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From the Publisher Hopefully by the time this edition lands on your doormat the worst of the storms will be behind us. I can’t think of anything more miserable and soul-destroying than having the contents of one’s home ruined by floods, then the distressing aftermath of trying to dry out the house for months before it is even habitable. The end of last year and the beginning of this, the storms were absolutely relentless, we got the odd day off with some dry weather, but then the storm cycle started again. One of my friends, who lives in Wraysbury, was flooded, and with two young children the situation was desperate. Thankfully all are fine, but they can’t get back into the house for some time to come. We had our own share of terror when last night, during a particularly ferocious wind gust, a tree became uprooted and fell onto a neighbour’s house, ripping off her guttering and destroying a car parked nearby. It also meant that we were trapped in our cul-de-sac for an entire day because the tree had fallen across the entrance. The sense of just how lucky we were that no-one was hurt became obvious in the cold light of day. After all this terrible weather and damage to properties and businesses, no doubt there will be quite a lot of what I call ‘wriggling’ by the insurance companies. Those who have been on the receiving end of a ‘wriggling insurance company’ will know exactly what I mean... I have to say that I’m finding the Winter Olympics at Sochi really exciting, which is an odd one for me as I’m of Mediterranean descent and more likely to be drawn to hot, sunny beaches rather than snow and ice. That said, I am riveted; and let’s hope that by the time you receive this magazine our very own Lizzy Yarnold wins Gold on the sliding tea tray. Back to business... Ashtead Community Vision report that their Green Belt Boundary Review is now completed and now work on the Site Assessment Consultation begins, there will be an Open Morning to be Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on the 29th March. provides local businesses with All the details can be found on page 12. affordable, quality advertising. Ads Mr Mike Rushby of the Leatherhead Lions has kindly cost from £53 +VAT per month, per updated us on the recent Project Wenceslas and Belarus quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be campaigns, and this can be found on page 30. Also on page 30 is the Leatherhead Rotary Club’s annual appeal for designed where required. supermarket vouchers. Technical & Legal stuff Surrey Police are holding a crime summit (page 48) on 3rd Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine March at Dorking Halls. This is your opportunity to talk to Kevin Hurley, senior police officers and Mole Valley council is accurate, the Publisher cannot staff about the matters that concern you. I know it’s a accept, and hereby disclaims, any little late notice, but pre-registration is a requisite, liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions however, you can register on-line. resulting from negligence, accident Following their successful season at Polesden Lacey, or any other cause. Head²Head Theatre will be staging more interactive events 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. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Road Closure at Ashtead Level Crossing

The traffic control agents for Network Rail have advised us that Network Rail need to carry out stressing works through the Level Crossing. In order for them to carry out these works safely it will be necessary to close the Crossing as follows; Works are to commence on: Mon 17/03/14 at 23.59 to Tues 18/03/14 at 06.00 Tues 18/03/14 at 23.59 to Wed 19/03/14 at 06.00 Wed 19/03/14 at 23.59 to Thurs 20/03/14 at 06.00 Thurs 20/03/14 at 23.59 to Fri 21/03/14 at 06.00 There is no alternative route however access to pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Access provisions are as detailed below.

Temporary arrangements (as used previously) will enable access for emergency vehicles. Ashtead station car park will be available to leave cars in overnight. Network Rail will provide a full security presence to watch over any vehicles, as the station is usually unmanned at night. Pedestrians and equestrians will be able to cross the line under escort from the site team if the station footbridge is unsuitable. Motorbikes/pedal cycles may be wheeled across under escort. A vehicle will be parked on the common side of the crossing once the closure comes into effect, to offer a lift to residents who live far from the crossing, are carrying luggage or are elderly or disabled residents requiring assistance.

The works are essential to ensure the future safety of both road and rail users. Should the work be completed ahead of schedule, the road will be re-opened earlier. Network Rail is very aware of the potential

inconvenience this might cause and apologise for this. The Residents’ Association has fought hard to delay the closure time which is now at midnight, and equally have ensured the above conditions remain in force as recently Network Rail have tried to dilute them. They have been retained as a consequence of strong resistance from the ARA and support from Surrey County Council’s Chris Townsend.

Potholes - Let Surrey County Council know

Residents will have noticed the deterioration in our roads caused by the terrible weather we’ve been having. Many more potholes have appeared, their depth often disguised by the water that has pooled inside them, resulting in serious jolts to car undercarriages and passengers alike. The road deterioration is likely to continue as the bad weather is forecast to persist at least until the end of February and it’s up to every resident to make sure that Surrey County Council is informed of all road issues. Please report any damage. and particularly potholes, to Surrey Council on where you’ll find a “Report it” section. Their general enquiry number is 03456-009-009 but if you spot a road damage emergency the number to call is 0300-2001003.

Ashtead Station Planting

Southern Railway has provided funds for planting up the four beds at Ashtead Station and this will go ahead when the weather improves. The children of Barnett Wood Infant School will be helping the ARA with the work but volunteers are very welcome to assist with heavy lifting and digging. If you would also like to help please email the ARA at

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The LRA has been facilitating and encouraging participation firstly in the Green Belt boundary review (2013), and now the Mole Valley's Housing and Traveller Sites Plan Consultation. Judging by the packed hall (over 100 people) on a rainy night in early February, this is a topic close to the heart of local residents. We hope that the district councillors who braved the wind and rain came away in no doubt about the depth of feeling over the loss of the Green Belt in Leatherhead. Its very permanence has been the reason for its success in preventing urban sprawl. It is the reason that we enjoy a high quality of life and attractive environment, despite living so close to the metropolis. Leatherhead, with one of the lowest rates of unemployment anywhere in the country, cannot be expected to accommodate the majority of the District's housing requirements. Our roads are heavily congested as people commute inwards to the town for work and schools. County Councillor Tim Hall explained that if another 1,000 houses were to be built in Leatherhead a new school would have to be created and there is no site available. Concentrating all the development in the northern end of Mole Valley may please the developers and estate agents but it will create a raft of logistical and environmental problems. We urge residents to bring their local knowledge and views to bear and comment on the consultation which ends on 7th March.

that if the land is removed from the Green Belt and allocated for housing, their project is not dependent on the need to build also on the allotments. The sole reason for Mole Valley's interest in moving the allotment holders off the site and using it for housing is financial. Interestingly Mole Valley District Council has agreed to change their policy and resume the letting of vacant plots at Barnett Wood Land Allotment site despite the uncertain future that they face. The Leatherhead Poors Allotments Society is encouraging new members to apply by contacting the site agent on 01372 388418 or on Many people have been concerned about the sight of acres of exposed chalk on the Cherkley Estate from the Beaverbrook Roundabout and Reigate Road. Mole Valley is taking the case to the Court of Appeal, along with Longshot Cherkley Court, and the two day hearing starts on 10th/11th March. If the developer's appeal is unsuccessful and the permission remains quashed, then they will have to reinstate the landscape and reseed the meadows at their expense. We also hope that if the landscape is restored, the Cherkley Area of Great Landscape Value will be included in Natural England's Surrey Hills AONB boundary review in due course. According to a recently commissioned report, golf courses cannot be considered as candidates for inclusion in areas of outstanding natural beauty, and this includes Walton Heath and Tyrrell's Wood.

