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What’s in here this month? Ashtead Spring Clean


GO50 Guided walks/cycle rides


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Olympic legacy events 2013


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Red Nose Day Charity family roller disco


Wallace & Gromit’s Big Breakfast


Local history article


Antiques Roadshow coming in May


Nappy recycling trial


Epsom Hospital update


Teacher ‘thank you’ books


BUPA London 10K run


Local teacher to run marathon


Leatherhead’s twin town - Triel


March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


Quiz - Days of the week


Find a cat a home


Quiz - Detectives


What’s on in March (pages 70-76)


A tribute to my mother - Sarah Lott


Transition Ashtead


History society seeks publicity officer


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Brigitte Trust volunteering 2013


Ashtead Lion receives top award


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Marvellous MV Food event in April


Surrey Reuse Network


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Appeal for supermarket vouchers


Gardening - seed sowing on the cheap


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Multi-charity fundraising event 23rd June


Book reviews


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From the Publisher


ell, I’ve finally made it to March 2013 to one of my ‘big’ birthdays, I won’t tell you which one, you’ll have to guess, anything from 25 to 60. Odd thing is I really don’t feel it and surely that’s the secret of youth, not pretending to be young, but rather, not believing that you are old! If you asked me when I was 18 how old ‘old’ was, I would have said that 30 was ancient. Funny how I’m always moving the goal posts... To quote Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’: “Thirtyfive is a very attractive age. London society is full of women ...who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five ever since she arrived at the age of forty, which was many years ago now.” I think we shall leave it at that! Further to last month’s letter from the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, he has sent his constituents an update on the meeting held on 7th February and this can be found on page 20. I received some exciting news from the BBC no less, informing us that their popular ‘Antiques Roadshow’ programme is coming to Polesden Lacey on Thursday 16th May. I think the show is great and my partner and I always play along trying to guess the cost of the various antiques - we are spectacularly bad at guessing the right amount, but that still doesn’t stop us! I shall be taking along my Coronation Souvenir in a Walnut and have asked the BBC to ensure that security is tight on the day in order for me to bring it along in safety. I received an interesting article from Surrey County Council about their ‘Surrey Reuse Network’ which offers some great value used furniture for your home with showrooms in New Malden, Guildford, Mitcham, Camberley, Redhill amongst others branches, more info on page 40. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and I have decided to rerun last year’s article on this important subject, with a few updates, on page 64. Tim Ashton recently invited me to be a judge at the baking competition at Ashtead Village Day on Saturday 8th June. How on earth did Tim know about my love of cakes... I, of course, accepted his kind invitation, how could I possibly refuse?

RocknRoller disco, a new fun, family activity held twice a month at Leatherhead Leisure Centre is holding an 80s themed charity event Technical & Legal stuff on Saturday 16th March in aid of Comic Relief. In addition to their Whilst every care has been taken to charity event on the 16th, there are two roller skating sessions for ensure that the data in this magazine all ages held on every first and third Saturday of the month, sounds is accurate, the Publisher cannot like a hoot, see page 53. accept, and hereby disclaims, any I am reminded of my own roller skating days as a child. My new liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions roller skates had ball bearings in the wheels (you were nothing on our street unless your skates had ball bearings), and I remember resulting from negligence, accident showing off in front of my friends and skating far too fast then or any other cause. tipping over backwards (thankfully my head took the blow so No part of this magazine may be nothing too important) and knocking myself out for a couple reproduced, stored in any retrieval minutes. It gave me a great deal of street cred down our ‘way’ but system, or transmitted in any form - I had a real cartoon Tom & Jerry bruise on the back of my head for electronic, mechanical, recording, days. Don’t try it at home kids. Best go to a properly run event! photocopying, or otherwise - without Don’t forget that Mothering Sunday falls on 10th March this year and prior permission of the Publisher. that the clocks go forward by an hour in All in-house artwork and editorial the small hours of Sunday 31st March presented in this magazine remains (Easter Day). Have a lovely Easter break. the copyright of Zen George. Cheerio ducks, © Zen George Zen George All rights reserved 2013. Publisher 01372 376420 01372 376420

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Ashtead Spring Clean - Saturday 23rd March - 10am Why not come and join us in a LITTER PICKING group for just 1 hour? Meet at 9.50am for briefing by a member of the ARA Committee: • • • • • • •

Outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall At Ashtead Station car park Outside the Football Club, near the pond Outside The Greville School On the corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue Outside St Andrews School On the corner of Craddocks Avenue and A24

Please wear strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. Bags will be provided.

Bring the bags back to the starting point at 11am or hand them to Red Cloud Recycling Collection of rubbish and rubbish bags

Red Cloud Recycling has once again offered the use of their van to collect the rubbish and rubbish bags from our volunteers at the various meeting points. Thank you to Eddie Shiels. If you are working on your own in your own area, please let me know and we can ask Eddie to come and collect your rubbish or otherwise please bring them to the APMH Car Park from 11am onwards.

Or you could work in your own road or immediate area, either on your own, or with a

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Clean your street name and signs with a bucket of water and a scrubbing brush Cut back the front hedge or shrubs to your boundary, if they are overhanging. Offer to help elderly or disabled neighbours

If possible, please let us know in advance so that we don’t send people to the same place.

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Peter, the Landlord of The Brewery has offered to host a get together in the back room of the pub, for anyone who has taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee will be served from 11.15am free of charge. Please join your committee members there after the work is done, and meet all the other Ashtead residents who care about the Village.

If you have any queries please email or call 07905 201857 Clare Ansett Events and Membership Coordinator

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The Localism Act 2011 introduced new powers for people to develop their own Neighbourhood Plan. Our February contribution to the Ashtead Leatherhead Local noted that we were studying the idea of attempting a Neighbourhood Plan.

• to assist in urban regeneration, by recycling urban land The Green Belt locations that function best to fulfill these purposes will be the ones that are kept. The ones that no longer function well may be released for development.

After meeting with MV Senior Planning Officers Jack Straw and Suzanne Parks we now know that, although it would be a very good idea to have a Neighbourhood Plan, time is not on our side. It would require that we develop a forum of a minimum of 21 members representing various age and gender groups from North and South Leatherhead. Business, sport and cultural groups would also have to be represented. The rigorous 14 step process would take a lot of time, research, and funding that we do not have.

AGM With the recent consultations concerning the Relocation and Development of Barnett Wood Lane allotments, a sense of disquiet has descended on parts of Leatherhead. Last year we watched and supported Lucy Quinnell, as she fought a battle to save 57 acres of woodland from being purchased for development. Now we are told parts of the Green Belt may be released for development.

Meanwhile, Jack Straw has encouraged us to participate in as many planning consultations as possible. Our attention has been drawn to the allotment consultation that began on the 25th February and another larger consultation on Mole Valley Land Allocations Plan and Green Belt Boundary Review.

With these facts in mind, we have selected two speakers to address our 8th April AGM. John Howarth will share his knowledge of British High Streets which have to compete with out of town developments. Lucy Quinnell will present slides and bring us up to date concerning Teazle Wood.

Yes, the Green Belt Boundaries are under review. There is a growing need for housing to cope with the expanding population in London. The coalition government has come to believe that only with the release of some Green Belt land will they be able to deal with the growing housing needs of London.

Appeal for Help The LRA committee are working hard to make Leatherhead a better, brighter place. We are trying to get the best for residents by representing important issues to our local authorities. If, like us, you feel strongly about taking part in the community, come along to a meeting or two. Perhaps you will find a subcommittee that will interest you--they are open to everyone. All will benefit if you take part in the decision making process.

