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Issue 136

February 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Top tips for interview success Young photographer competition You can now access your GP online ‘Shed Time’ - a new look at life for men Denbies Bacchus Art competition winners Local musician raising money to beat cancer Anti-social parking crackdown in Mole Valley Win a year’s membership to local Leisure Centre

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


Give a cat a home


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Fake Amazon emails - beware


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Leatherhead Rotary says thank you


Ashtead Community Vision


Top tips for interview success


Spot the difference


MV Walking for Health




Ashtead Women’s Institute


MV Police column


Volunteer at Conquest Art, Leatherhead


Quiz - Little & Large


Young Photographer competition


Secret Love - a story


Shed Time - a new look at life for men


Simple crossword


Mole Valley (Fetcham) Women’s Institute


Book review


What’s on? Pages 65 - 69


The Link Group


QEF is recruiting


Quiz - Literary First Names


General knowledge crossword


Recipe - lemon tartlets


Musician raising money to beat cancer


Recipe - fish pie


Cryptic crossword


You can now access your GP online


Gold-i foundation grant


MVDC - one of the best recyclers in UK


Local history article


Computer tips - banish WiFi woes


Transition Ashtead


Denbies Bacchus Award winners


Anti-social parking crackdown in MV




New skate park for Kingston Road


Win a year’s leisure centre membership


Butterflies at RHS Garden Wisley


Volunteer at The Grange, Bookham


Gardening - moles


Project Wenceslas - final call


Useful numbers




From the Publisher


elcome to another packed edition of this little magazine. As ever, thanks to a very sociable and thriving community, there are lots of events taking place around the area.

If you’re on your annual ‘health kick’ resolution thingy, then this may be of interest - the good people at Leatherhead Leisure Centre are offering a year’s membership via a competition, and how to enter can be found on page 46. OK, so here’s an interesting thing, Ashtead resident, Andy Thacker has set up a regular forum entitled ‘Shed Time’ which looks at issues facing men in today’s world. The meetings are held in Barnett Wood Lane, and will cover issues such as emotional health, how to be a ‘better man’ and feature a variety of interesting speakers discussing the issues of today. The sessions are free to attend and refreshments are provided, more on page 64.

I had a wonderful time at Denbies Vineyard a few days ago, helping to judge their Bacchus Art competition. The team very kindly invite me each year and it’s something I very much look forward to, especially during early January when life can be a little ‘flat’ after the excitement of the Christmas and the New Year break - and a chance to get away from my ‘pooter’ for a few hours. The judging was followed by a super lunch in The Gallery restaurant during which time my fellow judges and I sorted out the scores. The winning images can be found on pages 42 and 44. I was contacted by Guy Sowdon, a member of the Zen Relics and a Langley Vale resident, who has released a single ‘Think Again’ to raise funds for Cancer Research in memory of his dear mum Mary who succumbed to this indiscriminate disease and tragically passed away two years ago. More about how you can help him raise funds is on page 74. I had no idea that Mole Valley is one of the best recyclers in the country. We are ranked at number 11 out of 354 authorities nationwide. I do think that the local council make it easy for us to recycle which is why our ranking is so high. That said, we all have a responsibility to ensure we reuse, recycle or compost and I’m delighted that we are doing so well. If you’d like to read more about this, the article can be Advertising found on page 40. The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Each month I am contacted by lots of charities, clubs and organisations asking for volunteers and this month is no different. The Grange in Bookham is looking for help (p.48), Leatherhead’s Conquest Art (p.60) and QEF are recruiting staff (p.70). I am always happy to help by including these requests, so if you run a club and need volunteers, do please drop me a line. ‘Tis Shrove Tuesday on 28th February - don’t forget to stock up with flour, eggs, milk and lemons - we don’t want a bloodbath when the kids are wanting their pancakes...

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The Marks & Spencer Food Hall will start to take shape this year and we hope this will Those of you who have ever been involved with bring prosperity back to The Street just as the station, the railway, the Level Crossing or Tesco Express did to Craddocks Parade. Each the pedestrian rail crossings will know how brings with it associated parking problems, hard Geoff worked for the good of all Ashtead though the pressures on parking at Craddocks residents using those facilities. He was a key Parade should be eased by the availability of contributor when the new station building was spaces in Woodfield Lane. It remains to be being designed, and brought his knowledge and seen what pressures there will be when the experience to bear when the Level Crossing M&S store is open and the APMH has a full car modernisation was planned. He was also park with shoppers and various societies’ instrumental in getting the Lady Howard visitors vying for spaces. Crossing adapted for universal access. Geoff The new Level Crossing should be installed this will be much missed and we hope his move to year with works being completed in the Kent goes well. summer. The new, modern equipment should Angelina is a young parent with personal mean breakdowns are less frequent but, if they knowledge of the difficulties parents face with happen, spares should at least be readily nursery places, school places and the pressures available, whereas at present the equipment is of being a working parent with young children, so old that spares are in short supply. which, with a recent addition to her own The Residents’ Association has pressed family, she now finds are just too much to allow her to also devote time to the Residents’ Southern Railway and its partner, Indigo, to end the fiasco of the car park machines at the Association committee. station. Having won a long battle to get offSo the Committee has been reduced to 10 peak parking rates from 2.30pm during the people to cover all aspects of Ashtead life, week, we now find the car park machines, plus including: Planning; Highways; Railways; the new modern concourse machines are Waste & Recycling; Schools & Nurseries; incapable of issuing off-peak tickets. The arranging and organising events including the ticket office can issue these but if it is shut Annual Spring Clean; maintaining membership travellers are forced to pay over the odds for records; recruiting and liaising with our body parking. Southern station staff are as of Road Stewards; producing the spring and frustrated as we are, as they are often on the autumn publications, which include reports wrong end of travellers’ complaints. from many of Ashtead’s clubs and Your Committee presses on with the work but organisations; managing and maintaining the Web Site; Tree Wardens, Environmental Issues; can only do so much. WE NEED YOUR HELP! addressing local issues as they arise in whatever area. Even with a full Committee this is a stretch, but with two departures, we David Baker are in need of new blood to fulfil two roles – Webmaster & Highways specifically Railways and Young Families. 8

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Should you volunteer in 2017? The world is experiencing ever greater problems, our governments are being challenged as, perhaps, never before. From East to West, these challenges include globalisation, climate change, terrorism and an aging population. By reacting to problems and thus helping victims and the needy, Volunteer organisations help to fill the gaps left by governments. As we are hearing daily, our NHS and adult care systems cannot continue indefinitely without significant change. On a local level, the issues may seem less dramatic, but are nevertheless important. In early December, several LRA members joined in with “The Meeting Room” group (ex Pit-Stop) to provide a Christmas lunch to 100 vulnerable, isolated or homeless people. Most of us are aware of the need for volunteers in this sector. However, there are many other ways of helping to knit together our social fabric. Now in its 10 th year, the Leatherhead Residents’ Association is dedicated to improving life locally through its various subcommittees: Environment, Health, Highways, Planning and Forward Planning.

The activities of the Environment Committee vary widely, from food banks to flood alleviation, from planting in the High Street to the removal of invasive species in the river, from Litter picking to fundraising, all interests can be accommodated in this committee. Because of its breadth, the Environment Committee has more need than any of the others for plenty of members. If you could offer your services for a few hours each year, we would be delighted to hear from you. The importance of trees has led to our appointment of a Tree Officer on our Committee and we are now able to make informed comment on those trees perceived to be at risk. At the same time, the LRA is a very friendly and social group. Before Christmas, we had a Christmas lunch and recently there was general get-together with refreshments following our January meeting. If these good works and fun appeal to you, we could really use your assistance. You can phone us at 01372 373 090 – we have many ways in which you can help to make a difference. We can also provide you the names of many other organisations doing good works locally. Whichever organisation or activity you choose, we hope you’ll enjoy the pleasure of giving and the satisfaction of making a difference through volunteering in 2017.

