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Issue 130

August 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Support Epsom General Hospital A ‘thank you’ from Nurse Sheila Smith Stuff to do during the summer holidays Ashtead brothers’ Borneo expedition 2017 Report on Ashtead Rotary Village Day 2016 Famous faces lend their support to our theatre Surrey author’s new book on Leatherhead in WWI Dahlia Elma Elizabeth, Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

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


Rotary presents supermarket vouchers


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


NHS Surrey Downs wins award


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Help needed at charity Xmas card outlet


Ashtead Community Vision


Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI




Ashtead WI


Quiz - Space


Craft afternoons at the museum


Help for Epsom General Hospital 20+22


10 runs launched at Polesden Lacey


A letter from Nurse Sheila Smith


Surrey Hills radio


Book reviews


Music on Thursdays


MVDC’s Deepdene Trail


What’s on in August? Pages 62-73


Quiz - First names


Local history article


Summer Loving - a story


Famous faces support our theatre


Simple Crossword


General knowledge crossword


Ashtead boys’ Borneo expedition


Surrey author’s new book on WWI 82+84


Recipe - blackberry mojito


Cryptic crossword


Rotary Ashtead Village Day 2016 44+46


Transition Ashtead


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From the Publisher


ell here we are, summer has arrived (and I use the term ‘summer’ loosely!), it’s such a magical time of the year, even for those of us who work through the summer months, the general tone of life is slower and doesn’t everything look so much better in the sunshine?

Len Wood of Ashtead Rotary has very kindly written a report on last month’s Village Day - which was a success on every level. Len’s report can be found on pages 44 and 46. I was approached by two Ashtead brothers, Robert and Simon King, who are preparing to undertake a Borneo expedition next year with Camps International, whilst on the island they will try to improve the living standards of the local people and animals who inhabit its jungle. It was a pleasure to pop a piece in the magazine to help them raise funds for the trip, more on page 40. The lovely Sheila Smith, who was Nurse Practitioner at Linden House surgery in Leatherhead has now retired, and I know I shall miss her sunny attitude, sense of humour and professionalism. Sheila wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and gifts and thought this magazine would be the perfect medium with which to do that, her ‘thank you’ letter appears on page 24. As you may know, the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, started by Bess Harding MBE back in 1979, purchases equipment for Epsom General Hospital and to date, almost £4m has been raised. Bess’ good work, along with her band of volunteers, continues to this day. On page 20 you will find a short article about how you can help the EMEF and on page 22 can be found a donation form. David Gillott’s recipe this month is for a blackberry mojito. Sadly my partner Matthew won’t allow me to partake in any more mojitos (the less said about that the better), but he does make a mean ‘Mojito-without-the -‘jito’ which comprises of lime, sugar, mint leaves and Advertising soda water but definitely NO rum! The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads Lots of things for the little ones to do over the holidays for instance the Leatherhead museum sees the return of cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential their craft afternoons (p.60), Hannah Underwood’s ‘Why distribution (yes, really!) and can be don’t you...’ Holiday Clubs (p.61), Leatherhead & District Angling Society’s annual free fishing day on 13th August designed where required. (p.67), and many other events listed on the what’s on Technical & Legal stuff pages from 62-73. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine Lorraine Spindler, who amongst other things, is the curator at the Leatherhead Museum, has written a compelling book is accurate, the Publisher cannot about Leatherhead during the Great War, a harrowing accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or excerpt on how men dealt with conscription, or indeed damage caused by errors or omissions their appeals against, can be found on pages 82 and 84. resulting from negligence, accident Lorraine is would also like to hear from any readers whose or any other cause. family lived in the area during the war, and her contact details can also be found on the article. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher.

All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

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Huge congratulations to Andy Murray for winning the men’s singles title at Wimbledon this year - it was an enthralling match; and, also, I’d like to wish our Olympic team all the best for Rio in August. Finally, I’d like to wish you a happy summer, and if you’re going away, have a super holiday, see you back here in September. Cheerio ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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Working for Ashtead since 1945 Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan

ARA Road Stewards Road stewards are vital to the work of the Association. They deliver the ARA’s formal record of proceedings The Ashtead Resident and the biannual Ashtead Village News to ARA members and they also collect the annual membership subscription of £2.50 per household. They are the first point of communication with members in their roads and they are key to maintaining the membership levels that give the ARA committee a strong voice when interacting with and lobbying Mole Valley and Surrey Councils and other formal bodies and organizations. Road stewards are also the means by which many residents first raise concerns about issues that might warrant either direct action by the committee or else bringing to the attention of local Councillors.

In April this year, Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum (the Forum) submitted the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). The NDP contains policies for the coming years on Ashtead’s housing, economy, environment and infrastructure. The plan is the result of detailed work and research by the Forum’s working group Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) and it has been produced during the past three years in consultation with the Ashtead community. The NDP was submitted following the public consultation run by the Forum during January and February this year and amendments were made to the NDP as a direct result of comments received from residents and statutory bodies. MVDC has now taken ownership of the NDP and it has been closely examined and passed as compliant with the Council’s Core Planning Strategy by their Planning Officers and MVDC’s Scrutiny Committee.

The Association currently has 150 road stewards working around Ashtead but the roads below are not yet covered (long roads can be reduced into sections): Aquila Close Beauclaire Close Berry Meade Berry Meade Close Bramley Way (20-135) Broadmead The Cedars (Ermyn Way) Craddocks Avenue 1-47 odd nos Craddocks Avenue 49-95 odd nos Cunliffe Court (Parsons Mead) Darcy Place Darcy Road Dawson Court (Parsons Mead) Delderfield Elliston Way (Parsons Mead) Ermyn Close Ermyn Way Floral Court Gate Cottages (Parsons Mead)

Green Lane (Ermyn Way) Hatherwood Heathfields Howard Close Leatherhead Road 68-88 Links Road 11-55 odd nos Links Road 14-52 even nos Links Place Loraine Gardens Mole Valley Place Oakhill Road 1-55 odd nos Oakhill Road 2-46 even nos Ottways Lane east Ottways Lane 45-73 & 64-90 Pound Court Quarry Close Quarry Gardens Read Road The Ridings (Links Road) Rutland Close Timberhill Woodfield Woodfield Lane 86-110

In June, MVDC’s Executive Committee approved the publication of the NDP and since 24th June the Council has been running its own consultation on the plan, inviting Ashtead’s residents and businesses to have their final say on it ahead of its submission to an independent examiner. The examiner will consider whether the NDP can go forward to a referendum, which will determine whether there is sufficient local support for it in Ashtead. If it is supported, the NDP will be formally adopted by MVDC and it will then be the basis on which the Council will make planning decisions for Ashtead. The deadline for comments is Friday 5 August, so please visit to read the plan and provide your views to the Council. More information can be read in ACV’s article on page 14.

