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Issue 122

December 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Happy Christmas

Santa’s float route NSPCC Send a Letter to Santa Transform Leatherhead Exhibition 1930s Xmas party at Polesden Lacey Do you have a story about Deepdene? New water main for Ashtead - roadworks until 2016 Christmas events in Ashtead, Leatherhead & Fetcham

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


Ashtead Late Night Shopping Event



Leatherhead Xmas Festival


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Community Vision


New water main in Ashtead - roadworks


Charity Christmas Cards


Mole Valley WI


Christmas postal dates


Leatherhead Morning WI


Mole Valley Police Column


Ashtead WI


Quiz - Christmas TV


Girlguiding in Ashtead


December’s story


Leatherhead Community Association


NSPCC Letter from Santa


Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild


Quiz - Detectives


What’s on in December? Pages 72-79


Surrey says no to tenancy fraud


Cryptic crossword


Book review


Transition Ashtead


Leatherhead Lions’ Xmas float route


Carol singing in Epsom


Transform Leatherhead exhibition


General knowledge crossword


Wallace & Gromit’s Big Bake


Local history article


Simple crossword


1930s Christmas Party at Polesden Lacey


Pictograms - Movies


Gardening - Growing fruit trees


Recipe 1 - Stollen


The Treorchy Male Choir


Recipe 2 - Mulled Wine


Do you have a story about Deepdene?


Recipe 3 - Mango & Lemon Chutney


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From the Publisher


n response to my rant in last month’s edition about ‘Miss I-don’t-carewhere-my-dog-does-his-business-I’m-not-going-to-clean-up-after-him’ I received a call from Mrs Paul of Leatherhead who wanted to restore my faith in mankind! Mrs Paul was recently out shopping in Leatherhead and when she got home realised she’d dropped her purse somewhere in the Swan Centre. About 30 minutes after coming home she heard something drop through her letterbox and couldn’t believe that not only was her purse returned to her, but it was also returned to her with her money still in it! She would like to thank this kind Samaritan but he or she didn’t leave any contact details, so if you know who this person is, or indeed, if it was you, then please get in touch with me. Just when we were starting to almost get used to a life without dad, one of our three cats (Mrs Matilda) became poorly and was sadly put to sleep. Mrs Matilda came to us as a stray when we were living in London and she appeared out of nowhere a couple of months after my first cat passed away, it was almost as she was sent to cheer us up. At best guess she was about four years old then, which made her around 18 when she passed on, so I think she had a pretty long (and happy) life. A few months after Mrs Matilda arrived, she had six gorgeous kittens, and we kept two (Tinkerbell and Simba - who are now 14). I must thank the wonderful Lucy Brett, the vet, at Ashtead Vet Centre in Craddocks Parade for the way in which she dealt with Mrs Matilda in her compassion and giving my partner and I time to decide what the best course of action was. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and empathy. We were delighted to find a home for dad’s tools - you may remember he was a joiner. They went to a charity called Tools for Self Reliance which provides Advertising tools to support people in some of the poorest parts of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Africa by providing them with the skills they need to learn provides local businesses with a skill and earn a living - more about this charity in next affordable, quality advertising. Ads month’s edition. I’m sure dad would be thrilled to know cost from £53 +VAT per month, per his tools will be helping others. A big thank you to Jack quarter page for a 10,000 residential McLean and Brian Griffin for organising this for me. distribution (yes, really!) and can be Now to lift the mood a little (gosh I am beginning to get designed where required. maudlin), we turn our thoughts to Christmas - as you all Technical & Legal stuff know, it’s my mostest bestest favourite time of year and Whilst every care has been taken to there’s something very cosy about sitting in front of the ensure that the data in this magazine fire with a mug of hot chocolate watching the classic ‘It’s a is accurate, the Publisher cannot Wonderful Life’, or, another new favourite of mine - ‘Elf’! accept, and hereby disclaims, any I am thrilled to say that I have been selected as a finalist in liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions this year’s Leatherhead & District Business Awards ‘Best Business Contribution to the Community’ category, I’m up resulting from negligence, accident against the mighty St John’s School and won’t know until or any other cause. 30th November, but just being nominated is enough to No part of this magazine may be make the end of this not desperately good year seem a reproduced, stored in any retrieval little brighter. system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, It’s always exciting when a new shop opens, and this month photocopying, or otherwise - without is no exception with the opening of Cook Foods in The prior permission of the Publisher. Street, Ashtead, and I’m sure you will join me in wishing them well with this new venture. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

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Finally, all that is left for me to do is to wish you a happy, and peaceful Christmas.

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ome and start your Christmas festivities early by enjoying an evening with the Ashtead Traders in The Street on Tuesday 8th December from 4pm – 8pm. Please note the car parks in Ashtead that day will be free from 3pm. The various shops in The Street will have open house inviting you to see their offers and share a festive treat with them. For the children, they will be able to meet Father Christmas and enjoy fairground rides whilst tucking into candyfloss and lots more. Throughout the evening, Rotary will be prominent rattling their collection tins for local charities, so please give generously at this time of goodwill to help those most in need of a little extra at this time of the year.

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In addition to making a considerable saving compared with a 2nd class stamp, you are supporting a worthy cause that is always in need of funds. Last year in excess of 2,500 cards were collected and delivered in the Ashtead area alone. Once again the Residents’ Association will be joining schools and other groups in decorating a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival at St George’s Church from 2nd – 6th December. Entry is free, however a donation towards local charities would be appreciated. The café will be open and you are invited to vote for your favourite tree.

We are most fortunate to have such an array of businesses in Ashtead with a variety of specialist food stores, gift shops, restaurants and many more to save you time visiting the nearby towns. Spare a thought for our local traders who provide excellent service throughout the year and will be delighted to meet your needs during the festive season. To encourage you to shop locally at Christmas, Mole Valley District Council has made a concession for free parking in council car parks after noon on Saturdays 5th, 12th & 19th December.

What else do we need at Christmas? Yes, of course, a pantomime. This year The Woodfield Entertainers are putting on “Babes in the Wood” at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from 17th to 19th December at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm. In addition, there will be a matinee on 19th December at 1.30pm. Tickets, priced at £9 for adults and £5 for children under 16, are available from either the Box Office 07941-105612 or email

At this time of the year we are all looking for ways and means of saving money. Well, here is one of the best. Epsom 7th Scouts will once again provide a postal service for Christmas cards with delivery to post codes KT17 through to KT21 from 28th November until the last collection at 3pm on 17th December. The cost is only 25p per card. All you have to do is to bundle your envelopes together along with your payment and take them to one of the following collection points:• •

Ashtead TV, Woodfield Lane The Surgery, Gilbert House, Woodfield Lane Gary’s Greengrocer, Barnett Wood Lane

The Ashtead Residents’ Association is most grateful for the support it receives from its Road Stewards and members throughout the year. Our Chairman and committee would like to thank you and take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year.

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The Master Plan for Transform Leatherhead to be Revealed While the Masterplanners make last minute adjustments to their plans, we can only wonder what will be revealed by the end of the year. Yes, the plan to Transform Leatherhead is almost ready for the public to behold. At the October LRA meeting, newly elected Councillor Howard Jones spoke to us explaining his personal view of how he sees Leatherhead evolving under Transform Leatherhead. As Executive Member responsible for town centres, he is in a unique position to address the subject. However, the confidential nature of the plans means that we are still in a ‘wait and see’ mode. The public will still have a chance to let their opinions be known at a further consultation.

