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Ashtead Community Vision


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Secret wartime comms on Reigate Hill?


Book reviews


Andy’s Blog


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Mole Valley Police Column


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What’s on in January? (pages 66-68)


‘Walking the UK’ for Royal Marsden


David Bellamy - patron of local trust


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ll being well, ie no snow ’events’ or torrential downpours, you will be in receipt of this edition just before Christmas and I trust that you have a happy one.

However, as this is the January edition I’d like to wish you a very happy New Year, and as Andy Newbold mentions in his blog on page 16, I too shall be pleased to see the back of 2013 for personal reasons. Onwards and upwards into 2014 and let’s hope it’s a good one for us all. That’s quite enough of being maudlin, chin up and, as I always say, if you face the sun you will never see the shadow. In the last few weeks I was contacted by Ailsa Northwood, a young Ashtead lady, who, along with her friend George Saw, will be walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End in June to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Very tragically, George’s mother, Vicky Saw, lost her six year battle with cancer last November and she leaves George’s father and three siblings. I think it is an amazing thing that these two young people are doing in order to raise money to help others. All the information on the walk and how to donate to this very worthy cause can be found on page 22. The Leatherhead Rotary Club are calling on all young photographers aged 7-18, to enter the national RIBI Young Photographer Competition, closing date isn’t until February and all the info is on page 20. There’s a rather nasty scam going around at the moment where fraudsters telephone you and obtain your PIN then come and collect your bank card. I know most of you are saying ‘It can’t happen to me’, but it has happened Advertising to others who thought the same thing but have had The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local the wool pulled over their eyes. Mole Valley Police provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads have asked me to print their awareness poster on page 48 which you may have seen around the area. cost from £53 +VAT per month, per

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 At the time of writing, the beautiful hues of Autumn are evident in the trees and hedgerows that line Ashtead’s roads and, as Christmas approaches and the New Year beckons, it seems a good time to mention a couple of issues of the past year that will be with us for some time to come.

Epsom Hospital

Towards the end of 2012, and to the consternation of many local residents, Epsom Hospital was belatedly included in a Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review of south-west London Hospitals. The ARA held a public meeting last May at which residents were able to question members of the BSBV team and air their concerns about the proposed changes, not least the loss of Epsom’s A&E and Maternity Departments. One question was why Epsom was being treated as a southwest London hospital but with the news that Surrey Downs CCG has withdrawn from the BSBV programme, we learned that Epsom will now be included in a review of Surrey hospitals. We must, of course, be prepared for changes to be proposed as a result of the Surrey review but at least we will not feel shoe-horned into them at the last minute.

Green Belt Boundary Review

As part of the process of developing Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Plan, Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum has carried out a review of Ashtead’s Green Belt areas. The work was almost finished when the Government moved decision-making on any boundary changes back to District Councils. Nevertheless, the Forum completed the review and is currently seeking residents’ views on its conclusions. Residents will be aware of the pressures from Government to build houses and Ashtead will not be exempt from the pressure to allocate land for that purpose. We all value the village that we are part of

and it is incumbent upon us all to engage in the decision -making about our Green Belt so please visit to read the Green Belt Boundary Review and provide your feedback through the on-line survey.

Keeping in Touch

The ARA Standing Committee is always keen to know residents’ views and concerns and liaises regularly with Ashtead’s Independent Councillors to ensure that they are also informed. Your views are important so please do share them with us through the website Or why not sign up to a new local community website at This site is a local social network that has the simple aim of helping people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours and local organisations. You will find the ARA page at https://

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The ARA is seeking to recruit new Committee members, in particular those with an interest in taking on the Events and Membership role. If you think you would like to take a more active role in our village, please contact us at The ARA relies heavily on its Road Stewards who are a key link between residents and the Standing Committee. Road Stewards collect members’ subscriptions and twice yearly deliver the Ashtead Village News. Currently, there are a number of roads without a Steward and these are listed on the website. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours so please contact us on if you’d like to help. Season’s Greetings to one and all!

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Meeting on 2nd December 2013 What a fine turn-out for the meeting on the 2nd! The room was packed and we ran out of chairs. Was it the thought of mulled wine and Christmas fare to follow that brought in the crowds? Probably not; it has not had that effect in previous years. So what drew people there? The answer was very clear - the Green Belt, or rather the threat to the Green Belt both around Leatherhead and throughout Surrey. Guilford Borough's proposal to remove Green Status from 16 of its villages is very worrying, especially with MVDC's proposals to "fill in" the gap each side of Junction 9. Apparently the M25 is deemed sufficient to separate Leatherhead and Ashtead - no green belt is needed. If all this goes ahead we'll finish up with urban development in a continuous strip from Guildford to Epsom and on into London. Greater London will get still greater. Right now, the slightest mishap causes our roads to gridlock, from an accident on the M25 to “normal” rush hour; the results are pollution, increasing asthma for everyone and loss of productive time. Do we really need thousands of extra houses or major new developments in the town planned by people who do not live here? Mr Roland McKinney and Mrs Irene Seifert gave us stark warnings and encouraged us to work together with other similar groups both in Mole Valley and throughout Surrey. We heard also from Poors Allotment holders whom MVDC are still trying push out in order to attract a housing developer to the Green Belt area by Junction 9. A Consultation

