal stuff be found on page 81. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine Ashtead Cricket Club in Woodfield Lane are looking to recruit girls is accurate, the Publisher cannot into their cricket teams. No experience is necessary and, who accept, and hereby disclaims, any knows, your little girl may have a real talent that is lying liability to any party for loss or undiscovered. All the details can be found on page 38. damage caused by errors or omissions For those of you taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday resulting from negligence, accident 21st April, I can only imagine the amount of effort, training and or any other cause. determination you have put in over the past months. I shall be No part of this magazine may be watching it on the television with a bar of Galaxy chocolate for reproduced, stored in any retrieval company and cheering you all on... system, or transmitted in any form All that remains is for me to wish you a lovely Easter on 31st electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without March (don’t forget to move your clocks forward by an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night). prior permission of the Publisher. Although sadly this does mean we lose an All in-house artwork and editorial hour of valuable chocolate eating time presented in this magazine remains on Easter Sunday... the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2013. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Annual General Meeting and Spring Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Ashtead Residents’ Association is to be held on Tuesday 23rd April at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from 7.30pm-8pm.

The Green Belt

The Council are under pressure to find enough land for 3,760 new homes in the period 2006 to 2026. Around 1,500 from this total have already been built almost entrely within the District’s towns and larger villages. The Spring Meeting will follow the AGM from 8pm until However Mole Valley still has to find further space for 9pm. This year, we will have a presentation on another 2,200 homes, with some 450 coming from Leatherhead Theatre from Tim Caffell, Chief Executive Ashtead. For this reason eyes are now looking at the of The Leatherhead Revival Trust, who will talk about its Green Belt. Previously sacrosanct, the Council is under opening as the Thorndike Theatre in September 1969. pressure to find spaces for these extra homes and areas Princess Margaret formally opened the Theatre and this of the Green Belt are being reviewed. was a true night of celebration for Leatherhead, the community and the arts! This recently Grade II listed Within Ashtead, the newly formed Ashtead Community building was truly innovative in its time and even won Vision will have the role of submitting a Neighbourhood an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects Development Plan and within this plan the Forum will be for its design. required to include a review of the Green Belt boundary. This is not to say the Green Belt will be We hope very much to see as many residents as possible affected but the Neighbourhood Forum will be required attending what promises to be a very interesting to demonstrate that they have carried out a full and presentation. rigorous review of the Green Belt boundary and this will be done in conjunction with regular consultation with Allotments in Barnett Wood Lane Ashtead residents. Much has been made in the local press about the potential plans for the area of land near the It is our understanding that less than 1% of the Green Leatherhead ByPass and the effect this would have on Belt would be affected by the review and as both the allotments. Are you affected by these plans whether Bookham and Ashtead will have the Forums in place, at as an allotment holder or a property owner in nearby least we the residents will have a great say in what’s roads? Rumours are rife and unsubstantiated that this proposed, rather than it being imposed upon us from ‘on will be a retail park, huge hotel complex or housing. We high’. have even heard scare-mongering rumours of another The Association is closely involved with our own Bluewater! In truth, nothing is yet certain and will not Neighbourhood Forum and many members, including a be until the Council receive tenders from interested number from the Standing Committee, are also on the developers. Forum. As plans are formulated, we will work in As your Residents’ Association we need to know your concert with the Forum to ensure the involvement and concerns so that we may adequately represent you. input of Ashtead’s residents. Contact us on More details are available on the MVDC web site (Search under “Green Belt Boundary Review”).

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION We invite you to our next Special Meeting on Monday 8th April at 8 pm at The Letherhead Institute. A panel of three eminent speakers will address members and visitors on current community issues: 'Poors' Allotments, the Green Belt Review, our 'Market Town', with Qs & As. If like us you are concerned, please join us. This will be preceded by a short AGM at 7.30pm.

How important is the Ashtead gap, particularly when we have the separation by the motorway? Are the gains of a development (details of which are unknown) sufficient to outweigh the benefits of the allotments and the loss of the open land? Should we even consider the possible development when deciding on the changes to the Green Belt? Please come and share your thoughts, knowledge and ideas. Light refreshments will be available.

Epsom Hospital Update The Leatherhead Community Association and the LRA are jointly inviting representatives from the Better Services Better Value experts to explain to us the proposals involved in improvement of Hospital Services, which appear to involve reduction of Lucy Quinnell, saviour of Teazle Wood will present a services at Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals. Please short slide show and speak on current concerns and watch for the posters re this meeting. actions. LRA Member Discounts - simply show your current membership card. Discounts are not available in Andy Smith, Surrey Branch Director of CPRE, will conjunction with special offers. share his knowledge of the Mole valley Green Belt, and green spaces. Edmund Tylney Pub, 30-32 High St, 20% on food only John Howarth, Acting Chairman of the Leatherhead Area Partnership Ltd and a director of Action for Market Towns will tell us what has happened to other Town Centres when they had to compete with out of town developments.

Much of this brings a focus on the land on either side of the M25, between Ashtead and Leatherhead. This is within the Green Belt, and is currently under review. The Council has invited developers to put forward schemes for this site, with a view to selling or leasing the land. But to make it large enough to be attractive for a developer, they have suggested that the allotment gardens on the south side of Barnett Wood Lane should be transferred to open land on the Ashtead side of the Motorway also in the Green Belt, and to the north of the railway line. For the hundred or so allotment holders, most of whom walk to their allotments from home, this is devastating news.

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An Eventful Year Ashtead's Rotary Club has been extremely active over the last few months organising outings for our senior citizens, Christmas Street Collections, supporting the Ashtead Traders' evening, joining Inner Wheel for their party to raise funds for 'Crisis at Christmas' and much else besides. Here are a few more of our activities and the essential support we have provided.

Santa at Woodlands School

This year we donated £10,000 to Woodlands School to allow them to buy a minibus which is adapted to carry their largest wheelchair but is small enough to allow use of a regular driving licence. It has a modern low emissions engine so it can be taken into London without penalty. We helped their open day by running the BBQ and one of our members, Alan Howell, took the part of Santa Claus. The youngsters there so enjoyed meeting him.

Membership of the Rotary Club is not all hard graft and serious obligation. A group of us made a trip to London (pic right), organised by member Achim Vogt, to celebrate the Oktoberfest which is held in Munich every year. Traditional German beer and a meal of Wurst, Sauerkraut & Kartoffeln was served by waitresses in their equally traditional dirndls all to the accompaniment of a guitar and accordion group.

As Christmas approached we organised a showing of the film 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' (Maggie Smith & Judy Dench) for 60 or so of our Senior Citizens and laid on an afternoon Tea Party with entertainment (see left). Our Street Collections in The Street, Craddocks Parade and Barnett Wood Lane raised a little over £1600 Joy Wemms & Nicole Smith with three seniors at the film show At the time of writing the purple crocuses are just coming into bloom on the corner next to The Pond (pictured right). These were planted by Rotary with the help of children from Barnett Wood Infants School to mark the final stages of our campaign to rid the world of Polio . . . . . purple to symbolise the dye which is applied to a finger of an inoculated child so that none get missed and none are treated twice. Only three countries now have the wild polio virus still endemic. Just £1 will fund the inoculation of 5 vulnerable children. For more details and advice on how to join the fun please contact secretary Keith Allardyce on 01372 727573 or 12

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Calling all charities and car boot sale fans! On Sunday 23rd of June the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society are to hold the first of what we hope will be many, BIG CHARITY FUNDRAISING SHOWS in the Mole Barn at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. All charities and other non profit making groups will be very welcome to hire a pitch (10 ft x 6 ft with a 6 ft x 2 ft table) for the day for only £10! Also, if you are a fan of the good old car boot shows, you may be interested in hiring a pitch for a bric-a-brac stall to bring in some extra housekeeping or holiday money, you also only need to pay £10! So, if you want to raise some money for your favourite charity, school, club or organisation, just send an email to: for details and an application form. If you run a full or part time business and would like to either sell or advertise your wares or services, you will also be made very welcome. A trade stall is £40 for the basic pitch but we can negotiate with you if you want something larger. We have contacted a vast number of charities to date to see if they would like a stall and quite a few of them have said that they would like to come but are unable to do so due to the lack of volunteer staff. We would therefore like to ask you all, if you would like to join our ‘’Helping Hands’’ team to offer those charities quite literally ‘’a helping hand’’ to run their stalls, either for them, or alongside a regular member. We also require a few volunteers to help us on the day. So, if you are of a charitable nature, perhaps you might like to offer your services by emailing Brian Davis on:- .

