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Issue 137

March 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Ashtead level crossing works Mothering Sunday 26th March Fetcham girl picked for Team GB Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Hit and run victim cycling for charity What to do if you dial 999 but can’t talk Surrey County Council to cut SWT funding Sainsbury’s Active Kids Voucher Appeal 2017 Do you know anyone who lived through WWII? Madame VigéeVigée-Le Brun et sa fille, Julie 1786 (Self portrait by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun 17551755-1842)

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


Driving recklessly on pavements


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Volunteer at The Grange


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Fetcham girl picked for Team GB


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead Women’s Institute




Free Surrey Youth Games sports sessions


MV Police Column


Leatherhead Community Association


Quiz - Drink up


What’s on in March? Pages 59 - 65


Ashtead’s defibrillator


Ashtead Level Crossing works


The Thread of Love - a story


General Knowledge crossword


Quiz - Last Words


British Summertime Starts 26th March


Ashlea PPG Meeting


Surrey County Council to cut SWT funding


Simple Crossword


Cryptic crossword


Book review


Know anyone who lived through WWII?


Hit and run victims cycles for charity


Hundreds avoid debt by ‘de’-claiming


Recipe - Lemon drizzle cupcakes


Transition Ashtead


Recipe - Oreo & Baileys milkshake


Local history article


Ashtead Rotary update


Volunteering at The Deepdene Trail


Local raising money for Parkinson’s UK


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Gardening - Hedges


Give a cat a home


5 Couch Challenge - update


Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


Swan Centre raises money for charity


Dialled 999 but can’t talk?


Sainsbury’s Active Kids Voucher appeal


Old paper £5 out of circulation soon


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From the Publisher


osh, here we are, on the brink of spring, the clocks go forward on Sunday 26th March and the evenings will start feeling brighter and longer. Daffodils are up and there’s always a hint of new beginnings in the air. Obviously I’m a bit biased as March is my birthday month so I always look forward to it after the bleakness of winter. As I’ve said before, it never rains on my birthday... Fingers crossed! In fact I met up with a lady a few months’ ago whose birthday falls on the same day, who said exactly the same thing - it never rains on our birthday! Some of you may remember that over a year ago my friend, and Leatherhead resident, Sally Edwards, was knocked down whilst cycling around Headley (the driver has never been caught). After months of rehabilitation Sally has entered a gruelling cycle race in South Africa in order to raise money for Rianna’s Fund, which in turn, is building new schools in Uganda, see page 36. Ashtead resident, Anne Ferrett, has published some of her late mother’s poems and the book will be featured at her book launch in Dorking on 18th March. All money raised from the sale of the book will be given to Parkinson’s UK, see pages 42 and 61 for more information. Len Wood, of Ashtead Rotary, sent me a report to update us on what the Rotary Club have been up to and their achievements in 2016, and they must be congratulated on not only their stupendous fundraising efforts, but also in the way that they knit together our community by helping those less fortunate. Simon Edmands, of Leatherhead Rotary, informs me that they are commencing their Sainsbury’s Active Kids Voucher appeal again for this year, details, including the cut off date, can be found on page 90. Lots more to read in this packed edition: a Fetcham resident has been picked to represent us at the Winter Olympics (p 56); dates of the works at the Ashtead level crossing (p.60); a call for anyone who lived through WWII for a new project fronted by television’s Dan Snow called ‘WarGen’ (p.74); March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, ovarian cancer is often referred to as the silent killer because symptoms are not always Advertising obvious, go to page 46 to find out more. The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

Advice is given on page 48 about what to do if you dial 999 but can’t talk to the operator and how the emergency services will know you need assistance. Just in case you’ve still got some of the old paper £5 notes in your possession, these will be out of circulation by Friday 5th May this year, so check your old wallets/purses, pockets, backs of sofas and piggy banks and make sure that you change these at the bank for the new polymer £5 note which apparently you can wash (but not iron...). Mothering Sunday falls on 26th March, which is also the day that the clocks go forward, so if it’s sunny, it will seem a lot lighter by early evening. I’m off now, Cheerio ducks, see you in April. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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Last month in this publication, David Baker wrote about all the work carried out by members of Ashtead Residents' Association Committee, on behalf of the community. This month there is the opportunity for all residents of Ashtead to join with the Committee to work together for the good of Ashtead by taking part in the annual Ashtead Spring Clean.

10:20am at: • The side entrance of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall You might prefer to litter pick outlying roads or alleyways or to get together with neighbours to spring clean your own road. If you choose either of these options, please let us know in advance so that we don’t send other people to the same place, when it has already been done: contact details are at the end of this article.

Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, and after the success of Clean for the Queen last year, the Government has decided to hold a national annual event, which it is calling The Great British Spring Clean. Ashtead clearly leads the way! All the information about the Spring Clean is online at, the Association’s excellent website which has masses of local information, and is a very useful resource.

Please wear boots or strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. High-vis vests, litter pickers and rubbish sacks will be provided. ARA Committee members will be at the meeting points to brief you and most of the District Councillors will also be helping.

The Spring Clean is not just about picking up litter. It is also about clearing up in your own area, cleaning street signs, trimming back overgrown hedges, and tidying verges and gutters. Put a note through your neighbours' doors, and get them all to come out and work together.

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The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park or, if you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you to the back of the APMH car park.

Beverley, the landlady of The Brewery Inn in The Street, has once again generously offered to host a get together in the back room of the If you would like to join a LITTER picking group pub, for anyone who has taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee and snacks will be working near you on March 4th, please go to served from 11.45 free of charge. Please join one of the venues below for briefing at the your ARA Committee members and Local times shown. Councillors there after the work is done and 09:50 at: meet all the other residents who will have • Ashtead Station car park given their time to give Ashtead a Spring • Ashtead Pond, Barnett Wood Lane spruce up. • Outside The Greville Primary School, Stonny Please put the date in your diary now: Croft Saturday morning, March 4th at 09:50 or 10:20. • The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West If you have any queries please email Farm Avenue • Outside St Andrew’s School, Grange Road or call 273393. • The corner of Craddocks Avenue and the A24 • Ottways Lane, opposite Skinners Lane Christine Kerton ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator 8

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Some have unique knowledge of what they have observed. If this is the first you have heard of the initiative and want to be sure that your concerns are being addressed contact the LRA Environment Committee - 01372 370091.

On 31 January, the River Mole Catchment Partnership's AGM met to spotlight the myriad activities which volunteers and government agencies are carrying out on the river and its tributaries. Here too the role of the volunteer is vital.

It will probably be May before the members of the Flood Action Group meet with representatives of the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water Co. Mole Valley District Council, and Surrey County Council Highways. At this time the 40 points will be shared and those responsible or jointly responsible will be asked to take action.

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Fetcham and Leatherhead residents have joined together to set up a Flood Action Group. Tabitha Whitcombe of the National Flood Forum is working with Cllr. Tim Hall and a group of 12 volunteers. They are in the process of producing a plan which will allow them to work in partnership with the Agencies and Authorities whose work involves flood risk.

Its not too late to volunteer to participate in Keep Britain Tidy's biggest ever Spring Clean. Contact the number above if you have an hour or so on to devote to litter picking in North or South Leatherhead on Saturday morning March 4th between 10am and 12.30pm. Please let us know if you can participate so that we will have plenty of equipment and assignments on the day.

A list of 40 concerns have been compiled. Some denote locations where drainage and flooding problems have happened in the past. Some are questions about policy that need clarification. In particular there are questions about the Environment Agency's plan for Flood Alleviation of the River Mole. The detail of these concerns will be agreed when the group meets on 7th February and again on 15th February.

