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Issue 123

January 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Happy New Year! Project Wenceslas returns Can you live on just ÂŁ1 a day? Tools for Self Reliance Charity Lots of volunteering opportunities inside Surrey Police - can you spot a fake note? Christmas & New Year bin collection dates Mole Valley District Council prepared for winter Runner up - Best Business Contribution to the Community Leatherhead Bridge by Andy Newbold Photography

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


Xmas & New Year bin collections





Fetcham Residents’ Association


Can you live on just £1 a day?


Ashtead Community Vision


Brigitte Trust charity wins award


MVDC prepared for winter


Congratulations Ashtead Good Neighbours


Volunteer Centre, Dorking


Leatherhead Women’s Institute


Quiz - Review of the Year


Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society


MV Police Column - spotting fake notes


Ashtead U3A


Tools for self reliance charity


MV Walking for Health


Give a cat a home


What’s on in January? Pages 68-73


Quiz - Acts named after songs


Cryptic crossword


Puddles, Cuddles & Xmas Decs - a story


Project Wenceslas returns


Book review


Transition Ashtead


MV residents embrace RingGo parking


General knowledge crossword


Recipe - Crab, lime and chilli pasta


Youngest curator at RHS Wisley


Challengers charity


Gardening - roses


Home-Start charity


Local history article


Simple crossword


Head2Head Theatre charity


Solutions on page 92

Leatherhead Residents’ Association


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From the Publisher


s I mentioned in last month’s edition, The A & L Local magazine was nominated for a Leatherhead Business Award in the Best Business Contribution to the Community category, a big thank you to everyone who voted for this little magazine. However, the winner of the category was St John’s School who, apart from providing children with an excellent education, also run, amongst other things, a charity which gives 20 children with a range of special needs a week long residential holiday - a very worthy winner. TWM solicitors won the Professional Services Firm of the Year category, and they can be found on page 15. Finally, my good friend Lucy Quinnell of the Fire & Iron Gallery won the prestigious Women in Business Award, and very well deserved it is too. All in all we had a really wonderful evening and it was good to meet up with old friends and to catch up with all the gossip. I am delighted to report that as this magazine goes to print my late father’s old carpentry tools, newly refurbished, are winging their way to Africa to help people learn a skill and a make a life for themselves, more on this in the Ashtead Rotary report on page 24. On the cover I mentioned that there are numerous volunteering opportunities available for 2016, this information can be found in the articles covering the Volunteer Centre Dorking (p.18), the Challengers charity (p.44), the Home-Start charity (p.46), Brigitte Trust (p.54), Ashtead Good Neighbours (p.62) and Head2Head Theatre charity (p.90). So if you have a little time to spare to help others, then I’m sure these charities would love to hear from you. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

With winter tightening its grip, it’s the start of the annual Leatherhead Lions’ Project Wenceslas scheme, more about this worthwhile project can be found on page 76. I was approached by a remarkable Ashtead girl called Nikki Abbot who challenged herself to live on just £1 a day for her food and drink for five days last month, in order to highlight the plight of those whose outlook is bleak. More on how she got on and about the charity she supports can be found on page 50. Lollipop Ladies (or Men) - I remember our one with fondness, she was always so cheerful and we school kids adored her - when crossing the road I used to inform her that I was in The Tufty Club don’t you know! Crikey, that’s going back a few years, uhum, looking back at it now, I’m not quite sure why we listened to road crossing advice from a squirrel, they don’t have a terribly good track record! Anyway, I digress, the Greville Primary School in Ashtead is looking to recruit someone to help children and pedestrians cross the road, go to page 45...

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Infrastructure Needs Assessment

MVDC is asking Mole Valley residents to let them know which are the top 2 pieces of infrastructure that help us to live and work in Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan the District. You may have received a postcard Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum (the asking for your views but you can also respond to Forum) will shortly begin a public consultation on the consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which it has been working on for the past The draft NDP will also include a list of infrastructure projects so far identified in couple of years. Ashtead so it would be worth having a look at The public consultation runs from 18th January that list, via the ACV website, when it is to 28th February 2016 but the NDP will be published in early January to check if any items accessible to read from the beginning of January gel with your own views on local needs or on the ACV website perhaps to suggest other projects as part of the NDP consultation process. During the consultation, those wishing to Transform Leatherhead comment on the policies in the draft plan will be The stage two consultation on the Transform able to do so via a link to a questionnaire Leatherhead project is continuing until 15th through the ACV website. Paper copies of the January 2016. Some of the ideas for resolution questionnaire will be available during an Open of the issues that were identified during the Morning at the APMH on 6th February 2016. stage one consultation earlier in 2015 can be ACV will review all comments as, later in the seen on the Mole Valley website if you couldn’t process, an independent Inspector will need to get to the December exhibitions in the see evidence of how those comments have been Leatherhead Theatre. addressed in the final version of the NDP. The ideas envisage a major transformation of the town and Ashtead residents might be very Following the stage one consultation, the NDP interested in this project, which is being will be reviewed by Council Officers to check progressed with the aim of making Leatherhead that it is compliant with MVDC’s Core Planning a destination town with enhanced shopping and Strategy prior to seeking approval from the leisure facilities. At a time when we see the Council Executive for a second stage public consultation. After that, it will be examined by last bank in Ashtead closing and, at the time of writing, still no indication of the new owner of an independent Inspector before being put to the Tesco site in The Street or when referendum in Ashtead. The whole process will development is likely to take place there, the take some considerable further time and the Association would be interested to learn of current expectation is that the referendum will residents’ views on the vision for Leatherhead, take place during the May 2017 Council albeit that plans will take some years to come to elections. fruition, should both public and commercial funding be forthcoming. Please email If residents vote in favour of the NDP, it will be with your formally adopted by MVDC and will then be the views. first point of reference for Councillors making

planning decisions for Ashtead. It is therefore of considerable interest to all residents and businesses in Ashtead so please do make sure that your voice is heard by participating in the stage one consultation in early 2016.

And finally, all good wishes for a very Happy New Year from the ARA Standing Committee. Glynis Peterkin Chairman 8

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‘Transform Leatherhead’ is one of the projects supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership, called Coast to Capital (C2C for short). A reminder – the role of the Local Enterprise Partnership is threefold: • to encourage the creation of jobs;

• to encourage the provision of employment space; • to encourage the building of homes.

In order to achieve these aims the Local Enterprise Partnership invests in the necessary planning and infrastructure through the local authorities to encourage private investment in developments. The aim is for every £1 spent by C2C to generate £7 of private investment.

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At the same time as the development of the town centre, if not before, we must have an improvement in the road system and car parks: • to enable shoppers to get to and park near the shops;

So far C2C has injected funds for the employment of Masterplanners to develop plans for this transformation. We have now seen the Baseline Report, which details what the Masterplanners identified as the key aspects of and influences on Leatherhead town. We have also read the Report on the results of the Stage 1 consultation process. Not surprisingly 'better shopping' was identified as the top priority change, which respondents wanted, followed in order of priority by better car parking.

Transform Leatherhead is now moving on to its next phase.

• to enable commuters to get to work; • to enable through traffic to speedily disperse; • to enable everyone to take the least time travelling

and the longest time doing what they really want to do.

