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Issue 117

July 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Children’s Trust Summer Screen - 4th July MV Police: Doorstep callers - know your rights NHS Blood & Transplant Division need new donors Annual Leatherhead Duck Race - Sunday 28th June Polesden Lacey Photographer of the Year competition Transform Leatherhead - have your say on 26th-27th June Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycle races - Sunday 2nd August

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New blood donors urgently needed


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Pippbrook refurbishment


Transform Leatherhead


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Mole Valley Police Column


Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild


Quiz - Common Names


What’s on in July? - pages 66-71


‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’


Leatherhead duck race


Quiz - Figures of speech


Leatherhead museum craft afternoon


Children’s Trust Summer Screen


Doorstep callers - know your rights


Book reviews


Gardening - keeping plants healthy


L/head allotments’ new status


Wildlife Aid


Simple crossword


General knowledge crossword




Polesden Lacey photography competition


Recipe: Old school fish fingers


Cryptic crossword


Go pond dipping at Denbies Hillside


Local history article


Recipe: Veggie bean burgers


Transition Ashtead


Brigitte Trust receives Queen’s Award


Spot the difference


Prudential cycle rides - centre pages


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ummer is well and truly on our doorstep with the onset of lots of activities for the little ones such as the craft afternoons at Leatherhead museum (p.69); pond dipping on Denbies Hillside (p.44); searching for glow worms on Headley Heath (p.64) and the return of The Children’s Trust Summer Screen at Tadworth on 4th July (p.34). MV District Council is just beginning to put together a masterplan for the future of Leatherhead town centre (Transform Leatherhead), concentrating on the social and cultural aspects of the town. The first stage will be exhibitions in the town where you can speak to a member of the team, complete a questionnaire and express your views. These will be held in the High Street on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June. It is hoped that the final plan will be in place by spring 2016. On the final Sunday in June (28th) we have the Leatherhead Duck Race at Leatherhead Bridge, timings and more details on page 67. You may have recently seen or heard in the news that NHS Blood & Transplant has seen a 40% drop in new blood donors over the last ten years and are desperate for new people to donate their blood, more can be found on pages 56 and 71. The Brigitte Trust charity, based in Dorking, whose dedicated volunteers provide emotional support and Advertising practical help to families whose loved ones are The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening affordable, quality advertising. Ads illnesses, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for cost from £53 +VAT per month, per Voluntary Service. The volunteers are the lifeblood quarter page for a 10,000 residential of this charity and the award is more than welldistribution (yes, really!) and can be deserved for their unstinting dedication to those designed where required. who need help and support in the most difficult of Technical & Legal stuff circumstances. Go to page 46 for their story.

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There has been a worrying rise in ‘doorstep calling’ and MV Police in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau have given us some helpful awareness tips on how to deal with these rogue callers, and what our rights are, on page 72. Finally, on the first Sunday in August we have the annual Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycle races which come through our neck of the woods. As before, there will be road closures which will cause some disruption, more info can be found on the centre pages, 48-49. All that remains is for me to wish you a happy July and enjoy Wimbledon fortnight - I know I shall! Cheerio. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 70th Anniversary Year Working for Ashtead since 1945 Some excellent news to begin with: you may already be aware that this year Ashtead Residents’ Association (ARA) received the Rotary Community Service Group Award and the ARA’s President, Blanche Douglass, collected the award on behalf of our members on Ashtead Village Day. The award recognizes not only the ARA’s present-day work on behalf of Ashtead but also the work carried out by many others in years past. The Standing Committee would like to say a particular thank you to the ARA’s Road Stewards who are the Committee’s personal link to all of our members and whose contribution is key to our ability to continue working for Ashtead.

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One aspect of a Road Steward’s role is to deliver copies of the ARA’s magazine Ashtead Village News (AVN) in the Spring and the Autumn. Pam VenthamSmith, who is Hon Secretary to the ARA, has had the dual role of being editor of AVN for the past six years and has done a fantastic and highly successful job for which she has the thanks of the Committee. This year Pam is standing down from the editor’s role and we are looking for a replacement editor for the magazine. If you would like to know more about what this involves, please email:

Airspace change trial: Ockham Holding Stack

An airspace trial is being held between 30th April and 30th September 2015 on the operation of the Ockham Stack. The Ockham Stack is one of four areas where aircraft are held at busy times while awaiting landing clearance at London Heathrow Airport. The elongated circular flight pattern while in the stack extends as far south as Dorking, as far east as Ashtead and as far west as Bookham. The stack area can contain up to nine aircraft 'stacked' vertically at 1000ft intervals from a base of 7,000ft. National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which is conducting the trial, does not expect any perceptible change on the ground because the position and height of the stack is not changing. However, if any residents are disturbed by aircraft noise as a result of the trial, please advise (MVDC Principal Planning Policy Officer) and/or register a complaint to Heathrow Airport by emailing or using the complaint form on the Heathrow Airport website at: what-you-can-do/make-a-complaint-about-noise

Join our Road Steward Network

Sad to say, there are a number of roads without a Road Steward and from early July through to early August ARA members will be visiting roads to deliver Ashtead SureStart details on how to find out more about becoming one. Surrey County Council (SCC) has delayed the public consultation on the closure of eight SureStart Centres Please keep a look out for us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have about what’s in Surrey, including our own in Ashtead. The consultation was expected to begin soon after the May involved. General Election but at the time of writing SCC had If you live in a road which you know does not have a not issued a revised date for when it may now begin. Road Steward and you would like to find out more about the role, please email: In the meantime, please do continue to let us know your views by emailing:

Please also sign the petition against closure which you will find at eesurestart/#detail.

