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Issue 113

March 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Pension rules are changing Ashlea Medical Practice PPG Could you be a ‘puppy parent’? Mothering Sunday - 15th March Scam postcards - don’t get caught out Collect supermarket vouchers for charity Ashtead Spring Clean - Saturday 21st March Shopmobility Leatherhead - can they help you? Mrs Fiske Warren and daughter Rachel, 1903 by John Singer Sargent (1856(1856-1925)

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


Leatherhead Lions Snr Citizen’s Party



Bariatric couch for Epsom hospital


Ashtead Community Vision


Simple crossword


Ashlea Med Practice Patients’ Group




Quiz - Mr & Mrs


Recipe: Smoked mackerel & apple


Do you have an empty garage?


Leatherhead Community Association


MV Police column


Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild


Rotary launches voucher appeal


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Book reviews


What’s on? Pages 64-69


Transform Leatherhead update


Bird shuts M25!


Grandmother’s Day - a story


Link Group helps fund hearing dog


Quiz - Islands


Gardening - facing north


Shopmobility Leatherhead


General knowledge crossword


Could you be a ‘puppy parent’?


Pension rules are changing


Fetcham Residents’ Assoc membership


Surrey CC - use your food waste caddy


Christ Church (UR), Leatherhead


Cryptic crossword


British Summertime starts 29th March


Local history article


Scam postcards - don’t get caught out


Transition Ashtead


Give a cat a home


Useful numbers


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From the Publisher


was invited by Jane Hiley and Rosemary Stark (Trustees of the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall) to give a talk at the annual Farmer’s Lunch held on 11th February, well I would never pass up the chance to talk about my favourite subject, namely, me! Seriously though, it was a really nice way to spend a few hours, Jane hosted our table and we had a jolly good chat over lunch. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and there were quite a few people there that I already knew as they belonged to the various groups that appear in this magazine either each month or occasionally. They made me feel very appreciated, they were kind and their comments generous - a rather humbling experience and a sign that maybe I’m doing something right after all! I received a lovely email from Canine Partners asking whether some of my readers would consider becoming ‘puppy parents’ to help train dogs who, in turn, transform the lives of those with disabilities. More about what they do, and a story from an Ashtead resident who is currently a puppy parent, can be found on page 38. The Ashlea Medical Practice Patients’ Participation Group would like us to register for their newsletter in order to keep us informed about what’s happening at the two practices in Ashtead and Leatherhead. There is also an opportunity to join the main Committee, go to page 14 for details. I make no apology for this month’s front cover - I think it’s a beautiful portrait of a mother and daughter to celebrate Mothering Sunday on 15th March and, quite by coincidence, my friend Melanie Fraser will be discussing the painter, John Singer Sargent, and his work at her monthly Ashtead Art Lovers’ talk on Friday 20th March - more info on page 67. The Annual Ashtead Spring Clean takes place on Saturday 21st March and 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of this worthwhile community event - for information on how to take part, go to page 8. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

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You may be aware from the various news reports in the media that the pension rules are changing, I have included an article which sets out what those changes are and how they may affect you - page 80. Sadly there seems to be yet another scam doing the rounds - this time it’s a postcard telling you that you have a parcel waiting for you. Surrey Police have issued guidelines to ensure that you don’t get caught out, they have even given us a telephone number to call in case you receive one of these postcards. I popped in to say hello to John, Zoe and Lee Hannam at their new sweet shop at 2 Rectory Lane. If you haven’t yet been you must visit, you’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise. The shop I think appeals to not only children, but also those of us who have grown up missing the sweets of our youth. Needless to say I left with some Parma Violets - which took me back over 20 years to my nine year old self (uhum...). Enjoy Mothering Sunday on the 15th and I hope you treat mum to a lovely day... and don’t forget to turn your clocks forward by an hour on Sunday 29th March to mark the start of British Summertime. I know we’ll lose the hour to begin with, but that late afternoon/early evening on the first Sunday is glorious when we are bathed in an hour of additional light and our dear Persephone once more returns from the underworld to inhabit the earth (oh dear, I’m confusing my Greek mythology with GMT). Cheerio all. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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Ashtead Spring Clean - Saturday March 21st 10th Anniversary

Over 10 years, we have dramatically reduced the amount of litter in and around Ashtead, so that our village looks well cared for. Our annual Spring Clean focuses on footpaths, alleyways and verges and also on hedgerows where litter can build up and remain unnoticed until the foliage dies back. This year, the government is following the example of our own annual Ashtead Spring Clean and is holding a nationwide community clear up & Spring Clean day on the same Saturday. Come and be part of Ashtead’s contribution to that event as well. To join an Ashtead Spring Clean group near you, please go to one of the meeting points listed below where an ARA Committee member will be on hand to brief you. Most of our District Councillors will be involved as well. There are two meeting time options.

At 09:50, please meet at any of the following places: • • • • • •

Ashtead Station car park Outside the Football Club, near Ashtead pond Outside The Greville Primary School in Stonny Croft The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue Outside St Andrew’s School in Grange Road The corner of Craddocks Avenue and the A24

OR At 10:20, please meet outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Please wear strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. We will provide bags and litter pickers. The rubbish bags will be collected and brought back to the APMH car park, or if you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you to the APMH car park. Of equal importance is working in your own area of Ashtead • • • • • •

Either on your own, or with a group of neighbours, here are some suggestions for the kind of things that can be done: Clean your street name and any other signs with a bucket of water and a scrubbing brush. Cut back front hedges or shrubs to your own boundary to leave the pavement clear. Offer to do the same for elderly or disabled neighbours. Please ALWAYS make sure you have permission, before you start cutting back someone else’s front hedge or shrubs. Tidy verges that have overgrown, or been churned up. Litter pick your local roads and alleyways - if you choose this option, please could you let us know in advance so that we don’t send other people to the same place, when it has already been done. Please see contact details below.

