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Dorking Film Festival Christmas Postal Dates Don’t forget your flu jab Project Wencesclas returns Ashtead over 60’s Lunch Club Volunteers sought for MyTime charity Leatherhead Lions’ Santa’s Float Route Infant Club Foot Charity seek Finance Trustee Christmas events in Leatherhead, Ashtead & Fetcham Esslingen Christmas Market The truly local magazine produced by a local resident for our community

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


MyTime charity seeks volunteers


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Head2Head Theatre


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead Over 60’s Club




Ashtead Womens’ Institute


Christmas Postal Dates


Mole Valley (Fetcham) Womens’ Institute


Project Wencesclas Returns


Girlguides, Brownies & Rainbows


Quiz - Let it Snow


MVDC Free Walks for Health


MV Police Column


What’s on? Pages 63 - 75


Christmas Collision - a story


Ashtead Christmas Event


Quiz - Christmas Characters


Leatherhead Christmas Event


Finance Trustee sought for charity


Dorking Christmas Event


Book review


Ashtead Churches


Simple crossword


Leatherhead Parish Church


Recipe - Walnut & raisin bread


General crossword


Santa’s Float Route


Transition Ashtead




Local history article


Dorking Film Festival


MVDC to invest in Mole Valley


Beware ‘bad’ Smartphone Apps


Cryptic crossword


Model railway exhibition report


Gardening - Gifts for Gardeners


Get your flu jab now


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very warm welcome to the December edition of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. It’s ram-packed with events during the run up to Christmas. We have the Leatherhead Festival on Saturday 3rd (pages 64-65), the Ashtead Village Christmas Shopping Evening on Tuesday 6th (page 63) and the Fetcham Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday 10th (page 12). December also sees the return of the successful Project Wenceslas, details of which appear on page 20. Two local charities are seeking help, the first is for a Finance Trustee for the Infant Club Foot Charity founded by Ashtead resident, Dr Charlotte Hawkins, more on page 30; and the other charity, MyTime, is looking for drivers and club helpers, page 50. It’s not too late to get your flu jab and I have included a small piece from the NHS about the vaccination, how it works and the benefits of getting vaccinated, page 48. There is information about the well-subscribed Ashtead Over 60’s Club which appears on page 56. A great way of catching up with old friends and meeting new people. The second Dorking Film Festival takes place in February next year and the organisers are calling upon keen local film-makers to enter their films in readiness for the competition, more on page 44. The Leatherhead Lions’ annual Santa’s Float Route begins on Saturday 3rd in Fetcham with the Christmas Light Switch-on, and finishes on Friday 23rd in Ashtead with the final event at the Cobham Services on the M25 on Christmas Eve. If you’ve been very, very good this year, you’ll get to see him, but if you’ve been naughty... I absolutely adore this time of year (just in case you didn’t know), and even though this is now the second Christmas without our beloved father, we take the time to remember him and know that he’s looking down at us laughing whilst we get the giddy spins on frothy pink wine and struggle to get the turkey out of the oven. My mantra is that if you can’t see our turkey from outer space, then it’s simply not big enough! Have a wonderful, peaceful and Happy Christmas ducks. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +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. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2016


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Residents may be aware that in previous years the ARA has secured funds through Surrey County Council’s Localism Grant to insert posts in verges and clear some alleyways of weeds. In 2017, we shall again be applying for funds to clear alleyways. We are seeking nominations from residents for those alleyways most in need of weed clearance. Please contact David Baker on with your nominations and head your email “Alleys” and include the start and end roads and whether this is a popular school route. We shall attempt to fund two clearances a year for those with most nominations.

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am’s mother, Barbara, wasn’t going to spend Christmas with them this year and Ruth was delighted. She loved her mother-in-law but visits were often challenging. Politeness had to be maintained at all times, cups of tea had to be provided hourly and Barbara’s subtle reproaches peppered every conversation. Christmas was always fun but there was no lounging around in dressing gowns after eight o’clock in the morning and Ruth always felt under pressure to be the perfect hostess.

They went to the Shopmobility area where Barbara was equipped with a shiny new scooter for the day. She was given clear instructions how to use it and warned to drive carefully and not to carry any children or pile it up with shopping bags. Barbara was understandably nervous and very, very slow as they trundled away. However, as her confidence increased, so did her speed. Two smartly suited men, both talking on their mobile phones, had to swerve out of the way and indignantly waved their phones at Barbara. “Scooter coming through! Scooter coming through!” was the cry as she weaved her way through the throng of Christmas shoppers. They set off to Marks and Spencer to buy pyjamas for Sarah. This was harder than it sounded because Barbara insisted that her gift should be a surprise and wanted to choose the pyjamas herself. Sarah knew exactly which ones she liked and had to pretend not to look while Ruth ‘suggested’ pairs to her mother-in-law. Barbara took a fancy to some green striped ones but Sarah waved her arms in protest from behind a pillar. They were boys’ pyjamas! Ruth finally managed to persuade her mother-in-law to buy a purple pair, after Sarah did a big ‘thumbs up’ sign from behind a rack of boys’ trousers.

