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


Support for landlords


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Mole Valley’s new young leaders


Ashtead Community Vision


Leatherhead Drama Festival 2014 (50 & 51)


Brigitte Trust Volunteer Drive


Recipe - Artichoke and parmesan crostini


Emergency accommodation/homeless


Update on Ashtead-L’head cycle route


Andy’s Blog


Clubs & Activities (pages 57-64)


Box Hill’s 100th birthday


GO50 walks and cycle rides


MV Government growth fund


Local history article


Leatherhead Community Market


Give a cat a home


Help sought at Epsom Hospital


What’s on in May? (pages 74-80)


Mole Valley Police Column


Supercar ticket competition


Help for flood victims


Surrey County Show ticket competition


Hawthorn Leslie 3837 update


Rotary young photographer


Quiz - Literary doctors


Rotary foreign currency collection


Running into trouble - a story


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Quiz - Red, White & Blue


Cryptic crossword


Book Reviews


Transition Ashtead


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Gardening - water features


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From the Publisher


hope you had a lovely Easter break. Now that the weather’s warming up I’m back in the garden (sadly I’m only a fair-weather gardener rather than the real McCoy!), but it really is lovely to see all the glorious green shoots and buds on the trees and shrubs, after such a miserable, wet winter. I’ve planted lettuces, sweet peas, petunias and, of course, night scented stock (one of my favourite summer plants for balmy evenings.) There are two very poignant articles in this month’s edition on homelessness. One on page 20 and the other on page 46, there is obviously a demand for emergency homes for people who find themselves homeless for many reasons and I do hope we can help. May sees the annual Leatherhead Drama Festival which runs from Monday 5th to Saturday 17th May - details can be found in the centre pages (50 and 51). I received a request from tireless fundraiser Bess Harding asking for volunteers for their ’Aladdin’s Cave Shop’ shop within Epsom Hospital which raises money for equipment, more on page 28. Janine Stagg, one of the pillars of the Leatherhead community, wrote to me asking whether I could pop an article in the magazine for the Leatherhead Community Market held at the Parish Church Hall every Friday morning. It’s a great place to buy eggs, plants, cakes, fresh meat, preserves, pastries, meet up with friends and, if that isn’t enough - you can buy haberdashery for your crafting and sewing - with lots of experienced advice to boot! If you are able to give Advertising a few hours a week or, indeed, want to sell your The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local produce, call Janine, details can be found on page provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads 26.

cost from £53 +VAT per month, per Jamie Chisolm, proprietor of Bike Beans Cafe in quarter page for a 10,000 residential Ashtead, is updating us all on what’s happening with distribution (yes, really!) and can be the Ashtead to Leatherhead cycle route, his report designed where required.

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Now that the summer months are on their way, if you find you return from your holiday with a few foreign currency coins/notes, please think about putting them in the collection bottle based at Leatherhead’s Natwest bank which will be put to good use by the Leatherhead Rotary. £3000 has been collected in this way since 2008, so not too shoddy! Have a wonderful May, we are lucky to have two long weekends in this month - ah joy that knows no bounds. To quote Heinrich Heine, ‘Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us, The very clouds move on.’ See you soon ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 A huge thank you from the ARA Standing Committee to everyone who helped with this year’s Ashtead Spring Clean on 5th April. Over 50 volunteers came to help, including local Councillors and Red Cloud Recycling who collected the rubbish from helpers. Along with a mountain of black sacks containing rubbish found littering the streets, verges and Ashtead Station, a few odd things were found dumped around the village - a helium cylinder, 3 golf clubs, an old tyre to name but some. On the morning of last year’s Spring Clean, we awoke to a scattering of snow and freezing temperatures but this year’s event took place in glorious warm Spring weather. The after Spring Clean refreshments, including sandwiches and giant bowls of chips, were provided by Beverley, the landlady at The Brewery Inn, and these were a very welcome and generous contribution to proceedings.

Centurion Site Services Ltd are planning further maintenance work on the level crossing and it will be closed on Sunday, 25th May (00.01am to 07.01am) and Friday 30th May (00.01am to 06.00am). As for the March closure, there will be temporary arrangements for emergency vehicles and pedestrians and horse and bike riders will all be escorted across. A vehicle will be parked common side for passengers who need help to reach their homes. Cars can be left in the station car park overnight and Network Rail will provide a full security presence to watch over them.

You may have noticed members of the ARA digging over the flower beds at Ashtead Station in preparation for planting shrubs during April. Southern Railways and Leatherhead Lions have provided funds for the planting and Bernie Merry of Fjord Carriages has kindly supplied some well rotted manure to help get the shrubs off to a good start. (If any keen gardener out there wants some delivered, contact Bernie on 07947 328181.) Another thank you to those ARA members who have assisted with this project and the planting of the rear beds, but a very special thank you the children of Barnett Wood Lane

Finally, please don’t forget the ARA’s Annual General meeting on 29th April at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Please arrive from 7pm for a 7.30 start. The first half of the meeting will cover ARA procedural matters and will include the Chairman’s address. The guest speaker following the interval is Kevin Hurley, Surrey Police Crime Commissioner who will be telling us his plans for policing in Surrey. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session so please do take this opportunity to come and ask questions about that and share any concerns that you might have about his plans.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Last year at this time, we were concerned with the Consultation on Housing Sites in the District. By the time this is published we shall have had our Annual General Meeting. And, as I will have explained then in my report, we are facing a new set of opportunities and challenges. For those of you who may have missed my report to the Association, which I am currently writing, let me set out the picture as explained by the Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council (Ms. Yvonne Rees) to a group of us, a few days ago. The Government, in their desire to stimulate growth in the economy, are setting aside £2,000M per annum for 2016 and each of the next 4 years. This is not all new money, but much is from existing budgets, but to be distributed through 39 Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs). Mole Valley is within the Coast to Capital area (C2C), which is a triangular area from London to the South Coast. This area is further subdivided into 5 areas, one of which, the Gatwick Diamond consists of Mole Valley in the west and Tandridge in the east, with Croydon in the north to Brighton in the south. These boundaries are not precise and allow for some spill-over within the LEP. I should add that there is also a European element (ESIF) to the funding as well, starting this year, and consisting of Euro 67.3 M over the 5 years, but much of which has already been allocated. The whole initiative has been agreed by the three major Political Parties, so that it will be secure whatever the outcome of the next general election.

