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November 2014 Never underestimate the importance of community

Fi Fireworks displays Wallace & Gromit’s Big Bake Update on Tesco site in Ashtead Tower of London Poppy Installation Li Litter causes injury to small animals Pitstop launches appeal to secure new venue Recycle more plastic urges Surrey County Council Yeoman Warder John Donald, Yeoman Serjeant Crawford Butler, Yeoman Warder Andy Merry


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

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Tyger Drew-Honey visits Cats Protection

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Give a cat a home

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Ashtead Community Vision

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Wallace & Gromit’s December Big Bake

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Pitstop appeal to secure new venue

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Children’s Trust Christmas cards

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Quiz - Theatre

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What’s on in November? Pages 68-78

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Charity Begins at Home - a story

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Fireworks displays

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Quiz - Languages

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Gardening - Planting trees and shrubs

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Tower of London’s poppy installation

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Dropping litter can injure small animals

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Book review

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Cryptic crossword

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Simple crossword

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Local history article

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Pictograms

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MV Police column

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‘CHOCLATL’ hot chocolate drink

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Recycling - Surrey County Council

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Handley’s Delicatessen, Ashtead

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Transition Ashtead

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Recipe - Jammy Dodgers

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General Knowledge crossword

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GO50 walks and cycle rides

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Recycle one more plastic bottle - SCC

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Update on Tesco site in Ashtead

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Useful numbers

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ot wanting to mention the C word, but Christmas is definitely on its way. I think once we have had Bonfire Night, for me, we are well on the way to the season of goodwill. As Bonfire Night falls in the middle of the week this year, there are lots of events taking place on the weekend before the 5th and during the weekend after, I have listed most of our local ones on page 72. Plenty of ooohs and aaahs. The Pitstop charity, which as you may know is a drop-in centre for the homeless and vulnerable, has launched an appeal to find £70,000 which will finally secure for them a new venue. You may remember that the previous venue for this worthwhile charity was flooded during last winter’s wet weather. Anything you can donate I am sure will be gratefully received by the hardworking volunteers, more on page 16. Since August last, The Tower of London has been commemorating World War 1 by planting ceramic poppies in the dry moat, the final ones will be ‘planted’ on 11th November to mark Armistice Day and will number over 888,000. To read more about this poignant art installation, please go to pages 32 and 34. I was invited by Neil Handley to meet him at his new delicatessen in The Street, which is on the site of the Palmer’s Coffee Shop. More on my visit can be found on page 46. I was also kindly invited by Anjali Healy to visit her home in Langley Vale and try out the new Choclatl hot chocolate that she and her chef husband, Gavin, have introduced to the UK. Super stuff and it’ll completely blow your perception of hot chocolate out of the water (in a good way), my report is on page 45. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

Gillian Russell of SAVE Ashtead has updated us on what’s happening with the derelict site bought by Tesco in The Street and I’m afraid it’s not a great deal, they are just hanging on to the land with no development plans in sight. I think Tesco must do something with this eyesore, but planning rules being what they are, this could remain as waste ground for many years to come. Tesco should have a wee or get off the pot as they say in corporate speak... and I think I’m not a lone voice here. Pamela Green of the Cats Protection charity, sent in a lovely story about actor Tyger Drew-Honey’s recent visit to their Banstead shop. Tyger has appeared in the BBC productions of ‘Outnumbered’ and ‘Cuckoo’ and went along to the store to give them a hand, more on page 58. There are a staggering eleven pages of what’s on events in the magazine this month, so lots to do and I am sure, something for everyone over the coming month. Over the next few weeks winter will be upon us with all the cosiness that it brings at home and all the gorgeous frostiness outside to come; fleece ‘onesies’ at the ready. I love this season - you’d never guess that my parents are Mediterranean! Cheerio ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com Cover 6 photo: © Richard Lea-Hair/Historical Royal Palaces


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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945

www.ashteadresidents.org.uk Where does the time go?

immediate and action can often be taken quickly to resolve something. But that action still usually relies on a volunteer stepping forward to be the “someone” who does “something” about it – even if it’s finding out what everyone needs to do and passing on the information.

Everyone leads such busy lives these days. Working parents are constantly juggling their time and have you ever heard a retired person say that they don’t know how they ever had the time to hold down a job? Weekends and evenings are precious times with the family but also often the only time available for managing the essentials of daily life. Small wonder that most people have little spare time available to involve themselves in running community activities.

The Residents’ Association aims to represent all views from within our village and while we can join in with the online communities for the more immediate issues, the Association does a lot of work that requires a degree of people’s time and for that we do need help from busy people. We’d love to have greater input to our work Ashtead is blessed with a huge number of local from all over Ashtead and particularly from clubs, societies and associations which all rely on young working families, be it as a Road Steward, people giving up their spare time to organise, be Committee member or Friend. Chairman, Treasurer or a Committee Member. Without people willing to donate their spare So it all comes down to asking a busy person to time, many of these organisations would falter. be the “someone” who makes a difference. To The Residents’ Association, for example, relies paraphrase a famous line, “Don’t ask what your heavily on its army of Road Stewards; a band of village can do for you, ask what you can do for selfless people of all ages who twice a year are your village.” willing to go out in all weathers to deliver the ARA Autumn Meeting: 7pm for 7.30 Association’s magazines and collect the annual Thurs 6th November, Ralli Room, APMH subscriptions. Without this group of people, the Association could not survive and a similar The speaker in the first half of the meeting is reliance on volunteers applies to a great many Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s (SCC) clubs and societies in Ashtead. Cabinet Member for Schools who will talk and take questions about the planned expansions of Talking recently with a retailer in Craddocks Ashtead’s infant and primary schools. Also Parade, she said she had been a long time attending will be Nick Wilson, SCC’s Director of Ashtead resident and felt that people’s Education. community spirit had waned with fewer people wanting to be that “someone” who made a The second half of the meeting will begin with a difference. But, do you remember the bad brief update from Ashtead Community Vision on snows of three years ago when community spirit the work being done on Ashtead’s Neighbourhood came to the fore? It was striking how many Development Plan. This will be followed by a people were out and about locally helping Q&A session with Ashtead’s District Councillors neighbours, pushing cars out of drifts, etc. and County Councillor. That sense of community is ongoing and We hope to see you there. manifested in online communities such as the Ashtead Parents group on Facebook or the Glynis Peterkin popular website streetlife.com. Commensurate David Baker Highways & Webmaster Chairman with people’s busy lives, communication is

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directed our attention to a new ramp just installed. He said that Peter Mills had recommended the wrought iron railings and design of the path. We replied that we were very impressed with Mr. Mill's work as illustrated in his visit to the recent LRA meeting. This gave the Headmaster the opportunity to say just how invaluable Peter Mills had been in steering their building design over the last few years. Well done to both of our guests.

our guest was St. John's Headmaster, Martin Collier, who turned the tables and invited us to visit his school. He impressed us with a tour of the development of various buildings on a campus full of Grade II listed buildings. Of particular interest was the refurbishment of the Old Chapel and the beautiful new modern structure, immediately adjacent serving as its entrance. They sat together quite comfortably in their space.

Support your Local Litter Pick in a Small Way

The LRA is trying to get the balance right between the number of open and closed meetings. Since the April AGM, new Chair, Caroline Brown and committee have planned to hold three types of meetings: open meetings with speakers (4), closed committee meetings(4), and open committee meetings(4). A few people miss the opportunity to attend all 12 meetings, but there has not been a great deal of feedback on the Our meetings can be informative, entertaining, and subject. educational. Even the open committee meetings keep you abreast of what is topical in Leatherhead. Please For those who do participate fully in the monthly feel free to come along to the next open committee meetings, you will have been delighted with the two meeting November 3rd.(7:30 at the Institute) meetings with speakers so far this year. Mid summer

A Leatherhead wide litter pick was organised and carried out in late October. There is time for you to support the effort. We encourage everyone to spend 20 to 30 minutes this autumn clearing up some part of the Mole Valley. Even if that spot is your own back garden, clearing rubbish will keep our wildlife safe. Simon Cowell of Wildlife Aid, who supports our year In September, Peter Mills, MV Historic Environment long campaign, has reported that a large proportion of Officer, was our special guest speaker. His stunning the animals who come to their Randall's Road site have photos of Leatherhead's historic buildings left us with a been injured or trapped in litter. Email a photo of feeling that we are lucky to be surrounded by buildings your effort (however large or small) or tell us about it in a few words. litterphotos@thecargills.org of special architectural interest. The listing of buildings seemed well worth the effort Central Government takes to act upon the recommendation of Public Hearing The Public Hearing for Village Green Status for Leach English Heritage. Mr. Mill's work with Listed Building Grove Wood will not occur until early 2015. Thirty Consent places him in a position to advise, suggest written statements, and 25 witnesses are needed for alternatives, and, ultimately, to make the hearing. Your help with this, and the £1000 legal recommendation to refuse permission to carry out fees still outstanding is welcomed. Send Statements work that affects the 'special interest' of the listed and Donations to Leatherhead Residents’ Association, building. The Leatherhead Institute, High St or emailed to During a more recent visit to St John's School by leachgrove@thecargills.org Environmental Subcommittee members, Martin Collier Cheryl Allen

