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Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church


Ashtead Community Vision


Leatherhead Morning Womens’ Institute


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Leatherhead Tennis Club


Quiz - Double Acts


Leatherhead Bowling Club


MV Police Column


Leatherhead Drama Festival 2015


March/April events in Leatherhead


What’s on in April? Pages 62-67


As the doors close... A story


Return of lunchtime concerts in Leatherhead


Quiz - Animal Adjectives


Gardening - grow your own


Book reviews


Buying tools for the garden? MV Police


Leatherhead Twinning Association


General knowledge crossword


Improved MVDC website


Cryptic crossword


The Stroke Association


Youth Showcase Awards


Give a cat a home


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ell my birthday month is well and truly over and, as ever, it didn’t rain on my birthday! One year older, but not necessarily one year wiser.

A few weeks’ ago my partner and I went to Tromso in Norway for a few days to search for the Northern Lights. We were very lucky that we managed to see them, as it’s always a bit hit or miss we were given to understand. It was perishing cold so we hired what I jokingly called ‘fat suits’ from the outdoor adventure shop and am so pleased we did, the jacket and trousers combo kept us lovely and warm, but, sadly, did very little for my sex appeal - can I really add another 6” all round to my silhouette? Still, it was great fun but we were glad to be back in good old Blighty as it was a balmy -3°C when we arrived back home - surf’s up! The one thing which really surprised us in Tromso was the price of eating out, a couple of beers and a pizza between the two of us came to £55, and a fairly nice, two course dinner with two glasses of lager came in at £121, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester it was not! We popped into a deli for a cup of coffee and I noticed on the menu board that a baked potato was £13.50! I suspect that as Tromso is in the Arctic Circle it’s probably not easy making food deliveries and this is reflected in the price. I’m not tight-fisted, but £4 for a packet of biscuits in a supermarket... I’m not going to keep moaning but... I received a heartbreaking call from the wife of one of my very lovely advertisers to inform me that he sadly suffered a stoke a few days earlier and, thanks to her remembering the Stroke Association’s FAST campaign her quick thinking ensured hubby was rushed into hospital within minutes and is now on the long road to recovery. As a result of this news, I contacted the Stroke Association who very kindly sent through an article re-iterating their FAST campaign and to also Advertising promote their ’Action on Stroke Month in May’ campaign. The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local I think raising awareness about this devastating brain provides local businesses with attack may help to save even more lives, page 40. 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.

Local farmer Steve Conisbee, has asked dog walkers to keep their dogs within sight when walking near livestock on the Polesden Lacey estate or other farms, as dogs have recently been attacking sheep in the area, more on this story on page 48. There’s a new pet shop opening in Barnett Wood Lane in April, read about DoLittle Pet Shop on pages 14 and 15. ...and would you believe we have our very own artisan chocolatier living and working in Ashtead, more about Natasha Sutton on page 49.

Finally, it’s the Annual Leatherhead Drama Festival on 27th April and ends with the feted Gala Awards Night on 9th May, and it’s a fortnight of great plays and for No part of this magazine may be around £8 you can see around three plays - beat that Old reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - Vic! It’s such a well-loved and well-subscribed event, electronic, mechanical, recording, don’t forget to book your tickets now or you will miss photocopying, or otherwise - without out, go to pages 60 and 61 to see how to pre-book.

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New Level Crossing at Ashtead Station Installation of the level crossing After prolonged pressure from the Ashtead Residents’ Association, and latterly Chris Grayling, Network Rail agreed last year to bring forward the planned upgrade of the Level Crossing at Ashtead to 2015. There will inevitably be some disruption and residents to the north of the railway will need to adjust their way of life on the weekends when Network Rail are working on the crossing. The proposed closure dates are as follows. These are slightly changed from those we were previously told of and advised to Chris Grayling:-

Saturday and Sunday, 27th to 28th August - 17 hour closure Saturday and Sunday, 26th to 27th September - 12 hour closure Saturday and Sunday, 28th to 30th November - 28 hour closure Saturday and Sunday, 12th to14th December - 28 hour closure Plus possibly Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th January 2016 - 12 hour closure These are all weekends with a maximum 28 hour closure which would be all day Sunday and into early Monday morning. Dates are still provisional and Network Rail is endeavouring to confirm actual dates and times as soon as possible, recognising residents will need to make plans. Network Rail will be on site from mid-July to mid-December. There will be 24 hour emergency service access, free shuttle taxis, free parking at the station, access to the station footbridge and a dedicated contact telephone number. The car park will be reserved for residents who have to leave their vehicles on the south side and will have full-time security cover. Network Rail is looking to assist residents with mobility problems by having a golf cart at the station to ferry them through the tunnel to meet a taxi at Overdale. Publicity plans include letter drops, posters at the station and a public meeting at the APMH on June 24th to explain the proposals and listen to residents’ concerns. In addition a dedicated email address will be started and publicised. Network Rail’s plans for the crossing include some welcome changes to the present setup. These include moving the barriers closer to the rails to make the distance between much shorter, widening the existing pedestrian footpath areas to 1.8 metres and replacing the pedestrian areas with a non-slip surface.

Proposed changes to road junctions More contentious are the proposals to make changes to road junctions in the vicinity of the crossing. These proposals include blocking off the entrance/exit to the service road at Woodfield Lane/St Stephens Avenue and changing the priority to the junction to the north of the crossing so that traffic entering and exiting Overdale will have right of way. Whilst on first impression this might be welcomed by residents on that estate, the implications for the free flow of traffic are profound. The ARA has robustly pointed out the plan’s many faults and have also highlighted the need for all the surrounding roads to be considered when planning the revised junction and this includes the widening of Woodfield Lane, the route the Tesco lorries take, the parked cars in Woodfield Road and the frequent jams at the Craddocks Parade junction with Woodfield Lane which often prevent traffic from exiting the junction. More detail will be posted to the ARA’s website shortly. 8

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Notice of proposed amendments to the Association’s Constitution The ARA’s Standing Committee believes that the time has come to reinforce the Association’s stance that national party politics has no place in local government and hereby gives notice of proposed amendments to the Association’s Constitution. Aims and Objectives To insert a clause stating that one of the objects of the Association shall be: to have no affiliation with any national political party and remain independent of national political party ties. Management At present, Clause 4c under this heading requires the Standing Committee to “encourage and support suitable candidates for the District Council and Surrey County Council who agree to stand independent of national political party ties”. It is proposed that this be amended to require the Committee to “have no affiliation with any national political party but support and encourage individuals who are prepared to stand as candidates for the District Council and Surrey County Council, who agree to be independent of national political party ties.” Please contact to lodge your views on the proposed amendments. The Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held on 21st April at Ashtead Peace Memorial. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. The speaker in the second half of the meeting will be Nick Gray, Deputy CEO of Mole Valley District Council who will be speaking about and taking questions on the Transform Leatherhead project.