The LRA had a preliminary meeting at the request of Kristina Kenworthy Barratt Homes concerning the Leatherhead By-pass site, owned by Merton College, and the adjacent Next open LRA meeting is the AGM on Poors Allotment site, owned, it is believed, by MV, Monday 14th April at 7.30 in the Institute. on Barnett Wood Lane. The developers confirmed

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Ashtead Community Vision Green Belt Boundary Review Completed Site Assessment Consultation Starts any change is strongest with just over 40 per cent of respondents supporting change and just under 50 per cent saying ‘no’ to any change – the rest offered no opinion. As far as next steps are concerned, the GBBR document will now be sent to MVDC where it will be reviewed and possibly amended before becoming part of the Housing& Traveller Sites Plan which is to be published in late 2014. The Housing & Traveller Sites Plan will also include details of the sites MVDC proposes for residents discuss GBBR plans at open day development. The Ashtead Forum has also been called upon to contribute to this site development exercise. So far ten sites have So the hard work is coming to an end and been put forward for potential development by residents have been out in strength to express their owners and all have been assessed by the their feelings about Ashtead’s Green Belt ACV volunteers and recently shown to the Boundary Review (GBBR). Forum. Now the ACV is launching a new public That feedback has been received, the document consultation exercise to seek residents’ views on the assessments before they are potentially amended and Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum is amended by the ACV and then passed onto ready to submit its findings to Mole Valley MVDC. District Council (MVDC). It is the council which has the responsibility for altering the green belt As with the Green Belt Boundary Review it’s boundaries and so potentially allowing new really important that you contribute to the Site development to take place. Assessment consultation by taking part in the on The Green Belt consultation exercises mounted -line survey at or at the by ACV in Ashtead resulted in over 1,500 Open Morning to be held at the Ashtead Peace responses across two principal and two smaller Memorial Hall on the 29th March. surveys – a truly remarkable result given the challenges of reaching and engaging with as For further information go to: many residents as possible. Apart from the enthusiasm of residents and the efforts of the You can also contact ACV chairman Andy Ellis volunteers the huge response can be put down on: 07530 373975 or email: to the support given to the Forum by local publications such as ‘The Local’ as well as organisations such as the Ashtead Residents’ You can also find us on Face book Ashtead Association, SAVE and others who have made their communication channels available to ACV – Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV to them we all owe a great deal of thanks. John Morgan ACV Member But what of the final outcome? The final GBBR survey showed that just over 60% of respondents supported the Forum’s Green Belt Boundary Review Report for limited changes to the Green Belt in Area F, which is land to the south-west of Ermyn Way bordered by the M25. The most controversial potential change to the Green Belt is in the Farm Lane area where opposition to 12

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Mole Valley Police Column Residents asked to remain vigilant following bank related fraudster scams

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• NEVER agree to withdraw cash or give

Surrey Police is warning residents to remain vigilant following an increasing number of reports of scams involving fraudsters obtaining cash, bank details, cards and using bogus telephone calls and couriers across the county.

On each occasion the victims reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer and attempting to convince them to hand over large amounts of cash. The offenders are claiming to be from the police and are using a variety of pretences including saying that they are trying to catch a member of bank staff who is involved in passing counterfeit money. They convince the victim to draw out a large amount of cash from the bank and arrange to meet them or send a taxi courier to hand it over. The offender tells the victim not to mention anything to the bank staff as they don’t want to alert them that police are involved, and assure them that they will not be out-of-pocket as the money is counterfeit.

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out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone. If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number, police force and their telephone extension. Advise them that you will call them back on the 101 number. If possible, use a different phone, i.e. a mobile phone if the call was received on your landline. Never hand over money or bank cards to someone at the door or elsewhere. If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer, always ask to see their police identification card and take note of their identification number. A real police officer will not mind waiting outside while you call 101 to check if they are genuine.

If you have received any calls of this nature, or handed over any money, bank cards or bank details, please call 101 or visit

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Fortunately, the victims in the most recent offences all realised that the calls were part of a scam and refused to withdraw cash and meet the courier. Other victims have been less fortunate and have lost significant amounts of money. We should emphasise, however, that these fraudsters are very clever and use a range of sophisticated methods to convince people that they are genuine.

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Rotary Club of Ashtead Summer is a-coming

As always there will be a full programme of arena events headed by Britain's, and The current rain storms and high winds may be perhaps the world's, foremost and highly cause for doubt but be assured summer is acclaimed Imps Motorcycle Display Team. definitely coming and Ashtead Rotary is well This one is so different from anything you advanced in the highlight of Ashtead's have seen before. From the sound of revving summer... engines to the awe of a billowing fire jump and the suspense of a multiple motorcycle combination ‘cross-over’ routine, The Imps, in their impeccable smart red tunics will have you mesmerised by an unmissable display of discipline and skill. Furthermore, you will be stunned to learn that the youngest performer is only five years old (and the oldest is 16)! Admission is by programme at the Queen Elizabeth II Field [formally 'The Rec'] in Barnett Wood Lane. Sadly Rotary can no longer muster the numbers to sell programmes door to door but don't worry several shops and organisations in Ashtead [and a few in Epsom and Leatherhead] will have them on sale from early May. Rotarians themselves will have them too if you ask. Programmes bought in advance will cost £3.00 each but on the day will be £5.00. Children under 12 may enter without charge. That’s amazing value for money and all profits go towards the charities, causes and organisations that Ashtead Rotary supports.

Ashtead Village Day As in previous years it will be on the second Saturday in June . . . yes that's Saturday 14th June 2014 Preparations are roaring ahead with 130 stalls organised and mostly pre-booked by so many of Ashtead's Clubs, Societies, Charities and Commerce. The regular fun fair will be present along with our established high quality food court, the Little Red Bus and the ponies for the kiddies, the Dog Show, The Church's Tea Tent, The Mole Valley Silver Band, Atlantis Guitar Group and Junction 9 Pop Group. There will be a return visit by our own Celebrity Chef, David Gillott, with a number of additional chefs and a new Ashtead Bake-Off competition for you to enter.

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Local Rotary Club appeals for supermarket vouchers As in previous years, Leatherhead Rotary Club is appealing to Mole Valley residents to help them support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting special schools vouchers from Sainsbury's supermarkets. From now until May 20th, for every £10 spent in a Sainsbury’s store, customers are given an 'Active Kids' voucher, which can subsequently be converted by the school into vital sports or healthy lifestyle equipment. West Hill School ( is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondary-aged pupils from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism. Over the past six years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, Leatherhead Rotary Club has been able to present over 30,000 supermarket vouchers to the school, enabling them to 'buy' hundreds of pounds worth of equipment to support their pupils! Simon Edmands, the club's PR Officer, said "This is such a simple way for people to support West Hill School and its pupils. Our club has been working with the school in a variety of ways for many years now and both the pupils and staff alike are a genuine inspiration!"

