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


Andy’s Blog


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


UK Ice Rinks


Xmas music at Leatherhead Theatre


Children’s Page


‘GO50’ Walking for Health (Age UK)


New term for Leatherhead Swim School


Quiz - Christmas Hits


Surrey Hills Onward Learning Local History


Free parking for Christmas shoppers


Local History Article


‘Wings’ - a poem by John Griffin


Computer Scam


Hide & Seek at Christmas - a story


Last posting dates for Christmas


Home Safety - Christmas lights


Meredith’s Memories


Quiz - Christmas carol lyrics


Leatherhead Theatre Pantomime


Spot the difference


What’s Going On? Pages 78- 81


‘An Ashtead Christmas’


Christmas Word Search


Cats Protection


December Crosswords # 2 and # 3


Crossword # 1


RNLI - How you can help


Ashtead Victorian Xmas Evening


Calling all railway enthusiasts


Leatherhead Christmas Festival


Transition Ashtead


Fetcham Welcomes Christmas Event


November’s crossword solutions


Carols for Charity


Ashtead Rotary honours Heroes


Active in Ashtead (AinA)


Mole Valley Police Column - Christmas


Recipe - Steak & Mushroom pies


Book Reviews


GO50 Age UK Walks/Bike Rides Dec


Useful Numbers



Solutions on page 74


From the Publisher


elcome to a bumper packed Christmas edition of the A & L Local. This month I was completely overwhelmed by not only the amount of advertisers wanting to appear in the magazine, but also the number of events taking place in and around the region. It certainly is a very lively and vibrant area in which to live judging purely by the number of local clubs and organisations that are so active in these parts! Brian Griffin of the Rotary Club of Ashtead very kindly invited me to a dinner held on 11th November at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. The evening was primarily organised for the Club to hand over a cheque for £6000, to James Burns of Help for Heroes, which represented part of the monies raised by the Club on Ashtead Village Day. We were also there to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Club. It was a poignant evening, but on a social level, also a very enjoyable one. I was reminded of a trip to Bayeux cemetery that I made some years ago where, walking around the gravestones, I chanced upon the grave of an 18 year old boy with the inscription: May the sunshine you will miss in life be found in God’s garden’, which still brings a lump to my throat even today. Now that the excitement of Halloween and Bonfire Night is over, we are well on the road to Christmas, and, as many of you who know me, will know this is my most favourite time of the year. I guess it’s because I have already put the December magazine to bed and will start writing Christmas cards to send to my advertisers and all the people associated with the success of the magazine. After which, I will then start my own Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, Advertising writing personal cards and ordering the turkey (whilst The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local my partner will be standing by the fireplace with his provides local businesses with pipe and slippers watching it all go on around him - no affordable, quality advertising. Ads change there then!) It all sounds like I’m going to be cost from £53 +VAT per month, per busy for the next few weeks, but I absolutely love the quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be build-up to Christmas, the chance to spend some time with family and friends and put my feet up for a few designed where required. days, take stock of 2010 and look forward to the new Technical & Legal stuff year. 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.

Mole Valley District Council are again this year giving free parking during the Christmas events in Leatherhead and Ashtead and also from 2pm on the Thursdays leading up to Christmas starting from 25th November. The Christmas shopping events in Ashtead, Leatherhead and Fetcham will this year take place on 7th and 4th December respectively. More information on these events can be found on pages 51-54.

No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, There’s always a lot going on during the December photocopying, or otherwise - without period, please take a look at both the what’s on pages prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2010. Zen George 01372 376420

(78-81) and also throughout the magazine, I am sure that there will be something in here to interest all of you. Happy Christmas everyone!

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What do you think? To represent the interests of the Village, we need to know residents’ views. For some subjects these are clear and not contentious so we can rely upon our community contacts and comments received direct to form a view. This is far from being a perfect process however and causes us concern, especially for major local issues. So how do we obtain a more reliable guide?

The address is If you have not already done so, please look it up and leave us your email address. You may also wish to add a comment to those already made on the idea of introducing 20mph speed limits. From a standing start, it has been growing but we need many more to make it work effectively. Once we have sufficient members’ email addresses, we hope to be able to launch an electronic newsletter.

QUESTIONNAIRES The most important issue for many years has been the proposals made by Tesco. We have therefore issued two questionnaires – one WHAT’S NEW? when the first proposal was made and the other very recently, focussed upon car parking Jason Moves On It has recently been announced that Jason issues. Woods is to leave Ashtead early next year after 8 very successful years as our As I write this article, we have already neighbourhood policeman. We wish him well received over 1000 responses to the recent in his new post in Dorking questionnaire. It is therefore already clear that there remains a high level of interest in Tesco’s proposals and their implications. The Station Alterations Several members have expressed concerns results will greatly help us to represent the about the loss of access to the footbridge views of residents backed by clear evidence. following the introduction of electronic gates. Unfortunately this is not a public Right of Way We were very grateful to all who have and those wishing to cross the railway line provided a response and it has been helpful will suffer increased inconvenience. that most have been provided online, which has greatly reduced the administrative burden. This has however been a fairly major ARA Telephone Number Please note that the old number 279944 is no exercise for us and we do not have the longer available. resources to undertake such an exercise Following extended and unsatisfactory regularly. discussions with BT we have decided that we can no longer use its services and will need to BLOG Looking to the future, we are increasingly use a mobile phone. A new number will be convinced that technology can be our friend. available very soon. We have therefore recently launched a blog – “Ashtead-Hub”. We aim to expand the site over time and hope this will become an increasingly popular and effective means for us to communicate with members and to obtain a wide range of views, augmenting our Paul Le Versha Chairman existing website. 8

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION marched over the skyline to be mown down that day.

I usually report on our last open meeting and its value to all the residents of the Town and its surroundings. However our last meeting suffered from a lack of speaker. He fell ill in the afternoon. But he has promised to be with us for our January meeting. The details will follow in due course. But perhaps I can tell you of my current circumstances and what I have doing. This is being composed in the dining room of a small hotel in Amiens, France. Today I attended a remembrance service at the Memorial to all the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Great War, and whose bodies were never recovered. It was a very moving occasion, a cold wind swirled the falling leaves about us, and the rain fell – there was no shelter.

Germany had 3 battle fronts the Western front between the English Channel and Switzerland, the Italian front at the Southern borders of Austria, and The Eastern Front with Russia. But they also had a railway system capable of moving a whole army rapidly from one front to another. So the master plan was to open attacks on all 3 fronts at the same time. This might have been better for the Allies, had not the Germans not opened an offensive on the French at Verdun just before the co-ordinated attacks by the Allies. This had caused all the French troops to be withdrawn from the Somme to support the drawn out campaign in Verdun. Did the tactic of stretching the German resources work? I don’t know, but I think not. Never the less some regiments poured into empty German trenches, reaching their objective in only an hour and a half instead of the day which had been scheduled. This rapid advance left their flanks exposed to German fire from their heavily fortified positions.

A few hundred British and Commonwealth citizens, most of whom had lost a grandparent or uncle in the struggle sang hymns to the Hampshire Police Band and prayed for the lost relatives. But I was not there to remember a relative, for my great uncle survived the war, and with the passing of his generation I wanted to find out more of the true history of that terrible conflict.

The undulating landscape is amazing in that as you walk up a lane for about 50 yards the skyline can change dramatically. One minute there is just a wood there, then a whole Town rises up above it. It is little wonder that the earth bound generals behind the advancing troops could not foresee the problems ahead.

