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Last posting dates for Christmas

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Ashtead Christmas Shopping Evening

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Give a cat a home

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Christmas traditions

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Send a letter from Santa - NSPCC

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Ashtead WI

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Police burglary reduction campaign

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Quiz - Working Titles

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Christmas tree recycling

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Leatherhead Theatre

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Your perfect Christmas - a story

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Cherkley Campaign

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Leatherhead Lions Xmas Float route

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Recipe - Sachertorte

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Age UK Walks/Cycling

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Ashtead Rotary Club donations

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First steps towards AONB enlargement

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Polesden Lacey events in December

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Ashtead Youth Centre

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What’s on? Pages 70-75

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Quiz - Christmas

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Interview with Paul Carrack

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Simple crossword

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Transition Ashtead

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World Sight Walkabout Day

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Local history article

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Book reviews

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Halloween fun in Leatherhead

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Andy’s blog

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MV Police column

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Christmas crossword

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Gardening - a real Christmas tree

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Support Pan Concerts for Children

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December’s crosswords

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Leatherhead Christmas Festival

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Beat the cold with the RHS

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Brigitte Trust needs volunteers

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Useful numbers

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Solutions on page 86

Ashtead Residents’ Association

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From the Publisher Well here we are, Christmas is almost upon us and, as ever, I am about to explode with excitement, my cakes are ready to be finished off - this year I’m going for a nut and glacé fruit topping to ring the changes. The Christmas cards will be written, the tree decorated and the house will look, in my mind, a colour plate from Homes & Gardens, but I am deluding myself... It’s the only time of year that gold, red, green, silver and purple will ever be seen together in one room. The Leatherhead Christmas Festival starts off the season on Saturday 3rd December - all the details can be found in the centre pages. Ashtead’s Christmas Shopping evening will be held on Tuesday 6th December - details overleaf, and the Leatherhead Lions’ Santa’s Christmas float will begin touring around the area from Sunday 4th, and this year their chosen charity will be Combat Stress, so please give generously, details on page 24. What larks we had in October. My partner Matthew, and I took a well-earned break for a few days and hired a boat on the Norfolk Broads. It was one of the funniest breaks we ever had. Trying to moor a 36ft cruiser was a challenge in itself. I was the one who picked the short straw and jumped from the boat onto dry land to moor the bloomin’ thing, I was getting so fed up with it by the end of the holiday that I was jumping on the bank wearing my slippers much to the amusement of the locals, at which point we then decided to christen my slippers ‘Maureens’ - do you see what we were doing there? Since the beginning of October I have been on a low-fat diet. Not really a keen or serial dieter, I chose to cook lovely, flavourful meals - made with garlic, chillies, ginger and all manner of spices and have since lost 1½ stones, but sadly this has made no difference to my chin... Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2011. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

A few weeks ago, whilst on my regime, I thought I could do with some exercise as I am now officially the size of a small terraced house, and joined Curves gym on Kingston Road, Leatherhead. Now for those of you who know me, I dislike any form of physical activity, other than walking to the fridge or bending down to remove a pizza from the oven, and it will also come as a huge surprise to you that I am actually starting to quite enjoy my 30 minute sessions at the club. I think what’s so nice about Curves is that the members are made up of women of all ages and sizes and it is very friendly. Sylvia - who runs the club - is very welcoming, and is ably assisted by two sisters - the lovely Charlotte and Holly - who do their utmost to encourage me (not a pretty sight) and my half hour passes very quickly. Essentially it is circuit training consisting of different machines, and in between the equipment are stations where you do star jumps, kicks and all sorts of aerobic stuff, so there isn’t really any time to get bored. Curves can be found between the fish and chip shop and Leatherhead ambulance station... I would like to thank The Greville School in Ashtead for their help in providing such a cheerful and seasonal front cover this month and for the pupils being so very well behaved when Andy Newbold showed up to take the photos. Finally, all that remains is for me to wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas with your loved ones. My very best wishes,

Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 www.ashteadresidents.org.uk That’s 2011 done... I thought it was an age thing to be saying “Where has the year gone?” but it seems to be across all ages. It must be because we are all so busy!

could run later than the present 6pm and have a Sunday service where there is none at present. If either of these proposals would benefit you, let Surrey know.

2011 for the ARA has seen changes to the Committee as highlighted at the April AGM. We still need more support and anyone wishing to help, whether on the Committee or as a ‘Friend’, should contact us on the number below. Committees are not everyone’s “cup of tea” but we can find a role for you outside this formality.

There are other suggestions that existing bus routes could be extended to include the A24 between Epsom, Ashtead and Leatherhead. If you live in the Stag Leys area or the new Parsons Mead development, would you find this convenient? Again let Surrey know. Booklets containing the proposals and a questionnaire can be picked up at the Library or you can ring 03456 099099 and one will be posted to you. For those ‘on-line’ go to the ARA’s web site and follow the links there.

Our Road Stewards’ drinks and refreshments evening in July was an opportunity to “communicate” and bid our farewells to the outgoing Chairman, Paul LeVersha and thank him for his sterling work. The Autumn Meeting was very well attended with interesting presentations on the proposed rebuild of Ashtead Station, and the Olympic Cycle Race through Surrey and the opportunities and challenges it presents.

SCC needs to know your thoughts so take this opportunity to contact them and help improve our bus service.

What then for 2012? It will bring its challenges and issues I have no doubt. Will Tesco resurface and declare its revised intentions? How will the Cherkley Court development affect us? What is the future for the Pippbrook site? What improvements will we see in Ashtead from the development funds available and our new £2M station? Not to mention Localism – will the Bill become Law by the end of the year?

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Late Night Shopping in Ashtead This successful annual event takes place on Tuesday 6th December from 4pm to 8pm. The ARA values our “village” character and is committed to support all shops and traders in Ashtead. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere (see right for details).

Jim Malynn Chairman ARA Are you a member of the ARA? If not, why not join and help us to become an even stronger voice for Ashtead? Membership currently costs £2.50 a year per household. If you would like to join or have a general query, please contact our Membership Secretary, Clare Ansett on 07733 621614 or by email on membsec@ashteadresidents.org.uk. She will be delighted to hear from you.

Again, if any of these topics stimulate your interest or you have your own ideas for improving Ashtead why not contact us? Surrey County Council Bus Review A review of buses in our area is taking place between 1st November and 31st January. For the 479 service, the main bus that serves Ashtead, there are no thoughts to make major changes but there is a possibility it 8


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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION As I write this report of the Association’s activities , the weather has changed , the leaves are falling and cold windy gusts of rain together with the sudden shortening of the days makes those balmy October days a far-off memory. And yet these have been busy days for the Association in conjunction with our partners in Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham. The Planning Application for the development of Cherkley Court has now been made to the Council. Many of us have attended consultations with the developers, and we can see the results of popular opinion in the way in which the scheme has been developed. Our visits to Cherkley House have been inspiring and fascinating even for non-golfers there is much to be seen within the house, including the views from it. On the other hand the scheme runs directly against the Local Plan. Such plans take years to produce. Indeed no sooner is one finally confirmed, than the work starts on the next version. This Plan which has been developed through numerous consultations with hundreds of people, is not to be put aside easily. And yet the applicants have made great efforts to skip around the reservations of the Planners and contributory organisations. But what if the venture fails, or is sold on to someone who does not honour the terms and spirit of the permission? What safeguards and conditions can the Council impose? Well I am glad that I don’t have to make the decision! However the Association is expected to give its views to the Development Control Committee. And so will the other Residents’ Associations (RAs), which I am sure that we all shall do. However there is more to life than a golf course, for some us at least. The Chairmen of the four RAs were invited to a meeting with the Council’s portfolio holder for the Council’s properties. We were told that there was much concern over the Council offices at Pippbrook in Dorking. The present building is a fine sight from the outside, but not all is

satisfactory within. Its large single glazed windows lose a lot of heat, and the multitude of floor levels provides many difficulties for movement within. However the building is now almost twice as large as it need be – even with the Police moving in from their Station in Moore Street. The Council has, of course, lost most of its housing staff, and the use of computers has generally reduced the size of the labour force. So renovation of the building to modern standards will be an expensive job, and still leave an excess of floorspace. Clearly there is a case for a new office building, and if sited elsewhere on the site, its construction need not impinge on the existing offices until it is complete. This leaves the opportunity to open up the site within its Planning designation for municipal and recreational use. However we felt that that is more a matter for Dorking as they will have to live with it more thus northerly folk. I need hardly say that these issues have lead to much emailing between the Chairmen and their committees. Without computers we would have had to convene a number of meetings – then the difficulties of getting everyone in one place at the same time. Computers have their uses so long as you do not become a slave to them. Now the Leatherhead Residents Association has a presence on Facebook, and I am told, on Twitter. But I really don’t understand it all now. It’s a long time since I built my first computer from a kit – three days of soldering up circuit boards with all the individual components, and then struggling with machine code to give some life to this over heating box of tricks. I took the cover off to help cool it, then accidentally dropped a paperclip into it. It took more than 3 days to diagnose all the blown components and damaged wiring. But I learnt a lot! Hubert Carr Chairman

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Santa Claus & the Christmas Adventure Wednesday 7th - Saturday 31st December

As well as the traditional pantomime, the Epsom Playhouse is offering younger visitors and their families an exciting festive event, which combines a live interactive Christmas show with a traditional grotto experience aimed at 2-8 year olds. An exciting addition to the show will be legendary magician Paul Daniels who no doubt will be a very special helper to Santa Claus. The adventure takes place at Santa’s HQ in the North Pole, The Reindeer Sat Nav is programmed and the toys are piled high on the sleigh, then…chaos strikes! Rudolph is missing and the Elves are misbehaving ... will Santa ever get the presents to all the boys and girls? Santa needs the children’s help, and in return they will get to meet him after the show and even receive a present. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the magic moment! A truly unforgettable experience, Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure promises to be a not to be missed festive treat – come and join the fun and help Santa save the day.

