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May 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Rotary Club Community Service Awards Watch out for scam calls about your pension Unwanted garden tools required for Romania Leatherhead resident attends Queen’s reception Charity 10k run for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Surrey Trading Standards show you how to block nuisance calls Leatherhead’s Allsaints coffee shop goes from strength to strength Do you own a vintage car - why not show it off at Ashtead Village Day!


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

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Do you have an empty garage?

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Leatherhead resident meets The Queen

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Fetcham Residents’ Association

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Eating in the UK in the 1950s

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Ashtead Community Vision

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Give a cat a home

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School voucher scheme ends 5th May

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Recipe - Ginger relish

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RSPCA volunteers for local branch

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Equity Release - the pros and cons

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TWM sols support Girlguiding Epsom

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Allsaints coffee shop in Leatherhead

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Do you have unwanted garden tools?

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Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild

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How to block nuisance calls

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Ashtead Women’s Institute

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Do you own a vintage car?

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What’s on in May? Pages 68-73

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Quiz - Slogans

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Run for David Sheldrick charity

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MV Police column

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Cryptic crossword

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Quiz - Old Football Team Names

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Leatherhead History Soc seeks volunteers

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The Art of Procrastination... a story

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In Memory of Derek Haynes

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Book reviews

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Local history article

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Community Service Awards 2015

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General knowledge crossword

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Watch out for scam pension calls

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Gardening - unusual containers

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Simple crossword

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Transition Ashtead

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Pictogram

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Useful numbers

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From the Publisher Well, I have to report that I did not disappoint - I went through an obscene amount of chocolate over Easter but now it’s sadly back to watching what I eat! I don’t know about you, but it’s at this time of year that I really start to look forward to the summer months. I love all the seasons of the year, but the summer always seems to create a calm, unhurried pace all of its own. Quite a busy little month is May, with lots of local clubs gearing up for the summer months and, especially our much-anticipated Ashtead Village Day on 13th June. The Rotary Club of Ashtead are organising their annual Community Service Awards and to nominate someone who you think is worthy of an award, please go to page 40. The Club are also delighted to report the return of the Ashtead Village Day Car Procession, so if you have a special, vintage, classic or ‘super’ car to show off, please get in touch with them, page 26 has all the details. It seems that we are all victims of unwanted telephone calls these days, but it can be even more distressing for the more vulnerable members of our society. Surrey Trading Standards can supply and fit a screening device called ‘trueCall Care’ and in some cases, completely free of charge. The device will block scam and nuisance calls but let legitimate callers through. If you are inundated with these calls, or know someone who is, Surrey Trading Standards’ contact details can be found on page 24. As you are aware, new pension rules came into effect with the start of the new tax year earlier in April, however, this seems to have also opened the floodgates to many scam calls targeting pension savers. Surrey Police are warning us about these calls on page 42, and perhaps installing a ‘trueCall Care’ device (see paragraph above) may help reduce these types of calls? Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Leatherhead based charity, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, is organising a 10k fun run in London on Saturday 6th June. The charity relies on donations and fundraising to protect wildlife and habitats in Kenya. In recent years ivory poachers have obliterated elephant and rhino populations leading to an increase in orphaned animals. If you’d like to raise money to help these little animals by running the 10k (and you also get a free elephant suit to keep!), then go to page 69.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to Here’s a cute little poem about May: ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot May’s a month of happy sounds, accept, and hereby disclaims, any The hum of buzzing bees, liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions The chirp of little baby birds, resulting from negligence, accident And the song of a gentle breeze. or any other cause.

The grass is green. Flower blossoms I have seen. The days are warm. By evening it cools. It’s time to find the garden tools.

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.

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I do hope you enjoy our two May Bank Holidays on 4th and 25th. Cheerio all. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com 6


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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945

www.ashteadresidents.org.uk David Mitchell-Baker MBE

socialise and support each other in a safe environment for babies and toddlers. For many, this is a true lifeline in the early days and one reliable constant while settling into the chaotic world of being a parent.

David Mitchell-Baker, who died on 31st March this year, had been the President of our Association for 14 years. He was highly respected in Ashtead and was widely known through the many organizations and events that he was involved with and helped to set up.

Listening to many personal stories from Ashtead mums, it is easy to see how the centre provides real help and reassurance to local families. Parents tell of the SureStart Centre helping where the professionals have not - where tongue-tie has gone undetected, where incorrect breastfeeding advice has resulted in serious illness and hospitalisation, and post-natal depression has been cast aside by the care taken at the Centre. This is because the Centre’s staff genuinely care, have years of experience and are in tune with our local community.

He was one of the original team of Rotarians who initiated Ashtead Village Day, now an established part of Ashtead life, which raises thousands for charity. He helped to set up Ashtead Good Neighbours, a voluntary organization offering support to residents needing a helping hand. Close to his heart was the Mid-Surrey Dementia Care Trust, which he and Merrick Kidd set up 20 years ago to help people with memory difficulties. He remained Chairman of Trustees until shortly before his death.

Surrey County Council has chosen to review and potentially close eight SureStart Centres across the county and Ashtead is one of those at risk. The decision will be made after the election and following a public consultation. If the closure goes ahead, it will affect hundreds of young families in Ashtead. It would mean that these families would have to travel to Centres in Epsom or Leatherhead instead, where the facilities are not large enough to accommodate the additional numbers in terms of rooms, car-parking and buggy-parking.