This last subcommittee is providing input into the formulation of Mole Valley’s latest Local Plan, due this Spring. Health and Highways monitor local actions as well as problems seen in the community. Planning tracks local planning applications and gives comments on those likely to affect the quality of life for residents and in, particular, keeps an eye open for potential threats to our Green Belt.

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campaign, MVDC are working to promote the recycling of textiles and to prevent them from being sent to landfill. Diverting textiles from landfill not only saves tax payers money but is also naturally good for the environment. Any textiles that are recycled through either the kerbside collections or textile banks are taken to LMB textile recycling sorting warehouse in East London. The clothes are then sorted, depending on quality, material and garment type. Textiles of good quality are reused in the UK or exported to Eastern Europe and Africa. Items that are unsuitable for reuse are broken down and recombined for other purposes; cotton and linen is cut into industrial wiping rags, and material such as wool will either be shredded and made into felt or pulled to make new yarn. For more information on what can be recycled and how it should it should be bagged up etc please visit the website and go to the recycling, textiles page. Susanne Taylor


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Ashtead Community Vision There was an old woman who lived in a shoe... There are not many people in Surrey living in shoes. However there are probably many families with children living in shoebox-sized accommodation. More people are born than die each year in Surrey. In 2015, this increased the population by 3,100. In addition, more people move into Surrey than move out, mostly from other countries, which increased the population by 3,500 in 2015. The latter may change after Brexit!

not want to move out of an area where they have lived for some time and have friends. In Ashtead, both of these elements result in a demand for smaller properties. However, those already living in smaller properties are busy extending them to cater for growing families. This has led to a decrease in the proportion of 2 -3 bedroom property in Ashtead. It is for this reason that we have proposed strengthening the existing Mole Valley policy encouraging the provision of smaller houses. Since developments in Ashtead will generally be small in-fills, this will also discourage proposals that replace a single bungalow or house with several four or five bedrooms houses crammed onto the plot. We have also put forward a policy incorporating existing Surrey County Council guidelines to increase the amount of off-street parking on new developments. These policies and more are described in the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan that is available to view on the Mole Valley website under “Local Plans” and on our own website at the address below. This plan will be subject of a referendum in May 2017, at the same time as the council elections. There will be an additional voting paper for Ashtead wards asking “Do you want Mole Valley District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ashtead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

On current projections from the Office of National Statistics, the population of Mole Valley will increase by 45% over the next 20 years. Within that, the proportion of those aged over 65 will increase from 19% to 25% with a much larger increase in the proportion of those over 75.

If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum are in favour, the council is then obliged to “make” the plan. At that point it becomes part of the MVDC Development Plan and a material consideration for planning application decisions in the three Ashtead Wards.

We shall be encouraging as many residents as These changes put pressure on the amount and possible to vote on this plan and look forward to type of housing available. Younger families are your support in May. attracted to Mole Valley by the fact that it is a prosperous area with good schools and excellent transport links. Older people, especially “empty Tony Tuley nesters” are interested in down-sizing but do

More information the work of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum can be found on the Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) website at: or or 14

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For how long is this scheme available? ISA accounts for the scheme are to be available until 30 November 2019. After that date, the Help to Buy ISA will not be available to new savers. If you open an account before then, you can keep saving until 30 November 2029. A bonus has to be claimed by 1 December 2030. The residential property team at TWM are registered with the Help to Buy administration portal in order to process bonus requests. Mark Stevenson:

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Secret Love invent even a flimsy excuse to call. At least her shortlist was down to three.

uth had been suspicious for a couple of weeks. The signs were all too evident. The improvement in personal hygiene and lingering aroma of aftershave gave him away. The covert text messages and rising blushes were conclusive proof. Should she confront him, subtly question him or ignore the signs completely? She had never experienced this before. Her friends advised her to ignore it. This wouldn't be the first time and her interference would only cause embarrassment. He would tell her if he wanted to. She should simply let it run its course and be there to pick up the pieces when it was all over.

On Valentine's Day, Ruth and Sam exchanged cards as usual. When the post arrived there was a red envelope, addressed to Ben. Ruth was overcome with excitement. She took it up to his room and leaned the card against his computer. He couldn't miss it there. This Elizabeth girl was definitely keen on him. She desperately hoped he had reciprocated. She couldn't bear the thought of a heartbroken girl waiting for a card from her insensitive son. She had a sudden flashback to herself as a thirteen year old, clinging to the misguided hope that the Valentine card from Harry Field had simply been delayed in the post.

The battle with her curiosity was overwhelming and it was a battle Ruth knew she would lose. Her first born child had a girlfriend. How could she not say something?

That evening, she didn't say a word. Ben went to his room and came down for tea as usual. Nothing was said. No acknowledgement was made.

Ruth discovered the name by accident. She was in Ben's room and decided to 'dust' his desk. It was a perfectly justifiable act as there was a definite film of grime over the surface. As she flicked the duster around, she happened to flick over a pad of paper. One word was written in the corner. 'Elizabeth'. This was her first clue.

Ruth couldn't bear it any longer and followed him up to his room. "Was the card from Elizabeth?" She asked casually. He was genuinely taken aback. "Elizabeth? Who's Elizabeth?" "Darling, it's alright. I do know... Mothers have a sixth sense about these things..."

Her next objective was easy. In September, the school sent contact details for the year group. Ruth went through the names, narrowing down her search to 'Elizabeths', 'Beths', 'Lizzies' and 'Libbys'. There were six on the list.

"What planet are you on Mum? Who the hell is Elizabeth?" "Elizabeth is your girlfriend isn't she? It's fine. I'm very happy for you. Was it a nice card?"

Her next objective would take guile and strategy. She would cross-examine any possible witnesses. Daniel and Sarah might have seen something but she had to tread carefully as any false move could prove disastrous. When Ben was out at football training, she idly dropped hints into the conversation but her younger two children just gave her a bored look when she mentioned Valentine's Day and ignored her subtle references to 'special friends'. Daniel's only response was to put his finger down his throat and pretend to throw up.

"Mum, my girlfriend is called Becky. Becky sent me a Valentine. Before you ask, I sent her one too and yes, we have kissed and yes, I like her! Can we shut up about it now!" "Of course, darling, I'm sorry. I didn't want to invade your privacy." "Yeah right‌ Who the hell is Elizabeth?" He asked again. "I saw it on your notepad. I wasn't snooping, I promise..."

She would have to take direct action. She waited until Ben was on his own and casually mentioned that she would be going into Epsom at the weekend to buy a Valentine card for Sam. Did Ben want to come with her to do some shopping? The response was negative.

Ben looked at the pad on his desk and burst out laughing. "That's classic, Mum... Those are my English notes. We're doing 'Pride and Prejudice'. Did you really think I was going out with Elizabeth Bennett?!"

She had a passing acquaintance with three mothers of 'Elizabeths' on the contact list and rang each one for a 'chat'. She subtly tried to ascertain the level of friendship between her son and their daughters but all she gained from the conversations were three dates in her diary to 'get together for coffee'. She didn't know the remaining three mothers on the list and couldn't

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Page Turners Spring may be just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of temptation to lock the cold, dark winter out and curl up with a book. From gripping psychological thrillers to folklore inspired tales, these books will keep you turning the pages late into the night.

