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


Cats Protection - Give a cat a home


Surrey Hills Onward Learning


Recipe 2 - Turkey, Leek & Mushroom Pie


Want to run but need support?


Surrey’s celebrity leftover cookbook


Recipe 1 - Turkey Frittata


Children’s Page


Review of the year - quiz


How to spot a hibernating hedgehog


Census collectors recruitment drive


Super duper science facts


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


What’s on?


Tradition started by Vaughan Williams


Surrey CC Buy with Confidence Scheme


Leatherhead Theatre


December crosswords solutions


Polesden Lacey needs volunteers


January large & gen knowledge crosswords


Spot the difference


MV Police column


WEA Courses 2011


‘Hub’ opens in Epsom High Street


When the snow came - a story


Transition Ashtead


Digital camera for QEF


‘One strike’ to lead to loss of benefits


Winter first aid advice


Gardening: common snowdrop


Andy’s Blog


Gardening: Winter flowering irises


Crossword 1


Book reviews


Meredith’s Memories


Useful numbers



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From the Publisher


appy New Year to you all and I hope you had (or are having) a lovely break. I think we all deserve to put our feet up from time to time, I’m a great believer in being kind to one’s self - hence no new year’s resolutions for me - life’s tough enough as it is without setting goals (achievable or unachievable).

At the time of writing, our recent heavy snowfall has melted and we are awaiting our next spell of sub-zero weather. I have to say that I do love the snow, but, as an advertiser said to me the other day, ‘I love it when it comes and I love it even more when it goes’! I know exactly where she’s coming from. I think most adults love it as much as children do, but only for a day or so, then the reality kicks in - the shops are decimated, trains and buses stop running, the streets are treacherous to walk on, appointments are cancelled, post doesn’t get delivered, everything just closes down, which isn’t very funny when you’re trying to run a business or need to travel to work. However, that said, the sight of children and adults sledging down the slope in the horse field at the top of Barnett Wood Lane a few weeks’ ago was very amusing and looked like great fun. The horses looked a bit confused though... My partner Matthew and I always try to organise a few social events in January rather than to try and fit everything in during the couple of weeks coming up to Christmas, which is always hectic. I find January is a great time to meet up with friends as it’s always such a quiet time for most people and diaries are not so full. These little ’soirées’ also serve to cheer up what can be a rather dreary month after the excitement of Christmas and New Year. 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 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. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2011. 01372 376420

St John Ambulance sent through their winter first aid advice and I have popped this onto the middle pages for you to pull out and keep, especially if we are in line for more of the same weather that we had at the beginning of 2010. Wildlife Aid tell us how to spot a hibernating hedgehog and what to do if we find one wandering around looking a little ‘lost’ - page 66. For those of you who are thinking of taking up running, my friends Nicky and Alan at Run to Live are continuing with their well-known running groups, using their walk-run technique, suitable for absolute beginners, page 16. I bumped into one of their ex-novices at the shop in Barnett Wood Lane, who has now caught the running bug and, when I saw him, had just finished a five mile run, despite telling me that he was a true ‘couch potato’ in the past! Nice one. As ever, lots of new businesses have joined this month, these are all nestled within the magazine in their respective ‘categories’ and are looking forward to receiving your custom, as indeed are all my regular advertisers who have helped to ensure that this magazine is one of the most well-read and anticipated in the area. Thank you.

Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 © Cover design/photography by Andy Newbold 01372 383018 6

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The Big Society - a new era? The “big idea” for the Government is “The Big Society”. As a concept it offers many attractions and is very much in keeping with the ethos of the Association. It also appears to have the potential to be an idea of its time, as the Government is forced to face unpleasant realities in public finance and reforms the operation of local government but aims to maintain priority services. The concept seems to have struck a chord with many and it is difficult to fault the desirability of tapping into the reservoirs of goodwill and skills in our society through voluntary effort for public benefit. Many already provide their time and skills to provide voluntary assistance in many worthwhile endeavours, so why not build upon it?

I envisage that this ambitious approach will face some significant obstacles, even in a place which in many respects should be ideal. The ability of communities to respond positively will vary, depending upon a variety of factors. Ashtead should however be well placed to make a positive contribution. There is a long tradition in the Village of voluntary activity though many organisations, of which the ARA is one. Many residents have great affection for our community and I am certain that, despite the increased demands of modern life, there are many who would be prepared to offer their help, should suitable opportunities be presented.

Increased responsibilities and a wider range of activities will require greater involvement and The Coalition’s “Programme for Government” commitment by community groups. We have stated that: already experienced a significant increase in “The Government believes that it is time for consultations, which can be a time consuming a fundamental shift of power from task. These proposals are therefore likely to Westminster to people. We will promote place a significantly greater onus upon the decentralisation and democratic engagement, voluntary sector and community groups. and we will end the era of top-down government by giving new powers to local The practical implications of these proposals councils, communities, neighbourhoods and will take some time to emerge. They should individuals.” however provide excellent opportunities for more residents to be directly involved in the At the time of writing this article the development and operation of our community. Government is due to launch the Localism and If some involvement may appeal to you, Decentralisation Bill, which will detail how it please let me know envisages facilitating and supporting local (, as we initiatives. The purpose of the Bill however will are starting to plan for what could be a be to: “devolve greater powers to councils challenging and rewarding new era. and neighborhoods and give local communities control over housing and ARA Telephone Number planning decisions.” More specific objectives included in the Queen’s Please note that the old number 279944 is no longer available, as following unsatisfactory speech were to: • Return decision-making powers on housing discussions with BT we have decided that we can no longer use its services. and planning to local councils. • Give residents the power to instigate local The new number is 07733 621614. referendums on any local issue and the power to veto excessive council tax Paul Le Versha increases. Chairman • Provide greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. 8

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Financial Planning and Wealth Management Charlwood Leigh has been based in Leatherhead for over 40 years advising a wide range of personal and corporate clients on how to manage their assets, save tax and protect their families. We would welcome the opportunity to meet you and discuss your affairs in confidence. Our first meeting will, of course, be at our expense.

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New Year Resolutions Someone described a New Year Resolution as something that goes in one year and out the other. Hopefully, though, a resolution to acquire a new skill has a more lasting outcome. Why not make this the year when you learn something new - to use a computer, make digital photographs, write creatively, learn French... Surrey Hills Onward Learning offers all of these opportunities – and more – at the Leatherhead Institute and Ashcombe School, Dorking. If the ‘great outdoors’ appeals to you, we have vacancies in our evening classes in Gardening - Beds and Borders or Vegetables and Salads; and a new Geology class is starting on Wednesday afternoons studying the characteristics of the rocks and minerals that create our landscapes. Or if you prefer the ‘great indoors’, we have vacancies in Art History (Spanish Art on Tuesday evenings, Northen European Art on Wednesday mornings), in Local History, and also in Bridge (for those who have some knowledge of ACOL and the principles of bidding).

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Reviewed by benh on 20th July 2010 From start to finish, we found dealing with Cairds a pleasure. Any issues arising were dealt with swiftly, even if they were not really within the remit of an estate agent. In an industry which doesn't have the greatest reputation, we found Cairds to be a breath of fresh air!


Reviewed by Tony Stockhausen on 13th July 2010 Excellent service throughout.