*** STOP PRESS *** Since 9th March the Residents’ Association has secured agreement with Southern to introduce a Monday-Friday off-peak parking tariff of £2.50 at Ashtead Station from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The free period will now start at 5.30pm. Tickets for the off-peak parking fee are only available from the station booking office or the two station ticket machines. See the ARA website for other information on the car park and station. David Baker Webmaster, Highways & Rail

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Since we are at the mid point of our year-long Anti Litter Campaign, it was fitting that we fully supported the recent nationwide spring clean up. To that end, MVDC had encouraged local litter picks and ours was duly arranged for the 21st March. Some of us already knew that there was a job to be done because we had spotted rubbish along roadsides; some exposed because the leaves are still off trees and bushes. Thanks to all the volunteers including representatives from the Rotary Club and the Community Garden.

April 16, 17, 18, and 23, 24, 25. Four of these dates coincide with market days in order to maximise the number of potential visitors. It is planned that 29 High Street (the former Help Shop) will house the exhibition. If there is a change of location, a note will be posted on the door to redirect visitors. All are welcome to this free and educational event with something of interest for all ages. Grants from MVDC and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) are making this exhibition possible.

LRA AGM Announced th Schools Carry out Anti Litter Art Projects Its that time again. On 13 April an AGM with

March was a month of Anti Litter Art at 6 local schools. The MVDC's Arts and Community Department provided an artist, Becci Kenning, to work with Trinity, Therfield and West Hill Schools. The Environment Committee worked with the Heads of Art at Downsend and St. John's schools who carried out further projects. Rosie Keedy, the Head of Polesden Lacey Infants School, helped by providing some artwork of her eco friendly students.

reports and election of officers /committee will be followed by two Surrey Police constables as guest speakers. Hardly a month goes by without us hearing reports of members of the public who have been entrapped by planned deception. The subject of the speakers is therefore: " Scams and Scoundrels." This presentation will inform us of the amazing lengths the criminally minded will go to in order to illegally take money. All are welcome to the 7:30 meeting at the Letherhead Institute.

The multiple aims of the art projects are: 1) to make young people more aware of litter as a problem and recycling as one answer to the mounds of rubbish we produce every day 2) to work with litter to produce works of art, 3) to present the works of art first to their own schools and later to the Public Exhibition in April, and 4) hopefully to influence the behaviour of visitors to the exhibition.

Notification of Time and Location of the Leach Grove Wood Hearing Received

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The long awaited Village Green Hearing for Leach Grove Wood will commence on Monday April 13th at 10:30 a.m. at the Leatherhead Theatre. Our witnesses' evidence will be heard from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th (day and evening). It is clear that this wood has been used for many years by all ages, and is a safe haven for all. Thank you to all who are taking time to defend this green patch for future generations.

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Mole Valley Police Column Purse/wallet theft The theft of bags and purses and mobiles from unsuspecting people whilst shopping is an ongoing issue, which also affects residents of Mole Valley from time to time. The general presumption is that elderly ladies are the main targets for this type of crime. If this is your view you would be wrong everyone is a potential target.

This got me imagining a scenario that could have occurred. One of the mums with her baby goes through the checkout with her shopping and finds that her bag has been stolen. Her purse was in the bag so she has no means to pay. She then goes to the car park to find that her car has been stolen, because the keys were in her bag. She’s carrying her baby, because the baby’s As a resident of Mole Valley myself, I pushchair was in the car. She can’t call her regularly do my shopping in local stores and friend to pick her up, because her mobile shops and, wearing my Crime Reduction phone was in her bag and so was her address Advisor’s hat, have researched the risks that I book. When she finally gets home, she can’t have see on a fairly regular basis. get in. Yes, you guessed it - her door keys were in her bag. I know that seems a bit The following are just some of my extreme but it could be a possible outcome if observations, built up over the past month when I have been out shopping with my wife a bag is stolen. and seen for myself how easy it is for the Add to this the inconvenience of stopping would-be thief to get some easy pickings. bank cards, contacting insurance companies and changing door locks and you can then see A gentleman walking down the aisle in a supermarket with his wallet protruding from the importance of looking after your personal belongings when out and about. I hope that the back pocket of his trousers is an “easy this gives some of you food for thought? picking” - even for a bad thief. Even better

for a thief, if the gentleman also keeps his mobile in a back pocket!

Two mums engrossed in conversation, their babies playing happily. Both of the mums I saw had their bags perched on top of their trolleys – open and with purses on full view. Yet another easy target. If they must leave their bags in the shopping trolley, I just wish that they were zipped up or closed properly – perhaps with the chain from the trolley wrapped around the strap several times as this would make is very difficult to steal without being noticed. Then I see an elderly lady struggling to reach a box of washing powder on the top shelf, but can’t see her bag. Where is it? I offer my help and get the washing powder down for her from the shelf. I then see that she has her bag over her shoulder and close to her body with the clasp facing inwards. This is great to see as it would prove much too difficult for a thief to bother trying to steal, particularly when there are easier targets around.

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Wed 1st - Sat 4th April - Easter Gardening event

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Ruth’s interest was piqued… How did what go? Did what work and what on earth did she do…? “That’s really sick. What about Jam? Did she do it too?” Who was Jam? Who or what was ‘sick’? Did some jam make someone sick? “That’s so unfair, what a cow. He’s hench. Why is she giving him agro?”