The object is to provide an environment in which business may thrive. So transport is a major factor. I understand that the Highways Agency is considering the enlargement of Junction Nine (Leatherhead) as part of this. A new railway link between Heathrow and Gatwick is also a possibility. Although some of the funds are to be allocated, some are also open for bids. In Mole Valley it has been agreed by MVDC that Leatherhead should be the principal beneficiary in terms of infrastructure. So what does this mean? The answer is double edged, insofar as there could be significant improvements in our roads (the oneway system) and in car parking provision. Rail services and facilities might be improved with access through to Kingston. Re-arrangement of the Town Centre is proposed with more access to shops, and municipal services such as possibly bringing the library into the Town Centre together with the Help Shop. On the other hand it could mean more building in the Countryside to provide houses and industrial parks. It will certainly involve Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham. There is much more to be found on the subject at But involvement by Residents’ Association will be vital to shape the developments over the coming four years. Hubert Carr, Chairman

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Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum’s consultation to provide feedback on the assessment of 10 AVC is a cross section of Ashtead residents potential development sites around the village who volunteered over a year ago to undertake ended on 6th April with over 1,000 visitors to the neighbourhood planning work on behalf of the ACV website alone. the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum. It now see Also, over 100 people came along to the differences emerging between their ‘views on Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on 29th March to the potential development sites and those meet members of the Forum’s working group – actually living in the affected areas Ashtead Community Vision (ACV), local inevitable perhaps given the enhanced councillors and senior planning officials from interest local residents have in their Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). The open immediate surroundings? morning enabled them to ask questions and to ACV is continuing to encourage local residents provide feedback to ACV. In addition, a group – whether for or against any development - to representing residents in the Farm Lane area take an interest in the process. Apart from the brought their own display to voice opposition open morning, newsletter door drops and to the draft site assessments which had been website activities, Forum members, including presented to the Ashtead Forum. Forum chairman, Tony Tuley have been Many of the responses to the site assessments meeting local groups in order to encourage came via the ACV website with over 150 them to get involved. For example, Tony individual submissions and over 500 comments recently met 25 Warren residents at a special on the individual sites. meeting called to discuss the Green Belt/Site Assessment process. Such activity is meant to The site assessment process is a feature of encourage local residents to take an interest ‘neighbourhood planning’ and set against the in the process. The extent to which it is now background of increasing demand for housing exercising those who could be affected by in the south east of England. The initiative development is clearly having a positive called on developers to come forward with impact in terms of engagement. potential sites for development which are For further information either go to the website then assessed by a cross section of local at: or residents, before submission to the local email info@ashteadcommunity authority. The assessments will then be incorporated by Mole Valley into their Housing You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and Traveller Site Plan that should be @AshteadCV published for further comment in the last quarter of 2014. The final say as to whether John Morgan any sites could be developed lies with MVDC. ACV member 14

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Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) Executive agreed to convert one of its buildings in Bookham into much-needed emergency accommodation for people threatened by homelessness. The plan is to convert MVDC’s commercial building at Bookham’s Edenside Estate into flats.

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The National Trust and the Friends of Box Hill are proud to be celeb-rating 100 years of the National Trust caring for the famous Surrey landmark. With the official birthday not being celebrated until the middle of September, the Friends of Box Hill are busy putting together their plans to commemorate this achievement. Chairman of the Friends of Box Hill, Lyn Richards said “we’d love to be able to share people’s memories, photos and stories of Box Hill Skiing at Box Hill in the 1990s, this year and courtesy of Ben Tatham we’re looking for interesting old photos or stories to be part of a display that we’re preparing”.

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Local Economy: Mole Valley part of £560m bid for Government Growth Fund An ambitious programme of projects and initiatives to help underpin the economic success and secure future economic growth in Mole Valley has been submitted to the Government as part of a wider £560m bid by the Coast to Capital, Local Enterprise Partnership. Councillor Chris Townsend, Leader of the Council explains: “We have a rare opportunity to access Government funding to support our local economy. The bidding process is both complex and highly competitive, against 38 other areas nationally and also locally within the Coast to Capital area. Saying this, our proposals for Mole Valley, worth over £25m, are now included in the final submission made to Government and will soon be assessed by Ministers. We hope to know by the autumn the size of the ‘Growth Deal’ funding Coast to Capital has secured. If successful, we will be developing projects and initiatives starting in 2015 running through to 2021. Coast to Capital’s ‘Growth Deal’ includes local regeneration projects and, included within these town plans, is a far-reaching aspirational ‘vision’ for Leatherhead that would help regenerate the town centre and surrounding area. It incorporates improvements to the road network in and around the town, developing the business quarter and improving the shopping centre and leisure facilities, as well as providing new homes in the centre of the town; supporting new businesses, helping businesses to export, employ young workers and apprenticeship. If funding is secured, these plans will take some time to develop, which we will do working with local businesses, residents and partners. We are really pleased to be a significant partner within the Coast to Capital ‘Growth Deal’ bid and hope that the Government and Ministers recognise the economic potential of our area when they agree funding later this year.”


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Mole Valley Police Column Hopefully, we can now start to look forward to some better weather, following the appalling floods that affected many parts of the country in recent months – including several places across Surrey. During this challenging time, many of your local officers provided additional assistance across the county, helping other emergency services with the evacuation of flooded homes and properties and providing additional patrols to help keep people safe and property secure. For residents who were affected and now trying to get back to “normal” can continue to present problems. Please be assured that your local policing team is very aware of this and will continue to carry out regular patrols in locations where property is still left unoccupied.

We have also seen a fairly constant (if low) level of reports about thefts of property – tools, gardening equipment, bicycles etc – from garden sheds and outbuildings. Please try to store your property securely. Although wooden sheds can never be make totally secure, a sturdy bolt and padlock does make you less likely to be targeted. Also, please consider security marking any high-value property or, if you are not overly worried about the actual appearance of a lawn mower etc, just painting your house number and postcode on the item can make it far less desirable to a would-be thief. Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator - MV

As summer approaches, however; if you decide to take advantage of the better weather by visiting some of the lovely beauty spots across Mole Valley, please remember not to leave any items of value in your vehicle. We have recently received some new reports of vehicles being targeted by opportunistic thieves and items (such as handbags, cash, cameras etc) taken from unattended vehicles – even if they were in the boot or hidden under the seats.

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Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society We are hoping to celebrate the engines 80th birthday at The Lavender Line. More of that closer to the date. We have recently been encouraged by news that the boiler is in very good condition considering its time open to the elements and further fundraising will press on with renewed vigour. This year we shall be attending several shows beginning with the Fetcham Scout Festival on the 14th June.

If you have not visited the engine at The Lavender Line then why not take the opportunity to do so. What could be better than a leisurely drive through the Surrey and Sussex countryside to Isfield where a warm welcome (not to mention the hearty breakfast prepared by the society chairman Mr Padgham) or a Sussex cream tea awaits and a trip up the line to the new station at Worth Halt.