This gives just a flavour of David’s ability to see a need and make something happen to address it. The ARA was honoured that he stood as our President and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

SureStart in Ashtead

Remember those early weeks or months with your first baby? The blur of overwhelming emotion, crazy lack of sleep and sheer confusion at times? You had so many questions about doing the right thing and just leaving the house was a miracle in itself! If you were lucky enough to have close friends and family around to support you it probably helped enormously but if you didn’t, where did you go for advice and support?

So, do you remember those crazy first weeks and months? Does a facility outside Ashtead sound like a viable alternative solution to you? Would you really get on a train or drive to Epsom or Leatherhead in those early days? The Ashtead Residents’ Association is co-ordinating the fight to keep this centre open. We are currently gathering information about your experience with the service to provide evidence of its impact on the community. Please help us keep this service open for our young families by sending your thoughts on the matter, or personal experiences, to Angelina Weybourne at surestart@ashteadresidents.org.co.uk

Many mums and dads in Ashtead regularly attend the SureStart Centre at St. George’s Church on Barnett Wood Lane to get the advice and support they need, whether or not they have family around to help out. The centre provides confidential advice on all matters of post-natal care – breastfeeding, post natal depression, weaning, sleep and development – as well as low cost weaning / first aid / development / baby massage courses and the opportunity for new parents to

Angelina Weybourne Committee Member

Glynis Peterkin Chairman

If you would like to join the Ashtead Residents’ Association, please contact Glynis Peterkin via email on chairman@ashteadresidents.org.uk If you would like to receive information from the Residents’ Association via email, please visit the Contact Us page on the web site. 8


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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION With the tightly contested national election looming in the background, it is comforting to report that the AGM on 13 April brought an uncontested Caroline Brown back to the helm of our apolitical organisation. Due to Hilary Porter's long hospital stay and resulting convalescence, she has given way for Pam Wilson to serve as Secretary. We wish Hilary a speedy recovery. We are also happy to welcome Ian Seifert onto the committee.

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In spite of the great effort in staging the exhibition, nothing can compare with the tremendous body of work accomplished by Flip Cargill in preparing for the Hearing. Gathering over 360 Evidence of Use statements, duplicating them and submitting them in the correct order, with the application and support documents, was The special speakers for the AGM were Mr. Neil just the beginning of the process. In addition, 50 Clarke, (Crime Prevention Officer), and PC Matt personal witness statements, most legally verified, Savage, (the new Leatherhead Town Officer). were organised and submitted. The schedule of Following a spate of local scams, the officers witnesses to be heard at the hearing, had also to be prepared. Bundle after bundle of statements enlightened us about the lengths unsavoury and data had to be duplicated, arranged correctly characters will go to trick people into giving up and delivered to the four other parties. With the their money. The talk, "Scam Scoundrels" left us 13 April set as the opening of the Hearing, back up with a cardinal rule: Never give your bank details witnesses were arranged in case they were over the telephone. We might add to that: If it necessary. Few people would have been able to sounds too good to be true, it probably is untrue. accomplish the taxing and time consuming effort. Tricksters have been at work throughout history but today's instant communication systems seem to Many people are hoping for a favourable result. make it even easier. On a smaller scale, the LRA committee was very happy to write in support of Norbury Park Ranger, This year, two frequently mentioned endeavours Andrea Neal’s proposal for funding a Skylark and have been the Anti-litter Art Exhibition and the Dormouse Habitat Protection Habitat, a project Leach Grove Village Green Hearing. While they were being discussed over the past months, no one make available through the Biffa Award Scheme. envisioned that they would occur simultaneously. As we tentatively wait to hear how Leatherhead Both have taken tremendous efforts and have been will be transformed and what will be decided about 'labours of love'. Leatherhead Hospital and about Leach Grove The Exhibition has entailed working with the Wood, we can only hope that our comments, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CRPE), officers suggestions and ideas will have some positive in two departments of MVDC, heads and heads of effect on the outcome. art and students at six schools, and arranging the use of 29 High Street as the venue. The generosity Cheryl Allen and sponsorship the MVDC and CPRE in funding the

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sector partners, so that all stakeholders have a voice in developing the future plans for the town. The Association is part of the Community Reference Group for Transform Leatherhead and will naturally keep all our members up to date as the project progresses. But if you would like to be contacted directly so that you can give your views personally in connection with revitalising Leatherhead, you can register your email address to; transformleatherhead@molevalley.gov.uk

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We have been working hard to create a new website which is now live fetchamresidents.co.uk that will offer a solid foundation to add extra benefits to our members, including the launch of a facility to pay annual subscriptions by PayPal for 2015. As well as general and contact information the new website also has a ‘Current Issues' page and we aim to latterly add social networking to the site to be able to communicate more freely and cost effectively with our members. Subscription monies however can still be paid in cash via the ‘Drop Box’ at Symphony World Travel or via post.

Transform Leatherhead Project

We were very fortunate to have a presentation by Paul Brooks the Project Manager for Transform Leatherhead at our recent AGM which outlined that the creation of the Masterplan will take place during 2015 with more information being published on the Mole Valley website as the plan progresses. www.molevalley.gov.uk/ transformleatherhead A key part of the Masterplan process will involve considerable engagement and consultation with residents and businesses and a wide range of public, private and not for profit

Fetcham St Mary’s sadly says goodbye to Marion de Quidt whose curacy has come to an end as she departs to begin a new role in Hampshire but warmly welcome the new Rector Andrew Smith and his wife Jenny and their family to the village.

Community Awards

Once again nominations are being sought for details of people who have made significant contributions to life in the village so that this can be recognised and more widely appreciated. Although the sender’s details will be needed, proposals will all be treated as anonymous. Register your nominations at 01372 372006 or by email to info@fetchamresidents.co.uk.

