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

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Book reviews

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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AVD Programme of events - centre pages

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Mole Valley Police Column

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GO50 walks and cycle rides

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Fetcham Residents’ Association

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Local history article

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Leatherhead PO closes for refurb

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Rotary raises £4k+ for air ambulance

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Rainbow Trust Volunteering

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Give a cat a home

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Stroke Awareness Day

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How to spot a scam

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Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trs Day

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What’s on in June? Pages 70-76

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Quiz - Former country names

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Join the Great Ashtead Bake Off

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Andy’s Blog

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Quiz - Mothers & Fathers

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Ashtead Community Vision

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Transition Ashtead

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Fishing friends & the secret of swans

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Cryptic crossword

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Simple crossword

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General knowledge crossword

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Recipe - deep fried calamari

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Gardening - bugs and beasties

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The Common Column

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From the Publisher

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une is always a lovely month and this year, because of a rather longer winter than usual, it is even more welcome.

June historically sees the annual Ashtead Village Day (Saturday 8th), and this year the Rotary Club of Ashtead are celebrating the event’s 30th anniversary, please go to the centre pages for details of the day’s programme. By the way, don’t forget to enter the Great Ashtead Bake Off competition, the judging for which will take place on Village Day - details of how to enter can be found on page 73. As one of the judges of this competition, I have been in training now for several weeks, and am now officially the size of a small terraced house, however, I believe this to be a small price to pay for being in cake heaven... This month sees the return of the Ashtead Common Column, the last entry was some years ago but I’m happy to say that the chaps over at Ashtead Common will now once again be submitting their articles each month so we can all discover what’s going on at our Common. The Leatherhead Post Office will be closing on 3rd June for refurbishment and a beautiful swan will emerge after a week’s building work (page 16). Just as I go to print, I am informed that the annual Leatherhead Duck Race will take place on Sunday 30th June, I’ll try and get some more details in time for the July edition which distributes on 26th June. The Citizens’ Advice Bureau would like us all to be Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local better informed when it comes to scams (and there provides local businesses with are great deal of them around at the moment), their affordable, quality advertising. Ads advice can be found on page 68. cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential Caroline Cardew-Smith has kindly sent in an update distribution (yes, really!) and can be on the Ashtead Community Vision’s ‘Drop in Day’ designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2013. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on 27th April and her report can be found on page 34.

I’ve recently started sewing classes (nothing to do with the recent Sewing Bee show) as my mother was a seamstress and I’d like to learn how to make my own clothes. Watch out for me and my partner walking around in his and hers matching outfits this summer - groovy! I’ve received lots of entries to the Surrey County Show family ticket competition and, as I am writing this prior to the draw, I trust the winners have a great day out in Stoke Park. Before I shoot off just a reminder that it’s Father’s Day on Sunday 16th June. I bid you farewell. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945

www.ashteadresidents.org.uk Summer is a coming! It finally looks as though Spring and Summer have arrived all at once. Mother Nature looks to have compressed Spring into a few short weeks following the unseasonably cold spell in early April when everything just stopped growing. Now with the weather improving everything in the garden has begun growing at once. Lawns are being mowed, verges cut and hedges beginning to grow. As well as getting out into the garden, there are many places to see in the area. We are very fortunate to have on our doorstep many interesting places to visit. If you go down to the woods today, you may not see Teddy Bears having a picnic, but it is now dry enough for you to have one. You may spot birds of prey Buzzards have been seen hovering over Ashtead Common. Also the Skylarks are back. The grass has started to grow so the 'Lawn Mowers' are also back. The Four Sussex Red Cattle are out on the top common helping manage the wood pastures. The way markers and sign posts have been spruced up and are now being put back out. The Common has been awarded a 'Green Heritage Site' status - A Green Heritage Site Accreditation is given in recognition of achieving the required standard in the management and interpretation of a site with local or national historic importance. Polesden Lacey Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Surrey Hills, Polesden Lacey, only six miles from Ashtead, is the ideal space for relaxing with friends and family. Mrs Greville, an ambitious Edwardian hostess, chose Polesden as the idea place for entertaining and relaxing with friends, and this is what the National

Trust invite you to do now, 100 years on. The gardens offer something for every season. In addition, if you have a dog, once parked you can enjoy the walks around the area and don’t need to be a member of the Trust. The house with its rich collection of art and stories provides a fascinating insight into the Edwardian era. The house will be open seven days a week for the first time from March 2013. From 12.30pm weekdays, and from 11am on weekends, wander at your leisure. In addition, the Trust is offering guided tours 11am12.30pm Monday to Friday. These 30-minute tours will show you parts of the house and can be booked at reception on the day. Your ticket will also entitle you to come back into the house after 12.30pm. Hatchlands A bit further on at East Clandon and just 20 minutes from Ashtead is Hatchlands Park, built in the 1750s for Admiral Edward Boscawen and his wife Fanny. They gave architect, Robert Adam, one of his earliest commissions. His work can be seen in interiors throughout the house. Today the mansion is a family home, containing tenant Alec Cobbe’s collection of paintings and fine furniture. Also on display is the Cobbe Collection, Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers including Bach, Chopin and Elgar. With over 400 acres of parkland, partly landscaped by Humphrey Repton and providing six waymarked walks, Hatchlands is one of the largest country estates surrounding Greater London. You can also see a formal garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. So go and enjoy them all.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Leatherhead Community - ACTION is needed If you are reading this, I know you are interested in what happens in Leatherhead and how it affects you, what concerns you, the problems that no one seems to be doing anything about, fear of cuts in services because there is less money to go round, rising prices or reducing benefits. How your children can cope now and in the future, when life was easier (?) 20,40,60 years ago! To visitors, Leatherhead is a happy town, they say so, they come again, they visit the theatre and the restaurants. We have eight charity shops that survive, when the retailers do not. In May we lost Alan’s the florists, temporarily we hope. We are notorious for our pot hole roads, but we have beautiful countryside which many come to visit. We have congested roads in the rush hour and we need more housing, provided with adequate parking space and, where possible, gardens. We have elderly residents, who no longer drive, who need bus services and now we are threatened with cuts in hospital services.

Many of our residents are already volunteering and their help is vital, more are needed. Surrey Community Action held a conference in May, it was attended by leaders of voluntary organisations and highlighted a report by RAISE on all that needed support in Surrey and how the Council would cooperate with the voluntary sector. It was attended by people who were blind, deaf, disabled, all who know and understand the needs of the community, as well as retired doctors, clergy, Age UK, Surrey Independent Living Council, Surrey County Council Leaders and a Government officer, together with voluntary support organisations. Their first informal topic of conversation was fighting the congested roads to reach the Leisure Centre!

