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Issue 128

June 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Cold Cold--callers must not use withheld nos The Children’s Trust Summer Screen Rianna’s Fund Community Bike Ride Leatherhead Duck Race - 3rd July Leatherhead Open Gardens Day Ashtead Rotary Village Day Fetcham Festival Court No 8, Wimbledon 2015

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


Letter from The Queen to Rotary


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Redwings spotted at Ranmore Common


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Leatherhead Community Assoc.


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead Women’s Institute




U6-U11 footballers wanted


MV Police Column


Conquest Art comes to Leatherhead


Quiz - Summertime


Polesden Lacey photography competition


Cold-callers can’t use withheld nos


Leatherhead Duck Race


Beyond the Paleo - a story


Gardens of Bookham Open Day


Quiz - Cheese


Children’s Trust Summer Screen


Book reviews


Hampton Court Flower Show


Simple Crossword


Leatherhead Open Gardens Day




Leatherhead French Market returns


Recipe - salad of chargrilled cauli


General knowledge crossword


Remembering the Battle of the Somme


Local history article


Ashtead Rotary Village Day 2016


Rianna’s Fund Community Bike Ride


Leatherhead Hospital’s new X-Ray


Cryptic crossword


Give a cat a home


Transition Ashtead


Challengers are ‘Good’ says Ofstead


Gardening - Weeds


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From the Publisher

heralds the beginning of our area’s summer events such as J une the much-anticipated Ashtead Rotary Village Day (centre

pages) and Fetcham’s very own Festival (page 12). Both these events fall on Saturday 11th June so why not enjoy both?

Len Wood of the Ashtead Rotary thought you would like to see the lovely letter that the charity received from The Queen about their Village Day and a copy of this can be found on page 58. Also in June are the open gardens days in Bookham and Leatherhead, pages 66 and 71 respectively. The organisers in Leatherhead have joined forces with a vintage bus company so you can arrive in style and take a nostalgic ride to five of the gardens on show! The Children’s Trust are holding their annual Summer Screen on Saturday 25th June, more info on page 68 along with booking details. Ashtead charity, Rianna’s Fund are holding their second Ashtead Community Bike ride on Sunday 26th June - more info on the charity, the bike ride and what the fundraising is for can be found on page 80. Earlier in May the Government introduced a crackdown on cold-callers who continue to bombard Advertising people with unwanted calls from withheld numbers The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local with a fine of up to £2.5 million – even if these calls provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads originate from abroad. I know these calls are a distressing issue and can be a real nuisance for many cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential people, more on this can be found on page 28.

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Lots of French goodies can be found at the French market which returns to Leatherhead town centre on Technical & Legal stuff Friday 10th June - not only does the market sell a Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine wonderful array of food, but you can also find impressive leather goods and even music CD’s is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any covering a range of genres. Talking of Leatherhead, liability to any party for loss or make a diary note that the Duck Race is on 3rd July damage caused by errors or omissions lots of fun to be had on the riverbank by the town resulting from negligence, accident bridge, including face painting, children’s or any other cause. entertainers and, of course, refreshments.

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The Wimbledon Championships this year start on Monday 27th June. Oh, and if you’re interested in the cover shot this month, the game being played on court 8 was between Magda Linette of Poland and Kurumi Nara of Japan. Must shoot off, have a super month and don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday 19th June. Cheerio ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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The Masterplanners for MVDC have now produced their final report and the further details of the plans to transform Leatherhead, all of which have now been displayed in April and May. Our Forward Planning sub-committee, led by John Wilson, has been meticulous in attending the meetings and disseminating such information as was permissible. Precise detail is still missing, but many aspects of the earlier drafts have been carried through, i.e. the areas needing attention are still the High Street, Church Street, the riverside and the Red House Gardens plus, of course, more parking. It would seem that the Red House Gardens are being viewed almost as a miniature town because the multi-use idea is to put shops, flats and parking there while retaining some of the valued green space. To further this goal, we have also submitted a tree survey of the area, hoping that as many trees as possible will be retained. Although the idea is to increase the attractions of Leatherhead, we, at the LRA, are concerned that by extending the built up area and focussing on development near the river, there may be a negative impact on the High Street, the very area that MV District Council and residents have, for many years, wanted to improve. The residential aspect, planned for Bull Hill, may help because it will mean more salaries coming into the town, but the sheer numbers will need restraint because our infrastructure, health services, schools and roads etc. will not be able to withstand too great an upsurge. However, the timescale shows the Bull Hill development to be the last scheme and unlikely to be tackled before the end of an 8 year

period (2024). More parking is also planned for this site, but we have pushed strongly for a proper traffic survey to be completed before any alteration to the roads and, thereby to the parking, can be finalised. This, rather expensive, survey is currently being planned by SCC. Meanwhile we have the prospect of a glorious summer before us and, with that, an exciting 12 June date for viewing other people’s gardens and the possibility of travelling in a Vintage Bus to those gardens, see page 71. The cost is £5pp and the bus trip starts in the Randalls Road car park. Most of the gardens (note exceptions in the Programme) will be open from 11 am to 5 pm and tea, sandwiches and other refreshments will be available for purchase in the Parish Church between 12 noon and 5pm. The proceeds are to be divided equally between the Friends of the Parish Church and the Leatherhead Residents’ Association Environment sub -committee to benefit the greening and beautification of our town. Tickets may be obtained in advance from Barton’s Bookshop or Messrs. Truelove, the funeral directors, or, on the day, from the Parish Church or in Randalls Road car park. By buying them in advance you will be able to plan your day more satisfactorily, as well, of course, as learning where exactly the gardens are. The next LRA Open Committee Meeting will be held at 7.30 on Monday, 6 June at the Letherhead Institute. Caroline Brown & Cheryl Allen

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No better time for the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum and its working group, Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) to put its feet up and take a break from developing plans for the future of Ashtead. For while the temperatures are on the up and the sun is shining, we in the Forum and ACV can take stock of the Spring bulbs while our chums at Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) have to put their backs into sorting out what we’re proposing. The Draft NDP was submitted to MVDC on 18 April 2016, following the public consultation exercise and then amendment. So what’s next? Between now and June, MVDC has to consider whether the Draft NDP meets all the rules for preparation of an NDP and whether all the correct procedures have been followed. Hopefully, from the Forum’s perspective, this should be a formality as we have leaned heavily on the excellent officers in MVDC’s Planning Department to help us ensure we have followed the correct procedures.

