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Issue 126

April 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Free computer courses for the over 55s Interested in railway modelling as a hobby? Local woman on charity trek to Machu Picchu Ashtead Annual Spring Clean ─ Saturday 9th April Register your event for this year’s Arts Alive Festival Dogs must be microchipped by 6th April ─ it’s the law Children’s Trust Recruitment Day ─ Saturday 9th April Transform Leatherhead ─ Draft Masterplan Exhibition Dates River Mole, courtesy Richard Creagh

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


Rotary Young Photographers - Winners


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Epsom Hospital receives model donation


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Home-Start volunteer drive


Ashtead Community Vision


WEA courses in the area




Free computer courses for over 55s


MV Police Column


MV (Fetcham) Women’s Institute


Transform Leatherhead - dates


Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute


Quiz - Signs & Symbols


MVDC - Walking for Health timetable


Local woman on charity trek to Peru


Leatherhead Museum opens 31st March


Dog microchipping becomes law


Martha’s Market


Stop smoking around playgrounds


What’s on in April - pages 66-70


MV freezes parking charges


Register your event for Arts Alive 2016


Quiz - Film settings


Cryptic crossword


Book review


Calling model railway enthusiasts


The day Ruth fell into the pond - story


Local history article


Surrey Police warn fraudsters nearby


Transition Ashtead


Recipe: Fennel, carrot & orange salad


Gardening - grow your own


Simple crossword


MV leading battle against homelessness




General knowledge crossword


Children’s Trust Open Day


RHS Wisley - Nat. Gardening Week


Give a cat a home


MVDC - Above & Beyond Awards


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sure that most of us are following the Transform Leatherhead scheme with much interest and that quite a few of us, myself included, have already given our views - try and stop me! The next phase is now upon us and exhibition dates in April and May have now been announced. A short report of where the scheme is up to, along with the dates, can be found on page 20. The annual Ashtead Spring Clean takes place on Saturday 9th April, in conjunction with the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, see the Ashtead Residents’ Association page overleaf. I had a super birthday on 13th March (sadly whilst readying the April edition for printing!), but, as always, it didn’t rain - I don’t ever remember it raining on my birthday; in fact it was a bright, sunny, if a little bracing, spring day. The daffodils in the garden are mostly up - some of them breaking through before the end of the year. It’s such a lovely, joyful time of year, full of the hope of warmer, brighter weather to come. I was contacted by a wonderful Leatherhead resident, Jo Skilbeck, who is undertaking a trek to Peru to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Jo’s target was to raise £500, but by the time we finished the article and the magazine was ready to print, she had surpassed this figure. Jo is concerned that she may suffer from altitude sickness whilst on the trek to Machu Picchu and, along with her fear of flying, she has a few obstacles to overcome - but good on her for doing this to raise awareness of a disease which destroys so many families. Jo’s story is on page 24 and she has promised to let us know how she got on when she returns to Blighty. Advertising My partner Matthew and I are off on a much-needed break The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local in a few weeks. We’re off to the Norfolk Broads and provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads without a doubt I shall be driving him up the wall (or overboard)with my incessant singing of sea shanties and cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential cries of, “Them that dies are the lucky ones”, “We’ve not distribution (yes, really!) and can be seen land for thirty days now”, and “Aye, aye Captain.” Still, it keeps me amused. 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.

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Those of you over 55 and in possession of a laptop, iPad or tablet and would like to know how to unravel the mysteries of these dark arts are encouraged to join Age Concern’s free courses taking place in Leatherhead or Dorking, more can be found on page 58. The Rotary Young Photographer competition was judged recently and the winning photos and details of the winners can be found on page 52. Leatherhead’s very own museum opens its doors for the season on 31st March, with the official opening taking place on 2nd April - page 64. If you are in need of a hobby and interested in model railways, then go to page 76 where local man Brian Davis is setting up a fantastic model railway based on the old Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway - take that Dr Beeching! See you all next month.


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This year, in preparation for the celebrations of HM The Queen's 90th birthday there is a national initiative to tidy up the entire country called Clean for the Queen. Although the suggested weekend for that was is in early March, Ashtead Residents' Association has opted to combine Clean for the Queen with our regular Annual Spring Clean, which is now in its eleventh year.

Please wear strong boots or shoes and bring protective gloves. Litter-pickers, high visibility vests and rubbish bags will be provided. If you prefer to Spring Clean your own road, please consider getting together with neighbours to litter pick, tidy verges, clean road signs and cut back hedges or bushes obstructing the pavement but please always obtain permission from the owner first. If this is your chosen option, please let us know at the email address below so that we don't duplicate effort.

Volunteers helping with the Spring Clean will work in groups operating at different locations around Ashtead and if you would like to join in with one of the groups, the designated meeting places and times are below.

All bags are brought back to the recycling area at the back of the APMH car park by 11:45 am, after which we are invited by Beverley, the landlady of The Brewery Inn to meet up and enjoy coffee and refreshments, as her very generous contribution to this event and to village life. Most of the local councillors and members of the ARA standing committee will be there to greet you and chat.

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• Ashtead Station Car Park • The Pond, Barnett Wood Lane • Outside The Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft

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Transform Leatherhead – moving towards its Final Proposals

The Masterplanners have revealed their draft final proposals for our town centre. They have consulted widely, received over 5,000 responses and there were over 25,000 impressions on Twitter. It is interesting to note the overall positive responses to both the vision and the ideas (75% and 69% respectively). Redevelopment of the Swan Centre and developing a new Riverside park had over 90% support. There was general approval for development of the Bull Hill/Red House Gardens for shopping, housing and a multi-storey car park but rejection of a potential intrusive road crossing it diagonally. The Church Street alterations, to suit a major retailer, are well under way but we stress that they must dovetail into the overall Masterplan. We anticipate that Waitrose will be open for business sometime in November. Consideration to re-open the link between Church Street and Bridge Street/North Street had 75% support and in our opinion would overcome a significant blockage to free flow and access. The resultant draft Masterplans are, consequently, almost identical to the earlier ideas with some minor amendments. We consider that good accessibility and adequate parking are just as important as the actual developments themselves – without improved access and parking the town centre will remain underutilised and could gradually die.

When the plans are finalised in the next few months and when developers have the opportunity to impose their ideas, we must be vigilant to ensure that proposals for any new and redeveloped buildings complement and enhance our historic town.

Debate – do we want to stay in or exit the European Union? – 4th April 2016

Of equal importance to the residents of Leatherhead, indeed to the whole country, is how we vote in the coming referendum on the country’s relationship with Europe. Do we want to be in or out? The LRA is giving members and their friends the opportunity to listen to a debate between representatives of both sides of the argument. Our speakers are: The Rt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway (persuading us to vote to stay in the European Union) Sir Richard was an MP from 1983 to 1987 and from 1992 till his retirement in 2015. In his last five years he was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. In his early career he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, then studied law at Bristol University and qualified as a Solicitor specialising in Maritime and Commercial Law. Anthony Scholefield (persuading us to vote to leave the European Union – Brexit) Anthony Scholefield is the Director of Futurus – a think tank specializing in EU and immigration matters. He cofounded the UK Independence Party in 1993, and was the Party Secretary. He read History at Oxford and Economics at London University. He began his career as an accountant and, for many years, was a selfemployed businessman. The LRA AGM, at 6.45pm on 4th April in the Letherhead Institute, is open to members and their friends and the Debate will follow from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. They will have the opportunity to put written questions to the speakers – question slips will be provided. The Letherhead Institute hall holds just 130 so first come first served. John W Wilson

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Fetcham Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting Wednesday 20th April 2016 - 8pm Village Hall, Fetcham

So make a diary note, we would like as many Fetcham residents to attend as possible, its not often you get a group like that all in one room, make the most of it.