Let the Masterplanners know what you think of their outline ideas - see the MVDC information on its website - index.cfm?articleid=21983

Now we are in Stage 2 Consultation and have had the opportunity to see the exhibition in the Theatre showing potential developments of the Town Centre. At this stage they are just initial outline ideas and the Masterplanners and MVDC want to have a feedback of what we all think about these outline ideas put forward so far.

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and still finding room for a small park in the centre. The LRA view is that any retail development there could take away trade from the High Street and some of the businesses there could suffer. We favour a suitable redevelopment of the Swan Centre, currently up for sale, and the integration of it more closely with the High Street, incorporating medium sized clothes shops and other appropriate larger shops and a possible design of a market square to re-establish the epicentre of the Town in the High Street.

Advance notice

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the LRA on 1st February 2016 to discuss the Constitution of the Association. A formal notice will be sent to members explaining the reasons for this meeting. This is important so please come to the meeting.

A major idea is the development of the Red House Gardens for homes, a retail area, a multi storey car park

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If you would like to receive information from the Leatherhead Residents’ Association via email, then please contact us by going to our website. 10


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The FRA has been offered the opportunity to host a HeartStart Course run by the South East Coast Ambulance Service which teaches basic emergency life support skills. It is free-of-charge and aims to give people the necessary skills to deal with five emergencies that you may come across at home, in the workplace or whilst out and about. The course will be held in the Village Hall on a weekday evening and is open to 20 participants. It lasts two hours, is divided into 2 stages and consists of practical skills that will give you more confidence in an emergency. The FRA is seeking to have a broad representation of the village community within the course with participants from the shops, activity groups and individuals. All interested parties should contact

NEW WAYS TO CONNECT WITH US - In order to reach out and engage more with the community and keep more frequent and regular lines of communication as well as our website ‘Current Issues’ page and Streetlife we have now launched on Facebook. Not forgetting those who still prefer ‘pen and paper’, our updates will continue to be displayed on the Village Notice Boards outside Sainsbury's in the Village. Get instant alerts on what’s happening in the community Follow/Like us on fetchamresidents All that remains is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, thank you for your support and thank all my colleagues on the FRA team on behalf of Fetcham residents for all the work they have done behind the scenes on behalf of the village in the past year, particularly the Christmas Event and all the trees and lights which brought some festive cheer to Fetcham. Thank you. Susanne Taylor Vice Chairman/Editor Fetcham Residents Association


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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan First Look! The NDP also calls for a new convenience retail store on the disused garage site in The Street, with access only from The Street and with limits on its overall size. On the environmental front, the NDP seeks to protect development on school playing fields which it sees as a valuable community facility not restricted just for school use. Where schools seek to expand it suggests that lost playing fields must be replaced with new sites in Ashtead. The soon to be published draft Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) contains 16 different policies covering a wide range development issues.

The NDP says that all development proposals must retain or replace existing trees and hedges and that they take account of the character of the surrounding area; larger developments must include a mix of building styles appropriate to their surroundings. All developments should be designed to include gardens and green space that maintains or enhances the character of the local area.

Housing dominates. One policy covers “Balancing the housing mix” - so if 5 or more dwellings are to be built on new sites then the NDP wishes to see a mix of 1,2, and 3 bed houses with a bias against 4 or more bed properties. With infill and smaller sites, the NDP On infrastructure, the NDP supports the seeks 1,2, and 3 bed homes with no more than expansion of primary care provision in Ashtead one 4 bed home to be built (unless there was including the change of use of residential land more than one 4 bed home on the site hitherto). or commercial premises. It also seeks to encourage improved footpaths where new The NDP calls for housing developments on sites developments are built providing they are in in the central area of Ashtead to be accessible, keeping with the area. The document lists 16 adaptable, attractive to, and suitable for those valued community facilities saying that any loss seeking to downsize. Developments are to be will be resisted unless it can be proved there is visually integrated with their surroundings and no longer any demand for any one of those designed to reflect the character of the local facilities. area and street scene.

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Car parking is an issue and the NDP seeks to ensure that new residential developments have adequate car parking on site. If land at Murreys Court were to be used for housing, the NDP requires public footpaths to be built to link to Agates Lane and Skinner’s Lane so providing direct pedestrian access to The Street. On the economy, one policy seeks to designate Barnett Wood Lane shops as a ‘Local Shopping Area’ to match the designation of The Street and Craddock’s parade. The NDP also seeks to ensure that the Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower, The Brewery Inn, and The Woodman public houses should be regarded as valued community facilities and any loss should be resisted.

You can find out more about ACV and the Forum’s work at: Ashtead-Community-Vision/ 14

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

Mole Valley District Council prepared for winter As the winter weather starts to bite, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is ready to ensure vital services continue to be delivered for residents through periods of disruptive weather. MVDC are also encouraging residents to make appropriate plans to ensure they remain safe and well this winter. Councillor Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement and Resident Services explains more about how Mole Valley District Council is prepared for winter: “Even when we were enjoying the warmer weather, MVDC started planning and preparing for whatever the winter might bring. Our depot now has 40 tonnes of salt and grit ready for use when the weather turns icy. MVDC- owned car parks are being checked daily and gritted as necessary to ensure they are safe for residents and our tractor (pic below) is on stand-by to clear any heavy snow falls. We are also checking and filling all 38 MVDC grit bins in car parks across Mole Valley every week. “Whilst we make every effort to ensure that our services suffer as little disruption as possible during bad weather, if our grounds maintenance, refuse or street cleaning contractors are unable to carry out their normal duties, plans are in place to ensure that they can assist with snow clearance and gritting across the District. We will work in partnership with Surrey County Council (SCC) to clear the snow from key pedestrian routes such as those to and from railway stations and along high streets so residents can continue with their daily lives as much as possible. “As part of MVDC’s emergency plans, we have a manager on duty 24 hours a day every day of the year including Christmas Day to ensure we can work with the emergency services to help residents should a major event occur. And, of course, our Telecare service is ready and waiting to assist vulnerable residents at any time of day or night. “To support those residents who might be at risk of flooding we have 2,000 sandbags at the ready and are prepared to make thousands more if necessary. Sandbags can be collected from:

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“If you have not yet made a flood plan for your property, please take a look at for some helpful tips and a template plan. “We also want to encourage our residents to keep warm and well this winter by following some simple advice such as wearing plenty of layers, filling prescriptions in good time, keeping active and looking out for vulnerable neighbours. There are lots of tips and good advice on our website so please visit and be prepared this winter.” 16


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New Years’ Resolutions with a Difference –Volunteer! What a great way to start the New Year! Volunteering is a great way to have new experiences, meet new people, make friends and have fun whilst supporting your local community. Opportunities for volunteering are as diverse as the people that volunteer and can often be flexible, with hours and days to suit the volunteer, allowing them to use existing skills and develop new ones. The types of volunteering opportunities are as varied as the organisations, community volunteering such as mediation, children’s charities, outdoor volunteering in the areas of conservation and gardening, animals, catering support, driving for local charities and mentoring roles supporting people with disabilities or mental ill health are just a few of the many roles we have registered with us. We try to ensure that our volunteers will enjoy their roles, have fun and make new friends whilst gaining satisfaction from knowing they are supporting such deserving local charitable organisations who truly value their help. If you would like to embark on a new venture with great rewards, please contact our friendly team of advisors who would be delighted to help.