Now here is the question to consider. Have the people who live in and visit Leatherhead "transformed" their habits or are some residents and the council being more conscientious about cleaning up behind them? Certainly most of the 17 volunteers to the 24 October Litter Pick had the impression that there was less litter. Most remarkable was the fact that there was only one bag of litter from Leach Grove Wood. Some of you may have witnessed the mountain of rubbish that was collected a year ago and then remained in place for two days at the corner of Leach Grove. There are probably a combination of factors at play here: • The 2014 litter pick exposed an accumulation of years of fly tipping and litter • People are choosing an area they frequent and picking up litter whenever it is found • Litter free areas actually promote keeping that area litter free

What a year long Anti Litter Campaign Reveals The Environment Sub-committee has now spent a year targeting the eradication of Litter in Leatherhead. It was an ambitious goal but we had the full support of MVDC and CPRE and we thought it was worth giving it a serious go. In October 2014, litter seemed to be everywhere. It was very visible along roadways, at Leatherhead Station, on the High Street, in overflowing rubbish bins, and in the woods. In fact, that is why we got started on this campaign--our members were bringing these facts to our attention. In October 2015, litter is not as visible along roadways. The MVDC has replaced and upgraded litter bins in some areas which has been a great improvement. The

litter at Leatherhead Station has either been reduced or is obscured by lush growth of trees and shrubs in the fenced off area. Both Teazle Wood and Leach Grove Wood are considerably less littered than they were a year ago.

In the final analysis, Leatherhead is improving but it is not litter free. Over thirty bags of litter were found in little over an hour by 17 volunteers. The campaign will continue in 2016. Thanks to those who are helping to make a difference.

The next open committee meeting is on 7 December, at 7:30 at the Letherhead Institute Cheryl Allen

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In early January, the Forum will be writing So much to be done! again in The Local, and in an ACV Newsletter delivered to all homes in the Village, giving You can find out more about ACV and details of the policies being proposed by the Forum for the Village’s future. The actual the Forum’s work at: draft NDP will be published on the ACV website so residents will get the opportunity to delve as deep as they like into the detail. Ashtead-Community-Vision/ Also, a public meeting is to be held at the th Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on the 26 February with a view to engaging with residents in order to explain the policies and get feedback. The idea of this engagement John Morgan exercise - which will run from mid January to ACV member the end of February 2016 - is to ensure the 14

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Mole Valley Police Column Christmas and the New Year period Home security over the festive period

problems and our officers will be targeting those who are irresponsible enough to drink and drive, not only putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of their passengers, other road users and pedestrians.

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

Although there is a “legal limit” of alcohol for driving in the UK, it is well recognised that any amount in your body when you drive will affect your ability to react. Other factors, such as In terms of home security, please remember to tiredness, medication and stress can also slow consider that opportunist burglars will look for down your reaction times. Mix any of these premises where access is the easiest and factors with alcohol and you could be under where it appears that there may be something the influence of a potentially lethal cocktail. valuable to steal. Around Christmas, many of It is for these reasons that we want to us buy presents for our families and friends. highlight the vital importance of protecting Please consider how they are stored in your yourself and others at this time of year by home and try not to make it too obvious that planning alternative and safe ways of getting there are “rich pickings” to be had. No one around if you are planning to have a drink. would suggest that you cannot decorate your Consider using public transport, booking a taxi home as you please and, around Christmas time, many people like to put presents around or asking a non-drinking friend or relative to drive or, at least, collect you. You can always a tree, often in full display from a front offer to return the favour! window. Please consider making sure that access to your home is protected with suitable Surrey Police officers have a duty of care to locks on doors and windows. If you have an enforce the law and to protect the public and alarm system, please use it. part of this is to take robust action against 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 house is occupied. A low level hall light on a timer would be a much better option.

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Once presents are unwrapped, consider how you dispose of wrapping and packaging of expensive items. Leaving them outside for the Call 101 for all non-emergency policing next collection can show a potential burglar matters. that there is something inside the house worth Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency taking.

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uth wasn’t looking forward to her husband’s office party. The words leapt out at her whenever she opened her diary (mainly because they were written in her husband’s handwriting, in red pen, with an exclamation mark for good measure.) Staying at home was clearly not an option… Sam’s work colleagues were ok when they were sober but seemed to think that normal social rules didn’t apply at this particular annual event. December was always hectic. Ruth, a fanatical list writer but pathological list loser, had scraps of paper scattered all over the house to remind her of all the things she had to do. Whenever she found one of these lists, she’d add something to it. A typical Christmas list would read: ‘Buy presents for teachers; bottle of wine for neighbours; present for Aunty Vera - post to Australia; chocolates for babysitter; buy second class stamps; write Christmas cards; clean bathroom; get blood out of Daniel’s shirt after nosebleed; make reindeer costume; buy glitter and card for Sarah’s Christmas art competition; take Daniel to piano exam; invite Aunty Betty for Christmas lunch; remember dairy free food for Aunty Betty; remember wheat free food for Aunt Betty; buy bottle of sweet sherry for Aunty Betty; make cake for school Christmas fair; get prescription for drops for Ben’s glue ear; make Christmas tree costume for Sarah; write shopping lists, present lists and guest lists; finish work project; buy presents for Sam’s godchildren; buy shrub from Garden centre for Sam’s brother; clean oven; order turkey; sort out dress for Sam’s Christmas party.’ A burgeoning resentment of her husband would start in the pit of her stomach during the first week of December. This was when he started his rounds of Christmas entertaining at work. He’d come back late at night, smelling of beer, his spirits high and his libido higher. Sam would usually ignore the proliferation of lists around the house. He assumed that it was better to be in denial of their existence than to make any reference to how busy his wife was. One year he found a list in the downstairs loo and, thinking he was being helpful, stuck it on the fridge. He thought he was being funny when he added ‘give husband a massage’ at the end. By the third week of December, resentment had tangled itself into knots of fury. They both new that if Sam had a list it would read: “Buy Christmas tree with the children (usually at last minute when all the best trees are gone). Buy Ruth’s Christmas present.” On the night of the party, Ruth put on the same dress that she’d worn the previous year, hoping that a different necklace would somehow transform the outfit. Sam briefed her about the names of his co-


workers and their partners as they drove to the venue and then gave her a quick kiss. “Thank you for this darling, I know it is not your favourite event. You look beautiful. Oh and don’t forget to dance with Eric...” The evening started with polite pleasantries but rapidly descended into the usual Christmas party debauchery. Ruth chatted to as many different people as she could and tried to avoid Eric. Eric was Sam’s boss and saw himself as the office lothario. However, he was balding, 17 stone and wearing a Father Christmas bow tie. As the evening progressed, his shirt became drenched in perspiration and dancing with him became an unpleasant challenge. Fast dances were ok because there was no bodily contact involved, but when the music slowed, it was like holding an armful of hot wet washing. Ruth escaped to the ladies and was sitting in one of the cubicles when Eric’s long suffering wife came in with another colleague. “Eric does love to dance but I do worry about his blood pressure, you know. Now Sam... he’s a lovely man isn’t he? He was just telling me about his gorgeous children and all his organisation for Christmas. Ruth is so lucky to have a husband who wants to contribute so much. I wish Eric was as involved in the family…” Ruth returned to her husband. “I’ve just heard about your conversation with June.” Sam looked sheepish. He opened his mouth to defend himself but no words came out. There was no defence to be made. “Tomorrow I will provide you with a ‘To Do’ list of your own that you will complete without a grumble. You don’t have a problem with that do you darling? After all, I know how much you you like to contribute…” Ruth gave her husband a kiss, heard that a fast track was playing and went to find Eric. Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you make lots of wonderful memories… If you’d like to find out more about life story work and share reminiscences, why not like my Facebook page? I also have gift vouchers for Life Story Book packages and for my special Time Travel Sessions. Preserving family life stories is a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas and a very special present for someone you love. Copyright Sarah Lott November 2015 Website: Email: Facebook: The Memory Book Company Tel: 01372 373844 Twitter: @thememorybook