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Surrey Police launch campaign to reduce burglaries during the winter months Surrey Police has launched a campaign aimed at helping the county’s homeowners avoid becoming victims of burglary during the winter months. The county sees around a 33% increase in domestic burglaries between the months of October and December when the clocks go back and the evenings get darker. The campaign, titled “Burglars take more than you think - Don’t make it easy for them”, includes a short film and radio adverts urging the public to protect their homes and possessions and not to make life easy for burglars. The campaign has a step by step guide for the viewer on how they can protect their homes and possessions as we see how the young man gained entry. • • • •

Always lock back gates. Don’t leave valuables on view Never leave keys hidden outside Always set your burglar alarm

This campaign follows on from Surrey Police and Crimestoppers coming together to launch “Cash for information” to encourage the public to pass on information anonymously about burglars and the handling of stolen goods in return for a financial reward if an arrest and charge is made. Temporary Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall said “As the clocks go back and it starts to get darker earlier, the number of break-ins goes up. It is known that burglars often target properties that appear to be unoccupied and therefore making sure your home looks and feels like someone is at home can be all that is needed to keep your belongings safe. “Simple crime prevention measures can really make all the difference, such as leaving a few lights on and not having valuables in view from a window. The majority of burglars are opportunists, and if they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time, or risk being seen, they are likely to go elsewhere” Surrey Police is giving the following advice to help residents avoid becoming a victim of burglary as the winter months rapidly approach: • Light up your house – inside and outside. If you are out or away, use timer switches to turn internal lights on and off. • Make sure your doors are securely locked at all times. • Close and lock all windows – burglars can wiggle through any gap larger than a human head. • Fit locks at the top and bottom of patio doors. • A visible burglar alarm will make a burglar think twice. Make sure you set your alarm every time you leave your house. • Never leave garages or sheds unlocked. • Fit and lock gates across side and back entrances. • Be alert to strangers loitering in the street, If you don’t recognise them and they are acting suspiciously, call the police. • Don’t hide your keys under a mat or a flowerpot – it’s the first place a burglar will look. • Keep an inventory of your valuable property, either on paper or online with a company such as www.immobilise.com. • Use a property marking product to uniquely mark valuable possessions. For more information visit www.securedbydesign.com. • Beware of bogus callers. Use a door chain and check the callers identity carefully. If in doubt, keep them out. • And finally, if a burglar does get into your home handbags, wallets and car keys are rich pickings so never leave these items in view. 16


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Innovation with Experience by local Estate Agent, Richard Elphick FNAEA Many companies benefitting from over 45 years of market leading experience in a particular area would be tempted to sit back and be complacent. At Elphick Estate Agents we continue to innovate and improve our service which this month sees the complete overhaul of our website www.ashtead.com All our properties are published on the UK's leading property websites HOWEVER we are aware that most agents are on these sites which is why we have put so much investment into our own dedicated website www.ashtead.com which inevitably generates its own unique traffic specifically relating to peoples interest in our special Village. Whilst investing in the online world the Partners of Elphick Estate Agents are also heavily involved in the real world of promoting Ashtead Village, taking leading roles in many local organisations. One of the biggest events for our shopkeepers is the Christmas Shopping Evening which this year is being held on 6th December (see advert in this magazine). With Christmas in mind we have two invitations for Ashtead Residents: 1. Join us for a drink and a mince pie on the evening of Tuesday 6th December at our offices (71 The Street) 2. Call us for a FREE market valuation from now until 31 st January and we will offer a special “New Year� deal on our fees for any business completed in the rest of 2012 Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to ALL! Richard Elphick is a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and Partner in Elphick Estate Agents in Ashtead. Comments and feedback welcome, also FREE market valuations: elphicks@ashtead.com

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Christmas Tree Recycling Mole Valley District Council will be collecting trees from the following sites from 2nd January: • •

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park Leatherhead Randalls Road car park • Bookham Lower Road car park • Brockham Wellhouse Lane • Dorking Reigate Road car park Residents can also take trees to the Community Recycling Centres on Ranmore Road in Dorking or Randalls Road in Leatherhead. Although these will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Alternatively, residents can cut their tree into pieces and place it into a garden waste bin ready for collection, so long as the lid can be closed. Councillor Chris Reynolds, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “You can also recycle all Christmas and greetings cards, wrapping paper and lots of other things too. MVDC is committed to delivering value for money services to its residents and protecting the district’s environment and character for the long term. Our residents are among the best recyclers in the UK. MVDC has an overall recycling rate of around 60%, but we want to continue to improve on this.” 20


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“Your Perfect Christmas, The Easy Way...” During this frenetic period of activity, the rest of the family lived on pizza and sandwiches. By December the 14th, Ruth felt that she was ready. The turkey had been ordered and the only last minute thing she would have to buy were the vegetables.

This Christmas was going to be different. This year Ruth was going to be organised. She wasn't going to panic buy gifts. She wasn't going to leave the wrapping until after the children had gone to bed on Christmas Eve and, unlike last year, she was not going to forget the large box at the top of the wardrobe full of presents that she had bought in the summer sales.

She now turned to the section on decorations. This endeavour wasn't quite so successful. She tried to involve the children (as instructed by chapter eleven of "Your Perfect Christmas, the Easy Way"). She wanted to make tinsel hanging crowns and fresh cinnamon scented wreathes but Ben and Daniel refused to participate at all and Sarah spilt glue on the living room carpet. Things didn't improve when Ruth's husband Sam was sent off to get cinnamon sticks and floristry wire and came back with vanilla pods, a jar of powdered allspice and a roll of insulating tape...

Ruth found a book in her local charity shop which would change her Christmas experience forever. The book was called "Your Perfect Christmas, the Easy Way". The picture on the cover showed a beautifully dressed woman with beautifully dressed children in front of a beautifully dressed Christmas Tree. In the background a rather handsome man, with a twinkle in his eye and a proud smile on his face was pouring a glass of champagne. Naïvely, Ruth didn't recognise that she was setting herself up for failure from the outset.

On December the 15th, Sam and Ruth had some neighbours round for drinks. Ruth served her delicious pastry nibbles, the children were well behaved and the house looked beautiful, despite the asymmetrical positioning of the living room rug in order to cover the 'glued' area of carpet. On December the 16th, they went to the school carol service and a couple of families came back for mince pies. The children wanted ice cream so Ruth sent Sarah off to the freezer in the garage to fetch it.

The book described the preparation for Christmas month by month. As she only bought the book in November, Ruth had to skip through January to October and could feel a building level of concern that she was already behind in her preparations. She ignored the sections about preserving summer fruits in pretty jars, collecting shells and driftwood from summer holidays to create picture frames and making homemade lavender bags (using lavender that had been lovingly grown in the garden). She also skipped the section about making your own wrapping paper, using potato printing. She had rolls and rolls of the stuff up in the loft, unless the mice or damp had got to them.

Sarah came back with a slightly confused expression. "Is ice cream meant to be this runny? The freezer door was open by the way, so I shut it for you, Mummy, because I know how hard you've been working on all that stuff for Christmas..."

Ruth decided to focus on the food and the decorations. They were having everyone over for Christmas lunch and she was determined to be the perfect hostess. She could still hear her mother in law's comment last time she cooked. "Isn't it amazing what you can get ready made these days..."

It was never discovered who left the freezer door ajar. No one owned up to the crime. Over the next few days, the family were treated to beef bourguignon with bread sauce, Shepherd's pie with delicious pork and sage stuffing and chocolate roulade with brandy butter. Nothing more was said.

The book had some wonderful ideas for food that could be prepared in advance and then frozen until needed. The recipes seemed quite complicated but sounded delicious so Ruth stocked up on ingredients and got to work. Over three rather stressful weekends Ruth made homemade sausage rolls, little pastry nibbles, mince pies, brandy butter, Christmas biscuits, a chocolate roulade, an apple pie, pork and sage stuffing and bread sauce. She also made beef bourguignon for the adults and shepherd's pie for the children to eat on Boxing Day.