The arrival of Cracker, their lively Cockerpoo puppy, at the beginning of the year had changed their lives for the better. However, Ruth hadn’t anticipated the additional benefit that Cracker would bring. Barbara didn’t fancy a Christmas full of mayhem and muddy paws so had taken up an invitation to spend a week with Sam’s brother. She’d come and stay with Sam’s family for a couple of days before Christmas. Perhaps she and Ruth could go shopping together? Barbara also offered to help with the Christmas decorations. After re-doing her kitchen and taking out a subscription to ‘Homes and Gardens’, Barbara considered herself rather a ‘dab hand’ at interior design. She knew Ruth ‘didn’t really enjoy that sort of thing’ and felt she had a real insight into what was ‘on trend’ this season…

By this point, Daniel had completely disappeared. They’d agreed that if they got separated, they’d meet up in the Christmas decorations section, which was on the ground floor. Ruth went down the escalator and Sarah took her grandmother to the lift but there was no sign of Daniel.

Ruth ignored the criticism but enthusiastically welcomed the prospect of a shopping trip. Her only concern was Barbara’s arthritis as she struggled to walk any great distance these days. After a bit of research, Ruth found the perfect solution. They’d drive to ‘Bluewater’ where all the shops were under one roof and she’d book a mobility scooter for her mother-in-law. They’d have a lovely lunch in John Lewis and choose the family presents together.

Ruth began to feel anxious and Sarah raced towards the sparkling baubles and tinsel. Barbara tried to catch up and drove at top speed towards her granddaughter, determined not to lose her as well. As Daniel came down the escalator, Ruth waved her arms and called out “Daniel, we’re over here!”

Barbara stayed the night before the big expedition and Cracker made every effort to become friends with their visitor. She wagged her tail, she followed her around and she rolled on her back to have her tummy tickled. Cracker even brought Barbara a drool covered stuffed toy. Sadly, despite the dog’s best efforts, Granny couldn’t be won over. Cracker eventually gave up and went to find a comfortable home on one of the children’s beds.

Daniel didn’t see his mother at first. He was mesmerised by the sight of an old lady on a mobility scooter, clutching a pair of purple pyjamas and driving full pelt into a silver tinseled Christmas tree.

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Ruth had been planning to leave the children at home. They’d broken up from school and Ben was now old enough to be left in charge of his siblings. However, Daniel and Sarah were determined to go shopping and Ben was delighted to have the house to himself. The following morning, they piled into the car and headed round the M25 to Kent. Barbara and Ruth were armed with a list of present ideas and the children were already over excited. They were particularly looking forward to seeing Granny charging around on her ‘wheels’.

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Infant Club Foot Appeal Finance Trustee sought

The charity was founded by Ashtead resident Dr Charlotte Hawkins (pic above), focussing on supporting the treatment of children with Club Foot in Zanzibar. The Charity has been supported by the Ashtead Rotary Club. Every day hundreds of children in Africa are born with Club Foot, a disability affecting one or both feet. If babies are treated soon after birth it is possible to transform their lives with a clinical intervention to re-align their foot.

The Finance Trustee role

The charity is straightforward operationally but the Finance Trustee should be familiar with Charity Commission and Companies House requirements, be able to run the (low transaction volume) accounting and prepare and file annual accounts. There may from time to time be a need to provide information to support grant applications. Oversight of spending in Zanzibar is managed via quarterly returns from a local charity that administers the programme on ICA’s behalf. The role requires about four hours per quarter and maybe ten hours once a year to prepare and file accounts.

If you would like to apply for the role, please email


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The Gift of a Good Book Struggling to find the perfect book to give as a gift? Or wondering what to add to your own wish list? Maybe we can help…

The Hidden People – Alison Littlewood

Crime, fantasy and historical fiction are melded together in The Hidden People. Albie Mirralls is every bit the sensible, upstanding gentleman that Victorian society wants him to be. When his cousin, Lizzie, is burnt as a changeling, Albie travels from London to her village to see justice done. But when Albie’s own wife seems so completely changed, he finds himself questioning whether there could be some truth to the rumours about his cousin. The perfect book for curling up with on a winter’s night.

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Still no idea what book to go for? Download Buzz Books for free Magic is starting to fade in from Amazon, and you can read Victorian England, and Amelia excerpts from 40 of this season’s might be the only one who can new releases. Well-known and save the day. (Father Christmas being a bit tied up with reindeers debut writers are included, across both fiction and non-fiction. With falling from the sky, angry trolls and other mishaps.) While it’s the a wide range of genres, there should be something to suit most sequel to the 2015 children’s bestseller A Boy Called Christmas, tastes. Think of it as browsing in a bookshop, only with more time to it stands up perfectly well on its read and the chance to sample own. An ideal gift for children books at home. aged 7 and up, this is a really enjoyable read. So much so that you may well find yourself A Christmas Kiss – borrowing it back. Vicky Pattison 24 year old Amber dreams of The British Table – designing her own fashion line. Little Warrior – But after a year of working as a Colman Andrews and Giuseppe Catozzella general dogsbody for the Queen Christopher Hirsheimer Inspired by a tragic true story, of Fashion, Diana Grant, that For the foodie in your life, you Little Warrior tells the story of dream is looking increasingly might want to consider this Samia Omar. Growing up in warrecently released tome. Featuring unachievable. So when an opening torn Somalia, life is hard, and comes up working with a leading around 125 recipes, from the dangerous. But Samia has big traditional to the modern, there’s fashion house, Amber jumps at dreams – she wants to follow in plenty to tempt most taste-buds. the opportunity. With a new job Mo Farah’s footsteps and compete Recipes range from long-forgotten and a new love, Amber’s life is in the Olympics. As life grows looking up, but is she in danger of traditional fare, to regional increasingly hard for women, getting a bit too caught up in the specialities and contemporary Samia refuses to be cowed into glitzy world of fashion? Warm and classics. The focus is on warming submission. There are few options comfort food. Think Braised funny, this is a great romantic for Samia but to put her life into Brisket followed by Whisky-Soaked comedy to enjoy over a glass of the hands of traffickers, in the prosecco. -Raisin and Orange Marmalade. hope of escaping to a better place. A heartbreaking read that will stay with you long past you’ve finished the last page. 32