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Janet Webber Environmental Issues

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and complete a survey. Some will want to be further involved by taking a walk and talk tour of the town For some time most of us have been aware that centre or by attending a workshop on 'Leatherhead Leatherhead is to be "Transformed". Some of us also Town Centre Today.' If, like me, you have never know that the Masterplanners have been chosen and experienced a Vox Pop here's your chance. Coming from that there is a Community Reference Group (CRG) composed of representatives of residents and businesses a Latin phrase meaning "voice of the people" you can and a Members Reference Group (MRG) composed of our record your views in the Vox Pop on the High Street. elected representatives. Two members of the LRA The LRA will monitor the situation very carefully to see committee are on the CRG. if any aspects have been omitted. We do hope that everyone will fill in the postcard and, where invited, While the Masterplanners have been familiarising express their views clearly and positively. Our opinions themselves with Leatherhead and the surrounding will carry weight. villages, the CRG and MRG were busy meeting and discussing the positive and negative features of the Leatherhead Station Targeted for Tidy Up town with the the Masterplanners. Up until now there Since the Masterplanners are beginning the Community has been little to report. Planning Weekend at Leatherhead Station, it is fitting However, by mid-May the consultation strategy began to that we redouble our efforts to get rid of the litter that blights the station. Litter picking volunteers spent some be revealed. Transform Leatherhead's major considerable time on 21 March (The National Spring engagement takes place in June culminating in Clean) removing the litter that they could reach. Community Planning Weekend on 26 and 27 June. The Unfortunately, much of the litter is behind a fence and Transform Leatherhead team will be manning a stand is simply not accessible. We are trying to make contact and handing out surveys on Leatherhead market days, Ashtead and Bookham Village Days, and at other events with the right person to progress a project using the throughout the month. Meetings with a very wide range children's anti-litter art. Caroline Cardew, Cllr Tim Hall and other members of the LRA have written to Southern of stakeholders will take place during this month. Railways voicing their concerns about the deplorable Perhaps you have received one of the over 23,000 state of the area around the station. We will persevere postcards which are to be delivered to homes and in trying to educate the public to use the proper way to businesses across the north of the Mole Valley. You can dispose of litter. register on TransformLeatherhead so that you will receive more Duck Race 28th June: information as the project progresses. Committee members will be selling ducks at this event. We look forward to see you there. As for Community Planning Weekend, the

MV District Council Consultation Announced

Masterplanners will begin at Leatherhead station on Friday morning. Here they will talk to commuters and hand out surveys. During the day people can talk to the Masterplanners at a stand on Leatherhead High Street

The next Open Committee meeting: Monday 6 July, Letherhead Institute, 7.30pm by Cheryl Allen

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Ashtead Community Vision ‘Order! Order! Let’s keep the housing mix ‘as is’ in Ashtead housing in Ashtead – a notoriously difficult exercise even for the planning professionals. Early work undertaken by ACVs housing sub group had suggested that more properties suitable for more elderly people needed to be built in Ashtead in order to satisfy future demand. Though the work had been thoroughly investigated by planning experts and given the ‘green light’, it was agreed that further work would be undertaken – by analysing local GP surgery lists – to see if the broad premise revealed by the Housing group still stacked up.

Parliamentary debates are often described on the news as being ‘lively’ when in reality the video coverage shows parliamentarians shouting at each other across the chamber.

Other matters discussed was whether there should be a policy about bungalows; the distance the elderly could be expected to Thankfully, the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum travel to local shops in the Village; parking meetings are somewhat more civilized though outside residential accommodation; and the no less lively in terms of the discussion about Government scrapping of certain standards our emerging Neighbourhood Development which may have helped homes, more suitable Plan (NDP) and so the future of Ashtead. for the elderly, to be developed as a matter of course. And so it was when the Forum met last month, primarily to focus on the Housing report which One aspect of the housing report which did had been prepared by the Forum’s working meet with almost universal agreement was the party – Ashtead Community Vision (ACV). need to maintain the “mix” of housing as it stands in the Village in order to maintain its The meeting began well but quickly became character. It was suggested that the Inspector more analytical and questioning when should also be made aware of this mix and the discussion turned to potential planning mix of housing in each area – if not each street policies which could be adopted for the – within Ashtead as it was felt this was the Ashtead NDP – and so adopted by Mole Valley only reasonable way to avoid being too District Council (once due process had been proscriptive when it came to future planning completed). permissions for new homes. What became clear very quickly was that sections of the Forum were concerned about being too proscriptive in terms of what policies the NDP ought to adopt. For example, if the Forum wanted to dictate the number of bedrooms new housing in Ashtead should have (in order to meet the perceived need for smaller houses) then it was pointed out that this would not work because developers would simply call the fourth or fifth bedroom an ‘office’ and so by-pass planning laws that way.

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“Hmm? Sarah… Go back to bed, it’s the middle of the night!” “But you said that we had to get up while it was still dark! You said that we had to get to the airport! Mummy, wake up!!!” Ruth eyes shot open… Why hadn’t the alarm gone off? What time was it? Had they overslept? Her head was spinning and her stomach lurched as she sat straight up and turned to Sam whose gentle rumblings hadn’t yet been disturbed. She was just about to shake him awake when she saw the clock radio glowing in the dark. It was only 3am.

She checked that any valuables were either secreted under the sofa, behind books or at the back of cupboards. She tried to remember where she was putting things but knew it was a hopeless task. She’d only just found the silver photo frame she’d hidden before last year’s holiday! Ruth was feeling a little giddy from exhaustion and sat down for a moment. She immediately stood up again and plumped the cushion. She had to stay awake now. Going to sleep would be a disaster.

Ruth hissed at her daughter. “Sarah! We don’t have to wake up until 4.30! We’ve still got another hour and a half of sleep! I’ve only been in bed for two hours… Go back to bed… NOW!”

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“Have you packed my swimming costume? The one with the flowers? I don’t like the stripy one…” “Bed! Now!” Sam turned over, oblivious to Ruth’s frustration. He draped a heavy arm over his wife and snuffled affectionately. Ruth lay rigidly beside him, full of nervous desperation to return to sleep. Her eyes were gritty as she forced them closed and tried to relax. She attempted to ease into the rhythm of her husband’s steady breaths but just resented his oblivion and the hairy encumbrance of his forearm, pinning her to the bed. Ruth tried to focus on the relaxing holiday ahead. She imagined herself on the beach, the sun gently warming her bikini clad body… She was then immediately depressed by the reality of her Marks and Spencer ‘tummy control’ black one-piece lying at the bottom of her suitcase.

Her husband was still slumbering peacefully. Ruth sat next to him and smiled. They were going to have such a lovely holiday. “Wake up! It’s 5.30! We’ve overslept… Ruth, wake up! I think we’ve had a power cut. The radio alarm isn’t working. We have to be at Gatwick Airport in three quarters of an hour! Ruth, get up NOW!!”

She found herself mentally going through the luggage, trying to remember what she’d packed for the children and for herself. Had she put in their flip-flops? Did she have everything in the medical bag? Had she remembered the Imodium? Ruth looked at the clock again. It was 3.20am. There was no way she was going to get back to sleep now. There was only an hour before they’d all have to get up anyway so she might as well make herself useful. Ruth crept out of bed and went downstairs. She made sandwiches with whatever was left in the fridge and threw away

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When a psychic tells you you’ll be married within a year, your heart starts to sing. When you don’t even have a boyfriend, your first instinct might be to demand your money back! Lucy Sullivan is already a sceptic so it’s a pretty dubious prediction, or so she thinks. Enter Gus. Swiftly followed by Chuck. Then add flirty Daniel into the mix and things really start to get interesting. Fate is playing a crafty hand here but is it Lucy who’s really holding all the cards?

