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Leatherhead Residents’ Association
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Charity card shop open in Leatherhead
Give a cat a home
Leatherhad Lions attack fuel poverty
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Ashtead Community Vision
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Jane Austen was a Surrey girl
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elcome to another jam-packed edition of the A & L Local, as ever there is lots of community information for you to read. For instance, the Leatherhead Lions are asking those of you who don’t need your Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to those who will find themselves in ‘fuel poverty’ over the demanding winter months, more on pages 14 and 18. In this edition we also discover why Jane Austen thought Surrey the ‘ideal English county’ on page 80. The Children’s Trust charity shop in Bridge Street, Leatherhead is appealing for more donations for the shop, page 54. The charity is also holding its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 23rd November, which will include an appearance by Peppa Pig, Santa’s Grotto, an ice skating rink, Christmas market, mulled wine, mince pies even a bratwurst barbeque. More on page 52. Still in the Christmas vein (not long to go now...) the Rotary Club of Leatherhead is holding its Christmas Fayre at Leatherhead Theatre on Saturday 9th November - always a winner for those early Christmas gifts - go on get organised so all you have to do at Christmas is roast the turkey! 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 2013. 01372 376420 email@example.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com
As Bonfire Night falls on a Tuesday this year, there are fireworks displays at the weekends on either side. I have featured a selection of the most popular on page 84. However, I should mention that all the details were correct at the time of going to print but do check with the organisers in case of bad weather. The Leatherhead & District History Society, which runs our lovely little museum in Leatherhead is asking for volunteers to help out on page 72. I’m not entirely sure where this year has gone, I mention this because I was chatting to a friend the other day saying we ought to meet for a catch up over the summer and here we are fast approaching winter. I must call her before Christmas! Lots of new advertisers this month as the magazine goes from strength to strength and I should like to thank you for the kindness and support you have shown me over the years, it means a great deal. Enjoy Bonfire Night, stay safe and warm. Cheerio ducks. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ashtead-leatherhead.com
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On this occasion the Battery Pack failed and though having sufficient power to activate the lights did not Residents in north Ashtead will have been very aware have the muscle to operate the barriers. This also that on Friday 27th September there occurred a major meant the gates could not be overridden by the NR failure of the barriers, resulting in houses north of the Mobile Operating Manager (MOM) who called to open crossing being marooned for some 5 hours. Despite the them under local control via the override process. It was not until Cllr. Northcott requested they be efforts of Network Rail (NR) the barriers refused to opened manually, as previously agreed following a budge and a huge number of people were inconvenienced; mothers going to fetch children from similar incident in 2008, that this was achieved, but school, workers trying to get home, a pilot who could then not until 5.20pm not get to Gatwick and missed medical appointments, The barrier system is electro-mechanical and one of which was for regular dialysis. Due to poor therefore subject to breakdown but NR agree that the communication Surrey Police were informed late, and 5 hour delay was unacceptable. There is a need for as a consequence roads became gridlocked and firm procedures in the future that will include better tempers started to fray. This is accepted by the Police communication plus earlier opening of the barriers if a as an area for improvement. quick solution cannot be found. Residents have queried the availability of the The ARA had already arranged a meeting with NR’s emergency services during these periods and we are newly appointed Level Crossings Manager for Wessex Region even prior to this to discuss various aspects of assured the Fire Service have the training and equipment to remove the barriers to obtain access. the crossing, so this failure was opportune even if disastrous for some. Discussions were wide ranging but This would also cover access by an Ambulance. Both services are advised immediately a barrier failure is centred upon the barriers, the failures, the maintenance programme and what firm plans could be reported as are BT Police and Surrey Police. made for the future to cope with other breakdowns. With regard to provision of a second temporary With regard to the Crossing failure on 27th, NR accept ‘emergency only’ crossing, NR maintains their there are lessons to be learned and having listened to commitment to this. The sticking point is with Surrey County Council and the need for expensive road works the complaints have accepted a task of compiling necessary either side of the Crossing. Unfortunately plans to minimise disruption in any future failure. the old way of creating a temporary crossing with a Whilst the Crossing Manager and local Police know of few old sleepers and a load of ballast is now not the uniqueness of this Crossing, which isolates 620 permitted. homes and some 1,100 persons, it is not always apparent to staff at the Wimbledon signal box from NR has promised to come back to us with more where the Crossing is managed. detailed information and a further meeting to discuss these findings will no doubt be necessary.
