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


100 editions of the A & L Local



Food theatre comes to Four Gables


Ashtead Community Vision


Bacchus Award winners


Can you help Pitstop?


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Quiz - Fictional movie settings


Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild


Quiz - Say it with flowers


GO50 walks and cycle rides


Kitty Martin’s 100th birthday


DEBRA Surrey Cycle challenge


Recipe - Lebkuchen


Mums give Dorking Halls thumbs up


Mole Valley Police column


Book reviews


Andy’s Blog


Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner


Wildlife Aid - hedgehogs


Give a cat a home


Shopmobility needs volunteers


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Colour me happy - a story


New look for SAVI charity


Ashtead Rotary


MV is officially best place to run!


Harmonies - Leatherhead Voice


Local history article


Wildlife Aid - upsurge in shootings


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really shouldn’t have mentioned torrential rain in my note last month! It really has been relentless and my heart goes out to those households that bore the brunt of the flooding over the Christmas and New Year break. One of the victims was Pitstop, a day centre that provides shelter and all manner of services to help the homeless and socially isolated in our area. As a charity dedicated to helping others, perhaps we can help them in their hour of need? Details of how to make an emergency donation to help them get back on their feet can be found on page 14. On a brighter note, I’d like to welcome you to the 100th edition of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine but before you get out your calculators, I know that the 100th edition should have been in January but I decided back in 2005 not to publish a December issue because I thought it wouldn’t be a popular one - but since then the December editions have always been very successful - all part of the publishing learning curve I guess! October 2005 saw the very first edition of the Leatherhead Local, as it was known then, was distributed to 2000 homes, and by October 2008 it had morphed into magazine we know now as The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local distributed to just over 10,000 homes each month. What you may not be aware of is that for the first two years whilst I was establishing this magazine, I was also working full time as Assistant to the CEO of the Moss Bros Group Plc, so all in all a pretty busy and full-on two years! In this issue the Leatherhead Residents’ Association (p.10) and Ashtead Community Vision (p.12) are both covering the proposals for possible new housing sites in the area. It is imperative that we have our say and make our feelings known to the council before it’s too late. This is a difficult and sensitive issue, we need new housing to accommodate a continually growing population, but do we really want housing to start encroaching on to our sacred green belt, or is this Technical & Legal stuff building necessary (however unpalatable that may be) Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine in order to house tomorrow the youngsters of today? Whatever your opinion may be, please don’t keep it to is accurate, the Publisher cannot yourself, contact the council and share your views. accept, and hereby disclaims, any 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.

liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions In closing, I should like to thank all my advertisers and resulting from negligence, accident contributors, past and present, and of course you, the or any other cause. community, for getting behind this little magazine and No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420

helping me to get it off the ground to make it the success that it is today. I work on the magazine entirely on my own and I am always humbled by the kindness shown to me by local residents. Moving from London to Leatherhead almost 11 years ago was probably one of the best decisions we ever made! Thank you and goodnight. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Water water everywhere! The recent foul weather has raised many questions about flooding and whose responsibility is the maintenance of the many watercourses that run through Ashtead. Many landowners will say “That’s wot I pays my rates for!” but in fact they would be 100% wrong.

responsibilities are being ignored. If you have a ditch alongside your land it is your duty to keep this clear, not only for your own protection but for your neighbours and those upstream and downstream. If your watercourse goes under a road, place a grille over the pipe entrance to prevent debris from blocking it and clear it regularly.

The Rye Brook is the responsibility of the Environment Agency as they class this as a “Main River”. Ashtead though has a network of ditches that are necessary to drain the area and those persons whose properties abut these watercourses are responsible for their upkeep. This is called Riparian Responsibility.

Tesco After months or even years of struggling to get Planning Permission for the Tesco store in Ashtead, plus at no small cost, even hiring one of the country’s leading Barristers, residents may be puzzled why still nothing is happening in The Street.

If your property is adjacent to a watercourse of any description you are a riparian owner and should be maintaining it regularly. This will have the benefit of reducing the risk of flooding from the watercourse at times of bad weather for both you and your neighbours. So for example even if the title deeds for property owners on either side of a watercourse indicate that the extent of ownership of their respective lands is only to the boundary fence or hedge, those owners may still have riparian rights and responsibilities up to the centre of the watercourse, if the land between the water’s edge and their boundary is regarded as the bank of the watercourse and no one else owns that land.

The Residents’ Association maintains regular contact with Beth Greenhouse, Corporate Affairs Manager at Tesco, and we have been partially successful in getting Tesco to tidy the site plus ensuring their property team does regular maintenance. However this still brings us no nearer knowing when this eyesore will be developed.

As a riparian landowner you also have certain rights in relation to the watercourse flowing through or adjacent to your property. These ‘riparian rights’ are based on common law and have been defined as a result of legal cases over many years and include, for example, the right to draw water from the watercourse. However, recent heavy rain has demonstrated that in many parts of Ashtead the important riparian

Anyone reading the financial press may have seen Tesco’s recent results and the statement from the CEO that the company’s philosophy has changed from opening large stores to opening more Tesco Express stores, and indeed in the area we are seeing these small stores springing up in a short time, whilst all the while our site becomes more and more derelict. The ARA will continue to press for information and put pressure on Tesco. And they said it wouldn’t last!! 100 editions of Ashtead & Leatherhead Local and going from strength to strength. Congratulations Zen and many thanks for the work you do in bringing information direct to residents of Ashtead and Leatherhead.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The famous Green Belt Do we care about it or would we prefer to see neat houses and roads? Housing & Traveller Sites Plan 2014 A MVDC consultation concerning Housing and Travellers’ sites in Mole Valley ends on 7 March. Eleven Leatherhead sites, mostly in the Green Belt, are designated to provide 1200 houses by 2026. Three of the proposed development sites include large numbers of houses. Chapter II of the consultation documents (Help shop) refers to LH1 (between Randalls Road and the Mole), to LH 06, 03 and 14, Barnett Wood Lane and the Allotments) and to LH 4, 15, 19 and 20 (clustered in S. Leatherhead). Two of these locations are proposed for 500 houses each and include Travellers’ sites. (see p.10-68) Could Leatherhead end up supplying ALL the houses needed for Mole Valley? Property prices here are a particular enticement for builders. No wonder groups like the Allotment Holders and Save South Leatherhead are working hard to let their voices be heard. All these plans assume that we have plenty of room in our schools, plenty of road space and medical care facilities. We all know this is not true – in recent years several blocks of flats have been built and currently many offices have been turned into residential units. The Knoll Roundabout and Bull Hill are frequently at a standstill at peak times. However, we do have well placed supporters like Mr. Zahawi, MP and member of the No. 10 Policy Board. He has said that current planning regulations are causing “pain” to communities across the country, and that the “physical harm” currently being inflicted could be “the defining legacy of this Government.” Many large developments, taking place without the support of their area, are ruining the flagship policy of Localism. Mole Valley does at least have a Local Plan which stipulates that the Green Belt can only be used “in special circumstances.” We need to remind our Planning Officers and Committee of this.

