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

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Number Cruncher

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Ashtead’s Monthly Prize Draw

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Recipe - Chicken Chow Mein

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Local Girlguiding need volunteers

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£1million Polio Campaign Underway

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Fun Quiz - Country Nicknames

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Louise White - Life/Business Coach

60

Recycle your mobile for charity

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Learning English

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Gardening - Hellebores

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My Chocolate Valentine - a story

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Mole Valley Police Column

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Fun Quiz - Book Lovers

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Epsom & District Soroptimist Club

72

No Cold Calling Zones - an update

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What’s Going on in February?

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Meredith’s Memories

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January’s Cross/Codeword solutions

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Leatherhead Theatre

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Leatherhead Theatre Art Exhibition

76

Transition Ashtead

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Local History Article

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New Childline features

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Leith Hill Music Festival 2010

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Spot the Difference

40

Book Reviews

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Join a Male Voice Choir

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February’s Cross/Codeword

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AQUABOX APPEAL FOR HAITI

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Useful Numbers

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From the Publisher

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think that snow really is quite the most beguiling of all the weather that we experience, but, in all honesty, the ‘snow glow’ does wear off after about three days! OK, I did the snowballing/snowman-building stuff, then the realisation hit me that we were snowed in without any provisions, other than the remnants of the Christmas turkey in the freezer and half a box of After Eight Mints! I remember when I first started my career back in 1980, waiting for hours to get on a train in snowy weather was better than finally boarding one. Why? Because I was all dressed up in my coat, hat, scarf and gloves and then getting onto an unbearably packed train used to bring on the vapours, causing many of those ‘Edwardian Lady Swoons’ as I call them. When I finally got to work, I, along with my colleagues, then spent the entire day working out how we were going to get back home again. Not that I particularly miss those days, but working for oneself brings its own challenges. Still, that’s quite enough about the weather, we’ve had the BBC harping on about it for weeks and it’s getting a tad boring now! Interesting month February, as it’s always a little quiet on the publishing front because all the work for the February edition happens in the first two weeks of January, but I took the opportunity to sort out my filing, update my customer records, organise my tax and generally have a jolly good tidy up in readiness for the March edition. Very cathartic I must say, although there is a old maxim that says ‘empty desk, empty mind’. Don’t believe a word of Advertising it... The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £47 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

On the centre pages of this magazine you will find the Rotary Club’s Aquabox appeal to help those devastated by the Haiti earthquake. Please do what you can to help, any contribution, monetary or otherwise, would be gratefully received by the charity. More details on pages 44 and 45.

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 SAS Prize Draw has begin in earnest, with over 300 entries in the December draw alone, more details on page 12.

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.

Notable dates for February: Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) both fall on Sunday 14th and Shrove Tuesday falls on the 16th.

All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George. All rights reserved 2010. Zen George 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

I’ve also been busy collaborating on updating my website with website designer Laurie King, who lives in Ashtead with his young family. Laurie has given the website a whole new, snazzy look. Laurie’s details can be found on page 48. I can wholeheartedly recommend him to you and it is a real pleasure to work with him.

Zen Garden restaurant are hosting a special Chinese New Year Charity dinner on Monday 15th February with some of the proceeds going to the Douglas MacMillan Hospice in Staffordshire, details on page 57. Must dash, enjoy the romance and pancakes. Cheerio.

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Does Noah live in Ashtead?

he onset of the rainy season this Autumn and more recently the extended period of cold weather have reminded me of two major concerns for many local residents – flooding and potholes.

Barnett Wood Lane, as is Surrey County Council, but I suspect that our records are incomplete and possibly out of date.

To help us to make informed representations to Surrey we would like to build a full The underlying issue for both these problems picture of all current problems in Ashtead. If is a chronic and major lack of investment in you have a flooding problem near to where our infrastructure and now even funding for you live, please contact us on repairs and maintenance is severely roads@ashteadresidents.org.uk . If you constrained. The harsh reality is that this can also provide photographs they could be looks certain to deteriorate further for the very helpful. foreseeable future, as both central and local government need to reduce expenditure, We do not have a magic wand. Many of the possibly for many years to come. current flooding problems may take years to resolve but we can make representations to For Surrey this underlying issue is Surrey County Council to try to make sure exacerbated by other factors. The demands that the biggest and most hazardous placed upon the infrastructure continue to problems are given priority. In the increase as a consequence of property meantime, if Noah is now living in Ashtead... development and increased car ownership but the Labour Government gives funding POTHOLES priority to less affluent areas of the country As I write this article the snow is thawing and the Conservative Administration gives and the potholes are starting to emerge. The priority to Council Tax minimisation. We are same underlying problems arise. Potholes consequently likely to see a further greater in depth than 40mm should be deterioration for many years. reported to SCC Highways on 0300 200 1003 or via the SCC web site www.surreycc.gov.uk This may sound bleak but I believe that the and click “P” for potholes and follow links. outlook for local government services is bleak and that we are sitting on a time bomb. In the short term there is little we Paul Le Versha can do to affect these underlying problems. Chairman The challenge is to make the best use we can of woefully inadequate resources and to Are you a member of the ARA? If not, why seek action upon the worst current not join and help us to become an even problems. stronger voice for Ashtead? Membership currently costs £2.50 a year per FLOODING SURVEY household. If you would like to join or Driving around Ashtead during the last have a general query, please contact our quarter of 2009, I got the impression that Membership Secretary, Judith Weller on the number of areas affected by flooding has 279944 or by email on increased and that the overall scale of the membsec@ashteadresidents.org.uk. She problem is greater than ever. We are will be delighted to hear from you. already aware of several problem areas eg 10


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FREE MONTHLY PRIZE DRAW IN ASHTEAD TO WIN £100 VOUCHER The free monthly prize draw scheme is now in full swing, receiving over 300 entries in its first month. The winner of the December draw was Mrs S.T., of Ashtead (a Hair Technique customer) who wins £100 to spend with one, or a selection, of the SAS retailers* in The Street, Rectory Lane, Barnett Wood Lane, and Craddocks Parade participating in the draw scheme. Don’t forget to ask for your entry slip at participating retailers for your chance to win £100 to spend in our local shops. *Not all SAS retailers are participating in the prize draw scheme Amanda, 41 The Street

Hair Technique, 69 The Street

Andrea Lee Optometrists, 47 The Street

Jackie Quinn Estate Agents, 118 The Street

Ashtead Computer Services,

Michael Everett Estate Agents,

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Ashtead Fisheries, 4 Rectory Lane

Milners, 40 The Street

Ashtead Fruiterers, 74 The Street

Occasions, 43 The Street

Ashtead Fireplaces, 86 The Street

Palmer’s, 25 The Street

Ashtead Health & Beauty, 80A The Street

Patrick Gardner Estate Agents,

Ashtead TV, 86 Woodfield Lane

66 The Street

Bailey Financial Services, 17 The Street

Park Lane Fine Arts, 102 The Street

Bumbles, 90 The Street

Rayner’s Opticians, 31 The Street

Damsel Dress Agency, 54 The Street

RSM Electrical, 37 The Street

DEG Office Supplies, 65 The Street

Run to Live, 200 Barnett Wood Lane

Elio’s, 84 The Street

Shehnai Restaurant, 9 Craddocks Parade

Elphick Estate Agents, 71 The Street

Style Cruises & Travel, 5 Craddocks Pde

Ex-Cellar, 19-20 Craddocks Parade

Temptations Jewellery, 88 The Street

Fit-Ex Interiors, 6 Craddocks Parade

Volkspeed Engineering Ltd

Flowers by Jackie, 45 The Street

13 Craddocks Parade, rear of car sales

Four Seasons Fish & Chips and Chinese Takeaway

Ward & Cross Hairdressers, 6 Rectory Lane Ward & Cross Florist/Coffee Shop,

220 Barnett Wood Lane

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Framing Workshop, 100 The Street