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Private Investigator Cormoran Strike is back. This time he’s been asked to find a missing writer. But when the writer turns up dead, his wife, Cormoran’s client, comes under suspicion. Are the clues to the real killer hidden in the writer’s last, unpublished book? A gripping crime novel with echoes of hardboiled American classics, The Silkworm has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

The Phantom Tree – Nicola Cornick

Alison is stuck in modern day Britain, hundreds of years after she was born. Mary is back in Tudor England. But only Mary can reveal what happened to Alison’s son all those years ago. As Alison tries to follow the clues Mary left behind, she uncovers more than she was expecting. Historical fiction with a twist, this is a must for fans of Kate Morton and Barbara Erskine.

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The Danish concept of hygge has taken the UK by storm. From candlelight and snuggly blankets, to dinner with friends, hygge is about wellbeing, cosiness and appreciating the little things. Charlotte Abrahams

talks us through how she’s embraced a more ‘hyggelig’ way of life and what it’s meant for her. There are no hard rules, no demands to cut back on this or stop doing that, just a focus on being kinder to ourselves, celebrating the ordinary and enjoying a simpler life.

The Girl Before – JP Delaney

At first glance One Folgate Street seems like a renter’s dream. Emma certainly thinks so, as does Jane, several months later. But the minimalist house comes with some very strict rules, and as Jane learns of Emma’s death, she starts to wonder whether there’s a darker side to the landlord’s stipulations. A tense psychological thriller, The Girl Before looks set to become one of 2017’s most talked about books.

The Bear and The Nightingale – Katherine Arden

In the wilds of Russia, folklore and fairy tales do battle with the Church for the villagers’ hearts and minds. As an enigmatic young priest starts to turn his flock away from their centuriesold traditions, the spirit guardians of the homes lose their strength, and darkness threatens to take hold. The only one who 28

might be able to save the villagers is the girl they’ve turned against. Lyrical and beautiful, The Bear and The Nightingale is captivating from the very first page.

The Lauras – Sara Taylor

When Ma bundles 13 year old Alex out of bed and into the car one night, neither knows just how long their road trip is going to last. Ma takes Alex across America, revisiting the places that shaped her as she was growing up, from foster homes to semi-derelict squats. As their journey progresses, she tells Alex about the ‘Lauras’ – the girls and women who played key roles in her early life. Enthralling.

Three Daughters of Eve Elif Shafak

Peri spent her childhood negotiating the distance between her parents. Now she acts the part of a dutiful, Turkish housewife. But when a half-forgotten photograph reminds her of long ago freedoms, Peri struggles to keep up the charade. She can’t help but look back to her days as a student in Oxford, the choices she made, the friends she left behind and the scandal that tore everything apart.

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Link Group helps the Grange Centre Link Group at St. George’s Church in Ashtead would like to report that 2016 was another happy and successful year. We had some very interesting speakers, plenty of fellowship, a lovely outing to Penshurst Place in Kent and many opportunities to do fund–raising for our chosen charity. Recently Link Group was very pleased to present a cheque for over £1400 to Gill Caldwell from the Grange Centre in Bookham to help this residential centre for people with disabilities. During the year some of our members have visited the Grange to partake of their delicious cream teas which the residents prepare and serve to visitors. Highly recommended! Our photo above shows our Summer Garden Party, this time with a Beatrix Potter theme. A most successful and enjoyable event, which together with several produce sales and raffles at our meetings helped us to fund raise over the past year. We have had a number of new members recently and always welcome any more ladies who would like to join us at Link Group. We meet in St George’s Church in Ashtead on the second Thursday of each month at 8.00pm. Ann Goulder (01372 813994) 32

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Fish Pie Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 6

Cod and prawns in a smooth herby white sauce topped with fluffy mash – it’s the ultimate fish pie!



• 1.6kg floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water for 15-20 minutes until tender.


Meanwhile, place the cod in a large frying pan and pour over the milk. Add the bay leaf and peppercorns and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cod from the pan and set aside. Strain the milk into a large heatproof jug.


Melt 50g of the butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 850ml of the milk. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time, then simmer for 3-4 minutes until you have a smooth, thick sauce.


Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, Gas 6. Flake the fish, discarding any skin and bones, and stir into the sauce with the parsley, peas and prawns. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a deep ovenproof dish.


Mash the potatoes with the rest of the butter and milk and season to taste. Spoon the mash over the fish mixture to cover and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve garnished with a sprig of parsley.

• 750g cod fillet • 1L milk • 1 bay leaf • Few black peppercorns • 75g butter • 50g plain flour • 3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley • 175g frozen peas, thawed • 225g large peeled prawns, thawed if frozen • Sprig of fresh parsley, to garnish

TIP You can use any white fish fillet for this pie - haddock or coley will work just as well. Alternatively, replace half the cod with salmon fillet or smoked haddock, if liked.


You can now access your GP online Click and easy way to access your GP online Did you know that there’s a convenient and quick way to book appointments with your GP practice online? Or that you can order repeat prescriptions and securely view some of your GP records electronically without needing to ring, or visit, your GP surgery? NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is launching an awareness campaign to encourage local people to sign up for GP online services. It’s part of a national NHS initiative to offer more convenience, choice and control in how people access GP services. And best of all the service is free! Anyone who is registered with a GP can have access to their practice’s online services via a computer, tablet or smartphone – whichever way you prefer. You can register for GP online services by following four easy steps: 1. Tell your practice you would like to start using GP online services 2. Complete a short form 3. Return the form to the practice. You will need to take one form of photo ID and a proof of address with you. If you don’t have any ID the practice will need to confirm your identity or you may need to answer questions about personal information in your GP record. 4. Once you’ve signed up you will receive a letter with your unique username and password, and also a link to where you can log in. Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair at Surrey Downs CCG, said: “With people leading increasingly busy lives, sometimes it can be hard to find time to contact your GP practice to book an appointment or order a repeat prescription. You can still make your appointments in person or over the phone if you would prefer but feedback from those who use GP online services has been very positive.”

I’m not yet registered with a GP – how do I do it?

Once you’ve found a practice near where you live, you’ll need to formally register as an NHS patient by completing a form and taking photo ID and proof of address with you. Once you’ve completed the form NHS England will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration. Don’t forget to register for GP online services at the same time. Parents or guardians can register their child and will need to take the child’s birth certificate.

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Mole Valley ― one of the best recyclers in the country ― and still improving National annual recycling figures for 2015/16, published by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), have confirmed Mole Valley as the 11th best recycler of 354 authorities nationwide. This achievement is a result of the ongoing commitment and efforts made by the District’s residents to recycle. DEFRA’s national annual recycling figures record the percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting. During 2015/16, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) achieved a recycling rate of 59%; 11th highest in the country. MVDC’s recycling rate, as of April 2016 to January 2017, currently stands at 61%. The figures for MVDC incorporate recycling activity across the range of recycling services available to residents, including: weekly kerbside clothes & home textiles collections; weekly food waste; and fortnightly garden waste collections. MVDC has been steadily improving its recycling rate yearon-year thanks to a number of awareness campaigns to encourage recycling and to promote existing services. This achievement is particularly impressive at a time when recycling rates, particularly over the past two years, have been stagnating nationwide. If you are in doubt about whether an item can be recycled, help is at hand. You can download the Recycle For Surrey App on your mobile device or visit and use the Recycle for Surrey search engine. MVDC’s collection calendar for 2017 is also available by visiting Councillor Michelle Watson, MVDC’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank our residents for all their efforts in recycling as much as they can. We don’t want to stop there though, and collectively we can still do more. Protecting the district’s environment and delivering cost effective services are a key priority for us and we are counting on your continued support to help Mole Valley’s recycling rate get better and better.”

