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


Students thank local Rotary Club


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Quiz - Phobias


Arts Alive Street Party in Leatherhead


News from Ashtead Youth Centre


Arts Alive Festival events


Recipe - Cherry Fudge


Book review


What’s on - pages 62-65


Meredith’s ‘Tower of Babel’


MV Police Column


Recipe - Courgette fritters


September’s crossword solutions


Ashtead WI report


Ashtead Level Crossing Closures


Chess Rules - a story


Young Ashtead Players


Science facts


Gardening - autumn colour


Quiz - Nursery Rhymes


Local history article


Andy’s Blog


Police warn of bank card scam


Give a cat a home


October’s crosswords


Leatherhead Theatre


Transition Ashtead


Infant Club Foot Appeal


Calling all budding filmmakers...


Simple Crossword


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From the Publisher Well that was a pretty abysmal summer was it not? I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times we actually sat out in the garden for dinner in the evening - just too cold, windy or plain wet. Never mind, let’s hang on to the hope of an Indian summer before we drift into the cooler weather. However, there is something comforting about the cosiness of the winter, that said, I do look forward to long summer days by mid January! Ho hum. 1st-31st October sees the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival, which launches with a street party in Leatherhead town centre on Saturday 1st, page 12. There’s a small events listing on pages 16 and 18 which features some of the events taking place, but it is nowhere near the full listings which can be found at or from a brochure which you can pick up from your local library, Leatherhead Help shop, Dorking Halls or Leatherhead Theatre. I think everyone involved has worked extremely hard to organise this Festival in order to put together a really interesting and varied selection of events for us to enjoy. Do try and support the Festival by attending one of those events. There’s bound to be one that will interest you. The Infant Club Foot Appeal was set up by Ashtead resident Dr Charlotte Hawkins. Club foot affects 2 out of 1000 children in England and treatment means children grow up without disability, but in Zanzibar the figures are higher and most children born with the disability die before the age of 20. Dr Hawkins has Advertising already treated 400 children but there is still work to The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local be done. You can help by attending the Follies Show, provides local businesses with at Epsom Playhouse, full details on page 48. 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.

Once again Leatherhead town centre will be at the mercy of hundreds of kids having fun on their annual Halloween rampage on Monday 31st - with lots of characters, competitions and games organised by Lucy Technical & Legal stuff Hanson and Pat Lawless, the Town Centre & Swan Whilst every care has been taken to Centre Managers, everything you need to know is on ensure that the data in this magazine page 52 - and may the force be with you! 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 2011. 01372 376420

There’s a rather unpleasant bank card scam in operation in this area at the moment, and the police are warning local residents to be on their guard, details on page 78. Apparently the thingy on the top right hand corner of this page isn’t an App, it’s a QR (quick response) code. Well there we have it. Must away, enjoy the start of autumn - hot chocolate, warm slippers and a cosy dressing gown - how sad am I? Cheerio. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 Autumn Meeting Topics the footbridge are all areas of local interest and concern.

Just as in previous years, the Ashtead Residents’ Association is pleased to announce that we will be holding our annual Autumn Meeting this month on Wednesday 19th October from 19.00 – 21.30 at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. The meeting will start at 19.00 for refreshments, with presentations starting at 19.30.

With the Olympic Cycle Race due to take place through Leatherhead and Dorking, we have invited Surriya Subramaniam, Cultural Development Officer, Surrey County Council, to talk about the race and how the Council felt about the test race and any issues that might have arisen. The local press has been filled with comments, both positive and negative, so, if you are interested in finding out more about the race, where to watch, what effects it will have on local transport, roads and shops, this is a great opportunity for you to come along.

Our first speaker is Feras Alshaker, Project Manager, from Southern Railway. He will be talking about The National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), its background, parameters, and funding arrangements and then he will talk about the work Southern has done with Network Rail on NSIP. After that he will move on to Ashtead specifically, the work that has gone into the station so far and what is to come. Then Feras will talk through the designs and talk about the period of time between beginning building work and all the work being completed. The revised station includes some 60 additional car parking spaces and additional disabled spaces. In addition there will be new cycle racks with an increased cycle capacity of 110 cycles. The enlarged station will offer much better facilities for travellers. This is a good chance for residents to hear about the new developments planned for Ashtead and how it will affect us. In addition Mark Epsom, local Manager for Southern will be there to answer questions, as will a representative from Network Rail. There will be ample time to ask questions of all three, and we know the station, the level crossing and

Both topics are of great interests to residents and for this meeting, we have tried to open up the discussions to encourage as many to come along from all age groups. If you have any ideas for further topics, please do get in touch with us.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION For me, August, the traditional holiday month came and went very quickly, with only a long weekend away. But looking at last month’s contribution to the Local, it seems that I gave all our news in that. What should have been the centre of news for this month, namely the Leatherhead Highways Forum will not take place until after the press deadline has passed. But one piece of news that we are celebrating is that the County Council have listened to the various cries, and have decided to abandon their plans to charge for on-street parking. Thank you SCC. Looking to the future, there are many matters which deserve our attention – not just the LRA, but all of us. The Boundary Commission has suggested that the area of Leatherhead on the outside of the bypass, (the A24) should be removed from the County Electoral Division of Leatherhead and Fetcham East, and added to the Division of Dorking Hills. Whilst I have heard little from the residents affected, it does seem to be a crazy idea prompted only by numbers. It has little relevance to the geography of the area or the nature of the residential problems and amenities. By this I mean that those who live in the affected area, consider that their civic life centres on the Town of Leatherhead and not the rural area which stretches to the West Sussex border. I know that there are some common issues between the 2 divisions, such as Norbury Park, but in the main it is a question of chalk and cheese, town and country, etc. So the LRA are writing to the Commissioners and inviting them to visit the area and meet the people. Recently I met someone who was brought up in Leatherhead and who now lives in Wimbledon, but who still visits the Town quite frequently. She told me how she remembered the busy High Street, and