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Beverley, the Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery Inn, has very kindly offered, once again, to host a get together in the upstairs room of the pub, for anyone who has taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee will be served from 11:45 free of charge. Please join your ARA Committee members and Local Councillors there, after the work is done, and meet all the other Ashtead residents who care about the Village. Please put the date in your diary now: Saturday March 21st

To contact us about the event, or if you have any queries, please telephone 273393 or email 8

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 'Transformation' is the Key Word in Leatherhead These Days We have noticed lately that the word 'Transformation' is frequently used in applications and the many proposed plans for Leatherhead. Therefore, it seemed fitting that the Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) would explain the proposed 'Transformation' of services now under consideration, at the LRA open meeting on 2nd February. The December closing of Leach Ward of Leatherhead Hospital has caused concern among local people. And then there was the rumour that the number of local hospitals would be cut from 4 to 3. The obvious question was: Will Leatherhead Hospital be the one to go? In exploring this question, we invited the Communications and Public Engagement officers of the SDCCG. Their job it is to consult with the public and to explain how the CCG works. With services under review, they do not know which facilities will be saved. However, they were willing to explain their role in the process. Two officers, Usman Nawaz and Jade Brelsford, agreed to come along with the Director of Commissioning and Strategy, James Blythe. The Agenda of the meeting focussed on a presentation by James Blythe, who is in charge of the review of services. His daunting task includes working with 33 GPs in the Surrey Downs area. The CCG is responsible for buying (commissioning) a range of patient services (70% of the total), including elective hospital care, rehabilitation care, community health services and mental health and learning disability services. He was joined by Tricia McGregor, MD of Central Surrey Health, who has responsibility for the other 30% of spending on health services (including local hospitals).

goal is to have the frail and vulnerable fully supported in their own homes. Tricia McGregor began by identifying the main problem as a lack of nurses locally and nationally. With 4 community hospitals (Molesey, Leatherhead, Dorking and Epsom and Ewell) in her charge, she explained why the Leach Ward in the Leatherhead Hospital was closed. Simply stated: It is uneconomical to run a hospital ward with only 12 beds, especially if they require the use of agency staff, who are more expensive and less likely to provide a safe environment for patients. The beds in Leatherhead were, therefore, moved to Dorking without the loss of a single bed. Unfortunately, by the end of the meeting we knew that, for various reasons, 6-8 Leatherhead nurses had been lost in the reshuffle, possibly to become agency nurses. The focal point of the questions, sometimes emotional, related to Leatherhead Hospital. When asked if Leatherhead's Leach Ward would reopen by March the answer was 'No'. Would Leatherhead Hospital be closed in the 'Transformation' of services? James Blythe said "we have an open mind and are looking at all possibilities." We will know some of the results of the SDCCG findings by July 2015. Go to to be a part of the consultation. Other Transformations The busy LRA Committee are keeping a watchful eye on the various promised transformations. They include Church Street, the Parish Church, the River Mole and the Rye Brook and, of course, the Town Centre.

Leach Grove - Hearing starting 13th April in Leatherhead. Witness information will be announced Mr. Blythe explained that the need for the soon. Additional witnesses are welcome - £3000 fees transformation was caused by limited funds for an met, thanks to donors. increasing population. The aim is to provide the best services with the money available. With our ageing The AGM will be held 13th April at 7:30 in the population requiring the most expenditure of funds, one Letherhead Institute

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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s Housing Crisis Revealed ensure a ‘good mix’ of house aren’t actually working. Death and taxes are two of the certainties of life, a third is getting older and that too has revealed huge shortcomings in Ashtead’s housing stock. Retirement properties tend to be smaller and are in short supply. Bungalows – an obvious target for those seeking to spend their retirement at ground level - are becoming even scarcer – particularly as many are seen as ‘land Whether Ashtead actually has a “housing greedy’ and have been redeveloped with crisis” is up for debate amongst us higher density lower cost housing – which residents, but if evidence brought forward many may argue in this debate is a positive by ACV is concerned then the village outcome. Equally, developing sites for large certainly has some challenging issues. executive houses could be seen as a As part of the Neighbourhood Development negative outcome for such sites – it all Plan (NDP) process, ACV’s housing sub group depends on the site and the pros and cons of each development proposal. has been pulling together the evidence to support policies that will go into the NDP. The ACV’s report suggests that building on And by the time you read this article the Green Belt could help overcome the NDP’s controlling body, the Ashtead shortage problem but as we all know, that Neighbourhood Forum will have had agreed is highly controversial and some would say and/or amended the sub group’s report, unnecessary as many higher density homes which will then inform the NDP and its continue to emerge through redevelopment public consultation exercise. of sites – Warren Court on the A24 being one good example. So what does the report say? Well it does not talk about a ‘crisis’ but it raises some The use of the term ‘crisis’ might be better quite serious housing concerns that many focused on the issue of accommodation for families here in the village will already be those over 75 years of age as Ashtead, with familiar. its ageing population, has less than 50% of relevant guidelines concerning appropriate For example, the highest demand for homes accommodation for this age group. So, in Ashtead is for two or three bedroom without doubt, the Neighbourhood houses – the sort that young people often Development Forum is going to have to aspire to when seeking to bring up their make some interesting calls when putting new families (I’ve been there and ‘have the together its NDP which, of course, then has tee-shirt’). However, there have been only to be put to the local community for 17 new homes of that type built in the approval via a local referendum. village over the past three years and, as we You can find out more about ACV and the all know, many 2/3 bedroom homes have been redeveloped to become 4/5 bedroom Forum’s work at: homes so the actual number of available properties of this type has decreased rather than increased. So one could conclude that John Morgan Mole Valley’s District Council’s policies to ACV member 12

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Mole Valley Police Column How best to protect your home against burglars When considering what to write about this month, it would have been so refreshing not to feel the need to focus on an issue that still continues to cause immense distress to people when it happens. I am speaking, of course, about burglaries of domestic dwellings - as well as thefts from garages, sheds, outbuildings and from motor vehicles.

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West Hill School pupils (L to R), Joseph Clifton, Davis Zephyrin, Joe Wilkie and Elena Sawyers with Leatherhead Rotarians Peter Matthews and Heather Hunt, with over 9,500 vouchers from last year’s appeal As in previous years, Leatherhead Rotary Club is appealing to their supporters to help them support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting vouchers for schools from Sainsbury's supermarkets.

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Lost and Found They say you can both lose yourself and find answers to the meaning of life in a good book. We’ve put together a collection of some of the best stories about getting lost, being lost, and (sometimes) being recovered. Whatever age we are sometimes, we all feel a little lost and disoriented. This will help get you back on the right track- from a literary point of view at any rate.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast

Cheryl Strayed There’s going for a walk to clear your head and then there’s deciding to trek eleven-hundred miles on your own. 26 year old Cheryl Strayed has just lost her mother to cancer and her marriage to irreconcilable differences. She packs up her life and decides to hike along the West Coast of the United States, from the Mojave Desert in California up into Oregon and finally Washington State. She’s not a hiker and she has doesn’t really have a plan, other than to keep on walking. It’s an incredible journey, dominated by soul-searching and physical endurance.

