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Ashtead Women’s Institute

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Ashtead Community Vision

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Halloween in Leatherhead

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Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Give a cat a home

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MV Police column

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Head2Head comes to Bookham

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Double dousing for Chairman!

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Gardening - Conifers

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Golden rules if you find a fawn

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Transition Ashtead

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Book review

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Walked the UK!

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline 2014

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ctober rolls in and with it all the fun of Halloween and the start of the longer evenings. As always, Leatherhead will be hosting the usual madness that is the Halloween Festival in the High Street and the Swan Centre. It all kicks off at 3pm on Friday 31st October - and don’t forget your fancy dress outfit. More details on page 62.

You may remember some months ago I ran a story about George Saw and Ailsa Northwood ‘Walking the UK’ to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in memory of George’s mother Vicky - well the kids have done it! More on page 46. Another charity walk, this time in aid of The Children’s Trust, will be taking place on 18th October with Nicholas Owen taking part, see page 24. Each summer the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity hosts around 12 children from the Ukraine who enjoy a month’s respite from an area which, would you believe, is still contaminated by the fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. An update of their month’s visit can be found on page 92. Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth and bones. We get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight; however, many people don’t obtain enough this way and local company Leatherhead Food Research is undertaking a study to evaluate how the body responds to Vitamin D supplementation. They’re recruiting volunteers to take part in this exciting research so, if you are over 50 years old and fancy receiving £750 for your time, check out page 33 for further information. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2014. 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Paul Le Versha, the past Chairman of the Ashtead Residents’ Association. I remember Paul with much affection and, as the then Chairman of the ARA he was always so helpful to me as a fledgling publisher and gave my new little publication much support. I greatly admired the way he ‘told it as it was’ but always diplomatically and with much kindness. I also learnt of the passing of Jeremy Franks who was the Chief Executive of the DAKS Simpson Group until 2004, also after battling cancer. Jeremy was a wonderful ambassador for classic British menswear and a true gentleman. He also had a wicked and dry sense of humour which I adored and very often I left his office in fits of laughter. I spent 11 very happy years working at the Group with Jeremy at the helm. I shall miss them both and the world will certainly be a less interesting place without them. My thoughts are with their families during the difficult time that lies ahead. Don’t forget to put your clocks back by one hour before you go to bed on Saturday 25th October as British summertime ends. Cheerio, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com 6


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The Esso Service Station In The Street, Ashtead closed in 2004. A decade later you may well be asking yourself, what is happening, bearing in mind a planning application to develop the site for a new Tesco supermarket was approved in November 2012.

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The Woodland Trust has purchased the agricultural land and associated woodland of Langley Vale Farm to establish a new wood to commemorate the outbreak of World War 1. Over the next 12 years, the plan is to transform the 640 acres into a mixture of existing woodland, new broadleaf planted woodlands, areas of natural regeneration and open chalk grassland. The Trust aims to secure £9 million from donations to realise this vision which will not only cover the cost of 200,000 new trees but also improved access and routes within the wood.

If there is any consolation, the ARA has been asking the same question. After many aborted attempts to negotiate a way forward the ARA joined forces with SAVE and Transition Ashtead for a meeting with the Corporate Affairs Manager, Tesco South East last month. Unfortunately Ashtead seems to be on the wrong end of Tesco’s corporate review and a new store appears to be some way off. After numerous complaints about the untidy state of the site that you will agree is not becoming to the appearance of our village we are pleased to report that progress has been made. We have negotiated with Tesco for Ashtead to be treated as a unique opportunity to make 40% of the site available as a community facility in the following way at their expense until the building work commences:-

The first trees are expected to be planted this winter by volunteers including school parties. Almost the whole area is with Epsom & Ewell BC but the ARA has been watching the plans develop and has been in communication with and met the responsible officers of the Trust.

The ARA is concerned that the maximum ecological and biodiversity benefits are derived from this exciting initiative and the impacts it metres will have upon Ashtead. In particular, the • Levelling the site, clearing weeds etc. and proposed site for the car park, subject to providing new top soil approval, is in the Mole Valley area on the • Removing the gates and chain linked fence southern side of the junction of Headley Road at the front and Langley Vale Road, with the entrance • Providing seven new raised planters with directly from Headley Road. The ARA is compost ready for planting. Transition Ashtead will be making an appeal for plants concerned over increased traffic movements through Ashtead (e.g. Farm Lane) which it is in due course anticipated will involve coaches from around the • Installing two 3-seater benches in front of country. the planters with wood chip pathways Dialogue with the Woodland Trust is continuing Whilst there has been much publicity about changes at the top of Tesco we remain confident and the ARA is endeavouring to arrange a public that at long last the site will be given a face lift. meeting about the plans. For further information, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/ We wish to assure you that Ashtead is working fwwsurrey. together to impress upon Tesco their • Fencing off the front to a depth of 20

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION In August We declared War on Litter - Now What? The Environmental Subcommittee has been busy making plans for the autumn anti-litter campaign promised this summer. What better place to start than with a giant litter pick. We hope to coincide with the Surrey Police and their volunteers to clean up the Fairs Road area. Friends of Teazle Wood have made major progress in clearing a lake, and will continue clearing pathways in the wood. Previous LRA litter picks have been timed for specific events (the Olympic and Prudential cycle races). The 25 October event will cover more routes into Leatherhead and end up in front of the Letherhead Institute. We will be supported by MVDC who will provide the collection of rubbish, pickers, gloves and sacks. This will only be phase one. Volunteers are needed (Call Cheryl 01372 370 091)

Second Phase (November to early December)

To increase awareness of the massive problem litter causes to our planet and in light of the prediction that our landfills will be full by 2018, we will seek access to local schools via their art classes and expose the problem to fresh, young minds. A short motivational film or slide presentation will be used to inspire two art projects: 1) Anti litter poster art that encourages awareness and change of behaviour 2) Works of art made from the recycled packaging and paper collected during the Christmas season with the focus on over-packaging by producers.

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Selection of the best artworks from all schools to become part of a travelling Anti-Litter exhibition. We are negotiating with Lesley Spiers,( MV Arts and Communities Officer), about making this a partnership project, thereby providing financial support for the art side of the proposal. The CPRE has a small budget for an anti-litter campaign and may provide funding, particularly if the project is match funded by the local councils. We owe hearty thanks to Caroline Cardew Smith, Alan Thornhill, Susan Leveritt, and Lucy Quinnell, all local people who have brought their ideas to the table in the interest of making Leatherhead a lovelier place. Please continue to support the effort to obtain Village Green Status for Leach Grove Wood. Witnesses are needed for the coming hearing, and donations to cover the remaining £1000 of the £3000 legal fees can be made via the LRA post box in the Letherhead Institute. A heartfelt thank you for those already made. Next LRA Open Committee Meeting 3rd November, Letherhead Institute, 7:30pm Cheryl Allen

