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


Andy’s Blog


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


November’s Crossword # 1


Children’s Trust Xmas Fair


Send A Letter From Santa


News from Ashtead Youth Centre


Local History Article


Ashtead Friday Market Xmas Special


Volunteers needed for Girlguiding


Ashtead Players


Recipe - Meatball Pasta


Cafe Aldag’s Fairtrade Market


Thai Pinto Leatherhead - Review


Ashtead REC Campaign


What’s Going On? Pages 70-76


Surrey Hills Onward Learning


Crosswords # 2


The Power Cut - a story


Inner Wheel of Ashtead


October’s crossword solutions


Apple Pressing at the Grange




Transition Ashtead


Denbies New Wine & Gift Shop


Gardening - Late Chrysanthemums


Ashtead Rotary Club


Rogue Traders & Distraction Burglaries


Wallace & Gromit’s Tea Party


Book Reviews


Poet’s Corner


Useful Numbers


Solutions on page 57

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From the Publisher


hank you so much for all your good wishes, I am now well on the road to recovery and feeling 100% better. I received a questionnaire from the Epsom & St Helier Trust a few days ago, asking about my experience at the hospital, well they did ask, so I told them... As this magazine was going to print we were hearing the news that all 33 Chilean miners had been recovered from the collapsed mine shaft, what a wonderful story and such a happy ending. On one of my visits to the surgery my nurse said she had been up all night watching each miner being pulled out of the shaft! I think we all felt for their families, and wanted to share in their sheer jubilation when their loved ones appeared. It really has restored my faith in the human spirit. The ladies running the Ashtead Rec campaign are almost there, just one more push for donations and they will achieve their target, their donation slip can be found on page 28. It’s a worthwhile campaign and already they have achieved so much for the little ones. This month I am promoting Wallace & Gromit’s Great British Tea Party which runs from 1st21st December in order to raise thousands of pounds for sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK. Details of the event and where to obtain your fundraising pack can be found on page 46.

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 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

I was invited by Sharon Felton of Swan Lettings to help them officially launch their new company, ‘Swan Residential’. As you know, Swan Lettings has been specialising in residential lettings for 14 years, but they have now branched out into sales. I should like to wish them every success in their new venture.

Thank you for all your entries to the ‘Magic of the 80s’ show, the tickets were won by Marion P. In this month’s edition, the Mezz Bar at the Leatherhead Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to theatre is giving away tickets to see the Moody Blues ensure that the data in this magazine tribute band, Blue Onyx in concert on 4th December. is accurate, the Publisher cannot Details of how to enter are on page 76.

accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or The Children’s Trust are once again holding their annual damage caused by errors or omissions Christmas Fair on 27th November, as ever, there will be resulting from negligence, accident lots to buy and see, including Santa’s Grotto, more or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2010. Zen George 01372 376420

details can be found on page 12.

At the time of writing, I understand there are to be no firework displays in Dorking or Leatherhead this year, our nearest are the Epsom and Brockham displays, so if you do along, have a great time. We went to the Epsom display last year and took advantage of their park and ride scheme from Chessington World of Adventures. All the best for November.

Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 © Cover design/photography by Andy Newbold 01372 383018 6

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Is 20 Plenty? prolonged period, its efficacy may be questionable.

In my experience, concern has been growing in Ashtead about speeding motorists. It is clear that we are far from being alone in this regard, as evidenced for example by the increased priority being given to this subject by Surrey Police and the increasing number of local authorities across the country which have introduced 20 mph speed limits. What could be done?

Reduced Speed Limits Has the time come to lobby for the introduction of 20mph zones or for a 20mph speed limit on some roads, perhaps especially near schools? There seems to be increasing concern at central government level. For example, in a circular issued in December 2009 the Department for Transport said:

Speed Humps Some Ashtead roads already have speed humps and more could be built, if and when funds are available. They can help but they have several disadvantages:

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they are expensive

some drivers seem to find them more of a challenge than a hindrance

• We want to encourage highway authorities

Surrey County Council sets severe criteria for their installation

some residents generally dislike them and believe that they cause damage to vehicles and drainage problems can arise.

Community Speed Watch As a response to widespread and increasing concern, Surrey Police has launched Community Speed Watch in which “active members of the community monitor speeds of vehicles at specific locations using speed detection devices.”

to introduce, over time, 20 mph zones or limits into streets which are primarily residential in nature and into town or city streets where pedestrian and cyclist movements are high, such as around schools, shops, markets, playgrounds and other areas, where these are not part of any major through route. We want to make it clearer that highway authorities have flexibility in the use of 20 mph zones and limits, and should apply the option best suited to the local circumstances and that brings most benefits in terms of casualty reductions and wider community benefits.

Ashtead Hub Has the time come for 20mph speed limits in Ashtead? Over the course of the coming months we shall be seeking your views and suggesting that you comment on our recently introduced blog – Ashtead Hub ( Please sign up by providing your email address to let us know what you think.

To date this has not been adopted locally but recently residents of Farm Lane have expressed interest. Some residents have expressed concerns about possible threats to their personal safety if participating in the scheme and unless it is used both extensively and over a

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION High Street Consultation Background At the July open meeting of the LRA Andrew Bircher, Corporate Head of Service, MVDC Planning Department, informed those present of a small budget ( mainly 106 Developer Contributions) now available for use to improve the High Street. Those of you who have lived in Leatherhead during the last 10 or so years know that there is hardly a more controversial subject than the High Street. It was Phase Two of the High Street Redevelopment that brought over 500 people to the Leatherhead Theatre to voice their concern over a plan that would virtually close the ancient crossroads in Leatherhead. As a result, a consultant was paid to evaluate the decision making process in Leatherhead and ‘consultation was found to be lacking’. Structural problems under the road surface meant that the idea for a water feature at the west end of the High Street had to be abandoned. Now sometimes referred to as the ‘waterless feature’, it is either loved or hated according to whom you are speaking. Although the iron work is lovely, the stone materials for both the wall and road surface have not withstood the test of time. Have we learned from past experience? Perhaps because of the controversy surrounding Phase Two Redevelopment and partially because of interest expressed at the July LRA open meeting, a consultation process is well under way. Every resident and visitor to Leatherhead will be invited to fill out a questionnaire. Information from that questionnaire will be analysed and used in the final stages of decision making. With the survey on line and in the Help Shop, and other shops in the Town, there is ample opportunity for each of us to express our wishes.

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Programme Many of the Traders in the High Street have already been interviewed as to their views. This has been used to help design the consultation process. The questionnaire is due to be available, both online and in paper form during the last weeks of October (so it should be to hand when you read this). The initial analysis will take place before the next meeting Of the Town Centre Advisory Group at the beginning of December. This group represents many of the various organisations in Leatherhead, including the Leatherhead Residents’ Association. There is to be a public Exhibition of the findings in January. The Advisory Group is to meet in February, and their recommendations should go to the March meeting of the MVDC/SCC Partnership meeting. What do you think? The survey does not ask you to identify yourself, but rather to give your postcode, and users of the Town who may reside elsewhere are expected to give valuable insights into its future development. The Residents’ Association will be helping to inform Residents of the Town, of the opportunities, and the consequences of the possible outcomes. This is about the long term future of our Town, and the steps we should take now towards the eventual vision. In framing the questionnaire we have asked that the relevance of each section should be related to the Planning Objectives of the Local Development Framework. It’s your Town, whether you live in it or just use it for shopping, eating or leisure. So it’s your future we are talking about. Cheryl Allen and Hubert Carr

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Join us at our Christmas Fair! The Children’s Trust will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 27th November 2010 from 12 noon – 4 pm at Tadworth Court, Tadworth. Families are invited to enjoy a great afternoon of entertainment and festive fun, with FREE entry for children and just £2.50 for adults. The name of the celebrity guest, who will officially open the Fair and turn on the Christmas tree lights will be announced shortly – please visit the website! It’s a great way to start your Christmas shopping, with lots of stalls selling a wide range of gifts - from fashion accessories, toys, Santa’s Grotto, donkey rides and facepainting, crafts and books – including the recently launched ‘The Bestest Ever Bear’ poetry book, There will be some exciting new attractions this year including a pantomime and a magician. Youngsters are also invited to dress up in festive costume and take part in a special competition, with the chance to win some exciting prizes. Refreshments will be on hand, including mince pies and mulled wine provided by the Blue Anchor, Tadworth.

