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Recipe - Smoked Haddock Fishcakes


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Denbies wins Sparking Wine Award


St Swithun’s Day


ARC Campaign update


Ashtead Village Day 2010 Report




The Long Stretch - a story


Silver Award at Chelsea


News from Ashtead Youth Centre


Andy’s Blog


Leatherhead Theatre


What’s going on in July?


Leatherhead Community Association


What’s going on in July - regular events


Spot the difference


July crosswords


Children of Chernobyl


Leatherhead Safety Day


Leatherhead’s ‘Big Tidy Up’


Transition Ashtead


Quiz - Book Chapters


Meredith’s Memories


Macular Disease Society Leatherhead


Gardening - Salvia


Quiz - Comics & Cartoons


Gardening - Scented Pelargoniums


Free fishing for all the family


Surrey Bacchus Marathon


Surrey Hill Onward Learning Courses


Local history article


Sprig of Thyme Concert


Ashtead Churches in Act10n


Frimchett Festival


Book reviews


Music Wordsearch


Useful numbers


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s I write this page, the first England football World Cup match has taken place against the USA with the score being a one-all draw and whilst this magazine is being printed, there are a further two matches to be played. Let’s hope they do us proud. But that’s enough of the football, let’s turn to other stuff. My partner, Matthew, and I popped over to the Isle of Wight for a few days to get away from work. We both work from home and it’s almost impossible not to turn on the computer and work over the weekends, so a self-imposed break was what we needed. I had never been to the Isle of Wight before, what a pretty little island and as it’s only 27 miles wide, it takes very little time to get to any destination on the island. Needless to say, that little break is a distant memory, but it certainly re-charged the batteries for a few days. I’m absolutely over the moon, as ever, with my front cover, this month it’s a close up of a kingfisher that Andy Newbold snapped whilst out on his travels along the Mole river. He’s a lovely little chap, the kingfisher that is, although Andy’s alright too! Once again, I have been inundated with requests from local organisations and I am more than happy to include articles to help with their fundraising or just raise awareness of their good works. One such cause is the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and how we can help these children live a toxic-free life for at least a few weeks a year. Their plans for summer 2010 are already in place, but they are looking for your help next year, all the info on the charity and contact details can be found on page 30. A few hours before I went to print, I was sent a report from the Rotary Club on Ashtead Village Day 2010, along with some photos of the awards presented by television’s Nicholas Owen, page 18. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £47 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 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 2010. Zen George 01372 376420

Surrey Hills Onward Learning commences its new term in September 2010 and I have included a taste of what’s on offer on page 44. I’ve attended a few courses with SHOL over the years, one of which was propagating plants and I’m delighted with how well my garden has done as a result of all the guidance I received, both from John our tutor, and my fellow students, it was great fun. I also did a course on the Tudors, a period of history which I adore, go on ask me anything about Henry VIII or Queen Bess... Leatherhead Safety Day is being held on Friday 2nd July, sponsored and organised by Surrey Police and Mole Valley Council along with other well-known businesses in the area. Denbies appear twice this month, firstly for winning the Good Housekeeping award for best English Sparking Wine congratulations to them; and secondly for setting up the Surrey Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon with Events to Live (sister company of Ashtead’s Run to Live) this September, details on page 79. I am delighted that Meredith Worsfold has begun sending in the odd ‘Meredith’s Memories’ articles again, the first one appears on page 72, it’s a really touching story this month. There is an enormous amount of events this month and, for the first time, I have had to separate the ‘What’s On’ pages to distinguish from the regular events to the one-offs and not-soregular events, I hope you find a local event nestled within those pages that you enjoy. Roll on summer...

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Somebody should do something! During recent months I have spent more time in and around the village. This has been interesting in many respects and it has enabled me to gain a clearer understanding of some of the issues with which many are concerned.

These and other issues will inevitably increase and they need to be managed. A balanced, informed and clear voice is needed. We try to provide this, working closely with councillors and representatives from many other local organisations.

The strongest impression I have gained is the increasing impact of traffic. This manifests itself in several ways. Perhaps the most pervasive is parking. Problems which have particularly struck me recently are those arising around many local schools and parking in Grove Road and the surrounding area. I also gained the impression that the volume of traffic on the A24 has increased significantly in recent years. Any obstruction to the free flow of traffic seems to cause significant delays and the turning from Woodfield Lane and some other junctions onto the A24 has become more hazardous, especially at peak times.

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association Leatherhead Town Centre, and the High Street in particular, have been the subject of much controversy over the past twenty years. This seems to have been because most of the consultation responses have attracted less than 1% of the population – even less when you include the hinterland of the Town, as one should do. On the other hand Bookham Vision has had an overwhelming response to their survey. In the past Professor Whitelegg’s investigation organised by the Leatherhead Society filled the Theatre to bursting. People care but don’t seem bothered. To deal with this Andrew Bircher (Corporate Head of Service, Planning at MVDC), has asked for a meeting with the Leatherhead Society to discuss the Council’s ideas and how we, the residents can become involved. This is only a first step – but it is a vital one to get something done about the state of our Town. The meeting is to be held on

This garden of raised beds is for all those in the community who wish to plant a vegetable and tend its growth, and eventually to eat it. It is not like an allotment in that it is a communal activity with everyone working together and helping one another. There is also quite a large area given over to flowers. The former Scout Hut is being prepared as a teaching centre to help understand the process of growing fruit and vegetables. But there is the potential for using it as a skills centre, not necessarily related to the garden, but definitely to community needs. It is a fascinating exercise in community development and one which many Members of the Association soon became fascinated with. The burst of growth in early summer has also spawned a few problems with overhanging hedges getting out of hand and causing a nuisance to passers-by. Bookham Residents’ Association have been very effective in getting the owners to cut back their hedges, sometimes with a bit of help. We would like to encourage any residents who are inconvenienced by overhanging hedges to contact us, and we too will try to persuade hedge owners to trim the growth rather than get the Council to intervene – at considerable cost to the owners. So why not join us?

5th July in the Letherhead Institute, and will start at 7.30pm. If necessary we shall

migrate to the Abram Dixon Hall upstairs so as to accommodate all who wish to attend. We welcome the members of Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham Residents’ Associations to this meeting.