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Not only do we have the above, but we are also running a SPONSORED TREASURE HUNT for the benefit of any of the charities in the hall on the day, which will take in parts of Surrey and Sussex. A list of charities will be made available later on for you to choose from when we know precisely who is coming. The cost of entry will be £5 and all of the fees will be used to provide prizes for the winners. If you wish to enter but cannot obtain any sponsorship, then do not worry too much about it, you can enter just for the fun of it but obviously we would ideally prefer sponsored vehicles. You may wish to consider taking passengers with you that are less fortunate than yourselves, such as the disabled, elderly people or recuperating members of the armed forces from Headley Court and Tyrwhitt House for a pleasant day out, if they would like to of course! Please send an email to for an entry form.

All funds raised by the organising society will go towards the full restoration of the old blue steam engine (see below) that once stood at the rear of the centre. Although we only paid the sum of £1 for the engine, it will cost many thousands of pounds to get it back in steam again. So, if you can come along on June 23rd to raise some funds for yourselves, you will also be helping us to reach our goal! The engine can be viewed at Isfield on the Lavender Line in East Sussex. You can read more about it on our website, . The event is a little way off as yet but if you would like to meet some of our team beforehand, we will have our show stand at the Surrey Society of Model Engineers open day at Mill Lane, Leatherhead on Good Friday (29th March) and also we will be at Ashtead Village day event on 8th June.

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Stand up and be counted for the future of Ashtead Infrastructure’. All the groups are interconnected; for example if land that is currently used for business was designated for housing what impact would that have on employment? Or if a large number of new homes were built in one area what impact would that have on the drains, roads or schools? There will be a number of consultations; the first is an on-line survey in April. This focuses predominately on WHAT the It’s time for people living and working in housing need is for the next 15 years, and Ashtead to take part in the first local what type of housing is required. For community survey. example will you want a 2 bedroom house, flat, retirement home or bungalow? What The Localism Act enables communities to do you think gives Ashtead its special have a greater say in the development of character - the large older houses, the their neighbourhoods. Ashtead Community common, or wide tree lined streets? Vision (ACV) has established a Forum of 40 WHERE should new developments go, and individuals who are broadly representative what about housing density etc? of the community to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). To do that For the Green Belt Boundary Review ACV need to determine attitudes to the various ACV needs to provide information and consult with the community, seeking their areas of green belt that surround Ashtead. opinions on how they would like the village Nine distinct areas have been identified; to develop in the next 15 years and create the questionnaire asks you to rate each one on its use in preventing merging, a vision for Ashtead. encroachment, and its value as a green The housing target is to build 2,260 homes amenity. There are no easy answers, but if you live or work in Ashtead ACV need your by 2026 across Mole Valley. Ashtead’s share is likely to be about 30-40 houses per opinions. To register for the newsletter and to have your say by taking part in year for the next 15 years. Many new dwellings can go on ‘Brownfield’ sites, eg the on-line survey visit the website: land that has previously been developed which includes back garden ‘infilling’ and On Saturday 27th April there is a drop in redevelopment, however that may not day at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. satisfy the need and therefore MVDC is conducting a Green Belt Boundary Review On display will be lots more information, (GBBR). Since Ashtead is producing its own maps, examples of developments, and NDP, it can carry out its own Green Belt people from ACV on hand to answer Boundary Review. questions and collect your views. Paper versions of the survey will be available. ACV not only has to consult with the community, it also needs to inform Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 email: everyone about the issues and look at the impact of development. It has three sub Find us on Face book Ashtead Community groups ‘Housing’, ‘Business & Economy’ Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV and ‘Transport, Environment and 18

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New location for Leatherhead Help Shop The Leatherhead Help Shop has now moved to the library in The Mansion on Church Street. Customers will still see the same friendly faces as before and the services they offer will not change. Their payment kiosk has also moved with them.


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The Easter Egg and the Fool This was going to be an unusual Easter Monday.The joys of over consumption of chocolate were to be combined with the joys of April Fools Day and the children were determined to make the most of the coincidence, especially as their father was going to be at home.

eggs. She was about to fry them when she heard the piercing squeals of her children through the ceiling. She decided to abandon the idea of a cooked breakfast and carefully put both boxes back into the fridge. Sam and the children came downstairs, soaking wet but laughing. Sam announced that he’d love to have a big Easter Monday brunch and suggested fried eggs and bacon.

Sam was the world’s biggest practical joker and April Fool’s Day was one of the highlights of his year. His favourite hoax of all time was the 1957 BBC clip, narrated by Richard Dimbleby where they filmed ‘spaghetti trees’. He showed it to Ben, Daniel and Sarah when they were younger and even spent an afternoon with them at the garden centre, looking for young spaghetti trees to buy.

Ruth said that she really couldn’t be bothered to cook today after their big Easter Sunday lunch the day before and suggested that he take over. Sam looked disappointed and enthusiastically tried to persuade his wife to cook him some eggs but Ruth was adamant. Sam then had an idea. He would cook, but first he would show them a special ability that he had.

Another year he came home with a tattoo of Popeye on his upper arm and managed to convince Ruth that it was genuine for almost a week.

He took the egg box out of the fridge and invited his family to sit down at the kitchen table. He opened the box and checked inside. Sam then took out an egg and dramatically held it above Daniel’s head. He dared Daniel to let him crack it open but his son, quite understandably, refused. He then went round the table, repeating his challenge to each child and then finally to his quizzical wife. Everybody declined, in spite of Ruth’s strangely fervent assurances that it would be an ‘eggcellent’ hair conditioner.

The children loved and hated his tricks in equal measure and tried their hardest to retaliate. They put clingfilm over the loo seat, whoopee cushions on the chairs and fake dog poo on the living room carpet. Ruth found it all completely exhausting but enjoyed watching the children joining forces to try and trick their Dad. She loved the expression on his face when they stuck a folded diamond shaped piece of paper on the wallpaper in the hall. It really looked as though it Sam took the egg, held it above his own head with had been ripped and he was absolutely furious. a flourish and then slammed it down. The Not as furious, however, as when he discovered children were speechless as they watched his the fake parking notice on his car. astonished face. The raw egg slowly and This April Fool’s Day her husband would be at inevitably oozed through his curly brown hair and home and Ruth was nervous. dribbled down his face. A large globule of yolk casually made its way down his nose, collected at The fun started when Sam went out for his its tip before dropping soundlessly onto the table morning jog. He took a water bottle from the in front of him. fridge and left the house as usual. He was back Ruth tried to keep a straight face but the home after five minutes, soaking wet and overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and delight seething. The children had put holes the water got the better of her:“You should have written on bottle so that when he took off the lid and tried the box, instead of using a post it note. Post it to drink, all the water poured out. He found a notes are so easy to move around… Happy April water pistol in the garage, filled it and went to Fool’s Day darling!” wake up his children… Ruth wanted to cook a lovely Sunday breakfast. She took the eggs out of the fridge and tried to crack one into the frying pan. It wouldn’t break open. Confused, she took a second one out of the box. As she did so, she saw a little post it note, stuck on the inside of the lid. It read “Eggstremely hard to crack? April Fool!” Ruth had to admire her husband’s ingenuity at being able to hard boil six eggs without her knowledge. Sam was still upstairs so Ruth took out another box of