To book tickets for Santa’s Grotto please visit the website: or phone Katie on 01737 364322. To purchase Christmas cards on-line please visit: 12

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An Evening of Christmas Cheer - 7.30pm

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News from Ashtead Youth Centre Life at the Youth Centre continues to be busy, but we have slowed the pace down a little from that of the summer months. We are still finishing the work we started over the summer which includes the Teaching Award from the India Trip (we have a presentation evening on the 8th of November which will be run by the young people themselves), each of the group has put together an impressive portfolio which has been assessed by moderators from Frontier (the people we travelled with) and all have qualified for their Teaching English as a Foreign Language Award.

Another form of recognition we have offered through our summer programme is the Asdan Activities Award. This was delivered during our Summer Adventure Challenge in the Brecon Beacons, where we ask the participants to keep a reflective diary on their experiences and thoughts. When we return, we complete a portfolio following a “plan – do – review” format. This whole process encourages the young people to think about what they have gained from an experience and helps to further develop the thought process of thinking ahead or “what will happen if” - a valuable skill in the navigation of teenage life. We are drawing to the end of the racing season for the Rally Karts. We will soon be starting the classroom work to support the young people in gaining their Open College Network qualifications, these are

qualifications that carry a nationally recognised currency and will enable to access to courses at college or jobs in a related industry. The Karting is probably my favourite project as not only do the young people learn lots of technical, teamwork and communication skills, but they also have a huge amount of fun at the same time. Many of our membership choose to come back as young members of staff and develop their leadership skills. Our regular youth club sessions continue as normal throughout the year and we will always have something interesting going on, this term we are running a Mural Project (sponsored by Ashtead Decorative and Fine Arts Society) on the theme of equality in sport, and a Skate Project.

With the nights drawing in and Christmas looming fast, we remind ourselves that for some people this is not the time of year that Hollywood would like to have us believe and we make a particular effort to be a place where young people feel welcome and cared for.

Richard Leary (Youth Leader in Charge)

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Ashtead Friday Market Christmas Special Friday 12th November

The Ashtead Friday Market runs from 9am to 3pm to enable even more people to come and see what we can offer. As well as our usual stalls with cakes, cards, plants , collectables, books, bric-a-brac, antique and contemporary jewellery, china and glass, we will also have handbags, toys, eco-friendly cleaning products, photographic prints, party ideas, hand-made gifts and fabulous fudge. There will be stalls supporting the RNLI, Epsom Hospital and the Huntington's Disease charity. Entry is free and you could deal with all your Christmas presents in one visit! Tea and coffee are available and, as always, any profit from the market made on the day will be given to the RNLI. So far this year we are breaking our record from last year with over £1000. Please ask your friends and neighbours to support a very special local event that has been running for over 30 years, and come to all our markets on the second Friday of each month.

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Ashtead Players retire to the bedroom with Alan Ayckbourn! ‘Bedroom Farce’ 17th-20th November APMH Three bedrooms are presented simultaneously on stage and the action between the three households flows in and out from one to the other during this hilariously hectic night. There are Ernest and Delia, an older, rather eccentric couple celebrating an anniversary with pilchards on toast in bed, Malcolm and Kate, a prank loving, DIY obsessed couple preparing a house-warming party and Nick and Jan, an accident prone pair, the former resting his injured back in bed with much complaining and self pity. The marital disasters of Trevor and Susannah, a truly ‘lunatic’ couple, weave in and out of each of the bedrooms causing mayhem in their wake. The group has also recently launched Young Ashtead Players (YAPs), its youth section for young people between the ages of 12 and 18.

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HOUSE PRICES – UP OR DOWN? Welcome to the new Property Blog by local Estate Agent Richard Elphick, an insider’s thoughts on everyone’s favourite dinner party conversation...! The issue of house prices is a hot topic to every homeowner’s heart. Everyone has their opinion, but even that of experienced estate agents is no more accurate about the future of property prices than that of the layman. Prices are subject to micro and macro economics, political direction, taxation, the City, the Euro, the Dollar, and a whole host of tangibles that all combine to influence the market. Of course, a movement in the market can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy when subject to reckless or dramatic media headlines, by the smallest shred of ‘evidence’. Fortunately, most people have by now become somewhat immune to media hype and speculation, and look to the fundamentals of the economy to try to gain an understanding of the market - which still eludes most of us! Ironically one indicator that is often misinterpreted is the one which is usually hailed as the most reliable source of all property data - the stats provided by HM Land Registry based on completed sales. Although newspapers will highlight the latest released figures, any estate agent will tell you that they are seldom an accurate reflection of current market sentiment. This can really only be measured by the activity levels reported by agents on an almost daily basis, and we can certainly testify that the current market in this area has been rosier than that reported by HM Land Registry. For example, the latest HMLR figures reflect completions which happened up to three months ago, which reflect exchanges that happened up to six months ago, that in turn reflect offers that were accepted up to nine months ago on properties that came to market possibly over a year ago! When we provide homeowners with our market opinion, we take the fullest account of current buyer activity in the context of available comparable stock across the market, and find this up-to-the-minute approach helps us to secure the very highest prices the market will pay - today!

Richard Elphick is a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and Partner in Elphick Estate Agents in Ashtead. We welcome your comments and feedback. We are also happy to give you a FREE market valuation please contact:

Email: Tel: 01372 272321

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Café ALDAG - FAIRTRADE Market We want to offer you a free cup of coffee* if you bring this article along with you to Café ALDAG at St George’s on Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Monday and Tuesday, 9am until 2pm, (during school term time). You'll be surprised at what goes on here. Go on give that door a good old shove! Café ALDAG has an extensive menu of hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, homemade cakes and children’s boxes, as well as a Fairtrade stall with lots of beautiful gifts and accessories. The difference is in the people who work here (and the price!). Café ALDAG is giving a group of young people with learning difficulties the opportunity to gain work experience. ALDAG is a registered charity working to support young people with a learning difficulty in the Ashtead area. It aims to help them to lead independent lives within the community. ALDAG works with parents, local councils and housing associations to identify properties and to form working partnerships. SO PLEASE, come and enjoy your FREE COFFEE, help make a difference and maybe….make some new friends! And if you wish to find out more visit our website:

* Free coffee available Mondays and Tuesdays only in November and December ALDAG (Ashtead Learning Difficulties Action Group) is a registered charity No: 1071991 24