Ruth had been to London for a meeting and had completely misjudged both the season and her footwear. In typical April fashion, the weather had been unpredictable. There was torrential rain as Ruth walked ‘umbrella-less’ over Waterloo Bridge and there was blazing sunshine as Ruth raced back to catch her return train. Her smart grey winter coat hadn’t yet recovered from the earlier soaking and Ruth was convinced she was leaving a trail of rising steam as she ran. She should never have worn high heels. The leather had expanded, contracted and pinched, leaving blisters that longed for the comfort that only her Christmas slippers could bring.

What does hench mean? Ruth caught the eye of another passenger and they shared a bemused smile. “You’re jarring me… Wanna chill later? Yeah? Need to check with home. Sure it’s cool… Laters” Before this girl had the chance to put the phone in her pocket, the dulcet tones of ‘Uptown Funk’ filled the carriage once more. “Yeah? You’re jokin… Yeah? You’re jokin… Yeah? You’re jokin… That’s legend! That’s so sick. You’re jokin me… You’re jokin me… Does Jam know? She’ll crack up… She’s lairy man… Are you goin’ to tell her?”

Ruth manoeuvred her way towards the final vacant seat, giving a fleeting scan of her surroundings for any pregnant or elderly people with a slightly more urgent need. Reassured, she sat down with relief, strategically placed her bag in front of her feet and slipped her shoes off with a soundless but blissful sigh.

The ‘beep-beep-beep’s at Leatherhead station jolted Ruth from her seat. She shoved her feet into her pinching court shoes and grabbed her things. As the doors closed, Ruth hadn’t discovered if Jam did it, whether she knew, what was so ‘sick’ or why she was so ‘lairy’… Perhaps one of the other passengers would find out before they reached Dorking.

She closed her eyes for a couple of seconds and tried to relax. “Uptown Funk don’t give it to ya! Uptown Funk don’t give it to ya!!!”

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The music was so loud that Ruth involuntarily levitated about three inches off the seat. Her neighbour casually answered the phone. “Hi, yeah it works. Bit loud though. Scared a woman… Yeah, I know… Cool…” For a moment, Ruth thought the teenage girl next to her was going to apologise. However, she quickly recognised that her companion was no longer in a railway carriage, sitting next to a bedraggled, newly deafened mother of three. She was in the ‘phone zone’ – the place where phone users go when they are in a train – totally oblivious to the world around them and completely unaware they are broadcasting to a carriage full of people.

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Practically Magic April is the time for being fooled and there’s nothing like a bit of magic to turn you into an unwitting mark. With their wizardry and secret societies, magicians have been holding us spellbound for years. The illusions are permeating the pages and here are some novels where a touch of trickery has ensured a pageturner.

Practical Magic

The Tempest

Alice Hoffman When the whole town’s been against you for two hundred years, you might want to think about moving. The generations of Owens women though, who get the blame for everything that goes wrong in the town, seem to revel in the powers of witchcraft the locals think they wield. All that is, except for sisters Gillian and Sally, who want nothing more than to break the cycle and escape, one way or another. But having magic running through your veins is a hard thing to pull against, and time and time again they are drawn back to each other.

William Shakespeare On a remote island, the former Duke of Milan, Prospero uses his powers of sorcery to wreak havoc and right wrongs. Shakespeare’s beloved tale begins with a violent and thrashing storm at sea, conjured up by Prospero in order to shipwreck his usurping brother, Antonio along with the conniving King Alonso on his desert island. Prospero and his teenage daughter, Miranda have spent the last twelve years on the island, with only a cheeky spirit Ariel and a savage creature called Caliban for company. There’s love at first sight, a spirit, a monster and finally, redemption. Fantastic.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Night Circus

Gabriel Garcí¬a Márquez This acclaimed novel tells the story of José Arcadio Bunedia, founding father of Macondo - a city of mirrors that first appears to him in his dreams. José, along with his wife and cousin leave Riohacha in Colombia and set off in search of a better life and the utopia that is Macondo, and the story chronicles the rise and subsequent fall of this mythical land. The novel covers every conceivable facet of human life, love and death with the search for peace and truth being the ultimate goal. It’s an incredible novel from a Nobel Prize-winning writer.

Erin Morgenstern Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) only comes alive between dusk and dawn, disappearing from view as the sunlight emerges. Set in Victorian London this is a real treat of a novel, touched by fairytale and sure to hold you spellbound. You never quite know when or where the circus is going to appear, as if from nowhere, with its ice gardens and cloud maze and whirling, twirling acrobats of the night. A few know the secret of the circus and have formed their own magic circle, so to speak. It’s a wonderful, slightly surreal and other-worldly experience wrapped up in a book. 30

Like Water for Chocolate

Laura Esquivel They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and that’s certainly the case when you’ve got a secret ingredient of magic to throw into the mix. The story is set in Mexico at the turn of the century and focuses on the De La Garza family. Tita, as the youngest member of the allfemale household, must abide by Mexican tradition and look after their mother until she dies. She is forbidden to marry but falls in love with Pedro and her seduction takes the form of her magical dishes. But, the path of true love never did run smooth and he marries her sister instead. Of course, the story doesn’t quite end there.

The Magicians

Lev Grossman Imagine a slightly more angstridden Harry Potter and you have Quentin Coldwater. He’s a high school senior and a genius by all accounts, but he is as miserable as sin. That is, until he gets accepted at a college of magic to begin his education in conjuring and sorcery. Suddenly, he thinks he’s found his niche. But with college comes all manner of other complications associated with student life. Quentin longs for the world of the fantasy novels he used to read as a kid, about a magical land called ‘Fillory’. If only it were real he might truly find happiness.

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Leatherhead and District Twinning Association Annual French Exchange - May 2015

Did you know that Ashtead, as part of “The Leatherhead and District Twinning Association”, is twinned with a French town called Triel-sur-Seine, which is 30km west of Paris? We plan annual exchange visits between our area and Triel, and this year we are visiting Triel from 28th to 31st May. We will travel by coach and ferry from Leatherhead, visiting a ‘cave’ for wine tasting en route. We arrive in Triel at 6pm to be greeted by our French hosts who will accommodate us with local families. Included in the trip is a day in Paris visiting the Musée d’Orsay and Notre Dame Cathedral, a civic reception, a dinner dance in a picturesque venue on the banks of the River Seine, and a visit to the historic town of Arras on the return journey. The cost of the trip is £190. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends both in France and in the local area. If you are interested in all things French or just enjoy meeting new people why not come and join us?

