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hat a super duper month I’ve had, I suppose the brighter weather means we’re all likely to be out and about.

I was invited out to lunch with all round good egg Ashtead Rotarian Brian Griffin, it is always a pleasure to spend time with Brian and I just love listening to his funny stories. We had lunch at the newly refurbished Fountain Brasserie at the RAC, ooh get me. The meal was FAB and, even in the middle of the week, the lunch service was buzzing. Then in the same week, the rather dashing David Gillott invited me to his ‘Food Theatre’ at his cookery school at Four Gables Farm in Ashtead Woods Road. I met up with six equally eager cooks and we had a whale of a time for a few hours, tasting, learning, swapping tips, enjoying lunch and generally having a laugh. One of the ladies in the group said that each month she cuts out my quiz pages and saves them for Christmas to keep the children busy! How sweet! More on my day at Four Gables on page 48. June is a wonderful month, Wimbledon fortnight will be upon us from Monday 23rd June to Sunday 6th July. We also have the Fifa World Cup tournament and, for anyone interested in the footie, Thursday 12th June sees the start of the tournament, ending with the final on Sunday 13th July. England’s first match in Group D is against Italy at 11pm on Saturday 14th June, the second group match is against Uruguay on Thursday 19th at 8pm and their final group match is against Costa Rica at 5pm on Tuesday 24th. From Saturday 28th June the World Cup enters the knockout stage. More info on the World Cup can be found on the Fifa website: June is also the month when the annual Ashtead Village Day, organised by the Ashtead Rotary Club, takes place, this year on Saturday 14th, more info on the centre pages. I can’t believe how lucky the Rotary Advertising Club is as England’s first match in the World Cup takes The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local place at 11pm on that day - phew! provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads For the first time, the Rotary Club will not be selling cost from £53 +VAT per month, per programmes door to door, but instead will be available to quarter page for a 10,000 residential purchase from various outlets around Ashtead - the full list distribution (yes, really!) and can be can be found on page 25 - and remember - by purchasing designed where required. your programme in advance you will save £2 on the door 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.


I was also invited to give a talk to The Link, a church group for ladies of 55 upwards who meet each month at St George’s Christian Centre on Barnett Wood Lane. They were all so welcoming and great fun. One lady commented on my publisher’s note in the March magazine where I said it never rained on my birthday - ever and she confirmed this because her birthday fell a day after mine and it never rained on her birthday either! Another lady suggested I should have a dating page in the magazine. Good idea, but a minefield methinks! What a hoot those ladies were!

No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form Leatherhead Open Gardens day is on Sunday 8th June - info electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without on page 96. prior permission of the Publisher. Oh and don’t forget that Father’s Day falls on Sunday 15th June. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains Cheerio all, have a lovely start to the the copyright of Zen George. summer. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Ashtead Station Flower Beds Residents will we hope have noticed the work recently undertaken to plant up the four flower beds in the station car park. The Residents’ Association contacted Southern Railways to ask if volunteers could plant up the beds. Southern agreed and donated £1,280. Leatherhead Lions Club also donated a further £400 and agreed to help with ongoing maintenance.

entrance to the station. It's great to have such an active group in Ashtead working with us at the station to make it part of the community.” “This planting helps put the finishing touches to the front of the new station building and car park, and when the platform work is complete the whole area in and around the station at Ashtead will be very smart indeed."

Norma Penny, Headteacher at Barnett Wood School said: “Barnett Wood Infant School The four beds were dug over by a few children were so pleased to be invited to help volunteers together with pupils from the City create planting beds at Ashtead Station. We of London Freeman’s School. Fjord Carriages feel it is important that our children develop a brought three trailer loads of well-rotted respect and pride for their local community. manure free of charge. Plants came from The children will be able to watch the plants Ashtead Park Garden Centre and Burncoose grow over the years and feel proud of their Nursery in Redruth who both gave us generous contribution in making their community a discounts and Burncoose also provided a free better and brighter place.” planting plan. Volunteers planted out the back two beds, and the front two were planted with help from the children of Barnett Wood Lane Infants School. More volunteers then added ground cover and bark. Thanks go to the following for their help, Janet, Sarah, Sheila, Molly, Wendy, Fiona, Chris, Judith, Tricia, Derek, Geoff and Wyn. Keith Painter, Southern's station group manager said: "This really brightens up the

Level Crossing Following months of pressure from the Residents' Association and the two Common Ward Independent Councillors, and lately pressure from Chris Grayling MP, we understand that the planned upgrade of the Level Crossing is to be brought forward from 2017 to 2015.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Wrecking Rivers but Triumphant Trees This over simplified caption is what the LRA heard about at both our AGM and at the Environment sub-committee meetings last April. Mr Jim Jones, the Living Landscapes Officer from SWT, explained the aims of the River Mole Catchment Partnership, a joint effort between The Environment Agency, Thames Water and the Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT). The recent floods highlighted the failings of our River Mole to handle extreme weather conditions. Until that time, most people would probably have thought that this river was in a healthy condition, as it flows, often speedily, though our valley. However, at a meeting of the above Partnership last October, and at the LRA AGM, attendees learned of the negative aspects of the river. In some areas it is clogged with silt, fallen trees and other deposits, in others foreign plants have changed both its nature and flow and now the number, kind and size of its fish is diminishing, to the consternation of our anglers. The most devastating result is the fact that around 60 households in the region are now living in temporary accommodation until their soaked homes are repaired. In order to meet European regulations by 2027, the Catchment Partnership is starting to evaluate the river and to this end is seeking Volunteers to go through SWT training sessions to enable them to make observations about a given stretch of river several times a year. This information will lead to a model being designed to improve the

functions of the river. Mr Jones is very anxious to hear from interested parties. (email: or go to website: Meanwhile, the “Triumphant Trees” need our care and attention. The winter storms have caused the loss of some 2000 trees in Surrey. Recent research has shown that the roots of trees slow down the run off of water by as much as 70%, essential knowledge in flood prone areas. Councillor Tim Hall has met with the Environmental committee to make us aware of funds that are now available for the planting of trees. He has already worked with Fetcham on this and is now ready to do the same in both north and south Leatherhead. The Leatherhead Open Gardens event will take place on Sunday 8 June. This is a combined effort by the LRA and the Friends of the Parish Church. There will be 11 gardens open for viewing and we hope to make it the best year yet. See page 94 for more detials. Some of the money earned helps to brighten up the Town centre. Twentytwo “man” hours were spent replanting and pruning the planters on the NatWest corner just before Easter. The next Open Meeting for the LRA is Monday, 2 June at 7.30 in the Abraham Dixon Hall, Leatherhead. Co-authored by Chair of the Environment, Cheryl Allen and the Chair of the LRA, Caroline Brown.