the congestion. Now she sees it as a pleasant area but lacking in people. I pointed out that it has far more life than it had 10 years ago. Progress seems to be a double edged sword. But in our discussion on the comparisons of life then and now, we quickly drifted into the national changes in retailing and service provision. These changes are not just local, but extend to most of the smaller towns throughout the country. In recent years there has been an upsurge of petrol filling stations offering a wider range of goods throughout longer opening hours. This has now developed into the provision of late night café services. Out on the main roads this can be seen as a great boon to long distance lorry drivers and motorists. But when this happens in the middle of town, what effect will it have on local trade? I don’t know the answer. But I do know that when these local petrol stations began to sell newspapers it had a devastating effect on the neighbouring newsagents. The Government’s Draft Planning Framework has created a furore in some circles, but having read it, why this outcry I am not sure. Far from opening up a developers’ licence to build anywhere, it emphasises the need for local plans to control development through local policies. It provides a mechanism for Neighbourhood organisations, such as Parish Councils and Residents Associations to get policies adopted which reflect the nature of the areas’ needs. It continues to provide the national policies of Green Belts for designation of open land between built-up areas, and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to protect the countryside. What it does mean though is that local organisations are to have a greater say in policy making – but not in decision making. Hubert Carr, Chairman


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Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival 2011 Arts Alive 2011 officially opens on Saturday 1 October with street parties in Dorking and Leatherhead town centres from 10am to 4pm. This year’s festival patron is journalist, BBC TV News presenter and gifted speaker Nicholas Owen. Councillor David Howell, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The Council is delighted to once again support this year’s Arts Alive Festival. It helps to attract visitors to Mole Valley, which in turn supports the local economy. Mole Valley is a great place to live, work, invest in and enjoy, and Arts Alive helps us to celebrate and promote this.” The following is just a few of the events taking place across Mole Valley during the Arts Alive Festival 2011: Saturday 1 to Monday 31 October 10am - 4.30pm Arts Alive Photographic Competition Exhibition Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, KT22 8DN Exhibition in the Theatre foyer of entries and prize winners in the Mole Valley Arts Alive Photographic Competition 2011. Admission: free / 01372 362988 Saturday 1 October 8pm Tonight at 8.30 by Noel Coward Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, KT24 6RT Three one act plays from 1935: Red Peppers - George and Lily Pepper bicker, sing, drink and attack the Musical Director. But ‘he who laughs last… Family Album and Hands - Arrivals, departures, phone calls and cocktails lead to confusion. Across the Sea - A mourning family reminisce about their father but a shocking truth emerges.. Admission: £12.00 Box office and information: 01483 284747

Tuesday 4 October 8.30pm - 11pm The Culture Conspiracy presents The People's Quiz The Star, 36 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BU Throughout the year, the Star pub has gathered questions on all sorts of weird and wonderful topics from its own customers. Here they are in an eclectic brain-bashing quiz. Admission: £1 per person to join in. Maximum four to a team. Info: 01306 889734 Thursday 6 October 7.30pm An Evening with Mary Lawson Leatherhead Library, The Mansion, 70 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Mary Lawson was born in Canada. Her childhood memories of landscape have inspired her use of northern Ontario as settings for both her novels, ‘Crow Lake’ and ‘The Other Side of the Bridge‘. Her second novel was long-listed for the Man Booker prize for fiction. Admission: £5 to include refreshments Box Office and information 01483 543599 Thursday 6 October 7.30pm State Ballet Academy of Minsk – Nutcracker Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG The young artists from The State Ballet Academy of Minsk perform ‘The Nutcracker’. Admission: £16.50, £19, £23, children and Friends of Dorking Halls £3 discount per ticket Box office and information: 01306 881717 Saturday 8 and 15 October 9.30am - 1pm Design & Create a Small Bag The Bungalow, Reigate Road, Buckland, RH2 9RE Be creative with woollen fibres. Learn the skill of making felt. Make a small bag or cushion panel. Admission: £12 including materials Box office and information: 01737 248909

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Report on Ashtead Women’s Institute Meeting September 2011

It was a large gathering who met again after our summer break, during which time many of us enjoyed a wonderful afternoon canal boat trip and splendid WI tea. Our President Blanche Douglass told us about the forthcoming WI Emlyn Downs Lunch, and a visit to behind the scenes at Hampton Court, and we caught up on news of members since our last meeting in July. Normal Willis, ex-President of the British and European TUC, was our speaker, his subject was, surprisingly, ‘Still Getting Stitched Up’ because of his hobby over many years - embroidery. Mr Willis first became interested as he knew his forthcoming meeting would be boring, and a shop in York was selling a sampler with the words The Road to a Friend’s House is Never Long. He made this for a friend and never looked back. He was a trustee of the Royal School of Needlework, and is a trustee of the Sunbury Millennium Embroidery. Mr Willis gave us all an extremely entertaining evening with many stories to tell of his years in public life. We also looked at the menus for our Christmas lunch to be held at the Clink Prison. We have arranged a coffee morning, and the many sub-groups are now starting again following the summer. Our ‘challenge’ for the evening was to bring along a piece of embroidery, to be judged by Mr Willis, and next month will be to show an interesting watch, as our speaker will talk on Old Clocks and Watches. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, and would welcome any visitors to come and join us. Details on the ‘what’s on’ page.