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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Success for Fortyfoot Road Safety Campaigners The latest five month campaign to get a well used road repaired and adopted has resulted in partial success. The SCC Transport, Highways and Environmental Committee decided in early October to adopt the section of Fortyfoot Road between Popular Road and the entrance to Woodlands School. This decision will make life for the children bussed to school daily much more bearable. For several years Fortyfoot Road has been a recurring subject at LRA committee meetings. However, it took the joint effort of Flip Cargill and Cllr Tim Hall to bring about the initial meeting of over 40 concerned individuals and groups. Long serving County Councillor Hall has had a great deal of experience with efforts to repair and adopt Fortyfoot Road. For this reason, he told those who assembled in July that a substantial and compelling case needed to be drafted. A core group of about 12 people was created. Mencap's, Stephen Dyke, Mark Francis, Susan and Jackie Isles, and John Eastmond were leading lights in the campaign. Writing and presenting the history and case to SCC was an initial task. Woodland School parents and students have played an important role in the campaign. Newspaper and television coverage have also been important factors. Two petitions of over 3000 signatures was presented to SCC. Gaining the attention of Channel 5 and 'Mr.Pothole' energised the campaign. The road will be featured in a series on potholes nationwide in late October or November. Many local residents, the school, and the campaign committee are delighted with the result of a hard fought campaign. Good organisation, leadership, dedication, long and short term goals were important. This is a good example of what a community can accomplish with the support of their councillor. Cllr
Hall's total backing for the adoption was the catalyst that got the desired result. One previous effort to get the road adopted was in 2006. Perhaps because some frontagers would not agree to the adoption that effort failed. The improved facilities at Woodlands School may have been a big factor in the SCC decision. The school now brings in children from 21 county towns. To drive disabled children across a road with giant 'craters' was totally unacceptable to all who signed the petition. SCC Cabinet member, John Furey, considered the petition and decided to: "Facilitate the work in recognition of the exceptional circumstances presented by the almost exclusive use of a section of the road by a high number of community and public services and the receipt of financial contributions from other stakeholders." It was anticipated that the highway reconstruction and drainage work will be carried out by February 2014 at the latest, although discussions would be held with the local school to see if an earlier programme of works could be arranged. This will allow SCC to adopt the road. Thus, the long, long debate to adopt or not to adopt Fortyfoot Road will be partially achieved. The LRA are pleased to have played a part in the story so for and thank our members, Cllr Hall and Flip Cargill, for their efforts.
The next open LRA meeting is at the Letherhead Institute on November 4th at 7:30pm David Searle, Managing Director of the Mole Valley Housing Association, will be the guest speaker. All are welcome.
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As winter approaches there are many who will find it difficult to pay their fuel bills so the Lions are asking for your help. In early November many of you will be receiving the Winter Fuel Payment from the DWP, if you don’t really need it donate the money to the Lions Project Wenceslas Appeal. Jim Malynn, newly elected President of the Lions announces that in conjunction with the local CAB, an effort will be made to raise funds to help their clients with the cost of gas and electricity bills. To donate to this good cause, please make your cheque payable to:Leatherhead & District Lions Club and post it to:- Leatherhead & District Lions Club, 32 The Mount, Fetcham, Leatherhead, KT22 9EE Alternately, you can make your donation by credit or debit card and/or make it even more valuable to the club by Gift Aiding it by visiting our website, www.leatherheadlions.org.uk and following the instructions. To make your donation by credit or debit card please go to (www.justgiving.com/LeatherheadLions) and follow the on screen instructions. Last year a similar campaign was launched in Farnham and the net result produced a benefit for over a 100 people in fuel debt. So help us gather in the “winter fuel” and make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.
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Ashtead Community Vision Ancient Bronze Age landscape revealed in Ashtead Extensive remnants of the Bronze Age (4,000 years ago) landscape have been highlighted in Ashtead by world leading scientists working for Ashtead Community Vision’s review of the Green Belt.
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Here’s written proof that life can turn on a dime. Bond trader Sherman McCoy thinks he has life pretty sussed, with a swanky Park Avenue apartment, trophy wife and even a bit on the side. Then he’s involved in a hit and run and his life starts to come undone. Wolfe’s novel exudes money, and all the excesses of the 1980s come spilling out of the pages.
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You write about solving financial problems for a living, but your own bank account is firmly cemented in the red. Journalist Rebecca Bloomwood is a selfconfessed shopaholic, who becomes increasingly entangled in her own intricate web of credit card debts and unpaid bills, all the while dispensing advice to other poor financial flops. Can she ever see her way clear to a debtfree but romance-full life?
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Mothers, Daughters and Fireworks Ruth’s children were excited about bonfire night. There was to be a big display at the school that Friday evening and they were looking forward to being with their friends. Ruth’s husband Sam was planning to host his own traditional family firework ‘extravaganza’ on the Saturday evening. This event always consisted of agonising pauses as fireworks failed to launch, followed by exaggerated gasps of delight as each solitary firework spluttered its way into the sky above their house. The pyrotechnics usually lasted about one minute but the process of preparation, lighting, standing back and admiring invariably took almost an hour. Ruth’s daughter, Sarah, was very subdued after school on Friday. That morning, she’d made a presentation to her class about keeping tropical fish, but refused to talk about it on the way home. Ruth was then distracted by the boys who’d discovered an empty cling film tube in the recycling bin and were wrestling on the living room floor while hitting each other over the head. Ruth removed it, berated them and started to collect the trail of discarded school uniform from the floor. She then prepared tea and it was only when she called the children to the table that she realised something was wrong.
