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


Christmas with Dickens


Ashtead Christmas Shopping Evening


Simple crossword


Leatherhead Christmas Festival 12-13


Transition Ashtead


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Andy’s Blog


Community Recycling Centre reopens


Give a cat a home


Send a letter from Santa


Recipe - mini Christmas cakes


Quiz - Christmas


GO50 walks and cycle rides


Quiz - Maiden Names


What’s on? Pages 66-71


Santa’s Christmas float route


MV Police page


Free parking for Christmas shoppers


Born Free Foundation


Christmas posting dates


Gardening - Winter planters


Meredith Worsfold - a personal tribute


News on Ashtead station


Mary’s Christmas Dream - a story


Inventions - Christmas tree lights


Book review


December’s crosswords


Local history article


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t’s my favourite time of year again, and, as I get older, the gap between Christmases seems to be getting smaller and smaller - not sure why! Leatherhead town will once again be ablaze with colour and music for the annual Christmas festivities, there’s lots to see and do and details can be found on pages 12-13. More fun and festivities - this time the Ashtead Village Traders will be holding their Christmas Shopping evening on Tuesday 4th December, this year’s theme will be the ‘Winter Olympics’, more details can be found on page 10. The Leatherhead Theatre pantomime for 2012 will be Aladdin, a traditional tale for all the family to enjoy, more about the show, timings and ticket prices can be found on the theatre page (70). The Leatherhead Lions will again be out and about, or rather Father Christmas, will be out and about, on the annual float - coming to a road near you, the route features on page 28. When Santa isn’t doing the rounds on his sleigh on behalf of the Leatherhead Lions, he will also be appearing at Bocketts Farm, see page 71. Sharon Felton and the team at Swan Residential based in North St, Leatherhead are running a colouring in competition for under 8’s, but hurry, you’ll have to get your entries in by Friday 15th December in order to be in with a chance of winning a prize, page 21. 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.

I thought I should remind you of the Christmas postal dates which can be found on page 32 and don’t forget mummies and daddies, your little ones can receive a letter from Santa, in aid of the NSPCC; order right up until 18th December and the big man will sort it all out for you, page 20.

Andy Newbold has just informed me that, for the third year in a row, he is the official photographer for the Royal Variety Show, it’s a dead glamorous event and I’m sure he’ll share some of the fabulous images of Kylie, Robbie Williams, Rod Technical & Legal stuff Stewart, One Direction et al, if we ask him nicely that is! It’s Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine hard work but when you’re as good as Andy then it’s small wonder you get asked to edit the images for Hello! magazine. is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any It is with much sadness that I learnt of Meredith Worsfold’s liability to any party for loss or passing a few weeks ago. Meredith was a very special person damage caused by errors or omissions and, with his family’s kind consent, I have written a short resulting from negligence, accident tribute to this wonderful man on page 34. Meredith achieved or any other cause. so much in his 90 years that I believe when the time comes for No part of this magazine may be me to go if I achieve only half of what Meredith had achieved reproduced, stored in any retrieval in his lifetime I would say that I too had lived. system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, All that remains is for me to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful photocopying, or otherwise - without Christmas and I hope you enjoy some or prior permission of the Publisher. all of the exciting festivities for which our area is renowned. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains Have a super time ducks. the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2012. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Christmas in Ashtead No doubt you do not need reminding that Christmas is just around the corner which means that your credit cards are about to be on meltdown. Before you rush to the shops in our larger neighbouring towns, give a thought to our local shopkeepers in Ashtead who are keen for your business. Last month our article highlighted the need to support local businesses following the decision by MVDC to approve the application from Tesco to erect a new store on the site of the Esso Service Station in The Street. We have all been concerned about the potential competition of Tesco so please make sure you give our traders a substantial share of your wallet during the forthcoming season of goodwill. Remember Ashtead is unique compared with other high streets that have been taken over by well known national and international retail names. We are fortunate to still have three first class butchers and greengrocers, two bakers, post offices, newsagents, art galleries, chemists and a fishmonger, along with shops offering DIY, jewellery, sports equipment, electrical goods, carpets and curtains, specialist wine merchants and much more. Also we have several coffee shops around Ashtead, all managed independently and offering a great choice. And of course, do not forget the wide range of restaurants and pubs in which to relax. To sample what is on offer why not enjoy an evening out in “The Street” on Tuesday 4th December between 4pm and 8pm. The Ashtead Traders have arranged their usual Christmas extravaganza with a theme of the “Winter Olympiad”. Father Christmas will be in his grotto for the children along with side shows and all the fun of the fair. Also the Ashtead Rotary will be on hand rattling their tins for charity, so to those of you who attend, please give generously. In addition Ashtead has received a concession

from MVDC with free car parking after 2pm on Saturdays 8th & 15th December. What about an idea to save money at Christmas? Do you remember not long ago we were all complaining about the increase in postage and this year a Christmas card will cost you a 50p stamp? Did you know that an alternative Christmas postal service has been running for several years? The Ashtead Scouts and Guides are supporting their Epsom colleagues with a service for delivering cards to post codes covering, KT17 to KT21 from 1st December until the last collection at 3 pm on 15th December. The cost is only 20p per card. All you have to do is bundle your envelopes together along with your payment and take them to the collection points that are at:• • • • •

Martins, The Street Tesco Express, Craddocks Parade Ashtead TV, Woodfield Lane The Surgery, Gilbert House, Woodfield Lane Gary’s Greengrocers, Barnett Wood Lane

What could be easier? Remember, at the same time you are supporting a worthy cause that is in much need of financial support. And how about having another evening out? Why not take your children and grandchildren to see “Puss in Boots” being performed by The Woodfield Entertainers at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from 13th to 15th December. For more details contact either Neil 07763 568973 or . So as the festive season draws ever closer the Ashtead Residents’ Association wishes our members and supporters a very merry Christmas and happy New Year! Roger Bennett

