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Arts Alive 2012, pages 42, 44 & 46


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Volunteers needed for Girlguiding


Quiz - Units of measurements


Olympic medallists visits Leatherhead


MV Police Column


Recipe - ‘Oreo’ brownies


Recycling centre opening November


Bacchus marathons 2012 report


Quiz - Monsters


Wheels for the World at the Paralympics


Halloween fun in Leatherhead


Book reviews


Never sleep on an argument - a story


Andy’s blog


Lions at a Rotary meeting?


What’s on in October? Pages 64-69


Wheelchair Foundation


Walk to D’Feet MND


RNLI aquatic rescue day


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Autumn at RHS Wisley


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From the Publisher


irstly, I should like to wish my dear friend Meredith Worsfold a belated happy 90th birthday. You may remember Meredith wrote for the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local memories of his life in Ashtead village, from his early years in the late 1920’s right up to the present and I, for one, very much enjoyed reading about the village and his life, so bless you Meredith and many happy returns. It all seems rather flat now that the Olympics and Paralympics have come to an end, but it has been a wonderful summer of sport. I was especially humbled by the athletes taking part in the Paralympics as their achievements seemed even greater due to the mobility problems and other issues they had to firstly overcome. To me, their accomplishments were awe-inspiring. My sister, who is herself disabled, said that the Paralympics were an inspiration to her. Karen Goodridge of Wheels for the World charity asked me to run an article about their involvement in the recent Paralympics, it’s a lovely article and the charity does a great deal of good to help mobilise those people in far off countries who do not have access to a wheelchair. Karen’s heartwarming article can be found on page 58. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a real-life ‘Gamesmaker’ who helped out at the Paralympic Games. Despite spending over 14 hours a day on her feet, she was absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to help out at the Games, what a lovely lady and her passion was infectious. By the time this magazine begins its distribution no doubt many children will be preparing their Halloween costumes for the madness that is the Halloween Festival in Leatherhead town centre on 31st October, this Advertising month’s front cover gives you just a taste of how much fun this The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local annual festival is. More details on page 24... and may the provides local businesses with force be with you! 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.

October sees the annual Arts Alive Festival, with lots of diverse shows and events running from 1st-31st October, I have given you just a small idea of what has been planned on pages 42, 44 and 46.

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

I’ve just discovered that the Leatherhead Community Recycling Centre (endearingly called ‘The Tip’) won’t be opening in late summer due to unforeseen circumstances, but will re-open in November, details on page 18. Along similar lines, Mole Valley District Council have upgraded their recycling services for local residents, and a statement from the Council on what can and cannot be accepted with your usual recycling bin collection can be found on page 40.

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.

Oh, and don’t forget, clocks go back one hour on 28th October - doesn’t really feel like we’ve had a proper summer this year, boo hoo.

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Well perhaps not boats and planes in Ashtead, but at least there is some good news about our local Bus Service.

You will all be aware that Ashtead is to receive a new station building to replace the present pre-fab which is well past its ‘sell-by’ date. Following detailed planning and consultation the final stages have now been reached. The following details have just been released by Southern Railway regarding the enlarged car park and the new station building. The key milestones are:

As from September 2nd 2012 there will be 479 bus services on Sundays running between Bookham and Epsom via Ashtead. Going towards Epsom it will be a 2hourly service, with the 479 towards Epsom reaching Ashtead Pond on a Sunday at 09:28. The last bus back from Epsom will be at 19.45. This is on trial for a year so it is important that it is well used if we wish to keep it. In other words “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!” During the week the running time of the 479 is to be extended. There will be a bus running half an hour later towards Epsom and two later buses leaving Epsom, the last reaching Ashtead Pond at 19.32. On Saturdays, a later bus has been added from Epsom. The 408 is going to run every hour between Epsom and Leatherhead and the 516 is also going to be more frequent. As a result more buses will serve the village and those living on the A24 will be able to experience a much better service. Those who catch the bus at the top of the village to go towards Leatherhead will be extremely pleased to learn that a shelter is being seriously considered. All the new times of the 479 will be found at the bus stops and via the village website -information. Hard copies can be picked up at the Post Offices, Ashtead News at the bottom of Woodfield Lane and at the library. Booklets containing all our local bus services will also be available at the above locations.

• Start on site 3/9/12 • Car Park Extension Complete 23/10/12 • Hoarding goes up in car park for new building 24/10/12

• Switch over to new building 22/4/13 • Demolition of existing T/O starts 23/4/13 • Practical completion 6/6/13 Please bear in mind that these dates are likely to change as weather conditions and other unforeseen factors will undoubtedly play a part, but this is the schedule at the moment. The plan is to extend the current car park first so that when the time comes to erect hoarding around the area where the new station is to be built, the loss of some car parking spaces will not adversely affect the overall capacity of the car park. By the time you are reading this article the car park extension should be well under way, though judging by this summer’s unusual weather, they may have already been delayed by heavy snow! Oh yes … and apologies to Burt Bacharach too! David Baker

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Oct 25 The Little Christmas Card Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church In the spirit of general co-operation, Cards for Good Causes (CFGC ), run by LRA volunteers Caroline Brown and Fran Smith, (and the help of some 60 more volunteers) will be open from Thurs 25th Oct .

These generous volunteers are prepared to give anything from 3 - 18 hours in the weeks just before Christmas to raise money needed by people not as fortunate as most of us. Our volunteers enjoy the company, the chats, and the ' very light' refreshments. However, some are no longer able to help. So if you are fit, have a little spare time, enjoy working as a team, but do not want to be committed throughout the year, why not join our merry gang. Please phone 01372 813013 if you'd like to take part in this festive event. New Bus Timetables The 408 now has an hourly service since 6th September. The 479 now has a Sunday service. Timetables from the Help Shop and the newsagent near Lidl. Finally, good news for LRA members and local businesses and traders The Edmund Tylney is offering LRA members an ongoing 20% off food. ATS Euromaster Car Repairs are offering a 10% discount to people holding LRA membership cards. We are working on a loyalty scheme to benefit other traders and businesses. As the membership card will be important for ID, please bear with us as we issue new cards and encourage other businesses to come on board. Our next open Committee Meeting is Monday Oct 1st at 7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute. If you have any concerns, or if you're not already a member, why not come along to get an idea of our work behind the scenes, and how it could be making a difference for you.