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Great Christmas Gifts Buying a book for someone can be a bit of a minefield… Will they enjoy it? Do they already have a copy? Will you be able to borrow it? Hopefully our top picks of recent releases will help you to navigate that minefield and get you on Santa’s good side. The Three-Year Swim Club – Julie Checkoway

Buying for a biography lover? This inspiring book tells the story of a school teacher in 1930s Maui who wanted to give his underprivileged pupils a brighter future. Soichi Sakamoto set out to transform the children into Olympic swimmers, despite not having any training himself, and the fact that most of the children had never seen a swimming pool. A great read for lovers of tales of triumph over adversity.

The Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker – Jacqueline Wilson

Packed with Christmas tales featuring some of Jacqueline Wilson’s best loved characters, this book is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with girls aged 7-11. Tracy Beaker takes a starring role, and there are also appearances from identical twins Ruby and Garnet, along with Hetty Feather and other favourites. There are also festive puzzles, recipes, craft ideas, fun facts and more to keep her entertained long after the latest ‘must-have’ toy has been discarded. Ideally, give it as a gift early on in December, so that the recipient can make full use of the present-wrapping tips and Christmas craft ideas.

The Magical Christmas – Lizzie Mary Cullen

Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver

Who would have thought that colouring books for adults would have become such a phenomenon? If you know a fan, or are just buying a present for someone who could seriously do with a chance to unwind, The Magical Christmas is a good choice. From traditional gingerbread houses to alternative Christmas days (surfing in Sydney anyone?), each turn of the page reveals a new intricate scene just waiting for pen or pencil to bring it to life. The only difficult part of this gift is resisting the urge to start colouring it in yourself.

No present list would be complete without at least one cookery book, and Jamie Oliver seems to be a favourite with everyone from wannabee Junior Masterchefs to seasoned bakers. With Everyday Super Food, Jamie is making it his mission to prove that low-calorie, nutritious meals can still be pretty darn delicious. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all covered and there’s something to tempt most taste buds, from spicy ‘Energy Balls’ to ‘Super Tasty Miso Broth’ and ‘Harissa Roasted Aubergine’.

Faber Poetry Diary 2016 – Various

It’s 1933 and a missing child throws the privileged Edevane family into a downward spiral. Fast forward seventy years and the child’s older sister, Alice, finds herself re-opening old wounds when a police detective starts asking questions about the unsolved case. A real pageturner, this is the kind of book you want to curl up and disappear into on Boxing Day. (It’s also a great one to give as a gift in the understanding that you get to read it once the recipient has finished with it.)

This is one of those books that you get given one year, and then find yourself buying as a gift for years to come. A week-to-view diary that offers a poem or illustration for each week, the Faber Poetry Diary makes Monday mornings just that bit more enjoyable. The 2016 version includes a wide variety of poets, from Simon Armitage to Wendy Cope, via Dylan Thomas, Alice Oswald, Sylvia Plath and a whole lot more. 36

The Lake House – Kate Morton

Shops & Services


Leatherhead Lions’ Christmas Float Route The Leatherhead Lions Christmas float may be visiting your ro road in December. Look out for Father Christmas who is looking for forward to meeting you so be sure to give him a generous and wel warm welcome. All donations this year will go to the Epsom Hospita Medical Fund and other Lions charities. Hospital Weekday routes start at 6pm, weekends from 5pm. Mike Rushby, Rushby Leatherhead Lions

Sat 5th

FETCHAM – 4.30pm Lights On 5.30pm at Sainsbury’s Local, Pound Crescent, Orchard Close, River Lane, Mole Road

Sunday 6th

ASHTEAD - Hillside Rd, Darcy Rd, Stonny Croft, Berry Meade, Bramley Way

Tuesday 8th

ASHTEAD - Read Road, Taylor Road, Green Lane, Caen Wood Road, Rosedale, Oakhill Close, The Chase

Thursday 10th

LEATHERHEAD - Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Ryecroft Road, Woodbridge Av, Sands Place, The Fairway, Merton Way

Sat 12th

FETCHAM - Bickney Way Copperfields, Sherwood Close, Oswald Road, Osprey Close, Cock Lane, Penrose Avenue, Humphrey Close, Revel Drive

Monday 14th

ASHTEAD – Petters Rd, Chaffers Mead, Cray Avenue, Newton Wood Road

Tuesday 15th

ASHTEAD – Glebe Road, Skinners Lane, Gladstone Road, Oakfield Road, Paddocks Way & Close

Thursday 17th

LEATHERHEAD – Copthorne Rd, Dilston Rd, Cleeve Rd, Tudor Walk, Boleyn Walk, Parr Close, Falconwood

Saturday 19th

ASHTEAD – The Murrays , West Farm Avenue, Close & Drive, Summerfields, Taleworth area

Sunday 20th

ASHTEAD - Bramley Way, Stonny Croft , Darcy Rd, Bramley Way

Monday 21st

FETCHAM - Spring Grove, Lang Close, Richmond Way, Harecroft, Richmond Close, The Spinney

Tuesday 22nd

FETCHAM - Lodge Road, The Street, Gatesden Road, Warenne Road, Meadow Way, Hillyfield Way, Oswald Road

Wed 23rd

ASHTEAD - Broadhurst, Culverhay, Overdale

Thursday 24th

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Taxis & Motor Services


Education & Tuition


Audi VW Specialists • • • • •

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Why use a generalist when you can use a specialist? Email: Web:

Tel: 01483 285792 Italian is back at the Leatherhead Institute! Starting in January 2016 courses for:

Beginners - Mondays 9.45-11.15am Lower Intermediate - Tuesdays 7.30-9pm Upper Intermediate - Wed 11.30am-1pm Contact Elisabetta Pellegrini on: 07904 434 339

00 gauge model railway equipment wanted I am prepared to dismantle an unwanted layout and take the stock away. I am not a dealer. If you have any for sale please contact me. E: (preferred) or tel 01372 374584. 39

Come and see ideas on how we can transform Leatherhead Exhibition at the Leatherhead Theatre: Saturday 5th December: 3pm-7pm Thursday 10th December: 3pm-7pm Friday 11th December: 3pm-7pm Saturday 12th December: 12pm-7pm From 1st December our newly designed website will feature exciting ideas for transforming Leatherhead.