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Everybody needs good neighbours For some time, local residents have voiced concerns about St John's School re parking, traffic congestion, and planning applications, so we contacted the school early in the year and invited them to speak to us. Our guest speaker on Nov 5th was Mr Martin Collier, Headmaster of St John's School, accompanied by their Estates Manager, Mr Jonathan Gedling. Martin spoke with pride and enthusiasm about the school as it is, and current and future plans. The school may have appeared a little aloof in the past, but not now. Problems such as parking, traffic congestion, and lack of communication with locals have been, or are being listened to and dealt with, and the school is keen to hear all ideas for improvements as well as concerns. There is an open house policy for neighbours to air any issues. Martin has been talking to residents and councillors re problems in Garlands Rd and has taken on board the council's advice that a larger parking area than first planned is needed to house all school coaches and cars. Coach engines will be turned off to minimise fumes. Those using Linden Pit Path will be pleased to hear it will be repaved by the school. Public transport is encouraged, and next year the school is investing in minibus transport. Over time, local demand for places at St John’s has increased, and the school has grown to 600, with nearly all students now coming from within a 15 mile radius. Pupil lists are full for the next two years and their reputation is high in all areas; with academic achievement, pastoral care and extracurricular opportunity a priority. All the Sixth Form students have the opportunity to serve within the

community, assisting weekly with many charities, and gaining an insight that not all are as fortunate as they, thus helping create strong citizens and a strong future community. Concerts at the school are widely advertised. There are plans for more community involvement and activities on site. Many questions followed the presentation and whilst Martin told us they will continue to seek to develop and improve the school’s facilities, we were assured that around 620 students will be the maximum. We viewed the current planning applications and discussed them further at the close of the meeting. LRA thanks the School for joining us, and for being a proactive and inspiring role model in the art of communication and courtesy. Useful Info 1. Free parking offered to shoppers by MVDC in all the short-term car parks from 2pm Saturdays 8th and 15th December 2012. 2. Special offers for LRA members at: The Edmund Tylney Pub, Vecchia Trattoria, ATS Euromaster, & for January to March 2014, Piazza Firenze & Barton's Bookshop. If you can't find your membership card, please contact us 3. Next LRA open committee meeting Dec 3rd Please join us for a short meeting followed by light refreshments and informal discussions on thoughts for the coming year. In future, we will invite guest speakers three or four times a year, like St John's. We welcome your thoughts and ideas. If you are able to help us in anyway, please talk to us. For further information email:, tel: 370091 or 07986 430935


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Leatherhead Community Recycling Centre (Randalls Rd) reopens 23rd November The new and improved Leatherhead Community Recycling Centre (CRC) and Waste Transfer Station (WTS) reopens on 23rd November. The Leatherhead facility was redeveloped to provide residents with a modern, accessible and easy to use site. The upgrade includes:• • •

Improved parking and road layout to help the public move around the site more easily and to reduce queuing Separate entrances for the public and site service vehicles to help reduce congestion at the entrance Drop off area for garden waste carried in trailers

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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. Here we are again now in our 38th year of collecting. This year's main beneficiary will be Surrey Air Ambulance together with donations to other Lions charities. Last years' fantastic total of over £9000 will be a hard one to match this year but given the generosity of people towards such a good cause I am sure it can be reached. It is important to realise that because the air ambulance now has a night flying capability, ensuring round the clock emergency cover, operating costs will naturally be higher, so let’s help as much as we can. Mike Rushby, Leatherhead Lions

Where to meet Santa - all routes start at 6pm (except on Saturday 22nd December which starts at 5pm): Monday 10th

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Meredith Worsfold - A Personal Tribute


first met Meredith back in August 2006, after several people in Ashtead village said I should definitely meet him as he was the leading authority on all things Ashtead! Well, I guess they were right, and Meredith was not only absolutely charming but was delighted to write a short Meredith aged 8 in 1930 series of articles based on his life and experiences, entitled ‘Meredith’s Memories’.

loved putting together jigsaw puzzles and in September 2011 he called me to pop over and have a look at the 9120 piece puzzle of Bruegel The Elder’s Tower of Babel, which took 13 months to finish. I have to say when I saw it I was really impressed - and I think secretly Meredith was too - as it was a staggering 7’6” x 4’6” in size. I remember in order to get the whole puzzle in my photo I had to climb on top of his step ladders with Meredith and Mary, his daughter, hanging on to the ladders in case I went flying. I didn’t, but it was a close call!

Meredith wanted only to write for a few months, and I was more than happy, but almost four years later he was still writing his memoires for me, he really did get the ‘writing bug’ and just couldn’t stop! Of course I was delighted, but I never made any demands on Meredith, the stories just came naturally and frequently. Meredith was born on 7th September 1922 in Woodfield Lane and throughout his life lived at addresses in The Street, Grove Road and, after a short stint in Effingham, returned to Ashtead to live in Rectory Lane.

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I was kindly invited to Meredith’s 90th birthday party last September, he was surrounded by He left school at 15 and went to work at Mould’s family and friends, although very frail, he Emporium in Leatherhead High St, after which he seemed happy and contented. Sadly I wasn’t to joined the Worsfold family firm of builders. know that this was the last time I would see him, During WW2 he joined the RAF and was stationed as six weeks later he passed away. around the UK and then at Cawnpore, India, maintaining Hurricanes and Dakotas. Being with Meredith was always a wonderful experience, I think what made him such a Meredith was married to Joyce who sadly passed charming and kind person to be with was that he away in 1991, and they had two children, Robin was interesting and interested in what others had and Mary, three grandchildren and a great to say. He made me want to be a good person. grandson - Matthew. In fact I received a call from Meredith just before Christmas last year I attended Meredith’s Thanksgiving Service at the thanking me for my card and saying how exciting Leatherhead Methodist Church on 2nd November it was that the stamp I used bore the name last, it was packed with so many people wanting Matthew as that was his new great grandson’s to pay their respects and like so many others, I name - bless! Family was so important to him. was not wearing black because we all knew he would not want us wearing Meredith enjoyed music and sang in the solemn colours. Leatherhead Methodist Church Choir and the Leatherhead Choral Society; the latter choir God bless you taking part at the renowned Leith Hill Festival, Meredith, you will where he sang as a tenor in the St John Passion always be under the baton of Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams. remembered fondly, often and He was very creative and on my numerous visits well. to his flat in Rectory Lane he showed me some of the wooden jigsaw puzzles which were so Zen George intricately and beautifully made by him. He also 34

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Mary’s Christmas Dream In her new Christmas cardie and slippers, Mary sat in the chair nearest to the television, her grey curls framed by the festive green halo of a forgotten paper crown. A bone china cup was balanced at a perilous angle on her lap, with a forgotten ginger nut swimming in the saucer of spilled tea. She looked good for her age as she dozed, surrounded by a sea of happy family chaos. Her face was a page, lined with memories of a life well lived.

with Lego, Hotwheels and Evel Knievel. They watched Morecambe and Wise and the children giggled at their grandparents, dozing in their paper crowns.

