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


Kids’ sport at L/head Leisure Centre


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild


Quiz - Stage Names


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Charity golf day for autism school


Britain’s ‘green skills gap’


Andy’s Blog


Recipe - pulled pork


Midsummer 10k charity run


Mole Valley police column


Quiz - Olympic Games


Book reviews


Football at Surrey Youth Games


What’s on in August? - pages 60-64


Vive La France - a story




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Local history article


Give a cat a home


Free spirit balloon release


Help for victims of domestic abuse


Gardening - plants don’t want a holiday


Save Teazle Wood campaign


RHS ‘Perfect for Pollinator’ initiative


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Hosepipe ban lifted


GO50 guided walks and cycle rides


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on’t you just love this month’s cover? I was bowled over by it when Andy Newbold sent it through, it’s such a wonderful image of London. I am a real fan of the Shard, it’s an unusual and eye-catching building, many people may disagree with me, but architecture is so subjective and no two people will see the same building in the same way. I am also a fan of old buildings too (I’m a member of the National Trust and try to fit in as many visits to buildings from the past, whether these are stately homes or miners’ cottages from the 1800’s). Old buildings give us a sense of our past, who we are and how our culture has developed over hundreds of years; new buildings such as the Shard show us where we are going and the extent to which man can create aweinspiring structures with materials not available in the past. I believe the two, although polarised in appearances, can sit very well together, and it ought to be borne in mind that even Hampton Court Palace was once a new building. I have just returned from a much needed break to Menorca with my sister, what a pretty island and I’d really like to go back again in the future. Whilst on holiday my sister and I discovered the delights of sangria. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t really drink alcohol and when I do have the odd glass it sends me into a tailspin. After two glasses of said sangria, my sister and I decided to take a (giddy, giggly) walk around the marina (sad really at my age) and, much to my dismay, and to my sister’s great amusement, I awoke the next day with my hair braided. I sort of knew it was happening at the time but couldn’t quite work out whether it was a dream, apparently it was not... I am just grateful that we didn’t chance upon a tattoo parlour that evening! The Teazle Wood Campaign, spearheaded by Lucy Quinnell of Fire & Iron Gallery is now gaining momentum but funds are now needed to move this to the next level. Many local residents have already pledged their support but more help is needed, see page 38. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Ashtead resident, Jamie Chisolm, has opened a new café in Rectory Lane (Bike Beans Cafe, page 51) and I popped in for a cup of coffee and a chat with Jamie. Whether you are a cyclist or not, you can be assured of a warm welcome with cracking coffee, home made cakes, sandwiches, salads and soups. Jamie has worked hard, and succeeded, in creating a warm and welcoming ambience - it’s a great meeting place for a good chat. The café appealed to me a great deal and I’m not even a cyclist. In fact the last time I was on a bicycle I just flopped onto my side, still Technical & Legal stuff clutching the handlebars - insufficient momentum apparently... Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine Exercise and Zen good bedfellows do not make. is accurate, the Publisher cannot I am broaching the sensitive, but nevertheless, important issue of accept, and hereby disclaims, any help for victims of domestic abuse. Details of how help can be liability to any party for loss or sought are on page 36. damage caused by errors or omissions Another subject which seems to be causing concern is the distinct resulting from negligence, accident lack of youngsters taking up horticulture as a career and the RHS or any other cause. talks about this in their ’green skills gap’ article on page 48. No part of this magazine may be Finally, the good, if not unsurprising news, that the hosepipe ban reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - has been lifted but I’m not convinced my garden can actually take any more water. What we’d all like is more sunshine please. No electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without doubt by the time you receive this magazine it’ll be 30°C in the shade! prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2012. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Janet and John Visit Ashtead! A view from a relatively new Committee Member. I have been living in Ashtead some 30 years now and for all that time have been a member of the Residents’ Association. I have always been interested in the ways of the Village. My news came when travelling to London to work and reading with interest the Association’s Newsletters. I even wondered what it would be like to be a Committee Member, but thought “All too grand and clever for me.” That day did come soon after retiring and I am now a fairly new Committee Member, still a beginner and finding my feet. The Committee meetings are every second Monday of the month - you do meet interesting and nice people, and they need more people like you to become Committee Members and Association Members to bring fresh new ideas. It was daunting at first, but please do give it some thought, especially if you have some time and are looking to maintain the character of Ashtead. If you want to come along to a Committee meeting and “dip your toe in the water” please contact the Chairman, Jim Malynn, on 274618 or the Association’s contact number 07733 621614. The Residents’ Association ‘Needs You!’ If you do only one thing in August - enjoy Ashtead this summer! For the new residents in Ashtead - Did you know…? Ashtead Common - has taken arrival of four Sussex cattle that will be helping with wood pasture restoration in Phoenix Field. As well as keeping the grass under control, the trampling of the ground helps

to reduce dried bracken cover in this part of the common as this can be a fire risk. The remaining eight cattle will be grazing Pine Field on the lower slopes of the Common. Take a stroll and see them. Were you aware of Ashtead Park? – This is situated to the east of Ashtead and immediately south of the main Epsom Road. This reserve is leased by MVDC to Surrey Wildlife Trust, and is maintained by the Trust. The area of woodland was once part of the original park belonging to the manor house of Ashtead. The present park was laid out and enclosed in the latter part of the 17th century. Part of the original park now forms the grounds of the City of London Freeman's School, whilst the public open space is bounded by Rookery Hill, Farm Lane and the main Epsom Road. There are two large ponds, both of which are fished by the Leatherhead & District Angling Society. The lower pond is also managed as a haven for wildlife. The car park is accessed by the wrought iron gates on the Epsom Road. Use to report potholes and graffiti FixMyStreet is a website to help people report, view, or discuss local problems they’ve found to their local council by simply locating them on a map. Please make an effort to visit to report things which are broken or dirty or damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing. The process is extremely easy, just enter a nearby postcode, or street name and area, locate the problem on a map of the area, enter details of the problem, send it to the council on your behalf. Let’s all work together to keep Ashtead in good shape. Janet Webber & John Busby