There is no cash alternative / No purchase necessary / Not all SAS retailers are participating in the scheme

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Ashtead Girlguiding need Volunteers 2010 is the centenary year for Girlguiding. There are many extraordinary events and memorable celebrations planned. In Ashtead we have around 200 girls aged between 5 and 15 already involved in Girlguiding and our long waiting lists reflect how popular it still is. Sadly some of our Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units are at risk of closure unless more leaders are found. Volunteers are desperately needed in Ashtead to expand, strengthen and secure the units to help us through at least a few of the next 100 years! You do not need to have been in Girlguiding as a child to become a leader as any necessary training and support is provided through the Adult Leadership Scheme. We would love to hear from any women aged 18 or over, who would like to learn more about volunteering. Leaders have great fun, make new friends and learn new skills alongside the girls.

To discover a whole new world of adventure, call Karen on 01372 276080 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk 14


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Recycle your old mobile phone for charity Help the British Red Cross to be there when the call comes… by recycling your mobile phone and raising up to £30 for us. After unwrapping your shiny new mobile phone on Christmas day, you may have condemned last year’s model to the back of a drawer. But your rubbish is more useful than you think. Get rid of your unused mobile phone in a clean, green, environmentally friendly way and raise money for the British Red Cross in Surrey at the same time. It won’t cost you a thing and the Red Cross will receive up to £30 (for each handset we will receive 50 per cent of the market value). We can then use the money to help vulnerable people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. Jacquie Fabb, Red Cross Surrey fundraiser, explained: “We can get up to £30 for each mobile phone handset, which will help us to continue our work to support vulnerable people in crisis in your local community – for example teaching vital first aid skills to school pupils; providing a family with practical and emotional support after a house fire; or supporting international emergencies such as home-based care for people affected by HIV/Aids in South Africa. “Do not forget to tell your friends, family, colleagues, clients and anyone else about this great way of contributing to the work of the Red Cross and caring for our environment. There are between 60 million and 90 million old and unused mobile phones in the UK – dig out yours today and help us to be there in a crisis.” What happens to the old mobile phones? Jacquie explains: “The recycled mobile phones are used in a variety of different ways. There is growing demand for communication in developing countries across the world, so used mobile phones in good condition or repairable will be checked, refurbished and sold in these countries, offering people an affordable telecommunications option. “Mobile phones that are totally broken will have their harmful components (batteries, plastic, etc) removed and recycled.” Can I recycle anything else for the Red Cross? You can also recycle your old, used printer ink cartridges. We get £1 for each original ink jet cartridge and up to £5 for toner / laserjet cartridges (their value will vary depending on make and model. A price list will be published on our website and updated every month). What’s it all for? Whether it is a new iphone in great condition or a single inkjet cartridge it will all help! £1 could provide life saving treatment to three victims of cholera (that’s just one inkjet cartridge!) £10 could cover the costs for two British Red Cross volunteers to make home visits to someone who has just come out of hospital and is recovering from illness. £20 could provide two families who have lost everything in a humanitarian disaster like a conflict or an earthquake with life-saving food parcels for one month. £30 (potentially one mobile phone) could help train a British Red Cross volunteer to respond to emergencies, such as floods or a terrorist attack, here in the UK.

How do I do it?

Interested readers should visit redcross.org.uk/recycle or ring 0844 412 2811 to request a Freepost envelope or a collection box for their office. Mobile phone accessories, such as chargers are not required, although Recycle4charities will dispose of them correctly and safely.

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for a coffee break, delicious snacks and hot lunches. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Rosie and the team

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

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ur December open meeting was our regular Pre-Christmas social. But this year we were delighted to welcome 2 of our councillors and some new members. The catering was of a high standard and generous supply.

Council’s Scrutiny Committee. But by the time you read this, things will have moved on. Local politics can be quite exciting! The LRA committee is unanimous in recommending that the Area Forum for Ashtead and Leatherhead, should revert to being part of the Leatherhead and District Forum which brings together all the interests of the Town and its hinterland. This will ensure that there will still be communication between the Council and the residents.

We have also had one of our regular meetings when Paula Hancock an Anna Brereton told us about the history of the twinning between Triel-sur-Seine and Leatherhead and Ashtead. This was an entertaining and happy tale of friendships across the Channel (La Manche).

We continue to grow in size and go from strength to strength - if you are a non-member, why not join us and help us to become an even stronger voice for Leatherhead. We arrange open meetings every first Monday in the month at the Letherhead Institute when an invited speaker will entertain us in matters pertaining to our Town.

Whilst Christmas has distracted many of us, Chairmen of the four Residents’ Associations in the area have been meeting (in real time and virtual) to discuss common issues across the area. In particular there has been some indignation after the Leader of MVDC quoted conversations about the future of the Council’s Area Forums. However three of these conversations never happened, and all responses were misquoted in a paper to the

Hubert Carr Chairman

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Enc. £2 for one year / £5 for three years payable to the Leatherhead Residents’ Association. Please send to:

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My Chocolate Valentine

by midday another chocolate had disappeared and It was a bitterly cold day and Ruth planned to after dealing with the children’s protests at their work from home. She decided to wear her healthy tea and fresh fruit, two more had gone. favourite jeans as they were warm and comfortable and it was a ‘warm and comfortable’ Poached salmon and steamed beans for supper did nothing to improve Sam’s mood or lessen kind of day. After struggling with the zip, she Ruth’s feelings of guilt. started to panic. Perhaps they had shrunk in the Sam woke up on Day Three with a spring in his wash? Perhaps her husband, Sam, had swapped step. He even went out on a morning run. Ruth her pair of size twelve trousers for a pair of size did not share his ‘joie de vivre’ and another two eight ones, as some sort of sick practical joke? chocolates were liberated. There were now only Unfortunately, there was no way of avoiding the three left. Ruth felt terrible. fact that Christmas had got the better of her and she clearly had to act, before obesity set in. Ruth The following day was Valentine’s Day and Sam didn’t give Ruth her usual box of chocolates. It spent the rest of the day flicking through was Saturday and he seemed to be relishing his magazines and surfing the internet desperately new found healthy regime. He went out for a run trying to find a diet that included chocolate and and then cancelled their restaurant reservation, toast. announcing that he was going to cook steak and That night she took a long hard look at Sam as he came out of the shower. “Those love handles are asparagus for dinner. developing nicely, darling,” she said sweetly, safe Ruth was devastated. She visited the garage twice before lunch and was overcome with in the knowledge that she was under the covers remorse. One chocolate was left. The detox was and not in a position to be equally scrutinised. over and Sam would discover her secret. Could “Love handles! What do you mean? I have the she tear up the box and pretend that mice had physique of a twenty one year old.....” got to the chocolates? Could she blame the “Sam, you are either living in a world of total children? Ruth knew her husband very well and delusion or you last looked in the mirror twenty realised that there was an answer to her two years ago! I’m reading a magazine at the moment that says the best way to kick start your dilemma... She went upstairs and retrieved a silk metabolism is to have a three day ‘detox’ to flush drawstring bag from the back of her underwear all the impurities out of your system. We’ll do it drawer. It was Valentine’s Day after all. together if you like. It’ll make it easier if I’m That night Ruth put the children to bed while Sam supporting you. She went to sleep feeling guilty cooked dinner. She had a shower and got herself but surprisingly motivated. ready before Sam called her downstairs. Next morning Ruth announced to the children that The dining table was candlelit and there was a they were going to eat more healthily and was wrapped present and a red rose on the table. greeted with a wail of protest. She scooped up “Dinner’s ready. Would you like a glass of the chocolate biscuits and bags of crisps and hid champagne?” them in a cupboard in the garage. She hesitated “Do you think we should?” when she saw the box of Swiss chocolates that “I think we deserve it don’t you? Why are you Sam had been saving since Christmas. They were wearing your dressing gown?” his favourites and he had been rationing himself. “Sam, I need to tell you something...” There were ten chocolates left in the box as Ruth “Why don’t you open your present? It’s went to hide them in the garage but only nine something I have been keeping my eye on all actually made it to the cupboard. week.” Day One was horrible. Ruth and Sam both As Ruth opened the present, she realised what it suffered from severe caffeine withdrawal and was. tempers were frayed. The children begged them “I am so sorry, I am weak willed and selfish.” to have a cup of coffee and even waved an open Inside the empty box of Swiss Chocolates was a jar of instant coffee under their noses but neither chocolate shaped heart. of them would surrender. They drank glass after Sam feigned anger. “At least you left one for me! glass of water and nibbled on carrot sticks. The Now where’s my present?” evening meal consisted of a piece of grilled Ruth laughed. “What do you think I’ve got on chicken and steamed broccoli. Sam was craving a under my dressing gown? beer and Ruth tried very hard to stay positive. Sarah Lott However, there were now only eight Swiss Copyright January 2010 chocolates in the garage cupboard. The Memory Book Day Two brought headaches and hunger pangs. Stomachs and resentment rumbled throughout the memorybook@virgin.net house. Ruth tried to keep everyone positive but 24 www.thememorybook.co.uk


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No cold calling in Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham has it made a difference to you? Surrey Trading Standards is working with the Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership, Surrey Police, Neighbourhood Watches and local borough and district councils to tackle the problem of unwanted and uninvited callers to households soliciting services or goods (“Cold calls”). A number of “No Cold Calling Zones” have been set up across the county to deter these callers and in turn reduce the number of offences committed against residents.

mid February and, once we’ve built up a picture we will report back to you to let you know how the first 12 months went.

These zones are being set up in areas where residents have said that they do not wish to receive unsolicited visits to their homes from businesses. Residents are given advice on their rights and how to deal with cold callers and a sticker to display advising that such calls are not welcome. Street signs warning would-be cold callers are also erected in the zones. There is a lot of evidence in Surrey and the country as a whole that this sort of initiative has a very positive effect and the agencies and volunteers involved are enthusiastic supporters. To ensure that we improve the effectiveness of these zones, it is important that we get the views of those who live there and whether they have seen a positive benefit.

Mr. Amir Ali, c/o. Surrey Trading Standards, Mid Surrey Area Office, Bay Tree Avenue, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7SY

Your continued support for the zone will ensure that we can build on the early successes and extend good practice into other areas (Leatherhead will be starting in the new year). If you need a new window sticker or any other advice on dealing with cold calling, please contact:

One of the more recent zones to be set up covered Ashtead, Bookham and Fetcham and, now that this has been running for a year, we are seeking the views of residents in these areas. A short questionnaire is available to complete at

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Meredith’s Memories When I was in the RAF...

Service life came as a bit of a shock. The RAF were full of surprises, excitement and eventful in retrospect. One alarming event in the early days was when the police came knocking on the door at 19 Rectory Lane asking me to explain why I was still in civvy street after my 14 days leave had expired. Suspicion of desertion? The story was that at the end of our Trade Training Course as Instrument Repairers at Melksham in Wiltshire nearly all the trainees were given the details and travel warrant to their designated new RAF unit at the end of their 14 days leave. A few individuals, myself included, were told that we would be informed of our posting whilst on leave. My second week of leave came and I had received no instructions and, getting a little anxious, I called on a serving officer who lived in Meadow Road and I knew was also on leave at the time, and asked for advice. He said he would notify the services communication centre at Thorncroft in Leatherhead which would absolve me from any misdemeanour, and I was given a travel warrant and orders to go to Tangmere, probably the nearest RAF unit. Eventually the problem was sorted and I was happy to have a good cover story to tell the policeman. My next highlight, or should it be downlight, was the stolen bicycle at York, already related in Pedal Power. A happier event at York was the opportunity to join the chorus in a performance of Handel’s Messiah in one of the city churches after joining some of the rehearsals. A third happening at Elvington, which was our base unit about six miles from York, it was a chilling spectacle, which lasted about six seconds, the little sketch shows what I saw - a fourengined Hallifax aeroplane diving straight down towards the earth just seconds from catastrophe. A vivid tragic unforgettable memory. Next a move to Warboys airfield in Huntingdonshire, immediately adjacent to the village. There I made friends with the Moore family who lived in the High Street. George Moore was a Methodist local preacher with a family of five, all late teens and early twenties. His home was an open house to all service personnel who were welcome at all times to enjoy a little bit of homely relaxation. I was attracted to Joyce, the youngest of the family. We corresponded during my period in India and

upon my return in 1946 we were engaged and married the next year. A memorable occasion during my Warboys days was the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1943 or 1944. I was fortunately able to get hold of three different photographs of the lineup of the representative ground crew from the Squadron photographer. We were assembled in front of a Lancaster, which was half way out of its hangar. I even have one of ‘The King and I’.

Meredith, 3rd from left, meeting King George VI

On to India and memories of the voyage on the peacetime luxury liner Strathnaver. The Bay of Biscay, noted for its rough seas was so calm that the reflection of other ships in the convoy could be seen on the water. Then through the Mediterranean which had recently been made safe from U-boats which made the long journey around the African Cape no longer necessary. Then the interesting sight of land and people at close quarters as we passed through Suez. One last memory of Indian days was the occasion of the Chakeri Male Voice Choir visit to the All India Broadcasting Studios at Lucknow. We were to present a programme of songs on the Forces’ Radio Programme. My clearest memory is glancing through a window of a studio where a performer was making a live broadcast playing a sitar. What a strange jumble of memories!

