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


Dr Walker discusses a common problem


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


APMH - refurbishment completed


Quiz - Musicals


NSPCC’s Send a letter from Santa


Leatherhead Theatre


Quiz - TV Doctors


Simple Crossword


Surrey Hills Onward Learning


Recipe - Chicken Dhansak


Fairtrade Xmas Craft Fair


What’s on in November? Pages 64-70


Ashtead Day Centre Luncheon Club


Tips from Ashtead’s Happy Householder


Book Reviews


Local history article


Fathers & Fireworks - a story


Railways around Leatherhead & Dorking


Andy’s Blog


Gardening - Hedge your boundary


Wallace & Gromit’s Tea Party


RHS calls for plant experts


Local Rotarian completes Gt North Run


MV Police column


2011 Harvest Photo Competition


Transition Ashtead


Bonfire warning from Wildlife Aid


November’s crosswords


Air fresheners - are they healthy?


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From the Publisher Winter will soon be upon us and our very own Happy Householder in Ashtead has sent through some tips (page 72) to help us prepare for what is expected to be another hard winter, yikes not again! A few days ago I popped over to meet with Mr Roger Walker, Consultant Urologist at Ashtead Hospital. A charming man who talked to me about a very common problem amongst women of all ages, but because it is a rather sensitive and taboo subject, is not discussed openly, see page 46. This month there are a great deal of fairs and markets, some of which will help us start our Christmas shopping. The what’s on pages can be found from 64-70. The Royal Horticultural Society is calling for plant experts to help with their next plant trials, so if you are interested in, or have knowledge of, either Euphorbia and/or Stipa please go to page 80 for the details. This year’s pantomime at the Leatherhead Theatre is Dick Whittington from 13th-31st December, more info on this and other shows and films can be found on the theatre page 56. My friend Flip Cargill has written a very interesting piece about the use of air fresheners, it’s a real eye-opener (page 44). Flip is a sweetie, she and hubby have an allotment around the corner and I sometimes wake to find a ‘food parcel’ left on my doorstep as they whiz past on their way home. Advertising It’s like having my very own organic fruit and veg The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local delivery service! 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.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Lots of new businesses coming on board for November, such as Ashley Flooring (opposite page), GK Designerwear (p.17), Reflexology Pathways (p.53), and some that you’ll recognise from earlier editions such as Wemms Maths Unlimited (p.38), Surrey Hills Cookery School (p.39), Ken Dodge (p.59), and Frascati (p.61). I’m already starting my own private build-up to Christmas and anyone who knows me, knows that it’s my favourite time of the year. No doubt more to come as we get closer to The B.D.

Finally, all that remains is for me to wish you a safe and fun bonfire night whether it is at a public display or in No part of this magazine may be the back garden and remember to give some thought to reproduced, stored in any retrieval our little friend the hedgehog and ensure that he’s not system, or transmitted in any form - hiding underneath your bonfire before you light it electronic, mechanical, recording, more info from Wildlife Aid on page 42. Sadly it seems photocopying, or otherwise - without there are to be no firework displays at Leatherhead or prior permission of the Publisher. Dorking, and it appears that Brockham or Epsom may be All in-house artwork and editorial our nearest. presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2011. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Autumn Meeting Last month, the Ashtead Residents’ Association was pleased to present to residents, a meeting on the new developments to Ashtead Train Station and the Olympic Cycle Race.

launching our new improved web site (same address/URL as now) so watch out for the new pages and let us have your comments. We are indebted to Carmel Eynon for her help in setting up this new site.

Our first speaker was Feras Alshaker, Project Manager, from Southern Railway. He spoke about The National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), its background, parameters, and funding. He then moved on to Ashtead specifically and the work that has gone into the station so far and what is to come. Feras also talked through the designs and talked about the period of time between beginning building work and all the work being completed. The revised station includes some 60 additional car parking spaces and additional disabled spaces. In addition there will be new cycle racks with an increased cycle capacity of 110 cycles. The enlarged station will offer much better facilities for travellers.

We are also still operating the “Active in Ashtead” email service. If we hear of news affecting Ashtead we will email you with details. Your email address is protected and will not be passed to anyone else. If you would like to be included in this service, just email We are constantly looking for new members to join our committee. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. We often hear comments that “Someone should do something about that!” Well your present Committee is only 12 strong and with the best will in the world they cannot do everything. We need more help. If you are not a Committee person that’s ok, we have other ways in which you can help. So if you feel passionate about Ashtead and would like to make a difference to your community, please get in touch. You can contact us at

Our next speaker was Surriya Subramaniam, Cultural Development Officer, Surrey County Council, who talked about the recent test race that took place in August and the issues that arose from race. He also spoke about the race itself and how the residents can participate in the event in terms of helping and watching the race and also spoke about the events planned for the evening after the race has finished, that may take place in Dorking and/or Leatherhead.

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Thank you to both speakers who gave up their free time to speak to us and also to all the residents who attended the meeting. We have also recently created new ways for residents to get in touch with us. If you have access to the internet, check out our new Facebook page – Ashtead Residents Association. In addition we will shortly be


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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Much of our last meeting was taken up in discussion of the Roads in Surrey. This followed the Highways Forum covering the County Division of Leatherhead and Fetcham East. The re-organisation of Surrey Highways means that the organisation has grouped the Districts and Boroughs so that we fall into the East Surrey Area. Much of this is now managed through the computerised system, so that when you log a request, report a pothole etc. it is acknowledged by e-mail and directed to the officer dealing with the matter. One should then receive further messages as the item moves through the system. Unfortunately some aspects of the system have not been doing what they should, but we were assured that the distribution of work was now getting through to the contractors concerned. If you want to see the current update on roadworks throughout Mole valley you can access this through the SurreyCC website. From my point of view the most interesting part was the chance to ask questions – and I had great pleasure in hearing the positive responses which I was given. The LRA called for greater pedestrian Priority on all our Town Roads. To start with there is a need for a crossing of Waterways Road, between Mill Lane and the Pumping Station. This would be a great benefit to pedestrians coming from Fetcham to the Town via Bridge Street. We were told that this proposal is still ‘in the system’ and was under consideration. Road Markings are in need of repainting in many places. We were told that there is a 4 year cycle, and that this was being re-setup. Hence some roads may go as long as 8 years before being attended to, but then it should be 4 yearly after that. We should be logging bad cases on the website. It was with some relief that we learnt that a new car parking survey is shortly to be carried out in the Town with a view to extending the lengths of yellow lines.