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Leatherhead Lions Update us on recent campaigns Success of Project Wenceslas

The project started last November when the appeal went out to readers asking for donations of their winter fuel allowance to help others in fuel poverty. It was first time that Leatherhead Lions had run this campaign and nobody had any idea how people would respond. Mike Rushby Lions Organiser states “ It was a surprise and a delight that so many people came forward with their allowance, to date we have reached £14,000 an amount that in my wildest dreams that I never thought we could achieve” Regular requests from Leatherhead CAB has meant that over 20 people have been helped with their utility bill arrears and we expect more to come through soon as the winter bills have to be paid. As long as we have the funds we will continue to help and although donations have slowed we have not settled on a final date on the closure of the fund. We take the pride and satisfaction of knowing that these people who may live in straitened circumstances have been helped by the Lions.


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CAP Mole Valley based at Bookham Baptist Church provide free debt counselling throughout Mole Valley in partnership with a number of local churches. We also run free CAP Money courses to help you get more in shape.

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Whether you’re internet-savvy with an online bank account, or you prefer to manage your finances in person, set up an ISA and arrange a standing order from your current account on payday. It will accumulate greater interest and, as ISA accounts have no debit card, you won’t be tempted, or even able, to spend the money. Financial health check-ups are almost as important as regular visits to the GP or dentist. You might not even have to move from the sofa: the Money Advice Service provides a Health Check, which shows you which areas to think about. Equally, you could book an appointment with a ‘personal trainer’ at the bank and get yourself financially fit. As a basic fitness regime, however, remember that it’s about Endurance, Strength and Flexibility. Start with a bit of cardio: check the interest rates on savings and loans to see if you can do better elsewhere. Then maybe move on to some weights: use the Money Advice Service’s calculator to come up with a strategic action plan for the year…and finish off with some stretches: think about what you want to do with all that extra cash that you’ll save with your new budget! Managing debts is a stressful and often debilitating ordeal for many. CAP offers free support regardless of age, gender, faith or background.


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“Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day” Ruth was fed up. The weather was unequivocally miserable and there seemed no end in sight. Her daughter, Sarah was frustrated and her sons were itching to do something physical. Their last few football matches had been cancelled due to waterlogged pitches and any pent up male pubescent energy was now being channeled into prolonged wrestling competitions on the living room floor.

over her head and into the wind. Unfortunately, this meant that she couldn’t see where she was going and almost impaled a completely drenched teenager in a hoodie who was scuttling in the opposite direction.

One thing that couldn’t dampen Ruth’s spirits was the prospect of Melanie’s party. Melanie was an old childhood friend who was just about to turn forty. She’d booked the local hotel and organised a black tie dinner with a live jazz band. Ruth and Sam had been looking forward to it for weeks and Ruth had bought a gorgeous new sapphire blue evening dress and a pair of unpractical but completely beautiful and very, very high-heeled silver shoes.

As Ruth drove home, she listened to the local radio. One particular news item caused her to stop at the side of the road to listen. A local hotel had been flooded. She waited an agonizingly long time until she heard the name. It wasn’t Melanie’s hotel. Ruth breathed a sigh of relief and then immediately felt guilty and sorry for all those poor people who were without a venue for their parties or dinners.

Ruth hadn’t worked out a dry strategy for opening her car door, getting into the driver’s seat and closing the umbrella but she managed surprisingly well. Her priority was to get her hair into the car as quickly as possible, so she backed into the seat, Sarah’s approach to the disappointing weather with the umbrella still above her head. Her legs was to reach for her paints and set up an artist’s and the open umbrella then remained inelegantly studio in the kitchen. Ruth was delighted with dangling outside the car with the door wide open. her daughter’s creativity but its prolific nature She swiveled her now sodden legs and trainers meant the house was constantly strewn with dripping masterpieces. Her pictures of sunny days into the car and leaned out to grab the door and seaside scenes were lovely but somehow only handle. When it was almost shut, she carefully closed the umbrella and dragged it across her lap reinforced the misery of the relentless rain. Sarah also spent several hours designing an ark for and onto the passenger seat. Everything around her was dripping but miraculously her hair was her father to build in the back garden, just in still perfect. case…

On the Saturday of the party, the rain was still falling in a constant despondent drizzle, occasionally punctuated with a blustery squall. Sarah was installed in her kitchen art studio, Sam was working in the study and the boys were supposed to be doing their homework but were actually flicking rubber bands at each other across the living room. Ruth left them to it and went off to the hairdressers to begin her day of party preparations.

When she reached home, the rain had stopped and her mood was ebullient. However, as she went into the kitchen a wave of horror came over her and the prospect of her sapphire dress with the ridiculously high silver shoes vanished in heartbeat. Sam and Sarah were on their knees, surrounded by towels, desperately trying to mop up a lake of water that was engulfing the kitchen floor. They saw Ruth’s crestfallen expression and burst out laughing.

The hairdresser was as chatty as ever but the usual talk of summer holidays was replaced with a “It’s all right mummy, it’s not a flood. I left the tap running while I was doing my painting…” stream of complaints about the weather. As the rain tapped a palpable rhythm on the plastic guttering outside the shop, Ruth hoped that her hairdressers remark about Melanie ‘pushing the boat out’ for her birthday wasn’t an omen. Copyright Sarah Lott February 2014 After nearly an hour and a half, Ruth’s hair was Website: styled and sprayed to beautiful blow-dried perfection. The inevitable challenge to reach the Email: car through the rain was one that Ruth had been prepared to face. She’d brought a very large golf Tel: 01372 373844 Twitter: @thememorybook umbrella, which she held at a 45-degree angle 36

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Celebrating 90 Years! To celebrate 90 years as the place ‘where Ashtead meets’ APMH will be hosting three ‘open’ weekends during 2014 to demonstrate the versatility of this lovely hall which today continues to provide a wonderful communal facility for local Ashtead residents. If you are unaware of the many clubs, societies and groups and all the various activities the hall is able to support, it is hoped you will come along and enjoy discovering what it has to offer. On each of the nominated weekends there will be a display showing the history of the hall from its beginnings in 1924 as a memorial to peace through to the lively centre it is today. Refreshments will also be available.

Spring Opening Event - Friday 21st March and Saturday 22nd March 10.00am - 5.00pm

Celebrations will begin with a short ceremony involving the British Legion - one of the founding member organisations of the hall. On Friday afternoon some of our local school children will be performing in the hall. For the programme on the day please look at our website ( On both days displays will be set up by many of the organisations that use APMH as their base. You are invited to come along and see what they do and talk to members of these organisations to learn more about them.

Summer Arts and Crafts Event - Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 10.00 – 5.00 pm

There will be demonstrations and some interactive activities on offer by Ashtead Art Group, Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group and U3A throughout these two days. The dance groups, Surrey Jive and Le Roc, will have open sessions on each of these evenings and invite visitors to buy tickets and join in. For more details please see our website.