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Denbies Bacchus Award 2016 Theme - Whatever the Weather

On a snowy, cold, crisp January morning I was delighted to be, once again, invited by the team at Denbies to judge this year’s Bacchus art competition. As ever, the standard was very high and judging all the entries was difficult. Enjoyable, but difficult! Over a rather indulgent and enjoyable lunch in The Gallery restaurant, my fellow judges and I went through the scores. Interestingly, all five of us came to the unanimous decision that the entry entitled ‘Cold Evening in February’ painted in acrylic on canvas, (pic left) by Sam Hall was the outright

winner of the Gold prize. It was so beautifully painted and the amount of work and detail was superb. There were two entries which came joint second, both winning the Silver award. One was ‘Puddle Jumpers’ (right) which was a pretty little papercut work by artist Hazel King which impressed all the judges with its breezy sense of fun and colour, along with its statement just inside the frame which read, ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.’

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Denbies Bacchus Award The other joint second place winner was an oil on canvas work by Jonathan Collins entitled ‘Braunton Beach, Exmoor, New Year’s Day’ (left) which also won Silver. A rather beguiling, brooding image which enthralled us all. The winner of the Bronze award went to a very atmospheric image of a seaside town on a wet day, an oil painting by Marion Eastwood entitled ‘Hastings in the Rain’ (below). We all felt that the streetscene depicted in Marion’s painting was incredibly

realistic and drew us into the image, something which accomplished artists manage to do so well. It is nigh on impossible to do justice to these images via the printing process, but I hope that these pictures will give you a flavour of the excellent entries submitted to the 2016 Denbies Bacchus Award. Denbies forthcoming exhibitions include:

• Surrey Art Fairs 20th Feb5th March;

• Epsom & Ewell Art Group 6th-19th March and

• The Grange 20th-26th March.

The 2017 Denbies Bacchus Art Exhibition theme is:

Nature’s Magic.

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Get ready to Make Your Move in 2017 Win a Free Fusion Year-Long Membership to Leatherhead Leisure Centre

To celebrate the new year, and help you make your move to a healthier lifestyle, we’ve teamed up with Fusion Lifestyle, a leading registered charity which provides quality sport, leisure and fitness activities to local communities. We’re offering one lucky winner a year-long membership to Leatherhead Leisure Centre. If you’re not successful, log on to to claim a free one-day pass, and, for a limited time, new joiners get their first 7 days of membership totally free when they join! So, whether you’re an exercise novice or as fit as a fiddle, make your move with Fusion. The centre features three swimming pools, state of the art gym equipment, group exercise classes, 5-a-side football, tennis, soft play, a café and a crèche, offering something for everyone. New members also receive their own kickstart plan, an exercise plan devised by Fusion’s expert health and well-being team. Fusion Lifestyle operate Leatherhead Leisure Centre in partnership with Mole Valley District Council.

To win a healthier 2017 answer the following question:

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So you think you know about dinosaurs? Thursday 2nd March Leatherhead Theatre

So you think you know about dinosaurs? with Ben Garrod. Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, KT22 8DN, 6.30pm. Come and test your dinosaur knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in 'Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur'). With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs - and more. This is an interactive show where children will be given the chance to ask questions and show off their dinosaur knowledge to the audience. £15, concessions £12. Box Office 01372 365141, 48

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Project Wenceslas - Final Call 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 £11,000 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 earlier this 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

Make a Donation I would like to give £...................... to the Project Wenceslas appeal in Surrey

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Oliver is a fluffy, black and white male about 18 months old. Oliver was very traumatised when he first came into care as he was left behind in an empty flat for quite some time after his owner died. Despite this ordeal, Oliver has come along very nicely, he is very playful and loves being stroked. Oliver must be homed with his stunningly beautiful girlfriend Fifi. Fifi was also very traumatised when she came into care. She was badly mistreated by her previous owners who then abandoned her outside at only 6 months old hoping she wouldn't survive. Fifi and Oliver are devoted to one another and are often found curled up asleep in a heap together. After such a terrible past these sweet-natured cats deserve a home where they will be given the time and love they need to flourish and show what truly wonderful and loving cats they are. They are looking for an experienced, adult-only home.

If you feel you could Oliver & Fifi the loving home they so deserve please call ROSEMARY on 01737 350307 for further information.

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Local Rotary says thank you for Christmas donations Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their recent Christmas collections in and around Leatherhead. Altogether, a total of just under £1,000 was collected, which will be used over the coming year to support local charities and voluntary organisations within the Leatherhead area. Club President, Adrian O’Loughlin, 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 Leatherhead Rotarians Peter Matthews (left) or contact Simon and David Slater collecting at the M25 Edmands on 07753 821964 or Cobham Services) 54

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Top Tips for Interview Success The New Year is a time for setting new goals with a change of job often high on the list (along with losing weight)! But the challenge of creating or updating a CV, before you even consider the dreaded interview itself, can sometimes be enough to push the idea back down the list, or even right off it! However if you follow a few basic guidelines, you need never fear another interview again. By adopting the 3 P's – Prepare, Practise and Perform, you can overcome your nerves and walk confidently towards the interviewer. Below I have briefly outlined three tips for each “P” which will help you concentrate on achieving your goal.


1. Approximately 80% of candidates at interview have conducted no research whatsoever, so good knowledge of the company, its products and objectives will definitely give you an advantage over much of the competition. 2. Plan what you are going to wear, know precisely where you are going and allow sufficient time for unexpected delays. Almost 50% of recruiters do not offer candidates a job if they turn up late for an interview, irrespective of how well they perform. Most will simply cancel the interview and delete the applicant. 3. Know your CV inside out. You should not have to refer to it during the interview!


1. Jot down some typical interview questions and illustrate your answers using the SOAR technique. The SOAR acronym is easy to remember and will help you organise material for interview situations. Here’s how it works: Situation: Describe a situation, problem, challenge, or project you were presented with.

Obstacles: Actions: Results: 2. 3.

Describe the obstacles you faced List the actions you took and the skills you used. Describe the results you helped obtain and the benefits to your employer/organisation etc

Practise responding to questions aloud, preferably in front of someone who will listen critically to your answers. Speaking aloud not only forces you to find the correct words but also helps you to remember your answers. Ask someone to video you as you answer questions. Uncomfortable as this may feel, it is invaluable in identifying annoying tics and habits that will distract the interviewer from the content of what you are saying.


If you have worked on the previous two P's this last one should be the easiest of them all! 1. Work on that first impression as you enter the room. Smile as if you are greeting a friend and shake hands positively. Listen to the interviewer and respond in an animated way. Be confident and maintain good eye contact, without overdoing it! 2. Think of the interview as a conversation rather than an interrogation and make sure you get across all the key points which show why you are the ideal candidate for the position under discussion. 3. Asking questions shows interest and enthusiasm so make sure you have at least four or five questions of your own to ask. (Some of them may already have been answered during the interview so it is best to have a few “spare”)!

