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Issue 129

July 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Ashtead Cancer Group SeeAbility needs a new bus ‘Monty’ and St John’s School Social housing fraud crackdown Win a trip to Washington DC with Kuoni Prudential RideLondon - Sunday 31st July Happy Birthday Surrey Hills Community Radio! “You’re in the wrong council tax bracket” scam RideLondon 2015, image courtesy Prudential RideLondon

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


Give a cat a home


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Ashtead Cancer Group


Fetcham Residents’ Association


St Stephen’s House Surgery


Ashtead Community Vision


MV Volunteer Centre




Happy Birthday Surrey Hills Radio!


MV Rotaract


Marie Curie fundraising events


Quiz - Chemical Element Names


Leatherhead Morning WI


SeeAbility needs a new bus


Ashtead WI


Book reviews


Win a trip to Washington DC 62-63


Quiz - Money


NCT Classes


Social housing fraud crackdown


Children’s Trust Cycle Challenge


“You’re in the wrong tax bracket...”


Prudential RideLondon - pages 66-69


Bathroom Blunders - a story


What’s on in July? - pages 70-75


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Cryptic crossword


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Transition Ashtead


‘Monty’ and St John’s School


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ust before I went to print on 12th June I spent a couple of hours at the Rotary Ashtead Village Day event, which I always enjoy because of the atmosphere. The weather was wonderful but I’m convinced that it would have been a super day even if the heavens had opened! It was lovely to say hello to all the local clubs, charities and organisations that are regularly represented in this magazine such as, of course, the Ashtead Rotary Club, but also the Leatherhead Rotary Club, the Women’s Institute, the Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, the Residents’ Association and many more. It’s so nice to catch up with those who have supported the A&L Local by sending in information about what their particular club is doing that month. It really was a wonderful day, everyone I met had a smile on their face - this community really does feel like a family. I came home in such a good mood that I was in complete denial that I had a ‘dreadline’ to meet! However, as you can see by the fact that this edition has landed on your doormat on time - I did! Whilst at village day, I took the opportunity to thank the ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ team who are based in Sutton because, through the Ashtead Rotary Club, they received all of my late father’s carpentry tools. You may remember that tragically my father, a master joiner, died in July last year, and I wanted his tools to go to people who would use them. I know it’s what he would have wanted because I remember as a child the many apprentices he had working for him learning his trade. It would have been easy to sell these tools but for me it wasn’t about money but instead giving someone the gift of a livelihood, which the Rotary Club and TFSR helped with, so a big thank you to them for organising to get dad’s tools to countries in Africa where they will be used. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Later on that day I watched England play their first game provides local businesses with with Russia which ended 1-1. I thought they played well, affordable, quality advertising. Ads but it’s early days and as this magazine doesn’t distribute cost from £53 +VAT per month, per until 28th June, I’d better keep quiet and not tempt fate! quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be Monday 27th June sees the start of the Wimbledon tournament, yet another reason to almost miss my designed where required. deadline, but a benefit of working from home is that I can Technical & Legal stuff dip in and out of setting up the August edition, however, Whilst every care has been taken to one major downside is that I’m very often in front of the ensure that the data in this magazine ‘pooter at the weekend too! Still, I wouldn’t run this is accurate, the Publisher cannot magazine if I didn’t enjoy it - and I do. 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.

The Deepdene Trail opens on 10th September and, Mole Valley District Council, in conjunction with Kuoni Travel, are holding a competition to win a five night trip to Washington DC, more on pages 62 and 63.

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.

Sunday 31st July sees the annual Prudential RideLondon cycle races that come through Surrey, more info on the timings, routes and road closures can be found on pages 66 -69.

All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

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Also this month, there are features on the Ashtead Cancer Group, the Children’s Trust charity, SeeAbility, Surrey Hills Community Radio, Marie Curie, St John’s School, St Stephen’s House Surgery and lots more. Have a luvverly July, cheerio ducks. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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Residents will know that on the Derby Day the traffic on the A24 can be very heavy. Over past years Garry Stansfield of the Residents’ Association has worked with the Police and the Racecourse to ensure there is a marked exit route that avoids the narrow residential streets of Ashtead and the treacherous bends in Farm Lane and Dene Road. Although some drivers ignore the signs, the majority do exit the meeting along the marked route.

Emails are normally sent out on a Friday as an Omnibus edition covering various subjects. Any Police advice is now sent separately. If something urgent occurs then an email is sent out as soon as possible.

The Woodland Trust, as many know, is busy constructing a huge Centenary Woodland on farmland at Langley Vale. They are also planning a Visitor Centre and large car park on the corner of Downs Road and Headley Road. Whilst the Residents’ Association applauds the idea of the Centenary Woodland it has concerns about the effects of traffic on the side roads of south Ashtead if a robust traffic plan is not put in place and adequate exit route markings erected to persuade drivers to avoid these areas.


Residents may know that when a resident submits a planning application neighbouring properties are formally advised by Mole Valley District Council. Some time ago we became aware that in some cases neighbours who would have been affected by the proposals were not being advised as they were deemed too far away from the property in question. As a consequence we decided to publish all Ashtead planning proposals on the ARA’s web site, and this running list is updated weekly.

The Association has already raised these concerns at an earlier consultation stage requesting the proposed exit from the Car Park be moved but sadly received no response to our concerns. In time the Visitor Centre and Car Park will come before Mole Valley Development Control Committee and again we will raise our concerns. It would though be helpful if residents supported our views with letters to the Council. Watch this space and the ARA’s web site and we will advise when the plans come before the Committee.

Of course both the above services rely upon Association members being available to send out the emails and update the web site. Whilst we will endeavour to keep this up to date, it must be appreciated that this is a voluntary service and holidays and other duties may intervene to prevent the site from being updated. The definitive reference should always be Mole Valley Council's own web site http://

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Much of our time recently has been taken up with preparing plants either for the Open Gardens which will have come and gone by the time this is printed, or for a much longer term project, preparing flower boxes to encircle the Nat-west Bank and, hopefully, a bright row of annuals to improve the vista at the top of the High Street. This activity takes time and effort so we are grateful to those who water, to those who buy the plants and to those who subsequently plant them out. When Church Street is finally re-modelled we shall be looking to see where any extra flowers could advantageously be sited there.

by Bobby Chen who must be one of the foremost pianists of our time. Mr. Chen was there because of his connection with Mr. Coates who had accepted the role of “Guardian” while the then (very) young man attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and later progressed to the Royal School of Music. Finally, as we all left, we were given a booklet about our Queen with, something most rare, an introduction written by Her Majesty and containing a description of her utter dedication to the Anglican Church.