Copyright Sarah Lott February 2013 Website: Email: Tel: 01372 373844 Twitter: @thememorybook


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Take part in our studies and get paid! Leatherhead Food Research is always looking for paid volunteers from Leatherhead and the surrounding area to assist us with taste testing and nutrition studies. Studies range from eating and giving feedback on various food and drink products to assessing the impact of certain foods on appetite. To learn more about the different types of studies you can participate in, please visit If you are interested in taking part, simply register for our Nutrition Studies at Or, to register for SenseReach™ Consumer Testing, go to

Follow SenseReach™ Consumer Testing on Facebook – simply type sensereach into the search field or go to

We are situated a 5 minutes’ walk from Leatherhead Railway Station Randalls Road Leatherhead Surrey KT22 7RY UK T +44 (0)1372 376761 F +44 (0)1372 386228 W Leatherhead Food Research is a trading name of Leatherhead Food International Limited. Registered in England No. 3420548.


Girls Needed for Ashtead Cricket Club U9, U11 & U13 Teams Could your daughter be the next Charlotte Edwards? Now in its third season, Ashtead Cricket Club are growing their girls’ cricket as a big priority for the Junior section of the club and are keen to recruit new players, no experience needed.

Any interested girls are invited to come along to Woodfield Lane at 10am on Sunday 28th April 2013 for a FREE ‘try out’ session. Girls’ cricket is one of the fastest growing sports, with several local clubs keen to play Ashtead CC in a variety of friendly fixtures and fun tournaments. This is a great opportunity for all girls to have fun, learn some of the essential cricket skills - and make friends. Our coach will be training them in the fundamental batting, bowling and fielding skills of the game to enable them to experience and enjoy one of the UK’s most popular summer sports. Girls’ Cricket runs every Sunday morning at 10am–11am at Ashtead CC, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BJ from Sunday 28th April.

For more details or to register your interest, please email Sarah Culhane at or contact Sarah Makroum: 07766 103296. 38

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Art, Jewellery & Gifts “I am delighted with the response to the adverts that Fire & Iron has placed in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local; it has proved to be a terrific way for us to communicate with our local audience, reaching people in an economical and highly effective way. Zen is incredibly helpful and friendly too, which makes the whole process of placing a single advert, or planning a long-term campaign, very easy.” Lucy Quinnell, Fire & Iron

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The Surrey Hills Cookery School is happy to be supporting the Leatherhead Food Festival. For all our up coming classes, please visit our website.


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Join Swimathon 2013 and make a splash for Marie Curie Cancer Care Leatherhead Leisure Centre Friday 26th - Sunday 28th April

Fusion Lifestyle, in partnership with Mole Valley District Council invites people of all ages to dive into the world’s biggest fundraising swim at Leatherhead Leisure Centre between 26th – 28th April. Last year, Swimathon participants at pools operated by Fusion Lifestyle raised over £96,000, this year Fusion aim to raise over £100,000. Dan Reynolds, Head of Community Development commented; “This is always a standout event in our leisure centre’s calendars, it is a great way for people to get active and raise money for a fantastic cause.” Held across the UK Swimathon 2013 sees thousands of swimmers challenge themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or Team 5k/1.5k challenges, while raising vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide care and support for terminally ill people at the end of their lives. Swimathon President and Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Goodhew (pictured above, centre) said: “With the start of the New Year, what better way to kick-start a healthy new fitness regime than hitting the pool and training up for a Swimathon challenge. Every stroke counts as our dedicated Swimathon 2013 swimmers raise funds for Marie Cure Cancer Care by swimming one of our individual or team challenges.

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Say NO to the ivory trade when it was presented to Secretary General of CITES, John Scanlon on 13th March. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement that regulates international trade in wild animal and plant species. Delegates have been meeting this March in Bangkok to discuss the future of many threatened species, including the African Elephant. The DSWT will continue to push for a total ban on ivory and as a direct Following on from January’s brutal slaughter of 12 witness to the effects of elephant poaching within African Elephants in one single poaching attack in the region on a daily basis, the DSWT’s focus Kenya, local wildlife charity The David Sheldrick remains to provide immediate protection and relief Wildlife Trust (DSWT) strengthen their Antito elephant populations in Kenya. Demand for their Poaching efforts and sent over 40,000 signatures to programmes which include Anti-Poaching CITES as people around the world say NO to ivory. operations, Aerial Surveillance, Mobile Vet units and the rescue of orphaned elephants and rhinos Leatherhead based charity, the DSWT is best known has risen sharply as a direct result of the increased for its work rescuing and raising orphaned elephants poaching in Kenya. and black rhinos in Kenya. However, as the You can directly support the work of the DSWT by numbers of rescues continues to rise as a direct fostering an orphaned elephant or rhino in their result of increased poaching in Kenya, the charity care, providing essential funds for the hand-rearing decided that action on a global level was needed. of orphans so that they might ultimately return to With demand for ivory far exceeding supply, the the wild when grown. DSWT created an online petition that called on supporters to ‘Say No to the Ivory Find out more about the DSWT’s work: Trade.’

If left unchecked, current elephant poaching levels would see the African Elephant disappear in 12 years

Fundraise for us! Contact: Lucy Read, Fundraising & Communications Officer, DSWT 01372 844608

Founder of the DSWT, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, explains “Elephants as a species are today facing very grave threats. The demand for ivory has escalated in the Far East, particularly in China where the populace is becoming more opulent”. “Despite claims, inadequate measures are being taken internationally to tackle the illegal sale of ivory around the world. That’s why only with a complete ban on the trade of all ivory in any form will Africa’s Elephants be given the chance to survive in the wild.” To reach out to more supporters, the campaign was also translated into Japanese and Chinese/Mandarin and in total garnered over 40,000 signatures



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We Are Family

My Family and Other Animals: Gerald Durrell

Eccentric but enchanting, Durrell recalls his blissful childhood growing up on a Greek Island. Scorpions and snakes abound, as well as colourful characters and the all-round air of plain bonkers -madness that we associate with family life. Chaotic and hypnotic, this book is hugely funny and hasn’t lost any of its appeal over the years.

For kids, April means the Easter holidays. Time for illfated camping trips and long drives squished in the back of the car…are we there yet? We’ve picked some of the best books about family life and how to survive.

character when the book was first published and certainly she can be read as a very selfish protagonist, but subsequent generations have come to recognise Edna’s plight, her need for a sensuous relationship and ultimately, her freedom.

Everybody Jam: Ali Lewis

Never were there such devoted sisters…until you add domestic turmoil, death and boys into the mix. Amy, Beth, Jo and Meg are the March sisters growing up during the Civil War era. Jo doesn’t want to cut her hair off and Meg doesn’t want to be a governess, but you have to admit that Beth comes off worst! It’s an all-American classic and is a definite must-read for any teenage girl, whether you have sisters or not.

The Dawson family is used to harsh climates and tough situations: they run a cattle station in Australia’s Northern Territory. Plagued by drought, this year’s ‘muster’ will be another battle with the elements. But there’s more to contend with than the outdoors this year. Eldest son Jonny has been killed but no one talks about it, 14 year old Sissy is pregnant after ‘rooting’ with an Aboriginal lad and there’s a new Pommie house girl who can’t even make toast. Told through the eyes of 13 year old Danny, it’s a story of a strong clan who overcome adversity and survive, way out in the outback.

