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


Leatherhead Tennis Club


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Andy’s Blog


Book reviews


Wallace & Gromit’s Big Breakfast


Can you host a Chernobyl child?


Ashtead Rotary Club


Leatherhead Rotary Club


Age UK Surrey - looking for home helps


A thank you from Leatherhead Oxfam


CAB Adviser available in Ashtead


Grants for Mole Valley businesses


Quiz - Connections


Council invites views on Pippbrook


Ruth’s Rose - a story


Give a cat a home


Simple crossword


Could yours be National Cat of the Year?




What’s on? Pages 70-76 inc.


Recipe - braised lamb shanks


Leatherhead twinning with Triel-sur-Seine


Rianna’s Fund sponsored bike ride


Science Museum live show at Dorking


Quiz - Museums


General Knowledge crossword


GO50 Walks and Cycle rides


Local history article


Leatherhead Women’s Institute


Cryptic crossword


National Trust Supporter’s Group


Transition Ashtead


Encore Youth Orchestra


Gardening - tender young plants


Surrey Bird Club


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From the Publisher


s I write this note the weather seems to have finally taken a turn for the better, lots of lovely spring sunshine and, I have to say, it has never rained on my birthday (which falls in the middle of March) ever!

We’ve already had our first barbeque this year, it started well, then the sun went down half way through - it was early March after all - so we finished cooking by torchlight much to the amusement of our neighbours. Well April sees the Ashtead Spring Clean which this year falls on Saturday 5th. As ever, a great deal of organisation goes towards this big clean up and all the details of how you can take part can be found on the Ashtead Residents’ Association page 8. Staying with Ashtead, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau has an adviser available at the Buckley Pharmacy and St George’s Church at certain times of the month, these days and timings can be found on page 26. Now that the weather is brightening up and we are all facing longer and warmer days, perhaps now is the time to look at joining a local club? The Surrey Bird Club (p52) and Leatherhead Tennis Club (p53) are looking for new members; GO50, with their guided walks and cycle rides (p46); NT supporters’ club with their varied social calendar (p48); for younger musicians out there, the Encore Youth Orchestra may well be a way to develop musical skills (p50); who knows, perhaps one of these groups will ‘float your boat’, as they say, and they’re Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local a great way of meeting new people and making friends provides local businesses with who share the same interests. affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine 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. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420

Chernobyl Children's Life Line are asking whether you could look after two Belarusian or Ukrainian children for a couple of weeks this summer to give them a break from radiation and a chance to improve their immune systems, all the info you need can be found on page 58. There’s so much packed into these 96 pages that the above gives you just a flavour of what’s in here, local clubs, organisations, charities and local businesses, they’re all in here and I hope you enjoy reading this little magazine as much as I enjoy putting it together for you each month. St George’s Day is on Wednesday 23rd, and Good Friday, just so you know, falls on the 18th. Choccie Easter eggs and hot cross buns with lashings of butter can’t wait! Cheerio ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever you are! Ashtead Spring Clean - Saturday 5th April, 10am Why not come and join us in a LITTER PICKING group for just 1 hour? Meet at 09.50 for briefing by a member of the ARA Committee: • Outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall • At Ashtead Station car park • Outside the Football Club, near the pond • Outside The Greville School • On the corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue • Outside St Andrews School • On the corner of Craddocks Avenue and A24 Please wear strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. Bags will be provided.

come and collect your rubbish or otherwise please bring them to the APMH Car Park from 11am onwards. Or you could work in your own road or immediate area, either on your own, or with a group of neighbours. For example you may wish to: • Clean your street name and signs with a bucket of water and a scrubbing brush • Cut the front hedge or shrubs back to your boundary, if they are overhanging. • Offer to help elderly or disabled neighbours If possible, please let us know in advance so that we don’t send people to the same place.

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Ashtead Community Vision Consultation exercise for possible housing development under way Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum and its working group Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) have been busy plying Village streets with copies of the latest newsletter as part of the site assessment consultation process.

residents have had their say on the assessments, ACV will review all comments, amend the assessments where necessary and present the revisions to the Forum. The Forum will review, amend as necessary and agree the assessments before their submission to Mole Valley District Council by 23rd May 2014. Mole Valley councillors will have the final say in deciding which, if any, Ashtead sites are included in their draft Housing and Traveller Sites Plan, to be issued towards the end of 2014. However, this is our opportunity to Together with the website and emailing our ensure that they do so in full knowledge of the contacts, the consultation exercise is picking up pace. So, if you haven’t seen the newsletter views of Ashtead residents. then please take a look at the ACV website and check your letter box to see if you’ve had a Site Name Location copy. You can also find copies in Ashtead library if you’re passing down Woodfield lane. Lime Tree Lodge Farm Lane An open morning at Ashtead Peace Memorial th Hall (APMH) will be held on the 29 March. Ashtead Park Garden Centre Pleasure Pit Road (see below). The need is, of course, for the community to take note and comment on the site assessment work that has been undertaken by ACV. In total ten sites in Ashtead have been put forward for possible housing development. Each of these sites (see list below) has been put forward by their owner and has been assessed by ACV. A number of residents have incorrectly suggested that ACV is putting forward development sites, but that is not the case. ACV’s role is merely to assess any sites where the landowner wishes to develop. For each site, ACV have prepared a document describing the issues that need to be considered by Mole Valley, including access, travel, landscape, biodiversity, heritage and local infrastructure. As with the Green Belt Boundary Review, we need feedback from local residents to ensure that we have identified all the points that should be considered and to gauge local opinion. All the documents are on the website as is a survey where comments can be made. This consultation will run from 24th February until 6th April 2014 with a two hour open morning being held at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 10am on Saturday 29th March. Once

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For you and your friends this could be the challenge you are looking for in 2014. All you need to do is go to and secure your place with a ÂŁ100 deposit. Places are limited so get signing up now! For more information about Rianna's Fund and its work please visit the website at

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Windows XP and Office 2003

RETIRES IN DAYS On April 8th 2014 Windows XP and Office 2003 “retires”. If you are a Windows XP or Office 2003 user what will it mean for you? The simple answer is that you will no longer receive Microsoft updates, security fixes, assistance or support concerning Windows XP and Office 2003- the copy of the software on your computer will continue to work, it will not suddenly turn off and not work.