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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a total of £1,826.50 in compensation to the various victims.

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This was a good result. Whilst graffiti may not seem like a serious offence, it has a strong impact on the local community. We will always do our best to track down and pursue those responsible for Criminal Damage. In the last few weeks a new tag has started to appear in Bookham. The tag is ‘PATS’. Given past experience, this may well start to appear across in other areas. If you are see any other examples of this, or may be aware of who is responsible, please contact us by calling 101. Alternatively, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In January, images of the person responsible were captured on CCTV in Epsom. The images were of a very poor quality and, whilst the face could not be recognised, the suspect was wearing distinctive clothing. The images were distributed to local Surrey officers. Later in January, a PCSO carried out a stop and check on two people in Epsom and took their details. He later realised that one of those stopped was wearing similar clothing to the male in the CCTV. Local officers then arrested two people on suspicion of the various Criminal Damage offences. One of the two was released with no further action being taken. The other, Perri Kaye, a male with connections in both Bookham and Epsom, was bailed whilst further enquiries were carried out.

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They didn't have a terrible marriage. She loved it when they were out with friends. He would smile with his eyes and send his love across the room. He adored his children and was enormously proud of their achievements. He worked hard, at a stressful job he didn't particularly enjoy, simply because it Then the snoring started. The deep relaxed rumble paid well. Sam could still make her laugh and they accepted each other's quirky ways. They had years of a man in the depths of a peaceful slumber. In that moment she felt a wave of irritation engulf her. of shared memories which would always bind them together. How dare he sleep?! How dare he forget their argument so easily, be so selfish and insensitive and Ruth thought back to the argument earlier in the then fall into easy dreams, without a care in the evening. Sam had been sitting at his laptop in the world? living room. He was wearing earphones and working on a presentation for following day. Ruth was She turned over to watch him. In the soft glow of cooking the evening meal in the kitchen. All was the television standby button she could see his calm until Daniel and Ben started arguing over a new nostrils, gently flaring to the rhythm of a steady snore. His mouth was slightly open and his face was Xbox game belonging to Ben. Daniel had played on it without his older brother's permission and had squashed into the pillow. completed the game. Ben was livid and had She stared at him dispassionately. He used to be a thumped his brother on the back. Daniel retaliated handsome man but his features now had lost their and lashed out at Ben, just as Sarah was walking definition and crows' feet were creeping round his past. A piercing scream echoed round the house as eyes. His hair was thinning and beginning to turn she got walloped on the shoulder. grey at the temples. Even in sleep he looked tired. Ruth raced from the kitchen to see what was going When she first met him, Sam was vibrant and on. Sam continued to stare at his screen, resolutely spontaneous. Ruth remembered the delicious lurching of her stomach whenever she saw him. She ignoring the mayhem while Ruth berated her sons and tried to calm Sarah down. By the time she had loved the sparkle in his eyes when he smiled at her confiscated the Xbox, comforted her daughter and and the private jokes they shared. Life was an returned to her cooking, the chicken was burnt and adventure and they were keen to experience it to the water in the potatoes had run dry, leaving an the full. acrid smell hanging in the air. Sam tried to explain After university Ruth and Sam went backpacking that he was under pressure to finish his work and around Europe and loved to take long mountain that another person losing their temper would only walks. She remembered how she felt when he have made things worse but Ruth was too caught up proposed. She felt safe. They were starting in her frustration at the spoilt supper. another adventure which would always be full of Ruth now looked again at Sam. His face was as excitement and understanding. Even when Ben familiar as her own. He was still a handsome man, came along they still managed to go walking, their in spite of the greying hair. In fact, it rather suited chuckling son bobbing in a baby carrier on Sam's him. She could see now that the crow's feet were shoulders. They enjoyed their child and laughed actually laughter lines and his mouth was half together as he bounced his way into toddlerhood. curved into a smile, even in his sleep. When Daniel and Sarah were born, life grew He opened his eyes and gave his wife a sleepy kiss. complicated. Sam's job became more demanding and a mundane routine took over. When Sarah "Are you ok darling? I'm sorry about earlier. I really started nursery, Ruth went back to work but never had to finish that presentation. Don't be cross with achieved the promotions she'd hoped for and the me." He snuggled up to her in the bed. "Supper was days passed in a flurry of routine and multi-tasking. great. I was in the mood for boiled eggs anyway... " Things were supposed to ease up once the children Copyright Sarah Lott were older but school and sport activities then took September 2012 over. Ruth became a taxi driver and Sam disappeared into his laptop at every opportunity. Website: Email: sarah@ Ruth looked at her husband lying beside her and wondered what had happened. Was this all that was Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book left? Friends of theirs had recently separated and 28

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Bathing & showering • Meal & snack preparation Getting up in the morning • Going to bed at night Supporting with day to day activities Assisting with taking medication

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“Yesterday I was a maggot crawling on the ground today I am a butterfly.” Leatherhead Rotary Club is appealing to Mole Valley residents and businesses to collect bar codes from packets of Yorkshire tea and teabags to help them provide vital mobility equipment to disabled children and adults around the world. It is estimated that over 100 million people worldwide with physical disabilities need wheelchairs, but less than 1% own or have access to one. In many developing countries, the only way for a person with physical disabilities to be mobile is to crawl along the ground or be carried by family and friends. Since 2003 Rotary Clubs throughout Great Britain have sponsored thousands of wheelchairs to more than 20 countries around the world, as well as participating in their delivery. By collecting bar codes from packets of Yorkshire tea and teabags, as well as many other Yorkshire Tea products, YOU can help Leatherhead Rotary Club add to this total. The bar code from a box of 80 teabags is worth 10p, with the largest catering bag of 1,200 teabags being worth £1.50. Each donation of £75 enables a wheelchair to be delivered to a person in need somewhere around the world. In the words of one beneficiary: “Yesterday I was a maggot crawling on the ground. Today I am a butterfly.” Please send your barcodes to ‘Leatherhead Rotary Club Barcode Appeal, c/o Donovan Hewitt, Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN’ – thank you. For further information about the Wheelchair Foundation and other ways in which you can help them, please visit


