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Issue 125

March 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

National No Smoking Day - 9th March British Summertime Starts - 27th March Our community hospitals - have your say Do you have any images of Deepdene Estate? Annual supermarket voucher appeal launched Improve the safety of pedestrians crossing A24 Widespread support for Transform Leatherhead The new St Giles’ Dell Centre, Ashtead now open Affordable Housing in Mole Valley - Leader’s statement

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


Ashtead Hospital supports foodbank


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Sight for Surrey


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead WI




Leatherhead Morning WI


MV Police Column


Leatherhead Community Association


Quiz - Catchphrases


MV District Council - Walking for Health


Quiz - Bones


Bookham Camera Club


Book review


What’s on in March? Pages 64-69


Easter Dreams - a Story


Cryptic crossword


St Giles Centre, Ashtead - p 30 & 32


Supermarket voucher appeal launched


Support for Transform Leatherhead


Transition Ashtead


Recipe 1 - Macaroons


National No Smoking Day - Wed 9th March


Recipe 2 - Chicken in red wine


Do you have images of Deepdene Estate?


Simple crossword


Gardening - Climbers


Pedestrian safety on the A24


General knowledge crossword


Community hospitals - have your say


Affordable housing in Mole Valley


Jigsaw Family Bereavement charity


Local history article


Rotary Club of Ashtead


Marie Curie Daffodil appeal 2016



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elcome to another packed edition of this little community magazine. Lots to report this month, firstly, local mothers Jayne Mansfield (no, not that one, the other one), and Julia Steinhardt have started a campaign to help reduce the speed limit on the A24 from 40mph to 30mph to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians crossing that busy and fast stretch of road before it leads into The Street. More about the campaign and how to sign the petition can be found on the Ashtead Residents’ Association article on page 8 and page 44. Robert Newhouse at the St Giles’ Dell Centre in Ashtead has sent in some images of the new hall and contact details for any clubs and organisations wishing to book the hall (or indeed anyone who’s organising an event and needs a flexible venue). Much thought has gone into the building and the way in which it will be used by people with varying needs. Go to pages 30 and 32 to see the stunning images of this new venue which I am sure will be an asset to the community.

February saw the launch of the annual supermarket voucher appeal by the Rotary Club of Leatherhead and details of the appeal and where to send your vouchers can be found on page 72. It’s National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 9th March and I’ve written an article based on useful information from various websites about the services and support available to those who would like to stop smoking. Details of the support available can be found on pages 76 and 77. The public consultation on ideas to transform Leatherhead town centre has now closed and Mole Valley District Council were delighted with the response and ideas received from residents and businesses. There will be a further public consultation on the final draft masterplan in late spring which we should all look out for. I will try and keep you posted of timings and give you more information as it becomes available. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local I am again running the Marie Curie appeal for volunteers provides local businesses with for their March Daffodil campaign as this magazine affordable, quality advertising. Ads distributes on 25th February and I know how important it is cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential for this charity to raise much needed funds to pay for distribution (yes, really!) and can be nurses to provide medical care and emotional support to terminally ill patients in their own homes, go to page 92 designed where required. for more info. Technical & Legal stuff Also on the subject of volunteering, Jigsaw South East, a Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine family bereavement charity, have been in touch asking for help with their support groups, more can be found on page is accurate, the Publisher cannot 50. accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or Mothering Sunday this year falls on 6th March, so plenty of damage caused by errors or omissions time for you to organise something nice for your mummies. resulting from negligence, accident Also in March we have Good Friday which falls on the 25th or any other cause. and Easter Sunday coinciding with the start of British No part of this magazine may be Summertime, so with the clocks going forward we get an reproduced, stored in any retrieval extra hour of daylight to finish off the Easter break (sadly, system, or transmitted in any form however, I lose a valuable hour’s worth of Easter egg electronic, mechanical, recording, eating time)! photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. Have a good month, enjoy the All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

Easter break, and see you in April ducks. Cheerio,

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acknowledged to be Right of Way despite the Definitive Maps made by Surrey County Council and the Ordinance Survey showing it as a Right of Way and Network Rail’s own web site showing it as a “Public Footpath Crossing”. We still dispute this and will fight to maintain it.

The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) which is Network Rail’s governing body have stated that Great Britain's level crossings, although among the safest in Europe, pose a significant rail safety risk to the public. The ORR wants the rail industry to close level crossings, but where this is impracticable is pushing the industry to deliver innovative solutions such as implementing new technology to make crossings safe.

Unfortunately the distribution of this magazine may be too late for residents to attend a Network Rail drop-in session at the APMH on 25th February. This was originally intended to show residents plans and timings for the new Level Crossing at Woodfield Lane but will now include the Green Lane Crossing.

Towards the end of last year, Network Rail contacted the Residents’ Association saying they were looking to erect a footbridge across the rails to replace the foot crossing at Green Lane. They said they were undertaking a feasibility study and would get back to us and other stakeholders once plans had been drawn up. Then it all went very quiet!

We urge those residents who could be affected by this crossing closure to make their objections known and to press for what the ORR says, i.e. “the industry to deliver innovative solutions such as implementing new technology to make crossings safe.” PLEASE WRITE TO

At a recent meeting with Network Rail, they announced that they had discovered the crossing was NOT a Right of Way. Therefore they were not under any obligation to build a bridge, nor could they justify the funding for one if they were not required to maintain a Right of Way. They also said that due to the daily average of 237 foot crossings and 220 trains, this rail crossing is the most hazardous in the Wessex Rail Region, despite the minimal number of recorded incidents. Ironically, Surrey Highways work the other way and ignore POTENTIAL risk but concentrate on actual fatalities!


Improve the safety of our children crossing the A24 Two local mothers are pressing for the speed limit on the A24 to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph from Craddocks Avenue to The Street. In addition they want a new pedestrian crossing to be installed making it easier and safer for parents and children crossing this busy road to reach the Greville School or The Burrow Nursery.

This pedestrian route dates back to the mid-19th Century and before the railway was built. It forms part of an ancient Driftway or Greenway (hence Green Lane) that was originally used to move cattle from the south to the northern marshlands by the Rye Brook.

The Residents’ Association fully endorses their campaign and we urge residents to sign the Petition which can be accessed either from their website or the ARA’s own website. Go to page 44 for more details.

As these farm lands were sold for housing, it was used as a carriageway crossing for Ashley Court and later for use by houses being constructed in Links Road and the surrounding area. It appears, though, that it may never have been

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Leach Grove Woods is a small wild area at the end of Leach Grove, adjacent to Leatherhead hospital, Woodlands School and the allotments. It is really unusual to find a quiet patch of woodland, full of wildlife within a town where you can feel you are far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. It is a popular dog-walking area and a place where children can be more adventurous, playing the sort of games that aren’t allowed on recreation grounds, such as climbing a tree, making a den, and creating bike jumps.

Village Green Application

In the 1980s local residents prevented the woods from being sold off for housing and Surrey County Council (SCC) designated the woods as Strategic Open Land. In 2013 Flip Cargill, on behalf of the local residents, applied to SCC for the wood to be registered as a Village Green to ensure it could never be sold for housing. Over 350 local residents wrote in support of the application, describing how they had used the woods over the years. The current owners, NHS Property Services Ltd contested the application, so there was a public enquiry. Residents from the neighbourhood raised the funds to employ a barrister to represent them at the enquiry and several residents also spoke at the enquiry. However, the inspector felt that one of the six criteria required, the neighbourhood, did not fulfil the definition as set out in the act, so recommended that the application should be refused. SCC disagreed with this recommendation, so the woods were registered last November as a Village Green.