Is that a big deal? On the surface- not really However… because your XP computer will become a less secure device, some companies have stated that they will not allow Windows XP to connect to their secure websites. This could impact any website that has a shopping basket or secure sign on, be it your bank, building society, e-bay, PayPal, supermarket , Government/ Tax office, this list goes on. Due to the lack of updates and increasing security risk, some commentators have stated it will become a “Hackers Paradise” as they will be finding more ways to penetrate your system and there will be little to stop them. The ramifications could be massive you will leave yourself venerable to hackers and risks. If you have a machine which is 4 or more years old we would urge you replace your machine, if your machine is less than 4 years old you can buy a replacement Windows 7 or a Windows 8 which will provide you with the most up to-date supported and secure product.

The cost of the new version operating system starts at £95.00 for Windows 7. If you are taking this opportunity to upgrade your system, we can provide you with a service to copy all your existing data, information, emails, music, photos, shortcuts, internet favourites and so on, to a new machine. We can even send an engineer around to your premises with the new equipment and install and setup the system making the transition as simple as possible. Should you not wish to embrace the latest Windows 8 software, we do have stocks of Windows 7 machines too.

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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) Wed 2: Denbies, 4½m Meet 10:15am at Denbies Wine Estate off A24 north of Dorking. Varied walk through the vineyard, onto Ranmore and back along North Downs Way. One steep climb, one stile & gentle descent. Lovely views! TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Dorking station | Thu 3: Bletchingley, 4m Meet 10am at Bletchingley Playing fields opposite the Plough pub. Walk from the car park through to Greensand Way - South Park – Rabies Heath – and return to Bletchingley. Undulating walk with stiles. Bring a snack. Explorer 146, TQ329505 / RH1 4PE | Thu 3: Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | GO FURTHER: Thu 3: Abinger Common (Mole Valley), 7½m Via Holmbury St Mary to Holmbury Hill, then past the Duke of Kent school to Peaslake, returning through Sutton Abinger. Bring snack. Meet 10.30am outside St James church opposite the Abinger Hatch pub. On-street parking. TQ115459 / RH5 6HZ | Fri 4: Lingfield, 4m Pleasant, varied, flat walk via St Piers Hospital School. Meet 10am at The Star Inn, Church Road. Through Lingfield village, down hill & take first left. TQ389437 / RH7 6AH | GO FURTHER: Wed 9: Ockley (Mole Valley), 7½m Charming yet undemanding clockwise circuit, passing through Vann Lake nature reserve, and going on to discover the secluded church of St John the Baptist, Okewood. Bring snack. Meet 10.30am start outside the cricket pavilion in School Lane off A29, at the south end of the playing fields. Free parking. TQ145398 / RH5 5TS | Thu 10: Copthorne, 6m Meet 10am near Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill Lane, Copthorne. Park in adjacent road. Circular walk round Copthorne. TQ339400 / RH10 3EL | GO FURTHER: Tue 22: Scearn Bank plus, 8m Enjoy a circular walk around Limpsfield Chart. Meet 10am in Scearn Bank car park on Limpsfield Chart, off B269. Go past the church and the first car park on the left to the Scearn Bank car park on the right. TQ426518 / RH8 0TB | Wed 23: Polesden Lacey, 4m Meet 10:15am in Polesden Lacey NT car park. Walking through the Polesden Lacey estate and beyond with good views and hopefully some bluebells. Refreshments in NT café. TQ136522 / RH5 6BD | GO FURTHER: Fri 25: Godstone plus, 8-9m Enjoy an easy walk from the village to Garston-Green Sand Way, Tilburstow Hill to return by Ivy Mill and Godstone Church. A few stiles. Meet 10am at Godstone Green by the pond, parking where convenient. TQ349516 / RH9 8DP | Tue 29: Buckland, 5m Meet 10am in Buckland, parking near the shops/Post Office. Walk through fields, crossing the lower part of the North Downs Way. Bring a snack. TQ221507 / RH3 7BB

April Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Fri 11: Bocketts Farm (2) 16m Meet at Bocketts Farm. Moderate ride with leisurely climbing up good tracks to Ranmore and Norbury Park, rewarded by lovely views and fast, easy descents. TQ152549 / KT22 9BS | Tue 15: Banstead and Walton Heath A fairly flat easy ride through woods and open spaces Meet David H at the Sportsman Pub car park (TQ239532 / KT20 7ES) at the end of Mogador Road, reached by LT into Stubbs Lane off A217 travelling north of M25 J8 | Thu 17: Box Hill / Denbies Challenging ride initially via Denbies to Ranmore, then onto Polesden Lacey returning along the North Downs Way. Meet at Rykas CP Boxhill off A24. TQ171521 / RH5 6BX. Lunch at The Stepping Stones. | Tue 22: Earlswood Lakes 19m Long ride, initially on N21 towards Horley & back via Smallfield & Outwood. Mostly level tracks with some road cycling. Meet at Earlswood Lakes car park – height restriction at entrance. TQ270483 / RH2 7QB 46

Taxis & Motor Services


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Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres, exhausts, diagnostics, air conditioning) Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

Why use a generalist when you can use a specialist? Email: Web:

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The Supercar Event Returns! The fabulous Supercar Event returns! The ever-popular week weekend will be taking place on Saturday, 21st and Su Sunday, 22nd June at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, Surrey. Now in its 8th year, The Supercar Event weekend provides the amazing opportunity of a once-in-a -lifetime exhilarating ride in a Supercar around the famous Top Gear track, from just £30! Over 100 Supercars will be taking part. There will also be a wide range of activities and entertainment for all the family. For further details about The Supercar Event visit: or To purchase tickets visit:

For a chance to win a family ticket (2 adults / 2 children under 16) for Saturday 21st June look out for the May edition of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. 47

Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute Our February meeting was well attended and we were pleased to welcome back two of our members, who we haven’t seen for a while. Our President gave a report on subjects raised at our last meeting, and reminder of the trip to the Chilterns in April. Also in April, the Leatherhead WI celebrates its 29th birthday. Our guest speaker was Sheila Ford, who is the verger at the Parish Church. She gave an interesting and entertaining talk last year about her working life, teaching in South Africa and Australia, and her many adventures along the way. This was a continuation of her story and the various events in her career. As before, it was very enjoyable and an insight into a fascinating life. Our programme for 2014 is a full and varied one and, if you would like details, please phoe Betty on 01372 374650. Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome.

