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Mole Valley Police Column


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Ashtead Village Day photographs


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hat a wonderful day we had at Ashtead Village Day - and how lucky were the Rotary Club with the weather, a week later and everyone attending would have been cowering in the marquees! The atmosphere was, as ever, superb and everyone had a smile on their face. A report from the Rotary Club’s Len Wood can be found on page 12 and a selection of photos of the day taken by Andy Newbold can be found on page 36.

Lovely cakes ready to be judged!

Unfortunately this year I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to pop along and say hello to all the local organisations and charities that appear regularly in this magazine because I was in the Kitchen Tent with rather dashing local chef, David Gillott (cor!), judging the Great Ashtead Bake Off - someone had to do it I guess. There were lots of entries in the three categories: walnut & raisin bread; Victoria sponge and finally cup cakes by the under 13s. The winners were Lucy Shannon (cup cakes - Lucy is aged 7yrs 2mths); Caroline Munday (Victoria sponge) and Jane Bloore (walnut & raisin bread) who all followed David’s recipes which were posted up on his website. All the entries were fantastic and it was difficult to choose the winners. The under 13s especially made a fabulous effort. David asked one of the entrants of the cup cake competition what he thought of the recipe, to which the lad replied, “It was a bit wet”. He had us in stitches and poor David was mortified to think that his recipe didn’t work as well as he would have liked. I mentioned to David later that he probably used extra large eggs, which made David feel a bit better - what a hoot. David’s recipe for a classic Victoria sponge (as served in The Ritz for afternoon tea no less) can be found on page 40.

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. 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 Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2013. 01372 376420

The Annual Leatherhead Duck race is once again upon us on Sunday 30th June (see page 20). Always great fun for adults and children alike and why not make a day of it and have lunch at one of Leatherhead’s many fine eateries? You may have heard that Surrey is once again going to feature in a closed road race starting from London, and coming into Surrey, finishing in London. This will take part on 4th August, and more info can be found on pages 18 and 22. There will also be another race in September, and I will give you more info on that in next month’s edition. Once again Ashtead Community Vision are urging Ashtead residents to get involved with the Ashtead Neighbourhood Plan - which will become part of Mole Valley’s Local Plan. If an NDP is not produced then MVDC could create its own meaning Ashtead will have little or no say in development of land. Caroline Cardew-Smith’s full report is on page 14. The Leatherhead Lions are launching their very successful shoebox appeal for 2013 and are once again asking for help on page 54. Perhaps your children at school and our local clubs can get together and provide a number of these items collectively? I don’t know about you, but the Wimbledon tennis tournament for me signifies the true start of summer. Come on Andy - you can do it this year! Cheerio all.

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Did you know? Ashtead Post Office in The Street has been given a new modern look with extended opening hours. It will now be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm from Monday to Saturday and also from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays.

area and South West London hospitals by the Better Services Better Value team.

As well as the new building, there will be automatic ticket gates, 53 new car parking spaces, two-tier cycle parking, and new soft seating and benches.

Two members of the team came to the APMH on May 14th to present the outcome of the review and answer questions raised by Ashtead residents. Attendees learned that the preferred option is to turn Epsom into a local hospital and an elective surgery centre. The hospital would lose its A&E and Maternity units but would continue to have an Urgent Care Centre, diagnostics facilities, outpatients and day surgery unit. Residents voiced strong feeling over the proposed loss of the A&E and Maternity services. The plans will eventually go to full public consultation although the date for that is not yet decided as the Commissioning Care Groups are currently commenting on the proposals and may seek amendments prior to the consultation.

Mayor of London's Prudential Ride London-Surrey Sunday 4th August Celebrating the legacy for cycling from the Olympics did you know that there is a closed road cycle race which takes place on Sunday 4th August and people can watch it going past.

In mid-May members of the ARA Standing Committee met with a Tesco’s representative and learned that the store planned for The Street is still going ahead, but a date has not yet been set for the work to start. The ARA asked that in the interim the site be cleared up and made to look presentable.

It is a 100 mile event from London's iconic landmarks to the rolling hills of Surrey. It will take in Chiswick, Kingston and Walton-on-Thames, then into Surrey through Ripley and West Horsley -Newlands Corner through to Abinger Hammer and Holmbury St Mary then on to Forest Green, Leith Hill, Westcott, Dorking, Boxhill, Headley Heath, Leatherhead, Cobham and Esher before returning to London. More details can be found on the website

Get in touch with Ashtead There are so many ways in which to connect with residents in Ashtead. Not only do the ARA have our own website – and Facebook page Ashtead Residents Association, but there are also many more Ashtead based Facebook Community pages. So just go to Facebook and type in any of the following to join – Ashtead Parents (networking page for parents in Ashtead), Ashtead News (additional site for all the news in Ashtead), Ashtead Selling Page (like ebay, but for Ashtead only), Ashtead Secret Supper Club (think ‘Come Dine with Me’ but for Ashtead residents). We could list many more groups like Ashtead Community Vision and Transition Ashtead to name a few. So go online and see what you can find today.

Ashtead Station Revamp The £2 million revamp of Ashtead Station got its first use of opening its doors in June, although the work is still in progress it is close to being completed and will officially be opened within two months.

Update on issues surrounding Ashtead There has been much happening in Ashtead in the past month or so beginning with the Public Meeting organised by us (ARA) on the plans for Epsom Hospital resulting from a review of healthcare services in Epsom and the surrounding

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The assault on the Green Belt around Leatherhead The Core Strategy, containing some elements of the now abandoned South East plan, seeks to provide 1700 homes throughout Mole Valley by 2026. To find sites for these, a study called the Green Belt Boundary Review was undertaken of all the areas around Leatherhead and other towns and villages in Mole Valley which could possibly be developed for housing or for commercial use. Naturally, the study has been seized upon by developers who are always keen on finding fresh green field sites. Around Leatherhead itself, a number of places caught their eye: to the south, both sides of the A24 seemed ideal to around three developers, to the east, Sutton and East Surrey Water feel part of their site would be suitable, along Randalls Road a long narrow stretch to the north of the cemetery is already on the MV Reserve Housing list, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation would like to form a housing estate next to their current buildings, yet another developer feels that there is good potential on the ground to the east of Teazle Wood to the north of Tesco and finally, the one that has already hit the headlines, the fields on the southern side of the M25 along

Barnett Wood Lane involving the displacement of the current allotments. One set of local builders maintain that it is the villages which need the extra population (and houses) so as to keep them and their services sustainable. What is holding all these developments back is the fact that they are all (except the current allotments) in our Green Belt. The Planning Department at Pippbrook is trying to decide which areas really fulfil the original aims of being Green Belt and which do not. This is an unenviable task. The LRA is maintaining that except, perhaps, for a single house or two, our Green Belt should remain intact. Opposition to large swathes of the countryside disappearing will continue. We wish our town to remain substantially the same and are confident that windfall and brown field sites within the town’s boundaries will fulfil our obligations to MV’s targets for this area. Do join if you feel similarly. The Secretary May 16th 2013

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Rotary never sleeps Well what a day ! Upwards of 10,000 people and beautiful weather. The 30th Ashtead Village Day was really swinging. If you didn't go you were one of the very few. The atmosphere was amazing and happily dozens, nay hundreds, have taken time to congratulate and thank the Rotary Club of Ashtead for such a magnificent event. Natalie Coyle, a truly elegant and charming person, opened the day and sang “Happy 30th Birthday” with members of the vast crowd. She spent much time circulating and talking to visitors and stall holders alike. Meat Diva, put on a show of several of their impressions of the stars and Poptastic, Atlantis, Barnett Wood Infants Dandelion Theatre Arts, Stannage Stunt Team and 3rd Ashtead Brownies kept the excitement and entertainment at full force for the whole afternoon. All kept in good order by our splendidly attired ringmaster Noel Thompson (pictured left). All the side stalls were kept extremely busy and the Great Ashtead Bake-Off and the cooking tutorials by Ashtead Chef David Gillott were both a sell-out. Come five o'clock the field was still thronged and the happy but exhausted Rotarians were looking forward the conclusion of an exhilarating and wonderful day. More photographs of the day can be found on page 36. We do not have the financial results yet but it will fund much of the charitable activity of the Rotary Club of Ashtead for the coming year. That starts on Wednesday 12th June when we take a group of 75 children with a disadvantage from five Ashtead schools on our Kids Out Day. That's with many other Rotary Clubs from SE England when we descend on Chessington World of Adventure for a day of fun and thrills and a picnic lunch.