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David Mitchell From acclaimed author David Mitchell, this novel’s set just before the turn of the 18th century, in 1799. Clerk Jacob de Zoet becomes stranded on the Dutch East India Company trading post of Dejima just as war breaks out between the English and the Dutch. The historical novel focuses on the story of the Dutch trader’s love for a Japanese midwife and it’s a compelling tale, but it’s the attention to detail that makes this novel so

How long would it take for a group of young castaways to turn feral? William Golding’s classic tale of schoolboys who find themselves washed up on a desert island after a plane crash has stood the test of time, with new readers discovering it from every generation. There’s camaraderie at first, with allegiances formed and survival skills kicking in. But events soon take a sinister turn and leader Ralph finds he has a bit of a mutiny on his hands. Who wants to spend all day doing chores when you have 28

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Lucy Christopher Not so much lost as takenGemma is a teenage girl who’s kidnapped at Bangkok airport and transported to the Australian Outback by her captor, the unusually gorgeous Ty. Gemma starts to develop a serious case of Stockholm syndrome and begins to see her captor in a different light. The story is recounted through a letter Gemma is writing to Ty- the man who wanted her and her alone. Once again, the descriptions of the harsh and unforgiving Aussie landscape give it a great presence, as though it’s essentially the book’s third main character.

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L to R: Councillor Townsend, Councillor Northcott and Nick Gray, Assistant Chief Executive with members of the management team from Broadway Malyan and Nexus Planning

Mole Valley District Council has announced that the role of Masterplanner for the Transform Leatherhead project has been awarded to Broadway Malyan Following a meeting of the Executive on 3 February 2015 it was agreed that Broadway Malyan and Nexus Planning, is to take the project to Transform Leatherhead into the Masterplanning stage. Councillor Chris Townsend, Leader of Mole Valley District Council said: “We short-listed the original ten bidders down to three and knew we would have a difficult decision on our hands due to the high standard of the bids in front of us. The Member and Community Reference Groups were invaluable in helping to identify the key questions to ask the bidders and we certainly put them through their paces. Our final decision was based on the key criteria of price and quality and the bid from Broadway Malyan and Nexus Planning stood out as the bidder with the highest overall score. On Monday 9 February, Broadway Malyan and Nexus met with both Reference Groups to introduce themselves, outline their wealth of experience of working on town centre revitalisation through bespoke strategies and give an overview of timelines and engagement. We are very excited to be working with such an experienced organisation that shares our vision for the transformation of Leatherhead. Considerable emphasis is being placed on consultation and engagement with residents and stakeholders and I look forward to hearing from our residents, businesses and communities as the project progresses.” Philippa Curran, Associate Director of Nexus Planning said: “Broadway Malyan and Nexus Planning are delighted to have been appointed to help create a masterplan and delivery strategy for the future of Leatherhead town centre. We understand the importance of the work, in realising the aspirations of local residents, landowners and businesses, and we are committed to working closely with the community to deliver a fantastic plan for the future. 30

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Grandmother’s Day Ruth’s memories of her grandmother were punctuated by the smell of Yardley’s ‘Lily of the Valley’ perfume, mingling with the pervasive odour of lemon sherbets. Granny Rose was a gentle lady, beautifully dressed in cream blouses and lacy cardigans. She loved shoes and had a much admired collection, with matching handbags, of course. She’d never been a wealthy woman but viewed clothes as an ‘investment’ and a vital part of who she was. Her life story could be told just by opening her wardrobe door.

her eyes to an amazing woman who’d been so much more than a grandmother, so much more than rows of neat shoes and matching handbags. Rose had been an adventurer and a beauty. She’d travelled in Africa and ridden horses, she’d been a Wren during the war and she once saved a little girl from drowning. Rose had been an amazing woman and Ruth felt irrationally cheated. To her she was just Granny who’d given her lemon sherbets and cuddles. If she’d known this Rose, she’d have asked her more questions.

When she started to lose her memory at the age of sixty nine, she could often be found flicking through her neatly arranged rows of skirts, desperately trying to recall the occasions that they’d been worn. When she started to wear mismatched colours, the disease was clearly progressing. When she stopped tucking in her blouse, her personality ebbed away.

Granny Rose always wore a delicate circular pendant with spirals of seed pearls coiling towards a golden central rosebud. Her husband gave it to her when their daughter was born and Rose left it to her only granddaughter, Ruth. Ruth had forgotten about the necklace. Her parents put it somewhere safe while she grew into a rebellious teenager and an independent adult. She then met her husband, Sam, moved away from her parents and started her own family.

As Alzheimer’s took its icy grip on her mind, she would sit for hours, opening and closing handbags as if looking for lost memories in their soft leather interiors. When she waved away the hairbrush, we knew that Alzheimer’s was winning.

Granny Rose came back to Ruth on a very special Mother’s Day. Her eldest son, Ben was only a few weeks old and she received her first Mother’s Day Card from Sam, together with a large bunch of pink roses. Inside the roses was a small box containing her Grandmother’s beautiful pendant.

Rose died when her granddaughter was ten and it was the first real encounter with death that Ruth had experienced. She felt grief when her pet rabbit ‘disappeared’ and was sad about the demise of ‘Mister Jolly’, her Auntie’s cantankerous and yappy old dachshund. She saw death on the news and she read about death in her history books but the reality of its impact had passed her by.

Happy Mother’s Day to you! If you know of any mothers (or fathers for that matter!) who’d enjoy recording their memories, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

The impact hit her like a thunderbolt when Granny Rose died and when she saw her mother cry. Seeing grief in the eyes of her parents was very confusing to the ten year old Ruth. She wanted to take their pain away but didn’t know how. She made them tea and tidied her room. She did her homework and didn’t argue with her brother but their grief was still there. However good she was, they were still sad. When Ruth saw the coffin, draped in pink roses, being carried into church by Uncle James, Uncle Frank and her older cousins, she was shocked by its wooden, brass handled reality. However, when she heard the lovely things that were said about Rose, it seemed they were talking about somebody else. Ruth only knew her grandmother as an old lady, but the beautiful eulogy opened

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Shopmobility Leatherhead – Can We Help You? If you have difficulties with walking and are finding it a problem to go shopping, we may well have the solution for you. We are Shopmobility Leatherhead and we provide powered mobility scooters for people like you to use around Leatherhead town centre. The scooters are up-to-date, safe, comfortable and very easy to operate – you don’t need to have had any driving experience to be able to use them.

