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Issue 144

October 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community ashtead ashtead--leatherhead.com

QEF Equipment Fair Arts Alive 2017 Festival RHS Wisley under threat Repairs to Long Copse Ponds Halloween Fun in Leatherhead New ‘Love Clean Streets’ app rolled out How to cope when someone you love dies Old round £1 coin obsolete on 15th October An Autumn walk in the Pinetum at RHS Wisley The truly local magazine produced by a Leatherhead resident for our community


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

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Give a cat a home

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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National Black Cat Day

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Fetcham Residents’ Association

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St Stephen’s Hse Surgery PPG AGM

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Mole Valley Police Column

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Osteoporosis and you

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Halloween in Leatherhead

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Keep pets safe on bonfire night

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Sudokus

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Leatherhead Women’s Institute

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Old £1 obsolete from 15th October

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Ashtead Women’s Institute

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Quiz - Black and White

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Repairs to Long Copse Pond

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Book reviews

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What’s on in October? Pages 58-70

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Quiz - Anagram Pairs

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How to cope when someone you love dies?

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Love Clean Streets app

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QEF Equipment Fair

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Two Minute Trial

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General knowledge crossword

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Simple crossword

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Leatherhead High Street closure

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The One That Didn’t Get Away - a story

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Cryptic crossword

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Arts Alive 2017 - pages 36, 38, & 40

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Local history article

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Password protection tips

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October events at RHS Wisley

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Pictograms

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Transition Ashtead

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Recipe - Slow cooked brisket of beef

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Gardeners in glasshouses

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Recipe - Beef & Pepper Stroganoff

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RHS Wisley under threat

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From the Publisher

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ell here we are coming up to autumn after a not too spectacular summer but I guess coming up to the winter months we sort of know what to expect and, as I often say, aim low and hit the target! October sees the return of the annual Arts Alive Festival, in its 23rd year. I have taken a few excerpts from their brochure, but there are so many numerous events taking place over the next few weeks that you ought to pick up a brochure or go online to fully appreciate all that has been arranged. See pages 36, 38 and 40 for details. There’s a new app being rolled out in conjunction with local councils; it’s called ‘Love Clean Streets’ and it enables residents to report environmental issues such as litter, dog mess, graffiti, abandoned cars and fly tipping via their Smartphones directly to the correct departments within the local authority, thus saving time for all parties concerned. It seems that Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council are fully on board with this new scheme, more details on how it works can be found on page 28. The usual Halloween fun will be taking place in Leatherhead from the Swan Centre, the High Street and through to the theatre. Sounds like it will be a laugh for children and adults alike more on page 16. No doubt there’ll be plenty of press coverage on the soon to be obsolete round £1 coin, but just to add to the information, please ensure that you’ve searched through your purses, old handbags, piggy banks and in the sofas for your old £1 coins and use them in shops, or take them to the bank to be swapped, for the new 12 sided (or regular dodecagon!) £1 coin prior to 15th October. For those of us who have mourned, and still mourn, the loss of someone close, it is comforting to know that the church community is there for us, not only with emotional support, but also with practical advice. St Giles’ is holding its annual bereavement service on 5th November and all those affected by loss are most welcome, p. 62. 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

You may have heard in the news recently that there are plans to widen the A3 and improve junction 10 of the M25, however, one of the plans involves losing over 10,000 m² of RHS Wisley and over 500 of their trees destroyed. More on how to support Wisley can be found on page 90. My old mate, renowned Ashtead chef, David Gillott at Four Gables Group, has purchased a food truck. What’s a food truck? Well if you’re organising an event and want to offer something just a little bit different to your guests, then take a look at David’s website (he has also bought a separate truck for cocktails...). What a hoot and it’ll ensure that your party will be the talk of the town for many moons to come. Pages 44-45 tell you a little more. Don’t forget that the November edition will have details of all the local firework events in the area. See you then ducks, Cheerio, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com 6

Cover image courtesy RHS Georgi Mabee


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Badge drivers will still benefit from free parking but will have to call a number provided by Indigo to register their details for that day.

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust (the Trust) has finally published its thinking on how it might operate its hospitals in the future. The Association, along with many others in Epsom & Ewell constituency, co-signed a letter to Daniel Elkeles, CEO of the Trust, voicing our concerns about the potential changes to service provision at Epsom Hospital. Mr Elkeles has replied in detail and asked us to urge residents to respond to the current public engagement, which seeks views on the Trust’s “ambition to keep as many services as possible delivered locally” and “support for significant investment (£300 - £400 million) to build a specialist acute facility on one of our sites”. The hospital site options are: Epsom, St Helier, Sutton or the Royal Marsden’s at Sutton. The full text of both letters is on the ARA website.

Expected daily revenue will be checked against paid parking fees (daily tickets, parking permits, season tickets) and discrepancies tied down to specific cars so that penalty notices can be issued. The fine is £100, which reduces to £60 if paid within 14 days. Drivers who consistently fail to pay parking fines will be clamped. Indigo, the company that currently patrols the car park, will continue to operate there but will focus on issuing penalty notices for misuse of restricted parking areas, such as disabled bays. The Association wrote to Southern to query how the new system would affect drivers dropping people off or picking them up and they have told us that there will be a 20minute ”grace period” to allow for that. We have also asked whether Blue Badge holders, who are regular users of the car park, could be allowed to register on an annual basis.

The options and scenarios being put forward for consideration have been outlined in a booklet entitled: Providing high-quality healthcare services 2020 to 2030, which can be downloaded via this link https:// www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/epsom-and-sthelier-2020-2030.

If Southern keeps to its schedule, by the time you read this the new system will be almost in place so watch out when picking up visitors or parking outside the office to buy a ticket ahead of time to ensure a quick getaway when you travel.

Although a full public consultation is a long way off, it is important that residents engage now to inform the Trust about the level of service provision that we expect and require at Epsom Hospital. You can submit your views through the link above or email esth2020-2030@nhs.net.

More detailed information is available on our website and is updated as we receive answers from Southern.

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Govia, Southern Railways’ parent company, is overhauling station parking management in an attempt to increase revenue and Ashtead Station car park is one of 25 station car parks across Southern’s network that is to be fitted with an automatic number plate recognition system. This will mean the introduction of cameras that will capture number plates as cars enter and leave the car park and new ticket machines that will record registration numbers at the point of ticket purchase. Blue

Please make a note of the date of ARA’s Autumn Meeting, which is 24th October at the APMH. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30 start and this year’s guest speaker is Lucy Quinnell, who will be talking about Teazle Wood. This will be followed by a Q&A session with our Local Councillors. Glynis Peterkin Chairman 8


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As Mole Valley prepares its new Local Plan I thought I would look at the changes that have happened to Leatherhead under the old Local Plan which was adopted in 2000, and updated in 2009. In this plan, Mole Valley was required to build 4,400 homes by 2026. The council decided that the bulk of these new homes should be in the north of the district as the infrastructure, access to public transport, and community facilities such as schools and health services already existed. The plan was for Leatherhead to take nearly a third of all the housing required for the whole of Mole Valley.

Surrey Hills. Eventually all the open spaces within our town will have to be covered in blocks of flats, taller than we have now and this is already proposed for parts of the Red house Gardens. Other open spaces such as the allotments on Barnet Wood Lane and the woods adjacent to the hospital known as Leach Grove Woods could also be developed in the future.

