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


Police dogs train at Pippbrook House


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Book review


Ashtead Village Traders’ Event


Animal shooting incidents increase


A Queen by any other name


Recipe - Mackerel with spring vegetables


Quiz - Money


Leatherhead Duck Race


A Diamond Aunt - a story


History of spectacles


Olympic Drop-In Sessions


Andy’s Blog


Olympic countdown is on


What’s on in June? (pages 65-69)


First Responders


Gardening - Lawns


Quiz - TV Show Settings


Gardens of Bookhams Open Day


Lions Belarus Appeal 2012


Mole Valley Police Column


Simple Crossword


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GO50 walks, bike rides, Nordic walks


Rianna’s Fund Bike Ride


Leatherhead in Georgian Days


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his month we celebrate our dear Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, an event that I, for one, have been looking forward to for many moons. I think the Royal Family do a wonderful job of representing Great Britain, and long may they continue to do so. The Diamond Jubilee emblem (top right) is by Blue Peter viewer, 10 year old Katherine Dewar of Chester, who won following a national competition for children aged 6-14. I remember the Silver Jubilee back in 1977 and the street party that we had in our little cul-de-sac in London, we had so much fun and all the neighbours chipped in and bought fireworks for the evening’s finale, which we set off in the local park illegal - maybe - fun - YES! I can’t decide whether the world was different then or whether I was seeing it through young eyes. Still, I shall always remember the day with nostalgia. The Rotary Club have organised a wonderful Ashtead Village Day for us on Saturday 9th June, always good fun and a great place to meet friends. Brian Griffin has sent through a little information on the event on page 20, and you can also find a programme of events on the centre pages (46-47). I shall definitely be there, it’s one of the highlights of the summer for me. The Ashtead Village Traders are holding their ‘Summer Solstice and Jubilee’ shopping evening on Thursday 21st June between 4pm-7pm, do go along and support your local shops. Leatherhead is holding its annual duck race on Sunday 24th June from 2pm at the town bridge, bottom of Bridge Street, lots of fun for all the family and seeing all the hundreds of cute little yellow ducks going under the bridge is so amusing. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Hopefully with the onset of June finally comes the long-awaited summer. No need for me to point out the irony of a hosepipe ban when we were up to our knees in rain during April and May! I was in Leatherhead on one of those particularly stormy days and, despite using a brolly, my trousers were completely wet from the ankles up to the knees!

My exertions at Curves are still going well, so much so that I decided that I ought to invest in a new pair of trainers - the last ones were over 14 years’ old, but still bizarrely looked new! I Technical & Legal stuff popped into my friend Nicky’s shop (Run to Live) in Barnett Wood Whilst every care has been taken to Lane and was asked to walk on their ‘gait analysis’ machine. Nicky ensure that the data in this magazine asked whether I had any problems with my back, to which I said no, is accurate, the Publisher cannot “odd”, she said, “you have a slightly twisted pelvis and you overaccept, and hereby disclaims, any pronate.” No, I had no idea what she was talking about either, and liability to any party for loss or there’s me thinking I’m fair of face and voluptuous of body, but damage caused by errors or omissions there you have it, I’m not at all perfect. Still, my shoulders are resulting from negligence, accident broad enough (another physical shortcoming?...) In short, after or any other cause. this useful analysis, I was offered a choice of four trainers, all of which corrected my walk and, I have to say, they really do make a No part of this magazine may be difference. I’m so glad I went to see Nicky as she was spot on as to reproduced, stored in any retrieval what was needed to ‘straighten me up’! Anyone thinking of system, or transmitted in any form purchasing a pair of off the shelf trainers - think again - if you’re electronic, mechanical, recording, going to use them for any weight bearing exercise, then you must photocopying, or otherwise - without be analysed and they must be properly fitted. Thanks Nicky , prior permission of the Publisher. you’re a star. All in-house artwork and editorial In the midst of all the events in June, don’t presented in this magazine remains forget that Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17th . the copyright of Zen George. Cheerio ducks, © Zen George All rights reserved 2012. Zen George 01372 376420 Publisher 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 most of us our last memory will be of him hosting our celebratory post-election party, at which he seemed in fine form, pleased by the results and looking forward to his holiday in Scotland with Sue. David was a very valued and respected Member of the Council and he had served Ashtead well for many years. We will all miss his wise advice and influence.” David was for many years a Governor of St Giles School in Ashtead where the new classrooms and major refurbishment of 2004/5 are a testament to his energy and professional skills. He was also a Trustee of the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. David and his wife Susan have lived in Ashtead for more than 35 years and are members of St George's Church. David and Susan have three children and five grandchildren. David will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him or came in contact with him.

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It is with great sadness we have to report the sudden death of David Howell. Until this last Election David was Ashtead Independent Councillor for Ashtead Common Ward for 8 years. He stood down to spend more time with his family and his Consultancy work. David was Leader of the Ashtead Independents and during his leadership saw this group become a strong voice in local government holding the balance of power between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Mole Valley District Council.

On June 9th the 29th Ashtead Village Day organised by The Rotary Club of Ashtead will be held in The Recreation Ground, Barnett Wood Lane. We expect over 6,000 visitors will enjoy a variety of entertainments including this year, a tightrope artist, dog display and a Formula One simulator along with the fairground, traditional arena displays. Gates open at 12 noon. The ARA committee members will be manning their usual stand. You can come and talk to us about any questions you may have regarding Ashtead Village, and if unable to answer your question we will point you in the right direction.

Jim Malynn, Chairman of the Residents’ Association said, “David’s sudden death was a terrible shock. He will be missed by Councillors and the ARA alike for his experience and commonsense approach linked and delivered with humour and always with a smile.”

You can pick up our latest publication, Ashtead Village, join the Association or even put your name down to attend one of our committee meetings to see if you would like Simon Ling, who replaced David as Leader of to join us. There are only a few committee the Independents following the election, said members representing nearly 7,000 “All the Ashtead Independent Councillors are members, so if you feel you may be interested please talk to us at Village Day. devastated by David’s sudden death. For 8

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golf course in the grounds splits the community. Increased employment opportunities and a development which conflicts with the Local Plan in an area of outstanding natural beauty are just two of many points raised by parties for and against the plans. Built as the home of Abraham Dixon, a midlands industrialist in 1870, it passed into the Beaverbrook family in 1910 and afterwards into the Beaverbrook Foundation. After it fell into disrepair attempts were made to raise funds by opening the grounds to the public but this was not a success hence the latest plan to develop the property by a commercial enterprise The plans were recently debated by MVDC where the Planning Committee voted in favour of the plans to convert the house to a hotel and the grounds to incorporate an exclusive golf course.

Car Parking There is continual pressure on the town’s car parks with 10 spaces taken in the Fairfield car park for use by business permit holders. This is felt to be causing those attending the doctor’s surgery and dentist surgery considerable inconvenience. The LRA is seeking to have these spaces re-instated for public If anyone is bitten by the cycling bug it has been announced that Surrey will host the final stage of the use and the permit spaces transferred to the Bull Hill car park. It is expected that the Leisure Centre will Tour of Britain Cycle Race in September. The race shortly have increased capacity. Meanwhile the LRA will start in Reigate and end in Guildford with the continues to campaign for extra parking spaces at exact route yet to be finalised. reasonable cost although possible changes in the Residents can learn more how the Olympic events will administration after the recent local elections may affect them by attending a presentation by MVDC and cause some delay th SCC at 8.00pm on 28 May at the Letherhead Next meetings Institute Cherkley Court Cherkley Court continues to dominate many people’s minds as the application to convert it to a hotel with

The next meeting of the LRA will be the Annual General Meeting on Monday 28th May. The next Open Committee meeting will be on Monday 11th June 2012. Both meetings start at 7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute.