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Writing planning policies – the heart of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) – is ultimately where the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum needs to get to in order to put forward an NDP to Mole Valley District Council MVDC) and Ashtead residents for adoption. It is therefore worth getting to understand what the NDP can and can’t achieve so that we can start to manage expectations. This is particularly important for Ashtead because the reality is that there is very little land available for development, unless of course, MVDC propose a change to Ashtead’s Green Belt Boundary in their forthcoming review, which would then allow more development. So while my colleagues at Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) continue with their Doomsday book for Ashtead – the pulling together of base evidence in their Baseline Sustainability Appraisal - their thoughts also now turn to what we’re going to recommend to the wider world. But dear reader don’t get overly excited as I’m not in a position to reveal which way things will go – at least not at this point – as we’re not ready. However, what I can hope to impart is what could be the art of the possible – or not.

As pointed out there’s little point in an NDP addressing policies already satisfactorily covered by MVDC, rather it needs to fill in any gaps or deficiencies – something local residents are well positioned to do given their local interests and knowledge. Specifically, NDPs are aimed at those developments that need planning permission and there are other limits to its influence. For example, an NDP cannot influence minerals or waste issues and it MUST have regard to National Planning Policy such as that for the Green Belt. There are other specific limits on NDPs. For example you cannot require MVDC to make designations on things like tree preservation orders or listing assets for community value. Conservation orders cannot be extended nor compulsory purchase orders made. That said, the NDP can help support the justification for exercising any of these powers but will not be able to compel MVDC to use them. The key then to the 'art of the possible' is to understand that it can “only influence development which requires a planning application”. To further understand that I would suggest looking to the literature widely available on the internet. My top tip for those interested would be to download, “Writing planning policies” by expert Tony Burton. It can be found at:- http://mycommunityrights.org.uk.

For further information concerning the Ashtead NDP, either go to the website at: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk or email The first point to make is that NDPs do carry ashteadcommunityvision@gmail.com. You can significant legal weight when decisions on also find us on Facebook and Twitter planning applications are made as the plan will be part of the broader MVDC planning policy and @AshteadCV . so it is central to planning decisions in our area. John Morgan

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Pitstop charity launches £70k appeal to secure new ‘Forever Home’ The Pitstop day centre – a charity established for the homeless, vulnerable and socially isolated people of Mole Valley – is launching an urgent ‘Forever Home’ appeal to acquire, refit and furnish a building ready for use.

more confident and better equipped, both practically and emotionally, to improve their lives for many years to come.”

The Pitstop needs to raise £70,000 and relies entirely on donations from its local community “The floods last Christmas literally washed away and Supporters. our old premises which was devastating for the Any individual, company or organisation charity and a real upheaval for the clients who willing to help or donate should contact rely on us” explains Richard Langtry, Chairman Wallace Whybrow, The Pitstop Centre of the trustees. “But since then we’ve seen a Manager on 01372 363003 / 07860 310179 renewed spirit and real commitment to continuing this vital support and providing a pitstop.leatherhead@btconnect.com or go welcoming base for our clients. We were lucky to The Pitstop website to be offered temporary accommodation at www.thepitstop.org.uk Fetcham Village Hall and thereafter the URC in Leatherhead, but we knew that this would only be available to us until Christmas and that we’d have to put a hold on any of the additional services we want to offer.” “The great news is we are ready to secure and refit our own building. It’s a huge challenge, but if we succeed we’ll be able to offer a safe, warm and practical ‘forever’ home for Pitstop – kitted out to provide a fully-staffed day centre facility. And as soon as possible!” he added. The charity wants to offer an extended range of practical and counselling services, a daily hot lunch, showers, refreshments, IT services, space for its clients to relax and socialise, a food bank, a second-hand clothes wardrobe and a furniture recycling project. The fundraising campaign will focus on raising a much-needed £70,000 by end of October/beginning of November to allow work to begin. The Pitstop team are asking local businesses, Foundations, Charitable Trusts, organisations and individual friends of the charity to help. “We know it’s a financially difficult time for many but we’re urging everyone to think about those in their own community who are homeless, who have no friends or family, who are suffering from mental health or addiction problems or who are poverty-stricken,” says Richard. “The Pitstop is a lifeline for them and we are desperate to make this permanent Pitstop home a reality while the opportunity is there. If we can raise the funds to adapt a building to make it our long term home we will be able to ensure our clients feel supported, make friends, get good advice, recharge their batteries, learn new skills and generally feel 16


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Charity Begins At Home Ben, Ruth’s eldest son, came home from school one Monday afternoon, clutching a crumpled piece of A4 paper. He waved it in the direction of his mother before tossing it onto the kitchen worktop, vaguely near Ruth’s “I’ll sort it out later” pile of other crumpled sheets of paper.

looking so cheerful, I might even let you stop ironing and start serving customers!” Ben explained that he’d seen something in the window that he wanted to buy his dad as a birthday present. He also begged Louise to let him serve in the shop. Ironing was making his arm ache and was really, really boring. He announced that he was never going to iron his own clothes. What was wrong with creased shirts anyway?

As he disappeared out of the room, tearing open a packet of cheese and onion crisps with his teeth, he flung a remark in her direction with the confident assumption that all responsibility for this piece of paper lay now entirely with his mother. “Duke of Edinburgh Award thing. We’re all doing it. I need kit for the walking bit and we need to hand in a cheque by next week. We’ll also need to find some volunteer work to do… What do you reckon Mum? Would babysitting for Sarah count?” Ben was out of earshot before his mother had even taken a breath to speak.

Ben spent the rest of the day serving customers and was surprisingly good at it. Louise even noticed him giving advice to an old lady who couldn’t choose between two handbags. “I’d get the black one if I were you. It’s very smart and will go with everything.” Louise had to stifle a laugh as she recognised the phrase. Ruth’s justification for buying new shoes or bags was always that they would ‘go with everything.’

Ruth was irritated by her son’s glib attitude and by his suggestion that looking after his young sister equated to ‘volunteer work’. She decided to take immediate action and telephoned her old friend Louise who was the manager of the local Age UK Charity Shop.

Ben didn’t want to admit that he’d enjoyed his day and returned to his teenage taciturn self by the time he got home. When Ruth asked him how it had gone, he’d simply grunted his stock answer – a bit lame but ok. Ruth had already been on the phone with Louise and gleaned the details but she kept quiet and used all her will power not to make any comments about Ben’s new found ironing skills. She was also intrigued by the gift he’d bought for Sam, whose birthday was only a few days away.

Early the following Saturday morning, Ruth took not just a bag of unwanted items to the charity shop but also a scruffy, sleepy and rather disgruntled son. Louise was there to show Ben the ropes and, as soon as her friend had gone, she turned to face the boy she’d known since he’d been in nappies.

On Sam’s birthday, Ruth gave him the leaf blower that he’d asked for along with a couple of books and some aftershave. Sarah had made her dad a card and gave him some shower gel and a drinks mat with her photograph on it. Daniel had haphazardly wrapped the cd that Ruth had bought for him to give his father and Ben had the gift that he’d bought from the charity shop.

“Right, I’m going to empty these bags here and sort out potential stock and my colleague Clare is out front, serving the customers. I’ve got something very important for you to do. Do you see that ironing board over there? Do you also see that large pile of creased clothes?”

Sam opened his presents and cards, expressing the appropriate amount of gratitude and appreciation for each one. Ben’s present was the last to be opened. It was a lime green vase with maroon stripes at the base. A genuine look of surprise and pleasure came over his face. A genuine look of shock and embarrassment came over Ruth’s.

Ben spent three hours at that ironing board. After an hour of rejected attempts, he finally got the hang of it. Clare taught him how to iron a man’s shirt and even how to create a centre seam on trousers. Ben worked really hard until midday when his energy levels started to drop. Louise then sent him off to get a sandwich and have a break. She had two teenagers of her own and recognised the glazed expression of hunger on Ben’s face.

“Isn’t it great Dad? It’s exactly the same as the one that you gave mum last Christmas. I saw how upset you were when she told you that she’d broken it!”

