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Issue 124

February 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Ashtead Rotary 200 Club Police appeal for witnesses Denbies Bacchus Award winner Youth Showcase Awards tickets available Win tickets to this summer’s Supercar Event Rotary Clubs Young Photographer competition Marie Curie 2016 Daffodil Appeal needs volunteers ‘Love Locks’ on the Pont des Arts, Paris prior to their removal

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Ashtead Community Vision


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MV Police Column


Ashtead Women’s Institute


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Teething problems - a story


Mole Valley Women’s Institute


Ashtead Rotary 200 Club


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What’s on in February? Pages 67-71


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Transition Ashtead


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From the Publisher


do hope you all had a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year break and we can all now look forward to 2016. I always tend to find the first few weeks of January a little quiet after the exciting build up to Christmas, which these days tends to start some time in October! However, for the past few years Denbies have kindly invited me to judge their Bacchus Awards entries which is always a nice start to the year - and the judging ends with a delicious lunch in their Gallery restaurant - always a winner with me! The results of the Bacchus Awards can be found on page 48. For some reason my partner decided to buy himself a trombone, he used to play the tuna or something many moons ago, but wanted to try a new instrument. I can now report that our two cats have taken up residence in the greenhouse at the back of the garden and I have discovered the joy of earplugs. The annual Children’s Trust Supercar Event take place in July and there’s a family ticket up for grabs, all the info you need can be found on page 44.

The wonderful charity, Marie Curie, who provide nurses to support people with terminal illness, are beginning their daffodil appeal and are seeking volunteers across Surrey to help with their fundraising, their article can be found on page 52. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

After a particularly nasty assault on a young woman in Woodfield Lane in the small hours of New Year’s Day, Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses. I don’t usually print appeals of this type, but it is imperative that this man is caught before he attacks again. More details can be found on page 46. The Rotary Clubs of Mole Valley are running their annual Young Photographer competition, more on page 82, but hurry, the closing date for entries is 28th February. There are numerous reports from other local charities, clubs and organisations such as the Residents’ Associations for Ashtead, Leatherhead and Fetcham, Ashtead Community Vision, Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Transition Ashtead, Ashlea Medical Practice PPG, The Link Group, the Rotary Clubs of Ashtead and Leatherhead, MVDC Walking for Heath scheme, Fundraising Friends etc., so please take time to browse through this little mag and read about what’s been happening in your neighbourhood.

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Working for Ashtead since 1945 A tribute to our late President

increases each decade have been around 6% and the 2011 census recorded a population of 14,169 living in 5,639 households.

David Mitchell-Baker was the Association’s President from 2001 until his death in March 2015 and on behalf of our members, the Standing Committee has commissioned a memorial bench bearing his name. This has now been installed at Ashtead Pond, a location chosen by his wife Jenny as it is close to the crocuses, which David loved to see burst into flower in early spring.

Over the years, a balance has had to be found between the unavoidable (and continuing) pressure to build more housing and the desire to not lose the look and feel of what makes Ashtead so special to us. Many of our roads are still tree-lined, have grass verges and in some cases still resemble a country lane but it is now the distinct built character of each area and its street scene that also needs to be protected and enhanced. The ARA’s Planning Officer, Roger Bennett, reviews all Ashtead Planning Applications and produces a monthly report, which is discussed by the Standing Committee in light of planning policy and with local knowledge. A letter of representation is written to MVDC or other relevant bodies as is thought appropriate.

Origins of the Residents’ Association (ARA)

A lot of development had taken place in Ashtead in the inter-war years but following the Second World War there was a demand for extensive house building and local residents were very concerned that development proposals threatened to destroy the rural character of Ashtead. Whole new streets of houses were being planned with the resulting loss of open spaces and considerable felling of trees. In discussions about the Green Belt, there was even a school of thought that its boundary should be set beyond Dorking and that development of Ashtead should continue apace such that it became part of Greater London.

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

The public consultation on Ashtead’s Draft NDP is underway and continues until 28th February. The NDP Open Morning is on 6th February between 10 & 12:30 at the APMH and residents are encouraged to either attend or view the online version on as it Against that background, a group of Ashtead residents had the idea that a strong Residents’ contains planning policies that are specific to Association should be formed to fight Ashtead’s Ashtead. The consultation is your chance to corner, not only on development proposals but have input to it (via an online or paper questionnaire) before it moves into a lengthy also on other issues affecting the locality. examination process. This will be followed by Residents enthusiastically supported this idea an Ashtead-wide referendum. A paper copy of and so the ARA was born. the NDP is available in Ashtead Library. As with so many communities in the country, If the NDP is adopted, it will become the first the expansion of the village had begun in the point of reference for Council planning mid-19th century. In 1851, Ashtead had just decisions in Ashtead and a good case would under 700 residents and thereafter each new have to be made for not adhering to the census until 1931 recorded rises ranging between 35% and 55%. By 1951, the population policies within it. The ARA would be monitoring this closely. stood at 9,852, an increase of 106% over the 1931 level (no census in 1941), and this was accompanied by a 139% increase in household Glynis Peterkin numbers from 1,268 to 3,034. Since 1951, Chairman 8

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Smaller, but no less attractive trees are the Scarlet Oak, the Black Mulberry, a Japanese Cedar and several Silver Birch. There is also a great abundance of more common trees, for example 28 mature limes form the southern and western border, while the attractive Field Maple was heavily planted in the 2006 development and 22 are now growing well. The Fairmount House corner also has some noteworthy trees: a magnificent Blue Cedar and three other cedars, two of which are very tall indeed, plus the more unusual Strawberry Tree.