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Exciting new plans for Ashtead REC In an ideal world an exciting play park would exist within every community, funded by the local authority and paid for out of our taxes. The reality is far different. It appears in these days of budget cut backs play parks are a soft target. Yet, we know just how important quality play is to the well being of children (and their parents and carers!). Having an attractive play area within easy reach of the village is a wonderful attribute to any community – keeping children off the streets, safe and occupied. Any estate agent in Ashtead would tell you the same… We partnered with MVDC Parks department to understand what local children want to see in an expanded, larger play area. The plans are exciting, but they don’t come cheap. The initial cost for the new play park is £65,000. As the council are only able to fund up to £50,000 of this, it is ARC who is responsible for raising the rest. We have managed to raise £10,000 to date via a mixture of fundraising events, huge support from local businesses (Milners, Cairds) and local charities. We urgently need to raise a further £5k by December 2010 and we need the continued support of Ashtead to help us… which is why we are appealing for donations from within our community in a bid to raise the amount we can contribute to the play park development. We are now a registered charity and have no operational costs. Every pound you donate goes directly towards purchasing play equipment for the benefit of our children and our community. Let’s work together to fund and build a lasting legacy for the children of Ashtead. Thank you for your support. ARC

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November days - and nights – with Surrey Hills Onward Learning ‘No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day - November’ Not true! Just come along to the Leatherhead Institute where we still have classes in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, whatever the time of year. And, as a bonus, joining a class at half term saves you half a term’s fee. Most classes are full, but there are still some vacancies in the following: Talking about Books on Monday afternoons, where we are reading and discussing nineteenth century women novelists, including the Bronte sisters and George Eliot. Spanish Art on Tuesday evenings which is moving on to the Golden Age of Velazquez, Zurbaran and Murillo. Geology on Wednesday afternoons in which we learn how to identify minerals by their characteristics such as their lustre, colour, streak and opalescence. Creative Writing on Wednesday afternoons where you can cultivate that hidden talent with our tutor, herself a published author. ‘No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease’ - No, you’re wrong, Thomas Hood, – all these things are there for the taking – even in November!

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New Cleaning & Maintenance Company opens in Ashtead Run by local Ashtead residents Jeremy and Jemini Tarling, Profile has been servicing businesses throughout London from their Mayfair office for over 10 years and have many premier clients who require consistently high cleaning standards. The opening of the new office between Barclays Bank and Watson’s Bakery in The Street, Ashtead has primarily been set up to introduce their cleaning and maintenance services to local businesses in the Ashtead and surrounding areas and develop their domestic cleaning service. The maintenance arm of the business offers services such as company refits to handyman tasks, and with Profile businesses really do have the convenience of the ‘one stop shop’ service at a competitive price. Profile are accredited members of the British Institute of Cleaning Science for our customers’ peace of mind, and all work is undertaken by skilled, insured tradesmen. Profile are experts in all fields of domestic and commercial cleaning and offer additional services such as oven, carpets and gutter cleaning, also offering deep cleans to present your home in first class condition. The mess left at the end of any completed building works can be daunting, Profile will organise a team of people to come in and do a complete post ‘builders’ clean’. Moving in or out of a property? Let Profile relieve you of that stress of cleaning the premises. Profile are proud by the number of recommendations they have had and feel that this in itself speaks volumes for the service that they provide. As an additional, complimentary service, they are happy to give advice on your cleaning queries via their website, telephone or they welcome you to pop in. Profile pride themselves on their excellent and reliable service. Fully insured, uniformed, trained and vetted staff are waiting to help ‘get your house or office in order’ and they are simply just around the corner.

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The Power Cut Ruth came home with Sarah after her Saturday morning swimming class and called out her usual 'hello' as she came through the door. There was no reply so she called again, "Hello! We're back!!" Still no response. It was a glorious autumnal day but Ruth had to search the house for signs of life. Sam was hunched over a laptop at the dining table, his neck cricked awkwardly to one side. He flicked his hand in her direction, as if shooing a fly, while talking into a mobile phone inserted under his chin. Daniel was on the Playstation, lost in his own animated world and Ben was on the computer, earphones inserted, flicking between his 'wall' on Facebook and bizarre clips of frantic police chases on Youtube. Ruth began to question her eldest son's sanity when he began randomly talking to himself, until she saw the 'in screen' picture of his friend Jack and realised that he was actually talking on Skype. Sarah disappeared to watch television and Ruth went to the kitchen to make coffee. When she put Sam's mug down beside him, she was greeted by a 'thumbs up' of appreciation followed by a patronising finger on the lips. She felt her temper rising but took her frustrations out on the breakfast things which were still strewn over the table. As Ruth wiped away puddles of milk, trails of sugar and stray Rice Krispies, a plan began to form in her mind. Ruth gave her family an hour. She read the paper, sorted the laundry and watered the plants but there was still no movement from any of them. She knew that Sam had an auto save function on his computer which would save any open work, so walked calmly to the fuse box under the stairs. Everything stopped. Ruth raced back to the kitchen and wiped the guilt from her face. Within three seconds, the children and Sam were groaning with dismay and disbelief. "I'll just go and check the fuse box" Ruth announced and raced back to the scene of the crime. "Everything seems fine here, it must be a power cut... What a nuisance!" Ben stormed down from his room. "What's going on? I've got important stuff to do... Mum can't you do something? He was joined by an equally distressed Daniel. "I was in the middle of a level! What's happened?" Sam was still on the phone but quickly ended the call and came to join in. "What the hell's going on? I've got so

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much work to do. My computer battery won't last all day. Are you sure you've checked the fuses? Ruth reassured everyone that the fuses were fine and that it was probably just a temporary power cut. She was sure the power would come back later. After the initial withdrawal symptoms, Ben and Daniel decided to go into the garden and play football. Sam took Sarah out on her bicycle and Ruth washed the car. The power was still off at lunchtime and Ruth suggested that they walk into Leatherhead for lunch. They were due to go to the bonfire night fireworks that evening but Ben was suffering from severe Facebook 'withdrawal' and was not in a good mood. "I don't want to go and see stupid fireworks, they're the same every year anyway... What's the point! I'm not going. I'll stay at home and wait for the electricity to come back on!" Ruth wasn't sure what to do as she hadn't intended to keep the power off all day. She weighed up the value of the food in the freezer against the need to respond to this teenage tantrum. Sam made the choice for her. "Don't speak to us in that tone, Ben! If you want to stay at home, that's fine by me. I will leave you a torch and you can make yourself a sandwich. It's your choice..." Sam, Ruth, Daniel and Sarah left for the fireworks just as it was getting dark. Ben was beginning to regret his decision but adolescent pride prevented him from changing his mind. Ruth felt terribly guilty but the others all had a great time and the fireworks were magnificent. When they returned home they found Ben, sitting at the dining table with a single torch pointed at Sam's laptop screen. Sam was furious that Ben was using up the last of his battery but the expression of contrition on his son's face was sincere. He was watching a firework display on Youtube. While no one was looking, Ruth went to the fuse box and switched the power back on. She wondered if there were going to be many power cuts this winter. Copyright Sarah Lott October 2010 Website: Email:

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Shops & Services October’s Large & General Knowledge Crossword Solutions Across: 1 Similarities, 10 Nearest, 11 Drained, 12 Exist, 13 Schedule, 15 Nineteenth, 16 Knit, 18 Tart, 20 Favourites, 22 Orchards, 24 Charm, 26 Approve, 27 Dolphin, 28 Satisfactory. Down: 2 Italian, 3 Identity, 4 Arts, 5 Indication, 6 Image, 7 Sunburn, 8 International, 9 Advertisement, 14 Regardless, 17 Bracelet, 19 Recipes, 21 Teacher, 23 About, 25 Idea.

