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

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Music on Thursdays

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Andy’s Blog

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St John Ambulance 1st Aid Training

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Book review - British Countryside

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Wordsearch

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Medic Alert - life-saving jewellery

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Quiz - The Alphabet

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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Arlene Phillips OBE at QEF lunch

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Mole Valley Police column

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Leatherhead Theatre

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Voluntary car service

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Join Cats Protection Epsom & district

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Calling all budding astronomers

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Wallace & Gromit’s Big Brekkie - April

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Curves Annual Food Drive

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Give a cat a home

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Leatherhead Men’s Breakfast Clubs

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Wheels for the World

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What’s on in March? Pages 70-74

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GO50 Guided Walks/Cycle rides

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March crosswords

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Quiz - Poems

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Rotary celebrates India’s polio free year

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Following instructions - a story

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Potted Histories

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Calling art groups and performers

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Gardening - Growing peppers

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Simple crossword

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Transition Ashtead

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Four Gables Food Academy

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Cherkley - the planner’s view

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Recipe - Salmon with sesame noodles

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Made in Mole Valley film project

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Teazle Wood Campaign

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Useful numbers

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Solutions on page 90

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From the Publisher

W

ell it seems that my personal comments about the plans for the Cherkley Estate caused some readers to go into a tailspin and some to wholeheartedly agree with me. It appears that as a community we are divided about Longshot’s plans. However, in the spirit of fairness and balance I got in contact with Longshot and they submitted an article expressing their stance and this can be found on pages 88-89. I have also added at the bottom of the article, the reference for the planning application which Longshot Ltd have lodged with Mole Valley District Council and I would urge you to look at this properly before making any decision. A couple of weeks ago I was invited by local chef, David Gillott, who runs Four Gables Fine Dining at Ashtead Woods, to attend one of his Food Academy courses. I have to say that I absolutely loved my day there and my full report is on page 41. Ashtead resident Steve is interested in starting up an astronomy club but he’s really interested in initially finding some experts who are happy to give up a little of their time, along with some equipment and a venue, if you can provide, one, two or all three of those, then go page 66 for his contact details. March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and I have included more information on this indiscriminate disease on page 56. Lucy Quinnell of Fire & Iron sent in a piece on the Teazle Wood campaign which has been reignited due to the second sale falling through. Perhaps this time we can claim the Wood back and create an area of which we can be proud? Lucy’s article is on page 46. Advertising St John Ambulance are holding one of their regular First Aid The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Training days on Sunday 4th March at Dorking Halls, a very provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads worthwhile exercise, all the course and booking details can be found on page 12. cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 I recently popped in to the coffee shop at 204 Barnett Wood distribution (yes, really!) and can be Lane which is under new management. Benya’s husband John designed where required. bought the cafe for her as a wedding present and she has been working hard over the past couple of months to build up Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to the business. An account of my visit can be found on page ensure that the data in this magazine 26. is accurate, the Publisher cannot Mike Rushby of the Leatherhead Lions asked me to print a accept, and hereby disclaims, any really interesting article about the Medic Alert project which liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions is essentially a bracelet or necklet (other pieces are also available) giving details of any serious medical condition, resulting from negligence, accident which could, ultimately, save your life in the event of being or any other cause. suddenly struck down. A useful bit of kit and Mike has given No part of this magazine may be us details of how to join this scheme on page 54. reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - Two important dates not to forget this month, firstly, electronic, mechanical, recording, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 18th March and, secondly, the photocopying, or otherwise - without clocks go forward a week later on Sunday 25th March, which prior permission of the Publisher. marks the beginning of lighter evenings and, who knows, the onset of spring weather! All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains Have a super March, cheerio, the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2012. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945

www.ashteadresidents.org.uk

Come out, come out wherever you are!

Ashtead Spring Clean - Saturday 31st March - 10am Why not come and join us in a LITTER PICKING For example you may wish to: group for just 1 hour? • Clean your street name and signs with a Meet at 09.50 for briefing by a member of the bucket of water and a scrubbing brush ARA Committee: • Cut the front hedge or shrubs back to • Outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall your boundary, if they are overhanging. • At Ashtead Station car park • Offer to help elderly or disabled • Outside the Football Club, near the pond neighbours • Outside The Greville School If possible, please let us know in advance so • On the corner of Barnett Wood Lane and that we don’t send people to the same place. West Farm Avenue • Outside St Andrews School Coffee Special Peter, the Landlord of The Brewery has • On the corner of Craddocks Avenue and A24 offered to host a get together in the back rooms of the pub, for anyone who has taken Please wear strong shoes, and bring thick part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee will be protective gloves. Bags will be provided. served from 11.15am free of charge. Please Bring the bags back to the starting point at join your committee members there after the 11.00am work is done, and meet all the other Ashtead residents who care about the Village. Anyone who has a trailer will be especially welcome, as we need to take full rubbish bags If you have any queries please email back to APMH car park. If you have one springclean@ashteadresidents.org.uk or available, please call Clare Ansett on 07905 call 07905 201857 201857 or email the address below. Or you could work in your own road or immediate area, either on your own, or with a group of neighbours.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Our Environment sub committee has been busy trying to place planters around the High Street. They have received some enthusiasm and promise of help from shop keepers. But the Council seem to be less enthusiastic. This is a pity because these are not permanent and can be relocated or just removed if they clash with the official ideas on upgrading the High Street . Meanwhile nothing happens as the officers concerned have been diverted into arrangements for the Olympics.

At our February meeting we had some interesting sub-committee reports which consumed much of the evening . Thus we never go onto our main topic of Localism, and the task of relating our wish-list with the funds currently available, and the funds currently in the pipeline. At present the main source of funding is the Planning Infrastructure Charge, however this is all new territory for both the Council and ourselves. It is our hope that we may, through the Leatherhead Area Partnership Ltd., apply these funds to some of the projects which we have identified.

The Planning Report lead to a discussion on 2 new applications on which details were not clear. The first of these was a new entrance off Woodlands Road to Brook Willow Farm. This involved the removal of some trees. It was suggested that new trees be planted in more suitable locations so as to make up for the loss of the other trees. The second need for clarification was for a development at Dorincourt. However we had not been able to see the plans and no-one was sure as to where the new building is to be, and how it would affect the appearance of this group of buildings. This development is in the Green Belt and so it needs special justification. But as it appears to be a replacement building, and not increasing the intensity of site activity (the comings and goings) it should be acceptable in the Association’s opinion. But we shall have to see when more details are available.

We seem to have had a surfeit of parking problems recently. These are both Highway problems which are a matter for Surrey County Council, and car park problems. The focus of the latter has been the apparent issue of parking permits to local businesses without regard to the needs for residential and other users. The Upper Fairfield Road Car Park has both a doctor’s surgery and a dental surgery beside it. It is therefore heavily used by short term parkers during the daytime whilst overnight it is one of the few places where residents can leave their cars. However ten of the spaces have now been marked for the use of permit holders. The sheer volume of yellow paint that has been used must have cost an arm and a leg. Local Council Members are furious as this is quite contrary to what they had agreed with their officers. But no doubt this will have all been settled by the time you read this. Perhaps the point that I am making is that the Leatherhead residents Association are working for ALL residents in trying to secure better services. Therefore I ask that if you are not a member then please consider joining us and supporting our work. You could even influence things!

Our next meeting is on 5th March when we shall taking up the matter of our local wish-list of projects for Leatherhead. So please join us at 7.30pm at the Institute, you will be very welcome.

Hubert Carr Chairman

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Shops & Services 'The Lounge’ is Ashtead’s new Barber shop located on The Street right next to the florist. The owner, Ashley, a local resident, has over seven years’ experience working as a barber. Even whilst travelling around Australia Ashley found time to work in various barber shops over there! Ashley has a dedicated client base of all ages and would like to welcome new clients to The Lounge for excellent service in this relaxed, friendly and stylish salon.

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He would like to thank his loyal clients and the residents of Ashtead for their tremendous encouragement and support for this new venture. You can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent service from Ashley and the team when you pop into The Lounge at 43 The Street, Ashtead.

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Would you know what to do in an emergency? If not, come and join us at our Dorking HQ, behind the Dorking Halls on 4th March, 9.30am-3.30pm (initial registration and lunch break inc - please bring food or money). Learn about the unconscious casualty, CPR, chest pains, severe bleeding, choking and communication and care for all ages. This includes babies, children and adults. The cost is ÂŁ30 which includes full training, certificate and a FREE First Aid Booklet.

