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


Book reviews


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Recipe - Cava & strawberry sorbet


Leatherhead Conservation Area


Local school receives s/market vouchers


Ashtead Community Vision


Summer activities at leisure centre


GP’s vote against plans for Epsom Hosp


Local history article


Andy’s Blog


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Rotary


What’s on? Pages 70-72


MVDC elects new Chairman


Heritage Open Days (12th-15th Sept)


Road cycle races - Sunday 4th August


Leatherhead Theatre


Rotary day out at Chessington


‘Badingham Old Boys’ Reunion


Quiz - Title Characters


Cryptic crossword


Quiz - Currencies


Car review - Renault Twizy


Fortyfoot Road Adoption


Transition Ashtead


Memories of Felpham - a story


Future of Pippbrook


Simple crossword


Recipes using leftovers


First responders reach milestone


General crossword


Buckley Pharmacy update


Gardening - hot favourites


The Common Column


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am so thrilled that Andy Murray won the men’s title at Wimbledon this year - what a nailbiting and exciting match. I’m not entirely sure what’s happening to British sport but since the London Olympics last year we have seen a sea change from our national psyche of ‘may the best man win’ and ‘it’s not the winning it’s the taking part’ to ‘winning is everything - losing is nothing’. Not a bad thing I guess because we’re now expecting our athletes to win - and they do. Even as this magazine is being put to bed England beat Australia in the first Test of the Ashes series. Crikey. We seem to be aiming high and hitting the target these days! By the time this magazine is distributed all the schools in the area will be closed for the summer and families will be off on their long-awaited summer holidays. As we don’t have children, my partner and I tend to stay put in July and August, and prefer to take a week off abroad in late September, much cooler, cheaper - and quieter! Seriously though, for those of you who want to spend your time in the sun on your holidays, have a great time but remember not to get sunburnt as it is not only miserable, but risky too. I am of the philosophy that tans eventually fade but memories of a great holiday will last forever. Sunday 4th August sees the Prudential RideLondon events coming through our area - up to 20,000 cyclists will be taking part, more info can be found on page 28 or on prudential-ridelondon/ ...and on Saturday 21st September we shall be seeing the Tour of Britain cycle race starting at Epsom racecourse, going through Ashtead (around 12.15pm) and Leatherhead, finishing in Guildford, more info in next month’s edition. 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 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.

Next month sees the annual Heritage Open Days in Mole Valley, this year’s theme is ‘What’s in a name?’. The programme has already been printed and is available to view on the council’s website: or to collect from their offices, the Leatherhead HelpShop, Dorking Halls, Letherhead Institute and libraries. Some events need to be booked in advance. Leatherhead Leisure Centre is once again organising their summer activities, info can be found on page 58. Abdool Kureeman is due to open the new Buckley Pharmacy at 78 The Street on Wednesday 7th August - a sign that people power does indeed work. On the subject of people power, Flip Cargill of the Leatherhead Residents’ Association is asking for us to sign a petition to ensure that Surrey County Council remedy the dangerous potholes in Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead. I’ve given up driving down Fortyfoot Road because I know one day I shall look in my rear view mirror and see my car’s exhaust pipe lying in the middle of the road.

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 What’s in a name? Ashtead – the origin of the village name is “the homestead (Saxon Stede) among the ash trees.” Over the years Ashtead has been known under a variety of spellings. Stede (its Saxon name) is the one recorded in the Doomsday Book (1086); Estede is the one recorded in c1150; Akestede in the Quo Warranto Rolls, 1279 and Ashstede in 14th century and Asshested in 15th century. Samuel Pepys, in his diary entry of 1663, calls it Ashsted. In the past, Ashtead station has had two signs on the platforms – Ashtead and Ashstead! And how many of us when telling people where we live have had the reply, “Is that the one in Kent or Middlesex?” “No – that’s Ashford!!” Through history the Ash has played a key role. This tree was thought to have medicinal and mystical properties and the wood was burnt to ward off evil spirits. This could be why it was referred to as the “Tree of Life” in Norse Viking mythology. Even today the Ash is sometimes known as the “Venus of the woods” suggesting a magical link to life. They are also abundant growers, so hence are also unkindly known as “The Weeds of the Woods”. Britain has around 130,000 hectares of predominantly Ash tree woodland adding up to 5.5% of our woods. It is estimated there are also around 12 million Ash trees outside woods and forests. When fully grown it is a tall and graceful tree with a light domed canopy. It often grows with other Ash trees and tends to grow smaller and thinner in these conditions. The Ash has characteristic delicate “leaflets” rather than single leaves. We are told that ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) is now in the UK and there is not a lot we can do to stop the inexorable spread. But how do we recognise it and what do we do when we find it? Early signs are wilting leaves where they are starting to shrivel. They then begin to turn brown then black. Other distinctive signs are diamond shaped lesions on the trunk of the tree where the fungus has penetrated the bark via the leaf stem. The fungus then enters the water carrying vessels within the tree and effectively starves the tree of water, killing the tree.

The Ash tree also has distinctive seed clusters which turn brown. This is normal and should not be confused with Chalara. Further information on the disease can also be seen on which also includes an informative video showing the tree both in a healthy state and in various stages of infestation. If you notice the disease in your trees you should notify the Forestry Commission via their website. website/treedisease.nsf/TreeDiseaseReportWeb#.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Open Gardens, Exhibitions, Music, Enhance Leatherhead's Community Spirit

Life in Leatherhead is very interesting, as this summer of art, drama, and music shows. Many enjoyed Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) and the seven day, Parish Church festival of music and flowers. For two weeks the Leatherhead Theatre Repertory Company staged The Golden Pathway Annual, a funny, nostalgic insight into life after WWII. Of course, the annual Duck Race provided a fun jaunt down to the river and helped fund future festivals. Whilst the LRA plays only a supportive role in these activities, we are aware that such events benefit our residents and make Leatherhead a better place, as is our aim. In our efforts to make the Town Centre greener and brighter, the Leatherhead Open Gardens have evolved. It is the work of the Environmental Sub Group that began with one open garden in 2011. The idea stemmed from a need for funds for a High Street planter. The 2012 Olympic cycle race spurred us on to add 20 further planters. We now feed, water, and replace plants as necessary. When the redevelopment of the High Street has been discussed we have agreed with LCA Chairman, June Robinson, and Cllr. Rosemary Dickson that additional planters should be a part of the design. Our environmental group has promised to help with the planting and watering of the planters. With the High Street project presently on hold, it may be some time before we carry out those plans. In the mean time we will carry on doing what we can, aided by the £680 pounds raised by our Open Gardens 2013 for our High Street Fund. In 2014 we are planning a joint Open Gardens with the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church. Their aim is to preserve and enhance the Church and its

environment. We believe this will open up new opportunities to make the event bigger and better. It is not too early for you to decide to open your garden in the future. It is a gratifying experience for visitors and gardeners alike.

