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Issue 138

April 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Join the local angling club Leith Hill Musical Festival 2017 Local church services over Easter Famine in Africa ― how you can help Rotary Club Community Awards 2017 Miss Joanna Lumley visits The Grange Royal British Legion Industries, Leatherhead Take part in the Marie Curie Swimathon 2017 Did you know there’s a sailing club in Ashtead? Lamb born at Bocketts Farm, Fetcham

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Leatherhead Cricket Club


Fetcham Residents’ Association


MVDC Walking for health programme


Ashtead Community Vision


MVDC Easter Egg adventure at Deepdene




Famine in Africa - how you can help


MV Police Column


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Leatherhead Tennis Club


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Ashtead Women’s Institute


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Leatherhead Women’s Institute


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Book reviews


Ashtead Churches at Easter


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Leith Hill Musical Festival


Box Hill’s new riverside walk


General knowledge crossword




Theatres Trust Grant to our local theatre


Miss Joanna Lumley visits The Grange


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Signs of Spring in Ashtead


Cryptic crossword


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Leith Hill Place now open


Give a cat a home


Royal British Legion Industries, Leatherhead


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From the Publisher


ell for those of you who were wondering whether it rained on my birthday? No, it didn’t, it was a glorious clear, sunny spring day and we went off to the Tower of London for the day. I hadn’t visited it proper for over 30 years but did ‘circumnavigate’ its walls a few years’ ago for the poignant display of poppies in its moat. We had a super day out which ended with a box of chocolates in the evening - always a winner with me... A few Wednesdays ago I was invited by The Grange in Bookham to attend the opening of their newly-refurbished building by Miss Joanna Lumley; the aim of the charity is to give support to people with disabilities to enable them to live independent and fulfilling lives. I spent a few hours there and I have to say that Miss Lumley is as charming off screen as she is on. The morning reminded me of the days when I worked with the MD of Simpson Piccadilly next to the Press Office some 20 years ago, around the time that Absolutely Fabulous hit our screens. For our Press Office it was more a documentary than a comedy, and for any fans of the show, my nickname at Simpson was ‘Magda’... As the weather is brightening up by the day it seems that outdoor hobbies are coming to the fore. One of the nation’s favourite pastimes is fishing and the local fishing club (The Leatherhead & District Angling Society) has fishing rights to some of our loveliest stretches of the River Mole and ponds in and around Ashtead and Leatherhead. Well worth taking a look at their website, details of which can be found on page 60. On the subject of clubs, did you know there was a sailing club in Ashtead? No, I didn’t either, but I have it on good authority that they do actually sail on the water, mostly in the Solent, but meet up in Ashtead, and you don’t need a boat to be a member, more on page 62. Royal British Legion Industries, a national charity which provides employment and training to members of the British Armed Forces, has a factory based in Leatherhead, specialising in print, design, mailouts, assembly services etc., and employs 25 people. I didn’t appreciate how many services they provide and when using their services we are helping them to create even more employment opportunities to those who need them. More about this charity and how it can help your business, club or organisation can be found on pages 84 and 86. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

Opportunities to get out and about seem to bubble up at this time of year, with the National Trust opening both a new riverside walk at Box Hill (page 42) and their Leith Hill Place (page 82). The Ashtead Rotary Community Awards for this year are in full swing, if you would like to nominate a deserving winner, then you can find the article and nomination slip on pages 32 and 33. This edition is rammed full of things to do and articles about our local community; I’m always thrilled to receive feedback and if there’s something you feel you’d like to see in the magazine, then do let me know. After all, we all live in this community together. Have a super Easter, enjoy your choccie eggs... I know I shall... Cheerio everyone,

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artwork, car sales, spares and repair, estate agents, bookmakers, financial services, funeral directors, fitted kitchens and computer repair. And last but not least we have a number of restaurants, fish and chip shops and takeaways.

Spring is here and hopefully the weather is better by the time you read this and venture out more to enjoy what Ashtead has to offer in the shape of its shops, services, community groups and green spaces.

Add to all that, Ashtead’s community organisations, youth groups and special interest groups, which are so numerous and active that our community centres have to be booked a year ahead to secure a regular slot for a meeting. If you come late to that process, you have to take what you can get!

There are so many different local shops in Ashtead, mainly located in its three shopping areas of The Street, Craddocks Parade and Barnett Wood Lane but let’s not forget that people run services from all over Ashtead, including one area that has its own essential “corner shop”. You can buy many diverse items ranging from life’s staples through to clothing, home furnishing, flooring and tiles, electrical items and hardware and on to life’s luxuries.

Our sports clubs are also numerous, varied and very popular. Some of them have their own premises for playing their sports, others, like cyclists, have a meeting spot but take to the open road for their sport and other clubs, such as the footballers, rely on school sports grounds or Ashtead’s Queen Elizabeth II You can cheer yourself up by getting your hair Playing Fields. done or pampering yourself with beauty Thinking of our open green spaces, lets not treatments of all types before enjoying a forget the listed Historic Park and Garden of drink and a snack or light meal at one of Ashtead Park and, north of the railway, Ashtead’s coffee shops. Or maybe a good Ashtead Common with all its walks and beauty book from the library is your relaxation of to enjoy and, adjacent to the Common, Rye choice. And if you want to book a holiday for Meadows and the wetland areas being a complete getaway – you can! developed there. There is also an Ashtead We have many food shops providing both fresh Village Heritage Trail leaflet which you can download from our website and frozen produce and general household under the items including a fishmonger, butcher shops, “Ashtead Links” tab and headed Ashtead greengrocers, bakers, delicatessens, a sweetshop and mini supermarkets. There are Heritage Walk. And while you’re visiting the also fashion outlets, bridal wear, newsagents, website have a look at what else is available – it’s chock full of information about Ashtead florists, pharmacies, post offices, dry life and what is happening around and about. cleaners, shoe repairers, key cutting, stationery and office supplies and equipment ARA’s notice boards in Craddocks Parade and in the car park of the Peace Memorial Hall Incredibly, the diversity does not stop there; also provide all sorts of information on what there are garden centres and outlets for is going on in Ashtead so check them out and buying wine, whisky, gifts and antiques. Need to keep your pets in good health or buy then get out there and enjoy what Ashtead has to offer! goodies and toys for them? Look no further. And there’s more: there are services that supply education, optometry, osteopathy, chiropractic, dentistry, picture framing,

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Ashtead Community Vision Why do we need a neighbourhood plan?


n 4th May, alongside the Surrey County Council elections, you will have the opportunity to vote yes or no to the Ashtead Neighbourhood Plan. This plan is the culmination of four years of work by a dedicated group of volunteers looking at how we can improve future development in our village.