When he got back Louise saw Ben staring at something in the window. His initial expression of confusion was replaced with a satisfied smile as he re-entered the shop.

Copyright Sarah Lott October 2014 Website: www.thememorybook.co.uk Email: sarah@ thememorybook.co.uk Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book

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Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' The Tower of London is marking the centenary anniversary of the First World War by installing over 800,000 ceramic poppies into the dry moat to create a major art installation. The first poppy was planted on 17th July 2014 by one of the Tower of London's Yeoman Warders. In total, 888,246 ceramic poppies will be planted in the moat, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War. A team of over 8,000 volunteers from across the UK will install the poppies, with the last one being planted on Armistice Day, 11th November 2014. On 5th August 2014, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation in the Tower of London's moat. Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London who then introduced them to the installation's artist, designer and project team before walking through the poppy field to each plant a ceramic poppy in the moat. Each poppy is available to buy for £25 (+p&p) and 10% from each poppy, plus all net proceeds which it is hoped will amount to millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities. The charities chosen are Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). Throughout the installation period (05 August to 11 November) at twilight, the public will be able to witness from Tower Hill terrace the names of 180 serving military killed during the First World War being read out in a roll of honour. This will be followed by the ‘Last Post’ bugle call played by a single bugler. Volunteers and members of the public are invited to document their involvement and witness the project evolve via Historic Royal Palaces’s social media channels on Facebook (/TowerofLondon) or on Twitter (@HRP_Palaces #TowerPoppies).

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War and Peace In November we remember Armistice Day and it’s always a moving and contemplative time of the year. It’s particularly poignant now we’ve reached 2014, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 and remember those who gave their lives fighting in the trenches, and for the lost generation who never returned. Whether they’re based on fact or purely fiction, the stories and novels of WW1 still resonate today. Here are some of the most unforgettable. Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier -

Barroux (Author), Sarah Ardizzone (Translator) This remarkable and unusual book came from the chance discovery of a diary. French writer and illustrator Barroux found the journal of an unknown soldier in a rubbish heap on a Parisian street. Barroux’s simple and often stark pencil illustrations have brought the words of the soldier to life and given us a rare glimpse into the first two months of WW1.The diary begins just as France officially declares war, and the soldier’s often heartrending descriptions cover a broad spectrum of emotions: from the physical ache and rub of boots in the here and now, to the hope and longing for his family and for a safe passage through the conflict. What became of the soldier we will perhaps never know, but here we have a rare glimpse into a moment and a life, in time.

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Ernest Hemingway Based on his own experiences of the First World War, volunteering for the ambulance service in Italy, A Farewell to Arms is a love story between Frederic Henry (a Lieutenant serving in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army) and a nurse called Catherine Barkley. Set against a brutal and bloody backdrop, the

novel is full of moments of sheer romanticism and passion. Hemingway’s descriptions of war are truly unforgettable and the themes of love and death make for a very dramatic read.

All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

A group of young, idealistic and gung-ho teenagers are excited and fired-up by their teacher, eager to enlist to fight in the war. What follows is the horrific realisation of what conflict really is, and the terrors of life in the trenches are soon revealed. Paul Baumer was one of those students for whom the war was at first an adventure. The young group of classmates fall apart after the first bombardment, leaving the survivors languishing in a hell of their own choosing. Paul vows to keep on living and to fight against a war that pits young men against others of the same generation.

War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

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Regeneration - Pat Barker

Pat Barker’s novel was inspired by her grandfather’s own experiences during World War 1 and a lot of the characters are based on the accounts of individuals who were treated for ‘shell-shock’ and posttraumatic stress disorder (although it wasn’t recognised as such at the time) at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh. The title refers to the research carried out by psychologist W.H.R. Rivers into nerve regeneration after mental and emotional trauma, and explores the medical practices and treatments of the time. The story centres on an English officer who is sent to a military hospital after refusing to continue to fight in the war.

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MICROSOFT’S U P DAT E S & C H A N G E S This year has been quite a year at Microsoft, they retired a wide range of products for both the home and business users, and they introduced a variety of new and up and coming products. To try and keep you informed with relevant changes we hope the following is of value to you.

Out with the old: Significant products that have been retired this year include Windows XP, Office 2003 and Microsoft Server 2003, but what does retired mean? The Software is no longer updated or supported by Microsoft. Because it is aged software it is more exposed to Virus’s and internet bourn threats and could be a security risk, exposing your machine, data and all devices to remote users to infiltrate. What should you do if you are using any of these products? In short- stop using it and upgrade to a more secure platform

In with the new: Windows 8 was released in December 2012 (with Windows 8.1 being released in February 2014), its design and layout caught some users off guard, this often over shadowed its major advantages of increased security, improved performance, faster boot times and greater reliability, in our experience people really liked it and could become very productive quickly with Windows 8.1. To ease the transition we have recommended the use of a free of charge utility called Classic Shell, from www.classicshell. net, this returns the start button which was initially removed from the initial version of Windows 8.0, and provided a familiar Windows 7 type interface. We have also seen the sales of Windows 7 machines remain very strong, we expect this will continue, as a lot of companies prefer to work with standard products across their entire fleet. Microsoft recently announced its replacement to Windows 8 named Windows 10. Windows 10 is due to hit the streets in Spring 2015, it is going to be a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 8, meaning it has the start bar with programs and tiles being available off this start bar. More to follow on this, but it is being rumoured that any Windows 8 machine purchased now will be entitled to a free of charge upgrade to Windows 10, when it finally ships. The other significant development about Windows 10 is that the updates and upgrades are likely to be supplied on a subscription directly from Microsoft, more to follow as the options unfold…

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So you think you know hot chocolate - think again!

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ell I thought I knew everything there was to know about chocolate until I popped over to see Langley Vale resident Anjal Healy that is! Anjali and her executive chef husband Gavin decided to go back to basics to create a drink that’s so pure and natural it has only two ingredients - 100% whole cacao bean and cane sugar. Choclatl translates directly from the Ancient Mayan words XOCOL and ATL meaning CHOCOLATE and WATER. The process of creating this comforting drink is a simple one. The cacao beans are treated in a similar way to that of coffee, namely, the beans are roasted and ground. The product contains no added lecithin, vanillin, fats, oils, milk, whey powders etc, it is a pure and free from product. There are three other flavour profiles available other than the Choclatl Pure above, which are:  Choclatl Mayan - with cinnamon and almonds  Choclatl Sevilla - with extract of orange  Choclatl No 8 - with extract of peppermint

added 300ml water to the 100g Chocpot and then just let it boil for 5 minutes - easy peasy. The resulting drink - I sampled the Choclatl Mayan - was as smooth and as rich as listening to Nat King Cole and, if it were a fabric, I would say it was velvet. With the Mayan you are first hit with the taste of pure chocolate as I imagine the ancient Mayans would have experienced over 4000 years ago (although I’m given to understand they drank theirs cold); the second flavour to come through is the almonds, finishing with a warm wave of cinnamon - ooer. As the drink cools slightly it becomes slightly more creamy, adding to its indulgent nature. Double ooer.

Anjali and Gavin are very pleased to announce that the Choclatl Mayan profile was a winner in the Great Taste 2014 awards, where 400 demanding individuals ranging from food critics, chefs, members of the WI, farmers, food writers The drink can be used as a sauce (warm or to journalists blind tasted over 10,000 different chilled) over ice cream, brownies, sundaes, foods and drink. cakes, profiteroles, the list is endless. Back in 2012 Anjali and Gavin took a stand at BBC Good Food Show and ran out of the product within hours! They attended the show the following year, this time armed with huge amounts of stock - the product again flew off the shelves -a testament to its popularity.

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You’ve got to hand it to Handley’s show - in fact I thought Neil looked quite at home in his new shop and that this was not his first establishment. Just goes to show that when you do something you are passionate about, you will always do it well. Neil’s future plans for the delicatessen were very interesting - he hopes to stock more local products in the shop, he already sells good bread, oils, vinegars, locally ground flour, Le Mesurier chutneys and relishes (and, yes, the proprietor Patrick Le Mesurier - trained by the Roux brothers - is related to the late actor John Le Mesurier - I asked him at a food fair some years ago!).