lasting from 10 January until 7 March is for residents of MV to add their comments and/or protests online or by post. The LRA feels that it is time all the protest groups from Ashtead to Guildford got together to add weight to the campaign. The message is clear: people are worried and concerned at the present attack on the Green Belt. So were our councillors there to hear their constituents concerns? Well, no, not exactly. County Councillor Tim Hall was there (and we thank him for that), but planning is a MVDC matter. Cllr Bridget Lewis-Carr sent her apologies, but did manage to get there in time to mix and talk with people during the eats and drinks after the main meeting. Councillor Shimmin also sent her apologies but nothing was heard from those Councillors in whose ward a particularly large number of dwellings is being proposed. Come and help us fight for what we really need, services, hospitals, allotments, affordable housing, clean air, consultation and representation. We do not need councillors who fail to attend meetings, they will be unaware of our worries. It is our money that pays for their expenses; come and make sure you are getting value for what you pay for. Caroline Brown Secretary

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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s proposed development sites being assessed Site assessments of potential development land are being undertaken over the next month by members of Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) in conjunction with MVDC’s planning department

built environment and heritage of the village. A more modern take on potential development will be how proposals for development contribute towards green infrastructure provision. For example, what added value might a development make in terms of, say, pathways or green areas which could be created within any development?

The move is part of Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum’s role in identifying land locally which might be used to help meet the requirements of the existing community and help the local authority to meet its housing target.

ACV will also be talking to local landowners to get their views on development before the assessment work is completed. The Forum will consider the assessments at its next meeting and then they will be made public for a consultation period. The results of the consultation will be reflected in the final assessments before they are sent to MVDC for their consideration. We will, of course, keep you posted as far as progress is concerned.

ACV has divided up into three groups who are working over the next month or so to assess those parcels of land which have been put forward by landowners for potential development. As with the Green Belt Boundary Review each site has to be considered by the ACV groups from a variety of perspectives. There are about a dozen criteria and fifteen sustainability objectives that each group has to focus upon starting with the most basic question - ‘’what is the land to be used for?’ They also have to establish the exact size and position of each plot. Some of the criteria relate to travel issues and others to issues such as distances to local facilities.

Further information on the sites being considered will be put onto the ACV website. And should anyone be seeking to develop land in Ashtead then please do contact ACV via the website or MVDC’s planning department. Sign up for the Newsletter on the website:

One of the key issues for any new development will be the nature conservation and biodiversity issues. Thankfully, ACV has some world experts within its ranks so that’s less of an issue in terms of real expertise being bought to bear on behalf of the Ashtead community to these often complex issues. But the assessments have to go beyond the botanical, biological and zoological aspects of each site and also consider then from geographical and historical perspectives in order to assess the landscape character of each site. This includes taking into account the quality of agricultural land involved as depending on its grade - its potential loss could be relevant.

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Mole Valley Police Column We need your help to tackle Anti-Social Driving… As you would expect, Surrey Police has long been involved in dealing with traffic offences; from dangerous driving and speeding to obstruction issues and concerns raised by local residents and communities.

being tackled by police, it is important to realise that driving in an “anti-social” manner can also include aggressive driving, including “tailgating”, wheel spinning, bad or dangerous parking, illegal off-road riding or driving or driving in a manner which causes alarm or distress to other road users or members of the public.

Hopefully, most people know about the main legal requirements associated with driving a motor vehicle; such as having current and valid insurance, a current MOT certificate and vehicle excise license and of course a valid Driving Licence covering the vehicle being driven? Police will deal robustly with above offences - seizing Vehicles where appropriate. We also hope that road users are aware of the consequences and penalties for driving without wearing a seatbelt (apart from very specific exemptions) and the use of hand-held mobile phones whilst driving?

Police have quite wide-ranging powers to tackle anti-social driving and these include issuing formal warnings against named drivers or known vehicles which, if any further offences are committed, can result in the vehicle being seized by police. We are also working to carry out activities to educate motorists and change driver behaviour. It is very important, therefore, for members of the public to let us know if they experience anti-social driving as we can actually take robust action to tackle persistent offenders. Ideally, we would like to know dates, days and times when problems occur, together with a vehicle description and registration details. One of our local team will then contact you to discuss the exact nature of the problem and to note down the details that you provide. Officers can then make an assessment on the most appropriate action to take. You can always report incidents on 101 or by email to, which is checked several times each day by members of your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