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Mole Valley Police Column Fake notes - don’t get conned Like many people, I still try to remain hopeful that each New Year will bring at least some positive changes for the better. It is the nature of my work in Crime Reduction that much of my focus is on keeping up to date with ever-changing and evolving types of crime - which remains with us despite the best efforts of so many people to prevent it. The work I do varies so much on a daily basis – from visiting people who have actually been victims of a crime; to trying to offer advice and guidance to people, businesses and other organisations on how they can reduce the risk of becoming victims of crime in the first place.

low-priced items and being given genuine currency as change. Some forged notes can be very convincing but there are some basic signs that can help to detect fakes from genuine bank notes:-

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Check the paper and raised print: bank notes are printed on special paper and sections of the print are raised. Check the metallic thread: when held up to the light this dotted line will appear as a continuous dark line. Check the watermark: this will be of the Queen (with a bright £20).

• The paper of genuine bank notes It is for this reason that I am always so contains a polymer which helps to make grateful to the Ashtead & Leatherhead it “last”. If you “scrunch” up a genuine Local for giving me the opportunity to note in the palm of your hand and then make people aware of different and open it, the note will try to open out changing crime types and what people can again. If it doesn’t, it may be a fake!! do to reduce the risk of becoming victims. To be able to reach such a wide audience is Worth checking anyway, just to be on the immensely helpful. safe side, preferably before you leave the Over the past 12 months, I have focused on shop!! vehicle crime, domestic burglary, theft of Neil Clarke, 13363 gardening equipment, plant or machinery, Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division ATM fraud, shoplifting and a variety of PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE different frauds and scams. If any of these To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: messages have helped prevent someone Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or from becoming a victim of crime, then that 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: would be a positive outcome. It is almost impossible to measure if a crime has been Call 101 for all non-emergency policing prevented and we tend to rely on seeing a matters. “reduction” in reported offences to gauge Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency whether or not we may have been requiring the attendance of the police (e.g. a effective. So, in light of this, in the past couple of months we have seen a repeat of attempts to pass off forged bank notes in several retail outlets across the county. Most often these forgeries are £20 notes but, recently, we had a spate of people trying to use fake £50 Scottish bank notes to buy

crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don't want to leave your name. For more crime prevention advice visit 22



Ashtead Rotary Club & Tools For Self Reliance

Sewing machines sent to Ghana and carpentry tools being used in Kilimanjaro


The refurbishment team at Carshalton L-R Harry Bastable, Brian Martin, Allan Vincent & Hugh Baker standing in front of a photo of the Publisher’s late father, whose tools they are refurbishing

shtead Rotary Club is proud to be associated with the Tools For Self Reliance charity organisation. This is a registered national charity (Charity Number 280437) that sends refurbished tools (carpentry, plumbing, engineering, sewing etc) to selected countries in Africa to help people earn a living in ways which benefit their communities. The mindset behind this charity is similar to the saying – “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Many charities give money and it is difficult to ensure all the funds are spent wisely. When tools are provided there is a growth in industry that has a positive effect in the wellbeing of the community. Please visit the Tools For Self Reliance web site at and you will be amazed at how this practical charity can contribute towards poverty alleviation in a most positive way by providing tools and training. Please also view the Tools Pictionary section for information on the most useful tools.

If you have tools that are no longer needed in trades such as carpentry, plumbing, engineering, tailoring, etc please contact the m Ashtead Rotary Club by email on: Our representative, Jack McLean, will arrange collection of the items and deliver them to the refurbishing centre in Carshalton for onward shipping.

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Please also visit the Ashtead Rotary Club web and Facebook sites to view the fundraising activities of the club that benefit registered local and international charities. Tricia Haynes President, Ashtead Rotary Club 24

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he excitement was overwhelming and Sarah was at fever pitch. Her dreams were about to come true and her life would be complete. Ruth wasn’t quite so sure but had read all the books and Sam was reticent but quietly keen. The boys were enthusiastic and expectant but reluctant to do the boring stuff. They all knew their life would never be the same. It was a family decision and there would be a shared responsibility. That was the agreement…

“It’s a fact! It’s not bad language! She is a bitch!” This discussion carried on for several minutes. Puppy emerged from her crate and was immediately picked up and cuddled by Sarah. The boys wanted to take her outside for a game of football but their sister wouldn’t let go of her new friend. Ruth suggested, “She’s a bit too young for football but why don’t you see if she’ll do a wee in the garden?”

The reason for these varied emotions arrived just after Christmas in the form of a gorgeous caramel coloured Cockapoo puppy – a tiny bundle of fluff and nervous excitement who immediately raced round the kitchen and produced a large yellow puddle, in the middle of the floor.

Puppy ran round the grass like a wound up toy. The family stood and watched. Ruth looked at them and smiled. It was the first time she’d seen them all in the garden for months. Her family was together. None of them were in front of a screen and they were all smiling. Ruth had a fleeting daydream of family walks, with the dog leaping through the undergrowth, ears flapping. She felt optimistic about all the shared memories they’d make together.

“That’s gross!” Ben complained. “I’m never going to clear that up…” “She’s still a baby and in a brand new home, away from her brothers and sisters, so she’s bound to be nervous. Until she’s housetrained, this is going to happen and we must share the responsibility. That was the deal, remember?”

“Ooh, look… She’s sitting down in a funny way… Mummy look! Oh, gross… I can see poo coming out!” They all gave Puppy a round of applause for being a clever girl. Puppy just looked confused and then promptly put her paw in the small pile that she’d just created.

They’d agreed to wait until the puppy arrived before deciding what to call her. Sam felt it was important to choose something to suit her personality. He didn’t want to call out some daft name when out on a walk so had quickly dismissed Sarah’s suggestions of ‘Sweetie’, ‘Cuddles’ and ‘Baby Girl’.

The arguments immediately began as to who was going to clear up the mess and who was going to clean her paws…

It was simply ‘Puppy’ until a decision could be made. Puppy was exhausted after the car journey. She had a nibble of food from a shiny new bowl before curling up in her bed, among all the soft toys ‘donated’ from the vast collection in Sarah’s bedroom.

That night, poor Puppy cried for her mum. It was heartbreaking but they’d been warned it might happen. The breeder had given them a piece of cloth with her mother’s scent but it was still a long night. Ruth felt like she had a newborn baby again when she left her snoring husband at about five thirty in the morning. She was still tired after the bustle of Christmas and they hadn’t even packed everything away. It was going to be a long day.

Ruth reluctantly wiped away the first puddle but declared loudly that she was NOT going to do all the clearing up… “How about Molly?” Suggested Ruth.

When the rest of the family came downstairs at about seven thirty, they found Ruth asleep on the sofa, surrounded by boxes of Christmas decorations and half chewed Christmas cards. Puppy was nowhere to be seen. A moment’s panic followed, before they heard an enthusiastic scurrying sound. Their new bundle of fun leaped out of a box of tinsel with a shiny red cracker in her mouth.

“Molly’s no good. There’s a Molly in my class and she’s spiteful.” “How about Sam? Short for Samantha…” Ruth laughed, “Ben, I think you’re Dad would get confused, don’t you? Who’d come running if we called ‘walkies’?!”