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A Royal Life Revealed Part of the ‘Epsom Talks’ Season Epsom and Ewell Literary Society is looking forward to welcoming eminent historian and biographer Robert Lacey to its meeting on Wednesday 7 December at 7.45 pm at Epsom Playhouse. He is best known for his studies of British Royalty, notably ‘Majesty’ and ‘Royal’. His 1977 book ‘Majesty’ was the first serious biography of the Queen, written at the time of the Silver Jubilee, an anniversary which demonstrated the popular affection in which Elizabeth II is held. Robert Lacey is currently historical adviser to the Netflix TV series ‘The Crown’ which is now showing on British television screens. As well as being a best-selling writer, Robert is also ABC’s Good Morning America Royal commentator.

Tickets will be £10 each on the door, or speak to Elizabeth Mackie on 01737 355300 about membership at £32 for the season which also includes talks by Virginia McKenna and John Humphreys.


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Leatherhead Lions’ Christmas 2016 Float Route The Leatherhead Lions Christmas float may be visiting your road in December. Look out for Father Christmas who is looking forward to meeting you. All donations this year will go to local community projects Mike Rushby, Leatherhead Lions

Sat 3rd

FETCHAM – 4.30pm Lights On 5.30pm at Sainsbury’s Local, Copperfields, Bickney FET Way Sherwood Cl, Oswald Rd, Penrose Rd, Humphrey Close, Revell Drive & Cl Way,

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Saturday 17th 5pm

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

Thursday 22nd FETCHAM – Hillyfield Lane, Meadow Lane, Warrenne Road, Oswald Close, Lodge Rd, The Street, Gatesden Road 6pm Friday 23rd 6pm

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2nd Dorking Film Festival calls for submissions for ‘local Oscars’ The organisers of the second Dorking Film Festival, Rachel Bashford won the award for best UK Junior which will take place on Saturday 25 February 2017 at Short Film for her film ‘Hollow’ the Dorking Halls, the day before the Oscars in Hollywood, have opened submissions for its six competition categories. The call for films by local filmmakers comes after the success of the first Dorking Film Festival in 2016, which attracted 950 submissions from Surrey and the rest of the world. Winners will be presented with the coveted ‘Golden Chicken.’ Co-organisers David Perilli and Robert McCaffrey say that they will improve upon the first edition of the festival in a number of ways. “We’ve expanded the popular competition categories by including animation and documentary classes, and we’ve included a Corporate Films category for the first time as well,’ said Robert McCaffrey. Other competition categories include Junior Short Films (directors aged 18 or younger), Adult Short Films (directors aged over 18) and Student Short Films (directors in higher education). Alongside the competition and local history sessions, the Dorking Film Festival will also include networking sessions with the filmmakers, as well as the festival’s own Oscars verdict.

Outside of the competitions, the local history section was very popular last year and will be repeated, and we are looking for donations of footage of Surrey in the past.

“Those who came to the first Dorking Film Festival,” said David Perilli, “will recall what a mesmerising, creative and off-beat collection of brilliant films that were included. We hope to at least match the selection of last time, and we encourage all local film-makers to submit their films to what will be - in our eyes at least - the first significant film festival in 2017.”

Full details can be found at

Dressed to impress: Young participants at the ‘Tangled’ Singalong

Leah Thorn won the award for best UK Adult Short Film for the film ‘Watch’ 44




Smart Phoneys: Beware the ‘Bad Apps’ Smartphone apps are brilliant things, but unfortunately there are bad apps out there too. Apple and Google do their best to keep offenders out of their app stores, but there are still some tricks to watch out for. One common ruse is to make a convincing fake of an app such as Instagram or Pokemon. Such fakes are notorious for malicious acts such as automatically running up huge phone or text bills, so it’s crucial to stick to the official app stores - Apple, Amazon or Google, depending on your device - and double-check the manufacturer name and the reviews. Watch out for in-app purchases (IAPs) too, especially in kids’ apps. Unscrupulous developers like to hook kids with free games that need serious money to work properly. You can disable in-app purchases in your smartphone’s settings, but it’s best not to install IAP-heavy apps in the first place. 45

Trains, planes and automobiles at charity model exhibition On Saturday 29th October 2016, over a dozen keen modellers and model collectors displayed their wide range of model cars, planes and trains, together with several very detailed model railway layouts, at a special Model Exhibition at Eastwick Road Church in Bookham, held in aid of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Throughout the day, around 200 model enthusiasts of all ages visited the exhibition to look at the various displays and to purchase books and models, and some ÂŁ500 was raised to provide vital care and support for local people living with Motor Neurone Disease. Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, who was also present at the exhibition, thanked local Branch member, Roger Wakeford, for organising the event and everyone present for attending and supporting it, adding, "It was a fantastic day, evoking many personal happy memories of childhood car and train journeys, and it's great that so many people are keen to preserve memories and history such as this through their wonderful models." Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive terminal condition which kills six people every day within the UK. It can leave people unable to walk, talk or even feed themselves, whilst their mind and senses invariably remain unaffected. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just fourteen months and, as yet, there is no effective treatment or cure. The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association provides care and support to around 60 people living with MND throughout the East Surrey area, as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself.