If you think you might like to participate in the ARA’s work and help build our membership to an even higher level by volunteering to steward one of these roads, please do email

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towns, park in railway station car parks, go to work, come back, drive home - no trip to town centre • large employers in Springfield Drive all have canteens, and are as close to Cobham as to Leatherhead. The staff fill up the car parks and This is the reason that representatives of the LRA to Leatherhead’s roads, but don’t go into the town the Community Reference Group have consistently centre and spend money stated that addressing the parking and road system is key to a successful Transform Leatherhead process. • as mentioned, the car parks fill up – and the largest one, the multi-storey car park at Swan Centre, has Leatherhead is a paradox. It is in Surrey, which has outdated systems and is unsuitable for modern more cars per mile of road than any other county in the vehicles. It is not a first choice UK; furthermore, it lies in Mole Valley, which has more • business owners who have located their premises in cars per road mile than any other district in Surrey! the town centre find footfall to be extremely All these cars surely mean an affluent community which sparse. Since shoppers have the chance to find should support a thriving retail economy. The paradox some free parking spaces on the High Streets of is: Why is this not true of Leatherhead? other towns, they choose not to pay for parking-and -walking to Leatherhead High Street. A complex combination of factors actually starves Leatherhead Town Centre of economic activity. These Has the Transform Leatherhead team taken the need factors are: for parking seriously enough? The first step of the • the town is 30 seconds away from Junction 9 of the programme focusses on Church Street, where they M25 confirmed that there would be no loss of free parking • there is an enviable train schedule to London (five spaces. Instead the drawing presented at the exhibition on 8 July actually shows a reduction in free per hour) parking spaces, with 6 parking bays unavailable for • numerous corporate headquarters reside on the parking for 6 hours a day. Considering the state of the outskirts of town parking crisis in Leatherhead, we need a rethink. • there are only 839 public car parking spaces in town • on evenings and Sundays the High Street is packed Susan Leveritt with cars, but it is pedestrianised until 6 pm Cheryl Allen Monday through Saturday: while shops are open.

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Now over one year old, Chatterbus has become a familiar sight on Fetcham’s roads, connecting Leatherhead and Fetcham with Cobham and Weybridge every Saturday. It is a community-run, scheduled service which was set up in response to our part of Surrey being designated ‘transport poor’, and covers routes that previously had not been served by public transport. For many without access to a car, Chatterbus has become indispensable.

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A new Saturday C2 timetable came out in April, and many of you will have had one delivered to your home in recent weeks. It has some particular benefits:

A financially viable number of accommodation (inc. affordable) units. Adequate off-street parking for the realistic needs of its residents. Welcome additional (short term) parking. Open aspect/space for the Fetcham community.

The latest Planning Application for the Tudor Motors site (MO/2016/0950) remains structurally similar to a previously withdrawn application; providing 10 units of 2 & 3 bedroom apartments on 1st & 2nd floors. We are disappointed that • Shoppers get easy access to a fine range of proposals continue to exclude the site occupied by shops in Cobham, plus Sainsbury’s superstore No's 165 & 165a and contend that were that site to and the Brooklands retail park. be levelled, the 1st & 2nd floors of the garage • For more leisurely days out in Cobham, there development could be usefully extended to more are also some tempting places to eat and the than compensate for the loss of the existing Chatterbus stops right outside Painshill Park. maisonette units AND provide significant additional • Chatterbus will also take the family for a day off-street parking space beneath. We are also out at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, the particularly concerned that the ground floor of the birthplace of British Motor Sport and Aviation. garage site is now proposed to be for Mixed Retail • Access to onward train journeys at Cobham and (A1) use. Such use will further increase pressure upon the already limited retail parking capacity in Weybridge stations. the vicinity. There are four Chatterbus services leaving Leatherhead every Saturday starting at Lidl at 9am, FRIENDLY REMINDER - We have recently had a and the last service from Weybridge through number of concerns from residents regarding Cobham arrives back there at 5.20pm. Fares are foliage that extends from the front of a property just £2 per adult one way, and all normal impeding pedestrians using the concessions apply. It’s a family-friendly way to visit pavement. Particularly hazardous to children or destinations all along the route, and is a safe way the elderly with minor instances of ripped clothing, for teenagers to get around without always cuts and grazes, we ask for your co-operation to resorting to mum’s taxi service. avoid any more serious accidents. So please ensure your boundary trees, hedges or shrubs do Please visit for updates on not protrude or hang over the public highway. If the the service and to register for a newsletter. foliage to be cleared is subject to a tree preservation order or is in a designated Development of Tudor Motors Garage conservation area it will be necessary to obtain and adjacent sites (As at 10th July 2016) permission from Mole Valley District Council before The garage site on Cobham Road, an adjacent pair commencing work. For further information on tree of maisonettes (under offer for sale at auction on preservation and overgrown trees and vegetation 26th July ) and an adjoining garden plot are the please visit subjects of 3 separate planning applications Susanne Taylor submitted by Littleworth Properties. It is the FRA's Chairman, Fetcham Residents Association


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Ashtead Community Vision Mole Valley DC gives Ashtead residents their final chance to comment • • •

contribute to the achievement of sustainable development; be in general conformity with the strategic polices contained in the development plan for the area (i.e. the Mole Valley Local Plan and Core Strategy); be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.

The Examiner will decide if the NDP should go forward to a referendum in the form that it has been submitted, whether it should be modified before a referendum or that it should not proceed to a referendum.

Following approval by its Executive committee, Mole Valley District Council has agreed to publish the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

Subject to a successful examination of the NDP, there will be a referendum when the Ashtead This consultation therefore represents the last community will be asked "Do you want Mole opportunity residents and other interested Valley District Council to use the neighbourhood parties will have before the document is development plan for Ashtead to help it decide examined by an independent examiner. Every planning applications in the neighbourhood resident and business in Ashtead should by now area?" If over 50% of those who vote say "Yes" have received a letter from the Council asking if the NDP will be adopted by MVDC. they wish to make any comment. The NDP contains policies about housing, The move is the second stage of public economy, environment and infrastructure th consultation and feedback has to be given by 5 issues. It builds on existing planning policies in August. All views will be published on the Mole Valley and addresses issues of particular council’s website, though personal information concern in Ashtead. The NDP does not propose will not appear – just the name and organisation any alterations to the Green Belt. that you represent will be included. The NDP and its supporting documents are Also, anyone that wants to be notified of future available to view online (see 'Downloads'). Hard development regarding the plan can register copies are also available for inspection in their interest with the Council. Ashtead Library, the Leatherhead HelpShop and at the Council Offices at Pippbrook, Dorking. So what happens next? Once the feedback has been received from the Council it will be collated and presented to the Examiner who will John Morgan take it into account when considering the whole ACV member of the draft NDP. MVDC will appoint an independent and appropriately qualified person to examine the Ashtead NDP, the evidence behind it and the representations that are received. The Examiner is required to consider whether the NDP meets four basic conditions, which state that neighbourhood development plans should:

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Please help

By taking out Gift Aid for the Fund This is one way of making a donation which enables us to reclaim tax - making your gift even more valuable to us. Donation form on page 22.

By donating to our appeals Every penny is appreciated. If each of our annual 319,411 (2015 figs) patients and visitors gave just 10p that would bring us £31,942, enough for a specialist ultrasound scanner, which would save countless lives; £1 would bring us £319,411.