As more and more of our country is built on to satisfy the needs of an every growing population, so is it increasingly important to protect what green spaces we have. Leatherhead is surrounded by Green Belt to protect us from the potential urban sprawl of Greater London. As well as the protective girdle of the Green Belt we need to retain as many green spaces we can within the town itself – these are our lungs. Two significant areas, which many of our members have fought to protect, are Teazlewood and Leach Grove Woods. There is a third key area, which must not be forgotten. That area is the Red House Grounds. The Masterplanners for Transform Leatherhead are charged with providing jobs, employment spaces and homes for a rising population. They have to manage this by exploiting as much of our urban landscape as possible. The Red House grounds are close to the main centre of the town and much of the area is green. They are owned by our District Council and consequently have been identified by the Masterplanners as a prime site for development. Their initial ideas include a multi storey car park, a corner devoted to retail, a central green park and two significant areas devoted to housing. In 2006 the Red House Grounds were replanted in the best urban landscaping style and there was such pride in the new planting scheme that the area was renamed the ‘Red House Gardens’ by the Leatherhead and District Forum. We would press the Masterplanners and any developers to respect what has already been achieved by the planting of trees, some of which, planted in 2006, are just coming to maturity. There are some particularly noteworthy specimens: A large London Plane, an impressive Maple and a tall Redwood complete with its attached Holm Oak.

Trees create an ecosystem to provide a habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses from the air and release oxygen - one large tree can supply a day’s need for oxygen for four people. Therefore we must work with the Masterplanners and developers to protect our notable and precious trees in this area, plan buildings to avoid them and design the juxtaposition of trees and buildings such that the one enhances the other. A useful start would be to refer to the publications of the, recently formed, ‘Trees and Design Action Group’ (Website: ). In particular read its “Trees in the Townscape: A guide for Decision Makers”. The LRA accepts that the Red House Gardens has potential for the regeneration of the Town Centre but let us make sure that this area provides a first class example of good urban design for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors. The February meeting will be a closed one but the meeting on Monday 7 March (7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute) is an EGM and members are urged to attend. Caroline Brown (Chairman)

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at a home that has actually been burgled, I am arriving “after the horse has bolted.” It is so much more positive to give advice and suggest things that can help deter criminals from targeting a home in the first place.

I have also been able to give presentations and informal talks to several groups; including residents’ One resolution I intend to keep in my associations, victim support volunteers, work life, however, is to try to local businesses and sheltered communicate appropriate, realistic and accommodation homes. Although it is cost-effective crime reduction advice to impossible to measure if a crime has as many people as possible. actually been prevented, I hope that this work has contributed in some measure to This column enables me to communicate making Mole Valley the “safest” district within Surrey? It would be nice to think with quite a lot of people - which is great, as I am always aware that internet so! access is not used by everyone across our None of the advice I give is intended to communities. Yes – we do speak with the local press and Surrey Police has also increase the fear of crime. Rather, it is embraced the use of modern technology intended to help people to feel even safer in their own homes and via Facebook and Twitter but there is communities. still a need for written communication, face-to-face and telephone contact. I am always happy to visit anyone who has any concerns about the security of their home, property and/or their personal safety. My direct telephone number is 01483 630809 and, if I am not around to answer, please leave me a message with your contact details and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you do use email, I can also be contacted at During 2015, I was able to carry out over 180 home security surveys, only a few of which were for people who had actually been victims of a burglary. I often feel that, when I am asked to review security

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racker, the new cockerpoo puppy settled quickly into family life. She lived in a cosy crate in the corner of the kitchen, surrounded by several of Sarah’s ‘less loved’ soft toys.

Cracker loved everyone in the family and everyone in the family loved Cracker. Sam was completely soppy over her and Sarah was deliriously happy. Ben and Daniel loved to charge around and get her excited but absolutely refused to do any of the boring stuff or clear up accidents.

As Ruth had known from the start, the lion’s share (or dog’s share in this case) of work had fallen to her. She was the one who took Cracker to the vet for her jabs. She was the one who bought the food and filled the water bowl and she was the one to settle her down at night.

Their lovely new arrival put pay to any hopes of extra sleep at the weekend and usually demanded attention at about six thirty in the morning. This was fine during the week, but not so enjoyable on a Sunday…

It was still early days with toilet training and there were inevitable ‘excitement’ puddles, ‘caught short’ puddles and the occasional more odorous deposit. Cracker was supposed to be restricted to the kitchen but Daniel and Ben loved to chase around with her and often left the door open. There was one farcical moment when Ben found a little ‘present’ behind the table and shrieked for Ruth to come. Sarah charged into the room, worried that something terrible had happened and promptly trod in it. She then screeched and Cracker, quite shaken by all the noise, panicked and did another wee on the floor…

Sam and Ruth had been out with friends and wanted a lie in, so Daniel was put on Sunday morning puppy duty. He wasn’t happy about it but reluctantly agreed to get up early. He had exams coming up so would use the time to revise. However, he made it very clear that he wasn’t going to clear up any accidents.

Cracker chewed everything in sight and her tiny sharp teeth had already made their mark on Sarah’s spelling book, Daniel’s school shoes and Ben’s rucksack strap.

“No, it’s your turn. You promised, Dan.”

Sunday morning came and Cracker was barking for attention. Ruth woke Daniel and reminded him of his promise… “Oh, mum, do I have to? Can’t Sarah do it? Or Ben?”

Ruth went back to bed and eventually heard Daniel’s heavy footsteps going down the stairs. An hour or so later, Sam went down to make a cup of tea. He stifled his laughs and grabbed his camera to record the scene. There were two yellow puddles on the floor, each strategically covered with one of Ruth’s glass Pyrex mixing bowls. There was also a pajamaclad boy, with his head inside Cracker’s crate, resting softly on a well-chewed furry duck. He was snoring gently. Beside him lay a brighteyed puppy, gnawing happily on the corner of a chemistry textbook.

Although barely eleven weeks old, Cracker already knew her mind. She loved to play with a ball in the garden and went bananas when Sarah rolled her large green hula hoop across the lawn. She also loved chasing empty plastic drinks bottles across the kitchen floor. Above all, she wallowed in cuddles and tummy tickles. Strangely, one thing that Cracker didn’t like was going for walks. As soon as the lead was clipped to her collar, she sat down and refused to move. The only way to get her to walk was to carry her down the road and put her on the ground. She’d then race top speed back home again! It was re-assuring that she knew where she lived but frustrating for the children who wanted to take her on local adventures... Cracker seemed fine when taken out for a walk by car and loved romping around and sniffing in the park. However, whenever she saw a parked car, she’d sit down by it and refuse to move. She assumed that a car meant a ride home!