Local National Trust Supporters’ Group Epsom, Ewell & District Centre

In 1971, a Group was formed to give support to the National Trust, and although called Epsom, Ewell and District Centre, has members from a much wider area. It runs a varied programme of social events which includes evening lectures, coach outings, guided London walks, other trips to London, garden parties, coffee mornings, a Christmas lunch, and even a one week holiday. This year will see the first “Lunch at a local Restaurant”, and a Quiz Night. All the events are intended to be sociable, interesting and fun, as well as helping to raise funds to support specific National Trust projects. Evening Lectures are held at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from September to June (excluding January), and this year include Scotney Castle, The Wey Navigations, and 150 Years of the London Underground. Coach outings visit historic houses and gardens (not necessarily National Trust), and visits to London have included The Magic Circle, and a backstage tour of The Royal Opera House. This year there will be a Tour of The National Theatre, and a visit to the Banqueting House (pic left). Newsletters are produced four times a year.

For more information visit the website or telephone Paul on 0208 715 8486. 48

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Does this sound like you?      

You enjoy playing an instrument You want to have fun when practicing You want to play in an orchestra, but don’t know where to start You want to develop your sight reading Maybe you need to develop a skill for the Duke of Edinburgh award You just want to play more

If so, joining the Encore Youth Orchestra could be your best decision yet! We are a friendly group that plays a wide variety of music, from popular themes to well-known classical pieces. To help you along, we have a Strings tutor, a Brass & Woodwind tutor and a Percussion tutor who will lend a hand with sight-reading and support you as you develop your skills. We rehearse early Wednesday evenings during term-time at Manor House School, in Bookham. There are two main concerts each year, and we hold soloists’ concerts and perform at village fairs at other times. If you are between 7 and 18 years of age and play an instrument at Grade 1 or above, Encore Youth Orchestra could be your next step. Strings players are particularly welcome at the moment.

To learn more, take a look at our website. Then why not come along to a rehearsal to see for yourself what we are about? There’s no obligation; just contact Kathy at (01372 458 908) or Lizzie at (01483 281416).


Clubs & Activities

George’s Café

Barnett Wood Lane

George’s Café serves a selection of homemade hot and cold food 9.30am - 2.30pm Mon to Fri

George’s Pantry offers local and homemade produce and gifts for sale. All welcome! 51

The Surrey Bird Club

Who We Are? / What We Do? The Surrey Bird Club has been going since 1957 and is for anyone who is interested in the wild birds of Surrey. People who join us can carry out a range of activities from recording birds seen in their local area through to helping with research and surveys carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology. We produce newsletters four times a year as well as an annual report.

And yes they are still around in Ashtead & Leatherhead. Birds were heard singing in Malden Rushett and Horton Country Park.

Information on the club and its events can be found on:, additional information from Kevin Duncan on 07908 823032.

We have field meetings each month to birding ‘hotspots’ in Surrey and surrounding counties. All our meetings are free to attend. You don’t need to be a member of the bird club or need to have bird watching experience. There will be people to help you with bird identification. Our next meetings are Sunday 13th April 2014 RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Short-eared owl at Papercourt Water Meadows, Surrey, Feb ‘12, taken by James Sellen

Sunday 4th May 2014 Bookham Common ‘Dawn Chorus’

Ashtead Inner Wheel

Are there Nightingales in Ashtead & Leatherhead?

In the past people said they heard Nightingales around in Ashtead & Leatherhead. We know from research carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology they declined by 57% between 1995 and 2009. The reasons for this are unknown. Ideas have been put forward include changing climate, lack of traditional woodland management or increases in the deer population resulting in a loss of suitable habitat. The exact reasons are unclear and further research is currently being carried out. The last survey in 2012/2013 found 143 birds across Surrey, with the South West corner their stronghold, but also good numbers on Bookham Common. Why not join the Surrey Bird Club on our Field Meeting to Bookham Common on Sunday 4th May? All our meetings are free to attend. You don’t need to be a member of the bird club or need to have bird watching experience. There will be people to help you with bird identification. 52

President Jean (R) with Barbara Laird

Barbara Laird (pic left) spoke about the Guildford Street Angels of which she has been a member for four years.

The Street Angels are a group of volunteers who patrol the streets of Guildford at the weekend giving help and support to the young people who become involved with heavy drinking, drug abuse etc. after emerging from the clubs and bars late at night. They are on duty in pairs from 10.30pm to 4am, and Barbara was pleased to report that the police have produced data that shows that their involvement in this work has resulted in a decrease in the problems in the area. Club members were impressed with the dedication shown by the Street Angels.

Clubs & Activities

Open Day at Leatherhead Tennis Club Saturday 5th April

Located in Cannon Grove, Fetcham, 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. This year’s Open Day takes place on Saturday April 5th from 2-5 pm. The club welcomes new members, so come along to see its 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 a Saturday morning (juniors). In the Spring, the club will again run its Saturday ‘rusty rackets’ programme to help adults return to the game and its midweek coaching programme for others, especially parents, who want to learn how to play. Leatherhead Tennis Club is 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.


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Ashtead Townswomen's Guild After the ‘business’ section at our AGM on 4th March, we enjoyed an excellent talk by one of our members, Audrey David, about her eventful journey to the island of St Helena when she went to stay with her son’s family who are based there for two years. She had us in stitches when she described her disembarkation from the ship that had taken her on the last leg of her journey. She was literally winched ashore in a container! Several members went to the Mid Surrey Federation of TG’s ‘USA Day’, suitably attired for the wild West. Entertainment was provided by Ann Chance who had been on a covered wagon-train, trail and camping holiday. Her humorous description of the very badly organised experience was hilarious. The next event to be organised by the Federation will be its AGM and lunch at Clandon Regis Golf Club in April. Several other activities are planned, including curling and line dancing afternoons and later in the year will be croquet, bowls and scrabble. Some of our members will be attending a service in Oxford in April to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Townswomen’s Guilds. Our own Guild is having a St George’s Day Tea Party and, in June, a coach trip to Worthing. At our meeting on Tuesday 1st April, Glenda Hall will be giving a talk on ‘The Beauty of the Swiss Alps’. You are very welcome to join us. Our meetings are held in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30 for 7.45. If you would like further information, please contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588.