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Ashtead Community Vision No room for you in Ashtead? We would like to hear from you and, as a consequence, there is not likely to be huge sums of money coming our way for large community projects. However, there will be some and so we need to get answers from those groups or individuals who could benefit.

You may recall that Ashtead community Vision (ACV), on behalf of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum, was calling the various sporting, church and other social groups around the village to find out how they might benefit from planning policies being inserted into our very own Neighbourhood Development Plan. And when I say “calling” I mean that ACV members Glynis Peterkin and Jean Bradley were picking up the phone and calling the various chair people, heads, managers and various other leaders, who represent the large number of organisations that provide huge support for members, of all ages, in our community. So what did they find? Is the community aching to see new sporting, community, environmental or other facilities which could come their way if ‘planning gain’ enables the Forum to spend on community projects?

So we decided to look at the issue another way, thanks primarily to one comment from one of our vibrant church groups who suggested that their church hall was so booked up that a number of groups had to be turned away. Further discussion suggested that many of those groups turn away were involved in ‘keep-fit’ and “wasn’t it a shame they could not be accommodated.” A couple of further calls to some other ‘space organisers’ suggested that they too were having some capacity issues. So we speculated, that if our very small sample was having ‘capacity issues’ and having to turn away those who want to set up something of use to the local community then there might well be others. And if there are others, what is the extent of that demand for such facilities and how many folk are being disappointed?

So, through this article and the good offices of The Local, we’re looking to hear from anyone who organises recreational spaces in Ashtead and who is having such demand that others are having to be turned away. And we would really really like to hear from Well actually, there was almost a deafening those who would like to set up something, but can’t find appropriate accommodation – silence which seemed to indicate that Ashtead is the village which has everything do get in touch through the website at:www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk/ and no-one wished for anything. That outcome was a bit of a surprise to us ACV You can also find us on social media:members who are charged with communicating to Ashtead residents the https://www.facebook.com/pages/ whole Neighbourhood forum Process and its Ashtead-Community-Vision/; and on benefits for the local community. twitter at: https://twitter.com/ True, there are not likely to be any huge developments taking place in Ashtead – we don’t have the spare land to build them

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Leatherhead Rotary Club c/o Donovan Hewitt The Leatherhead Theatre 7 Church Street Leatherhead KT22 8DN The vouchers will go to West Hill School, an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead supporting 100 secondary-aged pupils with learning difficulties and Autism, enabling them to buy hundreds of pounds worth of equipment for their pupils. For more info on Leatherhead Rotary, go to www.leatherheadrotary.org.uk or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or simon.edmands@ukipme.com

Do you know that you have a local branch of the RSPCA in your area? We are a small group of local volunteers looking after health and welfare issues for animals of all shapes and sizes and are allied to the National Society. We consist of liked minded people who have a love and understanding of the needs and care of animals within our area, covering Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Ashtead, also parts of Chessington, Tadworth and Oxshott. We help with vet costs for those people who are on low income and also assist with neutering and micro-chipping. We work alongside our local Inspectorate when dealing with issues relating to cruelty and stray animals. We raise our own income, either by street collections or at supermarkets, donations are also very welcome. We have helped to rehome a lurcher cross who was abandoned and tied to railings in Epsom, and a lovely black cat who was dumped outside a vet in Ewell, both have been rehomed with new families. These are just a few examples of the work we do. We are a friendly group of people and meet monthly at the Peace Memorial Hall in Ashtead and would welcome new members to join us.

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THE ROTARY CLUB OF ASHTEAD Is pleased to announce the return of the popular VILLAGE DAY PROCESSION on Saturday 13th June 2015 Do you have a special, cherished, vintage, veteran, classic, 'super-car' or restored commercial vehicle ? Then please do join us. This year we will meet at 11 am for coffee and biscuits for all entrants in front of the grand house (photo-opportunity) at the City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead Park KT21 1ET The Procession will leave the school at 11.50 sharp to parade through The Street, Ashtead at mid-day. From there we will proceed en route to the Queen Elizabeth II recreation field, Barnett Wood Lane. On arrival vehicles will parade in front of up to 6000 – 8000 people before joining the static display on the grassed area next to the entrance and the road. Any entrant who is unable to stay for the duration of the show may leave easily from there.

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Mole Valley Police Column Contacting Surrey Police Contacting Surrey Police to report any suspicions or concerns that you may have can make some people think twice! People question whether they may be contacting police unnecessarily, that their suspicions may be completely unfounded and, quite often, simply don’t want to be a nuisance!

Did you hear anyone use a name if they spoke or were spoken to? Did you note if anyone spoke with a regional or foreign accent? Other things to consider could be: Any visible scars/marks/tattoos? Type of shirt, top or jumper and what colour it was? Is their footwear of an easily recognisable make with a well-known brand logo? All of these details can help in getting as accurate a picture of a person as possible.