The next step is for MVDC to appoint a “suitably qualified person” to conduct an Independent Examination of the Draft NDP. They will receive all the comments and decide whether the Ashtead NDP meets the “basic conditions” for an NDP. So again, the Draft NDP is subject to further scrutiny just to ensure we at the Forum have done the job right. The Independent Examiner will then report to MVDC who will then confirm whether the NDP should proceed to a Referendum, either as it stands or with some modifications. The Examination is likely to be arranged for this autumn and, if successful, a Referendum will he held. If not, then it’s back to the drawing board to see what issues need to be addressed. But if the Examination is successful, a Referendum date will be set as soon as possible thereafter. MVDC will follow the normal processes for holding an election and it will be well publicised locally. Local people can also ask to be kept informed about progress on the NDP by emailing Also, you can find out more from the ACV website whose address is below. John Morgan ACV member

So assuming nothing unexpected arises, the MVDC Executive will be asked for agreement that we can publish the Draft NDP for further consultation with Ashtead residents and start making arrangements for an Independent Examination. Ashtead’s submission is scheduled to be considered by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee on 7th June and then at the Executive meeting on 21st June. These are the first Council decision-making meetings after the Local Government elections which, by the way,

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often mixed up with feelings of personal shame or failure, betrayal of trust and fear of the unknown. Quite often the perpetrator has instilled a feeling in the victim that they simply cannot cope without them and, for a person whose self-esteem has been damaged over time, this can be a very real fear.

Understandably, requests of this nature require priority attention and, after visiting and carrying out an assessment, I will submit my recommendations with the aim of any works being carried out as soon as possible.

If you recognise aspects of your own life in any of the above, please think about asking for help. I understand that this isn’t always easy but the first step is confiding in someone else. If you also suspect that someone you know may be a victim, please consider all possible discreet ways of making them aware that they can seek and get real, practical, help and support.

Unlike standard “home security” assessments, there are many things that can be put in place to enhance personal safety considerably. This can include replacing doors with reinforced security doors, changing the opening direction of doors so that they cannot easily be forced, replacing windows and locks, or installing window grilles for increased security. Additional exterior lighting may be also be suggested, as can an additional perimeter security, such as higher gates and locking mechanisms.

East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS) can be contacted on 01737 771350. Their website is and their email is The Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline (24 hour) is on 01483 776822. Alternatively, Surrey Police can always be contacted on 101 or 999.

In some cases, where it is assessed to be necessary, a specific room within the home is designated to be a “safe” room. The room needs to have solid walls and any existing door is normally replaced with an outward-opening security door, with multi-point locks. If there isn’t one already, an additional telephone socket can be installed in the room to enable a person to contact police in an emergency.

Any contact made will be treated in total confidence, discretion and understanding. Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE

These are, of course, just some examples of what can be done to enhance a person’s safety but, in the first instance, the victim has to take the big step of telling someone about what is happening. This really isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. Victims may or may not been subjected to physical abuse and the effect of psychological abuse can have a huge impact on the victim’s ability to seek help. To the “outside world” a victim may appear confident, assertive and absolutely fine but their self-esteem has been so badly eroded over time that they cannot always recognise that what is happening to them is actually abuse. Taking that first step of confiding in somebody often requires a huge amount of courage and is

To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters. Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (e.g. a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger). Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don't want to leave your name.


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Beyond the Paleo “I’m going Paleo.”

parents and was very confused about the idea of going ‘paleo’ and ‘getting lighter.’

“I’m sorry? You’re going what?”

After five days, she just couldn’t bear it any longer. She wanted a baked potato with grated cheese, she wanted a chocolate biscuit and she wanted a big slice of her favourite strawberry cake. She hated walnuts and sunflower seeds and the cocoa and avocado smoothies that were supposed to be a treat, tasted nothing like chocolate and made her feel sick. Sticking a colourful straw in the green gloopy slop and calling it a ‘special’ milkshake just didn’t fool her at all.

“I’m going Paleo. In fact, I think we should all go Paleo!” “What on earth are you talking about?” “There was a programme about it the other day. It’s by far the best way of living. We both could do with being lighter and the children would benefit too.” This conversation took place between Ruth and her husband Sam, on a Sunday morning. By the end of the day the house was clear of sugar, biscuits, sweets and processed food. There was a sign on her kitchen wall, which seemed very pertinent to their new way of life. It quoted Oscar Wilde: “I can resist anything but temptation.” Ruth knew her resolve was weak and the only way for them to stick to this regime was to clear the house of all potential enticements. However, Ruth hated waste so took all the newly forbidden food round to her sister’s house, to the delight of her young nieces. Sarah, Daniel and Ben were horrified.