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Ashtead Community Vision Will having a Neighbourhood Development Plan limit building on the Green Belt? The simple answer is yes. The Localism Act 2011 gives communities the chance to have some influence on development in their area. However, the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF) has a presumption in favour of development because a) to stimulate the economy via building and b) to provide more housing. We may not agree with this policy but this is the reality that we are constrained by.

demonstrate that we can accommodate those needs on existing brownfield or previously developed land (such as turning offices into houses) then we will not have to use any green belt land. We are using the 2011 census, reports & statistics at government, county and district level, and importantly the opinions of Ashtead residents. This is why it is so crucial that everyone in Ashtead gets involved in helping ACV gather evidence to go into the NDP.

The ACV stand at Village Day 2013

‘Can’t we just say that Ashtead is full?’ Well no; there is a national need for housing and government have required MVDC to provide 1400 new homes across the district , so it is only fair and right that Ashtead is asked to provide some proportion of this. We cannot just be NIMBYs – every area is grappling with the same difficult issue.

If we do not produce our NDP which shows we have assessed the need and allocated the land MVDC will produce a different plan, Ashtead will have far less say in the matter and developers could be in a stronger position to build where Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan they like because the presumption in the NPPF (NDP) will become part of Mole Valley’s Local is in favour of development. So Ashtead needs Plan. It will be a blue print for how much and to get on board and help us produce a robust what type of housing our community assesses it NDP where we accommodate some development will need in the next 10-15 years, and identify but keep Ashtead the lovely village we all where this housing could be built. The NPPF sets enjoy. out the characteristics of land which would be favoured for development: firstly brownfield sites; secondly previously developed land; and Sign up for the Newsletter on the website: only if neither of these is available, thirdly a realignment of green belt land. It is fifty years since the last green belt boundary review was Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 done and MVDC are now required to carry one email: out. This does not mean that just any area of green belt will become available; for a start Find us on Facebook Ashtead Community most of it will be needed, but anyway, all Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV greenbelt areas are judged for their suitability on three criteria – merging, encroachment and character. Each area also has to have a sustainability appraisal. Because Ashtead is producing its own NDP we will make these judgements ourselves, in a Green Belt Boundary Review for Ashtead using the residents’ views, including the survey, to arrive at proposals. The key thing to remember is that everything included in the final NDP has to be backed by evidence. For example if we produce enough evidence to show our housing needs, and can 14

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Mole Valley Police Column Stopping the Rogue Traders

With the nicer weather finally with us (perhaps for a while?) and the lighter evenings, more of us have been out and about using our pedal cycles. Sadly, this has, in turn, seen an increase of thefts of unattended cycles.

( A message from trading standards) We have stopped rogue traders ripping off unsuspecting victims to the tune of almost £40,000 in a year. Our rapid action team prevented victims – many of them vulnerable – being conned out of £38,000 in the last financial year alone.

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The news came as a trading standards survey revealed that a drive to deter dodgy sellers from approaching front doors in the first place is working.

Fit a good quality padlock, which has a hardened steel shackle (the part which opens and passes through the hasp) to all shed and garage doors. Bolts through both wings of hinges, hasps and staples are essential, as screws can be pulled out;

If possible, install a simple CCTV system but display signs warning CCTV is in operation and to only cover areas within your own property boundaries;

Register bicycles on, along with the unique serial number and bicycle description. Photograph your bicycles including the serial number and any other unique marks;

Chains and ground anchors are essential to secure bicycles to structural elements such as a concrete floor or timber beams;

Check household insurance policies to make sure theft of bicycles is included and any special conditions regarding cycle security required by the insurers are met. If within an active Neighbourhood Watch some insurance companies will offer a discount on premiums.

It showed that 90% of households displaying a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker carrying a warning saw a drop in the number of doorstep sellers. Around 100,000 of the stickers have been distributed and more than half of people displaying the notice were aged over 60. The campaign’s success also means that large sums of money potentially earmarked to pay for shoddy work has been saved.

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While out and about on your push bike. If you are leaving it, even for a few moments, lock it up with a good strong bicycle lock and, if you can, lock it under a street light or somewhere where there is a steady flow of people, which would be off-putting to any would be thieves.

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The Barbeque There was nothing better than a sunny afternoon with friends, cold beer and barbequed meat. That was Sam’s philosophy and in this area of haute cuisine, he considered himself a master. He didn’t have time for gas barbeques. Barbequed meat only tasted like barbequed meat if it was cooked over charcoal, not ‘briquettes’ but proper black, dirty charcoal that took forever to light and needed tender loving supervision. Ruth wasn’t so keen. Any barbeque event had to be followed with an enthusiastic stream of praise and gratitude, which was quite exhausting. She cooked a meal almost every night but when in charge of a barbeque, Sam behaved as though he’d invented the art of cooking single handedly. The weather forecast was good and it was Ruth’s birthday weekend. As far as Sam was concerned, this presented him with the perfect opportunity to kill three birds with one stone. He could treat his lovely wife, entertain the family and use the barbeque – all on the same afternoon. Phone calls were made, shopping lists were written and charcoal was bought. Sam was ready. Ruth had been treated to a birthday barbeque before and knew what it entailed. A few days before, Sam asked if she could ‘pop to the butchers’ to pick up some meat and perhaps ‘make some salads and stuff’. She accepted the kind offers to make puddings from the more thoughtful members of her family but was surprised to get a phone call from Julie, Sam’s sister, the day before the party.

the children gave Ruth her presents and then Sam raced off to buy the beer and wine. Ruth tidied and vacuumed the kitchen and living room, cleaned the downstairs loo and started on the salads. Daniel and Ben valiantly tried to put up their gazebo, which seemed to be missing a couple of poles while Sarah folded and counted out napkins. The guests were due at midday. Sam came home at about ten thirty and put the beer and wine in the fridge. He gave Ruth a kiss and headed out into the garden to help the boys and set up the barbeque. Just before the guests arrived, he put on his special barbeque apron, which proudly read ‘James Bond, licensed to grill…’ The arrival of Samson caused enormous excitement. Julie was right - he was a gorgeous bundle of velvet brown, twinkle-eyed energy and the children were soon bouncing around as much as he was. At about a quarter to one, the first drops of rain began to fall. Everyone trailed inside, reassuring each other that it would soon blow over. Sam stayed stoically at his post under a large golfing umbrella. Sure enough, a few minutes later, the sun started to shine and Sam could be seen through the window carefully laying out the lamb kebabs in neat rows in trays on the garden bench.