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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s very own ‘Doomsday Book’ So what’s the role of the Sustainability Appraisal? Unlike the imperialistic intentions of William Duke of Normandy who visited England in 1066, made a note of what he found and liked it so much he stayed, the Sustainability Appraisal provides the hard evidence of Ashtead’s current infrastructure – all the elements which make Ashtead…well… Ashtead. Unlike William’s grand inventory, the Ashtead Sustainability Appraisal pinpoints a range of While I’ve been focusing on preparing the vision issues such as shortages of land for building. It statement for the Neighbourhood Development then gives a full explanation of what is and what Plan (NDP) my colleagues at Ashtead Community is not available as well as the nature of the demand for housing. And, as we all know, that’s Vision (ACV) have been hard at work putting together the Baseline Sustainability Appraisal a pretty contentious issue particularly in light of the foundation on which the NDP is built. issues such as the Green Belt and the preservation of the character of the village Putting together what is effectively an up to which many residents feel so passionately date snapshot of Ashtead in terms of a whole about. range of issues related to planning is no mean feat. The Appraisal is already a 20 page report Once the Appraisal is fully complete the ACV will start analysing the work in the context of of dense figures and statistics which offer a picture of Ashtead in 2014. the Vision statement that was recommended by the last Forum meeting and policies will begin The Appraisal covers issues such as the village’s to be formed. So the long haul has begun and demographics, the nature of the housing stock; we’ll continue to inform residents of progress information regarding health provision, both via the Forum and of course, through our including care homes, nursing homes, dentists friends at the Local magazine. and doctors. The nature of Ashtead’s green spaces including allotments and play areas. It Thankfully, the Appraisal will not be as intrusive covers amenity green space – the small patches as William I’s exercise of 1086 so your of grass which have seating and are managed by information on your fiefs, demesnes, numbers of Mole Valley District council (MVDC). Footpaths, cattle, sheep and pigs etc will not be required. bridleways and common, all feature in And the equivalent of the medieval tax Ashtead’s own version of a modern day collectors will definitely not be employed! ‘Doomsday Book’. The environment also forms a big part of the Appraisal with sites of archaeological interest highlighted together with maps of areas designated for nature conservation value which pinpoint areas of ancient woodland. Infrastructure and transport matters are also included- the capacity of schools, the areas of landfill, contaminated land, drains, ditches, rail, buses and historic hedges all there for everyone to read – or will be once it has been fully completed for the next Forum meeting.

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Amanda ladies boutique was opened on October 5th, 1984, by Mandy Dawson. Then aged only 18, she had no idea how successful the business would be – and could never have predicted it would still be going strong 30 years later. Having gained experience of the retail trade working for Bentalls in Kingston, she spoke to her parents, Pauline and George Nixon, about opening her own shop – and they agreed to finance the venture. They have both been crucial to the business in so many ways. After several years running the shop, Mandy took a break and Pauline stepped into her shoes - with the help of her good friend Sylvia. This proved to be a very happy and successful partnership. Sylvia retired in 2000 and Mandy, who had kept her hand in working on Saturdays, returned to running the business with Pauline. Beryl, best known to customers as the seamstress, undertakes all the alterations. She has been with the business since 1986 and, with her expert skills, has been an invaluable asset. Pauline is still very involved with the business but has taken a tiny step back and Sarah, a good friend of Mandy's, now works in the shop and assists with the buying. For 25 years, George busily plugged away in the background overseeing the finances.. He still has great interest in the shop and is always on hand to help. Mandy wishes to thank Jackie and Marie, who currently work in the shop, and to all who have helped make the business the success it is. Over the years Amanda has held at least 60 fashion shows, raising approximately £100,000 for various local and national charities. Mandy says: “Our customers tell us that the reason they love to shop with us is because we provide a relaxed, informal environment with help and advice at hand if required. We also take great care when picking our collections to ensure we can give our customers a good selection of contemporary but very wearable clothes. Of course, our customers are the key to our business and many of them have been coming to us for years. We regard them all as friends.

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A very special Educational Nature Reserve Whether strolling through the beautiful bluebells in the spring or creeping through the trees at night to listen for bats, most visitors agree that Nower Wood is a very special place indeed. Purchased 41 years ago to protect the ancient wood and establish an Educational Nature Reserve, Nower Wood is one of the oldest Education Centres across the UK Trusts. Acquired with the help of members and local supporters, the Trust took what seemed like a huge risk at the time, but one which has delivered untold benefits for the thousands of children who have since visited our Education Centre and experienced

the magic of the wood.

The Heart of SWT’s Wildlife Education Wildlife Education is one of the key missions of The Wildlife Trusts, and Nower Wood is the heart of Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Education services. Over 10,000 children visit our education centres each year, and in total we reach 15,000 children annually through school visits, family activities such as Halloween and Birthday Parties, and a huge range of Outreach and Forest Schools courses. Nower Wood is an inspiring ‘outdoor classroom’ for young people to learn about science and nature conservation. The wood is teeming with wildlife, and students study woodland ecology, soils, trees, wildflowers, invertebrates, and the world of pond life. Adders, roe deer, badgers and foxes are resident; the woods house dormice and other small mammals, and bats and butterflies are plentiful. All native reptiles are present, including great crested newts. Securing the Future of the Wood Originally, the Education Tutor used to camp in the wood to run nature walks for children from local schools each summer. Finally, in 1978, we were able to purchase a second-hand ‘temporary’ classroom – which is still in use today as the main classroom! Unsurprisingly, the existing buildings are now close to the end of their useful life – one classroom cannot be used for teaching after autumn because it is not heated. The toilets, while clean and functioning, are cold, draughty, and regularly freeze in cold weather! Now we are embarking on the next exciting phase in the Nower Wood story - replacing the old buildings and classrooms. To complete this vital project, we need to raise a daunting target of £470,000. The new Education Centre is vital to enable us to continue teaching children to understand and value their natural world – but we really need your help to secure the future of Nower Wood as a unique site for outdoor learning for generations to come. A New Patron Dame Judi Dench recently became our new Patron and is specifically supporting our ‘Nower Wood New Build’ campaign. Dame Judi Dench said: “As a local Surrey resident with a love of wildlife, I’m delighted to be supporting Surrey Wildlife Trust and its Nower Wood New Build Project. “I also recognise the importance of outdoor education and the need to inspire the next generation about wildlife and conservation.” To find out more about this exciting project please visit http://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/discoverand-learn/education-centres/nower-wood-newbuild or contact Tania Ord-Smith on 01483 795469, email: Tania.Ord-Smith@surreywt.org.uk 20


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Mole Valley Police Column “If you like, I can fix that guttering for you - for cash?” Hearing that kind of phrase is, for some reason, more common towards the latter part of every year. Perhaps, with winter approaching, opportunist “rogue traders” see a good opportunity to take advantage of people’s vulnerabilities and the desire to have their homes safe, secure and watertight for the coming colder months?

warrant card to identify themselves, or you can even phone us on 101 to confirm an officer’s details to your satisfaction. Rogue traders tend to be people who offer to carry out work for cash, quite often for sums of money far greater than is actually justified. Examples could be, repairs to “leaking” guttering, replacing ridge tiles, repainting windows and sills, cutting back hedges and other general maintenance work. Many of these people are not even competent to carry out work of this kind and apply pressure to get the customer to go to their bank to draw out the large sum of cash in payment. You can always contact Trading Standards to ask for names of reputable organisations that will carry out work for a fair price.

Surrey Police continues to work alongside a number of partner agencies, developing initiatives to help all members of our communities be and feel safe in their own homes. As part of ongoing work we do already, your Neighbourhood Teams are focusing particular attention on providing guidance, support and awareness to members of the community on how to spot and deal with cold callers, rogue traders and distraction burglars.