To pre-empt government demands, the Boundary Review will look at only Green Belt nearest built up areas. The idea is to evaluate how well each bit of that Green Belt fulfills the purposes of Green Belt land which are: • to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas • to prevent neighbouring towns from merging into one another • to assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment • to preserve the setting and special character of historic towns

If you have interests, thoughts, and skills in the area of our work please share them. Expertise in IT would also be welcome. In addition we need someone to record and type the minutes. We can all make a difference by working together. Please give us a call: 07986 430 935 Next meeting is 4th March at the Letherhead Institute, at 7:30 p.m.

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Fetcham Residents’ Association Founded in 1932

General Outline In common with most of northern Mole Valley, Fetcham does not have a Parish Council that would be responsible for running certain functions of local government, funded through a precept collected from every household through the Council Taxation system. Residents Associations are the alternative, and do fulfil many of these roles but on a purely voluntary basis, funded entirely by the subscriptions from its members and managed by an unpaid Committee elected by them. Unlike a Parish Council, membership of a Residents Association is not compulsory, but in Fetcham it currently stands at around two-thirds of the population. Fetcham Residents Association is a non-political organisation whose main aim is to represent and further the interests of the Fetcham community. That work has changed in recent years, as we are frequently consulted on major issues that affect our residents. Not only planning, which forms a significant part of the agenda, but community strategy, healthcare, airport and motorway expansion, waste disposal, mineral workings, Leatherhead Town improvements and the restructuring of local government. We continue to monitor the day-to-day problems involving roads, flooding, buses, parking, policing and general welfare of the elderly and the youth, taking steps to resolve issues wherever possible. Greatly assisting with this is the close working relationship we enjoy with our local Councillors, most of whom regularly attend the monthly meetings of our Executive Committee.

We report to our members at an AGM in March, which is also attended by our Councillors, and arrange a speaker to address the meeting on a topic of general interest. In addition we host the regular bi-monthly Police Panels run by our Community Officers. Subscriptions have remained at the level of £1 per household for over ten years, the finance being used to cover running expenses and the printing and distribution of our Newsletter, with the bulk going to projects that benefit the village. These frequently include working with Council Officers to ensure that the funds raised from Developers who have erected buildings in the village, referred to as Section 106 money, is channelled back to benefit the residents of Fetcham and not invested elsewhere. In addition we also finance projects directly, often with input from our local County Councillors, and recently we have replaced all the wooden planters in the main shopping area, whose floral displays we continue to maintain together with those in the other tubs throughout the village. The more members the Association has the stronger its voice, and recruiting new people to serve on our Committee adds valuable new experience and points of view to strengthen its performance, so if you are in Fetcham and care about your community, we look forward to welcoming you. To join just use the slip below. Paul Fairweather Chairman

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BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will start filming for its 36th series in the grounds of the National Trust’s property at Polesden Lacey on Thursday, 16th May, 2013. The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free. This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s sixth year with the Roadshow and she says, “Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch. Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the 'what's it worth?’ moment. The AR isn't just about antiques - it's history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one. We expect around 1500 and 2000 visitors on the day, but despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.” Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts. People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR or e-mail them at: It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue. More information can be found at: 16


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Epsom Hospital update from Chris Grayling MP A big thank you to all of the people who attended the public meeting at Blenheim High School about the future of Epsom Hospital on February 7th. More than 500 people attended, and we had so many that not everyone could get in. My apologies to those who could not, but at the very least you contributed to a strong message about views in the local community. A whole range of concerns were raised at the meeting, and it was absolutely clear that the proposals for local NHS services do not command the universal support of local doctors. I have written again to the Better Services Better Value team to ask them to publish a whole range of detailed documents about their work, including giving us details of the capital spending and work that would be needed to transfer services from five hospitals to three, about the impact on Surrey hospitals and Surrey ambulance services, and about travel times from the local area to potential sites for future acute services. I am far from convinced that this work has been done to anything like the level that would be needed to justify the proposals. No announcement should be made about the future location of services unless there is clear evidence that this work has been done properly. I will continue to keep everyone locally posted about developments. Kind regards Chris Grayling 20

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The Triel Twinning – come with us to visit Monet’s garden at Giverny in June! It’s always a surprise to me just how few people who live in Mole Valley realise that Lea Leatherhead & District has been twinned with a small French town for nearly 10 years. There are twinning signs on all the main entry roads to Leatherhead, but I still meet people who say ’I had no idea’. Well, the French town in question is Triel-sur-Seine which is about 35 km NW of Paris on the banks of the River Seine and which became Leatherhead’s twin town in 2004. Every year, either we travel to Triel and stay with host families, or we wel welcome our French friends to our homes in Leatherhead and the surrounding area. We endeavour to foster links between our two communities and are currently keen to find a secondary school in the north of Mole Valley to link with a similar school in Triel. The twinning group is called ‘The Friends of Triel’ and we have a membership of about 50, although we are always keen to welcome new members. Our exchanges and activities are organised by a committee of 6, who The Church in Triel oversee the annual exchange, arrange a variety of social events during the year and produce a newsletter 2 or 3 times a year. We hold quizzes, barbeques and picnics and organise everything from croquet to country walks and … piggy racing (it’s a long story!).

This year we will be travelling to Triel by coach via Eurotunnel on Thursday 6 June and returning on Sunday 9 June, and will visit Amiens on the journey down and Le Touquet for lunch on the return journey. Friday will The Maison Senet, Triel be spent enjoying Claude Monet’s beautiful gardens in Giverny and on Saturday there will be a civic reception followed by a petanque tournament in the afternoon (no experience required!). Saturday evening is our Gala dinner at a lovely restaurant on the banks of the River Seine. We would be delighted to hear from any individual, local school or organisation wanting to find out more Lunch in Amiens about our activities. Should you be interested in joining our twinning group, membership costs £5 per annum for individuals or £10 for organisations. Please visit our official website at or call me on 07767 833427 to find out more about our trip to Triel this June or just to have a chat about the twinning. I look forward to hearing from you and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you to the Friends of Triel. Paula Hancock Chairman – Friends of Triel 24

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As it’s Mother’s Day this month, instead of my usual story about Ruth, I thought I’d write a tribute to my own mother. She’s just had a major operation and has been very unwell so I’m sure Ruth would forgive me for not writing about her this month! The Thread of Love My Mother by Sarah Lott

I love my mother. First it was a love Based on needs and warmth Then it turned to rebellion A fight against an image Of what I might become. Today I see that image In my own reflection And I am proud. I am wiser now.

then that parental love becomes three dimensional and only then can its depth and breadth be seen from all angles. Like most children, I went through phases of being irritated by my mother; teenage rebellion compelled me to argue and dismiss her suggestions and support. I thought I knew best. I was determined to enter womanhood on my own terms and without reference to the complexities of her life. I tested the strength of that elastic thread but I was puzzled. However hard I pushed away, the thread refused to snap. When I married, the thread grew shorter again and I was so proud to be able to share my happiness with her. I started to see things through her eyes and began to appreciate the new dimension in our relationship.

Having children brought our love firmly into the third dimension. I needed my mother and pulled on the thread with as much force The relationship between mother and child as I had pushed on it before. Together, we is a complex one, shifting and changing as made and shared memories and became cothe years pass. Having written Memory Books conspirators in the game of motherhood. In for many clients over the last few years, I’ve all this, my mother was wise enough to keep learned that mothers are also daughters, the thread at an acceptable length for both friends, sisters, wives, lovers, grandparents of us. Not too tight but tight enough. and great grandparents. They are Now that I am getting older and my children adventurers, home makers, professionals are beginning to test the strength of their and protectors. Their memories tell their own threads, I can appreciate my mother all story and their stories shape the lives of the more. It hurts to feel them push away their families. but I know it has to happen. It’s meant to I’m very close to my mother. Over the happen. My own mother’s love has shown years, the dynamic of our relationship has me that if I let the elastic stretch, they will changed and our roles continue to evolve. return and our relationship will be all the The thread of love between parent and child better for it.