Ashtead Women’s Institute - March 2014 Meeting A warm welcome for us all this evening and particularly for a new member of our W.I. The latest news was given for our involvement with Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations later this month, when we will be giving out information on our meetings and activities. We all really enjoyed this evening’s flower arranging demonstrations by Pat George and Rachel Sherwin from Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, showing what we could achieve with items we had at home or could easily source, and flowers which were readily available from local shops. There was a stunning collection of red tulips, an unusual and dainty ‘handbag’ shaped display of mixed flowers & greenery, an Easter ‘flow’ of spring flowers & chocolate eggs, and finally an unusual display of tall Phormium leaves with groups of a few similarly coloured flowers. At the same time we heard about the various prestigious places where the group have displayed and the awards they have been given. We hope some members will be able to see their work at the Wisley Flower Show in September. Everyone was very pleased to have arrangement tips and much advice about prolonging the life of flowers & foliage with how best to present them. To our delight the displays were offered for our evening’s raffle, so some members were able to enjoy these at home as well. Back to W.I. events, we have some outings to look forward to, including The Albert Hall, and the Theatre at Sonning. Information was given about our many sub-groups which take place during the month, along with our come-if-you-can local lunch. A competition will be held next month, Wednesday 2nd April, for a Victoria Sponge decorated for Easter, and our speaker will be Faith Powell, on ‘Behind the Scenes at TV Quiz Shows. We would welcome visitors to our meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, 7.15 for 7.30 at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Sandra Brown 54

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GREAT NEWS for all our readers looking for something fun to do over the next few months! There is a 14 week part-time Art Class (3 hours a week, mornings or afternoons) starting soon. Easy access by bus or easy parking if you come by car.

4 different media; pencil drawing & sketching, Oil pastel painting and techniques, painting and blending with water colours and acrylics. Step by step tuition in the basic techniques and secrets needed to create beautiful pieces of art.


The course is designed to be fun for Absolute Beginners who have never picked up a brush before through to Improvers.

By the end of the course, students have created a minimum of 8 pieces of their very own original art they can enjoy forever, from Beautiful Countryside Landscape Scenes to Incredible Seaside Vistas




We adapt to each student’s needs and give them all the guidance and help they need to develop their artistic skills. The curriculum is fun, comprehensive and interesting. Over 14 weeks we will explore

This part time course is over 3 months, so will give you plenty of time to master your new hobby.


The final day of the art class will be the preparation for an exhibition later that day, featuring the work created on the course.


To maintain a high standard to our classes and the tuition you will receive, classes are kept to small numbers – so places available are limited! We recommend that if you are interested, you call now for a chat.

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This course is a brilliant way to learn new skills you will be able to enjoy forever. It is also a great way of meeting new friends and to have a fun experience you will always remember and cherish! It is open to adults of all ages.


It IS Easy Being Green

The Green Book

Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

This book is packed with information about small efforts that can make a big difference. It has thought-provoking facts and figures for when you’re standing there cleaning your teeth with the tap running. There are celebrity hints and tips including pearls of wisdom from Robert Redford, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake to name but a few.

Last Chance to See...

Get clued up this month ahead of Earth Day on the 22nd. Kermit actually had it all wrong: with so many great books around to help us be more environmentally aware, it’s just a matter of making some simple changes, and finding the right books to help us along the way.

work, and Carson’s findings on the destruction caused by pesticides changed laws and helped to get harmful substances banned from use in the USA and many other countries. She opens the book by quoting Keats: ‘The sedge is wither’d from the lake, and no bird sings.’ Thanks to the pioneer of the ‘Deep Ecology’ movement, the Carson revolution lives on within every new reader.

How Bad Are Bananas? : The Carbon Footprint of Everything Mike Bernau-Lee

Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine Bestselling author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams has teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine for a round the world voyage in search of some of the planet’s most critically endangered species. On their journey they encounter some bizarre and astounding creatures that are perilously close to being wiped out altogether. Adams’ reactions are often those of someone coming face to face with an alien species and it’s often hilarious.

We talk about our giant, trampling, carbon footprints, but exactly how bad is it to take a transatlantic flight, or use a plastic carrier bag, or buy bananas? This book takes us, step by step through around 100 everyday items and occurrences to show the impact our daily existence is having on the planet. It’s an entertaining, though sometimes disturbing, read.

Silent Spring

Al Gore

Rachel Carson

Silent Spring was a revolution when it was published in the 1960s. This hugely-influential

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It Former Vice President of the United States, Gore is an articulate and prolific ‘green’ campaigner who56has long been on

a mission to raise awareness of global warming. Gore writes in a succinct, passionate and compelling way about the need to halt climate change and react now, rather than thinking it’s something that’s happening at a glacial pace. He brings urgency and momentum to the debates, insisting that governments need to stop ignoring this most inconvenient of truths: that our planet is heating-up and we have a critical situation on our hands.

Mates, Dates and Saving the Planet Cathy Hopkins

If you’re like, totally into saving the planet and stuff (and you’re a teenage girl) then this edition of Cathy Hopkins’ popular teenage series is ‘totes amazeballs’ for sorting out your carbon footprint. Lucy, Izzie, TJ and Nesta have loads of great top tips on how to make a difference, one knickers drawer at a time. There’s plenty of advice on how to look good whilst being good and showing you actually care about our planet. If you’re not a teenage girl, but live with one, then this book could help drastically reduce household bills. Saving the planet has never been so cool.


It’s History!

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This year brings in the Scottish Referendum and the debate is already becoming very heated. Without getting involved in the controversy, we are running a five week course – Scots Wha Hae - on Wednesday afternoons to look at the intertwining of the Scottish and English governments. We shall start with the claim of Mary Queen of Scots, moving on to the Stuart kings and queens, then Queen Anne, to the final endeavour by Bonnie Prince Charlie, the lad ‘born to be king’ to regain the crown, and the death of those hopes, and so many men, on Culloden Field.

