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Recipe - mulled wine


Rotarians launch aid appeal


Leatherhead Christmas Festival 50-51


Epsom Hospital update


Rotary Club of Ashtead


Ashtead Christmas Shopping evening


Swan Centre manager to the rescue


Last posting dates for Christmas


Mid Surrey Mediation Service


Leatherhead Lions attack fuel poverty


Christmas comes early to Leatherhead


Send a letter from Santa


Give a cat a home


Mole Valley Police Column


How to avoid arguments this Christmas


Andy’s Blog


Ashtead Community Vision


Santa’s Christmas Float route


What’s on, pages 73-79


Quiz - Robots


Residents urged to complete voting forms


Book reviews


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Local history article


Ruth’s ready made Christmas - a story


Bin collection dates over Xmas/New Year


Shopmobility Leatherhead


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Back home for surviving doves


Transition Ashtead


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From the Publisher

s this magazine goes to print we are hearing of the devastation caused by Hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines and the desperate plight of the people there. No sooner had this tragedy come to light than our local Rotary Clubs in Leatherhead and Ashtead sprung into action, raising money for much needed ShelterBoxes. These will help people affected by the hurricane in the weeks and months to come and not just in the immediate aftermath of this catastrophe, more information on their appeal can be found on page 12. I just love this time of year, always have, always will, and one of the sure-fire ways to know that Christmas is truly on its way is when the shops are filled with fresh cranberries and sweet chestnuts (and huge tubs of chocolate!!). I once tried holidaying in a hot country over Christmas and have to say sitting around eating turkey wearing a t-shirt is not for me. It needs to be cold outside - but I guess that’s just what we’re used to over here. There are quite a few events taking place around the area in December, so much so that I have allocated a staggering seven pages in the what’s on section this month (pages 73-79), and I’m sure that nestled amongst these pages you will find a few events to enjoy over this festive season. Also arranged for us this year are the annual Ashtead Village Christmas shopping evening (p.18) and the Leatherhead Christmas Festival (pages 50-51), so do go along, enjoy the fun, finish (or start!) your Christmas shopping and support our local shops. This month our Shopmobility team in Leatherhead town centre is looking for volunteers to help out, details on page 38. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

A heartwarming end to the tragic story of the attack on doves in Bookham that ran in the October edition can be found on page 40. Useful dates for your diaries on page 20 - the last posting dates for Christmas; and on page 86 the revised bin collection dates over Christmas and New Year. Tensions can run high over Christmas and Relate Mid-Surrey have come up with some suggestions to avoid ‘set-to’s’ (as I call them) on page 70. On page 34, Mr Roy Guy is asking for any images you may have of Ashtead in the 1920’s as part of the Peace Memorial Hall’s 90th anniversary in 2014, his contact details can be found on page 34. Heather Hunt, Community Fundraising Manager for the British Heart Foundation has been in contact to tell me that Richard Keel, the Swan Centre manager, assisted a woman who went into cardiac arrest in the centre. ‘Heartstart’ courses are available for anyone wanting to learn life saving skills, more on this on page 60.

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 All that remains for me to do is to wish you all a very prior permission of the Publisher. happy, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains Cheerio, the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2013. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Forget the rise in energy bills, join in the festive spirit and have a party in Ashtead. To kick off Christmas come and enjoy the “Christmas Party” being arranged by the Ashtead Village Traders on Tuesday 10th December 4pm-8pm. Please note the car parks in Ashtead will be free from 2pm that day. Instead of rushing of to the nearest town with all the hassle of parking why not spare a thought for our local shop keepers who provide such a valuable service throughout the year. In Ashtead we are fortunate to have a wonderful array of specialist food stores, gift shops, restaurants and much, much more. In fact you name it, we have it! To encourage you to shop locally at Christmas MVDC has made a concession for free parking in council car parks after noon on Saturdays 7th, 14th & 21st December. On “Party Day” 10th December the traders in The Street will have open house inviting you see their offers and to say hello. Also that evening Father Christmas will be in his Grotto at Milners together with fairground rides, candy floss and all the other shows that makes Christmas such a joyful time. There will be school choirs, along with the Ewell, St Mary’s Morris men who afterwards will be leading a “Wassail” sing along in the back room of The Brewery Inn. Rotary will have a prominent stall outside the old Esso site with a spin the wheel and by popular demand a display of static steam engines that were seen on Village Day. Throughout the evening Rotary will be rattling their tins for local charities, so please give generously to help the needy at this time of goodwill.