Autumn Thanksgiving Event - Friday 3rd October – Sunday 5th October

The final weekend of the celebrations will begin on Friday with a ‘Friends of the Village Hall’ dinner when the speaker will be John Field, the magician. The Friends raise funds for the hall by holding a quarterly dinner with entertainment for its members. On this occasion the event will be open to all. For tickets please contact 01372 278988. On Saturday morning Ashtead Choral Society invite anyone interested in singing with a choir to join them in a ‘Come and Sing’ session from 10.00 – 12.00. In the evening there will be a Beetle Drive – APMH’s favourite social event, which also took place in the early life of the hall. Tickets will be on sale for this event. Celebrations will conclude on Sunday afternoon with a reception for those kind enough to organise the above events plus guests, and a closing ceremony again involving the Ashtead Branch of the British Legion. Pictured far left: regular monthly Friday market in aid of RNLI; Left: recent barn dance held at the Hall


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Surrey Police Crime Summit - Monday 3rd March (Pre-registration required)

Residents of Mole Valley area are warmly invited to the District's Crime Summit which takes place on Monday 3rd March at Dorking Halls. The event will run from 5.30pm to 9pm. During the event there will be two sessions where residents can have the opportunity to hear from Mole Valley District Council, Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kevin Hurley, and have a chance to ask questions. These sessions will run from 6pm to 7pm and from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. In addition, there will be information stands and a chance for residents of Mole Valley to talk to police officers and Mole Valley council staff about local issues. Registration opens at the event at 5.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - February 2014 Meeting Starting our February meeting with news of members, full tributes were given for two of our long-standing members who had died recently, and we welcomed another visitor to share our evening with us. We were informed that decisions have to be made about our W.I. Archives – what can or must be kept, and where. There was a reminder of our Emlyn Downs Lunch to be held in March and names can be taken for a bursary to attend a course at our own W.I. Denman College. Our very entertaining speaker this evening was Mr Colin Read, who had been involved with medical matters all his life, from the St. Johns Ambulance to laboratories in many hospitals, which influenced his collection of items of 19th Century medicine. He began by telling us of the lard, wax and turpentine mixture sold by Thomas Holloway, a ‘quack peddler’ born 1800, to help many ailments, but which enabled him eventually to found Holloway College in Egham. Over many years Mr Read has collected over 1,000 items and in his slides we saw all manner of exotic, sometimes worrying, pieces of medical equipment, along with some jars and containers made of beautifully decorated porcelain. Mr Read has spoken of his collection all over the world and we enjoyed hearing some of the tales from his travels. After our coffee break we were given news of our February ‘come if you can’ local lunch, and were asked about some suggested outings to be organised for later this year. Details were given of our many sub groups, and thinking ahead to April, there will be a competition for an Easter decorated Victoria Sponge cake. We would welcome visitors to our 5th March meeting at 7.30, which will be about flower arranging with easily accessed flowers, suitable for enjoying at home. Sandra Brown

Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our meeting on February 4th we listened to Siobhan Clark talking about Royal Babies. It was fascinating to hear how through the ages the heirs to the throne have been treated. Until the birth of Prince Charles the Home Secretary of the day was positioned outside the door to make sure there was no substitute baby!. In earlier generations up to 20 people waited outside the door. This happened in the case of Mary of Modena, wife of James 11 & still rumours went round that another baby had been substituted (in a bedpan!). Mid Surrey Federation's AGM & lunch will be held on April 29th at Clandon Regis Golf club. Our Guild is planning a St George's day tea party; we are asked to tether our dragons outside! We are planning a coach trip to Hastings in June. As part of the Peace Memorial Hall's 90th birthday celebrations we will be manning a stall on 21st & 22nd March Our next meeting on March 4th will be our AGM. This will be followed by a talk on safety in the home by a Leatherhead Fire officer. Why not come & join us you will be made most welcome, we are very friendly Our meetings are held at Ashtead Peace memorial hall at 7.45pm. For further information please contact the Chairman Margery Curtis on 01372 272588


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NEW... COMING SOON A programme of Music Education for Children aged 4-7+

LEATHERHEAD PARISH HALL starting after Easter Through a series of specially commissioned, carefully graded songs and games, this lively music programme introduces children to the elements needed to become confident rounded musicians: pulse, rhythm, pitch, mood, expression, literacy, time and structure. Developed by professional musicians over a number of years, children learn while developing their imagination and creativity.

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Dorking Quilters Dorking Quilters will be meeting on Tuesday 11th March with a talk by Anne Walker entitled “Using and Choosing Fabrics”. Meetings are held at The Friends’ Meeting House, Butterhill, Dorking at 7.30pm for 8pm. Everyone welcome.

The Celia Cross Greyhound Trust is grateful to your magazine for featuring our recent annual fundraising sale. We had hundreds of visitors and a lot of interest in our dogs who paraded to find a home. Thanks to your coverage, we had many attend from our local area. We wish you continued success with your super ‘newsy’ magazine which keeps us all so well informed. Margaret Freshwater, Trustee, Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

For further information contact Sheena Salmon on 01306 885597.

Ashtead Inner Wheel Jean Haynes (pic far left), President of Ashtead Inner Wheel Club, was pleased to make a donation of four scooters to Woodlands School as part of the National Inner Wheel’s project ‘Wheels for the World’. Two girls’ and two boys’ scooters with helmets and knee pads were presented to Head Teacher Adrienne Knight (pic left) at the end of week school assembly, where certificates of achievement were awarded to those who had shown kindness to their peers, as well as to others who had achieved learning success. The scooters will be used in the Nursery and Infants sections of the school which caters for children aged from aged 2 – 19 years who have profound learning difficulties. The ladies of Inner Wheel were given a tour of the school prior to the presentation and were moved and impressed by the dedication of the staff. The children were quite delightful and happy to show off their skills in using visual methods to aid their communication”. The Inner Wheel prides itself on: ‘Fun and Friendship with service to others’. This gift demonstrates these aims and is another example of Club Members’ willing generosity.


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Community Garden open for 2014 Leatherhead Community Garden will be opening its garden gates for the start of the 2014 growing season on Saturday 1st March 2014. A hot beverage and a piece of cake will welcome everyone! The Garden is open every Saturday through March until Mid-November. From planting seeds to mending the polytunnel, there is a job for everyone. Plus, with special events throughout the year why don’t you come and meet the team and get stuck in. Suitable for all in the community, pop in to see us between 10am and 3pm any Saturday and stay for as long as you wish. The Garden is a community “grow your own” development with strong aims to encourage a healthy lifestyle in the local community and supports the learning of gardening and other skills such as woodwork and cookery. For more information please contact us by email at or check out Facebook, Twitter or our website

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The first meeting of a new year is always an interesting one with a full programme ahead, and new ideas. Our visit to Chichester Christmas market at the beginning of December was an enjoyable event. Fortunately it was a fine, sunny day and very different to the weather we have experienced since. Votes were taken on the four resolutions proposed by the WI Federation and recorded. An idea was put forward for a banner to be made, reflecting the interests of the individual members. Each will be given a pennant and can use any form of decoration to illustrate it. This will help to promote an interest in various crafts enjoyed by some of our ladies, possibly leading to demonstrations in the future. Our very welcome visitor was Zen George, editor of the popular Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine. Zen is a good friend of ours, having attended our garden party last summer. After a difficult time in her early years, Zen worked her way up in the retail industry, being employed by several prominent companies. Eventually she decided to strike out on her own, a decision which proved to be the right one. By hard work and dedication, she created the magazine that reflects the essence of our local community. It now has a wide distribution and can also be picked up at Ashtead and Leatherhead libraries as well as the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s. Our next meeting on Thursday 27th February will include a talk by Sheila Ford and is a continuation of her life story, which she began at a previous meeting. Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome. For further info please ring Betty on 01372 374570.


