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


DEBRA Surrey Cycle 2013


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


GO50 activities


Andy’s Blog


Local history article


The Samaritans


Artists support Teazle Wood campaign


Quiz - Review of the Year


Transition Ashtead


Gala dinner in aid of SAVI


Give a cat a home


Junior youth voice leader elected


Update on Ashtead Kids’ Club


Quiz - Wars


What’s on in January pages 68-73


Fairly Good Parents - a story


Leatherhead Community Association


The Brigitte Trust


Leatherhead Xmas Festival photos


Support for the elderly


Ashtead Xmas Shopping Evening photos


Warden required for almshouses


Mole Valley Police Column


Simple crossword


RHS courses and workshops 2013


Book review


Gardening - wrap up for winter


Recipe - venison casserole


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ere we are, and, without wishing to sound like John Lennon, another year over and another just begun. 2012 for me has not been the best of years, lots of sad news to contend with but, as they say, always face the sun and you will never see the shadows. I am very much looking forward to 2013 and putting this year behind me. That said, a great deal of good has also come out of 2012, I am delighted to hear that a lot of the charities that appear in the magazine have had good support from local people, who have been wonderful and have helped raised thousands of pounds to help disadvantaged people both at home and abroad, and for that we must be grateful. As always, there are many charities needing our help, but this January with a slightly different slant, with volunteers needed, namely for The Samaritans (p.16), The Brigitte Trust (p.32) and the Volunteer Centre based in Leatherhead, Dorking or Epsom (p.84) along with Polesden Lacey in Bookham (p.69). So if you find yourself with spare time on your hands and would like to help others, then take a look at those pages and see if any fit the bill. If you’re after something more full-time, then I received a call from Sylvia Sharland a few days’ ago saying that one of our local charities is looking for a Warden for their almshouses, see page 36. Diana Carr of The Leatherhead Community Association asked me to print an article about the amazing variety of projects and activities that they arrange, and also to ask whether locals would like to subscribe to the LCA. Diana’s article can be found on page 74. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Andy Newbold kindly sent through some images of the Leatherhead Christmas Festival held on Saturday 1st December (p.76) and I also received some photos from Richard Elphick and the team at Jackie Quinn of the Ashtead Shopping Evening held on Tuesday 4th December (p.78). Really nice images of two wonderful local events held each year which will no doubt cheer us up. Once again, I have been asked to judge the Denbies Bacchus Award. It is so sweet of them to ask me and I do thoroughly enjoy looking at the stunning pieces of art. After the judging, myself and the other judges are treated to a lovely lunch in the restaurant - always a winner with me! The Bacchus Art Exhibition - this year’s theme ‘Patterns of Nature’ - will be open from 11th-20th January. Denbies is always such a nice place to visit, whether it is to view their latest art exhibition, enjoy a meal, visit their extensive gift shop or buy something from the newly opened ‘Village Greens’ Farm shop, it’s a great place to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life.

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 What will Ashtead look like in 20 years? As we take stock of the recent approval for the new Tesco store, your thoughts might turn towards how much control we have over how our village develops. The Localism Act came into force a year ago and aims to give more power to the community to decide how an area evolves. With ever increasing targets for new housing being set can we afford to sit back and let other people decide our village’s future? Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) is a group which has come together to create a plan for Ashtead. The point is that we would rather have our say in how and where our village changes than leave it to MVDC Planners. A certain amount of new housing must be delivered in the Mole Valley area by 2026 with new targets to be set thereafter. This increase to the number of houses is directed towards the main built up areas of Dorking, Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham with the rest from the other villages. We cannot be sure exactly how much of the new housing will be allocated to Ashtead or where the new housing will be built. For this reason it is important for us to take the proactive step of creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) which will help to protect, and even improve the character of our village. We won’t just have a free rein. MVDC and Surrey County Council already have plans and designations already laid out which act as a national and local planning framework. An NDP for Ashtead must comply with the existing framework and policy. These constraints are actually all fairly sensible and are there to protect the important spaces such as the recreational areas and the green belt. Essentially there are two types of development which can occur in Ashtead; in-filling, where part plots are combined to build houses or flats or new developments at

the edges of the village. But where? And, how much? These are the questions ACV will seek to answer by engaging with the residents, businesses and organisations in Ashtead to put a plan together. Firstly we need an Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum, which is a group of about 50 people from a broad cross section of the community. A public meeting will be held on 15th January 2013 at 7:30pm in the APMH where Planning Policy Manager Jack Straw will make a presentation on the issues that affect planning in Ashtead and ACV will explain the Forum and how producing an NDP is done. On 9th February, the first Forum will be held where a representative group of residents will begin to discuss the plan and continue to do so at least once every three months. The major work on the plan will be done by members of the Ashtead Community Vision working group, with Forum members reviewing and giving feedback on the plan. Once the plan’s at draft stage, there will be an opportunity for Ashtead residents to give feedback via a public consultation. This process will continue until it is deemed that the plan should be put up to a referendum which would happen at the time of a local or general election. This is a once in a generation opportunity, wholeheartedly supported by the Ashtead Residents’ Association. John Busby ARA committee member and ACV member

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The Leatherhead Residents Association is busy trying to understand the implications and mechanics of setting up a Neighbourhood Council. Bookham is already well on the way with its Neighbourhood Forum and Ashtead Is also taking some tentative steps. People there feel that unless they set up some sort of group with governmental backing, then many important decisions relating to health, housing and educations will be taken for them by officials who have no real knowledge of the area. At present, MVDC has its own Local Plan but some of the services it provides could be undertaken by local volunteers and officials from each of the subsidiary areas. Other services would, of course, have to remain under wider control. By altering the controls, it is hoped that some of the costs could also be reduced.

Reflections on the past for the future

We hear our Declutter Workshop reached far more than those attending. Our posters, and articles galvinised many into action. We know because they kept telling us how many bags had been taken to charity shops. With Spring just around the corner, you may be thinking about Spring Cleaning and decluttering. It emerged at our workshop, that one of the reasons we hang on to things is we're not sure how or where

to recycle them, but don't want to put them in the bin. The message came loud and clear from QEF, 'Don't dump, Donate! We can make money from just about anything you don't want!' A handout on just where to get rid of your waste was produced, so if we have some grey days, and you have a mind to do some clearing, after Christmas/ New Year is the perfect time. If you'd like our comprehensive list, click on Declutter Workshop useful information click here for our website page 'Waste & Recycling' then click on link for Declutter Workshop - useful information .