The first day of the battle of the Somme was a hot summer’s day. The troops advanced through waist high grass and dry hard clay soil, which was uneven and ankle twisting. It would take them 4 minutes to cross ‘No Man’s Land’ after the artillery barrage stopped pounding the German trenches. However it only took 2½ minutes for the German gun crew to emerge from their deep shelters and prepare their heavy machine guns. After that it was a slaughter, and no soldier reached the German lines. Many lay wounded in No Man’s Land, and others lay amongst them hoping to withdraw at nightfall. But then the German artillery started up. Regiment after regiment

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Hide and Seek at Christmas Christmas was looming and Ruth felt the beginnings of excitement. Finances were tight and cutbacks had to be made. Logically Ruth knew that. Emotionally, the voice in her head was telling her otherwise. She loved the glitter of Christmas, the shiny baubles of Christmas and the smell of Christmas. She even loved the endless piped festive music that followed her round the shops. Christmas felt safe and unpeeling tinsel wrapped memories of her childhood always reassured and reminded her to appreciate her own children.

much larger that the piles for the men and children. There were scarves, necklaces and padded hangers. There were candles, purses and bags. Ruth delighted in comparing the original purchase price with the sale price that she had paid. She had saved so much money! Ruth soon allocated the men’s gifts and half price jumpers were distributed amongst brothers, fathers and uncles with yellow ‘post it’ notes confirming the potential recipients. Godchildren, nephews and nieces were next with activity kits, football books and games. Ruth made sure that her sister’s children were allocated the box containing the messy slime inspired science experiments. Ruth was left with the female present pile and quickly realised there were far more purchases than required. She subdivided the piles into things she liked and things she thought other people would like. Her pile was bigger. The price tags remained as silent justification for her seeming extravagance as she assigned gifts with her yellow stickers. Several notes read simply ‘for me please’. She hid these ones in Sam’s sock drawer.

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8 Snow on snow, snow on snow 9 Tidings of comfort and joy


10 The silent stars go by Choosing from below, can you work out which Christmas carols the lyrics above appear in? Deck The Halls Ding Dong Merrily on High God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

The Holly And The Ivy O Little Town Of Bethlehem Once In Royal David’s City

Good King Wenceslas

Silent Night

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

In The Bleak Midwinter

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All levels welcome Amanda Skelly

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Natural Beauty

Leatherhead’s Haven for Relaxation

Christmas Specials Look your best this Christmas with glowing skin and beautiful nails

Fake Bake tanning and a Jessica Geleration Manicure for only £40 Gel nail colours last up to 4 weeks Gift Vouchers and Christmas Gifts Available 6a Bridge Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8BZ

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Take a bite bite out of Christmas! Christmas! FREE estimates for new dent dentures ures Natural looking, comfortable and at a price to put a smile on your face!

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Every Wednesday 5:45pm to 7pm The Reading Rooms, Cobham Road, Fetcham Fun, Friendly and Local. Only £3.95 per week and no registration fee. You choose how much you want to lose.

Contact Sue 01372 377031 Back to Basics, Fetcham Back To Basics Slimming Club (Fetcham) opened its doors for the first time last September following a very successful year in Brockham. This independent group is run by Sue Prior (nee Westwood) and Annie Richardson who between them have extensive knowledge of both the weight loss industry and general healthcare. The programme is a common sense approach to slimming, written by The British Heart Foundation. It is easy to follow and most importantly, healthy, with no gimmicks or fads. Sue and Annie make it fun and friendly with their own input and deliverance. A typical meeting consists of the weigh – in followed by a discussion, or maybe a food demonstration, sampling, or recipe exchange. Everybody is made to feel welcome and part of the group. The only rules are that you must be over the age of 16 and have a BMI of 20 or above. How much you want to lose is then left up to you, as we appreciate that any weight loss is better for your health and well-being, and that we are not all designed to be a size 10! That said, nobody is allowed to fall below a BMI of 18, as that too would be considered unhealthy. So if you want to try something a bit different, pop along or give us a ring. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Sue Prior, 01372 377031


AN ASHTEAD CHRISTMAS Christmas is of course a favourite time for Ashtead children and grown-ups alike and the village provides lots of fun during the month of December Traders’ Evening will be held in The Street on Tuesday the 7th December from 4pm – 7pm, heralding in the Season with fairground rides, side-stalls, music, entertainment, mulled wine and mince pies. Father Christmas will make an appearance. The shops and businesses throw open their doors to the villagers and everyone gets into the seasonal spirit to celebrate a ‘Victorian Christmas’ with many staff dressing up to look the part. There will be a few surprises this year and a band from City of London Freemen’s School will play and a choir from St Andrew’s School will sing carols, with Ashtead Choral members taking over a little later. A glamorous new feature in the Ashtead social calendar comes up next - this year there will be a spectacular Winter Ball on Saturday 11th December at The Duchess’s Stand at Epsom Racecourse, in aid of the ‘Help for Heroes’ organisation. The ticket price of £60 includes a welcoming Champagne Reception, 3 course dinner and wine on the table. For tables of 10 the price comes down to £54 per person. There will be dancing to live band ‘Wired’ and an exciting raffle and auction. Like Cinderella’s Ball - carriages will be at Midnight. Some tickets left - contact Brian on 07808 141241. Christmas is a time for giving and the Rotary Club of Ashtead will be collecting in Barnett Wood Lane, Craddocks Parade and The Street on the following Saturdays in December – 11th 18th and 24th. The children always enjoy the illuminated Santa’s Sleigh which this year will be staffed jointly by Ashtead Rotary Club and the Lions. Look out for the Sleigh touring your area as follows from 6pm: Thursday 9th December Sunday 12th December Thursday 16th December Sunday 19th December Thursday 23rd December

Read Rd/Taylor Rd/Green Lne/The Chase/ Oakhill Cl & Rd, Rosedale/Caen Wood Rd The Murrays/West Farm Ave, Drive & Cl,/Summerfields/ Taleworth Rd St Stephens Ave/Newton Wood Rd/Chaffers Mead/ Petters Rd/Cray Ave Bramley Way/Stonny Croft/Darcy Rd/Berrymead/ Hillside Rd Broadhurst/Overdale/Culverhay

Friday 17th, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd 10am-5.30pm Tesco Superstore Leatherhead If you would like to meet Father Christmas in person you can visit the Ashtead Park Garden Centre on the following weekends – 4/5th and 11/12th December between 1.45pm - 4.30pm. You need to book an appointment – tel. 01372 273891. They are also running a special discount period between 5-8th December where a Gift Pack and 10% off is available when you apply for a Voucher obtainable from the Centre. For the true Christmas spirit all the Ashtead churches have combined to set out their events in a single leaflet showing timings for carol services and Midnight Mass. Ashtead Choral are also having a drop-in carol singing session in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on the Saturday before Christmas (18th) between 10-12 Noon and coffee & biscuits will be served. Everyone welcome.

All in all Ashtead has the makings of a very Merry Christmas! Brian Griffin, Rotary Club of Ashtead


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• Well-Established Modern Practice • Fully Air Conditioned • Same Day Emergency Service • Cosmetic Dentistry including Tooth • • • •

Whitening & Advanced Facial Aesthetics Full Disabled Access Hygienist Service NHS For Children Easy Parking

Dr Sue Taylor Taylor

Dr R Woodriffe

Dr M Talbot Talbot

Dr T Than

Phone Now for an Appointment 01372 363670 135 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX 47

Health & Beauty Just a note to say thank you very much for promoting the Leatherhead Choral Society Simply Singing Afternoon. Many of the people who came had seen it in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Great stuff! Thanks again, Jo Forrest, Press Officer

Many many thanks for your wonderful advertisement for our Christmas Bonanza held at Bocketts Farm on 5th November. Although a dreary day we raised just over ÂŁ1800 for Save The Children. Your support was much appreciated. Linda Jackson, Secretary, Fundraising Friends


Annie & Bella

4 year old Annie and her lively kitten Bella are looking for a quiet home together. Annie is very shy and timid and will need an experienced owner who will give her the time and patience needed for her to give her trust to yet another person.

Please ring Yvonne on 01372 379155 if you wish to know more about Annie & Bella, or our other cats.

Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

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Osteopathic Clinic Don’t suffer - Get it sorted!   


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Recognised by all insurers including Bupa and Axa PPP Clinics based in Fetcham and Uxbridge Male Osteopath ‘Kaps’, specialising in sports injuries (see left) Getting to the ‘root of the problem’ FAST 70% better in 3-5 sessions Convenient location with free parking Established since 2001 All major debit and credit cards now taken

Reena Joshi Registered Osteopath


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Drawing by Rosie Childs, age 7 West Ashtead School

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Santa Claus is coming to Town! see him throughout the day

Rock Choir Christmas Concert performing at 12.00 noon, 2.00pm and 4.15pm

FREE PARKING IN LEATHERHEAD on Festival Day, Saturday 4th December from 2pm in all short-term car parks *timings and activities may be subject to change

From 2pm on Thursdays starting 25th November until 30th December Shop Local Shop Eat Drink Relax

This applies to all the short term car parks including the Swan Shopping Centre multi-storey.

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Come along and purchase those extra special nibbles just in time for Christmas! • fresh olives • breads • sausages • cheeses • cured meats • pastas • olive oils and vinegars • biscuits • cakes and pastries • and lots, lots more!

For special town centre offers available during December please visit Leatherhead Town Management is an initiative supported by: Mole Valley District Council, Boots, Leatherhead Chamber of Commerce and NILGOSC (Swan Centre).

photography Andy Newbold

From 9am until 5pm Leatherhead High Street

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Lots of family fun. Live music, Christmas tree, hot dogs, pancakes and hot chestnuts; along with a selection of stalls selling gifts. Enter the ‘Passport’ game for grown ups, get a stamp from each participating trader in order to be entered into a prize draw to win a fabulous Christmas hamper. For children, an opportunity to enter ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ game in order to win a fun prize.

Carols for Charity

Ashtead Choral Society Saturday 11th December

Come and join in the fun and start your Christmas festivities with Ashtead Choral Society on Saturday 11th December at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. Why not drop in to our Carol concert, which will be for charity, anytime between 10am and 12pm Entry is £1 and tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be on sale throughout the morning. There will be a stall where you will be able to buy goods, the proceeds of which will go to our two chosen charities which this year are Parkinsons UK and St Raphael’s Hospice, North Cheam. The choir will be conducted by Paul Dodds with plenty of opportunity for you to join in with the choir singing all the well-known carols, and some less known. This annual event is always very well attended so please do come early to be sure of a seat. We look forward to seeing you all and to sharing the beginning of Christmas with you. 54

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his Christmas, visit The Black Dog Gallery in Bridge St Leatherhead ( car park available past the gallery and before the bridge) and receive a warm welcome and friendly,helpful advice with all your framing requirments.

All work is done on the premises and no job is too big or too small. We can frame almost anything including crosstitch, tapestries, 3-D objects, and football shirts, and of course photographs, prints, oil paintings and watercolours. We also have a wonderful selection of framed pictures, jewellery, ceramics and cards.

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Amanda Daubeney Animal Commissions

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Tel: 001372 1372 377363 Active in Ashtead “Active in Ashtead” (AinA) is not a gym for geriatrics but a free ARA email service for people to get information that may be of help - like bits from the Police, items about Epsom Hospital, Highways etc. It’s not instead of Neighbourhood Watch but a useful adjunct. Messages are sent out ‘BCC’ and details of who is on the list are not revealed It’s a “quick and dirty” solution, done on a ‘best endeavours’ basis – if you change your e-mail address, you won’t be chased.

Portraits of dogs, cats, rabbits All animals considered

To discuss a commission please contact Amanda

If you’d like to be part of the group, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list.

07989 951509

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Food & Drink

Recipe of the month Quick and Easy Steak and Mushroom Pies Nothing beats a warming pie during the cold winter months and making quick puff pastry cases instead of topping a pie dish is a great time saver. Both the casserole and pastry cases can be frozen for up to 1 month. Allow the casserole to defrost then simmer in a pan for 2025 mins until thoroughly reheated. The pastry cases can be heated from frozen in a moderate oven for 10-15 mins.

Serves 4 - Ready in 2½ hrs 3 tbsp oil 1 large onion, peeled and sliced 750g (1lb 10oz) lean braising steak 1 tbsp seasoned flour 600ml (1pt) hot beef stock 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf 150g (5oz) button mushrooms, wiped and halved 225g (8oz) puff pastry Beaten egg to glaze

1. Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F, Gas 3. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and fry the braising steak, in batches, over a high heat until browned. Transfer to a casserole dish. 2. Add the onion to the pan and fry for 5-6 mins then stir in the flour and cook for a further minute. Pour in the stock and Worcestershire sauce and bring to the boil then pour over the beef. Add the bay leaf and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 1/2 hrs. 3. Heat the rest of the oil in a clean frying pan and fry the mushrooms for 1-2 mins until browned. Add to the casserole and cook for a further 20-30 mins until the meat is tender. 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut out 4 x 13cm (5in) rounds. Place on a baking sheet; glaze with beaten egg and use the tip of a knife to lightly score a criss-cross pattern. 5. When the casserole is cooked remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 220C, 425F, Gas 7. Bake the pastry rounds for 10-15 mins until risen and golden. Split open each pastry round; spoon some of the casserole over the base and top with a pastry lid. 58

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Pepe Estevez looks forward to welcoming you to his renowned Italian restaurant

Established for 22 successful years We serve an authentic choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes freshly cooked to order by our renowned Bangladeshi chef

Pre-Xmas Promotion Mon-Fri (Monday 6th-Friday 24th Dec inc)

House specials served daily

Set Lunch - £19.50 - Three courses Set Dinner - £21.50 - Three courses

Takeaway service available, with 10% discount on all orders over £15

Christmas Lunch

Outside catering available for large parties.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

£49 - Four courses

£57 - Four courses

We are open 7 days a week, inc Bank Holidays 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm

Booking strongly advised Á la carte dining always available

1 Craddocks Parade, Ashtead, KT21 1QL

01372 274810 / 273627

London Rd, Mick Mickleha leham, m, RH5 RH5 6EH

01932 223319

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Why not try our new branch The Mogul - 66 Terrace Road, Walton on Thames.

For a genuine relaxed and informal Thai dining experience, Surachart Thaweesin (Paul) and Phiwnaul Suebsang (Au) and family would like to extend a very warm welcome to you from Thai Pinto, their family-run Thai restaurant in the very heart of Leatherhead. All of our dishes are prepared using locally sourced ingredients where possible, spices and herbs essential to the unique flavour of Thai cuisine are imported directly from Thailand from our specialist London based importer. Our Head Chef, Patchanont Wetchapakdee (Nont) can boast many years’ experience in the art of Thai cooking and has worked in some of the finest hotels in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. Thai Pinto also offers an excellent takeaway service. We can cater for private parties in your home. The restaurant is also available for private hire, please contact us for further details. Please look out for our monthly specials, these include classic Thai dishes as well as more modern contemporary styles of Thai cuisine.

We look forward forward to welcom welcoming ing you soon soon 59

Clubs & Activities Is the stress of everyday life getting you down? How about spending a few hours on the riverbank?