Across: 1 Ju-jitsu, 5 Swami, 8 Dog-eat-dog, 9 Bus, 10 Sight, 12 Reactor, 13 Robert Redford, 15 Gurnard, 17 Cysts, 19 Lei, 20 Chameleon, 22 Agent, 23 East End. Down: 1 Judas, 2 Jig, 3 Traitor, 4 Undergraduate, 5 Sigma, 6 Albatross, 7 Insured, 11 Gabardine, 13 Regalia, 14 Duchess, 16 Ascot, 18 Synod, 21 Eke.


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Visit Denbies’ New Wine & Gift Shop Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking is pleased to announce the launch of its newly refurbished Wine and Gift Shop. The new look ‘Denbies of Dorking’ now features a spacious new contemporary layout with fabulous displays looking out onto The Conservatory Restaurant all designed to give visitors an enhanced shopping experience.

in the Art Gallery on the mezzanine floor. The Kitchen Garden Farm Shop stocks local produce and home cooked frozen food range ‘Cook’. For full details of Denbies Wine Estate, visit, 01306 876616

10% Discount on all Xmas decorations 1st-30th November 2010 inc Subject to availability Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers

There really is something for all occasions and ages. The children’s range includes Jelly Cats, pocket money toys and easy stocking filler fun stuff! Ladies are spoilt for choice with a wide range of jewellery, fashionable pieces for teenagers to elegant stylish costume jewellery perfect for gifts or to keep. The men’s range has recently been extended to include toiletries, leather wash bags and items from the Brink Collection. New stock includes Drift and Earth Squared handbags, Jaques of London Games, Arran Aromatics and an extended range of men’s gifts. Seasoned favourites include Melamaster and Poole Pottery. A wide selection of local artisan craft ware and food is also available. Denbies offers an extensive range of table and kitchenware, exclusive pieces carefully selected and sourced in Europe by Denbies Shop Manager and buyer. Tastings of Denbies award winning wine are available in the Shop Tasting area where all of the estate made wine, wine related gifts and LSA glassware are available for purchase. Denbies Wine Estate has extensive free parking and entry and is open seven days a week. There are two restaurants, The Gallery with panoramic views of the sweeping vineyard and The Conservatory Self-service Restaurant. Local artists also exhibit weekly

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Leatherhead Friends Group Would you like somewhere to meet new friends over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake? The ‘LFG’ for older people, meets on the last Thursday of the month at

Bfree Cafe, All Saints Church, Kingston Road, Leatherhead Our next meetings are at 1pm, Thursday 28th October & Thursday 25th November For info call

Michelle McSorley on

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We are also looking for volunteers

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Busy times for Ashtead Rotary Club Since the handover of the presidency from Keith Allardyce to Maurice Pagella after Village Day in the Summer, life has been rather hectic for this Ashtead Club. Once the Village Day equipment is packed away and the Treasurer has produced his accounts, the pleasurable task of helping people in need – locally and internationally - can begin.

Ashtead Rotary Club president Maurice Pagella handing over a cheque for £1000 to Dr Sam Das of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project (at a recent Rotary conference in Stratford on Avon)

first priority being a water purification kit to protect against water-borne disease. The boxes also contain simple cooking equipment and utensils, tarpaulin, tools and household items. Another significant piece of charitable giving came in the form of a donation of £1000 to ‘The Guildford Rotary Eye Project’. Led by a Rotarian Dr Sam Das, a surgeon based in Guildford, this project saves the sight of a person in India at a cost of £15. However, every £5 donated here can be raised to £15 by Rotary internationally by use of matching funds so we believe we can save the sight of 200 people with this donation. A life-changing opportunity.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Rotary Club of Ashtead may contact Brian on 275860 or Maurice on 276236. Meetings are held at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club on Thursdays 7.30 for 8pm

A very significant donation of £6000 will be made to the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity at a special dinner on 11th November. This is the largest single donation ever made by Ashtead Rotary Club and has only been made possible by the generous support of the people of Ashtead and surrounding areas - especially for Village Day. Appropriately taking place on Armistice Day, members and guests will be addressed by James Burn from ‘Help for Heroes‘ who will receive the cheque. The date also marks the 30th Anniversary of the inaugural meeting of Rotary Club of Ashtead back in 1980 and this will be celebrated by inviting founding members. On the International front, the Club dispatched a total of 12 Water Survival Boxes for the relief of those who have lost their homes and are still suffering from the flooding disaster in Pakistan. These boxes cost £150 each including airfreight and contain basic equipment for survival – the

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Helping sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK Wallace & Gromit are calling on people across the UK to put the kettle on and celebrate the Great British Tea Party to help raise thousands of pounds for sick children. People from all walks of life are being invited to enjoy a cuppa, get baking and invite friends, families and work colleagues to take part in Wallace & Gromit’s Great British Tea party 1st -21st December to help improve the quality of life for children and their families in local hospitals and hospices. Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit and Trustee of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation adds “The Great British Tea Party is a great way to create a really easy and fun way to raise money for sick children. What better excuse to get together with friends, family for tea and cake! We hope that lots of people will support the event and help make a difference to sick and terminally ill children throughout the country.” If you would like to help please register for a free fundraising pack at You can make a real difference to the lives of sick children cared for in your local children’s hospitals and hospices. Thanks to our friends at Yorkshire Tea who have supported the tea party for 3 years all the money you raise will go to fund local projects to help children and their families such as state-of-the-art medical equipment, family accommodation facilities, child-friendly environments, play and music therapy, arts programmes and hospice care.

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Poet’s Corner Well it seems that Nurse Sheila Smith’s poem last month has brought out some rather good local poets, here’s a poem from John Griffin… John Griffin was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1957, lived in Ashtead until 2001 and now resides in Tolworth. He has been barking about, and reciting poetry since schooldays. A chauffeur by profession, John has made much use of the time spent waiting for clients by reading and writing verse. During some of the longer journeys, he entertains himself by reciting longer poems (Eliot's Four Quartets will occupy an hour on the motorway; Shakespeare’s Venus & Adonis an hour and a half). Before the advent of the hands-free carphone, this would elicit strange looks from other road users. These days, they just think he’s on the phone and have no suspicion of his pottiness. John says, "Many people have wondered why I have bothered memorising reams of verse, but the truth is, so far from being laboursome, I absolutely love poetry. Over the years, its forms, rhythms and music have fertilised my skull. Thus, when ideas pop into my head, they may couch in luxuriant nutrition, developing naturally into poems. Gosh! It sounds like I'm claiming all my poems to be beautiful blooms! Not at all. Unfortunately, I still have to use a lot of weed-killer..."