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Extremely professional and friendly service received from the minute I walked into the office as a prospective seller/buyer. They really go the extra mile and are a pleasure to deal with. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone thinking about selling their house.


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Want to run, but need support? Here at Run to Live we love running for lots of reasons. You know the obvious benefits from running such as an increase in fitness, help in strengthening bones and weight loss (if that's what you are looking for). But, do you know about the 'other stuff' such as help from depression, stress relief, building self esteem and most importantly having fun? Interested? Then we are here to help. Run to Live offer a fully structured and supported 10 week program giving you the opportunity to go back to running school and learn how to run. It sounds silly, of course you all know how to run, we just make it simple, teach the basics, give you lots of support, encouragement and enthusiasm. You also get the benefit of our mistakes and advice to get you up to three miles as safely as we can. The course is suitable for absolute beginners. We follow a gentle walk-run system, gradually decreasing the time walking and increasing the time running. The next courses are: Course 19 Mondays 10th January to 14th March 2011 - 7.15pm Course 20 Fridays 15th January to 18th March 2011 - 9.15am All beginners courses are 10 weeks long and are led by experienced personnel. The cost is ÂŁ35 per 10 week course and booking is easy, just contact Nicky on 07855 926714 or to register your interest now. 0845 2638801 16

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Word processing & colour laser printing services, established in Ashtead since 1993 letters | mailshots | leaflets | flyers newsletters | envelopes/labels | reports tables/charts | presentations | spreadsheets


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Recipe of the month # 1 Quick and easy to prepare, this recipe uses up your leftover turkey and vegetables. Try adding some leftover ham/gammon as well.

Ready in 15 mins Serves 4 • 350g leftover vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, carrots or sprouts • 175g leftover turkey, a mixture of brown and white meat

• 30ml (2tbsp) vegetable oil

1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan. Chop all the vegetables into bite-sized pieces no bigger than 2cm. Tear or slice the turkey into bite-sized chunks. 2. Add the oil to the hot pan, then the vegetables and turkey. Sauté over a medium heat for 3-4 mins or until the vegetables begin to crisp and are piping hot. Crumble in the stuffing.

3. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper, then pour into the pan. Season with salt & pepper. Stir gently for about 1 min or until most of the egg has set. Shake the pan to level the surface and cook for 3 mins until the base is golden and top almost set. 4. Pop under a hot grill and cook for 1 min or until the top has set. Scatter over the parsley and serve hot in wedges.

• 6 large eggs, beaten • 50g leftover stuffing, crumbled • Handful of parsley to garnish


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It’s snow problem for SmartCare! Offering ‘brrrr… illiant’ service in all weathers... What makes a good care agency? Ask 100 different people, and you will probably get 100 different answers! One thing everyone tends to agree on however is ‘reliability’. There’s no point employing the services of a carer if you are unable to rely upon them when you need them the most. The recent weather we have been experiencing is a fantastic example of this… after all, it’s in conditions like those we have been experiencing recently that people are at their most vulnerable. At SmartCare, our carers have battled the elements and been in attendance at all appointments. It’s not been easy but with some careful planning (and a highly dedicated team) it has very much been a case of ‘business as usual’ during the snow and freezing weather… which is exactly as it should be. Taking simple steps such as fitting snow chains to our vehicles and carrying the necessary equipment means we have been able to maintain our service. We’d therefore like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone for going the extra mile in difficult conditions. And if you are looking for a ‘reliable’ agency, then you’ve come to the right place!

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Caring for those you care about • Integrated social activities programme • Deferred Payment Plan

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Shops & Services Recruitment campaign launched for 29,000 Census Collector roles

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One of the largest current campaigns in the UK has begun as recruitment gets underway to fill over 29,000 temporary part time and full time vacancies to make the 2011 Census a success – and we need your help!

• Spring Cleans • End of Tenancy Cleans

A total of 35,000 people will be required to deliver the census, which will take place on 27 March 2011. The majority of vacancies are for Census Collectors who contact householders to collect completed census questionnaires and assist where required. Over 29,000 of these roles are available in 2,000 locations across England and Wales.

• Drive & Patio Cleaning • Ashtead based family run cleaning business serving the local area since 2005 • All work is covered by both Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance • At First Choice we take great pride in all work undertaken and believe that our strength lies in offering a friendly, flexible and totally reliable service

These roles provide flexibility around working hours – there is the choice of working 15, 25 or 37 hours a week, so individuals can fit the work around their current commitments.

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There are still vacancies for Census Coordinators to lead and motivate a team of approximately 15 field staff and for Special Enumerators to deliver questionnaires to organisations such as care homes, hotels, prisons etc. and help with their completion. These are great opportunities to earn some extra cash close to home, as well as helping out the local community. Information from the census will be used to make important decisions around future policies, planning, services and funding for local communities for years to come. There are a number of ways you can help with recruitment: · if you are looking for extra work, particularly during the evening and at weekends, register your interest and apply at · tell your friends and family and direct them to

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Only one day after the closure of the High Street consultation, Rod Shaw of Mole Valley District Council was able to give us an initial report on the survey. Whilst there were a few more returns to be processed, it appeared that only about 340 returns had been made. When you remember that the potential number was about 80,000, this is really a quite insignificant return rate. Of course this is not a decision making survey, so much as an opinion poll on some of the questions which appear to divide the community. Never the less there were some common themes, and a few people had introduced some new ideas.

replaced with those from the inside, then a set of similar slabs could be fixed on the inside which might not match the exterior ones, but which may therefore be a bit cheaper. Our Leatherhead South councillor, David Sharland also suggested that as some of the marble slabs had already fallen off, it might be worth bolting the rest of the panels into position before they fell off. One can only applaud this common sense suggestion which seemed to have passed by our technical advisors. So now we must await the outcome of the officers’ attempts to thread the various wishes into one or more rational programmes for the future development of our Town. Perhaps we can then get a higher approval rate, or will apathy still silence the wishes of the Townsfolk?

This survey has to be read in conjunction with the results obtained from the traders who were interviewed face-to-face. This had produced a more representative return, which will have to be taken with appropriate loading to that of the residents’ survey.

Hubert Carr Chairman

Nevertheless, the aspirations of the townsfolk will now have to be distilled into a coherent plan for both the short-term and long-term future of the Town. Discussions with the various stakeholder organisations seemed to concentrate on the very short term. In particular the ‘waterless feature’ at the crossroads - as it once was. For many, the burning issue seems to be the repair of the marble cladding, and the degradation of the paving. We were told that it would cost some £10,000 to repair the marble wall facings. Against the background of the long term question of whether the feature should be retained or not, the debate appeared to offer little. However after some probing questions, we were told that this budget cost was probably on the high side to give the officers a comfortable cushion, and that it need not all be spent. It was agreed that the broken slabs need not be replaced with identical marble, but that if the outer damaged slabs were 34

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


With the Candlelight Orchestra Saturday 8th January 7.30pm

Tickets: Adult £19.50, Friends/Groups £17.50, Children £9.50 Early Bird tickets prior to 31st December: Adult £18.50, Friends/Groups £18.50, Children £9 This popular programme will feature some of the most famous and well loved music by amongst others, Johann Strauss II and Franz Lehar, including highlights from The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus and The Land of Smiles, performed by acclaimed Candlelight Orchestra featuring guest soloist from Candlelight Opera

PRIDE & PREJUDICE Wednesday 12th January

1pm and 7.30pm

Matinee Tickets: Adult £10 and Children/Students, £8. Evening Tickets: Adult £15 and Concessions/Friends, £12 Chapterhouse Theatre Company present Jane Austen’s most enchanting and romantic novel as a splendid evening of theatre that will surely melt your heart this winter. Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company as we meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters. Whilst their interfering mother engineers various courtships, sisters Elizabeth and Jane must pursue their own quest for true love.