In short, traders who offer to carry out work for cash uninvited should be viewed with some suspicion. You have a right to refuse to deal with anyone who calls at your home uninvited. If you are ever put in this position and feel in any way vulnerable, please call the police on 999.

You should know, however, that you have a right to refuse to deal with anyone who comes to your door uninvited. You can always refuse to answer if you have any concerns about the caller. If you have a door chain and do intend to answer the door, then put the chain across before opening the door.

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

Distraction burglaries can be particularly upsetting as they prey on people’s trust in “authority”. For example, a person may call, saying that they are from a utility company, calling to check on reports of “faulty” water pipes, gas leaks or problems with the electricity supply. Once they gain entry, they will distract the resident by asking them to keep an eye on a tap or meter, while others go elsewhere in the house to “carry out checks”. Many people have been distressed to find they have had money, bank cards, jewellery or other items taken in just a few moments. Please insist on seeing appropriate identification for anyone claiming to be from a utility company. You can also telephone the company to find out if they are operating in the area. In fact, even if a uniformed police officer calls at your door they will be perfectly happy for you to ask to see their

For more crime prevention advice visit www.surrey.police.uk If you need to contact your local policing team, you can always email us at molevalley@surrey.pnn.police.uk or call 101 and ask for extension 39635 – direct dial is 01483 639635. For all other non-emergency issues, please contact 101 or, in an emergency – or if you see a crime actually taking place – always call 999 Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name. 22


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For updated information visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/twilight or contact Nicole on 01737 365019 or by email at nlavelle@thechildrenstrust.org.uk To follow on Facebook, visit: facebook.com/walktwilight

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Popular television newsreader and radio presenter, Nicholas Owen (pic above) is extending an invitation to join a special twilight walk, in aid of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. He will also be joined by actress Amanda Burton, who will be taking part in the walk. Both are ambassadors for The Children’s Trust. Tickets are now available for Twilight Walk - an early evening walk under the stars. The annual event will be taking place on Saturday 18 October. The 13 mile walk is open to adults (participants must be 18 and over), whilst families with children can choose a more leisurely walk of 5k. Both walks around the local area of Tadworth, Walton-on-the-Hill and Epsom Downs begin and finish at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. Registration and entertainment, which includes music, hog roast and hot toddies start from 3.30 pm, with a Zumba warm-up before the two walks commence. Adult entry is £15 in advance for the 13 mile walk, £10 in advance for the 5k walk, and £5 for children under 12 for the 5Kwalk. Twilight Walk t-shirts will be provided 24


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WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE adds: "Every year hundreds of young deer lose their lives because members of the public find a deer fawn that is on its own and appears to have been abandoned, and then they unwittingly interfere and cause infinitely more damage than if they had left the fawn alone. "Mother deer leave their young by themselves for long periods during the day and night, this is to prevent the fawn from becoming exhausted as it would if following its mother all day as she browses for food. So, if you find a young fawn, please walk away from it immediately. Deer are pre-programmed to be terrified of humans. This is what keeps them safe. It is very natural for a baby to be on its own but its mother is always nearby and watching over it. "If the fawn is crying, it is because it is terrified of you and is calling for its mum, not because it is injured. Remember this is a WILD animal, so sitting and stroking the fawn is not comforting for it, as it would be for a domestic dog. A deer will be terrified in this situation and you are risking its life. The stress could severely damage its heart and even kill the deer, due to a condition that deer suffer from called 'capture myopathy', as well as the likelihood of it being rejected by its mother, now that the fawn smells of humans. The best thing you can do for this beautiful animal is to walk away as soon as possible and if you do have any worries about its safety, ring WAF. And, if you have a dog with you, please make sure you keep it on a lead and well away from the fawn." 32


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ctober was a boring month for Ruth. November smelled of bonfires and fireworks, December had the lights of Christmas and January offered the promises of a new year but October was dull. Summer was behind and winter ahead.

the table with a large bowl of oozing blood red sweets in the shape of body parts. “Dad just texted to say that he’s missed his train and won’t be here for another hour. Before Granny and Grandpa get here, I want to quickly warn you about Grandpa. Whatever you do, don’t ask him if he’s ever seen a ghost. You don’t know this but Grandpa has been visited by a real ghostly spirit and he doesn’t like to talk about it.”

The end of the month brought Halloween and ‘trick or treating’. Ruth didn’t mind the pretty little witches and pumpkins that knocked at the door with their vampire smiles and plastic buckets but she felt intimidated by the nonchalant threats of teenagers in cheap zombie masks and always worried about her vulnerable elderly neighbours.

“Tell us, Mum, please! We won’t say anything to Grandpa… Please tell us!” The candles flickered on the table and the bowl of sweets was forgotten.

Her children had never been ‘trick or treating’ and every year they sulked and berated their mother for not letting them go out. Ruth had always hated the idea of her children knocking on doors and asking for treats. They weren’t allowed to demand sweets from strangers at any other time and were certainly not encouraged to provide a ‘trick’ if they did not get what they wanted, so why should they do it just because it was Halloween?

“Grandpa went to an old traditional boarding school where there was a very strict teacher called Mr Flagell. He was a cruel man and used to cane the pupils with a long bamboo rod that would crack like a whip. Mr Flagell had a great bushy ash grey beard and wore a grey trilby hat. The children were terrified of him. One day, Mr Flagell decided to cane Grandpa for no reason at all. Grandpa held out his hand but snatched it away before the cane struck. Mr Flagell roared at him in fury and vowed that he’d come back as a ghost to haunt him and his family forever and that he’d crack his cane for eternity. Grandpa sees him, Daddy sees him and one day you’ll see him. If you listen very carefully, you might even hear his cane swishing in the dark…”

Ruth always tried to make the evening enjoyable. They’d often have friends over and would decorate the house and dress up in silly costumes before tucking into a candlelit tea with blood orange iced fairy cakes and jellies with plastic spiders at the bottom. The children were all at different Halloween stages this year. Daniel couldn’t be bothered and thought it was all ‘lame’. Ben had been asked to join a large group of mates from school to do some serious trick or treating and Sarah still wanted to dress up and have cake and spider jelly with her brothers.

The children’s terror hung in the air until a sudden interruption broke the stunned silence. “Cooeeeee!!! Darlings…. It’s Granny and Grandpa… Sorry we’re a bit early. We had such a good run down here. Isn’t anyone going to say hello? Why are you all sitting here in the dark and why, for goodness sake, is that daft husband of yours creeping around outside your window wearing a hat, a silly false grey bear and holding a garden bamboo cane?”

Desperate times called for desperate measures and Ruth decided that it was time to bring out the big guns. When Ben was told that he had to stay home because his grandparents were coming over, Ruth expected a row and several slamming doors. She was amazed when he accepted the plan with surprisingly good grace. In reality, Ben had just fallen out with one of his friends and was happy to have an excuse not to go. Grandparents also meant extra pocket money and he was saving up for a new computer game.

