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

10

Spot the Difference

44

Leatherhead Drama Festival

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Ashtead Youth Centre

52

Leatherhead Theatre

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Polesden Lacey Community Day

54

Free lifts to polling stations

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Recipe - Asparagus & Pea risotto

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Quiz - Myths & Legends

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Red Cross Appeal

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Bungee jump at the O² for Red Cross

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Crossword

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Talks by Local History Society

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What’s going on in May?

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Andy’s Blog

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May crosswords

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Car Boot Sale - a story

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MV Police - credit card scam info

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

30

Local History Article

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Local History Society’s new book

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Transition Ashtead

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Wheels 4 Haiti

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Gardening - Apple Trees

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Learn how to use a computer

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April’s crossword solutions

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Give a cat a home

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Gardening - Tulips

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Friends of Ashtead Village Hall

40

Book Reviews

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Quiz - Literary Subtitles

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Useful Numbers

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From the Publisher

W

ell that was grisly Easter weather wasn’t it? However, since then we have at last started to see some lovely warm days, how lovely - and the daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are all starting to make a welcome appearance after such a long winter. May sees the annual Leatherhead Drama Festival, which starts on Monday 3rd May for two weeks, culminating in the Gala Evening on Saturday 15th May. This is the biggest festival of its type in the UK with up to three plays per evening! More information about the event and how and where to purchase your tickets, can be found on pages 12 and 13. Richard Leary, who is the Youth Worker in charge of the Ashtead Youth Centre in Barnet Wood Lane Recreation Ground, has written a lovely piece about his work with local youngsters since 1998. He works closely with Gary Nash, the ACCT Youth Worker, and I think you will enjoy reading Richard’s piece about his experience with local young people. Richard has also asked one of the young members to add a little about his experience of the youth club and I am hoping that this will be the first of many articles written for the magazine by Richard and his group. It would be good to hear from time to time about the good work that is going on down there. More can be found on page 52. As I go to print, we are in the midst of election fever, well, more of a tepid flush really. Election day falls on 6th May and we shall all be waking up on Friday 7th to some interesting or wildly unexpected news - depending on your viewpoint. One of my advertisers, Smart Care, is offering the elderly and infirm, living on the distribution route of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine, free lifts to the polling stations around the area, give them a call to arrange Advertising this in advance - go to page 18 for more details. The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £47 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2010. Zen George 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

A new feature about the Cats Protection, Epsom, Ewell and District, started in the April edition and will continue onwards in order to give a cat a home. They have many cats desperate for new homes and this month George & Bungle are their cats of the month (page 38). The British Red Cross have two separate articles in the magazine this month, if you don’t fancy bungee jumping (page 22), then perhaps a donation may suit? Page 58. Mole Valley Police are keen to warn us about a credit card scam currently operating in this area, their article appears on page 72. Phew, this month’s issue is a jam-packed one. In addition, the June issue will feature a pull-out section in the centre covering this year’s Ashtead Village Day on Saturday 12th June. I hope you have a great May with its two lovely Bank Holiday Mondays! Tatty bye.

Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com © Cover design/photography by Andy Newbold 01372 383018 6


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Let’s think young It seems to me that the needs of young people in Ashtead have not received the priority they deserve. There have however been several recent developments which suggest that this is changing.

• New sports facilities will become

available soon on part of the old Parsons Mead site. This will enable the highly successful youth development work undertaken by Ashtead Cricket Club to continue and grow.

• The proposal to build a Skatepark in the

These developments are supported by our local police service, which is widely respected and regarded as being highly successful. Having an agreed priority with the community of tackling youth offending and anti-social behaviour has paid dividends • A group of mums has got together to and there has been a marked reduction in improve the play facilities on the this area of concern. Great credit is due to recreation ground and has formed the Ashtead Recreation Campaign - ARC. They our community policeman, Jason Woods and the PCSO’s who have assisted him. . have been energetic, well organised and highly successful both in raising funds and The common threads running through these increasing awareness of the need. Their developments are vision, commitment and plans have progressed rapidly and, with support from Mole Valley District Council, care. Those involved care about young long overdue improvement in the level of people and are prepared to do something to play provision is now a realistic prospect. help them. recreation ground gave rise to many concerns but in practice it is proving to be well used and popular. Credit is due to all those who drove through this initiative.

I applaud their efforts and hope that our Youth Centre on Barnett Wood Lane, ably community can build upon their endeavours led by Richard Leary, is doing outstanding to provide the support and facilities our young people deserve. work with a group of local young people on very limited resources. The team is experienced, committed and resourceful and is providing a much needed service to Paul Le Versha provide support, a caring environment and Chairman constructive activities.

• A part time youth team based at the

Are you a member of the ARA? If not, why not join and help us to become an even stronger voice for Ashtead? Membership currently costs £2.50 a year per household. If you would like to join or have a general query, please contact our Membership Secretary, Judith Weller on 279944 or by email on embsec@ashteadresidents.org.uk. She will be delighted to hear from you.

• As a result of the success of the Ashtead

Churches Community Trust in raising £100,000, a full time youth worker has been employed for a period of three years. The appointment of Gary Nash to work with Richard and his team has facilitated a wide range of initiatives and his work has already provided many benefits for our young people. 10


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The Magn Magnificent ificent Sevent Seventh... h... ...Leatherhead ...Leath erhead Dr Drama ama F Festiv estival al ! It’s that time again – it’s time for the seventh Leatherhead Drama Festival which runs from Monday 3rd May till the grand Gala Awards Night on Saturday 15th May.

SIR MICHAEL CAINE SUPPORTS THE FESTIVAL - Sir Michael Caine, patron of the

Festival, will present the trophies to all the winners at the Gala Awards Night again in 2010 (filming schedule permitting).