One sad thing to report is the resignation of our stalwart fundraiser and long term secretary Brian Davis. He has been an active committee member since the beginning and his ideas and enthusiasm will be much missed within the committee. I would like to thank all those that have donated items to the society following our previous articles. At a Railwayana auction in February we raised over ÂŁ600 and at Brighton Model World we sold over ÂŁ400 of sales stock. This in itself shows that your gifts are making a difference and how important the people of Ashtead and Leatherhead are to us in helping us to meet our goal. If you have anything you wish to donate (model railway items are particularly welcome) that you think can help us to achieve our goal we would be more than happy to come and have a look. Paul Johnson, Hon Treasurer (07989 393044) Jean Farrow, Hon Secretary (01372374088) 34

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Running into Trouble During one of their regular Thursday night gettogethers, a group of mothers from Sarah’s school decided that it would be a great idea to take part in one of the Cancer Research ‘Race For Life’ events. There was going to be a run in Epsom, on the 29th of June and Ruth was more than happy to join in and raise money for such a worthy cause. Her aunt had recently been treated for the disease and it had been a very stressful and worrying time. Several of her friends knew people who’d been affected and the more money they could raise, the better.

The following day Ruth went out for another run. This time she decided to meet up with a couple of friends so that they could jog together. Once again, Sam agreed to look after the children and offered to go to the local supermarket to get bread for the children’s packed lunches. Ruth headed off to meet Tracy and Gina in the town before running by the river for a few miles.

By the time Ruth made it to the centre of town, she was exhausted. She hadn’t even met her friends yet. She then saw them running towards her, looking as hot and out of breath as she did. She was always running around after the children They took one look at each other, then at the and played badminton once a week so was fairly coffee shop behind them. “Just a quick one?” confident that 5kilometres would be achievable, with a bit of training. It would be fun to run She was mid way through a delicious latte when she spotted Sam, dragging a reluctant Sarah past with her friends and Ruth felt confident she the window of the coffee shop, in the direction could make some good money for the charity. of the supermarket. Panic stricken with guilt, Ruth instinctively ducked under the table. She decided to start her training slowly and left the house one morning with a spring in her step and positivity in her heart, determined to run for When she got home, Sam commented again on at least half an hour. Ten minutes later, she was her fresh-faced demeanour. “You’re obviously back at the house, red faced and gasping for fitter than you thought you were, darling. breath. Obviously walking into town and an hour That’s fantastic. Well done!” Ruth didn’t have on the badminton court wasn’t enough… She the heart to tell him the truth. was also in desperate need of new trainers and a The following Friday, Sam came home from work sports bra. with an enormous grin on his face. “I’ve got some amazing news for you, Ruth.” “You’re going to be The next time she ventured out, it was a Saturday morning and Sam was at home. He was so impressed with me. I took your sponsorship form into work and told my colleagues how well very proud of what she was doing and surprisingly supportive. He waved her off on her you were doing with your training. Several of them signed your form and then the head of PR morning run with a promise to make breakfast called me in to her office. She’s wants to for the children and do some cleaning and even officially sponsor you to run and pay £1,500 to the some ironing. charity! All you have to do is finish the race, wear the firm’s logo and have a photo taken for Half way down the road, June Patterson from the company magazine. You seem to be so fit number 63 was flapping her arms at Ruth from these days, it’ll be easy for you.” Before, Ruth the living room window and beckoning her to had the chance to respond, Sam added casually, come in. Concerned that perhaps there was a “Oh, by the way, I told them you were running the problem, Ruth stopped running and diverted up 10 kilometre race – that’s right isn’t it?” June’s driveway. An hour later, she was finally able to extricate herself from conversations about arthritis and new grandchildren, her stomach sloshing with tea. She knew that Sam would be worried if she was late and decided to head home. She was also desperate for the loo.

When she saw the clean and tidy house, Ruth didn’t have the heart to admit to drinking tea with a neighbour, particularly when Sam was so impressed by how good she looked after running for an hour.

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The Countryside is Calling When Shakespeare wrote, ‘Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,’ its highly unlikely he was picturing Ma and Pop Larkin and a ‘perfick’ lifestyle in the rural southern counties of England. Comparing your love with a summer’s day though goes hand in hand with ripening apples in the orchard, meadows of wild flowers blossoming and our love affair with the lush, green pastures of early summer. Here are a handful of novels to spark the romance of this often tempestuous relationship with our landscape.

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Get yourself some scones, clotted cream and jam and settle down with a nice cuppa. This is the story of the infectiously joyful and downright gorgeous Larkin family. If ever there was a couple with a lust for life, its Ma and Pa, who are just brimming over with unbridled enthusiasm for each other, their growing and extended family, and the idyllic rural setting they inhabit. Its all apple and strawberry picking combined with family life and love. H.E. Bates’ love of the English countryside just exudes from the pages, bringing sunshine, even in the pouring rain.

To Yorkshire now, and a coming of age tale of love and respect between a boy and his bird of prey. Billy Casper’s life is far from the rural idyll of the Larkin family. Its a tough existence in the mining town of Barnsley and he struggles to find any joy in his world at all. His life is transformed when he takes Kes under his wing, so to speak. Billy learns how to train and care for his bird in this gritty and poignant novel that’s been a classroom favourite for years. Escaping to the surrounding rolling hills enables both bird and boy to soar. Its a fantastic novel and one that will stay with you for a long time.

Newly-orphaned Flora Poste uproots and moves to rural Sussex to live with her relatives. And what a bunch of oddballs they are! The Starkadders are a family in crisis and Flora’s arrival at Cold Comfort Farm couldn’t have been timed better. She wastes no time in whipping them into shape with her own brand of common sense, resourcefulness and her willingness to boss other people around. This is a brilliant comic novel that will make even your family seem normal.

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Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy

To Wessex first where young shepherd Gabriel Oak has put all his money into sheep. He falls for the younger and fiercely independent Bathsheba Everdene, who has come to live with her Aunt. Oak’s rejected marriage proposal is the least of his worries when tragedy strikes in the most dramatic and memorable way, ruining his livelihood. This was Hardy’s fourth novel, but his first real literary success, and his descriptions of a pastoral Dorset are just beautiful. Its more English than Churchill drinking a pint of stout, sat astride a bulldog, and is wonderful escapism.

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Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome

Life is going swimmingly for the Walker children, aka the ‘Swallows’, until they come across the ‘Amazons’: the fearsome Blackett sisters. John, Susan, Titty and Roger must stand their ground on Wild Cat Island as adventures abound in this classic tale. Set in the Norfolk Broads across a glorious summer holiday, its a story about growing up, and life on the ‘high seas’. This is what the six week break was created for; its time to escape and live out an alternative life where the children rule the waves and the grown-ups are nowhere to be seen.


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Set against a backdrop of the wild Yorkshire Moors, Wuthering Heights is Bronte’s masterpiece of jealousy and revenge, deep passion, and a love so intense that its destructive. Heathcliff is adopted by Catherine Earnshaw’s father and falls in love with his guardian’s daughter. When Mr Earnshaw dies, Catherine’s brother convinces Heathcliff that she doesn’t feel the same way and he leaves, returning some years later as a wealthy man, hell-bent on getting revenge. And so begins his unravelling, with the chaotic and tempestuous moorland helping to make this a violent and brutal novel.