She had to do something dramatic. Being ‘paleo’ was very strange. If her mum thought she was already ‘paleo’ maybe she could eat normal food again? Sarah disappeared upstairs and went to her fancy dress box. After a few minutes she came back down and marched into the kitchen. Her face was covered in white smeared face paint from her clown dressing up set. “That’s it Mummy! I hate green gloopy ‘special’ milkshake, I hate boring nuts and boring spinach. I want my chocolate buttons back and I miss strawberry cake and brownies! Look at me! Don’t you think I’m paleo enough now? I know you and daddy wanted to be lighter so I’ve made myself lighter too. Please… Mummy, please… It’s my birthday soon and I want cake! How can I have a birthday party without cake!?” She promptly burst into melodramatic sobs and her face streaked with teary white trails.

The Paleo diet was based on the theory that cavemen and cavewomen ate meat, nuts, seeds and vegetables. There was no agriculture or mass production. No grains were eaten and sugar was unheard of. Apparently humans were much healthier and obesity was non-existent. Sam was quick to point out to his wife that the average caveman only lived to be thirty five years old and, on that basis, they should both be dead. However, once Ruth grabbed an idea, she was fully committed, with a zealous enthusiasm that drove her family round the bend.

Ruth was mortified. Sam was consumed by laughter, which made Sarah even more griefstricken. Ben and Daniel raced down to see what all the fuss was about and joined in with their father.

The next couple of days were spent in grumpy sugar and caffeine withdrawal. Surprisingly, the boys’ diets suddenly became far less healthy than usual, although Ruth was completely unaware of this. They’d eat the meat, vegetables and nuts placed in front of them and then disappear off to ‘see friends’ or to ‘work in the library.’ What they were actually doing was going down to McDonalds for a Big Mac, fries and chocolate milk shake…

The white paint was washed off, the children were bundled into the car and they all made their way to the nearest pizza restaurant. On the journey back, Ruth bought five family bags of chocolate buttons from the garage and called in at her sister’s house to collect what remained of their ‘forbidden food’. Ruth’s nieces were not at all pleased…

Poor Sarah didn’t have the freedom of her elder brothers and was devastated when her supply of chocolate buttons disappeared. She also desperately missed her favourite meal of spaghetti and meatballs. Meatballs and spinach just didn’t taste the same. You couldn’t suck spinach up in a long string and it made your teeth feel funny. She’d overheard the conversation between her

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Books for Dad Struggling for inspiration this Father’s Day? Forget gift vouchers and gardening tools, books are the way to go. Whether Dad likes escaping into a thriller, getting creative with the kids, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, there’s sure to be something in our selection to keep him happy. Conspiracy – Iain Gale

Bernard Cornwell fans will thank you for introducing them to Iain Gale’s series about a maverick soldier in the Peninsular War. James Keane certainly gets himself in enough scrapes and mishaps to keep the reader entertained. Well-researched, gritty and colourful, the series brings a period of military history to life. The latest novel, Conspiracy, sees Keane ordered by Wellington to work undercover in Paris – a dangerous task indeed in such a turbulent political landscape.

50 Evening Adventures – Tim, Kerry, Ella and Amy Meek

Another great resource for tackling the ‘I’m bored’ mantra, 50 Evening Adventures provides a plethora of ideas for making the most of evenings as a family. There are suggestions for places to go, things to do and meals to cook outside. Former teachers Tim and Kerry Meek are currently travelling around Europe in a caravan with their daughters. They’re used to packing lightly, so most of the suggestions don’t need any special equipment, and can be carried out for free, or very cheaply.

The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat and Tyres: The Autobiography – Dave Myers and Si King

If Dad enjoys an autobiography, this is the perfect book to wrap up for him this Father’s Day. The duo didn’t have the easiest childhoods; Si was bullied about his weight, while Dave had to grow up quickly as a carer for his mother. But a love of good food and entertaining brought them together and made them household names. Warm, honest and laugh-out -loud funny, it’s a great testament to what true friends can do when they put their minds to it.

Poor Boy Road – James L. Weaver

Fast-paced and gripping from the first page, Poor Boy Road is a good bet for fans of action thrillers. Jake Caldwell is a mobenforcer who’s looking for a way out. When he’s called back to his childhood town to help care for his dying, abusive father, his boss hands him one last job – kill a local drug dealer. But can he do it? Great characters, believable dialogue and plenty of action combine to make this a real page -turner. 36

The Den Book – Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield

Packed with creative inspiration, The Den Book is full of ideas to encourage Dad to get outside and have fun with the kids (or grandkids). Whether they want a forest hideaway, a fairy tent or a full-on fort, instructions are easy to follow, and many of the dens don’t require any special materials. Published by Frances Lincoln, it costs £12.99, so you should have enough funds left over to invest in some tarpaulin and twine.

More Home Comforts – James Martin

Aspiring chefs and good honest cooks alike will enjoy this book. As the name implies, it’s packed with ideas for tasty, honest comfort food. Recipes are straightforward, with each step well explained. Most ingredients can be easily picked up at the supermarket, although a few will require a bit more forward planning. More than 100 recipes are included, many of which have been shown in the TV series. Dad will soon be whipping you up Beer Can Piri Piri Chicken, Lamb Belly with BBQ Sauce & Pickled Red Onion, or just some good old chocolate brownies.

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The Royal British Legion is encouraging communities to remember the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and is producing a toolkit to assist with commemorative events. The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home, in particular in those towns and villages which had raised ‘Pals battalions’ and suffered horrible losses. Its 100th anniversary provides an opportunity to commemorate the Service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the battle, to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world. As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion would like to assist with organising an event in our local community, to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this battle. They have produced a Somme 100 toolkit to help.