Saturday 22nd January


Tickets: Adult £13, Child £11 and Family £44. Early Bird family ticket: £40 before 31st December Station Officer Steel has booked a surprise guest star to perform at the festival, it’s a big secret. With so much to plan and prepare Norman Price and Mandy Flood are told to stay out of mischief but Naughty Norman is determined to find out who the secret superstar guest will be... at any cost. The Hero next door is back, ‘rock on’ down to Pontypandy to join in all the fun.


Saturday 29th January


Britain’s got Talent star Hollie Steel will be performing alongside some very talented youngsters at the Leatherhead theatre. Hollie will perform show stopping numbers from Oliver, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Fame, Westside story, My Fair Lady and many more.



Tickets: Adult £15 and Friends £12.50 The International Harp Ensemble is the largest harp ensemble of its type in Europe which comprises Britain’s finest young talent. The ensemble will perform works from classical to modern with incredible passion, perfection and energy. A beautiful sight and sound not to be missed. With a special guest appearance from the dynamic and talented dancers from “Dance Shack”. 38

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Fun & Varied Exercise Classes Pilates Please contact for info on Pilates Mat Class one-to-one studio or group sessions

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Volunteer Coffee Morning

Saturday 29th January 10am-12pm The Volunteer Coffee Morning is an opportunity for people to find out how they can get involved. We have approximately 600 volunteers here at Polesden Lacey already involved in everything from room stewarding, gardening, retail to estate management, driving the shuttle bus, marketing, accounts, dressing up as Father Christmas… The place could not function without them! We are also involved in a project to look at ways of expanding what we offer – eg one-off volunteering rather than regular commitments and also options for families to get involved etc. In return we offer the chance to learn new skills, make friends, social events (including free Christmas lunches which are happening this week!), endless cake… There is also a Polesden Volunteer Club which meets regularly.

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WEA Courses for 2011 For your 2011 diary there is a fantastic range of courses, covering all manner of diverse and fascinating subjects, such as:

- People of the Portsmouth Road with Jenny Goldsmith

Looking at life and lives over time along this busy road of communication

- European Cathedrals With Keith Hasted

Discovering their splendour

- Making Friends with your Computer - Digital Image Editing Manipulation - Putting your Digital Images to Work All three courses with Terry Pullen

- Wild Habit Walks in our S.E. Area With Peter Creasey

One visit near the South Coast (first meeting in the Barn Hall, Bookham)

- Weather

Gordon Tripp

- Central Asia

Brochures with further information can be found in all local libraries, the Old Barn Hall (Bookham), Letherhead Institute, Leatherhead Helpshop, by telephoning Joy tapping on 01306 713355, or contacting the website: If you are looking for something different on which to spend your Christmas money, or have some spare time during the day, why not attend a course, taught in an informal, friendly and stimulating environment by well-qualified Tutors. If applying, and on means tested benefits, then the course may be free.

With Guy Arnold

- Modern Architecture & the Olympic Age With Keith Hasted

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Medieval Europe Current & International Affairs Philosophy British Prime Ministers (20th Century

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Looking at our Solar system

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Health & Beauty


When the Snow Came Ruth knew it had been snowing as soon as she woke up. Perhaps it was the subtle change in the quality of light from behind the bedroom curtains? Perhaps it was the slight chill in the air? A more likely explanation was the piercing high pitched squeal of joy from her youngest child.

waved to Mr Murray before going to the kitchen to tidy breakfast away and wash the floor. She had just finished and was about to sit down when Daniel and Sarah flung open the door, dumped wet clothes and wellies and demanded food. Ben emerged, still in his dressing gown and Sam called out for a cup of coffee.

The world seemed to grind to a halt when the snow came. The school was closed, the car wasn't going anywhere and Ruth had to resign herself to a housebound day with three children and a husband. Sam was going to work from home so the computer would be fully occupied and the children would have to be quiet.

'Mr Snowball', Daniel and Sarah's snowman stood proudly outside their house. His head was significantly too large for his body but his pebbled smile was resolute. It was a valiant effort and Ruth tried to ignore the fact that her new red scarf was draped around his fat neck. The family were summoned to admire the masterpiece but as they gazed out of the window, gravity got the better of Mr Snowball and his oversized head toppled to the ground leaving only the trace of his smile in the snow.

Sarah and Daniel shovelled down some breakfast and raced outside to build a snowman. Ben was still in bed. He had woken briefly, looked out of the window, grunted "Cool" and disappeared back under the duvet. This time last year he would have been out with his siblings but the onset of puberty had muted his enthusiasm for any physical exertion first thing in the morning.

Sarah and Daniel mourned the decapitation of Mr Snowball but were soon distracted from their grief by hot chocolate, biscuits and a DVD. Ruth did some ironing and Ben disappeared back to his room to a world of 'Facebook' and 'You Tube'.

The younger two children were busy constructing an ambitious but slightly lopsided snowman at the front of the house and Ruth watched them as they laughed together. She could see neighbours clearing snow from their driveways and reminded herself to check on Mrs Parkes at number 43. Mrs Matsby from number 41 brought out a steaming cup of coffee for her husband, brushed the snow from her bird table and loaded it with several neatly cut portions of bread. Peter Clarke from number 40 was setting off on a shopping expedition. He left with a determined stride, a rucksack on his back, a fetching bobble hat on his head and two long ski poles.

After lunch, they all decided to go and re-build Mr Snowball. Even Sam was going to join them before he cleared the driveway. They found gloves and boots and made their way outside. Sarah gasped. It was a miracle! Mr Snowball was back together again. He had healed himself! His head was a perfect sphere, Ruth's red scarf was neatly tied round his neck and his pebbled smile was victorious. Daniel was baffled but mocked his younger sister for her naivety. Snowmen couldn't heal themselves! He loved a mystery and immediately started to look around for clues. Sam and Ben started a snowball fight and Ruth went to check on Mrs Parkes at Number 43. She gave Mr Murray a wave and a smile as she went past and he responded with a wink. Mr Snowball stood majestically in the front garden. His smile was steadfast and protruding from his mouth was a rather handsome wooden pipe.