Our scheme is a registered charity staffed entirely by volunteers which has been running since 2003. Our members really appreciate the benefits. Here’s what one of our enthusiastic customers has to say:

“The motorised scooters are very comfortable and easy to use and the independence they give you is amazing. My husband and I use them weekly and were virtually housebound until we heard of We’re based on the second floor of the Swan Shopmobility’s existence. You can generally Centre car park, where there are plenty of take them into the shops and the disabled parking spaces. Our office has a shopkeepers and staff are very welcoming. blue Shopmobility sign just outside. There You can call ahead to book your scooter and you’ll find a friendly volunteer on duty it will be waiting for you outside the who’ll show you the scooters and how to office”. operate them. You can have as much time If you think that our scheme could help as you need to try them out within the car park before you venture into the town you why not drop in to the office? We’d be centre. pleased to see you, to show you our scooters and to answer any questions you The office is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and this is when might have. Or please leave a message on 01372 362400 and we will return your call. you can borrow scooters. Joining the scheme only involves completing a simple form, producing some proof of identity and paying £20.00 for your first year’s membership.

We also have manual wheelchairs which members can hire for extended periods. You could use one of these at home if for example you have a temporary injury affecting your walking or you have a disabled relative or friend staying with you.


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Could you be a puppy parent for Canine Partners? Ashtead resident Yvonne Saunders, is a volunteer puppy parent for Canine Partners. This is her story:

Yvonne Saunders with Abbey

I wanted to become a puppy parent two years ago when my pet dog died so I went to a partnership ceremony to find out more. I listened to partners reading out speeches about how much their assistance dogs had changed their lives for the better and how it gave them their independence back and I knew the Charity was something I wanted to be a part of, it was a very moving day. Abbey is the first dog I have trained and we spend our days getting her ready to eventually be partnered for someone with a disability. She was not very good with noise at first so it was a case of going on lots of walks near noisy traffic. I spent my days singing and making a racket around the house to get her used to it. Abbey also wasn’t a fan of shopping baskets which was a problem if she is going to go food shopping when she is partnered in the future. I asked my local shop if I could borrow one and I just put it in the kitchen for her to be around and get used to the shape and noise before taking her to the supermarket. She now loves shopping.

At the moment we are taking walks through a churchyard to get her used to the squirrels, she thinks they are all her playmates so to make her ignore the squirrels, I have to be more fun than they are. Would you like to help transform the life of someone with a disability? We are looking for more people like Yvonne willing to take on the early training of a puppy that will one day do something amazing. The Surrey Canine Partners puppy training satellite is looking for volunteer puppy parents, who need to be able to attend weekly puppy classes. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered and puppy food, toys, equipment, all veterinary costs and training is provided.

About Canine Partners

Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration. More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The Charity is working in partnership with Help for Heroes, and aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces. These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction. Canine Partners receives no government funding and is wholly dependent on public donations and legacies.

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Supporting the Leatherhead Community The church has a history of supporting the uniformed organisations, and Guides, Brownies and Cubs have all met here in recent years. The hall is also used by several dance and exercise groups, and for meetings of U3A and the Homeopathy Group. At election time it becomes a polling centre. At weekends it is often hired for parties. Recently, Pitstop have been welcomed to our premises four days a week, since they were unable to operate in their original premises by the river. Downsend School next door use our spacious car-park under licence throughout the week, so that teachers can leave their cars, and parents can deliver and pick up their children away from the road. We expect to host a pre-school group starting later in 2015, after Pitstop have left.


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hrist Church (United Reformed), Leatherhead, is positioned on the Epsom Road, KT22 8ST, not far from the Knoll roundabout that links with the M25. We share our Minister, the Revd Lynda Russell, with LMC, and our two congregations are learning to work more closely together. We share our charitable projects and, together with the Parish Church, our congregations support Youth Work at BFree and Messy Church at LMC.

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Our buildings, dating from 1934, boast a spacious worship area, also suitable for concerts, a hall, which is in use throughout the week, various meeting rooms and a kitchen. There is disabled access to all rooms. Monthly organ recitals are given on the superb Hill Norman & Beard pipe organ, which is also heard during Sunday worship. The Church Choir rehearses with the organ on Friday evenings. Trinity School hold services in the church occasionally during the week. Concerts have included two a year by AntiphoniA, the Leatherhead chamber choir, andalso programmes by SoundBytes, Fetcham Ladies Choir, and the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra. All these groups rehearse in the church before giving their performances. We welcome a number of secular organisations and members of other faiths. Leatherhead Choral Society meet on Mondays in the hall. Muslim Prayers are held there every Friday. 40

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Delilah & her kittens “Hello I am Delilah, the pretty two year old tabby and the two bundles of joy you see below me are my two kittens Benji and Jessie. Benji and Jessie were born in a shed but luckily we were rescued by Cats Protection and are being very well looked after. However we have all been in care for some time now and although Benji and Jessie are now 5 months old, I am still devoted to them and I don’t want to be parted from them. We would all really like a forever home where we can explore outside & have laps to snuggle on. My little family would love to come and live with your family - but no very young children please”.

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Leatherhead Lions’ Senior Citizen’s Party

Margaret Watson playing the harp, both acts were highly appreciated by the audience, as were Maureen Chappell and Jean Wheeler from Ashtead who made everybody laugh with their ditty “ We are Siamese if you please”.


few weeks ago, the Leatherhead Lions held their annual party for senior citizens with over 90 visitors at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Chris Barker Community Services Chairman said “ We always extend our invitation to those people who live on their own as this time of year gives little opportunity to get out of the house”. They were entertained by Frances singing “Songs from the Sixties” and

During the tea party laid on by the Lions members’ wives, Oscar and Angus circulated around the tables doing card tricks, even the Chairman of Mole Valley District Cllr Emile Aboud was bemused by the boys’ dexterity. Jim Malynn Lions President stated “ it is a real pleasure to meet these local residents and see them enjoying themselves and making new friends.” 46

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Bariatric couch for Comfort L to R: Bess Harding, John Bishop, Jose Espinosa, Yvonne Mason

John Bishop, 2013/2014 President of Epsom Rotaract chose Epsom Medical Equipment Fund as his charity to support during his year of office. John was born in Epsom Hospital. He wasn't breathing when he was born and a nurse saved his life by giving him the kiss of life. As president of Epsom Rotaract in the 2013/2014 year he wanted to raise money for Epsom Medical Equipment Fund as a way of giving back to the hospital.