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This is an unusual, wild area to find within a town, where children can ride bikes along muddy tracks, build jumps and create dens, and dogs can be walked off the lead. Many of you will remember the efforts put in by both We in Leatherhead are very aware of how much our town has grown in the last seventeen Residents and by our energetic former member, Flip Cargill, to try to secure a Village years. There have been many new large Green Listing for Leach Grove Woods. Initially developments and more are on the way, of appearing to be ownerless, it then became which the majority are flats. In 2001 only 3 plain that the site was owned by NHS Property out of ten homes were flats, but by 2011 the Services. They objected to such a listing and proportion of flats had increased to 40% and I estimate today half the homes in Leatherhead in 2016 a court case decided Surrey County are now flats. In some respects, this change Council had been wrong to designate the area has made Leatherhead a younger more vibrant a Village Green because it was owned by the place to live in, but short stay flat dwellers NHS. This decision is going to be challenged will not be so concerned about the future of together with a similar case from Lancashire; our town. In addition, the lack of small the Appeal will be heard at the High Court on starter homes in the town to makes it even 4th-5th October to decide if it is legally more difficult for young families to stay in the permitted for a public body to have land they own registered as a Village Green. The crowd area. -funding details will be on our website. If the requirement for Leatherhead to take more than its fair share of all the new housing Fran Smith continues in the new local plan, it will cease to be a small market town nestling in the

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their medication. He has even been known to This year we received a personally deliver some host of nominations for medicines to the elderly Kim Hyung-Dal the who are housebound. Pharmacist at Boots The So we surprised the Chemist in Fetcham. Residents were united in humble Kim as suggested their praise of Kim who by his colleagues on the 11th August and has been a pharmacist presented him with the in Fetcham for seven award and a bottle of and half years. wine. A busy day for Kim, as on the same day he Originally from South had both the Area Manager from Boots, Andrew Korea, Kim who is Jones, in the store but also a Pharmaceutical actually Mr. Kim, as Kim is his surname. His first names being Hyung-Dal, presented when written in Inspector assessing him! Always professional, caring, and friendly we would like to join residents Korean in the opposite order to our European in thanking Kim for all his support to our community names with the surname first. and congratulate him on his award. Kim travels from Sutton every day to Fetcham and Congratulations Kim. residents consistently report of his caring and supportive nature. That he goes out of his way to Susanne Taylor, Chairman ensure people are not only fully informed about Fetcham Residents’ Association their medication but also making sure they receive



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New limits on recovery of landlord’s costs As of 6 April 2017, courts and tribunals have new powers under section 131 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which gives them discretion to restrict landlords of long residential leases from recovering their legal costs from lessees.

By virtue of this new legislation, courts and tribunals have a very wide power: Section 131 states “the relevant court or tribunal may make whatever order on the application it considers to be just and equitable.” Some leases allow a landlord to recover relevant litigation costs within the court proceedings by means of indemnity clauses. It is common to see a clause which states that costs are recoverable where they are “incidental to” or “in contemplation of” section 146 and 147 notices and associated proceedings, or simply in the event of lessee’s breach.

the Courts have an equivalent discretion in relation to legal costs claimed through a service charge under section 20C of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

The judicial application of this new legislation remains to be seen. We would expect the courts to adopt the overarching principle that the unsuccessful party should pay the successful party’s costs as a starting point and thereafter, having regard to all the circumstances of the claim (e.g. conduct of the parties, etc.), decide whether or not the landlord should be awarded their costs under an indemnity clause. Accordingly, landlords of long residential leases should ensure that they have reasonable prospects of success before issuing court proceedings if they hope to recover their legal costs under indemnity clauses contained in the lease.

If a lessee makes a successful application to the court or tribunal to reduce or extinguish these costs it may still be possible to put them through the service charge account. However, this will face similar difficulty as

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Mole Valley Police Column It’s that time of year again!

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ith winter approaching, opportunist “rogue traders” see a good opportunity to take advantage of people’s vulnerabilities and the desire to have their homes safe, secure and watertight for the coming colder months. Surrey Police continues to work alongside a number of partner agencies, developing initiatives to help all members of our communities be and feel safe in their own homes. As part of this ongoing work, your policing team is focusing particular attention on providing guidance, support and awareness to members of the community on how to spot and deal with cold callers, rogue traders and distraction burglars. You should know, however, that you have a right to refuse to deal with anyone who comes to your door uninvited. You can always refuse to answer if you have any concerns about the caller. If you have a door chain and do intend to answer the door, then put the chain across before opening the door. We would not recommend that you agree for any work to be done without checking that the business offering this service is totally legitimate and reputable.

person may call, saying that they are from a utility company, calling to check on reports of “faulty” water pipes, gas leaks or problems with the electricity supply. Once they gain entry, they will distract the resident by asking them to keep an eye on a tap or meter, while others go elsewhere in the house to “carry out checks”. Many people have been distressed to find they have had money, bank cards, jewellery or other items taken in just a few moments. Please insist on seeing appropriate identification for anyone claiming to be from a utility company. You can also telephone the company to find out if they are operating in the area. In fact, even if a uniformed police officer calls at your door they will be perfectly happy for you to ask to see their warrant card to identify themselves, or you can even phone us on 101 to confirm an officer’s details to your satisfaction. Finally, if you are ever put in a position of feeling in any way vulnerable or frightened by unwanted callers, please call the police on 999. Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE

Many areas have directories for businesses that have received positive customer feedback. Also, Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureau can offer advice on businesses and service providers who should be trustworthy, reliable and who will carry out work for a reasonable price. In many cases, nothing can beat personal recommendation. It is never a good idea to allow someone you don’t know to carry out work for you. They may not be qualified or competent to do the work and what may sound like a cheap price could turn out to be an expensive choice, particularly if you end up paying out again to have bad work put right!

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

Additionally, distraction burglaries can be particularly upsetting as they prey on people’s trust in “authority”. For example, a

For more crime prevention advice visit www.surrey.police.uk

To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: Neil.Clarke@surrey.pnn.police.uk 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).

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Leatherhead Spooky Halloween The Swan Centre, High St & Theatre Tuesday 31st October 3pm - 6pm

Bring the children to our spooky Halloween in Leatherhead. With floating ghosts and jumping devils roaming the High Street will you be able to stand the heat? Trick and treat around the shops on our skeleton trail, hold a tarantula in your hands in the Swan Centre or take a trip on the screaming steam train down the haunted mall. Visit our free photo booth in the Theatre to get a souvenir of your chilling night before entering our freaky dress competition or win a prize on the (not so) revolting raffle. With side stalls and magic shows, free popcorn and candyfloss will it be a trick or a treat?

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Old £1 coin will stop being legal tender on Sunday 15th October 2017 With the new 12-sided £1 coin now in circulation, the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October 2017. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them.





Many banks and building societies will not accept them after this date, although some say they will continue to accept the old £1 coin, this will be for their own customers.

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Autumn Entertainment From new releases to true classics, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from our choice of books this month. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Entrepreneurial You – Dorie Clark

Extracted Trilogy – RR Haywood

Tom Hazard looks like he’s 40, but he’s been alive for centuries. People notice when you age so slowly, so Tom has to change his identity every eight years – a new name, new job, new friends. Falling in love isn’t an option and it’s best not to get too attached to anyone, as they’ll only die. But Tom craves an ordinary life. Beautifully written, this book is begging to be devoured in one sitting.

If you’re fed up of the daily grind and fancy setting up on your own, this book might prove a good starting point. The tagline is a good indication of the content – ‘Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive’. Clark offers advice on choosing what to do, building your brand and finding people to buy from you. There are plenty of case studies to be inspired by and, unlike many other business books, it’s not too heavy a read.