Ruth's favourite neighbour was Mr Murray from number 46. He was a lovely man who smoked a pipe and had a twinkle in his eye. He had a strong spade and would always clear the junction at the end of the road so that cars wouldn't skid into any oncoming traffic. He didn't have any grandchildren of his own and a box of Quality Street would appear on their doorstep a couple of days before Christmas with a note wishing the children a 'Happy holiday and a full stocking..." Ruth gave a thumbs up to the children and

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Leatherhead Decorative Fine Arts Society presents digital camera to QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services Chris Evans, former Chairman of the Leatherhead Decorative Fine Arts Society (DFAS), officially presented a state of the art Canon 450D Digital SLR camera to Claire Bonfield and Joel Morrison, clients at QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services Brain Injury Centre in Banstead on 18 November 2010. DFAS is a charity that supports local organisations with creative projects and provides funding for equipment they are unable to afford. The art department at the QEF Brain Injury Centre needed a digital SLR camera for clients to use for their art work. Two clients attended external short courses to study studio photography at SCOLA in Sutton and have already been able to make use of the camera. Joel Morrison (left), Claire Bonfield (centre) QEF clients receive the cameras from Chris Evans, former Chairman of the DFAS

Eileen Jackman, Principal of QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services thanked DFAS saying, ”Our clients will make very good use of this beautiful camera, especially with their Photoshop projects and their work in support of external courses at SCOLA.”


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St John Ambulance winter first aid advice Last winter - not so very long ago really St John Ambulance 4x4 crews played an important role in providing front line first aid where traditional ambulances were unable to reach casualties. We are on the alert now and have also prepared some first aid tips for people to use if they come across an emergency and help might take some time coming. How to differentiate between a sprain and a fracture Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a strain/sprain and a fracture, they all can be painful, tender and swollen. If you are unable to bear weight on the limb, if there is any obvious deformity or have any doubts about the seriousness of the injury then always seek medical advice.

hospital as it may be something more serious such as a bleed on or within the brain. If diagnosed early and caught early most head injuries are very treatable. This is why learning what to look for on a first aid course is so important How to spot signs of hypothermia and frostbite Hypothermia and frostbite are rare but it’s useful to know the symptoms. Hypothermia develops when the body temperature falls below 35°C (95°F). The effects vary depending on the speed of the onset and the level to which the body temperature falls. Moderate hypothermia can usually be completely reversed.

Symptoms include: − Shivering and pale, cold, dry skin. Fractures need to go to hospital, but − Disorientation, apathy or irrational beforehand, you should make sure the behaviour; occasionally belligerence. injured person is kept still and the break − Impaired consciousness or lethargy. supported with your hands or by being − Slow and shallow breathing. bandaged (in a sling if an upper limb break, − Slow and weakening pulse. or bandaged to the uninjured leg, if a lower − In extreme cases the heart may stop. limb break). In the case of a sprain it can be treated using the RICE procedure (Rest, Ice, make Comfortable and Elevation). The injured part should be rested and supported and, if a recent injury, an ice pack should be applied to reduce swelling, make sure that the ice does not come into direct contact with the skin. Apply a comfortable support to the injured part with soft padding held in place with a support bandage, finally support the limb ion a raised position to help minimise bruising. What to worry about if you hit your head Most head injuries are minor and involve a headache which improves with rest and painkillers. In some cases the headache can worsen, there may be nausea, confusion, strange behaviour – immediately or within 48h. If this happens they should go to

Treatment If someone has been brought in from outside, immediately replace wet clothing with warm, dry garments. They can be rewarmed by bathing if they are fit, young and able to climb into a bath unaided. The water should be warm but not too hot – about 40°C (104°F). Put the casualty in a bed and ensure that they are well covered. Give them warm drinks or high energy foods such as chocolate to help rewarm them. With frostbite the tissues of the extremities – usually the toes and the fingers – freeze due to low temperatures. In severe cases, it can lead to a permanent loss of sensation and, eventually, tissue death (gangrene) as the blood vessels become irreversibly damaged. 48

If possible move them into the warmth before you thaw the affected part. Gently remove rings, gloves and any other constrictions such as boots. Warm the affected part with your hands on your lap, or under the casualty’s armpits. Rubbing the affected areas must be avoided as this can damage the skin and other tissues. Place the affected part in warm water at around 40°C (104°F). Dry carefully, and apply a light dressing of fluffed-up, dry gauze bandage. Support and raise the affected limb to reduce swelling. An adult may take two paracetamol tablets for intense pain. Take or send them to hospital. Warning - DO NOT: − put the affected part near direct heat − attempt to thaw the affected part if there is a danger of it refreezing − allow the casualty to smoke.

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity. We believe that nobody should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it. Yet every year, up to 150,000* people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live. St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference. * Using death registration data from the Office of National Statistics, 2008 (for England and Wales), April 2010.

Surrey St John Ambulance has six 4x4 vehicles currently in action supporting the ambulance service, enabling patients and casualties to be reached where normal ambulances cannot go. For more information about first aid advice or courses please call 01483 450000 or visit

If someone has become hypothermic over a longer period of time, owing to being in a cold house for instance, then it is important to warm them slowly. The elderly and very young are particularly vulnerable. Cover the person with layers of blankets and warm the room to about 25°C (77°F). If the casualty is conscious, give a warm drink such as soup or chocolate. Call for emergency assistance and keep an eye on them until the ambulance arrives.

The Café

at St George’s, Ashtead

How to avoid exacerbating respiratory problems due to the cold At this time of year, especially with the weather conditions the way they are, some people that suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma and bronchitis, will suffer more than most. It is important to follow the guidance given to you by your GP. If you have to venture out then make sure you have any medication you might need, such as inhalers, with you. If you notice your condition getting worse, then consult your GP as there may be other underlying conditions like a chest infection for example.

Visit our Café at St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Open to all from 10am-2pm, Mon-Fri,

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Meredith’s Memories Meredith - Plumber My first job when I left school was as a junior shop assistant at Moulds departmental store in Leatherhead High Street. At that time my father was busy developing his building business in Ashtead. In his wisdom he thought it not fitting that his sons should drift The site of Moulds, Leatherhead into the family firm without finding their own job and the experience of working for another employer. So when his time came, my brother John served his carpenter’s apprenticeship with Champions, whose joinery works then stood where now is the Brewery public house car park.

text books such as, for instance, the highly skilled art of lead beating. So, with much guidance and patient oversight from Fred, I learned much of the necessary know-how for everyday plumbing. Another indelible memory is of the first call I had to deal with a burst lead pipe. My plumber’s mate

My second year at Moulds was spent serving in the builders department which proved useful information in the coming years when I left to join the workers on the Worsfold firm. As the ‘new boy’ I did all kinds of work, getting the feel of things and helping where needed and looking for the way forward. I did quite a lot of painting and decorating which I always enjoyed and kept my hand in throughout my years with J Worsfold Ltd. I can distinctly remember the first time I lined a ceiling, walking the plank with both hands over my head holding the pasted folded paper and brushing it into position on the ceiling as I felt my way across the room.

on that occasion was my uncle, who was a bus driver, he knew as much about plumbing as I did about bus driving. I approached the job with some trepidation, armed with blowlamp, moleskin wiping pad, plumber’s solder and various other tools, and eventually ‘Meredith Plumber’ came away satisfied with mission successfully accomplished! The word plumber comes, of course, from the Latin word ‘plumbum’ for lead. Big changes are about to come, these were the last years of lead and iron as the basic materials for domestic pipework. Plastic and copper tube will soon be the normal materials for such purposes. Meanwhile... it is now 1941 and time to leave civvy street. RAF, here I come,

We had a skilled plumber on the staff at that time and the work interested me. I learned all I could from Fred Bailey. It is normal to serve an apprenticeship to learn all the skills of a plumber, not a thing you could ever learn from

Meredith - Instrument Repairer

Mr Meredith Worsfold was born in 1922, and still lives in the village of Ashtead and has written two books on the village entitled ‘Ashtead The Street in the 1920’s’ and ‘Meredith’s Memories - Recollections of Ashtead Village and Other Stories’ 54

Meredith Worsfold in 1930

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Jaffa & Jodie

Pretty and sweet natured, they are a gentle and shy pair of 1 year old sisters who adore other cats. They would require a calm environment, and time and patience to allow them to gain confidence. Given the right caring owner, they are sure to become lovely companions. No young children.