There was a sudden panic. Samson had gone missing and Julie was becoming hysterical. He’d come in when it started to rain, as was evident by the muddy footprints on the living room Julie had recently bought a new puppy. He was a carpet, but the doors had been left open. Ruth’s five month black Labrador called Samson and whole body went cold when she thought of her completely adorable. She’d be bringing him with phone call with Julie and the holes in the fence. her because he was still too young to leave She encouraged everyone to look out the front, alone. Was the garden properly fenced? Ruth in case he’d slipped out of that door and was just about to say that it wasn’t and that surreptitiously urged Sarah, Daniel and Ben to Julie would have to keep Samson on the lead if help her look in the garden. Sam was too she was at all worried, when her sister in law focused on flipping burgers over the glowing threw her a breezy “bye Ruth darling’ and put embers of charcoal to notice the criminal down the phone. evidence just behind him. Ruth went to the butcher’s on the Friday. She Daniel spotted the trail of delicious looking bought some very expensive sausages, beef marinated and mint infused lamb kebabs, burgers and some delicious looking marinated pointing like an arrow in the direction of a and mint infused lamb kebabs. She then went to rhododendron bush where a velvety brown tail the deli and bought some quiches (just in case). was protruding and wagging appreciatively. The supermarket was the last stop for napkins and all the ingredients needed for some lovely Copyright Sarah Lott salads to go with the meat. She also bought ice June 2013 creams for the children and soft drinks. Website: Email: On the morning of the party, the sun was Tel: 01372 373844 struggling to break through the clouds. Sam and Twitter: @thememorybook 30

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Shops & Services Results of the Leatherhead Drama Festival 2013 Sir Michael Caine Drama Awards Junior Winners: Applause Youth Theatre Company with ‘Burn’ by Deborah Gearing Best Junior Actress: Lara Queiros as Anne Frank in ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, George Abbot School Best Junior Actor: Andrew Chalmes as Cavalierie in ‘The Prawn King’, St John’s School The Richard Houghton Award: (for outstanding contribution) St John’s School New Writing Award: ‘The Prawn King’ by the cast at St John’s School Adult Winners: Cobham Players with ‘September in the Rain’ by John Godber Best Adult Actress: Kate Chambers as Lucy/Helen in ‘On Love’, Woking College Theatre Best Adult Actor: Jason Lambert as Jack in ‘September in the Rain’, Cobham Players The Richard Houghton Award: (for outstanding contribution) Phill Bingham & Allan Treadwell for Lighting & Sound in three plays New Writing Award: ‘Cold-Blooded Killer’, by Geoff Rose-Michael Individual Winners were announced at the Gala Awards Night on Saturday 18th May when all trophies and Certificates were presented by Virginia McKenna OBE.


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Wildlife Aid Foundation Annual Open Day Sunday 7th July - 10am-5pm

This is the one and only opportunity for members of the public to go ‘behind-the-scenes’ at WAF’s centre for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, and at the same time donate to this very worthwhile local charity by shopping at the numerous food & drinks, gifts and 'arts & crafts' stalls, or taking part in the many and varied fun-packed activities for all the family! You might spot one or two of the charity’s Patrons and celebrity supporters from the worlds of television sitcoms and soaps, browsing the Open Day bric-a-brac stalls or trying their luck on the tombola! You could also find yourself on the television afterwards as this year’s event is being filmed for the brand new ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary show, Wildlife SOS Uncut, to be broadcast on the charity’s very own online TV channel which will be launched this summer. The annual Open Day is vital to WAF as it is the charity’s biggest single fundraising event of the year and helps the Foundation to meet the ever-increasing cost of keeping its Leatherhead hospital and wildlife rescue service running. All sorts of activities on-site, together with live entertainment and a wide range of stalls, make the WAF Open Day a great day out for all the family. Admission to Open Day is £10 per car or £3 per person on foot. There is unlimited parking in the field adjacent to the wildlife centre, courtesy of the charity’s neighbours, KBR. 34

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The Common Column It has been just over a year since we started working with the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group to survey Ashtead Common for reptiles. We got off to a slow start last summer with very few sightings but in May we split the survey route into two to make it easier to cover. So far we have recorded quite a few grass snakes and a couple of common lizards but it seems that population densities are fairly low. We’re still hoping for sightings of slow worm and adder. If you would like to find out a bit more about the wildlife on Ashtead Common, you may be interested in joining our ecologist, Andrew Scott, on an evening walk to hunt for glow worms and learn all about these strange creatures. The walk will be held on Wednesday 10 July from 8pm – 10pm and booking is essential on 01372 279083 or email On your walks around the Common you may have noticed fencing up around the Rye Brook and lorries parked in Broadhurst pumping water. These measures have been taken in response to a serious pollution incident that has poisoned fish and other wildlife in the brook. A surface water drain that discharges directly into the Rye has been contaminated with an unpleasant oily substance. The Environment Agency has installed a bund and is pumping out the polluted water to prevent further environmental damage. Surface water is not treated as sewerage and is often discharged directly into rivers and other watercourses. Polluting watercourses is a criminal offence. Seven new calves have recently joined the four cattle already out on the Common. They can be found off to the east of Bridleway 33 as they work to manage the grassland and help maintain the ‘mosaic’ of grassland and scrub found in this area of the site.

Gorilla eating willow at Chessington Zoo

The Ashtead Common Volunteers have recently managed the road-side vegetation opposite our office in Woodfield Road. This project produces a lot of willow cuttings, but rather than throw them away, the volunteers have a novel solution – they take them to Chessington Zoo where they provide a very welcome treat for the gorillas, giraffes and rhinos! The gorillas love to eat willow, starting with the nutritious leaves and finishing by stripping the bark and chewing on young stems… and our waste product goes to good use. To keep up to date with what’s going on, please do like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @citycommons. If you want to receive our free monthly email update please contact us on 01372 279083 or and we will add you to our mailing list. For more news and info, go to our website:









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Holding Out For A Hero

Still Me

Christopher Reeve

For many growing up with the Superman franchise, Christopher Reeve was the very embodiment of the lost son of Krypton. Reeve was just as at home in the bumbling guise of alter-ego Clark Kent and movie audiences adored the man in the cape. All the more shocking was the news that Reeve had been paralysed during a freak horse-riding accident and would never walk again. And yet Reeve, a quadriplegic, went on to display a super human lust for life and his own quest to ensure he was Still Me. This is a moving account of Reeve’s life before and after the accident, chronicling his dedication to campaigning for more awareness and research for others with spinal cord injuries. It’s a very moving autobiography from the actor who truly made us believe that a man could fly.

The Iron Man Ted Hughes

Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. From the moment he appears, imposing over the cliff, the Iron Man is set upon by mankind, fearful of

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s our guide to the best superhero books. To celebrate this summer’s launch of the latest incarnation of the ‘Man of Steel’ (aka Superman), we’ve put together a selection of titles guaranteed to bring you global domination…or at least entertain you over the holidays. It’s a sideways look at those behind the mask; our protectors and defenders and some truly super beings.

his very existence. But when the Space Bat Angel Dragon appears as an even bigger threat to humanity, the Iron Man is the world’s only hope. This modern fairy tale is loved by children and adults alike who enjoy being able to revere and fear the Iron Man in equal measures.