For further information about Motor Neurone Disease and the work of the MND Association, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 46

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Health & Beauty One myth is that people feel they can get the flu from having the jab. The flu vaccination does not contain a live virus, therefore it cannot give you the flu. However, many people each year wait until they notice others are getting ill before being vaccinated. The flu vaccination can take up to two weeks to work, by which time the virus may already have been contracted. Are you and your family eligible for a free flu jab? GPs and pharmacists across Surrey are already running specific flu clinics for anyone eligible for a free vaccination. If you aren't in an 'at risk' category and still want the jab, participating pharmacists can provide this for a small charge. Please note however that pharmacists can only supply the jab to those over 18, so if you have a child please visit your GP. Free flu vaccinations are available for: • pregnant women • children aged two to four years (via a nasal spray) • anyone aged 65 years or over • anyone aged six months to under 65 years in a clinical risk group (e.g. those suffering from long-term health conditions, including a learning disability) • residents living in a long-stay residential care home • household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised • carers (including young carers)

What is flu? Isn’t it just a heavy cold? How will I know if I’ve got it? Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

The vaccination is also available to four to seven year olds through their school. A few of the participating pharmacists in the area:

What causes flu? Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. And because it’s caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it. If, however, there are complications from getting flu, antibiotics may be needed. How do you catch flu and can I avoid it? When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny droplets of saliva over a wide area. These droplets can then be breathed in by other people or they can be picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed. You can prevent the spread of the virus by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and you can wash your hands frequently or use hand gels to reduce the risk of picking up the virus. 48

Ashtead: Mauripharm Ltd, 224 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DB Epsom (and Epsom Downs): Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd, 1 Tattenham Crescent, Epsom Downs, KT18 5QG Paydens Ltd, 33 Tattenham Crescent, Epsom Downs, KT18 5QJ Leatherhead: Day Lewis PLC, 4 The Parade, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7SR Boots UK Ltd, 5 High Street, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, KT23 4AA

Further information, including a comprehensive list of participating pharmacists and vouchers for carers, is available at

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My Time for Young Carers - can you help? school friends. For these and many other reasons, it’s hard for young carers to make and keep friends. But at My Time sessions, members can let their hair down, forget their troubles and have fun. Everything is free – sessions, off-site activities, transport and food. The Trustees love the fact that My Time is a true community project with funding from local groups and individuals keeping us financially afloat. However, without the amazing input from the volunteers, My Time wouldn’t exist. They drive, cook, provide inspiration and support for activities, encourage and support the quietest members of the groups and above all else, listen.


t could be said that young carers are the invisible children in our community. When people are asked if they know any young carers, their faces go blank. Even professionals are likely to miss indicators that suggest that the home situations of the youngsters that they know or support are causing them stress or hardship.

Club sessions take place at St. Mary’s, The Ridgeway, Fetcham KT22 9AZ between 7.00pm-8.30pm, every second Monday of the month. New members are also very welcome.

So many people think that young carers are only labelled as such if they carry out personal care for parents or siblings or take on an unusually large proportion of household chores. Although this is sadly the case for far too many young people, at My Time we recognise that if a family member suffers from either physical or mental ill-health, it more often than not impacts negatively on the lives of the children. If siblings have behavioural problems, life at home can be very difficult for their brothers and sisters. Stress is the one thing that links all these young people. Parents often feel guilty that they can’t give their children the treats or more importantly the attention that they deserve and so the stress levels are compounded.

If you know a young carer who is over 12 and would enjoy a fun break from home, please do get in touch.

If you could help by joining the Team of volunteer drivers and club helpers who run the Fetcham group, do please contact Barbara at info@mytime4young or text or call her 07517 867513. My Time = quality time for everyone.

My Time was set up purely to give the members some respite for the problems at home and an opportunity to meet other young carers. It’s hard to take friends home if you don’t know what you’ll find when you get there. It’s hard for children and young people to admit that their home set-up is different from that of their

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Dylan & Digby Dylan and Digby are handsome, sweet-natured and playful one-year-old brothers who were born outside as their mother was no longer wanted and was thrown out. These gorgeous boys were left for the first 5 months of their lives without any human contact whatsoever, and as a result needed a lot of socialising when they came into care. They are a little wary of strangers but with some TLC and patience, in time they would make wonderful additions to a home Dylan & Digby have made great progress but they are still timid cats who need an experienced adult-only home where they will be able to have the understanding and time they need to build confidence with their new owners and show how loving they can be.

Can you give Dylan & Digby the loving home they so deserve? Please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 for further information. Epsom Ewell & District Branch

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Special Entertainment for Surrey two public performances for families of children with special needs and disabilities on Sunday 18th December. This event will form part of the Mole Valley Arts Festival, which has generously helped with the funding. All our work is totally interactive family fun,” says Anni. “The children (and adults) become part of the show. The pantomime will be full of fun songs, actions, sensory moments with some Makaton signing. It will be taken at a pace that will allow each audience member to assimilate, comprehend and enjoy.”

Head2Head Theatre is an Ashtead-based charity serving the special needs’ community. It has recently launched a campaign to raise funds for next year’s family holiday activities. These will provide short breaks for children and young adults with special needs and disabilities, which they can share with their siblings and other family members.