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New Year Monopoly New Year’s Eve was a bit of a problem for Ruth and Sam. For the last few years, they’d been invited to a lavish party held by Martin and Julia Markham. Martin was Sam’s boss so he always felt obliged to go but Ruth dreaded it every year. She and Julia had absolutely nothing in common and had very different personalities. Julia was a high level corporate lawyer, which was an impressive achievement but her ‘career over children’ attitude and her patronising manner was highly irritating to Ruth. Finding baby sitters on New Year’s Eve was impossible and the children always complained about having to go to their grandparents where there was no computer or games console and where they were always put to bed by half past ten.

got the boot (she refused to have the iron on feminist grounds). As usual, Daniel was blessed with more than his share of good luck and bought Mayfair on his fifth throw. Sam’s usual strategy of buying all the stations worked well and Sarah was determined to get Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and The Angel, Islington just because she liked their colour. She was so determined, in fact, that Daniel was easily able to persuade her to trade Trafalgar Square for Park Lane. He then set on his usual course of action to dominate the game and bankrupt his entire family.

Sam looked at the three pleading faces and crumbled. Ruth was delighted but highly suspicious of her children’s motives. It was decided that Sam would make his excuses and they’d stay home this year. The children could stay up until midnight on the condition there would be no computer games. They’d have a lovely family evening together and enjoy each other’s company, just as the children had suggested. Realising their plans may well have backfired, the children still managed to show the appropriate amount of appreciation and excitement.

coffee table in front of them and they settled down to enjoy the film.

After the standard chaos of recriminations and accusations, Daniel gloated in his inevitable victory. They then decided to play Cluedo. It was nearly half past ten and Sarah was beginning to flag. Daniel and Ben were desperate to play the new Daniel stifled several yawns and Ben looked bleary Xbox game, which they’d both put on their eyed after being allowed to drink half a glass of Christmas list and the prospect of an evening away from gaming was inconceivable. This year, when the wine. Ruth suggested they go to bed but the children were adamant they wanted to finally get invitation came through the door, the children the chance to welcome the New Year. decided to make a stand. Ben, Daniel and Sarah brought the subject up that Sunday lunch and used Ruth prepared a tray with a bottle of champagne, all the manipulation techniques they could muster in order to dissuade their parents from going to the three cans of Coca Cola, a large tin of Quality Street and a handful of ‘Party Poppers’. As soon as Big Ben party. struck midnight, they would all celebrate in style. “We want to spend New Year’s Eve together this year… We want to be a family and spend time with The game of Cluedo was soon abandoned because no one could find Professor Plum and they voted to each other… We want to welcome the New Year watch a dvd instead. with our parents…“ They used every trick in the book. Sarah almost blew it when she started to After a lively discussion, they chose “Shrek” and all complain that “Granny didn’t even have a tried to squeeze together on the sofa. However, Ben computer…”but Ben stopped her in her tracks with a and Daniel quickly moved to the floor to avoid withering look. touching their sister. The tray of goodies, sat on the

The closing credits rolled at five to midnight and the boys looked round at their parents and sister with growing excitement. All three of them were sound asleep. Sarah was draped over her father, whose party hat was now crumpled over one ear and Ruth was snoring gently. Daniel immediately grabbed the Party Poppers and got ready to aim but Ben had a better idea. Very quietly they picked up their cans of Coke and the box of chocolates and tiptoed out of the room, in the direction of the Xbox.

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At this time of year we do encourage people to try out a class to see if it is what they want. This is especially true of language classes where dipping the proverbial toe in the water (or doigt de pied dans l’eau, or ditto del piede nell’ acqua, or what you will!) can help you to judge whether or not you are out of your depth. We offer both ancient and modern - and have vacancies in several different levels of French, Italian and Spanish, also English as a Foreign Language, and Latin. Or if languages are a bridge too far, why not try the other kind of Bridge, which is suitable for those who know a little, or wish to refresh their game. In this term we cover Declarer Play, Defence, the Competitive Auction. Come for the first session on January 15 – no commitment. Most of our History courses are full, but there is still space in The 20th Century - the Rise and Fall of Extremism on Tuesday evenings, so if the New Year has roused you to thinking big, you may like that one. The garden may not look too tempting just now, but you do have to think about Plant Propagation if you want a burgeoning border without too much expense. We can help you with the thought processes and practical aspects here on Tuesday mornings. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website,