Judicial Review

Unfortunately the landowner has not accepted the council’s decision, and has decided to challenge the decision making process of SCC by applying for a judicial review. SCC refutes these claims, and will defend their decision making process in court if necessary.

The Friends of Leach Grove Woods wish to support SCC

The Friends want to ensure all the hard work over the last two years is not wasted so have asked their legal representative to represent the group again, with Tim Jones taking Flip Cargill’s place as the named client. The legal submissions have now gone to a judge, who will consider whether there are grounds for a review. If he decides that there is a case to answer, there will be a court hearing.

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The LRA is supporting this group of Leatherhead residents, and helping them raise the £3,500 needed for the legal fees. Some of the proceeds from the concert (by the band Inside Out) and the supper (fish or chicken and chips) to be held on Friday March 4th 7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute, will go towards these legal costs. Tickets, £10 are available from Barton’s Bookshop. Alternatively, if you just wish to make a donation to the Leach Grove Woods appeal, make a cheque payable to the ‘Leatherhead Residents Association’, and send to the Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH, or online: account number 21500651 sort code 40-27-07 (put LGW and your name in the reference box.) Fran Smith

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advertised with proposals on eastern side. Eastwick Road & Pine Dean (26): Proposal - To provide yellow lines at the junctions to increase forward visibility. Result - Do not proceed. Road parking has been a very topical issue of late and we have had lot of feedback on the matter from residents. We would remind and ask everyone in Fetcham to always park respectively, please do not block or obscure anyone’s drive or site lines. Do not obstruct the highway, some residential roads are narrow and should the need arise emergency vehicles must have access. Do not prevent pedestrians and wheel chair users from accessing roads and footways and please do not park on a bend or a grass verge. Thank you.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - 20th April: Our Membership Year runs from April to April; our new format AGM this year will be on Wednesday 20th April in the Village Eastwick Drive (25): Proposal - To provide Hall at 8pm when we hope to have various invited guests. We look forward to seeing double yellow lines at the junction to as many residents as possible. increase forward visibility. Result Reduce the length of proposed double Susanne Taylor yellow line on the western side to allow vehicles to park adjacent to the footpath Vice Chairman/Editor section of Eastwick Drive only. Proceed as Fetcham Residents’ Assoc

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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan The People have spoken! residents voiced what was largely opposition to any thought of development on the Green Belt surrounding Ashtead. Comparing that to the 150 or so responses district-wide to MVDC’s own Green Belt survey it was easy to suggest how well we locals had done in stirring residents to take part in Ashtead’s own Green Belt survey. The NDP consultation is, of course, a different kettle of fish. Judging by the feedback so far, there is strong support for the policies and so the response rate is, not Quite a few folk from Ashtead, and a few from Epsom have ‘spoken’ having contributed surprisingly, lower. Also, there’s a clue to the level of support so far for the plan in that to the public consultation exercise many respondents have stated how impressed concerning Ashtead’s Draft Neighbourhood they were with the work that has been done Development Plan (NDP). on their behalf! (How’s that for blowing By the time you read this article that one’s own trumpet!) consultation exercise will have more or less For those out there who are feeling truly ended and so the Neighbourhood Forum’s sorry that they’ve missed out on this chance working group - Ashtead Community Vision to comment on Ashtead’s future, don’t (ACV) will be hard at work collating all the worry, you will get another opportunity. The feedback and putting it into the next stage in the process is for MVDC to vet ‘Consultation Statement’ – an official the plan and, when ready, they will do their document that contains all the feedback, own public consultation exercise so giving that will accompany the draft NDP when it’s anyone who hasn’t taken part this time sent to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) around the opportunity to comment. And for consideration. let’s not forget, once that has been done and At the time of writing – which was half way a Planning Inspector has also had the chance through the consultation period – around 60 to vet the NDP, it then has to go to a public plus people had filled in the on-line referendum, at which point the good questionnaire and around a hundred had burghers of Ashtead will have yet another visited the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall opportunity to say, ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the during the open morning on 6th February to policies that will help shape the Ashtead’s find out more about what was going on and future. to complete the questionnaire. It would be wrong to say at this early stage whether the consultation exercise has been a success, but there are some interesting themes emerging, which suggest that it has gone quite well. I guess there are two benchmarks for measuring success – the response to ACV’s Green Belt consultation exercise undertaken some two years ago and MVDC’s own experience of such exercises. The Green Belt review was relatively controversial and around 600 Ashtead

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e have seen a recent “spike” in thefts of bicycles, stolen from garages, sheds and outbuildings. It has been quite a shock to me to realise just how expensive some makes if modern bikes are but I’m sure many of you will already know that? For those who don’t, we are talking several thousands of pounds for just one bike!!

Also, putting an inexpensive batterypowered alarm in sheds, garages and outbuildings can be a very effective deterrent. These alarms are motion When compared with a house; an activated and emit an audible alarm of outbuilding, remote garage block or around 140 decibels – which is quite garden shed is never going to be as often very effective at sending an secure, so it is worth considering the intruder running in the opposite actual replacement value of items you direction. The deterrent effect can also choose to store in these places. be enhanced by displaying signs that warn that a security alarm is in use. I have mentioned previously (but it’s The batteries tend to last for around 12 worth reiterating) that you can make months and the units are readily items of gardening equipment very “undesirable” to thieves by making them available in most DIY stores or via the easily identifiable. Simply painting your internet – sometimes retailing for less house name, or number and/or postcode than £5. on item with gloss paint makes it far less likely to be attractive to a thief. The Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division items are still totally useable but the PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE effort involved in removing the identifying paint marks is, I have found, To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or far too much bother to make them 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: worth stealing.

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Easter Dreams

he digital clock by the bedside seemed to taunt Ruth. The numbers 2.25 glowed aggressively in the dark and Sam’s gentle snoring rumbled like a distant train.

Ruth was a size ten and wearing a stunning emerald green bikini. Her skin glowed with a natural golden tan and her hair was long and lustrous. She smiled over in Robert’s direction and beckoned him to join her by the shore, where gentle waves were lapping around her feet. Robert held her hand and they walked along the shallows before plunging into the water and diving down to swim with parrot fish, clown fish, sea horses and dolphins. Somehow, they could breathe under water and the sense of peace and freedom embraced them like an old friend.

She desperately needed to sleep. She was exhausted but her brain just wouldn’t keep still. Thoughts were rattling around her skull and her feet and legs were restless and itchy under the weight of the duvet. Ruth breathed deeply, lay on her back and closed her eyes. She’d heard that meditation could help insomnia so decided to give it a go. Perhaps that would calm her racing thoughts? She imagined herself in a beautiful garden and tried to paint a tranquil picture in her mind.

Suddenly she saw a fish swimming towards her. It was a dog fish and it was barking at her. Then out of the depths of the ocean came a familiar shadow. Robert let go of her hand and dissolved into the salty depths. The ‘Jaws’ theme tune vibrated and rumbled through Ruth’s body. The water turned cold and the beautiful tropical fish darted back into the dark interior of the coral. Ruth could hear a voice calling her. Approaching from the depths was a mermaid. However, the mermaid wasn’t young and beautiful with flowing golden locks. This mermaid had steel glasses and a greying shoulder length bob. This mermaid had a judging expression and a patronising smile. She seemed to be dragging an enormous fishing net bursting with chocolate Easter eggs… Ruth then found herself frantically darting around the coral, hiding endless eggs in all the nooks and crannies. There was no end to them and every time she hid one, the dog fish would find it and gobble it up. Ruth was frightened. Wasn’t chocolate dangerous for dogfish?