VARIED and EXCITING PROGRAMME - This year’s programme will include groups from London, Middlesex, Kent, Hampshire, W.Sussex, Hertfordshire and Rutland, as well as many old favourites from Surrey. With two weeks of plays, the programme is very varied and looks very exciting. This is the biggest Drama Festival of its type in the UK and with three plays most evenings you are assured of a good night out, each and every night! This is a chance to see some plays that maybe you wouldn’t normally see, plus some of the best of your old favourites. LIVE MUSIC will be featured in the Mezz Bar before curtain-up and during the Intervals. AWARDS - The Drama Groups, many of whom are new to the Festival this year, will be

competing in the Junior or Senior sections for the coveted “Sir Michael Caine Drama Awards” (including Best Play, Best Actor and Best Actress), the “Richard Houghton Awards” and special trophies for “New Writers”. Winners, runners-up and those nominated for awards will receive certificates.

ADJUDICATION - The Festival is a competition and the plays will be performed in front of the audience and assessed by a professional adjudicator. This year we welcome back Jill Colby, a Member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, who will judge each play and award points. The Junior and Senior Winning groups will re-perform at the Gala Awards Night on 15th May. But do go along and judge the individual plays yourself ! DATES & TICKET INFORMATION

Junior Week - Monday 3rd to Friday 7th May at 7.00pm - £8 each.. Season Tickets (Junior Week, 5 nights) - £20. Senior Week - Monday 10th to Friday 14th May at 7.00pm - £10 each. Season Tickets (Senior Week, 5 nights) - £25. Gala Awards Night - Saturday 15th May at 7.30pm – all tickets £15 each (No Concessions)

Programme-Pamphlets and Tickets available from the Leatherhead Theatre Box Office.

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LEATHERHEAD DRAMA FESTIVAL (more info on page 12) Junior Week - Monday 3rd to Friday 7th May at 7.00pm - £8 each..

Season Tickets (Junior Week, 5 nights) - £20

Senior Week - Monday 10th to Friday 14th May at 7.00pm - £10 each. Season Tickets (Senior Week, 5 nights) - £25. Gala Awards Night - Saturday 15th May at 7.30pm – all tickets £15 each (No Concessions)

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The Flamenco Express policy is simply to obtain the best flamenco performers available, give them total artistic freedom, and put them on stage. The result is an amazing diversity of artistic voices all committed to delivering their own view of the world, in their own unique way, according to how they feel at the time, with the music their ancestors have forged over hundreds of years - flamenco ‘puro’. Featuring: Manuel de la Malena. Chris Mullett. Jesus Alvarez. La Joaquina. Gemma De La Cruz, Titi Flores. www.flamencoexpress.org.uk

ROY ORBISON & THE BEATLES TRIBUTE

Saturday 22nd May, 7.30pm £16 (Friends £13.50)

Barry Steele who portrays the Big O has toured extensively across the UK, Denmark, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He performed as the Big to rave reviews in the hit show “Rockin on Heavens Door,” before leaving in April 2009 to concentrate on his own show. He has been described by the stage newspaper as “Brilliant” and the Wanganui Chronicle in New Zealand stated “Barry Steele has a range to match the master.” It was during the tour of New Zealand that it became evident that the chemistry between The Big O’s music and The Beatles was electric and both Barry and The Complete Beatles are looking forward to bringing “Roy Orbison & The Beatles Live in Concert” to the UK and beyond. The Complete Beatles are one of the UK’s Premier tributes to the Fab four, and have toured across UK, Europe and the Far East in their own show and perform regularly with Gerry and the Pacemakers in theatres across the country. Opening the show their performance is totally live - no dodgy backing tracks or gadgets, just a totally authentic sound capturing the atmosphere and excitement from those Fab early years! From the early days in the Cavern, to the record-breaking Shea Stadium Concert, they will transport any audience back to the "Swinging Sixties" - creating the ultimate feel-good factor.

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and the Bookhams circulated a list of talks on a wide range of topics available to local societies seeking new speakers. Many organisations have taken advantage of this facility . The Society has now added to the list of subjects on which a talk is available. There are now over thirty subjects to choose from.

We continue to welcome enquirers. Those who apply will be put in touch with members of the speakers panel, enabling them to make contact and discuss dates, times and fees. Here is a random selection from the list of the talks that are on offer : • • • •

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The Car Boot Sale On Sunday they were at the Leisure Centre by eight o'clock, full of optimism as they set up their rickety old wallpapering table and laid out their wares. Daniel was put in charge of the biscuit tin containing the float and they were ready to go.

uth saw a poster advertising a car boot sale in the grounds of the Leisure Centre and decided it was a great opportunity to get rid of some of the family clutter. She handed everyone a black bin bag to fill. If they helped out at the sale, they would each receive a share of the profits. The three children suddenly became a whirlwind of entrepreneurial zeal as they charged around the house, randomly stuffing their bags. Ben's bag split almost immediately as the pointed end of an Action Man's gun tore through the black plastic. Before long Ruth began to question the whole exercise as she followed the trail of upturned toy boxes and ransacked cupboards.

Their first visitor seemed to be a professional buyer. Although he examined and rejected everything with disdain, he did provide reassurance that there weren't any hidden gems on the table. Their first sale was a box of Action Man stuff. A father and son bought it for £5. Ruth started the bidding at £10 but they knocked her down to half price pathetically easily. The coffee set went for £15 and the umbrella stand for £18.

Ruth's husband, Sam, was also given a black bag to fill but didn't get further than the bookcase where he agonised over which books he could possibly live without. After half an hour, his bag contained an instruction booklet on making your own wine, a Dan Brown paperback and The Good Pub Guide from 1981.