Education & Tuition Cookery course in Fetcham, Leatherhead, for keen teenage cooks and those completing their Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. One term Monday evenings

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starting 4th January 5.15pm-6.30pm & 6.45pm-8pm Early booking is recommended

WEA Fetcham & Bookham Branch

Courses for 2016 in Bookham & Leatherhead Modern China - The Last 100 Years

With Jim Christie 5th January - 11 weeks 10am-12noon Church Room, St Nicolas Church, Bookham

The Victorians 1870-1901

With Jenny Goldsmith 12th January - 10 weeks 10am-12noon Waterfield Room, Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Bookham (1st & 10th sessions start at 9.30am)

Astronomy - The Modern Universe

With Tony Sizer 13th January - 7 weeks 11am-1pm Waterfield Room, Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Bookham

An intro to Forensic Science

With Myrna Reader 9th January - 10 weeks 10.30am-12.30pm Room G5, Letherhead Institute (1st & 10th sessions start at 9.30am)

Current & International Affairs

With Guy Arnold 12th January - 10 weeks 10am-12noon Room G6, Letherhead Institute (1st and 10th sessions start at 9.30am)

The Art of Beekeeping

With Liz Knee 20th January - 7 weeks 2pm-4pm Room F3, Letherhead Institute

The Life of William Cobbett 1763-1835

With Katharine Stearn 22nd January - 7 weeks 10.30am-12.30pm Room F3, Letherhead Institute

For more details contact Joy Tapping on 01306 713355, email: WEA: 0800 328 1060 (10am - 3pm) 41

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Culinary Concepts are now back at Bumbles. We also stock lots of beautiful Christmas cards and fabulous Star Wars速 products. Happy Christmas from Barbara and the team

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Food & Drink

Cake and Bake

Stollen This spiced and fruity Continental sweet bread is perfect for serving over the festive season with a glass of warm mulled wine.

Ingredients: • 50g butter • 175ml milk • 3 tbsp caster sugar • 375g strong plain white flour, plus extra for kneading • tsp salt • 1 tsp ground mixed spice • 2 tsp fast-action dried yeast • Zest of 1 lemon • 1 large egg, beaten • 125g raisins • 25g chopped mixed peel • 50g glace cherries, rinsed, dried and quartered • 175g marzipan • Melted butter, for brushing • Icing sugar, for dusting

Makes 10-12 slices Ready in about 3 hours

1. Put the butter, milk and caster sugar in a small pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. Leave to cool for 10 minutes. 2. Sift the flour, salt and mixed spice into a large bowl and stir in the dried yeast. Make a well in the centre and stir in the milk mixture, lemon zest and egg. Mix together with a round -bladed knife to form a soft and sticky dough. 3. Turn the dough onto a well floured surface and knead for 58 minutes until smooth and elastic. At first the dough will be quite sticky so add more flour as necessary. 4. Flatten out the dough and knead in the raisins, cherries and peel until just combined. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 1 hours, or until doubled in size. 5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes, then roll out to a 25cm square. Shape the marzipan into a sausage shape and place down the centre of the dough. Fold one side over to cover the marzipan then repeat with the other side, overlapping in the centre. Seal the ends. Place seam-side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5. 6. Bake the stollen for 35-45 minutes until golden and sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Brush the hot stollen all over with melted butter and roll in the icing sugar to coat. Leave to cool. 44



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Mango & Lemon Chutney Keeps for 12 months Makes approx 2½ kilograms Recipe courtesy of Thane Prince

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

675g dried apricots and figs 4-5 large mangoes 2 lemons 400g onion 60g garlic 80g root ginger 4 fresh red chillies 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 675g raw light brown sugar 1 tablespoon sea salt 500ml cider vinegar


1. Prepare the fruit and vegetables: Chop the dried fruit roughly. Wash the lemons under hot water scrubbing with a scourer to remove any wax and cut into quarters. Peel the onions and cut into large chunks. Peel the garlic and the ginger. Cut the stems from the chillies. Place the lemons, onions, garlic, ginger and chillies in a food processor and whiz until they are evenly chopped. 2. Put the whole spices into a spice mill or coffee grinder and whiz until finely ground. Peel the mangoes and cut all the flesh from the stone. Chop this roughly. 3. Now place all the ingredients in a non-stick pan and put this over a low heat. Stirring often bring the mixture up to a simmer. Cook the chutney at a moderate boil until thick, stir the pan often especially towards the end of cooking as it is then the chutney will start to stick to the bottom and may burn. Take care as when you reach this point the chutney may spit! Heat your jars for 15 mins in the oven at 100°C. 4. To test that the chutney is ready, pull a wooden spoon through the centre of the pan, if both sides stay apart it’s ready, if they run together cook a little longer. Take the pan from the heat and let it sit for five minutes Pot the chutney into the hot jars pressing it down well. Be sure to leave a little head space by filling to the shoulder of the jar and not up the neck. Screw the lids on loosely and leave to cool. Once the chutney is cold check the lids are tight then label the jars. Store in a cool dark place. The chutney is ready to eat.


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Ashtead Village

Late night shopping evening

Tuesday 8th December 4pm to 8pm

Fun for all the family… Side Shows and Stalls, Face Painting, Christmas Carols, Free Craft Activities etc The Christmas tree lights will be switched at 6.30pm on by Ashtead’s very own Paralympic Skier and World Champion Motor cycle racer, Talan Skeels-Piggins


Saturday 5th December from 11am - 4pm H Granny Turismo H H Nutkins H H Santa Claus H H Face Painting H H Morris Dancing H H Panache Steel Band H H Mole Valley Silver Band H H Dick Whittington Panto CharactersH H Carol Singing H

Santa Claus knows a secret! Special guest appearances from 2 well known children’s characters watch local press for details

FREE PARKING from 12noon on 5, 12 and 19 December For further information please visit @LeatherheadTown @MoleValleyDC

*timings and activities may be subject to change

Health & Beauty

Leatherhead Podiatry


Margaret Spice


Love your feet!

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Ashtead Practice Tel: 01372 277802

25 years experience

• Corns • Calluses • Orthotics • Ingrowing Toe Nails • Verrucae

Abuse Anxiety Depression Bereavement

• Problematic Nails • Athlete’s Foot • Bunions • Sports Injuries • Heel Pain

Correction It was pointed out that one of the answers in the ‘Land & Sea’ quiz on page 26 of November’s edition was incorrect. It seems that the Kosovo flag also has a map of the country on its flag, as well as Cyprus.

10% off your first appointment on production of this ad (offer ends 30th December 2015)

01372 374125

Thank you to local resident, Mr Gerry Flanagan.

63b High Street, Leatherhead


Dinah is a small, brindle tortie spayed female and is approx seven years old. She came into care as she was a long-term stray being fed by a kind person. She was living in a cold garage in the middle of winter and we just had to bring her into care.

She settled into the shelter very quickly and has come on in leaps and bounds. Dinah is affectionate and loving and is looking for a quiet home preferably with someone who is there most of the day as she does love a lot of attention. She would be fine with a family with older children but must be the only cat in the house as she does not get along with other cats. Dinah has been in care since December 2014 and is getting bored in her cabin day after day and does so deserve a loving forever home of her own. Dinah is fully vaccinated and microchipped.

If you feel that you could give Dinah a much deserved forever loving home please call YVONNE on 01372 379155 Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to:

Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland) 54

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Specialist foot and lower limb care, including: Corns & Callus Cracked heels • Verrucae treatments • Flat feet

Orthotics Heel pain • Ball of foot pain • Ingrowing toenails

Emma Ashdown

(BSc)Hons MChS HCPC Registered

01372 270571 62 West Farm Ave, Ashtead, KT21 2JY 55

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Mrs P Sands, MChS, SRCh, HPC Registered

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Footcare treatment inc: • Nail Surgery • Biomechanics/Orthotics • Cryosurgery (freezing) • Verrucae/Corn/Callus

• Back pain? • Shoulder or neck pain? • Headaches? • Muscle pain? • Recurring pain?