Perry Moore

What happens if you weren’t bitten by a spider and you haven’t been exposed to radiation, but you’ve just inherited some superpowers from your old man? Enter Thom Creed: high school basketball star and troubled superhero in the making. He’s living under the shadow of his dad Hal Creed, a much-loved and revered superhero until tragedy strikes. Thom’s harbouring the secret that he too possesses super powers - what happens when you have more than most people to live up to, and can Thom really be a hero?

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment James Patterson

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worries about boys, she stresses about school, and she has a set of wings and can fly. Eh? The result of scientific experiments, Max and the other members of the ‘flock’ are a human-bird hybrid and they’re trying to escape from their creators. In the first of the series the youngest flock member, Angel has been kidnapped and taken back to where the teenagers were first experimented on. Can the others save her in time?

101 Things to Do to Become a Superhero (... or Evil Genius) Helen Szirtes and Richard Horne

If you’ve ever wanted to be a superhero, but worried you were just a bit, well, average, then this book is what you’re looking for. It’s jam-packed with amazing tricks and some ingenious ideas that will help you unlock your superhuman potential. Find out how to select your sidekick and wear your underpants. For those who lean more towards the dark side then there are plenty of helpful hints for using your new-found powers for pure evil and total world domination. Perfect for super heroes and budding super villains alike.

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Education & Tuition

Take Five Five is the cool number now! We have put on a range of five-session courses which suit people’s pocket and time commitments, and, as some filled up within days of being publicised, we must be getting this right. Some subjects lend themselves to a focussed approach - for instance in our Gardening series we have a five-week course on Pruning, another on Wildlife Gardening, yet another on Grow your own Vegetables (to ensure your Five-a-Day!). Our computer department offers targeted courses on Internet, E-Mail and Blogging, on Social Media, Facebook and Twitter and on Run a Business from a Computer, among others. And, of course, Digital Photography is always popular. A new course on Personal Finance is starting in November on 5 Monday afternoons, and covers savings and investment, pensions and annuities, inheritance and other taxes, and responds to individual student requests. Among our Literature courses we have The Bloomsbury Group, and, later in the year, Women Poets (which will include those five favourites - Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and Carol Anne Duffy ), and also a five week course on William Blake, studying his poems and engravings.

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708 or 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

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Ashtead Art Lovers would not be growing without The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thank you Zen, for such a great magazine. Mell Fraser

I was recently contacted with the following corrections: The quiz in the June issue 92 (former country names page 26) had two errors. 1.

Everything is correct until the last question, no 10 which leaves one pair of names to match. Dutch Guiana is now known as Surinam, but the only remaining answer was Djibouti. Djibouti was formally known as Affars and Issis and is located in the horn of Africa whereas Surinam is in South America.


The answer sheet misspelt Surinam.

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Leatherhead Rotary supports local mental health trust The Mary Frances Trust, established in 1994 and based at the Leatherhead Clubhouse in The Crescent, provides vital community -based mental health services for Leatherhead and the surrounding areas. The Trust supports people coping with the consequences of mental health problems and enables them to rebuild confidence and self-esteem. Ken Prentice (left), President of Leatherhead Rotary, presenting a cheque for £250 to Patrick Wolter, CEO of the Mary Frances Trust

For further information about the Mary Frances Trust and the Leatherhead Clubhouse, visit

Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or


Wildlife Aid urges caution with young deer The Wildlife Aid Foundation has issued an urgent appeal to members of the public not to disturb or attempt to move or handle young deer if you find them whilst out in the countryside. The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF), which has a fullyequipped wildlife hospital in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, is urging people not to jump to conclusions when they see what appears to be an injured or orphaned fawn. WAF founder Simon Cowell MBE explains: "We have had six incidents in the past two weeks of people bringing in what they think are injured or orphaned fawns. Our advice is: please don't over-react if you see a young deer sitting or lying in the undergrowth with no sign of an adult deer nearby. If the fawn appears to be alone that is no reason to be alarmed but do please ring us for advice. In fact for any orphaned wild animal please call us first." He adds: "If the fawn is lying down but with its head up and eyes bright and alert, then it has almost certainly just been left by its mother while she moves away to feed. In this case it should not be disturbed or picked up unless it is in imminent danger, for example from dogs or machinery or vehicles. "Please do not stroke the fawn or touch it in any way, as putting human scent on it will almost certainly cause its mother to abandon it. If you are concerned, just watch the fawn from a distance, to see if the fawn's mother returns. Young deer are often left alone for several hours at a time, so you can check it again later. If the mother does not return by dusk, then please call the Wildlife Aid Foundation for advice. We have a 24-hour helpline, 09061 800132, so expert advice is just a phone call away. "If the mother does not return to the fawn before nightfall, then it is possible that she may have been killed in a road accident or attacked and injured by dogs, or been wounded in some other way, but even in these circumstances it really is vital that you call WAF first before attempting to move the fawn. We can then advise you on what to do to ensure the fawn's best interests and safety." 52

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15-18 year olds will get their cinema kicks cheaper with FLIX

Dorking Halls launches FLIX, a new cinema card for 15-18 year olds 15-18 year olds will pay a lower price to enjoy the big screen thanks to a new cinema card being launched by Dorking Halls. The initiative, called the FLIX Youth Cinema Card, will allow young people to obtain the same discount as those enjoyed by full time students with an NUS card. The discount means that those with a FLIX card will pay only £8.30 for 3D films, or £6.80 for 2D screenings. In addition, showing a FLIX card at a confectionary stall or the cafe will entitle the cardholder to ‘ultimate upgrades’ from medium to large size on popcorn and drinks. Dorking Halls’ General Manager, Keith Garrow, explains: “Until now, young people have had to pay full adult prices once they reach the age of 15, despite the fact that they are still in full time education. We hope this new free card will encourage them to come and visit us more, as well as saving them the expense of having to travel further afield.”

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Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild At our June meeting our speaker was Colin Jones On Island Hopping. Since retirement, Colin has worked on cruise ships travelling the world. He showed us some beautiful photographs of the many islands that he has visited, especially their flora. His talk certainly gave us itchy feet! We are looking forward to a cream tea and summer lunch in July. Mid Surrey federation are organising Croquet and Bowls days over the summer and a scrabble afternoon on September 2nd. At the National AGM of Townswomens’ Guilds to be held in Harrogate the two Mandates to be discussed are on giving terminally ill, mentally able people, a right to an assisted death and the concern felt by TG that the current reliance on modern technology leaves those who are unable to access and/or afford said technology at a disadvantage. At our next meeting on July 2nd Siobhan Clarke is coming to speak about dressing for the Tudor Court and I understand she will be coming in costume. We wait & see! You are very welcome at any of our meetings at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on the first Tuesdays of the month, except August, at 7.30pm. For more information, please call our chairman, Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Lions Belarus Trust - Shoebox Appeal 2013 The International Association of Lions Clubs, collect annually, items for the poor families, Orphanages and Schools in the Chernobyl affected Gomel Region of South East Belarus. This year the need is as great as it ever was, so Leatherhead Lions would like your help in supporting us by donating the following items: Household Household Linen Curtains, Bedding Duvets, Bedspreads Blankets & Sheets Crockery Adults & Teens Men’s & Women’s Good Quality Clothing of all types & sizes including Underwear Scarves, Gloves, Hats, Coats, Socks & Tights

Warm Clothing for winter

Office Stationery

Young People Fun versions of goods listed for Adults & Teens T-shirts, Tops, Jeans, Warm Jackets & Jumpers School Shirts, Skirts & Trousers

Tools Craftsman’s Tools for: Plumbers, Builders, Electricians, Mechanics, Carpenters

Equipment Modern Working Computers Printers, Scanners Monitors & Keyboards

Miscellaneous Toys, Puzzles & Games Cuddly Toys Colouring Pens & Pencils Exercise Books

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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The recent trip to the Cutty Sark was an interesting one and we look forward to our visit to Worthing in June. A suggestion was made that we have a trip to Chichester in early December to visit their Christmas market. The proposed WI resolution on how our local high streets can be brought back to life was discussed a vote taken on whether this campaign would be a worthwhile step. Our President, Hazel Richmond-Coggan showed as an attractive craft bag, which she had made, and was awarded first prize in a competition. Everyone was intrigued to see how it was done, and inspired to have a go. The meeting concluded with a quiz which involved identifying famous people in their younger days, quite a few surprises there! Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am and visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570.