I met up with Neil Handley at his new delicatessen - Handley’s - at 27 The Street, Ashtead, which opened in July. I was really impressed with the refit that Neil had undertaken, it was certainly a very welcoming and comfortable environment in which to catch up with friends, have a coffee, breakfast, lunch or even a cream tea! I really liked his approach to sourcing good quality ingredients for his dishes which are cooked to order. Of course this may take a few minutes more than ready made stuff, but you will certainly appreciate the difference. The menu ranges from a full English breakfast, to paninis, wraps, salads, quiches, sandwiches, and old school favourites such as ham, egg and chips. Even the sausages are supplied by an Ashtead butcher and nothing travels too far to get to the deli and all certainly within a radius of 40 miles from Ashtead. As well as opening from Monday to Friday (8am5pm) and Saturdays (9am-4.30pm), the deli’s now open on Sundays from 9am-3pm - just the place to sit down to a full English breakfast, a cup of tea, or coffee, and read the Sunday papers. By the way, the deli also serves a cracking brunch - French toast, smoked salmon bagels, croissants - so if a full English doesn’t float your boat - go European - or American!

Neil has introduced his new ‘luxury afternoon tea for two’ which is going down very well and also has plans to create stunning Christmas hampers full of local produce for customers to buy - which would make wonderful gifts, if you can bear to give them away that is! Another string to Neil’s bow is that he can cater for events. He can also cater for local businesses by providing lunchtime platters for meetings etc. Neil has truly grasped what it means to own a shop in Ashtead - providing locals with excellent, friendly customer service and all food locally sourced and cooked fresh to order. Handley’s Delicatessen is proving a bit hit with local residents and, with a new children’s menu being developed, it’s the place to go with the little ones. More power to your elbow Neil and we all look forward to seeing you grow and develop this wonderful new sociable meeting place for Ashtead. Zen George

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Clubs & Activities GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks and Cycle Rides for the 50+ age group.

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

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November Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Wed 5 : Garsons Farm & Esher Common, 4½m Woodland/common walk with two short, but steep climbs. Views over the Mole Valley. Refreshments afterwards in Farm Café. Meet 10:15am at Garsons Farm car park, Winterdown Road, Esher. TQ124638 / KT10 8LR (T) Bus 515 to West End Lane | GO FURTHER: Fri 7 : Ardingly, 9½–10m Meet 10am in the free car park in Ardingly village, opposite the baker’s shop. Enjoy a circuit walk to Balcombe for lunch at the pub or tea rooms. Walk back via the reservoir. TQ348294 / RH17 6AN | Mon 10 : Reigate, 3-4m Meet 10am at the car park on Reigate Heath, Flanchford Road. Walk through heathland and farm fields with some scenic views. Optional pub lunch nearby. TQ238503 / RH2 8AB (T) Bus 32 | Thu 13 : Hedgecourt & Furnace Wood, 4½m Meet 10am in the lane adjacent to Haskins Garden Centre near junction of B2028 and Effingham Road from Horley. A very varied, flat walk with two lovely lakes, woods and fields and winding paths through Furnace Wood. Refreshments at garden centre. TQ339400 / RH10 3EL | GO FURTHER: Tue 18 : Reigate & Betchworth, 8m Very varied, scenic walk with lunch at Betchworth. Meet 10am at Park Lane East, south of Reigate. From A217, Cockshot Hill turn into Pk Lane E and park just before sharp, left hand bend. TQ253493 / RH2 8BD | Wed 19 : Painshill Park, Cobham, 4½m Meet 10:15am, via M25 (J10) and A3 Northbound or London A3 Southbound exit 245 towards Cobham. Entrance and free car park in Between Streets, 200m east of A245/A307 roundabout. We will explore this unusual garden landscape. Café will be open. TQ103603 / KT11 1EJ (T) Bus 515 | GO FURTHER: Wed 19 : Wotton Hatch, 7¼m A walk through the Wotton Estate to Friday Street, and returning via Broadmoor and Surrey’s highest waterfall. Bring snack. Meet 10.30am in the free car park behind Wotton Hatch Hotel on A25. Bus 32 Guildford-Dorking-Redhill. TQ126476 / RH5 6QQ | Thu 20 : Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9.45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | GO FURTHER: Thu 27 : Loxwood, Wey & Arun Canal, 4½m + 3½m. Figure of 8 walk. 2 easy walks along the partly restored canal and adjacent unspoiled countryside. Meet outside the Canal Centre (using their car park). Take B2133 (off A281). CP immediately left at Onslow Arms Pub (after bridge). Morning walk, meet at 10.15am for 10.30 start. Afternoon walk, 2pm start. Pub lunch or picnic. TQ041311 / RH14 0RD | GO FURTHER: Fri 28 : Horsted Keynes/Lingfield, 8½m Meet 10am start at Horsted Keynes free car park. Enjoy a walk using the Sussex Border Path and golf course to Lingfield for picnic lunch. Return by undulating fields and crossing the Bluebell Railway to the village. TQ384281 / RH17 7AE

November Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Tue 11 : Horton Country Park 15m Mainly flat route (195m ascent/descent). Explore Horton Country Park, the Hogsmill, Nonsuch and Ashtead Common. Meet at the Woodman, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. TQ179586 / KT21 2DA | Thu 13th : Mogador 15m To Fanny’s Farm and back via Banstead Heath and North Downs. Mostly smooth tracks and roads. One moderate gravel climb. Meet at the Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES | Wed 19 : Godstone Meet at the Inn on the Pond, Merstham (TQ301516). Firm/moderate ride, mainly off-road, in delightful East Surrey countryside. Refuel stop half-way. Inn on the Pond, RH1 4EU | Thu 27 : Walton on Thames Meet at the The Weir, Walton on Thames. Leisurely ride up the River Thames and Wey. TQ094665 / KT12 2JB 52


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Update on Tesco site in Ashtead L-R: Glynis Peterkin (ARA), Chris Ellis (Transition Ashtead), Gillian Russell (SAVE) and Caroline Cardew-Smith (TA and SAVE) Photo by Kenn Jordan

After many months of talking with Tesco about the site their new representative, Jack Pearson, recently met with representatives of SAVE, Transition Ashtead and the Ashtead Residents’ Association. As a result Tesco agreed to make the front 40% of their derelict site in the middle of Ashtead Village available as a community space/garden, until they start building. Tesco have agreed to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Ashtead Women’s Institute - October 2014 Meeting We were pleased to welcome two visitors and two new members to our October meeting and were given lots of information about our future events from our President Sally Cole. There will be a lunch at Brooklands College, a coffee morning, and an evening meeting with a speaker joined by other W.I. groups at Fetcham. Our speaker this evening was Kathy Atherton. We heard about the various Reform Acts, including opening of votes in 1866 for more people but still not including women. The focus of our evening were Frederick & Emmeline Pethwick-Lawrence, and groups of people meeting in the Dorking area – Coldharbour, High Ashurst, Leith Hill, Shere, Peaslake & Holmwood, who supported the Suffragette cause. They had meetings to push for the vote, letters to the press, and gave examples of what women were doing in society and the workplace. Mr & Mrs Pethwick-Lawrence worked with Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters who had moved to London from Manchester to have more influence, wanting to change working conditions for women, establish a co-operative business and give more benefits. We heard that from 1911 the Pankhursts became more militant, leading to the withdrawal of the Pethwick-Lawrences’ support, to pursue their own less violent work for women, including opening a ‘hostel’ in the country for holidays for slum children. Frederick Pethwick-Lawrence was a friend of Ghandi and was involved with Indian independence. It was felt that because of their enormous amount of work, much more prominence should be given to the Pethwick-Lawrence’s involvement in the Suffrage Movement than had been. Continuing our meeting, we needed to think about Christmas, and W.I. Carol Singing for the Princess Alice Hospice so that a permit could be applied for. We were reminded of the Surrey W.I. Council Meeting in the Dorking Halls, our regular sub-groups and monthly local lunch, and that the 5 th November meeting was our AGM & social evening. (Any fireworks?) Sandra Brown

Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our October meeting, our 69th birthday, our birthday cake was cut by our President, Rosemary Butler. We all enjoyed a slice with our tea or coffee at our refreshment break. Our speaker was Neil Sadler on Gong - Lincolnshire dialect, meaning people who stand on the bank or at locks and tell you what to do without helping! When Neil retired from the police he wanted to live on a canal boat but his wife said “holidays only!”. So for the past 6 years they have spent many hours exploring the many canals of Britain. He told of their many experiences including his wife falling in and of being stuck in the ice. A very interesting and amusing talk. There is to be federation Beetle drive on 27th October at Guildford Guide hut. On November 17th the Federation are holding a Flower arranging Workshop and on December 10th a carol service, lunch and entertainment. This will be at St John's church Stoke, Guildford. The Federation are planning a visit to the Sunbury Embroidery gallery in the spring and on March 23rd at Merrow a day on Germany, details of both will be given later. Our next meeting will be on November 4th when Alison Hoyland will be speaking on Never judge a book by its cover.You would be made very welcome at the meeting. It is held at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30 for 7.45.

