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Issue 110

December 2014 Never underestimate the importance of community

Christmas posting dates NSPCC ‘s letter from Santa Santa’s Christmas Float Route Ashtead Xmas Event 9th Dec - p.75 Leatherhead Xmas Event 6th Dec - p.73 Do you need your Winter Fuel Allowance? Development on Green Belt land in the balance Surrey County Council Bus Review - have your say

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Ashtead Residents’ Association


GO50 walks and cycle rides


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild


Ashtead Community Vision


Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute


Development on Green Belt land...


Hosp. assists Ugandan maternity charity


Winter fuel allowance payments


Give a cat a home


Christmas postal dates


What’s on in December? Pages 69-77


Quiz - Christmas music


Leatherhead Christmas event


Local history article


Ashtead Christmas event


Book reviews


CAB Adviser in Ashtead


Quiz - Diseases


School coaching in the community


Help! Christmas is leaking! A story


Wordwheel puzzle


Mid-Surrey Mediation Service


Gardening - A green Christmas


Surrey CC Transport Review


MV Police Column


Help collect for Epsom Hosp Fund


Transition Ashtead


Simple Crossword


General knowledge crossword




Ashtead Good Neighbours’ anniversary


Recipe - Cinnamon Doughnuts


Cryptic crossword


Santa’s Christmas Float Route


Children’s Trust Christmas cards


NSPCC’s letter from Santa


Useful numbers



Solutions on page 96

What’s in here this month?

From the Publisher


warm welcome to the final edition of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for this year (worry not, it all starts up again in January!). It seems that the build-up to Christmas has slipped under the radar this year and caught me by surprise - still, it’s a welcome and happy surprise at that. Anyone who knows me knows that I just love this time of year, I guess it’s just the tradition and nostalgia that forms so much of it. Of course during this festive season, there are so many wonderful things to do and you can find a selection of these on pages 69-77 of this jam packed little mag. Every year the Ashtead Village Traders get together to create a wonderful Christmas event, this year it’s on Tuesday 9th December (page 75); equally as fun and as well-organised is the Leatherhead Christmas event, which falls on Saturday 6th December (page 73). The NSPCC are this year again encouraging parents to ‘send a letter from Santa’ and all proceeds will go to this worthy charity - page 54. Surrey County Council are putting out feelers to find out what their residents think of the local transport and, to have your say, their questionnaire must be submitted by 14th January 2015 - more on page 40. Also, it seems that Mole Valley District Council may have to go back to the drawing board with regard to its Housing and Travellers Sites Plan as The Rt Hon Eric Pickles has made clear that protection of the Green Belt must be paramount when councils are formulating their local plans - more on page 16 and the ACV page 14. 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.

The Leatherhead Lions feature twice in the magazine this month. Firstly to launch their annual Project Wenceslas winter fuel payment campaign and also to give us the route of Santa’s Christmas float. I have it on good authority that the list of roads has come direct from the big man himself (Santa that is, not Mike Rushby!). The good people at ‘Ashtead Good Neighbours’ recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, and a short piece about their party features on page 90. Each Christmas we buy a real tree and place it in the tree holder which has a water reservoir built in, and each year, we hear our three cats lapping away at the water - this year we have bought ‘jingle bells’ to hang off the tree - you three little ones will so be busted this Christmas!

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 ARA 2014 Autumn Meeting

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s (SCC) Cabinet Member for Schools was the guest speaker at ARA’s Autumn Meeting on 6th November when she addressed the meeting on the planned primary school expansions in Ashtead and the reasons behind them. Also attending from SCC were Julie Stockdale, Strategic Director for Schools Commissioning and Nick Smith, Schools Commissioning Officer. Mr Smith explained that planning for the provision of school places is based primarily on birth rate projections but also takes into consideration the effect of new housing and migration into an area. Provision of schools places has been based on low birth rate years in the early 2000s but birth rates have increased and, at their recent peak in 2012, births in Ashtead and Leatherhead were 19.75% higher than the low point around 2001.

tolls must be used (as in the Congestion Charge). Payment can be made by the web site or via authorised Payzone Retail outlets or, for a cheaper fare, you can register with Dart and set up an account. This is available for occasional crossings or regular crossings and saves money. Full details are on the ARA’s web site

Christmas in Ashtead

Christmas in Ashtead begins on Tuesday 9th December with Ashtead Village Traders’ open evening from 4pm-8pm. This year’s theme is “Christmas Elves”. Our local shop keepers provide us with outstanding service throughout the year so please give them your full support during the festive season. To encourage you to shop locally at Christmas, MVDC has once again made a concession for free parking after noon on Saturday 6th, 13th & 21st December.

There are 182 reception places within Ashtead, which met demand in 2010 but which have been insufficient in the years since then. To address the increased demand, two additional classes were provided at The Greville and West Ashtead in 2012. The Greville added a further class in 2013 and another in 2014 when a class was also added at St Peter’s.

Also we should like to bring to your attention the opportunity to save money through a postal service for delivering Christmas cards to post codes KT17 – KT21 organised by volunteers from Epsom Scouts and ably supported by the Ashtead Scouts and Guides. The cost is only 25p per card. Just band your envelopes together along with your payment and take them to one of the following collection points where you will find special post boxes:

Permanent provision to meet demand is planned for 2015. Proposals to increase provision at St Peter’s have already been brought forward and there are also proposals to further expand The Greville plus an intention to turn Barnett Wood Infants into a full primary school.

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Residents expressed concerns about the potential increase in traffic in roads already badly affected at school arrival and departure times. All schools have Travel Plans, which are intended to mitigate traffic and parking problems and at The Greville, the Head is in the process of setting up a Travel Plan Committee, which will include local residents, to identify mutually acceptable solutions to an existing problem that will be exacerbated by further expansion.