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Leatherhead Lions Christmas Float Route Each Christmas the Leatherhead Lions Club visits homes in Mole Valley with its long established Christmas float brightly lit with a cheerful Father Christmas there to wish good tidings for the festive season. Many thousands of pounds have been donated by the generous folk who regularly look forward to seeing the float coming down their road. So here we are again now in our 37th year of collecting. Over ÂŁ8000 was given last Christmas. Each Year we decide on the major beneficiary for our collection, this year it is to be Combat Stress based in Leatherhead. As we read that thousands of wounded soldiers are being forced out of the Army, for many the Army has been their whole life it will bring extra stresses on their readjustment to civilian life and will rightly need help from organisations like Combat Stress.

Where to meet Santa - all routes start at 6pm: Sunday 4th

Langley Vale: Beconsfield Road

Monday 5th

Langley Vale: Rosebury Rd, Grosvenor Rd

Thursday 8th

Leatherhead: Aperdele rd, Rycroft Rd, Woodbridge Ave, Sandes Place,The Fairway,Clare Cres & Wood, Merton Way

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Ashtead: Caen Wood Rd, Rosedale, Oakhill Rd, The Chase, Green Lane, Taylor Rd, Read Rd

Wed 14th

Ashtead: Petters Rd, Chaffers Mead, Newton Wood Rd, St Stephens Ave, Cray Ave

Thursday 15th

Ashtead: Hillside Rd, Darcy Rd, Berrymede, Stonny Croft, Bramley Way

Friday 16th

Leatherhead: Dilston Rd, Cleeve Rd, Tudor Walk, Boleyn Walk, Parr Close, Falcon Wood

Saturday 17th

Ashtead: The Murreys, West Farm Av & Drive & Close Summerfields, Taleworth area

Sunday 18th

Ashtead: Skinners Lane, Gladstone Rd, Oakfield, Paddocks Way & Close

Friday 23rd

Ashtead: Broadhurst, Culverhay, Overdale

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Countryside campaigners welcome first steps towards enlargement of Surrey Hills AONB

View from Boxhill The Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has welcomed the prospect of a widening of the boundaries of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which would bring more of Surrey’s countryside within the protected area.

the existing AONB which it believes could be brought within in. Surrey County Council has designated some of this countryside around the AONB as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) and it is CPRE’s view that the AGLV should become part of the legally protected countryside in the AONB.

Andy Smith, Surrey Branch Director of CPRE, said: “We are delighted to hear that Natural England are prepared to look at the case for a widening of the boundaries of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and that initial work is to take place to assess where the boundaries could be widened. These are important first steps towards greater protection for a large part of Surrey’s countryside. At a time when development pressures are growing and Surrey’s green spaces are under constant threat of being Sites that this could affect include Cherkley concreted over, I believe that an expanded Court near Leatherhead – the former estate AONB is absolutely vital in the protection of of Lord Beaverbrook, currently subject to a development proposal for a golf course, hotel our precious countryside.” and leisure complex – as well as the Michael Sydney, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Chipstead Valley in the northeast of the Board, added: “The Surrey Hills Board county, and open countryside adjacent to welcomes this commitment from Natural Dunsfold in the south of Surrey where there England, and the support of CPRE. One of the have been proposals for a new town and for great strengths of the Surrey Hills AONB is expansion of a commercial airfield. the beauty of the view when looking out from it to its surrounding landscape, much of The Surrey Hills Board and CPRE have been pressing Natural England for an expansion of which is within the AGLV. It is vital to the Surrey Hills AONB for some years, and the protect this quality which can only be done if it is incorporated into the original body of CPRE has undertaken detailed research into the AONB.” the subject, including commissioning an independent study of locations adjacent to

Natural England, the official body that advises the Government on protected landscapes such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks, has written to the Board of the Surrey Hills AONB indicating that it wishes to begin preliminary work on boundary changes. This is in response to representations by the Surrey Hills Board and its partner organisations on expanding the AONB’s boundaries.

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News from Ashtead Youth Centre From all of us at the Youth Centre, we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a great new year to come. I am sure that for many of us the last twelve months have been a challenge and this has been no different at the Youth Centre. We are now at the end of a significant period of organisational redesign and we will soon know if there are any staffing changes to take place and who our new managing organisation will be. We are hopeful that any changes will not have a discernable impact on our delivery. It is possible that the changes will enable us to provide even more than we do already. Whilst all this has been going on it is business as usual of course. In addition to our usual programme we have worked on a number short projects in the last term. One is discussed by Grant in the next column, another is the redesign of our computer area - with financial support from Ashtead Rotary and ExxonMobil we have been able to work with a group of young people to completely update our IT area with a fresh new look and replace the worn out furniture and IT kit. The young people have chosen the theme, colour scheme, and painted the new area themselves. The last is a senior member training programme being delivered by Gary, (the Ashtead Churches Community Trust worker) this programme trains 15-16 year olds to develop their leadership skills by working with others. Young people giving something back is a theme we promote a great deal at the Centre and many are involved in the Karting or help work with the younger age group.

with a view to teach in the local school and spend time with children in a care home. Whilst the enormity of such a trip should never be underestimated, our experience in India has shown us how young people grow and develop through such a process and we would like to make this work part of the ongoing programme that we offer. Richard Leary – Worker in Charge, Ashtead Youth Centre richard.leary@surreycc.gov.uk 01372 276912 What our young people think... Hi there, my name is Grant (aged 16) and I have been coming to the youth centre for a couple of years now. I have recently been involved in a project that has included a group of moped riders, the youth workers, and local Police. There have been quite few complaints about people riding mopeds which has created a lot of attention towards riders by Police Officers. A meeting was arranged by the youth workers to get together the moped riders and the police to help people understand each others viewpoint. The Police were able to explain how they were required to respond to peoples concerns about noise and safety, and the riders were able explain how the mechanics of the bikes mean they can be noisy (particularly when you pull away) and that the riders are not intending to upset anybody.

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Leatherhead Lions’ World Sight Day Walkabout first Bridget found it terrifying, but when she realised how capable her driver was she Cllr Bridget Lewis-Carr, Chairman of the relaxed and Mole Valley District Council, very kindly (almost) (and bravely) agreed to be our enjoyed it. In the interview, after the representative, and, blindfolded, she event, with Talking Newspapers she praised walked around Leatherhead High Street, SeeAbility highly for providing a service visiting various establishments. She was which gave visually impaired people the assisted by Joy Stone, a visually impaired chance to get out in the air and enjoy some lady, and her dog Lomax (though a couple of freedom. able Lions Lion Mike Rushby, PR Officer and organiser stood by for of the event said ‘I was very pleased that emergencies). the Chairman was able to take part and the After a difficult walk underlined the difficulties that blind people face when walking around town. walk from the We should all take note as sighted people of Leatherhead these problems and hopefully this exercise Theatre down has shown to people that they must be more the High helpful and supportive to the partially Street, during sighted or blind’. which Bridget

October 13th was declared as Lions' International World Sight Day. The purpose was to make the public aware of the needs of blind people walking in the area, and also to persuade people of the importance of early detection of problems with their sight.

became disorientated and had difficulty avoiding pillars and lampposts, we visited Patricia Morgan, Optician, where we were introduced to some of the many eye problems that can effect us, often, but far from always, when getting older, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, tunnel vision and diabetic damage.

A further walk, avoiding some badly placed pillars and finding narrow paths, brought us to the Leatherhead Museum, where Bridget and Jane identified objects by "Sensory test", including domestic items - a clothes "dolly" and solid iron flat iron. After a cup of tea at the Theatre Café - very easy to knock over or scald one's fingers - the final activity was a cycle ride, still blindfolded. Not, of course, alone, but on a tandem from SeeAbility, with Ian Jobson, an expert at the exercise, providing control from the front saddle. At 38


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This year we thought it may be useful to have an appreciation of Christmas Tech gift ideas for your loved ones….. • By adding a new set of speakers you can dramatically change your listening pleasure, a good set of speakers cost as little as £20. • Headsets ensure the sound of your device is confined to one person, prices start at £8. • To free the music from your iPod/ iPhone look at our docking stations, they sound terrific and cost from £60. • Sharing your music, pictures and video on your TV could not be simpler and for around £100 they are not expensive. • To tune into your Spotify and/or Last.fm account, your local music catalogue or the internet radio look no further than the Logitech Squeezebox Boom, great sound and a snip at £230. • USB TV tuners work incredibly well and from £45 they add a new dimension. • If it’s a new display you need, Think LED, they are slimmer, brighter with better pictures than ever before. Prices start at £70. • To extend the range of your wireless network we have a few easy to install solutions including wireless range extenders and Home plugs. We can talk you through the pros and cons of all options. Prices start from £25. • Speeding up your loved ones computer is easy, why not buy a memory upgrade from only £20 or a TecRes Healthcheck for just £95, ensuring it runs the way it was designed to. • Currently hard drives are in short supply, buying a Solid State Drive (SSD) is great value, they are more reliable and extremely fast. Prices from £80. The list is endless with Printers as low as £23, Notebooks and tablets from £215 and PCs complete at £315, why not pay us a visit or visit our new website www.tecres.co.uk? 40


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Stocking-Up on Stories Stocking Stories Thi hiss Christm Christmas as You can take it as given that there won’t be anything good on television again this holiday. Why not endeavour to beat the box this yuletide, armed with a book. We have the pick of the Christmas releases that are guaranteed to have the whole family engrossed, bringing peace on earth and a silent night of reading.