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Back to the Future ‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’ wrote George Orwell in his classic dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty Four. Gone are the images of hover boards and self-adjusting clothing, and in come repeated ideas that the future could be anything but rosy for the human race. The future may not be fantastic, but the fiction certainly is. Divergent - Veronica Roth

Life is generally considered to be confusing enough for teenagers, but in Veronica Roth’s vision of the future, society has become fragmented into five factions of virtue, and all sixteen year olds must choose that which they want to devote their lives to preserving. Tris needs to make a decision about who to trust and whether or not to leave her family and follow her own path. Then there’s a new love interest, but she’s not sure whether he will in fact protect her or ultimately destroy her. Once the brutality of the initiation is over, is it all worth it and is Tris following the right path? It’s ideal reading for anyone who’s stressing over which university to go to. After reading Divergent, it’ll be a doddle.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell Long before Davina McCall blasted onto our screens, George Orwell was writing his dystopian classic about Big Brother and Room 101. Written in the past (1949) about the future (1984), that’s now being read in the present (2014, in case you’re not sure!) has actually resulted in the creation of a timeless novel. The fear factor associated with the Ministry of Truth still reigns supreme and the fact that it was supposed to be a commentary on communism doesn’t seem to have dated it one bit. Winston Smith is beavering away in the Record Department, rewriting everything to suit the ruling party whilst secretly plotting his rebellion. Freedom is

life, and Smith is determined that the Ministry won’t determine his future.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K Dick

If the plot starts to feel vaguely familiar, it’s because Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner was based on Dick’s novel. Bounty hunter Rick Deckard is preying on, and ‘retiring’ androids that have short but murderous lifespans, in order to pay his own bills and keep his depressed wife buoyant. In a parallel life, John Isidore is trying to conserve and protect the androids. In this post-apocalyptic world, most animals have been destroyed by the effects of radiation and the scarcity and cost of owning one is where the title comes from. The novel asks all kinds of questions about human emotions and, most importantly perhaps, about empathy. It’s an amazing and intriguing thriller.

Brave New World-

Aldous Huxley In Huxley’s vision of the future, everyone’s free to take recreational drugs and be as promiscuous as they like. Who wouldn’t want to exist in such a utopia? The World Controllers have created the ideal living situation but, true to form, there’s always one who isn’t happy. It’s just all a bit too good. Bernard Marx is searching for imperfections, unconvinced that this contrived society is really making people as happy as they appear. He visits one of the so-called Savage Reservations to try and cure his restlessness. A

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2001: A Space Odyssey-

Arthur C Clarke Next time your computer won’t do what you want it to, spare a thought for the crew of the Discovery, who’ve been tasked with finding out why a mysterious monolith found on the Moon, is sending a signal out to Saturn. Their electronic friend is HAL 9000, who seems to have developed feelings and self-awareness, but also slightly murderous tendencies. If you thought space was scary enough, imagine being under the control of a digital psychopath. It’s science fiction at its most intense, with the very existence of human civilisation at risk from homicidal HAL.

Uglies- Scott Westerfeld

Ever thought how much easier your life would be, if you had been born beautiful? Perhaps you are one who is fair of face and dispute the fact that it’s a walk in the park if you’re gorgeous. In Tally’s world, everyone gets the chance to experience outer beauty- they just need to turn sixteen. The ‘Pretties’ live in a paradise of halcyon days and all the ‘Uglies’ can do is stay in the shadows and wait. But Tally’s friend Shay isn’t so convinced that pretty is the way to go, and she’s found a way out. So the authorities issue Tally with an ultimatum: find Shay and turn her in, or Tally will never turn ‘pretty’ herself.


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

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October Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Wed 1 : Ranmore Common, 4m Meet 10:15am at the ‘free’ car park at the west of Ranmore Common Road (not the NT car park at Denbies Hillside). Walking through North Downs Way and Ranmore Common. TQ126501 / RH5 6SS | Mon 6 : Brockham 3.5m Meet 10am at Brockham Green outside The Royal Oak. From the A25, follow signposts to Brockham (rugby pitches alongside the A25) over Brockham Bridge, and turn left at the Green. Easy walk, mostly along the banks of the River Mole. One gentle incline. Optional pubs nearby. TQ196496 / RH3 7JS (T) Bus 32 | Tue 14 : Epsom Common 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9.45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | GO FURTHER: Fri 17 : Sharpthorne 6m Meet 10am. Park in the Finch Field picnic site (TQ 3666326) on the minor road from Intrepid Fox pub (now closed), Sharpthorne and the church in West Hoathly village. A walk along the Sussex Border Path, Highbrook and the Bluebell Railway. Bring a snack. TQ366326/RH19 4PN | Tue 21: Limpsfield : 5m Walk up to North Downs, Botley Hill & return via Titsey Place. Meet 10am at far end of Detillens Lane, Limpsfield village. Off A25 Westerham Rd. TQ404530 / RH8 0DP (T) Bus 236, 594 | GO FURTHER: Fri 24 : Denbies : 7½-8m Walk towards Westhumble, ascend to Admiral Way & Polesden Lacey. On return, descend through the vineyards. Lovely views, one steady ascent. Meet 10:15am at Denbies Wine Estate car park. Off A24. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Bus 465 / Dorking station | Mon 27 : Headley Village & Heath (Mole Valley) : 5m Some field walking with (hopefully) a view of Epsom Grandstand and over London. Mostly in woods and heathland of Headley. No major climbs, but one flight of steps down. Excellent refreshments available afterwards. Meet 10am in NT car park, Headley Common Rd B2033, opposite the cricket pitch. TQ205538 / KT18 6NN | Wed 29 : Mickleham, 4m Meet 10:15am in Rykas car park, opposite Burford Bridge Hotel off the A24. A varied walk up the back of Box Hill taking in Broadwood Folly and viewpoint, followed by a gentle descent. Toilets in the car park. Lunch at Stepping Stones. TQ171521 / RH5 6BX

October Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Fri 17 : Wisley via Bookham Common & Effingham Jctn: (1) 15m: Across Bookham Common to Chatley Semiphore Tower, then a run down the runway at Wisley airfield before returning via Ockham. Mainly flat but a few rises and some roads. May be muddy in places. Meet at the Ye Old Windsor Castle, Little Bookham. TQ128 539 / KT23 3AA | Mon 20 : Friday Street (3) 10m Technical ride for experienced, confident riders. Meet at the Friday Street car park (TQ126457). Turn off the A25 at Manor Farm, Wotton, into Hollow Lane. After approx 1 mile, turn left into Friday Street Road. Car park is ¼ mile on the right (watch out for low entrance height!). TQ126457 / RH5 6JR | Wed 22 : Earlswood Lakes (2) 19m Ride will initially be on the N21 towards Horley and back via Smallfield and Outwood. Mostly level tracks with some road cycling. Meet at the Earlswood Lakes car park – height restriction in place at the entrance. TQ270483 / RH2 7QB | Mon 27 : Mogador (2) 15m To Tattenham Corner and back. Some new bits. Meet at the Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532 / KT20 7ES 54


