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


Are You Ready For The Referendum?


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Arts Alive Festival 2010


SAVI’s Great Descent


Simple Crossword


Aquabox Appeal For Pakistan


Local History Article


Mole Valley Tenancy Fraud


Recipe - Thai Prawn Noodles


Louise White Life/Business Coach


MV Residents Save 11 tonnes of CO²


Leatherhead Choral Society


Quiz - Stage Names


Andy’s Blog


What’s Going On? (Two pages)


September’s Crossword Solutions


Epsom Playhouse


APMH - Vision 2010


Leatherhead Theatre


Young Ashtead Players


Mole Valley Police Column


‘Nurse Sheila’


Mid-Surrey Dementia Care Trust


Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group


October’s Crosswords


‘The Eyes Have It’ - A Story


Get Composting This Autumn


Neuter your cat for free


Transition Ashtead


Wildlife Aid’s Education Programme


Book Reviews


Quiz - Witches & Wizards


Useful Numbers



Solutions on page 74


From the Publisher


had a most interesting finish to August, ended up in St Helier hospital for three days for an emergency operation. I’m quite a ‘sturdy’ girl, but this little episode knocked me off track for a couple of weeks.

My little setback also gave me the opportunity to see the inner workings of the NHS, and it was not pretty. After arriving at the hospital at Monday lunchtime and then spending 6½ hours waiting in the A&E department because there were no beds available, I was finally taken up to a ward and not operated on until late afternoon on Tuesday. That said, the medical staff were wonderful, their dedication is second to none, but the hospital was completely over-subscribed and almost at breaking point. I take my hat off to the staff for their commitment and utter professionalism in the face of these difficulties. It is a real shame that I could not be treated at Epsom Hospital as we had to drive straight past Epsom to get to St Helier! On returning home, I have had to visit daily Linden House surgery in Leatherhead and was treated there by the lovely Sheila Smith, their Nurse Practitioner, who also happens to be a rather good poet and she has very kindly allowed me publish one of her poems, this one is about giving up smoking; it is so amusing, that I’m hoping she’ll let me print more! The Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival is now in its 14th year and I’ve tried to give you just a taste of the hundreds of events that have been organised over the coming weeks on pages 52 and 54. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

On page 76 you will find an interesting article sent in by the Mid-Surrey Dementia Care Trust, which may help some of you who have a family member who is slightly more than just a little forgetful.

The Trustees of APMH continue their drive to raise much needed funds to improve the facilities at this wellsubscribed venue, which is at the heart of Ashtead village. Even if you can spare only the minimum donation, then please send your cheque together with Technical & Legal stuff the slip on page 34, the Trustees should be delighted to Whilst every care has been taken to receive it. ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot My friend Kate Covey, who owns The Framing Workshop, accept, and hereby disclaims, any is putting on a Wildlife & Nature Exhibition of liability to any party for loss or photographs at the shop by renowned photographer damage caused by errors or omissions Michael Hume (see page 55). This event takes place resulting from negligence, accident across two evenings, namely, Thursday 30th Sept and or any other cause. Friday 1st October. Michael’s photography is superb and No part of this magazine may be I would urge you to pop over to the shop in The Street reproduced, stored in any retrieval during the exhibition to take a look at his wonderful system, or transmitted in any form - images. electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without Finally, I am delighted to say that the magazine is now five years old! I would like thank all the readers, prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2010. Zen George 01372 376420

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Tesco - where now? whole, for Leatherhead and for its other adjacent villages, Bookham and Fetcham, which have many characteristics in common with Ashtead.

Since the Inspector’s report was published on 24th August granting permission for Tesco to proceed with its application to build a supermarket in The Street with a net sales area of 750 square metres, there has been time to reflect upon the possible implications of the conditions set.

For Leatherhead, there seem to be at least two issues: i). consideration which might be given by Mole Valley to using Leatherheads car parks as part of a possible solution ii). the more successful Ashtead is at keeping residents in Ashtead for their shopping needs, the less likely they are to use Leatherhead. This would be unhelpful to attracting more shoppers to Leatherhead town centre and appears to conflict with Mole Valley’s vision for Leatherhead town centre, ie:

Of the 43 conditions set by the Inspector one stands out: “No development hereby permitted shall commence until the District Council has confirmed in writing that it has made arrangements for the relocation of the existing 74 long stay parking spaces in the Peace Memorial Hall Car Park and that all 181 proposed parking spaces shall be short stay spaces to be retained thereafter.”

“A vibrant, economically healthy and attractive

In the body of his report, the Inspector also comments that:

modest sized multi-purpose centre that those living and working in the town and the surrounding area look to as the focus for their local shopping, business, entertainment and cultural needs.”

“There is no immediate answer. I saw for myself that there is limited space at Grove Road car park, and that kerb-side parking already contributes to congestion in and around The Village….. Any heavy and additional burden of kerbside parking would be unacceptable.”

Like Ashtead, Bookham faces the possibility of a new supermarket being built. One of the factors to which prominence was given both at the Inquiry and in the Inspector’s report was This appears to be the critical condition and, Ashtead’s classification as a District Centre. unless it is met, the proposal for which Bookham is also classified as a District Centre. permission was granted cannot proceed. Although a technical issue, the significance of A way in which this condition might be met in a this classification appears to be considerable in generally acceptable way is not obvious and Mole this context. Valley will need time to review local parking provision and to evaluate possible options. Mole Valley District Council faces an important and in my view complex decision. How it acts is It seems to me that there is now the potential likely to have a major impact upon the evolution for an alternative way forward to be sought of retailing in the North of the District for many which would be suitable for the site and could bring considerable benefits. This would however years to come. My hope is that Councillors demand a different approach by Tesco to the one throughout the District will set aside party political and parochial interests to approach this evident to date, which has cost many thousands of pounds and has caused considerable anguish to decision with special thoroughness and care. many.