In a bid to be more engaging and dispel the myth of what we do, this year’s AGM will take a new format. As well as the usual formalities, committee members will give an overview of what they have been up to.

Unfortunately after 28 years with the natural inflation of costs over that time, we have had to increase our longstanding minimum membership fee from £1 to £2.

We have also extended invitations to several organisations and groups to come along and exhibit/display information about themselves and their projects. Giving members the opportunity to engage on a ‘one to one’ basis and raise any issues or concerns directly. We hope, Friends of Leatherhead Hospital, Transform Leatherhead, Sutton & East Surrey Water, The Police, Stonegate Homes and Linden Homes will all be attending.

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Ashtead Community Vision Forum approves Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum approved the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) on 12th March following a six-week public consultation which concluded at the end of February. By the end of the consultation period, 98 people had made some 380 comments in response to the questionnaire, which laid out the policies that had been drawn up by Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) on behalf of the Forum. ACV’s sub-groups for Housing, Economy, Infrastructure, Environment and Transport reviewed the comments to determine whether areas of policy revision or clarification had emerged that required amendments to the NDP.

SCC guidelines and says that 1 and 2 bed flats should have one parking space per unit; that 1 and 2 bed houses should have 1 or more spaces; while three and more bed dwellings should have 2 or more spaces. But, as some pointed out, flats with 1 or 2 bedrooms could well have 2 or 3 car families so exacerbating the problem of parked cars on Ashtead’s narrow roads and lanes. Ultimately, though, SCC advises on parking provision based on road safety and also proximity to transport services and often parking spaces below guidelines are permitted. SCC prefers the flexibility of having only guidelines so the existence of a local policy will strengthen MVDC’s position when discussing planning applications with SCC. While the Draft NDP has been approved by the Forum, responsibility for finalising four supporting documents has been delegated to ACV, to complete by the end of March. Forum members will have a final chance to review the documentation and, providing no issues arise, the NDP and all documents will be handed over to MVDC. Should issues arise, an ‘extraordinary meeting’ of the Forum will be called for 16th April.

The completion of this stage of the Forum’s work is only the first of a three stage process. In order to ensure there is no Many amendments sought to give more focus ‘democratic deficit’ MVDC will hold their own to the policies. Others clarified positions. public consultation on the Draft Ashtead For example, furthering “life-long learning” NDP. Once that’s completed it goes to an in Ashtead (a part of the ‘vision’ statement independent examiner who then has to for Ashtead) was not felt to have been decide whether it can be put to the vote at a represented in the Draft NDP. But as the sublocal referendum. group explained Ashtead Public Library is John Morgan included as a “Valued Community Facility” so ACV member alerting Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), Surrey County Council (SCC) and any wouldbe developers, of the value placed on such a facility by the Ashtead community. You can find out more about ACV A more controversial area concerned the provision of off-street parking. The policy had been revised following discussions with MVDC but concerns remain among some Forum members that the policy provides for too few parking spaces for new housing developments. The NDP policy is based on

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Mole Valley Police Column “It’s probably nothing, but...” You may have seen in the local press or on social media that there have recently been three thefts of York stone slabs from the formal gardens at Polesden Lacey and from some private dwellings in Westhumble? This type of theft involves considerable “effort” by thieves, not least due to the amount of physical effort involved in lifting stone slabs, as well as the time involved and the necessity to use a vehicle to transport the stolen stone. property marking products that are available on the market. One company with provides this type of product is - These products, along with the accompanying signs you can display, advise clearly that items have been marked and can be traced. Further information can be found at: - https://

It seems likely, therefore, that someone may well have seen “something” that aroused their suspicions but has not yet been called in to police. If you believe you may have seen something that didn’t appear “quite right” but were in two minds as to whether to call it in or not, we would always prefer that you do. Reporting crime or suspicious activity in your area.

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detail as you can provide Tell us if suspects are alone or in a group; if they are trespassing and whether they have equipment, dogs or firearms with them. Call 101 to report crime, or dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

If you have some York stone at your property, you should consider some additional deterrent measures against potential theft. The stone can be security marked with various forensic

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Leatherhead Town Centre Masterplan

Artist’s impression illustrating new link from station to town centre and new mixed use development Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has now published the final draft Masterplan for Leatherhead town centre along with the Consultation Report summarising the second stage of public consultation which concluded in mid January. There were over 2,800 responses to the second stage consultation and it is estimated that over one thousand residents attended the exhibitions promoting the ideas to transform Leatherhead which included: a mix used development at the Bull Hill/Red House Gardens site; redevelopment of the Swan Centre and the creation of a Riverside Park. There was overwhelming support for the principle development ideas. Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Community Engagement and Residents Services, Cllr Vivienne Michael said: “We are delighted with the level of engagement we have had from residents of Leatherhead and the surrounding villages as well as from local businesses and their employees, young people and a range of community groups. The final draft Masterplan builds on the feedback we have received and we look forward to sharing it with the public at a number of exhibitions this spring”.

Final draft Masterplan exhibition dates:

Saturday 16th & Saturday 30th April, 10am-4pm - Leatherhead Theatre Saturday 7th May, 1pm-3pm - North Leatherhead Community Centre

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My Charity Trek to Machu Picchu in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society

I’m turning 30 this year and wanted to set myself a challenge which would take me out of my comfort zone and have a positive impact on my chosen charity. I’m not very committed to exercise, really hate camping and am scared of flying, so flying to Peru to complete a trek to Machu Picchu is going to be quite a challenge! I've decided to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society because a close family member had dementia. At present there is no cure for this disease and there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK; this number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. All money raised will go directly to the charity - nothing will go towards the cost of the trip. The trek itself is described as demanding and the most challenging day will be day 2 on the Inca Trail which involves a climb up to Warmihuanusca or "Dead Woman’s Pass" from 2800m to 4200m above sea level. I hope I don't get affected by Altitude sickness but unfortunately there is no way to prepare for this. I'm currently following a training plan around Box Hill in order to prepare, which will end with eight hour walks. I recently did my first six hour walk which was quite challenging (on the plus side, I burnt enough calories to eat several Snickers bars!). Jo Skilbeck Leatherhead

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The 2016 Dog Microchipping Legislation

Dog owners can be fined up to £500 if their dog isn’t chipped by 6th April 2016 You must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip by the time it is 8 weeks old.

Who can microchip your dog?

Your dog’s microchip must be fitted by a trained professional, eg a vet. You can ask the following to microchip your dog for free: • Dogs Trust • Blue Cross centres • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home • some vets

What happens when your dog’s microchipped

Your dog’s microchip is given a number, which will show up whenever your dog is scanned. The professional who microchips your dog will also take your contact details. These details are kept alongside the microchip number on a database, so that your dog can be returned to you if it’s lost or stolen. Your dog must still wear a collar and tag with your name and address when in a public place.

Updating your details

You are responsible for keeping your dog’s microchip information up to date, eg if you move house. Contact the database company your dog is registered with to update any of your details. You might be charged for updating your dog’s microchip information.