McColls - The Street Tesco Express - Craddocks Parade Ashtead TV - Woodfield Lane The Surgery, Gilbert House - Woodfield Lane Gary’s Greengrocer - Barnett Wood Lane

The last collection in Ashtead is at 3pm on Thursday 18th December. Your use of the service will contribute to an organisation that is in much need of funds. Finally, the Chairman and Committee send Season’s Greetings to all of our members and supporters.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Improvements to Leatherhead Come in Many Forms Rye Brook Restoration Project For years, we have watched with admiration as volunteers worked on the Rye Brook Restoration Project in Ashtead Common. Their construction activities focused on restoring meanders to the channels and creating sloping banks, thus creating a network that would provide hydrologic complexity and enhance biodiversity. Local people knew that, just downstream, the Rye Brook, struggling to flow towards the Fetcham Splash, was clogged with litter, silt, and Himalayan Balsam which sometimes caused flooding. Over many years, this part of the brook has been heavily modified and it may be impossible to return it to its original state. However, this does not mean that it cannot be improved. The "Love Your River Workshop" held October 28th, gave hope that some restoration will happen. Sponsored by Surrey Wildlife Trust and The Environment Agency, participants were informed of some work already in progress. As a part of the River Mole Catchment Partnership formed in 2012, 3 local workshops have been held. Lucy Quinnell of “Save Teazle Wood”, who spoke at the meeting, and representatives of Lower Mole Countryside Management Project had helped to list aspirations at earlier meetings. The workshop added to the list and tried to prioritise the desires of participants. It was heart-warming to see so many local people prepared to give their time and energy to protecting this area of countryside. While a small budget is to be used by April 2015, the project will need to attract government and business support. Meantime, various monitoring projects are being carried out to evaluate parts of the catchment

area as it is today. More will be reported as the project unfolds.

Consultation for a Church Street Food Store Many people took the opportunity to visit the recent consultation which presented plans for a new shopping opportunity in south Leatherhead. With a shortage of parking in this side of town, addressing that limitation was very important. The potential store has not been named but some anticipate a keenly desired addition to Leatherhead. As the plans go the MVDC, we will have to wait and see. Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) A plan to revitalise Leatherhead's town centre has resulted in MVDC approval for £500,000 expenditure over three years to prepare the plan. It is estimated that £100 million of mainly private investors’ money will need to be spent in order to redesign Leatherhead's town centre. The Council hopes to make Leatherhead a more attractive place to live work and play, thereby maximising its economic potential. The most debated issues in the town are the lack of footfall, parking, and the one-way gyratory system. Watch for ways to get involved in the big makeover. Litter Pick Successfully Completed Over fifty enthusiastic, willing and able volunteers have lifted a blanket of litter from Leatherhead's verges, river banks and woods. Community spirit was alive and well on Saturday October 25th as teams of people worked in 12 areas. Thanks to all the lovely, smiling, people who worked together on this worthwhile project. By Cheryl Allen and Caroline Brown

The Leatherhead Residents’ Association’s next meeting is on 8th December in the Institute in G5. It will be a “Social” for all interested, especially our hardworking road stewards.

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Fetcham Residents' Association We have had an eventful summer, a notable success being the provision of new playground equipment for older children in Cannon Grove Recreation Ground financed by Developer’s contributions to MVDC’s Planning Department under Section 106, and ensuring that our War Memorial was cleaned in time for the Remembrance Day event. Currently the Association has in hand other smaller improvements for the community’s benefit.

member’s objection against a second member’s application. From this it will be clear that knowledge of Planning protocols and policies is essential in order to evaluate each application correctly and to construct meaningful submissions. With this vital requirement in mind, recent losses from Association’s Executive Committee have seriously affected our ability to offer support and advice to members on Planning matters. The very experienced Chairman of our Planning Sub-Committee Brian Mellor now lives in Berkshire and is no longer available to act for the Fetcham community, and his colleague is in the process of moving away as well, leaving no-one with the essential knowledge needed to make a meaningful evaluation of an Applications or an Appeal. Our Committee member with responsibility for Trees does remain available for advice on that aspect of Planning Applications, but he has no background in other Planning matters. This is a serious situation for the Association and our Autumn Newsletter featured a strong appeal for anyone with any type of background in Planning or similar professions to step forward to help the community, and we should like to repeat this call for assistance here. If you fit the bill, please get in touch via our website or if you call me on 01372 372006, I shall be glad to talk the situation through.

The recent Government clarification appears to have reduced the probable threat to several important Green Belt sites to be covered by houses, to which there was considerable opposition, although two previously developed locations remain available under the new guidelines, both of which do have merit. If accepted, these would each provide a limited number of lower cost houses within the mix proposed. Despite our best efforts we were unable to save the trees on the land between Mole Road and Pound Crescent that were all felled by the new owner, not for the grazing of rescue donkeys as had been repeatedly claimed – but so that the site could be put up for housing. Although this scheme has back-fired, we have still lost all the attractive trees, including several large oaks. The service that the Association seeks to provide to its members regarding Planning Applications has recently taken a severe hit. Before explaining this, it should be stated that we do not make any submission against a Planning Application unless asked to do so by a FRA member, and all objections are on purely Planning grounds, as we have always been aware that we could be supporting one

Finally we wish all our residents, members or not, a happy, peaceful, relaxing - but especially dry – Christmas and New Year. Paul Fairweather Chairman

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Ashtead Community Vision ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ the Forum and the NDP has some influence. As mentioned in last month’s Local article the NDP has to deliver policies which impact on those matters which require planning permission and avoid getting too deep into those matters that do not. So while it’s important to include issues around the provision of doctors, dentists and education facilities we cannot get too involved in the likes of WiFi, street lighting or highways as those matters are out of scope for MVDC. The role of the NDP is therefore limited which is not to say it cannot express the views of local residents on ‘peripheral matters’.

