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Issue 140

June 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Host a Marie Curie Tea Party Tools for Self Reliance Charity Carers’ Week 12th―18th June Leatherhead Pantomime Auditions Ashtead Rotary Village Day ― 10th June Vote on new Forty Foot Playground designs Life-Saving Training for Mole Valley Residents Mole Valley Council’s ‘Exercise on Referral’ scheme The City of Coventry Corps of Drums Marching Band, Ashtead Rotary Village Day 2016

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


Kingston Skate Park - winning design


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Leatherhead WI


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Ashtead WI


Ashtead Community Vision


Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI




Mole Valley Walking for Health


MV Police Column


New Art Group in Ashtead


Simple Crossword


Vote on Forty Foot playground design


Quiz - Party Time


Leatherhead & District Angling Society


Football Shirt Friday


Leatherhead Pantomime Audition


Camping Catastrophe - a story


Leatherhead & District Local History Soc


Book reviews


What’s on in June? Pages 62 - 67


Quiz - Song Titles


Leatherhead Open Gardens


Ashtead Rotary Village Day


General knowledge crossword


Recipe - Smoked Salmon & Chive Sushi


Host a Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie


Tools for Self Reliance


The great storm at Leith Hill




Local history article


Continued life saving training


Leatherhead Rotary 10k run


New Health & Wellbeing Advice


Cryptic crossword


Give a cat a home


Transition Ashtead


Exercise referral is changing lives!


Gardening - scent, sound & colour


Ashtead Rotary Village Day - Centre


RHS Hampton Court Flower Show


Carers’ Week


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From the Publisher

O it’s being held on Saturday 10th June. Always a great day out, and a chance to not only catch up with friends, but also to support our local charities and clubs that do such good work

nce again, I find myself looking forward to the annual Ashtead Rotary Village Day, this year

throughout the year. More information of what’s happening on the day can be found on the centre pages. My best wishes go to the Ashtead Rotary Club for another successful and fun Village Day - see you all there!

There are some interesting schemes being run by Mole Valley District Council, the first is their exercise on referral scheme run in conjunction with health professionals and the leisure centres in Dorking and Leatherhead, this scheme has been running for a few months and is already producing excellent results for those taking part (see page 46). Another new scheme set up by MVDC is the free health and wellbeing advice being offered at surgeries around the area, this scheme can be used in conjunction with the exercise on referral scheme mentioned above (page 44). Finally, MVDC have been holding life-saving training around the district in order to train people in how to give first aid and also how to use defibrillators. There are two more training sessions being planned in June in Headley and Ashtead and information can be found on the MVDC website, as details were not finalised at the time of going to print, the article can be found on pages 42 and 43. After voting for your favourite design for Kingston skate park (page 53), a new poll has opened for a newly designed playground at Forty Foot Rd in Leatherhead, details of how to view, and vote for, the various proposals can be found on page 58. The Leatherhead & District Local History Society has been busy organising lots of interest events prior to commencement of their usual monthly talks later this year. Tony Matthews, their new Publicity Officer, has sent in a really interesting programme which appears on page 61. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

I suspect that many of us (over a certain age!) remember the great storm in the small hours of 16th October 1987. I was living in Eltham in those days and I could see the one of the trees in our garden appearing then disappearing across the window as it was being whipped around. We didn’t lose it, but it was never quite the same after that. In the morning we discovered a huge oak had fallen across the road, making it impassable. I think we could say we were all lucky that the storm arrived in the middle of the night rather than during the day, otherwise there would have been many ‘not-solucky’ stories. Sorry I digress, the National Trust at Leith Hill are collating photos and stories from anyone who can remember the aftermath of the great storm at Leith Hill, then go to page 72 for the contact details. I must away, and look forward to seeing you at Village Day. Cheerio ducks, have a super June and enjoy the start of the barbeque season and spending more time in the garden.

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We take them for granted, but Ashtead Residents’ Association (ARA), and its recently recruited Tree Wardens, want to help raise awareness of the importance of trees, and ask all residents to join the campaign.

If you feel your street verge would benefit from new trees, please let ATW know. It is important to cherish and value the environment in which we live, in which trees are such an important part. As an educational project, ATW intend eventually to visit schools to enthuse children with a love of trees and the natural world. Volunteers will be needed to assist them.

Ashtead Tree Wardens (ATW) started as a group of volunteers, under the umbrella of ARA, 8 months ago. They are part of a national network of volunteers, initiated by the Tree Council of Great Britain. They are not experts but are doing all they can to learn by attending study days, asking arborculturalists for advice and getting hands on experience.

ATW look at the weekly list of planning applications, as pressure to build houses results in more back garden development, often with requests to fell trees. They report to ARA, which considers all local planning applications in the light of planning policy and the need for the protection of trees and may send a letter of representation to Mole Valley. If trees are to be felled, it is always hoped that at least two trees will be planted to replace them.

An ambitious street by street survey of the whole of Ashtead has started, to record trees with a preservation orders (TPO), the number, health, and size of roadside trees, and any other "special" trees. They would like residents to report any trees of special significance, or damaged and diseased trees.

On Ashtead Village Day, June 10th, the Tree Wardens will be sharing the ARA stand. Try to remember to buy your entry programme in advance, which is cheaper than entry on the day, and available from many Ashtead retailers. Please visit the stand to speak to ARA Committee Members, and the Tree Wardens. You might like to offer to help with any of the activities mentioned above. There will be a tree recognition quiz for children, a leaflet detailing the first Ashtead Tree Walk available for a small donation, and a chance to vote for Ashtead's Tree of the Year. If you have a favourite tree, which must be able to be seen from the road or public land, please send your nomination and a photo to ATW by June 5th.

ATW have permission from Surrey County Council to carry out minor pruning of street trees, which are hindering sightlines, or obstructing pavements or cycle lanes. Please report any public trees you notice, needing such attention. ATW planted their first symbolic tree, a Whitebeam, near Ashtead Pond in March (pictured above). They intend to plant, or replant, as many public trees as possible. Their first project is to plant eight young trees in Hillside Road, where several large oaks were felled. There are also plans to plant new trees in Devitt Close and Overdale, following requests from residents. As ATW have limited funds, residents are asked to contribute to the cost of new trees, and to assist, by watering them in their first two years. It is inevitably a long process, as various permissions

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The event is a fundraiser which provides money to purchase and plant the planters at Nat West corner and other High St locations. The proceeds from the event has made it possible for us to donate money to the Teazle Wood Trust, the Leach Grove Wood campaign and to the Community Garden.

We are pleased to be working with two worthy charities to provide a memorable event for local people. In you are travelling with children, who enter the gardens for free, be sure to include Oaklands, 54 Randalls Road. Special activities are being planned there for the young and young at heart.

One charity, the Friends of the Parish Church assist in the maintenance and improvement of the fabric, fixtures, fittings, and grounds of the Leatherhead Parish Church and seek to ensure that its surroundings are preserved in an acceptable local environment.

The next LRA open meeting in 3 July at the Leatherhead Institute.