Please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307if you wish to know more about Jaffa & Jodie, or our other cats Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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

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Recipe of the month # 2 Leftover Turkey, Leek & Mushroom Pie This filling pie, packed with tender turkey pieces and fresh vegetables, makes a heartwarming family meal. Ready in 45 mins Serves 4

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2tbsp vegetable oil

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500g (18oz) diced, cooked turkey 2 leeks, washed and thickly sliced 150g (5oz) button mushrooms, wiped and quartered 15g (½ oz) butter

1tbsp plain flour 300ml (½ pt) milk Chicken stock cube Black pepper Pack ready-made puff pastry Little milk and beaten egg for glazing

1. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7). Heat oil in a frying pan and fry 2.

3. 4. 5. 6.

the leeks and mushrooms for about 10 mins until softened and slightly caramelised, add cooked turkey and thyme leaves. Meanwhile. make a white sauce: melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the flour, stirring well with a wooden spoon to make a paste. Cook for 1 min. Pour over the milk a little at a time, whisking continually until you have a thick sauce. Crumble in the stock cube and season with pepper to taste. Mix the turkey and vegetable mixture with the sauce and pour filling into a deep pie dish. Grease the edges of the pie dish with a little butter. Roll out the pastry and transfer to the pie dish to make a lid. Trim the pastry from around the edges and press down to seal. Brush milk or egg over the pastry to glaze it. Prick it with a fork and place in the oven at 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7) for 15-20 mins. The pastry should be risen and golden brown when you take it out. Allow the pie to stand for 5-10 mins, then serve with a simple boiled vegetable accompaniment. 58

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Ashtead Art Lovers would not be growing without The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thank you Zen, for such a great magazine. Mell Fraser

Pepe Estevez looks forward to welcoming you to his renowned Italian restaurant

Pre-Xmas Promotion Mon-Fri (Monday 6th-Friday 24th Dec inc)

Set Lunch - £19.50 - Three courses Set Dinner - £21.50 - Three courses

Christmas Lunch

“The Rotary Club of Leatherhead is very grateful to the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for its ongoing support and promotion of the club's community and fundraising activities, which has generated a great response from across the area." Simon Edmands, Rotary Club of Leatherhead

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New Year’s Eve Dinner £57 - Four courses

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For a genuine relaxed and informal Thai dining experience, Surachart Thaweesin (Paul) and Phiwnaul Suebsang (Au) and family would like to extend a very warm welcome to you from Thai Pinto, their family-run Thai restaurant in the very heart of Leatherhead. All of our dishes are prepared using locally sourced ingredients where possible, spices and herbs essential to the unique flavour of Thai cuisine are imported directly from Thailand from our specialist London based importer. Our Head Chef, Patchanont Wetchapakdee (Nont) can boast many years’ experience in the art of Thai cooking and has worked in some of the finest hotels in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. Thai Pinto also offers an excellent takeaway service. We can cater for private parties in your home. The restaurant is also available for private hire, please contact us for further details. Please look out for our monthly specials, these include classic Thai dishes as well as more modern contemporary styles of Thai cuisine.

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Determination The New Year is usually accompanied by resolutions, dreams and wishes and a determination to succeed in all…and if you believe you can, you will…STAY focused and do not allow the obstacles to distract you or to act as a reason to give up. Below are some determination quotes to motivate you when the obstacles appear too challenging and the reasons to give up are countless! You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George Lorimer “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe “Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” H. H. Swami Tejomayananda “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak” Thomas Carlyle “What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our wishes? Lots of things, and it may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen.” Fred Rogers “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.” Tommy Lasorda

Will you look back on life and say, “I wish I had”, or “I’m glad I did”? Louise White LCH.Dip T. 01372 801951 M.07946 564556 E. 60

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Surrey’s first celebrity leftover cookbook A football legend and a Strictly Come Dancing winner are among the stars to contribute to Surrey’s first ever celebrity leftover cookbook. Match of the Day presenter and ex-England captain Gary Lineker and celebrity dancers, Camilla Dallerup and Flavia Cacace have given their leftover recipes to the free publication as part of Surrey Waste Partnership’s campaign to reduce food waste. The book, ‘Why not give your leftovers a makeover’, is part of the campaign to encourage residents to reduce their food waste. Ten celebrities have backed the Love Food Surrey campaign by each offering a leftover dish. Featured TV Chef Prue Leith said: “Eating up everything or not wasting the leftovers is not just good for the economy and the environment, it is also very satisfying and makes you feel happily smug!”

To get your free copy of the limited edition celebrity cookbook, send an A5 stamped addressed envelope (1st class - 66p/2nd class - 51p) to Love Food Surrey, County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2DN , or visit to download an electronic copy. 62

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We want you to have peace of mind when you leave your children with us, knowing that they will be loved and cared for in a friendly, safe and cheerful environment. • Ch Children ildren from 3 months-5 months-5 years years • Le Lear arning ning environment environment of the highest highest ca calibre libre • Fa Family mily va values lues and atmos atmosphere phere You are very welcome to visit us; us; please telephone tele phone to arrange an appointme appointment. nt. We look look forward to giving you and and your your child the support support you you deserve and and may need when combining com bining work and and parenting. parenting. Liz Chambers, Managing Director BEd. (Hons), Cert. Ed., Dip. SLD, P.P.A., O.U. (The First Years of Life)

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How to spot a hibernating hedgehog... At this time of year, if you are out and about in your garden or walking in the countryside, you may well encounter hedgehogs curled up and motionless. Many people in this situation assume that these hedgehogs are dead – but chances are they are just hibernating! Wildlife Aid founder Simon Cowell MBE admits that if you don’t know what you are looking for, it can be hard to tell if a hedgehog has died, is unwell, or is just having its winter sleep. “I can understand why some people aren’t sure, as a hibernating hog has a very slow heartbeat that isn’t easily detected – and sometimes doesn’t seem to be breathing at all,” says Simon. “In the last few days we’ve already had four hedgehogs brought into Wildlife Aid by members of the public who were concerned that these animals might be dead or dying. It is good that people are so concerned but in most cases there really is nothing to worry about.” Simon adds, “if you see a hedgehog that is still up and about at this time of year, and scurrying around, then that is when you’d be right to be concerned! By now, all hedgehogs should be in hibernation and if they’re not then there is something wrong. So, if you find a hedgehog in your garden in the middle of winter and it’s moving around then our advice is to pick it up carefully, take it indoors and weigh it. This is the best way to tell its condition. A healthy hog should weigh over 600g. Any less is a bad sign, especially below 500g. That’s when you should call Wildlife Aid and arrange to bring it in to us to be examined.” The volunteers at Wildlife Aid have long experience of caring for sick and injured hedgehogs – releasing them into the countryside as soon as they have recovered and are ready to go back to the wild. The charity helps any and all species of wildlife at its Leatherhead animal hospital based in Randalls Road, and gives advice to the public on what to do if you find a sick or injured wild animal.