If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, or making a donation, they should contact Anni (01372 278021 or email:

The charity is being supported by The Royal Automobile Club and local beauty, hair and health centres throughout the area. Their gift vouchers, valued at nearly £700, are being raffled by the charity to raise funds. “We are truly grateful to our supporters,” says Anni Rhodes-Steere, founder and volunteer administrator of the charity. “The RAC has donated a 4-ball golf pass for either of their Woodcote courses. Other valuable vouchers include a 2-person canapé class at Hill Catering School. Local companies have been really generous.” The charity is busy preparing for its multisensory pantomime tour of ‘Robin Hood’. Anni comments, “With the support of The Dawnay School, Great Bookham, we are able to present


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Ashtead’s ‘Over 60's Lunch Club’ Places are now available to join Ashtead’s ‘Over 60's Lunch Club’ which is now in its 50th year. The club meets at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in the Ralli Room every Thursday (except August). Doors open at 10.30am for tea and biscuits and a freshly prepared lunch is served at 12.30pm Main courses consist of old favourites such as roasts, cottage pie or steak and kidney pie. Puddings may be hot or cold, pudding with custard (or ice cream) depending on the season. A cup of tea is then served for those who wish to stay and chat for a little longer. There is always a special celebratory menu for Christmas. The cost of each meal is just £4.50. It’s the ideal way to enjoy a hot meal whilst making new friends or meeting up with old ones to catch up on the latest news.

If you would like further information please call Brenda on 01372 813276 for a chat.


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Ashtead WI - November Meeting At our November meeting we were very pleased to welcome Sheila Webber, Gwenda Gourlay and Jill Elliott who again joined us to take us smoothly through our AGM and to update us on future Surrey W.I. events. Also we were very pleased to welcome a new member to Ashtead W.I. – our 10th new member this year, giving us a membership of 63. Our recent fund-raising tea & cakes afternoon at our Treasurer’s home was very successful and enjoyable. Our speaker this evening was Carol Ann Martye telling us of the time she was an Actress Behind Bars – of Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight. We were waiting for this to be clarified! Carol had joined a local theatre group when living on the island, and the prison Governor was anxious to have input from outside sources to help encourage inmates to occupy their time constructively. They were a very mixed bunch, one from Reuters, one who had a film company, another, a radiologist who had killed his wife, and also the gangsters, including Reggie Kray. Carol was able to introduce many well-known names, to the prisoners, and who went in to do plays and play-readings. This was such a fascinating talk on a part of life where we only seem to hear about the problems, and was even more relevant when Jill Elliott gave information on Send and Bronzefield women’s prisons where there are WI groups supported by Surrey WI. Sheila Webber reminded us about the original fund-raising to set up our Denman College and fundraising continues for the maintenance of this special place. Some of us from Ashtead were there for a weekend earlier in the summer and had a wonderful time. As always, in December a group of us will be Carol Singing in Ashtead, raising money for the Princess Alice Hospice, and of course have to remember to arrive extremely well wrapped up!

Our Christmas meeting will be at 7.15 for 7.30 on 7th December at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall when our speaker will be John Field, on The Amazing World of Magic. Sandra Brown


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Mole Valley WI - November Meeting Meriel Sexton, our President, welcomed members and visitors from Bookham Butterflies WI to our annual meeting. Members had arrived with items for the silent auction which took place during the evening. Details were given of forthcoming outings to Bletchley Park and to Woking Theatre to see ‘Funny Girl’. During tea, members made bids for the many items in the silent auction. Then followed the Annual meeting. In her financial statement Maureen Wale said that we were in a strong position due to the jumble sale and thanked both Sue Scott and Sandy Finch for their valuable help during the year. Pam Jorgensen in her committee report reminded us of the many and varied activities, outings and speakers from the past year. Meriel, in her President’s address, likened her role to a helmsman steering the ship. She thanked all those who helped in so many ways throughout the year including the retiring Committee members. The tellers guided us through the election for President and Meriel was willing to continue as ‘helmsman’ for the coming year. Our December meeting is on 13th at Fetcham Village Hall at 7.45pm and further details are to be found on our website ‘’. Liz White

WEA Courses from January 2017 We begin our Winter to Spring Term Courses from 9th January 2017 with: Current & International Affairs Grand Houses & Stately Homes Astronomy - The Modern Universe An Introduction to Dressmaking First World Civilisation British Empire (Accident or Design?). From 4th May 2017 we are running Europe's Royal Families. All courses are of 10 weeks duration with the exception of Astronomy which is for seven weeks and are either held in the Barn Hall Bookham or the Leatherhead Institute.

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Growing Up Wild in Norbury Park Conservation, minibeasts and mud!

More than 500 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, including many from Fetcham, Leatherhead and Ashtead, had fun at the inaugural and hugely successful “Growing Up Wild� day at Norbury Park on Saturday 15th October. The event aimed to encourage the girls, aged 5 to 14, to enjoy themselves, while exploring and connecting with nature. It was the joint partnership of Girlguiding and the Surrey Wildlife Trust, the latter of which organised an action-packed day of activities in the park. The younger girls searched for minibeasts, identified plants and trees, and made food out of mud in the mud kitchen, as well as stick sculptures. Some of the Guides, aged 10-14, did conservation work in the woods of Norbury Park, helping Surrey Wildlife Trust to saw down a number of trees. Other special activities included building wigwams, dressing up as slugs and birds, and learning to light a campfire with flint and steel, over which the girls toasted marshmallows. HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux and the High Sheriff of Surrey Richard Whittington attended to watch the fun.

Girlguiding is a leading charity for girls and young women in the UK and relies on the dedication and support of thousands of volunteers. For more info and to volunteer in Fetcham, Leatherhead or Ashtead, contact Christine Moss on or visit

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Leatherhead Guide carries out conservation work

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Come along for some festive fun! Your local shopkeepers would love you to pop in and enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie to thank you for your custom throughout the year and see Ashtead’s very own TV personality, Andrea McLean switch on the Christmas lights at the Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower in Ashtead High Street at 6pm Featuring: Local choirs singing Christmas Carols, side stalls and funfair rides, Morris Dancers and much more… and don’t forget to visit Santa in his grotto!