If you would like more details please contact the Chairman of our Twinning Association – Paula Hancock on 07767 833427 or email Paula Hancock 34

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Improved Online Service from Mole Valley District Council Mole Valley District Council has made it even easier and faster for residents to access information about their local area by launching its new-look ‘Mole Valley and Me’ function at Accessible from the home page of, ‘Mole Valley and Me’ allows residents to insert their postcode to reveal a range of tailored information about where they live. This includes contact details for their local Councillor, bin collection days, planning applications in the local area, upcoming events and much more. Councillor Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement and Resident Services explains: “The new-look ‘Mole Valley and Me’ is more streamlined, much clearer and easier to use. Like our recently refreshed website, the improved ‘Mole Valley and Me’ is responsive, meaning that the growing number of residents using our site on a mobile or tablet will be able to access the website in a way that is convenient for them. I am sure residents will find the up-to-date information relevant and useful for them. Additional features coming soon include roadwork mapping, thermal imagery and email alerts.” 38

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Act FAST to save lives Many people will have seen a FAST adverts on their TV screens. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke could be a life-saver, and The Stroke Association is calling on everyone to learn the signs of a stroke and FAST Forward the message to their friends and families. A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. It is a medical emergency, if you suspect someone has had a stroke, here’s what to look for:

Face: can they smile?

Has their mouth or an eye drooped on one side of their face? • Arms: can they raise both arms? • Speech: can they speak clearly and be understood? • TIME to call 999

The Act FAST campaign, managed by Public Health England since 2009, has been hugely successful. In its first four months, emergency 999 calls for stroke increased by 55%. Stroke is one of greatest health challenges of our time. Around 2,500 people have a stroke in Surrey every year, and the condition is the leading cause of complex adult disability. A stroke happens in an instant, but it effects can last a lifetime. Nearly 17,500 people across the county are living with the effects of stroke. Research shows that one in 10 people (12%) in the South wrongly believe a stroke could never happen to them. Sadly this cruel condition can happen to anyone at any time. The more people who are FAST aware, the more lives we can save. The Stroke Association works to help more people reduce their risk of stroke, and to help stroke survivors and their families rebuild their lives. Action on Stroke Month takes place in May each year. In 2015 the Stroke Association is asking everyone to Make May Purple. You can help by planting your garden purple, making purple cakes for sale or dressing up purple for the day.

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

Hip/Knee Pain Ankle Pain • Shin Splints • Arthritic Feet • Nail & Skin Care

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“My name is Mr Chatterbox. I am told I am delightful! I am a white and black, neutered boy about 11 years old. I spent last summer wandering as a stray, and because of this I became rather unkempt, very thin and was even a bit bald due to a flea allergy. I was finally rescued by some very lovely, kind and caring people who fed me and gave me shelter and eventually they took me to be cared for by Cats Protection. Since being in care I have undergone a bit of a transformation. I have put on weight, my fur is growing back, all soft and silky and there are no more fleas of course! I have blossomed at the CP shelter - everyone loves me and I love everyone! I am very outgoing, playful and I love attention and cuddles and I talk all the time; but much as I am loved at the shelter I am really ready to find my new forever home. I would be such wonderful company for someone!” If you feel that you could give Mr Chatterbox a much deserved forever loving home please call Sue on 020 8390 3165 .

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Original and fun gift ideas for St George’s Day - leather wallets from Golunski Leathers

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Dog walkers urged to keep their pets under tighter control

Dog walkers at Polesden Lacey are being asked to keep their dogs under closer control following four attacks on sheep in as many weeks. In the latest attack last week the dog owner was unaware that her dog had attacked a sheep until farmer, Steve Conisbee, showed her: "For most people it is very traumatic to see the damage that their pet has inflicted and the lady I met last week was in tears. People view their dogs as part of the family and can't believe that they would do anything to harm a sheep but even chasing sheep can cause sufficient stress for ewes to miscarry, causing the death of both the lamb and the ewe." Dog walkers must also show caution around cows, particularly those with calves who are likely to chase dogs if they feel threatened. In these situations dog walkers are advised to give cows with calves a wide berth and be prepared to let their dog off its lead if a cow starts to approach looking agitated. The Countryside Code, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, outlines strict guidelines for keeping dogs under effective control around livestock. Many people may be surprised to learn that ‘a farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’. "If dogs aren't kept within sight then their owners don't know what they are getting up to, which is why we're asking all dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead if they can't keep them to heel." says Andrea Selley, General Manager for the Polesden Lacey estate. PC Mark Trezise, Rural Affairs and Wildlife Crime Officer for Mole Valley is investigating the recent attacks at Polesden Lacey, he says: "It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to kill a sheep and I'm currently investigating the recent attacks at Polesden Lacey." If anyone has any information about the incidents of sheep worrying at Polesden Lacey reported in the last few weeks, please call the police on 101 and quote reference number 45150018976. For more information visit or call 01372 452048. 48

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Artisan Chocolate - hand made in Ashtead Aubel Chocolate I specialise in the art of fine chocolate making. After many years of working with one of the country’s leading chocolate companies, I wanted to create a more refined and exquisite chocolate; and so Aubel was born. Aubel chocolates are beautiful and indulgent created using just raw ingredients and some of the finest chocolate available. All the flavours are derived from the ingredients themselves and no artificial flavourings are added. The chocolates are carefully hand made using the finest ingredients to deliver the best tasting chocolates using everyday, and some unusual ingredient and flavour combinations. The desire to create my own chocolates was driven by a real love for chocolate and flavours and the passion to create a selection box that showed true variety in taste and appearance. I have created a varied range which I intend to expand by continually developing more recipes. The flavour selection varies depending on the season and occasion. We offer a selection of different sizes of boxes, chocolate bars and bags of truffles. Natasha Sutton Aubel Chocolate - Ashtead Social:


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Honi soit qui mal y pense ...does NOT mean ‘Honey, your silk stocking is hanging down’ as Sellar and Yeatman would have us believe. Even worse, those of us who remember Gerard Hoffnung recall the embarrassment of the Tyrolean landlord who advertised ‘there is a French widow in every bedroom, affording delightful prospects’ To avoid such faux pas, and show a bit of savoir faire, you may like to join our five-week summer language courses starting from April 20. We offer several different levels in French, Italian and Spanish.