We have some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mole River, various ponds around the area and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex. For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Eric) on 01372 377654, or visit: Spot the difference 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Special Class Nights Thursdays 2nd & 9th Tuesdays 21st & 28th

Then Thursdays from 6th January 07944 971195 | 01737 769600 |

Tues: Members £8 / Others £9 Thurs: Members £7 / Others £8 From 7.45pm to 11pm

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Thursdays 6.30-7.45pm £8 Last class 16th december

07944 971195 01737 769600


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GO50 at Age Concern Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. For more routes and information please contact Richard Jeffries on 01483 534706, or email December Guided Walks

Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended Wednesday 1st

Ranmore, 4 miles, meet 10.15am @ car park near Hogden Cottage, Hogden Lane, off Ranmore Common Road (Some steepish inclines, can be muddy)

Thursday 2nd

Banstead Woods, 4 miles, meet 10am @ Banstead Woods main car park, Holly Lane (Some hills, but not too testing. No stiles)

Tuesday 7th

Chessington, 7½ miles, meet 10am @ Horton Country Park car park, Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PL (Mostly level, varied walk)

Thursday 9th

Westhumble, 4½ miles meet 10am @ the Rykers café car park on A24 between Leatherhead & Dorking (Kingfisher spotting on River Mole. No stiles)

Monday 13th

Reigate Hill, 3½ miles, meet 10am @ Reigate Hill main car park, 200 yards from M25, junction 8 (Great views, with nothing too testing)

Wed 15th

Leatherhead, 4 miles, meet 10am @ Leatherhead Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL (Mole Gap Trail – long, moderate hill then easy stroll back)

Saturday 18th

Epsom Common, 4 miles, meet 10am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park on B280, KT18 7TR (Mainly flat, but can be muddy)

Monday 20th

Epsom Downs, 4½ miles, meet 10am @ public car park behind Lunch Box café, junction of Old London Road and Tattanham Corner Road, KT18 5PP (Circular walk with good views)

Tuesday 21st

Polesden Lacey, 4 miles, meet 10.15am @ pay-and-display car park at Polesden Lacey (NT members free) (Optional mince pies at the NT restaurant

Wed 29th

Brockham, 3½ miles, meet 10am @ Dukes Head on Brockham Green (park in Wheelers Lane) (Field paths and River Mole kingfisher spotting)

December Guided Cycle Rides

Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling Wednesday 1st

West Horsley, 15 miles, meet 10am @ King William IV pub car park, The Street, West Horsley (Challenging)

Monday 13th

Bocketts Farm, 13 miles, meet 10am @ Bocketts Farm (Intermediate)

Thursday 23rd

Ripley, 13 miles, meet 10am @ Ripley Green, behind the Half Moon pub (Intermediate)

December Guided Nordic Walks (bring your own poles) Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended

Friday 10th

Garsons Farm, 4½ miles, meet 10.15am @ Garsons Farm overflow car park, Winterdown Road, Esher (Undulating, with a few steep parts)

Thursday 16th

Horsell Common, 3½ miles, meet 10.15am @ Sandy Track car park, Horsell Common, off Shores Road (Coffee stop halfway. No stiles, but can be muddy) 62

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Get your skates on! Whether it’s for a bit of festive romance, frolics with friends or some family fun, skating on one of the many outdoor rinks in the UK is an essential winter experience, and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Over recent years, more and more ‘Winter Wonderlands’ have been opening up, transforming grey city centres and parks into fairytales with colourful lights, giant Christmas trees and carols. There’s plenty to do for all ages: cafes, markets and fairs accompany most rinks, and special sessions are available on the ice for beginners, tots and the over 55s. All you need to have a go is some long socks, gloves, a hat and a warm waterproof jacket – and extra padding is also good for those finding their feet (or blades!)

Some of the best rinks in the UK 1. Hampton Court Ice Rink, East Molesey Open: 27th November - 9th January Admission: £10-£11.50 adults, £7.50-£8 children (includes skate hire fee). Tickets can be purchased from, via telephone 0844 871 8815, or in person - from the Welcome Centre at Hampton Court Palace, which is open 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Advance booking recommended. Maximum adult skate size 13, minimum children’s skate size 8. Free entry to the Ice Rink Café. Hampton Court is served by frequent train and bus services. 2. Somerset House, London London has eight ice rinks in dazzling locations including the Natural History Museum, Hampton Court and Kew Gardens, presented by Tiffany & Co, this one tops the lot in terms of glamour. With London’s top DJ’s, Tom’s skate lounge serving hot soup and sandwiches and Tiffany’s tuck shop displaying an array of gorgeous cupcakes, sweets and jewellery, Somerset House offers something really special. Open until: January 23 Admission: One-hour session costs £10.50-£15 for adults, £7.50-£8.50 for children. Booking is recommended, with Ticketmaster (; 0844 847 1576) For more information, visit or call 020 7845 4600

Who can go? You don’t need to be Torvill or Dean to enjoy a little outdoor skating, but if you are taking children, it helps to have some experience on the ice as most rinks insist that under 10s are accompanied by an adult. If you’re thinking of taking a little one along, do check the rink’s minimum age beforehand and ensure that the venue stocks skates in their size. Some operate mother and toddler sessions and those with disabilities are often welcome, with wheelchair access straight onto the ice – but do make sure you book ahead. Many ice rinks offer discounted family and group tickets and for those who don’t wish to partake in the activity, there’s nearly always a cafe on the sidelines from which you can enjoy the skating with a mince pie or hot chocolate. When to go? Most are open throughout the Christmas period, but it’s well worth trying to get down mid-week for a quieter session. All rinks are closed on Christmas day, but do check individual websites for details.

4. Edinburgh’s Christmas, Scotland One of Europe’s largest, Edinburgh’s open-air ice rink is a spectacular winter attraction in a stunning setting beneath the Castle, the Old Town and Edinburgh’s Christmas lights. Open until: 4th January Admission: Adults £8.50, children £7.50 For info, visit or call 0131 440 1768 64

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5. Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire Situated in front of the cathedral and amidst a large German-style Christmas market the rink has skating, mulled wine and strudels on offer. For info, visit or call 01962 857276 6. Life Science Centre, Newcastle A temporary addition to the city’s Centre for Life, 50 metric tonnes of real ice transforms Times Square into a wintery wonderland. For a small supplement, skaters can visit the Science Centre and enjoy a show at the planetarium. For info, visit or call 0191 243 8210 7. The Eden Project, Cornwall Although not strictly an outdoor ice rink, this covered venue adds a whole new dimension to the must-see attraction. Skating lessons are available for beginners and is child-friendly with parent and child sessions and special ice time for the under 5s. For information, visit or call 01726 811911 8. Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, Wales Set against the magical backdrop of City Hall, Cardiff’s rink is accompanied by a Ferris wheel, carousel, live music fireworks and special guest appearances. For info, visit Edinburgh’s Open Air Ice Rink


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New term starts for popular Leatherhead Swim School swimming. There are both technical and aesthetic benefits, with a new look and new tiling throughout the swimming pool area, whilst behind the scenes a modern filtration system keeps the water cleaner than ever before. More leisure The reopening of the popular local pool after seven months of modernisation means that for Leatherhead residents those long after school journeys should now be a thing of the past – at least for swimming based activities. There is more good news for parents with the new downstairs viewing area and renovated cafeteria, reopened in June, which will make watching and cheering on their youngsters even more enjoyable.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre has announced that its popular Swim School will restart in January 2011. The Swim School offers children of all abilities from the age of three months upwards the chance to improve their swimming in a dedicated training pool with specialist coaching staff. Admissions are already being accepted and places are filling up fast.

As part of an enrolment drive Ollie the Octopus, the Swim School's mascot, has been touring the leisure centre and local primary schools. But parents don't need to wait to meet Ollie to book places.

Classes have now been reorganised and are even more convenient than before – with improved facilities, more flexible hours, and courses that now follow the set schemes of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). All students are continuously assessed by qualified ASA Instructors and work towards gaining badges, certificates and levels that are recognised throughout the country.

To sign up a child for the course, telephone Leatherhead Leisure Centre on 01372 377674 or drop by reception and make a reservation.