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Take part in our studies and get paid! Leatherhead Food Research is always looking for paid volunteers from Leatherhead and the surrounding area to assist us with taste testing and nutrition studies. Studies range from eating and giving feedback on various food and drink products to assessing the impact of certain foods on appetite. To learn more about the different types of studies you can participate in, please visit If you are interested in taking part, simply register for our Nutrition Studies at Or, to register for SenseReach™ Consumer Testing, go to

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This stunning gold plated heart and pearl bracelet is from the ‘Pearls of the Orient’ range at Bumbles (perfect for Mother’s Day), also available in many other designs. We stock Greetings Cards, Toys from Melissa & Doug, Jellycat & Wow; plus Bronnley, Clocks, Culinary Concepts, Pewter, Photo Frames, Reading Glasses, Silver & Fashion Jewellery, as well as individual and unique Gifts with a difference.

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Local Rotary Club appeals for supermarket vouchers! Last year’s appeal

As in previous years, The Rotary Club of Leatherhead is appealing to Mole Valley residents to help the club support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting special schools vouchers from Tesco and Sainsbury's supermarkets. For every £10 spent in each of the supermarket chains, customers are given either a 'Schools & Clubs' voucher from Tesco, or an 'Active Kids' voucher from Sainsbury's, which can subsequently be converted by the school into vital computer and sports equipment.

West Hill School ( is an outstanding special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondaryaged pupils from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism. Over the past five years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, the Rotary Club of Leatherhead has been able to present over 20,000 supermarket vouchers to the school, enabling them to 'buy' hundreds of pounds worth of equipment to support their pupils! Simon Edmands, the Rotary Club's PR Officer, said "This is such a simple way for people to support West Hill School and its pupils. Our club has been working with the school in a variety of ways for quite a few years now and both the pupils and staff alike are a genuine inspiration!"

Please send your vouchers to: Rotary Club of Leatherhead, c/o Donovan Hewitt, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN. 41

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War Horse Michael Morpurgo

Based on the true story of a horse named ‘Warrior’, War Horse follows the tale of Joey, a young mount who is sold to the cavalry for service in the First World War and the attempts of his previous owner Albert to bring him home safely. It’s an amazing story of bravery and friendship, set against the bloodiest of backdrops and you can’t help but gallop alongside the intrepid pair.

White Fang Jack London

Set in Canada during the gold rush at the end of the 1800s, White Fang is the story of a half dog-half wolf hybrid puppy and his attempts to find his place in the world. It’s an epic story of survival, with White Fang struggling against the violent backdrop of the Yukon Territory before he’s adopted by American Indian Grey Beaver and attempts to live as a domesticated canine. White Fang’s new life is just as brutal, as he fails to be accepted by other young dogs and so reverts to being the ‘lone wolf’, detached and isolated in the frozen wastelands.

‘Hang spring –cleaning!’ cries Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. The critters are emerging from hibernation, and so are we. We’ve picked a selection of the best novels where animals are calling the shots. What better way to welcome in the warmer weather, than with some tales from the riverbank… and beyond?

Watership Down Richard Adams

Fiver can sense impending doom. Something very bad is coming to the rabbit warren and fleeing is the only way to save the clan. He and his brother Hazel embark on the journey of a lifetime to find sanctuary at Watership Down. Crammed full of amazing rabbit folklore, myths, legends and even their own language of ‘Lapine’, we become totally immersed in Fiver and Hazel’s world, carried along on this amazing and perilous journey across southern England.

Animal Farm George Orwell

Originally subtitled ‘A Fairy Story’, this was Orwell’s allegory for events leading up to the Russian Revolution. Rebellion is in the air at Manor Farm when the drunken layabout of a farmer, Mr Jones, forgets to feed his animals. Pigs Napoleon and Snowball lead the revolt and bring power to all those on four legs. But in time, the uprising takes an unexpected downturn. Remember: ‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than other. 44

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White

Bashful and whimsical Wilbur the Pig is horrified to learn that he’s facing the chop. His human protector, Fern, might not be able to save him all on her own and it looks like it’s up to the barn’s resident arachnid to save his bacon. Can Charlotte convince the farmer that Wilbur really is worth hanging onto? Ok, so the clue is in the title but this is a thoroughly charming tale that will have you laying off the sausages, and letting the cobwebs hang around a bit longer, way after you’ve put the book down.

The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein

Another dog has his day now and this time it’s Enzo who wants to be reincarnated as a human. Enzo already feels human - he watches television and listens carefully to everything his master tells him. Through watching and listening, Enzo has gleaned that his human family is in trouble and he must do everything in his power to fix them. ‘Heart-warming’ doesn’t come close.


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

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


March Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Mon 4 : North Downs Way & Mogador: 5m Walk along North Downs Way via Colley Hill, return via Mogador & Marjery Wood. Good views. Fairly flat, no stiles. Meet at 10am in Wray Lane NT Car Park, top of Reigate Hill, off J8/M25. TQ263524 / RH2 9RP (T) Bus 420, 460 | Thu 7 : Friday Street : 5½m Undulating walk via byways and bridleways. Good views, some mud. Pub or picnic by lake afterwards. Meet at 10:15am at Friday Street CP. TQ126457 / RH5 6JR | Tue 12 : Boxhill & Mickleham : 8m Very challenging, hilly walk with lunch in the middle. Meet at 10am at Stepping Stones car park (not the pub!), just off A24 London Rd. TQ171517 / RH5 6BS | Tue 19 : TitseyWesterham : 8m Steep climb at start, through Tatsfield to Westerham for lunch. Return through Moorhouse. Good views, fields & woodland. Meet at 10am at Titsey Place CP at Pitchfont Farm, Water Lane, north of Limpsfield & M25. TQ402546 / RH8 0SA | Fri 22 : South Nutfield : 3½m Easy, undulating walk around South Nutfield area. Meet at 10am at Kings Lodge Nursing Home (special permission), Nutfield Park off Kings Cross Lane. Turn south (Mid St) at Nutfield crossroads on A25. Pass Nutfield station, turn left into Kings Cross Lane and watch for Nutfield Pk on right. TQ311485 / RH1 5PA | Mon 25 : Walton on the Hill : 4m Mixture of woods & open grass. Pub refreshments. Meet at 10am at CP on Dorking Rd B2032 (opp Deans Lane, next to golf course). TQ227544 / KT20 7TP | Tue 26 : Wakehurst Place memorial walk Lovely walk in gardens & Loder Valley. Visit Daffodil Memorial Area, finishing with coffee at café. Everyone welcome. Meet at 10am at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Haywards Heath. NT free entrance. TQ339314 / RH17 6TN (T) Bus 81 | Wed 27 : Denbies : 4½m Varied walk through vineyard, onto Ranmore and back along North Downs Way. One steep climb, one stile, gentle descent. Lovely views. Meet at 10:15am at Denbies Wine Estate off A24 north of Dorking. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T)

March Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Fri 1 : Reigate: 13m From Reigate Heath to Box Hill and back. Meet at Skimmington Castle pub, Bonny’s Road, off Flanchford Rd, Reigate. Park in CP behind pub. TQ238497 / RH2 8RL | Fri 15 : Loxwood: 11m Forest, meadow, parkland, and fairly flat. Meet at the Wey/Arun Canal Trust car park next to the Onslow Arms Pub, south of Loxwood village on B2133. TQ039312 / RH14 0RD | Mon 18 : Tandridge: 12m Up and along the North Downs and back. Scenic climbs and interesting descents. Coffee stop half way. Meet at Barley Mow pub, Tandridge. On Tandridge Lane, 1m south of A25. TQ372505 / RH8 9NJ | Mon 25 : Reigate Hill: 14m Gentle ride with small climbs. Circular route around Sportsman pub. Meet at Reigate Hill CP. TQ263524 / RH2 9RP. Lunch at The Sportsman, KT20 7ES

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(walking boots/suitable footwear recommended, bring Nordic poles)

Fri 1 : Denbies to Ranmore Common : 5m Circular walk through vineyards up to Ranmore and part of North Downs Way. Mixture of wooded & open countryside with lovely views. One hill at start, no stiles. Toilets/cafe at Denbies. Meet at 10:15am at Denbies Vineyard. Off A24 north of Dorking. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Bus 465 | Tue 5: Garsons Farm (monthly): 4m Circular walk along wide tracks on West End & Esher Commons passing Black Pond with beautiful swans. Meet at 10:15am at Garsons Fm overflow CP, Winterdown Rd off West End Green, Esher. TQ124638 / KT10 8LR (T) 50

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“I just wanted to send you a huge THANK YOU from Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation for all the support you have shown us over the years. Your support has helped us raise thousands for sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK and we really wouldn't have been able to do this without you!” Ellen Camillin, Corporate & Events Fundraiser, Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation

Mole Valley Welcomes Olympic Legacy and Other Events The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic annual Olympic legacy events were launched on 7th February in London. For Mole Valley, the focus will be on Sunday 4 August when 20,000 amateur cyclists will take to their bicycles and travel through the District, many raising money for worthy causes. Participants in this huge event will be following a large part of the Olympic Road Cycling Road Race route that brought the likes of Lizzie Armitstead, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish to the roads of Mole Valley and other parts of Surrey. 4 August will also be a day for the world’s top professionals too, as the Classic event invites 150 top international athletes to show us all how it is really done. For more information, see This festival follows a new event for Mole Valley and Waverley in the form of the Vachery Triathlon on 21 July. This event is being organisers by the Vachery Estate in the Surrey Hills and promises participants the opportunity to swim in a spring-fed lake as well as a closed-road cycle and run. Later in September, Surrey looks forward to welcoming once again the Tour of Britain. Details on this event will be released by the organisers nearer the time. Whilst Mole Valley is not organising any of these events, the Council is keen to Olympic Double Gold medallist Laura Trott cycles with children demonstrate its support to organisers and to from Field End Junior School (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) Surrey County Council. 52

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Surrey Slimmers (Fetcham)

The club with the personal touch We meet every Wednesday from 5.45-7.00pm and every Thursday from 9.45-11.00am, in The Reading Rooms, Cobham Road, Fetcham. We're fun, friendly and very successful, and with a choice of three programmes to follow, there really is something for everyone.

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3rd Ashtead Brownies Big Enrolment! On Monday 4 February 2013, the 3rd Ashtead Brownies hosted their big enrolment night for 21 new members at the Ashtead Football Clubhouse. The Brownie pack has been recently started by Charlotte Hawkins or ‘Brown Owl’, her formal Brownie title. Each new member recited the Brownie Guide promise “A Brownie thinks of others before herself and does a good deed every day” which embodies the same community values as those promoted by Lord Baden Powell in 1914 nearly 100 years ago. The Brownie centenary will be celebrated next year in 2014. Brownies offers a unique space for girls to develop their individual identity outside of the pressures of school. They can form new relationships with other girls and they can learn to share and work together enjoying the fun and rewards of their accomplishments. Brownies develop important life skills by undertaking new challenges to earn a variety of interest badges from cooking, healthy eating, first aid and circus performer skills! Charlotte Hawkins said “In 2013, our focus will be on fundraising as we are a new Brownie pack and desperately need to increase our funds. We will be having a number of fundraising activities and we would be delighted if the local community would come along and show their support”.

Ashtead Women’s Institute - February 2013 Meeting There was a very lively buzz and a full house for our February meeting when we were pleased to welcome visitors and 2 new members. Our President, Sally Cole advised of the many future events arranged for our members which we could sign up for in our coffee break and we heard of the various fund raising events taking place in the Peace Memorial Hall. Our speaker was Mike Wigley, a Paramedic, who gave us a very entertaining look at the intricate life of bees and the bee hives. He told us of some of the unusual places chosen by the bees in the absence of a hive – oil drums, coffins, cavity walls, etc, but showed us an early collection point, a skep, made of circular coils of straw from where the honey could be collected only after killing the bees, not an ideal answer for beekeepers! Mike had also brought along an actual hive with its various storeys and wax frames and he passed around many interesting exhibits such as pieces of combe, beeswax and the smoker which subdues the bees sometimes when the keeper needs to work with them. Mike was happy to answer the many extra questions we had for him after such an enlightening evening. Ashtead W.I. will be visiting the BBC shortly, are planning a visit to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and arranging regular members’ lunches locally. We also have many popular sub-groups which members can enjoy in smaller numbers between meetings. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March when Norman Colthier will be telling us Anecdotes of a 60s Ad Man. 56

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 49

The Old Bakery, Crampshaw Lane, Ashtead The Old Bakery in Crampshaw Lane is a three-bay boarded house, part 17th and part 18th century, which originally consisted of two small cottages, extended in the late 17th century. From about 1720, the premises were used as a bake house and shop. Though the oven has been removed, its chimney can still be seen on the south side of the house. An area once used for storing flour now forms a gallery over the main lounge, and the crane and pulley for hoisting sacks, with wooden cogs, still survive. Henry Harman born 1792 followed by his

The Old Bakery, Crampshaw Lane

daughter Ann (Annie) born 1840 ran the business for 50 years from 1841 to 1891. In the 1841 and 1851 census respectively, two further children are recorded, Rebecca born 1823 and Henry Jnr. born 1829. No mention is made of his wife in 1841 so one must assume he was a widower. In 1861 Henry is shown as employing two men. He bought the Sheath & Son Shop, The Street c: 1914 freehold in the 1879 sale for £640. Annie never married and on her retirement went to live in The Elms in The Street. (Next to Ashtead Village Club). In 1892 the business was taken over by Arthur Sheath, a member of the ‘Sheath’ dynasty of bakers, whose father John had premises in Epsom High Street. In the 1901 census his son Arthur Leonard assists him, but his wife Harriet and daughter Florence are lodging in Leatherhead. However, by the 1911 census they are shown as living at the Old Bakery. The business was sold in 1928 when the building ceased to be used as a bakery. The shop in The Street was later acquired by Riddington’s (United Caterers Ltd) Bakers. Arthur had two other brothers, Leonard who remained with his father in Epsom and John Harvey who took over the baking premises of Robert Smith at 20 Bridge Street, Leatherhead in the early part of the 20th century and was there until his death in 1925. Arthur died in 1939.