Check out the charity’s website or call the helpline on 09061 800132 (calls charged at 50p per minute).



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WHAT’S GOING ON IN JANUARY? Enjoy a gentle ramble across the wider Polesden Lacey estate to work off that Christmas pudding! Prebooking recommended, but please pay on the day. £4. For booking or further information, call 01372 452048

Saturday 1st

For the first time the house at Polesden Lacey will remain open at weekends for special 8th-9th, 15thsneak peek tours. Discover the secrets behind life at Polesden Lacey, past and present, 16th, 22nd-23rd, and learn about Mrs Greville’s famous collection. Tours must be booked on arrival and 29th-30th (also will take place at various times throughout the day. Normal admission prices apply. weekends in Feb) For further information, call 01372 452048

Saturday 15th

Dorking Concertgoers - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Grzegorz Nowak Weber Ov. Der Freischütz Brahms Double Concerto violin soloist Gabriel Ng cello soloist Irene Enzlin both students from the Yehudi Menuhin School Dvorak Symphony No.9 "From the New World" . Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets £12- £27, Students half price; Children under 16 quarter price. Info & tickets:,, 01306 740619 & 01306 881717

Tues 25th Saturday 29th

The Leatherhead Operatic Society presents The Full Monty - The Musical at the Epsom Playhouse. 7.30pm-10pm If you enjoyed the film you will love the musical. Tickets £18 from Society Box Office (07787 870012) or Epsom Playhouse (01372 742555 / 742227) . Concessions are available for Seniors and groups. More info:

GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. For more routes and information please contact Richard Jeffries on 01483 534706, or email

January Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Monday 3rd

Epsom Common, 4 miles, meet 9.45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park on B280, KT18 7TR (Mainly flat, but can be muddy)

Monday 10th

Mon 10th – Buckland, 5 miles, meet 10am near shops in Buckland, RH3 7BB (Cross the lower part of North Downs Way)

Tuesday 11th

Kingswood, 8½ miles, meet 10am at Margery Wood NT car park, Margery Lane, KT20 7EJ (via Banstead Heath towards Tadworth)

Thursday 20th

Burford Bridge, 3½ miles, meet 10am at Rykers Café car park, A24 north of Dorking, RH5 6BX (Hilly walk including North Downs Way)

Friday 21st

Epsom Common, 4 miles, meet 9.45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park on B280, KT18 7TR (Mainly flat, but can be muddy)

Friday 21st

Epsom Common, 4 miles, meet 9.45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park on B280, KT18 7TR (Mainly flat, but can be muddy)

Wed 26th

Milton Heath, 4½ miles, meet 10.15am at Milton Heath CP, off A25 Westcott Rd, down the lane signed ‘Bury Hill Fisheries’, RH4 3JT (Explore Dorking)

January Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Tuesday 11th

Box Hill, 13 miles, meet 10am at Rykers car park, A24 north of Dorking, RH5 6BX (Challenging)

Tuesday 18th

Earlswood Lakes, 15 miles, meet 10am at Earlswood Lake car park, RH2 7QB (Easy)

January Guided Nordic Walks (bring your own poles) Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended

Wed 12th

Denbies, 4½ miles, meet 10.15am at Denbies Vineyard car park, off A24 north of Dorking, RH5 6AA (From Denbies towards Norbury Hill) 70

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or Bunth Bunthorn orne’s e’s Br Bride ide By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Performances at:

The Leatherhead Theatre

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March

and The Borough Hall, Godalming, 22nd to 26th February

Musical Director: Robin Wells, --- Stage Director: Pat O’Connell


Patience is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most acclaimed comic operas satirising the aesthetic movement in England in the 1870’s and ‘80s. Lovesick maidens, resplendent Dragoon Guards and the odd poet or two all combine to provide a delightfully humorous story of love and rejection.

Evenings at 7.30pm Saturday Matinees at 2.30pm

Society Box Office 01252 703376

For Leatherhead also from the Theatre 01372 365141 or

Cycling in a winter wonderland If you’re a keen cyclist and fancy a challenge, why not come on a guided cycle ride on Tuesday 11th January? Meet at Rykers Café car park on the A24 just north of Dorking for a ride that takes in Norbury Park and Ranmore Common, and is suitable for experienced off-road cyclists. GO50 cyclists are a hardy lot - and they’re a friendly, welcoming group, so you’re sure to meet new friends. The GO50 programme from Age UK Surrey aims to introduce people in the 50+ age group to a healthier lifestyle and the benefits of regular exercise. Socialising as you exercise adds significantly to the beneficial effects. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, fight depression and defend against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. All our cycle rides are free (although a suggested donation of £2 would be very welcome, with all donations going directly towards maintaining the programme). An experienced volunteer cycle leader will greet you when you arrive and lead the way. There’s no need to book – just turn up.

Join in, get fit and have fun! Contact Richard Jeffries on tel 01483 534706 or email for more details. 71


Ashtead WI, APMH, 7.30pm. Mr C Read - Treasures from a Victorian Rubbish Dump. Visitors welcome, for info contact Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thursday 6th Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, (weekly) Doris Gibson 01372 374160. Thursday 6th Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham (mthly) Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2.50 Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844 Day Centre Luncheon Club, arrive 10.30-11am, lunch served at 12.30pm, £3.50 per Thursday 6th visit. Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Some vacancies currently exist. (weekly) More info from Mary Fenton Jones 01372 276042 Friday 7th (weekly)

10.30am -11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. From homemade cakes to homegrown plants and lots more. Refreshments served. Christmas Market Thursday 23rd.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10am-12pm. The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now featuring Christmas stock of haberdashery (fabric, ribbons, stickers) and beautiful greetings cards. (Not 24th or 31st)

Friday 7th (weekly)

Coffee morning serving home made cheese and fruit scones. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in the 1980’s to raise funds for APMH maintenance and provide a friendly venue for people to meet friends, new visitors always welcome.

Mon 10th, Thurs 13th or Thurs 20th

But Is It Art? Looking at 15 images & who & why they were created. Perhaps knowing more about a painting or sculpture will make you change your mind about loving or hating these. 7.30pm: £10 inc refreshments. Tel: 01372 272235, email

Mole Valley Police "Ashtead Focus Group Meeting", Ralli Room, APMH, 7pm (approx one hour) An opportunity for local residents to raise Police related issues. The Monday 17th meeting following January’s is to be held on Monday 21st March 2011 at 7pm. For more information, please go to the Mole Valley Ashtead page of Surrey Police’s website: Friday 14th

January Walks Sat 1st Sat 15th Sat 22nd Sat 29th

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am - 12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free entry. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac and much more. Winter walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. 1-2 hours, 2-4 miles, dependent on weather. Donation to charities. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on Sat 1st 10.30 am West Humble Station. Sat 15th 10.30 am Top of Woodlands Rd Effingham Sat 22nd 10.30 am Meet at Leatherhead Library Sat 29th 10.30 am Mill Way CP opposite Nower Wood Headley

If there’s an event in February you’d like mentioned, please contact me before Wednesday 12th January All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 72

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Out of Africa A not-to-be-missed evening. Ashtead Choral Society will provide an exciting evening of music inspired by Africa. Take a journey through Africa with works by the late David Fanshawe and a moving Mass arranged by Guido Haazan providing the magical African harmonies. Be intrigued by an African Drumming Ensemble and Balafon playing by Victoria and Chris Hurn. The Missa Luba, an African Mass is a version of the Latin Mass based on traditional Congolese songs. Arranged by Father Guido Haazen, a Franciscan Friar from Belgium it was first performed and recorded in 1958 by a choir of Congolese children from Kamina. In African Sanctus the Latin Mass is juxtaposed with live recordings of traditional African music, which the composer had recorded himself between 1969 to 1975 during a journey up the Nile. The choir will be joined by a rock band, African drums and the composer’s favourite soprano soloist, Maria Kesselman. Jane Fanshawe, the composer’s widow, is hoping to attend the concert and to give a short talk on the background to African Sanctus.

