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Issue 135

January 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community


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Rotary Club of Ashtead Courier scam - be aware Computer classes for over 55s Refuse & recycling calendar 2017 Chairman of local charity wins award Bin collections over the festive period Mole Valley Council’s ‘Walk for Health’ What’s your favourite tree in Ashtead?

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


Bin collection calendar 2017 - centre


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


‘Leather Heads’ win charity quiz


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Community Vision


Quiz - Poker hand nicknames




Which is your favourite Ashtead tree?


Quiz - Review of 2016


Sight for Surrey


Rotary Club of Ashtead


Walk for Health (MVDC) pages 56 & 57


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Leatherhead Community Association


When the snow came - a story


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Simple crossword


What’s on in January? Pages 60-67


Leatherhead Christmas Festival report


Old steam loco in Leatherhead


Project Wenceslas


Cryptic crossword


Computer classes for over 55s


Local history article


Recipe - spiced couscous


Courier scam - be aware


Recipe - mincemeat & apple strudels


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Transition Ashtead


Don’t use your mobile whilst driving


Chairman of Topic of Cancer wins award


Bin collections over Xmas/New Year


General knowledge crossword


Protect your passwords


Gardening - fight the frosts


Ministry of Justice scam calls


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From the Publisher


his magazine is due to be distributed just before Christmas, so I hope you have a good one. As always, lots going on in the area for you to read about. Age Concern have organised a series of free courses for the over 55s - handy if you’ve been given an iPad or tablet thingy and want to know more about how they work, and the course also covers Skype, especially useful for keeping in touch with loved ones living some distance away, more details on how to enrol can be found on page 32.

I was invited by the Rotary Club of Ashtead to their annual Christmas bash in early December, and I have to say it’s one of the highlights of my year. It’s always good to meet up with the ‘boys’ and their other halves for a catch up, a jolly good laugh, a wonderful meal and a little drinkypoos. Heck, I even got to dance this year with Brian Griffin, we were really busting some moves on that dance floor - John Travolta eat your heart out! Thanks guys for a really fun night. The evening also managed to raise over £300 for Crisis, a charity which, amongst other things, ensures that many homeless people can have a hot shower, a change of clothes and a hot meal, things which we all take for granted. If you would like to donate something to help this worthy cause, please go to their website: The Rotary Club dinner is also an opportunity to catch up with people who do so much for our community and their input into this little magazine is invaluable. I met up with the lovely Chrissy Kerton, who is the secretary of Ashtead Tree Wardens, Chrissy sent in an article asking about your favourite tree in Ashtead. The Ashtead Tree Wardens would love to know what that tree is, including a short description, its location and sending in a photo too. Chrissy’s article can be found on page 55. There are so many unpleasant scams going on, but I thought I should bring your attention to two which you may not know about, the first is the Ministry of Justice scam call and the other is the courier card scam, these articles can be found on pages 44 and 76 respectively. Unfortunately the scammers are becoming ever-more sophisticated, proving that it’s easy to get caught out, even if you have your wits about you. Just as I was going to print, I received a few piccies of the Leatherhead Christmas Festival held on 3rd December, it was a really fun day in the town, and made us all feel that Christmas was truly on its way, Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides see page 28. local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +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. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

Jo and Warren at Style Cruises in Craddocks Parade are renowned cruise specialists, they are very often invited by cruise operators to visit their ships, so when you are booking a cruise with them, you know that they are speaking from a platform of knowledge. This year they are presenting The Surrey Cruise show at Denbies, Dorking on Wednesday 1st February. See opposite page for details and how to get your free tickets. On the centre pages you will find the bin collection calendar for 2017, yes I know it’s a bit dreary, but this magazine can’t be all about glamour. I should like to wish all my readers a wonderful New Year and I hope that 2017 is a happy and fulfilling one. Cheerio ducks,

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Working for Ashtead since 1945 The Bus Service in Ashtead

currently liaising with schools to organise a series of railway safety workshops, the first of which will be held at Barnett Wood Infants School. They have given assurances of their awareness of the importance of this crossing to the local community and said that they will work closely with Surrey County Council to address both the legal status of the route across the tracks and also the risk mitigation measures.

At a recent meeting of the Joint Residents’ Associations Bus Group it was discovered that some were unaware of the two new services available to us in Ashtead, i.e. the 416 and the 21.

If you need to attend a medical appointment at Epsom, Ashtead or Leatherhead Hospital, take the new hourly 416 service. It runs along the A24 from Kiln Lane Sainsburys in Epsom to the Leatherhead Tree planting in the Leisure Centre from Mondays to Saturdays. It is Centenary Wood at Langley Vale also ideal for those wishing to go for a swim or The English wood that forms part of the Woodland workout at either Epsom or Leatherhead, or shop Trust’s Centenary Woods Project is on their 640 of course. acre site at Langley Vale. The project seeks to There is also a new 21 Metrobus service which commemorate all those who served in the First runs from Epsom to Crawley via Headley, Box Hill World War by creating a living legacy that can and Dorking. This could be ideal for taking a walk grow and thrive for future generations. on Boxhill and will save changing at Leatherhead Ultimately the site will contain tens of thousands if you wish to go to Dorking by bus. It’s a 2-hourly of native trees and carpets of wildflowers. service and runs from Monday to Friday. This winter, the Trust is again calling for help If you find parking your car in our town centres with the tree planting and the first planting day stressful or frustrating the 479 service runs took place on 17th December. Two further tree regularly seven days a week, connecting Ashtead plantings are currently planned for 21 January to both Epsom and Guildford. The service runs and 25 February 2017 and when details for these half hourly on weekdays and every 2 hours on days are finalised, they will be put on the ARA Sundays giving you plenty of time to do your website but you might want to save the date now shopping. if you are interested in helping. The Trust provides refreshments but you will need to take Similarly, the 408 can take you to Tesco in Leatherhead or to Sainsburys in Cobham (Mondays your own spade and gloves and wear wellies and all-weather clothing. Parking is usually at Epsom to Fridays). Racecourse and a shuttle bus runs throughout the To view the full timetables visit day to take you to and from the site. To find out more about the Centenary Woods travel-information. For help with planning a Project and Langley Vale, please go to: journey visit http:// or call Traveline 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge). Bus Guides The Association wishes all Ashtead Residents a are also available at most libraries, bus enquiry offices, council offices and selected post offices/ very Happy 2017. newsagents and hospitals.

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fruit of the Medlar - see below - (referred to as 'dogs bottom!') also went out of fashion.

Another comparatively unusual tree, in Mansion House gardens, is a Medlar tree which was grown for its unusual looking fruit which was used for making into a jelly eaten particularly with venison. As venison became less popular, the unattractive

I hope this makes you more aware of the array of trees on the town tree trail.