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when they were shepherded through various tunnels and obstacles by young sheepdog Kenny all the way from Wales PC Jason Woods Ashtead Rotary Club President Keith Allardyce said: “This makes all our efforts worthwhile when we see the whole community come together to have fun and to raise huge sums of money for local and international good causes.”

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The Long Stretch Ruth lay in bed with her eyes closed. Sam was crashing grumpily round the bedroom. It was Monday morning and the sun was streaming through the curtains. After a couple of savoured moments, Ruth turned to her husband, pretended to wake with a languorous stretch and smiled sweetly at him. She couldn't help revelling in the moment. There was no need to make breakfasts, there was no need to make packed lunches and there were no PE bags to fill. She didn't have to scream at children who wouldn't get out of bed. She didn't have to wake them at all. Not a single nag was necessary today. Exams were over, term had finished and the long summer stretched ahead of her. Ruth had cut down her workload for the holidays and was really looking forward to some free time.

shelf she wiped away the dust and opened it at the first page. '101 Things To Do With Your Children'. The first suggestion was 'Why not make a papier mâchÊ space ship?' Ruth had an instant mental picture of pasty globules in hair and on furniture. She quickly turned the page. 'Why not get out an atlas, pick a country and find out as much as you can, before writing a fun project?'. This author clearly did not have children of her own... The third suggestion seemed more achievable. 'Why not let your children make their own healthy picnic and then take them to the park?' This seemed simple enough. She would go with number three. At ten thirty, the younger two children were still in their pyjamas and Ben had not emerged from his room. Ruth knocked on his door, politely suggesting that he get up. Ben was lying in bed with earphones inserted. Ruth opened the curtains, smiled cheerfully and talked loudly. "Time to get up Ben, it's a beautiful day. We're going on a picnic!" This was greeted with a disapproving grunt. "I'm not going anywhere! I just want to stay at home." Ruth was undeterred, "You'll feel better after a shower and something to eat."

In previous years, the children had been packed off to a local school activity camp so that Ruth could work. It had always been a struggle to arrange childcare during the holidays and, as these courses cost more than Ruth was earning, Sam decided it would be far more prudent for her to take time off over the summer, a decision he was starting to regret as he groaned and went off to work.

Downstairs, Daniel and Sarah had emptied the contents of the food cupboard onto the kitchen table and were filling the picnic basket with biscuits and crisps. They couldn't find any sweets so had packed packets of cubed jelly instead. There clearly wasn't a single healthy item on their picnic menu. The kitchen was a mess and when Ruth looked out of the window, ominous clouds were gathering.

As the front door closed, Ruth lay back and pondered over how they would fill their time. They could go to the park, they could relax in the garden or they could go swimming at the Leisure Centre. There would be no need for television or computer games. Life was going to be perfect. Her reverie was broken by a piercing scream from Sarah. Daniel had woken her by flicking cold water over her face while wearing a fluorescent green Frankenstein mask. Ruth's eldest son, Ben, then stormed out of his room, furious at being disturbed. He used some colourful expletives to express his frustration, before returning to his room and slamming the door.

Ben cruised down, announcing his presence by cuffing his younger brother over the head. He ignored the chaos and made himself some toast before taking it back upstairs, leaving crumbs and blobs of jam in his wake. As it started to rain, Ruth looked at the clock. It was still only ten forty five. Next morning, Ruth lay in bed with her eyes closed. Sam was crashing grumpily round the bedroom. It was Tuesday morning and the sun was streaming through the curtains. The long summer stretched ahead of her and Ruth groaned. Sam gave her a kiss, smiled sweetly and went off to work.

Ruth took a deep breath and went to shower and get dressed. Ten minutes later she discovered Daniel and Sarah, mesmerised by pre-school television and mindlessly eating 'Cheerios' out of mugs. Ben, still wearing the mask, was inserting the little round pieces through Frankenstein's scarred rubber mouth. Ruth cleared the trail of cereal from the kitchen table and made herself a cup of tea. After retrieving a neglected book from a top 20

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Ashtead Youth Centre Life at the Youth Centre is our busiest in the summer months, in addition to our regular three nights a week activity working with young people aged 11 through to 17, we make good use of the fine weather and offer many opportunities to have fun, make friends and learn something new.

What members think about life at the Youth Centre

The Rally Karting is in full swing with weekday and regular weekend activity including up to five overnight stays away from home, in the autumn we focus on the classroom side of the project and complete folders that earn the young people Open College Network qualifications. These qualifications are recognised by further education colleges and employers.

I have recently returned wounded from Afghanistan after serving with the Life Guards (part of the Household Cavalry) and Richard asked me if I would think about my time with the youth club and how it may have prepared me for life in the army.

My name is Robbie Cooke (aged 19) and I look back on my time with the youth club with a lot of great memories.

The most obvious way that it has helped, is the way that many of the activities prepare you to work in a team and communicate with people. The Rally Karting Project in particular really teaches you to be aware of what is going on around you, how to communicate in a noisy and distracting environment, and also how to get along with a big group of people who don’t always have a lot in common.

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We have recently returned from the UK’s largest indoor skatepark called Rampworx – we had a great weekend but it was a long drive up to Liverpool. The summer holidays are our next challenge with an ambitious 2 ½ week trip to work with street kids in Goa, this would not be possible without the opportunity that having Gary Nash (the Ashtead Churches Community Trust worker) allows us. We will be taking a group of ten 16/17 year olds to teach english and sport in a School, help develop the businesses of young mothers and contribute to a local carbon offset project. It is not all work and no play – but there will be a lot of work !!! We are also running an Adventure Holiday Week at the end of August for 14 young people to experience a great week on the Brecon Beacons (Wales). We have to cook for ourselves and live in a remote youth house 1500 feet up in the mountains. Whilst the weather can always be unpredictable, the views are stunning on a nice day. Activities are likely to include an overnight canoe adventure, abseiling, a gorge walk, a night hike and quad biking. Whilst all of these activities are incredibly exciting, we look for every opportunity to develop young peoples ability to work in teams, communicate with each other and learn to self reflect.

Staff at the Youth Club encouraged me to become a young leader, helping out with the younger kids, and also to get involved with Mole Valley Youth Voice and challenge people about what I felt strongly. I was involved in a mediation process involving local young people and the Police to help calm down tensions between people. I think all of this sort of stuff helps you to be confident around people and when you get out in the real world you can assert yourself and be confident in your abilities.