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report of her middle son and then had to persuade Daniel to behave angelically whenever her cousin visited. Sam’s flat mate from university proved to be the best godparent, as far as the children were concerned and Ben and Sarah were always jealous of their brother. ‘Uncle Tim’ was an unreliable but extremely generous godparent. He would forget birthdays almost every year but would often surprise Daniel with a generous gift or a day out somewhere. Tim had never married and worked for a film company, spending a great deal of time in America. He was cool and Daniel idolised him.

Ruth and Sam had found it easy to choose godparents for their eldest child, Ben. All those years ago, they decided that Ruth’s brother, Sam’s best man and Ruth’s chief bridesmaid would fulfill the role perfectly. When Daniel arrived two years later, Sam’s brother, Ruth’s cousin and Sam’s flatmate from university days seemed to fit the bill.

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Ben was given a jumper from his uncle, the computer game he was hoping for from his mother’s bridesmaid and a strange looking a red and orange blanket thing, which had arrived in the post from Brazil and smelled strangely of guinea pig.

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Sarah was given a similar jumper to her brothers and yet another pink doll, this time with crying sound effects.

The children’s uncles didn’t feature in any godparent comparison because they treated their nephews and niece equally and all three of them were given presents.

Daniel’s attention had been drawn to the battered parcel covered in American postage stamps, which had arrived a couple of days before Christmas. All eyes were upon him as he unwrapped his gift. His elder brother turned a sickening shade of envious green when he saw the smart white ‘Apple’ packaging inside. Uncle Tim surely couldn’t have sent him an IPhone? Daniel tore away at the paper with incredulous excitement and held his breath with anticipation as he opened the box.

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His exhalation of breath was explosive with disappointment. The accompanying explosion of laughter from his elder brother only magnified his dismay. Uncle Tim had forgotten again but Aunty Audrey had remembered and sent him her love from her holiday in New York. Inside the box was a model of the Statue of Liberty, carefully wrapped in tissue, together with a children’s guide to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, on the upper west side in Manhattan. Ruth tried to not to laugh as she reminded her children that they had to write thank you letters to all their godparents, as soon as Christmas was over.

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Warden required for Ashtead Almshouses The Trustees of Ashtead United Charity are looking to recruit a Warden for Fielding House, Maple House and The Haven, general duties are as follows:1. 2. 3. 4. 5.



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Collect and bank weekly contributions when necessary. Check regularly on emergency alarm and fire alarm system and record in the log book. Oversee the use of the laundry room and collect the money for the use of the machines. Visit less able residents daily in case help is required. In cases of illness call doctor when necessary. The Warden is not called upon to undertake long term nursing care. Help may be given with the occasional meal if a resident is unable to manage, but not to provide long term catering assistance. In case of illness/accidents inform

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relatives and designated Trustees. Essential shopping may be undertaken if a resident is unable to manage. Arrange for any empty flat to be cleaned before a new tenant takes up residence. Report any defects to the buildings and grounds to the appointed surveyor. Minor repairs be organised by the Warden , e.g. tap washers, light bulbs and other light maintenance work.

The water rates and heating for the flat will be paid for by the Charity (ÂŁ405 per month). The Warden will receive an honorarium of ÂŁ280 per month for their services and a contribution towards their telephone bill of ÂŁ55 per quarter. The Warden will have to pay for their own electricity and Council Tax. In addition the Warden would be entitled to 4 weeks' holiday per year.

Please contact Sylvia Sharland on 01372 274795 or mobile number 07913 562355 for details.


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Having a wireless broadband connection has changed the way we use computers and the internet with the advent of Tablets, internet connected TVs, games consoles, music players, connected home devices, netbooks and the likes. In most cases you will have a wireless router provided by your broadband provider which connects to your telephone line, however the range of this is limited and it may not reach, say, your children’s bedroom where their PC is situated. The solution here is quite simple, for about £80.00 you can buy a 2 piece kit which plugs into your household mains. One part is plugged in where the router is located and a cable connects to the router, the other part is plugged into the bedroom where you are experiencing connection issues, and voilà.

The limitations are that the range across the mains will run to about 50 meters, and you cannot simply roam from one wireless zone to another. You have to log in to each “network” when you change your connection- this is not difficult, but can be a fag. An alternative is to repeat your existing wireless signal- with repeaters costing £40.00 they are a good value solution, but can be fiddly to setup- also in larger properties you may need quite a few devices to get full coverage, which can prove costly and untidy. The final option is a managed wireless solution; you will see this type of product in hotels, schools or large office blocks. The installation consists of one unit which “manages” the slave wireless devices, with the slave units located at strategic locations to provide you with a full, roaming wireless coverage. As this is a more bespoke system we would happily carry out a wireless survey and recommend the best solution based on this information. Naturally we can provide, install and commision all of these products to ensure you have a complete wireless infrastructure to cater full for your needs. This guide was written by Les Beer from TecRes, who have been providing computer sulutions since 1989, how can we help you?. For further information please call 01372-370300 or email


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Dear Diary...

Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Belle De Jour Publisher: Grand Central Publishing It’s a growing problem: graduate unemployment. What do you do when university loans and soaring rent become too much and you need to find a way to make ends meet? Belle hits on a new and rather unorthodox get-rich-quickscheme that fits perfectly in with her London lifestyle. It’s not for the faint-hearted but if it’s titillation you’re after then there are observations and shock events that will have you laughing your fishnets off. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ and by Sue Townsend The teenage Adrian Mole is unfailingly satirical, tremendously funny and completely loveable. This is one of the most memorable diaries ever and it’s oozing, like a giant zit, with teenage angst. Will he ever discover the delights that lie hidden under Pandora’s Janet Reager slip? Children will read this and both look forward to and dread adolescence in equal measures, whilst adults will be able to reminisce over first having a girl in their bedroom. I’d insist the door’s propped open if I were you.