To raise money Epsom Rotaract had a very successful Great Britain Quiz. With funds remaining after the purchase of a baby monitor for Epsom General Hospital, the purchase of this special £1,428 bariatric couch has been made possible. In January 2014 Urology diagnostic services were centralised within the Trust and located in a purpose built unit at Epsom Hospital, on the 1st floor of the Wells Wing. Daphne Colpman, Nurse Specialist said “The generous gift of the Bariatric couch to the Urodynamic Service, has allowed us to treat those individuals whose weight would have excluded them from investigations in the past. It also has proved to be more comfortable than a standard couch for all users, and enables us to provide a better service to those who need assistance to move. Lastly, it is electronically controlled by a foot peddle, which enables the nurse or doctor undertaking the procedure to alter the patients position in the middle of an investigation.” John Bishop said "I'm very proud to say that Epsom Rotaract has once again played its part in helping the local community, via the money we have raised for the EMEF. This couch will provide an improved service to local patients. As someone who was born here it is great to know that the money we have raised is assisting the public and the local hospital directly”. Further information from: Bess Harding 020 8337 8181 Epsom Medical Equipment Fund 48


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People say that the most important benefits of participating in a support group, is the decreased sense of the isolation that so many people feel when they are experiencing infertility. To identify with one another helps participants realize they are not alone in their struggle with infertility. They can experience a sense of emotional relief from support groups. Members may have a highly supportive network of family and friends but can find that a group provides a place to continue to share feelings without overburdening loved ones.

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Another important benefit of participating in a support group environment, is that feelings of anger, depression, guilt and anxiety can be expressed, validated by others and accepted as a normal response to the infertility crisis.

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Following feedback from patients, Newlife Fertility Clinic in Epsom launched Surrey Fertility Friends, the next meeting is on Wednesday 18th March at 6pm. The meeting is open to all experiencing infertility difficulties and you do not need to be a patient at Newlife Fertility Clinic to attend.

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Clubs & Activities Leatherhead Community Association - Spring walks We are already now nearly in March and looking forward to warmer and longer days. Peter Humphreys at the LCA has been arranging 'short' walks, 'longer' walks and 'strolls' for several years now and always welcomes new faces. Nonmembers are welcome. The walks are free-of-charge and easy paced. The 'short' morning walks of 3-4 miles are usually on the first Wednesday of the month and last about 2 hours with time for a snack at the end. The 'longer walks' cover 4-6 miles on the second Wednesday of the month with a lunch or picnic break. The 'strolls' usually take place on the third Wednesday of each month are easy and flattish, and cover less than 2 miles in about 1-1½ hours. Over the next 3 months the 'short' walks are on 4 March at Chilworth, 1 April in Bushy Park and 6 May in Teazle Wood. The 'longer' walks are on 11 March on Reigate Heath, 8 April at Rusper and 13 May around Albury and Blackheath. The 'strolls' take place on 18 March at Claremont Gardens, Esher, 22 April at White Down, Effingham, and 20 May in the Rhododendron Dell at Leith Hill. All the walks start at 10.30am from a specified meeting point and each one has a designated Walk Leader. Lifts can usually be arranged, if desired. If you are interested in any of them, long or short, Peter would be very pleased to give you more info, please ring him on 01372 378347. You can find full details about each walk in our latest LCA newsletter. Please call into the Letherhead Institute, at the top of Leatherhead High Street, and pick one up. This also gives information of the many activities and events which are arranged throughout the year by the LCA; or please ring Sarah, the LCA Administrator, on 01372 360508 with your questions. LCA membership only costs £5 per year and our website is where you can find all the information to become a member of the LCA.

Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our meeting in February Colin James, speaking on Blooming Britain, made us forget the snowy cold weather outside. He showed us some beautiful slides of flowers from around the country at different times of the year. A real treat. We are holding a Valentine tea party when the food and decorations will have a valentine theme. The Mid Surrey Federation are holding a German Day on March 23rd in Merrow. There will be a flower arranging competition with flowers in the colours of the German flag. There will also be talks and a quiz. We are asked to dress in German colours (not lederhosen I hasten to add). Our next meeting on March 3rd is our AGM. We will follow this with a quiz. You will be made most welcome at our meetings which are held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30 for 7.45 on the first Tuesday of the month.

For further information please contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588


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Ashtead & East Horsley NCT Bumps & Babies Groups Ashtead Scout Hall, KT21 2RL

1st & 3rd Fridays mthly 10.30am-midday

Next dates: 6th & 20th March

East Horsley Village Hall, KT24 6QT 2nd Tuesday mthly, 2.15pm-3.15pm

Next date: 10th March

FREE toy library, taster sessions with local baby classes, breastfeeding adviser and more For mums with bumps, babies or children up to age 4. For more info contact:

Ashtead Women’s Institute - February 2015 Meeting There was a warm welcome for us all on a very cold evening. Sadly, again we had news that two of our long-standing members had recently died – Vera Gleeson and Eve Dickinson, both of whom had been very supportive to our group and will be much missed. Thanks and flowers were given to our refreshments co -ordinator, Millie East, who had been looking after us very well for many years. Our President updated us on news of the forthcoming coffee morning, our trip to the theatre at Sonning, an outing to the Wallace Collection and tickets for the Emlyn Downs lunch at Bookham in March. We have been asked to knit some delightful-looking little Hares for Harefield Hospital – which will hold creme eggs, so another task for our knitters, along with the 60 blankets so far made for babies with life-threatening illnesses. Our speaker, Sarah Fordham, had many stories to tell as a Blue Badge Guide. This is obviously demanding work, dealing with a variety of places, people, weather, and facts, facts, facts! Sarah told us of her previous work, before starting the very expensive and concentrated Guiding course with so many subjects to cover, and 3 written papers for exams, as well as all the ‘practicals’ before working with the public. She started as a London guide, but now her work has many other facets. We heard about the historic and tourist parts of London, where even the timing of the Changing of the Guard depends on the weather, the old and new buildings, and the problems of the very important refreshments when being with a large group. Sarah now does Meander Walks, and we hope to join her in these in future.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4th March, 7.15 for 7.30, to which we welcome visitors, when Matthew Alexander will tell us about Surrey Customs and Traditions. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736. 62