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Ashtead Women’s Institute - September 2014 Meeting We were greeted back from our summer break with a warm welcome from our President, Sally Cole, giving news of a happy visit to Chichester in August, and of many events to look forward to in the coming weeks. Planned so far are a lunch at Brooklands College, a fund-raising coffee morning, an evening with our Emlyn Downs Group of W.I.s and a Christmas lunch in December. We do like our food! Also many more autumn activities for us to enjoy will be taking place in our Peace Memorial Hall’s 90th Anniversary Year. Straight away, our speaker Mr Peter Thompson, a retired barrister, addressed us as his jury in a particular case for a client, explaining the details and reminding us that the Prosecution has to prove guilt. Jury by our peers was brought in by Richard III and has worked well since, though apparently steps are being taken to gradually bring in secret courts instead, which Mr Thompson was much against. He told us of many very well known cases where a person had been convicted of murder and hanged, and who, alarmingly, were found much later to be innocent. Also, Mr Thompson felt that young people did not have enough life experience to sit on a jury, and that they should be at least 25 years old to be able to give balanced judgements in court. After many amusing tales Mr Thompson took out from his proudly acquired red bag, his gown, made of ‘stuff’ and his horse-hair wig, and dressed in them, told us of their origins. This was a very enlightening and entertaining evening and of course there were many questions from our members. The speaker at our next meeting on 1st October will be Kathy Atherton, telling us about the Suffragette Movement and we would welcome visitors to the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.15 for 7.30. Sandra Brown

Ashtead Townswomen's Guild At our September meeting we saw some very interesting slides depicting shop fronts & other buildings in London. Our speaker Heather Symes told about their history, obscure facts that we did not know. Very fascinating. Next time we walk in a London we must look more closely at the buildings. We are holding a Beetle drive on October 23rd which will be a forerunner for the Mid Surrey Federation beetle drive on October 27th which will be held at the Guide Hut in Guildford. Federation are holding their annual ploughman' s lunch before the business meeting on September 15th. They held a croquet day in August when2 members of our Guild came second. Our usual sub sections start again this month after a summer recess. Ambling, stitch & natter & Scrabble. Federation are holding their annual Scrabble competition on 29th September, the winner goes up to Birmingham to play in the National final. At our next meeting, our 69th birthday, we will listen to Neil Sadler talking about GongGoozling for beginners. Why not come along and find out what that is all about. The meeting is at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7th October at 7.30 for 7.45pm. You can also enjoy a piece of Birthday cake!

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Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), Tap & Theatre Dance taught by highly trained and qualified teachers for students from 3 years of age Principal: Maxine Simpson LRAD, AISTD 01372 272177 maxine@ashteadballetschool.co.uk www.ashteadballetschool.co.uk

 A long established competitive swimming club  Caters for all abilities and ages of swimmers from Learn to Swim Academy through to Junior competition up to Elite level

 Swimmers develop their skills in a structured and sociable environment  Actively encourages individual and team participation in ASA licensed galas and meets including the National Arena Swimming League, Rother League and Junior Cup competitions.

 Swimmers have regularly represented LSC at County, Regional and National level  New Masters Squad launched in September 2014 (21+ years) LSC trains at a number of local locations including Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Leatherhead Swimming Academy is part of the club and runs at St Teresa’s School, Effingham, RH5 6ST. Free Swim Trial and Membership Enquiries Potential new joiners are offered a free Swim Trial, held at Leatherhead Leisure Centre

For all Swim Academy enquiries and LSC Main club membership enquiries visit www.leatherheadsc.co.uk. You can complete our joining enquiry form found at www.surreycommunity.info/leatherheadswimmingclub/joining/joining-enquiry

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Clubs & Activities Introducing Suki Turner,

- A.R.A.D., L.I.S.T.D. (Dip), L.I.D.T.A.

Artistic Director and Coach of CentreStage Performing Arts Training in Leatherhead, Cobham, Oxshott regular basis and all our teachers are CRB/ DBS registered

CentreStage is a highly successful performing arts school in Cobham, Oxshott and Leatherhead. I established the school 20 years ago and continue to provide high quality dance, drama, musical theatre and street jazz classes for children from 3 – 18 years old. It is under-pinned by professional experience and solid vocational curricula from the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The school’s success is proven by our exam results and the positive comments regularly received from examiners, teachers and parents. Our ethos is to nurture and develop our students’ talents and enjoyment in the performing arts, through discipline and a spirit of fun.

Agency CentreStage has an Agency division, for invited students to be represented for professional work commitments in Theatre, Film, Television and Radio. Recent Productions Our children often successfully audition for professional work, such as voiceovers, films, television, commercials and West End plays and musicals. Latterly we were proud to have one of our students in Matilda for a year and others in a major feature film and various commercials. We commission a major CentreStage production every two years at the Leatherhead Theatre with music, dances and songs to suit our students. Recent productions were Peter Pan, The Snow Queen and Honk! We regularly have dance displays at seasonal times; for example St. George’s Day and The Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival. We regularly hold themed holiday courses.

Schools in Partnership A Partnership mechanism can be set up whereby CentreStage teachers work alongside your Performing Arts/Drama Teacher(s). They could provide the necessary choreography in the appropriate era or styles for your stage performances; or they could be called upon as a resource to direct shows and workshops. They could also run after-school hobby classes in Drama and various Dance disciplines.

Testimonials "Thank you for the hard work you and your staff put in toward making CentreStage a wonderful school". "Natasha really enjoys the classes on Saturdays". "I just wanted to say congratulations for putting on such a good show. My husband and I have sat through quite a few performances by other companies but this was even the best we have seen". "We thought the show was utterly fantastic". "All the children were amazing and the effort you and your staff put in was richly rewarded in a wonderful production". "Emma loved being a mouse, performed beautifully and smiled from start to finish. She is just disappointed that she won't be performing it again, and is inspired by the older ballerinas, as I thought she would be". “Enthusiasm, discipline and obvious enjoyment from a large cast of young performers, you truly brought the Leatherhead Drama Festival alive!”

Advantages of CentreStage training Every member of the CentreStage staff is a trained performing arts teacher, and has performed professionally themselves; which means our teachers impart a full understanding of the skills, requirements and techniques that young people need to develop their talents, to gain confidence and to perform to their potential. CentreStage offers external examination programmes in the RAD and ISTD dance syllabi and LAMDA drama courses, facilitating solid accreditation of a student’s abilities, if required. Several students have earned scholarships to their secondary schools as a result of taking CentreStage classes. Schools we are associated with: Danes Hill, Dawnay, Eastwick, Epsom College, Howard of Effingham, Manor House, Rowan, Royal Kent, St John’s, Therfield, Trinity and others.

For more information or to arrange a meeting to discuss what we can offer please contact Suki Turner, 07940 503971, info@centrestagedanceanddrama.co.uk, www.centrestagedanceanddrama.co.uk

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Leatherhead Community Association’s exciting new Autumn Programme The Autumn programme has just been announced and there are some very interesting events taking place both in The Institute and away from it. On the third Wednesday of each month there is a music appreciation meeting from 2.15pm-4.15pm, only £2 for non- members, and on two Wednesdays in October and in November there are 'Art History' lectures covering such subjects as 'The Bloomsbury Group' and 'Dutch Painting in the Golden Age'. There is an afternoon each month for 'Tea and Talks', including cake, with the November one being about the 'Joe Lyons story' - who doesn't remember the 'Nippys'? There are also visits planned for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. There is a very wide walks programme shorter ones, longer ones and strolls, often finishing near a hostelry for sustenance! Also, did you know that, apart from Rooms being available to let for meetings etc, it is now possible to hire the Association’s new high quality digital projector for only £15.