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Ashtead Women’s Institute - December 2013 Meeting There was a very warm welcome to everyone on this frosty December evening, from our President to all members, as well as beautifully decorated Christmassy tables for our Festive meeting. Again, our lively Committee had done a wonderful job preparing so much for us. Magic & Mentalism was the subject of our speaker tonight, Mr George Yates, who was entertaining us from the moment he first spoke, delighting us with all kinds of fascinating tricks and chatter, as well as including an enormous amount of audience participation. It certainly was difficult to fathom out how all this deception was carried out even from close quarters, but we all thoroughly enjoyed his evening with us. We were intrigued when Mr Yates assured us we believed things because our imagination wanted us to! Perhaps a warning to us all! During our refreshment break we were offered mulled wine and mince pies, and had time to collect our gifts from the Secret Santa hamper, and exchanged cards. Another surprise was an attractive jar of home-made chutney for each of us, made by our Committee, perhaps to enjoy with our cheeses over Christmas. We’re very lucky to have ‘our girls’. Then there was a reminder about our Christmas Lunch next week, also our raffle, which included the plants decorating our tables, and news of all our sub groups. A perfect finish to a really good Christmas meeting. We would welcome visitors to our next meeting, Wednesday 8th January 2014, when Liam O’Carroll, a blind rambler, will be speaking about ‘Stile versus Substance’. Sandra Brown

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Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Ashtead joined together at President (L-R): President Jean Haynes, Jean’s home Maureen Howell, Joan Robson for their Christmas meeting substituting a “Frugal Supper” instead of their usual meal. Cheese filled jacket potatoes and salad proved to be a tasty alternative to turkey and trimmings and we were allowed a glass of wine. £436 was raised for “Crisis at Christmas” on the evening, funding the cost of two tables of 10 for Christmas Day.

At our meeting on December 3rd we were entertained by our Variety Group. We enjoyed a wonderful, colourful show which put us all in the festive mood. It is always our first Christmas event & our variety group 'comes up troops' every year. Next week several of us are going to the Mid Surrey federation Carol service, Christmas lunch & entertainment at Stoke Church in Guildford. Several of our groups also have their own Christmas festivities. Our first meeting of 2014 will be held on 7th January when we will be listening to Nigel Arch talking about Kensington Palace.

Members also welcomed back Gill Jackson from her visit to Nepal where she investigated the possibility of the club making a donation to a local hospital or children’s nursery. At our January meeting she will reveal her findings and relate her experiences whilst trekking through the country.

Why not come & join us ,you will be made most welcome. The meeting is held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.45 pm For further information please contact the Chairman, Margery Curtis on 01372 272588 52

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Dorking Quilters On Tuesday 14th January at 7.30pm, Dorking Quilters will begin the New Year with a short AGM and then a demonstration of our mystery quilt, with a chance to do our own sewing. On Tuesday February 11th at 7.30pm, we have the exciting Handbag Collection of quilts from the Quilters Guild – always a treat. Both meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. New members and visitors always welcome. More info from Sheena on 01306 885597


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George’s Café

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George’s Café serves a selection of homemade hot and cold food 9.30am- 2.30pm Mon to Fri

Something new!

George’s Pantry offers local and homemade produce and gifts for sale.

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Pictograms Answers 1. The full monty 2. Pat on the back 3. The customer is always right 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

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It’s widely reported that divorce rates sky-rocket in January, with more people citing irreconcilable differences in the first four weeks of the year than at any other time. We’ve put together some funny, tragic and heart-warming tales that focus on matrimony: how to get into a marriage, how to get out of one, or even, controversially, how to stay in one.

Tying the Knot

The Wife’s Tale

The Kitchen God’s Wife

It’s fair to say that fortysomething Mary Gooch is a comfort eater. She’s eaten her way through heartbreak and, on the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, it looks like she’s going straight for the cookie dough once again. When she receives a note from Jim to say he’s come into some money and is off to find what he wants, that’s when Mary Gooch becomes motivated. She sets off cross country to find her wayward husband, but more importantly, to recover what remains of the girl who’s buried within those acres of rolling flesh. You will love Mary Gooch and you will never want to leave her.

Pearl Louie Brandt has a secret she wants to keep from her mother, Winnie. But Winnie has secrets of her own and to retell her story we must travel back to Shanghai in the 1920s, unravelling the story of how Winnie came to live in America. The Kitchen God’s Wife is called ‘Lady Sorrowfree’, who has endured many things without credit or praise, but who remains strong. Here lies the message for all the generations of the family; how we live our lives and how we build our relationships affects those around us.

The Poisonwood Bible

Nothing will end a marriage faster than getting drunk on rum and selling your wife. In fact, why not throw in your daughter too, for the fair price of five guineas. The trouble with wives, unless you’re a widower, is the fact that they then come back to find you some years later, and their presence threatens to sully the good name you’ve built up in their absence. Michael Henchard, hay trusser, has become the Mayor of Casterbridge, and gone tee-total

Lori Lansens

Barbara Kingsolver

The wife and daughters of evangelical Baptist Nathan Price tell the story of how the family is uprooted and moved from America, deep into the Belgian Congo at the end of the 1950s. This is not just the unravelling of a marriage but of a family and though it might sound all doom and gloom, it’s also a bit of a comedy of errors as they struggle to cope with life in Africa.

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in the process. Can Henchard escape the mistakes made in youth?