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How differently history would have read had her would-be assassin, Marcus Sarjeant, succeeded in acquiring a real gun and live ammunition. The mentally disturbed teenager fired six blank shots at the Queen as she rode in the Trooping the Colour ceremony on 13 June 1981. He was quickly overpowered by Police Sergeant John Woodcock and St John Ambulance man John Heaseman. He told them “I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be a somebody.” And he had written a diary entry: ‘I am going to stun and mystify the world. I will become the most famous teenager in the world.’ Fortunate not to have been shot on the spot he escaped with five years imprisonment. But most notable was Elizabeth II’s majestic reaction to the incident. As her horse, nineteen-year-old Burmese, panicked and reared she calmly brought him under control and continued with the scheduled ride to Horseguards Parade, comforting him with a few pats on the neck while turning to smile at the cheering crowd. This was, allegedly, the second attempt on the Monarch’s life. According to a retired senior police officer in Australia he was in charge of an investigation in 1981 after a train carrying the Queen and Prince Philip collided with a large log which had been placed on the track after police and a pilot train had passed along the route. The retired officer, Mr McHardy, who claims to have interviewed suspects including IRA sympathisers says the Australian government issued a suppression order to avoid embarrassment. There has so far been no comment from Buckingham Palace on the validity of these claims. True or false I doubt that the Queen loses much sleep over these stories. She has, over the past eight decades, proved herself indomitable. It was the Queen’s consort, HRH Prince Philip, who pointed out that sometimes a position is more important than the person who occupies that position. With typical clarity he had put the concept in a nutshell: if a nation chooses to have a figurehead then there must be a human to give that position substance, but the human is secondary to the position, not vice versa. For the past sixty years we have been fortunate in having a person worthy of that position; a person of supreme dignity and dedication the like of which this country may never see again. God bless you Ma’am.. Daniel Hicks

A Queen By Any Other Name There won’t be many republicans in evidence in London this summer. Even non-royalists will be caught up in the pageantry of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations; an event guaranteed, even more so than the Olympics, to lift the nation’s spirits at a time of general despondency. As part of the celebrations The Queen has granted city status to four UK towns: Perth in Scotland; St Asaph in Wales; Chelmsford in England and Armagh in Northern Ireland. There was another time in history when the country’s collective spirits needed lifting – sixty years ago. Residential streets were closed to traffic so that local communities could hold street parties. Bunting and Union flags hung from lines strung from upstairs windows on either side of the streets. Makeshift tables sagged under the weight of sandwiches, jelly and custard and bottles of Tizer. Games were organised, one of which consisted of the father of a family threading a needle and cotton which he then handed to his impatiently waiting offspring who would sprint down the road to the mother. The mother would sew a button onto a square of material which the offspring would then rush to the referee. Not all the families could participate in this game; some of the fathers had not returned home eight years previously. In the evening we sat round our wireless sets to listen to our new Queen’s speech: “…Throughout all my life I shall strive to be worthy of your trust…” In this speech the Queen also paid tribute to the support of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the speech is as valid and as relevant today as it was sixty years ago. Times changed. Britain changed; in some cases beyond recognition. But there has been one constant: a tower of strength whose influence will not be fully appreciated until she is no longer with us. In a much earlier speech, made in Cape Town on her twenty-first birthday, 21 April 1947, the then Princess Elizabeth declared “… my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service…” Well, we all know now that it was to be long. We also know that she meant every word she said. 14

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Ashtead Village Day - Saturday 9th June Ashtead Village Day is upon us - Saturday the 9th of June - and all manner of excitements are on offer this year. The Ewell St Mary's Morris Dancers herald the start of proceedings at 11am by performing at The Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower in The Street followed by a parade of classic motorbikes by the Surrey Norton Motorcycle Club departing from Elphick's corner at 12 Noon then making their way down to Barnett Wood Lane. There the Day will be officially opened by BBC TV's Evan Davis from Dragons Den and the programme of events will unfold in the arena. The timetable can be found on the centre pages where you will find information on the amazing performing dogs, a tightrope walker, two dance performances and a session from pop group favourite 'Atlantis'. For the younger ones there will be pony rides and Punch & Judy and the Little Red Bus returns this year. For others the attraction will be the Fairground and the Ferris Wheel or the chance to be strapped in to a Formula One car and 'drive' the Silverstone circuit measuring your performance on the 'Top Gear' style Leader Board with prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd places. Buy your Programmes from many local shops in Ashtead for half price in advance only ÂŁ2 (admits one). More info on centre pages. 20

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A Diamond Aunt Aunty Beryl was Ruth's eccentric aunt who had, in her own words, "Been around the block a few times." She'd lived in the same post war house since her wedding day and it was certainly a testament to a life well lived. Many years before, a kind hearted visitor once remarked that Beryl's style was 'eclectic' and she'd immediately adopted this new exciting description as a way of life. Every room was a time capsule, overflowing with the souvenirs of a life time. The bedroom was crammed with inherited, dark and serious Edwardian furniture and the fifties bathroom had a large blue basin, bath and sturdy matching toilet with a flush that released a gushing torrent of water down the pan. The living room was pure seventies with an overpowering orange-brown wall unit, proudly displaying several rows of glass and china ornaments. The matching ceramic tiled coffee table and battered three piece suite provided a brief respite from the riot of orange and brown swirls on the increasingly worn, deep pile carpet. The kitchen paid homage to the 1980's with pine units, rag rolled walls and flowery Laura Ashley 'swagged' blinds. Sadly, Aunty Beryl had bad arthritis and was now in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She loved to disappear into the past, almost as much as she loved to rise majestically up the stairs on her quietly whirring stair lift.

even meant to be King. That horrid abdication business was the cause of it all. I remember seeing my father cry for the first time. Princess Elizabeth was far too young to be queen. She had a young family and was so petite and pretty. I was worried the crown would fall down over her eyes! We had to wait nearly a year before the Queen was actually crowned but we were happy again by then and looking forward to the celebrations. All the children at our school were given a souvenir mug which was very exciting. Daddy wanted to go to the Mall and watch the Queen on the balcony but Mum thought we might lose each other in the crowds. It didn't matter because Mum's friend, Miriam, was married to a manager at the Peak Frean's Factory and they'd just bought a television set, not a colour one, mind you, and certainly not a flat screen one like yours... I was so excited. I was going to watch television! All the families in the street had organised a big party, with tables outside and bunting and flags. Mum and I made hundreds of jam sandwiches but she kept nagging me to use less butter as there was still rationing in those days.

We had a wonderful day. The television was amazing but the screen was tiny! There was a giant magnifying glass in front of it to make the picture bigger but I still couldn't see very much Ruth and the children enjoyed visiting Aunty Beryl. She'd play 'Gambling Rummy' with them on as my brother Jim's big head was in the way..." a special velvet table cloth, using old one penny coins as betting chips. These were kept in a Aunty Beryl had a suddenly thought and stopped battered shortbread tin and were always talking. "On the second shelf over there, love, exchanged for shiny new twenty pence coins at behind the glass paperweights and the thimbles, the end of the game. What the children loved you might find something special. You can keep most were the stories about her childhood in it if you like. Your Grandpa, Jim, got rid of his Bermondsey. Her memory seemed to be based on but I knew I'd need mine again one day." Buried smells and she'd take the children on an aromatic at the back of the 1970's unit, Sarah retrieved the journey from the delights of the Peak Frean pristine souvenir Coronation mug. biscuit factory, via the blackboard smells of school to the Big Stink of 1958 when Government ground to a halt because of the smell of Copyright Sarah Lott untreated sewage in central London. May 2012 Sarah was doing a special project at school to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Aunty Beryl was the perfect person to help her. On a rainy Sunday afternoon, Ruth borrowed Sam's dictaphone and took her daughter to 'interview' her great aunt. Aunty Beryl was delighted. She and Sarah settled down by the gas fire with glasses of lemonade and a plate of flapjacks. "I was thirteen when King George VI died, in 1952. He'd been through so much and was never

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Olympic Drop-In Sessions Announced for Residents and Businesses As part of the preparations for the Olympic Road Cycling Road Races coming to Mole Valley on 28 and 29 July 2012, a number of drop-in sessions have been announced. These sessions will provide more information for residents and businesses on how Mole Valley District Council is working together with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and other partners to make the events as enjoyable as possible and to keep any disruption to a minimum. No need to book in, just come along or call 0300 200 1018 with your queries.