Finally, in great contrast to the above and gaining momentum as the months go past: Another activity that we feel privileged to Cow Parades! From a meeting with MV have been part of was the celebration of the council it was learned that Switzerland had Queen’s Birthday in St. John’s School Chapel come up with the idea of selling life-sized on Thursday, 9th June. Mr. Gerald Coates of fibre glass cows to groups of people, or the Pioneer Engage Trust sought out people talented individuals, for them to decorate and who are trying to maintain the pleasant living then place in strategic and obvious positions in the countryside. In the Autumn they will conditions in Leatherhead and who are not be “herded” together and prizes awarded for afraid of giving time and energy to the task. the best. It is hoped that sponsors will be Mr. Coates organised some superb canapés generous and local charities will benefit. So, if and refreshing drinks, all brought round by a small army of friendly young people. We were you see one of these bright beasties as you then shown some delightful slides of the flash by in your car, rest assured that you are Queen from a few months of age to the not suffering from delusions! current time. Perhaps the highlight of the Caroline Brown evening was the amazing piano recital given

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Join our new Tree Warden Team With an aim to create the first Fetcham Residents Association Tree Warden Team we have recently joined 'The Tree Council’ the UK's leading charity for trees, promoting their importance in a changing environment. Their work includes annual Community Action Programmes and events, such as National Tree Week, A Walk in the Woods and the National Tree Warden Scheme. The tree council launched this Scheme in 1990 and now co-ordinates it nationally working with many community organisations such as ourselves and today there are many thousands of tree wardens throughout the UK forming a volunteer force of immense value to the environment.

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Dog Walkers Needed Following recent issues at one our children’s playgrounds we are seeking to further protect and initiate better maintenance of our green spaces. As well as the playgrounds and recreational areas Fetcham is fortunate to have two natural green spaces within the village; The Splash and The Mill Pond and a network of footpaths leading out into wider green areas but unfortunately we are no different from our neighbouring villages in that these community spaces and footpaths sometimes suffer from vandalism, litter and other hazards. So in order to keep these well maintained we are seeking help from Fetcham’s Dog Walkers; to sign up and be our eyes and ears reporting any issues.

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Powers of Attorney - It’s a no brainer Mental capacity is the ability to make your own decisions. An event such as an accident or a stroke, or an age-related issue such as dementia can result in losing capacity. The question arises, if you become unable to make your own decisions in the future, someone else will need to make decisions for you. By creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) when you are healthy, for financial decisions, or health and care decisions, or both, you can choose people you trust to make decisions for you and empower them to look after your affairs day to day. Without an LPA or a valid Enduring Power of Attorney, no one has legal authority to manage your finances. Those closest to you could be faced with an application to the Court of Protection to give them authority to do so. The Court of Protection has the power to appoint a deputy or deputies who are authorised to make decisions on behalf of someone who has lost capacity. The majority of deputyship orders issued by the Court relate to finances. Health and welfare deputyship orders are rare. A financial deputy appointed by the Court has similar responsibilities to a financial attorney and must follow the principles set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. However, an attorney you have chosen yourself, appointed under a registered LPA, is able to start acting for you straight away whereas a prospective deputy has to submit an application to the court disclosing all finances and must notify relatives. The prospective deputy has no authority to act until a deputyship order is issued. As the volume of cases continues to rise year on year, the Court moves slowly and there can be lengthy delays.

An application for that all-important order can take months, and in that time bills could go unpaid while the bank accounts are inaccessible. This can put the family under increasing financial and emotional pressure at a very difficult time. In general attorneys appointed by an LPA are able to handle financial matters on a day to day basis as they see fit. By contrast, a deputyship order sets out what the deputy can and cannot do, and actions that are not authorised by the original order may require the deputy to make further applications to the Court, with the accompanying delays that entails. Deputies are also supervised by the court on an ongoing basis, and required to prepare a report each year detailing any financial decisions that were made, the status of the bank accounts and the financial transactions that were carried out. In addition, deputies are required to enter into a security bond, a type of insurance policy designed to financially protect the incapable person in the event of a deputy mismanaging the finances in their care. You can see why we strongly recommend that clients have LPAs in place enabling them to choose who they wish to make such decisions in future if the need should arise, and to make sure there is protection in place for their family. Nigel Harding: Tel: 01372 374148

Ashtead Community Vision Neighbourhood Development Plan ‘an exciting step forward for Ashtead’ last three years. This process has involved gathering evidence, carrying out extensive community consultation and drafting the content of the NDP and its policies. The work has been overseen by Ashtead Community Vision, a Working Group of volunteers who have dedicated a significant amount of time, commitment and effort in pursuit of preparing the Plan. “The draft NDP represents an exciting step forward for Ashtead which will allow it to help Mole Valley District Council’s next significant its communities thrive. MVDC is pleased to be step in the development of the Ashtead supporting the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is to in creating this plan. It has given local put the initiative back out to public residents a great opportunity to get involved in shaping their own community’s future. If consultation. the proposed publication is agreed... the next As mentioned a few months ago, the charge of step will be to take the draft plan out to consultation for six weeks with the local there being a ‘democratic deficit’ in the community. Once that consultation has been process surrounding the development of an completed, MVDC will arrange for the draft NDP by unelected volunteers is significantly plan to be independently examined together eroded by the fact that the plan has already been the subject of extensive publicity as well with any representations received during the consultation period. If this results in a as a six week consultation period earlier this successful outcome, a referendum will be year. held, possibly in the Spring of 2017.” Crucially, the earlier consultation process was run by Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) which So that’s where we are in the process. Providing Mole Valley is comfortable with the is the working group of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum. The new plan then the public consultation process will start. And once the six week is is up, the MVDC consultation gives residents a further chance to comment on the plan, but through a feedback will be processed ready for the next process which is controlled by the Council – so step - the appointment of an independent examiner who will cast a slide rule over the independent of ACV and the Forum. whole project and then come to the view of This doubling up may appear somewhat whether or not to hold a local referendum bureaucratic, but given the Forum is a voluntary body, it’s only right and proper that John Morgan there is oversight by officials and elected ACV member Members of the local planning authority MVDC. Having received the Draft NDP from the Forum, one of the first acts by MVDC was to put out a press release quoting Council Leader, Councillor Vivienne Michael, who said: “The Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum has been preparing the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Ashtead over the


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Summer Reads There are few things better than relaxing on a sun lounger in the garden with a good book. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your summer reads, we have plenty to tempt you with this month.