Recent Consultations Bring Challenges

The attempt to release Green Belt Land has brought potential developers out in force. Judging from the number of campaigns currently going on, Leatherhead may not be the soft target it is sometimes perceived to be. Without a Neighbourhood Plan, it is difficult to know exactly what the people of Leatherhead want, unlike our neighbours in Bookham and Ashtead. However, the groups of individuals joining together to mount robust campaigns is a good indication of how strong feelings are. Over 2500 people have signed a petition to help save Barnet Wood Allotments, and numbers are rapidly rising for the Fortyfoot Rd Adoption petitions. The LRA Committee and others are talking about uniting the campaigners to make our voices heard, as developers openly state they are testing the validity of the MV Conservation Area Appraisals, and Judicial Reviews are necessary to try to uphold our Local Plan. Forthcoming events Thursday, August 1st a Litter Pick is planned prior to the Prudential RideLondon Cycle event. Your involvement in this, future open gardens, and our many other activities would be valued (phone Cheryl 01372 370 091) Our next Open Meeting is 1st September, 7:30 at the Institute. Guest Speaker is our Police Commissioner for Crime, Kevin Hurley. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Cheryl Allen

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Residents unite to fight developers in Leatherhead Conservation Area A planning application which involves the demolition of an historic house and 32 trees on a site opposite Leatherhead Methodist Church has incensed residents throughout Leatherhead. The developers have openly targeted the Leatherhead Conservation Area citing this as the location where most sustainable development in Leatherhead must take place. The residents and their advisors are quite clear that this contradicts Mole Valley District Council’s own development vision which indicates that the whole of Leatherhead fits the description of sustainable ie located close to shops, restaurants, schools, work and public transport and is committed to preserve the historic characteristics of the town. Given the wider implications of the application to demolish the house at 29 Church Rd, pictured left, (built in 1899) to make way for flats and semi detached houses, neighbours and residents have submitted over 100 letters of objection to the council and 340 residents signed a petition requiring MVDC to preserve and enhance the Conservation Area by refusing the application. We would like to thank all the local residents who have written a letter or signed the petition. Each letter contains something different, such as the effect on a specific house or historic information. Ironically saving history is creating history! The decision on the application is expected in early September. If you have a comment go to 9 July 2013 What is a Conservation Area? 12

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Ashtead Community Vision Young families priced out of Ashtead? Young Ashtead families are concerned that they might be priced out of the housing market when the next seek suitable accommodation for their growing families. The response came following a second survey undertaken by Ashtead Community Vision (ACV), the group which is working on behalf of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan, which the local council intends to adopt as development guidelines for the area. Following the highly successful public consultation exercise by ACV in April, to find out villagers’ views of future development in the area, a further consultation was undertaken to get a better understanding of the views of younger people. While the original survey received over 600 responses, younger people failed to turn up in large enough numbers to make their views, as a group, particularly meaningful. At Ashtead Village Day armed with clipboards ACV working party members stopped as many young folk as possible with a view to getting their views on future development in the context of the Green Belt Boundary Review. In all around 90 people answered the survey so pushing up the overall response rate to 700. But the picture painted by the responses from younger people raises a number of issues as far as future development in the Village is concerned. Just over half of those who took part said that they could not afford the accommodation they would like to move into in the future. 10% said they could not find the sort of accommodation they would need should they move. Around 37% felt satisfied that the accommodation they would want to meet their future requirements was available in Ashtead. Cementing Ashtead’s reputation as a commuter village it was interesting to note that 83% of those interviewed didn’t work in Ashtead. Even though only 37% saw their future requirements being met in Ashtead, most of those surveyed were keen to live in future in three bed or larger homes – preferably detached but otherwise semi-detached. Those who sought terraced houses (which are in short supply in Ashtead) 45% were looking for two bed properties, while of people who wanted flats 42% were looking for one bed properties.

land and a similar number felt that most development should be within existing boundaries. The largest percentage 38% felt there could be some development both just outside and within existing green belt boundaries. As for next steps, the ACV working group is working on a detailed Sustainability Appraisal of all the Green Belt land surrounding Ashtead village and will be producing a Green Belt Boundary Review. The group is aiming to report its proposals to the Ashtead Forum in the autumn before seeking further consultation from Ashtead residents and forwarding its proposals to the District Council for consideration in their Land Allocation Plan for the district. Sign up for the Newsletter on the website: Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 email: Find us on Face book Ashtead Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV

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All we need are charging points My name is Jamie Chandler and I run the Marketing and Sales team here at Elphick Estate Agents. We have been progressively updating the business part of which includes looking at how we get around town most cost effectively and with least impact on the environment. To this end we have become the proud owners of a rather unusual car, the Renault Twizy. It’s classified as an electric heavy quadracycle which takes a slightly different approach to the current expected norm for car transportation. So what is new and different about the car? I think this best summed up by my daughter’s reaction when they saw it and exclaimed “there are gaps where the air can get in!” Yes indeed you are somewhat closer to the elements, the windows are temporary, there are no heaters installed, the doors are an optional extra!, but, if you think about it, this must be a small inconvenience for us car drivers that are only using it for short hops. No doors!! I hear you say, slight inconvenience! He must be mad. It does require a slight adjustment in mind set but having only used the car for a week all I’m currently experiencing are smiles all round, so I think it’s well worth it and it’s fantastic fun! You have to treat this car as a very comfortable go cart with plenty of safety features such as seat belts air bags and all the basic controls and features that you might expect from a car. It’s fast, up to 50 mph, so keeps up with local traffic and of course it is economical being an electric vehicle, but to have total peace of mind YOU NEED ACCESSIBLE CHARGING POINTS. We here at Elphick are struggling to get a point for use by the car as the business is not well positioned to have an external supply fitted.

We thought we’d turn our attention to the local facilities that might be available and spoke with our local Council. Paul Anderson who looks after the portfolio for the Environment advised that the Council have, as you would imagine, considered the matter before in the past. Their concern was the potential lack of demand for such facilities at the time, but, they certainly seemed prepared to take another look. I’m hoping we can reach the levels of enthusiasm that Boris Johnson demonstrated for such a form of transport where he intends to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe with all sorts of incentives to get this underway. I’m sure, with slightly fewer grand ambitions here in Ashtead; we could go for “Electric Vehicle Village of Surrey” – how does that sound? Answers on a postcard please. So we find ourselves at the vanguard for what I’m sure is going to be quite an interesting journey as we have become ‘Twizydisciples’. I’m certain that they will be more uptake of this kind of car for the ‘village hoppers’, but, infrastructure and POINTS will certainly help this along its way. We will be speaking to plenty of interested parties over the coming months and we hope we can report again in the future on the launch of the first CHARGING POINTS! 16


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Spectacular Success at Village Day Many thousands of happy smiling faces bore witness to the amazing success of the 30th Rotary Ashtead Village Day this year with virtually every club, society, charity and informal group from our community exhibiting and proclaiming themselves to the populace. Individual Community Service Awards were presented by the Rotary Club to Mrs Image by Andy Newbold Photography Karin Rogers and Mr Martin Goulder for their contributions over many years. The Group Award went to the young people who run the ALDAG Café two days per week at the St Georges Centre (pictured above). The Rotary Club itself has raised, from programme sales, advertising, stalls and sponsorship, just over £22 500. That princely sum will be used to fund the charities and causes which The Club supports during the year – more details as the year progresses but for example in 2012-13 we donated £10,000 to The Woodlands School to purchase a nearly new minibus which is wheelchairfriendly, can be driven on a regular licence and is not subject to London's pollution zone penalties. At Christmas we treated our Senior Citizens to a film show with a cream tea and, later, to Christmas Party with entertainment and carols. Every year-six pupil at Ashtead State Primary Schools was presented with a beautiful illustrated 'Dictionary for Life' and just after Village Day 75 children with particular needs were taken on our Kids Out Day to Chessington World of Adventure. Of course there were many more activities and there will be many more to follow. On 4th July President Ian Cornwall came to the end of his very successful year by rotation and handed over his chain of office to our new President Joy Wemms (pictured left). Already Joy has initiated a number of detailed improvements and several events for the first few months. A week later we had an amazing presentation by Miriam Oppenheim from SeeAbility explaining how they help people with restricted vision and other disabilities to become active and self supporting members of society. Interestingly this meeting welcomed a guest, originally from Bucharest, Romania and Mr Dinesh Raj a member of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal where we are working with an education charity, CHANCE.