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Leatherhead Hospital set for new £500,000 x-ray suite Leatherhead Hospital will benefit from a new state of the art x-ray machine and refurbished x-ray suite thanks to the generosity of the hospital’s League of Friends. The League, a group of volunteers set up to fund equipment and facilities at the hospital, is donating over £500,000 to fully fund the project. And work begins on the exciting hospital renovations next week. The digital x-ray machine will replace the existing analogue equipment and enable a more comprehensive radiography service to be provided at the hospital. The new modern system can carry out routine, as well as more complex procedures not currently offered at the hospital, provide better quality images, and mean more people can receive an x-ray locally. The new machine, complete with refurbished waiting area, is scheduled to open in July 2016. Whilst work takes place, a temporary x-ray facility will be set up at Leatherhead Hospital so patients can continue to access x-ray services whilst the improvements take place. Audrey Mellers, Chair of the League of Friends, said: “We are delighted that the new x-ray unit that we are funding, to the tune of over half a million pounds, is due to open at the beginning of July.” Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group buys x-ray services at Leatherhead Hospital, which are run by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair of Surrey Downs CCG, said: “We’re very pleased to support this enhanced service for local patients and are delighted that the long-standing tradition of the League of Friends supporting Leatherhead Hospital will continue. The new equipment will help improve an important service for the local community.” Mina Deved, Head of Radiology Services at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, explains the widespread benefits. “The radiology staff are very excited about the refurbishment project planned for the x-ray department at Leatherhead Hospital and grateful for the kind donation from the Leatherhead League of Friends. The digital x-ray machine and a fully refurbished department will offer great improvements for both our patients and staff.”

Back row (l-r): Dr Fred Meynen, Deputy Chair, League of Friends; Mina Deved, Head of Radiology Services; Terry Savage, Honorary Secretary, League of Friends; Angela Symmonds, Primary Care Officer at Surrey Downs CCG. Front row (l-r): Robin Jacob, Senior Radiographer; Josephine Reynolds, Clinical Services Assistant; Pearlie Barcelo, Senior Radiographer. 52

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An amazing 74 people came to Leatherhead Methodist Church recently to hear Yehudi Menuhin School student Leyla Cemiloglu's superb piano recital. We can't expect those numbers every week but it is quite magical when it happens. Overall numbers are up this year. As few as four or five extra on the average attendance makes a big difference for this self-financing project. Thank you once again for the support you give by publicising our concerts. Best wishes, Peter Steadman, Music on Thursdays

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Delightful 4-year-old Domino has had a very traumatic time recently, as his previous owner sadly passed away and he was left locked in his old home with no food or fresh water for a week. Nobody knew Domino was there, but luckily he was found by the landlord; cowering in a cupboard in a very traumatised state. Domino was so distressed that when he arrived at the cattery he spent his whole time hiding under his blanket, and refused to eat. Now, a month on, Domino loves his dinner and is a very affectionate and loving boy. He loves cuddles, and having his beautiful little nose rubbed. Domino is looking for a quiet home, where he would make a wonderful addition to an adult-only family. We don't know whether Domino had access to a garden before, but we would like him to have a safe garden to explore once he has settled into his new home. He is still growing more and more confident every day, and loves to play.


Can you give Domino the loving home she so richly deserves? Please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 for further information. Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to:

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Challengers are “Good” according to Ofsted visits Challengers, a local charity supporting disabled children and young people just finished a busy, fun and exciting Easter holidays where schemes ran for two weeks throughout Surrey and Hampshire. Two of the schemes - Leatherhead and Epsom play were visited by an Ofsted inspector and we are very pleased to say that both schemes received a “Good” mark. Ofsted inspections are important and Challengers are happy to welcome the inspectors. This type of regulation ensures the children that are attending the scheme are happy, in a safe environment and receiving the level of support they need. It also highlights if staff need any additional training around safe guarding which Challengers takes very seriously. One comment made by the inspector was “Children show complete delight in their play, and their communication is successfully encouraged by staff. For example, as children explore with balls and balloons they laugh and chatter to staff with confidence, and others squeal with excitement as staff play running games with them.”

For more information about the Epsom and Leatherhead play schemes or other schemes that Challengers run in your area, head to or call 01483 230 390

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Wemms Education Unlimited With an enviable reputation for enriching academic performance and a nine year experience of being a dynamic tuition centre for Maths, English and Science, Wemms Education Unlimited has chosen to extend its provision to embrace those who are being disenfranchised by main stream education. In Ashtead we are privileged to have some outstanding Schools. Whilst these establishments provide their students with a cutting edge education; there are students for whom the rigours of a large school are just intolerable. Wemms Education Centre, works alongside the existing Tuition Centre, to offer 12 students the experience of a full time, bespoke education. Based on one to one and small group lessons, students can re-embrace the full curriculum; enjoy a stunning activities programme whilst having a whole lot of fun. KS2 Students experience Maths, English, Science, Public Speaking, Humanities, Food Tech, Art, Design Tech, Swimming, Drumming and MFL. Year 7 to 11 embark on the journey to GCSE’s and have the opportunity to take up to 10 subjects including Citizenship. All are trained in First Aid at Work. Wemms believes in co-operation, not sanctions and firmly believes everyone is born with a gift to use and a challenge to master. In the safe, nurturing environment of a boutique school, the students have the opportunity to reclaim their self-esteem and their enthusiasm for life. Wemms wants it students to look in the mirror and respect what they see. It feels privileged to be part of their journey to a successful, productive, and responsible adulthood.

Interested? Give them a call and arrange a visit. Every day is Open Day at Wemms.