On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan

It’s 1962 and newlyweds Edward and Florence are honeymooning at Chesil Beach in Dorset. They reflect on their differing backgrounds and upbringing and reveal insecurities, repression and regret ahead of their illfated wedding night. It’s so painfully English in a stiff-upperlip kind of way and beautifully and tragically portrays this doomed couple at the beginning of their married life.

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

They say there are two sides to every story but we begin with a single narrator, Nick Dunne and his version of events after his wife suddenly disappears. The fact that his beautiful wife Amy vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary is even more poetic. And then the questions begin. Can Nick Dunne’s version of events be trusted? Was his wife afraid of him? This is a clever thriller that not only asks ‘whodunit?’ but also, ‘who done what?’

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Last November around 100 enthusiastic quizzers took part in this year's Big Charity Quiz Night organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at St Mary's Church Hall in Fetcham.

After eight challenging rounds of ten questions each, ‘The Surrey Superstars’ emerged triumphant out of the 13 teams taking part, with a very impressive score of 84.5 out of a possible 100, narrowly beating ‘The Quizzicals’ and ‘Lucky Seven Plus One’ into second and third place, with 81 points and 78 points respectively. ‘The Gladiators’ picked up the booby prize for coming last, albeit with a still very respectable score of 65 points. As well as the quiz itself, everyone present enjoyed an excellent supper of a jacket potato with chilli con carne, and a raffle helped to raise over £1,250 for 'End Polio Now', Rotary's own polio eradication campaign, and 'School in a Bag', a UK-based charity which helps poor, orphaned, vulnerable and disaster-affected children throughout the world, by providing them with a schoolbag filled with stationery equipment and resources that enable them to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn. For further information, please visit Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 60

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WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, GU8 4AD. New Year Walk, 2pm-3pm Wednesday 1st Meet at the kiosk. Normal Admission Applies. NT members admission FREE. For non NT members Admission: Adult £7.20, Child £3.60, Family £18.00. The guided walk is FREE. Sat 4th/Sun 5th (w/ends in Jan & Feb)

Polesden Lacey, Glorious Glimpse House Tours, 11am-3.30pm. Discover more about the house with these limited entry guided tours. Please book on arrival. Family tours at 11.40am, 1.20pm and 2.20pm, normal admission applies.

Saturday 11th

Dorking Concertgoers present the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Verdi (Ballet music from Macbeth); Dvorak (Violin Concerto); Tchaikovsky (Symphony No.1 Winter Daydreams). Tickets £12; £20; £25; £29; students ½ price; under 18 accompanied by full price ticket holder, free. From Dorking Concertgoers’ Box Office 01306 740619, Dorking Halls Box office 01306 881717 or

Saturday 11th

Terrible Trenches of WW1, experience going ‘over the top’ and what life was like in the trenches for an infantryman. Were the rats really as big as cats, and why did the men chat so much? Join up and keep your uniform smart despite the conditions. Learn about your equipment and weapons. Decide if you could survive longer than the average six weeks. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring St, Ewell, KT17 1UF. £4 per child, contact David Brooks, 020 8394 1734,

Saturday 11th

RHS Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB, 10am-1pm. RHS experts help all levels of gardeners with techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks. Wear suitable clothing, bring gardening gloves and shoes as the course inc activities and outside walks. RHS members £30, non-members £41.50, inc tea and coffee., 0845 260 9000

Friday 17th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Lecture, ‘The Manning & Bray Bicentenary’ by Julian Pooley from the Surrey History Centre; Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee 7.30pm, £2, non-members welcome.

Saturday 18th

Butterflies in the Glasshouse (ends 9th March), RHS Wisley, 10am-3.45pm. See butterflies from exotic lands in this tropical paradise, and learn about them. Normal entry applies. Pre-book to beat queues. 0845 260 9000,

Friday 24th

Peterson’s Fund for Children will be hosting a wine tasting evening with Twisted Vine (fine wine importer) to raise money for children with Cerebral Palsy). Fetcham Park House, Lower Rd, KT22 9HD. 7.30pm-10pm. £30 per person. Visit for info.

Saturday 25th

Glow in the Park, winter evening 5k and 10k runs, offering a safe environment to experience exciting night running. Polesden Lacey. £13 for 5k, £18 for 10k.

Saturday 25th

Polesden Lacey, volunteer recruitment coffee morning, 10am-12pm. Make new friends, develop interests and contribute to your local community by becoming a volunteer.

Sunday 26th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society's Store, situated in Leatherhead on the By-Pass Road between the M25 Junction & Copthorne Road re-opens for the season on every Sunday 9.30am-12.30pm. Annual membership is £3, entitling members to purchase seed potatoes, onion & shallot sets and vegetable seeds, plants and a range of garden products at competitive prices.

If there’s an event in February that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th January. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events66 are correct at time of print.