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The Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum was established to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) – a community led framework for guiding the future development and growth of Ashtead. But since the Forum was given official authority to proceed following designation in July 2013 it has been diverted by having to deal with some outstanding business from Mole Valley District Council, namely the Green Belt Boundary Review (GBBR) and Site Assessments – assessments of potential development sites that landowners had put forward to MVDC. As the Forum’s Green Belt views have been submitted and the Site Assessment work draws to a close, the Forum’s working group, Ashtead Community Vision, has started to turn its attention to the NDP.

“NDPs are a community led framework for guiding the future development regeneration and conservation of an area. It may contain a vision, aims planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing employment heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issue only”. The ACV has to build, on behalf of the Forum, a strong “Evidence Base” as the NDP will need to be based on a proper understanding of Ashtead if it is to be relevant, realistic and address local issues effectively. Of course, in Ashtead’s case much work has already been done as a result of the GBBR and the site assessment process, but more will need to be done over the next two years to ensure existing information is up to date and new information is sought.

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Mole Valley Police Column Over the past few years, officers and specialists within your Safer Neighbourhood Team have been very grateful to be given the opportunity by the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine, to pass on (what we hope) is some practical advice and guidance on how to minimise the risks of becoming victims of crime.

property. Burglaries have been known to take place when the home owners are in, or out in the garden. Surrey is one of the safest places in the country, but Surrey Police is continuing to crack down on burglary in the county. To ensure we keep burglary to a minimum, it is important that you take these simple steps to make it harder for opportunist thieves to get away with their crimes.

As the person who took responsibility for submitting this advice, I drew heavily on the long-standing expertise from colleagues who have many years more experience than me in working on the “front line” of policing. Now, it’s my turn to be the Crime Reduction “voice” of Surrey Police as from the beginning of May, I changed job roles and have now assumed the responsibility of being the Crime Reduction Advisor for the boroughs of Mole Valley and Epsom and Ewell.

Please ensure that when you go out, even for just a few minutes to see a neighbour or pick up the children from school, you lock all doors and close ground floor and easily accessible first floor windows. If you have an intruder alarm set it – even when leaving your property for a few minutes. When you lock up at night check that all ground floor windows are closed and preferably locked. If you have a bedroom on the ground floor and like to leave a window open for air, fit a security stay which allows ventilation with security.

This is a big challenge; but one that I hope to grasp proactively and develop over time as I gain in practical experience; following some pretty intensive training with the College of Policing. Having said that; I am very much a believer in the practical application of any theory learned on a course so will aim to build on my past experience of working as a Team Co -ordinator within Surrey Police for the past six years within the Mole Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team. I often worked closely with my predecessor, Mike Bessent, who was the main author of many of the articles that were submitted previously.

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Let’s hope that by the time you read this we are enjoying some warm sunshine. During warm spells it’s tempting to leave your doors and windows ajar to let in some air, but a refreshing breeze may not be the only thing you invite into your house. Unwelcome guests such as opportunist thieves and burglars could enter your property through these insecurities. Due to the seasonal increase in burglaries it’s important to be extra careful during the summer months. In three out of ten burglaries the thief doesn’t even have to break in; they gain entry through an open door or window – most commonly at the rear of a

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A Fascinating Wedding Ruth’s niece, Laura, was about to get married. The excitement had been building for months and there was no one more excited than Sarah, Ruth’s young daughter. Sarah had wanted to be a bridesmaid for as long as she could remember and now her dream was about to come true. As soon as the engagement was announced a systematic lobbying campaign was put into action which included bombarding her much older cousin with cuttings from magazines, recommendations for wedding programmes on television and blatant spaniel eyed pleading. One evening, Laura called Ruth and asked if she could speak to Sarah. Ruth handed the phone over and waited…It took all of thirty seconds before the house was shaken by high pitched, glass shattering squeals of delight followed by a wild stomping victory dance up and down the stairs. The next few weeks were filled with endless discussions about colour, style and fabric. Would she be swathed in chiffon, satin or silk? Would it be a sophisticated shade of midnight blue, cerise pink or emerald green? Sarah even had a ‘Wedding Planner’ game on her games console and spent hours designing intricate wedding and bridesmaid dresses. There was one potential problem that neither she nor her mother had considered. Her daughter hated wearing anything on her head. From a young baby, whenever Ruth had tried to get a hat on her, she’d immediately yank it off in protest. It could be a woolly one, a straw one or even a peaked one; it would always end up on the floor. Ruth was convinced that Sarah’s hatred of hats was genetic. Her own head was surprisingly small and any hat she put on immediately dropped to a comically low point, just in line with her eyebrows. She always looked completely ridiculous. She loved them on other people and had very fond memories of her father’s ‘holiday hat’, a battered panama with a hole in the brim and an old school tie as a headband. Ruth and Sarah were definitely not hat people, which might be a problem at a wedding.

The protests started immediately they came home from the wedding dress shop. There was no way she was going to wear stupid flowers on her head and that was that. In a reckless moment of desperation, Ruth struck a deal with her wayward daughter. If Sarah would wear her flower coronet, she would wear a hat to the wedding. Not only would she wear a hat, she would let her daughter choose it. As soon as the words were out of her mouth she regretted them, especially when she saw the mischievous gleam in Sarah’s eye but by then it was too late. The deal had been done and Ruth was at the mercy of her daughter’s taste. The following Saturday they went shopping and Ruth introduced Sarah to the world of millinery. Sarah screeched with glee as she forced her mother to try on pill box hats, wide brimmed hats, hats with flowers and hats with veils. Ruth was drowned by all of them. The sales assistant eventually took pity on her and pointed them in the direction of the fascinators. Sarah was enchanted by these delicate twirls of fabric, ribbon and feathers. She spotted one with diamante jewels scattered among cream coloured fabric flowers and she made her choice. If she had to wear a coronet with cream roses, her mum was going to wear matching cream flowers and sparkle like a princess. The wedding was a wonderful occasion. The bride looked stunning and Sarah looked completely beautiful as she beamed her way down the aisle. Ruth tried to avoid photographers and Ben smirked at the frothy concoction perched on his wife’s head. Fortunately Ruth didn’t hear the comments her daughter was making to anyone who was prepared to listen: “My mummy’s fascinating at this wedding. I made her be fascinating. I think it’s funny but she really hates it. I don’t think she’ll want to be fascinating ever again after today.” Copyright Sarah Lott May 2014