That was it. It wasn’t girly, it wasn’t soppy and it reflected her personality. ‘Cracker’ was the perfect name.

“How about ‘Piddle’?” “No way!” “How about ‘Elsa’ or ‘Anna’?”

Copyright Sarah Lott December 2015 Website: Email: Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book

“Don’t be stupid, we’re not having the dog named after your favourite film. It’s bad enough that we’ve got a girl dog!” “It’s a bitch!” “Daniel, don’t use language like that…”


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New Beginnings In need of a change in 2016? Whether you want to alter your life’s direction, go travelling, or just be a bit healthier, sometimes you need a little inspiration before you take the plunge. This month’s selection of books features new adventures, new thinking and everyday acts of courage that might well offer just the motivation you need. The Soup Cleanse – Angela Blatteis & Vivienne Vella If you’re feeling the effects of a Christmas of excess, a detox could help you get back on track. Soups are a great way to get the nutrition you need, while cutting out the ‘junk’. They’re also far more filling than juices, so won’t leave you feeling hungry, and they can be prepared ahead in batches, so work well if you don’t always have time to cook fresh food from scratch. With several detox programmes to choose from, and some truly delicious recipes, The Soup Cleanse could help you to kickstart a healthier 2016. No Baggage –

Clara Bensen A travel memoir with a difference, No Baggage sees Clara travelling through Europe with a man she’s only recently met, no luggage and no fixed plans for where to stay. She’s also only recently overcome the depression that stole two years of her life. Sleeping mainly on strangers’ sofas, the pair get to experience a different side of the countries they visit, and learn more about themselves, and each other, as they go.

Coal River –

Ellen Marie Wiseman Sometimes small acts of courage can change communities. This historical novel tells the story of the harsh reality of coal mining in the 1900s and Emma, a young woman who decides to take a stand and speak out against child labour. While fictional, much of what Emma witnesses is based on fact, and in many parts of the world her fight is just as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. Gripping.

The Year Without a Purchase – Scott Dannemiller

Tired of the relentless drive for more ‘stuff’, Scott and Gaby Dannemiller decided to take a step away from consumerism and commit to a year without buying anything other than food and other essentials. This book records their experience and what they learned along the way. The couple are Christian and their religious beliefs played a big part in their decision, as did the desire to spend more meaningful time together as a family. Far from being a selfrighteous lecture, it’s laugh out loud funny, and manages to make you think about your own spending habits, without a hint of nagging. 34

Take Your Soul to Work –

Erica Brown Whether you’re a team manager, or the CEO of a multi-national business, leadership can be exhausting. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutiae of working life, and forget about the bigger picture. Take Your Soul to Work gives you a daily meditation to help you steer your business in a more compassionate way, and inspire your employees. Read it in order, or dip in and out when you need particular guidance on an area of leadership, from mentoring to discipline.

One Million Lovely Letters –

Jodi Ann Bickley A serious brain infection at 22 left Jodi Ann Bickley so depressed she was close to ending her own life. While relearning to walk and do basic everyday tasks, Jodi decided to bring hope to other people’s lives by writing letters to strangers. She ended up writing thousands, and now has a team of volunteers, who handwrite letters to people who request them, all over the globe.

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Mole Valley Residents Embrace Parking with RingGo! Mole Valley’s residents are embracing RingGo to pay for parking! Use of the RingGo service this November is up 50%, compared to 2014. Motorists are enjoying all the benefits of RingGo, halving the time it takes to pay using cash and benefiting from the convenience of extending their parking sessions without having to return to their car. RingGo is the easy, coin-free way of paying for parking accessible via phone or via the RingGo App. Mole Valley introduced RingGo in December 2013, saving motorists the need to hunt around for change and allowing them to manage their parking at a distance. Councillor Charles Yarwood, Executive Member for Property and Parking said, “These latest figures for RingGo usage show how motorists are embracing this easy way of paying to park. Payment for parking can be made in any of our car parks, on a penny per minute basis via Ring Go or using a Pay and Display ticket. Whether via RingGo or coins, parking sessions are transferable throughout the same town’s car parks for the length of their validity. There is no reason this winter to hang around in the cold or wet to pay at the ticket machine!” “Our parking offer remains one of the most attractive in the county with customers being able to purchase penny-a-minute parking in 5 minute intervals enabling them to purchase exactly the amount of time they need at some of the lowest charges in the county. “ For more information on all our parking charges see 38

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CT Cars – your friendly, local garage No job too small, or too large

Ian Whitmore knows a thing or two about cars. With over 32 years’ experience in the trade, Ian has owned CT Cars, opposite Squires Garden Centre, for 25 years. Here he explains why a visit to CT Cars gives you dealer-quality work at a fraction of the price. Specialising in VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda, Ian is somewhat baffled why owners of these cars should want to take them to a dealer for servicing and repairs. While the cost of parts is, understandably, the same, expert labour at CT Cars comes in at about half the cost of that of a dealer.

At CT Cars you are guaranteed: • Same diagnostic equipment as dealers • Same technology and parts as dealers • Same expertise and knowledge as dealers • As specialists, any work carried out by us WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR WARRANTY. Quicker and better for less

“We know our rates are competitive, we’ve looked!” says Ian. “We also know that, as we specialise in certain brands, we are less expensive than elsewhere because our expertise enables us to diagnose and fix problems faster than other garages. “I can’t tell you the number of times garages have come to us asking for help when they are unable to sort a customer’s problem. This, of course, is reflected in their final bill. If only their customers had come to us first, they would have saved themselves a whole lot of money and been assured of genuine expertise from the very start.”

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If you would like to increase the efficiency of your car, give it more HP and make it more fuel efficient, CT Cars has the knowhow. Just ask. Going the extra mile Ian and his team will, quite literally, go that extra mile for their customers at no extra cost. • Free local collection and delivery • Free lifts to local train station for busy commuters.

Buy with Confidence

CT Cars takes its reputation very seriously. The company has been vetted by the Trading Standards Authority and is listed on the Buy With Confidence website ( meaning that CT Cars has been officially recognised as operating in a legal, honest and fair way.

Regulars speak for themselves

“We honestly believe that once people have tried us, they won’t want to leave us,” says Ian, whose regular customers come from all over the country. “People move away from the area, but they keep coming back to us from places as far away as Bristol, Milton Keynes, Surbiton and Alton.” Point made.

All makes welcome As well as being Audi and VW specialists, CT Cars also welcomes all other car makes.