The next open meeting of the LRA is the AGM on 3 April at 7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute. Guest speakers will be Jack Straw, MV Head of Corporate Services, and Lucy Quinnell, Chair of the Teazle Wood Trust and the Leatherhead and District Countryside Protection Society

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Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Fetcham Residents Association will be held at the Fetcham Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 12th April 2017. Following the success of last year’s meeting we will again follow the same format of the usual formal proceedings followed by committee members giving an overview of what they have been up to. We have again extended invitations to several organisations and groups to come along and exhibit/display information about themselves and their projects. Giving members the opportunity to engage on a ’one to one’ basis and raise any issues or concerns directly. At time of writing we are awaiting confirmation from the following invited organisations; The Police, Transform Leatherhead, S&ES Water, Stonegate Homes, Representatives from

Leatherhead Hospital and Patient Groups and Local Councillors (updated information will subsequently be included within our newsletter and on the website). In line with the AGM the Membership Year runs from 1st April to 31st March and as is usual we will have a membership desk at the AGM for you to pay your subscriptions on the evening. Although a newsletter is imminent, with only two paper publications per year it is difficult to keep our members fully up to date, so please don’t forget when you pay your subscriptions to also REGISTER YOUR EMAIL address to receive our interim quarterly email updates at We look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to our AGM. Susanne Taylor

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AirBnB style letting may be putting you in breach of your lease The use of residential property for AirBnB style lettings has surged in popularity in recent years with AirBnB alone accounting for c.2 million available properties worldwide, including nearly 80,000 based in the UK.

For the same reason, a longer period of letting, e.g. under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement was said to be unlikely to amount to a breach of this kind of use clause (although the tenant will need to check what the lease says on subletting).

Long lease owners (e.g. flat/maisonette owners) will want to ensure that using their property in this way does not put them in breach of the terms of their lease. This of course in addition to the other considerations (e.g. planning, income tax, etc.) faced by freeholders and long lease owners alike who use their property for this type of letting.

This decision is significant for flat/maisonette owners who use their property for AirBnB style lettings and it is recommended that such owners investigate the use clauses in their lease to understand whether or not they may be in breach.

The question of whether AirBnB style letting could amount to a breach of a long lease has recently come before the Courts (the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)). The lease in question prohibited use for any purpose other than ‘as a private residence’ even though it did not prohibit subletting. The Court decided that the short-term nature of AirBnB style letting meant that the long lease owner was in breach of the use clause in their lease. This was because the periods of occupation were so brief and fleeting that they could not be described as use ‘as a private residence’ by the AirBnB occupiers, which would require a greater element of longevity.

In turn, this is important because the Landlord may be able to start a procedure to seek to terminate the lease (also known as ‘forfeiture’) if the flat/maisonette owner is in breach of their lease. If you have any concerns or queries arising out of this article, please contact Candy Stockton who will be able to assist with these kinds of issues. Candy Stockton:

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wet and muddy cycle ride across the swamplands of Ashtead and Epsom commons reminded me of an issue that attracted a lot of comment whilst developing our Neighbour-hood Development Plan. Many people are concerned about the impact of more development on local flooding issues. Major road “wet spots” are at the junction of Agates Lane and Barnett Wood Lane and on the A24 outside Downsend School. Additionally, there are problems all along the Rye Brook, which rises on the east of the village near Farm Lane, travels north and turns sharply west at Ashtead Common to join the Mole in Leatherhead. Management of rain and waste water is the responsibility of Thames Water, which has struggled to resolve a number of flooding issues on the Rye Brook over the past few years. Their issue with any new development is the impact on existing water infrastructure. They have a duty to review all proposed developments with regard to rainwater runoff and waste water capacity. As these areas are outside the permitted scope of our plan, we have not proposed additional policies in our plan. Cycling was a significant theme in a recent Mole Valley district-wide consultation on infrastructure issues, although with two distinct (and opposing) aims. On the one hand there was support for more cycle lanes and additional cycle stands. On the other hand, there was a wish for greater control over cyclists to lessen annoyance to motorists and/or residents. The latter response was

particularly marked in certain locations which have become popular with cyclists at the weekends or through cycling events. Our plan mentions the pros and cons of an increase in cycling, although this subject is also outside the scope of what we can directly affect through neighbourhood planning. We have however proposed improvements to cycling routes as a possible project for future local infrastructure funding. Local infrastructure funding is provided by a levy on all new developments to fund improvements locally. A new mechanism for this, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), was introduced by Mole Valley from January this year at £175 per proposed new dwelling. Currently, fifteen percent of monies raised in this way from new properties in Ashtead is available for Ashtead-specific projects. If the referendum in May is successful and our plan is adopted, then our proportion of CIL monies rises to twenty-five percent. The balance of CIL money may be used by Mole Valley for infrastructure projects anywhere in the district, including Ashtead. Our Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan will be subject of a referendum on 4th May, alongside the council elections. If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum are in favour, our policies become part of the MVDC Development Plan and a material consideration for planning application decisions in the three Ashtead Wards. We therefore look forward to your support in May. Tony Tuley

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all to look out for anyone in the community you feel may be vulnerable to this type of activity.

This particularly lady was an articulate, intelligent person from a generation that was brought up to trust “authority” and to believe the best in others. Over time, she realised that she was being scammed but had been drawn in so deeply by this point, she found herself unable to break the cycle. She felt stupid and ashamed and too afraid to confide in her family. In the end, her family found out what was happening by pure chance and rallied round to support her but, by the time this happened, she had given away over £20,000 pounds and had built up huge debts. Another speaker told us about a victim of scams who finally approached Trading Standards for help. She disclosed that she knew she was being tricked but, as she was so lonely, she actually looked forward to the post arriving as it “was my reason to get up in the morning.” There are numerous variations on scams and frauds, some of which I have mentioned in this column previously. The one common factor, however, is that the scammers don’t care one iota about their victims. They are simply on, what is disgustingly known as, a “Suckers List” and they will carry on targeting them until they have “bled them dry”. Some have been driven to suicide by these people and I want to ask you

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These 11 short stories are filled with romance, humour and charm. As we’ve come to expect from Moyes, great plots and believable characters make this a really enjoyable read. The title story follows Nell as she finds herself alone in Paris and has to break out of her comfort zone. Perfect for mums who sometimes only have 10 minutes to relax with a book and a cuppa.

Planet Earth II –

Stephen Moss Millions tuned in to watch David Attenborough reveal some of the most spectacular natural wonders the Earth has to offer. If your mum was one of them, she’ll love this book. With 250 stunning photographs and commentary on the habitats and animals featured in the TV series, Planet Earth II may well find a prized position on the bookcase for years to come.

Hide and Seek –

M. J. Arlidge If Mum’s into crime fiction, Hide and Seek could be a good choice. DI Helen Grace is serving time in Holloway for a series of murders she didn’t commit. When one of her cell mates is brutally murdered, suspicion turns to Helen. Can she find the real killer before she gets the blame, and before she becomes the next victim? Gripping.

From the Heart –

Susan Hill A poignant coming of age novel, From the Heart is set at a time when many of the freedoms we now take for granted could cost you dearly. Olive wants to be free to follow her heart. But an unplanned pregnancy gives her an almost impossible choice – marry a man she doesn’t love, or give up her baby. Beautifully written, and painfully emotive, this is a book to devour in one evening. 32

Gino’s Hidden Italy: How to cook like a true Italian – Gino D’Acampo

If a new cookbook is on her wishlist, this TV programme tie-in should prove a winner. 80 authentic Italian recipes are included, many of which are local specialities or traditional dishes with a Gino twist. Recipes are straightforward to follow, with dishes such as Baked Salmon with a Pistachio, Honey and Herb Crust, and Stuffed Lake Como Pie.