MVDC planning department say: Leatherhead does not have the time, the money or the people to plan for our future. We do, we care, we know you are out there, many already doing voluntary work or caring for family and neighbours. We need your help to work and plan, even if a £2 subscription is the best you can offer with your complaints or All these aspects of planning, conservation, concerns. But we need more. If our committee transport, highways, environment, health and social meetings on the first Monday of the month in the services are active concerns for members of the Institute are for committee only, we are still there, Residents Association committee. We are if you want to find us. Someone will be there from challenged with the needs of North Mole Valley, our 7pm. 18–100+ in age, you have an independent town and our neighbouring communities, supported voice, and can speak on behalf of your friends and by our County and Mole Valley councillors. But – we neighbours - we need to hear from you. could do more if we had just a few more of our residents willing to come and help or who would tell us the problems of their friends and neighbours, who at the moment do no know where to find their Hilary Porter local councillors, since they moved the Help shop Vice Chairman and we have lost our notice boards.

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Mole Valley Police Column Dramatic fall in crime numbers

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Crime has dropped significantly in Leatherhead and Ashtead following the release of crime statistics for the last financial year. In North Leatherhead the drop was 29 per cent and was even greater in Ashtead where the fall was 36 per cent.

Consider using a forensic coding product to property mark all valuable tools and equipment with your postcode and house number as this will make items uniquely identifiable If possible, secure lawnmowers and other equipment to a shed or garage wall

Although there was a small increase of 4 per cent in South Leatherhead, the level of antisocial behaviour dropped by 18 per cent.

Other impressive figures included reductions of 48 per cent in vehicle crime, 39 per cent in criminal damage, 55 per cent in fraud/forgery and 22 per cent in violence with injury.

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Inspector Andrew Rundle, the Mole Valley Borough Inspector, said the reduction came despite it now being easier than ever before to report crimes through channels such as the new 101 number and social media networks.

Inspector Rundle added “The officers on this team have been here and worked on their areas for a long time. They take responsibility for the crimes and incidents that happen and it’s that level of commitment which has resulted in so many positive interventions being made.”

Lock away tools when you aren’t using them Securing the perimeter of your garden can help to protect your property An option to consider is trellis fencing which doesn’t obstruct visibility and is difficult to climb over If possible utilise holly and hawthorn plants as they can provide an effective and natural deterrence to anyone thinking of entering your garden

For more crime prevention advice visit www.surrey.police.uk Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Mole Valley PO Box 101, Guildford, GU1 9PE

Reducing garage, shed and garden crime

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Burglars are not only interested in the valuables inside your house. Equipment kept in a garage, shed or garden can be just as tempting.

Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name.

Many houses are securely alarmed but garages and sheds are often left insecure and therefore offer opportunities for criminals.

Your local team can also be contacted by email to MoleValley@surrey.pnn.police.uk www.surrey.police.uk

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Please use the 101 number when reporting any non-emergency matters to us by telephone. 01483 571212 can still be used if preferred but in an emergency always dial 999.

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Ashtead Community Vision The ‘Drop in Day’ about the Neighbourhood Development Plan held on 27th April at the APMH was very well attended by an estimated 200+ people. The general feedback was that it was extremely informative and gave much needed information about the issues of why houses are needed, how many and where they could be built. Concerns were expressed about any alteration to the green belt boundary, but visitors also engaged with the discussions around the need for new housing and that there is very little brownfield or other land available. ACV has been contacted by some land owners

development. The display about the Economy, was divided into retail and business. Facts sheets, photos and charts showed the mix of retail space, employment and local companies. Suzanne Parkes and Jack Straw, Mole Valley Planning Officers, were on hand to answer questions as were the members of the ACV working group and the Forum. Much needed refreshments were kindly served by volunteer members of the Forum.

The Survey team were kept busy all day. There were 4 lap tops where people could do the online ‘Housing & Green Belt Boundary Review’ survey and in addition over 25 people filled in the paper version. The survey closed on the 5th May and over 600 responses were received. The demographics show that gender was split exactly 50/50. Age range of respondents: 18-43 3%, 35-49 24%, 50-64 36% and 65+ 37%. 14% live and work in Ashtead making a huge contribution already and it is expected that more will come to the economy of the area. 78% of respondents forward during the next few months. did not live in Ashtead before moving to their The main focus was on affordable housing for current house. There was a variety of reasons key workers and starter homes for younger people choose Ashtead to move to, among the people which were considered under supplied in most prominent being near the countryside, comparison to larger homes. About the larger quiet, good place to bring up a family, and homes, one interesting statistic displayed was attractive street scenes in terms of house and that 77% of the dwellings have 3 or more road styles. The full analysis of the results will bedrooms but 60% of these have less than 3 be presented to the Forum at the next meeting occupants, . Mainly the reason for this is that and made public thereafter. people are living longer and may like to move from a large family house but can’t find suitable apartments or bungalows in Ashtead to downsize. Regarding infrastructure, the issue of the current and predicted primary school places was demonstrated in the Infrastructure display. Visitors also perused the maps showing areas of ‘damp spots’ and flooding in existing roads and other places which may not be suitable for 34


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Fishing Friends And the Secret of Swans Sam and Ruth decided they all needed a break and some fresh air. As a child, Ruth spent a couple of family holidays on a barge and had fond memories of opening locks, walking on the tow path and playing monopoly on a rickety table. They’d always have to play the game to the very end because the table had to be cleared away and magically transformed into a double bed for her parents. Sam had never been on a canal boat before. In fact, the only boats he’d ever experienced were the cross channel and Isle of Wight ferries. However he could control a car and had driven a tractor so was naïvely confident that he’d manage with the slow pace of a canal barge. One thing he remembered from his childhood was fishing. His father used to spend hours by the side of the local lake, patiently waiting for a bite. Sam had always carried the sentimental vision of introducing his own sons to the pastime. He’d even suggested it on a couple of occasions but neither Ben nor Daniel had shown the slightest interest. Sam felt this barge holiday would be the perfect opportunity to spend some quality ‘bonding’ time with his boys, sharing stories as they held their rods and gazed into the depths of the canal.

where to fill up with water and how to use the locks. Before they had a chance to think of any questions, he untied them and waved them on their way. Sam coped quite well while he was steering in a straight line but the first lock was quite a challenge. He tried to stay in control but soon gathered an audience of passers by, enjoying his evident amateur status. Ben and Daniel managed to use the windlasses to wind up the paddles and then push the gates after considerable help from an experienced and very patient barge owner in the boat behind them. Sarah stayed on board, fascinated and terrified by the gushing torrents of water as the lock filled and the barge slowly rose to the upper level. The sun shone wetly through the clouds as they moored up for the night. Daniel and Ben enjoyed banging the long heavy spikes into the ground and tying up with the soggy heavy ropes. Their knots were unorthodox but would hopefully do the job.

Ruth started cooking and Sam got the fishing rods out. After a couple of minutes, Ruth heard a shrill scream and raced up on deck. Sarah was sobbing. She’d caught a fish and was inconsolable in her grief. The thought of being As they set off in the car, Ruth and Sam were full responsible for the death of a living creature was of romantic images of sparkling sunshine, family just too much for her. games of monopoly and happy children, frolicking Ruth filled a bowl with water and the tiny fish in the fresh air, feeding the ducks and fishing, twitched back into life in its temporary home. lots of fishing. Sam carefully removed the hook from its gaping mouth and lowered the bowl into the water. The They’d booked a short break on a lovely looking minnow plopped back into the canal and gingerly barge on the Kennet and Avon canal and were started to swim away. Sarah turned to her planning to gently cruise down to Bath. The mother, beaming with delight and relief. Only weather forecast was good and the car was her brothers and father saw what happened next crammed with food, clothes, games and fishing and they were immediately bound together in rods. She’d also packed waterproof jackets but secrecy, was sure they wouldn’t be needed.