Just then the doorbell rang. It was friends calling to see if they wanted to walk together. Ruth told the boys to go ahead and that she would meet up with them at the school. She then turned her attention to her sobbing daughter curled in a ball under her bed. “I’m never coming out,” wailed Sarah. “I’m going to live here from now on. I’m never going back to school and you can’t make me…” “What on earth happened today? Was it your assembly? How was your tropical fish talk?” “I’m never going back, so it doesn’t matter does it…” Sarah refused to come out from under the bed and after a few minutes, Ruth could hear the firework display starting at the school. “Please tell me what’s wrong, Sarah? You’re missing the fireworks. What happened?” Ruth felt she had no option but to crawl under the bed to join her daughter and as they lay there together, Sarah calmed down and began to talk. “I got told off for swearing,” She gulped “But I didn’t swear, I promise Mummy, I didn’t… Everyone in the class laughed at me and it was awful…. I was only doing my presentation and I got in a muddle.
Daniel and Ben made their usual ‘bull in a china shop’ entrance but there was no sign of Sarah. Ruth was irritated because they were due at the fireworks by six o’clock. She called up the stairs but “Sarah, you know not to swear. That’s terrible!” there was no reply. She checked the bathroom and “But I didn’t mean to… I was talking about the fish the garden then asked the boys if they had seen her, in the tank and I was explaining about those little only to be greeted with negative grunts. ones that feed on the algae and how you could see their tiny mouths stuck onto the glass. I couldn’t Ruth went up to Sarah’s bedroom and looked around. Her school bag had clearly been hurled into remember their name and I was so nervous that I got the letters muddled up… I meant to say sucking a corner as the contents were spilling out onto the fish… “ floor, but there was no daughter to be seen. Downstairs the boys were raiding the cupboard for biscuits. They’d eaten most of their tea but the vegetables were optimistically hidden under knives and forks. Ruth, now worried about Sarah, couldn’t face a showdown over discarded peas and emptied their plates into the bin without a word. Ben and Daniel were keen to leave and began foraging for hats and gloves. The prospect of fireworks and toffee apples was all consuming and the absence of a little sister was severely hindering their plans. They started to search the house but there was no sign of Sarah. Ruth tried a different tactic and announced loudly that they were leaving before closing the front door. She heard a faint “I’m here!” coming from upstairs, followed by a wail. In Sarah’s bedroom, she noticed that the duvet was no longer on the bed but was protruding from underneath. She had found her missing daughter.
Sarah started to sob again and Ruth comforted her mortified daughter while stifling a laugh into the duvet. There was a sudden shower of light from outside the window and from where they were lying they had a surprisingly good view of shooting rockets and fountains of colour.
“A famous man called Oscar Wilde once said that we’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. Well right now, my gorgeous daughter, we may be under the bed, but just look at those beautiful fireworks…”
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Clubs & Activities
Ashtead Women’s Institute - October 2013 Meeting Our 40th Birthday
What an evening! Our committee pulled out all the stops for a really special celebration of Ashtead W.I’s 40th birthday. Yes, there was much red (ruby) attire in evidence on our arrival to beautifully laid out tables, balloon decorations, and a big screen film quietly showing national events which took place in 1973 – 40 years ago. After our delicious main course, desserts, coffee & mints we were treated to entertainment by The Residents, a duo of guitar & vocals with music of the era, which led us into dancing, finishing with the hokey-cokey and Auld Lang Syne. There was even a spectacular and hilarious finale by two ladies of our committee – no details here, but the French Can-Can comes to mind!! One of our founder members was delighted to receive flowers and the invitation to cut the beautiful cake with our President, Sally Cole. Sadly another founder member, Joan Laidlaw, wasn’t well enough to join us for this occasion. We had a special raffle this evening, followed by W.I. news in brief of our sub-groups, our monthly come-along pub lunch, and a coming ‘rough’ walk. Next month, Wednesday 6th November will be our AGM, with a fun competition. Sandra Brown
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Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our Birthday meeting on October 1st we enjoyed a fabulous evening of magic presented by George Yates. We were all spellbound. Afterwards we all had a slice of Birthday cake cut by our President. Our Chairman presented long service medals to several members. There was a produce stall which gave members a chance to buy jam, marmalade and apples.
At our September meeting we discussed the venue for our Christmas lunch and our trip to the Christmas market at Chichester - which is proving to be very popular. Our guest was Tony Leppard who entertained us with a talk and accompanying pictures of his visit to China in 2005. Startin in Hong Kong, his comprehensive tour was a fascinating one giving us a glimpse into the everyday lives of the Chinese people. Amongst other things, Tony and his wife saw pandas, cliff sculptures in the mountains, cruised the Yangtse river, walked part of the Great Wall and saw the famous terracotta army in Beijing. A most interesting insight into a very beautiful country.
Mid Surrey are holding their usual Carol Service, lunch & entertainment on December 11th at Stoke church, Guildford. At our next meeting on November 5th we will be listening to Hannah Greenfield on her Handbells. Why not come to the meeting, you will be made most welcome. We meet at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.45 pm
To remind anyone who would be interested in visiting one of our meetings, they are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. For more info ring Betty on 01372 374570.