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years –

John Guy John Guy is one of the most respected Tudor historians of our times. Here he reveals aspects of Elizabeth I’s later life previously lost in time. Painstakingly researched, the biography includes extracts from numerous letters from Elizabeth herself and details of both her private and public life. A must for fans of historical biographies.

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Hit & Run Victim Back on Bike and Helping Raise Money for Schools with Rianna's Fund Readers may remember that just over a year ago on November 25th 2015, Leatherhead resident Sally Edwards (pictured left) was knocked off her bike in a hit and run incident near Headley Court. The driver, who was never caught, left her on the road with six broken ribs, a floating shoulder, multiple fractures to her pelvis and collapsed lungs. St George's hospital helped put her back together and amazingly four months later she was back on her bike thanks to the support of everyone around her.

A month later Sally was then misdiagnosed, in America, with a rare form of incurable skin cancer. This was a devastating blow but fortunately it was seen as a misdiagnosis and although Sally didn't get clinical clearance, she has now moved on - as fast as possible! The way she has moved on is to focus on healthy living and her bike again. It helps to ride for a purpose and so she is doing a big challenge in South Africa, off-road riding crosscountry for 900 kilometres in 9 days from Johannesburg to Durban in the 'Joberg2C' in April. Sally is fundraising for Rianna's Fund, an Ashtead-based charity known for it's sustainable values, working with local people and sound financial accountability. Every penny is well spent. Currently they are working in Uganda on three projects. The schools are called Hope Hill (pic above right), Covenant School and Bunabuloli. Each school will have three classroom blocks and between them will teach nearly 600 children! It is amazing to see how these schools grow and progress but they need our help. It makes a huge difference to their communities in the short and long term.

Please help drive Sally on her challenge and build these schools for children less fortunate than our own. Go to Justgiving and give what you can. Please type in: For more information on the charity please go to One life, many changes. Thank you. 36

Food & Drink

Based on the classic lemon drizzle cake these tangy cupcakes are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea!

Ingredients: • 175g unsalted butter, softened • 175g golden caster sugar • 175g self-raising flour • 1tsp baking powder • 3 large eggs • 2tbsp lemon curd TOPPING • 100g granulated sugar • Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

Makes 12 Ready in 40 minutes, plus cooling

1. 1 Preheat the oven to 180C, Fan 160C , Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases. 2. Place the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until thoroughly blended and pale and creamy. Fold in the lemon curd. 3. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Whilst the cakes are baking mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl. 4. Remove the cakes from the oven and leave for 1-2 minutes then spoon some of the sugar and juice mixture over each cupcake. Leave to cool in the tray - the sugar topping will go crisp on cooling. TIP If you don’t have lemon curd, use 1-2 tbsp of milk or soured cream and 2 tsp grated lemon zest instead. 37

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What a result! Now we are well and truly into 2017 Ashtead Rotary looks back to the end of 2016 with some considerable pride. We are very happy to report that the people of Ashtead supported our Christmas street collections handsomely. No less than £2116.30 was collected in The Street, Craddocks Parade and Barnett Wood Lane and we offer a big 'Thank You' to all our donors. So where does the money go? Our Senior Citizens' Christmas Party was held in St Michael's Church Hall on 16th December. Around 70 people came to enjoy a Christmas Tea and entertainment and a visit from a 'real' Father Christmas (the same one, in fact, who had visited the children at Woodlands School). And, at the time of going to press, a film show for our Seniors is in final preparation for 10th February. As already reported in these pages big donations have been made recently to SeeAbility and The Rye Meadows Trust. Much other support has been given to the Ashtead based charity Infant Club Foot Appeal, East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services, Mid Surrey Dementia Care and several others. It's not all work for Ashtead Rotary though. Some 50 members and guests entertained themselves to Christmas Dinner at the RAC Woodcote in December and another 85 to a wonderful Burns' Supper at Tyrrell's Wood on 2nd February (complete with Piper, Haggis, Whisky, spoken and sung Burns' recital and Scottish Dancing.) Some £500 was raised for the homeless charity 'Borderline'. ...and don't forget “Ashtead Rotary Village Day” will take place on Saturday 10th June this year.

Come and join us. It's all good fun and you'll enjoy it. Go to: and facebook.

Father Christmas makes friends with Ashtead Rotary President, Julie Haines

Pipe Major, Roger Huth, plays for Highland Dancer, Elaine Davies at Tyrrell's Wood 40


Slow PC?

Don’t Buy A New One Yet A slow PC isn’t necessarily destined for the scrap heap. Quite often you’ll find that a few simple steps can get your old PC running like it’s just left the factory. First of all, delete any files you don’t want and uninstall any apps you don’t need, paying particular attention to any apps that run when you start Windows: if you don’t need them, don’t let them sit using up memory all the time. Running anti-spyware software is a good idea too, as sometimes viruses and other online nasties can infect PCs and cause serious performance issues. Our picks include BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition, Panda Free Antivirus 2016 and AVG Anti-Virus Free. Simple and inexpensive upgrades can make a big difference too. Adding more memory is cheap and pays dividends, and you can swap out the hard disk for a speedy solid-state drive (SSD) for around £50. It’s really easy to do, too.



An Odd Ode ― or two mother, Joan Baker, lived in Dorking for 20 years and was an avid poetry writer. Diagnosed with My Parkinson’s disease in 2004 - she continued writing until her death aged 91, in 2013. Mum used

her poetry to help her cope with the increasing reliance on others. She often said she was learning to be “Dependently Independent!” Parkinson’s UK (PUK) My mum Joan, and me in 2012 supports those affected by the progressive, neurological disease. They fund research to find out more about it and for a cure. In 2013 I became a PUK volunteer, as an active member of their Campaigns and Research Support Networks, and as a lay member on committees to ensure the views of those affected by Parkinson’s are taken into account. I have also been a healthy control in research projects. I have taken part in a sponsored walk and abseiled from Guildford Cathedral. I said then, that the next fundraiser would be with both feet on the ground!

Mum’s poems are a light-hearted reflection of life and how the disease affected her. For example, they show how anxious she became when she had to hand over the control of her medication to others. I think the poems will be appreciated by people affected by Parkinson’s, (and other conditions) and gives insight into living with the disease for carers and nurses. With both feet firmly grounded; I compiled a book of my mother’s poems. A Parkinson’s nurse wrote the foreword. The title was easy, I used the phrase I often heard Mum say… “ I’ve just written an odd ode or two ….” Then I needed to find a printer – and by chance selected the same one Mum used to self-publish some poems in 1999! Skipton Building Society sponsored the printing costs, and Dorking businesses (that Mum used when she lived in Dorking) have donated prizes for a lucky dip! (Heyland & Whittle, Abel &Cole, Denbies, COOK and Waterstones.) I now have a wonderful collection of my mother’s poems that I can share with others and raise much needed funds for PUK.

