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Issue 105 July 2014 Never underestimate the importance of community

Carers’ Support Mole Valley Treasurer sought for local RNLI Help stop captive animal suffering Clothes needed for Chernobyl Children Surrey Hills Community Radio launches Leatherhead Duck Race Sunday 13th July Planning permission obtained for Ashtead Parish Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester

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Ashtead Community Vision


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Carers’ Support Mole Valley


Andy’s Blog


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Mole Valley Police column


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his month I have to admit that I’ve been driving my advertisers and contributors nuts because my dreadline was extremely tight for this edition. I have to say though, they all came up trumps (bless them) and delivered their articles and new ads to me in time - thank goodness they are all so über organised. The reason for all this panic is that I had booked a holiday with my sister but we couldn’t get the flights we wanted and as a result I knew this edition’s dreadline was going to be hairy, but we got there in the end - hoorah. By the time you receive your copy of this month’s magazine, I shall be returning, refreshed and raring to go (I hope!)... and just in time for the start of Wimbledon fortnight... Earlier in June we saw the launch of our very own radio station - Surrey Hills Community Radio more on page 30. A great deal of work by local people has gone into setting up this station and I’m sure you will give them every support.

We have our annual duck race in Leatherhead on Sunday 13th July - always a good laugh and if you have children, a great way to spend a few hours with the family. Lucy Hanson, Leatherhead town centre manager, has organised entertainment and light refreshments for the afternoon. Pop down to the town bridge from 2pm to catch all the action. More on page 18. New in this month’s edition is Ashtead’s Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower pub, run by Sam Day. His advertisement, including an enticing half price offer, can be found on page 47. I received a sad note from the Born Free Foundation about the harrowing plight of animals being kept in zoos around the world, and you can read more about this and how we can help, on page 50. Most of us have visited a zoo once or twice in our lives, but I’m sure that none of us really gave much thought to the way these animals were kept, away from their natural environments and freedom to roam. It is just heartbreaking to read the story of Twiggy the 48 year old elephant who has spent the last Advertising 47 years of her life incarcerated in zoos, and the story of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Morgan the orca who lives her life performing tricks in a provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads tiny concrete tank at Loro Parque Zoo on Tenerife. cost from £53 +VAT per month, per It can be difficult and lonely if you find yourself caring for quarter page for a 10,000 residential a loved one, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, in distribution (yes, really!) and can be the form of the good people at Carers’ Support Mole Valley designed where required. based in Dorking on page 64. They offer support and Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420

practical advice for carers, including organising monthly coffee mornings so that carers can meet others in the same situation so they don’t feel so isolated. Hilary Porter is helping to run the Ashlea Friends Patient Participation Group and if you are interested in being part of the working group of patients from Linden and Gilbert House surgeries go to page 86. As I’ve slightly missed the boat with timings, Ashtead Village day report and piccies will feature in the August edition. Have a lovely July, hopefully the good weather will continue and we can all get out and about, and enjoy the beautiful countryside on our doorstep. Cheerio ducks,

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 You may not yet be aware that Surrey County Council (SCC) has issued a Consultation Draft on its Transport Strategy and Forward Programme which sets out its short, medium and long term plans to manage congestion and encourage sustainable travel patterns within each District. The strategy and forward programme covers all modes of transport and sets out the measures proposed to provide an effective infrastructure over the next 13 years, subject, of course, to available funding. The Consultation Draft can be found on the SCC website then follow the links under the headings Surrey Transport Plan – LTP3 / Consultations on the Plan / Have your say/. It’s worth a read but in brief:

Ashtead is why Barnett Wood Lane has not been included. The morning rush hour queues are testament to the problem. There is also no mention of the routes through the Lanes, which are often also congested and more dangerous as they are narrow and not built for volumes of traffic.

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Ashtead Station lies third in the Mole Valley’s table of station usage (entries, exits & interchanges) and a disturbing statistic is that the passenger numbers using Ashtead Station are shown to be 1,205,956. Small wonder that parking issues persist!


The Surrey Rail Strategy document can be found on the SCC website but, in the short to medium term, capacity issues on the lines to and from London are being addressed through longer trains and additional services.

Bus provision in Mole Valley is considered to be fairly well distributed.

Two areas of traffic congestion have been identified within Ashtead:

A24 Leatherhead Road southbound between Woodfield Lane and Knoll Roundabout Craddocks Avenue southbound between the A24 Epsom Road and Barnett Wood Lane

In both cases, measures to resolve congestion fall into the long-term category (6+ years away) and at present no schemes have been identified as a solution for either road, although the document states that part of the solution to the Craddocks Avenue congestion will be to “provide alternative modes of transport”.


At present, 61% of Mole Valley residents use their car to travel less than 5km to work while 5% of people cycle that distance. The cycling percentage for all distances drops to 2%. SCC’s key objective is to provide a network of routes between villages and towns in Mole Valley as well as links to towns beyond the District boundary. The Surrey Cycling Strategy document provides more detail.

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We await to see the impact on congestion, and hence Public consultation on the proposals closes on 2nd air quality, of the new cycle route along the A24/ July so, if you have not already done so, please do Knoll Roundabout stretch of road, given the road respond to SCC. The ARA is also interested in your narrowing and the additional pedestrian traffic lights. views and we would appreciate being copied on One puzzling aspect of the congestion analysis in your response at

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Yet another consultation... I am sure you all thought you had finished with writing letters to Mole Valley District Council about how (probably) unsuitable you considered each of the sites, LH01, LH03, LH07 and so on, were for houses, let alone traveller sites. After all, the Council received some 8000 comments from some 3000 people. But no, you would be wrong! Other landowners have decided to join the bandwagon and in Leatherhead two further sites have been presented for discussion while further down in Mole Valley yet more have appeared. One of the sites in Leatherhead is, rather predictably, the former British Legion building in Upper Fairfield. It is unlikely to be “adapted” but rebuilding could furnish either some commercial premises in keeping with other buildings at that end of the road, or, indeed some more flats similar to the ones which have just been finished in Middle Road. It even has a car park a few steps away (I am thinking of the MV one) which, if you get there early enough should prove ideal, although patients for the Doctors’ surgery or for the Dentist could well experience severe problems as it is so small. The other site, thickly wooded, is parallel with the A24 and to the south of Forty Foot

recreation ground next to which a triangle of trees appear to being left. Although it is in the Green Belt GB-LA section, it is felt that apart from these trees, it offers few of the characteristics of such a designation and could, therefore, come out it. However, building on this site would open the opposite side of the road to development and thus the land beyond and up to the motorway would be vulnerable, to say nothing of other nearby similar stretches of wooded buffer zone. Given that this is a small site and perhaps because of access difficulties, (the A24 is a Trunk Road so that any new access from it would not be acceptable), Mole Valley suggests about 10 houses or, more precisely, a mixture of bungalows and starter homes. They also acknowledge noise problems and say that mitigation would have to be incorporated into the design. Sadly, of course, that would still leave gardens vulnerable and air quality would be very variable. The Committee of the LRA will be discussing these sites at the next meeting, but everyone is being invited to send in comments to Mole Valley District Council on or before 21st July.