Imagine 365 blank pages: a brand new year of opportunity stretching before you. 2013 will be full of ‘dear diary’ moments and to kickstart your new year’s resolutions of self-improvement and examination (until February at least) here are some of the best, and most amusing slants on, and windows into other characters’ lives.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Publisher: Vintage Classics. Cassandra Mortmain’s family is poor. They live in a castle that’s crumbling around them and this is her story, written while she’s sat ‘at the kitchen sink’. So begins the endearing and warming tale of the children, living under the burden of their novelist father’s writer’s block. Cassandra’s journal charts the change and disruption that breaks out when heirs to the family home come to claim it. Dream-like and highly memorable, it’s a diary to be treasured. Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith. Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Limited Don’t let the fact that this book was first published in 1892 put you off. It may be a year and a half in the life of a lower-middle class Victorian clerk but there are so many parallels with modern life that you can’t fail to be touched by its humour. Fundamentally flawed by his own over-inflated sense of worth and his desire to climb the social ladder, Charles Pooter’s observations, wit and snobbery will have you laughing out loud.


Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding Publisher: Picador. With her constant caloriecounting, lusting after her bounder of a boss and remorse over binge-drinking sessions and social faux pas, how can we not love Bridget Jones? She’s become cemented as one of the great literary (or at least chick-literary) anti-heroes. Enjoyed by singletons and ‘Smug Marrieds’ alike, we love Bridget Jones…just as she is. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk Publisher: Vintage Told in diary form and mainly through the eyes of hotel maid and self-confessed ‘white trash’ woman, Misty Mary Wilmot, this is a thought-provoking novel from the author of Fight Club. Misty was once a bohemian art student who met the wealthy and enigmatic Peter, so unlike the other students that she thought all her prayers had been answered. Now she lives in a world she doesn’t recognise and her husband lies comatose after a suicide attempt. This is for those of us in a period of self-reflection and examination. If it tells us anything it’s to be true to ourselves.







Seasonal Recipe Venison is a lean and flavoursome red meat which is in season from October through to February. For the best quality, buy from a trusted butcher or farmers’ market. This warming casserole is perfect for a weekend supper served with creamy mashed potato and a glass of full-bodied red wine. 1.

Place the venison in a bowl and pour over the wine. Add the juniper berries and bay leaves, cover and marinate in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before starting to cook the casserole.


Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2. Strain the venison from the red wine (reserving the wine). Heat half the oil and butter in a large flameproof casserole dish and fry the venison in 2-3 batches until browned all over, adding the rest of the oil and butter when necessary. Remove the venison with a slotted spoon and set aside.


Add the onions to the casserole and fry for 6-7 minutes until golden, adding the garlic after 3 minutes. Sprinkle over the seasoned flour and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Gradually stir in the wine and stock and bring to the boil, scraping any sediment from the base of the casserole.



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Add the venison, parsnips, carrots and half the thyme sprigs to the casserole and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ – 2 hours until the venison and vegetables are tender.

Remove from the oven and stir in the redcurrant jelly. Return the casserole, uncovered, to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes. Serve garnished with the rest of the thyme sprigs and with creamy mashed potato, if liked.

1.3 kg diced venison 425ml red wine 1 tsp juniper berries 2 fresh bay leaves 2 tbsp olive oil 25g butter 350g shallots or button onions, peeled 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2 tbsp seasoned flour 300ml hot beef or vegetable stock 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 3 tbsp redcurrant jelly few sprigs fresh thyme salt and freshly ground black pepper creamy mashed potato, to serve

Serves 6 Ready in 2.5 hours (plus marinating)


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Clubs & Activities

All Aloud! Leatherhead Community Choir All Aloud is the community choir for Leatherhead but has members from the surrounding areas of Bookham, Ashtead, Effingham, Cobham and Box Hill. Informal sessions are held every Tuesday evening (6.30 pm – 8.00 pm) at the Kings Croft Chapel in Kingscroft Road (by kind permission of the Chapel) and are open to anyone who wants just to get together with other people who want to sing. The group is led by a professional musician who teaches by ear– the ability to read music is not expected – and there are no auditions. The first session in 2013 is on Tuesday 15 January and new members will be made very welcome. A weekly donation of between £2 and £4 is requested and all ages are welcome – children need to be accompanied by an adult. Although the aim of the group is not performance, in the past the choir has held its regular weekly rehearsal in the Theatre, the Red House Gardens, the Swan Centre and Leatherhead Start. The choir will be rehearsing at The Beeches Care Home in the New Year and hopes to get out and about to other locations in Leatherhead as the year goes by. For more information contact Juliet Campbell on 01372 374 854 or 0790 322 8632 or at or go to the website at - or just come along on 15 January, 6.30 pm.


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LEARN TO NORDIC WALK WORKSHOP SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY For further info contact Becki Stevenson

07502 215 827

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

To sign up for one of the routes or for more information, please contact Hannah Weston on 01344 467785 or email 52

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Free Adult Dance Taster Event What better way to banish those winter blues than by getting fit and having some fun! WEA East Surrey is holding two FREE Taster Classes at the Leatherhead Trinity School on Monday 14th January. So if you have over-indulged this Christmas and feel like a new start, why not come along at 7pm and take part in the Total Body Workout class. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is a lively class designed to get you fit for spring! Or, why not dust off your dancing shoes and have a go at a ballet class - the fun starts at8pm. Ballet is great for strengthening core muscles, as well as toning the legs, stomach and arms. And don’t worry, you don’t need a tutu or pointe shoes, just some comfy clothes you can move freely in. But with all those other exercise classes out there, why choose a dance class? Lead dance tutor for WEA East Surrey Carolyn Keown explains: “Dancing is fun. Basically you are exercising without thinking you are exercising. Which makes it less of a chore. Dance is much more social – it’s nice to be part of a group. And there is always a lot of laughter! Also there is a huge sense of achievement when you have mastered a dance. You are learning new skills and getting fit at the same time.” The Workers Educational Association (WEA) is the UK’s largest voluntary-sector provider of adult education. It was founded in 1903, to support the educational needs of working men and women who could not afford to access further or higher education. In East Surrey, the WEA works in association with East Surrey College delivering a wide range of provision. For a full list of our courses visit