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Ashtead WI - January 2017 Meeting Our January meeting was a most enjoyable start to the New Year, with many members coming along on a very cold evening. There was an update of news of members, and we were asked to individually vote on the six proposed W.I. Resolutions to go through to the AGM in June. We had been very successful with our December Carol Singing in Ashtead for the Princess Alice Hospice, and Rosemany Stark thanked everyone who had been involved, including the very generous households we sang to, with children joining in as well. Our speaker this evening was Tony Drewett telling us about the history of Punch & Judy. Tony was following his father in being a children’s entertainer, and his son Christopher was now also involved. King James 1st was an avid collector of unusual shows, in 1625 giving a Royal Charter, still held by the Showman’s Guild and they are still permitted to carry a Royal Coat of Arms. In 1662 Samuel Pepys recorded seeing an Italian Puppet Show - the name Punch comes from the Italian Punchinello, and it’s possible but not really known, that Judy was taken from Judas. Apparently some old Chinese figures have looked very similar to Mr Punch. Punch has survived because the stories have always been very adaptable to suit different audiences and events over time. Finally we were treated to an entertaining Punch & Judy show by Tony, with the usual cast of policeman, sausages, baby, crocodile, etc. – so there were many childhood memories coming to the fore that evening. No, he wouldn’t tell us whether he had ever swallowed the swazzle! After the break we had our raffle, up-to-date information on coming events with possibly a visit to the tulips at Ripley in the Spring, and news of our many sub-groups and coming monthly lunch. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1st February, when Mary Forlenza will be telling us about Great Lovers. Sandra Brown

Volunteers needed for Leatherhead Art Group We are a Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Working at their own pace in supportive groups, our Members find both relaxation and fresh stimulus, along with the opportunity to make new friends. Our Leatherhead Group has closed until further notice as we are in desperate need of volunteers to help run the Group. The Group usually meets every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm so the Volunteers need to be there to help set up at 1.30pm and clear away, usually finishing around 4.30pm. Not every volunteer needs artistic ability, but you do need to be a ‘people person’ – enthusiastic, and ready to help create a friendly, welcoming environment where members feel relaxed and able to make the most of their time with us. Conquest Art volunteers can rely on the support and encouragement of the Trustees and Charity Co-ordinator. Running a successful art group is a team effort which need a variety of different gifts from organisational skills, artistic experience to someone dealing with the money or making the tea. But most of all we need is your enthusiasm.

Please give us a call and we will arrange for you to visit one of our existing groups to see how we work and what the role all involves. Contact us today on 020 3044 2731 or email Tina at 60

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We play friendly, relaxed Duplicate Bridge every Thursday evening at the Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead. Play starts at 7.30pm and we finish at 10.30pm. Visitors and newcomers welcome.

If you would like to join us contact Frank Sinnock on 01372 722177


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Boost for girls’ sport thanks to local mum

Surrey mum Jane Arnett with Downsend School Headmaster Ian Thorpe and some members of the Ashtead All Stars girls netball club A mum who launched her own girls’ netball team so her daughter had somewhere to play is celebrating as the 220th player joins the now hugely successful club. Jane Arnett founded Ashtead All Stars so her daughter Rebecca and her friends could play competitive sport. The club was so successful, and expanded at such a rate, that she was forced to appeal to a Leatherhead school for bigger facilities. Downsend School, part of Cognita Schools, now hosts the club three times a week, with twenty different teams of girls aged from seven training up to twice a week. Six of the club’s players have also been selected for the Surrey Development Academies. Jane Arnett said, “I’m passionate about getting more girls into competitive sport as it’s such an important life-skill. There were plenty of opportunities for my daughter to do gymnastics or dance - but nothing with a competitive team element, so I joined forces with some other local mums and together we founded the club. It was just meant to be something for the girls at first but it’s grown beyond anything I imagined. Our original courts were always flooding, and we needed more capacity, so I approached Downsend School. I said how much budget I had available and they immediately agreed to let us use their indoor and outdoor netball courts for that amount.” When the club was founded six years ago there were just 18 girls and two teams; now more than 200 girls are signed up and the club has even launched an adult group so older girls can continue playing beyond the age of 16. “We are thrilled that Ashtead All Stars are going from strength to strength, and it’s brilliant to have them here,” said Downsend School’s Headmaster Ian Thorpe. “Cognita Schools are committed to strong sport in all our schools and this is exactly the kind of initiative we really welcome as it gets more girls playing competitive sport. “Girls sport is very strong at Downsend because we champion it from the age of 6. But it can be a struggle to find like-minded schools to play against so it's important we support community clubs like the All Stars. We’re looking forward to welcoming the next 200 members!” 62


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‘Shed Time’ for men - a new look at life

Monday 27th February, St George’s Church, Ashtead

Shed Time is a new, regular forum looking at some of the important issues facing men in the modern world. It’s an opportunity to be challenged, to be inspired and to network with other likeminded men. Despite only being set up last year, the events held have proven consistently popular; each one being better attended than the last. The inaugural evening saw Andy Findley (pictured right) speak about Running a Good Race. Andy is an ultra marathon runner. He used his experience of running the Marathon des Sables ― known as the toughest footrace on earth ― to reflect on how we can be more effective as men. The evening with Ron Bushyager focussed on emotional health; an area men are often reticent to discuss openly or even acknowledge is an issue in their lives. He offered some insights into his work as a professional psychotherapist and gave some suggestions on the theme of being stirred, not shaken. Shortly before Christmas, Justyn Larcombe came to share with us his incredible “riches to rags to reconciliation” story. Justyn, a highly decorated veteran and successful city professional, lost over £750,000 to gambling; an addiction that also cost him his home, his possessions and ultimately his family. Our 2017 agenda focuses on “the year of the man : becoming a better man”. In four sessions we'll explore different aspects of achieving this. The first will be held on Monday 27 February at 7.45pm. Each session is free and open to all men. They are held at St. George’s Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Food and drink is provided.

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Mole Valley WI - January report Meriel Sexton, our President, welcomed members and visitors to the meeting and those with a birthday this month were wished happy birthday! Our speaker, Rupert Matthews, spoke about the History of Buttons – “humble little objects that have underpinned fashion for 600 years”. The Greeks and Romans draped a single piece of cloth 3ft by 25ft around their bodies. Belts, brooches and cords were used to hold cloth around people in 600AD. The oldest buttons dating from 2000BC made from copper were found in a Chinese tomb. The Magyars, pastoral nomads from Eastern Europe, used buttons to secure clothing to keep out the cold. In the 16th century, buttons made from silver gilt, rubies and emeralds belonged to the person not the garment and were reused on a new garment. The Pearly Kings and Queens make their buttons from oyster shells then sew them on to their suits and coats as decoration. The gardening, bridge and book groups are all planning meals out before getting down to a new year whilst the badminton and rambling groups are already in full swing. Our birthday meeting is on 14th February when we will be entertained by Paul Weakly. We meet at Fetcham Village Hall at 7.45pm on the second Tuesday each month and further details can be found on our web site ‘’. Liz White

Proceeds from this year’s Epsom Book Fair will benefit a variety of national and local charities, including Action for Children, The Rainbow Trust, Epsom Food Bank, Hope 4 Malawi, Age UK, Epsom Guide District for their Little Acres Lodge Fund, 7th Epsom Scouts and the work of Epsom Methodist Church. Last year’s Book Fair raised about £32,000 and this year promises to be even bigger and better! 65

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Surrey Cruise Show, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, from 11am.

Saturday 4th

The Children’s Trust Recruitment Open Day, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU, 9.30am-12.30pm. The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and are currently recruiting for a variety of positions including: Registered Children’s Nurses, Care Staff, Therapists and Teaching Staff (Children’s Support Assistants) For these and other opportunities, go to: careers, or call 01737 365880.