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The Art of Procrastination in the Teenage Boy The crisp white sheet of lined paper taunted Ben as it lay menacingly on the desk in front of him. First pages of new notepads delighted his mother and his little sister but not Ben. To them they represented the excitement of potential creativity but to him, they were a cruel reminder of how much work he still had to do. Ben loathed exams with a vengeance. His GCSEs were next summer and the pressure was beginning to rise like magma in a volcano. He particularly hated Geography... Picking up his chewed ‘Dalek’ pen, he decided to christen his new pad with a drawing of Vesuvius. The spewing scribbled lava was very satisfying to create and he pressed harder and harder. A few burning, disintegrating bodies added to the drama. He suddenly thought of Mr French, his Geography teacher, and drew a couple of random lines with the labels ‘magma chamber’ and ‘lava flow’. That should do it. Why was Mr French a Geography teacher anyway? He really should have taught Spanish! Ben chuckled at his own ironic sense of humour and decided to message Matt and share his sophisticated wit… Just as he was picking up his mobile phone, his mother, Ruth, put her head round the door: “Ben! Put that thing down! I thought we said no phones at your desk! How’s it going? What subject are you revising this morning?” Ruth looked at the clock optimistically. It was 11.45am so it was still officially morning. She tried to sound positive and consciously changed the tone of her voice. “Can I see what you’ve done so far? Ah… Is that a volcano? Do the GCSE examiners need the addition of bodies? Oh, Ben, you’ve pressed so hard that you’ve made indentations in at least five pieces of writing paper… Why don’t you use the revision guide I bought you and draw a mind map. Mind maps are a brilliant way of remembering things. Would you like me to help you? I’ve got some lovely coloured pens downstairs…” “No, I’m fine. Leave me alone. I can do it myself!” “Ok, Ben, but if I find you playing games, you’ll lose your phone again. Do that mind map and use the revision guide. If you tidied all that rubbish off your desk it would help and do you really need to use a Dalek pen?” Ruth took a deep breath and tried to stop nagging. “Keep at it, sweetheart, I’ll be downstairs if you need me. It’ll pay dividends in the end. I do remember what it’s like, you know… I’ll bring you some orange squash and a biscuit in a few minutes and you can show me your mind map.” “What the hell is ‘paying dividends’ supposed to mean? You take these exams if you bloody want to… And if you take my phone away, I won’t be responsible for my actions…” All these thoughts raced through Ben’s mind in a matter of seconds but

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The Pros and Cons of Equity Release By Ann Haldon Equity Release unlocks some of the value in your home, providing a tax-free lump sum or cash facility from which to draw a regular income. It is a way to fund your retirement without having to move from your existing home, and is available to homeowners over the age of fifty-five. Equity release products can be broken down into:

Cons • May affect your eligibility for benefits • Can be expensive in the long-term (there may be other less expensive options) • They are complex financial products which require professional guidance • Reduced inheritance for your beneficiaries

• Lifetime mortgages • Home reversion schemes

The first step in deciding whether equity release is for you is to find a professional financial advisor with specific knowledge and experience. The advisor and lender must both be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and the lender should be a member of the Equity Release Council.

Home Reversion Scheme How it works Home reversion means that you sell all or part of your home to a company, which gives you a cash lump sum for its value, or allows you to take a regular income. Some schemes let you live in your home rent-free, while others charge a reduced rent. This arrangement continues until you die or move into a care home, at which point the house is sold and the loan repaid.

Lifetime Mortgage How it works A lifetime mortgage allows you to borrow money against the value of your home, with interest added to the total each month. There are no repayments to meet - you still own your home but the value of it decreases due to the escalating mortgage.

As with a lifetime mortgage, you’ll be advised to discuss it with your family before proceeding. They need to know where they stand financially, particularly if it will affect their inheritance.

Types of lifetime mortgage Roll-up: interest is added to the loan, which is repaid on death or if you move into care. There are no monthly repayments to make.

Pros • A useful way to get money from your property without having to move out • You may be able to make an ‘inheritance guarantee’ to safeguard a proportion of your home for beneficiaries • Many schemes allow you to live in your home rent-free

Interest-only: you receive a lump sum and pay the interest on a monthly basis. Interest may be fixed or variable, and the original loan amount is repaid on sale of the house. Fixed repayment: you take a lump sum from the house, but there are no monthly interest payments to make. A repayment sum is calculated by the lender and agreed with you when the loan is taken out. This fixed amount is repaid on death or if you move to a care home.

Cons • You generally only receive between 20%-60% of the market value of your property • These schemes can be costly to set up • They are complex to understand in detail

Pros • Unlocks the value in your home • Several choices of how the money is taken • Many lenders offer a ‘no negative equity’ guarantee • You can stay in your own home

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Amongst its features will return the start button with some integration of the Tiles or Metro interface seen on Windows 8, but to a lesser extent. Internet Explorer will also be replaced by an all new browser- yet to be officially names Microsoft will be offering a free of charge upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users and an amnesty to users of nongenuine Windows too, for the first year, however after the first year it is highly likely that Microsoft will charge annually for the operating system, deviating completely from their previous business model of charging once for the operating system, and then providing free of charge updates for the product during its life cycle. If you are looking to purchase a new machine but not fancy the prospect of having to pay annually for the software we still have a healthy selection of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 laptops and desktops.

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Allsaints Coffee Shop goes from strength to strength Allsaints Church, Kingston Rd, Leatherhead

Allsaints new Coffee Shop has been getting rave reviews from its customers. “The best coffee in Leatherhead”, “The best coffee shop for families with little ones” and “a unique space to relax or work” have been just some of the reviews left on Trip Advisor or Allsaints Facebook page. In fact it’s now ranked 2 out of 46 for food & drink locations in Leatherhead on Trip Advisor. As a Social Enterprise, Allsaints has been setup to support local young people into work and provide them with excellent training through the National Apprenticeship Scheme. Matt Fleming (aged 19) the coffee shop manager explains how this works, “We look out for young people who are (L-R) Liam, Stuart, Matt & Codie not sure what their step into work or training is, then we offer them an employment and training solution which gives them the best chance of a long term working future.” Allsaints has already had to take on an extra member of staff with Codie (aged 16) joining the team last month… and the busier it gets the more young people Allsaints will be able to give this lifeenhancing opportunity to. Also this month Allsaints has now opened up its hotdesking service alongside its meeting room - available for hire at £10 an hour. If you’d like to find out more please visit us on your social networks @allsaints_so. Allsaints is open Monday to Friday from 8am-3pm.