Many of the other species of tree seen on the ‘Leatherhead Our lives will never be as closely linked to trees as Town Tree Trail’ the ancient Celts who considered some trees to be have interesting sacred and symbolic; referring to the Oak and Holly backgrounds, for as 'kings' example, the Ginko However, because of their longevity, some trees or Maidenhair tree, have interesting history. There is a yew tree at which has delicate looking, fan shaped Runnymede known as the Ankerwyke Yew, which is leaves. It is in fact estimated to be between 2000 and 3000 years old. extremely tough, It has a girth of over 30 feet. and would have born having survived 200 silent witness to King John signing the Magna Carta. million years. After In and around Leatherhead we have some the 1945 atom bomb was exploded at Hiroshima, interesting and relatively unusual trees, many of some of the few living things left growing at a which can be seen if you follow the 'Leatherhead distance of 1 to 2 kilometres from the centre of the Town Tree Trail' which can be found on the Mole blast were six Ginko trees. These trees are still Valley website. The story, origin, and background apparently living to this day. of some tree varieties add to the interest in Perhaps you have noticed the autumn colour of the following this trail. Liquidambar or Sweet Gum tree and the Walnut There is a Black Mulberry in Mansion House gardens tree on the western boundary of the Parish Church which is listed on the Conservation Foundation Garden. These trees also have practical commercial website. As James 1st, (1603 to 1625), wanted to uses. The timber of the Sweet Gum tree has been develop a silk industry, a number were planted traditionally used in the manufacture of cigar about this this time, particularly in country house boxes. The Walnut tree, apart from producing gardens. He didn't realise, however, that silk nuts, has timber which is used in the making of worms only thrive in the White Mulberry! There rifle butts. was a very famous Mulberry tree in Wakefield prison which housed female prisoners who were Reputably, Purdy, the famous gun maker, used exercised round a Mulberry tree - reputably the timber from some of the 1000 Walnut trees that origin of 'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.” once grew on Norbury Park.

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We have recruited Fetcham’s first Tree Wardens. We have planted trees and secured new planters for the village centre.

2016 was indeed a busy year; following feedback from the residents we completed and submitted our We have added local useful links to our website. own Parking Review, a consequence of which a Created a free downloadable simple Heritage Trail Design Engineer visited Fetcham and we hope that of Fetcham for families to enjoy, also on the some of the issues raised will be listed for website consideration within the MVDC Parking Review of We have introduced and sent out new email updates 2017. to those who have subscribed‌a busy year. We completed a formal response to the Transform However we are a team of volunteers so naturally Leatherhead Masterplan, highlighting the need for the bigger the team, the more we are able to sufficient parking and congestion surveys and flood achieve and 2017 I am sure will produce its own new evaluation. Questioned the sites identified for challenges. So if you are a Fetcham Resident and development as perhaps geographically and would like to get involved in something new for environmentally inappropriate. 2017, you have ideas or inspirations as to how we We engaged with S&ES Water regarding the recan improve our support to the village, please email installation of the previous benches, a general tidy or telephone up and cutting back of the over grown vegetation by 07833 620744. the Mill Pond.


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Communication is key to unlocking cohabitation rights The Office of National Statistics recently revealed that there are now 3.3 million cohabitating couple families in the UK compared to less than half that figure twenty years ago, yet there is still little legal protection afforded to this increasing demographic. In November 2016, Resolution, the national organisation for specialist Family solicitors, hosted the National Cohabitation Debate at the Law Society which provided a platform for the discussion of rights for unmarried couples. Echoing his on-going efforts to introduce new legislation, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames proposed that the law in England and Wales should extend legal rights to those who choose not to marry. Conversely, it was contended that extending legal rights would create a complex path for couples whose relationship is in its infancy and could restrict individual autonomy. The debate grappled with the challenges faced by cohabitees and although each speaker proffered a unique perspective on new legislation and its effects; they all acknowledged the urgent need for better communication of the current legal position of unmarried couples and families, whilst the debate about reforming cohabitation law continues.

The myth of ‘common law’ marriage must be dispelled by greater awareness of the fact that currently it is possible to live with someone for a long period of time; have children; own property; build a family life together yet have little legal protection to provide for the future needs of the family. If you are in a medium to long term relationship and you and your partner are both heavily invested in cohabitation (perhaps you have children together and a house), but you do not wish to marry – it is important to protect your position. You can do this by entering into a cohabitation agreement which is drafted to regulate what would happen in the event that the relationship broke down. Please get in contact with TWM to make an appointment with our team of family specialists for advice on this matter. Kate Newton:

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Ashtead Community Vision Are we there yet? “Do you want Mole Valley District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ashtead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum are in favour, the council is then obliged to “make” the plan. At that point it becomes part of the MVDC Development Plan and a material consideration for planning application decisions in the three Ashtead Wards. “Are we there yet?” - a perennial cry from small children on car journeys. As ever, the answer is “nearly there – it won’t be long now”. The same is true of our neighbourhood plan, which took another step closer to fruition at the Mole Valley Council meeting on 6th December. At that meeting, the council was asked to:

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A number of residents have in the past voiced concern that the policies that we are proposing to encourage smaller housing will have a detrimental effect on the character of Ashtead. One of the significant changes recommended by the examiner and approved by the council is to strengthen consideration of local character by the addition of the following words:

Consider each of the recommendations made by the independent examiner and decide what action to take in response to each; Come to a formal view about whether the draft plan meets the basic conditions and other relevant legislation; Publish the above decisions in a decision statement;

Subject to the above decisions, proceed to make arrangements for a referendum to be held. The result of that meeting was that the council accepted all of the recommendations, plus a couple of minor changes identified after publication of the examiner’s report.

“In all housing developments of this size (infill), their mix of housing types should also be consistent with achieving a good layout and design in relation to the immediate locality.” In addition to our specific policies on the subject, this additional wording should also encourage the planning authorities to consider the amount of green space in and around any new development.

A positive result in the referendum does not mean that we can hang up our planning hats and relax. We shall need to keep an eye on the development of the new Mole Valley Local Plan, which should be published in 2018, to ensure that there is no contradiction between that and our policies. At present, we do not foresee any Furthermore, the council agreed that our plan issues, but you can never tell! meets the relevant regulations and should I hope you all had a good Christmas and we look therefore go forward to a referendum. That referendum will be held in May 2017, alongside forward to your continued support in the New Year. the council elections, so there will be an Tony Tuley additional voting paper for Ashtead wards asking

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Rotary Club of Ashtead The Club grants £6,000 towards SeeAbility's new accessible minibus The £6000 donation from the Rotary Club of Ashtead will contribute towards SeeAbility's purchase of a specially adapted vehicle for people with sight loss and multiple disabilities to enjoy leisure activities, take trips and access their community in Surrey. The minibus is used every day of the week and a number of activity groups simply would not be able to run without it, as they rely on it to transport people to and from different venues. Julie Haines, President of the Rotary Club of Ashtead, said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to this significant project at the heart of the community.” Rotary President Julie Haines presenting cheque to Leatherhead SeeAbility deputy manager, Marie Pitcher and trusts manager, Miriam Oppenheim while other volunteers prepare to take residents on a tandem ride

Marie Pitcher, Deputy Manager of SeeAbility’s Millennium Centre, who accepted the grant on behalf of the charity said: “We are overwhelmed and delighted by the generous support that The Rotary Club of Ashtead and our local community have shown us. Our current minibus is getting old and garage down time often means that we have to cancel activities. Thanks to this tremendous grant we can just focus on helping people do the things they love doing.”