More effort needs to go into finding “brownfield” sites and the existing housing stock needs to be used more efficiently. Housing sites become more attractive to builders and less of a problem to Planning Departments if they are devoid of trees. We have already seen places were owners have suddenly felt the need to fell large trees. We, the general public, need to be aware of trees around our district and even photograph them if they appear remotely vulnerable. Such trees should be given a TPO so at least a discussion could take place before they are removed. Those who applaud the idea of more affordable housing in Leatherhead should be aware of current planning regulations. Just because a builder is granted permission for a site with some “affordable homes” does not mean they will be built! Developers can return to the Council claiming that new costings show they can no longer afford to build the cheaper houses and request that the number be reduced. The Council then has a month to agree or not and, thus, the land afterwards could continue to sit there unused.

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Ashtead Community Vision Where will Ashtead’s new housing go? While we were all tucking into the turkey and keeping our heads down from ‘somewhat’ inclement weather, spare a thought for our intrepid volunteers at Ashtead Community Vision (ACV). You’ll recall in last month’s ‘Local’ that the Forum’s efforts had so far been focused on Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt Boundary Review. Well, now the Forum has to look at land allocation given that MVDC’s planning department has to work out where houses are going to go. Why? It’s, in part, thanks to there being so many baby boomers in Ashtead - those born between 1946 and 1954, and who are expected to live longer lives. As a result we have a large cohort of individuals who are ageing and looking for more suitable accommodation in smaller homes. The Forum’s role in land allocation is simply to use the planners’ own methods to assess sites and to let the council know what we residents think about them. It’s still down to MVDC to make the final decision about what housing goes where – but the Forum’s view are important to the planners as it is meant to pull together what residents think about proposed developments- for and against. In terms of the actual field work, the ACV teams, have to go into the field (often literally) and assess the sites. In doing so they have to put together a whole load of information about the land – its proposed use, its size, where it is etc. They have to look at existing use, potential noise or fume impacts from neighbours and any loss of privacy. Pretty topical at the moment is whether the land is in a flood zone, its proximity to water courses and other potential sources of flooding.

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enhancement? Is it next to protected landscape? Is it agriculture land? Are there tree preservation orders or established hedgerows? Are there listed building, conservation areas, archaeological sites? What about rights of way, telephone masts, sub-stations pylons? The list goes on…. and on. Of course a fundamental issue is how many houses could be built on the site, what’s the density, what type of dwellings – small family houses, sheltered accommodation, affordable housing? And what does the local community think – the people who have to live with any development? The overriding point that all residents need to understand is that everyone who has an opinion should express it. The Forum’s next Report on the assessment of sites is intended to go online with a survey in February so please keep in touch with the ACV website at and make sure your voice is heard.

Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 Find us on Face book Ashtead Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV

Other questions include, can, or is, the site serviced by footpaths, cycle routes, vehicle access? Or is it close to a motorway or trunk John Morgan road? How far is it from community facilities? ACV Member Are utilities connected? Biodiversity and landscape are also big factors. Is the land capable of ecological 12

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We are always grateful for the opportunity afforded to us to communicate with the wider community by being given space in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Our thanks to Zen, as Publisher, for being so supportive and encouraging over many years and would like to pass on to her our congratulations on the 100th Edition of the Magazine.

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Advanced Notice We have managed to arrange with the Dogs Trust to come to the Ashtead Recreation Ground, Barnett Wood Lane, on Sunday, 23rd March 2014, between 10.00am and 4.00pm, to offer FREE micro-chipping for dogs. From April 2016, it will be a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped, so why not get it done sooner rather than later – and for free?

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Colour me happy Ruth and Sam had lived in their semi-detached house for over ten years. It was nice but nothing grand, with three bedrooms and a good sized ‘box room’. They bought it when they had two children and used the fourth room as a home office, with a sofa bed for Sam’s mother when she came to stay. However, when their gorgeous but unplanned daughter came along, the home office had to go…

Back at home, Ruth carefully started to paint small squares of potential colours on the living room wall. She sensibly took a picture down and painted behind it so the test patches would be hidden. Sam then had the additional bright idea of writing the names in pencil to avoid confusion. Ruth loved the richness of ‘Redcurrant Glory’ but Sam preferred the more subdued ‘Perfectly Taupe’.

After years of trains, cars and tractors, Ruth relished in the pinkness of her beautiful girl and Sarah’s bedroom became a cornucopia of marshmallow rose.

They looked at them in daylight, they looked at them in electric light, they discussed, they argued and they disagreed. During the week, the picture was taken down and put back on a regular basis and Daniel and Ben were brought in to arbitrate. Ruth even went out and bought some more test pots but it didn’t make any difference. They still couldn’t agree.

As she came out of babyhood, it soon became clear that Sarah was never going to live up to the girly expectations of her bedroom and any shade pink was decisively rejected. Even socks were unceremoniously removed. When Sarah was five, she subjected her mother to a mortifying display of pink defiance while in the bridesmaid section of a London department store. Ruth’s sister was getting married and had chosen a dusky rose taffeta dress for her flower girl niece to wear. She eventually had to change her whole colour scheme for Sarah’s benefit but the final shade of cornflower blue looked absolutely beautiful and was a much better choice. Ruth and Sam had decided to re-decorate the living room. They’d painted it a very safe shade of ‘Almond White’ several years before and wanted to take the plunge and introduce some colour into their lives. Sarah leapt at the opportunity and begged for her room to be completely ‘de-pinked’. Over the years, they’d removed most of the offending accessories but the walls were still the original shade of marshmallow, albeit hidden under layers of drawings and posters.

The following weekend, Sam put all the samples on a tray in the living room. Perhaps they should take a lucky dip and let chance decide? They looked at the coloured patches again and Ruth could sense another disagreement brewing. Sam resourcefully took his opportunity to avoid confrontation. “You know, we still have an almost full can off ‘Almond White’ in the garage. We could always buy some new cushions to brighten up the room…” Ruth decided to assess the test pots one last time but when she went to get the tray, it had disappeared. Ben and Daniel were surprisingly doing homework but Sarah was nowhere to be found. Sam and Ruth went up to her room to be greeted by a little girl, covered in every sample from every test pot and walls that were as colourful as she was.

They took Sarah to the local DIY store and the “You don’t have to repaint my room Mummy, I’ve done it myself! three of them soon got lost in the myriad of These colours are brilliant! colourful options available to them. Needless to say, opinions varied dramatically. Sam was all for muted tones such as, ‘Muddy Puddle’, ‘Perfectly Taupe’ and ‘Naturally Hessian’. Copyright Sarah Lott Ruth preferred ‘Intense Truffle, ‘Redcurrant January 2013 Glory’ and ‘Mulberry Burst’. Sarah liked the sound of ‘Melon Sorbet’, ‘Lemon Squash’ and Website: ‘Seville Orange’. Their basket became Email: overloaded with small sample pots and Sam Twitter: @thememorybook was dismayed at the £30.00 bill before they’d Facebook: The Memory Book even started. 36