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French and Spanish Tuition and Translation

At the half term mark, we roll out a number of short courses to tempt you out of your home as the mists gather. The great outdoors still beckons, albeit in the classroom, with Wild Life of Box Hill on Wednesday afternoons – looking at the ecology of the chalk downs, the grassland plants and orchids that grow upon it, the insects, butterflies, skylarks, buzzards and other birds, and mammals including bats, dormice, badgers and roe deer.

All Levels Welcome

Shelagh Linford BA (Hons) For further information please contact:

Tel: 01372 373954

Still in the open air, our series of Horticulture courses moves on to Everything Containers on Tuesday mornings to brighten up your garden as the days shorten; Pruning on Tuesday evenings, and Winter Gardening with plants for the colder season.

Email: shelaghlinford@btinternet.com

For those of you who are inclined to sit in front of the fire reading the newspaper, you may benefit from coming out to The Square Mile - Unravelled on Monday afternoons which pins down those slippery verbs in the Business pages such as short selling, hedging, leveraging, not to mention naked shorting! All the above are five week courses, fee £50.

For further information on our classes, contact 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, or visit our website surreyhillsonwardlearning.org.uk

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute We shall be laying a poppy wreath at the Remembrance Service in November on behalf of the WI. Arrangements are being made for our Christmas lunch, more info next month. Our speaker for September was Rosemary Horton who was an Ambassador for London during the 2012 Olympics. Rosemary applied when she heard that volunteers were needed. There were 38,000 applicants, whittled down to 16,000 and eventually down to the 8,000 that were needed. Rosemary was delighted to have been chosen and to be assigned to Boris Johnson’s Ambassadors for London. She brought in her distinctive pink and mauve uniform to show us, which was designed to deal with all types of weather. After three training days, she commenced her duties at Gatwick airport, meeting, greeting and dealing with numerous enquiries. A highlight was being invited to attend the technical rehearsal of the opening ceremony, which was unforgettable. It was fascinating to hear the ‘inside story’ of that time. Our November meeting will be the annual meeting when officers will be elected for the coming year. The programme for next year will be available shortly.

Our next meeting is on 27th November (the fourth Thursday in the month), at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570 57


Tyger! Tyger! As the sky clouded over, the rain poured down and it became very apparent that summer was indeed over, a veritable ray of sunshine arrived in Banstead to come and help us launch our new shop; The actor Tyger Drew -Honey (Of “Outnumbered” and “Cuckoo” fame) came all the way from Swansea on an early morning train to support us, pose with our giant cat (AKA Sacha!), take ‘selfies’ with customers, pack bags and generally be a real asset to the shop. A number of people had come to the shop (67 High Street, Banstead, SM7 2NL) specifically to meet Tyger – and had found lovely things to buy whilst they waited! We cannot thank Tyger enough for being so generous with his time and for spending an hour with us on our shops’ first Saturday; he was an absolute joy. Nothing was too much trouble for him, his energy and good humour was infectious, he met all the volunteers, was shown around the shop and gave us an exclusive interview, telling us how he got his first acting break, all about his favourite roles so far, his new film project, what an animal lover he is, the pets he grew up with and why he supports Cats Protection and the work we do. When the numbers were added up at the end of the day the takings were well over £600 Thank you Tyger! We would also like to say a huge “Thank You” to Linzi Drew (Tyger’s mum) for driving him to us, Simon and Toby Green for all the photos and for standing in the rain persuading customers into the shop along with Sacha and Jenny (the cat) and Caroline for helping collect £89.20 in their collection buckets Pamela Green Volunteer PR & Comms officer Epsom Ewell and District branch 58


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Children’s Charity Christmas Cards will make a real difference If you are looking for Christmas cards that will make a real difference for charity, then look no further than the new range from The Children’s Trust. These delightful cards, with a variety of designs and seasonal greetings to suit all tastes, are now available to purchase from £3.50, with every pack containing ten cards. At least 60% from sales of the cards will directly benefit The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

To view the range of cards, which meet standard letter postage rates, and to order on -line, visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/ christmascards or by phone on 01372 844670. Alternatively, pop into one of The Children’s Trust’s charity shops (please see website for addresses), or at The Children’s Trust’s main reception at Tadworth Court, Tadworth. For overprinting services, please email: Christmas@thechildrenstrust.org.uk or phone our hotline on 01737 364377 for prices and lead times. Don’t delay, order your cards today and help make a difference!

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Sperm DNA Damage One in six couples has difficulty having a baby: in 40 per cent of these cases, the difficulty is associated with the male. Most couples trying for a baby are probably all familiar with the term ‘sperm count’, which deals with the quantity of sperm. However, what many of us know less about is sperm quality, that is, Sperm DNA. Sperm DNA is one of the most important factors when it comes to conceiving. Sperm quality can be seriously affected by things like stress, smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, obesity and other avoidable lifestyle factors. Even healthy sperm have some DNA damage, but it’s the amount of damage that matters. Higher levels of Sperm DNA damage can be a factor where couples have been trying for a baby for some time without success and where there is no obvious explanation why. It can also be a major factor where couples have been successful conceiving but have suffered a number of miscarriages. Testing for Sperm DNA Damage Conventional semen analysis is an important part of fertility testing as it tells us about the number of sperm present (concentration), how well it swims (motility) and the shape and size of the sperm (morphology). However, it does not tell us anything about sperm DNA damage, which requires another type of test: a Sperm DNA Fragmentation Test. This type of test goes beyond the semen analysis to explore the sperm at a molecular level. A small number of sperm DNA fragmentation tests is available through IVF clinics. The most sensitive of these tests is the SpermComet®. SpermComet® measures the amount of damage in every single sperm and is so sensitive that it detects damage in 70 percent of men with normal semen analysis. This makes it really useful for couples with unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage, after a failed cycle of IVF, or if the man has previously been ill, on medication or has changed his lifestyle. The important thing is, when we know the level of sperm DNA damage, we can help couples make better choices about the right lifestyle choices and fertility treatment for them. For example, with moderate damage, IVF might be the best treatment to try. If the damage is high, then the best chance of success might be going straight to ICSI treatment. Newlife Clinic works with nutritional therapists, offering targeted and personalised solutions for the couple’s individual needs, as well as an uroandrologist consultant specialising in male infertility.

The SpermComet® is available at the Newlife Clinic and results are returned within seven days. For further information, please contact us on 01372 738932 or contact our embryology team embryology@newlifeclinic.org.uk

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER? ‘A Day in the 1940s’, The Three Compasses, Dunsfold Road, Alfold, GU6 8HY, 11am11pm. Tickets include Hog Roast £10. Help raise money for the Poppy Appeal and also celebrating 71 Years of Dunsfold Aerodrome and those who served our country in WWII. Re-enactment displays, vintage military vehicles/tractors, 1940s stalls. Tea dance, swing dancing demos and instruction. Wear 40s civilian or military outfits throughout day and evening. 01483 275 729, www.threecompassesalfold.com Free Day Friday. Free garden entry to everyone at RHS Garden Wisley. 10am-4.30pm. More info on www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Saturday 1st

Friday 7th

Saturday 8th

Bookham Choral Society presents ‘ They Shall not Grow Old’; 7.30pm, St Nicolas Church, Bookham. A concert of commemoration the First World War including choral pieces and spoken passages to evoke the experience of the War in Bookham village. £12 or under 18s £6.00) are available from bcsboxoffice@gmail.com, 01372 375644 and on the door.

Saturday 8th

‘The Quick and the Dead’. Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldworth Rd, Woking, GU21 6ND. 2.30pm-4pm. The story of the soldiers who went to war, and families left behind to mourn and how unscrupulous individuals profited from people’s misery. Examining the controversial subject of where the dead were to be interred, as well as how the fallen would be commemorated at the end of the War. Tickets £10 inc refreshments, book online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

Tuesday 11th

Inclusive Sport Open Day, Dorking Sports Centre 10am-2pm & Leatherhead Leisure Centre 4pm-7.30pm. Nine sports and four disability specific organisations confirmed to date. An opportunity for disabled people to see what sporting opportunities are available locally and non-disabled people to experience disability specific sports. Contact & info from: sophie.jackson@molevalley.gov.uk 01306 879194

Saturday 15th

The 'Cor Meibion Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr', or 'The Bridgend Male Choir' in English, 3.30pm, Leatherhead Parish Church. Tickets £17 (£12 concessions) from Nicky Osborne 01372 372313; Frances Presley 07719 058648; The Parish Office 01372 362544 Wed-Fri 9am12pm; and Barton's Bookshop. Always a very popular event so please book early.