Why allow any more houses to be built in Ashtead? We cannot bar all future development, especially as it is the current view of Mole Valley that all future development be concentrated in the north of the district, i.e. Ashtead, Leatherhead, Bookham and Fetcham. However, we are surrounded by the Green Belt, which is still protected by both government and Mole Valley policy. Other than the possible exception of Murreys Court, all future development is going to be infill, knocking down an existing building and creating one or more new dwellings.

But let’s start at the beginning: What is a neighbourhood plan? A neighbourhood plan establishes planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like

What are we proposing in this plan? The greatest issue is housing. Our surveys all elicit concerns about the affordability and availability of smaller houses. We can do nothing about affordability. Mole Valley planning policy (CS3) expresses a preference for smaller dwellings, but the proportion of 2 and 3-bedroom house in Ashtead shrinks year-on-year. We have therefore proposed policies aimed at reducing this by requiring a mix of small and large houses on new developments.

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. This means that neighbourhood plans have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the The other significant concern from surveys and meetings is the maintenance of the area. Therefore our plan is in addition to character of Ashtead. Our village housing is the Mole Valley Local Plan(s). a mix of old and new, large and small and most people would like to keep it that way. Why do we need an additional plan? Mole Valley already has a range of planning We have therefore made it a condition that policies, including a preference for smaller all future developments should be in dwellings, adequate off-street parking, keeping with local surroundings. maintenance of local character and the There is not room to describe all of the protection of local shopping areas. In proposed policies in this article, so I would general these are successful, but we have urge you all to read the plan and vote in identified a number of areas where they favour on 4th May. could be strengthened for Ashtead.

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ontacting Surrey Police to report any suspicions or concerns that you may have can make some people think twice! People question whether they may be contacting police unnecessarily, that their suspicions may be completely unfounded and, quite often, simply don’t want to be a nuisance! Anything that gives you cause for concern, does not feel “quite right” or makes you suspicious should be called in. You can use the nonemergency number, 101, for general calls or, if you actually see something happening at the time you want to call, dial 999. Call handlers are extensively trained to guide you through all of the information that they need to obtain from you, so don’t worry about making that initial telephone contact. They will ask you questions to create a clear and meaningful report. Then the details are assessed in terms of the need for immediate deployment, putting out a message to all officers on duty or patrol to bear a situation in mind or even to pass the information on to the Force Intelligence Unit. You can either give your full contact details or choose to remain anonymous. If the information is recorded for information purposes, possibly linked to other similar reports, you may not receive direct feedback from our call handlers but we really appreciate that you took the trouble to contact us.

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When trying to describe people, however, it can be helpful to consider the wide range of information that may be helpful in trying to match a description to a potential suspect. It may not always be practical to write things down although, if this is possible, it can be a great help in making sure you remember all the relevant details. Try to make at least a mental note of age, gender, colour, height, plus hair and eye colour (if you are close enough to see).

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Did you hear anyone use a name if they spoke or were spoken to? Did you note if anyone spoke with a regional or foreign accent?

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Rotary Community Service Awards 2017


ixteen years ago the Rotary Club of Ashtead instituted two Community Service awards, the purpose of which is to recognise outstanding service to the local community by members of it. A third award was added last year. Presentations are made each year at Ashtead Village Day and receive much local publicity. Last year the Individual award winner was Holly Ashby; Ashtead Good Neighbours received the group award; the Service Above Self Award went to Dr Alison Anderson, and a special award was presented to the late John Northcott. All recipients well deserved the honour and we are proud to be associated with their success. I invite you to make nominations for all three awards which will be presented at Ashtead Village Day on Saturday 10th June. You may nominate, either on behalf of your organisation or as an individual, as many candidates as you like for each award. A Selection Panel of the Rotary Club will make the final decision based solely on the information you supply with your nomination. The criteria for the individual and group Community Service Awards are that the nominee should: 1. Live or work or be based within the borders of Ashtead as defined by address and postcode. 2. Have given voluntarily their time and services to help other members of the community. 3. Have done so in a manner that demonstrates their dedication and commitment to the needs of others. Criteria 1 and 3 for the Service Above Self Award are the same; 2 is as follows: 2. Have given exceptional service to the community through a profession, vocation or employment over and above normal expectation. We do not carry nominations forward from year to year but if you made a nomination in the past, please consider sending in updated particulars of your candidate(s). Last year we received a number of exceptional nominations and would be pleased to receive them again.

Please reply to me with written or e-mailed nominations, including as much detail as you can supply about the individual or group (including his, her or their address) and why you consider he, she or they should receive the award, by and not later than midnight on Wednesday 17th May 2017. Please also complete and send back the form opposite as confirmation of your details. Simon J. Ling Awards Secretary Woodstock House 29A Agates Lane Ashtead KT21 2ND 32

The funds, which Ashtead Rotary provide to local charities come from activities which occur through the year. The next, most importantly, is Ashtead Rotary Village Day on Saturday 10th June. We need volunteers to help us. Please contact Sharon via Facebook, Twitter or even if you can offer only one hour. Thank you. The most fun, enjoyable and rewarding work you will ever do.

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Ruth fumbled through her purse. In her haste, a ten and a five pence piece clattered to the floor. ‘Mr Twinkle-eyes’ picked them up and grinned.

t was two O’clock and Ruth had an hour to complete a long list of errands. She had to go to the supermarket, collect a prescription, take a dress to the dry cleaners, post a couple of parcels and pay a cheque into bank before collecting Sarah from school at three fifteen. It was an ambitious plan.

“Thanks, I‘m not doing very well today am I?” “Parking is always harder when you have an audience.”

Even getting out of the house was a challenge. Cracker wouldn’t come in from the garden and then whimpered at the door as Ruth left. Feeling guilty, she went back inside to give the dog a couple of treats. She then forgot her shopping bags and her list. Then the phone rang. By this time, she only had fifty minutes before school pick up. However, Cracker was enjoying this ‘to-ing and fro-ing game’ and all the treats that were coming her way…

“You didn’t have to watch!” “I was enjoying myself...” Ruth took her ticket and smiled up at her handsome companion. “Sorry to hold you up.” “It was my pleasure,” he twinkled.