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Arlene Phillips OBE at QEF Ladies Spring Lunch Wednesday 28th March - Epsom Downs Racecourse

Arlene Phillips OBE is confirmed as guest speaker at the ever popular QEF Ladies Spring Lunch is destined to be another sell-out, in aid of QEF Independent Living Services, which supports people with complex disabilities to acquire key life skills and greater independence. Alongside the lunch, there will be a feast of shopping from over 50 stalls in the fabulous Gift Fair. The stalls feature a range of products from the fashionably select to hanging baskets and bespoke garden furniture. Arlene Phillips featured as a judge on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for 6 series before moving to So You Think You Can Dance. But her popularity precedes these shows by some years. Arlene created the dance group Hot Gossip and went on to become a worldrenowned choreographer for theatre, film, pop concerts, music videos and adverts, winning countless awards for her choreography of hit West End and Broadway shows such as Starlight Express, Flashdance, Grease, We Will Rock You and Saturday Night Fever. Most recently she choreographed the hit musical The Wizard of Oz. In 2001 Arlene was awarded an OBE for services to dance. For further information on booking please contact Pat Lelliott on 01372 841213 email pat.lelliott@qef.org.uk or go to www.qef.org.uk For stallholder enquiries please contact Annalisa Slater at annalisa.slater@qef.org.uk 18


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Please go to www.the-theatre.org to check timings and make on-line bookings, or call the box office on 01372 365141 Birds of A Feather Saturday 3rd March

7.30pm

£24.40; Concession/Friends - £22.50

The girls are back! One of the BBC’s most popular sitcoms comes to the stage: the three stars of the series are re-united to re-create their adored characters; sisters Sharon, Tracy and their sex-mad neighbour, Dorien with its original leading cast members, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. Especially created for theatre by The Comedy Theatre Company, producers of the highly-successful tour of Victoria Wood’s ‘dinnerladies’

The Snow Queen

Saturday 31st March 3.30pm & 7.30pm

£13 under 12s £8 Family ticket £40

Centre Stage Dance and Drama presents The Snow Queen. Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s masterpiece by Graham Pountney: this version is bursting with bewitching dances, lively acting, the strange beauty of the ice-cold north and the warmth of true love. With over 150 children, this is a show for all the family! Centre Stage is proud to be back at The Theatre with this new production, following the success of HONK! two years ago.

Films (info on full film programme can be found on the website) £7.50, Concessions £6.40 The Artist

Tues 6th 2pm & 7.30pm, Wed 7th 2pm & 7.30pm, Thurs 8th 2pm The Artist

War Horse

Sat 10th 7.30pm, Tues 13th 2pm & 7.30pm, Wed 14th 2pm, Thurs 15th 2pm & 7.30pm

The Lady

Thurs 29th 2pm & 7.30pm

Barnstomers Comedy

Thurs 8th 8pm £12 on the door, £10 in advance

Barnstormers presents an night fit to bursting with merriment, mirth and amusement to fit a wide range pallets. With 3-6 from the London Comedy Circuit, prized for their Edinburgh Festival prowess we guarantee that no matter how diverse your group everyone will leave with aching sides. Join our mailing list to to be the first to find out when our cracking comics are announced. We are now offering Eat, Drink, Laugh packages for groups - so if you're celebrating a special occasion or fancy a night out with your colleagues do give us a ring.

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This is the night where you’re the entertainment. Whatever you play, whatever you sing, book a slot with our bar manager at leo_bu_is@hotmail.com

Jazz Jam with Jenny Green Friday 30th March

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Jenny Green has been bringing the talent of the jazz world to Leatherhead – and also the opportunity for you play with the professionals. Singers bring two sets of music in your key, players bring your instruments. Drum and bass provided. Free, but donations are very welcome at the end of the night 20


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CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS Join Cats Protection Epsom, Ewell & district branch for only ÂŁ8 a year & help save the lives of unwanted & abandoned cats in your area Send a cheque to: Membership Secretary, Cats Protection, Epsom, Ewell & District Branch, 35 Riverview Road, Ewell, Epsom, KT19 0JY Or go to www.cats.org.uk/epsom/support-us/membership Jenson was lucky

Bella is still looking for a home Registered charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)

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CHAMPAGNE OFFER “Here comes the spring let’s make March Merry!” MORE PROPERTY WANTED URGENTLY We have been busy SELLING and need to restock for waiting applicants and anticipating the Spring rush!

FREE VALUATION PLUS ‘A free bottle of champagne upon receipt of instructions and a further 2 bottles upon completion - in addition to: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Our usual highly reputable experienced service. An allocated Partner for the duration of your transaction. Competitive Sole Agency Commission. Top of the range brochures and website marketing etc. Comments and feedback welcome, also FREE market valuations:

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Benya’s Coffee Shop, Ashtead On my way home one afternoon I popped in to meet Benya who owns Benya’s Coffee Shop at 204 Barnett Wood Lane (almost opposite Barnett Wood Lane Primary School). Benya is an absolutely charming young lady originally from Thailand but has since married and made her home here. I was delighted to see that a couple of friends in there - Nicky from the Run to Live shop and Laurie King, the graphic designer who looks after my website - and we stopped to have a chat. On the menu there were the usual coffee shop delights of cakes and made to order sandwiches but what gives this little shop a point of difference is the delicious Thai snacks that are also available such as vegetable spring rolls, prawns on sesame toast, chicken on toast and all manner of other tasty goodies from her native land. These are all freshly prepared by Benya and her brother, who is a chef. Benya very kindly offered to prepare a selection of these delicious treats and I must admit they were mouth-wateringly good and well worth a try if you pop in. I think this additional twist to the menu sits very well with the traditional accompaniments to a pot of tea or a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I would urge you to pop in and try the coffee shop, it’s a great meeting place for parents dropping off or collecting children from the local school and Benya has even gone to the trouble of providing a box of toys to keep the little ones amused. I think it’s a great little shop to have on our doorstep and I wish Benya well for the future. Until 31st March 2012 Benya’s special offer is buy three Thai snacks, get fourth free, OR if you spend over £5 you can get a free pot of tea or regular coffee. For info, see page 45.

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We are still looking for a home for Bella who is a gorgeous 4 year old female cat who came into care when her owners moved, and were sadly unable to take her. She has lived with a dog quite happily, but would need to be the only cat in the house. Bella is very affectionate once you have gained her trust, and would suit a peaceful adult only home, ideally with a cat flap & garden. Sorry, NO YOUNG CHILDREN. An experienced owner who can give her the time and patience to adjust and settle would be well rewarded! If you feel that you could give Bella a forever loving home please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 http://www.epsom.cats.org.uk/ Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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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Wheels for the World Imagine having to crawl around in the dust with very sore limbs - being treated as if your life doesn’t really matter. You can help by partnering with Wheels for the World by saving £1 a day for 40 days, participating in the Lent Wheelchair Programme. Your £40 sponsors a wheelchair to be renovated by British Prisoners at Parkhurst prison, shipped overseas and fitted by professional volunteer physio and occupational therapists. In the 40 days leading up to Easter, Lent is a time when Christians remember Jesus being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. Some give up chocolate, or cut down on cups of coffee – what a good way to use the money saved to help transform the life of a disabled person. Last year, four Ashtead volunteers joined the ‘Wheels’ teams to Kenya, Uganda and Ghana, using their varied skills. Gunn Fenn, an Ashtead Occupational Therapist, joins the team on her 5th ‘Wheels’ trip, to Kimilili in Kenya at the end of March. WFTW is an overseas programme of the Epsom based disability charity Through the Roof, transforming lives through disabled people. www.throughtheroof.org By receiving a wheelchair many lives are changed - a young boy can travel to school on a wet day, a mother no longer has to carry her teenage daughter on her back, disabled people are able to earn money and participate fully in society. What could you give up for Lent this year to sponsor a wheelchair? Lent began on 22nd February this year. For more information please visit the website www.throughtheroof.org or contact Karen Goodridge, Volunteer Community Fundraiser, karen@throughtheroof.org 28


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GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email: richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk website: www.acsurrey.org.uk

March Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Tuesday 6th Tuesday 27th Friday 30th

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Following Instructions The family shower was in a disgusting state and Ruth decided something had to be done about it. Sam had bought a bottle of special cleaner to get rid of the festering grimy mould behind the cubicle door but hadn't got round to using it yet and Ruth couldn't bear to see the grime any longer. Taking matters into her own hands, she spent over an hour attacking the shower with the special cleaner and an old toothbrush. Ruth was delighted with her hard work but as she stood back to admire the gleaming white tiles, her hands began to itch. She put their red colour down to hot water and hard work but as they began to burn and swell, quickly realised she was having some sort of allergic reaction. However, she could only blame herself when she discovered a detailed list of instructions neatly folded in the box, stating: 'Warning: rubber gloves should always be used when handling this product'.