Sadly, they were needed, as soon as they arrived at the boatyard. Sam and Ruth found their boat, which was called ‘The Sunny Duchess’ and unpacked the car in driving rain. The children were too excited to worry about getting wet and charged about with exuberance, until the boat yard manager gave them a stern talking to about safety near water. As Ruth carried a soggy cardboard box containing baked beans, matches, fruit pastilles and sun cream, she wondered how long it would be before one of the children fell in the canal and which child it would be. The manager gave Sam a quick lesson on how to use the engine, how to pump out the bilges,

While Ruth and Sarah enjoyed their celebratory hug, an elegant snow-whites wan glided in their direction and, with one seamlessly smooth action, swooped down and Sarah’s fish disappeared. Copyright Sarah Lott May 2013 Website: www.thememorybook.co.uk Email: sarah@thememorybook.co.uk Tel: 01372 373844 Twitter: @thememorybook 36


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The Common Column Welcome back to the Common Column after a few years of absence! We hope you will enjoy this regular update about what has been happening on Ashtead Common, owned and managed by the City Commons team at the City of London. As spring turns into summer, our butterfly, bird and reptile surveys are in full swing. Look out for the amazing wildlife found on your doorstep - grass snakes and lizards basking in the sun and summer migrants – chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, garden warbler and blackcap – raising their young, using the plentiful insects in Ashtead’s grassland. Buzzards are seen over the Common fairly regularly now, as well as kestrels and sparrowhawks. You may have heard in the news about the various diseases that are affecting the UK’s trees at the moment. Some of these are particularly relevant to us at City Commons, such as ash dieback. This serious disease of ash trees is caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea which causes leaf loss and crown dieback, usually leading to tree death. It has come into this country on imported Sussex cattle on the Common saplings, but also windblown naturally across the Channel. In response to this threat, we have pulled together a group of ‘tree warden’ volunteers, who are out surveying for the location of ash trees, ready to check them for ash dieback during the summer months. Although there is nothing that can be done about its spread, we have a legal responsibility to report any signs of the disease and can help with national data collection. A big thank you goes to all those helping with this project. A new entrance project is underway on Ashtead Common, stemming from a volunteer audit of the site which looked at our signage and countryside furniture. The Ashtead Common Volunteers have been moving, replacing and repairing dead hedges, installing bar ways and clearing paths. The dead hedges allow walkers through whilst restricting access for horse riders and cyclists. Soon, new entrance maps and way-marking discs will be added to clearly show who can use these different paths. Some benches have been replaced and way-markers and sign posts have been spruced up. To keep up to date with what’s going on, please do like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @citycommons. If you want to receive our free monthly email update please contact us on 01372 279083 or city.commons@cityoflondon.gov.uk and we will add you to our mailing list. For more news and info, go to our website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/citycommons

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Making a Song and Dance of It The West End will soon be heaving again as tourists flock to see the hottest musicals. Many of them started life as novels, plays and poetry, and the authors’ words were adapted into catchy show-tunes and moving ballads. Here’s our pick of the bestloved tales to get the toe-tapping treatment. Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw

Long before Julie Andrews was beaten to the film role by Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady began life as Bernard Shaw’s triumphant comic play Pygmalion. The deliciously arrogant Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can turn ‘guttersnipe’ Eliza Doolittle into a lady but she is far from being the downtrodden flower girl he believes her to be. It’s one of Shaw’s greatest critiques of the English class system and it’s abso-bloomin’lutely hilarious to boot.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats T.S. Eliot

When Cats were merely kittens in Lloyd Webber’s eyes, readers were curling up in a sunny corner with T.S. Eliot’s Practical Cats. Writing under the name ‘Old Possum’ in letters to his godchildren, Eliot’s poems included tales of Macavity, Mr. Mistoffelees and Bustopher Jones. The charming collection is much-loved the world over for its unique take on cat psychology.

Les Miserables Victor Hugo

Jean Valjean is a man who’s desperate to escape his past, but with a policeman like Javert on

his tail, this escaped convict is going to have a battle on his hands. Les Mis has everything: mistaken identity, injustice and love, all set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. It’s the world’s longest running musical, and most recently gave us the cinematic opportunity to see Hugh Jackman without a shirt on.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ian Fleming

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical Car was written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame, who penned the original threepart series for his son. The idea has to be every child’s dream: a flying car. Inventor Caratacus Potts restores a second-hand vehicle and he and his children name it after the sound of a backfiring engine. It soon becomes clear that Chitty isn’t your average automobile and the family embarks on an adventure that involves kidnap and gangsters, cross-channel flying and some bizarre characters. When Chitty made it to the West End, audiences poured in to see the flying car in all its glory.

Oliver Twist

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Dickens, transposing the Victorian London of Oliver Twist to the stage, along with the wonderful characters of Twist himself, lovable rogue The Artful Dodger and simply terrifying thug, Bill Sykes. Dickens’ novel opens with Twist enduring life in the workhouse before being taken on by an undertaker. He escapes, only to fall in with Fagin’s gang of pickpockets. The book’s a lot darker than the musical with the brutality of the streets along with the poverty and drudgery of many of London’s lower classes portrayed vividly.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire

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Dorking Quilters Dorking Quilters’ next meeting on Tuesday 11th June will be a visit from Stitch Witches, a renowned group of Surrey quilters, giving a talk entitled ‘Moving On.’ They will illustrate their talk with their wonderful quilts. The meeting will be held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking, at 7.30 for 8pm Contact Sheena, on 01306 885597 for more info.

Something old, something new The current exhibition at the British Museum on Pompeii and Herculaneum is a snapshot of Roman life preserved in perpetuity by the eruption of Vesuvius. We are running courses on both Roman Life and Literature and Greek Life and Literature in our next session. Forward in time to the 15th century in Europe and our Wednesday morning Art History course moves on to the Italian masters – Piero, Mantegna, Botticelli, Fra Angelico and their contemporaries. Fast forward again and we have a new History course on Tuesday evenings on Europe between 1900 and 1939 entitled War and Peace. If you want to move in the reverse direction, join our ever-popular Genealogy classes. In the first term we trace family members back to 1837 using the internet, and in the second term, back to 1650 using parish records and national archives. As for the new, we are extending our range of computer courses to include social media, and Ebay, Skype etc. Just right for the generation of people who missed out on the IT revolution. Join these and keep up with your grandchildren! Also new is a short course on The Banking Business which explains terms currently in the media such as hedge funds, arbitrage, leveraging, commodity trading, quantitative easing, futures, venture capital etc. Learn all about it! For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708 or 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website surreyhillsonwardlearning.org.uk.