More classes There are now a lot more classes and a more convenient timetable to fit school hours. The new structure is also designed so that older children don't have to sit and wait so long whilst their younger siblings make a splash. Classes are beginning in January in the recently refurbished Leatherhead Leisure Centre pool. The Mole Valley District Council owned Leisure Centre has recently undergone a £12.6 million redevelopment which has resulted in new facilities offering a convenient and modern environment for children to enjoy and improve their 68

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Exam Coaching for: • 11 Plus • Common Entrance • GCSE • A/S Level • A Level Extra tutoring for au pair students taking English proficiency courses

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with Surrey Hills Onward Learning Many people have been inspired by Michael Wood’s story of England on TV. This is your chance to find out about your own little bit of England in the company of local historian Anne Milton-Worssell. Our class will be held at the Leatherhead Institute (and where more appropriate?) on Tuesdays from 1.45 to 3.15 starting on January 18. It costs £80 for ten sessions. Anne will talk about the church, the pubs (especially the Running Horse), the schools such as St John’s and St Mary’s Church of England School and the shops of yesteryear. Leatherhead weathered the experience of the Black Death, the Civil War and World War 1, and some local people made a particular contribution during these troubled times – the Tylneys, the Howards, the Rev James Dalloway and the Leaches. All the History courses we ran during the autumn term were full. But here is a new opportunity to participate in this very popular subject.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 23

Matten’s Tea Gardens - Rectory Lane - Ashtead The top picture shows Mrs. Rose Matten in 1906 outside her shop in Rectory Lane, with a signboard advertising the Ashtead Tea Gardens. The gardens were situated at the back of the shop, but easily accessible from The Street. This tranquil scene symbolises the typical Cyclists Rest of the Edwardian days. Above the shop was mounted a Penny Farthing Bicycle ( also know as the Ordinary) The gentleman on the right hand side in the top picture and the one below with the lamb at his feet is Mr. James Matten. Matten’s Tea Gardens was a popular refreshment stop for the large number of cyclists coming out of London and on to Box Hill and possibly even further. James Matten was a Mechanical Engineer by profession. The family originally came from Suffolk. They later moved to Essex before settling in Ashtead. Goff Powell

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Warning - Computer Scam - Windows Service Centre The A & L Local magazine has been advised that people are receiving telephone calls from a business calling itself the Windows Service Centre (WSC), who are informing them that Microsoft keep an eye on their computers. They are suggesting that computers could be filling up with junk and infected files which could cause serious damage, and these infected files are not always picked up by anti-virus software. WSC say that if your computer is switched on, they could check it there and then. However, if you ask for a telephone number so that you can return their call, the telephone is quickly put down at their end. When dialling 1471 you will find that their number is withheld. Les Beer, who owns Technology Resources in Leatherhead, confirmed that one of his customers followed the instructions, and was asked to enter a link (which enabled the caller to have access to his computer). He was then advised there were suspect files present, and offered a 3-year service contract for £300 to eradicate them. He declined the offer, but a few days’ later he discovered that his credit card had been debited for £160. Microsoft have confirmed that they do not make telephone calls unless they have a request for technical support from their customers. Mole Valley Police and Surrey Trading Standards have both confirmed that this is a bona fide scam. Advice received from the Police: We just want people to hang

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Meredith’s Memories ‘Dissectologist’

51cm). I have since had two modern electric saws which are really too sophisticated for my purposes with several additional facilities and attachments. 99% of my machine use is cutting jigsaws and if I had the option I would not hesitate to buy another identical saw like my old faithful basic machine, no frills and easy to change blades. An acquaintance who was connected with the Leatherhead Lions Carnival at the Leisure Centre at that time and was aware of my activities suggested that I took a table in the craft marquee, and I thought ‘Why not?’ I took seven puzzles and sold one! Undaunted, I booked in at another three day craft event at Cobham Village Hall and sold 27 puzzles. Then followed ten happy and successful craft fair years in which I sold 984 puzzles and collected £2942 for them. Those years provided an interesting opportunity to like-minded people with many varied skills although I have never come across another puzzle maker at the fairs. There is a lot of satisfaction in making an article which people are happy to buy. BUT, I have always re solved that cutting puzzles should be a hobby and a recreation and not let it become insidiously a burden of commitment, which I felt was happening. So, in 1990 I drew the line on craft fairs. By a remarkable coincidence I was approached in that very year by the British Jigsaw Puzzle Library, whose website is:, to become a regular cutter. I welcomed the idea and the system in which they supplied the pictures, paid a fixed rate per hundred pieces and left the cutter completely free to return the finished puzzle whenever he chose. We had a happy working relationship for many years, and I must mention that The Queen is a keen jigsaw puzzler (as was Queen Victoria) and is an active member of BJPL whereby members receive parcels of puzzles on a yearly basis for their enjoyment, and I am told that some of my puzzles have been sent to the Palace. Finally, a few statistics: No of puzzles cut to date 1840; Recorded in logbook with serial number, date, no of pieces, buyer when known - 1700; Not record - 140 small children’s puzzles. Largest 45” x 20” (114cm x 51cm) 1760 pieces. Smallest 3” x 3” (7.5cm x 7.5cm) 120 pieces. Final Craft Fair October 2010 - Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Funds.

Dissect, according to my dictionary is to ‘cut into pieces’ therefore Dissectologist is an apt label to attach to a jigsaw puzzle cutter. I was an early member of the Benevolent Confraternity of Dissectologists B.C.D.) founded in 1986 for aficionados of jigsaw puzzles who cut, assemble or collect them. I have been fascinated by these puzzles from early childhood. My earliest puzzle memory depicted sheep being shorn; it was a robust wooden puzzle in an equally strong wooden box with a picture on its sliding lid, sold

by Harrods whose name was overprinted on the picture, I still have the puzzle but sadly minus the box. All the early puzzles that I can remember were wooden, as the great cardboard era was still to come. Woolworths were one of the pioneers in Britain with the ‘Lumar’ range in the late 1920’s and 30’s. My early attempts at making puzzles were using a handheld jigsaw frame and my magnum opus as a teenager was a puzzle depicting two racing tea clippers on a nice coloured print which had been displayed in the window of the International Store in Rectory Lane, which is now Alldays. Mr Thompson who was then manager, let me have the print eventually. Forty years later, after a passive interim of assembling puzzles of shapes and sizes the old urge to get cutting was rekindled. I bought my electric machine and I soon discovered that there were several people ready to buy hand cut wooden puzzles, especially for children. I was next aware of the limitations of my Vibro saw because of its restriction on size of puzzle. So I got myself a Cowell saw from a firm in Norfolk, the saw had a longer throat which enabled me to cut a larger puzzle with interlocking pieces, up to 45” x 20” (114cm x

Give me to fashion a thing Give me to shape and to mould I have found out the song I can sing I am happy, delivered and bold

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Meredith Worsfold in 1930

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Ashley Centre, Epsom, Christmas Light Switch On. Festive fun begins at 2pm with face painting, balloon modelling, magic, stilt walking+! The Light Switch On show commences at 5pm on the balcony. This year's show features a Christmas carol singalong, performances by the stars of Dick Whittington and His Wonderful Cat and special guest Santa! For details call 01372 742548 or go to

Friday 3rd DECEMBER

Soundbytes Choir Candlelight Concert: Enjoy an evening of song, from Eva Cassidy to Nina Simone. Free Entry. Ashtead Baptist Church, 192 Barnett Wood Lane, KT21 2LW, 7.45pm. More details: 01372 278016,

Saturday 4th

St Peter's Catholic Primary School Christmas Fair, Grange Rd, Leatherhead, 12-2.30pmSanta's Grotto, Christmas Stalls, Games, Raffle, Bouncy Castle and cafe. Entrance £1.

Saturday 4th

Christmas Bazaar, British Legion Hall, Upper Fairfield Rd, Leatherhead. 11am-2pm. Free entry. Gifts, cakes, tombola, refreshments, new and good as new.

Saturday 4th

Christmas Shopping Market, St Giles’ Infants School, Dene Rd, Ashtead. 9am-12pm. Christmas trees, Santa’s grotto, stalls, gift ideas. Entrance £1.50 adults, 30p children.