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MVDC announces extension of Bridge Street Car Park in Leatherhead Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) today announced that an additional twenty five spaces have been temporarily added to the Bridge Street car park in Leatherhead. The car park has been extended to link with the area underneath Claire House and James House, where twenty five new bays have been marked out. These spaces are available from 8am until 9pm at which point the shutters will be locked. As with all Mole Valley car parks, charges apply from 8am to 6pm and payment can be made at the pay and display machine in Bridge Street car park or by using RingGo. Councillor Charles Yarwood Executive Member for Property, Parking and Economic Development said, “We know how important accessible parking is in Leatherhead, this was an important theme throughout the Transform Leatherhead consultation. I am very pleased we are able to announce the temporary extension to the Bridge Street car park; this extension doubles its size.” MVDC recently acquired the Swan Centre car park and has aligned the parking tariff with its district-wide policy of a penny a minute. This means that visitors to the Swan Centre can now enjoy more flexible parking charges and only need to pay for the time they want to spend in the town.


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Holiday Reads For many of us, the best thing about a holiday is the opportunity to get lost in a book, without feeling guilty about unread emails, dirty dishes or the other 1001 daily chores that rudely interrupt our reading. If you’re looking for a novel to get lost in, we have plenty to recommend. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet – H.P. Wood

In 1904, the tavern beneath Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet has become a haven for the many ‘unusuals’ who call Coney Island their home. There’s Rosalind, who’s as likely to wear a suit as a dress, Zeph, who lost both his legs in a childhood accident, eight year old P -Ray, who never speaks and collects fleas, and any other number of characters. After finding herself alone and penniless, Kitty Hayward finds solace at Magruder’s, but her peace may well be short-lived. Anarchy is in the air, and the plague is sweeping through the streets. These characters will stay with you long after your holiday is over.

The Last of Us – Rob Ewing

On a remote Scottish island, a pandemic has killed most of the population. There are no adults left. Just five children, trying to survive on the tinned food they find in neighbouring houses. There’s Rona, the narrator, along with little Alex and their leader, Elizabeth, who makes sure they brush their teeth and carry on with their school lessons. And then there’s Calum Ian and Duncan, who are starting to resent Elizabeth’s authority. A beautiful, heart-wrenching story.

Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan

When a newspaper agony aunt receives a letter claiming to be from a kidnapped girl, she assumes at first it’s a hoax. After all, Bethany Avery has been missing for years. But then more letters arrive, seemingly with information only the girl could know. Throw into the mix another recent abduction, and you have an enjoyable psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns, a great storyline and appealing characters.

Woman on the Edge of Time – Marge Piercy

It’s been four decades since the release of this classic feminist dystopian novel, yet the writing still feels just as original and relevant. Wife and mother Connie Ramos has been branded as mentally unstable and now lives alone, ostracised by most of society. She starts escaping to a future, happier time – where equality is accepted as the norm. But Connie is also shown an alternative future, where women are little more than commodities. Which one becomes reality may be down to Connie herself. If you’ve never read it, or worse, were made to analyse it for an English Literature class, now is the time to


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Fishbowl – Bradley Somer

All of life’s highs and lows are played out in one apartment block by its many inhabitants. There’s ‘the Villain Connor Radley’, ‘the Evil Seductress Faye’, ‘Stoic Jimenez’ and agoraphobic ‘Clare the Shut-in’, amongst others. And then there’s Ian – a humble goldfish, who’s about to take a plunge from the twenty-seventh floor. In the four seconds it takes him to fall, he’ll discover more about the apartment’s inhabitants than perhaps they even know about themselves. Insightful, original and entertaining.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All – Jonas Jonasson

After three stints in prison for murder, Hitman Anders decides to go straight. Well, less crooked anyway. An unlikely alliance between the hitman, a lapsed priest and a hotel receptionist see the trio embark on a trek across Sweden, lying, cheating and swindling as they go. A great novel to escape into for fans of dark humour, it’s possibly best suited to villa holidays, or other locations where holidaymakers won’t get annoyed at your snorts of laughter.

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uth was alone. She was relaxing in a deckchair in the garden and savouring her solitude. She gave a sigh of pure pleasure and stretched out her legs, focusing for a moment on the cool softness of the ground beneath her feet and the delicious smell that only fresh grass could bring. The sun felt so good and Ruth was relishing every moment. Her breathing slowed, her limbs grew heavy and an irrepressible smile came to her lips.

garden, staring up at the sky and making shapes out of the clouds. She remembered the feeling of freedom and the prospect of a carefree summer bursting with possibilities. Another favourite summer pastime was twirling. Ruth and her friend Maggie would spin round and round until they were giddy and then try to walk in a straight line towards each other. (A few years later they achieved the same effect by drinking nearly a whole bottle of Cinzano from the drinks cabinet at Maggie's house). They also played a game where they would try to count as many bugs as they could in a square foot of garden. Ladybirds were their favourite, followed closely by caterpillars and ants.

Sam had taken the children to his friend Paul's house for a barbeque and they weren't going to be back for several hours. Paul's wife Sue was away on a hen weekend and the men had decided to have a 'Dads’ Day' with their kids. Beers, burgers and water pistols had been bought and Ruth was delighted not to be involved with any of it.

Ruth impulsively picked up her drink and got down on her hands and knees. She measured out an approximate square foot, marked it with wet socks from the laundry basket and spent the next twenty minutes studying the area, looking for insects. Apart from regular Pimms breaks, her concentration was intense. She found ten ants, one woodlouse, one tiny caterpillar, one unidentifiable slug thing and a small spider. Sadly, there were no ladybirds. She also saw a wasp but waved it away when it tried to get into her drink.

Ruth consciously switched off all thoughts of husbands and children and returned to her indulgent reveries. The gentle rumble of a distant lawnmower created a rhythmic base line to the melody of the birds, who were also enjoying the sunshine. The understated blackbirds took the role of lead soprano and carried the tune beautifully and the wood pigeons provided the tenor accompaniment. The ostentatious bright green parakeets, the prima donnas and interlopers of the group, frequently tried squawk their own improvised descants but were unable to match the beauty of the music.

Eventually her knees began to ache so she stood up and stretched. In a moment of melancholic madness, she closed her eyes and imagined she was eight years old again. She heard the birdsong, smelled the grass, felt the warmth of the sun and spontaneously started to twirl. For a few seconds she felt fantastic, free and fabulous. Then she opened her eyes and her stomach lurched, her head swam and the garden continued to twirl.

Ruth reached down to the Pimms that lay beside her. She sipped its delicious sweet coldness, relishing the smell of the strawberries and fresh mint and the gentle clink of ice against glass. The telephone started to ring but Ruth chose to ignore it. Nothing was going to spoil this delightful moment. The persistence of the ring nearly propelled her to her feet, especially when it stopped and then rang for a second time but she resolutely stayed where she was until silence returned.

Sam had tried to call his wife to tell her they were transferring 'Dads’ Day' to their house. He’d phoned her twice and assumed she’d gone out. Paul's barbeque was broken and the children were determined to have their burgers. They all headed straight for the garden where they discovered Ruth, staggering around the lawn with a glass of Pimms in her hand...

Ruth suddenly remembered an occasion when Sam had come home with business colleagues, to find her sunbathing topless on the trampoline. She'd been so embarrassed and would never let that happen again. She hitched up her skirt to reveal pale legs and immediately resolved to buy wax strips and fake tan on her next shopping trip. The washing lay in the basket by the line but there was plenty of time and the sun might disappear behind a cloud any moment.