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Food, Friends and Fun at Four Gables Farm Dashing David and Lovely Laura

course tutor, the lovely Laura Screech. Tina Cooper - who keeps everything in order, including the two chefs(!) was great fun. They all made us feel very welcome, the atmosphere was relaxed and the two chefs were delighted to answer our questions about food, and gave us lots of useful tips to make life easier in the kitchen. We were invited to taste the dishes, which gave us a real insight into the depth of flavour that David and Laura put into their food.


was invited to join David Gillott’s Food Academy ‘Food Theatre’ in early May. To give you an idea of what that is, we are given the opportunity to experience an ‘as it happens’ five course tasting menu being prepared from scratch, and at the end of the two hour session, we were led through to the dining room to enjoy the very meal which was prepared. As I arrived, I could smell freshly brewed coffee and hear guffaws of laughter from the three members of Four Gables and the five members of the ‘audience’, I knew immediately that it was going to be a good day.

Both David and Laura showed us how to make various dishes - a starter, fish and meat courses, a refreshing palate-cleansing sorbet and a desert. Our fabulous lunch consisted of the dishes cooked above, namely:

☺ Shallot tarte tatin with goats cheese ☺ Poached cod with lemon hollandaise and braised baby leeks

☺ Apricot and pinenut stuffed lamb shoulder,

potatoes Dauphinoise, celeriac puree and lamb jus (or gravy to the rest of us!) ☺ Gin and pink grapefruit sorbet (heavy on the gin, exactly as it should be!) ☺ Vanilla panacotta with strawberry gel Highly recommended and all in all a really wonderful way to spend a few hours and, in the words of Tina Cooper, ‘Food really does bring people together’. Zen George

Me and my new chums

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The group was made up of five women and a chap who had treated his wife to the experience as a gift. I won’t mention surnames, but my companions were Karen, Ann, Alison, Sarah, Rosalind and her hubby Roger. It is always a pleasure to see the dashing David Gillott at work, along with his new chef and 48

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EWELL ST MARY’S MORRIS DANCERS perform outside the Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower, The Street, Ashtead before moving across the road to the Brewery Inn

In the Main Arena Ferris Wheel Miami Trip Chair-o-plane Rock Climbing Wall Coconut Shy Bungee Swings Giant Slide

12:00 noon 12:30pm


THE V ILLA featurin GE DAY KI TC g DAVI D GILL HEN OTT What’s Happe n David Gillott ing When? Bake-o 1:30p ff Ruth B Judging 2:0 m utcher 0pm Laura 2:30pm Scott 3:30pm

POPTASTIC DANCERS start the 31st Ashtead Village Day Official opening of Village Day Presentation of Community Awards








Dog agility show presented by JACK-A-PACK – AND FRIENDS


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LOST PROPERTY: If you have lost or found something please contact the Rotary Control Point by the Arena. After Village Day please contact Tim (01372 813815).


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debra launches Surrey Ladies Committee, Crafts at Village Day and Champagne Tea! debra, the National Charity supporting those living with EB, (EpidermolysisBullosa) is proud to announce the formation of “The Debra Surrey Ladies Committee” which is dedicated to increasing public awareness of EB in Surrey and fund raising for the specialist equipment and support sufferers and their families need on a daily basis. EB is a genetic condition causing the slitting, shearing and blistering of the skin and internal linings of the body. The simplest friction, a hug, the pressure of a garment, just simple daily living causes the skin to pull away from the body causing blisters and wounds. In its most severe forms, EB is fatal in infancy and can cause aggressive skin cancer in young adults. Even in its least severe forms it causes life- long disability and pain. The Ladies are organising a craft workshop for young people based on the Society’s emblem of the Butterfly. As the Stall is sponsored by Wemms Maths you will not be surprised to learn many of the activities will be free, but there will also be the opportunity to book into a fun half hour workshop and make a variety of butterfly themed items. Each work shop will cost £7 for the half hour and will enable each child to take home two high quality craft items.Workshop places may be pre-booked by phoning Wemms maths on 01372 27 6499 Judith Howe, herself a Surrey Ambassador for EB, on completing the recent 50 mile Debra Bike Ride was heard to say “ I am really looking forward to the Debra Butterfly Tea.. 4th June at the Cock Inn Headley. Champagne, finger sandwiches, cakes, scones jam cream and tea…. All for £15 per head 2.30pm-5pm” Tickets are limited… but if you are quick you may catch them as they flutter by! ( again ring 01372276499 to place your order.)

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To book your tickets: Contact Wemms Maths 90B The Street Ashtead 01372276499 52

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Ashtead Art Lovers would not be growing without The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thank you Zen, for such a great magazine. Mell Fraser

...and another thing... ...or more than that, as our new programme is now to be seen on our website, and our brochure will be out in May. This year our enrolments were up by 10%, and pre-bookings for the next term starting in September are showing a similar increase, with some classes already full! So we must be doing something right... Perhaps it is because, as an independent adult education centre, we do not swamp our students with the tsunami of paperwork that the governmental funding bodies require; or perhaps it is because we never cancel classes - what you see is what you get! But, hopefully, it is due most of all to the reputation of our excellent team of tutors – word of mouth is key. We have the same themes as last year, but with variations - For instance, in Languages a fifth year of French is being introduced, a fourth level of Italian, Portuguese for Beginners, whilst Latin is moving to the evening. Geology comes closer to home with study of the structures, landforms, minerals and rocks of the south coast on Wednesday mornings, and trilobites, brachiopods and other fossils on Wednesday afternoons. The Tuesday evening History, on the other hand, moves across the pond to cover the American Civil War and its great names – Abraham Lincoln, Robert E Lee, in the first term, and the Gilded Age of Rockefeller and Carnegie in the second For broadsheet readers, we have a new five week day class on high finance – The Square Mile Unravelled in which such procedures as short selling, hedging, arbitrage and leveraging, are explained and discussed. Perennial favourites such as Women Returners, Social Psychology , Genealogy and Horticulture re-appear, but with content always geared to the needs and interests of the particular group of students who enrol.