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708 / 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website:

Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church - Quiz Night In March twelve teams of eight contestants from in and around Leatherhead gathered in the Parish Church Hall for the Annual Quiz Night organised by the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church. The eleven rounds of questions prepared by Quizmaster Frank Haslam were even more original and challenging than usual, ranging over subjects as varied as the correct spelling of the surname of the current leader of HM Opposition (one ‘l’ in ‘Miliband’ by the way) to the name of Duke Ellington's theme song or the design of the national flag of Kenya. However, the highlight of the evening – apart from the delicious Lasagne supper supplied by Leatherhead's Rialto Lounge Restaurant - was the presentation made by Chris Evans, FLPC Chairman to Graham Osborne, Rector of St Mary and St Nicholas, of cheques to the value of £15,500 towards the upkeep of the graveyard and the cost of repairs currently being undertaken to the Parish Church following the latest five year survey of the building. The sums donated on this occasion represented the largest single contribution towards repair and maintenance in the history of the FLPC, and are the result of several years of painstaking fundraising by the Friends and the continuing generosity of its members and donors from the local community. The FLPC is a non-denominational Charity whose purpose is to raise funds exclusively for the upkeep and maintenance of the fabric of the Church and its surroundings and to ensure that it endures for future generations to use and enjoy.

The FLPC welcomes new members at any time. Readers who are interested in joining us or helping with fund-raising in any way, large or small, are invited to visit the website and to contact the Membership Secretary. 54

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Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute February 2015 Meeting Our February meeting was a very full one, where we welcomed several new members. A suggestion was made that we wore name badges to help new people to feel more able to relate to others and to help when guests visited. Our new banner was on show and greatly admired, it is made up of individual pennants reflecting the interests of each person. There are a few more to be added and will hopefully be completed in time for our 30th birthday in April. This will be an afternoon tea party, incidentally on St George’s Day, on Thursday 23rd April. To mark the 100th anniversary of the WI Federation, a Centenary Baton is travelling around the country and greeted in various ways, with Surrey being its final destination, it will be a very special time of celebration. A trip to Worthing has been arranged in June, which is always very popular and well subscribed. Our speaker was Mrs Mary Forlenza who gave us the histories of famous women who were greatly influential in campaigning to improve the lives of other women. Her talk was most entertaining and included glimpses into her own busy life. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at Leatherhead Parish Hall, Church Road at 10.15am. For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570.



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Adult Programme

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Monday – 27th April - 7pm

Friday 1st May - 7pm

Friday 8th May - 7pm


Six friends, gathered to witness the total eclipse of the sun, meet a stranger. Who is she and what exactly is she up to?

THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS ‘A Controlling Interest’ by DS Warner

Ryan’s new girlfriend sets off a chain of events with tragic consequences.

KCA PERFORMING ARTS ‘The Phantom Thief’ by Stuart Ardern A group of friends look for a missing boy in a haunted house.

Tuesday 28th April - 7pm

PANDORA DIVERSE ARTS ‘Freedom to Learn’ by HL Wilson & the Group A tale of differences, acceptance, and friendship.

CENTRE STAGE DANCE & DRAMA ‘Sparkleshark’ by Philip Ridley

A girl’s make-believe story changes her fate & transforms the lives of 8 teenagers.

REED’S SCHOOL ‘Samurai’ by Geoffrey Case

Citizens are confronted by their own greed when deprived of a magic sword.

Wednesday 29th April - 7pm

FREEWHEELERS YOUTH THEATRE ‘All the World’s a Stage – Danny’s Story’ devised by the Group

THE LATCHICO THEATRE COMPANY ‘They Told Me I’d See Unicorns Dancing’ (NP) by Collette Wighton & Annabelle Farrell Men have war … women have stories

THE BARFIELD PLAYERS (PG) ‘The Flounder Complex’ by Anthony Damato A job interview with a nasty twist.

OAST THEATRE TTAC ‘Remember’ by Marylin Apps (NP) A comic tragic family story

Monday 4th May - 7pm

SEVENOAKS PLAYERS (PG) ‘Outrageous Fortune’ (NP) by Rod Henderson

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy retold and reduced to one act, our story is set on the grimy streets of modern day England.

MANOR PLAYERS ‘How Could I Forget?’ by Jenny Hazell (NP)

COMPTON LITTLE THEATRE ‘Kill The Lights’ by Rosie Clarke (NP)

The year 2084 AD, the arts as we knew them have gone, artists are on the run but will they make it out alive?

A3 PLAYERS ‘Passing the Baton’ by Keith Drake (NP)

One woman out of a war zone, one out of a kitchen, meet in a bar after 20 years …

TIGER PRODUCTIONS ‘Bill & Ben’ by Richard James

Thursday 30th April - 7pm

Jonson goes to the gallows in the morning … only one man can save him …

A modern day romance in a breadth of social politics.

Thursday 7th May - 7pm

EPSOM PLAYERS ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL ‘A Dangerous Game’ by Geoff Rose-Michael (NP) ‘Dreams and Awakenings’ devised by the Group Elli & Fi have a dilemma but play a dangerous game The dreams and reality of three office workers in a dystopian world.

CROYDON HIGH SCHOOL ‘Hansel & Gretel’ from Collected Grimms Tales by Carol Ann Duffy & Tim Supple Followed by the announcement of the Junior Winner and Nominations for other awards.

Followed by the announcement of the Adult Winner and Nominations for other awards. NP = New Play

PG = Parental Guidance

Tuesday 5th May - 7pm

RUNNYMEDE DRAMA GROUP ‘Macbeth 2015’ adapted by Troy Chessman

Wednesday 6th May - 7pm

THERFIELD THEATRE COMPANY ‘Beautiful Thing’ by Jonathan Harvey

The personal stories of young women from different walks of life who are thrown together in the Women’s Land Army in World War II

Two sisters with a lot of baggage

REIGATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL ‘Homophobia’ devised by the Group

A new adaptation inspired by the physical theatre style of the National Theatre’s version, and an ensemble cast.

COBHAM PLAYERS ‘Lilies on the Land’ by the Lion’s part abridged by Rodney Pearson

SEVENOAKS PLAYERS (PG) ‘Rosemary & Ginger’ by Edward Alan Baker

This true story of twists and turns unearths the secrets of everlasting love, from family to spouses.