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Mole Valley District Council Annual Meeting At its Annual Meeting on Tuesday 21 May 2013, Mole Valley District Council elected its new Chairman. Members of the Council elected Councillor David Sharland as Chairman of the Council for the forthcoming year and Councillor Emile Aboud was appointed as the new Vice-Chairman. Pic right: outgoing Chairman Councillor Caroline Salmon with new Chairman for 2013-14 Councillor David Sharland. The Leader, Councillor Chris Townsend, confirmed that his Deputy Leader and Executive would remain the same as in 2012/13: • • • • •

Community and Assets: Cllr Charles Yarwood Customer Services & Wellbeing: Cllr Vivienne Michael Environment: Cllr James Friend (Deputy Leader) Finance: Cllr Simon Ling Planning: Cllr John Northcott.

Councillor David Preedy remains Leader of the Opposition and Councillor Stephen Cooksey was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Opposition. The Leader of the Council can be contacted by emailing or by calling 01372 272076. The Chairman of the Council can be contacted by emailing or by calling him on 01372 274795.

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Prudential RideLondon - Surrey 100 & Surrey Classic Races Sunday 4th August

The Prudential RideLondon events that come into Surrey on 4th August are: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 This will see 20,000 amateur cyclists through London and Surrey starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then travelling through London and into Surrey before finishing in London. Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic This will see 150 of the world’s top cyclists follow the same route as the RideLondon-Surrey 100, with an extended route to meet international race requirements.


Mole Valley Police Column wooden shed totally secure, there are several steps that can be taken to make it more difficult for a would-be thief. The main advice would be to consider security marking items of any value. If you are not too worried about appearance, you could consider painting identification marks onto higher value items. This would make them far less attractive to steal because of the difficulty in selling them on. Another ongoing crime problem continues to be theft of property left in unattended vehicles. Whilst this is an ongoing issue at beauty spot car parks, it also happens in town centre car parks and on the road. Please take care.

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Dogs left in parked cars on hot days

A sign of the current economic situation is that many people have been considering selling old or unwanted gold jewellery for cash.

On a final note. Officers recently had to assist in releasing a dog from a parked car, which had been left in full sunshine on the top floor of a town car park. Whilst the windows were slightly lowered, the dog had become very distressed but, fortunately, officers were able to gain access and get the dog out. Please consider the welfare of pets being left in vehicles, particularly in hot weather. If you see this kind of situation, please report it to police on 101.

Please be aware that some people and companies will post a flyer through letterboxes claiming that they will pay “best prices” or “top prices” for any unwanted gold jewellery. Normally the flyer states that they will be in the area for a few days and provide a telephone number to call to arrange a home visit. There is nothing illegal in this practice but a number of these firms are looking to pay the “scrap value” of any gold in terms of its weight. The same applies to any stones set into rings. This amount is considerably less than the actual insurance value of any whole piece of jewellery itself so please consider very carefully before feeling pressured into selling items. In addition there are some unscrupulous people who are taking advantage by “cold calling” door to door and asking the resident if they have any items that they would like to sell. Please exercise caution and do not let strangers into your house.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator - MV Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name.

They may well be willing to part with some cash for items that you show them but they may also distract you and take other items that you had no intention of selling. In other words they are stealing from you.

Your local team can also be contacted by email to

Unfortunately, this exact scenario happened recently to a local resident and they wanted to make as many people as possible aware of this so that they do not also become victims.

Please use the 101 number when reporting any non-emergency matters to us by telephone, but in an emergency always dial 999.

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Memories of Felpham Ruth wanted to take her children to the seaside at Felpham where she’d stayed with her Aunty Jean every summer when she was a child. She shouldn’t have gone back. She should have known that things would be different, that Felpham would be different. Her memories were pleasantly warped with time, warm and polished like the linseed caressed and much loved cricket bat they used for playing beach cricket. Nevertheless, early one sunny Sunday in August, the family packed up the car with beach toys and a picnic and headed off to the coast. Ruth could feel the familiar waves of childhood excitement as they got nearer and nearer.

the roar of shingle being dragged by the force of the water and then released with a resounding crash. Low tide was a very different affair, delicate and calm with dozens of rock pools and slippery green rocks to explore. Hours could be spent hunting for shrimps, crabs and other curious sea creatures.

There was a ramshackle holiday house for nuns at the end of their road and Ruth used to take great delight in watching the pallid ladies emerge like penguins, wearing black swimming costumes and tightly fitting white rubber caps with chin-straps. All shapes and sizes, they painted a curious picture as they marched to the shore and swam vigorously before darting from the waves, Felpham, next to Bognor Regis, was a sleepy towelling themselves down and marching village in the shadow of the faded glory of its purposefully back home. No sandcastle building neighbour. Bognor once attracted wealthy elegance and even royalty but in the early 1980’s for them. the town was tiring. Elegance had been replaced Ruth and her brothers got to know many of the with garish colours and holiday camps. local children and spent hours playing a largescale version of ‘Hide and Seek’, covering several Ruth’s visits to Felpham were reassuringly predictable. She knew the smell of the place, the local roads. They were free and safe to explore texture of Aunty Jean’s candlewick bedspreads and have adventures. and the location of the shrimping nets. Ruth optimistically set up camp on her childhood Her two older brothers shared one bedroom and beach with Sam and the children but the she had a small room with a pretty little tapestry promenade wall was piled high with stones and chair and, if she stood on her tiptoes at the the wooden breakwaters were broken or replaced window, a view of the sea. There was a cupboard with concrete slabs. The children had a great in the living room which smelt of mothballs but time but, for her, nothing was the same. She felt contained cards, jigsaw puzzles and a frustrating empty. wooden dice game called ‘Shut the Box’. Leaving Sam and the children making a The garden was a pretty handkerchief of lawn, sandcastle, she retraced her steps towards her surrounded by a low ornamental wall. Hopscotch aunt’s old home, past the well tended bungalow where the nun’s house had once stood. As she paving led to the garden gate and out onto a quiet road towards the sea. Ruth used to go down walked up to the open gate, a wave of sadness engulfed her. She had no right to skip up that this road in her flip-flops and towelling poncho, hopscotch path to the handkerchief lawn. cunningly made by her mother out of an old towel with drawstring loops. Tears pricked her eyes as Ruth turned away and the gate behind her swung closed. There was a promenade along the top of the beach, lined with rows of beach huts in varying Its familiar creak and bang hit her memory like a degrees of decay. Promenade is a grand name for lightening bolt. That was her gate, the gate that what it was. Ruth had no interest in imagining had signalled the arrival of players of ‘Hide and elegant ladies with parasols and swishing skirts Seek’, the gate that had meant that she was on ‘promenading’ and taking in the sea air. The her way to the beach. Her gate hadn’t changed promenade for Ruth meant walks towards Bognor and her memories were still as precious as they pier, via the ice-cream van for a ‘99’ ice cream. ever were. Ruth smiled as she returned to make She loved the swirl of vanilla froth and would sandcastles with her family. always squish her chocolate flake right down into the cone while the creamy stickiness trickled down her arm. Copyright Sarah Lott Breakwaters divided the beaches. These were July 2013 wooden posts and wooden walls leading into the Website: sea. They were brilliant for climbing on, digging Email: beside, jumping over, hiding behind or sheltering Tel: 01372 373844 from the wind. High tide brought big waves and 40Twitter: @thememorybook

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Responders make a lifesaving milestone

Buckley Pharmacy, 78 The Street - Update

The Effingham and District Community First Responders are celebrating after attending over 1000 emergency ‘999’ calls in their area. Since the scheme was launched in 2006 it has grown from 1 responder to a team of 11 covering the villages between West Horsley and Fetcham. In total the scheme responders have now given immediate first aid and lifesaving treatments to 1034 patients. In the last financial year alone they attended 186 emergencies within the villages.