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Ashtead Community Vision New Housing figures - New Delays - New Vision for Ashtead The second item – delays to the timetable is something the ACV and Forum is now beginning to get used to. Essentially, the rub is that MCDC Housing and Traveller Sites Plan is now likely to be published in January 2015 and with the parliamentary elections being held in May 2015 the whole process of examination of the draft NDP and referendum would have to be pushed back so delaying the process by around three months. While these matters of detail may be of passing interest, thoughts at the ACV have been turning to the content of the draft NDP and in particular, the fact that the Forum would like to develop a ‘Vision’ for Ashtead. In the Locality Roadmap Guide for Neighbourhood plans (which can be found on the internet at ) it suggests that the NDP could contain “Vision Two key points came out of the meeting. The and Aims” which it describes thus: first was that the housing targets figures “A neighbourhood plan can set out the were likely to be reduced as the method of community’s overall vision for the area and calculation is being changed and secondly that there were further delays in the process should include overall aims for its future development. These can relate to a wide of getting draft NDP’s approved by the local range of planning and regeneration matters – authority. social, economic and environmental. The vision and aims of the plan can then be Now any deep thinking individual may have translated into details policies, guidance and reacted to the first bit of news by thinking proposals.” that if the house target figures were effectively being reduced (by more fully ACV is considering asking Ashtead residents accounting over the longer term forthe odd what they would like to see as a ‘vision for individual ‘windfall’ home being built here and there) then that would put less pressure the future of Ashtead’ …. But more of that exciting news in next months edition of The on MVDC to produce more homes over the Local. district. That in turn would mean less pressure on the most sensitive areas including development on the Green Belt John Morgan around Ashtead. ACV member June tuned out to be an interesting month as the planners and the Neighbourhood Development Forums got together with Mole Valley District Council planners to get an update on where we are in the process of developing Neighbourhood Development plans (NDPs), including the one for Ashtead.

But while there is some logic in this thought, don’t get too excited as the reality is that at the wider strategic level any redevelopment of Gatwick or increased pressure for accommodating new for homes for London folk, could well mean the figures increase rather than decrease during the planning period!

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Are you looking for something to do that that is fun for all the family? Then why not come along to the annual Leatherhead Duck Race on Sunday 13th July. For a quacking great afternoon of family fun head to the banks of the River Mole by the town bridge (bottom of Bridge Street), where the action starts at 2pm with 7 tote races (6 heats and a grand final). You can bet on the duck you think will win and cheer it on to victory! Picking a winning duck can be hard so here are a few tips - choose your favourite colour, pick the name you like best or if in doubt rely on pot luck! For the very first time the tote races will be followed by a brand new Swan Race, where proceeds from this race will go to the Children’s Trust local charity in Tadworth and one lucky winner could be in the chance of winning a great prize. And not forgetting the mass duck race where hundreds of tiny yellow bath time ducks will take to the water for the grand finale with some fantastic prizes to be won! To keep your little ones entertained between races there will be a storyteller down by the river. Miniature steam train rides will also be available in nearby Mill Lane, just follow the signs. Refreshments in the form of ice cream and soft drinks will also be on sale by the river. The little yellow bath time ducks for the mass duck race can be sponsored on the day for £1 or in advance on Thursdays and Saturdays in the Swan Centre right up to the event. Ducks are also available from the Help Shop and Barton’s Bookshop. And if all this wasn’t enough, why not take part in ‘Duck Trails’? From Saturday 5th July keep them peeled for giant ducks nesting in the town’s shops. Find them all, enter our prize draw and you could win a great prize. While you are at it, upload your ‘delfies’ (duck selfies) to our flickr site. For further information go to


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Mole Valley Police Column Since the last time I wrote, several people have asked me to clarify some of the different roles performed by people working within the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams but, in particular, how “Special Constables” fit into the equation. I hope that the following explanation will help to clarify the situation?

Specials also have to complete all of the required regular “refresher training” that is required of regular officers, including the annual fitness assessment, personal safety training and first aid. Once “sworn in” by a magistrate, Specials then have to work alongside qualified tutor police constables to demonstrate their competence across a wide range of policing practices. Over time, they have to submit evidence of their competence in a variety of different situations until they reach a point where they are assessed by senior officers to be “occupationally competent”. They are then confirmed as substantive officers and can patrol independently and are expected to deal with any incidents that may arise to exactly the same standards as their regular counterparts.

As many of you will already know, Neighbourhood Specialist Officers (NSOs) are regular police officers who have a “beat” or “patch” which focuses on a specific location; i.e. a town centre, a cluster of villages, or a wider area encompassing several villages and communities. NSOs are responsible for the day-to-day policing of their areas, dealing with local issues that have been highlighted as being priority concerns by members of the community. They are supported by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) whose role is to provide high visibility patrols, to engage with local residents and businesses, to carry out specific tasks and operational patrols and to act as the local point of contact for victims of certain types of crime. The local teams also work closely with their colleagues within CID, Response and Traffic units to provide support and joint working to tackle issues that can have a significant impact on local communities.

It is great, from a personal perspective, to be able to combine my specialist role within Surrey Police as a Crime Reduction Advisor with being able to provide practical “hands on” policing support to your local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. In summary, Specials are integrated fully into the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and are there to provide additional resource to policing to local communities. I hope that this has cleared up many of the misconceptions about the role of Specials within policing?

In addition to this resource, there are also Special Constables, who are assigned to work as part of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, working closely in partnership with their “regular” colleagues and reporting directly to a Neighbourhood Sergeant.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE Tel: 101 Extension 30809

In a nutshell, Special Constables, or “Specials”, are volunteer police officers who are required to give a minimum time commitment each month to provide policing support alongside their regular counterparts. It is fair to say, however, that many Specials work considerably more than the minimum sixteen hours actually required. Specials normally hold down other full-time paid employment (like me) but have also received full police officer training in their own time (often during evenings and weekends) over many months. This training includes classroom learning on the law and policing powers, plus ongoing written and practical assessments as well as having to pass a written examination which is accredited to the same national standards that is required of regular police officers.

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Surrey Hills Community Radio Launches the hills come alive with the sound of music! (and community news, chat and sports reports!) It was a who’s who of Surrey at the launch of the Brand New Surrey Hills Community Radio on 6th June. National TV, Radio Journalist and Presenter – Nicholas Owen (pic left) declared the station officially on air! The internet based Community station, conceived by local Actor Graham Pountney will be managed and presented by local people and will feature programmes aimed at all ages. Initially there will be a period of natural growth as new presenters are trained and get their shows underway. In the coming months there will be a ‘Charity of the Month’ element which will link small businesses and charities by highlighting causes and encouraging fund raising events and many new shows that vary from music and talk to local community features and health and wellbeing. The launch programme was presented by studio manager Andy Newbold who has been a resident photographer in the town for the past ten years. Then at 7pm the very first celebrity interview took place with Reigate resident Nicholas Owen who shared some of his experiences of being a radio presenter (currently on Classic FM) before announcing the station as Live! Britain’s Got Talent 2013 Semi-finalist Philip W Green also made an appearance in between running his Dorking Dance class and heading off to a gig in Shepperton. He too will be bringing us an entertaining regular show full of Impressions and music!

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The Eight-Legged Spanish Attacker Sam’s Auntie Cheryl was a wonderfully eccentric character. She and her husband Derek moved to Spain when they retired and lived a very happy and relaxed life in the sunshine on the Costa Blanca. Derek played golf, Cheryl loved to paint, they had lots of friends and life was much better for them. Life also got better for Sam and Ruth when they received the surprise phone call from Uncle Derek. He was taking Cheryl on a nudist ‘Figure Drawing’ holiday to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary and needed someone to feed the two cats, water the plants and clean the pool. Would Sam, Ruth, Ben, Daniel and Sarah like to go over there for ten days in July? Sam, trying not to conjure up naked images of his aunt and uncle, said yes without a moment’s hesitation. When they dropped their bags in the middle of the Spanish living room, Ruth’s family reacted in four different ways. Ben and Daniel immediately rummaged through everything to find swimming trunks; Sarah explored the house to choose her bedroom; Sam opened the fridge to find the beer and Ruth read the note from Aunty Cheryl wishing them a happy holiday and explaining how to clean the pool. They managed to get Cheryl’s old Ford Fiesta going and drove to the local supermarket to stock up on supplies for the first few days. Sam then raced home at top speed before all the ice cream was reduced to a liquid mess in the searing July heat.