English – all levels

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History – all levels

“Lessons tailored to help you reach your full potential”

Julie Calnan, Ph.D. (Cantab)

Tel: 01372 386511

Also this year the nation commemorates the beginning of the First World War. We are running a five week course focussing on the artists, painters, architects, writers and poets who expressed their feelings about these devastating years in many different ways. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Letherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website


Chernobyl Children Life Line – Mid-Surrey Link Hosts and supports needed Could you welcome two Belarusian or Ukrainian children into your home and invite them to share in your life for two weeks this summer? The children come to the UK for a four-week recuperative break from the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster. A four-week break from radiation, eating nourishing food and breathing clean air, is believed to improve their health significantly, by giving their immune systems a chance to recover and to increase their life expectancy by up to two years. We are urgently seeking volunteers living within easy reach of Epsom and Ashtead to act as hosts, or to support a host, for two weeks between 18th July and 15th August 2014. Outings and activities are organised for the children, and their hosts and supports can join in with many of these if they wish. You don’t need to have children yourselves to apply. To find out more, please contact: Kathy (Publicity) 01293 734813 Tessa (Secretary) 01372 741228 Liz (Host and Support Co-ordinator) 01372 720419

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Trinity School Pupils no longer lost for words! In February, Leatherhead Rotary Club were delighted to present almost 60 copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils at Leatherhead Trinity School.

Leatherhead Rotarian Peter Matthews and Year 6 pupils at Leatherhead Trinity School

‘Dictionary 4 Life’ is a special project set up by the Rotary Club of Battersea, Brixton and Clapham in conjunction with Usborne Publishing Ltd as part of Rotary International’s global literacy campaign. Every dictionary is personalised with the recipient’s name, together with the name of the Rotary Club that donated it and the date it was presented. There is also a special page at the back of each dictionary where pupils can collect each other’s autographs.

Leatherhead Rotary President, Simon Edmands said he was delighted that the club were able to help the school and its pupils in this way, adding ‘Youth and literacy are two of Rotary’s biggest and most important programmes, so it is great to be able to combine them in such a simple yet effective way.’ Barbara Sheppard, Assistant Headteacher at Leatherhead Trinity School, said that the school were very grateful to the Rotary Club for donating the dictionaries, adding ‘They were a complete surprise to the Year 6 children, who are absolutely delighted with their wonderful gifts and are already putting them to good use both in class and at home.’ For further information about the ‘Dictionary 4 Life’ project, visit

Thank you! A huge thank you to all those who have supported us over the years, by shopping at our Leatherhead store and generously donating your quality items. You have helped us continue our fight against poverty all over the world. Recently we have been able to assist some of those affected by the storms and floods in the UK, and hope to continue to do so for as long as is necessary. Our current Mother Appeal is going well. Special thanks go to the tax-payers who signed up, as the Government is doubling their usual 25% on Gift Aid items until the end of March 2014, so we are able to raise even more funds. The bridal section, launched in 2008, has been successful in helping many brides find their perfect outfit. We are very grateful to the designers and brides who donate new and ‘preloved’ gowns and accessories. Our stock of bridesmaid dresses and formal wear is also increasing. Finally, another huge thank you to all the volunteers without whom the store could not function; their support and dedication is greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to join our team is welcome to pop in for a chat. We look forward to a successful 2014, not only for ourselves but also for everyone.

Oxfam, 42 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AJ Tel: 01372 378819 E: Facebook: Oxfam Bridal 60

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Grant Scheme Now Open to Mole Valley Businesses Small and medium-sized businesses in Mole Valley planning to expand and create new jobs, but finding it difficult to raise the finance required, can now apply for a Business Growth Grant of up to 25% of the total project cost. The grant could be between £5,000 and £100,000. The Business Growth Grant programme is offered by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This organisation is a partnership between local authorities and businesses and works to improve economic prosperity in a number of areas in the South East by helping businesses to grow. Mole Valley and a number of other areas recently became eligible for the Business Growth Grant programme after it was allocated an additional £930,000. The programme is aimed at businesses wishing to expand or diversify. Grants may be spent on a wide range of eligible items, including research and development, innovation and product/service development, penetration into new markets, skills development, plant and equipment, business premises and other capital items. Grants of a higher value than £100,000 may be awarded where a greater impact on employment growth can be shown. To apply, businesses must complete an ‘expression of interest’ form which Coast to Capital will review to decide whether the business will be invited to make a full application. For further information, visit or email a member of the Business Growth Grant team on For advice or enquiries about setting up or running a business in Mole Valley or other sources of business finance, contact MVDC’s Economic Development team on 01306 885001.

Council Invites Views on Future of Pippbrook Mole Valley District Council is launching a consultation to run until 10th April 2014, inviting views from all residents on the future of MVDC’s ‘Pippbrook’ site in Dorking. The site at Pippbrook currently accommodates a number of different areas/functions: a) the Mole Valley District Council civic offices, (including car parking); b) the currently vacant, Grade II* listed Pippbrook House; c) public open space and recreational facilities. The Council is facing important decisions regarding the costs of running and maintaining the civic office building; the preservation and future use of Pippbrook House; and the future use of other parts of the site. Councillor Charles Yarwood, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Assets said: “This is an issue for all Council Tax payers, as these decisions will have a direct impact upon costs, Council services, Council Tax and the use of civic facilities for decades to come. MVDC does not wish to take any decisions until our residents’ views are known. We are therefore inviting all residents to complete a short, simple, online questionnaire which can be found on our website at until Thursday 10 April. To help people with understanding the issues we are facing, we have loaded a copy of the independent report from consultants Turner and Townsend on to our website at pippbrooksite. I would urge all our residents from across the District to please spare us a few minutes to tell us what you think, which will help MVDC make decisions regarding the site later this year. Thank you.” 62

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Bespoke yet affordable fertility treatment from world class experts is the key to success One in 6 couples will face fertility issues; this figure reflects both the attempt to achieve the first pregnancy and difficulty conceiving the second baby. In 10-15% of cases the basic tests cannot identify the key factor of the problem, and these couples fall into the “unexplained infertility” category, leaving them even more puzzled regarding the next steps necessary. In patients experiencing unexplained infertility, repeated miscarriages or recurrent IVF failure, alongside other possible causes, it is possible that the maternal immune system may be rejecting the pregnancy. A foetus in the womb has a different genetic pattern to the mother, because it carries the father´s genes as well as the mothers. In some women this may trigger a reaction in the body’s defence system, fighting the early placenta cells from embedding successfully in the lining of the womb and thus stopping the pregnancy at an early stage. At Newlife Clinic, we are leaders in innovative tests and treatments in fields not commonly addressed by the majority of clinics. We have the expertise and experience to treat recurrent IVF failure and pregnancy loss. Dimitrios Kafetzis (pic right) joins Mr Gafar as a Consultant Gynaecologist and IVF specialist at Newlife, having worked previously at leading fertility clinics including Assisted Reproductive Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) and the London Women's Clinic in Harley Street, where he was the lead consultant for patients with reproductive immunology disorders. Dimitri completed an MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Foetal Dimitrios Kafetzis Medicine at University College London, writing his dissertation on immunological treatment on patients with recurrent miscarriages, receiving a distinction. His main interests involve PGD (Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis) and immunological management of women with recurrent implantation failure.