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Saturday 3 December 9am - 5.30pm

Christmas market • Music, dancing and singing • Free face painting Carols & Christmas light switch-on • Free parking from 12pm and more!

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Christmas Celebrations in Leatherhead! This year the Swan Centre is providing a whole host of festive fun on 3rd December for all the family to enjoy. On Saturday 3rd December, from 9am – 5.30pm visitors will enjoy the bustling Christmas market with plenty of entertainment to keep visitors of all ages busy. Free face painting will be available, adding glitter and sparkle to little ones throughout the day and an appearance from Leatherhead Theatre’s, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ panto cast is sure to delight! This special day includes a jolly, roving, Father Christmas with his elf helper and traditional carol singing around the Swan Centre’s tree, accompanied by the popular Mole Valley Silver band. The lights switch on build up starts at 3.30pm, but come early to support your local traders, pick up some Christmas gifts and join in the festivities. Why not make a day of it with some friends? A host of entertainment runs throughout the day, including singing, dancing and some fabulous Christmas characters that will be roving around the centre, perfect for a festive selfie!

Shops and businesses outside of the Centre will also be joining in the fun and with free parking offered by Mole Valley District Council from 12 noon you can load up with all your purchases for the journey home with ease. This year children have a seasonal hunt to keep them busy whilst parents browse, with the introduction of the “Elf on the Shop Shelf” competition! Children who spot 6 or more of the Swan Centre’s cheeky, hiding elves in shops on the day will receive a treat. With the multi-million pound investment of the Transform Leatherhead project now underway and the fabulous town’s Halloween event just behind us we think Leatherhead has a lot to celebrate! Do come and enjoy the day. #LightingupLeatherhead

9.00am – 5.30pm Christm as Mark et 10.00am 5.00pm Free fac e paintin g 11.00am Morris M en Danc ing 3.00pm Panto ch aracters from Leatherh ead Thea tre’s Beauty a nd the B east 3.30pm Mole Vall ey Silver Band Carols b y the tre e 4.30pm Christm as Tree L ights Switch O n “Elf on o n the sh op shelf” competi tion all d ay

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Christmas by Candlelight 7.30pm Tuesday 20th December

St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead The concert will feature music by the Brandenburg singers and brass ensemble and include some seldom performed gems as well as readings and many old favourites. Following the concert please join us in the Parish Church Hall for wine, soft drinks and mince pies. Tickets are £15 each, which includes a donation to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church.

Tickets can be obtained from John Andrews 01372 373083 Email:

The medieval Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead is the oldest building in Leatherhead – it belongs to us all. The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church is a non-denominational charity dedicated to raising funds exclusively to maintain the fabric and grounds of the Church to ensure this beautiful building and its surroundings are preserved for future generations

13th ― 17th December 10am-5pm (Tues 7pm/Sat 4pm)

BOURNE HALL, SPRING ST, EWELL, KT17 1UF Stalls selling original and useable gifts, providing great value and good service. New stalls added daily, plus collectables. Wine tastings, gift wrap, chocolates, jewellery, handbags, children’s books and more...

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Ashtead Churches Together Christmas Services

Ashtead Baptist Church

St Michael’s Catholic Church

Sunday 18th December

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

6.00pm: First Mass of Christmas 9.00pm: “Midnight” Mass

10.30am: Family Nativity Service 6.30pm: Carols by Candlelight 6.30pm: Christmas Eve Communion

8.30am: Dawn Mass 10.30am: Day Mass

Christmas Day

10.00am: Christmas Day Celebration

Sunday 1st January

10.30am: New Year's Day Service

St Giles’Church

St George’s Church

Sunday 18th December

Sunday 18th December

10.00am: All Age Nativity Service (Come dressed as a nativity character) 6.00pm: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

11.00am: All Age Nativity Service (Come dressed as a nativity character)

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

3.00pm: Christingle Service 6.00pm: Carols and Mince Pies 11.30pm: Holy Communion

4.00pm: Carols and Mince Pies 11.30pm: Holy Communion

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

8.00am: Holy Communion 10.00am: All Age Service

9.15am: Sung Communion 11.00am: All Age Service


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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 4th December 4pm Christingle Service Sunday 18th December 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies

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

Christmas at Bocketts Farm Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns. From 24th November to 24th December, children will love to hop on board the Santa Express to his magical hay barn workshop to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift. Advance online booking now available! Visit for dates, prices and availability. Also this December there will be 25 gorgeous new born lambs due, a children’s craft area, Christmas trail and plenty of indoor play! Tickets to visit Father Christmas cost £8.50 per child in addition to farm entry costs. Special later opening evenings will be held on Friday 16th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December where the indoor play, small animal village and Tearooms will stay open until 7pm.


Carol Singing in Epsom December We need collectors for our carol singing sessions at The Ashley Shopping Centre. If you can help please ring Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181

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St. Joseph’s Junior Danetree Junior School Stamford Green Junior School West Ewell Infants School The Downsmen Wallace Fields Junior School Epsom College St. Clements Junior School TBC Shawley Community School St. Joseph’s Church Choir Riverview Road CofE Primary School TBC Epsom Choral Society

Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Kiln Lane, Epsom Saturday 10th

10am - 11.30am

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We are raising money for a portable £7,500 ‘Vapotherm’ machine for paediatric A&E, for babies, young children and some adults to help them breathe easily and not be distressed by gasping for air when they are transferred from A&E to a ward for continuity of treatment. You could make a difference NOW by making a donation in our collecting box during our carol singing sessions above OR by sending a cheque payable to EMEF, to Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, 32 Tealing Drive, Ewell, KT19 0JS.