The final outcome will have the greatest impact upon Ashtead but in my opinion there are significant implications for the District as a

Paul Le Versha Chairman 8

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association The tragic case of the lady who tripped over the broken pavement in Leatherhead Town Centre, and ended up in hospital rather than on a family holiday, achieved something where the Association had failed. So at last the telephone switch box has been put back as it should be and the paving stones reset. But it seems that only the threat of legal action for compensation gets things done. The Association has also reported the broken manhole cover in the Crescent which is disturbing nearby residents, but nothing has yet been done – but then its only been about a month so far. Perhaps it should be added that this also belongs to Virgin Media. Getting action rather than promises seems to be a major problem these days. I have just been told that the people who had their cars clamped in the forecourt of The Mansion 4 or 5 months ago have still not had their fines returned to them. This was promised to them after the County Council intervened into the activities of their contract clampers. But it took intervention from our Member of Parliament to get Council action in the matter. We now have a list of signs to be put up – when funds allow. The first of these are plates to explain who has priority at the pinch point outside the Penny Black. Then there are ‘No Cycling’ plates to be added to the symbolic signs at the ends of Church Walk, as young cyclists do not know their

highway code and that a red circle means ‘prohibited’. But the latest addition to our list is the sign to Leatherhead Hospital, which was on a lamp post in Epsom Road. We are told that it was damaged during the aborted works to make a cycleway along the side of the road. But why should a replacement have to wait until the Council has more funds. This should have been replaced by the Contractors at their cost. No one has yet admitted to initiating that cycleway, or to its rapid removal. Where did the funds come from? And where are the cyclists to use it? Most of them use Linden Pit Path and the bridges over the Bypass and the Motorway – even though the Council would not provide a ramped channel beside the steps to the footbridge for cycles to be pushed up. But in Epsom Road we have lost our grass verges under more asphalt. And that is a pity because it has been shown that a ‘hard’ environment produces short tempered drivers, whereas roadside trees and grass verges have a real calming effect on driver behaviour. I’m sorry if this appears to be just a rant against the County Council (and Virgin Media), but some of these things need to be said in public if the residents are to get the services which they expect without having to suffer broken bones and legal threats.

Hubert Carr Chairman

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Prominent amongst the participants were the Woking Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ken Howard (who was spurred on by his wife and local MP the Rt. Honourable Mr Jonathan Lord). Commenting on the event Mr Lord said: "To see the blind and the visually impaired do this abseil descent was an inspiration. It was a real honour to be there, and I would urge the people of Surrey to support SAVI." Among the visually impaired participants were Mr John Savage and Ms Sarah Benton. Sarah, ably assisted by her mum Lynn, raised a staggering total of £2500 in sponsorship for her not one, but TWO descents! After her endeavours Sarah said: “It felt great to successfully do the descent and in the process raise lots of money for a tremendous charity that I’ve been personally involved with”. Commenting on the day, SAVI chief executive and abseiler, Lance Clarke, commented: “ A big thank you to everybody who supported the day. Surrey is lucky to have people like that.”

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Ashtead Culture Vultures would not be growing without The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thank you Zen, for such a great magazine. Mell Fraser

A makeover to thrill Ashtead based interior design company Fit-ex has been running a kids’ summer art competition for the second year running. Judging was a true challenge says Venetia Chapman from Luxaflex. ‘The kids have put so much effort into their bedroom in a shoe box. The level of technical brilliance is amazing - take just one example from Millie Kraushaar who won 2nd place overall with fake water in the ensuite shower, basin and loo… it was brilliant’ As for the winner Alexandra Potts put together a wonderful bedroom in a box with masses of enchanting David Jones with Millie Kraushaar (l) and Alexandra Potts details and a super ‘pony’ theme which won the day for our judge of the day from Luxaflex. Alexandra now has the difficult job of persuading her Mum and Dad to let her decide on which blinds the family will have as their prize… David Jones from Fit-ex and Ashtead Interiors said ‘the children are fabulous they don’t seem to care about the prize - it’s all about taking part, all they are interested in is when they can get their gorgeous shoe box back. Parents too have been thrilled with the competition, with many like Mrs Bunyard commenting that her children have loved making their dream bedrooms and have been quite focussed on their creative skills which was a huge bonus as this took them away from the dreaded Game Boy or the Wii’. For more information contact David Jones at: Fit-ex and Ashtead Interiors | 6 Craddocks Parade | Ashtead | KT21 1QL 01372 275037 | web: | e: 30

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall is more than 80 years old, there have been many changes and additions to make it into the successful Hall we have today. The history of the Hall by Meredith Worsfold, a long time resident of Ashtead, shows what a valuable asset the Hall has been over the years to the residents of Ashtead, truly a place WHERE ASHTEAD MEETS Now the Trustees feel the time is right to bring the Hall into the 21st century for the benefit of present residents and the generations of the future. The plan is to improve the toilet facilities, storage and the office, and to enlarge the size of two of the meeting rooms and the Bar. The approved plans are on display in the foyer of the Hall for all to see. This of course will cost money and this is where the residents can help and contribute to your own Village Hall. We have approximately 5000 homes in Ashtead and if each gave £5.00 it would go a long way towards the funds we need for the improvements. If you would like to help with this exciting project your donation will be invaluable. Whatever the size of your gift it will help to maintain the Hall to a high standard, a building Ashtead can be proud of for the 21st century. If you would like to donate, please complete the slip at the bottom of this page send your donation to: The APMH, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE

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Early this year the trustees of the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall launched an appeal to help finance Vision 2010, which is an exciting building project to improve the facilities at the hall. With the generous response of many people and organisations for which the trustees give their thanks, phase 1 of the project got under way in late July and is due to finish in October. Phase 2 which is the larger part of the project, is planned for 2011, so fund raising continues. If you would like to help this great asset of Ashtead, a building we can all be proud of, please complete the donation slip on the opposite page. The plans of Vision 2010 are on display in the foyer of the APMH for your inspection. In appreciation of all those that contribute towards Vision 2010 a Roll of Honour is being made as a permanent record. 35

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Young Ashtead Players Keep the Homefires Burning Ashtead Players are very excited about Young Ashtead Players, their new venture for young people aged between 12 and 18. The group will launch with a one act play, An English Heaven by Claire Jones, on Tuesday 26 October at 8pm at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in Woodfield Lane. The play is set in the Surrey village of Shere during World War I, when many of the local men have gone off to fight for their country. The action centres around the village post office, as the women left behind wait anxiously for news of their loved ones from the front. The play will form part of an evening entitled Keep the Homefires Burning which will include readings, poems and songs with a First World War theme. Tickets at £10 each, including World War I type refreshments, must be booked in advance by ringing Diane on 01737 640352. Ashtead Players’ chairman Sue Hawksfield would love to hear from more young people who would like to get involved in future productions. The group intends to enter a play in the junior section of next May’s Leatherhead Drama Festival. She can be contacted on 01372 279614. The adult members of Ashtead Players will present Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 November at 8pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are available from the box office on 01737 640352.