Love in the Time of Cholera

David Levithan

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It sounds simple to find and marry your heart’s desire, but if she then marries someone else, it can leave you a bit high and dry. For more than fifty years, Florentino Ariza has been pining, after being rejected by Fermina Daza. Luckily, he’s been able to find comfort in the arms of countless other women, and yet somehow they don’t measure up to his Fermina. As luck will have it (!) Fermina’s husband is killed whilst trying to rescue his parrot from a mango tree and Florentino pounces on his second chance. Can he win her love this time around?

The Lover’s Dictionary How do we express all the emotions that we feel when we are in love, when we lose love, or when love is unrequited? How can we possibly verbalise the internal torture, the mind-blowing rapture or the most exquisite of pain? The Lover’s Dictionary is a fascinating read. We’re not talking ‘Amorous to Zealous’, but more a series of ‘trigger’ words such as ‘recant’, ‘corrode’ and ‘abstraction’ which get the Levithan treatment. It’s hard to read in parts and incredibly recognisable to anyone who has been in love or lost love. Are we all complete novices at the beginning of every new relationship? It certainly can feel that way. 36

Otherwise Engaged Suzanne Finnamore

Eve is over the moon when Michael proposes and she can’t wait to share her happiness with everyone around her. But, inevitably, reality soon hits home and thoughts of wedded bliss turn into a full blown panic attack on the realisation that, that this is it: one man for the rest of her life. It’s time for Eve to reach for the paper bag and take some nice deep breaths as the stresses and strains of wedding planning take their toll. This is a humorous look at what happens after you agree to live happily ever after. It’s not over until somebody says, “I do”.

Wedding Planning for Dummies

Dominique Douglas & Bernadette Chapman

So, if you’ve read our selection of novels and it still hasn’t put you off getting wed then you’re obviously going to need a little bit of help. Everyone thinks they know exactly what their perfect wedding day will look like but surely no one would balk at the chance to save some time and money. It’s pretty much a step by step guide to getting to the church on time, picking the right flowers and making sure the cake doesn’t topple…all without having a stroke.

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Countryside campaigners welcome Leatherhead Allotments’ new community status The Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has welcomed the decision to classify Barnett Wood Lane Allotments in Leatherhead as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). CPRE Surrey Branch Director Andy Smith said: “We were among the many organisations and individuals who wrote to support the application for ACV status and we are delighted to hear that the application has been successful. It is interesting that over a hundred letters were sent into the Planning Department supporting the application and only one, from the Council itself, opposing it! It is clear that the community cherishes this important local amenity. The land at Barnett Wood Lane, or Poor’s Allotments, was given to the people of Leatherhead over 150 years ago for their benefit and welfare. It continues to provide benefits to local people to this day and is, without question, a valued asset to the local community.” CPRE added that it was the Council’s duty “to keep this land safe for the benefit of the allotment holders, local community and, in accordance with its statutory duty, in order to protect biodiversity. It is irreplaceable in terms of its location within the town of Leatherhead and its proximity to the community of allotment holders who benefit from this important recreational facility and green open space. There is no alternative comparable plot of open land in the vicinity suitable to replace this local asset or the biodiversity that it supports.” 38

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Discover ‘little monsters’ in the ponds at Denbies Hillside

National Trust invites intrepid explorers to go pond dipping Tuesday 28th July - 10am-12noon The National Trust’s Denbies Hillside is home to a fascinating collection of water-loving and pond-dwelling creatures, from newts and toads to frogs and pond skaters. This summer holidays, the National Trust is inviting you and your little ones to come along and investigate for yourself the weird and wonderful pond life at Denbies Hillside. Joining National Trust Ranger Amanda McCormick, come along for a morning of exploration and discovery on Tuesday 28 July. The event, which runs from 10am until 12noon is open to all ages and tickets, which must be pre-booked in advance, cost £5 per person. Amanda, who herself is fascinated by the prehistoric-looking pond dwelling creatures says “summer months are a great time to get mucky by the pond and explore an underwater world. We’ll spend time explaining what formed the pond and why it is such a special habitat for protected species, as well as a food source and shelter for many other creatures such as birds and mammals.”

“Discover little monsters in our pond” will be held on Tuesday 28 July from 10am until 12noon. Tickets need to be booked in advance by calling 01372 220644 and cost £5 per person. Everyone is encouraged to dress children for mess.

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Veggie Bean Burgers

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Packed with flavour these burgers will be enjoyed by both meat-eaters and vegetarians. For a lovely nutty texture replace the sweetcorn with 100g chopped walnuts.

1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the chopped onion over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes until soft and golden. Add the garlic, spring onions and carrots and fry, stirring, for a further 2-3 minutes. Stir in the chilli powder.

Ingredients: • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped • 1 carrot, peeled and grated • 2 tsp chilli powder • 2 x 400g cans mixed bean salad, drained

2. Tip all the beans into a large bowl and roughly mash with a fork. Stir in the onion mixture along with the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Divide and shape the mixture into 8 burgers. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 4.

Heat the rest of the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown (you may need to do this in two batches so add a little more oil, if needed). Drain on kitchen paper then serve in toasted burgers buns with spinach leaves and sliced tomatoes.

Tip: The uncooked burgers freeze well, just place on a lined baking tray and freeze until solid then pack away into freezer bags. To cook from frozen, place the burgers on a lined baking tray, brush lightly with oil and bake for 25-30 minutes at 200C, fan 180C, Gas 6 until golden and piping hot.


and rinsed • 100g canned sweetcorn, drained • 100g fresh breadcrumbs • 1 large egg • 1 tbsp lime juice • 4 tbsp fresh chopped coriander (or parsley) • Toasted burger buns, baby spinach leaves and sliced tomatoes, to serve

The Brigitte Trust receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service The Brigitte Trust and its volunteers has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for voluntary groups. The Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a charity or group and this honour, awarded after a lengthy application process, is awarded to the Trust in its 30th Anniversary Year. When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness it can be a lonely and frightening time. The Brigitte Trust offers a free volunteer service of emotional support and practical help at home. The service may also provide the family carer with a break, driving to medical or other appointments, shopping or just sitting quietly and listening. The Trust works closely with health professionals and hospices, complementing their service by offering clients and their family members time to share feelings and concerns as well as practical help at home when everyday tasks may have become more difficult. Volunteers also help clients access community support. Chief Executive Catherine Hodgson, said: “I am thrilled that The Brigitte Trust and our volunteers, past and present, have been recognised with the Queen’s Award. We are often told by the families we support that having time to share some of the emotional burden can make a real difference when a serious diagnosis has been made. Our volunteers are very special and we value and appreciate them enormously” The Award will be presented later this year by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Cycle races Sunday 2nd August • • •

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a mass-participation ride for 25,000+ cyclists; passing locally from 09:00 until 15:30 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, a race for 150 professional cyclists; passing through Leatherhead between 17:00 and 18:00 All event timings are predicted and may vary slightly.