Saturday 4th

The English Arts Chorale will perform Handel’s great oratorio, Messiah in St Mary’s Church, Reigate. With conductor, Leslie Olive, the Camerata of London and a fine lineup of soloists this will be a wonderful start to the Christmas season. Candle-lit church, mulled wine and mince pies. Details from the website or tel 01737 762097.

Saturday 4th

Fetcham Welcomes Christmas Event, see page 54

Saturday 4th

Leatherhead Christmas Festival, see centre pages (52-53)

Sunday 5th

Charity Christmas Fair in support of The Brigitte Trust, Denbies Wine Estate, 10.30am4pm. Christmas gifts, cards, crafts, jewellery, plants, tombola, cakes, children’s stalls, books, CDs, table decorations, wreaths, fashion accessories and stress relief and relaxation with massages. Free admission. Family fun for all.

Tuesday 7th

Ashtead Victorian Christmas Shopping Evening, see page 51

Thursday 9th

Dorking Gala Night. 6pm-9pm. ‘A Musical Christmas’ is this year’s theme. Shops and businesses across the town dress up as well-loved characters from stage and screen musicals. Live nativity scene at St Martin’s Walk Shopping Centre, Santa’s grotto, entertainment by the cast of Dorking Halls panto, and scenes from ‘West Side Story’. Santa Claus and his elves frolic on South Street, with barn dancing on West Street and roving carol singers.

Saturday 11th

The Winter Ball 2010, Duchess’ Stand, Epsom Racecourse. Champagne reception from 7pm. Black tie. £60 per person, or a table of ten for £540 (three course meal, wine, live band). Raffle and auction, in aid of Help for Heroes. Tickets from, or call James on 07766 200 106

Saturday 11th

Fetcham Village Christmas Fair, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, Fetcham, KT22 9QS. 10am-12pm. Entrance £1 inc tea/coffee and mince pie, children free. Enjoy this family village event within the festively decorated hall whilst raising money for its upkeep. Raffle, ‘prize every time tombola’, children’s games, bric-a-brac, gifts, books, toys, cakes, refreshments... and Santa!

Saturday 15th JANUARY

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Dorking Halls, 7.30 pm. Conductor Grzegorz Nowak; Weber Overture to Der Freischütz; Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and ‘Cello; violin soloist Gabriel Ng, ‘cello soloist Irene Enzlin; students from the Yehudi Menuhin School; Dvorak Symphony No.9 From the New World. Tickets £12, £18, £24, £27 (students half price, children under 16 accompanied by an adult quarter price), 01306 740619 and Dorking Halls box office 01306 881717 or on line at 78



CAROLS CARO LS for CHA CHARI RITY TY SATURDAY 11th DECEMBER Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 10 am until 12 pm Tea and Coffee will be available.

Come and sing favourite carols of the Christmas Season with ACS This year we are supporting PARKINSON’S UK and St RAPHAEL’S HOSPICE, NORTH CHEAM

Admission £1

isit Father Christmas at Bocketts Farm this December V voted by ‘The Guardian’ as one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa! Children love the trailer ride on the Santa Express to his magical hay barn workshop where each child receives an exciting present. Plus there’s no queuing because you can enjoy the farm while waiting for your allocated time.

Santa will be here 2nd – 24th December and pre-booking is only necessary for groups of 8 or more children. Only £4.95 per child when you are paying farm entry and £8.95 for those only wishing to see Santa. Also this December, there will be hundreds of Christmas trees and wreaths on sale. Plus, our Gift Shop is open every day stocking a fantastic range of gifts and toys for all ages, and the Old Barn Tearooms will be serving homemade mince pies and mulled wine for you to enjoy. Also, don't miss our first set of new born lambs, with 30 expected from early December! 79


Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group - demonstration by David Thomson ‘Winter Wonderland’. 1.45pm, APMH. Visitors £4, all welcome. 01372 279501

Wednesday 1st

Ashtead WI, APMH, 7.30pm. Talk entitled ‘My life at Heathrow’. Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wednesday 1st (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat. 15th Children’s Christmas Party - tickets in advance only

Thursday Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, 2nd (weekly) Doris Gibson 01372 374160. GO50 Leatherhead Health Walk. Meet 10.15am for 10.30am start at Leatherhead Thursday Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. Walk will last for about 1½ hours and cover 2-3 miles. 2nd (weekly) Richard Jeffries, Age UK Surrey, 01483 534706, Thursday 2nd (mthly)

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

Day Centre Luncheon Club, arrive 10.30-11am, lunch served at 12.30pm, £3.50 per Thursday visit. Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Some vacancies currently exist. 2nd (weekly) More info from Mary Fenton Jones 01372 276042 Friday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am -11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. From homemade cakes to homegrown plants and lots more. Refreshments served. Christmas Market Thursday 23rd.

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10am-12pm. The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now featuring Christmas stock of haberdashery (fabric, ribbons, stickers) and beautiful greetings cards. (Not 24th or 31st)

Friday 3rd (weekly)

Coffee morning serving home made cheese and fruit scones. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in the 1980’s to raise funds for APMH maintenance and provide a friendly venue for people to meet friends, new visitors always welcome.

Tues 7th or Friday 10th

The Mystical Nativity by Botticelli. This beautiful painting is in the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. Why not learn more about the life and times of this great Italian Renaissance artist with the Ashtead Art Lovers? 7.30 pm. £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235: email

Ashtead Friday Market, 9.00am - 12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free entry. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac and much more. Denbies Christmas Farmers’ Market and Late Night Shopping, 4pm-8pm, Denbies Monday 20th Wine Estate, Dorking.

Friday 10th

December Walks Sat 4th Sat 11th Sat 18th Mon 27th

Late Autumn walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. 1½-2 hours, 4 miles. Donation to charities. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on Sat 4th 10.30 a.m. Meet at Reigate Heath, Flanchford Rd Sat 11th 10.30 a.m. Box Hill NT CP by shop Sat 18th 10.30 a.m. Silent Pool, west of Shere, A25 Mon 27th 10.30 a.m. Top Young St CP (Cnr Hawk's Hill)

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Burns Night Supper Friday 21st January 2011

Rotary Club of Leatherhead ‘Burns Night Supper’. 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking. Tickets £45 (£40 if booked before 30th Nov) for traditional four course supper (inc haggis, neeps, tatties and a ‘wee dram’). Traditional Scottish music, singing and dancing. Dress: Formal Scottish / Black Tie.

This is always a popular event, so be sure to book early. Further info/tickets from Simon Edmands 07753 821964.

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London’s East End - 1960s Album A photographic study by Steve Lewis

The photographs in this book capture the gritty reality of life in East London during the “Swinging” Sixties. As the images graphically illustrate, the pop revolution and the early stirrings of flower power had little discernible impact on the working-class Cockney. East Enders were preoccupied with other concerns: widespread poverty, poor housing, industrial unrest, racial tension… Steve who comes from Fetcham (now retired) worked on The Sun newspaper for 35 years and covered the “manor” for the local press and picture agencies. On quiet days he focused on the disappearing vignettes of street life: the milkman straining under the weight of his Edwardian handcart; the rag-and-bone man plodding the streets on horse-drawn wagon; the bicycle-borne totter with sign proclaiming: Complete Homes Purchased. “I looked back at the photographs after 40 years and realised how much had changed in my working life as a photographer. The speed of life in general… it was quite normal to see a horse and cart outside your house selling a variety of goods and the rag and bone man would do his rounds once a week. With health and safety as it is these days can you imagine the lollipop lady being aloud to take her child in a pram to work with her and leaving the pram on the pavement while she works or the pub that allowed the donkey in with its owner for a beer.”