Mr Meredith Worsfold was born in 1922, and still lives in the village of Ashtead and has written a book on the village entitled ‘Ashtead The Street in the 1920’s’ 30

Meredith Worsfold in 1930


Shops & Services

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CARING FOR THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT

• Person-centred 24 hour care • Unrestricted visiting • Integrated social activities programme

• Excellent cuisine 41 Skinners Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2NN

Tel: 01372 276052

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Please go to www.the-theatre.org to check timings and make on-line bookings, or call the box office on 01372 365141

THE HOBBIT

Friday 5th – Saturday 6th February, Fri & Sat 7.30pm / Sat Matinee 2.30pm Tickets: £18 (£20 Premium), Children and OAPs: £14.50, Friends: £17.50, Family Ticket: £55.00

Enjoy the sights, sounds and excitement of the best selling fantasy novel ever written, in this fresh spectacular live theatre production with sparkling new magical effects. Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented Hobbit, has his life turned upside down when he is chosen by Gandalf the Sorcerer to join Thorin Oakenshield, exiled king of the Dwarves, on his quest to reclaim their kingdom and treasure. Glyn Robbins’ acclaimed, faithful stage adaptation has played to nearly half a million people during three national tours, two Christmas seasons in the West End and is perfect for Hobbit fans both young and old. Join us as we travel “there and back again”.

MERCURY

Friday 19th February 7.30pm, Tickets: £16, Friends £13.50

These performers recapture the sight, sounds and emotions of Queen with a skilful instrumentation and perfect harmonies. The band is enjoying acclaimed success with stunning performances, attracting new fans, with capacity audiences at venues throughout the world. Joseph Lee Jackson portrays Mercury’s Freddie. His powerful vocal range and stunning visual interpretation adds a totally new dimension to Queen over any tribute show. Along with other band members, Glen Scrimshaw(Brian May), Pat Coleman (Roger Taylor), Steve Humphreys (John Deacon) and Lee Harvey (Spike Edney) Mercury are Queen, the Legend lives on. www.mercuryqueentribute.co.uk

CINEMA SHERLOCK HOLMES (12A) Tues 26th Jan 7.30pm Wed 27th Jan 7.30pm Thurs 28th Jan 7.30pm

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? (PG) Fri 12th Feb 7pm Mon 15th Feb 1pm & 7.30pm Tues 16th Feb 2pm & 7.30pm

AN EDUCATION (12A) Fri 29th Jan 7.30pm IT’S COMPLICATED (15) Mon 8th Feb 2pm & 7.30pm Tues 9th Feb 2pm, 7.30pm

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) Mon 15th Feb 3.30pm Tues 16th Feb 4.30pm Wed 17th Feb 3pm Thurs 18th Feb 4pm

THE ROAD (15) Wed 10th Feb 1pm & 7.30 Thurs11th Feb 2pm, 7.30

ALL ABOUT STEVE (12A) Wed 17th Feb 1pm, 7.30 Thurs 18th Feb 2pm & 7.30

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Classic Home Care Services provide a very high standard of care to all our service users. We achieve this through having a clear recruitment procedure and excellent training package. We are interested in hearing from people with an outgoing and bubbly personality, who can commit to anything from 10 to 40 hours per week. For this post a full driving licence and own transport is required. We also require Live-In care workers. For this post a driving licence is not required. If you are interested interested in eit either her of the above above positions positions please call our our offic officee during during openin openingg hours hours on 020 8393 71 7117 17 28a High Street - Ewell - Surrey - KT17 1RW Tel: 020 8393 7117 - Fax: 020 8393 5535 Email: classichomecare@btconnect.com Web: www.classichomecareservices.co.uk 33


Health & Beauty

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Recognised by all insurers including Bupa and Axa PPP Clinics based in Fetcham and Uxbridge NEW male Osteopath ‘Kaps’, specialising in sports injuries (see left) Getting to the ‘root of the problem’ FAST 70% better in 3-5 sessions Convenient location with free parking Established since 2001 All major debit and credit cards now taken

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead When “green” issues pop up as a topic when I’m chatting to people, I’m often asked what the “Transition thing” is all about. Very briefly, it’s all about gradually moving (or “Transitioning”!) to a lifestyle that uses less fossil fuel, where the local community becomes more self-reliant than it is today for food, energy, employment, social and leisure activities. It’s about realising that reducing consumption can help us find new ways to enjoy ourselves that are less wasteful of energy resources. It’s about just tweaking your thinking a bit to challenge your ideas on what you want out of life. People often say to me that it’s all very well, and they do agree we should live a “greener” life but it’s simply a matter of time – people feel they could do so much more if they had time to spare, but time is exactly what they are short of. So here are a few ideas that aren’t time consuming but will reduce your carbon footprint: don’t overheat your house – wear warmer clothes rather than turning up the thermostat; replace your old inefficient boiler and take advantage of the new boiler scrappage scheme to keep the cost down; maybe you can use alternatives to the car for some of your journeys – eg bus, train, walk, bike; shop online for items not available locally to Can some of your trips be by train? reduce car trips to the shops or supermarket; try not to buy “disposable” items or more stuff than you actually need; avoid long-haul flights and cruises for holidays – go to Europe by train using this great rail travel website http://www.seat61.com/ or rediscover our own beautiful country; grow a few fruit and veg in the garden or on the patio/window sill; cut down meat and dairy consumption – having one vegetarian meal a week is a good start. And why should we be doing all this? The simple answer is the one you all know really – the planet has limited resources of everything and fossil fuels in particular and if we don’t reduce fossil fuel burning, we risk disastrous climate change, and in the end we’ll run short of fossil fuels anyway. Note that these suggestions are about getting off the consumption treadmill and realising this can mean increased well-being and happiness. So let’s start to find ways of living a good life without the Black Stuff now! Chris Ellis

For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk. Contact our Secretary Derek Smith on 01372 378914 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 36


Health & Beauty

PILATES ASHTEAD ASHTEAD

(to create a leaner, stronger & more toned body) Ashtead Squash Club, Ashtead Cricket Club, Skinners Lane Woodfield Lane

TUESDAYS 9 Feb - 9 March

FRIDAYS 12 Feb - 9 April

9.15am-10.15am Beginner/Refresher

9.30am-10.30am Legs, Bums & Tums (6 week course £39)

WEDNESDAYS 10 Feb - 10 March 9.30am - 10.30am Improver/Refresher 10.30am - 11.30am Post Natal (Mother & Baby) 6.45pm - 7.45pm Beginner/Improver 7.45pm - 8.45pm Improver/Refresher

Contact Caron Arnold 01372 276729 07779 578796 caron688@btinternet.com

FRIDAYS 12 Feb - 9 April 3pm-4pm Gentle Pilates (suitable for bad backs)

Also available: Personal Training & Pilates at Home 6 week courses £45

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Childline introduces new features to the service

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his year young people will see some exciting developments to the ChildLine service.

By logging on to the ChildLine service, young people can enter an environment that makes them feel more comfortable. They can use the creative tools to talk about their worries without having to find the right words and draw a picture or write a poem to help show how they are feeling.