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

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


June Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Mon 2: Deer’s Leap Park & Weir Wood, 4m Undulating walk with lovely views & walking beside Weir Wood, returning near Standen which can be visited after lunch. Meet 10am Deer’s Leap Park, Saint Hill, just outside East Grinstead. From Felbridge on A22 take a right turn down Imberhorne Lane after A264, cross Turners Hill Rd and continue to Saint Hill Green. Park on right. TQ384358 / RH19 4NG | Mon 9: Norwood Hill, 4½m Enjoy farmland walk. Meet 10am in CP of “The Fox Revived” (TQ240436) midway between Leigh and Charlwood. From A217 south of Reigate turn right opposite Sidlow church into Ironsbottom Lane, continue on the road passing “The Three Horseshoes” on the left, turn right into Collendean Lane. Continue to the crossroads and the pub is opposite and has a large car park. TQ240436 / RH6 0ET | Tue 10: Bletchingley, 4½m Meet 10am at Bletchingley playing fields, opp the Plough pub. Circular walk via Hawthorne School. TQ329505 / RH1 4PE | GO FURTHER: Tue 10: Ashdown Forest (E Sussex), 8m Beautiful walk, with pub/picnic lunch halfway. Meet 10am at Visitor Centre near Wych Cross. Take A22 to Wych Cross traffic lights, turn left & centre is signed (left) after 1m. TQ434323 / RH18 5JP | Wed 11: Ranmore, 4½m Meet 10:15am at the ‘free’ CP at the west of Ranmore Common Road (not the NT car park at Denbies Hillside). This walk will take in the North Downs Way, Ranmore Common and Polesden Lacey Estate. TQ126501 / RH5 6SS | Thu 12: Outwood Memorial Walk, 4m A memorial walk for Amie (Tessa & Bob’s grand-daughter) so will start at ‘Amie’s Garden’. All welcome. Meet 10am ½ mile north of Smallfield, towards Outwood. Parking indicated at junction Rookery Hill/Norman’s Road. TQ319440 / RH6 9JH | Wed 18: Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Mon 23: Ironsbottom & Leigh, 5m Flat walk on lanes and fields in the quiet countryside. Meet 10am in the CP of Three Horseshoes pub, Ironsbottom Road, Sidlow. South of Reigate off A217. Follow A217 towards Gatwick, take the right hand turn immediately after the car showroom on the right and just before Sidlow Church on the left. Follow the road for approx 1m and pub is on left (TQ249463 / RH2 8PT). | Tue 24: Godstone, 4½m Meet 10am at the pond on Godstone Green. Walking via Garston, the Greensand Way & Tilburstow Hill, returning to Godstone for optional pub lunch. TQ349516 / RH9 8DP | Wed 25: Headley Evening Walk, 3m Meet 6:15pm at the Cock Inn, Headley. Follow signs from A24 at Leatherhead. When you get to Headley Common Road, turn left and the pub is on right just before the church. Undulating walk over this rare Surrey Heathland. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE

June Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Fri 6: Friday Street 10m Meet at the Friday Street car park for a challenging bike ride. Turn off the A25 at Manor Farm, Wotton, into Hollow Lane. After approx 1m, turn left into Friday Street Rd. Car park is ¼ mile on the right (low entrance height!). TQ126457 / RH5 6JR | Tue 10: Ashtead Common 16m Mainly easy ride across Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park, Langley Vale then some hilly stuff to Tattenham Corner returning across the Downs and Epsom Common. Meet at The Star pub, A243 Kingston Road. TQ166600 / KT22 0DP | Thu 12: Bookham Common A gentle ride across Bookham Common with some tracks and quiet roads. Meet at the Windsor Castle, Little Bookham St. TQ125545 / KT23 3AA 56

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UK’s First Walking Basketball Sessions for the Over 50s Surrey Heat Basketball Club set up the first Walking Basketball sessions in the country for those in the 50+ age group using funding from the England Basketball Ball Again project. This is a walking pace version of the fast and furious game we are all used to – accessible to both men and women. Richard Jeffries, Health and Well-being co-ordinator for Age UK Surrey is supportive of the Walking Basketball sessions. ‘We are happy to support this project, which complements our other healthy activities for older people.’ Keen participant, Keith Stainer, commented: “After a brief introduction to the sport, some practice on the basic steps and a run down on the court layout we were off! What followed was 30 minutes of fast moving fun. It is surprising how difficult it is to stop yourself running, yes even for the over 50s! But even after that short time my throwing and catching skills seemed to improve. Alas the same cannot be said for my shooting skills, something to work on in the weeks ahead!” Leatherhead Leisure Centre - Tuesdays 10.30am-11.30am - First session free as a taster. For further information or to reserve a space, please contact: Bridget Hayward on 07810122389 or email


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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute Unusually, our April meeting was held in the afternoon as it was a special meeting celebrating our 29th birthday. We were pleased to welcome visitors from other local WI sections. Lorna Maye, from Mayfield Lavender Fields, Croydon Lane in Banstead came along to tell us how this project began. Although lavender is normally associated with Norfolk, we are fortunate to have an abundance of this plant on our doorstep. Mayfield is run by Lorna and her husband Brendan, who both previously worked for Yardley but were inspired to start growing lavender in 2006 in a small way, but over years of hard work this venue has grown and welcomes increasing numbers of visitors every year. We were shown pictures of the fields and were given scented strips to sample of the three varieties grown there. Part time helpers, including parties of children, are a vital part of the business, some of whom enjoy catching and disposing of the rosemary beetle - an enemy of the lavender plant. Whilst we enjoyed a delicious tea, we were able to purchase a range of lavender based toiletries - a fitting end to a pleasant afternoon. Why not come along to one of our meetings and see for yourself how good they are? Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570

Ashtead Inner Wheel Celebration Dinner - 9th May

Past and present members of the Inner Wheel Club of Ashtead (pic left) joined together with friends and guests for a special celebration dinner at Tyrrells Wood golf club. With the disbandment of the club drawing near it was time to remember the events of the past 32 years. There was a comprehensive display of photos and memorabilia by Ann and Martin Goulder capturing those moments of fun and laughter as well as the worthwhile acts of community service the club had orchestrated. Joan Robson pinpointed some particular highlights in her short résumé of the history of the club. Joy Wemms, president of the Rotary Club of Ashtead gave a fitting tribute to the club’s efforts with particular reference to President Jean Haynes who would be completing her fourth term at the helm in June. Jean was also the Founder President and has been an energetic and encouraging support throughout the life of the club. All present were delighted when Joy presented Jean with the prestigious Rotary award of a Paul Harris Fellowship. Commodore Peter Swan then gave an amusing and informative talk on his years on Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia which transported the Queen and members of the royal family. President Jean closed the memorable evening by proposing a toast to International Inner Wheel, of which we will still feel part although in future as retired members.