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Half Cut As we approach half term, new short courses are starting, and there may yet be vacancies in existing courses for a discounted fee. For example, if you would like to study Law (Tuesday mornings) or Sociology (Tuesday afternoons), you could join for the remainder of the course until the end of May for just £100. These both lead to GCSEs, but if you don’t want to work towards an exam they may be studied for interest only – gain greater insight into humanity in all its guises! Now for the hard stuff – there are still vacancies in our Wednesday afternoon class – Reading Geological Maps; or for a softer touch, what about Garden Design on Tuesday mornings; or try your hand at Bridge (strictly beginners) on Wednesday afternoons. You could join any of these for £50 for the remaining sessions. The Digital Photography classes on Wednesday afternoons starting on November 6 and again on January 15 have just a few spaces at £70 for five weeks. We are already taking enrolments for January starters, but don’t leave it too long as these are already filling up.
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Children’s Trust’s Christmas Fair With special guest Peppa Pig! Saturday 23rd November
Join special guest Peppa Pig at The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair at Tadworth Court, Tadworth from 12 noon until 6 pm. With FREE entry for children and £2.50 for adults. Enjoy an afternoon packed with lots of activities, including the everpopular skating rink, Santa’s Grotto, elf hunt, Christmas arts and crafts, where children can make Christmas decorations. Santa’s Grotto will have an exciting new location in the tree house over-looking the gardens. And there’s plenty of entertainment for adults, including the Christmas market, which closes at 4pm, indulging in some mulled wine and mince pies or enjoying the bratwurst BBQ. Singing performances in the historical mansion’s main hall will be provided by the talented 12-year-old Elena Bayk-Mohammadi and, as the afternoon draws to a close, a local choir will sing carols by candlelight. To book your entry tickets or tickets for Santa’s Grotto* and Skating Rink* (*advanced booking is recommended) please visit the website: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/christmasfair The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with acquired brain injury, multiple disabilities and complex health needs. Based in Tadworth, Surrey, the Trust provides expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care to support children and families from across the UK. www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk
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Dorking Quilters We enjoyed a visit from Surjeet Husain, an expert in Indian embroidery. Surjeet has visited us before, and brings along a lovely array of her work, including sheesha, and her own water colour paintings. Our next meeting will be an evening workshop on12th November, when we will learn how to make coasters which can be fixed to glasses. The meeting will be at the Friends’ Meeting House, Butter Hill, South Street, Dorking, starting at 7.30 p.m. Just bring along some Christmas material, or choose some from our stashes. Visitors are welcome. For info please contact Sheena Salmon on 01306 885597.
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Special Entertainment at Polesden Lacey Summer holidays can be a stretch for parents – even more so when their children have special needs.
parties travelling from all over Surrey. Teaching staff were delighted at their pupils’ interest, stimulation and participation. Comments included: “Theatre is such a lovely medium and so difficult for our pupils to access. We were thrilled at such an opportunity – and its excuse for a picnic overlooking the Surrey Hills.”
Head2Head Theatre, in partnership with Polesden Lacey, has come to the rescue with an annual open-air production of a children’s classical tale, especially adapted for such audiences. “More please!” now echoes the cry among Surrey families, with many coming to the event more than once. Anni Rhodes, from Head2Head Theatre reveals that the activity was conceived following a conversation with a mother who was struggling to find ways of stimulating and entertaining her severely disabled child during the long summer break.
Dog walkers enjoyed it too, laughing loudly at a graceful tree rudely covered in saucepans, (the Duchess’s kitchen ‘pantree’) and delighting in a sunlit grotto, encircled with rainbow voiles – just waiting for the caterpillar to pop up onto his bright red mushroom. “We had some hilarious moments,” said Anni. “A motion-detector frog croaked at a passing dog who went into a frenzy because it made the same sound as the toy he’d left at home.” The Big Lottery Fund has supported this event for the past two years. For 2014, Head2Head Theatre will need to find another sponsor for its production of ‘Wind in the Willows’. Can anyone help with this worthwhile cause?
“Most holiday groups close down in the last week of the summer holidays and there is little or no provision for stimulation and entertainment of disabled children,” says Anni. ”It’s great for them to have fun outdoors in a safe environment and Polesden Lacey offers the perfect setting for our event. This year’s production of ‘Alice’s Tea Party’ saw the children pass through a ‘rabbit hole’ in a cascade of bubbles before entering the ‘wild woods’ and moving along a wheelchair accessible woodland trail. Hidden in the trees they discovered magical scenes and characters from the story, before joining the Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse for a tea party.”
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Ashtead Inner Wheel Quiz Night Ashtead Inner Wheel enjoyed a quiz evening at the Ashtead Cricket Club Pavilion to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis a charity very dear to our President’s heart. Fishers Foods Co. provided freshly cooked fish and chip suppers from their mobile van which was parked at the pavilion doors. We all agreed they were the best we had ever tasted. Much fun was had during the evening and the winning team received large boxes of chocolates. President Jean was pleased to announce that the evening had made £750 for the charity, and members thanked her for all the hard work she had put in to make the evening so successful.
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WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER? Friday 8th
Bocketts Gift Fair, Bocketts Farm, Young St. 10am-4pm, entry £1, free parking. Unique and affordable Christmas gifts, bric a brac in aid of Cherry Trees and Save the Children.
Rotary Club of Leatherhead Christmas Fayre, see page 70.