Once again the Ashtead Scouts and Guides are supporting their Epsom colleagues with a postal service delivering cards to post codes KT17 to KT21 from 1st December until last collection at 3pm on 19th December. The cost is only 25p per card. All you have to do is bundle your envelopes together along with your payment and take them to one of the following collection points:-

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What better way is there of saving money? Remember at the same time you are supporting a worthy cause that is in much need of funds. Last year of the 10,000 cards posted, 3,000 were from Ashtead and in total £2,000 was raised Christmas would not be the same without a pantomime. The Woodfield Entertainers are putting on a performance of Captain Hook’s Revenge for all the family at The Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from 12th - 14th December at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm. In addition there will be a matinee on Saturday 14th December at 1.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office 07763 568973 or email priced at £9 for adults and £5 for children under 16. The Ashtead Residents’ Association is most grateful for all the support it receives from its Road Stewards and members throughout the year and our Chairman and his Committee would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The voice of Localism has to be heard, it is not just a good idea Most of us who have lived long enough are aware that Government, central or local, learns by its mistakes, in its efforts to balance the economy and services. There are too many people and not enough money, so any cuts mean fewer staff and less time to listen to and deal with problems. The Government is trying to re-instate the voice of the people to influence local decision making so that future development is appropriate to the needs of the locality. Experienced council officers do not have enough staff to help each individual town, although we do have their assurance that they will consult us over any decision to be made. Fifty years ago experienced and qualified members of the community were co-opted onto council committees to provide carefully considered opinions – NOW the public sit in the gallery, unheard, and submit written questions. Even twenty years ago, we attended open meetings of the SCC Mole Valley local committee and contributed opinions - we stopped them creating a flight of steps outside the Leatherhead Post office. Thirty years ago, mothers had the time and the desire to run pre-school play groups without needing training and police checks Now a church hall stands empty, with no qualified person to run a group.

You have a voice - your residents’ association also has a voice which can be raised on your behalf and combined action has at last won the battle of the pot-holes in Fortyfoot Road with unanimous support from all our Mole Valley Councillors. The voice of the people - localism – will help to prevent future mistakes, will help our Council to spend money on what we really NEED and avoid wasting money on non-essential items. We need people with experience, particularly retired people who also have some time to give to raise their voices to fight and work for Leatherhead. Do you know your local councillor? Or do you just wait for the knock on your door and then listen to assurances that they may or may not be able to carry out. Vote for someone who lives in the area, who really represents the interest of your community and who does not just toe the party line. For the young as well as the elderly, we have to fight for our town, our community and our health services. Perhaps YOU are someone who would like to help, or indeed, someone who feels very strongly about something. Tell us about your concerns, come and help us. Together, something can be achieved!

Hilary Porter Vice-Chair, Leatherhead Residents’ Association, Member - Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group Patients Advisory Committee There will be difficulties in all planning, the needs (representing Mental Health and Disability), of the community balanced against the need for yet Surrey representative to more housing and for finance services to balance South East England Forum on Ageing. the economic viability of the town. Retired – County Qualified Youth Leader

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Mole Valley Police Column 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.

and driving. Surrey Police officers enforce the “drink-drive” law every day. We are aware, however, that this time of year can present increased problems and our officers will be targeting those who are irresponsible enough to drink and drive, not only putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of their passengers, other road users and pedestrians.

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

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This is the story of two people: injured Civil War veteran Inman, and Ada, the woman who waits for him. To reach her, Inman must leave his hospital bed and walk the long way home to Cold Mountain. Of course, his epic journey means he encounters many a strange character along the way. Ada, meanwhile, has her own internal struggles to contend with as she battles with her upbringing and the future that Cold Mountain represents. This brilliant and beautifully-written book is one everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You’ll be transported, without ever leaving your armchair.

Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson

With his hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the wild nature of America’s Pacific Northwest, Guterson’s story of a murder soon reveals itself to be one of a complex love triangle. It’s 1954 and well-respected local fisherman, Carl Heine is found dead in one of his own fishing nets. Local Japanese-American, Kabuo Miyamoto is accused of killing him. In the grip of a terrible snowstorm, the town of San Piedro is forced into dealing with its recent history, and a wave of Anti-Japanese sentiment

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following World War 2. To complicate the matter, the local newspaper reporter is in love with Kabuo’s wife. If the snow falls and covers everything, is all forgotten?

In Cold Blood

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It’s 1959 and a Kansas family is brutally murdered. This hugely controversial book focuses on their two killers: Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Whilst there’s little doubt that the killing of a husband and wife, along with their two children, is despicable, Smith and Hickock come across as alarmingly normal and recognisable. Capote has written a very clever true crime work of non-fiction, brought to us in the style of a novel. The whole thing is a bit disturbing really...and at the same time, you just can’t put it down.

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The Spy Who came in from the Cold John le Carré

Spymaster le Carré’s thriller has stood the test of time with reading audiences continuing to be gripped by the powerful combination of love and betrayal that would leave Daniel Craig running crying to his mummy. Set in 1960s Berlin, spy Alex Leamas is basically ready to throw in the towel. Of course, ‘one final assignment’ always spells disaster ahead. Is this really a case of ‘mission impossible’ and will he live to walk away from this one?

Frozen in Time Ali Sparkes

One for the younger readers is Ali Sparkes’ novel about two children who are ‘frozen in time’. Freddy and Polly were put into cryonic suspension in the 1950s by their father. But the experiment was only meant to be for a couple of hours; something went drastically awry. Enter Ben and Rachael, who unwittingly uncover the human ice-lollies. Suddenly it looks like the summer hols aren’t going to be so dull after all.