Saturday 15th

Family Activity Afternoon, Dorking Museum, The Old Foundry, 62 West St, Dorking, RH4 1BS. 2pm-4pm. Adults £2, children £1, under 5s free. Discover why William Mullins is special to Dorking and his important place in history. Dress up in clothes of the times and design some new shoes for his shop or make a moving card of the Mayflower ship. No need to book, all materials provided. Children must be accompanied. 01306 876591

Friday 21st

Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, Christmas Dance at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and latin dancing. Tickets £16, inc refreshments - Info from: Sylvia & Ricky 01737 819699 or Sue & Pat 01372 277938

Saturday 22nd

Do come to Mid-Surrey Mencap's CHRISTMAS SALE at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead. 10.30am-12.30pm. Admission will be free and refreshments available.

Saturday 29th

Christmas in Langley Vale Village Hall 5pm-7pm. Adults £2.50, under 5s free. FREE TREAT with a copy of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for all ‘Golden Ticket’ Holders & EDP Events Wristband Holders. Online Stand Bookings: www.epsomdownsplaygroup.btck.co.uk/Events

Saturday 29th

Christmas Fair & light switch on at Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club, Skinners Lane, Ashtead. 4pm-7.30pm, free entry. Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP will switch on lights at 5pm, come and see Santa in his grotto, stalls, refreshments, hot food.

Friday 5th DECEMBER

APMH Friends' Christmas 3 course Dinner. Christmas entertainment by Dennis Sexton and his Trumpets. Tickets £20.50 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members.

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WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Sunday 2nd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of services and events check out www.leatherheadparish.com. Commemorating Remembrance Day on 9 November

Sunday 2nd (weekly)

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

Tuesday 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ‘It could be verse’, Ann Lovelace. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 5th (weekly)

10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at The Parish Church Hall, Church Road (termtime only). Come along for a chance to meet other parents and childminders over coffee while the children play.

Wed 5th (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Ann-Maree Dicker ‘It’s a Gift’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Annual Meeting. Info Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, or email: go50@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 6th (mthly)

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

Friday 7th & Fri 21st

Oasis for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s at George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, 9.15-10.30am. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat. This term we're looking at how we can make best use of our time in a busy world. Friday 7th: we're thinking about making time to relax, with hints, advice and chance to practise! Friday 21st: Avril Lovegrove shares her thoughts on making time for our husbands and partners! All welcome, no charge. More info 272177.

Friday 7th (weekly)

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

Friday 7th (monthly)

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

Friday 7th

2.30 and 7.30 pm: Art & Artists of the Great War. How the experiences in the trenches affected the work of the likes of Paul Nash, Wyndham Lewis and many others. £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235 to book. http://www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk/this-month-stalk for info.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and buy home-baked, handmade and home-grown goods. If you can cook meals such as lasagne, cauliflower cheese and fish pie to a good standard and would like to sell them do pop in for a chat to find out more. Contact Janine 01372 374914 with queries. 70


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

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Thurs 6th November - LMC Jacqueline Philliips, cello

Thurs 27th November - LMC Accordion Duo ®

Thurs 13th November - LMC Sara Cubarsi-Fernandez, violin, and Seungwon Lee ®, piano Wed 19th November - Christ Church Graham Davies, organist of St Mary the Virgin, Hayes Middx,

® performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music

Music on Thursdays returns after Easter 2015

WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Friday 7th (weekly) Wed 12th

2nd Wed mthly

Thurs 13th Thurs 13th (2nd Thurs mnthly)

Friday 14th

10.30am- 12noon The Sewing Shop with Christmas stock now within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879 Transition Ashtead, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Glen Skilton from Surrey Wildlife Trust will be speaking. See Transition Ashtead article. Please come along. Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. www.topicofcancer.org.uk/. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan. Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Christmas Special, 9am-3pm, free entry. Over 30 stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, glass, china, children’s clothes, handicrafts, books, gifts, bric-a-brac and much more, in aid of the RNLI. See ad.

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Tuesday 11th Centre, Kingston Rd. 11th November AGM. Saturday 22nd November Christmas Fayre 11am-1pm. Tea/coffee, stalls to suit everyone. For more info please contact Jane on & Sat 22nd 01372 811422 Wed 19th Thurs 20th (3rd Thurs mthly)

Friday 21st

Thurs 27th (4th Thurs mthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. Speaker Nigel Arch ‘Kensington Palace’ more info from Don Butt 01372 274288 ‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206. Leatherhead & Distric Local History Soc lecture - Judith Witter “Researching Mary Christie of Bookham and her Family”. Judith is the author of the well-received biography of the Edwardian benefactress from Bookham . She relates how she came to write it and what sources she explored. Letherhead Institute, 8pm, coffee from 7.30.pm Admission £2 and non-members are most welcome. Leatherhead Morning WI, Annual Meeting, 10.15am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. For information contact Betty 01372 374570. 71


Fireworks Displays 2014

(Details correct at time of going to press, please check with organisers)

SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Cranleigh Lions Bonfire & Fireworks

Brockham Bonfire 2014

The Common, Cranleigh, GU6 8LE 1pm funfair opens; 6.30pm torchlight procession; hog roast, refreshments available. 7.15pm bonfire; 8pm fireworks. Free event but voluntary donations welcome. www.cranleighlions.org

Brockham Village Green, Brockham, RH3 7HP Brockham Bonfire, is a traditional family night of fun and celebration. Timings for the event: 4.30pm car parks open; 6.15pm torchlight procession; 7.45pm bonfire; 8.15pm fireworks. Buses will run from Dorking. A voluntary donation is asked to support the various local charities and societies www.brockhambonfire.com

Effingham Fireworks Spectacular

George V Playing Field, Browns Lane, Effingham, KT24 5ND Fun fair, food & bar. Gates open 6pm, torchlight procession 7pm, fireworks 8pm. £4 in advance, £5 on gate (under 12s free). Tickets from 01372 451925 / managerkgv@tiscali.co.uk

Lingfield Park Firework Display

Racecourse Road, Lingfield, RH7 6PQ 5pm doors open for funfair and refreshments, bonfire lit at 6.45pm, 7.30pm fireworks. £5 adult / £2.50 under 17s (family ticket £12.50 in advance from website). Free parking in main car park. www.lingfieldpark.co.uk/events/fireworks-night

Reigate Rugby Club Fireworks & Bonfire

Colley Lane, Reigate, RH2 9NB Bar & food from 6pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Adults £6/ children £5, or in advance (£2 less) from Reigate Rugby Club, and Holborns in Redhill and S. Nutfield. Parking for blue badge holders only. Allow time to walk to ground. www.reigaterugby.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER Guildford Firework Fiesta

Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1ER Free but voluntary contributions welcome. Torchlight procession 7.45pm, fireworks start at 8.30pm. www.guildfordlions.com

FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER Kingston Fireworks Display

Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, KT1 3PB Gates and funfair open 6.30pm, fireworks 8pm. Adults and children £5. www.kingstonfireworks.co.uk

Carshalton Park Fireworks Display

Carshalton Park, Ruskin Rd, SM5 3DD Organised by Wallington & Carshalton Round table. Gates open 5pm, fireworks 7pm, bonfire 7.30pm. Tickets on the gate £7.50, under 5s free, profits to charity. www.carshaltonfireworks.org.uk

Chiddingfold Bonfire

Chiddingfold Green, Chiddingfold, GU8 4TX 5pm park & ride from Witley Stn (small charge). Burgers, hot drinks, refreshments. 7pm torchlight procession, 7.30pm bonfire, 8pm fireworks. Free event but voluntary donations welcome. www.chiddingfoldbonfire.org.uk

Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair

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Woking Park (near Woking Leisure centre), Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9BA Food stalls & funfair open 6pm; 8pm fireworks Tickets on the gate: Adult: £6; Child: £4 (age 5–16): Family: £15 (2 Adults & 2 Children) www.wokingfireworks.co.uk

SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER Meath School Bonfire Night

Brox Road, Ottershaw, KT16 0LF Meath School is a special needs school run by the charity I CAN. Refreshments/hot food available. Gates open 5pm, bonfire 6pm , fireworks 6.30pm. Gate prices: Adult £7, £4 children/OAP. Family tickets £20 (2 adults & 2 children) www.meathschool.org.uk Tel: 01932 872302 72


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The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair Saturday 29th November 12pm-5pm

It’s time to get your skates on and join special guest Peppa Pig at The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair at Tadworth Court, Tadworth. FREE ENTRY FOR CHILDREN and just £3 for adults. The Christmas Fair includes a skating rink, Santa’s Grotto, elf hunt, Christmas arts and crafts - and more! Also lots of entertainment for adults, inc Christmas market, mulled wine, mince pies or enjoying a festive BBQ.