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Mole Valley’s Spectacular Youth Showcase Awards Mole Valley’s Youth Showcase Awards ceremony on 31 January at Dorking Halls was a huge success. Now in its tenth year, the event recognises the achievements of young people in the district and those working with young people. The young people impressed with their compéring skills, and local groups including Vinyl Staircase, The Ashcombe School’s Show Choir Harmonise and young local singer Jo Salter performed, along with Therfield Jazz Band, the glamorous house band, Pandemonium and Blue Academy Street Dance. The performances were glitzy and glamorous and songs included ‘Diamonds are Forever’, 'New York New York' and ‘Royals’. There was also an art exhibition showcasing the talent of pupils from local secondary schools. There were presentations for seven award categories, including Community Spirit, Teamwork, Sporting Achievement, Creativity, Personal Achievement and Youth Professionals. There was also the Harmonise (Ashcombe School) Junior Youth Voice award, chosen by the Junior Youth councillors for an organisation or individual they wish to recognise for their work in the local community. This year’s competition was fierce as there were over 80 nominees, more than ever before.

The winners of each category were:

• Sporting Achievement: Cerize Power, aged

12, from The Priory C of E School, presented by national athlete Sophie Mace • Teamwork Award: The Malthouse Steering Group, ages 14-16, from the Malthouse Youth Centre, presented by the Chief Executive of MVDC, Yvonne Rees • Youth Professional Award: Colin Smith from Beare Green Young Farmers Group, presented by the MP for Mole Valley Sir Paul Beresford (pic below right) • Personal Achievement: Ellen Ball, aged 16, from The Ashcombe School, presented by the Leader of MVDC, Councillor Chris Townsend

• Community Spirit Award: Grace Keen, aged

15 from The Ashcombe School, presented by the Chairman of MVDC, Councillor David Sharland (pic below left) • The Junior Youth Voice Specialist Award: PSDS – Providing Support for children with Downs Syndrome and their families, presented by the Leader of Junior Youth Voice, Finlay Tilstone • Creativity Award: Anna Semple, aged 16, from St John’s School, presented by Philip Green.


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

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


March Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Mon 3: North Downs Way & Mogador, 5m Walk along North Downs Way via Colley Hill returning via Mogador & Marjery Wood. Good views. Fairly flat walk, no stiles. Meet 10am in Wray Lane NT CP at top of Reigate Hill, off J8/M25. TQ263524 / RH2 9RP (T) Bus 420, 460 | Tue 4 : Reigate Heath, 4m Meet 10am at Flanchford Road CP, Reigate Heath. An easy walk by Skimmington Castle, return by Old Mill and golf course. Bring a snack. TQ238503 / RH2 8AB | Wed 5: Westhumble (Mole Valley), 6¾m Walk down to the ruined chapel, then ascend to join the North Downs Way at Ranmore beyond St Barnabas church. Return by way of the Polesden Lacey estate. Bring snack. Meet 10.30 start in free CP at the top of Crabtree Lane, ¾m from Boxhill Station. TQ158524 / RH5 6BQ | Fri 7: Godstone Green, 7m Meet 10am at the pond on Godstone Green. Walking via Garston, the Greensand Way & Tilburstow Hill. Pub lunch. TQ349516 / RH9 8DP | Tue 11: Merstham & Upper Gatton, 7m Meet 10am. Park at bottom of Church Hill just off A23, just north of Merstham. Fairly hilly walk, varied countryside and late lunch at the end of walk. TQ289539 / RH1 3BJ | Thu 13: Bookham & Effingham, 9m Varied walk through woodland, fields & footpaths. Bring a picnic. Meet 10am in Church Rd CP, junction of Commonside, near Bookham Station. TQ130557 / KT23 3EU | Mon 17: Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Tue 18: Wakehurst Park Memorial Walk Lovely walk in the gardens and the Loder Valley. Visit the Daffodil Memorial Area, finishing with coffee at the café. Everyone welcome. Meet 10am at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Haywards Heath. (NT members free entrance). TQ339314 / RH17 6TN | Wed 19: Ranmore Common, 4½m Walk westerly along the North Downs Way, return over Ranmore Common. Meet 10:15am at free car park at the west end of Ranmore Common Rd. Not the NT pay and display CP at Denbies Hillside. TQ121500 / RH5 6SS | Thu 20: West Horsley (Guildford), 7½m Having risen gently through The Sheepleas, pass through three of the Lovelace bridges, and on to join the North Downs Way. Descend through farmland with good views northwards. Bring snack. Meet 10.30 start in the free main car park to the rear of St Mary’s church off A246 (Epsom Rd). TQ088525 / KT24 6AP | Wed 26: Norbury Park, 4½m Meet 10:15am at Rykas CP opposite Burford Bridge Hotel. Off A24 at Mickleham. Enjoy this undulating walk under the road and up to Norbury Park House. May be muddy. Pub lunch. Toilets in CP. TQ171521 / RH5 6BX | Thu 27: Godstone & Marden Park, 5m Meet 10am at Godstone Vineyard CP. From M25 near Godstone turn north up A22 but go immediately right across carriageway into Quarry Rd. Turn right into car park. A hilly walk along North Downs Way, into Marden Park and up to Tillingdown. A very good lunch available on return. TQ354533 / RH9 8DQ | Fri 28: Banstead Heath, Headley & Colley Hill, 8m Walk across Banstead Heath to Walton on the Hill and Headley – pub lunch - return via Colley Hill. Good views. Meet 10am at Margery Wood NT car park (NT card or £3.50 payable by credit/debit card via mobile phone). From J8/M25 (Reigate Hill) take A217 towards Sutton then first left Margery Lane to car park at end. TQ246527 / KT20 7BG | Mon 31: Earlswood, 4m Unusual walk around the Whitebushes area and ‘the hospitals’. One gradual hill, otherwise fairly flat, but can be muddy. Meet 10am at small CP at Petridge Wood Common, a little way down A2044 Woodhatch Rd from Salfords. TQ276474 / RH1 5JH

March Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Thu 6: Mogador (2) 15m To Fanny’s Farm and back via Banstead Heath and North Downs. Mostly smooth tracks and roads. One moderate gravel climb. Meet at the Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES | Mon 24: Reigate (3) From Reigate Heath to Box Hill and back. Meet at Skimmington Castle pub, Bonny’s Road, off Flanchford Rd, Reigate. Park in CP behind pub. TQ238497 / RH2 8RL 58

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London Pride Our popular London class, which is held every term, continues its tour round the capital on Tuesday afternoons after the Easter break, by going west – to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - an area which became fashionable at the end of the 17th century when the royal family moved into Kensington Palace. It is an area of contrasts - from the sublime to the ridiculous – Brompton Oratory to Battersea Power Station, from the retail therapy of Knightsbridge to the intellectual pleasures of the Victoria and Albert Museum, from the bustle of Victoria Station to the peace of the Royal Hospital.