Ruth didn’t want to alarm the children so, in a silent but controlled panic, they tried to find the spider, which had by this time scuttled under the floorboards. Sam’s leg quickly stopped bleeding and he seemed to be completely fine but they didn’t know what do to. Should they go to the hospital? They had no idea what sort of spider it was and had no Internet access to Google ‘venomous arachnids’. After Sam made a terrible spider related joke about not being able to search on ‘the web’, Ruth decided that he was fine and that another glass of wine was probably the best antidote. They had a lovely last few days but Sam was a little more reserved than usual and seemed to be looking forward to returning home. The first thing he did when they arrived back was to head for his computer to check on work emails. As soon as the children were unpacked and in their rooms, Ruth went to find her husband. She wasn’t surprised to see him scrolling through images of spiders, looking for distinctive markings. “I’ve found it!” he announced with a mixture of terror, anticipation and triumph. “Here… That’s definitely the one that bit me.” As he read the details, his face blanched. “Darling, it’s poisonous… It’s lethal… This is bad… This is really bad…”

Ruth took a closer look at the screen.“So, you were bitten by the ‘Brazilian Wandering Spider’, were you? That’s terrible! Before we race you off They had a wonderful time and the days soon to hospital can I just point out a couple of tiny slipped into a relaxing and indulged routine. Sam observations? Don’t you think you would have and Ruth tried to have a quiet and cool early swim noticed a five-inch spider climbing up your leg? You also seem to be thoroughly enjoying that each morning but it was usually interrupted by a large bag of cheese and onion crisps. Don’t you dive-bombing ball of excitement called Daniel. After breakfast on the terrace, they would either think you might be feeling just a little bit poorly if you’d been bitten by the most lethal spider in the laze around by the pool or venture down to the world?” beach with a picnic. The cats rarely made an appearance but Ruth fed them as requested and Sam watered the plants in the late afternoon. Copyright Sarah Lott Evenings were spent on the terrace, with wine, June 2014 Fanta and games of Monopoly and Scrabble. The children would swim in the dark before bed and watch the fireflies darting about in the night sky. Two days before they were due to return home, Sam and Ruth were on the terrace one evening, reading their books and drinking sangria while the children swam in the pool. Sam suddenly felt a sharp pain and swiped at his leg, assuming it was a mosquito. As he looked down, he wasn’t sure if he was more shocked by the strangely marked spider or by the trickle of blood which were both making their way down his leg.

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Time They say that time flies when you’re having fun, but anyone under the age of 18 who has a seemingly endless summer holiday stretching ahead of them is going to be praying that isn’t the case. Whether you’re spending the summer behind a desk or in a deckchair, these timely titles will certainly make the minutes and hours pass you by, almost in an instant. A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki

A teenage girl in Tokyo plans to take her own life. Nao is suffering at the hands of bullies, but before she ends it she needs to finish writing the story of her great grandmother, an ancient Buddhist nun. When a Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on a beach in British Columbia, novelist Ruth finds Nao’s diary, and a new obsession. She believes it to be debris left over from the Japanese tsunami of 2011 and is determined to find out how both Nao and her great grandmother’s stories end. This is a remarkable story linking three women across time and continents.

The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger

Art student Claire first met librarian Henry when she was six and he was thirty-one, and then again when she was twenty-three and he was thirty-one. Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder and so lives out his bizarre life leaping between time and space, his ‘clock’ continually resetting, meaning Claire has no idea where or more specifically, when, the love of her life will reappear again. Though constantly torn apart and then thrown back together again, they try and hold onto some semblance of a normal life; raising their child and holding onto the fact that they found each other at all. It’s a fantastic and heart-wrenching book that will leave you hoping that somehow and somewhere you will be able to catch up with Claire and Henry once again.

The Time Machine H.G. Wells

Long before Doctor Who started fighting Daleks and regenerating, H.G. Wells gave the world his view of the future, through the eyes of a Victorian scientist. The Time Traveller (we never learn his real name) invents a time machine that sends him to the year 802,701AD and discovers a peaceful people called the Eloi. But these descendants of man live lives of unspoken terror. When he scratches beneath the surface of this apparent utopia, our time traveller discovers another race: Morlocks. These terrifying tunnel-dwellers are not to be messed with and the time traveller must escape post-haste…if only he can relocate his missing time machine.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon

Chris doesn’t make for the most likely of detectives in this ‘whodunit’. He’s fifteen years old and he has Asperger’s Syndrome. He likes facts and order, routine and mathematics. He finds social interaction and other human beings an absolute minefield to negotiate. When Chris finds his neighbour’s dog has been murdered he must rise to the challenges that life has thrown to him and take himself out of his comfort zone. The story has been published in a version for adults and another for children and isn’t, says Haddon, a book about Asperger’s. It’s a story about what it’s like to be on the outside looking in; how different and isolated we can all feel and how varied the human mind is in interpreting what’s going on around us.


A Time to Kill John Grisham

A ten year old black girl is viciously attacked and assaulted by two drunken white men one night. The town of Clanton, Mississippi is thrown into total chaos by the act of violence and the girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey, asks a white attorney Jake Brigance for legal advice, wanting to know if he could be acquitted if he kills the two men. Brigance implores Hailey not to do anything stupid, but adds that if it were his daughter…Hailey avenges Tonya’s attack and kills both men leaving Brigance fighting to save both his client and his own skin. This is a legal thriller at its best, firmly cementing Grisham as the king of the courtroom drama.

Hard Times Charles Dickens

Domineering headmaster Thomas Gradgrind is the personification of the Industrial Revolution. He is a man of facts and the hard truth and he banishes free-thinking, creativity and freedom of expression from his home and from his classroom. His views and utilitarian regime dominate Coketown and it is little wonder that his son rebels and falls into a life of crime, whilst his obedient daughter marries a man she doesn’t love. Enter the spritely and carefree circus performer Sissy Jupe to spice this drab world up a bit, along with the weaver, Stephen Blackpool. It may be there could be a chink of light in this otherwise drab, industrial prison of a town.

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I talked to her as she walked towards me. I told her I was sorry and wished I could give her a better life. She stopped, slowly lifted her trunk and stretched it towards me, reaching across the moat to touch my hand. It was unbearable. Twiggy is a 48-year old Asian elephant. A sensitive, perceptive, family animal, with a similar lifespan to our own. She should be in her prime, surrounded by her loved ones in a rich, ever-changing wild environment. But Twiggy is alone and desolate, mouldering her miserable life away in a terrible barren compound, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Incarcerated at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia, kept without trees or any enrichment to alleviate the mindless tedium. This is her life and it’s a nightmare. Twiggy was a vulnerable infant, just a year or so old, when she was torn from her wild family and brought to a UK zoo, in the 1960’s. She has since been shunted between SEVEN different zoos, finally coming to Belgrade in 1990. For the last 17 years she has been completely alone. Life in the ‘entertainment’ industry can be hell. It seems unbelievable that elephants, that most social of animals, are still held captive today in sad, traumatised solitude. Obsessively pacing, neurotically swaying, usually in atrocious conditions. Their anguish and distress hardly bears thinking about. But that, of course, is exactly what we must do.