Ruth drove into the Leatherhead multi-storey car park behind a man driving a grey BMW. She spotted a rather large woman in a turquoise anorak, struggling with an overloaded trolley and veering towards a red car. Was this her car? Was she about to leave? Would the man in front drive to the next level or stop and wait for Mrs Anorak to unpack and vacate her space?

Sainsbury’s was heaving. Ruth now had half an hour to do everything. She took a basket, to save time, but was already regretting it by the time she reached the yoghurt and milk section. She had to buy Easter eggs for Sarah’s teachers and tried to balance three golden chocolate rabbits on the top of her over loaded basket. One rabbit escaped and plummeted to the floor, sadly breaking an ear. Ruth picked it up and tried to hide it at the back of the display.

Suddenly, there was movement from another parked car. Two potential spaces... Ruth sensed the tension. Should she wait, or take her chances on the floor above? The BMW stopped so Ruth had no option but to follow suit. Mrs Anorak did indeed own the red car and was now loading it leisurely, unaware of the surrounding anticipation. The other parked driver had started his engine but was now taking a sip out of a large ‘Costa’ take-away coffee. Which space would be free first?

“I’d call that cruelty to rabbits.” Mr Twinkle-eyes was standing behind her and Ruth could feel a blush spread from her chest up to her hairline. “I dropped it and I was trying to...” “It’s ok, I won’t tell anyone.” Ruth picked up her basket, grabbed another rabbit and made for the checkout. She struggled back to the car with the plastic carrier bags cutting into her fingers. Her environmentally friendly shopping bags remained lonely and forgotten in the car, along with the dress she was supposed to take to the dry cleaners.

The driver in front was looking at Ruth. She could see a pair of twinkling eyes suggesting the hint of a smile, framed in his rear view mirror. After returning her trolley, Mrs Anorak settled herself into the driver’s seat. ‘Costa’ man started to move. Ruth glanced at her watch. She now had forty minutes. ‘Costa’ man drove out of his space, decisively and without hesitation but Mrs Anorak got out of her car and sidled up to Mr Twinkle-eyes. She coquettishly offered him her still valid ‘pay and display’ ticket. After being politely refused, she looked up in Ruth’s direction before screwing up the ticket and returning to her car. Ruth could see the laughing reflection of Mr Twinkle-eyes. She found herself smiling back at him. He gestured at her to park in the free space.

Her stomach lurched as she noticed st something on the windscreen. Surely, not a som parking ticket? However, as she pa approached the car, an involuntary smile ap spread across her face. She looked for the BMW but it had been replaced by a blue Vauxhall Corsa. Feeling a flash of disappointment, Ruth loaded her bags di before retrieving the small golden be chocolate rabbit from the bonnet of her cho car.

Ruth was faced with a dilemma: should she go in frontwards or backwards? Knowing that her reverse parking was statistically more reliable, she took a deep breath and made her move. By the third attempt, her hands were clammy and her face pink. Mr Twinkle-eyes had parked neatly in Mrs Anorak’s space and was watching her with a wry smile. A flustered Ruth made it into the space on the fourth try.

Copyright Sarah Lott February 2017 Website: Email: Tel: 01372 373844 Twitter: @thememorybook

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Changes Our books this month are all about change, from shifting viewpoints to rewriting history.

Stickertopia, The Flower Garden – Mitchell Beazley

Walk into any bookstore and you’re likely to see at least one shelf dedicated to grown-up colouring books. So it’s not too much of a surprise that sticker books are having a similar grownup makeover. This one includes 30 garden illustrations, from Klimt’s garden path to the butterfly garden in Bronx Zoo. You can add extra colour and detail with stickers of flowers, leaves, butterflies and birds. It’s surprisingly relaxing, and there’s something rather satisfying about putting your own mark on the designs.

All Our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai

No one expects Tom Barren to amount to much. They certainly don’t expect him to go back in time and completely change life as they know it. But that’s what happens. In Tom’s world 2016 looks rather different than it does to us. The discovery of a clean, almost effortless form of energy back in the 60s has made the world something of a utopia. But then Tom becomes the first time traveller, and accidently rewrites history. When he gets back to 2016, everything has changed.

Take Courage, Anne Brontë and the Art of Life – Samantha Ellis

Anne is often seen as the ‘other Brontë’. Most of us would struggle to remember the names of either of her books. In part this is because of the way she’s usually portrayed – quiet, reserved and, well, less interesting than her siblings. Ellis goes to great lengths to show that this was far from the case. Anne’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was, in many ways, more subversive and ahead of its time than those of her sisters. As Ellis talks us through her research, a very different Anne Brontë starts to emerge. Take Courage is far from a dry clinical biography; Ellis is clearly indignant at Anne’s treatment and the book is a real pleasure to read.

Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land

Can a child brought up to be a killer change her fate? That’s the question posed in this gripping psychological thriller. Milly is in foster care with a new family and a new name. All she wants is a fresh start. But Milly’s mum is a serial killer, and Milly was the one who put her behind bars. As the trial approaches, Milly has to 36

decide what she wants from life, and how far she’s willing to go to get it.

The Art of Contribution – Ann Skinner

The Art of Contribution aims to help people live a more meaningful life. Life coach Ann Skinner shares her advice for making a positive impact on the world. The book is broken up into short, easily digestible chapters. They focus on lessons that Skinner has learnt herself, from embracing imperfections to contributing not ‘from a place of feeling that some things in the world need fixing, but from a place of wanting to add joy to it’.

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing follows the descendants of two African sisters – one sold into slavery, the other married off to a slave trader. We meet warring tribes in Ghana, brutalised slaves on American plantations, men forced into hard labour once slavery has supposedly been outlawed, drug addicts and numerous other characters. Brilliantly written, vivid and, at times, harrowing, this is one of those books you’ll find yourself recommending to anyone who’ll listen.