It’s surprising how much can change in the space of just one month. But in the context of Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) work nearly came to a halt thanks One incentive to get involved and encourage to a change of tack at Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) – our local planning authority. appropriate development is that developers have to pay a levy to the local council towards future infrastructure provision as the I won’t go into too much detail about the price for receiving planning permission to shifting sands at MVDC but suffice it to say some planning decisions made in other parts build, be it a block of flats, houses or business premises. The amount of money to of the country have been unsettling enough be made available all depends on the size of to encourage our local representatives to developments at hand but what we do know park work on the forthcoming Housing and is that the local community will have a big Travellers Sites Plan until matters become say in how it is then spent. clearer. That then raised a question about whether Ashtead should continue putting together its NDP or whether it should hold back until we saw greater clarity, particularly about the future of the local green belt – something that’s become a hot political potato at national level. The Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum met last week to discuss what to do next. It agreed that rather than hang around waiting for greater clarity it should press ahead with developing the NDP for Ashtead regardless of what might happen at MVDC level (hence the headline “Keep Calm and Carry On!”) So now the Forum’s working group Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) is starting to consult anyone and everyone in the local Ashtead community about what is needed locally in terms of those planning matters over which

ACV will be putting together some plans over the coming weeks to work out just how we get feedback from local residents and the numerous societies, sports clubs and other groups around Ashtead who can all make a contribution in identifying what’s needed. So keep an eye open in order to make your contribution. So watch this space, there’s more to come. For further information concerning the Ashtead NDP, either go to the website at: or email You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter @AshteadCV . John Morgan ACV member 14

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Development on Green Belt land in the balance

At a meeting of MVDC on 14th October, Councillor John Northcott, the Executive Member for Planning, asked that the earlier motion to support development within the Green Belt be withdrawn in view of recent decisions on Local Plans in other Local Authorities and the fact that the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than had been previously thought. He indicated that he was minded to propose that work on the current Housing and Travellers Sites Plan cease in favour of commencing work on a new compliant Local Plan. Following discussion, the proposers of the earlier motion made statements which were recorded supporting the principles contained in the motion but agreed to withdraw the motion. A further report on the matter will be presented by officers to the Executive in due course. This shift in MVDC's approach removes the immediate threat to Green Belt land around Leatherhead, Dorking and the villages; clearly a reflection of the change in tone of Government policy, as well as reflecting the overwhelming local opposition here in the district to any loss of Green Belt protection. Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has made clear that protection of the Green Belt must be paramount when councils are formulating their local plans and that the Green Belt is a legitimate constraint on development. The bottom line is that housing numbers can no longer be used to justify shrinking of the Green Belt. 16

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Harriotts Lane - Agates Lane, Ashtead Main picture: Agates Lane, 1940s, inset: Harriotts Lane 1930s

Harriotts Lane

The name Harriotts is derived from the Harriott family who occupied West Farm for many years in Victorian times. In the 1920s West Farm in Harriotts Lane was sold off for building. Builder George Baker sold house plots along Harriotts Lane, building for himself a large house on the site of West Farm yard, called the Pantiles. Today Pantiles is a residential home for the elderly.

Agates Lane

Agates Lane formally called Brewhouse Lane – In 1791 there was a maltster called James Mogg living in the Lane. At the turn of the 20th century Ashtead had its own horse drawn fire brigade stationed at Haynes’ Stables in Agates Lane. In the 1880s New Purchase Farm, for many years farmed by the Agate family became a private residence called Murreys Court. Although the house today retains extensive gardens at the back, most of the land once attached to it has been sold off and developed for housing. Beverly Nichols the author and columnist lived at Merry Hall. Goff Powell - Extracted from Ashtead A Village Transformed L&DLHS 1977 / History of Ashtead L&DLHS 1995 with additions.

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A Gift for You at Christmas We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up this year, with a set of books designed to have every aspect of the holiday covered. If all else fails though, there’s always the option of packing it all in and doing a runner…and we’ve thought of that as well. The Tree: ‘The



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What better kind of spruce this festive season than ‘The Giving Tree’. Loved by children and adults alike, this is a story about a little boy who grows up under the branches of a tree, and continues to take and take throughout his years into adulthood. If you don’t cry when you read this then quite frankly, you must have a heart of stone. It’s such a simple and touching story about our capacity to love and it’s perfect for some fireside snuggling up with whoever you have staying with you this Christmas. The Gift:

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If you ever thought there weren’t enough hours in the day then meet Lou Suffern, a man who is constantly needs to be two places at once and who is struggling to keep up. He finds it impossible to really ‘be’ in the present, whether it’s at work or at home with his family. One day he meets a homeless man called Gabe and, taking pity on him, sorts him out with a job in the post room. But there’s something not quite right about Gabe. He always appears to be in more than one place at once. It’s a bit ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ for modern times, and goes to prove that as we suspected, time really could be the greatest gift of all.

‘A Proper Family Christmas’

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‘Stuff your face with plates of blinis, fah-lah-lah-lah lah’ or however it goes! Christmas simply can’t go wrong with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry helping you along your merry way. There are master class recipes as well as contributions from all four previous winners and other memorable contestants. It’s packed with plenty of inspiration without causing you too much perspiration whilst slaving over a hot stove. It could be a present to yourself…or whoever you’ve talked into doing the cooking.

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Whenever someone tells you this is what they want, they mean the nostalgic Christmas card, cookie cutter image. They don’t mean the arguments, tears and recriminations that usually go hand in hand with the festive season. This is the story of two clashing families, brought together by the need to help the Buchanan’s seriously ill daughter, Izzy. The matriarch, Annabel, was adopted and so needs to find her own biological parents to see if Izzy can be saved. It sounds like a tearjerker but it’s a warm and fuzzy one for Christmas.