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Chess Rules The surrounding rooms, designated 'practice areas' were full of intense young competitors, being schooled by even more intense parents. Sam and Daniel registered and were given name badges and a results sheet to fill in as they progressed though the competition.

Sam would never admit to living vicariously through his children but he couldn't deny the satisfaction he felt from recounting Ben's sporting achievements after a particularly good match. The testosterone fuelled fathers would stand on the edge of the pitch, punching the air and yelling at the young and often embarrassed sportsmen. They were deeply critical of referees from other schools and convinced of their own superior tactical expertise. If the match result was in their favour, fathers would puff out their chests with smug self satisfaction and then 'sportingly' patronise the parents of the losing teams. Of course, the level of smug satisfaction was relative to the performance of their offspring. The parent of any child who had performed badly kept very quiet and returned home as quickly as possible.

Daniel did well. He won his first three games but forgot to press the timer between moves. He was unnerved by the silence in the room and kept trying to strike up a conversation with his opponent. At one point, he got the giggles because the girl to the side of him scraped her chair and he thought it sounded like a fart. A stern looking adjudicator came over to see what the problem was. Being a logical and honest child, Daniel saw no harm in explaining why he was laughing. Unfortunately his honesty resulted in a red face for his neighbour and an official warning for Daniel.

Sam was desperate to share sporting glory with his younger son, Daniel, but the opportunity rarely presented itself. Daniel wasn't a natural sportsman and therefore never in a school team. Sam had introduced him to several different sports but Daniel just wasn't interested and his lack of enthusiasm frustrated his father enormously.

Sam, meanwhile, was keeping himself going with cups of insipid milky coffee and rich tea biscuits. He was sitting on an uncomfortable school chair in a separate room. Parents weren't allowed to watch the games in case they influenced their children so Sam was getting extremely bored. There was to be no punching the air or cheers of support here. He had initially struck up a conversation with some of the other parents but chess 'banter' was completely alien to him. The competitiveness of parents on the sports field paled into insignificance when compared with chess parents. Complex pre-game strategy was coupled with even more complex post-game analysis and Sam was unable to follow the terminology and references to Russian chess masters.

However a surprising opportunity for parental smugness arose when Daniel came home one day with the school chess trophy. Sam took great delight in praising his son and basked in reflected glory. After all, he had introduced his son to chess and a trophy was a trophy... Daniel's school victory led to an invitation to compete in a regional chess tournament and father and son started a serious training programme to prepare for this important event. Ruth enjoyed seeing their heads together in deep concentration but soon tired of the endless discussion of tactics over meal times. The chess board was often brought to the table, until Daniel slopped tomato ketchup over the white queen, the black knight and several pawns.

Glorious sunshine taunted him from behind the smeared school windows and Sam fidgeted on his plastic seat. He was due to play football with some friends later in the day and the more chess games Daniel won, the less likely this was to happen. Daniel emerged from his fifth match with a victorious grin and Sam's heart sank.

Daniel and Sam set off for the chess tournament, confident of success. The competition took place in a Guildford secondary school and, as they walked through the doors of the vast dining hall, they were presented with seemingly endless rows of tables with chess boards and timers. The stale cooking smells and disconcerting atmosphere of whispered solemnity brought back buried memories of school exams which made Sam very uncomfortable.

"If I win this match Dad, I get through to the next regional tournament! And what's even more brilliant is that the next tournament is on your birthday... And it's in Sheffield! Copyright Sarah Lott September 2011 36

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www.annspiri www.annsp iritualtr I thought I'd drop you a line to say how pleased we were with the half page article in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. We were thrilled to be a sell out show for all three nights and I am sure the article helped to achieve that goal, so many thanks again. Sara Brammall, Woodfield Entertainers



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Shakespeare Schools Festival

Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th October, Performances at 7pm Tickets: £8, Friends/Conc. £6, Group discounts available

Recorded Messages of Love and Hate by Rachel Barnett

Thursday 20th October at 7.45pm Tickets £10 A challenging, fierce and angry piece about war. Part film, part live performance, designed to provoke debate, and there will be a question and answer after the show. The performance be signed in British Sign Language, subtitled and audio described Tickets: £10. £8 when you buy a ticket to see Freewheeler’s collaboration with English Touring Opera, Spirit Level on Wednesday 2nd November. Selected concessions £5.


Friday 28th October at 7.30pm Tickets £16.50, concessions £14.50 Bringing you Queen’s best-loved hits with superbly crafted harmonies and intricate guitar work, Mercury create the perfect night out for anyone who believes that, when it comes to rock and roll, no one has ever done it better than Freddie and the boys.

Films Showing in October

Our Festival of Foreign Film continues in to October. Regional wine and nibbles are available to accompany Festival Films: Beautiful Lies  | The Big Picture | Little White Lies | Sarah’s Key Also screening in October and November A Lonely Place to Die | Smurfs | Jane Eyre | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy | The Debt Please check website for dates and times.