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As part of the 90th anniversary celebrations of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall next year the hall is mounting a display of photos of Ashtead in the 1920’s. Cheery crowds in charabancs; smithies making cartwheels; farmers leading heavy horses; or young men larking about in collars and ties (and waistcoats!). Would you like to contribute to the collection with photos of your own? The hall would be grateful for offers of any you might have. Don’t worry, you’ll get them back safe and sound after they have been copied, and if they are suitable they will be included in the display attributed to you. Please send them to, or contact: Roy Guy, 26 Cray Avenue, Ashtead KT21 1QX, tel 01372 273670, or email 34

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Ruth’s Ready Made Christmas 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 she was not going to forget the large box at the top of the wardrobe full of presents that had been bought in the summer sales.

delicious and the kitchen smelled lovely. She didn’t have any jars so the marinating mixture dominated the fridge in a large mixing bowl, waiting to be transformed into scrumptious mince pies. Ruth chose to ignore the three packets of frozen pastry that had somehow found their way into the freezer, after a sudden loss of confidence in the supermarket.

Most importantly, Ruth was definitely not going to wear herself to a frazzle on Christmas Day. They were having everyone over this year 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…”

As she turned the pages of ‘Countdown to The Perfect Christmas’ her preparations continued. Over the next few days, the bread sauce was made and frozen, as was the stock for the gravy, the stuffing, some cranberry and orange relish and the brandy butter. She also froze a home made apple and mincemeat crumble and some home made butternut squash soup for Boxing Day.

Ruth bought a book called ‘Countdown to The Perfect As the days passed and the chocolate advent calendar Christmas’. She opened it on page one: was eaten, Ruth started to feel bathed in Christmas “In order to have a completely stress free Christmas, confidence. She was indeed a domestic goddess and the key is to start early and take advantage of the her mother in law would have absolutely no grounds freezer. Be organised now and you will be able to for complaint. delight in a relaxed Christmas Day with your family, The day before Christmas Eve, her smug demeanour confident that everything will be perfect and was crushed and her well laid plans destroyed, absolutely delicious!” courtesy of a neglectful son, a forbidden late night Page two had the title, “November - getting ready ice lolly and a freezer door that wasn’t quite shut for Stir Up Sunday.” Ruth had absolutely no idea properly. th what ‘Stir Up Sunday’ was and, as it was the 15 of December, realised that she was already running late When Sam’s mother arrived for Christmas, the meal with her Christmas countdown. Apparently it was the was delicious. The stuffing was succulent, the bread last Sunday in November and she’d missed it. That sauce was smooth and velvety, the gravy was bursting was the day when she should have made the with flavour and the brandy butter was perfect. Ruth Christmas pudding and brought her family together to was indeed a domestic goddess and compliments stir the mixture, make a wish and add coins for good flowed, almost at the same rate as the mulled wine. luck… According to her book, “The perfect pudding Even her mother in law was impressed at Ruth’s should be dense, moist and oozing the decadence of culinary and organisational skills. rich fruits and brandy. A great pudding takes time with at least 13 ingredients, representing Christ and Ruth bathed in the glory of her achievements and thoroughly enjoyed the day, confident that the his disciples. The mixture needs several hours to marinate and several hours to steam. However, once plastic food containers and cardboard sleeves that she’d carefully deposited in next door’s dustbin made, it can be put away in a cool, dry place and will need only a further hour of steaming on the day would never be discovered. itself.”

Ruth decided that a Christmas pudding from Marks and Spencer would suit them perfectly and that microwaves were a wonderful invention. The next thing to prepare in advance was the pastry and the mince pies. Ruth usually bought ready made pastry and jars of mincemeat. She’d even been known to buy shop bought mince pies and ‘adapt’ them to give a home made appearance. This year, she would make her own. After a trip to the supermarket, she returned laden with bags of raisins, currants, sultanas, candied peel, nutmeg, mixed spice, oranges, lemons and apples. She also had to buy a bottle of brandy as they didn’t have any. These were going to be expensive mince pies. All went surprisingly well - the brandy was

Copyright Sarah Lott November 2013 Website: Email: Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book I hope you’ve enjoyed the adventures of Ruth this year. It’s so important to record your family memories before they are lost. If you have anyone in your family with a story to tell or would like a truly unique gift for someone you love, please get in touch to talk about commissioning a Life Story Book. Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be delighted! In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year. Very best wishes, Sarah


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‘Home sweet home’ for doves who survived massacre Five doves that survived a "mindless attack" by children with air-rifles have been returned to their dovecote in Bookham after treatment and rehabilitation at Leatherhead’s Wildlife Aid.

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The doves were treated for gunshot wounds but fifty doves died in the attack, which WAF's founder Simon Cowell MBE described as "a massacre" and "a monstrous act of vandalism and violence". Of the 14 doves that survived the slaughter at the dovecote, only five could be saved. The others either did not make it or had to be put to sleep as their injuries were so severe.

On 29th October, two months after the attack, Simon and WAF vet nurse Lucy Kells returned the five rehabilitated doves to their "home sweet home" in Bookham. The dovecote where they live is part of Manor Farm, whose owner, Carolyn Nicholls said: "It is absolutely fantastic to have five doves bought back after being so badly injured. Simon and his team at the Wildlife Aid Foundation do such a brilliant job, and without their amazing caring and skills I have no doubt that all the doves would have died. We are really looking forward to seeing them flying freely again."