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Special pre-Christmas blood donor session to help with stock over the Christmas and New Year period, at Bourne House, Spring St, Ewell, KT17 1UF 10am-2pm

JANUARY Monday Friday

George’s Cafe, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, 9.30am-2.30pm, serving a selection of hot and cold homemade food. George’s Pantry also sells homemade produce and gifts.

Wed 1st Saturday 11th Saturday 18th

January walks with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, 10.30am start, approx 2-2½ hours. If bad weather phone on 07766 166794. Donation to charities. Wed 1st Diana Fountain, Bushy Park CP (lunch Kingston 1pm) Sat 11th Lower Young St CP Sat 18th Milton Heath CP (west of Dorking, off A25)

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (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 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (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 3rd (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 3rd (monthly)

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

Sunday 5th (weekly)

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

Tuesday 7th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Nigel Arch talking about Kensington Palace. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 8th (weekly)

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

Wed 8th (weekly)

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

Wed 8th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ‘Stile-v-Substance’ speaker Liam O’Carroll. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 8th & 22nd (2nd & 4th Wed)

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

Wed 8th (2nd Wed monthly)

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879 68

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Wanted - Sales & Publications Secretary The Society are urgently looking for a Sales & Publications Secretary to promote the Society’s own publications and that of other local books. Would suit a retired person looking for a new challenge with buying, selling and bookkeeping knowledge, together with computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel

For further info contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society Leatherhead Museum Hampton Cottage 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel 01372 386348 or e-mail

WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 9th (2nd Thurs monthly)

Thurs 9th

Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan. Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, Christine Bailey, a Lay Minister in Ashtead Parish, is discussing why individuals are motivated to get involved in environmental action and some of the ethical issues we face in making our lifestyle choices.

Vocality Choir, St Michael’s Church Hall, The Marld, Ashtead. 8pm-10pm. No auditions Thursday 9th or sheet music, fun and friendly, uplifting songs from around the world. 07985 094322 (weekly) Friday 10th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. New volunteers urgently needed - can you help out on a Friday morning? Call in for a chat.

Friday 10th (weekly)

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

Friday 10th (monthly)

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

Wed 15th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Peter Thompson will be speaking on ’You the Jury’. Annual subscription £10 + £1 per mtg. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 16th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Friday 17th & Fri 28th

Blood Donor Sessions, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm

Wed 29th & Fri 31st

Les Belles Heures de Jean de France: An talk on an illuminated manuscript of great beauty: £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235 or to book. 69

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David Bellamy appointed new patron of Lower Mole Countryside Trust Botanist, author and environmental campaigner David Bellamy, pictured left, is the new patron of the Lower Mole Countryside Trust. Born and bred in Cheam he grew up enjoying the beautiful countryside around North Surrey. David says “It is my honour to be a patron of the Lower Mole Countryside Trust. I have just read Mole Matters, my congratulations to all the team.� The Lower Mole Countryside Trust is a registered charity and awards grants for conservation and access projects in North Surrey and Kingston. Grants have been awarded towards tree planting, volunteer training and pond restoration etc. They help support the work of the Lower Mole Project and other community groups and organisations. You can become a member of the Trust for a small fee and receive your own copy of the Mole Matters newsletter.

For more information on how you can support your local countryside or receive help towards a project call 01372 743783 or visit 70

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General Knowledge Crossword Across 3. Onyx marble (9) 8. Crack in a lip caused usually by cold (4) 9. Pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another (3-5) 10. Glacial period in Earth's history (3,3) 13. Greek muse of love poetry (5) 14. Painfully desirous of another's advantages (7) 15. Ugly, evil-looking old woman (3) 16. Citizen who has a legal right to vote (7) 17. Devoutly religious (5) 21. Breathe out (6) 22. Early Christian church (8) 23. Bake in a kiln so as to harden (4) 24. Apiarist (9) Down 1. Copyist, scribe (9) 2. Implanted device that controls heartbeat (9) 4. Milky plant substance that coagulates on 14. Container used to store jam, dried fruit, etc (3) exposure to air (5) 15. Facility caring for the terminally ill (7) 5. Sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol (7) 18. Make cloth by interlacing threads (5) 6. Unwanted email (4) 19. Strong, forceful wind (4) 7. Fencing sword (4) 20. Mammal having partially webbed feet; valued 11. Mental illness in which the mind is dominated for its fur (4) by a single thought or idea (9) 12. Of a triangle, having two sides of equal length Solution in next month’s edition (9) 72