The grass was a deep luscious green and had a wonderful freshly mown smell. The soft waterfall leaves of a weeping willow swayed enticingly in the breeze. The sun was warm on her back as Ruth glided though her new and wondrous fantasy Eden. She was a size ten, wearing a floaty silk tea dress and her hair was long and lustrous. George Clooney was just emerging into view, lounging on a rug with a bottle of champagne by his side when Ruth was jolted away by Sam snorting in his sleep and flopping his arm over her stomach. She moved her husband’s arm away and tried to return to paradise. Sadly, by the time she got there, George had gone. In his place was her mother in law, with a huge basket of Easter eggs and a patronising smile. Ruth then found herself mentally hiding hundreds of chocolate eggs in her magical garden, in preparation for the Easter treasure hunt that weekend.

“Ruth, Ruth… Wake up. It’s half past eight and my mother will be here in an hour. You know she always gets here early. There’s so much to do before everyone else arrives... The puppy’s barking so I need to take her out for a walk. Can you sort out the Easter eggs and start breakfast?

Ruth looked at the clock again. It was now 2.55. There was so much to do and she wouldn’t be able to function without any sleep. She took a deep breath, closed her eyes and tried to return to her fantasy. The green lawn was replaced by a stunning tropical beach. Crystal clear turquoise waters sparkled and brightly coloured tropical fish glided elegantly between intricate coral fronds. The warm sand gently caressed her bare feet as she strolled towards the inviting shaded area under a palm tree. Waiting for her was a swinging hammock, beside a table laden with luscious fruit, a bowl of ice cold Maltesers and a long exotic looking cocktail. Robert Redford (from his ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ era) was waiting for her, with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his bright blue eyes. The air smelled like a sea of scented flowers.

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St Giles’ Dell Centre, Ashtead The new St Giles’ Dell Centre (the replacement for the old St Giles’ Hall) has now opened and we look forward to welcoming you! If you have a group or class and you think that this wonderful new facility might be just the thing we would ask you to contact our church Reception on 01372 813964 or . To further entice you please note that, while parking may be an issue at other locations, it is much less of a problem at St Giles’. Please do come and visit us at the Dell Centre or look at the photos on http:// We very much hope that this super building will be a blessing to the whole Ashtead community and beyond.

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Widespread Support for Transform Leatherhead Ideas The public consultation on ideas to transform Leatherhead town centre has now closed. There was overwhelming public support for the principle development ideas to create a mixed use development on the Bull Hill site, redevelop the Swan Centre and the riverside area. Mole Valley District Council ran a number of exhibitions where in excess of a thousand residents took the opportunity to look at the ideas. Residents also had the opportunity to view the exhibition online and vote on the principle ideas. Over 2,500 votes were registered with over 95% of residents in favour of the ideas to redevelop the Swan Centre and create a riverside park. The idea to develop the site at Bull Hill/ Red House Gardens received support from over 75% of voters. Opinion was divided on the three ideas presented to improve the gyratory system; further discussions are now taking place with Surrey County Council’s highways division to examine the feedback in detail. Councillor Howard Jones said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the level of support and involvement we received from residents and businesses throughout the consultation- it has been a great success – we are very grateful too everybody who has taken part. We will now examine carefully all of the feedback we have received before Nexus prepare the final draft masterplan for the public to consider.” A spokesperson for Nexus Planning, the appointed masterplanning consultant said: “The level of engagement from the community is fantastic; there is clearly a huge appetite for change amongst the residents of Leatherhead and the surrounding villages.” The final public consultation on the final draft masterplan will take place in the late spring.


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This is a quick, easy and flavoursome way to serve chicken. Use a full-bodied red wine such as a Burgundy for the best flavour, although there is no need to buy a really pricey one! 1.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the chicken chunks and fry for 4-5 minutes, turning frequently until golden brown all over. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.


Add the button mushrooms and shallots to the pan and fry for 5 minutes until just beginning to brown. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute then return the chicken to the pan and stir in the red wine, stock, tomato puree and bay leaf.


Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken and onions are tender.


Blend the cornflour and 2 tbsp water to a smooth paste then stir the paste into the pan. Simmer gently for further 2-3 minutes, stirring all the time, until the liquid has thickened. Serve with sautéed potatoes and steamed green beans and garnish with parsley sprigs.

Ingredients: • 2 tbsp olive oil • 600g skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks • 225g button mushrooms • 200g shallots, peeled • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 300ml red wine • 200ml chicken or vegetable stock • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato puree • 1 bay leaf • 2tbsp cornflour • Sprigs of fresh parsley to garnish • Sautéed potatoes and steamed green beans, to serve TIP This dish freezes well, so it’s worth doubling up the quantities to freeze away half for another day. Allow to cool completely then spoon into a shallow freezer-proof container and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost thoroughly then reheat in a flameproof casserole until piping hot. 40

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Improve the safety of children crossing the A24

The A24 near the top of Bramley Way in Ashtead needs a pedestrian crossing. With The Greville School and the new nursery The Burrow at the entrance to Ashtead Park, there are a number of children and parents crossing the busy A24 every day. Currently the speed limit is 40mph along this road and does not reduce to 30mph until just before The Street. A petition has been set up to demonstrate the local support for a pedestrian crossing on the A24 near Bramley Way and a reduction in speed limit to this section of the A24 as you enter Mole Valley near the top of Craddocks Parade.

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We have been made aware of some new scams which we would like to alert you to. 1: The regular- “this is Microsoft calling and you have a problem with your machine, please can we connect to it and show you….” Has developed. We have heard of a customer who fell victim of this, and started to become suspicious, so asked the scammers to stop at which point they deleted all the users data on his PC. Just remember Microsoft would not telephone you. 2: Email Scam - This has been reported from both AOL and BT/Yahoo email customers, and indicates their emails are not secure. The user received an expected email with an invoice attached from a known trades’ person - let’s say their plumber. Shortly after, the user receives another email from supposedly the plumber, saying something like “please ignore the previous mail, use this one”. On inspection the attachment is present, but the bankers details on the invoice has been changed to the scammers account. The only way this could have happened is if the scammer is actually monitoring and using the users email account. If you are concerned this is happening to you our advice is to change your email password two or three times in a week. Ransomware Ransomware has been in the limelight for 18


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Have your say on community hospital services NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, a part of the local NHS that buys and plans healthcare for people living in the Surrey Downs area, has launched a public consultation on proposals to improve how care is provided at local community hospitals. The consultation ends on 3rd May 2016. The consultation follows a comprehensive review of community hospital services, which took place last year. The review looked at Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead, Molesey and the New Epsom and Ewell Community Hospitals. The commissioning group has put forward four options which focus on where services are located in future, to best meet changes in the local population, and future health needs – and now they want your views. The focus is on improving care, as well as making services more efficient and under all options there would still be the same number of inpatient rehabilitation beds across the local area. As part of the consultation representatives from the commissioning group will be out and about, talking to as many people as possible, to hear what people think, and which option they prefer. To have your say please see where you can find out more and complete an online questionnaire. Alternatively, to request a copy of the consultation document and questionnaire by post please call 01372 201826. The next drop-in events at libraries across the area are:

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Dorking Library, Friday 26 February, 10am-2pm Ashtead Library, Tuesday 8 March, 10am-2pm Banstead Library, Tuesday 15 March, 1-4pm Thames Ditton Library, Thursday 17 March, 10am-2pm

For more information go to or telephone: 01372 201826 Cobham Community Hospital

Leatherhead Community Hospital

Dorking Community Hospital

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Coping with the loss of a loved one

Family bereavement charity Jigsaw (South East) is seeking volunteers for its Grief Support Groups for families in the Guildford and Woking areas Volunteering provides an opportunity to learn new skills and use existing ones while making a real difference to the lives of people living in your community. It can be immensely rewarding – many of our Group Volunteers have been with us for several years.