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Box Hill’s New Riverside Walk The National Trust at Box Hill has opened up just over 80 acres of conservation-grade farmland for public access immediately below the famous viewpoint at Box Hill. Snaking its way down the hill, the new walk, called the Riverside Walk is a three mile route taking in some of the finest views and stretch of river that Box Hill has to offer. The new walk takes in sights such as Pixham Mill, fascinating Second World War defensive structures and a newly created wetland habitat area called a scrape. With the express intention of creating a habitat to attract amphibians, insects, wading birds as well as native reeds, rushes and sedges, the scrape will form a semi-permanent feature in this wetland area. The Riverside Walk can be enjoyed at any time of year; it comprises a gentle descent and steep climb with glorious views. The walk starts at Salomons Memorial viewpoint at the top of Box Hill, where there is also car parking, toilets and a cafÊ. Free copies of the walks leaflet and map can be picked up at the visitor centre, or downloaded from box-hill-riverside-walk (see below).

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Miss Lumley visits The Grange I was very kindly invited by The Grange charity in Bookham to attend the opening of their newly-refurbished building by Miss Joanna Lumley which took place on 8th March. Miss Lumley has been a patron of The Grange for over ten years, and the aim of the charity is to give support to people with disabilities to enable them to live independent and fulfilling lives.

With the catering team

Miss Lumley was utterly charming and beguiled us all with her warmth and compassion, and she showed great interest in the people she met and in the skills which were being taught. The tour included a brand new IT suite (complete with a 3D printer no less!); the catering department (the charity runs an on-site café and tea room); the horticultural department; the woodworking department; a new room for its fudge minibusiness; the book order fulfilment room; the multimedia room and the Heritage room where textiles are made to sell in their own gift shop (they also sell cushions, bunting, rugs and personalised items for babies, children and sportspeople). ‘The Grange at No 5’ gift shop can be found at 5 Church Rd, Bookham, KT23 3PN and is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-12.15pm and 1.15-4pm. I for one will be placing my order for bunting for our summer ‘chez-nous’...!

Miss Lumley commented, “I love what they do at The Grange, its friendliness and supportiveness – it’s a flourishing community and helps not just people with disabilities but their families too. It’s sometimes hard to get recognition for people who need support so that they can live independent lives. I feel very passionate about preserving funding for adult social care.”

Miss Lumley unveiled plaques to thank the charitable trusts, foundations and individuals who all helped to raise the £440,000 needed to make the Victorian building accessible to people with restricted mobility. This work includes Tara (front), Alice (left) and Zena (right) in the widening the corridors, automatic doors and a multimedia art studio brand new lift - no mean feat in an old building. PS: Miss Lumley mentioned how much she loved my checked jacket and red pashmina combo - ooh get me! Zen George The beautiful walled garden


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Signs of Spring in Ashtead Many people love this time of year, with the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils showing us the first signs of spring, their colour providing welcome relief from the bare stems and brown earth of winter. You may not know it, but by noticing these signs you are participating in the science of phenology, the study of natural events to mark the changing seasons. One resident of Ashtead has made a particularly important contribution to understanding the arrival of spring through her dedication to a magnificent oak tree on Bramley Way (pic right). Since 1947, Jean Combes has recorded the date of the oak coming into leaf to mark the arrival of spring each year. The oak leafing dates collected by Jean have provided a long and extremely valuable data series, enabling scientific studies on the changing of the seasons and data on this specific tree is used by the UK government as one indicator of climate change. In 2009, Jean was awarded an OBE for her services to phenology. To acknowledge the significance of the oak tree, Ashtead Tree Wardens have registered it on the Ancient Tree Inventory ( We have given it a name to make it feel loved - the Calendar Oak – and it has been nominated for our Tree of the Year competition. If there are other trees in Ashtead that you love, please let the Ashtead Tree Wardens know ( We would like to use our competition to find Ashtead’s “Favourite Tree”. You can find out more about Jean and her work and on phenology more generally on the Nature’s Calendar website ( managed by the Woodland Trust and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. More importantly, you can also make your own contribution to phenology by recording on the website the natural events that you yourself observe. The Nature’s Calendar survey relies on members of the public recording natural events, but in spring 2016 the network received the lowest number of records in the past ten years. It would be great if Local readers could help to turn this around and contribute to scientific understanding at the same time. In March this year the Woodland Trust marked Jean Combes’ 90th birthday and her 70-year contribution to phenology by planting a young oak in Ashtead cricket ground in her honour. It is called the Combes Oak and will be monitored from now on to record the date of bud burst every spring. Hilary Livesey, Ashtead Tree Warden

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Marie Curie Swimathon 7th-9th April 2017

wimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is back for 2017 and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in one of over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families. The event will take place across the weekend of 7th-9th April and is extra special this year as Swimathon will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Marie Curie. Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, Emily Akeroyd, is encouraging people in Surrey to put on their swim suits and head down to their local pool to take in a Swimathon Challenge: “If you are unable to take part across the April weekend you can still join in by signing up for Simply Swim and completing a distance of your choice in your own time. All sponsorship raised will help our 13 nurses in Surrey continue supporting families who need us.” Local pools signed up for Swimathon this year are the Rainbow Leisure Centre (Epsom), Dorking Sports Centre and Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Marie Curie helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Last year, Marie Curie cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK. If you have questions about terminal illness, need support or just want to talk, call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. It’s for anyone affected by terminal illness, including family and friends.

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Update on Fetcham resident Abi Bruce

European Youth Olympics 2017 Erzurum, Turkey On 10th February, Abi travelled to Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Marlow for “kitting out”. This was the beginning of the reality that she was now part of the “One Team GB”. 17 of Britain’s top winter athletes met up from 5 different events, alpine skiing, snowboard cross, figure skating, speed skating and cross country skiing. Each was presented with a kit bag and team clothing for the event – the royal blue, red and white jackets with the Team GB logo and Olympic Rings will be worn and treasured for years to come. The team then travelled out together on 11th February arriving in Erzurum in the evening and heading out to the athlete’s village. After the opening ceremony and lighting of the Olympic flame, the first event was Giant Slalom for the girls. In a tough field of athletes from some of the strongest alpine countries, Abi finished a creditable 26th (8th in her year of birth) followed up by a 23rd in the slalom event (6th in her year of birth) a couple of days later. Returning to the UK, Abi just had a few hours sleep before heading back out to her Austrian base and her next set of races. A 2nd place in the U18 category of the Dutch championships in GS (1st 2000 girl) was followed by a 3rd in Super G and a 4th and 7th in her first ever Downhill races in Austria.