Shops & Services


Aquatic Rescue Day

Bookham & Leatherhead RNLI Branch The event was organised by the Bookham & Leatherhead Branch of the RNLI, which is very grateful to SEWN for making the event possible, to Littleton Sailing Club for providing the facilities and to all the twenty five volunteer participants for the funds raised to help save lives at sea. David Richmond-Coggan Secretary, Bookham & Leatherhead Branch, RNLI /

A Newfoundland dog has a look before swimming out to rescue a volunteer On Sunday 2 September the water at Littleton Sailing Club reflected the unusual sight of large, black, shaggy working Newfoundland dogs pulling volunteers to the safety of the slipway in a graphic demonstration of these dogs’ amazing skills in aquatic rescue. For three of the rescues the dog even towed the safety boat to the shore, one time with two volunteers in the water. In another rescue the dog towed five volunteers to the slipway at one go. The participants had raised sponsorship, then after jumping into the lake from the safety boat they were rescued by a Newfoundland Dog who had either also jumped off the boat or swum out from the slipway. Whatever their age, all the participants who had volunteered to be rescued really enjoyed experiencing the intelligence and power of these remarkable dogs. The dogs are being supplied by SEWN, the South Eastern Working Newfoundlands club. These 14st, (90kg) dogs are wonderful animals and information about them can be found on SEWN supplied the knowledgeable dog handlers and full safety cover. Littleton Sailing Club made a part of their sailing lake available for the event together with parking and changing facilities – hot showers being very welcome to the volunteer swimmers! Their details can be found at 34

Shops & Services

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Art, Jewellery & Gifts “I am delighted with the response to the adverts that Fire & Iron has placed in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local; it has proved to be a terrific way for us to communicate with our local audience, reaching people in an economical and highly effective way. Zen is incredibly helpful and friendly too, which makes the whole process of placing a single advert, or planning a long-term campaign, very easy.” Lucy Quinnell, Fire & Iron

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Ashtead Evening Townswomen's Guild During the summer we have enjoyed our annual lunch & a boat trip followed by a cream tea. Our friends at Farnham TG made us very welcome & gave us a guided tour of the lovely old town before serving us a delicious tea.

Saturday 24th November 7pm for 7.30pm

We are now looking forward to our autumn activities. Our annual Beetle Drive on 18th October & organised by Mid Surrey Federation a trip to the Bank of England Museum & a day on Holland.

United Church of St Marks Gt Tattenhams, Epsom, KT18 5RD

On September 4th two of our members joined members of other Guilds in a sponsored walk in aid of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. At our next meeting on October 2nd, our 67th Birthday, we will be hearing 'How writing begins' from Mrs Adrienne Dines. At this meeting we will be holding a produce stall. Why not come & join us at the Peace Memorial Hall for this meeting starting at 7.45pm? You would be made most welcome.

For more info, contact Margery Curtis on 01372 272588

Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)

Tess - a shy but friendly girl Tess is approximately five to six years of age and is a lovely affectionate cat. She is tabby and white and is a former stray. Tess is very gentle and friendly but understandably quite timid, so she needs a quiet adult only home. You can click onto the following YouTube link & see just how truly lovely Tess is! (or go via our website web address below) v=yBIDD2JyZfo& If you feel that you could give Tess a forever loving home please ring Rosemary on 01737 350307 Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

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Health & Beauty

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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New recycling services for Mole Valley Residents Merlin the Eco Mole and Councillor James Friend, should go in a tied-up carrier Portfolio Holder for Environment bag, with the plugs and cables

still attached, and placed next to the black refuse bin on a resident’s normal collection day. Batteries should be put in a separate, tied-up bag and placed on top of the bin. Mole Valley’s collection vehicles now have a small compartment that can hold electrical items up to 35cm by 40cm. Unfortunately, equipment larger than this cannot be collected. Please take this to your local bring site or tip.

As part of its commitment to encouraging recycling, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is increasing the range of recycling services it offers. With immediate effect, on alternate weeks, residents will be able to recycle their unwanted textiles and small electrical equipment from the kerbside. They will also be able recycle a greater range of plastics in their green recycling bin.

Like textiles recycling, this new service will reduce the amount of small electrical equipment going to landfill via black refuse bins. Instead, it will be recycled to make new items.

Improvements at Mole Valley’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where recycling is processed, mean that as well as plastic bottles, residents can now recycle a range of pots, tubs and trays from around the house. Once cleaned, they can go in the green recycling bin on Textiles will be collected with recycling (green residents’ usual collection day. At the moment, bin) and small electrical equipment with refuse plastic films, such as peel-back lids, and plastic (black bin) on residents’ normal collection days. bags, such as carrier bags and cereal bags, can’t be recycled. Mole Valley’s waste collection vehicles have been adapted so they can collect textiles at the Councillor James Friend, Portfolio Holder for same time as recycling. Residents just need to Environment, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to put their unwanted, clean and dry, textiles in offer residents even more opportunities to any tied-up carrier bag and place it next to recycle – it’s exactly what they’ve been asking their recycling bin. Those who usually take their us for. The new services help us to continue to unwanted clothes to charity shops should carry protect the environment of Mole Valley and on doing so. This is simply an alternative way to deliver Value for Money for local council tax recycle them. payers. All textiles can be recycled, including pairs of “We’re aiming for a recycling rate of 64% by shoes, clothes, curtains, bed sheets, blankets 2014 – at the moment Mole Valley is just under and towels. Even tatty textiles are welcome, as 60%, so we’re well on the way. I’d like to thank they can be shredded and reused in a variety of residents for all their help in achieving what we ways. have so far and encourage them to take advantage of the new services – helping to The new service will reduce the number of reusable and recyclable textiles going to landfill protect our local environment." with general waste via black bins, which is both To find out more about MVDC’s wasteful and bad for the environment. It is just as easy for residents to recycle their old or broken small electrical items. They

recycling services, visit


Health & Beauty

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Health & Beauty

Free Soil Sampling

RHS offers free pH testing to gardeners during September and October For gardeners planning to carry out planting this autumn, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is offering free pH testing to determine whether their soil is acid or alkaline. All that gardeners have to do is to take five representative soil samples, 6 inches deep from around their garden, mix them and bring a two-cupful sample of this mix to any of the four RHS Plant Centres. The soil-diagnostic service is being run in conjunction with the charity's 窶連utumn Planting for Year Round Colour' campaign. The RHS wants to promote planting in autumn when the soil is still warm. This gives plants the head start they need to get established in time for spring when growth is at its peak. Once established, a plant's root systems can cope with summer's dry, warm conditions and they are less likely to fail. "Every five or so years or when designing and planting your garden, you need to know whether the soil is acid or alkaline, as different plants thrive in different soils," says Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor. "Wet summers can increase soil acidity, so this year checking pH is especially worthwhile. It is also important to check soil pH before making vegetable plots, planting fruit, when growth is disappointing, or where yellowing of foliage occurs." On 2 October RHS Garden Wisley is also joining forces with the Horticultural Trades Association to plant thousands of pansies and violas, demonstrating how to get colour in your garden now and benefit from an even better display next spring. To find out more about autumn planting visit