The loss of a close family member can be devastating. It is hard for children to understand and difficult for adults to explain. Children may ask many questions or they may say nothing, either way it is not easy to support them when the family has experienced such a loss, particularly if it was very sudden or traumatic. Jigsaw (South East) is a bereavement charity that helps families through that very difficult time. Children are quick to notice when something important has happened – silence can bewilder and frighten them. They need to be told simple truths in an age-appropriate way. They need to feel that they can come and ask again to have the information repeated or with new questions. Bringing families together Based at East Court Mansion in East Grinstead since 2006, Jigsaw provides grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member through illness, accident, suicide or murder. The main way they can help is through its six-week Grief Support Groups, which take place in Epsom, Woking, Guildford, Reigate and East Grinstead (six weekday evenings and one Saturday).

While no specific qualifications are required, the following skills, experience or attributes are desirable:

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Experience of working with children Experience of losing a loved one (not essential) Ability to sympathise, empathise and be a good listener Ability to interact with children Ability to work in a team and be happy to participate in activities

We will require all volunteers to pass a DBS check before they can proceed with any volunteering role. Training is provided (for free) before new Group Volunteers join the Grief Support Groups. We also aim to run various workshops throughout the year which we feel benefit our volunteers in their role.

Run by professional Grief Support Workers and volunteers, many of whom have been bereaved themselves, these groups bring families together who have all lost a loved one. They provide age-appropriate activities to help families to make and keep memories, to process the loss, learn some coping strategies, meet others in similar situations and build a support group. Children can feel alone and different when they have been bereaved, so bringing them together with other children who are experiencing similar feelings and worries can be tremendously helpful – for parents, too. Can you help? At Jigsaw (South East) we rely upon volunteers to enable us to support the families that attend our groups. We are particularly seeking Group Volunteers in the Guildford and Woking areas. 50

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Interested individuals should get in touch with Sally Davison on 01342 313895 or email to register their interest and to find out more. Also visit and Charity number: 1147696

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Rotary Club of Ashtead starts new year President Tricia Haynes of the Rotary Club of Ashtead is delighted to report that Rotary's Christmas street collections in Ashtead (The Street, Craddocks Parade and Barnett Wood Lane) raised the magnificent total of £1889. This excellent sum has gone entirely (without deductions) to Ashtead Rotary's Trust Fund which, with other monies raised, will be used to support the wide range of charities and causes nominated throughout the coming year. These will include Youth Projects, our Senior Citizens, relief to victims of the floods in Cumbria (£2500 sent already) and Community Service Awards . Several international charities are supported too perhaps the greatest of which is the push to finally eliminate the scourge of polio from the whole world. The Club held its, now annual, Burns Supper at Tyrrell's Wood Golf Club in January where a Scottish Pipe Major in full traditional dress piped the haggis and accompanied a demonstration Sword Dance and traditional Scottish Dancing. After the meal Burns' poetry was read and the 100 or so guests participated in a wildly popular ceilidh. The evening raised exactly £500 which was donated to Borderline, a charity which cares for homeless Scots in London. Pipe Major Roger Huth, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, James Fairbairn - Master of Ceremonies and 'Caller' and the chef from Tyrrell's Wood address the haggis in traditional style.



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Corns & Callus Cracked heels • Verrucae treatments • Flat feet

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Thurs 14th April, 7.30pm

Orthotics Heel pain • Ball of foot pain • Ingrowing toenails

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Ashtead Hospital supports Epsom & Ewell Foodbank

L to R: James Barr, General Manager, Billie Ashley, Bookings Supervisor at Ashtead Hospital and Jonathan Lees, Manager of Epsom & Ewell Foodbank In the spirit of Christmas, the staff at Ashtead Hospital once again organised a big collection for the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank. This has become a requested event by the team at the hospital over the past couple of years. The charity was originally nominated by a staff member three years ago and the team at Ashtead Hospital quickly took it to their hearts, especially during the Christmas period when help is needed most by struggling families. By Christmas 2015, the hospital managed to collect six large boxes of food and two carrier bags of personal care items for the Foodbank. Billie Ashley, who organised the collection at Ashtead Hospital said: “The staff were, as ever, very generous and pulled out the stops. It is good to know that people think of those folk in need, even throughout the busy Christmas shopping period!” In addition to the food collection, a raffle was held at the staff Christmas lunch, raising £130 for the Foodbank. Ashtead Hospital kindly agreed to match this total, enabling them to present a cheque for £260 to Jonathan Lees, Manager at the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank. General Manager, James Barr said: “We have built up a good link with the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank over the past few years and it is a charity our staff feel passionate about supporting. We were delighted to match the donation made by the staff, especially as it was to help such a good local cause.” The Epsom & Ewell Foodbank has fed over 7,500 people in the area since it first opened its doors three years ago. There are many reasons behind the need for families and individuals to use the services of the Foodbank. Many have to make the impossible choice to either heat their homes or eat, others are in low paid work and struggling to make ends meet and some have found themselves with inherited, sometimes secret, debts after loved ones have died.

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Claire Purdy Ashtead Hospital

Health & Beauty

Varicose Veins Treatment Open Evenings Come along to one of our informative open evenings and hear our experienced vascular surgeon talk about the varicose treatments available at Ashtead Hospital. Our Aesthetic Nurse Specialist will also give a talk on thread veins and other treatments.

13th April 2016 6.45pm for a 7pm start

Range of procedures to be covered include: •

EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment)

VNUS (using radio-frequency)



The evenings are free and we serve refreshments. These evenings are popular and places are limited so please reserve your place by calling the number below:

01372 221 444

Ashtead Hospital, The Warren, Ashtead KT21 2SB


Surrey charity awarded contract for combined visual and hearing services Surrey County Council has awarded Sight for Surrey a single contract to provide sensory services for people who are visually impaired, deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and those who have combined hearing and sight loss. The new contract covers the whole of Surrey and starts next February. The organisation will continue to be based at its offices in Fetcham. Bob Hughes, Chief Executive of Sight for Surrey, said: “We are delighted that Surrey County Council has put their faith in Sight for Surrey to deliver this expanded range of specialist services. We have delivered Surrey’s Blind and DeafBlind services for more than 20 years and the communities can be confident that we will continue to deliver high-quality specialist services to all service users. “The available statistics show that a growing number of people in Surrey will need specialist help with their vision or their hearing. We look forward to working with the communities to ensure that we deliver cost-effective services so that everyone who needs our services can receive them.” | General Line: 01372 377701 Voice Line for Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 01372 869961 SMS: 07860 026269 | Minicom: 01372 361517


Beautiful 10-year-old Maisie has been at the cattery for quite a while now and is desperate to find her forever home. When she first arrived she was very unhappy as she dislikes other cats but is much calmer and very confident now. She is an extremely loving cat who craves affection, with a brilliant personality. Maisie would be okay in a home with older children who are used to cats, but no other animals please as she would like to get all the attention!