Abi is looking forward to joining up with some of her school mates from St John’s School to compete in the InterSchools Championships in Italy on 20/21 March, before setting her sights on British Championship Titles at the end of the month. Heather Bruce

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Townswomen’s Guilds ‘Do’ Comic Relief Townswomen’s Guilds all over the country are busy raising money to support Comic Relief on Red Nose Day on 24th March this year. Individual members have been knitting frantically, making ‘Comic Critters’, teddy bears, owls, hats, scarves and, indeed, anything that can be sold to raise money for this excellent cause, while Guilds have been holding raffles, quizzes, coffee mornings and fund raising sales stalls. The current total has already reached over £5,500. Ashtead TG made an early start, taking a stall at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Charity Market at the end of November. Over £140 was the pleasing result of the sale of patchwork and knitted items, handmade Christmas decorations, cakes and preserves. Members agreed to contribute the profits from a raffle at our New Year Tea Party and, subsequently, sales tables at monthly meetings have helped towards the grand total of £260 to send to headquarters. Ashtead TG meetings got off to a good start this year with a fascinating talk, ‘Queen of the Sky’, by Dave Hodge who oversees the Concorde experience at Brooklands Museum. His talk, illustrated with slides, followed the history of Concorde, from its inception to its withdrawal from service in 2003, bringing to an end the world’s only supersonic passenger service. In its 26 years in service, Concorde made 50,000 flights, carrying a total of 2.5 million passengers. February’s meeting had Linda Dolan taking us to ‘My Favourite Gardens’. With beautiful slides, she took us from Scotland to Land’s End, to Wales and across to Ireland, showing wonderful gardens that are open to the public. Most meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month but April is an exception. The meeting will be on Wednesday 19th April at 7.30pm and the speaker will be a lawyer, Peter Thompson, whose subject will be ‘A Miscarriage of Justice’. On Tuesday 2nd May we are holding a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ from 2.30-4.30pm. Picture above shows Committee member, Julia Mitchell, selling home made marmalade for Comic Relief.


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Remember how much fun it was to catch a fish? ...did you know all this and more is on your doorstep?

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Ashtead WI - March 2017 Meeting It was lovely to see quite a full house this evening, welcoming three new members and five visitors to Ashtead W.I. Our Co-President Marilyn Belton gave news of a visit to Goddington House in May, a free draw for our own Denman College, and an update about the W.I. at the Surrey County Show in the summer. Co-President Lillian Baldwin was keen to tell our new members and visitors about the delights of Denman College – the courses, meals, house & grounds and wonderful company which some of us from Ashtead much enjoyed last year, and our recent coffee morning again raised funds for the College up-keep. Our February speaker was Christopher Drewett whose histories and photos of the many beautiful royal carriages really caught our attention. More up-to-date, the Australian State Coach built in the 1980s by public subscription, is much more comfortable and less ‘wobbly’ than the old carriages! We learned that all the paint-work is carried out by hand, with the panels needing 3040 layers of paint or varnish, and the extremely detailed Royal crests and coats of arms sometimes need a magnifying glass for accuracy. Christopher also told us about the mews buildings - the Riding School, from 1764, the oldest part of the Royal Mews, originally had a hammer-beam roof. We were surprised that very many of the carriages in the collection are frequently used during the year and there is on-going repair and restoration of them. Some of us will be attending the Brick Lane Music Hall in March, and our come-along lunch will be on Wednesday 29th March. Plans are also underway for our Garden Group visit to see tulips at Ripley in April. We have invited Clair Fecher to tell us about ‘Decorative Ribbon to Flowers’ at our 5th April meeting, in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30 pm and it was suggested that members might like to bring a ‘spring arrangement in any type of cup’ for Clair to judge. Sandra Brown 61

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Come on board! Landlocked Ashtead may not be a natural place for an active and thriving sailing club, but the Surrey village was chosen more than 40 years ago as the location of the Channel Sailing Club by a group of sailors who lived in or nearby the area. Of course, most members' yachts are located on the south coast, principally in the Solent, where water-borne activities such as exciting racing and friendly cruises take place. The Channel Sailing Club is aimed at sailors of all abilities, from novices to salty sea dogs(!) and you don't have to own a boat to be a member. It aims to provide experience at sea and be a vital meeting point for people who either love sailing or want to learn. Many of the 170 members - who live far and wide have gained RYA qualifications at the club, taught by its own accredited instructors. Low cost membership of just £30 a year is open to all those interested in sailing and navigation and newcomers are offered friendly guidance from an experienced member who can explain what goes on, answer any queries and help make introductions to other members. While there are about 50 members with boats, many people are happy to sign up as crew for lively racing and relaxed cruising events along the south coast.

Sailing activities include: • Social rallies, typically in 'home waters' that include a BBQ or dinner in a yacht club. • Experience weekends which involve structured activities such as helming, mooring and safety awareness. • A thrilling yacht racing programme run under a handicap system. We also help members join in non-club events such as the world famous Round the Island race. We also run at least one week-long cruise to France or the Channel Islands, allowing members to enjoy foreign ports.

Learning is a key part of our activities and novice sailors are encouraged to sign up for shore-based and practical RYA qualifications to expand their nautical know-how. Courses include Dayskipper, Yachtmaster, First Aid, Radar, VHF Radio and Diesel Engine. Social activities take place in our clubhouse on Wednesdays from 8pm and we also run a number of evening events including informal dinners, talks and a summer BBQ. We've just moved to beautiful new premises at Ashtead Cricket Club in Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BJ. Come along to see why we are so successful!

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Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY (LMC) &

Music on Wednesdays Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST (CCUR)

Leatherhead Morning WI February Meeting

12.30pm lunchtime concerts Featuring international students of the Royal Academy of Music, recent graduates, professional musicians, local musicians of similar standard and organists from around London, SE England and France

It was unfortunate that the forecast for storm ‘Doris’ clashed with our February meeting, which meant that our number was smaller than usual. However, there were enough of us to make it a pleasant gathering.

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs

Thanks were expressed to our new Treasurer, April Witty, for her interesting talk at our last meeting, on fashions and scarves, which gave us plenty of ideas.

Thursday 6th April - LMC

2017 Opening Concert Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We welcome principal singers on the BMus (Hons) & MMus Performance courses of the London College of Music, with excerpts from their recent production of Will Todd's family opera

We will be taking a table selling a variety of goods at ‘Martha’s Market’ in Leatherhead Parish Hall on Friday 31st March (more info on the what’s on page in this magazine).

Thursday 13th April - LMC

The knitters amongst us were asked if we could make squares for blankets or knit garments for the children in Syria who are in desperate need.