The telephone service is available as ever and remains the simple to remember number: 0800 1111, but government funding and ongoing support of the public through the Child’s Voice Appeal is enabling ChildLine As always, confidentiality and feeling safe to to grow and expand the service to counsel get in touch is important to ChildLine. A more young people when ‘hide your tracks’ feature they need someone to turn means that children can to. seek advice discreetly and in confidence. A locker Young people have told us room feature means that they would like more young people can maintain information and support to privacy and store any be available online. We’ve drawings or poems they responded to this and a have created or important major part of correspondence they may developments to ChildLine have shared with us. are online at our website: www.childline.org.uk. A ChildLine spokesperson said: “We’re really excited The new online features to be introducing additional will enable young people to services and more ways in have more choice in the which young people can way they can reach out for contact us. The support of help and advice. The the public and government website continues to has made this possible. provide advice about issues Technology and how young that commonly affect people choose to children and young people, communicate is continually but will now also contain brand new features evolving, and with the ongoing support of the including: Child’s Voice Appeal, we aim to continue to A message board where young people can develop the service and introduce even more communicate and provide support to each ways for young people to get in touch with other us. By offering both telephone and online Ask Sam – the online agony aunt counselling services together, ChildLine will The opportunity to email or post questions to be there for many more children when they ChildLine have a worry and they will be able to choose A new online counselling service offering for themselves about how they want to get in children and young people help, support and touch.” advice by requesting one to one support with Your donation will help the NSPCC one of our counsellors. When a counsellor continue to expand this vital service. If becomes available the child will get a you would like to donate you could make message inviting them to come and talk. all the difference to a child by giving just The site also has a range of fun stuff! Online £3.50 a month. This equates to £42 a tools allow young people to get creative, year, which pays for a complete one-toexplore their feelings – perhaps whilst one counselling session. waiting to speak with a counsellor. There are games, videos, creative tools and a mood Go to www.nspcc.org.uk for details of how tracker to help young people evaluate how to donate or fundraise. they are feeling at that time. 38


Health & Beauty

Mon 9-6, Tues 9-6, Weds 10-8, Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5 80a The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW

www.ashteadhealthandbeauty.co.uk

01372 274343

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They’re fast - They’re smudge free - No drying time £25 Hands or Feet

Yoga

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Ashtead & Leatherhead All levels welcome

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Phone: 07507 550672 Email: info@amandaskellyyoga.com Web: www.amandaskellyyoga.com

“You are doing a huge amount to pull the community together in various ways.” Christine Kerton, Ashtead Residents’ Association, Standing Committee

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Health & Beauty For a small business, it's essential that advertising is carefully targeted to potential customers only. We therefore only advertise locally, which is why we are happy to support The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. There couldn't be a more friendly and enthusiastic editor than Zen. David Donner, Optometrist

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I set up Soundbytes less than three months ago, and thanks mainly to the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local magazine, the response has been fantastic.â&#x20AC;? Hazel Hannam

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Would you like to join a male voice choir? Epsom Male Voice Choir has had a very successful 2009, with a significant growth in membership, which currently stands at nearly 50 and is drawn from Ashtead and Leatherhead as well as from Epsom and Ewell. The Choir – the leading male choir in North Central Surrey – held two major concerts during the year. The annual main concert was held at Epsom Playhouse in May, following a very successful charity performance at the end of 2008 at Box Hill School in Mickleham, which raised a significant contribution for the Help for Heroes Fund. The choir also sang at several charity events and weddings during the year. This all followed a busy 2008, when the Choir celebrated its 25th anniversary with a trip to Chantilly, Epsom’s twin town in France, and several concert performances. The musical mix is eclectic, spanning traditional Welsh hymns, light classical and arrangements of more recent pop and rock hits from the likes of Eric Clapton, the Four Seasons and Westlife. There will now be an Open Evening for prospective new members on 10th February in Ewell. Anyone who would like to try out choral singing and see how they like it is invited to join the Choir at a special event during its normal Wednesday night rehearsal slot of 8-10 p.m. at Ewell United Reformed Church Hall, to join in rehearsing a couple Members of the Choir after singing of new numbers, and to hear at a wedding at Wotton House, Summer 2009 some songs from their concert repertoire. Refreshments will be available in the mid-evening break, and members of the Choir will discuss what it’s like to be a member. A knowledge of music is not required - the aim is to enjoy making music and the company of others with the same interest.

The URC Hall is at the rear of the church in London Road, Ewell KT17 2BB, right behind the Honda garage and Shell station on Ewell Bypass at the junction of the A24 and A240. It is just ten minutes walk from Ewell West station and there is free car parking in front of the church and in London Road.

For info, contact Bill Henderson, Choir Chairman Tel 01372 273295, e-mail: bill.henderson@lineone.net


Health & Beauty

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

Whitening & Advanced Facial Aesthetics Full Disabled Access Hygienist Service NHS For Children Easy Parking

Dr Sue Taylor Taylor Dr R Woodriffe Woodriffe Dr M Spe Speakm akman an Dr T Than

Phone Now for an Appointment 01372 363670 135 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX 43


ROTARY CLUB AQUABOX APPEAL CAN YOU HELP THOSE IN HAITI? Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland The Rotary Club of Leatherhead District 1250

What is an Aquabox? 1. Aquaboxes help keep people alive after disaster, whether tsunami, earthquake, flood, drought or man made.

5. Before dispatch the boxes (measuring height 16”, length 21” and width 14”) are filled with other useful items to aid survival.

2. When disasters occur, sources of drinking water quickly become polluted. Although people can survive for long periods without food, they must drink. Lack of safe drinking water quickly leads to widespread disease often claiming more lives than the original disaster.

6. The filled boxes are stored in a warehouse in Derbyshire from where they can be quickly dispatched to any part of the world. 7. Typically 4000 boxes are sent out each year, normally via aid agencies such as the Red Cross, Christian Aid, the Methodist Missionary Society and the African Relief Trust. In recent years boxes have been dispatched to Liberia, Kosovo, Albania, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Uganda.

3. ROTARY AQUABOXES are designed to provide safe drinking water quickly and to keep people alive while full-scale aid is being organised or services restored. 4. An Aquabox is a large plastic box containing a water filter with a tap at one end. The tank is filled with available water and purification tablets added. Purified and filtered safe drinking water is then drawn off from the tap. Each box and filter can provide over 1000lt. of water. The filters can also be replaced with new.

8. Within days of the Asian Tsunami Aquaboxes were arriving in the disaster area with numbers soon exceeding 4500 boxes. Now they are required URGENTLY to help those in Haiti after the devastating earthquake. 9. There is a constant need to replenish stocks of boxes ready for dispatch when ever and where ever required. 44


AQUABOX - How you can help You can help with the life saving Aquabox scheme in one of two ways, either by collecting items from the list below to fill the boxes or by making a donation to purchase more Aquaboxes. The following items are required. PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLOTHING GENERALLY (SEE BELOW) PLEASE TAKE THIS LIST TO THE SHOPS WITH YOU

Large Towel Brush and comb Tablets of soap Washing powder or flakes

EATING AND DRINKING Plastic bucket Large Pan Bowls (Plastic advisable) Cups (nesting plastic beakers take less space) Plastic Bucket (rubber or canvas will do) Metal knives forks and spoons Scissors Can opener

GENERAL Lightweight waterproofs (macs, jackets or cagoules) Childs small toys Insulation tape Pack of safety pins Needle and cotton Small torch Batteries for above (in sealed pack) Ball of string and clothes line Candles Pencil and paper Roll of Plastic Sacks Clothes Line and Garden Wire and Pliers

FOR THE BABY Towelling nappies (not disposable) Baby/Children’s Clothing Nappy pins Vests Baby-Grows Plastic pants Feeding bottle or cup TO GET STARTED Small shovel or Hand Trowel Screwdriver and some screws Hammer and some nails Scout knife

Each Aquabox complete with filters, purification tablets and transport costs £50. Donations to help purchase Aquaboxes are always welcome.