If you feel that you could give Maisie much deserved forever loving home please call ROSEMARY on 01737 350307 Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to:

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

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Ashtead WI February 2016 Meeting There was a very good start to our February meeting when we welcomed four new members to Ashtead W.I. and were surprised and delighted to learn from our treasurer that a generous bequest had been made to our Institute by a previous very loyal and long-standing member. We were invited to suggest ways to use this for the benefit of us all, remembering that originally the W.I. was set up to advance education for women. Plans were finalised for our visit to the Inns of Court, and also proposed is a visit to Brighton Pavillion. Other news - a lunch will take place for the Emlyn Downs Group in March in Bookham, and the Surrey Federation Annual Spring Meeting at Dorking will also be in March. Rhoda Nevins was our speaker this evening on ‘Adventures in Embroidery’ and she brought along some exquisite framed examples of different types of her work. Rhoda works with the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court and has been involved in some exceptional projects, including the Wedding Dress of Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, which she could only speak about after the wedding! A more recent enormous amount of work was designing and embroidering panels for the Magna Carta Trust at Runnymede, which involved Rhoda and 12 colleagues in 30,000 hours of work in many different embroidery techniques. After Rhoda’s husband had been Mayor of Guildford she embroidered a very detailed 3D wall hanging showing many aspects of Guildford which is now hanging in the GLive foyer. To finish the evening, we had details of our various sub-groups and monthly lunch and of course our fund-raising raffle. Our next meeting will be Dinah Warnock on “What the Bride Wore”. We will find out on Wednesday 2nd March, at 7.30, when there will also be a competition for a small seasonal decoration. Sandra Brown

Leatherhead Morning WI January Meeting Our first meeting of the New Year was a craft-based one. This was a new innovation for us and proved to be very enjoyable. We were inspired by Barbara, who had brought along a varied selection of craft items for us to try. She gave us instruction and provided inventive ideas to put into practice. This brought our creative side to the fore. A small group (including myself) were taken back to our childhood, doing colouring in, bringing intricate designs to life. We found this fascinating, and all part of mindfulness. We look forward to our next craft themed adventure. One outing for 2016 has been arranged, and will be to Wimbledon, for a tour of the tennis courts and surroundings. A further one to a coastal resort will be decided and announced. This year’s programme is, as always, a full and varied one, and available on request. The next meeting is on 25th February, which is the scheduled distribution date for The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine, and the meeting after that is Thursday 24th March. Visitors are always welcome. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am. For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570.


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Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Grรกinne 07912 112421


Leatherhead Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Dianne 07810 564609

News from the Leatherhead Community Association What a crazy Winter we have had, daffodils have nearly been and gone and so has a lot of blossom, but there will be much still to enjoy on the series of Walks that Peter Humphrey's has planned for the Spring. They are all designed to be gentle, at modest pace, with few stiles and easy gradients. There are Long Walks, Morning Walks and Strolls, something for everyone to stretch their legs after days of looking at the rain. The Longer Walks include a pub or cafe lunch break and cover the Surrey countryside around Shere in March, Send in April and Rusper in May. The Morning Walks range from around Leatherhead in March, Polesden Lacy in April and Teazle Wood in May, and the Strolls are in Bushey Park in April and Effingham in May. They are all on Wednesdays and usually start at 10.30am and Peter Humphreys will give you all the information that is needed, please call him on 01372 378347. Non-members are welcome and the first walk is free. We have a full Spring programme of 'Art History Lectures with a difference', 'Tea and Talks', and Recorded Music afternoons, and the Educational Classes which are run by various tutors and the WEA covering a wide range of subjects. Please go to our website (below) for more information. Don't forget there is now weekly Bridge, table tennis and Snooker, and also Scrabble every other Friday.

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Thursdays (weekly) Leatherhead (Norbury Park & River Mole)

10.30am, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 1-1½ hours) grade 2/3 (brisker pace, undulating or uneven ground, possible stiles/steps)

The following walks have been organised in association with the Mary France Trust. For more info go to: or call 01372 375400 Thursday 17 March

Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre, 2pm, 30 mins, grade 1 (Easy, for beginners, short flat accessible walk)

Saturday 5 March

Meeting point: Leatherhead Theatre 11am, 1 hour, grade 2 (Gentle to moderate, generally flat, but uneven ground at times, possible steps) For details of other walks in Dorking, Brockham, Denbies, and N Holmwood Common go to: Tel: 01306 885 001 Email: 61

Bookham Camera Club 2016 will be a memorable year for Bookham Camera Club as it celebrates its 70th anniversary in April. The first meeting was held in the Bookham Congregational Church Hall on 5th April 1946 then moved to a number of different locations but eventually returned to what is now the Eastwick Road Church Hall. The club has 70 members and attracts photographers of all abilities. Our common objective is to ‘take a better photograph’ and the annual programme is designed to be active, informative, engaging, inclusive and, very importantly enjoyable. Weekly meetings are held on Thursdays evenings between mid September and the following May, and involve a mix of expert external and internal speakers, practical sessions and competitions. In the past few months we have photographed fireworks at night (relatively easy when you know how), birds of prey in flight (definitely not easy!), seen some fabulous photographs of London taken from the rooftops of tall buildings and participated very successfully in a Surrey Photographic Association competition, coming 3rd out of 23 clubs. We will be marking our 70th Anniversary from 4th-28th April with an exhibition of framed prints together with a rolling display of digital images in the Leatherhead Theatre.

If you are interested in photography or just want to see some lovely images, please come along to the exhibition, you will not be disappointed. If you would like more details about the club, please visit the website, http:// which includes the club’s contact details.


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Mondays - Aviva Hall

Pixham Lane, Dorking, RH4 1QA


Tuesdays - Dorking Halls

Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG


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Ashtead U3A Art Exhibition March 2016 The Ashtead U3A (University of the Third Age) is an active and vibrant organisation with a membership of approximately 600 retired and semi-retired people of all ages enjoying 60+ diverse social and selfeducating groups and activities such as languages, philosophy, music appreciation, walking groups, ethnic dining, history groups as well as organised visits to theatres and places of interest, plus arts and crafts etc. The Ashtead U3A Art (Drawing and Painting) Group is one of these groups and we are putting on our second Art Exhibition for the whole of the month of March 2016. It will be held in the foyer and mezzanine areas of The Leatherhead Theatre. All the artists are keen amateurs and we are proud to display our works, several of which will be for sale. The Theatre is open from 10am until the evening Tuesday to Saturday. Please come along and see our works.


Clubs & Activities and What’s On?

Charity Fashion Show by AMAN DA

Wednesday 16th March Doors open 7.30pm Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead In aid of

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Tickets £15, in advance from Amanda, 41 The Street, Ashtead : 01372 274333 All proceeds go to supporting disadvantaged children through the work of Rianna’s Fund

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild The last few weeks have been quite busy for the ladies of Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild. The final event of 2015 was an evening of entertainment put on by the guild’s Variety Group. About eighty members and friends enjoyed a colourful programme of song, dance, verse and sketches put on by eleven ladies and their accompanist Maurice Buckley. 2016 started with a very successful New Year Tea Party attended by forty ladies and one brave husband who received a very warm welcome. Memories were tested with a musical quiz with recordings of intro and theme music, from radio, TV & film, collated by Maureen Chappell and Jean Wheeler. At the guild meeting at the end of January, local gentleman Michael Brown gave an extremely interesting talk about his month long ‘Journey to the Antarctic’. He travelled with a multiracial group of about forty people, on a small but ice strengthened Russian ship. Setting off from New Zealand’s South Island they stopped on the way at some of the tiny sub antarctic islands in the Ross Sea region which includes the historic huts and monuments of explorers such as Scott and Shackleton. The talk was accompanied by superb photos of the frozen, windswept region which is so hostile and remote that it has no permanent inhabitants other than several varieties of penguins and seals. Our next meeting will be our AGM and Quiz in the Ralli Room of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd March. New members and visitors are always warmly welcomed at our meetings. If you would like to know more about Ashtead TG, please contact Di James (Chairman) on 01372 273948 or Yvonne Chappell (Secretary) on 01372 272631. Di James 64

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? Friday 4th

Women’s World Day of Prayer, 2.30pm, Leatherhead Parish Church will be holding a Service prepared by the Women of Cuba. After the Service there will be refreshments in the Parish Church Hall.