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

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


July Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) GO FURTHER: Tue 1 : Newdigate to Ockley, 8m A fairly flat walk through varied countryside via Capel with pub lunch at Ockley. Meet 10am (in the lane adjacent to the church in Newdigate. From Beare Green Roundabout A24 head south east on Newdigate Road, turn left into Trig Street and on to Newdigate. TQ197422 / RH5 5AB | Mon 7: Ashurst Wood, 4½m Start at The Three Crowns P. H. or park in the road at Ashurst Wood. Follow A22 past East Grinstead for 1m and turn left to the village. Pub/parking is on the right. A varied walk with some hills, views, woods and open areas. | GO FURTHER: Tue 8: St Leonard’s Forest, Horsham, 8½m Meet 10am at Leechpool Woods car park on the left on the B2195 (TQ194314). Easy access from the A24 and A264, or the A264 Crawley/M23 route. An excellent, but quite hilly walk through lovely woods and open areas with a pub lunch at Colgate. | Tue 8: Titsey, 4½m Meet 10am at Titsey Foundation CP on right at top of Titsey Hill, B269, junction with B2024. Follow North Downs Way through woods & fields. Good views. Some stiles and a flight of steps. TQ398556 | Thu 10 : Reigate, 4m Meet Graham at 10am for 10.15 start in Park Lane East, south of Reigate. From A217/Cockshot Hill turn into Park Lane E and park just before left hand bend. Special lunch after 4m with provisional showing of ‘Portugal pictures’. | Tue 15: Bletchingley, 5m Walk over Castle Hill to Nutfield. Meet 10am at Bletchingley playing fields, opposite the Plough pub. TQ329505 / RH1 4PE | GO FURTHER: Wed 16: South Holmwood (Mole Valley), 7½m Ascend on field & woodland paths to Coldharbour, then up to Leith Hill tower for snack at the highest point in Surrey, returning by a different route. Meet 10.30am by the Bechets Green Rd playground, beside St Mary Magdalene church. On-street parking. Metrobus 93 Dorking-Horsham. TQ171448 / RH5 4LA | Thu 17: Rusper, 5½m Meet 10am at car park adjacent to the church in Rusper. Lovely, undulating walk with beautiful scenery & woods. Pub lunch on return. | Tue 22: Outwood, 4m Meet 10am in NT parking area opposite the windmill. Walk through woods & farmland. A few stiles and may be muddy. TQ326455 | GO FURTHER: Tue 22: Great & Little Bookham, 8m Meet 10am at Mark Oak Gate car park (TQ134568), Cobham Road. The car park is 1 mile south of the bridge over the A25 at Stoke D’Abernon. A flatish walk on the common and past the 3 lakes with a pub lunch at Effingham. | Wed 23: Wooton Hatch, 4m Meet 10.15am in the car park behind the Wotton Hatch pub near Westcott, west of Dorking on the A25. Walking to Friday Street and returning along part of the Greensand Way. Optional refreshments at pub. | GO FURTHER: Fri 25: Reigate Heath/Skimmington Castle, 8m Walk taking in Priory Park. Bring a picnic. Meet 10am at Flanchford Road car park. TQ239504. | Mon 28: Tilburstow Hill, 4m Meet 10am in the car park on Rabies Heath Road 1½ miles south east of Bletchingly. A fairly hilly walk with beautiful views, paths, lanes and fields. Special in ‘bluebell time’. | Tue 29: Reigate Heath, 5m Meet 10am at Flanchford Road car park, Reigate Heath. An easy walk by Skimmington Castle, return by Old Mill and golf course. Bring snack. TQ239504 / RH2 8AB | Wed 30: Ranmore Common, 4m Meet 10.15am at free CP at west end of Ranmore Common Road (not CP at Denbies Hillside). Varied walk across the front of the hill to enjoy the flowers and butterflies. TQ434323 / RH18 5JP

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Put your best foot forward for Marie Curie’s Walk Ten Saturday 30th August

Whether you’re a seasoned walker or fancy an evening stroll with family and friends in beautiful surroundings, Walk Ten at Hampton Court on 30th August is the perfect excuse to put on your walking shoes, pack a picnic and join the experience. Hampton Court is one of 19 stunning locations across the UK chosen for Walk Ten this year. Join us as we discover the magnificence of Henry VIII's favourite royal residence. Enjoy exclusive after-dark access to this famous palace and grounds as you take an evening 10k riverside walk. After completing the walk, settle down with your picnic and enjoy the festival-like celebrations with live music, entertainment and spectacular fireworks at 10pm. These fireworks coincide with the time many Marie Curie Nurses start their night shift, providing care to people with terminal illnesses and their families in their own homes. Karen Howland took part in Walk Ten at Denbies Wine Estate last year, she said: “I signed up because it’s such a good cause and I wanted to do my bit to help. I thought it was great that the walk was at Denbies as it’s not somewhere I could go to walk normally. Unfortunately the weather was rubbish but the atmosphere on the night was brilliant with all of us walking together for the same cause. I am really looking forward to taking part in Walk Ten at Hampton Court this year, I just hope it doesn’t rain again!”

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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The May meeting was a little different from the usual format. Our President, Hazel Richmond Coggan invited views on the resolution proposed at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes regarding organ donation. Emphasis was put on the importance of making wishes known to the family, when the decision had been made. We agreed that this was a valuable legacy. It was felt, however, that more information should be made available on this subject. Following the interesting talk last month about the Lavender Fields project, we plan to visit this venue on 15th July. After the coffee break, plans for making a banner with individual pennants were put in motion. Barbara had brought along a wealth of art materials and books, illustrating every kind of design. It was all very inspiring, and prompted length discussions among members, trying to decide what would best reflect their own interests. We look forward to seeing the finished results!

Are you intrigued? Why not come along to one of our meetings and see for yourself how good they are? Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570


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Join the fun at the Bacchus Festival Sunday 14th September

down by a glass of Denbies fine wine. Race prizes are donated by Ashtead running specialist store, Run to Live (, Mizuno Running, Yurbuds and Gore Running Wear. Nicky Donbavand, Managing Director of Events to Live said ‘We are really excited to be able to organise this event once again. This event has sold out every year so this year entries have been increased to 2000.’ The event is suitable for walkers as well as runners and so walkers are most welcome. If you are looking for an organised event that raises money for a fabulous charity and is full of fun, then this one is definitely for you. Events to Live in association with Dorking Council and Denbies Vineyard (the largest vineyard in England) are delighted to announce the 5th Bacchus Festival. Including a marathon, half-marathon and 2.5k fun run taking place on Sunday 14th September 2014. This year’s charity benefactor is Princess Alice Hospice. A charity dedicated to helping the terminally and seriously ill.

A portion of the entry fee will go to Princess Alice Hospice and participants are encouraged to raise money either for this or their own nominated charity.

Groups of ten or more attract a 10% discount on application. Contact Alan at Further details of the Bacchus festival can be found at

The Bacchus half marathon was voted the 2nd best half marathon in the UK last year by Runner’s World. The Bacchus festival is unique in the UK. The emphasis of this race is fun and so participants are strongly encouraged to wear fancy dress. The best outfit wins a prize! Family fun runs and a space hopper time trial also add to the fun. Participants are greeted at the finish with a medal, t-shirt, hot drinks, water or juice, fresh fruit, cake and a hog roast BBQ, all washed 56

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Have you discovered The Letherhead Institute yet? The Letherhead Institute was built in 1892 by Abraham Dixon of Cherkley Court who gave the Institute to the people of Leatherhead to provide them with educational, social and recreational facilities. The Leatherhead Community Association (LCA), which is a registered charity and is based in the Institute, was established in 1977 with the objective of continuing to fulfill Abraham Dixon's foresight and vision for local people. The LCA organises a varied programme of activities and talks, both inside and outside the Institute, recent events have included enjoying concerts at St Clements Dane and the Royal Festival Hall, and trips to Stonehenge and ‘Literary’ Southwark. There are art talks and musical afternoons, and a taste of things to come include a visit from the Bookham U3A Phoenix Entertainers, a series of long or short walks around the local countryside, a visit to the All England Club shortly after the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and a day visit to Kenwood House. There are also a number of attractive rooms available for hire.