LEATHERHEAD THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS CLASS (PG) ‘Frankenstein’ by Nick Dear adapted by Andy Edmeads

A contemporary drama about loss, love, booze and magic.

Two of Shakespeare’s leading ladies tell how it wasn’t just their husbands who suffered “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”

The life of an ordinary man is told through Shakespeare’s monologue.

The effects of negative attitudes towards homosexuality.

TREMAYNE THEATRE COMPANY ‘Marie’s Crisis Café’ by Georgina Tremayne (NP)

with serious consequences should the truth come out

SUTTON AMATEUR DRAMATIC CLUB ‘Mutton Girls’ by Peter Kelly (NP) It is May 1915 in Belgium …

PRANKSTERS THEATRE COMPANY A scene from ‘Blackadder II’ by Ben Elton & Richard Curtis

Gala Awards Night

Saturday 9th May

Startingat 7.30pm Seats to be taken by 7.15pm

The Winning Junior & Adult Groups will re-perform their plays followed by the Presentation of the Awards NB During the second interval there will be a performance by Musicians from the

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Jack Ashley:

deaf MP and Champion of the Underprivileged A talk by Jane Ashley At Epsom Playhouse

Wednesday 1st April - 7.45pm Jack Ashley was a remarkable character with a remarkable life. He was for 50 years an Epsom resident until his death in 2012. He was an extraordinary campaigner who changed the lives of many, pursuing the causes of the disabled and disadvantaged, and tackling issues such as compensation for those affected by Thalidomide; domestic violence; and bullying in the Armed Forces. His daughter Jane will give a personal, moving and entertaining talk about Jack’s career and his character – his courage, determination, empathy and humour. Jane will be accompanied by her sisters Caroline and Jackie Ashley, and by one of Jack’s grandchildren, Tom. Tickets may be purchased on the door for £10, or why not join for the remainder of the season which will also include a talk about Epsom College and a tour of the school, at a greatly discounted price. Please contact Elizabeth Mackie on 01737 355300 for further information or visit our website


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WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? Saturday 11am-12pm. Leatherhead High Street, first ever Easter Parade, featuring music, free 28TH MARCH sweets and balloons, treasure hunt, songs and plenty of suprises, free event. Saturday 4th


Children’s Trust Easter Fair., 12pm-4pm. The Children's Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU. Children under 16 free, adults £3. The Children's Trust Easter fair provides entertainment for all the family, inc an Easter Egg Hunt, Peppa Pig, Go Karts, Easter Shopping Market and more! Go to to book tickets.

Monday 6th

Rampant Rooster Morris Dancers, Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. 11am-2.30pm, free. Cotswold and Welsh border style Morris dancing. Website:

Wednesday 8th

Lecture on Lutyens Abroad, 7.15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Lutyens’ architecture ranged from houses in France to public buildings in Delhi. Guests are welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Free entry for a first visit, but £7 for subsequent visits by non-members.

Wednesday 15th

‘Your Country Needs You - The Secret History of the Propaganda Poster’, Epsom Library, Ebbisham Centre, 6 Derby Sq, KT19 8AG, 7.30pm-8.45pm. £6 inc refreshments. Lord Kitchener’s image exhorting men to join up is synonymous with WWI propaganda but did it really appear on a recruitment poster? James Taylor also looks at the story behind James Montgomery Flagg's celebrated "Uncle Sam" in America and the role of women in the WWI poster and propaganda industry. Tel bookings on 01483 543599

Saturday 18th

NCT Nearly New Sale, North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill, N Holmwood, Dorking, RH5 4JP. 10.15am-2pm. Sell your children's old toys and clothes and help support the NCT too. We sell newborn and children's clothes, maternity wear, toys and equipment (such as prams and cots). Tel 0300 330 0700, e:

Saturday 18th

Open Day at Leatherhead Tennis Club, Cannon Grove, Fetcham, KT22 9LH 2-5pm. Adults and juniors. Come and meet us – see page 58 for more information.

Saturday 18th

Surrey Help to Buy New Homes Show, The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Free. Help to Buy South East are the appointed Help to Buy Agent for Surrey. Find out about the various schemes in and around Surrey, as well as getting advice from independent Financial Advisors and solicitors.

Wednesday 22nd

Dr David Starkey on Magna Carta, Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP. 7.45pm-9pm, £12. 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. For talk bookings call 01483 547881. The Cathedral Refectory will be open to provide pre-event suppers and drinks, for supper bookings please contact Guildford Cathedral Refectory on 01483 560471.

Saturday 25th

Ewell St Mary Morris Dancers, Leatherhead Town Centre, four performances throughout the day, timings to be confirmed.

Mon 27th April Annual Leatherhead Drama Festival, Leatherhead Theatre. More information on pages - Sat 9th MAY 60-61 or go to


Fetcham Fun Run 2015, Cock Lane Rec Ground, Fetcham, KT22 9UH. 9am-1pm. The run takes in a scenic loop around Bookham Common before heading back to Cock Lane. All profits to 1st Fetcham Scout Group, who are supporting one of their Scouts to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015. Info: 01372 377834. If there’s an event in May that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th April. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 64

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Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Talk by Carole Ransom ‘Knickers!’. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 1st

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Lorena Dyer ‘A Touch of Romance’, Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (mthly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

Ashtead Over 60s Lunch club - meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room, APMH for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open 10.30am for tea and biscuits. Call Olive on 375640 or Brenda on 813276.

Thurs 2nd (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:

Sunday 5th (weekly)

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

Sunday 5th (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 .