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Wemms Education Centre Ashtead’s Newest, Ofsted Registered, Independent School

Now enrolling for September 2016 yr3-11 A boutique School, with just 12 places, in which the individual is everything. Wemms is designed to feed the souls and minds of young people for whom mainstream just hasn’t worked. Full curriculum encompassing Maths, Science, English, Humanities, MFL, Citizenship, Public Speaking, PE and Art. Design and Food Tech. One to one and small group teaching, by qualified, dynamic teachers.

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For an education as unique as your child… Fully qualified Leading teachers for bespoke support. A motivating, safe environment to help inspire and educate. A well-equipped science lab for practical work.


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Redwing birds, deemed ‘near threatened’, spotted over Ranmore Common The Redwing bird was recently classified ‘near threatened’ on the red list by the UK’s main ornithological bodies, including the RSPB and Birdlife International. Redwings are actually spotted in large numbers throughout the UK in spring. But despite this, data collected by these organisations suggests that there’s been a steady decline in the species population by up to 30% in the last decade. Experts suggest the decline is likely due to particularly harsh winters across Europe and the ubiquitous threat of global warming. The Redwing is part of the thrush family, native to Europe and Asia. Measuring between 20 and 24cm long with a wingspan of 33cm, it can be identified by its red flanks and underwing alongside its creamy white stripe above the eye, details which stand out from its dark brown body and predominantly cream chest. The Redwing breeds in the colder, northerly regions of Europe and Asia but it migrates to southern parts of the UK and Europe to feast on Rowan and Hawthorn berries, alongside UK natives like Blackbirds and Starlings. National Trust staff and volunteers spotted the birds flying over heavily wooded areas while undergoing coppicing work as part of the winter conservation schedule on Ranmore Common. Ranmore Common was award SSSI status, which stands for Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to the rich variety of birdlife life that inhabits the ancient woodland. This is the sole reason why estate conservation is completed during the year’s harshest season, so as not to encroach upon the birds’ spring mating season. Many bird-watchers explore Ranmore in hopes of catching a glimpse of some lesser-spotted, redlisted species. Woodcocks like to occupy low-growing scrub, Fieldfares, Redwings and Yellowhammers prefer the fields and hedgerows, while Mistle and Song Thrushes feel more at home in Polesden Lacey’s formal gardens. The area is so diverse that several other red-listed species may also be present but have not been officially confirmed, these include Hawfinch, Linnet, Spotted flycatcher, Wood warbler, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Cuckoo and Turtle dove.

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Leatherhead Community Association At last our newsletter has the magic word ‘Summer’ on the front and at the time of writing the sun has been shining from a cloudless sky all day and the freezing winds from the North have stopped. Two coach visits have been arranged with Summer in mind, on Tuesday 21st June the LCA is going to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester and on Monday 22nd August there is a visit to the Savill Garden at Windsor followed by a river cruise from Runnymede boat house - and this includes a cream tea! Looking ahead a possible visit to Highgrove is planned for September, and a central London guided walk in October. Peter Humphreys has planned a full programme of walks ranging from ‘short’ ones of about 3-4 miles usually on the first Wednesday of each month, ‘longer’ ones of about 4-6 miles on the second Wednesday of the month, and 1 hour ‘strolls’ on the third Wednesday from April to October. The strolls are for the not-so-agile and are planned with particular seasonal colours or plants in mind, eg bluebells. Also, Peter always allows time for a stop for a snack either in the middle or at the end! It is not necessary to be a member of the LCA to join a walk and Peter is always happy to answer any queries by phone - 01372 378347 Membership of the LCA is only £5 a year and this entitles you to join any of the activities at a very small admission cost in the Institute such as sitting and listening at the music afternoons once a month, playing scrabble every other Friday, social bridge twice a month, or table tennis and snooker every Monday. You are very welcome to visit the Letherhead Institute, pick up a Newsletter, and there is nearly always a cup of coffee or tea available. The library is open every morning where you can borrow books as well as DVD’s.

Sarah is in the office every morning from 9.30 - 12.30, and she will give full info about joining a walk or a visit, call on 01372 360508 or email

Ashtead WI May 2016 Meeting Our meeting this month took a slightly different form as we discussed the W.I. Resolutions put forward by W.I.s in other parts of the country, and which then go to be voted on at the AGM in June at the Royal Albert Hall. The subjects selected this year were “Avoid Food Waste, Address Food Poverty” and “Dementia Care in Hospitals”. There were a lot of questions, statements and discussions with different views on both these important subjects, hearing for and against each time. We finally voted on Dementia Care in Hospitals to go through to the AGM, and in June the successful topic would go through to the Government for its consideration. After our coffee break we enjoyed a quiz arranged by two of our members, with questions on favourite music from radio, TV, and children’s programmes – sometimes frustrating to know the tune well enough but not being able to put a name to the programme! Ashtead W.I. have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks – a visit to Denbies, an outing in August, a Summer Cream Tea in Bookham arranged by Surrey Federation, and other local W.I. events as well as the fast approaching Village Day. Also there is our own come-along local lunch at the end of May. The evening concluded with dates and venues for our sub-groups – reading, crafts, scrabble, walks, theatre, yarn, scrabble, etc. and we look forward to our next meeting on Wednesday 1st June at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30, when the speaker will be Faith Powell, Sales Executive to Fairy Fruitcake. Sandra Brown 62

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U6-U11 footballers wanted for innovative new Surrey Football Academy A groundbreaking new football academy has launched in Mole Valley and is offering free trials to U6-U11s players at their training ground Dorking. Late Birthday Project (LBP) combats the significant Relative Age Effect in elite youth football, by providing a professional academy environment, opportunities and coaching for boys born between March and August only (although genuine late-developers born Jan-Feb will also considered). LBP offers UEFA qualified coaches, premium 3G pitches, free futsal and free Adidas team kit, plus an innovative curriculum aimed at giving younger boys a fighting chance when it comes to maximising their potential. Richard King, Director of LBP said: “The Relative Age Effect is proven to have a huge negative impact on the development of young footballers born later in their year groups. So this exciting football initiative will allow younger players to flourish without the influence of older, bigger boys who might usually dominate”. LBP train on the 3G pitch at St John’s C of E Primary School in Dorking.