As you may be well aware, the long wait is over and Buckley Pharmacy has now acquired the old Barclays Bank premises at 78 The Street. We are aiming to open and start trading Wednesday 7th August. The shop floor has been designed by a leading pharmacy shopfitter and work is due to start in mid July. The unit is much larger than the Buckley Pharmacy on Barnett Wood Lane and therefore potentially will provide a variety of new services and products whilst maintaining the same standard of quality of service that Buckley Pharmacy has provided in the past. All the staff recruitment has now been finalised.

All the responders give their time voluntarily and their kits are purchased using donations from the local public and companies. Responders are trained and managed by St John Ambulance and work in conjunction with the local ambulance service, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Some of our responders have a medical background and others have had no experience before training, they range from a paramedic to a carpenter and an acupuncturist to a photographer. When a ‘999’ call is received, ambulance control dispatch the nearest emergency ambulance and at the same time alert one of the local responders via a paging system. On some occasions our responders have reached patients within 1 minute of them dialling ‘999’. All of our responders carry oxygen therapy equipment, an extensive medical kit and a defibrillator.

New services offered by the pharmacy will include: Smoking Cessation Advice and Support, Lifestyle, Diet and Weight Management, Mobility Aids, Emergency Contraception, Travel Healthcare Advice, Diagnostic Equipments, Veterinary Products and Health foods. The pharmacy will also be offering a prescription delivery service for patients who are housebound. There have been many interests around the use of the workshop room – which was the safe at Barclays, to provide novel services to further improve Public Health in line with the Department of Health agenda. We are hoping to get support from the Health and Well Being Board.

Keep a look out for us in and around the villages, we work in our personal cars with magnetic high visibility signs on the doors, as you never know when we might be attending a street near you! If anyone would like further information on community responders in this area, please contact Giselle Hampton, Deputy Scheme Coordinator at

Thank you once again for all your support. Looking forward to see you all at our new Pharmacy. Abdool Kureeman 44

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The Common Column Ashtead Common, along with Knepp Castle in West Sussex, recently played host to the summer conference of the Ancient Tree Forum. Over 100 tree experts and enthusiasts took a tour to look at the programme of management work on the veteran oak pollards that Ashtead is so well known for. It was also an opportunity for ecologist Vikki Bengtsson to talk about the trees at Ashtead Common which are part of her international trial on ‘veteranisation’ of oak –mimicking natural damage to encourage young trees to develop features of an older tree more quickly. Debate was lively and thought-provoking and a great opportunity for staff to consider the pros and cons of various management techniques. Being lucky enough to have this National Nature Reserve right on our doorstep it is sometimes easy to forget how special it really is. This day was a lovely reminder of how much the site is valued by the wider community and experts in the field. There are many different ways in which to appreciate the Common. An exciting new merger of arts and the countryside has begun recently as local artist, Tim Ridley, uses Arts Council funding to deliver a series of free walks across Ashtead & Epsom Common SSSI. The walks are open to everyone who wishes to see the site in a new light – you don’t need to be an art expert! Tim welcomes people to either bring along some sketching materials or just use the time to enjoy the surroundings and perhaps gain inspiration for future projects. If you’d like to join in, the remaining dates are 28 July and 18 August. For further details and with information on how to book your free tickets visit In further appreciation of the Common, over 70 pupils from Greville School joined us to look at the different habitats which are found here. They explored the grassland outside the office with their sweep nets and bug collecting pots, drew some lovely pictures of the grassland habitat, visited the cows and learnt about why we graze. ‘Oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ of amazement to discover the Wishing Tree was alive at the time of Henry VIII rounded the day off nicely, and of course, the chance to make a wish! To keep up to date with what’s going on, please do like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @citycommons. If you want to receive our free monthly email update please contact us on 01372 279083 or and we will add you to our mailing list. For more news and info, go to our website: 46


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Seeing Double

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Kim Edwards

It’s the mid-sixties and, during a freak Kentucky snowstorm, Norah Henry goes into labour. Her doctor husband delivers the healthy baby boy with the aid of a nurse, Caroline Gill. But there’s another little life following quickly behind him, a girl with Down’s syndrome. Dr David Henry tells his wife that she was stillborn and then instructs Caroline to take the baby to a mental institution. Instead, Caroline escapes with the baby and raises her as her own. The two twins grow up, not knowing of the other’s existence, until one night in a blizzard, numerous lives are turned upside down.

The Girls

Lori Lansens

Rose and Ruby Darlen are conjoined twins who narrate their own story of what it’s like to quite literally grow up, together. Joined at their heads, Rose carries her smaller sister Ruby around on her hip. Set in a small town in Ontario, Canada, the Darlen twins give us a rare glimpse into their lives. Learning about how the two young women cope with the ordinary, while being very much an extraordinary pair makes for an amazing read.

In August we celebrate twinning. We’re not talking Swanage with Rudesheim…more Arnie and Danny De Vito. It’s Twins Festival Day on the fourth and we’ve managed to find some fantastic books that feature not one, but two great protagonists.

I know This Much is True

buffoons and a girl pretending she’s a boy.

In an act of protest over war in the Middle East, paranoid schizophrenic Thomas Birdsey cuts off his hand in a public library. As Thomas decides not to reattach his hand, his twin brother, Dominick decides to help him escape the confines of his mental institution. The novel draws emotional parallels between the lives of the two twins and the internal struggles of the one ‘normal’ twin who certainly has more than his fair share of demons to contend with.

Her Fearful Symmetry

Wally Lamb

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

It all begins with a shipwreck and Viola, having been washed up on the coastline of Illyria, believes that her twin brother Sebastian is lost to the tempestuous sea. Viola is rescued by a sea captain, disguises herself as a young man (as you do) and starts working for the Duke, Orsino who thinks he’s in love with Olivia. Viola acts as a gobetween to convey the Duke’s love for Olivia, who herself promptly falls in love with the disguised Viola. Meanwhile, Viola falls in love with Orsino. Confused? You should be. It has everything we’ve come to know and love about the Bard: mistaken identity, unrequited love,


Audrey Niffenegger

Identical twins Julie and Valentina live in America but have just inherited a flat near Highgate Cemetery from their mum’s estranged twin sister, Elspeth. In fact, that’s the one stipulation of the will: that their mother is never allowed to cross the threshold of the apartment. The rift has never been explained and the girls are keen to find out why. It’s a strange and intriguing tale centring round not one but two sets of slightly ethereal twins.


Elen Hopkins

Standing out when you’re an identical twin is never going to be easy. 16 year olds Kaeleigh and Raeanne are both desperate for their parents’ attention but their father is a District Court Judge and mother’s running for Congress. So they both play their separate roles: one’s a goody two-shoes and the other’s a real rebel, hell-bent on self-destruction. Daddy’s little girls are growing up a little twisted and these two very different halves are both trying to work out how to be whole again….but not in a saccharine Atomic Kitten-type way.