Membership fees are only £5 pa and the cost of attending the activities are kept as low as possible. Why not call in and see what there is to offer at 67 High Street Leatherhead, or you can contact us on 01372 360508 between 9am and 12pm. Or go to to find out more, or email us on

Ashtead Women’s Institute - June 2014 Meeting We were very pleased to welcome two new members and some visitors to our June meeting, after which we were brought up to date with W.I. news. Our entertaining speaker for June was Captain David Henderson, an airline pilot who gave us lots of advice on how to become speakers on cruise ships! Apparently a speaker ‘only’ needs a particular interest, such as bridge, art, flying, science, royal family, etc. for a booking, but must also have enthusiasm and expertise. It’s a good idea to have 4 – 8 different talks on the subjects, with some kind of visual element such as powerpoint, and it’s surprising how many of the passengers in the audience have hidden talents which show up at these lectures. Sometimes lecturers also need to be on-shore tour escorts, assisting local guides with the groups when in port. David has to be extremely organised and gave us thought-provoking advice - time is our most valuable nonrenewable source! He also has to be prepared for the many really funny questions such as ‘What time does the Midnight Buffet start?’ and ‘Does the ship generate its own electricity?’ This talk got us all wondering how we could arrange to spend some of our own time each year in such an enjoyable way though it was stressed this is, surprisingly, not an easy way to have a free cruise! News was given of our sub-groups for this month, and we would welcome visitors to our next meeting, on Wednesday July 2nd at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30 when our speaker will be Jane Formby, from the Princess Alice Hospice; and, instead of our August meeting, a visit to Chichester and Siddlesham has been arranged. Sandra Brown


Education & Tuition

Law and Order Our GCSE Law class has been running successfully in the daytime for several years, but from September this will move to Tuesday evenings. This will enable new groups of students to join – people who work in the daytime, mothers who are caring for children and can only get out in the evenings, and school children who might be interested in a subject not offered at school. The course gives a basic knowledge of the subject, and may whet the appetite for those who wish to study it at a higher level. It provides information which is useful in a variety of setting, both professional and personal. It is taught by a barrister and includes a visit to a court.

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

Chernobyl Children’s Life Line

(To help children suffering from the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster and economic situation)

Clothes wanted

This Summer 12 children from Ukraine will be spending four weeks in this area for respite care from the after-effects of the Chernobyl accident. We would be most grateful for donations of clothing to fit boys and girls aged from 8 to 12 years. We are looking for all types of both Summer and Winter clothing to include coats, jackets, fleeces, sports clothing, swimwear, trainers and football boots. Clean and good condition clothing is appreciated

If you have clothes you can donate, please call Emma McCartney, 01372 229174, to arrange collection. Any clothing not used for the Ukrainian children will be used for fund-raising or passed to another charity. The Mid-Surrey Link is part of Chernobyl Children's Life Line, registered charity No: 1014274 Courts, 61 Petworth Road, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 3AX.


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WATERCOLOUR CLASSES With Frances Jordan BA (Hons) Fine Art

Always wanted to paint but not had the confidence? Small friendly classes beginners welcome. Still life, flower & landscape watercolour techniques Weekly classes:

Thursdays 9.45am-12pm Mon & Thurs 1.45pm- 4pm Classes held at the Old Barn Hall, Church Rd Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ

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Music at Home “It’s something to look forward to during the week” says Joan, a sweet old lady in her 80’s. As long as it doesn’t clash with Coronation Street, there’s nothing she likes more than to sit back and listen to some live entertainment. John the manager knows that most of the residents will be stimulated to see some new faces, listen to some music and perhaps even join in with some familiar songs. He knows because it will be the talk of the lounge tomorrow. “The Parlour Singers” have performed at Old Folks’ Homes and Care Homes since the 90’s, and they love to feel that they are helping their audiences to enjoy their later years. Their concerts consist of old & new songs, lullabies, songs from the shows and classical pieces. “We encourage them to join in with the popular songs”, says Rosemary, the soprano. “I’m sure it helps them to make a connection, which they miss in the home”. Angela – the only professional singer in the group –is concerned to keep the quality of music high whilst maintaining a relaxed and happy atmosphere. The Parlour Singers Maurice (pianist), Angela, Rosemary and Roy

The tenor voice in the group had to retire recently, so the Parlour Singers are a trio at the moment. But it means there is an opportunity to join them if you think you might be interested in a rewarding hobby and have a reasonable tenor voice. Roy Guy on 01372 273670 would be happy to give you further information. 60




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Cock Lane, Fetcham The Cock Inn, Fetcham (Rear view) 1759 Painting by Dominic Serres

Yew & Tea Tree Cottages c:1998 Courtesy of Mr. A.E. Tims Why Cock Lane? - The road gets its name from the old Cock Inn in The Street, Fetcham, formally known as Cock Green. The Cock Inn was built in the mid-17th century. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have drunk mead there when she visited Slyfield Manor, but there is no firm evidence for this! In 1807 it was held by John Sterling, and consisted of a dwelling house, a garden and an orchard. Three years later it lost its licence because the village was deemed to have too many public houses - The Rising Sun and The Bell. So the closing of public houses is nothing new. Today the building is divided into two dwellings named Yew Tree and Tea Tree Cottages. It has a brick front with two added bay windows downstairs and some old casement windows upstairs. The roof is tiled and the tiles sweep down over the outshot to the back; this originally had a central chimney piece with an inglenook hearth, now rising through a lean-to roof at the end on the cottage. Goff Powell - Extracted from History of Fetcham L&DLHS 1998 with additions.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 62

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Carers Support Mole Valley ·

training and workshops for Carers.

We also organise outings and monthly coffee mornings so that Carers get a break from their caring responsibilities and it gives them an opportunity to meet other Carers so they don't feel so isolated. The friendly team at Dorking

Carers Support Mole Valley: who we are and what we do In Surrey there are around 108,000 Carers. They are made up of family, friends and neighbours who provide the bulk of unpaid community care to those with a disability or long term illness. Carers save Surrey's economy £1.59 billion each year! Tell me more about the role of a Carer? Caring for someone else – in an unpaid capacity - is a multi-faceted role, one that is physical, mental and emotional. The demands placed on Carers are different from normal family responsibilities. Research has shown that caring can have an adverse effect on the Carers' health and carers are more prone to depression and stress related illness. Carers are not Care Workers; they cannot clock off in the evening and relax at home, they don't get sick pay or holiday entitlement and there's no hope of a raise or promotion.

Registering yourself as a Carer with your GP is also important so that he/she can give you the support and help you need. GPs can tell you about services that could improve your life as a Carer. You'll be recognising your value as a Carer to the NHS.

How to get help and support If you are a Carer and need help, you can call us on 01306 640212, or send us an email You can find us in: The Mayflower Centre, Lyons Court, High Street, Dorking, RH4 1AB More about Carers Support Mole Valley We are one of ten schemes across Surrey and are funded by Surrey County Council and Surrey NHS. You can read more about our support, services and our Newsletter on our website


Margaret Spice

How we help Carers Carer Support Mole Valley (CSMV) is a charity. Our three Carer Support Workers offer a free, confidential and independent service including: · · · ·

MA, BA (Hons.), MBACP, BICA • • • •

information and advice (such as Benefits) support for individual carers a listening ear advocacy

Abuse Anxiety Depression Bereavement

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Osteoarthritis How can I avoid or treat osteoarthritis?