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All change for Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild! After consultation with members, it was announced at the AGM in March that future meetings will be held in the smaller, more intimate Ralli Room instead of the large Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. The time of meetings was also changed to the fourth Wednesday of the month, starting at 7.30pm. Sheila Willis, our first speaker in the Ralli Room, in her talk, ‘From Handbag to Handcuffs’, kept her audience rivetted. The Women’s Police Service was founded in 1914 and staffed by volunteers. In August 1915, Edith Smith was appointed England’s first woman police constable out on patrol, her main brief being to control the number of women swarming from Nottingham to army camps in Grantham. WPCs campaigned to keep women in the police force when the men returned from war in 1918. They succeeded, but with tight restrictions. They had to be 5’4” tall, without young children, were paid less than the men and had no pension on retirement. They had no power of arrest until 1923 and were not authorised to take fingerprints until 1937. Sheila was a WPC throughout the 60s and 70s, on the beat in Reigate, Redhill and later in Guildford, on foot or on ‘Nellie’ her trusty bike. The only equipment a WPC carried then was a truncheon that fitted in the regulation handbag. Today, police uniform and equipment - which includes a stab vest, radio, metal truncheon, handcuffs, leg restraints, CS spray and a printer for tickets - weighs in at around two stones! After raising her children, Sheila returned to the Police Service as a Police Community Support Officer in Guildford until she retired. Her talk reminded us of the dangers that police officers face every day and of the courage and selflessness they display in choosing to serve the community. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th May, when the speaker, Linda Dolan will talk on ‘Wisley Through the Ages’. New members and visitors will be warmly welcomed. For further information, please contact Di James on 01372 273948.

Ashtead W.I. - April 2015 Meeting This evening we were very pleased to welcome two new members, although we were sorry to learn that one of our long-standing members, Kay Norrie had recently died. It was interesting to know that in her early nursing days Kay had looked after people in iron lungs at Epsom Hospital. Some of our members had a very good day at the Surrey W.I. AGM at Dorking Halls where Michael Portillo was a speaker, and our outing to the Wallace Collection with an excellent guide was much enjoyed. We were all intrigued to hear what our evening’s speaker, Carol Ransom would be telling us about her subject ‘Knickers’. Carol has made underwear for many years so has a particular interest, and gained wonderful collections for her talk. What a fascinating trip through time, with garments from the early 1800s, tied up with ribbons, ‘Lucy Locket’ pockets tied round the waist, (which could have come undone and been lost!). Early garments were made of heavy weight cotton but thankfully undies gradually became lighter and more wearable. We were able to look at some original ‘combination’ items with beautifully hand-sewn embroidery and seams with minute stitches, then were shown a great variety of knickers in an amazing assortment of fabrics – all very different through each decade of the 20th century. We were amazed at what had been produced over the years, and Carol’s descriptions were absolutely hilarious - some of us in tears of laughter during her very calm yet detailed talk. Thinking ahead, our Committee are planning a Sparkling Garden Party Celebration to mark the W.I.s 100th birthday, and there will be a visit to Exbury Gardens in May. It has been suggested that members might like to start a Gardening Group to add to our many other sub-groups. Next month’s meeting on 6th May will include W.I. Resolutions, and Graham Cornick will be telling us about the British Wildlife Centre. Sandra Brown 64


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Haircut for charity! On 1st July 2015, 16 year old Beth Beer (pic left), daughter of Les - owner of Leatherhead’s Tec Res store, will be having her haircut for the first time in her life, currently her hair reaches her bum! Beth wants to raise £1000 for Cancer Research, and donate her cut hair to a wig maker so that they can make wigs for cancer sufferers. During Beth’s short life she has seen both grandmothers, her grandfather and an aunt pass away as a direct result of cancer

Beth has set up a justgiving page on www.justgiving.com/beth-beer

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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Trumpets A Guinness World Record Attempt on Clapham Common Saturday 6th June

Last year’s race

Thought you could only see a herd of elephants on safari or at the zoo? Then think again. On Saturday 6th June, Clapham Common will be taken over by elephants – that is, charity runners dressed as elephants to raise money for conservation charity, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

Rob Brandford, UK Director of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explains: “Today, Africa’s elephants need our help more than ever before. Across Africa, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their tusks to fuel an increasing demand for ivory. An estimated 35,000 elephants are killed every year leading prominent conservationists to warn the species could be extinct in the wild by 2025. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust relies completely on donations and fundraising to protect wildlife and habitats in Kenya. In recent years, ivory poachers have decimated elephant and rhinoceros populations across Africa leading to an increase in milk-dependent baby elephants, orphaned by the trade in ivory and elephants targeted multiple times by poachers. The Enormous Elephant Run is our chance to make a difference for elephants and protect them for future generations. We encourage everyone to get involved – what’s more we are hoping to break a Guinness World Record by gathering the largest number of people dressed as elephants.” Last year, the DSWT raised over £50,000 and this year the charity hopes to raise even more. Charity projects in Kenya include an Elephant Orphanage, made famous by the BBC series ‘Elephant Diaries,’ and the only safe haven in Kenya for orphaned elephants. Since 1987, the DSWT has successfully hand reared more than 180 elephants to be reintegrated back into the wild when grown including orphan Mbegu (pictured left with elephant keeper Kariuki). The charity also operates nine Anti-Poaching Teams and four Mobile Veterinary Units in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service which work in the field to protect elephants from ivory poachers. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is encouraging those interested to sign up as soon as possible; registration costs £18 for those aged 6-15 years old in the 5k, £32 for an adult in the 5K and £35 for an adult in the 10K, with a suggested fundraising target of £200 per person. Registration costs cover an elephant suit (to keep), fundraising materials and support.