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I, Myself and Me The social sciences are sometimes called the ‘me’ subjects because of the light they shed on our personalities, relationships, life chances, work and income. We gain greater understanding of how we, our friends and relations, function in today’s world. Every year we run a Psychology class on Thursday mornings. We set the scene, but much of the content follows the particular interests of class members. This autumn the emphasis will be on the effects that society, and social groups have on the way we feel, express ourselves, behave and relate to others. We run Sociology as a GCSE subject on Tuesday afternoons, but it may be studied for interest only if you don’t want to work towards the qualification. This course looks at families, communities, education, power structures, the mass media, crime and deviance – a heady mixture! Women Returners is a course which, at risk of being sexist, is geared to the needs of women who are looking to change direction in their lives, and lack the confidence and know-how to move forward. They may have been bringing up a family, and after years of nappy-changing, cutting food into tiny pieces and chanting nursery rhymes and fear they may be unemployable. Or they may be experiencing a life change for other reasons – divorce or redundancy for example. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708 or 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website


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Leatherhead Rotary Club presents almost 10,000 supermarket vouchers to West Hill School! Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank all the residents of Mole Valley who so generously supported their recent appeal to collect Sainsbury’s ‘Active Kids’ vouchers in aid of West Hill School in North Leatherhead.

West Hill pupil, Tom Wellings, presenting Ken Prentice (L) and Peter Matthews with a very special ‘thank-you’ card he designed specifically for the Rotary Club

Altogether, almost 10,000 vouchers were collected – more than double last year’s total – which will help the school ‘purchase’ vital sports equipment for the coming school year. West Hill School is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondary aged pupils with learning difficulties and Autism. Simon Edmands, the Rotary Club’s PR Officer, said "It's great that we can help Mole Valley residents support West Hill School and its pupils in such a simple but effective way." For info about the club and its activities, contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 54

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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The proposed trip to the Chilterns in September has now been rescheduled for April next year. We shall attend one of the annual fundraising events for the WI on 18th July at RHS Wisley - producing scarecrows for the competition - this year’s theme is ‘Strictly Wisley’ - will there be lots of sequins? Our speaker for July was taken ill so we were grateful to Mrs Sheila Ford for stepping in. Sheila has been the verger at St Mary & St Nicholas parish church for 29 years and it was fascinating to hear of her action-packed life before then. Her husband, Peter, is Tower Captain of the bells at the same church and celebrates 50 years of service this August. Sheila was born in Worcester Park and attended Salisbury Diocesan Training College, she was at the 700th anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral, sitting in close proximity to the late Queen Mother. There followed 30 years of teaching, and then had the opportunity to teach in Zambia for four years. Whilst there she drove 1000 miles in an epic journey, returning to the UK in 1970. Sheila is also involved with the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity, and is now sponsoring her third dog. There were many more adventures which Sheila will need to come back and talk about! Thanks again Sheila. Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am and visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570.

Ashtead Women’s Institute - July meeting Thanks was given to all our members for the success of our W.I. stall at Ashtead Village Day, where we had a most successful and enjoyable time. A lot of help was given before and during the day, which was very much appreciated. This evening we also heard about the W.I. Resolution on the worrying Decline of High Streets, which was passed at the W.I. AGM in Cardiff last month. This now goes to Government for consideration. Our speaker this evening was Edward Bellingham, on Tales from an African School. This school in Uganda has been ‘adopted’ by a church group in Dorking and gives much support to the 821 children, in many ways. The village is a 45 minute trip to a tarmac road in a 4-wheel drive vehicle – in good weather! The children have 1 exercise book each for a term and the teacher has a textbook, there is no money from the government and little from parents but all the children are so keen to learn. Some of them need to stay at the school in the very basic accommodation, as it is too far to travel home, and some have no homes to go to. However, the church have been able to help with providing a borehole for fresh water, some solar power for lighting and giving a cow, which provides milk – and surplus milk to sell, as well as manure to improve the growing of vegetables. The children are gradually introduced to the English language and have high hopes for entering the workplace in future. Instead of our August meeting we will have an outing to Hinton Ampner in Hampshire where we will enjoy looking round the House and gardens before a cream tea. Our next meeting will be on 4th September when we will be joined by Delia Perry, speaking on Associated Countrywomen of the World, with which the W.I. is affiliated.


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Anyone for Hockey? New to the area? Thinking about getting back to or getting into hockey? Look no further – the only club catering for men, women and colts in Mole Valley, Leatherhead Hockey Club always welcomes new faces! This year we are running two ’Give it a Go’ 90 minute sessions on Saturday 31st August 11am and Wednesday 4th September 8pm for players new to hockey or returning after a long absence and unsure of their skills. If you would like to attend, please email for more information. Both sessions will be held at Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7NZ All players, coaches or umpires are welcome at our Club Open Day on Saturday 7th September at Therfield School (Men start at 11am, Ladies at 12.30pm). Open to all standards and afterwards do come along to our start of season barbeque at Oxshott Village Sports Club! Leatherhead Hockey Club runs 8 teams (3 men, 3 women, 1 mixed and Colts). Our Mens and Ladies teams compete in the Surrey Hockey leagues and play matches most Saturdays from September until April. All training sessions are held at Therfield School: Adults on Wednesday evenings starting on 11th September 2013 at 8pm and Colts (8-14yrs) on Sunday mornings starting 15th September at 10:30am. If you can’t attend on the dates above but are interested in joining the club, please get in touch via or contacts on our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our club!


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Kid’s Summer of Sport activities at Leatherhead Leisure Centre! There is no excuse for children to say “I’m bored” this summer thanks to the packed schedule of Summer Holiday Activities at Leatherhead Leisure Centre managed in partnership with Mole Valley District Council by registered charity Fusion Lifestyle. Running from Monday July 22nd until Friday August 30th there is a packed schedule to suit all ages. The programme includes multi-activity sport days, football, park our and mountain biking. For more information on the summer holiday activity schedule, membership, opening times and facilities visit

New President for the Ashtead Inner Wheel

Jean Haynes receives the collar of office as President of the Inner Wheel Club of Ashtead for the fourth time. Chrissy Kerton, the retiring president passed on all the members’ best wishes to Jean for a successful and happy year to come 58

Clubs & Activities It has been a pleasure to watch the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local develop over the past seven years and for me it has been a great place to promote my work as a photographer. I am sure that Zen's friendly approach and down to earth personality has been a big factor in its success and she understands the needs of her advertisers, avoiding the 'pressure sell' which so often puts people off advertising. I hear regular praise from people who have advertised in the mag the proof of the pudding is of course the responses I have had and the extra awareness and business it has created for me - I am proud to be associated with Zen and The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local, and hope to be so for many years to come. Andy Newbold


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 54

Greville Works - Victoria Works - Crampshaw Works Pictured right: Greville Works today (Peter Tarplee) Pictured below left: Victoria Works c.1920s Pictured below right: Crampshaw Works c.1900

In the latter part of the 19th century Ashtead became a small centre for photographic manufacture. Just before 1890 the Mawson & Swans Photographic Dry Plate Works was established at The Greville Works. In 1895 the works was taken over by Cadett and Neall. The building is now a residential terrace. Cadett and Neall then built Victoria Works and Crampshaw Works, completing both by 1900. One made photographic plates and the other photographic paper. In 1903 the company was bought by Eastman Kodak who five years later moved the business to Harrow. Between 1912 and 1916 the works were occupied by W. Galloway and Company agents for Stanley Steam Cars. In 1922 Ashtead Potters Ltd was formed to train ex-servicemen and their dependents in the manufacturer of pottery. They moved to Victoria Works in 1923. Various other businesses’ have occupied the premises up to the 1990s when it was demolished and Lime Tree Court was built on the site. In 1926 Cadett & Neall’s Crampshaw factory was taken over Brifex Ltd who manufactured leather cloth for bus and car seats amongst other things. The building was converted into offices in 1972, now demolished and the site developed for housing as Clarendon Mews. Goff Powell –A more detailed explanation of these buildings can be found in ‘Past Industries of Ashtead, Leatherhead & Bookham’ by Peter Tarplee L&DLHS ISBN 0-9552785-5-6 -£8.99