Leatherhead and District NCT Nearly New Sale, Downsend School, 1 Leatherhead Rd, KT22 8TJ, 2pm-3.30pm (1.45pm entrance for members with valid card) £1.50 entry. Sale of nearly new baby and childrens clothes, equipment, toys and maternity clothes.
NSPCC/ChildLine Christmas Fair, Pavilion Suite, Lingfield Park Race Course, RH7 6PQ. 10.30am-3.30pm. Stylish & original stalls. Entry £2. Ample parking. Refreshments.
Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Christ Church, Leatherhead, 7.30pm. Beethoven Coriolan Overture & Symphony No 7; Handel Organ Concerto No 10. Tickets £13, students & under 18s £8 from 01372 276949
Shooting star CHASE Christmas Fayre, Bourne Hall, Ewell village. 10.30am-3pm. £1 entry. Christmas gifts, jewellery, toys, etc. Santa and his elf will be giving out presents.
Charity Dinner Dance in aid of RNLI and Age Concern, Preston Cross Hotel, Rectory Lane, Bookham. 7pm. £40 to inc three course dinner with live music. Tickets from Dennis Wickham 01372 879083 or David Richmond-Coggan 01372 378812
Children’s Trust Christmas Fair with Peppa Pig. Tadworth Court, see page 52.
Dorking Concertgoers present English Chamber Orchestra, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Featuring Mendelssohn, Wagner & Beethoven, more info on 01306 740619 or online from www.dorkinghalls.co.uk or www.dorkingconcertgoers.org.uk
Saturday 23rd Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Rd, Ewell, KT19 0EB. Free & Sunday 24th entry/parking. 10am-4pm. 07703 647195 / 01372 817373 or www.christmasgiftfair.co.uk Monday 25th
Christmas Lights Switch On & Craft Fair, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, free entry and parking. see Santa arrive on a horse drawn carriage. www.denbies.co.uk
Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, Christmas Dance at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and latin dancing to Andrew Varley's Keyboard music. Tickets £15, Light Refreshments - Details: Sylvia 01737 819699 or Sue 01372 277938
Christmas Market, King George V Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham. Details opposite.
Christmas Sale - come along to Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, 10am12.30pm, and find all sorts of bargains and Christmas goodies, books and toys, as well as refreshments. Free entry. In aid of Mid-Surrey mencap and Fortyfoot Playgroup.
DECEMBER EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES Saturday 7th
Leatherhead Christmas Festival, more details in next month’s edition.
Fetcham Village Hall Christmas Fair, 10am-1pm
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Ashtead Village Late Night Shopping Event, more details in next month’s edition
If there’s an event in December that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th November. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events64 are correct at time of print.
An Indoor Christmas Market in Effingham! King George V Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham Saturday 30th November 12pm-4pm
Whatever you do, donâ€™t buy too many Christmas presents until you have paid us a visit - you might just regret it! Free entry and car parking! Refreshments available. We will have a good range of toys from pocket money types to Hornby train sets and Scalextric. There will also be toy cars, lorries, buses, dinosaurs, cuddly animals, handbags, cheap watches, sweets, Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, biscuits, cupcakes, cards, scarves, perfumes, wrapping paper, jewellery, books, etc, etc. Santa Claus has agreed to break off from his busy schedule to be in attendance! The market is organised by the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society, the owners of the old steam engine that once lived at the rear of the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. All proceeds will go to the charitable society. This is not a commercial venture but is being organised very professionally nonetheless. Your presence at the market will be very much appreciated. 65
WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Friday 1st (weekly)
10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out! New volunteers welcome
Friday 1st (weekly)
10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market - lots of lovely things for sewing and crafting for Christmas - Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Contact 01372 374914
Friday 1st (weekly)
Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall.
Friday 1st (monthly)
Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.
November walks around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, Saturday 2nd 10.30am start, 4-5 miles, approx 2-2½ hours. Phone on day if bad weather on 07766 Saturday 9th 166794. Donation to charities. livewellnaturally.co.uk Saturday 16th Brockham Green Sat 9th Burford Bridge Ryka’s CP Sat 2nd Sat 30th Sat 16th Wotton Hatch back CP Sat 30th Polesden Lacey CP Sunday 3rd (weekly)
10.30am Leatherhead Parish Church - Parish Communion with Children's Church
Tuesday 5th (monthly)
Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, ‘Handbells’ Hannah Greenfield. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588
Wed 6th & Friday 8th
6th & 8th The Genius of Durer: His life & influence on Renaissance European art. £10 inc refreshments 01372 272235 to book. www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk/this-month-s-talk
Wed 6th (weekly)
Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.
Wed 6th (monthly)
Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demo by Hazel McGregor ‘Artistic Focus’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.
Wed 6th (weekly)
Rotary Club of Leatherhead, Police Federation Headquarters, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. 7pm-9pm. Further information from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964.