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A warm welcome awaits retired residents As the cold winter nights draw in there’s no need to feel lonely. The Fairfield Centre in Leatherhead offera food, friendship and a range of activities for retired residents. Activities at Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) Fairfield Centre include music and movement classes, art groups, tai chi, yoga, pilates, line dancing, ballroom dancing, physio fit and bingo. There are also chiropody, hairdressing, beauty and massage services. There’s a range of hot food served between 12pm

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Those who need help getting to and from the centre can use MVDC’s door to door Dial-A-Ride minibus service, which runs daily, including weekends, from 9am to 4.45pm. Find out more or become a member by visiting MVDC’s website or call 01372 383333.

To find out more about the Fairfield Centre, call 01372 376058, email: or visit the centre at 34 swan court (off Leret Way), Leatherhead, KT22 8AH. People don’t need to be members on their first visit. They can come along and see what they think. Opening times Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm.


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Rotary Club of Ashtead For two hours on a Saturday we held a Bric-aBrac Sale at Wemms Science in The Street. Not an enormous event but there were lots of lovely items at bargain prices – glass wear, vases, lamps and shades, games, books, DVDs and more. So many people came to browse and we are happy to report takings of around £190 with more yet to come in. Unsold, items were enthusiastically accepted by several nearby charity shops.

President Joy Wemms thanking Jackie Kershaw

Young people, with youth leader, Gary Nash, came along one evening to speak to us about their activities leading up to Rotary's Worthy Action and activity at Ashtead Rotary Club has Enterprise Awards where they have undertaken been at a high level for the last few weeks. valuable work in support of, often less able, Jackie Kershaw, the Outreach Worker at St friends and associates quite separately from their George’s Centre gave a most discrete but usual school work and home lives. Others gave informative introduction into the important work brief but rather demanding talks as to why The she does in Ashtead helping people who are Rotary Club should sponsor them on the Rotary experiencing difficulties in their families and Young Leadership Course (something akin to personal lives. Her explanation showed how and Outward Bound). All gave very impressive why this help is so important and vital. presentations. That same evening we inducted two new and very welcome members to our Club ; Joy Worthy Enterprise winners and RYLA candidates McAlister who brings knowledge and experience from the legal profession and Sharon Bagley a qualified English Teacher. Both identify closely with the Rotary ethic 'to give something back'. For a fun and friendship evening a group of us with several friends went to a celebration of the ‘Oktoberfest in London’ at the Bavarian Beerhouse in City Road (pic above) with Bavarian food,(Wurst, Sweinshaxe, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut etc) with steins of German beer, or wine, wandering musicians and waitresses in their traditional dirndls. And the great joy of the evening is that everybody from nearby tables joins in the fun. And we all managed to catch the last train home. Rotary is not ‘all work and no play’. Many of our Senior Citizens were treated to a matinee film (The Quartet – Maggie Smith, Billy Connelly, Tom Courtney, Pauline Collins) at St Michael's Hall and an afternoon tea. This has become a very popular annual event and is a great opportunity for the guests to get out and chin-wag. On December20th we will also be holding our regular Christmas Tea Party and entertainment

Most recently, we had an insightful and very moving presentation by 'Scotty's Little Soldiers'. This is a new charity set up by the widow of one of our soldiers, Corporal Lee Scott, who died in Afghanistan. It helps those in her situation who find themselves left with very young families who now have no father. Amazing work and deserving of much support. And by the time you read this we will have had a much anticipated visit from Gerald Bodmer, a master craftsman in leather who produces handbags for the Queen. Louis Vuitton eat your heart out ! The men and women of Ashtead Rotary meet on Thursday evenings for a meal, to hear about our charitable activities, to plan those for the future and just to enjoy our fellowship and social interaction. For details call Keith on 01372 727573 or just 'Google' 'Ashtead Rotary'.

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We have a lot more to look forward to soon, including a Christmas Lunch at Leatherhead Golf Club, and a London Lights outing with fish & chip supper. There will be our monthly come-if-youcan lunch at a local restaurant and gatherings at our many sub-groups. Unfortunately this December we will not be able to do our usual Carol Singing evening in Ashtead supporting the Princess Alice Hospice, but another fund-raising event will be held for them next year. We finished the evening with a quite hilarious Beetle Drive, a raffle, and as it was our AGM, the singing of Jerusalem. At next month’s meeting on Wednesday 4th December there will be a Secret Santa exchange of gifts and the speaker will be Mr George Yates telling us of the intriguing subject - Magic and Mentalism. Sandra Brown

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At our meeting on November 5th we listened to Hannah Greenfield playing her Hand bells. How she manages to make such beautiful music made us all wonder. Hannah also made us try our hand at making a tune! Our rather discordant peals could no way be compared to her beautiful rendering.

It was a bright, sunny morning when we met in October, and it seemed to be strange discussing plans for our Christmas lunch. Next year’s programme has been filled and will be available very soon. We have been fortunate enough to book some interesting speakers on a variety of subjects, and there will be several trips.

A few of us visited Brooklands museum last month, the trip being organised by Mid Surrey federation. We had a simulated flight on Concorde, great fun! We had a chance to see other exhibits & were given a talk on the history of Brooklands. Mid Surrey are holding their annual carol service, lunch & entertainment at Stoke church Guildford on December 11th.