ROAD CLOSURES Roads closed from 07:30: • A24 (By-Pass Road) from Beaverbrook Roundabout to Givons Grove Roundabout. • A24 Northbound from Dorking to Burford Bridge. • A24 Southbound from Mickleham to Pixham Roundabout. • B2450 (Dorking Road), Church Street, The Cresent, Leret Way, Bull Hill and Randalls Road. • A246 between junction with A25 at Clandon and The Street at West Horsley. • A244 (Oxshott Road/Leatherhead Road) from junction with Oaklawn Road towards Esher. • A3 slips at Esher Common. • The A246 between West Horsley and Hawk’s Hill/Young Street remains open throughout the day. Roads closed from 08:30: Oaklawn Road. ANTICIPATION ROAD REOPENING TIMES Roads will begin to reopen from 18:30 as soon as it is safe and practical to do so once the professional race has passed and barriers have been removed from the road. Oaklawn Road will reopen from 16:00-17:00 after the last mass participation rider has passed to link the A245 to A244 and access the M25. Oaklawn Road will close again for a short period for the professional race to pass from approx 17:00. No roads are closed on Saturday 1st August. LOCAL ACCESS The Swan Shopping Centre and car park will remain open. Access is possible to the car park, vehicles should approach from Bridge Street to North Street where temporary traffic lights will permit entry into and out of the car park. The A246 between West Horsley and Hawk’s Hill/ Young Street remains open throughout the day. Leatherhead Station – train station drop offs can be made on Station Road when approaching from Guildford Road and Bridge Street or on Kingston Road (A245) on the north of the route. Stewarded pedestrian crossing points will help you cross the event route. Access to and from Mickleham and Givons Grove can be made via Young Street (A246) and a contraflow at the Givons Grove Roundabout throughout the closure period. Givons Grove is accessed via Mickleham Drive and Mickleham is accessed via Old London Road at Box Hill School from the A24. The Prudential RideLondon Hub will be based at the Swan Shopping Centre in Leatherhead, making it a great spot to watch both events. If you have an access question about social care, or medical visit, a wedding, or any other planning needs for the day of the event, email or call 0345 8949773. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained throughout the day.

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St Stephen’s House Surgery Patient Participate Group (PPG) During the first week of June, in GP practices all over England, it was “Awareness Week” for Patient Participation Groups. This was promoted by The National Association of Patient Participation Groups (NAPP). St. Stephen’s House Surgery PPG was active during the week. Members manned the surgery, chatting to patients and giving out leaflets which invited them to provide their e-mail addresses to the Group. This will enable the PPG to keep them up to date regarding events at the surgery while giving them an opportunity to provide views on any aspect of the surgery’s services. The response from patients was very positive and about 100 signed up for membership of the extended group. The Patient Participation Group thinks of itself as the “Friends of St Stephen’s House Surgery” and it aims to help the Practice in any way it can. Recent activity included the raising of £1,200 for the purchase of an additional continual heart monitor, and many patients have benefitted from this since it was bought. The Group intends to continue fund- raising and aims to work towards buying anything our GPs suggest will enhance the practice, and their service to patients. We will be having our AGM in October, all patients are invited, date to be announced soon.

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New blood donors urgently needed NHS Blood & Transplant reports that it is reaching crisis point and is calling for new blood donors following a 40% drop in new volunteers in the past decade. 120,000 fewer donors registered 2014-15, than in 2004-05. The blood unit is calling for 204,000 new volunteers to start donating. Who can donate? • • • • •

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Pippbrook Refurbishment On 16 June, Mole Valley District Council’s Executive will meet to agree the process of procuring a principle contractor to undertake the refurbishment of the Pippbrook offices from January 2016. The streamlined procurement process under consideration would ensure that Mole Valley District Council achieves value for money in delivering this project. The refurbishment is required to meet health and safety requirements, statutory compliance issues, sustainability and improvements to the working environment. By tackling these issues now, MVDC can ensure that its offices are fit for purpose in the longer term. Councillor James Friend, Leader of Mole Valley District Council said: ”This refurbishment addresses issues around sustainability that will mean we can reduce the running costs of the Pippbrook offices. We will also look at how we can improve disabled access for users of the building. MVDC already takes a partnership approach to how it uses its accommodation which enables staff, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council’s adult social care team to work closely together. By refurbishing the offices, it is intended to increase the space available for such partnership working which enables us to deliver cost-effective services for the benefit of residents.” 56

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Ashtead W.I. - June 2015 Meeting After a warm welcome from our President, those unable to attend our Sparkling Cream Tea were pleased to learn that it went very well indeed. To celebrate 100 years of W.I. a Sparkling Cream Tea was held. Also, Ashtead W.I. enjoyed helping with the 100th anniversary celebrations at Bookham and members saw the torch arriving just prior to its journey to London. One of our members was lucky to draw a ticket to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, also held to celebrate the centenary and, dressed for the occasion, told us about her memorable day. This evening’s speaker was Oliver Symons, speaking of his time ‘In and Around the Royal Ballet’. He has been a dancer and ballet teacher for 36 years and has known theatre people and celebrities all over the world. He told us of the time he was accidentally thrown off the stage by Michael Soames, who many years later put on Cinderella in which Mr Symons happily played one of the ugly sisters. Other character parts were as Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Garde, doing the clog dance, and as Mrs Tiggywinkle in the Tales of Beatrix Potter. Back to our evening meeting, and we were reminded to sign up for the limited number of tickets to visit Ted Heath’s home in Salisbury for our August outing. Our visit to Exbury Gardens was much enjoyed, and a Garden Group has now been added to our many sub-groups which take place between monthly meetings. Until now, we have always been pleased to welcome visitors and our many new members to meetings, but unfortunately we have now had to start a waiting list for new members, due to shortage of space at our venue. We hope it will be possible to make other arrangements in the future. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st July, 7.15 for 7.30 at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, when the speaker will be Sheila Kennedy, on High Times at Heathrow. Sandra Brown