The book is available now in Dorking Waterstones,, Gorgeous Gerties , 61 West Street, Dorking, and Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London, at a cost of £5 – all of which goes to Parkinson’s UK Please join me at my Free Book Launch on Saturday 18th March, info and booking info on the what’s on page 61. If you would like to make a donation to Parkinson’s UK, go to:

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Ralph Ralph is a handsome 3 year old male who first showed up as a stray outside the cattery about a year ago. He was very nervous and wasn't neutered. We set a trap for him to have him neutered and released him back into Rosemary's garden where he received regular feeding and had a warm weather-proof shelter. After several months of his new routine Ralph became more and more confident, and eventually started asking for affection. Ralph is now very loving with his fosterers, though wary of some strangers, and is enjoying a more sheltered life in the cattery. Ralph is looking for a home with experienced owners without young children but he could be homed with other cats. As Ralph has been used to a large garden we are looking to home him somewhere with plenty of outdoor space.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month By Alison Runham

Around 7,300 UK women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually and less than half are alive five years later. Yet early diagnosis can increase five-year survival to 90%. That’s why March’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is vital. Reducing Risk: Taking the contraceptive pill, having children and breastfeeding are all proven to reduce ovarian cancer risk.


About 90% of ovarian tumours are epithelial ovarian cancer, starting in the layer covering the ovary. Around 1 to 2% of ovarian cancers are germ cell cancers, formed in the ovary’s egg making cells. Rare stromal tumours and sarcomas can also affect the ovary and a few ovarian cancers are primary peritoneal carcinomas, which develop in the membrane around abdominal organs. Slow-growing borderline ovarian tumours do not grow into the stroma (supportive tissue of the ovary).


Increasing age: Most ovarian cancer sufferers are post-menopause. Faulty genes: 5 to 15% of ovarian cancers are thought to be caused by an inherited faulty gene, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, which also increase breast cancer risk. Previous breast cancer doubles the risk, and pushes it even higher if you were diagnosed before age 40. Infertility may increase risk, but fertility treatments are no longer believed to do so. There may be an increased risk of borderline ovarian tumours in infertile women treated with IVF. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is linked to less than 1% of ovarian cancers. Being overweight or tall: A BMI of 28 or over increases risk in premenopausal women but has no effect on risk in postmenopausal women. Taller women also have a higher risk. Endometriosis Using talcum powder between your legs is thought to increase ovarian cancer risk due to its irritant effect. Smoking: The longer you’ve smoked, the greater the risk increase for certain ovarian cancers.


Ovarian cancer symptoms aren’t always easy to identify and may be mistaken for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or PMS (Premenstrual

Syndrome) symptoms in the early stages. However, if symptoms are new, severe, frequent or persistent (occurring most days for three weeks or more), you should see your GP immediately, although often, a less serious condition is to blame. Look out for:

• • • • • •

Abdominal swelling and persistent bloating. Persistent pelvic and abdominal pain. Difficulty eating, nausea and feeling full unusually quickly. Back pain. Needing to urinate more frequently. Pain during sex.

Remember that ovarian cancer is rare in women under 40, but that you should be particularly cautious if you are over 50 or have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.


Your GP may do some tests themselves or refer you straight to a specialist. You will be examined externally and internally to check for any lumps or swelling and will then have an abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound scan. They’ll also do a blood test for CA125, a protein that’s elevated in half of women with early stage ovarian cancer and 90% of women with advanced ovarian cancer (although other pelvic conditions and pregnancy can cause elevated levels too). They may also order a CT or MRI scan. However, sometimes it’s impossible to diagnose ovarian cancer definitively without surgery.


Most women with ovarian cancer will require surgery. If your cancer is diagnosed early, you may only need the affected ovary and fallopian tube removed. More advanced cancers may need more extensive surgery, plus chemotherapy before and after, to treat cancerous cells and reduce reoccurrence risk.


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What to do if you dial 999 but can’t talk From a young age, it’s drilled into us that we should phone 999 if we find ourselves in an emergency situation. But what should you do if you dial the number and are not able to make a noise in response to the operator who answers?

This may be because you physically can’t answer, for example in a medical emergency, or because you’re hidden and don’t want to draw any attention to yourself. If you dial 999 but are unable to speak, keep the line open and listen carefully to what the emergency operator says. At the start of the call they will ask: ‘Emergency, which service?’ If you do not respond, they will then ask: ‘Do you need Fire, Police or Ambulance?’ If you still do not respond, the operator will say: ‘What number have you dialled please? I cannot release your line until you say that you do not need an emergency service’ and then ‘If you are unable to speak but need an emergency service, please tap the handset, cough or make a noise’. Responding in one of the above ways will prompt the operator to quickly connect to the Police. If the operator does not get a response to any of the above questions, but can hear background voices, they can connect the call to a Police system that says if you want the Police you should press 55 on your keypad. It is hoped that by spreading knowledge of their procedure, the emergency services will be able to act more efficiently. 48

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Preventing Driving Recklessly on Pavements Across the country, waste contractor Biffa's staff and members of the public are being put at risk on a daily basis by reckless drivers undertaking dangerous manoeuvres to pass stationary or slow moving waste collection vehicles. Mole Valley District Council and Surrey Police are working in partnership to support Biffa's Driving Recklessly on Pavements (DRoPs) campaign. The aim of the campaign is to stamp out the illegal actions of a minority of drivers on the county's roads to help protect the safety of pedestrians, Biffa staff and other drivers. Since 2016, Biffa's crews have been recording incidents of vehicles mounting pavements or making other dangerous manoeuvres to get around waste collection vehicles in Mole Valley, and then notifying Surrey Police. Biffa and Surrey Police have successfully taken action in a high percentage of recorded incidents on Mole Valley's roads. Given the severity and associated risk of these incidents, drivers face: • • •

Attending an educational driving course costing £90; If the course is refused, points can be added to their licence; In the worst cases, offending drivers could face prosecution.

Nationally Biffa crews report around 3,000 incidents of reckless driving each month. Biffa's vehicles are equipped with video cameras which record impatient or aggressive drivers breaking the law to save time on their journey. Trevor Elliott, Biffa business manager for the Mole Valley contract, described the actions of some drivers as 'frightening in the extreme'. He said: "Collecting and emptying bins is a high-risk occupation, and my crews shouldn't have to face even more danger because someone is in a hurry." Alan Franklin, Manager of Surrey Police Traffic and Process Unit, said: "Motorists should always be aware and alert to road conditions, taking appropriate avoiding action or stopping when other vehicles may be in the carriageway. We work with our partners to help reduce the risk of death of serious injury on our roads and supporting the Biffa campaign is an important element of this."


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Fetcham girl picked for Team GB Abigail Bruce (pic right), a pupil at St John’s School and a Fetcham resident, along with 16 fellow athletes, has been chosen to represent Team GB at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival at Erzurum, Turkey. The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games are just over a year away but for a group of 17 promising talents, their first taste of a multi-sport event will come in Erzurum. The athletes, all aged 15-17 years old, will compete across five of the nine disciplines at Erzurum 2017; alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating and snowboarding - with the Festival set to run from the 12th-18th February. They will test themselves against Europe’s finest youth winter athletes as the Festival welcomes over 800 competitors from 40 nations for five days of action in Turkey. Abigail will represent GB in the Alpine Skiing category. Go Girl!