HYGIENE New toothbrushes and toothpaste Toilet rolls Pack of cotton wool Small First Aid kit. (No medicines - only plasters, ointment etc.) Sanitary pads

To help please contact Graham Ryding on 01372 370048 45


Art, Jewellery & Gifts

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fire and iron gallery the gallery for metal art and jewellery

gifts and cards for your valentine Across 1 299 squared plus 13 (5) 5 15 Across minus 102 (3) 6 22 Down plus 194 (3) 8 Inches in seven feet (2) 9 24 Across multiplied by five (3) 11 Double 24 Across (2) 13 28 Down multiplied by five (3) 15 8 Across multiplied by six (3) 16 22 Across multiplied by 20 Down (5) 17 22 squared (3) 19 17 Across minus 23 (3) 21 One eleventh of 27 Across (2) 22 Months in nine years (3) 24 One eleventh of 17 Across (2) 25 22 Across plus 42 (3) 27 13 Across plus 1 Down minus 32 (3) 29 74 per cent of 67950 (5) Down 1 Ounces in five pounds (2) 2 Double 19 Across (3) 3 Months in 10 years (3) 4 One ninth of 5 Down (2) 5 21 squared (3) 7 Minutes in eight hours (3) 8 12 Down minus 971 (5) 10 171 squared plus 159 (5) 12 1 Across minus 5000 (5) 14 17 Across plus 1 Down (3) 15 5 Across plus 25 Across minus one tenth of 1 Down (3) 18 6 Across plus 14 Down minus 27 (3) 20 19 Across plus 25 Across plus 32 (3) 22 Five-sixths of 3 Down (3) 23 6 Across plus 15 Down (3) 26 One quarter of 9 Across (2) 28 One seventh of 5 Down (2)

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BUMBLES Established in 1991 we have changed with the times to meet the local needs

There is currently a 25% discount on many items in the shop.

We look forward to seeing you. A Member of the Support Ashtead Shops Scheme

90 The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW Tel: 01372 276219 Open: 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday - Saturday

Email: bumblesofashtead@btinternet.com Proprietor: Barbara Kay

DOG PORTRAITS FRAMED ORIGI ORIGINA NALS LS & LIMITED LIMI TED EDITION PRINTS PRINTS GIFTS AND JEWELLERY JEWE LLERY CARDS CAR DS BESPOKE BESPO KE FRAM FRAMING ING READY MADE FRAMES FRAMES

PASTEL, APPROX APPROX SIZE 12” X 18” FOR MORE INFORMATION INFORMATION CALL KEN DODGE ON

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Tel: 01372 01372 377363

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Technology

FOR ALL YOUR COMPUTING NEEDS Friendly Local Service For SALES - REPAIRS - UPGRADES REMOTE ASSISTANCE - CALLOUTS TELEPHONE : 01372 801545

THE STREET - FETCHAM - SURREY - KT22 9RD

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“Thank you so much for printing the article about the Ashtead Friday Market in your magazine. We had lots of new people in the hall and several wanting to take a table for next time. It certainly made a difference to our numbers and it highlighted the event, which was fantastic! Many thanks again.” Chris Townsend, Ashtead Friday Market, APMH. 48


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Clubs & Activities Is the stress of everyday life getting you down? How about spending a few hours on the riverbank?

We have some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mole River, various ponds around the area and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex. For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Eric) on 01372 377654, or visit: www.leatherheadangling.co.uk

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Clubs & Activities

Join Michael & Martina for a New Ballroom & Latin Beginner’s Class Fridays 7.30-8.30pm Nuffield Health Centre 3 The Crescent L/head KT22 8DY £10 per person

NEW Thursday 7.45-11pm

TYLNEY HALL BALLROOM LEATHERHEAD LEISURE CENTRE

Monday 7.45-10.45pm

FRIENDS PROVIDENT SOCIAL CLUB

Also available for Private Lessons, Wedding Dances and Performances.

Tuesday 7.45-11pm DORKING HALLS

Tues 16th February 7.45-11pm DORKING HALLS LeRoc’s Strictly Come Dancing Special Vincent & Flavia performing Argentine Tango Class, Cabaret & Meet and Greet. £9/£10

Tel: 07760 376386 /

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mandmburton@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 01883 740559 / 07944 971195

W: mandmstrictlyballroom.com

Email: info@leroc.biz Web: www.leroc.biz

Ashtead Art Lovers for those those with a pa passion ssion for art & its history history

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Education & Tuition

Maki Sumitomo-Wyatt

FETCHAM STUDY CENTRE

01372 370164

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We want you to have peace of mind when you leave your children with us, knowing that they will be loved and cared for in a friendly, safe and cheerful environment. • Ch Children ildren from 3 months-5 months-5 years years • Le Lear arning ning environment environment of the highest highest ca calibre libre • Fa Family mily va values lues and atmos atmosphere phere

YOUR TEENAGE DJ

You are very welcome to visit us; us; please telephone tele phone to arrange an appointme appointment. nt. We look look forward to giving you and and your your child the support support you you deserve and and may need when combining com bining work and and parenting. parenting. Liz Chambers, Managing Director BEd. (Hons), Cert. Ed., Dip. SLD, P.P.A., O.U. (The First Years of Life)

01372 276825 / 279935

www.flyingstartdaynursery.co.uk Contact Joseph

Barnesmead Woodfield Lane Ashtead Moorlands The Marld Ashtead

01372 373844 lott.lott@virgin.net References available on request

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Education & Tuition

For budding actors and actresses aged 13-19 years

2010 term begins: Saturday January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, February 6th

Join us for a free taster session at the Leatherhead Theatre Starting 7th January, every Thursday evening from 6-8pm

Half Term Saturday February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

For professional tuition in drama, dance and singing

10am-11am – Drama 11am-12pm – Dance

The Performing Arts Class will enter the Leatherhead Drama Festival 2010.

£60 a term for one session £90 a term for both sessions (drama and dance)

*Come along and try one taster session for free*

For further information please contact

To book a place with the LTS call the

Sally on 01372 365154 or 07711 937951

Box Office on 01372 365141 and ask for further information

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Food & Drink

Recipe of the month

Chicken Chow Mein

Celebrate the Chinese New Year which lands on Valentines Day this year with a quick and easy stir-fry. The trick to a good stir-fry is to keep the food moving in the wok all the time and not to overcook the vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they should still have a slight crunch to them. Serves 4 Ready in approx 25 mins 250g packet medium egg noodles

1 large red pepper, deseeded and sliced

2 tsp sesame oil

100g baby corn, halved lengthways

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

100g sugar snap peas, halved lengthways

1 tsp finely grated root ginger

4 tbsp light soy sauce

400g skinless chicken fillet, cut into thin strips

1 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp runny honey

6 spring onions, trimmed and chopped

1. Cook the egg noodles in a large pan of boiling water according to the packet instructions. Drain well and rinse under cold water. Set aside. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan until very hot. Add the garlic and ginger and stirfry for 30 seconds. Add the chicken strips and stir-fry over a high heat for 3-4 mins until browned all over.