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Would you like to do something different in summer 2011? Would you like to play a part in giving these children the chance of a life time to improve their health? There are a number of different ways you can help:

Every summer from mid July to mid August a group of 9–10 year old boys and girls visit the Epsom and Ashtead area from the south of Belarus. The children live in one of the most contaminated areas of the world as a result of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, which has left their food, water supply and air polluted with radiation.

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Host two children for a fortnight Support a host and help care for “their” two children Help organise and run trips for the children Help with fund raising events

Each year Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL) gives around 3,000 children, who have never travelled abroad before, the opportunity to visit the UK to have a fourweek break from their contaminated home environment. Four weeks of clean food and air are enough to allow most of the toxins to leave their bodies, and gives their health – and in particular their immune systems – a significant boost at a crucial time in their development. Sixteen of these first-time travellers are welcomed each year by CCLL’s Mid Surrey Link. They are placed in pairs with volunteer hosts who make them part of their family for two weeks at a time, and care for them as if they were their own children. Enabling them to enjoy the comforts of our homes and join with the rest of the group for organised trips makes for a very special time for these youngsters.

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The Big Tidy Up Needs you Saturday 3rd July

North Leatherhead Community Group is undertaking ‘The Big Tidy Up’ and is looking for volunteers to help out with litter picking from 10am until If you would like to get involved, meet at the Tesco’s entrance to the woods at 10.00am, ending in a free BBQ at 4.30pm at the Fire & Iron Gallery. There will also be prizes, stickers, food and drinks through out the day. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the area, hidden to many, that is full of history! Prizes will be awarded for the most unusual item found and maybe, just maybe, there will be gold in the woods! Everyone is welcome, even if you can only spare 10 minutes. The area behind Tesco’s in North Leatherhead holds many historical remains, from the Romans to an old brick works that used to be on the site many years ago. There have been lots of remarkable finds, including Roman coins. Since then litter, fly tipping and years of mess and grime have blanketed the area, making the land look unsightly and deterring visitors. However, underneath lies a wonderful woodland with many rare plants and invertebrates, waiting to be uncovered. ‘The Big Tidy Up’ is organised by North Leatherhead Community Group and supported by Tesco’s, The Fire and Iron Gallery, Mole Valley District Council, Mole Valley Housing Association, Crime Disorder Reduction Partnership and further supporters.

For more information and to get involved with The Big Tidy Up Please Contact Simon Woodhams, North Leatherhead Community Group Project Worker on 01372 361082 or email 32

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Ashtead Reflexology •

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Reflexology helps to reduce stress and tension and achieve the natural balance in the body Beneficial for specific conditions and helps promote general health and wellbeing Relaxing, Rebalancing and Restorative International Institute of Reflexology qualified Reflexologist based in Ashtead Home visits are also available

Judith Richardson

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Reflexology - what is it? A few days ago I was invited by Judith Richardson to have a reflexology session and I went to see her in Ashtead. I spent a very relaxing hour with Judith who firstly explained to me what reflexology is. I discovered it is a complementary therapy that works on the principle that there are reflex points in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the organs, glands and parts of the body. Apparently reflexology can be traced back to 2330 B.C in ancient Egypt. Reflexology as we know it today is attributed to the work of Eunice Ingham who was a therapist working in the 1930’s. Judith trained at the International Institute of Reflexology, the school that Eunice Ingham founded. Reflexology is a method of applying pressure to the reflex points on the feet and hands. There are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in the feet and stimulating these nerve endings brings about a positive change in the body, reducing stress and tension, improving blood supply and unblocking nerve impulses. It helps balance the body, calm the mind and eliminate harmful toxins. It is suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, for pregnant women and for helping with most medical conditions. Many of the reasons for having reflexology could be following illness, stress, or injury, as the body is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Each therapy is specific to the individual. Judith will detect imbalances in the feet and by working these areas can help relieve stress and tension, release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. However, you don’t have to be ill to benefit, many people use it as a way to relax and promote a general sense of well-being. I found my session quite relaxing and there were a few areas which needed special attention, one of them my neck and shoulder “zone”, which is hardly surprising as I am found hunched over a computer screen on most days! Judith is a really interesting person and I could have happily spent hours with her. I was delighted with my experience and went home feeling really positive and almost finished laying out the magazine and designing quite a few new ads in one day. I’ll have more of that please! All in all, a really satisfying therapy and one which I hope you will want to experience for yourselves. 35

What would they say? It is always easy for us to identify our colleagues’ needs for improvement or their idiosyncrasies, yet have you stopped and thought about how YOU can improve your work environment? It is very easy to subconsciously allow your negative feelings and attitudes to penetrate the work environment. This can result in decreased productivity for both you and your colleagues. What would your work colleagues say......if you asked them to honestly describe the influence you have within the office environment? • You always arrive with a smile ...or with the weight of the world on your shoulders? • You are always willing to help and listen... or too busy or not really interested? • You always plan... or always panic? • You always stop, look and listen before making judgements? • You always see the glass as half full... or half empty? • You are a great team member... or always out for yourself? • You always work hard... or are a known skiver? • You are organised and composed... or disorganised and forgetful? Negative attitudes are infectious, choose not to be a carrier! It is all down to…

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Macular Disease Society - Leatherhead Macular disease affects central vision and it can be a very isolating and frustrating condition. Although people with this condition rarely lose their sight completely, they may be left with just peripheral, patchy or extremely blurry vision - imagine being unable to see the faces of friends and loved ones, drive, feel confident about walking around or read books, menus, newspapers, instructions, domestic machine settings and dials, telephone keypads, labels, letters, bills, timetables, etc. Technology can often help, but it is also such a help to know that you are not alone; our meetings enable people affected in some way by the condition to get together with others who understand what it is like to have macular disease. It’s a great opportunity to share tips, gain some useful information, make new friends and have a chat over a ‘cuppa’ and a biscuit.

Our members are a lively and friendly bunch who will make new members most welcome. (A small contribution of £2 per person per meeting helps to cover the costs of room hire, speakers’ fees and expenses, etc.) Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to contact me for further information. Next meeting 12th July.