Sales continued steadily. The children and Sam were having a great time and haggling far better than Ruth, with Daniel emerging as chief negotiator. Sarah insisted on visiting other tables, each time returning with a new purchase. She bought a large box of 'Bratz' dolls and a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of puppies in a basket which Daniel promptly sold on to an old lady with a miserable looking basset hound on a lead. Sarah fortunately didn't notice and Daniel made a 50% profit on the sale. Sam couldn't find his favourite cap and Ruth couldn't find the box of sandwiches she had made. Daniel clearly had a flourishing sales career ahead of him as he deposited another £10 into the money tin.

On further examination, the children's bags contained several of each other's prized possessions and there was a great deal of squabbling over who owned what and how much they could get for it. Ben was very prudent and wanted to keep certain toys as an investment for the future. He had clearly been watching far too much daytime television and was convinced that a grubby, broken 'Tinky Winky' Teletubby would be worth a fortune in twenty years time. Daniel, on the other hand, had placed several revision guides, a couple of school text books and a history encyclopaedia into his bag. Sarah couldn't bear to part with anything.

Eventually the stall holders started to pack up and, as Ruth gathered their unsold items, she noticed four bulging black bags under the table. They were full of new clutter. Even Sam had bought several things, including a box of rusting carpentry tools which would go nicely with the rusting carpentry tools he already had in the garage at home.

By the following Friday, Ruth had found enough surplus clutter to fill the car. Sam retrieved several items but Ruth surreptitiously returned them to the pile. She really couldn't think of an occasion when they would need that novelty umbrella stand. It had been in every loft they had owned since their wedding, together with the 'playing card' coffee set that Aunty Sylvia had bought them to use when they played bridge. They had never played bridge and, as Aunty Sylvia had been dead for six years, they were probably fairly safe to get rid of it.

There was £112.25 in the tin but magically the car seemed as full as when they arrived. They decided to go out to lunch to celebrate, via the charity shop and a sports shop to buy

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

D

uring the past month or so (Sorry we missed the deadline last month), the Society has been active in a number of ways. For the committee, the publication and distribution of our Newsletter has been the most time consuming – I hope that members have appreciated it. We think that its good value for your £2 p.a. subscription. So other readers, take note and consider returning the slip below.

Red House Gardens by the Children’s play area. The council would like to sell it off to a small preserved railway line near Brighton. They would restore it to working order and use it on their railway. The matter is still open for debate – although things will have moved on by the time that this reaches you’re your doormat. So check our website fro the latest news.

Another domestic issue has been the timing and frequency of our meetings. So members, please add to the figures so far received and return your votes for change or not. And non -members, please let us know if the times or frequency of our meetings is a reason for not joining.

A suggestion that the old Water Pumping Station could be transformed into an Art Gallery, has been set back, at least temporarily, by the news from the Water Board that it is still in use. Rumours are that a block of flats was being planned for this site; it may still have some substance.

We are actively supporting Bookham Residents’ Association in their quest for a local college to offer trades courses, for the not so high flyers – such as hairdressers, cooking, etc.. We have joined with the other local Residents’ Associations in the study of bus services for the area, and we shall host the next bus forum in the Abraham Dixon Hall of the Letherhead Institute on the 28th May.

Finally slow progress continues with the scheme to remove the ‘old station staircase’ in Station Approach. More news at our forthcoming AGM. A reminder of the date of our AGM – this will be on May 10th at 7pm at the Letherhead Institute. If you want to know what’s going on in the Town, and give your views as to how our new local councillors should represent us, then come along and make yourself heard

Quite a bit of hot air (not steam) has been expended over the idea of moving the old railway engine from the back of the Leisure Centre to a more prominent position in the

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‘Past Industries of Ashtead, Leatherhead & Bookham’ This is the title of the latest book to be published by our society. It will concentrate on many of the industrial activities in our area over the years. There are plenty of books and documents giving much detailed information about our churches and our larger houses but we also feel that there should be records about how the ordinary people lived and worked and earned their living. It was felt that we should produce this book before all trace of these workplaces is lost for ever. For example, did you know that the first electric blankets were made in Ashtead and that this was one of the first examples of industrial rehabilitation of mentally disabled ex-servicemen? We once had an artificial silk industry here before the works was taken over by the company run by the inventor of the vacuum cleaner. Ashtead was a centre of photographic manufacture until the firms became swallowed up in the Kodak empire and these factories were then used for making leathercloth and steam cars then pottery. Ronsons were, of course, famous for the development of cigarette lighters and Goblin for vacuum cleaners but both firms also produced many other products. Bookham had a small engineering works in the early part of the twentieth century but once the Great War got under way this enlarged from 2,000 square feet to 56,000 square feet. After the war this factory made engines which were used in around 80 makes of motor cycles, 30 makes of cars and 12 makes of aeroplanes. By the time of the second war hydraulic equipment for over 15 types of plane were made here and the size of the works had doubled. Brick making was a local industry whose history goes back to Roman times and carried on until the 20th century. These and many other industries are described in the profusely illustrated book and it is hoped that this publication will fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of the past times in Leatherhead and district. The book, written by Peter Tarplee, is expected to be available during May and will cost £8.99. Copies will be available from local booksellers, our museum and, post-free, from our Sales Secretary (at 64, Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP); cheques should be payable to ‘L&DLHS’. The book will be launched in Leatherhead Museum where there will be displays of many of the operations described. This will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th May 2010. All members and friends and anyone interested in the past history of the area are cordially invited to attend.