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Help two Ashtead boys to help others in Borneo We are brothers Robert and Simon, aged 16 and 15 at Therfield School and with Explorers at 1st Ashtead Scout Group. In 2017 we will be going on an expedition to Borneo with Camps International. This is a four week trip where we will be helping out in rural communities by building schools and other community facilities. The main objectives of the Borneo Expedition are to improve the living standards of the local people and to help reforest areas of the jungle that provide a safe habitat for the animals that depend upon it for survival especially the orangutans. This trip is extremely important to us as we feel that we will be doing something to help the people in the rural Sabahan community in Borneo who have an incredibly hard life where a lot of children have to leave school before secondary education. Therefore, by constructing schools and other community facilities and assisting in teaching we will be making a valuable contribution to the people living in rural villages in Borneo. The orangutan in Borneo is threatened by deforestation due to logging and palm oil production. Since 2009 Camps International have been running a reforestation programme and we will be involved in this helping replant trees to replace the ones lost to deforestation. We know about the rising issues of deforestation and we want to try to prevent it increasing further to ensure that the habitat is conserved for the orangutans and other species. To make our expedition possible we have to fundraise ÂŁ3800 each. So far we have raised over ÂŁ2000, but we aim to raise a lot more with your help. We are both willing to do odd jobs for money, such as babysitting, car washing and garage clearing. Along with this we are also collecting old copper pipes and wires that we can recycle for a small amount of money. We are also collecting any old unwanted items that you may have lying around your house that we could sell at a car boot sale.

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Plenty of Tall Stories at Village Day Our extremely popular stilt walkers kept everyone greatly amused from on high with their jokes, banter and repartee as they strolled amongst the enormous crowds at yet another amazingly successful Ashtead Rotary Village Day.

Vintage 1901 Mors with Sophie King followed by Queen's RR behind

The thousands and thousands of people who came enjoyed a magnificent event packed as always with exciting activities for young and old alike.

A whole stream of cherished cars, commercials and buses commenced their 'run' from the big house at City of London Freemen's School through the streets of Ashtead to the QEII field where they were met and led with a truly stirring performance by The City of Coventry Corps of Drums. The lead vehicle, a 1901 Mors in beautiful condition carried the equally beautiful Sophie King (Miss Surrey 2016), The Rotary President, Tricia Haynes, and the Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, David Mir. Sophie, who will be Surrey's candidate for the Miss GB competition in September, opened the event, presented the Community Awards and toured all the stands with Tricia and chatted to hundreds of visitors as they joined in all the fun of the day.

Community Service Group award Ashtead Good Neighbours received by Marian Guess and Richard Garrard

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Plenty of Tall Stories at Village Day (ctd)

Around 130 Clubs, Societies, Community Groups, Charities and commercial organisations contributed to an action packed and exciting day with music from Atlantis, Junction 9, The Mole Valley Silver Band, the Epsom Rock Choir, and The Downsmen, Barber Shop Singers. There was dancing by Poptastic and Dandelion Theatre Arts and our now traditional and always successful Maypole Dance by Barnett Wood Infant School. Bob Hogg's Lamb (well sheep) National did several circuits of Ashtead's own “Aintree”. There were no 'fallers' though and the sheep dogs, feeling rather redundant, resorted to their own 'clowning'. The Pony Rides, Miniature Steam Train and Children's bus were kept continuously busy. The Dog Show was even more popular than ever and Punch & Judy and Face Painting were delights for the very young too. Enormous thanks go to the most generous sponsorship from Exxon Mobil (Esso Petroleum), Ashtead Plant Hire (A-plant), Pullen Plumbing Services, Patrick Gardner (and many others). Without their generosity the event could not take place. At the time of writing we calculate that in excess of £21,000 has been raised for the charities and good causes which the Rotary Club of Ashtead supports throughout the year (see and Facebook for all details).

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Leatherhead Rotary presents 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 for West Hill School in North Leatherhead. Altogether, just over 6,500 vouchers were collected, which will subsequently be converted by the school into vital sports and healthy lifestyle equipment for the coming academic year. Over the past nine years, almost 60,000 vouchers have now been presented to West Hill School as a result of the Rotary Club's annual appeal. West Hill School is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a current designation to support secondary-aged pupils from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism. From September 2016, West Hill will begin a four year transition to become a county-wide primary school for children with learning and additional needs and they will be welcoming their first two Reception classes in September. From January 2017, their assessment nursery for pupils with additional needs will be opened. For further information about the school, please visit 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. This really will make a big difference to so many of their activities." Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or

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CCG wins national clinical leadership award women strongly represented on both the Governing Body and Clinical Cabinet, in senior leadership roles. Surrey Downs CCG has also undergone a formal review of its clinical leadership and governance. This included reconfiguring its Governing Body and recruiting to a new Clinical Cabinet. Through these changes the organisation, more so than ever, has given clear prominence to clinical leadership. Whilst positive steps have already been made, the CCG now wants to focus on ensuring women are fully-represented in senior roles and is actively seeking opportunities for clinical leadership development for women. Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair at NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted to have won the Delivering Clinical Commissioning Leadership award. We really pride ourselves on being a clinically led organisation so having this recognised at a national level is really exciting and reflects all the hard work that has gone into developing our ambitious plans to improve care for local people.

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Mole Valley WI (Fetcham) - June meeting The stage at Fetcham Village Hall looked very pretty at our June meeting adorned with beautiful stems of roses for the “Best Rose” competition, which was won by Denise Forrest. There were reports from the sub-sections including the scrabble group who are having an end-of-season dinner at a secret location (watch this space next month!), and the new gardening group who had learnt how to grow orchids. Members were signing up for two outings – in August to “Hidden” London and the Regent’s Canal, and in September to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. Our speaker for the evening was Chris Roberts, a former Red Arrows pilot, who gave an amazing and informative talk on the history of aviation and his time in the Red Arrows. We learned that one of the most dangerous parts of their display is after the “bomb blast” when the 9 Hawk aircraft are flying in 9 different directions at a speed of 400 m.p.h. and their next move is to get back together in less than one and a half minutes. Any longer and the audience will have lost interest and will be queuing for ice-creams, or making for the car park to be first away and not have to wait 3 hours to depart! Chris’s slides were excellent, including some taken from the cockpit by his fellow pilot. He was warmly thanked by Liz White, who had watched a display of the Red Arrows whilst on a beach in Cyprus. Her enthusiasm was echoed by us all. New members are very welcome, and our next meeting is on Tuesday 9th August at Fetcham Village Hall - picnic and shuffleboard with a book and jigsaw swap. Belinda Wheble

Ashtead WI July Meeting Our July meeting was a busy one, when we were pleased to welcome three visitors, had plants for sale donated by our Garden Group and had news on the Resolutions on ‘Care in Hospitals for People with Dementia’, and ‘Food Waste’, passed at the W.I. AGM at the Royal Albert Hall in June. There is an ongoing collection for our Denman College, and very good news of our fund-raising and busy stall at Ashtead Village Day in June, with the hoped-for good weather. Apart from the always attractive display of produce, these funds were boosted by the raffle for the superb hamper prepared by one of our members. Andy Thomas, our speaker this evening, told us of the Mysteries of Crop Circles and displayed some wonderful photos. Far from being a recent phenomenon in southern England, the first one was recorded in 1678, and they appear, often quite suddenly, in many other parts of the world – except, oddly enough, in the USA. The beautiful patterns are extraordinary - not always circles, some angular, basket-weave patterns, spirals, etc. and some can have hundreds of smaller markings. The man-made theory has been widely disputed, and despite many years of scientific research it is still not definitely known how they arrive. As always, we have several coming events to look forward to, including a Garden Group outing, a visit to Eltham Palace, and a Surrey Weekend for six of us at our Denman College near Abingdon, when we know we will have a wonderful time. There will be no meeting during August, but the speaker for our September 7th evening at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall will be Sheila Willis, on ‘Handbags to Handcuffs’. Sandra Brown 58