Find out where your dog is registered

You can check the microchip number if you don’t know which database your dog is registered on. If you don’t have the microchip number, you can ask any of the following to scan your dog for it: • a vet • a dog warden • dog rescue centre

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Campaign to Stop Smoking Around Playgrounds Launched in Mole Valley Worthy young winners of an inspiring poster competition were celebrated in front of delighted classmates in early March. Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) had invited pupils from local primary schools to design eye-catching artwork to help support a Surrey-wide initiative to promote local children’s play areas as smoke free. The winning posters were submitted by three pupils from Leatherhead Trinity School, James Whearty (5yrs), Sara Sheppard (9yrs) and Erin Gladhill (9yrs). The children were pleased and surprised when their names were read out in assembly in front of the school and they were asked to come up to collect their certificates and £20 gift voucher. Sara admitted “I didn’t expect it” and Erin said she was “so happy with my design.” This fun and engaging competition was designed to help launch the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) voluntary smoking ban and discourage residents across the District from smoking in play areas and was part of a National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 9th March. The impactful posters now appear on smoke free signs displayed at play facilities across the District. Anyone who smokes in and around play areas not only risks children’s health because of secondhand smoke but their actions can also inadvertently encourage children to imitate adult behaviours and try smoking for themselves. . Deputy Leader of MVDC, Councillor Vivienne Michael, said, “Helping improve opportunities for residents of all ages to live healthy and active lives is a key priority for MVDC. That’s why we have supported this smoke free initiative. The winning design for the District’s showpiece playground in Meadowbank was announced at the beginning of March 2016, and will be open in July later this year. “By making our playgrounds smoke free, we are offering children a chance to enjoy play facilities without being exposed to other people’s smoke. Our children have the right to a clean, healthy and smoke free environment to play in. We are all only too aware that smoking is bad for health and we hope that people will act responsibly and avoid smoking in these in these areas.”

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Older, But Not Always Wiser The main characters of these books may be in their twilight years, but they certainly aren’t content to sit back and spend their pensions on Werther’s Originals and bingo nights. With amateur sleuths, explosive experts and adventurers amongst them, they’ll keep you reading well past a sensible bedtime.

Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey

82-year old Maud is determined to solve the mystery of where her best friend Elizabeth has disappeared to. While she’s at it, she’d also like to figure out what happened to her sister, who went missing more than 60 years ago. The problem is that Elizabeth has been getting a bit forgetful lately, and the clues keep getting muddled in her head. With twists and turns aplenty, you’ll be left guessing until the end. Definitely a ‘just one more chapter and then I’ll go to sleep’ kind of book.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – Phaedra Patrick

Arthur Pepper likes the quiet life, but that all changes when he discovers a charm bracelet hidden away in his late wife’s things. Arthur’s cross-country quest to discover the meaning of each of the charms sees him uncovering a side to his wife he never knew existed. But will his new found knowledge help him come to terms with her death, or forever taint his memories of her? A thoroughly enjoyable read, with great characters and a pageturning storyline, this is Phaedra Patrick’s debut novel, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see her on the bestseller lists very soon.

The Extra Ordinary Life of The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry – Rachel Frank Derrick, Age 81 – Joyce

J.B. Morrison

Being run over by a milk float wasn’t on Frank’s to-do list for the day, and he sure as heck isn’t going to let some interfering home-help try to baby him. Nope, he’s quite content on his own, with his cat Bill, his DVDs and a series of cold callers trying to sell him things he doesn’t need. But home-help Kelly Christmas proves rather more likeable than he expected, and he starts to realise that life can indeed begin again at 81. With his biting sense of humour, Frank will keep you laughing all the way through this immensely entertaining book.

George’s Grand Tour – Caroline Vermalle

When George tells people he’s going to do the Tour de France, some are rather concerned. He is, after all, 83. However, George has a slightly less taxing plan in mind; he’s going to do the Tour by car, with a friend. Agreeing to check in with his granddaughter, Adele, by text along the route, he sets off across the country. In the end, the journey may prove as life-changing for Adele as it is for George, as she starts to really appreciate the man who, until now, has just been a name on her birthday cards. 36

Staid, reliable Harold lives with his wife Maureen in Devon. When Harold receives a letter from an old friend, Queenie, telling him she’s terminally ill, he pens a short reply and sets off to the post box. But his walk to the end of the road turns into a somewhat longer trip, as he decides to deliver the letter in person, and on foot. As he travels the long road north, both Harold and Maureen are given the time to look back on their long marriage, and figure out whether it can be saved. Beautifully written, and at times extremely poignant, this book is highly recommended.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared –

Jonas Jonasson Allan has just about had enough of his care home, with its condescending manager, rubbish food and endless rules. So on his 100th birthday he makes his escape, in his slippers. After stealing a suitcase full of money, Allan begins a dash across country, picking up new friends as he goes (including an elephant called Sonya). As we learn of his extraordinary life, it becomes clear that there’s rather more to this centenarian than meets the eye, including a passion for explosives…

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The Day Ruth Fell Into The Pond

uth was fed up with the dull dreary weather. Although the occasional glimmer of watery sunshine ignited the damp days, the glory of summer seemed a long way away. An early warm spell had encouraged the daffodils with an optimistic enthusiasm but winter seemed to have returned again.

Meanwhile, Sarah and Daniel were down stairs scanning though each other’s photos and videos, before posting the cutest ones on Facebook. Sam was also uploading video clips to his laptop. Cracker, meanwhile, was still bursting with energy and keen to have some more fun. She picked up her favourite soft toy, shaking it from side to side with enthusiasm.

Since the arrival of Cracker, their Cockerpoo puppy, the garden was really suffering. The ubiquitous winter worm casts were squashed into muddy patches and the soft grass was spoiled by scurrying paws and the inquisitive nose of a young and enthusiastic puppy.

Ruth called from the kitchen, “I’m going to make lunch. Please don’t let Cracker out in the garden until she’s dried off and make sure she doesn’t jump on the sofa!” A few minutes later, Ruth was peeling carrots at the kitchen sink when she spotted a very damp puppy in the garden. Clearly no one had heard her request… The toy rabbit trailed from Cracker’s mouth as she trotted assertively around the edge of the boggy pond. Ruth knocked on the window and gave her a ‘Don’t you dare’ sort of look. Cracker stared back at her with a look that clearly said, ‘If I jump into this pond, you’ll come outside and perhaps you’ll play with me…’ She took a flying leap. As Cracker landed, the toy rabbit soared out of her mouth and into in the swampiest part of the pond.

The main area of concern in the garden had always been the pond. It was shallow, boggy and fishless but home to beautiful marsh marigolds and irises. It also attracted frogs and newts, which Daniel found completely fascinating. Unfortunately, Cracker seemed to share his fascination for this swampy environment… The first time she leapt into its squelchy depths, Cracker was small and light enough to pad around without getting wet. As she grew bigger, she sank lower into the bog and got muddier and muddier. There were several occasions when Ruth had to scoop her out and give her a bath in the kitchen sink. However, this could only be done after the vital ‘photo shoot.’ Wherever Cracker went and whatever Cracker did, camera phones were always at the ready to record every cute or messy moment… The children were particularly keen to capture a comical ‘You’ve Been Framed’ incident so they could send it to the TV programme and earn themselves an easy £250.

As expected, Ruth raced out into the garden. She still had her slippers on. The rest of the family was oblivious and busily trying to find funny clips of Cracker from their walk. Ruth reached into the pond to grab the puppy. She then tried to reach the soggy toy rabbit. Cracker thought this was a great game and jumped up, toppling the slipper wearing Ruth head first into the bog. Fortunately, there were no witnesses. A bedraggled and swampy Ruth dragged herself out of the pond and limped back into the house. Her knee was hurting but she couldn’t stop laughing. That would have been the easiest £250 she’d ever made…

Cracker needed to play and she needed exercise. The children loved to have fun with her and charged around the house with balls, toys and empty plastic water bottles, which always caused a great deal of noise and laughter. However, they were usually less keen to go out for walks and Ruth found herself taking on this duty during the week. At weekends, she’d try and drag the whole family out and loved seeing them all romp together, usually with Cracker taking the lead.

