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Issue 111

January 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Teazle Wood update Project Wenceslas - Take 2 Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Surrey Historic Buildings Trust News from our local history society Surrey County Council - use your food waste caddy Hampton Cottage (Leatherhead Museum) by Andy Newbold

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


Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Chernobyl Children’s Lifelife


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Surrey Historic Buildings Trust


Ashtead Community Vision


What’s on? Pages 66-71


‘Do as I say, not as I do’ A story


Gardening - The truly green garden


Quiz - Review of the year


Local History Society - News for 2015


Book reviews


Local History Society article


Quiz - Previous jobs


Surrey County Council - food waste caddy


Project Wenceslas


General knowledge quiz


MV Police Column


Teazle Wood update


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nother packed little offering this month - with lots of new advertisers coming on board, and, with the onset of the New Year’s Resolutions there are some new additions in the Clubs & Activities section of the magazine. Last month we did our usual little trip to London’s South Bank to walk through the Christmas market, sipping some mulled wine (or muled wine as my friend calls it) and then hopping onto a bus to see the Regent and Oxford Street lights and watch the general mayhem that is Christmas shopping in central London, then onto a train at Victoria and home...aaah. It’s always such a nice start to the festive season. This is the final month that I’m running the Project Wenceslas scheme set up by the Leatherhead Lions encouraging those who receive their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who are in fuel debt, almost £14,000 was raised in this way last year, page 28. 2015 sees the 14th year that Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline has provided children from Belarus and Ukraine with a holiday of a lifetime, but sadly, the charity is now in financial trouble and needs funds in order to continue their good work, please go to page 62 for ways in which you can help. Lucy Quinnell, who runs the renowned Fire & Iron Gallery, gives us an update on all the amazing work that’s been taking place at Teazle Wood by volunteers and news of next year’s launch of the Teazle Wood Trust, more on page 82. In addition to the fantastic articles from Goff Powell which run each month on our local history, John Wettern has been in touch regarding the exciting activities planned for the Leatherhead & District Local History Society in 2015 and a request for volunteers, go to page 74 for more details. 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.

A very interesting advertiser has just come on board, Lucy Stone provides a mobile mole scanning service in your home. So if you’re a little unsure about a mark on your skin and would like a professional to take a look go to page 63.

When we receive good service from businesses it is important to give them a pat on the back. Last November, I drove over a loose drain cover which ruined my tyre. I Technical & Legal stuff managed to drive home and, in the morning I inspected the Whilst every care has been taken to damage - not good. I popped into ATS Euromaster in ensure that the data in this magazine Kingston Rd, Leatherhead for help. The mechanic who is accurate, the Publisher cannot looked after me was Gary Bellinger, who sorted out a new accept, and hereby disclaims, any tyre and, when I asked whether the other tyres were OK, liability to any party for loss or he said they were absolutely fine and didn’t need damage caused by errors or omissions changing. As I was coming up to the magazine’s dreadline resulting from negligence, accident I ran out of time and went back the following day to get or any other cause. the tyres balanced and the wheels aligned. Gary’s aim was to get the car safely back on the road, he had No part of this magazine may be opportunities to ‘upsell’ but he sold me a mid priced tyre reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - because of my low annual mileage and insisted that I didn’t need any additional tyres. Good on you Gary for electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without your excellent customer service. prior permission of the Publisher. Happy New Year to all my readers and All in-house artwork and editorial advertisers. presented in this magazine remains Cheerio. the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2015. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Happy New Year!! Engineering Works on SouthWest Trains (January and February 2015) The South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance will be undertaking a £7 million programme of track maintenance work in the Wimbledon area. Engineering teams will be replacing 12 sets of points (used to cross trains between different lines) positioned to the West of Wimbledon Station.

pounds towards the development of a Master Plan for the transformation and the search for a Master Plan Partner is currently out to tender, for appointment in February 2015. The plan will be housing led and encompass leisure, retail, food & beverage, an “evening” economy, job creation, town centre roads and parking. Everyone is keen to see Leatherhead improved and become a vibrant Surrey market town and the plan will be developed with full consultation with local communities in and around Leatherhead. We’ll keep you informed of progress and would welcome your comments on what proposals we should highlight at the meetings. This scheme will affect and benefit Ashtead as well so tell us what you would like to see included in this major project – and what do you NOT want to see by emailing

The infrastructure in the area dates back to the 1970’s and is now at the end of its working life. Due to the sheer number of trains which pass through the Wimbledon area, speed restrictions or other problems here can cause delays and cancellations right across the network. This work will improve reliability and punctuality of trains across this vital part of our route. This work will result in the closure of all lines in the Wimbledon area, affecting most South West Trains routes on the following dates:

Sunday 11 January 10am - Ashtead Common Walk Ranger Neil Sibley will lead a brisk 5 mile walk through the ancient landscape of Ashtead Common pointing out the fascinating history of the site. Booking essential. Wear sturdy footwear and waterproofs if needed. Well-behaved dogs are welcome if on a lead. For further information: Telephone 01372 279083 or email

3/4 January 2015; 10/11 January 2015; 17/18 January 2015; 24/25 January 2015; 31 January/1 February 2015; 15 February 2015 Trains that are running may be making additional stops or go via another route so start times and journey times will be affected. What is the impact on my journey? A train service will operate all weekend from Raynes Park Platform 1 to Dorking and Guildford via Epsom. Victoria line trains are unaffected so the easiest way to reach Waterloo is to get the Victoria train and change at Clapham Junction. Passengers may also use replacement bus services between Clapham Junction and Raynes Park to reach Waterloo.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION TRANSFORMING LEATHERHEAD TOWN CENTRE Centre should give the best return for its efforts and finances - The best opportunity for On Monday, 1st December Mole Valley District retail development; the best opportunity for Council (MVDC) launched its plans to commercial development; the best opportunity TRANSFORM LEATHERHEAD. The Leader of the to enhance the facilities for residents; the best Council, Chris Townsend, chaired the meeting opportunity to attract employment. and Nick Gray, Deputy Chief Executive, presented a bold outline of the Council’s focus. The Council has a vision for Leatherhead Town Centre as a vibrant, economically healthy and They will receive over £60,000 of funds from Government sources this coming year and have attractive modest sized, multi-purpose centre. Those living and working in the town and the pledged a further £500,000 towards planning surrounding villages can look to it as the focus and developing the way forward. for their local shopping, business, THE DRIVER. The driver is the government’s entertainment and cultural needs. The initial initiative to grow the economy by establishing investment will be used to employ specialist Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to lead MASTERPLANNERS to advise the Council on how this growth. One of these LEPs is Coast to to achieve this. Capital (C2C) which covers a rough triangular CONSULTATION. MVDC states that an essential area from Croydon at its apex to west of Chichester in the south west and Newhaven at element of this examination process is to consult and engage with the local community, its south east limit. local residents, users of the town centre, THE MANTRA – Jobs, Commercial Space and existing occupiers and employers. Leatherhead Housing. Infrastructure funding to encourage Residents Association will be working to ensure significant private investment. that all residents have a chance to make their WHY PICK LEATHERHEAD? Leatherhead is slap ideas heard for the benefit of the town. bang in the middle of one of its key territories Working through Leatherhead Area Partnership – the East Surrey M25 corridor. It has excellent Ltd and together with the Residents’ road links to both Gatwick and Heathrow Associations of Ashtead, Bookham and Fetcham airports and has good rail links to London. we aim to identify the improvements needed Because of its location it has attracted a for a 21st century market town and to advise significant community of international the Masterplanners accordingly. businesses. The council believes that the town does not live up to its significant advantages and therefore the development of its Town John W Wilson