Wed 8th

Ashtead Peace Memorial Annual Farmer’s Lunch, 11.45am-3pm, see opposite for details

Tuesday 14th

The Olive Tree at Ashtead Park Garden Centre. Valentine’s Dinner with live music by Johnny Quattro, three course dinner, glass of Prosecco on arrival, and dancing. £32.95pp. Also, Valentine’s Afternoon Tea with pink fizz. Booking for both events essential, call 01372 271188.

Wed 15th & Thurs 16th

River Mole scrub clearance. 10am-4pm. Norbury Park and Young St verge. Meet at Young St car park, by railway bridge, Leatherhead. Volunteeers will carry out woodland management in Norbury Park and scrub clearance on the species rich road verge. For more info call 01372 743783, visit or email

Thursday 16th - Sat 18th

Epsom Book Fair - see previous page for details

Saturday 25th

Old Chapel, St.John’s School, Leatherhead, 7.30pm, Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Nicholas Smith: Schubert - Symphony No.8 The Unfinished; Chopin - Piano Concerto No.2, Soloist Mishka Rushdie Momen; Beethoven - Symphony No.5. Tickets £14 (under 18s & students £9) from 01372 275907

Saturday 25th

Langley Vale Centenary Wood Tree Planting Day, 10am-3pm. Booking essential. All tools and equipment will be provided, but bring a spade if you have one. Refreshments will be available to buy. Under 16s accompanied by an adult. Park at Epsom Downs Race Course, Derby Stables Road, Car Park P2 for mini-bus transfer. For more info/booking please contact or call 0330 333 5302.

Saturday 25th

Surrey Hills Brewery Tours, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, RH5 6AA. 50 minute (£8.50) or 90 minute (£12) tours at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. or email, 01306 883603.

28th Feb, 1st & 2nd March

Chalk Downland Management, 10am-4pm. Car park opposite Nower Wood, entrance Mill Way (B2033) Headley, KT22 8QA. Annual winter visit to maintain species-rich sward. Contact details as for 15th &16th Feb River Mole scrub clearance project.


Ashtead Spring Clean organised by Ashtead Residents’ Assoc - more info next month.

Tues 21st Sunday 26th

Art Exhibition by The Grange, Bookham at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking. 9.30am5.30pm. Beautiful drawings, paintings and prints made by artists with learning or physical disabilities attending sessions in our Creative Arts & Textiles studio will be on display, many for sale. Artists will be on hand for you to chat to. Why not combine with a visit to Denbies coffee shop? More info Tel: 01372 452608 If there’s an event in March that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th February. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events66are correct at time of print.

What’s On?

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Registered Charity 304968

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Farmer’s Lunch - Wednesday 8th February 11.45am for 12.30 ―3pm

Speaker - Mervyn Mewis “Out of our Woods - the Music of Trees” Bar & Raffle

Tickets £10 available from Hall Office: Wed/Thur/Sat 10am-12pm Friday Coffee Morning: 10am-12pm Graham Wood 01372 272077 Rosemary Stark 01372 274870 Proceeds to benefit Hall funds


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Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Neil Bain “Colours of the World”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 1st (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Mary Forlenza ’Great Lovers’. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Wed 1st

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

Thurs 2nd (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 2nd

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Friday 3rd

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.

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Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities. Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Church funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Contact Janine 01372 374914 Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of February services and events leading up to Lent - check out Also featuring Messy Church, Revive and Triumph for the younger generations and Sisters'-getTogethers for the girls/ladies (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. ‘Simple Scones Cream Teas’, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, KT23 4DZ. Simply Scones tea room is run by people with disabilities who are learning catering skills. Come and enjoy freshly-baked scones or cake. £3.50 pp. Booking essential on 01372 452608. Scones and cakes also made to order. Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on Vivaldi in Venice, with live musical performances, showcasing 18th century Venice. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Tylney 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 68

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thursdays 9th & 23rd

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: 9th: Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG, SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4.30PM & 5.20PM-8PM 23rd: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, SESSION TIMINGS: 3.45pm-7.45pm.

Friday 10th (monthly)

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

Fridays 10th & 24th

Oasis, a women’s group for all ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s meets on Friday mornings from 9.15-10.30am at St George’s Church, Ashtead. All welcome for free refreshments and creche. This term’s topic is a fortnightly, light-hearted review of latest news and its relevance for local women.

Monday 13th

(2nd Monday monthly)

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

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm Tuesday 14th ‘Birthday Bonanza’ with entertainment by Paul Weakley. For more info contact Meriel Sexton via email on Wed 15th (monthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Peter Durrant on ‘Fleet Street’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 16th

‘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.

Friday 17th

Leatherhead and District Local History Society lecture. “The Birth, Life and Death of the River Mole” by Professor Richard Selley. 8.0 p.m. at The Letherhead Institute. Coffee served from 7.30. Non-members are most welcome. Admission £2.

Tuesday 21st (monthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Image & History: Art at the Lansdowne Club given by Pamela Campbell-Johnston MA. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707

Thurs 23rd

Music on Thursdays, Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, 3pm. Jan & Ian Assersohn piano 4 hands (music for four expert hands on one piano). Concert follows the 2pm AGM of Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society.

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Thurs 23rd

(4th Thurs monthly)

Thurs 23rd

(last Thursday monthly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Varied speakers. Visitors welcome. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or

Friday 24th

11am and 7.30pm. A History of The Nude. From ancient sculptures to the modern rendition of the nude, portrayal of the human form has been central to art. We will explore what has inspired artists to create nudes for at least two millenia. £10 inc refreshment. 01372 272235 or email to book.

Wed 25th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Linda Dolan on ‘My Favourite English Gardens’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 69

Care Support Assistants (F/T & P/T hrs available) and Specialist 1:1 Support Assistants (F/T) F/T Salary £16,830 pa, 37.5 hours per week (shift work), Leatherhead Care Support Assistants - are you looking to make a difference in the lives of young people with physical and learning difficulties. We are looking for caring individuals to provide a full range of care duties. Specialist 1:1 Support Assistants - in this rewarding position you will support individual clients to develop and increase their independence in all areas of their lives. Experience/Benefits - If you have previously worked in care or are interested in starting a new career, come and join our team. We offer excellent training and we will support you in gaining an NVQ Level 2 qualification (Health and Social Care). We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated individuals with good communication and interpersonal skills. In return we offer generous annual leave, Personal Pension and Health Care benefit.

Contact Karen Perkins, 01372 841302 Visit our website for an application form at Charity no: 251051. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Calling all young snappers! The Leatherhead Rotary Club are calling upon young photographers throughout the Mole Valley area to take part in Rotary’s national Young Photographer competition. See page 63 for details. This year’s theme is ‘Reflections’ and entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three different photos on this theme. Photographs can be black and white or colour and can be submitted by post or email. In addition, each entrant must provide a brief description, in no more than 50 words, of the inspiration for their photographs and how they reflect the theme. The competition is split into three different age categories, 7 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years, with ages taken on 31st August 2016. The closing date for entries is Friday 24th February 2017, with the winning entries from each age category going through to a District Final and possibly even the National Final later in the year!