Membership is only £5 a year and full details of all the events organised by the LCA can be found on the website - www.leatherheadca.org.uk. Alternatively please phone or email the Administrator on 01372 360508 or LCA2@btconnect.com between 9am and 12pm who will be very happy to answer any of your questions. 60


Clubs & Activities / Education & Tuition

Angie Child

Professional Ceramicist & Teacher • Pottery classes in own

studio in Ashtead

• D of E Skills • Themed Days • Commissions taken

07779 680114

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Welcome back

At Surrey Hills Onward Learning, (a provider of adult education classes) we are delighted to have the opportunity to appear in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local.

Now that autumn is upon us, we have a range of courses appropriate for this time of year: In the garden, our Tuesday courses focus on seasonal gardening - Autumn Gardening (9.45-11.15am), Maintaining a Healthy Garden (11.30am-1pm) and Composting (7.15-8.45pm)

The ‘A & L Local’ is well presented, accessible and has a wide readership, so ideal for getting one’s brand known.

If money is what concerns you at the moment, help is at hand with our Personal Finance followed by The Square Mile Unravelled – a review of financial practices which impinge on us all both on Monday afternoons.

Every time we include an advertisement we get several enquiries which result in enrolments.

With memories of World War 1, we are looking at art and literature – Monday afternoons from 3rd November.

We are sure that the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local has contributed significantly to the rise of our student numbers by some 15% during the last year. Jill Harris, Principal

We have vacancies in Spanish beginners, French elementary, Latin, Social Psychology, and also – GCSEs in History, Law and Maths.

For info, phone 01372 363708 / 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website surreyhillsonwardlearning.org.uk

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Health & Beauty

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Halloween in Leatherhead Friday 31st October 3pm-6pm

The brave can get up close with some seriously creepy crawlies; battle it out to win one of the prizes up for grabs in the fancy dress competition at the Swan Centre from 5pm. The competition is open to all so expect a few ‘mummies’ – and daddies – too! Those up for a challenge can try their luck with the delightfully disgusting ‘Yucky Dip’ game, see if you have what it takes to be ‘Grave Digger’, chance your arm at ‘Doughnut Bobbing’ or deduce the number of ingredients in the poisonous potion. A small entry charge applies to these games. Meanwhile, younger spooks can join in the fun and let off steam by entering the ‘Track the Troll’ competition which is taking place around the town’s shops; or ride the miniature steam train (50p per ride or free if you have Leatherhead town centre receipt for 30th/31st Oct). Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ spook things up. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant troll and crazy chimp that will be crashing and scampering through the centre and watch out for Abercrombie Zombie lurking in the shadows before showing unsuspecting passers by his glow juggling expertise. Please note: The barrier in the high street will be closed to vehicles until 6.30pm to allow this event to take place. 62


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St Stephen’s House Surgery

Patient Participation Group AGM Wednesday 8th October - 7.30pm

The Patient Participation Group of St Stephen’s House Surgery will be holding their Annual General Meeting on 8th October 7.30 for 8pm in the St George’s Christian Centre in Barnett Wood Lane. This is an opportunity for patients to hear what is going on and to have a say. Nominations are invited for a new chairman, secretary and treasurer and for more members of the team. Retired GP Margaret Chilton will talk on “Complementary Medicine”. The St Stephen’s GPs will talk about current issues affecting the practice and there will opportunities for patients and doctors to meet and chat.

For more information and nomination forms please phone 274276 or e-mail ststephens2ppg@virginmedia.com

“My name is Minou & I’m tabby & white & 11 yrs. young. I’ve just been through the most traumatic time. My lovely mistress died suddenly and was taken away by the ambulance and police – and they had to break into our house to get to her. Because it was very noisy and frightening I hid and so they didn’t know I was there when they left – and I found myself shut up in my home with no food or water for 4 days. I survived by drinking from the toilet before I was eventually rescued and I’m now in the care of CP. I’m desperate to find a home with an older person who will give me loads of TLC, cuddles and tummy-rubs which I love. Can you help me – I don’t like being in a pen after years of living in a home with lots of love.” If you feel that you could give Minou a much deserved forever loving home call Sue on 0208 390 3165

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FOR AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE TELEPHONE JANE 07910 914 957

www.ashtead-colonics.co.uk Head2Head Theatre comes to Bookham in October “My son hasn’t stopped cleaning the house since he saw your show.” “That’s an outcome we hadn’t anticipated,” says Anni Rhodes of Head2Head Theatre for children with special needs. “In the opening scene we sing a beating and dusting song. Everyone grabs a brightly -coloured furry duster, a carpet beater or an extra long paintbrush, and starts spring cleaning. It’s hysterical to discover what some children think needs a good rub down!” And that’s how Head2Head Theatre staged its first interactive performance storytelling event at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. County Councillors Tina Mountain, Tim Hall, John Beckett, Bob Gardner and Nick Harrison supported this project with funding from their members’ allocation budget with The Trust providing the venue. One mother commented that "They haven’t got to ‘perform’ and can get involved as little or as much as they want. Also the child does not have to be at a certain ability level to be able to participate. It is literally accessible for all."

As part of Arts Alive 2014, Head2Head is visiting The Dawnay School, Griffin Way, Gt Bookham, KT23 4JJ with ‘Blackbeard’s Revenge’ on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th October (10.45am and 1.15pm on both days; 12 noon - 1pm - fun time for all families), so watch out for pirates! 68


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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? Friday 3rd

APMH Friends’ Dinner celebrating 90th anniversary of the Hall. 6.30pm for 7pm. Three course meal plus magic from John Field. Tickets £20.50 available at Fri coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members.

Saturday 4th

1-4pm Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and join in all the fun of the fayre. Find treasures and bargains on all your favourite stalls. See info in this magazine

Saturday 4th

MV Indoor Bowling Club Invites you to a FREE introduction to indoor bowls at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. 10am-1pm. Novices and experienced players welcome: ladies, gentlemen, singles or couples, come and meet us for a chat and coffee. Info from Guy Tortise on 01372 374653 or visit www.mvibc.co.uk

Monday 6th

Humphrey’s Pyjama Week for schools, nurseries or local groups. For a suggested donation of £2, children can wear their pyjamas to nursery, school or group on one day during Humphrey's Pyjama Week and raise money for The Children's Trust! Free story book, activity books, stickers and certificates for all! 01737 365017, or go to www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/humphrey

Friday 17th

Leatherhead & District Local History Soc lecture - “The Roman Villa in Ashtead Woods – a Century of Research” by David Bird. The Letherhead Institute, High Street. Starting at 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm. Non-members are heartily welcome. Admission £2.

Thurs 23rd Sunday 26th

Keep the Home Fires Burning, 7.30pm, St Nicholas Church, The St, Charlwood, RH6 0DS. The story of a Charlwood family through the First World War in music and song, based on true events about a real Charlwood family and involving as many residents as possible. £10, con £5, Charlwood Box Office 01293 862821

Saturday 25th

Mid-Surrey Mencap Autumn Jumble Sale, 11am-1pm, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead. Admission is 50p. Do come along and find a bargain!