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The Bedding Christmas Story Gail Bedding and her family have overcome a lot of adversities over the years and despite their circumstances have come out fighting every time. Gail reminisces about her family’s journey as she gets ready for Christmas this year. “I discovered Challengers when Fergus was 4 years old, and it has changed our lives it is our lives. I am a Trustee of this amazing charity and will do as much as I can for it. My friends will vouch for that because I am always asking them to give and help, they are all truly amazing and always willing to support Challengers. As much as I love Fergus I would never have chosen this life for me and my family. “Don’t get me wrong I have made some

L-R: Jo White-Smith, Moira Martin, David Bedding, Gail Bedding, Amie incredible friends, changed my career; my kids, family, friends and their children are Chichester-Constable (Fergus sister), Grace Fairhurst, Tilly Whitemore aware of disability than I ever was at Smith, Laura Sercombe, & Fergus Chichester-Constable at the front

their age and I would like to think I am a much better person! But this is not quite the life that I expected. Unless you are a parent of a disabled child you will never understand what Challengers means to us all. In my job, as a trustee and ambassador over the past few years I have seen parents struggling everyday with children that have challenging behaviour, that are violent, kick, punch, bite; kids that don’t sleep, have no sense of danger; I see families torn apart by their disabled children and many marriages fail.” “However this is where Challengers comes in. This is when we have our freedom to do normal stuff that others take for granted! We can walk the dog all together, go shopping, visit friends for a coffee and watch my twins play sport. All the while, knowing that Fergus is having fun in a safe and stimulating environment. Challengers gives him independence away from me, he mixes with other children but also gets the one to one attention that he needs. The wonderful staff know him and know what he likes so he is able to cook, paint and go on the outside play area.”

Challengers have various ways that you can support families just like Gail Bedding’s. They are running a Christmas appeal where you can donate different amounts, it all contributes to the children and young people at Challengers having a fantastic and festive Christmas Holiday.

For more information please contact Hannah Woollven at Challengers, 01483 230060 or email Established in 1979, Challengers is a registered charity based in Surrey dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled children and young people by providing play and leisure opportunities. The need for play and leisure facilities for disabled children and young people is great but facilities are few. Without Challengers' play centres and community-based leisure programmes, these children would simply not have the opportunity to play or access the mainstream facilities that non-disabled children can take for granted.

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‘Lollipop’ Person Required The Greville Primary School, Ashtead are currently looking for a School Crossing Patrol Officer who would be available to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians crossing the road. Hours are term time, 38 weeks per year between 8.15am and 9am and between 3pm and 3.45pm, Monday to Friday. The school is looking for someone who has good communication and interpersonal skills who would enjoy working with our wonderful children.

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If you would be interested in applying for this worthwhile and rewarding role please contact the Greville Primary School Office on 01372 274872.

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Please ensure your bin is put out by 6.30am on the day of your collection Normal Collections resume from Monday 4 January

Christmas Tree Recycling

You can recycle your Christmas tree at any of the following sites from Monday 4 to Friday 15 January 2016 at Ashtead Peace Memorial CP Bookham Lwr Rd CP - Reigate Rd, Dorking CP - Ockley Village CP Alternatively, Christmas trees can be taken to the Recycling Sites in Dorking and Leatherhead If you are a garden waste service subscriber, you can use your brown-lidded bin to dispose of your Christmas tree. Please ensure that you cut up the tree so that the lid of your bin can be closed and the contents come out freely when the bin is tipped into the lorry.


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Can you live on just £1 a day? Nikki Abbot (pic left), a 21 year old Ashtead Recruitment Consultant challenged herself to live off £1 a day for five days in late November to support a project that tackles poverty through business and entrepreneurship in Zambia. Nikki will travel to Zambia in January to work on the development programme for 12 weeks. She will team up with Zambian volunteers to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in the local community, after getting a volunteer place on the UK government funded scheme, International Citizen Service (ICS). ICS Entrepreneur enables young people aged 18-25 with an aptitude for business or a specific skill to contribute to projects in countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Nicaragua. Volunteers from the UK and host countries share their skills and experience with small businesses and entrepreneurs in some of the world’s poorest communities to improve their profitability and help boost the local economy. On their return to the UK, volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their skills also benefit their local communities.


Nikki said: “I’m working hard to raise ever before had I felt acutely aware, that awareness of the ICS program and of the issues facing development in Zambia if I ate something one day, I would have today. In aid of this, I challenged myself to less to eat the next. I was so unprepared for live off just £1 a day for my food and drink how all-consuming the experience would be. for 5 days. It was a really interesting and eye-opening experience. It was incredible how quickly my perceptions and behaviours shifted when something as important as food became limited. Whilst I would never intentionally waste food anyway, this week the thought of leaving anything was abhorrent to me and I scraped my plate at every meal. My energy levels were a worrying and sometimes alarming issue to deal with. On day four in particular I could barely see my computer screen at work and it was such hard work just to try and maintain concentration. The world just slightly started spinning and it definitely all got pretty hazy. Undertaking any physical exercise during the week was also a huge strain and I felt weak and exhausted all the time. I’m hoping everyone can appreciate how difficult the week has been and yet for me it only had to last a week. For so many people, it’s a reality that doesn’t necessarily end. I hope people will give generously in support of this fantastic charity. The program is a unique opportunity and I’m really excited to get out there and help fight poverty through business. I’m also very happy to speak at local groups or schools about the experience on my return so please feel free to get in touch: email”

To sponsor Nikki Abbott visit or text NAAA90 and your amount (max £10) to 70070. To find out more or apply to ICS Entrepreneur or the other opportunities ICS has available, visit or call 020 8780 7400. 50

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software publisher about their compatibility before upgrading. Bearing in mind the significant number of installations, we have encountered a few issues ranging from apparent loss of all users data, email programs not functioning, inbuilt devices like wireless network cards failing to function, machines locking up, machines stalling half way through installation. In all cases the problems have been resolved without any data loss or functionality. There are a couple of “features” in Windows 10 which you may wish to disable, the most obvious one is Peer to Peer Updates or P2P updates This is where your machine becomes a server to enable other Windows users to obtain their updates from your computer without your knowledge. This can slow down your system and consume your broadband allowance whilst slowing down your connection. To disable this feature go to settings/ updates/ then Advanced option, select “Choose how updates are delivered”, then slide the slider from default “On” to “Off” If we were to install or upgrade to Windows 10 for you we would automatically disable this option and others aimed at decreasing your privacy. Please call for more details about how we can upgrade your system.

Last July Microsoft launched its latest operating system Windows 10. A key part of Microsoft’s launch strategy was to provide a free of charge upgrade to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for the first 12 months. Although figures are difficult to obtain there are estimates of about 200-500 million users are currently enjoying the benefits of the new operating system. Windows 10 is a good solid, stable operating platform. It is very fast to operate, it offers good compatibility with existing hardware and software products, and it has a similar appearance and function to the Windows 7, Vista and XP product family. If you are buying a new machine we would recommend Windows 10 on the system, however as an upgrade to an existing installation we generally have advised against the upgrade because of a small number of problems that have been encountered during the upgrade process. Since its release there have been a series of significant upgrades which have resolved some of the earlier issues, therefore we are now recommending taking the upgrade, unless there are very specific reasons why you would not wish to. Before you take the upgrade we recommend you backup your data, and if you have any non main stream software programs we would advise you check with the


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The Brigitte Trust receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service The Brigitte Trust and its volunteers has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for voluntary groups. The Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a charity or group and is awarded to the Trust in its 30th Anniversary Year. Sir Adrian White CBE DL presented the crystal award and certificate signed by HM the Queen to two volunteers who have been with the charity since it was founded. The presentation was made at Denbies Wine Estate, which saw a reunion of volunteers, staff, trainers and trustees from the past thirty years numbering almost 100 people. Long service pins for volunteers marking 5 and 10 years service were also awarded When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness it can be a lonely and frightening time. The Brigitte Trust offers a free volunteer service of emotional support and practical help at home. The service may also provide the family carer with a break, driving to medical or other appointments, shopping or just sitting quietly and listening. Jane Bellingham, Service Development Manager said: “we are so proud of our volunteers – they are the bedrock of our service and we are often told by the families we support that having time to share the emotional burden is so helpful” The Trust works closely with health professionals and hospices, complementing their service by offering clients and their family members time to share feelings and concerns as well as practical help at home when everyday tasks may have become more difficult.