The term ‘arthritis’ covers over 200 joint conditions, but osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting over 8.75 million people in the UK. Usually most severe in joints that are heavily used, such as the knees and hips, it’s also often found in the neck, back, hands, wrists and big toes.

Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding prolonged repetitive movement lessens the chance of developing osteoarthritis, while regular exercise to strengthen muscles and ligaments will reduce joint strain. These steps will also lessen symptoms. Swimming is Sometimes called ideal as it exercises joints degenerative or mechanical gently, while aerobic exercise arthritis, it occurs when joint will stimulate endorphins, cartilage becomes thin or damaged. Cartilage is a shock absorber, cushioning bone ends during joint hormones which act as pain relievers. movement. When it deteriorates bones rub There are several types of medication that can together, causing bone ends and surrounding reduce symptoms: tissues to thicken, while synovial fluid in the • Simple painkillers (analgesics) e.g. joint (another shock-absorber) can decrease or paracetamol become less effective. These changes can cause • Stronger painkillers that contain opioids e.g. inflammation and sometimes distortion. co-dydamol • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Symptoms (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, which relieve Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and pain and reduce inflammation (often reduced joint movement, particularly after available as creams too) resting, and grinding or crunching sensations • Capsaicin cream, which reduces pain by when moving a joint. blocking nerve endings Diagnosis • Steroids injected directly into the joint An x-ray is usually required and sometimes an • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, arthroscopy will be performed, usually under which may repair cartilage general anaesthetic. This involves the insertion of an arthroscope, which incorporates a light source Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, heat or ice packs and complementary treatments, such as and camera, through a small incision to inspect acupuncture and aromatherapy, can be useful. the joint space. A blood test, MRI scan or joint There are also special aids and appliances which aspiration (removal of a little joint fluid for can make everyday tasks easier and less painful. analysis) can rule out other types of arthritis.

Am I at risk of osteoarthritis?

Repairing Damage

Sometimes osteoarthritis has no obvious cause, but chances of developing it increase if you: • Are a woman • Are over 45 • Are overweight (due to pressure on joints, and inflammatory chemicals from fat tissue) • Have a physically demanding job • Make many repetitive movements (not only at work - studies show that repetitive movements while texting or playing videogames could contribute too) • Have a family history of osteoarthritis • Have had an infection or disease that causes joint damage, e.g. gout, or joint injury • Have had a major operation on a joint • Have muscle weakness • Were born with a joint abnormality or developed one in childhood

In severe osteoarthritis surgery may be necessary, from simple arthroscopy – where small instruments are used via the arthroscope to remove or repair damaged cartilage – through osteotomy and joint fusion, to total joint replacements.

What about diet?

Alliums such as garlic and onions may prevent or slow osteoarthritis, as they contain a chemical that limits cartilage-damaging enzymes. Many ‘osteoarthritis diets’ have little scientific back-up but experts agree that a more plant-based diet with less saturated fat is beneficial, as saturated fats can cause inflammation and aggravate your arthritis.


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Tammy, Cookie & Fudge “Hello – we are a lovely trio of 4 year old cats who came into care when our owner could no longer look after us. My name is Fudge and I am ginger & white. I am a very affectionate cat who loves to sit on laps – and I like to be indoors. I would like to be homed with my best friend Tammy & her daughter Cookie. Tammy is a pretty, four year old tabby who loves to be made a fuss of and likes to be outside. Cookie, is shy but a sweetheart. We love each other dearly and are looking for a forever home with a garden; we like older children and don’t mind dogs either!!” If you feel that you could give Tammy, Cookie & Fudge a much deserved forever loving home please call Sue on 0208 390 3165 or Rosemary on 01737 350307

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Prenatal Reassurance about your baby without the risk at Newlife Clinic Discovering you are pregnant is a time of great excitement and anticipation; it can also be a time of apprehension when you want the reassurance that everything is developing normally with your baby. The vast majority of babies are normal. However, all women, irrespective of their age, have a small chance of delivering a baby with a physical and/or learning disability. In some cases this disability is caused by a chromosomal abnormality. The most common chromosome abnormalities include Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) and Patau syndrome (trisomy 13). Newlife Clinic is offering a new approach to provide the most accurate way of estimating the risk of the baby having these conditions by using a simple non-invasive blood test that analyses genetic material (or DNA) from the baby which is normally present in the mothers blood.

What are my current testing options?

There are various screening and diagnostic options available for the common chromosomal conditions. Current screening options can tell you the chance (for example, 1 in 50) of your pregnancy having a certain chromosome problem, but they do not provide a definitive answer. Current invasive procedures (such as a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis) can provide a more definitive answer, but they have a small risk of complications, including miscarriage.

What are the advantages of the Serenity®

The advantages of the Serenity® in comparison to other testing options, is that it provides more accurate information than the probability or risk scores given by other tests, and does not carry the risk of complications that an invasive procedure does. It also: • Uses just a simple, single blood draw from your arm (other tests require multiple blood samples) • Can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy (compared to other methods at 12-14 weeks) • Tests for trisomies 13, 18, and 21 as well as X and Y. • Results available in a week • Lower false negative rate (0.07%) than Harmony (alternative test method) • Has lower test failure rate (<0.1%) than Harmony (~5%)

How is the Serenity® prenatal test performed?

The test is performed by drawing a sample of your blood and the genetic material is tested, using a technology called “massively parallel DNA sequencing” to count the number of copies of these chromosomes, and then uses a calculation method to determine if there are too many or too few copies of these chromosomes present in your baby.

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A Heart for the Community Half way along Church Road in Leatherhead, only a short walk from the town centre, is LMC, a lively church with a heart for the community. Many people who visit us are surprised by our varied range of community linked activities and services. We have large, accessible premises which we are happy to share.

toddlers and primary school children for well organised craft activities in the spacious church itself and all over the church buildings. We then have a quick Bible story and give tea to all the children so they are ready for you to take home, exhausted, for bath and bed. We regularly have 60 parents and children come along. Our next Messy Church is on 17th July.

For the older generation, on the first Friday of every month, at 2.30 pm, we host ‘Time for Tea’. This is a friendly group for people to come along for tea, cake and a chat. There are often other activities going on, like a little piano music or a talk. The cakes are all homemade and delicious. If getting to LMC is a So what’s going on at LMC at the moment? problem then contact us and we will try Every Thursday lunchtime, at 12.30pm, we and arrange transport for you. are taken over by talented musicians from Our chosen charity at the moment is the Royal Academy and others, who come ‘Heart for Romania’. We chose them along to give the people of Leatherhead a because Leatherhead Youth Project, Liquid musical treat. There is no charge for Connection and B@titude are all involved these concerts but donations are gratefully in the excellent work happening between received at the end to cover costs. The the people of Leatherhead and Romania. Rialto Lounge Restaurant and Patricia ( Morgan, Optician, both sponsor the If you are interested in any of our concerts. The Rialto also supply community activities you are welcome to inexpensive sandwiches and cakes to just come along, or if you would like more complete a lovely lunchtime experience. information, then call the LMC office on 01372 362145. The office is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings or you can leave a message and we will get back to you. Also check out our website http:// If you have any great ideas about other groups we could hold on our premises for the community or are interested in room hire, please get in touch. Once a month we host ‘Messy Church’ on the third Thursday at 3.30pm, run by the Uniting Churches in Leatherhead. This is an amazingly fun experience for younger children. Parents/Carers bring along their 72

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? Friday 4th

Oasis - a group for women in their 20s to 40s. St George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, 9.15-10.30am. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee and cake. This session will take a lighthearted look a parenting conundrums inspired by the comic TV show Outnumbered! All welcome, no charge. More info from Maxine Simpson on 01372 272177.