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Ashtead Bowling Club Ashtead Bowling Club’s stall at Village Day 2013 is designed to improve upon their successful recruitment drive last year. They are bringing their portable bowls mat so visitors can have a try at bowling again. This time though there are separate competitions for adults and children with specially sized bowls available for the kids. 3 local traders are sponsoring the prizes; the butchers (Dyers and Hammonds) the baker (Alison’s Bakery) and Ashtead Bowlers say they are looking for a candlestick too! As well as the two competitions Ashtead are The Ashtead Bowling Club stall, organising a charity raffle to augment the value of during Ashtead Village Day 2012 their annual Charity Day at the club. Their chosen charity this year is the Orpheus Centre which was founded by Sir Richard Stilgoe and is designed to help young disabled adults gain as much independence and confidence as they can through access both to the supported housing provided at the centre and through participation in the Performing Arts programmes that the charity creates. More information about Orpheus will be available to the stall’s visitors. For those wishing to consider playing bowls at Ashtead there will be an opportunity for 3 free coaching sessions at the club at a time and date to suit the individual. Ashtead’s bowlers promise you a warm welcome to their very friendly club. For more information contact Mike Bradford tel: 01372 273142 or email: Mbrad16@aol.com 53


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Ashtead Women’s Institute - May meeting Following the usual update with news of our members, we talked about the W.I. Resolution on ‘The Decline of High Streets and Town Centres’ which will be further discussed and voted on at the W.I. AGM at Cardiff in June. Further business of the evening was on the W.I. Revised Constitution, to Update and Modify Objectives of the W.I., and there was a questionnaire on the future of Annual meetings at Dorking Halls, or whether these meetings should take place with a different format or at other venues. Our speaker at the May meeting was member Rosemary Stark, telling us of her wonderful holiday in New Zealand, taken over Christmas 2011 and New Year 2012. We heard about the many types of flora & fauna, beautiful scenery, lakes, roads empty of traffic and walks with enjoyable company. She told us of the Christmas Tree in the sun, and of celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Skyline Restaurant for a meal with wonderful views and fireworks. Sadly, Christchurch looked very different after the earthquake, but the city and its people are trying very hard to continue as usual and keep their spirits up. A visit to Borde Hill Gardens & Mansion in June has been suggested. News was also given on a theatre visit, ‘Goodbye to All That‘ performed by members of Surrey Federation of WIs. As always there was information on our many sub groups – Reading, Theatre, Yarn, Scrabble, Craft, Walking, and a local lunch. At our next meeting on June 5th the speaker will be Mr Rupert Matthews, on Ghosts of Surrey.

Ashtead Friendship Centre The AFC is an independent group of active retired people, not only from Ashtead, but from surrounding towns and villages. We meet monthly on the third Wednesday at 2pm (except August) at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in Woodfield Lane. Our members enjoying a recent day trip

with details of upcoming activities.

We have a speaker at each meeting followed by refreshments and social time to chat to our friends and there is always time to book for some of our other activities. Every quarter we publish a newsletter

Throughout the year we arrange various activities. Supper Club and Pub lunches, both very popular are held at different venues in the area. We also arrange theatre trips by coach, usually to Woking, at very competitive rates which quickly sell out, and our Chairman, Don Butt, arranges twice yearly coach outings to places of interest. Why not come along to our meetings and see for yourself? You can be sure of a warm welcome. Our next meeting is on June 19th when our speaker will be Commodore Peter Swan speaking about his personal experience on the Royal yacht Brittania. Our Chairman, Don Butt, is waiting for your call. Why not give him a ring on 01372 274288 54


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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The April meeting was a celebration of our 28th birthday, which was well attended and visitors from Bookham and Fetcham were welcomed. Our forthcoming trip to Worthing will be in June and in September we will have a trip to the Chilterns.

local branch of the ME Association.

After we enjoyed a delicious birthday cake made by our President, Hazel Richmond-Coggan, we were entertained by our speaker, Neil Riley from Dorking, who is the Chairman of and campaigner for, the

The theme of his talk was the art of public speaking. If you are ever asked to make a speech it can cause many sleepless nights in anticipation. We learned that it is a great help to smile, and to know your subject thoroughly. A distraction these days is when someone’s mobile phone rings and it is best to ignore it, as it diverts attention from the speaker. Neil had many amusing anecdotes, and gave a good insight into his pet subject. Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570.

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June Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Tue 4 : Ockley, Walliswood & Oakwood : 8m Undulating walk through varied, interesting countryside & two villages, with pub lunch at Oakwood Hill. Meet 10am at Inn on the Green in Ockley. On A29, from A24, pub on left. Undulating walk through varied, interesting countryside & two villages. Pub lunch at Oakwood Hill. TQ148401 / RH5 5TD | Fri 7 : Dormansland: 7½8m Via Starborough Castle to Dry Hill Fort & return through Greathed Manor Estate. Meet at 10am in Ford Manor Rd, Dormansland. Off B2028 Lingfield-Edenbridge road nr Plough Inn. TQ406428 / RH7 6PR (T) Metrobus 409 | Tue 11 : Ardingly : 8m Enjoy a circuit walk to Balcombe for lunch at the pub or in the tea rooms. Walk back via the reservoir to the start. Meet at 10am in free car park in Ardingly village, opp. baker’s shop. TQ348294 / RH17 6AN | Wed 12 : Epsom Downs Evening Walk : 3m Stroll over the Downs, with sunset & possible view of The Shard. Join us for pub supper afterwards. Meet at 6:15pm at Tattenham Corner pub CP. From round’t behind the grandstand, take B290 to Tadworth. Pub on left. TQ226584 / KT18 5NY (T) Tattenham Corner station | Fri 14 : Burford Bridge : 7½-8m Enjoy a circuit walk through Norbury Pk, along the North Downs and onto Mickleham Common. Bring snack & have a late pub lunch in Mickleham. Meet at 10am in car park at Burford Bridge. Off A24, Dorking. TQ171519 / RH5 6BX (T) Boxhill & Westhumble station | Wed 19 : Oxshott Heath & Esher Common : 4m Cross west & east bridges over A3 and pass Black Pond & Oxshott War Memorial. Easy walking. Meet at 10:15am at car park at the approach to Oxshott Station at A244. TQ143611 / KT22 0SZ | Wed 19 : Walton on the Hill : 8½m Walk via Headley church to Mickleham Downs, return across Headley Heath. Bring picnic. Meet for 10:30am start in the free car park opp. junction of B2032 Dorking Rd & Deans Lane. TQ227544 / KT20 7TP | Fri 21 : Charlwood : 5m Undulating walk, small woods & fields, beautiful countryside. Meet at 10am at Half Moon pub off ‘The Street’, Charlwood. From A217 Reigate Rd head west from Longbridge Round’t onto Cross Rd, then across into Charlwood Road/ Horley Road/The Street. RH6 0DS / TQ242411 | Tue 25 : Outwood : 4m + 3m A memorial walk. All welcome. After morning walk, we will drive to ‘Amie’s Garden’ nr Smallfield for picnic lunch. Optional extra 3m afternoon walk. Meet at 10am in NT car park opp the windmill in Outwood. TQ328456 / RH1 5PW | Wed 26 : Bocketts Farm & Fetcham Downs : 4m Walk through Norbury Park & by River Mole. Refreshments at Farm Café. Meet at 10:15am (at Bocketts Farm CP off the round’t on A246, SW of Leatherhead. TQ155550 / KT22 9BS | Thu 27 : South Holmwood : 7¾m Ascend on field & woodland paths to Coldharbour, then up to Leith Hill tower for picnic at the highest point in Surrey, returning by a different route. Meet for 10:30 start by the Bechets Green Rd playground, beside St Mary Magdalene church. On-street parking. TQ171448 / RH5 4LA (T) Metrobus 93 Dorking-Horsham.

June Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Mon 17 : Horton Country Park: 15m mainly flat route (195m ascent/descent). Explore Horton Country Park, the Hogsmill, Nonsuch Park & Ashtead Common. Meet at the Woodman, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. TQ179586 / KT21 2DA | Fri 21 : Headley: 20m Novices’ road ride, partly on the Olympic route. Meet at The Cock Inn, Headley. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE | Fri 28 : Abinger/ Holmbury: 15m Hilly & some technical single track around Surrey Hills. Steady pace. Meet at The Volunteer, Sutton Abinger. TQ105460 / RH5 6PR (Bike wash may be available at the pub after ride) 56


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 52

Jimmy Hanley – The Plough Effingham

Jimmy Hanley (pictured above) the English actor, lived in Fetcham and could often be seen chatting to locals in the village. He resided at ‘Tanglewood’ on the Cobham Road. He was born in Norwich, Norfolk, in October 1918 and began his career as a child actor before becoming popular in juvenile roles. He was groomed by the Rank Studio system during his teenage years and earned film stardom as a "boy-next-door" type. The young star-struck actor attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and whilst he was studying there, made his stage debut at age 12 at the London Palladium, as John Darling in Peter Pan. He began to make films in his teens. During the Second World War he served as an officer with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and in a commando raid in Norway he was wounded in the leg and was invalided out of the service. He returned to films, including Salute John Citizen (1942), Henry V with Laurence Olivier (1944), For You Alone (1945) The Blue Lamp (1950) The Galloping Major (1951) and the Huggetts Family series of films. He later worked on radio and TV, appearing in several television series and hosting the ITV series Jim's Inn from 1957–1963, which combined advertising messages with the plot of a soap opera. For many years he was a real life publican, for he and his second wife ‘Maggie’ ran "The Plough" at Effingham (pictured above right). His first wife was actress Dinah Sheridan (1942–1953) they had three children, including Jenny Hanley and the Conservative politician Sir Jeremy Hanley. The third died in infancy. He then married actress Margaret Avery in 1955, they had three daughters: Jane, Sarah and Katy. He died from pancreatic cancer in Fetcham in January 1970, aged 51. Goff Powell

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: staff@lheadmuseum.plus.com Website: www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk 58


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Rotary 10k run raises over ÂŁ4,000 for air ambulance!

180 runners at the start of the 10k run On Sunday 5th May, around 180 runners took part in Leatherhead Rotary's fifth annual 10k charity run on Headley Heath. First across the finish line was Tym Miles in 0:38:02, with Peter Raynard and Ian Weatherall in second and third place respectively, with times of 0:38:54, and 0:39:21. Winner of the ladies race was Michele Oldham with a time of 0:40:20, with Susanna Harrison and Jenny Hall in second and third place respectively, with times of 0:43:06, and 0:43:29.

delighted with the turnout and also the fantastic amount raised. Leatherhead Rotary would also like to thank all the event sponsors: TWM Solicitors, Towry Wealth Advisers, Thesis Asset Management, WSM Accountancy Services, Fitstuff, White, Patrick Gardner & Co, Lloyds TSB Commercial and Southwest Trains, and also the National Trust for very kindly allowing the use of Headley Heath for the event.

Prizes were awarded for the first five places in both the men's and women's events, with the winner of each event also receiving a trophy. Everyone who completed the distance received a medal in recognition of their achievement! The event also raised over ÂŁ4,000 for the Surrey Air Ambulance, with many of the runners raising additional money for their own chosen charities through personal sponsorship. Rotarian Adrian O'Loughlin, who organised and also competed in the event, said he was

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WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? Saturday 8th

30th Ashtead Village Day. Programme of events on pages 48-49.

Saturday 8th

Ashtead Choral Society - A Grand Summer Concert, see opposite for details

Sunday 9th & Sunday 23rd

Charity Car Boot Sale in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Rd, Epsom, KT18 7EG. 9am-12.30pm (sellers 8am). Sellers: cars £10, large cars/small vans £12, trailers £3 extra, booking not required. Entry by donation. Email for info: bess.harding@ntlworld.com

Mon 10th Sunday 16th

‘Jubilate’, Leatherhead Parish Church, Music & Flower Festival. See page 70 for more details.

Wed 19th & Thurs 27th

Music on Wednesdays (Leatherhead Christ Church, Epsom Road) 19th: Music from Canada, Anthony Cairns, organ. Music on Thursdays (Leatherhead Methodist Church) 27th: Fabricio Mattos, guitar and Georgia Knower, soprano from the RA of Music. Both concerts commence at 12.30pm, lasting 40-50 minutes, free entry with a retiring collection.

Friday 7th

The Kitchens of George III. Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon. 7pm-9pm, £15. A talk by Marc Meltonville about the discovery and presentation of the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace. The whole building survives including the original range and an array of documents charting the equipment used. Tickets available from the Menuhin Hall Box Office. www.menuhinhall.info, 08700 842020

Sunday 9th

Surrey Wildlife Festival, Juniper Hall, Old London Rd, Mickleham, RH5 6DA. Adults £4, under 16s £3, family ticket £10. Meet the animals, face painting, games, food & drink and much more. Limited parking for disabled, public car park within easy walking distance. www.field-studies-council.org/centres/juniperhall 0845 458 3507

Sunday 9th

Happy Pets Holidays Charity Dog Show & Fun Day, 12pm-4.30pm. Kingston Rd recreation ground, Leatherhead, KT22 7RB. Free entry, dog show £2.50 per category. Charity dog show and fun day to raise money for One Thousand Women campaign for breast cancer. Stalls, games, tombola, raffle attractions etc Refreshments and food available. Fun dog show categories: Most Handsome Male, Prettiest Bitch, Cutest Puppy, Golden Oldie, Best in Fancy Dress, Waggiest Tail. www.happypetsholidays.com 07584 026549

Saturday 15th

Mum2Mum Market Reigate. 11am-1pm. St Marks Church Hall, Alma Rd, Reigate, RH2 0DA. £2 entry, or 2 for 1 voucher on web. Nearly new baby, children and maternity goods, mums sell to mums at a fraction of high st prices. You can sell your stuff too, go to www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/book-a-stall or call Gemma Brown on 07738 127542.