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As mentioned in this month’s publisher’s letter on page six, here is the lovely Nurse Sheila Smith’s poem about smoking, which I am sure you will find as amusing as I do!

A Smoker’s Lament

I could try a patch Or maybe some gum Or one of those tab things For under the tongue?

Well I wish I had listened What more can I say They said don’t you start smoking But I went my own way.

Perhaps try a nasal spray Or an inhalator? But I’m stressed... so not now. Please,.. can I try later?!

Well the others were smoking I thought I looked cool So I joined in with them Behind the bike sheds at school. Had another quick drag When we went down the park It wasn’t a problem Just a bit of a lark. Then, once I frequented The odd pub for a drink I just smoked to be social Well why else do you think? But then I discovered I needed that fag! Was desperate to light up And take a deep drag.

Sheila Smith (non-smoking Nurse Practitioner!)

The need for that ciggie Became a deep yearning That, if not satisfied Set my stomach a churning. More of my money Was spent on the weed Leaving less dosh For other things I may need. Both my clothes and my hair Have started to smell Grey pallor and wrinkles Good lord this is hell! My teeth have gone yellow Gums begun to recede And all for the sake Of that small stick of weed! When going upstairs now I puff and I blow Cough and splutter in mornings And my reactions are slow! So I wish I had listened Now I’m desperate to stop And do I need help? Yes, you bet, and a lot! 38

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Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group celebrates 55 years To celebrate this Emerald Anniversary ninety nine members gathered in the Peace Memorial Hall for a delicious lunch, complete with birthday cake. They were then entertained to a series of demonstrations showing how flower arranging has developed through the lifetime of the Group. The brave demonstrators, all members, not only managed to produce wonderful displays, but showed some unexpected and hilarious theatrical skills! The show started and finished with familiar songs, cleverly reworded to match the occasion. Did you see the ‘emerald’ arrangements which AFAG displayed at various sites in the village?

For further details of AFAG contact Di Stirling on 01372 279501


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The eyes have it... It was a dark and stormy night," Ben began. "The little girl was walking home from her friend's house and she was terrified... Her name was Sarah and she looked just a bit like you..."

with your brothers and collect all sorts of goodies. I've got Halloween cupcakes for pudding and I've cooked your favourite tea, a delicious shepherd's pie. Her daughter broke down into uncontrollable sobs.

Ben's sister Sarah, stared at her older brother with a mixture of fear and anticipation. He never came into her room and he certainly never told her a story. She was intrigued. It was dark and he was sitting on the edge of her bed, with a torch shining up into his face, making his nose appear considerably larger than usual. Sarah was mesmerised by the transformation as Ben continued to speak.

Ruth sent the boys off on their own to visit the neighbouring houses. They looked revolting in their costumes. Ben had a trickle of fake blood oozing from the corner of his mouth and Daniel had several rubber wounds and pustules on his face. She gave them Sarah's pumpkin bucket with strict instructions to share sweets out equally and not to eat any before tea. As soon as the front door slammed, she turned her attention to her daughter with a mischievous smile.

"It was Halloween and this little girl had heard tales of the headless shepherd who roamed the streets of Ashtead and tapped at people's windows, on an eternal search for his missing head. There was talk that it had been sold to the butcher who had mixed the meat with vegetables and tomato sauce. The finishing touch was to cover the concoction with mashed potato so that no one could see the two shepherd eyeballs staring upwards from the dish." Sarah closed her eyes and screamed. When she opened them, her brother was gone and within seconds her mother was at the doorway, checking she was alright. She tried to sleep but images of eyeballs and headless creatures haunted her dreams. The next morning, Sarah sat at the table with a pale face. She glanced over at her brother for reassurance but he just gave her a fixed stare then quietly drew the index finger of his right hand silently across his throat. She shuddered. Ben just smirked and looked over at his brother Daniel to share the joke. Ruth was busy making packed lunches and oblivious to this brotherly torment. She could tell that her daughter looked pale and tried to cheer her up with the prospect of trick or treating that evening. They had bought a lovely pumpkin costume a few days earlier and Sarah had been looking forward to visiting the neighbours' houses with her matching pumpkin bucket. At the mention of Halloween, Sarah raced from the table and escaped upstairs to clean her teeth. The boys smiled sweetly at their mother. That afternoon, Ruth collected the children from school as usual but when they reached home, the house was in darkness. Ruth had been busy all afternoon and as she opened the door they were presented with skulls, ghosts, skeleton garlands and a carved pumpkin head at the centre of the table. The room looked very ghoulish and the boys immediately disappeared to get their Dracula and zombie costumes. Sarah took one look at the flickering candle inside the pumpkin head and screamed. Ruth put her arms round her and tried to calm her down, confused by her daughter's sudden timidity. "Sweet heart, you were so looking forward to today! Your costume's upstairs and you can go trick or treating 42