Goff Powell - Extracted from Ashtead A Village Transformed L&DLHS 1977 / History of Ashtead L&DLHS 1995 with additions.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 58

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OSTEOPATHY CLINIC (Established since 2001)       

Getting rid of pain fast, Why suffer? Just come and get it Clinics in sorted Fetcham & 70% better in 3-5 sessions Uxbridge Understand ‘what is wrong’ and ‘how to prevent problems and or pain’ Massage Therapist Available (also treats during and after pregnancy) Recognised by all insurers including BUPA and AXA PPP Free Parking in a convenient location All major debit and credit cards accepted

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The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local is eagerly read and the perfect place to ask for charity volunteers – we have always had an excellent response - including a call half an hour after the magazine was delivered! Vanessa Smith, Promotions Manager, The Brigitte Trust 59

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South East’s First Nappy Recycling Trial This spring, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) will run a weekly nappy and absorbent hygiene product (AHP) collection trial in Fetcham and Bookham. It is the first council in the South of England to offer this recycling service. This convenient service is designed for parents and guardians with children in nappies and residents who use incontinence pads. During the six-month trial, instead of going to landfill, using brand new technology the waste will be turned into plastic pellets and cardboard fibres. The benefits to the environment are significant, as at landfill disposable nappies are estimated to take around 500 years to decompose! Councillor James Friend, Portfolio Holder for Environment explains: “We estimate that residents throw away over 1,000 tonnes of nappies a year, so it’s fantastic to be able to give them the chance to recycle instead. Thanks to residents, our recycling rate for December was 62.5% and with new initiatives such as this it will continue to rise. “This initiative is about listening to our residents, helping them to access the services they need and protecting the environment of Mole Valley. It also helps us to deliver value for money, as we can make savings by diverting the waste from landfill.” If the trial is successful, district-wide collections could be rolled out.

Dick Jones must be NUTS! Dick Jones and his fellow members of Trusted Contacts the Burford Bridge based Business Group are running the NUTS Challenge in Dorking in aid of Rainbow Trust on Saturday March 2nd, rain or more rain! They are tackling a 7K assault course to raise money for this great local charity a lot of small donations can quickly build up - so do consider going online to make a donation. Each member is attempting to raise £200 - so see what you can spare visit TrustedContacts or contact Dick direct via email on Pictured right is Dick having his moustache removed (gratefully) at the end of Movember. Trusted Contacts raised £2000 for the Testicular Cancer awareness campaign When not working for charities Dick is a Leatherhead based designer and printer 60

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diet matters Do you need help with your diet? Contact Isabelle Fry, a registered dietitian, who will provide you with personalised nutritional advice and support.

Areas of professional nutritional advice include: weight management diabetes nutrition for health cholesterol lowering advice nutrition in pregnancy and lactation nutrition in cancer irritable bowel syndrome (low FODMAP diet) 07789 778990 Follow Diet Matters on Twitter and Facebook



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FREE CHILD CHECK UPS IN MARCH WITH EVERY NEW ADULT WHO REGISTERS! Local teacher set to run marathon for charity Local junior school teacher and mum of 3 children, Sue King, 40, is training to run her first London Marathon this year and chosen to support the amazing charity Vitalise. “I have never run that seriously, only to keep a general level of fitness, and always vowed I would NEVER run a marathon (I thought it was only for the insane!) But I woke up one day and thought “Why not?” Life is short and as I have reached my 40th year, it’s now or never! My chosen charity is Vitalise who provide essential respite breaks to people with profound disabilities and their carers, providing much needed relief to those who find it hard to cope with significant daily struggles. As well as raising money for the charity I hope to increase awareness of their marvellous work. My target is £1600. It is going to be hard work both physically and mentally but I am so determined to cross that finish line!”

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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month • Some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those seen in more common conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) so GPs may find it hard to diagnose • Most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in women who have gone through ‘the change of life’ or menopause. This means that most cases are in women over the age of 50 but younger women can also get ovarian cancer Target Ovarian Cancer wants to help women across the UK learn about ovarian cancer and raise awareness of the symptoms. The sooner ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. Survival can be 70% for women diagnosed with early stage ovarian The good news about ovarian cancer is that if cancer. That means that seven out of ten diagnosed at an early stage, the outlook is good. women will survive for five or more years. However, because some of the symptoms of But for GPs to be able to spot a possible case of ovarian cancer are similar to those seen in more ovarian cancer, women need to learn to common conditions, such as irritable bowel recognise the symptoms and go to see their syndrome (IBS), it can be difficult to diagnose. doctor as soon as possible. Most women are not diagnosed until the disease If you are 50 or over and have symptoms that has spread, which is why it is important that are new for you which are similar to those of women know about the symptoms, so that they irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), your GP should can seek advice as early as possible. offer you tests to check for ovarian cancer. That The symptoms will look familiar to most women is because it is unusual for a woman of this age as they are commonly experienced in the to develop IBS if they have not had it before. general population. However when they are Occasionally other symptoms such as changes in experienced frequently (particularly more than bowel habit or extreme fatigue (feeling very 12 times a month), are persistent (they do not tired) can be experienced on their own or at the go away) and are not normal for you (having same time as those symptoms listed. Again it is started within the last 12 months), you should most likely that these symptoms are not ovarian seek advice from your GP as they could suggest cancer, but may be present in some women ovarian cancer. with the disease. The symptoms include: • Pelvic or abdominal pain • Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes) • Feeling full early and/or lack of appetite • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual) If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to be checked out. • 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year • Cervical screening tests - sometimes known as smear tests - will not help to detect ovarian cancer

You should also mention if there are two or more cases of ovarian or breast cancer in your close family, as ovarian cancer can sometimes run in families. If you have already visited your GP and the symptoms continue or worsen, it is important to return and explain this to your doctor - you know your body better than anyone. Remember, ovarian cancer is uncommon and early diagnosis may save lives. For more info and support, go to: 64

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Leatherhead Podiatry Love your feet! Lesley Pennington S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., B.Sc.Hons., HPC reg 25 years experience

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After our wonderful Christmas show by our Variety group at our December meeting we heard Nigel Drury speak on the charity 'Through The Roof' in January. They renovate wheelchairs & other mobility aids & take them to poor countries mainly in Africa. Very moving.

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At our February meeting Joanna Bogle spoke on celebrating our festivals. These are all very old & steeped in history. The problem is that in this modern age we are in danger of losing their true meaning due to excessive commercialisation.

The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local was the natural way for the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Mid Surrey Link to reach out to a really local audience and Zen's help in laying out the article led to really impressive results. Thank you Zen! Simon Cooke, Mid Surrey Link

Our next meeting on March 5th at Ashtead Peace memorial hall at 7.45 pm is our AGM which will be followed by a quiz. Mid surrey federation are organising a Curling afternoon (interesting with no ice!) & also a visit to the Silk Mill at Whitchuch. You are very welcome to attend any of our meetings. Chairman Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Three times the love! Billy, Lily & Tiggy are three year old siblings. Billy is black & white, Lily is tabby & white and Tiggy is a tabby. These friendly, placid semi-longhaired cats all need a new home together after their owners moved abroad and sadly were unable to take them. They love children and are fine with other cats.

If you feel that you could give Billy, Lily & Tiggy a forever loving home together please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307

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As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

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April - come she will And till the end of the merry month , we have some short courses in popular subjects. All these start during the week beginning 15 April, and fees are £50 or £55 for courses of 5, 6 or 7 sessions. On Wednesday evenings we have Writers Circle. Several students have successfully published recently - Possums Book of Practical Pigs, The Lovers’ Cookbook, a story called The Stage, to mention just some. Come and join this happy band. Still on a literary theme, on Tuesday afternoons, London Past and Present views London with Charles Dickens, John Betjeman, and those two great Samuels - Pepys and Johnson . On Wednesday mornings the Art History class moves on to Spanish Art of the 14th century – Moorish, Castilian and Catalan. On Thursday afternoons we learn about some Turbulent Priests including Stephen Langton, Thomas Cranmer and the Wesleys. For those who have not been able to get on to our computer courses as so many of them have been full, we have two new ones: Getting going with Computers Wednesdays 1.30–3pm and Internet, email and Social Networking Fridays 11.30am-1pm. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website


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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? Saturday 2nd

Bookham Choral Society Coffee Morning. 10am – 12pm, The Barn Hall, Bookham. Many exciting stalls, refreshments and musical entertainment

Saturday 2nd

Dorking Concertgoers, Maggini String Quartet, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm, playing Mozart, John Ireland and Schubert. Info and tickets on 01306 740619 or

Saturday 2nd

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, United Reformed Church, Church St, Epsom, KT17 4PW, 7.30pm. Playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Haydn. Tickets and info 01372 276949.