October Mezz Bar Events Open Mic Night

Weds 12th, 8.30pm Free Entry

Jazz Jam with Jenny Green Fri 21st , 8.30pm

Poetry, Story and Play Readings featuring Lance Pierson and John Carson

Weds 26th , 8pm, £5 (includes complimentary glass of wine)

Barnstormers Comedy

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Leatherhead Podiatry Love your feet! Lesley Pennington S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., B.Sc.Hons., HPC reg 25 years experience

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Club Foot - what is it and how you can help? Club foot is a gene derived birth defect. 2 out of every 1,000 children are born with it in England, but it is treated in infancy and children generally grow up without disability. Not so in Zanzibar. There the incidence is about 40 times higher as the gene pool is small. Many grow deformed through no treatment or inappropriate treatment and most of them die before they reach the age of 20. Ashtead resident, Dr Charlotte Hawkins heard of this and decided to do something about it. She set up the Infant Club Foot Appeal Already in nine months great progress has been made – she has made two visits to Zanzibar, treated over 400 children for lower limb deformities and trained local staff in up to date treatment protocols. Great strides – but more to be done. Charlotte was photographed at Ashtead Village Day (above) where the new appeal, now successfully registered as a charity (No 1142858), was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ashtead. Christopher Biggins, TV comedy entertainer and a Patron of the appeal opened the Village Day festivities. With them is Des Wilby from Epsom Light Opera. (ELOC) To help raise funds ELOC have made special tickets available for their forthcoming ‘Follies’ show on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th October at Epsom Playhouse. Tickets are £15 each, and can be purchased from me, using the contact details below. Cheques should be made to ‘Infant Club Foot Appeal’

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Clubs & Activities Angie Sayer professional Ceramicist and teacher

Quilters’ Guild Regional Day Saturday 22nd October 10am-4pm

Pottery classes in own studio in Ashtead

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Throwing on the wheel and hand-building

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Spooktacular Fun in Leatherhead Town Monday 31st October 3.30pm-6pm

For a spooktacular time for all the family come to Leatherhead town centre on Monday 31st October from 3.30pm until 6pm. Watch out for the ‘whizzers’, strange sprite-like characters that will be gliding through the town centre. Don’t be scared by the red devils towering above the crowds or by Animazing’s creepy crawlies including snakes, cockroaches and frogs to name but a few. Are you brave enough to put your hand into the unknown and guess the body part or have the skills necessary to win at skull hoopla or perhaps you are feeling lucky? Then grab a key in the lucky dip and see if you are able to open the lock to the treasure chest, but be warned, you could be lucky and receive a treat or end up being tricked! Please note: There will be a small charge for some of the competitions and games. The barrier to the High Street will remain closed until 6.30pm to allow for greater pedestrian safety during the event. or ring Leatherhead Town Management on 01372 363652 52

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Local students say thank you to Rotary Club Tara Davison and Christopher Styan with Chris Pelley, President of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead

In early September, two sixth form students from Therfield School in Leatherhead visited the Rotary Club of Leatherhead’s weekly meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters to give a presentation about their participation on the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) course in April this year. Tara Davison and Christopher Styan, both now 17, were funded by the Rotary Club of Leatherhead to attend the week-long course at the High Ashurst Outdoor Centre at Box Hill near Dorking.

Together with around 50 other students, aged between 15 and 19, from across the Southeast of England, Tara and Christopher took part in a wide variety of activities, from raft-building to blindfolded hiking, designed to build their confidence and develop their leadership potential. At the end of their presentation, both students thanked the club for funding their participation on the course, adding that they had learned many skills that would certainly help them in their future education and subsequent careers. The Rotary Club of Leatherhead meets at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or


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News from Ashtead Youth Centre The Youth Centre has remained busy as always over the summer months. Gary (The ACCT Youth Worker) has been busy with his Transition Programme supporting young people between the Primary and Secondary Schools, and we maintained a full evening programme throughout the summer holidays. There were no expeditions to far away places this year, but we continue to take the Karting Group to race events up in Ipswich, and have worked with two groups on adventure residentials, the first (with the older group) to the Brecon Beacons in Wales and the second (with the younger group) to the Coltwolds.

The Coltswold trip takes place in a fully catered activity centre and is more about fun activities and team building. There are opportunities for personal challenge such as the climbing tower you can see in the picture below. Other activities will have included, raft building, trust games, sailing and lots of team games.

Karting is a great way for young people to learn technical and driving skills which are recognised by Open College Network accreditations. The programme develops social and leadership skills, improving confidence and the ability to work in a team. All of which makes young people very attractive to colleges and employers. We often see our young people go on to work in the motor industry and related fields. The Adventure Trip to the Brecon Beacons (sponsored by County Councillor Chris Townsend), is quite a tough week of individual and team challenges mixed in with some time to relax and have fun with friends. In the picture you can see two of our group sitting inside an underground cave network that we had been exploring. Other activities included survival skills (building camp and sleeping in the outdoors overnight), canoeing, archery and abseiling. The young people are more independent and have to cook for each other throughout the week.

The summer has been very hard work but great fun at the same time. As we go into the autumn we are now dealing head on with the changes happening in the way that the Youth Centres are going to be managed and staffed. In the short term there is of course the predictable tension and anxiety whilst the details are being worked out. In the long term I am hopeful this will mean that there will be the opportunity to further improve what is already a great service to our local young people.

Richard Leary – Worker in Charge, Ashtead Youth Centre 01372 276912 56

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Arts Alive Street Party - Leatherhead High Street - 10am-4pm, see page 12.