Ruth decided to put on her rings before Sam came home and went to fetch them from the bathroom. Her stomach flipped when she couldn't see them. She checked the shelves, the floor and the bathroom cabinet. She emptied her pockets, shook every towel and looked down the loo, gently scooping with the toilet brush to see if they had somehow fallen in and slipped out of sight. She broadened her search to the bedroom, living room and kitchen. She knew she was being irrational when she found herself going through cupboards that hadn't been opened for weeks. She did however find a well hidden Christmas present for Sam and a long confiscated Xbox game.

She moved on to explore the wet washing. As panic really set in, Ruth became surprisingly resourceful and managed to unscrew both the drain hose on the washing machine and the trap Her hands were now getting quite sore so she in the pipe under the bathroom basin. She then held them under the cold tap for a few minutes. emptied and went through the vacuum cleaner This had little effect so she tried some hand bag. Gasping from the dust, a worrying idea cream which made her fingers sting so badly came to her and she raced out to the car, that her eyes watered. Her wedding and calling out a brief goodbye to the children. She engagement rings were feeling tight so she caught the manager of the charity shop just as eased them over her burning knuckles and he was closing up and the kind gentleman looked at the instructions in the box again to waited while Ruth went through the entire see if there was anything else she should do. All contents of her bag of donations which she could see was: 'If this product comes into fortunately hadn't been sorted. contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly'. There was Sam came home from work as usual, greeting nothing on the sheet about hands. Ruth with an absent minded kiss and the Sam was always berating Ruth for not reading children with a casual and unacknowledged instructions. He was far more organised and wave. He went to put his briefcase away and would never have made such a stupid mistake. get changed. A call came from upstairs. Only the week before, she'd put together a "You've done the shower, it looks great... Did simple filing tray without following the you use that stuff? I hope you were careful..." instructions and managed to screw the bottom There was a pause and another call from the tray on the top and lose the rubber bung for one bathroom. "Darling, why on earth is the basin of the feet, leaving the filing tray with a pipe leaking and why are your rings in the permanent wobble. She still hadn't read the cleaning fluid box with the instructions?!" booklet for her new phone. She'd had it month and hadn't even managed to set the time and Copyright Sarah Lott date yet. February 2012 Ruth tried to carry on as normal. She did some work on the computer, tidied the kitchen, vacuumed the living room and sorted the washing before going to the shops and collecting The Memory Book the children from school. She even sarah@thememorybook.co.uk remembered to take a bag of old clothes to the Email: Website: www.thememorybook.co.uk charity shop, something she'd been meaning to Twitter: @thememorybook do for weeks. She wore gloves all day and by Facebook: The Memory Book late afternoon her hands were feeling a little better. 34


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‘Cooking doesn’t get any better than this!’ A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the rather dashing David Gillott (pictured left) of Four Gables Fine Dining to attend one of his renowned Food Academy courses held at his newly fitted out kitchen at Ashtead. As most of you know, I am a dedicated food lover and jumped at the chance of learning new dishes and skills. The course started at 10am and ended around 3.30-4pm, and was entitled Dinner Party Delights. There are many other courses run by David during the year ranging from Perfect Puddings, Bread & Pasta Making, Fabulous Fish, Glorious Game, Foraging Followed By Food, Market Kitchen, Fusion, Butchery, which David informs me is very popular with men (and no doubt also with unfulfilled wives in possession of large chest freezers...). The numbers attending are deliberately kept small, there were two of us that day (the other two participants were stuck in the ice and couldn’t make it!), usually there are around 4-5, so it guarantees that you will receive attention from David on a 1-1 basis. My new friend Maggie and I were greeted by David and shown to Taking the pith off the meeting/dining room which is also part of the complex and given a warming cup of coffee and a delicious piece of chocolate shortbread that David had knocked up that morning for us. This gave us the opportunity to get to know each other which broke the ice and also gave David the chance to talk through what we were going to prepare that day. On the menu today we were going to make bread rolls, pea and mint velouté, chorizo and red pepper risotto, lemon and thyme oil, apple chutney, gremolata and lemon possett. All, it turned out, were astonishingly easy to make. As risotto is well-known as a ‘bad traveller’ so we had that for lunch along with a glass of well chilled Faustino Rosé, perfect. In the kitchen David showed us how to prepare each component, he even passed on some excellent tips regarding knifework, how to chop different types of vegetables, kneading and proving bread, even which chorizo to buy along with other ingredients to ensure a perfect outcome every time. As someone who has been cooking for 30 years and probably watching cookery programmes for even longer (remember The Galloping Gourmet!) I was impressed by David’s skill (he has worked in many restaurants and hotels across London and even ran a chalet in the French Alps) and the ease with which he passed on all his knowledge to ensure we produced the most fantastic food. David mentioned that one of his ‘students’ who attended a recent breadmaking course contacted him a week later to say that she had made over 20 loaves since she attended! I guess that’s a testament to how infectious cooking can be and also how easy it is to learn new things from a great teacher. It really was a great way to spend a few hours and I would wholeheartedly recommend that you attend one of these courses, which will no doubt lead to you wanting to attend even more. However, early booking is recommended as they are very popular. David is great fun, affable and it was Maggie (far right) and I being a pleasure to spend the day with such nice people. given a risotto making masterclass At the end of the day we took home a ‘goody bag’ consisting of the food we had prepared that day, the recipes, as well as a few other goodies, which was a lovely touch. The Food Academy is only one facet of what David does, he also runs a very successful outside catering business - weddings, corporate events - family gatherings - to intimate dinner parties. Zen George 42

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With the weather being as it has been there is not too much to report on. We have seen rather a lot of snow and ice recently that has hung around rather annoyingly even if it does look wonderful! The ducks seem to be coping with the cold well and still laying even if not quite as much as they would with a bit of sun! They have also taken to sitting on their eggs and being a bit broody. We are thinking about starting to incubate some eggs so watch this space if you fancy a couple of ducks in the back garden (we couldn’t recommend it enough!)

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Slice each salmon fillet widthways into 2 strips and place the strips in a shallow dish. Mix together the teriyaki sauce and garlic and pour over the salmon. Cover and leave to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium. Thread the strips of salmon onto 8 wooden skewers. Grill the salmon skewers for 3-4 minutes on each side until just cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan and add the ginger, spring onions, radishes and sesame seeds. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes then Add the noodles and toss well to mix. Just before serving, brush the salmon skewers with the warmed honey and grill for a further 2-3 minutes. Divide the sesame noodles between four serving bowls and top with the salmon skewers. TOP TIP - To save time buy a small jar of ready prepared ginger puree rather than buying fresh root ginger – once opened it will keep in the fridge for a few weeks and is great for adding an Oriental flavour to rice and stir fries. 44


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Teazle Wood Campaign – third time lucky? generations of local people, flora and fauna.

“Look at these images – this is our local environment, and we must act to take better care of it.” Lucy Quinnell

The Friends of Teazle Wood group, formed last summer, has a new chance to secure Leatherhead’s only remaining sizeable woodland. The group’s aim was always to buy the ancient woodland for its proven ecological importance and for its local community benefits. An incredible sum in pledges to the campaign was raised in 2012, including a generous £5,000 from local company Wates. Group founder Lucy Quinnell also built an important body of ecological and social evidence to support her belief in this land as something worth saving and protecting.

“We have a golden chance to do something important and lasting for our town. If we succeed, how glad future generations will be that we all pulled together and achieved this. The past and current abuse of this local land is shocking, and here is an opportunity to put things right and nurture an ecological and educational gem that we can all be proud of. The response to our first appeal for pledges and statements of support was overwhelming – people were amazing, and if we extend our appeal for help, I am convinced that our goal is attainable. Look at these images – this is our local environment, and we must act to take better care of it.” The group is currently working to set up a charity. If you would like to join the campaign, and make a pledge of funds or help, please contact Lucy: lucy@fireandiron.co.uk

Fund-raising halted when the Friends were told that the woodland had sold, but the group remained live as a voice championing a secure future for this vital green space. The first sale fell through, then a second, and now the group has a real chance of purchasing Teazle Wood. The woodland is heavily protected, hosts Red List endangered species and is on the Ancient Woodland Inventory. The group would be buying the chance to properly conserve the land, ensuring it survives for the sake of future 46


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St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead Start Thursday 8th March Thursday in Leatherhead is Market Day when many residents, workers, and visitors come into the town. Now Leatherhead Parish Church gives us a chance to relax and enjoy the music. Music on Thursdays, a season of free lunchtime concerts, runs from 8th March, every Thursday until November. Concerts start at 12.30pm and last 40-50 minutes. To launch Music on Thursdays there will be musicians playing in the Swan Centre during lunchtime on Thursday March 1st. Parish Church Director of Music, Graham Davies commented: “We have invited a selection of musicians to perform in Leatherhead. They include local musicians, professionals from further afield, and Royal Academy of Music students – quite an array of talent.” The first concert in the Church, on March 8th, features Royal Academy students Midori Komachi, violin, with accompanist Carlos Guerrero. The following week sees performances by musicians from St John’s School, Leatherhead. Concert details will appear in the What’s on section of this magazine. After that comes the first monthly organ concert using the church’s digital organ and the historic 17thC Parker pipe organ. As the season continues we hear a bassoon ensemble, solo singers, a pair of tubas, and combinations of string and wind instruments. There is level access to Leatherhead Parish Church, and toilet facilities in the church hall. Entry to concerts is free. Contributions to help cover costs will be welcome.