As is our usual practice, a poppy wreath was laid on Remembrance day on behalf of the WI. We always welcome new members to our informal and friendly meetings. One advantage of morning meetings is not having to turn out on dark, wintery evenings. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Hall (opposite the church) at 10.15am.

We are looking forward to our December meeting on Dec 3rd at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall starting at 7.45 pm when our variety group will be entertaining us. All are welcome so why not come & start your Christmas festivities with an enjoyable evening.

For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570.

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Sally gave an amusing round-up of Ashtead W.I’s year, thanking everyone, Committee and members, for all their help and contributions during the past 12 months, our Secretary reminded us of the many outings and events we had enjoyed, and our Treasurer reported back on our satisfactory financial situation.

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November is the month for our AGM and we were pleased to welcome back Sheila Webber and Gwenda Gourlay from Eastwick W.I. to help with the voting part of the meeting. One of our long-standing committee members stood down this time but we welcomed another very enthusiastic member in her place and were pleased to see our popular President, Sally Ann Cole re-elected. Sheila Webber updated us on all the latest news of our Denman College, particularly of day visit there next March and a Surrey W.I. weekend in June.


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Heart Hero Richard saves a precious life Swan Centre manager Richard Keel didn’t hesitate to follow his instincts when a lady shopper was taken ill and went into cardiac arrest. Richard remembered his First Aid training and with a little help from Vinny and the Bee Gees, ensured she was “stayin’ Alive”. Heather Hunt, Community Fundraising Manager for the British Heart Foundation, spoke to Richard the following week to find out more. She said, “I was both shocked and amazed to hear about this incident in my own home town, and my instinct was to find out more about this remarkable man who didn’t hesitate to spring into action. I was delighted to find that Richard was the type of person who calmly took control of the situation, and was very coy about taking any credit for his actions. I look forward to working on some fundraising and awareness projects in the town in the near future ”. The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Hard and Fast awareness video has really encouraged many members of the public to have a go at ELS (emergency Life saving techniques, even though they may never have had formal training. The nation’s heart charity is delighted that a BHF-funded defibrillator has now been installed in the Swan Centre, and should also like to make people aware that the BHF can help to fund defibs in public places. Apply online at .

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Christmas comes early to Leatherhead! Father Christmas with Tracy Andrew from the Wildlife Aid Foundation

On Saturday 9th November 2013, around twenty local charities and voluntary organisations took part in the Combined Charities Christmas Fair organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Leatherhead Theatre, raising over ÂŁ2,500 from the sale of Christmas cards and gifts, together with a variety of tombolas, raffles and other fundraising activities. Despite the inclement weather, throughout the day an estimated 500 people visited the fair, including Father Christmas was able to be present to find out what the local boys and girls wanted for Christmas.

Rotary spokesperson Simon Edmands said the club were delighted with how the day had gone, adding "Events like this are just what Rotary is all about, enabling other charities and voluntary organisations to raise funds from events and activities they might not necessarily be able to organise on their own." Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s Christmas Fair, including Mole Valley District Council and ExxonMobil, who very kindly funded the production of posters and flyers to help promote the event. Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. More info on or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or


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‘We Wish you a Merry Tiff-mas’

Relate Mid Surrey guide to avoiding arguments this Christmas with and worried in case anyone is left on their own. Sit down with your children and talk it though with them if they are old enough and if not, then try and come to an agreement with the other parent that works for you and the children involved.

Relate counsellor Janine says: “We all want to have a happy, relaxing Christmas with our families, but in reality it can be a stressful time. Lots of couples and families experience some of their biggest bust-ups over Christmas because there’s a lot of pressure on everyone. Common causes of arguments range from money issues over buying presents, to deciding where to spend Christmas and who’s cooking the dinner. And we know that the extra pressures of Christmas can be the final straw for couples and families on the brink”. Here are Relate Mid Surrey tips for keeping the peace this Christmas:

Plan ahead avoid arguments by planning ahead. Getting some of the jobs done ahead of time means everyone will be less stressed, and planning the festivities as a family is likely to make sure everyone feels like their hopes and expectations are being listened to. In particular, talk to your partner in advance about where you plan to spend Christmas.

Plan something special If arguments are likely over the festive period, have a few special events that everyone knows about so you have things to look forward to. It might be decorating the tree, or hanging up the stockings. The important thing is that you agree that these things will go ahead, and everyone makes the effort to get along.

Give yourself space The oven’s on, the heating’s on, the kids are excited and everyone arrives at once. Christmas can be hectic, and tensions can rise quickly, so plan in a little time when you can be alone to gather your thoughts.

Think of others Remember family members or friends who might be alone, or who find the festive period difficult. Just popping in, dropping them a card, or giving them a call can really help.

Delegate Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. If you are not careful, you can end up in the kitchen slaving away whilst everyone else is enjoying themselves, which is no fun.

Go easy on the booze if there is any tension in your family then steer clear of too much alcohol, it will only aggravate the situation.

Have fun! Don’t forget, it’s supposed to be fun!

Relate’s free ‘Arguments Check-Up’ is an online questionnaire which helps people to find out about their own arguing style and their compatibility with other arguing styles. Visit

Don’t overspend Splashing the credit card on presents might be fun but getting yourself in a mountain of debt is not a good way to start the New Year. Money worries put huge strain on relationships – it’s not worth it in the long run.