Flawed – Cecelia Ahern

A book which examines the idea of perfection, Flawed focuses on Celestine, who lives in a world where nothing less than perfection will be tolerated. Infractions come with a high penalty – offenders are branded as ‘flawed’ and become second class citizens, for life. Celestine knows how to play the game, but a moment of compassion towards one of the flawed has dire consequences. Celestine could now be branded herself. Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern has delivered another cracker. This one’s aimed at a young adult market, but definitely has crossover appeal.

Best British Short Stories 2016 – edited by Nicholas Royle

Now in its sixth year, this annual anthology brings together some of the best fiction from British writers published over the last 12 months. Editor Nicholas Royle has scoured the market, including other anthologies, magazines, newspapers and websites, to find this year’s selection. With a wide range of genres and voices, and a satisfying mix of authors, Best British Short Stories may well introduce you to a new favourite writer.

The Hanging Club – Tony Parsons

There’s a band of vigilantes on the loose in London. With victims including a paedophile and a hate preacher, the killers are seen by many as heroes – delivering justice where the law has failed. But it’s DC Max Wolfe’s job to stop them. This is the third of Parsons’ books to feature DC Max Wolfe, and could well be his best yet. Ideal for fans of Lee Child and Patricia Cornwall, along with anyone else who loves a good crime novel, The Hanging Club will leave you questioning your own moral code. Gripping.

My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal

When nine year old Leon gets taken away from his mum, he thinks that’s as bad as it can get. But Leon’s little brother, Jake, is young enough to be adopted. Battling with grief for the loss of his brother, Leon finds an unlikely group of friends at his local allotments. However, this is the early eighties, racial tension is high and Leon is determined to find Jake, whatever the cost. This is one of those ‘just one more chapter’ books you’ll keep reading until the sun has gone down and the tears have left tracks down your cheeks. 24

The Museum of You – Carys Bray

Single dad Darren Quinn’s priority is his daughter’s happiness. But what twelve year old Clover wants most is the one thing that causes Darren the most pain – the story of her mother. So Clover has decided that this summer she’ll find her own answers. Rich in description and dialogue, with endearing, believable characters, this is a very enjoyable book to while away those summer evenings.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North

No one remembers Hope Ardern. Not her best friends, her parents, or the people she’s running from. Within a few seconds of encountering her, their memory is wiped clean. It’s as if she doesn’t exist. But they leave their impression on her. Now she’s on a personal mission to destroy a new computer program that’s turning people into ‘perfect’ versions of themselves, wiping their personalities in the process. A great book, which raises some serious questions about how far people will go in their quest for perfection.

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Current telephone scam “You’re in the wrong Council Tax bracket...” 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas. Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith said: “Fraudsters are relentless and will work tirelessly to find new ways to convince people to part with their money. These criminals make several calls and will be particularly convincing and provide good reason for why the person should make an immediate payment. We urge people to be vigilant and never respond to these callers who are simply trying to scam you”. How to protect yourself:

Fraudsters have been telephoning victims telling them that they are calling to let them know that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and that they are entitled to a rebate, they normally say that this rebate should be worth £7000. Since last year Action Fraud has received 16 reports.

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am’s work colleague, Graham, was feeling lonely. He was a gregarious chap who’d always enjoyed a very active social life. However, his long suffering wife had finally moved out after after discovering some rather fruity texts on his phone. Ruth liked Graham but felt disconcerted by his over affectionate ebullience. He was one of those men whose eyes travelled from a woman’s hairline down to her shoes in one lascivious exploration.

completely appropriate to ask Graham if he dyed his hair and Melanie if she’d had plastic surgery. Hopefully, no one would remember either of these questions in the morning. Ruth swayed to their allocated bedroom at midnight but Sam wanted to stay and have another game of poker. When she woke, it was pitch dark and her husband was snoring loudly beside her. Ruth was desperate to go to the loo but couldn’t remember where the bathroom was. She lay there for a few minutes, trying to ignore the sensation but there was nothing to be done. She had to venture out to find a toilet. When Ruth stood up, the effects of the wine made her head spin. She couldn’t find a bedside light and was completely disorientated. Stretching her arms out, she fumbled her way forwards. When Ruth hit the wall, she shuffled along until she reached a switch. Sam groaned when light flooded the room but at least Ruth could now see where she was.

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(L to R) Finn Ogilvie, Sarah Shaw and Ethan Collumbell, together with professional photographer, Steve Lewis, and Leatherhead Rotarian, Peter Matthews Congratulations to Finn Ogilvie, Sarah Shaw and Ethan Collumbell, winners of this year’s ‘Mole Valley Young Photographer’ competition, organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Our World is Beautiful’ and, altogether, over 60 photographs were received, with the winning entries in the three age categories judged to be Finn Ogilvie in the Junior category, with his very striking photo of a Scottish sunset, Sarah Shaw in the Intermediate category, with her close-up shot of a grasshopper on some flowers, and Ethan Collumbell in the Senior category, with his well-framed photo of a white butterfly on a purple flower. Helping to judge this year’s entries was Steve Lewis, a former senior photographer at The Sun newspaper for 35 years, who also very kindly gave the three winners a two-hour photography tutorial, as well as a copy of his book, ‘London’s East End’, a collection of black and white photographs of the East End of London from the 1960s. Mr Lewis said he had been very impressed with the quality of all of the entries, adding, ‘It was great to see how the entrants had interpreted the theme in so many different ways, from landscapes and wildlife to portraits and still life. It wouldn’t surprise me to see some of them making a career out of photography at some point in the future.’ As well as receiving their prizes from Mr Lewis, the three winning entries also progressed through to the next round of the competition, at a combined Surrey and Sussex level, where Finn Ogilvie’s ‘Scottish Sunset’ came a very commendable third in the Junior category. Young Photographer is one of around half a dozen national youth competitions organised by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland each year. The competition is open to students in full-time education aged between 7 and 17 and aims to encourage them to experiment with either digital or more traditional methods of photography, to interpret their chosen topic or subject. It is hoped that the theme for next year’s competition will be announced later this year. Please contact Leatherhead Rotary Club (contact details below) if you would like to be informed of it at that time. Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or


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St John’s School and Field Marshal Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein On Wednesday 25 May, the School welcomed renowned military historian Gary Sheffield to lead a talk on Field Marshal Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein, or ‘Monty’, as he is fondly known at St John’s. Mr Sheffield gave a dynamic and intriguing talk to over 150 guests in the School Chapel, enlightening them on Monty’s life in the army during the Second World War, as well as anecdotes from his years of philanthropy.