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Ashtead Rotary At 9 o’clock on a Keith Allardyce, Simon Ling, Len Wood, bright Sunday Joy McAlister and Jack McLean morning [does such an hour exist on a Sunday] a group of Ashtead Rotary stalwarts, Keith Allardyce, Jack McLean, Len Wood, Joy McAlister and Simon Ling arrived for work at ‘The Pond’ to find the contractors installing a ‘Reed Filter Bed’. So Helen Cocker, Assist. Project Leader of Lower Mole Countryside Management, took us instead to make a start on ‘scrub control’ on that part of Ashtead Common known as The Woodfield opposite The Pond. Clad in wellies and gloves and armed with saws and pruning loppers provided by LMCM our objective was to cut to ground level the scrub which is growing up under the trees near the railway and to open up the ‘Parkland Vista’ and allow the mowing machines in. We set to work with a will and soon had a sizeable pile of prunings ready for the council’s chipping machine when it was time for the first coffee break – thoughtfully planned by Helen. (see pics). Doesn’t look much does it but Rod Shaw Senior Conservation Officer at MVDC came himself a bit later and by the time it was getting dark the pile was much, much larger. A most thoughtful and very moving evening presentation by P-J Shepherd from 'Scotty's Little Soldiers' was inspired by the experience of army widow Nikki Scott. The charity honours her husband Corporal Lee Scott's memory - both as a loyal soldier and a loving father. They provide treats, outings, trips and activities for families of the fallen men and women of the armed forces with the aim of offering a respite from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one. One of their biggest projects is to provide, furnish and stock with start-up provisions a small number of holiday homes where the children can enjoy themselves and realise it is still OK to smile and have fun despite their tragic loss. see : Most recently Ruth McBain came to talk to us and present a short film on the work of DEBRA, the Charity which supports and funds research on Epidermolysis Bullosa. Don’t worry about the name – the disease is far worse. It is an inherited condition in which the skin [and in some cases the lining of the mouth and gullet] is so fragile that it falls off at the slightest touch leaving completely unprotected flesh. Babies are born with the condition and, depending on the severity, a few will die in a very short time. Others will live but will suffer the most appalling pain and long regimes of treatment. There is as yet no cure but the work of

DEBRA is to fund research and ways of moderCan you help this child? ating the suffering of these poor children and to give help, education and guidance to parents. see : Woodlands School Father Christmas

Ashtead Rotarian Alan Howell [shhh don't let anyone know it was him] really excelled again this year in his role as father Christmas with his red coat and white fur trimmings and his genuine full white beard. To the delight of the children he made a personal visit and presented each one with a special gift. Head Teacher, Mrs Adrienne Knight, was heard to exclaim with equal delight, “Father Christmas really understands the pupils at Woodlands School. He takes time to listen and communicate with all our children, to make sure he knows exactly what’s on their Christmas list, even if that means getting down on the floor to interact or talking using a symbol book.” Father Christmas himself, perhaps rather ruefully, commented, “The children were so pleased to see me and so grateful even if one or two, in their determination to prove I am real, took very strong tugs at my beard.” Skittles. On 9th January 15 of our members and guests braved the floods and fallen trees to visit the Bull's Head at Ewhurst for a friendship evening and skittles competition. Sadly the men's team beat the mixed team but Simon Ling had the highest men's score and Sarah Brown, in a play-off, the highest women's score. Judging by the hubbub and the enthusiasm SVP Tony organised a most successful outing.

The men and women of Ashtead Rotary meet on Thursday evenings for a meal, to watch presentations, to plan for the future and just to enjoy our fellowship and social interaction. For details call Keith on 01372 727573 or just 'Google' 'Ashtead Rotary'. Dear reader, you have knowledge and skills which are valuable to our community. Contact us to enjoy the fun of putting them to good use. Rotary makes a difference and 38creates great benefit to our community.

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Wildlife Aid warning over upsurge in wildlife shootings in Surrey seriousness of its injury (a crossbow bolt through its foot) it is still able to fly and has so far evaded capture by WAF's team. Unless it can be caught and its injury treated very soon it will die, so attempts are still being made by the charity's wildlife rescuers to catch it. Incidents like these follow the recent massacre of more than 50 doves in Bookham by children with air-rifles, and numerous instances of wild birds being shot and killed in various parts of Surrey.

Wildlife conservationists are warning of an upsurge in illegal shooting of wild birds. The Wildlife Aid Foundation, which runs a veterinary hospital and rehabilitation centre in Leatherhead for sick and injured wildlife, says that it is receiving an increasing number of emergency callouts to incidents involving wild birds that have been shot.

For more information on the work of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, go to, or call the charity's helpline on 09061 800 032. WAF's Leatherhead centre has been tackling wildlife emergencies across Surrey and surrounding areas for more than three decades, and deals with some 20,000 Recently the charity's wildlife rescue team were incidents every year. The charity's popular TV series Wildlife SOS is now available on-line via called out to Redhill to try to save a buzzard the WAF website. with serious gunshot wounds (pictured above). Unfortunately the WAF team found that the buzzard's injuries were too severe so regrettably it had to be put to sleep. WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE said: "We were all particularly sad that the buzzard had to be put to sleep but there was nothing more we could do for the poor creature. The wounds were too serious and too faradvanced. How can people do something like this to such a beautiful wild creature? It beggars belief." Simon points out that buzzards and other wild birds are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act and that killing them, by whatever means, is a crime. "It is extremely worrying if there are people going around Surrey taking pot-shots at wild birds," Simon added. "This is utterly reckless and dangerous. Lawabiding members of the local community should be on their guard. If you hear of any incidents, please report them to the police immediately." In addition, the WAF helpline took a call from Guildford about a duck which had been shot with a crossbow. The wounded duck has yet to be retrieved, however, as, despite the 42

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Probus Club of Leatherhead Who are ar we? Founded in 1969, we are still going strong covering the loca communities of Leatherhead, Ashtead, Bookham and local Fe Fetcham. If you are a male, nearing, semi or already fully retired and have an active and inquiring mind who enjoys social activity and meeting with others, then we are for you. Our core activity is a monthly Lunch followed by a range of visiting speakers. Post Christmas spirits were lifted and the wretched weather forgotten as we kicked off 2014 in style at our usua Tyrrells Wood Golf Club venue. It offers country style usual livi living, fantastic views across the Surrey Hills and excellent tradit traditional three course lunches. Our speaker was the well known journalist, presenter, broadcaster and writer Nicholas Owen. Nicholas is an engaging personality and an amusing and involving speaker. Following the title of his recent book “Days Like This”, he took us through the many highs and a few lows of his journalistic life. He started with a local newspaper and reached the heights with the prestigious Financial Times. T.V. work followed, including a spell as I.T.V. Royal Correspondent which enabled Nicholas to see the world. Being Nicholas he also did some unexpected things, such as failing early on Strictly Come Dancing and being a fireman on the Bluebell Railway (May speaker coming up) which apparently is hard graft. He is still going strong, now with the BBC, regularly reading the News to which he brings his distinctive informal and friendly style despite being surrounded by all the challenges of high technology in the new newsroom. He also presents a relaxing Saturday programme on Classic which it is worth tuning in. Twice a year our monthly Lunch is opened up and we invite partners and friends to join us. In June we have a Summer Buffet and in December it is a special Christmas Lunch with entertainment. We are also joined by others each month for informal lunches at local pubs and restaurants and there is a regular theatre programme. Outings to places of interest, walking in our area and sporting competitions in association with other local Probus Clubs also take place. Having spoken to us last year and being friends with Nicholas, “Local” blogger Andy Newbold was with us as a guest. He revealed a hidden camera and being a snapper took some pictures. Picture on the left shows Nicholas with Chairman Ian Nayler on the right and former Chairman and big Leatherhead Theatre supporter, Colin Langley Pic courtesy of Andy Newbold