Graham Davies, Director of Music, The Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead, seated at the restored 17th century English Parker pipe organ

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The British Countryside Our British countryside is teeming with life this time of year. To save you getting lost in a wilderness of animal and nature books, here are some of the best to be found. Grab the butterfly net and the binoculars; it’s time to go on a backgarden safari. British Wildlife Photographer Award Collection 2 (Photography) AA Publishing Who says coffee table books always have to be about antique teapots and small furniture? Bring the outside world in and celebrate the best that this island has to offer. The British Wildlife Photography Awards began in 2009 and this beautiful collection is full of the winning pictures from 2011, ranging from urban intruders to marine life. Vivid images beautifully capture British wildlife in a wonderfully voyeuristic way. The whole collection is a window on the extraordinary lives of animals and is definitely one to be treasured. RSPB Pocket Nature Wildlife of Britain If you’ve ever been out with your children and found yourself stumped by the question ‘what’s that?’ then this guide is a must-have for you. With over a thousand species of British animals, plants and fungi, you’ll sound like Chris Packham on Springwatch if you

carry this in your rucksack. Bugs Britannica Peter Marren and Richard Mabey Determined to help the smallest creatures on our island make the biggest impact, ‘Bugs Britannica’ is a musthave for creepy-crawly enthusiasts. It’s wonderfully colourful and informative and guarantees to give you a greater understanding of how insects and humans interact and the importance of our tiny house-invaders. Our gardens and homes are teeming with bug-life and you might find you’re no longer reaching for the fly-spray this summer. British Wildlife Detectives’ Handbook Camilla de la Bedovere. This is the ideal companion for budding young naturalists, but most importantly of all…it comes with stickers. This handbook is packed with facts and information on everything you’re 52

likely to see, both in the back-garden and beyond. Children will love turning detective and finding out what species they’re looking at. You can inspire and encourage them to really explore their natural surroundings without there being a computer in sight. The handbook has tickboxes for keeping tabs on everything they’ve spotted so they can look back over their casework and truly admire British wildlife. A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines If you were a teenager in the 1980s then you probably read ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ in school. For anyone who didn’t, you’re in for a treat. Disillusioned Billy Casper is enduring a deprived and violent upbringing in a small Yorkshire mining town when he builds an unlikely friendship with ‘Kes’, a kestrel hawk. Frequently described as ‘honest’ and ‘raw’ this is a story of how an animal can positively impact on human life. Kes inspires Billy to ‘soar’ and find passion in an otherwise harsh and hopeless life.

Not released until June 2012 Collins Complete Guides - British Coastal Wildlife If you are opting for a ‘staycations’ and holidaying in Britain, reserve this book at the same time as booking your holiday. Our coastlines are quite literally swimming in extraordinary wildlife. This guide covers over 400 species of animals and plants found along our shores and will make a great companion for when you ‘like to be beside the seaside’. Leafing through this book is like sticking your head straight into a rock-pool. It has clear pictures, descriptions and is packed with information to appeal to even the truest of nature enthusiasts.


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This message could save your life Every one of us has a medical condition during our lifetime some are happily short lived others last for ever. You, your close family, your doctor all know about your health but what happens when you are suddenly struck down out of reach from family or GP help. This is where MEDIC ALERT plays its vital role as a member you wear a bracelet or necklet engraved with a personal identification number, main medical conditions and an emergency telephone number. In an emergency, medical personnel have immediate access to vital information on the back of the Medic Alert disc. By phoning the emergency number, they can also gain further medical and personal information such as your name and address, doctor’s details, current drug therapy and Medical conditions next of kin details. A small charge is paid for enrolment and a fee of £25 is charged for annual Membership number membership.

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The Leatherhead Lions Club back this project and strongly advise you to join. For an enrolment leaflet please phone Lion Mike Rushby, a Medic Alert member, on 07833 574089 or visit Medic Alert website e www.medicalert.org.uk Remember “The Golden Hour is the most precious 60 minutes of your life when Medic Alert can speak for you, when you can’t. 54


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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Occasionally other symptoms such as changes in bowel habit or extreme fatigue (feeling very tired) can be experienced on their own or at the same time as those symptoms listed above. Again it is most likely that these symptoms are not ovarian cancer, but may be present in some women with the disease. 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.

The good news about ovarian cancer is that if diagnosed at an early stage, the outlook is good. However, because some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those seen in more common conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it can be difficult to diagnose. Most women are not diagnosed until the disease has spread, which is why it is important that women know about the symptoms, so that they can seek advice as early as possible.

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:

www.eveappeal.org.uk www.targetovariancancer.org.uk www.ovacome.org.uk www.ovarian.org.uk

The symptoms will look familiar to most women as they are commonly experienced in the general population. However when they are experienced frequently (particularly more than 12 times a month), are persistent (they do not go away) and are not normal for you (having started within the last 12 months), you should seek advice from your GP as they could suggest ovarian cancer. 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. If you are 50 or over and have symptoms that are new for you which are similar to those of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), your GP should offer you tests to check for ovarian cancer. That is because it is unusual for a woman of this age to develop IBS if they have not had it before. 56


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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN motor vehicles seems to be continuing, despite extensive work being done by your local policing team to remind people not to leave anything of value on view (or even hidden) in their vehicles. As said before, it takes only seconds to gain access to a vehicle and there are rarely any witnesses to offences taking place. Officers on patrol are noting the details of any vehicles they see with items of value on view and we are writing to the registered owners of vehicles advising them that they could become victims of a crime. Please do your “bit� not to become a victim of this type of crime.

We are hoping that a recent spate of graffiti, which appeared at a number of locations across Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom will now cease! The combined efforts of local officers PCs Briony Cole and John Hench, in partnership with other Mole Valley officers and colleagues in neighbouring boroughs, has led to the arrest of a suspect, who has admitted the offences. Apart from being a prime example of antisocial behaviour, graffiti is an offence of criminal damage and your policing team takes incidents of this kind seriously. Sometimes, it can take quite a long process of investigation to identify who is responsible but we hope that the local community are now aware that robust action will be taken to deal with anyone found to be causing damage of this kind.

During 2012, we will also be continuing our work to deal with any reported incidents of anti-social behaviour, anti-social driving (including speeding, obstruction parking, and offences involving driving whilst using hand-held mobile phones). Mole Valley Casualty Reduction Officer, PC Tom Arthur, is leading an initiative in partnership with Mole Valley Parking Enforcement officers to deal with ongoing problems relating to parking in and around our local schools. We will be updating you about this work in due course.

Another example of partnership working has been with Mole Valley Youth Intervention Officer, PC Fran Davey, Youth PCSO Louise Lilly, Youth Worker Gary Nash and Councillor Chris Townsend joining forces to work on increasing complaints of litter in and around the skate park in Ashtead. Working with many young people in Ashtead Village, the way forward was found. Young people agreed to keep the site relatively litter free, with the incentive of a new wooden bench being provided for people to sit on at the site. This was presented to the young people of Ashtead Village on Sunday, 8th January.

Sergeant John Pearson

Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters. Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).