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Whilst one would expect the London 2012 Olympics to be grabbing the local headlines, residents may feel that another event this month has far more importance; that is the securing of Teazle Wood an area north of the town beyond Tesco and B & Q that joins Leatherhead to Ashtead for the residents of the town. Raising the money to purchase the largest part of the wood has been a “Gold medal” performance and currently efforts are being made to raise a further £90,000 by the end of July to purchase the remaining small area of woodland. Lucy Quinnell of the Fire & Iron Gallery has led the cause with support from the Leatherhead Residents Association and the “Friends of Teazle Wood” who have generously donated or pledged funds which has enabled the contracts to be exchanged. For more details, go to page 38. Another much smaller area of woodland, Leach Grove Woods, which nestles adjacent the Leatherhead Hospital has also been on the Residents Association agenda for many months while the Environment Committee try to secure “Village Green” status to ensure its preservation. Unfortunately there has been some difficulty in identifying who actually owns the woodland so the process can be implemented. Currently the wood requires a lot of maintenance work to clear scrub, ivy and litter but the hope is that this woodland can also be protected for future generations. When the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local is published it is likely that the proposals for Leatherhead High Street will have been studied and made available for consultation. After many years waiting the proposals are eagerly awaited. The matter of parking and tables outside of restaurants are just two of the

controversial issues that receive diverse opinion. Flowers that adorn the High Street, especially on the NatWest corner are now in full glory and thanks are given by the LRA to Patrick Gardner for giving the Association access to an outside tap for watering. Many local news stories are published on the Leatherhead Residents blog and Facebook page to include road closures, news from the theatre and groups in the town – please visit the blog and/or Facebook

Although Teazle Wood is grabbing the headlines some of the Residents Association committee have been participating in training to be Olympic Marshalls in the Town Centre and Red House Gardens on the 28th and 29th July. Training for the 400 volunteers has been carried out by MVDC during June and July. No one knows exactly what to expect as far as numbers are concerned. The weather will probably be a determining factor. However, many activities have been planned for those who come along and the volunteers will be on hand to make the experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. Last month the town lost one of its celebrities; Ron Huddlestone, landlord of the Running Horse pub in Bridge Street when he lost a long but brave battle against cancer. His funeral was extremely well attended with mourners encouraged to wear Southampton FC shirts, rugby shirts or anything “red”. The wake at the pub featured a jazz band and went late into the evening – a worthy send-off for a true gent. Good news: the 479 Bus Route is going to be extended to Sunday's and early evenings.


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Vive La France when Daniel convinced his sister that he'd seen a spider on her foot.

Sam and Ruth were going to have a proper holiday this year. Another camping trip was out of the question for Ruth. She wanted guaranteed sunshine and a roof. Funds were limited and Ruth knew that a ‘luxury’ roof was out of the question but she started her campaign in earnest and the 'Roof for Ruth' project eventually won the family over.

It began to get dark as they passed Bordeaux. Ruth tried to decipher the map and the directions they'd been given but as the roads got narrower and the villages further apart, tempers began to fray. The incessant cries of "Are we nearly there yet?" from the back didn't help.

They wanted to avoid flying, dreading the prospect of queues, delays and crowded airports so driving seemed to be the best option. This limited their potential destinations but, as Ben was about to start his French GCSE course, a hop over the channel would be perfect.

Eventually the narrow lanes, led to even narrower tracks which finally led to their tiny hamlet but, before Ruth had the chance to announce their arrival, they were out the other side again and had to turn round. Eventually they noticed a small green front door, in the middle of a row of shuttered houses, with a piece of paper flapping from the knocker. Ben, the French speaker of the family, was sent to investigate and indeed the piece of paper had their name on it and an arrow pointed to the next door house. The note read: "Bienvenue! Mme Fabrice a la clé. Elle habite à côté." Ben didn't know what the word 'clé' meant but worked out that they had to knock at the house next door.

After securing a cut price ferry crossing, Sam was confident of finding a suitable self catering French idyll for them all. They eventually booked a small gîte, near Bordeaux, about an hour’s drive away from the coast. The children would have to share a room and, despite the lack of photos, he was reassured by the description of the property. Apparently it was “in a delightful rural hamlet” and had undergone “considerable renovation”. The unique selling point was the price. It also fitted his wife's criteria of having a roof and there was sure to be an abundance of delicious local wines. Ruth packed a few vital basics: a corkscrew, a garlic press, two bottles of tomato ketchup, chocolate digestives, hot chocolate powder, tea bags, baked beans and Heinz tomato soup. At the last minute she also packed a bottle of Pimms and some lemonade. As soon as they arrived, they'd stock up at a French supermarket and she'd be able to create delicious French cuisine in her lovely French kitchen, overlooking the beautiful French countryside while sipping delicious chilled white wine. There would be fresh croissants every morning and oozing ripe soft cheeses, fresh fruit and cassis with even more wine. It would be a wonderful change from last year when she had to cater for five on a two ring camping gaz stove in the rain. The children packed an assortment of games and sports equipment and the car was bursting at the seams when they started their journey. The squabbling started at about junction 6 of the M25 but Ruth turned the radio up and tried to ignore it. The queue for the ferry was fine and the crossing, although a little choppy was also very easy. They did have a momentary scare when Ruth's daughter, Sarah, took a wrong turn at the toilets but the family were re-united after a few minutes of running up and down staircases. Once they got to France, the sun started to shine, the radio started to play French songs and the children started to look out of the windows rather than at their various electronic gadgets. It was a long drive, especially as they had to stop for something to eat and then again to search the car

Madame Fabrice was a somewhat rotund lady of advancing years but she gave them a very welcoming smile and thrust an antique looking key into their hands. She waved in the direction of the house and wished them "Bonne nuit". They opened their green front door and were greeted with a musty, slightly farmyard smell. The furniture looked shabby but there was a certain rural charm about their new home. It was very, very small and the tiny television in the corner provoked wails of disbelief from the children. Over in the 'cuisine' section of the space was a table with a bottle of red wine and a note. The note read: "Bienvenue et bonnes vacances! Very sorry, the cooker is broken. There is a camping stove for you to use. It will be mended on the day of Monday. Je suis désolé. J'espère que tout va bien." In the corner of the kitchen was a familiar looking camping gaz stove. It was too late to go to the supermarket. "Anyone for baked beans, tomato soup and chocolate digestives?" Ruth asked as she opened the bottle of wine...

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Chelsea - a long-haired lovely!

Chelsea is a very beautiful, long-haired spayed tabby female who is ten years old. She has a lovely temperament and is in our care due to the sad and sudden death of her owner. She is used to going out into a garden, and is longing to do so again – especially now that summer is with us. Chelsea is very healthy but needs to be watched for hairballs, so needs to be groomed regularly. She deserves a new home with someone who will give her lots of cuddles & attention.

If you feel that you could give Chelsea a forever loving home please ring Anne on 01306 631538 or Rosemary on 01737 350307 Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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Help for victims of domestic abuse and their children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. No-one should have to suffer in silence”. Your Sanctuary is a local charity which offers immediate support and advice on many issues. This can include financial advice, refuge availability and safety planning should someone be considering leaving an abusive relationship. The helpline is available 24 hours a day and callers can speak to someone in confidence, and stay anonymous if they wish. They will then be put in touch with their local outreach service provider.