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 59

The Rising Sun – Guildford Road – Fetcham The Rising Sun 1920s

The Rising Sun Gardens 1920s The building is a Grade II listed building. In 1805 The Rising Sun was described as ‘A compact brew house, storeroom and cellar capable of holding 78 butts of beer, i.e. 8,424 gallons. Thomas Cooper, who having started out as landlord of the Rising Sun, where he began his successful trade ‘brewing six-penny beer made from fine spring water, in the late 18th century founded The Lion Brewery, North Street, Leatherhead. He died in 1799 owning many public houses in the district. Not surprisingly Thomas Cooper has the grandest tombstone in Leatherhead churchyard. Hodgson’s Brewery of Kingston purchased the premises in 1896. It remained a public house until the new Rising Sun in Cobham Road opened in the late 1930s. Harroway Manor Apartments occupy this site to-day. Before then there had been a medieval dwelling on the site close to a small chapel, referred to in a 1528 source as ‘The Chapple of St. Kateryn’s’. By the early 19th century ‘The Chapel House’ and the Rising Sun were treated as one and the same place, with an alehouse, barn, yard, garden and orchard. The buildings’ structure suggests that in late medieval times there was a large hall, undivided, with walls partly built either of flint rubble or timber framed. The house was originally open throughout but in later years was made into two storeys. For a short while it was called Tarquins Restaurant, and during the Second World War, it was used as a Youth Hostel. Following that it became known as The Ye Olde Rising Sun Restaurant, The Pilgrims Rest, then Le Pelerin, Pangs Villa, China Red and now Zen Garden. Goff Powell – Acknowledgements Images of Bookham & Fetcham compiled by Linda Heath and The Inns and Public Houses of Leatherhead & District by Goff Powell.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 74

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Cares about a hundred in short supply (6) 4. Latin fog swirls about, drifting aimlessly (8) 9. Give up work and go to bed (6) 10. Swindle and dish up jam (8) 12. Ultimatum ruins ideal end (8) 13. Ripest sort of clergyman (6) 15. Chaps to and fro for Christmas (4) 16. Ted able to come round after the expected time (7) 20. Endlessly desiring a painkiller (7) 21. New idea for an assistant (4) 25. Unprincipled spoken test in the morning? (6) 26. Ready money on simple material (8) 28. Dual need for a type of petrol (8) 29. Silent move to join the military (6) 30. Liberality when less rage is stirred up (8) 31. Seal we exchanged for another creature (6) Down 1. Unpleasantly loud explosion of tridents (8) 2. Entreat a worried beast (8) 3. Ring a cleric modelled (6) 5. Weaving machine seen in Bloomsbury (4) 6. Trades so badly varied (8) 7. Serial about a country (6) 8. Got the change for a run-down district (6) 11. Like a cherub in orange lichen (7) 14. Upper-case main city (7) 17. Exciting adventure when a seed cap explodes (8) 18. Roman emperor buries it badly (8) 19. Leap around Ted's plinth (8) 22. Instruction book relating to the hands (6) 23. Hat worn by a cricket player? (6) 24. Part of a church cut for luck (6) 27. Tidings from all points of the compass (4) Solution in next month’s edition 76

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Why bother with the Environment? Why should we bother about the environment around us on both the local and global scale if it is not immediately impacting on our quality of our life? It’s a reasonable question and is answered by many with a shrug of the shoulders and a response that implies that there are other things higher on their personal agenda. The recent debate amongst politicians implies that many of them see environment protection as being a dispensable – there being little intrinsic value in the wildlife around us. The basic question about why we should bother with the environment has been asked over many centuries ranging from St Thomas Aquinas in 13 thC to modern day prophets such as James Lovelock in his theory of Gaia (the Earth as living entity that will move to protect itself). The morality of exploiting the earth’s natural resources (including minerals, and ecosystems etc.) and putting waste into the environment beyond the limits that are sustainable has been questioned a lot over the last fifty years. And alongside the creation of environmental organizations such as Friends of the Earth, there has grown a debate about the ethics of how to live in our modern global society. What is acceptable behaviour in relation to the rest of the species that are found on this amazing planet of ours? Some will answer that we have got it very wrong and will encourage us to return to almost vegan “light” living to minimize our impact on the rest of the world's diverse life forms. In their view, these have as much right to be here as we do and are inherently valuable and have “rights to life” as much as we do. There are others who believe that the world we live in was created for humans and they have a biblical right to exploit it to their singular benefit. Where we stand in this debate (wittingly or not) depends much on our background, particularly our religious and family upbringing, but also the experiences we may have had either through travel, education or discussions with our friends. How individuals assess the value of the environment around them and develop their ethical stance on the environment is a topic that is not widely debated. But there are examples of how some have changed significantly because of life events. One famous one is that of St Francis who changed from being a playboy to be the person who set such an example that Pope John Paul II could say his love and care for creation was a reminder "not to behave like dissident predators where nature is concerned, but to assume responsibility for it, taking all care so that everything stays healthy and integrated, so as to offer a welcoming and friendly environment even to those who succeed us”. Thomas Aquinas set out clear principles on environment behaviour that are still relevant today namely: justice, wisdom, restraint, and courage. Regardless of one's own faith commitment, these can be a sound basis for engaging in environmental action. Barrie Mould

Our January meeting (Thursday 9th January 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article and will be led by Christine Bailey. Please 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 78