The latter part of 2011 has seen a significant decrease in the amount of litter found at the site, where both Fran and local PCSO, Pauline Daly, have been patrolling regularly to show reassurance and to offer encouragement to young people to keep up the good work. Surrey Police is currently focusing on a number of crime prevention initiatives. Incidents of thefts from, or damage to,

Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name. Your local team can also be contacted by email to MoleValley@surrey.pnn.police.uk www.surrey.police.uk

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Put the Spring back in your step With long sunny days just around the corner, there’s no better time to ensure you’re in great shape to follow your sport, hobby or interest. Whether you’re making plans for the garden, or well into a training plan for the London Marathon, it’s important to prepare yourself for all that extra activity. If you’ve got aches and pains at Aligned for Life Chiropractic we can provide effective and proven treatments that tackle the root cause of the problem. We will also give you simple, straightforward techniques and exercises that will empower you to take control of your own health. Our aim is to get you better - and make sure you have the right tools and techniques to avoid further injury in the future. At Aligned For Life Chiropractic, we don’t just treat everyday joint pain and aching muscles - we’re also able to give you a thorough MOT that aims to avoid potential injury in the future. Prevention is always better than cure so getting a check-up before you begin what you have planned for the spring can help ensure that you get the most out of the next few weeks – and the warm summer months. Paul Fraser MChiro, DC, CCEP (pictured right) Aligned for Life 2 Bridge Street, Leatherhead

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Local Taxis & Motor Services

Leatherhead & District Voluntary Car Service Do you drive? Can you spare a bit of time to help us? Who are we and what do we do? The Leatherhead & District Voluntary Car Service has now been going for over 40 years, but we are always in need of more drivers. We take patients from Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham to local surgeries and hospitals and back home. It is not a regular commitment – drivers are usually asked about once a week or fortnight and just say if they are available when asked for a particular day. All requests for transport come from the surgeries to the car pool co-ordinator who then contacts drivers to give them the patient’s name, address and phone number. The driver then rings the patient to arrange when to collect them. Patients give a previously agreed donation to help towards the cost of petrol etc, and drivers have a permit for all Mole Valley car parks and for Epsom Hospital. It really is a very rewarding and worthwhile service and the patients always say how much they appreciate it, but we can only continue if we have enough drivers. So do please join us if you can. If you feel you can spare some time or would just like to find out more, please ring Graham or Sheila Hill tel.01372 372165 – they would be delighted to hear from you and anyone else you can recommend.

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International Inner Wheel Day The Inner Wheel Club of Ashtead celebrated International Inner Wheel Day on 10th January 2012, by visits to the Sheltered Housing Complexes of Lime Tree Court, and Griffin Court, there

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Leatherhead Swimming Club

Do you enjoy swimming and would like to improve? If you are stage 7 or above in swimming you could train with Leatherhead SC. We are a friendly club that caters for ALL abilities of swimmers from juniors to elite. Our skilled coaching team, led by head coach David Vine, provides a progressive and enjoyable coaching programme.

Interested? Please call David Vine on 07834 725965 or visit our website: www.leatherheadsc.co.uk

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Calling all budding astronomers... If you’re interested in astronomy, how would you like to help set up a monthly club to view the skies and perhaps invite curious newbies who have never looked through a telescope before? If there is any local interest in this absorbing and fascinating hobby, we need some local experts who are happy to give up a little of their time and expertise and hopefully their telescopes! In addition could someone provide meeting facilities (hot drinks, toilets?). If so, perhaps you could email Steve on steve@cherrydrop.com Some suggestions have been the scout hut, cricket or football clubs. If you can help provide the above, Steve looks forward to hearing from you, maybe this will be the start of an exciting new club...

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Curves of Leatherhead Hosts Food and Toiletries Collection to Benefit Local Women in Need Curves of Leatherhead is encouraging women in the area to show their charitable strength by participating in the 13th Annual Curves Food Drive. In addition to the rewarding opportunity for community engagement, the club is offering compelling incentives for both existing and potential members who participate. For the month of March, Curves of Leatherhead will collect non-perishable items and monetary donations for your Sanctuary (formerly Surrey Women’s Aid). They provide a range of services which offer emotional and practical support to people and their children who are fleeing from domestic abuse. The goal, according to Sylvia Kempsell of Curves of Leatherhead, is for the community to come together to help people in need. "At the core of our business is the message that women are stronger when they rally together, and that is the point we hope to bring home with our food drive," said Sylvia. "We want to show our community just how powerful the generosity of our members can be." According to Sylvia, the aim is to collect donations equivalent to 1kg in weight from every member in the form of a bag of groceries, toiletries or make a donation during the month of March. Non-members who do likewise during the month of March can join Curves for free. "We hope women in the Leatherhead area will come together and participate in this initiative," added Sylvia. "Even if you’re not thinking about joining a gym, you can still drop off your donations. There are so many women here in our own community who need our help right now."

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Give a Little, Save a Lot. Curves is a fun and effective 30-minute workout for women with all the support you need. Bring in a shopping bag of nonperishable food to help people in need and we’ll return the favour by asking you to join Curves for FREE!

Join for FREE* When you Donate A Bag of Groceries All donations will go to Surrey Women’s Aid a charity that supports women fleeing from domestic violence. *Offer based on first visit enrolment, minimum 4 months direct debit programme. Not valid with any other offer.

curvesleatherhead.com 01372 388 588 70 Kingston Road Leatherhead

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Leatherhead men let loose in church kitchens! Every month (except August and December), teams of male Leatherheadrians have been donning aprons and cooking breakfast for each other!

‘London’s Homeless’. All men are welcome to attend, regardless of their belief.

If you wish to be notified when they are happening, you can choose to be put on the "mailing list" by emailingmikeward@abard.com with your request.

It started 8 years ago, and the cooking is very much better now. The "Breakfasts" rotate between the churches and each church has its own speciality. The most recent one (see photo), was the last breakfast prepared by Maitre Chef Martin. He will be handing the frying pan over to a new team at St Mary and St Nicholas. The Methodist's speciality is scrambled egg, sometimes with salmon! Porridge is often on the menu at the URC, and black pudding is the attraction at the Catholic hall. When they are the hosts, each church is responsible for cooking the breakfast, and clearing up afterwards. The event starts at 8.00am with that first cup of tea or coffee and finishes at 9.30am. We have the full English menu with fruit juice, cereal etc. Between 20 and 30 men, from all over Leatherhead, regularly turn up to have a friendly chat, a tasty breakfast and listen to an interesting speaker. Our speaker talks for about 20 minutes, often with projected photos. Their subjects are very varied from a Box Hill Warden to lady speaker who described her work protecting Palestinian girls who have to go to school in Israel. A few weeks’ ago, Doug Waters gave a fascinating insight into how Gatwick Airport is making itself as environmentally friendly as it possibly can be.

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The men each make a donation, (£4 is suggested), and any excess money is given to a charity nominated by the speaker. Although most of the men are church-going people, it is not a religious event, but we do finish the breakfast by saying grace together.

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The dates and venues of the Men's breakfasts are published on the website for "Churches Together in Leatherhead'" www.churchesleatherhead.org/

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The next Breakfast is Saturday 24th March, and will be at the Catholic Church, Meeting Room, Garlands Road, Leatherhead, the speaker will be Nick Ward talking about

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Learn to Dance Fitness & Social Fun Epsom Downs

Learn LeRoc Modern Jive Dancing in Dorking

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Dorking Quilters The Dorking Quilters held their first meeting of 2012 recently, with their AGM and also a look at the ‘Handbag Collection’ of miniature quilts, from the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. These were much admired for their delicate work. Before Christmas three members of our group went along to the Princess Alice Hospice to hand over Barbara’s quilt. Barbara was a member who began a mystery quilt, but cancer overtook her, and fellow members have joined to complete the quilt. The Hospice will use the quilt in a raffle. On Tuesday 13th March we look forward to a demonstration and talk by Carolyn Forster, entitled ‘Quilt as You Go.’ Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking, all are welcome. Contact Lesley on 05601 534169 for further info. 69


WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? THROUGHOUT MARCH

March is Ovarian cancer awareness month. Eden florist, The Circus, Kingston Rd, Leatherhead will be selling jewellery, key rings and bag charms, locally made in Ashtead by Angela Young, 10% of the proceeds will go to Ovacome to support those effected by Ovarian cancer. Angela will also be selling jewellery and other gifts at the Ashtead Friday Market on 9th March (details overleaf).

Friday 2nd

Women's World Day of Prayer Service , an international and interdenominational service. Parish Church of St.Mary and St. Nicholas in Leatherhead, 2pm. The theme is Let Justice Prevail and the service is produced by the women of Malaysia.

Saturday 10th

Dorking Halls, 8pm, Elias String Quartet Dorking Halls Mozart Quartet No 18 K 464 | Janacek Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ | Mendelssohn Quartet No.2 Tickets £18 for each concert from Dorking Halls 01306 881717 or on line at www.dorkinghalls.co.uk Students half price; children under 16 accompanied by an adult, free

Saturday 10th

Motor Neurone Disease Assoc ‘Race Night’ St Mark’s church Hall, Gt Tattenhams. £10 inc fish and chip supper, bring your own drinks. Info from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or simon.edmands@ukipme.com

Friday 16th

Lecture 'Bishops Move ' by Chris Bishop Letherhead Institute, top of High Street, coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm admission £1. All are very welcome Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Friday 16th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society AGM, 8pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Free entry.