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Wheels 4 Haiti Chris Grayling MP recently visited Horton Golf Club in order to praise the work of our own locally based charity Wheels for the World. A large crowd filled the room to hear the Chief Executive, Jacky Oliver, of the Charity explain the latest appeal. We all know that the devastation in Haiti is not going to be put right quickly. Buildings and bodies need rebuilding. Many have lost limbs or are paralysed. Doctors and medical professionals are doing an amazing job BUT the need now is for mobility aids to get these children and adults mobile again.

Chris Grayling MP with Jacky Oliver

“Through the Roof can provide these much needed aids through their Wheels 4 Haiti campaign.” Said Mr Grayling. “For the relatively small sum of £40 a recycled and repaired wheelchair can be shipped to Haiti along with a professional who can fit the child and teach her how to use the chair.”

He went on to praise the charity and congratulate all those involved for their vision and perseverance in supporting this sort of programme throughout the developing world, commenting, “People crippled for life, in great need of mobility so that they can start to rebuild their lives will thank you for what you are doing. I thank you and support you in this appeal. Good Luck.”

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With summer approaching, we are all looking forward to the sunshine . If you're off on holiday, thinking about heading to the beach or lounging in the sunshine trying desperately to get a tan, you should be aware that too much sun can be harmful. It can damage and age your skin and lead to problems, including skin cancer in later life. Mr Geoffrey Wilson, Consultant Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon has a well established mole screening and mole removal clinic at Ashtead Hospital where our team of qualified nurses offer full visual examination of the skin, or the assessment of any specific worrying moles with non invasive, high tech imaging equipment. At Surrey Mole Screening we offer a full mole screening service for all ages. If you are a student about to embark on a travel gap year, or a parent concerned about your children’s skin and sun protection , we offer family appointments and reduced rates for students. For further information, or to make an appointment, please contact our Patient Care Manager , Elaine Bailey on 0800 1123383. Clinics also held at Cobham Hospital and The Guildford Clinic.

surrey mole screening service offers:

• comprehensive mole screening service • detection & treatment of problem moles • immediate diagnosis with urgent treatment available • sun damage advisory services • regular non-invasive check-ups • family appointments can be arranged • Professional pharmaceutical Suncare product range available •

Call our customer services lines for further information or to make an appointment.

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Surrey Hills Onward Learning – Computers etc Like it or not, computers and the internet have changed our lives. The opportunity to buy or sell, to take part in political debate, share our views with other people, to complain, protest, show off, make new friends, have revolutionised our very existence. No good being a Luddite. We all have to learn to keep up with the rapidly moving train of modern technology. At Surrey Hills Onward Learning we have a range of classes which will help you get on board. Starting from the very beginning, we have Getting Going with Computers, mainly for older people who may not even have a computer yet, let alone know how to switch one on. Moving on from this we have courses which show you how to use the internet and email, how to shop on-line and use e-bay, and how to blog, twitter and skype. Try to keep up with your children and grandchildren!

Peace of mind for your body

Website Design is a perennial favourite here and we are increasing the number of these classes from September at the Leatherhead Institute.

Small group Pilates classes Fetcham and Leatherhead area

Computers make their appearance in some of our other classes too – for instance Genealogy, and Digital Photography. ...and – a special event - a one-day seminar planned for Thursday December 2 at the Burford Bridge Hotel on Making a Book using a computer and the internet. The tutor, Maurice Baker, will show you how to make photo and picture books, or text only books with black photos or drawings.

Summer term starts 19th April

New Saturday classes Dr Caroline Litman MBBCh

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Numbers are limited in all of these classes so early enrolment is advised.

caroline@molevalleypilates.co.uk www.molevalleypilates.co.uk

For information please phone 01372 363708 Surrey Hills Onward Learning

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Yoga

Ashtead & Leatherhead All levels welcome

All our practitioners are fully qualified in their disciplines, insured and registered.

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Phone: 07507 550672 Email: info@amandaskellyyoga.com Web: www.amandaskellyyoga.com

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The Café

at St George’s, Ashtead

Visit our Café at St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Open to all from 10am-2pm, Wed-Fri,

for a coffee break, delicious snacks and hot lunches. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Rosie and the team

Cats Protection Epsom, Ewell & District Give a cat a home

Cats Protection is a national charity whose vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK's leading feline welfare charity. We now help more than 193,000 cats and kittens every year through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 29 adoption centres. As a matter of course, all of the cats in our care get checked over by a vet to ensure they are healthy Cats Protection on 020 8397 0375; or go to our website www.epsomcatsprotection.org.uk

HOME WANTED! George & Bungle

Four year old brothers that have been in care for four months. They have taken a long time to settle and are now looking for a quiet home together with an experienced cat owner who will give them the time and patience they will need to trust yet another new owner and adapt to new surroundings. Definitely no young children.

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Friends of Ashtead Village Hall On Friday 5th March, 108 friends assembled in the Peace Memorial Hall Ashtead. The tables were looking delightfully spring like. After an excellent dinner, and a raffle with numerous prizes, Geoff Hutchinson entertained us with a fascinating talk on the ‘History of Smuggling’. He started by singing Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Watch the Wall my Darling whilst the Gentlemen go by’, accompanying himself on the guitar. He then told us that from the start, smugglers had been respected by most of the population of England as the taxes on goods, such as tobacco and brandy had been set at a disproportionate level by the government, at one stage up to 40,000 people were employed. To smuggle means ‘to creep about’, and that is what many residents of Kent and Sussex did, trying to avoid being detected. They worked at night and communicated with owl-like hoots. Goods were brought ashore in rowing boats and then carried inland by pack horses to landed gentry or people much lower down the social scale, but all approving of smuggling as taxes of up to 100% were being charged to help fund foreign wars. By the middle of the eighteenth century the death penalty for smuggling was introduced and detection was improved by the employment of coastguards. Finally the lowering of taxes made the business of smuggling tobacco and spirits less profitable. So it diversified to tortoises, ivory, rare birds eggs and finally drugs and even ‘people’. The evening was rounded off by a vote of thanks to the speaker from the chairman, who also thanked everyone who had made the evening such a success.