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House & Garden General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Devoid of spirit or liveliness (13) 7. Cylindrical containers for liquids (7) 8. Collection of maps (5) 9. Void (4) 10. Herbaceous plant also known as the speedwell (8) 12. Reminiscence (6) 14. Two-wheeled horse-drawn covered carriage (6) 16. Indirect (and usually malicious) implication (8) 17. Wading bird of warm and tropical climates (4) 20. Oil-bearing laminated rock (5) 21. Inscription on a tombstone (7) 23. Day before Ash Wednesday, also called Pancake Day (6,7) Down 1. Science room (abbr) (3) 2. Christmas song (5) 3. Plant family which includes the maple (4) 4. Jane ___, English novelist (1775–1817) (6) 5. Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (7) 6. Port and capital city of the Canaries (3,6) 8. Without usual standards or principles (6) 9. Greek mythological man who fell in love with his own reflection (9) 11. Wool of a sheep (6) 13. Mythical being, half man and half horse (7) 15. Season preceding Christmas (6) 18. Name given to a product (5) 19. Habitation for bees (4) 22. Grass used as fodder (3)

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Raising money to help beat cancer

I have recently released a single and donated it to Cancer Research UK in memory of my mum, Mary. In the two years since we lost my mum to cancer, we (myself, family and friends) have managed to raise just over ÂŁ13,000 for the Princess Alice Hospice where she spent her last few weeks. One of the nurses asked if i would write a song for them to release for Christmas but a couple of days later she called me back to say Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics) had asked if he could release "The Living Years" with them. A friend of mine, Avril Saunders, who survived breast cancer and wrote a book on mammograms which she donated to Cancer Research UK, suggested I release a song for this charity to see what we could do.

have had interviews on BBC Radio Surrey, Radio Jackie, Surrey Hills Radio & Meridian FM. Susy Radio added the song to their 'A list' and have been playing it twice a day complete with a spoken intro they kindly asked me to record. Several other stations have also been playing the song but we are determined to increase exposure in order to raise funds for the charity. The video is free to watch on You Tube via and links to download the single on Amazon & itunes are also on our website. I should also like to extend my thanks to everyone who buys, or has bought, a copy of the single and together hopefully we can help beat this awful disease.

Guy Sowdon Zen Relics

I already had a song called "Think Again", which won two international music awards. Many people have been urging me to record it properly and release it as a single, so I thought if anything was going to have a chance of raising any significant money - this was the song. So I recorded the song in my studio at home and with the help of my film maker friend, Jack Soriano (who donated a lot of his own time), we went about filming a video. We shot the 5½ minute film on location on Epsom Downs with live footage in The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower in Ashtead. So far the song has reached #26 on Amazon downloads and I have been lucky enough to 74

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Tech Cauldron Club Receives £2000 from Gold-i Foundation for Innovation Gold-i Foundation for Innovation, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, has awarded a £2,000 grant to the Tech Cauldron Club which helps children and young people in Ashtead and Leatherhead to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in workshops and after school clubs. The funding will be used to purchase educational STEM toys, games and products for a loaning system for club members and to fund a team to enter the IET First Lego League competition next year. The club also plans to allocate some of the funds towards purchasing advanced equipment including a 3D printer to enrich members’ tech learning experience. The Tech Cauldron Club (TCC) is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes technology learning in the local community in an affordable and fun way. It was founded in January 2016 by a group of parents who were passionate about technology and had children who wished to learn more than schools could offer. TCC runs extra-curricular clubs for 8-15 years olds, covering a range of activities including electronics, inventing, science, crafting and coding. Current clubs are at Greville Primary School, Ashtead Scout Hut and West Ashtead Primary School and the TCC hopes to expand into a number of local primary and secondary schools and is currently recruiting helpers to offer STEM to more local children. Venus Bailey, Founder of the Tech Cauldron Club explains “Tech Cauldron was set up to give parents an affordable option to get their children involved in STEM learning and, to be more in touch with the physical technological world, rather than the virtual world. We are so thankful to the Gold-i Foundation for supporting us.” Tom Higgins, CEO, Gold-i added, “As a prominent Surrey tech-based company which regularly recruits technology specialists from within our community, we place a high value on the skills which the Tech Cauldron Club teaches. There are definitely not enough technologists coming through from schools in Surrey and the Tech Cauldron is playing a significant role in enthusing young people about science and technology.”

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 96

The Riverside Club, Fetcham

The building above, was built in the early 1960s (now demolished) was originally called ‘The Riverside Club (Golf Properties Ltd)’. It offered a 280 yard driving range – Automatic tees – a 36 hole putting green and chipping area. It had a Restaurant and a Bar – Locker Rooms and Shower – Ample Car Parking – Coaching by resident professional Harold Whiting. Later Whippet Racing and Car Boot Fairs were held in the grounds. However, time moved on and The Riverside Club became a music venue. It gave many an up and coming 1980s band their big chance. Probably the most commercial among them were The Housemartins, who on the 16th December 1986 had their only UK No. 1 single with a cover version of the Isley's Brothers "Caravan of Love". It was knocked off the top spot by a re release of Jackie Wilson's 1958 hit "Reet Petite" on 23rd December, denying them the coveted Christmas No. 1 single. Punk Band Tenpole Tudor fronted by Edward Tudor-Pole who appeared in the Sex Pistols' film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle and King Kurt a psychobilly rock band formed in 1981 and split up in 1988 also performed there. A compilation LP called ‘Laughing All The Way to the Banks’ by the various artists who appeared there was produced in 1985 and is now a sought after collector’s item. Following the demolition of the Club House a small housing estate was built. Goff Powell

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Water Meters for all? We do not often relate to news stories on water shortages. It seems to rain much of the time. When we turn on the tap there is plenty of water. What is there to worry about? The dangers – shortages of supply, expensive utility bills and harmful carbon emissions – lurk out of sight and out of mind. Here in Surrey, water consumption has fallen slightly over recent years, with current consumption at about the same as during the 2006 hosepipe ban. The number of households with a water meter has doubled in the last 10 years, to over 40%. However, consumption in Surrey remains high, averaging 157 litres per person per day as compared to 142 litres national average, with some parts of Surrey as high as 170 litres. If you take into account the water that is needed to produce the food and products we consume in our day-to-day life (known as embedded water), it rises to about 3400 litres per day! This is quite alarming if you consider that the UK has less available water per person than most other European countries. Showering and flushing the toilet between them account for about half of each household’s water demand, with drinking water accounting for just 4%. As an aside, drinking tap water is far more beneficial for the environment than drinking bottled water. Doing so reduces the amount of plastic bottles heading to landfill – now standing at 38 million bottles every day. So why an article again about water meters? Well since April 2010, our local water company (Sutton & East Surrey Water) has had a policy to install meters (for free) when a property changes hands. This includes both owner-occupier and tenanted properties. It also has a requirement that meters be installed at properties where gardens use sprinklers, or have a swimming pool greater than 10m3 in size with an automatic top-up. All properties built since 1991 should have had a meter installed from the start. But it pays to get one now (for free), for in most households it saves significant money and lowers consumption (a recent survey, suggests about 3% less per person than those without meters). However, by making small behavioural changes and choosing more water efficient products we can save water without sacrificing too much money, comfort, or level of service. Water efficiency is about reducing the amount of water we waste, not restricting what we need. Currently nationwide about 41% of homes have a dual-flush toilet, why not add to that number – for many modern cisterns it can easily be done (DIY) for under £20, and can save 3 litres per flush. You could go one step further and install a water-saving shower head, which can cut water use by about 30 per cent and cost between £25–45, depending on the type fitted. Again they are pretty easy to install. And finally - turn off the tap while brushing your teeth! - A running tap can waste over 6 litres per minute. If the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to do this, it is said that we could save 180,000 tons of water a day. – See more at http:// Barrie Mould For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at or email 82