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

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


October Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Thurs 11th Mon 15th Wed 17th Thurs 18th Mon 29th

Thu 11 : Westhumble : 7m Around edge of Polesden Lacey estate, ascending to join North Downs Way. 10:30am start in free car park at top of Crabtree Lane, ¾m from Box Hill station. TQ158524 / RH5 6BQ | Mon 15 : Fourwents Pond : 4½m Flat walk through farmland and fields via Ewood Farm. 10:30am start at Fourwents Pond free car park. TQ183453 / RH5 4NX | Wed 17 : Fetcham Downs/Norbury Park : 4m Walking on easy paths with some good views. 10:30am start at Bocketts Farm car park (not CP by the roundabout). Turn off A246 at junction with B2122. TQ155550 / KT22 9BS | Thu 18 : Cobham - Stoke D’Abernon (Elmbridge - new walk) : 4m Scenic walk with a couple of slopes. 11am start in Tilt Road, Cobham, outside the cemetery entrance on the corner. TQ120592 / KT11 3HS | Mon 29 : Charlwood : 3½m Walk through farmland and woodland. 10:15am start at the Half Moon pub, Charlwood, near St Nicholas Church. TQ242411 / RH6 0DS

October Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling )

Thurs 4th Thurs 18th Tues 23rd

Thu 4 : Bocketts Farm : 14m Hilly ride to Polesden Lacy, Ranmore Church, Denbies, Box Hill & Norbury Park. 10.15am start Bocketts Farm. TQ152549 / KT22 9BS | Thu 18 : Tandridge : 15m Challenging ride along the North Downs and back. 10.15am start at Barley Mow pub, Tandridge. The village is on Tandridge Lane about 1m south of A25 between Godstone & Oxted. TQ372505 / RH8 9NJ | Tue 23 : North Downs : 15m From Nutfield Marsh up into the North Downs using bridleways/lanes and Sustrans’ National cycle routes (NCRs). 10.15am start at The Inn on the Pond car park. TQ301516 / RH1 4EU

October Nordic Walks Friday 26th

(walking boots/suitable footwear recommended, bring Nordic poles)

Fri 26 : Abinger Roughs : 5m Pleasant walk through woods & farmland with great views. 10:30 start at Abinger Roughs NT car park, bottom of White Down Lane off A25. TQ110478

Volunteers needed for new elderly care project Age UK Surrey are recruiting volunteers to help run a new project called Proactive Elderly Care, which is being trialled for a year in the north of Surrey and will hopefully go county -wide in the future. The role will be to visit elderly people (75+) in their home at a pre-arranged time and conduct an interview with them (with a questionnaire at first), in order to get a detailed picture of their care needs. The completed questionnaire will be sent to their GP surgery, where a programme of care and support will be drawn up for them. The aim is to keep people out of hospital as long as possible. There will be a half-day training session for all volunteers and a CRB check will be required. Volunteer visitors will ideally continue to act as good neighbours, being a link between the patient and their surgery and providing information about services available locally. The surgeries chosen for the pilot are in Fetcham, Ashtead and Worcester Park.

Contact Richard Jeffries on 01483 534706 or for more details. 48

Clubs & Activities

LeRoc Surrey Exciting Modern Jive Fusion Dance 14 years in Dorking

Have a free trial lesson on us for non members

No strings attached, free 7.45-9.30pm

“I just wanted to send you a huge THANK YOU from Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation for all the support you have shown us over the years. Your support has helped us raise thousands for sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK and we really wouldn't have been able to do this without you!� Ellen Camillin, Corporate & Events Fundraiser, Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation

Mondays - Friends Life Hall Tuesdays - Dorking Halls Partner not essential, any age from 16+

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Clubs & Activities Crista Cullen

Volunteers needed

(Olympic GB Bronze Medallist)

visits Leatherhead Hockey Club

Girlguiding UK is the UK's largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women and is part of an international organisation with over 10 million members worldwide.

Leatherhead Hockey Club were honoured and excited to be joined by Crista Cullen, pictured left, (GB and England defender with over 140 combined caps), at their Open Day on 1st September. Registered as part of Hockey Nation Harvester National Club Weekend, the club’s Open Day contributed to a post-Olympic drive to create a legacy for London 2012, encouraging people to take up or return to playing hockey.

Guider: An interesting and very rewarding role. A Guider is appointed to a particular unit and attends regularly to lead the girls (and enjoy the fun!) weekly, during school term-time. They work with the other Guiders to arrange activities, badge work and administration. Full training and ongoing assistance is provided. Young Leader: A Ranger, Duke of Edinburgh Award participant, or other 16-18 year old that helps at a Rainbow or Brownie unit. Unit Helper: A VERY useful non-warranted adult that helps at a unit. Friend!: We always welcome adults that have time to assist us. You could organise events, keep accounts, help with D.I.Y at the hall? .… just ask how you can help!

This ‘Give it a Go’ promotion was generously supported by the Team GB star who spent two hours with the club, providing some really valuable coaching, giving some insight into her Olympic experiences and patiently responding to numerous requests to see her bronze medal and take photos. Sharing her short corner expertise, she coached the ladies through their routines before supporting the men to develop their drag flick techniques. Players were enthused by Crista’s presence and appreciative of her advice, and have taken away some great memories of a special day.