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James Corden There’s no getting around it. Men like big, hardback, biographical tomes and what better than to buy the man in your life the highlyanticipated autobiography of funnyman James Corden. As a self-proclaimed attention -seeker, Corden’s life story (all 32 years of it, so far) will have you laughing and crying in equal measures. Talking openly about repeated knock-backs in his early career, Corden charts his life from his first role as family entertainer, right through to his national fame and winning a place in our hearts as ‘Smithy’ in the acclaimed TV series Gavin and Stacey. This is a very, VERY funny book about triumph and determination. A musthave this Christmas.

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Wrapped Up in You Carole Matthews Downwith-love Janie Johnson is 30 and in need of kickstarting her life.

She astounds her friends by deciding to leave the Christmas snow behind and heading off in search of the beating African sun and the vast landscape of the Massai Mara. Will Janie be able to escape her past and find love on a higher plain? This tale of starting over will have you rooting for the down to earth heroine. Snuggle up in front of the fire for this heart-warming story.

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hilarious series. When the Heffley family are snowed in for the holidays, cabin fever inevitably sets in. What happens when you’re forced to spend time with your relatives? A definite must-read for any family this Christmas, this may even make your tribe seem normal.

For snuggling by the fireside The Night Before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ Why not rediscover the classic Christmas poem; the perfect antidote to Christmas commercialism. It’s one of the most parodied poems of all time but the original still brings a tear to the eye. The Night Before Christmas is an ideal accompaniment to mince pies and warm milk ahead of the last sleep before the big day itself.

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The Guinness Book of World Records 2012 Back for another year, this popular series will have you fighting over who reads it first. Filled with amazing records and human feats, bizarre animals and scientific absurdities, you’ll find the boring bit between Christmas and New Year


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Christmas Festivities in Ashtead Village Join in the festive fun between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday 6th December at the ‘Rock and Roll’ themed Christmas late night shopping evening. This is the ideal opportunity to avoid the rush and to pick up some unusual presents for friends and relatives of all ages that you won’t find on the high streets. Ashtead Village has a great range of shops offering quality gifts, all types of jewellery, flowers and plants, chocolates, clothes, toys, computers and accessories plus much, much more. There will be music, mulled wine, nibbles and mince pies and many of the shop keepers will be dressed in the ‘Rock and Roll’ theme! There will be plenty of fun for the children with side shows, candy floss and face painting and, as luck would have it, Santa happens to be passing through Ashtead on this very evening and will be welcoming children into his Grotto to chat with him about what they would like for Christmas. Afterwards, you could relax with a drink or two at one of the pubs or enjoy a meal at one of the excellent restaurants before heading home. 44


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Thoughts in a Garden These are challenging times for gardeners – protecting plants against frost or high winds, whilst sudden bursts of hot weather trick flora and fauna into unseasonal behaviour. But gardeners are planning ahead and enrolling for our January classes. In our popular How Your Garden Grows series we have two classes starting on 17 January which run for four weeks, fee £50. Winter Gardening (11.30am–1pm) brightens up the dark days by helping you plan for the new season, choosing and buying plants from garden centres, increasing your own plant stock by division, understanding crop rotation, caring for indoor plants. For more experienced gardeners, Maintaining a Healthy Garden (9.30–11am) includes improving soil, feeding plants and applying nutrients, composting, renovation pruning, dealing with common pest and disease problems.

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From healthy gardens to healthy people, try our Growing Vegetables and Salads class (10 weeks from 17 January, 7.15–9.15pm fee £90). This covers the principles of vegetable gardening, site preparation, cultivation of brassicas, root crops, onions, legumes, potatoes, lettuce and many others. Grow it yourself and you do know where it’s bean! On Wednesdays from 18 January, (10 weeks, 7.15– 9.15pm fee £90 ) Plant Propagation teaches the principles of propagationthe planting medium (soils and composts), temperatures and ventilation, germination requirements; vegetative propagation methods – plant cuttings, division and layering, and also propagation by seed. Another way to save money! For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Letherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website: surreyhillsonwardlearning.org.uk


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Pan Concerts was launched last May funding concerts at three schools in Surrey including Brooklands School in Reigate that caters for children with profound learning difficulties ranging from autism to cerebral palsy. All concerts funded by Pan are given by small groups of professional musicians who are experienced and passionate about motivating children to become involved in making music. In this case the concerts were performed by an ensemble called ‘Mozart & More’ of whom all are members of The London Mozart Players. Our next series of concerts are taking place in early December and include a duo called ‘Sousafun’ that combines music with magic! My wife, Sue and I are both retired full-time professional classical musicians. During all those As with all charities, especially a new one such as ours, we are constantly looking for help and years we were acutely aware of the incredibly funding support. We are extremely grateful to positive effect that music can have on young the following organisations that have generously children. I started my career as an orchestral and substantially supported Pan during our first musician in 1965 but for the last seventeen year. We hope you will seriously consider years I stopped playing to concentrate on a joining the list to help us continue our essential business based in Dorking that I created some work giving disadvantaged children the years before called The Musician’s Answering opportunities they all deserve to be involved in Service (MAS), a diary service for freelance making music. classical musicians. However in 2010 I retired from MAS as Managing Director in order to Donors Include: The Community Foundation for pursue my long standing dream of starting a Surrey; Children With Special Needs Foundation; charity to help disadvantaged children discover Environmental Support Services (Dorking); the magic of music. Reigate & Redhill Round Table The aim of Pan Concerts is threefold. Richard Smith 1. To inspire children through motivational 01306 508080 concerts especially in schools for children www.panconcerts.org.uk with learning difficulties and those in areas Online donations can be made through our of multiple deprivation. website, or going to www.LocalGiving.Com 2. To help children who want to learn find an instrument and even arrange a loan at no cost to them. 3. To help locate a professional teacher for a child who wants to learn and if necessary fund the lessons so that all children have an equal opportunity to get involved.

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Would you like to become a Brigitte Trust Volunteer? When a family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness everything changes overnight and family members can feel lost and afraid. Working alongside the medical teams, local charity The Brigitte Trust offers help at this time. Our free service introduces a volunteer who will visit weekly and build up a relationship with the family. Sharing a cup of tea together or just sitting quietly with someone suffering from serious illness whilst their carer has a break – emotional and practical support is so important at a time like this. The Brigitte Trust is recruiting volunteers for a training course in February 2012 and we would particularly like to increase our volunteer numbers in Leatherhead and Ashtead, where we have supported many patients over the years. The free training course focuses on listening skills and we ask for a commitment of three hours per week.

An introductory, obligation free, morning is being held in Dorking on Thursday 12th January 2012 at 10am – and you can read more about the course at www.brigittetrust.org just go to the training page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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gifts and bad jokes are very much part of the tradition. The crackers were believed to have been invented in around 1850 in London, by a sweet maker called Tom Smith. He was often trying to think of new ways to market his sweets and sitting by his fire one night, he thought it would be a good idea if they could make a similar crackle to a burning log as the sweet wrapper was pulled in half. The idea caught on although rather too well as rival manufacturers soon sprang up. Tom Smith’s son, Walter, came up with the idea of including other items and offering different designs as a way of differentiating his product from those of his competitors.

Christmas Traditions

As with many traditions, there is usually a story of how a custom came about. Some sound plausible and some less so. But they almost always have a nostalgic tale behind them and never more so than at Christmas time.

Christmas Puddings

Each night his girls would wash and mend their clothes. To enable their stockings to dry they would hang them near the fire.

Christmas Pudding’s history is not as a dessert at all, but as a savoury meat based dish. In Medieval times all surplus livestock were slaughtered in the autumn so that they did not have to be fed over the winter. The meat had to be preserved however and a pottage was prepared in a large cauldron, the ingredients being slow cooked, with dried fruits, sugar and spices added. It is more likely that the dish was called plum pottage or plum porridge, the dried version of plums being prunes.

A wealthy man called Nicholas, who lived in the village, had heard of the girls’ plight and one night called by the house after dark. Seeing an open window he sneaked in and put a bag of gold coins in each of the stockings. When the villagers heard of the widower’s good fortune, they too started hanging stockings by their fireplaces.

As meat preserving techniques improved, the savoury element of the dish decreased, although of course if suet is used a small element of meat may still be included. It was not until the 1830s however that the cannon-ball of flour, fruits, suet, sugar and spices, all topped with holly, made a definite appearance, becoming more and more associated with Christmas.