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Friday 2nd

Soundbytes Choir FREE concert 8pm at Christ Church UR, Epsom Road, Leatherhead KT22 8ST. Doors open 7:30pm, collection to UNICEF. or 01372 278016.

Friday 2nd Saturday 10th

Carol singing for Epsom Hospital in Ashley Shopping Centre, Epsom - more on page 70

Saturday 3rd

Guild of Enamellers, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 10am - 4pm, free entry. All are welcome and we are also taking advance bookings for sessions at £5 per hour for 1, 2 or 3 hours. For more info, and to book sessions, telephone 01372 813785

Sunday 4th

Epsom Playhouse, 3pm and 6.30pm. Epsom Symphony Orchestra presents Cinderella, a story narrated by West End star David Leonard (Miss Trunchbull in Matilda) and set to music performed by local musicians, also includes excerpts from Hansel and Gretel Overture, and the Kissing Polka... and the audience is asked to join carols with local school children. Tickets £14, children £5, from 01372 742555

Saturday 3rd


Tuesday 6th


Tues 6th- Sat 10th - & Tues 13th-Sat 17th

Surrey Performing Arts Library Book Sale, 10am-5pm. Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA. Sale of music scores, playscripts and books about music and drama.

Friday 9th

‘Cocktails & Candlelight’ Christmas Shopping and pamper event, St Giles’ School, free goody bag with advance tickets, more on page 70

Saturday 10th


Saturday 17th

Bookham Choral Society’s Christmas Carol Concert, St Nicolas Church, Bookham, 8pm. Tickets are £10 (under 18s are £5) and are available from Cascade. High Street, Bookham, BCS Box Office on 01372 375644 or on Drinks and mince pies are included in the ticket price.

Saturday 17th

Surrey Police Band Christmas Concert, see opposite.

Sunday 18th

Head2Head Theatre presents ‘Robin Hood’, The Dawnay Primary School, Griffin Way, Great Bookham, KT23 4JJ. 11.15am or 2pm. A multi-sensory pantomime for children with special needs and their families. £4 per person aged 2+. More details on website: or email, 01372 278021


Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, New Year Ball at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and Latin dancing to Andrew Varley's Keyboard music. All welcome. Tickets in advance £16, M&S Refreshments, bar, dress formal - Details: Sue & Pat Hunt 01372 277938 or Ricky Lesser 01737 819699 If there’s an event in January that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Thursday 8th December. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 72

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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 1st

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

Thurs 1st (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 1st (weekly)

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

Friday 2nd (weekly)

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

Friday 2nd & Friday 9th

Oasis, open for all women aged 20-50 years, is hosted at St George’s Church, Ashtead, from 9.15 until 10.30am. This term we are exploring themes within the popular series Gray’s Anatomy; from friendship, marriage, rivalry and mental health. No need to have watched the series, we will show clips. Free tea, coffee and homemade cake and a chance to bring along friends or make new ones. Crêche provided for pre-schoolers.

Friday 2nd (monthly)

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

Friday 2nd (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy a range of goods including special stalls for Christmas. Nothing beats home-made mince pies! Christmas Market 16th December then closed until New Year. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sunday 4th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of December and Christmas services including Christingle, Nine lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve Carols and Christmas Day services - check out

Mondays 5th & 19th

(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.

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Tuesday 6th (1st Tues monthly)

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 7th (weekly termtime)

10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. New members welcome.

Wed 7th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm, Demo by Jacqui Arnold - ‘Jingle Bells’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 7th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. John Field ‘The Amazing World of Magic’. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737 74

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

Wed 14th

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

2nd Wed mth

Friday 9th Monday 12th (2nd Monday monthly)

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

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm. Tuesday 13th 'Moodswing' with wine, nibbles and a Christmas Raffle. More info from Meriel Sexton, Wed 21st

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church, Leatherhead. SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4PM & 5PM-7.30PM

Wed 21st

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

Friday 23rd

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS; Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4PM & 5PM-7.30PM

Thurs 15th

‘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.

Thurs 8th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Usually fourth Thursday monthly, but December meeting is a little earlier. Christmas activities. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Thurs 29th

(last Thursday monthly)

Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or


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Divestment from Fossil Fuels The Paris Agreement to combat climate change became international law on November 4th . So far, 96 countries, accounting for just over two-thirds of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, have formally joined the accord, which seeks to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. But although this is important and valuable, few of those governments have committed to, still less implemented, concrete plans for their share of the needed emissions reductions to remain within this critical limit. The science is clear – most oil, coal and gas need to stay in the ground if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. Despite this, the fossil fuel industry continues to search for new fossil fuels, and the UK government continues its bizarre support for fracking - cogently ridiculed in the New Scientist of Oct 15th. Here in Surrey, quite apart from fracking's effect on climate change, it is quite likely to cause dangerous and potentially irreversible pollution of the large Weald aquifer which provides most of the drinking water for much of the southern Home Counties including Ashtead and Leatherhead. So, especially after the result of the US presidential elections, it's critical to put as much pressure as possible on the 96 countries, the fossil fuel extractors and their governmental supporters. An international campaign to disinvest from companies in the fossil-fuel sector has been running for a few years now. The campaigners hope to follow in the footsteps of earlier successful divestment campaigns on issues including tobacco and apartheid. There have been some notable successes, many in Australia and the USA, as well as recently four of the German State Governments, while Dutch MPs have voted to shut down their coal-burning industry entirely. But we're in England, so let's focus on what's going on here. Amongst the first to commit to disinvestment were the national Quaker organisation, followed by many of their local groups, leading the way for other faith organisations, and the University of Surrey, which committed last year and has since been joined by numerous other universities. More recently some Local Authorities have joined in, led by Waltham Forest this September. They have committed to remove all fossil fuel investments from their £750m Pensions Fund. This is an area where ordinary people can do something – pension funds can direct major funding streams in key directions, and can be influenced by their members. In Surrey there is an active campaign to get our County Council's Pension Fund to so disinvest, sadly without success so far. The Fund has £180 million invested in fossil fuels, £3million of that in Canadian Tar Sands, the most polluting of all fossil fuels. The fossil-fuel industry can have no long -term future, so financial as well as environmental considerations should mean that disinvesting is seen as a logical and obvious thing to do. To see what people are doing in a wide range of places visit:,, and and there is a good article in Wikipedia at Tony Cooper email 82