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WHAT’S ON IN MAY? Monday 4th

Fetcham Fun Run 2015, Cock Lane Rec Ground, Fetcham, KT22 9UH. 9am-1pm. The run takes in a scenic loop around Bookham Common before heading back to Cock Lane. All profits to 1st Fetcham Scout Group, who are supporting one of their Scouts to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015. Info: 01372 377834.

Wednesdays 6th & 13th

Nightingale Walk, Bookham Common (meeting arrangements given on booking), £10. 7.30-10pm. Tel: 01372 220644, E: surreyhills@nationaltrust.org.uk

Friday 8th

"Loose Women" Hits Ashtead!! Ladies, come along to St George's Christian Centre for a fun evening with ITV's Andrea McLean. Tickets £15, to inc cocktail, nibbles; entertainment from Ashtead Glee Club and a panel made up of local ladies! All proceeds to the rebuilding of St Giles' Church Hall. Tickets from St George's Church reception or jv78910@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 9th

St Mary & St Nicholas church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8BD, 2pm-4.30pm. Bell ringing open day. Come and watch the bellringers in action and possibly ring a bell yourself. Everyone is welcome to learn regardless of whether you attend church or not. Info from Peter Ford (Tower Captain) on 01372 373629.

Tuesday 12th

Dorking Quilters, talk by Fay Maxwell 'Traditional Stitches Updated'. Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. Meeting starts at 7.30 with coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome £5. Contact Sheena 01306 885597.

Wednesday 13th

Lecture on Ethiopian History, Art & Architecture, at 7:15 pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, manuscripts and rock-hewn churches will feature. Guests are welcome: please contact info@ledfas.org.uk or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Entry is free for first visit, but £5 for subsequent visits by non-members.

Saturday 16th

Bookham Flower Club, Floral Design Show, ‘Flower Power’, The Old Barn Hall, 55 Church Street, Bookham, KT23 3PQ. 12.30pm-5.30pm, Prize giving 5pm, Admission £3, Children under 12 free, Refreshments, Free parking

Saturday 16th

The Greville School Summer Fair, Stonny Croft, Ashtead, KT21 1SH, entrance by donation. 12pm-3.30pm. Great fun & games for all the family. Inc entertainment, BBQ, refreshments, bouncy castles, face painting & lots, lots more. All welcome.

Monday 25th

BUPA London 10K in aid of The Children’s Trust. 10am-3pm, St James’s Park, London. £25 registration fee, min sponsorship £300. The BUPA London 10k, a fantastic run full of fun and atmosphere which is fast becoming one of London’s most popular runs. Email: bupalondon10k@thechildrenstrust.org.uk, www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/bupa10k

Saturday 30th

Mid-Surrey Mencap, jumble sale at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, 11am1pm, admission 50p. Do come!

Saturday 30th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society Plant Sale & Coffee Morning, 10am-12pm, 19 The Mount, Fetcham KT22 9EB. Entrance £2 inc refreshments. Attractions include plant sale, cake stall and raffle.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 13th JUNE

Ashtead Village Day - more details in next month’s edition

Sunday 21st JUNE

Bookham Annual Open Gardens Day, 10am-5pm. Featuring private gardens, local schools, The Grange, and allotments. Tickets (from 16th May onwards): £5 in advance from the Old Barn Hall, Bookham KT23 3PQ (Mon, Weds, Fri 9.30am-12pm), or £6 on the day from first garden. Info: www.bookhamsbulletin.co.uk, or Tina Hutton on 01372 457598 or tina.hutton@btinternet.com If there’s an event in June that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th May. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 70


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

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

Friday 1st (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.

Fridays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, 10.30am11.30am. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Ltd availability

Friday 1st (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop can meet all your sewing needs - now independent in the Committee Room of the Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote.

"Keep Calm and Create!", a series of hands-on workshops and demonstrations run by Oasis, for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Oasis runs on alternate Friday mornings, 9.15Fridays 1st & 10.30am at George's Cafe, St George's Christian Centre. Activities for pre-school 15th children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat! No charge. FRIDAY 1ST: David Gillott from Four Gables Food Academy will be tempting us with some cookery! FRIDAY 15TH: Learn how non flower arrangers can make shop bought flowers look special! Sunday 3rd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of May services and events check out www.leatherheadparish.com. Sunday 24th marks Pentecost with Roly the Clown at 10.30am in the Parish Church Hall

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

St Giles’ and St George’s Churches, Ashtead — 7 worship services held across our two churches every Sunday. From lively gospel songs to quiet, reflective Communion. All welcome. Details on www.sgsgashtead.com .

Sundays 3rd and 24th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund held at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Cars £10, MPV, 4WD and Small Vans £12. Larger vans from £15. Trailers £3 extra. Entrance: By donation. All profits for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Food available. Toilets. Info 020 8337 8181.