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at or through our Fetcham Residents’ Association page on Facebook.

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I am the FRA’s Committee Member for Environment and get involved with our a variety of 'green issues', from weed pulling in the river to learning about Ash die back and litter picking! I would like to thank all the volunteers this month for all their help; Cllr Paul Kennedy, Hugh and Janet Baker, Caroline Cardew-Smith, Eva Harrison and Liz Garwood.

If you like to come out and do the community a good deed and meet new friends over a cuppa, our next walk is on Sunday, 2nd July, 10am in front of Greenwise in Fetcham. Patty Harrison Environment, Fetcham Residents’ Association

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Ashtead Community Vision At last we’ve finished - or have we? is a continuing issue and there are a number of things that we need to keep an eye on:

• Now that we have these policies, we

need to monitor the results to ensure that they deliver what we intended.

• Mole Valley District Council is in the

process of developing a new Local Plan. At this point in time, we do not expect that anything in that plan will affect what we have agreed. However, we still need to review elements of that plan as they are published. The next element will be the Strategic Issues and Options for Consultation, planned for June this year.


big thank-you to all of the four thousand seven hundred of you who voted in the referendum on May 4th for the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). The NDP was approved by a massive 92%, with almost all those voting in the SCC election also giving us their views on our plan.

• The government is consulting on future

house-building with the publication of a White Paper titled “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market”. This discusses the options for encouraging local councils to be more ambitious in their development plans and for streamlining the planning process for developers.

A special meeting of Mole me Valley District Council will be held before the th end of May to formally adopt our policies as part of their planning policy and plan make them the a first point of reference when considering future planning applications in Ashtead.

We will certainly be having a bit of a rest, so these articles will become more sporadic. When something significant crops up, we will let you know through these pages.

Does this mean that the work of the Neighbourhood Forum is complete? After such a long period developing the plan, it is very tempting to file all the paperwork and have a rest. However housing

Our thanks go to Zen for providing this platform to communicate our news and views to you all. Finally thanks again for all of those who voted on the plan, both for and against. Tony Tuley

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lthough Mole Valley’s towns and villages are generally lovely places in which to live and work, from time-to-time issues arise at specific locations which can build up, eventually impacting on the wider community and people’s quality of life.

reported, otherwise lines of enquiry and the possibility of dealing with actual offenders are extremely limited.

Sometimes, it is the actual design of an “estate” which can contribute to why problems arise, which can make the situation more problematic to resolve. Also, if a location becomes untidy and look “neglected” it can encourage an attitude that “no one cares”. This then leads to some of the issues mentioned above and a location will become designated a “Neighbourhood Issue.”

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alf term was approaching and Sam, Ruth’s husband, decided that a spontaneous family bonding trip to Dorset would be the perfect distraction from work worries and looming exams. As money was tight, he also decided that camping would be perfect. Ruth had her doubts but the children were surprisingly enthusiastic and won her over. The boys were usually cynical about any family occasion but even they were willing to give it a go. Camping also had the advantage of no electricity and therefore no screens of any kind. Sam couldn’t work or browse Youtube, Daniel couldn’t watch hours of Jeremy Clarkson, Sarah couldn’t chat to her friends and Ben would have to leave the delights of World of Warcraft behind. This might be a good idea after all.

five of them went camping for a month in a Morris Minor… Eventually they were loaded up and ready to set off. They seemed to have packed enough games, sports equipment and balls to open a small shop. It was nearly four o’clock when they reached the campsite and the only pitch available was under a tree, on the far side of the field. Other campers were already settling down into their deck chairs with beers and gin and tonics while children played happily in a small playground. There were also a couple of caravans with toilets, cookers, fridges and smug owners. Sam soon regretted his decision not to have a ‘dry run’ in the back garden. There were rods and ropes and acres of material but no instructions as to how to fit one to the other.

They had ‘won’ a tent after a rash and slightly drunken evening browsing e-bay and their purchase had been festering in the garage for over a year. They owned an assortment of sleeping bags and a couple of inflatable mattresses, which were used when the children had sleepovers. They also had an old camping gaz stove that used to belong to Sam’s parents, together with a little nylon bag containing mini saucepans and a kettle. Unfortunately these had been well used in the sandpit and for making mud pies but Sam was convinced they’d be fine after a good scrubbing. All that was needed was a couple of torches, rollup sleeping mats, plastic plates and they’d be all set.

After a baffling half hour, it was clear there were not enough poles to make the tent stand up. The surrounding campers were sniggering quietly. Sam was determined not to lose face and declined the assistance of a jolly balding chap called Norman. The children started to rifle through bags for crisps. Sam stood over a pile of mismatched tent poles, looking despondent while the children played ‘jump on the lump’. This game consisted of Sarah and Ben leaping noisily on top of Daniel who’d disappeared under the acres of tent fabric. Sam’s mobile phone rang. He answered it and looked momentarily confused. When realisation dawned, he replied loudly: “Oh what a shame! I’m sorry but I’m away on a camping trip with my family. It would be impossible for me to come to the meeting now. Oh? You insist that I come? You insist that I spoil my family’s camping trip to meet with the client? My job depends on it? Very well I have no option but to pack everything up now and take my family home. I will see you soon. Goodbye to you!”

Ruth discovered a whole new world of delights in the camping shop in Epsom. Who’d have thought there were so many vital requirements for a two night camping trip? Ruth had images of family outings and explorations for many years to come and had totally justified the £200 investment as she lugged the equipment back to the car park. The fact that £200 would have easily paid for a couple of nights in a cosy B&B was lost to her in the excitement of her new purchases.

Sam began to clear away with an exasperated air, muttering far too loudly about demanding bosses and work responsibilities. Ruth emerged from behind a tree, carefully putting her mobile phone back into her pocket. They wished their fellow campers well, rounded up the children and went to find a cosy B&B.

The day arrived and Ruth had planned the trip with military precision. Food had been frozen and meals had been planned. Freeze-dried strawberries had even been bought. Sarah, who’d been learning about space travel, was convinced they were going to the moon and not to Dorset at all.

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Tape Up Your Webcam! Does your PC or laptop have a webcam built into it? You should cover the lens with tape whenever you don’t need to use it. That’s not our advice; it’s the advice from former FBI director James Comey, who describes it as a simple but important security measure. It turns out that PC webcams are extremely easy to hack with malicious software, often without anybody realising, and the same software can disable the little LED light that’s there to let you know when the camera is on. There have been multiple cases of people using such software to spy on unsuspecting PC users, especially women, and while few of us have to worry about giving away state secrets the thought that someone might be watching us get dressed isn’t something we’re very enthusiastic about. If only we could fix every possible PC security issue with a little bit of black electrical tape. 37

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Ashtead Rotary Club & Tools For Self Reliance

Sewing machines sent to Ghana and carpentry tools being used in Kilimanjaro


shtead Rotary Club is proud to be associated with the Tools For Self Reliance charity organisation. This is a registered national charity (Charity Number 280437) that sends refurbished tools (carpentry, plumbing, engineering, sewing etc) to selected countries in Africa to help people earn a living in ways which benefit their communities. The mind-set behind this charity is similar to the saying – “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

The refurbishment team at Carshalton L-R Harry Bastable, Brian Martin, Allan Vincent & Hugh Baker standing in front of a photo of the Publisher’s Many charities give money and it is difficult to ensure all the late father, whose tools they are refurbishing

funds are spent wisely. When tools are provided there is a growth in industry that has a positive effect in the wellbeing of the community. Please visit the Tools For Self Reliance web site at and you will be amazed at how this practical charity can contribute towards poverty alleviation in a most positive way by providing tools and training. Please also view the Tools Pictionary section for information on the most useful tools.