Ashtead's rapidly growing Rye Meadows Project Every second week throughout the year an enthusiastic band of volunteers don their wellies and thorn-proof gloves to undertake maintenance and improvement works on Ashtead's own river, The Rye Brook. Over the years this brook has become rather sterile and devoid of much wild life through run-off from the roads and other sources of polluted water. Some while back Daphne Burnett and David Baker with Rye Meadows City of London Commons built volunteers accepting Rotary Club of Ashtead donation new reed beds and wildlife havens and helped check the high flows from storm water which caused much flooding downstream. In the last four years The Friends of Rye Meadows have taken on the task of improving The Brook's habitat along the section between Ashtead Common and the Leatherhead border... that's some 14 acres donated by former resident Daphne Burnett. New meanders, scrapes and berms have been built and large amounts of scrub removed. Footpaths have been up-graded so that they may be used throughout the year come rain or shine. The benefits are clear already with clear water in the stream and flooding much reduced. A large number of indigenous, native trees have been planted and wildlife too is returning with a number of small fish being seen and a beautiful outlook visible along this quiet valley. The works involve a considerable expenditure in materials and equipment and compliance with Environment Agency rules. The Rotary Club of Ashtead has been following the progress of this project with deep and avid interest. President Julie Haines joined the working party on 6th December and presented a cheque for £1000 to demonstrate that commitment towards this continuing, valuable community asset. Len Wood 20

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A Fresh Start The start of a new year is often the time when we take a critical look at our lives and think about making some changes. Whether you want to take up a new hobby or start your own business, this month’s books are for you…

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever

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Bloom: Navigating Life and Style – Estée Lalonde

The Girl in the Garden –

Beauty and lifestyle vlogger Lalonde has gained a legion of fans, and much critical acclaim, for her daily musings on style, beauty, food and life in general. In Bloom, Lalonde talks about the highs and lows of her life, including overcoming depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. A beautifully designed book for dipping in and out of when you need a bit of inspiration.

A single teenage mum, a grieving widow, a photographer, a recluse, a man trying to do what’s right. Characters with very different outlooks and lives, but their stories are all entwined. And their flaws, hopes and buried dreams are all too identifiable. They all need to allow themselves to heal and trust if they’re to take those first tentative steps towards a better life.

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Marian Keyes In this collection of essays, Keyes gives us a hilarious insight into her daily life and thoughts. While it’s laugh-aloud funny, there’s also a good dose of reflection. Keyes isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself and reveal her own vulnerability. By doing so, she reminds us that often we’re our own worst critics and sometimes we need to just go easy on ourselves.

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

the dog, had spent several frenzied minutes prancing in the snow and was now lying in an exhausted heap in her basket. Just as Ruth finished the floor, Daniel and Sarah flung open the door, dumped wet clothes and wellies and demanded food. Ben emerged, still in his dressing gown and Sam called out for a cup of coffee. 'Mr Snowball', Daniel and Sarah's snowman, stood proudly outside their house. His head was significantly too large for his body but his pebbled smile was resolute. It was a valiant effort and Ruth tried to ignore the fact that her new red scarf was draped around his fat neck. The family were summoned to admire the masterpiece but as they gazed out of the window, gravity got the better of Mr Snowball and his oversized head toppled to the ground leaving only the trace of his smile in the snow.

The world seemed to grind to a halt when the snow came. The school was closed, the car wasn't going anywhere and Ruth had to resign herself to a housebound day with three children and a husband. Sam was going to work from home so they’d have to fight over the computer. Ruth pulled back the curtains and couldn’t stop herself from smiling at the pristine white beauty of the garden. Sarah and Daniel shovelled down some breakfast and raced outside to build a snowman. Ben was still in bed. He had woken briefly, looked out of the window, grunted, "Cool" and disappeared back under the duvet. This time last year he’d have been out with his siblings but adolescence had muted his enthusiasm for any physical exertion first thing in the morning.

Sarah and Daniel mourned the decapitation of Mr Snowball but were soon distracted from their grief by hot chocolate, biscuits and a DVD. Ruth did some ironing and Ben disappeared back to his room to a world of 'Facebook' and 'YouTube'. After lunch, they all decided to go and re-build Mr Snowball. Even Sam was going to join them before clearing the driveway. They found gloves and boots and made their way outside.

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

Sarah gasped. It was a miracle! Mr Snowball was back together again. He had healed himself! His head was a perfect sphere, Ruth's red scarf was neatly tied round his neck and his pebbled smile was victorious. Daniel was baffled but mocked his younger sister for her naivety. Snowmen couldn't heal themselves! He loved a mystery and immediately started to look around for clues. Sam and Ben started a snowball fight and Ruth went to check on Mrs Parkes at Number 43. She gave Mr Murray a wave and a smile as she went past and he responded with a wink. Mr Snowball stood majestically in the front garden. His smile was steadfast and protruding from his mouth was a rather handsome wooden pipe.

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

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Regular Domestic Cleaning End of Tenancy Cleans Spring / ‘Blitz’ Cleans Carpet Cleaning Deep / Steam Cleaning

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Festive Fun in Leatherhead - Saturday 3rd December Christmas festivities kicked off in Leatherhead with a roller skating bauble, free face painting for children and two nine foot high Holly and Mistletoe characters entertaining the crowds. Last Saturday, hundreds of local people enjoyed the festive entertainment provided throughout the day by the Swan Centre, which culminated in the switching on of the centre’s tree lights by Leatherhead Theatre’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Pantomime cast and Mole Valley District Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Mir. During the fun packed day children enjoyed meeting a life size ‘Santa Teddy’, Father Christmas who was giving away treats and many little ones took part in the centre’s ‘Elf on the Shop Shelf’ competition. A Christmas market added to the festive atmosphere selling everything from hand made Christmas biscuits, to giant hair bows in a rainbow of colours. Councillor Charles Yarwood, Deputy Leader of Mole Valley District Council and Executive Member for Property, Parking and Economic Development said, “Thanks to everyone who came down and enjoyed the day, it is great to see people supporting their local towns and villages at this time of year. Visitors to the centre increased by 26% compared to the previous Saturday which is positive news for the whole of Leatherhead.


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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 £11,000 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

Make a Donation I would like to give £...................... to the Project Wenceslas appeal in Surrey Please make your cheque payable to ‘Leatherhead & District Lions Club’ and return it with this form to: Leatherhead & District Lions Club, 86 Newton Wood Rd, Ashtead, KT21 1NW Gift Aid Declaration: Please treat this donation and any future donations that I make to L/head & Dis. Lions Club from this date ........................

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All data given to the Leatherhead & District Lions Club will be treated in the strictest confidence and not shared with external parties unless where required to do so by Law.

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Please notify Leatherhead & District Lions Club if you change your address or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains

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Computer Classes in Leatherhead and Dorking If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks with the option of additional weeks to reinforce and build on what you’ve learned. Topics covered will include: internet browsing, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts, and how to shop on the internet as well. Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/ Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on, but computers will be provided as well – it’s up to you!

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 or 01306 899104 or by email: We are also looking for volunteer help with our Dorking course on Thursdays between 10.15am to 2.15pm. If you have basic skills in tablet and computer use, have clear communication skills and a friendly and patient personality, then please contact us for more information on ways you can help. Registered Charity No 1111678


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Bathing & showering • Meal & snack preparation Getting up in the morning • Going to bed at night Supporting with day to day activities Assisting with taking medication

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Food & Drink


Food & Drink


Food & Drink

Mincemeat & Apple Mini Strudels

These delicious sweet and buttery mini fruity strudels make great festive puds over Christmas. You can prepare them a few hours in advance, cover and chill in the fridge and bake just before serving.