‘Monty’ in 1958

As Chairman of St John’s School Governing Council for 16 years, from 1950 – 1966 and then President of the Council from 1966 until his death in 1976, Monty made a huge contribution to the School, and showed great generosity in giving his own time and money and in managing major fundraising projects. On the same day, the School also officially opened its new Science Centre with a visit from Lady Arabella Stuart-Smith, granddaughter of Field Marshal Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein. Lady Stuart-Smith was welcomed to St John’s by the Headmaster, Governors and the School’s Estates Manager, alongside the Gordon Clark family and Bruce Shaw, whose generous donations helped make the building of the Science Centre possible.

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Headmaster Martin Collier commented: “Monty made a huge contribution to St John’s over the years, and showed great generosity in giving his own time and money and in managing major fundraising projects. We are honoured to have the Science Centre opened by Lady Arabella Stuart -Smith, and are pleased to offer our pupils such an innovative facility for science.”


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Happy 2nd Birthday Surrey Hills Community Radio! After much growth and expansion, internet-based Surrey Hills Community Radio celebrates two full years of entertainment and education from it’s base in Leatherhead. We have grown from 22 presenters to 39 in the past 12 months, introducing a variety of genre specific shows and increasing the number of interviews with local individuals and groups who are doing great things in the community whilst providing a work experience programme for 14-25 year olds. Run wholly by volunteers and initially took six months to set up before it’s launch date in 2014 with the opening song, from Guildford based Emma Stevens, ‘A Place Called You’ which was then set to feature as a chosen track by Sir Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Dave Smith the station manager said “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every presenter past, present and upcoming for the support they have shown in reaching the goals of the radio station. We set out to be inclusive and different, and we have achieved both. We have a strong team to build on our successes of the last two years and are all looking forward to what we will achieve.” As the radio station turns two it also introduces four new shows to the schedule, in particular a fortnightly show dedicated to sharing stories about working and living with conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Physical Difficulties. The show will also be providing vital information about groups. training and events happening in and around the county that support and raise awareness of special needs education, with additional advice and real life stories from families expressing their experiences of diagnosis and support in Surrey. Notable achievements over the 24 months of on air broadcasting include building a second studio from money raised through online crowdfunding campaign, supporting 12 charities through on air discussions and interviews, and a live broadcast of the Capel Music Festival. You can expect to see us in action throughout the year as they entertain the crowds at various school fêtes, charity fundraisers and community events in Mole Valley, Elmbridge and Epsom & Ewell. In late 2015 Surrey Hills Radio launched it’s new music show with a pledge to play all music submitted to the team. With the overwhelming support for this service the new music show is set to broadcast more frequently than the once a month slot it originally had allocated. If you would like to submit new music to the radio station for air play consideration, please email

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Marie Curie is calling on local individuals and groups to organise fundraising events across Surrey The charity, which provides hands on care to people living with a terminal illness as well as emotional support to their families, has seen a decrease in the number of supporters holding events for them over the last few years and they are desperate for more people to support them in this way. They are hoping local supporters will organise an event in their local community, however big or small, as an individual or as a group, to raise the vital funds needed to continue their work. Emily Akeroyd, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie says “we have always been lucky to have great support in Surrey but we have seen the number of people choosing to raise money for us by organising their own events decrease over the last few years. There are so many different ways to raise money for Marie Curie, we’ve had annual bike rides, sponsored silences, speed dating events, masquerade balls and even a fire walk! We would love to hear from anyone interested in organising an event for us, either as an individual or as a group, perhaps you could get together with family and friends and organise a comedy night or maybe your sports club could choose to support us with a special event? Whatever your idea we would love to hear all about it so please do get in touch.�

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Leatherhead Morning WI May Meeting Our May meeting was presided over by Mrs Beryl Taylor, one of our newly elected Vice Presidents, in the absence of Mrs Hazel Richmond-Coggan. The other join Vice President is Mrs Barbara Bates. We are grateful to these two ladies for accepting these positions. The recent trip to St Hill Manor was an enjoyable experience, particularly the delicious tea served in the ‘Monkey Room’. A visit to Loseley House is planned for 12th July. The annual resolutions, to be put forward by the W.I. Federation, were discussed. One was the subject of food waste, and how it is handled by our supermarkets. The second one was the care of dementia sufferers, a growing problem. At our next meeting on Thursday 28th July Mike Tozer will be talking to us about The Jubilee Sailing Trust. As always, this will be held at Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am and visitors are most welcome.

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Our welcome return speaker was Faith Powell, giving so much fun telling us about her time as Fairy Fruitcake. Following her time as an Air Freight Executive at Heathrow, she and another mum were disappointed with some children’s entertainers, got together, and provided 10 years of fun times for children, with songs, magic and dressing up. This evening was for us ‘older children’. With Faith roping in some ‘helpers’ from our members, we even got to find out how some of the tricks were done, so can show these to our own families. We had many, many laughs with Faith this evening and look forward to seeing her again. After refreshments we heard about the proposed visit to Eltham Palace in the autumn, news of the many sub-groups, the raffle and our informal monthly lunch. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday July 6th, at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, when Andy Thomas will be telling us about The Crop Circle Mystery. Sandra Brown 60