Gwen Chapman


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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

Wemms - ready to help Education should be a rich, vibrant tapestry of texture and colour. It should have the wow factor, stimulating the mind, feeding the soul, fostering a life-long passion for learning, researching and exploring. It should empower the learner to be more than they ever dreamed possible. That’s why, this year alone, over 500 local, and not so local, families, have enrolled in Wemms in The Street. Some have come from as far as Edinburgh to join the fun! The majority of the students enrol because they want to enjoy the subject even more. Some are bored in regular school, some are lost and do not “get it”. Wemms has a well-equipped science lab, loves doing practicals and is open seven days a week, 9am-8pm, but please do not consider them a “just a crammer for exams”. Wemms believes education is for life and ensures that students gain concepts and skills that will serve them throughout life. Once the thirst for knowledge is refreshed and confidence secured; exam success follows. Wemms also offers humanities, art, music theory and modern foreign languages. Wemms is now taking bookings for one to one tuition in Maths, English and Science for the 2014-15 academic year. It is wise to book early - those who wait until September often find themselves on a waiting list that never seems to totally diminish. Priority is always given to returning students, which is probably why last June saw a number of people enrolling for a short course and/or enrolling for Summer School. The details for 2014 Summer School 26th-29th August will be available on the Wemms website in early June (details below). In the words of Kimie year 9 “No naughty kids, no moany teachers, just laughter! The hour just flies by..I am learning so much… I wish I could stay longer… Why can’t regular school be like this?”

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Racing to Save Our Planet!

The Bell, Fetcham - Saturday 7th June Fetcham resident and Howard of Effingham student Emily White is organising a race night at the Bell, Fetcham to help raise funds for her conservation expedition to Mexico in July 2015. During this expedition, Emily will be working with scientists from Operation Wallacea in the Mayan jungle as well as studying the effects of pollution on the coral reef off the Yucatan Peninsula. Operation Wallacea work tirelessly year round to carry out conservation work in many countries all over the world. Funded by tuition fees, Opwall offers students a once in a lifetime opportunity to assist with their invaluable work! Come along to The Bell in Fetcham on 7th June from 7pm, for an exciting night of horse racing in support of this amazing expedition. There will be 8 races for you to enjoy with tote betting, so come along and have a flutter! The Bell is generously providing free Mexican snacks and you can even enjoy a Mojito if you are feeling adventurous! You also have the opportunity to be the proud owner of your own horse for the evening and get a mention for you or your business, as well as a £30 prize if your horse wins its race!

For more information or to own a horse, please contact Emily at or visit her website at So, come along to The Bell on 7th June for an unforgettable night in support of a great cause! 62

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How to cope with the aches and pains of pregnancy Congratulations on your exciting news! During pregnancy your body changes to accommodate your growing baby. The combination of your muscle tissues stretching and the release of hormones which loosen your ligaments and tendons can often lead to tightening of the muscles and back and hip pain. This is often more apparent towards the end of your pregnancy as your body prepares for labour, however for some mums this can happen a lot earlier. • Do your hips ache from sleeping on your side? • Are you getting sciatic pain through your bottom or thighs? • Does your lower back ache despite not being very big yet? • Are your shoulders tight? • Are your sleeping patterns up the creak? These are all normal symptoms of pregnancy but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence or just get on with it. To start with, you can try putting pillows between your knees to keep your legs hip-width apart at night. This will help to stabilise your pelvis and potentially ease the muscle tension and pain in your bottom and lower back. Your aches and pains can also be eased by having a massage. Not only is massage during pregnancy completely safe in the hands of a qualified pregnancy


massage therapist, it is also extremely beneficial to both mother and baby. Laura at RJ Clinic can give your body the opportunity to relax whilst alleviating your aching back, hips and legs in a safe and secure environment. As well as supporting your body, Laura will also support your emotional needs as she brings her personal experience as a qualified Doula (Birth Support Partner). Aches and pains can continue post-natally so the need for massage doesn’t end with the delivery of your baby. Our two lovely baby-friendly receptionists will happily draw on their own experiences as Mums to coo and woo your little ones so that you can still find time to relax and be treated. “Laura’s massage therapy helped me a lot during my pregnancy. It relieved my back pain and heaviness on my legs. To be able to have a massage in the comfort of your home, especially during the last few months of pregnancy is a real treat!” Olga De Nicolais

If you have any questions about the benefits of Pregnancy Massage, or to book an appointment, please contact RJ Clinic, details above.

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Lions Belarus 2014 Appeal The Leatherhead Lions are again appealing to readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for their help in providing donations to the people of Belarus. Last year everyone was so generous with gifts of many items that we were able to send a large consignment of goods to our fellow Lions club in Gomel in Belarus. They have the responsibility for the fair distribution of donations to those who are really in need. Household/Cleaning Household Linen, Curtains, Bedding, Duvets, Bedspreads Blankets & Sheets. Crockery Bulk cleaning materials Bulk washing powder Clothing Men’s & Women’s Good Quality Clothing of all types & sizes including T-shirts, Tops, Jeans, Warm Jackets & Jumpers, School Shirts, Skirts, Trousers, Underwear, Scarves, Gloves, Hats, Coats, Socks & Tights. Warm Clothing for winter (temp drops to -30°C at night) Equipment Working Computers/laptops Printers, Scanners Monitors & Keyboards Office Stationery Tools Craftsman’s Tools for: Plumbers, Builders, Electricians, Mechanics, Carpenters

Gardening tools Electricity supply 220v AC Miscellaneous Office stationery, notepads, paper (all sizes) Exercise Books Hygiene/Personal care Soap, shampoo, bath/ shower products, toothpaste/toothbrushes, hairbrushes/combs, toilet tissue. Sanitary products Roll-on deodorants, safety razors etc. Hair accessories, slides, clips, grips, scrunches School requirements Infant school furniture, stackable chairs/tables or flatpack tables For youngsters Toys, Puzzles & Games, Cuddly