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Mole Valley’s New Young Leaders Elected (l-r): Vice Chair Joey Cleary, Administrator Jacob Byrne, Baxter Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) youth Boyce, Leader Rowan Munson, Briony Salter, Chair Louis Martin council, Youth Voice, has elected their new Executive Their top priority over the coming year is to encourage more young people to get involved in Youth Voice, by engaging with them through social media and promoting their work at local schools.

Over the next few months the youth councillors hope to go to school assemblies to talk about why young people should become councillors, and how rewarding the role can be. Youth Voice are keen to get the message across that by becoming a councillor you can help make your peers’ views heard by the council’s decision makers, and help make changes aimed at improving young residents’ lives. The councillors also chose their representatives for October’s Arts Alive Festival. Baxter Boyce and Briony Salter (Ashcombe and Roseberry Schools respectively) will work on encouraging more young people to get involved. Communication between the youth councillors and their older counterparts has been improved by inviting members to the Youth Voice meetings. To find out more about Mole Valley Youth Voice, or to get involved, visit youthvoice


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A varied programme Running from Bank Holiday Monday 5th May right through to the Gala Awards Night on Saturday 17th May


The two weeks of drama will feature 9 Junior and 13 Adult plays.The programme looks very exciting and includes eight completely new plays. Local groups performing include Applause Youth Theatre (Dorking), St. John’s School (Leatherhead), Reed’s School (Cobham), Leatherhead Performing Arts, Young Ashtead Players, Mole Valley Scriptwriters Group, Epsom Players plus others from a wider area. With two or three plays each evening you are assured of a good night out, each and every night! Season Tickets are available, meaning you can watch the Juniors’ or Adults’ whole programme at a bargain price! Well worth considering.


Sir Michael Caine is Patron of the Festival, and the major Trophies awarded each year bear his name. The Drama Groups, several of whom are new to the Festival this year, will be competing in the Junior or Adult sections for the unique and prestigious “Sir Michael Caine Drama Awards” (including Best Play, Best Actor and Best Actress), the “Richard Houghton Awards” for outstanding contribution, and the “Fire & Iron New Writers Awards”.


The Festival is a competition and the plays will be performed in front of the audience and the professional adjudicator Bev Clark (Member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators) will assess each play and give her verbal adjudication at the end of each evening. The Junior and Adult Winning plays will be re-performed at the Gala Awards Night on Saturday 17th May.

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Ashtead to Leatherhead Cycle Route - only a few months away! It dawned on me pretty quickly ,that when all the cones went out and the diggers and dumpers moved onto our stretch of the A24, that very few of the community seemed to know what was going on (even Zen didn’t know and she knows everything!). For those that still don’t know, its our exciting new ‘off carriageway cycle and pedestrian route’ linking ‘The Street’ in Ashtead with Leatherhead town centre (via the Knoll roundabout). In recognition of the importance of cycling and to secure a legacy from London 2012,Surrey CC has developed a strategy to encourage more people to cycle, more safely. Between the DfT and Mole Valley our area was awarded £850,000 to deliver this. The scheme primarily targets less confident cyclists (young and old ), who ordinarily would not wish to ride on a busy road. Construction of the route is well underway, with a completion date unconfirmed but for some stage in the Summer (hopefully before the Tour de France starts in early July!) As well as improving facilities for cyclists, the project also improves the safety and accessibility for pedestrians, with new signalised ‘Toucan Crossings’ (so called because ‘two-can –cross’!) near the junctions of Greville Pk Rd and Stag Leys. The old footbridge at the Grange Rd/Ermyn Way junction will also be removed and replaced with a ‘Toucan Crossing’. A further signalised crossing will be provided on the A243 Leatherhead Bypass for cyclists and pedestrians to negotiate the Knoll Roundabout. I am in discussion with the team at Surrey CC and our County Councillor,Chris Townsend, how we launch and promote the route, so kick the cobwebs off your pedals...! Jamie Chisolm at Bike Beans Cycle Cafe and Duncan Knox, Road Safety Team Manager Surrey CC

Prudential Ride London - Sunday 10th August The mass event (London 100) is expected to start arriving in Leatherhead from 9am and to be finished by 3pm, and is anticipated to have about 24,000 riders. The Classic Race is expected to arrive between 4.30-5 pm and to last for about 5-10 minutes. Road closures will commence 30 minutes before these times, and will be reopened as soon afterwards as possible. During the day there will be alterations to the traffic flow through the Town so as to give access to the Sainsbury’s car park, and to Lidl’s parking, but only from the west. The route is from Dorking Road and Gimcrack Hill and Church Street, then by the Crescent past the Institute and down Leret Way. Here the route is to be confined to the two lanes away from the Town so as to permit one way use of the road to gain access from North Street to the multistorey car park . This will be in alternating directions under the control of temporary traffic signals. At the lower end of Leret Way the cyclists will turn down Bull Hill and thus along Randalls Road and on to Cobham. At the top of Leret Way the route will follow the inside of the bend, thus allowing a connection to be made from Linden Road to Epsom Road (in one direction). It is possible that the loading deck to Sainsbury’s and the Swan Centre will be used as a ‘service station’ for riders needing ‘comfort breaks’ and for relay teams to do their changeovers. Except for the Classic race, marshals will stop the cyclists so as to allow pedestrians to cross Leret Way from time to time. During the day the roads in the Town will be changed so that all access from Fetcham will be directed up Bridge Street and then North Street. Thus it can access Lidl or Sainsbury’s car parks. It will then use Station Road and Waterways road to return to Fetcham and beyond. Lots more details on the event are available from the website: Hubert Carr 54