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“It was back in October 2005 Congratulations on your when the very first 100th edition Zen Total number ‘Leatherhead Local’ was fantastic magazine. Jackie magazines of magaz mag ines printed in black and white Quinn and delivered to a mere 2000 printed since Many congratulations on homes, little did I know that Oct 2005 achieving your ''ton-up'' and eight years later it would be many thanks for your delivered to just over 10,000 kindness shown to my homes into not only society over the last 3½ Leatherhead, but also Ashtead, Fetcham and years. Here's to the next 100! Brian Davis, Hawthorn Langley Vale. Back then I could never have imagined how much this little Leslie 3837 Preservation Society magazine would be taken into the hearts of 100 and still going strong. Well done to you. the local community. Les Beer, Tec Res The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local has, quite Congratulations on reaching your 100th simply, become a huge success, not only by being a vehicle for local businesses to advertise Edition. A credit to your hard work and to residents, but also a magazine that supports tenacity. Neil Clarke, 13363, Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator - Mole Valley the local community, its clubs and charities. Coverage is given to local events, fundraising, We started using the magazine because we festivities, Mole Valley District and Surrey enjoyed reading some of the local interest County Councils, our local police, residents’ associations and other community groups such articles, and we were kept abreast of events that were taking place in as Ashtead Community Vision and Transition Ashtead. Much of what we Ashtead. do in Ashtead is very much Number of tied to the community so I feel very privileged and honoured to have people it we thought that it would developed such wonderful relationships with takes to make sense to become local residents.” deliver the advertisers. Since doing so magazine mag ine magaz we’ve not looked back. We Zen George, Publisher are pleased that our offers can reach those who would, Here’s what some of my advertisers and potentially, be most contributors have to say... interested, delivered to their door step. Long may it Congratulations Zen – 100 not out – a fantastic continue and congratulations to Zen on achievement! Many thanks to you and your reaching this fantastic milestone. Jamie readers for your continued support of all our events and activities. Simon Edmands, President, Chandler, Elphicks Estate Agents Leatherhead Rotary Club I’ve been advertising in the A&L since the first edition in October 2005 and I have to say it gives me my best return per pound spent on Happy 100th Birthday Edition!!! Lovely magazine full of great local stories and adverts advertising – I use similar magazines in other for local businesses. Thank you for creating the areas without the same level of success. Howard Davies, Davies Property Management Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Melanie Fraser, Ashtead Art Lovers

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Congratulations Zen on your 100th issue and I am so proud to have been a part of it since providing photography for the cover back in July 2006. Having seen many other publications come and go it is great to be witnessing this milestone. Over the years many people have commented on the magazine - always in a positive way - It has been a great shop window for my own business and it has been a great asset for the local community - and we all know you should never underestimate the importance of Community! You should be very proud of the magazine and here's to the next 100 issues. Andy Newbold Many congratulations on your 100th edition of our local magazine. You have brought it Number of along a treat, and it’s obviously advertisers a very popular read with so appearing many. In fact a lot of people since 2005 have commented on seeing our Ashtead W.I. write-ups and I’m sure it has brought new members to our group, so thank you for your part in this. I hadn’t realised that the first copies were in black & white, and what a problem it must have been for you to be in two such demanding roles. Congratulations for sticking with it and to providing us with such a successful magazine. Sandra Brown, Ashtead Women’s Institute

Since featuring in your magazine we have homed a number of cats as a direct result of people seeing them featured in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local plus we have noticed an incredible rise in visits to our website – they have doubled! As the web address only really featured in our cat of the month ads we are confident that awareness has been raised through your incredible generosity by featuring us monthly – huge thanks! Pamela Green PR & Comms Cats Protection Epsom Ewell & District Branch

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The A&L is not only a useful resource for all of us who live in or around these two communities, but it shows us how busy and vibrant our towns are. You keep us in touch with ourselves and having advertised with you for the Number of past four years, I know what a days it takes great readership your to deliver wonderful magazine has. 10000 copies Hazel Hannam, Soundbytes (weather

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New tutor introduces Food Theatre to Four Gables

The ‘Food Theatre’ class gives the audience an “as it happens” insight as they watch a five-course tasting menu being prepared from scratch. Seated in the very heart of the kitchen, the spectators will have plenty of opportunity to grill the professionals as they are treated to an in-depth cookery master-class covering techniques used in top restaurants. At the end of the two hour demonstration, the audience will move through to the dining room to tuck into the gastronomic meal they have watched being prepared.

The ‘Food Theatre’ cooking master class costs £75 and includes refreshments on arrival and a five course tasting menu. It runs from 10.30am until 2.30pm. Each class will accommodate up to eight people, who will leave with a collection of recipes. For course dates and booking information, please visit or ring 01372 275276.

Poetry Please Will this be the year of the poet? William Blake never fails to intrigue. So different from others of his generation, so unique in his views of life and love, so talented in his engraving as well as his writing. We are including a course on Blake in our multi-disciplinary Cultural Studies programme for five weeks starting Wednesday February 26 in the afternoon. An art historian and a literature specialist will take the course between them. The emphasis will be on Songs of Innocence and Experience. On Monday afternoons from 24 February we offer a study of five women poets. The chosen five will be Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and Carol Anne Duffy. And you could always write your own - our Creative Writing course on Wednesday evenings does include poetry and may be joined at any time.

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“Most people never get the chance to study chefs at work, except on TV,” says Laura. “There will be lots of opportunities for questions and we’ll be spilling the beans on some trade secrets.”

Pictogram answers: 1.The penny drops

Laura joined the academy in September to assist chef patron David Gillott (pictured right). She came up with the idea of the ‘Food Theatre’ in order to offer a live alternative to televised cooking programmes.

3.Just the ticket

Four Gables Food Academy at Ashtead, Surrey, is putting chefs centre stage with a ‘Food Theatre’ course designed by the school’s newlyappointed cookery tutor Laura Screech.








On April 8th 2014 Windows XP and Office 2003 “retires”. If you are a Windows XP user what will it mean for you? The simple answer is that you will no longer receive Windows updates, security fixes or assistance and support concerning Windows XP, the copy of Windows XP on your computer will continue to work, it will not suddenly turn off and not work. Is that a big deal? On the surface- not really However… because your XP computer will become a less secure device some companies have stated that they will not allow Windows XP to connect to their secure websites. This could impact any website that has a shopping basket or secure sign on, be it your bank, building society, e-bay, PayPal, super-market , Government/ Tax office, this list goes on. The ramifications could be massive you will leave yourself venerable to hackers and risks. If you have a machine that is 4 or more years old we would urge you replace your machine, if your machine is less than 4 years old you can buy Windows 7 or a Windows 8 upgrade. If you are concerned about transferring your information, emails, data, music, photos and so on, to a new machine this is something we can do for you and make the transition as simple as possible.For further information please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can advise further.

