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


GO50 Guides walks/cycle rides


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Drop down puzzle


Switch & Save with Surrey CC


Opportunities for youngsters in theatre


Letter from Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP


Find the perfect hair colour for you


Mole Valley Awards


Bacchus Art Exhibition winner


Credit/debit card scam


Local history article


Carry on camping


Give a cat a home


Volunteers needed for Wildlife Aid


Two minute trial puzzle


A lovesick Valentine - a story


Leatherhead Rotary Club Xmas collections


Replacement pharmacy for Ashtead


Owners overfeed cats


Quiz - Museums


DEBRA Surrey Cycle 2013


BUPA 10k Run - 27th May


What’s on? Pages 72-77


Recipe - Satay vegetable skewers


Transition Ashtead


Book reviews - Secrets & Lies


MV Police Column


Quiz - Love & Kisses


Reducing doorstep crime - Surrey Police


Help Chernobyl children in 2013


February’s crosswords


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From the Publisher


don’t know about you, but I always find January a little dull after all the excitement of the build up to Christmas, the event itself and then New Year, so I have a little trick up my sleeve that helps me through the first couple of weeks (other than, of course, working on the February magazine and getting it ready for printing), and that is to meet up with friends in the New Year. Not only are they a tonic by cheering me up but they also ensure that my ‘mojo’ is well and truly returned to me in January! (I don’t really know what ‘mojo’ means, but I overheard it on the underground in London once.) As ever, this edition is packed with lots of community information. As most of us know, the A & E and maternity departments at Epsom hospital have been threatened with closure and in this month’s magazine I am printing a letter from Chris Grayling MP to his constituents setting out this thoughts and also informing us that he is organising a meeting at Blenheim School in Epsom on Thursday 7th February and everyone is welcome, read his letter on page 16. The Lloyds pharmacy in The Street, Ashtead closed some months ago and is yet to be replaced. This month I am featuring an update on a new planning application to replace this pharmacy and also contact details for you to get in touch with your views as to why this essential service should be returned to The Street, page 30. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

You may remember that each year a group of children from Belarus which received a significant amount of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 will be visiting our area and spending a month eating uncontaminated food, breathing clean air and generally getting to feel Technical & Legal stuff much better by the end of their stay. If you would Whilst every care has been taken to like to play host to a pair of children then read page ensure that the data in this magazine 46. 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.

Surrey Police have issued guidelines into reducing doorstep crime and there are some really good tips as to how we can safeguard ourselves, vulnerable neighbours and family from this growing crime on page 84.

No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - Have a lovely February and, if you are romantically electronic, mechanical, recording, inclined, remember, roses are cheaper on the 15th! photocopying, or otherwise - without Oh how cynical, I’ve been alive prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2013. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Parking Problems in Ashtead

As we write this the Christmas and New Year holidays draw to a close and most people begin their journeys back to the office. Ashtead is a commuter village. You’ve only got to see the station up-line platform between 6.30 and 10am to see the hundreds of people waiting for their trains to Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge.

Ashtead, but commuters are still finding other areas such as Barnett Wood Lane by the Pond. It appears we must consider “yellow lining” a radius from the station far enough away to discourage commuters from walking to the station from where they abandon their cars. How far is that? Who knows!

As Meteor, the administrators of the car park and a subsidiary of Go-Via (parent company of Southern) continue to increase the parking fees it encourages Some time ago the Residents’ Association looked at more people to find the alternative free parking on the potential in the village for a Shuttle Bus service that would have several pick-up points in the village to the street and who can really blame them! The annual car park charge is £800 a year, and that’s before the take commuters to the station. Once the rush hour annual rail Season Ticket cost. Being concerned for was over the bus could then be used for a shuttle the residents of the village comes a poor second. service to run people to the supermarkets. With rising car park charges and reducing availability of free spaces in the station car park we thought this would be a winner. How wrong we were. We sought to gauge the appetite for such a facility by questioning commuters and the result – limited. As well as a lack of interest from residents in Ashtead we learned interesting facts about the use of our station and the car park. A large number of people using the station come from Langley Vale, Headley, Leatherhead and Epsom. Why? Ashtead has a superb train service to all three London Terminals and coupled with that the car park charges, although still expensive, are cheaper than Leatherhead and Epsom. The daily charge at Ashtead is £4.70 and the others are £5.30 and £5.20 respectively. Epsom of course has very limited parking, in fact none now at the new station and in addition both Leatherhead and Epsom have no onstreet parking whereas Ashtead does. Yellow lines will shortly appear in various places in

We are aware of Barnett Wood Lane, but where else are commuters parking their cars? Please let us know so we can present a case to SCC to add these for consideration for the 2013 parking review. Email us at

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We are desperately in need of Road Stewards for the following roads:- Berry Meade, Berry Meade Close, Beechcroft (Crampshaw Lane), Bramley Way 20-135, Clarendon Mews (Parkers Lane), Darcy Road, Darcy Place, Greenside Drive (off Links Rd), Mole Valley Place, Parsons Mead Developments (all roads), Oakhill Rd 1-55, 2-46, Ottways Lane, 5-43, 32-62, Read Road, Rosedale (Oakhill Rd), Rutland Close, Taylor Rd, The Common, The Marld. If you feel that you can spare an hour or so of your time, just twice a year (Spring and Autumn) to help deliver the newsletters and collect subscriptions, please contact us at

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Shops & Services Well it looks like we all made it to 2013 despite the Mayan prophecies ! This month I thought I would like to write a few lines about the changes proposed to the State Pension. For those of you already in receipt of it (it won’t affect you) and for those of you who think it's far too early to think about pensions can I suggest you turn over to the next page now. For those of you who are interested read on! There never seems to be a year without some changes or other to the pension rules and already this year the government has announced that they intend to simplify the State Pension from April 2017. Currently if you have 30 years qualifying contributions you will receive a Basic State Pension of £107.45 a week, this can be topped up to £142.70 per week with pension credit if you have no other pension entitlements. The changes proposed will mean that you will need 35 qualifying years for the new “flat rate” State Pension of £144 per week, this will rise in line with earnings, prices or 2.5% whichever is the highest. In many ways this will make pensions so much simpler as everyone will get the same amount and the administration will be streamlined. As always there will be winners and losers, the self-employed will probably be the main winners as they do not have a top up pension from the SERPS scheme or the State Second Pension. Another of the winners will be parents who do not work while they bring up children, they get credits for those years but lose out on the top up pensions just like the self-employed, a flat rate may well give them more. The main losers are likely to be employees of the public and private sector who are opted out of the state second pension scheme and therefore pays less national insurance, they will face an increase. For someone on an average wage is likely to be in the region of £270 a year. There are already rumblings regarding the changes, many people are suggesting that a flat rate pension for all gives exactly the same to a millionaire as it does to the poorest pensioner. Pensioners who have accumulated higher benefits through their SERPS and State Second Pensions giving them more than the £144 per week will be allowed to keep the higher payments giving them more than the £144 per week! As I write this article it is intended that this will all happen in April 2017, I would like to make one prediction for the New Year, some of what I've written here will not get to 2017 without being amended by one government or another! If you managed to get this far down the page and would like to talk about your pensions both State and any private or company schemes please feel free to call me. Happy New Year Bob Bailey