Love, Peace and Ashtead Here on the boundary, keeping score, I mark each maiden over ‘M’. Few of the players know this chore nor how I sorely envy them, nor how the concentration strays from cricket’s laws and long delays. Have you seen this south-west sky: its red-cheeked clouds and puffed-up breast

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that, reaching Ashtead, hears the Rye, whose soft persuasion bids it rest? When other pretty shires are near, why does it pause precisely here? Here where Surrey’s fringes skirt at London’s bustle, hemmed with green, the motorway takes all its hurt away to places less serene. Here’s where cares and woes transform to quiet calm amid the storm. Marking the day that Shakespeare died who “set the teeth” that men have snarled, St. George’s flags are hoist worldwide and here, from Milners to The Marld. Yet every Ashtead dweller knows: here be no dragons. Here’s the rose. And Ashtead’s Hall remembers Peace, though memories of war remain. I fear man’s fighting may not cease till there are no fields left to gain. O, that ‘Peace’ graced every spar on all the village halls there are! Beneath our feet, long worlds ago, the Roman, off the beaten track, trod the very clay we know, found Ashtead Woods and looked not back. That Roman tileman’s chiseled skill echoes in the mind’s ear still. Even now, nice people come to Ashtead and decide to stay; people like my dad and mum, and gentle clouds at close of day red carpeting the damson sky. Again, I ask the question, why? “Howzat?!” the leaping fielders cry my daydream snaps at this ado. The umpire points in swift reply, which satisfies my question too, to heaven’s realms that overglide where Ashtead, love and peace reside. John Griffin February 2010

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Jane Leitch FRCS (Glasg) FRCOphth is an experienced Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon working both in the NHS and private sector with practices in Central London and Surrey. Announcing an Ophthalmic public information evening on

Thursday 25th November

Ashtead Hospital, The Warren, Ashtead Jane will talk on the treatments available for Adult Squint, including Prisms, Botulinum toxin (Botox) and Surgery that are proven safe and effective.

For further information, or to reserve a place, please call: 0800 980 4747 Light refreshments at 7.00pm Presentation starts 7.15 pm 50

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Looking forward to seeing clearly without glasses in 2010? ARE YOU

• An active 40–50 year old wanting independence from glasses?

• Over 45 or considering cataract surgery? Announcing an Ophthalmic public information evening by

Mr Paul Ursell MBBS MD FRCOphth Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Council Member of the UK & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Wednesday 17th November

Ashtead Hospital, The Warren, Ashtead Mr Ursell will talk on the latest premium lens implants that are proven safe and effective and how you can achieve close up, intermediate and distance vision without the need to wear glasses "My world has become as light, bright and clear as when I was a teenager!" Eric Boulter " Two months ago, my eyesight had deteriorated so badly I feared I wouldn't be able to read my new grandson his first Christmas stories, even when wearing the strongest glasses. With my new eyes, the colours of everyday items seem deeper and more profound, as though they have been given a fresh coat of paint. When I read my grandson Joseph his first Christmas story, I'll give thanks for the most precious gift of all" Angela Jones, as reported in the Daily Mail

For further information, or to reserve your place, please call:

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“The Rotary Club of Leatherhead is very grateful to the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for its ongoing support and promotion of the club's community and fundraising activities, which has generated a great response from across the area." Simon Edmands, Rotary Club of Leatherhead

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We want you to have peace of mind when you leave your children with us, knowing that they will be loved and cared for in a friendly, safe and cheerful environment.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 22

Sweech House & Gravel Hill - Leatherhead Sweech House (Nos. 2-6 Gravel Hill) was probably named from the ‘switch’ or fork in the road and is one of the oldest and most attractive buildings in Leatherhead. It is an amalgam of three 16th century buildings (though part of No 2 may be 15th century) and all are timber framed. No 2 seems to represent a complete small house with smoke blackening in the roof suggesting that it was originally an open hall structure. It was once a farm house and was occupied for more than thirty years in the mid 19th century by the widow Mary Brumwell, a cowkeeper, who sold milk at the door. Her daughter continued in the same house as a laundress and ‘mangler’. Nos. 8 and 10, now called Jubilee Cottages, were built within the Sweech House curtilage by local builder Charles Roberts in 1840 and originally called Jessamine Cottages. They were improved and renamed in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee when they changed hands in 1897. Nos. 12-14 were built around 1875, obscuring the side elevation of Flint House, Nos. 16-18, which bears the date 1799. A timber framed building, it was renovated in that year and faced with knapped flint by Benjamin Simmons (1751-1832), who shortly afterwards also built the side terrace of six cottages then known as Flint Row (and the almost identical Chitty’s Row which used to stand in Bridge Street). The fine red brick house No 20, also by Simmons, has the date 1810 scratched on the brickwork near the front door. It was originally one of a pair, Vine Cottages, No 22 having sadly been demolished when Leret Way was built. Simmons built many of Leatherhead’s finest Georgian buildings; his works opposite the Parish Church are known to have been visited by Nelson in 1802. It was due to the benefactor Herbert Reeves and the Countryside Protection Society that Sweech House has survived. It is set off by the striking Catalpa or Indian Bean Tree in the War Memorial Gardens, the site of a smithy in the 19th century. Alun Roberts

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:

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Just a note to say thank you very much for promoting the Leatherhead Choral Society Simply Singing Afternoon. Many of the people who came had seen it in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Great stuff! Thanks again, Jo Forrest, Press Officer

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

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

Want to get involved in Guiding in Fetcham? Division Commissioner for the Leatherhead area, Dax Patel says “Being involved in Guiding is fantastically rewarding, it provides the chance to enjoy fun activities, crafts and games plus the enthusiasm from the girls is infectious!” she continues, “There are also opportunities to help ‘behind the scenes’, for example if accounts or DIY are a unused skill we’d love to put them to the test! We aim to offer a valuable Guiding experience to every girl on the waiting list but only by maintaining our number of adult helpers can girls in Fetcham Village be offered the opportunity to join us and gain from their Guiding experience. Full training and support is provided for every role and its great way to share your talents and add something different to your CV!”

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“Thank you so much for printing the article about the Ashtead Friday Market in your magazine. We had lots of new people in the hall and several wanting to take a table for next time. It certainly made a difference to our numbers and it highlighted the event, which was fantastic! Many thanks again.” Chris Townsend, Ashtead Friday Market, APMH. 63

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Food & Drink

Recipe of the month Meatball Pasta

These delicious homemade meatballs are flavoured with olives and basil then cooked in a rich and lightly spiced tomato sauce. Serve with spaghetti for a classic Italian supper Serves 4 Ready in 50 mins 400g (14oz) minced beef or lamb 1 tbsp pitted black olives, chopped 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tbsp olive oil 500g carton passatta (sieved tomatoes) 1-2 tsp harissa paste (see tip)

1. Place half the chopped onion and crushed garlic in the food processer and process until smooth, then place in a bowl with he minced beef or lamb, olives and basil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shape into about 28 small meatballs and chill for 30 minutes. 2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the meatballs for 3-4 mins until browned all over, stirring frequently. Remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. 3. Add the rest of the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 5 mins. Pour in the passatta and add the harissa paste and sugar. Bring to the boil. Add the meatballs and 150ml (1/4pt) water and simmer for 30 mins. 4. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted water for 12-14 mins or according to the packet instructions. Drain well and divide between four serving plates. Season the meatball sauce to taste then spoon over the spaghetti. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

1 tsp sugar 400g (14oz) spaghetti Fresh basil leaves, to garnish

Harissa paste is a fiery blend of chillies and spices often used in North African cookery. You’ll find it near the herbs and spices section in most supermarkets but if unavailable add a pinch of crushed dried chillies instead. 64

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Food & Drink


Frid iday ay & Saturday Saturday Night


Michelin Guide 2008/09/10 01372 372590

3 Course Fixed Price Gourmet Meal £20 A La Carte Dining also available


Glorious views views of the Mole Mole Valley… Valley…

November Nove mber

Free Fr ee bottle of wine for bookings of 4 made in advance for Thursday or Friday Lunch or Dinner. Also a Fr Free ee Glass of wine (pp) for bookings of 2

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Informal dining in cosy bars with open, crackling log fires... Great local ales including Shere Drop Alton’s Alton’s Pride and TEA … Free Car Park on A24 at entrance to Byttom Hill.