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Is all going to pot? Avoid Injuries whilst gardening Finally we are out in the garden - bending, twisting, digging, lifting and reaching! At the clinic we have seen an increased number of clients visiting us with gardening injuries. Below are some simple tips that may help prevent any injuries from occurring. Bend your knees and keep your torso straight when bending forwards to pick something up. This prevents the lower back strain. People who injure their backs from doing this movement complain of a ‘sudden pain’ where they become ‘locked’ or ‘stuck’ in the forward flexed position finding it difficult to stand straight again. Sometimes leg pain can be associated with this injury; however it is not always present. Try not to overstretch your arms when weeding, take your body with you i.e. if on all fours, and make sure your knees are moved forwards. Stretching further than the body can tolerate can cause shoulder and neck aches and pains. These sorts of injuries begin as a little ache but change into a constant stiffness and pain that cannot be relieved in many positions.

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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? Monday 29th JULY - Friday 16th AUGUST

Junior Explorers Holiday Club, Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Mickleham, RH5 6DA, 9am-4pm daily. Children explore the outdoors safely supervised by experienced tutors. Visit website for list of daily activities, booking essential.

Saturday 3rd

Cranleigh Show 2013, The Showground, Bookhurst Rd, Cranleigh, GU6 7DW. 8.30am-6pm. Livestock, showjumping, dog show, carriage driving, mountain bike display team and lots more for the family to enjoy. Advance tickets and information on 0845 230 5177 or

Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival. Mickleham Village Hall, Dell Close, Mickleham, RH5 6EE. Saturday 3rd & Tickets: Day £12/Weekend £16/Under 16 £5. Bands playing: Chris Moreton, Old Grey Sunday 4th Dogs, Howard Burton, Ghost Town Showdown, The Bow-Legged Skeeters, The Druthers Brothers and guest bands. More info on

Saturday 3rd

Leatherhead & District Angling Society’s Annual Fishing Open Day. Long Copse Ponds, corner of Eastwick Drive/Spring Grove, Bookham, KT23 3PB. 10am-5pm. Free. Come along and try out a couple of hour’s free fishing. Use our equipment, all bait and tackle supplied. Reduced membership fees on the day if you get hooked! Membership of the club comes with preferential rates to several of the south east’s best commercial waters, along with river fishing on the Mole.

Sunday 4th & Sunday 18th

Charity Car Boot Sale in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Rd, Epsom, KT18 7EG. 9am-12.30pm (sellers 8am). Sellers: cars £10, large cars/small vans £12, trailers £3 extra, booking not required. Entry by donation. Email for info:

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th

Kingston upon Thames ‘Big Kingston Market weekend’ featuring 70 producers and growers from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, sample and buy whilst enjoying top chefs on the Live Good Food Show. Lots of free activities for all the family to enjoy, more details on

Saturday 17th

Titsey Place Gardens, open garden for NGS. Oxted, RH8 0SD. 12.30pm-5pm. Adults £4.50, children free. Magnificent home and gardens of the Gresham family since 1534. Walled kitchen garden restored early 1990s. Etruscan summer house adjoining picturesque lakes and fountains. 15 acres of gardens. 01273 715356.

Monday 19th

Surviving the Wild. Sayers Croft Trust, Cranleigh Rd, Ewhurst, GU6 7SS. £19 for the day for children aged 7+. Can you survive the wild? This day will teach you all about how to do just that. We will try orienteering, search and rescue, shelter building and fire lighting ending the day with a group campfire and maybe even some marshmallows!! Come along and try it out. Tel 01483 275990,

Tuesday 27th

Geocaching Challenge (8-12 years). Gatton Park, Reigate, RH2 0TW. £6 per child. Use a GPS to discover the hidden clues around the Park. Two sessions 10am-12noon or 1.30pm -3.30pm. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Book in advance. 01737 649066,


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Thurs 26th SEPTEMBER

Charity Golf Day at beautiful Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in aid of the RNLI. For more information and to secure a team see or contact John Edgcumbe on or 07930 287258. If there’s an event in September that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 12th August. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events70are correct at time of print.

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Summer Exhibition and Sale of Paintings

Monday 5th - Saturday 10th August Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE

Grand Evening Reception Monday 5th 7.30pm-9.30pm 10am-8pm DAILY

9.30am-4pm SATURDAY

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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? - REGULAR EVENTS Thursdays weekly: 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Music on Thursdays - 12.30pm in Leatherhead Methodist Church, and admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs. Sandwiches, cakes, drinks available to buy after each concert. 1st Aug Andrews Massey Duo - Emily Andrews, flute, David Massey, guitar 8th Aug Alice Bishop, soprano, Simon Marlow, piano 15th Aug Eva caballero, baroque instruments Graham Davies, harpsichord 22nd Aug Anna Tam, viola da gamba & soprano J Bennett, viola da gamba & lute 29th Aug Anna Hashimoto, clarinet, Andrew Saunders, piano

Thurs 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 1st (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,

Thurs 1st

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors

Thurs 1st (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm 1st Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844 Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities. 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! New producers welcome.

Friday 2nd (monthly) Friday 2nd (weekly)

Friday 2nd (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.

August walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, pace approx 2 miles per hour - not slow, not fast. Saturday 3rd Saturday 3rd 10am Friday Street to Holmbury St Mary (8 miles) (BYO picnic Thursday 8th or pub lunch Monday 26th Thurs 8th 7pm Blackheath Lane CP (approx 5 miles) Saturday 31st Monday 26th 10am Peaslake CP in Pond Lane (approx 5 miles) Saturday 31st 10am South Holmwood to Coldharbour (5 miles) Sunday 4th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion followed by refreshments.

Mon 5th, Wed 7th & Friday 2nd (weekly)

Extra days - 10.00am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Treasure trove of buttons, ribbons and all things colourful and sparkly! Also open by appointment to suit you - phone 374914. Trade discount 25% whole rolls/packs. Public discount 25% on Mondays during August. (not Bank Holiday August)

Wed 7th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Leatherhead, Police Federation Headquarters, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. 7pm-9pm. Further information from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964. The Spanish Armada: 555th Anniversary. An examination of the people, the history and the event through paintings and maps. £10 inc refreshments. email: or phone 01372 272235 to book.

Wed 7th & Friday 9th Wed 14th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Pat Date 01372 454879

Thurs 15th

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, (inc painting, craft, quizzes, film), refreshments inc. £2, all over 55’s very welcome. Contact Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

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Mole Valley Celebrates its History Makers - ‘What’s in a name?’ Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th September

Heritage Open Days, the national festival of heritage, culture and history, comes to Mole Valley on 12th-15th September, this year’s theme is, ‘What’s in a name?’ More than 70 events for all ages will take place across Mole Valley, from Ashtead Common in the north to Charlwood in the south. Discover fascinating facts, scandals, dramas, treasures, music and architecture and learn about the rich, influential and famous and the less well-known people who have shaped Mole Valley. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic volunteers will be on hand sharing the story of their building, or passion for things historical. Whether you wish to explore the depths of the Dorking caves or reach the heights of Leith Hill, there is a story to hear, often unusual or heart-warming. At the heart of places are people with remarkable gifts and determination; people who served their community or whose influence reached beyond Mole Valley.