Sunday 16th

Gdns Bookham Open Day. 10.30am-5pm. 15 private gardens, 2 schools, the Grange Centre and allotments, £5 in advance, £6 on the day, for more information see page 90.

Sunday 16th

Buckland Open Gdns Day. 1pm-5pm. £5 for all 10 gdns. 10 private gardens are open to the public, including Buckland Windmill & the iconic Towered Barn. Refreshments in one garden, plant sale and art exhibition. www.bucklandsurrey.net, 07786 966841

Saturday 29th

Barnett Wood Infant School Summer Fair, featuring Pirates & Princesses. 12pm-3pm, entry by donation. Lots of fun stalls and fabulous raffle prizes all offering tickets for family activities for the summer holidays.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Sunday 7th JULY

Wildlife Aid Open Day. 10am-5pm. £10 per car/£3 pp on foot. family activities, bbq, refreshments, ticket only tours of hospital complex. More info www.wildlifeaid.org.uk If there’s an event in July that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events72are correct at time of print.


What’s On? ASHTEAD CHORAL SOCIETY

A GRAND SUMMER CONCERT Saturday 8th June 7.30pm St George’s Christian Centre Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead KT21 2DA Tickets £17 reserved / £14 unreserved Free interval drink… Half-price up to the age of 25 boxoffice@ashteadchoralsociety.org.uk 07504 332354 Reg. charity no 265400

Join the Great Ashtead Bake Off at Ashtead Village Day - Sat 8th June Do you have what it takes to win?

David Gillott of Ashtead’s Four Gables Group has put full details on his website : www.fourgablesfoodcommunity.com. On the home page at top right there are three panels for AVD one for Walnut and Raisin Bread, one for The Perfect Victoria Sponge and one for Cup Cakes (especially for the under 13s). To get the details . . . Just click on the panel you want then again on the maroon panel which appears along the bottom of the Four Gables web page. To enter the competition send an e-mail to David at: info@FourGablesGroup.com and then bring your entries to the Bake-Off marquee at Village Day.

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WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? - REGULAR EVENTS Sat 1st Thurs 6th Thurs 13th Tues 18th Sat 22nd

May walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 , www.livewellnaturally.co.uk, Phone before if inclement weather. Donation to charities, car share suggested, Saturdays 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles, evenings 1½ hours, 3½ miles Sat 1st Thurs 6th Thurs 13th Tues 18th Sat 22nd

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Sunday 2nd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion with Children's Church, followed by refreshments.

Tuesday 4th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, speaker Colin Jones ’Island Hopping’, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demo by Keith Smithies ‘A Time for all Seasons’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. All welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker Mr Rupert Matthews, ’Ghosts of Surrey’. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thurs 6th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £3. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

Thurs 6th (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, richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 6th (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 6th (monthly)

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

Friday 7th (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 7th

10am-12pm The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. For all you Great British Sewing Bee enthusiasts - all your haberdashery needs from pins to pinking shears. Can't make Fridays? 'Phone on 374914 with your requests. Expert advice available.

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Friday 7th (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. Be early or miss out! New producers welcome.

Friday 7th (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.

Wed 12th & 26th

MV Speakers’ Club offers a fun, friendly and supportive environment to develop your public speaking skills. 2nd & 4th Wed each month at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm. MVSmargaret@aol.com, www.molevalleyspeakers.org.uk, 462719 74


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Fetcham Village Hall in The Street is 80 this year! Open Day - Saturday 8th June

In 1929 the growing number of the members of the Women’s Institute that was formed in the Village in 1927, was exceeding the capacity of the Reading Room where they met and it was through their drive and enthusiasm that a campaign to create a Village Hall for Fetcham started. The result was that a committee was formed to progress the idea and not without some inevitable setbacks, a large timber framed barn by Home Farm was purchased and through both paid and voluntary support converted into the Hall that now stands. It was opened to the public on the 20th May 1933 by the Viscountess Castlereagh. To meet the wartime need for a British Restaurant an additional smaller hall and kitchen was built and opened in May 1942 and was for many years after where generations of school children went for lunch. On Saturday 8th June there will be an Open Day [entry free] to mark the occasion when all are invited to drop in between 10am to 4pm and see displays on the History and some of the original plans, stands by users of the Halls and by other organisations. The original WI banner which will have been especially framed and mounted on the wall will be revealed for the first time. Come and join in the celebrations and perhaps meet your friends. Refreshments will be available.

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Wed 12th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Pat Date 01372 454879

Thurs 13th (monthly)

Transition Ashtead Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, Jamie Chisolm from the Bike Bean Cafe will be talking about ‘Improving cycle routes in Ashtead’. www.transitionashtead.org.uk

Friday 14th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, supporting the RNLI

(2nd Wed mthly)

Thurs 20th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, (inc painting, craft, quizzes, film), refreshments inc. £2, all over 55’s very welcome. Contact Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Friday 21st

NHS Blood Donor Sessions, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall,1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd

Walk on the Wild Side: Ashtead Art Lovers Summer Exhibition of painting, sculpture & photography. 10am-4pm, 7 Grove Rd, Ashtead: FREE ENTRY.

Thurs 27th (monthly)

Leatherhead morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, 10.15am. For more info contact Betty on 01372 374570 75


What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to www.theleatherheadtheatre.org The Leatherhead Theatre Repertory Co. presents The Golden Pathway Annual By John Harding & John Burrows, directed by Graham Pountney

Tuesday 4th June until Saturday 15th June, Saturday Matinees at 2:30pm All evening performances at 7:30pm; In the Casson Room, *Please note access via stairs only* £12. Concessions, £10. Student, £5. The Golden Pathway Annual is a brilliantly funny, touching, nostalgic and often Python-esque look at the Baby Boom austerity years of the 1950s and the swinging 60s. A series of loosely connected fast-moving sketches whisk us through the life of Michael Peters from the age of 2 to 23. Michael is given The Golden Pathway Annual on his 5th birthday and its fictional characters erupt into his real life as he grows up through the Coronation, Grammar School, adolescent awakenings, alienation from his parents, tries to find a job and encounters a large chicken! The show is a spectacular trip down Memory Lane for those who were there and a glimpse into another world for those who weren't, all wrapped up with a lot of comedy and touches of pathos. But it’s more than that: every scene is brilliantly written, the majority hilarious, the rest genuinely moving.

Opera Brava presents Rigoletto

Saturday 1st June, 7:30pm. £16. Friends /Concessions, £14. Child, £8 Opera Brava returns for its twelfth year and has assembled a fabulous cast of young, exciting and thrilling singers mixed with some international artists, who have performed in major opera houses including Covent Garden and English National Opera. One of opera's most vivid and tragic characters, Rigoletto, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this beautifully crafted masterpiece. In the recent blockbuster movie ‘Quartet’ the whole film centres around the wonderful quartet from Rigoletto. Why not come, see and hear this magnificent new production by Opera Brava in Verdi’s 200th anniversary year?

Leatherhead Choral Society Presents Zimbe!