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Olympic countdown is on! On Wednesday 18th April, Mole Valley District Council celebrated 100 days to go until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by raising the winning flag for the Junior Youth Voice design competition. 10 year old Heidi de la Hoyde beat 541 other entries to win the competition with her colourful design of a bicycle in Union Jack colours. She was accompanied by Chairman of the Council, Councillor Bridget Lewis-Carr, the Council’s Chief Executive, Youth Voice councillors and others at a brief ceremony outside the council offices at Pippbrook. Despite the wet and windy conditions for most of the day, the rain eased off in time for Councillor Lewis-Carr to say a few words of welcome before she and Heidi raised the flag. Heidi said: “That was quite fun because everyone was looking at the flag. I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen, I knew I was going to raise the flag but I didn’t really know it would be like this. I think the flag looks really good when it is up and everyone will be able to see it. For the design we were only allowed to use two colours so I used red and blue because red, white and blue are British colours and I decided to use the bunting so it looked like a party.” Chief Executive of the Council, Darren Mepham explained: “The flag that Heidi has designed will feature on 6,000 hand held flags that will be given to children and other spectators to wave when the Torch comes through Dorking and Westcott on the afternoon of Friday 20th July. More flags will be handed out the following weekend for the Olympic Road Cycling Road Races on 28th and 29th July so we can really encourage and support the competitors on their gruelling challenge.” Residents are invited to line the streets to welcome the Olympic Flame on 20 July and to watch the Olympic Road Cycling Road Race competitors as they power through Mole Valley on 28th and 29th July. For more information on both events, please log on to london2012 or visit

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First Responders In an emergency swift action is needed to save lives. Whilst ambulance crews try to get to medical emergencies as quickly as possible, distance means vital minutes may be lost. Bookham and the surrounding areas are lucky enough to be served by a team of Community First Responders (CFRs); specially trained St John Ambulance First Aiders, on hand to provide life saving techniques, carrying full first aid kits including oxygen and a defibrillator (a machine used to re-start the heart’s natural rhythm). These local volunteers make themselves available to attend emergencies, in their own time, travelling the short distance from their homes to the scene to administer emergency aid in the first vital minutes before the ambulance arrives. Two new members, Jan King and David Paige, have increased the active team of 6 to 8. Jan runs her family’s import/ distribution business and is also an Acupuncturist (King Pin Acupuncture), working out of a clinic based at her home on the Leatherhead Road in Bookham. David’s big white van is a regular sight around our local villages where he well known for his Carpentry skills. Jan and David were each drawn to giving up some of their spare time to Responding as a way of repaying the help and support given to their respective families by the local emergency services.

If you would like more information about what we do, or are interested in joining, please contact Giselle on 01372 450902 or or to arrange a fundraising event or make a donation, please contact the Team Leader, Craig, on 07403-308993 or 28

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Lions Belarus Appeal 2012 The Leatherhead Lions club would like to thank all the readers of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for their most generous response last year for aid to the people of Gomel in the state of Belarus, near the Chernobyl nuclear plant that exploded some 25 years ago. We were able to fill not one but two huge intercontinental trucks containing all the donated items. It is once again your generosity that we are asking for, so please help us (see the list of items below). If you can sort the best of what you can afford to give us then contact any of these Lions who will arrange collection Chris 01306 501317, Jim 01372 274618, Ralph 01737 841061 or bring your donations to the Leatherhead Lions’ car boot sale at Leatherhead Leisure Centre (see the what’s on page in this magazine for more info). HELP! We also desperately need storage for the donations , do you have a garage or storeroom that we could borrow for three months? If so please contact Mike Rushby on 07833 574089.

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Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style, lots of fun and gorgeous gifts carefully selected for you from which to choose. Don’t miss our Ashtead Village Traders’ Event on Thursday 21st June in The Street, from 4pm-7pm.

90 The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW Tel: 01372 276219 email: 37 puts local food on the menu at launch Local specialities were on the menu on Wednesday 2 May as food and drink business owners from across the county gathered to raise a glass to new food and drink network Funded by Godstone mum Tracy Carroll, a longstanding supporter of regional food, the network has been developed for Surrey’s independent food and drink businesses. It centres around a magazine-style website with a directory at its core, allowing visitors to find local food businesses, including butchers, bakers, tea shops, restaurants, farm shops and vineyards. Food writer Tracy, who runs a small food and drink PR and marketing business, says: “Interest in local food is gathering pace, and quite rightly so. It is sustainable and helps support the local economy, and yet it can be hard for small businesses to make enough noise by themselves. gives those people the chance to join together and by bringing them all under one roof we can really raise the rafters and help get them found.” Keeping up her support for Surrey businesses, Tracy chose Knibbs Associates of Reigate to design and build the site and The Webfrontline from Caterham to create the database and administration system. She is delighted with the results and has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback. “Although we launched on 2 May, the site has been running for a few months, as we needed to ensure it was all working perfectly,” she says. “I can report that it is and we are very pleased to have 45 members already. Now we are officially live, we will be concentrating on building a comprehensive guide to food and drink in Surrey.” Tracy has also found that business owners are keen to use the website to find each other, commenting: “Many of our members are keen to hook up. For instance, shopkeepers and cafe owners who want to sell some of the superb food and drink that’s produced in Surrey often struggle to find what they are looking for. So includes a trade search button. We developed this as a result of early feedback and are very open to listening to our users so we create a tool which really works for everyone. Indeed, some of our founder members have now started trading with each other, having connected through” View the website by logging onto Tracy can be contacted on 01883 744653 or by email to Pictured above: Local Food Surrey member David Gillott, Four Gables Fine Dining, Ashtead, with Tracy Carroll, founder of LocalFoodSurrey 38

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Fine Food & The Farm The Food Academy... Introducing David… David is the head chef at Four Gables and is very hands on with everything we do, after having trained in London he worked at various Michelin Starred restaurants as well as working in the French Alps. His aim to improve people’s food knowledge and allow them to feel more confident in the kitchen. His concept is quick, effective and easy cooking but achieving a new range of complex skills and delicious dishes.

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We have not been having too much luck at the farm recently; the crop of honey that we should be drawing at this time of the year has been a complete washout. Unfortunately the bees cannot fly when it is raining so that has made pollen collection rather difficult recently! The ducks however are always rather more positive in the wet the phrase “water off a ducks back” comes to mind. As you may know we have eight ducks in total and a couple of weeks ago was the first time we got eight eggs in one day! We have recently been looking into keeping a couple of pigs which David has always wanted to do! Gloucester Old Spot seem to be the breed of choice and they have already been named Bertie and Betty…


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GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email: website:

June Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Wednesday 13th Monday 18th Thursday 28th

Wed 13th: Bocketts Farm & Fetcham Downs : 4m Walk through Norbury Park and by River Mole. Refresh. at Farm Café. 10:15am at Bocketts Farm CP, SW of Leatherhead. TQ155550 | Mon 18th: Earlswood Lakes : 5m Around E Surrey hospital and fields beyond. 1 gradual hill, rest fairly flat. 10:15am in Earlswood Lakes CP on Woodhatch Rd A2044. Kiosk in CP or pubs. TQ267486, Bus 430, 435 | Thu 28th : Ockley: 7½m Undemanding walk through Vann Lake nature reserve & church of St John the Baptist, Okewood. Bring picnic. 10:30am outside cricket pavilion in School Ln off A29, south end of playing fields. TQ145398

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Wed 6th: Newdigate : Moderate level ride through woodlands, farmland & quiet lanes. Meet at Surrey Oaks pub, Parkgate Rd, Newdigate. About 2m NE of Newdigate village. TQ205436 | Mon 18th: Tandridge : Challenging ride up & along North Downs and back. Coffee stop halfway. Meet at Barley Mow pub, on Tandridge Lane about 1m south of A25 between Godstone and Oxted. TQ372505 | Tue 26th: Friday St : Meet at Friday Street car park for challenging ride. Turn off A25 at Manor Farm, Wotton, into Hollow Lane. After 1m turn left into Friday Street Rd. Car park is ¼m on right (low entrance height). TQ126457