Established for 22 successful years We serve an authentic choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes freshly cooked to order by our renowned Bangladeshi chef

3. Add the spring onions, pepper, baby corn and sugar snap peas to the pan and stir-fry for a further 23 mins.

Takeaway service available, with 10% discount on all orders over ÂŁ15

House specials served daily

Outside catering available for large parties. We are open 7 days a week, inc Bank Holidays 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm

4. Mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce and honey and add to the pan with the noodles. Stir-fry for a further 2-3 mins until the noodles are piping hot. Serve immediately.

1 Craddocks Parade, Ashtead, KT21 1QL

01372 274810 / 273627 Why not try our new branch The Mogul - 66 Terrace Road, Walton on Thames.

01932 223319

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Thanks for Life Rotary Day - £1million polio campaign The Rotary Clubs of Mole Valley are taking part in an ambitious national Rotary initiative to help raise £1 million towards polio eradication by February 2010. As part of Rotary’s national Thanks for Life campaign, hundreds of Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland will link up with schools, businesses, organisations and individuals to hold a range of fund-raising events to raise the £1 million target by Thanks For Life – Rotary Day, Tuesday, 23 February 2010, which coincides with Rotary’s 105th anniversary. The campaign will see Rotary Clubs across Mole Valley organise events to raise funding towards eradicating polio. Rotary Club of Dorking will be providing information on polio and the immunisation campaign during the week prior to and on the day of Saturday 20th February when volunteers from the club hold a fundraising collection in Dorking town. Other Rotary Clubs across the district are organising similar events.

in this fight for 25 years and the world is so close to being free from polio for good, thanks to the joint hard work of organisations and governments. How fantastic for our towns, individuals and businesses to join the fight and be able to say, ‘I helped to wipe out a disease for only the second time in history, after smallpox. I stopped children from dying - I helped change the world’.”

For more information on the Thanks for Life campaigns of Rotary Clubs of Mole Valley, or if you are a school or educational establishment and would like more information to encourage awareness amongst your pupils, please contact John Thom, Rotary Club of Dorking president on 01306 – 712044, or by e-mail at: j10rmt@tiscali.co.uk

Polio is a crippling, and sometimes fatal, disease and still a very harrowing reality for children in parts of Africa and Asia and threatens children everywhere. It is highly virulent and only an air flight away from the UK. Polio eradication has been Rotary's top priority since 1985. Since then, polio cases have fallen from 350,000 a year to a recorded 1,600 last year. Thanks to Rotary’s help, two billion children have been protected from the disease, and the number of endemic countries has fallen from 125 to just four: Afghanistan, northern India, Nigeria and Pakistan. It is estimated that five million children have been spared from disability and 250,000 deaths have been averted. Every £1 raised in this campaign will purchase five doses of the special anti-polio vaccine. These children will be protected against polio - forever. John Thom, Rotary Club of Dorking president said: “Rotary has been involved 58


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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Road Safety Message working order and be aware that, in reduced lighting conditions, drivers are less likely to see you than normally.

Neighbourhood Roads Specialist Officer, PC Tom Arthur, is actively involved in initiatives across Mole Valley to target anti-social driving and to co-ordinate speed enforcement initiatives with local Safer Neighbourhood Team officers.

There are other ways in which all road users can help to make roads safer to use. Report any road defects to Surrey County Council and remember to keep you distance from other vehicles. Drivers need to be aware and to make allowances for other road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is a significant factor in road collisions. You are four times more likely to have a collision when you are on your mobile phone. It is also an offence and could result either in prosecution or by way of a fixed penalty of £60 and three penalty points.

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Leatherhead Rotary Club says thank you for Christmas donations! Photo shows Leatherhead Rotarians Juliet Beckwith (left) and Heather Hunt outside the Lidl supermarket in Leatherhead. The Rotary Club of Leatherhead would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their Christmas collections outside the Tesco and Lidl supermarkets in Leatherhead during December. Altogether a total of ÂŁ1,194.70 was collected, which will be used to support local charities and voluntary organisations throughout the coming year.

The Rotary Club of Leatherhead meets at 7pm every Wednesday. For further information about the club and its activities, please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964.

Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society Present: Return to the Forbidden Planet Dorking Halls - Tues 2nd - Sat 6th March

Captain Tempest and the crew of Return to the Forbidden Planet welcome you aboard the flight at the Dorking Halls, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1950s science fiction film Forbidden Planet (which itself drew its plot loosely from The Tempest). The plot follows the crew of a routine survey flight under the command of Captain Tempest. Their spaceship is drawn mysteriously to the planet D'Illyria where mad scientist Doctor Prospero and his lovely daughter Miranda are marooned. The high energy show features a bevy of 1950s and 1960s rock and roll classics, performed on stage by the DDOS cast. The show's dialogue is largely adapted from wellknown passages from Shakespeare.

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Epsom & District Soroptimist Club like to exhibit your artwork then please contact Barbara Watts on 020 8330 5307 or email Barbara_watts@btinternet.com. We are sure that we will have a wonderful display of work and our hope is also to raise funds for two very worthwhile causes.

If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a Soroptimist and making a real difference for women and girls in your community and the wider world then we would be delighted to hear “Women and their Art” is the subject of an from you. Please contact Judith Exhibition to celebrate women’s creativity Kelly on 020 8647 0287 or go to our in the visual arts to be held at Bourne Hall nd th web address: www.soroptimistfrom March 22 – 27 . The Exhibition is being organised by Soroptimist gbi.org/clubs/epsom-and-district International of Epsom & District in aid of East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service and SI Epsom & District’s Education Support Fund for Young Women Carers. It is also part of a year of celebration by SI Epsom & District to mark the Club’s 50th anniversary

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN FEBRUARY? Wednesday 3rd

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group. Demonstration of flower arranging by Valerie Clark entitled ‘Channel Hopping’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome, entry £4. Contact Diane Evans, 01372 272563.

Friday 5th

French Winters - using the work of Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Pisarro (& others) we will explore how 19thC artists captured the light and atmosphere of the winter landscape. 7.30pm. £10 inc refreshments: email ashteadartlovers@googlemail.com or phone 01372 272235, for further information.

Friday 5th (weekly)

Coffee and scones served every Friday morning in the Ralli Room Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to run the APMH.

Monday 8th Sunday 14th

Surrey Hills Artists exhibition. Over 120 paintings which range from room focus to miniatures in a variety of styles and media to suit all tastes. The exhibition is open from 10am-5.30pm daily and further info is available on Denbies website: www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk

Wednesday 10th - A revue about ‘Love and all that’ at St George’s Christian Centre, 7.30pm, more Friday 12th details on opposite page. Friday 12th

Ashtead Friday Market. 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - cakes, haberdashery, bric-a-brac, plants, cards, jewellery, etc. Free entry.

Saturday 13th

Mid-Surrey Mencap Jumble Sale, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead. 11am 1pm. Admission 30p.

Saturday 13th

‘In Love With Music’ Dorking Chamber Orchestra, St Nicolas Church, Gt Bookham, 7.30pm. More details opposite.