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Education & Tuition

For budding actors and actresses aged 13-19 years

2010 term

Join us for a free taster session at the Leatherhead Theatre every Thursday evening from 6-8pm

Saturday February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

For professional tuition in drama, dance and singing

10am-11am – Drama 11am-12pm – Dance

The Performing Arts Class will enter the Leatherhead Drama Festival 2010.

£60 a term for one session £90 a term for both sessions (drama and dance)

*Come along and try one taster session for free*

For further information please contact

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ownsend School 'is extremely successful in meeting its overarching aim of providing pupils with a high quality academic education combined with a wide range of opportunities. High academic standards result in an outstanding number of awards to pupils at the ages of 11+ and 13+.' These were just some of the findings of the independent school inspectors who visited the coeducational preparatory school in November 2009. The ISI (Independent School Inspectorate) inspection report goes on to say that ‘these are the result of good governance and strong leadership, good and often excellent teaching, and pupils’ ability to settle quickly, to persevere, to enjoy their work and generally behave well in lessons.’ Overall, the report highlighted many strengths, including that ‘Junior School pupils are outstandingly well cared for’ and ‘The outstanding extra-curricular activities and quality of sports all help to make Downsend a school for pupils who enjoy life and who say they love their school.’ No major weaknesses were identified, with just a few recommendations to strengthen future development. To read a copy of the full report, visit the ISI website (www.isi.net)

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Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Art Club - 50th Anniversary Exhibition Tues 11th-Sun 23rd May - 40-44 Church St, Leatherhead

Leatherhead Art Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year with an Exhibition in the centre of Leatherhead. Many of its members will be exhibiting a wide variety of works in various mediums including watercolours, oils, acrylic and mixed media showing that it is an innovative and exciting art club. During its long history the Club has always had a loyal and enthusiastic membership and after 50 years the excitement and interest in all forms of drawing and painting is as strong as ever. Speaking about this year’s exhibition, Stuart Stanley, a prominent local artist and Chairman of the Club, stated; “Recent exhibitions have received critical acclaim for their presentation and high quality of work and this exhibition promises to be no exception.” The exhibition is being held at 40-44 Church Street, opposite Caesars Restaurant. This shop-based exhibition is easily accessible and offers a chance for visitors to enjoy the pictures during the two weeks from Tuesday 11th to Sunday 23rd May. Exhibition open hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm, Sundays 12pm to 5pm. All work will be for sale. For further information, please contact either the Club Chairman, Stuart Stanley, on 01372 377173 or the Press Officer, Alistair Deane, on 01932 865900 49


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ow the summer is upon us, come down to watch your local ECB Premier League cricket team.

Ashtead Cricket Club on Woodfield Lane was recently promoted to Surrey’s Highest League, a step below professional county cricket. Past, present and future county and International cricketers visit the ground and you can use the bar (by signing up for Social Membership, £20 individual or £25 family), where we’ll also be showing the Football World Cup England games through June and July.

So come along and watch some great cricket!

First Team Home Games 15 May ....Malden Wanderers CC....12:30 start 22 May ....Wimbledon CC...............12:30 start 5 June......Guildford CC ..................11:30 start 12 June....Cobham Avorians CC .....11:30 start 26 June....Sunbury CC ....................11:30 start 24 July .....Sutton CC.......................11:30 start 14 Aug ....Weybridge CC ................12:30 start 28 Aug ....Banstead CC...................12:00 start 4 Sept......Reigate Priory CC............12:00 start

For more information contact Sarah Culhane on 01372 276286, email ashteadcc@ntlworld.com or visit www.ashteadcc.com


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Ashtead Cricket Club builds a community club just for children - the first of its kind The last few years have seen a transformation of the club with a new pavilion and expansion of the colts section and now... We start building a new cricket club for colts alone at Parsons Mead this year, a huge task and we believe this will be the first club built for children alone and focused completely on them. This year we will have 21 teams playing competitive cricket at senior and junior levels - that's 231 people of all ages from 9 to 69!. The senior cricket played at the Ground is of the highest standard in amateur cricket. Our junior section is thriving; we have 360 colts learning and playing cricket and as well as those essential life skills which naturally are part of team play. We also coach in eight state schools in the area as part of The Cricket Foundation’s ‘Chance to Shine Programme’ which is bringing cricket back into our state schools where little or no cricket is played. This year we will start our next project which is to create a colts cricket ground in the playing fields of the old Parsons Mead School. We have taken a lease on the northern part of the playing field and are in the process of designing a small pavilion appropriate for junior cricket and are starting the process of raising funds to restore the playing field to a usable condition. If you are able to support the club in 2010 your donation no matter how small or large will be gratefully accepted and effectively used to benefit all and in particular the developing our colts section.