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Worldwide Charities Fair Saturday 15th November 2014 11am – 3pm ALDAG cafeAll day coffees, teas & snacks

Fairtrade goods and crafts Cakes and Preserves Raffles and Tombola

Schools photographic competition display

Christmas gifts and decorations Children's activities

Rosie’s Italian lunches

Entertainment: Dancing from Poptastic, The Children’s Choir, Natural Voices Ladies Choir, and Therfield Jazz band

Free Entry St Georges Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane Ashtead In commemoration of the First World War, Ashtead Choral Society will get together with a children’s choir made up of around 40 young pupils from three local schools and the prestigious London Gala Orchestra – all under the baton of conductor James Henshaw - , to perform this challenging and deeply moving work at the Dorking Halls on Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 7.30pm. The War Requiem interweaves verses of World War One poet Wilfred Owen, who fell in the last days of the war aged 25, with words from the Requiem Mass. The work was commissioned for the consecration of the newly built Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in the Second World War. It is considered by many as the Benjamin Britten's greatest work. At its premiere in May 1962, the War Requiem was performed to great acclaim and has today lost nothing of its impact. A unique performance not to be missed 75


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Christmas by Candlelight Wednesday 17th December

7.30pm - Leatherhead Parish Church Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society invites you to join them at 7.30pm on 17th December to celebrate Christmas by Candlelight in the beautiful surroundings of the medieval church of St Mary & St Nicholas, Leatherhead. The concert will feature music by the Brandenburg singers and brass ensemble, including some seldom performed gems, as well as readings and old favourites. Following the concert, please join us in the Parish Church Hall opposite the church for wine, soft drinks and mince pies. Tickets £10, which includes a donation to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church.

Tickets from John Andrews on 01372 373083

Television antiques expert is auctioneer at charity ball Epsom Downs - 28th November Auctioneer and antiques expert Thomas Plant from the popular television shows Bargain Hunt, Flog it! and The Antiques Road Trip, will be helping to raise funds for children with brain injury at a charity ball. He will be auctioneer at the annual Construction Ball, being held by members of the construction industry, at the Duchess Stand, Epsom Downs Racecourse on Friday, 28th November 2014, to raise money for The Children’s Trust. The black-tie charity event, sponsored by Paslode Spit UK, begins at 6.30 pm with drinks, followed by a three -course dinner. Entertainment includes a ‘fun’ casino and live music from popular dance band, Motor City Band. Tickets are £80 each (tables of 10 can be booked) and can be purchased on-line at: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/ constructionball or for further details email: specialevents@thechildrenstrust.org.uk 76


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Ashtead Friday Market - Christmas Special Friday 14th November 9am-3pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE

Once again we have our 'Christmas Special' in the Peace Memorial Hall, with plenty of opportunity to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start. Last year we gave the RNLI over £2,088 which was quite remarkable and we hope to beat that this year. We will have over 30 stalls all packed with Christmas ideas! As well as many local charity stalls, including Epsom Hospital, we will have cakes, plants, all sorts of cards, glass, china, toys, children’s clothes, cake-stands, books, marmalade, jewellery, embroidered towels, handicrafts, pottery, gifts, collectables and bric-a-brac. So you see there really is something for everyone! Entry is free, tea and coffee are available and we would love to have as big a crowd as last year, so bring your friends and neighbours too! Proceeds go to the RNLI which is a great cause and if you need more information please ring Chris on 01372 272076

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Hope in Leatherhead! Author and former Politician Jonathan Aitken (pic left), visits Leatherhead on Tuesday 11th November to help launch ‘Hope in Leatherhead’ at The Theatre. “The evening, which is ticketed but free, will feature, film, music and Jonathan Aitken’s amazing story in his own words”, producer Gerald Coates explained. “There are so many people doing so much to provide hope for Leatherhead, within structures, narratives, and with spontaneous acts of kindness.” He continued “There is no way any personal group can organise or centralise that hope - thank goodness.” The aim of the evening is to help create an environment where Hope is honoured, encouraged and in some cases rewarded. Co producer Rachel Hopper added “It is almost impossible to reach out to every body in the Town, even to encourage them to network and invite them to the evening, there are just so many of them. We would encourage people to apply for these free tickets, for what will be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.” The Theatre Cafe is open for snacks and drinks from 7pm and the presentation will start at 8pm prompt. Anybody who has an interest in the success and flourishing of the town is invited along with their friends for an evening of entertainment, stimulation and reflection.

Free tickets are available from The Theatre Box Office.

House of Commons Tour & Dinner Friday 21st November 2014

Local Surrey Children’s Charity Happy Child International is hosting its Annual Fundraising Dinner at the House of Commons on Friday 21st November 2014. Vital funds raised on the evening will be sent out to Recife, Brazil where Happy Child is helping to rescue vulnerable young teen aged girls and their babies off the streets and bring them to safety. Happy Child is not only working hands on with at risk children but is also involved in global advocacy and campaigning on behalf of these neglected and exploited children and adolescents. This year Happy Child International’s It’s a Penalty Campaign (in partnership with Jubilee Campaign, A21, and the National Crime Agency) message against child sexual exploitation during the World Cup reached 307 million people. The tickets for the dinner are £95.00 each (£950 for a table of 10) and include an exclusive Tour of the House of Lords and Commons starting at 6.30pm. The ticket also provides the opportunity to enjoy a reception drink from 7.30pm, a magnificent 3 course dinner in the Churchill Room at the heart of Parliament, Brazilian live entertainment and participation in our fundraising auction and raffle - which will have some great prizes in it.

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www.theleatherheadtheatre.org Box Office: 01372 365 141 Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The loveliest pantomime of all arrives at The Leatherhead Theatre this Christmas. Starring ITV`s Britain’s Got Talent finalist Drew Cameron as the hilarious Muddles, plus full supporting cast including a Wicked Queen, a handsome Prince and the beautiful Snow White plus the funniest and cutest Seven Dwarfs around not to mention a very clever Magic Mirror.

Performances begin Wednesday 24th December and run until Saturday 3rd January Family tickets and group rates available. Call the box office for more details. In association with:

Alice In Wonderland Live from the Royal Opera House Tuesday 16th December 7.15pm

An exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognisable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously badtempered Queen of Hearts. A genuine family ballet in the spirit of Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic.


Planting Trees and Shrubs by Pippa Greenwood

This is a great time of year to get planting – the soil is still holding a bit of warmth from the late summer and is now more moist and provides good conditions for roots to develop, spread and establish. Furthermore trees, shrubs and woody climbers in particular are often a very good buy at this time of year.

Next, to tease or not to tease the roots? I’m a teaser every time, having seen thousands of trees fail because their pot-bound roots never moved out in to the soil properly, if at all. Planting depth is important too, so do make sure that you cover the roots, and only the roots, with soil. Even the compost level in the pot is often too deep, so start from scratch if necessary. Laying a straight cane over the top of the planting hole will help you to gauge the correct depth more easily.

A good planting hole or pit is essential, and you should sure that it is at least several inches larger than the current spread of the roots of the tree or shrub that you are about to plant. For years the advice has been that plenty of bulky organic matter should be incorporated in to the hole and the mixture with which you back fill it. Investigations now suggest that this may not necessarily be ideal: make the planting hole too ‘cosy’ and the tree’s roots may be inclined to stay in the hole. In a heavy clay soil a planting hole full of compost may also end up acting as a sump, so when the soil is wet the compost draws more moisture in to the hole, resulting in waterlogged roots.

Then of course there is staking. I suggest only doing this with large trees, apples on very dwarfing rootstocks or if the site is extremely windy as a tree will get tougher and more resilient if given a chance to move around slightly and so form a strong trunk. If you do stake, short stakes at an angle are now regarded as best, and do use a good quality tree tie, properly fitted so that the tree’s bark is not chaffed.

All very logical, but then I would also suggest that if you garden on a very sandy, poor soil, a well-prepared planting pit which includes bulky organic matter such as garden compost will help to reduce the risk of drying out. Similarly, provided the organic matter is incorporated over a good enough sized area on a heavy soil, I think it does help to improve aeration and drainage around tree roots, especially if you incorporate some grit too.

Finally, remember that aftercare is essential, regular thorough waterings will be needed during dry weather, especially for the first couple of years after planting. If you don’t get the aftercare right, the plant and all that time and effort can easily be lost Visit www.pippagreenwood.com for a great range of gardening-related gifts including stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ Gift Card, handmade pottery herb planters, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, signed books and lots of useful garden items for your friends & family…or for yourself.