Division Commissioner for the Leatherhead area, Dax Patel says “Being involved in Guiding is fantastically rewarding, it provides the chance to enjoy fun activities, crafts and games plus the enthusiasm from the girls is infectious!” she continues, “There are also opportunities to help ‘behind the scenes’, for example if accounts or DIY are a unused skill we’d love to put them to the test! We aim to offer a valuable Guiding experience to every girl on the waiting list but only by maintaining our number of adult helpers can girls in Fetcham Village be offered the opportunity to join us and gain from their Guiding experience. Full training and support is provided for every role and its great way to share your talents and add something different to your CV!”

The Club were delighted that the special Open Day attracted about 15-20 potential new recruits among whom were some experienced players, some returning to hockey after many years absence and some young players making the move into senior hockey. Crista has also tweeted her appreciation that the event had succeeded in attracting more people to play hockey: “Thanks @leatherheadhc for having me to visit today. Great to hear that there are some new faces this season. That’s what it’s all about! #Give it a Go”

If you feel you can give up some of your time and help us in any of the above capacities, please contact us via email on, or through our website

Leatherhead Hockey Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities and provides training, regular games and social events. For further info please visit our website, or email and the appropriate person for mens, ladies or colts will get back to you.


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Education & Tuition

WEA - learning for life! Why not learn something new this autumn with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). There are a number of new courses in the area, ranging from history of dance to ballet! So why not come and find out more. The WEA was founded in 1903 to support the educational needs of working men and women. Today, it is a publicly-funded charity inspected by Ofsted, which runs more than 12,000 part-time courses for adults each year. Many of the courses it delivers are run by volunteer-led branches, planned in response to local needs and interests. Here are just some of the courses on offer: Ballet for Fitness & Fun - come along to this friendly class suitable for all ages and abilities. Starting on Monday 24th September, 8pm - 9pm at Leatherhead Trinity School. Fee £50 for 10 weeks. Course ref: C3733143 LATINOcise! - a low-impact, hi-energy class for all ages and abilities. Starting on Monday 24th September, 7pm-8pm at Leatherhead Trinity School. Fee £50 for 10 weeks. Course ref: C3733142 History of Flamenco - find out more about the traditions and origins of this romantic dance - and then have a go yourself! Saturday 22nd September, 10am-12pm at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Fee £10. Course ref: C3733197 Concessions are available - to find out more call Freephone 0800 328 1060.

For more information or to book, please call 0800 328 1060 or visit or email

The Life List

6. They will demand to see your sweetheart and if you think that's embarrassing, wait until they bring out the photo album with you on a rug, naked, with your bum in the air. (All parents do this – experts believe it’s a pay it forward revenge tactic.) 7. They’ll pick your schools and they set your pocket money. Ask any gambler – you can’t beat the house rules indefinitely. It’s the way of the world, so get used to it. 8. Bottom line – your inheritance is their scrimping and saving. So, for every penny they don’t give you for the latest computer game the second it comes out in the shops, a proportion of that saving will one day find its way to you. It's like a trickle down a mountain, gradually gathering in size. 9. They love you. And the really weird thing is that’s the reason they do all that crazy stuff to you. And the more you learn about their behaviour, the more you can inflict it on your own kids and then say, "Blame granddad and grandma – it’s how they brought me up." That's probably what your parents say too.

Reasons to be Kind to Your Parents When You’re a Kid 1. They buy your clothes. And however terrible you think their fashion sense is now, they’re doing that with a sense of care. Just imagine how awful you’d look if they were dressing you with a sense of revenge. 2. They feed you. So indirectly, they’re responsible for deciding whether you grow up with sugar cravings, obesity, sensible eating habits or a perverse fondness for chicken liver smoothies. 3. They could wait until you have a great bunch of friends and then decide to move. You think social services are going to help with your relocation problem? Think again. 4. They tell Father Christmas what presents to leave. Yep, even that awful jumper from your spinster aunt that you had to wear on Christmas Day for the family photos. Trust me, they had a hand in that too. 5. Who do you think will insure your first car – and probably pay for the garage to fix it when you wreck it? That’s right – those mean folks downstairs who won’t let you do whatever it is you think life won’t be worth living unless you do it.

Derek Thompson "The pen is mightier than the sword and easier to carry in your trouser pocket."


Education & Tuition

Result - Happiness We at Surrey Hills Onward Learning are very happy with our examination results this year. Out of some 80 entries at GCSE, 88% passed with C or above, with 15% obtaining A or A*. At GCE A level our pass rate was 75%. No complaints here! This year we have added to our range of GCSEs and A levels to create more opportunities for our learners.

Angie Sayer professional Ceramicist and teacher

There are a few places left in several classes, teenagers and adults all welcome.

Pottery classes in own studio in Ashtead D of E Skills

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

Themed Days Commissions taken

07779 680114


Food & Drink

Recipe ‘Oreo’ Brownies


Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F, Gas mark 4


Grease and line 8” square tin


Melt butter and chocolate in microwave in 30 second blasts, stirring in between blasts until mixture becomes liquid


Whisk eggs and egg yolks until light


Add sugar and carefully fold in, until mixture is stiff


Whisk in chocolate and butter mixture


Fold in flour, cocoa powder and half of the biscuits (lightly broken)


pour mixture into tin and top with remaining halved biscuits


Bake for 25/30 mins


Allow to cool then divide into 16-20 portions

You will need: • 165g butter • 165g soft brown sugar • 200g plain chocolate • 5 eggs (3 eggs and 2 egg yolks) • 2 tbsp plain flour • 1 tbsp cocoa powder • 1 pack Oreo biscuits (half lightly broken, the remainder broken in half) Makes 16-20 brownies Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes

Recipe courtesy of Gill Daniel, The Meadow Kitchen and Bike Beans Café, Ashtead 54

Food & Drink

Chaba Thai Fine Authentic Thai Cuisine at

The Plough

Chaba Thai is an authentic experience, serving flavourful, traditional dishes using ingredients sourced from the finest suppliers. We also offer a Take Away service and alternative English lunch menu

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Restaurant open: Mon–Sat 12-3pm & 6-10pm The Plough | Kingston Road | Leatherhead | KT22 7SP 55