Ingredients: • 8 tbsp luxury mincemeat (home made or shop bought)

• 1 small cooking apple, peeled and coarsely grated • 8 sheets filo pastry, each measuring 18x31cm • 50g unsalted butter, melted • Filo pastry stars, to decorate (see Tip) • Icing sugar, to dust • Whipped cream or brandy butter, to serve Makes 8 Ready in 35 minutes

1. Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180C, Gas Mark 6. Mix together the mincemeat and grated apple. Take one sheet of filo pastry and brush with some of the melted butter. 2. Place a spoonful of the mincemeat mixture along one short end of the sheet of buttered pastry. Fold in a little of the pastry along each long side then roll up to enclose the filling. Place seam side down on a large greased baking tray. 3. Repeat with the rest of the pastry sheets and mincemeat mixture to make 8 mini strudels in total. Brush with any remaining melted butter. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Cool for 5 minutes then halve and serve with filo pastry stars and dust liberally with icing sugar. Serve with whipped cream or brandy butter. TIP To make the stars, fold a spare sheet of filo pastry into three. Stamp out tiny stars using a small star-shaped cookie cutter and brush with a little melted butter. Bake as above but for only 4-5 minutes until crisp and golden. 38

Art, Jewellery & Gifts

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Just what does it take for us to realise?

Recently, a lorry driver was convicted of causing the deaths of three children and an adult due to his use of a mobile phone when driving. After the verdict, the police issued a video of the parents urging drivers to stop using their phones whilst driving. It makes harrowing viewing, particularly the images of the impact and the crushed cars. I am sure we’ve all seen bunches of flowers or even cemetery-style ornate planters placed on the roadside. Whatever form they take, each has been left there by someone to mark the site of a loved one’s accident and, most probably, death on the road. Irrespective of our opinion of them, they serve as a warning that we should take extra care. But still the accidents happen: on the same roads and usually by us breaking the same driving laws. I wonder what it will take to get into our thick heads the destructive power involved in traffic accidents and their impact on the human body. For us to slow down, to stop drinking and to stop texting. Not long ago I rounded a slight bend on a road I know well to see an engine on the left verge and the twisted remains of the car it was from on the right. The accident had been dealt with, but what I saw left me thinking “Someone must have died there”. Perhaps that mangled wreckage should be left there as a sharp reminder of what happens when you fail to heed the rules of the road. If it saves just one life it would have served its purpose. By Iain Betson 40



Revised bin collection dates over the Christmas / New Year period General Waste Bin (Black) Usual Collection Date

Revised Collection Date

Monday 19 December

No Change

Tuesday 20 December

No Change

Wednesday 21 December

No Change

Thursday 22 December

No Change

Friday 23 December

No Change

Recycling Bin (Green) Usual Collection Date

Revised Collection Date

Monday 26 December

Tuesday 27 December

Tuesday 27 December

Wednesday 28 December

Wednesday 28 December

Thursday 29 December

Thursday 29 December

Friday 30 December

Friday 30 December

Saturday 31 December

This schedule also applies to the collection of food waste, garden waste, textile and electrical item collections.

Christmas Tree Recycling You can recycle your Christmas tree at any of the following wing car parks from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th January 2017: • Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall • Bookham Lower Road • Reigate Road, Dorking

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 the tree up, so that the lid of your bin can be closed and the contents come out freely when they bin is tipped into the lorry. 42


Lock Up Your Stuff!

First of all, don’t use the same user name and password twice. And secondly, don’t use easy to guess passwords. “12345678” is one of the UK’s most popular passwords and easy to guess, but something like “ektg-243n-brb456” isn’t. That’s hard to remember, of course, but you don’t have to remember it: on Apple hardware the Safari web browser can remember your passwords for you, and on other devices, apps such as the excellent LastPass or 1Password do the same.


1. Top Of The Morning

2. Part Company

3. Say Cheese

It seems that there’s a new hack every couple of days, with websites admitting that hackers have managed to get people’s account details. That’s dangerous, because many people use the same passwords on every site so if somebody manages to get your login details for one website, they might be able to get into your email and favourite online shops. The good news is that protecting yourself is simple.



Ministry of Justice warns of scam calls The Ministry of Justice is issuing a warning rning to the public after a ere consumers are telephoned or recent increase in scams where emailed by people falsely claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Scammers trick members of the public by suggesting to the d be owed money – person they’re calling that they could often for repayment of bank charges, payment protection insurance (PPI), or a court settlement - but first ask for an upfront payment from the consumer in order to enable them to receive the money. th the MoJ, HM These callers have no connection with nuine Courts & Tribunals Service, or other genuine organisations. Fraudsters have already tricked and harassed some victims into ly for handing over thousands of pounds, only them to find that the call was a fake. The MoJ would never contact consumers asking them for personal bank details, or request an up front payment by money transfer. The MoJ is warning consumers not to pass on personal or financial details to such callers. If you have already done so, contact your bank immediately to stop or check any unauthorised transactions. Do not transfer money unless you are absolutely confident the company is legitimate. Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said:“These are callous fraudsters who target people they believe are vulnerable to scams, often seeking out those who might already be struggling with debt. While their frauds are becoming increasingly sophisticated, remember that the Ministry of Justice and other genuine organisations will never approach you asking for financial information or money transfer payments. “I would urge the public to be on their guard and not to hand over any money until completely confident a company is legitimate, and to contact the authorities immediately if they are concerned. The simple rule remains: if a call like this comes out of nowhere and seems too good to be true, there’s a good chance it could be scam.”

Personal details

The bogus callers often ask for personal financial information such as bank account details, and consumers are often asked to use electronic money transfer services such as UKash vouchers or Paysafecard to provide an upfront payment. In several recent cases scams have used the MoJ logo to try and add to the appearance of legitimacy, while web or email addresses seemingly similar to those used by the MoJ have been quoted.

Calls from London phone numbers

Often calls or contact numbers appear to be from London phone numbers, although frequently the contact actually originates from outside the UK. The MoJ is working with Action Fraud, the police and affected money transfer companies to regularly disrupt these scams and close down telephone numbers or email addresses associated with them.

If you believe you have be en a victim of this scam please report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by reporting it on We will pass your reports to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau who analyse fraud information with a view to passing it to the police for further investigation. 44

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Mixed Glass

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Plastics All plastic bottles. Food tubs, pots & trays.


Food tins & drinks can. Aluminium foil & trays.

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Leather Heads Reign Supreme in Charity Quiz! In late November, over 60 enthusiastic quizzers took part in a special Quiz Night at the Rialto Lounge in Leatherhead in aid of Carers Support Mole Valley. After eight challenging rounds of ten questions each, 'The Leather Heads' (pic left) emerged triumphant out of the ten teams taking part, with a very impressive score of 92.5 points out of a possible 100, very convincingly beating 'The Strange Ladies' and 'Three Plus Three' into second and third place, with 72.5 and 67 points respectively. The somewhat ironically named 'The Stars' picked up the booby prize for coming last, albeit with a still respectable score of 34 points. As well as the quiz itself, everyone present enjoyed an excellent supper of pasta and pizza, and a raffle helped to raise almost £500 for Carers Support Mole Valley, who provide vital emotional support and practical information to carers of all ages throughout the Mole Valley area. Martin Jeremiah, Fundraising & Marketing Manager at Carers Support Mole Valley, who organised the event, added “It was a very enjoyable evening and everyone present was very generous with their support. I am also very grateful to all the local businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes for the event.” For further information about Carers Support Mole Valley, please visit

Ambrose “My name is Ambrose. I was found as a stray in a garden and some kind people brought me in to care. When I first arrived with my foster family I was so scared I hid for three days! Eventually I began to come out but I was still very afraid. However with time and patience I realised all would be fine and now I follow my foster mum everywhere. I want to be with her all the time and I love to snuggle up to her purring. When I want her to stroke me I wash her fingers and then rub my head against them. I'm only about a year old and now that I'm happy I want to play, I love to chase my tail! I'm fine with older children but would need a calm household with no other pets. I would love a garden to play in too. Are you the family with the love and patience to bring me out of me?”