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The return of Leatherhead Museum’s ‘Family Craft Afternoons’ in August The very popular Family Craft afternoons are once again being held in the courtyard at the Museum from 1 to 4pm on Fridays 5th, 12th and 19th August. There will be a mix of hands-on crafts for children (and adults!) to participate in which may vary from Friday to Friday. Children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. All free but donations would be appreciated By special arrangement, Frank and Hilda Hollis, the last private occupants of Hampton Cottage, will be there in period costume to welcome visitors to their room in Hampton Cottage, set out as it might have been as they left it on VE day 8th May 1945. There is step free access into the courtyard but very limited in Hampton Cottage itself.

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Monthly free 10k run launches at Polesden Lacey A new monthly National Trust running initiative has been launched at Polesden Lacey. The Trust10 is a free 10k event which hopes to encourage people to get outdoors, explore special places and take up a new challenge. Held at 9am, on the 4th Sunday of each month, the charity has created a series of 10k routes at a selection of places across the UK. The team at Polesden Lacey have devised a 5k 2 loop route. The 10K loop takes a fantastic undulating route through from the Polesden Lacey carpark then out into the ancient woodland on Ranmore Common, taking in some spectacular viewpoints across the valley. The terrain is rough and occasionally muddy underfoot and will suit seasoned runners looking for a challenge. The National Trust have a number of Trust10’s already underway across the country, offering all who take part a unique opportunity to explore their places for free. ‘We’re really excited to be taking on the Trust10 here at Polesden Lacey; it will be a great opportunity for people to have a regular goal each month, as well as a chance to explore this special place. We want as many people to enjoy their local environment as possible, so as well as hosting the Trust10 each month, the route itself will be open to all runners throughout the year for free,’ said Jamie Parsons, Area Ranger. The next Trust10 at Polesden Lacey will take place at 9am on 28th August. Polesden Lacey’s Granary Café will be open from 10am for runners to relax and refuel with hot drinks, cakes and bacon baguettes.

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No previous training needed Ideal non competitive sport for young people A healthy start to life A fun way to exercise Good music & moves

There lots of ways to exercise, why not make it FUN? Carly 07757 334443

Art Group in Leatherhead Every Tuesday! Conquest Art is a unique Charity, inspiring people living with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build selfconfidence through art. Working at their own pace in supportive groups, our Members find both relaxation and fresh stimulus, along with the opportunity to make new friends. Anyone over 18 whose life is narrowed by disabling health issues is welcome to join us. No artistic talent or previous experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Our Leatherhead Group is held every Tuesday at the Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY from 2pm to 4pm.

For further information on becoming a Member or Volunteer of Conquest Art please contact Tina on 020 3044 2731 / email or see our website 63

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Surrey Hills radio wants local music

Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY

Your local internet radio station, Surrey Hills Community Radio have been very successful in attracting new music to the station. Artists from all around the world have been submitting tracks to the Leatherhead based station for air time and this has prompted the station to double the amount of hours given to air play of new music.


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

12.30pm lunchtime concerts

TRANSMISSION is a show specifically for artists who wish to get their music on air and can be heard on the first and third Sundays of the month from 5pm.

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

With this in mind and with the station wanting to better support local talent and events, a new show, TRANSMISSION Local is due to begin in August from the second Sunday in the month.

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs

TRANSMISSION Local does what it says and we encourage local musicians to submit their tracks to us and we will play at least one of them on air. Your host for this brand new show is local musician, Chris Stagg and can be seen behind the drums for the popular local band Atlantis. Chris is well known for his love of live music and hopes to give bands the opportunity to play live in our new studio at Surrey Hills Radio.

Thursday 4th August - LMC Roma Tic, violin & accompanist 

Thursday 11th August - LMC

Jacqueline Phillips, cello (Bach’s Cello Suites Nos 4 & 3)

To complete the trilogy Surrey Hills Radio are in the process of organising TRANSMISSION Live which surprisingly enough also does what it says and the aim is to offer the opportunity for artists to perform live in front of an audience at a local venue. Daniel Joyce, the stations Events Director and Adam are promoting these events and further news will be made available as soon as they are available.

Wednesday 17th August at St John’s School - New Chapel Florence Rousseau, organiste titulaire, Rennes Cathedral Loïc Georgeault, organiste titulaire, Rennes & St Malo Cathedrals playing the 2015 Tickell organ

With these exciting developments this popular radio station continues to provide superb support to everyone in the local community and confirms its mandate to offer a facility for local talent to be heard by as many people as possible.

Thursday 18th August - LMC Gwenllian Llyr, harp 

Thursday 25th August - LMC

To submit your music, email Adam Riches at

The Two Guitars of David Massey & Francisco Correa

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Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby

Polesden Lacey - Sunday 4th September After two years with successful day’s events the Leatherhead Lions Club are returning to Polesden Lacy with their popular “Donkey Derby”. The Leatherhead Lions Club in conjunction with the National Trust is organising a fun filled day of entertainments for all the family on Sunday 4th September. Jim Malynn, Lions President says “ I am delighted that The National Trust has invited back us for a third year and granted free entry to all visitors as part of their community awareness programme. It was to our positive delight that over 6000 visitors came last year and we hope this figure will be repeated again.” There will be a warm welcome for the donkeys from Hunts of Worplesdon and we shall have seven races which can be sponsored or backed to win on the Tote. Children’s Punch & Judy, sideshows, a bouncy castle plus craft stalls, a large food court and beer tent for the adults will provide other attractions to one and all. Last year many local charities benefited from the takings on the day, it is always the Lions’ belief that money raised locally should be spent locally and what better way than having a happy day at a beautiful National Trust property. Make a note of the date: Sunday 4th September

For more information or to book a sales pitch please go to or contact Lion Mike on 07833 574089 65

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Free Fishing for all the family

Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD

Saturday 13th August 10am - 5pm

The Leatherhead & District Angling Society is holding its annual open day on Saturday 13th August. Join up on the day and your joining fee is waived - a saving of £10 for children/OAPs and £20 for adults). Everything is FREE, we provide all the tackle you’ll need - even the bait! There will be experienced anglers on hand to teach the basics to beginners, as well as to pass on tips to the more advanced. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up. Due to the popularity of this event, each fishing session will be limited to a maximum of two hours per person.

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An amazing 74 people came to Leatherhead Methodist Church recently to hear Yehudi Menuhin School student Leyla Cemiloglu's superb piano recital. We can't expect those numbers every week but it is quite magical when it happens. Overall numbers are up this year. As few as four or five extra on the average attendance makes a big difference for this self-financing project. Thank you once again for the support you give by publicising our concerts. Best wishes, Peter Steadman, Music on Thursdays


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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? Monday 1st Saturday 6th

Ashtead Art Group Summer Exhibition, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, see opposite.