If you have tools that are no longer needed in trades such as carpentry, plumbing, engineering, tailoring, etc please contact Jack McLean of the Ashtead Rotary Club by email on either: or directly on, tel 01372 801489 / mobile 07757 219247 who will arrange collection of the items and deliver them to the refurbishing centre in Carshalton for onward shipping. Jack McLean of Ashtead Rotary

Please also visit the Ashtead Rotary Club web and Facebook sites to view the fundraising activities of the club that benefit registered local and international charities. Julie Haines President, Ashtead Rotary Club 40

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Continued Life-Saving Training for Mole Valley Residents Over 60 residents received potentially life-saving Emergency Life Support skills training at courses held in Beare Green, Pixham Lane and Ashtead at the end of April. Free-to-attend Heartstart courses are being run across the district thanks to partnership work between British Heart Foundation (BHF), the Ambulance service and Mole Valley District Council. The three courses, which included training 24 young people aged between 10 and 15 year olds at Beare Green Youth Club, educated participants in how to assess a casualty, place them in the recovery position and, if necessary, carry out CPR. The course also covered key differences between a Heart Attack and a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in addition to teaching the importance of how to use a defibrillator. Since 2015, over 750 residents have received potentially life-saving training and nearly 40 defibrillators have been installed across Mole Valley, including three defibrillators having been recently donated to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) by Gatwick Airport via the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAMB).

More Heartstart courses and defibrillator installations are being planned over the coming months across Mole Valley. For more information about the Public Access Defibrillator nearest to you and the next available free training courses in your area, please visit Murray Clark, one of the volunteer BHF Heartstart trainers, said: “It is vitally important for people of all ages to receive this training – simple skills can save lives. We are developing further training in keeping with the BHF’s aim to create a future ‘Nation of Lifesavers’. If a trained bystander were able to use a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of a collapse, the victim’s survival rate can double or even triple.” Corporate Head of Service at MVDC, Rachel O’Reilly, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining the health and wellbeing of our residents, we are delighted to continue working with our partners to offer residents the opportunity to take this training and provide more defibrillators in the district. Hopefully you will never need to put the skills from the training into practise, but it is important to have that knowledge in case someone needs your help in the future.”

The picture below shows the Defibrillator outside Buckley Pharmacy together with, from left to right, Abdool Kureeman (Buckley Pharmacy), Chris Townsend (Surrey Councillor) and Richard Garrard (Ashtead Good Neighbours).

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New Health and Wellbeing Advice Service A free, easy-to-access, new Wellbeing Prescription Scheme, designed to improve residents’ health and wellbeing, is being piloted for a year in four medical practices across the district. Patients can be referred by their GP, Practice Nurse or selfrefer to see a trained Wellbeing Advisor for an hour-long appointment. They will receive a full Wellbeing MOT, which includes various checks including a body composition analysis and physical activity questionnaire. They will then receive advice and be introduced to other services that may help them. This will be followed up by two more appointments over three months, in which their progress will be tracked and they can get further advice and support. Patients can get help with many issues including weight management, social isolation, low mood, anxiety, physical inactivity, smoking, falls prevention, alcohol reduction, finance and more.

Appointments can be made at the following surgeries via telephone: Molebridge, Leatherhead: 01372 376629 Molebridge, Fetcham: 01372 379941 Ashlea – Linden House, Leatherhead: 01372 375666 Medwyn, Dorking: 01306 882422

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Exercise on Referral is Changing Lives! Mole Valley’s ‘Exercise on Referral’ scheme is changing peoples’ lives for the better. Since its inception in January 2015, over 450 people have taken part in the 10 week prescribed course of exercise, either by swimming or attending the gym. Many of them have continued their new fitness habits themselves and have found the results life changing. Brendon, 71 from Leatherhead who was referred initially following knee surgery and a hip replacement said, “When I first started here at Leatherhead Leisure Centre I could hardly walk. I could only manage about half a mile before becoming totally out of breath. Since coming to the gym I can walk for miles and I have no problem at all with my breathing. “My wife has also started exercising as part of the scheme. She had a bad back and now she swims here when I’m at the gym. Before exercising she could hardly walk either; she used to get so out of breath, but now has no problems at all. I’d recommend the scheme to anyone.” Marion 57, from Ashtead referred for osteoarthritis and diabetes said, “Since completing my referral course I’ve been coming to the gym for about 13 months and it does make me feel an awful lot better. I’m generally in a happier mood, I sleep much better at night and sleep for longer and my joints feel easier - I love it! “I’ve dropped a dress size too which is a bonus!” Marion had asked her GP to refer her after hearing about the scheme. The scheme is run by Mole Valley District Council. It allows health professionals to refer patients for a variety of medical conditions to a supervised exercise programme at a greatly subsidised cost. This exercise could be swimming sessions, a set of personalised gym sessions or a combination of both. Patients can choose whether to gym or swim at a time to suit them, at either Dorking Sport’s Centre or Leatherhead Leisure Centre. To be eligible, individuals must suffer from one of the listed conditions, which include obesity, arthritis, long standing back pain, asthma, diabetes and many more. Individuals can apply to take part in the scheme by requesting the low cost course from their GP, physiotherapist, mental health practitioner, district nurse or occupational therapist.

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Carers’ Week:

Who Cares for The Carers? Carers’ Week is an annual awareness event highlighting the challenges carers face. This year’s campaign runs from 12th to 18th June and focuses on Building Carer Friendly Communities: ‘places that understand a carer’s daily reality and do what they can to make life a little bit easier for them.’ CARING IN THE UK The facts:

medication, move about or go to the loo or if they’re ‘just’ a husband, wife, parent, son, daughter, friend etc. Yet helping with shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, formfilling or money management is all part of caring, and caring is caring - whoever it’s for. BUILDING CARER FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES Carers say that support and awareness in their community make a positive difference. The Carers’ Week campaign wants us to raise awareness in schools and organisations; recommend carer-friendly organisations, services and businesses; and pledge to make our own organisations carer -friendly. If you’re an employer, this could include giving carer employees: • An extended lunch hour, giving them time to eat and check on the person they care for. • Flexibility to work more when they can, while allowing time off for appointments and adapting start/finish times etc. SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR CARERS Help is available, but can be hard to find. The NHS Choice Care Page conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/ Pages/what-is-social-care.aspx These eight charities support Carers Week. Services they offer include counselling, practical and financial help, respite care and advice. Age UK; Tel: 0800 678 1174 Carers Trust; Tel: 0300 772 9600

• Three out of five of us will become a carer at some point.