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Listen up! There’s a good chance you might get a phone call from Ashtead Community Vison over the next few weeks to get your views on the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

obvious to those involved why ACV will be calling an organisation like the Busy Bees Nursery, Compost Works, or the Local History Society (I choose these three completely at random from the Ashtead Resident’s Association Website). But think of it this way, do we have enough suitable accommodation for nurseries?; is there some public open space where composting could take place?; does the local history need to have an interpretation centre in the village? The simple answer to these random questions, is that I have absolutely no idea, which is why Glynis and Jean will be calling to find out.

The overriding point is, that EVERY society, organisation and group, will, to a greater or lesser extent, have something to contribute ACV members Glynis Peterkin and Jean as future development in the village could Bradley will be ringing around those who represent the very many groups, associations be swayed in favour of something that the and societies that thrive around the village. community, through its NDP, seeks - be that accommodation for nurseries, local Anyone who has read anything about composting facilities or interpretation development and NDPs in their area will centres. know that a central tenet of these plans is that the local community MUST have a say in So be creative and come up with some ideas the policies that will be created to help which the ACV can then take into account determine the outcome of planning when developing the NDP. applications for future development in and Don’t forget this is is not my NDP; nor is it around the Village. ACV’s NDP or the Forum’s – it’s YOUR NDP, I say ‘help’ because the NDP is meant to be a so please get involved and do what you can distillation of the views of the local to help inform YOUR Plan. community in terms of how they would like And DO NOT assume that ACV has your the planning authorities – Mole Valley District contact details or that your chairman, leader Council – react to planning applications that or whoever speaks for your group will come before them. actually speak to Glynis, Jean or the ACV, as So if, for example, a significant development we don’t have everyone’s details, so do were to be proposed, then the views of the contact us via the website link which is here: local community to that sort of - development, would be broadly known. Of Otherwise you can email us at:course, it doesn’t mean that the right of individuals is then reduced, rather the NDP You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter aims to provide a community view of how @AshteadCV . they would like to see their area develop. So back to Glynis and Jean and the purpose of their calls. At first glance it may not be

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Do as I say, not as I do... change the colour of my hair or have one of those ear piercings. You don’t want me to stop doing the boring things that I do. Give me some suggestions and I’ll see if I can oblige…”

“The answer is no, Ben, categorically no! You’re not old enough anyway. You have to be eighteen to get a tattoo.” “You’re pretty lame, Mum. Everyone has them! They’re cool. I want an angel on my back like David Beckham.”

“Oh, Mum… You know what I mean. You’re just such a mum. You do mum things all the time.” “In case you hadn’t noticed, Ben, I am a mum… “

“I’m not talking about it anymore Ben. Wait until you’re eighteen. A tattoo is permanent. You might want one now but will you really want an angel when you’re fifty or sixty or an old man with wrinkles?”

“Sam’s mother lets him have an Xbox in his room. That’s not boring.” “You’re not having your Xbox in your bedroom. That’s not even up for discussion.”

“You’re so boring Mum. I bet you never did anything cool. A tattoo is nothing. Maybe I’ll have my ears pierced and have one of those hoop things that make the hole grow bigger. Maybe I’ll stretch the hole to the size of a pound coin. What would you think of that?”

“I want a tattoo. You won’t let me have one!” “Maybe I’ll get my belly button pierced…” “That’s gross!” “Or get a nose stud…”

“That sounds like a great idea. I might join you. If I had a hole in my ear the size of a pound, it might come in handy. I could keep a coin in it for the trolley at Sainsburys. I could hang my car keys from it…”

“I know I said that Jack’s mum had one but I didn’t mean that you should get one. It would look weird on you…” “Would you be embarrassed if I had a nose stud?” “Yeah.”

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“No nose stud, no dyed hair, no unusual ear or belly button piercings, is that right?” “Yeah.”

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“So you want me to stay the way I am then do you?”

“Jack’s alright. He thinks she looks a bit like Marge from the Simpsons though.”

“Yeah, but I still want a tattoo.” “You’re too young for a tattoo. How about chips for supper?”

“Would you like me to dye my hair Ben? I quite fancy pink. I like pink. I could do it in time for parents’ evening next week. That’s a really good idea. I’d be cool then, wouldn’t I?”

“Yeah, cool. Can you drop me round to Ben’s house later? Oh and I left my football stuff by the machine. I need it for the match tomorrow. Is that ok?”

“Don’t you dare!” “I thought you wanted me to be cool…”

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“Pink hair isn’t cool. It’s stupid. It’d be so embarrassing…”

As Ruth got undressed that night, she caught her reflection in the mirror and smiled at the small butterfly tattoo, sitting discreetly on her hip.

“So what is cool then? What can I do to be cool?” “Dunno. Just be a bit less normal, I suppose, a bit less boring.”

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The Land Down Under When it’s cold and frosty outside, there’s no better time to get reacquainted with our antipodean friends as they celebrate Australia Day on January the 26th. It’s a ripper opportunity to throw a few shrimp on the barbie, and while you’re cooking up a storm on the beach, you can sit back and read some bonza books about the land Down Under. A Town like Alice Nevil Shute

For many, Nevil Shute’s novel is the first they read that really gives them a drive to travel to Australia. It’s a compelling tale of love and war which sees Englishwoman Jean Paget captured by the Japanese in the heart of the Malaysian jungle and then forced to endure a death march lasting many months. From Malaysia, Jean returns home, but not for long as she then returns to the Far East to give something back to those who helped save her life. She may not be a bona fide ‘Sheila’, but given what she’s been through, Jean’s got the resilience of a real Aussie battler.