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild May 2015 Meeting

At our meeting at the end of May, we heard how much some members had enjoyed a visit to the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery and Walled Garden. The gallery houses the Millennium Tapestry which was created as a permanent commemorative record of life in Sunbury at the turn of the year 2000. We also heard that a group of 19 members had enjoyed going to see Cole Porter’s ‘Anything Goes’ at the Nomad Theatre in East Horsley. Past Chairman, Margery Curtis, outlined the two mandates to be discussed at the National AGM in Glasgow in June. Namely: TG is in full support of any initiative to enable those with severe mental and physical disabilities to live in places, close to their families, where they can be properly looked after with assured long term continuity of care; AND TG urges HM Government to amend existing legislation, with reference to advertising to Gamble in the Gambling Act 2005, so as to ban public advertising which encourages the practise of gambling, in the same way as advertising the use of tobacco is banned. The mandates were unanimously agreed. We thoroughly enjoyed being taken on a photographic tour around Wisley Gardens by Linda Dolan. Linda worked in the Royal Horticultural Society Plant Centre at Wisley for many years and enjoyed it so much that, since retiring, she has continued to work there as a volunteer. She gave an anecdotal commentary as she took us through the year, taking us along walkways around the gardens, the glasshouses and the pond areas, pointing out interesting plants and trees, statuary and wild life. The Guild’s Ambling Group have already planned to go there shortly. Ashtead TG meets on the fourth Wednesday in the Ralli Room in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Meetings start at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. For further information please contact Di James on 01372 273948 or email


Clubs & Activities


Learn, Laugh and Live



U3A is an organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.


Leatherhead U3A has around 350 members and nearly 40 interest groups ranging from Antiques & Collectables to Wine Appreciation.


There is a monthly meeting in the United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road with a speaker and refreshments. And all this for a subscription of just ÂŁ12 a year. To find out more, check our website, contact Sue on 01372 375756 or



Clubs & Activities This September Fortyfoot Playgroup, Leatherhead's parent-led community pre -school, will be 40 years old! Morning sessions for 2-4 year olds packed full of fun and active learning, brought to you by our creative and experienced staff team and now in our new home at Christchurch URC Church Hall and Garden, Epsom Road, Leatherhead.

Fortyfoot Playgroup in Leatherhead is celebrating its 40th Anniversary of providing quality care and education while promoting learning through play in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Our sessions run Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 12.15pm for children aged 2-4. FEE funding for children over 3

Generations of families have come to Fortyfoot for its home from home, relaxed atmosphere, experienced staff team and inclusive curriculum and activities. Our mission is that children should be safe, happy and enjoying their learning - inside and out. Come visit us and find out why they say “Fortyfoot – a great place to learn!”

Please call 07736 779189 or email to arrange a visit

BIG STEPS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE OFSTED Registered Registered Charity No. 1044300

Children’s Glow worm walk on NT’s Headley Heath Join Ranger Will on a search to find these enchanting little creatures

Friday 24th July 9pm-11pm

Calling all young nature lovers! The National Trust on Headley Heath is inviting guests to join them on a children’s night time stroll looking out for glow worms. Well worth the late night at the start of the summer holidays, the walk, which will be held on Friday 24 July from 9 -11pm, is a special chance to see these rare bugs. Suitable for ages 5+, the short walk will start with a warming hot chocolate and an introduction to the magical world of these glowing insects. Ranger Will Frost, who has looked after Headley Heath for the past 4 years says “glow worms are usually found on grassy slopes, verges and hedge banks on heaths and open grasslands, especially in chalky and limestone areas. We’ve spotted them over several years on Headley Heath and we can’t wait to share the magic of them with our younger visitors. Truly a magical sight and one that they’ll remember for years to come”.

Suitable for ages 5+, tickets for the event cost £6 per person and need to be booked in advance by calling 01372 220644. 64

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


Leatherhead The Royal British Legion, Lower Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, KT24 5JP 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652

WALKING WEDNESDAYS With NCT Leatherhead and District

Brand new local yoga classes Mondays 7.30pm-9pm

Would you like to get some exercise, meet other Mums and find walks you can do with your child? Why not try NCT’s summer buggy walks!

Our Lady & Saint Peter Catholic Church Garlands Road, Leatherhead

Tuesdays 1.15pm-2.45pm AND Wednesdays 9.30am-11am

Free buggy-friendly guided walks are running on Wednesdays every fortnight from June to September. Walks start at 10.45am and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be an NCT member.

St Michael’s Church Hall The Marld, Ashtead

Weds 15 July – Ashtead Common. Meet by St George’s Centre, KT21 2DA

Come and strengthen, stretch and relax with Emily. Class includes postures, breath work and relaxation. For more info contact Emily on:

Weds 29 July – Epsom Downs. Meet by the Rubbing House Pub KT18 5LJ. Free parking on the lane leading up to the pub

Contact or call Sarah on 07725 131737 07979 037045


What’s On?

London-Canterbury Cycle Challenge Sunday 13th September

Photo by Andy Newbold

The Children’s Trust shop in Leatherhead launched a special themed window display to catch the attention of cycling enthusiasts and encourage them to join up to an annual cycling challenge, which will be taking place on Sunday 13th September. Cyclists can choose either a 65 or 80 mile route from Greenwich Royal Park, cycling through the Kent countryside, including Pilgrims Way, and finishing at The Canterbury Academy. Money raised from the event will benefit The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Kim Derry, Events Co-ordinator, The Children’s Trust, said: “We know that there are lots of cyclists in the Surrey Hills area, and we are hoping that the display will help us to get more pedal power for our September event. Dorking’s Bikes Direct UK cycling outlet heard about our plans and kindly offered a bike for the window display to help raise awareness, so we are very grateful to them for their help. Our charity shop in Dorking is also planning a similar display in the next few weeks and London to Canterbury Challenge leaflets are already in the shop.”

For anyone wishing to sign-up to the London to Canterbury challenge, should call in at the shop to pick up a leaflet or visit: Alternatively call Kim or Michelle on 01737 364323. 66

What’s On?