Behind closed doors’ is a new partnership campaign which aims to reach out to victims of domestic abuse and let them know that help and support is always available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The campaign uses the real experiences of survivors of domestic abuse who share their stories to encourage other victims to seek support and advice by calling the Your Sanctuary domestic abuse 24-hour helpline.

To report domestic abuse to the police call 101. In an emergency, always call 999. Any reports will be taken seriously and treated sensitively by specially trained officers and staff.

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In July 2011 we started a campaign to save and manage a special Leatherhead woodland in perpetuity for the sake of ecology and community. We finally have a deal on the table, and have exchanged contracts. We now URGENTLY need

you to those of you who pledged money. You, and those who have not pledged yet, can now send a cheque made payable to

Friends of Teazle Wood Send to: Friends of Teazle Wood c/o Lucy Quinnell Rowhurst Forge Oxshott Road Leatherhead Surrey KT22 0EN With your name, address, phone number and e-mail, and WHETHER YOU WISH TO REMAIN AN ANONYMOUS DONOR OR BE NAMED ON THE LIST OF SUPPORTERS (AMOUNT DONATED WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED UNLESS REQUESTED)


“I wholeheartedly support the Friends of Teazle Wood in their aim of ensuring that the woodland is safeguarded in perpetuity, for its vital contribution to ecology and to the community.”

Tim Smit, Eden Project

The woodland… • Is a vital ecological Site of Nature Conservation Importance in its own right, and also acts as an essential stepping stone for wildlife between Bookham and Ashtead Commons. •Contains a large block listed in the Ancient Woodland Inventory (“Ancient semi-natural woods are irreplaceable and must be protected and managed so as to maintain and enhance their special character.” Natural England). •Forms part of the best site in the country for the Schedule 8 plant Green Hound’s-tongue, and hosts a healthy population of Great Crested newts and stag beetles. •Is the LAST sizeable block of woodland left in Leatherhead, providing rural character and “backdrop” views for Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham and Ashtead, and vital screening from M25 noise and pollution. •Is a loved and critical green space for the people of Leatherhead. •Is already an important and proven educational resource for local people, including the children of adjacent schools (and is potentially a major educational resource for diverse groups). •Is of historical and archaeological significance. •Has therapeutic value for many, including the ex-Services veterans of Combat Stress, and the residents of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, who have a barbecue area in the woods. •Has been neglected and abused for decades. •Deserves to be gently managed and cared for by the numerous groups, such as the Lower Mole Project, who would love the chance to nurture it.

Please join our facebook group: Friends of Teazle Wood

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Mad Hair Day raises funds for Wheels for the World The Epsom girls’ school support many charities through their house events during the year and as part of Ruby House Charity week at the end of June, the girls participated in a ‘Mad Hair Day’. Pupils wore an assortment of wigs and dyed hair and teaching staff had a great time dressing up as pupils – raising £363 to benefit the charity’s Wheels for the World programme. Wheels for the World sends old NHS wheelchairs, renovated by British prisoners, to developing countries. On a recent trip to Uganda one of the team members wrote “Thinking on what I see here in terms of the poverty, the levels of healthcare or just what people with disabilities have to go through and live with, always shocks me - it’s a balance between crying and getting on with things and helping as much as we can”. Through the Roof will be in the Ashley Centre in Epsom on Wednesday 22nd August, demonstrating and playing the paralympic sport of Boccia, talking about all of their different work, and fundraising towards projects including ‘Wheels for the World’. They’d be very happy to tell you more.

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

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


August Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Thurs 2nd Wed 8th Tues 14th Thurs 16th Friday 17th Wed 22nd Friday 24th Tues 28th Thurs 30th

Thurs 2nd : Buckland : 5m Walk through fields, crossing the lower part of North Downs Way. Bring snack. 10am in Buckland. Park near the shops/Post Office. TQ221507/RH3 7BB | Wed 8th : Crockford Bridge/Weybridge (Elmbridge) : 4m Flat walk along Navigation to Weybridge. Coffee, return via river, lunch. 10:15am Crockford Bridge Farm Shop, New Haw Rd (A318), Addlestone. TQ055638/KT15 2BU Addlestone station | Tue 14th : Ashdown Forest (E Sussex) : 4m Lovely walk followed by pub/picnic lunch. Optional extra 4m afternoon walk. 10am at Visitor Centre nr Wych Cross. Take A22 to Wych Cross traffic lights, turn left, centre is signed (left) after 1m. TQ434323/ RH18 5JP | Thu 16th : Leatherhead : 7¾m Level walk by River Mole along Mole Gap Trail to Westhumble. Picnic, return via Fetcham Downs. 10:30am outside Leatherhead Leisure Centre. TQ162558/ KT22 9BL Bus 479 Guildford-Epsom/Leatherhead station | Fri 17th : Burford Bridge : 8½m Circuit walk through Norbury Park, along North Downs and Mickleham Common. Bring snack, late pub lunch in Mickleham. 10am in Burford Bridge CP off A24, Dorking. TQ171519/RH5 6BX Boxhill station | Wed 22nd : Dorking : 4m Lovely walk up Ranmore and back through the vineyard. Pub lunch. 10:15am at the Pilgrim pub, Station Rd. TQ159498/RH4 1HF | Fri 24th : Ardingly/Horsted Keynes (W Sussex) : 10m Enjoy a circuit walk to Balcombe for pub/tea rooms lunch. Walk back via reservoir. 10am in free car park in Ardingly village, opp. baker’s shop. TQ348294/RH17 6AN | Tue 28th : West Hoathly (W Sussex) : 8½m Circular walk open fields/woodlands. Stiles. Bring snack. 10am Park in Finch Field picnic site, minor road between Intrepid Fox pub, Sharpthorne (closed) and church in West Hoathly village. TQ366326/RH19 4PN | Thu 30th : Ockham Common (Guildford) : 3½m One hill, no stiles. Meet 10:15am. From Ockham village turn left at Black Swan pub into Old Lane. Car park is first on right after 1m (not CP with cafe). TQ080584/KT11 1NR

August Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling )

Tues 7th Thurs 9th Wed 15th Fri 17th

Tue 7th : Bletchingley : Challenging ride up and along the North Downs and back. 10 am at Red Lion pub, Bletchingley. On A25, the first pub on left as you enter Bletchingley going east. Park in car park behind pub. TQ324508/ RH1 4NU | Thu 9th : Downside : Moderate ride across Bookham Common visiting Polesden Lacey, with views across Box Hill. 10am at The Medicine Garden, Downside Rd, Cobham. TQ107592/ KT11 3LU | Wed 15th: Boxhill/Denbies : Challenging ride initially via Denbies to Ranmore, then onto Polesden Lacey returning along the North Downs Way. Lunch at The Stepping Stones. 10am at Rykas CP, Boxhill, off A24. TQ171521/ RH5 6BX | Fri 17th : Outwood : Moderate ride. Discover some exciting new bridleways in East Surrey. Optional refreshment stop. 10 am at car park 100 yds northwest of the Windmill at Outwood (TQ326457). Free parking. RH1 5PW

August Guided Nordic Walk (Please bring your own poles) Friday 10th

Wootton Hatch, 6m. Easy hills, tracks through woods/farmland. Optional refreshments afterwards. 10.15am, in car park behind Wotton Hatch PH nr Westcott, w of Dorking on A25. TQ126476/RH5 6QQ Bus 21, 32 42

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Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness – Nordic Walking burns 20-40% extra calories than normal walking and uses 90% of your major muscles, which takes pressure off your knees and joints

NORDIC TREK FIT - TASTER CLASS SAT 15TH SEPTEMBER A programme for those who like a more challenging workout.