Think of the kids Who goes where and when can be a huge issue for parents who have split up and for step families, especially if you are at loggerheads.

Talk to your children If you are a single parent, talk to your child about who they want to spend time with over the holidays. Christmas is important to children but they can easily feel divided and guilty about who they spend time


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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum backs opposition to allotments The Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum has formally agreed to oppose any move of allotments from Leatherhead to part of the Green Belt in Ashtead.

AVC’s paper also suggested that there could be some minor changes to the Green Belt Boundary and that would enable development of sites off Farm Lane, Pleasure Pit lane and southwest of Ermyn Way.

Meeting at the Peace Memorial Hall in early November, the A pleasant gateway under threat? The Forum agreed Forum was presented with a to put the Green paper from Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) – Belt Boundary Review paper out for consultation the Forum’s working group – to consider possible to all Ashtead residents and make it available changes to the Green Belt around Ashtead. on the ACV website at . The Part of the discussion involved the green belt meeting also agreed to publish the next version area which sits between the M25 motorway and of the ACV newsletter and distribute it to homes housing at the lower end of Barnett Wood Lane throughout Ashtead. An open morning at the Peace Memorial Hall is also planned for Saturday and backs onto the back gardens in Caen Wood 18th January. Road, Corfe Close and Greenside Drive – a strip known locally as the ‘Pony Field’. The meeting was also told of a clarification regarding the status of the Forum. The The Forum heard that consideration was being clarification (from central government) is that given by Mole Valley District Council to moving Forums should not have the sole say over the allotments at the back of Copthorne Road, changes to local boundaries. Rather, the Leatherhead to other areas including the Pony decision making body on green belt should Field – an area of Green Belt which Ashtead remain the district councils – in Ashtead’s case Community Vision has suggested should not be MVDC. This clarification essentially puts back amended for development. the finalisation of an NDP for Ashtead to late 2015 as the Forum will need to wait for the However, it was noted that allotments can be established on Green belt land without planning council’s green belt policy to be agreed. permission though such permissions would be needed for access to the site but not the garden Sign up for the Newsletter on the website: sheds that would inevitably be established should the proposal go ahead. Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 In spite of the fact that allotments do not need planning permission to be established the view was taken that putting allotments on the Pony Field site would urbanise the space, create an eyesore and undermine the land’s role in acting as a green and pleasant ‘gateway’ into Ashtead Village. So the Forum decided it would act as a focus of opposition to any proposal to move the leatherhead allotments to this part of Ashtead. Find us on Face book Ashtead Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV


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WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER? Local infants and junior schools sing carols at The Ashley Shopping Centre to raise money Sunday 1st for medical equipment for Epsom hospital. (Sunday 2-4pm; Mon 10am-12pm; Tues 10amFriday 6th inc. 4.30pm; Wed 10am-12pm; Thurs 5-7pm; Fri 10am-12pm). Collectors required, more info from Bess Harding 020 8337 8181 Monday 2nd

Seminar: ‘The fight against payday lenders and loan sharks’ held by SurreySave Credit Union, Christ Church (UR), Epsom Rd, Leatherhead. 10am-2pm, details overleaf.

Thursday 5th

Dorking Gala Night Christmas event - this year’s theme ‘Arabian Nights’. 6pm-9pm. Flying carpets, stiltwalking genie, reindeer dressed as camels, fortune tellers and fire eaters across the town centre, along with the cast of Dorking Halls panto Aladdin.

Friday 6th

Friends of Ashtead Village Hall 3 course Christmas dinner followed by singer Richard Lashmar on his keyboard. 6.30pm for 7pm. Licensed Bar and Raffle. Tickets £20.50 from Janet March 01372 278988 or from the Hall at Friday coffee mornings.

Friday 6th

Time For Tea - A Christmas celebration. 2.30-4.30pm at Leatherhead Methodist Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead. Tea, cake, chat, music and carols. Contact 01372 362145

Friday 6th

Free candlelit concert by Soundbytes, Christ Church UR, Epsom Rd, L/head, KT22 8ST, 8pm, there will be a retiring collection for a local charity. Singing popular songs by The Beatles, Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Bach along with festive songs too!

Saturday 7th

Make A Christmas Wreath, 10am–12.30pm at the Letherhead Institute. Price £12.50 (plus materials). Book at or call 0800 3281060 and quote: C3734861

Saturday 7th

Leatherhead Christmas Festival, see centre pages.

Saturday 7th

Fetcham Village Hall Christmas Fair, 10am-1pm, details opposite.

Saturday 7th

Royal British Legion Womens Section Leatherhead, Christmas Bazaar, at our new venue, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, L/head. 11am-1pm, Free entry. Christmas goodies, cakes, jewellery, toys and more.

Saturday 7th

Fetcham Residents’ Association Lighting the tree and carols at 4.15pm. Join Fetcham singers and children from Fetcham Infants & Oakfield School. Meet outside Harrington Bakers at Cobham Rd/The Street. Mince pies, mulled wine and sweets

Tuesday 10th

Ashtead Village Late Night Shopping Event, see page 18.