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John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Here are three touching and romantic stories that all stem from one incident, as a young girl decides to ditch the stranded train she was travelling on and heads out into the blizzard. The tales then take place over the following few days as the residents of Gracetown struggle to cope with the Christmas Eve storm. Written by some of today’s best -selling authors they are like three perfectly wrapped little stocking fillers.


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If all else fails and you really can’t stand your in-laws, or even your husband for any amount of time past Boxing Day, then why not just escape from it all? At 3am, Elizabeth’s seemingly perfect life is keeping her up and making her depressed. So, she ups sticks and heads off in pursuit of happiness. Her travels take her to Italy, India and then on to Bali, finding food for her soul and her belly along the way. It’s the perfect antidote to all that forced happiness and fun.

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Help! Christmas is Leaking! It was the morning of Christmas Eve and Ruth had been lying in bed with her eyes firmly shut, trying to make the most of the last few minutes of peace before the frenzy of the day. She lifted Sam’s sleep -heavy arm away from her and crawled out of the toasty warm bed. On the bedside table was the ‘To Do List’ she’d written the night before. Ruth ignored it and went down to make tea.

She found two buckets behind the freezer and raced upstairs. She also grabbed an old and very grubby looking mop that had definitely seen better days and clearly had a resident spider. Ben, Daniel and Sarah were out of their rooms and trying to help. Daniel had taken towels from the airing cupboard and was trying to mop up the water from the bathroom floor. Unfortunately, out of all the possible towels, he had chosen the brand new fluffy white ones that still had their price tags attached. Ben emptied out the bathroom bin all over the carpet and was holding it under the light fitting. Fortunately he was astute enough to shout at Sarah who, thinking that it was all looking a bit gloomy, was just about to turn on the light switch.

At the top of the stairs her bare foot came down onto a puddle of water and a very soggy carpet. Ruth was still half asleep and not sure what to make of this. Why would the carpet be wet? Had one of her children spilled a glass of water? Or worse? Surely not… Ruth tried to assess the situation. The water must have come from somewhere. She called out to Sam.

Sam had always been quite good at DIY and Ruth admired him for his practicality. This Christmas her admiration was immense. Her ‘handy’ husband managed to turn the water off and repair the loose joint on the pipe before it completely burst apart. Disaster was averted without the need for a plumber.

“Darling, there’s a puddle of water at the top of the stairs!” Sam sleepily grunted at her from the bedroom while Ruth explored a little further. The clues were all there: the bathroom was flooded and water was falling with a persistent drip through the light fixtures. It was coming from the loft and something was seriously wrong.

As the day wore on, they evaluated the damage and tried to salvage as much as they could. Sarah used the hairdryer to ‘blow dry’ the presents and only a few had to be replaced with a last minute dash to the shops. Ruth, Ben and Daniel spent an hour wiping the contents of the storage unit. Fortunately the water had dripped into boxes of Sam’s old business accounts rather than into the boxes of precious family photos.

Ruth called out with significantly more urgency, “Sam, there’s water coming through the ceiling!” This time there was a very impressive reaction. A naked Sam leapt to his feet and flew towards Ruth. “Bucket!” was the only word that he yelled as he pulled the loft hatch open. “Bucket!”

The following day, they were ready for their Christmas guests. The carpets and walls were stained and wallpaper was peeling off in places. The light fittings were hanging off the ceilings and buzzed precariously if switched on. However, lamps, candles and twinkling tree lights made the living room look beautiful. Christmas dinner was delicious and all the family enjoyed their slightly damp presents. Surprisingly, not even Sam’s mother commented on the pervading smell, evocative of a wet dog after a long and adventurous walk.

Ruth didn’t much like his tone but ran downstairs towards the garage and the indisputably required bucket. As she went through the living room, the scale of this Christmas disaster was revealed. Water was coming through the light fittings and trickling onto a large pile of beautifully wrapped presents. It was also seeping down the wall at the back of the storage unit. Ruth frantically tried to move the presents to a drier area. “Bucket!” was the ongoing cry from upstairs, a little fainter this time as Sam was now in the loft. Ruth hoped that he’d taken a moment to put on a pair of trousers. There were lots of wooden rafters up there and it was full of potential splinter hazards…

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Ruth stories this year. If you have someone in your family with a life story to tell, please get in touch. Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will love you for it! A Life Story Book would make a truly memorable Christmas present for someone you love.

“I’m coming! I’m being as fast as I can. They’re in the garage.”

Copyright Sarah Lott November 2014 Website: Email: Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book

“Towels!” “I’m downstairs… I’m getting a bucket! The towels are upstairs! I’m not bloody Wonderwoman!” Ruth yelled from the garage, confident that Sam couldn’t hear her from there.


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Surrey County Council is subject to enormous pressures on funding. Increased demand for essential services such as adult social care and school places, coupled with reduced Government funding, means they need to review spend on all the services they provide for the county's residents. One of those services is local transport where the council currently spends around £8.9m a year subsidising public buses, one of the highest spends in South East England. They also spend £640,000 per year on Community Transport and £8.7m on concessionary fares, including some extra discretionary concessions for people with disabilities. They are now carrying out a review of local transport services in the county, with the aim of making significant savings in this area over the next three years. The views of residents and partners will from a key part the review, and they have launched a consultation. The review will focus on the following three aspects of local transport: 1. 2. 3.