Return of Leatherhead’s Quacky Races Sunday 28th June - 2pm

It is that time of year once more when the ducks will be taking to the River Mole for their annual outing of Quacky Races. On Sunday 28th June the title ‘Leatherhead’s fastest duck’ will be decided after many gruelling heats, but who will be the winner? The action begins at 2pm with six tote races followed by the grand final. If all this wasn’t enough the charity Swan Race returns, this year in aid of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and one lucky winner will walk away with a TV courtesy of Mitie. At approximately 4pm hundreds of tiny yellow bath-time ducks will take to the water for the mass duck race with plenty of brilliant prizes kindly donated by local businesses up for grabs. In addition to all the water-based antics, little ones can be entertained between races by a storyteller nearby or by taking a ride on a miniature steam train located in Mill Lane. Our thanks go to the following businesses that have kindly donated prizes: Mercure Burford Bridge, Leatherhead Theatre, Majestic Wine, WH Smith, Dorking Halls, Run to Live, Five Rivers Restaurant, Bocketts Farm Park, Buchanan & Curwen, Surrey Society of Model Engineers and Mitie.


What’s On?


Annual Leatherhead Duck Race from 2pm by the town bridge, see page 67.

Friday 3rd JULY

APMH Friends' 3 course dinner (6.30 for 7pm) followed by a talk by Sheila Willis 'Who dun the Whodunits'. Tickets £20.50 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members. Preceded by the Friends' AGM at 6.10pm

Wednesday 8th

Lecture on designing historical costumes for film and television, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD, 7.15 pm. Guests are welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Entry is free for a first visit, but £5 for subsequent visits by non-members.

Saturday 11th

Bookham Choral Society Summer Concert, 8pm, St Nicolas Church, Bookham. ‘Feel the Spirit’ is an inspirational selection of music from the composers and arrangers, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. £10, to inc post-performance drink, (under 18s £5) from the BCS Box Office at, on 01372 375644 or on the door.

Wed 15th

Ashlea Patient Participation Group (PPG), Summer open meeting, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Church Hall, Woodfield Lane/The Marld, Ashtead, KT21 1RS (Parking at the rear). All interested patients of the Ashlea Medical Practice are most welcome to attend this meeting, following which will be a short talk by Mr Ian Menzies from the Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Care

Saturday 18th JULY Tuesday 1st SEPT

Enjoy a great day out at Bocketts Farm this summer. Activities inc pony rides, tractor rides, gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing. In addition, the Small Animal Village and Big Animal Barn where you can meet and feed all of the friendly farm animals. Plus, don’t miss the Water Wars Splash Zone, which involves launching water filled balloons at your opponent’s station! With 2 large indoor play barns, trampolines, sandpits, pedal go-karts and 2 giant jumping pillows. See ad opposite.

Saturday 18th

Surrey Fire & Rescue Service Open Day, Surrey F&R HQ, Croydon Rd, Reigate, RH2 0EJ. 10am-4pm, free event. See new state of the art vehicles and equipment, children’s activities inc fire engine rides, dressing up and bouncy castle. Fire safety information, learn about becoming a firefighter. Refreshments available along with a picnic area. Unfortunately parking is not available on site., 01737 242444

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th

Garden Show at Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS. 10am-5pm, Adults £5, con £5, children £3. Specialist nurseries, garden items and homewares, gifts, county foods and wines, family entertainment, something for everyone. 01243 538456

Sunday 26th

Rampant Rooster Morris Men at Denbies, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. 11am-2pm, free entry. Rampant Rooster are a mixed morris side in the Cotswold tradition but with a good number of Border dances in their repertoire to provide additional colour and swirling, strong movement.,



Sunday 13th SEPTEMBER

Bacchus Marathon in aid of Princess Alice Hospice, Denbies. 10am-6pm. Entry £45 for full or half marathon, £5 for fun run. With wine stations, post race BBQ, fancy dress, stunning views - great fun. Details on, 01372 461808 If there’s an event in August that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th July. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 68

What’s On?


with Jenny Janse, Cellist


Saturday 11th July - 7.30pm United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead Entry £8 (children free) includes contribution to Church funds and Interval refreshments

Craft Afternoons Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, Church St, Leatherhead are holding three Fun Family Friday Afternoon Craft Sessions In celebration of our new Medieval Room we will be making shields, hats, pomanders, weaving, simple tapestry, clay pots etc

Fridays 31st July; 7th & 14th August 1pm-4pm The sessions are free and you can drop in at any time during the afternoon, have a look at our museum and then go out into the courtyard garden and make things. We will have a variety of things to make and take away each Friday.

Everyone is welcome -we look forward to seeing you For more info - 01372 386348 69

What’s On?


Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Emily Broomhead ‘Sticks & Stems’, Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 1st (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Speaker Sheila Kennedy on ’High Times at Heathrow’. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (mthly)

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

Friday 3rd

"Keep Calm and Create!", a series of hands-on workshops and demonstrations run by Oasis, for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s. We’ll be trying our hand at knitting - our grandmothers will be proud! 9.15-10.30am at George's Cafe, St George's Christian Centre. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat! No charge.

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Mick 01372 453959 with any queries.

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Sewing Shop can meet all your Haberdashery needs - now independent in the Committee Room of the Parish Church Hall. Plus beautiful greetings cards at a superb price. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote

Friday 3rd (weekly)

Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall.

Friday 3rd (monthly)

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

Sunday 5th

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

Sunday 5th (weekly)

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

Sundays 5th and 19th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund held at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Cars £10, MPV, 4WD and Small Vans £12. Larger vans from £15. Trailers £3 extra. Entrance: By donation. All profits for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Food available. Toilets. Info 020 8337 8181. 70

What’s On? Music on Thursdays (at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY) Music on Wednesdays (at Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST)

12.30pm lunchtime concerts

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Thursday 9th July - LMC

Buck Brass Trio: Richard Buck ®, trombone ♦ Daniel Walton ®, trumpet ♦ Timothy Ellis ®, French horn

Wednesday 15th July - Christ Church

Thursday 23rd July - LMC

Katie Ovens, flute ♦ Chris Lian-Lloyd ®, piano

Thursday 30th July - LMC David Massey, guitar

(® performer appears courtesy of the

Gary Sieling, organ; Director of Music, St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Henley-on-Thames

Royal Academy of Music)


2nd Wed mthly

Tuesday 7th (1st Tues monthly)

Tuesday 7th (2nd Tues monthly)

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879 Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at its new venue at Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting. Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Friday 10th

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

Sat 11th & Sunday 12th

Exhibition of Photography: No 7 Grove Rd, Ashtead. 5 local photographers explore the world through their lens to make art. 10.30 - 4pm. Free entry.