Since the last study we have had the extension to the Randalls Road Car Park, so some of the pressure should have come off the residential roads. We were told that the experimental Residents Only scheme in Minchin Place was considered to have been a great success. No doubt the on-street parking survey will recommend similar zones throughout the centre of the Town. Great for residents but they could cause friction with other visitors to the Town. What is to happen to the pedestrian refuge in Lerret Way over the next 10 months until the real Olympic cycle races? We are told that a permanent ‘removable’ island is to be installed, and that it will fit between the white lines unlike the previous one which caused a stream of complaints, although I’m not aware of any accidents having been caused. The need for a plate stating no cycling in Church Walk was again discussed. The problem is that youngsters who have not yet studied the Highway Code frequently think that the sign consisting of a red circle with a bicycle in it means that it is a cycleway. This is further confused by the Mole Valley Parks Department who have put up a sign in the Red House Gardens stating No Cycling and then have used the sign with a cancellation bar across it. Although it would then be in Black rather than red, it indicates that an existing ban of cycling has ended. Unfortunately the officer responsible does not understand the problem, despite an explanatory letter enclosing photographs and further emails, and makes a laughing stock of himself and the Council. The need for explanatory plates to the priority signs at the North Street pinch point was brought up. Such signs have been used in Pixham Lane, and are needed in North Street. Two of the present signs have been bent by vehicles, clearly the result of a failure by drivers to understand their meaning. The signs in Pixham Lane have not suffered.

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall What’s This New Building Then? Well, this is the product of the much-vaunted “Vision 2010”. Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the fund by making a donation, buying a brick or attending an event (and it’s not too late if you haven’t done so yet – just phone the hall on 01372 272921). Phase 1 was completed last year, and everyone says how much brighter and better the Marshall Room is, how much more modern and efficient are the new gents’ toilets, and how much bigger is the main store. But users and Trustees are quite used to these now, and are getting very excited about the opening of the new wing. Phase 2 is now complete except for a few small details and soon you will be welcome to come and see for yourself, but let’s see if I can give you a foretaste of what it will be like: The footpath next to the Car Park guides you to the splendid new oak double doors. Pause to admire them on the tarmac of the enlarged entrance area, where there is space to have a chat or park your buggy. They reflect the style of the front doors whilst being manufactured to the very latest environmental standards. Now enter the spacious lobby. This gives access to the main hall (sharp left) and the Committee Rooms (straight ahead). But first glimpse the new bar (on your left) with its solid oak counter top and plenty of space for you and your friends to stand, and for the bar helpers to serve you. Later this will be fitted out in fine style, but for now it will kept simple. Go through the double doors to the rear corridor, where you will find the “New Ralli Room”, no longer oddly shaped but bigger, squarer and more useful. Still the bright, friendly room it always was but now brighter and more modern, and fitted with large cupboards for storage. And finally – if you wish - pay a quick visit to the new toilets, with more and better facilities than before. Please come and visit us, and enjoy using one of the pleasures of living in Ashtead – the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.

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First They Killed my Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

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Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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Breaking Night by Liz Murray

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Fathers and Fireworks Sam, Ruth and the children were off to the school fireworks display but, as they gathered their hats and coats, Sam felt a sudden overwhelming sense of sadness.

it was time to press the play button. A theatrical experience then followed as Sam's Father performed 'miracles' in the garden. He would light each fuse with a long taper and call out "Stand well clear... Launch in ten seconds!" The family would then yell the countdown, from ten down to one, getting more excited with each number. Most fireworks went off at "four", always taking Sam and his brothers by surprise. Looking back, this was clearly a deliberate strategy but they fell for it every time and then whooped with excitement as each firework worked its colourful magic.

November the fifth was always a bitter sweet time for Sam. His father died in November and this year was the tenth anniversary of his death. When Sam was a child, his father had taken enormous pride in organising family fireworks and there had been great competition with Mr Clarkson, the next door neighbour as to who could put on the most impressive display. Sam could still see his dad, standing at the bottom of the garden, in his green wellington boots, tatty brown corduroy trousers and sheepskin coat, holding an enormous metal 'army surplus' torch. He always planned his display with military precision and would refer to his 'order of ignition sheet' which sounded very impressive to Sam but was usually written on the back of a brown envelope.

Sam liked to watch his father, at the bottom of the garden, waiting for the brief moment when he'd be framed by the light of an exploding firework. The look of childlike delight on his dad's face was one that Sam would carry with him for the rest of his life. The climax of the display would be the rocket. They would always buy the biggest one they could afford with names like 'Tornado' or 'Meteor'. Being the eldest, Sam would be allowed to light the taper but his father always held his arm, ready to snatch him away if there was a problem. Father and son would watch in awe as the rocket soared into the sky before exploding into a shower of coloured lights. "That one's for you Sam," He would say. "Isn't she a beauty?!"

Every element of the display was carefully considered. The weekend before the big day, he would take Sam and his two brothers to choose the fireworks. Not being content with the selection at the local newsagents, he would drive to a specialist supplier, several miles away and went to great length to read all the labels and discuss the various effects with the shop owner. Sam loved to hear him talk about rocket cones, screechers, spitting comets and names like 'Tropical Storm', 'Hornet's Nest' and 'Crackling Cauldron'.

The family had a lovely time at the school display but something was missing for Sam and he knew what he had to do.

Each boy was allowed to choose one firework for themselves. Sam's younger brother, James, always liked the spinning catherine wheels. Peter liked the exploding traffic lights but Sam and his Dad loved the rockets. The higher they went, the better they were. The garden would be set up during the afternoon. A nail would be hammered into the tall beech tree and milk bottles would be dug into the ground at strategic points. The fireworks would be carefully put into position while Sam's mother prepared Heinz tomato soup, hot baked potatoes and baked beans. The big treat after the display was always a bowl of steaming hot banana and custard. As soon as it was completely dark, Sam's father would usher everyone outside. He had a tape of the 1812 overture in the family cassette recorder and Sam's mother was signalled when

A few days later, on the tenth anniversary of his father's death, he bought the biggest rocket firework that he could find and set it up in the garden. As soon as it was dark, he called the family outside. He lit the fuse and stood back to watch. As the rocket soared into the sky he said to himself "That one's for you Dad... Isn't she a beauty?!" Copyright Sarah Lott October 2011 The Memory Book Website: Email: Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book 32

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Join us on a 12 week course starting on Wednesday 2nd November from 10am12pm in St Gilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Church Hall, Ashtead. Discover what makes plants tick and how to apply that knowledge in your garden. Study the fascinating life cycle of plants from the germination of seeds through their growth, development and flowering phases. Discover the microclimates in your garden and how they influence the plants you grow. Share your garden experiences with others and develop your gardening skills. Investigate the relevance of sustainable gardening and the pleasures of gardening for wildlife. This is one of many WEA Courses for 2011/12 which are listed in our brochure available from local libraries, Leatherhead Helpshop, MVDC Offices, Leatherhead Institute and Theatre.