20% OFF first treatment (for the above treatments) booked before end December 2015 Other treatments: Counselling (accredited Counsellor), Massage & Reflexology 141 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX

01372 377022

New Water Main for Ashtead

Roadworks expected until May 2016 Work has commenced on a £150,000 water main scheme in Ashtead. Sutton and East Surrey Water is to replace the old cast iron water mains in and around a section of the A24 Epsom Road, Ashtead, with a new, tougher plastic pipe that is less prone to bursts and leaks. Construction work will start in Woodview Close before moving along the A24 Epsom Road to the junction of Bramley Way, where it will finish. Work started on 16th November 2015 and is due for completion by May 2016. Simon Thomson, Project Engineer at Sutton and East Surrey Water, said: “The existing water mains – some of which were laid in the 1930s – have done sterling work in transporting thousands of litres of water every day for many years. However, they are now reaching the end of their lifespan, with an increasing number of bursts occurring. Each time this happens it causes unplanned emergency repairs, interruptions to customers’ water supplies and the loss of water through leaks and bursts. Our scheme will make sure both existing and future customers in this part of Ashtead continue to receive a reliable supply of top quality drinking water.” Due to the need to work in the highway, temporary traffic lights will be in place to keep the public, motorists and the workforce safe. If necessary, these lights will be manually operated at peak times to keep traffic in the area moving.


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Ashtead Hospital Medical Unit Consultant led medical care when you need it. If you, or a loved one, requires medical support in a hospital environment, speak to your GP about being referred to Ashtead Hospital. Medical Services include: • Diabetes

• Post Operative Recovery

• Elderly Care

• Respiratory

• Gastroenterology

• Respite Care

• Neurology

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For more information call:

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For more information please call:

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

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Ashtead Hospital is C C registered to treat children from birth in outpatients, and from over years of age in theatre.

For more information please call:

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the Problems With acid

Dr Catherine Aboud of Your Private GP Service at Clock House Healthcare explains Heartburn and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). What can you Do to alleviate youR What is it? symPtoms? GORD is caused by Obviously addressing the above risk factors if acid travelling up the relevant: oesophagus (gullet) - losing weight from the stomach. - stopping smoking When the ring of - trying to eliminate the problematic food or muscle between drink from your diet the bottom of the - raising the head of your bed oesophagus and the - medications: these may be over the stomach doesn’t close properly, acid leaks counter, or prescribed by your GP. back up. This acid can cause “ We recommend that you What aRe the Possible several symptoms fully discuss your symptoms comPlications? such as: Ulcers: excess acid can - heartburn: burning with your GP” irritate the oesophageal chest pain usually lining which can lead to ulceration, causing after eating pain, bleeding and problems swallowing. - acid-reflux: a bitter taste in your mouth Oesophageal Strictures: continued damage or nausea to the lining of the oesophagus can lead - stomach discomfort to scar tissue, causing a narrowing of the oesophagus, making swallowing difficult hoW common is GoRD? and painful. It is very common: about 1:5 people Barretts Oesophagus: a pre-cancerous are thought to experience at least one condition which can occur due to repeated episode of GORD a week. It can affect any episodes of GORD, causing a change in the age group, although it is more common in cells lining the oesophagus. the over 40s. Oesophageal Cancer: In the UK it is estimated that about 1:200 of those Who is moRe at Risk of suffeRinG with Barretts Oesophagus, will develop With GoRD? oesophageal cancer. There are several risk factors, such as: - being overweight/obese We recommend that you fully discuss your - pregnancy symptoms with your GP and allow them to - eating a high fat diet, spicey food, or examine you before you commit to taking acidic foods eg: tomatoes. regular medication, to try to ensure the right - alcohol, smoking, caffeine, chocolate: diagnosis is made and to decide if further these substances are thought to relax investigation is necessary. the sphincter muscle - having a hiatus hernia Information sourced from - stress and - certain medications For more information on Your Private GP Service, or to book an appointment, please contact us on 01372 840 830

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Clubs & Activities


Clubs & Activities

Mole Valley WI November Meeting Julie Alexander, our president welcomed members, visitors from Bookham Butterflies WI and WI Advisor, Jill Elliot to our annual meeting. Birthday wishes were given to all those with a November birthday. Stella Phipps then demonstrated how to create a Christmas table arrangement using variegated foliage and red roses – she made it look so easy! Details of our outing to London in December were given along with reports from various subsections. Nineteen members had made scones which were eaten with tea and jam. Members were asked to bake cakes for the Christmas fair which takes place in Fetcham Village hall on 28th November between 1 – 4pm. Following tea, Maureen Wale gave her financial report and said that we were in a strong position and thanked Kathryn Shettle and Sandy Finch for all their help. Pam Jorgensen in her Committee report reminded us all of the many and varied events of the past year – birthday celebrations, outings, garden parties, our quiz night and jumble sale along with our speakers at monthly meetings. Following Julie’s address, Jill Elliot, assisted by the tellers, guided us through the election of President for 2016 and Meriel Sexton will take on that role. Our next meeting will be on 8th December and further details can be found on our website ‘’. Liz White

Leatherhead Morning WI The programme of events for 2016 has been completed and will be available shortly, as always, varied and with something for all tastes. We were pleased to greet two prospective new members, and we hope to see them again. Our Christmas lunch has been arranged. A trip to Wimbledon is planned for next April, we shall have a tour of the tennis courts and various facilities. We were grateful to our President, Mrs Hazel Richmond-Coggan, for fulfilling her promise to tell us about her recent holiday to Namibia and Botswana, together with her husband David. She managed to keep going, in spite of having nearly lost her voice! It was a long -planned trip to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. She and David lived in that area for some years, so it was a nostalgic occasion. Their African adventure was for five weeks during which time they travelled extensively covering over three thousand miles. Hazel’s talk was accompanied by photos of venues, animals they encountered and glorious sunsets. Our next meeting will be on 28th January. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10.15am at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Do come along for a friendly welcome. For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570. 66

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Ashtead WI November 2015 Meeting We were very pleased to welcome four visitors to our November AGM evening, and our President gave news of members and told us of the success of last month’s bring & buy table and our recent coffee morning. These occasions will help to boost Ashtead W.I. funds. Some members have recently had a rather unusual (own rules!) game of croquet at Polesden Lacey followed by much deserved tea & cakes. We were also delighted to welcome Jill Elliott to take our AGM, when Committee members gave reports of the year’s events and finances, but we were sorry that our President Sally Ann Cole had decided to stand down after 3 very successful years. She will be replaced by joint Presidents Marylin Belton and Lillian Baldwin, and the Committee were warmly thanked for all the work they had put in for us over the last year. Christmas came a little early to our meeting when were delighted to be shown some beautiful floral displays by Neil from our village florist who arranged four very different designs. He even invited us to put them into our raffle, so there were some very happy ticket holders this evening. Finally, there was more planning for our December Carol Singing, a reminder about our Christmas Lunch and some more lovely Christmas patchwork quilts and knitted & crocheted covers have been delivered to the Rainbow Trust. Our wonderful Denman College will be hosting a Surrey at Denman weekend next year and members were encouraged to apply for the remaining vacancies. At our meeting on Wednesday 2nd December at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall we will be entertained with Christmas music by Steve Robbins and will all be fully supporting our new Committee members. Sandra Brown