Christm Chr istmas as Offer

Celebrate the season with Family & Friends & Business Colleagues. Choose from either the Christmas Menu (4 courses at £22.50) or our A La Carte menu. Book a table for December in advance (by 12th Nov) for four or more and receive a free bottle of wine (per four diners & 2 bottles for eight diners & 3 bottles for twelve etc…)


Thai Pinto Restaurant, Leatherhead decided to present us with a leg of aromatic crispy duck to try. It was all fantastic, Matthew’s lamb dish was fragrant with a background of slight spice to give it warmth, the lamb was so tender it gave way under the slightest pressure of the spoon. My stir fried beef was delicious and very tender, again beautifully fragrant with a slight chilli hit but not enough to deter from the lightness of touch from the other spices. In fact Au said that they were very happy to increase the ‘heat’ of each dish, depending on what the customer wanted.

Paul Thaweesin, and his lovely wife Au, very kindly invited me and my partner Matthew, to review their restaurant, which opened in March 2010. Matthew and I were very warmly welcomed on a cold and miserable night in October.

The duck was sensational, I am a great lover of dark meat and thought that it lent itself very well to the way in which it was cooked.

Thai Pinto is a genuinely relaxed and informal Thai dining experience, serving freshly prepared, authentic Thai cuisine using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients; the spices and herbs essential to the unique flavour of Thai cuisine are sourced from a specialist importer.

We decided to drink Singha Thai beer with our meal, which complimented our meal, although I did have a look at Paul’s wine list and it was fairly extensive, there was a wine to suit all pockets and tastes.

The Thai Pinto is very much a family affair, with Paul and Au running the restaurant with Paul explained to us that a Thai ‘Pinto’ is a help from his two cousins (one is a chef). The lunchbox, similar to the Japanese bento box and other chef, Patchanont Wetchapakdee (Nont), is used as a way of carrying food to school or we discovered had worked in some of the very work. best hotels in Thailand for over 17 years. The We asked Paul to put together a selection of whole team had been together for many years starters, and he came up with a wonderful range and this comes across in the relaxed and of items. We had dim sum; poached chicken, informal feel to the restaurant. carrot and sweet Thai basil roll wrapped in rice paper; duck spring roll, spare ribs; chicken satay and all arrived with a selection of sauces prepared in-house. These were really appetising and proved a good introduction for the rest of the meal to come.

Paul also does a cracking lunchtime service, with 2 courses for £9.95, very handy if you’re strapped for time, or want something a little more exotic than the ubiquitous sandwich for lunch!

For our main courses Matthew chose ‘Massamun Kaa’ lam slowly cooked with onion, potatoes, coconut milk and lime leaves. I chose ‘Neua Krapraw’ stir fried beef with chilli, garlic, long beans and holy basil leaves. We also chose to go with our mains, a ‘Phad Phak Nam Man Hoi’ which were stir fried vegetables served with either oyster or black bean sauce.

I do wish them great success in Leatherhead, they are such lovely people and an absolute delight to meet. From 1st - 30th November Paul is giving all diners a 15% discount (except from the set lunch and take away menus). I would urge you to try Thai Pinto, you’ll be hooked!

This was all served with some sticky Thai Jasmine rice, which was a good foil for all those wonderful flavours.

Thai Pinto

When everything arrived at the table, we noticed that great care was given to its presentation, we noticed that Au had also

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

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Pre-Xmas Promotion Mon-Fri (Monday 6th-Friday 24th Dec inc)

House specials served daily

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

Booking strongly advised Á la carte dining always available

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Why not try our new branch The Mogul - 66 Terrace Road, Walton on Thames.

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World Première of new cantata - “The Song of Songs” “The Song of Songs” is a new setting of one of the Old Testament’s glittering treasures and the world’s most beautiful and mysterious love poems. It has been set to music by Leatherhead Choral Society’s Musical Director Ian Assersohn, and will receive its world première at the society’s concert “Love Sacred and Profane” at the Menuhin Hall in Stoke D’Abernon on Saturday 27th November 2010 at 7.30 p.m. Ian Assersohn trained at the Royal College of Music where he developed an interest in vocal music and music theatre. His musical style is melodic, approachable and eclectic. The style of The Song of Songs is influenced by the western choral tradition as well as Jewish liturgical music, klezmer and contemporary middle-eastern belly-dance. The choir will also perform Carl Orff’s iconic work, “Carmina Burana” (parts one and two). Its lusty lyrics, drinking songs, sinners’ confessions and hymns in praise of gambling and gluttony excite singers and audience alike. The choir will be joined by Barisons Chamber Choir, Surrey County Percussion Ensemble, pianists Jan Assersohn and Gina Eason and two talented young soloists, soprano Heather Caddick and tenor Rhys Bowden.

Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from Pippa on 01737 766203 or email: or from the Menhuin Hall Box Office 08700 842020. 68

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Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair. Hook Road Arena. Gates open 5.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Free park and ride. Tickets available in advance.

Wednesday 10th

A special fashion show ‘Christmas & Glitter’ at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall by Amanda in aid of the Hall Building Fund. Tickets £10 from APMH or Amanda, 41 The St

Saturday 13th

Mid-Surrey Mencap and Fortyfoot Playgroup Saturday Bazaar, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, 10am-2pm. Free admission. Childrens' toys, books, clothing and equipment, ideas for Christmas gifts, The Body Shop, Usborne books and lots of brand new kitchenware! You can even order a silver charm to add to a bracelet or necklace that has an imprint of your child's finger! Refreshments available

Saturday 13th

7.30pm, St Martin’s Dorking. Ashtead Choral Society Baroque concert includes works by Handel, Bach, Purcell and Vivaldi. Tickets £12 from 01372 275369 or on the door.

Saturday 13th

NCT Nearly New Sale – Leatherhead & District 2pm – 3.30pm (Early entrance at 1.45pm for NCT members – please bring your card) Downsend School, 1 L/head Road, KT22 8TJ - Admission £1.50. Toys, buggies, cots, children’s clothing, and more!

Saturday 13th

Bookham Choral Society - Concert in the Yehudi Menuhin Hall with the Sonas string quartet. 7.30pm. Includes Pergolesi, 'Magnificat', Mozart 'Ave Verum', Haydn 'Te Deum', and works by Mendelssohn and Bruckner. Tickets from Hall Box office Tel: 08700 842020, box office opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-12.30pm and 1pm-3pm.

Thursday 18th

Surrey Arthritis Care - Information point on Arthritis manned by a trained volunteer for Arthritis Care at Ashtead Library. 10am - 12pm. Free literature available.

Friday 19th

'Searching for Stane Street: Mickleham to Ewell' by Alan Hall Letherhead Institute. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8.00pm entry£1 all welcome Leatherhead and Dist. Local History Soc.

Saturday 20th

Combined Charities Fair, L/head theatre. 10am-2pm. Gifts, cards, tombola, Father Christmas, Allstars Cafe. Free admission. Come and support your local charities.

Saturday 27th

The Friends of Leatherhead Museum / Leatherhead Community Association ‘Junior Roadshow’ 10am-12.30pm. Letherhead Institute. Discover fascinating everyday objects from past times. Bring along your own local "antiques" and tell us all about them. Free.