Friday 4th

‘A Summer Cabaret of Gospel, Disney, Jazz and Pop’, 7pm at St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead. Youth choirs from St Giles’ and St George’s, along with young singers will perform accompanied by a live band. Tickets £10 (£2 for under 18s ) from the Centre reception desk or call 01372 878514. All profits to the Dell Project.

Saturday 5th

St Giles’ School ‘Camelot’ Summer Fair, 12-3pm. Display of students heraldic shields in the playground. Camelot themed stalls, magic show, bouncy castle, face painting, Maypole dancing, fancy dress, raffle, King Arthur’s archery, Lancelot’s lucky dip and the round table itself! Barbeque and refreshments available. Fun for all the family.

Guildford Model Steam Rally & Exhibition, Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1SW. 10am-5pm. £8 per adult, £7 senior citizens, under 16s free. Miniature Steam Train rides, Model Saturday 5th & Traction Engines, model boating pools, model Aero and IC engines. Woodworkers, Sunday 6th Demonstrations, Crafts, stands and much more for all the family. Refreshments available. Free parking. More info on Friday 11th

Soundbytes free summer concert, Christ Church URC, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead. 8pm-9pm (doors open 7.30pm). An evening of songs from The Beatles, Sting, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel plus many more. For more info call Hazel Hannam on 01372 278016.

Friday 11th

6.30pm for 7pm Friends of Ashtead Village Hall - three course dinner followed by entertainment by Hedley Kaye. Tickets £20.50 from Janet Marsh 01372 278988 or at the Friday coffee mornings

Sat 12th/Sun 13th & Sat 19th/Sun 20th

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ outdoor play, Polesden Lacey. 3pm-5.30pm, £10, under 16s free. Polesden Lacey Shakespeare perform this magical play. Book through Dorking Halls on 01306 881717

Saturday 12th

Herbal remedies 1 day course. Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Mickleham RH5 6DA, 10am-5pm. £35 pp. Many of the medicines available today have a long history of use as herbal remedies. We will take you for a walk around the woods and then prepare some herbal remedies to take home with you. More info on 0845 4583507

Sunday 13th

Leatherhead Town Duck Race from 2pm at the River Mole. More info on page 18.

Saturday 19th

‘Party in the Pub’, The Wheatsheaf, 34 Kingston Rd, Ewell, KT17 2AA. Barbeque, family activities, raffle, in aid of The Epsom Medical Equipment Fund. Free entry, doors open 12pm, live music from 1pm. Disco and karaoke from 8pm-12am.

Saturday 19th

Mid-Surrey Mencap's Summer Jumble Sale, 11am-1pm at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, admission 50p There will be refreshments - do come!

Friday 25th

Summer Buggy Walk with NCT Leatherhead & District. A chance to meet other mums, free buggy-friendly walks. 10.45am-11.45am. Denbies Vineyard, RH5 6AA, meet by vineyard entrance. More info from Emma Adler on 07881 785634.

Saturday 26th

Guinness Hill Rolling Attempt, Polesden Lacey, 3pm. Free entry. Help us get the record for the most people ever rolling down a hill!

Sunday 10th


RideLondon Cycle race through Surrey - some road closures - more info next month If there’s an event in August that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Saturday 12th July. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events74 are correct at time of print.

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? - REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday 1st (1st Tues monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ‘Style Workout’, Alison Hoyland. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 2nd (weekly)

Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.

Wed 2nd (weekly)

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

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Talk by Jane Formby on the Princess Alice Hospice. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 2nd (1st Wed monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demonstration by Jan Yardley ‘Here & There’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd

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

Friday 4th (monthly)

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

Friday 4th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, pastry, preserves, plants, meat, eggs, crafts, cards and haberdashery together with coffee or tea. If you make jam, marmalade or chutney and you'd like to sell it phone Janine on 374914 or call in for a chat

Friday 4th (weekly)

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and see me for threads, buttons, ribbons, zips and more. Full range of Milkwood cards at bargain price. Contact 01372 374914 anytime.

Friday 4th (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 4th & Wed 23rd

Blood Donor Sessions: Fri 4th Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm. Wed 23rd St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead, 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm.

Sunday 6th (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 .

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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 3rd July - LMC Andrews Massey Flute & Guitar Duo Emily Andrews, flute, and David Massey, guitar Thursday 10th July - LMC Yuka Nagai, violin, and Tadashi Imai, piano ® Wednesday 16th July - Christ Church Gary Sieling, organist of All Saints Church, Blackheath

Thursday 24th July - LMC Olivia Ru Long Jarvis, violin ®, with piano accompanist Thursday 31st July - LMC Georgia Knower, mezzo-soprano, and Fabrício Mattos, guitar (® performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music)

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Sundays: 6th & 20th

Charity Car Boot Sales at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 7:30am, buyers 9am. Cars £10, Larger cars, MPVs, 4WD, Small Vans - £12; trailers - £3 extra. Buyers Entrance by Donation. No booking necessary. Refreshments – hot and cold drinks.

Tuesday 8th (mthly, 2nd Tues)

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd. We have interesting speakers, and a very varied programme for example in June we had Tim from Princess Alice Hospice, in July we are holding a bring and buy. stall plus bingo. For more info please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Wed 9th (2nd Wed 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

Wed 9th & 16th (2nd & 4th Wed)

MV Speakers’ Club - fun, friend and supportive for anybody wishing to develop their public speaking skills. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm-9.30pm,, 01372 462719

Thurs 10th (2nd Thurs monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Thurs 10th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, talk by Barrie Mold on understanding your energy bills and other home energy issues - see Transition Ashtead article. Please come along.

Friday 11th

2.30pm & 7.30pm. The 'Stranger' Painters of the Tudor Court: an exploration of foreign artists who have shaped our perception of the Tudor monarchs and particularly Elizabeth I. £10 inc refreshments; 01372 272235 : to book. Numbers limited.

Friday 11th (monthly)

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

Thurs 17th

‘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.

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What’s On? Leatherhead Museum Friday Fun Afternoons Le Leatherhead Museum is holding three Family Fun Craft Afternoons in th museum the gar garden on Friday 1st, Friday 8th and Friday 15th August. There will be a variety of activities on each of these afternoons in the long summer holiday, so just turn up between 1pm-4pm and get busy. Keep an eye out for posters for more specific details about what is available on each day or phone 01372 386348 on the day. Each session is free so come and enjoy working in and visiting your local museum at 64 Church Street (by the traffic lights)

NEW Water Wars Splash Zone at Bocketts Farm! Prepare to get wet and join in the fun with the latest attraction to open at Bocketts Farm this summer. The game involves using a catapult to launch water filled balloons across the air and onto your opponent’s station. When the balloon bursts, it will fall through strategically placed slots and holes. You may get sprinkled, sprayed or saturated! The game can be enjoyed individually, or you can buddy up into a team of 4 people. Perfect for the whole family! (It costs £1 per game which includes 5 balloons). Visit for more information on this and the many other attractions this summer. 78

Box Office: 01372 365 141 Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon

New to The Leatherhead Theatre: After the success of King Lear – our first live screening from the National Theatre – and Henry IV Parts one and two from the RSC, we now look forward to the first concert and comedy screenings, coming to Leatherhead this July.