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What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to Summer Of Culture Continues

Our Summer Of Culture season continues throughout the month of August with a variety of events scheduled. Our auditorium welcomes films and live entertainment for families this month as well as a recorded performance from The Royal Opera House.

Summer Encores from The Royal Opera House La Fille Mal Gardée

Monday 5th August, 7:30pm £15. Concessions/Friends £13. Child £10 ‘Fille is a treasure’, says Monica Mason, Director of The Royal Ballet, and anyone who has seen this sunniest of ballets will certainly agree. The simple story of Lise, her suitor Colas and Lise’s larger-than-life mother, the Widow Simone, who tries to marry her off to the simpleton son of a rich neighbour, is full of delicious comedy but also wonderful, characterful choreography. Funny and touching, La Fille mal gardée is the perfect ballet for first-timers of all ages, but it is also one to which ballet-lovers will return again and again with renewed pleasure at every performance.

Live Events West Side Story

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August, 7:30pm. Saturday 17th August, 2:30pm and 7:30pm. £20. Concessions £15. Stagecoach Theatre Arts present an amateur production featuring students from throughout the UK and overseas. Among the many classic songs featured are 'Somewhere' and 'I Feel Pretty'. With groundbreaking choreography West Side Story is an unforgettable night in the theatre.

In The Box

Monday 19th August, 7:30pm £18. Concessions/Friends £15 An evening with the stars of BBC Radio's Test Match Special. Following the huge success of Sticky Wicket and Rain Stops Play, the team of raconteurs are on the road again with their new show. Ralph Dellor once again hosts this hilarious and memorable evening with Test Match Special commentators and cricketing legends as they recall their favourite anecdotes from life In The Box. Ralph will be joined by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, former England captain Mike Gatting and Chairman of Selectors Geoff Miller.

Family Fun In Summer

Included in our film schedule for August are family favourites Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and The Smurfs 2. Sir Michael Caine stars alongside Morgan Freeman in Now You See Me and romantic drama film Before Midnight, dates and timing can be found on: Alternatively contact our Box Office on 01372 365 141 or come into The Theatre’s foyer where you are able to pick up a film flier.

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Fetcham Park reveals its secret after 50 years Former pupils of Fetcham Park for the first time in half a century. Coming from as far afield as the USA and Canada, 50 ex-students and teachers of Badingham College enjoyed a reunion lunch courtesy of current owners Sandra and Malcolm Young, who have operated the 300-year-old listed mansion as a business centre for the last 13 years. Many of the visitors were surprised to see Fetcham Park's stunning murals and ceiling paintings depicting scenes from classical mythology for the first time. In their day the life-size paintings by celebrated French artist Louis Laguerre, whose work can also be seen at Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court, had either been hidden behind utilitarian panelling or located in rooms which were out of bounds to pupils. The mansion was used as a school from the mid-1920s until its founder died in 1965. Then, after restoration and a lengthy period as private offices, Fetcham Park's prominent role in community life of was restored. Sandra Young explained: " Our Parallel Business Centre clients love working in such a beautiful building and grounds during the week and at weekends it's a privilege to open the doors for weddings, lunches, musical soirees and charity fundraising. Fetcham Park now buzzes again with the same energy as when it was your school." Most of the Badingham old boys had earlier attended a special morning service at adjacent St Mary's church, when Rev Paul Boughton marked their visit by using the school's altar silver. Local historian Alan Pooley joined the group to gather some anecdotes and was presented with a relic of the boys' pirate radio station, Radio Free Badingham. Past pupil Charles Alworth, who had travelled from Texas for the reunion, donated the original transmitter valve to Leatherhead and District History Society. A free copy of an abridged history of the house by another local historian Vivien White can be obtained from

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Living with a Renault Twizy Renault’s mad electric car turns heads everywhere it goes, but what’s it like to live with? Let me make some formal introductions to our newest longterm test fleet member – the Renault Twizy. This full EV can do around 60 miles on a charge, which takes about four hours and costs less than £1. It’ll do 50mph, doors are optional extras and it looks like a turbo-charged mobility scooter. I’ve been driving the bonkers Renault for a month now, to and from the office, which is about two miles away, and I absolutely love it. There is no other car available anywhere in the world that attracts so much attention yet costs so little. Starting at £7k, and with a monthly rental charge for the batteries (which facilitates replacement if they go wrong) that starts from £45 a month, it’s an absolute magnet for attention. I’m not sure people would be so excited about a Leaf or Zoe – because it’s the Twizy’s mad looks that really has people interested. I still can’t quite believe that Renault built it. I’m sure glad they did, though. So, what’s it like to live with? Well, surprisingly easy. I can commute for 10 days before I need to run a cable out of our

office window and charge it up. The plug is in the front and only reaches about three metres so it’s a bit of a faff to recharge. It involves security guard bothering extension cables and a dry day, but in a month I’ve only had to do it three times. Inside, space is best described as cosy. For the driver it’s not too bad, although the seat could do with the ability to tilt the backrest. The passenger, who sits pillion style behind the driver, is a little more cramped and in wet weather becomes a bit damp. The Twizy doesn’t come with doors or windows, although we do have both. Renault sent a man to fit some windows for us a week after the car arrived. These are made from plastic with metal edges that slot into two brackets on the doors, a bit like putting up a tent. To be honest I prefer the Twizy without them. On the road it’s great fun. It’s comfortably quick enough to keep up with town traffic, it handles well and although the suspension crashes a little, it’s bearable. Our car has a retro-fit Bluetooth system fitted with two speakers in the roof. The scissor style doors look seriously smart when you throw them open, and the fact you can get out either side has meant I 80

can park within inches of my colleagues’ drivers side doors, so they have to climb in the passenger side. I don’t think that joke will ever grow old – for me at least. I think part of my love for the Twizy comes from being a biker. It has some of the fun of being out in the open, but you don’t get wet and there’s no time wasted putting on a load of protective equipment. I have another 6 months to look forward to in the Twizy and I’m already seriously considering buying one at the end.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead Transport choices are in the air… It seems everywhere I look at the moment, new ideas about how we fuel vehicles are being tried out…I visited Wisley RHS gardens recently and was surprised to see that there were charging points for electric cars in the car park.. I met a local estate agent, Elphick’s Jamie Chandler (pictured right), who has just bought an electric car to use around the village, an ideal vehicle for the short and local trips he does when viewing properties. He said “You just have to think of it as a less of a car and more of a covered motorbike!” He is enthusiastic about his new mode of transport, and said they are all over the place on the continent. And on the news, there have been reports about the exemption limit for the congestion charge in London being lowered for cars with emissions under 100g to those under 75g/km., which is an inducement to use less polluting vehicles in the capital. The impetus for this comes from the poor air quality in London, where particulates and NO2 are major factors in respiratory diseases but it will also have a positive effect on CO2 emissions too…. About 25% of global CO2 is due to transport, so if we can reduce this, it would help in reaching emission reduction targets. Of course, electric cars aren’t carbon-neutral unless they are charged by PV cells, as many of our power plants that generate electricity burn fossil fuels. And there is the issue of making the lithium batteries and the pollution involved in lithium mining, but that can be minimized recycling and reprocessing the lithium. But electric cars can save about 20% over conventional cars in terms of total life carbon use. But if you are not due to change your car and an electric one doesn’t appeal, there are still ways that you can reduce the carbon footprint of your transport. The easiest way is to simply travel less! Combine journeys, share lifts, use public transport or walk and cycle for local trips. Even your driving style makes a difference, not accelerating fast, braking gently, not keeping roof bars on when you don’t need them and even filing the petrol tank to halfway means you are not using fuel to move fuel around! Vehicle efficiency is improving too - many cars will now really do 50mpg, due to more efficient engines, regenerative braking and better engineering etc. and the tail pipe emissions per km driven dramatically change the car tax rate. I met someone recently who was outraged that someone else’s car tax was only £30 compared to his £295 pa, due to the difference in their emissions. So remember to choose a car that will save you money on mpg, car tax and congestion charge! But getting more miles to the gallon can have the unintended consequence of making you feel you can use the car more, to use up your own individual “fuel budget”. The take-home message here is to think about how you travel and maximise the miles you get for the CO2 you produce! Chris Ellis There is no Open meeting in August - meetings will resume in September, look out for details on our website and in the local press. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 82