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The Deepdene Trail – Win a holiday to Washington DC The Deepdene Trail and Kuoni Travel have launched a fantastic new competition to celebrate the opening of The Deepdene Trail this year in Dorking. The fabulous prize is a five night holiday for two people to Washington D.C. to see the Hope Diamond. The famous Hope Diamond was once owned by the Hope family who owned the Deepdene Estate in the early 1800’s. Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Vivienne Michael said, “This competition, partnering with Kuoni Travel will help us spread the word far and wide about The Trail. We are proud to be working with a locally based business that has been vital to the success of this project. We are also extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other partners that have enabled the works to go ahead on the Estate.” Julie Day of Kuoni said, “As a local company, and custodian of part of the original Deepdene Estate, it has been a pleasure to support the project and Mole Valley District Council. Kuoni Travel have been on the 22-acre site since 1974. Seeing the gardens uncovered, one of the first true Italianate landscapes in the UK, is a delight.” All are invited to The Deepdene Trail Grand Opening Day on 10th September from 10am to discover the stunning landscape views across Surrey, witness the surprising architectural features within the gardens and learn about the important role this estate’s enigmatic owners once played in shaping international arts, architecture and design. It will be a day out for all the family with plenty to see and do - bring a picnic and enjoy the day! Work by Mole Valley District Council and The Friends of Deepdene has enabled the reinstatement of the gardens, paths and rebuilding of the Embattled Tower. The Grotto has been repaired and the estate’s neoclassical masterpiece, Thomas Hope’s Mausoleum the hidden gem at the heart of the estate has been repaired and reinstated to its former glory.

Clockwise from top left: Thomas Hope’s Mausoleum revealed in 2009; 27th April 2010; December 2015; Repaired June 2016

To be in with a chance of winning the five night holiday to Washington D.C., you can go online to, or pop in to Mole Valley’s Pippbrook offices for an entry form to answer four multiple choice questions. To enter you must be over 21, in the UK, not including Northern Ireland. Entries close on 12th September 2016 and full terms and conditions are available on both the website and at Pippbrook offices. 62








01306 885 001 /kuonicompetition Competition closes on 12th September 2016 at 23.59. Over 21’s only. Residents in the UK only excluding Northern Ireland. Employees from Mole Valley District Council, Kuoni, their immediate families and anyone connected with the competition are not eligible to enter. Entry via where full terms and conditions are available.

What’s On?

NCT delivers parenting Essentials at The Dell, Ashtead From 12th October NCT Essentials courses are designed to meet the needs of busy parents and parents on a budget. The new classes will be more structured than traditional NCT courses, and are designed to equip new parents with important information and tips for early parenting. NCT currently supports around 100,000 parents a year and, as the birth rate in the UK continues to rise, it aims to reach 20 million parents by 2020. The course is designed to cover the same NCT quality but covers the basics over a shorter number of hours and is more easily affordable. Areas covered over the six structured two-hour sessions will include the impact of birth on relationships, feeding and nutrition, and birth and labour. The cost of the course starts from ÂŁ167.00. These new courses will sit alongside traditional NCT Signature antenatal courses. Signature courses focus more on preparation for birth and are more bespoke, designed around the needs of the mums and dads taking part. All NCT courses are led by specially trained practitioners.

To book an NCT Essentials Antenatal course in Ashtead call Angie Grundy 020 8752 9107 or email at Classes run Wednesday evenings, starting 12th October at The Dell (Ashtead) and will be regularly running every 8 weeks. To find out more about NCT courses go to


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Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 and Surrey Classic Local Road Closures and information for Sunday 31 July 2016 Anticipated road reopening times Roads will begin to reopen from 19:00 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 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 race to pass at approx 17:00.

No roads are closed on Saturday 30 July.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a massparticipation ride passing locally from 08:45 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 05:00: A25 from Newlands Corner to Dorking High Street at Moore’s Road. Hampton Court Bridge will also close at this time. Roads closed from 07:30: • A24 (Bypass 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 Crescent, 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. Roads closed from 14:30: Ranmore Road, Ranmore Common Road, Westhumble Street, Chapel Lane and White Down Lane. 66


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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. Further car parking is available, see below.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre car park off Guildford Road. Lidl car park (1½ hours free customer parking) – accessed from Bridge Street into North Street. Station Road car park – accessed from Bridge Street into North Street. Upper Fairfield Road car park – accessed from Copthorne Road into St John’s Avenue. Bridge Street car park. Leatherhead Trinity School – accessed from Woodlands Road off Kingston Road.

LOCAL BUSINESSES / WHAT’S ON Shops, cafés and restaurants in Leatherhead will be open. Many locations will be hosting charities, who are supporting riders in the mass-participation sportive, and there are many great locations to watch the events.

PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON-SURREY 100 A rider Hub will be based at the Swan Shopping The A246 between West Horsley and Hawk’s Hill/ Centre. With 25 miles to go the cyclists will need Young Street remains open throughout the day. support to finish their journey, making it the Leatherhead Station – train station drop offs can be perfect place to cheer on fundraisers and professionals alike. 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 Hub at the Swan Shopping Centre is also the final changeover point for the Relay Teams, making it a great place to spot friends and relatives. The activity is all located in the town centre, making it the ideal place to pick up some refreshments from the numerous cafés, coffee shops and restaurants after a long day of cycling or cheering.

Pedestrian crossing points Existing crossing points will have stewards present to assist pedestrians to cross the event route. CAR PARKING Free parking is available on Sunday 31 July in the following car parks:

Swan Shopping Centre car park – access is possible. Vehicles should approach from Bridge Street to North Street where temporary traffic lights will permit entry into and out of the Swan Centre car park on Leret Way.


PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON-SURREY CLASSIC Later on Sunday 31 July, 150 of the world’s best professional men, including many Tour de France teams, will race against each other in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – an extended 200km (125-mile) version of the amateur route. The race starts at 13:15 on Horse Guards Parade in St James’s Park then heads out through central London into Surrey, before returning to London to finish on The Mall. Riders are expected to reach Leatherhead at approximately 17:00 onwards.

SAFETY Pedestrian crossing points are located along the event route. These will be supervised to help pedestrians cross the road throughout the event. Please note that some existing pedestrian crossings may be suspended, but an alternative, where it is easier to cross, will be clearly signed.

EMERGENCY SERVICES Emergencies will be treated as a priority in the usual way. If you require the emergency services, call 999. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained and prioritised throughout all of the Prudential RideLondon events. Planning for Prudential RideLondon involves the police, fire and rescue services, ambulance services, local hospitals and other critical welfare services.

Although roads will be closed to general traffic, there will be bicycles and event vehicles using the road during the closure period. Please do take additional care, looking in both directions when crossing the road or accessing / exiting your property, particularly if there is no footway.