To contribute please contact Ken Lamacraft on 07973 561415 or email: ken@lamacraft.co.uk

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Bring this ad for half price trial (£4.50) lesson on first visit! Tel: 01883 740559 / 07944 971195 Email: info@leroc.biz Web: www.leroc.biz

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Ashtead Youth Centre This is the first submission from the Youth Centre so I hope people find it interesting. Allow me first to introduce myself, my name is Richard Leary and I have had the pleasure of working with Ashtead young people since 1998. I was full-time at first and then decided I liked it so much that when I got a new job I stayed as the part-time Youth Worker in Charge. Some people wrongly think that working with teenagers is a sufferance but it is in fact quite the opposite. Over the last 12 years I have seen many young people come and go and feel very privileged to share moments in their teenage years that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Almost without exception the young people I have met were happy to have us around, keen to get involved with what we have to offer, and have grown and developed as a result. What is Youth Work about? A difficult question to answer - the formal answer would be something like “offering young people learning and development as they make the transition into adulthood”, this type of alternative education is very different to school, of course; although we also offer programmes with formal qualifications. The reality is a bit more complicated, because yes we offer learning opportunities, but our starting point is a relationship with the young people, for some this is not much more than an adult who takes a passing interest, but for many we are someone who takes an active part in supporting them through what can sometimes be a very difficult time in their lives – this can take place over a number of years. For all of our young people, we are an adult in authority who will listen and have a reasoned debate allowing a young person to explore ideas without feeling that we are making judgements. The centre has gone from strength to strength and with the addition of Gary Nash the ACCT Youth Worker we have been able to expand what we do to a wider age group and more young people. I hope in future articles I can share more of what we do and what young people think about it...

Richard Leary richard.leary@surreycc.gov.uk

What members think about the Youth Centre My name is Luke Robinson (aged 16), I have been a member at the Youth Club for about three years. I was initially interested because I like motor sport and wanted to do the rally karting. For young people, there isn’t much to do other than hang around. The Youth Club is a great place to go and meet people (I have made friends that I hope I will keep for life) and you know that the staff are going to make you feel welcome and do things that are fun. The best parts for me have been the karting and the adventure holidays that happen in the summer – you are challenged by the activities and get better at working in a team. If you ask me what I have got out of being at the youth club, it’s been the opportunity to do things I would never get the chance to do, and the qualifications from the karting have helped prepare me for my job in a Car Body Repair Shop. I liked the project so much that I have stayed on as a volunteer to help other people get as much out of it as I did. In January I was nominated for a Volunteers Award at the Youth Voice Showcase. That’s me in the picture with Councillor Tim Hall who presented one of the awards.

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Is the stress of everyday life getting you down? How about spending a few hours on the riverbank?

We have some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mole River, various ponds around the area and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex. For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Eric) on 01372 377654, or visit: www.leatherheadangling.co.uk 53


Local Taxis & Motor Services

CT CARS

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Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres, exhausts, diagnostics, airconditioning) Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

Why use a generalist when you can use a specialist? Email: ctcars@btconnect.com Web: www.ctcars.co.uk

Tel: 01483 285792

Polesden Lacey Community Day Sunday 13 June

Calling all local community groups and schools! Polesden Lacey will be throwing open its gates to the local community on Sunday 13 June 2010 and offering local residents and local groups free entry to the house and grounds all day just as previous owner of Polesden Lacey, Mrs Greville, used to do on an annual basis. The event was the highlight in the local community calendar!

At this stage we would like to encourage local community groups and schools interested in participating on 13 June to get in touch with us on 01372 452048 to discuss any ideas. Groups can make use of the day to run an activity at Polesden Lacey; either for themselves or for other visitors but it is also a chance to have some fun, promote your group/school and enjoy these fabulous surroundings with friends, colleagues and pupils. You could arrange a picnic, run games or activities for our visitors to enjoy, head out on a nature ramble … it’s entirely up to your group! Access will be granted from dawn till dusk and Polesden Lacey's staff will do all they can to make your idea possible - provided it is safe and legal!

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Recipe of the month Asparagus and Pea Risotto Early summer is the best time of the year to enjoy home grown asparagus and this quick and creamy risotto makes a wonderful light lunch or supper. Serves 4 Ready in 45 mins 15ml (1tbsp) olive oil 25g (1oz) butter 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped 250g (9oz) risotto rice 150ml (1/4pt) dry white wine 900ml (1 ½ pt) hot vegetable stock 225g (8oz) thin asparagus spears, trimmed and stalks chopped 175g (6oz) frozen peas 25g (1oz) finely grated Parmesan cheese Rocket leaves and Parmesan cheese shavings, to serve

1. Heat the oil and butter in a sautĂŠ pan and sweat the onion for 5 mins. When the onion is transparent, add the rice and cook for 1 min then stir in the wine and boil rapidly until the wine has evaporated. 2. Gradually add the hot stock, one ladleful at a time, stirring all the time and allowing the liquid to evaporate before adding more. Continue adding the stock in this way for 20-25 mins until the rice is just tender. 3. Meanwhile, steam the asparagus and peas in a steamer or metal colander set over a pan of simmering water for 2-3 mins. 4. Stir the asparagus stalks and peas into the risotto with the grated Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve topped with the asparagus spears, rocket and Parmesan cheese shavings. 56


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Pepe Estevez looks forward to welcoming you to his renowned Italian restaurant

Established for 22 successful years We serve an authentic choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes freshly cooked to order by our renowned Bangladeshi chef House specials served daily Takeaway service available, with 10% discount on all orders over £15

Monday - Saturday Set lunch £10.50 - 2 courses

Outside catering available for large parties.

Monday - Friday Set dinner £12.50 - 2 courses

We are open 7 days a week, inc Bank Holidays 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm

Á la carte dining always available

1 Craddocks Parade, Ashtead, KT21 1QL

01372 274810 / 273627

London Rd, Mick Mickleha leham, m, RH5 RH5 6EH

01932 223319

www.frascati.co.uk

01372 013 72 373950 373950

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It has been a pleasure to watch the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local develop over the past four and a half years and for me it has been a great place to promote my work as a photographer. I am sure that Zen's friendly approach and down to earth personality has been a big factor in its success and she understands the needs of her advertisers, avoiding the 'pressure sell' which so often puts people off advertising. I hear regular praise from people who have advertised in the mag the proof of the pudding is of course the responses I have had and the extra awareness and business it has created for me - I am proud to be associated with Zen and The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local, and hope to be so for many years to come. Andy Newbold

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Red Cross Appeal Week 2nd – 8th May Ë Red Cross Appeal Week is the annual Ë fundraising week for the British Red Cross, and is held over the week containing 8th Ë May, the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross Movement. The Leatherhead & Cobham Branch Volunteers will be out & about in the area during the week with their collecting tins to raise money for the work of the Red Cross, both at home & overseas. Please give them a friendly word and as much cash as you can spare!