Tuesday 7th (1st Tues monthly)

Tuesday 7th (1st Tues

Tuesday 7th (monthly

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 at the Baptist Church rooms, behind the church, Lower Road, Bookham, KT23 4DH. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting. Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588 Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Wed 8th

2nd Wed mthly

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

Friday 10th (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 10th (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 10th (weekly) & Thurs 2nd

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Mick 01372 453959 with any queries. 66

What’s On? 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 Wednesday 15th April - Christ Church John Sharples, Organist of Charlwood Parish Church Thursday 23rd April - LMC A Thoroughly English Concert for St George's Day

Lesley Gladigau, soprano ♦ Lynda Chang, piano Thursday 30th April - LMC Marios Panteliadis, piano ® (® performer appears courtesy of the

Royal Academy of Music)

WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 10th (weekly) & Thurs 2nd

10am - 12noon The Sewing Shop can meet all your sewing needs - now independent in the Committee Room of the Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote (Also Maundy Thursday 2nd)

Friday 10th

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

Sunday 12th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund held at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Cars £10, MPV, 4WD and Small Vans £12. Larger vans from £15. Trailers £3 extra. Entrance: By donation. All profits for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Food available. Toilets. Info 020 8337 8181.

Friday 17th

“The History of Great Bookham through Local Names” is the subject of a lecture by Professor Peter Edwards to be given to members of the local history society at the Letherhead Institute, commencing at 8pm with coffee served from 7.30. Non-members are welcome. Entrance £2.

Thurs 16th (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.

Friday 24th

2.30 & 7.30pm: Botticelli: A Renaissance Master. A presentation & discussion of his life & works and his influence on artists from the 19th century onwards. £10 inc refreshments. T: 01372 272235 E:

Wed 22nd

Ashtead Bridge for Charity, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, £6. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. For more info contact Maureen and Peter Cox, 01372 275855,

Wed 22nd

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Leatherhead. Sessions 1.30-4pm and 5-7.30pm

Thurs 23rd (4th Thurs mthly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 67

Grow Your Own Pippa Greenwood I’m a great fan of home grown vegetables, particularly as growing my own allows me to choose to eat only organically grown fruit and vegetables, which are free from chemical pesticides. Even if you only have a tiny patio garden or backyard, you can brighten up your supper table with some good looking vegetables, home grown in containers.

have a large and deep container then courgettes are also worth a try, and do remember to keep them well fed.

It is important to use large containers. Smaller ones may look fine but most vegetables need an evenly moist compost around their roots at all times, and so a larger volume of compost is much easier to look after. They will need to be positioned in a sunny spot as vegetables won’t crop well in a gloomy position.

If you like hot pepper and have a sheltered, warm spot then try the crazy looking, heavy cropping ‘Medusa’ or the pretty but hot ‘Etna’. Salad crops can all be grown in a growing bag or other container, and are guaranteed to look good. For some really wacky colour try growing the rich-red stemmed Ruby Chard or ‘Bright Lights’ chard with stems in pink, orange, red, yellow and white.

Growing bags will do but they don’t exactly look good. In addition, they often seem to contain pretty poor compost and, when it comes to keeping growing bags adequately watered, they are nothing short of a nightmare. Large flower pots or planters are the best bet, and you can use terracotta, plastic or glazed pots. Make sure that the containers are well supplied with drainage holes, and that you have a layer of broken pots on top.

When it comes to maintenance, remember that anything growing in a pot needs more TLC as its roots will not be able to tap into the further reaches of the soil to find moisture and nutrients. Plenty of food and water is a must, and I tend to use a high potash liquid tomato feed, which works a treat. To keep your pots free from slug and snail attacks, try using sticky-backed copper tape stuck in a complete ring around the top of the pot or planter.

I suggest using either a standard multi-purpose or a multi-purpose compost mixed with a loam based compost – both produce good crops and are fairly easy to maintain. You can incorporate some controlled release fertiliser granules or feed regularly with a liquid feed.

Once everything is growing well and cropping, don’t forget to pick patio veg regularly if you want the plants to keep cropping.

There are lots of different vegetables that can be grown in containers but sometimes getting the right variety can make all the difference to how well they perform. Check labels or seed catalogues as those particularly well suited to life in a pot are described as so. If you like home grown beans you can use any variety of dwarf French bean, or if you prefer, a runner. The miniature runner, ‘Hestia’, has pretty red and white flowers and doesn’t need a support to climb.

Visit Pippa’s website for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ veg growing system, biological controls, fleece, copper tape and lots more besides.

Cucumbers can be grown in pots; choose a variety such as ‘Patio Pick’ which should manage to crop well despite its small size. Provided you


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Sheds and Garages

People often keep some quite valuable property in sheds, garages and outbuildings. If these can be connected to your house alarm, then fine. You can, however, obtain inexpensive battery operated motion sensor alarms, which can provide a very effective deterrent. Some of these combine with lights which come on as the motion sensor activates the audible alarm. This doesn’t guarantee the total security of outbuildings etc., but it does provide deterrent effect as a would-be burglar cannot know what other security measures are in place which could help to identify and catch them. Our top tips for keeping your home safe and secure are as follows: • • • • • • • • • •

Register valuable property at - it's free of charge and can deter a thief Fit window locks and ensure French windows and patio doors are secure Install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave your home Install low wattage security lighting that comes on automatically at dusk and goes off at dawn Never leave door or car keys or other valuables in reach of a letter box or window Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home Don't keep large amounts of money or jewellery at home. If you have to, use a home safe that is stored out of sight Make sure your house looks occupied even when it isn’t. Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on and off Secure your garage and shed too – equipment kept in a garage or shed can be just as tempting for a thief Unsure about security? Contact Surrey Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Reduction Advisor -and-garden-security


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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Pale yellowish-green colour (4) 3. Unconsciousness induced by drugs (8) 9. Musical setting for a religious text (7) 10. Famous American battle, Davy Crockett's last (5) 11. Offensive against an enemy (5) 12. One of a kind (6) 14. Changeover (6) 16. Disease of the skin (6) 19. Hindu or Buddhist mystical or magical text (6) 21. Vertical pipe in a building (5) 24. Sign of the zodiac, the Ram (5) 25. Protective shoe-coverings (7) 26. Put aside for a special purpose (8) 27. Form of charge imposed and collected (4) Down 1. Ball game played with long-handled racquets (8) 2. Priory residents (5) 4. Counting frame (6) 5. American raccoon (5) 6. Act passed by a legislative body (7) 7. Native of Edinburgh, for example (4) 8. Acid found in milk (6) 13. Room in a church where a priest prepares for a service (8) 72

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Spectacular Youth Showcase Awards Mole Valley’s Youth Showcase Awards ceremony on Friday 6 March at Dorking Halls was a huge success. Now in its eleventh year, hosted by Mole Valley’s youth council, Youth Voice and supported by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), this Oscars-style event recognises the achievements of young people in the district and those working with young people. The hundreds of guests helped Youth Voice to raise £442 for The Children’s Trust, the leading charity supporting children with brain injuries. There were nearly 80 nominees in total, all in contention for a diverse range of awards. The Creativity Award, won by Alexander Semple from St John’s School in Leatherhead, was presented by classically-trained soprano Natalie Coyle, who was brought up in Bookham. Alexander, aged 13, won the award for his accomplishments as a violin player.