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Could a Surrey cat be the National Cat of the Year? The hunt is on to find Surrey’s top cat as Cats Protection launches its prestigious National Cat Awards 2014 – and organisers are on the prowl for nominations!

entry form. Alternatively, please call Cats Protection’s national helpline on 03000 12 12 12. Cats Protection’s Epsom Ewell & district Branch is part of the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 218,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres

Sponsored by PURINA®, the competition is open to all living cats in the UK and celebrates the achievements of the country's fearless felines and miraculous moggies! Owners have until Friday 30 May to enter their cat’s story for one of the following categories:


Hero Cat – Cats that save the day! Most Caring Cat – Cats that have a positive impact on an owner’s health or wellbeing Most Incredible Story - Beliefdefying, true stories from the cat world Outstanding Rescue Cat - Felines adopted from animal welfare organisations Purina® Better Together Celebrating the special bond that has transformed and enriched the lives of both a feline and human

The winning felines, and the overall National Cat of the Year, will be announced at a glamorous awards ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel on Thursday 7 August 2014. The event will be attended by celebrity judges who will present the awards and pay tribute to the nation’s top cats. The winner of this year’s National Cat Awards will inherit the title from previous winner Jessi-Cat, a cat from Greater Manchester who helped Lorcan Dillon, a young boy with selective mutism, to communicate his emotions more effectively. To enter your cat's story, please visit or email to request an 68

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WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? Leith Hill Tower now open, do come up to see the restored views! The Servery is open April to end of from 10am-3pm, hot drinks, pasties, soup and home made cakes. More info on summer Wednesday 2nd

Epsom & Ewell Literary Society talk: Ian Thompson ‘Bletchley Park - The Code Breakers’ an illustrated talk. 7.30pm, Epsom Playhouse. Tickets £10 on the door, or discounted for anyone wishing to join the Society. More info from Elizabeth Mackie on 01737 355300 or

Friday 4th

Soundbytes choir, FREE concert, donations to Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled. 8pm, Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST (see page 51 for more details.

Friday 4th Sunday 6th

28th annual Spring Exhibition of Arts, in aid of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU. Open from 6pm-9pm on Friday 4th, 10am-5pm on 5th and 11am3pm on 6th. Free admission. Paintings, sculptures and photos from local artists will be available for sale. If you are interested in exhibiting your work, contact Richard Palmer on 01737 363335 or email:

Saturday 5th

Ashtead Spring Clean from 10am, see Ashtead RA page 8 for more details.

Saturday 5th

Open Day at Leatherhead Tennis Club, Cannon Grove, Fetcham, KT22 9LH. 25pm. Adults and juniors. Come and meet us! See page 53 for more information.

Sunday 6th

Brooklands MG Era, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN. MGs of all ages are welcome. There will be action on Test Hill and a Concours d’Elegance. Adult £11, Senior Citizen/Student £10, Children (5-16) £6, Children under 5 FREE Family ticket £30 (2 adults & up to 3 children). Info on, or 01932 857381

Around the world with Mrs Greville, Polesden Lacey, 11am – 3.30pm. Mrs Greville was a Saturday 5th - keen traveller who visited many exotic countries throughout the 1920s including India, Thursday 17th Japan, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Follow in her footsteps. Grounds admission, plus £1 per trail.

Wed 16th & Thursday 17th

Ashtead Bowling Club is holding 2 open days on 16th at 2pm and 17th April at 7.30pm to introduce non-bowlers to the fun and challenge of bowling. All are very welcome to these free indoor sessions. Just bring flat-soled shoes. We will provide bowls, refreshments and tuition. We are behind the cricket ground in Woodfield Lane Ashtead KT21 2BJ. Call Mike Bradford on 01372 273142 to book a place or for more information, go to

Saturday 19th

The Children’s Trust Easter Fair, 12-4pm. Peppa pig, the Easter Bunny and Squirrel are coming to spend the day with us! Featuring lots to do - arts and crafts, children’s gokarting, a funfair, and a shopping marquee. Tickets: Adults £3; under 16s FREE!, Easter Egg Hunt tickets £3 per child. The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU. To book tickets in advance contact telephone: 01737 364303, or

Sunday 27th

6.30pm Leatherhead United Churches - New Fire contemporary service with worship band. Informal service followed by coffee - Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd.

Sunday 27th

Family Farm Day, WInkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Rd, Godalming, GU8 4AD. 10.30am4.30pm. A fun day for all the family with a variety of cute farm animals. Children will be able to learn about the animals and have an opportunity to stroke, groom and feed animals. NT members admission FREE. For non NT members Admission: Adult £7.20, Child £3.60, Family £18. If there’s an event in May that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Saturday 12th April. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events70 are correct at time of print.

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WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? - REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday 1st (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ‘Beauty of the Swiss Alps’. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 2nd (weekly)

Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.

Wed 2nd (weekly)

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

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ‘Behind the scenes at TV quiz shows’ - speaker Faith Powell. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 2nd

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demonstration by Alison Gillott ‘Tales of the Canal Bank’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 2nd

Leatherhead Community Association walk. Teazle Wood /Ashtead Common. Meet at Leatherhead Golf Club car park (A293), bottom right hand corner. Easy (no stiles!) walk through Ashtead Common and Teazle Wood, by Tesco. Visit Teazle Wood and the Fire & Iron Gallery at Rowhurst Forge. Lunch at the Golf Club House - non-members welcome. Leader Fred Meynen 01372 372930

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (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, or email:

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 3rd (monthly)

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

Thursday 3rd

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, talk by Shaun Waddell, Senior Range, Ashtead Common, ‘The Sustainable Management of Ashtead Common’. Please come along.