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Ashtead WI - February 2017 Meeting At our February meeting we were very pleased to welcome two new members, to hear of several events heading our way in the near future including a proposed visit to the Brick Lane Music Hall, and a reminder to find Seville Oranges soon if we are to make our usual delicious marmalade for Village Day in June! Our speaker this evening was the very entertaining and enjoyable Mary Forlenza, telling us of Great Lovers, reminding us that we have always seemed to want to meet that special person. We moved from Solomon & Sheba, to Romeo and Juliet – so very young, through royal romances, and Bonnie & Clyde, to Claretta, a mistress of Mussolini who rose to almost 1st lady. Then Mrs Forlenza intrigued us with two particular and very personal stories of the most unlikely great lovers of her and her Italian husband’s acquaintance – quite fascinating. Coming up soon is Surrey Federation’s Spring Meeting at Dorking Halls in March, and there was news of the 2017 Women’s Institute Fair at Alexandra Palace at the end of March/early April. More immediate dates were for our monthly ‘come along’ local lunch and the many sub-groups – reading, theatre, yarn, gardening, scrabble, and craft, though the walking group is on hold until March. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st March at Ashtead Peach Memorial Hall, 7.15 for 7.30, when Christopher Drewett will tell us about the History of the Horse Drawn Carriage. Sandra Brown

Time to sign up for free Surrey Youth Games sports sessions Looking to build on Team Mole Valley’s success in 2016, young people are invited to take part in FREE training sessions ahead of this year’s Surrey Youth Games competition, taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June at the Surrey Sports Park. The free sports sessions are open to 7 to 16 year olds of all abilities who either live or go to school the district. Everyone who takes part in the sessions is in with a chance of representing Team Mole Valley at this year’s Surrey Youth Games, sponsored by Specsavers. The Games offer the opportunity for young people across the district to develop and show off their talent on a county-wide stage. Participants are given the chance to try something new, make new friends and build confidence. Young people interested in getting involved need to visit for the complete list of sports available. Registration closes on Friday 7th April. Students at schools across the district are being encouraged to sign up to the annual competition. The school with the highest number of pupils participating in the training sessions, run by local community sports clubs and led by qualified DBSchecked coaches, can look forward to receiving £150 of sports equipment. 58

What’s On?

The Gospel of Matthew Tuesday 28th March

Leatherhead Theatre, 7.30pm Award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous solo staging of the first Gospel, with an original musical score and video background. Dillon's epic, impassioned performance portrays Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God.

Tickets £13, concessions £10, Box Office 01372 365141 or

Leatherhead Community Association The Leatherhead Community Association (LCA) which is based at The Institute at the top of the High Street, has been serving local residents for the past 40 years, providing educational, social and recreational facilities. It is run predominantly by enthusiastic volunteers guided by a board of Trustees, protected by a trust set up with a limited financial guarantee. In order to keep up the good work we require additional Trustees with an interest in involvement in the community but especially, in the near future, a Joint Treasurer to replace the current Trustee, who has filled this post diligently for a number of years. He or she would work with our existing Joint Treasurer/Company Secretary, who has a wide knowledge of charity finance and would give lots of support. A financial background and being able to work on the excellent Excel worksheets that record our accounts would be an advantage. The work of a Trustee carries responsibility but is not too onerous and is highly rewarding. For further information please make contact with our Chairman by email - Mrs June Robinson' Friday 3rd March: there is a special talk at the Institute at 7.30 given by Martin Hunka on 'A retelling of the Odyssey'. Martin is a member of the Surrey StoryTellers' Guild and he used to run Mole Books in the 1980's where he used to tell stories in the shop. He has developed this fascinating version of Homer's Odyssey. Full details on the LCA website - Frances Presley


Ashtead Level Crossing Improvement Works Details have been received of the essential improvement works to the Level Crossing. There will be various days and nights of part closure or full closure of the crossing leading up to completion of the works in July this year. The work will involve removing the lineside derelict brick building adjacent to the present crossing, installing a new building for the equipment and replacing the barrier machines, booms and electric circuits. Renewal of the crossing will help increase the life of the crossing and its long term reliability. The works to be undertaken are as follows:-

Full Road Closures

Saturday 18th March from 2300 until Sunday 19th March at 0700 (Installation of road cable duct) Saturday 20th May from 2300 until Monday 22nd May at 0400 (Installation of equipment building) **

Multi-Way Traffic lights

Sunday 2nd April from 0100 to 0630 (Installation of road cable duct) For the main works and testing in July, multi-way traffic lights and road closures are required. With regards to the multi-way traffic lights, the contractor has said the normal crossing lights (‘wigwags’) will be turned off when traffic lights are in place. It is our understanding that safety standards do not allow both traffic lights and wigwags to be operational simultaneously. The traffic lights are required as one lane will be closed. Additionally, there will be level crossing attendants to close the crossing when a train is approaching. When the barriers can’t be used due to the works, the crossing will be closed using ‘scissor gates’, to create a safe area for the passage of the train.

Day Time Works - Multi-Way Traffic Lights

Saturday 15th July from 0600 daily until 2300 Friday 21st July and Sunday 23rd July from 0600 daily until 2300 Sunday 30th July.

Night Time Full Closures**

Saturday 15th July from 2300 daily until 0600 Friday 21st July and Sunday 23rd July from 2300 daily until 0600 Sunday 30th July. ** During times of full closures, the level crossing will be accessible to emergency service vehicles and wheelchair users only. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the iron footbridge, the station footbridge or the 'cattle creep' underpass between Overdale and St Stephens Avenue. Arrangements will also be in place for residents to park their vehicles in the station car park, with transport available on the north side of the crossing to ferry residents home if necessary. Work of this type must be carried out while trains are not in operation. Under their licence, Network Rail are contractually obliged to work at improvements during the night and at weekends. Some local disturbance to residents is inevitable and every effort will be made to minimise noise.

Planning ahead

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead where possible ensuring their vehicles are parked to the south of the crossing if they have early appointments or flights to catch for example. For unplanned events the crossing will be opened by rail staff for access by emergency service vehicles.

If you have additional questions or concerns go to: or call the 24 hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41. Paul Lennon Community Relations Manager Network Rail Community Relations 1st Floor 1 Eversholt Street London NW1 2DN 60

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Charity Fashion Show by

Wednesday 15th March

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

In aid of

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening showcasing the latest spring/summer fashions whilst enjoying a complimentary drink and canapés

Tickets £15 from Amanda, 41 The Street, Ashtead : 01372 274333 All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Trust who are working towards a brighter future for everyone with CF by funding research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their families


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Dorking Halls

28 March & 26 April

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns in 2017, featuring an evening of adventure films. The short films, starring the world’s top adventurers in mind-blowing destinations, are selected from hundreds of films entered into the Festival. This year the tour includes 14 hugely diverse films, featuring everything from tales of high-adrenaline action to poignant environmental documentaries. There’s also a significant focus on women in adventure; and the collection stars a number of UK adventurers, as well as athletes and escapades from all over the globe.

© Matthew Newton

The films are split between two different programmes (28th March the ‘Red’ film programme, 26th April the ‘Blue’ film programme), each lasting about 2½ hours, with free prize giveaways at each screening. The full film programme is available at:, highlights include:

Four Mums In A Boat - 28th March

When four middle-aged working British mums (main pic above) announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds. The epic ocean expedition they were about to embark upon would change their lives forever.

Doing It Scared - 26th April

18 years after a catastrophic accident left him partially paralysed, British climber Paul Pritchard (pic above) returns to the Totem Pole, Tasmania to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN MARCH? Friday 3rd

Leatherhead Community Association will be holding a special talk at the Institute at 7.30 given by Martin Hunka on 'A re-telling of the Odyssey', based on his fascinating version of Homer’s Odyssey.

Saturday 4th

Ben Goldscheider, 18, winner of the brass category in the BBC Young Musician 2016 competition, will be performing with Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Epsom Playhouse. ESO will be performing Mozart's Horn Concerto and Mahler Symphony No 5 - which featured in the iconic film ‘Death In Venice’. Also performing Don Juan by Strauss. Tickets, £14 from or Epsom Playhouse Box Office 01372 742555.