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The people of Leatherhead are often asked questions about what they would like to happen in Leatherhead. The LRA's most recent survey involved a petition to advocate keeping the Help Shop on the High Street. Despite all efforts - petitions, press coverage, and local Councillor intervention, the Help Shop will move tothe Library, as savings need to be made. On the bright side it was pointed out that there is free parking near the Library. About ten years ago the residents of Leatherhead, Bookham, Ashtead, and Fetcham were asked to participate in a Leatherhead Health Check. Answers to questions such as 'what do you like best and least about Leatherhead' were carefully recorded in a document called Leatherhead Tomorrow. It included comments about bus service, the environment, parking, the High Street, lack of shops, etc. Since the survey, projects have successfully been completed with the River Mole pathway being the most outstanding. If you enjoy riding the 479 Bus, notice the 'real time' notice boards at the town centre bus stop. Seating and additional cycle racks have been added to the Townscape. At the time of the survey, there were20 to 30 cars parked daily on a pedestrianised High Street with no enforcement. Getting those cars removed was a huge step forward. This shows that participating in a survey can be worthwhile. At the same time that Leatherhead Tomorrow was published, an organization called the Leatherhead AreaPartnership (LAP) was set up, made up of 30 member organizations. Its purpose was to seek funding for projects identified in the Health Check. In 2013, we are hoping that the LAP, led by new Chairman, John Howarth, will identify fresh projects to focuson. One of the activities the LAP began before Christmas was to create a figurative 'snapshot' of the activity of people and use of space in the town, with the idea of gathering data to use for comparison with other

towns and within the town itself. The pre Christmas activity recorded the availability of parking spaces in all car parks. A footfall count will betaken twice in the new year. These statistics will help in making comparisons with what is happening across the country. It's already obvious that we need to increase the footfall and bring more sense of Community to Leatherhead. Some of the activities being suggested for Leatherhead may just achieve this. Local businessman, Bob Prosser, is privately funding the marketing and set up of a Leatherhead Food Festival on 5th April with the cooperation of various restaurateurs. You never know - this could lead to becoming the largest food festival in the UK. Our Leatherhead Drama Festival, in its 10th year is now the largest Drama Festival in the UK! Another possible initiative is the purchase of Harrington's Bakery with a view to creating housing on the first floor and an indoor market on the ground floor. The Health Check found our most sought after shop is a butcher., and there is a butcher interested in space in an indoor market, so we await developments with great interest. Meanwhile local resident, Graham Pountney is putting forward the idea of a local radio station, the Mole Valley Sound. The station has been designed as a ‘Not for Profit Social Enterprise’ to operate from 8am to 6pm with local DJ’s promoting local issues for local people, of all ages. From 6pm the plan is to involve community groups by giving them their own programmes to promote their profile and events. If you have an interest in this project please contact: As the Leatherhead Residents' Association seeks to find out if we need to develop a Neighbourhood Plan by meeting with MV officers, please engage in community activities and help with all surveys that come your way. Our next Open Committee meeting is 7.30 pm on Monday 4th February at The Institute.


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Join together and switch Would you like to pay less on your electricity and gas bills? If so, why not join Surrey’s new ‘collective switching’ scheme, which offers a hassle-free helping hand to get the best energy deal. Collective switching works by getting a group of people to buy the energy together, at a cheaper rate. It could mean you save up to £200 on your annual energy bills, particularly if you’ve not switched suppliers recently. If you’re interested to find out what you could save, just tell us some information about yourself and your energy usage. After Tuesday 26 February you’ll be contacted with the price of the deal, when you can decide whether to take it up. Visit or call 0800 048 8264 to register before 25 February. Full details of terms and conditions are available on the website.



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Open letter to constituents from Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP re Epsom Hospital ‘During the week the team running the hospital review held their project board meeting, and the London based group of doctors and nurses who have been advising the project submitted a recommendation that two of the five A&E and maternity units at St George’s, Kingston, Croydon, St Helier and Epsom should be closed. Although the project team is stressing that these are only recommendations and not a final decision, it seems pretty clear that the main candidates for closure would be at St Helier and Epsom. This is an extraordinary development, given the fact that the discussion involving Surrey has barely started, and the project team are due to hold their first meeting next week with local interest groups to explain how the review will work. It is bound to lead people locally to the view that the review process is not a serious one. It is also a very risky step to take legally, as I know from my own experience that public bodies need to be very careful to ensure that any process is genuine – or there is a high risk that it can be challenged in the courts. I have already made my strong concerns known to the NHS team leading the process. They have a lot of ground to recover if the Better Services Better Value project is to have any credibility at all in Surrey. The big difficulty I have is that this is not a political process. It is the medical profession who are driving the change. In some respects they are right. There are examples of where the consolidation of services has been good for patients. For example, the decision to treat stroke patients in a smaller number of specialist centres in London has lead to a significant improvement in the likelihood of recovering from a stroke. That’s obviously a good thing. But I have three arguments with the approach that seems to be being taken. Firstly, the idea of closing acute services at both Epsom and St Helier seems completely unrealistic. It would leave a gap in provision running from St George’s to Guildford, and in the case of maternity, where there are 4,500 births across the two hospitals, it would require other hospitals to absorb the equivalent of a large maternity unit in a major hospital. Secondly, I want the future of Epsom to be decided in a Surrey context, and not a London one. Since we now know that the financial position at Epsom is not nearly as bad as was suggested a couple of months ago, I think the process of splitting Epsom from St Helier and looking at Epsom’s future in that context should restart. Thirdly, it is very obvious that our own local doctors should have the main input in what happens. And yet the provisional recommendations have been put forward without them even having the chance to have their say. I have therefore written to all of our local GPs to ask them their views on the future of Epsom, so we can put those to the Better Services Better Value team. If a good majority of our local doctors say they want to see changes, we will have to listen to them. But at the moment things seem to be moving ahead without them even having the chance to express their views.

I am planning to hold a public meeting to discuss what is happening on Thursday 7th February at 7pm. It will be held in the main hall at Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom, KT19 9BH. All are welcome. I will continue to keep you posted. Chris Grayling’ 16

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Aim High and Make a Difference Do you know someone who made a difference in 2012? Nominations are needed for the Chairman’s Marvellous Mole Valley Awards! Closing date Thursday 21st February.

they can experience the best view in Surrey, plus great local food and some local entertainment. It should be a fun event for everyone invited.

It is hoped that the public will both nominate and vote for the winners, making them awards given by the community, although in the event of a tie the Chairman’s decision is final.

This will be free for the public to attend, although standard car park charges within the National Trust car park will apply. Local producers and sellers can also approach Councillor Salmon to enquire about taking space to celebrate produce and drink made in and around Marvellous Mole Valley.

Councillor Salmon said: “There are hundreds of people who did wonderful things throughout the Olympics, and there are many unsung heroes. Some Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, volunteered as Ambassadors or Stewards Councillor Caroline Salmon, is organising a and helped others to see the races - never weekend of celebration to mark a fantastic seeing them themselves. 2012 for Mole Valley. “Others have raised huge amounts of The weekend will begin with the, by money on local projects or for charities. invitation only, Chairman’s Marvellous Some organisations promoted local Mole Valley Celebration ‘BBQ with a View’ produce and ensured that local producers on top of Boxhill on Friday, 12th April, can earn money from making or growing followed by a food festival on Saturday, things. th 13 April celebrating local food and drink. “Mole Valley now has a lot of businesses Councillor Salmon is looking for that produce drink and food that is of nominations for the Marvellous Mole Valley excellent quality. Mole Valley is a awards which will be presented at the marvellous place to live, and this year it barbeque. was particularly wonderful, so it is right to celebrate those who have done the most The Award Categories are: for our communities, on the site that is • Citizen (an individual or unsung hero the highest in the district!” who has done something exceptional in 2012 for the community) On Saturday 13th April the Donkey Green • Culinary establishment (food site will become the Marvellous Mole producer or seller who has made an Valley FoodFest event. Local Food impact in 2012 to promote locally producers and sellers are invited to take sourced food within the district) space at this “try and buy” Foodfest.