The concert to be held in St Martin’s Church, Epsom on Saturday 15th January will commence at 7.30 pm. Tickets for this amazing concert, which include interval refreshments, are priced at £12 and can be obtained from the ACS on 01372 275369 or at the door on the evening of the concert. Seats are unreserved so please arrive in good time. 73

Don’t get stuck in the cold this winter The cold wintry days and nights can take its toll on the house boiler, and finding a trader that is fair, honest and reliable to do the job can be quite difficult. Don’t get stuck in the cold if your boiler breaks down and you need a trader to help. Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards team run the Buy with Confidence scheme, which brings together hundreds of businesses from across Surrey. These businesses have been certified by your local Trading Standards team to ensure they work in a fair, honest and reliable way, so you don't get ripped off.

She said: “I contacted Trading Standards when I realised my father had been frequently writing £3,000 cheques to builders. The builders wrote the cheques out for him and he signed them. Because of his poor short-term memory he had no idea how much they had been paid or what for.

For details of traders you can trust, please visit:

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Top tips for avoiding rogue traders: • Never hand over all the money to a tradesman before the work has been finished. • Make sure you get references first hand from local residents that have used traders before. • If you receive flyers through the post from local tradesmen, always do further research before you decide to employ them. • Never accept work from a trader who knocks on your door. • Use the Buy with Confidence website. Buy with Confidence lists hundreds of traders from electricians, plumbers, gardeners and even car services. The scheme also lists traders specialising in smaller jobs for under £75.

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN New Year Message from Mole Valley Police This can enable a would-be thief to “fish” the keys off the table or hook by using a simple implement inserted through the letter box.

Firstly, we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. 2011 brings new and demanding challenges and changes for everyone and Surrey Police is no exception. Some planned moves of officers will be taking place from this month and we hope you will wish your previous officers well in their new roles, as well as welcoming their replacements into your community. PC 2175 Jason Woods will be moving from Ashtead to cover the Goodwyns, Chart Downs and North Holmwood area. He is being replaced by PC 3239 Fran Davey, who is moving across from her previous role in Leatherhead Town. PC 2188 Chris Lewis will be moving from Goodwyns, Chart Downs and North Holmwood, to join PC 2056 Gaynor Grout in Leatherhead Town.

If you have a garage, always make sure your car is parked and secured in it overnight. If the garage is directly attached to your house, you should ensure that the connecting door is secure and locked and treated in the same way as an external door.

Never have anything containing your registration, name or address attached to your car keys. This makes it far too easy to identify the purpose of the keys.

Use, or consider investing in, a good home security system. Again, it is worth making enquiries with several firms before deciding on what type of system is most appropriate. Also, you can call on the free advice of our Crime Reduction Advisor, PC Mike Bessent, who is happy to conduct a home security survey of your premises and provide you with impartial, expert advice to consider. Mike can be contacted on 01483 637410 or by email to

Report any suspicious activity to the police.

There will be handover periods, where the officers can work alongside each other to gain experience of their new areas but the aim is that the moves will be completed by March. Also, in an effort to keep you informed about changing trends in how crimes are being committed, we welcome this opportunity to provide you with some up-to-date information about car-key burglaries.

Modern cars have very sophisticated locks, immobilisers and other security devices and this means that the only way to start the vehicle is to have the key. The following advice will help prevent you becoming a victim of this crime:

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Tel: 01483 630809 To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999

Thieves are selecting cars they want to steal from outside houses. They will look for any opportunity to steal keys that are left hanging up in the kitchen or hallway or left on a flat surface - and will actually target them. It is therefore vital that householders hide their keys from view. Many houses have glass panels in the front door, where visitors can see into the hallway. Please remember this when choosing a location for any items of value, including the keys to your car.

Your local team can also be contacted by email to

A common place to keep car keys is just inside the front door on a table or hook. 80

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‘Hub’ opens on Epsom High Street An advice centre run by disabled people and carers for the benefit of disabled people has opened its doors. Volunteers at the Epsom Hub, set up with the help of Surrey County Council, will promote disabled people's independence by helping them make more informed choices about the care and support available to them. Michael Gosling, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The county council is committed to making sure disabled people get the help they need to lead their lives how they want. This new centre is further proof of our determination to promote greater choice and independence and our aim is to open many more across Surrey. “Organisations run by disabled people for disabled people really put the focus on individual needs because those who receive services are best placed to give advice and information about the support that is available to others. Whether help is needed with direct payments, the blue badge scheme or mobility equipment, the hub volunteers are on hand to draw on their experiences to give valuable guidance and information.” Liz Gallacher, a volunteer at the hub, said: "All volunteers are specially trained to advise on a range of issues. We have already helped a lot of people, offering confidential advice and often ‘signposting’ them to the relevant information source or agency that can provide the support or information they need. Also, many people who care for a disabled person, are unaware of their rights and the benefits they may be entitled to and we are able to help provide information about these."

The Hub is at 131 Epsom High Street and is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm. Call 01372 744479 or email Alternatively visit the website at

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Transition Ashtead

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Recently, two of us from Transition Ashtead attended the ‘Environmental Groups Biodiversity Conference’ organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust. Sadly over the last fifty years there has been a significant drop in our wildlife species, mostly in the countryside. Urban areas and local environmental groups are becoming more and more crucial in helping maintain and enhance habitats so wildlife can thrive and survive in the UK. High on the agenda was how urban communities can create not only more diverse habitats, but also make wildlife friendly ‘living corridors’. In Ashtead we are very lucky to have Ashtead Common and Ashtead Park, but there is much scope across the whole village to improve habitats and make better links between them. One of the reasons for the decline in hedgehogs is not the lack of gardens, but the increasing use of solid fences instead of hedgerows to define our boundaries (the clue is in the name – hedgehogs!). Small mammals and reptiles need to be able to get around safely, unseen by us and predators, to forage for different food and to roam around to find a mate. They need safe corridors of wild habitats to use for their homes and ‘transport system’. Just think how vital our roads and train system is for us - our wildlife needs to get around too! We are lucky to have a lovely pond at the heart of our village, and it’s great to see the new arrival of two young swans, the heron, ducks and coots (or moorhens - I am no expert!) We would like to know what other native wildlife you have seen in the pond over the last year. Unfortunately, terrapins are also living in the pond, which is disastrous for wildlife. They have probably already chomped their way through many fish, dragonflies, frogspawn, and newts, but they can even eat moorhens and ducklings. Are there any other ponds in the village? Have there been any in the past, which are now silted up or covered over with trees and plants? We need to do some detective work, digging into the history, and talking to older Ashtead residents to find out what the village environment was like 50+ years ago. Since 2007, Natural England has been mapping the UK for Traditional Orchards (5+ trees). They have done this with aerial surveys, with volunteers following up their findings on the ground. Traditional Orchards provide particularly important habitats for wildlife - as many as 1800 species can be found in them, including, for example, the rarely-seen Lesser Spotted woodpecker. If you have an orchard in your garden, please let us know. So how good is our village for wildlife? How can we make it better? To address these issues, Transition Ashtead plan to start an environmental group. Its first job will be to survey our green spaces. If you have a passion for Biodiversity and the environment, start the New Year by getting involved with this new group! Please contact me on the number below. Caroline Cardew-Smith 07768 806201