Everybody Jam, Ali Lewis

This is the story of Danny, who lives on a remote cattle station in the outback, and his brother who has died, his teenage sister who’s pregnant and the rather green English backpacker who’s the latest hired help. Everybody Jam refers to strawberry jam, that’s universally loved by one and all, no matter what their background or status. In Danny’s world, everyone’s gearing up for the great annual muster and it’s a make or break business, with the family pushed to its limits and fighting to survive under the intense heat of the blazing sun. It was written for young adults but if you’ve ever been a gap year student, or you fancy a true Aussie experience, then Everybody Jam could give you a real flavour of what to expect.

Eucalyptus, Murray Bail

Murray Bail has written an unusual and touching love story which has grown straight from the craggy Aussie soil itself. Widower Holland has two things he is proud of: his daughter Ellen, and his impressive collection of eucalyptus trees. Holland decrees that Ellen may only marry the man who can correctly identify all of them. While many come by to try and subsequently fail, Ellen spends her days being entertained by a stranger who appears under the shadow of a tree one day. Enchanted and intrigued by his stories of distant lands, Ellen begins to fall in love. It’s a beautiful story that will capture your heart and nurture a longing for romance and travel.

Mutant Message Down Under, Marlo Morgan

For many, the idea of ‘going walkabout’ with an aboriginal tribe would be like having a dream come true; to be permitted such a rare insight into an ancient civilisation. This is the fictional account of an woman ‘summoned’ to do just that. Often referred to as a ‘spiritual odyssey’, the book explores the way in which the nomads live in harmony with nature for as long as they are on this earth, and what we can take from that message. There are physical challenges as well as spiritual, ecological and theological for Morgan to overcome and it makes for incredible reading as she takes her four month-long journey of discovery.


Cloudstreet, Tim Winton

Tim Winton is an Australian national treasure, and quite rightly so. In one of his seminal works, Cloudstreet is a saga that covers the entire spectrum of human emotion and focuses on not one, but two families: The Pickles and the Lambs, brought together through adversity and trying to get along under one quite substantial roof. The novel spans a twenty year period of the trials and tribulations of close friends and relatives, with everything from adultery to drunkenness threatening to rock the foundations of the house on Cloudstreet.

In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson

Long before Bryson’s book Down Under, came In a Sunburned Country. The sunny island that’s home to some of the friendliest people, but 99 per cent (ish!) of the world’s deadliest creatures, is writing gold to someone like Bryson. With still only a relatively small population inhabiting this vast country, much of which is desert and unforgiving outback, there are definitely going to be some ‘characters’ to find and Bryson has a real knack for tracking them down…or in most cases, stumbling across them. It’s a very funny book. That’s all that really needs to be said. But then, what did you expect? It’s Bryson, in a cork hat, drinking a cold tinnie. Perfection.

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Do you actually need your Winter Fuel Payment? A project started last year asked people who receive their winter fuel allowance to donate the sum to the Leatherhead Lions club to help those in P fuel debt. In an arrangement with the Leatherhead WF Citizens Advice Bureau the funds were allocated to their clients needs and over 40 people were able to have their bills paid off through the generosity of Mole Valley residents. Mike Rushby Lions organiser stated “ In the short space of three months from November 2013 to January 2014 we were delighted to receive donations which totalled nearly £14k, this has prompted us to repeat the appeal this year in hope that we can do even better this time.” Many pensioners will have received their payments by now but it is never too late to help others as problems of debt are ongoing. As the Wenceslas carol goes “ Gathering Winter Fuel” so help us do the same. Either send a cheque payable to ‘The Treasurer’, Leatherhead Lions Club, 32 The Mount, Fetcham, KT22 9EE along with your full name address for claiming Gift Aid or refer to for on- line payments. For more information contact Mike Rushby 07833 574089 28

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Mole Valley Police Column Not sure - don’t open the door! This is the advice offered by Surrey Trading Standard to anyone who receives unwanted or unsolicited callers at their homes and this is endorsed fully by your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. There are several different types of “cold calling”, ranging from people offering products or services, to people trying to gain access to a person’s home in order to commit a theft. Mole Valley has been designated as “No Cold Calling” zones for several years and this has had some impact, in terms of reducing the number of cold callers, as well as empowering people to exercise their right not to deal with unsolicited doorstep callers.

“distraction burglary” technique, where the home owner is asked to monitor the flow of water in their kitchen whilst the “engineer” checks upstairs, using the opportunity to steal items in the process. Genuine utility companies and their representatives will never mind your keeping them waiting while you check their details. It is also worth mentioning that many utility companies also offer a “password” scheme. This is where you register a preferred password with the company and anyone calling at your door has to give the correct password before the resident will grant them access.

Never accept doorstep quotes for work to be done on your home. Ideally, check out and Most households should already have stickers to compare companies for yourself. Also, display, advising people that you do not personal recommendation can go a long way respond to cold calling. If there is anyone who towards preventing your becoming a victim of a would like a new sticker, or a replacement for rogue trader. their old one, then these can be obtained by contacting either your local Safer In the past, people have often believed that Neighbourhood Team or Trading Standards. using a door chain before opening the door is a good way of dealing with unknown callers. It is In recent months we have also seen a spate of true that this offers a barrier but, once the door-to-door selling of various household items skilled “salesperson” has managed to engage a by people who are “dropped” in a particular resident in conversation, it can be very hard to area and then go out trying to sell their terminate the contact. Far better to follow the products. Often these people state that they advice from Trading Standards – “Not sure – are trying to do something to earn a living don’t open the door!” having just come out of prison. That may well Neil Clarke, 13363 be the case but, in order to sell door-to-door, Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division they must have a current “Peddlers’ Licence” PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE issued by the Local Authority from the area in which they normally reside. No one should feel pressured into buying goods in this way and any To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: concerns should be called through to police on Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or 101. If, of course, the caller behaves in such a 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 way as to cause you fear or distress, then you To contact Surrey Police, telephone 101. In the can always call us on 999. Similarly, never let anyone into your home without establishing that they are “genuine”. Sometimes people claim to be from the water company, dealing with a leak down the road and asking if they can come in to your home to check your supply. This is a common

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Q: Do my spouse and I need a solicitor to obtain a divorce and financial settlement? A: No, you are not required to have a solicitor but you should obtain initial advice from a solicitor concerning your entitlement and the procedure applicable to your circumstances. It is recommended that you instruct a family solicitor for expert guidance as these do involve complex legal issues, and your future financial security. Q: If my spouse and I agree the arrangements for our children after separation does it need Court approval? A: No, after both separation and divorce you and your spouse will continue to have joint parental responsibility for your children. Unless a dispute arises as to which parent the children should live with, or how much time they should spend with each parent, no Court Order is necessary. In any Court application concerning children, Judges resolve disputes on the basis of what is in the best interests of your children. Q: Are all assets divided equally? A: Although equality is a ‘starting point’, in most marriages the appropriate order will depend upon a number of factors, including marriage length; income of both spouses and whether an equal division of capital (usually the value of the home) will be sufficient to provide a new home for both parties.