Tuesday 16th

Teddy Bears Picnic, 11am-1pm. Box Hill. A little walk through the woods to a special picnic spot with stories, songs and games. Children’s picnic provided, just bring teddy. Suitable for children 3-6 but must be accompanied by an adult. Assistance dogs only, ½ mile easy walking. Booking essential by 11 Feb. National Trust, 01372 220644.

Thursday 18th

Woodland Crafts for Kids, 1pm-3pm. Headley Heath. Forage around the heath to collect materials to make something special to take home. Suitable for children 6-12 but must be accompanied by an adult. Assistance dogs only, 1 mile easy walking. Booking essential by 15 Feb. National Trust, 01372 220644.

Friday 19th

Lecture: ‘Francis Frith, The Photographer’ by David Edney. Letherhead Institute. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm, visitors £2. All welcome. Leatherhead and District Local History Society.

Thursday 18th Saturday 20th

Annual Epsom Charity Book Fair to raise money for the Epsom Methodist Church’s appeal to build a new youth centre for the 7th Epsom Scout Group and the charity ‘Action for Children’. More details opposite.

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Women's World Day of Prayer Service Friday 5th March 2.00 pm. Our Lady and St.Peter's Catholic Church, Garlands Road. The Women's World Day of Prayer is an international organisation that arranges services drawing women together to pray for peace and justice each year the service is provided by the women of a different countryThe theme 'Let Everything That Has Breath Praise God' has been written by the women the Republic of Cameroon. the service will be followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome. For more details contact Dorothy 01372 81766

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Strata Exhibition at The Leatherhead Theatre Monday 1st â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wednesday 24th February 2010 (free entry)

Trinity Iceberg, Bridget Tyrrell

The members of the Strata Art Group first met 12 years ago on the day they enrolled on a Fine Art course at Reigate School of Art and Design. The course curriculum was wide and varied, taking in such disciplines as sculpture, printmaking, photography, textile design and metalwork as well as painting and life drawing. It opened new horizons for this group of mature students excited by their first opportunity to study fine art in its many forms.

Sharing rooms together on College trips to Paris and Moscow and exploring the lesser-known but innovative art galleries in Lakeland in Greys, Lesley Jones London, they became firm friends. On completing their Foundation Course, some of the group stayed on at Reigate School of Art for further study while others progressed to take BA and MA degrees in Surrey and London. Subsequently the friends formed themselves into Strata and began exhibiting a variety of work, developing their different interests and techniques. Still based in Surrey, Strata have exhibited frequently in London, the Home Counties and further afield.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 14

The Almshouses - The Street, Ashtead A parish alms house existed in Ashtead before 1668 but no location can be ascertained from the parish registers of the time. The well-known almshouses, situated at the east end of The Street, at the corner of Park Lane, were built in the 1730s from funds left by Lady Diana Fielding. The Almshouse was sometimes known as ‘The Widows’ House’, because they housed six widows in two rooms each. They were administered by the Rector and trustees of Lady Diana’s will. In 1852 Mary Howard provided funds to accommodate two more widows and also left £500 to be invested towards the widows’ allowance after her death in 1877. The above is now known as ‘Fielding House’ and is administered by the trustees of the Ashtead United Charities. In 1975 a block of flats, called Maple House, was built in the grounds, in memory of a long serving secretary of the trustees. In the same year, The Haven, in Ottways Lane, comprising of four cottages, and originally for retired domestic servants founded in the 1880s, was also taken over by the Charity as another almshouse. For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: staff@lheadmuseum.plus.com Website: www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk 78


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Leith Hill Musical Festival 2010 Looking ahead to the 2010 Leith Hill Musical Festival, the programme looks as exciting as ever. The season begins on Sunday 14th March with our annual performance of a Bach Passion - this year the St John. This occasion every year is very special: glorious music of course, with the opportunity to work again with Theresa Caudle's wonderful baroque ensemble Canzona. The Youth Choirs Competition on Saturday 27th March will see the roof raised at the Dorking Halls as hundreds of school children sing with their usual exuberance. Then it’s the adults’ turn with the opening concert of the main Festival on Thursday 15th April combining the Baroque excitement of Handel's Coronation Anthem The King shall Rejoice with the classical elegance of Schubert's tuneful Mass in C. The programme continues the LHMF tradition of including music by a living composer, in Cecilia McDowall's delightful Ave Maris Stella. Cecilia will be our special guest that evening. The Friday night programme gives us our chance, as ever, to include the music of our great founder conductor. Vaughan Williams's setting of the Benedicite is a tremendous show-piece and a considerable challenge, and contrasts with the Gallic charm of Gounod's deliciously melodic Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile. We are privileged too, to give the world premiere of a new song for men’s voices, Rainfall, composed by Bob Chilcott. And finally to Saturday's concert with Elgar's The Music Makers. George Dyson's three simple and effective Songs of Praise, complete the picture for what will be another memorable Festival.

2010 Programme Cathy Bell Sean Clayton Jon Stainsby

Sunday 14th March Bach St John Passion. 7.00 p.m Dorking Halls. Festival Conductor Brian Kay Canzona

English Festival Orchestra Friday 16th April 7.30 p.m. Benedicite - Vaughan Williams Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile - Gounod

Soloists: Huw Rhys-Evans (Evangelist) Samuel Evans (Christus) Rhona McKail David Gould Daniel Auchincloss Derek Welton

Soloists: Martene Grimson Neil Jenkins Jonathan Sells

Saturday 27th March Open Competition for Youth Choirs 9.00 a.m Dorking Halls Adjudicator Soo Bishop Email:youthday@lhmf.co.uk

English Festival Orchestra Saturday 17th April 7.30 p.m Three Songs of Praise - Dyson The Music Makers - Elgar

The Festival Concerts and Competitions 15th17th April Dorking Halls Competitions start at 9.00 a.m and are open to spectators. Brian Kay conducts all the evening concerts.

Soloist: Anna Stéphany English Festival Orchestra

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In 1788 Daniel Rooke sets out on a journey that will change the course of his life. As a lieutenant in the First Fleet, he lands on the wild and unknown shores of New South Wales. There he sets up an observatory to chart the stars. But this country will prove far more revelatory than the stars above. Based on real events, The Lieutenant tells the unforgettable story of Rooke's connection with an Aboriginal child - a remarkable friendship that resonates across the oceans and the centuries.

The Long Song Andrea Levy £18.99

A new historical novel from the author of the award-winning Small Island. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was also present when slavery was declared no more. The story tells also of July’s mama Kitty, of the negroes that worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many more persons besides - far too many to list. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled for you to peruse.

The Explosive Child Ross W Greene £9.99

A revised and updated new edition of this justifiably popular guide to parenting. What is an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Ross Greene explains why traditional parenting and treatment often doesn’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Dr. Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

1492: The Year Our World Began Felipe Fernandez-Armesto £20.00

The world would end in 1492 so the prophets, soothsayers and stargazers said. They were right. Their world did end. Ours began. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto traces key elements of the modern world back to that single, fateful year: the way power and wealth are distributed around the globe; the way major religions and civilisations divide the world. Events that began in 1492 even transformed the whole ecological system of the planet. Fernandez-Armesto will take you on a journey around the world and through time to draw together the threads that bind the planet.

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