So please if you are downsizing, or just having a good clear out remember the Lions need your good quality items from the attached list, all it takes is a phone call. Please contact Mike Rushby of Leatherhead Lions via telephone on 07833 574089 and arrangements will be made to collect your donations from your home. 68

Toys, Pens and Pencils. Colouring books, back to school kits. Balls, educational toys (not language based). Costume jewellery and dressing up Bicycles, tricycles, pushchairs and prams. Crafting equipment Sewing/knitting machines Dressmaking equipment Fabric for upholstery and dressmaking. Knitting wool, needles and yarn

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 64

Ottways Lane, Ashtead 15 Ottways Lane, circa 1916

16 Ottways Lane, 1950s A noticeable feature of the church registers, manorial court records and rent rolls of Ashtead is the frequency with which certain family names constantly appear through a succession of many generations. Pride of place must go to the Otway (or Ottway) family. The earliest record dates from 1401, when a William Otway was mentioned in a Collectors Account. Because of the repetition of christian names, it is difficult to be precise, but at least a hundred Otways can be identified, and the total almost certainly exceeds this. The spelling of the name has many variations including Otwey, Ottwaie, and Otwaye, and they figure prominently as tenants, jurors, churchwardens, farm labourers (and even poachers). My interest in the family is that I married into it, my mother-in-law’s maiden name was Elsie Otway, a direct descendent. Her family can be traced back to Henry Otway who was born in Chertsey in 1685 who came to live in Ashtead where he met and married Hannah Buck in 1712. There are still Otways living in the district. Goff Powell – Extracted from Bygone Ashtead, Ashtead ‘A Village Transformed’ 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: 70

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? Sunday 8th

Leatherhead open gardens day, see page 94.

Sunday 8th

Barnett Wood Lane allotments coffee morning, 10.30am. Come along and find out more about running an allotment, plots currently available.

Tuesday 10th

National Bookstart Week is focusing on the theme of ‘My Hero’ concentrating on the importance of sharing books every day. Ashtead Library, 10am. A hero-themed storytime - come along in fancy dress, suitable for ages 2-5 years.

Saturday 14th

Ashtead Village Day - see centre pages

Saturday 14th

Croquet coaching at Polesden Lacey, expert tuition for you and your friends. 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm. £12 pp.

Sunday 15th

Father’s Day celebrations at Polesden Lacey, 10am-5pm. Normal grounds admission, NT members free. Local brewers’ beer tent, lazy jazz and classic cars to make dad’s day special.

Wednesday 18th & 25th

Night time safari on Leith Hill. 7.30pm-11.30pm. A chance to see badgers, owls, bats, moths and other nocturnal creatures with ranger Sam. £15 pp, booking essential, email

Saturday 21st

The Greville School Summer Fair, Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft, KT21 1SH, 123pm. Great fun & games for all the family. Including Entertainment, BBQ & Refreshments, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting & lots, lots more. All Welcome.

Saturday 21st

Midsummer Music and Merriment at St Giles’ Church, Park Lane, Ashtead. 7 for 7.30 pm . Light musical entertainment with The Meadvale Singers with proceeds to the Dell Project ( fund-raising for a new church hall ). Tickets £10 ; £5 for under 16s, available from reception at St George’s Christian Centre Ashtead .

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Summer Arts & Crafts Event, Demos and interactive activities by Ashtead Art Group, Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group and U3A 10am-1pm. Later on there will be dance groups, Surrey Jive and Le Roc open sessions for which you can buy tickets and join in. For more details please see our website:

Saturday 27th

Happy Child Summer Ball, Woodlands Park Hotel, Stoke d’Abernon, see page 76.

Saturday 28th

Mole Valley Reading Festival, Leatherhead theatre, see page 78.

Saturday 28th

Box Hill Village Auction, 10am-4pm. Box Hill Village Hall, Box Hill Rd. Do you have any items you no longer require which you would like to sell? Never been to an auction? Come along and join in the fun, bring your family and friends. Info from,

Saturday 5th JULY

St Giles School, Ashtead, Annual Summer Fair, more info in next month’s edition

Saturday 5th JULY

Epsom & St Helier Hospital Trust Summer Ball (proceeds go to Epsom Medical Equipment Fund), Derby Suite, Queen Stand, Epsom Race Course. £60 pp. Pimms on arrival, meal with wine. Tickets from Janet Brandreth 07708 828919, Nicki Watkins 07795 413382 or Lisa Baker on Swift Ward . 01372 735735 Ext 6275 If there’s an event in July that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Thursday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events72 are correct at time of print.

What’s On?


What’s On?

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

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

Sunday 1st (weekly)

10.30am St Mary and St Nicholas Church Parish Communion - Everyone is welcome at all our services. Check the website for more events. (Sunday 8th June at Methodist Church)

Sundays: 1st & 22nd

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

Tuesday 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ‘History of Punch & Judy’ - Ken Dalston. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 4th (weekly)

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

Wed 4th (weekly)

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

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ’Enjoy a free holiday become a speaker on a cruise ship’ - David Henderson. Info Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demonstration by Annette Urquhart ‘Summer Nights’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (monthly)

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

Friday 6th (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 6th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, pastry, preserves, plants, meat, eggs, crafts, cards and haberdashery together with coffee or tea. Do you bake, cook or grow quality produce that you'd like to sell ? Then phone Janine on 374914 or call in for a chat 74

What’s On? Music on Thursdays (at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY) & Music on Wednesdays (at Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST) 12.30pm lunchtime concerts

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

Thurs 5th June - LMC

Atéa Wind Trio led by Anna Hashimoto, clarinet

Thurs 12th June - LMC

Amici Trio - violin & cello, with Lynda Chang, piano play works by Haydn - Bridge - Dvorak

Davies, organ

Thurs 26th June - LMC

Ianthe Ensemble Yuka Ishizuka, violin, Anna Douglas, horn and Maria Canyigueral, piano ® (® performer appears courtesy of the

Wed 18th June - Christ Church

Royal Academy of Music)

Emily Andrews, flute, accompanied by Graham

WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 6th (weekly)

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and see me for threads, buttons, ribbons, zips and more. Free advice to get you started - just ask. Contact Janine on 374914 anytime for local delivery.