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Anti-social parking crackdown in Mole Valley Anti-social parking hotspots were targeted in a crackdown on inconsiderate parking causing dangerous situations and unnecessary congestion within Mole Valley. A joint team of Mole Valley’s police, police community support officers, traffic wardens and the DVLA took to the streets on Wednesday 7th December, to speak to drivers, check vehicles and give advice. Richard Hamlin, Mole Valley’s Police Inspector said, “Enforcement action was taken against vehicles committing a number of offences from illegal parking, to no tax, bald tyres, obstructions and excess speed. We also focussed outside a couple of schools in the area where we know that congestion arises. A number of motorists were dealt with at the time and more will be contacted retrospectively in relation to issues identified during the day. “Working in a joint operation like this allows us all to get more out the day and we are pleased with the results. We will be doing this work again as it helps gets the word out to everyone to park more considerately.” Councillor Charles Yarwood, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Property, Parking and Economic Development said, “This day was all about us working together to educate drivers about sensible parking in Mole Valley. “At this time of year particularly, we know people want to get as close as possible to their final destination before they park, we just want them to consider others when doing so. ‘It’s easy to think you are just ‘popping in’ to a shop and will only be out of the car for a couple of minutes, but when your car then obstructs the high street and causes others to drive around your vehicle you are potentially putting others in danger and causing unnecessary, unwanted congestion. Our message is 'Please think of others and park safely and sensibly’.”


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Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) will be revamping the skate park at Kingston Road Recreation Ground (pic above) in Leatherhead this year. The new facilities will challenge and delight skaters for years to come. MVDC is inviting local residents and skate park users to choose their favourite three from a number of preliminary skate park designs submitted by play companies. The first-stage designs can be viewed at Votes can be submitted in person at a number of locations between Monday 6th February and up to 5pm on Tuesday 28th February. The designs and voting slips will be available at the HelpShop in Leatherhead and the Council’s offices in Dorking. The designs will also be available to see and vote on at a series of public drop-ins during February. Locations, dates and times for those drop-ins can be found by visiting Once the voting has closed, the public’s votes will help decide which three designs will make it through to the next stage. The companies whose designs have made it into the final three will be given the opportunity to make amends to their designs, taking into account feedback from the pubic consultation. Residents will then be able to vote once again to choose their favourite design in mid-March. The winning skate park design will be announced at the beginning of April and work will start on the new facility in the summer.


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Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley

Visitors can escape into the warmth of the tropical zone in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley for Butterflies in the Glasshouse, until 5th March 2017. More butterfly species than ever before, including 15 never seen at Wisley, will be on display, including blue waves, giant swallowtails and tiger leafwing. Each of the 50 species offers a visual treat to behold, like the blue wave from Central America, whose sapphire-blue iridescent wings are delicately patterned with white. The giant swallowtail from North America at first looks similar to its cousin the UK swallowtail. It is however, as its name suggests, much larger with a wingspan of up to 18cm (double that of the UK species). Tiger leafwings have amazing camouflage, with tiger-like orange upperwings completely disappear when the wings close, leaving the butterfly looking remarkably like a dead leaf. These free-flying beauties will captivate visitors, as they glide around the cathedral-like building which, for a limited time, will be home to thousands of butterflies from tropical areas of the world such as Central and South America and Southeast Asia. In the tropical zone, the horticulturists have designed an environment similar to a rainforest that mimics the perfect conditions to allow huge leaves and flowers to grow. Visitors will also find banana plants, bromeliads, palm trees and climbers, as well as aquatic and wetland plants floating in the jungle pool. Visitors can take a tour through the world of plants on display and catch a glimpse of the extensive range of wild species as well as garden hybrids and cultivars. There will be myriad vibrant colours to marvel at, creating superb photographic opportunities. There will also be a special sculpture trail throughout the garden leading towards the Glasshouse, created by artist Alison Catchlove. Visitors will get the chance to see Alison demonstrating her extraordinary skills as a sculptor in the Glasshouse Gallery every Friday – Sunday during the event. During February Half Term, 11 – 19 February, there will be a range of free family events focused on Whatever the Weather for Butterflies, with activities varying daily. The Food Hall or Glasshouse café will also be open for refreshments and butterfly-decorated cookies and cupcakes, and the Wisley Gift Shop and Plant Centre will offer a stunning selection of gifts, souvenirs and plants.

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Velvet Underground By Pippa Greenwood

They may be known as ‘velvet coated gentlemen’, but believe me if you have a problem with moles in your garden, it is highly unlikely that you will be inclined to call them anything quite so polite! For years I thought people were over-reacting when moles appeared, but having now come across them in great numbers in my own garden, I too have started to have some rather unfriendly thoughts. So what can you do if all of a sudden your lawn becomes decorated with mounds of finely turned soil, or if plants in your beds and borders suddenly start to disappear beneath soil level as subsidence occurs within the flowerbed, or an entire row of vegetables is excavated from below?

into the soil so that just the neck is protruding. As the wind whistles over the mouth of the bottle the noise and vibrations created may also discourage moles. Very smelly substances can work against moles. It is possible to buy mole smokes which seem to work, in the short term at least. These are rather like fireworks and are inserted into the run where the smoke they produce is unpleasant to the moles. Unfortunately, however, with these and indeed most other smelly deterrents, it is likely that once the smell has subsided the mole will return.

Moles can do a lot of damage to a lawn, largely because that fine soil acts as an excellent seedbed for weeds and is also inclined to make the surface of the lawn rather slippery. If their runs go beneath your lawn or, worse still, beneath flowers in a flowerbed or vegetable plants in your vegetable plot or allotment, then because they tunnel quite close to or in amongst the plant roots, they can occasionally cause the plants to suffer from drought because the soil is no longer in contact with the roots. Often, when the tunnels collapse subsidence occurs, everything starts to topple inwards, and plants can literally fall over.

Traps are available from some garden centres or online stores. In order for these to be effective you must set them carefully, and because the moles are very aware of human scent it is essential that you wear gloves when setting them up, so you never actually touch the trap with your hands. The trap needs to be correctly set or else there is a risk that the mole could suffer a lot before it dies. Some gardeners find traps work well but I must admit I know many who have found that they don’t seem to do the job, as it is very difficult for a non-expert trap setter to get it right!

Moles can sometimes be deterred by highpitched sounds or vibrations. To this end you could try inserting children’s windmills over the mole infested areas, as the vibration that passes down these into the soil is often said to send moles scampering away. It is an inexpensive and relatively decorative solution AND I’ve seen gardens where it really does seem to work. Similarly, you can try plunging glass bottles

Perhaps the most effective means of control is to hire in help by employing a mole catcher. Many of these specialists have worked with moles for many years and


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ineffective and indeed I will never forget once seeing a molehill which appeared directly around the base of one of these gadgets in a friend’s garden - so they are not a method I recommend.

are adept at trapping them. Since they often charge only on the basis of moles caught, it need not be too expensive a process either. Moles do eventually decide to go elsewhere, and although this does not imply that your garden will then remain free of moles, if the problem has been very bad one year it may not be quite so severe the next.

If all else fails, and attempting to look at this problem in a positive light, it is worth bearing in mind that incredibly finely turned soil can be useful and many gardeners I know, including the wonderful ‘grandfather of gardening’ Geoffrey Smith, used the soil as a medium in which to grow an excellent crop of seedlings!

It is sometimes said that the plant caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyrus) will deter moles. I have never found that this has any effect whatsoever, but it does seem to work for some gardeners and as the plants are fairly attractive it is worth giving it a try!

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