Q: Are pensions always shared? A: Both parties can make a claim for a Pension Sharing Order, and the joint value may be shared, particularly if built up during the course of the marriage. However, sometimes one spouse takes a larger capital share instead of a pension share. This would depend upon the facts in such case, the value of the assets and the wishes of the parties. Q: Is it necessary to go to Court for a divorce or financial settlement? A: No, it is not necessary to attend Court if the divorce is uncontested. Divorce terms should be agreed with your spouse before being issued in the Court. If you and your spouse agree the terms of the financial settlement and a Consent Order is drafted by your solicitor, this can be submitted to the Court for approval by a Judge without the need for you to attend. It may be necessary to attend Court if the terms of settlement cannot be agreed easily. Even then, Judges will assist you and your legal team to avoid a full hearing. Q: Do I need a solicitor if I go to mediation? A: You are not obliged to, but it is better for you to have advice before starting the mediation process, and throughout the mediation process if you wish to do so. After conclusion of mediation you will need to instruct a solicitor to draft the legal documentation.

For family and matrimonial enquiries, contact Lindsey Alexander on 01372 729555 or email

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FOR A SPARKLING FINISH EVERY TIME Correction to page 16 of December’s A&L Local: The motion which Cllr Northcott asked to be withdrawn did not support development within the Green Belt as stated in last month’s issue, but instead, the motion (put forward by Cllr Cooksey and Cllr Friend) said the Council would not support proposals for the exclusion of land from the Green Belt and its allocation for development in the Housing & Traveller Sites Plan which did not have the support and consent of the local community and which continued to contribute to Green Belt aims. In other words the Council opposed development within the Green Belt unless people in the area concerned agreed with it. It also urged that the search for brownfield sites should be intensified. Apologies to all and I trust that this now sets out clearly Cllr Northcott’s correct statement. Zen George, Publisher 34

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Take part in our studies and get paid! Leatherhead Food Research is always looking for paid volunteers from Leatherhead and the surrounding area to assist us with taste testing and nutrition studies. Studies range from eating and giving feedback on various food and drink products to assessing the impact of certain foods on appetite. To learn more about the different types of studies you can participate in, please visit If you are interested in taking part, simply register for our Nutrition Studies at Or, to register for SenseReach™ Consumer Testing, go to

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Education & Tuition

Advance to Go Despite our somewhat equivocal relationship with our neighbours on the other side of the Channel, the demand to learn French continues apace. So much so that we have had to introduce a sixth level for people who speak the language well but want to practice their conversation skills. This new class will be on Thursday mornings. Advance, also in our Tracing your Family History class. The basic course makes much use of the internet, but the advanced class on Tuesday afternoons from January 13 takes you where the internet cannot reach – parish registers, local archives and a range of other source materials . The aim is to trace at least one family member back to 1650. And this is advance warning of our plans for September 2015 - we are introducing part time GCE A and AS levels in five subjects - Maths, English, Law, Sociology and History. More about this will be in the next edition.

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

Worzels take charity quiz title! Last November, over 60 enthusiastic quizzers took part in the annual Charity Quiz Night at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. After many challenging questions, ‘The Wurzels’ and ‘That’s A Lot Of Change’ proved inseparable at the top of the 10 teams taking part, each with a very impressive score of 80 points out of a possible 100. However, it was ‘The Wurzels’ who ultimately took the title after a tiebreak question about the length of the M25 motorway, coming to within just two miles of the correct answer of 117 miles. ‘The Wild Boys’ picked up the booby prize of a selection of mini cheeses for coming last, albeit with a still very respectable score of 59 points. Everyone present enjoyed an excellent shepherd’s pie supper, courtesy of Clark’s Café in Leatherhead, and a raffle helped to raise over £650 for the club’s international projects, including ‘Wherever The Need’, a UK-based charity that aims to alleviate poverty and provide access to clean sanitation throughout developing countries, by building life-saving eco-toilets. For further information, please visit Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Leatherhead. For further information about the club please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 47

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - December 2014 Meeting On arrival at our hall we were greeted by wonderful Christmas displays on our tables, and soon a lovely collection of our Secret Santa gifts mounted up as an attractive fund -raiser. After our usual warm welcome from our President, we had news that we have three new members, and we wish them much enjoyment with Ashtead W.I. Thanks to everyone’s support we also raised a very good amount for our funds at our November Coffee morning which was of course also a good opportunity to chat to members who we don’t normally get to see. We were very happy to again welcome Siobhan Clarke, who this time told us about the origins of Christmas festivities, from Pagan times celebrating the winter solstice on the shortest day, and the origins of the Yule log (from the Vikings) and mistletoe, a sacred plant. It was thought that the tree spirits in decorative greenery needed to be let out, hence the limit of 12 days for decorations. Many early kings have been crowned on the 25th December, thought to be an auspicious day. It was interesting to hear that Christmas had been discouraged since before Cromwell’s time, but was reinstated after the Restoration. Apparently Queen Charlotte had a Christmas tree in 1800 but only for the royal family, however most of our traditions come from the Victorian era. Victoria and Albert followed the German custom of exchanging gifts on Christmas eve, which is still being done by our royal family today. Surprisingly there were electric lights for the trees in the early 20th century – so much safer! Siobhan told us that King George V gave his first Christmas Speech (co-written by Rudyard Kipling) in 1932, and the 1940 Christmas card was of the King and Queen at the damaged Buckingham Palace. Our evening was completed by everyone receiving individual gifts and cards, organised by our committee, a lovely surprise and very much appreciated. Our New Year’s meeting will be on January 7th, at 7.15 for 7.30, when David Gillott will be giving us a cookery demonstration. Sandra Brown


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At our December meeting we were entertained by our variety group with a wonderful, colourful show, a mixture of singing , sketches and recitations all ably produced by Irene Thomas. A real