Hanging a stocking by the fire

A long time ago there lived a man who had three daughters. His wife had died some years earlier and now his daughters were of an age to be married. However, at that time in history, the prospective husband’s family would expect to receive a dowry – gifts and money – when their son married. The man was very poor and simply could not afford to do this.

Because the stockings were by the fire this lead It is said that the pudding should be made with to the belief that Santa came down the chimney thirteen ingredients to represent Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of the family in order to deliver his gifts. should take turns to stir the pudding with a Nicholas did many more secret good deeds – he wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of really was the original benevolent St Nicholas. the Wise Men.

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Ashtead Women’s Institute November 2011 Meeting

Part of our November meeting was taken up with our AGM, for which we were pleased to have with us Gwenda Gourlay and Sheila Webber from Eastwick WI. A report was given by our President who also thanked our Committee for everything they do for our group, and other members for all the extra work involved in running a successful W.I.

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We very pleased to learn from Sheila Webber that there are now 176 W.I.s in Surrey, with over 7,000 members. Sheila also reminded us of the Surrey Weekend at our own Denman College near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, next July, where there will be seven courses to choose from. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 7th December, 7.15 for 7.30 pm, which will be about Victorian Christmases as depicted in ladies’ magazines of the time. Our speaker will be Mrs Bridges!

A note for your diaries: on Thursday 8th December some of our WI will be Carol singing in the Grove Road area of Ashtead, collecting for the Princess Alice Hospice at Esher and, following our support of this excellent cause for many years, we have been invited to sing at the Princess Alice fashion show and lunch later in the month. Sandra Brown

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Please go to www.the-theatre.org to check timings and make on-line bookings, or call the box office on 01372 365141

The Snow Queen - Ballet Theatre UK

Friday 2nd December £18.50, ££16 Friends, £12.50 children

Gerda’s fantastic adventure takes her on a journey across the frozen north where she encounters a band of gypsies, enchanted reindeer and a mysterious and reclusive mysterious woman from Lapand. Gerda is told by the mysterious woman to continue travelling north, where she will find Kay and the Snow Queen’s Palace of Ice. Only Gerda’s love for Kay can release him from the spell and break the Snow Queen’s curse of eternal winter. Ballet Theatre UK’s renowned company of dancers, over forty dazzling costumes and three glittering stage sets combine to create a magnificent spectacle, all set to Prokofiev’s glorious and magical score.

Dick Whittington

13th – 31st December, Adult £14, Friends and Concessions (inc children and over 60s) £12. Selected seats only £6 Come and join us as Dick Whittington (and of course his cat) drop in to The Leatherhead Theatre, on their way to London, in the classic tale this Christmas. Dick journeys to London to seek his fortune, accompanied by his faithful cat. But gold soon becomes the least of his worries when he is smitten with Alice Fitzwarren, the Alderman’s daughter, and is confronted with the worst of all pantomime baddies – King Rat! Join Dick and the gang as he travels to Siam, then returns to face his greatest challenge yet. “Turn again!” to the Leatherhead Theatre and see Dick Whittington become Lord Mayor of London this Christmas.

Opera Brava present Christmas Crackers – an operatic sing along show 7.30pm, 17th December 2011, Tickets: £15, Child £8, Friends/Concessions £13

In its 24th year, Opera Brava with its team of international opera singers presents another invigorating experience. Including festive favorites and Yule-tide tunes this is a perfect way to celebrate the season

Films Showing in December The Help

Tues 6th 2pm & 7.30pm, Wed 7th 2pm & 7.30pm, Thurs 8th 2pm

Anonymous

Tues 13th 7.30pm, Wed 14th 2pm, Thurs 15th 2pm & 7.30pm

Wuthering Heights

Fri 16th 2pm, Mon 19th 7.30pm, Tues 20th 2pm, Wed 21st 7.30pm, Thurs 22nd 7.30pm

The Rum Diary

Tues 27th 7.30pm, Wed 28th 7.30pm, Thurs 29th 7.30pm

The Deep Blue Sea

Fri 30th 7.30pm, Tues 3rd Jan 7.30pm, Wed 4th Jan TBC

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Defending Mole Valley’s Local Plan and this landscape from yet another golf course....

View from Cherkley Wood across Cherkley’s chalk grassland to Norbury and Bookham

Leatherhead does not need a fourth golf course and new clubhouse on the Downs, in the Green Belt and an Area of Great Landscape Value - visible from Norbury Park, Ranmore, Bookham and next to Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. We should conserve our countryside for future generations and not allow Surrey’s environmental capital to be squandered in the pursuit of financial gain. Support the Cherkley Campaign

It won’t cost you a penny to join and help us save this beautiful farmland in the Surrey Hills.

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Food & Drink

Fine Food & The Farm Welcome to Four Gables Fine Dining’s first blog in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. Four Gables is a bespoke fine dining events company which encompasses the exclusive quality of restaurant food and service in your home or at your chosen venue. There are four arms of our business: Fine Dining, Events, Weddings and The Food Academy all of which come with their own innovative approach, ranging from evening dinners with friends to canapés and bowl food for larger gatherings. We expanded and relocated to Ashtead from Battersea in the summer and we have a small farm where we grow lots of varieties of fruit, herbs and vegetables as well as keeping bees for honey and ducks for eggs.

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The Food Academy... Chef and owner David Gillott will launch The Four Gables Fine Food Academy in January 2012. A range of different courses will be run to accommodate between four and six people. The courses will be held at different times and be of different lengths to cater for all types of foodies. The Food Academy will have a strong emphasis on local provenance. After arrival in the morning and a soothing coffee, you might be off to the duck pen to collect some freshly laid eggs and then maybe on to the raised beds to dig up some herbs! But whatever local produce is used, there will certainly be some wonderful dishes created. Are you stuck for a Christmas present or just fancy improving what you know or even trying something completely new – why not enquire about our gift vouchers?

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Rotary Club of Ashtead donating to good causes Following record funds being raised at Ashtead Village Day back in June, the Rotary Club has been busy allocating donations to causes with a local connection. Examples of recent donations around Ashtead and Leatherhead include £250 to the Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust, £850 to AFASIC, £500 for special equipment for Woodlands School, £1000 towards the kitchen area at the Ashtead Youth Centre, £1000 to MERU who manufacture specialist equipment for severely disabled youngsters. A major emphasis of Rotary’s work is with young people, offering Youth leadership and similar awards, listening to children’s reading at school and a ‘Kids Out’ outing to Chessington for deserving children each Summer. A seniors Christmas event is planned for 9th December. Internationally, examples of the work in developing nations include the Infant Club Foot Appeal, led by local doctor Charlotte Hawkins which has been given a further £1750 to support the work in helping children in Zanzibar with a low life expectancy if untreated. Former Therfield School teacher Liz Noble spends her Summer holidays in Kenya with the charity RUSH which provides basic medical and educational help to an impoverished community - £500. The tragic floods in Pakistan earlier this year caused the Club to fund “Water Survival Boxes” to a value of £1200 enabling clean drinking water to be obtained. The fight to end polio worldwide is so close to completion and a further £500 has been donated. All this has been made possible by the generosity of people locally. The Rotary Club would be interested to hear from anyone who has a project locally or internationally they would like to draw to the club’s attention for consideration for assistance. Contact via the website or Brian on 01372 275860 or Keith on 01372 727573 www.ashteadrotary.org

What’s happening at Polesden Lacey in December? Mrs Greville’s House at Christmas Weekends 3rd-18th December, 11am-4pm

The perfect way to get you in the Christmas spirit! Admire the house dressed for an Edwardian Christmas, indulge in seasonal treats, take a sleigh ride and look out for Father Christmas. (Normal admission prices apply for Grounds plus £2 adult, £1 child for the House. Including members.)

Christmas shopping

Impress your loved ones with perfect Christmas presents from our gift & garden shop and Children’s Toy Box (Free parking 1st – 23rd Dec)

Christmas Lunches - Mon-Fri 1st - 23rd

Savour a festive lunch of three courses and coffee for £22.50 or two courses and coffee for £19.50. (Booking essential on 01372 452048)

Christmas Dinner Dance - Sat 11th & 17th, 8pm-midnight

Celebrate the festive season at the Courtyard Restaurant with a delicious three-course meal inspired by Mrs Greville’s Christmas party menus, accompanied by live music to dance the night away. (Booking essential on 01372 452048, £40 pp.)

Christmas & New Year Rambles - Mon 26th Dec & Sun 1st Jan, 11am-1pm

Join our Wardens for a gentle ramble through the Gardens and wider Estate. Stout footwear is recommended. (Booking essential on 01372 452048, £4 on the day)

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN DECEMBER? Saturday 3rd

Come to Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, between 10.30am-1pm, do some Christmas shopping and help both Mid-Surrey mencap and Fortyfoot Playgroup. Admission is free and there will be childrens' crafts and face painting to keep the little ones amused while parents browse a variety of Christmas goods, cakes, books and brand new kitchenware. There will also be light refreshments.