Friday 4th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Friday 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market SPRING SPECIAL, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. See overleaf for more details.

Friday 4th (weekly)

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. Have you been inspired by the Great British Bake-off ? If you would be interested in baking cakes, pies or savouries for this market please phone Janine on 374914 or call in’ On Good Friday (18th April) market transfers to Thursday 17th

Friday 4th (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Inspired by The Sewing Bee ? - come and see me for threads, buttons, ribbons, zips and more. Free advice to get you started - just ask. Contact 01372 374914 anytime for local delivery.

Friday 4th (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. 72

Music on Thursdays (at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY) & Music on Wednesdays (at Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST) 12.30pm lunchtime concerts

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs

Thu 3rd April - LMC Alice Bishop, soprano

Thu 10th April - LMC

Yelang Choi, flute ®/ Snow Wang Silu, piano ®

Weds 16th April - Christ Church

Thu 24th April - LMC

Emma Halnan, flute ® / Auriol Evans, cello ® / Daniel King-Smith, piano ® (® performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music)

Anthony Cairns, organ

WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Sunday 6th (weekly)

10.30am St Mary and St Nicholas Church Parish Communion - Everyone is welcome at all our services. This month includes Palm Sunday and Easter Day so please see the information printed in this Magazine or check the website

Wed 9th & 23rd (2nd & 4th Wed)

MV Speakers’ Club - fun, friend and supportive for anybody wishing to develop their public speaking skills. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm-9.30pm,, 01372 462719

Wed 9th (2nd

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879

Wed 9th (2nd

Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, 7pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, entitled ‘The city of Kyoto and the cult of beauty’. Details from 01372 373083

Wed monthly) Wed mthly)

Thurs 10th (2nd Thurs monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Friday 11th

Paolo Veronese: His life and works. The man who painted parties, or are they more than that? £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235 or email to book.

Friday 11th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture - “Donald Campbell’s Water Record” by Donald Stevens. Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm, £2 entry, nonmembers welcome.

Friday 11th

Leatherhead Community Association ‘Tea & Talks’, ‘A humorous look at 19th century medicine’.Humour in medicine? Come and find out what it is all about, speaker Colin Read, 2pm, Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, followed by tea and cakes. Members and non-members are welcome, so do bring your friends. There is no charge. or telephone 01372 360508

Sundays 13th & 27th

Charity Car Boot Sales at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 7:30am, buyers 9am. Cars £10, Larger cars, MPVs, 4WD, Small Vans - £12; trailers - £3 extra. Buyers Entrance by Donation. No booking necessary. Refreshments – hot and cold drinks.

Wed 16th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. ’The Mary Rose’, speaker Trevor Sapey. Annual sub £10 + £1 per mtg. Info: Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 16th

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

Thurs 17th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206. 73

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Recorded Screening of André Rieu's 10th Anniversary 2014 Maastricht Concert Saturday 19 July, 7pm

On Saturday 19 July at 7pm Dorking Halls will screen the 10th anniversary of André Rieu’s traditional summer evening concerts, staged on the most romantic city square in The Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastricht. Emotions will soar as the maestro puts on a magnificent spectacle during this very special anniversary edition of his much-loved concerts. One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of Waltz will be working his magic to present an unforgettable evening full of humour, music and emotion for every age. Be swept away with the incredible atmosphere, which attracts audiences from every corner of the globe. The dramatic and alluring medieval square will be transformed into a romantic open-air concert, featuring André and his famous 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, along with many famous guest artists, soloists, light shows and spectacular fireworks. The satellite-delivered concert is recorded several days prior to the cinema screening, during André Rieu's 2014 Maastricht Concert summer season.

Tickets cost £18 and £15 for concessions. Book online at or by calling the Box Office on 01306 881717. (Friends of Dorking Halls go for £14 when booking through the Box Office.)


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Ashtead Friday Market - Spring Special 4th April - Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

The Ashtead Friday Market is holding a Spring Special on 4th April following the success of the Christmas Specials. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. The market opens at 9am and runs to 12.30pm. We will have all your favourite stalls including cakes, plants, collectables, handicrafts, cake-stands, glass, china, bric-a-brac, haberdashery, wooden gifts, books, toys, and all sorts of cards including handmade, photographic, Phoenix and some from just 30p! We will also have many Easter gifts. Charity stalls do well with excellent marmalade sold for funds for Epsom Hospital. The market overall raises funds for the RNLI, who have been really busy lately, and last year we were able to give them £2,088 which was marvellous. We have a dedicated stall for the RNLI and any donations will be warmly received. Please do pop in and see what we have - we would love to see you!

For further information please ring Chris on 01372 272076

Through the Roof 4-in-1 Charity Golf Day Thursday 8th May

A unique 4-in-1 golfing challenge is being organised by charity “Through the Roof” at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in Leatherhead on Thursday 8th May. Through the Roof is a Christian charity providing life-changing opportunities for disabled people of all ages. However, whilst this fun golf day highlights the challenges that disability can bring, it also shows that life can still be lived to the full. The event comprises the following: • • • •

An 18 Holes Stableford Competition A Blindfolded Putting competition A Wheelchair Seated Longest Drive Competition A Wii Golf Challenge (indoors)

The fun golf day is open to all, with sponsorship opportunities available for the various competitions. For more details contact Margaret Bale by phone: 01372 749955 or email:


What’s On?

Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II 17th April 2pm & 7pm

Following a hugely popular live screening of Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Richard II, Dorking Halls is excited to host two encore screenings of the production on Thursday 17 April at 2pm and 7pm. With David Tennant (pic left) in the title role and directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, the sell -out production was the fastest selling show in the RSC’s history, and the first ever live cinema broadcast from the stage of the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Richard is King, ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.

Tickets cost £17, and £14 for concessions. Friends of Dorking get a discount when booking through the Box Office. Bookings can be made at or by calling the Box Office on 01306 881717.

Leatherhead Parish Church Easter Services

Palm Sunday – 13 April

8am Holy Communion – a traditional quiet reflective service using the Book of Common Prayer. 10.30am Family Communion - with organ and choir. Join in the walk to church from the Post Office at 10am. Refreshments afterwards.