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We walk, in spirit, along Cheyne Walk and the Kings Road, Royal Avenue and Sloane Square . These are all studied in the classroom, but the fifth and final session is a visit to this part of London.

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

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Free local events for young people with special needs Following on from a highly successful summer season at Polesden Lacey, Head²Head Theatre will be staging more interactive performance storytelling events for young people with disabilities, their siblings and family members during the Easter holidays. Each participant and their carer will have free entry other family members are most welcome to come along but will need to pay an entrance fee of £5 each. Morning or afternoon sessions are available at venues listed below from Monday 14th - Saturday 19th April. ‘Blackbeard’s Revenge’ is an interactive drama experience based loosely on the adventures of Edward Teach, the notorious English pirate of the 18th Century. Led by a team of Head²Head’s actors, participants will move around the venue, discovering scenes and meeting characters from the story. With rhyme, rhythm, repetition, reduced dialogue, puppetry, movement-to-music, role play and sensory moments, ‘Blackbeard’s Revenge’ is accessible and appropriate for all levels. Advance Packs will be distributed to familiarise participants with storyline, characters and rhymes. If weather permits, some of the action will take place outdoors. As usual, Head²Head will be providing games 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. Session times: 10.45am or 1.15pm Free parking. All venues have disabled toilet facilities (hoist at Leatherhead venue) Monday 14th April Woodlands Upper School, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead KT22 8RY Tuesday 15th, Wed 16th & Thurs 17th April Merrow Methodist Church Halls, Bushy Hill Drive, Merrow GU1 2SH Friday 18th & Saturday 19th April Oxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road, Oxshott KT22 0QJ

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March On

Now the weather’s improving (hopefully!) and spring has almost sprung, it’s time to head outside and explore the great outdoors. OK, so this might be taking the month of March a tad literally, but how about taking it literary? Here are some of our top tips for great reads about epic journeys.

A Walk in the Woods


Far from being a stroll among the bluebells, the Appalachian Trail is a two thousand mile route that goes right the way along the East Coast of North America, from Georgia to Maine. Bill Bryson’s hilarious account of all the things that will kill you along the way will have you longing for a bit of adventure. This is a trek that’s a journey into the wild. Some don’t make it alive. Rest assured, if the bears don’t get you then the poison ivy will.

According to Thoreau, in order to find happiness, we just need to spend more time outdoors. More specifically, not only do we need to constantly reconnect with nature but we need to be moving and discovering and taking long afternoon walks. As a writer he took inspiration from his surroundings and revelled in the wild and the free. Here he did his greatest thinking and he remains a hero among environmentalists and fans of American literature alike.

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Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey Simon Armitage

Most walkers complete the Pennine Way by going South to North but Simon Armitage decided it would be more poetic if he did it the other way around. He made the 256 mile journey from Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border to his native Yorkshire, and the village where he was born. True to form, Armitage decided not to look like he was on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition but to wander as a lonely troubadour, penniless on the Pennine Way and give poetry readings in village halls, churches and pubs. It’s packed with Northern soul and would be best enjoyed with a pint of stout in a pub.

Henry David Thoreau

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara

In 1931 the Australian government dictated that all Aboriginal and mixed race children should be removed from their homes and put into settlements to assimilate into white culture. This is the true story of three little girls who followed the rabbit-proof fence 1000 miles across the harsh Australian outback, all the way back home. Doris Pilkington’s mother was one of those girls and here she tells her mother’s remarkable survival story. It’s an absolutely unbelievable account of the human spirit and its resilience. 62

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce

This is an extraordinary story that begins with the most ordinary of objects: a letter. Harold Fry receives a letter from old flame and dear friend Queenie, who is now in a hospice and facing her mortality. Harold writes her a reply but then on a whim, decides he must walk the 600 miles to hand deliver it to her, leaving his wife upstairs doing the housework. It’s such an amazing and heart-warming story. Will Harold reach Queenie in time?

The Hobbit

J R R Tolkien

If there’s one thing in life that hobbits enjoy more than anything, it’s comfort. From the sanctuary of his hobbit-hole, Bilbo Baggins is plucked by the wizard Gandalf and taken off on an extraordinary and most unexpected journey, deep into Middle Earth. Accompanying Gandalf and his band of thirteen dwarves, the world’s most reluctant hero must help them raid the treasures of Smaug the Magnificent, a dangerous dragon. Written for Tolkien’s own grandchildren, it’s the prelude to The Lord of the Rings and a fantastic odyssey into the unknown.

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Charity casino night - Saturday 12th April to support Nick & Andy’s 3 City Cycle Ride Nick Warren-Evans, proprietor of Cleaneasy Leatherhead and Andy Guy (pictured left) are supporting LEUKA a Leukaemia Research Charity. They will be completing a 3 Cities Cycle Ride London, Amsterdam, Brussels starting on May 28th. They have chosen this charity as Nick’s son-in-law, Justin, was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and will need a bone marrow transplant in the future. One of the many projects LEUKA are undertaking is researching how to combat Graft – versus-host disease. This is probably the most threatening of side effects as it complicates 40% of posttransplant courses. Justin is only 42 and is married to Lorraine’s daughter Gemma, they have two children Tilly 4 & Jayden 2. Justin has just finished his first gruelling six months of chemotherapy and is now waiting to find out if he is in remission. To help them reach their target of raising £5,000 Nick’s wife Lorraine & Gemma’s sister Sam are organising a Fundraising Casino Night being held on 12th April. This is going to be a wonderful event where not only friends and family will be raising money but they will be having a pretty good time too!! There will be casino tables to have a flutter on, a disco for some dancing round the handbags, hot food, some amazing raffle prizes including a private pod for 22 people on the London Eye, with champagne & canapés! Local businesses have come together to provide sponsorship and raffle prizes, including: Kallkwik; Ward & Cross Hairdressers; Martin & Co; Bike Beans Cycle Café; Cradler’s House Jewellers; Leatherhead Building Supplies/Homefix; Caesar’s Restaurant; Poetic Justice OnLine (Jenny Hallett); JBS Print & Design; LucindaElla Handmade Jewellery; and the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? Saturday 1st

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead, 7.30pm. Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Mendelssohn Symphony no. 3 ‘Scottish’ and Brahms Violin Concerto, soloist Oscar Perks. Tickets £13, students & under 18s £8 from 01372 276949

Saturday 1st

Bookham Choral Society, Spring Coffee Morning, Barn Hall, Bookham from 10am-12pm, free admission. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake whilst listening to ‘The Frivolous Recorder Group’ and our resident pianist. Stalls include cakes and jams, plants, toys and bric-a-brac books, music, CDs and DVDs and a raffle.