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Thu 14th: Boxhill : 5¾m Undulating walk with beautiful views. 10:30am start in Wheeler’s Lane beside Christ Church at southern end of Brockham Green. Off A25, east of Dorking. TQ197494/RH3 7JR


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The Fairfield Centre, Leatherhead The Centre for active over 60s in the heart of Leatherhead

Activities, Services and Catering to keep you healthy and active. • Music and Movement, Tai Chi, Pilates • Line Dancing, Ballroom Dancing • Art Classes • Sing-alongs • Computer lessons • Coach Trips • Lunches – daily, Celebration lunches • Hairdressing, Beauty Treatments, Chiropody All at low prices to enable you to join in For more information on classes or visiting the centre email or telephone 01372 376058


Clubs & Activities At Surrey Hills Onward Learning, (a provider of adult education classes) we are delighted to have the opportunity to appear in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. The ‘A & L Local’ is well presented, accessible and has a wide readership, so ideal for getting one’s brand known. Every time we include an advertisement we get several enquiries which result in enrolments. We are sure that the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local has contributed significantly to the rise of our student numbers by some 15% during the last year. Jill Harris, Principal

Leatherhead in Georgian Days By Linda Heath

What was Georgian Leatherhead like? The Georgian period extends from the accession of George I in 1714 to the death of George IV in 1834 which is a very long time – 120 years. It was a village rather than a town, but with a number of substantial buildings, some of which still exist. The population in 1781 was under 1,000 and by 1831 it had only risen to 1,724. As can be seen on a map made by George Gwilt in 1783, some of the street names were different: the High Street is named as Great Queen Street and Church Street as Little Queen Street, probably after Queen Elizabeth I who visited Edmund Tylney, Master of the Revels at The Mansion in 1591. Although there are no Georgian photographs, the author has included some later photographs if the view was not likely to have altered since the Georgian period. The arrangement of this booklet is designed as a stroll round the town entering it from the bridge, through the town, up to the parish church then finishing via North Street, Randalls Lane and Kingston Road. The book costs £6. Copies are available from: Leatherhead Museum Barton’s Bookshop, Leatherhead and other local booksellers, or £6.00 +£1.50 postage from the Sales Secretary, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Cheques should be made payable to L&DLHS. ISBN 978-0-9552785-8-7 48 pages – 59 Illustrations


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Charity AGM has ‘a-peal’! On Sunday 22nd April 2012, around 40 members of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association attended the Branch’s Annual General Meeting at St Mark’s Church Hall, Great Tattenham. Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, was pleased to report on another successful year, both in terms of fundraising, with over £50,000 raised throughout the year, and also by way of the care and support the Branch was able to provide to the sixty or so people living with Motor Neurone Disease within the East Surrey area. The Branch had also been able to send regular donations up to the Association’s National Office in Northampton to help fund their vital research work into Motor Neurone Disease itself. After the AGM, everyone present enjoyed a sandwich tea, together with an excellent demonstration of handbell-ringing by Sandra Winter, National Secretary of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, who also combined her demonstration with a fascinating talk about the history of handbells and handbell-ringing, as well as getting several members of the audience joining in with a couple of tunes! Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive terminal illness which kills, on average, five people every day within the UK. It can leave people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves and there is currently no cure or effective Sandra Winter (centre) with MND Association members treatment. Average life expectancy Peter and Audrey Field is just fourteen months from diagnosis. The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) provides care and support to anyone living with the MND as well as funding vital research into the disease itself. For further information about Motor Neurone Disease or the work of the Association, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 44

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NEW: Wemms Science Unlimited opens in Ashtead


met with Joy Wemms at the new Wemms Science Unlimited teaching unit at 50 The Street, directly opposite the junction with Woodfield Lane. As always I was impressed by Joy’s contagious passion for teaching and the high regard in which she held the teaching staff and students.

year course into 18 months.

I spoke with Ian, Head of Biology at Wemms, who This new venture sees Wemms taking off in was, for 28 years, a the world of science - Biology, Chemistry House Master and Physics, all carefully intertwined as a at St John’s joined up subject under the umbrella of School, then spent two years as Principal of an science. independent school in Verona. Now back in the UK, Students are expected to undertake hands-on he is a Chief Examiner for Cambridge International experiments under supervision (something which is Examinations as well as lecturing for Surrey Wildlife sadly lacking in most schools today) and to ask Trust and at RHS Wisley. Ian joined Wemms some six challenging questions. The atmosphere is enjoyable months ago and his ethos is to ensure that the and students thrive in this informal but truly effective students are well-motivated and is always encouraged teaching environment which invariably results in to see their confidence increase not only in excellent exam qualifications. themselves but also in their chosen subjects. One way of creating interest at Joy briefly spoke about some of a young age are the ‘Whizzy the other members of her Bang’ clubs for years 3-6 where team... children will attend for one Jamila, who is Director of night a week to undertake Science and former Consultant three supervised experiments, for Secondary Science for thus learning about science Wandsworth and Fulham. and feeding their passion for Jamila is also training as an the subject at the same time. Ofsted Inspector and is also an Teaching and Learning at L to R: William, Ian & Matthew advisor to the STEM (Science, Wemms is about empowerment Technology, Engineering and and encouraging students to recognise "failure" as a Maths subjects) network. A national body set up by spring board for consolidation, development and the Government to boost the low level of science growth. Each Student's education is a bespoke subjects being taken up in schools. journey, leading to each fully fulfilling their academic Khalid, Head of Physics who gets the children fired up and social potential. Students at Wemms develop a about practical work. "can do" attitude that will stay with them for ever. I spoke with two students at the school, firstly, William Howe, 19, from Ashtead who told me that he had found Wemms through a friend’s recommendation. William is studying for his Maths AS and A levels, as well as Chemistry and Biology AS levels. As with many other students, throughout the course he is tested and any problems highlighted and resolved before the examination. William studies at the school for around 15 hours a week. At the end of the course, and with his AS and A levels he intends to go to university to further study either a mathematics or science subject. The other student whom I met was Matthew Wilkinson, 23, from Dorking who also came to Wemms through a recommendation. Matthew is studying Biology and Chemistry AS levels with a view to getting into medical school. Matthew is currently being taught by Ian, who he says is possibly the best teacher he has had. Ian’s approach is to treat each student as an individual and, because of this and Matthew starting his course a little later than other students, Matthew has successfully crammed a two 48

Debbie, a STEM Ambassador and Government appointed leading teacher focusing on key stage 2 and 3 sciences. Needless to say, with this sort of commitment, passion and excellent results it is small wonder that some of the Wemms’ classes in the Sciences or Mathematics are very popular, so making a call now would save disappointment later on. In closing, I should like to quote Joy from the Wemms website as I think it says more about the ethos of the school than anything I can add: “We are passionate about Teaching Science and consider it a great privilege to help our students fulfil their potential Our aim is to truly motivate and inspire.” Zen George Publisher

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Now enrolling for September 2012 Summer School will be last week of August See us at Ashtead Village Day... loads of hands on experiments and a Face Painter! Join us at Summer Solstice Ashtead Trader’s Evening Thurs 21st June 4pm-8pm. More Whizzy Bang stuff and face painting at both 50 and 90B The Street Wemms Maths is also taking enrolments for Summer School and September 2012 50 The Street | Ashtead | KT21 1AZ

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Education & Tuition

Seeking anyone who went to school in Ashcombe Road, Dorking? Were you ever a pupil or member of staff at Dorking High School for Boys or Dorking High School for Girls, which later became Dorking County School? This went on to become Dorking County Grammar School before being amalgamated with Mowbray Secondary Modern School for Girls, situated on the site of what is now the Bradley Building and known as The Ashcombe School. If you and/or your family and friends were connected with any of these schools, we should love to hear from you. On Saturday, 30th June 2012, we are holding a Reunion to celebrate 80 years of education in Ashcombe Road and would like to invite all interested to join us. Memorabilia from the past will be on display, light refreshments will be available and tours arranged. We are hoping for an event as memorable as the Diamond Jubilee Reunion held in 1992. For more information and a booking form, please contact Sheila Sandford – Telephone 01372 372936 or e-mail: Dorking County Grammar School, 1947


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So what’s new? Well, quite a lot, actually... To meet the growing demand by young people and adults, we are increasing our GCSEs to 9 subjects with Biology and Business Studies. We have also been asked to run intensive A levels, so have Law, History and English for those who want to reach university entrance standard in one year – and we are much cheaper than London’s crammer schools!