Girlguiding in Ashtead: access for all? Getting to the Guide Hut on Barnett Wood Lane used to be a perilous yet essential part of being a member of Girlguiding in Ashtead. The driveway was pitted with potholes large enough to engulf the boldest of Brownies on dark evenings and crucially, it was impossible for wheelchair users to reach the Hut. Urgent action was needed, and over the summer we paid for the driveway to be completely resurfaced ready for the start of term in September. Fortunately, this was just in time for wheelchair user Olivia Sherwin to start Brownies in her Powerchair 'Bob' (pictured right). Our smooth, new driveway paves the way for Ashtead Girlguiding to open its doors to all girls and young women who want to benefit from taking part in fun, exciting activities and having the chance to make lifelong friends. But with an enormous waiting list of around 80 names, some may never be offered the opportunity to join us. What we need now is more volunteers, to make Guiding even more inclusive in Ashtead. Could you offer a few hours a week or a month? We welcome Duke of Edinburgh volunteers as well as adults. Guiding is only made possible by the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people who want to make a difference in their community. As well as helping girls have fun and learn, volunteering can help you boost your own abilities and confidence. Please do get “I’ve met some amazing people through guiding – it’s helped me in touch to find out how widen my social circle and I’ve made some true friends.” you can get involved.

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Leatherhead Community Association - 2016 We know that this will appear before Christmas but we would like to let you know before the start of 2016 what is happening in the Letherhead Institute in the New Year so that you can mark in your diaries events that you really do not want to miss. Tea and Talks - all free, 2pm at the Letherhead Institute, following by tea and cakes.

Musical afternoons (ctd) 20th April - “Spring has now unwrapped the Flowers”

8th January - “A journey down the Thames from Lambeth to Bankside”.

Art/History programme 27th January - Paul Pickering on Venice, inc further lectures by Dr Katy Brown and Jessica Saraga, covering subjects from Renaissance painters; English Neo -Romantics to the St Ives School.

12th February - find out about Victorian leisure 11th March - learn the derivation of plant names, for example why is a Granny Smith so called! 8th April - learn about the women who broke the mould in their particular sphere

Weekly Bridge & Scrabble Bridge stars on 8th January, and Scrabble every other Friday from 8th January.

Musical afternoons - Wednesdays 2.15-4.15pm £1 for members, £2 non-members 20th January - “A New Year’s Welcome”

Monday afternoons 2-4.30pm there is snooker and table tennis £1 for members, £2 for non. Walks for Spring Long and short strolls on Wednesdays, at various venues inc Bushy Park and Rusper. Full details from Peter on 378347.

17th February - Nordic Music STOP PRESS: 15th March - Mole Veterans Band “Spring Concert”, free. More info from the Band Secretary on 459596

Details of all that happens at the Institute can be found in the January - April newsletter available from Sarah on 01372 360508. Sarah will also tell you all about membership, which is only £5pa, or click on to the website where you can find full information about the Institute http// or email us on 70

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Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Gráinne 07912 112421


Leatherhead Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild At the October meeting, we were delighted to welcome two committee members from Mid Surrey Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds who came from Godalming and Farncombe to join us in celebrating Ashtead TG’s 70th birthday. The first Guilds were formed in 1929 and originated from the Suffragist movement. The National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds adopted the colours of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies: Red for Courage, White for Faith and Green for Hope. Regional federations were established to enable Guilds in close proximity to get to know and help each other. The committee of the Mid Surrey Federation works tirelessly throughout the year, arranging numerous enjoyable activities. Our longest serving members remember that meetings in the 1950s and early 60s were formal affairs where the ladies of the committee sat at a table on the stage of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, wearing hats and gloves. They wouldn’t have dreamt of addressing anyone by their first name. Now, thankfully, formality is minimal and everyone is very friendly. At our birthday meeting, after a brief business session, everyone enjoyed wine and canapes followed, of course, by a birthday cake which was cut by our President, Dorothy Willis. After the refreshments we were entertained by James Fortune, a member of the Magic Circle, whose sleight of hand was baffling and whose sense of humour had us all laughing. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 1st December, the Variety Group will be putting on a show in the main hall. New members and visitors are very welcome to join us. Di James 71

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Christmas comes early to Leatherhead! On 7th November around twenty local charities and voluntary organisations took part in this year’s Combined Charities Christmas Fair organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Leatherhead Theatre, raising over £3,000 from the sale of Christmas cards and gifts, together with a variety of tombolas, raffles and other fundraising activities. Despite the somewhat inclement weather, an estimated 500 people visited the fair throughout the day and even Father Christmas was present to find out what the local boys and girls wanted for Christmas. Father Christmas with Sarah Askaroff (L) and Anna Croghan from SeeAbility

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, especially ExxonMobil, who very kindly funded the production of posters, flyers and banners to help promote the event. Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm on Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further info about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or

Visit Father Christmas at Bocketts Farm Park 26th November – 24th December 2015 Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns. From 26th 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 Father Christmas and receive a gift! No advance booking necessary*. Simply turn up on the day and book into the next available time slot. There’s no queuing so you can enjoy the farm while you wait! Tickets to see Father Christmas cost £8 (in addition to farm entry cost). Also this December there will be 25 gorgeous new born lambs due, a children’s craft area, Christmas trail and plenty of indoor play! Visit for more information. *Advance bookings available for group bookings of 8 or more children. Plus NEW for 2015, later opening evenings on 16th, 17th and 18th December until 7pm with advance booking available for Father Christmas. Call 01372 363764 to book. 72

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We’d love to see you at St Mary & St Nicholas, Church Road, Leatherhead, at any or all of the following

Sunday 13th December 4pm

Christingle Service

Sunday 20th 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 Family Service with organ & carols followed by Communion


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Santa Claus is coming to Epsom! 4th-24th December

It’s Christmas Eve and whilst most children are hanging up their stockings, there are a few boys and girls who are not! They don’t believe in Santa and with Christmas morning fast approaching cheeky elves Charlie and Kara must help Santa prove that he is indeed real! With magic tricks, songs and stories, can they make them believe before it’s time to board Santa’s sleigh and deliver the presents? A truly unforgettable experience which includes bubbles and the magical moment when snowflakes fall over the audience – a guaranteed white Christmas at every show! As an added Christmas treat, all of the good boys and girls in the audience will meet Santa after the show and receive a special present of their own. So don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the magical moment when your little ones meet Santa Claus for the very first time. image by Craig Sugden

Suitable for children aged 2+. Running time: 70 minutes with no interval (including meet and greet with Santa Claus).

Tickets are £10.50-14.50 and are on sale now from or from the Box Office on 01372 742555/742227

Christmas by Candlelight Friday 18th December

7.30pm - Leatherhead Parish Church Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society invites you to join them at 7.30pm on 18th December to celebrate Christmas by Candlelight in the beautiful surroundings of the medieval church of St Mary & St Nicholas, Leatherhead. The concert will feature music by the Brandenburg singers and brass ensemble, including some seldom performed gems, as well as readings and old favourites. Following the concert, please join us in the Parish Church Hall opposite the church for wine, soft drinks and mince pies. The ticket price also includes a programme and a donation to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church.