Friday 16th

A Winter-Chasing Barn Dance with the Hersham Revellers, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30-11pm, 6.45pm. £12.50, inc a fish and chip supper. All proceeds go to further refurbish APMH. Contact Di for tickets on 01372 279501

Saturday 17th

Nearly New Sale and Table Top Sale, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, Fetcham, 10am3pm. Baby Equipment, Childrens Clothes, Toys, bric-a-brac etc. To book a £12 table contact Sally 01372 372236, email; sallyanne41@btinternet.com, in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Support Trust

Sunday 18th

Leatherhead Parish Church invites you to the Mothering Sunday Service with distribution of posies, 10am. All ages welcome, followed by refreshments in the Church

Wed 21st

Amanda Fashion Show in aid of AFASIC, 7.30pm, APMH, more details overleaf

Friday 30th

Leatherhead Rotary Club Quiz night in aid of International Charities inc Polio Eradication & Aquabox, 6.30pm, Letherhead Institute, High St, Leatherhead. £12.50 inc fish and chip supper. Bring your own glasses and cutlery. Richard Punnett 01372 379266

Saturday 31st

Surrey Area of NAFAS - presents its flower arranging and photographic competition 'boxclever' at City of London Freemen's School, see opposite for details

Saturday 31st

Ashtead Spring Clean, 10am-11am. More info on Ashtead Residents’ Assoc page 8

FUTURE EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARIES Friday 4th

MAY

Rotary Club of Leatherhead - The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth in concert at Leatherhead Theatre in aid of Help for Heroes and Combat Stress. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50 from Peter Matthews 01372 375229 or peter@gattondev.co.uk If there’s an event in April you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Monday 12th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 70


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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS Thurs 1st (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, richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 1st (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 1st (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 2nd (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. Do come along, you will be most welcome.

Friday 2nd (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 2nd (weekly)

Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 10.30am11.30am. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs, and crafts together with coffee or tea.

Friday 2nd

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and pick up some lovely haberdashery so you can stay indoors and be creative!

(weekly)

Sunday 4th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Traditional Communion Service with Choir. 10.45-11.15am Coffee in Church. 11.15am Contemporary Service with Band. (Check website for updates www.leatherheadweb.org.uk)

Wed 7th (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, ‘Welcome to Spring’, Jane Hass, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.1.45pm - 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 7th (mthly)

Ashtead WI, speaker Mr Rees ‘Brought to Book’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 7th (monthly)

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

Tuesday 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks AGM and the ABC of Poetry, Jennifer, Tom, Jeff, David & Harry. 7.45pm, APMH. Visitors £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511

Tues 6th & Thurs 8th

7.30pm. From Titian to Tiepolo. A look at how these artists influenced European art. £10 inc refreshments. Tel: 01372 272235 email: ashteadartlovers@g.mail.com & www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk.

Thursdays weekly 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Music on Thursdays - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 12.30pm-1.20pm Admission to these lunchtime concerts is free. There will be a retiring collection if you would like to help cover costs. 8th – Midori Komachi, violin & Carlos Guerrero, piano, from the Royal Academy of Music 15th – Students from St John’s School, Leatherhead 22nd – Graham Davies, organ 29th – Jacqueline Phillips, cello & Jane Dixon-Wayne, flute

Transition Ashtead is now holding regular “open meetings” in the APMH on the 2nd Thursday 8th Thursday of each month at 7.30 p.m. Our March 8th meeting is on “Growing Food (monthly) Locally” – if you are interested then please do come along. See page 86. 72


What’s On? Amanda Fashion Show Wed 21st March

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

7.30pm for 8pm start.

Tickets £12.50 to include a glass of wine and plate of nibbles. This show is in aid of AFASIC, a charity which helps children with speech, language and communication impairments.

Tickets available from ‘Amanda’, 41 The Street, Ashtead 01372 274333

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Friday 9th (monthly)

Saturdays: 10th 17th 24th 31st

Ashtead Friday Market. 9.30am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Free entry. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-abrac. Winter walks around the beautiful Mole Valley. with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468. Donation to charities Maps & details on website. Moderate pace & fitness Phone first if bad weather. Car Share suggested. www.livewellnaturally.co.uk 07766 166794 10th 10.30am *Cherkley walk on wildside with Jim Storar* 17th 10.30am Top of Woodlands Rd Effingham 24th 10.30am Friday St CP Hollow Lane, off Friday St Rd 31st 10.30am Margery Wood NT CP end of lane by M25 exit 8

Wed 14th

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

Thurs 15th

Leatherhead & District Friends Group, Leatherhead Community Centre. 2-4pm, third Thurs of the month.

(2nd Wed mthly)

(3rd Thurs)

Wed 21st Saturday 24th

NHS Blood donor session: - St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead: Two sessions: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. Leatherhead Men’s Breakfasts - 8am, Catholic Church, Meeting Room, Garlands Road, Leatherhead - Speaker Nik Ward - "London's Homeless". More info mikeward@abard.com or go to www.churchesleatherhead.org/ 73


What’s On? MADRID – The HeART of Spain Madrid, the capital and largest city of Spain, has a chequered history, a complex mosaic of peoples and cultures. The Golden triangle of museums houses some of the finest collections of art in Europe. The grand Habsburg-created area east of the Plaza Mayor breathes the 17th and 18th centuries from every cobble, while beyond is the Retiro with its acres of green space.

Tickets for the event are £6 and booking is essential, call 01372 376640. All proceeds are generously being donated to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church, a non-denominational charity dedicated to raising funds exclusively to maintain the fabric and grounds of Leatherhead Parish Church.

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Sat 24th March - Holiday Inn, Chessington Do you fancy a great night out, while supporting a local charity? If so, why not come along to the Giving Africa Viva Las Vegas Casino Night on Sat 24th March in the Serengeti Suite at the Holiday Inn in Chessington. The evening starts at 7.30pm till midnight. Giving Africa is a local charity that is aiming to build secondary schools in Burkina Faso. Last year we had a group of supporters who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. So this year we thought why not reward ourselves with a Casino Night! Tickets only cost £30 per person and includes $100 of fun money to use at the gaming tables. It also includes, canapés, disco and the chance to win some great raffles prizes. If you would like tickets, please email casinonight777@gmail.com and quote A&L and further details will be sent to you. We really need your support to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Giving Africa is a registered charity No 1136275 74


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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Quiet paramour related to a sandpiper? (6) 4. Talc silo fixed for a nymph (8) 9. Right round, broke and stout (6) 10. Lent rags set to choke (8) 12. Arisen to alter witnesses (8) 13. Girl with novices’ records (6) 15. Haggard decapitated relative (4) 16. Russian lady Sinatra battered (7) 20. Scheme little Edward placed in the soil (7) 21. A new way to become smaller? (4) 25. Singer turns to leave office (6) 26. Tunes Ali set out to cover (8) 28. Undisguised container upset (8) 29. Meal pa threw together for the girl (6) 30. Chaos red Doris dealt with (8) 31. A beastly Scottish swimmer!

(6) Down 1. Ian harps on about these fish (8) 2. Oregon tearing with the teeth going around (8) 3. Guarantee Nereus broke! (6) 5. Voice in Montreal to sing (4) 6. Student meriting knowledge (8) 7. Gesture concealed in a sling (6) 8. Seas do churn at this port (6) 11. Clutter occupying one city (7) 14. Place near Sol, surprisingly (7) 17. Book illuminator; a nuisance! (8) 18. Bounder – claims dead bodies (8)

19. Teenager making produce (8) 22. The man Ronald could be! (6) 23. Evaluate the donkey on three points (6) 24. Sucker by little Lincoln, a president (6) 27. King put in charge for nothing (4)

General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Impaired eyesight usually resulting from irregular conformation of the cornea (11) 9. Small, square cases of dough with savoury fillings (7) 10. Adult insect produced after metamorphosis (5) 11. South American rope with weights, used in hunting (4) 12. One who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature (8) 14. German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826) (5) 15. Native American tent (5) 20. Nuclear weapon (4,4)

22. Part of a church which contains the altar (4) 24. Glowing fragment of wood or coal left from a fire (5) 25. Swing used by circus acrobats (7) 26. Dairy product such as Emmentaler or Gruyère (5,6) Down 2. Major port of Spain (7) 3. Religious painting (4) 4. Norman ___, US author 1923-2007 (6) 5. Quantity in a ‘baker’s dozen’ (8) 6. Dry white Italian wine from Verona (5) 7. Make illegal payment in exchange for favours (5)