Ashtead Women’s Institute - June meeting Our speaker at the June meeting was Mr Rupert Matthews, speaking on Ghosts of Surrey, who most entertainingly told us of the surprisingly many different types of ghosts. Apparently, if the phenomenon stays in the same pattern it can be researched, and it seems that ghosts don’t float about in mid-air, surprise people or walk through walls. There are the Classic Ghosts, Presence Ghosts, Apparitions, Crisis Apparitions, and Poltergeists, who all have their own distinctive ways of making themselves seen or felt. Mr Matthews did say, though, that 70% of cases investigated by the Society of Psychical Research were not confirmed - but what about the other 30% ! Back to reality, our members enjoyed a visit to Arundel Cathedral to see the wonderful Carpet of Flowers for Corpus Christi work undertaken by parishioners, (pictured right) along with many other very beautiful floral displays around the Cathedral. This follows the ancient custom to strew flowers in the path of people, showing respect and reverence. After some spare time to see the town itself we were treated to a delicious afternoon tea by Cowfold W.I. on the way home. At our July 3rd evening our speaker will be Edward Bellingham, with Tales of an African School, and there will be a competition, encouraging entrants with their Victoria Sponges. Will there be cake for our evening refreshments?


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

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


July Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Mon 1 : Colley Hill & North Downs Way (Reigate/Banstead): 5m Walk west along North Downs ridge and back on lower slope. Good views, some hills, some uneven terrain, could be slippery if wet. No stiles. Meet at 10am at Margery Wood NT car park (NT card or £2 payable by credit/debit card via mobile phone). From J8/M25 (Reigate Hill) take A217 towards Sutton then first left Margery Lane to car park at end. TQ246527 / KT20 7BG | Thu 4 : Caterham/Chaldon (Tandridge): 4½m Pleasant walk taking in the church at Chaldon on return. Meet at 10am at Fox & Hounds car park, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone RH9 8LY / TQ355495 | Mon 8 : Limpsfield Chart (Tandridge): 4m An undulating, wooded walk with good views via Crockham Hill and Goodley Stock. Meet at 10am near The Carpenters Arms pub on The Chart. From A25, take B269 for 1m, turn left at St Andrews church and left again. TQ425519 / RH8 0TG | Wed 10 : Norbury Park (Mole Valley): 4½m Enjoy this undulating walk under the road and up to Norbury Park House. May be muddy. Pub lunch at the Stepping Stones. Toilets in car park. Meet at 10:15am at Rykas car park opposite Burford Bridge Hotel just off A24 at Mickleham. TQ171521 / RH5 6BX Thu 11 : Crockford Bridge (Runnymede): 3½m This is a flat circular walk along the Wey Canal to Weybridge and returning via the course of the river Wey. There will be a coffee stop in Weybridge and optional lunch at the nearby White Heart pub after the walk. Meet at 10.15am at Crockford Bridge Garden Centre, New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr Weybridge KT15 2BU | Wed 17 : Denbies (Mole Valley): 4½m Walk through the vineyard to the North Downs Way to Ranmore with good views. A climb at the beginning of the walk. Refreshments at Denbies. Meet at 10:15am in Denbies Vineyard car park (just north of Dorking on A24). TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Dorking station Mon 22 : Titsey Place (Tandridge): 5m A walk with beautiful views, one sharp ascent up and down, but otherwise fairly flat. Meet at 10am at Titsey Place car park at very end of Water Lane. Join Bluehouse Lane, just north of Oxted going east and after 1m where it bends sharp right, then turn left into Water Lane. TQ401544 / RH8 0SA | Fri 26 : Epsom Common (Epsom/Ewell): 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet at 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Mon 29 : Parkgate/Newdigate (Mole Valley): 5½m Follow farm tracks and field paths with good views. Pub refreshments. Meet at 10am at Surrey Oaks pub car park, Parkgate Rd, Newdigate (1¼m NE of Newdigate). TQ204435 / RH5 5DZ (T)

July Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Wed 3 : Esher & Oxshott Common: (1) 12m Easy ride visiting Black Pond, Esher Common & Arbrook Common. Meet at Ye Olde Windsor Castle, Little Bookham St, Great Bookham. TQ126546 / KT23 3AA | Fri 5 : Friday Street: (3) 11m Meet at the Friday Street car park. Turn off A25 at Manor Farm, Wotton, into Hollow Lane. After 1m turn left into Friday Street Rd. Car park is ¼m on right (watch out for low entrance height!). TQ126457 / RH5 6JR | Fri 19 : Leigh: (1) 15m Easy ride around the area south of Leigh. Meet at the Seven Stars, Bunce Common Rd, Leigh. TQ217472 / RH2 8NP | Thu 25 : Ashtead Common (2) 16m Mainly easy ride across Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park, Langley Vale then some hilly stuff to Tattenham Corner returning across the Downs and Epsom Common. Meet at The Star pub, A243 Kingston Road. TQ166600 / KT22 0DP | Fri 26 : Horley: (1) 10m Absolute beginners ride, dead flat. Meet at the Farmhouse Pub, Ladbroke Rd, Langshott, Horley. TQ288440 / RH6 8PB 58

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The Fairfield Centre, Leatherhead An over 60s Social Centre for pleasure, leisure and learning in the heart of Leatherhead

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Abbey is a beautiful long-haired female tabby, approximately six years old who really deserves a break. Abbey was a stray who had lived for the past three years in the garden of a very kind person in Epsom who fed her and let her shelter in a tent in the garden – they couldn’t take her in as the resident cat attacked her. Abbey is very shy and gentle, and doesn’t really like being picked up, but she loves to be stroked and brushed. She is looking for a quiet home with an experienced owner who will give her the time and patience she needs to trust yet another person.