Mid Surrey Federation held their annual Carol Service at St John' s Church, Stoke, Guildford on 10th December, followed by a Christmas dinner and entertainment put on by the various Guilds in the Federation. In the spring Federation are organising a visit to the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery and a day on Germany on 23rd March at Merrow. At our next meeting on January 6th Peter Smith will be speaking on living on a lighthouse. You will be made most welcome at our meetings which are held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30 for 7.45 on the first Tuesday of the month. For further information please contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The last meeting for 2014 was our AGM. The minutes of the October meeting were read, and agreed. Mrs Betty Tunstill gave her summary of the year’s activities, and it was interesting to recall what an active 12 months it has been. Thanks were given to the committee, and all the members who help in various ways, such as setting up the room, making coffee and selling raffle tickets. 2015 will be a time of celebration, marking the 30th anniversary of the Leatherhead WI and the centenary of the WI nationally. The programme for 2015 is now completed, and available on request, to anyone interested in joining, or initially visiting one of our meetings. We would like to attract new members and you would be made very welcome. With the growing interest in crafts, we will be focusing more on these in the future. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. For any further information please ring Betty on 01372 374570.


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The role of reproductive immunology for ‘unexplained’ infertility and IVF failure and recurrent pregnancy loss Pregnancy loss occurs in 25-30% of all pregnancies, whether natural or with IVF, particularly in the first trimester of gestation. Unfortunately, a significant percentage (510%) of the couples suffering from recurrent pregnancy loss or failed IVF will not have any reason identified for their condition. This is mainly because of the limited “conventional” testing offered from non-specialists and public health services. This situation leaves couples confused, disappointed and frustrated, especially after the stressful and emotional journey of fertility treatment. NewLife Clinic is one of the few clinics in Europe that has consultants specialising in offering immunological testing and treatment to couples with recurrent pregnancy loss and IVF failure. Pregnancy loss or IVF failure can be caused by a variety of factors, such as embryo chromosomal anomalies, uterine malformations, clotting disorders and immunological factors. Of all these factors, a reproductive immunology service is offered by only a few clinics in the UK. Our immune system’s primary role is to fight off invading cells that have a different genetic pattern to ours. A foetus in the womb has a different genetic pattern, as it carries the father’s genes as well as the mother’s. Based on the above principle, one would expect that the body will try and reject the foetus, but we understand that a unique reaction takes place in the early stages of pregnancy which allows the implantation of the early placenta cells in the lining of the womb, allowing the pregnancy to be sustained. In the lining of the womb, the predominant type of immune cells is the natural killer cells (NKs). NKs are a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell) and their role in allowing and facilitating early embryo implantation is extremely important. They do this by secreting a variety of “signalling factors” known as cytokines. Most studies agree that an imbalance in NK population and their signal production can cause problems in the implantation of the embryo and the early stages of the growth of the foetus. The clinical presentation of this imbalance includes failed IVF and miscarriage. Newlife Fertility Clinic offers a range of immunological testing including NKs testing in peripheral blood. We are experts in interpreting the results and offering every available immunological treatment option.

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Plea for support from Mid Surrey Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Mid Surrey Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, is a local Charity that brings a group of children over to the UK for a month each Summer, to provide respite away from the contaminated areas in which they live due to the fall-out from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. 2015 would be the 14th year in succession that this Charity has provided children with such a holiday of a lifetime. Just a month in the UK is likely to provide health benefits to each child for up to two years, as their bodies reap the rewards of being in a healthy environment and of being able to eat healthy foods full of vitamins. In the past children have come to Mid-Surrey from Belarus and Ukraine. However, this year the Charity are in dire financial trouble. “We really do need help from your readers this year. Funds are very low, and without donations coming in, we are unable to run a visit this coming Summer” said Kathy, the Publicity Co-ordinator for the Link. “We really do need the public’s help and that of local businesses to come forward and help us” she added. “We do have a number of fund-raising events in the pipe-line, but even with these based on current figures we need more money.” Kathy went on to say, it’s such a worthwhile thing to do – these poor children are desperate to come to Mid Surrey for a holiday, they’ve heard from their friends and relatives who’ve been here in previous years and they know how much they will benefit from a holiday here. They’ve seen the health benefits for themselves.” “Any amount of a donation would be gratefully received” said Kathy, “or if you are about to undertake an event to raise money for charity, then please consider ours”. Volunteer Host families are also needed.

Contact Kathy on 01293 734813 for further details or check out the website

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WORRIED ABOUT MOLES OR SUN DAMAGE? MOBILE MOLE SCANNING SERVICE Get the reassurance you need by having your skin checked by a specialist with immediate results in the comfort and convenience of your own home or work. Early detection saves lives and most skin cancers, if caught early, are easily treated. Non-invasive, quick and painless specialist camera to analyse any suspicious looking moles. Regular scanning may mean removal of moles is avoidable. Our full body mole scan is not available at GP surgeries.

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Surrey Historic Buildings Trust gave £12,000 for heritage conservation in first half of 2014 Lord Rosebery. The graves are of horses owned by Lord Rosebery and include those of several famous Derby winners of that era. The stables themselves have recently been refurbished thanks to a substantial grant from English Heritage to enable the building to come off the Heritage at Risk Register. The Grade II Listed, Regency era, neoclassical Hope Mausoleum in Chart Park, Dorking, was granted £3,000 by SHBT for SHBT members at Leith Hill Place essential work as part of a long-term conservation plan for the site. The mausoleum was designed by Thomas Hope, a Surrey Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT), a registered charity, gave more than £12,000 in collector and connoisseur who was a major figure in Regency England. Hope is interred grants to heritage conservation projects in there, together with eight members of his the first half of 2014. family. The SHBT grant has been made for SHBT members were also given a guided tour the reinstatement of the railings and of Leith Hill Place by the curator, Gabrielle forecourt, destroyed in the 1960s. The longGale, who highlighted the property’s term plan is for the mausoleum to be fascinating connections to the Wedgwood accessible to the public via a long walk family, Charles Darwin and Ralph Vaughan around the estate. Williams. SHBT also made a £3,000 grant towards the The Trust awarded grants for repairs and repair of windows at Leith Hill Place. This restoration work at The Durdans in Epsom, Grade II Listed, 18th-century country house, Hope Mausoleum in Dorking, Goddards in in the Palladian style, belonged to the Abinger Common, the East Battery Lime Kilns composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose grandfather Josiah Wedgwood III had moved at Betchworth, and to Leith Hill Place. there in 1847. Vaughan Williams’ uncle, A grant of £4,000 was made by SHBT towards Charles Darwin, was a regular visitor to Leith repairs to Grade II Listed horse graves in Hill Place. The property was given to the woodland adjacent to The Durdans riding National Trust by Vaughan Williams in 1944 stables in Chalk Lane, Epsom. The grant was but was leased as a school boarding house for for the repair of grave slabs and railings at many years and was only opened to the the property, which was owned by the public for the first time in 2013. Victorian statesman and racehorse owner

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Goddards (pic left), a Grade II Listed Arts & Crafts-style house in Abinger Common, was given a £1,500 SHBT grant for restoration of the ha-ha in the grounds. The creation of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, Goddards was built in 1898-1900 and enlarged in 1910, and exemplifies the traditional “Surrey style”. The property is now owned by the Lutyens Trust and leased to the Landmark Trust for holiday lets. It also houses the Lutyens Archive.