Candlelit carol service, Fetcham Park House, Lower Rd, Fetcham, KT22 9HD. 6.15pm8pm. Free event, but donations to Transform Housing & Support very welcome. Service Thursday 12th led by Rev Paul Boughton, Rector of St Mary’s Church, Fetcham, followed by drinks reception and opportunity to explore historial Fetcham Park Hse. Please RSVP to email Saturday 14th

Create Festive Table Decorations, 10am–12pm at the Letherhead Institute. Price £10. Book online at or call 0800 328 1060 and quote ref: C3734859

Sunday 14th

Headley Heath Winter Hike, 10am-12.30pm. £5 adult, £2.50. Join Surrey Hills National Trust ranger, Will, for a 5 mile stomp over Headley Heath. Some uneven terrain. Meeting arrangements given on booking: 01372 220644,

Friday 20th

60s & 70s Christmas Party with The Zen Relics, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, tickets £10, 7.45pm, licensed bar. Dance to live music with prizes for best & worst dressed hippy. Proceeds to Emma's Bubble Trust Fund. Contact Guy on 01372 275820 / 07708 834034. See page 73. If there’s an event in January that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 9th December. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events74 are correct at time of print.

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10.30am Parish Communion - Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. (First Sunday of each month is the All-age service)

Tuesday 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Variety group entertains. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 4th (weekly)

Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demo by Michael Bowyer ‘A Carol for Christmas’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 4th (weekly)

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

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ‘Magic & Mentalism’ George Yates. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (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 5th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 5th (monthly)

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

Friday 6th (monthly)

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

Friday 6th

The History of Panto: a seasonal look at a curiously English phenomena. £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235 to book.

Friday 6th (weekly)

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. New volunteers urgently needed - can you help out on a Friday morning? Place your Christmas orders for hand-made Christmas cakes and mince pies, plus a Connisbee's turkey, early.

Friday 6th & 13th

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact 01372 374914 - everything you need to pretty-up your Christmas

Friday 6th (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 6th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Saturday 7th Saturday 14th Saturday 21st Thurs 26th

December walks around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, 10.30am start, 4-5 miles, approx 2-2½ hours. Phone on day if bad weather on 07766 166794. Donation to charities. Ash Common at stn CP Sat 7th Ryka’s CP Sat 14th Sat 21st Top Woodlands Rd Eff. Thurs 26th Denbies CP 76

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4pm The Children's Society Christingle Service - especially suitable for accompanied children of all ages. Donation envelopes available at the door. Candlelit setting where children sing Away in a Manger and find out what a Christingle really means.

Wed11th (2nd & 4th Wed of each month)

Mole Valley Speakers’ Club offers a fun, friendly and supportive environment for people wishing to develop their public speaking skills. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm9.30pm. 01372 462719

Thurs 12th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, Wheels for the World charity will be showing a moving film and talking about their work. 01372 270610

Wed 18th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, monthly meetings 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker on ‘My History of Mystery’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 19th (3rd Thurs mthly)

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

Friday 20th

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop - Committee Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact 01372 374914 - last chance for that special bit of ribbon to make your gift just perfect!

Wed 18th

Blood Donor Sessions, St Mary & St Nichols Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY, 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm 77

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Ashtead Christmas Tree Festival Wed 4th - Sun 8th December St George’s Church in Ashtead will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival from 4th - 8th December, open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays, till 6,30pm on the Saturday and with services on Sunday. Around 40 church and community groups, local schools and businesses will decorate their own 5ft trees creating a spectacular display.. There will be a programme of music, carols and other entertainments, with Ashtead Choral Society’s Carol Concert on Saturday. (tickets £10, see below) St George’s Café will serve hot and cold meals on weekdays from 10am to 2pm, with light refreshments available at other times. Admission is free. All are welcome.


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Sunday 22 December

6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve

4pm Crib Service with carols for the family 11.30pm Midnight Communion with organ & carols

Christmas Day

8am Said Holy Communion 10am Christmas Day Communion with organ & carols

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Mole Valley Residents Urged To Complete Voter Registration Forms Mole Valley residents are being encouraged to complete voter registration forms and return them promptly to ensure they continue to be able to vote and have their say on local and national issues. The forms are needed to ensure that the electoral register is kept as up-to-date as possible ahead of next year’s elections, including the European Parliament elections and local elections scheduled for 22 May 2014. A new electoral register, complete with changes marked on this year’s annual canvass forms, will be published on 17 February 2014. Yvonne Rees, Mole Valley District Council’s Electoral Registration Officer said: “Registering to vote is quick and simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with details of everyone who lives in the household and is eligible to vote; and return it to us as soon as possible. It’s your vote, don’t lose it.”