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Lunch & Long Service Awards for MND Volunteers

Douglas Graham, Director of Fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (centre), together with East Surrey Branch members (L to R) Colin de’Ath, Beryl Daniel, Kerena Justice and Michele Justice Back in December, around forty members of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association attended the Branch's annual 'Patient and Carer' Christmas Lunch at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. Special guests at the lunch included Douglas Graham, the Association's Director of Fundraising, who gave a brief talk to those present about the Association's current care, research and campaigning activities, before being presented by Branch Chairman Simon Edmands with a cheque for £25,000 to help fund one of the Association's PhD Studentships and also MND Connect, the charity’s national helpline. Mr Edmands then presented Branch members Colin de’Ath, Michele Justice, Kerena Justice and Beryl Daniel with Long Service Awards, recognising, between them, over 120 years of voluntary service to the Association. As well as enjoying an excellent three-course Christmas lunch, everyone present was also presented with a special gift from Sarah, Duchess of York, herself a former President of the Association, who used to attend the East Surrey Branch Christmas Lunch in person during the late 1990s and early 2000s and who still sends personalised cards and gifts each year for those present at the event. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive terminal neurological condition which kills, on average, five people every day within the UK. It can leave people unable to walk, talk or even feed themselves, whilst their mind and senses remain intact. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just fourteen months and, as yet, there is no cure or effective treatment. The East Surrey Branch of the MND Association provides care and support to around 50 people living with MND within the East Surrey area, as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself.

For further information, please visit or contact Simon Edmands, Branch Chairman, on 07753 821964 or 32

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Fund-Raising Friends 2015 Fund Raising Friends raise money for local children’s charities and with the help of family, many friends and local business 2015 proved to be a very rewarding one. Back in January 2015 we held a very successful first Quiz Night with Supper and Raffle for the Charity Reach supporting children with upper limb deformities. In June our Annual Summer lunch supported the Charity Momentum who look after terminally ill children and their families. November saw Bocketts Gift Fair kindly sponsored by the Gowing family in the Old Barn at Bocketts Farm . There were several interesting stalls, a Grand Raffle and Bric a Brac stall producing a wonderful result and some much deserved funds for the Dorking Charity MY TIME for young carers. In December in partnership and with the kind permission of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music and the exceptional talents of their pupils we organised a Gala Concert in aid of Cherry Trees, the charity who provide outstanding respite care for severely disabled children and young people. The evening was a magical one, the individual performances were outstanding and the school choir sang some beautiful carols including the Cherry Tree Carol. The Raffle with some outstanding prizes produced a record breaking result.

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Pippbrook Refurbishment Begins

Refurbishment of Mole Valley District Council offices at Pippbrook got underway during week commencing 11th January. It is anticipated that the refurbishment will take just under a year to complete and will be carried out in four phases. The first phase has entailed the provision of temporary toilets in the grounds of the Pippbrook offices whilst the current facilities are refurbished. The pathway to the side of the offices will be used to provide storage for the contractors and a temporary pathway is being created for pedestrians. Disabled parking for Council business is provided in the visitor car park. Councillor Charles Yarwood, Executive Member for Property and Parking said: “The programme of works will enable MVDC to reduce the running costs of the Pippbrook offices and increase the energy efficiency of the building. Various elements such as the roof and plant are long overdue for replacement, and the internal space will be reorganised to allow greater opportunities for partnership working. All of this will help to ensure that MVDC has offices that are fit for purpose in the longer term which will enable us to deliver cost-effective services for the benefit of our residents. It is expected that the Pippbrook offices will remain open throughout the refurbishment. Whilst there may be some noise at certain times of the day, this will be kept to a minimum and we do not anticipate any major disruption to services during this time.�


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Christine Gibson (left) and Christine O’Loughlin collecting outside Tesco

Thank you from Leatherhead Rotary Club Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their recent Christmas collections outside Tesco and Lidl in Leatherhead. Altogether, a total of ÂŁ1,207 was collected, which will be used over the coming year to support local charities and voluntary organisations within the Leatherhead area. Club President, Graham Ryding, said he was very grateful to everyone who had made a donation, adding, "I would especially like to thank all the members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club who gave up their time during the days leading up to Christmas to take part in the collections." Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 42

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A Valentine’s Gift for Thrill Seekers! If you are looking for a special Valentine’s gift that will appeal to a loved one who enjoys life in the fast lane, then a ticket to The Supercar Event is an ideal choice! The Supercar Event, now in its tenth year, takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016, at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, Surrey.

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Appeal for witnesses after woman assaulted in Ashtead Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of New Year's Day (January 1), in Ashtead. The woman, who is in her 20s, was walking home along Woodfield Lane around 2am, when she noticed a man walking towards her. As he walked past her, he is alleged to have grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her to the ground before sexually assaulting her. He made off up a bank and over some railings in an unknown direction after being disturbed by a member of the public who was walking past. The suspect is described as white, aged around 40 years, around 5’9” tall, of a stocky build with a chubby face and short dark wavy hair and a short messy beard. He was wearing dark clothing with a black zip-up waterproof jacket, dark-coloured trousers and tan-coloured work boots. Detective Sergeant Dave Thomas, who is investigating the incident, said: "A thorough investigation is underway into this incident, which was reported to officers on 10th January. This was an extremely unpleasant attack on a woman who was simply walking home after celebrating New Year's Eve and could have been a lot more serious had the suspect not been disturbed by another man who happened to walk past at the time. We are appealing for anyone with any information to contact us as a matter of urgency so we can identify the male suspect and ensure he is brought to justice."