Saturday 27th

Leatherhead Rotary Club Quiz Night. St Mary’s Church Hall, The Ridgeway, Fetcham, KT22 9AZ. Tickets £12 inc fish and chip supper. No alcohol for sale, bring your own. Info and tickets from Richard Punnett, 379266 (weekdays), 377425 (eves & weekends).

Saturday 27th

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice Christmas Fair, United Reformed Church in Eden Street Kingston upon Thames between 11am and 4pm to raise funds for Shooting Star Children’s. Free Admission. Start off your festive shopping and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. Hand crafted gifts, stocking fillers, bric a brac, jewellery, new toys and personalised Christmas crackers; cakes and Shooting Star cards and merchandise. Father Christmas. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Saturday 4th DECEMBER

Christmas Shopping Market, St Giles’ Infants School, Dene Rd, Ashtead. 9am-12pm. Christmas trees, Santa’s grotto, stalls, gift ideas. Entrance £1.50 adults, 30p children.

Saturday 4th DECEMBER

The English Arts Chorale will perform Handel’s great oratorio, Messiah in St Mary’s Church, Reigate. With conductor, Leslie Olive, the Camerata of London and a fine lineup of soloists this will be a wonderful start to the Christmas season. Candle-lit church, mulled wine and mince pies.Details from the website or telephone 01737 762097.

Saturday 11th DECEMBER

The Winter Ball 2010, Duchess’ Stand, Epsom Racecourse. Champagne reception from 7pm. Black tie. £60 per person, or a table of ten for £540 (three course meal, wine, live band). Raffle and auction, in aid of Help for Heroes. Tickets from, or call James on 07766 200 106


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Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group - demonstration by Margaret Rumens ‘Christmas is Coming’. 1.45pm, APMH. Visitors £4, all welcome. 01372 279501

Wednesday 3rd (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat.

Thursday 4th Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, (weekly) Doris Gibson 01372 374160. Thursday 4th Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham (monthly) Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844 Day Centre Luncheon Club, arrive 10.30-11am, lunch served at 12.30pm, £3.50 per Thursday 4th visit. Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in 1966 for the elderly who were living on their own or to give their carers a short break during the day. (weekly) Some vacancies currently exist. More info from Mary Fenton Jones 01372 276042 Friday 5th (weekly)

10.30am -11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. From homemade cakes to homegrown plants and lots more. Refreshments served.

Friday 5th (weekly)

10am-12pm. The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now featuring Christmas stock of haberdashery (fabric, ribbons, stickers) and beautiful greetings cards.

Friday 5th (weekly)

Coffee morning serving home made cheese and fruit scones. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in the 1980’s to raise funds for APMH maintenance and provide a friendly venue for people to meet friends, new visitors always welcome.

Fri 5th or Tues 16th

Canaletto: a background talk for the interested or those visiting the exhibition at the National Gallery, London. £10 inc refreshments. Ashtead Art Lovers. tel 01372 272235 for more details.

Sunday 7th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church 9.30am 'theninethirty' Contemporary Service with Worship Band and Children's work. 10.30am Coffee in the Hall. 11.15am Parish Communion with Organ and Choir. Do join us!

Fri 12th or Tues 23rd

The Glasgow Boys: Learn about Scotland's response to the French Impressionists being exhibited at the RA. £10 inc refreshments. Ashtead Art Lovers. tel 01372 272235 for more details.

Friday 12th

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

Sunday 21st

Denbies Local Farmers’ Market, 10am-2.30pm, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking.

Saturday walks 6th 13th 27th

Autumn walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. 1½-2 hours, 4 miles. Donation to charities. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on 6th 10.30am Ranmore West NT CP (Bring NT card) 13th 10.30am Top of Downs Way, Bookham 27th 10.30am Ranmore East NT CP (Bring NT card)

If there’s an event in December you’d like mentioned, please contact me before Friday 12th November All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print.

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Friday, October 15, 2010 12:30

What’s On?

A Sparkling Baroque Evening Comes to Dorking St Martin’s Church, Dorking 7.30pm Saturday 13th November

Ashtead Choral Society will open their 2010/2011 season with a concert entitled Brilliant Baroque, is a celebration of music from the Baroque era with its grandiose style of music first introduced in Italy in the early 17th Century and popularized by composers such as George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. The concert will include the first movement of Handel’s moving Dixit Dominus, completed in April 1707 and Handel’s earliest surviving autograph. One of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most enduring and best-loved works, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, together with his motet, Jesu Meine Freude, will also be performed. The concert will include the anthem based on Psalm 102:1, Hear my Prayer composed by Henry Purcell in 1682 and Antonio Vivaldi’s outstandingly popular Gloria written in the early 1700s. The choir will be conducted by Paul Dodds, accompanied by organist Andrew Storey and joined by soloists, Ellen Timothy and Kate Aitchison from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Tickets for this wonderful concert, which include refreshments during the interval, are priced at £12.00. They can be obtained from the ACS Box Office Manager on 01372 275369 or at the door on the evening of the concert. Seats are unreserved so please arrive in good time.


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Burns Night Supper

To win a pair of tickets to see the Moody Blues at Leatherhead Theatre on Saturday 4th December, just answer this simple question:

Friday 21st January 2011

Rotary Club of Leatherhead ‘Burns Night Supper’. 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking.

Name any two members, past or present, of the Moody Blues?

Tickets £45 (£40 if booked before 30th Nov) for traditional four course supper (inc haggis, neeps, tatties and a ‘wee dram’). Traditional Scottish music, singing and dancing.

Answers to by midnight November 20th. Winners will be informed by email before Nov 25th – no alternative prizes will be offered.

Dress: Formal Scottish / Black Tie.

This is always a popular event, so be sure to book early. Further info/tickets from Simon Edmands 07753 821964. 76

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Large Crossword Across 1 Helpers (10) 6 To walk forward (4) 9 Later on (10) 10 Expanse of inland water (4) 12 Lexicons (12) 15 Scorched (7) 16 Any strong feeling (7) 17 Engage in a contest (7) 19 A television station (7) 20 Spoken communication (12) 23 Minute particle (4) 24 Comparatively (10)

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Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens and Bathrooms supplied and installed to a very high standard. Excellent Portfolio and local references. We also have a complete team of qualified tradesmen: Builder, Plasterer, Electrician, Heating Engineer, Tiling and Flooring Specialists

Fully Insured for your peace of mind Project managed by us from design to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs new hinges, drawer runners, etc. No job too small.

Telephone Beverley Edwards for a free estimate M D Edwards & Son Cressida House, 10 Humphrey Close, Fetcham, Surrey KT22 9PZ e-mail:

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Apple Pressing At The Grange Our clients and staff spent an afternoon pressing apples picked here in the gardens at The Grange this week. First the apples were peeled on an automatic peeler then pressed through a traditional apple press to make juice. Cups were sold for 20 pence to staff. Spokesperson Anna Giokas said: ‘Our apple crop at The Grange has been really good this year, this is a fun way to use some of them up – and the juice was delicious.’ The apple press was lent to us by Epsom Apples, a project which encourages people to make the most of locally grown fruit. Epsom Apples estimates that a million apples go to waste every year in the borough. They aim to make nutritious fruit juice from this ‘waste’ and invite people to take their fruit to them for juicing. Horticulture Tutor Catherine Chambers with Patrick Salt

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Transition Ashtead The Start Garden Party In September four of us from Transition Ashtead visited Clarence House for Prince Charles’s ‘Start Garden Party to Make a Difference’. http:// He had the idea for a public event four years ago because he felt that, for far too long, the prospect of living sustainably was only ever portrayed as dull and boring. No one, he said, explained that a sustainable future could actually provide even more satisfaction that the world we live in now. The show was held in front of Lancaster, Clarence and Marlborough Houses from 8th -19th September. There were over sixty stands including major companies, B & Q, M & S, BT, Addison Lee; plus many smaller companies, charities and organizations, including Slow Food, Poly Solar, Global Action Plan, Wildlife trusts as well as first class entertainment from Jools Holland and many others. Sheep showing the way to insulate your loft

There was a beautiful drought garden designed by the expert in this field, Beth Chatto. A sustainable vegetable garden had been built along the whole of the front of Clarence House. Raised beds were made from wide wooden planks with a huge variety of plant stands and containers - sinks, baths, olive oil cans, tin cans, step ladders, an old door with holes cut out for herb planters, and the re-cycled water-grown veg. Prince Charles is keeping this garden exhibit - he loved it!