Ashtead Inner Wheel Ten members of Ashtead Inner Wheel including their President Gill Jackson attended the District Rally at St. Teresa’s School at Effingham in June. They joined other sister clubs from District 25 and the President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in GB&I to celebrate the end of the successful year of District Chairman Lois Driscoll. There are 29 Districts which make up the Inner Wheel Clubs of GB and NI, District 25 encompasses an area from Ashtead down to the south coast. Each District has its own committees and every year a ‘District Rally’ is organised which is a great opportunity for members in all Districts to meet and enjoy fellowship.


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Kids’ Summer of Sport Activities at Leatherhead Leisure Centre! Leatherhead Leisure Centre offers a host of activities for the Summer Holidays Children of Leatherhead and surrounding areas are being encouraged to kick-start their own sporting journeys ahead of the London Games and make 2012 their year for health and fitness – thanks to the Summer Holiday Activities at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Running from Monday July 23rd until Sunday September 2nd there is a packed schedule to suit all ages. The programme includes swimming crash courses, football, parkour and multiactivity sport days. Activities are great value with prices starting from only £5! Divisional Business Manager Francois Smit, said of the summer activity schedule: “We’re keen to encourage as many people as possible in the local community to get more involved in sport – whatever your ability or fitness level. By offering a host of activities we want local children to get into the sporting spirit – it should be a fun summer!” Councillor Charles Yarwood, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Assets at Mole Valley District Council, said: "What a fantastic range of activities. There is no excuse to get bored this summer! Enter into the Olympic spirit and try something new. It's great to be able to work with our partners to deliver good value services and help to promote a healthy lifestyle." Leatherhead Leisure Centre is operated by Fusion Lifestyle, on behalf of Mole Valley District Council. For more information contact::

Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 9PL

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Clubs & Activities Dorking Quilters At our June meeting we were treated to a huge display of quilts, made by our friends at Pilgrim Quilters. They are based in Banstead, and were returning a visit we made to them last year. The range of quilts was amazing, and each member told us the story of their various quilts. There is no meeting in August, but we look forward, on 11th September, to a talk by Jean Hammond – ‘Red Cross Quilts’ – from Canada to UK in WWII. We meet at at the Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking on the second Tuesday each month (apart from August) at 7.30pm for 8, visitors very welcome.

Please contact Lesley on 05601 635169 if you would like further details.

Ashtead Evening Townswomen's Guild In July Margaret Hunter talked to us about her life at the BBC World Service where she worked as a Studio Manager and Announcer. Perfect English pronunciation was essential. During the Summer we can look forward to several events. A tour of Farnham and a tea given by members of Farnham TG. Later in August ,Croquet & Bowls days have been organised by Mid Surrey Federation of Townswomen's Guilds. At the National Annual Meeting held in Birmingham, when members from Guilds from all over the UK were present, two Mandates were debated. The first one urged Her Majesty's Government to make the many empty homes available to help tackle the current housing crisis. The second one urged the Government to ensure that money sent overseas for a specific purpose is only used for that cause. We always welcome visitors to our monthly meetings at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Why not come on Tuesday Sept 4th at 7.45pm and hear a talk on 'The Tesco effect' by Pam Goodall? For more info, contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588


Clubs & Activities Ashtead Womens’ Institute July 2012 Meeting

There was a warm welcome for members and two visitors to our July meeting and good news of recent fundraising projects, our Ashtead Village Day stall and a Coffee Morning, and thanks were given to everyone who had contributed so much towards our success. Our speakers were from the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association and we were delighted to see photos of the horses and riders who benefited so much from their experiences of riding. Riding for the Disabled started in the UK in 1915 helping soldiers from the 1st World War and there are now 500 groups in the U.K. with many thousands of volunteers. The Epsom group started in 1969, and owns the 14 acres of grazing land they use at the old St. Ebbas Hospital. Because this is such a popular and worthwhile activity there is a weekend waiting list of 3-4 years! Children are the main users of the service but if suitable horses are available then adult riders can take part as well and there has been some recent involvement with RAF Headley Court. We learned that new horses need a great deal of training before being suitable for such specialised use. The riders often have problems of walking and balance so riding helps with coordination, confidence and concentration and of course they can see the world from a very different perspective. The cost of running the Epsom group is considerable as so much input is needed from the farrier, dentist, vet, saddler, trainers. feed suppliers, etc. but the group has to be fully self funded, helped by the public and many fund-raising activities. A very popular way of supporting has been through the ‘Adopt a Pony’ scheme.

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

Ashtead W.I. does not have a meeting in August but our next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th September when Monika Weller will be talking about her sister Ruth Ellis.

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Britain’s Green Skills Gap Frank Sandford, Director of Boningale Nurseries, says of the situation, "We're already advertising in Ireland to fill jobs, and are now looking to The Netherlands." Tony Frankham, Commercial Director of Newmafruit, adds, "I've got an ageing work force. I need to know there's a conveyer belt of skilled British labour to carry us into the future. But right now those skills are coming from abroad." Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says, "The green skills gap is a reality we cannot ignore. The problem is that horticulture is a fragmented sector. That's why the RHS is taking the initiative to unite the whole industry around the challenge of changing the perception of a career in horticulture, from education to investment. We recently formed a steering group to truly make horticulture a career to be proud of. This steering group will produce an indepth report of the critical situation, implement an action plan and ultimately change the perception of horticulture as a valued and valuable career. Horticultural recruitment agencies are warning that this skills gap will loom even larger in a few years time when businesses look to expand post-recession. We An RHS Investigation reveals 95% of horticultural must work hard now in order to attract more young people into horticultural careers, so growers questioned struggle to find enough employers looking around in future won't still young, British job applicants with sufficiently find a scarcity of home grown horticultural good skills to employ. From specialist trees talent to employ and nurture." grown to grace the Olympic Park, to strawberries at Wimbledon and a festival of "Until now, concerns that Britain's ‘green skills flowers at the RHS Hampton Court Palace gap' is being increasingly filled by skilled Flower Show, the best of British horticulture is workers from abroad have been largely proudly on show this summer. But an anecdotal. This investigation provides evidence investigation by the RHS reveals that national direct from the experiences of the growers pride in our horticultural produce isn't matched themselves and is the starting point for much by those wanting careers actually growing it. wider, more extensive research." 95% of horticultural growers questioned say they James Hallett, CEO British Growers Association, are struggling to find enough young British job finishes, "This sample survey clearly represents applicants with sufficiently good skills to a well-known and fundamental issue for British employ. 70% confirmed they are employing growing. There are few disciplines that this more foreign skilled labour today compared to industry cannot satisfy for a person's career. five years ago. What has been missing has been a concerted collaborative effort by every sector of the The RHS interviewed a sample of 20 British industry to together attract the best newcomers horticultural growers representing a cross section of the industry from soft fruit and house into a British plant growers to tree nurseries. Typical, skilled Growing career." jobs they struggle to fill with young, British applicants include nursery technicians, plant growers and propagators, spray operators, skilled pruners, quality control and modern environmental control experts. 48