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Denbies Bacchus Award 2016 Theme - Hidden Treasure

In early January I was again kindly invited by Denbies to judge this year’s Bacchus Award entries, it’s always such a treat to see not only some interesting, beautiful and though-provoking art, but to also enjoy a wonderful lunch in The Gallery restaurant - which I can highly recommend. The judging, as ever, took time as we all looked at the exhibits many times before making our final selection. However, my fellow judges and I all gave marks to the winner, Pauline Allbeury, for her oil on canvas entry called Piranesi’s Keyhole, Rome, pictured below. Apparently this view is gained by looking through a keyhole of a wooden doorway in the Piazza del Cavalieri in the Aventine Hill above Rome which leads to the Priory of the Knights of Malta. The order continues to own the gardens, Santa Maria del Priorato church and the villa within its walls through the doorway. All designed by the architect, Giovanni Battiste Piranesi in 1765. Peering through the keyhole on this doorway is the secret view in the distance of the Dome of St Peter’s, perfectly framed by the trees in the garden (detailed right). Was this intentional - who knows - but as it’s so perfect a view, it is likely to be accidental!

Runner up was an embroidered entry entitled ‘Nectar’ pictured above, by Jane Hayward. We all thought it featured stunning colours with a beautiful three-dimensional effect. Third place was ‘Mummy, have you seen my Legoman?’, by Tiffany Budd using pencils, pictured right, a quirky and amusing original entry and a cry very often heard in many a young family’s household! Next year’s theme will be ‘Whatever the Weather’, so come on all you budding, or experienced, artists - why not have a go? Just ensure your entry is submitted before 21st December 2016. Zen George Publisher 48

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Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal in Full Bloom Across Surrey

Volunteers Needed Every March, thousands of people take to the streets to collect donations for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. Marie Curie is calling for more volunteers to help them in 2016 by signing up to collect at one of the 100 collections across Surrey. Most shifts are for two hours and it’s a great thing to do with a friend or family member as most places allow two people to collect at a time, dogs are also welcome! The money raised will go to Marie Curie’s Nursing Service, providing hands on care and emotional support to people with any terminal illness in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Marie Curie provides this care free of charge, allowing people to spend their final days at home surrounded by the people and things they love the most. It comes at a cost of £20 per hour to the charity.

If you can help with collections please get in touch with Emily Akeroyd on 01883 832642, email or visit 52

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Advance Notice of AshLea PPG Open Meeting & AGM

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Thurs 14th April, 7.30pm

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If you’d love a big cat with an even bigger heart then beautiful Rufus is the cat for you! Very large and handsome, Rufus is about 5-6 years old who was surviving as a stray for a long time. When he was finally rescued & arrived at the cattery he was understandably very nervous, but with a bit of TLC he has grown to be an extremely loving and affectionate cat and now desperately craves human attention. Though he is much more confident than he was when he arrived Rufus can still get nervous around new things, so he needs to be homed in an experienced, adult-only household. He could however live with other cats.

If you feel that you could give Rufus much deserved forever loving home please call ROSEMARY on 01737 350307 Epsom Ewell & District Branch

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Arts Alive 2015 Sets Record Attendance The district saw a record number of people from across the South East flock to see over 100 exceptionally creative arts events as part of the 21st Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival in September and October. Attendance has grown annually, with this year’s festival attracting an astounding 21,000 visitors; 8,000 more than

the previous year.

The festival is organised in partnership with Mole Valley District Council and a committee team of volunteers who have interests across the arts. This year’s packed diary of performances and events proved to be as fresh and varied as ever, ensuring there was something for everyone to participate in the full range of activities on offer including dance, music, comedy, literature, poetry and much, much more. An accurate measure of the festival’s success is highlighted by the comments and ratings included in numerous evaluation forms returned by attendees of events. A fantastic 97% of respondents rated the event they attended as either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ and the evaluation forms were filled with a varied array of positive comments from people expressing their appreciation. Examples of comments received on the evaluations forms included “Great festival. The arts are alive in Mole Valley”, “Well done Mole Valley”, “An excellent event. I’m really impressed by the commitment to Arts Alive in Mole Valley” and “Arts Alive & Mole Valley Heritage Open Days are events Mole Valley can be proud of.” Councillor Lucy Botting, Executive Member for Wellbeing, said, “Arts Alive gets bigger and better every year, and 2015 was no exception. We are absolutely delighted with the increased attendance and enthusiastic feedback this year’s event created. Fantastic festivals and events held in Mole Valley helps improve the health and wellbeing of anyone attending, experiencing that special ‘feel-good’ factor when learning a new skill or taking part in group singing or a demonstration. The added interest and number of people the festival brings into our towns and villages also provides a boost to our local economy when they use our car parks and come to local pubs, shops and restaurants.”

The Arts Alive committee are already looking forward to next year. If you have been inspired by this year’s festival and would be interested to help build on its success, you can join the committee. To register your interest, please email For more information, please visit either or 58

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Ashlea Medical Practice PPG After what has been a very wet Winter (at time of writing) we all look forward to dryer, warmer days of Spring and summer. Many thanks to Zen George for the opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves. We think that many of you are saying “who are they?” Others may have met us in 2015 when we carried out a Patient Survey on behalf of the Practice during our Meet and Greet sessions in the Linden House Leatherhead and Gilbert House Ashtead, surgeries. To answer the first question – who are we? the PPG is a Committee of ten made up of patients from both surgeries with the aim to form a link between patients and the Practice to see if we can suggest improvements to enable the Practice to be more efficient and “user friendly”. The results of our Patient Survey showed that the vast majority of patients were very satisfied with every aspect of the Practice and naturally, those concerned were delighted to hear that. A few topics were raised, including the appointments system and the PPG, along with the Practice, are looking at all of your comments and we will report back on this during 2016. If you would like to see a copy of the results, you can look at the PPG section on the Practice Website (, see it posted on the PPG notice boards in each surgery (didn't know we had one I hear you say!) or email the PPG Secretary on and a copy will be emailed to you. During 2015, we held two Open Meetings to which all AshLea Medical patients were invited. This enabled us to go into greater depth to let patients know not only what is involved in running the Practice from the Doctors' point of view but also what the PPG achieved during the year and the plans we have for the future. Our next Open Meeting is on Thursday, 14th April 2016 at the Old Chapel, St John's School, Leatherhead at 7.30pm. We will be updating you on the latest PPG and Practice news followed by a talk by a speaker from the Princess Alice Hospice. Thank you for your support and interest.