The eighties and nineties brought both sadness and pride as her parents passed away and her children passed exams. She saw herself getting older in the mirror and didn’t like it all. There was a wave of optimism when the Berlin Wall came down but a wave of gloom as the country was plunged into recession. Mary felt Christmas during the war had been hard. Rationing, blackouts and separated families meant indescribable pride as she watched her husband walk their beautiful daughter down the aisle, a meagre and worrying time. Her parents had towards her future son in law. Christmas done their best and there were carols and home remained a constant reminder of the love made streamers with gifts of soap, hankies and between them all and the familiar decorations hand-me-down clothes. There were brave faces, were hung on the tree. She still had some of the determined smiles and an extra ration of sugar, children’s hand made baubles and a painted but nothing sweetened the worry about her wooden Father Christmas, which had taken pride missing elder brother Charlie. of place when she was a child. They watched Christmas in the fifties was a much happier affair French and Saunders, played Trivial Pursuit and and full of exciting possibilities. She’d met her enjoyed each other’s company. future husband and life was about parties, popular music and perky dresses. The Festival of A new millennium arrived. The world didn’t end but Mary’s world had changed forever. Her Britain in 1951 had introduced her to a new way husband had died and Christmas was now spent at of living and America had introduced her to Elvis her children’s houses. A new happiness settled Presley. Christmas was full of colour and family parties. Television was a revelation and the first upon her now. She had three beautiful grandchildren to spoil and she loved to listen to royal broadcast was in 1957. Christmas specials their laughter and Christmas excitement. brought Perry Como and Bing Crosby into her living room and mistletoe brought the opportunity Ruth came out of the kitchen and watched her to kiss her fiancé! family. Sam and the three children were The sixties brought mini skirts, men on the moon, entangled in a game of Twister and giggling uncontrollably. Her mother was snoring gently in the Beatles and The Forsyte Saga. For Mary, it a chair, a smile curling her lip. Strictly Come was mainly motherhood and hard work. She’d Dancing was on the television and the tree was given up her job to start a family and her days giving a warm glow to the room. Ruth saw the were taken up with looking after the house, her painted wooden Father Christmas, perched in its husband, and then her babies. Her new Bendix usual place, and smiled. automatic washing machine did make life easier though! Christmas was an opportunity to show off Copyright Sarah Lott and she proudly displayed her children’s November 2012 homemade decorations. Father Christmas came Website: down the chimney, Mary treated herself to some Email: bottles of Babycham and took pictures with her Tel: 01372 373844 Kodak Instamatic camera. Twitter: @thememorybook Her children were growing and life was moving even faster during the seventies. Mary learned Family memories are so important. This year, how to drive and they bought a red Austin 1100. why not give someone you love a voucher They moved to a modern house and her life towards a bespoke Memory Book? It’s the revolved around school, homework and the part perfect Christmas gift for your family and will time job she’d taken at the library. Her parents be treasured for generations to come. Please were getting older and her dad was suffering from get in touch. Anyone who quotes the Ashtead the side effects of working with asbestos after the and Leatherhead Local will receive a 10% war. Christmas was the highlight of the year and discount. she loved using all her new kitchen gadgets. Mary’s daughter had a new Sindy doll and would Thank you for reading my stories and I wish spend hours brushing her hair and dressing her in you all a merry Christmas and a happy 2013. swirly patterned clothes. Her son was obsessed 36

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The Far Side Gallery 1 By Gary Larson

If there’s any doubt that Gary Larson is some kind of comic genius, it was dispelled when they built a museum in San Francisco and filled it with his cartoons. Seeing the world through Larson’s eyes is viewing it through a pair of Dame Ednastyle glasses. He finds the funny in the ordinary and I guarantee you’ll never look at cows and chickens in quite the same way again. The Far Side books can be passed from grandparents to parents to children and all will be equally tickled by Larson’s humour.

Simon’s Cat Vs. The World! Simon Tofield

Not since Garfield has a cartoon cat so captured the nation’s heart. Simon’s cat spends his days terrorising and tormenting his longsuffering owner but this time, it’s the puss that’s under threat. With a new kitten on the scene, Simon’s Cat is facing a powerstruggle of a magnitude he’s never known before. Forget fighting dead flies…this time

it’s war. Life-long cat fan Tofield has had years of feline experience, and it shows. The new cartoons are full of pure moggy magic.

The Best of “Punch” Cartoons. Helen Walasek, Prion Books

‘Punch’ magazine may have closed its doors in 2002 but its legendary status lives on. This is the biggest collection of Punch cartoons ever and it’s one to be savoured. It’s essential reading for all fans of humour and satire, with no holds barred and nowhere safe to hide. The selection was made by Helen Walasek of the Punch Cartoon Library and it’s definitely to be treasured. With 600 of the best to flick through, you’d better avoid doing it in one sitting, or you might end up Punch drunk.

The Best of Matt 2012. Matthew Pritchett

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cartoonist captures the spirit of the nation in his own inimitable way. It’s a subtle mixture of wit and satire that will have you chuckling into your pudding. His almost haphazard drawing style is quirky and suggestive, making you feel like he’s capturing British life on the fly. A brilliant way to look back over the year.

Special Edition Garfield Going for Gold Jim Davis Timed to coincide with London 2012, this special edition is one of the classic sports strips. He may have been around since the 70s but Davis’ furry anti-hero hasn’t grown out of taunting his owner with violence towards his canine counterpart, Odie and of laziness, gluttony, sarcasm and a hatred of Mondays. You gotta love a cat like that.

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The Street, Ashtead From Ashtead, Surrey

To ‘Sharron House’ Chelston, Torquay, Devon

At the beginning of the 20th century sending your relatives or friends a seasonal greetings postcard of where you lived would have been very fashionable. This postcard is dated 23rd December 1906 and addressed to Mr & Mrs Powell, Chelston, Torquay, Devon and is signed ‘With love from Fannie’ – Highfields Road, Ashtead. Most of the buildings in the picture still remain to this day. On the left is the Brewery Inn. The frontage shown in the picture was replaced by the current mock Georgian style in the 1930s. On the right behind the tree, is the Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower. The red brick frontage dates from the 1890s. If we continue along the right hand side up to the Almshouses, according to the 1910 Street Directory the following businesses would have catered for your everyday needs. There was the London County and Westminster Bank, Frederick Atkinson Chemist, Sydney Wilcox Dairyman, Norman’s Stores (Joseph Felton), Johnson’s Stationers, Newsagents and Printers, Sanders Grocery Store, Barnett Wood Dairy, William Thorne Cycle Maker, John Symonds Butcher, William Merritt Greengrocer, Henry Richards Watchmaker, The National Telephone Co. Ltd (Call Office), Henry Moore Corn Merchants, Lawrence and Marsland Plumbers, John Haseman and Sons Builders, and John Gadsby Provision Merchant. The 1911 Census for Ashtead shows a Miss. Julia Powell of independent means born 1860 – Victoria, Australia living in a house called ‘Lauriston’, together with a cook and a parlour maid. The 1911 Census for Torquay records Mr. Levi Powell, wife Jane, together with their son Horace managing the ‘Sharron Private Boarding House’, Greenway, Chelston. Goff Powell

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Christmas with Dickens by Ted Bruning