Trudie Allibone Leader - Macular Disease Society’s Leatherhead Support Group) Tel: 01372 454077 Email:

The Leatherhead Group meets on the second Monday of each month at the Leatherhead Institute (67 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH) between 2-4pm in Room G6 (ground floor). We invite speakers to most of our meetings and try to have a mixture of ‘fun’ and ‘information’ content. In the next couple of months we will be having a bit of fun with a ‘Name that Tune’ competition and in another session we’ll be hearing about progress with the latest major project aiming to use stem cells to restore vision. Previous speakers and topics have included ‘Eccentric Vision’ (sounds weird but it is actually a technique for using peripheral vision to best effect); low vision aids; audio description and the digital TV/radio changeover; possibilities for leisure and holidays for sightimpaired, meal home delivery services and an overview of the counselling services available from the Macular Disease Society. 38

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Recognised by all insurers including Bupa and Axa PPP Clinics based in Fetcham and Uxbridge NEW male Osteopath ‘Kaps’, specialising in sports injuries (see left) Getting to the ‘root of the problem’ FAST 70% better in 3-5 sessions Convenient location with free parking Established since 2001 All major debit and credit cards now taken

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Clubs & Activities

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• Parties • Weddings • Anniversaries • Meetings • Functions Available daytime or evening. Weekdays or weekends Licensed bar & Fully staffed Please call

01372 360151 07973 346965 or email The Grove at Leatherhead Football Club Fetcham Grove Leatherhead KT22 9AS 42

Clubs & Activities

Free fishing for all the family Saturday 17th July

Leatherhead and District Angling Society are holding their annual open day on Saturday 17th July from 10am-5pm. at Long Copse Ponds, junction of Eastwick Road and Spring Grove, Fetcham. Everyone is welcome to come along and try their hand at fishing. All we ask is for children to be accompanied by an adult - we will not be providing towels! No tackle, no experience, no licence? No problem Our members will be on hand to provide everything you need from tackle and basic instruction for beginners through to advice on knot tying and advanced techniques for the more experienced angler or if you prefer, bring your own rods and enjoy a free couple of hours on your own at one of our most popular venues. Special discounted membership packages will be available on the day

For more details call Eric on 01372 377654 or go to


Courses for 2010-11 at Surrey Hills Onward Learning Surrey Hills Onward Learning is an independent charity aiming to meet the learning needs of the local community, whether individuals, groups or companies. We try to offer courses that you would like, at places and times that suit you. We are always open to suggestions and prepared to try new ventures. Do come to discuss your ideas with us. We hope that you will join us this year. Jill Harris, Principal

Listed below is just a taste of the various courses available. Please call 01372 363708 to receive an up to date booklet. Computers / IT: Getting going with computers Internet, email, blogs and skype Website Design

Maths GCSE Foundation Maths GCSE Higher Assertiveness training Bookkeeping and Accounts Bridge for Beginners Bridge continuation Coping with stress Employability Skills Geology – identifying minerals Geology -The Cenozoic Era Psychology GCSE Rock forming minerals Science GCSE Spanish Art Speaking with confidence

Creative Courses: Creative Writing Writers Circle Digital Photography Languages: English for beginners Help with English Help with Writing French German Italian Portugese

Bright Day series Special one-day courses (Thursdays 10am3.30pm) on specific themes held at Wotton House and Burford Bridge Hotel. The fee includes a light lunch

Gardening courses: Early Autumn Gardening Late Autumn Gardening Winter Gardening Spring Gardening Practical Gardening Trees, shrubs, roses, pruning Garden Design Beds and Borders Vegetables and Salads Wildlife Gardening RHS Plant classification RHS Plant nutrition RHS Cert Year 1 modules

7 Oct - The Arthurian Legend – History, Literature and Painting 4 Nov - The Bloomsbury Group – Virginia, Vanessa and Vita 20 Jan - The Lark Ascending – in poetry and music 2 Dec - Creating a book using digital photography and computer Other than the Bright Day Courses, classes are held at the Letherhead Institute; the Woodbridge Centre, Woodbridge Rd, Leatherhead and at Ashcombe School, Dorking.

History: Anglo-Saxon England Early Medieval England Family History History GCSE Local History Mathematics: Getting going with Maths Help with Maths

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The Sprig of Thyme

Saturday 17th July 2010, 7.30pm

Christ Church (United Reformed), Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST

Leatherhead Choral Society is known for its vibrancy, warmth and hospitality, and its summer concert demonstrates these qualities. The programme includes tuneful and uplifting songs ranging from British folk song cycle “A Sprig of Thyme” by John Rutter, to inspiring contemporary classics from other modern day composers such as Lauridsen and Whitacre. Leatherhead's talented Musical Director, Ian Assersohn, is becoming well known for his own compositions. On this occasion, his contrasting settings of “The Amorous Shepherd” and “My True Love” will be performed. Enjoy the music, then round off a summer’s evening by joining the choir for refreshments afterwards.

Tickets cost £8, under 16s free, and are available from Pippa on 01737 766203 or or on the door.


Clubs & Activities


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All ages from 16+ Learn to dance in just a few weeks Exciting, fun social activity No partner required Evening classes Modern Jive with a touch of Salsa Dorking - Mon & Tues Leatherhead Leisure Centre every Thursday Bring this ad for ½ price entry on your first Leatherhead visit on Thursdays

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Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres, exhausts, diagnostics, airconditioning) Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

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Saturday Night 3 Course Fixed Price Gourmet Meal £20 A La Carte Dining also available


Free Bottle of Wine for bookings of 4 made in advance for Thursday and Friday evenings

(offer ends 30th Sept 2010)


Free Dessert with any meal of £10+ Mon - Wed Lunch or Dinner • Voted as a ‘Top Summer Pub’ in Surrey Life magazine, July 2010 • Situated on one of the foothills surrounding Box Hill just below Mickleham Downs, The King William IV boasts glorious views of the Mole Valley from its sun terraces • Great local ales including Alton’s Pride (CAMRA Supreme Champion); Shere Drop and TEA • Sun terraces have shelters and heating to allow al fresco dining in all weather and are beautifully lit in the evening • Recommended in many good food guides including the prestigious Michelin Guide for three years in a row • On the route of public footpaths and ancient bridleways with breathtaking views • Close to peaceful woodland glades which provide habitats for wildlife, flora and fauna. • River Mole runs opposite the pub • Free car park at the foot of Byttom Hill

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Recipe of the month Smoked Haddock Fishcakes Homemade fishcakes are a real treat for all the family. For a more luxurious version replace the smoked haddock with salmon and add a few chopped peeled prawns. To make little fish nuggets that the kids will love, shape about 4 balls from one quantity of fishcake and coat in the same way. Fry for only 2-3 mins.