If you would like to receive regular updates or would like to become involved with the PPG, do please email us on: and your details will be added to our system. NB: All emailed information is sent by “undisclosed recipient”. 60

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Ashtead WI January 2016 Meeting After a warm welcome on a cold evening from our co -President, we were reminded that subs for the coming year are due now, and that we need to indicate our preference for which W.I. Resolution should go through for the AGM in the summer. We were also given a reminder of Health & Safety Regulations for our hall. Looking ahead, there is a proposed outing to the Inns of Court in London which should be a really worthwhile visit and then a whole year of more good speakers and events arranged by our great Committee. For many members there was an appealing addition to this evening’s meeting – Alfie an extremely well behaved ginger cat had brought his owner, Maggie Stoker, along to tell us all about Pets As Therapy – a community based charity. In fact there are only 60 cats with this role in the U.K. as usually dogs are involved, and with 5,000 active dogs now, it is hoped to get 20,000 by 2020. There are so many requests for animals to visit care homes, prisons, special schools, etc. where people love making a fuss of their fourlegged visitors that unfortunately there is a very long waiting list. It’s amazing that 150,000 people a year enjoy cuddling the animals, giving so many benefits. The pets are specially chosen, having the right temperament, and vet’s health reports and insurance each year needs to be organised. Funding is tightly controlled and it was good to hear that many companies provide money from carrier bag income. Maggie said that work is now being undertaken helping with child literacy problems, where children read to a dog more easily than to a person, and Stroke Therapy is also helped by visiting pets. We all found this such an absorbing talk, and Maggie finished by encouraging everyone with suitable pets to become involved in these very worthwhile schemes. Back to earth again, and our members were delighted to learn that our Carol Singing in December resulted in our best ever collection for the Princess Alice Hospice, so many thanks to everyone involved for their help, and the Ashtead houses we visited for their generous donations. Finally, news of all our many sub-groups taking place between meetings, and forthcoming coffee morning & lunch. No dull moments allowed for our Ashtead W.I. Our next meeting will be on Weds 3rd February when Rhoda Nevins will be telling us about Adventures in Embroidery.

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Thursdays (weekly) Leatherhead (Norbury Park & River Mole)

10.30am, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 1-1½ hours) grade 2/3 (brisker pace, undulating or uneven ground, possible stiles/steps)

The following walks have been organised in association with the Mary France Trust. For more info go to: or call 01372 375400 Thursdays: 18 Feb & 17 March

Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre, 2pm, 30 mins, grade 1 (Easy, for beginners, short flat accessible walk)

Saturdays: 6 Feb & 5 March

Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre 11am, 1 hour, grade 2 (Gentle to moderate, generally flat, but uneven ground at times, possible steps) For details of other walks in Dorking, Brockham, Denbies, and N Holmwood Common go to: Tel: 01306 885 001 Email: 64

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Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Gráinne 07912 112421


Leatherhead Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609

Mole Valley WI January Meeting Our President, Meriel Sexton started our meeting by wishing all members and 8 visitors a Happy New Year and those with a January birthdays were wished happy birthday. Details were given of the SFWI council meeting in March, along with our annual jumble sale on 19th March. Our speaker was Sally Lines from The Grange, Bookham. She told us that The Grange has been in operation for 76 years and has 100 people with learning difficulties with the support of 115 staff and volunteers. They have a rare circular walled garden with a hive of bees and are creating a living willow structure and it is open during Bookham open gardens week and worth a visit. There is a woodwork cabin and a very popular teaching kitchen where scones, fudge and coffee cakes are made. There are plans to make the main house more suited to needs of the residents with more activity rooms and a computer suite and also to renovate the ballroom. She was thanked by Ann Layman. Our next meeting on Tuesday 9th February at 7:45 at Fetcham Village Hall, is our birthday meeting and there will be a demonstration of belly dancing; there are more details to be found on our web site ‘’. Liz White


News from Epsom Hospital A Nip in the Air!

Epsom Medical Equipment Fund and The Leatherhead Lions Club joined together to purchase a welcome gift for the respiratory department at Epsom General Hospital this winter Two Nippy Cough Assist Machines (£7,500) Father Christmas made the presentation on their behalf to Dr. Jonathan Ratoff, Respiratory Consultant at EGH. The NIPPY Clearway machines will prove a particularly welcome addition during the winter months, which usually see an increase in the number of people attending hospital suffering from breathing difficulties. Leatherhead Lions Club raised the money through a series of successful summer events including the Donkey Derby at Polesden Lacey and Epsom Medical Equipment Fund with a legacy from Gordon Anthony Millson.

New Dynamap monitor Young people participating in the National Citizen Services (NCS) programme partnered with Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to raise money towards the purchase of a £1,500 vital signs monitor for the new enlarged Day Case Unit at Epsom Hospital. The new Dinamap monitor will be used for general observations, i.e. checking heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. The new monitor is a very welcome addition, and will be of immense benefit to patients who need continuous monitoring following their surgery. Pic right: Cath Lyden, Programme Manager from The Challenge presenting Sister Lorna Belen with a £1,500 Dynamap for the Daycase Unit at Epsom General Hospital. 66

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Thank you for publishing the information about our trueCall Care initiative, Zen. We have already had enquiries from local people who have read about the project in The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thanks and regards. Katherine Preston, Senior Trading Standards Specialist, Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards


at the Letherhead Institute Friday 4th March - 7.30 pm-10.15 pm

Charity Concert

with Fish or Chicken & Chip Supper & Raffle

Come and listen/dance to the music of Glen Miller, Joe Loss and Big Band & more up to date arrangements from the band

Tickets £10 from Barton’s Bookshop email: (Bring your own drinks and glasses) 67

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The early life and education of Mary I. Esher Civic Centre, off High Street, KT10 9SD, 7.30pm-9pm. Dr. Richardson, Director of Research at St Mary's University gives a fascinating insight on the early life and preparation of Mary as the daughter and heir of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. £3 per person. 01372 474568, email:

Saturday 6th

Ashtead Community Vision Open Morning to enable residents to share their views on the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan, 10am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, more information on previous page.