The Awakening: Kate Chopin

The Red House: Mark Haddon

Little Women: Louisa May Alcott

This is the hopeless tale of New Orleans housewife Edna Pontellier who struggles like a caged bird, batting against the bars and confines of domesticity. There was little empathy for the

How do siblings become total strangers? Brought together by the death of their mother, Angela and her brother Richard have only really communicated through phone calls for the last 50

decade or so. Now Richard has invited Angela and her growing brood to spend a week with them in deepest darkest Wales. The book flits between characters but once you’re into the rhythm of how these two families tick, it’s a great read that’s full of sibling-rivalry, trips and falls down memory lane and getting to know each other all over again.

We Need to Talk About Kevin: Lionel Shriver

This is the shocking and disturbing story of a family torn apart when the eldest son carries out a massacre at his school. It’s powerfully told through a series of letters written by his mother, Eva to her husband Franklin as she tries to come to terms with the atrocities carried out by Kevin. It brings up all kinds of questions about nature versus nurture and how siblings and parents impact on each other’s lives. Throughout the book we can begin to piece together exactly what took place in the high school gym, but it still won’t prepare you for the startling conclusion. Quite simply, a brilliant thriller. The Red House by Mark Haddon, published by Jonathan Cape. Used by permission of The Random House Group Limited

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Clubs & Activities GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks and Cycle Rides for the 50+ age group.

This is just a taste of what’s on offer. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email:


April Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Thu 4 : Leatherhead : 7m Generally level walk along the Mole Gap Trail to Westhumble. Picnic with a view to the spire of St Barnabas, Ranmore Common. Return via Fetcham Downs. 10:30am start outside Leatherhead Leisure Centre. TQ162558 / KT22 9BL (T) Bus 479 | Mon 8 : Ashtead Common & Princes Coverts : 5½m Edge of Ashtead Common, through Princes Coverts Crown Estate. Fairly flat, no stiles. Meet 10am (10:15am start) at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. On B280 between Epsom and Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Tue 9 : Brockham : 5m Flat walk to Betchworth Park, Greensand Way, Strood Green, Wheelers Lane. Can be muddy. Meet 10am on north side of Brockham Green. TQ197496 / RH3 7JS | Wed 10 : Henfold Lakes, Newdigate : 4m Varied, level walk. Toilets & refreshments. Meet 10:15am at Fisheries car park. From A24, turn left into Chart Lane Sth, off Dorking by-pass, continue past Fourwents Pond into Henfold Lane. Henfold Lakes sign is on left approx 3m south of Dorking. TQ187438 / RH5 4RW | Fri 12 : Denbies Vineyard : 7½-8m Walk towards Westhumble, ascend to Admiral Way & Polesden Lacey. On return, descend through the vineyards. Lovely views, one steady ascent. Meet at 10am at Denbies Wine Estate CP. Off A24. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Bus 465 / Dorking station | Thu 18 : Headley Heath : 4m Undulating walk over heathland. One steep hill, steps to return to CP. Refreshments at kiosk or bring snack. Meet at 10am at NT Headley Heath CP, Headley Common Rd B2033, opp cricket pitch (non-NT £2.50). TQ205538 / KT18 6NN | Fri 19 : Friday Street : 3½m Scenic undulating walk, mainly woodland. One short steep climb & one short steep descent. Pub lunch. Meet 10:15am. From A25 between Abinger Hammer & Wotton turn south into Hollow Lane. After 1.2m turn left towards Friday Street. Car park is ½m on right. TQ125457 / RH5 6JR | Tue 23 : Leith Hill : 8-9m Fairly hilly, wooded walk. Circular bluebell trail, then to Holmbury St Mary for pub/picnic lunch. Meet at 10am at The Landslip car park, ½m south of Coldharbour village. TQ146432 / RH5 6HG | Fri 26 : Horsted Keynes/Lingfield : 8½-9m Pleasant, easy, gently undulating walk along Sussex Border Path, open fields to Lingfield for picnic lunch in village. Return through farms on outskirts of Ardingly to Horsted Keynes. Meet at 10am in free CP off village. TQ384281 / RH17 7AE

April Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Tue 2 : Forest Green: 12m Easy ride on quiet roads. Meet at the Parrot pub car park, Forest Green, just off B2126 Ockley Rd, opposite the forge. TQ129412 / RH5 5RZ | Mon 8 : Headley: 12m Heathland & some single track around Headley, Walton & Mickleham. Steady pace. Meet at the Cock Inn, Headley. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE | Fri 12 : Bocketts Farm: 15m Hilly, challenging ride to Polesden Lacy, Ranmore Church, Denbies Vineyard, Box Hill & Norbury Pk. Meet at Bocketts Farm. TQ152549 / KT22 9BS | Mon 15 : Outwood: 14m Discover some exciting new bridleways in east Surrey. Optional refreshment stop. Meet at the car park 100 yds northwest of the Windmill at Outwood (TQ326457). Free parking. RH1 5PW | Mon 22 : Mogador: 14m Circular tour of local heaths, commons & woodland. No killer hills, but can be muddy in parts. Meet at the Sportsman pub, Mogador, KT20 7ES. TQ239532

April Nordic Walks

(walking boots/suitable footwear recommended, bring Nordic poles)

Fri 26 : Abinger Roughs : 5m Pleasant walk through woods & farmland with great views. Some stiles. Refreshments afterwards. Meet at 10:15am at Abinger Roughs NT car park, bottom of White Down Lane off A25. TQ110480 / RH5 6QS (nearest p/c) 52

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O N T B E N You have two minutes to find all the words of three or more letters that can be made from the letters above. Plurals are allowed, proper nouns are not. The 6 letter word will always be just a normal everyday word.

3 letters: 10 4 letters: 6 5 letters: 1 6 letters: 1 Answers on page 68


Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness Burns 20-40% extra calories than normal walking Uses 90% of your major muscles Takes pressure off your knees and joints For further info contact Becki Stevenson

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The Fairfield Centre, Leatherhead An over 60s Social Centre for pleasure, leisure and learning in the heart of Leatherhead

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Music & Movement Tai Chi Pilates Yoga Line Dancing Ballroom Dancing Art Classes Sing-Alongs

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Computer Lessons Coach Trips Lunches - daily Celebration lunches Hairdressing Chiropody Beauty Treatments

All at low prices to enable you to join in For more info on classes or services contact:

The Fairfield Centre, 34 Swan Court, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH

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Big investment in Leatherhead Tennis Club Over recent years £250,000 has been invested in new facilities at Leatherhead Tennis Club. As a result, the club now boasts an excellent clubhouse, two new artificial clay courts and four resurfaced hard courts with floodlights. The club offers a year-round range of activities including adult and junior coaching, ‘turn-up and play’ club sessions for varying levels, team matches, tournaments and many social events. In a recent survey, members cited ‘friendliness’ as one of the club’s top features. The club is keen to encourage youngsters to take up the sport and so its coaches regularly visit local schools. Adult and junior coaching sessions are popular and well attended. There is a successful Saturday ‘rusty player’ programme to help adults return to the game and this year there will also be a coaching programme for ‘midweek Mums’. Located in Cannon Grove, Fetcham, the annual Open Day takes place on Saturday April 20th from 2-5pm. The club welcomes new members, so come along to see the new facilities and find out about programmes and membership. If you fancy hitting a ball, wear your trainers or tennis shoes - the club can provide tennis rackets and other players! If you can’t make the open day, come and speak to a coach on a Tuesday evening (adults) or Saturday morning (juniors). Leatherhead Tennis Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club run on a not-for-profit basis by its members. Annual membership fees are highly competitive and there is no additional joining fee. New or rusty players who are uncertain about membership are welcome to join a coaching programme first. More information is available from the club’s website ( or by calling 01372 379619.