ON THE DAY There will be stewards and volunteers positioned along the route. If you require assistance on the day that is not a 999 emergency, please ask the event staff on the ground who will be able to help or escalate issues as necessary.

Website Email Facebook Twitter @RideLondon #RideLondon

Alternatively, contact the helpdesk on 0345 894 9773. Stewards, volunteers and the helpdesk communicate with the event control room. COMMUNITY WELFARE Prudential RideLondon works with a wide variety of care providers across the entire route in order to plan for the impact of closed roads on Sunday 31 July. If you are unsure about care provision on the day or have private arrangements, please contact our helpdesk with further information so we can help you to plan appropriately. HELPDESK AND FURTHER INFORMATION The Prudential RideLondon helpdesk is available to help you if you need assistance both prior to and on the day of the event. Please call us on 0345 894 9773 (Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00, and from 05:00 on event day) or email


All images courtesy of Prudential RideLondon

What’s On?

Calling bug hunters, archaeologists or nature detectives Langley Vale Wood Needs You! Saturday 9th July 11am-4pm

We’re inviting all intrepid explorers to join us for a day of fun-filled family activities at Langley Vale Wood - free of charge! We need your help to dig up the stories around this special place, which has been used for military training during the First World War, a farm for many years and now as a beautiful home for nature. Bring your lunch, drinks and picnic blanket to enjoy in our picnic areas. Don’t forget your suncream and sun hat but also waterproof clothing and sturdy boots; you’re in for some adventures!

Awesome archaeology:

11am - 1pm or 2pm - 4pm

Nature storytelling and book building:

meet the storyteller at 11am, midday, 2pm or 3pm

Drop in anytime to the book building station,

Bug hunting and nature discovery: Drop in anytime at the nature discovery station, bug hunts will take place at 11am, midday, 2pm or 3pm Langley Vale Wood explorers’ guided walk:

Midday or 2pm

This event will take place at Langley Vale wood but visitors will need to park at Epsom Downs Racecourse (postcode KT18 5LQ) and then take a free shuttle bus to the event. Minibuses will start making trips to the site from 10.30am, but will run to and from Langley Vale Wood all day as a shuttle service. All ages welcome, but under 16s must be accompanied. Please note: dogs are not permitted at this event.

Booking essential, book online at :


What’s On?

Return of Leatherhead’s Quacky Races Sunday 3rd July - 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 No, they’re not real! Races. On Sunday 3rd July 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 6 tote races followed by the grand final. If all this wasn’t enough the charity Swan Race returns, this year in aid of Sight for Surrey and one lucky winner will walk away with a TV. At approximately 4pm hundreds of tiny yellow bathtime 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 children’s entertainer or have their face painted. Refreshments will also be on sale down by the river.

Some of the organising committee


Mass duck race

What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? Saturday 2nd

Reigate Community Festival, Reigate Priory Park, RH2 7RL, 10.30am-10.30pm, free entry. A perfect day out for all the family. Displays, stands, live music, and children's entertainment, fun fair, strongman contest, open air theatre, dog show and art fair, food and drink and licensed bars, this year’s theme is William Shakespeare.

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd

The Children’s Trust 10th Supercar Event, Dunsfold Park, 9am-4.30pm. Exhilarating passenger rides from just £30 on the Top Gear track. Great entertainment for the whole family with rides in helicopters, trucks, hovercrafts, Segways, mini tanks, Diggerland, the Lexus LFA and a 4x4 course. Our younger guests can have their first driving experience with Stay Safe Driving School (age 14 and above), take a fire engine ride or try a go-kart or meet Peppa Pig! 01737 364324, e:

Sunday 3rd

Annual Leatherhead Duck Race, 2pm-4pm at the town bridge, see page 71.

Tuesday 5th

Continuity Antique Fair, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, KT18 5LQ. 9am-3pm, Adults £3, accompanied children only, under 16s free. 200 stands on ground floor, disabled access and 1000 free parking spaces. Stand holders can book for a fair by phoning 01584 873634

Friday 8th

Oasis. 9.15am-10.30am, St George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead. What the Magazines Say... a series of interactive talks run by Oasis, for all ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Summer planning. What the mags say about a stylish summer - from picnics to fashion to days out. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat! No charge.

Friday 8th

Soundbytes Free Choir Concert, Doors open 730pm, concert 8pm, Christ Church United Reformed Church, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST. Hear songs in four part harmony by Queen, Andy Williams, Madness, The Beatles and more. Retiring collection to BesomAshtead & Leatherhead., 01372 278016

Saturday 9th

Langley Vale Wood bug hunt, booking essential, see page 70 for details.

Saturday 16th

Ashtead Horticultural Society & Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group Joint Summer Show - Floral Fun. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.30pm-4pm. Admission free.

Sunday 31st

Prudential RideLondon cycle races, see page 66 for details.


Creepy Crawly Critter Hunt on Denbies Hillside, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm. £7 per child. Pond dipping and woodland exploring for little ones. Book through 01372 220644 or

Fridays 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

Every Friday in August, 11am-3pm, see how many of the 50 things you can do before you're 11¾ at Leith Hill Tower. £10 per child. Take part in nature trails, den building and crafts and climb to the highest point in the south east of England. 01372 220644, or

Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival, Mickleham Village Hall, RH5 6EE. Day ticket £13, Saturday 6th & weekend £18. More info on:, 07821 196381 or email: Sunday 7th Saturday 13th

Leatherhead & District Angling Society Open Day, Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, 10am-5pm. More details next month

If there’s an event in August that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th July. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events72are correct at time of print.

What’s On?

Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY &

Music on Wednesdays Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST

12.30pm lunchtime concerts Featuring international students of the Royal Academy of Music, recent graduates, professional musicians, local musicians of similar standard and organists from around London, SE England and France

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs

Thursday 7th July - LMC trumpet and piano Thursday 14th July - LMC Les Jeudis Musicaux de LMC Concert Français Emily Andrews, flute Alice Rosset, piano Wednesday 20th July Christ Church Jonathan Melling, organ Director of Music, All Hallows by the Tower, London EC3 Thursday 28th July - LMC Solo piano

artiste appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music


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WHAT’S ON IN JULY? - REGULAR EVENTS Friday 1st (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy a range of goods which are often hand-made, home-grown or home-baked, including plants, cakes, savouries, eggs, cards, Fair Trade goods, crafts, personalised candles and haberdashery to name but a few. Contact Janine 01372 374914 to reserve a table to sell your produce (just 10% of sales)

Friday 1st (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 1st (monthly)

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

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of July services and events - check out Come and meet the new Curate at 6.30pm Evensong on 3 July

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

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

Sundays 3rd & 17th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG. Sellers 8am Buyers 9am until 12.30pm. Cars £10, Small Vans, MPV and 4WD £12, Trailers £3 extra. Larger vans from £15.