Tickets are £15 each and available from John Andrews on 01372 373083 or via email from


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Leatherhead Theatre Panto

‘Relaxed’ Performance allowing everyone to join with the fun Monday 21st December - 1pm For audience members who are sensitive to their environment, Leatherhead Theatre will be presenting a ‘Relaxed’ performance of Dick Whittington. A Relaxed performance means that people with autism, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities can enjoy the pantomime with their friends and family. The sound effects are reduced and the lighting slightly raised so that everyone can enjoy the fun.

Christopher Pym as Dick Whittington

Adults £16.50/concessions & children £13.50, discounts for family and group tickets. Tickets to the Dick Whittington relaxed performance on 21st December can be purchased by calling the Leatherhead Theatre Box Office on 01372 365141 or going to (booking fees apply).


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WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER? Tues 1st Saturday 5th

Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Ewell, 10am-5pm (7pm Tues). Lots of stalls featuring gifts for Christmas, inc collectables. Free entry, free raffle.

Wed 2nd Sunday 6th

Christmas Tree Festival, St George’s Church, Ashtead - see opposite for more details.

Wed 2nd

Getting the most out of your tablet. Letherhead Institute, 2pm-4pm. £50 for five weeks. Good grounding in the use of tablets for email, internet access and entertainment in a relaxed, friendly environment. Tel 0800 328 1060 or visit website:

Friday 4th

APMH Friends three course dinner (6.30 for 7pm) followed by a musical presentation 'The History of Musicals'. Tickets £20.50 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members

Friday 4th Wed 23rd

A 1930’s Christmas Party, Polesden Lacey, see page 92 for details

Friday 4th

‘Soundbytes' FREE concert with proceeds to The Dell Project, 8pm. Local choir sings popular tunes in four part harmony. Christ Church UR, Epsom Rd. Leatherhead. See advert on page 69 for more details.

Saturday 5th

Fetcham Christmas Fayre, see page 12 for details.

Saturday 5th

Leatherhead Christmas Festival, 11am-4pm, see page 53 for details.

5th / 10th 11th & 12th

Transform Leatherhead exhibition at the Leatherhead theatre, more information on page 40.

Sunday 6th

Christmas Tree Sale and Christmas Market from 10am-2pm, at the Ashtead Scout hall in Woodfield, KT21 2RL, free entry. Funds are being raised for the 1st Ashtead Scout Group. All very welcome.

Tuesday 8th

Ashtead Village Late Night Shopping Evening, 4pm-8pm, see page 52 for details.

Tuesday 8th

Age UK Carol Service, St Martin's Church, Church Street, Dorking, RH4 1DW, 2pm3.30pm. Carols and readings with Surrey Cantata conducted by Sebastian Forbes and Maureen Galea on piano and organ. Nos are limited so please let us know early if you wish to attend, require wheelchair access, or if you are bringing a large party. Free entry, but donations are welcome. 01483 503414 or email

Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Annual Festive Weekend, all profits from Santa’s Grotto Saturday 12th and attractions will go to Cherry Trees Home from Home Respite Care for Children near & Sunday 13th Guildford. Join us and raise money for this very worthwhile charity. More details on Monday 14th

Denbies Late Night Christmas Market, 5.30-8.30pm, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA. Festive stalls, seasonal food, arts, crafts and jewellery. Santa will be here with horse drawn carriage rides throughout the evening. Entertainment throughout the evening. Free mulled wine and mince pies. Free admission and car parking

Tues 15th & Saturday 19th

Bookham Choral Society Christmas Carol Concerts. Tues 15th, 8pm, Barn Hall, Great Bookham. Sat 19th, 8pm, St Nicolas Church, Bookham. Tickets £10, inc drink and a mince pie, from BCS Box Office 375644 or email BCSboxoffice@gmail, and on the door.

If there’s an event in January that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 8th December. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 76

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Saturday 12th December


ENTRANCE £1 Tea, Coffee and Festive Stalls This year ACS is supporting Princess Alice Hospice and Mid-Surrey Dementia Care Trust

Tickets £12 unreserved

(half price for 25 and under) or 07504 332 354 and on the door Registered charity 265400


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WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday 1st Tuesday 1st (1st Tues monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Variety Group Entertainment. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 2nd

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Diamond Anniversary Club Show. Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 2nd

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Christmas music by Steve Robbins, more info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. More info from: 01483 534706, or email:

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd

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

Friday 4th (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 4th (monthly)

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

Friday 4th (note NOT 18th)

Leatherhead & District Local History Society’s Christmas Quiz, by Frank Haslam. Letherhead Institute, High St, Leatherhead, 7pm for 7.30pm, £10 inc fish & chip supper. BYO glasses and drink. All welcome, but booking essential asap. Call Dr F Meynen 372930

Fridays 4th, 11th & 18th

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Liz 0797 726 8290 with any queries.

Friday 4th (weekly)

10.30am - 12noon Come along to the Sewing Shop in the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall to add some sparkle and prettiness to your Christmas. Contact Janine 01372 374914

(1st Thurs mthly)


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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 4th (weekly)

10.30am - 12noon Come along to the Sewing Shop in the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall to add some sparkle and prettiness to your Christmas. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sunday 6th (weekly)

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

Sunday 6th (weekly)

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

Mondays 7th & 21st

(First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info.

Tuesday 8th

Mole Valley WI, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. Entertainment, Secret Santa, carol singing. Non members very welcome. More details on

Tuesday 8th

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

(2nd Tues monthly) (2nd Tues monthly)

Wed 9th Wed 9th

2nd Wed mthly

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on Russian Christmas customs, from traditional religious through Soviet to the present day, followed by carol singing, 7.15pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

Friday 11th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI

Sunday 13th

Annual Church of England Children's Society Christingle Service (the Carol Service with oranges and candles & Away in a Manger) 4pm, Parish Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead

Wed 16th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Christmas meeting with entertainment. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 16th


Thurs 17th (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.


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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Foraging Do you feel permanently caught up in the rat-race of everyday life? Do you like to get away from it all by walking through our beautiful Surrey countryside? Then try foraging. Walk very slowly through our woods and heaths, perhaps you know them well. Look closely at your surroundings. By taking a slower and more attentive approach to our interactions with the trees, plants and Dog Rose, full of Vitamin C animals around us, we may begin to feel more a part of nature rather than an outside observer. There’s plenty of evidence to support the mental and physical health benefits of so doing. Start with one or two species and get to know them really well, and try selecting one particular specimen and watching it through the year. In almost any season, there are plenty of plants available that are good to eat, many of which our ancestors ate routinely not so long ago. They can become a significant component of a healthy, natural diet. Most edible plants also have a history of medicinal use, and there’s a huge overlap between the two. If you want to explore the medicinal properties, do consult a suitably qualified herbalist.

Young Herb Bennet

Common plants that are widespread and easy to recognise, you may know them as 'weeds' in your garden, include - Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) Its lateral rootlets are spicy and were widely used before we started importing cloves, cinnamon and the rest. It changes leaf shape quite dramatically through its life cycle. - Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Also known as Ale Hof, it was used to flavour beer centuries ago and it can be used it in salads. - Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) have numerous culinary uses, like soups, salads and pastas.