Easter Day – 20 April

7am Striking the New Fire – come and make a joyful noise with rattles and bells, whistles and hooters as the new fire is struck to celebrate the dawn of Easter. Breakfast available in the Parish Hall afterwards. 8am Holy Communion – a traditional quiet reflective service using the Book of Common Prayer. 10.30am Family Communion - with organ and choir. Refreshments afterwards. 76

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Leatherhead twinning with Triel-sur-Seine Th year Leatherhead will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its twinning with Triel-sur This -Seine, a delightful town beside the river Seine, not very far from Paris. The Association would be delighted to enrol new members and, in particular, is looking for members of the community from Leatherhead or any of the surrounding villages to host a French couple or individual during the forthcoming visit from 8 – 11 May 2014. An exciting, action-packed itinerary has been planned which includes a visit to Windsor, a civic reception at The Mansion House in Leatherhead as well as a dinner-dance at Tyrell’s Wood. We would love anyone interested to become involved. di Your level of French is not a problem! If this venture interests you, please contact Christine Hearne by mail

Bike Ride in memory of a French Fireman A group of 10 firefighters from Triel are proposing to cycle 355 kilometres along the "Green Avenue" from Triel to Leatherhead and on to London between Tuesday 1 April and Sunday 6 April 2014. They will arrive at Leatherhead Fire Station on Friday 4 April, to be greeted by Eddie Roberts, the Divisional Manager for the Fire Service, and members of Leatherhead’s Twinning Association, the Friends of Triel. We are also keen to involve the Chairman of Mole Valley as the cyclists are bringing a Trophy which they wish to present to either the Council, or to the Leatherhead firemen themselves. The twinning association will also present a trophy to the French firemen in return. This bike ride is the latest in a series of challenges undertaken by the French firemen in memory of one of their young members, Benoit Boscariol, who died in 2012 at the age of 22. If you would like to know more about the visit, please contact Paula Hancock, The Chairman of the Friends of Triel on 07767 833427


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Science Museum Live: The Energy Show

Tuesday 13 May, 7pm & Wednesday 14 May, 1.30pm and 7pm Recognised by reviewers in 2013 as a ‘fantastic and brilliant must-see’, audiences will again have the opportunity to join futuristic science students Annabella and Phil as they race against time to prove their knowledge of energy through a series of live experiments. Featuring a virtual assistant named i-nstein and a steampunk workshop full of gadgets and chemicals, Annabella and Phil use liquid nitrogen, hydrogen rockets and electricity to create a dangerously exciting experience. The Energy Show is suitable for all ages from 7+ years and is a must-see for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students. The trailer is available on the Science Museum’s You Tube channel. Experiments and demonstrations include: • Flaming methane bubbles • Flowers frozen solid by liquid nitrogen • Lights powered by Plasma Balls • A hair-raising Van de Graaff generator • Soaring hydrogen-filled rockets

Tickets cost £16. Children £13 and families £52. Children in school groups £11, plus free teacher places. To book, visit or call the Box Office on 01306 881717. 80

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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Nocturnal flying creature (4) 3. Black treacle (8) 9. Marine plant (7) 10. Approximately (especially of a date) (5) 11. Not in accordance with the principles of a particular branch of knowledge (12) 14. One of the digits of the foot (3) 16. Dwelling house (5) 17. Film starring Bette Davis, All about ___ (3) 18. Overpoweringly attractive (12) 21. Straps (usually connected to the bit) used to control a horse (5) 22. Carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America (7) 23. Fire-raiser (8)

24. Measure of medicine (4) Down 1. Two-winged, blood-sucking insect (8) 2. Snares (5) 4. Not divisible by two (3) 5. Profession of designing buildings (12) 6. Small fish (7) 7. Crust-like surface of a healing wound (4) 8. Shop selling ready-to-eat food products (12) 12. Ms Campbell, model (5) 13. Song sung beneath a lady's window (8) 15. Insects having a pair of large pincers at the rear of 82

the abdomen (7) 19. Small drum played with the hands (5) 20.Geographical region of indefinite boundary (4) 22. Step in dancing (especially in classical ballet) (3) Solution in next month’s edition

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 62

John Craig – Vicar of St. Mary’s Church Fetcham (1836-1839) and Inventor of the Craig Telescope

John Craig MA

On the 31st December 1805 John Craig was born at Fescati, County Dublin, Ireland. He was educated by his Scottish father, Rev. R. Craig at his father's scholastic institution for gentlemen. Later he continued his education at Trinity College, Dublin, where he took his BA at the age of 21. He was ordained a deacon in 1829 and a Priest in 1830. In 1834 he graduated at Cambridge with an MA. His first wife, Alley, died of cancer in Hastings. Later that year he married Jane Helena Johnstone. She was the youngest daughter of the Rev. James Johnstone and had a personal fortune of £56,000 a considerable sum at that time. In December1836 he was appointed vicar of Fetcham in Surrey. It was here that his love for things “beautiful” was to take him on a life of refurbishment and building. He had the windows altered from square ones to a more sympathetic Norman-style. His time at Fetcham was short lived, in 1839 he was appointed vicar of All Saints church in Leamington, and began his involvement with the National Schools.

In 1847 at his wealthiest, he appoints "Collectors" to canvas for funds to rebuild All Saints church, destined to be one of the biggest churches in the country even though the proposed central tower and spire were never built. He had a love of sailing his yacht was called - The Black Dwarf. Between 1850 and 1851 he began initial work on his telescope project. The lens was started. Preliminary designs were started on the "monster telescope". The Telescope was built and opened on Wandsworth Common in 1852. However, two years later 1854 criticism of his telescope's performance forced him to abandon the project. His only son, Robert, dies aged 20 as does his beloved wife – Helena. In 1856 he was imprisoned for over a month in Warwick jail for an alleged misappropriation of funds during the building of All Saints Church, Leamington. In 1859 he married his third wife, Jane Goodchild Percival on 3rd March. His telescope falls into disuse about this time and is dismantled, leaving just the tower. 1869 aged 64 he retires from All Saints as vicar and a year later Jane dies. Around 1871 the telescope tower is demolished, the land returned to the common. He died 30th June 1877, 5,000 people attended his funeral. Goff Powell – With acknowledgement to various web sites

Craig Telescope, Wandsworth Common

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