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Bacchus Award winners - Theme: Bright and Breezy The team at Denbies, in their wisdom, invited me to judge the Bacchus competition again this year, which I was delighted to do as it’s such a nice way to spend a couple of hours immersed in beautiful art and getting away from the pooter screen. I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Gold Award is Lorna Amy Rose Gibson with her mixed media piece entitled ‘Brighton Breezy’ (above). The Silver Award goes to Karen Charman for her acrylic ‘Gale Decreasing’ (far left) and the Bronze Award is given to Ronnie Ireland for also another acrylic ‘Just-a-walking the dog’ (left). Note for all you artists out there, next year’s theme will be ‘City, Coast & Country’ 56

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Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Ashtead came together to celebrate International Inner Wheel Day laden with tins and packets of food.

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After a sociable lunch consisting of homemade soup the items were packed into cars for transportation to Local Food Banks which have been created to help those in need. The small profit made on the cost of the lunch was donated along with the food.

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - January 2014 Meeting We were pleased to welcome 3 visitors to our New Year meeting, and updated news was given of one of our founder members. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall will be celebrating its 90th birthday in March and our W.I. will be ‘manning’ one of the stalls along with other regular users of our excellent venue, where we look forward to sharing our events and interests with members of the public. Also at our hall in March, the Emlyn Downs group of W.I.s will be holding their annual lunch, with a speaker – auctioneer Jonathan Pratt, and with Ashtead W.I. providing the catering. We also had an update on the 40 beautiful blankets, larger and smaller, made by Ashtead W.I. members and given to the Rainbow Trust for children with life-threatening conditions. It seems we will have to keep knitting, as sadly, they will be needing more. Liam O’Carroll was our January speaker, telling us of his adventures as a blind rambler. He has joined a group of blind people who like to walk in various parts of South East England, gathering at a London main-line station and travelling out to meet other walking groups who act as guides, on a one to one basis. One of the walks Mr O’Carroll mentioned was of local interest being titled ‘Big Trouble in Little Bookham’ where they couldn’t access the expected lunch-stop. After his talk, Mr O’Carroll was happy to chat with members over our coffee break. Also a reminder not to forget the Seville oranges available now, ready to make the eagerly awaited marmalade for our Ashtead Village Day stall. We would welcome visitors to our February 5th meeting when the speaker will be Mr C. Read, on 19th Century Medicine. Sandra Brown

Ashtead Townswomen's Guild Ashtead Townswomen's Guild would like to congratulate you on reaching your 100th edition. It is a great way of advertising our meetings. At our first meeting of 2014 held on January 7th we had a fascinating & informative talk on the history of Kensington Palace given by Nigel Arch. It was not until the reign of Queen Mary & William 111 that it became a palace & royal residence. Later it has been the home of many members of the royal family & many alterations & improvements have been made. Notably Queen Victoria was born & spent her chilhood there. In recent times Princess Margaret, Princess Diana & now Prince Michael & his wife . The most recent occupants are Prince William ,Catherine & Prince George. A very important royal residence. Mid Surrey Federation are organising a day on the USA when we will be entertained by Ann Chance & are asked to dress as cowboys or Indians!!The regional round of the TG Quiz is being hosted by our Federation on March 3rd & we will be going along to support our team. Our next meeting will be held on February 4th when will hear about Royal Babies from Siobhan Clarke. Why not come & join us ,you will be made most welcome, we are a very friendly group. Our meetings are held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.45 pm For further information please contact the Chairman Margery Curtis on 01372272588


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Surrey Slimmers (Fetcham)

The club with the personal touch

We meet every Thursday morning from 9.45-11.00am, in The Reading Rooms, Cobham Road, Fetcham. We're fun, friendly and very successful, and with a choice of three programmes to follow there really is something for everyone.

ONLY £4.95 a week & NO registration fee. Contact Sue Prior for info on 01372 377031 email - or just turn up! Dorking Quilters On Tuesday February 11th at 7.30pm, we have the exciting Handbag Collection of quilts from the Quilters Guild – always a treat. Meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. New members and visitors always welcome. More info from Sheena on 01306 885597 59

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• Easy to learn • Generates maximum force whilst having little or no impact on the body

• Classes for all ages • No contracts • Family discounts • Classes at St Andrew’s School, • Grange Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 7JN

To book your free trial or to find out more call

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Weekly one-on-one coaching sessions to keep you on track.







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

This is just a taste of what’s on offer. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email:


February Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Mon 3 FEB: Limpsfield Chart, 4m Meet Graham at 10am for 10:15 start near Carpenters Arms pub on The Chart. From A25, take B269 and turn left at the church and left again. Hilly walk with lovely views and shady woods, south of the road. TQ425519 / RH8 0TG | Tue 4 FEB:

Reigate Hill, 5m Meet Irene at 10am for 10:15 start at Wray Lane car park at top of Reigate Hill off J8, M25. Undulating walk with fine views overlooking Reigate & Dorking. Some stiles. Bring snack. TQ263524 / RH2 9RP | Tue 4 FEB: Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet Anthony at 9:45am (10am start) at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Thu 6 FEB: Scearn Bank, 4½m Enjoy a circular walk around Limpsfield Chart. Meet Irene at 10am for 10:15 start in the Scearn Bank CP on Limpsfield Chart off B269. Go past the church and the first car park on the left to the Scearn Bank car park on the right. TQ426518 / RH8 0TB | Mon 10 FEB: Epsom Downs, 5m Meet Sue & Liz at 10am for 10:15am start at the car park (pay & display) by mini-roundabout on Tattenham Corner Rd. Mainly broad, easy to follow bridleways over open downs with (hopefully!) views over London, some wooded areas plus village of Walton-on-the-Hill. Nearby pubs available for food. TQ223584 / KT18 5PP (T) Bus 318 | Wed 12 FEB: Wotton Hatch, 4m Walk to Friday Street and return along part of Greensand Way. Optional pub lunch. Meet Barbara & Rosemary at 10:15am for 10:30 start in CP behind Wotton Hatch pub near Westcott, west of Dorking on A25. TQ126476 / RH5 6QQ (T) Bus 21, 32 | Wed 12 FEB: Walton on the Hill (Reigate & Banstead), 6¾m Walk via Headley church to White Hill, and return across Headley Heath. Bring snack. Meet Clive for 10.30 start in the free car park opposite junction of B2032 Dorking Rd & Deans Lane. TQ227544 / KT20 7TP | Thu 13 FEB: Epsom Downs & Mogador, 10m Good views, mainly footpaths and hilly in parts. Bring a picnic. Meet Avril at 10am for 10.15 start at Tattenham Corner CP, at junction of Old London Road & Tattenham Corner Rd, Epsom, off B290. TQ224 584 / KT18 5UL | Fri 14 FEB: Ardingly, 10m Meet Irene at 10am for 10:15am start in the free car park in Ardingly village, opposite the baker’s shop. From Ardingly, enjoy a circuit walk to Balcombe for lunch at pub or in tea rooms. Walk back via the reservoir to the start. TQ348294 / RH17 6AN | Tue 18 FEB: Eden Vale & Dormans Park, 5½m + opt 3m Lovely walk, two easy hills, varied terrain & not too muddy. Share in Graham’s birthday cake and a very reasonable lunch in church café. Optional 3m walk after lunch. Meet Graham at 10am for 10.15 start at bottom of Furzefield Rd, Baldwin’s Hill. Travel via Lingfield and take East Grinstead Rd (right turn) through Felcourt. Near top of Baldwin’s Hill, turn left into Furzefield Rd & park at bottom of hill. TQ390396 / RH19 2JH | Fri 28 FEB: Box Hill, 8m Circular walk to Box Hill & Mickledown. Meet Irene at 10am for 10.15 start at Ryka’s CP, Burford Bridge. TQ171521 / RH5 6BX

February Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Thu 20 FEB: Great Bookham (1 & 2/3) 15m Meet Geoff & Kevin for a choice of two rides: one easy, the other technically easy, but including a couple of long hills. From Windsor Castle, Little Bookham St. TQ125545 / KT23 3AA


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WEDNESDAY Leatherhead The Fairfield Centre, Swan Court, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH, 7.00PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652

MONDAY Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW, 5.30PM Tel: Yvonne 07879 690276

Career Opportunities (self-employed)

for past and present members available. Contact Lyn for details on 07803 712652


The perfect post-Christmas cycling challenge Tackle part of the Olympic Road Race route on Sunday 11 May 2014 by taking part in the DEBRA Surrey Cycle – an annual challenge which raises funds for DEBRA. DEBRA is the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a painful genetic skin blistering condition which, in the worst cases, can be fatal. Now in its third year, the DEBRA Surrey Cycle starts and finishes at The Black Swan in Ockham. Three circular routes of 30k, 60k and 100k take you around the idyllic Surrey Hills, famous for their rolling chalk downs, challenging climbs and exhilarating descents. The quiet country roads and great atmosphere make this the perfect ride for all abilities. You can ride at your own pace and make it as challenging or relaxing as you like. The 100k route will take in Box Hill, which is the longest and steepest climb of the ride, whilst the other routes will enjoy some smaller hills and climbs. All three routes finish back at The Black Swan for a well-deserved rest and refreshments. Food will be available at the pub along with the support team. Registration costs £40 and includes event leaders, trained first aiders, complete route signage, fully stocked rest stops, vehicle support, water stops and a goody bag. There’s a suggested sponsorship target of £150.

To sign up for one of the routes or for more information, please contact Lucille Starkey on 01344 467780 or email To find out more about EB or DEBRA visit DEBRA Surrey Cycle 2013


Education & Tuition French and Spanish Tuition and Translation All Levels Welcome

Shelagh Linford BA (Hons) For further information please contact:

Tel: 01372 373954



Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Registered Charity 304968

Farmer’s Lunch Entertainment by

Margaret Watson with ‘Music on a Harp String’ Wednesday 12th February - 11.45am for 12.30pm “Bar”& “Raffle”

Tickets £9 from Hall Office - 01372 272921 or 01372 274870 Proceeds to benefit Hall funds

Mums Give Halls Thumbs up Members of parenting website Netmums have voted Dorking Halls as one of their favourite theatres in the South East in the Netmums Theatre Awards. The Theatre Awards are part of the Netmums annual Favourite Awards. Voted by parents for parents, the awards have attracted thousands of votes from Netmums members around the UK with the sole aim of recognising the best places for families to go. Dorking Halls is one of only four runners up in the South East region for the theatre award. Keith Garrow, General Manager, said: “A big thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate us. We’re thrilled, and will display our certificate with pride. It’s great to know that our customers are happy with the services we provide.” Upcoming family shows include Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine, with Andy Day from Andy’s Wild Adventures, on Thursday 20 February and Easter panto Peter Pan, starring Bobby Davro, on Thursday 3 April. For full listings visit Dorking Halls’ website Visit Netmums at


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True (But Unlikely) Romance From the deepest, darkest depths of mid-winter comes a heart-warming glow: Valentines’ Day. But not every pairing is a match made in heaven; some love stories are short stories, and others fail to spark at all. We’ve put together a selection of more unorthodox teenage love The Fault in Our Stars John Green

Terminally-ill Hazel is living on borrowed time thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, but just when she thinks her own story is already written in the stars, into the Cancer Kid Support Group walks Augustus. Tragically heart-breaking and yet funny to boot, this is a brilliantly-written story of two individuals, coming together in the most unlikely of places and finding that life is often full of the most exquisite pain.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

Always being on the periphery and one of life’s observers certainly may seem to have its advantages. Fifteen year old Charlie is the ‘wallflower’ in question and through a series of letters, reveals his fears about starting high school. Unusually for him, he is quickly befriended by a Senior called Patrick and becomes ingratiated into his group. Far from being another lighthearted high-school novel, the book tackles issues such as homophobia and incest. Charlie has a tough road ahead of him as he tries to come to terms with his past and learn to embrace his future.

Midwinterblood Marcus Sedgewick

Stargirl Jerry Spinelli

Eric and Merle love each other but are separated by time and space. If you’ve ever thought that you lived another life, in another time, then spare a thought for this pair. The novel has seven stories which span the centuries, from ancient civilisations to the not-too-distant future and find Eric and Merle trying desperately to return to one another. Reincarnated as lovers, siblings, and even mother and son, they are repeatedly drawn back to each other. In this, the most unusual of gothic romances, the pair will eventually have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Stargirl, as does Leo, whose heart this kooky, alternative girl wins when she turns up at his high school. Jerry Maguire had his girl at ‘hello’; Stargirl only needs to smile for Leo to fall for her. She’s quirky and imaginative; a mysterious being with a celestial name and no one quite knows where she’s from or where she’s going. Whatever your age, Stargirl will stay with you, like a brand new friend.

Ketchup Clouds Annabel Pitcher

Whenever you think you’re not quite feeling yourself, spare a thought for ‘A’. Every morning, A wakes up in a different body, and it’s been that way since A was born. The instability and uncertainty has become the only constant in A’s life. That is, until A meets Rhiannon. On that fateful morning, A wakes up as none other than Rhiannon’s good for nothing boyfriend, Justin. From 24 wonderful hours grows a longing to be near someone and with someone, no matter what it takes.

It’s not just desperate women who start penning letters to people who are in penitentiaries. 15 year old Zoe decides to unburden herself of her story to a prisoner on Death Row. So terrible is her secret that she feels she can’t reveal what happened to anyone else and so Zoe writes to Stuart Harris in Texas. Zoe’s tale is packed with teenage angst, with the right smattering of humour thrown in. Her letters of betrayal and the most terrible of love triangles will have you hooked right up until the last page. 68

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Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner calls for comments on budget proposals Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is calling on local ratepayers to comment on his proposals for Surrey Police's budget for the coming year in the light of a further Government funding cut.

from their vital work on the front line to pay for them to be inspected more? “The public tell me they want to see money spent on front line policing. Not more inspections.” Mr Hurley concluded: “I am working hard to try and secure more Government money for Surrey and we will be participating in a review of this in the next few months. “We receive one of the lowest levels of Government funding in the country, which means you as ratepayers have to pay more in council tax. “I don’t believe this is fair. I will continue to make our case for a better deal as strongly as I possibly can.”