Harry Madden died after blowing up a German base in WW2. Safa Patel saved the prime minister, before being killed by terrorists. Ben Ryder was hit by a train while trying to stop armed men blowing up an underground station. Now these three heroes find themselves ‘extracted’ from their untimely deaths, by a man with a time-machine who wants them to save the world. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with a tightly-written plot, great characters and plenty of action.

Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie After years of raising her younger siblings, Isma is free to live her own life and to start a career in America. Back in the UK, her sister, Aneeka, is struggling in a society that sees her hijab as a threat. Enter Eamonn, the son of a well-known London politician, who will have a lasting effect on both women. This reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone covers some pretty big issues, from religion, politics and extremism to love and family ties. However, Shamsie’s skilful writing means the themes never suffocate the story. A powerful book.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Now a critically acclaimed TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. The US government has been overthrown by a fundamentalist Christian organisation, which strips women of their rights. Birth rates have plummeted and, as one of the few fertile women left, June is forced to become a handmaid to a powerful commander, Fred. Renamed Offred, her sole purpose is to bear her master’s children. Gripping.

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The Break – Marian Keyes Bestselling author Marian Keyes’ latest book centres around fortysomething Amy, whose husband Hugh has decided he wants a break. It’s not that he doesn’t love her; he just wants some time for himself. Six months’ worth of time in fact. But if he’s on a break, then surely Amy deserves a bit of freedom too? An amusing, easy read for curling up with on a cold winter’s evening.


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What is ‘Love Clean Streets’ all about? How the app works: Step 1. See a problem

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Step 2. Open the Love Clean Streets app

How Love Clean Streets works: Laurence isn’t happy with the pile of fly-tipped rubbish he sees while taking his son to school. He opens his LCS app and photographs it, sending the image directly to his local authority, with GPS coordinates and a brief tick-box description of the issue.

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The One That Didn’t Get Away While ploughing their way through the box set of the Scottish drama, ‘Outlander’, Ruth made the admission to her husband that she’d never been north of the border.

After they’d finished, the four of them walked up the lane to meet Sam at the lake. They soon saw him racing towards them with a smile on his face and a plastic bag dangling from his arm.

“We’ll no be having that Sassenach…“ Said Sam in a terrible Scottish accent. “That will have to be remedied, aye it will…”

“How did it go?”

Within a matter of weeks, Ruth found herself sitting by a large Scottish pond, on a plastic camping chair, wearing a waterproof jacket. The weak October sun was seeping out from behind grey clouds to join the steady Scottish drizzle and the over zealous Scottish midges. Sam was totally focused on catching a trout. They were frolicking right in front of his rod, teasing him with their presence but not a single fish came near enough to bite. After an unsuccessful day the irony wasn’t lost on Sam as he watched his wife open a tin of tuna. There’d be other opportunities to catch fish during their week’s holiday but the children were delighted by his failure. Sarah couldn’t bear the thought of her father being the cause of any creature’s death. It was half term and the family had driven up to The Trossachs National Park, where they were renting a small flat in a holiday complex beside a loch. It had a pool and tennis courts with plenty for the children to do and was incredibly beautiful, peaceful and quiet. Cracker the dog had joined them and was very excited by the open countryside and the long walks. Ben and Daniel were devastated at the appalling phone signal and internet connection but Sam and Ruth were quite enjoying the isolation. The weather was drab and overcast most of the time but the scenery was so stunning that it really didn’t matter. The family swam in the indoor pool, played tennis and fought over a scrabble board. They went on long walks with Cracker and even hired a small rowing boat on the loch. Sam’s regular attempts at a Scottish accent caused laughter in private and acute embarrassment in public. Ruth was mortified when he replied, ‘Ah dinnae ken’ to a very confused elderly American who asked him for directions. There was a charming old gentleman whose ‘office’ was a cosy hut by the water’s edge. Jim was delightful and acted as the official gillie for all the guests. He introduced Sam to the trout lake and entertained the children with wild adventurous tales. Sarah’s mouth gaped at the mystery of the fish that was caught with a full set of human false teeth in its mouth. The week passed and Sam still hadn’t caught a fish. Jim persuaded him to have one last try. There was a group of guests booked in for a fishing lesson and Sam joined them while Ruth played tennis with the 32 children.

“Och aye Sassenach. It’s a canny thing… I caught this wee beauty for our wee supper!” Sarah was horrified, “Daddy you caught one? Oh the poor little thing!” Just as Sam opened the bag to show his wife, the fish slipped out of his hands and out of the plastic. It landed with a splash in a puddle at their feet. “Daddy, daddy, it’s alive! It’s trying to escape!” Sarah burst into desperate tears. Ben’s response wasn’t at all helpful. “Don’t be so thick Sarah. It’s completely dead. See? It’s not moving is it? If it was alive, it would be trying to swim in the puddle!” Sam scooped up the fish and put it back in the bag. By this time, Jim, the gillie, was strolling towards them. “Well, hello everyone! That’s a beautiful fish isn’t it? I’ve explained to Sam how to gut it. Don’t worry young lassie. The fish in that pond are bred to be caught and to end up on a supper plate. That’s their job. It was never a wild fish. Aye, we keep those ones safe from people like your daddy!” Sarah gradually began to calm down and even managed a weak smile for her new friend who gave her a conspiratorial wink. “Och, you’re daddy’s been very unlucky with his fishing this week. In fact, you can’t be cross with him at all, young lady. Aye, the only luck he’s had is sitting next to a generous man called Frank. Frank caught the lovely fish in that bag. Sadly he couldn’t do anything with it as his wife’s a vegetarian!” Ruth would remember that moment for a very long time… Copyright Sarah Lott September 2017 Website: www.thememorybook.co.uk Email: sarah@thememorybook.co.uk Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book During the Arts Alive Festival this October, I’ll be holding a series of free workshops which I’d love you to be part of. The workshops are either for those thinking about writing their life story or for older people who might enjoy a bit of creative reminiscence. They are both being held in Leatherhead. Just give me a call on 07957 598348 if you’re interested.


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Beef And Pepper Stroganoff Ready in 25 minutes

Serves 4

This is a fabulously quick and easy supper that is packed full of flavour. Serve with a watercress or rocket salad, if liked.

Ingredients: • 350g tagliatelle • 1tbsp rapeseed oil • 4 flash-fry steaks (each about 125g), cut into thin strips • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced • 300ml carton half-fat crème fraiche • 2tsp coarsely ground black pepper • 1-2 tbsp freshly chopped flat -leaf parsley

TIP Add a spoonful of wholegrain mustard with the crème fraiche for an extra piquant flavour or try a splash of Worcestershire sauce.

1. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook according to the packet instructions. 2. Meanwhile, heat the rapeseed oil in a large frying pan and stir-fry the steak strips over a very high heat until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. 3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden then add the pepper slices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Return the steak strips and any meat juices to the pan and stir in the crème fraiche and ground black pepper. Heat through gently. 4. Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning to taste. Drain the tagliatelle and divide between four warmed shallow pasta bowls. Spoon the steak mixture on top and garnish with a little more freshly ground black pepper. 44


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Why don’t you join the ‘Box Hill Dames’? Are you a local lady looking to make new friends, have fun and expand your social horizons? If so, welcome to the Box Hill Dames, a new and exciting independent ladies membership group open to women of all ages which provides opportunities for unique social, educational and cultural prospects. My name is Laura and I moved to Fetcham last year and wanted to find a way to get to know some new people. I decided to start my own group and together with a few willing committee members we established the Dames in February this year. We are extremely fortunate to have been given full use of the facilities at Box Hill School in Mickleham, our host venue, and we meet on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 7.30 and finishing at 9.30pm. We currently have a lovely fun group of 23 members aged between 30 and 65 but would love to welcome some new friends. In addition to monthly speakers we regularly meet for supper, outings, book clubs and walks. As a group we are also very committed to giving back to the community by supporting charitable causes which so far include wasteland management for the National Trust at Box Hill and for some events and activities we actively encourage partners and family to join in the fun. Annual membership is £72 starting from January 2018 but will be pro-rated for the remainder of this year. Interested new members are welcome to attend a meeting and a social activity before deciding whether they would like to join the group. So if you fancy giving the Box Hill Dames a go, give us a call and one of our current members local to you will pick you up so there is no need to worry about arriving alone. We all know what that is like and it can be very daunting. Our current members come from a wide area including Ashtead, Leatherhead, Dorking, Holmwood, East and West Horsley and Bookham so we actively encourage car pooling as often as we can.

If you are interested in finding out more, or coming along to one of our meetings or events, please drop us an email at boxhilldames@gmail.com, call our Secretary, Claire on 01372 379983 or visit our website: www.boxhilldames.co.uk

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Lexi, Leo & Lucy are a lovely trio looking for a home together. Born outside, Leo and Lucy were incredibly timid when they first came into care. Though still a little nervous at times, they have come on leaps and bounds and are growing with confidence every day. Mum Lexi is the most friendly of the trio, but the others are catching up with her in terms of friendliness - and in size! After their rocky start to life we would love for these sweet cats to find their forever home, somewhere quiet and with experienced and patient owners where they can be given the time they need to show their full potential. Lexi, Leo & Lucy could be homed with other cats, in an adult-only household

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7 Reasons to love black cats: 1. Black cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt, and owning black cats was thought to bring good luck. 2. Lots of famous cats have been black. Black cats have been featured in popular shows and movies including The Simpsons, Star Trek, Looney Tunes, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Coraline. 3. Black cats are so elegant. They’re always ready for a fancy black tie affair. 4. Black cats are the ninjas of the domestic cat family. Wouldn’t you like to have your very

own ninja running silently through your house? 5. Both here & in Japan, black cats are considered lucky 6. Black goes with everything; plus place a black cat on your lap and notice the slimming effect! 7. Black fur won’t show up on black clothes, so whether you’re wearing comfy black leggings or a little black dress, you won’t have to worry about cat hair.

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St Stephen’s House Surgery Patient Participation Group Notice of AGM Wednesday 4th October - 7pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

The AGM will include the official business of the PPG and an update from the Surgery, followed by a Fundraising Fish & Chip Supper and a Quiz. Tickets for the Supper and Quiz are £15 each and will also include a small dessert plus tea or coffee. The APMH Bar will be open before the Supper and before the Quiz begins. Tables of 8 will be provided and we look forward to some fun competition amongst teams. All proceeds from the evening will go to our new appeal to purchase a Brachial Blood Pressure Monitor for the Surgery. Tickets will be on sale by calling on 01372 277877 or via email on ppg.ststephenshousesurgery@nhs.net Do book your tickets now for a great evening out with friends. 50


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You, Your Bones and Osteoporosis Worldwide, a worrying 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men aged 50 and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. World Osteoporosis Day aims to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. This year’s event on 20th October will focus on the global burden and impact of osteoporosis. WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS? Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones weaken and decrease in density, increasing your fracture risk (even if your bump or fall is only minor). The high incidence of fractures in the over-50s is mostly due to weakened bones. Although osteoporosis can affect any bone, the wrists, hips and spine are the most commonly affected.

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS? DO: Take regular exercise that includes both weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening activities. These exert force on your bone, stimulating the cells that make new bone. They can also improve your flexibility and balance, making falls less likely. • Weight-bearing exercise: at least 30 minutes, 35 days per week is ideal, but any is better than none. Choose high-impact activities such as rope skipping, aerobics, jumping or racquet sports, or moderate-impact activities such as brisk walking, hiking, jogging or climbing stairs.

WHO IS AT RISK? Women are at greater risk of osteoporosis than men generally, as falling oestrogen levels during the menopause affect their bone density. Women are at • Muscle-strengthening (resistance) exercise such even higher risk if they: as weight-lifting (hand weights are fine if you • Experience menopause or have a hysterectomy prefer – you’re not aiming to become a bodybefore age 45, particularly if their ovaries are builder), resistance bands, weight machines at removed. the gym, standing and rising on your toes, and • Over-exercise or diet to the point of stopping their push-ups. Wrist and ankle weights can help add a periods for more than six months. light resistance element to any exercise. Try to Other risk factors include: work all your muscle groups twice a week. • Hyperthyroidism or hyperparathyroidism ENSURE YOUR BMI REMAINS ABOVE 20. (overactive thyroid or parathyroid glands). Include plenty of calcium, vitamin D and protein • Disorders of the adrenal glands (e.g. Cushing’s in your diet. Your calcium requirements rise in syndrome) or pituitary gland. your later years. Some foods (e.g. certain breads • A family history of osteoporosis or parental history and cereals) are fortified with calcium and Vitamin of hip fracture. D, and dairy foods (e.g. milk, yoghurt, and cheese) • A body mass index (BMI) of 19 or less. are great sources of protein, calcium and other • Long-term use of high-dose oral corticosteroids minerals vital for bone health. Also include: (e.g. for arthritis or asthma). • Calcium sources: some green vegetables (e.g. • Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. kale, broccoli, okra – but not spinach), some • Smoking and heavy drinking. fruits (apricots), canned fish with bones (e.g. • Rheumatoid arthritis. sardines), nuts, soya beans and soya milk. • Conditions causing malabsorption problems (e.g. • Vitamin D sources: most of our vitamin D is coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease). produced naturally when our skin is exposed to • Some breast and prostate cancer medications. sunlight (sun cream blocks UV light, so ensure • Long periods of inactivity (e.g. long-term bed you spend a little time outside without it on). rest). However, how much sunlight we get depends on • In men, low testosterone levels. our location and lifestyle. Top up your naturally produced Vitamin D with dietary sources - egg

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yolks, fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, beef liver and almond milk.

TREATING OSTEOPOROSIS Not everyone will need medication to treat osteoporosis and the treatment will depend on your age, sex, risk of fracture, previous injury history and existing medical conditions. However, if a hormone deficiency is to blame, it may be appropriate to supplement your levels.

If you take supplements, don’t take more than 500–600 mg of calcium per day and ensure you’re taking Vitamin D too - it’s essential for calcium absorption. DON’T: Smoke. Smoking has been proved to substantially raise fracture risk.

It’s essential to maintain healthy Vitamin D, calcium and fitness levels. You should also reduce the risk of falls by ensuring your eyesight and balance are fine.

Exceed the advised alcohol limits of 2 units a day. Again, drinking more than two units raises fracture risk.

Other medications include: • Bisphosphonates (e.g. etidronate) – medications that help you maintain bone density by slowing bone breakdown. • Strontium ranelate – which reduces bone breakdown and stimulates new bone growth • Selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) – which help to maintain bone density just as oestrogen does

HOW IS OSTEOPOROSIS DIAGNOSED? • Doctors can use an online tool to assess your fracture risk. You may also have a DEXA (DXA) scan that measures your bone mineral density. This gives you a ‘T score’. If you score between -1 and -2.5, this indicates you have decreased bone mineral density compared with peak bone mass – sometimes classified as ‘osteopenia’, which simply means decreased bone density. A score below -2.5 confirms a diagnosis of osteoporosis.