Sunday 26th

Dorking Concertgoers, Dorking Halls, 3pm present Sublime Sitar - a concert of traditional Indian classical music. Vijay Jagtap - Sitar; Hanif Khan - Tabla; Hema Shah - Tanpura. Tickets £18. Students half price; under 18s accompanied by full price ticket holder, free. From 01306 740619, Dorking Halls 01306 881717 or www.dorkinghalls.co.uk

The Pilgrim Quilters' Exhibition, Priory School, Bolters Lane, Banstead, SM7 2AJ, 10amSaturday 25th 4pm. £2.50, partners and children free. Display of quilts, sales table, traders, & Sunday 26th demonstrations, handmade quilt raffle, refreshments. In support of 'The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals', more info from: info@pilgrimquilters.co.uk Friday 31st

Halloween in Leatherhead Town Centre, more details on page 62

Friday 31st

Haunted Headley’s Halloween Hideout. Headley Heath (meeting arrangements given on booking), 4pm-7.30pm. £8 pp, booking essential. Den building marshmallow toasting, spine tingling fun. Booking details: 01372 220644, surreyhills@nationaltrust.org.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 15th NOVEMBER

Bridgend Male Choir concert of Welsh music, Leatherhead Parish Church, 3.30pm. Tickets available from 20th October. More details next month.

Friday 21st NOVEMBER

Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, Christmas Dance at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and latin dancing. Tickets £16, inc refreshments - Info from: Sylvia & Ricky 01737 819699 or Sue & Pat 01372 277938 If there’s an event in November that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Sunday 12th October. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 70


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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Wednesday 1st (weekly)

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

Wed 1st (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Nel de Jong-Smith ’Dutch Treat’. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 1st (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ’Suffragette Movement’ speaker Kathy Atheron. Info Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 1st (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (weekly)

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

Thurs 2nd (mthly)

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

Friday 3rd & Fri 17th

Oasis for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s at George’s Cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, 9.15-10.30am. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat. 3rd: Penny Fleming shares her thoughts on when is a good time to return to work. 17th: Today we're thinking about giving our children time to just be children! All welcome, no charge. More info 272177.

Friday 3rd (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 3rd (monthly)

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

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along to buy home-baked, handmade and home-grown goods. Or if you have any of these to sell do pop in for a chat to find out more. Contact Janine 01372 374914 with any queries.

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am- 12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Trade, professional or beginner - call in and see me for a whole range of haberdashery - 25% discount on whole rolls of ribbon or complete packs of most items. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote

Sunday 5th (weekly)

10.30am St. Mary and St.Nicholas Church, Parish Communion Families are particularly welcome. Full range of children's activities to suit 0-13 year olds at 10.15am in the Hall. Call Chris 01372 374914 72


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

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Thurs 2nd October - LMC PAN Wind Trio, Anna Hashimoto, clarinet, with oboe & bassoon Thurs 9th October - LMC Christine Buras, soprano, and Gabija Butkuta ®, piano Wed 15th October - Christ Church Alexander Binns, organ, with Dora Chatzigeorgiou,

violin Thurs 23rd October - LMC Anna Hashimoto, clarinet, with piano accompanist Thurs 30th October -LMC Aurora Trio - Emma Halnan®, flute, Joe Bronstein®, viola and Heather Wrighton®, harp ® performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music

WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Sunday 4th (weekly)

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

Tuesday 7th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ’Gong-Googling’ for beginners - Neil Sadler. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 8th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879

2nd Wed mthly

Thurs 9th Thurs 9th (2nd Thurs mnthly)

Transition Ashtead, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Peter Deane from Biofuelwatch will be speaking. See Transition Ashtead article. Please come along. Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. www.topicofcancer.org.uk/. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Friday 10th

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

Friday 10th & Fri 17th

10th: Rembrandt: An examination of this Great Master's life and works and his influence on the Golden Age of Dutch art. 17th: Giovanni Batista Moroni: A little known 16th century master of portraits. Who is he, why is he important? Both talks at 2.30pm & 7.30 pm; £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 to book. www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk/this -month-s-talk

Tuesday 14th Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community (2nd Tues Centre, Kingston Rd. Open meeting. For more info please contact Jane on 01372 811422 monthly)

Wed 15th Thurs 16th (3rd Thurs mthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288 ‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206. 73


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AUTUMN FAYRE

Saturday 4 October 1pm – 4pm Parish Church Hall Church Road Leatherhead KT22 8BD

Find treasures and bargains at these stalls: Auntie’s Attic ~ Books ~ Bake Sale ~ Linens ~ Jewellery China & Glass ~ Beading ~ Bottle Stall ~ Beauty & Fragrance Gifts ~ Stationery ~ Promises ~ Raffle Have a go at Hook-a-duck ~ Foam ball alley ~ Lucky Dip

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall events

Autumn Thanksgiving Event - Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th October Friday 3rd October

10am-12pm - Coffee Morning in the Ralli Room 7pm - Friends’ Celebration Dinner * with ‘Magical’ entertainment

Saturday 4th October

9.30am-12pm - ‘Come and Sing’ with Ashtead Choral Society 7pm - A nostalgic Beetle Drive * with refreshments

Sunday 5th October

10am-3.30pm - Displays by Ashtead Horticultural Society and Transition Ashtead with refreshments 4pm - A closing ceremony for invited guests with Chris Grayling MP * Ticketed events. Tickets can be purchased by phoning 01372 272921 or from the Ralli Room APMH on Friday mornings.

www.apmh.org.uk

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Double Dousing for the Chairman! It was only a matter of time before Simon Edmands (pictured left), Chairman of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, was nominated for the MND/ ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has swept the world over the past few weeks.

STOP PRESS: The Ice Bucket Challenge has now raised over £6m for the MND Association here in the UK – that’s the fundraising equivalent of almost 25 years of London Marathon sponsorship! On 27th August the Leatherhead Rotary Club was delighted to present £4,000 each to the Leatherhead & Mid-Surrey Samaritans and 'School in a Bag', a UK-based charity which helps poor, orphaned, vulnerable children throughout the world, by providing them with stationery equipment and resources that enable them to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn.

And so it was, that, on the morning of Sunday 31st August, at the start of the Branch’s annual ‘Walk to D’Feet MND’ sponsored walk around Box Hill near Dorking, in front of around 40 eager walkers and well over 100 bemused cyclists, Simon ceremoniously ‘dumped’ a bucket of icecold water over his own head for the second time within less than a week!

The Club also presented Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £8,580, raised by the club’s annual 10k Run across Headley Heath in May. For further information about each of these very worthy causes, please visit www.samaritans.org, www.schoolinabag.org and www.macmillan.org.uk

Four days previously, at the Leatherhead Rotary Club meeting, Hannah Bashford from the Leatherhead & Mid-Surrey Samaritans challenged Simon to do a joint ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ at the end of the meeting! On each occasion, an MNDA donation bucket was passed around everyone present (including the bemused cyclists of Box Hill – don’t ask where they keep their loose change!) and, between the two ‘dousings’, almost £200 was raised to help support local people living with Motor Neurone Disease. Having eventually dried out, Simon said he was very grateful to everyone present at each event for supporting the challenge so generously, adding, “It wasn’t actually as bad as I had expected and, on a warm morning at the top of Box Hill, was actually quite refreshing. I won’t be making a habit of it, though!” The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association provides care and support to around sixty people living with MND throughout the East Surrey area, as well as funding vital research into the disease itself. For further information about Motor Neurone Disease and the work of the MND Association please visit www.mndassociation.org or contact Simon Edmands (East Surrey Branch Chairman) on 07753 821964 or eastsurrey@mndassociation.org

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Conifers

By Pippa Greenwood Conifers are a great way to add colour, texture and living sculpture to your garden 365 days of the year. With several hundred different cultivars of conifer to choose from in the UK, there really is one to suit every situation.