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Local Rotarian completes Great North Run David Gibson (centre), with David (left) and Ben

On Sunday 18th September 2011, David Gibson, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead, completed the Great North Run in a very respectable time of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 40 seconds, just seven minutes behind his eldest son, David, and fourteen minutes behind his youngest son, Ben.

Mr Gibson, from Crabtree Lane in Bookham, said he was delighted with the time in which he had completed the 13.1-mile course, which was actually ten minutes faster than when he last took part in the event in 2007. He also hopes to have raised over £500 in sponsorship for Barnardo’s, one of the two charities the Rotary Club of Leatherhead supported during Mr Gibson’s year as Club President. At the club’s weekly meeting on Wednesday 21st September, Mr Gibson presented a bottle of champagne to fellow club member Graham Ryding, who won the sweepstake within the club to guess the time in which Mr Gibson would complete the event. Mr Ryding came closest with a guess of 2 hours and 35 minutes. Rumours that most of the club had submitted a finishing time in days rather than hours are completely unfounded! The Rotary Club of Leatherhead meets at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 36

Clubs & Activities “Dancing is a fantastic way to exercise. It's fun, you learn a skill and it's social as well. There are dances for everyone - slow, fast, dances that travel, dances that stay put. You can even learn a dance for your wedding day. There was a time when anyone under the age of 50 would have laughed at the thought of going to a ballroom or latin dance class. Now, thanks in part to Strictly Come Dancing (Saturdays BBC1), we see people of all ages coming along and having fun." says Gemma Gordon, who runs the Celebration Dance School.

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AS/ A2 Chemistry, Biology and Physics classes start November 12th C3 A level Maths Group, consolidation, enrichment, revision and support starts Sunday 13th November Places available in AS Maths Core and M1 groups

Science Lessons include Practical Activities. Home Educators can take full A level course with access to Lab work

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2011 Harvest Photograph Competition Now in its fourth year, Denbies Wine Estate is pleased to be hosting the annual harvest photograph competition in conjunction with Andy Newbold photography. The competition welcomes photographers of all ages and abilities to capture their interpretation of harvest at Denbies Wine Estate. With spectacular views over Box Hill, the North Downs and Dorking from all aspects of the estate, the opportunities are endless. All entries will be judged by local celebrity professional photographer Andy Newbold. This year’s 1st prize is a family portrait sitting within the vineyard at Denbies courtesy of Andy Newbold photography including a 12x10” print of the preferred image, 2nd prize is a Denbies Christmas hamper (to the value of £80) and 3rd prize is a mixed case of 6 bottles of Denbies Wine. The winning photographs will be featured in Denbies 2012 publications and all entries will be displayed in the Denbies Art Gallery from Tuesday 27th December – Wednesday 4th January 2012. Entry forms are available from Denbies Reception or by emailing the events department at:

The closing date for entries is 14th November and the entry fee is £3.50 for each photograph or £10 for four photographs. All of the profits will be donated to charity which this year will be ‘Meru’ based in Epsom who help make disabled Children’s lives easier by finding solutions to everyday problems – 40

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Bonfire warning from Wildlife Aid guys chomp their way through around 45 to 50 tins of dog food every single day! Over the entire winter that’s 10,000 tins of food!” Simon points out that the dangers to hedgehogs in our gardens are all year round. “With people having invaded and taken over the hedgehog’s natural habitats, there are nowadays plenty of new menaces to these little animals. Hedgehogs like long grass so they are at risk from careless lawn-mowing. A lawnmower or strimmer can kill.” Wildlife Aid says that if you are burning leaves or garden debris over the coming months, you should take extra care not to injure any hedgehogs or put them at risk. You should be particularly careful if you are planning to build a big bonfire for Guy Fawkes Night.

Ponds are another problem. “Hedgehogs can swim but they are not very strong and their endurance in water is not great – they will drown if they can’t get out of a garden pond, so please make sure you have a ‘ramp’ made from wood or stones to help them.

“Another thing is that hedgehogs eat slugs and snails, and can poison themselves if they eat slugs The hedgehog – perhaps the most iconic British mammal – is dying out. The hedgehog population of that have been killed with slug pellets. That’s the UK is falling rapidly and could face extinction. another hazard for hedgehogs that people don’t tend to think about.” Wildlife Aid Foundation director Simon Cowell MBE “In 1950 there were estimated to be more than 30 says: “Bonfire Night is a big danger as hedgehogs million hedgehogs in Britain. Now, due mostly to will always curl up and nest inside any pile of the huge number of roads and cars we have in this leaves or garden debris if it looks warm and country, the hedgehog population is down to about inviting. So please be vigilant. Do it with great one million, and possibly a lot less. care, not by sticking sharp rakes into the pile. Ideally, you should move or turn over the entire “If we don’t intervene to help the hedgehog pile of leaves, just to be extra certain. And double wherever and whenever we can, this most check any bonfire just before you light it.” thoroughly British of all wild animals could be extinct in the next two decades – locally if not For those hedgehogs that make it through the nationally.” bonfire season, the bitter winter weather poses another risk to their lives. When hedgehogs To find out more about the Foundation and to hibernate their body temperature can fall to just a support its vital work for all British wildlife few degrees above freezing and their heart rate species, go to slows. They depend on their body fat to survive. A hedgehog weighing less than 600 grams may not live through the winter if it is not helped. “For the hedgehogs that we are ‘over-wintering’ here at the Wildlife Aid Foundation we need to feed them daily to ensure they build up enough body fat. The least we can do for our hedgehog patients is provide a hearty meal and a roof over their heads during the most severe cold weather. After all, life for the little hedgehog is tough enough as it is. For such tiny creatures, hedgehogs certainly eat a lot! Our little