Saturday 3rd

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Christ Church, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST, 7.30pm. Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture Mendelssohn: Incidental music to ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Intermezzo; Nocturne; Scherzo Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.1 Schubert: Symphony No.3 Tickets £13 (students under 18; disabled; UB40; £8) Call 01372 276949 to book. More info on www.surreyphil.org.uk

Saturday 3rd

Christmas Bazaar, British Legion Hall, Upper Fairfield Rd, Leatherhead. 11am-2pm. Tombola, cakes, gifts, crackers and refreshments.

Saturday 3rd

St Giles’ Infant School Christmas Market, see page 73 for details.

Saturday 3rd

Leatherhead Christmas Festival from 10am - see centre pages

Sunday 4th

Brigitte Trust Charity Christmas Fayre, Denbies, 10.30am-4pm, see right for details.

Tuesday 6th

Ashtead Christmas Shopping Evening, see page 9

Tuesday 6th

The Saucy Kettle, 7-9 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5LX from 8pm will be hosting an evening with boxing champions in aid of DEBRA, the national charity which supports individuals and families coping with the genetic painful skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The boxers - John H Stracey, and ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon will share stories of their experiences in the ring, mingling with guests and signing boxing gloves for a donation to DEBRA. Also, a live auction of signed boxing and football items. Tickets must be booked in advance. Entry £5 or entry and a delicious Pie and Mash meal from Dee’s Pies £12. To book, please contact Hannah Weston on 01344 467 785 or email hannah.weston@debra.org.uk.

Thursday 8th

Ashtead WI will be Carol singing in the Grove Road area of Ashtead, collecting for the Princess Alice Hospice at Esher

Thursday 8th

Dorking Christmas Gala evening, from 6pm.

Saturday 10th

Fetcham Village Hall Christmas Fair, The Street, Fetcham, KT22 9QS. 10am-12pm. Join in this family village event; meet Santa, enjoy a variety of games, browse stalls and grab a bargain within the beautiful seasonally decorated hall, whilst helping to raise funds for its upkeep. Bric-a-Brac, Nearly-New & Gifts, Raffle, ‘Prize Every Time’ Tombola, Children's Games & Craft Activities, Books & Toys, Cakes, Refreshments ...and Santa!

Saturday 10th

Ashtead Conservatives’ Winter Ball, Epsom Racecourse, see page 75 for details.

Saturday 10th

Ashtead Choral Society Carols for Charity. APMH 10am-12pm - see overleaf for details.

Saturday 17th

Leatherhead Choral Society & Leatherhead Community Choir - Christ Church Leatherhead 4pm - see right for details.

Sat 17th/Sun 18th Mon 19th/Tues Rotary Club of Leatherhead Christmas collections (17/18/19/20 Tesco Leatherhead 20th AND 19/20 Lidl Leatherhead. Mon 19th/Tues 20th

Wed 21st

Leatherhead Rotary’s Christmas Cracker Night, Leatherhead Police Federation Building, 7pm for 7.30pm. Three course seasonal fayre and coffee and enjoy an internationally famous panel game... and much more! Tickets £25 must be purchased before 7th Dec from John Miles on john.miles13@btinternet.com 70


What’s On? Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns. Here from 1st – 24th December, children will love to hop on board the Santa Express to his magical hay barn workshop. Once inside, each child will meet Santa and receive a gift! What’s more there is no queuing as tickets are bought for a particular time, and you can enjoy the farm while you wait! Voted one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa by ‘The Guardian’. Also this winter, 25 gorgeous new born lambs are expected. You may even see one being born! They’ll be plenty of play too, with 2 large indoor playbarns, giant astro slide and trampolines. From 1st December, hundreds of Christmas Trees and wreaths will be on sale, and the Gift Shop selling a great variety of toys, gifts, games and stocking fillers is not to be missed! A huge range of sledges and toboggans will also be on sale too!

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN DECEMBER? REGULAR MONTHLY / WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday 1st (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 1st (monthly)

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

Thursday 1st (weekly)

Leatherhead Sequence Dance Club, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 7.45pm-10.15pm, £2.50. Mrs Doris Gibson 01372 374160

Friday 2nd (weekly)

Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall. Do come along, you will be most welcome.

Friday 2nd (monthly)

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

Friday 2nd (weekly)

Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 10.30am11.30am. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs, crafts along with coffee or tea. (not 30th)

Friday 2nd (weekly)

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Lovely Christmas ribbons, fabrics, stickers and more to sparkle up your Christmas (Not 30th)

Fri 2nd & Tues 6th

2nd (2 & 7.30pm) & 6th (7.30pm): Illuminated Scenes of Winter: Ashtead Art Lovers will look the various scenes of winter dating from the 14th - 17th centuries by the anonymous 'Masters' to the Breughels; see www.ashteadartlovers.co,uk for further details. £10 inc refreshments. Phone 01372 272235 to book.

Sat 3rd Dec Sat 10th Sat 24th 1st January

December Walks with Ian and Flip Cargill. 1½-2 hours. Donation to charities. Phone first if very wet weather. 01372 363589 Sat 3rd 10.30am Teazle Woods –Meet L’head Tesco Sat 10th 10.30am Oxshott Heath A244 CP on left just north of station Sat 24th 10.30am Denbies main CP New Years Day 10.30am Gomshall station off A25

Tuesday 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks ’Variety Group Entertains’. 7.45pm, APMH. Visitors welcome £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with Wed 7th & a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road. Come along for a chance to meet 14th (weekly other parents and childminders over a cup of coffee while the children play happily termtime) and make new friends of their own. Wed 7th mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Jacqui Arnold 'Touch of Sparkle', Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.1.45pm - 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 7th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM 7.15pm for 7.30pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall - Mrs Bridges’ Victorian Christmas as celebrated in women’s mags and household books. Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Friday 9th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Free. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac

Wed 14th

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

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Wed 21st

NHS Blood donor session: Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Two sessions : 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. If there’s an event in January you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Thursday 8th December. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 72 of going to print. Details correct at time


What’s On? Ashtead Choral Society

ASHTEAD ASH TEAD CHORAL CHORAL SOCIET SOCIETY Y invites you to

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10am until 12pm

Tea and Coffee will be available

Come and sing favourite carols of the Christmas Season with ACS Admission £1

It’s that time of year again to start the Christmas celebrations. Ashtead Choral Society will be holding their annual Carols for Charity on Saturday 10th December at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. Why not drop in anytime between 10 and 12pm and get in a festive mood? 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. 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.

Saturday 3rd Dec Decemb ember er 2011 12 - 3pm

Admission: Adults £1.50, children 30p. Includes drink and festive snack St Giles’ Infant School, Dene Road, Ashtead

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What’s On? The Parish of St Mary & St Nicholas with All Saints, Leatherhead CHRISTMAS SERVICES PARISH CHURCH Christmas Eve Blessing of the Crib and Carols for the family 11.30pm Midnight Communion United Service

Sunday 4 December 4pm The Children’s Society Christingle Service, come and make a Christingle and join the children singing ‘Away in a Manger’ by candlelight. Tea follows

4pm

Christmas Day 8pm Holy Communion 10am Christmas Day Family Service followed by Communion

Sunday 18 December 6.30pm Service of Lessons & Carols followed by mulled wine & mince pies Wednesday 21 December for Churches Together in Leatherhead: 8pm Christmas in Baghdad A service of carols, dance presentation & readings with special guest: Vicar of Baghdad, Andrew White

ALL SAINTS Sunday 18 December 3pm Carol Service

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What’s On?

Winter Ball at the Duchess’s stand at Epsom Racecourse Following the success of the Winter Ball last December when £7000 was raised for ‘Help For Heroes’, Ashtead Conservatives have launched the Ball again this year and it will take place on Saturday 10th December. It was seen to bring everyone in the Village together for some fun and was judged a great success albeit narrowly avoiding being interrupted by heavy snowfall. This year the charitable beneficiaries are threefold: firstly The Soldiers Sailors and Airmen Families Association (SSAFA) which has a house in Ashtead for the use of relatives visiting severely injured service personnel at Headley Court. The second is Ashtead Football Club which offers so many opportunities for young people to play sport and strive to succeed. Finally Ashtead Cricket Club which through its cadet programme gives young people from schools which no longer have cricket facilities the chance to learn the game and shine - in many cases raising them to County level. So what will we find at The Ball? – a welcoming glass of champagne on arrival at the Duchess’s Stand, a delicious three course dining experience in a beautifully decorated room (a theme of ‘Fire and Ice’) access to the Stand offering panoramic views over the Downs and the finishing line and dancing to a fabulous new band this year “Lovetrain”. Finally, some fun with a raffle and an auction of some exciting items.