If you feel that you could give Abbey a much deserved forever loving home together please ring Yvonne on 01372 379155 Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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The miracle of Newlife Newlife clinic is a Centre of Excellence set up by a group of eminent obstetricians and gynaecologists, situated in the centre of Epsom. The particular emphasis of Newlife clinic is on assisted reproduction such as IVF and ICSI as well as recurrent miscarriages and reproductive immunology. These services are housed in beautiful premises with state of the art facilities creating a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere. Mr Amin Gafar, medical director of Newlife, has more than 20 years’ experience in fertility and assisted reproduction, having worked in a leading role at the top units in the country including ARGC and Lister. The success rates for clinical pregnancy test, for the first quarter of 2013,currently run at 64% for women 37 years old and under. The clinic operates 7 days per week, if required, to ensure optimal success rates for patients, a service offered by very few other fertility centres. Patients are provided with 24 hour contact details so that they can be reassured at every step of their journey. Newlife Clinic holds regular monthly Patient Open Evenings, free of charge. The next one is on Tuesday 23rd July. If you would be interested in attending or for any other information, please contact our Reception team on 01372 738932 or email

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Around Britain 5 Mysterious Disappearances 1. Eilean Mòr, Outer Hebrides - All three of the lighthouse-keepers on Eilean Mòr in the Hebrides disappeared on 15 December 1900, leaving behind their oilskins, a table full of food, and the light prepared to be lit. Why or how the men vanished will never be known. 2. Newhaven, East Sussex - Lord Lucan’s car was found at Newhaven three days after he disappeared from his London home, where the family’s nanny had earlier been found murdered. Despite several unconfirmed sightings across the globe, Lord Lucan was never seen again. 3. Seaton Carew, Cleveland - John Darwin infamously ‘disappeared’ while canoeing off Seaton Carew in 2002. Having been declared dead, in 2007 he walked into a London police station claiming no memory of the last five years – but when a photograph surfaced of him and his wife shopping for properties in Panama in 2006 their hoax was discovered. 4. Sunningdale, Berkshire - Agatha Christie disappeared from her home in Sunningdale in December 1926. She eventually reappeared at a hotel in Harrogate eleven days later, unable to give any explanation for her disappearance. She was later diagnosed with amnesia. 5. The Tower of London - The fate of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ remains one of the most alluring mysteries in English history. Imprisoned in The Tower of London in 1483 by their uncle, Richard III, securing his claim to the throne, there is no record of the princes after this date. © Taken from The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer by Paul Anthony Jones, out now. 66

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 53

Highlands Farm, Headley Road, Leatherhead

Highlands Farm on the western side of Headley Road is set in what used to be open fields of the parish. It was once the property of Lord Roger Cunliffe of Tyrells Wood, which he let out on short renewable leases. The house was built in the late 1800s although the tarred weather-boarded barns are 17th century and there is an 18th century well house. The farmhouse is a neat three bay brick box with two weather-boarded bay windows on the ground floor. There is also a granary on saddle-stones and a fine wrought-iron weathervane. In 1873 the farm is said to be growing wheat, barley, oats, clover and turnips. Sheep were driven along the road from the farm to graze in rotation in the field (now Windmill Estate) and then moved on to grazing land behind Fetcham Church on what was then a polo field, returning to Highlands Farm the same way. Ploughing matches were also held there. Another activity was shooting; a common enough sport among farmers and sportsmen, many landowners employed their own gamekeepers. Today the property is divided into flats and Highlands Farm Livery Stables. Goff Powell – extracted from History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads Edwina Vardey – L&DLHS 1988 with additions.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 68

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Armed Forces Day Parade in Dorking High St, part of Armed Forces Week. Personnel from Headley Court will be marching in the High Street from 1.30pm-2pm.

Sunday 30th JUNE

Annual Leatherhead Duck Race - see page 20 for details

Friday 5th JULY

Soundbytes Choir FREE concert in aid of 'Cherry-Trees'. Doors open at 7:40 for 8pm start. at Christchurch UR, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead

Friday 5th

Over 30s-40’s-50’s Party Night for singles and couples. 8.30pm-1am, £8. The Surrey Hills Hotel, Horsham Road, Beare Green, RH5 4PG. Dance, romance, meet new people, make new friends. Contact Brian or Gill 0800 313 4441

Saturday 6th

Fetcham Singers Summer Concert, United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, 7.30pm. Requiem Op 48 Faure, arr Ratcliffe and music by Verdi, Mendelssohn and Britten; on the lighter side Bacharach to Simon. Guest musician, Ami Lodge – Flute. Donation £8 (children free) includes Interval refreshments.

Sunday 7th & Sunday 21st

Charity Car Boot Sale in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Rd, Epsom, KT18 7EG. 9am-12.30pm (sellers 8am). Sellers: cars £10, large cars/small vans £12, trailers £3 extra, booking not required. Entry by donation. Email for info:

Sunday 7th

‘Jubilocity’, Polesden Lacey, 6pm-10pm. An evening of picnics and family fun including: torchlight procession, fireworks and a showcase of local talent. Adult £5, child £2.50 tickets from Polesden Lacey

Sunday 7th

Wildlife Aid Open Day. 10am-5pm. £10 per car/£3 pp on foot. family activities, bbq, refreshments, ticket only tours of hospital complex. More info

Saturday 13th

The Grange’s Summer Celebration Day celebrating 75 years. 11am-4pm, free entry, but donation welcome. The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, KT23 4DZ. Visit gardens and horticulture and textiles shops. 30's & 40's style music and dance acts, vintage bus rides, heritage display and video, classic cars, Magic Shows 11.15am & 12.15am, Family trail and quiz, teas, home-made cakes and BBQ. All welcome. 01372 455231

Sat 13th/Sun 14th/Sat 20th/ Sun 21st

Open Air Theatre, Polesden Lacey Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors. Full of colour and chaos! Book in advance from Dorking Halls on 01306 881717 or see

Saturday 20th

Mid-Surrey Mencap Summer Jumble sale at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, from 11am till 1pm. Entry 30p, Bargains & refreshments!

Saturday 27th

Les Miserables SING-ALONG. No audition, words/music provided. Booking in advance ONLY. See advert for more details, see ad opposite.

Sunday 28th

Wotton & Abinger Annual Summer Show, Wotton House, off A25 between Shere & Dorking. Free entry and parking. 2pm-5pm. Traditional RHS affiliated flower show, cream teas, flowers, vegetables, crafts, cookery, floral art and children’s classes for all the family. Tombola, raffle, plants, books, bric-a-brac, bee-keeping and huskies! More info on 01306 731012


Charity Golf Day at beautiful Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in aid of the RNLI. For more information and to secure a team see or contact John Edgcumbe on or 07930 287258. If there’s an event in July that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events72are correct at time of print.

What’s On?


WHAT’S ON IN JULY? - REGULAR EVENTS Mon 1st/Wed 3rd/ Fri 5th (weekly)

Extra days - 10am-12pm The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Treasure trove of buttons, ribbons and all things colourful and sparkly! Also open by appointment to suit you - phone 374914. Trade discount 25% whole rolls/packs. Public discount 25% on Mondays during July.

Tuesday 2nd

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, speaker Siobhan Clarke (speaking in costume) - ‘Dressing for the Tudor Court’, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Club Show ‘Simply Summer’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 2.30-8.30pm. All welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker Mr Edward Bellingham - Tales of an African School’. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 3rd & Friday 5th

The Artists of the Tudor Court. An introduction to how art & artists became integral to the marketing of the Tudor dynasty. £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235/email

Thursday 4th Thursday 11th Saturday 13th Tuesday 23rd Saturday 27th

July walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, mornings 1½-2 hours (3-4 miles), evenings 1-2 hours (3-4 miles). Some are longer. Thurs 4th 7.30pm Cockshot Cottage CP, Lodgebottom Road Thurs 11th 7.30pm Newlands Corner CP (4-5 miles) Sat 13th 10am Young St top CP, Polesden & back (8 miles) bring picnic Tues 23rd 7.15pm Meet Gomshall station off A25 Sat 27th 10am Albury Heath CP, Brook Hill Rd nr sports ground

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (monthly)

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

Friday 5th (monthly)

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

Friday 5th (weekly)

Friday 5th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out! New producers welcome. 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. 74

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Summer Wine Tasting Evening at City of London Freemen’s School Thursday 18th July

Tickets are now on sale for a summer event not to be missed! You will taste wines from the Thirty Fifty’s exceptional range and enjoy canapés from a top London chef. Thirty Fifty is named after the latitudes where the majority of the world’s wine grapes are grown, between 30° and 50° latitude north and south of the equator. Tickets are £35 per person or £300 for a table of ten. Drinks Reception at 7pm, wine tasting and canapés from 7.30pm, carriages 11pm. Money raised will benefit The Children's Trust, a national charity based in Tadworth, which provides care and therapy for disabled children and rehabilitation for those with an acquired brain injury.