Makes 8 fishcakes Ready in 1 hr 900g (2lb) floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 450g (1lb) smoked haddock fillet 6 tbsp canned sweetcorn kernels 2 tbsp each fresh chopped parsley and chives 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind 2 tbsp seasoned flour 1 large egg, beaten 75g (3oz) fresh white breadcrumbs Oil for shallow frying Salad and lime wedges to serve

1. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted water until just tender. Drain and mash. Transfer to a bowl, leave to cool. 2. Place the haddock in a frying pan, cover with water and simmer for 8-10 mins until just cooked. Remove with a fish slice and flake the fish discarding any skin and bones. Add to the mash with the sweetcorn, parsley, chives and lemon rind. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well. 3. Using floured hands divide and shape the mixture into 8 fishcakes. Coat each fishcake in seasoned flour, then dip in beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Chill for at least 30 mins. 4. Shallow fry the fishcakes in hot oil for 3-4 mins on each side until golden. Drain and serve with salad and lemon wedges. 52

Food & Drink Book Chapters - Answers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

The Wind In The Willows The Jungle Book General Woundwort Alice's Adventures In Wonderland The Hobbit The Lord Of The Rings Through The Looking Glass The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe 9. Charlotte's Web 10. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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The Smurfs Itchy Batman Daisy Duck The Topper Hanna and Barbera A beagle Dick Dastardly The Bash Street Kids Shaggy (from Scooby-Doo)

Outside catering available for large parties. We are open 7 days a week, inc Bank Holidays 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm

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Denbies win Good Housekeeping Award ‘Best English Sparkling Wine’ Denbies Wine Estate was delighted to be the recipients of the prestigious Good Housekeeping Food Awards 2010 ‘Best English Sparkling Wine’ for Denbies Greenfields Cuvée. The annual awards, held in London at a glittering celebrity chef star studded ceremony, honour the very best in food and drink and entries are judged by the expert panel of Good Housekeeping Magazine, consisting of Prue Leith, Jane Asher, Valentine Warner, Atul Kochhar, and Meike Beck, Good Housekeeping chief home economist. The panel was assisted by Richard Ehrlich, Good Housekeeping wine expert who tasted dozens of English wines before making a shortlist of five for judging. ‘Just the right amount of bubbles not to obscure the flavour’ commented Jane Asher on the Greenfields, which is traditional bottlefermented method and made using the classic combination of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Greenfields Sparkling Cuvée was served to HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the finals of Great British Menu which is currently being aired on BBC2. Denbies Wine Estate, set in 265 acres of vines, is England’s largest vineyard. Denbies currently has a range of 12 wines including 4 sparkling and produces over 450,000 bottles of wine per annum. 53

ARC, the campaign to improve the children’s playpark at Ashtead Recreation Ground, held its latest fundraiser on Friday. Billed the ‘Clothes Show Live and Pampering Evening’, the event, which took place at St George’s Christian Centre in Ashtead, raised over £1300, taking the fundraising total to more than £9000. In another piece of good news, the campaign also recently achieved charitable status.

piece of equipment which is tremendously exciting. When we sat down at our first meeting, a little over a year ago, I don’t think any of us would have dreamt that so much would have happened in such a short time.”

Over 100 local mums attended the event and a further brave few took their positions on the catwalk as models. All previous ARC events have been organised with the main participants being children and this one was the first aimed at adults.

The consultation process can be accessed through the Mole Valley Website, at the following link: http:// ashtead_recreation_ground_2010.htm.

The group is also currently working closely with Mole Valley District Council, which was recently awarded £50,000 through the Government Playbuilder Scheme. This will be used to develop park play facilities for eight to thirteen year olds.

To keep abreast of ARC news you can visit the website at .

Andrea Hodson, ARC’s chair, commented, “This was a really exciting fundraising event for us and, we hope, something of a thank you to all of the mums who have supported us so far! Yes, there is a team leading the campaign, but we would get nowhere if it wasn’t for the support of Ashtead’s families and we are truly grateful to them all.” She continues, “The recent news that the campaign has achieved charitable status is a very important step for us. So far the campaign has raised over £9000 and this will enable us to start our fundraising in earnest! Very soon we will be able to buy our first 54

Music Wordsearch phrase: Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence - Robert Fripp

ARC takes to the catwalk and achieves charitable status

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A Silver Award at Chelsea for Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group Pictured are Pat George and Rachel Sherwin who won a Silver Award for their arrangement entitled "Spring Forth", interpreting the class title of "Impetus". Pat and Rachel arranged their exhibit overnight on the Sunday and it was then on display until the Wednesday evening. The Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group is very proud of Pat and Rachel's achievement and hopefully some of our members will be represented at the Surrey Area Flower Show which is being held at The City of London Freemen's School on 24 October. Please come along and see our work.