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WATERCOLOUR CLASSES With Frances Jordan BA (Hons) Fine Art

Always wanted to paint but not had the confidence? Small friendly classes beginners welcome.

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Thank you from the Rotary Club Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank local residents who so generously supported their recent appeal to collect Tesco and Sainsbury’s schools vouchers in aid of West Hill School in North Leatherhead. Over 4,500 vouchers were collected, which will help the school ‘purchase’ vital computer and sports equipment for the coming school year. Over the past five years, over 21,000 vouchers have now been presented to West Hill School as a result of the Rotary Club's annual appeal.

“At last a publication that treats its clients as well as we treat ours. Great value for money, Zen is always on hand to answer our queries and give helpful ideas and advice. We will continue to support The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for a long time to come.” Cliff White,’

West Hill School is an outstanding special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondary aged pupils from 11-16 with learning difficulties and Autism. Leatherhead Rotary Club meets at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive in Leatherhead. For further information please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 49

Food & Drink

Recipe Pulled pork

Method 1. 2.





Start by scoring the pork along the skin as if making crackling (or ask your butcher to do this) Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl then add the pork to the marinade. Rub the sauce and the garlic into the scored slits in the meat and leave to marinate overnight. The next day preheat the oven to 240°C/gas mark 9. Put the pork into an oven dish, along with the marinade, into the oven for 20/25 minutes After 25 minutes take the meat out, cover it in tin foil and put it back into the oven at a cooler 140°C/130°C fan/gas mark 1 for 8 hours to slow roast. Eight hours later it should pull from the bone and be lovely and tender. Cut the pittas open down one side and fill with pulled pork. Drizzle some of the marinade sauce over the top and serve with coleslaw.

1 large joint of pork, such as a hand or shoulder of pork (approx 2.5-3kg, bone-in) For the marinade • 2 tbsp honey • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce • 2 tsp smoked paprika • 2 tbsp flavourless oil • 1 whole bulb of garlic, crushed by hand, unpeeled • 10 sprigs fresh thyme • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary • 2 big pinches of salt • 1 big pinch of pepper • 330ml bottle pale ale Pittas or wraps to serve Serves 6-8 Preparation time 15 minutes Marinate overnight Cooking time 8 hours

Recipe taken from ‘The Fabulous Baker Brothers’ cookbook 50

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Bike Beans Cycle Café A new meeting place for Ashtead

An exciting new concept has opened up in the heart of Ashtead - the Bike Beans Cycle Café in Rectory Lane - a first for the area, where 'café meets cycling!' The café is not only there to support and encourage the cycling community, but also provides a welcome break for locals. With or without bike, the welcome will be just as warm and you will be offered cracking espresso coffee, homemade cakes & soups, delicious pasta, jackets and freshly prepared 'torpedo' sandwiches, with a breakfast menu at the weekends, including Sundays! On the other hand the café offers high quality, good value cycle service & repair, basic cycle accessories and energy products. This is then all wrapped up with a sunny outside deck, secure cycle parking, wi-fi, music, satellite TV, so the great summer of sport is covered! The idea for the café was created by local resident, Jamie Chisholm, who describes himself as a 'middle aged bloke who's still not grown out of bikes!' Jamie is passionate about cycling, food and hospitality and has had a burning desire to create this concept for many years. His ultimate aim is that the café not only becomes a social hub for the area, but also one with a strong cycling relevance for those interested in cycling, whoever you are! To support this aim there will be many initiatives launching over time to encourage and support more people onto their bikes. For example, Tuesdays are now 'ride n pasta' nights ! Pre order your pasta, go for a 90 minute bike ride and return for pasta and a social! The emphasis being on social, inclusive and informal! Also being offered now are various courses covering, women's beginner cycling, children's skills and puncture repair courses’.

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN During the school holidays children will, of course, have more freedom to go out, meet up with friends and enjoy themselves, which everyone would encourage. We hope, however, that parents and carers know what their children are doing, where they are going and when they will be home.

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Sometimes children do not consider the consequences of their actions and matters can so easily escalate. Please ask your children to think about what they are doing and how this may cause alarm or distress to others, including damaging the environment or putting themselves or others in danger.

In the garden • Lay gravel on the approach to your house if possible. Thieves hate drawing attention to themselves by making a noise. • Your wheelie bin could be used as a climbing aid or even as a means of transporting stolen property. Secure it by padlocking it to a wall bracket or drainpipe or position it away from the accessible windows. • Securing the perimeter of your garden will help to protect your property. Plant low hedges or install low, good quality fencing - it will make a potential burglar feel exposed and perhaps think twice. • A good option is trellised fencing which doesn't obstruct visibility and is difficult to climb over.

Regular patrols of the Recreation Ground, the Common and Ashtead Park will be carried out during the school holidays and we will be engaging with many young people to offer advice and reassurance on a range of issues of concern to them. If anti-social behaviour is having an impact on your life, we always want you to let us know. Please try and give us as many details as possible, such as days, dates and times when incidents occur. If you are aware of a name or can provide a description of who may be responsible, this will help us to investigate matters and to deal robustly with the suspects if they are found to be causing problems. Recently, we have had several calls from residents in relation to dogs not being kept under proper control. We would like to remind everyone that they have a duty to keep their dogs under control. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact the Dog Warden, Joe Bailey, at Mole Valley District Council on 01306 879116.

Let nature help Nature can help provide an effective (and attractive) deterrent to anyone thinking of entering your garden. • Select your plants carefully. Holly and hawthorn are particularly difficult to get through. • Protect drainpipes with anti-climb paint or a climbing rose to deter access to windows and flat roofs. • Plant prickly, deciduous shrubs next to walls or fences as an effective barrier for anyone attempting to climb in.