André Rieu’s 10th anniversary concert

Saturday 19th July, 7pm Adults £17 Friends/Concessions £14. Please note: There will also be an additional transaction fee Andre Rieu: 10 years on the Vrijthof! 2014 will be the tenth consecutive year of Andre's traditional summer evening concerts on the most romantic city square in the Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastricht! Enjoy an evening full of humour, music and emotion for young and old and come and see for yourself why Andre Rieu is one of the most popular live acts anywhere in the world! This is a satellite transmission of a pre-recorded concert.

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Tuesday 29th July, 7pm Saturday 9th August, 7pm Adults £16 Concessions/Friends £13 Child £10 Please note: There will also be an additional transaction fee A pre-recorded screening of the final performance from the Monty Python reunion live at the o2. At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world's finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionised comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014.

Continuing our screenings from The National Theatre: Thursday 17th July, 7pm Adults £16 Concessions/Friends £13


Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare's Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

Look out for: Medea – NT Live

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. This will be screening live to cinemas across the UK from the 4th September. Please contact our Box Office for screening date and time.

New Season of Live Screenings from The Royal Opera House:

The Royal Opera House 2014/15 live season begins with the Royal Ballet’s live performance of ‘Manon’ on the 16th October 2014 and continues through to 5th July 2015. Another season full of well known as well as new ballets and opera will be coming to Leatherhead from The Royal Opera House. Both live and encore screenings have been scheduled, please visit The Theatre’s website, for more information. 79

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Ashlea Friends Patients Participation Group All NHS Practices are now required to have a Patient Participation Group and are committed to supporting it. Members of Ashlea GP practice from Linden House in Leatherhead and Gilbert House in Ashtead are invited to express their interest in the re-formation of the Patient Participation Group. Would you like to be part of a working group to run the PPG We need people from all age groups and from both Gilbert House and Linden House Surgeries.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Killerwatts and Loomens? How to avoid going back to the steam age... Do the calculations shown in your energy bills confuse you? You are not alone. Recent survey work has shown that many EON customers do not understand the bills they get (apart from the large number in £££s at the end), and have complained that the company’s recent attempts to give more information has just confused things further. What the respondents really want is to understand how much they have used and how much that is going to cost them. However, to understand energy bills you need to understand how different types of energy are measured and metered. The basic energy unit relevant to household bills is the kilowatt hour. This is the energy used by a one kilowatt electric fire running for an hour (or 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours). Your electricity meter measures this directly, so advances one unit for every kilowatt hour used. The confusion here is that some companies charge a higher rate for the first lot of units used and a lower rate for rest, or may have a daily/monthly standing charge (a charge for just being connected to the system regardless of use). Thus the average cost of a unit depends on just how much you use. Comparing the prices between companies is a minefield even before government levies and VAT are shown and added in. Gas is more of problem, as the energy content of gas varies slightly from month to month. The gas meter measures the volume of gas delivered to your house and that is what the bill is based on. Your supply company has to convert this gas volume into kilowatt hours (that is how it is priced). To do this, they use the energy content of the gas (kilowatt hours equivalent per cubic metre) and a conversion factor relating to the monthly temperature and other factors which affect the energy content. Just to be more confusing, many gas meters measure in cubic feet, so this allowed for when the energy calculation is made. Also again for gas bills, issues relating to daily/monthly standing charges etc. may apply, so trying to compare different company’s price is just as tricky as for electricity. We know approximately how bright a 100 or 40 watt conventional light bulb should be, and roughly how bright a 20 or 9 watt compact fluorescent (energy saving) light bulb might be (multiply by five to get an equivalent figure to a conventional light bulb) . But what of LED bulbs?– here lumens rather than watts are now used to describe how much light these bulbs give out and simple conversion factors don’t work very well at all. And then there is colour temperature as well...! Confusing? Yes, but it is worth using them as they are very good. These and other home energy issues, including energy saving opportunities and improvements, will be discussed at our next monthly meeting. Come along, it could stop steam coming out of your ears when reading yours energy bills and help you save money! Barrie Mould

Our July meeting (Thursday 10th July 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article and will be led by Barrie Mould. Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 92

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House & Garden Royal Hospital Chelsea and Royal Horticultural Society confirm home for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS and Royal Hospital Chelsea sign a new ten-year contract

As work continues to clear the site of this year's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS and the Royal Hospital Chelsea are delighted to announce that they have signed a new contract to ensure that RHS Chelsea remains on the eleven acre site at the Royal Hospital for the next ten years, starting from 2015. Speaking on behalf of the Royal Hospital the Lieutenant Governor, Major General Peter Currie, said "After a century of hosting the Chelsea Flower Show it has become almost part of the DNA of the Royal Hospital, and we are therefore delighted the future of the world's leading horticultural show at our home is secure. This old place is not only a most appropriate setting, but the income we gain from the Show is critical to our charitable objectives: caring for the Chelsea Pensioners and maintaining this great set of buildings". Speaking on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Director General, Sue Biggs, said "The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of gardening, showcasing the very best in horticulture. The world's best designers, growers and exhibitors, all go to great lengths to deliver the world's best and most celebrated gardening show, which is also a fantastic platform for us to highlight our own charitable work. It wouldn't be the RHS Chelsea Flower Show without the Royal Hospital and we are delighted that in the show's 101st year we can continue to call this historic site its home."

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Mediterranean Magic Pippa Greenwood If you can’t get away this year, how about creating your own Mediterranean hotspot in your garden? Even if you do manage to escape to the sun for a week or two this year, you’ll still have the rest of the summer at home and a little slice of Italy, France or Greece outside your back door will bring happy memories flooding back. be able to create your own vintage but the vines will look particularly authentic when draped with a few bunches of grapes.

The first thing to do is to choose the sunniest spot available – it’ll not only make sitting out there more enjoyable, but will also mean that you can install some serious sun-loving plants too.

Glazed tiles, wall-hangings and even the odd ornament or two can also add to the Mediterranean look, but make sure you choose items that won’t be instantly bleached by the sun.

Painting the nearby house, shed or garage wall with white masonry paint will help to create the right atmosphere and look. At the same time it will help to reflect our sunlight – often a bit washed out compared to more southern climes - so providing a stronger light for the type of plants that appreciate it.

Try growing your own oranges or lemons. With our generally milder winters some gardeners are even managing to keep these plants outside all year round with only the minimum of protection. Growing your citrus tree in a good-sized terracotta pot means that you can move it into a more protected spot if necessary.

Mediterranean gardens often make full use of the walls and any other vertical surfaces, so put up hanging baskets, pots and wall baskets and cram them full of plants.

With their wonderful silvery grey leaves and their often rather untidy or gnarled shape, olives too are a plant well worth considering. Olives are best grown in a large container unless you have a warm garden and a very well-drained soil as they hate winter wet.

Plants in pots are a must and if possible choose stone or terracotta containers. If you want to make brand new pots look more weathered try painting them with a solution of plain yoghurt as this will help to encourage rapid colonisation by mosses, algae and lichens.

Some plants just spell out Mediterranean Magic – try geraniums and pelargoniums, aeoniums and sempervivums, rosemary, thyme, oregano and pretty well anything with silvery foliage. Go for the brightest coloured flowers and your new holiday destination will also benefit from a subtle Mediterranean aroma too.

Any new hard landscaping such as wall, paths or patios and terraced surfaces will look best in natural stone and there are now also terracotta tiles available that are suitable for use in the garden. Terracotta tiles can also have a storage-heater effect too – after a long, hot day they will have absorbed a good deal of heat and this will then be released gradually in the evening.

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