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The future of Pippbrook to be considered during 2013 Mole Valley District Council will be considering the long-term future of the Pippbrook building during 2013. In November 2011 the Executive considered a report about the Pippbrook site which asked it to decide the options that it would like to see developed further, including an appropriate assessment of the financial viability of such options. The Executive resolved that the following options be developed further: 1. 2. 3. 4.

refurbish Pippbook to institutional standards a mix of Civic, Office and Residential provision a mix of Civic, Office, Residential and Hotel provision a cost-checking exercise be undertaken by Officers to investigate the financial and sustainability justifications for retaining the Council’s offices on the Pippbrook site in Dorking.

Following a procurement process Turner and Townsend were selected to undertake the work required and produce a report on their findings. Councillor Charles Yarwood, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Assets explains: “Now that the report is complete, the next step is to examine the independent findings in detail. The Working Group is expected to be appointed at a meeting of the Executive on 25 June and they will report back to the Executive in September.”


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Surrey County Council’s Love Food Surrey Campaign Surrey chef Carmela Tomkins has supported the council’s Love Food Surrey campaign for over three years. She loves cooking with leftovers and has a whole cookbook full of great recipe ideas. She said: “If you’ve cooked too much, it’s so easy to use leftovers for another meal like lunch the following day, or as ingredients for a new meal, which can save you time and money too.” With a little imagination you can rustle up all sorts of exciting new meals. Try out a couple of Carmela’s summer recipes to help you get started.

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12. Name of the submarine in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (8) 14. Tall fern with coarse lobed fronds (7) 16. Crustaceans also known as Norway lobsters or Dublin Bay prawns (6) 18. Food store (6) 19. Mother superior (6) 20. Name that has been assumed temporarily (5) Solution in next month’s edition


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1. Victor 2. The Owl and the Pussycat 3. Catwoman (she is left with a glass of milk) 4. No-one (Dumbo doesn't speak) 5. Rumpelstiltskin 6. Lovejoy 7. Antonio 8. Starsky and Hutch 9. A hedgehog 10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Across: 1 Reminder, 5 Poetic, 9 Stripper, 10 Tirade, 12 Dangle, 13 Petulant, 15 Done for, 16 Yarn, 20 Heat, 21 Picnics, 25 Whittled, 26 Awhile, 28 Hunter, 29 Sinister, 30 Wrasse, 31 Badgered. Down: 1 Reside, 2 Marine, 3 Napoleon, 4 Eyes, 6 Odious, 7 Tearaway, 8 Creating, 11 Heroine, 14 Desired, 17 Chow-chow, 18 Hacienda, 19 Scowling, 22 Athens, 23 Sister, 24 Reared, 27 Diva.

Quiz - Currencies 1. Czech Republic - Koruna 2. Hungary - Forint 3. Australia - Dollar 4. Switzerland - Franc 5. Costa Rica - Colón 6. Albania - Lek 7. Malta - Euro 8. Iraq - Dinar 9. South Africa - Rand 10. Brazil - Real

Across: 7 Bolero, 8 Acetic, 9 Pyre, 10 Shanghai, 11 Ashtray, 13 Boron, 15 Yacht, 16 Kestrel, 18 Pheasant, 19 Rash, 21 Gazebo, 22 Anorak. Down: 1 Joey, 2 Seventh heaven, 3 Dog Star, 4 Kayak, 5 Reign of Terror, 6 Pinafore, 12 Slag heap, 14 Gentian, 17 Mason, 20 Scat.


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Hot Favourites By Pippa Greenwood Our summer weather isn’t usually unbearably warm; in fact it is often pretty cool and a little bit of extra heat would be very welcome. With a little bit of planning and some careful planting, you could turn your garden into the hottest site out, regardless of the real weather. All you have to do is plant beds, borders or containers full of hot reds, screaming yellows and glowing oranges. Even if much of your garden is already in place, you can always add to it, even at this time of year. True, most of the planting is best done in the autumn, but a visit to a garden centre or nursery in late summer will reveal a fabulous display of plants which can be put to good use in your garden now. Many summer flowering plants are starting to decline at this time of year, but you will find that some of the late summer and autumn plantings have the richest, brightest and hottest colours. For real energy and vibrancy, choose plenty of yellows and golds, including some of the golden rods (Solidago), which should be flowering well into September. They are not difficult to grow and if you choose a variety like ‘Crown of Rays’, it will grow to just over 2 feet (60cm) tall and yet does not need staking. I am a great fan of coreopsis, including the various forms of Coreopsis verticillata, which again flowers well into the autumn and is unlikely to need staking. If you like to see flat looking flower heads in your garden then take a closer peep at some of the achilleas, including ‘Coronation Gold’ and you will find that this too helps to attract many beneficial insects into the garden. No late summer border is complete without the cone flowers or rudbekias with their deliciously bright, daisy-like flowers - these should last you through until October. For some screaming scarlets and other shades of red, consider growing the dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Lychnis chalcedonica. All of these rich reds look particularly good amongst or close to some of the yellows. A real favourite of mine, combining both rich red or shades of orange and

Lychnis chalcedonica sometimes yellow, are the red-hot pokers. Providing the soil is fairly moist and they receive plenty of sun, these really do add a hot statement. In damper areas you could use Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’ or many of the other moisture-loving types of lobelia which produce huge spires of red flowers, so different from those tiny blue, pink and white bedding lobelias which are more widely grown. To make sure that your summer time plantings do well, take heed of the following tips:

If it is a hot day, try to plant in early evening or at least late afternoon when the main heat of the sun has died down.

Always make sure that plants are really well watered before you put them in the ground.

Soak the compost thoroughly and make sure that it is wetted right the way down to the base before you begin.

Incorporate plenty of bulky organic matter, such as garden compost, well-rotted manure or some proprietary compost from your garden centre, as this will help to retain moisture.


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Once the plants are in position, water them in really thoroughly. A light sprinkling won’t do – the water needs to go right down to where the plant needs it, at its roots.

Once the soil is moist, apply a good, deep mulch of 2 – 3 inches (5 – 7.5 cm), all around the soil surface. This will help to keep moisture in, protect the plant roots from the heat of the sun and at the same time keep weeds at bay. Don’t forget to tend to your hot border again in the autumn, when you will find small versions of many of these plants readily available in garden centres, often at only a couple of pounds per pot and when you will also be able to plant some more warming oranges and reds using bulbs and corms. Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ vegetable collection, great plants for September planting and regular advice emails from Pippa. Buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh and Envirofleece.


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Issue 94, August 2013. Never underestimate the importance of community.