Trio Opal - Eriko Nagayama, violin • Joel Siepmann, cello • Yi-Shing-Cheng, piano. Haydn: Piano Trio in C major Hob XV:27 • Schumann: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 63 ®

A trip to Worthing is planned for 6th June, always a popular outing.

Wednesday 19th April - CCUR

David Oldfield, Organist & Director of Music, St Luke's Whyteleafe & Director, Stag Montem Chorem with works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Clérambault, & Franck

Our programme for 2017 is now available and has many items of interest. Our birthday meeting on 27th April will feature a speaker from The Grange at Bookham.

Thursday 27th April - LMC

A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am and visitors are always welcome. For further information please ring 01372 374570.

Ellis Ensemble - Kimon Parry, clarinet • Susanne Simma, bassoon • Belinda Jones, piano (® performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music)


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Easter Celebrations in Leatherhead Saturday 8th April 10am-12pm Many adults and children are expected to visit Leatherhead Swan Centre on Saturday 8th April for a morning of Extravagant Love celebrating Easter. From 10.30am, the Mole Valley Silver Band will provide a great atmosphere positioned by the Kart of Love. Free gifts of baked goods, chocolates, sweets, potted plants, palm crosses and booklets explaining the Easter story will be handed out. “We did this last Easter”, Dave Banko, chairman of Churches Together in Leatherhead, explained, “We were inundated with adults and children expressing appreciation.” So this year it is happening again along with free balloons and a pop-up chapel where people can come, talk and be prayed for if they wish. Gerald Coates, team leader at Pioneer Engage Café Church, observed: “Last year, we gave away almost all our gifts. One lady asked if she could have a plant, was given two, walked away, stopped and turned around. She said to one of the young men dispensing the gifts: “This is one of the nicest things that has happened to me since moving to Leatherhead”.

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What’s On?

Easter at St Mary and St Nicholas Parish Church Church Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8BD Palm Sunday - 9th April

Good Friday - 14th April

8am 10am

Holy Communion Palm Procession starting from bottom of High St to Parish Church 10.30am Service, with the Passion Story

10am 2 pm

Easter Sunday - 16th April

Striking the New Fire, followed by breakfast in Parish Hall 10.30am Family Service

Maundy Thursday - 13th April 7.30pm

United Churches Walk of Contemplation through the Town The Last Hour vigil in Church

Eucharist of the Last Supper


What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? Saturday 1st

Ewell Horticultural Soc Spring Show, 2.30-4.30pm. Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom, KT19 9BH. Free entry and parking. Spring flowers, plants and garden sundries for sale. Fully accessible venue. More info on

Monday 3rd

Leatherhead Residents’ Assoc AGM and Open Meeting, 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute. Speakers: Jack Straw, MV Head of Corporate Services, and Lucy Quinnell, Chair of the Teazle Wood Trust and the Leatherhead and District Countryside Protection Society

Surrey Society of Magicians will have its annual Close Up Magic Competition, in which different acts compete. Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, KT24 6RT. Thursday 13th 7.30pm-9.30pm. Free event, it’s a fun night out and all are welcome, suitable for those aged 13+. More info from Paul Dickson 07912 274355. Wed 12th

Fetcham Residents’ Association AGM, 8pm at the Fetcham Village Hall, come and meet Stonegate Homes (The Tudor Motors Developer), Surrey Police, SES Water, Friends of Leatherhead Hospital, Transform Leatherhead, Lower Mole Partnership, Councillors from MVDC & SCC and the Committee.

Friday 14th


Saturday 15th

Children’s Trust Easter Fair, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU, 12pm-4pm, adults £3, under 16s free. Come along to The Children's Trust annual Easter fair for a great family day out with lots of attractions and fun to be had by all! The Children's Trust Easter fair provides entertainment for all the family, with a range of attractions including an Easter Egg Hunt, Peppa Pig, a DJ, water Zorbing an Easter Shopping Market and so much more to enjoy!

Tuesday 18th & Thurs 27th

Soundbytes and Songworks sessions commence, Ashtead, see page 57 for details

Wed 19th

Ashtead Residents' Association AGM and Spring Meeting. APMH from 7pm.

Saturday 22nd

Open Day at Leatherhead Tennis Club, see page 61 for more information.

Sunday 23rd


Saturday 29th

NCT Nearly New Sale, Downsend School, 1 Leatherhead Rd, from 10.30am 12.30pm. Entrance £1. Grab a bargain on quality newborn and children's clothes, maternity wear, toys and equipment. Volunteers and NCT members receive priority entry. Buyers, Sellers, Volunteers and Advertisers visit events/nearly-new-sales or email

4th April - Kids Pottery Painting | 11th April - Kids Paint a Nestbox | 16th April April events at Easter Sunday lunch - see opposite | 14th-15th & 17th - Win a Giant Chocolate Egg Ashtead Park in the Easter Egg Hunt! | 29th April - Disco Late Night Special featuring 70s & 80s Garden Centre disco and Bee Gees tribute with a set menu. Call 01372 273891 for more details or visit


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

Saturday 13th MAY

Bookham Flower Club will hold its Floral Design Show 'Spring Symphony' at the Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ, 12.30-5.30pm. Admission £3, under 12s free. Free parking and refreshments. 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 events66are correct at time of print.

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN APRIL? - REGULAR EVENTS Sunday 2nd (weekly)

Monday 3rd & 17th Tuesday 4th (1st Tues monthly)

Tuesday 4th Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of April services and events including Lent and Easter services - check out (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. Probus social events for retired men, three course lunch with speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club, speaker Tim Morris, CEO on ‘Brooklands Past & Present’. We also arrange lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. Booking essential, via email or contact Jon McCarthy on 07947 361406 ‘Simple Scones Cream Teas’, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, KT23 4DZ. Simply Scones tea room is run by people with disabilities who are learning catering skills. Enjoy freshly-baked scones or cake. £3.50 pp. Booking essential on 01372 452608. Scones and cakes also made to order.

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Sachiko Pearce “Orient Hana Express”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Decorative Ribbon to Flowers by Claire Fecher. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Wed 19th & 26th

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. New members welcome.

Thurs 6th (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 6th

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Friday 7th (monthly)

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

Friday 7th

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.