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Gardening Gifts By Pippa Greenwood It is not that long until Christmas now, and if you’ve any gardening friends it is so easy to get them a present they’ll really enjoy and find useful. Any good local garden centre will have plenty of potential gifts in a wide range of prices, sizes and shapes to suit anybody from the complete novice to the most experienced gardener. Alternatively, take a look on the internet and get some gorgeous gardening gifts delivered right to your door.

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Houseplants make brilliant presents, so why not choose a couple of really good-looking ones? At this time of year there are plenty, such as the indoor cyclamens and azaleas or a flamboyant poinsettia or a gorgeous Christmas cactus, which look fantastic whilst in flower - but don’t forget that lots of the foliage houseplants look great, too. Make sure that you keep the plants at their best by placing them in a suitable position before you give them away.

Most gardeners love to encourage birds into the garden, so how about a bird box or feeder or maybe even some bird food? Bird feeding equipment and supplies take up plenty of space in garden centres, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Gardeners love practical things so a good hoe like my favourite, the SpeedHoe, will always be welcome, or how about some Micromesh-covered or polythene-covered EasyTunnels, perfect for protecting crops throughout the growing season next year? A raised bed kit is a great gift idea, too, allowing people to grow vegetables when their own soil isn’t ideal. Some kits have the option to add crop covers made from fine mesh (to keep pests out) or polythene (to protect from the worst of the weather and provide off-season warmth). So rather than rushing out and buying something that ‘will do’ as a gift, take a moment and see what you can find which will really bring a smile to someone’s face!

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November’s Crossword solutions

C.S. Lewis Paramount Nevada Advocaat Frozen Blizzard A pig Snowboarding The Himalayas Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Across: 1 Prairie, 5 Fed up, 8 Natal, 9 Courage, 10 Acquired taste, 11 Dredge, 12 Hotpot, 15 St Patrick's Day, 18 Retinol, 19 Alarm, 20 Sinus, 21 Peloton. Down: 1 Panda, 2 Antique, 3 Rolling Stones, 4 Etched, 5 Fruit cocktail, 6 Deals, 7 Prefect, 11 Deserts, 13 Podcast, 14 Fillip, 16 Paten, 17 Yemen. Across: 1 Terror, 4 Ecstatic, 9 Retina, 10 Endanger, 12 Solitary, 13 Casino, 15 Moss, 16 Yucatan, 20 Chicago, 21 Plan, 25 Income, 26 Straight, 28 Hammocks, 29 Obtain, 30 Thickets, 31 Mettle. Down: 1 Tiresome, 2 Ruthless, 3 Ornate, 5 Cons, 6 Tearaway, 7 Tigris, 8 Carbon, 11 Trounce, 14 Targets, 17 Shamrock, 18 Flagrant, 19 Instance, 22 With-it, 23 Scampi, 24 Gamble, 27 Skit.

Quiz - Christmas Characters 1. 2. 3. 4.

Love Actually - Billy Mack Arthur Christmas - Grandsanta The Santa Clause - Scott Calvin It's A Wonderful Life - Clarence Odbody

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Nativity - Mr Poppy Scrooged - Frank Cross Elf - Buddy Gremlins - Billy Peltzer Miracle On 34th St - Kris Kringle


The 'mare Before Xmas - Jack Skellington

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House & Garden

USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 07752 665066 Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library - 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07804 026577 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Tennis Players Club 01372 721104 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline - 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau - 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital - 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 375212 (Marion Doherty) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787)

Leatherhead Decorative Fine Arts Soc 01372 373083 (John Andrews) Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 372553 (Cathy Smith, Secretary) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop - 01372 363385 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 373493 (David Wells) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 0300 200 1001 Leatherhead Lions Club 01372 274618 (Jim Malynn) Leatherhead Museum - 01372 386348 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre - 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police - Non-emergency 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 272595 (Peter Waterhouse) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Samaritans - 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards - 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead 01372 274388 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley (based in Dorking) 01306 640369 (10am-1pm, answerphone) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline)



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Merry Christmas everyone! The team at Jackie Quinn Estate Agents had a great time recently recording a Christmas song to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) a charity close to out hearts. We now realise (if we didn’t before!!!) that we should stick to what we know best which is helping people just like you to move home without a “song and dance”! We pride ourselves in providing a professional service ensuring you achieve the best possible price with the minimum hassle whether you are selling or letting your home.

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Ashtead & Leatherhead Dovember 2016.  

Never Underestimate the importance of community Issue 134.