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Air fresheners - healthy or not? The main causes of health problems are toxicity & malnutrition, although we often blame our genes. Clean air, like clean food and water is basic to health. Air fresheners are a quick fix for odour removal. There is hardly anything healthy about them! Signs of reactions to air fresheners:  Headache  Irritated eyes & nose  Other allergic reactions Asthma-like reactions have been reported from studies of animal (mice) Also indications of neurotoxicity, causing odd behaviours. If you have any of these symptoms, stop using air fresheners for a time and record how you feel. Common reactions to toxic air freshener:  Limonene - irritates eyes, mouth, skin. Unco-ordination & dizziness.  petroleum distillates - can irritate or damage your lungs.  Toluene - fatigue and confusion  Benzene compounds - carcinogenic  phthalates - interfere with hormone production.  Methylformamide linked to cancer in humans - not readily disposed of by the body  terpinolene  methoxybenzaldehyde  butanoic acid Read product labels carefully. Manufacturers may warn of potential health hazards such as cancer. Air fresheners often paralyse nose sensitivity, & donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remove odours. Even if your nose does not sense it, it is still what you are breathing. Healthy odour removal options  

Improve ventilation and/or use an activated carbon air filter, which can absorb the odorous gases Zeolite Crystals (pieces of minerals proven to absorb many toxic gasses), to fight pet, body, urine, wine and other odours. Zeolite is easy to maintain - put it out in the sun to let it release the captured air pollutants. Houseplants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; living air purifiers Some green plants are living air purifiers. They effectively clean air from formaldehyde, VOG (volatile organic gases,) benzene, and carbon monoxide, the gases commonly missed by an HEPA filter or an ionic air purifier. 44

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Ladies - don’t suffer in silence it’s more common than you think Roger Walker is a consultant urologist, specialising in female urology and urogynaecology, practising at Ashtead Hospital, The Clock House, Epsom and at St Anthony’s Hospital, North Cheam.

surgical procedures which will usually involve treatment as a day patient or, in some cases, will include an overnight stay.

Mr Walker has been specialising in his field for over 20 years and sits on the executive of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

Mr Walker’s message to sufferers is:

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I asked Mr Walker how common incontinence is in women and he gave me these interesting statistics:

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One in 14 women aged 15-44 One in seven women aged 45-65 One in five women aged over 65 One-third of women in residential homes Two-thirds of women in nursing homes

Mr Walker specialises in:

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There are different types of incontinence experienced by women such as stress incontinence - leakage when you sneeze, laugh, cough or exert yourself; urge incontinence - a strong urge to pass urine and leak before getting to the bathroom; or mixed incontinence which includes the two types mentioned above.

I very much enjoyed meeting with Mr Walker, he is a charming man who displays a real passion for improving the lives of women.

There are many causes of incontinence such as the menopause, getting older, childbirth or genetics but in up to 95% of cases Mr Walker can help improve women’s lives significantly. ‘As this is such a sensitive subject it is difficult to get women to come forward, but programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies have helped enormously in breaking down barriers and showing women that they no longer have to suffer in silence - something can be done to help.’

The preferable route is for sufferers to be referred to Mr Walker via their own GP, but they can also contact his office directly. Contact details below.

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Mr Roger Walker can be contacted through his PA, Michèle Burton, who is based at Ashtead Hospital, on 01372 275161 (option 6) or via email on For more information, visit 46

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Continued from page 44 Spider plants and golden pothos clean air from carbon monoxide. Ficus, aloe vera, fig trees, spider plant, and elephant ear philodendron can reduce Formaldehyde, which is emitted everywhere by plastic items, particle board, pressed wood furniture, carpeting and construction materials. VOGs can be absorbed by the banana tree. House plants are most effective in enclosed spaces, eg kitchens. Toxic house plants include: nightshade, creeping charlie, foxglove, oleander, sago plant, privet, rhododendron, umbrella plant, ivy, ripple ivy, sweet pea, vinca, spider mum, and poinsettia. HEPA cleaners (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) Most have close to hundred (99.99) percent home air filtration effectiveness in removing common home particle allergens, including lead, asbestos and other dust, then pollen, dust mite droppings, mould spores and other particles, even as small as 0.1-0.3 microns. Ionic Air Purifiers are commonly used to clean dust, allergens, and tobacco smoke industrial pollutants such as welding smoke, from indoor air in homes. Candles made with vegetable waxes or beeswax & 100% cotton wicks are clean burning and do not contain the toxins found in candles made with paraffin wax. The pollution and toxins released by burning paraffin wax are similar to those released by burning gas or oil although in smaller quantities. Wicks can contain a metal core which can also release toxic fumes. Incense Burning incense may be good for spiritual wellbeing, but could damage your health. The fragrant smoke contains a cocktail of harmful chemicals linked to physical disorders, scientists say. Joss sticks contain carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes Research suggests that breathing in the toxic fumes is as bad for the health as inhaling tobacco smoke and is linked to headaches, lung disorders, cancer, liver damage and nerve problems. Healthier air fresheners found at health food stores & online. Pot pouris, lavender sachets, fresh flowers etc

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01372 374125 63b High Street, Leatherhead Surrey Farmer’s Market is moving to Dorking

Every third Saturday of the month After four years in a field in Cobham, Surrey Markets is moving to the centre of Dorking in October. There will be over 20 stalls offering fresh cheese, meat, game, eggs, fish, breads, cakes, pies, fruit and vegetables – ideal for the special dinner party or just to eat healthily and well. You can find us in St Martin’s Walk in the upper car park, just off the High Street, from 9.30am – 2pm on the third Saturday of every month.

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“Autumn Watch” @ Ashtead Healthy Living According to traditional Chinese medicine during season of autumn the organs that require extra care and attention are the lungs and the colon. Autumn is a time for purification and conservation of energy in preparation for the long and cold winter ahead. Come to Ashtead Healthy Living to try a colon hydrotherapy treatment that can help strengthen your immune system and help to renew your body. During November and December I will include a delicious fresh fruit or vegetable juice for you to taste with the recipe to take away to help give your immune system a boost and keep away any possible infections or virus normally associated with this season. Another benefit of having a colonic is that it allows your body to detoxify. We are all exposed to a variety of different types of toxins in the air that we breathe, the foods that we eat and the water that we drink. The body was made to remove these toxins, but there are many times when they get ahead of the body’s ability to take care of things naturally.By boosting the detoxification process through colonics, you allow your body to cleanse itself from the inside out and to improve the body’s ability to heal itself.