Saturday 5th

An introduction to green woodworking. 10am-3pm, Nowerwood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8QA. Fell a small tree, split wood, develop your knife work skills and carving abilities using a chisel. £60 SW members, £65 non-members. Booking essential, 01372 379523,

Tuesday 8th

Dorking Quilters, Talk by Paula Doyle - 'Spice Up Your Borders', Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. 7.30pm, coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome £5. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday monthly - new members welcome. For more info contact Sue on 07538 728660

Tuesday 8th Saturday 12th

Grease - Epsom Players, Epsom Playhouse, KT18 5AL. Join all the gang at Rydell High for this electrifying rock ‘n roll show. Packed with explosive energy and dance routines featuring all your favourite songs.

Saturday 12th

Mid-Surrey mencap invite you to their Spring Jumble Sale at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY, 11am-1pm. Admission 50p

Saturday 12th

Help to Buy Homes Show, Lingfield Park, Racecourse Rd, Lingfield, RH7 6PQ. 10.30am 3.30pm. Free entry. Housing associations, developers, solicitors and financial advisers with info on help to buy products, mortgages and homes.

Friday 18th

Soundbytes Spring Concert - Christ Church United Reform Church, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST. Come and hear songs by The Beatles, Ella, Andy Williams and more. 8pm-9pm Free concert, but retiring collection for Transform Housing and Support.

Sunday 20th

RSPCA S. Godstone Easter Fayre, Eastbourne Road, S. Godstone RH9 8JB. 11am-4pm. Fun, games and comps for all the family plus egg hunt. BBQ, hot and cold food and lots of cakes. Free entry but donations appreciated. Easter Egg hunt £3 per child, tours by staff £1 pp, under 16’s go free.

Tuesday 22nd

Trees in Winter. 10am-3pm, Nowerwood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8QA. Initial classroom session, then we proceed to test your new skills in the woods. Booking essential. £30 SWT members, £35 non-members. 01372 379523,

Wed 23rd

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

Saturday 26th

The Children’s Trust Tadworth Easter Fair, see opposite for more information.

Monday 28th

Easter Egg Hunt, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane, Reigate, RH2 0TW. 1pm-5pm. Explore the gardens looking for clues to find the eggs. Adults £4, children £1.


Annual Ashtead Spring Clean - more details next month.

Saturday 16th APRIL

Charity Barn Dance, Ewell Castle School, Church Lane, Ewell. 7pm-11pm. Dancing to the Hogsmill Group with Caller Veronica. Tickets £18 each to include Fish and chip supper. Tickets available from March from Bess Harding 010 8337 8181. If there’s an event in April that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Saturday 12th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events66are correct at time of print.

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? - REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday 1st (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, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 2nd (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead (termtime)

Wed 2nd (monthly

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Christina Payne - ‘Whiskets’. Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Dinah Warnock with ‘What the Bride Wore’. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (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 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

Ashtead over 60s Lunch Club meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room APMH, for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open at 10.30am for a cup of tea or coffee. More information call Brenda (chairman) on 01372 813276.

Thurs 3rd

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

Friday 4th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding served with tea/coffee, between 12pm and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice and CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development). Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Friday 4th (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 4th, (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Liz 0797 726 8290 with any queries.

Friday 4th (weekly)

Except Good Friday. 10am - 12noon Come along to the Sewing Shop in the Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead for everything you need in haberdashery. Also a beautiful new range of greetings cards at a bargain price. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sunday 6th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of March services and events including Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday and Easter Day - check out

Sunday 6th (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 .

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Monday 7th

(weekly, term time)

Mondays 7th & 21st

Fetcham Singers (Ladies Choir) seeking new members. No auditions. 7.30 for 7.45pm at St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8BD. Phone Sandra Brown for info 01372 276736. (First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info.

Tuesday 8th

Mole Valley WI, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. ‘Footsteps beyond the Pond’ Alaska - Daniel Evans, and a completion for the most unusual holiday souvenir. Non members very welcome. More details on

Tuesday 8th

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

Wed 9th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

(2nd Tues monthly) (2nd Tues monthly)

2nd Wed mthly

Wed 9th (monthly)

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on book art, telling the fascinating story of everything that makes a traditional hand-bound book. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Friday 11th

Ashtead Friday Market: We are having an 'Easter Extravaganza' and that, in addition to all our usual lovely stalls and serving of teas and coffees , there will be lots of Easter goodies on sale. 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

Sunday 13th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG. Sellers 8am Buyers 9am until 12.30pm. Cars £10, Small Vans, MPV and 4WD £12, Trailers £3 extra. Larger vans from £15.

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Mr Douglas Skeggs - Titian: the first Tuesday 15th modern artist; 10.30am, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. Info from Pat (monthly) Anderson,, or 07958 560707 Wed 16th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Peter Thompson - ’When I was at the Bar’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 16th & Tues 22nd


Thurs 17th (3rd Thurs) mthly)

Wed 23rd Thurs 24th (4th Thurs)

Wed 30th

‘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. Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. AGM and Quiz night. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Craft demonstration. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Ashtead Bridge for Charity (this month - Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline), Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6 refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. More info from Maureen and Peter Cox,, 01372 275855 69

Cryptic Crossword Across 1.

Do a stunt and become noticeable (5,3)


Senseless Sid put another way (6)


Rough route, we hear (6)

10. Take pear round for a bird (8) 13. Chap returns in certain appellation (7) 14. Ask and get a joint seal (6) 16. Own up and allow to enter (5) 17. Circumference of deformed prime tree (9) 20. Spins deed round, done away with (9) 24. Salad harvested from acres sprouting (5) 26. Rule I'm making for a girl (6) 28. Ancient vehicle to disturb the peace after tea (7) 31. Romantic thought next to roster (8) 33. Wonderful way to discover water? (6)


Calendar fruit (4)

11. Fury in the Orange River (5) 12. Unfathomed in speedy return (4) 15. Limbs and weapons (4) 16. Opera from Maida Vale? (4) 18. Woman who came the night before (3)

34. Learning period to diminish, we hear (6)

19. Chic names for car fixers (9)

35. Attendance with gifts, it's said (8)

22. Cut-price events on a yacht, we hear (5)


21. Crockery items from space? (7)

23. Pack of cards seen on board (4)


Hits hard on the feet (5)


Meth is one of them (7)


Take to pieces when item lands badly (9)

29. Topic in the media (5)


Backward cooking utensil lid? (3)

30. Little William's beak (4)


Mates forming gangs (5)


Stop before opening (7)