For more information, or to book a trial, visit or email for more information.

Conquest Art Comes to Leatherhead Conquest Art is a unique Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Working at their own pace in supportive groups, our Members find both relaxation and fresh stimulus, along with the opportunity to make new friends.

We will be opening up a new Group on Tuesday 7th June - 2pm-4pm Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY

Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun. For further information on becoming a Member or Volunteer of Conquest Art please contact Tina on 020 3044 2731 / email


What’s On? Hi Zen Hope you are well. Just to let you know I'm back from my Inca Trail Trek - what an experience! The hardest day was much more difficult than I had anticipated but the scenery was amazing and we got to camp in the jungle and mountains which was brilliant.


SUMMER CONCERT 2016 music by Purcell – to include Come ye sons of Art, Settings of Shakespeare Selections from G&S and songs from Showboat

Thank you again for your support, you helped me to raise just over £1200 for the Alzheimer's Society and I'm very grateful.


Saturday 2nd July at 7.30pm United Reformed (URC) Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST

Kind Regards

Entry £8 (children free) includes contribution to Church funds and Interval refreshments

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Polesden Lacey’s photography competition Polesden Lacey’s popular annual photography competition is set to open for entries once again on Wednesday June 1. This year the judges are asking for photos on the theme ‘Lazy Summer’ capturing the beauty of Polesden Lacey on a lazy summer afternoon in the great British summertime. There will be 10 finalists and one finalist who will be named ‘Photographer of the Year’. The finalists’ photographs, including the winner’s, will be enlarged and displayed in the grounds at Polesden Lacey as the stars of the property’s autumn photograph exhibition. The winner and finalists will also receive a trophy and beautiful prizes made by Jo Downs Glass. How to enter This year, photographers can submit up to two entries each. All you have to do is like Polesden Lacey on Facebook and then post your photos to their wall with the title ‘Lazy Summer’. Terms and conditions, including important information about photo consent and file size, can be found at

Those who don’t have Facebook can also enter, by emailing their photos to, including ‘Lazy Summer’ in the subject line. 65

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Return of Leatherhead’s Quacky Races - Sunday 3rd July On Sunday 3rd July the title ‘Leatherhead’s fastest duck’ will be decided after many gruelling heats, but who will be the winner? The action begins at 2pm with 6 tote races followed by the grand final. If all this wasn’t enough the charity Swan Race returns, this year in aid of Sight for Surrey and one lucky winner will walk away with a fabulous television. At 4pm hundreds of tiny yellow bathtime ducks will take to the water for the mass duck race with plenty of brilliant prizes kindly donated by local businesses up for grabs.

Mass duck race

No, they’re not real!

Little ones will be entertained by a children’s entertainer or have their face painted. Refreshments will also be on sale.

Gardens of Bookham Open Day Sunday 19th June - 10am to 5pm

Enjoy looking at some lovely gardens and pick up ideas in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Around 12 private gardens, the Grange Centre, Manor House School and Little Bookham Allotments will be open. Tickets: £5 in advance, £6 on the day, from the Old Barn Hall, Bookham KT23 3PQ (open Mon, Weds, Fri 9.30am-12.00pm) and other local outlets. You can also buy them at the first garden you visit. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Old Barn Hall where on the day there will be refreshments, a grand raffle, and some stalls. Free minibus transport around the garden route.

For more information visit OpenGardens.htm, or contact Tina Hutton tel 01372 457598 or email: Bookham Community Association – Registered Charity No. 1148881


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What’s On?

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

We’re inviting all intrepid explorers to join us for a day of activities at Langley Vale Wood free of charge! We need your help to dig up the stories around this special place, which has been used for military training during the First World War, a farm for many years and now as a beautiful home for nature. Bring your lunch, drinks and picnic blanket to enjoy in our picnic areas. Don’t forget your suncream and sun hat but also waterproof clothing and sturdy boots; you’re in for some adventures! Awesome archaeology: 11am - 1pm or 2pm - 4pm Nature storytelling and book building: Drop in anytime to the book building station, meet the storyteller at 11am, midday, 2pm or 3pm Bug hunting and nature discovery: Drop in anytime at the nature discovery station, bug hunts will take place at 11am, midday, 2pm or 3pm Langley Vale Wood explorers’ guided walk: Midday or 2pm Visitors will need to park at Epsom Downs Racecourse (KT18 5LQ) and then take the free bus to the event. Minibuses will start from 10.30am, running all day as a shuttle service. All ages welcome, but under 16s must be accompanied. Please note: dogs are not permitted at this event.

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WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? High Ashurst Holiday Activities for 8-13 year olds. High Ashurst Outdoor Educaction Centre, Headley Lane, Mickleham, RH5 6DQ. 9.30am-4.30pm, £35 per day. land-based Tues 31st MAY activities, from archery to climbing and high ropes. Two activities are grouped together - Friday 3rd for a themed day to build skills and confidence. Booking and more info from 01372 JUNE 378901, or go to:

Sunday 5th

Dorking Ten Road Race, The Big Field, Brockham. £12 affiliated, £14 unaffiliated, £17/ £19 on the day. Annual ten mile road race starting at Brockham and on roads through Strood Green, Leigh, Betchworth and back to Brockham. or telephone 01306 631780.