Nominations should be emailed to by Thursday 21st February with all contact details of the individual, plus a paragraph about why the person should be nominated. These will be shortlisted and voted on by the public, with the Chairman’s decision being final.

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Yet another scam doing the rounds... A recent edition of the Daily Mail has details of a new card scam that is clever and believable. Someone rings you up purporting to be a Police Office from the Fraud Office. They ask if you or a member of your family has used their debit card in a store in London. If not you are advised your card may have been cloned and they need to be blocked. To verify their identity as a police officer they tell you to ring off and dial 999. An operator answers and you ask for the name of the officer who telephoned you. You are ‘put through’. Reassured you are then asked for the PIN of all your cards and advised someone will call to collect all cards (not just the one ‘cloned’.) You are told to seal them in an envelope and hand them to a courier who will call. You are kept on the phone until they call and for a while afterwards whilst your cards are all used to draw cash. This prolonged call stops you telephoning your banks to block the cards. The verification call works because the caller does not put down his/her phone and you are never disconnected. Dialling 999 has no effect and you remain connected to the fraudster whose accomplice answers the call in a professional manner and puts you through. It’s all very slick and well acted throughout. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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In amongst the doom & gloom that we hear on the news each week with many long established household names in retailing closing down, here’s a bit of Good News!! Englishman’s Castle (next to the theatre in Leatherhead) is going from strength to strength and is now expanding their in house carpet department, enabling them to show customers an even better and more varied selection of top quality carpets.

ENGLISHMAN’S CASTLE IS NOW CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN FURNITURE BUSINESS. With a wonderful varied selection of furniture, ranging from sofas and chairs, to dining and cabinet, beds and a curtain and carpet department. Englishman’s Castle only sells Top Quality Brands, with 90% of their furniture made in the UK. Their interior designer Abi is always on hand to help customers with inspiration for their homes, with an in- depth knowledge on soft furnishings as well as furniture. Why not book an appointment for Abi to come and visit you with a selection of fabric and wallpaper books, so you can plan your new interior design in the comfort of your home. Newly opened, the beautiful Carpet Department features rail upon rail of sumptuous woollen carpets, with a wide choice of colours and textures. With so many great Discounts available throughout their Winter Sale, you can be sure you are always getting the best possible prices. Furnishing your home is a pleasant and stress free experience with the help of the staff at Englishman’s Castle. All of the friendly staff look forward to helping you transform your home in 2013. Why not have a look at their fabulous website –, it’s easy to use and is regularly updated with the latest offers and interior design tips. Englishman’s Castle 9-17 Church Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8DN Tel: 01372 375865 24

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A Lovesick Valentine On the morning of the 13th, Ben and Daniel were still very poorly and Sarah was sick at the breakfast table. Ruth cleared it up and tucked her into bed, with the holiday beach towels on the floor, together with Ruth’s largest mixing bowl, in case of an emergency.

It all started during the second week of February. Christmas and January had passed without mishap and the family came out of the holiday season in great health and only a few pounds heavier. Everyone around them had been suffering from colds, flu and vomiting bugs but Ruth, Sam, Ben, Daniel and Sarah sailed through with barely a sniffle. Ruth would have liked to attribute this fortitude to good diet, vitamin supplements, exercise, fresh air and excellent hygiene. However, she would be telling a blatant lie. She had no idea how they’d escaped unscathed and simply thanked their good fortune. Ruth decided that she’d do something really special for Valentine’s Day this year. She and Sam had been married for fifteen years and they loved each other very much, but recently any romance had been replaced by routine and Sam’s work seemed to dominate his life. She also worked very hard and the children’s increasingly busy schedules only added to the humdrum nature of everyday life. She decided that the first priority for a romantic evening was to get rid of the children. Arrangements were made for Ben to stay with a friend and for Daniel and Sarah to go to Sam’s mother, who was ‘simply delighted’ to have them, once Ruth explained that she was planning on ‘spoiling’ her son.

Ruth now had to accept that a child free Valentine’s Day was clearly out of the question but, if they were all in bed, she and Sam could still have a romantic evening with champagne and pretty lingerie. She put the call in to her mother -in-law and received the expected response. No visits for at least two weeks, until the family were completely germ free. Ruth dashed out to the shops and bought the ingredients for her romantic meal. She was going to serve asparagus wrapped in Parma ham, followed by salmon in watercress sauce and tiramisu for dessert. On the morning of the 14th, Sam and Ruth exchanged cards and kisses. Ruth then showed her husband what she’d hidden in the back of the wardrobe. He promised to be home early from work and left the house with a twinkle in his eye. The children were still too unwell to go to school, so Ruth settled them down with hot water bottles and a dvd, before starting on the cooking. She began to feel a bit queasy at about four o’clock in the afternoon and raced for the bathroom at about five thirty. Sam arrived soon afterwards, with a big bunch of roses and she kissed him gingerly.

Ruth decided on a romantic menu and bought a bottle of expensive champagne, which she temporarily hid at the back of her wardrobe, next to the newly bought set of lacy black underwear and stockings.

Sam had been distracted all day by the delightful prospect of spending Valentine’s Day in bed with his beautiful wife. Unfortunately, he started to feel unwell at about six fifteen.

On the morning of February the 11th, Ben complained of feeling unwell but went to school as usual. Just after lunch, Ruth got a call from the school nurse, informing her that Ben had just been sick and would have to go home. Ruth was sympathetic but unconcerned. Valentine’s day was still three days away and these bugs usually only lasted twenty four hours. She tucked him up in bed with the washing up bowl by his side and hoped for the best.

The romantic couple abandoned the meal and the champagne and raced up to bed. Sadly, however, the lingerie remained at the back of the wardrobe.

On the morning of February the 12th, Daniel threw up all over his bed. Ruth cleared it up and put the sheets in the washing machine. She gave her son some paracetamol and tucked him up with old towels and a bucket by his bed, before phoning the school. She ignored the huge wave of guilt and decided not to tell her mother-in-law. There were still two days to go and he’d be better by then.

Copyright Sarah Lott December 2012

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Long before Desperate Housewives, people were having affairs with their gardeners. Constance Chatterley’s husband lies paralysed after a war injury and as she struggles with both the emotional and physical neglect, her head is turned by one Oliver Mellors. And boy, must he be good. The novel tackles the relationship between the upper and working classes as well as the battle between the body and mind. For a book written in the 1920s, it’s pretty explicit, making it a favourite of students forced to read Lawrence the world over.

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No one ever leaves their wife for their mistress. Do they? What happens when the excitement and thrill of a fling turn up on your doorstep and you’re instantly plunged into domesticity? The answer is simple: start operation Getting Rid Of Matthew. This involves making yourself as undesirable as possible. There are unexpected twists and turns for Helen who really needs to learn to be careful what she wishes for.

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. When Sheba the new comprehensive school art teacher embarks on an affair with an underage boy, she has only sixty-something year old fellow teacher Barbara to confide in. Barbara relishes the close friendship that has been established between the two of them, but it takes a sinister turn when she discovers the truth about the boy.

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Helping Chernobyl children in 2013

The Mid-Surrey link of the national charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline will be inviting a group of children from Belarus to visit the Ashtead and Epsom area this summer, and is looking for volunteers to assist with the visit.

If you would like to get involved with this year’s visit (either as a host or in some other way) please call Delia on 020 8398 6643 or visit

This will be the twelfth summer running that the charity has brought children from Belarus to the area for a month’s break from the contamination with which they live on a daily basis, and which can affect their developing immune systems. Belarus was unlucky enough to receive a significant share of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and it will remain contaminated for thousands of years. The visiting children benefit from the chance to eat uncontaminated food and breathe clean air for a month.