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Mischief in the wild woods - Easter 2015 Family event for children with special needs and their siblings

Ratty spring cleaning

Head2Head Theatre will be staging more interactive performance storytelling events for children with disabilities (ages 2-19), their siblings and family members during the Easter holidays. ‘Toad on the Road’ is an multi-sensory drama experience based on Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Led by a team of Head2Head’s actors, participants will move around the venue and grounds discovering scenes and meeting characters from the story. With rhyme, rhythm, repetition, reduced dialogue, puppetry, movement-to-music, role play and sensory moments, ‘Toad on the Road’ is accessible and appropriate for a wide range and varied levels of disability. Advance Packs will be distributed to familiarise participants with storyline, characters and rhymes. If weather permits, some of the action may take place outdoors. As usual, Head2Head will be providing giant games, craft activities and their ever-popular sensory tent for all participants to enjoy, with an eating area available for families that wish to bring along a picnic.

Children’s Trust, Tadworth, Tadworth Court, KT20 5RU Tuesday 7th April - 11am Thursday 9th April - 11am or 2.15pm Accessible toilet facilities and free parking. £3 per person (ages 2+) To book a place, please contact Head2Head Theatre: Tel/Fax: 01372 278021 Email: More info: 64

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? Friday 6th

Women’s World Day of Prayer, United Reform Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, 2.30pm. This year it is the turn of the Christian Women of the Bahamas who have organised a beautiful Service, with refreshments afterwards. The Service is open to all.

Friday 6th

MV Youth Showcase Awards, 7.30-10pm, Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, RH4 1SG. Free event. The Youth Showcase Awards will celebrate Mole Valley's young people and their achievement and talents. The event is hosted by Youth Voice, the Youth Council for Mole Valley and will include performances and art exhibition from local artists. Tickets from 01306 881717,

Saturday 7th

Bookham Choral Society Spring Coffee Morning, Barn Hall, Bookham 10am-12pm, free entry. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and cake whilst listening to our resident pianist, Helen Webb? Stalls inc cakes and jams, books, toys and bric-a-brac, & plants.

Tuesday 10th

Dorking Quilters, talk by Isobel Hall “Long Arm Machine Quilting”. Friends’ Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £5. Contact Sheena 01306 885597.

Friday 13th

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

Saturday 14th

Friends of Radio 3 talk by Sarah Spilsbury. Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. Free event. Sarah Spilsbury is a co-founder of, and spokesperson for, the campaign group Friends of Radio 3. There will be an opportunity for questions, comment and discussion. Free tickets from 01372 453638

Sunday 15th

Mother’s Day at RHS Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. See the early spring flowers in the garden and enjoy a two course lunch or a Wisley Rhubarb afternoon tea in the restaurant (£25). Normal garden entrance fees. 0845 260 9000.

Wed 18th

Amanda Charity Fashion Show, 7.30pm APMH, more details on page 68.

Saturday 21st

Annual Ashtead Spring Clean - see Ashtead Residents’ Association page for details.

Saturday 21st

Charity Barn Dance in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Ewell Castle School, Church Street, Ewell, KT17 2AW, 7pm-11pm. Tickets £18 each to include hot meal. Please bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. Dancing to the Hogsmill Group. Tickets available in advance from Bess Harding 020 8337 8181.

Tuesday 24th & Wed 25th

Lower Mole Project: Rye Brook restoration, meet Star Pub car park, Kingston Road, Malden Rushett, KT22 0DP. 10am-4pm. We will be carrying out further work as part of the Rye Brook restoration scheme. Our volunteers will be clearing overhanging scrub and trees which are shading sections of the Rye. More info from 01372 743783 or email

Wed 25th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society host a talk by Mr Sabatino Urzo, Head of the Experimental Garden at RHS Wisley, on "Growing Vegetables and their uses in the Kitchen" at Leatherhead Parish Hall at 8pm. Admission £2 includes refreshments.

Thursday 26th

Lower Mole Project: Restoration of Rye Brook, meet at end of River Lane, Fetcham, KT22 9XH. 10am-4pm. Details of work and contact info as for 24th & 25th above.

Thursday 26th & Sat 28th

THURS 26TH: Leatherhead Museum re-opens for the new season SATURDAY 28TH: Official opening at 10.30am of Leatherhead Museum with new displays inc a Mediaeval theme for children.

Friday 27th

Soundbytes choir free one hour concert, 8pm Christ Church UR, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST. Donations to The Children’s Trust. Doors open 7.30pm, more info from: If there’s an event in April that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Thursday 12th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 65

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS Sundays 1st, 15th & 29th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund held at Epsom General Hospital. Opening Times: Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Cars £10, MPV, 4WD and Small Vans £12. Larger vans from £15. Trailers £3 extra. Entrance: By donation. All profits from individual sales are for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Hard standing, toilets on site; hot, cold drinks and food available. Enquiries: 020 8337 8181.

Sunday 1st (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of March services and events check out

Sunday 1st (weekly)

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

Tuesday 3rd (1st Tues monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church rooms, behind the church, Lower Road, Bookham, KT23 4DH. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Tuesday 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, AGM & Quiz. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 4th (weekly)

10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road (termtime only). Come along and meet other parents and childminders over coffee while the children play.

Wed 4th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Talk by Matthew Alexander ’Surrey Customs & Traditions’. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 4th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Jayne Edmonds ‘It’s a kind of magic’ Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 4th (weekly)

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

Thursday 5th Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm. First Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, (mthly) Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844 Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 5th (weekly)

Ashtead Over 60s Lunch club - meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room, APMH for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open 10.30am for tea and biscuits. Places available - call Olive on 375640 or Brenda on 813276.

Thurs 5th (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, or email:

Wed 5th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 6th (weekly)

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

Friday 6th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Friday 6th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee with chance to buy fabulous home-produced cakes, pastries, flowers, crafts and preserves along with quality meat and eggs. Limited availability so come early or order in advance. Contact Janine 01372 374914 with any queries.

Friday 6th (weekly)

10.30am- 12noon The Sewing Shop can meet all your sewing needs - now within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Tuesday 10th Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. (monthly For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Friday 13th

Oasis, for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s, 9.15-10.30am at George's Cafe, St George's Christian Centre. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat. Our spring theme is "Life is like a box of chocolates ... You never know what you're gonna get", looking at life's unexpected twists and turns. On Friday 13th March, Sue Gyoury speaks of her experience of losing a child. All welcome, no charge. More info 272177.