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Paul Carrack comes to Dorking halls I recently interviewed Paul Carrack, who is coming to Dorking Halls on 1st December. Paul has had an interesting and wide-ranging career in music, this is what he said: Paul, you’ve obviously had a wonderful and varied career in music going right back to the 70s playing with bands such as Warm Dust and Roxy Music, then through the years playing with Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics, The Pretenders, The Smiths and bands such as the Eagles recording some of your songs. I also understand you were a session musician appearing on records by Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton and BB King, as well as working on a solid solo career. Throughout these years, what were the high points for you? One you haven’t mentioned is ACE which was my first claim to fame as I wrote and sang the bands first and only hit HOW LONG. After years of eeking out a hand to mouth existence it was very exciting to get a peek at the 'inside'. The song was a big hit in America and in those austere days of the mid 70's, visiting the States was like landing on the moon. You have an album out called ‘I know that name’ featuring your own original songs (bar one cover version). Where did you get the inspiration for the soulful music on the album and for you as a writer acquiring a talent for writing such engaging music with more than a passing nod to the r&b of the deep south , as I understand your roots are in Sheffield? My main influence, musically, has always been the soul sound of the 60's. In my teens I played in a Sheffield soul band. In fact that was why I made the switch from playing drums to teaching myself organ. I wasn't singing then, apart from backing vocals, but I was inspired by all the great vocalists of the time Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and David Ruffin to name a few. On your album ‘A different hat’ you feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as your backing musicians, which is a very exciting concept and a move away from your previous musical background. Can you tell me what that was like to work with the RPO and how this differed from working with rock-based bands? Well the whole album was recorded in three x four hour sessions. At the end of a 4 hour session we would have 4 complete tracks because the orchestra play impeccably from the very first note. I've known bands take longer than that to get a snare drum sound. The level of professionalism was very humbling. Finally, what are your future plans with regard to your music, are you looking at working with orchestras, rock bands or is your heart really in writing and performing your own work? Since the diversion of 'A Different Hat' I have returned to my normal brand of pop/soul with a refreshed enthusiasm. I dont really have any big ambitions left other than to enjoy my music as much as possible and hopefully share that enjoyment with my 'fans'

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Christmas wrapping... A Merry Christmas to you all! Another year has sped by and The Big Day will soon be here. It’s a lovely time of year, a time for family gatherings, catching up with friends, singing traditional carols, maybe a little mulled wine and a few mince pies…and a good excuse for general over-indulgence! We can recycle last years debate about which is the greenest option – real or imitation Christmas tree, pros and cons for both options, answers on a postcard please… (We have a real one that spends the summer in a big pot on the patio). Christmas can be a time when we generate loads of rubbish and waste. Apparently, in the UK each one of us generates 466kgs of household waste per year (DEFRA 2009/10 figures), about a third of which is recycled. So a family of 4 would create a pile of waste weighing about 2 tons! I wonder if a big chunk of it is generated over Christmas? There’s the wrapping paper, the gift packaging, the unwanted or duplicate gifts, the left-overs that go off before they get eaten… What can we do to cut it down? There has been pressure on retailers to reduce packaging and some have obliged and as consumers, we do have the option to boycott over-packaged items. As a nation, we are gradually increasing the amount we recycle, but prevention is usually better than cure and avoiding creating piles of rubbish in the first place seems a better plan. How many times do you get something home and immediately remove and discard the wrapping? Plastics are commonly used for packaging and can last for ages in the environment and often end up in the ocean a nice little film illustrating this is at www.anitasancha.co.uk/videos/the-plasticplanet/ How much can we cut down on food waste? When you see the heaped trolleys in the supermarkets, it does seem incredible that it will all get eaten…Do we need to buy so much? Maybe you can freeze left -overs for use later - you may really fancy a turkey curry at the end of January! Once the festivities are over, I often find a few extra pounds lurking around my midriff, probably due to my weakness for Christmas pudding. I have a top tip for you about how to loose that “Christmas pud” feeling – it’s a very simple diet, with no calorie counting, no adding up points, no feeling starving. Basically, it’s the “no packaging” diet. If it comes in a box or packet, even one with “low fat” written on it, don’t eat it! The theory is that if you eat processed food (and all processed food is packaged!), it will have hidden salt, sugar, fat, E numbers and provide little fibre and few vitamins. “Cooking from fresh” ie starting with vegetables, meat, fish, pulses etc will create a meals that will be lower in calories, higher in nutrients and reduce the packaging in your dustbin…a great way to begin the new year. Chris Ellis

For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 78


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 34

Badingham College, Lower Road, Fetcham When Fetcham Park House came up for sale in the early 1920s, it came to the attention of Rev. J. G. Wilkie and a new chapter in its history would begin. Wilkie initially was a master at St Paul’s School but after taking Holy Orders became Rector of Badingham in Suffolk and started a College in the grounds of the rectory in 1922 that outgrew the available space. A Badingham College brochure records that the move from Badingham to Fetcham took place in July 1927 but there must have been work undertaken prior to this to adapt the buildings etc, to form and equip the school and dormitories but the actual conveyance was not until the 3rd April 1928. Apart from the house and 30 acres of land he also bought two further plots that formed the adjacent corner of the Ridgeway and Lower Road, all for £8000. Prior to 1939, it appears that the College was recognised as a coaching establishment for the first M.B. and thus almost certainly known to the Medical Science faculty of University College London who having had their buildings requisitioned initially by the War Office in 1939, then got them back only to have them severely damaged by bombing in 1940. They took a lease on Badingham College and the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology and the associated departments moved to Fetcham in October 1940. Meanwhile, Wilkie moved his College to Hullvington near Chippenham but about 1941 put the School into suspension and taught at Eton School before becoming vicar of Highmore in Oxfordshire where he continued to take pupils. University College remained at Fetcham to the end of the 1944/45 sessions. In 1946 Middlesex County Council sought compulsory purchase of the property for use of the “educationally sub-normal”. However this apparently failed and later that year, Rev. Wilkie restated Badingham College and by about 1950 had a staff of 10 or 11 for 70 boys at 80 guineas (£84) per term. A legacy of University College’s occupation was the “well equipped laboratories (that) have now been added”. By about 1957, the school had 14 masters, a matron and assistant, a catering manageress and an entirely Spanish domestic staff for a compliment of 100 boys at 120 guineas (£126) a term. Rev. Wilkie junior succeeded Wilkie senior and about 1962 there appears to be thoughts of selling. It was eventually sold and in 1965 the College was moved from Fetcham to Ketteringham Hall, Wymondham near Norwich. This act proved to be a mistake and the school closed permanently in 1968. Goff Powell - Courtesy of Alan Pooley L&DLHS Proceedings Vol 6 No8 - 2004

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Hundreds Celebrate Halloween in Leatherhead Leatherhead town centre was taken over by children in scary fancy dress, creepy crawlies and stilt walking devils on Monday 31 October when the town once again hosted an afternoon of Halloween-themed fun and games for all the family.

Grace Picken & friends - photo by Andy Newbold

Animazing’s real life snakes, spiders and cockroaches fascinated children of all ages; stilt walking devils towered above the crowds and whizzers, strange sprite-like characters, glided through the streets. The steam train rides through the Swan Centre shopping centre were a huge hit with the hundreds of revellers. There was also fun and games, including a treasure hunt, skull hoopla, find the magic stone in the body parts and a ‘guess the name of the tarantula’ competition. Students of Therfield School performed a range of Halloween Hits, including the Monster Mash and the Harry Potter theme tune, while local dance group Poptastic performed a variation on Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There was a fancy dress competition in the Swan Centre and 6 year old Grace Picken, who dressed as a bride, won first prize.

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN 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 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 in general, 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. Please 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 consider making sure that access to your home is protected with suitable locks on doors and windows. If you have an alarm system, please 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!

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 much better option.

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.

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 inside the house worth taking.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator clarke13363@surrey.pnn.police.uk

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

In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999

In the event of a non-emergency contact Surrey Police on 101.

Your local team can also be contacted by email to MoleValley@surrey.pnn.police.uk

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Christmas Crossword Solution Across: 2 Mass, 4 Magi, 6 Ivy, 8 Inn, 9 Green, 10 Gold, 11 Lord, 14 Joy, 15 Dolls, 16 Sled, 17 Pie, 19 Elves. Down: 1 Wassailing, 2 Miracle, 3 Boxing Day, 5 Angel, 7 Yuletide, 12 Roast, 13 Red, 14 Jubilee, 17 Pine, 18 Toys.

Simple Crossword Solution Across: 1 Tape, 3 Precedes, 9 Opposed, 10 Numbs, 11 Surroundings, 14 Raw, 16 Issue, 17 Dye, 18 Enthusiastic, 21 Alive, 22 Belgium, 23 Together, 24 Glad. Down: 1 Trousers, 2 Paper, 4 Rod, 5 Considerable, 6 Damaged, 7 Sash, 8 Astonishment, 12 Nests, 13 Welcomed, 15 Winning, 19 Twirl, 20 Tart, 22 Bye.