Saturday 1st

Epsom Rotaract’s Gt Britain Quiz, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead, time tbc. Tickets are £12 each to include fish & chip supper. Come as a team of 6, or you can join a team. Proceeds towards equipment for Epsom Hospital. Bess Harding Tel: 020 8337 8181

Saturday 1st

Leatherhead Community Garden reopens for 2014, see page 54 for details.

Monday 3rd

Surrey Police Crime Summit, Dorking Halls, 5.30pm-9pm, info stands, meet local police officers, council members, and meet Kevin Hurley, Police & Crime Commissioner and talk about local issues. Pre-registration essential, go to:

Friday 7th

Women’s World Day of Prayer, taking place around the world with a service at 2.30pm in the Catholic Church, Garlands Road. Speaker, Gillie Nicholls. Service organised by the Christian Women of Egypt entitled ‘Streams in the Desert’. Fairtrade stall & refreshments. All are welcome.

Friday 14th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society Spring Show & Annual General Meeting at Leatherhead Parish Hall 7.30pm-9pm ( AGM 8pm). Admission free - all are welcome.

Friday 14th

6.30pm for 7.00pm Friends of Ashtead Village Hall 3 course dinner followed by a talk by Philip Littlejohn on 'Survivors of the Titanic'. Tickets £20.50 from Janet Marsh 01372 278988 or at the Friday coffee mornings

Friday 21st

Leatherhead Horticultural Society host a talk by Lucie Tait - Leader of Herbaceous Borders - on RHS Wisley & Herbaceous Borders at Leatherhead Parish Hall, 8.00-9.30pm. Admission £2 includes refreshments.

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd

Ashtead Peace Memorial Spring Opening Event - see page 38 for details.

Sunday 23rd

MV Police in association with the Dogs Trust will be offering FREE micro-chipping for dogs at Ashtead Recreation Ground, Barnett Wood Lane, 11am-3pm (note new time). From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for dogs to be micro-chipped.

Friday 28th

''The Grey Friars Project - Finding King Richard lll ''. Surrey U3A Network, public lecture by Dr Turi King, Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, Uni of Leicester, and one of the team who identified the remains in Leicester at The Menuhin Hall, Cobham Rd, Stoke d'Abernon, KT11 3QQ, 2pm-3pm. . Entry £3. Details and application form to download from Tea/coffee from 1pm. Booking essential.

Saturday 29th

‘Nutrition for a healthy breast’, a talk by David Stevens (who has a practice in Harley Street and locally at the Vital Body Clinic), 3pm, Letherhead Institute. One in three breast cancer diagnoses occur in women over 70. Men and women welcome. Free admission with a retiring collection in aid of Breast Cancer Research. For further information contact or tel: 01372 376247.

Saturday 29th

Jumble sale, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Road on behalf of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, 11am-1pm. Refreshments and a good as new stall. If there’s an event in April that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events72 are correct at time of print.

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Charity Fashion Show

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS Sundays 2nd, 16th & 30th

Charity Car Boot Sales at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 7:30am, buyers 9am. Cars £10, Larger cars, MPVs, 4WD, Small Vans - £12; trailers - £3 extra. Buyers Entrance by Donation. No booking necessary. Refreshments – hot and cold drinks.

Sunday 2nd (weekly)

10.30am Parish Communion - Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. (First Sunday of each month is the All-age service)

Tuesday 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, AGM, followed by a talk on safety in the home by a Leatherhead Fire Officer. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 5th (weekly)

Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Flower Arranging, by Pat George. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 5th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demonstration by Margaret Fairhurst ‘Nature’s Bounty’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (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:

Thurs 6th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 6th (monthly)

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

Friday 7th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. New volunteers urgently needed - can you help out on a Friday morning? Call in for a chat.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop in the Committee Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Why not be creative this year or simply complete something you've already started? Beautiful greetings cards too. Contact 01372 374914 anytime for local delivery

Friday 7th (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 7th

2.30 & 7.30 pm: Renoir: His contribution to the Impressionists. £10 inc refreshments: Spaces limited. 01372 272235: email: to book. 74

WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 7th (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.

Wed 12th & 26th (2nd & 4th Wed)

MV Speakers’ Club - fun, friend and supportive for anybody wishing to develop their public speaking skills. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm-9.30pm,, 01372 462719

Wed 12th

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

(2nd Wed monthly)

Thurs 13th (2nd Thurs

Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Thurs 13th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, talk by Myrtle Cooper, more details on page 86. Please come along.

Friday 14th (monthly)

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

Wed 19th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. ’The Home Front’, speaker Christine Kendall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per mtg. Info: Don Butt 01372 274288


Thurs 20th (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 21st

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Annual General Meeting followed by a lecture “Researching Mary Chrystie of Bookham and her Family” by Judith Witter. Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm, £2 entry, non-members welcome.

Wed 26th

Blood Donor Sessions - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 1.30pm-4pm, and 5pm-7.30pm 75

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 61

John Payne Jennings 1843 – 1926 - Photographer John Payne Jennings was the son of William John Jennings who came to Ashtead sometime around 1880 with his family. Following the death of Mary Howard, who owned most of Ashtead, in 1877 and severe agricultural depression at the time, the land was sold in smaller areas in 1879. By 1881 a large housed 'Meadowbank' had been built with records showing William at 'Meadow Bank' in 1882. John Payne Jennings lived at Gayton House, Park Road, off what is now Greville Park Avenue and was an excellent photographer. An example of his work is "Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads" The book, which was reprinted at least 3 times, was first published about 1890. It contains 99 excellent photographs, any of which could be mistaken for a painting. The book concludes with a Great Eastern Railway fares from Liverpool Street or St Pancras to, amongst other places, Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Another example is "Summer Holidays in North East England". This time it is for the North Eastern Railway Company. This book contains over 140 of his photographs. He also produced photographs to accompany the works of famous poets such as The Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1889). He was a member of the Royal Photographic Society from 1878 to at least 1887 and a member of Ashtead's first Parish Council of 1894. His 1911 book Some Beauties in Surrey and Sussex contains a good view taken from the front of Gayton House looking north towards the common, with laurels and poplars framing the scene. The Ashtead base for this commercial activity was the Greville Works where he built his own studio. He became a considerable owner of property and land, including the entire Greville Park Estate. He was still living in Gayton House, in the Estate, at the time of his death in 1926. The house still stands today, though now split into three residential units. Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Bygone Ashtead, Ashtead ‘A Village Transformed’ also A History of Ashtead and various websites