We are also holding an information event at 8pm on Thursday 7th February at St George’s Church Hall, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead.

The children stay in pairs with local families for two weeks, living as part of the family. Each host family is allocated a support to provide them with practical help as needed throughout the visit. The children take part in organised activities and outings, such as visits to the coast (they are unlikely to have seen the sea before!) and Chessington World of Adventures. They also receive dental and eye tests, and glasses, if they need them. It really is the holiday of a lifetime for children whose lives are affected by the continuing legacy of the Chernobyl disaster.


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Clubs & Activities GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks and Cycle Rides for the 50+ age group.

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February Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Friday 1st Friday 8th Tuesday 12th Wed 13th Wed 20th Friday 22nd Wed 27th Thursday 28th

Fri 1 : Ardingly : 9½-10m Circuit walk to Balcombe for lunch at pub or tea rooms. Walk back via reservoir. Meet at 10am in free CP in Ardingly village, opposite baker’s shop. TQ348294 / RH17 6AN | Fri 8 : Ashurstwood : 7½m Easy walk through woodland and fields. Good views, a few stiles. Pub lunch at end of walk. Meet at 10am in Ashurstwood (off A22). Park in village. TQ417366 / RH19 3TG | Tue 12 : Outwood : 9m Fairly flat walk through to Outwood for pub lunch. A hilly section to end the walk. Meet at 10am in Tilburstow Hill CP. From village of Godstone, turn right off B2236 and take first right into Rabies Heath Rd CP, ¼m on the left. TQ349501 / RH1 4NB | Wed 13 : Dorking & Milton Heath : 4½m Explore the town of Dorking without using town car parks. No toilets. Refreshments in Dorking. Meet at 10:15am at Milton Heath CP. ½m out of Dorking turn south off A25, signed ‘Bury Hill Fisheries’. TQ155488 / RH4 3JT (T) | Wed 20 : Walton on Thames : 3m Level riverside walk around Desborough Island. Some steps but no stiles. Meet at 10:30am at Walton Bridge CP. On Walton Lane just south of the bridge. TQ093663 / KT13 9JL | Fri 22 : Sharpthorne : 6½m Walk along Sussex Border Path, Highbrook and Bluebell Railway. Bring snack. Meet at 10am. Park in Finch Field picnic site on minor road from the (closed) Intrepid Fox pub, Sharpthorne and church in West Hoathly village. TQ366326 / RH19 4PN | Wed 27 : Wotton Hatch : 4m Walk to Friday Street and return along part of Greensand Way. Optional pub lunch. Meet at 10:15am in CP behind Wotton Hatch pub near Westcott, west of Dorking on A25. TQ126476 / RH5 6QQ (T) Bus 21, 32 | Thu 28 : Molesey : 4m Flat easy walk in the formal gardens of Hampton Court and part of River Thames. paths, so not too muddy. Meet at 10:45am at Bell Inn, 4 Bell Rd, E Molesey. TQ145678/ KT8 0SS

February Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling )

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Opportunities for young people to work with local theatre company Freewheelers Theatre Company - an integrated multi-arts company based in Leatherhead – have two great opportunities for teenagers to get involved this term, with a new weekly Youth Theatre Group, and a half term project. A new Youth Theatre Group meets on Mondays from 6pm – 8pm at The Bridge Youth Centre in Leatherhead. The group is for young people aged 13-19 and is run by Freewheelers in partnership with The Bridge Youth Centre and The Reigate and Redhill YMCA, supported by Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children. This exciting new project offers both disabled and able-bodied teenagers the chance to work with professional artists, using theatre, movement, music and media to create their own performances, in a creative, relaxed and fun environment! Then, during the February half term (18-22 Feb), Freewheelers will run their next PLAY IN A WEEK at The Leatherhead Theatre. Following on from the success of previous PLAY IN A WEEK projects, this exciting five day short course for disabled and non-disabled teenagers (aged 13-19) includes drama, dancing and singing, leading to a performance on the final day for friends and family. The course will be led by Brandon McGuire, artistic director of Freewheelers, and is supported by Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children. There are no set fees for the either of these projects, but donations will be very welcome. The Freewheelers give people with and without disabilities the chance to produce and participate in high -quality, innovative, original theatre, film and dance that challenges barriers and perceptions. Freewheelers is run by a dedicated, close-knit team of artists, volunteers, and performers who like to work collaboratively and to surprise people. You can find out more about the company at

For further details of either the Youth Theatre or Play In A Week, visit or email Gillian Allmark ( for Youth Theatre, or Sandy Beckett ( for Play in A Week. 54

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Surrey Slimmers (Fetcham)

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Find the Hair Colour That’s Perfect for You They say that blondes have more fun, but whatever your hair colour you’re sure to look and feel fabulous if you find the shade that’s right for you. We all love to try out something different once in a while and there’s no better way to create a fresh look than with a change to your hair colour. A new hue can take years off your age, emphasise your best features and leave your complexion looking radiant. It’s crucial to get it right though, because if you pick the wrong colour you can be left with an unflattering and disappointing result. Your hair is undoubtedly your best accessory, so it’s crucial to think carefully before doing anything drastic or making a hasty change. Here’s our guide to what to consider before you reach for the hair dye. Start with Your Skin Tone Whether you fancy being a blonde, brunette or redhead, it’s important to identify whether your natural complexion is warm or cool. This determines what colour base you should look for when you pick your shade. To find out which category you fall into, try this simple test: Stand in front of a mirror in natural light with no make-up on. Hold a white garment by your face, then do the same with a cream coloured one. Decide which looks better with your colouring, does the white enhance your eyes and skin? If so, you’re cool. If the cream looks best, then you’re warm. Consider your jewellery; does gold suit you better than silver? If so, your skin tone is warm. If silver looks stunning, then you’re cool. Cool Colours If your skin colouring is cool, you should choose an ash, mink or even platinum blonde shade if you fancy a blonde hue. Brunette colours with an ashy base work best with cool skins. Think coffee coloured browns, medium brown with ashy highlights or even black. Stick to burgundy, mahogany and purple based reds - they will look fabulous with your skin. Warm Colours If you have warm colouring, then you’ll look great with golden blonde colours and caramel highlights.

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For brunettes, choose chestnut or golden browns with warm tones for a stunning look. If you fancy standing out from the crowd with vibrant red locks, go for copper and auburn shades. Any red with a golden or orange base colour works well. Have a Good Hair Day We’ve all had our fair share of hair disasters over the years and one of the main causes is changing our hair colour at home. If you plan on going more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour, then it really is essential that you visit a salon to have your hair done professionally. Remember that many colours bought for home use won’t necessarily look the same on your hair as they do on the box. If you have been dying your hair a dark shade for a long time there may be a build-up of colour on the lengths that could leave you with uneven results. Blonde hues are very fashionable at the moment but lightening dark hair can be damaging. Invest in a good conditioner and have a toner standing by in case your at-home highlights turn out looking brassy. Red hair colours are great but they have a tendency to fade quickly, so be prepared to find the time and money to regularly spend on your colour.

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Bacchus Award winners Theme: Patterns of Nature

I was kindly invited by Denbies Vineyard on Friday 11th January to help judge the Bacchus Art Exhibition, this year’s theme being ‘Patterns of Nature’. There were just under 90 entries this year so the judging was made that bit harder, especially as the quality of the work submitted to the exhibition was exceptional. All judges finally settled on one overall winner, ‘Tidal Traces’ (pictured below) a photograph submitted by Tessa Eley.

Second place went to Hilary Webb for her entry in ceramic, entitled ‘Lizard among the leaves’ (pictured below) A close third was a watercolour by Jean Canter ‘Tree Barks’ (pictured right).