Immediate support for victims of fire. Emergency response – e.g. supporting victims of floods. First Aid training, for anyone, at all levels.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about the Leatherhead & Cobham Red Cross, please call Malcolm Cole on 01372 457392. Our warm thanks to the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for donating this space.

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“Apart from still getting good service from a Roofer, Handyman, Gardener and Cleaning Services found through your magazine, we would also like to mention our appreciation of the "Ashtead Good Neighbours" who have rescued us from being housebound all this year. Without their help we would have felt like prisoners in our own home and would not have been able to keep various medical appointments. They certainly do sterling work and are a credit to the community.

As part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation, we have a truly global reach. Whenever you see a terrible natural disaster or conflict on TV, it's likely you'll also see us there, helping people right at the heart of the problem. Our volunteers also support thousands of people in the UK every year through large-scale or personal crises. By supporting us, you'll help ensure we can still be there the next time things go wrong. The local branch is particularly active in providing the following services to the community: Ë

Another joy, of course, is your magazine. Keep up the good work and best wishes always from Audrey and Jack Bewsey”

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN MAY? Sunday 2nd

NCCPG Surrey, Plant Fair. 11am-4pm. Free entry. Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA

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Spring walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. Sunday 2nd meet Top end Crabtree Lane, Bookham. Saturday 15th meet Mill Way Car Park opp Nower Wood Headley. More info 01372 363589, www.livewellnaturally.co.uk

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Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group. Demonstration by Mr Mig Kimpton entitled ‘Spring Collection 2010’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome, entry £4. Contact Diane Evans, 01372 272563.

Wednesday 5th

Ashtead WI talk. ‘Where were you in the war?’ by June Batts, talking about Ashtead and local area during the war. 7.30pm, APMH. Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thursday 6th (weekly)

Sewing Room (sale of haberdashery and greetings cards) 10am-12pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall.

Thursday 6th (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844

Friday 7th

Ashtead Friday Market. 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, haberdashery, bric-a-brac, plants, cards, jewellery, etc. Free entry.

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Coffee and scones served every Friday morning in the Ralli Room Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to run the APMH.

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Eco-friendly May Fair, Fetcham Village Infant & Pre-School, School Lane. 11am-2pm, lots of stalls including face painting, cakes, roller-coaster, beat the Chelsea goalie, bouncy slide, tombolas, toys, books etc. Free entry. St Catherine's Hospice Plant Sale, 10am-12pm. Charlwood Parish Hall, 92 The Street, Charlwood, Surrey RH6 0DS. Free entry. Selection of unusual plants. Bring and buy plants, patio pots and hanging baskets. Coffee. Donations of plants welcome. 01293 862286 Charlwood Friends St Catherine's Hospice

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Holly Craft, John Rumble Room, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, Fetcham, 7.30pm9.30pm. Join our monthly craft evenings, all materials and light refreshments inc, £6.50 per session, call 07961 302570 for more info.

Friday 14th and Tuesday 18th

Van Eyk & the Northern Renaissance. The master of reflection, realism and detail; we will look at how he, and others, influenced Italy in the 15th century. 7.30 pm. £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272 235, or ashteadartlovers@googlemail.com to book; website: www.asheadartlovers.co.uk.

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Dorking Concertgoers Society. Violin recital by Victoria Sayles & Martin Cousin - Music by Schubert, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Lutoslawski, Mozart & Brahms. Dorking Halls at 7.30 pm Tickets £15 from 01306 740619 or 01306 881717

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Lecture: ‘Surrey in Saxon Times’ by Chris Howkins. Letherhead Institute, High Street. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm. £1.

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Fetcham Village Hall Spring Fair. The Street, Fetcham. 10am-12pm. Entrance £1 (inc coffee or tea and a biccie). Lots of stalls selling cakes, books, bring & buy, bric-a-brac and tombola.

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Bringing the North Downs World War II Pill Boxes to life. 11am-4pm. Denbies Hillside car park, Ranmore Common Road RH5 6SR. Free. Join us and the 'Real Dad's Army' for an exciting and noisy home guard re-enactment a the Pill Boxes along the North downs. These defence buildings were built at strategic positions on the Downs to slow an advancing German army. There will be weapon demonstrations and live firing throughout the day; bren guns, sniper and small artillary. 6 mile round trip. northdownswest@nationaltrust.org.uk. 01306 887485 Surrey Hills, National Trust

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I have decided to run this article again. The formatting in the April magazine went a little awry and the final two paragraphs were lost! Here it is, but this time in its entirety and exactly how it should have appeared last month, my apologies. Zen George, Publisher