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Course: Total Body Workout Venue: Leatherhead Trinity School, Woodvill Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7BP Day: Monday Time: 7pm - 8pm Cost: FREE Booking: Call FREE on 0800 328 1060 or visit and quote ref: C3733702

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

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


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

Friday 4th Tuesday 8th Wed 9th Thurs 17th Tues 22nd Tues 29th

Fri 4 : Horsted Keynes/Lingfield : 8½m Walk on Sussex Border Path and golf course to Lingfield for picnic lunch. Return by undulating fields, crossing Bluebell Railway. Meet 10am at Horsted Keynes free CP, Recreation Ground, Chapel Lane. TQ384281 / RH17 7AE | Tues 8 : Headley Heath: 8m Circular walk via Box Hill. Bring picnic or buy refreshments from kiosk. Meet at 10am at NT Headley Heath CP, Headley Common Rd B2033 opposite the cricket pitch (NT card or pay £2.50). TQ205538 / KT18 6NN | Wed 9 : Leatherhead Town - new walk: 4m Walk through the alleyways. Full of surprises! Meet at 10:15am at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, off B2122. TQ163558 / KT22 9BL | Thu 17 : Horton Country Pk-Ashtead Common : 9m Flat, pleasant walk with both woodland and open countryside. Bring picnic lunch. Meet at 10am at Horton Country Park CP (off Horton Lane, near Epsom Polo Club). TQ191618 / KT19 8PL | Tue 22 : Chaldon & Happy Valley : 8m Fairly hilly walk with good views. Pub lunch or picnic. Meet at 10am in Church Hill, Merstham. Go north on A23 from Merstham, over M25 & take second left. Park at bottom of hill. TQ288543 / RH1 3BW | Tue 29 : Buckland : 5m Walk through fields, crossing the lower part of the North Downs Way. Bring snack. Meet at 10am in Buckland. Park near the shops/Post Office. TQ221507 / RH3 7BB

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

Wed 2nd Thurs 10th Wed 16th Friday 18th Monday 21st

Wed 2 : Box Hill / Denbies: (3) Challenging ride via Denbies to Ranmore, then onto Polesden Lacey. Return along North Downs Way. Meet at Rykas car park, Boxhill, off A24. TQ171521 / RH5 6BX. (Lunch at The Stepping Stones) Mon 7 JAN: Headley : (2) A great ride through Headley Heath. Meet at The Cock Inn, Headley. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE | Thu 10 : Bletchingley: (3) Up and along the North Downs and back including some new trails. Meet at Red Lion pub, Bletchingley. Park in car park behind pub. On A25, first pub on left as you enter Bletchingley going east. TQ324508 / RH1 4NU | Wed 16 : Horton Country Park & Nonsuch Park: (1) Explore Horton Country Park, the Hogsmill, Nonsuch Park and Ashtead Common. Meet at the Woodman, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. TQ179586 / KT21 2DA | Fri 18 : West Horsley: (3) Hilly ride along tracks and some quiet roads taking in Sheepleas & North Downs. Meet at King William IV pub, The Street, W Horsley. A246 from East Clandon, left at the roundabout down The Street. TQ080536 / KT24 6BG Mon 21 : Mogador: (1/2) Across Banstead Heath to Tattenham Corner. Back via Walton on the Hill. Not completely flat and smooth. Meet at the Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES

January Nordic Walks

Thurs 3rd Friday 11th

(walking boots/suitable footwear recommended, bring Nordic poles)

Thu 3 : Garsons Farm (monthly): 4m Circular walk along wide tracks on West End & Esher Commons passing Black Pond with beautiful swans. Meet at 10:15am at Garsons Fm overflow CP, Winterdown Rd off West End Green, Esher. TQ124638 / KT10 8LR (T) | Fri 11 : Wotton Hatch : 5½m Mixture of open countryside, woodland and some great views. Some stiles and some mud. Refreshments afterwards. Meet at 10:15am in CP behind Wotton Hatch pub near Westcott on A25. TQ126476 / RH5 6QQ (T) Bus 21, 32 54

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Surrey Slimmers (Fetcham)

The club with the personal touch We meet every Wednesday from 5.45-7.00pm and every Thursday from 9.45-11.00am, in The Reading Rooms, Cobham Road, Fetcham. We're fun, friendly and very successful, and with a choice of three programmes to follow there really is something for everyone. ONLY £4.95 a week & NO registration fee.

Contact Sue Prior for info on 01372 377031 email - or just turn up! down from 6.7 to 5.2. I just love the Free and Easy programme" Sandy.

Surrey Slimmers was formed three years ago, and is owned and managed by Sue Prior, a healthcare professional, who also worked for one of the leading weight loss organisations for 15 years. During this time we have helped many people lose weight and have an excellent success rate, due in part to our friendly approach. Each and every member is made to feel welcome, valued and listened to. We set no target weights, leaving that to the individual, as we firmly believe that not everybody is designed to be a size 10, and any weight loss is better than none at all. If your expectations are realistic you stand a far greater chance of success and more importantly keeping it off afterwards.

"Friendly, Supportive and relatively Inexpensive. In fact the best slimming club I've ever been to." Dot. Lost 2 stones. "At last I have lost weight and kept it off, all thanks to Surrey Slimmers. Sue is so encouraging, realistic and gives sensible advice. I'm so glad I joined." Jane. Lost 24lbs. "After years of attending various slimming clubs, I am so grateful to Surrey Slimmers, and to Sue, who runs such a friendly & motivated group. This really is the club with the personal touch." Sylvia. Lost 3 stone to date.