Only take what you need and be moderate with what you gather never take plants that are locally uncommon, and always leave at least two thirds. Avoid dog walking areas (dog's excreta is Ground Ivy dangerous), and busy roadsides. Always check with the land owner/ local authority if you want to uproot stuff, but that's not normally necessary for gathering above ground. In some places, such as Ashtead Common SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), foraging is not allowed, as it’s an area providing full protection to the wildlife. Do be careful - have the right info to make sure you know what you are foraging, there are some deadly things out there that look innocuous. But some families, such as the brassicas (cruciferae), including many wild cresses, are all safe to eat. Avoid fungi, they're strictly for very expert experts. Have fun! Following a highly successful workshop led by Myrtle Cooper, we're hoping to set up a TA foraging group. If you have expertise, we'd love to hear from you. For links to further information see Tony Cooper, with extensive help, guidance, and the pictures from Myrtle Cooper email


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RNLI Barn Dance and Fish Supper Saturday 17 October

One hundred people enjoyed a convivial evening with friends and new acquaintances on Saturday evening at Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Bookham to the foot-tapping strains of the Knock-Kneed Bumblebees. We kept up our energy with a delicious fish & chip supper. This first barn dance put on by the Bookham & Leatherhead Branch of the RNLI was a great success, raising more than ÂŁ2,000 to support our volunteer lifeboat crews. We will do it again!

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Carol Singing at the Ashley Centre this Christmas Monday, 30th November

Friday, 4th December

10 – 11am 11 – midday

10 – 11am 11 – midday

Danetree Junior School Stamford Green Jnr School

Tuesday, 1st December 10 – 11am 11 – midday 2 – 3pm

West Ewell Infants School Choir – Downsmen tbc Wallace Fields Junior School

St Joseph’s Cath. Jnr School Riverview Rd CofE Jnr School

Monday, 7th December 10am-midday Epsom Choral Society

Wednesday, 9th December 2 – 3pm

Shawley Community School

Wednesday, 2nd December

Thursday, 10th December

10 – 11am St. Clements Junior School 11 – 11.30am St. Christopher’s School

5 – 7pm

Thursday, 3rd December 5 – 6pm

Epsom College Choir

St. Joseph’s Church Choir

We urgently need people to help us collect money for Epsom Medical Equipment fund on these dates. Anyone interested should contact me on 020 8337 8181 – Bess Harding 86


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 82

Where in Ashtead...? For many years now I have compiled Potted Histories on Places, People and Companies, and I hope they have given readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local much pleasure. Now it is time for readers to help me in identifying some houses in Ashtead.

Reference Potted History No 81 (Nov 2015 issue) – The bottom photograph was identified by Rosemary & Mike Slee as Little Orchard, Skinners Lane, Ashtead The house on the left is a postcard, postmarked Ashtead and dated 12th May 1908. It is addressed to a Miss J. Smith, Sevenoaks, Kent. Unfortunately there is no sender’s name. Another house I would like to identify is shown to the right. The postcard is again postmarked Ashtead and dated 12th December 1914. It is addressed to Mrs. R Clegg, Heyewood, Lancashire and it is from her son Percy and it tells her this is where I am billeted. Percy would have been a member of 21st Battalion of The Royal Fusiliers, one of the young men drawn from English Public Schools and Universities, to serve in WWI. In March 1915 the 21st moved to Woodcote Park Camp, Epsom. Someone with good eyesight may be able to read the name on the gate.

If you recognise either of the above buildings please contact me via email on: For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 90

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1930s Christmas party at Polesden Lacey 4th - 23rd December (inc house)

During this festive season at Polesden Lacey, visitors are invited to enjoy the glamour and sparkle of a 1930s Christmas party.

Party like it’s 1935

The Edwardian party house will brim with festive traditions. The atmosphere in the house will be alive with the sound of vintage jazz and clinking champagne glasses. The scents of cinnamon and nutmeg will drift through the air heralding the evening’s festive feast and beautifully wrapped gifts will sit waiting to be opened beneath the Christmas tree. Father Christmas will wander the house and gardens, while his trusty reindeers (actually horses putting on a very good show) pull families through the frosty grounds in a festive carriage.


Visitors can sip mulled wine in the dairy courtyard while listening to local choirs singing carols. Little ones can follow a trail looking for Mrs Greville’s mischievous dogs who are playing hide and seek in the house. They’ll also receive a Christmas gift after writing a letter for Father Christmas.


The winter garden is in bloom in December, blanketed in yellow aconites and fragrant sarcacocca.

For more information about horse and carriage rides, Christmas lunches, Polesdenopoly or wreath making workshops, contact Polesden Lacey visit polesdenlacey or call 01372 452048.


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Growing Fruit Trees By Pippa Greenwood For the ultimate in gorgeous apples, pears, plums or more, the fruit needs to be freshly picked and sun-warmed - so grow your own and make some good looking additions to your garden, even when space is limited. There’s no need to have a massive plot or an orchard to grow fruit trees… You can grow fruit trees in surprisingly small spaces, especially if you don’t grow them in a classic tree shape, but train them. Training them into espaliers (several sets of horizontal ‘arms’), cordons (single main stems grown at an angle) or fans (with branches trained into a fan shape) means that you can grow many varieties of apples and pears up against a suitable vertical surface such as a wall, fence or set of sturdy wires.

It is essential to choose fruit trees on the right ‘rootstock’, as this determines the ultimate size and vigour of the tree. Apples are complicated, but as a rule, for step-overs, cordons, dwarf bushes and trees in containers try the extremely dwarfing M27 - though weak varieties may fail in poor soil or if not well pampered. For bush, cordon, espaliers and half-standard try the dwarfing rootstock M26, while for a cordon, an espalier on poor soil, arches and bush trees try the semi-dwarfing MM106.

You could also train fruits like apples to make a neat edging for a bed or border about 45cm above ground level (called ‘step-overs’). A step-over apple grows to a height of about 30cm and is trained to forms two horizontal ‘arms’, which will bear a smallish crop of fruit. Try step-overs around the edge of your vegetable plot or flower bed.

You can buy one year old ‘maidens’ or ‘whips’ which are small, fairly straight stems and train them yourself or you can buy trained or parttrained trees. Make sure you choose varieties that flower at the same time so that they pollinate each other and thus provide fruit. Ask your supplier which ‘pollination group’ each variety is in.

To make a real feature of fruit, use a tree to create a decorative and productive arch. Buy an inexpensive bare root cordon (straight stem) or a ‘whip’ fruit tree of your favourite variety, pair it with another variety that is a suitable pollinator (check with the nursery) and plant one on each side of the arch, training them in as they grow. It will look pretty when in blossom in spring and will bear tasty fruit too.

At this time of year you can buy inexpensive fruit trees sold ‘bare-root’, which means lifted from a field and not container grown; they also establish well. Bare-root fruit trees are generally available from about November until early March - so don’t delay, get ordering or planting today! Perfect as a Christmas gift, make vegetable growing fun with Pippa’s unique ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ system. Select the vegetables you’d like to grow at and your garden-ready plants will be delivered in May, accompanied by weekly emails packed full of advice and tips. Gift cards are available too for this perfect present! It is great value and various pack sizes are available.

Provided you get the right rootstock (see below), you can grow fruit trees in large containers. The container needs to be big - a half-barrel at least and have drainage holes kept clear using a few inches of broken china or ‘crocks’ at its bottom. Good quality loam-based compost such as John Innes No.3 will work well, but help to keep it well aerated and free-draining by adding 25-50% multipurpose loam-free compost.


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