For More Information: National Osteoporosis Foundation: www.nof.org International Osteoporosis Foundation: www.iofbonehealth.org

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Keeping Your Pets Safe This Bonfire Night Bonfire Night can be a frightening and anxious time for pets, and it’s important to spare a thought for their safety. Keeping them safe and feeling secure is paramount during this time, so what can you do to help your pet deal with the sights and sounds of Fireworks Night? Calming tablets Your vet will be able to recommend various types of calming tablet that ge gently re reduce anxiety and the tr trauma often suffered

on Bonfire Night. Flashing lights and loud noises create fear, which can sometimes lead to aggression in a normally non-aggressive dog. ‘Noise’ CDs These are CDs that play noises similar to those heard on Bonfire Night, and can gently acclimatise your pet to the unusual sounds. Played at a low level during late October and early November, it can help your pet to cope better on the night. Blocking out the noise Make sure you draw your curtains and turn up the volume on the TV or radio to drown out the sound of fireworks. Close your doors 55

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Leatherhead Morning WI - August Meeting Reading reports from other local WI Groups, it seems the most popular theme for August is a garden party. We always make it our highlight of the summer too. This year we were in different surroundings, as it was held in the lovely garden of our president, Hazel Richmond-Coggan. Hazel and her husband, David, made us very welcome. With a delicious selection of cakes and scones, it was a most enjoyable afternoon, even the weather was good, as it was warm and sunny. The next meeting will be at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am on Thursday 28th September when Hazel will be reminiscing about Namibia re-visited, or the following month’s meeting will be on Thursday 26th October (same time, same venue) when our speaker is Peter Thompson on the subject of ‘You the Jury, Part 2’ . Please come along to our meetings and bring a friend. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Ashtead WI - September Meeting Again we were pleased to welcome visitors and a new member – this time with a ‘Nice to See You’ from our Co-President Lilian Baldwin. Some of our W.I. had visited The Grange at Bookham, enjoying a splendid afternoon tea, and we will be sending a donation to this very worthwhile organisation. Lilian also had news about many of the W.I. events coming up soon, for Ashtead and with our neighbouring W.I.s. We can also look forward to a Christmas Cruise and Lights London visit in December. With Fred Delius, our speaker, we had such an entertaining evening, hearing of his difficult start in life, entering into acting with the National Youth Theatre, before becoming completely immersed in the Circus world, studying circus arts in China, and running a circus for years in France. He has worked with many celebrities over time, as well as performing in front of Prince Philip and other members the Royal Family, so some amusing tales from him from that time. We were very taken with hearing of performing mind-reading acts with his black Labrador, Henry. The title of his talk this evening was ‘Confessions of a Sword Swallower’ but it was rather a relief not to have to watch this particular act at first hand. Fred’s career has now taken a different path, but we were so pleased to have him with us for a really fun evening. After coffee we heard about our forthcoming AGM, and (necessarily early!) plans for our annual Carol Singing evening for the Princess Alice Hospice and there was news of the many sub-groups and monthly informal lunch. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th October, at 7.30, when Ann Chance will be telling us about being Saddle Sore in Montana. Sandra Brown 56


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Long Copse Ponds, Spring Grove, Fetcham

Anyone visiting Long Copse Ponds over the past few years would have noticed that the ground nearest the smaller of the two ponds was continually saturated. Members of the Leatherhead & District Angling Society (LDAS) established that the smaller pond had been leaking under the existing drainage outlet pipe. Realising that to rectify this needed more than LDAS members with their shovels on a Sunday morning! LDAS approached the landlords, Mole Valley District Council, who kindly agreed to provide half the funding for the repairs, the other half was provided by LDAS itself. Once again, UK Power Networks community work scheme came to rescue, providing volunteers and a mini-digger to carry out the works in association with plant supplied by Southern Cranes and Terry Smart Ltd. The concrete and aggregate was provided at cost. The remedial works were completed over two days, at the end of August, and took a team of six UK Power Networks staff aided by LDAS members who volunteered their time.

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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?

Membership gives you access to some of the most beautiful stretches of the River Mole, local ponds and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex.

Wildlife pond, Ashtead Park

Long Copse, Fetcham/Bookham border

For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Matthew) on 07940 892841, email: matthew@leatherheadangling.co.uk or visit: www.leatherheadangling.co.uk

Epsom Talks - New Season Epsom Talks! launches a new season of talks in October with a portrait of Bill Russell who led a revival of New Orleans jazz, championing the music and musicians of that city. Other sessions will feature a light-hearted talk by former British Commissioner in Australia and Ambassador to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, David Fall; the superb photography of Keith Holmes which will illustrate an evening about the ‘Villas and Gardens of Lake Como’; and Michelle Magorian’s experiences of telling the story ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ through the different methods of novel, television drama and musical. Chris Mullin’s recollections of Parliament and Government which he has recently published as a volume of memoirs called ‘Hinterland’ will also feature in this series, along with Keith Nichols’s musical accompaniment to some hilarious silent comedies, and a talk on the Mistresses of King Charles II. Epsom & Ewell Literary Society’s season starts on Wednesday 4 October at 7.45 pm at Epsom Playhouse and will continue on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding January 2018). New members and guests are always welcome with membership available for just £32 for all 7 sessions and a social evening, or tickets may be purchased on the door for £10 for individual lectures.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Marc Bolan in Leatherhead - 40 years on

Marc Bolan, one of Britain's most iconic rock stars in the 1970s, was once based in Leatherhead. Now, following the 40th anniversary of his tragic death in a car crash aged just 29, he will feature in next month's talk to the local history society at the Letherhead Institute. Bolan shot to international fame with the two-man band Tyrannosaurus Rex - later shortened to just T Rex in the late 1960s, a favourite of disc jockey John Peel. He moved to London but October’s (L) John's Children, including a very young Marc Bolan with guitar before he attained iconic talk by Surrey Hills Radio status with T Rex. (R) Chris Stagg with Andy Ellison, surviving member of John's Children presenter Chris Stagg will reveal that he was earlier based at Leatherhead's popular Bluesette Club, just off Bridge Street. Chris's talk will be entitled Leatherhead’s Pop Scene - The Bluesette Club, see page 69 for details. He said: "It all started when a friend of mine and I were talking about Marc Bolan and Internet searching revealed that he had once been in a band called John's Children, based in Leatherhead's Bluesette Club, a popular music venue in the 1960s." Leatherhead Museum, run by the Leatherhead & District Local History Society, has covered Bolan and others in a special exhibition on the local pop scene 50 years ago. Sadly he was killed in a car accident on 16 September 1977. He was just two weeks from his 30th birthday so this month also marks what would have been his 70th. As well as giving his talk on Friday, 20 October, Chris has been arranging the installation of a special commemorative plaque at the site of the Bluesette Club as part of the Leatherhead Heritage Trail.