The boys returned after about an hour with hoards of sweets and biscuits, bursting with trans fats and E numbers. She sorted through the buckets, rejected several offerings and divided the treats out equally. At six o'clock she called the children for tea. Sarah seemed much happier and kept giggling whenever she caught her mother's eye. Even her brother's scowls and haunting gestures didn't faze her anymore. When they were all seated, Ruth brought the serving dish to the table. "Here you are boys, a delicious steaming shepherd's pie. Ben I think as a special Halloween treat, you can serve up." She handed over a large metal spoon and moved the dish towards him. Ben glanced at his mother and then plunged the spoon through the mashed potato. As soon as the shepherd's pie hit his plate, Ben let out a girlish scream, blanched and dropped the spoon. Within seconds a creeping red flush started from his neck and worked its way relentlessly up to his hairline. Ruth and Sarah rocked with laughter as Ben removed the round plastic eyeball from his supper. Copyright Sarah Lott September 2010 Website: Email:


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Awareness, Advice, Action! “Thank you for coming to my school…I learnt to tell Mum and Dad not to just mow the lawn without checking for hedgehogs!” Tommy, Leatherhead Trinity Primary School. Did you know that hedgehogs are an endangered species in the UK? One reason is that building development, fencing and patios deprive them of places to live. Ever fewer children have the opportunity to encounter one of their favourite animals, which may disappear by 2025! Everyone can help wildlife within their own gardens, when wandering through glorious Surrey countryside or venturing further afield. Through greater awareness of the rich natural heritage sharing our world, habitat can be protected, gardening and road accidents can be avoided and we can learn when to act, seek advice or leave well alone. Leatherhead wildlife hospital, Wildlife Aid is celebrating its 30th birthday. The charity is well known for actively caring for all British wildlife by rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Perhaps less well known is its essential education programme. Co-founder, Simon Cowell and volunteers Mike Berwick, Steve Preston, Paul Whelan and Maggi Altham regularly visit schools and other interest groups all across Surrey. We are often invited to talk to Cub, Scout, Rainbow, Brownie and Guide packs; Young Farmer, Retirement and Golf Clubs; Residents Associations; Women’s’ Institutes and assorted social societies. We have whizzy Powerpoint presentations with lots of photos Mike at Leatherhead Trinity of our patients and speakers draw on their experiences to illustrate the talk with informative, amusing and moving anecdotes. Our aim is to encourage environmental awareness and social responsibility through a blend of education and entertainment. We try to stimulate enquiring minds and ignite, or fan the flames, of a lifelong passion for wildlife. We do our best to answer all questions and to adapt the talk to themes of particular interest such as nocturnal animals, wildlife gardening or the harm that litter can do to wildlife. We also promote the eco-message to reduce, re-use and recycle, so that fewer animals are trapped in discarded tin cans, plastic bags and bottles, not to mention football nets, car wheels and watering cans! If your school or club wants to learn more about our wonderful wildlife, please do get in touch. Thanks!

Wildlife Aid

Randalls Farmhouse, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0AL Phone 09061800132 (Calls charged at 50p/min to help with funding) 46

Education & Tuition

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Calling au pairs This is the time of year when many au pair girls, and also boys, fly or sail to our shores to take up residence in English houses to care for children. They come from all quarters of the European Community, and beyond.


Learning English is part of the deal, and Surrey Hills Onward Learning plays a role in this by offering courses at all levels from complete beginners to the Cambridge First Certificate in English. Classes take place in the daytime, or in the evening, some for one session a week, some for two. There is plenty of choice. Numbers are limited to ten students in each class to maximise tutor attention.

Contact Joseph

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Education & Tuition We want you to have peace of mind when you leave your children with us, knowing that they will be loved and cared for in a friendly, safe and cheerful environment. • Ch Children ildren from 3 months-5 months-5 years years • Le Lear arning ning environment environment of the highest highest ca calibre libre • Fa Family mily va values lues and atmos atmosphere phere You are very welcome to visit us; us; please telephone tele phone to arrange an appointme appointment. nt. We look look forward to giving you and and your your child the support support you you deserve and and may need when combining com bining work and and parenting. parenting. Liz Chambers, Managing Director BEd. (Hons), Cert. Ed., Dip. SLD, P.P.A., O.U. (The First Years of Life)

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

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

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

Are you ready for the Referendum? A referendum on changing the UK’s voting system is likely to take place on 5 May next year. However, you will only be able to vote in it if you are on the Register of Electors. This also applies to any other forms of election, such as the local elections next May. Whenever an election is held in your area, you can vote as long as you qualify for that election and are entered on the electoral register. Mole Valley District Council holds the electoral register for the District and is currently compiling the 2011 electoral register. This week an electoral canvass form will be sent to every household in the District. It is a legal requirement to complete the form, and you must be on the electoral register to vote in the forthcoming elections or referendum. The form contains the details of all the people currently registered as living at your address. You should add anyone who needs to register and cross out the details of anyone who is no longer living at your address. The form can then be posted back to the Council in the provided prepaid envelope. If the information on the form is correct and there are NO CHANGES to make, you can use the telephone or online facility. You can confirm NO CHANGES by telephoning 0800 197 4930 or online at instead of returning the form.

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Modern Jive Dancing • • • •

All ages (16+) and abilities Learn in just a few weeks Dorking - Mon & Tues Leatherhead Leisure Centre every Thursday

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07944 971195 01737 769600 Classes Every Thursday Beginners £8 Club Members £7 From 7.45pm to 11pm Full instructions on how to use the telephone and online facility are included with the form. A video showing you how to complete the form is now available on our new website The law requires all households to complete the form or to register NO CHANGES with the Council. Those who do not respond may face prosecution and a significant fine. A new electoral register, including any changes made to your registration details, will be published on 1 December 2010. Once you have completed your form or registered a NO CHANGE, it is then not possible to make any further changes to your electoral registration details until after 1 December 2010.