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Leatherhead Podiatry Love your feet! Lesley Pennington S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., B.Sc.Hons., HPC reg 25 years experience

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 48

Leatherhead Fire Station Belmont Road – Holly Court Opening of Leatherhead Fire Station c: 1926

Holly Court, River Lane end Many of the old images of Leatherhead show the clock tower in North Street which also housed the town’s early horse drawn fire engine. By 1926 a new motorised appliance had been purchased and a purpose built fire station was constructed at the River Lane end of Belmont Road. The engine was manufactured by Merryweathers and named Margaret Blades after the daughter of Sir George Rowland Blades M.P. He performed the opening ceremony of the new station shortly before being elected Lord Mayor of London. At the time the family were living at Grangemount, Grange Road, Ashtead. In 1927 they moved to Cobham. In 1928 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Ebbisham. Also, a new Fire Committee was set up and arranged that the Gas Company calls the Fire Brigade by sounding a hooter when the fire alarm bell rang in the Post Office in North Street. The second motorised appliance at Leatherhead was manufactured by Dennis Brothers of Guildford and was named Margaret Rose in 1932. The naming ceremony was carried out by the Hon. Mrs Greville, of Polesden Lacey, who was Princess Margaret’s godmother. In 1969 a new fire station was opened in Cobham Road which was large enough to house the latest appliances and the full-time crew. After the Belmont Road station was demolished it was replaced with private residential buildings known as Holly Court. Goff Powell - Extracted from Leatherhead & District Then & Now by Linda Heath and Peter Tarplee with additions.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 60

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Health & Beauty

Eddie - a very friendly boy Eddie is a handsome black and white, neutered, seven year old much loved boy who came into care almost a year ago because his owner was moving into a flat and sadly wasn’t allowed to take him. He now really deserves a new home. He is very affectionate and would be fine with older children. Eddie has no experience of traffic however - he is used to a large rural area in which to roam so ideally he needs a quiet location.

If you feel that you could give Eddie a forever loving home please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307

Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

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Martin Farrell Bsc. Ashtead practice Please phone 07786 333203 Email:

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Leatherhead Rotary Christmas Collections Leatherhead Rotary members, Gary Zabel (left) and David Gibson, outside Tesco in Leatherhead

The Rotary Club of Leatherhead would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their recent Christmas collections outside the Tesco and Lidl supermarkets in Leatherhead. Altogether, a total of ÂŁ1,823 was collected, which will be used throughout the coming year to support local charities and community projects within the Leatherhead area.

For further information about Leatherhead Rotary and its activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 64

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OSTEOPATHY CLINIC (Established since 2001)       

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Getting rid of pain fast, Why suffer? Just come and get it sorted 70% better in 3-5 sessions Understand ‘what is wrong’ and ‘how to prevent problems and or pain’ Massage Therapist Available (also treats during and after 50% off your first Osteopathic visit - valid until pregnancy) Friday 1st Feb ‘13 Recognised by all insurers including BUPA and AXA PPP OAP concessionary rate on Free Parking in a convenient location Mondays 9am-12pm All major debit and credit cards accepted call for details

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Owners overfeed fat felines, says survey Around a quarter of Britain’s cats (23 per cent) are regarded by their owners to be overweight - yet continue to be fed too many treats, according to a survey conducted by Cats Protection. The UK’s leading cat welfare charity, which has a branch in Epsom decided to conduct the survey because feline obesity is on the rise and the organisation wanted to make owners aware of the risks. The study of 1,120 cat owners reveals that around seven in 10 cats (70 per cent) that were slightly, or very, overweight were given a special food treat at least once every week by their doting owners. It also found that all cats (irrespective of their weight) were being fed unsuitable special treats over Christmas such as milk, chocolate or cheese – all of which can make cats ill. “This shows that Britain’s overweight cats continue to be fed too many treats, which owners principally did out of love, habit or a desire to make their cat feel like a member of the family,” said Pamela Green, PR & Comms volunteer “However, overweight cats are at significant risk of diabetes and arthritis so there is the danger that owners are making a bad situation even worse.” “It’s not wrong to give treats to cats,” said Pamela Green, “however, we would advise owners to give ones that are specially formulated for cats, and consider their cat’s total calorific intake so that they can reduce their other food accordingly.” A healthy adult cat should usually weigh around four to five kilos so, as one of Cats Protection’s main aims is to provide advice and information to the public about good cat care, the charity has issued some top tips for helping cats to eat properly: • • •

Stick to a reputable pet food When feeding your cat, stick to the manufacturer’s recommended feeding amount Avoid giving your cat fatty foods such as cheese, chocolate, crisps and other ‘human’ food. If you want to offer your cat a special treat, give him a little boiled fish or boneless chicken

For further advice on helping your cat to stay healthy, or to offer a cat a home, please contact Cats Protection’s Epsom Ewell & District branch on 0845 260 1387or go to 66

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Education & Tuition

Angie Sayer professional Ceramicist and teacher





Pottery classes in own studio in Ashtead D of E Skills Themed Days Commissions taken

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The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local was the natural way for the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Mid Surrey Link to reach out to a really local audience and Zen's help in laying out the article led to really impressive results. Thank you Zen! Simon Cooke, Mid Surrey Link

Pictograms Answers 1. A Tale Of Two Cities 2. Three Coins In A Fountain 3. Every Second Counts


Education & Tuition PIANO & PIPE ORGAN TUITION Dr. Julie Ainscough

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By Distance made more Sweet New plans by Surrey Hills Onward Learning include the introduction of GCSEs by distance learning. The Open University pioneered home study forty years ago, but this has accelerated now that in nearly every home a computer occupies a desk, a study, or a corner of the kitchen. Students sign up with us, and take their exams with us, as (unlike other on-line course providers), we are a registered examination centre, and we organise bespoke study by email, the number of hours being arranged according to the needs of each individual. We shall start with English Literature, History, Religious Knowledge, Sociology and Biology, where there is already established demand, but other subjects will be added as you, prospective students, tell us what you want. For people who would find it difficult to attend a weekly class, but have bits of time after the children have gone to bed, or between cooking the hors d’oevre and the main course, or instead of digging the garden, or in midnight moments of insomnia, or when you’ve given up on the crossword, this can be a suitable way to learn. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

Register now for the DEBRA Surrey Cycle 2013 Tackle part of the 2012 Olympic Road Race route as part of the DEBRA Surrey Cycle on Sunday 12 May 2013, in aid of the charity DEBRA. Now in its second year the event starts and finishes at The Black Swan in Ockham. The three circular routes of 30k, 60k and 100k will take you around the idyllic Surrey Hills, famous for their rolling chalk downs, challenging climbs and fun descents. The quiet country roads, great atmosphere, superb signage and well stocked rest stops make this the perfect ride for all abilities. Crossing the line won’t be quite like winning an Olympic gold medal, but you will feel a great sense of achievement and your support will make a real difference to people living with EB. Registration costs £37 and includes event leaders, route signage, vehicle support, mechanical back-up, and water stops, with a suggested sponsorship of £125. Money raised by the event will enable DEBRA to offer specialist care and support the people and families affected by this devastating condition and continue to search for effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for EB. DEBRA is the only national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – an excruciatingly painful genetic skin blistering condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest touch.

To sign up for one of the routes or for more information, please contact Hannah Weston on 01344 467785 or email 70

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Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres, exhausts, diagnostics, air conditioning) Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

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

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VILLAGE CARS Airports Long distance London theatres Very reliable Your local company Fully licensed and Insured

01372 378670 The Celia Cross Greyhound Trust is grateful to your magazine for featuring our recent annual fundraising sale. We had hundreds of visitors and a lot of interest in our dogs who paraded to find a home. Thanks to your coverage, we had many attend from our local area. We wish you continued success with your super ‘newsy’ magazine which keeps us all so well informed. Margaret Freshwater, Trustee, Celia Cross Greyhound Trust 71


Public meeting re A&E and maternity unit at Epsom Hospital held by Rt Hon Chris Grayling, 7pm, Main Hall, Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom, KT19 9BH. All are welcome.