Tuesday 5th

Cruise Show at Denbies 2pm-5.30pm. Tickets are FREE from Style Cruises on 01372 271754 or emailing, see page 25 for more details.

Sunday 10th

Mother’s Day Carriage Rides, Winkworth Arboretum. 12.30pm-4pm. Treat Mum to a relaxing carriage ride Normal Admission applies plus £7 for the carriage ride. Booking essential. Horse and Carriage rides will be available at weekends, from spring until end of autumn. Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, GU8 4AD. 01483 208477

Monday 11th Sunday 24th

Ashtead Art Group Spring Exhibition, Denbies Vineyard Gallery. Free admission, over 120 pictures in various styles and media to appeal to all tastes.

Friday 15th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society Spring Show & Annual General Meeting at Leatherhead Parish Hall from 7.30 pm (AGM 8pm). Admission free, all are welcome.

Saturday 16th

Spring Fair at Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, Fetcham, KT22 9QS, Fetcham Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Trefoil Guild, 10am-12noon. Free entry. Bric-a-Brac & Nearly-New, Books & Toys, Cakes & Refreshments, Gifts, Raffle, Tombola, Children's Games & Activities. Plus, a ‘Flower Arrangement in a Small Unusual Container’ competition.

Friday 22nd

Calling all devotees of barn dancing! Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, dance to the music of The Hersham Revellers. 6.45 for 7.30pm, tickets £13 inc fish and chip supper. Bar open all evening and raffle to add to the fun. For tickets call APMH office 01372 272921.

Friday 22nd

Soundbytes choir FREE Spring Concert. Wonderful singing in glorious harmony. Christ Church (UR) L'head, Epsom Rd, L'head, KT22 8ST, 8pm. See ad in Clubs & Activities section for more details"

Fri 29th MAR Mon 1st APR

Easter Weekend Family Fun at Polesden Lacey sponsored by Cadbury’s. Special activities for children, including facepainting and storytelling, Special Egg & Spoon race on Monday. Normal admission, plus £2.50 per child, 01372 452048, or visit the website

Saturday 30th

Christian Aid Coffee Morning & Cake Sale, St George's Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, 10am-12noon. Free entry, coffee and biscuit £1.


Carers’ Roadshow 2-4pm at St George’s Hall, Ashtead. Info information and help for carer’s from Action for Carers, Social Services, Alzheimer’s Society , Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust. Come along and talk to someone with a compassionate listing ear. Please Contact Jacqui Kershaw 01372 813200

Friday 5th & Sat 6th APRIL

The first Leatherhead Food Festival, includes Masterclass Cookery School with Valentina Harris and cookery shows (bookable events), farmers’ market, cookery craft market, competitions, quizzes, wine tasting/pairing, pop up fine dining restaurant. Come and sample dishes from the town’s restaurants and cafes. www.leatherheadfoodfestivalcom,, 01372 869648

Thursday 16th MAY

Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Polesden Lacey, see page 16 for details. If there’s an event in April that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 70 of going to print. Details correct at time

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Ashtead Choral Society

Saturday 16th March 2013 Dorking Halls 7.30pm


Richard Blackford

MIRROR OF PERFECTION Helen Pritchard Gabriel Gottlieb

Organ- Andrew Storey Conductor- Paul Dodds Tickets: £16 balcony, £18 tiered seating, £14 floor

½ price tickets for those 25 years & under

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS Friday 1st (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 1st (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two worthy charities.

Friday 1st (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out! Maundy Thursday Market 28 March (not Good Friday)

Friday 1st (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. All your haberdashery needs from pins to pinking shears. Can't make Fridays? 'Phone on 374914 with your requests. Expert advice available. Maundy Thursday Market 28 March (not Good Friday)

Sunday 3rd

(most weeks)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. Please check website for weekly updates or 'phone 362544 as this month includes Mothering Sunday 10th, Palm Sunday 24th, Holy Week and Easter services.

Tuesday 5th

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, AGM followed by a quiz, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker Norman Colthier ‘Anecdotes of a 60s Ad Man’. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demonstration by David Martin ‘Steps along the way’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Tuesday 5th (weekly)

All Aloud, Leatherhead Community Choir, 6.30pm–8pm at Kings Croft Chapel, Kingscroft Road, Leatherhead. Turn up or for more information see or contact Juliet Campbell 01372 374 854 or 0790 322 8632 or at

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (monthly)

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

Friday 8th

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

Sat 9th Sat 16th Sat 23rd Friday 30th

March walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 ,, Phone before if inclement weather. Donation to charities, car share suggested, 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles, all start at 10.30am. Sat 9th Top of Woodlands Rd Effingham Sat 16th Friday St CP Hollow Lane, off Friday St Rd Sat 23rd Headley Heath - NT CP nr cricket ground Fri 30th Silent Pool CP west of Shere, A25 72

What’s On?

Baby & Children Nearly New Sale Saturday 9th March

Fetcham Village Hall The Street, Fetcham, KT22 9QS 10am – 1pm

Nearly new clothes, baby equipment, toys, games, books, maternity clothing, ride-ons, bikes etc.

Supporting Vitalise Charity No.295072 Entrance by donation to Charity

To book a £15 table please call Sally on 01372 372236 or 07814 969502 or email

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Wed 13th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Thurs 14th (monthly)

Transition Ashtead Meeting, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-9pm, Patrick Fleming, Chairman of Divine Chocolates, will give a talk called ‘Chocolate with a Heart’.

Friday 15th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society AGM, followed by a lecture 'History on Record' by Roy Mellick Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street) coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm. All are Welcome

(2nd Wed mthly)

Thurs 21st

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

Thurs 21st

Third Thursday of each month. Leatherhead & District Friends Group, Leatherhead Royal British Legion, 2pm-4pm. If you are over 50 and would like to join us you would be made most welcome. For more info, please contact Jane on 01372 811422.

(3rd Thurs mthly)

(3rd Thurs monthly)

Friday 22nd

Roy Lichtenstein. An insight into Lichtenstein's life & works, for those wanting to know more about him before visiting Tate Modern.£10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235: to book

Wed 27th

NHS Blood Donor Sessions, St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. 73

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Carers’ Road Show Thursday 4th April

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Do you care for a loved one? Feel all alone? Worn down with every day life? Do not know where to turn?