32. Provide a gratuity to place at an angle (3)

25. Version turned in to die (7) 27. Coldhouse? (5)


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Local Rotary Club Launch Annual Supermarket Vouchers Appeal Leatherhead Rotary Club is appealing to Mole Valley residents to help them support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting vouchers for schools from Sainsbury's supermarkets. Up to 3rd May 2016, for every £10 spent in a Sainsbury’s store, customers can claim an 'Active Kids' voucher, which can subsequently be converted by the school into vital sports and healthy lifestyle equipment. West Hill School is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in Leatherhead supporting 100 pupils aged from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism. From September 2016, West Hill will begin a four year transition to become a county-wide primary school for children with learning and additional needs. Over the past eight years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, Leatherhead Rotary Club has been able to present over 50,000 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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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Has the sky fallen in? For years the government has dragged its heels over bringing in legislation to either ban or charge for plastic carrier bags. On 5th October 2015 the law came into effect making large shops charge 5p for single use bags and guess what? The sky didn’t fall in! People just adapted and got on with a sensible change in the law that we all knew was long overdue. A minority of people were already using proper shopping bags and this new ruling has nudged the rest to change their behaviour. Many potentially sensible laws are opposed by vested interest groups who try and scare us with possible ‘dire consequences’ or suggest that the law would be a ‘curb on our freedom of choice’. Many sensible laws have been resisted by their respective industries, for example hiding tobacco products on sale, a sugar tax on drinks and restrictions on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. A carbon tax would be one way of helping to reduce fossil fuel use. A recent study found that a ‘modest’ carbon tax of £20 a tonne would have a negligible impact on consumer prices putting them up by just 0.9%. But hopefully this would be enough to incentivise green behaviour change, drive business innovation and provide the Treasury with funds to go back into the economy. No doubt the fossil fuel industry is already lobbying hard against a carbon tax. Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) is a deposit scheme for cans, glass and plastic bottles which would help with our dire litter problem. Deposits are charged on drink containers which are refunded to the consumer when cans etc are returned to authorised collection points. In Sweden, which has had CDL legislation for many years, 91% aluminium cans and 84% PET plastic bottles are returned. In a campaign run by Returnpak in 2011 to retrieve imported drinks containers which have no deposit they offered 0.10 Swedish Krona (a little less than 1p) for each can, they collected an amazing 17 million cans! In the UK we should bring in CDL at the earliest opportunity, but I am sure it will be vigorously opposed by the drinks and container industry and shops who don’t want the expense and effort of administrating it. In Scotland they have been running various test take-back schemes since 2013, including "reverse vending machines" which pay out money for returned containers. Hopefully this will inspire the rest of the UK to do the same and reduce litter. But in the meantime there is a national ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign to clean up the country in time to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Locally the Leatherhead Residents Association are organising a ‘Clean-Up’ day on 5th March, 10am-midday. Let’s hope that this year there will be fewer plastic carrier bags to litter-pick and in future with good legislation litter-pick days might be a thing of the past - I wish! For more details about the Clean-Up day please contact Cheryl Allen 01372 370091. And look out for details of similar activity in Ashtead, where Clean for the Queen will be combined with the annual Spring Clean on Saturday 9th April. Caroline Cardew-Smith email 74

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Your local stop smoking service, your GP and your pharmacist can all talk you through the options. If one NRT product doesn't work for Stop smoking you, don't give up; there are plenty more to services offer free local help to anyone choose from. who’s ready to quit. If you’re pregnant, under 18, have a heart Getting support problem or are on medication you need to from experts, as consult your doctor before starting NRT. well as friends and family, and even Patches fellow Proud Patches are easy to use and can be worn Quitters is very important. So don’t be shy to beneath your clothes. They deliver a steady seek a little help, and remember, you’re four dose of nicotine into your blood through the times more likely to become a proud quitter skin. It takes about four to eight hours to reach using these free services. Details overleaf, at peak level depending on the patch you use; the end of the article. some types are for 24 hour use and will deliver

How do they work?

Stop smoking services usually offer group or one -to-one support, with quitters attending the service for a course lasting up to six weeks. This includes an initial session to work out a personal approach to quitting, and a quit date. If a group is not for you, many services also offer one-to-one support that can help you through your quit attempt. There are also many helplines you can call, including those in languages other than English and Welsh. The specialist advisors also help decide if nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or a prescription drug (Zyban or Champix) could help.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

When used corrected Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NCT) can double your chances of quitting successfully.

Don’t be put off if you've used things like patches and gum before without success. Most smokers try several times before succeeding, and NRT can still help you whether it's your first, second, third or more time around.

a steady dose, while others should be applied first thing every morning and removed before bed.


NRT gum is not like ordinary chewing gum and there’s a technique to getting the most out of your piece of gum. Chewing the gum gently until the flavour comes through, and then 'parking' the gum in your cheek so the nicotine is absorbed through your mouth will help you get the best out of it. The taste of NRT gum can be unpleasant at first but most people get used to it with regular use.


An inhalator contains a replaceable nicotine cartridge, and you can suck on it like a cigarette. Unlike cigarettes, inhalators don't deliver a 'hit', but they can help with cravings by releasing nicotine which is absorbed through the lining of your mouth.

Nasal spray

The nasal spray is the strongest form of NRT available and is absorbed faster than other forms of NRT, making it ideal for heavy smokers who experience cravings even with gums or patches.

Is NRT right for me? Different forms of NRT suit different needs:

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The nasal spray sends a measured dose of nicotine into the nose in short sprays. It can Do you miss the feeling of holding a cigarette? take practice to get it right! The spray can irritate the nose at first, but this passes after An inhalator may be best. about a day or two. Want access to nicotine whenever you chose? Lozenges or gum might be the best option. Microtab This is a small white tablet which is placed A heavy smoker and trying to quit? A nasal under the tongue (it should not be chewed or spray might be a good choice. swallowed). As it dissolves the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth. 76

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You can take up to 15 lozenges a day for the first six weeks, gradually reducing over the following six weeks. They come in two strengths. If you’re a morning smoker, using the stronger lozenge first thing in the morning can help offset your craving.

Prescription Drugs

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Champix® (varenicline)

Champix (also known as varenicline) has been available in the UK since December 2006. Research shows smokers are four times more likely to quit when using Champix. Champix is a prescription-only drug that works by changing the way the brain reacts to nicotine. It makes it harder to get pleasure from nicotine and also helps to reduce cravings blocking the receptor in the brain that responds to nicotine. Few people have reported any side effects of using Champix, although side effects do occur and can include nausea, depression and agitation. Your GP or pharmacist can tell you more. Champix is not currently recommended for use by under 18s or pregnant women.

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Zyban® is a prescription-only drug treatment that works by changing the way the brain responds to nicotine. Using Zyban can double the chances of a successful quit attempt. It makes smoking less pleasurable and reduces craving while you work on your smoking habits. Zyban should be taken over a two month period. The most common side effects of stopping smoking with Zyban are insomnia, dry mouth and headache (about 30 per cent of users experience these). Other potential side effects should be discussed with you GP or pharmacist before you begin using Zyban. It is not recommended for pregnant women, under 18s, 78

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Do you have any images of the Deepdene Estate? The team at The Deepdene Trail are looking to uncover more images of the original Deepdene Estate to help them with the creation of a new Virtual Tour. Do you have photos, drawings or a painting that could help? Councillor Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement & Residents Services said, “This Autumn, The Deepdene Trail will open to the public. We are currently creating a historic Virtual Tour of the site as it was in 1825, enabling those who are unable to visit or who want a preview of the experience, to see The Trail online.” “The Virtual Tour is just one part of this exciting project, providing a new visitor destination for all to enjoy a short walk from Dorking town centre and stations. The site works are well underway and we are developing an App to guide visitors around The Trail. If you would like to follow progress, The Deepdene Trail is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Any images we receive will be carefully studied for their content and returned safely to their owners.”

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Vertical Cover With Climbers By Pippa Greenwood If the boundaries of your garden are uninteresting or drab, then it is time to think about some vertical gardening. Upright surfaces are itching to be clothed in glorious climbers or wall shrubs, and if you have several vertical sites then so much the for the plant to climb up before moving on to better. your wall or fence. Tie the top section of the trellis into the wall or fence, so that it does not A visit to your local garden centre will reveal a plentiful supply of suitable plants. Start by looking rock about. at the surface you have, the size, the direction it faces and the amount of sun or shade the plants growing on the wall or fence are likely to receive. Soil type is important as the plant you choose must be suited to the site.