The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local was the natural way for the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Mid Surrey Link to reach out to a really local audience and Zen's help in laying out the article led to really impressive results. Thank you Zen! Simon Cooke, Mid Surrey Link

To reflect a growing interest in classical studies (Mary Beard et al), we are introducing courses on Ancient Greece (so appropriate in the year of the Olympics, and the crisis in the Greek economy), and Latin for beginners as well as the GCSE in Classical Civilisations. Our general interest courses are always wellattended and you can study anything from rocks to rococo here. We have a new beginners class in Geology, and our popular afternoon History series moves ahead with The Stuarts. We are introducing the Early Italian Renaissance on Wednesday mornings. And a new addition to our provision is London Past and Present on Tuesday afternoons which will take a look, in the first term, at Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Bloomsbury, their buildings, and the people who lived and worked there. We have a special class for Women Returners which will include confidence-building, researching the job market, and setting up a small business among other things requested by this group.

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Police Dogs Train at Pippbrook House Through working in PC Ben Hammett and Izzie (left) and partnership with Mole PC Craig Nicholson with Jimmie Valley District Council (MVDC), Surrey Police has started using the Councilowned Pippbrook House to train its drug and explosive search dogs. Dog Training School Manager John Best said: “We already use a number of buildings, including entertainment venues, cinemas and hotels, as well as empty buildings, as part of the training of our proactive drug and explosive search dogs. It is important that we have as much versatility in places available to do these exercises as it allows us to replicate what the dog will encounter in their normal working life. Dorking Halls was a training venue for a number of years; it is fantastic to be invited back by the Council to use Pippbrook House.” Members of the public can carry out a number of transactions at the police counter, located in the Council’s Pippbrook office reception area, including producing documents, reporting crime and accidents, handing in lost property and getting advice and guidance on crime matters. There are no custody cells and people who are arrested are still processed at Reigate Police Station. Surrey Police’s Dog Training School was the first EdExcel Foundation Approved Centre for Dog Training, and CENTREX Quality Assured status. It is one of the largest and busiest dog training schools in the UK, not only training their own dogs, but also dogs for the Singapore Police, Hong Kong Customs, Russian Federal Custom, and other national police forces. They also carry out instructor training for the Australian Army 52


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Wait ‘til your your father father gets home. home... .. Mother’s Day is always a doddle to sort out: flowers, some chocs and smother her with cuddles. With June comes Father’s Day and suddenly we’re all stumped. We’ve put together a selection of books where fathers figure. Some will make you laugh, whilst others will have you crying with pity or frustration. Harry Silver Man and Boy Tony Parsons Harry Silver’s life is turned upside down when the boy in him has a one night stand. Suddenly his marriage is over, he’s lost his job and he’s bringing up his son on his own. Mirroring Parson’s own life, this is the story of a 30 year old TV executive who’s forced to growup. This hilarious comic novel is wonderfully written and portrays the highs and lows of the touching and often tender relationship between a father and son. Will Harry ever reach maturity? Only time will tell. King Lear William Shakespeare Talk about the original ‘daddy’s girls’. King Lear decides to divide his estate between his three daughters based on how they flatter him, this apparently proving who loves him best. It’s a bit of a recipe for disaster, and Lear quickly descends into madness. Cordelia is the only daughter not to play along and is promptly disinherited. It’s a tragic story of misplaced fatherly love. Our advice to dads: read the cards from your children carefully!

Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Scout and Jem Finch have been raised by their lawyer father Atticus in the southern town of Maycomb during the Great Depression. Atticus has the respect of both his children and the local community until he decides to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Incensed by injustice and racial inequality, Atticus takes on the whole town’s prejudices and finally wins a place in everyone’s hearts. Willy Loman Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller Arthur Miller’s ultimate tragic hero Willy Loman is a salesman at the end of his career. Miller wanted to capture the struggles of the ‘everyman’ by creating this ‘low-man’. It raises questions as to what makes a man great. Willy is a truly flawed character, constantly dispensing terrible advice to his two sons, Biff and Happy. He fails to see the love his family feels for him and this is the real tragedy. To the last, he 54

strives to leave something for his boys so that they at least, can live out the American Dream. Allie Fox The Mosquito Coast Paul Theroux The young Charlie Fox documents the time spent in the Honduras jungles after his father Allie uproots the family and turns his back on American capitalism and consumerism. The book charts the unravelling of Allie as he strives to find a better life for his ‘tribe’. There’s no doubt that Allie’s behaviour is erratic and maniacal but his sense of adventure and inventiveness means you can’t write him off as a bad father. Dante Boys Don’t Cry Malorie Blackman What happens when fatherhood is thrust upon you? Dante’s waiting for his A-level results but instead, finds his baby daughter on the doorstep. Her mother can’t cope and Dante’s forced to face up to his responsibilities. Battling with social preconceptions and the realisation that his plans have to change, this is a rare book that tells the story of teenage pregnancy from the father’s point of view.

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Shooting incidents reinforce RSPCA cruelty claims Several recent incidents investigated by the Surrey-based Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) have reinforced claims by the RSPCA that cruelty to animals is becoming an ever bigger problem in today’s harsh and uncaring society.

X-ray showing bullet lodged in the Indian Runner duck

Recently a member of the public brought an Indian Runner duck into WAF’s wildlife hospital in Leatherhead which had been shot with an air -gun. Sadly, despite the efforts of the Foundation’s veterinary staff and volunteers, they were unable to save the duck’s life as its injuries were too severe. It transpired that a teenager in Leatherhead had been taking pot-shots at animals with his air-gun and inflicting horrendous injuries on them. The 14-year-old boy had allegedly been firing at animals from his bedroom window for several weeks and the duck was just one of his many victims. The matter is now being dealt with by Surrey Police. A few weeks’ ago WAF had to deal with another shocking incident of cruelty and violence towards animals – though thankfully this time with a more positive outcome. A Canada goose had been shot with a crossbow at the Mill Pond at Ewell. The 5-inch crossbow bolt had gone all the way through the goose’s foot and the bird was evidently in a lot of pain. Luckily the emergency rescue team were able to get out to the goose quickly, and then take it back to the WAF wildlife hospital in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, for treatment and recuperation. For more details of WAF’s work, visit their website, or call the charity’s office on 01372 377332. For wildlife emergencies please use the dedicated helpline, 09061 800132.


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Seasonal Recipe

Mackerel Serves 2 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes



Heat the butter in a sauté pan or deep frying pan. Gently cook the shallot for about 5 minutes until it starts to soften and becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the vegetable mix, cutting anything large like carrots, to match the size of the other vegetables. Stir for a minute or so, pour in the stock and lemon juice and add the zest. Season, then cover and cook for 5 minutes.


Spoon in the creme fraiche and dill and cook for another 3-4 minutes.


Heat another frying pan with the olive oil. Slice the mackerel fillet in half lengthways, taking out any bones you may find. Season the fish then pan-fry for 2 minutes on each side.


Pan-fried Mackerel Fillet with Lemon Spring Vegetables • 25g butter • 1 banana shallot, peeled and sliced • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed • 400g mixed fresh vegetables like broad beans, carrots, peas, spring greens, broccoli • 100ml stock • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper • 150g creme fraiche • 3-4 sprigs dill, roughly chopped

Serve the mackerel on a bed of the vegetables with plenty of lemon wedges and some new potatoes.