Thursday 7th

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline information event St George's Church Hall, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA, contact Delia Curtis on 020 8398 6643 or visit for more info.

Thursday 7th

‘Mr Garrick's Fireside: The life and times of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane’, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2PF. 8pm-1opm. Peter Allen, Elmbridge Borough Council's Arts Development Officer, presents a personal memoir of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, one of the most famous theatres in the world. The history of this great building will be peppered with personal anecdotes of his time working there. £1.90 on the door only. Tel: 01932 253354,

Saturday 9th

Volunteer Recruitment Coffee Morning. 10am-12pm, Polesden Lacey. Meet volunteers and staff and discover what interesting roles are on offer.

Wed 13th

Farmer’s Lunch and Entertainment - Weatherman Ian Currie, ‘The Day it Rained Crabs & Frogs and Unusual Weather Events’ Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, 11.45am for 12.30pm.. Bar”& “Raffle. Proceeds to benefit Hall fund. Tickets £9 from Hall Office, Friday Coffee Morning, or Di Stirling 01372 279501 or Graham Wood 01372 272077

Friday 15th

Lecture 'The Bookhams in WW2' by Michael Anderson, Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street). Coffee 7.30pm lecture 8pm, all are welcome. Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th

Children’s Half Term Trail, Polesden Lacey. 11am-3.30pm. A fun family trail for the school holidays. Normal admission applies, plus £1 per trail. 01372 452048

Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th

Children’s Half Term Trail, Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, GU8 4AD. Walk around the Arboretum with our children’s trail during this half term holiday. National Trust property, normal admission applies plus 50p for trail. 01483 208477

Saturday 23rd

Banish those winter blues and come along to Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, between 11am-1pm for Mid-Surrey Mencap's Spring Jumble Sale. Admission 30p.

Saturday 23rd

Jumble Sale, British Legion Hall, Upper Fairfield Road, Leatherhead, 11am-2pm, free entry.


Women's World Day of Prayer Service, Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, 2.30pm. Theme "I Was a Stranger and you Welcomed Me" prepared by the Christian Women of France. Refreshments are served at the end of the service. An International Service which is celebrated all over the world, starting at sunrise of the day in Western Samoa and finishes some 35 hours later when the sun sets on American Samoa.

Tues 5th MARCH

Cruise Show at Denbies 2pm-5.30pm Some of the world’s leading cruise lines will be there, presentations throughout the afternoon and opportunities to meet and chat with Style Cruises and the cruise reps. Tickets are FREE and can be obtained by calling Style Cruises on 01372 271754 or emailing If there’s an event in March that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th February. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 72 of going to print. Details correct at time

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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 1st (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two worthy charities.

Friday 1st (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out!

Friday 1st (weekly)

10.00am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. All your haberdashery needs from pins to pinking shears. Can't make Fridays? Telephone on 374914 with your requests. Expert advice available.

Sunday 3rd

(most weeks)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion with Choir, children's Sunday Club and coffee. Also 6.30pm Informal Service with Band. Please check website for weekly updates or telephone 362544

Tuesday 5th

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ’Celebrating Traditional Feasts & Seasons’ speaker Joanna Bogle. visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker Mike Wigley on ‘Honey for Tea’. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Wed 6th and Friday 8th

Reformation & Counter Reformation of the Visual Arts will explore the way painting and sculpture is used at this time. Featuring Michelangelo, Caravaggio & others. £10 inc refreshments: see ; 01372 272235 to book.

Thurs 7th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706,

Thurs 7th (monthly)

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

Thurs 7th (monthly)

Leatherhead & District Friends Group, now moved to Leatherhead Royal British Legion, 2pm-4pm. If you are over 50 and would like to join us you would be made most welcome. For more info, please contact Jane on 01372 811422. 74

What’s On?

Baby & Children Nearly New Sale Saturday 9th March

Fetcham Village Hall The Street, Fetcham, KT22 9QS 10am – 1pm

Nearly new clothes, baby equipment, toys, games, books, maternity clothing, ride-ons, bikes etc.

Supporting Vitalise Charity No.295072 Entrance by donation to Charity

To book a £15 table please call Sally on 01372 372236 or 07814 969502 or email

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Friday 8th

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

Sat 9th Sat 16th Sat 23rd

February walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 ,, Phone before if inclement weather. Donation to charities, car share suggested, 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles, all walks start at 10.30am. Saturday 9th: Burford Bridge Ryka’s car park Saturday 16th: Frascati’s on left of A24 towards Dorking Saturday 23rd: Junction Soul Farm Road & Little Bookham Street

Wed 13th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Thurs 14th (monthly)

Transition Ashtead Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, Critical thinking on climate change - separating scepticism from denial’, please do come along.

Friday 15th

NHS Blood Donor Sessions, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

(2nd Wed mthly)

Thursday 21st (3rd Thurs mth)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, (inc painting, craft, quizzes, film), refreshments inc. £2, all over 55’s very welcome. Contact Brian Chandler 01372 275206. 75

What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to We will be continuing with our Oscar season into the start of February. We then start a season of live shows with the popular Queen tribute act ‘Mercury’ on the 15th.


(12A) 98 mins Fri 1st, Tues 5th, Wed 6th and Thurs 7th, 2pm & 7:30pm on all days Tickets £7.90, concessions £6.70

Les Misérables (12A) 157 mins Fri 8th, Tues 12th, Wed 13th and Thurs 14th , 2pm & 7:30pm on all days Tickets £7.90, concessions £6.70


Friday 15th February, 7:30pm, Tickets: £16 Over a decade on tour, Mercury is now established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury and Queen. With a dynamic stage show that fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man backed up by superbly crafted harmonies and intricate guitar work, Mercury faithfully and accurately recreate the distinctive Queen experience. “Freddie was an original. He and Queen were the best. But now,in this new century, Joseph, Glenn & Mercury are the next best thing" Freddie’s mum, Jer Bulsara

Godalming Operatic Society Presents Gondoliers

Thurs 28th February, 7:30pm : Fri 1st March, 7:30pm : Sat 2nd March, 2pm & 7:30pm Tickets: Evenings £17/£14 – Sat Matinée £13; Senior Citizens Special Price evenings only £16/£13 Children 16 and under half price at all performances The Gondoliers is perhaps one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s crowning glories. It is certainly one of the most popular of the Savoy operas with sparkling and tuneful music combined with a plot of intrigue, love and a romantic Venetian setting. Once again the accomplished members of Godalming Operatic Society are sure to delight audiences with their performances of this Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece. Performances are accompanied by a 22 piece orchestra. 76

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Registered Charity 304968

Farmer’s Lun Lunch ch

And Entertainment - Weatherman Ian Currie The Day it Rained Crabs & Frogs and Unusual Weather Events

Wednesd ednesday ay 13th Februa February ry - 11. 11.45a 45am m for 12. 12.30pm 30pm “Bar Bar”& ”& “Raff “Raffle le””

Tickets £9 from Hall Office, Friday Coffee Morning or Di Stirling 01372 279501 or Graham Wood 01372 272077 Proceeds to benefit Hall funds