Can you give Ambrose the loving home she so deserves? Please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 for further information. Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to: 48

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• Well-Established Modern Practice • Fully Air Conditioned • Same Day Emergency Service • Cosmetic Dentistry including Tooth • • • •

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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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• Problematic Nails • Athlete’s Foot • Bunions • Sports Injuries • Heel Pain

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“I want to thank you again for your wonderful service – nothing is too difficult for you and you always do what I request you to do. You would be surprised how often that doesn’t happen ― good service is hard to find! We are also aiming to provide a good service.” Claire Neuhoff, Surrey Home Vet 50

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Health & Beauty

Newlife Fertility Clinic We can help.

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Health & Beauty

Specialist foot and lower limb care, including: Corns & Callus Cracked heels • Verrucae treatments • Flat feet

Orthotics Heel pain • Ball of foot pain • Ingrowing toenails

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All Makes Welcome We also service and repair other makes so please call with your enquiry

Performance Tuning Increase your engine’s efficiency Free Loan Car Available while we work on your car Tel: 01483 285792 Email:

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Which is your favourite Ashtead tree? The Ashtead Tree Wardens would like you to tell them which is your favourite tree, for Ashtead’s 2017 Tree of the Year. This can be any tree in Ashtead on land open to the public. They will announce the winner at Ashtead Village Day on 10 June 2017. They will also publish a list of notable trees in Ashtead and, possibly, a guided tree trail as well. If you would like to nominate a tree, please email Please include a short description of the tree, its location, and why you think it should be Tree of the Year. If you can provide a photo of the tree it would be helpful. The Ashtead Tree Wardens were established this summer and have been busy making plans for caring for Ashtead’s trees. You may have seen the new Tree Wardens, with their Hi Viz jackets, wandering the streets studying our verge side trees. As well as improving their tree identification skills, they are putting together a record of the number, type and health of our trees, including those with Tree Preservation Orders. In recent years several of our road side trees have died but have not been replaced. Others have been cut down when, due to old age or disease, they have become unsafe for pedestrians and traffic. Surrey County Council says that it has neither the resources to remove dead trees that are not dangerous, nor to replant with new trees. Our Tree Wardens are keen to find ways, with the support of local residents, to plant new trees in Ashtead, and have started discussions with Surrey County Council to achieve this.

If you would like to discuss a tree issue with the Ashtead Tree Wardens or join them as a Tree Warden, please contact them at . Keith Lelliott


Tanya Gooch

Tanya was born three months prematurely which caused her to be blind from birth. Living in Epsom, she was fortunate to have a charity nearby who were able to help her from as young as six years old, when she was taught Braille. Since then, Sight for Surrey - based in Fetcham but supporting people countywide, who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, have a visual impairment, or combined sight and hearing loss - has supported Tanya in a number of ways. It has provided mobility training to Tanya which has enabled her to develop the skills she needs to travel to London, and routes closer to home, independently and with confidence. In an ever-changing technological world, Tanya has kept up to date, with the support of Sight for Surrey’s IT trainer, who has installed applications onto her computer, which improve email communication and read out website pages. She says: “I love being able to email friends and family in a straightforward fashion. Sight for Surrey provides a wonderful and helpful service. All the staff are patient and thoughtful, and I am so grateful for all the help they have given me to ensure I can live life the way I want.” And now the charity benefits too as Tanya often volunteers for them at its headquarters where she helps in a number of ways – and where she is partial to having a nice cup of strong tea made for her!

For more details about the charity’s work, visit its website at

‘Walk For Health’s’ Annual Christmas Walk A happy group of festive walkers of all ages, set off from Mole Valley District Council Offices on a very special Christmas ‘Walk for Health’ in aid of Surrey Young Carers on the 27th November. 30 walkers of all abilities were led around the Trail with a short talk at each of the garden’s features. Little walkers enjoyed the new ‘Winter Woodland Bingo’ sheet, now downloadable from . Children spotted specific trees, views and sites along the way and ticked them off on their sheets. The whole group made good time around the Trail and managed to fit in an unexpected visit to the Mausoleum, now housing the replica of Thomas Hope’s Egyptian settee. Councillor Lucy Botting, Executive Member for Wellbeing said, “Walks from just 30 minutes long attract new walkers to get out and about and meet new people whilst improving their health and wellbeing. Our walkers have fun, make new friends and get to know their local area.”

To find a short walk near you go to, see opposite page, or call 01306 885 001. 56

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Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Community Association With possibly the coldest part of the year still to come why not look at the programme that the LCA has planned for the next four months and come to the Institute and keep warm! The Art/History Lectures start on 25th January with a talk by Jessica Saraga on Winifred Knights, who was singled out as ‘the rising star of her generation’ in the early part of the last century. Jessica gives one further lecture on 1st February on Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Pickering completes the season with two talks in February covering the topic - ‘An over view of still life painting from Caravaggio to Chardin’. Tea & Talks begin in January with Nigel Arch talking about ‘Royal Marriages from the 18th Century’ and there are two further afternoons which will cover John Betjeman and Georgian London. All the talks start at 2pm and are on the second Friday of each month. As usual Gwen Hoad will be having her recorded Music afternoons on the 3rd Wednesday in the month when she will be playing ‘a few of my favourite things’. Don’t forget that there is now a social Bridge club twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Friday in the afternoon, Scrabble every other Friday afternoon, Table Tennis and Snooker every Monday afternoon and the Book Club meets in the evening on the first and last Thursday of the month. Visits have been arranged for the first four months of the year and they will be to the British Library, the Whitchurch Silk Mill and a distillery in Hampshire (where hopefully there will be some tasting), The London Charterhouse and then a tour of Arundel Castle and Gardens which will include their tulip festival. Peter Humphreys is planning his walks for the New Year, for full details please contact him on 01372 378347. Peter has also arranged a very special evening with Martin Hunka, the popular storyteller and London Blue Badge guide, who used to own the Mole Book shop in Leatherhead in the 1980’s. He will be coming on Friday 3 March at 7.30pm to re-tell the story of the homecoming of Odysseus (Ulysses) after a long and brutal war. Much happened at home in Ithaca whilst he was away and human nature appears not to be as infallible as expected but weak after all. This promises to be a fascinating evening so please book early, tickets are £7 for adults and £3 for U18’s with free refreshments in the interval. Booking forms for this and other events are available from the Institute and if you call in you will be able to pick up a newsletter with full information about the Spring programmes and which will also contain booking forms.

Please contact our administrator, Sarah, on 01372 360508, and she will give you all the information needed for booking for any of our events.


Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Morning WI November Meeting Our AGM took place on 26th November. The annual report was given by our President, Mrs Hazel Richmond-Coggan, and a summary of the financial report. Secretary Mrs Betty Tunstill reviewed the events of the past year, which included interesting speakers and several trips. We were pleased to have the company of Mrs Jill Elliott, and some members of Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI who helped us with the proceedings. The election of officers followed. The unanimous choice of Hazel Richmond-Coggan to continue her role as President was agreed. Betty will continue to as Secretary but it is hoped that others will help with the amount of work entailed. Mrs April Witty has offered to take on the post of Treasurer, for which we are grateful as this is a vital job. A committee of seven members will continue, but more people would be welcome. The Christmas hamper has been well supplied, so it was decided to divide the contents into three separate prizes. These were gratefully received by the winners. The morning ended with a quiz about various kinds of sweets. The first meeting of the New year will be on Thursday 26th January and the speaker will be demonstrating the art of wearing scarves. The meeting will be held, as always, at the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, at 10.15am. Visitors will be welcome, with an invitation for coffee and a chat.


Education & Tuition

Part of Fetcham Kids’ Club

For children aged 2 to 5 years Flexible sessions between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday Term time We accept FEE and FEET

Guide Headquarters, 46 Cannon Grove, Fetcham, KT22 9LH

Contact Alison or Jackie on 07925 518 286 60

What’s On?

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Registered Charity 304968

Where Ashtead Meets

Farmer’s Lunch - Wednesday 8th February 11.45am for 12.30 ―3pm

Speaker - Mervyn Mewis “Out of our Woods - the Music of Trees” Bar & Raffle

Tickets £10 available from Hall Office: Wed/Thur/Sat 10am-12pm Friday Coffee Morning: 10am-12pm Graham Wood 01372 272077 Rosemary Stark 01372 274870 Proceeds to benefit Hall funds

Christmas by Candlelight 7.30pm Tuesday 20th December

St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead The concert will feature music by the Brandenburg singers and brass ensemble and include some seldom performed gems as well as readings and many old favourites. Following the concert please join us in the Parish Church Hall for wine, soft drinks and mince pies. Tickets are £15 each, which includes a donation to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church.

Tickets can be obtained from John Andrews 01372 373083 Email: 61

The medieval Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead is the oldest building in Leatherhead – it belongs to us all. The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church is a non-denominational charity dedicated to raising funds exclusively to maintain the fabric and grounds of the Church to ensure this beautiful building and its surroundings are preserved for future generations

What’s On?


What’s On?

Movies Showing at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Friday 20th January BFG

3.15pm (doors open 2.30pm) Refreshments will be available preceding the film Stars Mark Rylance in the Disney / Spielberg film based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book Main film running time: 117 min Type: Adventure / Fantasy / Family

TICKETS £7 (Proceeds to benefit hall funds)

Florence Foster Jenkins 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)

to be preceded by a short supporting programme Based on the inspiring true story of a notoriously bad singer Main film running time: 110 min Type: Biography | Comedy | Drama

TICKETS £7 (proceeds to benefit hall funds) Drinks & Ice Cream available Please reserve your ticket by telephoning the Hall Office

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WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? Curious about Guildford - two self-guided walks around the town, The first is River Walk taking in the River Way and meandering around the town through the gardens of Guildford Castle and finishing at the Castle Keep and views (approx 0.9 mile). Second walk returns through Tunsgate Arch, past the Guildhall and clock tower, to Trinity Church, past the Archbishop’s Hospital and an ancient, haunted coaching inn and back to the River Wey and its lock (approx 0.7 mile). More info on this and other UK town walks on: or call 0115 950 2151 Until September 2017

Waisted Efforts Exhibition. A visual feast charting the changing styles of the waistline in fashion from 1750s to 1950s. Chertsey Museum, 33 Windsor St, Chertsey, KT16 8AT. Closed Sunday and Monday. 12.30-4.30pm. Free entry.

Saturday 1st

Brooklands New Year’s Day Gathering, £11 adults, £30 family (2 adults/3 children). 10am-4pm. Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, KT13 0QN. The largest New Year’s Day Classic Car Gathering in the UK. More info on

Saturday 7th

World War II - the Home Front. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. 1pm-3.30pm. £5 per child, inc one accompanying adult. As the sandbags were piled high, barrage balloons filled the air and the children were evacuated, Britain made ready to do battle on the Home Front. 020 8394 1734

Sunday 8th

New Year Tea Dance at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Rd, RH5 6AA. Traditional tea dance with afternoon high tea & sparkling wine, £17.25 pp, 01306 876616

Monday 9th

Leatherhead Residents’ Association, Letherhead Institute, 7.30pm.

Friday 13th

Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, New Year Ball at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and Latin dancing to Andrew Varley's Keyboard music. All welcome. Tickets in advance £16, M&S Refreshments, bar, dress formal - Details: Sue & Pat Hunt 01372 277938 or Ricky Lesser 01737 819699

Saturday 14th

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB, runs until 5th March 2017, 10am-3.45pm. Free with garden entry. Flamboyant butterflies from warmer climes will entrance you with their vibrant colours and magical flight. Learn about the life of butterflies in the interactive education zone. More info on

Saturday 21st

Philharmonia Orchestra, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Beethoven - Overture Leonora No.3; Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin & Piano - Soloists Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay (violin) & MinJung Kym (piano); Dvorak - Symphony No.8. Tickets £29; £25; £20; £14 from 01306 740619 & 01306 881717 or online at

Sunday 29th

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 to 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 and shallot sets and vegetable seeds, plants and a range of garden products at very competitive prices.


Surrey Cruise Show, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, from 11am, see page 7 for details.

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY? - REGULAR EVENTS Sunday 1st (weekly) Tuesday 3rd (1st Tues monthly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of January services and events, including Burns Night supper, please visit the website: 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 4th (weeky)

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

Wed 4th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Tony Drewitt ‘History of Punch & Judy’. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Thurs 5th (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 5th

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

Thurs 5th (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 5th (weekly)

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

Friday 6th (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 6th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities.

Monday 9th

(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.

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Monday 9th (2nd Monday monthly)

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Monday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm ‘City Tuesday 10th Livery Companies’ Jo Mabbutt. For more info contact Meriel Sexton via email on Wed 11th (weekly termtime)

10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. New members welcome. Volunteers to make refreshments welcome too.


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Wed 11th

2nd Wed mth

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the Art and architecture of the Khmer Empire, including Angkor Wat. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Tylney 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

Wed 12th

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4.30PM & 5.20PM-8PM

Friday 13th

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

Fridays 13th & 27th

Oasis, a women’s group for all ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s meets on Friday mornings from 9.15-10.30am at St George’s Church, Ashtead. All welcome for free refreshments and creche. This term’s topic is a fortnightly, light-hearted review of latest news and its relevance for local women.

Friday 13th (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Church funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Velazquez and the Golden Age of Spanish Painting, given by Tuesday 17th Sian Walters MA. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707 Wed 18th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Eileen Reynolds on ‘Canine Partners’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 19th

‘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 20th

Leatherhead and District Local History Society lecture. “How Science can tell us about the Use of Land”, by Professor Patricia Hawksworth. 8.0 p.m. at The Letherhead Institute. Coffee served from 7.30. Non-members are most welcome. Admission £2.