• Around 6.5 million people in the UK

provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older relative or friend.

• At least 380,000 older carers in England provide 50+ hours of care a week without any help from their local authority; over 100,000 are in their eighties and beyond.

• Many carers are unaware of the support

and financial help they’re entitled to. “We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer’s emotional and physical health, work and finances,” says Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of charity Carers UK. Research shows that caring can isolate carers and potentially damage their physical and mental health and their relationships. It can also make it difficult to hold down a job, even driving them into poverty. ARE YOU A HIDDEN CARER? “Please don’t call me a carer - I don’t want that title. I am her son, not a carer!” “I pop in to my neighbour every day and do all her shopping and cleaning for her, but I am not her carer. They go in to get her up and washed.” These responses, gathered by a recent campaign to identify ‘hidden’ carers, highlight a common problem. Many carers don’t see themselves as carers if they don’t help someone dress, take


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Winning Design for Kingston Road Skate Park Announced Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is pleased to announce the design by skate park provider Wheelscape has been chosen as the winner. Construction to revamp the Kingston Road Recreation Ground skate park in Leatherhead will begin in the summer. The new skate park will provide an exciting challenge for skaters, skateboarders and BMXers. Every effort will be made to keep the existing skate park available for use for as long as possible during construction. The new skate park will be built in place of the car park currently located adjacent to the youth club in the recreation ground. The winning design included plans to transform the existing skate park into facilities aimed at appealing to a wider-audience, ranging from young children to adults, to encourage more people to come and enjoy the recreation ground. MVDC’s refurbishment of the skate park was boosted by £19,999 awarded to the project by the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The Trust supports projects which encourages people who are currently inactive to participate regularly in sport and physical activity.


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Leatherhead Morning WI - April Meeting The April meeting was a celebration of our 32nd birthday. Our speaker in April was Jill Caldwell, assisted by Zena, from the Grange at Bookham. The Grange was opened in 1938 and was then known as the School of Stitchery and Lace. It has come a long way since then, and the eight acres it covers host a wide range of activities, including art, cookery, gardening and craft sessions. Jill and Zena brought along a selection of goods that they sell. Most popular was a range of delicious home made fudge in many flavours. Joanna Lumley, one of their Patrons, recently paid a visit to The Grange, and shoed a keen interest in their work. We hope to pay them a visit one Tuesday, when cream teas are served in the cafe (see the ‘what’s on pages’ in this magazine). Our next meeting on 22nd June will be an Open Meeting where one of our members, Beryl, will be telling us of her days working at Bletchley Park. What else? Come along and find out what we get up to. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am and visitors are always welcome.

Ashtead WI - May Meeting At our May meeting we were again very pleased to welcome some new members and visitors, and we hope they enjoy their time with us all. We were updated on the Food Waste resolution and the coming day of action at local supermarkets. The two resolutions this year going through to the AGM in Liverpool are: Alleviating Loneliness, and Plastic Soup from the oceans. We had a discussion about loneliness and the ways of helping people of all ages who might be affected, and then talked about the particles of microplastic fibres from manmade clothes which get into oceans, badly affecting sea-life. This evening we had a treat when one of our long-term members Rosemary Stark, told us about her recent family visit to The Galapagos Islands and showing some wonderful photos of the trip. They travelled to Quito, Ecuador, a UNESCO site and volcanic area before flying on to The Galapagos Islands to see the people, buildings, and the very special animals and plants which have evolved in their unique habitat. There are huge trees which have grown from dandelion and sunflower seeds, most of the flowers on the islands are yellow or white, which suit their pollenators, and of course the giant tortoises were a great favourite. These too have evolved to suit their particular need for accessing food and we heard about Darwin’s study of all these indigenous plants and animals. Back to earth, we had our usual update of news on our sub-groups, the visit to Goddington House in May, the lunch on 6th June, and our day visit to Denman College later in June. There is always a lot going on and things to do! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th June at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall when the speaker will be telling us about Flamenco, and our Garden Group will be having a plant stall for us to top up our gardens. Sandra Brown 54

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Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI May Meeting The meeting on 9th May was the annual Resolution Meeting, where the Resolutions are discussed and voted on prior to moving on to the next stage. The formal section of our evening was followed by Charades, organised by our programme planning committee. As usual, this was hilarious and several of the clues needed quite innovative portrayal! It was never like this in "Give us a Clue"! Our groups continue to be a great success which shows how successful our WI is. Evening rambling will be starting again on June 18th. We also enjoy Scrabble, full day rambling, majong, and our book club keeps up to speed with the latest "must reads" A couple of coffee mornings have been arranged for members to further friendships made in the meetings. Hopefully, we will also be able to arrange our yearly garden party this summer as well. We have just enjoyed two theatre visits and another is planned for September. The Emlyn Downs Group meeting is in September and we shall be going to Beaulieu. There was also a plant sale at the meeting and judging by the number of plants/cuttings bought, Fetcham will be blooming this year! Our next meeting will be on 13th June at 7.30pm at Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, when there will be a talk by Kate McBain ‘Naughty but Nice’ and also a competition for the Rose Bowl (for a single rose displayed in a small container). Do come along and see what we get up to, and find out what a friendly group we are. A warm welcome always awaits. Julie Alexander


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Come along to a friendly club Leatherhead Probus meets at 12.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month for a lunch in very pleasant surroundings at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club, Leatherhead. It’s a social group for retired men - no politics or religion! Each month there is a talk by an interesting speaker. Topics have included ‘Horse Racing’ by an ex-jockey, ‘Drones - Uses and Abuses’ and Bob Willis, ex-England fast bowler, who gave a very interesting talk on his life in cricket. This year we will have a sporting lunch with Rob Andrew ex-England rugby international; also a celebrity lunch with television star Chris Tarrant, which should prove to be a very interesting talk. Wives/partners/friends are welcome to come on visits, events and to special lunches.

Come and enjoy an excellent lunch and join in some enjoyable conversations before listening to the speakers. For more information call Jon McCarthy on 07947 361 406 or email You will receive a warm welcome.

Pictured from left to right: Bob Willis MBE Chris Tarrant OBE Rob Andrew MBE

New Art Group in Ashtead! Conquest Art is a Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art.