Ashtead Women’s Institute - January 2013 meeting There was a warm welcome from our President, Sally Cole, to our New Year meeting, and to our visitors that evening. After telling us of news items we needed to know about for our coffee break, we were introduced to our speaker for the evening. Ann Chance, who had been a Senior Care Attendant for many years, told us of the many thrills, and almost spills, when taking a friend, Valerie, with cerebral palsy, to America. It had been Valerie’s long-held wish to go, and there were many preparations to be made beforehand of course. The trip started with a welcome wait for flights in the VIP airport lounge thanks to Ann’s contacts and despite some unexpected complications during the long flight, when it seemed the whole world needed to know Valerie needed a call of nature, they arrived safely and enjoyed being warmly welcomed and helped in the U.S.A.. There were many tales to tell of their visit but the most important part was to take a flight over the Grand Canyon, from where they experienced the most wonderful views. Unfortunately, later Valerie was taken very ill and had to spend some time in hospital but amazingly they then travelled on to Bryce Canyon for a helicopter trip, before heading off for Indian Territory and the bewildering sights of Las Vegas – an incident-filled but very rewarding holiday. Ashtead W.I.’s pre-Christmas fund-raising events had been very well supported, and our Carol Singing collection for the Princess Alice Hospice had been a great success. Thanks to all who contributed and took part. More details were given of our proposed visits to the BBC and Chelsea Hospital, and of our many subgroups. There was news of coming events planned by Surrey W.I. We also voted for one of the two resolutions to go to our AGM – ‘The Decline of our High Streets & Town Centres’, and ‘Resolving to Keep Young People Suicide-safe Online’.

Our next meeting will be on Wed. 6th February at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, the speaker Mike Wigley on Honey for Tea. 77

Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption The critical thing is... Critical thinking is now being offered at AS level – this is really good news, it means young people are being taught the skills needed to avoid the pitfalls of faulty logic and false conclusions, surely skills that we all need in a technological and complex world. Critical thinking is about clarity, accuracy, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth and fairness. It’s the ability to be constructively sceptical and reach sound conclusions, being able to spot the difference between information and spin, and making rational decisions about cause and effect. Science is based on critical thinking: it’s about collecting evidence, refining information, discarding false leads and drawing conclusions from what is observed. It arrives at answers that are not opinions, they are facts backed up by hard information. This is different from politics and spin, which is more about making decisions about things like “should we cut emissions?”, “who should cut the most?” These things are up for debate. Why am I talking about critical thinking? Well, I still hear people saying that there is controversy about global warming and climate change. I still see in the media comments about global warming being a natural process, that the climate has changed before and it’s nothing to do with man-made carbon emissions. And anyway, there are lots of natural sources of CO2, like volcanoes… So what is the evidence that global warming is caused by man-made emissions? There are several relevant facts: we know that about a million million tonnes of CO2 have been released by burning fossil fuels since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and a lot is still in the atmosphere, with about 30,000 million tonnes being added every year; the atmospheric concentration of CO2 is now around 400ppm compared to 280ppm for pre-industrial levels. True, volcanoes also release CO2 but only about 100 million tonnes a year! Satellite measurements from space show that heat radiated from our planet is absorbed by the CO2 and methane in the atmosphere (the greenhouse effect). And average global temperatures are rising, when looked at over many years. Observation, data and reasoned cause and effect! Climate change deniers try to blur the issue by cherry-picking data over short periods, they quote discredited data that has been superseded by better more recent long-term studies, they wheel out false experts to make spurious claims, in the hope that being, say, a celebrated economist will make people to think they know something about climate change. And they use logical fallacies, for example saying that as the climate has changed before, before the industrial age, it must therefore be natural and not caused by mankind now. Spot the mistake! (Answer – climate is not always changed by the same factors…) The critical thing is, be a critical thinker – ask questions, get answers and don’t accept shoddy reasoning, especially from those with a financial incentive to distort the facts!! Chris Ellis Our regular February meeting (Thursday 14th 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article and is titled ‘Critical thinking on climate change – separating scepticism from denial’ – please do come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 78

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN It is an ongoing challenge for your local officers to identify new and better opportunities to communicate with you about important issues. In addition, we really want to encourage and develop ways in which you can see and speak with your local team at times when it is most convenient to you. If you have any ideas or suggestions about new ways in which we can engage more effectively with members of the community, then please let us know.

about, please do not leave any items of value in your vehicle – even tucked away under the seats or in the boot. Most thieves are opportunists. It takes only seconds to check if a vehicle is unlocked, or to see if there are any items on show (sat nav holders, bags etc) and to gain entry and make off with your property. Never leave your vehicle unattended de-icing with the engine running. We have already had one vehicle stolen this winter where an opportunist thief took the invitation and drove off in a nicely de-iced and warm vehicle. Also remember the possible insurance implications. In particular, we would mention leaving your vehicle in car parks or at beauty spots, of which there are many across Mole Valley. If officers on patrol see your vehicle parked and unattended with any items on view, you can expect to receive an advisory letter to warn you of the potential risks you faced of becoming a victim of crime.

Of course, there is this welcome opportunity to communicate with you via your local magazine. In addition, we have the Surrey Police website but we also make use of other social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Just search for “Mole Valley Beat”, which should find us quite easily.

If everyone makes the effort to make their own property as safe and secure as possible, this will go a long way to reducing vehicle crime.

As you are probably aware, all officers work on shift patterns and there may be some occasions when you want to speak to a particular person and they are not on duty. When that happens, please still feel free to contact your local Team, either by email or by telephone. You can email us direct on or by telephone to 01483 639635. The mailbox and telephone lines/voicemail are monitored regularly and we will always try to be of assistance.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Mole Valley PO Box 101, Guildford, GU1 9PE Tel: 101 Extension 30809 Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name.

Of course, if you want to report a general concern or a crime then always call 999 in an emergency, or 101 for any nonemergency issues.

Your local team can also be contacted by email to

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing heavily on tackling vehicle crime, which (historically) tends to increase around this time of year. We encourage everyone to remember to make their vehicle secure whenever it is left unattended – even if it’s on your own driveway! If you are out and

Please use the 101 number when reporting any non-emergency matters to us by telephone. The old 0845 number is now permanently out of service. 01483 571212 can still be used if preferred. In an emergency always dial 999. 80

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Reducing doorstep crime have previously worked for you. While most callers to your home are genuine, some are not. • Don’t be pressurised into paying workmen before Certain unscrupulous individuals, they do any work, and never accept their offer to known as ‘bogus callers’ or drive you to the bank to withdraw money. ‘distraction burglars’ may try to Other bogus callers trick their way inside in order to • Be wary of people who knock on your door asking steal cash or valuables. for a drink, looking for lost pets or asking to use Some bogus callers claim they are your telephone. from the council or a utility • Be cautious of unfamiliar youngsters saying that company, others simply ask for a their ball is in your garden. They may be glass of water or to come in and wash their hands. attempting to gain access to your home or trying Whichever method they use, their only aim is to to distract you from your front door. gain entry to your home. Bogus callers come in all Help the vulnerable shapes and sizes too. Men, women, even children, Certain people are particularly vulnerable to have all been involved in the incidences of this doorstep crime. These include elderly people living despicable crime. alone and those who have suffered a recent This advice will help lessen your chances of falling bereavement. If you know of, or are responsible for victim to these callous criminals. vulnerable people, you can help by: • Helping them to set up password schemes with Spotting bogus officials their utility providers. Bogus officials are relatively easy • Keeping an eye on vulnerable neighbours. to stop and turn away. Bear in mind the following if you suspect • Reporting any suspicions of possible bogus callers to the police. that an ‘official’ caller may not be genuine: Further tips • Water company officials don’t Although the chances of becoming a victim of a need to access your home to test bogus caller are extremely low, it is worth taking water pressure or repair a leak. If the following steps to ensure your safety: they do need to enter your house • If you don’t have a door chain or door bar, get they will first write to you to one fitted. arrange a suitable appointment • Keep your front and back doors locked, even • Gas or electricity company when you are at home. officials expect you to check their • Do not leave money, wallets or keys within easy identity before letting them in. reach of the door. They don’t mind waiting while • Lock your back door before answering the front you do so. door. Thieves sometimes work in pairs, one • If you have any doubts at all, don’t let the caller ringing the front door bell while the other enters in. at the back of the house. • Telephone the company to confirm that the • Before answering the door, stop and think, ‘am I caller is genuine but use a phone number from a expecting anyone?’ Look through a spy hole or utility bill or from the Phone Book. Never use a window to see who’s there. number given by the caller - it may be false. • If you decide to open the door, engage the chain • Set up a password system with each of your or door bar. Keep the chain engaged until you are utility providers. This is a free service and means completely sure the caller is genuine. that whenever a genuine official calls they will • Never leave your front door unattended. If you use your password. need glasses to read identification or if you need to go to another room, close the door fully Bogus workmen before doing so. Bogus workmen can be very persistent in persuading you that urgent work needs to be • Check the caller’s identity card carefully, even if carried out on your property. Our advice is: an appointment has been arranged. • Never agree to have any work done by someone • If in doubt, keep them out! who turns up on your doorstep and says that your home needs urgent repairs. Say No. Please dial 101 when reporting any non• If your home is in need of repair, use reputable emergency matters to us by telephone. In an workmen recommended by others or firms that emergency always dial 999. 84