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Spirit Level

Freewheelers Theatre Company, English Touring Opera and English National Ballet Wednesday 2nd , 7.45pm. £10, Concessions for disabled people and children aged 12 and under. Buy 10 seats and get the 11th free. Leatherhead based Freewheelers Theatre Company bring you their ambitious collaboration with English Touring Opera and English National Ballet, Spirit Level,fuses music, dance, drama and animation to tell a magical story about a mysterious, wet and speechless man who one day appears on a beach.

Oh, What A Lovely War!

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Told through stories and songs of the First World War period, and at turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, combining live music, dance, songs and sketches it creates a picture of life for those on the front line and those behind it. “Magnificent...Extraordinary...As haunting as it is harrowing...astonishing power, catch it if you can” The Stage

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" armour-clad player of complete technique, a thinking musician, a natural Romantic” International Piano Magazine Internationally acclaimed pianist Bobby Chen returns to The Leatherhead Theatre in the year of the bicentenary anniversary if the birth of Liszt, in 1811. Chen will perform a stunning selection of works by Liszt in addition to pieces from his masterful solo repertoire.

Films Showing in November The Debt (15)

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Food & Drink This warming curry is perfect for a chilly Autumn evening. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly mild dish, but if you prefer something a little hotter, add a chopped red or green chilli pepper to the minced onion mixture.

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Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender and whizz for a few seconds until finely minced.


Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan and fry the minced onion mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden brown. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute.


Cut the chicken fillets into large chunks and add to the frying pan. Cook over a medium heat until no longer pink. Stir in the red lentils and stock or water. Cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 30-35 minutes until the chicken and lentils are tender.

4. Add the tomatoes and simmer uncovered for a further 10 minutes until the sauce has

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN NOVEMBER? Wednesday 2nd Saturday 12th

Autumn Exhibition, Leatherhead Art Club, 40 - 44 Church Street, Leatherhead (opposite Prezzo). Original works in various media inc watercolours, oils, acrylic and mixed. Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 12-5pm.

Friday 4th

The Bocketts Bonanza Gift Fayre, Old Barn Tearooms, Bocketts Farm Park in aid of Save The Children UK. 10am-4pm. Christmas shopping made easy, with lots of unique and affordable gifts for sale including kitchen and home ware, jewellery, books, cards and children’s toys. Small Entrance fee to Save the Children Fund

Saturday 5th

Brockham Bonfire, charity fundraising event. Arrive in Brockham village by 6.30-7pm. Parking £8 per car. Car parks open at 4.30pm, 7.45pm lighting of the bonfire, 8.15pm firework display. Other useful information can be found on

Saturday 5th

Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair. Hook Road Arena, gates open 5.30pm, display starts at 7.30pm. Free park and ride available from Chessington World of Adventures. Tickets in advance at £5 each from Ashtead: Alison’s Bakery, Craddocks Pde; Mr Patel Newsagent, 88 Woodfield Lane; Post Office, The St. From Leatherhead: Channon News, 21 North St; The Company Man, Swan Centre; JD Food & Wine, Kingston Rd. Tickets £7.50 on the door.

Tuesday 8th

Bookham Craft Club - Christmas Exhibition & Sale. Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Bookham. 10am-12pm. Free entry. Cakes, raffle, Christmas decorations, home made gifts and refreshments.

Thursday 10th

Denbies Plum Pudding Event Hosted by Denbies Executive Chef , Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. 6pm-8pm The perfect hands-on opportunity to make your Christmas pudding before the rush of the season! Join us for a pre-Christmas social with all the ingredients for a memorable & delicious evening! Includes mulled wine & canapés & your Christmas pudding will be ready for pre-Christmas collection! £25

Friday 11th

A Taste of Italy - Italian market comes to Leatherhead High St, 9am-4.30pm. 18

gazebos selling speciality breads, cheeses, cured meats, classic Cremona Torrone (nougat), cakes, sweets, biscuits, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, olives and pasta.

Saturday 12th

Leatherhead and District NCT Nearly New Sale 1.45pm Downsend School Leatherhead. Grab a bargain, baby/toddler clothes, toys, equipment for sale. £1.50 entrance fee - which goes direct to NCT. For more details visit branches/leatherhead

Saturday 12th

Piano recital by Christopher Guild, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Music by Beethoven,Respighi, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin. Tickets £15 (students half price; children under 16 free) from 01306 740619 & 01306 881717

Saturday 14th

Rotary Club of Leatherhead Quiz Night, Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. £12.50 each, inc supper. Max 8 people per team but we can combine smaller nos into one team. No alcohol on sale, bring your own drinks. Info and tickets from Richard Punnett 01372 377425.

Friday 18th

Lecture 'Researching the History of the Country House' by Dr Richard Goodenough. Letherhead Institute, High St, Leatherhead. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm. Admission £1 - all welcome Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Friday 25th

Friends of Stoneleigh Dancing Club Christmas Dance at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30 to 11pm, ballroom and latin dancing to Andrew Varley’s keyboard music. Dress formal, refreshments and bar. Tickets £14 in advance 01737 352894 or 01372 277938.

Saturday 26th

Worldwide Charities Fair at St Georges in Ashtead, 1030am-3.45pm. Supporting a range of charities at home and abroad. Hot lunches and refreshments. Stalls selling crafts, fair trade items and gifts. Inc a Fair Trade Fashion Show at 1.30pm. Entrance Free. Jo Sherring 01372 271497.

Saturday 26th

Christmas Fair at St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX. 11am-3pm and lots of stalls plus homemade soup and ploughman's lunch available. In Church there will be a working model railway. Free admission. 64

What’s On?

Ashtead Friday Market Christmas Special

Friday 11th November - Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas Special, the Ashtead Friday Market is holding another event on Friday 11th November, with specially extended opening times from 9am-3pm, so there will be plenty of time to get all your gifts in one visit. As usual, there will be cakes, plants, cards, antique and contemporary jewellery, toys, books, marmalade, collectables, handicrafts, china, glass and bric-a-brac. Tea and coffee is available. Please do come and see all the goodies we have on offer and help us to beat last year's record of £1885 which we gave to the RNLI. If you haven't been yet, you are missing out!