Wed 10th

Farmer’s Lunch, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Speaker Pete Ellis ‘Everest from the North’, tickets £10 from Graham Wood 272077 or Rosemary Stark 274870

Wild Woodland Camps at Painshill Park, Cobham, for children aged 8-13, 9am-4.30pm. Tues 16th: Bushcraft - Den building, firemaking, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Wed Tuesday 16th - 17th: Tree Trolls and Sandcastles - Build massive sandcastles complete with boat, Thursday 18th waterfalls and dams. Thurs 18th: Dens - Camp Fires, hot chocolate and marshmallows, team up to build a den in the woods with leaves and sticks. £40 per day. Advance booking required, online, or call 01932 868113. Thurs 18th Saturday 20th

Annual Epsom Book Fair, Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Rd, Epsom, KT18 5AQ - books, CDs, DVDs, records and more, see opposite for details.

Sunday 21st

Heath String Quartet, Music by Mozart Beethoven & Tchaikovsky. Dorking Halls, 3pm Tickets £20 (students £10; under 18s free) from 01306 740619 & 01306 881717

Sunday 21st

Craft & Gift Fair, bespoke crafts and gift stalls, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, RH5 6AA, 11am-4pm. Free parking.

Tuesday 23rd

Basil & Friends, All kinds of Music Concer, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in aid of The Children’s Trust, see opposite for details.

Thursday 25th

Willow Craft, Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8QA. 10am-3pm. Learn how to make a range of crafts using simple techniques. Booking essential. SWT members £30, non members £35. Contact 01372 379523, email

Saturday 27th

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Nicholas Smith. Beethoven Overture Prometheus. Schumann Piano Concerto soloist Andrada Maria Brisc. Mozart Symphony No 41 Jupiter. Old Chapel, St John’s School, Leatherhead, 7.30pm. Tickets £14 (students £9) from 01372 276949


Women’s World Day of Prayer, 2.30pm, Leatherhead Parish Church will be holding a Service prepared by the Women of Cuba. After the Service there will be refreshments in the Parish Church Hall.

Saturday 26th MARCH

The Children’s Trust Tadworth Easter Fair, 12pm-4pm. More info next month.

If there’s an event in March that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Friday 12th February. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events68are correct at time of print.

What’s On?


What’s On?


(weekly, term time)

Mondays 1st & 15th Tuesday 2nd (1st Tues monthly)

Fetcham Singers (Ladies Choir) seeking new members. No auditions. 7.30 for 7.45pm at St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8BD. Phone Sandra Brown for info 01372 276736. (First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info. Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 3rd (monthly

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Sue Flight ’The Master and I’. Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Rhoda Nevins with ‘Adventures in Embroidery’. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

Ashtead over 60s Lunch Club meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room APMH, for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open at 10.30am for a cup of tea or coffee. More information call Brenda (chairman) on 01372 813276.

Thurs 4th

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

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Learn to Jive. 8-10pm at Forty Foot Hall (Mencap hall), Forty Foot Road, Leatherhead, Thursday 4th KT22 8RY. Authentic 50's American rock and Roll and 40's GI jive. £7 inc tea/coffee. All (weekly) welcome, fun and friendly. info 07854 621522 or Friday 5th (monthly)

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

Friday 5th (weekly)

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

Friday 5th, (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Liz 0797 726 8290 with any queries.

Friday 5th (weekly)

10am - 12noon Come along to the Sewing Shop in the Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead to make an early start on your new hobby for 2016. We also stock beautiful greetings cards at bargain prices. Contact Janine 01372 374914 70

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

Sunday 7th (weekly)

St Giles’ and St George’s Churches, Ashtead — 7 worship services held across our two churches every Sunday. From lively gospel songs to quiet, reflective Communion. All welcome. Details on .

Tuesday 9th

Mole Valley WI, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. It is our birthday meeting and there will also be a demonstration of belly dancing. Non members very welcome. More details on

Tuesday 9th

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

Wed 10th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

(2nd Tues monthly) (2nd Tues monthly)

2nd Wed mthly

Wed 10th (monthly)

Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society illustrated lecture: The Drama behind the Taj Mahal: The Life and Times of the Indian Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. 7:15 pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Street, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083

Friday 12th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI

Friday 15th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture ' Four local personalities from Domesday to Modern Times’ presented by four members of the Society, The Letherhead Institute , top of the High St. Coffee 7.30 lecture 8.00pm all welcome admission £2

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Miss Karin Fernald - Hans Christian Tuesday 16th Anderson, 10.30am, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. Info from Pat (monthly) Anderson,, or 07958 560707 Wed 17th Thurs 18th (3rd Thurs) mthly)

Wed 24th Thurs 25th (4th Thurs)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Neil Sadler - ‘A Policeman’s Lot...The Beat Goes On!’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288 ‘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. Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. ’Who Dun the Whodunnits’, Sheila Wills For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Craft demonstration. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Thurs 25th

2pm Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society, Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd. 2pm AGM (non-members welcome), then at 3pm Marios Panteliadis, 40 min concert of Great Russian Piano Works (Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Prokofiev)

Friday 26th

2.30 & 7.30 pm: Into the Light. A discussion (with images) about why the Impressionists are so important to modern art and as recorders of the beginning of the modern age. £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 to book. 71

Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Cone designed in the past (4) 3. Musical work when soup is spilled (4) 6. The French lair, weighed down (5) 10. Vegetable held by landscape architect (3) 11. Rattles used to alarm suddenly (7) 12. Six for each snake (5) 13. Family man before Sam? (5) 14. Darts we threw for flight attendant (7) 15. Relative on the Riviera, we hear (5) 16. Press for a golf club (4) 18. Not certain we can run Sue about (6) 20. Thus sounds ill (3) 23. First new alien catcher (3) 24. Esteem I dream about (6) 25. Aide gives rise to thought (4) 27. First bit to be without a colour (5) 29. Backward girl held by an enemy leaves (7) 31. Excuse found in a journal I bind (5) 32. Being mendacious in a horizontal position (5) 33. Tell a story about rare ant (7) 34. The first woman Jeeves held (3) 35. Appears to be joins in material, we hear (5) 36. Dire way to get about on horseback (4) 37. Little creatures Stan sent round (4) Down 1. Fixation with boss one is reforming (9)