8. One stroke over par 18. Medicine that in golf (5) induces vomiting (6) 13. Popular garden 19. Person afflicted with shrub with bright Hansen’s disease (5) berries (8) 21. U-shaped curve in a 16. Female ruler of stream (5) many countries (7) 23. Spice made from the 17. Biblical tower covering of the intended to reach to nutmeg (4) heaven (5) 76 Solutions in next month’s edition


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Rotary celebrates India’s first polio-free year, but cautions the job is not yet finished Rotary members throughout Mole Valley and across the world are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in their global efforts to eradicate the crippling disease polio from the planet. India, until recently an epicentre of the wild poliovirus, has completed a full calendar year without recording a new case since January 13th 2011. Until tests come back from surveillance teams, it will not be confirmed that India is officially clear of polio for the past year. It will be a further two years of successful tests Rukhsar Khatoon has the last case of polio detected in India, with before the country is declared polio her mother Shabida Bibi in Shahapar village, West Bengal free. The 12-month milestone in India, where the last reported case was two-year-old Rukhsar Khatoon in West Bengal, continues the progress of 2010, when the country recorded only 42 polio cases out of 1,352 worldwide. This milestone is seen as a testament to the determination of Rotary members in Great Britain and Ireland and the rest of the world, especially the 116,000-plus Rotarians of India, to eradicate the infectious disease through the mass immunisation of children, a goal Rotary took on 27 years ago. Rotary launched its polio eradication programme in 1985 and, in 1988, became a spearheading partner in the Children in the Kamla Nehru Nagar slum in Patna Global Polio Eradication Initiative, with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, new cases of polio have plummeted by over 99%, from more than 350,000 cases a year to only 604 reported so far for 2011. Local Rotary spokesperson, Simon Edmands, added: “Here in Mole Valley, Rotarians have worked closely with the local community to raise vital funds for this life-saving campaign. It is incredible to think that every penny raised is helping to spare children from this crippling and sometimes fatal disease. It has taken over 25 years, but there is a lot of good news here and we are all hoping that tests will show that India is finally on the road to recovery.” In February 2011, the five Rotary Clubs within the Mole Valley area (Ashtead, Bookham & Horsley, Dorking, Dorking Deepdene and Leatherhead) joined forces to raise over £5,000 towards the campaign, much of it raised by through their ‘Wear It Purple’ initiative, which encouraged local people to wear something purple on World Rotary Day, February 23rd, and to also make a small donation to the campaign. Why purple? Once vaccinated against polio, the child's little finger is dipped in a purple dye to show they have been immunised and to make sure they are not vaccinated twice by accident! For further information about Rotary within Mole Valley, please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or simon.edmands@ukipme.com 78


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 37

Ashtead House, Farm Lane, Ashtead

Ashtead House c: 1977 (Courtesy Mrs Jean Tappin) Ashtead House is a Grade 2 Listed building and should not be confused with the mansion in the Park It stands near the north-east gate of Ashtead Park, its grounds bordered by a 17th century red brick wall. It has survived other former nearby houses such as Newstead House, long since demolished. Built of mellow red brick and formerly colour-washed, it has overall Georgian elevation with an attractive shallow bay on the south –west façade. After the death in 1939 of Miss Denshire, the last descendent of Capt. Nathaniel Smith, the house was used during the war to billet Canadian troops. After the war, the property was converted into three separate houses, at which time the original kitchen was extensively altered and evidence of the earliest period of the house was lost. However, a great deal remains to be seen on the successive developments from its modest beginnings into the large house of today. House No. 2 contains a late 17th century staircase with a seven metre newel post and many shuttered windows, ceiling beams and pine panelling. There is also an elegant Georgian staircase in the southern part of the house, where a ballroom was added. The room was reputedly built for the celebration of the King’s visit to the Epsom Races in the early 19th century. There are many fine specimen trees in the garden, including a massive tulip tree over 200 years old. Beyond the coach house, in the north-east and now in the grounds of The Pines, there is an ice house situated near the pond and possible source of the Rye Brook. Goff Powell – Extracted from A History of Ashtead –L&DLHS 1995- with additions

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Herb of the month - Thyme As a native of the Mediterranean region, thyme grown in this country needs to be in a sunny spot. Like many herbs it is easy to grow and is better in poorer, dryer soils as moist, nutrient rich conditions will cause it to lose its compact shape. Even given ideal conditions, thyme will start to be become woody after a few years and will produce fewer leaves. When the plant reaches that point it is best that it is divided and replanted. Thyme is both pretty and aromatic so is ideal at the front of a border, particularly where passers-by will brush against it. However its flowers do attract bees and butterflies so take care not to let it overhang the path too much. In general thyme is best in strong flavoured dishes, particularly anything with red meat. It is ideal in soups, casseroles and stocks as it is one of the few herbs in cooking which can be added early because it doesn’t lose its flavour when cooked for some time. Lemon thyme has a mild lemon flavour and is fine with chicken. Thyme from the garden can be used all year round although obviously there is little growth in the winter months so you have to take care not to over harvest it. If you have an excess in the summer, the herb can be both dried and frozen for out of season use. The fresh leaves are much more pungent than dried ones though so use it sparingly.

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Growing Peppers By Pippa Greenwood Growing your own peppers is not much more involved than growing tomatoes, so why not give it a try? Pepper plants can be unbelievably pretty too, with fruits in a range of shapes and colour, generally on compact plants and preceded by small and very pretty white flowers. This is a plant with great ornamental as well as edible potential.

keep the plants growing strongly and the potash will encourage plenty of flowers and so fruits to form.

Both chilli and sweet - or bell - peppers can be grown in a greenhouse border, in a sunny spot in the garden in warmer parts of the country, or on a sunny, sheltered spot on the patio. The heavier, earlier crop will come if you grow the plants in a greenhouse or conservatory, but it is well worth growing them outside too.

If you are going for plants in pots, choose a planter that has good drainage and is 30cm (12in) or more in diameter, adding broken pots for extra drainage. Once there is no danger of late frosts you can put them outside in a sheltered, sunny spot.

Sweet peppers, especially the red ones, are very high in vitamin A and both red and green peppers are also very high in vitamin C. Chilli peppers also have a good supply of vitamins C and A and in addition, contain both beta-carotene and something called capsaicin which is believed to have a useful effect on blood cholesterol levels.

If you’re after the hottest possible heat from your chilli peppers, then you’ll find this comes from fruits that are totally ripe and from peppers that are grown in warmer conditions. If you are growing sweet peppers in patio pots then you are likely to find that there are still some unripened fruits on the plants when temperatures start to fall at the end of summer and well into autumn. To increase the chances of these ripening and increasing to full size, move the pots to a warmer spot or, if possible, to a porch, conservatory or greenhouse where they’ll get extra warmth and also plenty of natural light.

The seeds are readily obtainable from many catalogues or garden centres but make sure you take into account the level of heat that each type delivers. Most seed packets and catalogues do make it very clear. Sow the seeds between now and early April. I use a multi-purpose or a seed compost, but for good germination you will need to provide a bit of extra warmth, ideally from a heated propagator positioned in a spot where it receives plenty of natural light. If you don’t have the time or facilities to raise your own from seed, you can always buy a few plants in a garden centre or send off for them. We offer two tasty varieties as part of my ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ system (see www.pippagreenwood.com for details).

If you want chillies that look particularly good on the patio there are plenty to choose from. ‘Black Pearl’ is a hot chilli pepper with a distinct blackish tinge to the mature leaves and fruits that are black early on and mature darkest red. For classic chillies with bright red, finger shaped fruits try ‘Thai Dragon’. Visit www.pippagreenwood.com to make veg growing easy. You’ll receive garden ready veg plants PLUS every week Pippa emails you hints, tips and advice about your chosen veg. From just £39 for up to 66 garden-ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails.