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Collectors needed in early December Thanks to your support, Epsom Medical Equipment Fund has been able to order the £30,000 urodynamic urology machine and a bariatric chair/bed for the urology unit at Epsom General Hospital. This will play an instrumental role in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder problems. With luck, both items will have arrived before Christmas. We are now finalising our carol singing at the Ashley Shopping Centre. This will commence on Monday, 1st December. To raise money, we need collectors for these sessions. If you are interested please call Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181 or emailing The times and dates are as follows: Monday, 1st December 10am-11am: Danetree Junior School 11am-12pm: Stamford Green Junior School

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Christmas comes early to Leatherhead! On Saturday 8th November 2014, 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 £2,500 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 able to be present to find out what the local boys and girls wanted for Christmas. Father Christmas with Kate Law from Shooting Rotary spokesperson Simon Edmands said the club were delighted with how the day had gone, adding "Events Star Chase at the Christmas Fair 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 most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 54

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December Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Wed 3: Headley 12m Moderate/challenging ride on Heathland and some single track around Headley, Walton & Mickleham. Steady pace. Meet Mike at The Headley Hills pub (formerly The Cock Inn) in Headley. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE | Thu 4: Mogador 17m A new challenging ride heading North West in search of cake. Meet at the Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES | Tue 23: West Horsley 15m Hilly ride along tracks and some quiet roads taking in Sheepleas & North Downs. Meet at King William IV pub, The Street, West Horsley. A246 from East Clandon, left at roundabout down The Street. TQ080536 / KT24 6BG 56

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - November 2014 Meeting Again, we were very happy to welcome new members to our meeting, and being November this was our A.G.M. which everyone enjoyed as it was informal but informative. We were pleased to be joined again by Sheila Webber and Gwenda Gourlay for the evening. At the meeting a ballot was held to elect our President for the coming year. Good news that our current President Sally Ann Cole was returned to the post by popular demand. It is very evident to all members of Ashtead W.I. that we are very lucky to have such a lively and hardworking Committee ‘looking after us’. Sheila Webber told us of Surrey W.I.’s Autumn Council Meeting with its 3 excellent guest speakers, and news of the wonderful amount achieved during the summer fund-raising event of ‘Tweak a Twenty’. Sheila also gave up to date information of Surrey events in 2015, including our group A.G.M. in March where the speaker will be Nicholas Owen, a day’s outing in April, a W.I. Centenary celebration in May and the Surrey weekend at our own Denman College in July. One of our members has suggested we restart our Ashtead W.I. holidays and gave details of a proposed destination for next year, there were more details for our annual Carol singing evening in Ashtead in December for the Princess Alice Hospice. Our evening was rounded off with entertainment of harp music of very different styles by Margaret Watson, when we were also intrigued to hear about the technical side and mechanisms which made up her beautiful gold harp. Our December meeting will be at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on December 3rd, 7.15 for 7.45, when our speaker will be Siobhan Clarke telling us about ‘Royal Christmas’ and we would welcome visitors to join us for the evening.

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Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our meeting in November our speaker was Alison Hoyland, an image consultant. She showed us how certain colours enhance and others do not suit. Colours are either warm or cold, summer or winter. As well as colours it is important to note our shape, necklines, hemlines and the sort of shoes we wear all very important , they either enhance or spoil our look. An interesting talk. On November 17th Federation are holding a flower arranging afternoon and on December 10th the annual carol service , Christmas lunch & entertainment at St John's church, Stoke, Guildford. They are planning a day on Germany on March 23rd at Merrow. At our next meeting on December 2nd our variety group will be entertaining us , as usual in December, an enjoyable start to Christmas. Visitors are welcome at this meeting. Our meetings are held at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for 7.45pm. You would be made most welcome.

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Past Times New Year can be a time of nostalgia. We transport you back to earlier times in two of our classes The Regency in Art and Literature on Monday afternoons (five weeks from January 12 - £50) looks at the architecture of the time – the Nash terraces in London, Bath as created by John Wood, all to please the Prince Regent , later George 1V, and posterity. We consider too the literature of the time – in particular the trio of poets Keats, Shelley and Byron. On Thursday afternoons our long-running History course moves on to the Edwardian Era – that brief flowering of opulence and elegance - the calm before the storm of the first world war. We have our local example in Polesden Lacey. We do not neglect, though, the downside of the lives of the many ordinary people who suffered poverty, unemployment and disease. Forget Downton Abbey and join us above stairs and below stairs at the Leatherhead Institute instead For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute At our October meeting we welcomed our President, Mrs Hazel RichmondCoggan back to the fold, following her recent exciting holiday, details of which she has promised to give us at a later date. Several trips are being planned for the coming year, including one to the Kennet & Avon Canal, and a visit to the Wilton Shopping Centre in April. Our speaker this month was Maggie Stoker, from the Epsom branch of Cats Protection, who was accompanied by a very engaging cat called Alfie! Alfie was undoubtedly the star of the show, and is well used to the showbiz life. He was representing the many cats that are helped by Cats Protection and is a ‘therapy cat’ visiting homes etc. Pretty good as he was a rescued cat himself! Maggie gave us a very interesting talk about the organisation which started in 1927, and helps a staggering total of around 500 cats and kittens a day. There are now 31 centres around the UK and people wishing to help are encouraged to adopt these cats, and can also foster them in the interim period. Cats taken in by Cats Protection are micro-chipped and neutered, so prospective new owners have a good start. Alfie was extremely well behaved during the meeting and watched over the laptop being used, even changing the programme now and again! After the Christmas festivities it’s back to normal times in the New Year and our first meeting of 2015 will be on the fourth Thursday in January (23rd).