To purchase tickets visit or call 01737 364323

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Sunday 7th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion with Children's Church, followed by refreshments.

Wed 10th & 24th

MV Speakers’ Club offers a fun, friendly and supportive environment to develop your public speaking skills. 2nd & 4th Wed each month at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm.,, 462719

Wed 10th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Pat Date 01372 454879

Thurs 11th (monthly)

Transition Ashtead Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, Professor David Phillips CBE (until recently President of the Royal Society of Chemistry) on “Sustainable Chemistry”

Friday 12th

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

(2nd Wed mthly)

Thurs 18th

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, (inc painting, craft, quizzes, film), refreshments inc. £2, all over 55’s very welcome. Contact Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Thurs 25th

Leatherhead Morning WI, meets at the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, 10.15am, more info from Betty 01372 374570

(3rd Thurs mthly)

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What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to Summer Of Culture

Our fantastic new digital projector enables The Theatre to not only screen new films but to also performances from The Royal Opera House. Our Summer Of Culture season brings you the best of Ballet, Opera, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre and Film. With three Summer Encores from The Royal Opera house already confirmed for screening at The Theatre as well as a full film schedule we hope our patrons are able to enjoy the new investment with us in the forthcoming weeks.

FILMS: Much Ado About Nothing (12A)

Friday 28th June Tuesday 2nd July Wednesday 3rd July Thursday 4th July

2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm

Eye of The Storm (15) Wednesday 10th July

2pm, 7:30pm

Benjamin Britten: Peace & Conflict (PG)

Friday 5th July Tuesday 9th July

2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm

Reluctant Fundamentalist (15) Thursday 11th July

2pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday 17th July

Summer in February (15)

Friday 12th July 2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm Tuesday 16th July Wednesday 17th July *4pm* 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm Thursday 18th July

NADFAS Lecture 2:30pm Followed by tea and cakes and the 4pm* film screening) NADFAS Lecturer, David Evans, tells the story of his father, Captain Gilbert Evans and his part in this tragic love story which features in the film Summer In February. The talk will be illustrated with slides, including paintings by artists of the time.


Monday 15th July, 7:30pm £15. Concessions/Friends £13. Child £10 Recorded live at the Royal Opera House February 2013; La Valse fills the stage with 21 couples, spinning endlessly to Ravel’s pulsating score. It is the perfect curtain-raiser for a generous all-Ashton programme, showing the breadth of the choreographer’s inspiration, his musicality and his infallible sense of drama.

Macbeth, Royal Opera House

Monday 29th July,7:30pm £15. Concessions/Friends £13. Child £10 (20 minute interval included) Phyllida Lloyd’s production, last presented by The Royal Opera in 2006, uses Verdi’s 1865 revision, especially noted for Lady Macbeth’s great aria ‘La luce langue’ and the wonderful Act IV opening chorus, and brings out the dark motivations of the Macbeths and the light of justice for those they wrong.

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

2014 sees the 90th anniversary of the building of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. The first stones were laid early in 1924 to commemorate the Peace following WW1 and to help to rebuild the local community. The building was completed the same year and opened for use as a village hall for all residents of the local area. The present Trustees of the hall are inviting everyone to join in the celebrations. We want to hear from you or to meet you at an event. Today the building is a hive of activity with groups of people of all ages and many interests hiring rooms for their club events. In addition the building is open to the public for parties, dances and plays, beetle drives and dinners and many more opportunities to socialise and learn or simply relax.

The Marshall Room ready for a meeting

Are you someone who uses the hall? Do you have some archives of past uses of the hall? Do you know people who remember it from their childhood? If so then do please get in touch and share the memories and excitement with us. Letters have been sent out to regular hirers of the hall and to the local schools asking for suggestions of ways the community would like to share in our celebrations. If you also are willing to get involved and join us for an event or have a useful idea for us to consider then do please get in touch. We hope to build an interactive archive of pictures and memorabilia of the hall and would love to include your information. We are considering a permanent display or interactive whiteboard etc.

See us on or email We’d love to hear from you.

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The day the BBC Antiques Roadshow came to town A staggering 4,500 people visited Polesden Lacey on a glorious sunny day to experience the Antiques Roadshow. Many waited in line for several hours, in order to see the experts and have their items valued, or just to catch a glimpse of Fiona Bruce who signed autographs and chatted to many delighted fans as well as helping out at the reception desk. As always some real treasures emerged, including a giant leather rhino from a Liberty's window display!

Some highlights included: Box Hill School’s Armoury Collection

The school has a number of different weapons picked up by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young whilst he was travelling in Asia Minor, Macedonia and the Aegean between 1900 and 1903 and now loaned to them by his family. A group of staff and pupils brought items to show the experts including a steel shield with spike dug out of a ditch below the ramparts at Rhodes in 1902, thought to be a relic of the siege by the Turks in 1521 but identified by the Antiques Roadshow as 19th Century; as well as a naval cutlass which belonged to Admiral Sir George Young 1732-1810.

Mrs Greville’s Photograph Album and Brooch

Polesden Lacey staff were particularly excited by the contents of Sue Lovett’s cloth bag. Sue had come all the way from Norfolk to bring her mother’s photograph album back to the place where she used to work. Sue’s mother, Gertie Hulton, was maid to Mrs Greville, the former owner of Polesden Lacey, during the 1930s. Her employer took her on many exciting adventures including trips to South America and Tahiti. Fiona Bruce took particular interest in this album and spent a long time with Sue.

Silver bowl

Erica Emery queued for five and a quarter hours to show the experts her beautiful silver bowl with its enamelled flowers, fish and birds that had been in the family for over 40 years. You’ll have to watch the show to find out how much this one is worth as Erica was one of the lucky ones chosen to be filmed! 80

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In May 1988 George Michael was famous for topping the charts with “Faith”, (not falling out of cars...) the GCSE was first introduced, Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000, Graeme Hick made English cricket history by scoring 405 runs in a county championship match and the Cats Protection Epsom, Ewell & District Branch was established! Since then CP Epsom Ewell & District Branch have gone on to help save and care for over 7,000 local cats & kittens.

the day we started – thanks Rosemary, Yvonne & Renee! We also thanked fundraisers extraordinaire, Kim Thompson for swimming non-stop for an hour and to Jen Wilkinson for running the London Marathon for us. All in all a great day was had! Pamela Green