Friday 7th

Leatherhead Community Association, Joan Kirby Lecture with Nick Danziger photojournalist - see right

Saturday 8th

Concerts in Church present the Bridgend Male Choir, for the third time, in the Leatherhead Parish Church. Programme will include classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh anthems, spirituals and popular songs from the shows. £14 (conc: £12) from Barton's Book Shop, the Parish Office, and 01372 372049; 3.30pm

Saturday 8th

London Philharmonic Orchestra , Dorking Halls 7.30 pm. Conductor: Nicholas Collon Liszt Symphonic Poem Prometheus; Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 soloist Chloë Hanslip; Brahms Symphony No.2. Tickets £12, £18, £24, £27 from 01306 740619 & 01306 881717. 6.45pm Concert with members from the LPO and St. John’s Community School Dorking - Admission free (Both part of the MV AA Festival)

Friday 14th

Leatherhead and District Chamber of Commerce Annual Quiz Night, in support of the Leatherhead Christmas Festival, at the Police Federation, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of 6 are invited to take part, but we’ll be delighted to introduce you to fellow competitors and make you part of a full team. £10 pp, inc fish & chip supper. Drinks can be purchased at venue, but please do not bring your own due to licensing regulations . Tickets from Andy Newbold, 01372 383018.

Saturday 15th

Annual Fund Raising event for Leatherhead Parish Church - Autumn Market Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road (opposite the Parish Church), 10am-3pm. Many stalls, refreshments and light lunches available. £1 entrance to include cup of tea/coffee. Accompanied children free.

Saturday 15th

Craft and Charity Fair, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 10am-3pm. Refreshments all day. Lunches 12pm-2pm. Entrance £1 (children free). APMH alterations for visitors to enjoy the new facilities. Hand-made fabric figurines, knitted baby clothes, scarves, hand-made miniature clay creations, wood turned items, plants, leather handbags, hand-made jewellery, Charities selling cards, gifts, Christmas decs and souvenirs. Net proceeds to APMH funds

Saturday 15th

Simply Singing with Leatherhead Choral Society, Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, Leatherhead KT22 8AY. 2pm-4.30 pm. A light-hearted afternoon of singing for all ages. Open to all those who enjoy singing. Children and adults rehearse separately and come together at the end to entertain each other. Free admission, but please phone to book your place. 020 8337 3809.

Sunday 16th

The first ever Nearly New Clothes Sale at the Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft, Ashtead, 2pm -4pm. Admission £1. Top quality ladies, gents and children's clothes, toys and accessories at bargain prices, straight from their loving owners. Seller's packs are now available from Sarah Makroum 01372 270401 or Jo Pickup 01372 273141 or email:

Wednesday 19th

Autumn Meeting of the Ashtead Residents' Association, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7pm. See page 8.

Friday 21st

Leatherhead & District Local History Society llecture ' Emma: Wife of Charles Darwin' by Linda Heath. Letherhead Instistute(top of High Street) Leatherhead. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm. Admission £1 - all welcome.

Tuesday 25th

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra Come & Play - An Open Rehearsal. The Old Chapel, St. John’s School, Leatherhead. 7.45-9.45 pm. Dvorak Symphony No. 8 & American Suite. Admission free - details 01372 276949 (Part of the MV AA Festival)

Saturday 29th

Forget dreary economic news and enjoy a rummage for bargains at Mid-Surrey Mencap's Autumn Jumble Sale at Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead , between 11am and 1pm. Admission 30p. Refreshments.

Monday 31st

Spooktacular Fun in Leatherhead Town. 3.30pm-6pm, see page 52 62


THE ANNUAL JOAN KIRBY LECTURE FRIDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2011 7.30pm at Letherhead Institute


story of his 25 years in photojournalism. Nick speaks with vividly illustrated anecdotes about his quarter century of taking photographs, writing books and making documentary films, as one of the world’s most renowned photo-journalists which has taken him on assignment to more than 50 countries, including almost every troubled country on earth.

Free entry - by ticket only, send SAE to: The Joan Kirby Lecture LCA, The Institute 67 High Street Leatherhead KT22 8AH



Ashtead Choral Society will begin rehearsals in September. As participants in the Mole Valley Arts Festival, ACS will be holding a free ‘Come and Sing’ on Monday 3rd October 2011 at 7.30pm at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead.




Anyone interested is warmly invited to come and join the choir for the evening, singers of any standard welcome, to sing Choruses from Handel’s Messiah. Music and refreshments will be provided free of charge. The evening is always great fun and who knows, you may then want to join the choir and be part of our very exciting, forthcoming season.


MONDAY 3rd OCTOBER 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Copies will be available for free loan FREE TEA and COFFEE Singers of any standard welcome

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN OCTOBER? REGULAR MONTHLY / WEEKLY EVENTS September walks with Ian and Flip Cargill, 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles; Donation to charities. Phone first if very wet weather. 01372 363589 Sat 1st 10 .30 am Newlands Corner CP Sat 8th 10 .30 am Milton Heath CP west of Dorking off A25 Sat 15th 10 .30 am Wisley Lane first CP on R off A3

Sat 1st Sat 8th Sat 15th Sunday 2nd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Traditional Communion Service with Choir. 10.45-11.15am Coffee in Church. 11.15am Contemporary Service with Band

Tuesday 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks ‘I am a Tulip. What are you?’ Jacqueline Aviolet. 7.45pm. APMH. Visitors welcome £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511