Dwarf Conifers

There are many conifers which reach a maximum height of 1m (3ft). These are obviously particularly useful for small gardens and will often add a great extra dimension to a rock garden or a small-scale border. They may need an occasional trimming, but generally hold their shape well. Recommended: Picea abies ‘Little Gem’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Gnome’ , Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Minima Aurea’, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Vilmoriniana’, Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’

Tall and Narrow

Very stylish, many of the columnar or tall, slim conifers look especially stunning when used to create a screen, or to add height to a mixed border or a shrub border. Being rather like a living sculpture they are also good grown as a single specimen tree in a lawn. Recommended: Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata Aurea’, Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’, Thuja plicata ‘Fastigiata’.

and beds. They will help to keep weeds at bay and are very low maintenance. Recommended: Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Coat’, Juniperus conferata, Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’.

Conifers for Containers

Conifers can look great either on their own (especially when planted with a few small bulbs around their roots, to add splashes of seasonal colour) or in a mixed planting where they help to bring structure, texture and off-season colour. Recommended: Juniperus compressa ‘Compressa’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Ellwood’s Gold’, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan-Sugi’ , Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Springtime’, Pinus leucodermis ‘Schmidtii’

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Pyramid-shaped Conifers

Make the planting hole a minimum of 1m wide by 30cm deep and incorporate plenty of bulky organic matter such as garden compost, proprietary planting mix or well-rotted manure. Tease or spread out the roots well and backfill the hole with garden soil mixed with planting compost. Make sure that only the roots are below the soil surface, water in well.

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Keep the soil moist at all times, especially during late spring and summer when drought is likely. Feed in April using a proprietary fertiliser to keep the growth good and ensure it is a good colour. Trim conifers regularly but remember if you cut back into old or brown growth you’ll end up exposing all the old growth as they don’t produce dormant buds.

With their relatively wide bases and narrow tops, pyramidal conifers can bring welcome shape, texture and evergreen colour to your garden and if carefully position are often useful to hide an eyesore. Recommended: Picea albertiana ‘Conica’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Yvonne’ or Thymus occidentalis ‘Yellow Ribbon’ With their prominently rounded shape these conifers naturally produce a sculptured look and are perfect for growing either side of a gateway or house entrance. They also look great in a mixed border, adding colour, texture and interest when many of the other border ingredients are below ground. Recommended: Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sunset’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Minima Glauca’, Thuja occidentalis ‘Danice’

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Bio-fools? Burning biomass is a The effects of deforestation sustainable renewable form of energy, right? We should be using ethanol made from maize to make the fuel we use in our cars more "green" shouldn't we? Well, let's think about that for a moment... Burning trees to fuel power stations, for example, sounds renewable after all, trees are growing all the time and they take up CO2 from the atmosphere in the process. So far, so green. But in the UK, we don't have enough land area to grow the trees for the industrial quantities of biomass fuel we need, so if current predictions are correct, we will have to ship in 90 million tonnes of wood from Canada, USA and Eastern Europe. In the future it's likely to come from South America and Africa. Growing biomass to feed our power stations will be competing in these places with land needed for growing food; habitats and biodiversity will be lost; indigenous people will loose their livelihoods. And the emissions from the power stations could be worse than that from fossil fuel-powered installations. Globally, large scale bio-energy production is expanding rapidly with the support of policies and mandates for renewable energy in many countries. The UK is at the forefront of this drive to green-up the energy supply. But looking at the whole picture, we have to ask questions about whether it is a long-term answer to the problem of electricity production, even as part of the "mix" of new technologies, given that it can exact such a high price on the countries where the wood is sourced. Ethanol is used as a component of liquid fuel in vehicles. It is produced from very common crops such as sugar cane, potato, cassava and corn. It sounds green enough but these things are also food stuffs and using them to produce ethanol affects the world prices in these commodities, which can have a devastating effect on the poorest people who buy these crops to eat. Making the best decisions about fuelling our society is not easy, there are so many things to take into consideration. My feeling is that using biomass feels green on a small scale but just isn't sustainable on an industrial scale. Chris Ellis

Our October meeting (7.30 pm Thursday 9th October) follows on from this article. Peter Deane from Biofuelwatch will be speaking. Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk 82


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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline - Summer 2014 In July 2014, twelve children from the Ukraine who were enjoying a month's respite holiday in Mid-Surrey from their homes in an area of the Ukraine which is still contaminated by the fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, were kindly treated to free eyesight tests and products from Specsavers in Epsom. The children who stayed in pairs with local volunteer Host families are unlikely to be able to receive such good eye care at home as this can be particularly costly. Just one month's respite away from the contamination is likely to provide up to two years of health benefits to these children. In addition to visiting the Opticians, the children were also fortunate enough to visit a Dentist for free dental check ups and treatment.

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The children with their new shoes and trainers from Clarks

Epsom Literary Society Talks 'The new season of 'EpsomTalks!' starts in October with 'An Evening with John Humphrys' at 7.45 pm on Wednesday 1 October at Epsom Playhouse, talking about his life's work, politics and the BBC, followed by an opportunity for the audience to put questions to the man who makes his living from questioning others. Proceeds from the evening will go to charity.

Clothes are very costly too in the Ukraine, so the Mid-Surrey Link of the Charity Chernobyl's Children Lifeline who have organised the respite holiday, also provided the children with plenty of second-hand clothing for the children to take home with them. Kathy, a spokes woman for the Link, said "Earlier in the Summer we put up lots of posters asking for second hand clothes, and we had a great response. All twelve children are now fully kitted out for the year ahead and have plenty of warm Winter clothing to see them through the cold Winter ahead." She went on to say, "We couldn't do all this without the support of local people and the companies who have stepped in to help us. Everyone has been so kind."

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Fetcham War Memorial Fetcham War Memorial today

The Fetcham War Memorial dedicated to those who had given their lives in WWI was erected in 1919once stood at the junction of River Lane and Cobham Road. Following the Second World The Memorial was dismantled and re-erected near the church in the area now known as the Memorial Gardens. In the concluding moths of WWII a fund was inaugurated by Fetcham Residents’ Association for returning ex-servicemen and it soon topped the £1,000 mark. This fund was to help those in the war to settle into civilian life and to provide support for them. After the benefit payments were met, the remaining funds were used to inscribe on the War Memorial the names of those who did not return and had been killed in action. On the 2nd November 1948 at a meeting of the Leatherhead Urban District Council General Works Committee a question was raised as to the present postion regarding the Scheme for the removal and re-erection of the Fetcham War Memorial. On the 30th November 1948 arising out of the Committee minutes the engineer and surveyor submitted ly approved. a scheme for the layout of the Garden of Rest - The Ridgeway. The scheme was duly On the 25th January 1949 the engineer and surveyor reported that pursuit to the standing orders and the eight tenders received the estimate by Franks Harris Bros of Sutton of £1,649.19s.6d was accepted.

We shall remember them and also those who icts. have since given their lives in subsequent conflicts. Goff Powell – With grateful thanks to Janice Steele and her husband for supplyingg much of the material above - For further information on the local War Memorials go to www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk

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