Contact Chris on 01372 272076 for further details. 65


By Ian Hornby

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DECEMBER Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm) Saturday 17th Matinée performance at 1.30pm (Doors open 1pm)

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What’s On?



Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks ‘Leatherhead Hospital past, present and future’, Dr Fred Meynen. APMH. Visitors welcome £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511

Wed 2nd (weekly)

Termtime only. 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road. Come along for a chance to meet other parents and childminders over a cup of coffee while the children play happily and make new friends of their own

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group. Competitive flower show Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 2pm-8.30pm, prize giving 8pm. Visitors welcome £3. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 2nd (monthly)

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

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, AGM 7.15pm for 7.30pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Details Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thurs 3rd (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm 1st Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844

Thursday 3rd Leatherhead Sequence Dance Club, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. (weekly) 7.45pm-10.15pm, £2.50. Mrs Doris Gibson 01372 374160 Thursday 3rd GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ (weekly) hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, Friday 4th (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. Do come along, you will be most welcome.

Friday 4th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for 2 worthy charities.

Friday 4th (weekly)

Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 10.30am11.30am. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. 10am-12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now stocking a range of haberdashery, beading supplies, papercraft and greetings cards. Not too early to start thinking about ‘Christmas’! Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Traditional Communion Service with Choir. 10.45-11.15am Coffee in Church. 11.15am Contemporary Service with Band Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man behind the Portraits. Da Vinci was an artist, engineer, botanist, biologist & architect. We will look at how the times he lived in influenced where and who he worked for. £10 01372 272235

Friday 4th (weekly) Sunday 6th (weekly) Tues 8th or Fri 11th Wed 9th (2nd Wed mthly)

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Friday 11th

Ashtead Friday Market Christmas Special, 9am-3pm, see previous page

Thursday 17th (mthly)

Meet third Thurs of the month (except December) Leatherhead & District Friends Group (50+), 2pm-4pm, North Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd (other side of the bridge). Tea/coffee/biscuits, bingo. £1 per month

Wed 30th

NHS Blood donor session: Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Two sessions : 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. If there’s an event in December you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Saturday 12th November. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time 68 of going to print.

What’s On?

GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email: website:

November Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Thursday 3rd Monday 7th Tuesday 8th

Thurs 3rd: Reigate Heath : 3¾m Flat walk to Skimmington Castle and Wonham Mill. 10:15am start at Flanchford Road car park, west of Reigate, south of the A25, RH2 8AB | Mon 7th: Earlswood : 4m One gradual hill, but fairly flat. 10:15am start at small car park at Petridge Wood Common, short way down A2044 Woodhatch Rd, RH1 5JH | Tue 8th: Brockham – Betchworth – Buckland : 8m An undulating walk inc. pub lunch.10:15am start at the Green at Buckland, just north of A25, RH3 7BB

November Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Wednesday 2nd Friday 25th Monday 28th

Wed 2nd: Ashtead Woods, Horton Park & the Hogsmill : Easy ride, 10am at The Woodman in Barnet Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA | Fri 25th: Friday Street : Meet 10am at Friday Street car park, Friday Street Rd, RH5 6JR. CP is ¼m on right (low entrance height!) | Mon 28th: Merstham : Rural circuit along minor roads and tracks to Outwood Windmill, refreshments and back. Meet 10am at Hungers End Café on A23 at Merstham, free parking opposite in Quality St, RH1 3EA

November Guided Nordic Walks (Please bring your own poles) Friday 18th

Fri 18th: Garsons Farm : 4½m Undulating walk through woodland/heathland, a few steep parts. Optional cafe or pub refreshments. 10:30am start at Garsons Farm overflow CP, Winterdown Rd, Esher, KT10 8LR. Bus 515 69

What’s On? Mass in Blue Ashtead Choral Society (ACS) opens its season with an absolutely not-to-be missed concert of two choral works inspired by jazz. Will Todd, an accomplished jazz pianist, composed the very popular Mass in Blue as an upbeat setting of the Latin mass and a sparkling blend of jazz and clear, strong, choral writing. ACS is delighted to be accompanied on this occasion by the composer himself on piano, soloist Bethany Halliday and the Will Todd Ensemble for what will, undoubtedly, be an experience rather than just a performance! The choir will also perform George Shearing’s settings of seven Shakespeare sonnets. George Shearing was an Anglo-American jazz pianist who was born blind but whose musical talents were recognised very early on. Tickets are £17 for reserved seats and £14 unreserved and include a glass of wine in the interval. This will be an extremely popular concert, so booking ahead is advisable.

Tickets available from the Box Office Manager on 01372 275369.

Sing Your Heart Out for Heart Research UK Heart Research UK is calling singers, of all styles and abilities, to give voice to their favourite songs this Christmas, as part of its annual festive fundraiser, ‘Sing for your Heart,’ between 8 and 15 December. Whether you’re tone deaf or a total diva, a soloist or sing as part of group, the event will get people to give their heart and lungs a good workout, whilst raising money for pioneering research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. Singing is not only a great way to de-stress and have fun, it can also improve your physical health and wellbeing. Singing exercises the heart and lungs, oxygenates the blood, gives the abdominal and intercostal muscles a workout, improves posture, and releases muscle tension. It also improves breath control, which can assist asthma sufferers or people who experience panic attacks. Those who support ‘Sing for your Heart’ can sing with friends, family and colleagues, in railway stations, shopping centres or a local social venue. Anyone - from choirs, bands, schools and colleges, companies and societies of all sorts – can take part. There are no hard and fast rules, except to have fun and raise funds for national charity, Heart Research UK.

To request your free Sing for your Heart fundraising pack call Heart Research UK on 0113 234 7474, email or visit to download a pack. 70

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Winter Draws On!