‘The Great Debate’, hosted by Marcus Brigstock, discussed environmental issues with actor Roger Lloyd Pack, Ken Livingstone, Sustainable Development Commissioner Will Hay, and BBC head of comedy Jon Plowman. You can imagine our delight (and loud cheer from the Ashtead contingent!) when they highlighted the Transition network - they said that it is a vital ‘grass roots’ movement to help us change to a low carbon, sustainable way of life and were pleased to see Transition Ashtead at the Garden party. It was truly inspiring to have such an enjoyable event solely dedicated to sustainability and the environment. I was very recycled water-grown veg heartened to feel that at last we have moved from arguing about the issues to accepting that we have to take urgent action to live ‘within our means’. We came back with lots of fresh ideas and information to inspire us all to make Ashtead more sustainable. Maybe Prince Charles would like to hear how we’re getting on… Caroline Cardew-Smith

For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Derek Smith on 01372 378914, or email 86

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After the flowers go over towards the end of November, the stems should be cut down almost to ground level and, in really cold regions, the crowns should be mulched heavily with leaf mould or home-made compost, held in place with pegged-down chicken wire. That said, I forgot to do this before the last, very harsh, winter and they still came through fine. They benefit from being divided when they become congested, about every three years, but do it in the early spring, just as the new growth is emerging.

By November, gardens are beginning to look shaggy and short of colour. So various lateflowering hardy chrysanthemums can be a boon to the gardener, especially in the dry, almost frost-free autumns that have recently become the norm. The types of chrysanthemum that are hardy and flower in the autumn are the Korean, the rubellum and the Japanese semi-pompoms. They come in a wide range of colours and mix well with Michaelmas daisies, rudbeckias, echinaceas and Verbena bonariensis, the other staples of autumn herbaceous plantings. Like all chrysanthemums, they are useful for arranging in vases, provided you don’t leave them too late. Hardy chrysanthemums make clumps, woody at the base, with stems 70-100 cm tall. They do best in well-drained, fertile, slightly alkaline soil, in full sun. But they are really not fussy. Though reasonably sturdy, they are best staked, as autumn gales can be fierce. To make compacter, sturdier plants, you should follow the advice of Michael Loftus of Woottens of Wenhaston, who cuts these plants back hard in early June and removes any spindly stems. This has become a popular technique with gardeners as a way of staggering the flowering of different types of hardy perennial. In the case of hardy chrysanthemums, however, the flowering happens at the same time, but you can get away without staking. In hot summers, it pays to water chrysanthemums in dry weather or the stems become stunted and straggly, and the flowering poor.

‘Cottage Apricot’ has single, bronzy-apricot flowers in October and November, on stems up to 80 cm tall. It flops easily, so should be staked. I think it’s one of the best varieties, which provides a zingy contrast to the pink, mauve and purple Michaelmas daisies. ‘Anastasia’ is a pompom with purplish-pink, double flowers with yellow centres, up to 4 cm across. The plant grows to 75 cm tall. ‘Mei-kyo’ is very similar but has slightly paler flowers and is shorter. ‘Nantyderry Sunshine’ is a Japanese semipompom with bright yellow double flowers, 3 cm across, in October and November. It is a sport from the equally garden-worthy ‘Bronze Elegance’. ‘Ruby Mound’ is a popular variety with a dense, short plant. The double 7cm flowers are deep red in colour. ‘Emperor of China’ flowers late, in November and December. It has a laxer, taller habit than most, and double, 6 cm flower heads in a very soft pink. The petals are slightly quilled, which is most attractive, and the leaves turn red in autumn. ‘Purleigh White’ grows to about 85 cm, and has white semi-pompom flowers with a hint of pink and prominent yellow central discs. It is a sport of ‘Mei-kyo’, so has the same habit but a different-coloured flower. © Ursula Buchan, 2010 88

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Crossword Solution Across: 1 Mush, 3 Organise, 9 Drowned, 10 Pills, 11 Concentrated, 14 Nap, 16 Irate, 17 Six, 18 Conventional, 21 Thumb, 22 Drained, 23 Muttered, 24 Thus. Down: 1 Medicine, 2 Spoon, 4 Rod, 5 Alphabetical, 6 Illness, 7 Easy, 8 Unbelievable, 12 Train,13 Explodes, 15 Product, 19 Ninth, 20 Stem, 22 Die.

Pictogram answers: 1. Let the cat out of the bag 2. Back in time 3. Your days are numbered


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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Rogue Traders and Distraction Burglaries With winter approaching, opportunist “rogue traders” see a good opportunity to take advantage of people’s vulnerabilities and the desire to have their homes safe, secure and watertight for the coming colder months? Surrey Police continues to work alongside a number of partner agencies, developing initiatives to help all members of our communities be and feel safe in their own homes. As part of ongoing work we do already, your Neighbourhood Teams are focusing particular attention on providing guidance, support and awareness to members of the community on how to spot and deal with cold callers, rogue traders and distraction burglars. You should know, however, that you have a right to refuse to deal with anyone who comes to your door uninvited. You can always refuse to answer if you have any concerns about the caller. If you have a door chain and do intend to answer the door, then put the chain across before opening the door. We would not recommend that you agree for any work to be done without checking that the business offering this service is totally legitimate and reputable. Many areas have directories for businesses that have received positive customer feedback. Also, Trading Standards and Consumer Direct can offer advice on businesses and service providers who should be trustworthy, reliable and who will carry out work for a reasonable price. In many cases, nothing can beat personal recommendation. It is never a good idea to allow someone you don’t know to carry out work for you. They may not be qualified or competent to do the work and what may sound like a cheap price could turn out to be an expensive choice, particularly if you end up paying out again to have bad work put right!!

a person may call, saying that they are from a utility company, calling to check on reports of “faulty” water pipes, gas leaks or problems with the electricity supply. Once they gain entry, they will distract the resident by asking them to keep an eye on a tap or meter, while others go elsewhere in the house to “carry out checks”. Many people have been distressed to find they have had money, bank cards, jewellery or other items taken in just a few moments. Please insist on seeing appropriate identification for anyone claiming to be from a utility company. You can also telephone the company to find out if they are operating in the area. In fact, even if a uniformed police officer calls at your door they will be perfectly happy for you to ask to see their warrant card to identify themselves, or you can even phone us on 0845 125 2222 to confirm an officer’s details to your satisfaction. Finally, if you are ever put in a position of feeling in any way vulnerable or frightened by unwanted callers, please call the police on 999.

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Issue 61, July 2010. Never underestimate the importance of community.