I have been advertising in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local now for over eighteen months and my expression of thanks is well overdue. My business's visibility, credibility and profitability have increased as a direct result of my continued presence in the magazine. The large distribution of 10,000 households and an estimated readership of 25,000, coupled with Zen’s continued support and integrity, will keep me in the magazine for a long time to come. Louise White, LifeCoach2Success 51

Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival

Now in its 14th year, there are over 100 dance, music, drama, arts and crafts events across Mole Valley over the four weeks in October. Below and overleaf is just a taste of what’s on. More info can be found on the website: Friday 1 to Sunday 31 October Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm (closed on Sundays)

POUR 2010

The Strong Room, Fire and Iron Gallery, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead POUR 2010 is Fire and Iron Gallery’s first ever event dedicated solely to cast iron artworks (as opposed to forged iron). The exhibition will show selected work cast by leading makers at Kidwelly in Wales during the 6th International Conference of Contemporary Cast Iron Art (July 2010). Admission: Free Information 01372 386453 Friday 1 & Saturday 2 October, 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

DDOS present ‘The Baker’s Wife’

The Green Room Theatre (behind Dorking Halls) Reigate Road, Dorking This charming musical by Stephen Schwartz (‘Wicked’) follows the endearing but contentious inhabitants of a small rural village in Provence. When the new baker arrives with his young wife and cooks up his first batch of fresh warm bread, everything seems delicious again … that is until a strapping young handyman catches her eye. Admission: £14, Matinee £11 Box Office/Information: 01306 881717 Saturday 2 October, 8pm – 1am

Thursday 14 October, 10am – 4pm Sunday 17 October, 11am – 4pm Thursday 21 October, 10am – 4pm Sunday 24 October, 11am – 4pm

Weave and Spin with the Surrey Barn Weavers

Unit 4, Harlow House Farm, Dukes Road, Newdigate This will be an opportunity to see weavers and spinners demonstrating their skills and an exhibition of finished work. Once inspired, you are welcome to have a go at both spinning and weaving. There will also be a variety of textile work for sale. Admission: Free Information: 01737 769315 Thursday 14 October, 1pm – 2pm

St John’s School Scholars’ Recital

St John’s School Chapel, Epsom Road, Leatherhead The musicians of St John’s School present a lunchtime recital involving solo and ensemble repertoire, both instrumental and vocal, with a chance to hear the acclaimed close harmony group “The St John’s Clerkes”. Admission: Free Information: 01372 373000 Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 October, 8.00pm

Insignificance LeRoc Modern Jive Freestyle Dance Night Nomad Theatre, Tylney Hall, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Road, Leatherhead LeRoc Modern Jive Club offers dancing Modern Jive with between 200-300 dancers. At this wonderful dance hall, this event is so often talked about for weeks and many dancers travel hundreds of miles to attend. Admission: £10 (pay on night) Box Office/Information: 07944 971195

Bishopsmead Parade, E.Horsley What would happen if four icons of post-war America – Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe Di Maggio and Senator McCarthy met in a New York Hotel room in 1953? This classic play works on every level, intellectual, emotional, playful and funny. Admission: £12, £9 on Tuesday, 5 October Box Office/Information: 01483 284747 Continued overleaf... 52

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To the End of the Earth

St John’s School Performing Arts Centre, Epsom Road, Leatherhead Tom Avery, the youngest Briton to have reached both North and South Poles on foot, speaks about his life as a mountaineer and polar explorer, including his record breaking dog sledging expedition to the North Pole in the footsteps of the legendary American explorer Robert Peary. Admission: £5 Box Office/Information: 01372 373000 Tuesday 19 October,

“The Screwtape Letters” C S Lewis

Saltmine Theatre Company The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St This award-winning satirical comedy brings to life C S Lewis’ classic book in which a senior devil, Screwtape, instructs his junior apprentices in the fine art of temptation. With David Robinson’s “impressive Screwtape” and Nigel Forde’s “sparkling script” (The Stage) this adaptation remains faithful to the original text. Admission: £12.50, Leatherhead Theatre Members/Groups of 10+ £10 Box Office/Information: 01372 365141

Box Office/Information: 01372 365141 Friday 22 October, 7.30pm

Penny Readings

Green Room, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead This is the 10th year that Bookham and Leatherhead U3A Creative Writing Group will be performing their latest work at ‘The Penny Readings’. This Victorian tradition with music is entertainment by locals for locals at their new venue, the Green Room at Leatherhead Theatre. All for one penny. Admission: 1p Information: 01372 373061 Monday 25 October, 7.30pm – 10pm Mole Valley Poets presents:

‘A Poet on the Sofa’

Lincoln Arms Hotel, Station Approach, Dorking A wonderful opportunity to meet and hear the Australian-born Katherine Gallagher, a widely-acclaimed poet with five fulllength collections of poetry, a book of haiku and a book of translations from French. Admission: £5 Box Office/ Information: 01372 458505 Wednesday 27 October, 2pm and 4.30pm

Kirsten O’Brien from CBBC’s Smart, ‘Art!’

The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St This brand new children’s show is performed by CBBC star Kirsten O’Brien. Thursday 21 October, 8pm This production is a “Child of the Universe” by Debra Andrew fantastic one-hour The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street. interactive ‘theatre style’ This event promises to be art show, great fun for all a night to remember with ages! Watch Kirsten draw, the beautiful melodies paint, and make something and heartfelt lyrics of out of nothing – you Debra’s songs reaching may even get the out to every one of us. chance of helping her on stage! With soft angelic vocals Admission: £10, Children £8 Debra uplifts every Box Office/Information: 01372 365141 audience making this very special concert, one not to be missed. Admission: £16 54


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 21

Fetcham Village Hall - The Street, Fetcham The Fetcham Women’s Institute was founded in 1927 and rapidly became popular to an extent that the Reading Room in Cobham Road where they met was deemed too small and the possibility of building a suitable Hall was investigated. Fund raising was commenced but the target of £3,000 was formidable so the purchase and scheme of conversion was adopted of the century-old Home Farm barn. This was for sale and the cost of conversion estimated at £1,800. With the help of the fund raising and grants from the National Council for Social Service and the Carnegie Trust, the project prospered. Much of the work of conversion was with voluntary labour and artisans helped on a ‘cost only materials’ basis. The Hon. Architect, Charles H. Rose and S.G. Blaxland-Stubbs as Clerk of Works, supervised the work and by May 1933 it was opened by Viscountess Castlereagh and dedicated for the use of the people of Fetcham. The initial loans were paid by 1938. Later additions of a British Restaurant would increase the size of the building. The scope of this achievement should be measured against the population of the village (around 1500 at the time) and the enthusiasm that they, and the Women’s Institute, generated in providing a meeting place for social occasions, clubs, theatrical presentations and recreation which continue to be enjoyed to this day. Goff Powell

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 60

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Food & Drink

Recipe of the month These spicy noodles are packed with classic Thai flavourings – fragrant lemon grass, fiery hot chilli pepper and pungent root ginger. With meaty king prawns and crunchy vegetables they make a great healthy supper on the table in under 30 mins!