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"I just don't know where I'd be without this club, well I do, 4½ stone heavier" Jo. Lost nearly 5 stone to date.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 47

Home Farm, The Street, Fetcham Home Farm c: 1900

Seventeenth century Home Farm in The Street in 1861 was the largest farm in Fetcham, with over 300 acres, although it was later reduced to about 200 acres by redistribution. William Lang, who took it over in 1890, was a progressive farmer and one of the first in the area to utilise steam ploughing, an awe-inspiring arrangement of two traction engines, one on each side of the field alternately pulling the ploughs back and forth as they slowly moved forward a few yards at a time. He was born in 1833 at New Monkland Lanarkshire and is described as a kindly man; he and his two sons retained their Scottish dress style with knee breeches and long stockings to no doubt the amusement of the parishioners. When William died in 1906 his son John became head of the house and along with his brother David they continued to farm the land, followed by a grandson until 1936, when much of the land was sold for housing development. The farm house still remains to this day, now a private dwelling, next to the Fetcham Village Hall, which was once a barn belonging to the farm. Goff Powell - Extracted from History of Fetcham L&DLHS 1998 with additions.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 56

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Artists and sculptors rally to help Teazle Wood Creative professionals from all over England have offered their services to help Leatherhead’s Teazle Wood. Fine artists, graphic designers, jewellers and sculptors from Kent, Sussex, Devon, Herefordshire, London and Surrey have donated their talents in support of the campaign to buy and care for the woodland.

Helen Walker

Award-winning Devon jeweller Helen Walker has designed a ring inspired by the soft summer mauves and greens of teazles. Frosted sterling silver set with amethysts and peridots, the ring is a limited edition and sales have already raised significant funds towards the purchase of the woodland. Anyone who regularly visits the RHS flower shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace will recognise the work of Neil Lossock. Based in Herefordshire, Neil has generously made his teazle garden sculpture design completely exclusive to the Teazle Wood project. Single and multi-headed sculptures are available, and a donation of several hundred pounds has been made from Neil’s teazle sculpture sales so far.

Neil Lossock

Fine artist James Arthur painted a watercolour depiction of Teazle Wood, and donated the total sale price of £500 to the cause. For those longing to have a go at silversmithing, Kew-based art metalworker Shelley Thomas is offering a “make a piece of hallmarked silver jewellery” day. For £150 each, up to five people can spend a day with Shelley and create their own piece of jewellery to keep. Shelley will donate the whole amount to the Teazle Wood fund. Teazle Wood was secured by the local and wider business and residential community when it came up for auction in June 2012. The 57-acre wood, situated at the northern tip of Leatherhead, is an important ecological, archaeological, educational and recreational site.

James Arthur

Approximately one third of the total purchase price still needs to be raised, and contributions from the creative community form just one part of an extraordinary response from a broad range of people who share a belief in saving and nurturing the countryside. People have baked cakes, grown plants and run marathons to ensure that nature will be protected and that future generations will enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors.

Shelley Thomas

For more information about the campaign, call Lucy Quinnell on 01372 386453 or visit or the Friends of Teazle Wood facebook page. 58

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption

What’s the future for Ashtead’s weather? Climate change is defined as a significant and lasting change in the long term pattern of weather. Climate change is caused by many factors including variation in ocean currents and solar radiation, volcanoes, and human activity. Since the early 20th century, the Earth's mean surface temperature has increased by about 0.8 °C, with about twothirds of the increase occurring since 1980. Warming of the climate is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain that it is primarily caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (most notably carbon dioxide) produced by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and an increase in agriculture related emissions. These findings are recognized by the national science academies of all the major industrialised nations. It is notable that climate predictions made over the last ten years have been getting steadily gloomier, as some of the more uncertain impacts start to materialise. Most noteworthy of these is the extremely rapid melting of the Arctic sea ice. Projections of future changes to the climate in the UK have been made and while there are much greater uncertainties at a national than at a global level, the outcomes suggest: • • • •

Average UK summer temperature is likely to rise by 3-4°C by the 2080s - greater warming is expected in the southeast than the northwest. Average summer rainfall across the UK may decrease by 11% to 27% by the 2080s - with winters becoming wetter and summers drier. Sea levels are expected to rise – by over a foot in London by the 2080s. Extreme weather events are likely to become more common.

The Government believes that unless carbon dioxide emissions are greatly reduced in future, things might be worse than this. However, there may be some positives for the UK, including milder winters, and chances to improve food production (if summer droughts are avoided). So what can we, in Ashtead, do about it, for it affects us and our grandchildren? The basic answer is – stop putting so much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere each year by using less energy. We must become more energy efficient in our homes (including consuming less “stuff” and recycling what we can) and switch our mode of transport to one that consumes less fossil fuel – downsize our car, use it less, switch to other forms of transport etc. Otherwise our insurance bills are going to be going up pretty steadily over next few generations! Maybe not Superstorm Sandy (pictured above from space), but almost definitely more extreme weather events could be heading our way in the next few decades if we do not begin to act now. Barrie Mould Our regular January meeting (Thursday 10th 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article and is titled “Uncertainty in Climate Science” – please do come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 60

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Bracken (far right) & Teazel are exquisite one year old tortoiseshell twins. Both girls are looking for a quiet home together, with people who will understand they are still a bit shy. However they have so much love to give; they love other cats, are very playful together & have blossomed with their fosterer. They must be homed together and would be OK with older children in a quiet household. If you feel that you could give Bracken & Teazel a forever loving home please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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Update on Kids Club & Ashtead Youth Centre Joint statement from Surrey County Council and Ashtead Kids Club We want to reassure the community that the provision of Ashtead Kids Club will continue at Ashtead youth centre until suitable alternative premises are found. This joint statement sets out the background to the proposed relocation and ongoing joint work to find alternative premises. In December 2011, Surrey County Council agreed a policy to maximise the use of its youth centres by young people in line with the council’s legal duties. Additionally the Government has recently changed the law, requiring young people to participate in education and training up to age 18. This means that the council needs the space at Ashtead Youth Centre to support, educate and train young people who are not in education, employment or training. Whilst Surrey County Council is increasing support for young people through the use of youth centres, this does present a policy tension and is necessarily balanced with other duties, such as the duty to secure sufficient childcare to meet local need. The county council will not therefore act in a way which reduces childcare in Ashtead. Ashtead Kids Club will continue to operate at the youth centre until a suitable new location has been found. The value that the club provides to the community is recognised and we wish to remind all residents that we will continue to work collaboratively to explore options and to find a solution. Garath Symonds Assistant Director