We will be opening a new group on Tuesday, 4th July ― 2pm-4pm at St Michael's Catholic Church, The Marld, Ashtead, KT21 1RS Why not come along, your first session would be free and thereafter there would be a nominal charge of £1 per week, all art materials and refreshments are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

For further information on becoming a member or volunteer please phone 020 3044 2731 / email or see our website Conquest Art CIO - Registered Charity no. 1171582 57

Mole Valley DC Needs Your Views on Forty Foot Playground Designs Residents are invited to take part in the first round of a five-week public consultation ending on 19th June, which will result in an improved playground at Forty Foot recreation ground in Leatherhead. Residents and the users of the current playground will be asked to choose their favourite three from a number of preliminary playground designs submitted by play companies. The range of imaginative and innovative designs will be available to view and vote on by visiting The designs will also be available to view and vote on at Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) Pippbrook offices in Dorking and HelpShop in Leatherhead. MVDC will be engaging directly with local Schools and youth groups to get their views too The favoured three designs, selected by MVDC’s assessment and incorporating residents’ votes, will go through to a final stage of consultation. The successful play companies will be afforded the opportunity to make amends to their designs, taking into account feedback from the public consultation. The final round of public consultation will take place in July, after which the winning design will be chosen. Corporate Head of Service, Paul Anderson, said: “It’s exciting news that the Forty Foot playground in Leatherhead will be improved as part of our ongoing programme of investment in play provision in the district. We look forward to receiving the views and opinions of the local community to help shape the final playground. The playground will also importantly encourage our residents to lead active lives and improve the health of local children.”


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Remember how much fun it was to catch a fish? ...did you know all this and more is on your doorstep?

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Jack and the Beanstalk Leatherhead Panto Audition Saturday 29th July (Registration 10.30am - auditions start 11am for approx 1½ hours)

Following last year’s very successful and well received 'Beauty and the Beast', we have been invited to return for our second year to produce another fantastic pantomime at the Leatherhead Theatre. After doubling audience numbers last year we hope to build on our amazing reviews and get more people to return to the Leatherhead Panto! To register your interest for the audition, email your name and date of birth to with the subject title: ‘Leatherhead Panto’, no tel calls please. All candidates (children need to be aged between 7 – 15 years on 1st September 2017) should wear comfortable (and suitable) shoes and clothing and be prepared to dance on their own as well as part of a group. Candidates must have good dance skills and a strong stage presence. Singing and drama experience is desirable but not essential - however a big smile and plenty of enthusiasm is!


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‘Mr Moore’s Fine House on a Hill’ and other delights ahead Leatherhead & District Local History Society

Fetcham Park House - Wed 5th July Local historian Vivien White will talk on ‘Mr Moore’s Fine House on a Hill’ and its historic landscaped gardens on Wednesday 5 July. The latest in the Local History Society's monthly programme of lectures normally held at the Letherhead Institute, the talk is expected to attract heavy demand. As a result it will be given twice, first at 6.30pm and again at 8pm, with registration and refreshments from 6pm onwards and plenty of time to explore the house and grounds. Free tickets are now available by application.

St Nicolas Church Bookham - Friday 8th Sept A walk through Ashtead - Sat 9th Sept (Part of Heritage Open Days) Heritage Open Days will include Bill Whitman's talk in St Nicolas Church, Bookham, at 3pm on Friday, 8 September on the Howards of Effingham involvement with the Spanish Armada, and Huw Jenkins' walking tour of Ashtead on Saturday, 9 September. Throughout the period, Leatherhead Museum will hold its own exhibition activities covering historical transport. New Oral history service - Friday 15th Sept Back at the Letherhead Institute, on Friday, 15 September, Tony Matthews will give a presentation on the recently introduced oral history service. Local musicians in the 1950s - Fri 20th Oct Friday, 20 October, Chris Stagg will talk about local popular musicians and recording in the 1950s.

Fetcham Park House interior Vivien's lecture title refers to Arthur Moore MP who bought Fetcham Park House in 1705 and invested a fortune in it, commissioning the prestigious French artist Louis Laguerre to paint the murals and ceiling paintings still to be seen today. The house itself was designed by English architect William Talman, a rival of Sir Christopher Wren, and the landscaped gardens of the time by Talman's close collaborator, George London. Moore owned most of Fetcham but over time virtually all of the land was sold off. From the 1920s to the 1960s it was the boys’ boarding school Badingham College and when that moved away, nearly all of the remaining grounds were sold too, leaving just a few acres. The Wilky Group, which bought the property in 1999, now uses it for offices, conferences and weddings.

W. Horsley Place - Bamber Gascoigne Friday 17th November Finally on Friday, 17 November, Bamber Gascoigne, TV personality and original presenter of University Challenge, will be talking at Leatherhead Theatre about his inherited mansion, West Horsley Place which opens in June as the new base of the Grange Park Opera.

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Leatherhead Museum is open every Thurs and Fri from 1pm―4pm and Sat from 10am―4pm. For details of all the year's activities go to Call 01372 386348 or email

Ashtead Park tour - Wed 9th August The Local History Society's programme of events continues on Wednesday, 9 August, when Mrs Pat Jenkins will follow up her recent talk on Ashtead Park with a tour of those grounds, starting at 10.30am.

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What’s On? Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY (LMC)

Local Rotary Club Supermarket Vouchers Appeal ends in June

Music on Wednesdays

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Music on Thursdays

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Christ Church United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, KT22 8ST (CC)

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

Leatherhead Rotary Club, c/o Donovan Hewitt, Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN

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12.30pm lunchtime concerts

Thursday 1st June - LMC Viola Duo Timothy Ridout & Ting-Ru Lai

Bookham Open Gardens

Sunday 18th June - 10am-5pm

Thursday 8th June LMC

At least 10 private gardens, the Grange Centre, Manor House School and Little Bookham Allotments will be open. Tickets on sale from May 19th : £5 in advance, £6 on the day, from the Old Barn Hall, Bookham KT23 3PQ (open Mon, Weds, Fri 9.30am-12pm) and other local outlets. You can also buy them at the first garden you visit.

Leatherhead Trinity School's Summer Term Guest Artistes: Cavendish Winds: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn

Wed 14th June - CC

Gwyn Owen, trumpet & Rebecca Taylor, organ Royal Academy of Music graduates

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.

Thurs 22nd June - LMC Frederic Bager, piano §

Thurs 29th June - LMC

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

• Take a break and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Parish Church

14 Gardens ― 8 New • Gardens of all sizes • Tea/coffee, sandwiches available at Parish Church

• Get ideas from your neighbours' gardens

• Plants for sale plus raffle

• Add to funds for environmental causes and the infrastructure programme for the Parish Church

• Ride a vintage bus to an outlying garden • Special attractions for children 54 Randalls Rd

£5 Tickets/Programmes will be available from 29 May at: Barton's Book Store, W. A.Truelove & Sons and The Parish Church Office 9 gardens are within easy walking distance from St Nicholas and St Mary Parish Church. Additional Gardens are reachable by vintage bus or car. bus off ens p Ho ar d on- ing g p o ly e H out Fre ice to v ser 63

The programme includes, map, brief garden descriptions, and a bus timetable showing bus schedule with stops

What’s On?