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How to Look after Your Dog’s Paws When caring for your dog, it’s easy to overlook their paws unless they are limping, but it’s important to make sure that nothing gets lodged in their pads or stuck in the ‘web’ between their toes. It’s an easy routine though, and consists of just three steps: • Checking regularly for signs of damage or soreness Although puncture wounds may not be immediately visible because of the dark colour of your dog’s pads, if anything has caused damage the dog will pull away or show

signs of discomfort when you touch their feet. Regular checks after each outing will help to prevent infection building up in broken skin, and identify damaged or split claws. • Bathing To flush out any sand or small objects, dip each paw into a shallow container of water and pat dry. Sand in particular causes discomfort if not removed after a walk on the beach, and sharp shells can easily cut the paws. • Keep fur trimmed This is especially important for long-haired breeds with lots of fur between their


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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Come fly with me, I'm a vegan... I recently heard that one of my nephews has become a vegan. His motivation is that he has an ambition to be an airline pilot and has already clocked up many ht flying hours and done a solo flight in a light aircraft. He is doing some personal offsetting by balancing his daily activities (i.e. what he eats) against his passion for aviation. I'm not sure how many burgers he was eating and doubt that his flying will be completely off-set by becoming a vegan but I have to admire his thinking. And he is thinking. He knows that livestock agriculture produces a hefty proportion of manmade greenhouse gases (GHGs) and he is doing his bit and leading by example. I found some stats on the web about just how much GHGs livestock do produce - it's 14.5 percent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. Methane, a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, is generated in the stomachs of cows, sheep and goats. Eating less meat means fewer animals are generating methane. Another reason that large-scale livestock farming and meat consumption are bad for the climate is that it uses such a large amount of resources, including water and land to grow feed. Rainforests are even cut down to grow soy which is then fed to cows. Growing crops that are directly consumed by humans - beans, nuts, vegetables - cuts out the wasteful middle-man (or middle-animal!). Cattle (raised for both beef and milk, as well as for inedible outputs like manure and draft power) are the animal species responsible for the most emissions, representing about 65% of the livestock sector’s emissions. The emissions per unit of product vary greatly from commodity to commodity. They are highest for beef at almost 300 kg CO2-eq per kilogram of protein produced, The numbers for small ruminants like sheep and goats are lower at 165, and lower still for cow milk, chicken products and pork, which are below 100 CO2-eq/kg. So without going the whole hog and becoming a vegan (!) there are choices you can make within the 'carnivore category' that can reduce your emissions from your food. If you have got to the end of January without a New Year's Resolution, maybe you could make one now and start to eat beef rarely, or have smaller portions of it; eat more chicken, and maybe try having meat-free days in the week. I'm probably not going to become either a vegan or an airline pilot but I will be following my nephew's lead and cut down my animal product consumption. It'll be good for me and the planet... Chris Ellis For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at or email 76

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Project Wenceslas Returns The Leatherhead Lions Club announce that the successful PROJECT WENCESLAS is to be repeated again this year to help those in fuel poverty. If you are the receipt of the £100 winter fuel supplement from the government and can afford to pass it on to someone in need then The Lions would gratefully receive your donation. Last winter over £8000 was given towards helping those in debt arrears with their electricity and gas bills. Individual cases for assistance are closely monitored by the the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Leatherhead and Dorking and 40 clients were assisted with funds from the project. Mike Rushby, Lions organiser says “Although we read last year that Leatherhead is one of the richest districts in the UK, there are still people in the Mole Valley who need our help. As the weather is turner colder the need to keep warm becomes a necessity for the old and infirm so please help if you can. Last year we even helped a gentlemen who had no heating for warmth or hot water by paying for a load of coal to be delivered.” It’s a service which we take great pride in providing but it cannot happen without your continuing generosity.”

For more information please contact Mike Rushby on 07833 574089

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Feathered Friends By Pippa Greenwood Watching wild birds in your garden is a real delight, and as many help to keep pests at bay for much of the year it makes sense to encourage them in. You can provide a haven for wild birds as long as you have a fair number of potential hiding places, such as a few good sized shrubs or trees - and trees which provide berries or other fruits are always going to be welcome.

shrubs where they will provide a fantastic meal for many birds and, provided you position them correctly, means that you can also enjoy watching them. I only buy the net-free fat balls, as birds’ feet can get trapped in the net.

But what else can you do to encourage your feathered friends into the garden? A source of water really is one of the best features, so either buy an ornamental birdbath or create one from a shallow dish with sloping sides. The water should be no deeper than 2” (5 cm) and if you do have a deeper container then you should fill the lower depths of it with good sized stones, to reduce the depth. Ideally the water should be changed every other day, but at this time of year it is essential to make sure that the water does not freeze for long periods of time. Other garden water features, including ponds with shallow sloping sides, are also perfect for many birds to feed and bathe in. Providing birds with additional food materials is worthwhile, but remember to provide a constant supply or they may come to rely on something that is not there when they need it most.

You can also buy grubs and larvae to feed the birds. These high protein snacks are particularly useful once birds start feeding their young in the spring, and are best distributed on a bird table or even on a garage roof. They are available by mail order or from garden centres and pet shops. If you feel like making or buying a bird table on which to set out the feasts you are supplying, then so much the better. Choose one which is not easily accessible by cats, and position it where you can watch the birds as they feed and drink. I mainly feed the birds on top of an old, established hedge. It is just tall enough for me to reach its flat clipped top surface and I put out bird food on flat wooden trays – perfect for me to view and impossible for cats to get the wrong idea about who is meant to be eating!

If you have a problem with squirrels, then use a squirrel proof feeder – they resemble bird cages and hold a central cylinder of peanuts, though they can cost up to £40. If squirrels are not a problem, use a cheaper nut feeder, but position it so it is out of range of cats.