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Quiz - Review of the year

December’s crossword solutions

1. Pope Francis (speaking to his fellow cardinals on his election as Pope) 2. David Miliband 3. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead 4. Doctor Who 5. Bongo Bongo Land 6. The Eurovision Song Contest (Gaynor Hopkins is the real name of Bonnie Tyler) 7. Bridget Jones 8. BBC Television Centre 9. 3-0 to England 10. Emeli Sande and Ben Howard

Across: 1 Dr No, 4 Popeye, 8 Nocturne, 9 Agar, 10 Zaire, 11 Fantail, 13 Heroic, 15 Orange, 17 Wassail, 19 Grace, 22 Fees, 23 Lyricist, 24 Jigsaw, 25 Eden. Down: 2 Rioja, 3 Ontario, 4 Parr, 5 Peek-aboo, 6 Yeast, 7 Waning, 12 Achilles, 14 Enamel, 16 Auricle, 18 Sushi, 20 Caste, 21 Crew. Across: 1 Andrew, 4 Blast-off, 9 Fasten, 10 Reporter, 12 Lilliput, 13 Dearth, 15 Arch, 16 Babysitter, 19 Federation, 20 Area, 23 Occupy, 25 Dynamite, 27 Isolated, 28 Aboard, 29 Athletic, 30 Indeed.

Quiz - Movie Occupations 1. Eliza Doolittle - Flower Seller (My Fair Lady) 2. Gaylord Focker - Nurse (Meet The Parents) 3. Jean Brodie - Teacher (The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie) 4. Sarah Connor - Waitress (The Terminator) 5. Molly Jensen - Potter (Ghost) 6. Adrian Cronauer - Disc Jockey (Good Morning, Vietnam) 7. Vivian Ward - Prostitute (Pretty Woman) 8. Travis Bickle - Taxi Driver (Taxi Driver) 9. Frank Farmer - Bodyguard (The Bodyguard) 10. Vinny Gambini - Lawyer (My Cousin Vinny)

Down: 1 Alfalfa, 2 Displaced, 3 Eyelid, 5 Leek, 6 Slovenia, 7 Otter, 8 Further, 11 Kuwaiti, 14 Synonym, 17 Terminate, 18 Triplane, 19 Florida, 21 Amended, 22 Carbon, 24 Cloth, 26 Semi.


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By Pippa Greenwood Now that January is here it’s a perfect time to start sowing seeds in trays and pots. But how do you make sure that yours germinate and produce seedlings and then plants which thrive and grow well?

When pricking out, handle the seedlings very carefully, never by their stems or true leaves, but always by the seed leaves. Before you start to ease them out, make sure that the compost is adequately moist, so that the roots move readily without damage and that you have already prepared pots for transfer. To avoid rotting, always transplant seedlings so that they are at the same depth as they were in the seed tray.

Depending on the types of seeds you have chosen, you will need to sow them at different depths. Some seeds are tiny and are best scattered over the surface. Other seeds are best sown in drills. Once they are in place, in most cases you need to cover them with compost to the required depth. However others germinate best if allowed access to daylight and should be sown on the surface. With these it’s advisable to cover the surface of the tray with cling film to stop it drying out too rapidly. I like to put the seeds in place and then moisten the compost.

If you find that your seedlings have become rather leggy and drawn, this is usually because they’re not receiving enough natural light; move the trays onto a south or west facing windowsill.

Place the seed trays in a sink or tray containing about 1cm of water and allow the compost to soak up the water. Once the compost is just moist you should stand the trays in a position where any excess water can drain off. Then, if necessary, put the trays in a heated propagator.

Visit Pippa’s website for a great range of gardening items including ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’. Choose the veg you’d like to grow and they’re sent to you ready to plant, accompanied by weekly advice emails from Pippa.

When it comes to watering the seeds, use mains water as water butts may harbour some of the disease-causing organisms which cause damping off, the fatal condition where the seedlings appear to suddenly flop and keel over. 84

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If you buy seed and cuttings compost it’s rarely necessary to sieve it as it has a very fine and even texture. However, if you’re using multi-purpose compost, you’ll need to either break up any lumps carefully with your hands or sieve it.

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Always watch the seed trays carefully and check them regularly to ensure that the compost is adequately moist. Once the majority of the seedlings have appeared, it’s usually not long before you need to prick them out. Generally this is carried out when the first true leaves appear. When the seedling first comes above ground you will see the ‘seed leaves’ which are relatively sturdy looking and rounded in shape. Then above this come the first true leaves which are typical of that particular plant.



A shopping list for first time sowers should be: • Good quality seed and cuttings compost. • Some seed half-trays, which are about 5” x 8”. • A heated propagator, a clear propagator lid to go over the trays or a small unheated propagator. • A dibber to make it easy to transplant the seedlings into a new home. • Some small pots into which you can transplant the seedlings.

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