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption Rising Fuel bills? Make your home cheaper to run! In the light of the considerable rise in the cost of energy, are you concerned about what you can do to cut your fuel bills, and make your home more environmentally friendly? The usual problems are – when to find the time and where to start? Getting the right information and advice is really important. Looking at local examples and talking to people who have already gone down the path is one way to get enthusiastic enough about it to get going. Well, on the weekend of 24/25thth March, there is a great opportunity to do this - the Surrey Green Homes weekend. A good number of properties across Surrey will open their doors to demonstrate practical applications of energy efficient and eco- friendly technologies, ranging from good insulation to solar electricity generation and wood-burning stoves. Some of these Green Homes are going to be in and around Ashtead. To find out more and to book a visit to one of the homes, go to the Action Surrey website: http://www.actionsurrey.org/surreygreenhomes The local house shown in the photograph has solar electricity (PV), solar hot water, 270mm of roof insulation, a new “A” rated condensing boiler and a passive solar garden room. The latter of course is nothing new – a wellinsulated room that has lots of south facing windows – but it is certainly able to provide warmth into the rest of house on a sunny winter’s day. There has been a lot in the press recently about the Government’s forced change of mind about the Feed in Tariff rate for the owners of new solar electricity systems. There is still some uncertainty about the future economics of such an investment, but it is very clear that this is a measure that you should only now consider once your house has been made really energy efficient by using the more conventional measures listed below: • • • • • •

good draught proofing – windows, doors and floors (if you don’t have solid floors) 270mm of loft insulation if you heat with gas - a modern “A” rated gas boiler which is serviced annually thermostatic radiator valves to control the heat in different rooms cavity wall insulation (if you have solid walls things are more complex) low energy lighting and “A” rated domestic appliances.

If you are considering using any of these approaches (or one of the advanced technologies), then contact us (contact details below) and we can give you some expert advice for free! If you cannot get to the Green Home weekend, then Action Surrey has a show home in Woking that you can visit and where you can also get free advice – www.actionsurrey.org Barrie Mould

Transition Ashtead is now holding regular “open meetings” in the APMH on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7.30 p.m. Our March 8th meeting is on “Growing Food Locally” – if you are interested then please do come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 86


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Longshot’s plans for Cherkley Estate The Cherkley Estate was seen by Joel Cadbury, Ollie Vigors and their partners, as the ideal location to establish a Country House Hotel and Golf Course to rival the very best in the UK. Longshot purchased Cherkley in April 2011, because the Estate has all of the attributes necessary to create something unique; a historic building with character, set within undulating countryside. Even before acquiring the property from the Beaverbrook Foundation, Longshot embarked upon an extensive consultation exercise, to learn all it could about the working of the Estate and what Cherkley meant to the local community. It was immediately obvious that the local residents were intrigued by the Estate's past and were intent on maintaining public access to the House and Gardens and the existing network of bridleways and footpaths, all of which will be maintained and enhanced. The other key consideration was whether the new uses could sit comfortably within the existing landscape and whether the introduction of the golf course would be visually acceptable. These requirements became the cornerstone of the current planning application. In order to address the landscape concerns, Longshot's consultant team has paid specific attention to enhancing the environment, as required by planning policy. Particular emphasis has been placed on introducing the chalk grassland type habitats that will support a wider variety of flora and fauna than currently exists. Whilst the previous Countryside Stewardship Scheme sought to improve those parts of the Estate affected by agricultural and forestry activity, its impact was limited. Chalk meadow grass species were encouraged to establish on approximately 53 hectares, whereas the golf course layout will create 68 hectares of habitats. These will include low and tall growing herbs, wildflowers, downland scrub and tree species all of local provenance and sourced from the Headley Warren Nature Reserve seed bank. The new habitats will create an environment for wildlife and improve the overall biodiversity quality of Cherkley Court. The composition of habitats will encourage a wide range of species from invertebrates (including butterflies) to bats, reptiles and nesting birds. They will be actively managed by grazing sheep, which will be essential to maintain the biodiversity value. In parallel with the planting strategy, the golf course has been designed by one of the world's leading golf architects, who has made his name by creating natural golf courses in the natural landscape. The design does not involve significant earth moving and although irrigation is being introduced, this will be used sparingly on the fairways, in order to preserve their chalk grassland appearance. Most importantly, the course should not be compared with those facilities that are intensively used and require high growth grass varieties and substantial watering. These courses support as many as four times the number of rounds that will be played at Cherkley. 88


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The clubhouse and maintenance buildings that are essential to the operation of the course have been sensitively sited and will have less impact than the buildings permitted under a previous planning permission. In fact, the unusual decision has been taken to locate the maintenance activities wholly underground. The hotel design will have minimal impact on the fabric of the listed building with the additional rooms and ancillary activities being provided in the outlying buildings which again have been sympathetically extended only where necessary. The Restaurants, Health Club, Spa and Cookery School will add to the attraction of the Hotel. We are keen to emphasise that Longshot's application had drawn on a wealth of experience and detailed research to inform the proposals. We are committed to every aspect of the application, including enhancing both the landscape and its biodiversity. We are taking the very best of what the Estate has to offer and improving upon it. We hope that Cherkley will become the venue of choice for local residents. We are also proud to be creating over 190 new jobs and committed to sourcing local produce. All we would ask is for everyone to look at the application impartially and make up their own mind as to whether it is a good thing for the area.

Further information can be found on www.cherkleycourt.com and the application can be viewed on Mole Valley District Council’s website: www.molevalley.gov.uk and search for planning application reference no: MO/2011/1450 On behalf of Longshot Cherkley Court Tel: 020 7493 7820 89


Quiz - The Alphabet 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Quiz - Poems 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Kubla Khan - Samuel Taylor Coleridge Ode To A Nightingale - John Keats The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot The Charge Of The Light Brigade - Alfred, Lord Tennyson A Red, Red Rose - Robert Burns The Owl And The Pussycat- Edward Lear Gunga Din - Rudyard Kipling The Pied Piper Of Hamelin - Robert Browning 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll

February’s Crossword Solutions

Wordsearch hidden phrase:

Across: 1 Captor, 4 Sundries, 9 Airmen, 10 Pennines, 12 Rampages, 13 Rescue, 15 Dent, 16 Broadsword, 19 Champagnes, 20 Deli, 23 Tutors, 25 Trespass, 27 Rasputin, 28 Godiva, 29 Eye teeth, 30 Resent. Down: 1 Charred, 2 Pyromania, 3 One-way, 5 Used, 6 Danseuse, 7 Ionic, 8 Suspend, 11 Peerage, 14 Madeira, 17 Operative, 18 Aperture, 19 Coterie, 21 Instant, 22 Ashore, 24 Taste, 26 Gist.

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Simple Crossword solution

Across: 1 Shallot, 5 Grass, 8 Alternate, 9 Pea, 10 Peace, 12 Fencing, 13 Self-sacrifice, 15 Regress, 17 Panic, 19 Pit, 20 Soap opera, 22 Derby, 23 Die-cast.

Across: 1 Charmed, 5 Edged, 8 Eases, 9 Vicious, 10 Perpendicular, 11 Easily, 12 Molars, 15 Demonstration, 18 Explode, 19 Deals, 20 Steps, 21 Deafens.

Down: 1 Scalp, 2 Act, 3 Largess, 4 Traffic island, 5 Green, 6 Amphibian, 7 Spangle, 11 Alligator, 13 Striped, 14 Implode, 16 Essay, 18 Chart, 21 Eva.

Down: 1 Creep, 2 Absorbs, 3 Miscellaneous, 4 Divide, 5 Encyclopaedia, 6 Growl, 7 Deserts, 11 Endless, 13 Agitate, 14 Attend, 16 Maple, 17 Noses.

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‘Made In Mole Valley’ Granted London 2012 Inspire Mark Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) London 2012 film project, Made In Mole Valley, has been granted the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made In Mole Valley is centred around celebrating the district’s culture and heritage as part of the 2012 Games. MVDC is asking budding filmmakers to submit short films (3-5 mins) with an Olympic-inspired theme and that feature Mole Valley. They might highlight local culture, be it history, landmarks, arts events, local artists, nature or sport. The films could be fictional, documentary-style, an animation or a music video. They could have a narrative or be experimental. They can also be filmed in a variety of media, such as on mobile phones, digital cameras, webcams, camcorders or professional film equipment. Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “Made In Mole Valley is encouraging amateur and professional film makers to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as Mole Valley District Council, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in the arts, film making and finding out more about where you live.”

A panel of judges will select the best films, which will be featured on MVDC’s website www.molevalley.gov.uk and other websites. Films may be submitted until 31 May 2012. For more information and terms and conditions, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk or email arts@molevalley.gov.uk. 92


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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 274690 (Jenny Williams) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 276042 Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 01372 277350 (Marian Guess) Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 274708 (Sue Jones) Ashtead Library 08456 009009 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07733 621614 (Jim Malynn) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 276511 (Julia Mitchell) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 01372 375522 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (EDF) 0800 783 8866 Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787) Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 277742 (Vivien Redman) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385

Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 375605 (Len Skilton) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 08456 009009 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Police Station 0845 1252222 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley Carers Support 01306 640020 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 276742 (Brian Light) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 St Helier Hospital Main switchboard 020 8296 2000 Surrey County Council 08456 009009 Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteering Centre, Leatherhead 01372 383456 Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline)

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House & Garden

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The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local  

Issue 77, Febuary 2012. Never underestimate the importance of community.

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