Our meetings are held at the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. For any further information please ring Betty on 01372 374570. 59

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Ashtead Hospital assists Ugandan maternity charity From l-r: Christa Watts, Theatre Manager, James Barr, General Manager and Mr Martin Bircher, Orthopaedic Consultant, with the medical instruments for Uganda

Ashtead Hospital is delighted to be able to assist the son of one of our hospital’s consultants, to facilitate his worthwhile charity work in Uganda. Charlie Bircher is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology registrar who, on having recently passed his exit exam, has embarked on a six month charity placement in a rural hospital in Hoima, Western Uganda for the ‘Ugandan Maternity Hub’ organisation who co-ordinate all the maternity charities in Uganda. Upon arrival recently, his first week was quite an eye opener in relation to the poor quality of basic instruments that were available to help him fulfil his job properly, as well as facilitate important teaching. Whilst being realistic and not expecting the same standards as the UK, Charlie was shocked at the poor standard of instrumentation which presents huge infection control risks as well as safety concerns. In order to help this charity with their much needed work, Ashtead Hospital has purchased some new instrumentation that will be personally accompanied and delivered to Hoima in October by his father, Mr Martin Bircher, an Orthopaedic Consultant at Ashtead Hospital. This will ensure the medical instruments are put in the correct hands and can be used immediately to assist patients. Mr James Barr, General Manager of Ashtead Hospital, said: “Ashtead Hospital is delighted to be able to provide this valuable instrumentation to this worthy charity. Support of this nature is very important and reflects the values of Ramsay Health Care and our hospital in Ashtead – “people caring for people.” Mr Martin Bircher said: “We are so grateful for Ashtead Hospital responding so quickly to our request for assistance. This equipment will be incredibly well received – simple equipment such as this is so sustainable and will make such a difference in Hoima.” Further information can be accessed via and 62

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What’s On?


Christmas Fair & light switch on at Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club, Skinners Lane, Ashtead. 4pm-7.30pm, free entry. Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP will switch on lights at 5pm, come and see Santa in his grotto, stalls, refreshments, hot food.

Thursday 4th DECEMBER

Dorking Gala Night, Dorking town centre, 6pm-8pm. This year’s theme ‘A Traditional Christmas’ featuring street entertainers and activities. Town centre car parks free from 3pm.

Friday 5th

Christmas Wreath Making at Bookham Commons, 10am-3pm, £25 booking essential. Price includes soup and roll for lunch and your wreath to take home. Contact Surrey Hills National Trust,, or 01372 220644.

Friday 5th

APMH Friends' Christmas three course Dinner. Christmas entertainment by Dennis Sexton and his Trumpets. Tickets £20.50 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members.

Friday 5th

Soundbytes’ Free Candlelit Concert, 7.30pm for 8pm. Christ Church UR, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST. Come and enjoy some wonderful singing from your local choir for an hour. See ad for more details.

Saturday 6th

Leatherhead’s Edwardian Christmas, 1pm-5pm, see page 73 for details

Sundays 7th & 14th

Shopfest Market Place, Denbies, London Road, RH5 6AA. 11am-4pm, free. 30-70 stalls selling from cakes, jewellery, cushions, babywear, toys to candles. All individually run, small businesses, something for everyone., 01403 243298

Monday 8th

Leatherhead Residents’ Association ‘social’ meeting, 7.30pm, Room G5, Letherhead Institute, top of High Street.

Tuesday 9th

Ashtead’s Santa’s Workshop Christmas event, 4pm-8pm, see page 75 for details

Thursday 11th

Bookham Craft Club are taking part in the late night shopping evening at Bookham from 6pm-8pm. We shall be at ‘Mr Jeffery’s’, the hairdresser in Lower Shott, lots of lovely gifts for sale.

Saturday 13th

Plant trees at Langley Vale Wood to mark the 100th anniversary of WW1, 10am-3pm. Free shuttle buses throughout the day from Epsom Racecourse to the planting site and you can come and go as you please. Ample parking at the racecourse. Marshalls will be at the site to direct you. There will also be family activities such as woodcrafts, den building and children’s art activitie. Wellies and sensible clothing advised. For info go to: or call Sarah Leach on 07899 841018

Wed 17th & Sunday 20th

Bookham Choral Society Christmas Carol Concerts, 8pm, St Nicolas Church, Bookham. £10 adults and £5 for under 18s to inc a drink and mince pie during the interval, available from the BCS Box Office:, or by telephone on 01372 375644 and on the door on the evening.

Sunday 20th

Family Activity Afternoon At Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre, The Old Foundry, 62 West St, Dorking, RH4 1BS. 2pm-4pm. Children £1, adults £2. A WW1 Xmas. Princess Margaret gave the armed services and nurses a Christmas gift box in 1914. See an example and then invent your own. No need to book, all materials provided. Children must be accompanied please. Info from or 01306 876591 If there’s an event in January that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 8th December. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 68

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Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns. Here from 27th November – 24th December, children will love to hop on board the Santa Express to his magical hay barn workshop. Once inside, each child will meet Santa and receive a gift! What’s more there is no queuing as tickets are bought for a particular time, and you can enjoy the farm while you wait!

Christmas at Bocketts Farm

Voted one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa by ‘The Guardian’. Tickets cost £6.95 to see Santa (in addition to farm entry cost). Also this winter, 25 gorgeous new born lambs are expected. You may even see one being born! There’s a large indoor heated playbarn, giant astro slide, trampolines and pedal go karts. From 29th November, Christmas Trees and wreaths will be on sale, and the Gift Shop selling toys, gifts, games and stocking fillers is not to be missed! A huge range of sledges and toboggans will also be on sale too! Visit for more details.


What’s On?


Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd. Christmas Dinner, 7pm, £5.50. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Tuesday 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, Variety Show. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 3rd (weekly)

10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road (termtime only). Come along for a chance to meet other parents and childminders over coffee while the children play.

Wed 3rd (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Susan Phillips ’A Carol for Christmas’. Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ’A Royal Christmas’ speaker Siobhan Clarke. Info Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (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 4th (weekly)

Ashtead Over 60s Lunch club - meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room, APMH for a freshly prepared hot lunch ad dessert. Doors open 10.30am for tea and biscuits. Places available - call Olive on 375640 or Brenda on 813276.