Well, we are hosting a road show on Thursday 4th April between 2-4pm at St George’s Hall, with information and help for carer’s there will people that do understand you situation, and will want to help you. Such as Action for Carers, Social Services, Alzheimer’s Society , Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust, and more. There will also be a quiet area that you can just sit down and talk to someone with a compassionate listing ear. Please Contact Jacqui Kershaw 01372 813200

Easter entertainment at The Children’s Trust Spring Fair The Children’s Trust is extending an invitation to families to celebrate Easter at the charity’s Spring Fair on Saturday, 30th March from 12-4pm at Tadworth Court, Tadworth. Entry is FREE for all children. Tickets for adults are £2.50 and can be prebooked on-line at where places can also be reserved for the Easter egg hunt. The ever popular fair will provide entertainment and refreshments for all the family, with a range of attractions, including fairground rides, a ‘pets corner’, an Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed games and activities, face-painting, a bouncy castle, a climbing wall, go-karting and lots of stalls selling a variety of merchandise. Children are invited to enter the Easter Bonnet Competition by either taking along their homemade creations, or making hats at the Fair where materials will be provided. To find out more about The Children’s Trust’s Spring Fair, or other fundraising events please contact Emma on 01737 365019 or email: The Children’s Trust, Tadworth is a national charity that provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury. For further information please visit: 74

What’s On?

Amanda Charity Fashion Show Wednesday 27th March Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

In aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Tickets £12.50, inc plate of nibbles and glass of wine Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets available from the shop 41 The Street, Ashtead 01372 274333


What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to Godalming Operatic Society Presents Gondoliers

Thurs 28th February, 7:30pm : Fri 1st March, 7:30pm : Sat 2nd March, 2pm & 7:30pm Tickets: Evenings £17/£14 – Sat Matinée £13; Senior Citizens Special Price evenings only £16/£13 Children 16 and under half price at all performances One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s crowning glories. Sparkling and tuneful music combined with a plot of intrigue, love and a romantic Venetian setting. Accompanied by a 22 piece orchestra.

Howard of Effingham Presents The Little Shop of Horrors

Thursday 7th & Friday 8th March 7;30pm, Saturday 9th March 2pm, 7:30pm Tickets: £9.50, Concession £7.50 Follow Seymour, a hapless nerd on his journey to fame and fortune after he discovers a rare and exotic plant. Things take a sinister turn when he discovers the plant's appetite for human blood! Along the way he meets Audrey, a naive and long suffering sweetheart who dreams of a better life. With professional sets and costumes, a live band and a plethora of talent, this gruesome yet heart-warming tale is not to be missed.

The Leatherhead Theatre Repertory Company In Quest of Light: The Battle for Tartuffe

Wednesday 20th March, 7:30pm Tickets: £13, Concessions £10, Students £5 Trevor Danby and The Leatherhead Theatre Repertory Company are proud to announce their next event In Quest of Light: The Battle for Tartuffe. The play was written by local writer Amanda Lomas who lives in Guildford and was one of the applicants on our call for scripts last year to celebrate the inauguration of the company. In Quest of Light explores the profound impact the battle to lift the censorship had on Molière as an artist and a man. With religious, political and social intolerance still threatening individual freedom of thought, action and self-expression, Molière's courageous resistance to the powers of repression is as relevant today as ever.

The Gospel of Matthew – presented by George Dillon

Thursday 21st March, 7:30pm Tickets: £12, Concessions £10 A stunning virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told! Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous solo staging of the first Gospel, with an original musical score and video background. Short-listed for The Stage's 'Best Actor' Award in Edinburgh, Dillon’s epic, impassioned performance portrays Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God. Films scheduled for this month include: Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Hitchcock. For dates and times of our March screenings please pick up a flyer from The Theatre or visit


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Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption Stop horsing around, let’s Trade Fairly... The Fairtrade Foundation says: ‘Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.’ But there is a wider meaning of fair trade which includes the production of ethical goods and services anywhere in the world, including the UK. After all, do we want our milk farmers to go out of business because consumers constantly demand lower prices for a ‘pinta’? The milk I buy is organic and delivered to my door step three times a week, and all at the cost of 85p per pint, which I think is fantastic value. The great ‘horse-burger’ food-labelling scandal in January shows that the further away we are from the primary producer, the less traceable or accountable our food becomes. It may cost more to buy your beef burgers from the local butcher but at least he knows the farmer he purchased the meat from. Meat used to be a luxury, but now we may be tempted to pay less for a value ‘beef’ burger from Tesco than you would for a coffee from Costa. We should think more about our food chain and question how they can produce a ‘beef’ burger for less than £1.00. And this is the crux of the fair trade and ethically-produced goods issue. If something seems cheap, it is often at the expense or exploitation of workers or the environment. Good farming practices, employing labour fairly (and that includes supermarket staff), and sustainably producing resources and goods all cost money. In the UK we spend just under 9 per cent of our income on food, less than at any time in our history. But according to a report produced by the Co-operative Bank, since 2007 the value of ethical markets (eg Fairtrade products, green energy, free-range and sustainable food) has grown over a third from £35bn to £47bn. Barry Clavin, sustainability reporting manager at the Co-operative, said: "This report shows that intervention by enlightened businesses, together with regulatory intervention, is driving ethical sales growth. Ethical consumers are still a vitally important agent of change." (Guardian, 29 Dec 2012). It’s heartening to know that if the consumer demands ethical products, business and government will respond. If you buy ethical, fair trade or organic goods for even some of your shopping it will make a difference. Fair trade fortnight is from February 25th to March 10th 2013. On 14th March 2013 at 7:30pm in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Patrick Fleming, Chairman of Divine Chocolates, will give a talk called ‘Chocolate with a Heart’ - we are hoping he will bring some samples! Caroline Cardew-Smith For more information about Transition Ashtead see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 01372 275304 or email Follow us on Twitter at Transition Ashtead @Trans_Ashtead or find us at 78

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Tenth Anniversary 6th -18th May 2013 Happy Anniversary! This year The Leatherhead Drama Festival will be 10 years old! It is difficult to believe that from such humble beginnings in 2004 the Festival has grown to become one of the most well-known Drama Festivals in the country. We would like this year to be our biggest and best! Dates - From 6th to 17th May up to 28 Junior and Adult groups will perform their oneact plays, competing for the prestigious “Sir Michael Caine Drama Awards”. The two winning groups (Juniors and Adults) will re-perform their plays at The Gala Awards Night on Sat. 18th May and the trophies will be presented, hopefully by our Patron Sir Michael Caine (filming schedule permitting). Participating Drama Groups – The stage is set to ensure another successful Festival with entries from Mole Valley and other local areas however, we are still expecting a few last minute entries to complete the programme. We plan to select up to 28 groups to perform over the two weeks; with two or three plays each evening. Tickets and Programmes - Full details will be available from the Theatre Box Office, Tel: 01372 365141 or Website:

Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Race on a vehicle (8) 5. Herb to fuss about (6) 9. Men can't bear them! (8) 10. Man sinned about (6) 12. Opponent of Yemen (5) 13. Such rattlings may be surprising (9) 14. Creature with support (6) 16. New ski and more annoying (7) 19. Still an awful fit (7) 21. Sour card in some way (6) 23. Cad angry about a city (9) 25. Elegance of first Greek speed contest (5) 26. Prophet in jail he used (6) 27. Hen dance which became improved (8) 28. Popular act, as expected (6) 29. Ass hared about, being pestered (8) Down 1. Loud and disturbing sports implement? (6) 2. Quiet lionesses adrift (9)

3. First book 20 Down edited poorly (5) 4. Implement nuts lie about! (7) 6. Passed a Korean vet somehow (9) 7. Animal with one Indian language (5) 8. Set genre Di's accepting (8) 11. Dial round for a painter (4) 15. Impasse of an old friend (9) 17. Goals arranged with rich leaders (9) 18. Prime minister? He's ideal, sir! (8) 20. Female; boyish, perhaps (4) 21. A minor riot by a country (7) 22. Dented but somehow looked after (6)