Wed 5th (weekly)

Termtime. Parent & Toddler Group, Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, L/head. 10am12pm. Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer. A chance to meet other parents and childminders while the children play and make new friends of their own (Not 26th)

Thurs 6th (monthly)

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

Thursday 6th Leatherhead Sequence Dance Club, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. (weekly) 7.45pm-10.15pm, £2.50. Mrs Doris Gibson 01372 374160 Thursday 6th GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ (weekly) hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group. Tracey Griffin ‘Dreamscapes’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm - 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, talk Mr D Fulford ‘Clocks & Watches 1685-1825. 7.15pm for 7.30pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome. Details Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Friday 7th (monthly)

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

Friday 7th (weekly)

Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 10.30am11.30am. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now stocking a range of haberdashery, beading supplies, papercraft and greetings cards. Not too early to start thinking about ‘Christmas’!

Wed 12th (2nd Wed

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

Thursday 13th (mthly)

Leatherhead & District Friends Group (50+), 2pm-4pm, North Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd (other side of the bridge). Tea/coffee/biscuits, bingo. £1 p.mth.

Friday 14th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac

Friday 21st

NHS Blood donor session: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Two sessions : 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

Fri 21st & Tues 25th

21st 2.30pm & 7.30 pm & 25th:7.30pm: Elizabeth I & Nicholas Hilliard: A Look at how Elizabeth I was portrayed by England's first great artist. £10 inc refreshments: Tel 01372 272235, email; If there’s an event in November you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th October. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time 64 of going to print.

What’s On? DDOS present the spine-chilling world premier of ‘Dracula’ Tuesday 25th-Saturday 29th October - 7.45pm A thrilling and electrifying production, this new play adaptation utilises much of the original 1897 novel, with extracts of its original dialogue, yet effortlessly combines this with the cinematic images and situations popular culture has come to associate with the legendary character and genre, particularly in films such as those of ‘Hammer’ Horror. Set in 1930’s Yorkshire, Dracula has enslaved Lucy, daughter of Doctor Seward, the owner of the local mental asylum. Having lost his daughter, Seward sees the same illness overtaking Lucy’s friend Mina and when her condition is beyond his medical knowledge, he sends for his old Dutch friend Abraham Van Helsing to help. But can Van Helsing defeat the evil of Dracula before he takes Mina too to the world of the undead? A spine-tingling and entertaining production, ‘Dracula’ will capture the imagination and offer an evening cloaked in suspense and seduction. Drama to really sink your teeth into! Green Room Theatre, Rear of Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG

Tickets: £11 (£10 for DDOS members) For tickets call the Dorking Halls Box Office on 01306 881717

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

October Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Tuesday 18th Wednesday 26th

Tues 18th : Brockham : 3½m Easy walk along banks of River Mole. Optional pubs. 10:15am start at Brockham Green outside The Royal Oak. From A25, follow signs to Brockham over Brockham Bridge, and turn left at the Green. TQ196496 / RH3 7JS Bus 32 Wed 26th : Wey Navigation & Basingstoke Canal from Woodham : 4m Circular walk through West Byfleet and Pyrford to the Wey Navigation.10:30am start at the Victoria Inn, 427 Woodham Lane, Woodham . TQ036616 / KT15 3QE

October Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Wednesday 12th Tuesday 18th

Wed 12th : Downside : 11m Gentle ride through Wisley and Ockham Common on the River Wey and navigation. Suitable for beginners. 10.15am start at the Medicine Garden, Downside Road, Cobham. KT11 3LU Tues 18th : Headley : A great ride through Headley Heath. 10.15am start at The Cock Inn, Headley. TQ205548 / KT18 6LE

October Guided Nordic Walks

Tuesday 18th

(Please bring your own poles)

Brockham : 3½m Easy walk along banks of River Mole. Optional pubs. 10:15am start at Brockham Green outside The Royal Oak. From A25, follow signs to Brockham over Brockham Bridge, and turn left at the Green. TQ196496 / RH3 7JS Bus 32 65

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newsletters, fast-time updates are also posted on our Facebook page and via Twitter – look for Mole Valley Beat!! We also send email updates to those of you in the community who have registered with us as “Active Citizens”. We are also, of course, very grateful to local publications – such as The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local – for giving us this regular opportunity to get key messages across to people. All of this is in addition to regular police panel meetings, surgeries and “Street Meets” which are being developed by your local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. This involves letting people know that your local officers will be in a particular street or location between specified times and are available for you to come and speak with them about any issues or concerns you may have.

As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, local officers will be out visiting shops and licensed premises to ask for their cooperation 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! 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.

Although we try to provide as many different ways for people to contact and speak with us, we appreciate that some people simply do not have access to or wish to embrace “modern technology” wholeheartedly. For this reason, we would always encourage members of the community to speak to officers whenever they are out on patrol or at “Street Meets”. Of you can telephone your local team on 01483 639635.

Local Safer Neighbourhood Team Newsletters

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator

During the coming months, all homes should be receiving a copy of our twiceyearly newsletter, which provides local communities with an update about key incidents, issues and results that have been tackled by your Safer Neighbourhood Teams and partner agencies.