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Dropping litter causes injuries to small animals An injured hedgehog brought into the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) veterinary hospital in Leatherhead had to be put to sleep once the true extent of its injuries was realised. The little creature had got itself caught up in a discarded elastic band. The wounds caused by the elastic band tightening around the animal’s neck had become infected and were riddled with maggots by the time the hedgehog was brought into the hospital.

A distressed hedgehog caught up in a discarded net

WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE says: “Wounds caused by carelessly discarded items such as rubber bands, netting, wire, tin cans and other small items of litter can be a major problem for wildlife; animals can become caught or entangled in such things which can be fatal to small animals and birds. For instance, if a young hedgehog gets itself caught up in an elastic band, as he grows the elastic band digs into his skin, his skin gradually grows over it and becomes infected.”

Tragedies like this occur all too often. WAF is asking members of the public to take particular care not to drop items like rubber bands. “Taking that bit of extra care not to drop litter in any circumstances is a good way of preventing unnecessary injuries to wildlife”, says Simon. WAF is also running a “Save Harry” campaign to promote protection of hedgehogs which have in recent years become an endangered species in Britain their numbers having plummeted from 30 million in the 1950s to under a million today. If you would like to support the charity’s vital work to safeguard hedgehogs and other British wildlife, please visit the WAF website, www.wildlifeaid.org.uk to join or donate. You can also see online video footage of recent animal rescues on YouTube at TheWildlifeAidTV. 81


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You are cordially invited to… Late Night Shopping Evening Friday 28th November 2014

6pm - 9pm Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Plus 20% off all stock items on the night (excluding gift tokens, gas, real Christmas Trees and items currently on sale. Also excludes The Olive Tree Café)

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Our Annual Festive Weekend takes place on

Sat 13th & Sun 14th December This year our

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Clocks go forward on low-energy lighting British Summer Time is at an end, sadly some may say, bringing to a close a long, warm and bright summer - the summer of 2014, no doubt one to be remembered. And with the evenings drawing in and the days getting shorter many of us still light our homes with inefficient and sometimes very poor lighting which at its worst can potentially induce a feeling of lethargy and melancholy as the depths of winter descend. In September 2013 the European Union phased out inefficient light bulbs resulting in standard bulb types, which we have been accustomed to for over 100 years, and even halogen bulbs, which are only marginally less inefficient, being in line for the chop. Soon they will no longer be made. LED (light-emitting diode) bulb types are now incredibly economical to run with the initial installation being the only real consideration. With modern technology the trusty ‘old bulb’ is, however, re-incarnated replacing the filament with tiny LED’s. So classical light fittings can remain where they are and await the new traditionally shaped bulb equivalents. And the latest downlighters with COB (chips-on-board) LED’s are even brighter still, dimmable and great-looking with many lighting moods to choose from. Not only is the ‘old bulb’ changing. Fluorescent strip lights are slimmer, instant-starting and more energy efficient than ever, flicker-free and very at home in our kitchens and utility rooms. So we can look forward to brightening up our homes, saving huge costs at the same time, and keeping the winter blues at bay. If you’d like to discuss your lighting options, call Steve Hinchey at Power On, details opposite. Source: ‘The Energy-saving Trust’ 86


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 69

The Old Vicarage 80 Church Street, Leatherhead

Above left: Vicarage Lane, c 1820 Above right: The Vicarage, 1820 Left: Leatherhead Vicarage, 1908

The Old Vicarage is on the site of an earlier building which overhung the lane by the side of the Mansion that runs down to the river. Something of its character can be glimpsed from an account of repairs in 1669 which refers to a hall, kitchen, cellar and malt house. It had been extended by the Rev. Laxton in 1756 but by 1806 it was considered ‘very ancient and dilapidated’ by the Rev. James Dallaway. He himself made additions to it. Designed by William Butterfield, the present building was erected in the early 1870s by the Rev. Thomas Griffith. It is brick rendered with brick quoins and dressings and has tiled roof. It is now divided into separate establishments and the new Vicarage is in St. Mary’s Road. Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Edwina Vardey – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS and Etchings of Views from the Vicarage by James Dallaway.

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Mole Valley Police Column Distraction Burglary 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?

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 101 to confirm an officer’s details to your satisfaction.

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 this ongoing work, 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.

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. Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE neil.clarke@surrey.pnn.police.uk Tel: 101 Extension 30809

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!!

For more crime prevention advice visit www.surrey.police.uk If you need to contact your local policing team, you can always email us at molevalley@surrey.pnn.police.uk or call 101 and ask for extension 39635 – direct dial is 01483 639635. For all other non-emergency issues, please contact 101 or, in an emergency – or if you see a crime actually taking place – always call 999

Additionally, distraction burglaries can be particularly upsetting as they prey on people’s trust in “authority”. For example, a person may call, saying that they are from

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead What is the Water Framework Directive?

Rivers, lakes and coastal waters are vital natural resources - they provide drinking water, crucial habitats for many different types of wildlife and are an important resource for industry and recreation. Many of them are environmentally damaged or under threat. Protecting and improving the environment is an important part of achieving sustainable development and is vital for the long term health, wellbeing and prosperity of everyone. The increasing demand by European citizens and environmental organisations for cleaner rivers and lakes, groundwater and coastal beaches led to the birth of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in 2000. It requires all member countries to get their water bodies into good ecological status by 2015 (now 2027). In rivers, a good ecological status means maximising biodiversity, encompassing a diverse range of species and habitats all coexisting in clean water. This means improving land and river management and creating more public awareness in catchments to enable rivers to be more resilient to pollution, flooding and climate change as well as providing us with clean drinking water.

What is the River Mole Catchment Partnership?

The Environment Agency has been tasked with delivering the WFD since it's adoption in the UK in 2003. The delivery mechanism known as the Catchment Based Approach involved the creation of river partnerships around the country, formed from various stakeholder groups and organisations, the aim being to get these groups to share information and resources at the catchment-wide scale and develop a programme to meet the WFD. Partners include statutory bodies, NGO’s, businesses, water companies, leisure groups, interest groups and individuals. They aim to collectively address the most pressing issues on the catchment that will provide the most benefits. The partnership has a strong focus on community engagement and raising awareness of the issues. Projects that create multiple benefits for both people and wildlife are at the heart of the Catchment Based Approach. The River Mole Catchment Partnership began in 2012 and is hosted by Surrey Wildlife Trust and the South East Rivers Trust working closely with the Environment Agency. The Mole feeds into the even larger Thames River Basin Management Plan. The primary focus so far has been to engage local communities to understand local issues and what communities want from their local river. The steering group will coordinate local working groups and source funding for and prioritise various projects. The RiverSearch project was inspired by Wey Landscape Partnership which had expressed the need for a river monitoring programme. The first volunteers were trained in May 2013 and there are now over 110 trained volunteers monitoring the health of the rivers areas across both the Wey and Mole. The data collected is used to inform partnership projects. Volunteers can train in various species monitoring tasks, which they can put into practice on the ground. We are creating a network of naturalists here in Surrey. who have also this year done some practical restoration works across our rivers. Glen Skelton

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Recycle one more plastic bottle a week Could you pledge to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week to help save money and the environment? Only 27% of recyclable plastics, such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays, are currently recycled in Surrey. The rest is thrown away, which is bad for the planet and expensive for the taxpayer. In fact, it would save £200,000 a year in waste disposal charges if every adult in Surrey recycled just one extra bottle a week. It doesn’t have to be a drinks bottle either, as plastic bottles from every room in the house can be recycled. Whether it holds shampoo, bleach, cooking oil or ketchup, if it’s a plastic bottle it can be recycled. Bottles, pots, tubs and trays can then be reborn as anything from a new bottle to furniture, children’s toys or even a football shirt.

If you recycle a fizzy drinks bottle it could be reborn as a fruit juice bottle

To help residents recycle more, Surrey County Council is supporting the national Pledge 4 Plastics campaign, which asks everyone to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week. Make your pledge by visiting www.pledge4plastics.co.uk or on Twitter using #pledge4plastics. For information about plastics recycling where you live, go to www.recycleforsurrey.com for a link to your district or borough council website. 98


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October crossword solutions

1. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated (while watching it) 2. Laugh 3. Macbeth 4. The Muppet Show (it was later known as The Muppet Theatre) 5. Wings 6. The Mousetrap 7. The Globe Theatre 8. Nickelodeon (from "nickel" and "odeon") 9. Break a leg 10. The Palladium

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