Tuesday 5th (1st Tues monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church rooms, behind the church, Lower Road, Bookham, KT23 4DH. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting. www.topicofcancer.org.uk

Wed 6th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Resolutions Mtg & Graham Cornick on British Wildlife Centre. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Lucinda Knapman ‘A Florist’s Perspective’, Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (mthly)

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

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

Thurs 7th (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: go50@ageuksurrey.org.uk 72


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 Thursday 7th May - LMC Francisco Correa, guitar

Music, All Hallows-by-the-Tower, London

Thursday 14th May - LMC Jacqueline Phillips, cello

Thursday 28th May - LMC Andrews/Massey Duo. Emily Andrews, flute ♦ David Massey, guitar

Wednesday 20th May - Christ Church Jonathan Melling, organ. Director of

WHAT’S ON IN MAY? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 7th (weekly)

Ashtead Over 60s Lunch club - meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room, APMH for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open 10.30am for tea and biscuits. Call Olive on 375640 or Brenda on 813276.

Friday 8th

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

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Tuesday 12th Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. (monthly) For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Wed 13th

2nd Wed mthly

Friday 15th Thurs 21st (3rd Thurs mthly)

Friday 22nd Wed 27th (4th Wed mthly)

Wed 27th Thurs 28th (4th Thurs mthly)

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879 Leatherhead & District Local History Society talk: “Leatherhead and India” by John Morris at the Leatherhead Institute, commencing at 8pm with coffee served from 7.30. Non-members are welcome. Entrance £2. ‘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. Hans Holbein The Younger: Holbein's portraits of the Tudor Court fascinate us. Come and learn about the man behind the paintbrush? £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 or ashteadartlovers@gmail.com to book. Numbers limited. Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, speaker Linda Dolan on ‘Wisley Through the Ages’. Visitors welcome £2. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948 Ashtead Bridge for Charity, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, £6. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. For more info contact Maureen and Peter Cox, 01372 275855, prwcox@btinternet.com Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 73


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Tel/fax. 01372 200583, Mobile 0777 444 1991

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An interesting volunteer job If you are looking for part time work and perhaps you are interested in local history, here’s an idea which you might like to pursue. Leatherhead and District Local History is a thriving organisation run entirely by its members. Most notable is the fact that it owns and runs the local museum in Church Street (always worth a visit). The running of the society is in the charge of a committee – all volunteers - which meets once a month. We need to enliven our committee by introducing a few new members, and in particular there are posts that need filling. One activity which is very important to us is publicity. We want more people to know about us, perhaps to become a member. There is the task of publicising our monthly lectures : also telling the world about our wonderful museum. The job of publicity officer doesn’t occupy a lot of time, and specialist skills are not being sought; just a desire to communicate and some enthusiasm to go with it. John Wettern has information about the scope of the job and will work with the successful applicant to familiarise him or her with the kind of tasks that we hope to achieve. If you have experience of working in the area of public relations this would be immensely helpful, but it isn’t essential. Another activity which you might be interested in exploring is at the museum. It is staffed by volunteer stewards, willing to do only three hours a month in receiving the visitors. This too needs no prior knowledge but turns out to be a fascinating experience.

If you are interested, John will help you to contact the right person. He can be reached by email at : johnwettern@ntlworld.com. A look at the Society’s web site might be of interest to would-be applicants, for more information go to: www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk. 76


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In memory of Derek Haynes

Past President and Founder Member of the Rotary Club of Ashtead The Rotary Club of Ashtead is sad to announce that past president and founder member, Derek Haynes, passed away peacefully on Saturday 31st January 2015. Derek grew up in the local area, attending Schools in Ashtead and Leatherhead and Pitmans College in Wimbledon. After briefly working for Linoleum Manufacturing Company, he joined his family business of furniture retailing in 1963 and retired as the proprietor in 1992. Derek was one of the co-founders of the Rotary Club of Ashtead in 1980 and remained an active member for 35 years, even during his recent, prolonged illness. He enriched the club’s membership by representing the local business community, was a dedicated club member and always committed to the ideals of Rotary. He took the office of Ashtead Rotary Club president twice; in 1988 and 1994. In both years he successfully ran Ashtead Village Day, a major fundraiser for the club and important social event for the local community. In 1989, whilst serving as club president he welcomed the RAF Parachute Display Team as they landed in the Ashtead Village Day arena! He was well known in Ashtead both through his work with Rotary and as a founding member of the Ashtead branch of the Chamber of Trade, Leatherhead District. This proved very valuable when arranging Ashtead Rotary Club’s annual seniors' parties since he seemed to know all the ladies in Ashtead and they knew him as “young Derek”. Not only was he a strong presence within the Ashtead club, but he also supported Rotary District and International, events and initiatives. He regularly attended both district and international conferences and encouraged others to go, in order to learn more about Rotary and make contacts with Rotarians and other charitable organisations. On one memorable occasion at an international conference, he had the pleasure of sitting next to the astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. Derek was captivated by the ability of Rotary to make things happen worldwide and was a great advocate of the Polio Plus campaign and emergency AquaBoxes, which he even supported with visits to their operation; such was his interest and commitment. Rotary was a great part of Derek’s social life and he enjoyed many happy hours in the district darts competitions. Apart from his knack for hitting a treble twenty, he also had the ability to remember the names of Rotarians he had met over the years, a quality he retained throughout his life. In his first spell as club president, he introduced a president’s weekend away to Bath and it was such a success, that many more weekends followed. One of Derek’s proudest moments was when he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in 1996 but he was even more proud when his wife Jean was presented with the same award last year for her services to Rotary and to Inner Wheel, where she was a Founder President in her own right. Derek is survived by his wife Jean, a son and a daughter and their families, including three grandchildren. He was such a nice man to know and he will live long in our memory.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 75

Tyrrells Wood - The Drive (Headley Rd) Leatherhead Tyrrells Wood The Gardens c: 1909