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


May Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) GO FURTHER: Fri 2 : Box Hill, 9m Meet 10am at Box Hill main NT car park. KT20 7LB | Tue 6 : Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Wed 7: Henfold Lakes, Newdigate, 4½m Level walk through woods & fields to Newdigate Nature Reserve with some stiles. Meet 10.15am. From A24 turn left into Churt Lane South off Dorking by-pass, continue past Fourwents Pond into Henfold Lane. Sign to Lakes on left. Approx 3m south of Dorking. TQ187438 / RH5 4RW | Mon 12: Charlwood, 3½m Meet at 10am at Half Moon pub, Charlwood, near St Nicholas Church. A walk through farmland and woodland. Pub refreshments. TQ242411 / RH6 0DS | Fri 16: Titsey Place (Kent), 3m or 5m Meet 10am at Titsey Place car park at the very end of Water Lane. Join Bluehouse Lane, just north of Oxted going East and after 1 mile where it bends sharp right, then turn left into Water Lane. A walk with beautiful views, one sharp ascent up and down, but otherwise fairly flat. TQ401544 / RH8 0SA | Mon 19: Earlswood Lakes, 5m Unusual walk from Earlswood Lakes car park around E Surrey hospital and fields beyond. One gradual hill, otherwise fairly flat and can be muddy. Meet 10am in Earlswood Lakes car park on Woodhatch Road A2044. Kiosk in CP or nearby pubs. TQ267486 / RH2 7QB (T) Bus 430, 435 | Wed 21: Garsons Farm, 4½m Meet 10:15am at Garson’s Farm car park. 1m west of Esher off A307, turn down West End Lane to the green, then turn left into Winterdown Rd. Woodland/Common walk. Optional refreshments afterwards at Farm Café and PYO fruit. TQ124638 / KT10 8LR (T) Bus 515 to West End Lane | Tue 27: Dormansland, 5m Meet 10am for 10:15am start at the Plough Pub, Dormansland. Please park on the road alongside the pub. Enjoy a hilly walk to Iron Fort with wonderful views - open fields with few stiles. Return by woodlands of the estate of the Manor House. TQ406428 / RH7 6PR | GO FURTHER: Tue 27: Horsted Keynes, 8m Meet 10am in car park in the centre of Horsted Keynes village. A beautiful 4-5m, undulating walk followed by lunch or picnic at Heaven Farm. Another 4m walk after lunch. TQ384281 / RH17 7AE | Thu 29: Old Oxted, 5½m Meet 10am at the end of the old Godstone Road in Old Oxted. Walk across golf course to Tandridge & Hurst Green. Bring a snack. TQ382521 / RH8 9JX

May Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Thu 1: Horton Country Park 15m Mainly flat route (195m ascent/descent). Explore Horton Country Park, the Hogsmill, Nonsuch Park & Ashtead Common. Meet David L at the Woodman, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. TQ179586 / KT21 2DA | Thu 8: Mogador 15m Mostly smooth tracks and roads. One moderate gravel climb. To Fanny’s Farm and back via Banstead Heath and North Downs. Meet Gwyn at the Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES | Fri 9: Newdigate 15m An easy ride to Holmwood Common. Mainly on tracks but some cycling on fairly quiet roads. Good views. Meet Gerry at the car park behind the Six Bells in Newdigate TQ197420 / RH5 5DH | Mon 12: Nutfield Challenging ride with scenic climbs and interesting descents. Up & along the North Downs & back. Meet David H at Inn on the Pond, Nutfield Marsh Rd. TQ302515 / RH1 4EU. | Tue 13: Bookham 20m A moderate road ride to Box Hill and back. Meet Geoff at the Windsor Castle, Little Bookham Street. TQ125545 / KT23 3AA | Thu 15: Headley 12m A moderate/challenging ride over heathland and some single track around Headley, Walton & Mickleham. Steady pace. Meet Mike at The Cock Inn in Headley. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE | Fri 16: Thames Tow Path, Kingston to Walton beginners 15m Completely flat, suitable for beginners. Some road work in the middle. Ride down the Thames to Kingston via Hampton Crt, then cross Bushy Pk before returning via Sunbury & Walton Bridge. Meet David L at Weir Pub, Waterside Drive, Walton on Thames. TQ106681 / KT12 2JB | Mon 19: Outwood Moderate ride heading north to Bletchingley. Some on-road riding. Coffee stop en-route. Meet Frank at the car park, 100 yds northwest of Windmill (TQ326457). RH1 5PW 58

Clubs & Activities

WEDNESDAY Leatherhead

The Fairfield Centre, Swan Court, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH, 7.00PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652

MONDAY Ashtead

Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW, 5.30PM Tel: Yvonne 07879 690276


Clubs & Activities

Ashtead Tennis Players’ Club Open Day Saturday 21st June 2pm-5pm

Come and join us on Saturday 21st June, and try your hand at tennis on our beautiful all weather courts. We’ll provide the rackets and balls, along with other games and competitions to entertain the whole family. All you have to do is turn up and have a go! You will find us in the recreation ground, by the Woodfield Lane entrance, opposite the cricket club. If you can’t join us on the day itself, come any time. Ashtead Tennis Players Club is open to everyone – beginners, rusty returners, very rusty returners, seasoned campaigners, young mums, pensioners, juniors, professionals... there is no “playing in”, and we are not one of those clubs where members of the committee sit in deckchairs watching you on your first day! You are welcome right from the start. There are “turn up and play” club sessions four times a week (two of them at weekends), and of course members have the use of the courts any time they wish to arrange a game. Two of the courts have floodlights, meaning we are open 365 days a year (our 27th December round robin tournament is a traditional Christmas highlight). We have a programme of other competitions throughout the year, including our club championships, and we have teams playing in the Dorking and Leatherhead and the Surrey leagues. We even have a team that competes regularly in the pub quiz at The Woodman. Being sociable types who like to relax after a good workout on the courts, we arrange periodic social events, usually featuring food and drink, sometimes a barbecue. Membership is split more or less equally between adults and juniors, with our popular junior club night on Friday evenings. Group coaching sessions for juniors are on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and adult coaching is tailored to suit the needs and timetable of the individual. For timing of club sessions and any more details you might need (such as our very reasonable and highly affordable membership fees), ring James on 01372 721104, or visit our website at Or if you pass by our courts when we are playing, stop and say hello. We’ll be glad to see you, explain more about what we do, and put on a display of tennis absolutely free of charge! 60

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Nordic Walking and Pilates in the Nordic Join our small, friendly classes on Epsom Downs & Box Hill - perfect for anyone who loves being outdoors.

We offer a learn to Nordic Walk programme, and a range of Nordic Walking classes to suit all levels and abilities. Pilates in the Nordic is an outdoor Pilates class which uses the Nordic Walking poles and gymstick bands to add feedback and resistance to traditional Pilates exercises.

07502 215827

LEATHERHEAD BOWLING CLUB Fortyfoot Road Recreation Ground

So you think you are TOO YOUNG TO PLAY BOWLS!! The young at heart members of Leatherhead Bowling Club challenge you to a chance to beat us! Come and enjoy yourself on one of our


Saturday 10th May 10am-1pm Monday 9th June 6pm-8pm


Sunday 18th May 10am-1pm Saturday 21st June 10am-1pm

Tel: David Lokkerbol 01372 375 756 or Terry Dickenson 01372 210 960 Club House 01372 379804 Website: 61