Education & Tuition At Surrey Hills Onward Learning, (a provider of adult education classes) we are delighted to have the opportunity to appear in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. The ‘A & L Local’ is well presented, accessible and has a wide readership, so ideal for getting one’s brand known. Every time we include an advertisement we get several enquiries which result in enrolments.

French and Spanish Tuition and Translation

We are sure that the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local has contributed significantly to the rise of our student numbers by some 15% during the last year. Jill Harris, Principal

All Levels Welcome

Shelagh Linford BA (Hons) For further information please contact:

Tel: 01372 373954


Mixed Blessings We have found much interest in courses where two or three tutors are gathered together to discuss a subject from different perspectives, in particular history, literature and art appreciation. So our 2013 – 2014 programme, starting in September, will include several such five-week courses. The first of these – Arthurian Legends (Wednesday afternoons) considers the stories of the Knights of the Round Table, of Galahad and the Holy Grail, of Tristan and Isolt, of the Lady of Shalott, from their medieval backgrounds, through the poetry of Thomas Malory and Alfred Lord Tennyson, to their depiction by William Morris, Holman Hunt and other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. There will also be a visit to the House of Lords to see William Dyce’s paintings of Le Morte D’Arthur. The next, on Monday afternoons, is inspired by the recent discovery of the bones of Richard III, the self-styled Sun of York. Was he, as Shakespeare portrays him, the murderer of the Princes in the Tower, and other members of royalty who ‘disappeared’, or a would-be social reformer, cut down in his prime by a cousin (Henry Tudor) with a somewhat tenuous claim to the throne? In the same series we are running a course on the Bloomsbury Group, looking at their lives and loves, and their achievements. Virginia Woolf’s very personal A Room of One’s Own will be studied, as will her sister Vanessa Bell’s works of art.

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website 57

Ashtead WI - March 2013 Meeting We were very pleased to welcome yet another new member to our March meeting, and our Treasurer announced that we now have 50 members in our W.I. This was a particularly happy and bright evening as we had been asked to anticipate Easter with an array of Easter Bonnets, so an abundance of flowers, eggs, chickens! and lots of amusement. Unfortunately our scheduled speaker was unable to join us, but we were very well entertained by Mr David Allen on ‘Murder in Victorian Times’ with three true stories researched at The National Archives and original newspapers, with the appropriate bloodthirsty accounts of the miscreants’ activities. One was about a Daniel Good in 1832 hanged for murder, and that Scotland Yard was eventually begun as a result of his detection and capture. Another intriguing story was about a Mrs Thomas, killed and dismembered by her housekeeper, and where all the various parts of the body went to! The third was of Madeleine Smith who had an affair with a man who wouldn’t return her love letters on her marriage to another. She tried to poison him with arsenic three times, but surprisingly was ‘found not proven’ after his death. Quite a lot is planned for our future events, including a visit to the Chelsea Hospital, and another to Arundel for the carpet of flowers at Corpus Christi. Members are welcome to join our sub-groups for Reading, Theatre, Craft, Scrabble, Lunch & the new Walking group. We would welcome visitors to our 3rd April meeting, 7.30pm for 7.45pm, when Mrs Jean Haynes will be telling us about Life as a Lady Bailiff.

Dorking Quilters

The Celia Cross Greyhound Trust is grateful to your magazine for featuring our recent annual fundraising sale. We had hundreds of visitors and a lot of interest in our dogs who paraded to find a home. Thanks to your coverage, we had many attend from our local area. We wish you continued success with your super ‘newsy’ magazine which keeps us all so well informed. Margaret Freshwater, Trustee, Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

Dorking Quilters met in March for a sewing evening. Some members brought their own sewing, and others were involved in completing the group quilt which we have been making over the past months. Next month, on 9th April, we have Liza Jones of the Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild coming to talk to us. Our meeting is as usual at the Friends’ Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, and begins at 7.30 for 8pm.

The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local is eagerly read and the perfect place to ask for charity volunteers – we have always had an excellent response - including a call half an hour after the magazine was delivered! Vanessa Smith, Promotions Manager, The Brigitte Trust

Further information can be obtained from Sheena, on 01306 885597.


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01372 374125 63b High Street, Leatherhead Leatherhead Museum Opens Saturday 6th April - 10.30am

The museum will be officially opened by the Chairman of Mole Valley Council, Councillor Caroline Salmon. Special guest is renowned folk singer, Shirley Collins MBE, who will be opening a display about the song ‘The Poor Murdered Woman’ which was written by James Fairs, an agricultural labourer (of Fairs Rd, off Kingston Road, which was subsequently named after him), about an unknown woman who was found murdered on Leatherhead Common in 1834. James Fairs’ grandson opened Fairs greengrocers in Leatherhead which traded in the High Street until the 1970s.

Leatherhead Museum courtesy of Andy Newbold Photography


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It is believed the murdered woman was laid to rest in the Leatherhead Parish churchyard ‘a woman, name unknown, found dead in the Common Field’ as written by the vicar, Reverend Dallaway in the Parish Register on 15th January 1834. Was the murderer ever traced? Come to the museum and find out...

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Could wearing glasses be causing you neck and upper back issues? clearly past the edges of your glasses? If the answer is 'yes', then your glasses could be affecting the structure of your neck, leading to functional problems which cause pain.

In recent months we have seen an increase in the number of patients who have come to our clinic suffering with neck, shoulder and upper back pain. A number of these patients wear glasses.

Common symptoms are: • Neck and shoulder stiffness and/or aching, especially after sitting for long periods of time e.g. driving, sitting at the computer or reading a newspaper. • A sharp stabbing pain in the middle of the shoulder blades. • Arm pain such as aching, pins and needles, weakness – this indicates a nerve irritation which may be due to mal-positioning of the spinal bones. • Headaches. These can be at the base of the neck, radiating to the forehead, or temporal area or behind the eyeball itself, sometimes described as a ‘pulling/sharp Test yourself (if you wear glasses) stabbing behind the eye.’ • Sit with your head facing forwards and keep it still. Here at the RJ clinic we would be able to • Look up to the ceiling, then to the floor and restore your body back to its optimal side to side. position, repair the inflamed muscles and • Can you see the edges of your glasses? tendons. Call for an appointment on 01372 • Do you need to turn your head to see 363721 or go to Did you know that wearing glasses can affect the way in which you stand, hold and move your upper body, possibly leading to stiffness, restriction and muscle spasm in the neck and upper back? It can also affect the way you walk. The use of multifocal glasses affects our stepping accuracy, meaning we are less able to judge steps as accurately, leading to an increased load on one or more of our joints. This puts strain on the joints. Another study has shown that those above the age of 65 years old are particularly at risk of multifocal glasses affecting their gait.


Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 50

Donald Campbell – Prior’s Ford - Campbell Court Prior’s Ford 1966 showing Donald Campbell’s proposed Bluebird on the right with Bluebird 7 and his own ‘E’ type Jaguar. Far right: Commemorative stamp, part of ‘Eminent Britons’ released by Royal Mail in 2009.