As with the Ashtead Team, the Leatherhead Safer Neighbourhood team are continuing to work with local residents and businesses to deal with issues such as criminality and anti-social behaviouir. Initiatives such as Shop Watch radio, Pub Watch and and town centre cctv are all contributing towards a safer environment for the local community.

The mobile police station is regularly in the High Street on a Thursday afternoon and provides a basic front counter service for the public. If you need to report a crime, have any other issues or just wish to meet your local policing team please feel free to come and say “hello”.

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Great Journeys In August’s haze, we dream of foreign lands and far off places. Whether your holiday transport’s a ‘plane, train, automobile or simply your imagination, our books featuring great journeys will take you where you want to go. Down Under

Bill Bryson Bryson’s trip begins with him trying to remember the name of the Australian Prime Minister. Obviously, power has changed hands several times since he wrote Down Under but his awe of this ancient land is timeless. Bryson’s everwitty style and commentary is completely suited to the country that gave us the duckbilled platypus and the bouncing kangaroo. He’ll answer all those tricky questions you’re likely to have such as how to survive in the outback and what you should keep in your ‘esky’. It’s important information if you’re going to make it ‘Down Under’.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson As if Las Vegas couldn’t seem any more bizarre, here comes Fear and Loathing. This semiautobiographical novel’s based on two trips Hunter made to the oasis in Nevada, along with the attorney and political activist Oscar Zeta Acosta (appearing in the novel as Raoul Duke and his lawyer, Dr Gonzo). The novel is a witty commentary on the counterculture movement of the 1960s, viewed through the drug-induced haze of Raoul and Dr Gonzo. Written against

a backdrop of political and social tension as people searched for an alternative to the American Dream, it’s extremely wacky.

On the Road

Jack Kerouac Kerouac defined the Beat Generation and travelled cross-country to a soundtrack of jazz, drugs and poetry. Told through the eyes of an alter-ego, On the Road sees Kerouac use his real-life friends, lovers and acquaintances as characters, and America as the backdrop. It’s a personal quest for meaning and purpose. Hailed as one of the greatest ever works of literature, it’s a real escape into a bohemian existence.

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Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert Ambitiously and rather optimistically entitled ‘One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia’, Gilbert’s memoirs made the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 187 weeks. The divorcee up sticks and goes on a voyage of discovery. Four months of eating her way across Italy, followed by three months in India, praying, her journey ‘ends’ in Bali where…well, I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you.

The Beach

Alex Garland The Beach is a cautionary tale about the pit-falls of the pursuit of pleasure. English Eva Ibbotson backpacker Richard is thrilled For the adventurous when he’s given a map that child in us, Eva could lead him to a hidden Ibbotson’s story of beach, untouched by the Maia and her travels along the Amazon with throngs of tourists in Thailand. With two French her governess will transport you deep into friends in tow he sets out to find utopia. Inevitably, the heart of the paradise is quickly lost as jungle. It’s a fast-paced they encounter the isolated children’s novel that’s loved community. The group by adults. The novel has an contends with food poisoning intricate plot and a rich en masse, shark attacks and a diversity of character, all full Thai militia; turning the of wit. It’ll definitely leave idyllic setting into something you wanting your own that resembles an episode of adventure into the heart of darkness. If you can’t make a ‘Lost’.

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Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival. 12-11.15pm (4th), 12-7.15pm (5th). Mickleham Village Hall, Dell Close, RH5 6EE. £10, weekend £15, under 16s £2. Bands appearing: Ivor Ottley, Chris Moreton, Howard Burton & Joe Tozer,Wood Wire & words, Ghost Town Showdown,Bow-Legged Skeeters, Surrey Old Time String Band. Sunday Workshops: Banjo Fiddle Mandolin and Guitar. We like to encourage young musicians on Sunday. 01737 813089

Sundays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Lazy Jazz Sundays, Polesden Lacey - 2pm-4pm. Spread out your rug on the South Lawn and wile away the hours listening to wonderful live music. If wet the musicians will play inside the house. Normal admission prices.

Sunday 5th & 26th

Charity Car Boot Sale in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund. 8am-12.35pm. Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG. Hardstanding. Cars £10, small vans, MPV, 4WD £12. Buyers entry by donation. Refreshments, toilets. More details on

Friday 10th

Wildlife & Ponds, Denbies Hillside. National Trust event. 10am-2pm. Find out about the amazing wildlife in and around our pond, snakes, dragonflies and more. Wear stout footwear and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (nets provided). Bring a packed lunch. Assistance dogs only. Parents - please bring and pick up your children from the event; you’re welcome to stay. 01372 220644

Sat 11th

Crafternoon-Dreamcatchers. 2pm-4pm. Sayers Croft, Cranleigh Rd, Ewhurst, GU6 7SS. Free, but donations towards the cost of materials would be gratefully received. Parents and children will work together to gather their own materials and make some unique products such as an Elder Whistle, Dream Catchers or Wind Chimes under supervision. Please arrive promptly to ensure you don't get left behind when we go to collect our natural materials! Although no booking required, email if you would like to come so that we have an idea of numbers. Email:

Fairytale time, National Trust event. 1pm-5pm. Meet at Leith Hill Tower, £5 payable on the day. Calling all princes and princesses! Climb up the highest hill in the South East for Sunday 19th an afternoon of facepainting and storytelling. Make a princess hat or a decorated shield and hunt for magical treasures in the woods. Suitable for young children accompanied by an adult. Refreshments available. 01306 712711 Mon 20th

Bat Walk, Polesden Lacey. Discover these wonderful creatures on our Ranger guided walks. See the bats dart and dive and hear their ‘silent’ nocturnal calls with special detectors. £8 adult, £4 child.

Sat 25th, Sun 26th & Mon 27th

Buckland Flower Festival, 10am-5pm. Donations invited. St Mary’s Church, Old Rd, Buckland, RH3 7DY. A spectacular Flower Festival held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Come to see an amazing transformation of the church, enjoy wonderfully coloured and scented displays, view an art exhibition by local artists and enjoy delicious refreshments. 01737 245161.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, meet at Leith Hill Tower, £5 on the day. 1pm-7pm., National Trust event. Bring along a favourite teddy and a picnic for a fun afternoon with face painting Sunday 26th and storytelling on the highest hill in the South East! Go on a Bear Hunt and get messy with teddy crafts. For young children accompanied by an adult. Refreshments available from Leith Hill Tower Servery. 01306 712711


Bacchus Marathon & Family Fun Day. Half or full marathon commencing at Denbies and trailing through the Surrey Hills. A fun day for all the family, fancy dress, live music, barbecue and much more. Details and entry: If there’s an event in September that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th August.. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 60 of going to print. Details correct at time

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An Evening with Nicholas Owen Wednesday 29th August 2012 7pm for 7.30pm Police Federation Headquarters, Leatherhead

Special guest speaker BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen, talking about his life in the media. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Brigitte Trust and Leatherhead Swans, of which Nicholas is a Patron. £17.50 per person, including 3 course meal and coffee Further details and menu from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 61


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

Thursdays weekly 2nd 9th 16th 23rd 30th

Music on Thursdays - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 12.30pm-1.20pm Admission to these lunchtime concerts is free. There will be a retiring collection to help cover costs. Go to: to join emailing list. 2 August – Claire Price, soprano & Graham Davies, organ & piano 9 August – TBC 16 August – Graham Davies, organ 23 August – David Massey, classical guitar 30 August – The Brooke String Ensemble

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,, also see page 42 for more guided walks, Nordic walks and cycling.