Monday 6th

Leatherhead Residents’ Association Open Committee Meeting, 7.30pm, Letherhead Inst.

Friday 10th

French Market, Leatherhead town centre, 9am-5pm, wide range of French produce on sale, inc crepes, cakes, charcuterie, cheeses, olives, pate, saucisson (page 74).

Friday 10th & Friday 24th

What the magazines say - a series of interactive talks run by Oasis. 9.15-10.30am. George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead. Activities for pre-school children whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat. Free of charge. Friday 10th: How couples successfully manage their money. What the mags say about financial management and smart shopping. Friday 24th: Fashion for today. What the mags say about what’s in and what’s not - with advice from an Ashtead stylist.

Saturday 11th

Ashtead Rotary Village Day, go to centre pages

Sunday 12th

The Little Welly ‘Goes Wild’. Norbury Park, Young St, Leatherhead, KT22 9DX. 9am5pm. Child £15, adult £7.50. Helping children connect with nature, giving them freedom to run wild with obstacle courses, all tested and approved to health and safety standards. Go to, or call 020 8720 9216.

Sunday 12th

Open Gardens of Leatherhead, see opposite.

Sunday 12th

Dunsborough Park Open Garden Day, 12pm-4.30pm, in aid of Transform Housing & Support charity, more info on page 74.

Saturday 18th

Ewell Horticultural Assoc Summer Show, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Blenheim High School, Longmead Rd, Epsom, KT19 9BH, free admission. Displays of summer flowers, home grown veg, plants and garden sundries for sale. Refreshments and homemade cakes available. More info on, or 020 8393 1749.

Sunday 19th

Gardens of Bookham Open Day, see page 66

Sunday 19th

Father’s Day

Saturday 25th

The Children’s Trust annual ‘Summer Screen’ see page 68.


Annual Leatherhead Duck Race, 2pm-4pm at the town bridge, see page 66 for details. If there’s an event in July that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events70are correct at time of print.

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Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY &

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

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

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Thursday 2nd June - LMC Brigitte Furze, violin Lynda Chang, piano Thursday 9th June - LMC Mardi Brass Ensemble Your donation will help fund more musician visits to Trinity School


Sunday 12th June 11am-5pm

Wednesday 15th June Christ Church John Eagles, organ recitalist & teacher Thursday 23rd June - LMC Lena Napradean  Nathan Ben-Yehuda  Thursday 30th June - LMC Timothy Ridout, viola 

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What’s On?


Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Carolynne Meer ’In The Shade’. Visitors welcome. Info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 1st (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Speaker Faith Powell ‘Sales Executive to Fairy Fruitcake’. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (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 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd

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

Friday 3rd (weekly)

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

Friday 3rd (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 3rd (monthly)

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

Sunday 5th (weekly)

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Sunday 5th (weekly)

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

Sundays 5th &19th

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

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Monday 5th (weekly termtime)

Monday 6th & Mon 20th

Fetcham (Ladies) Singers, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, 7.30pm -9.45pm Two free sessions with no auditions, friendly group welcome new members. Info from Sandra Brown on 01372 276736. (First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info. 72

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Tuesday 7th

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Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come

Wed 8th (weekly)

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

Wed 8th June (monthly)

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the the Elgin Marbles, commenting on their beauty and their disputed purchase 200 years ago. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Friday 10th

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

Monday 13th

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Wed 8th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

(2nd Monday monthly)

2nd Wed mth

Wed 15th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker Nigel Arch on Royal Marriages. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 16th

‘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.

Tuesday 21st (monthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, 10.30am, Mrs Eveline Eaton - August Rodin, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707

Wed 22nd

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. Harry Townsend on ‘Kew Gardens through the Looking Glass’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Thurs 23rd (4th Thurs)

Friday 24th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Speaker Carole Ranson - History of Knickers. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Great Mistresses: 1500 - 1700. 5 Women artists that history forgot until the 20th century. 2.30 & 7.30 pm £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 to book.


What’s On?

Leatherhead hosts the return of the popular French market

Friday 10 June - 9am to 5pm

Normandy-based market France At Home returns to Leatherhead on Friday 10th June to lay out an array of stalls in the High Street selling a wide range of authentic French produce including tasty biscuits, crêpes and cakes. It’s the perfect Friday treat. For those craving something savoury there will be a range of mouth-watering cooked meats, French cheeses, olives from Provence, pate and saucisson sausage from Normandy, as well as an amazing variety of breads. Peruse CDs featuring music from the 20s to the 50s, spanning a variety of genres including swing, jazz, blues, accordion music and much more. There will also be an impressive choice of leather goods available, choosing a new handbag might take some time. Come and say bonjour.

Time for tea… and cake!

Sunday 12th June 12 noon - 4.30pm Join us for tea and cake at a Garden Open Day at the beautiful Dunsborough Park. Transform Housing & Support will be providing tea and homemade cakes and all proceeds from the teas and cakes will support our vital work in the local community. Transform is the largest charity providing housing and support for homeless and vulnerable people in the Surrey area. The charity supports more than 1,000 local people each year affected by homelessness, drug or alcohol issues, disabilities and mental health problems.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 88