Chris Townsend County Councillor

Louise Ditrana Ashtead Kids Club for Young People


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

Step out into 2013 Although many classes are full by now, we do have vacancies in some of our Next Step courses. Provided you are not a complete beginner, you could join an ‘improvers’ class from January– in French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, English as a Second Language or Bridge. A little knowledge may be a dangerous thing in other contexts, but here it is the perfect position from which to launch into learning. If you are uncertain as to your standard, phone us and a tutor will advise. Surrey Hills Onward Learning wishes everyone a Happy New Year, and hopes you will join us in 2013. We are waiting for our 1000th student - you just might be that person! For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website 66

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Healthy Cookery for 5-8 year olds. King George’s Hall, off High St, Esher, KT10 9RA. £14. 12pm-4pm. Learn some junior masterchef skills with our health professional. Make a selection of dishes for your lunch, then afterwards you can make and cook dinner for all your family. Shout Team, 01372 474634,

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Shout! New Year Children’s party. King George’s Hall, off High St, Esher, KT10 9RA. £20. 9am-4.30pm. Celebrate the start of 2013! Have a dance at our disco, play games and make arts and crafts. Party food and drinks at lunchtime. Shout Team, 01372 474634,

Wed 9th & Wed 23rd

Mole Valley Speakers’ Club offers a fun, friendly and supportive environment for anybody wishing to develop their public speaking skills. We meet on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Why not come along, free of charge, to see what we do? Contact us:,, 01372 462719

Sat 12th JAN to 24th FEB

Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Wisley. Escape winter's chill and set hearts a-flutter with a visit to Butterflies in the Glasshouse. Enjoy the sight of exotic butterflies and the beauty of a world class tropical plant collection, if you stay still for long enough, one might even land on you! Perfect for children of all ages. Glasshouse open daily 10am – 4pm, Garden open until 4.30pm, Last entry to the garden and Glasshouse 3.30pm. Normal garden admission applies, RHS Members go free.

Saturday 12th

Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Philharmonia Orchestra - Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Beethoven Symphony No 2; Hummel Trumpet Concerto; Bizet Symphony in C. Tickets: £12, £18, £24, £28 from Dorking Concertgoers Box Office 01306 740619 or Dorking Halls Box Office 01306 881717 or online at www. Students half price; children under 16 accompanied by an adult FREE. Further details including membership visit

Friday 18th

Lecture 'Local War Memorials' by Frank Haslam Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street) coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm. All are Welcome Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Saturday 19th

Volunteer Recruitment Coffee Morning, Polesden Lacey. 10am-12pm. See right for more details, or call: 01372 452048, or email:

Sunday 20th

New Year Afternoon Tea Dance & High Tea, Denbies Vineyard. 3.30pm-6pm, £12.95. For more info or to book, contact: 01306 742002 e-mail:

Saturday 26th

Banstead Village Market, Banstead High St, SM7 2NN, 9am-4pm, free. Banstead Village Indoor Market. Stalls featuring, silver and handmade jewellery ,CDs/DVDs, books, cards, model cars, homemade cakes and jams, Italian deli, baby gifts, handbags, kitchenware, craft, plants and lots more.

Saturday 26th

Mum2Mum Market Baby & Children Nearly New Sale. St. Peter’s Church Hall, 1 Burwood Road, Hersham, KT12 4AA. NEED TO DECLUTTER? Award winning pop up Mum2Mum Market Baby & Children Nearly New Sales is coming to Hersham . If you have drawers bursting with outgrown clothes and toys that are no longer played with and need to make room for all the new toys Santa has brought, then why not book a stall, go to: for more info.

Sunday 27th

Dorking Book Fair, Dorking Halls Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG. 10am-3.30pm, Adults £1, accompanied children free. Thousands of secondhand antiquarian books for sale, prices to suit every pocket. Enquiries, 01372 725075 If there’s an event in February that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Saturday 12th January. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 68 of going to print. Details correct at time

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WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? - REGULAR EVENTS Tues 1st Sat 12th Sat 19th Sat 26th

January walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 ,, Donation to charities, car share suggested, 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles, all walks start at 10.30am. Tuesday 1st Top of Downs Way, Bookham Saturday 12th Denbies main car park Saturday 19th Milton Heath car park west of Dorking, off A25 Saturday 26th Oxshott Heath, A244, car park on left, 500 yds north of station

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker Ann Chance, on Across America with a Wheelchair. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (monthly)

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

Friday 4th (weekly)

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

Friday 4th (monthly)

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

Sunday 6th

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

Tuesday 8th

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, Wheels for the World, Karen Goodridge, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 9th or Fri 11th

Making a Bigger Splash - looking at how performance and art interact. £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235, email to book.

Wed 9th

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

Thurs 10th (monthly)

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

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What’s On? Haydn’s Nelson Mass & Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum Ashtead Choral Society will be singing Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum on Saturday 26th January at St Martin’s Epsom at 7.30pm. Haydn’s Mass in D Minor was performed to honour Nelson during his visit to Eisenstadt in 1800. This magnificent work is Haydn’s largest Mass, the use of trumpets and timpani in the accompaniment give it its military feel. Handel, at that time “Composer of the Musick to the Chapel Royal”, was commissioned to compose the Dettingen Te Deum to celebrate the victory of the British at the Battle of Dettingen in June 1743. On the King’s return from battle, a day of public thanksgiving was set and the work was first performed on 27 November 1743 in the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, London in the presence of George ll. Tickets are priced at £17.00 for reserved seats and £14.00 for unreserved. Tickets can be obtained from the ACS Box Office Manager on 07504 332354 or by email at

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Thurs 10th (monthly)

Friday 11th


Friday 11th


Transition Ashtead Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, ’Uncertainty in Climate Science’, please do come along. 10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out! 10.00am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. All your haberdashery needs from pins to pinking shears. Can't make Fridays? 'Phone me on 374914 with your requests. Expert advice available.

Friday 11th

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

Friday 18th & Wed 23rd

NHS Blood Donor Sessions, Friday 18th: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. | Wednesday 23rd: St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. 71

What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to Due to the seat refurbishment getting underway in January, the Leatherhead Theatre is focusing on showing films instead of live shows in the auditorium, all tickets £7.90, concessions £6.70:


Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January, 2pm and 7:30pm. Argo is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck, based loosely on an account published in 2007 of the "Canadian Caper", in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Starring Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman.