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 2nd (monthly)

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

Friday 3rd or Tues 7th

Ovid & Art. Ovid was a Roman Poet. We will take a look the work of various artists and see how Ovid has inspired artists through the centuries. £10 inc refreshments: Tel: 01372 272235 to book

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am 10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out!

Friday 3rd (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 3rd (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two worthy charities.

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10am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and pick up some lovely haberdashery so you can be creative over the holidays! Beautiful greetings cards stock up now for birthdays. Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our new look services. 10.30am New Parish Communion with Choir. Also 6.30pm Informal Service with Band. Please check website for weekly updates

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822


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Thurs 9th Sat 11th Sat 18th Thurs 23rd Thurs 30th

Summer walks around the beautiful Mole Valley. with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468. Donation to charities Maps & details on website. Moderate pace & fitness Phone first if bad weather. Car Share suggested. 07766 166794 Thurs 9th 7.15pm Shere Heath CP Drive thru Shere, up Sandy Lane, turn right before railway line. CP on left 200-300 yards Sat 11th 10am To be announced See website or telephone first. Sat 18th 10am South Crabtree Lane CP Approach from Westhumble. Take first left after the railway bridge. Thurs 23rd 7.15pm Meet at Buckland Church off A25 Thurs 30th 7.15pm Young St CP Leatherhead by river (Full Moon)

Thurs 9th (mthly)

2nd Thursday of each month, Transition Ashtead meeting. As it’s the holiday season, August’s meeting is a get-together at 8pm in The Brewery, Woodfield Lane

Sunday 12th

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Quaker Meeting for Worship at 6.30-7.30pm at Park House, Randalls Road, Leatherhead. Meet Friends at a Friends Meeting. Tel 01372 454363 for further information.

Sunday 19th (3rd Sunday mth ‘til Oct)

The Leatherhead Lions car boot market, Leatherhead Leisure Centre fields, 7.30am, no need to book, just £10 for a car or £14 for a van. Craft stalls are welcome, catering on site. For info contact Tony 01372 274822 or Tom 01372 272360. 63

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Ronson UK, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead Ronson Factory, For many years Ronson was one of the largest Randalls Road employers in

Leatherhead, and at their peak employed between 2000-3000 including outworkers. Ronsons, founded in America by Lewis Aronson I in 1898, originally made church ornaments. In 1918 it began manufacturing cigarette lighters, and the rights to sell and service the lighters in the UK were acquired. The agency, with premises in London’s Caledonian Road was heavily bombed in the Second World War. As a result, Ronsons moved to Leatherhead and bought Dorincourt in Oaklawn Road where their war work was making among other things, bomb fuses. These were manufactured on governmentsubsidised machines which after the war were modified to make lighters.

Five million lighters were produced before Dorincourt was sold in 1953 to Queen Elizabeth’s Training College and Ronsons moved to its custom-built factory in Randalls Road. Here the firm diversified and were also very successful in the developing of butane and battery lighters. However the Japanese, Ronsons' best customers, produced their own lighters, not only inexpensive to buy but incorporating a competitive piezzo mechanism. The order to market these lighters came to all Ronson subsidiaries from the US parent corporation who had long been in difficulties. These intensified worldwide especially in the service field. Despite attempts by Ronson UK to solve the corporation’s financial problems only resulted in the liquidation of Ronson UK and in 1981, the sale and subsequent demolition of the Leatherhead factory. A display of Ronson products can be seen in the Leatherhead Museum. Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Edwina Vardey – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS 1988 For a more comprehensive history on Ronson UK, I suggest you read Peter Tarplee’s Past Industries of Ashtead, Leatherhead & Bookham, available from The Museum, Barton’s Bookshop Leatherhead and Bumbles Ashtead.

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This very symbolic event is organised each year by the East Surrey Branch as part of 'A Month Every balloon had a tag attached to it, stating in For Optimism', the MND Association's annual national awareness month, and is now whose memory it had been released, together with many very personal messages. Before they established as a regular event at Denbies Wine were released, the balloons were blessed by the Estate, with over ÂŁ30,000 having been raised Reverend Graham Osbourne, Vicar of the Church since the first 'Free Spirit' balloon release in 2004. of St Mary & St Nicholas in Leatherhead, who had himself lost a close friend to Motor Neurone Motor Neurone Disease is a rapidly progressive Disease some years ago, and there was also a terminal neurological condition which kills five minute's silence in memory of those people people every day within the UK. It can leave being remembered by the event. people unable to walk, talk or even feed themselves. Life expectancy from diagnosis is As in previous years, over 100 Branch members just 14 months and, as yet, there is no cure or and supporters came along on the day to help release the balloons and over ÂŁ5,300 was raised effective treatment (further information at by way of donations sent in with the completed The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association balloon tags, the highest total in the event's nine-year history, which will be used to support currently provides vital care and support to the Branch's services to local people living with around 60 people living with the disease. Motor Neurone Disease, as well as funding vital research into the disease itself. Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, thanked everyone for supporting the event so generously, adding, "This is such a simple but

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Your Plants Don’t Want a ‘Holiday’ If you’re going on holiday shortly, don’t forget that your garden and plants will appreciate some TLC before you leave. Time spent sorting out your plants will help keep them going and make your house look less abandoned in your absence whilst you’re away. Make sure you take care of your lawn. Give it a thorough mowing, cutting it short but without ‘scalping’ it. Take a pair of lawn edging shears, a half-moon edger or simply a sharp spade and neaten all the edges, including those next to flower beds. Edging lasts far longer than mowing, it will stop the lawn moving into the flower beds and make the grass appear more recently maintained.

Planters and patio pots lose moisture very readily especially if the weather is hot or windy. By carefully grouping the pots together in one place you’ll create shade around the roots of the pots, reducing the risk of drought and heat damage. Try to position more drought tolerant patio plants towards the outer edge of the group, and drought prone plants towards the cooler centre.