We thought that was pretty impressive and so decided to celebrate with a bit of a ‘do’. Around 40 of our members & volunteers plus some NCC folk (thanks to Nick Edmans, Lewis Coghlin and Claire Mitchell as well as Heather McCann the Chair of Trustees, from our neighbouring branch of Croydon) backcombed their hair or climbed into leopard print and came together to celebrate 25 years & enjoy the sunshine.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Sustainable Chemistry – modern “green” alchemy The chemical industry is often blamed for causing environmental pollution by its manufacturing processes and products. Memorable examples are CFCs causing the Antarctic Ozone Hole, synthetic detergents causing rivers to foam and leaded petrol causing damage to children’s brains. These particular environmental issues have now been tackled by legislation and better products, but there are still major concerns about the profligate use of resources in making some of the products we want. So what do we have to do to make the things that we need without - in a well coined phrase - “costing the earth”? The answer is Sustainable (or Green) Chemistry. Sustainable chemistry aims to improve the efficiency with which resources are used to meet our need for chemical products. It includes the design, manufacture and use of efficient, and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes. For example, we need disinfectants in hospitals, but how do we reduce their impact on the wider environment? Improving application methods and developing disinfectants that are far more biodegradable will help. And we need to find ways of preventing the problems some pharmaceuticals cause when they get into the water supply system through the sewage works discharges, for example synthetic sex hormones (from birth control pills) largely pass through untouched. Another example is in the area of plastics – plastics are almost essential to our current way of life – packaging, food hygiene, phones and cars. Can we make substitutes that have all the properties of the materials that we want without the drawbacks we have in making them (i.e. the use of oil, water and energy in manufacture and their disposal at the end of their useful life)? Can we make different types of plastics from alternate renewable resources that are easier to recycle and are biodegradable when we want them to be? Can we make plastics from plants? Are there innovative ways to make and use such products with new processes and what are the risks with processes and products once they are in wide usage? Certainly there are new ways of doing things – biomedical sensing and diagnostics are a rapidly growing area which is improving the way that we get quick results on aspects of our health without lots of traditional chemical laboratory work. But what is to come? People are working on ways of getting CO2 out of the air and turning it, by single step processes, into useful products (polymers, sugars and fuels) - all driven by solar energy! Some of the results of this modern green alchemy are already around us, and more are on their way, so watch out for these in a shop near you soon! Barrie Mould Our July meeting (Thursday 11th 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article and will be given by Professor David Phillips CBE (until recently President of the Royal Society of Chemistry). It is entitled “Sustainable Chemistry” – Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 84

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Lyrical epic to sabotage (6)


Entertainer taking off? (8)

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Remain related to the sea (6)


Open loan made to an emperor (8)


Point affirmative lookers (4)


Hateful, initially overdrawn with debts (6)


Rip-off making someone wild (8)


Establishing of grain, etc (8)

11. Hire one for a brave woman (7) 14. Deed sir badly wanted (7) 17. Dog food served twice (4-4) 18. New echidna by a house (8) 19. Plant on a boat glowering (8) 22. Hasten to become a city (6) 23. Tress I styled for a nurse (6) 24. Reader got round and rose up (6) 27. Avid kind of prima donna (4) Solution in next month’s edition 86

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exaltation (7,6) 3. Heavenly body also known as Sirius (3,4) 4. Small canoe made watertight with animal skins (5) 5. Period of the French Revolution marked by extreme repression and bloodshed (5,2,6) 6. Sleeveless dress resembling an apron (8) 12. Pile of waste matter from coal mining, etc (4,4) 14. Flower associated with alpine regions (7) 17. Craftsman who works with 88

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June’s crosswords solutions


Michael Bolton (his birth name was Michael Bolotin) 2. Jam And Jerusalem 3. Leicestershire 4. Greendale (in the Postman Pat cartoons) 5. Hastings 6. Crinkley Bottom 7. Staines 8. Borstals (named after the village of Borstal) 9. The Prisoner 10. Wales (the village is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch)

Across: 3 Stock cube, 8 Oyez, 9 Neap tide, 10 Seance, 13 Rowan, 14 Tobacco, 15 Hut, 16 Periwig, 17 Garbo, 21 Acacia, 22 Genetics, 23 Ross, 24 Means test. Down: 1 Conscript, 2 Metalwork, 4 Tinea, 5 Chariot, 6 City, 7 Body, 11 Scarecrow, 12 Holocaust, 14 Tug, 15 Hit list, 18 Wasps, 19 Père, 20 Penn.

Quiz - Bond Villains

Across: 1 Saboteur, 5 Campus, 9 Reappear, 10 Friend, 12 Censor, 13 Co-regent, 15 Iceland, 16 Evil, 20 Load, 21 Spurned, 25 Expiring, 26 Solace, 28 Erased, 29 Familiar, 30 Sleuth, 31 Straight.

1. Donald Pleasence - You Only Live Twice (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) 2. Joseph Wiseman - Dr. No( Dr. Julius No) 3. Sean Bean - GoldenEye (Alec Trevelyan) 4. Javier Bardem - Skyfall (Raoul Silva) 5. Gert Fröbe - Goldfinger (Auric Goldfinger) 6. Christopher Lee - The Man With The Golden Gun (Francisco Scaramanga) 7. Steven Berkoff - Octopussy (General Orlov) 8. Telly Savalas - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) 9. Sophie Marceau - The World Is Not Enough (Elektra King) 10.Christopher Walken - A View To A Kill (Max Zorin)

Down: 1 Struck, 2 Brainy, 3 Top-notch, 4 Utah, 6 Airmen, 7 Preserve, 8 Sedately, 11 Foundry, 14 Sloping, 17 Clueless, 18 Warplane, 19 Veronica, 22 Priest, 23 Daring, 24 Secret, 27 Bait.


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Home Grown Herbs By Pippa Greenwood

There’s a really reliable, easy, low-cost and loweffort way to add some zing to your meals; homegrown herbs. Many herbs are simple to raise from seed and if you start sowing now you should be able to have a plentiful supply of fresh, tasty herbs to add to salads, sandwiches, stews and stir -fries for months to come. All you need to is a sunny window sill or balcony, or a well-drained, sunny spot in your garden. First, find some good quality multi-purpose compost, your chosen herb seeds and some pots. Good-quality compost is well worth the little bit extra you need to pay. The style of pot is up to you – you may want to choose a classic Mediterranean one, or perhaps a good-looking plastic planter for longevity and light-weight characteristics. Remember that plenty of drainage is essential, and that the smaller herbs do not need a deep root run, so there’s no need for a very tall planter or pot. It’s best to grow each type of herb in its own individual pot, so buy a selection of pots with a minimum diameter of 8cm.

taste off-season. Just half fill ice-cube tray sections with water. Add chopped fresh herbs to each section and top up with water. Label the tray as they can be difficult to identify. You can then simply pop them whole into stews and casseroles as and when you need them.

Once you have your pot to hand, put a broken flower pot or other drainage material in the base and then fill with good quality compost to within 1cm of the rim of the pot and firm it down, not too aggressively, but enough to ensure that there’s no subsidence later on. With large seeds such as coriander, position the seeds evenly on the compost surface. Sprinkle smaller seed thinly. The seeds need to be covered with compost so use your finger or a dibber to gently press the seed in to the very surface of the compost and then drizzle more compost on top to the depth stated on the packet of seed. Water the compost thoroughly either from above using a watering can with rose attached, or by standing the pot in a saucer of water for a few minutes until the compost surface is just moist.

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The seeds generally germinate quite quickly and often within just a week or two you’ll have lots of tiny herbs. Once the herbs are up and growing strongly you can start to harvest them. Use sharp scissors or a sharp knife to cut off what you need; this way you’ll minimise damage to the growing plants and so help to keep them cropping for longer. As long as you keep the pots adequately watered, ideally by watering from the base, they should last for several weeks or months but make sure that the compost is not too wet or else your herb pots won’t last long. If you find that you’re not eating them fast enough, store some for later use. Ice cubes give you a really great fresh-herb


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