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 58

21st Battalion Public Schools Royal Fusiliers - Ashtead

Pictures: Clockwise from top left: On Parade – Ashtead Common; Training Exercise – Ashtead Common; The King’s Visit – Ashtead Park; Church Service – Ashtead Park

On the 24th September 1914, 2,000 men of the 21st Battalion of The Royal Fusiliers, young men drawn from English Public Schools and Universities arrived in Ashtead under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Stuart- Worley. They were billeted locally and much of their training was carried out on Ashtead Common or Ashtead Park House Grounds. On the 13th October 1914, King George V inspected the 18th and 19th Battalion on Epsom Downs. He then went to Ashtead Park to the 21st Battalion and finally on to Leatherhead where the 20th Battalion were based. In March 1915 the 21st moved to Woodcote Park Camp, Epsom. The 21st Battalion was disbanded in April 1916 as many of the men took up commissions.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

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The refurbished kit is shipped out, 160 chairs per container, to where it is needed, most batches being accompanied by a volunteer team. Albania received the very first distribution in 1998, since then over 8500 wheel chairs have been sent to countries including Romania, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Sierra Leone. “Wheels” only goes where invited and never seeks out destinations. It has recently been invited to send wheel chairs to some new flung countries including Tajikistan and Nepal. People in Ashtead have already been amazingly generous and have sponsored over 550 wheel chairs at £45 each! Transition Ashtead wants to support this marvellous project (and raise enough money to sponsor a wheel chair), especially as it’s ethos of renovation and recycling fits brilliantly with the central tenets of the Transition Movement, We warmly invite you to our next Open Meeting on Thursday December 12th at 7.30 in the APMH – it follows on from this article. We will be showing a moving film about "Wheels" and describing the work of the charity. Please come along. For further information, contact me on 01372 270610 Gillian Russell (Former member of the National Steering Committee for “Wheels for the World”)

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November’s crossword solutions

1. Catherine Tate 2. Santa Cruz 3. (Eight) maids-a-milking 4. Drag races 5. Fandabidozi (she is one of the Krankies) 6. His nose 7. Harry Potter 8. False (it was originally made from silver) 9. Wimbledon Common (the mispronunciation gave her the inspiration for The Wombles) 10. Don't expose it to bright light, don't get it wet, don't feed it after midnight

Across: 1 Alarms, 4 Affluent, 9 Recite, 10 Downward, 12 Pastoral, 13 Blotto, 15 Yarn, 16 Palindrome, 19 Balderdash, 20 Chic, 23 Rebate, 25 Integral, 27 Look into, 28 Monica, 29 Svengali, 30 Merely. Down: 1 Atrophy, 2 Ancestral, 3 Mutton, 5 Fool, 6 Landlady, 7 Exact, 8 Tadpole, 11 Tabards, 14 Dissent, 17 Otherwise, 18 Seething, 19 Burgles, 21 Calgary, 22 Denote, 24 Broke, 26 Et al.

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

Sonny - I, Robot ED 209 - Robocop Johnny Five - Short Circuit Gigolo Joe - A.I. Artificial Intelligence Optimus Prime - Transformers Gort - The Day The Earth Stood Still Eve - WALL-E Box - Logan’s Run HAL 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey Robby the Robot - Forbidden Planet

Across: 1 Aqua, 4 Godzilla, 8 Star Wars, 9 Okra, 10 Tracy, 11 Truffle, 13 Victim, 15 Euclid, 17 Le Havre, 19 Padre, 22 Etch, 23 Seasoned, 24 Camshaft, 25 Sump. Down: 2 Qatar, 3 Apricot, 4 Guam, 5 Deserter, 6 In-off, 7 Lorelei, 12 Ambrosia, 14 Iced tea, 16 Chamois, 18 Aches, 20 Rheum, 21 Mast.


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By Pippa Greenwood The garden may be quieter than usual at this time of year, and certainly not likely to be yielding vast quantities of crops, but this near dormant time is perfect for planting fruit. You can grow fruit trees in surprisingly small spaces, training them to espaliers (so that they have several sets of horizontal arms), cordons (as single main stems grown at an angle), fans (with their branches trained in to a fan shape) or as step-overs, (trained so that they make a neat edging for a bed or border about 45cm or so above ground level). You could also use a fruit tree to create a decorative and later a wonderfully productive arch. At this time of year fruit trees are great value because they are sold ‘bare root’, lifted from a field and not container grown. I find these establish particularly well and because you usually obtain them from a specialist supplier or nursery, the range of varieties available is second to none. You can either buy one year old ‘maidens’ and train these yourself, or if you want to save time, you can often buy trained or part trained forms.

have space, it is good to grow apples for cooking as well as eating, or look out for those described as ‘dual purpose’, meaning they make very passable cookers as well as dessert apples. As well as tree fruits such as apples, pears and maybe even a medlar or a plum or gorgeous gage, you could also consider some delicious bush fruits. The great thing about these is that they take up even less space and again can often be trained into wacky shapes such as fan-trained or standard bushes, making them all the more ornamental and easier to fit into the smaller garden. Then there are raspberries - on my rather heavy and very alkaline soil I tend to stick to the autumn fruiting varieties such as Autumn Bliss and Joan J, but on freer draining and acidic soils you can try some of the more numerous summer fruiters too.

When you are choosing fruit trees it’s essential to get them on the right rootstock as this determines the ultimate size and vigour of the tree. Apples are particularly complicated, but as a rule, for step-overs, cordons, dwarf bushes and trees in containers try the extremely dwarfing but somewhat tricky M27 - but beware weak varieties or any tree grown on this rootstock in a poor soil as it may well fail. For bush, cordon, espaliers and half-standard try the easier to look after dwarfing rootstock M26 and for a cordon or espalier on a poor soil, for arches and for bush trees try the semidwarfing MM106.

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