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After a particularly rainy week, the bog pond was extremely wet and Ruth was very keen to keep Cracker away from it. It wasn’t deep enough to cause her any safety problems but was certainly deep enough to get her extremely dirty. Ruth therefore persuaded Sam, Daniel, Ben and Sarah to take Cracker for a walk on Box Hill and they had a lovely time chasing up and down before returning home exhausted and filthy.

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Ruth and Ben gave the puppy a bath. Ben was in charge of the towel but decided to film the process instead so they both got completely soaked.


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Surrey Police

Please look out for elderly neighbours & relatives in Mole Valley - fraudsters near-by in Tandridge Surrey Police is warning residents in Tandridge to remain vigilant following a number of recent fraud offences where elderly residents have been targeted. On 12th January a man called at a house in Caterham and told the homeowner that he was working next door and the water was going to be cut off. There was a charge for this and she would need to pay £5000 in cash. The victim went off to her local bank to try and withdraw the money but the cashier became suspicious and contacted police to report the scam. On 19th January a man knocked on the door of a property in Lingfield. He informed the elderly occupant that there was a problem with the drains next door and she would have to pay £5000 for them to bring in heavy machinery to fix it. They arranged for a taxi to take the lady to her bank but fortunately a cashier became suspicious of the customer's request to withdraw a large amount of cash, informed her it was a scam and then phoned the police. Finally, in a further incident on the same day an elderly couple from Caterham received a visit from a man claiming he was a neighbour and told them his toilet was blocked. He said he needed the householder's personal details to pass on to the company coming to sort out the problem. A short time later the victim received a telephone call from a different man claiming to work for Metro Rod. He told the victim he would need access to his manhole cover and the owner would need to pay £5000 for specialist machinery to be brought in. At this point the owner handed the phone to his wife who asked more questions and explained that she was going to call the council and promptly hung up. The council confirmed this was a scam. Tandridge Neighbourhood Inspector Dan Gutierrez said: "These offences are particularly despicable as the offenders target innocent elderly members of our community. Fortunately in all of these cases no money was handed over but it could so easily have been a different story. "We all have a part to play in preventing these offences and I would ask anyone who has contact with those who may fall victim to these fraudsters to take every opportunity they can to assist. Our advice is don't give personal details, bank cards or money to someone you don't know. Simply hang up if they telephone or close the door if they call at your house. Fraudsters use a variety of tactics to appear plausible such as imitating authorities such as the police, council or bank and they can be very convincing. The police or your bank will NEVER phone you asking you to withdraw money, give your PIN or arrange to collect your money or bank card in any way. If anyone asks you to do any of these things, it's a scam."

Further information on protecting you and your family from fraud can be found on the Surrey Police website: protecting-you-and-your-family/fraud 40

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One bitterly cold evening in January, a very kind lady opened her front door and found a very tatty tabby cat on her doormat. He looked totally dejected and had such a pleading look in his eyes she invited him in. Cats Protection took him a few days later. He was neutered, de-matted and started his injections. He was very unsure of himself and people, as he had been a stray for so long, but after some TLC and good food, he has become a very loving chatty cat. A handsome, semi-fluffy dark tabby, Maverick now thoroughly enjoys life. He loves attention and head butts all the time. He is about 4 years old and is ready to be rehomed. Ideally he would like someone to be around during the day. He will love a safe garden and would probably make friends with the cat next door! We don't know how he would be with young children or dogs

Can you give Maverick the loving home he so richly deserves? Please ring Sue on 020 8390 3165 for further information. Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to:

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Rotary Young Photographer winners named Finn Ogilvie

Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank all the young snappers throughout the Mole Valley area who entered this year’s Rotary Young Photographer competition. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Our World is Beautiful’ and, altogether, over 60 photographs were received, with the winning entries in the three age categories judged to be Finn Ogilvie in the Junior category (7-10 years), with his very striking photo of a Scottish sunset, Sarah Shaw in the Intermediate category (11-13 years), with her close-up shot of a grasshopper on some flowers, and Ethan Collumbell in the Senior category (14-17 years), with his well-framed photo of a white butterfly on a purple flower. As well as each receiving a prize of a photography handbook, the three winning entries will now also

Sarah Shaw

progress to the next round of the competition, at a combined Surrey and Sussex level, with the national final being held later in the year. Helping to judge this year’s entries was Steve Lewis, a former senior photographer at The Sun newspaper

Ethan Collumbell for 35 years, who said he was very impressed with the quality of all of the entries, especially those in the Junior category, adding, ‘It was great to see how the youngsters had interpreted the theme in so many different ways, from landscapes and wildlife to portraits and still life. It wouldn’t surprise me to see some of them making a career out of photography at some point in the future.’ Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or


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Epsom Hospital receives model donation The South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC), based at Epsom Hospital, has taken delivery of eight new models that will be used for research into osteoporosis (a condition which makes bones brittle and fragile) and to help explain different conditions and surgical procedures to patients. The Fund was able to purchase models of a number of key joints and body parts, including: knee, foot and ankle, hand and fingers, and elbow joints, as well as the lower back (also known as a lumbar spine) and a model that shows how osteoporosis can affect bones. Sarah Langfield, Nurse Consultant, explained: “We are all so delighted with the new models we have received! Sometimes it can be quite difficult to explain different conditions and procedures to patients, especially when they might not be feeling at their best. These new models will allow us to give simple visual demonstrations to our patients, helping them to understand more about their condition and the procedure that they may be need to undergo.” The purchase of the new equipment was made possible thanks to a donation the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund received from a relative of a patient. Fund Co-ordinator, Bess Harding MBE, explained: “I am thrilled that we have been able to put the donation to such good use by purchasing these much-needed items. In total, we have spent almost £2,000 on brand new models to support the work of the SWLEOC team. I have written to the relative who made the donation to share some photographs of the new models, and to give them our sincere thanks.”

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WEA Courses in Leatherhead Dance - FitSteps: A dance based exercise class designed by the stars of Strictly Come Dancing. The classes take place on Monday evenings from 7pm-8pm at Leatherhead Trinity School. The 11-week course costs £55. Course ref no: C3739322 Ballet Body Conditioning: A combination of ballet, piloxing and pilates to strength and tone your core. The classes take place on Monday evenings from 8pm-9pm at Leatherhead Trinity School. The 11-week course costs £55. Course ref no: C3739322 Business Start-Up – a guide to becoming an entrepreneur: The five week course takes place at the Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead on Wednesday 13th April. It costs £50. Course ref no: C3739345 Essential Guide to Online Safety: Find out how to keep your passwords protected and email safe. The one-day workshop takes place at the Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead on Saturday 16th April. It costs £15. Course ref no: C3739344 The Wonderful World of Herbs: Find out about their history and use in this fascinating workshop led by expert gardener Sue Eldridge. The one-day workshop takes place at the Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead on Saturday 11th June. It costs £15. Course ref no: C3739348

For bookings please go to: or call 0800 328 1060 and quote course ref no.

Free computer courses for the over 55s If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks with the option of additional weeks to reinforce and build on what you’ve learned. Topics covered will include: internet browsing, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/ Tablet, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts, and how to shop on the internet as well. Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/Tablet are encouraged to bring it to learn on, but computers will be provided as well – it’s up to you!