Ashtead Football Club

Ashtead Football Club c: 1905 There has been an Ashtead Football Club since 1894 but games not organised on club lines were likely to have been played before this date. By 1898 the club had successfully negotiated with Ashtead Cricket Club to be allowed to play on their home games at Woodfield Lane in winter time for an agreed rent, this agreement continued for many years. Football activities were necessarily much curtailed during the First World War, but the club flourished again when peace came, relocating to a pitch in Green lane. A fixture list for the 1921/22 season shows a full programme of games against clubs in Surrey, including Epsom, Sutton, Banstead and Carshalton. In that season they won the Sutton & District Charity Cup. The club continued with varying degrees of success before World War II intervened. The Club was reformed after 1945 and since then games have been regularly played on Ashtead Recreation Ground in Barnett Wood Lane. There were many successes, for which the Club had every reason to be proud; these included becoming top of the Surrey Senior League (1st Division) in 1968 without losing a game. The 1980s was a highly successful period in the clubs history - 1980/81 South Eastern Intermediate League Cup Winners - 1981/82 Surrey Intermediate Premier Challenge Trophy Winners - 1986/87 Surrey Intermediate Premier League Cup Winners - 1987/88 Surrey Intermediate Cup Winners. In 1992/93 they were Surrey F.A 75 Year Long Service Award Winners. In 1995/96 they won the Surrey South Eastern Combination Intermediate League Cup and in 2000/01 the Surrey South Eastern Combination Senior League. Since then they have won various Sportsmanship awards. For more information on the club I suggest you visit

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Sunday 26th June & Thursday 8th September Following on from previous successful cycling events, local children’s charity Rianna’s Fund is planning more community cycling activity in 2016. On June 26th a group of Ashtead cycling enthusiasts will be organising the second Ashtead Community Bike Ride which encourages families to get on their bikes and help others. Event organiser Nick Robin said “Last year over 300 riders of all ages took part cycling either 8km or 15km across Ashtead and Epsom Commons and finishing with a celebration BBQ at Ashtead Football Club. We are anticipating even more riders will want to take part in 2016.” The 2015 event raised an amazing £4,000 for Rianna’s Fund to help build a new classroom block at a school in Uganda. The money raised this year will help educate and feed children who attend Kagganda School in Uganda. Registration for a family of four is £25 and this donation will ensure a child is educated for a year at Kagganda School. Families are asked to raise sponsorship for the ride, with every £21 raised will providing lunch for a child at Kagganda school for a full year, often their only meal of the day. Rianna’s Fund is delighted that the event is again being sponsored by Patrick Gardner. For more details go to In September of this year 70 local people have signed up to ride from Ashtead to Cologne in Germany, a distance of 300 miles which they will complete in just three days. Many of the riders have taken part in the previous Rianna’s Fund rides to Paris and Amsterdam but there are also new riders who are taking this on as a new challenge. The previous rides have been hugely successful and raised a considerable sum of money for Rianna’s Fund, enabling it to build new classroom blocks in Uganda. As a result of this ride 360 children each year now have access to education in these newly constructed classrooms. The goal for 2016 and the ride to Cologne is to build twelve new classrooms and continue expanding access to education in this very poor country. We have a few places left on the ride, and details can be found at A2C/

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead Junk food gets a new twist What would you think if you went to a wedding and the food at the reception came from the dustbin? Well, a couple from Durham did just that, they served food, prepared by a locally- based cafe, ReFuse, which is Durham’s branch of the Real Junk Food Project. The idea is that they intercept food waste before it gets to landfill and turn it into healthy meals at pop-up events, on a Pay As You Feel basis. Are you having a "yuck" response to this idea? Talking to various people, there seems to be very varied thoughts about when food should be put in the bin; after all, no-one wants to get food poisoning. And kitchen hygiene is essential. But food labelling can be quite here are a few words about what those labels actually mean:

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May crossword solutions

Mungo Jerry Compo December Home And Away 1972 (in Munich) Aberdeen A double-decker bus Athens Porgy And Bess The Darling Buds Of May

Across: 1 Wrong, 4 Face, 6 Ibis, 10 Seafood, 11 Romance, 12 Evergreen, 13 Sit, 14 Talc, 16 Crete, 17 Peg, 19 Owl, 20 RAF, 22 Error, 24 Ends, 28 Rye, 29 Sugar cane, 31 Amateur, 32 Epistle, 33 Tied, 34 Swot, 35 Gelid. Down: 1 Washed-up, 2 Onager, 3 Georgia, 4 Fudge, 5 Chronicle, 7 Banister, 8 Siesta, 9 Umpire, 15 Corkscrew, 18 Generate, 21 Forehead, 23 Racket, 25 Darling, 26 Breast, 27 Pastel, 30 Great.

Quiz - Cheese 1. Durrus - Ireland 2. Emmental - Switzerland 3. Feta - Greece 4. Gorgonzola - Italy 5. Gouda - Netherlands 6. Halloumi - Cyprus 7. Herve - Belgium 8. Manchego - Spain 9. Pag - Croatia 10. Roquefort - France

Across: 1 Lots, 4 Impetigo, 8 Neuritis, 9 Opus, 10 Inane, 11 Vintner, 13 Breeze, 15 Lackey, 17 Mittens, 19 Coven, 22 Hope, 23 Roulette, 24 Teaspoon, 25 Yard. Down: 2 Ocean, 3 Syringe, 4 Iota, 5 Pastille, 6 Trout, 7 Gruyère, 12 Leonardo, 14 Rhizome, 16 Cookery, 18 Teens, 20 Ester, 21 Quin.


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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) 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 813276 or 375640 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 07752 665066 Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07442 103473 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Tennis Players Club 01372 721104 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 375212 (Marion Doherty) 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 372553 (Cathy Smith, Secretary) 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 01372 274618 (Jim Malynn) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police - Non-emergency 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 272595 (Peter Waterhouse) 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 Samaritans - 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead 01372 274388 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley (based in Dorking) 01306 640369 (10am-1pm, answerphone) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 94


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