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Save household scraps for the birds too; they enjoy apples, cooked rice, cheese, old breakfast cereal, raisins and sultanas and, of course, bread. Buy fat balls which contain mixed seeds and hang them from trees or large 84

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Time to start thinking about Spring... we have lots of new stock arriving during the month of February from Potted Spring Bulbs to Bedding. It is also time to sow Hardy Annual seeds. Pancake Day Tuesday 9th February The Olive Tree is serving up Sweet and Savoury Pancakes between 12 noon and 4pm Sunday Roast for Valentine’s Day Sunday 14th February We have Champagne or Prosecco to make it that bit special Advance Booking Required

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Link Group supports Air Ambulance Trust Link Group meets at St. George’s Church in Ashtead and welcomes women to its meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 8pm and has been very pleased to have had several new members recently. 2015 was another successful year of fun and fellowship, listening to interesting speakers and enjoying a particularly memorable outing to celebrate the anniversary of Magna Carta. This involved a boat trip from Runnymede and a Flower Festival at Royal Holloway College. Alongside these activities we have undertaken our regular fund-raising, through raffles at our meetings, produce stalls and an Alice in Wonderland summer Tea Party. Our chosen charity was the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. In December we welcomed their representative, Dennis Champion, to our meeting to receive a cheque from us for £1500. When an Air Ambulance arrives at an incident it has been described as the arrival of a mobile lifesaving A&E unit. A very worthwhile service which any of us might need at some time. Ann Goulder 01372 813994 86

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New year, new yew!

Polesden Lacey’s ‘Long Walk’ is due for major pruning work The yew hedge that runs the length of the Long Walk at Polesden Lacey is due for major pruning work. Plans will reduce the size of the hedge and set it back from the path by several meters. The Long Walk is a grassy promenade that runs the length of the hillside with stunning views looking out across a gentle valley to the rolling Surrey Hills beyond. Over 400m in length, the promenade is framed by a carefully sculpted box hedge on one side and by the much taller yew hedge on the other. As the yew has flourished over the past decade, it has slowly begun to encroach upon the promenade. This has meant greater wear and tear on the turf area of the path itself and a restricted view down to the stone colonnade, losing the sense of drama offered by this majestic landscape feature. “We plan to cut right back to encourage dormant buds to leaf,” says Tony Gregory, Polesden Lacey’s Gardens and Countryside Manager. “Luckily, yew is one of the few evergreen conifers that regenerates through old wood. So, while it may look drastic at first, we anticipate that the hedge will show strong signs of regeneration by the end of the season in 2016. Meanwhile, we’re allowing the turf a chance to recover and opening up that view once more.” The hedge, which runs for almost a third of a mile, will be trimmed by a tractor-mounted cutting blade. A core of garden volunteers will then lead a large-scale clearance operation to gather up the trimmings, which will then be chipped into compost and used across the gardens. The Long Walk will be re-opened to visitors again when the turf path has had sufficient time for recovery, which the garden team hope will be as soon as Easter. Pruning the hedge is part of Polesden Lacey’s wider conservation management plan, which encompasses major work in the gardens as well as out on the estate and in the house itself. The conservation management plan also includes the coppicing of over 10,000 m² of hazel and the clearance of 30,000 m² of holly on Ranmore Common. The Long Walk was originally designed in the early 19th century after the estate was bought by poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan in 1804.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 84

Do you recognise the RAF Officer? For many years now I have compiled Potted Histories on Places, People and Companies, and I hope they have given readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local much pleasure. Now it is time for readers to help me in my quest to find an answer to whom this young man is. Like many photographs of this period they have Post Card backs for the message and address - unfortunately this one bears no message or address. The photograph was probably taken in the early 1940s in the studios of Albert Warren, The Crescent, Leatherhead. It would be nice to know if this young man survived the War.

If this was your son, husband or even a relative and would like to have this postcard, please contact me at my email address: Goff Powell 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: 90

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Simple Crossword Solution Across: 1 Perhaps, 5 Cycle, 8 Shampoo, 9 Exact, 10 Extra, 11 Kitchen, 12 Honest, 14 Glides, 17 Raisins, 19 Noble, 22 Olive, 23 Elegant, 24 Rural, 25 Pitcher. Down: 1 Piste, 2 Roast, 3 Appears, 4 Shocks, 5 Chest, 6 Crashed, 7 Extends, 12 Harbour, 13 Noisier, 15 Lenient, 16 Asleep, 18 Ideal, 20 Brash, 21 Enter.

Quiz - Gold & Silver 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

January’s crossword solutions

King Midas The Lone Ranger Ghana 30 El Dorado Rolls-Royce 75% (24 carat gold is pure gold) Argentina (from "argentum") Rumpelstiltskin Copper

Across: 1 Tense, 4 Mace, 6 Beam, 10 Auction, 11 New Year, 12 Elaborate, 13 Leave, 14 Vent, 16 Treadle, 19 Use, 20 Thunder, 22 Duck, 26 Mates, 27 Steamboat, 29 Origami, 30 Granite, 31 Band, 32 Cede, 33 Sight Down: 1 Thames, 2 Nectar, 3 Episode, 4 Mania, 5 Contented, 7 Emeralds, 8 Murderer, 9 Twelve, 15 Turnstile, 17 Atom bomb, 18 Austrian, 21 Dismal, 23 Compass, 24 Noting, 25 Street, 28 Eagle

Quiz - Pre-Euro Currencies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Austria - Schilling Belgium - Franc Cyprus - Pound Estonia - Kroon Finland - Markka Greece - Drachma Latvia - Lats Netherlands - Guilder Portugal - Escudo Slovenia - Tolar

Across: 7 CanapĂŠ, 8 Ranger, 9 Floe, 10 Premiere, 11 Battery, 13 Hippo, 15 Steep, 16 Cartons, 18 Hawthorn, 19 Mask, 21 Severn, 22 Sandal Down: 1 Bail, 2 Patent leather, 3 Leopard, 4 Armed, 5 Antihistamine, 6 Terrapin, 12 Anteater, 14 Harness, 17 Pound, 20 Spay


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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 07752 665066 Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07442 103473 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 375212 (Marion Doherty) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787)

Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 372553 (Cathy Smith, Secretary) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 373493 (David Wells) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 0300 200 1001 Leatherhead Lions Club 01372 274618 (Jim Malynn) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police Non-emergency 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 272595 (Peter Waterhouse) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead 01372 274388 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley (based in Dorking) 01306 640369 (10am-1pm, answerphone) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 94

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