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by emailing us on: Charity No 1111678


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Mole Valley WI (Fetcham) March Meeting Our President, Meriel Sexton, welcomed members and visitors to our monthly meeting. Last month, our birthday month, we had all enjoyed wonderful cakes and those who had baked them were thanked. Meriel then especially welcomed five new members who received welcome packs and who will soon be meeting to hear more about the WI and all it can offer. Our March birthday members were wished Happy Birthday. We were reminded of several forthcoming events - outings to Wimbledon to visit the tennis club and Woking Theatre to see Guys and Dolls or joining Eastwick WI on their trip to The Tower of London. Our sub sections, such as bridge, scrabble, art and rambling (there are others) continue to meet. Following our coffee break Meriel introduced our speaker, Daniel Evans whose talk is entitled Footsteps Beyond the Pond. Daniel is a studying Geography at Royal Holloway Egham and is then going to Lancaster to do his PHD. He enthusiastically described his love of nature and how his best experiences are on foot. He described how he sees travel as not just getting from A-B but exploring planet earth. He explained that he was one of 14 successful applicants to win a bursary which over three months took him to Alaska, the west coast of America and Toronto Canada. He was most impressed with Portland, a city that preserves green space and has a protected arboretum with 800 tree species. We welcome visitors and our next meeting is Tuesday 12th April at 7.45pm in Fetcham Village Hall when our speaker is Professor Ken Ralston with his talk entitled ‘That’s the way to do it!’ (Punch and Judy). June Webb

Leatherhead Morning WI February Meeting Our February meeting was a full one and the good news that our number is growing. It helps us in every way to have new people, and we always have room for more. Barbara has made new pendant name badges for us, which are a work of art, which we shall wear pride! We were reminded that our March meeting will be on 31st March (the fifth Friday) because of the Easter break. Having got the business matters over, we were delighted to welcome our speaker, Mr Keith Western. He is local man who has a butcher’s shop in Bookham. His talk was entitled ‘A butcher’s tale of woe’. His true life story was full of ups and downs, which he described in a very entertaining way. He decided early in life, that this was the career for him, and started off in a small way, working as a cleaner in a local shop, and progressing to serving customers. This was disrupted when the family moved to Somerset. Not to be discouraged, he wrote to all the butchers in the area, offering his services. It paid off, and he got a job in Ilminster. Eventually he was able to open his shop in Bookham, where he is still in business. The time, since then, has been eventful, to say the least. This includes the outbreak of mad cow disease, which devastated the meat trade and the tanker driver’s strike, causing disruption. To top all that, a car crashed through his shop window. Fortunately, he survived all these mishaps, and is here to tell the tale. A reminder that our meetings are held in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am, on the fourth Thursday in the month, the next one is 31st March when we welcome Ann Lovelace from the Orpheus Centre. For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570. 60

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Tuesdays - Dorking Halls

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Walks Timetable Spring / Summer


Discover the many benefits of walking from reducing stress, to losing weight, to sharing laughs. Walking for Health has something for everyone.

Walking is great for your health!

Join one of our free and friendly short walks in Mole Valley today!

Our walks in Mole Valley are free, fun, sociable and incredibly good for you! We are part of an England-wide network to keep you fit and healthy. With specially trained walk leaders, you are sure to be in safe hands, offering the opportunity to try new walks to enjoy again and again.

Joining is easy Choose a walk that’s suitable for your needs There is no need to book in advance Turn up on the day

What to wear Footwear

You don’t need expensive walking boots but it can be muddy at times, so wear something suitable for the conditions.

Rain gear

When necessary, bring a waterproof jacket or an umbrella.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about Mole Valley Walking for Health or have any questions, contact our Walks Coordinator: t 01306 885 001 e w For progression walks, visit or

Special Walks _________________________ Bluebell Walk - Severells Copse Friday 29 April Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Meeting point: Broadmoor Car Park, Abinger Common, RH5 6JR An easy short circular woodland walk. Option for coffee / refreshments at The Stephan Langton Inn, Friday Street.

_________________________ Rhododendron Walk - Leith Hill Friday 6 May Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Meeting point: Rhododendron National Trust Car Park, Tanhurst Lane, RH5 6LU Option to visit National Trust Leith Hill Place.

_________________________ Rookery Farm - Dorking (National Garden Scheme) Sunday 19 June Time: 2pm Duration: 90 mins Grade 2/3 Meeting point: Westcott Sports Ground, Milton Street, RH4 3PX Enjoy a white circular garden, roses, old bricks and scented arbour.

We often have one off specials, seasonal and heritage walks, visit

Walk for Health Timetable Mondays



Thursdays (weekly)

Dorking Meadowbank (for beginners) (1st & 3rd Monday of the month) Walk Leader: Estelle Holmes Meeting point: The Christian Centre, St Martin’s Church, Dorking

Bookham Common (2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month) Walk Leader: Sheila Baddeley Meeting Point: Tunnel Car Park Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Parking: Tunnel Car Park (Free to NT members)

Brockham River Mole (1st Thursday of the month) Walk Leader: Mandy Cooper Meeting point: The Royal Oak pub, Brockham Village Green

Leatherhead (Norbury Park and River Mole) Walk Leader: Rota of volunteers Meeting point: Leatherhead Leisure Centre Reception Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 - 90 mins Grade 2/3 Parking: Free parking at Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Why not pop in for lunch afterwards?

Time: 11am Duration: 30 mins Grade 1 Parking: St Martins Walk (Pay & Display)

Tuesdays (weekly) Dorking including Meadowbank, Pixham, Cotmandene or Deepdene Walk Leader: Estelle Holmes Meeting point: Outside Reception, Pippbrook MVDC Council Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Parking: Reigate Road Car Park (Pay & Display)

Everyone can have access to a short, free, friendly health walk within Mole Valley.

Wednesdays North Holmwood Common (1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month) Walk Leader: Rosemary Hobbs Meeting point: Inholms Car Park Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 - 90 mins Grade 2 Parking: Inholms Car Park (Free to NT members)

Thursdays Denbies Vineyard (2nd & 4th Thursday of the month) Walk Leader: Vivian Adams Meeting Point: Denbies Car Park, Farm Shop Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Parking: Free parking at Denbies

**Walkers special lunch for £5 afterwards**

Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Parking: Free parking in village

Thursdays Buckland Circuit (3rd Thursday of the month) Walk Leader: Mandy Cooper Meeting point: The Deli, Buckland Time: 10.30am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Parking: Free parking in village

Walking is an enjoyable way of staying active, keeping healthy and meeting new friends.

KEY: Graded walks 1 - 3 1 easy, for beginners, approx. 30 minutes, short flat accessible walk. 2 intermediate, approx 60 minutes, gentle to moderate pace, generally flat but uneven ground at times, possible steps. 3 brisker pace, approx. 60-90 minutes, undulating or uneven ground, possible stiles/steps.

In association with the Mary Frances Trust, Leatherhead, the following walks have been organised. For more information, please contact or call 01372 375400.



Leatherhead Riverside Walk Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre Time: 11am Duration: 60 mins Grade 2 Parking: Leatherhead Car Parks (Pay & Display)

Leatherhead Short Walk Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre Time: 2pm Duration: 30 mins Grade 1 Parking: Leatherhead Car Parks (Pay & Display)

(9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August & 10 September)

(17 March, 28 April, 26 May, 23 June, 28 July, 25 August & 22 September)

Family walks (all walks are buggy friendly) In association with Leatherhead Trinity Children’s Centre. For more information, please contact Leanne on 01372 812754.