Thai Prawn Noodles

Serves 4 Ready in 25 mins 250g packet medium rice noodles

½ red chilli pepper, deseeded 2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 stalk lemon grass

1 tbsp sugar

2cm (1in) piece root ginger, peeled

2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander stalks Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish

1 red pepper, deseeded 1 yellow pepper, deseeded

300g (10oz) raw king prawns

6 spring onions, trimmed

4 tbsp lime juice

1. Cook the rice noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain well and rinse under cold running water. Add a few drops of the sesame oil to the noodles and toss them gently to coat in the oil. Set aside. 2. Thinly slice the red and yellow peppers and the spring onions. Finely chop the chilli and lemon grass and grate the root ginger. Heat 2 tsp of the sesame seed oil in a large frying pan. 3. Add the prawns and half the chilli, lemon grass and ginger to the pan and stir-fry for 2 -3 mins until prawns start to turn pink. Add the peppers and spring onions and continue stir-frying over a high heat for a further 1-2 mins until the prawns are completely pink and cooked through. 4. Add the rice noodles to the pan and toss well to mix. Whisk the remaining chilli, lemon grass, ginger and oil with the lime juice, soy sauce, sugar and coriander stalks. Pour over the noodles and heat through for a further 1-2 mins. 5. Season the noodles to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve piled into warmed bowls garnished with coriander leaves.

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Choose from either the Christmas Menu (4 courses at £22.50) or our À La Carte menu. Book a table for any day or time in December in advance (by Oct 31st) for four or more and receive a free bottle of wine (per four diners & 2 bottles for eight diners & 3 bottles for twelve etc…)


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• Glorious views of the Mole Valley • Informal dining in cosy bars with crackling logs on open fires during the autumn and winter season. • Great local ales including Alton’s Pride (CAMRA Supreme Champion); Shere Drop and TEA • On the route of public footpaths and ancient bridleways with breathtaking views. • River Mole runs opposite the pub. • Free car park at the foot of Byttom Hill. • No. 465 bus stop on A24 at bottom of Byttom Hill (outside Frascati) a regular service which runs daily!


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Mole Valley residents save over 11 tonnes of CO² by using Energy Monitors Since June 2009, when the Council first introduced energy monitors to libraries, 128 monitors have been borrowed across Mole Valley. This has helped residents to collectively save between 11.2 and 33.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide and up to £9,600! These figures are based on the results of small-scale trials of home energy monitors. In these customers typically saved five to 15 per cent by using a monitor, which would be £25 to £75 off a £500 bill. This is a saving of 88 to 265 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide per household per year. Councillor Chris Reynolds, Portfolio Holder for Environment, has been using an energy monitor in his home and found it very useful: “It made me and my family aware of the things in my house which use a lot of electricity and I now know to turn them off when I’m not using them and not to leave televisions on standby. It was incredibly easy to fit.” The monitors can be borrowed free of charge from all local libraries. For more information or to borrow a monitor visit your local library or call 0300 200 1001. For more information on how you can save energy in your home, visit Mole Valley District Council’s Sustainability Zone website:


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Local Taxis & Motor Services


Audi VW Specialists • • • • •

Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres, exhausts, diagnostics, airconditioning) Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

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St Mary & St Nicholas, Leatherhead. 9.30am, Harvest Thanksgiving - contemporary service for all ages with Worship Band. Donations of produce welcome for local distribution, also collection for LIAT charity from Ecuador. Followed by coffee.

Wednesday 6th

Demonstration of flower arranging by Jeannette Bell entitled ‘Nature’s Wonders’. 1.45pm APMH. Visitors £4. Enquiries to Di Stirling 01372 279501 24 OCT - Surrey Area Exhibition, City of London Freeman’s School. 11am-4pm, tickets on door.

Saturday 9th

Dorking Concertgoers present the Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Ian Brown, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Borodin: Overture to Prince Igor; Sibelius: Violin Concerto soloist Min-Jin Kym Rachmaninov Symphony No.2. Tickets £12, £18, £24, £27 (students half price, children under 16 accompanied by an adult, quarter price) from 01306 740619 and Dorking Halls box office 01306 881717 or on line at For further details visit

Saturday 9th

Annual Craft & Charity Fair organised by Trustees of the APMH to raise money for the Hall and its refurbishment, as well as other charities. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from 10am-3pm. Refreshments available all day and Lunches served from 12pm-2pm. Entrance £1 free for school age children or younger.

Friday 15th

Charity Craft Fair, supporting Cancer Research. St Mary’s Church Hall, Fetcham. 2pm – 5pm. 50p entry. promoting local crafts including handmade bags, cards, cupcakes, jewellery etc. Refreshments and raffle. For more info please email:

Saturday 16th

Fetcham Village Rainbows, Brownies & Guides Fair. Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, Fetcham, KT22 9QS 2-4pm, Free entry. Raffle, Bric-A-Brac, Gifts, Books, Tombola, Refreshments and games for Children. Note: There will no tables available for hire by outside companies – all stalls will be run by volunteers with profits going into our charitable funds.

Saturday 16th

Leatherhead Parish Church Autumn Market, Parish Church Hall, 10.30am -3pm. Various stalls including raffle and refreshments. Entrance £1, accompanied children free.

Thursday 21st

Leatherhead Uniting Churches launch 'Messy Church' for families with primary school age children. 3.30-5.30pm Crafts, activities, message and tea at Leatherhead Methodist Church.