For ground planting, dig a large hole at least 18 inches (45 cm) from the wall or fence and incorporate plenty of compost or well rotted manure. Soak the plant’s root ball and place in the hole, ideally at a 45 degree angle so that it leans towards the wall, then spread out the roots Some climbers are quite quick growing and will look good later this year, and improve as the years and plant. If your climber came already attached to bamboo canes, untie the stems from any pass. Many provide strong colour and others will central stake and train the best looking shoots be a useful backdrop for the garden as a whole. towards your new support system, using the Most buildings can have climbers grown against bamboo canes to help it on its way. Keep them, so if you have an unsightly shed, garage or climbers well watered, particularly if they are on even a fairly uninteresting looking back to your house, then consider erecting some sort of support or near a sunny wall. system on which to grow your climbers. Any good garden centre will have a range of Break up the monotony of a long stretch of wall with a range of different plants, and make a tall, narrow building seem broader by only allowing them to reach the height of the first floor. A climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea petiolaris, or selfclinging plants such as ivies are ideal, but make sure the mortar on your wall is in good shape before planting. Climbers are best planted in open ground as they tend to have sizeable root systems. If grown in containers you must re-pot regularly and ultimately plan to use a big container such as a half barrel. Use a loam-based potting compost and add extra grit for drainage, and place a deep layer of crocks at the base of the container. Add controlled release fertilizer granules to the compost, to ensure that plants get adequately fed for the first few months. A triangular or V-shaped trellis panel at the back will give initial support 82

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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Missile fired from a gun (6) 7. Locked in by frozen water (8) 8. Day nursery for young children (6) 10. Slice of bacon (6) 11. Fortune-teller's pack of cards (5) 13. Child's construction set for making mechanical models (TM) (7) 16. Small brownish songbird (7) 17. Footwear that covers the lower legs (5) 20. Medicinal pill (6) 22. Descend by rope (6) 24. French policeman (8) 25. Implement for cutting grass (6) Down 1. Small lynx of North America (6) 2. Delicate, woven and decorative fabric (4) 3. Striped cat (5) 4. Having hair on the chin (7) 5. Sleep in a convenient place (4) 6. Global computer system (8) 9. Group of singers (5) 12. Basis of written language (8)

14. Wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece (5) 15. Twist and press out of shape (7) 18. Fodder harvested while green (6) 19. Projecting edge of a roof (5) 21. Woman of the peerage (4) 23. Direction of the rising sun (4) 84

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Affordable Housing in Mole Valley Statement from the Leader

At a meeting of the Executive held on 19th January, the Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor James Friend, made the following Statement. “Since the transfer of MVDC’s housing stock in 2007, we have seen 438 new affordable homes built in Mole Valley; that’s an average of nearly 50 a year. There are another 100 units with planning permission or in the planning pipeline. But we need to do more and think innovatively to increase the supply of affordable homes which is one of the key priorities in our Corporate Strategy. The Affordable Housing Panel have identified potential initiatives for increasing delivery and a report on how they can be translated into action will be brought to the Executive in March. In the meantime, we can now clearly see from the information about the Housing Register in the report that the greatest need is for affordable one and two bedroom accommodation. We need to be emphasising this in our negotiations with house builders looking to develop sites in Mole Valley and in our discussions with Housing Associations. In doing so I’m sure we will be drawing on our Core Strategy policy that requires housing proposals to take into account and reflect housing needs in terms of tenure, size and type of dwellings. While it is appreciated that we generally require new homes to reflect the character and appearance of their setting, I do hope that house builders will respond positively to this message and work with us to help deliver the smaller type of new homes that are required by those in our communities who have the greatest housing need.”


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 85

Where in Ashtead is this housing estate c.1938? For many years now I have compiled Potted Histories on Places, People and Companies, and I hope they have given readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local much pleasure. Now it is time for readers to help me in identifying the housing estate below. A scribbled note on the back of the postcard just says ‘Ashtead from the air 1938’. It should be easy to spot with its very unusual houses but I have had this postcard for many years and have had no joy in discovering its whereabouts.

If you recognise this estate please contact me at my email address: or John Rowley the Ashtead Archivist, email address: Goff Powell

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: 88

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Simple Crossword Solution Across: 1 Neat, 3 Ignorant, 9 Natural, 10 Navel, 11 Early, 12 Oceans, 14 Sewing, 16 Absent, 19 Potato, 21 Tiger, 24 Pulse, 25 Fearful, 26 Nineteen, 27 Used Down: 1 Nonsense, 2 Actor, 4 Gallop, 5 Ounce, 6 Advance, 7 Till, 8 Crayon, 13 Startled, 15 Woollen, 17 Betray, 18 Coffee, 20 Agent, 22 Gifts, 23 Open

Quiz - Catchphrases

February’s crossword solutions

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Hasta la vista, baby (Terminator 2) British Gas Eamonn Holmes Take Me Out Roy Walker Fandabidozi (The Krankies) Charlie Sheen The only gay in the village (Little Britain) 9. Fred Flintstone's ("Yabba dabba do") 10. Homer Simpson's ("d'oh")

Across: 1 Once, 3 Opus, 6 Laden, 10 Pea, 11 Startle, 12 Viper, 13 Uncle, 14 Steward, 15 Niece, 16 Iron, 18 Unsure, 20 Sic, 23 Net, 24 Admire, 25 Idea, 27 Black, 29 Foliage, 31 Alibi, 32 Lying, 33 Narrate, 34 Eve, 35 Seems, 36 Ride, 37 Ants Down: 1 Obsession, 2 Crane, 4 Pseudonym, 5 Space, 6 Lavender, 7 Depressed, 8 Nurse, 9 Steak, 17 Ostracise, 19 Unrefined, 21 Ceaseless, 22 Dark Ages, 26 Glare, 27 Bulbs, 28 Miner, 30 Again

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

Breastbone - Sternum Calf bone - Fibula Collarbone - Clavicle Heel bone - Calcaneus Jawbone - Mandible Kneecap - Patella Shinbone - Tibia Shoulder blade - Scapula Tailbone - Coccyx Thigh bone - Femur

Across: 1 Sudoku, 7 Schooner, 8 Lah, 9 Legend, 10 Apex, 11 Scarf, 13 Cardiac, 15 Handbag, 17 Totem, 21 Scum, 22 Troops, 23 Sir, 24 Basement, 25 Spleen. Down: 1 Splits, 2 Dahlia, 3 Usher, 4 Cheddar, 5 Poland, 6 Delegate, 12 Charcoal, 14 Panther, 16 Damsel, 18 Tissue, 19 Matron, 20 Goats


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Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal in Full Bloom Across Surrey

Volunteers Needed Every March, thousands of people take to the streets to collect donations for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. Marie Curie is calling for more volunteers to help them in 2016 by signing up to collect at one of the 100 collections across Surrey. Most shifts are for two hours and it’s a great thing to do with a friend or family member as most places allow two people to collect at a time, dogs are also welcome! The money raised will go to Marie Curie’s Nursing Service, providing hands on care and emotional support to people with any terminal illness in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Marie Curie provides this care free of charge, allowing people to spend their final days at home surrounded by the people and things they love the most. It comes at a cost of £20 per hour to the charity.

If you can help with collections please get in touch with Emily Akeroyd on 01883 832642, email or visit 92

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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 07752 665066 Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07442 103473 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 375212 (Marion Doherty) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787)

Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 372553 (Cathy Smith, Secretary) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 373493 (David Wells) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 0300 200 1001 Leatherhead Lions Club 01372 274618 (Jim Malynn) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police Non-emergency 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 272595 (Peter Waterhouse) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead 01372 274388 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley (based in Dorking) 01306 640369 (10am-1pm, answerphone) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 94

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Issue 125. Never underestimate the power of community.