Tuesday 2nd

Creepy Crawly Critter Hunt on Denbies Hillside, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm. £7 per child. Pond dipping and woodland exploring for little ones. Book through 01372 220644 or

Friday 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

Every Friday in August, 11am-3pm, see how many of the 50 things you can do before you're 11¾ at Leith Hill Tower. £10 per child. Take part in nature trails, den building and crafts and climb to the highest point in the south east of England. Book through 01372 220644, or

Friday 5th, 12th & 19th

Leatherhead Museum Family Craft Afternoons, see page 60.

Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival, Mickleham Village Hall, RH5 6EE. Day ticket £13, Saturday 6th & weekend £18. More info on:, 07821 196381 or email: Sunday 7th

Tuesday 9th & Wed 10th

Bankside fencing along riverside walk, Leatherhead. 10am-4pm. Meet bottom car park, Mole Business Park, 3 Randalls Rd, KT22 7AG. Installation of safety fencing along riverbank and repairing various items of countryside furniture. More details from or call 01372 743783, Lower Mole Countryside Partnership.

Saturday 13th

Family fun day to celebrate opening of new Meadowbank playground, Dorking, 10am3pm. Free to attend, activities inc skateboarding, BMX, inflatable squash court, volleyball, touch rugby. Heart FM’s ‘Jack the Lad’ will be there too. Hot food, snacks and drinks available.

Saturday 13th

Leatherhead & District Angling Society Open Day, Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, 10am-5pm. Children under 14 must be accompanied. FREE event. More details on, see previous page.

Sunday 14th

Denbies Gifts & Crafts Shopping event, 11am-4pm, free parking.


Ewell Horticultural Association's Autumn Show, Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Free admission. Displays of late summer flowers and home grown vegetables, plants, bulbs and garden sundries for sale, raffle and floral art displays. All welcome, venue fully accessible, free parking, refreshments and homemade cakes.

Sunday 4th SEPTEMBER

Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby, Polesden Lacey, see page 65.

Saturday 15th OCTOBER

Leatherhead Parish Autumn Fair

If there’s an event in September that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Friday 12th August. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events68are correct at time of print.

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Summer Exhibition and Sale of Paintings

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE Grand Evening Reception Monday 1st 7.30pm-9.30pm

Exhibition open Monday 1st - Saturday 6th August 10am-8pm DAILY

9.30am-4pm SATURDAY 6th

FREE ENTRY with over 200 pictures to view 69

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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? - REGULAR EVENTS Mondays 1st & 15th Tuesday 2nd (1st Tues monthly)

(First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info. Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th

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

Friday 5th (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 5th (monthly)

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

Friday 5th (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy a range of goods which are often hand-made, home-grown or home-baked, including plants, cakes, savouries, eggs, cards, Fair Trade goods, crafts, personalised candles and haberdashery - be early for the pick of the crop . Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sunday 7th (weekly)

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

Sunday 7th (weekly)

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

Sundays 7th & 28th

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

(1st Thurs mthly)

Monday 8th

(2nd Monday monthly)

Tuesday 9th

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. Picnic and shuffleboard with a book and jigsaw swap. More info from Meriel Sexton, 70

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2nd Wed mth

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

Wednesday 17th

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4PM & 5PM-7.30PM

Thurs 18th

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Thurs 25th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Outdoor event, for info contact Betty on 01372 374570

(3rd Thurs mthly)

(4th Thurs)

Thurs 25th

(last Thursday monthly)

Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing moral and emotional support. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, free. Occasional guest speakers and workshops. Speakers have covered legal, health matters, bereavement, skincare and general wellbeing. For info, call 07843 620295 or email, or go to Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, no market in August, next market 9th September. Fetcham (Ladies) Singers, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, 7.30pm -9.45pm Two free sessions with no auditions, friendly group welcome new members. No meetings in August, re-starting Monday 5th Sept. Info from Sandra Brown on 01372 276736. Wednesdays (weekly termtime) 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. No Groups in August, re-starting on Wednesday 7th Sept. Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. No meeting in August, next meeting Wednesday 14th September - illustrated lecture on the 20th-century renaissance in Czech (Bohemian) glass design. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. No meeting in August, next meeting 20 Sept, Mr Stephen Duffy- The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707 Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. No meeting in August, next meeting 21st September, Speaker Lorna Maye on Lavender Fields. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288 Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. No meeting in August. Next meeting 7th Sept, 61st AGM followed by demo by Claire Bryant, ’It will come in handy one day’. Visitors welcome, tickets for visitors, £8 from Di Stirling 01372 279501 Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. No meeting in August, next meeting 7th September, speaker Sheila Willis on Handbags to Handcuffs. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737 Ashtead Art Lovers - no meeting in August, next meeting 30th September - Holbein: His life & Times: The man who painted Henry VIII & his Court. Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. No meeting in August, next meeting 28th September - Rupert Matthews on The Wreck of the Titanic. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 71

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Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to Dorking Halls Friday 23rd September

Dorking audiences will once again be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet, as the Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to theatres this autumn after last year’s highly acclaimed Tour. Originating in Australia, the programme will feature a brand new selection of the world’s most enthralling ocean-themed short films. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases over two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. This year features an exceptional and diverse programme of films capturing the raw power and beauty of the Ocean, whilst celebrating the surfers, kayakers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with incredible cinematography, touching interviews and insightful narrations that will captivate and mesmerise audiences. Featuring awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points, each of the festival’s films also convey a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. A selection of 2016 highlights include: Kayaking the Aleutians Labelled as one of the greatest, as yet undone, technical sea kayak expedition in the world, British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska. Alone for 101 days and at the mercy of one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, the two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and this harsh yet beautiful landscape. With Curgenven named as one of the UK’s top living explorers and Outen awarded an MBE for services to rowing and conservation, these adventurers will need all of their strength and determination to survive the treacherous expedition. The Accord Being a surfer in Iceland is an experience unique from anywhere else in the world. The Icelandic landscape is at once breath-taking, but also harsh and unforgiving for the tiny surfing community that inhabit the island. Follow Heiðar Logi Elíasson, Iceland’s first and only professional surfer, on his journey through Iceland’s magnificent terrain depicting the turbulent relationship between an Icelandic surfer and the North Atlantic wind.

Tickets are on sale now. To find out more about the festival, to view the trailer and to book tickets, visit The 2016 UK Ocean Film Festival World Tour is pleased to be working in partnership with marine conservation charities Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage. By donating 25p from every ticket sold during the Tour, we hope to help raise awareness of the organisations and contribute towards their essential work. 72

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Contact Simon on 01372 374326 07889 219453 Local Rotary Club learn the art of ‘sabrage’ At the end of June, around 40 members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club attended the club’s weekly meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Leatherhead to hear John and Karen Slater give a fascinating talk about the history of champagne, together with a demonstration of the ceremonial art of ‘sabrage’, the technique of slicing open a bottle of champagne using a sabre.

John and Karen Slater demonstrating the art of sabrage

As well as everyone present having the chance to sample a variety of champagnes throughout the evening, six of the attendees were also given the opportunity to sabrage a bottle of champagne themselves, thereby also qualifying them for membership of the ‘Order of the Golden Sabre’.

Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide variety of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 90

The Kings Head Public House, High St, Leatherhead The Kings Head - High Street, Leatherhead c: 1919

The first Kings Head Inn was destroyed by fire 1794 and was rebuilt as above. It stood on the eastern corner of King’s Head Alley and jutted out into the High Street. It was described as ‘one of the beauties of the town’ but people who used to go there said it was a ‘long and awkward sort of pub’. It was demolished in 1929.

The Kings Head (Now an Italian Restaurant) High Street, Leatherhead c: 1950s A Sainsbury’s store was built on the old site, now occupied by The Salvation Army Charity Shop and a new King’s Head was built on the opposite of the alley on land previously occupied by Webb’s the Butcher. It opened in 1930. The new ‘King’s Head’ building was eventually converted into a shop in the 1960s. For many years it was a Freeman, Hardy & Willis shoe shop, various other retail outlets followed. It is now an Italian Restaurant called the Rialto Lounge. Goff Powell

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 76

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Famous Faces lend their support to Theatre’s Fundraising Appeal Some of the country’s best-loved actors have pledged their support to the Leatherhead Theatre’s on-going Fund Raising Appeal. Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Hannah Gordon (Upstairs, Downstairs), Hayley Mills (Wild at Heart) and Simon Williams (Holby City) all know the theatre very well having performed in plays when the Leatherhead Theatre was operating as the Thorndike Theatre. The charismatic Scottish actor Tom Conti delighted Thorndike audiences when he appeared alongside American actress Sharon Gless of Cagney and Lacey fame in Neil Simon’s play Chapter Two. This Olivier award-winning actor has to be one of our hardest working thespians. Surrey resident Hannah Gordon’s first memory of the theatre is when she performed in the Gala Opening Performance of The Lion in Winter. The performance was attended by HRH Princess Margaret in 1969 when the Thorndike first opened. Hayley Mills distinguished acting career began in 1959 with roles in Tiger Bay and Pollyanna. Hayley made a number of stage appearances in Leatherhead including Fallen Angels in which she starred alongside her equally talented sister Juliet Mills. Simon Williams appeared in a number of productions at the Thorndike including a play written by himself called Switchback. When agreeing to support the appeal Simon wrote to the theatre saying ‘I have many happy memories of the building and town’. One of the town’s most treasured landmarks, The Leatherhead Theatre is a fine example of the post-war modern architectural style referred to as ‘Brutalism’ and deserving of its Grade II listed status. The Leatherhead Theatre is managed by the Leatherhead Revival Trust, a charitable trust that has been running the theatre since 2001. Last year the Leatherhead Revival Trust launched a fund raising appeal to raise £100,000. The Leatherhead Theatre does not receive any funding from the Arts Council, trusts or the local councils. The theatre is entirely self-funded through ticket sales and the generosity of the general public. Therefore raising funds is essential to the up keep and running of the theatre. To date the Appeal has raised £66,000. In the latter part of 2016 the Leatherhead Revival Trust will be launching phase two of the Appeal with a series of fundraising events including a Piano Recital by Phillip Dyson, a Christmas Concert plus a Gala Luncheon and Auction.

If you would like to know more about how you can help with the fund-raising appeal please give the Theatre a call on 01372 365141 78


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Surrey author on Leatherhead in the Great War Things quickly changed when the war broke out in 1914, leaving the town papered with recruiting posters and swarming with soldiers. The upheaval was especially felt by the local families as they initially waved off over 400 Leatherhead men into the forces. Those left behind attempted to live a normal life in extraordinary circumstances, with Zeppelin raids in Guildford and Croydon which encouraged Leatherhead’s newspapers to offer insurance against the destruction of homes, the banning of lights after dark and fines for those who ignored the dictates. Added to the locals’ distress was the news of the high casualty rate of local soldiers and those previously billeted in the town, wiped out at the Battle of Delville Wood. The spring of 1918 felt especially bleak with shortages of food, labour, fuel and little prospect of an end to the conflict. However, later that year the end of the war was finally declared. Of the 983 Leatherhead men who served, 163 were dead. On 19th July 1919, Leatherhead joined with the nation to celebrate peace. A lunch for returning servicemen was laid out and a procession of over 2000 Leatherhead residents proceeded to Randalls Park. As the Silver Band played the town rejoined with fireworks, dancing and the customary bonfire. Though warmed by the flames of celebration, Leatherhead was irrevocably altered. About the Author Lorraine Spindler, the Author of ‘Leatherhead in the Great War’ has studied European history, genealogy and military history. She is the curator at Leatherhead Museum, and currently runs regular guided battlefield tours to Ypres and the Somme, weekly classes in local history and genealogy and is researching Canadian soldiers and SOE spies based in Surrey during WWII. An extract from Lorraine’s book ‘Leatherhead in the Great War – Conscription and Reaction’ ‘By the summer of 1915 the numbers of recruits had begun to fall off. Was this because the death toll for those serving overseas was so high? Was Leatherhead awash with conscientious objectors, had all eligible men already volunteered, or were other factors at play? Conscription was introduced in January 1916 for single men aged between 18 to 41 and conscription for married men followed shortly afterwards. Any man who was called up for service could appeal to a local Military Service Tribunal. Reasons for appeal could include health, already doing war work or on moral and religious grounds. Those appealing for moral or religious reasons became known as Conscientious Objectors. Approximately 750,000 men appealed against their conscriptions in the first 6 months. Only 2% of those who appeared before the local tribunals could be considered Conscientious Objectors; 6,000 were sent to prison, 35 received the death sentence but this was commuted to a ten year prison sentence in-stead. It had become increasingly difficult for the men of Leatherhead to avoid the constant pressure to enlist. However my research did not reveal any conscientious objectors in Leatherhead. The Roll of Honour, published in the local papers and Parish Magazine, listed the names of all those in the community who had enlisted. Those who had already enlisted would have been known to those who remained at home and their stories from the front line added to the sense of guilt at remaining at home. The notion by some that the men left behind were ‘shirkers’ or cowards was often publically expressed; the suffragettes had taken it upon themselves to issue white feathers to those they felt were avoiding their duty. For many men awareness of their responsibilities towards their families as wage earners proved a compelling disincentive to volunteer. The levels of compensation offered to the families of men who enlisted were often not sufficient to avert the risk of destitution to wives and children or elderly parents. Propaganda posters emphasised a powerful sense of duty to family to counteract such loyalties. Across Britain there were 8,000 recorded attempts to avoid conscription during the war. Many men who sought exemption based on medical, family, or economic grounds. Those finding themselves before Leatherhead’s Military Tribunal would supply letters, medical certificates, statements, and even religious pamphlets to support their case. In the years after the war the Government issued instructions to all local government boards that tribunal material should be destroyed, however the local newspapers gave an account of each tribunal. Leatherhead’s Tribunal meetings were held in the evenings at the Council Offices. Henry Gibson Rivington, the military representative who sat on the Leatherhead Military Tribunal, lived at Bedwyn, St Nicholas Hill, Leatherhead. He graduated from Oxford and became a solicitor. His service papers say he signed on as a Territorial when he was 45 years old.