Surrey Historic Buildings Trust was formed in 1980 with the aim of helping to preserve the historic architectural heritage of Surrey for the benefit of future generations. The Trust has provided hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund heritage conservation in Surrey over the past three decades. The SHBT supporter scheme – Friends of Surrey Historic Buildings Trust – is open to anyone interested in Surrey’s heritage, and offers opportunities for guided tours of historic properties across the county.

The Trust also made a £1,000 grant to fund a topographic survey of the East Battery Lime Kilns at Chalkpit Lane, Betchworth. The 19th Century kilns are scheduled ancient monuments – the highest level of protection for historic buildings – but are currently on the Heritage ‘At Risk’ Register. The results of the topographic survey will form the basis of a long-term conservation programme for the kilns, which will preserve their historic significance and also their value as a wildlife habitat. The kilns provide an ideal natural environment for a growing bat colony.

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WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st DECEMBER

A Christmas Advent at Polesden Lacey, 11am-4pm. £4 per adult, £2 child, £10 family. with 24 scenes and activities around the garden, courtyard and house. Visitors can take a horse and carriage ride (£1 Children, £2 Adults), listen to yuletide choirs and bands in Dairy Courtyard, indulge in seasonal treats in the Cafe, shop in the Christmas Stables Shop. Visit advent scenes in the potting shed and gardens and look out for Father Christmas, who this year has some timed appearances so parents are guaranteed to find him. 01372 452048,

Friday 2nd JANUARY

Sports camp for 5-13 year olds, Xcel Leisure Complex, Waterside Drive, Walton on Thames, KT12 2JG. 8.30am-5.30pm. Jump into the New Year and try out sports camps at Xcel. The day will include 2 sessions led by sports coaches. There will also be loads of fun games and activities to help children build confidence and develop skills, all in a healthy, safe and friendly environment. £21.60. For more info and to book: 01372 474634, or email

Tuesday 6th

Jingle Bugs - Music Making for babies. Old Pixham School, Pixham Lane, Dorking, RH4 1PT. Free taster session 9.40-11.40am (normally £4.90 per session). Music sessions for children up to 5 years. 9.40-10.20am 3-5 years; 10.30am-11am 3-18 mths; 11.10-11.40am 18mths-3years. 01483 519303.

Saturday 10th

Young people’s painting workshop. Watt’s Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. 1012 years 10.30am-1pm, 13-16 years 2pm-4.30pm. £7.50. Use watercolours to create a wintry landscape painting. Led by painter Jane Allison. Pre-booking required. 01483 810235.

Tuesday 13th

Gardening workshop, RHS Garden Wisley, 10.30am-1.30pm. £30 member/£42 Nonmember, inc tea and coffee. Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? RHS experts help, giving techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks, inc spring and renovation pruning, seed sowing, and preparing a seed bed. Practical activities and a walk in the garden will feature, so bring suitable clothing, footwear & gardening gloves.

Saturday 10th

Dorking Halls, 7.30pm, Dorking Concertgoers present Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Domingo Hindoyan, Grieg: Holberg Suite; Schumann: Piano Concerto, Soloist Ji Liu, Beethoven: Symphony No.7. Tickets £14, £20, £25 & £29, Students half price; under 18s accompanied by full price ticket holder, free. From 01306 740619 or Dorking Halls 01306 881717 or online at

Wed 21st

Scuba Try Dive, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 8-9pm, £5 plus pool entrance. Find out if you like diving and gain an insight into the fascinating world beneath the waves. All equipment is provided, all you need is your swim gear and towel. Min age 16., 07552 498558

Friday 23rd

Desert Island Discs. St George’s Church, Ashtead, 7.30pm for 8pm. £20 to inc wine and snacks. Join us for an entertaining evening of visual, musical and anecdotal entertainment with our popular MP Chris Grayling and his wife Sue enhanced by the interviewing skills of our clergy. Tickets from: Janet Widman 01372 276726,, or St George’s Reception

Sunday 25th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society's Store, situated in Leatherhead on By-Pass Road between the M25 Junction & Copthorne Road, re-opens to members for the season on every Sunday 9.30am-12.30pm. Annual membership is just £3. You can join by going to the Store, or by contacting the Treasurer on 07966 522534. The store stocks seed potatoes, onion & shallot sets and vegetable seeds, plants and a range of garden products at very competitive prices. If there’s an event in February that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 12th January. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 66

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Blood Donor Session: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY. 10am-2pm.

Thursday 1st JANUARY (mthly)

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

Friday 2nd (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 2nd (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 4th (weekly)

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Sunday 4th (weekly)

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

Tuesday 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, Talk: ‘Living on a Lighthouse’, by Peter Smith. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 7th (weekly)

10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road (termtime only). Come along for a chance to meet other parents and childminders over coffee while the children play.

Wed 7th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Cookery demonstration by local chef David Gillott. Info Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 8th (weekly)

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

Thurs 8th (weekly)

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

Thurs 8th (weekly)

Ashtead Over 60s Lunch club - meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room, APMH for a freshly prepared hot lunch ad dessert. Doors open 10.30am for tea and biscuits. Places available - call Olive on 375640 or Brenda on 813276.

Thurs 8th (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, or email:

Wed 8th

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

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Friday 9th

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10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Need to get out after Christmas ? Come and join us for coffee with chance to buy fabulous home-produced cakes, pastries, flowers, crafts and preserves along with quality meat and eggs. Limited availability so come early or order in advance. Contact Janine 01372 374914 with any queries.