Celebrating Bacchus another 2012 Surrey sporting highlight! Nicky Donbavand, Managing Director of Events to Live sent out huge thanks to all of their supporters and volunteer marshals who make it possible for the event to take place. Thanks also go out to sponsors Powerbar UK for once again providing gels at the water stations, Run to Live shop (prizes); Hilly Socks (spot prizes); Shock Absorber (spot prizes) and Asics UK (marshal bibs and mile markers). With increased interest from overseas entries, the event continues to grow and will become a significant fixture in the Surrey sporting calendar. For details and entry for the Bacchus 2013 (taking place on 8th September 2013) visit


he Bacchus Marathon and half marathon organised by the local company Events to Live took place on Sunday 9th September. Now in its third year the event, raising money for the Children’s Trust in Tadworth, has doubled in size since its conception in 2010, a resounding local success story! Held at Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard in Dorking, the Bacchus is the only race of its kind to be held in the UK. With breathtaking scenery, just prior to the grape harvest, participants have the opportunity to sample Denbies award wining wine as they traverse the route running through the spectacular scenery of the Surrey Hills and North Downs. After what seems like a year of rain, the sun shone, possibly a little too hot for the wide variety of fancy dress costumes –superheroes, grapes, furry animals, bananas, smurfs, sailors, and an assortment of the bizarre and spectacular running along the North Downs Way – but nobody complained. This great year of Surrey sporting activity was embraced by all. The atmosphere was happy, relaxed and tranquil with hundreds of spectators enjoying the balmy September sun. Back to the serious challenge, approx. 1,000 runners made their way through the stunning Surrey Hills, water and wine stations supporting them on their route (marathon 26.2 miles or half 13.1 miles) Participants crossed the finishing line to receive a medal, t-shirt, hog roast and a glass of wine to celebrate!

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Local Taxis & Motor Services


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Wheels for the World at the Paralympic Games

Karen Goodridge signing in one of the delegates


shtead volunteers were delighted to support local charity, Through the Roof, as part of their unique Wheels for the World project near the Olympic Park, on Tuesday 4 September. Over the two-day wheelchair distribution the team, including volunteer therapists, administrators, photographers, techies, and pastors, saw 49 people from 26 countries – both Paralympic athletes and their team supporters - giving out chairs, crutches and rollators plus repairing and tuning up several damaged chairs. This again highlighted the desperate need for wheelchairs in developing countries.

Ashtead physiotherapist, Pam Parker, with an athlete The gift of a chair improved the independence of many of the beneficiaries, including Mary, a Paralympic athlete from Kenya, who competes in discus, shot-put and javelin. She had polio at the age of 3 and makes her living selling goods at the roadside in Nairobi. Even getting to her training depends on inconsistent transportation, and her new wheelchair will mean she’s able to work and get to her coaching much more easily. St John's Church, Stratford, kindly hosted the project, welcoming everyone who came. “We were also joined by two prison officers from the Parkhurst Prison workshop, who came to offer their help where needed and saw how the hard work of the prisoners makes a real difference. I was impressed by the quality of the refurbishment!” says Karen Goodridge, Volunteer Community Fundraiser. “It was both a joy and a great privilege to take part in this extraordinary distribution. I even got a chance to try out my school French!” Our next distribution will be between 14-24 November to Nyeri, Kenya. Please pray for the team as they prepare for the trip and for the provision of much needed children’s wheelchairs. Please visit for more information. All images courtesy of Sam Goodridge

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Share the Scare This Halloween why not settle down for some good oldfashioned ghost stories with the youngest members of your family. We’re not suggesting you curl up with the latest Stephen King; our selection of children’s favourites will deliver just the right amount of spooky. From toddlers to teenagers, these tales will ensure Halloween is less of a trick and more of a treat.


Janet and Allan Ahlberg What could be more fitting for Halloween than three skeletons on a night out? This classic tale of a somewhat unusual family unit will ease the youngest of readers into Halloween. Setting out on a walk, ready to scare someone and then settling for frightening themselves, it’s a humorous (or should that be humerus?) story with the best laughs coming when they try to reassemble Dog Skeleton. A definite bone-rattler for your littlies, it’s certain to have you humming ‘Dem bones, dem bones’ up until bedtime.

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens or ‘Bod’ is no ordinary boy. It’s not surprising really given that he’s been raised by ghosts and ghouls after his own family was murdered. Will Bod survive to adulthood given his unusual adopted family? Will his parents’ killers catch up to him? And how do you learn about life, from the dead? This is a strange and compelling tale for older children. Heavily influenced by Rudyard Kipling’s

‘The Jungle Book’, it’s easy to see why Gaiman has earned himself an army of devoted fans… among the living.

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Malcolm Rose A school trip goes very wrong when twins Kim and Seth and their friend Wes visit Eyam: a community that was wiped out by the Black Death. Kim and Wes decide to take coins (one of which happens to be cursed) from the bottom of a well in the village only to have the theft come back to haunt them. When the boys are struck down with what looks like the plague, it’s Seth to the rescue. It brings new meaning to the phrase ‘take nothing but photographs’.

Debi Gliori Move over Mary Poppins, there’s a new nanny in town. Mrs McLachlan’s hired to sort out the strange and mysterious Strega-Borgia family. She has her work cut out dealing with both the children and the parents, not to mention beasts in the basement. This is a Scottish clan in crisis and only a super nanny can come to their rescue. It’s a strange tale that mixes tradition and new technology into a bizarre brew that could have come straight from a Scottish cauldron.

Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps Horrorland)

R.L. Stine The Goosebumps series does exactly what it says on the tin. Here’s one of our favourite titles in which Sam, who’s desperate to have a pet, starts work in a pet shop. He soon discovers that hamsters may be small, but they’re not always cute. For anyone who enjoyed ‘Bunnicula’, the vampire bunny has nothing on these evil furballs. Be careful what you wish 60

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The Boy Who Haunted Himself

Terry Deary A bizarre story of an experiment that goes somewhat awry, the shy and retiring Peter Stone becomes possessed by a spirit from the past. He faces an epic internal struggle to regain his body and mind. This is a chilling tale, with a sting at the end. Paul McKenna fans: be warned.


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RHS Wisley: The Royal Horticultural Society is opening its world-renowned gardens for free. 'Free Day Friday' is available to everyone with an interest in gardening. On the same day the RHS is also hosting a Plant Society Open Day at each garden


Dorking Halls, 7.30pm, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Libor Pešek. Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto soloist Bartosz Woroch. Dvořák: Symphony No 7. Tickets: £12; £18; £24; £28 from Dorking Concertgoers Box Office 01306 740619 or Dorking Halls Box Office 01306 881717 or online at www. Students half price; children under 16 accompanied by an adult go free.