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - April 2014 Meeting Easter was to the fore at our April meeting with a wonderful display of beautifully decorated sponge cakes for our competition. Ashtead W.I. had hosted the recent Emlyn Downs Group lunch, and were pleased to receive favourable reports on the event enjoyed by 120 WI members in the Barn Hall, Bookham. Our WI were also much in evidence at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall’s 90 th anniversary celebration weekend recently with our colourful stall showing off all our activities. We have been advised that Surrey Federation has sent £20 to each WI group to encourage us to raise funds for the County and our individual Institutes, so we must begin to think of ways to start this off. A very busy time has been had by our energetic committee and many of our members! This evening we all thoroughly enjoyed hearing about experiences of being behind the scenes at TV Quiz shows by our speaker Faith Powell. Its obviously very difficult to get on to these shows, and to last the course when actually chosen, but Faith provided us with many laughs and intriguing insights of her time taking part. We were also treated to snippets of information attached to some well-known names, and I think we will view all these shows much more realistically in future. Faith was then asked to judge the Easter Cake competition, the winner being deliciously chocolate covered. Of course there were plenty of waiting plates while some of the other cakes were cut at our coffee break! Then was considerable National WI news from our President, Sally Cole – including the fact that there are 215,000 members in 6,500 W.I.s in England & Wales, (and 171 W.I.s in Surrey with 7,000 members) so wonderfully encouraging numbers. We learned that there will soon be a W.I. campaign for Safe Cycling & Maintenance and possibly some Royal Mail stamps in the future. Our meeting ended with news of our sub-groups – Reading, Theatre, Scrabble, Craft, etc., the date for our local lunch, and an Easter raffle. On May 7th we will have our resolutions meeting and a speaker on the History of the WI.

Sandra Brown

Inner Wheel joint meeting Ashtead Inner Wheel were pleased to join the Bookham and Horsley club for our annual joint meeting. Members happily mingled and chatted together and enjoyed a pleasant meal and interesting talk on Sir Walter Raleigh.

L to R: Chrissy Kerton, Dorothy Gluck, Ann Goulder, and Margaret Elsey

Presidents Lois and Jean

Our Ashtead President Jean Haynes delighted everyone by giving Bookham a Candle of Friendship which President Lois Driscoll promised would be lit at their future meetings. Our joint meetings have been occurring for many years and all present were sad that this was to be the last one since Ashtead club were disbanding in June, and President Lois issued a warm welcome to any Ashtead member who might like to transfer to the Bookham club next year. 62

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GREAT NEWS for all our readers looking for something fun to do over the next few months! There is a 14 week part-time Art Class (3 hours a week, mornings or afternoons) starting soon. Easy access by bus or easy parking if you come by car.

4 different media; pencil drawing & sketching, Oil pastel painting and techniques, painting and blending with water colours and acrylics. Step by step tuition in the basic techniques and secrets needed to create beautiful pieces of art.


The course is designed to be fun for Absolute Beginners who have never picked up a brush before through to Improvers.

By the end of the course, students have created a minimum of 8 pieces of their very own original art they can enjoy forever, from Beautiful Countryside Landscape Scenes to Incredible Seaside Vistas




We adapt to each student’s needs and give them all the guidance and help they need to develop their artistic skills. The curriculum is fun, comprehensive and interesting. Over 14 weeks we will explore

This part time course is over 3 months, so will give you plenty of time to master your new hobby.


The final day of the art class will be the preparation for an exhibition later that day, featuring the work created on the course.


To maintain a high standard to our classes and the tuition you will receive, classes are kept to small numbers – so places available are limited! We recommend that if you are interested, you call now for a chat.

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Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute Our March meeting began with a catch up of news. We were reminded that the 24th April will be our birthday celebration from 2pm-4pm. Our guest speaker on that day will be the manager of the Lavender Fields in Banstead who will tell us the history of this unique venue which we hope to visit at a later date. The May meeting will be on the 29th (the fifth Thursday). The plan for members making individual pennants to create a banner will be discussed. Many suggestions for the designs have been made and this should be an interesting project. Due to illness our scheduled speaker had to cancel but we were very fortunate at such short notice that Mr Ray Hampton was able to come to our rescue. He spoke to us about the history and mystery of playing cards and revealed some surprising facts, particularly that they originated in Italy in 1377. In spite of suspicions in some quarters that they had evil connotations, their popularity has continued through the years. The old favourite game of Patience apparently has 365 variations - not many people know that! He finished with a few baffling tricks and was truly entertaining. Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570

Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our April meeting we enjoyed some beautiful photos of the Engadine region of the Swiss alps shown to us by Glenda Law. An intrepid naturalist she told us of her exploits photographing flora & fauna. Staying still, lying down waiting to get a photo of a marmot, for instance! The scenery was magnificent. At our next meeting we will be holding a plant stall in aid of our charity Pitstop. Also in aid of our charity there will be a coffee morning at the Chairman's house in May. On April 23rd we are holding a St George's Day tea party. Everyone in red and white please! In June we are having a coach trip to Worthing and our summer lunch will be held on July 29th. Several members went to Guildford to an afternoon of Curling organised by Mid Surrey Federation. Great fun curling on a Guide Hut floor! The AGM of Mid Surrey will be held on April 29th at Clandon Regis Golf Club. after lunch our speaker will be Tricia Lewis. Mid Surrey federation are also organising an Afternoon of Line Dancing in June & in August a croquet day. All good fun. The National TG AGM will be held in Cardiff this year in June & our Chairman will be our representative. At our meeting on May 6th Julie Iles will be speaking on A Life less ordinary. Why don't you come and

find out what is less ordinary? We will make you very welcome. Our meetings are held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30 for 7.45pm.

If you would like further information, please contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588. 64

Education & Tuition


English – all levels

(inc Drama & Theatre Studies)

History – all levels

“Lessons tailored to help you reach your full potential”

Julie Calnan, Ph.D. (Cantab)

Tel: 01372 386511



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"Having our concert information in The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local is the single most effective way open to us to generate awareness of our concerts in the local community. Thank you, Zen" John Weiss, Administrator, Dorking Chamber Orchestra 66

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 63

Byron Place, Leatherhead Byron Place

Linden Court, built in the grounds of Linden House

Byron Place is named after a naval officer who lived in Linden House, now the site of Linden Court in Epsom Road. Richard Byron was the brother of Admiral John Byron, renowned in naval circles as ‘Foul weather Jack’, who was grandfather of the poet Lord Byron. Rear Admiral Richard Byron (b.1769- d.1837) himself had a distinguished career and commanded the Belvedere against the United States of America in the War of Independence. He married Sarah Sykes (b. 1786 - d.1861) of Leatherhead in 1801 and had three sons: Commander Richard Byron (b.1802-d.1843); Captain James Byron (b.1803-1858); and Reverend John Byron (b.1804-d.1878) John, married Mary Richardson whose father owned Belmont Lodge, the former Red House on Bull Hill, now replaced by a new building called Fairmount House. Goff Powell- Extracted from History of Leatherhead by Edwina Vardey with additions

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 70

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A friendly, family-run beauty service in the heart of Bookham Massage - Facials - Tanning Eye Lash Extensions Eye Lash & Eyebrow Tinting Exfoliation -Waxing - Gellux Nails Gift Vouchers also available