For more about the charity and to enquire about volunteering please call 01306 881816 or visit

The Queen's award is presented by Sir Adrian white CBE DL to Deirdre Lay (on left) and Wendy Lane, both volunteers of 30 years service 54

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Varicose Veins Treatment Open Evenings Come along to one of our informative open evenings and hear our experienced vascular surgeon talk about the varicose treatments available at Ashtead Hospital. Our Aesthetic Nurse Specialist will also give a talk on thread veins and other treatments.

10th February 2016 13th April 2016 Both 6.45pm for a 7pm start

Range of procedures to be covered include: •

EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment)

VNUS (using radio-frequency)



The evenings are free and we serve refreshments. These evenings are popular and places are limited so please reserve your place by calling the number below:

01372 221 444

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Newlife Fertility Clinic We can help.

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Thurs 14th April, 7.30pm The Old Chapel, St John’s School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead Guest speaker to be announced. We look forward to seeing as many AshLea Medical patients as possible. QUALIFIED COUNSELLOR

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Weight Loss Surgery Complimentary Open Evening 26th January 2016, 6.30pm to 8pm We understand that Weight Loss Surgery is a long-term commitment and lifelong change. Come and listen to our Weight Loss Surgeon, Mr Shashi Irukulla, and his team talk about options that might be suitable for you and have the opportunity for a free consultation with our bariatric surgeon, dietician and specialist nurse. Places are limited, so please call to book your space on:

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Leatherhead Podiatry Love your feet! Lesley Pennington S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., B.Sc.Hons., HPC reg

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Congratulations, Ashtead Good Neighbours!

Back in November Ashtead Good Neighbours (AGN) was awarded a trophy and certificate as Highly Commended (Runner Up) in the Transport category of the ‘2015 Living and Ageing Well in Surrey’ Awards. Avril Bartlett who volunteers as a befriender at St George’s Church nominated AGN. The very positive feedback she heard from people she met led her to do this. We only heard about it when we were shortlisted and invited to send a representative with Avril to the Awards Ceremony in Dorking. We are very grateful to Avril for supporting us with her nomination. The main picture shows Avril on the left with the certificate, Mrs Sally Marks, Chairman of Surrey County Council (SCC) who made the presentation on the right and myself with the trophy (also pictured left). The awards were set up last year by SCC to acknowledge groups and individuals throughout Surrey whom they consider are making a difference to the lives of older people in the County. SCC work in association with other groups especially Age UK Surrey. The Awards are in nine categories and there were six shortlisted organisations in our category. More details about the awards can be found on the SCC website. AGN is its volunteers so I am delighted that their efforts have been acknowledged in this way.

If you would like to know more about AGN, and perhaps become a volunteer or client, visit our website or email or telephone 07752 66 50 66. Marian Guess Chairman 62

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Leatherhead Morning WI It was good to see the majority of our members present at the AGM. The annual report was given by our President, Mrs Hazel RichmondCoggan, and a resumÊ of the year’s events was presented by our secretary, Mrs Betty Tunstill. The business of the election of officers went smoothly and we were grateful to Mrs Avril Lovegrove for offering to take on the role as Treasurer due to a vacancy.

Ashtead University of the Third Age (U3A) was founded in 2006 and is thriving! As one of a network of 950 U3As throughout the UK, we provide retired and semi-retired residents with the opportunity to remain active in mind and body. Our 600+ members enjoy some 70 interest groups, ranging from Antiques through Nordic Walking to Wine Appreciation, all run by members for members. We also have monthly meetings with an outside speaker and a varied social programme.

There were seven ladies willing to serve on the committee, and additional help would be appreciated for general assistance at meetings. The morning ended with a quiz, featuring flowers and plants. Our next meeting will be on 28th January and will be focused on the various crafts to try, when our talented Barbara will help us to develop our artistic flair. If this has whetted your appetite come to one of our meetings for a taster!

If you would like to know more, please email, phone 01372 273690, or visit our website:

A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10.15am at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall.

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society One of the things which make living in Ashtead so rewarding is the number of community organisations and activities. Ashtead Decorative and Fine Arts Society has been one of these for over 30 years. We are affiliated with the National Association of Fine and Decorative Arts , a charity whose patron is The Duchess of Gloucester. ADFAS holds ten morning meetings a year, when we have lectures on a wide variety of subjects, all delivered by experts in their field. We organise visits to galleries, houses and exhibitions and longer tours both in the UK and abroad. We end the year with a very enjoyable Christmas dinner. Conscious of our obligations to the wider community and in particular to young people, our Young Arts projects support work in schools to promote appreciation and enjoyment of the arts, often by involving pupils in the creation of art for their schools. We are definitely not a stuffy, dry as dust academic organisation- we are a body of people united by a love of the arts and a desire to involve the wider community in appreciation and enjoyment of them.

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Clubs & Activities


Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Grรกinne 07912 112421


Leatherhead Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609


Epsom Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ 8.30AM and 10.30AM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609


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Walking for Health Local Walks Timetable

Thursdays (weekly)

Leatherhead (Norbury Park & River Mole) 10.30am, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 1-1½ hours) grade 2/3 (brisker pace, undulating or uneven ground, possible stiles/steps)

The following walks have been organised in association with the Mary France Trust. For more info go to: or call 01372 375400

Thursdays 21 Jan / 18 Feb / 17 March

Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre, 2pm, 30 mins, grade 1 (Easy, for beginners, short flat accessible walk)

Saturdays 9 Jan / 6 Feb / 5 March

Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre 11am, 1 hour work, grade 2 (Gentle to moderate, generally flat, but uneven ground at times, possible steps)

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What’s On?


What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? Tuesday 5th (weekly)

Soundbytes - come and sing, just need to hold a tune. 01372 278016

Thursday 7th (weekly)

Mole Valley Walk for Health - meet at 10.30am, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. (Also 9th and 21st January from Leatherhead Theatre) see previous page for more details and grades of walk.

Sunday 10th

Antique & Collectables Fair, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 10am-4pm. See right.

Sunday 10th

Surrey Wildlife Trust - Wetland Birds of Surrey, 10am-3pm, Nowerwood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8QA. Learn how to identify wildfowl on Surrey’s wetland sites in winter. Begins in the classroom followed by a walk. Bring binoculars, pen, notepad and a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Booking essential. £30 SWT members, £35 non. Louise Shorthose, 01372 379523

Thursday 14th (weekly)

Song works - sing for the pure fun of singing. 01372 278016

Saturday 16th January - 6th March

Butterflies at Wisley (glasshouse open 10am-3.45pm). See tropical display of butterflies in the glasshouse and visit educational tent for children. Book timed tickets (no extra cost) to beat queues. Free once inside garden. 0845 260 9000

Wed 20th

Torchlight Tour at Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN, 6pm. special tour of the Museum as night falls. Warm clothes, and torch recommended as our expert guide leads you through the Motoring Village, Wellington Hangar, Test Hill and the Members’ Banking. 90 minute tour, £15 adults/£13 children, price includes warm soup with roll on arrival. Not suitable for under 12s. Booking essential., 01932 857381

Saturday 30th

Ashtead Players Quiz Night, St George’s Church Hall, Barnett Wood Lane, see previous page for more details.