Charles Dickens is often credited with inventing Christmas, or at least reinventing it and giving it its modern form. A Christmas Carol must be one of the most-filmed books ever, and the name of its central character, Scrooge, has entered the language. Yet it is one of his shorter works – a novella rather than a novel – and was only written to recoup the author’s finances after the failure of Martin Chuzzlewit. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, and Dickens followed it up with four more Christmas novellas between 1844 and 1848 (The Cricket on the Hearth of 1845, actually outsold A Christmas Carol), with 17 short stories published in the seasonal editions of his two magazines, Household Words and All the Year Round, between 1850 and 1867. Christmas badly needed reinventing. In the countryside, the grand old midwinter feast of medieval and earlier times had been driven underground by Puritan opposition before and during the Interregnum; and even after the Restoration it never really recovered its previous significance. And in the burgeoning industrial cities of the 18th and early 19th centuries, commerce allowed no pause for 12 days of ritual merriment. The shops didn’t even close.

man’s buff) was dangerous to the point of insanity. This was snap-dragon. The lights were extinguished, and a “ghost” in white sheet and wild wig presented a tray of raisins which had been soaked in brandy and set alight. These the players would have to grab without burning their fingers (hence the modern expression); and “when fingers enough were burned, and all the raisins were gone, they sat down by the huge fire of blazing logs to a substantial supper and a mighty bowl of wassail in which the hot apples were hissing and bubbling”. More booze. Perhaps, then, a truly Dickensian Christmas is too strong for modern stomachs. But one thing we might try is turning off the TV. No Wizard of Oz, The Great Escape, The Sound of Music or even A Christmas Carol. He believed in togetherness: friends, relations, neighbours, and stray Pickwickians all joining in one great joyous riot.

A companionable man, Dickens saw this as a great social evil. The traditional Christmas festivities had been communal events, and it was the sociable and communal side of Christmas that Dickens celebrated. Although privately he was a devout if unorthodox Christian, you will find little of the religious side of Christmas in his writings. Scrooge, frightened out of his miserly ways, does not rush out to church on Christmas morning but goes visiting. And at the heart of The Pickwick Papers is the Christmas Eve ball at Manor Farm, where Wardle hosts a blow-out of Lucullan proportions at which all comers, including the Pickwickians, are welcome. It would be a wonderful but wholly impossible endeavour to seek to recreate that feast at Dingley Dell. For one thing the sheer quantity of alcohol consumed – hot punch, mulled ale, warmed claret, brandy and hot water for the coachman, the “something good” enjoyed by Sam Weller and the Fat Boy at the Blue Lion at Muggleton, the “hot elder wine, well-qualified with brandy and spice” would give your GP a fit. For another, even the most rabid “political correctness gone mad” merchant would have to admit that the game enjoyed by the partygoers (after the dancing to “the only harp in all Muggleton” and the blind






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Ho ho ho, don’t feed the dustbin!! The festive season is just around the corner once again – and there are lots of ways to reduce your Christmas footprint without turning into a humbug! Wasted food is the big one – as a nation we throw out £12bn worth of food and drink every year – a staggering average of £480 per household (£680 for families) £6.7bn worth of food goes off, sometimes unopened or started but not finished, while the remaining £4.8bn of wastage comes from us over-catering, with Christmas contributing a large portion to that total. Families increase their grocery spend by about 20% over the Christmas period. How can you avoid this? Easy ways include checking the cupboards, finding out what non-perishables are still there from last year; making a shopping list, resisting the temptation to buy the fancy gourmand offerings that the kids won’t eat and you will be too full to fancy. Share those BOGOF (buy 1 get 1 free) offers with a friend – how much cheddar can you eat in a week anyway? And use the freezer to prepare in advance and save any left-overs, cutting down on what ends up in the recycling bin. Be inventive – you can freeze sliced cake by putting greaseproof paper between each slice, so you can defrost a few slices as you need them, rather than the whole cake (a good way to stop to having a slice “just to finish it up” – and spreading the calories over a longer time) And if your fridge is full, you may be able to store some perishables in (fox-proof) tins the garage or car if the weather is cold and so stop them going off before they can be eaten. The tradition of giving presents in winter dates back at least to Roman times, when the emperor was presented with evergreen branches and, later, honey, cakes and gold. But times change and simple offerings have been replaced by computer games, plastic toys and helicopter lessons. But gift-giving is the other major waste-generating activity of the festive period – last year it’s been estimated £4bn of gifts were unwanted £92 per person, and many such gifts end up on Ebay (quite a good solution to the problem!). It is a time when many electronic gadgets are bought but if you were to buy at least three fewer this year, it would save more than 122kg CO2 if books were bought instead. And there could be an embedded lesson for the kids in doing that too, getting them to read rather than “gadget”… Maybe it’s time to re-think what you give – maybe some good locally produced wine or beer, some home-made jam or chutney, a “meal out promise“ for the long dark days before Spring arrives, a personalised photo album…gifts that may be cheaper, greener, but more individual. Having a greener yuletide could mean you can greet the new year with a healthier bank balance, a healthier waistline and a really empty dustbin. Now that would be a Christmas to remember…. Our next Open Meeting will be on Thursday 6th December, at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7:30-9pm, see the web site for details. Chris Ellis

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Levy & Friend comes to Leatherhead with ‘BAGS OF ART’ Dubbed one of Scotland’s most intriguing artists by the Scottish press, Alan Friend’s work is both powerful and unique. He was among the twenty leading Scottish artists asked by pop group Wet,Wet,Wet to produce work for their album ‘Picture This’. Alan was the winner of a competition run by American firm Grumbacher, at the time, the world’s leading art materials manufacturer and was also featured in American art magazine Palette Talk which labeled him, “Scotland’s rising star.” Alan is now living in Leatherhead and his work is currently available to purchase at:

Levy & Friend 35A Bridge Street Leatherhead KT22 8BN Tel: 01372 377844 Opening hours: 9.15am-5.15pm Tuesday-Saturday Featured paintings Left: ‘Flora, Goddess of Spring’ Right: ‘The Weight of the World on My Shoulders’

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Seasonal Recipe Mini Chri Christmas stmas Cake akess These delightful mini fruit and nut topped cakes are perfect for giving as a festive foodie present. Simply wrap in clear cellophane and tie with gold ribbon or place in small gift boxes. 1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/gas 2. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with a double thickness of greased, greaseproof paper. 2. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Sift together the flour and spices then fold into the creamed mixture. Fold in the lemon zest, dried fruit, glace cherries and nuts and mix thoroughly. 3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface. Use the back of a metal spoon to make a slight dip in the centre (this will help to give an even rise). Bake in the preheated oven for 3¼ - 3 ½ hours or until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin. 4. When the cake is completely cold, remove from tin and use a sharp knife to cut it into 9 smaller square cakes. Brush the sides of each cake with a little apricot jam. Divide the marzipan into 9 pieces. Dust a surface lightly with icing sugar and roll each piece out to a strip long enough to go around each cake. Wrap the strips around the cakes pinching the ends together to seal. Top each cake with a selection of cherries, nuts and apricots. Tie a ribbon around each cake if liked. 60