Great Expectations

Friday 4th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th January, 2pm and 7:30pm Great Expectations is a British film adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel of the same name. A classic tale of a humble orphan who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane.

Silver Linings Playbook

Friday 11th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January 2pm and 7:30pm Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy emerging as a top contender in the Oscars starring Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano. After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat moves back in with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2pm and 7:30pm. 2pm only on Saturday 19th January A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Starring Billy Connolly, Ian Mckellen, Martin Freeman. Directed by Peter Jackson, score by Howard Shore.

Life of Pi

Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st January 2pm and 7:30pm Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger. 72

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - December 2012 meeting Our busy December meeting started in a wonderfully festive way with beautifully decorated tables, cards and chocolate gifts for all members, and a competition to Guess the Weight of the Christmas cake made by one of our members. Our committee had really gone to such a lot of trouble to make the evening very enjoyable for us all. We have all been asked to complete the questionnaire on the future of Denman College, in the WI Life Magazine, and there was discussion at the meeting as to whether our college should be closed or continued in a different form. Our Speaker was Mr Roger Askew, told us of the lives of Gilbert & Sullivan, with music from many of their popular productions and the chance to join in with some of the choruses. W.S. Gilbert was born in 1836, had an unsuccessful legal career and turned to writing plays before joining Arthur Sullivan to contribute his libretto to Sullivan’s music. Sullivan, b.1842, became Head Chorister of the Chapel Royal and organist at Covent Garden, a most accomplished musician, though was troubled with medical problems most of his life. Gilbert & Sullivan joined with Richard D’Oyly Carte who owned the Savoy Hotel, and particularly the Savoy Theatre, where many productions took place. Roger Askew told us of the many popular productions together, but also of the family lives, problems, and various professional involvements of the two men. Sullivan died in 1900 on St. Cecelia’s Day (the patron saint of music), and Gilbert died in 1911. We finished the evening with a splendid seasonal raffle. We have many events to look forward to over the coming months, including a visit to the BBC in February and to Chelsea Hospital in April. We also have two new sub-groups to add to our extensive list - Walking and a Lunch Club and would welcome visitors to our next meeting which will be on Wednesday 2nd January at 7.15 with the speaker, Ann Chance, on Across America with a Wheelchair.


Leatherhead Community Association (LCA) at the Letherhead Institute 2012 has been a momentous year for the LCA and, like the rest of the country, we celebrated our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and watched with awe and amazement at the prowess of the world’s best sportsmen and women who came to London for the 2012 Olympics. The men and women’s Olympic Cycling Road Race went right past the Letherhead Institute and to commemorate this event and the Queen’s Jubilee we have some ideas which will be unveiled early next year. In May, one and all were invited to celebrate 120 years of the Institute at the centre of Leatherhead life. The weather was sunny and the flags, bunting and balloons were out with entertainment from The Mole Valley Silver Band. James Dixon the great, great, great nephew of Abraham Dixon, the benefactor who gave the Institute to the people of Leatherhead, spoke about his Uncle’s life and achievements. Three young people from BFree planted a commemorative tree in the Institute’s front garden. The History Society’s exhibition included many artefacts relating to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and records of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. At the end of the day everyone was invited to enjoy a free cream tea. Nearly 300 visitors attended and a very enjoyable day was had by all. Heritage weekend in September, with its theme of ‘Celebrations and Jubilations’, began at the Institute with a talk by Paul Pickering our local art historian, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Augustus Pugin the architect. Some 200 visitors had an enjoyable and entertaining weekend. In October for the fourth Joan Kirby lecture, we were lucky to have John McCarthy as our speaker. John was the young journalist working in Beirut who was kidnapped by Islamic Fundamentalists and held prisoner for five years. He told us of his time as a prisoner, sometimes in solitary confinement, some hellish times but surprisingly some humorous times when he shared a cell with Brian (L to R): Caroline Salmon, John McCarthy, Jane Kirby and June Robinson Keenan. He spoke to a packed hall and the evening was a great success. The LCA has been in existence for 35 years. It is a charity whose aims are to provide social, educational and recreational facilities for all residents of Mole Valley and beyond. It hosts art history lectures, outings, visits to theatres and concerts, holidays, talks on various subjects, recorded music afternoons and evenings, countryside walks, table-tennis, scrabble and coffee mornings. It also awards bursaries to local young students to help them when they start university and grants towards school field trips, also subsidising the cost of running such schemes as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for local children. If you would like to join, the subscription is £5 a year, however if you join in January your subscription will cover 15 months. Please send a cheque for £5 with a SAE to: The LCA Membership Secretary The Institute 67 High Street Leatherhead KT22 8AH A quarterly newsletter is sent to all members giving details and dates of events and activities. We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute. A Happy New Year from the LCA

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Thefts from cars This problem just doesn’t seem to go away. Every year, we receive reports relating to thieves targeting cars left unattended and parked in beauty spots, of which there are many across Mole Valley. Police carry out regular patrols at beauty spots and, whenever possible, we speak to vehicle owners and advise them about not leaving any items of value in their cars. When we do not get to speak with the vehicle owner but can see valuables clearly on view, we take the vehicle details and write to the owner to advise them of our concerns.

We always advise people to take any items of value out of vehicles whenever they are left unattended. Before any journey it is also worth considering if you actually need all the items that you normally keep in your car (laptop, camera, expensive tools etc). You could even leave the glove compartment open and the boot shelf removed, to show clearly that nothing of value has been left in the car. This may well help prevent your vehicle from being targeted. When choosing a parking space, try to park in the most openly visible location and not tucked away out of easy view. It is these locations that will enable a thief to try car doors or even break in with less chance of being seen whilst doing so. A locked vehicle may not prevent it being targeted but an opportunist thief will normally pick a vehicle that is unlocked and when items of value are on view. Please don’t make it easy for thieves.