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Apealling Beauty

Health & Beauty

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If you feel that you could give Ariel & Orpheus a much deserved forever loving home please call Rosemary on 01737 350307

Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN MAY? Saturday 3rd

Grand Jumble Sale, 10am-12pm, 26-28 Hampstead Rd, Dorking, RH4 3AF in aid of Dorking Alzheimer’s Day Centre. Bric-a-brac, clothes, toys, books and lots more. Contact 01306 883425, email

Monday 5th Saturday 17th

Leatherhead Drama Festival - see pages 50-51

Wednesday 7th

Surrey Hills National Trust, Nightingale Walk On Bookham Common. Listen to the soaring melodies of this elusive bird on a walk with ranger Ian. Meeting arrangements given on booking. 7.30-10pm, £12pp - booking essential. Email:, 01372 220644

Saturday 10th

S.E. Region Bell Orchestra concert, The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN, 3pm-5pm. Music for handbells and bell chimes inc classical, pop and musicals. Adults £10, under 16s £5. Tel 01737 276500

Saturday 10th & Sunday 18th

Leatherhead Bowling Club, Fortyfoot Rd Recreation Ground, Bowls Day, see page 61

Wednesday 14th

Dinner in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund for Epsom General at The Chef Chinese restaurant, 74 Central Rd, Worcester Park, KT4 8HX, 7pm. £22 each, choose from 15 starters and up to 45 main courses! Tickets from Bess Harding 020 8337 8181.

Saturday 17th

Dorking Concergoers’, 7.30pm, Dorking Halls. Jenkinson Frith Duo (Cello & Piano), playing Stravinsky, Brahms, Schumann and Rachmaninov. Tickets £20; students half price; under 18 accompanied by full price ticket holder, free, from Dorking Concertgoers’ Box office 01306 740619 or Dorking Halls Box office 01306 881717

Saturday 24th

Mid-Surrey Mencap jumble sale at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, 11am1pm. Admission 50p. Light refreshments. Do come, if only to experience the mended road! (Which was why we had no sale in February - the potholes were being filled!)

Saturday 24th

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Martin’s Church, Dorking at 7.30 pm, playing Rossini, Mozart and Saint-Saens. Tickets £13; under18/student £8, from 01372 276949 or online at

Sunday 25th

Urban Orienteering Relay, 10am-12pm, The Sports Pavilion, Meadowbank Recreation Ground, Dorking. £3 per runner or £9 per team. Urban orienteering utilising the streets and parkland in Dorking. Team entries in advance. Under 16s with an adult. Details on, email:

Saturday 24th May - Sunday

50 Things May-hem, Polesden Lacey. 11am-3.30pm, normal grounds admission plus £1 per child. Have a go at hunting for bugs, orienteering and lots more.

Saturday 31st

Leatherhead Horticultural Society Plant Sale & Coffee Morning, 19 The Mount, Fetcham, KT22 9EB, 10am-12 noon. Entrance £2 includes refreshments. Attractions include Plant Sale, Cake Stall & Raffle.

Saturday 7th


Saturday 27th


Come and Sing with Bookham Choral Society in the Bookham Baptist Church at 2pm, singing both traditional and modern. No experience required, just a love of singing. Tickets are ₤10 (this includes refreshments). They are available from our Box Office on 01372 375644. More information on Happy Child Summer Ball, Woodlands Park Hotel, Stoke d’Abernon, 7.30pm-12am. Tickets £85 to inc reception drink, 3 course meal, ½ bottle of wine and entertainment. More info and tickets from Caroline on or 01372 375848 If there’s an event in June that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 12th May. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events74 are correct at time of print.

What’s On?

Leatherhead Open Gardens - Sunday 8th June 11am-5pm The LRA Environmental Committee and the Friends of the Parish Church are joining forces to make our third open gardens the best yet. There will be 11 gardens open. Two of the open gardens will also have an open studio as a part of the Surrey Artists Open Studios, where artists will be showcasing their working practice and demonstrating their creative techniques. The St. Mary and St Nicholas Church will be the hub of the day's activities. You will be able to stroll through the beautiful Park Gardens and purchase refreshments at the church. Inside the church you can enjoy recorded music and take in the atmosphere of the beautiful, historic building. Some of the gardens are within easy walking distance. A few are not. For this reason we are encouraging people to carpool to the most distant sites. This will help where parking is limited and provide transport for those without cars. If you are in need of transport to the most distant locations or willing to car share please contact Cheryl at 01372 370 091. The church will be the ideal meeting place. A map and garden descriptions are included in the Programme which doubles as a ticket. These can be purchased for ÂŁ5 from 5 May onwards at Barton's Book Shop, Truelove Funeral Directors, 55 Church Street, the LCA offices at the Letherhead Institute, and the Parish Church Office.


What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN MAY? - REGULAR EVENTS Thurs 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 1st (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, or email:

Thurs 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 1st (monthly)

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

Friday 2nd (monthly)

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

Friday 2nd (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea.

Friday 2nd (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Inspired by The Sewing Bee ? - come and see me for threads, buttons, ribbons, zips and more. Free advice to get you started - just ask. Contact 01372 374914 anytime for

Friday 2nd (weekly)

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

Sunday 4th Sunday 11th & Sunday 25th

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

Sunday 4th (weekly)

10.30am St Mary and St Nicholas Church Parish Communion - Everyone is welcome at all our services. Check the website for more events.

Tuesday 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ - Julie Iles. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 7th (weekly)

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

Wed 7th (weekly)

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

Wed 7th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Resolutions Meeting, History of the WI, speaker Sheila Webber. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 7th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Open Meeting. Demonstration by David Thomson ‘ Spring into Summer’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501 76

What’s On? Music on Thursdays (at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY) & Music on Wednesdays (at Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST) 12.30pm lunchtime concerts

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs

Thurs 1st May - LMC

Tritium Trio: Jernej Albreht, clarinet ® Lydia Hillerudh, cello & Joe Havlat, piano ®

Thurs 8th May - LMC

Francisco Correa, classical guitar

Weds 14th May - Christ Church

Thurs 22nd May - LMC

Jacqueline Phillips, cello, & piano

Thurs 29th May - LMC

Edita Zurauskaite-Durrant, mezzo Peter Bailey, piano (® performer appears courtesy of the

John Sharples, organist of Charlwood Parish Church

Royal Academy of Music)

WHAT’S ON IN MAY? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 8th (2nd Thurs monthly)

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

Thursday 8th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, talk by SurreySave’s Chief Executive, Valerie Walwyn (see article on page 94). Please come along.

Friday 9th

LCA Tea and Talks, Letherhead Institute, Abraham Dixon Hall, 2pm. All welcome – no charge. The fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills, Kathy Atherton of Dorking Museum will tell us about the fight for the vote for women and the impact of the suffragette movement in Surrey.