Norbury Park, Bookham Thursday 28 July Meeting point: Bocketts Farm Entrance Car Park Time: 10am Duration: 60 mins Grade 1/2

Leatherhead Thursday 18 August Meeting point: Leatherhead Trinity Centre, KT22 7QT Time: 10am Duration: 60 mins Grade 1/2

Ashtead Common Thursday 11 August Meeting point: St Georges Church, KT21 2DA Time: 10am Duration: 60 mins Grade 1/2

Norbury Park, Bookham Thursday 1 September Meeting point: Bocketts Farm Entrance Car Park Time: 10am Duration: 60 mins Grade 1/2


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Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609


Leatherhead Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609


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Leatherhead Museum of Local History 64 Church St, Leatherhead, by the traffic lights

The opening of the 2016 season will provide an opportunity for visitors to enjoy our new VE Day room (see pic below). The room installation represents the "factional" life of Frank and Hilda Hollis, former residents of Hampton Cottage. The room set has enabled us to recreate a typical 1940s working and living space, whilst providing a backdrop to our artefacts from 1900 to 1944.- such as the Union Jack purchased for VE Day in Leatherhead. Reference will be made to the sacrifices made during the Battle of the Somme as part of the 100-year commemoration. The temporary exhibition will show life in Leatherhead during the 1960s from Marc Bolan’s pop art/mod rock band ‘John’s Children’ to the development of the Thorndike Theatre whilst the other two downstairs rooms will tell the story of living and working here from the Victorian period to the present day - enabling us to showcase the Ronson and Goblin collections; life in "service" in the big houses; agricultural workers and market gardens; the Ashtead Pottery and much more. Where space permits large photographs of factory workers will be reproduced for display.

Open from 31st March Thursdays 1pm to 4pm Fridays 1pm to 4pm Saturday 10am to 4pm

We are excited to announce that Tim Richardson (pic right) in uniform will formally open the museum on

Saturday 2nd April at 10.30am


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Thank you for publishing the information about our trueCall Care initiative, Zen. We have already had enquiries from local people who have read about the project in The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thanks and regards. Katherine Preston, Senior Trading Standards Specialist, Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards

Early March saw the launch of Martha’s Market. This is a new venture run by Leatherhead Parish Church following the closure of the Leatherhead Community Market. The new Market will continue to serve the community as an opportunity to buy and sell quality goods which are often hand-made, home-grown or home-baked. It also provides the social hub of the week where people meet together over a cup of coffee for a chat. As a customer: Just come along on Fridays from 10.30am–11.30am in the Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead to buy a range of goods including plants, cakes, savouries, eggs, cards, Fair Trade goods, crafts, artworks, candles, organic fruit and veg. and haberdashery to name but a few. As a stallholder: You are welcome to book a table to sell top quality goods – whether hand-made or sourced. There is no charge for the table as payment is 10% of your takings which contributes to the running of the market. If you’re interested contact Janine on with some details or call in to the Market to see what it’s all about.


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Leatherhead Museum opens (official opening 2nd April), see page 64.

Monday 4th APRIL

Leatherhead Residents’ Association AGM, 6.45pm Letherhead Institute, followed by a debate at 7.30pm on whether we want to stay in or exit from the EU with speakers for and against. The hall holds just 130, so first come, first served. More info on page 10.

Wed 6th

Ashtead Residents’ Association AGM & Spring Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from 7pm, speaker, John Rowley - ‘A Fresh Outlook on Ashtead’s Past’

Wed 6th (Wed weekly until 28th April)

Ashtead Bowling Club at Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BJ is holding a series of free coaching sessions for beginners to the sport of bowling. These will be held indoors in our pavilion from 2pm, every Wednesday from 6th to 27th April. All are welcome, just bring flat soled shoes. We will provide bowls. Contact Mike Bradford on 01372 273142.

Saturday 9th

Annual Ashtead Spring Clean and Clean for the Queen, see page 8 for more details.

Sunday 10th

Craft & Gift Fair, 11am-4pm, Denbies Wine Estate. Free parking.

Thursday 14th

AshLea PPG, Open Meeting and AGM, The Old Chapel, St John’s School, Leatherhead at 7.30pm. All welcome. Guest speaker will be Alison Edwards from the Princess Alice Hospice.

Friday 15th & Friday 29th

What the magazines say - a series of interactive talks run by Oasis. 9.15-10.30am. George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead. Activities for pre-school children whilst mum relax with coffee, cake and chat. Free of charge. Friday 15th: How to beat brainfog! What the mags say about keeping your mind sharp and giving your body an MOT. Friday 29th: How to make money from your hobbies - turn your interests into money-earners.

Saturday 16th

Charity Barn Dance, Ewell Castle School, Church Lane, Ewell. 7pm-11pm. Dancing to the Hogsmill Group with Caller Veronica. Tickets £18 each to include Fish and chip supper. Tickets available from March from Bess Harding 020 8337 8181.

Wed 20th

Fetcham Residents’ Association, AGM, 8pm, Village Hall, Fetcham. More on

Saturday 23rd

Open Day at Leatherhead Tennis Club, Cannon Grove, Fetcham KT22 9LH, 2-5pm. Adults and juniors. Come and meet us – see page 59 for more information.


Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, May Ball at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and Latin dancing to Andrew Varley's Keyboard music. All welcome. Tickets in advance £16, M&S Refreshments, bar, dress formal - Details: Sue & Pat Hunt 01372 277938 or Ricky Lesser 01737 819699

Saturday 7th MAY

The Guild of Enamellers’ Open Day, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 10am-4pm, free entry. Come in and see how it’s done, or make your own coloured kiln-fired pendant or key ring for £5! If there’s an event in May that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th April. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events66are correct at time of print.

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

Martha’s Market now replaces the weekly Leatherhead Community Market, 10.30am11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy a range of goods which are often hand-made, home-grown or home-baked, including plants, cakes, savouries, eggs, cards, Fair Trade goods, crafts, artworks, candles, organic fruit, vegetables and haberdashery to name but a few. Contact Janine 01372 374914 to reserve a table to sell your produce.

Friday 1st (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 1st (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding served with tea/coffee, between 12pm and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice and CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development). Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of April services and events - check out

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

St Giles’ and St George’s Churches, Ashtead — 7 worship services held across our two churches every Sunday. From lively gospel songs to quiet, reflective Communion. All welcome. Details on .

Sundays 3rd & 17th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG. Sellers 8am Buyers 9am until 12.30pm. Cars £10, Small Vans, MPV and 4WD £12, Trailers £3 extra. Larger vans from £15.

Monday 4th

(weekly, term time)

Mondays 4th & 18th Tuesday 5th (1st Tues monthly)

Fetcham Singers (Ladies Choir) seeking new members. No auditions. 7.30 for 7.45pm at St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8BD. Phone Sandra Brown for info 01372 276736. (First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info. Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 6th (monthly

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Ann Steven - Salad Days. Visitors welcome. Info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Siobhan Clarke ’The Crown and The Cradle - Royal Babies in History’ Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (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 7th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160 68

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 7th (weekly)

Ashtead over 60s Lunch Club meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room APMH, for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open at 10.30am for a cup of tea or coffee. More information call Brenda (chairman) on 01372 813276.