Wed 6th (monthly)
Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, AGM Social Evening. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736
Thurs 7th (weekly)
Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £3. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160
Thurs 7th (weekly)
GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs 7th (weekly)
Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860
Thurs 7th (monthly)
Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm 1st Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844
Ashtead Friday Market, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-2.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI 66
Ashtead Friday Market - Christmas Special Friday 8th November 9am-2.30pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE Once again it is time to hold our Christmas Special market following on from the success of previous years. We will have 30 stalls with lots of great ideas for Christmas and all the usual lovely things too. We have a longer market running to 2.30pm in the afternoon with free entry, so there is plenty of time to get a cup of tea or coffee and browse through the marvellous selection of goods. You will find all sorts of cards, toys, cakes, plants, jams, collectables, china, glass, bric-a-brac, handicrafts, charity stalls and, once again, great handbags. All the proceeds go to the RNLI and last year we raised £2,030 which was amazing. Do come and see what we have to offer - there is something for everyone and a friendly welcome is guaranteed. For further info ring Chris on 01372 272076
WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 14th
Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, speaker tba.
Leatherhead & District History Soc, Letherhead Inst, L/head High St. ‘Surrey Historic County Maps’ by Carole Garrard. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm, all welcome. Nonmembers £2.
Ashtead Friendship Centre, monthly meetings 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker on ‘Experiences of a Met Police Officer. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288
Thurs 21st (3rd Thurs mthly)
‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206.
Blood Donor Sessions, St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY, 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm
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The Police Unity Memorial Band is a self supporting organisation, who aims to entertain its audiences whilst honouring the sacrifice and service of police personnel. Established in 2007, the band organises a yearly concert series at the Garrison Church of St Barbara in Deepcut, Surrey, which has created a significant following over the years. As the band’s reputation has grown, so has the prestige of its engagements. In 2012, the band was proud to be part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations playing at the opening of the new bandstand in Aldershot, and later that year, performed in a joint concert with The Band of The Royal Logistic Corps. Earlier this year, the band made its debut performance on Eastbourne Bandstand, performing to two fully packed concerts, in addition to recently entertaining audiences at the Fairlands Festival in Guildford. Each year, the Police Unity Memorial Band nominates a charity to support and raise money for. Last year, the band raised over £1,000 for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, based in Leatherhead, and is this year raising money for COPS – Care of Police Survivors. How can you help? We are looking for any local musicians who play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument to a Grade 4 standard or above. If you are over 16, and are looking for a fun & flexible concert band to play with – then look no further! We rehearse each Thursday from 8-10pm in Guildford. If you would like to come down for a free taster session, or if you would like to know more information about the band, then please visit our website at www.pumb.org.uk or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/PoliceUnityMemorialBand and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/PoliceBand1 . We very much look forward to welcoming you into the band! Kim from Leatherhead describes the band: “When I came back from university, I was looking for a fun, friendly and flexible band to play with. PUMB provides all of these elements, whilst maintaining an exceptionally high standard of musicianship. I have played in a variety of bands over the past ten years, and PUMB is by far my favourite. The variety of events we get the privilege and opportunity to perform at is tremendous, and our audiences are always so grateful and receptive of our playing. The best thing is, we get to do all of these fantastic things whilst raising money for well worthy, local charities. It is lovely to be involved with, and to be able to support, local communities. Everyone is so welcoming – if you haven’t played for a while, why not dust off your case and come down for a free taster session. I can promise you, you won’t look back!” 78
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Jane Austen was a Surrey Girl
Norbury Park Farm, Mickleham Priory and Cherkley Court courtesy of Ian Capper Jane Austen is associated with the county of Hampshire. Here she was born, spent most of her life, and was buried. Indeed, there has been strong pressure from the Hampshire Tourist Board to rename it “Jane Austen Country”. But one Jane Austen mystery is why Hampshire hardly figures in her novels. Conversely, the author knew Surrey well and here she set one unpublished novel, The Watsons, and of course her masterpiece, Emma. The part of Surrey in the novels is the Vale of Mickleham, the beautiful area between Leatherhead and Dorking, including Box Hill. This was the ‘Beverly Hills’ of 18th century London, populated by rich Londoners like the playwright Richard Sheridan and the poet Lady Sophia Burrell whose father, Sir Charles Raymond, owned a vineyard on his Valentines estate from which the Great Vine at Hampton Court was propagated. Lady Sophia connects Surrey to Jane Austen. She was a close friend of Jane Austen’s cousin and sister-in -law, Eliza de Feuillide. Another Jane Austen mystery is that many places in the novels correspond exactly to real places. The heroine of Emma lives in a mansion called Hartfield on the edge of a town called Highbury. From an examination of the map Highbury can only correspond to Leatherhead and Hartfield to Thorncroft Manor, owned by Henry Boulton, husband of Lady Sophia’s sister Juliana. For the author, Surrey was the ideal English county. In Emma she famously describes the ideal English view:
The considerable slope, at nearly the foot of which the Abbey stood, gradually acquired a steeper form beyond its grounds; and at half a mile distant was a bank of considerable abruptness and grandeur, well clothed with wood; and at the bottom of this bank, favourably placed and sheltered, rose the Abbey-Mill Farm, with meadows in front, and the river making a close and handsome curve around it. It was a sweet view — sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under a sun bright, without being oppressive. From the Ordnance Survey map, we know the exact spot the author stood when describing this view. There is only one “bank of considerable abruptness and grandeur well clothed with wood” in this area, and it lies directly behind Mickleham Priory, the original of Abbey-Mill Farm, with its meadows in front and the broad curve of the River Mole behind it. Fortunately it has been captured in this beautiful photo by Ian Capper. Based on the newly published book Jane Austen – a New Revelation by Nicholas Ennos janeausten-anewrevelation.com
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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 57
Heather Godley née Couper – Her World War 2 Story
Barton Cottages before conversion to Apple Bough circa 1950
Heather visiting her family home in 2003
Heather was born to Cyril and Sybil Couper in London in 1927. At the outbreak of war in September 1939 she was a pupil at the City of London School for Girls in Blackfriars. Her Parents took her on holiday to Jersey where they were overtaken by imminent threat of invasion and left for Southampton on one of the last boats to leave. On arriving back in London they discovered that her school had been evacuated to Ashtead – to the City of London Freemen’s School. She was billeted across from the school gates in Park Lane. The Girls were based in a disused cafe by Ashtead Railway Station in the morning playing games, sewing and the like. In the afternoon they swapped with the Boys and Girls of Freemen’s school for lessons at Ashtead Park. Heather had a lot of freedom and on a bicycle ride one day she discovered a very old neglected cottage and, later, she persuaded her parents to move in! This cottage had been condemned and would be knocked down at the end of the war. At one time 3 cottages, known as Barton Cottages, 1/3rd being occupied by the Prossers and the other 2/3rds were let to the Coupers for 18/per week. (After the War, in 1954, the Coupers bought the whole cottage along with the first Ashtead school in the garden and this became known as Apple Bough cottage, Rectory Lane.) Returning to the war, soon after moving in, the flat in Battersea suffered a direct bomb hit so the family were lucky a second time! One day Heather was walking in a field past the end of Rectory Lane when she and friend were machine-gunned by a Messerschmidt: they dived to the ground and luckily escaped. The school was relocated again so much of the next three years was spent in Yorkshire with Heather travelling back to Ashtead at Christmas – it must have been quite daunting for a young girl to travel by train unaccompanied doubtless squeezed between travelling service-men! The school returned to London by 1944 just in time for the V1 ‘Doodlebugs’ and V2 rockets. Heather and her Father suffered near misses in London from the V1. When the V2s started Heather was again despatched to Yorkshire. She was back in London by VE day and she, with friends, went to the Mansion House to join in celebrations with the Lord Mayor. John Rowley
The full story is quite long and a fascinating read. It is a very recent acquisition for the Society and we have decided that we want more of your war stories and photographs. We are hoping to gather enough material for a book – Ashtead at War 1939-1945 so we need your help NOW!
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Fireworks Displays 2013
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FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER Kingston Fireworks Display
Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, KT1 3PB Gates and funfair open 6.30pm, fireworks 8pm. Adult £6, child (5-11) £4 www.kingstonfireworks.co.uk
SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER Brockham Bonfire 2013
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
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Carshalton Park, Ruskin Rd, SM5 3DD Organised by Wallington & Carshalton Round table. Tickets on the gate £7.50, under 5s free. Gates open 5pm, fireworks 7pm. www.carshaltonfireworks.org.uk
stalls, bonfire lit at 6.30pm, 7.30pm fireworks. Admission tickets £5 per adult & £2.50 per child, or purchase a family ticket for £12 by booking in advance. 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. Parking for blue badge holders only. Allow time to walk to ground. www.reigaterugby.co.uk
Woking Fireworks Extravaganza
Woking Park (near Woking Leisure centre), Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9BA 6pm gates, food stalls & funfair open; 8pm fireworks On the gate: Adult: £6; Child: £4 (age 5–16, under 5’s free): Family: £15 (2 Adults & 2 Children) www.wokingfireworks.co.uk
TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER Guildford Firework Fiesta
Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1ER Free but a voluntary contribution of £2+ per person is asked to support Charities. Funfair and food, torchlight procession arrives 8.15pm, fireworks start Chiddingfold Bonfire at 8.30pm. Chiddingfold Green, Chiddingfold, GU8 4TX 5pm park & ride from Witley Stn. Burgers, hot drinks, www.guildfordlions.com/fireworks beer tent. 7pm torchlight procession, 7.30pm bonfire, 8pm fireworks SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER www.chiddingfoldbonfire.org.uk
Cranleigh Lions Bonfire & Fireworks
The Common, Cranleigh, GU6 8LE Free event but voluntary donations welcome. 1pm Benson’s funfair opens; 6.15pm torchlight procession; 7.20pm bonfire; 8pm fireworks. Sponsored by Cranleigh and District Lions Club www.cranleighlions.org
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Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair
Hook Rd Arena, Epsom 7th Epsom (Methodist) Scout Group hosts display with help from local charities. Gates open 5.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Tickets available in advance before 3rd November from Ashtead: Allisons Bakery; Mr Patel (88 Woodfield Lane); Post Office, The Street and in Leatherhead from: Channon News, J D Food & Wine Ltd; Meha's News. Free park & ride Chessington Garden Centre or Longmead Ind Estate www.epsomfireworks.com