Alexander Semple with Natalie Coyle Tom Francis, aged 18, was presented with the Volunteering Award by the Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, Martin Gerrard. Tom was awarded the trophy for devoting his time to support Children with Down’s Syndrome and fundraising for Down’s Syndrome charity PSDS. 16 year-old Cameron Zaltsman from Therfield School won the Special Achievement Award, presented by the Vice-Chair of Surrey County Council Mrs Sally Ann B Marks. Cameron won the award for performing admirable CPR skills in an emergency situation.

Cllr Emile Aboud & ‘BERT’ The two sporting achievement awards were presented by Lee Shinkin, Youth Olympic and Commonwealth medallist in Judo. The Therfield School Netball Team won the Team Sporting Award for having the strength to succeed even when the odds were against them. Abigail Dentus, also from Therfield School, won the Individual Sporting Award for her outstanding accomplishments in cycling. Junior Youth Voice’s Leader and Deputy Leader presented the Junior Youth Voice Specialist Award to community nurse Shelley Darling. Junior Youth Voice decided Shelley should receive the award for her compassion and dedication when looking after Flossie, Youth Voice’s Deputy Leader, while she was ill with cancer.

The audience enjoyed performances by 12-year-old singer Lily Moram and 10-part contemporary Surrey band, Ten in a Room, two of the winners of Youth Voice’s 2014 talent contest, Mole Valley’s Got Talent. Other performers included the Priory School Choir and Phoenix Creative Arts, as well as a much-anticipated performance by Natalie Coyle. Throughout the evening house band Therfield Concert Band performed a specially-prepared futuristic-themed repertoire. The winners of each category were as follows:

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 74

The Bell Inn, Bell Lane, Fetcham Pictured Right: The Bell Inn c: 1960s

Pictured Left: The Original Bell Inn c: 1915

The Original Bell Inn

The presence of an alehouse or inn on the corner of Bell Lane can be traced back to before the 18th century. In the latter part of the 19th century the inn was used for fashionable weddings and other events. It also formed a meeting place for the Surrey Union Hunt. The original Bell Inn that had stood on the present car park was demolished in the late 1930s.

The Current Bell Inn

The present Inn was built in the Hodgson’s Brewery sweeping style of the 1930s similar to the Rising Sun, Cobham Road, (demolished – now Harroway Manor Apartments built in 2006) but on a smaller scale. It had a Public Bar, Private Bar and a Saloon Bar. The building also included an off-licence. Again just like the Rising Sun, The Bell became part of the Courage Group. In its early years the inn played a very important part in the community, just like its predecessor. Times change and the ‘Bell’ seemed to be on the decline. Eventually the ‘Hungry Horse’ chain of pub restaurants took over, and things looked to be on the up again. Regrettably it failed, and there was a possibility of the inn being demolished. However, Young’s the brewers purchased the Inn. It had a major refit in 2004 and again it 2007. So many Public Houses have closed in the last decade; hopefully the inn will survive for many years to come. Goff Powell. Compiled from The Inns and Public Houses of Leatherhead & District with additions

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Do you have an empty garage? The Leatherhead Lions club is calling upon readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local to help them with the loan of an empty garage space for a period of four months from May to August this year. It will be used for the temporary storage of goods donated to THE BELARUS APPEAL, the Lions have enjoyed the use of a garage in Ashtead for many years but sadly this is no longer available. Ideally the garage should have direct entry from the road with no other access to any part of the house as items will be delivered at all times during the day.

If you are able to help I would love to hear from you, I’m Mike Rushby of the Leatherhead Lions Club phone 07833 574089 or email me on 84

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Spring forward to 2065? British Summer Time starts soon with the clocks "springing forward" but when did Spring start this year? The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland found an unprecedented 15 per cent of wild plants were in flower during its New Year Plant Hunt. Botanists said they were amazed to find more than 300 species in bloom when textbooks said the figure should be around 30 at that time of year. Fifty years ago people looking for plants in flower at the start of the year found only 20 species. What will we find 50 years in the future? Spring this year will bring a huge growth in red, blue orange and green posters - yes, it is Election Season! All the major parties have agreed not to fight the election on Climate Change issues. A rare cross-party deal to tackle climate change has been struck between Britain’s leading political parties ahead of the general election. All three "major" parties have jointly agreed to end the use of 'unabated' coal for power generation unless it uses new clean-up technology – and achieve a “fair, strong, legally binding” global climate deal. John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, said: “This pledge marks a turning point in the collective effort to take Britain’s energy system out of the Victorian age and into the 21st century. “For the first time all of the UK’s main political parties have committed to ending carbon pollution from coal plants, giving this country a better chance of tackling climate change. There may not be any new policies on the table from any of the parties but it does show crossparty political unity on climate change. This might help reduce the chance that the next government could weaken the UK's stance on climate change." It's been a long time coming but politicians of all persuasions are finally responding with one voice to the science around climate change and the growing grass roots support for taking the issue seriously. Many organisations (The Meteorological Office, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Transition movement etc etc ) have been working on this for many years, some starting as "fringe groups", but the concepts involved are now sufficiently "mainstream" for many more conventional groups and political parties to fully embrace the ideas. Action on preventing runaway global warming is now enshrined in British law. The Climate Change Act was passed in 2008 and established a framework to develop an economically credible emissions reduction path. All we have to do now is to support our government, whatever colour it may turn out to be, in achieving the aims of the Act and, off course, continue to do our own bit by reducing our own carbon footprint at home and at work. 2014 was the hottest year on record. Lets hope that in 50 years time, we'll be able to look back (the younger ones among us anyway!) and be proud of what we have all achieved, each of us having played our part in making sure that Spring in the future will mean daffodils in March and April and not Cosmos at Christmas... Chris Ellis

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