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 78

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Time for Change How can we encourage the long term lifestyle changes needed to shift resource use to sustainable levels? Of course we need policy and governmental action, equally we need to appeal to people’s hearts and minds to alter resource-heavy and environmentally damaging behaviour. Modifying behaviour is a challenge, as you will know if you’ve ever tried to improve your diet, exercise more, stop smoking or shift your travel mode to less carbon heavy options. How did you make the change? How did you feel once you’d achieved your goal? We now know that we are not rational decision makers; simply being given information is not necessarily enough to adjust our habits. A complex range of factors affect our motivation and ability to do this, including external things such as advertising and media messages. To encourage lasting environmentally-positive behaviours and to understand how people respond to the need for them, it is important to recognise the significance and impact of these various factors. An organisation working in this field is "Common Cause" which is a network focusing on how to work with values to create a positive future. They tell us our behaviour is heavily shaped by shared cultural values, many of which we absorb through everyday cues. When the values of status, money and success are encouraged and reinforced through advertising and political messages, constantly encouraging us to "buy more stuff", our ‘bigger than self’ ethical and environmental values can become weaker and less likely to influence our choices. Attempts to encourage change that tell us how much money we will save can actually do more harm than good in the long run, as while this encourages short-term action, framing people as consumers in this way encourages self-centred mind-sets, and undermines the motivation to make big and lasting changes that help the environment. This is perhaps best expressed by the Tesco ad a few years ago, which exhorted us to "Change Lights into Flights." So how can we work with cultural values to create lasting environmentally-positive behaviour? One way is the Carbon Conversations Programme, which offers a six-session course bringing community members together to see how they can respond to complex and anxiety-provoking environmental issues. It helps group members to discuss and reduce the tension induced by wanting to cut their environmental impact and the desire to engage in resource-heavy behaviours. The programme works with hearts and minds to provide both motivation and the ability to make significant and lasting lifestyle adjustments. Rather than accepting our status as consumers who can buy our way out of the environmental problems we face - a message that is regularly reinforced by society - we should aim to reframe ourselves as citizens with the power to help make the transition to a sustainable future. Myrtle Cooper Our March meeting (Thursday 13th March 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article with a talk by Myrtle Cooper. Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email


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5 Places Opened By Queen Victoria 1. Belfast - The main building of Belfast’s Queen’s University was officially opened by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1849 when, owing to a city-wide outbreak of cholera, it was one of only a few buildings that the royal couple were permitted to enter during their trip. 2. Berwick-upon-Tweed - Berwick’s Royal Border Bridge was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. Designed by Robert Stephenson, son of the engineer George Stephenson, the bridge took three years to build and still forms an integral part of the East Coast Mainline today. 3. London - After the sudden death of Prince Albert in 1861, his plan for a ‘Central Hall of Arts and Sciences’ in London was renamed in his honour. Queen Victoria officially opened what is now The Royal Albert Hall in March 1871 but is said to have been too distraught to speak at the inauguration ceremony, leaving her son Edward to instead announce that ‘the Queen declares this Hall now open’. 4. Manchester - Construction began on the 36-mile Manchester Ship Canal in 1887, overseen by the renowned engineer Edward Leader Williams, who was knighted by Queen Victoria at the official opening ceremony in 1894. 5. Newcastle-upon-Tyne - A remarkable dual-level road and rail bridge, Newcastle’s Grade I listed High Level Bridge was designed by Robert Stephenson and constructed between 1847 and 1849. At over 400m, it is the second-longest bridge spanning the Tyne and stands 80ft above the water. It was officially opened by Queen Victoria on September 27 1849, shortly after Stephenson turned down the offer of a knighthood. © Taken from The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer by Paul Anthony Jones


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A Touch of the Orient By Pippa Greenwood As the new gardening year is under way, is it time to embark on a new era in your garden? It can be really refreshing to have a change of style, not necessarily in your whole garden but perhaps you could create a different and contrasting feel in a small part of your plot to the rest of your well-loved garden? The Japanese style is largely very simplistic and aims to create a relaxed, calm environment. In any garden you’re going to need walls, fences, pathways and so forth, and if you use natural materials such as wood or of course bamboo, they blend in better with the surroundings of an existing or a newly planned garden and instantly help to create that oriental feel. Provided the surface is made relatively slip-proof, a small bridge can be created quite easily using a simple plank of wood, allowing you to cross over an existing or new pond or other water feature. Stain the wood an interesting colour: perhaps even bright Japanese-style red if you’re feeling daring. Thinking of water, why not create your own ‘deer chase’? All you need to set up is a source of water powered by a pump, then allow the water to pour out from a bamboo spout and then into another hollowed out piece of bamboo. As the weight of the water increases in the hollowed out bamboo it causes it to tip and to swivel around slightly. Once filled up it then tilts downwards and pours its water into the basin or bowl beneath. When empty it clunks back into position. If you want something even simpler, then buy some wide diameter bamboo canes, hollow one out, cut the end at an angle and simply create a trickling water spout. Provided you fix everything up with a pump, the water can then be recycled around from the bowl or basin and back into the trickling pipe. Gravelled areas raked into simple patterns resembling waves or entire circles also help to create a Japanese feel. These can take up the majority of the garden space, be a relatively

small area or perhaps link your existing garden into the Japanese ‘room’ that you have created. Concentric rings of raked gravel or sand look particularly dramatic if you place a sizeable, interestingly shaped boulder, stone or specimen plant in the centre of the middle circle. When it comes to plants there are several which instantly help to evoke that Japanese effect. The so-called Japanese maples with their intricately divided leaves epitomise Japanese gardens and many will turn brilliant shades in the autumn. Japanese azaleas too can be used to great effect and can bring in some of those really bright colours which look so good for the relatively simple garden surrounding them. Pine trees may be too large for most gardens, but you can gradually bend the stems of a smaller one to create a bonsai effect. Of course, if you’re a collector of bonsai then most of these trees actually enjoy spending the summer outside in a garden and provided they are kept adequately maintained, will look great in your Japanese garden. A trip down to your local garden centre is bound to supply you with a few orientalthemed containers. Plant one or two of these up with a small acer, camellia, miniature azalea or miniature bamboo and you will really help to complete that oriental touch.

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TOP FIVE TIPS FOR INCREASING THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME AND INCREASING ITS SALEABILITY 1. Kitchen & Bathroom improvements Creating a modern, well equipped kitchen will increase the value of your home. Open plan living is increasingly popular if you have the space. A smart new white bathroom suite with modern chrome taps and neutral tiles will always attract buyers. Natural stone, granite or marble tiles are currently favourites. 2. Extension, Loft Conversion or Conservatory Building an extension is a costly improvement but could potentially increase the value of your home dramatically. Before starting, do speak to a reputable local estate agent who will be happy to advise on the best way of doing so. Expanding into the roof space could transform your two bedroom property into a three bedroom and attract a host of new buyers with higher budgets. Add to the living space in your home by creating a conservatory. Make sure it matches the style of the rest of the house and that the flooring follows through to make it feel like part of the home. 3. Decoration and Presentation People love bright and airy properties. Have a thorough declutter and make sure your property is decorated neutrally throughout. There are lots of websites offering free advice on interior design ideas – spend some time browsing. 4. Landscaping the garden Make the most of your garden, however large or small. A neat, attractive garden can make all the difference when potential buyers are considering whether to buy. 5. Make the most of your outbuildings or convert your garage A garage can be converted into an extra room at minimal cost. Even a modest shed in the garden can be turned into a useful addition like a home office, gym or a playroom.


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