Saturday 23rd

Tuesday 26th

Mid-Surrey Mencap Jumble Sale, 11am-1pm, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, 30p admission. Young Ashtead Players present Keep the Homefires Burning, APMH 8pm. Set in Shere during World War I, the action centres around the the women left behind. The play will form part of an evening entitled Keep the Homefires Burning which will include readings, poems and songs with a WW1 theme. Tickets at £10 each, including WW1 type refreshments, book in advance by ringing Diane on 01737 640352. (Adult members of Ashtead Players will present Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn 17th-20th November, tickets available from above.)

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th

The Sorcerer (by Gilbert & Sullivan) at Fetcham Village Hall. Bookham Light Operatic Society presents this fun and lively operetta. Evening performances at 7.45 pm and Saturday Matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets from Mrs P Barnes (Tel: 01932 865196). Evenings - £9; Matinee - £7.50 to include light refreshments in the interval.

Saturday 30th

Autumn Fun Festival - Leatherhead Town Centre. 11am-2pm. Lots of fun to be had in Leatherhead High Street: Animazing with their tropical animals and reptiles; roving entertainers and stilt walkers; Caricaturist; Guitarist; Games by the Leatherhead Lions; Face painting; Martial arts display; Gift Fair - jewellery, cards, photos of local scenes, cushions, retro items, leather purses, hats and scarves, plants and gifts for all ages.

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10am - 12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Drop in for a full range of haberdashery and beautiful greetings cards.

Friday 1st (weekly)

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

Friday 1st (weekly)

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

Tuesday 5th or Friday 10th

Paul Gaugin - Post Impressionist: We will explore Gaugin's life & works and see just how he has influenced artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and our own Stanley Spencer. 7.30 pm, £10 inc refreshments: Tel: 01372 272235; email

Wednesday 6th (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat. 6th Oct - children’s photographer, perfect for that Christmas gift.

Thursday 7th Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, (weekly) Doris Gibson 01372 374160. Thursday 7th Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham (monthly) Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844 Day Centre Luncheon Club, arrive 10.30-11am, lunch served at 12.30pm, £3.50 per Thursday 7th visit. Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in 1966 for the elderly (weekly) who were living on their own or to give their carers a short break during the day. Friday 8th

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

Sunday 10th

St Mary & St Nicholas, Leatherhead launches new contemporary service. 9.30am 'the9thirty' with Worship band and Sunday Club for children 3-13 years. 10.30am Coffeetime. Come along to see for yourself!

Wed 13th & 27th

Mole Valley Speaker’s Club, meet 2nd and 4th Wed of month. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start, Ralli Room, APMH. Guests welcome. MVS MVS provides a supportive and stimulating environment in which people can develop their communication skills. More info on or call Margaret on 462719 SAT 30 Oct, 1pm, Special Humorous meeting which winners of the club and area competitions give speeches. Guests welcome.

Sunday 17th

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

Weekend walks Saturday 2nd Saturday 9th Sat 16th Sunday 23rd

Autumn walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. Donation to charities. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on Sat 2nd Brockham Green Church, 10am Sat 9th Meet at Milton Heath CP, (west of Dorking),10am th Sat 16 Polesden Lacey CP, bring NT card, 10 30am Sun 23rd Bockett’s Farm top CP, Young St, 10.30am

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Centenary Celebrations finish with a Fair in Fetcham! GirlGuiding UK is celebrating 100 years since its creation, back in 1909. Across the country events have taken place, organised at a national level, right through to region, county, and district. The last event in Fetcham village to mark this achievement is a fundraising community Fair, run by the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. Scheduled for Saturday 16th October, at 2pm, at Fetcham Village Hall, the event will include themed games and activities alongside the usual stalls of Raffle, Bric-A-Brac, Gifts, Books, Tombola, Refreshments and craft for Children. Entry is free, and the members of the units have started making decorations for stalls and collecting prizes.

They are inviting local businesses to get involved by sponsoring a stall or game; donating a prize and having their business’ kindness promoted in return. Details can be obtained by emailing

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THE ILLUSIONIST (PG) Thurs 30th Sept at 2pm and 7.30pm The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder in the late 1950s, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafés. However, whilst performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever. WILD TARGET (12A)

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN since it is clear that the law alone, plus numerous attempts to educate drivers are still being ignored by a significant number of people. Targeting drivers who do not wear seatbelts is of particular focus this month with the DFT (Department for Transport) and Surrey Police supports this initiative fully.

Halloween As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, local officers will be out visiting shops and licensed premises to ask for co-operation in minimising the risks of people buying fireworks or alcohol underage, as well as other items such as flour and eggs which may not be intended for cooking!

In many respects, it is frustrating for Surrey Police to think that drivers often contribute directly to causing accidents and injuries to themselves and their passengers due to the manner of their driving and their lack of adherence to sensible legal requirements. Wearing a seatbelt, not driving and using a hand-held mobile phone, speeding and not driving whilst concentration and reaction times are affected by drink (or drugs) are just common sense.

Although the majority of people enjoy these festivities in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, some people use the opportunity to target vulnerable residents and cause criminal damage. Please speak to your children to ensure that they do not throw anything at other people’s houses or, for their own safety, knock on doors of people they do not know. As in recent years, police will be out in force on the evening of Halloween and will take a very dim view of anyone causing damage or intimidating residents. If you live near someone you consider vulnerable to this type of targeting, please visit them and if you think it is necessary then let your local officers know of your concerns.

Please take care when driving and make sure that you adhere to the law at all times. Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator

Tel: 01483 630809 To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999

Road Safety Initiatives The local policing teams regularly carry out monitoring and enforcement in partnership with VOSA. This is in addition to ongoing work that the Casualty Reduction Officer carries out with local officers, in response to local concerns. Activities can include speed monitoring at specific sites, working with schools to develop knowledge and understanding of road safety issues and making the general public more aware of the consequences of the manner in which they drive.