Wed 31st


Friday 9th


Strange Tales & Dodgy Derbys - Epsom history walk, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Clock Tower, Epsom High St. Discover dark deeds, wrong doings and ghosts who won’t rest in peace. Hear tales of Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the wicked Lord Lyttleton. Relive the time when Epsom’s spa was the height of fashion but the behaviour of some visitors was not as elevated as their pedigree. Hear the tale of the 1844 Derby, the most crooked ever run and what else happened in the 1912 race, apart from the death of Emily Davidson. Also how the first Derby after the Great War started a riot! To book and for more info, tel David Brooks on 020 8394 1734 or email ‘Grange Has Got Talent’, King George V Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham, KT24 5ND. People at The Grange strut their stuff! Come ready to sing along, cheer and be uplifted. £10 pp, book through: info@thegrangecentre, or tel: 01372 452608

Fridays 9th & 23rd

Oasis, a women’s group for all ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s meets on Friday mornings from 9.15-10.30am, at St George’s Church, Ashtead. All welcome for free refreshments and creche. We are celebrating ‘Wonder Women’ - with a series of talks from local women who have achieved amazing things in their careers or private life.

Saturday 10th

Ashtead Rotary Village Day - go to centre pages for more information.

Saturday 10th

Star Gazing and Solar Filters Workshop, 12pm-4.40pm. Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JE. A fun, interactive and educational day - inc solar filter workshop and solar views. Adults £20, children (8+) £15, inc light refreshments. Booking essential on 01932 868113 or via website

Sunday 11th

Hogsmill River Walk, 2pm (for 2½-3 hours). Meet at Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, KT19 0EB. £5 pp, £2.50 <16 yrs. Discover the river’s history. Stout boots, raincoat if wet. For info and to book email or telephone 01372 732000 and speak to Stuart Cocker.

Saturday 17th

Ewell Horticultural Assoc Summer Show, Blenheim High School, Longmead Rd, Epsom, KT19 9BH, 2.30pm-4.30pm, free admission. Displays of flowers, home grown veg, plants for sale, refreshments, cakes. Tel: 020 8393 1749

Wed 21st

Life on the Home Front in WW2. Bourne Hall Museum, Spring St, Ewell, Epsom KT17 1UF, 10.30am-12pm. £5 per child inc one accompanying adult. Learn how we defended ourselves. Experience a gas attack drill and handle artefacts from this period. Booking and info, tel David Brooks on 020 8394 1734 or email


Saturday 1st

Children’s Trust annual ‘Summer Screen’, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU, showing two films outdoors - ‘Secret Life of Pets’ at 2pm (doors open 1pm). Evening screening will be ‘Bridesmaids’ (rated 15) at 8.30pm, doors open 7.30pm. Refreshments, photo booth, raffles, blanket and chair hire. £12 pp, Child £7, family ticket £29 (2 adults + 3 children). For more info and to book in advance, tel 01737 364303 or email:

Friday 7th

APMH Friends' three course dinner (6.30pm for 7pm) followed by a talk by Mary Fiorenza 'Great Lovers'. Tickets £21 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members. Preceded by the Friends' AGM at 6.10pm.

Sunday 9th

Leatherhead Open Gardens Day

Saturday 22nd

Leatherhead & District Angling Society, annual open day, 10am-5pm, Long Copse ponds, corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD. More info next month If there’s an event in July that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 64

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FETCHAM SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT Christ Church (United Reformed) Epsom Road, Leatherhead KT22 8ST

Saturday 1st July ― 7.30pm


Entry £8 (children free) includes donation to Charity and Interval refreshments


What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? - REGULAR EVENTS Thurs 1st (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 1st (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 1st

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

Thurs 1st

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

Friday 2nd

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.

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Friday 2nd (monthly)

Friday 2nd (weekly)

Sundays 4th & 25th Sunday 4th (weekly)

Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities. Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Church funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Contact Janine 01372 374914 Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG. Cars £10, Small Vans, larger cars, MPV and 4 wheel drive £12, Larger vans from £15. Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of June services and events and check out

Monday 5th & 19th

(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.

Tuesday 6th

Probus social events for retired men, three course lunch with speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club, Economist Commentator on ’A year after Brexit’. We also arrange lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. Booking essential, contact Jon McCarthy on 07947 361406 or email

Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

‘Simple Scones Cream Teas’, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, KT23 4DZ. Simply Scones tea room is run by people with disabilities who are learning catering skills. Enjoy freshly-baked scones or cake. £3.50 pp. Booking essential on 01372 452608. Scones and cakes also made to order.

Wed 7th

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



Wed 7th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Coral Gardiner “Keeping It Level”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 7th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Flamenco, by Debbie Lewington. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737



What’s On?


10am - 12noon The Wednesday morning Baby & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Newcomers welcome.

Friday 9th

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

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Monday 12th (2nd Mon mth)

Monday 12th (2nd Mon mth)

Monday 12th

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters at their new venue at The Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ, at 7.30pm. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting. Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Monday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Bookham Wine Club presentation on fortified wines entitled "A Fortified Festival" in The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, 7.30 for 8.00pm. For more info contact; or check out our website

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm Naughty Tuesday 13th but Nice, Kate McBain; also competition for the Rose Bowl (single rose displayed in container). For more info contact Meriel Sexton via email on Wed 14th (2nd Wed)

Wed 14th (monthly)

Thurs 15th

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Tylney Lunch Club for ladies, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Three course lunch followed by a speaker, membership £10 pa and £16 for lunch. Info from Pat Date on 01372 454879 Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the day parliament burned down in 1834, which was depicted at that time by Turner and others. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. ‘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.

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Magic Lanterns to MRM: Art inspired by the silver screen given Tuesday 20th by Dr Geri Parlby MA PhD FRSA. Anyone on membership waiting list is welcome, £5 (monthly) payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707 Wed 21st (monthly)

Wed 28th (monthly)

Thurs 22nd

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Thurs 29th

(last Thursday monthly)

Friday 30th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Rupert Matthews on The Titanic. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Speaker, Mrs Laurenson on ‘Growing up in wartime Germany’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Members’ social meeting. Visitors welcome. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or 11am and 7.30pm. Travel broadens the Palette: an examination of images of feasting and banqueting from Roman times to the present day. £10 inc refreshments 01372 272235: email. to book. Numbers limited. 67

House & Garden General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Travelling show (6) 7. Raymond ___, novelist who created the private detective Philip Marlowe (8) 8. Burrowing bivalve mollusc (4) 10. Wise Men who brought gifts to Jesus (4) 11. Cockpit cover (6) 12. Hard, black wood used in cabinetwork (5) 14. After the expected or usual time (7) 17. Marked by refinement in taste and manners (7) 18. Venomous hooded snake (5) 21. Cipher used by Germany during World War II (6) 23. Cotton fabric used on wounds (4) 25. Administrative division of a county (4) 26. Necrosis of body-tissue caused by interrupted blood-circulation (8) 27. Elongated cluster of flowers (6)

Down 1. Loud laugh suggestive of the noise made by a hen (6) 2. Quantity of paper equal to 500 sheets (4) 3. Firm open-weave fabric used by window-cleaners (5) 4. Toothed wheel engaged with a pawl (7) 5. Chief Norse god (4) 6. Period of 366 days (4,4) 9. Device that attracts iron (6) 13. Occurring every second year (8) 15. Smear with ointment (6) 16. Deep-fried ball of ground dried chickpeas or broad beans (7) 19. Wide street or thoroughfare (6) 20. Tree with rot-resistant wood (5) 22. Lady' whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (4) 24. Capacious bag or basket (4)

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Marie Curie is counting on your cuppa! Host a Blooming Great Tea Party 23rd-25th June Marie Curie is calling on people to hold a Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of the charity this June. From Friday 23rd - Saturday 25th June, Marie Curie is encouraging people to get together with friends, family and colleagues to host a tea party at home, bake sale at work or special tea break at your social group to raise funds. The money raised will help Marie Curie provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families. Emily Akeroyd, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser in West Surrey said: “Holding a Blooming Great Tea Party really is a piece of cake. Just pick a date, send out some invites and enjoy some tea and cake between 23rd- 25th June. You can choose to make everything yourself or pop to the shops for some tasty treats, as long as you price each slice or put a donation box by the front door you’ll be sure to raise funds to help Marie Curie support people when they need it most.”