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Thurs 26th (4th Thurs monthly)

Thurs 26th

(last Thursday monthly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. ‘The Art of wearing scarves’. Visitors welcome. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or

Wed 25th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Dave Hodges on ‘Queen of the Sky’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Friday 27th

How Artists see themselves: An examination of how artists portrayed themselves before the age of photography. 11am or 7.30pm, £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 or email 67

An old steam locomotive in Leatherhead

Then (inset) and now I wonder how many of you remember the above, in the now defunct water park, at the rear of the leisure centre?

Corby, was initially number 11 and it was changed to its final number 16 later on.

It worked very hard for all of its active life until 1969 when it was withdrawn. The loco went to a few different railway preservation sites and just sat there, at all of them. Several useful fittings were removed, allegedly, at Well, in August 2010, a group of us got Swanage but no one down there knows together and formed the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 anything about it these days. Preservation society, with the intention of restoring the loco back into full working 3837 was presented to the Council, for static condition. display, at the water park, by the owner of The purchase price from the council was £1.00 Denbies in Dorking in, I believe, 1985. Trying to obtain the funds to restore the old plus 18p VAT and in March 2011, we put it on a low loader lorry and took it to the Lavender industrial loco is very hard work as is also Line in East Sussex. It now sits in the car park trying to get enough volunteer members to at Isfield station and has been given a coat of work on it. green paint. At this point, I would like to ask or even plead with you all to offer us some help! The loco was built in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1934 by the Hawthorn Leslie company that I will set out our needs overleaf in list form also built very many ships. The number 3837 for reasons of clarity. is its works number and its fleet number at Stewart’s and Lloyds Iron and Steel Works in ctd overleaf/ Some of you that do remember the old blue saddle tank, might have wondered where it went!


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works and many other industrial sites would not have been able to function properly. 3837 was one of the unsung heroes, so to speak, of a bygone era and it deserves its place in history. Not just being written about by enthusiastic steam authors, but being there in the “flesh”.

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At our recent society AGM, the couple who ran the Showstand had to retire because of personal reasons, so, we are in desperate need of some very worthwhile assistance in that department to keep the funds coming in.

We need a lot of new members to join the society. We have a vacancy for a secretary at the moment. We need more “hands on” volunteers to work on the loco.

At present, our chairman, is writing up our application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is a long drawn out process and I personally feel that he could do with a hand. Has anyone out there had any experience with that sort of thing please?

As most of the membership lives in or around Leatherhead, we would like a plot of land back here to work on number 3837. Isfield is about a 100 mile round trip from here and it is costly to our volunteers, both in time and money to go down there too often. Perhaps a corner of a farm would be very nice, especially if we could erect a shed around the loco.

Once the written part has been completed, I am assured by our Chief Mechanical Engineer, that the materials and parts can be given up to date costings. Once we have the money and the right number of volunteers, there will be no stopping us!

Free access to a metal working workshop would be very gratefully accepted. We are always looking for goods to put out for sale on our Showstand that attends all sorts of functions around Surrey and Sussex.

As with any charitable organisation, cash donations are always very welcome indeed!

Lastly, probably the most difficult request of all, is for boiler fittings.

I really do hope that you can help us in some way. It has often been found, that raising funds for a rather unglamorous old industrial locomotive is very hard work indeed, but without them, and even the modern day diesels that replaced them, the various steel

I have had a special sweater made with the words “keep calm and fire up the Hawthorn Leslie” on it. One day, with your help, we might be able to do just that. Just think, if, or should I say when, that day came, and you were fit and healthy, you could be taught to drive and fire old 3837! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Brian Davis Life and founder member

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1.

Grey letters on small sign (6)


A river occupant is rude! (8)


Curt sort of brat bearing up (6)

10. Champion more vulgar about South Africa (8) 12. A horde is directed past Zimbabwe (8) 13. Bananas are inside like curry (6) 15. Leg broken near first valley (4) 16. Soft pillow's initially likely (7) 20. Medical treatment, it's said (7) 21. An eyepiece from Ireland isn't complete (4)

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Finery pleased teases (4,4)


A person going into a dorm oddly deserted (8)


Relative to write about cut (6)


Emperor not really embracing the Queen (4)


A barrier to cables dealt with (8)


Take a side and rue change (6)


Rubbish about Thor's second hammer (6)

25. Seafood swindle one investigates (6) 26. Renovated local's so very big! (8) 28. Sect insiders still over the moon (8) 29. Sides ordered to start or stop (6) 30. Bent porter opening entrance (8) 31. Unorthodox ads get put on (6)

11. Lost rings – some simply turned up (7)


14. Animal ascending to Arthur's place (7) 17. Hit-and-run is very careless (8) 18. Greedy wingback, roughly speaking (8) 19. Remote ladies to put straight (8) 22. Slumbering snake given fish back (6) 23. Unusual apron's for a clergyman (6) 24. The son used to be sincere (6) 27. Short fib about a large cat (4) Solution in next month’s edition

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 95

The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower, Ashtead The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower c: 1950s

The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower, 1881

The Leg of Mutton was a combined farm and hostelry from its earliest days. The first innkeeper was Thomas Kitchen in 1707. He was there for fifty years. The inn was used as a meetinghouse and a civic centre. The proprietor of the inn during the second half of the 19th century was Thomas Skilton, who lived there with his wife and twelve children. He greatly improved the premises. In 1879 there were seven bedrooms, three attics, a coffee room, a small sitting room, bar parlour, smoking room, kitchen, scullery, tap room and “good beer and wine cellars”. The present red brick frontage dates from the 1890s. There are still remains of the earlier timber framed building at the rear. The brewers Page & Overton owned the Public House from 1906 to 1954. Under the Charrington Brewery it became a ‘Toby House’

For a short period it became known by its initials LOMAC. It closed in December 2014 after its operator went into administration. It re-opened following a seven-month closure and a recent review informs us - ‘Great pub! Friendly atmosphere, amazing staff. Lovely for both a drink and food. The pub quiz is great on the Wednesday - Lovely beer garden with fantastic furniture.’ Goff Powell

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Courier Scam - Be Aware

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Protect yourself against courier fraud • • • •

Your bank will never send a courier to your home Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN If you receive one of these calls end it immediately

Victim advice

Report this to Action Fraud on or by calling 0300 123 2040 If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately. If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone, preferably a mobile. 76

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Prepare your emergency kit Here’s our guide to all the essential items you’ll need in an emergency, when severe weather strikes – for your home, on the move, and in the car.