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Conduct some form of credit (6) 4. Fish cut up powerfully (8) 9. Get con to be convincing (6) 10. Apron info a rep used (8) 12. Former rung that's praised (8) 13. First German weapon, look (6) 15. Loose grains found in odds and ends (4) 16. Alien to form a protective cover (7) 20. Propeller on a boat, a Roman's invention (7) 21. Containers turned to break suddenly (4) 25. Failed turning far from home (6) 26. Move to cereal, perhaps (8) 28. Dishonest work for a builder? (3-2,3) 29. Hot stuff sounding cold! (6) 30. Tenant of a topless leader (8) 31. Dull room for an author (6)

Down 1. Ace reeds bent or cut (8) 2. At origin making pasta (8) 3. A wicked lightsource! (6) 5. Eye part, a part of Sir Isaac? (4) 6. Panic Hal into becoming a padre (8) 7. Sum provided by a rise (6) 8. I go to Leeds to find this fuel (6) 11. Sadness about a code? (7) 14. Angered in some way (7) 17. Page doll turned and ran (8) 18. Dateline somehow involved (8)

19. Greek sheep in a compound (8) 22. Prevent the progress of a picnic basket? (6) 23. A US hit about interruption (6) 24. Herb to brew for trouble (6) 27. Either way it's midday (4)

General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Mechanism that a driver rotates in order to direct the course of a vehicle (8,5) 7. Port in northern Belgium (7) 9. Large wild ox with shaggy hair and a fatty hump (5) 10. Projectile, supposedly the only weapon that could kill a werewolf (6,6) 13. British system of medical care (inits) (3) 15. Shortest digit of the hand (5) 16. Surnamed before marriage (3) 17. Lightweight single-breasted blazer often striped in the colours of a club (6,6) 20. Plant used in the making of tequila (5) 21. Embryonic frog (7) 22. Burning meteors (8,5) Down 1. Writer's or musician's last work (4,4) 2. Sing the praises of (5)

3. Yarn (as in corduroy) that stands up from the weave (3) 4. Australian musical instrument, played by holding in both hands and flexing (6,5) 5. From the Orient (7) 6. Short-tailed wild cat (4) 8. Means of the rapid escape of a pilot from an aircraft (7,4) 11. State of depression (5) 12. Plumage (8) 14. Highest female voice (7) 18. Basic unit of money in Iceland 86

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Quiz - Love & Kisses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Aphrodite The Bridge of Sighs Pygmalion Romeo Philadelphia Culture Club 7 hours and 15 days Glandular Fever Elizabeth I The gift of the gab

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Walker - Liverpool Uffizi - Florence State Hermitage - St Petersburg Prado - Madrid Kelvingrove - Glasgow J.Paul Getty - Los Angeles Fitzwilliam - Cambridge Borghese - Rome Anne Frank House - Amsterdam Ashmolean - Oxford

Across: 1 Capacity, 5 Severs, 9 Aversion, 10 Podium, 12 taste, 13 Tormentor, 14 Unfair, 16 scamper, 19 Rustler, 21 Paella, 23 chicanery, 25 Scene, 26 expect, 27 Relation, 28 shyest, 29 Ethereal. Down: 1 Chaste, 2 Pheasants, 3 caste, 4 Trotter, 6 Exonerate, 7 Edict, 8 Sombrero, 11 Iris, 15 alliances, 17 Pulverise, 18 proceeds, 20 Rued, 21 Payment, 22 Kernel, 24 imply, 25 stage.

Quiz - Museums

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Wildlife Aid says “don’t use slug pellets” Following the recent heavy rains and the profusion of slugs in Surrey, the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) has issued a warning about the harm that slug pellets can do to the environment and the hazard that they pose to wildlife and to domestic pets. WAF’s appeal comes after water companies reported that they had found exceptionally high levels of metaldehyde – the key active ingredient in slug pellets – in watercourses in southern England, which is an indication that slug pellets are already being used in large numbers following the heavy rainfall and “unprecedented” numbers of slugs. Most have been used on agricultural land (latest figures reducing water-logging reduces slug show that up to 5,000 tonnes of slug pellets are problems. used by UK farmers every year) but there is also a strong possibility that more and more • Creating the right habitat for the slug’s gardeners are resorting to using pellets too in an natural enemies, especially ground attempt to combat this pest. beetles. • Providing bird boxes to encourage birds WAF founder-director Simon Cowell MBE says such as song thrushes and blackbirds that however much of a nuisance slugs might which eat slugs. be, especially to farmers and gardeners, people • ...and, most importantly of all, by should “at all costs resist the temptation” to protecting and encouraging hedgehogs – as use metaldehyde slug pellets, and they should the average hedgehog can eat up to 500 try alternative methods instead to discourage slugs a night! slugs without actually killing them. “I know that slugs can be a menace but I would strongly urge Simon adds: “It is a tragic irony that hedgehogs people not to use metaldehyde in their gardens, are becoming the latest victims of metaldehyde allotments etc, as it is environmentally poisoning as, left to their own devices, destructive and also poses severe health risks to hedgehogs can be the most effective way to all sorts of animals, including pets. keep down the slug population. So the slug pellets are actually just killing off the slug’s "Animals can be poisoned by eating slug pellets - natural predator! My advice to farmers and they may not intend to eat the pellets but they gardeners who might be tempted to use slug eat smaller animals which have in turn eaten pellets is to encourage hedgehogs onto your the pellets - so the toxin is travelling up the land instead. They will get rid of your slug food chain, for example from slugs to birds to problem for you!” cats. It is not uncommon for dogs or cats to become very ill this way. The toxins produced in WAF recently launched a campaign on hedgehog this way can lead to unpleasant side effects and protection. The campaign – called “Save Harry!” damage to liver, kidney and heart. This is an – is headed by Ann Widdecombe and supported animal health issue and, because of its farby celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and Stephen reaching effects, a potentially significant Fry. It was launched by WAF because of the ecological issue too.” rapid decline of the British hedgehog in recent years. Just a few decades ago there were more Simon says that rather than resorting to slug than 30 million hedgehogs in pellets, slug problems can be minimised in the Britain; now there are only following ways: about one million. •

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