Friday 9th (weekly)

10.30am- 12noon The Sewing Shop with everything you need to start sewing in the New Year - now within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Tuesday 13th Centre, Kingston Rd. Interesting speakers and a varied programme of events. For more (monthly info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Thurs 15th (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 16th (3rd Friday mthly)

Leatherhead & District Local History Society monthly meeting, Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee served from 7.30pm. £2, non-members are welcome. “The Crystal Palace” by Ian Bevan. Created in 1851 and burnt to the ground in 1936. A story of Victorian magnificence. For further information please contact John Wettern tel. 01372 459277, or email :

Wed 21st

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. ‘A potpourri of antiques’ - speaker Colin Read. More info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 28th

Ashtead Bridge for Charity, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, £6. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. For more info contact Maureen and Peter Cox, 01372 275855,

Friday 30th

2.30 & 7.30 pm. Peter Paul Rubens: Master of the Baroque. A talk exploring his life, influences & times as a background to the Royal Academy exhibition opening 24th January 2015. £10 inc refreshments 01372 272235: to book. Seats limited.


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The Truly ‘Green’ Garden By Pippa Greenwood

There are so many ways in which you can plot and scheme about all that your garden could have to offer in 2015, but there’s one thing I would ask you to consider: take the plunge, ring the changes and ‘Go Organic’. Many gardeners have decided that they really want to concentrate on natural methods of pest control and the use of natural fertilising materials rather than chemical feeds. And they do it because it works and makes life so much better for the other less powerful creatures and plants we share our space with.

Regular patrols to find problems, so that they can be caught at the early stages and dealt with promptly, mean fewer problems in the long-term and should ensure that you catch an infestation of pests or a disease outbreak before it gets too bad. Sprays of certain kinds are allowed’ (those based on soft soap to control certain pests, copper based fungicides to control diseases etc) but most organic gardeners prefer to avoid them altogether.

Since we moved to our Hampshire garden nearly twenty years ago, I have kept it completely organic and believe me, it really is not difficult. Weed control can certainly be harder as there is no resorting to herbicides such as glyphosate, but if your garden doesn’t have too many persistent weeds, even that should not be too difficult. If you do have an existing problem then make weeding a regular part of your gardening time and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how speedily you start to get on top of it.

I am a great fan of horticultural fleece. Placed over a crop such as calabrese from the moment you plant it out, you should be able to ward off all the common pests including caterpillars, cabbage root fly and aphids. Traps such as submerged beakers of old beer or milk to catch slugs and sticky yellow cards to trap flying pests, all work well. Of course for many pests there are also biological controls available, plus a whole range of controls to stop greenhouse pests.

True, organic gardening does take a bit more planning and forethought. If you grow vegetables you will need to ensure that you rotate your crops. Just divide the space you have into three or four chunks and then ensure that each year you grow related crops together and then the following year, move each group into a new plot.

Keeping the soil in good condition is a must and if you don’t already have a compost bin or heap, get on and make or buy one straight away. The choice is up to you, but I strongly recommend it, for a whole host of reasons, only some of which I have mentioned here.

It also pays to ensure that you really do garden as ‘well’ as you can, avoiding too many short cuts and taking the plant’s health and vigour as a prime consideration. In any part of the garden you need to try to choose plants that really are suited to the site as those grown in unsuitable conditions will be more prone to disease and pest attack. to make veg growing easy with ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’. Pippa sends your chosen veg plants to you and each week emails advice and tips for getting the best results; plus lots of great barriers and biological controls 72

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News from Leatherhead & District Local History Society Heading for a Bumper 2015

example we want to strengthen our team of communicators – our “public relations” people, working to make the Society better known. By this means we work to invite new members and to tell about the museum. It is interesting work and doesn’t require fantastic skills or a knowledge of history. Anyone who would like to know more about this activity please contact John Wettern via email on

Leatherhead & District Local History Society covers Ashtead, Leatherhead, Fetcham and the Bookhams.

The local history society together with its museum is all set for a year of activity which covers many aspects. It is probably best known for the monthly programme of lectures at which non-members are always welcome. As usual there will be talks on a wealth of diverse subjects, starting in January with the story of The Crystal Palace. Followed in February with a look at the history of crime in Surrey. Other titles will be announced as the year progresses.

Address and Museum location: 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP

The Museum in Church Street, Leatherhead (pic above) is already preparing for its seasonal opening in April. New exhibits are being made ready and these will include displays illustrating Leatherhead’s history in Roman and mediaeval times and dealing with the story of how Leatherhead grew. There will be costumes for children to try on and chances for visitors to handle archaeological objects. Even sound effects will be featured. The web site continues to be expanded and the recently launched digital archive will see new growth. The society exists not just for its members but for all those who care about local history. As always, new members are being sought.

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Fetcham Post Office - Lower Rd/Sandy Lane (The Ridgeway) Left: Fetcham Post Office c: 1928 Below: Orchard Parade 1950s

The school master Richard Caernarton was for many the Post Office Receiver, mail arriving at Leatherhead at 7.30am and being dispatched at 7.30pm. In 1871 the Post Office established deliveries to Fetcham, Bookham and Effingham. The sub-office at the school house continued until about 1890 when Henry Partridge, who was the Fetcham Park estate carpenter and his wife Angelina, took it over and operated it from a house on the corner of Lower Road and Sandy Lane (The Ridgeway). A primitive telephone was installed in the mid–1880s as part of the sub-office facilities connected to the omnibus line linking Leatherhead, Bookham and Effingham and it enabled telegrams to be received and dispatched. It is thought that the house may have been a lodge to the Fetcham Park estate until a new one was built in the 1870s. The last occupant was Samuel Friston. The existing facilities were transferred from the house to the present site Orchard Parade, Cobham Road. Goff Powell - Extracted from History of Fetcham L&DLHS 1998 with additions.

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Teazle Wood has had another very successful and productive autumn With the mosquitoes calming down in late September, and nesting season over, autumn is proving to be the most active time of year for volunteer and professional conservation work. There is a really good feeling of it all coming together, and having seen what can be achieved by diverse groups and individuals working in collaboration, we should feel very confident about a healthy future for this precious piece of land. The benefits to people are already obvious - the project to understand and care for the wood is creating new partnerships and new friendships, teaching all involved a great deal, enabling engagement with vulnerable community members and establishing a mutually-beneficial connection with similar projects.

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Surrey Bat Group identified seven bat species, including a rare Bechstein’s bat. The Rye was surveyed and new groups formed to improve this neglected stretch – a kingfisher was spotted in October. Teazle Wood’s bees produced their first (delicious!) honey, thanks to the skills of beekeeper Hilary. A major tree survey was carried out, and we are now looking at some very exciting archaeology.