For the cakes • • • • • • • • • • •

250g butter, softened 250g dark muscovado sugar 4 medium eggs, beaten 350g plain flour 2 tsp ground mixed spice ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 800g mixed dried fruit 100g glace cherries, rinsed, dried and chopped 100g chopped mixed nuts

For the decoration • • • •

750g marzipan Icing sugar, for dusting 4 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved Mixed coloured glace cherries, walnut halves, Brazil nuts and chopped dried apricots

Makes 9 Ready in 4 hours (plus cooling)

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

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


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

Monday 3rd Tuesday 4th Wednesday 5th Wednesday 12th Tuesday 18th Wednesday 19th Wednesday 19th Saturday 22nd

Mon 3 : Leigh : 2¼m Level walk offering views towards N. Downs and attractive buildings in village. Some stiles, can be muddy. Pub refreshments. Meet at 10am at The Plough in Leigh, near Leigh Church. TQ223469 / RH2 8NJ | Tue 4 : Bletchingley : 5m Undulating, scenic route with ground conditions in mind. Meet 10am at the Golf Course in Church Ln, north of A25 crossroads. TQ329510 / RH1 4LP. Followed by Xmas Lunch at 1pm. (3 courses £20, 2 courses £16, plus coffee. Booking & £5 deposit essential. See Graham or phone 01342 323371) | Wed 5 : Dorking Watermill : 4m Varied walk along the River Mole then up the front of Box Hill. One steep climb followed by a gentle descent. May be muddy in places. Meet at 10:15am at Watermill Restaurant, about 1m east of Dorking on A25. TQ179501 / RH4 1NN (T) Dorking Deepdene station ½m away. Followed by Xmas Lunch (details available from Rosemary or GO50) | Wed 12 : Reigate Heath : 3¾m Flat walk to Skimmington Castle and Wonham Mill. Bring snack. Meet 10am Flanchford Road CP, west of Reigate, south of A25. TQ238503 / RH2 8AB | Tue 18 : Godstone : 5m Undulating walk via Godstone Green, Broadham Green & Hob Gdn Cottage. Some stiles and can be muddy. Mince pies/hot drinks at Scout HQ, Godstone Green after walk. Meet 10am at Godstone Green opp. White Hart. TQ349516 / RH9 8DP | Wed 19 : Sheepleas : 3½m Slightly undulating, mixed walk with paths and quiet lanes through woods & fields. Good views, one stile. Meet at 10:15am at Sheepleas car park. From A246 turn south at West Horsley - CP is ¾m on left. TQ084513 / KT24 6EW | Wed 19 : Polesden Lacey : 4m Walk from the Estate through woodland and open countryside. Refreshments available in the NT restaurant. Meet at 10:15am NT car park at Polesden Lacey. TQ136522 / RH5 6BD | Sat 22 : Epsom Common : 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet at 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR

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

Tuesday 11th Thursday 13th Friday 21st

Tue 11 : West Horsley : 12m Hilly ride along tracks and some quiet roads taking in Sheepleas & North Downs. Meet at King William IV pub, The Street, West Horsley. A246 from East Clandon and left at roundabout down The Street. TQ080536 / KT24 6BG | Thu 13 : Mogador : 15m To Fanny’s Farm and back via Banstead Heath & North Downs. Meet at Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES | Fri 21 : Ashtead Common : 13m Mainly easy ride across Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park, Langley Vale, then some hilly stuff to Tattenham Corner, returning across the Downs and Epsom Common. Meet at The Star pub, A243 Kingston Rd. TQ166600 / KT22 0DP

December Nordic Walk (walking boots/suitable footwear recommended, bring Nordic poles)

Tuesday 4th

Tue 4 : Garsons Farm (Elmbridge) - 1st Tue of the month : 4m Circular walk. Meet at 10:15am at Garsons Farm overflow CP, Winterdown Rd off West End Green, Esher. TQ124638 / KT10 8LR (T) Bus 515 to end of West End Lane


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Clubs & Activities

Surrey County Football Association Release 2013 Coach Education Schedule The Surrey County FA 2013 Coach Education schedule has now been released, which will offer over 20 Level 1 courses, 12 Emergency Aid workshops, an increased number of FA Youth Modules, and much more. As ever, all courses and workshops are held at venues throughout the County allowing participants to attend their chosen course easily, while the prices for gaining the various qualifications on offer remain the same as the 2012 Coach Education Programme. Despite the vast number of courses already uploaded to the Bookings page of the Surrey FA website, there is still more to come, with ad hoc workshops being added due to the popularity and demand of courses on the Programme already. As has been the case in previous years, Level 1 courses always prove to be popular, so please book your place ASAP.

To book on a course, please visit:

Volunteers needed for new elderly care project Age UK Surrey are recruiting volunteers to help run a new project called Proactive Care for the Elderly, which is being trialled for a year in the north of Surrey and will hopefully go county-wide in the future. The role will be to visit elderly people (aged 75+) in their home at a pre-arranged time and conduct an interview with them (with a questionnaire at first), in order to get a detailed picture of their care needs. The completed questionnaire will be sent to their GP surgery, where a programme of care and support will be drawn up for them. The aim is to keep people out of hospital as long as possible. Regular follow up visits will be scheduled, at intervals depending on the patient’s level of need. Volunteer visitors will ideally continue to act as good neighbours, being a link between the patient and their surgery and providing information about services available locally. Training will be given and there will be monthly meetings for monitoring and additional training. Practices in Ashtead, Epsom, Worcester Park, Banstead and other parts of the midSurrey area will to be participating in this project.

Contact Richard Jeffries on 01483 534706 or for more details. 64

ASHTEAD SQUASH & TENNIS CLUB Ashtead’s premier Sports Club and Sports Bar!

Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club - a hidden treasure in the sought-after Lanes area of Ashtead! We can offer you...  Four heated squash/ racketball courts  Two open air tennis courts  Coaching & ‘taster’ sessions for all ages/abilities  Surrey inter-club competitions  Leagues for all standards  Ladies’ squash mornings  Great social scene with events all year round  Sky and ESPN TV  Exhibition matches  Online court booking

 Great venue for your private party/business function!  Huge car park & grounds, with children’s play area, BBQ  Large lounge area  WiFi  Members’ bar  Pilates classes  Babes on the Run  Bridge  Playball  Dance for all age groups  Club golf days

We’d love to meet you New

Social or Playing members welcome but you don’t have to be a member to visit us and find out more, or enjoy many of our activities and events! Visit email Or follow us on Facebook & Twitter

Fantastic Christmas Lights Switch-on with visit from Santa! Saturday 1st December See ‘What’s On’ for details

Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club, 39 Skinners Lane, Ashtead KT21 2NN.