In the event of a non-emergency contact Surrey Police on 101. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999 Your local team can also be contacted by email to

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September Crossword Solutions

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Across: 1 Claret, 4 Slapdash, 9 No-noes, 10 Mona Lisa, 12 Equation, 13 Itches, 15 Vice, 16 Kitchen, 20 Present, 21 Daft, 25 Unripe, 26 Impostor, 28 Thursday, 29 Sponge, 30 Needless, 31 Neaten. Down: 1 Conserve, 2 Announce, 3 Erects, 5 Lion, 6 Prattler, 7 Alight, 8 Hearse, 11 Holiest, 14 Economy, 17 Proposal, 18 Castanet, 19 Sturgeon, 22 Mutton, 23 Troupe, 24 Couple, 27 Mars.

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Across: 1 Wasp, 4 Stampede, 8 Triangle, 9 Laos, 10 Clerk, 11 Thunder, 13 Agreed, 15 Soften, 18 Ugandan, 20 Crumb, 23 Trio, 24 Evidence, 25 Ancestor, 26 Tram. Down: 2 April, 3 Prairie, 4 Sage, 5 Amethyst, 6 Pylon, 7 Diocese, 10 CIA, 12 Adjacent, 14 Gagarin, 16 Forfeit, 17 Nib, 19 Noose, 21 Mecca, 22 Bier.


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Ashtead Level Crossing Closures in October Network Rail plan another series of closures of the Level Crossing in October. Proposed dates will be as follows:Monday 24th at 2300 until Tuesday 25th at 0500 Tuesday 25th at 2300 until Wednesday 26th at 0500 Wednesday 26th at 2300 until Thursday 27th at 0500 Thursday 27th at 2300 until Friday 28th at 0500 At the time of going to print these dates have yet to be formally confirmed by Network Rail, but Centurion, who now act for Network Rail, thought we would like to have advance warning. Once the dates are finally confirmed details will be placed on the ARA’s web site. Centurion confirm that letter drops will be made and ‘A’ frame Notice Boards will be erected before the work starts and the previously agreed requirements originally obtained by the Ashtead Residents’ Association will be put in place. These will include emergency vehicles access, the free availability of the station car park, escorted access over the crossing for pedestrians and motor cyclists, a security patrol for the car park and the provision of a vehicle to the north of the crossing to ferry late arriving, elderly or infirm residents to their homes. 70

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Young Ashtead Players relive a drama festival Young Ashtead Players (YAPs) may get a sense of déjà vu when they perform Darlings, You Were Wonderful by Derek Lomas on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, 8pm. The play reveals the backstage goings-on of an ambitious theatre group preparing for a drama festival, and YAPs are still bathing in the success of their debut at Leatherhead Drama Festival in May. Together with Erica and Me by Alan Robinson, the play makes up an evening of one-act comedies under the title of Act I See II. In Erica and Me, Simon is trying to work his way up the corporate ladder by inviting his boss and his wife round to have dinner and meet his girlfriend, but things don’t go according to plan. Tickets at £10 (concessions £8) are available from the box office on 01737 640352 or online at The adult members of Ashtead Players will present It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall from Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 November at 8pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. 72

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 32

Roaring House Farm, Fetcham Downs Roaring House Farm (pictured left) is a grade II listed building. It is on Fetcham Downs not far from Norbury Park, with a farmhouse of particular interest. It is a two bay,

almost square, timber framed building, probably dating from the early 17th century with many changes to it since then. In about 1790 the house was refronted in brick and this is a likely date of the barn and the granary. The old part of the house next to the chimney end retains a timber-framed gable end to the tie but above the framing there are modern timbers. The front of the building is clad in a dark, red brick with seams of gritty mortar. The central door opens directly into the hearth room with service rooms adjoining, paved with large tiles. The back door out to the well is by the hearth leading to a pantiled outshot. This little area outside the back door, with timber framing, dull brick noggin and the flint wall of the outshot, is typical of the scenes so loved by Gertrude Jekyll some of which she pictured in her book Old West Surrey. A little way outside the back door of the farmhouse, but on the other side of the track way passing through the farm, is a large almost square granary (above). This stands on nine stone staddles, (Staddlestones are used to stop rats getting in the barns) and is possibly of 18th century date. Its roof is tiled and gabled at both ends, the cladding is of black-tarred weatherboarding. Goff Powell – Extracted from – History of Fetcham L&DLHS 1998 with additions

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30. Sense ant could produce an orderly trait (8) 31. Middle region after a recent change (6) Down

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15. Has to be found in all townships 2. Fellow engraving ‘attractive’ (8) (4) 16. Crazy bear dad rubbed! (7) 20. Country song about big boys (7) 21. Empty art in very small containers (4)

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making of something (8) 18. Song concerning an idle sort (8)

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7. Full of vigour in olive lycra (6)

19. Odd sweet air, so to speak (2,2,4)

26. Standard tirade, quite brazen (8)

8. He enjoys inflicting pain; it’s sad in a way (6)

22. Two tin dance? (6)

28. Cheat penalised and locked up (8)

11. Rambles about for a children’s game (7)

29. Sullen – more so when trained! (6)

14. Rip lady apart very quickly (7) 17. Reaction that became the

23. The woman Deb ran into (6) 24. Region development to disregard (6) 27. Domesticated animals? Step back! (4)

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Design made of small pieces of coloured stone or glass (6)


Lucky charm (6)


Hand-to-hand fighter (8)


Add together (3)



Robin Hood’s beloved Maid (6)

Season of the year (6)


US novelist, creator of Tom Sawyer (5)


Long flag, often tapering (7)


Ornamental plaster used to cover walls (6)


Stay of execution (8)

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12. US gangster who terrorised Chicago during prohibition (2,6)

25. Physician (6)

14. Abominated, hated (7)

23. Equipment (3)


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Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens supplied and installed to a very high standard. Excellent Portfolio and local references. We also have a complete team of qualified tradesmen: Builder, Plasterer, Electrician, Heating Engineer, Tiling and Flooring Specialists Fu Fullllyy Insured Insured for for your your peace peace of of mind Proje Pro ject ct managed managed by us from desig design n to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs new hinges, drawer runners, etc. No job too small.