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Ducks Away! Leatherhead’s Annual Duck Race Sunday 24th June

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 24th June. For a quacking great afternoon of family fun head to the banks of the River Mole by the town bridge (bottom of Bridge Street). The action starts at 2pm. The tote races are followed by the mass duck race at approximately 3:30pm where hundreds of tiny yellow bath time ducks take to the water – with some fantastic prizes to be won! Refreshments in the form of ice cream and soft drinks will also be on sale by the river. The little yellow bath time ducks used in the mass duck race can be sponsored on the day for £1 or in advance on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7th June in the Swan Centre right up to the event. Ducks are also available from the Help Shop and Barton’s Bookshop.

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Everyday History - Spectacles It would be reasonable to imagine spectacles as a modern invention, so it may come as something of a surprise to note that Marco Polo, visiting China in 1270, observed elderly Chinese wearing them. On the basis of legend rather than fact, St. Jerome is credited with the invention, which takes us back to c.340-420 A.D. More substantive evidence however comes from the Roman writer Pliny, who recorded that the emperor Nero watched gladiatorial combat through an ‘emerald ‘, which has been interpreted to mean that he used some form of eyeglass. The first medical observation is recorded by Bernard Gordon, Professor of Montpelier, recommending “a collyrium of such potency that it will enable those whose sight is weak from old age to read without glasses.” A sermon of 1305 by Fra Giordano da Rivalto states “It is not yet 20 years that the art of making glasses was invented” but no person is identified as the inventor. Spectacle frames deserve a separate mention. The oldest recorded example from a painting by di Modena in 1352 shows two lenses in heavy rims joined centrally. The inconvenience of holding such heavy items in place led to experiments with leather rims, gold, silver, horn, wood and even fish-bone with one suggestion being that the glasses should be secured to the wearer’s hat. Until almost the middle of the 19th century the provision and fitting of spectacles was a service provided by untrained street vendors and choice was very restricted. Although corrective surgery and contact lenses are now available, glasses are still the most popular form of vision correction with custom prescriptions and a huge choice of styles.


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What’s On? Come and audition for Ashtead Players Ashtead Players will be holding open auditions for their next production, Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Tons of Money’ on Thursday 14 June at St George’s Church Hall, Barnett Wood Lane, at 8pm. This hysterical play is Ayckbourn’s adaptation of the first of the famous Aldwych farces, written by Will and Valentine Evans and originally produced in 1922. Unsuccessful inventor Aubrey Allington inherits the life interest in a fortune, which reverts on his death to his cousin George Maitland. As George is thought to have died abroad, Aubrey has the idea of “dying” so that he can resurrect himself as his cousin and thus avoid payment of his own huge debts. But, in the best tradition of farce, life is never that simple. The production runs from 21-24 November at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, and rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will start in September at Ashtead Cricket Club from 8pm. There is a cast of ten – five men and five women – and all are welcome to audition, with or without previous acting experience. Anyone interested in working backstage will also be welcome to come along and meet the group.

Leatherhead Museum Craft Days - June 2012 Leatherhead Museum Craft Days are open to children and parents, from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th June inclusive and will run from 1pm-4pm on each day. Activities will be held in the Leatherhead Museum’s garden and entrance is free. Three large collages celebrating the Queen's Jubilee, the Olympic games and the History of Leatherhead as well as small individual pieces will be ongoing throughout the three days. Other activities will be Peg Doll making and Pottery with local potter Justine Munson on the Thursday, Woodland Ways with Charcoal drawing and miniature garden making on the Friday and simple weaving and calligraphy on the Saturday.

This Museum of local history at 64 Church Street (at the junction with The Crescent) will be also be open for everyone to enjoy in addition to the craft activities. For more details call 01372 386348. 65


Correction: Leatherhead Horticultural Society Plant Sale & Coffee Morning, 19 The Mount, Fetcham. Plants, cakes, teas, coffees, biscuits. Entry £2 10am-12pm (not 2pm as stated in the May edition - apologies).

Monday 4th

Community Jubilee Beacon Event, Polesden Lacey - chosen as one of the 2,012 beacon sites to be lit across the country for the Diamond Jubilee. Grounds open for picnicking from 6pm, mini-beacon lit at 8pm, main beacon and fireworks from 10pm. £1 ticket, will also enter you in the raffle for the chance to be the one to light the bonfire. Tickets will be on sale at Polesden, as well as locally.

Monday 4th

Surrey County Show, Stoke Park, Guildford - a great day out for all the family.

Queen’s Jubilee Charity Garden Party, Wotton House, Dorking. 11am-4pm. Free to attend, donations welcome. 50% of takings to be donated to The Brigitte Trust. Fun for all the Tuesday 5th family, Morris Dancers, Live Music, BBQ, Hogg Roast, Pimms & Beer, garden games, Pony rides, treasure hunt, tombola, raffle & much more! More info: Friday 8th

Italian Food Market, Leatherhead High St, 9am-4pm, goods/food imported direct from Italy

Sat 9th

Ashtead Village Day, see centre pages for details.

Sat 9th

To bring Ashtead Village Day to a rousing conclusion, Ashtead Choral Society will be providing a Celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead at 7.30pm. With music from the Coronation Service, Last Night of the Proms and much more. Tickets £17 reserved or £14 unreserved, tickets from 07504 332354.

Dog Show & Fun Day - Kingston Rd Recreation Ground, Leatherhead, 12pm-5pm, in aid of Action Against Cancer. Stalls, games, refreshments, pony rides, go karts, inflatable slide, Sunday 10th face painting etc. Enter your dog into the fun dog show for £2, or even have a stall. Great raffle prizes to be won. For more info, email Thurs 21st

Ashtead Village Traders’ Summer Solstice and Jubilee Event, The Street, 4pm-7pm, details on page 13.

Sat 23rd

Fetcham Festival, 12pm-4pm. Cock Lane recreation ground, Fetcham. £1 programme on entry. 1st Fetcham Scout Group are pleased to be organising an Olympic-inspired festival, with taster sporting sessions plus many fete stalls and attractions. Beer tent and refreshments available. More info from Graham on 01372 456396

Sunday 24th Leatherhead’s Annual Duck Race, town bridge, Bridge Street. From 2pm, info on page 60.

Sat 30th

Take photos like a pro. Learn to use your digital SLR with professional photographer Andy Newbold IMPA LSWP based in Leatherhead High St. £120 inc lunch. Course includes explanation of camera features, tips on portrait posing, editing and storing images, riverside location shoot and is ideal for those new to SLR or bridge cameras. Limited spaces available. Book via email or 01372 383018.

Sat 30th

Summer Fair (Olympic Themed), Barnett Wood Infant School, 12 - 3pm. Lots of Games & Activities, Raffle, Refreshments and BBQ for all the family to enjoy. Entrance by donation


The Big Weekend. Music, dance, art, sports, food, drink and entertainment in Dorking and Leatherhead High Streets across the London 2012 Olympic Cycle Race weekend, more info in next month’s edition. If there’s an event in July you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time 66 of going to print.

What’s On? Ashtead Evening Townswomen's Guild At our May meeting we had a very interesting talk by Carol Ransom entitled 'History of Knickers' She showed us many types from very early ones with separate legs to modern ones. From Bloomers to Thongs, from Directoires to briefs. For our chosen Charity for this year (The Rainbow Trust) we are holding a Coffee Morning later in May & we are having a cake & homemade produce at the Ashtead Village Day on June 9th. In July we will be holding our summer lunch & we are also having a horse drawn narrow boat trip along the River Wey from Godalming followed by a cream tea. For more info, contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588

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Handel’s Messiah St James’s Church, Piccadilly


Saturday 30th June


Ashtead Choral Society will be concluding its season with a very exciting first for the Society with a major concert in London at St James’s Church, Piccadilly on 30th June at 7.30pm.