Saturday 29th June, 7pm. £14. Child, £18 The Leatherhead Choral Society are joined by The Dawnay School and St Dunstan’s Primary School, to present Zimbe! Welcome to Zimbe!, Alexander L'Estrange's African-inspired large-scale choral work, a unique, brilliant fusion of traditional African songs with Jazz quintet and percussion accompaniment, which has taken the international choral world by storm! Written for chorus and children's choir, it is a vibrant sequence of twelve African and gospel songs, charting a day in the life of an African village. Touching and moving, Zimbe! is throughout incredibly uplifting, a piece instantly appealing for performers and audiences alike.

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Walking back to happiness… Have you ever seen children at play in a park or garden? They remind me of perpetual motion machines, they never stop running about, climbing on things and generally being on the go, usually laughing and smiling all the time. Most of us naturally become more sedentary as we grow up, and swap walking, cycling and running for more sedate options like driving, taking the lift and plain old sitting in a chair… but these habits can make us unfit and overweight, problems that creep up on us slowly over time and suddenly you have that uninvited guest, the Spare Tyre. If you think you don’t have time for exercise, think again…making walking or cycling part of your daily routine can make a huge difference. Which local journeys could you do by foot or bike? Could you cycle to the station, get off the bus a stop earlier, walk down to the shops, walk the kids to school? And what is good for you is also good for the environment, reducing CO2 emissions and cutting down your fuel bill too. The NHS recommends walking as a great way to “build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart.” How far could you walk in a day? 10,000 steps is an NHS target. All walking counts, whether it’s up and down the office while you’re on the phone, or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Here’s a bit of maths for you - a pound of fat on your tum represents about 3500 calories. So to lose a pound in a week, you’d need to burn an extra 500 calories a day (7 x 500 = 3500). A simple rule of thumb is a 10 stone person walking a mile will burn about 75 calories. That would be about 6.5 miles a day…to lose a pound a week. Or 52 lbs a year. That is quite a lot of walking but if you walked just 3 miles a day, you could theoretically lose half a pound a week (or 25 lbs a year, nearly 2 stones!!). The numbers are somewhat theoretical but ramping up your level of physical activity on a regular basis will help you achieve a healthy weight, as long as it’s part of a calorie-controlled diet of course… On the cycling front, there’s been fantastic news recently about funding for a cycle path between Leatherhead and Ashtead – fingers crossed it will be used effectively. Gaining some cycling confidence in a traffic- free environment will I’m sure encourage many more cyclists back into the saddle, which could start a virtuous circle of fewer and fewer cars making room for more and more bikes. (If you enjoyed the maths above, here are some more numbers - moderate cycling at 10 – 12 mph burns about 400 calories an hour.) So whether you cycle or walk more, using muscle power instead of motor power will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step – as Helen Shapiro sang in the 60s, “Walking back to happiness… Whoop aye oh yeah-yeah!” Chris Ellis Next Open Meeting will be on Thursday 13th June at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Jamie Chisolm from the Bike Bean Cafe will be talking about ‘Improving cycle routes in Ashtead’ For more information about Transition Ashtead visit www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 82


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M D Edwards & Son Kitchen Specialists

Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens supplied and installed to a very high standard. Excellent Portfolio and local references. We also have a complete team of qualified tradesmen: Builder, Plasterer, Electrician, Heating Engineer, Tiling and Flooring Specialists Fully Insured for your peace of mind Project managed by us from design to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of bespoke door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs - new hinges, drawer runners, etc.

Telephone Beverley Edwards for a free estimate M D Edwards & Son Cressida House, 10 Humphrey Close, Fetcham, Surrey KT22 9PZ web: www.mdedwardsandson.co.uk e: beverleyedwards586@btinternet.com

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. A sore but sorted vandal (8) 5. Bivouac on American grounds (6) 9. Harvest fruit, then return (8) 10. Pal of a brute bearing right (6) 12. Ban enforced by crones (6) 13. Power-sharer in a twisted green cot (2-6) 15. Led Inca into another country (7) 16. Vile sort of malice (4) 20. Boy having nothing to fill (4) 21. Red spun round and rejected (7) 25. Old detective group dying (8) 26. Star with one consolation (6) 28. Red Sea parted and removed (6) 29. Alarm if I become well-known (8) 30. Hustle to become a detective (6) 31. Rig that's renovated directly (8) Down 1. Lorries spun round and hit (6) 2. Boy initially, wet or smart (6) 3. Uppercut that's excellent (3-5) 4. State of a hut after repairs (4) 6. Marine sent out for flyers (6) 7. First page and book to protect (8) 8. Dye tales amended calmly (8) 11. Metalworks from a fund Roy set up (7) 14. Being inclined to come from a long sip (7) 17. Stupid? This puzzle isn't! (8) 18. Aircraft built from a raw panel (8) 19. Girl who's in a cover spread (8) 22. Ripest sort of clergyman (6) 23. A grind, but somehow getting bold (6) 24. Erects, but in a way that isn't easily seen (6) 27. Piece written about a lure (4) Solution in next month’s edition 84


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Help@Hand is your local handyman service based around the Dorking, Leatherhead and surrounding areas. The Principal, Graham Sheargold sees there’s a desperate need for someone to offer a service that tackles odd jobs, small repairs, decorating and general maintenance. Hubby is busy; relatives and friends don’t have the time. The result - NOTHING GETS DONE! “Don’t worry, Help@Hand is here for you. I don’t tackle specialise trade work, but if you need furniture assembling, doors or mirrors hanging, painting or decorating then I can help. I also fit grab and hand rails, clean patios, renovate sheds, fit shelving, pictures etc, etc. All those little jobs that never get done. Thinking of moving? Rooms looking tired? Would your home benefit from a little TLC? Ask about my special makeover - a lot can be achieved in just a few days.

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Tel/fax. 01372 200583, Mobile 0777 444 1991

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General Knowledge Crossword Across 3. Block of compressed meat, fish or vegetable extract (5,4) 8. Call used three times by a Town Crier (4) 9. Less than average surge of the sea (4,4) 10. Meeting of spiritualists (6) 13. Tree also known as the mountain ash (5) 14. Leaves dried and prepared for smoking (7) 15. Temporary military shelter (3) 16. False hairpiece fashionable in the 17th-18th centuries (7) 17. Greta ___, film star (19051990) (5) 21. Tree with sharp thorns (6) 22. Branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms (8) 23. British explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic (4)

24. Enquiry into the finances of a person applying for monetary aid (5,4) Down 1. Person drafted into military service (9) 2. Activity of making things out of iron, steel, etc (9) 4. Ringworm (5) 5. Two-wheeled horse-drawn eliminated (3,4) battle vehicle (7) 18. Flying insects with a 6. Metropolis (4) formidable sting (5) 7. External structure of a 19. French for 'father' (4) vehicle (4) 20. Sean ___, US film actor and 11. Bird-frightening effigy (9) director (4) 12. Act of mass destruction and loss of life (9) 14. Tow boat (3) Solution in next month’s edition 15. Register of victims to be 86