Normally, this problem tends to occur throughout the summer months but recently we have seen vehicles being targeted over the winter and into this year. Smaller items, such as handbags and purses are being taken and you can imagine the inconvenience and distress this type of theft can cause.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Mole Valley PO Box 101, Guildford, GU1 9PE Tel: 101 Extension 30809

A thief can gain entry to a vehicle very quickly and they know the most commonly used places where people leave items of value within the vehicle. These include the glove compartment, under the driver’s or passengers’ seat or on the rear foot well of vehicles and, of course, in the boot.

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Volunteers needed for local volunteer centres Volunteers are a vital part of society. According to national statistics on average, the economic value of volunteering adds 21.5 billion pounds to the UK economy. In recent years, the interest in volunteering is growing. The rise can be attributed to the games makers’ success at the London 2012 Olympic/ Paralympic games and rising levels of unemployment in the current recession which has prompted people to use their time productively and gain new skills that would help them get back to work. If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes getting more involved with your local community, learning new skills, boosting your self-confidence or simply making new friends and putting some fun back into your life then the Volunteer Centres can help. Voluntary Action Mid Surrey has centres based in Leatherhead, Dorking and Epsom and they can help you to find the right opportunity to suit your needs. They also have an Events Team which engages volunteers interested in one-off events, perfect for those with little time. If you would like to learn more then contact the Leatherhead, Dorking or

Epsom Volunteer Centres for further information, email them on or call 01372 722911. Or take a look at the wide range of opportunities available on 84

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

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Full steam ahead at model railway exhibition On Saturday 3rd November, around a dozen keen railway modellers displayed their very detailed layouts at a special Model Railway Exhibition at Eastwick Road Church in Bookham held in aid of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. (Pictured left to right: 'St Nicholas' railway modellers Philip Reid (left) and Mark Lambert (right), together with organiser, Roger Wakeford Throughout the day, over 300 model railway enthusiasts of all ages visited the exhibition to look at the various displays and to purchase books, DVDs and other railway-related items and to date over £600 was raised to provide vital care and support for local people living with Motor Neurone Disease." Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, who was also present at the exhibition, thanked local Branch member, Roger Wakeford, for organising the event and everyone present for attending and supporting it, adding, "It was a fascinating day, evoking many personal happy memories of childhood train journeys, and it's great that so many people are keen to preserve memories and history such as this through their wonderful models."

For further information about Motor Neurone Disease and the work of the MND Association, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 86

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M D Edw Edwards ards & Son Kitchen Specialists

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

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RHS courses and workshops 2013 available to book now The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched its 2013 programme of adult learning courses and workshops with more than 200 available to book. Each of the four RHS Gardens offers a range of events for aspiring gardeners to learn more about plants directly from the experts. The courses cater for all levels from complete beginners to more experienced horticulturists. As well the wide range of opportunities to develop gardening skills and knowledge there are also courses designed to use the garden as inspiration, including:

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craft workshops creative courses photography. learning vegetable growing Pruning fruit growing lawn care how to manage pests and diseases in the garden. New to RHS Gardens Wisley will be courses on the basics of garden design. All four RHS gardens also offer a range of courses to broaden people’s creative skills, including painting in watercolours, weaving, making plant-dyed wool and printing on silk.

RHS Wisley will be holding photography workshops concentrating on teaching the basics of digital photography, as well as practical lessons on how to capture colours and textures in the garden.

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JB Landscapes

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At Fetcham based JB Landscapes we offer a local, affordable and reliable service for all those projects from the simplest to the most complicated. We specialise in: • • • • •

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Wrap Up For Winter by Pippa Greenwood Winter is upon us and even if you think that it can’t become any colder, the lowest temperatures are likely yet to come. Even hardy British plants will suffer in particularly miserable weather so whether your garden is already covered in snow and ice, or simply a slight frosting, it’s time to make sure that it’s wrapped up warm. immensely.

Plants in containers are particularly vulnerable to winter damage as their roots are not protected beneath the soil. If the garden soil isn’t frozen solid, plunge any pot that can be plunged. If it’s too heavy to move then wrap it up well in bubble wrap polythene or old curtains.

Even hardy fruit trees are prone to damage. Although quite tough, the newly opened blossom and the buds themselves may be damaged, with late frosts being most harmful because the buds are further developed. A fleece cover will help here too. If you live in a particularly cold area, buy them from a local specialist nursery who know local conditions and try to buy late flowering varieties.

Most shrubs and trees in your garden will be ‘hardy’ in the UK, but if very harsh weather is forecast or there has been a spell of mild weather which may have encouraged the plant to produce some soft, new growth, then drape a double layer of horticultural fleece over the top growth of the plants and anchor it well.

If your garden is windy, try investing in some fleecy jackets for your favourite shrubs. These are made from fleece and are like massive bags, complete with a drawstring at the open end. Alternatively use a double layer of ordinary fleece, wrap it around and cut to size before clipping or tying in place.

A double fleece layer can of course be used on plants in beds and borders too. Weigh down the edges of the fleece well with bricks, or use metal pegs at intervals along its length. Larger individual plants in borders can be given good, individual protection if you use four sturdy canes to create a framework, wrap with netting or chicken wire and fill the central space around the plant with dry bracken, straw or leaves.

Outdoor taps and pipework will need protection too or could result in burst pipes and expensive bills. I suggest turning outside taps off at the mains, but if this isn’t feasible, make sure any exposed pipework is properly insulated. Your local builder’s merchant or DIY store is worth a visit for this job - well insulated pipes and garden taps could save you a fortune.

Many wall shrubs are grown there because they aren’t the hardiest of plants. To reduce risk of damage, make a similar ‘cage’ of mesh around these and again fill it with dry material so that the plant inside remains snug. Make sure you don’t use materials that can’t ‘breathe’ or the plants will deteriorate.

Visit for some great gift ideas and items for your garden, including signed copies of Pippa’s books, hand-made terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, cloches, pop-up plant cloches, raised bed kits, ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ Gift Cards, heated propagators and lots more! You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter and receive a free e-book on organic gardening

Evergreens in containers and in open ground may suffer from drought as well as foliage or stem growth. Deep mulch applied to the soil surface on the root area before the ground becomes frosted will help 92

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Issue 87, October 2012. Never underestimate the importance of community.