Sat 13th

Autumn Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, 10.30am until 2.30pm. £1 entry, accompanied children free. Stalls include, cakes, books, china, bric-a-brac, raffle, jewellery, Christmas gifts, toiletries, children’s lucky dip, quality stalls with bargains too. More info from Jane on 01372 811422. (Donations to Parish Office, rear of Hall from 10th)

Sat 13th

Fundraising Community Fair, jointly run by the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides at Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, Fetcham, 2pm-4pm, free entry. Includes Pirate and seaside themed games and activities, bric-a-brac, gifts, books, tombola, refreshments and crafts for children. On the day the winner of the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides’ competition to create the most inventive pirate ship, entirely out of junk, will be announced. 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

Sat 13th

Craft & Charity Fair, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, see opposite for details.

Thurs 25th

The Little Christmas Card Shop opens, Leatherhead Parish Church, selling Cards for Good Causes (CFGC ), run by LRA volunteers

The Pilgrim Quilters 20th Exhibition, in support of Sutton Portage Services, Community Sat 27th & First Responders & SHHIRT. Priory School, Bolters Lane, Banstead, SM7 2AJ. 10am-4pm, Sunday 28th admission £2, children and partners free. Raffle for a handmade quilt and other prizes, craft stall and quilting demonstrations. Refreshments available. Sat 27th

Motor Neurone Disease Assoc E. Surrey branch, Quiz Night, 7pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Tattenham. Tickets £11, inc fish and chip supper, max 8 people per team, bring your own drinks. Info from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964

Sat 27th

Mid-Surrey Mencap Jumble Sale. Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, 11am-1pm. Admission 30p, plenty of bargains, inc small items of kitchenware. Light refreshments.

Sat 27th Sun 4th Nov

Halloween Trail, Polesden Lacey, 11am-3.30pm. Come to Polesden for a spook-tacular trail this Halloween. That is, if you’re brave enough… Come in costume and see how many people you can scare! Normal admission applies plus £2 per trail

Wed 31st

Halloween Fun in Leatherhead town centre, 3pm-6pm, see page 24 for details. If there’s an event in November that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Friday 12th October. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 64 of going to print. Details correct at time

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Leatherh eatherhead ead Theatre Theatre Thursday Thur sday 25th October - 7.30p 7.30pm m

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Craft and Chari harity ty Fair Saturday 13th October 10am – 3pm

Refreshments all day Lunches 12pm – 2pm

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Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks, ‘How the writing begins’, Mrs Adrienne Dines. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demonstration ‘Light Fantastic’, Stephen McDonnell. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.30-4.30pm, visitors £4. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Wed 3rd

Ashtead WI, ’Ghosts of Surrey’, Rupert Matthews Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thurs 4th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706,

Thurs 4th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £3. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

Thurs 4th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 4th (monthly)

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

Thursdays weekly 4th 11th 18th 25th

Admission to these lunchtime concerts is free. There will be a retiring collection if you would like to help cover costs. If you complete a Gift Aid envelope we will be able to top up your contribution by 25p per pound of recovered Income Tax or CGT.

Music on Thursdays - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 12.30pm-1.20pm

4 October – Edita Durrant, mezzo-soprano & Graham Davies, organ & piano 11 October – Atéa Wind Quintet, from the Royal Academy of Music 18 October – Philip Bishop, trumpet & Graham Davies, organ 25 October – Emily Andrews, flute

Friday 5th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am 10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out!

Friday 5th (weekly)

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

Friday 5th (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 two worthy charities.

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Ashtead Choral Society Come & Sing Fauré Requiem

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 1st October, 7.30pm for 8.00pm, at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE. Anyone interested is warmly invited to come and join the choir for the evening, singers of any standard welcome, to sing the Fauré Requiem. 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.

For any further information, please contact Sue Early on 01372 272835.

REGULAR EVENTS Continued Wed 10th

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

Thurs 11th (mthly)

Transition Ashtead meeting. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Our next meeting will have a transport theme with a speaker and short film.

Friday 12th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, cards, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, all supporting the RNLI.

Thurs 18th (monthly)

Leatherhead & District Friends Group, now moved to Leatherhead Royal British Legion, 2pm-4pm. If you are over 50 and would like to join us you would be made most welcome. Recent meetings featured afternoon tea at the Grange and a river trip on the Wey and Arun Canal. On 18th October there’s a raffle, bingo and a discussion on 2013 plans. The more members we can attract the more events we will be able to visit. For more info, please contact Jane on 01372 811422.

Friday 19th

Lecture 'Painting on Sculpture in the Middle Ages' by Ann Brodrick Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street). Coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm All Welcome admission £1 Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Sat 27th

Leatherhead Men’s Breakfasts - 8am at the Anglican, Leatherhead. More info can be found from or go to 67

What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to Richard Digance

Thursday 4th October 7:30pm Adult £16 Friends £13.50 Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen, Richard Digance has, and he's still doing it! Richard Digance, described by Bob Harris as a National Treasure, recently enjoyed his 40th year of touring and he continues to maintain his unique position in entertainment as a top singer, comedian and poet. His new one-man show features new songs from his latest album Old School Photograph and poems from his new book, My Words.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Friday 5th October 7:30pm Adult £17.50 Friends/ Concessions £15 Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums interweave with layers of percussive soundscapes and delicate bamboo flute in a spellbinding display of precise choreography & sheer athleticism.

Peter Gill Presents Noel Coward

Friday 12th October 7:30pm Adult £12.50 Friends/ Concessions £10 Pianist and entertainer, Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself "I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it."

Shakespeare’s Schools Festival

Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th,Thursday 18th 0ctober, 7pm £8, Friends / Concessions £6 / Groups 20+ £5.50 Family and friends are invited to celebrate an evening's professional entertainment with four youthful half hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. From a participating teacher, 2011: "For the first time in their lives, every one of these pupils has faced a challenge without running away. The change in them individually, and collectively, has been astounding."