Lower Mole Project at work 'Alliances of contrasts' is the phrase that keeps springing to mind. It was used by Gavin Saunders (British Association of Nature Conservationists) at the Natural Connections conference in London (where I was speaking about Teazle Wood). Gavin said that the strongest projects in the end are often the 'messiest' ones at the beginning, and can unite people from surprisingly different fields, with great outcomes - I think Teazle Wood falls into this category! I love the volunteer days, where marketing executives, motor trade bosses, food specialists, tree surgeons, ecologists, supermarket staff, students, the retired, the intrigued and the unemployed all turn up and Hilary’s honey! enthusiastically rally to improve things. There is always a lot of laughter, and despite some of the foulest litter and fly-tipping tasks to date, smiles at the end of the day. If you want to join us, get in touch. The launch of the Teazle Wood Trust is planned for April 2015, to catch the bluebells. Thank you, as ever, to all those supporting the wood in so many ways - you are always appreciated. Some of you have given many days of your free time to very varied aspects of the project this year, and your contribution is why this is working. If you use Facebook, do follow us (Friends of Teazle Wood); we have 144 members of the Facebook group, and there are some great images on there. It forms a very instant and useful 'Teazle Wood Diary'.

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We wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy 2015. Lucy Quinnell Friends of Teazle Wood 82

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Chips with everything? Well no, but it's probably LEDs with everything these days. As you put away those Christmas lights, have a look to see how many of them now use LEDs rather than conventional light bulbs. Have a look at the display of TVs at the local electrical store and note that the vast majority are LED sets. Look at the traffic lights in Epsom and the local minor road works that held you up on the way home - LEDs again. Light Emitting Diodes (they are very closely related to computer chips) are becoming ubiquitous wherever lights and display screens are seen. The reasons for this is are many, but principally it’s their incredibly long life, and their high energy efficiency when compared to conventional bulbs. They are also versatile in producing colours (even from the same bulb) and are “instant” on/off devices, knocking spots off those energy efficient but very slow compact fluorescent bulbs distributed en-masse as freebies a few years ago. The guy who did the science that allowed LEDs to produce white light has just been awarded a Nobel Prize and the lighting industry is investing zillions in improving all kind of LED devices, so we are nowhere near the limit of their versatility and energy efficiency yet. Yet even now, as light bulbs, they can be more than 10 times as efficient as our conventional ones and have expected lifetime up to 20 - 30 times longer. Just think what that means in lower maintenance cost and less hassle in replacing burnt out bulbs in difficult places (that’s one of the reasons why so many traffic lights now are LEDs – they are much easier to maintain). One of the difficulties with this new technology for consumers is that the LED bulbs are rated in the less familiar units of "lumens" and have a quoted “colour temperature” ; "watts" are also usually given but don't correspond to the old-style bulb wattages due to huge change in bulb efficiency. But most shops do have guides to help you pick the right one. For example, a conventional 40W light bulb, described as a “warm white” (2700K) is rated to produce about 410 - 470 lumens and will use 6 to 7 watts – an 85% reduction in energy demand. That would mean even it cost £5 (as it currently will) compared to 50p for the conventional one, after approximately one year (running it roughly for 1000 hours, say, in a lamp you use most nights) it would pay for itself in that year and probably last the next 15 - 20 years - just think how many conventional light bulbs you would need to buy and get up a ladder to change in that period! A 60W conventional bulb can be replaced with a 10 watt LED producing about 800 lumens. You can now also get dimmable LEDs and, although more expensive, the prices are dropping rapidly. It’s probably not worth replacing compact fluorescent bulbs until they fail (or their slow start-up process really annoys you!) But if you have standard incandescent light bulbs then now is the time to act. Barrie Mould For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 90

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Quiz - Review of the Year

December’s crossword solutions

1. Monty Python 2. You only live once 3. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin 4. England 5. Russia 6. Ellen DeGeneres 7. 45% 8. Latvia 9. The X Factor 10. They reduced the price by 50 cents for every goal Germany scored in the World Cup match against Brazil

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Across: 8 Cancan, 9 Amaretto, 10 Lido, 11 West Indies, 14 Author, 15 Proposal, 18 Herb, 19 Stunt, 20 Neon, 22 Straight, 25 Supper, 26 Mother's Day, 30 Tofu, 31 Opulence, 32 Hungry. Down: 1 Manicure, 2 Acrophobia, 3 Answer, 4 Bass, 5 Sari, 6 Lead, 7 Athena, 12 Throne, 13 Nap, 16 Omnipotent, 17 Itches, 21 Open fire, 23 Troupe, 24 Ire, 25 Scythe, 27 Hold, 28 Rent, 29 Deed.

Quiz - Previous Jobs

Across: 1 Series, 7 Crotchet, 8 Zinc, 10 Game, 11 Sherry, 12 Essen, 14 Nostril, 17 Journal, 18 Welsh, 21 Galaxy, 23 USSR, 25 Mars, 26 Date Line, 27 Pewter.

Research chemist - Margaret Thatcher Carpenter - Harrison Ford Jockey - George Formby Painter - Adolf Hitler US Army swimming instructor - Clint Eastwood 6. Hairdresser - Delia Smith 7. Milkman - Benny Hill 8. Professional footballer - Julio Iglesias 9. Music teacher - Sheryl Crow 10. Slaughterhouse worker - Ozzy Osbourne

Down: 1 Sizzle, 2 Rung, 3 Screw, 4 Pot shot, 5 Acre, 6 Near miss, 9 Career, 13 Stowaway, 15 Theism, 16 Katydid, 19 Hussar, 20 Julep, 22 Amen, 24 Raft.


1. The middle of nowhere

Down: 1 Heaviest, 2 Strip, 4 Clever, 5 Contemporary, 6 Existed, 7 Meek, 8 Announcement, 12 Presents, 14 Routine, 16 Smacks, 18 Erase, 19 Fang.


Simple Crossword solution Across: 1 Hush, 3 Ice cream, 9 Arrange, 10 Noise, 11 Improvements, 13 Serene, 15 Spider, 17 Supermarkets, 20 Agile, 21 Curtain, 22 Greatest, 23 Gems.

2. Close quarters

3. All roads lead to Rome

House & Garden

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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 01372 277350 (Marian Guess) Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07733 621614 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 272588 (Margery Curtis) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 372006 (Paul Fairweather) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787)

Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 277742 (Vivien Redman) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 373493 (David Wells) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 0300 200 1001 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 272595 (Peter Waterhouse) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 St Helier Hospital Main switchboard 020 8296 2000 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteer Centre Leatherhead 01372 740394 (based at L/head library weekly) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 94

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Issue 111. Never underestimate the importance of community.