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Friday 9th & Saturday 10th

Saturday 10th

Sunday 11th

Thursday 15th

Leatherhead Residents’ Association and the Leatherhead Society meeting to discuss ideas for Leatherhead Town Centre and the High Street, also in attendance Mr Andrew Bircher (Corporate Head of Service, Planning at MVDC). 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute. We welcome the members of Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham R.A.’s to this meeting. Auditions for Young Ashtead Players drama group. (12-18 year olds) 7.30pm. Marshall Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. For info call Sue Hawksfield 01372 279614 or go to Glow Worms and Nightlife, Headley Heath. 10pm-11.30pm. £5 adult/£2.50 child. Join us for a night time ramble across the heath to look for luminous glow worms, bats, toads and other nocturnal inhabitants. Finish with hot soup. Assistance dogs only. 1.5 miles – easy. Booking essential by 8 July. Surrey Hills, National Trust. 01372 220644, email:, Surrey Craft Fair, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 10am-3pm, £1 per family entrance. All stalls feature handmade items made by local sellers. Homemade cakes, brownies and biscuits, cards, jewellery, face painting, children's activities, canalwear, clothes and accessories. Totally unique items at reasonable prices. Heathland Pedestrian Safari, Leith Hill. 10.30am-12.30pm. £4 adult/£2 child. Join us for a walk over our spectacular heath, taking in the views, looking for our resident wildlife and tracking down our visiting cattle. We will look at how the heath is being managed by the warden team, volunteers and the cows. 2 miles - slightly challenging. Booking essential by 8 July. Surrey Hills, National Trust. 01372 220644, email:, Gordon’s Walk, Denbies Hillside Car Park, Ranmore Common, RH5 6SR. 12pm-2.30pm. Join us for a stroll around Denbies Hillside in memory of National Trust warden, Gordon Brown, who sadly died last year. As well as being a superb warden, Gordon gave much of his spare time helping other charities. He is greatly missed by his colleagues and by the people he met whilst out and about on the downs with his dog. Come and see the wonderful flowers and butterflies, the fruits of Gordon's hard work. Please wear stout footwear. 2.5 miles - slightly challenging, steep slopes. Donations gratefully received - Gordon's chosen charity, Cancer Research. Tel: 01306 887485 for more information.

Sunday 17th

Leatherhead Angling Society’s Annual Open Day. 10am-5pm. Long Copse Ponds, junction of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Fetcham. Come along and try your hand at fishing for a couple of hours. Free entry and we’ll provide all you need, inc tackle, bait, instruction for novices and hopefully some fish! All we ask is that children are accompanied by an adult. For more details call Eric on 01372 377654 or go to

Monday 19th

Ashtead Residents’ Association ‘drop in’ meeting. Come and have a chat with the ARA on an informal basis and air your views and concerns about living in Ashtead. St George’s Parish Room, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. 7.30pm-8.30pm.

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th

George Meredith and his circle of friends, Box Hill. £4 adult/£2 child. 2pm-4pm. Enjoy a brief presentation and talk by Richard Sellwood about the interesting life and work of George Meredith, one of the many literary figures associated with Box Hill, followed by a short walk. Assistance dogs only. 1-1.5 miles - slightly challenging. Booking essential by 22 July. Surrey Hills, National Trust. 01372 220644, email:,

Tuesday 27th

Den building and campfire, 9.30am-12.30pm. Holmwood Common. £4 per child. Enjoy a morning of fun building your own survival shelter using material from Holmwood Common like a true explorer and learn how to make your own campfire. Please wear old clothes. Suitable for children over 7 years old and they must be accompanied by an adult. Assistance dogs only. Booking essential by 22 July. Surrey Hills, National Trust. 01372 220644, email:,

If there’s an event in August you’d like mentioned, please contact me before Monday 12th July All entries appear on a first come, first served62 basis. Details correct at time of going to print.

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN JULY? Regular Monthly/Weekly Events Thursday 1st (weekly)

Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, Doris Gibson 01372 374160.

Thursday 1st (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844

Friday 2nd (weekly)

Coffee and scones served every Friday morning in the Ralli Room. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.

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10am - 12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Drop in for a full range of haberdashery and beautiful greetings cards.

Friday 2nd (weekly)

10.30am -11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. From homemade cakes to homegrown plants and lots more. Refreshments served.

Friday 2nd (weekly in term)

10am - 12noon Parent & Toddler Group for 0-5 year olds with an adult. Lots of toys for the children and friendly chat for the adults. Coffee served at 10.30am. No waiting list - just drop in to Leatherhead Parish Church Hall.

Friday 2nd & Monday 5th

Artemsia Gentlischi: Caravaggista. Raped by her tutor, was her art therapy or was she responding to the commercial pressures of her time? £10 inc refreshments. Phone 01372 272235, email,

Saturday & evening walks Tuesday 6th Saturday 10th Tuesday 20th Saturday 24th

Spring walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. Donation to charities. Saturdays 1½-2 hrs (meet 10am), eves 1-1½ hrs (meet 7.15pm). More info 01372 363589, Tuesday 6th Betchworth, Church car park Saturday 10th Denbies car park Tuesday 20th Burford Bridge Ryka’s car park Saturday 24th Milton Heath car park, west of Dorking, off A25

Wednesday 7th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group. Demonstration of flower arranging entitled ’Extravaganza’ by Edward Asquith. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome, entry £4. Enquiries Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Friday 9th

Ashtead Friday Market. 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, haberdashery, bric-a-brac, plants, cards, jewellery, etc. Free entry.

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Transition Ashtead Home Energy Group In recent articles in this series we’ve been telling you about the Transition Ashtead garden share scheme that is now up and running with four very satisfied gardener customers so far. We currently have more people offering gardens than people who want to dig them, so please get in touch if you need space to grow fruit and vegetables and we should be able to match you with a garden owner pretty quickly. We have also started a Home Energy group. We want to help Ashtead residents to reduce their home’s carbon emissions. This means making your home as energy efficient as you can, and then considering the possibility of installing solar panels on your roof or some other form of renewable power generation. Introduced in April this year, feed-in tariffs now make generating electricity on your roof a really attractive proposition. However for most people the first thing to concentrate on is making hour house better insulated and less draughty. The cost is usually modest, the payback times are short, and there are grants available. As I write we are getting ready to take part in the Ashtead churches Act10n initiative in 8-12 July. We’ll be getting volunteers from the churches trained in draught proofing so they can do this work for needy people in Ashtead in time to reduce their coming winter fuel bills. Another group of volunteers will be advising people about the grants and offers available for home insulation and if necessary helping them apply for a grant. Once Act10n is out of the way, we are thinking of organising an energy exhibition in the Peace Memorial Hall where we’ll be able to show and give advice on the products available. This will cover domestic energy generation as well as reducing your energy demand. We aim to set up a library of locally available energy efficiency equipment such as draught meters, LED and low energy light bulbs, so people can try them out before buying. All this will cost money of course and we’ve been lucky, or maybe skillful, enough to get a £1500 grant from Surrey County Council’s Climate Change Fund to carry out our planned programme of activities. It’s now up to us to make sure we use that money well to reduce Ashtead’s carbon emissions. Derek Smith If you would like to take advantage of the free advice on offer or get involved with the Energy Group, see or contact Derek Smith on 01372 378914 or


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Meredith’s Memories ‘Mog’ several years, then got himself a job as a porter at ‘The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street’ - the Bank of England in London. In his latter days he ran a corner grocery store in the Ilford area.