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A recent initiative, where local Neighbourhood Support officers worked alongside the Casualty Reduction Officer, VOSA and the local policing team resulted in 23 offences being identified in just under two hours. It may be hard to believe but 12 of these related to drivers being stopped by officers for not wearing a seat belt! The requirement to wear a seatbelt in a car has been law since 1983, which makes it all the more difficult to understand why so many drivers and passengers in vehicles persist in not bothering to do so. Proven statistics show that 34% of those who died in a collision were not wearing their seat belts. Surrey Police will continue to deal robustly with any offenders 74

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Transition Ashtead Vertical villages and butterfly baby food... As we are heading into the autumn, I expect, like me, your holiday seems rather a distant memory. In August, before we left for Ireland, I went to the Butterfly Conservation open day at Juniper Hall. On a butterfly walk we saw one red admiral (on a pile of horse poo!), brown ones, small blues and a few others - I am not a butterfly expert, so you will have to bear with me! See for more info about butterflies. While on holiday, I bought a book on Irish Wildlife. Unlike many other laymen’s guides, this guide had details of not only what plants butterflies and moths feed on, but also the plants on which they lay their eggs and their caterpillars eat. At a quick glance, seven species need nettles, six grasses and six vetches and trefoils. What struck me was that it is no use us just providing nectar plants, for example buddleia, to feed butterflies, if we don’t also provide (or rather not destroy!) the other ‘wild’ plants and habitats that they Vertical village need for their full life cycle. It’s a bit like not worrying if milk to feed our babies starts to disappear, when we have a plentiful supply of beans on toast to feed our growing children! Back to our holiday in Ireland - I was delighted to see masses of different butterfly species on the Emerald Isle - peacocks, red admirals, tortoiseshells, painted ladies, commas etc - it brought back memories of my childhood in Bookham when these were all so common. Before we went away, I helped to write a ‘Biodiversity’ report for the Ashtead Tesco Appeal on behalf of the defence about the potential loss of the trees in the APMH car park. Biological diversity means ‘the variety of plant and animal species living in a specified geographical area’. Our aim was to highlight the huge numbers of insects and ‘mini beasts’ that live in trees and the undergrowth and the damage to the biodiversity of the area if these were lost. Very little research has been done into how many different species live in a mature tree, but what I did discover was the amazing numbers of moth species estimated to feed on different types of trees. Beech trees feed up to 100 species; Birch and Scots Pine 50 to 100; Ash 50, and Oaks 200 to 300. Of course, in addition to moths, there are all the other insects and ‘minibeasts’ such as spiders, beetles, etc and the visiting predators, like bats and birds. Beneath the tree is also an important habitat, for example certain species ‘pupate’ over the winter in the grasses, and worms and other life forms live in the soil. Researching the report has certainly changed my perception of our village environment. As we enjoy the wonderful autumn colours of Ashtead’s trees, I will be looking beyond the obvious trunks, branches and leaves and remember everything living they host. I hope I have encouraged you to do the same and to think of trees as great big ‘vertical villages’, providing homes for thousands of valuable and busy mini creatures! As a well-known catch-phrase says “every little helps” – can part of your garden offer bed and breakfast to some of our mini-friends? Caroline Cardew-Smith Get involved locally – join one of our Action Groups; the Food Group or the Home Energy Group would welcome new members. Or tell us what groups you’d like to see started!

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Book Reviews Wise Words and Country Ways: Weather Lore Ruth Binney £9.99 With the most colourful, poetic and picturesque country sayings and phrases of all the books in this bestselling series, "Wise Words and Country Ways Weather Lore" is a nostalgic delight that satisfies our fascination for the now lost wisdom of our ancestors and indulges our obsession with the weather, whilst reminding us how our generation has lost touch with the rhythms of the natural world. "Wise Words and Country Ways Weather Lore" presents us with dozens of largely forgotten, words of wisdom that are imbued with a centuries-old understanding of the patterns of British weather, seasonal changes and the behaviour of plants and animals around us. It has highly relevant content for an age where we all feel we have lost touch with the patterns of nature. Mrs Fry’s Diary Edna Fry £9.99 Stephen Fry's secret wife speaks out at last... Enjoyed a nice cuppa this morning with a HobNob and Jeremy Kyle. There was a woman on there who'd been married 16 years without realising her husband was gay. Extraordinary! Which reminds me, it's our 16th anniversary in a few weeks. What a coincidence.

ice fountains of Enceladus to the liquid methane seas of Titan and from storms twice the size of the Earth to the tortured moon of Io with its giant super-volcanoes – is the Solar System as you have never seen it before. Professor Cox introduces us to the planets and moons beyond our world, finding the biggest, most bizarre, most powerful natural phenomena. Using the latest scientific imagery along with cutting edge CGI and some of the most spectacular and extreme locations on Earth, Brian will show us wonders never thought possible. The Story of Britain Patrick Dillon £18.99 A book for those aged 10 and over. This definitive history of Britain tells the story of two islands, Britain and Ireland, and all the people, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English, who have lived in them. Patrick Dillon that delves into some edgy and less well-known events as well as shining a light on the more traditional narratives of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English history - William the Conqueror's arrival in 1066, Magna Carta, the Great Fire of London, the execution of Charles I, the abolition of slavery, the Battle of Britain and many more, as well as all the famous characters we know and love (or hate). This jacketed hardback edition is lavishly illustrated by Irish artist P.J. Lynch. The Iron Man Ted Hughes £15 This is a stunning new version of a much-loved children's classic with superb illustrations by Laura Carlin...

Stephen Fry - actor, writer, raconteur and wit. Cerebral and sophisticated, a true Renaissance man. Or is he?

Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and he and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "spacebat-angel-dragon" from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK.

Finally, his secret double life - the womanising, the window-cleaning, the kebabs, the karaoke - is exclusively revealed by Edna, his devoted wife and mother of his five, six or possibly seven children. These diaries take us through a year in the life of an unwitting celebrity wife. Wonders of the Solar System Brian Cox £25 In Wonders of the Solar System – the book of the acclaimed BBC TV series – Professor Brian Cox will take us on a journey of discovery where alien worlds from your imagination become places we can see, feel and visit.

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Issue 60, July 2010. Never underestimate the importance of community.