Saturday 4th

Ashtead Annual Spring Clean organised by Ashtead Residents’ Assoc - see page 12

Saturday 11th

Barn Dance in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, 7-11pm, Ewell Castle School, Church St, Ewell, KT17 2AW, dancing to the Hogsmill Band. Tickets £18 to inc fish and chip supper. BYO drinks, glasses and nibbles. Tickets from Bess Harding 020 8337 8181

Saturday 11th

Orchid Day at Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Path. Clinic 11am-3.30pm, with expert Manos Kanellos. 11am & 2.30pm: Orchid care demos, Free, no need to book, repotting £2 or free with purchase of pot and orchid repotting mix.

Wed 15th

Part of the Music on Wednesdays programme, 12.30pm, Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST. Organ concert with guest Jonathan Melling, Organist and Director of Music at All Hallows by the Tower, City of London.

Saturday 18th

Star Gazing at Painshill Park, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham, KT11 1JE. 6.30-10pm. Walton Astro Group will give a talk about astronomy then view The Great Nebula and Double Cluster through telescopes. £20 adults, members £12, Inc refreshments. More info and to book: go to or call 01932 868113

Tues 21st Sunday 26th

Art Exhibition by The Grange, Bookham at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking. 9.30am5.30pm. Beautiful drawings, paintings and prints made by artists with learning or physical disabilities attending sessions in our Creative Arts & Textiles studio will be on display, many for sale. More info Tel: 01372 452608

Friday 24th

Soundbytes’ Spring Sing Concert, 8pm Christ Church UR, Leatherhead. Free event with collection to More info opposite.

Sunday 26th


Wed 29th

AshLea Medical Practice Patient Participation Group - AGM and Open Meeting, 7.30pm, The Old Chapel, St John's School, Leatherhead. Do come along to hear all the PPG news, what has happened in the last year, what is planned for 2017 and then a talk from our guest speaker from the Stroke Association.

Wed 29th

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

Wed 29th & Thurs 30th

RHS London Spring Plant & Orchid Show, Lindley & Lawrence Halls, Elverton St, London, SW1P 2QW, 10am-5pm, £5 RHS members, £6 non-members, £9 on the door. Plants (inc new orchid species) for sale and advice from talks by the growers. For further info and to purchase tickets please visit


Leatherhead Residents’ Assoc AGM and Open Meeting, 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute. Speakers: Jack Straw, MV Head of Corporate Services, and Lucy Quinnell, Chair of the Teazle Wood Trust and the Leatherhead and District Countryside Protection Society

Wed 19th

Ashtead Residents' Association AGM and Spring Meeting. APMH from 7pm. If there’s an event in April that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events64are correct at time of print.

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Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Patricia Bashford “Floral Fantasia”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 1st (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. History of the Horse Drawn Carriage by Christopher Drewett Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Wed 1st

(Weekly termtime) 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. New members welcome. Featuring Phoenix cards on 15th and Easter Special on 29th.

Thurs 2nd (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 2nd

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Friday 3rd

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.

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Friday 3rd (monthly)

Friday 3rd (weekly)

Sunday 5th (weekly)

Monday 6th & 20th Tuesday 7th (1st Tues monthly)

Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (weekly)

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Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities. Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Church funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Contact Janine 01372 374914 Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of March services and events including Mothering Sunday service - check out (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. 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. ‘Simple Scones Cream Teas’, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, KT23 4DZ. Simply Scones tea room is run by people with disabilities who are learning catering skills. Come and enjoy freshly-baked scones or cake. £3.50 pp. Booking essential on 01372 452608. Scones and cakes also made to order. Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on art Inspired by wine: wonderful paintings, wicked cartoons, striking posters and wine labels. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Tylney 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 66

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Friday 10th (monthly)

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

Fridays 10th & 24th

Oasis, a women’s group for all ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s meets on Friday mornings from 9.15-10.30am at St George’s Church, Ashtead. All welcome for free refreshments and creche. This term’s topic is a fortnightly, light-hearted review of latest news and its relevance for local women.

Monday 13th (2nd Monday monthly)

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

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm ‘What’s Tuesday 14th it Worth? Valuation by Ewbank’s Auctioneer. Members may bring two small items to be valued. For more info contact Meriel Sexton via email on Wed 15th (monthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Anne Skinner on ‘Kinder Transport’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 16th

‘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.

Sunday 12th & 26th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG. Cars £10, Small Vans, larger cars, MPV and 4 wheel drive £12, Larger vans from £15. In 2016 money went towards stroke and vascular scanner for Epsom General Hospital, in 2017 money will go towards an anorectal scanner.

Tuesday 21st (monthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Peru: The Incas and their Predecessors seen through their Art and Textiles, given by Chloe Sayer BA. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707

Wed 22nd (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. AGM and Mystery Evening. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Thurs 23rd

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Varied speakers. Visitors welcome. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

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Thurs 30th

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Friday 31st

Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or Russian Avant Garde 1917 - 1932. Exploring how the revolution affected Russian art & artists. 11 am & 7.30 pm. www.ashteadartlovers/this-month-s-talk for info. £10 inc refreshments. Tel: 01372 272235: email 67

House & Garden General Knowledge Crossword Across 7. Film of 1973, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman (8) 8. Eve's partner (4) 9. Directions for cooking something (6) 10. Box office hit of 1968 directed by Carol Reed (6) 11. Mr Presley, rock and roll legend (5) 12. Windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust (7) 15. South American country, capital La Paz (7) 17. Cattle farm (5) 20. Treeless Russian plain (6) 22. Tresses of hair woven together (6) 23. Examination conducted by word of mouth (4) 24. Explosively unstable (8) Down 1. Battle in which Napoleon met his final defeat (8) 2. Woman's two-piece bathing suit (6) 3. Lane down which a bowling ball is rolled (5) 4. ___ Banderas, the voice of Puss In Boots in the Shrek movies (7) 5. Gambling establishment (6) 6. Surname of the actor whose real name is Nicolas Kim Coppola (4) 13. Mixed drink (8) 14. Roman goddess of wisdom (7) 16. African antelope with ridged curved horns (6) 18. Icon representing a person, used in internet chat and games (6) 19. Common fruit (5) 21. Port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea (4)

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Surrey County Council to cut SWT funding Surrey County Council's plan to cut funding under its 50 year agreement with the Surrey Wildlife Trust to zero by 2021 will result in all the jobs of the Trust's 16 rangers becoming redundant. 10 of these very experienced and dedicated staff are going to be re-employed in the much smaller organisation that will replace them.

dormouse) will be lost. If we care about and enjoy the places that make Surrey special, these unnecessary and damaging funding cuts must be reversed. The funding to avoid these job losses is small - less than 15p per head of population - in comparison to the risk of the harm caused. Surrey Wildlife Trust has been hugely helpful in managing the Rye Brook in Ashtead. It has helped the Rye Meadows Team to widen the brook creating areas to store water creating flood alleviation as well as providing refuges for wildlife and water loving plants. If we love our local countryside and wish to protect this for our children, people like the SWT must be similarly protected.

The loss of experience and capacity will be highly detrimental to Surrey's countryside - the likelihood is that footpaths and bridleways will not be properly maintained; woodlands, downlands and heaths increasingly will be taken over by scrub and invasive plants, and sensitive habitats - heaths, chalk downland and coppiced woodlands (homes to nationally rare and threatened species such as the

The following was taken from the SWT website: “This is a very difficult time for the Trust, its staff and volunteers – but our mission will always be to care for Surrey’s beautiful landscape for the benefit of wildlife and people. We will not abandon the countryside in spite of current challenges.

our countryside management team works is necessary if we are to make the significant savings needed. The proposal is to have six fewer roles. The new team of 10 will continue to manage Surrey County Council's 10,000 acre estate.