What to have at home How long could you last without power, heat, water and a trip to the shops? Take time now to put these essential items into a kit: • • • • • • • • • •

list of emergency contact numbers battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch) battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio) any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit three days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat food that won’t spoil copies of important documents, such as insurance policies and birth certificates pencil, paper, penknife and whistle spare keys to your home and car spare glasses or contact lenses if needed, baby and pet supplies

What to take on the move Whether you’re travelling by car, foot or any other type of transport, check the weather forecast and pack these items: • • • • • • • •

suitable clothes for the weather, such as winter boots with grips, warm clothing, waterproofs ready-to-eat food, a warm drink in a flask and bottled water mobile phone and charger any essential medication spare glasses or contact lenses cash and credit cards list of emergency contact numbers if needed, baby and pet supplies

What to keep in the car Before you set off, make sure you have the following: • • • • • • • •

ice-scraper and de-icer snow shovel map for unplanned diversions blanket and warm clothes first aid kit battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch) battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio) jump leads


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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Martian visits Leatherhead! I visited a quaint town named Leatherhead for the first time recently. It is located on that old-fashioned planet called Earth, our next door neighbour in the solar system. Everyone there was talking excitedly about the new plans to Transform Leatherhead (TL). This included ideas to reduce traffic congestion and improve parking. Since these issues were eliminated on Mars thousands of years ago I’d better explain to fellow Martians what their problems are:The basic problem, of course, is that Earthlings own individual expensive vehicles powered by fossil fuels (I know, I couldn't believe it either!), and insist they have to drive, some even claim that they enjoy driving in spite of the congestion and parking problems! It's no surprise then, that Earthlings become irritated and frustrated by delays. Some of them even drive when using mobile communication devices, drinking intoxicating beverages, or taking medicines or drugs that make them insensible, so they have many accidents that cause injury and even death . Two new technologies are appearing in some places on Earth, but the Transform Leatherhead plans do not mention these:1.

Autonomous vehicles (AV), which they sometimes call self-driving cars, are being developed and tested by many companies in different Earth-sectors. These are fully automatic like we have on Mars. Instead of human drivers causing accidents, they could do what we do on Mars and read, use electronic devices, play games, knit, stare out the windows or even go to sleep without injuring themselves or other life-forms. When they get out at their destination the AV would take itself away to park out of town. What a boon for elderly drivers who aren't as safe as they used to be but don't want to give up driving. Humans have a saying “Let the train take the strain�. They could have a new saying Get an AV today and relax all the way! Fleets of shared AV's would eliminate ownership costs and enable mass transport the Martian way, with huge reductions in congestion and parking problems.


China, (a very big Earth-sector that is fast-becoming very industrialised) has really bad pollution problems in its cities. They are now mass-producing electric vehicles (EV) that don't burn fossil fuels. These will be much cheaper to produce and easier to maintain as they only have a few moving parts (about 8) instead of the 2,000 of a conventional Earth vehicle. There may be a few EVs in the Leatherhead already, but there are no electric charging points.

No mention of these things in Transform Leatherhead! I'll be glad to get back to Mars... ZigZog email


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Chairman of Local Charity ‘Topic of Cancer’ Wins Outstanding Achievement Award Unsung heroes from across Surrey and North East Hampshire were honoured at the annual BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards for 2016. In the 999 category, Serv Surrey & South London, from Epsom, is a group of volunteers that has been delivering blood, plasma and other blood products for the NHS for over 30 years. Volunteer of the Year is Gillian Ely from Farnham, the ultimate definition of a volunteer. Judith Shrubb from Aldershot scooped the top honour in the Carer Category. Judith's husband was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and Judith also looks after her elderly mother. The first Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Diana Roberts, Tourism Marketing & Development Manager for Guildford Tourist Information Centre who goes the extra mile in promoting both Guildford and the whole of Surrey.

The second Outstanding Achievement Award went to Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE from Bookham. Nigel has terminal prostate cancer but has worked relentlessly raising awareness of the condition and supporting others living with cancer and their families. Topic of Cancer is a volunteer run charity raising awareness and funds for research into immunotherapy as a treatment and possible cure for cancers using the body’s own defences thereby reducing or even eliminating harmful side effects. The team is globally acknowledged in this approach and in the use of live viruses. The charity is proud to state that over 99% of donations is spent directly on essential equipment and costs as directed by Prof. Hardev Pandha. The other objective is to open local support groups across the UK for patients and families and to offer a listening ear to anyone going through a life changing experience with cancer.

Donations can be made online through the website: by Bank Transfer to Topic of Cancer, Metro Bank, Sort Code 23-05-80, Account No 18882035 or by cheque to 23 Poltimore Road, Guildford GU2 7PT. Questions can be sent to Mr Lewis-Baker at: Details of the Topic of Cancer meetings can also be found in the Regular ‘What’s on’ section of this magazine each month. Commenting on the Awards, Mark Carter, BBC Surrey Acting Managing Editor said, ‘This was our sixth year of these awards. We also received more nominations than ever before so all finalists should feel extremely proud of their achievements. Nigel Lewis-Baker, with former Outstanding Achievement winner Amanda Jones and nominator Frances Dean 82

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Drama representing the suffering of Christ (7,4)


Filleted (8)


Line formed by joining two pieces (4)

10. One of the terminals on a three-pin electrical plug (5) 11. Group of organisms having an identical genetic constitution (7) 13. Stone coffin (11) 15. Pike fitted with an axe head (7) 17. Jewish spiritual leader (5) 20. Proceedings in a court of law (4) 21. London Arts Centre, which opened in 1982 (8) 22. Recklessness in politics or foreign affairs (11)

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metal from ore (7) Follow orders (4)


Work of art that imitates the style of some previous work (8)


Thing of value (5)


Field on which a university's buildings are situated (6)

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Fight the Frosts

space around the plant with dry bracken, straw or leaves. Evergreens in containers and in open ground may suffer from drought as well as foliage or stem growth, so continue to water these, especially if they are in a sheltered spot or the weather has been dry. A deep mulch applied to the soil or compost surface before the ground freezes will help to keep water available.

By Pippa Greenwood With frost, rain and perhaps even some snow, at this time of year our gardens can be in for quite a battering. Although most of your garden plants are probably fairly frost resistant, what can you do to minimise the damage to those which are not so hardy? It’s time to get outside and take some precautions.

Although most fruit trees - like apples and pears, cherries and plums - are hardy, they are also prone to damage. The main risk is to newly opened blossom, though the buds themselves may be damaged too, with late frosts being the most harmful. If you are planting new fruit plants, it really pays to buy from a specialist nursery and to get late-flowering varieties, as they are less likely to be flowering when there is still a risk of frost.

Plants in containers are particularly vulnerable to freezing or frosting, and thin-walled containers pose the greatest threat. Where possible, plunge your pots by digging a hole in the soil and placing the plant in its pot into the hole. If it is too heavy to move then wrap it well in several layers of bubble wrap, polythene or old curtains, using lengths of hessian to create a more appealing outermost layer if the container is in a very prominent position.

Finally, use fleece to cover any seeds already sown out of doors. A double layer of wellanchored fleece or a fleece-covered pull-out EasyTunnel is quick and easy to install, and will help to provide protection and that bit of extra warmth for germinating seeds and seedlings. If you are planning on sowing any early varieties of crops such as broad beans or lettuce, then I’d also suggest that you cover the soil before you sow. A layer of wellanchored polythene will keep off excess rain and allow a little warmth to build up, so when you sow the seeds they won’t suffer from excess sogginess and won’t get such a cold shock.

If very harsh weather is forecast or a spell of mild weather has promoted some soft, new growth, drape a double layer of horticultural fleece over the top growth of the plants and anchor it well. Alternatively, consider Easy Fleece Jackets: they come in three sizes and have a draw-string and toggle so that you can easily insert the plant and then secure it – find out more on my website A double fleece layer can be used on plants in beds and borders too, or to protect slightly tender wall shrubs. Much larger plants can be protected with a home-made ‘cage’ – wrap a framework of four stakes or sturdy canes with netting or chicken wire, then fill the central

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