Monday 4th

Fetcham (Ladies) Singers, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, 7.30pm -9.45pm Two free sessions with no auditions, friendly group welcome new members. Info from Sandra Brown on 01372 276736.

(weekly termtime)

Monday 4th & Mon 18th Tuesday 5th (1st Tues monthly)

(First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info. Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 6th (weekly)

(weekly termtime) 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Term ends 20th

Wed 6th (monthly

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Open meeting then demo by Alan Smith & Lee Berrill - ‘Variety is the spice of life’. Visitors welcome, tickets for visitors, £8 from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Speaker Andy Thomas on The Crop Circle Mystery. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860 74

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th

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

Friday 8th

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

(1st Thurs mthly)

Monday 11th (2nd Monday monthly)

Wed 13th (monthly) Wed 13th

2nd Wed mth

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 Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on how some of Britain’s best-loved buildings were saved from destruction. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, 10.30am, Mr Charles Harris- Posters of the Belle Epoque, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Anyone on the Tuesday 19th waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from (monthly) Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707 Wed 20th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker Peter Durrant on Fleet Street. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 21st

‘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 27th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. Oliver Symons - ‘In and around the Royal Ballet’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Thurs 28th (4th Thurs)

Thurs 28th

(last Thursday monthly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Speaker Mike Tozer - The Jubilee Sailing Trust. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing moral and emotional support. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, free. Share your experiences, good or bad. Occasional guest speakers and workshops. Speakers have covered legal, health matters, bereavement, skincare and general wellbeing. For info, call 07843 620295 or email us at, or go to our website: 75


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 89

Fetcham Football Club

Fetcham Football Club 1935-36 (Winners Leatherhead Hospital Shield)

Back Row – F.Beck, A.Johns, T.Busby, H.E. Jamieson (Chairman) W.Molloy, J.Simpkins, D.Gethin, J.W.Williamson. Front Row – J.W.Stevens (Hon Sec/Treas.) G. Wild, W.E. Avery, E.R. Jenkins, F.Pratt, J.Thomas. H.Booth, F.Littlefair, J.Lewer (Team Sec) (Team names courtesy of Ron Bullen)

Very little is known about the early years of Fetcham Football Club, however, the History of Fetcham tells us that the club was founded in 1926 and that they played at Cock Lane. I can only assume they played in the Dorking & District League. Several of the players seemed to move back and forth between the local clubs namely Leatherhead Rose, Leatherhead United and possibly works side Leatherhead JEA. Maybe that is the reason the Club later became known as Fetcham Old Boys, who by the late 1930s were playing in the Sutton & District League. In Season 1939/40 the Old Boys won the Leatherhead Hospital Shield beating Leatherhead Rose 7-4 (aet), emulating the above. The name Old Boys was to continue for many seasons after WWII – before reverting to Fetcham FC who competed in various Intermediate Leagues. For many years the club enjoyed the patronage of Ernie Tinney, the popular former owner of Tudor Motors. On his retirement his two sons Dave and Todd continued running the garage until recently. They both played for the team over many seasons. In 1944 Fetcham Sports & Social Club was founded by a small group of Civil Defence Wardens who wished to continue the comradeships made during the war years. Meetings were held once a week in the Church Rooms for Table Tennis and Darts, followed by Badminton in the Village Hall. A large Nissen Hut was purchased and erected on land between Nutcroft Grove and the railway embankment. It opened on the 15th October 1949. By the 1950s a Football Team was formed, playing in the Sutton & District League. They also played at Cock Lane. The ‘Hut’ was to be the clubs home until 1962 when a new club house was built in Cannon Way. I played four seasons for Fetcham Sports & Social FC. (1960-61 - 1963-1964) - Alas, neither of these clubs exists today.

Goff Powell

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 80

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Schoolchildren Unite In Song to Raise Awareness of the Plight of Children in Care at Home and Abroad - Monday 4th July, 7.15pm More than 750 local schoolchildren, along with some of the most talented young singers in the UK, will come together in a special performance aimed at raising awareness of adoption and fostering throughout the world. Following the success of recent sell out shows at Wembley SSE Arena, this is first time Voice In a Million (VIAM) are staging a show at Dorking Halls. In the words of VIAM founders and adoptive parents, Robert and Jo Garofalo, “the need to continue to raise awareness for adoption and fostering remains as important as ever to ensure that every single child is given a loving home – a new family for life. Our live concerts showcase the talent of school children, giving them the fantastic experience of performing in front of thousands. All the children taking part receive tuition, encouragement and support. Individually they are given the chance to shine and join the ‘Voice’, knowing that their involvement makes a difference to lives of children less fortunate than themselves.”

Tickets cost £17.50. Groups of 10 or more go for £15.75 Book by calling the Box Office on 01306 881717.

Art for Art’s Sake Students at the Greville Primary School in Ashtead have been producing beautiful artwork to raise funds for the school. An exhibition consisting of 560 framed pieces took place last month to the delight of those involved. Parents, families and friends were given the opportunity to view the exhibition and purchase the framed originals. All classes at the school took part in the project, with the age of the artists ranging between four and eleven. It was fantastic to see the art displayed and the excitement of the children, who were delighted that their pieces were on show. The exhibition raised over £500 which will be put towards the employment of a School Crossing Patrol Officer and equipment for the school. The school’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is always working hard to raise money for the school, and has recently been able to give £20,000 for the purchase of collapsible tiered seating, which is an important part of the newly extended school hall. As well as being beneficial for general school use, the seating will also enhance the appreciation and viewing of arts across the school, both creative and performing.