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National Trust to host exhibition remembering the Great Storm at Leith Hill Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays 6th-29th October

The National Trust at Leith Hill is planning to mark the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm this autumn with a photographic exhibition showing the damage caused at this famous Surrey landmark. Leith Hill, one of the highest points of Surrey was devastated by the hurricane-force winds which resulted in the loss of hundreds of trees, many of which were veteran specimens. As violent as the storm was, no serious damage was sustained to people or buildings at Leith Hill and the effects of the deforestation presented the rangers caring for the hill with some unique opportunities. Modern-day Leith Hill ranger, Sophie Parker says “The change to the landscape was monumental but over time nature has restored the damage”. She continues “in areas of Leith Hill new trees and shrubs were planted to replace the fallen ones. In other areas, we simply left the upturned trees and allowed nature to take control again”. Sophie and her colleagues are collating accounts and photographs of the Great Storm from locals and would be delighted to hear from readers who are willing to share their photographs and memorabilia for use in the exhibition. The Great Storm; 30 Years On will be open to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 October until 29 October at Leith Hill Place from 11am until 5pm.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 100

The Leatherhead Clock Tower 1859-1952 To celebrate the 100th Potted History – and over eight years of compiling them I decided to reproduce Potted History No 1 The Leatherhead Clock Tower, for those new to the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local and also for regular readers. I wonder just how many of them remember the Clock Tower itself and its history. This time I have included a photograph of the Triptych Shrine. The Clock Tower was originally built to house the town’s fire engine in 1859 at a cost of £129.4s.2½d. The clock itself was added a year later. It was given to the town by the Congregational Church that once stood in North Street, because they could not afford to pay the tax imposed on public clocks. The horses used to draw the fire engine were stabled in Bridge Street. The same horses were also used to pull the local dustcart. In Victorian times the Clock Tower became a prominent place for itinerant showmen and ‘soap box speakers’, who could often be heard giving the views on anarchy and atheism. The Town Band often entertained the townsfolk there on Saturdays. Then came the First World War and alas, in 1917 the Town Clock took on a different mantle. It became a War Shrine. Leatherhead’s high casualty rate led to an early call for the fallen to be commemorated by a roll of honour, on the wall of the building. On 21st March 1917 the Bishop of Winchester dedicated it. The shrine was a triptych of fumed oak carved by C. E. Grantham from a design submitted by the donors, the women of Leatherhead. It is now in the Chapel of Remembrance, Leatherhead Parish Church. The clock tower eventually became public toilets and was demolished in 1952 at a cost of £77.

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March 1917

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Leatherhead Rotary 10K Run On a fresh and sunny morning on Sunday 30th April, around 150 runners took part in Leatherhead Rotary's ninth annual Bluebell 10k charity run on Headley Heath. First across the finish line was Mark Leisham in 35 minutes and 44 seconds, with Duncan Selmen and Sebastian Jones taking second and third place, with times of 37 minutes and 3 seconds, and 38 minutes and 27 seconds respectively. Winner of the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; race for the third year in a row was Maria Kowal, in a time of 41 minutes and 27 seconds, with Polly Jacobs and Nichola Godon-Jones in second and third place respectively, with times of 46 minutes and 44 seconds, and 47 minutes and 23 seconds. Prizes were awarded for the first five places in both the men's and women's events, with the winner of each event also receiving a trophy. Everyone who completed the distance received a medal in recognition of their achievement! A special award was also made to 10-year-old Cameron Jacobs, who finished in 15th place overall in a very impressive time of 46 minutes and 44 seconds! The event also raised over ÂŁ3,000 for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trust, based just up the road in Tadworth, with many of the runners raising additional money for their own chosen charities through personal sponsorship. Rotarian Adrian O'Loughlin, who organised and also took part in the event, said he was delighted with the turnout and also the fantastic amount raised. Leatherhead Rotary Club would also like to thank all the event sponsors: TWM Solicitors, Thesis Asset Management, Fitstuff, White & Sons, Smith & Williamson and Lloyds Bank, and also the National Trust for very kindly allowing the use of Headley Heath for the event.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards sustainable consumption Where do Energy and Environment issues rate in the Election? So far I have not seen many environment or energy related issues appearing in the torrent of words in the media relating to the forthcoming general election save for possible the debate about capping household energy tariffs. So the question is how then do we judge the various parties on where they stand about the long term future of our environment and the world (locally, nationally and globally) we are going to leave to our children and grandchildren? There is little doubt the effects of Brexit (one way or another, hard or soft) and the attitudes of the Trump administration, amongst other global players, are going to have significant impacts. Nearly every piece of environmental protection legislation that we now have in this country is based on EU legislation and principles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; how is that going to change and how is the transition going to be managed? The Trump administration is very close to denying that global climate change is related to man-made emissions, and is actively increasing the use of coal and the exploration for new oil and gas reserves in the Artic. This makes for a quite uncertain future. The Transition Towns movement aims to encourage and enable local communities to become more sustainable and resilient against uncertain futures, by local initiatives. These include information provision, advice, community projects and individual lifestyle choices relating to environmental sustainability. I am uncertain where our various recently elected local county councillors (probably the most relevant sphere of government to affect our immediate community) and our general election candidates stand on such issues. It is certainly worth examining their literature and asking them such questions ahead of any vote. In the meantime â&#x20AC;&#x201C; how can we reduce our own emissions and waste footprint and aim for a more sustainable lifestyle that will in the long run benefit our own long term health and future generations? Simple answer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; buy only durable items, consume less, drive less and walk and cycle more. However, that is not particularly helpful if you need to install double glazing, or make your garden more drought tolerant, find the right care home for a relative, or use the car to help someone get to hospital. The politicians we elect cannot possibly provide answers to such nitty-gritty decisions but they can provide the framework that makes such decisions easier or more difficult to tackle. They will control the legislative framework for environmental sustainability including some aspects of the cost of energy (through subsidies for renewable and the support or otherwise of nuclear energy), but there are many other global players (such as Messrs Trump and Putin as well as OPEC) who usually have the most impact. The only answer is for each of us to do what we can locally and being aware of the issues and options. Not an easy task, but one we should be working at, and Transition Ashtead hopes to continue to help with, by providing some of the information and advice that we may need. Barrie Mould