Campbell Court, Dorking Road is a modern block of flats built on the site of an early 20th century house called Prior’s Ford. During the last years of his life, it was the home of Donald Campbell, CBE. By beating his father Sir Malcolm Campbell’s records of the 1930s, Donald Campbell on the 17th July 1964 became the fastest man on land 403.10 mph at Lake Eyre, Australia, and in the same year 31st December on Lake Dumbleyung, Western Australia he achieved the fasted water speed record 276.33 mph. He was born on the 23rd March 1921at Kingston-upon-Thames. His untimely death was on Coniston Water in January 1967 when his craft Bluebird disintegrated while achieving a speed of over 300 mph. His daughter Gina carried on the family tradition. In 1984 she gained the ladies’ world water-speed record of 122.85 mph off shore power boat racing in yet another Bluebird. In 1985 she presented the Leatherhead Museum with the wheel of her father’s car. Goff Powell Extracted from Edwina Vardey’s – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS 1988 and other sources

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: Website: 62

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Inner Wheel Backpacks for Charity The Ladies of The Ashtead Club of Inner Wheel (pictured left) spent an enjoyable day together packing a total of 35 children’s school backpacks to send to the Charity ‘Mary’s Meals’. The charity supports chronically poor children in Malawi, Liberia and Haiti, by providing a substantial mid-day meal, thus encouraging school attendance and education, an escape route from poverty. The backpacks include useful items such as stationery items and simple garments for school wear, to ensure that all children are adequately equipped. The ‘Packing day’ was held to celebrate “Inner Wheel Day”, when the emphasis is to fulfill the Inner Wheel Objectives, namely to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. The Club is also grateful to friends and residents of Ashtead who contributed generously to the appeal for funds and items for the backpacks. Inner Wheel continues to meet monthly to promote the ideals of Inner Wheel and raise money for local and overseas charities.

Anyone interested in membership should contact President Chrissie Kerton – 01372 273393 65

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Tolly, Misty & Socks are looking for a new home. Misty & Tolly are both approximately 16 years old; Tolly is a bit of an old warrior (but not aggressive!) hence his battered ears,; Misty is also 16 but he is still extremely active & playful; Socks (8) is a quiet little boy, a sweet natured, gentle cat and quite affectionate once he gets to know you. He spends a lot of time gazing into the garden. This trio had elderly devoted owners who sadly had to move into a housing association flat where they were unable to take their beloved pets; and all are missing each other terribly. Tolly, Misty and Socks really deserve a 2nd chance – they need a quiet home with a garden and without young children.

If you feel that you could give these three cats a forever loving home together please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 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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Health & Beauty Fund Raising Friends invite you to A Grand Gala Concert In aid of Forces Children’s Trust

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Martin Farrell Bsc. Ashtead practice Please phone 07786 333203 Email:

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On Saturday May 11th 2013 the pupils of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music by kind permission of The Headmaster, have agreed to perform a Grand Gala Concert in the award winning Menuhin Hall in aid of The Forces Children’s Trust.

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This Charity is devoted to working to support children whose father or mother has died or has sustained life threatening injuries whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.

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This Concert we are sure will give us all the opportunity to hear some wonderful music performed by some outstanding young musicians along with supporting other young people who are having to rebuild their young lives often without the guidance of a much loved mother or father.

Do you need help with your diet? Contact Isabelle Fry, a registered dietitian, who will provide you with personalised nutritional advice and support.

Areas of professional nutritional advice include: weight management diabetes nutrition for health

Tickets: £25 (to include a glass of wine and canapés) from Menuhin Hall Box Office 08700 842020 Any queries: Linda Giles (Secretary, Fund Raising Friends – 01372 819721) Doors Open 6.45 pm.

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WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? Thursday 4th

Carers’ Roadshow 2-4pm at St George’s Hall, Ashtead. Info information and help for carer’s from Action for Carers, Social Services, Alzheimer’s Society , Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust. Come along and talk to someone with a compassionate listening ear. Please Contact Jacqui Kershaw 01372 813200, see page 73

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th

The first Leatherhead Food Festival, includes Masterclass Cookery School with Valentina Harris and cookery shows (bookable events), farmers’ market, cookery craft market, competitions, quizzes, wine tasting/pairing, pop up fine dining restaurant. Sample dishes from local eateries. www.leatherheadfoodfestivalcom, see pages 42 & 43

Monday 8th

Fostering Information Evening, 6.45pm-8.30pm. The Runnymede Centre, Chertsey Rd, Addlestone, KT15 2EP. An overview of the fostering service, the assessment process and hear from a foster carer and a fostered young person. Contact Anita Davis 0800 0969 626,

Friday 12th

Surrey Hill Stomp, 10am-4pm. An invigorating 8 mile walk capturing the best of the Surrey Hills. Walk from Box Hill to Polesden Lacey and back again, bring a packed lunch, dogs welcome. £5 per adult. Meeting arrangements given on booking. Surrey Hills NT, 01372 220644,

Wed 17th

‘Planting Design’ talk by RHS award winning designer Janette Dollamore on how to choose, use and combine plants. Ewell Horticultural Association. Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell, KT17 1UF, 8pm-10pm. £2 members, £3 visitors, inc refreshments.

Saturday 20th

Leatherhead Tennis Club Open Day, 2pm, end of Canon Grove, Fetcham KT22 9LS. Bring your kit and racquet and have a game. Special membership offers on the day and coaching info for beginners. All ages welcome.

Sunday 21st

The ShopFest Marketplace, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking RH5 6AA. 10am-3pm. Free entry and parking. More than 60 stalls of independent traders,

Tues 23rd Thurs 25th

Mrs Ronnie and the Royals, Polesden Lacey, 12.30 – 4.30pm, Mrs Ronnie Greville, who owned Polesden Lacey until her death in 1942, rose from obscure and humble origins to become a wealthy and ambitious society hostess. Author Sian Evans will be reading from her book, “Mrs Ronnie”, and sharing some interesting gossip in the luxurious setting of the Gold Room. Normal admission

Saturday 27th

Leatherhead & District NCT Nearly New Sale, Downsend School, 1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8TJ, 2pm-3.30pm, £1.50 entrance fee (1.45pm for NCT members with valid card). Nearly new baby equipment, toys, maternity clothes, baby & toddler clothes

Epsom Model Railway Show, NESCOT, Reigate Rd, Ewell, KT17 3DS. 10am-5pm. £6, Saturday 27th children under 16 free. Exhibition featuring working layouts in steam, diesel and electric & Sunday 28th trains, inc Hornby Jct where children of all ages can drive the trains. Miniature railway providing steam train rides. Contact Peter Swift, 01483 576274. Saturday 27th

Ashtead Community Vision Drop In Day, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Info, maps, examples of local developments and people from ACV on hand to answer questions. Contact Andy Ellis 07530 373975 e:, see page 18


Antiques Roadshow will be at Polesden Lacey

Thurs 26th SEPTEMBER

RNLI Charity Golf Day, Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. For more information and to secure a team see or contact John Edgcumbe on or 07930 287258. Teams now booking. If there’s an event in May that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Friday 12th April. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 70 of going to print. Details correct at time

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Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, Peter Grove - the Lord Mayor’s Bodyguard, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demonstration by Diane Fair ‘In the Midst of...’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker Mrs Jean Haynes ‘The Life of a Lady Bailiff’. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thurs 4th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £3. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

Thurs 4th (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,

Thurs 4th (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 4th (monthly)

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

Friday 5th (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 5th (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.