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Vienna Festival Ballet - Sleeping Beauty

Friday 10th December 7.30pm: Tickets £18.50; Friends £16, Under 16s £12.50 Vienna Festival Ballet returns to town with their traditional, enchanting production of The Sleeping Beauty. A classic fairy tale set to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes, all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

Pantomime - Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday 14th Dec - Saturday 1st January: For info, see page 77

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Wednesday 1st December 8pm - Barnstormers Comedy Thursday 9th 8.30pm Open Mic Night Friday 17th 8.30pm Jazz Christmas Special Films playing during Dec - please check with box office or website for screenings: Red - with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren The Social Network - the story of Facebook My Afternoons with Margueritte (subtitled) - with Gérard Dépardieu Another Year - written & directed by Mike Leigh, stars Jim Broadbent The American - starring George Clooney 84

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RNLI - How you can help “There’s not much call for a Lifeboat round here is there?” Nearly every time that I have been standing outside a supermarket in the Leatherhead area with a collection bucket someone will cheerfully make this observation. I usually reply, “Wait until the ice caps melt!” Following the Marchioness disaster in 1989, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was asked to provide safety cover on the River Thames. I was keen to use my rescue boat training and join a crew but found I was already too old so I happily took on the role of Treasurer of our Sutton branch and then moved to be Chairman of our newly reforming Bookham and Leatherhead branch 18 months ago. I said at the time that I would rather not be involved in store collections but reluctantly did a couple of hours outside a store. This was a revelation as I soon found that people are really very nice and love to pass some time chatting as well as giving up their loose change.

grateful but please feel free to come and have a chat with us. Lots of you have tales to tell us about your sea-side experiences and we enjoy hearing them. Richard Bywaters Chairman, Bookham & Leatherhead Branch Royal National Lifeboat Institution email or phone 020 8393 7757 or contact David Richmond-Coggan Honorary Branch Secretary email or phone 01372 378812

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

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Transition Ashtead Home electricity generation and the Feed-in Tariff Scheme explained The global energy supply and demand situation is changing – and the UK is responding by aiming to generate 20% of the UK’s energy from renewable sources by 2020. This, combined with a commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from energy generation by 80% by 2050 is, to put it mildly, is a bit of a challenge! Transition Ashtead likes a challenge and formed the Energy Group to help Ashtead play its part in this developing scenario. It is increasingly recognised that, as well as making homes more energy efficient, we also need to have renewable energy produced in our homes. The UK Government has introduced the so-called “Feed-in Tariffs” (FiTs) to support small-scale renewable technologies. These schemes are widely used in the rest of Europe and have been particularly successful in Germany. In the UK, the FiT guarantees long term payment for electricity generated from small renewable schemes. For Photo-Voltaic (PV) electricity systems (some of the panels you see on roofs), this means a guaranteed 25 year contract period. The new Coalition Government has reaffirmed its support for the scheme. There are three ways you can earn or save money from the FiT. Firstly, you get paid for each unit of electricity produced (41.3p per unit for small retro-fitted PV systems). Secondly, it pays you an additional 3p per unit for any electricity exported back to grid. And thirdly, there is the reduction on the amount of electricity you have to buy from your usual electricity supplier. Estimates for an average FiT PV system give an 8 -9% rate of return on your investment. A 2 kilowatt (peak power - kWp) system earns about £800 per year and reduces your electricity bill by about another £120 per year. See the Energy Saving Trust website for details So how much would you need to invest to get this return? Most domestic systems are between 1.5kWp and 3kWp, costing between £4,500 and £7,000 per kWp, plus a fixed cost of around £23000; so an average 2kWp system will cost in the region of £10,000 to £12,000. Some installers will give a discount for quantity purchases from community groups (e.g. Transition Towns). In most cases, solar panels are installed on the roof, (but can go on suitable walls). They need to face within about 45 degrees of south and not be shaded by trees, buildings or other obstacles. About 8 square metres of panel are needed per kWp of capacity. There are a few other restrictions e.g. house must be owned, not in a conservation area or listed etc., and the system must be installed by an approved and qualified company. But before investing in renewable energy generation, make sure you’ve done the “cheap and easy” things to reduce your energy use – insulation, draft-proofing, turning down the thermostat etc. Reduce waste before you generate! Transition Ashtead are holding an evening meeting on the topic of home solar energy systems (both PV electricity and solar thermal systems for hot water) - a good opportunity to learn from the experiences of Ashtead residents who already have these systems on their homes. Look out for posters and web info for date and details. Barrie Mould Transition Ashtead Energy Group

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House & Garden November’s crossword answers Large Crossword Across: 1 Assistants, 6 Step, 9 Afterwards, 10 Lake, 12 Dictionaries, 15 Parched, 16 Emotion, 17 Compete, 19 Channel, 20 Conversation, 23 Atom, 24 Relatively, 25 Toss, 26 Understood. Down: 1 Away, 2 Site, 3 Straightened, 4 Awaited, 5 Tadpole, 7 Traditions, 8 Pleasantly, 11 Laboratories, 13 Spacecraft, 14 Tremendous, 18 Eastern, 19 Cottage, 21 Memo, 22 Dyed.

General Knowledge Crossword Across: 1 Lama, 3 Tropical, 9 Samoyed, 10 On-air, 11 Ex-servicemen, 14 Ass, 16 Gnats, 17 USA, 18 Point of order, 21 Garbo, 22 Sea legs, 23 Goebbels, 24 Coke. Down: 1 Las Vegas, 2 Mumps, 4 Red, 5 Professional, 6 Chateau, 7 Lard, 8 Hydrogen bomb, 12 Imago, 13 Lacrosse, 15 Scourge, 19 Diego, 20 Agog, 22 Sol.

Ashtead Rotary Club Honours Heroes on Armistice Day At a dinner held on the 11th day of the 11th month, members of the Rotary Club of Ashtead gathered at Tyrrell’s Wood Golf Club to honour wounded service personnel. Their President Maurice Pagella handed over a cheque for £6000 to James Burns of Help for Heroes. Guests and members heard of the wonderful work being funded by Help for Heroes at Headley Court and were very moved by two short DVD clips showing the work of rehabilitation which allows severely wounded personnel to learn to walk again. A particularly moving story was that of Mark Ormrod who was blown up by a landmine in Afganistan on Christmas Eve 2007 and lost both legs and an arm. Through personal courage and the miracle workings of Headley Court he was able to walk down the aisle at his wedding earlier this year. He is now working as a mentor for others who have been severely injured. This donation represents part of the monies raised by Ashtead Village Day, organised by Rotary in June this year and made possible by the generosity of villagers and sponsoring businesses. Guests at the dinner included the Chairman of Mole Valley Council John Northcott, Councillor Chris Hunt, Howard Jones, Chairman of Ashtead Conservatives, Paul Le Versha of the ARA, Zen George of the ‘Ashtead & Leatherhead Local’ magazine and Phil Bates, General Manager of Ashtead Hospital. A second reason for holding the dinner which was attended by some 90 Rotarians and guests was to recognise the 30th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Ashtead Rotary Club held in 1980 in the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Six founder members were present and the club continues to flourish with 30 members and always welcomes new faces. Details from Brian on 01372 275860. 94