Friday 6th (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 6th

Blood Donor Sessions: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

Wed 11th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879

(2nd Wed monthly)

Thurs 12th (2nd Thurs

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

Thurs 12th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, talk by Professor David Phillips on ‘A chemist’s view of the atmosphere’ - see Transition Ashtead article. Please come along.

Friday 13th (monthly)

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

Wed 18th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. AGM. Annual sub £10 + £1 per mtg. Info: Don Butt 01372 274288


Thurs 19th (3rd Thurs mthly)

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

Sat 21st & Sunday 22nd

Ashtead Art Lovers Mid-Summer Exhibition of Photography: 7 Grove Road, KT21 1BE. 10am - 4pm. Entry Free.


What’s On?

Happy Child International Summer Ball - Friday 27th June

We at Happy Child International are really excited about our forthcoming summer ball in June. The evening provides a unique opportunity to update all our supporters on the excellent progress we are making with our work in Recife, North East Brazil. We really encourage you and your friends to make this event a sell-out. Tables of 10 are still available, so please book your places now.


7.30pm until midnight Woodlands Park Hotel, Woodlands Lane, Stoke d’Abernon, KT11 3QB • • • • • •

Drinks reception Dinner and Dancing Auction and Raffle Licensed Bar Dress code: Black Tie Ticket: £85

Barnett Wood Lane Allotments • Are you a keen gardener? • Do you like to know where your fruit &

vegetables have been grown?

• Do you prefer home grown organic


If so why not try growing your own produce at Barnett Wood Lane Allotments. There are a number of vacant plots at these allotments and we would be delighted to welcome you to our community – we are a friendly group of people and are more than willing to provide hints and tips to newcomers. Want to find out more? We will be hosting a coffee morning on Sunday 8th June at 10.30am where you will be able to find out much more about our allotments and our community. We look forward to welcoming

you to our allotments.


What’s On?

For more information call Emma Adler on 07881 785634


What’s On?

Malorie Blackman to launch Mole Valley Reading Festival Saturday 28th June

Hugely popular author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman (pic below) will be at The Leatherhead Theatre in June, heading up a new literary festival, the ReadingZone Festival, to encourage children to read. The four-day festival is the first of its kind organized by Reading Zone, a Dorking based national organisation that provides book information, picture book competitions, on line educational resources and author events for schools.

Comic creators The Etherington Brothers and Steve Butler (The Diary of Denise the Menace) are among the authors taking part in the primary-based events, some of which will be live streamed.

Local schools Leatherhead Trinity and West Ashtead are to host the event which will run between 25 to 28 June. The line-up of author events will see 16 authors, illustrators and storytellers visiting local schools to entertain and inspire more than 3,000 children and teenagers. Different days will be themed around subjects such as comedy, suspense and graphics.

ReadingZone was founded in 2007 with Arts Council funding as an online resource for schools, families and young people to help direct them to some of the best contemporary books for children. The website,, provides news, literacy -based initiatives, booklists etc. We are grateful to Wates and Sainsbury’s for supporting the event. To book tickets, go to:

Malorie Blackman will then lead a show at Leatherhead Theatre for 500 children, alongside comedian and author James Campbell on Saturday the 28 June. An event aimed at younger readers will run alongside the Blackman event, with a show based on pirates and trolls for children aged four to eight. Director Caroline Horn said, “There is nothing more inspiring than being able to meet a ‘real live author’ and the authors and illustrators we have chosen for these events are hugely dynamic and entertaining. The events which cover comics, superheroes, comedy and suspense have been selected to appeal to the most reluctant of readers as well as children and young people who really enjoy books!”

Epsom Race for Life

Epsom Downs Racecourse Sunday 29th June (5k & 10k Races) Adult entry (16+ women-only) - £14.99 Child entry (6-15 girls and boys under 13) - £10 Under 6 entry (boys and girls) - free and no registration needed Don’t forget to bring your friends and family along to support you. They can stroll around the many stalls on site, while waiting to cheer you through the finish.

ReadingZone will also work with schools in the run-up to the festival on creative writing and illustrating projects, including making a comic, writing a diary of a superhero and writing for suspense. The winners of each project will be announced live during the festival, with prizes to include free tickets to the Saturday events and signed books. -event/epsom.html?event=1580 |Tel: 0845 600 6050


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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. 6. 9. 10. 12. 16. 18. 19. 21. 22. 24. 25. 30. 33. 34. 35.

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Down 1. Hobby from map I set (7) 2. Leaves out moist form (5) 3. Top room in that ticklish spot (5) 4. Cut the quiet organ (5) 5. Fine powdery material stud scattered (4) 6. Car turns a curve (3) 7. Meadow in the Balearic Islands (3) 8. Reins round warning device (5) 11. Mohair can be made into mouth organ (9) 13. Swedes lie about an alphine flower (9) 14. Ignorant of a new aura (7) 15. Pipe and hat got together for tombstone inscription (7) 16. Mr Attlee inclined to show mercy (7) 17. Cooker seen in Coventry (4) 20. Russian river Rula navigated (4) 23. Get core rearranged for retinue (7) 24. Chooses tools also (5) 26. Tale about first right change (5) 27. Tree from ample cutting (5) 28. Scoundrel in a pack (5) 29. Stopper goes back to swallow quickly (4) 31. Little Mr Weasley goes back for neither (3) 32. Quoits target and a drink, we hear (3) Solution in next month’s edition


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Quiz - Inventions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Across: 1 Best man, 5 Alien, 8 World, 9 Go to war, 10 Special Branch, 11 Manger, 12 Appeal, 15 Smear campaign, 18 Incisor, 19 Alice, 20 Films, 21 Layette.

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Down: 1 Bowls, 2 Surgeon, 3 Mid-life crisis, 4 Niggle, 5 Anthropophagy, 6 Iowan, 7 Narwhal, 11 Mastiff, 13 Elitist, 14 Barrel, 16 Excel, 17 Niece.