Thurs 7th

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

Friday 8th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI

(1st Thurs mthly)

Mole Valley WI, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. Speaker Professor Tuesday 12th Ken Ralston with his talk entitled ‘That’s the way to do it!’ (Punch and Judy). (2nd Tues mth) Non members very welcome. More details on Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Tuesday 12th Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. (2nd Tues mth) For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Wed 13th (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead (termtime)

Wed 13th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

2nd Wed mth

Wed 13th (monthly)

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the process of designing historical costumes for film and television. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Friday 15th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture, ‘The Archaeology of Bookham’ by Lyn Spencer, about recent excavations and test pitting, also seeking evidence of Bookham Courte. Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm. £2, non-members heartily welcome.

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Sally Hoban- From Leonardo to You - the Tuesday 19th history of art and science, 10.30am, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. (monthly) Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. Info from Pat Anderson,, or 07958 560707 Wed 20th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. ‘Antarctica’ by David Cordle. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 20th


Thurs 21st (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.

Wed 27th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. John Griffin on ‘The Life of Rudyard Kipling’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Wed 27th

Ashtead Bridge for Charity (this month’s charity - ALDAG ‘Ashtead Learning Difficulties Action Group’), Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6 refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. More info from Maureen and Peter Cox,, 01372 275855

Thurs 28th (4th Thurs)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Birthday meeting. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 69

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It’s Time to Register your Event for Arts Alive 2016

A record number of people attended last year’s annual Arts Alive Festival thanks to the superb variety of over a hundred exceptionally creative arts events. Registration for this year’s Festival in October is now open so register your event now and help make this year’s Festival the biggest and most successful yet.

If your group would like to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to host an arts event or workshop, please complete an online registration form available by visiting before the deadline of 30 April. This outstanding community arts festival is held during October however events organised for September or November will also be considered for inclusion in the programme of events listed in the Arts Alive brochure. In 2015, over 20,000 visitors, 8,000 more than in the previous year, of all ages and from across the South East were captivated by the range of free or affordable art forms and events. This year’s festival will officially be launched with celebratory street events in Dorking and Leatherhead held in September. For the latest information, follow @ArtsAliveMV on Twitter and Molevalleyartsalive on Facebook. 70

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Are you retired, bored and looking for something interesting to do? You could do a lot worse than get involved with railway modelling. I myself am a tad obsessed with it to be quite honest. If you are at all interested in the hobby but do not have the space or money to start a layout of your own, you might like to have a think about joining me on my large project. Even if you have never had an interest in trains but need something to do to relieve the boredom of being at home 24/7, then just come along to see what you make of my present 60 square metre layout in a purpose built shed along with the 83 square metre extension that is presently being built.

around to it, I will have a go at building a kit of the Lickey Banker locomotive. The prototype pushed trains from Bromsgrove to Blackwell for very many years and it was so powerful that it had been said that the fireman could hold a shovelful of coal about a foot from the firebox door and the draught from the exhaust would suck the coal into the fire! There will be a working museum of old engines, probably at Radstock and part of the layout will be given over to a tribute line to the light railway king, Colonel Holman F. Stephens and his various locomotives and stock. A good few of his loco types can be found on Ebay from time to time, either in ready to run or in kit form. As I mentioned near the top of the letter, this

You will not need to spend a single penny by helping me with the layout and you can get as much fun in building a layout as operating it.

project will cost you nothing except the petrol in The existing layout is in need of a good clean up as your car to get here. The intention is to form a it appears that airborne mould has settled small, select, private club whereby everything is everywhere and I would be very grateful for some owned and paid for by myself. Basically, I will help here. need help to build the layout and to run it properly afterwards. Hence this article. Once the building work has finished in the new extension, we can get on with erecting the I have a rather vivid imagination and the plans are baseboards and supports, followed of course by a in my head at the moment but I am pretty open spot of tracklaying. minded and I will most certainly listen to anyone The layout as a whole is generally based on the old else’s ideas. Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway that ran Whilst on the subject of model railways, I would between Bath, Templecombe and Bournemouth like to mention the fact that I have several 00 with the branch from Evercreech Junction to gauge locomotives for sale. I shall be writing up a Highbridge but on the present layout there is a line list of them very soon. They are largely, brand that goes to Bristol Temple Meads and the north new, ex shop stock and I doubt that many, if any, which is actually all in a fiddle yard at present. have ever been removed from their boxes. There is also a large double tracked oval that If you are at all interested in any of the above, I forms the old South Western main line which would be delighted to hear from you. meets up with the S & D at Templecombe as it did I prefer email contact to start with, so if you many years ago in real life. The old line had the have that facility, please contact me at: Mendip Hills to overcome, so I built the model accordingly. In the new shed, there will be a representation of the Lickey Incline at 1 in 37.75 and when I get


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 86

Fetcham Memories: 1911-1920 A Typical WWI Private House used as a Military Hospital

World War 1 and Fetcham - Local History Group 1 Fetcham U3A Local History Group 1 is researching the impact of WW1 on the Fetcham community. The 1911 Fetcham census was linked to censuses going back to 1841, providing an ancestral trail of the 400 odd adults in the village. Having identified by age the men and young boys who could have served in WW1 the British Army WW1 Medal Roll Index Cards were searched. These refer to the medals awarded to each serviceman giving their name, regimental name and number and sometimes sadly the words "Killed in Action". Just by the sheer number of men involved, there are many possibilities and identical names, hampered by men signing up and giving the more familiar family nicknames, second names or false age, with no particular checks being made. Each of these options is checked – a lengthy process – in the hope that a service or pension record may be found. These can provide the original enlistment details, name, age, address, height, weight, chest expansion, hair colour and eyes, next of kin, occupation and postings and can be several pages or more of digital images of the originals and are paramount to substantiating a more definite identification. Some fascinating and deeply sad facts have been uncovered – brothers both being killed in action, a prisoner of war for 9 months, men serving in the East Surrey Regiment, Queen's Royal West Surrey, Royal Field Artillery, East Kent, Royal Army Medical Corp, a Royal Engineer who stated he was unmarried only for a marriage licence to be forthcoming, men returning home, injured or unfit for duty , a young woman born in 1899 and found in Fetcham School Log Books in 1912 and 1913, serving in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and Red Cross records for hospital orderlies in Leatherhead.

If you can help us with our research please contact Lyn Rozier, email address:

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

In praise of walking - why walk? Walking has large direct health benefits for the walker. According to a Ramblers' Association and McMillan Cancer report, inactivity is responsible for 17% of deaths in the UK and can take four years off your life expectancy. The NHS and the WHO are keen too. When you walk to get somewhere, you aren't travelling by mechanised transport, so there is both reduced pollution, either locally or near the power station if you use electric power, and Ashtead Park in winter reduced climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. It's also the safest means of transport for others. When you walk for leisure, you have an unrivalled opportunity to absorb the quality of your surroundings, whether natural or man-made. Walking is fun, whether in company with a group of friends or by yourself - the latter gives you an opportunity to think and/or commune with your surroundings. Thinking while walking is a good way to develop new insights, somewhat like “sleeping on it” does Even the government goes along with this - last year in the Infrastructure Act they introduced a requirement for investment in walking and cycling as well as in roads. But, across the nation, people walk a third less than 20 years ago - a great shame.

Walking to get there

An organisation advocating this is “Living Streets”, formerly the Pedestrians' Association. They campaign vigorously across the country - one of their campaigns is a “Walk to School Week” - this year on May 16-20. Walking is healthy for children too and might just help set up a lifetime habit. Several of their local groups have organised car-free zones in the immediate area of schools. For walking in cities, notably London, the website has a walk planner that will tell you the shortest or quietest way from a to b. Each suggested route includes your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. More locally one can walk from anywhere in Ashtead to Epsom in 30-60 minutes without using the A24. You can go most of the way alongside the railway. It's flat and in good weather very pleasant . If you're going up to town and not in a hurry, try it and catch the train at Epsom.