November Crossword Solutions

Quiz - Working Titles 1. Blue Harvest - Return Of The Jedi 2. $3,000 - Pretty Woman 3. Love Hurts - Basic Instinct 4. Not Tonight, Josephine - Some Like It Hot 5. It Had To Be Jew - Annie Hall 6. The Body - Stand By Me 7. Dangerous Days - Blade Runner 8. The Greatest Gift - It's A Wonderful Life 9. Rope Burns - Million Dollar Baby 10. Black Mask - Pulp Fiction

Across: 1 Shamed, 4 Lacerate, 9 Ingrid, 10 Sombrero, 12 Alsatian, 13 Dawdle, 15 Laud, 16 Seducer, 20 Satanic, 21 Info, 25 Oodles, 26 Huntress, 28 Nuisance, 29 Looted, 30 Totalled, 31 Terror. Down: 1 Suitable, 2 Augustus, 3 Exists, 5 Atop, 6 Embraces, 7 Agenda, 8 Eroded, 11 Cameras, 14 Dubious, 17 Baseball, 18 Anteater, 19 Consider, 22 Hornet, 23 Adrift, 24 Strode, 27 Acne.

Quiz - Christmas 1. Hollywood 2. Lady (in the film Lady And The Tramp) 3. H0 H0 H0 4. Coal 5. Pauline Fowler 6. Cupid 7. The Santa Clause 8. Cratchit 9. Narnia 10. 140 (8 maids-a-milking on 5 days, 9 ladies dancing on 4 days, 10 lords-a-leaping on 3 days, 11 pipers piping on 2 days, 12 drummers drumming on 1 day)

Across: 1 Haberdasher, 9 Leopard, 10 Usage, 11 Moat, 12 Reveille, 14 Mocha, 15 Pinch, 20 Original, 22 Oslo, 24 Tiara, 25 Genuine, 26 Needlepoint. Down: 2 Avocado, 3 Edam, 4 Dodgem, 5 Souvenir, 6 Email, 7 Blame, 8 Fever, 13 Thailand, 16 Cushion, 17 Aorta, 18 Bangle, 19 Bogey, 21 Image, 23 Undo.

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A Real Proper Christmas Tree By Pippa Greenwood I have to admit it: I LOVE Christmas… and if there is one part of it I’d hate to do without, it’s a Christmas tree. No, I don’t mean a tinsley one or trendy black or brown one… I mean a tree complete with needles and ideally that wonderful aroma that only a real, proper Christmas tree can bring. If you’re worried that real trees are not good for the planet, don’t forget that a tree is most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – if you think about it, they’re a crop plant rather like a field of wheat except that they are generally given less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many more run of the mill crop plants. So go on, make sure you buy one this Christmas!

The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less regularly available, but the combination of its good looks and needle holding capacity make it well worth considering.

There are a few things you ought to think about before you buy your tree, faced with rows of different types at often very varying prices. It can be really daunting, so have a read of my guide to real Christmas trees:

So, you’ve been persuaded to take the plunge, I hope? But how do you make sure you buy the best tree of the type you’ve decided on? And how do you help it keep its needles and its gorgeous appearance for as long as possible? It’s important not to buy a real tree too early as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut, the more likely they are to go downhill. Take a bit of time to choose the tree – check that it has a good, full shape and that its not too gappy or lop-sided (or if it has the leans make sure that this will be hidden when the tree is in your house). Check the needles - they need to be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases - basically anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits should be avoided at all costs. Never buy a tree that has already been netted as this makes it a real lucky dip situation.

The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is the traditional tree, my favourite but perhaps not a favourite if you are more house proud. It has gorgeous dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable aroma but sadly it is the most likely to drop its needles. Having said that, if you treat it well, it won’t perform that badly and you can enjoy the lowest cost of the real trees. The Scots pine is now a regular option as a Christmas tree, with its long paired blue-green needles it’s quite distinctive. The needles are fairly densely packed on the branches and they also hold quite well. The Serbian Spruce (Picea omorica) has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, as it’s good looking and has good needle holding… but of course no Christmas-tree smell!

If you do buy one quite early then the most important thing is to keep it outside - just re-cut the end of the trunk (yes, its time to dig out your DIY saw) and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside. If it was in a net when you bought it, remove this as it’s important to have air circulating around the needles.

The Nordman fir (Abies nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its shiny green needles being almost impossible to shift, so certainly a good choice for those who hate any mess.

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House & Garden putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir with water levels really well topped up – if kept well supplied with water then even the notorious (but lovely) Norway spruce Christmas tree should hold its needles well. When Christmas is over and it’s time for the tree to come down, complete the green-loop and make sure you recycle it – they’re not the easiest thing to recycle or compost at home, but Mole Valley Council has several sites where you can recycle your Christmas trees from 2nd January, see page 20 for details. Sign up for Pippa’s newsletter at www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll receive a free e-book on organic gardening too. On Pippa’s website she also offers a new range of GYO essentials and a stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card, a perfect gift for Christmas, where the recipient receives their chosen garden ready veg plants in the spring and every week Pippa emails with topical hints, tips and advice. Vouchers priced from just £39 for up to 66 garden-ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Page to find recipe for soup (6) 4. Apostle friendly or tepid (8) 9. Land occupied by hot beasts (6) 10. Toy dress one does away with? (8) 12. Paths son took to get the picture (8) 13. Pierce with maple I fashioned (6) 15. Topless lady somewhere foreign (4) 16. Acquired knowledge from an elder? (7) 20. Rum code to use for propriety (7) 21. Composer any dog could call (4) 25. An aged sort of plan (6) 26. Brief era leading to an absence (8) 28. Erect and sly in a covert way (8) 29. Commercial break at sea (6) 30. Sun god – serves vegetables (8)

31. For each boychild, a soul (6) Down 1. Store for chess enthusiasts? (8) 2. Rip-off making someone wild (8) 3. Rag? Yes, and oily (6) 5. American man being exploited (4) 6. Trapped in a bent dome somehow (8) 7. Girl in one grand jacket (6) 8. Wet stuff said to be overlooked (6) 11. Bedroom ennui? (7) 14. Fetched hot grub out (7) 17. Unnecessary to goad with a couple of points (8) 18. Irrational enthusiasts, in fact as strange as can be (8)

19. Rate then turn to present a danger (8) 22. Somehow scare a Roman emperor (6) 23. Enclosed and fought with swords (6) 24. Rugged kind of resentment (6) 27. Girl in cheap-looking jewellery (4)

General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Cut in two (6) 4. Item applied to a sprain in order to reduce swelling (3,3) 9. Betrayer of one's country (7) 10. Major religion of the world (5) 11. Last letter of the Greek alphabet (5) 12. Crocus stigmas used in flavouring food (7) 13. Rapid and intense programme of training (5,6) 18. Betting adviser (7) 20. Inuit dwelling (5) 22. Judicial proceedings in a court of law (5) 23. Resembling a lion (7) 24. Placed at intervals (6)

25. Chivalrous nobleman (6) Down 1. Shirt fastener (6) 2. ___ Warne, former Australian international cricketer (5) 3. Sword (7) 5. Steep high face of rock (5) 6. Country, capital Minsk (7) 7. Star sign (6) 8. Curved section of seats in a theatre or opera house (5,6) 14. Reproduction (7) 15. One-horned beast of legend (7) 16. Position of a person in society (6) 17. Channel between

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Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens 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 Fu Fullllyy Insured Insured fo forr your your peace peace of of mind mind Proje Pro ject ct managed managed by by us fro from m desig design n to completio completion n 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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Beat the Cold With weather forecasters warning that the UK may suffer from the coldest Winter in decades the Royal Horticultural Society is advising gardeners to get prepared.

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“Admittedly it is difficult to predict the long term weather forecast but when it comes to gardening there’s no harm in preparing for the worst and now is the time to do it,” says RHS Horticultural Advisor Nicola Bristow. “A little planning and preparation will help ensure plants survive the deepest snowfall or hardest of frosts. Believe it or not cold Winters can actually be good for gardens as warm Winters may prevent the protective deep dormancy in many trees and shrubs. If this happens it increases their susceptibility to later frosts and scorch caused by cold winds.” The RHS is suggesting five key things to do. 1. Their first suggestion is to put protective wrapping around vulnerable plants. A wide variety of wrapping material can be used such as horticultural fleece or bubble wrap. 2. Mulching plants with compost in October or early November is important as this natural covering will help prevent soil compaction and erosion that usually follows heavy rain. 3. Containers need to be kept in dry, sheltered areas and if at all possible moved against walls or fences. Grouping them together helps give additional protection. 4. Protection from wind is important and now is a good time to plant hedges and trees. However for immediate and additional protection woven hurdles and netting can also be used. 5. The fifth and final suggestion from the RHS is to use plant-friendly de-icing products on icy paths. The charity warns against the use of salt as this can burn plant leaves. “If your favourite plant gets damaged over the Winter don’t give up on it too soon,” says Nicola. “We have found lots of plants in our gardens that looked totally dead in the Spring but suddenly burst into leaf and grew happily over the Summer. If it is a special plant it is worth waiting that little bit longer to see if new growth appears.” Further hints and advice on how to protect plants and prepare for Winter are available to gardeners of all abilities when they join the RHS. The charity’s Advisory Service responds to over 70,000 member enquiries every year. Gift memberships are available for those looking for that special Christmas gift for their gardening friends and family. 92


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