Wed 15th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. ’Living in a Lighthouse’ by Peter Smith. More info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 16th

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Wed 22nd

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Speaker Nigel Arch on ‘Royal Wedding’. Visitors welcome £2. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

(3rd Thurs mthly)

(4th Wed mthly)

Wed 22nd & Fri 24th Thurs 23rd (4th Thurs mthly)

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: WED 22ND: ST MARY & ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, CHURCH RD, LEATHERHEAD, SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4PM & 5PM-7PM | FRIDAY 24TH: ASHTEAD PEACE MEMORIAL HALL, WOODFIELD LANE, ASHTEAD, SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4PM & 5PM-7PM Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 71

Know your rights with doorstep callers Have you had any of these approaches? • You've got a loose tile on your roof" • "I can give you a good price to repair your

• • • • • •


• "I advise on security/home safety" • "We were working next door when we noticed…"

"You have definitely won a prize" "We are only in your area this week" "Can you help with market research?" "I'm selling on behalf of …" "We're looking for show homes…" “I’m doing a survey”

All of the above claims are used by uninvited doorstep callers/sales people as an introduction to try and get you to pay for services or goods, usually those, which you don't want or don't need. Indeed very often the claims they make are totally untrue. Each year Surrey Trading Standards receives many complaints from people who have been conned when dealing with doorstep callers. These cons sometimes involve many thousands of pounds.

Your Rights

If you pay or agree to pay over £42 for any services or goods that are sold to you during a visit to your home or your place of work, then:

• You have fourteen days to cancel the agreement. Any monies you have paid should then be returned to you.

• The caller must give you a written cancellation form setting out your rights when you agree the contract. If the caller does not provide you with this information he is committing a criminal offence and the agreement isn't valid.

Although doorstep calling is not illegal, by agreeing to services from such traders you are putting your money at risk. Always remember that reputable businesses generally don't knock on doors to find customers. Doorstep callers are trained in high pressure sales techniques and can be very persuasive. But you should always say "No thank you" and then immediately close the door. If the person won't go away, tell them you will call the Police and Trading Standards.

Always Ask Yourself... • Do I really want the work done, or the • • • •

• • • •

goods? Would I normally have agreed to this? Have I compared prices? What if it goes wrong? Do I know the seller?

Can I really afford it? Can I contact the seller again? Do I have any cancellation rights? Don't hurry to part with your money - a good deal will always wait.

If you need assistance call Surrey Police on non-emergency number 101, and always dial 999 in an emergency 72

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Keeping Plants Healthy in the Sun By Pippa Greenwood

This part of the summer is lovely. The veg plot will be in overdrive and there are some delicious fruits cropping too. But sometimes your beloved flower beds and borders, pots and planters can have a distinct mid-summer-flop. How can you keep them looking on top form for as long as possible?

more wayward stems – the foam-covered wire works really well for this.

Regular feeding is essential, particularly for anything growing in a container. Often crammed into a fairly small space and with compost whose fertiliser content is pretty well used up after a few weeks, by July plants in pots can be close to starving if you’ve not fed them regularly. I would still feed herbaceous perennials and annuals growing in open ground too, but don’t feed shrubs as these could be encouraged to put on new growth which will not be toughened up enough by the time winter comes. A tomato feed with a high potash level works well for anything that you grow primarily for the flowers.

At this time of year many flowers succumb to common diseases. This is how to deal with them: Powdery mildew: keep the plant well watered at the base but avoid wetting the leaves and spray with a fungicide Aphids: remove with a strong jet of water, introduce ladybirds or spray with an insecticide Leaf spots: just pick off the worst affected leaves Rusts: pick off the worst affected leaves, try to keep the foliage dry and spray with a suitable insecticide

Deadhead regularly, both the faded flowers and if necessary remove the flower stem too. A pair of sharp scissors makes for the quickest and neatest job. Do this as soon as the flower starts to deteriorate so that no energy whatsoever is used to form seed heads. Give perennials a trim using scissors or shears as soon as their flowering period is over. Follow it with a good feed and you can often encourage a second, later flush of flowers.

Caterpillars: pick off by hand or spray with a biological or chemical control Weeds compete for water, food and even light. Pulling them out or hoeing them off when they are still fairly small is a much easier and more efficient way to deal with them than trying to pull out a massive, long-rooted triffid that has already done a lot of damage.

If plants have become a little too tall or there has been a lot of rainfall they can flop over, clogging up the lawn on borders next to the grass, and generally looking a real mess. Check that stakes and other supports are still doing their job and reposition them if necessary. You may even find that you need to add a bit of extra support or tie in a few of the taller or

If the weather is dry, regular watering is essential. To minimise water wastage and the risk of those delicate petals becoming scorched, only water in the evening or, if this is not possible, very early in the morning. A less frequent but thorough drenching is a lot more beneficial than very frequent but light waterings. So, with a little extra TLC everything in the garden can still look gorgeous for a long while yet!

Visit Pippa’s website ladybirds & other biocontrols, Nemaslug, SoftTie, weeders, pop-up crop covers, , copper tape and lots more besides.


If you haven’t found us yet - you don’t know what you’re missing... Shelley Welsh Photography

A big Thank You from all of us here at Ashtead Park to our customers for their support and patience during the refurbishment of our successful Olive Tree Café. We are open for business as usual and you can see more details of our exciting plans on our website. / 01372 273891 Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1HU 75

It’s heating up for our wildlife With the onset of warmer weather, and with the Met. Office promising more of the same this summer, please spare a though for the thirsty wildlife in your back garden! At the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) in Leatherhead they are in the midst of their ‘orphan season’, and are seeing unprecedented numbers of young birds and mammals being admitted to the hospital with severe dehydration. Fledgling birds can’t fly very far, and so cannot go to the water sources their parents can reach, and it’s the same for young mammals: their lack of experience means they need a water supply close by. WAF founder Simon Cowell urges everyone to help this year’s youngsters: “Please put out some shallow bowl of waters in the garden, remembering to position the bowl up off the ground away from prowling cats wherever possible. Don’t forget the mammals; fox cubs and young squirrels need water, and hedgehogs are giving birth at the moment so good hydration for mum and babies will be critical. If you do find an collapsed animal in your garden please call WAF first for advice or visit their website for frequently asked questions. So keep an eye open for the new spring arrivals at the water bowl…. maybe you’ll even see the newly elected ‘UK National Bird’, the gregarious gardener’s friend, the robin - pictured below! The Wildlife Aid Foundation Emergency helpline: 09061 800132