For Kevin Hurley is inviting people to inspect his proposals for the Force's budget for the year from 2014 to 2015, but has said “options are now being explored” in the wake of a further cut in Whitehall funding of around £700,000. In the year 2014/15, the Commissioner had proposed to set a gross revenue budget for Surrey Police of £207.1 million.

To comment on the PCC's budget proposals visit: Alternatively, people can email: , write to Surrey PCC, PO Box 412, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1BR, or call to arrange to speak to the PCC’s Chief Finance Officer on 01483 630 200.

That is a reduction of £0.1 million from the previous year. The remaining £2.2 million he proposed to make up by increasing what the Force raises from local taxpayers via Council Tax by 2%. For a Band D property, this would represent an increase of £4.07 for the year, or 34p per month. But the PCC's office said in a statement on December 20: “We have subsequently learned this week that our Government funding is to be cut further, by around £700, 000 - equivalent to around 20 constables. “Options are now being explored for making up this additional shortfall.” Mr Hurley said: “These are difficult times for the police and all the public services. “The world around us is changing – the Government has less money to pay for services following the recession.” He said: “ Increasing life expectancy in our country means that the amount employers – ourselves included – have to pay towards pensions is going up. “As ever, crime is evolving and the police have to invest to be ready to tackle it. My goal is to set a budget for Surrey Police for next year to manage these issues and enable the police to provide the level of service you tell me you expect.” Mr Hurley continued: “This has not been made easier by an additional cut to our funding announced this week, which will take money away from police forces to pay for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, amongst other things. “I am greatly concerned by this. What does it say to our officers and staff when more money is being taken away 70

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

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WHAT’S ON IN FEBRUARY? 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd

Polesden Lacey, discover more about the house with these limited entry guided tours leaving from visitor reception every 20 minutes. Themes are: A Delicious House, Objects of Desire, Diamonds and Dust, Family tours: Polesden - A Party House, Terrific Treasures of the Collection (Tour times: 11am to 3.30pm, Family Tours 11.40am, 1.20pm & 2.20pm). 01372 452048

Wednesday 5th

A talk by Lewis Orchard on Dame Ethel Smyth - one of the foremost English composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dame Ethel lived in Frimley and Woking where she died in 1944. Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, 7.30-9pm. Tickets £5 pp in refreshments. Book on 01306 887509 or email:

Saturday 8th

Polesden Lacey Volunteer recruitment coffee morning, Polesden Lacey, 10am-12pm. 01372 452048

Sunday 9th

Dorking Halls, 3pm. Dorking Concertgoers present the Navarra String Quartet playing Mozart, Borodin, Beethoven. Tickets £20, students half price, under 18s free accompanied by full price ticket holder. Tickets from 01306 740619 or 881717 or online at

Sat 15th Sunday 23rd

RHS Garden Wisley, Enjoy butterflies in the Glasshouse, make a bouncing butterfly, sow and grow a plant to attract butterflies to your garden, make a caterpillar hat or a butterfly mosaic. Activities vary daily so please check the website for details., tel 0845 260 9000

Friday 21st

Make your own bird box at Landbarn Farm (details given on booking). Join our team of woodworking volunteers to make your own bird box to take home with you. Tickets £15 pp. Booking essential on 01372 220644 or e:

Sunday 23rd

Dorking Halls, 3pm. Dorking Concertgoers present the Navarra String Quartet playing Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak. Details for tickets as for event on 9th February.


Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead, 7.30pm. Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Mendelssohn Symphony no. 3 ‘Scottish’ and Brahms Violin Concerto, soloist Oscar Perks. Tickets £13, students & under 18s £8 from 01372 276949

Saturday 1st MARCH

Epsom Rotaract’s Gt Britain Quiz, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead, time tbc. Tickets are £12 each to include fish & chip supper. Come as a team of 6, or you can join a team. Proceeds are going to purchase an item of equipment for Epsom General Hospital. Bess Harding Tel: 020 8337 8181

Saturday 8th MARCH

Charity Barn Dance, Ewell Castle School, Church Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AW, 7pm11pm. Dance to The Hogsmill Group. Tickets £15 each to include Fish and Chip Supper. Please bring your own drink It will be the Hogsmill Band’s 25th Anniversary. Tickets from: Bess Harding Tel; 020 8337 8181

Friday 14th MARCH

6.30pm for 7.00pm Friends of Ashtead Village Hall 3 course dinner followed by a talk by Philip Littlejohn on 'Survivors of the Titanic'. Tickets £20.50 from Janet Marsh 01372 278988 or at the Friday coffee mornings

Sunday 23rd MARCH

MV Police in association with the Dogs Trust will be offering FREE micro-chipping for dogs at Ashtead Recreation Ground, Barnett Wood Lane, 10am-4pm. From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for dogs to be micro-chipped. If there’s an event in March that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th February. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events76 are correct at time of print.

What’s On?



10.30am Parish Communion - Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. (First Sunday of each month is the All-age service)

Monday 3rd

Leatherhead Residents’ Association, Open Meeting, 7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute. Subject: Is the Green Belt a dream of the past?

Tuesday 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, speaker Siobhan Clarke on ‘Royal Babies’. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 5th (weekly)

Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, 19th century medicine, speaker Mr C Read. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 5th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demonstration by Linda Travis ‘Cornucopia’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (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 6th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 6th (monthly)

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

Thursday 6th (weekly)

Vocality Choir, St Michael’s Church Hall, The Marld, Ashtead. 8pm-10pm. No auditions or sheet music, fun and friendly, uplifting songs from around the world. 07985 094322

Friday 7th (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. New volunteers urgently needed - can you help out on a Friday morning? Call in for a chat.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop in the Committee Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Why not be creative this year or simply complete something you've already started? Beautiful greetings cards too. Contact 01372 374914 anytime for local delivery

Friday 7th (weekly)

Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall. 78


2.30pm & 7.30pm 'David Bailey: Photographer - his life & work' . A background to the exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery. £10 inc drink & nibbles: 01372 272235 email to book.

Friday 7th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Wed 12th & 26th (2nd & 4th Wed)

MV Speakers’ Club - fun, friend and supportive for anybody wishing to develop their public speaking skills. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm-9.30pm,, 01372 462719

Wed 12th

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

(2nd Wed monthly)

Thurs 13th (2nd Thurs

Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Thurs 13th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, Richard Inns on ‘Food Waste and its Reduction’, please come along.

Friday 14th (monthly)

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

Wed 19th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Tim Richardson will be speaking on: ‘Tadworth at War’. Annual subscription £10 + £1 per mtg. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288


Thurs 20th (3rd Thurs mthly)

Friday 21st

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206. Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Letherhead Institute, 7.30pm for 8pm. Lecture: ‘Leith Hill Place’ by Gabrielle Gale. £2, non-members welcome. 79

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Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens supplied and installed to a very high standard. Excellent Portfolio and local references. We also have a complete team of qualified tradesmen: Builder, Plasterer, Electrician, Heating Engineer, Tiling and Flooring Specialists Fully Insured for your peace of mind Project managed by us from design to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of bespoke door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs - new hinges, drawer runners, etc.