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April Fool for Rotary President! From Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April, around 60 members, partners and friends of the Rotary Clubs of Leatherhead in Surrey, Lens Louvre in France and Hannut Waremme in Belgium attended the Leatherhead club’s annual President’s Weekend, this year held in Hungerford, Berkshire at the request of Leatherhead President, Adrian O’Loughlin. Throughout the weekend, everyone present enjoyed a good mix of social activities, including an informal supper on the Friday night and a guided tour of Marlborough College, Mr O’Loughlin’s old school, on the Saturday morning. On the Saturday night, there was a formal black tie dinner and disco, including the traditional speeches and exchanging of gifts between the three club Presidents, followed by a very relaxed lunch on the Sunday, before everyone bid each other ‘adieu’ and headed back to their respective home towns. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend, however, was when Mr O’Loughlin and his wife, Christine, came down to breakfast on the Saturday morning (April 1st), to be confronted by the rest of the group wearing masks of Mr O’Loughlin’s face, accompanied by cries of ‘April Fool!’ – a very scary sight! The three clubs hope to rendezvous again later this year at the Hannut Waremme club’s President’s Dinner in May and the Lens Louvre club’s Annual Soirée in November.

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Outdoor Relaxation By Pippa Greenwood

When you get back from a hard day’s work, or when you simply find the time to escape into the garden after a stressful day, then it is essential that you are met by a soothing environment. It is all very well creating a garden with lots of straight lines and wacky bits of metalwork, but if you want to really let your garden take the strain, then concentrate on a truly relaxing feel that will help you to unwind as you enjoy soft shades and textures of foliage, delicate flower colours and fabulous perfumes.

If you have space for a good-sized container plant, then grow your own Datura or Brugmansia. Commonly known as the angel’s trumpet and although potentially very poisonous, these plants produce large elegant trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful perfume. Think too of plants with a relaxing feel to them, such as the grass Chasmanthium latifolium. This grows to a height of about 45 cm and carries its flattened seed heads in vast numbers above the leaves. They move about delicately in the breeze and are almost impossible not to stroke.

Plants have an amazing ability to calm and soothe even the most wound up, stressed out mood, but what should you grow if you really want to create that perfect place to relax? Start by considering a fairly gentle perfume, like that produced by many roses. One of my favourites is ‘Felicia’. For something slightly richer try ‘Tuscany Superb’.

Grow some Artemisia abrotanum - its soft, wonderfully grey-green leaves will make you want to touch it, and when you do so you will find it also releases a lovely aroma.

If you have an arch, arbour, pergola or even a spare bit of fence then train a honeysuckle over it. The combination of its delicately coloured flowers and fabulous perfume will cheer you up and you can even enjoy it in the early evening as you sit back and relax with a cup or glass of your favourite tipple!

The perfume of lavender is often used in aromatherapy because of its calming, soothing properties, so what could be better to grow in a sunny spot with freedraining soil than some lavender? You can even use it to edge a border providing conditions are right, and it not only has lovely, slightly furry or felt-like foliage but also produces that heavenly smell.

A sowing of night-scented stock will produce plants that, although not flamboyant, have the most heavenly rich perfume – also perfect for early evening relaxation as this is when the flowers open and produce wafts of really sweet scent.

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And finally, before you rush off to the garden centre to buy some of these truly magical ingredients, just a reminder that water in a garden always helps to relax you. Whether it’s a small pond or perhaps a bubble fountain, position it where you can hear that sound of moving water or enjoy watching the wildlife as it comes to feed and drink – and before you know it you will find that you want to move the whole of your life into your garden.

sound of bamboo foliage as the stems sway gently in a breeze, or as you brush your hand against them, is one of the most relaxing sounds I know, and for smaller spaces many of the grasses form wonderfully rounded and quite irresistible clumps of foliage. When it comes to choosing favourite flowers, don’t forget that although some bright colour is a good way to cheer you up, if you want to relax then concentrate on cream, white and, of course, the pastel shades. There are a host of these available for annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Don’t forget that green is known to be a relaxing colour too, so ensure that you include plenty of plants with good foliage and, in shady areas, you may find that a miniature grotto-like patch planted up with ferns is just what you need.

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Dorking pub takes part in World's Biggest Pub Quiz In early March, over 50 enthusiastic quizzers took part in a very special Quiz Night at the King’s Arms pub in Dorking. At exactly the same time on the same day, over 30,000 quizzers in almost 1,000 pubs, clubs and bars throughout the UK, were all answering exactly the same questions as part of PubAid’s second ‘World’s Biggest Pub Quiz’, looking to break the world record set by the same event in 2016. After six challenging rounds of ten questions each, on subjects ranging from 'Music' and 'Geography' to 'Pubs & Beer' and 'Film Quotes', 'Bottled Bedlam' emerged triumphant out of the nine teams taking part at the King’s Arms event, with a very impressive score of 51 points out of a possible 60, narrowly beating 'Gemma & The Fairytale Cowboys' and 'The Dorking Dynamos' into second and third place with scores of 47 and 46.5 points respectively, whilst the somewhat aptly named 'We’re Trying, Very Trying!' picked up the booby prize for coming last, albeit with a still very respectable score of 39 points. As well as the quiz itself, everyone present enjoyed an excellent supper of chilli con carne, very kindly donated by the pub, and various fundraising activities throughout the evening helped to raise over £500 for Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care. Event organiser and Quizmaster, Simon Edmands, said he was very grateful to everyone who took part in the event, together with the King’s Arms for very kindly hosting it, adding, ‘It was great to play our own small part in such an exciting national event. Hopefully, we have helped to set a new world record, as well as raising a large amount of money for a wide range of very worthy causes!’.

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Deepdene Trail’s Easter Egg Adventure The Deepdene Trail have reported an ‘’EGGSTRA’ special response to their Easter activity Over the Easter weekend, The Deepdene Trail’s special event saw over 700 people explore The Trail. Visitors of all ages walked the paths and spotted the specially crafted Easter eggs to crack Coady the lion’s code - releasing Easter chocolate treats. Those that completed The Trail collected their prizes from Dorking Halls. Keith Garrow, Manager at Dorking Halls said, “We welcomed many families in to collect the children’s prizes over the weekend. We are now working with the Deepdene Trail selling tickets for their outdoor Shakespeare weekend on the 17th and 18th June. These tickets can be purchase online at and in person by visiting our Box Office.” Paul Anderson, Corporate Head of Service said, “We are delighted that over 10,500 people have enjoyed The Trail since it opened last September. Special events like this Easter one encourage more people to come along and experience the whole Trail. It is a very special time of year in the gardens right now as the rhododendrons are flowering, so, if you haven’t visited yet do go along and enjoy in the next few weeks.” For more information on The Trail and the forthcoming see or follow The Trail on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @Deepdenetrail.

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