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‘As the days lengthen, the cold strengthens’ is one of those faintly irritating sayings from bygone days. Like most country saws, there was a lot of truth in it. Unless you live in the Scottish highlands, you are unlikely to experience a prolonged period of sub-zero temperatures until the year has turned, and the days are lengthening. So now is the time to think about protecting those outdoor plants that are not absolutely bone-hardy. Many people believe that this is one task too many in the garden, and that plants must take their chance; either they will die, in which case you replace them with something different and potentially more interesting, or else they survive and you will have been justified in doing nothing. But there are plenty of plants on whose survival I really do not wish to gamble. Apart from anything else, I find I can never depend on acquiring a plant a second time around. Most gardens will contain one or two slightly tender plants, which may suffer every year, even if only by way of frosted young leaves in spring. And there are herbaceous plants, which we don’t want to dig up each autumn and preserve indoors, such as dahlias, Salvia patens and Cosmos atrosanguineus. Bubble wrap is almost ideal because, being transparent, it lets the plant continue to receive some light. It’s important not to wrap it tightly round the plant, which must be allowed to transpire without becoming sweaty and fungus-prone and, ideally, to photosynthesise once dormancy ends in the spring. Bubble wrap is also ideal for wrapping around inexpensive terracotta pots that are prone to frost-shattering. The growing medium in containers freezes more easily than soil in the border, so the roots of even hardy plants in pots are vulnerable to frost damage in cold spells. In the past, dry straw and dried bracken were popular winter insulators, placed round a plant, loosely wrapped round and secured with hessian. Neither is easy to come by now, and hessian isn’t cheap. You can still get it from Nutscene, for example, online. For small plants, much the best material is

spun ‘fleece’. Easy to get hold of, not expensive, and excellent for protecting the crowns of tender perennials, such as Salvia patens, because it can be cut to size and held down with pegs or by soil heaped on its edges. It can also be laid in more than one layer in severe weather. It is also ideal for throwing over a small plum or peach tree in flower, or a vulnerable hydrangea, if frost is forecast in early spring. You can buy fleece jackets to slip over containers. Haxnicks supply them in three sizes. They also sell designer-print fleece jackets in ‘Autumn Leaf’, ‘Snowflake’ and ‘Green Leaf’. Fleece can be a bit flimsy for windswept places, easily blown away if not well secured. It rarely lasts more than two seasons, but is so easy to handle that it takes the hard work out of winter protection. In a hard winter, that could be the difference between life and death. So in the words of another irritating saying from my childhood, ‘wrap up warm or you won’t feel the benefit’. © Ursula Buchan, 2010 96

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The Night Before Christmas

8th-24th December - Epsom Playhouse The Epsom Playhouse is breaking with tradition this December and offering a pre Christmas show in the Myers Studio Theatre for 2-7 year olds and their families, in addition to the theatre’s annual pantomime in the main auditorium. It is a truly unique event, combining a live Christmas show with a traditional ‘grotto’ experience where children can meet Father Christmas, have photos taken* and receive a special gift. By combining the two it’s a festive treat for parents and children alike! Father Christmas’ lovable but naughty Elf is busy in the workshop wrapping all the children’s presents for him to deliver...or is he? What is he hiding? Is he secretly keeping some toys for himself? With a little help from the audience Father Christmas explains the real meaning of Christmas. Full of songs, poems and stories, this is the perfect winter treat. * Parents/Guardians can bring their own cameras for taking photos with Father Christmas.

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Christmas their own lives at risk but also the lives of their passengers, other road users and pedestrians.

The safety and security of ourselves and our homes should be a year round concern but, around Christmas and the Festive Season, many of us are out and about - travelling to and from events, parties and visiting friends and family. This can also mean that we are leaving our homes unoccupied for periods of time.

Although there is a “legal limit” of alcohol for driving in the UK, it is well recognised that any amount in your body when you drive will affect your ability to react. Other factors, such as tiredness, medications and stress can also slow down your reaction times. Mix any of these factors with alcohol and you could be under the influence of a potentially lethal cocktail.

In terms of home security, please remember to consider that opportunist burglars will look for premises where access is the easiest and where it appears that they may be something valuable to steal. Around Christmas, many of us buy presents for our families and friends. Do consider how they are stored in your home and try not to make it too obvious that there are “rich pickings” to be had. No one would suggest that you cannot decorate your home as you please and, around Christmas time, many people like to put presents around a tree, often in full display from a front window. Please bear in mind making sure that access to your home is protected with suitable locks on doors and windows. If you have an alarm system, please remember to use it.

It is for these reasons that we want to highlight the vital importance of protecting yourself and others at this time of year by planning alternative and safe ways of getting around if you are planning to have a drink. Consider using public transport, booking a taxi or asking a non-drinking friend or relative to drive or, at least, collect you. You can always offer to return the favour! Surrey Police officers have a duty of care to enforce the law and to protect the public and part of this is to take robust action against anyone found to be driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Putting some downstairs lights to come on with a timer switch can be a good idea. We do not recommend having a landing light come on with the ground floor in darkness as this does not convince anyone that the premises is occupied. A low level hall light on a timer would be a better option.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Tel: 01483 630809

Once presents are unwrapped, consider how you dispose of wrapping and packaging of expensive items. Leaving them outside for the next collection can show a potential burglar that there is something worth taking.

To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999

Your local team can also be contacted by email to

When out and about, everyone should also consider the serious issues of drinking and driving.

Surrey Police officers enforce the “drinkdrive” law every day. We are aware, however, that this time of year can present increased problems and our officers will be targeting those who are irresponsible enough to drink and drive, not only putting 98

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M D Edwards & Son Kitchen & Bathroom Specialists

Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens and Bathrooms supplied and installed to a very high standard. Excellent Portfolio and local references. We also have a complete team of qualified tradesmen: Builder, Plasterer, Electrician, Heating Engineer, Tiling and Flooring Specialists

Fully Insured for your your peac peace e of mind Project managed managed by us from design to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs new hinges, drawer runners, etc. No job too small.

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Book Reviews In December Barton’s front window will become Leatherhead’s biggest Advent Calendar. Every book revealed will be at a 10% discount for the rest of the month and at a 20% discount on the day of reveal only. So check back regularly to catch the book of the day. A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil MacGregor £30.00 Travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. This story is told exclusively through the things that humans have made, carefully designed and then either admired and preserved or used, broken and thrown away. MacGregor has chosen just a hundred objects from different points on our journey - from a cooking pot to a golden galleon, from a Stone Age tool to a credit card, and each object comes from the collection of the British Museum.

fresh material from Spain to trace the dramatic events of her life through Catherine of Aragon's own eyes. LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster £18.99 This title helps to become a LEGO Brickmaster. If your child loves LEGO bricks, they'll enjoy this book complete with 240 fantastic LEGO bricks and 2 figures which make 8 models - great value for money. Watch as they find out all about building with the LEGO bricks provided while they take on Darth Vader, in "LEGO Brickmaster Star Wars".

An A-Z of Railways Paul Atterbury £14.99

An A - Z of Railways is a delightful celebration of a golden age. Arranged alphabetically, it deals with the minutiae of railway life as well as the great stations and trains. It is copiously illustrated with photos and ephemera and entertainingly captioned by bestselling author and antiques expert Paul Atterbury. It immerses you in all things railways, from Ambulance trains and station Art to Zzzzz - sleeping on the train. Packed with archive photographs of trains and life on the old railways "An A - Z of Railways" is an evocative compilation of all things railway.

John Craven’s Countryfile Handbook John Craven £12.99 John Craven has been presenting Countryfile since its launch in 1989. Now he has distilled all his knowledge and wisdom into The Countryfile Handbook. It offers practical information: - How to tell the difference between the swallow, martin and swift How to learn the various sheepdog calls - The do's and don't's of foraging - How lichen can help tell us how clean the air is informative essays on rural issues: Why hedgerows are important - Saving British meadows - Reintroducing beavers plus useful (and entertaining) facts and figures: - Did you know an acre is the space needed to park 200 cars? - 10 things to do with a stinging nettle - What to do if you see a sheep on its back? Together with stories and anecdotes from the programme, this book really will become your Countryfile companion.

Catherine of Aragon Giles Tremlett £20.00 The image of Catherine of Aragon has always suffered in comparison to the vivacious eroticism of Anne Boleyn. But when Henry VIII married Catherine, she was an auburn-haired beauty in her 20s with a passion she had inherited from her parents. Giles Tremlett's new biography is the first in more than four decades to be dedicated entirely and uniquely to the tenacious woman whose marriage lasted twice as long as those of Henry's five other wives put together. It draws on

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Issue 62, December 2010. Never underestimate the importance of community.