Tel: 01372 272215


Papillon House school Christmas Fair 12-3pm at Papillon House School, Pebble Close, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7PA. Crafts, jewellery, gifts, home-made cakes, toys, a chocolate tombola and much more, plus Santa’s Grotto, children’s activities and refreshments. More info on to!/friendsofpapillonhouseschool

Saturday 1st

Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club Christmas Extravaganza, 39 Skinners Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2NN, Christmas Lights Switch-On & Santa Visit, 4.30pm.

Saturdays & Christmas at Polesden Lacey, lots of fun events inc Yuletide choirs, sleigh rides, Santa, Sundays in Dec plus, of course, the beautifully decorated Edwardian house. See opposite for details. Saturday 1st

Christmas Bazaar, British Legion Hall, Upper Fairfield Road, Leatherhead.11-2pm. Lots of gift ideas, tombola, cakes, refreshments and much more. Free entry.

Sunday 2nd

The Brigitte Trust Charity Chistmas Fayre, Denbies, see opposite for details.

Thursday 6th

Dorking Gala Night, 6pm-9pm, this year’s theme is ‘Around the World’. German stalls selling Christmas goodies at stalls in St Martins Walk. Live music, local dance troupes and Christmas carols performed by German carol singers. Father Christmas will also be there with his illuminated sleigh and reindeer, along with Dorking’s panto stars!

Friday 7th

Soundbytes free choir concert, 7.40pm, Church Church, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead. Candlelit concert performed by the Soundbytes Community Choir. Retiring collection to a local charity.

Friday 7th

MV Council Chairman’s ‘Carolfest,, 6.30-8.30pm, St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church, Leatherhead in aid of MNDA Charity. £10 adults or £25 family ticket to inc mince pie.Carol singing - inc Silent Night in two languages! Tickets available from Dorking Halls, 01306 881717. More details on page 63.

Saturday 8th

Carols for Charity, Ashtead Choral Society, APMH, see details overleaf.

Saturday 8th

Rainbow Trust Christmas Gift Fair, Leatherhead Theatre, see opposite for details

Sunday 9th

‘Christmas Vintage’, Denbies, 10am-4pm. Free entry and parking. Christmas Vintage & Collectables Fair for unique gifts. 01306 876 616

Thursday 13th

Candlelit Carol Service, St Mary’s Church, The Ridgeway, Fetcham, KT22 9AZ. Free, optional donation, in aid of local charity Transform Housing & Support, supporting homeless and vulnerable people with guest Penelope Keith, Patron. Followed by a reception at historic Fetcham Park House, adjacent to the church. 01372 387103

Saturday 15th

Leatherhead Choral Society & All Aloud seasonal music and sing along- see page 71.

Saturday 16th

Christmas Tea Dance, Denbies, 3.30pm-6pm. Traditional tea dance with afternoon high tea and Denbies award-winning sparkling wine. £14.50 pp. Tickets from 01306 876616

Wednesday 19th

Christmas Tree adventure, 11am-1pm. Leith Hill, Landslip car park, Abinger Rd. Free, no booking required. Follow children’s Xmas trail up to Duke’s Warren where you can hunt for a Scots Pine to cut yourself, join us at the bonfire and help with scrub clearance. Ready cut trees available for donations. 01306 712711 Surrey Hills National Trust.

Saturday 22nd

Zen Relics 60’s/70’s Christmas Party. Put on your flares and release your inner hippy! APMH 7.30pm, call 01372 275820 for tickets - see opposite for more details.

Saturday 29th

Soundbytes Winter Warmer Sing Along, 11am-3pm, Ashtead Baptist Church. Spend a day singing songs and having fun. Booking essential, 01372 278016,

If there’s an event in January that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 10th December. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 66 of going to print. Details correct at time

What’s On?

Help raise money for Emma’s Bubble Trust



(most weeks)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion with Choir, children's Sunday Club and coffee. Also 6.30pm Informal Service with Band. Weekly updates On Sunday 2nd at 4pm we

will be holding the Children’s Society Christingle service, all are welcome.

Tuesday 4th

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, Variety Group will be entertaining us, this is an open meeting, men and women will be most welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Tues 4th and Fri 7th

A trip to the ballet: exploring designs for sets and costume by Picasso, Leon Bakst and others. See for details, £10 inc refreshments. T: 01372 272235: E: to book.

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.30-4.30pm, Demonstration by Pat Dibben ’In the Bleak Midwinter’ along with our competition entries ’Twas the Night Before Christmas’, visitors £4. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Gilbert & Sullivan talk by Mr Roger Askew with some of the music. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (monthly)

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

Thurs 6th

Transition Ashtead Open Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, see the web site for details,

Friday 7th

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

(weekly - not 28th)

Friday 7th

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall (Main Hall). Everything you need for those Christmas crafts. 25% discount on orders of full rolls of ribbon (Or by phoning 01372 374914)

Friday 7th (weekly)

Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall.

Friday 7th (monthly)

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


(weekly - not 28th)


What’s On?

Carols for Charity 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 8th December at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. Why not drop in anytime between 10am and 12 noon and get into a festive mood? Entry is £1 for adults, 50p for children. Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be on sale and there will be a stall where you will be able to buy goods, the proceeds of which will go to charity. 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.

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Friday 7th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, supporting the RNLI

December walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 ,, Donation to charities, car share suggested, Sat 8th all walks start at 10.30am. Sat 15th Sat 8th Top of Woodlands Rd, Effingham (5 miles) Wed 26th Sat 15th Burford Bridge, Ryka’s CP Tues 1ST JAN Wed 26th Headley Heath, the west NT CP Tues 1st JAN: Top of Downs Way, Bookham Wed 12th

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

Thurs 13th (monthly)

Leatherhead & District Friends Group, now moved to Leatherhead Royal British Legion, 2pm-4pm. If you are over 50 and would like to join us you would be made most welcome. For more info, please contact Jane on 01372 811422.

Wed 19th

NHS Blood Donor Sessions, St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

(2nd Wed mthly)


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

Christmas Carol

Friday 7th December, 7:30pm £18, Friends £16, Children £12.50 One magical night Scrooge, a penny clutching old miser, is visited by mystical ghosts, who show him there is more to life than work and money, and slowly he begins to recognise the true meaning of Christmas. This production is not only for fans of dance, but also for those experiencing dance for the first time and includes beautifully hand crafted costumes and sets that conjure up the delightful Dickensian London perfectly. "A pleasure to witness a production of this calibre" - Dance Europe Magazine

Aladdin and His Magic Lamp

Dates and ticket prices below Announcing the star cast for Aladdin this year the show’s Producers said, “We are very excited to be producing this year’s excellent production with talented performers including Disney`s Lion King West-End star Lloyd Notice and Tricky TV and Penn & Teller`s award winning magicians, High Jinx. Michael Jordan & his assistant Tamsyn Sear who plays Princess Jasmin who recently appeared at Disneyland Paris, and local girl Rhia Coles who plays the Slave of the Ring, just returned from a nationwide tour of Midsummer Night`s Dream and is the voice of several television commercials. They are joined by a full supporting professional cast from stage and TV as well as the local Arnould School of Dance and Drama. With amazing illusions, magical flying carpets and a thrilling live band it promises to be more spectacular, hilarious and exciting than ever.