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10.00am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. All your haberdashery needs from pins to pinking shears. Can't make Fridays? 'Phone me on 374914 with your requests. Expert advice available. Also available, beautiful cards 10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out! New producers welcome. April walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 ,, Phone before if inclement weather. Donation to charities, car share suggested, 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles, all start at 10am. Sat 6th Meet at Buckland Church, off A25 Sat 13th Bookham Common car park, right corner bottom Church Road Sat 20th Milton Heath car park, west of Dorking off A25 Sat 27th Juniper Bottom car park on right, past Juniper Hall Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. Please check website for weekly updates or 'phone Parish Office 362544. Completely new Electoral Roll underway. Annual Parochial Church Meeting Wednesday 17th at 8pm Parish Church Hall. Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822 72

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Carers’ Road Show Thursday 4th April

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Do you care for a loved one? Feel all alone? Worn down with every day life? Do not know where to turn?

Well, we are hosting a road show on Thursday 4th April between 2-4pm at St George’s Hall, with information and help for carer’s there will people that do understand your situation, and will want to help you; such as Action for Carers, Social Services, Alzheimer’s Society , Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust, and more. There will also be a quiet area where you can sit down and talk to someone with a compassionate listing ear. Please Contact Jacqui Kershaw 01372 813200

St Stephen’s House Surgery Patient Participation Group

Join us for a 2 course meal at Vecchia Trattoria, High St, Leatherhead and partake in a quiz to test the little grey cells.

(To enable us to buy a 24 hr blood pressure monitor.)

Tuesday 16th April 7pm for 7.15pm

£20 per person

Cash Bar

Teams of 4 (if you are unable to bring a team, we will fit you in)

Admission by ticket only, cheques made payable to: ‘St Stephen’s PPG’ and send to: Sylvia Sharland, 37 St Stephen’s Ave, Ashtead, KT21 1PJ (an SAE would be appreciated)

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Wed 10th & Fri 12th

The Recording of Empire: The history of photography & how it was used to record the British Empire in the 19th C. £10 inc refreshments: for info: 01372 272235 to book.

Thurs 11th (monthly)

Transition Ashtead Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, Chris Ralph, Pollution Prevention Technical Lead at Thames Water, will give a talk called ‘Problems with sewers and pollution’ and how they are trying to help keep our water clean.

Friday 12th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, supporting the RNLI

Tues 16th (weekly not 1st or 9th)

All Aloud, Leatherhead Community Choir. 6.30pm – 8.00 pm at Kings Croft Chapel, Kingscroft Road, Leatherhead. or contact Juliet Campbell on 01372 374 854 or 0790 322 8632 or at

Thurs 18th

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, (inc painting, craft, quizzes, film), refreshments inc. £2, all over 55’s very welcome. Contact Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Thurs 18th

Third Thursday of each month. Leatherhead & District Friends Group, Leatherhead Royal British Legion, 2pm-4pm. If you are over 50 and would like to join us you would be made most welcome. For more info, please contact Jane on 01372 811422.

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Friday 19th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture 'Bygone Ashtead' by Goff Powell Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street) coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm. All are welcome

Wed 24th

NHS Blood Donor Sessions, St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. 73

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What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to The Leatherhead Food Festival Cooking Demonstrations

Friday 5th - Saturday 6th April Demos at both 2:30pm and 7pm on both dates £27 Child £17 or £24, Child £14. Please note ticket prices vary on each event.

Fun and informative theatre cookery demonstrations in Leatherhead Theatre featuring some of our best local chefs and comperes - each event lasts 75 minutes. Celebrity chef Valentina Harris will start the demonstrations by showing us the best of Italian on the 5th April at 2:30pm. Top local chefs will then be leading demonstrations in Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes for the Eastern Inspiration demonstration at 7pm. Leatherhead's local gastro pubs will start the demonstrations on the 6th April with the Gastro Pub Cooking display. The demonstrations will then end with Four Gables and top local Restaurants bringing the Fine Dining experience to The Theatre at 7pm.

Victorian Music Hall

Friday 12th April, 7:30pm Tickets £17.50

In aid of Action in Africa. Two hours of glorious, rich entertainmentcarefree, cheerful and, of course, uniquely British. A trip down memory lane into the wonderful world of traditional Victorian Music Hall. This talented cast who have all appeared on BBC TVs ‘The Good Old Days’, will offer for your delight and delectation, a melange of song, dance, magic and laughter.

Vienna Festival Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty Tuesday 16th April, 7:30pm

Tickets: £19, Friends £17, Child £13

Incensed at being snubbed at the christening of Princess Aurora, the wicked fairy, Carabosse, lays a curse on the child, proclaiming that she will one day pierce her finger - and die. But the Lilac Fairy intervenes, and when the fateful day arrives, the princess and the entire palace instead fall into a deep sleep. A century later, Prince Florimund is guided to the castle by the Lilac Fairy, overcoming the obstacles created by Carabosse, and awakening the sleeping princess with a kiss. It is love at first sight, the palace awakes and a parade of fairytale characters attends the royal wedding. A gorgeous Tchaikovsky score, classic Petipa choreography, an enchanting fairytale. Vienna Festival Ballet was founded by the celebrated Austrian dancer, Peter Mallek. Since the company's first performance, VFB has grown and prospered. Engaging talented, international dancers from all corners of the globe, this dynamic company continue to delight audiences throughout Europe with their dazzling but "faithful to tradition" performances. 76

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“Thank you so much for printing the article about the Ashtead Friday Market in your magazine. We had lots of new people in the hall and several wanting to take a table for next time. It certainly made a difference to our numbers and it highlighted the event, which was fantastic! Many thanks again.” Chris Townsend, Ashtead Friday Market, APMH.

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Grow Your Own Veg By Pippa Greenwood As the new gardening year is upon us, why not have a go at growing your own veg because it doesn’t need to be difficult and has the potential to be one of the most productive and fun things you’ve ever done. Home grown food tastes better, uses little if any air miles, can save you a packet and is enormously rewarding because you’re getting the top end of the market produce. Remember to grow what you like and what your garden can grow well - this may take some experimenting, but don’t be afraid to admit that some things are trickier than others in your plot. If you’re an organic gardener or you simply want to produce pesticide free vegetables, you might need to spend more time thinking about what to grow and how you can best nurture it so that pests, diseases and other problems take a back seat. *Seed and plant catalogues are now more likely to let you know which varieties are relatively pest or disease resistant.

but by growing some suitable plants you can really build up their numbers. On the whole the simple, non-double varieties are the most insect friendly, so try some of these:

*You can also encourage some of the naturally occurring insects that parasite or predate upon the garden pests, or bigger animals such as frogs, toads, hedgehogs and many birds. Insects include:

• Phacelia: A hardy annual with bluish

Ladybirds: The larvae and the adults both consume huge numbers of aphids.

• Limnanthes douglasii (the poached egg

Lacewings: The young or larvae are brilliant predators, eating mainly aphids, but also eating other pests such as thrips and eggs of moths.

• Eschscholzia (the Californian poppy): This

Hoverflies: The soft-bodied yellowy grey larvae are great aphid eaters, a single one eating up to fifty in a day, nearing 1,000 in its lifetime.

• Iberis (candytufts): One of the easiest

Ground beetles: Often seen scuttling off at speed when you move pots, low-growing plants or loose slabs, they are mostly black and often shiny and are brilliant predators of many pests including slugs, vineweevils and some insect eggs. Solitary wasps: Some feed their larvae on aphids, weevils and other insects. Some of these may already be in your garden,

perfumed flowers, perfect for direct sowing.

plant): This yellow and white flowered hardy annual is loved by hoverflies.

pretty yellow, orange and cream flowered plant can be direct sown and thrives in sunny well-drained sites.

hardy annuals, it has readily available pollen and nectar, perfect for many beneficial insects.

The rewards are plentiful - a regular supply of superbly tasty vegetables, picked when ripened to perfection (not just to make them last longer on the supermarket shelf), gathered as and when you need them and in the quantities you need (cutting down on wastage) plus you can choose the varieties you find tastiest.