In the period of the 1920s depression, the unemployment situation in Wales was acute with many pit closures. The Lord Mayor of London had a scheme going to help young lads get to southeast England where there was less unemployment. Provided that a job was available their train fare was paid.

Mog was a great playmate as an older brother, caring and reliable. My father was always a busy man and in the evenings he was committed to the essential paperwork of running a business before the days when we had an office. He and mother seldom went out together in the evening but they were now enabled to leave the children in the safe care of Mog. We all had our great times of fun with him. We had a common interest in ‘O’ gauge Hornby trains - clockwork engines, goods wagons, carriages and tinplate rails laid on the living room floor and into the front room. Another interesting toy which Mog produced was a very crude and ancient cine projector, hand operated, battery lit and only one short cartoon film, but for all its antiquity we never tired of watching the jerky moving pictures.

At that time our family was living at Hillmoor in The Street. One evening there was a knock at the door by a young lad of 15 saying he had come from Tonypandy in Wales to get a job with Marsden Nursery, then in Barnett Wood Lane, and when he asked them about lodgings they sent him to the house next door to ours in The Street. Unfortunately the neighbour was ill so he came to our door to ask in desperation if we could help him find lodging. Mum could suggest no-one so invited him in. Would he like a cup of tea? “Naw thanks, but I would like a bottle of pop.” So Meredith took Maurice to the sweet shop which was conveniently next door but one, now ‘SOY Chinese takeaway’, to get him his bottle of pop, 4d. He stayed the night, and the next night and the next seven years and Mog became one of the family and that became his nickname.

Said Mog to my dad “Pop, what is a Yule tree?”, he replied, “You mean a yew tree?” “No, a Yule, what they get Yule logs from.”

Later, when we moved to Rectory Lane, Mog was accommodated with friends about three houses up the lane, then he was married to a local girl and was able to move into a house in Park Walk. He worked with our firm for

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Which plant group is the backbone of the summer garden, delivering colour, fragrance and attracting the attention of beneficial wildlife and humans alike? The answer is perennials, that wonderful family of herbaceous plants that launch into life every spring. Think of the stars of borders in gardens big and small and the chances are they will be perennials. Colour is key with perennials – there is such a varied palette to choose from. It’s up to you to decide the mood you want as the garden backdrop to your life – the excitement or vibrancy of red, the romance of pink or the calm of blue and for a plant family that offers all of these and more, look no further than perennial Salvia or sage plants.

about 75cm in height, bearing violet to purple flowers, fully hardy. Chelsea 2010 Best in Show Award winning designer Andy Sturgeon highlighted this variety in his BBC TV interview prior to the show. Salvia officinalis – a foliage plant with culinary uses, evergreen and hardy, up to 80cm high; Salvia coccinea ‘Lady in Red’ – great for a summer show of red flowers (tender). The closely related ‘Lady in White’ bears white flowers. Salvia patens ‘Cambridge Blue’ is frost hardy (safe down to -5°C’) and produces very elegant, pale blue flowers. Salvia pratensis is a clump-forming perennial with a woody base. Up to 90cm in height and bearing flowers of violet, though in some cases may be pink or white. Salvias are a sun-loving plant, so grow in either full sun or dappled shade. Soils need to be well -drained and moderately fertile. Remove flowers once they have ‘gone over’ (dead heading) and trim in late spring any shoots that spoil symmetry.

Offering true perennial perfection, these are a wonderful choice for gardeners looking to bring stunning colour and style to their borders. There is an amazing range to select from, many of them Award of Garden Merit holders, so you can be sure of getting top performance. Now is a great time to plant container grown plants and many salvias are drought tolerant, once established. This makes them a fantastic asset if you are gardening in a drier area. Some Salvias are great for attracting beneficial wildlife, including butterflies and bees. This will give a boost to the overall health of both your garden and the surrounding environment – so what are you waiting for? Like most perennials, Salvias are easy to look after. Some are fully hardy across the UK, but others are less so and in certain areas may be better looked on as annuals. Your local garden centre will be delighted to help with advice. Here are some suggestions: Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ – a wonderful perennial reaching 74

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orange-scented, glossy foliage, has particularly large and showy flowers, consisting of pale pink petals, veined with purple. ‘Creamy Nutmeg’ has attractive cream and green variegated leaves and nutmeg scent. The well-known ‘Lady Plymouth’ has deeply-cut, variegated foliage, and small mauve flowers, while ‘Islington Peppermint’ has most attractive flowers with deep red upper petals, and white lower ones. ‘Ardwick Cinnamon’ has masses of small white flowers held above silver-grey leaves. All have an airy charm which is not always evident amongst the beefier Zonal geraniums. Scented leaved pelargoniums are easy to grow, provided that they have very good light and air circulation, and are not exposed to any degree of frost. Which means they can’t be left outside in the garden or in pots through the winter. If you want them to flower all year, however, you need to make sure that the winter night temperature is around 7°C or above, which means either a heated greenhouse or conservatory or, more likely, a warm, light windowsill indoors. They can be planted out in containers or herb gardens in the summer months. It’s best to cut them right back to a few short stems in late summer or early autumn, so that they carry less leaf through the winter; this reduces both the risk of botrytis (a fungal disease, ‘grey mould’, which thrives in damp, cold conditions) and the amount of watering required. Scented leaved pelargoniums can get rather ‘leggy’, unless cut back from time to time, anyway. The gardener should also consider re-potting the plants each year in the spring, preferably into a potting compost with some loam in it, such as John Innes No 2 potting compost. (The ‘soil-less’ ‘multipurpose’ composts, which are readily available tend to dry out more quickly, although they are suitable if you cannot find a loam compost.) All in all, it is hard to imagine a group of plants, which give as much pleasure for so little trouble.