Chris is appealing for volunteers with memories of the club to share them with him. If you remember the Bluesette Club please contact him by email at chris@surreyhillsradio.co.uk or post to Chris Stagg, c/o Surrey Hills Radio, 32 North Street, Leatherhead. KT22 7AT. Telephone:

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Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY (LMC)

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Music on Wednesdays

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

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Barn Dance and Fish Supper

12.30pm lunchtime concerts

Saturday 14 October

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

7-11pm

at the beautifully restored Grade II listed 15th Century Manor Farm Tithe Barn Manor House Lane Bookham KT23 4EW

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Full details: musiconthursdays.org

Entry by advance ticket only £22 from david@rnli-leatherhead.org.uk

01372 378812

with The Byfleet Brewers and caller

Thursday 5th October - LMC Jacqueline Phillips, cello Richard Black, piano

Thursday 12th Oct - LMC

The Two Classical Guitars of Francisco Correa & David Massey

Wed 18th October - CC

Guest organist: Mark Brafield, organ recitalist

Thursday 26th Oct - LMC Kirkman String Quartet § (Students of the Royal Academy of Music)

§ performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music

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Mole Valley Quilters We are a local friendly group who share the love and enthusiasm of fabrics, quilting and patchwork. We meet at The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, KT23 3PQ on the first Thursday of each month at 7.15pm We discuss all aspects of quilting, have outside speakers several times a year, sewing evenings and workshops. Beginners and more experienced quilters are all welcome. If you would like to join us as a visitor, new member or require more info please contact Marie-Louise Oldrey on 01932 865194 or Linda Keets 01372 469330

Epsom Symphony Orchestra Charity Concert Saturday 14 October 7.30pm Epsom Playhouse

The Epsom Symphony Orchestra's Autumn Classics concert features BBC/TV Young Musician of the Year Woodwind winner, Emma Halnan (pic right), performing Mozart's beautiful Flute Concerto in G in a programme that also includes Beethoven's vibrant 7th Symphony and Sibelius' haunting Valse Triste. The concert is in support of local charity The Children’s Trust, which uses music therapy to support many of its children.

Tickets cost £15, (£14, £13 concessions and friends) children £5 and are available from Epsom Playhouse Box Office on 01372 742555 or www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk Epsom Symphony Orchestra was established in 1951 and its 50 members rehearse locally every week, with five concerts a year. For more information please visit www.epsomsymphony.co.uk 61


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“How do I cope when someone I love dies?” Most of us at some point in our lives will be faced with the death of someone we deeply care about. So many questions arise: How will I cope? What do I do? What will the future hold? As a Church Community we aim to help and support all those who would value being cared for. We do this in several different ways.

• • • • •

By offering to draw alongside in helping with and taking the funeral In talking on the phone or visiting after the funeral By offering information and helping to readjust to new ways of living A monthly support group, where you can ask questions, meet others who are bereaved By not forgetting you, remembering we all grieve in different ways

If you are interested in finding out more, then please do make contact: There is nothing required of you and all enquiries made are confidential.

Sharon Seal, Bereavement Team 01372 813200 sharon.seal@ashteadparish.org You may also like to attend our Annual Bereavement Service, details below:

You are warmly invited to the Annual Bereavement Service

Sunday 5th November - 3pm in St. Giles’ Church followed by tea and cake in The Dell Centre giving us time to remember with thanks those we have loved

The Ship What is dying? I am standing on the seashore. A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. She is an object and I stand watching her Till at last she fades from the horizon, And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all; She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination. The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her; And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "She is gone", There are others who are watching her coming, And other voices take up a glad shout, "There she comes" – and that is dying. Bishop Charles Henry Brent 62


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Wooden Spoon Concert Treorchy Male Voice Choir Saturday 14th October 7pm Leatherhead Theatre

For 130 years the Treorchy Male Voice Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest ensembles of all times. On the evening the choir will be joined by The Jazz Band from Therfield School. Wooden Spoon is a Children’s Charity of Rugby, funding projects that support children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage in Surrey.

Supporting

Tickets £22, with concessions from 01372 365141. More info from hampton@oilclub.co.uk

www.ticketsource.co.uk/epsomplayers www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk 01372 742555

Leatherhead Bridge Club

Free computer courses in the Mole Valley

Open Evening

Friday 20th October

If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include: browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or Skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well. Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/ Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you!

7pm-10.30pm

Come and try friendly Duplicate Bridge free of charge There will be plenty of experienced players to help with rules and scoring if required

All bridge players welcome Coffee and cakes from 7 pm Bridge from 7.30pm-10.30pm when you can meet the members We are a friendly bridge club playing Duplicate every Monday and Friday evening at the Day Centre behind Sainsbury's

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk

Contact John on 01372 459115

Registered Charity No 1111678

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QEF Equipment Fair - Focus on Adults Carshalton - Friday 6th October - 10am-3pm Equipment and advice for people with disabilities Over 30 exhibitors – Free transport related talks

Speakers for our Transport themed Mobility Equipment and Advice event will include:• • • • • • •

Sarah Vines & Amanda Beck - Introduction to QEF Steve Perry from BHTA – Launch ‘Be Wise Air Travel’ information leaflet Brian Gordon from Transport for London Jocelyn Close from Driving Miss Daisy Paul Dolphin from People’s Parking Angela Greenaway from Dft – Accessibility Plan Graham Race from Tryb4uFly – making it easier for disabled people to fly

We are still offering a limited number of free pre-booked assessments, call 020 8770 1151 to book for:• • • •

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle assessment Wheelchairs and Scooters assessment Air travel Tryb4uFly assessment Transfer and seating assessment

To find out more call 020 8770 1151 or email mobility@qef.org.uk QEF Mobility Services, 1 Metcalfe Avenue, Carshalton SM5 4AN 64


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Evening of Opera, Songs & Poetry Saturday 14 October 7pm-8.30pm St Mary & St Nicholas Church Leatherhead

Part of the Arts Alive Festival, all are welcome to this evening of music, songs, arias and poetry. Featuring Edita Zurauskaite-Durrant (mezzo-soprano), Emilie Capulet (piano) and Graham Pountney (actor) Tickets £12(inc refreshments) on sale at Barton’s Bookshop in Leatherhead, or online at www.facebook.com/singereditadurrant or pay at the door.

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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? Wed 4th

St Stephen’s House Surgery PPG AGM & Quiz night with fish & chip supper, see page 90.

Friday 6th

APMH Friends' 3 course dinner (6.30 for 7pm) followed by a talk on 'Cheese' by Rosemary Horton. Tickets £21 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members.

Saturday 14th

RNLI Barn Dance and Fish Supper to live music at Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Bookham, 7pm -11pm. £22. Entry by advance ticket only from david@rnli-leatherhead.org.uk or 01372 378812

Saturday 14th

Leatherhead Parish Church, Annual Autumn Fayre, see opposite.

Saturday 21st

Social event featuring music by popular local band Atlantis,, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, KT22. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets £10, includes buffet. BYO drinks/ glasses. Raffle. All profits to the Parish Church for important work to be carried out to take us into the next 1,000 years. Tickets can be purchased from Jane 01372 811422.

Wed 25th

Visitors’ Afternoon at The Grange, Rectory Lane, Bookham, KT23 4DZ, 1.30pm-4pm. Gives families who have a teenager with a learning disability currently at college to tour round The Grange and hear about how they help people move towards independence. There will also be an opportunity to chat to people already using their services. Call 01372 452608 to book

Friday 27th

Ashtead Movie Night - see right for details.

Friday 27th

Fireworks Night - The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU. 6pm,9pm. Adults £6, children £4. Child-friendly fireworks 7pm, main display 8pm. A spectacular evening of fun, fireworks and food. Tickets online www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/fireworks-night or on the gate. 01737 365000

Tuesday 31st

Leatherhead Spooky Halloween, 3pm-6pm, Swan Centre, Leatherhead High St & Theatre, details on page 16.