Make sure that all plants, especially those in containers and those forming fruit are fed well. Liquid feeds have the speediest response but controlled release fertiliser granules will last for longer. If you use a dry or granular feed, make sure that you water it well unless rain is expected.

Make sure that your garden sheds and other storage areas are properly secured however it’s worth giving the padlock keys to a neighbour, just in case they need anything.

Persuade a friend or neighbour to pop in and do some watering and suggest they pick the sweet-peas and harvest some veg so you’ll both benefit.

Ladders, mattocks, spades and other items that could be used to break into your house (or the shed) should be removed or locked away out of sight so that they don’t encourage burglary.

A good, thorough watering of the garden will mean that plants in open ground should be unharmed by hot weather for a good while. Plants in pots and tubs are totally reliant on you if there isn’t much rain, so make these your priority.

Finally check that any new outbreaks of pests or diseases are treated or dealt with before you go. Leave a handful of whitefly in your greenhouse, or a few greenfly on your roses, and there may well be a fullscale disaster zone when you return!

Many plants cease flowering if faded flowers are left and allowed to start to form seeds, so remove every faded bloom before you leave. I suggest ‘dead heading’ not only the faded flowers, but also those just starting to fade. A sharp pair of scissors or just your finger and thumb should do the trick.

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Hanging baskets are invariably in the hottest, sunniest pots in the garden and with their roots in the air they are especially prone to drought. Unless they will be regularly watered, it’s best to carefully lower hanging baskets and stand each one on its own pot in a shady spot where it will dry out less quickly. 74

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RHS launches new guide for gardeners who want to help pollinating insects The new wildflower list, which contains over 200 plants, breaks the list down to certain habitats that occur or can be created in gardens. These habitats include three forms of grassland areas, ponds and wet soils, gravel-based soil and hedges and woodland edge. Last year's list of cultivated garden plants has also been extended and now includes more than 400 plants. Over the past 50 years certain insects groups, such as butterflies and bees, have been in decline. This is due to several factors but part of the problem is the decline of wild flowers in the countryside. Gardens, with their variety of plants that are in flower throughout the year, are Bees and other pollinating insects will seen as an increasingly important habitat benefit from a new guide produced by the to help these declining groups of insects. Royal Horticultural Society. Following last The RHS gives advice on a number of ways year's very popular list of pollinatorthat gardeners can help insects. One friendly cultivated plants the charity is important step is to consult the RHS launching a follow-up list covering wild ‘Perfect for Pollinators' lists and choose flowers useful as nectar and/or pollen plants from these lists. The two ‘Perfect sources for insects. Many of these native for Pollinators' lists can be found at plants can be used in cultivated areas. RHS ‘Perfect for Pollinators' initiative, gardening/Plants-for-pollinators. with its distinctive logo (see right), has When selecting plants the charity advises attracted a huge amount of interest. planting schemes that have plants that will Garden centres across the country have provide flowers throughout the seasons. seen an increase in demand for pollinatorAvoid plants that have double or multifriendly plants indicated by the logo. This petal flowers as the extra petals often new list has been produced to satisfy the replace the pollen-producing parts of the growing interest in planting wild flowers in flower and may make the nectar gardens and the growth in wild flower inaccessible. planting advice requests that the RHS Advisory Service receives from its members. "Gardens are now increasingly recognised as important environments for maintaining biodiversity," says Jim Gardiner, RHS Director of Horticulture. "By planting a broad diversity of plants gardeners can do a lot to encourage pollinating insects which, in turn, will bring in other forms of wildlife into their gardens such as birds and hedgehogs." 76

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Sutton and East Surrey Water lifts temporary use ban on hosepipes Sutton and East Surrey Water has announced it is lifting its temporary use ban restricting the use of hosepipes with immediate effect. Significant – or indeed any – recharge of underground resources at this time of year is most unusual but it follows the abnormally heavy rainfall experienced since spring which has finally brought to an end the severe drought after two dry winters. This led to temporary use bans being introduced by seven water companies on April 5. Although the record rainfall has taken a long time to soak deep down into the aquifers most are now indicating promising levels of recharge – in some cases at unprecedented levels. For example, at the end of June in Sutton and East Surrey Water’s supply area, the Well House Inn reference borehole was at a record low level and showing no sign of recovering. It was 10 metres (30ft) lower than it should have been at this time of year. Since then it has risen by more than five metres (15ft) and is expected to continue rising as more recent rainfall continues to filter down. 78

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption We’re all going on a summer holiday It’s the season to get away from it all – to relax, forget the day-to-day worries of working, parenting, and generally having to be a grown up! We all deserve a break now and then, maybe to do something exciting to jolt us out of our ruts, or just to have some chill-out time. Paradoxically, holidays can be a stressful time for families, trying to keep several generations entertained, spending time together 24/7 for the only time in the year… And then there’s the travel – delayed or cancelled planes, uncooperative volcanoes, traffic jams, lost luggage. Hmm, travel…a tricky one this, environmentally speaking…while we are never going to return to the past when nobody went anywhere beyond our shores, it’s worth carefully considering your destination with regard to the environmental impact of getting there. I have to own up to being a very reluctant flyer myself (it’s not the height that bothers me exactly, it’s more the gravity…) but here are a few facts to ponder…did you know that between 1990 and 2000 UK aviation CO2 emissions doubled, while carbon from other sources dropped by 9%? To make matters worse, the impact of CO2 released into the upper atmosphere is significantly greater than if it was released at ground level, more than doubling the damage done, making aviation responsible for 11% of the climate problems in this country. Vapour trails and nitric oxide from planes contribute to the greenhouse effect, adding more than two-and-ahalf times that of CO2 alone. So, is it better to drive? Road transport accounts for 10% of our carbon footprint, cars being responsible for the bulk of these emissions. Public transport – buses, trains, coaches – is an option for some, but not often a viable choice for families. The relative cost seems to be inversely related to the environmental impact! Flying and driving are relatively cheap compared to taking the family on the train for example. And until the real cost of pollution, in money terms i.e. a carbon tax, is factored into transport costs, that isn’t likely to change. So in the meantime, the holiday choices we make are between us and our eco-consciences! The Transition movement is about gradually moving towards (or transitioning to) a more sustainable, lower carbon lifestyle… so when it comes to choosing next year’s holiday, re-invent the concept, think outside your usual holiday box, do something that actually interests you (how many photos of you standing by a famous tourist site do you need? ) Maybe try Googling “low carbon holidays”, or consider the relaxing benefit of using some holidays to have a week at home, maybe with day trips to London - have you tried being a tourist in our own capital city yet? or having meals out with the family…or trying out the “group of 4” half price rail tickets, or investigating the bridleways of Surrey on a bike? You don’t have to give up flying and going to far-flung places, but do consider all of the other holiday options… Chris Ellis

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