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Bugs and Beasties By Pippa Greenwood Bugs and beasties are really thriving in this warmer weather, so just how should you deal with the most common problems you are likely to encounter at this time of year? Aphids Greenfly and blackfly, also known as aphids, can be a real menace as they suck sap from your plants and can transmit viruses at the same time. Aphids breed incredibly rapidly, so regular control is necessary. • Check plants regularly and either spray with a suitable insecticide or a soap or plant oil based insecticide • Use biological controls – they’re totally safe for all other creatures and of course leave no residues • Use a strong jet of water to blast the aphids off plants, but do a thorough job or else they will soon be back up and causing damage Caterpillars Caterpillars come in all shapes, sizes and colours, but can do a lot of damage as they munch their way through your plants and perhaps even into your vegetables. • Hand pick the pest where possible and either squash or place on the bird table. They’re easiest to spot at dusk or very early in the morning. • Spray with a suitable contact insecticide or better still use the Nemasys Caterpillar biological control. • Some caterpillars, in particular the Tortrix Moth produce quantities of fine webbing which they use to bind leaves or other plant parts together to create particularly safe shelters for themselves. It’s hard for a pesticide to actually reach them so hand picking or squashing is often the best answer. • Cover caterpillar-susceptible crops such as calabrese, broccoli and other brassicas with Envirofleece or Enviromesh. Woodlice Woodlice often cause a lot of concern, however these little creatures are rarely responsible as they simply do not have adequately strong mouthparts. They can cause damage to soft new growth or

occasionally to soft-fleshed fruits such as strawberries but can’t tackle tougher plant growth. You may see them at the ‘scene of the crime’ and presume that they have caused the initial damage but they have probably moved in to clean up a lot of the debris created by other creatures. Earwigs Earwigs can cause quite a bit of damage, particularly on the flowers of plants such as clematis and dahlias, where they nibble out large quantities of petal or occasionally leaf. Try trapping them using an inverted flowerpot on top of a bamboo cane. The bamboo cane and pot should be positioned amongst susceptible plants and the pot needs to be stuffed loosely full of hay, straw or similar material. The earwigs climb in there to hide and the pots can them simply be emptied out on a regular basis. Mildew Although neither bug nor beastie, powdery mildew is also a problem at this time of year; it coats plant leaves, stems, buds and sometimes even petals with a white floury deposit. Sometimes the mildew can also prevent fruits from swelling normally, cause the leaves to become distorted and even fall early. Prompt action is essential and if you wish you can use a proprietary fungicide but check the label carefully for suitability. Keep the damage to a minimum in the first instance by ensuring that the plants are kept well watered. In addition try to ensure a good flow of air around the plants. A bit of careful pruning or weeding often helps too. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com where you can sign up for Pippa’s free newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening. 88


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We are looking forward to attending our 3rd year at Ashtead Village Day on June 8th, where we will be holding a fantastic raffle showing off just some of the items we hold in store. Come and say hello to us and if you bring this advert with you we’ll throw in a free raffle ticket with any others you purchase!

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Annual Gardens of Bookham Open Day Sunday 16th June 10.30am-5pm

This is a great opportunity to pick up gardening ideas in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 15 private gardens, 2 schools, the Grange Centre and allotments will be open. Tickets available now: £5 in advance or £6 on the day, from the Old Barn Hall, Bookham, KT23 3PQ and other local outlets. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Old Barn Hall where there will be refreshments on the day. Minibus transport available around the garden route. For more information either visit www.bookhamsbulletin.co.uk, look for ‘Gardens of Bookham Open Day’ on Facebook, or contact Tina Hutton on 01372 457598, email: tina.hutton@btinternet.com Bookham Community Association Registered Charity No. 1148881 90


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Ashtead Handyman No Job Too Small Free Estimates, Fully Insured Decorating, Gardening, General Maintenance

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Simple Crossword solution Across: 1 Chairs, 4 Popped, 9 Shorten, 10 Darts, 11 Night, 12 Earlier, 13 Wonderfully, 18 Develop, 20 Haste, 22 Proud, 23 Expires, 24 Sister, 25 Symbol. Down: 1 Casino, 2 Among, 3 Rotated, 5 Older, 6 Partial, 7 Desert, 8 Interrupted, 14 Obvious, 15 Unhappy, 16 Adapts, 17 Vessel, 19 Ledge, 21 Scrub.

Quiz - Mothers & Fathers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

May’s crosswords solutions

101 Dalmatians (they are the parents of dalmatian puppies) Are you sitting comfortably? Mother's Day (March or April v June) Gerry Conlon Terry Jones Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence Mount Everest Uther Pendragon Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand John F. Kennedy

Across: 1 Wavering, 5 Badges, 9 Rasputin, 10 Mirage, 12 Awards, 13 Lavender, 15 Armenia, 16 Turn, 20 Shot, 21 Buckram, 25 Anteater, 26 Impale, 28 Sailed, 29 Augustus, 30 No-good, 31 Anchored. Down: 1 Warsaw, 2 Vassal, 3 Rounders, 4 Neil, 6 Arisen, 7 Grandeur, 8 Shearing, 11 Panicky, 14 Refused, 17 Assassin, 18 Loathing, 19 Badmouth, 22 Make do, 23 Master, 24 Leased, 27 Ruin.

Quiz - Country Names 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Ethiopia Iraq Zambia Taiwan Australia Zimbabwe Cambodia Burkina Faso Malawi Suriname

Across: 1 Bloc, 4 Las Vegas, 8 Cataract, 9 Abel, 10 Wales, 11 Bristol, 13 Escudo, 15 Angler, 17 Pickled, 19 Bagel, 22 Spit, 23 Disciple, 24 Peshawar, 25 Gash. Down: 2 Llama, 3 Chateau, 4 Lead, 5 Saturday, 6 Evans, 7 Anemone, 12 Honeydew, 14 Stipple, 16 Grating, 18 Ketch, 20 Ellis, 21 Tsar.

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We offer a free design service and an extensive range of Kitchens and Bedrooms to suit your needs. Why not visit one of our showrooms. Open 6 days a week Designer House Kingston Road Leatherhead KT22 7LT Ashtead Kitchen & Bedrooms 24 The Street Ashtead KT21 2AH Call us now and book an appointment

Tel: 01372 360 502

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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 274690 (Jenny Williams) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 276042 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 01372 277350 (Marian Guess) Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 274708 (Sue Jones) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07733 621614 (Jim Malynn) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 272588 (Margery Curtis) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (EDF) 0800 783 8866 Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 372006 (Paul Fairweather) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787) Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 277742 (Vivien Redman)

Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 373493 (David Wells) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 0300 200 1001 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Police Station 0845 1252222 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley Carers Support 01306 640020 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 274639 (Alan Goulder) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 St Helier Hospital Main switchboard 020 8296 2000 Surrey County Council 08456 009009 Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteer Centre Leatherhead 01372 740394 (based at L/head library weekly) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 94


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Interested in the value of your home? Book a free valuation and we'll make sure it's accurate and at a convenient time for you. All of us at Jackie Quinn & Co are focused, committed and professional and work with one aim - ensuring our clients get the best possible result when they sell or let their homes.

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Issue 92, October 2012. Never underestimate the importance of community.

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