Helpful tips from the Happy Householder

With the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness being unusually warm this year, you may have been lulled into a sense of false security as to the imminent arrival of winter. Several weather forecasting agencies are warning of a nasty cold surprise in store for us so, if you have not already done so, it is time to have your boiler serviced. Try Cliff White from ’iplumb’ or Sam Wheeler of Heating Matters, (see right) and both are Gas Safe Registered for your peace of mind. This winter we will really notice the rise in fuel charges. Who doesn’t relish the sight of an open fire, but how often do you have your chimney swept? Regular sweeping is essential because soot and tarry deposits build up, heightening the risk of a chimney fire. Do it now, before the snow and ice arrives, call Rury ‘Gentleman Charlie’ our Fetcham based chimney sweep who features in the Shops & Services section. Many of us with old cottages have decided to get rid of our carpets and expose our original floorboards. In the heat-wave you might have relished the fact that your house was nice and cool. However, you will find that in winter your beautiful new look is physically cold! If you have a suspended floor the downstairs boards will be butted together allowing draughts to whistle up between the gaps. What the interior designers don’t tell you is that to keep your house warm, you should lift your boards and insulate between the joists. There are several products which your local building supplier can recommend for your budget. This is a job for the professional or very competent DIYer, but well worth doing. Having exhausted yourself doing this, caulk the gaps between the boards. All this hard work will give you a lovely look AND mitigate the rise in your fuel bills, but will be hard on the knees! If you have a concrete floor, lay insulation under any new hard flooring. There are long term investments such as double glazing, as well as simple ones like draught proofing your windows and external doors, or even investing in interlined curtains. Loft and cavity wall insulation have made a great dent in my fuel consumption compared to when I first moved into my house. Ensure hotwater tanks and the pipes in the loft are lagged well because much heat can be lost from these and insulation will stop pipes freezing. For those of you with oil or solid fuel heating, check your tanks and bunkers and order your winter supplies now. Last year, a friend of mine had her family with their various spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends and children all coming for lunch on Christmas day and came downstairs to find her AGA completely cold because she had failed to check the oil tank! So Insulate, Insulate, Insulate. Have a safe and warm Winter!


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 33

Elm Bank House, (St. Mary’s Road Estate) Leatherhead

Elm Bank House c:1886

The Lych Gate c: 1886

1850s, Reginald F. Remington, a director of the Epsom & Leatherhead Railway Company, had become its owner.

Elm Bank House and its estate was owned for many years by the Rickards family and was described as a ‘mid –Georgian residence with 21 ½ acres of land’. Early in Queen Victoria’s reign it was owned by the Clarke family, one of whom, Captain William Stanley Clarke, was an Elder Brother of Trinity House and a Director of the East India Company. He also bought and pulled down the adjoining Church House so that his land extended to the churchyard. By the late Entrance to St. Mary’s Road c:1928

The Rickards came to Elm Bank in the 1870s. In 1852 Edward J. Rickards married Harriett Louisa Millett at Send. He was a Solicitor and she was the daughter of Frederick and Maria Millett. Her father was a retired Bengal civil servant. In the Rickards’ time, Elm Bank grounds were often open for social functions especially those connected with the church. Edward Rickards was a churchwarden for a long time and was for 19 years Chairman of the Leatherhead Parochial Committee concerned mainly with water supply and sanitation. They had five children, two sons and three daughters. It was his wife who arranged for the erection of the churches lych gate in memory of Harriett Millett in 1885. (I can only assume the dedication was for the affection she held for her aunt Harriett, due to the fact that on her arrival in England from India around 1840 where she was born and only aged 10 at the time; she lived with her at ‘The Palace, Montpelier Road, Brighthelmstone’. Her parents, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers returned to this country later in the 1840s.) Elm Bank was sold by Mrs E. Rickards in 1924, the house and fine gardens were eventually demolished and developed into St. Mary’s Road housing estate. Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Edwina Vardey – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS 1988 and other sources

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Hedge your Boundary By Pippa Greenwood

Marking your garden boundary with a hedge rather than a wall or fence helps to provide more gardening opportunities plus the living boundary may also be a real boon for wildlife, so if you’re thinking garden boundaries, think hedging. If you want a garden boundary that looks good and is green in all senses of the word, then you can’t go far wrong with a hedge. Hedges are generally grown from container-grown plants (bought at any time of year, with well-established root system and living in a pot) or from ‘bare root’ plants which are perfect bought at this time of year and planted straight away. Bare root hedging is not an option available for every type of plant. Some garden centres offer it, but generally for the freshest plants and widest selection you’re better going to a hedging specialist nursery. These plants are often quite small, but great value and soon romp away, providing you with a low-cost good looking hedge.

the attractive flowers and food from the various hips and berries. Yew: Perfect for a more formal hedging. It’s evergreen and its narrow dark green leaves make a great backdrop for plants within the garden. Unlike most other evergreen hedging, if it’s allowed to grow out of hand, it does respond well to being cut back quite hard. Avoid damp sites and remember that although the end result looks great, this is one of the slower growing hedging plants.

So which should you choose? Here are some of which I’m especially fond:

Prunus laurocerasus: Also known as the cherry laurel, it’s a large-leafed evergreen which forms a very good, dense hedge. It produces small, pretty white flowers, but if you clip the hedge regularly you rarely see many of them. The leaves are a light, glossy green, avoiding the sombre feeling some evergreen hedges can bring.

Hornbeam: This deciduous tree makes great classic hedging and in the autumn leaves turn an attractive bright yellow. It’s long-lived and once established makes a good hedge for roosting birds. It’s easy to keep trimmed and dense, its only downside being few leaves remain in winter. Does well in sun or part shade.

Thuja plicata: Known as the western red cedar, the variety ‘Atrovirens’ makes a particularly good evergreen hedge. It grows reasonably rapidly and is often used when one would like some aspects of a Leyland hedge but wouldn’t want its potential to get out of hand. The foliage produces a gorgeous pineapple aroma when crushed.

Beech: A tough and hardy deciduous tree that makes a great hedge. Great kept neatly clipped for a formal look. Although it does shed its leaves, they turn a wonderful tanbrown towards the end of autumn and a high percentage remain on the plants until new leaves appear in springtime.

Berberis including B.darwinii: Another very dense and attractive hedge, deciduous, semievergreen or evergreen depending on which you choose. Berberis has plenty of spines too so is often used in ‘defensive’ planting. The flowers are small but very pretty in shades of orange and yellow. Avoid very wet soils.

Native Hedging (including hawthorn, wild rose, guilder rose, blackthorn): Perfect for a more rural look with lots of wildlife. Native hedging is often available as a mixed selection of suitable plants, all the above planted randomly along the hedge line make a great mixed deciduous hedge which will provide shelter, nesting sites and nectar from 78

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Euonymus japonica: A great hedging plant with evergreen leaves, many with attractive variegations bringing extra colour and interest to the boundary. Avoid a wet soil and choose a sunny or partly shaded spot, making sure that the soil does not become too dry in summer.