Tuesday 18th Wed 19th Thursday 20th Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Monday 24th Tuesday 25th Wed 26th Thursday 27th Friday 28th Saturday 29th

10:30am & 2:00pm 10:30am & 2:00pm 10:30am & 7:00pm 2:00pm & 6:00pm 1:00pm & 4:00pm 11:00am MERRY CHRISTMAS 1:00pm & 4:00pm 1:00pm & 4:00pm 1:00pm & 4:00pm 1:00pm

Adults: £14.50 Concessions Under 16s and over 60s: £12.50 Family Tickets: - 4 tickets, (must include one adult): £46 Group Bookings: Buy 10 tickets and get another one free Special ‘Schools Offer’ Please contact Box Office for details 70

What’s On?

Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns. From 29th November to 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! Voted one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa by ‘The Guardian’. Also 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, sledges and stocking fillers is not to be missed! What’s more, there’ll be 25 gorgeous new born lambs due, and plenty of indoor play! Visit for more details.


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Dorking Halls Launches Soft Play Drop-Ins Dorking Halls is excited to announce it will hold soft play drop-in mornings for under fives. Keith Garrow, General Manager, said: “In hosting a range of quality children’s shows and with our hugely successful children’s Saturday Morning Cinema Club, we’re becoming more and more popular with children and their parents. It’s a fantastic way to spend a weekday morning. Children can make new friends and burn energy in a safe environment and parents can meet other parents and enjoy a piece of cake and a cup of tea or freshly-brewed Starbucks coffee.” Under threes drop-ins take place on a Monday, and under fives drop-ins on a Tuesday and Wednesday. The soft play will be open from 9.15am - 12pm. Last entry is 11am. One child costs £4, and two or more children and Dorking Halls Friends go for £2.50 each. To find out more or to pre-book, call the Box Office on 01306 881717. The Halls also offers private soft play parties. To find out more, call 01306 879314. 72

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Operation Candlelight: Burglary campaign

Operation Candlelight launched by Surrey Police is an initiative focusing on reducing dwelling burglaries in Surrey. ‘Are you on a burglar’s to-do list?’ is the message from Surrey Police during the initiative which aims to help householders get in the mind of a burglar and understand what they look out for prior to committing the crime.


We traditionally see a rise in burglary offences over the autumn and winter months with the longer, darker nights and increased spending over the Christmas period. By encouraging residents to see their property from a burglar’s point of view, we hope to influence a longterm behavioural change and reduce burglary offences. As part of the initiative, Surrey Police will also be carrying out additional operational activities targeting high risk areas and known offenders.


In addition to increased patrols across all areas, local officers will be visiting properties which appear to show “vulnerabilities” to being targeted by burglars. This could be observing windows being left open, back gates being clearly insecure etc. If the homeowner is present, officers will take the opportunity to speak with them to highlight the risks they have observed and to give basic advice on how to minimise these. If no one is at home when officers visit, they will leave a card which will detail their concerns and directing people to where they can obtain additional advice about their home and property security.

Mike Bessent MV Crime Reduction Advisor Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name.

Anyone who is concerned about the security of their home and property can always request free, impartial advice from Mole Valley’s Crime Reduction Advisor, Mike Bessent. If you would like to make an appointment to see Mike, please call in on 101 or email the local Safer Neighbourhood Team direct at

Your local team can also be contacted by email to

You can dramatically reduce the chances of being burgled by taking just a few simple measures:

Never leave door or car keys, wallets or handbags within reach of a letterbox, door or window.

Make your house look occupied when nobody is home by using an automatic timer to switch interior lights on and off. 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 are occupied. A low level hall light on a timer would be a better option. Set your burglar alarm whenever you leave your home. If you don’t have an alarm, we recommend you get one fitted. Always close your windows when you are out, and ensure French windows and patio doors are secure. Dispose of packaging carefully. Empty boxes left outside can advertise to thieves what they can find inside. Going away? Cancel milk, newspaper and other regular deliveries and ask a friend or local Neighbourhood Watch scheme to keep an eye on your home. Mark your valuables with a property marking product and place signs and stickers around your home, making it clear that your property is marked. Photograph your valuables and keep a description of them. Always secure your shed and garage and don’t leave ladders or other tools outside which could help a burglar gain access to your house.


Please use the 101 number when reporting any nonemergency matters to us by telephone. The old 0845 number is now permanently out of service. 01483 571212 can still be used if preferred. In an emergency always dial 999.

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How you can help the Born Free Foundation From small beginnings, international charity the Born Free Foundation has grown into a global force for wildlife.


Started as Zoo Check in 1984 and becoming the Born Free Foundation in 1991, the charity was founded by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the 1966 classic film ‘Born Free’. It was during the filming of the movie and their close proximity to lions whilst in Kenya that the couple came to believe that wild animals belong in the wild, not incarcerated in captivity, sparking a lifelong commitment to

Today, Virginia, who lives in near Dorking, remains a trustee of the charity and is still involved in its many and varied projects, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free, working from its head office in Horsham, takes action worldwide to protect threatened species in their natural habitat, working to safeguard lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species. The charity never forgets the individual, believing that every animal is important, and therefore works to prevent individual animal suffering. As part of the ethos to ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’, Born Free works to phase out zoos and rescues animals from lives of misery in tiny cages, providing them with lifetime care at sanctuaries in their natural habitat. This Christmas, Born Free needs your support to help them continue to protect hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. They have a wide range of gifts available perfect for the festive season, all raising vital funds to help ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’. The beautiful and stylish Moon-Signs jewellery range, available in silver or yellow gold, depicts a person’s ‘Moon Sign’ (Virgo Moon Sign pictured right), the astrological notion of revealing a deeper side to a personality than that of a traditional sun sign. Attractively packaged with a scroll that tells more about someone’s deeper self, Moon-Signs jewellery makes a unique and elegant gift for Christmas. Another unusual festive gift that benefits Born Free are the ‘Gifts in Kind’ – a unique range of imaginative gift cards that help to bring real festive cheer to rescued, orphaned and endangered wild animals around the world. From A ‘Meal for Two Beneath the Stars’ (where the meal is for rescued lions, Dolo, pictured left and Safia, being given lifetime care at a Rescue Centre in Ethiopia) to a ‘Piece of Paradise’ (to help protect the threatened habitat of wild turtles in Tanzania), the beautifullypresented gift card will directly help a wild animal.