Friday 13th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI

Wed 18th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. ‘Churchill’s War Rooms’ by Joy Hunter. More info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 19th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Friday 20th

2.30 & 7.30 pm: An American in Paris: John Singer Sargent. An exploration of the work of this early 20th c artist known for his society portraits. £10 inc refreshment: 01372 272235 or email to book

Wed 25th

Ashtead Bridge for Charity, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, £6. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. For more info contact Maureen and Peter Cox, 01372 275855,

Wed 18th & Friday 27th

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: WED 18TH: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Leatherhead. Sessions 1.30-4pm and 5-7.30pm FRIDAY 27TH: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. Sessions 1.30-4pm and 5-7.30pm

Thurs 26th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 67

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What’s On?

Charity fashion show

Wed 18th March

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall In aid of

(an amazing charity supporting families to help better the lives of their children)

Tickets ÂŁ12.50

to include wine and nibbles

Doors open at 7.30 for 8pm

Tickets are available from the shop

Amanda 41 The Street Ashtead, KT21 1AA 01372 274333 69

Bird shuts M25!

Main pic: Cristina and Ron rescuing the bird from the M25: inset - safe at last and on the way to Wildlife Aid Holdups are not uncommon on the M25, Britain's busiest (and sometimes slowest) motorway. But it's not often that a section of the road is closed off for the sake of a bird! This was what happened when Wildlife Aid Foundation were called in to rescue an unfortunate Canada Goose that had crash-landed on the motorway near Junction 9. WAF were contacted by the Highways Agency to alert them to the incident, and volunteer vet Cristina Flamini and rescuer Ron Turner were immediately dispatched to the scene. When the WAF team arrived, the injured bird - it had broken its wing and was unable to fly - was wandering around in a daze along the hard shoulder. Luckily it was behind the crash barrier. On WAF's advice the Highways Agency put a rolling roadblock in place, as Cristina and Ron were very concerned that the bird might run out into the oncoming traffic. Fortunately the Canada Goose saw A very lucky escape indeed sense and tried to climb up the bank, where he was tackled and captured by a fearless Cristina! A very dramatic rescue, and it was a miracle that nobody was hurt, either bird or human!

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Link Group helps fund a Hearing Dog Link Group meets at St. George’s Church in Ashtead and welcomes ladies to its meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 8pm. We have just completed another successful year of fellowship, listening to interesting speakers and doing regular fund-raising for our chosen charity. Two representatives from the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People came to Link Group recently to receive a cheque from us for £1100. This was made possible by our members holding raffles, several produce stalls and a Summer Tea Party. The money raised will go towards the training of Link Group’s own sponsored cockapoo dog, called Merry. Once trained he will be given a home with a deaf person to help by doing some everyday tasks such as alerting his owner to the doorbell and telephone ringing. He will also be good company and hopefully help to make his owner feel more independent. Link Group has been delighted to help this very worthy cause. Ann Goulder 01372 813994 72

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Facing North Pippa Greenwood The problem I am asked about most frequently is that of what to do with a north-facing wall. Everyone wants to know what you can plant up it but more importantly, what you can do to increase the chances of your chosen plant not just surviving but also thriving. Getting the right plant for the spot is essential and I’ve listed some great north-facing wall climbers below. But first consider whether you need year round cover (and so something evergreen) or would accept a deciduous climber that will lose its leaves but keep a framework of stems, or if you could live with an herbaceous climber that will die back each year and return again in the spring. If the wall is very shaded it may be worth reducing the shade if you can. Nearby wall-shrubs could be pruned back or overhanging trees crown lifted (the lower branches removed) or crown thinned (the crown’s density reduced). Walls may be a dark grey or brick colour but you can make the spot considerably more plant friendly if you change the colour of the wall before planting. A pale-coloured masonry paint on the wall will cause light to be reflected back to the plant and make it more likely to thrive. Consider growing more than one climber to increase the season of interest and so the amount of time that the wall looks good. Flowering may be reduced if the site is gloomy and so to maximise your climber’s flower power make sure that you apply sulphate of potash as this will increase flowering potential. Follow the instructions on the pack, and generally try to apply it to the root area in late summer and then again in spring. Make sure that the climber goes in at a good distance from the wall up which it is to grow. A minimum of about 45cm (18in) should mean that it can develop a good strong root system and this will help to keep it growing well. Self-clinging climbers such as the climbing hydrangea or a variegated ivy can look great and help to provide at least part of the interest you’re after for your north-facing wall, but even these

often need a bit of a helping hand to get them started – train the stems on to the wall and protect from wind until they get properly attached. TOP PLANTS FOR NORTH-FACING WALLS AND FENCES Akebia Quinata. Pretty pale green foliage with vanilla perfumed purple-brown flowers in late spring. Berberidopsis Coralline. Prefers acidic soil, clusters of deep red flowers in early autumn. Clematis. Many smaller flowered varieties such as white flowered, rampant C. montana do well. Codonopsis Convolvulacea. Pretty bell or saucer shaped violet coloured flowers in summer. Humulus Lupulus (the hop). The golden leafed ‘Aurea’ will perform quite well as long as the shade is not too intense or the site windy. Hydrangea Anomela Petiolaris. A deciduous climber with broad creamy white flowerheads. Lathyrus Latifolius. the everlasting pea. Small clusters of pinky purple flowers throughout the summer and in to early autumn Lonicera x Americana. Classic honeysuckle flowers in yellow flushed red and with a gorgeous perfume during the summer. Lonicera x Tellamanniana. Bright yellowy orange honeysuckle flowers in late spring and summer. Vitis Coignetiae. Renowned for its fabulous autumn colour.

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Pensions Rules are Changing: What You Need to Know By Ann Haldon If you’re confused by drawdown, annuity, tax wrappers and pots, you are definitely not alone. It sometimes feels like politicians are being deliberately obtuse - why don’t they use plain English when talking about pensions so we all know where we stand on this important issue? Although other choices are available, including property or stocks and shares, saving into a private pension does offer the following tax advantages: • The government pays tax relief on your payments

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• At pension age you can withdraw a percentage of your pension as a tax-free lump sum But what about the State Pension – won’t that provide the income I need in retirement? State Pension rules are set to change from 2016 when a weekly flat rate will be introduced. These are some of the new rules, should you reach State Pension age on or after April 6th 2016:

What is income drawdown? Income drawdown is an alternative to buying an annuity. You buy stocks, shares and other investments and take a regular income by cashing them in over time, with 25% of each ‘drawdown’ being tax-free.