1. Dormie - Golf (ahead of an opponent in a match by as many holes as there are holes left to be played) 2. Eggbeater Kick - Water Polo (treading water) 3. Flea Flicker - American Football (a play designed to fool the defensive team into thinking that the play is a run instead of a pass) 4. Gain Line - Rugby Union (an imaginary line on the pitch at the point where there is a breakdown in open play) 5. Googly - Cricket (a delivery bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way) 6. Grapple Tackle - Rugby League (a tackle where the tackler applies a chokehold-like grip) 7. Groundstroke - Tennis (a stroke played after the ball has bounced) 8. Panenka Penalty - Football (a chipped penalty kick where the goalkeeper dives to the side) 9. Side Out - Volleyball (the end of a team's right to serve) 10. Slapshot - Ice Hockey (a hard shot made by raising the stick before striking the puck with a sharp slapping motion)

Across: 1 Ambushing, 6 Pilot, 9 Miser, 10 Assertion, 12 Relapsed, 16 Forest, 18 Strainer, 19 Iris, 21 Boar, 22 Tutorial, 24 Loathe, 25 Skeleton, 30 Versatile, 33 Gorge, 34 Sleep, 35 Eiderdown. Down: 1 Admiral, 2 Basil, 3 Strap, 4 Inane, 5 Gust, 6 Par, 7 Lei, 8 Tenet, 11 Terminate, 13 Arthritis, 14 Startle, 15 Donates, 16 For free, 17 Snip, 20 Soso, 23 Lantern, 24 Lives, 26 Knead, 27 Lager, 28 Torso, 29 Nice, 31 Roe, 32 Asp.


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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

'A Chemist's View of the Atmosphere' The Earth atmosphere is unique in our solar system due to its capacity to support life by having 20% oxygen but is principally nitrogen [78%], and some minor components (of which carbon dioxide [0.04%] is critically important) and variable amounts of water vapour, plus some rare gases, and oxides of nitrogen.. This is quite unlike the atmospheres of neighbouring planets. The way in which the structure of atmosphere depends upon these chemical constituents and their interaction with sunlight is well understood. In the stratosphere, sunlight splits molecular oxygen into oxygen atoms, which combine with molecular oxygen to form ozone. This has a vital role in preserving life on earth, since it absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation and prevents it reaching the surface. The loss of ozone over the polar regions (the ozone hole) first detected in the early 1980's, was ultimately explained by the release of chlorofluorocarbon molecules (Freons) from fridges and aerosols. The 'Montreal Protocol' was eventually signed by most countries in the 1990's, banning the most harmful Freons. The ozone layer is gradually repairing, though it will take until 2050 for the pre-Freon levels to be experienced again. Nevertheless, the combination of good science, and campaigning, has led to a positive outcome. In the troposphere, we have a complex situation, with release of many molecules of anthropogenic origin the cause of concern. Some have direct effects, causing smog and extreme pollution such that experienced in Beijing, due to the uncontrolled release of particulates, and other undesirables. The action of sunlight on other chemicals produces 'secondary pollutants', for example, oxides of nitrogen and unburned petrol from cars produce 'photochemical smog', still very familiar in cities such as Los Angeles, Mexico City, and at times, London and other UK cities. This latter can be reduced by the use of catalytic converters, now used world-wide. Catalytic converters, are destroyed when lead is used in petrol, and thus lead-free fuel is now sold in most countries. This has also drastically reduced the levels of lead in the environment, a very positive but indirect result. The massive worldwide use of fossil fuels has, over just a few decades, increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere from around 300 ppm to the present over 400 ppm. The role of carbon dioxide, and water vapour, and other atmospheric constituents, in maintaining the earth surface temperature is some 30oC above the level it would be if we had no atmosphere is simple to explain in principle, but is actually very complex. The earth's temperature does not rise in direct proportion to the amount of carbon dioxide present, and some very complex physics, chemistry, and meteorology is needed to predict the effects of continued and accelerated release of carbon dioxide. It should be stressed that the UN International Climate Change Panel scientists do input such parameters into their climate models, and we should accept their predictions. My forthcoming talk will not require any knowledge of the appropriate science, and will be accompanied by some simple demonstrations to illustrate particular points.' David Phillips Our next meeting (Thursday 12th June 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article with a talk by Professor David Phillips. Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 90

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Plotting a Vegetable Garden

the standard varieties, and you’ll also get a greattasting root crop later on. I generally harvest the young leaves a few at a time but let the plant produce a root too.

By Pippa Greenwood Even the smallest garden can find space to grow vegetables. Start now and you can enjoy delicious home-grown salads all summer long. Producing useful quantities of your own vegetables doesn’t take up as much space as you might imagine. There’s a lot you can plant out or grow from seed right now that will give you some super-tasty, succulent, and top-quality salads in just a few weeks’ time. And salad leaves grown in ornamental pots can be as decorative as they are nutritious.

If you’re after some fire in your cooking, a chilli pepper thrives in a pot in a warm and very sheltered spot as do sweet peppers.

Before you get sowing or planting, choose the right containers. Big ones are easier to maintain than small ones; and of course bigger pots mean more produce. Go for something of at least 30cm (12in) in diameter, larger if possible.

Fresh herbs can make a salad more interesting too. Choose your favourites and either grow them in a dedicated herb pot with extra grit in the compost for good drainage, or even consider popping a few in with your main crops.

As salad crops tend to be pretty short-term there’s no need to spend a fortune on compost. Ideally choose a good-quality multipurpose compost, but you can get perfectly acceptable results with the contents of a growing-bag. I find the quality of the compost in these isn’t all that brilliant, but for the time you need it – and provided you keep it well-fertilised – it’ll be adequate.

Vegetables, like most plants, do best in a relatively warm spot with plenty of sun, so site your containers carefully. You want them to be easily accessible from the kitchen, but it’s more important to ensure they’re sheltered from the wind yet still get enough sun.

There are still plenty of tomato plants in the shops now, but hunt carefully to find the ones that are still in top condition. If you choose an outdoor variety it can be grown in a pot on its own, and if you have a big enough container you can grow some other salad ingredients around the edge of the container.

You may prefer to raise some of your crops in pots and grow them on a bit before planting them out. The garden containers will always be full and looking their best, even while you’re harvesting them. The new plantings will very quickly blend in with the old, and all summer long you’ll have a garden that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the tastebuds.

If you grow your own salad leaves you can get precisely the mix you like best. There are plenty of eye-catching lettuces such as the frilly Lollo, either a gorgeous bright-green standard Lollo a burgundy-tinged Lollo Rosso or a mixture of both. Treat them as cut-andcome-again crops, snipping off the leaves as you want them but not cutting into to the base, then they’ll put out new shoots and keep cropping for longer. Baby beet leaves are a popular salad ingredient, too. Choose a variety like Bull’s Blood for the prettiest leaves or grow any of

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