Thurs 4th (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, or email:

Thurs 4th (mthly)

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

Friday 5th

Leatherhead & Distric Local History Soc Christmas Quiz, Letherhead Institute, 7 for 7.30pm. Questions set by Frank Haslam. Tickets £10 to inc a fish and chip supper booking essential. Bring your own drink. There will be a raffle. Call Fred Meynen on 01372 372930 to book.

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Friday 5th Church Rd. Make your Christmas extra special with fabulous home-produced cakes, (weekly up pastries, flowers, crafts and preserves along with quality meat and eggs. Limited to Christmas) availability so come early or order in advance. Contact Janine 01372 374914 with any queries. Friday 5th 10.30am- 12noon The Sewing Shop with Christmas stock - ribbons, bells, papercraft and (weekly up so much more - now within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. to Christmas) Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote Fri 5th & 12th & Wed 24th

Blood Donor Sessions to cover the busy Christmas period: Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell, KT17 1UF. Fridays 5th & 12th 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm Wednesday 24th 10am-2pm 70

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WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 5th (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 5th

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

Friday 5th

Oasis for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s at George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, 9.15-10.30am. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat. This term we're looking at how we can make best use of our time in a busy world. As we approach Christmas we think about making time to celebrate! All welcome, no charge. More info 272177.

Friday 5th (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.

Sunday 7th

4pm The Children's Society Christingle Service at Leatherhead Parish Church. Collect your collecting candle from the Parish Office (Wed-Fri 10am-12pm) or Toddler Group or Messy Church. Make a Christingle then stay for tea in the Hall.

Sunday 7th (weekly)

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

Sunday 7th (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 .

Wed 10th

2nd Wed mthly

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879

Thurs 11th

Transition Ashtead, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Lucy Quinnell will be speaking about the Friends of Teazle Wood. See Transition Ashtead article for more information. Please come along.

Wed 17th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. Christmas meeting with entertainment by ‘The R & R Duo’. More info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 18th (3rd Thurs mthly)

Wed 31st

‘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. Blood Donor Session: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY. 10am-2pm.

Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. There is no meeting in December, and a new venue is being arranged for 2015.


What’s On?

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

Sunday 7th December


Christingle Service

Sunday 21 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


6th, 13th & 20th December from noon

Thursday 4th December Dorking Gala Night free parking from 3pm

Tuesday 9th December -

Ashtead Christmas Shopping Evening free parking from 3pm

Thursday 11th December Bookham Christmas Festival – free parking from 3pm


1PM - 5PM

LEATHERHEAD TOWN CENTRE i Father Christmas i Carol Singing i Mole Valley Silver Band i Cracker & Pomander Making Workshop i i Toy Soldier Casting Demos i i Live Music - Atlantis i i Street Entertainment i i Morris Dancers i i Balloon Modeller i i Gift Stalls i

FREE parking from 12noon on Saturday 6, 13, 20 December in all town car parks

The Parish of Ashtead invites you to a heartfelt journey towards Christmas, through a variety of events and services at our two churches, St Giles' and St George's. There'll be something for everyone – from family nativity services to traditional carols and mince pies. Our youth and children’s choirs will present a lively nativity musical and lead an Advent Meditation with beautiful, seasonal music. We'd love to share the joy of Christmas with you this year. Join us at any of our services –some are listed below. For full details of all our services this month, go to our website:

Advent & Christmas Services 2014 Saturday Dec 6th 11am

Wed Dec 24th Christmas Eve

St George’s Christian Centre: Family musical: Christmas according to the creatures

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Sunday Dec 7th 6pm

St Giles’ Church: Advent Meditation led by the Youth Choir

Sunday Dec 14th 6.30pm

St George’s Church: From Darkness to Light – a candlelight service of music, readings and creative prayer

Thurs Dec 25th Christmas Day −

Sunday Dec 21st −

2pm St George’s Church: Christingle 4pm St Giles’ Church: Carols & Mince Pies 6pm St George’s Church: Carols and Mince Pies 11.30pm St Giles’ Church: Traditional Midnight Communion by Candlelight 11.30pm St George’s Church: Midnight Communion by Candlelight

10am St Giles’ Church: Family Service Nativity 11am St George’s Church: Family Nativity Service 6pm St Giles’ Church: Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols


8am St Giles’ Church: Holy Communion 9.15am St George’s Church: Sung Holy Communion 10am St Giles’ Church: Family Service with Communion 11am St George’s Church: Family Service with Communion 11.30am St Giles’ Church: Holy Communion

What’s On? Christmas with Churches Together in Leatherhead (CTiL) Come and give at our Tree of Hope in The Swan Centre, Leatherhead, throughout December - in aid of local charities Supported by: St Mary and St Nicholas Parish Church [] Our Lady and St Peter's Catholic Church [] Leatherhead Methodist Church [] Christ Church United Reformed [] Pioneer Engage Church []

You are also most welcome at any or all of our services

Ashtead NCT Bumps & Babes Group Ashtead Scout Hall, KT21 2RL

1st & 3rd Friday mthly 10.30am-midday

Next dates: 5th & 19th December

FREE toy library, taster sessions with local baby classes, breastfeeding adviser and more In aid of Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association & Surrey Young Carers Charities

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Christmas by Candlelight Wednesday 17th December

7.30pm - Leatherhead Parish Church Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society invites you to join them at 7.30pm on 17th 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. Tickets ÂŁ10, which includes a donation to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church.