Telephone Beverley Edwards for a free estimate M D Edwards & Son Cressida House, 10 Humphrey Close, Fetcham, Surrey KT22 9PZ web: e:

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Surrey Association for Visual Impairment Similarly, the combined sight and hearing loss team offers emotional support as well as a team of Communicator Guides who are trained specifically to help people with a sight and hearing loss. These are just two teams that are fundamental in the work of the charity; it For almost a century, Surrey Association for also offers a wide range of other services to Visual Impairment (SAVI) has worked with its members such as a befriending service, adults and young people across the county computer training, communications classes who have a visual impairment to enable and benefits advice. Most recently, an them to live full and independent lives. Employment Group has been launched to support and mentor VI people of a working 2014 will see a new-look charity as the age who are either in work or would like to organisation changes to Sight for Surrey and be in work. This includes helping young unveils a new identity at its re-launch event adults who are thinking about a chosen on Monday 3rd March 2014 at The Lightbox career pathway. in Woking. The ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ event will showcase the charity’s vision and For more information contact ideas for the future and much that is new and innovative in the vision-impaired or tel: 01372 377701. community. Confirmed speakers include prominent Surrey businessman, David Gold (pictured left), owner of Gold Group International, parent company of Ann Summers and Knickerbox and joint-chairman of West Ham United Football Club; and blind land speed record breaker, Mike Newman, from the Speed of Sight charity. Discovering you have an eye condition which may affect your sight can be emotionally devastating and may raise many questions. What will remain unchanged as the Fetcham-based charity moves to a new brand is the highly skilled assessment and rehabilitation team who can offer support and training to enable individuals to adapt to life with a visual impairment. 82


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ascents of Box Hill. Box Hill is also the feature in the second placed scenic event, the Midsummer Munro. Also organised by Trionium, the climb and loss of 3000 feet on this savage course adds up to the equivalent of a Munro, the name given to a Scottish mountain that peak at this height. Trionium organiser, Dr Rob McCaffrey said ‘we are delighted to be featured in the Runner’s World awards. Trionium events have raised £35,726.78 for charity since 2004’. Trionium also had the Ashtead 10k, eighth in the scenic category; the Greensand marathon in October, fourth in the Marathon category and the Leith Hill Half Marathon in March, third in the half-marathon category. Both are based from the Priory School in Dorking. For more information see

Events to Live also collected third most scenic event for the Surrey Badger Half Marathon, also based from Denbies Vineyard in July and eighth best 10k for the Polesden Lacey 10k in June. Events to live have helped raise over £100,000 for various local charities. The Events to Live website is Trionium Events, organise events that are challenging and scenic. So, it was no surprise their events scored three of the top ten positions in the scenic category. First overall was the Knacker Cracker 10k. Held on New Years’ Day this race features fabulous scenery, runners in fancy dress and a massive four 84

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 60

Edward Wilkins Waite RBA Edward Wilkins Waite was born in Leatherhead on the 14th April 1854. He was the son of a Congregational minister, the Revd Edward Waite MA, and Cleopha Julia Waite. He was born into an artistic tradition; his grandfather, William Watkin Waite, was a miniaturist, and his father an amateur watercolour painter. He was also an amateur musician as a violinist and conductor. He conducted the Abinger Choir when it won the full chorus prize at the Leith Hill Festival in 1905 and is recorded in later years as conducting an orchestra at Woolhampton. The 1861 census for Leatherhead shows him living with his parents, and three brothers, Charles, Herbert and William in Bridge Street. His father was Leatherheads Independent Chapel (Congregational) Minister at the time. He was educated at the Mansion House Grammar School in Church Street, Leatherhead. In 1874 he went to Canada; sailing from Liverpool to Quebec aboard the steamship Circassian in July. He worked as a lumberjack near Palermo in Ontario during his stay in Canada, which appears to have lasted for about two years; a sketch book from his journey survives. He seems to have taken up painting seriously on his return. In 1878 he exhibited two pictures at the Royal Academy in London; again two in 1880 and, thereafter, with only eight breaks, in every year until 1919; a total of forty six works altogether. The 1881 census for Leatherhead shows him living at Long Cottage, Church Street, although the family home was at Blackheath, where in 1875 his father had become headmaster of the School for the Sons of Missionaries, he visited Cornwall in the early 1880s and spent some three years sketching and painting there. On his return he spent much of his time in Brockham, near Dorking. On the 22 January 1891 he married Barbara Isabella Tait, daughter of Sir Peter Tait. They spent the summer of that year at Street’s Farm Peaslake before moving, in October, to The Cottage, Abinger Hammer. He became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1893. In the summer of 1905 he became ill, the nature of his illness is not now known. He left Abinger Hammer in July 1906, later moving to Guildford. In 1910 he moved to the Woolhampton, Berkshire, followed by moves to Haslemere and finally to Fittleworth where he died on 19 February 1924 Goff Powell –With acknowledgment to Various Websites

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Pet Proofing your Garden By Pippa Greenwood

There’s always a lot to say about small pests such as greenfly, caterpillars, vine-weevil and so forth, but early in the year it’s some of the bigger ‘residents’ which can really drive you around the bend. I’m talking about cats and dogs. What can you do to ensure that you continue to garden happily, successfully and safely, despite the fact the garden is visited by cats and dogs… and without harming these lovely creatures either? You may need to consider actively fencing off one part of the garden for your dog, and trying to keep another area completely dog free. If you have problems with dogs coming in from next door, then it’s essential that you make repairs to fences. Now is a good time because there’s relatively little plant foliage to hide holes, gaps or loose panels in fencing. Remember that the dog is also likely to be able to squeeze underneath or around many types of fence, so you may need to use chicken netting or similar. Don’t forget that gates as well as fences need to be dog-proofed, and never left open for the dog to wander through. If you really have a serious problem that this won’t resolve then you can try a fox deterrent such as ‘Fox-Watch’. Sometimes a few strategically planted dense and prickly shrubs such as pyracantha may help to deter digging paws. Obviously you don’t want to cause the animal actual harm, but something sharp, prickly or simply very dense can act as a good deterrent. Next door’s cat or others in the neighbourhood are trickier to deal with as unfortunately they do tend to try and do their ‘toileting’ along the edges of their own territory, making your garden a prime target area. If your cat or a neighbour’s cat is a problem, bear in mind that the more bare soil there is, the more likely that a cat will start to use it as its loo. Ground cover planting is essential and you could always use temporary annual flowers to fill in gaps between longer term planting. If you find that these too are scuffed up shortly after you have planted them, then the best thing to do is cover newly planted areas of bedding with an arch of chicken mesh or with sticks with taut string tied between them. Obviously this will look a mess but can be removed promptly once the plants have rooted well and started to establish. I have found that the electronic cat deterrent ‘Cat-Watch’ works very well too.

Mulching materials can sometimes cause problems and despite what the label says, many gardeners have told me that they found that the cocoa shell mulches seem to attract cats. Generally speaking soggy mulches like this or anything with a strong smell do tend to deter cats, as they hate digging in moist material. Take extreme care if dogs use the garden as cocoshell mulches can prove fatal to them. Mulches made of large pebbles or stones also tend to keep them at bay, but smaller diameter gravel or shingle seems to be quite attractive to some cats. Areas of freshly sown seed look very attractive to a cat or dog and again are best protected either by chicken mesh or sticks and string. Remember to keep the string taut at all times, as there’s a slight risk that birds could become entangled in it.

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