Walking for Health

Mole Valley Council are part of the national Walk for Health scheme - a programme of fun, free and accessible volunteer-led walks, bringing people together to socialise and motivate one another to start making walking a part of their lives and hopefully becoming more active, fitter and healthier. Their walks last between 30 - 90 minutes. For more info go to page 62 of this magazine.

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There are thousands of group nationally and at least tens locally who organise walks of all shapes and sizes. Included are The Ramblers, whose routes are usually relatively strenuous, and the Surrey Hills Society, usually fairly short and combined with information providing about the surroundings. Tony Cooper email 80

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Enjoying a delicious meal which includes some home grown ingredients is a wonderful feeling – it fills you full of just the right sort of pride (and maybe even a little bit of smugness!). It simply feels good to indulge in a bit of Grow Your Own and then reap the rewards.

them outside after a week or so, covering them with fleece at night to let them acclimatise.

You may well have been sowing and potting on vegetables for a while now, but if you’re behind schedule or haven’t produced vegetables before, don’t panic – there’s still time to grow just about any crop in your plot this year.

To save time, you can buy in small plants and you will get a good range from seed merchants or garden centres. Gardenready plants can be planted out immediately and, provided you follow the instructions, keep them well-watered during drier weather and apply feed at regular intervals, you will soon be harvesting crops such as climbing French and runner beans, tomatoes, sweetcorn, sugar-snap peas, peppers, chillies, onions, melons, butternut squash, beetroot and courgettes.

Most plants can be raised from seed now, but there are a few that are likely to give a much better yield with an earlier start. Instead, buy in plants of crops such as tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilli peppers, melons and aubergines over the next month or so. Some vegetables can be directly sown now into well-prepared garden soil in a suitable spot in all but the coolest gardens – beetroot, lettuce, beans, peas, carrots, rocket, spinach to name but a few. Slightly more tender crops such as sweetcorn, squash and courgettes fare better if given a bit of extra heat when you are germinating the seeds, which is where an electrically heated propagator really comes into its own. The seedlings may then need pricking out and potting on until they are sturdy enough to live in the great outdoors, but try to ‘harden off’ the young plants before placing them into their final positions as they may be damaged by cold, wind or rain. Put the young plants outside on warm days once the weather has stabilised, and bring them back under cover at night. Leave

Most vegetables need a good fertile soil and a sunny or partly shaded spot, so choose your growing area with care. If space is limited, don’t worry – most vegetables will do well in good sized containers (minimum 30cm x 30cm x 30cm) with good-quality compost, though bigger pots will need less frequent watering. But, whether you plant and sow vegetables in pots, tubs, greenhouses or open ground, the end result will be gorgeous tasting, super-fresh vegetables. So go on, get growing! Visit Pippa’s website for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ - fantastic UK grown vegetable plants of your choice plus weekly advice and tips emails from Pippa, Nemaslug, biological controls, pop-up crop covers, signed books and lots more besides. 82

Mole Valley leading battle against homelessness Mole Valley District Council’s work to prevent homelessness has been recognised as the best in Surrey. Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has gained recognition from the National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS) for its work on tackling homelessness. The NPSS provides best practice advice to housing authorities on homelessness prevention services. MVDC is the first council in Surrey to be awarded bronze status on the NPSS accreditation programme. MVDC has been commended for the approach it takes to prevent homelessness, its programme to acquire more emergency accommodation in the District, and its work with private sector landlords who provide accommodation for homeless households alongside local housing associations. Councillor Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement and Resident Services said “The use of emergency accommodation reduces the need to place homeless families in bed and breakfast accommodation. These homes provide more stability for families as they are located within Mole Valley and help to maintain continuity with local employment and schools. Last year, MVDC helped prevent 65 households from becoming homeless by offering support in a number of ways. So far this year 90 households have been helped.” “We are thrilled, and extremely proud, to be recognised. Preventing homelessness is one of our key priorities, and we are committed to improving the service we offer to our most vulnerable residents. By embarking on this programme we have gained some extremely valuable knowledge that has helped us to deliver a more efficient service. It is an ongoing process, and by the end of the programme we aim to achieve gold status.”

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This year National Gardening Week focuses on the ways in which gardens can help keep people fit Gardens come alive again during April, with the scents and colour of springflowering bulbs and trees bursting with blossom. This is an excellent time to get out and explore their beauty and to be inspired by National Gardening Week, which runs from 11th to 17th April. For this year's theme, ‘Get Fit in the Garden’, gardens will illustrate the ways that they enhance our wellbeing. During National Gardening Week, RHS Garden Wisley (pictured left) will host activities to demonstrate the benefits of keeping active in the nurturing surroundings of a garden. Activities planned at RHS Garden Wisley will underline how gardens contribute to our physical and mental fitness. Try t’ai chi classes, a buggy fitness class for families or take part in ‘meet the gardeners’ sessions looking at the aspects of their roles that keep gardeners and horticulturists healthy and happy. The RHS will also be revealing fascinating facts and tips on ways to keep fit, and our four gardens will be open for free on Friday 15 April. Matthew Pottage, Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, said: “At the RHS Gardens we will be looking at ways to show how everyday activities such as digging, raking and hoeing can keep you fit, and how the garden can be used for exercise and having fun.” Advice for activities to start gardening during National Gardening Week:

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Look after your lawn by giving it a trim if it has started to get long. Mowing little and often is better than cutting it very short and letting it grow back. You can also use a spade (if you lack an edging iron) to tidy up the edges of the turf by creating a little ‘gutter’ around the lawn, and preventing grass from creeping into the borders. Sow carrots and beetroot in containers this month for a quick harvest of tender, tasty baby roots – simply pull, trim and rinse them, and cook them whole. Similarly, sow spring onions in pots for flavouring salads and garnishes. Get the kids involved and plant some early peas. Great in pots, or in a flowerbed, you can sow the seeds now, ready for picking and eating fresh from the pod in early summer. Support them as they grow with twigs from the garden or string and sticks. Annual flowering plants, such as pot marigolds and nasturtiums, can be planted outdoors now to brighten up any sunny container or border, and are also great to add to salads for colour and flavour. 88

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Mole Valley District Council - Above & Beyond! Alan Taylor, Transport Manager at Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) received a special award for his work with Dorking Food Bank where he went ‘Above & Beyond’ his normal duties to assist The Dorking Food Bank Team. Surprised at his desk by the Leader of the Council, Councillor James Friend and a team from The Food Bank, Mr Taylor was presented with an ‘Above & Beyond’ award, Mole Valley’s recognition for staff that have gone above and beyond their duties to assist others. MVDC have provided a secure and dry area for the Food Bank to store and organise the food that is donated to them. It is thanks to Mr Taylor’s efforts that MVDC are able to support the Food Bank in their work for the local community. Councillor James Friend (L) with Alan Taylor

Councillor James Friend said, “The team behind the Food Bank have told me how hugely grateful they have been for Alan’s support, kindness and sheer dedication in helping them set up the depot.” “Alan's continuous positive responses have motivated these volunteers to believe in their challenge and to go even further in helping local people in emergency need.” “Well done Alan - you are an example to us all.” Alan was surprised, in his own words, “What a shock! I didn’t have a clue that this was coming! I would like to say that without the cooperation and help of my team, most of what I do would not happen. Thank you to those people that nominated me.”

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