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Order in the house! What is ecology anyway? How would you describe where you live? Home Sweet Home, maybe? In a building of some sort (flat, house, bungalow...)? We usually arrange our place of domicile to provide us with the amenities we need, like toothbrushes, fridges, clean pyjamas, beans on toast, so we have these things to hand when we need to use them. If we run out, we can pop down to the shops and get some more. At a day to day level, it's easy to forget that we live perched on a planet with an ecosystem that is busy providing all the raw materials that underpin all we consume on a daily basis. Things like fresh air, clean water, food, energy... The word "Ecology" comes from the Greek words for "house" and, "study of", quite literally the study of where we live, this planet, our "house." Our house (i.e. the Earth) is a complex collection of living organisms (both animal and plant) interacting with each other and their environment (air, water, soil and climate) in a finely balanced equilibrium. Humans are active participants in the global ecosystem, for better or worse. You could say we are the dominant species at the top of the food chain, but I wouldn't want to literally put that to the test by swimming with sharks...But it does mean we have a special responsibility to make sure the ecological balance is maintained both at a global and local level. At a local level, we are lucky to have many areas of open spaces close at hand. For example, Ashtead and Epsom Common, as well as being a lovely natural amenity for recreation and walking, has also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland and grassland areas. These unique and varied habitats have developed over hundreds of years through management practices such as grazing and forestry; but they need active management to maintain their developed ecologies. Healthy woodlands are vital as carbon sinks, locking up carbon as they grow, doing their bit to tackle the effects of climate change; also with naturally functioning rivers, wetlands and their catchments reduce the risk of flooding. The adjacent Teazle Wood, recently purchased by the Friends of Teazle Wood, is the last sizeable area of woodland left in Leatherhead, and provides a rural character, ‘backdrop’ views for the locality, and provides part of the ‘green lungs’ of Surrey. The challenge for us all is do what we can to help local government, conservationists and ecologists preserve our local ecosystem in good enough condition so that it can continue to perform it's vital lifesupport functions for us. Actions we can take include having wild areas in our gardens, leaving some of our lawn un-mown, planting a few trees or maybe joining one of the many local conservation groups that are working to help manage our local green spaces. After all, if we want to keep living here (Planet Earth…location Surrey) we need to keep our house is order... Chris Ellis Our November meeting will be on Thursday 14th at 7.30 in the APMH – See local press for details. Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email email@example.com
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By Pippa Greenwood Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about groundcover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? Slopes are a common feature in gardens, and they can be hard to manage, but with ground cover planting, once it’s established you’ll not have to do acrobatics to keep it looking good. The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a Although you are after a carpet of foliage and very occasional trim, some food and water in maybe also flower, don’t be tempted to cram the drier weather. plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct By definition, ground cover plantings will cover spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting the ground, and as they cover the soil surface them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely they will have a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring to become stressed and miserable, more prone further weeds from appearing. The denser the to disease and will need thinning out. groundcover planting, the better the effect. Ground cover plantings need the same sort of Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in maintenance that you’d give if the plants were to the ground at this time of year often establish used individually or in small numbers in a garden border or bed. Make sure the plants are kept just extremely well as they have the luxury of moist at the roots until they’re well established enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of a perfect place for new roots to grow out and plants which are recommended for use as establish rapidly. groundcover you’ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning. To ensure a good ground cover experience, it’s worth investing a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting makes a wonderful all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or groundcover planting and if you wish you can add a few more flamboyant flowering plants to the buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of wellrotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a mixture too. Used as ‘dot plants’, the flowering additions will have more impact and look great little slow-release feed too. set against a backdrop of pretty foliage. By using If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your leafy planting will look secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have loosened even better. the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once You may want your groundcover planting to look growing well the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the meantime, stunning at any one particular time of year, but if you’re after a reasonable effect all year use landscape fabric pinned down onto the around, then select at least some of the plants surface of the slope. Simply cut an ‘X’ shape in you use from the evergreens. These may lose the fabric at each planting position, and plant their leaves, but they do so gradually so you’ll through the hole made when you peel back the never be left with totally bare soil. flaps formed by the ‘X’. An added advantage is that the landscape fabric will also prevent weeds Great Shrubby Groundcover Ideas growing up from the soil. Cover the surface of Heaths and Heathers, Cotoneaster horizontalis the fabric with chipped bark or a bit of soil to and Cotoneaster microphyllus, Stephandra incise camouflage it if you wish. ‘Crispa’, groundcover roses eg the ‘Flower Carpet’ roses. 92
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Great Shade-Tolerant groundcover Ideas Sarcococca hookeriana var.humilis, Mahonia repens, Gaultheria procumbens, Hypericum calycinum, many hebes including Hebe pinguifolia, Euonymus fortune cultivars such as ‘Emerald n’Gold’, ‘Emerald Gaiety’ Herbaceous Ground Cover in Shadier Spots Sweet violets, pulmonaria (lungworts) eg the white-flowered ‘Sissinghurst’, Bugle (the ajugas eg Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’), Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny), Lilyof-the-valley, Lamium ‘White Nancy’ and Lamium ‘Silver Beacon’, Bergenia Sunnier Groundcover Snow-in-summer, thymes, oregano, many of the sedums, chamomile.
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