Photinia x fraseri: This evergreen shrub makes an interesting hedge and if you choose a variety such as ‘Red Robin’, you can enjoy flamboyant red patches of colour throughout the hedge in the spring as new growth is wonderfully coloured. Does best in a fertile soil with plenty of sun or part shade. Whichever of these fantastic options takes your fancy, don’t forget the planting basics:

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organic matter such as garden compost, bagged compost or well-rotted manure. Most hedging is best planted with each plant about 45cm (18in) apart along the row. For a denser hedge plant in two staggered rows, each row about 30-45cm apart. Don’t forget to keep the young hedge properly pruned – if left to grow alone, it’ll rarely become good and dense.

Sign up for Pippa’s newsletter at and you’ll receive a free e-book on organic gardening. Her website also offers a stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card, a perfect gift where the recipient receives their chosen garden ready veg plants in the spring. Every week Pippa emails with topical hints, tips and advice. Vouchers priced from just £39 for up to 66 garden -ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails.

RHS Calls for Plant Experts The RHS, the UK’s leading gardening charity, is looking for keen gardening amateurs, members of the trade and gardening professionals to get involved with its plant trials. In 2012 there is an opportunity for those with an interest in and knowledge of Euphorbia and/or Stipa to become members of two new assessment panels. To enquire about getting

involved and the commitment required, contact the RHS by emailing to “We are introducing some changes to the way we undertake plant assessments in our Award of Garden Merit (AGM) trials,” says Jim Gardiner, Director of Horticulture at the RHS. “Next year a number of our trials, including Euphorbia and Stipa, will be assessed by dedicated panels. We are hoping that this panel structure will give increased opportunity for working professional gardeners, members of the trade and members of specialist plant societies to become more involved.”

The charity has already looked at the benefits of using a plantspecific panel this year when it brought together professional gardeners, experts, specialists and amateurs with a specific interest in dahlias. That panel had eight members including Greg Redwood from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who said about his involvement, “It is an absolute pleasure being involved with this panel. We discussed and assessed the plants thoroughly and it was very beneficial to have detailed comments and explanations from the dahlia experts. I am learning a lot.” The stipa panel will be established for a three -year trial and the euphorbia panel for a twoyear trial. Both will hold approximately six to eight meetings per year. All panel members are required to be members of the RHS. The charity is hoping to draw from a wide range of interested parties including commercial producers, breeders, botanists and keen growers. “The ambition for all our trial panels is to ensure that we are assessing plants that interest UK gardeners and to help all gardeners make informed decisions when purchasing plants. The RHS Award of Garden Merit is an excellent vehicle, which is supported strongly by the trade, to help educate and inform gardeners. We are very grateful to our assessment panel members who share with us their valuable knowledge and expertise, which underpins the selection of suitable plants,” says Jim. 80

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Recently, several people have reported to us about being contacted by their “credit card” companies, asking them to provide information over the phone as a “security check”. This is a scam! Never provide anyone with your card details or any other personal information over the telephone. In particular, never provide the last three numbers on the reverse of your card, as this will enable transactions to be made against your account.

In addition to the “business as usual” that is required of your local Safer Neighbourhood Teams in terms of policing local communities, there are several new challenges and initiatives that fall to your local officers to take on board. In Mole Valley, we have a well-developed system to offer support and advice to anyone who becomes a victim of burglary. Compared with other areas, Mole Valley is regarded as very low risk in terms of people’s homes being targeted by thieves. That said, the impact of becoming victim of a burglary cannot be underestimated and local officers are keenly aware of this.

We have also received several examples of letters, supposedly relating to unclaimed funds from the estate of someone with the same surname as the recipient. The letters we have seen appear to originate from China and ask for contact details so that these funds can be obtained, with an offer to split the proceeds with the beneficiary. Again, this is a scam and the best advice we would give is to throw the letter away. On no account make contact with the email address or telephone numbers given in the letter.

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What’s it all about? Have you noticed Transition Ashtead’s Village Vegetable project? You probably have, but do you know what the Transition movement is really all about? The Big Two issues are PEAK OIL and CLIMATE CHANGE, which are linked by our reliance on fossil fuels. Mankind’s history of burning coal, gas and oil has driven an amazing improvement in living standards – keeping us warm, fed with relatively cheap food, giving us a technological society that was only a dream as recently as even 50 years ago. The science is undisputed – burning fuels produces CO2 , driving global temperatures up by the “greenhouse effect”. We need to reduce emissions! The question is, can we, as individuals, make a difference? Transition Ashtead is very optimistic. We know we can make a difference if we work together to adapt to changes most of us will see in our life times. Nobody wants a return to a pre-technological society, so the key is to shift our behaviour (or Transition) to a lower carbon lifestyle that can sustainably support a good standard of living without damaging the environment. So why Village Veg? Our food supply uses lots of oil! In ten years time, oil prices are likely to triple (or more) as the market is hit by rising demand and falling supplies imagine the impact of that on the price and availability of imported food! Should we continue to import, for example, apples from China, or plant more orchards? It makes a lot of sense to start growing and buying local produce. This has the double benefit of reducing food ‘miles’ (ie CO2 emissions) and increasing our food security. The Transition vision is for a self-reliant community, taking pride in using local produce and services. We’d love to see a network of local producers, supplying food from small scale mixed farming, with many allotments and productive gardens too. Production can be maximised using permaculture to grow a huge variety of crops close together Primrose Farm in Wales produces £25,000 worth of fresh organic vegetables and fruit per year from 1.5 acres of land. Wild life also benefits enormously from this type of farming. ( Some foods would still need to be imported but we’d have the basics (including local wine from Denbies!) Inspiring more local growing is the long term aim of the Village Vegetables project. Okay, admittedly we have started small with the Street planters but we are open to suggestions, the more ingenious the better - there is land all over the place that can be productive, provide a habitat for wildlife and boost food security. Transition Ashtead would welcome more active, inventive people, so we can expand and initiate projects like the Village Vegetables. It may be a serious subject but we always have fun doing TA events and projects - laughter is obligatory! Please get in touch, details below if you want to join us at the vanguard of village life. Chris Ellis and Caroline Cardew-Smith

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