Cecilia Osmond soprano David Gould alto Simon Wall tenor Ben Davies bass Richard Moore organ

ACS will perform Handel’s Messiah with four outstanding early music specialists, Cecilia Osmond - Soprano, David Gould Alto, Simon Wall - Tenor and Ben Davies - Bass. Richard Moore will be accompanying the choir on the organ, all under the direction of Paul Dodds.

Ashtead Choral Society Paul Dodds conductor Tickets from ACS Box Office £20 front nave (reserved) £15 rear nave (reserved) £15 side aisles (unreserved) £10 front gallery (unreserved) £5 rear gallery (unreserved)

An absolute must for your diary. For more information, see left.

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

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea.

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, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two worthy charities.

Friday 1st


10am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and pick up some lovely haberdashery so you can be creative! Beautiful greetings cards - fantastic value.

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

(except 24th) Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our new look services. 10.30am New Parish Communion with Choir and children's Sunday Club. Also 6.30pm Informal Service with Band. Please check website for updates

Sat 2nd Tues 12th Sat 16th Thurs 21st Tues 26th

Summer walks around the beautiful Mole Valley. with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468. Donation to charities Maps & details on website. Moderate pace & fitness Phone first if bad weather. Car Share suggested. 07766 166794 Sat 2nd 10am Albury Heath CP (Brook Hill Rd nr Albury Heath sports gnd) Tues 12th 7.30pm Meet at Buckland Church off A25 Sat 16th 10am Special event - Guildford Lane CP off Albury St, 8 miles, bring picnic lunch, more details on website Thurs 21st 7.30pm Headley Heath CP nr cricket ground Tues 26th 7.30pm CP Junction 8, M25 beside top of A217 NDW

Wed 6th (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demo ‘Kaleidoscope’, David Thompson, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 6th (mthly)

Ashtead WI, Jubilee Supper, more 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.

Thursdays weekly 7th 14th 21st 28th

Music on Thursdays - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 12.30pm-1.20pm Admission to these lunchtime concerts is free. There will be a retiring collection to help cover costs. Go to: to join emailing list. 7th Claire Price, soprano, Edita Durrant, mezzo-soprano, & Graham Davies, organ & piano 14th Amy Jolly, cello, with accompanist, from the Royal Academy of Music 21st Anthony Cairns, organ 28th The Brooke String Ensemble

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 7th (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm 1st Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844 68

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Special guest speaker BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen, talking about his life in the media.

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There will also be a raffle in aid of the Brigitte Trust and Leatherhead Swans, of which Nicholas is a Patron.

St George's Christian Centre, Ashtead, KT21 2DA at 7.30pm

£17.50 per person, including 3 course meal and coffee

Tickets £17 reserved, £14 unreserved and including a free interval drink of wine or juice.

Further details and menu from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or

Box Office 07504 332354 and at the door

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Fri 8th & Tues 12th

Old Mistresses: The work of women artists through the ages. £10 inc wine & nibbles. £10 inc wine & nibbles. Tel 01372 272235:

Friday 8th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market. 9.30am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Free entry. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac.

Sunday 10th

Quaker Meeting for Worship at 6.30-7.30pm at Park House, Randalls Road, Leatherhead. Meet Friends at a Friends Meeting. Tel 01372 454363 for further information.

Wed 13th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Thurs 14th (mthly)

2nd Thursday of each month, Transition Ashtead meeting, APMH, Marshall Hall Room, 7.30 pm. Subject ’Saving Energy’. Entry is free, no booking required, so come along and share your views!

Sunday 17th (3rd Sunday

The Leatherhead Lions car boot market, Leatherhead Leisure Centre fields, 7.30am, no need to book, just £10 for a car or £14 for a van. Craft stalls are welcome, catering on

Sat 23rd

Leatherhead Men’s Breakfasts - 8am, at the Catholic church, Leatherhead. More info or go to

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Lawns A lawn is an essential part of most gardens, but how can you make sure yours looks good? Feeding a lawn is essential to ensure it looks lush and green. A poorly maintained and inadequately fed lawn is far more likely to be invaded by moss, weeds and is prone to disease. Choose a lawn fertilizer formulated for the specific needs of the grass at this time of year; nitrogen is constantly being removed by mowing so it needs to be replaced. Phosphorus, potassium and iron also help to promote and maintain top quality growth. The precise amount of fertilizer that your lawn requires is determined by soil type, frequency of irrigation or rainfall, frequency of mowing and whether clippings are left on the lawn.

dense and green - try to remove up to 30% of the grass growth at a single mowing. When the weather starts to warm up, the frequency of cut will be noticeably greater. However, if the weather is dry and the lawn isn’t well watered, growth rate will be correspondingly slow. If the grass is to be well walked on or used as a playing surface then the cut should be kept to ¾-1 inch. If you want a show lawn that isn’t subjected to pounding feet, then keep the grass to ¼ inch but remember that during summer you will need to use the mower several times a week!

If you’re happy using chemicals on a weed problem, it’s easiest to use a product containing both weed killers and a fertilizer. Applying these together ensures rapid grass growth to fill in the gaps left by the dead weeds. If you have time, there is a marginally better effect if you feed the lawn with the spring feed then wait two weeks before applying the weed killer. Small infestations of weeds can be removed effectively by hand.

What about mowers? The one you choose will probably be determined by cost as well as the job it can do. If you have a level, fairly high-quality lawn then a cylinder mower is best. If the surface of your lawn is the slightest bit uneven, then a rotary mower is a better choice as it will cope much better in ‘adverse’ situations. If you remove a fair amount of grass at each cut then the clippings should be raked up immediately. However, if you produce only tiny clippings then during dry weather you can leave them on the lawn to help conserve soil moisture.

A proprietary moss killer should take care of moss, but follow the instructions carefully to ensure that they have been thoroughly killed before you attempt to rake them out. If living moss is raked out the problem becomes worse. Once you have raked the dead moss out, the overall effect of all the bare patches may make you despair, but if you keep the lawn well fed (and over-seed if necessary) it will soon green up.

Visit Pippa’s website and sign up for her newsletter (receive a free ebook on organic gardening!) and shop from the products area for a great selection of signed copies of Pippa’s books, Pippa’s favourite hoe, Grower Frames, raised bed kits, delightful terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, re-cycled metal sculptures, biological controls and lots, lots more!

Regular mowing is essential. A lawn left for too long will soon lose its good appearance and when finally cut, you may wonder if it will ever look right again. If cut frequently, so that only small amounts of grass are removed at any one time, it should grow 70

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Gardens of Bookhams Open Day Sunday 17th June 10.30am-5pm

Bookham Open Gardens Day has been running successfully since 2006 and last year saw visitor numbers increase to a record 789. This year’s event will feature 12 varied and attractive private gardens where garden owners will give you a warm welcome and provide you with the opportunity to pick up ideas for your own garden or simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In addition, the Dawnay and Polesden Lacey Infant Schools will be opening their special gardens developed by the children, with themed allotments, bird hides and wildlife areas, all with a topical emphasis on conservation. Continuing the conservation theme, the Victorian walled garden at the Grange Centre which boasts chemical free fruit and vegetables, and a delightful display of roses will also be opening and there is a demonstration by Compost Works at one of the private gardens. The event raises money for the upkeep of the historic Old Barn Hall, the venue for many local activities and a focus for the community. At the hall, delicious refreshments will be served throughout the day and there will be a plant stall. An added attraction this year is a raffle to win a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Wisley Gardens –tickets available in the Old Barn Hall on the day. We would also love to hear from anyone who could help on the day with providing a cake, serving refreshments or stewarding at the gardens. Admission Charge: £5 in advance, £6 on the day (children under 16 free). Wheelchair users £3 (carers free) – regret no dogs. The charge includes admission to all gardens and there will be a free mini-bus service along the route Tickets are available from the following places in Bookham:

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Vineries Garden Centre, Lower Road Weale’s store, Little Bookham Street Wishing Well, 7 High Street Bungalow Stores, Beckley Parade Park Corner Store, 42 Church Street Old Barn Hall Office, Church Road (open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30am-12pm. Tel 01372 456307) or on the day At the gardens themselves on the day

Polesden Lacey: Ticket holders are also entitled to one free entry to Polesden Lacey gardens from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th June Refreshments available in the Old Barn Hall 10.30am to 5pm where there is also free car parking

Further information Tel 01372 454323 email or under the Open Gardens 2012 webpage Bookham Community Association Registered Charity No. 207429 72

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Burglaries continue to be a current issue in Ashtead and we would, again, urge residents to be vigilant and to assess the security of their property. When a burglary occurs, it is often the case that many homes have been left insecure in some way. The local policing team has increased proactive patrols all around the area but it is really helpful is residents do as much as possible to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

roads, particularly during drop off and pick up times. Complaints range from vehicles causing obstructions to other road users and pedestrians to incidents of 'road rage' with drivers being confronted by pedestrians about the manner of their driving. As a result of this we are working closely with Roads Policing and the Traffic Enforcement Officers from Mole Valley District Council. Your local team will be carrying out joint patrols at locations of the greatest concern and enforcement of road traffic regulations will be carried out as necessary.

Statistics show that one in three burglars do not have to force their way in to a property - they have easy access through an insecure door or open window. In most, if not all, cases we find that access has been gained at the rear of a property at ground floor level.

PCSO 12874 Pauline Daly Police Community Support Officer for Ashtead

If you are enjoying your back garden (hopefully, it will have stopped raining incessantly by the time you read this!!) then please make sure that the front of the house is secure and that you keep an eye on the back door. If you have a side gate then also keep it bolted, locked and secure. Don't leave garage doors wide open or bikes lying around in the front garden. It only takes a few seconds to steal a bike or power tools in these circumstances and thieves are very adept and experienced at taking advantage of any opportunity that presents itself.

Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters. Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger). Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name. Your local team can also be contacted by email to

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Could you volunteer for the RNLI? Are you recently retired or coming up to retirement? Although you have lots you want to do, are you likely to have some time that you could give to voluntary work with a charity? Leatherhead and Ashtead have many charities that would welcome you to give a little time to help them – there are a wide variety of ways you could help ranging from spending just a few hours collecting in the High Street or working with others on a project activity to joining as a trustee or committee member which would involve guiding the activities of the charity and possibly running some activities or fundraising projects. One such charity is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea. We have branches in Leatherhead and Ashtead and are always looking for volunteers willing to help with collections or at a village event stall, hold a coffee morning for friends and acquaintances to sell souvenirs or Christmas cards or teach school children to be safe near water.

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - May 2012 Meeting Recently some of our members visited the amazing Sunbury Millennium Embroidery where we were told about the planning and completion of this wonderful work showing many buildings, wildlife and activities of the area, and its associated side panels and community badges. This, plus a delicious afternoon tea with home-made cakes proved a very enjoyable afternoon. This year’s W.I. Resolution to go to the AGM at the Albert Hall is: The Chronic Shortage of Midwives, including Investment, Training and Retention’. Our Secretary is a newly retired Midwife and was able to give a lot of background information – that there are 12 hour shifts, no breaks, more paperwork and threats of litigation – all helping us decide how to vote at the AGM. Our speaker was Dr. R. Cox, an educational historian & archivist, who told us about ‘The Happiest Days’ – Life as seen through school log books over the last 130 years. We heard that ‘fireguards were not necessary’, and ‘the proposed lavatory was deferred to a later date’. A headteacher’s note of 1886 stated ‘The sweep done the school chimney’, and there was a Mrs L. in charge of 97 children. In 1880 ‘some boys beautifully hemmed a pocket handkerchief’, and another time a boy made a sideboard at school in ‘carpentry’. We learned of the many problems of the times, with lack of proper footwear, distances involved, drying of clothes and of the ailments, also of wartimes with bombing of premises, lack of staff and evacuations. So many stories, which emphasised the differences of schooling in the past to that of the present, to the interest of members (and teachers) in the audience! There will be two open days in the autumn to enable members to visit the London head office, and on another occasion the chance to enjoy a matinee at the Globe Theatre. Sandra Brown 78

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 40

Park Farm House, Farm Lane, Ashtead Park Farm House c: 1977 (Courtesy Mrs Jean Tappin)

This handsome, L-plan brick house in Farm Lane probably dates from the second half of the 17th century, but it was largely rebuilt after a fire in 1731. It is enclosed by a high wall, and has three rooms on each of the two floors, and a cellar. The façade is symmetrical, with six windows to the first floor. The back kitchen has its own chimney stack, and there is a stair turret. In the early 18th century, after the fire, a further storey was added and the roof was raised; at the same time, the stair was replaced with elegant, slender banisters, three to a tread, though the old ‘bottle’ banisters to the upper stair remain. Park Farm House shares with Merry Hall the honour of being the most elegant secular building in Ashtead. The bailiff of the Home Farm belonging to the Howards used to live here, which explains its name. In its early days it had been known as Hilder House, after the family of that name. An old granary adjoins the house. It has a two-bay 18th century square plan, with a pyramid roof, central king post and butt purlins. Goff Powell – Extracted from A History of Ashtead –L&DLHS 1995- 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: 80

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12.Garment and cigar mixed up (8) 13.Initially right, you’ve become a Peeping Tom (6) 15.Knotted when the tide turned (4) 16.Said to be found in butter Eddie made (7) 20.Vermin upset by a goddess (7) 21.Palindromic man (4) 25.An illuminator set down (6) 26.Cleaner I work around for trust (8) Little page and bull complaint (8) Overlook information in sign or emblem (6) Signs fixed with red clothing (8) Relaxed after finding a new desert (6)

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Working towards sustainable consumption

Are local food shops important? In the last couple of months I have been carrying out a survey of the local food shops in Ashtead, based on one called ‘Local Food Webs’ by the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England). We are in this area almost unique, having 3 butchers, 2 bakeries, 3 greengrocers and 1 wet fish shop. Most of them have been trading for more than 20 years and one for over 100 years! These shops employ 25 full time and 20 part time people. They also use the services of other local independent businesses - plumbers, electricians, general builders, refrigeration engineers, accountants, and solicitors. They offer a social service in the community and know their regular customers, for example stocking items just for them even though they may not make much profit on it. They offer home delivery services, which are personal and invaluable to among others, the elderly. They supply local schools, companies, restaurants, churches and old people’s homes. They are knowledgeable about their produce from years of experience, and will give advice on what’s in season and how to cook what they sell. They care about the environment, and ideally they want to buy produce from local small farmers who care about their animals and biodiversity in the landscape. Nowadays it is not always possible to source locally, but they still endeavour to source from within the UK and, where possible, locally and seasonally. I found that between them they were buying from a range of producers and suppliers including Dorking and Epsom. They do not sell over-packaged food - fresh fish, meat and bread is wrapped in paper and fruit and veg sold loose. All this makes a huge difference to the amount of rubbish we throw away - when you unpack a supermarket shop, there is often a pile of plastic cartons and wrapping to dispose of. Yes, it is convenient to get all the shopping at the supermarket, but is this at a terrible cost to the future of our high streets - for choice, the landscape and local employment? Is doing all our shopping at the supermarket creating a disconnection between us and the environment, and creating a lack of understanding about where and how our food is produced? Growing and producing food shapes our landscape and has a huge impact on the environment - thinking about food production as just another industrial factory process ignores these vital issues. Choosing to buy locally and to seek out local produce helps to restore and preserve the land. And if we don’t use our local shops we will lose them…in the words of a well known Joni Mitchell song, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”

At Ashtead Village Day, 9th June, we will have experts on hand to talk about keeping chickens and bee keeping. We are also starting a local mapping project to find out which gardens have fruit trees, which home owners keep chickens, and how many houses there are with solar panels. Please come and see us if you have either and help us to make a map of Ashtead. Caroline Cardew-Smith

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