(calls charged at 50p/minute to help with funding)

The robin - our newly elected ‘National Bird’


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Polesden Lacey competition searches for new Photographer of the Year Closing date for entries - Friday 31st July

Polesden Lacey is holding a competition in search of their ‘Photographer of the Year’ for 2015. The property itself is a photographer’s playground offering bags of inspiration, including sweeping views, idyllic formal gardens and Edwardian interiors crafted by the gentlemen who designed the Ritz. This year’s competition asks for photographs on the theme ‘Celebration of Colour’ capturing the vivid colours of Polesden Lacey wherever they might be found. Ten finalists will be selected, one of whom will be named Polesden Lacey’s ‘Photographer of the Year’ and win the prestigious Spectrum Award. All finalists, including the winner, will have their work made large as photographic installations and displayed throughout the grounds at Polesden Lacey in their Autumn photography exhibition, which begins in September. The judging panel will be made up of Polesden Lacey staff including Head of Collections, Jonathan Marsh, and one of Polesden’s top volunteer photographers, Eddie Hyde. “People love sending us their photos of Polesden,” says Camilla Morgan, Polesden Lacey’s Marketing Officer. “Some of the photos are so beautiful that they end up in our leaflets or on the website. The competition is a way for us to showcase the work of our most talented visitors.” You can enter the competition by liking Polesden Lacey’s Facebook page and posting up to two photos on their wall. You must include the words ‘Celebration of Colour’ in your post. You may also enter via email but everyone is advised to read more about how to enter the competition, including the rules, terms and conditions on the Polesden Lacey website. The submission deadline is midnight on Friday July 31st.

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. One's days are numbered! (8) 5. Red Rum turns to kill (6) 9. Sob in a foreign region (6) 10. Aspirant who becomes a strong supporter (8) 13. One more place on Earth (7) 14. Ravel's jacket? (6) 16. Nuisance with first old sauce (5) 17. Seven eels put out for midmorning snack (9) 20. Male bird and fish meeting for insect (9) 24. Creature dad goes round as well (5) 26. Raced around a covered passage (6) 28. Bird list with nothing inside (7) 31. Crawler forced on Canada (8) 33. Insane hat for a hot-headed person (6) 34. Came down to earth, having an estate (6) 35. Passed through; dread the change (8) Down 1. This snake is a firm supporter (5) 2. Periods of instruction that declines, we hear (7) 3. Huge robin flew round person next door (9) 4. Mr Van Winkle's tear? (3) 6. Jauntily holding up to that time (5) 7. Abandons desolate areas (7) 8. Phoned ladder part (4) 11. Blame wrongly for a leisurely walk (5) 12. King put in charge for nothing (4) 15. Place in Texas Ian found (4) 16. Choose a tool (4) 18. Resinous substance found in the Appalachians (3) 19. Spying when one page is turned (9) 21. Nice art is strange for sure (7) 22. In front: by a neck! (5) 23. Five hundred after that girl group (4) 25. Saw nice dot reformed (7) 27. Love, or a way to get in we hear (5) 29. Quick when a drip is fixed (5) 30. Real kind of nobleman (4) 32. Fitting new tap (3)

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 77

Shamrock Cottage - Pound Farm - Fetcham

Above: Pound Farm 1948 Right: Shamrock Cottage c: 1900s

Shamrock Cottage pictured on the right hand side of the photograph above was the farm cottage for Pound Farm and existed until 1950 when it was replaced by a parade of shops. The only identifiable features in this photograph are the Railway Bridge and the triangle of land with the signpost at the junction of The Street and Cobham Road. The triangle was the northern tip of what was originally the pound for stray cattle which stretched back nearly to Cock Lane. The name Pound Farm originated from what was originally the pound mentioned above. The farmhouse, believed to be an ‘improved’ cottage, dated from the late seventeenth century, but all traces disappeared in 1950 after the building of Pound Crescent, Shamrock Close and the bungalows by the railway bridge.

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Goff Powell Extracted from – Bookham & Fetcham compiled by Linda Heath L&DLHS

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Glad tidings for planet Earth You may be aware of the serious threat of climate change and be awaiting with interest COP21, the international jamboree of government officials in Paris this December. It's the 21st edition, and with the US and China seemingly hand in glove, maybe the participants will behave maturely at last. Let's look now at some striking recent developments: Saudi Arabia, New York, China, The World Bank, the IMF – historically some of the biggest obstacles to climate progress – but:...

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• The Saudi Oil Minister says: “hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts of electric power... I believe solar will be even more economic than fossil fuels. ” New York's governor has launched a far-reaching Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to make their electric system cleaner, more resilient, and more affordable. Its aim is to significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions, create new jobs, and help keep money re-circulating within the state (sounds just like a Transition Towns initiative!) In China, they are on course for renewable-energy generation to overtake fossil-fuel-power by the late 2020s. Apple have just signed a huge new deal with them to invest in solar power there. The IMF have redefined Energy Subsidies to include carefully calculated “external” costs such as air pollution and climate effects, and say that for fossil fuels these amount to over $US 5 trillion per year and that it would be a good idea to slash them. The President of the World Bank has called for a carbon tax and the immediate scrapping of fossil fuel subsidies.

Back in Europe, the energy giant E.On has announced that it would henceforth focus on clean energy, power grids and energy efficiency. Others should follow. At home the large Ferrybridge coal-fired power station is to close; in Denmark the share of wind in electricity production is nearing 50% and they remain on course to meet their zero fossil-fuel target by 2050. They are also now leaders in renewable energy balancing, sometimes seen as a big problem, developing new storage techniques and trading with neighbours. Talking of energy storage, Tesla have announced the 10KWh Powerwall battery: “an easy-to-use mass-produced household energy system that sets a strong standard for reliability, practicality and affordability. “ with the aim of “speeding the world's adoption of solar power.” Finally, a group of eminent UK scientists, economists and businessmen have just launched the Global Apollo Programme, a major global research programme to make carbon-free base-load electricity cheaper than coal-powered within 10 years. They say ”The Programme has been privately discussed with Governments worldwide and widely welcomed. It will be discussed at the G7 in June, and it is hoped that by the end of 2015 the major countries of the world will have decided to join. “ But, the urgency of our need remains. CO2 levels and their rate of growth both hit record levels in 2014. And local action remains as necessary as ever. Tony Cooper Website: Email: 88

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Issue 117. Never underestimate the power of community.