We are a local charity, but as the only organisation in the county solely working for wildlife, we strongly believe we are the only ones with the passion and expertise to ensure the protection of our countryside. We have to adapt to the changing economic and political climate, which threatens our precious wild spaces in Surrey. While we are making good progress developing new sources of income to fund the SCC estate, this will not fill the funding gap.

The final number of redundancies will depend on how many of the team apply for and are appointed to the new, different roles. The restructure inevitably means there will be some changes on the ground but we will be doing our very best to ensure Surrey’s wonderful natural habitats and wildlife continues to be protected. There will be some tough days ahead, but if people really value nature and access to the countryside on their doorsteps, we hope all our supporters will continue to work with us to ensure wildlife has a future in Surrey.”

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Logic behind 'open secret' (6) 4. Student gaining knowledge (8) 9. Rare cast (about four show up) (6) 10. Spam near processed cheese (8) 12. He's finally put on thousand-pound underwear! (8) 13. New lead from incompetent musician (6) 15. "Stone circle," a friend added (4) 16. Treatment of liar, cad and extremist (7) 20. Very old canine (but different tooth first) (7) 21. Liberated leader back in charge (4) 25. Girl wearing a bit of makeup and a coat (6) 26. Snails alien races acquired (8) 28. Rags I moved around in a river differ (8) 29. City street included in blessing (6) 30. Nerd: "edit out 'nerve fibre'" (8) 31. Heart of an officer, we hear (6) Down 1. Crazy joke about leading (8) 2. Art Clive turned upright (8)

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Recall some leek's finished up (6) Dash back from an antelope (4) Sheep, however, not finishing any fruit (8) Abuse of sunlit compound (6) Admission from grand nobles (6) Note about similar burglary (5-2) European sounding complete (7) Close bug put in jeopardy! (8) Blockhead right about a city (8)


19. Ten lines about a watchman (8) 22. Forthright CID description (6) 23. Firm employing short relative (6) 24. Gangster I put under cover (6) 27. Monster deprived of a top (4)

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Do you know anyone who lived through World War II?

No 1 Commando 4 Troop, Lofoten Raiding Party, March 1941 The Queen and Princess Elizabeth talk to a camouflaged sniper during a tour of Airborne forces, 19 May 1944

Millions of men and women served and lived through World War II, but sadly now only a handful survive. World War II touched the lives of every man, woman and child in all the major combatant nations and yet soon the memories of those people will be gone forever.

The WarGen project, fronted by television presenters Dan Snow and James Holland, aims to record the memories of as many of these survivors as possible. They remain crucially important witnesses to the most cataclysmic war the world has ever known. If you have a relative or friend that is willing to be interviewed and recorded, please get in touch with the WarGen volunteer below for further information.

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Hundreds avoid debt by reporting changes in circumstances Hundreds of Mole Valley residents on Housing Benefit have reported changes in their circumstances directly to Mole Valley District Council, avoiding the strain of future debt and potential prosecution. Since June 2016, when a new online reporting system went live, hundreds of Mole Valley claimants have used the new, easy way of reporting changes in their household, income and savings. Households that receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support, must keep Mole Valley District Council up to date of any relevant changes in their circumstances. If they fail to notify MVDC of a change straightway they could end up owing the council money. It is recommended that they are notified of all changes within one month of the date they occurred. Any benefit overpayments will have to be repaid and it could be a criminal offence if the council is not alerted in time. Individuals must report changes in their own or their partner’s earnings or other income, changes within the household, for example if a partner, adult, child or lodger moves in or out, significant changes in savings or, children leaving education and any changes around help with child care costs.

Online notifications can be submitted via benefitchanges or by visiting the MVDC website and follow the ‘Report It’ links. Other traditional methods of contacting the council such as writing to: ‘The Benefits Section, Pippbrook, Dorking, RH4 1SJ’, telephoning 01306 885001 and asking to speak to the Benefits Team, or visiting the offices at Pippbrook in Dorking remain available. 76

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Transition Ashtead Working towards sustainable consumption

No passengers... It's not often I come across a phrase that grabs my attention like the one I found recently. It must have been a very wet and gloomy Sunday afternoon, because I found myself being sucked into the vacuum of social media...however, I was rewarded on this occasion by finding a quote that got me thinking. The magic words were 'There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.' Oh, how true! What an economical way of expressing our joint responsibility for looking after the planet. It was written by a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual called Herbert Marshall McLuhan. He must have been a really original thinker, and well ahead of his time, for although the quote is so applicable to current environmental issues, he came up with it in1964. Being part of the crew of the planet means we are all needed to do our share of the work to keep the planet on track, to develop a sense of participation and cooperation. The trouble is, there is no rota, no time when we are expected to turn up for duty. It's a bit like being a parent - there is no real "off duty" you always have at least some of your brain scanning the environment for dangers and pitfalls that could threaten the beloved offspring. But actually the earth is probably more like a frail elderly parent than a child - Mother Earth has nurtured us for millennia but now she needs nurturing herself, by us, in her old age. Astronauts who have viewed spaceship earth from an actual spaceship orbiting the planet report a profound change in perspective. It takes about an hour and a half to do a lap of the world, a time frame that shifts perception. Oceans and mountains are laid out below, the familiar shapes of the continents can be spotted - they fly across America, zip across the Atlantic and are soon traversing Africa. But state boundaries are invisible, lines we are used to seeing on maps don't exist from space. The earth becomes a whole, integrated entity, one that we all share - the rich and poor nations, the sick and the healthy people, the strong and the weak. Once that wide perspective has been experienced, people don't revert to a parochial, selfinterested view of the environment. Most of us won't be selected for training as an astronaut (I don't even like fairground rides...) so will have to take an imaginary leap into space. The picture taken (see above) by William Anders from Apollo 8 in moon orbit of earth rising over the moon is seen by many as the point when we became aware of the planet as a single, fragile system. That image is credited with kick-starting the environmental movement. We are the crew for Spaceship earth, we simply can't have a mutiny now! Heave ho, me hearties! Chris Ellis

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 97

Neil & Spencer Ltd, Station Road, Leatherhead Laundry & Dry Cleaning Machine Manufacturers

This factory (left) was opened in 1947 at Station Road Leatherhead, on the land which Philip Spencer had bought during the Second World War. Neil & Spencer had been operating in Clapham and when their premises were bombed they moved to The White House (now Crosslands) at Effingham. Here they continued to make aircraft components and war equipment, but Mr. Spencer had bought the land with the intention of continuing to make dry cleaning machinery once the war was over. He designed a totally enclosed dry cleaning machine known as the Spencer ‘Junior’ which had unique features. Soon the new factory was too small and they opened a second building, Argosy Works, in Kingston Road. By the late 1980s demand for their products had declined, so they closed the factories at Kingston Road and Raynes Park as well Station Road and all their production was moved to their Horsham factory. The Station Road works was demolished and an office for Atkins now stands on the site (pic left). Neil & Spencer factory, late 1940s

Extracted from Leatherhead & District Then & Now by Linda Heath & Peter Tarplee ISBN 0752436805 (2005) For a more comprehensive history see Past Industries of Ashtead, Leatherhead and Bookham by PeterTarplee ISBN 0955278556 (2010)