Saturday 30th

Big Garden Watch at Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, GU27 2LA. 11am4pm. Children and adults have fun making bird cakes, crafts and discovering birds in the museum grounds and galleries. Free, no need to book. Ceri Jane O’Hara, 01429 642112,

Saturday 30th

Dorking Halls, Philharmonia Orchestra, 7.30pm, Conductor & soloist Michael Collins (clarinet). Prokofiev - Classical Symphony; Mozart - Clarinet Concert; Beethoven Symphony No.4. Tickets £14; £20; £25; £29 from 01306 740619 & 01306 881717

Sunday 31st

Leatherhead Horticultural Society's store, situated in Leatherhead on By-Pass Road between the M25 junction & Copthorne Road, re-opens to members on every Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm. Annual membership is just £3. Join at 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.


Farmer’s Lunch, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, see right for details.

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Jock & English Fairs

Antique & Collectables Fair Sunday 10th January 2016 10am-4pm

(Trade 9.30am) Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE Up to 35 stalls, free parking, light refreshments available.

Telephone: 07787 122683 or 07956 961640 FUTURE DATES 2016: Sundays 6th March, 1st May and 3rd July

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Registered Charity 304968

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Farmer’s Lunch - Wednesday 10th February 11.45am for 12.30-3pm

Speaker - Pete Ellis “Everest from The North” Bar & Raffle Tickets £10 available from Hall Office: Wed/Thur/Sat 10.00- 12.00 Friday Coffee Morning: 10.00-12.00 Graham Wood 01372 272077 Rosemary Stark 01372 274870 Proceeds to benefit Hall funds


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Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of December services and events check out

Sunday 3rd (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 .

Mondays 4th & 18th

(First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info.

Tuesday 5th (1st Tues monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 6th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Christmas ‘Pets as Therapy’ Maggie Stoker. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (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 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. More info from: 01483 534706, or email:

Thurs 7th (weekly)

Ashtead over 60s Lunch Club meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room APMH, for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open at 10.30am for a cup of tea or coffee. More information call Brenda (chairman) on 01372 813276.

Thurs 7th

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

Friday 8th (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 8th, (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Liz 0797 726 8290 with any queries.

Friday 8th (weekly)

10.30am - 12noon Come along to the Sewing Shop in the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914

(1st Thurs mthly)

Tuesday 12th Mole Valley WI, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. Non members very (2nd Tues welcome. More details on monthly) 72

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Tuesday 12th Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. (2nd Tues monthly) For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Wed 13th

2nd Wed mthly

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

Friday 8th

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

Wed 13th

Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture on religious architecture of the world, from Chartres cathedral to Angkor Wat. 7.15pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome, contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Friday 15th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture ' The Anglo-Saxon Minster at Leatherhead ' by Nigel Bond at the Letherhead Institute , top of the High St. Coffee 7.30 lecture 8.00pm all are welcome admission £2

Tuesday 19th

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ms Louise Schofield - Temples Tombs and treasures: in search of the Queen of Sheba. 10.30am, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. Info from Pat Anderson,, or 07958 560707

Wed 20th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Trading Standards Officer - How to avoid scams of every kind. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 21st (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 22nd


Wed 27th


Wed 27th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. ‘A Journey to the Antarctic’ speaker Michael Brown. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Thurs 28th (4th Thurs)

Friday 29th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Craft demonstration. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 2.30pm or 7.30pm Lee Miller - Photographer. An exhibition of Miller's WW2 photography is on at The Imperial War Museum until April. Miller was an interesting character & her work covers fashion, landscape, surrealism. We will look at her life & works over either tea and cake or vino & nibbles. £10: Tel 01372 272235 to book. http:// for more details.


Cryptic Crossword Across 1.

Time in grammar stretched tight (5)


Came across culinary spice (4)


Ray of light can be used to hold up a roof (4)

10. Bidding occasion when caution is thrown to the wind (7) 11. Time for a resolution or two? (3,4) 12. Highly detailed to be a real entanglement (9) 13. Get permission and go (5) 14. Volcanic orifice in adventure (4) 16. Step with the French footlever (7) 19. Employ Sue in a new way (3) 20. Hunt red for loud noise (7) 22. Bird getting nothing in cricket (4) 26. Teams of pals? (5) 27. Boast about meat vessel (9) 29. I go and Mira makes an art form (7) 30. Tangier form of rock (7) 31. Group found in Cuban dance (4) 32. Yield that can be sown, we hear (4) 33. Visual faculty, location we hear (5)

17. A grave old doctor, likely to explode (4,4) 18. European chap from Tirana, US (8) 21. Laid back holding manuscript, dull and dreary (6) 23. Camp SOS sent out for instrument (7) 24. Taking heed that it's not mixed with gin (6) 25. Highway setter broke up (6) 28. Bird that's two strokes under par (5) Solution in next month’s edition

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Canter round plant juice (6)


Piece of soap to watch (7)


I am an alternative type of madness (5)


Happy, but it's not decent in a way (9)


Gems mere lads dug out (8)


Demurrer type of killer (8)


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Project Wenceslas Returns The Leatherhead Lions Club announce that the successful PROJECT WENCESLAS is to be repeated again this year to help those in fuel poverty. If you are the receipt of the £100 winter fuel supplement from the government and can afford to pass it on to someone in need then The Lions would gratefully receive your donation. Last winter over £8000 was given towards helping those in debt arrears with their electricity and gas bills. Individual cases for assistance are closely monitored by the the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Leatherhead and Dorking and 40 clients were assisted with funds from the project. Mike Rushby, Lions organiser says “Although we read earlier this year that Leatherhead is one of the richest districts in the UK, there are still people in the Mole Valley who need our help. As the weather is turner colder the need to keep warm becomes a necessity for the old and infirm so please help if you can. Last year we even helped a gentlemen who had no heating for warmth or hot water by paying for a load of coal to be delivered.” It’s a service which we take great pride in providing but it cannot happen without your continuing generosity.”