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 16

Leatherhead Court – Woodlands Road Leatherhead Leatherhead Court in Woodlands Road was once part of the Woodland Park Estate. The owner at the time was Frederick Carkeet Bryant, a son of the founder of Bryant and May, the match manufacturer. In 1904 it was leased to Martha Wood-Tullis and often referred to as a ‘high class school for young ladies’. Among the famous pupils who attended the school were Winifred O’ Shaughnessy de Wolfe Hudnut, who married Rudolph Valentino and Fay Compton the wellknown British stage and screen actress. In 1933 a small committee was formed by Dame Georgiana Buller, Vice Chairman of the Central Council for the Care of Cripples, her aim was to establish a Training College for the disabled so that such people might be able to find suitable employment in either commerce or industry, and to regain their self- respect. The ten-acre site of Leatherhead Court was deemed ideal and was duly purchased for the sum of £8.000. The first 16 trainees were received on the 1st November 1934 and the establishment was formally opened by HRH the Duchess of York (the late Queen Mother) as the Cripples Training College (London and District) on the 27th June 1935. In 1942 Her Majesty expressed the wish that the college should, in future, be known as Queen Elizabeth’s Training College for the Disabled. In January 1989, Leatherhead Court was the victim of a horrendous fire. The front of the building was totally destroyed. Following a big fund raising effort, a new front was built on to the remaining buildings. The new building was officially opened by the late Queen Mother in November 1992. The front building is now the Headquarters of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled People. The College, now called QEF Vocational Services celebrates its seventy fifth birthday this year and still strives to maintain its original aim of helping disabled people find suitable employment, and to regain their self respect.

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thing of the past and it saddens me to think that later generations may not experience such generous blossom, seen against the sky. Many, if not most, of the apple trees sold these days are on what is called ‘semidwarfing’ or even ‘dwarfing’ rootstocks, which means that the trees barely grow taller than the gardeners who plant them. For small gardens, these are the obvious choice, of course, especially if the gardener wants to grow more than one tree but, surely, there is still a place in many gardens for a full-grown orchard tree? This is one grown on a nondwarfing MM111 or M25 rootstock, and preferably with the leading shoot pruned in such a way that two main trunks branch out quite low down, and provide good climbing practice for the outdoor child. Such a tree, ten or fifteen years down the line, will bring the precious gift of atmosphere to the garden. Indeed, it might even sell the house one day. © Ursula Buchan, 2010


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Tulips

A striking spring bulb, with an interesting history, tulips are in flower this month Tulips are the national flower of Iran and Turkey. First cultivated by the Turks in 1000AD, tulips were introduced to Europe in the middle of the 16th century. In Holland they became the subject of a phenomenon called ‘Tulipomania’. Due to their rarity, only a few very rich people could afford them, which meant the plants became status symbols. When the Tulipomania bubble burst, the Dutch created the successful bulb-growing business they have now. There are now over 3,000 varieties of cultivated tulips in almost every colour and size imaginable. The natural habitat of tulips is in mountainous regions so they need a period of cold while they are dormant. Plant bulbs in November or December, before the first frost. Tulips bloom in almost any well drained 82

soil, but mix in plenty of organic matter and fertiliser to encourage vivacious growth. After flowering, deadhead and leave the plant to die down naturally, so energy is sent to the bulb to store for use next spring. Some people are allergic to tulip bulbs, so wear gloves while handling them. However, during World War II, people in Holland were forced to eat tulips. Apparently this was an unpleasant experience with the taste described as “wet sawdust”. It was also a risky undertaking as some parts of the bulb are poisonous.


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Book Reviews by Peter Snell first love, has taken to writing girls' ballet books from the turret of her fabulous house - that's when she can carve out the space between the forceful presence of Herman and her crosspatch daughter Cat. The book throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it comes together like a dance; a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem.

The Battle of Britain Experience Richard Overy £30.00

Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter, is a world-renowned historian and an expert on the history of the Second World War, air warfare and the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships. He has won five prizes for his published work, including in 2005 the Wolfson prize for History. He is the author or Carlton's landmark Second World War Experience four part series in association with the Imperial War Museum and is a regular contributor to the Independent, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian.

Now Morris Gleitzman £6.99 Morris Gleitzman's acclaimed story of friends Felix and Zelda in Nazi-occupied Poland has captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. In Now he delivers the final chapter, bringing this most moving of stories into the present day.

On 18 June 1940 Churchill declared in the Commons - 'The Battle of France is over...the Battle for Britain is about to begin'. AS such the Battle of Britain was without doubt one of, if not the, most important victories in British history. At the end of it Hitler cancelled all plans to invade England and the Allies maintained a European stronghold from which to launch the eventual operation to recapture mainland Europe. This book is the story of that battle: the machines which took to the air; the tactics employed by each side; gripping accounts of the action; the people who took part from the Commanders, to the pilots to ground crew and plotters. Fascinating facsimile documents brings this great battle to life as never before. Sex and Stravinsky Barbara Trapido £11.99 Brilliant Australian Caroline can command everyone except her own ghoulish mother, which means that things aren't easy for Josh and Zoe, her husband and twelveyear-old daughter. Josh has bizarre origins in a South African mining town, but now teaches mime in Bristol. Zoe longs for ballet lessons; a thing denied her until… On the east coast of Africa, Hattie Thomas, Josh's

What the Dog Saw Malcolm Gladwell £9.99 Are smart people overrated? What can pit bulls teach us about crime? Why are problems like homelessness easier to solve than to manage? From criminology to ketchup, job interviews to dog training, this title takes everyday subjects and shows us different ways of looking at them, and the world around us The Most Amazing Scenic Journeys in Britain Reader’s Digest £14.99 The 100 great drives in this collection have been selected from the most beautiful routes Britain has to offer. These spectacular circular tours offer scenic stop-offs plus castles, gardens, museums and hamlets to explore. Each drive - on A and B roads - comes with a map and the route is described in text packed with fascinating local detail. From the southern coast roads to lochside byways, get to know Britain with this indispensable guide. Peter Snell, Barton’s Bookshop, 2 Bridge St, Leatherhead 01372 362988 Email: sales@bartonsbookshop.co.uk

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Issue 55, May 2010. Never underestimate the importance of community.

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