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Winter Planters

By Pippa Greenwood Even if you’re sure you’re not going to venture into your garden much this winter, make sure you have every possible encouragement by creating a winter planter or two. They will not only look gorgeous from the warm comfort of your house, but will also help to coax you outside from time to time. Choose a larger container as it’s more likely to protect the roots on the plants due to the greater volume of compost. I’d avoid any container less than 30cm (12in) diameter if possible.

to help provide extra colour, texture and interesting leaf shapes. All these plants will last for years, not just the winter months.

Any container will insulate the roots a little, but one made from thick wood (such as a wooden trough or window box, or a halfbarrel) will be very effective. Good quality, fairy chunky plastic also works quite well. Try to avoid metal as this tends to conduct cold.

At this time of year, garden centres may offer very tiny versions of shrubs such as skimmias, Pieris or hollies and many of the dwarf conifers. They will provide good colour and interest in a container for a year or two and can then be planted in your garden to reach their full size. In warmer areas, you can add bright patches of colour to your display using the ‘winter cherry’ or solanum which has bright yellow and orange fruits. You could also use a few winter flowering cyclamen but these definitely need a very sheltered spot such as a window box on a protected wall.

Warm undergarments are all the rage for winter planters. A lining of bubble-wrap polythene or even a few layers of old fabric or carpet, sandwiched between the sides of the container and the compost will help to keep both compost and roots warm. If you live in a particularly cold area, or simply want to decrease the risk of winter damage further, try to position winter planters out of the windiest areas. If possible place them fairly close to a house wall on the south or west side as this will help to provide a little extra warmth.

Don’t forget to add in a few early spring flowering bulbs such as miniature narcissus, crocus and miniature iris. Hide them beneath the roots of your winter bedding plants; you’ll forget they are there until they burst out in spring.

You’ll be amazed at the range of plants available at your local garden centre for adding winter colour and interest to pots and planters. Some of my favourites are the universal or other winter flowering pansies or even hardier smaller flowered violas.

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News on Ashtead station With effect from 5th November • • • • •

the entrance to the drop-off area of the station will be closed and the present forecourt enclosed in hoardings The new temporary entrance to the station will be the existing car park entrance The work on the new station will require the temporary loss of spaces and drop-off areas, BUT the enlarged car park will be open with 50+ extra spaces. Cycle facilities will be moved and additional racks provided. Commuters who presently chain their bicycles to the railings on the south side of the present station will no longer be able to use these and will instead have to use the additional racks being provided Blue Badge bays will be relocated to the spaces just outside the ticket office i.e. if you have your back to the doors the spaces will be just below you

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associated it with yuletide celebrations. Two years later one of Edison’s inventors, Edward Johnson, lit a Christmas tree with 80 small bulbs and by 1900, Christmas displays with lights started appearing in department store windows. On Christmas Eve, 1923, President Coolidge lit the National Christmas Tree near the White House with 3,000 lights. A string of lights cost about $12 which put buying them way out of reach of ordinary American families. General Electric, who had purchased the rights to Edison’s bulbs, even released advertisements suggesting families rented them. It wasn’t until 1925 when the Sadacca family, who owned a novelty lighting business, started mass manufacturing Christmas lights, that they become affordable. Today you can take your pick of incandescent or LED lights. Either way, what a pleasure it is to light up your tree in these cold winter months. By Lauren Ford

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2. Hit on a type of food for a girl! (8) 3. Outfit from Cagney, perhaps (6) 5. Turn to the smallest of the litter (4) 6. Deep form of poor fund (8) 7. I meant to turn to a fellow prisoner (6)

28.Odd grade mum searched (8)

8. Lass went first, so irritated (6)

29.Concealed, but erects somehow (6)

11.Angrier about a piece of jewellery (7)

30.Scone Ned made change to a liquid (8)

14.Planes I manoeuvre to get to the dog (7)

31.Reader in a groove, perhaps (6)

17.Outlandish ale sect a step up (8)


18.Former and spoken, that's rustic (8)

26.A verb Tim laid out word for word (8)

1. Unorthodox oilcan to place (8)

19.Emitters redesigned for bugs (8) 22.Crab if woven correctly becomes a material (6) 23.Nationality of rag men? (6) 24.A book initially despatched has not arrived (6) 27.Writers in the middle of suspension (4)

General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. London borough associated with the Houses of Parliament (11) 8. Candied plant stalks used to flavour cakes and trifles (8) 9. Biblical first man (4) 10. Blue ___, flag indicating a ship is ready to sail (5) 11. Domestic fowl (7) 13. Picture painted on a plaster wall (6) 15. Garment worn by both men and women in the South Pacific (6) 17. Port city in Washington, USA (7) 19. Curry dish cooked and served in a flat-bottomed metal pot (5) 22. Animal associated with the star sign Taurus (4) 23. Wife of an earl (8)

24. Tall perennial plant from South America, having silvery plumes (6,5) Down 2. Premium Bonds computer (5) 3. Greek hero who slew the Minotaur (7) 4. Goddess of the rainbow (4) 5. Marine creature (8) 6. Electronic message (5) 7. Network of rabbit burrows (6) 12. Size of paper (8) 14. Type of monkey, macaque (6) 16. Nuclear plant (7) 18. Gene Pitney song, Twenty86

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Quiz - Christmas

November’s Crossword solutions

Blitzen O Christmas Tree Pot Noodle Saviour's Day (in 1990; note that Millennium Prayer peaked at number two in 1999) A turkey Archie Mitchell Indonesia The Grinch (in How The Grinch Stole Christmas) Wallace and Gromit Last Christmas (by Wham)

Across: 1 Fallen, 4 Crackpot, 10 Assertion, 11 Erase, 12 Ideas, 13 Lionesses, 14 Glasses, 16 Noah, 19 Eric, 21 Codeine, 24 Orangeade, 25 Susie, 26 Inept, 27 Inelegant, 28 Acolytes, 29 Unwell. Down: 1 Flamingo, 2 Las Vegas, 3 Earns, 5 Run down, 6 Cleveland, 7 Praise, 8 Theism, 9 Rifles, 15 Sprightly, 17 Dissuade, 18 Pedestal, 20 Chalice, 21 Clever, 22 Lolita, 23 Make do, 25 Stern

Quiz - Maiden Names 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Samantha Sheffield Linda Eastman Louise Nurding Margaret Roberts Sharon Arden Michelle Robinson Hilary Rodham Coleen McLoughlin Sarah Macaulay Marge Bouvier

Across: 1 Calais, 7 Charades, 8 Rustle, 10 Cheese, 11 Sisal, 13 Ikebana, 16 Bouncer, 17 Oasis, 20 Safari, 22 Peseta, 24 Princess, 25 Morris. Down: 1 Cyprus, 2 Laos, 3 Scree, 4 Pancake, 5 Babe, 6 Helsinki, 9 Twain, 12 Idolatry, 14 Brass, 15 Decibel, 18 Shares, 19 Spasm, 21 Anna, 23 Ewer


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