Treasure Island

Saturday 20th October 2:30pm £9.50, Children £7.50, Family of Four £30 Shiver me timbers, it's Treasure Island - panto style! Ahoy there shipmates! Come and be a pirate. Set sail for fun and adventure with Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, and all their friends in this wonderful show for all the family Meet the Pirates, the pretty Island Princess and Mrs Hawkins the cook, not forgetting Polly Parrot! When young Jim Hawkins discovers a secret treasure map, an exciting story starts to unfold. Watch out for Black Dog who's out to steal the treasure for himself, and laugh with Silly Billy Bones and Ben Gunn - who likes nothing more than cheese! Starring Jassa Ahluwalia from Disney's Art Attack.


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Simple Crossword solution Across: 1 Mist, 3 Tourists, 9 Trestle, 10 Foyer, 11 Explanations, 14 Era, 16 Globe, 17 Sup, 18 Photographer, 21 Ocean, 22 Croquet, 23 Blending, 24 Beef. Down: 1 Muttered, 2 Sleep, 4 Ode, 5 Refrigerator, 6 Sayings, 7 Sore, 8 Straightened, 12 Among, 13 Aperitif, 15 Achieve, 19 House, 20 Tomb, 22 Can.

September’s crossword solutions

Quiz - Units Of Measurement 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Radian Coulomb Volt Ohm Joule Hertz Lux Pascal Becquerel Kelvin

Across: 1 Plaice, 4 Hammocks, 9 Terror, 10 Amaretto, 12 Einstein, 13 Minoan, 15 Noel, 16 Aspirin, 20 Hanover, 21 Soar, 25 Armada, 26 Nebraska, 28 Slovenia, 29 Banish, 30 Set aside, 31 Beheld. Down: 1 Patterns, 2 Arranged, 3 Clouts, 5 Army, 6 Martinis, 7 Cotton, 8 Spoons, 11 Mission, 14 Pie-eyed, 17 Wardress, 18 Conspire, 19 Preached, 22 Pauses, 23 Import, 24 Create, 27 Lied.

Quiz - Monsters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

King Kong Blue Jealousy A werewolf Kraken Scooby Doo Jo Brand Donington Park Kenneth Brannagh (note: Robert de Niro is incorrect as he played the monster). 10. It

Across: 3 Table salt, 8 Oman, 9 Tentacle, 10 Staple, 13 Orion, 14 Descant, 15 Hod, 16 Cheetah, 17 Franc, 21 Riyadh, 22 Tiramisu, 23 Karl, 24 Pepperoni. Down: 1 Hopscotch, 2 Parasites, 4 Aztec, 5 Linseed, 6 Shaw, 7 Lulu, 11 Catamaran, 12 Stockholm, 14 Doh, 15 Harrier, 18 Bruin, 19 Aide, 20 Camp.


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 44

Rentokil Ltd, School Lane, Fetcham Today the premises known as Rentwood derives its name from its previous occupiers Rentokil Limited, specialists in the manufacture of Wood Preservatives and Insecticides, who were there from 1946 to 1964. In 1924 Harold Maxwell-Lefroy, Professor of entomology at Imperial College, London, who had been investigating ways to kill death watch beetles that had infested Westminster Hall, next door to the Houses of Parliament. Lefroy and his assistant produced an antiwoodworm fluid called EntoKill Fluids from a small factory in Hatton Garden, “ento” came from the Latin name for insect. In 1925 he tried to register the name Entokill, but had to choose Rentokil Limited instead. On 14 October 1925, Lefroy was killed in a laboratory when an experiment produced poisonous fumes. His assistant, Elizabeth Eades, took over the running of the company. In 1944 Dr Norman Hickin joined Rentokil Limited as an entomologist; he lived at Home Farm, The Street, Fetcham for many years. He started a servicing section which became Woodworm and Dry Rot Control Ltd in 1952. The Company was bought in 1957 by British Ratin, and in 1960 British Ratin became Rentokil Group. The factory was damaged by fire in 1963 and in 1964 it was announced that Rentokil were to close their factory which employs about 70 people and move it to Liverpool. LUDC acquired the freehold of the land for £47,000 and extinguished the industrial use of the site. The premises were then sold to the Surrey County Council for use by their Social Services Department and also to house an office for the Surrey Voluntary Association for the Blind. 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: 82

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards sustainable consumption Transport yourself to a greener world


omeone told me recently that in America if you are walking in your neighbourhood, people will stop their cars and ask if you are OK – because nobody walks in the States, everybody drives everywhere. Back in the UK, there was a report that said 10% of children living within 500m of school are taken by car and a third of children who get a lift to school live less than a mile away. I don’t know if these things are true but it made me wonder how far the ‘journey’ has to be for us to jump in the car rather than onto Shank’s pony. A common reason for driving is pressure of time…but times change, don’t they? When I was at school, it was really rare to do anything other than walk or cycle, no-one was driven to school. There has been a gradual increase in the use of cars for years and now it’s the new ‘norm’ to use them for even the shortest journeys. But times are changing again – and there are three major things that are prompting us to think again about our transport habits – we are gaining weight and losing fitness; the planet is struggling to cope with our polluting ways and thirdly, financial - the ever rising cost of fuel. These things are connected! Simply adding some walking or cycling into your daily routine gives huge benefits to all of these. The government is also recognising the benefits and is offering financial incentives to cycle to work by backing a company cycle loan scheme. There are about 4 million people who commute less than 3 miles by car to work so there is a lot of potential for getting cars off the roads in the rush hour. Most of us use cars and will continue to do so but there are many ways to minimise the carbon footprint of driving. A big one is to hang on to your car for longer. Producing a medium-sized new car costing £24,000 may generate more than 17 tonnes of CO2 – almost as much as three years' worth of gas and electricity in the typical UK home. This ‘embedded footprint’ incurred during manufacture is a hidden but very real part of a car’s total life emissions. It makes a lot of sense financially too - drivers who buy a car new and then trade it in after three years incur a cost of as much as 50% in depreciation. Years ago, cars became very unreliable as they got older but modern cars last much longer before they give much trouble. We have an ancient VW estate car with over 220,000 miles on the clock and it still drives very nicely! The manner of driving can also cut fuel consumption – smooth acceleration, good anticipation, minimising junk (ie weight) in the boot , switching off the engine in traffic jams etc all help to keep down the cost and emissions of motoring. …But the easiest way to cut down on emissions is to take a walk or cycle to a greener world whenever you can... Our next meeting will have a transport theme with a speaker and short film. Thursday 11th October. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7:30pm. Chris Ellis 01372 275304 84

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