Friday 9th (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

Wed 14th & 28th (2nd & 4th Wed)

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

Wed 14th

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

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Friday 16th

Matisse: Colourist extraordinaire: The life & times of this leading artist of 20th century & his influence. 2.30 & 7.30: £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235 or to book.

Friday 16th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture - “Behind the Scenes at Leatherhead Museum” by Curator, Lorraine Spindler. Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm, £2 entry, non-members welcome

Wed 21st

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. AGM. Annual sub £10 + £1 per mtg. Info: Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 15th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206. 77

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The ever-popular weekend will be taking place on Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22nd June 2014 at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh. Now in its 8th year, The Supercar Event weekend provides the amazing opportunity of a once-in-a-lifetime exhilarating ride in a Supercar around the famous Top Gear track, from just £30! Over 100 Supercars will be taking part. There will also be a wide range of activities and entertainment for all the family. For further details about The Supercar Event visit: or To pur purchase tickets visit: -2014

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Doors open at 8am at Stoke Park, Guildford when Surrey County Show brings together spectacular entertainment, horses, donkeys, ducks, falconry, goats, poultry, beekeeping, gun dogs, fly fishing, showjumping and more, for an amazing family day out. This year the show features 100 years of farming commemorating WW1. There’s also an opportunity to take your WW1 memorabilia to the Surrey Infantry Museum who will offer help with advice and identification of items. Also appearing will be the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery with their exciting displays of horsemanship, whose duties including the firing of royal salutes and providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for state and military funerals. Gates open to the public at 8am. Discounted tickets are available on line at for purchases made before 18th May.

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Local Rotary Club banks on foreign currency The Rotary Club of Leatherhead would like to thank all the customers and staff of NatWest Bank in Bridge Street, Leatherhead who continue to donate their foreign coins and notes to the local community via the club's special collection bottle in the main reception area of the bank. Since 2008, over ÂŁ3,000 has been raised by way of converting all the foreign currency collected by the bank into sterling, every penny of which is then used to support local charities and voluntary organisations directly within the Leatherhead area. Club President, Simon Edmands, said he was very grateful to the bank and its customers for allowing them to collect money in this way, adding "This is such a simple way for people to support a range of local organisations. How many of us have come back from holidays or business trips with odd coins or notes that we will probably never use again? This way, every Euro, Dollar or Peruvian Sol, to name just a few, can be put to good use supporting other local people, many of whom possibly don't even have the luxury of a holiday each year." The foreign currency collection bottle is a permanent fixture in the bank's main reception area all donations, however small, are gratefully received. Pictured above James McLaughlin, branch manager of Natwest Leatherhead (left), with Peter Matthews, Leatherhead Rotarian


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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead Local Economics and Local Money Money is generally regarded as being part of a fixed framework that ordinary people cannot affect. However money is not an absolute, its a human construct, created by some people to achieve certain goals. When there are systemic flaws others can challenge the system. There are many examples from history, and many today too, of local communities successfully taking control of at least part of local monetary activity. Credit Unions vs Banks Credit unions offer saving and lending services to a discrete, defined community, encouraging the re-circulating of money locally and fostering community development. First seen in the UK in the 1960s, they share a lot of ideas with the Friendly and Building Societies of the 18th and 19th centuries. In Surrey the Credit Union, SurreySave (see has been going for 2 years and has already re-circulated some £millions around the Surrey economy. Local currencies are a different idea with the same general goal, of encouraging the re-use of money locally. There are some dramatic examples from history, including: The “Guernsey Experiment”. After the Napoleonic wars, Guernsey suffered from severe debt, soaring prices and crumbling sea defences. In 1815 they invented their own money. It re-circulated many times locally and enabled them to boost jobs and build harbours, sea defences and schools, many of which are still there today. In Wörgl, in Tyrol, in 1932, in another Depression, they too invented a local currency. Theirs also resulted in a jump in employment and their successes included new houses, a reservoir, a ski jump and a major bridge across the Inn. WIR. Founded in 1934, WIR is a private currency, the WIR Franc, created by and for the community of small businesses across Switzerland. The idea of reusing money internally is the same as with a geographic community. And it’s still going strong - starting with only 16 members, it now has more than 50,000. Local Currencies in Present-Day Britain Places as diverse as Bristol, Lewes, Brixton and Totnes have invented their own “Pounds”: These are nominally equal in value to Sterling, and are widely used by local businesses. And in a Local Exchange Trading System, invented in the 1980s in Canada, people invent their own independent currency and use it to supply each other with services and goods. We have one here in Mole Valley ( ), whose currency is the “Dork”. A Time Bank differs by having the hour as its currency unit - everyone’s time is valued equally. This is a newer idea and the number of instances is growing fast. All these schemes benefit strongly from being founded in smallish community groups, where people mostly know and come to trust each other. They all avoid “leakage”, where money and hence purchasing power is relocated to distant owners. Tony Cooper Our May meeting (Thursday 8th May 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article with a talk by Surreysave’s Chief Executive, Valerie Walwyn . Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 94

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Water, Water, Everywhere By Pippa Greenwood

A water-feature adds magic to any garden. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface can be just the finishing touch you need either for a patio or for a much larger garden. There’s a plentiful choice of water-features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. For moving water, your feature will use an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – something often overlooked. Do you want an eyecatching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to consider carefully the appropriate position. Water-features can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this by positioning them away from direct sunlight. Make sure they’re well away from deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves will clog everything up. For smaller spaces you’re best off with a selfcontained feature. There are lots of lovely ones available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously pumped from one container to another, so you’ll only need to top it up in the hottest weather. Spouts and fountains are great fun. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle adds a touch of art – or humour – while oxygenating a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water but perhaps have toddlers, a millstone with a low, centrallypositioned jet is both beautiful and safe. Plants are integral to any pond. Surfacefloating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their leaves also shade the water – again, reducing algae. Waterlilies need still water, so are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence.

Plants around the edges of pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty: they look gorgeous, they hide the liner and they’re a haven for wildlife. Marginals to consider include yellow-flowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima); pale blue water forget-me-not (myosotis scorpioides); and purple-bloomed water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata). You’ll need about two plants per metre. For a more formal look choose shapely rushes or ferns. Water-features attract wildlife, and in summer you might be visited by dragonflies or mayflies. Birds may also come to drink and bathe. And even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case hedgehogs pop by for a drink and tumble in. A shallow beach of pebbles should do the trick. If your feature has a sizeable surface, net it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Garden netting stretched taut is ideal. Remove it as necessary to tip off the leaves. Left in the water they’ll both clog the pumps and produce methane, which is toxic. In winter, don’t let the water-feature freeze up. If extreme cold is forecast smaller features are best emptied, and the pump cleaned and stored in the shed. Fish need an ice-free area on the surface or they’ll be killed by methane building up under the ice. Floating a football on the surface helps.

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