For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Fiona on 07766 976866 or email 84

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‘One Strike’ Action will lead to loss of benefits for fraudsters

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Council is set to crack down on benefit fraud with new ‘one strike’ action. People who claim benefits could lose some or all their benefits for four weeks if they fail to give accurate and full information when they submit a claim or fail to report any change in circumstances.

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Mole Valley District Council has implemented the government’s ‘one strike’ policy that means people who commit benefit fraud could now face having their entitlements withdrawn if caught.

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Benefits that can be withdrawn or reduced include, but are not limited to, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Pension Credit.

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The sanction affects fraudsters who have been prosecuted, issued with a formal warning under caution, or received a fine, for offences committed after April 1, 2010. Any second offence within a fiveyear period could result in benefit payments reduced for up to 13 weeks. Mole Valley District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance and Assets, Councillor Ben Tatham said, “We hope these new arrangements will act as another deterrent to stop individuals committing fraud. Already fraudsters run the risk of being taken to Court and having a criminal conviction against their name, receiving a fine and having to repay the benefit that they have already incorrectly received. Now anyone caught and found guilty of committing benefit fraud will immediately receive a drastic loss of income on a range of benefits for four weeks. I hope this shows that benefit fraud simply does not pay.”

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If you suspect someone of committing benefit fraud in Mole Valley, please phone the Fraud Hotline on 01306 879284, where you will be able to speak to a trained investigator. All calls are strictly confidential and your identity will remain anonymous. Mole Valley District Council is committed to helping those in genuine need access services that will help them. 86

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Common Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis Many people’s favourite flower, the well-known snowdrop is widely celebrated as a sign of winter ending and the arrival of spring. William Wordsworth dedicated an entire poem to the “Chaste Snow-drop, venturous harbinger of Spring”. Snowdrops are not a native plant to Britain and were probably brought here in the early sixteenth century. Since then, they have naturalised themselves in woodlands and can grow in spectacular abundance in some areas. It is forbidden to collect bulbs from the wild as the plants are now endangered in their non-domestic habitat. There are about twenty species of snowdrop. Reaching between 7-15 cm tall, they produce their dainty white and green blooms between January and April depending on climate, location and species. ‘Giant’ snowdrops are actually a completely different genus called Leucojum. Their common name is Snowflake and they are much larger and flower in spring or early summer. The perennial, herbaceous snowdrop grows from small bulbs that should be planted ‘in the green’. This means the plants will rarely grow if you just plant the bulb. Instead, new plants should be divided carefully from existing clumps while the leaves are still showing but after the flowers have died down. 88

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Familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it may breed carelessness. Some of the best flowers in my garden are under my very nose, yet I cannot see them for looking. When I consider how beautiful are the flowers of the ‘Algerian iris’, Iris unguicularis, and how easy it is once established, I feel ashamed to have it in only one place in the garden, giving it scarcely a thought from one end of the year to the other. Until it comes into flower, when for a brief moment, I realise how lucky I am. I think the Algerian iris is easily overlooked because it’s one of those plants that requires so little attention from the gardener. It comes from countries in the Mediterranean, so is accustomed to hot dry summers, and cool, wetter winters. It emphatically does not need a rich soil. Provided you can find, or make, an area of infertile, gritty, preferably limey soil in a south-facing border (say against the house wall), you have solved its cultivation problems more or less permanently. If it does not flower well one year, it is more likely to be because the summer before was dreary and sunless than because the clump is overcrowded. So what is it like, this paragon of beauty thriving on neglect? It has flowers between 5 and 8 cm across when fully open, at the top of 15 cm, smooth stalks. Inside, the three ‘falls’ (the petals which curve over) are hairless, light purple, but with delicate mauve feathering on a 90

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Book Reviews alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed. If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.

Men from the Boys Tony Parsons £7.99 The final episode in the trilogy that began with the millioncopy bestseller Man and Boy”. Harry Silver is settled and happy. But can it last? Life is good for Harry Silver. He has a beautiful wife, three wonderful children and a great job as producer of the cult radio show, A Clip Round the Ear. But Harry is about to turn forty and his exwife is back in town. Soon it could be time to kiss the good life goodbye… When Harry's 15-year-old son Pat moves out, Harry's perfect life seems to be falling apart. Into the chaos of Harry Silver's life stroll two old soldiers who fought alongside Harry's late father in The Battle of Monte Cassino in the spring of 1944. Will these two gallant old men help Harry to reclaim his son, his family, his wife and his life? And can they show Harry Silver what it really means to be a man?

A Kind Man Susan Hill £10.00 Susan Hill proves once again that she is one of our very best storytellers in this transfixing parable of greed and goodness and an extraordinary miracle. Tommy Carr was a kind man; Eve had been able to tell that after half an hour of knowing him. There had never been a day when he had not shown her some small kindness. The birth of a daughter, Jeannie Eliza, crowns the young couple's happiness - just as her shockingly early death casts them low. In some ways it is no wonder that one of them falls ill, for grief takes its toll, and one Christmas even Eve's sister Miriam is remarking that Tommy looks unwell. But what happens next is entirely unexpected, not least for the kind man.

Jerusalem: the Biography Simon Sebag Montefiore £25.00 Jerusalem lies at the centre of the world, the capital of three faiths, the prize of many conquerors, the jewel of many empires, and the eye of the storm of today's battle of civilisations. But the city lacks a biography. It lacks a secret history. Simon Sebag Montefiore's epic account is seen through kings, conquerors, emperors and soldiers; Muslims, Jews, Christians, Macedonians, Romans and Greeks; Palestinians and Israelis; from King David via Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, Herod, Caesar, Cleopatra, Jesus and Saladin, to Churchill, King Hussein, Anwar Sadat and Ariel Sharon. In the course of its history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 timesThe extraordinarily rich history of this small city in the Judean hills forms nothing less than a history of the world.

Peter Rabbit Finger Puppet Book Beatrix Potter £7.99 This simple counting book with a soft finger puppet of Peter Rabbit will really help adults to bring the pages alive. The Peter Rabbit puppet is cleverly stitched into the book so it can’t get lost, and is integral to every page! A great fun read to share with very young children.

Shades of Grey Jasper Fforde £7.99 A brand new tour de force from the author of “The Eyre Affair”. Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an

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Issue 63, January 2011. Never underestimate the importance of community.