SAVE THE DATE IN NOVEMBER Friday 3rd NOVEMBER

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall is to hold a Barn Dance, 7.30 - 11.00 with doors opening at 6.45. Once again we will be joined by the excellent Hersham Revellers and the evening will include a fish and chip supper. Tickets costing £15 may be bought from the hall office - 01372 272921 or Di Stirling - 01372 279501. All proceeds to go to re-tiling the 90-year old roof.

Saturday 11th NOVEMBER

Leatherhead & District Charities Christmas Fayre, Leatherhead Theatre, 10am-2pm, more details next month.

Saturday 18th NOVEMBER

The Fetcham Village Hall Christmas Fair 12 noon till 4pm - stalls, including local charities, for your Christmas gifts and games and craft activities for families and children . Delicious lunch and tea time light refreshments.

Saturday 25th NOVEMBER

The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair, more details next month.

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PARISH AUTUMN FAYRE Saturday 14 October

12noon – 3pm raffle draw

Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead KT22 8BD Find treasures and bargains at all your favourite stalls including Auntie’s Attic ~ Books ~ Bake Sale ~ Jewellery ~ China and Glass Tombola ~ Accessories ~ Beauty and Fragrance Promises ~ Raffle ~ Flowers ~ Toys MAKING HISTORY project team also on hand to answer your questions

12noon BBQ outside Leatherhead Trinity School Choir Tea and cake in the Café Contact Jane on 362544 to donate items or for queries

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Friday 27 October 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm) to be preceded by a short supporting programme

LION

Based on a true story

6 Academy Award Nominations, inc Best Picture Main film running time: 108 min Genre: Biography/Drama

Tickets £7

(proceeds to benefit Hall Funds)

Drinks & Ice Cream available Please reserve tickets by telephoning Hall Office

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

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of October services and events and check out www.leatherheadparish.com

Monday 2nd & 16th

(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 3rd

Leatherhead Probus Club - social events for retired men, three course lunch with speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. Celebrity Sporting Lunch with Rob Andrew and rugby friends. We also arrange lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. Booking essential, contact Jon McCarthy via email on membership@probusclubleatherhead.org.uk or tel 07947 361406.

Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st (weekly)

‘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 4th (weekly)

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

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by David Martin “Visions of Cornwall”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Saddle Sore in Montana, by Ann Chance. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Weds (4th) (weekly termtime)

(Weekly termtime so not 25th) 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Baby & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Newcomers welcome. Contact Jackie 01372 278656

Thursday 5th (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.

Thursday 5th (weekly)

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

Thursday 5th

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

(1st Thurs mthly)

Thursday 5th

(1st Thurs mthly)

Thursday 5th (weekly)

Mole Valley Quilters, 7.15pm, The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, KT23 3PQ. This month’s themes: stitch up; sewing for the sales table; show and tell. Beginners and more experienced quilters welcome. Info from Marie-Louise Oldrey on 01932 865194 or Linda Keets 01372 469330 Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thursday 5th (monthly)

Friday 6th (1st Friday monthly)

Ashtead U3A, 2.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker Gordon Thomas ‘My Club Sandwich Career in the Home Office’. Annual membership £12. For more info tel 01372 273690 or email membership@ashteadu3a.org.uk Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Leatherhead Group meet in Fetcham Village Small Hall Buffet lunch in the hall 12.30pm for 1pm. The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship has a varied programme. Sometimes a speaker, or social event in the hall such as a lunch or tea. Members pay an annual subscription of £5, and £1 per meeting (extra when a meal is involved). Members do not have to have been Civil Servants. Info from Anne Thomson 01372 373258

Friday 6th (monthly)

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.

Friday 6th (weekly)

Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall.

Friday 6th (weekly)

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 Hall funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Hearing Aid check on 20th. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sundays 8th & 22nd

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.

Monday 9th (2nd Mon mthly)

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 7pm, 2nd Monday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Tuesday 10th

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. Wonderful Wisley’ a talk from a member of RHS Wisley. For more info email Meriel Sexton on merielsexton@hotmail.com

Monday 10th (2nd Monday mthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters, 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. www.topicofcancer.org.uk/

Monday 11th

Bookham Wine Club AGM in The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, 7.30 for 8pm. For more info contact; membership@bookhamwineclub.org.uk or check out our website www.bookhamwineclub.org.uk

Wed 11th (monthly)

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on bookbinding, showing how it has evolved since it started in ancient Egypt. 7.15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact info@ledfas.org.uk or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Wed 11th (2nd Wed 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 69

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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? - REGULAR EVENTS (ctd) Thurs 12th

BLOOD DONATION: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane. 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm

Friday 13th

BLOOD DONATION: Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Gt Bookham, KT23 3PQ. 2pm4.30pm & 5.30pm-8pm.

Friday 13th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI. Please make a note: November 10th is the Christmas Special

Tuesday 17th (monthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Masquerades, Music Lesson & Monkeys given by Jane Gardiner MA. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email pat@junct9.demon.co.uk, or mobile 07958 560707

Wed 18th (monthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Linda Dolan on Favourite Gardens. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thursday 19th (monthly)

Leatherhead U3A monthly meeting at 2 pm in United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead. Speaker Jennifer Kelsey whose talk is entitled “Mary Wollstonecraft was not alone – women and their writings in the 18th century”. The U3A welcomes anyone no longer in full time employment. More info from lhdu3amembers@gmail.com or go to website www.leatherheadu3a.org.uk to find out about opportunities to pursue an interest and to make new friends.

Friday 20th

Leatherhead and District Local History Society Lecture. Chris Stagg on Leatherhead’s Pop Scene - The Bluesette Club, 7.30pm for 8pm at the Letherhead Institute. Non-members are most welcome. Admission £2

Wed 25th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Speaker, Geoff Lunn on ’Wildlife on your Doorstep’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Thurs 26th (4th Thurs mthly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. ‘You the Jury, Part 2’ by Peter Thompson. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Thurs 26th

BLOOD DONATION: Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG 1.30pm-4.30pm & 5.20pm-8pm

Thurs 26th (last Thursday monthly)

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 ashteadcancergroup@gmail.com, or www.ashteadcancergroup.org

Friday 27th

Two Frenchmen in London: Claude Monet & Camille Pisarro painted Victorian London during the Franco-Prussian War. We will look at why they came to London, what they painted and how these paintings give us windows into Victorian England during the 1870s. 11 am & 7.30 pm: £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235: ashteadartlovers@gmail.com to book. Numbers limited. 70


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House & Garden General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Household dirt (4) 3. Spinal bone (8) 9. Huge destructive wave (7) 10. Monetary value (5) 11. Plait of hair (5) 12. Something unusual – perhaps worthy of collecting (6) 14. Weighing machine (6) 16. Dairy product (6) 19. Tap for drawing water from a cask (6) 21. Port in western Israel (5) 24. Insect in the stage between egg and pupa (5) 25. Fruit garden (7) 26. Handrail at the side of a staircase (8) 27. Confederate, accomplice (4)

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Leatherhead High Street Road Closure To complete the ‘public realm’ works in Church Street, Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council confirm that Leatherhead High Street will be closed to vehicles from 7th September for approximately six weeks. Pedestrian access to the High Street will not be affected and Church Street car park will remain open throughout the duration of the works. The road closure is essential to carry out works on the services beneath Church Street. Once finished, Leatherhead will have a much improved environment at that end of town.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 104

Givons Grove Service Station - Leatherhead By-Pass

Above: Advertising Card 1930s Right: Givons Grove Service Station c:1940s How many of you can remember the days when a Service Station looked like the one in the advertisement it just sold petrol, checked the tyre pressures and topped up the water level in the radiator? With the odd exception gone are the days when a petrol pump attendant would rush out to fill your tank and hopefully received a tip for doing so. The first reference I could find for the above was in the 1936 Street Directory for Leatherhead and District and it is listed as Ziegler’s Service Station, Dorking Road. Maybe when the By-Pass was opened it then became known as Givons Grove Service Station, Leatherhead By-Pass. You can see the tower and outbuildings were thatched, a rather hazardous roofing material for a petrol station. Building regulations seemed not to matter in those days. I wonder what the health and safety people would say to-day! I believe the above buildings remained until the late 1960s or early 1970s before being demolished and modernised. To-day the Garage is a Texaco Star franchise with the now-a-days essential food outlet, theirs being a Co-operative Store. Before the store arrived it was a short lived Burger King outlet.