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Leatherhead in the Great War (ctd) The brutally brief hearings tended to last around 10 minutes and those appealing were usually represented by a solicitor or friend who would help defend them. Both the applicant and the military representative had the right of appeal, so it could go to a further tribunal after that, made up of members appointed by the Crown. Nationally the majority of appeals were dismissed and many people did go on to see war service. Employers could apply to the tribunal on behalf of their staff if they had reason to believe a particular member of staff was vital to their operations. However, Rivington typically objected to all applications for exemption. If the Leatherhead Military Tribunal gave exemption to an individual, the decision could be immediately overturned by the Surrey Appeal Tribunal in Guildford. On the 21st October 1916 William Worsfold (pic left), a chimney sweep and firewood merchant, from Bridge Street was brought before the Tribunal. He had been granted exemption from service at the Leatherhead Tribunal but Mr Rivington had appealed against the decision. William had joined the East Surrey Territorials on the 18 August 1913. When the war broke out he volunteered to go overseas with his regiment to India. He returned from India on the 15 December 1915 and was honourably discharged, as his service period had expired. William’s father had died in January 1915 while four of his sons were fighting overseas. The Worsfold’s had been a family of eight according to the 1911 census; there were an additional two children who had died before the census. By February 1915 Jane Worsfold, wife of William Worsfold Senior was living in Leatherhead, as a widow, with two teenage children at home and four sons fighting overseas. It appears William’s intention was to support his mother and get the family business back in order, William’s uncle had kept the business running while he was in India but his uncle was now ill. On the 21 November 1916 William married Elizabeth Skene Murrison at a service in St Nicholas and St Mary’s Parish Church. William’s younger brother Ernest and sister Nellie were witnesses. The wedding took place shortly after William’s exemption was revoked. William was conscripted back into 3 Company, 1st Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment on the 7 December 1916. He was wounded on 18 Feb 1917, sent to a Casualty Clearing Station and re-joined the Battalion on 14 May 1917. In Oct 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and on 18 Oct 1917 he was sent on a Lewis Gun course. William sadly died in France on 21 August 1918, his body was never found suggesting he was killed in action. William’s name is listed on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. Elizabeth was only married to William for nine months when she was widowed. In 1920 she re-married to Edwin Alfred Brittan, a wounded soldier, who had been invalided out of the East Kent Regiment in November 1916.’

Lorraine Spindler would very much like to hear from any readers whose family lived in Leatherhead during the First World War. Lorraine can be contacted via the Leatherhead museum at 64 Church St, (01372 386348) or via email on:

Henry Gibson Rivington (1872-1954 ) - circled who sat on the Leatherhead Military Tribunal and member of the Parish Church Choir circa 1952. (courtesy Leatherhead & District History Society) 84

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Stylish elegance of each nap (7) 5. Braille altered for free (7) 8. Power of thought a client let slip (9) 9. Flower in a monastery garden (5) 11. Sacred mutant trees (6) 12. Equestrian sport to clothe and mature (8) 15. Top courier touring an island (6,4) 18. Unattractive sounding fruit (4) 21. Balanced equally in the venture (4) 22. Rob of seeds to reach a position of ease and luxury (3,2,5) 23. Patterns around a church area (8) 26. Poorly arming a border (6) 29. One way to come clean (5) 30. Nigeria to reorganise start (9) 31. Burst forth from a deep rut (7) 32. Thankless sort where the fire is (7) Down 1. Maxim that's most important, we hear (9) 2. Famed as a piece of music (5)

3. Rips cult apart, exposing wrongdoers (8) 4. Point affirmative lookers (4) 5. Alert to change? Not now! (5) 6. Carries animals (5) 7. Big lager brew (5) 10. Riot disperser rages at reform (4,3) 13. Nothing following short example of self-esteem (3) 14. Genuine first time to regret (4) 16. Stylish in a gentle fashion (7) 17. Obstruct a Dutch shoe (4) 86

19. Bedouins in ceremony, somewhat disingenuous (9) 20. Establishing of grain, etc (8) 22. Farewell side issue (3) 23. Bleat about an article of furniture (5) 24. Smell a coin, it's said (5) 25. Rod turns up and becomes immodest (5) 27. Hang around a country (5) 28. Car crash I'm in (4)

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An overland journey to many enticing European destinations requires overnighting which can be regarded as part of the holiday. Stops in European cities such as Paris or Cologne can be an entertaining secondary objective of the whole trip. Alternatively couchettes on night trains offer basic accommodation, and many of the ferries offer reasonably-priced comfortable cabins for overnight journeys.

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Plan Your Planting By Pippa Greenwood

Although gardens are now looking a little tired, the drier soil means it is not a good time for planting shrubs or trees. So, do what you can to perk up flower beds and borders and then start to plan ahead for spring, as garden centres are starting to take delivery of bulbs which will get your garden looking fabulous early next year. Many bulbs start to put down roots at the end of summer and into autumn, so prompt planting is advisable, though tulips are best planted in October.

are particularly useful, as once the flowers have faded you don’t have much deteriorating foliage to cope with. In larger areas, consider planting up drifts of full-sized daffodils, but make sure you don’t want to mow the grass beneath these trees or shrubs regularly, as you can’t safely remove the leaves of the daffodils until at least six weeks after flowering.

Another option is mail order catalogues which have a bigger choice of bulbs, often including more unusual varieties. Time is of the essence, however, so send off for these as soon as possible so that you can choose some delightful bulbs ready for planting in the next month or so.

Check that bulbs are in good condition before you buy, avoiding any which show even the slightest signs of deterioration such as sunken brown spots, excessive softness or patches of bluish mould. Larger bulbs generally seem to do better than smaller versions of the same variety.

Before buying, decide where in the garden you can cram in a few bulbs. As they are often in flower before the rest of the garden gets going, they can be used to under-plant existing trees, shrubs and herbaceous flowers. Bulbs are an excellent way to make the most of every square metre of soil, and to ensure that your garden looks lovely as early as possible in the year.

For large quantities of the same variety, buy a net of bulbs from your garden centre or direct from a mail order specialist nursery.

Many bulbs do well in containers, so if you have a permanently planted up container this too can be under-planted with several layers of spring flowering bulbs. Use a transplanting trowel to minimise damage to the existing plants’ roots.

If you can’t plant your bulbs promptly, keep them in a cool and well ventilated spot before planting, as this is essential to reduce the risk of them deteriorating. Next month I’ll be looking at novel ways to make the best use of the gorgeous array of available bulbs, so plant some now and then treat yourself to a few more for September planting!

If you are unsure which bulbs go together, don’t feel frightened to experiment. Alternatively, many catalogues and garden centres offer mixed selections of bulbs for specific purposes and there are also some lovely packs of bulbs following colour themes. These usually represent good value for money too.

Visit Pippa’s website for Pippa’s ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ collection of vegetables for planting next month, a really useful selection of Pippa’s favourite gardening items including Nemaslug to control slugs, pop-up crop covers, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, ladybirds to control greenfly, pull-out mini tunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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Mrs Dalloway - Clarissa The Hobbit - Bilbo Goldfinger - Auric The Talented Mr Ripley - Tom Madame Bovary - Emma The Great Gatsby - Jay The Princess Bride - Buttercup Gulliver's Travels - Lemuel Little Dorrit - Amy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Lisbeth

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Issue 130. Never underestimate the power of community.