• The full pension amount will be a minimum of £148.40 per week (the actual amount to be decided upon in late 2015)

If you are not risk averse and you have a larger pension pot of £100,000 or more, the rewards can be greater.

• At least 10 qualifying years are needed to receive the new State Pension

Income drawdown is a complicated option with high fees and charges, and it will not be right for everybody, but there is a middle-ground that offers the security of an annuity with a little more flexibility.

• The total number of qualifying years for eligibility has increased from 30 to 35 Auto enrolment Auto enrolment is new legislation that obliges employers to offer eligible employees a workplace pension. The new scheme, which was introduced in October 2012, is being rolled out to include all UK employers by February 2018.

An investment-linked annuity There are two types of investment-linked annuity: • Unit-linked: these depend on the performance of stocks, shares and other investments

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Profession to rush in an uncontrolled way (6) Plenty of sets offered at auction (4) Harsh in treatment when cut to a point (6) Rebuff the return of little cakes (4) Paul to have a profound change (8) Make amends for one step Mac took badly (10) Talking about pink sage (8) Tired mist turned into a skin problem (10) Tree planted in Royal Derbyshire (5) Earliest form of grain oil (8) Rash troupe in revolution (8) First penny increase to worship (6) Scoundrel in time to make mistakes (6) She's a gem! (4) Piece written about a lure (4)

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 73

The Roman Villa Excavations 1924 - 1929 - Ashtead

The remains of the Roman Villa are located on Ashtead Common, and forms part of a complex which included a bath house, tile works and several clay pits. Its main period of occupation was in AD 11738, however some buildings were first erected on the site circa AD 67-79. In around AD 150 the buildings were dismantled and in AD 180 the villa was partly rebuilt. The site was abandoned by about AD 200. The site was first excavated by A.W.G. Lowther who discovered the villa site in 1924. Further excavations were carried out in the 1960s by J.N. Hampton who located the clay pits and some of the kilns. In 2006 a five-year partnership project commenced to discover more information about the villa site. The project was undertaken by the City of London, Surrey Archaeological Society and English Heritage. A model of what the Villa may have looked like is housed at the Leatherhead and District Local History Museum where examples of tiles and other Roman artefacts are also on display. Goff Powell For more detailed information go to the City of London Website or visit the Museum. Access is free and is open to visitors on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. April to December.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Footprints in the sky... The World's governments continue to struggle towards an agreement on Climate Change - their next big jamboree is due in Paris at the beginning of December. Perhaps, now that the US is talking seriously to both China and India, something significant may happen. Perhaps not! However, the rest of us don't have to wait. Any organisation or individual can take their own steps to reduce their "carbon footprint". In most cases there's loads that can be done, while improving, or at least maintaining, our lifestyle. One of our main aims in the Transition Movement is to help make this happen – it's a key part of the changes we are working towards. In Transition Ashtead, we have set up a Personal Carbon Footprint (pcf) monitoring scheme to track our progress. Transition Dorking also run a similar scheme. Our aim is to measure the greenhouse gas emissions that we as individuals are responsible for and that can be reliably measured. Understanding our impact is a necessary step towards reducing it. Then we can focus on the things which matter most. The members of our pcf group record at least once a year their meter readings for household fuel use, car mileage and flights taken during the year so we can calculate the amount of CO2 emitted by these activities. Such activities in the UK account for, on average, 5 to 5.5 tonnes of CO2 per person per year, amounting in total to something like 40% of the UK's emissions - but note that the Surrey average is higher than the national average, as emissions tend to rise with affluence and Surrey is, on average, better off than most other parts of the UK. In fact the average for our group is 6.2 tonnes.

Causes of Personal CO2 emissions Average for TA pcf group

We don't track bus or train use or food consumption – although these are under our personal control, they are difficult to measure accurately. That's not to say they aren't important, but we can't do everything at once! Encouraging increased use of public transport is also useful, as electricity gets greener over time as the proportion renewably generated goes up. Looking at the pcf numbers tells you what really matters. Nipping over to see an old friend in Auckland - as I do very occasionally, turns out to be really bad. At 6.2 tonnes CO2 for one return journey, it's more than my total emissions from all other sources for each year since 2006. The breakdown for our group clearly shows the impact of flying, even though some of us don't fly at all. But looking at the data over several years is really encouraging - you can see in hard numbers how effective your efforts at reducing your carbon foot print have been! We welcome any new members to our pcf group, see our website for how you can do this.

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Quiz - Mr & Mrs 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

February’s Crossword solutions

Yellow Agnes Head teacher of Grange Hill Dr. Evil (in Austin Powers) Mistress (originally applied to married and unmarried women) The Magic Roundabout Paddington Bear A hedgehog Flowers Grumpy and Happy

Across: 4 Toadstool, 9 Minted, 10 Surprised, 11 Residence, 13 Steve, 14 Rasp, 15 Complement, 19 Sterilises, 21 Love, 24 Apple, 25 Arthritis, 26 Terminate, 27 Rescue, 28 Carpenter. Down: 1 Ambergris, 2 Enlists, 3 Decade, 5 Agree, 6 Stressed, 7 Obscene, 8 Lodge, 12 Naomi, 16 Pleat, 17 Treasured, 18 Likewise, 20 Emperor, 22 Ostrich, 23 Crater, 24 Antic, 25 Apart.

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

Across: 1 Plastic, 5 Set-up, 8 Initial, 9 Osier, 10 Edict, 11 Cinders, 12 Cashew, 14 Papers, 17 Pergola, 19 Cadre, 22 Clots, 23 Science, 24 Teals, 25 Scenery.

Corsica - France Easter Island - Chile Fraser Island - Australia Java - Indonesia Muck - UK New Britain - Papua New Guinea Prince Edward Island - Canada Prince of Wales Island - USA Sardinia - Italy Zealand - Denmark

Down: 1 Prime, 2 Alibi, 3 Thistle, 4 Calico, 5 Sworn, 6 Trireme, 7 Paresis, 12 Copycat, 13 Sarcoma, 15 Archive, 16 Cassis, 18 Oasis, 20 Dance, 21 Elegy.


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