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ARE YOU THINKING OF LEAVING YOUR PARTNER? People and relationships change over time and for many it can be very hard to feel the same warmth, closeness and respect for someone as they did many years ago. Whether you’ve met someone else and are feeling torn as to what to do, or you just find yourself in a situation where you feel you would be happier on your own, it can be difficult to know where to start to make life better. The options can seem so daunting. Do you carry on for the rest of your life in a situation where you are only 6 out of 10 happy, maybe even less. Or do you try to do something about it and build yourself a new, happier life sooner rather than later. You may well be worried about how you would cope if you leave your current relationship, both emotionally and financially. What might the long term impact of any decision be on any children or family members. How can this be minimised? Where will you live, how will others see you and what could your life look like in a few years’ time? How do you even begin to start the ball rolling? If this situation sounds familiar then we know from our own experiences that it can be very hard to talk openly to friends and family who are close to you and your partner. Consulting professionals like Solicitors and Counsellors may be premature or feel like a step too far at the moment. However being able to speak in confidence to someone who has been through what you are going through now can be a huge help in getting your thoughts together and planning for a better future. Consequently, if you feel you would benefit from a totally confidential and unbiased conversation with someone who can listen to your concerns, give you friendly, honest advice and a clearer picture of what may lie ahead then we would be delighted to help. All you need to do is call Tom on 07808 958769 or Dee on 07798 610264 for an initial chat. We can then arrange a convenient time and place to meet to talk things through with you on a 1 to 1 basis. It could be the first step towards the happier life you deserve! The purpose of a discussion with us is to help you identify and overcome the obstacles you may face in trying to move forward. Any advice given should not be construed as formal legal advice or counselling which should be sought separately if required. 82

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Volunteer Taster Session at The Deepdene Trail Saturday 4th March - 9.30am-3.30pm

The Friends of Deepdene are holding a ‘Get Involved’ Open Day, where everyone is welcome to come along and experience volunteering with them on The Deepdene Trail. At 9.30am there is a welcome from The Friends of Deepdene (some are pic right) and Alexander Bagnall, The Trail’s Project Manager. There will be varied gardening tasks throughout the day, a barbeque lunch and plenty of tea breaks. Attendees must sign-up for this day so The Friends can ensure enough tools and burger buns are on site! Training and safety equipment will be provided for all. Leader of the Council, Councillor Vivienne Michael said, “The Deepdene Trail would not have opened without this dedicated group of volunteers, we are grateful for their commitment and the hard work they do. We will continue our partnership with them to develop the site led by Alexander Bagnall our project manager and assisted by Surrey Wildlife Trust.”

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Contract Groundsman / Gardener required Beechwood Park, Leatherhead, KT22 8NL

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How To Hedge By Pippa Greenwood There is nothing better than a living boundary around or within your garden, and it is difficult to beat a hedge. Hedges can be smart or informal, neat and compact or thicker and sturdier, evergreen or deciduous and can even have pretty flowers - and now is an ideal time to plant a new hedge. First, prepare the area by forking the soil over thoroughly and remove large stones, debris and pernicious weeds. This also helps to break up any compaction and to aerate the soil, making it a better place for plant roots. You should fork in well-rotted garden compost, manure or proprietary compost if the soil is either very sandy and light or very heavy with clay, and at the same time incorporate a complete fertilizer. Don’t plant right up against an existing fence, as the plants won’t grow well. At this time of year you can create a hedge very effectively using ‘bare-root’ plants, but if you want to plant a hedge at any other time you will need container-grown plants. If using pot-grown plants, water them thoroughly and then carefully remove each plant from its pot. If the roots are tightly packed, tease them out firmly before planting. If you’re using bare-root plants, plant them immediately. It is essential to plant and space the plants

correctly, to both achieve the desired effect and ensure the plants establish well. Once out of the pot, position the plant in the prepared soil at the same depth as it was in the pot; for bare-root plants only the roots should be beneath the soil. Firm the soil around each so that it is in good contact with the roots. Hedging plants should generally be spaced about 30-45cm apart. For a thicker or denser hedge, plant two parallel rows, each with a 45cm spacing between the plants, but positioned so that the planting is staggered like bricks in a wall. Once the whole hedge is planted, water the soil thoroughly to help settle the soil around the roots and so allow the plants to establish. On windy sites or with larger plants use small, temporary stakes such as bamboo canes to stabilise the plants. Keep the hedge well watered, especially during dry or windy weather. The first 18 months is the most vital period. Some great hedging plants: • Yew - a formal, evergreen hedge.

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Hornbeam - great as a neatly clipped hedge, but more prone to mildew than beech. Cypress – excellent if kept well clipped and cut back regularly. Pyracantha - spiny evergreen with pretty creamy-white flowers and redorange or yellow berries. Privet - the classic town hedge. Euonymus - evergreen, some variegated green and cream, others green and yellow. Hawthorn - deciduous and potentially thorny, good for wildlife. Blackthorn - deciduous and very thorny, with pretty white flowers followed by sloes – but can easily get too vigorous!

Visit Pippa’s website to buy gorgeous UK grown vegetable plants accompanied by weekly advice emails from Pippa, or to peruse the really useful selection of Pippa’s favourite gardening items including pop-up crop covers, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more. 87

The 5 Couch Challenge An update The St Stephen’s House Surgery Patient Participation Group is pleased to announce that they have raised enough funds to purchase the first new electrically operated height adjustable couch for the Doctor’s examination rooms and are well on the way to purchasing the second. Our target remains to buy five for the whole Surgery. If anyone is feeling generous, we would welcome fresh donations. Cheques, made payable to “5 Couch Challenge”, can be left at Reception.

Swan Centre raised £715 for Sight for Surrey

(L-R) Callum Russell, Sight for Surrey; Sue Copping, Community Manager, Sainsbury’s; Mark Regan, Customer Service, Sainsbury’s; Richard Keel, Swan Centre Manager

Leatherhead’s Swan Centre raised £715 last year for local charity Sight for Surrey , an organisation that delivers specialist services to people who are visually impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing or who have combined sight and hearing loss. At the presentation on 25th January, Lou Devine, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sight for Surrey said, ““As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations. We are extremely grateful to all the team at the Swan Centre and members of the public for raising funds for us.”

Two initiatives raised the total of £715. At Leatherhead’s annual Duck Race in July 2016, an additional ‘Swan Race’ took place with each Swan sponsored by a local business. The race raised £183 and was won by Sainsbury’s in Leatherhead. At Christmas time every year, the main Swan Centre Christmas tree is decorated with snowflakes as part of the Snowflake Appeal. Each snowflake is sponsored for £1, with all the proceeds going towards the Swan Centre’s charity of the year. The Snowflake appeal, which included fundraising on the Swan Centre’s Christmas event raised £532. The 2017 charity of the year has been selected as the Wildlife Aid, based in Leatherhead which is dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. 88

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Sainsbury’s Active Kids Voucher Appeal 2017

Leatherhead Rotarian, Heather Hunt, presenting some of the pupils at West Hill School with over 6,500 Sainsbury’s ‘Active Kids’ vouchers from the 2016 appeal) 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 vouchers for schools from Sainsbury's supermarkets. Up until Tuesday 2nd May 2017, for every £10 spent in a Sainsbury’s store or online, 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 Kingston Road, North Leatherhead. West Hill has previously been a secondary school supporting pupils aged 11-16 with learning and additional needs and Autism. In September 2016, West Hill also began a four-year transition to become a county-wide primary school for children with learning and additional needs and they currently have reception pupils and are looking forward to growing as their building adapts and changes. Over the past nine years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, Leatherhead Rotary Club has been able to present almost 60,000 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!"

Please send your vouchers to Leatherhead Rotary Club, c/o Donovan Hewitt, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN by Friday 30th June. Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further info about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 90

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