24. Muck-up about a group of three (5) 25. Fruit in Antigua - vatfuls! (5)

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Ashtead Lion receives top award Tony Hudson pictured left) of Petters Road, Ashtead has been a Leatherhead Lion for many years, he is "Mr Fixit" for the club and has been responsible for building and maintaining many of the stalls and particularly the Christmas float that tours the streets of Ashtead and Leatherhead. It is true to say that through Tony's efforts many thousands of pounds have been raised by the Lions for local and national good causes. At a dinner held recently, Tony was awarded one of highest honours in Lions namely Melvin Jones Fellowship shield which recognises the work an individual has made to Lionism. All were agreed that he was a worthy winner and joins with only one other Lion, Brian Gourlay, who has also received this distinction. Club President Chris Barker states " Without people as active as Tony and Brian we simply could not have achieved the results we have enjoyed . They have been and still are the lynch pins of Leatherhead Lions fundraising activity" 82

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A feast for the eyes planned for Box Hill Saturday 13th April

Foodies wanting a side order of scenery with their picnic can tuck into a festival of good food and good views at Box Hill this April at a delicious and unique event. The ‘Marvellous Mole Valley Food with a View’ market on April 13, at the National Trust’s Donkey Green, promises a feast of local Surrey food and drink in a stunning setting. Highlights include cheese making, confectionery, tastings and cookery demonstrations. From 10am until 4pm, food fans can taste, try and buy Surrey produce in the marquees, learn about local specialities, watch live music and dancing courtesy of the Box Hill Bedlam Morris Dancers, walk in the woods, or linger over lunch on the hillside while taking in one of county’s finest views. “It will be much more than just a market,” says Caroline Salmon, Chairman of Mole Valley District Council and organiser of the event. “It will be a real sensory experience for the whole family with foodie talks, tastings and talent – as well, of course, those beautiful vistas.” The event, which is being supported by Surrey's food networking organisation, will also include a raffle of local produce donated by stallholders, with profits going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. “It’s really important that events like these fly the flag for local producers and businesses and we are very happy to be involved,” says LocalFoodSurrey founder Tracy Carroll. “We’re asking the community to get vocal for local and support their neighbourhood food providers and artisan producers by grabbing their picnic rugs for a lovely day out in the Surrey countryside.” Follow the event on Twitter (MarvellousMoleValley) or log on to for latest details. 84

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Quiz - Days of the Week

February’s Crossword Solutions

1. Loving and giving 2. Robinson Crusoe 3. No Smoking Day 4. First 5. Thursday 6. Mardi Gras 7. He took ill 8. Saturday 9. Palm Sunday 10. Sunday Girl (by Blondie)

Across: 1 Direct, 4 Pilchard, 9 Cogent, 10 Pinafore, 12 Extolled, 13 Glance, 15 Sand, 16 Toenail, 20 Oarsman, 21 Snap, 25 Afield, 26 Relocate, 28 Put-up job, 29 Chilli, 30 Resident, 31 Dryden. Down: 1 Decrease, 2 Rigatoni, 3 Candle, 5 Iris, 6 Chaplain, 7 Amount, 8 Diesel, 11 Remorse, 14 Enraged, 17 Galloped, 18 Entailed, 19 Ephesian, 22 Hamper, 23 Hiatus, 24 Bother, 27 Noon.

Quiz - Detectives 1. Father Brown - G. K. Chesterton 2. Inspector Morse - Colin Dexter 3. Mike Hammer - Mickey Spillane 4. Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle 5. Harry Hole - Jo Nesbø 6. Jack Frost - R.D. Wingfield 7. Sam Spade - Dashiell Hammett 8. Inspector Wexford - Ruth Rendell 9. Adam Dalgliesh - P. D. James 10. John Rebus - Ian Rankin

Across: 1 Steering wheel, 7 Antwerp, 9 Bison, 10 Silver bullet, 13 NHS, 15 Thumb, 16 Née, 17 Sports jacket, 20 Agave, 21 Tadpole, 22 Shooting stars. Down: 1 Swan song, 2 Extol, 3 Nap, 4 Wobble board, 5 Eastern, 6 Lynx, 8 Ejector seat, 11 Blues, 12 Feathers, 14 Soprano, 18 Krona, 19 Bars, 21 Tan.


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A small heated or even un-heated propagator can help you reliably raise a far wider range of plants from seed. Choose one which is sturdily built and has proper ventilation in the clear plastic lid, otherwise seedlings may die on hot days.

Think about sharing. Each packet of seed often contains tens or even hundreds of seeds, so why not agree to swap a few with friends and relatives. This will not only save you money, but will also maximise the range of plants you can grow without increasing your outlay.

Seeds do best if not sown too closely, and by sowing thinly you’ll also save yourself time and money. Wider spacing makes for less thinning out but if you do have to thin out a bit, remember that most seedlings will perform well if looked after properly. Many herbaceous perennials can successfully be divided into several new plants. Indeed most herbaceous plants do better when occasionally divided as the plant does not become so congested and you can dispose of the grotty bits and plant the good sections into fresh soil.

Don’t be tempted to sow too many seeds at one time. By sowing little and often you’ll maximise flower time of annual flowers and cropping time for vegetables and herbs. It also means that if the conditions are not right for germination on one occasion, all is not lost.

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You may not need to buy what you want. Collect seed from your garden or from gardens of friends and neighbours, making sure that the plants are healthy and that they’re ready and ripe or they won’t germinate. Seeds labelled as ‘F1’ will produce flowers whose seeds will not ‘come true’, meaning that the offspring will not be the same as the original plant and will often be less productive. Try to harvest the seed when the plants and the weather are dry, remove any bits of plant debris and allow them to dry off naturally, not becoming too warm or cold. If you can’t sow the seeds immediately, make sure you store them, well labelled, in a cool, dry place.

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Multi Charity Fundraising event at The Barn, Leatherhead Leisure Centre - Saturday 23rd June 2013 (to include motorised treasure hunt!) Organised by the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society

We need as many charities, societies, individuals and businesses as possible to get involved.

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There will be 50 pitches of 3m x 2m, to include a table measuring approximately 2m x 1m.

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The hire of each pitch will be £10 for bona fide charities The cost to very small part time businesses i.e. homemade cakes etc, will be £20 per pitch. For shops and larger part time businesses, ie jewellery or fashion, will be £40 per pitch. You may sell what you like as long as it is legal and not too immoral! All stallholders will be able to keep all of the money that they raise for their own benefit.

The motorised treasure hunt has an entry fee of £5 per vehicle and will cover various sites and attractions in Surrey and Sussex whereby answers to clues and questions will be found.

By the rental of pitches in the Barn. By the provision of a donation bucket by the exit. We have to cover the cost of the hall which stands at £500 for the day!

All we require at the moment are your details. Contact by email on . Updates on the newsletter will appear on the events page of our website: We are currently trying to restore our 1934 saddle tank locomotive at Isfield in East Sussex. One of the problems of a small society with big ideas is the lack of volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please contact me on the email below. Brian Davis Email:

We are hoping to take those less fortunate than ourselves on the trip. Those involved would most likely be disabled people, the elderly who rarely get out and hopefully recuperating armed forces personnel. Larger vehicles will be charged at the £5 rate minimum plus £1 per extra person in the vehicle. Small children travel free. Motor cycles, solo or combination are £5 each All entry fees will be pooled and given out as prize money, so the more the merrier! Each vehicle’s occupants shall be responsible for obtaining their own sponsor pledges and also the collection of the monies at the end of the event. The organisers would like to be informed of monies collected for each charity in order to be submitted to the local press. The HL3837PS will raise funds by the following methods:• A large stall in the barn • At least one car entered in the treasure hunt. • An entrance fee of £1 per adult will be charged for the May Fair in the Barn.


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