For more information please contact Mike Rushby on 07833 574089

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

What kind of car should I drive? Having spent the last 25 years as an environment consultant, I thought I knew something about the emissions of air pollutants from vehicles. How wrong my limited knowledge turned out to be with the revelations of the recent emissions tests scandals. I guess most of us understood that car manufacturers were going to “game” the emission test protocols to get the best results for their vehicles within the regulations. You only have to see the shenanigans with the rules and disputes for F1 cars to understand that where there is money and prestige to be gained, then “shaving” the edge off the regulations happens. But surely using a 'defeat device' to wriggle round the rules is just downright criminal deception? So the question is how then do we try and judge the fuel efficiency and pollution control standing of any vehicle that we may be using/buying? And should we prefer fuel efficient diesels over petrol driven cars that create less noxious air pollution (particularly nitrogen oxides and fine dust). I for one thought I had made the right decision in getting a car with a small diesel engine (fortunately not one of the ones so far fingered for cheating the tests). It was because I had lots of miles to do and the fuel efficiency (and thus CO2 emissions) would be considerably better than if it had been a petrol engine of similar performance. And so it proved, achieving an overall average of 59mpg. But what of the air pollutants? Fortunately I drive mainly on motorways and trunk roads with little mileage in built-up areas where the health impact of nitrogen oxide and dust is highest. Emission testing is clearly essential to check that vehicles meet the regulations, but test results should then mean something to potential purchasers. At present, we may not even be able to use them for a crude comparison between different vehicles, let alone trust their absolute values. It won't be until 2017 when a new more realistic emission test is used that the results might have some relevance to our everyday driving. In the meantime – how can we reduce CO2 and air pollution emissions? Simple answer - drive less and walk and cycle more and use the train/bus if possible. However, that is not particularly helpful if you need to use the car. Then the answer is (and not dependent on it being either diesel or petrol) – 1) avoid short journeys if possible – the first few miles with a cold engine are by far the most polluting; 2) drive smoothly using any fuel efficiency techniques that you can (right gear, correct tyre pressure, roof rack only if needed etc) – lower emissions and fuel efficiency are closely related; and 3) try for an electric or hybrid if you are going for a new car – air pollution from electricity generation is much better controlled and further away from our lungs than car exhausts! One day fuel cell powered or electric cars will largely remove this issue, but until they are with us at reasonable prices, we should think hard about the impacts of our car exhausts. Barrie Mould For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at or email 78

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Make Room for Roses By Pippa Greenwood It’s the perfect time of year to plant roses, and there should be a good selection in local garden centres or from specialist rose nurseries. Although roses look good in beds, borders and containers, why not create your own fantasy rose arch or rose-clad arbour? Transform an existing arch or pergola by planting roses now to ensure fabulous colour for many summers to come. Alternatively, create your own using sturdy timber or buy a good quality wooden or metal arch or pergola kit.

planting. Soak the roots in water for a couple of hours before prising them apart, prune out any which have been damaged and plant the rose immediately.

Start by deciding whether to use ramblers or climbers to cover your pergola or arch. Ramblers are easier to train but only flower once a year, whereas many climbers have two flowering periods or flower intermittently for months.

Ensure you plant at the correct depth: the swollen graft point slightly above where the roots start protruding should be just above soil level. Once in place, keep your rose well watered during dry conditions, paying particular care over the next 18 months. Apply rose fertiliser and top up the mulch in spring.

Many roses are strongly coloured, so ensure that these will look good with adjacent planting and will not clash with nearby painted or treated surfaces such as decking or garden furniture.

Newly purchased roses are unlikely to have much in the way of top growth, but once they get going you will obviously need to train these stems into the arch or pergola, securing them at regular intervals with great care, so that they are not damaged by being buffeted against the arch or pergola during windy weather. I like to use the steel wire with a dense foam covering – strong but soft!

Perfume is a vital ingredient - walking beneath an arch or pergola laden with perfumed roses on a warm summer’s evening takes some beating! If you get your roses delivered, don’t be put off if they have somewhat lopsided roots, uninspiring woody stems and little else. This is normal, but despite their forlorn appearance they usually establish well. Do try to plant as soon as possible, but if not make sure that you keep the root systems moist by wrapping in thoroughly moistened hessian or by burying the roots temporarily in garden soil.

Good varieties for planting over pergolas and arches include Veilchenblau ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ (climber), Excelsa ‘Crimson Shower’, Albertine Albericbarbier ‘Golden Showers’, ‘Iceberg’ (climber), Malvern Hills ‘Super Fairy’, ‘Gloire de Dijon’, ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’.

Make your planting hole close to the base of the arch or pergola: a distance of about 30 – 45 cm (12 – 18 in) works well, but keep away from concrete footings or other material located in the soil. Although roses quite like fairly heavy soil, for clay soils likely to waterlogging prepare a sizeable area before planting by digging in well rotted manure, garden compost and grit, which also ensures good fertility. If the roots of bare root roses are lopsided and crammed together, spread them out before

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 83

Where in Fetcham...? For many years now I have compiled Potted Histories on Places, People and Companies, and I hope they have given readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local much pleasure. Now it is time for readers to help me in identifying some houses in Fetcham. The house on the left is a postcard; postmarked Fetcham and counter stamped Leatherhead and dated 7th October 1905. It is addressed to a Mrs. Spackman, Kentish Town, London. The writer confirms it is from Fetcham by stating so before saying ‘my dear Lizzie’ – What do you think of this postcard? You will see it is Annie, Grace and I. It is signed yours sincerely Lil.

The postcard on the right is unused but bears a message ‘reported to be Fetcham, Surrey’. If you can identify this one, I will be amazed. I have researched all possibilities in the area and have drawn a complete blank. It only cost me 50 pence – a bargain – if only it could be identified.

If you recognise either of these buildings please contact me via email on: 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: 88

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Special entertainment for Surrey


omething unusual happened at The Dawnay in Great Bookham recently – the school generously gave over its space to Head2Head Theatre, a locally run charity serving the special needs’ community. For two special days the place was transformed. A Deadly Dark Glade appeared in a classroom; a Witch’s Cave was discovered propped up against the outside climbing frame, with Kansas and Munchkin Land magically transforming the school hall. It was all conjured up by the Wizard of Oz - Head2Head’s latest family show. Leaving Munchkin Land and flying back to Kansas Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Mole Valley District Council, The Wacky World of Oz is a multi-sensory, interactive walkabout performance accessible to both children and young people with special needs and their siblings. “It is totally interactive, family fun,” says Anni Rhodes-Steere, founder of the charity. “The children (and adults) become part of the show … crows pecking at the scarecrow’s corn or the witch’s army of flying monkeys … but there is no pressure. They haven’t got to ‘perform’ and can get involved as little or as much as they want. Although scripted, the show is flexible and the actors encourage their audiences to become fully immersed in the action. For example, one young wheelchair user, who was obviously a fan of Dr. Who and Harry Potter, played the role of ‘Tin Man’ as a visitor from Outer Space, complete with cloak and wand. He had such a good time that he returned for three more performances.”

The deadly dark glade

During each 60 minute show the audience moved around The Dawnay discovering scenes and characters from the story. As with all Head2Head’s productions, it was full of fun songs, actions, signing and sensory moments, taken at a pace that allowed audience members to enjoy, assimilate and comprehend at their own levels. “The Wacky World of Oz is a great example of the fun the volunteers may have,” says Anni. “Making papier mache oversized The witch is dead! fruit gave us a wonderful opportunity to let our imaginations run wild. We created blue apples and purple strawberries with strange sounds … red, jingling bananas that smelled of chocolate were a great favourite.”

The charity is seeking volunteers who might be able to help, occasionally, with light admin duties or making props and costumes. If anyone is interested in finding out more about volunteering or making a donation please contact Anni on 01372 278021 or email For details of family holiday activities and school productions go to:

Registered charity no. 1161873



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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 07752 665066 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 07442 103473 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) 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 375212 (Marion Doherty) 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 372553 (Cathy Smith, Secretary) 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 01372 274618 (Jim Malynn) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police Non-emergency 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 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead 01372 274388 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley (based in Dorking) 01306 640369 (10am-1pm, answerphone) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 94

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