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Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption A tribute to the River Mole - how clean is our Valley? In 2003 the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) became part of UK law. It will help protect and enhance the quality of surface freshwater including lakes, streams and rivers, ground-waters and their dependant ecosystems. The River Mole rises near Gatwick Airport and flows NW through Surrey for 80 km to join the Thames near Hampton Court. A couple of months ago, I went to a conference organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) about the River Mole ‘system’ which includes all its tributaries.The idea is to involve local groups concerned about the environment to help improve the ecology of the brooks and streams which feed into the Mole. Reading Wikipedia, you would think that the River Mole is wonderfully clean and pollution free but sadly that is not the case. According to the Environment Agency much of the Mole’s Ecological Status is classifed as ‘poor’. Pollution comes from many sources including agricultural run-off, illegal dumping of waste and streams blocked by debris and rubbish. Concrete culverts can sometimes be improved by creating soil bank edges planted with vegetation which is a great help to wildlife. Great work has been done on the Rye Brook on Ashtead Common and more recently with help from SWT and volunteers to the stretch across the Rye Meadow project. The Rye runs under the M25 (not sure how we deal with that) and emerges as a stream along the left of the entrance road to Tesco from the roundabout at Kingston Road (photo above). The Strode is another Mole tributary, rising in Pachesham Park, going under the M25, then crossing the public footpath in Teazle Wood. You can stride across a small tributary to the Rye using the bridge, see photo left. But sadly an ongoing problem is the rubbish that gets dumped daily. One of the long-term aims of the Friends of Teazle Wood is to clean up these tributaries. In 2011 the UK published its first National Ecosystem Assessment which pointed out how nature provides a wide range of benefits vital for the UK. The benefits derived from improved water quality were found to be a staggering £1.1 billion per year. So this is not just a ‘nice to have’ but it has a positive economic impact as well. On Thursday 11th April 2013 at 7:30pm in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Chris Ralph, Pollution Prevention Technical Lead at Thames Water, will give a talk called ‘Problems with sewers and pollution’ and how they are trying to help keep our water clean. Caroline Cardew-Smith Teazle Wood: Contact: Caroline 01372 275304 or email Follow us on Twitter at Transition Ashtead @Trans_Ashtead or find us at http:// 80

If you haven’t found us yet you don’t know what you’re missing… What’s on this Spring at Ashtead Park Garden Centre?

We are delighted to launch into Spring with our recently extended shop. We have a whole host of special offers in store including some fabulous plant offers and loads of amazing deals on all your general gardening goods. We have also already launched our workshops this year! Please see our website events page for information on Hanging Basket and Photography Workshops which are already being booked now.

The Olive Tree Restaurant Small English Breakfast, Buy One Get One Free (valid Mon, Tue & Weds 9-11am, 25 Mar to 10 Apr) Thursday Afternoon Cream Tea, Buy One Get One Free (valid 4-25 Apr, 4 to 6pm) On Presentation of this voucher Postcode / Email Address________________________ Free in-store Easter Egg Competition for the children. Win our Hamper full of Easter Goodies! Friday 29th March to Fri 5th April

April also sees the launch of our late night shopping evenings. We will be open until 8pm (the restaurant taking last orders at 7pm) every Thursday throughout April and May.

WWW.ASHTEADPARK.COM 01372 273891 Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1HU

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24. Statue with the body of a lion and the head of a man (6) 25. Colour of the rainbow (6) Down 1. Father or mother (6) 2. Daphne du Maurier novel (7) 3. River which flows through Paris (5) 5. Fishermen (7) 6. Follower of a major religion (5) 7. Rough shelter at the side of a house (4-2) 15. Japanese paper8. Root used in the folding art (7) preparation of a 16. French sweet sharp-tasting blackcurrant condiment (11) liqueur (6) 14. Underground prison 17. With hands on hips (7) and elbows 82

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The Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) for Mole Valley is urging local residents to be on the lookout following a recent number of handbag thefts across the area.

Throughout the coming year, your local officers continue to work with partner agencies to try to keep the roads in Mole Valley as safe as possible. Regular speed monitoring with Community Speed Watch volunteers continues, as do regular enforcement operations in partnership with VOSA and our Roads Policing Unit. Offences, such as speeding, driving whilst using hand held mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts etc will be targeted, as well as vehicles found to be defective or carry illegal number plates or tinted windows.

These thefts have taken place when the offender spots a handbag on the seat of a vehicle and then opens the door, usually when the victim is still in the car and it is either stopped or is moving at a low speed. The officers from your Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging residents to take sensible precautions to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime. This includes keeping car doors locked, keeping valuables (including handbags and sat navs) out of sight and not to leave items of any value on the passenger seat, even when you are in the car.

Part of the purpose of these operations is to educate motorists about the importance of adhering to the law, as well as direct enforcement when actual offences have been identified. As a side issue, we would like to appeal to ALL road users, be they motorists or cyclists, to be considerate of each others’ rights to use the highways safely. As a motorist, please don’t be the person to cut up cyclists who are using the highway perfectly legally. Please be patient and considerate as you will then have the right to expect the same behaviour in return. As a cyclist, please don’t be part of a minority who ignore red lights, mount the pavements or ride in an aggressive manner. It gives cyclists in general a bad name and does nothing for the cause of promoting tolerance and co-operation.

These offences have occurred at a number of different locations across Mole Valley - but mainly in or near car parks. The incidents often take place in the evening and the age of the victims has ranged from eighteen to seventy four. Your Safer Neighbourhood Team has been carrying out additional patrols in the affected areas and in other areas which we feel could be potential target locations. The offender is described as a tall white man, of slim build wearing dark clothing including a beanie hat.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Mole Valley PO Box 101, Guildford, GU1 9PE

Anyone with any information about this, or any other crime, is asked to phone the police on 101. If your call is an emergency, then please call 999. Tel: 101 Extension 30809

As the better weather approaches (please!!), we would like to remind anyone who has enjoys horse riding that Surrey Police carry out free saddle marking at many different venues across the borough throughout the year. Your saddles can be stamped with a unique reference number (in a concealed part of the saddle), which is then logged onto our recording systems, with details including the make, size and description of the saddle – as well as who owns it.

Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name. Your local team can also be contacted by email to Please use the 101 number when reporting any non-emergency matters to us by telephone. 01483 571212 can still be used if preferred but in an emergency always dial 999.

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Springtime in the garden With Easter upon us most of us will be looking forward to warmer brighter days spent in the garden and with so much to do after a cold winter we will be using electricity at some stage either to tidy up the garden or light some feature, power a fountain or pump or just simply run a cable for when we next need it. But with this sense of seasonal optimism comes a very real threat. Every year 70 people are killed and 350,000 are seriously injured from electrical accidents with 2.5 million British adults saying they have experienced an electric shock at home. And when it comes to using electricity in the garden damp conditions and contact with the ground means that the risk of injury or death from electric shock is greatly increased compared to indoors. Using an RCD is essential.

What is an RCD? If your home was built after January 2008 you will have noticed that your Consumer Unit (this replaces the fuseboard in older houses) is fitted with two devices labelled RCD (which stands for Residual Current Device). These devices are designed to cut off the electrical supply in an instant – typically 25 times faster than a circuit breaker and 100 times faster than a fuse! And their purpose is to save lives.

Houses without RCD’s Almost half of older houses in Britain have no RCD protection. This is why it is vital that an RCD is installed. An electrician registered with a recognized industry organisation such as NICEIC will offer guidance in providing a safe permanent garden supply and assess other household electrical safety issues.

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Issue 90, October 2012. Never underestimate the importance of community.