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

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

How does your garden grow? What grew well in your garden this year? I hope you have been enjoying copious amounts of summer veg – we have been wildly exceeding our 5-a-day, eating loads of beans, courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, raspberries, blueberries, plums, apples - don’t you just love the summer? - although it has been a funny year weatherwise, with gardeners having to contend with an early drought followed by a cool wet summer. We have been delighted with the success of the “Village Veg” project this year. Transition Ashtead liaised with the council to use the planters on The Street , on Craddocks Parade and outside the library to grow veg, with residents invited to help themselves when the crops are ready. The traders on the Street and at Craddocks Parade and staff at the library have taken it to their hearts, watering and feeding the planters and really making Village Veg work. Without their help and enthusiasm, it would have been very difficult to keep an eye on it all. Many thanks to all who have been involved! Our MP Chris Grayling was in the Street recently to see how it was going and he is very pleased to see the community being brought together in such a positive way by this veg-growing initiative. Transition Ashtead is planning to continue the project next year, learning from this year’s experience about what crops are most suitable. Herbs are a real winner, as they are the ultimate in cut-and-come again plants, so we’ll retain the rosemary, mint, thyme chives and coriander. Chillies also work well, as you don’t need many to really spice up a meal. We will probably add spinach and chard next year as you can harvest a bunch of leaves, leaving plant to grow some more. “Rainbow Chard” has the additional bonus of being a really attractive vegetable collection, with red and white stems and leaves of various greens. Have you any suggestions for veg or salad? We have endeavoured to make the planters look attractive by using long-flowering French marigolds and trailing lobelia. The feedback from passers-by when we have been weeding and watering has been unanimously positive and the project has been very successful in putting a smile on shoppers faces! We’ve had some problems with pests - slugs, which had a good go at the French beans and the cabbages, and vandals, which made off with the runner beans plants and their poles. We are hoping that the project will inspire more Ashtead folk to “grow their own” and get curious about where their food comes from – let us know if you have been inspired!

Stop press! Transition Ashtead are planning to hold the Apple pressing event at APMH on 15th October – watch the web site for details! Chris Ellis For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 82

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Calling all Budding Filmmakers! Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is asking budding filmmakers to submit short films for Made in Mole Valley, a project centred around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which celebrates the district’s culture and heritage.

Films may be submitted from 1 October 2011 to 31 May 2012. The project is being launched as part of the 2011 Arts Alive Festival. The films should last 3-5 minutes, have an Olympic-inspired theme and feature Mole Valley. They might highlight local culture, be it history, landmarks, arts events, local artists, nature or sport. The films could be fictional, documentary-style, an animation or a music video. They could have a narrative or be experimental. They can also be filmed in a variety of media, such as on mobile phones, digital cameras, webcams, camcorders or professional film equipment. A panel of judges will select the best films, which will be featured on MVDC’s website and other websites. For more information and terms and conditions, visit or email

Employability courses at Surrey Hills Onward Learning These are tough times in the job market. Many young people are leaving school or college but finding it hard to get work. Older people are being made redundant with poor prospects of becoming re-employed quickly. As a step in the right direction, we are running a course designed by City and Guilds to improve people’s job readiness and enhance their chances of getting work. The Certificate in Employability and Personal Development focuses on the ‘soft skills’ that employers look for, such as contributing to a team, personal presentation, good communication, and showing initiative. This Level 1 qualification gives people the knowledge, confidence and motivation required to compete in the job market and stand out from other applicants. The aim is to unlock the learning potential of each individual. These courses run on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm for one term. They are free for people on Job Seekers’ Allowance or similar benefits. We like to interview applicants, so please contact us to arrange an appointment.

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Letherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website 84

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Here at TSD we cater for almost every building service

Please contact our dedicated friendly team for a free estimate or any advice you may need Domestic and Commercial work welcome Renovations & Alterations Painting, Decorating & Wallpapering ● Porches, Conservatories & Windows ● All Aspects of Roofing, Guttering, Fascias & Soffits ● Kitchen/Bathroom Installations ● Driveways ● Fencing, Patio’s & Landscaping ● All Aspects Of Plastering & Pebble Dashing ● All Bespoke Building Works Carried Out ● Loft Conversions ● Plumbing & Heating, New Boiler Installations, Service & Repairs ● All Aspects of Electrical Work ● Extensions ● Carpentry & Flooring ● All Aspects of Tree Work & Stump Grinding ● Complete Rubbish Removal & Site Clearances ● Curtain and Blind design and installation service ● Tiling/Stonework ● Bespokely made Wardrobes, Chest of drawers and more ● Emergency call out for Plumbing, Gas and Electrics ● Swimming Pool and Hot Tub design and build ● Brick and Block work carried out ● Garage door replacements in a large variety of designs and colours ● Misted/broken sealed double glazed units replaced ●

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The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local  

Issue 72, October 2011. Never underestimate the importance of community.

The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local  

Issue 72, October 2011. Never underestimate the importance of community.