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Everyone knows what a generally easy, rewarding and versatile plant the geranium (strictly speaking, Pelargonium) is. It is capable of flowering all year round, if grown at the right temperature, and also tolerant of erratic watering, which is handy. So attractive and full of variety are the wellknown Zonal, Regal, Angel and Ivy-leaved groups however, that the aromatic-leaved cultivars, which tend to have smaller, less ‘look at me’, flowers are easily passed over. They are not as striking, on first inspection, but they give lasting pleasure, once you get to know them, especially if you like touching your plants. Much as I love my ‘Lord Bute’ and ‘Appleblossom Rosebud’ pelargoniums, I would never want to be without ‘Attar of Roses’, ‘Lady Plymouth’, Pelargonium crispum or ‘Prince of Orange’, either. I especially appreciate them in the winter, when I recall the scents of summer simply by rubbing their leaves. Scented pelargoniums are not highly bred, but instead are species or derive from species. Any pelargonium with hairy leaves is likely to be aromatic but not all have a pleasant odour, by any means. But there are plenty that have. ‘Big Apple’, for example, has smooth, round leaves, which are strongly applescented when bruised, and small white flowers. ‘Attar of Roses’ has heart-shaped, grey-green, rose-scented leaves and pinkymauve flowers. ‘Prince of Orange’, with

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Events to Live Ltd (sister company to award winning local running shop Run to Live in Ashtead) and Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard in Dorking) are pleased to announce the inaugural Bacchus Marathon and Half-Marathon. This is a brand new event and the first of its kind to be held in the UK. With breathtaking scenery, just prior to the grape harvest, entrants will be able to sample Denbies award wining wine as they traverse the route running through the spectacular scenery of the Surrey Hills and North Downs. The event is being held to raise money for CHASE children’s charity. CHASE supports children and teenagers with life-limiting or significant lifethreatening conditions. Nicky Donbavand, Managing Director of Events to Live said “We are really excited to be able to launch this brand new event. As well as raising money for CHASE we are also hoping the event will generate a lot of interest and boost visitors to the area”. Jeannette Simpson, Denbies Marketing manager commented, “Denbies is England’s largest vineyard and produces a range of 12 award winning wines. This is designed to be a real fun event – fancy dress is encouraged and there will be a post race BBQ to add to the party atmosphere!” Local bands are also being invited to participate by playing on the day to encourage and support the runners. Kelly Walsh, Events Manager at Denbies added ,‘We are aiming to showcase some of the amazing local talent in the area’. Interested parties are asked initially to contact Kelly via email at 79

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 18

Fetcham Lodge - The Street, Fetcham Fetcham Lodge is an imposing mansion built between 1791 and 1813 but outwardly appears to be about 1840. Originally the building and its grounds covered ten acres. It was the residence of Colonel C.B. Llewellyn until 1851 and Miss Birtha Ricardo, daughter of the famous economist David Ricardo. When Roger Cunliffe the banker first came to the Leatherhead district in the 1860s, he lived at Fetcham Lodge. He stayed there until Tyrrells Wood house was built to his design in about 1880. He was followed by Adolphus Cockburn and then in 1889 by William Dent, a wine broker. In 1926 Fetcham provided the High Sheriff of Surrey. He was C.S. Gordon Clark who had lived at Fetcham Lodge since 1899. He will be remembered not only for his garden parties held there but also for his generosity in giving five acres of his land to the National Playing Fields Association in 1929 for a public recreation ground. The Cock Lane recreation ground was thus created. For a short period in its history it was called The Fetcham Lodge Hotel and Club offering excellent accommodation and cuisine, with its own swimming pool. Over the years much of the remaining land was sold off for housing development. Today a study on the south side replaces a former conservatory and other modifications were made when the building was divided into separate units.

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Ashtead Churches in Act10n 10th-13th July 2010 A three day event when Ashtead Churches are serving their Community during the World Cup

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The Catholic, Baptist and Anglican churches in Ashtead are getting out of their buildings and getting into their communities to serve those needing a helping hand. While the churches are quietly involved in their community everyday of the week this will involve over 200 church members aged from 5-85 in action in their community. We believe that God does not want Christians to be stuck in churches but asks them to be involved in their local communities. Free of any charge we will be painting houses, clearing gardens, picking up litter, giving a listening ear, running basic computer training courses, mending bikes, helping with making houses more environmental responsive, fitting smoke alarms and simply responding to the needs as we find them. We are working with several community groups to connect effectively with those seeking help. On Sunday 13th July after a big celebration service at St George’s Church with over 500 people attending, there will be a free community BBQ with bouncy castles, fairground games, 5 a side football competition, all on the Ashtead Recreation Ground. The same evening the world cup finals will be screened on the cinema sized screen at St George’s church. Earlier England world cup matches will also be screened there also. Event organiser Nathan Elstub said “Ashtead is such a great place to live because of the community spirit that exists here. There are so many local residents who want to give their time to help folks in the village, and we want to create an event that enables as many people as possible, whatever their skills and abilities, to get involved in helping make our community, and the lives of the people that live in it a little brighter.”

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USEFUL NUMBERS Age Concern 01372 386911 Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 274690 (Jenny Williams) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 373794 Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 276724 (Rachel Sherwin) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 01372 277350 (Marian Guess) Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 274708 (Sue Jones) Ashtead Library 08456 009009 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Residents’ Association 01372 279944 (Judith Weller, Membership) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 276511 (Julia Mitchell) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 01372 375522 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (EDF) 0800 783 8866 Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 020 8393 7153(Barbara Bruce) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787) Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 277742 (Vivien Redman) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508

Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 375605 (Len Skilton) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 08456 009009 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Police Station 0845 1252222 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley Carers Support 01306 640020 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 276742 (Brian Light) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 08456 009009 Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteering Centre, Leatherhead 01372 383456 Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline, calls 50p per min) 86

All makes servicing


By Appointment

Battery……………………….....£80 Rear Silencer………………...£135 Centre Silencer………...…....£145 Timing Belt…………………...£275


Front Brake Pads…………………...£95 Rear Brake Pads/Shoes………..….£95 Front Brake Pads & Discs………..£245 Front Wipers……………………......£25


Ashtead £1395pcm

Ashtead £1995pcm

Ashtead £2200pcm


Leatherhead £225,000

Ashtead £235,000

Leatherhead £239,950

Ashtead £519,950

Ashtead £529,950

Ashtead £660,000

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The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local  

Issue 57, July 2010. Never underestimate the importance of community.