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Friday 7th (monthly)

Friday 7th (weekly)

Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities. Maundy Thursday replaces Good Friday. Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Church funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Contact Janine 01372 374914 68

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Monday 10th (2nd Monday monthly)

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Monday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm Tuesday 11th ‘Madaajazz’ - What’s behind the Bags and Hats’, speaker Jane Muddle. For more info contact Meriel Sexton via email on Wed 12th (2nd Wed)

Wed 12th (monthly)

Tylney Lunch Club for ladies, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Three course lunch followed by a speaker, membership £10 pa and £16 for lunch. More info from Pat Date on 01372 454879 Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the magical art of camouflage in warfare – showing how even the Suez Canal was hidden. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on The Luttrell Psalter, given by Imogen Corrigan BA. Anyone on Tuesday 18th the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details (monthly) from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707 Wed 19th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Speaker, lawyer Peter Thompson on ‘A Miscarriage of Justice’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Wed 19th & Thurs 20th

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: WEDNESDAY 19TH: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm THURSDAY 20TH: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE 1.30-4pm & 5-7.30pm.

Wed 19th (monthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker from Legal Collective Solutions on ‘Tax, car and toy boys’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 20th

‘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.

Sundays 9th & 23rd

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG. Cars £10, Small Vans, larger cars, MPV and 4 wheel drive £12, Larger vans from £15.

Friday 21st

Leatherhead and District Local History Society Lecture, “Ashtead Park” by local archivist, Pat Jenkins. 8pm at the Letherhead Institute. Coffee served from 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome. Admission £2

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Thurs 27th (4th Thurs monthly)

Thurs 27th

(last Thursday monthly)

Friday 28th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Varied speakers. Birthday meeting, and speaker from The Grange Charity. Visitors welcome. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or 11am or 7.30 pm. Rome 1500 - 1564: exploring the life and works of Michelangelo and the effect he had on the artists, art & architecture of Rome to provide a background for the exhibition at the National Gallery. £10 inc refreshments. Tel: 01372 272235: email: 69

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Ashtead Churches Together Easter Services

Ashtead Baptist Church

St Giles’ Church

Maundy Thursday 13th April 6.30pm: Communion Service

Monday 10th April 8-8.45pm: 'Jesus turns the tables': a led meditation

Easter 16th April 10.30am: Family Service

Tuesday 11th April 8-8.45pm: ‘Jesus – worshipped and betrayed’: a led meditation

St Michael’s Catholic Church

Maundy Thursday 13th April 8.00pm: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Wednesday 12th April 8-9.00pm: ‘The Deposition of Christ’: a reflection by Bishop Christopher Herbert on a painting by Van der Weyden

Good Friday 14th April 9.30am: Children’s Stations of the Cross 3.00pm: The Lord’s Passion Saturday 15th April 8.30pm: Easter Vigil

Maundy Thursday 13th April 11.00am: Holy Communion

Easter 16th April – Resurrection of the Lord 8.30am: Mass 10.30am: Mass

Good Friday 14th April 12.00 -1.00pm: Church open for personal prayer. Also ‘Stations of the Cross’ at St Giles’ Dell Centre. Come and view a series of drawings by Hilary Perona-Wright 1.00 -3.00pm: A reflective service of readings, hymns and meditations

St George’s Church

Maundy Thursday 13th April 7.30pm: A simple meal followed by Tenebrae service. Tickets (£7.50) for the meal, available from St George’s Reception.

Easter 16th April 8.00am: Traditional Holy Communion 10.00am: All Age Worship with Communion 11.30am: Holy Communion 6.00pm: Easter Carol Service

Easter 16th April 9.15am: Sung Communion 11.00am: All Age Worship with Communion 6.30pm: Evening Praise with Communion

Good Friday 14th April 10.30am: All the Ashtead Churches come together for an open air Service at the Ashtead Pond, followed by hot cross buns at St George’s Church. All welcome. 70

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Leith Hill Musical Festival 2017

Dorking Halls, Dorking, RH4 1SG

2017 Season


Blest Pair of Sirens | Parry Dona Nobis Pacem | Vaughan Williams

FRIDAY 7 APRIL || 7:30PM Elijah | Mendelssohn

SATURDAY 8 APRIL || 7:30PM Benedicite | Andrew Carter Little Organ Mass | Haydn

Jonathan Willcocks Festival Conductor

Tickets from £9 Box office: 01403 240093 | | Dorking Halls: 01306 881717

Competition times 9am Thursday – Saturday; April 6th, 7th and 8th Admission at door for the price of a program (£3)

Join us for Jonathan’s debut as Festival Conductor

In keeping with the tradition of an unbroken line of great musicians as Festival Conductors, the 2017 Leith Hill Musical Festival season welcomes Jonathan Willcocks as our sixth conductor. Jonathan is no stranger to the Festival, having frequently adjudicated at the competitions and in 2009, presented the prizes when his own choral work, ‘A Great and Glorious Victory’, was performed during the main festival. But this April, Jonathan will deliver his first, and our 112th Festival following in the footsteps of great conductors starting with Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1905.

Participating Choirs Thursday Dorking, Epsom, Horsley and Leatherhead Friday Buckland & Betchworth, Capel, Holmbury St Mary and Oxshott Saturday

Jonathan says: “I am thrilled to have been invited to become Beare Green & Newdigate, Festival Conductor of the Leith Hill Musical Festival, with its great Bookham, Mickleham and tradition and legacy of fine music-making over more than 100 Shalford years. The combination of highly committed and enthusiastic amateur singers working with outstanding professional solo artists and orchestras on such a broad range of choral repertoire produces a unique energy and vitality to the Festival performances”.