Tickets from John Andrews on 01372 373083 77

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School Coaching in the Community

Josh Evans with children from Oakfield Junior School, Fetcham proudly showing off their medals

Henshaws Estate Agents have been running a series of children’s soccer coaching sessions in local schools in Fetcham, Bookham, Effingham. Josh Evans of the Josh Evans Soccer School, who is a full time football coach, has recently been sponsored by Henshaws to go into schools and teach football skills. Over 420 children have received these free coaching sessions. The first session was held at Polesden Lacey Infant School in Bookham where Josh took 60 children for coaching. This was followed with 120 children from St Lawrence Primary School in Effingham. The sessions then moved on to Oakfield Junior School in Fetcham where 240 children received the benefit of these free coaching sessions. Josh Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten minutes to find as many words as possible, none of which combined fun games that interacted with may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns. Each word ball skills. must be of three letters or more, all must contain the central


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Andrew Halliwell of Henshaws, said “We are is at least one word that uses all of the letters in the wheel. thrilled to be supporting local schools in the TARGET community and have been delighted with the Excellent: 39 or more words Good: 33 words Fair: 25 words response from schools for these free coaching sessions”. Tim Pearce, also of Henshaws, said “We have had a lot of positive feedback from the schools and are pleased to be able to offer this facility and play a part in putting something back into our local community”


Each child was presented with a commemorative medal after each session together with a certificate to mark attending the course. Due to the overwhelming success of this initiative, Henshaws said they may well consider running events like this this again in the future. 80





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across the knuckles. Classic greens, ravishing If you know a newish gardener then the reds or funky florals, gloves are definitely basic tools are always well received, not boring. especially if you choose good quality, sturdy ones. So think fork, spade and rake – Birds in the garden not only help to keep yes, they are difficult to wrap but worth pest numbers down, but they also add charm the effort. which everybody appreciates. A peanut feeder, nest box or perhaps even a bird For anyone gripped by the Grow Your Own table will attract them in and there are bug you could give one of my ‘Grow Your many designs available from modern to Own with Pippa Greenwood ‘ gift cards – they choose the veg they want to grow and rustic. I send them out, at the right time for For the ‘other half’ how about a garden planting and accompanied by weekly advice lounger or even a hammock? and tips emails….it couldn’t be simpler! Find out more at As container gardening continues to rise in popularity, another idea is to give a few gorgeous looking containers - either empty Weeding is always an issue so a hoe is for the friend or relative to decide what to useful or for smaller spaces (such as in put in it themselves, or make them into a between plants, in gravel, between paving, complete gift by planting them up with a or to tackle weeds within planters) try the selection of plants and under planting them hand held red-handled weeders – I think with bulbs which you know will bring extra they’re indispensable. delight next year. A few packets of vegetable seeds are Finally, houseplants such as poinsettias, always appreciated and most garden cyclamen, indoor azaleas and jasmines are centres already have a good variety in perfect for providing bright colour indoors at stock. If you want to spend a bit more, a this time of year. But remember when you heated propagator makes a fantastic gift. buy any indoor plant during cold weather, it With tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and is essential that you protect it thoroughly on many of the fancier ornamentals needing to the journey from the shop to your car and be sown soon, it’ll be a gift put to use from your car into your house as even a tiny straight away. exposure to cold drafts and low Gardening gloves too are something we can temperatures can cause damage. always have more of. Some of the gauntlet style gloves are perfect if you have to Visit for a great rate of Gardening-related Gifts including stylish tackle a pruning job on a thorny plant or ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift one with really rough or sharp leaves. cards, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, signed Alternatively, there are many lower-priced books and lots of useful garden items for your types available with gripping pads on the friends & family…or for yourself! fingers or with leather toughened strips 82

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Mole Valley Police Column Don’t let your Christmas and New Year be ruined by burglars This advice comes at the time of year when people have valuable Christmas gifts stored in their homes and temptation increases for burglars. There are lots of things you can do to help reduce the risk of crime and also identify your property should you be unfortunate enough to become a victim. Please take a few minutes to read the following advice: Always secure and lock your doors and windows, even if you are just “popping out” - about one in four burglaries happen simply because the householder has left windows or doors unlocked. Make sure your external security lights are in working order and put internal lamps on timer switches (both downstairs and upstairs) to come on when it gets dark, or if you are going to be away. Always use your burglar alarm – if you don't have an alarm, consider investing in one. The NCAOSS website is a good place to start for impartial advice on what is currently available.

just the information they are looking for to know what new gadgets and items await them inside. As with gardening equipment; mark your property with a permanent marker pen or ultraviolet marker pen depending on the type of object being marked. This will make it harder for a thief to sell the items and easier for the police to identify the true owner if they are recovered. Note down the serial numbers of all electrical goods such as TVs, DVD players, computers and camera equipment and keep the list out of sight in a secure place. It is also a good idea to photograph valuable items (such as jewellery and pictures) as this will help with identification if the items are recovered. Consider registering your property on the database. You can list as many items as you like and can also upload photographs onto this secure database.

Shopping for Christmas can be busy and stressful. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for pickpockets. Keep bags zipped up Don't store keys near the front door, particularly and ensure wallets and purses are not visible. Never hang handbags on pushchairs or shopping where they can be seen and never hang a spare key inside the letter box or hidden in a convenient trolleys and don’t leave your shopping unattended. hiding place (such as under the mat or beneath a flowerpot) keep them in an accessible place away If you would like to discuss your security options from the door known only to members of the with me, please give me a call on 101, extension household. 30809. Or email me at Secure garages and sheds - they are often full of expensive tools that are attractive to a thief and ideal to use for breaking into your home. Also, To contact Surrey Police, telephone 101. In the consider painting your house number and post event of a crime being in progress or in an code onto expensive items of gardening equipment emergency – call 999 as this makes it far less attractive to a would-be Neil Clarke, 13363 thief. Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE Don't leave Christmas presents under the tree in full view of burglars who can see through your Tel: 101 Extension 30809 windows - keep them in a secure place until the “big day”.

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