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4. Two people up in the clouds (3) 6. Nothing following short example of self-esteem (3) 7. Swindle the French to flow slowly (7) 8. Plant a deer could turn to (4) 11. Squeeze a printing machine (5) 12. Awful type in no great hurry (4) 15. Hideous type of citrus fruit, we hear (4) 16. Eccentric person holding a small coin (4) 18. Atmosphere in the Cairngorms (3)


19. Get rid of strange alien item (9) 21. Tearing apart rock (7) 22. First and foremost male (5) 23. Sheep by Richard's first jug (4) 25. Fast beast: a con-man, we hear (7) 28. Arranged tour around first Danish royal house (5) 29. Part of a car that's worn? (4) 31. Americans holding back fury (3) 32. Large amount in central Ottawa (3) Solution in next month’s edition

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

‘To the sea’ Recently Ashtead and Leatherhead residents collected about 150 bags of rubbish during their community litter picks. I have a fantasy that one day I will be able to walk around Leatherhead and not see a single scrap of litter. Hmm… I think I might have to live for a very long time to see that unless our attitudes change, packaging is reduced and everything is properly recycled in a virtuous circle. Things are changing gradually as technologies evolve, and people realise the importance of recycling. Only about ten years ago it was mainly glass and paper that could be recycled, but now various plastics (food trays and yoghurt pots etc.) can go in our green recycling bins. But for the virtuous circle to be complete, we also need to buy items which are made from recycled materials. Some plastic garden furniture and decking are now made from recycled plastics; there is a range of carpets called ‘Everstrand’ manufactured using 100% recycled plastic drinks bottles. I have just installed a new kitchen work-top made from recycled yoghurt pots, produced by Smile Plastics. (

Teazle Wood ‘before’

So why my title “To the Sea”? Well, I have a great affinity with the Rye Brook. Three years ago we moved from Ashtead to Fetcham so I seem to be following its course - it rises in Ashtead behind Farm Lane, runs across Ashtead Common, under the M25 near Tesco, along the edge of Teazle Wood and joins the River Mole just downstream from Fetcham Splash. One of the volunteering tasks I help with is "kick-fly sampling" which monitors the health of the water in the Rye Brook. Kick sampling is really just scientific pond dipping. We are looking for key indicator species, for example gamarus Rye Brook kick sampling (fresh water shrimp), which are susceptible to pollution. The number we count reflects the level of pollution of the water. Surprisingly, in what looks like nice clean water in the brook on Ashtead Common, the water quality is actually quite poor. This is because there is contamination from the culvert which runs along the back of the houses in Broadhurst into the Rye Brook upstream of the footbridge. There also may be some illegal plumbing (possibly some foul drains connected into the culvert) and recently a coolant-oil leak from an underground electrical cable. Surface water run-off from local roads is also a problem. Whether we live in built-up or country environments, it's easy to forget that tiny brooks, like the Rye, feed into rivers like the Mole, which join even larger rivers like the Thames and finally drain into the sea. So every tiny bit of plastic, glass, can, bottle top, cigarette butt or pollution in the Rye Brook may eventually end up polluting the oceans. One volunteer, Helen Middlemas, made a suggestion when she was pulling rubbish out of the brook at Teazle Wood - "why don’t we put up a signpost here saying ‘To the Sea?’" What a brilliant idea! It would remind us that we don’t live in isolation, everything is connected and all our actions have an impact somewhere on our beautiful planet. Caroline Cardew-Smith email 88

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Water, Water Everywhere By Pippa Greenwood With summer well under way, gardens will need more water than the rain is giving them, but how can you minimise the amount you apply, make best use of what you’ve got and still have a good-looking and productive garden? If possible, wait until the autumn to plant out trees, shrubs and climbers – it will be far harder for them to establish properly now and they are more likely to suffer serious setbacks. However, if you can’t avoid planting, improve the soil texture by digging and forking in plenty of garden compost, well-rotted manure or other bulky organic matter so that the soil is better equipped to retain moisture – sandy soil will then hold water more effectively whilst clay soil is less likely to crack. It may be hard work but it will make life a lot easier for the plants, and means you will spend far less time watering later on.

can also fit a water diverter to the downpipe which takes water from your bath, hand basin or kitchen sink. Normal amounts of shampoo, bubble bath and washing up liquid should pose no threats to plants, and these detergents may help with pest problems such as greenfly. Unless there’s no alternative, always water in the evening or extremely early in the morning, which drastically reduces the amount of water lost through evaporation, and means that there is far less chance of foliage or flowers getting scorched - as can happen if they are wetted in bright sunlight.

It is still well worthwhile mulching beds, borders and your vegetable plot. The mulch needs to be 2” - 3” (5 - 7.5 cm) deep and you can use shredded composted bark, composted chipped bark, cocoa shells or many of the numerous pebbles, shingles and so forth which are now available. If the soil is well watered before the mulch goes on, then it will really help to keep moisture in the soil and, as all the materials I’ve suggested will let plenty of rain through, when it does rain the plants will still benefit. Mulching will also help to keep down weeds.

Where possible use a watering can or hose with a gentle nozzle attachment and water only the areas where the water is needed. If the soil is very dry before you start to water, then sprinkle the surface gently with a light drizzling of water and return a few minutes later - you will find that the water penetrates down to the roots much more effectively. Excessive watering on a very dry surface is likely to lead to a lot of run off and wastage.

In drier areas of your garden, try to use drought tolerant plants. Those with silvery or grey foliage such as the lavenders, Sedums (ice plants), rock roses (Helianthemum), rosemary and Convolvulus cneorum all tend to thrive in dry conditions, and are also more likely to do quite well if planted now.

Visit Pippa’s website for a really useful selection of Pippa’s favourite gardening items including Nemaslug to safely control slugs, pop-up crop covers, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, ladybirds to control greenfly, biological controls, pull-out mini tunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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1. "colour" - Chromium 2. "heavy" - Barium 3. "hidden" - Krypton 4. "inactive" - Argon 5. "light-bearer" - Phosphorus 6. "pale green" - Chlorine 7. "stone" - Lithium 8. "strange" - Xenon 9. "sun" - Helium 10. "violet" - Iodine

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Quiz - Money 1. George Washington 2. Standing order (note: direct debit is incorrect as this doesn't refer to fixed amounts) 3. Blue 4. £525 (£500 plus £25) 5. Wall Street 6. Seven ("Money Money Money" twice, plus "If I had a little money, it's a rich man's world") 7. Three 8. Baring's Bank 9. 2kg of £1 coins is worth more (£210 v £166) 10.The board game Monopoly

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