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Crampshaw Works: c: 1900

Clarendon Mews today

Greville Works today The image (top) shows Crampshaw Works on the south side of West Hill. By 1908 the operation had moved to Harrow, and Peto and Radford operated from these works until 1917 when the British Film Stock Company took over. This company became Brifco Ltd and by the 1930s they were lacquer manufacturers known as Brifex. Brefix’s main product was leather cloth which had a variety of uses from covering bus and coach seats to bookbinding and making passport covers. By 1972 Brifex had closed and the works had been rebuilt as offices for W.S. Atkins, civil engineers. When they left the building was demolished and the site was developed for housing as Clarendon Mews. Extracted from Leatherhead & District Then & Now by Linda Heath & Peter Tarplee ISBN 0752436805 (2005) For a more comprehensive history see Past Industries of Ashtead, Leatherhead and Bookham by PeterTarplee ISBN 0955278556 (2010) Goff Powell

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Leith Hill Place now open to public This year the house will be open FridaySunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from now until 29 October. Many new events and exhibitions are planned including concerts performed by Royal College of Music artists, local choir performances, an outdoor theatre show of Peter Pan and a programme of art exhibitions and installations. The first exhibition running until 1 May is titled ‘Sensing Wonder’ features the work of Wendy Undazan and explores the relationship between light, space and colour through floral silk painting on a large scale (see right). Opening the house wouldn’t be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers who offer their time to welcome visitors, bake scones and cakes, keep the house in good repair, care for the collection and maintain the garden. New helpers are always welcome, so do visit the house or call 01306 711685 to find out what opportunities there are.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards sustainable consumption Hope you don't have a rubbish Easter… Plastics in the ocean are becoming a truly awful global problem, and one which is getting worse. It is forecast that by 2050 there will be more plastic tonnage than fish in the oceans and it is getting into the food chain so we are now eating plastic that has been consumed by fish. But plastics are everywhere not just in the sea - the most depressing walk for me is from Leatherhead station to Fetcham where discarded bottles, cans and packaging have been thrown over the chain-link fence at the bottom of the railway embankment. This area has to be cleaned up by Railtrack and but it doesn’t get cleared often enough. My family visiting from Australia were horrified by how our beautiful Surrey countryside is so blighted by rubbish. An astonishing 50% of people admit to throwing litter out of their cars! I was struck this year when visiting Barcelona by the lack of litter – none on the beaches, roads or railway tracks. Other countries clearly don’t have this problem, where has the pride in our country gone? Many people take the time and effort to do litter picks and report or even clear up fly tipping. Lucy Quinnell, owner of the Fire & Iron gallery, had a monumental pile of stuff tipped onto land adjoining the M25 recently. Normally private land owners have to arrange and pay for it to be cleared up but in this instance the council brought in a huge skip and machine (pic right) and searched for evidence so they could prosecute the perpetrators. In the same week I read of a growing problem of £1billion ‘trash mafia’ who are dumping rubbish on an industrial scale in fields, and farmers are understandably too scared to confront them. But it is not all bad news and we can make a change! Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of the 5p charge last year. In the six months after the levy was introduced, 640 million bags were used in seven major supermarkets reduced from the 7.64 billion bags they used in 2014. In February 2017 Coca Cola announced that they will at last support the introduction of a deposit return system for the UK. A small deposit of between 10p and 20p is added to the purchase price and the deposit is reclaimed in full when the container is returned to designated recycling points. A system like this can capture over 90% of bottles and cans, preventing them from littering our countryside and reaching the oceans. And we can all do our bit to reduce and recycle packaging responsibly – buy oranges loose not in orange nets, or bananas not in plastic, reuse thin bags for vegetables and fruit. Be vigilant about recycling. Easter is approaching so before you buy Easter eggs, check the amount of packaging and choose the ones with the least. If there was less packaging to dispose of, we wouldn’t end up despoiling our countryside, contaminating the oceans and plasticising the pilchards! Caroline Cardew-Smith email


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You can grow a huge range of flowers from seed at home. It’s amazingly inexpensive and surprisingly easy too. If you’re after some longterm residents for your flower borders then rather than paying several pounds for each and every plant you buy, why not be a bit more adventurous and grow your own from seed? Just about every perennial flower - that’s those that last for years and don’t have to be replaced on an annual basis - is available to grow from seed, and although you’ll have to wait until the plants have put on plenty of growth before they start to perform, once they have reached flowering size, they’ll just keep on and on performing! There are lots to choose from, including lupins, silene, Echinaceae, geranium, perennial poppies, delphiniums, gaillardia, hollyhocks, rudbeckia and salvia. Pay a visit to your local garden centre or study the pages of some seed catalogues and start plotting and planning what you’d like; you could save yourself a fortune, and all from a packet or two of seed. To get started, all you need are some containers into which you can sow the seed – I like to use half-sized seed trays, RootTrainers or smaller individual cells. You will also need some good quality compost and your chosen seeds. The job will be all the easier and better if you have something to tamp down the compost too, plus labels, a permanent marker, a dibber and some vermiculite (for covering seeds that need some light to germinate well). Compost often has a fair number of lumps in it, so sieving it through a compost sieve (which has much larger holes than a kitchen sieve) will allow you to remove the larger lumps, leaving fine compost perfect for seed sowing. If you sieve it straight into the pots, cells or trays, make sure you collect up any that falls on the surface below.

down so that there are no large gaps beneath the surface, as you don’t want subsidence later on. Levelling it off will make it easier to ensure the seeds are all sown evenly and at the same depth. You can make your own tamper using a piece of wood with a small block of wood nailed to it to make a ‘handle’. When it comes to sowing the seed, it is worth remembering that it is easier to look after the seedlings later on if the seed has been sown in rows, rather than randomly scattered. Straight rows are easily made using a plastic plant label. Check the seed packets for the precise depths at which the seed needs to be sown as this will differ from variety to variety. If you are sowing seeds in small cells then it is easier to make the holes using a dibber. If you don’t have one, a pencil works perfectly well! RootTrainers are particularly useful for larger seeds such as sunflowers. Sowing the seed thinly along the drills in a seed tray makes life easier later on. Sown too densely, the seedlings that emerge will need more thinning out, and will be more likely to become drawn, leggy and weak, whereas given a bit more space they tend to be a lot sturdier. Once in place, just cover the seed with compost. If you are sowing larger seed into cells, just pop the seeds in to the prepared holes and cover to the required depth. The ideal sowing depth will be stated on the seed packet – it is not too exact a science, but it is best to get it about right! When all the seeds are sown, use a watering can with the rose attached to water the compost

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House & Garden thoroughly. If the seed sown was quite small then it is best to water the compost by standing the tray in a shallow tray or bowl of water, and allow the compost to absorb the water from below – this way the seeds are less likely to be displaced. Finally, don’t forget to label your seed trays clearly, ideally with a permanent marker. You may think you’ll remember what is in each tray, but seedlings don’t always resemble the fullgrown plants that closely. Many perennials need heat for the seed to germinate reliably. Put the trays, pots or cells into a propagator, standing each on moist capillary matting. Once the seedlings appear, gradually lower the temperature and then prick each one out into its own pot. Allow them to grow on, keeping them fed and watered as necessary. In just a few weeks or months you can have some great plants ready for the garden. ------


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