Tyrrells Wood c: 1909

Tyrrells Wood once stood in 250 acres and the house was built for Roger Cunliffe to his design to meet the needs of an increasing family (four sons and two daughters) in about 1880. The estate included Highlands Farm, which he let out on short renewable leases. Roger Cunliffe, who had banking interests, first came to the Leatherhead District in the 1860s, he lived at Fetcham Lodge. It is a substantial red-brick structure and has massive chimney stacks above its gabled roofs. It was bought by Henry Keswick, MP, in 1913, and in I922 it was sold as a residence and sporting estate. Henry was the son of William Keswick of Great Bookham and like his father, Henry served as M.P. for Epsom, Surrey, and on his death in 1928 he left an estate valued at £466,409 worth approximately £46 million at 2014 values. In 1999 Tyrrells Wood Golf Club celebrated their 75th Anniversary – 1924-99. According to the Royal & Ancient’s Golfers Handbook for 1924, it shows the appointment of its first Captain as Sir Rowland Blades (later Lord Ebbisham) Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Edwina Vardey – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS – with additions

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Going Potty for Summer Plants By Pippa Greenwood I am a great fan of hanging baskets, window boxes and patio containers, but this year why not include some unusual containers and planters to bring a different look or even a bit of humour to your garden? You can use almost anything as a planter. I have seen some really crazy plantings in disused hand basins, loo cisterns or even the lavatory itself! If you are using something like a hand basin which only has one plug hole in the bottom, make sure that you cover it with pieces of broken crock and then perhaps put an inch or two of coarse gravel in the bottom of the container before you put the compost in.

container is large and there are no drainage holes in it, then the other option is to plant it up as a mini bog garden and use moisture-loving plants in it such as hostas or pond-side irises. Colanders or sieves also make interesting and unusual hanging baskets. You can simply plant one or two upright specimens in the centre of the colander and then use plenty of trailing plants around the edge and allow them to cascade down. You could even create your own living tea set with an old sizeable teapot and some large mugs full of favourite summer bedding.

But there are plenty of other normal household objects which can be used. How about that old watering can that’s sprung a leak? Whether you have a traditional galvanised can or a more modern plastic one, you can have great fun planting it up with bedding, particularly if you choose something like trailing blue lobelia to come spurting out of the top and perhaps even the end.

Larger items such as old wheelbarrows or chimney pots can often be bought very cheaply from a local salvage or junk yard. Something like a wheelbarrow gives a huge planting area and because it holds such a large volume of compost, it will also mean it will be less inclined to dry out.

Buckets, too, can look really good fun and if you have one which still has its handle firmly attached, then you could use it as a hanging basket.

All these containers can be treated in just the same way as a container that you have bought from the garden centre. As I mention, drainage is of great importance, but when it comes to choosing a compost and the plants themselves, you need nothing any different from when you are planting up a more traditional container and believe me you can have a lot more fun!

Old footwear can be turned into planting with real flair. If you use old gardening boots or a pair of shoes, you are unlikely to need to add extra drainage as they invariably drain well. But if you are going to recycle a pair of wellies, then you may need to punch a few holes. Again, cascading plants can look particularly dramatic, but a bunch of bright red geraniums or the spiky hedgehog-like foliage of a bright green or variegated grass can look particularly eyecatching. See if there’s anything in your kitchen cupboards that could be recycled. An old saucepan, casserole pot or even a mixing bowl or jug can make an attractive planter. If the

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Spring in to Energy Efficiency and save money! Strange as it may seem now that Spring is here and Summer should not be too far behind, this article is about heating houses and keeping them warm. But the summer is probably the best time to get a replacement heating/hot water boiler and improve the insulation of your home. There is bound to be a time lag between making the decision to do so, the choosing of a contractor to do it, and the scheduling of the work, so now is the time to start the process. From recent UK Government statistics, it appears that over a third of homes still have an old-fashioned (non-condensing type) gas fired boiler. Some owners argue that they are totally reliable and therefore do not need replacing, but if you look at their efficiency at turning gas into useful heat in your home, that argument does not look very convincing. Modern condensing gas boilers can get about 93% of the possibly heat energy in the gas turned into useful energy in your home. Almost any boiler that is more than twenty years old is never likely to achieve much over 70% - that means you are wasting nearly a quarter of the heat that you pay for in the gas straight to the outside world – talk about warming the climate! Any new gas boiler installed in the last nine years should have been to the necessary high energy efficiency standard and some of the Government grant schemes for boiler replacements (there are still some grants available for people and pensioners on benefit schemes) assume that if your boiler is more than eight years old that it will be inefficient! If you really want to be convinced then ask the company that services your boiler (should be done once a year for safety reasons) to carry out an efficiency test (it only takes a few minutes using a piece of portable equipment that most of them have). There is also a myth that the newer condensing boilers are not as reliable as the older models that has been debunked by research at the Building Research Establishment which indicates that there is no truth in myth. So with grants and the Green Deal available, it’s time to act. The same statistical report gives an update on home insulation. Just over 40% of homes have cavity wall insulation and just under 40% have eight inches or more of loft insulation. But that means an awful lot of properties do not have these energy saving measures, albeit recognising some cannot easily go down the route of wall insulation because they were not built with cavity walls. Solid wall insulation is more complicated and expensive (but quite doable for the right property). The simplest and most cost effective addition to improve your home energy -efficient rating generally is extra loft insulation – the more the better and up to 11 inches makes a lot of sense. If you need to top-up, then you might well be able to get a grant or get British Gas to do it for you (even if you are not one of its customers). The best way to check this out, is to contact our local public sector information source ActionSurrey (0800 783 2503, info@actionsurrey.org). Here’s looking to a warmer and cheaper winter 2015/16! Barrie Mould For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 88


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