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October events at RHS Wisley 3 October: RHS Free Tuesday See the garden awash with the glorious colours of autumn, completely free of charge. Open to everyone, guests can enjoy a wonderful day out with friends and family exploring the garden. 5-25 October: RHS Photographic Competition Exhibition See the winning

photographs from the 2017 RHS Photographic Competition as they tour the RHS Gardens.

6-8 October: Festival of Trees & Seeds on Show Admire the traditional skills on display

at our artisan woodcraft demonstrations and take part in woodland tours. All activities are inspired by the natural beauty of wood. Come along for everything you need to know about seeds. There will be seeds and sundries for sale, displays and tours showing how the RHS collects, cleans, and sends seeds to members.

6 October-19 November: Amazing Apples

In this family-friendly exhibition in the Orchard, you can find out all about apples and how we grow them. With beautiful artworks from the RHS Library and all the sights, sounds and smells of the Orchard.

14 October: Photography morning Capture the beauty of a tranquil autumn morning with exclusive early access to photographers at 7.30am. Normal garden admission applies. 15 October: Cyclamen Society Autumn Show

Enjoy exhibits of autumn flowering cyclamen and companion bulbous planting. Visitors can also gain advice from cyclamen experts and browse specialist plant sales.

18-22 October: Taste of Autumn Prepare to be tempted by quality food and drink options from more than 30 exhibitors. Trade stands include Surrey Bees, National Vegetable Society, National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners. 21-29 October: October Half Term ‘Creepy Creatures’ Come and discover the creepy creatures of

Wisley this Halloween with a week of family activities, including three days of pumpkin carving, £4 per pumpkin. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

22 October: Conifer Society Show View displays of conifers and cones and meet friendly experts for advice on the planting, care and use of conifers in all parts of the garden. The event will include free workshops, demonstrations, and tours of the Wisley conifer collections. Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. For more info call: 01483 224234 or go to: www.rhs.org.uk/wisley RHS Garden Wisley Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB 82


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Gardeners In Glass Houses... By Pippa Greenwood

A greenhouse is a purchase you won’t regret, literally transforming your gardening activities and opening up a whole new range of possibilities - but what should you consider? A greenhouse needs to be sited well away from large trees, to prevent shady conditions within, as well as falling branches or other tree debris damaging the glass and clogging the guttering.

soil and planted directly, making maintenance of crops like tomatoes straightforward. A solid base means greenhouse crops must be grown in containers.

If you are going to want to install any electrical equipment, bear in mind that the further the greenhouse is from the existing supply, the more expensive it will be to install underground armoured cable.

I recommend greenhouse staging, usually made from slatted wood or metal, as a perfect place to stand seed trays, pots and propagators.

Choose the largest greenhouse your space and budget allows, as many gardeners end up wishing for something larger. But any greenhouse is better than none, so if 4ft x 4ft is the only option, then still go for it!

Most greenhouses are fitted with safety glass or reinforced glass. Plastic, polythene or corrugated plastic ‘glazing’ are also available; these are generally lower cost and less of a potential hazard - but check how long they will last and consider how they will look.

Most greenhouses have a frame made from wood or metal (typically aluminium). Many prefer the look of wood, but it will need regular maintenance unless it is western red cedar. Whichever you choose, make sure it is sturdily constructed, especially if you live in a wind-prone area.

Useful extras include: shading; guttering and a linked in water-butt; and an electrical supply, which allows heating, lighting, fans and installation of a heated propagator. My Top Reasons for Getting a Greenhouse

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Plenty of ventilation helps reduce the temperature, particularly in the height of summer, preventing damage to plants or even their death. It also improves air circulation, so reducing problems with plant diseases. Consider roof vents, which aid air circulation and efficient loss of excess heat.

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• It provides a longer growing season. • You can raise plants from seed and save money.

• It will dramatically reduce the risk of problems such as tomato blight.

• Plants get plenty of natural light and are

Make sure that greenhouse doorway is wide enough for easy access - ideally wide enough to push a wheelbarrow through, as this makes jobs such as changing the soil or bringing in compost easier.

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Garden Glory That’s As Easy As ABC! A change of season signals a change of garden routine. Autumn is the perfect time for a tidy up as well as planning – and planting – ahead. Use these ABCs to give your garden some TLC and it will look glorious right up until next Spring… A is for Annuals – hardy varieties such as Nigella, Ammi Majus and Cornflowers can be sown in the Autumn. B is for Borders – deadhead perennials to prolong flowering; remove weeds; plant Spring flowering bulbs such as Alliums and Narcissus and use fallen leaves to make homemade leaf mould – an excellent soil improver to help keep your borders beautiful! C is for Colour – ornamental grasses come in an array of beautiful Autumn tones and will add structure and colour to your garden throughout the colder months. Containers can also be planted up now with evergreen shrubs, cyclamen and winter flowering violas for a splash of colour that will last until early Spring. Now’s the time for planning ahead in your vegetable patch too. Sow spring onions and oriental leaves for an early Spring crop. Plant soft fruits whilst the ground is still warm enough to establish a strong root system and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labours next year. If your garden needs a make-over rather than a make-do, ask awardwinning designers Boardman Gelly to come up with the perfect design for your plot. Get in touch now so you can sit back and enjoy your new garden in all its glory next Spring. Telephone 01306 611231 info@boardman-gelly.co.uk 89


RHS Wisley Under Threat As you may be aware, plans are now being finalised to improve the M25 Junction 10 interchange and widen the A3, which is something we support in principle. One of the possibilities being considered by Highways England, in terms of widening the A3 only, could see over 10,000 sq. metres of RHS Garden Wisley grabbed and over 500 trees destroyed. There are currently two options available to Highways England to widen the A3: one on the east side of the A3 and one on the west. The RHS has carried out expert highway studies and is calling on the Government Agency to choose the east option, which does not grab woodland from the Garden, would not fell any of these 500 important trees, and would better improve road access to Wisley. If Highways England decide that widening the west side is the preferred option then irreplaceable historic trees that are over 100 years old, and still have centuries more to live, could be eliminated for a short-sighted road improvement scheme, which would increase air pollution and noise pollution and destroy the habitats of a wide range of wildlife and the beauty of the garden. Five trees that would potentially be lost are identified as threatened and endangered in cultivation by Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plants Project. Excellent specimens of giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum, pictured below) would also be at risk. If you are also worried about the potential destruction of these 500 beautiful trees and impact this will have on RHS Garden Wisley please show your support and sign our petition: just go to https:// www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley and look for ‘Wisley Under Threat’ for details. You could also write to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR and voice your concerns. You can find a template letter on the website in case that is helpful (and please feel free to amend as you wish). Sue Biggs, Director General, RHS

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