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Ashtead Community Vision

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finally managed to prise myself away from the ‘pooter screen to attend two events. Firstly I was invited to the annual Leatherhead Morning WI garden party which was just a stone’s throw from where I live so I ‘travelled light’ as they say. It was good to see so many familiar faces during what turned out to be a warm and sunny afternoon (despite being rather wet in the morning). They are a lovely bunch of women and such a hoot to be with. The Leatherhead WI organise lots of outings, as well as their monthly meetings held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, for more info contact Betty on 01372 374570, all are welcome (no strings attached). My other event was an invitation by the President of the Ashtead Rotary, Joy Wemms, to give a talk to the club at their weekly meeting at Epsom Golf Club, again it was lovely to see people who I hadn’t seen for a while and everyone was so welcoming. I had a wonderful meal and enjoyed good conversation, is there a nicer way to spend an evening I wonder?

The members of the Ashtead Rotary meet on a Thursday evening at the Epsom Golf Club to not only enjoy a good meal but to also catch up on the various fundraising events which have been organised and decide upon, and action, the forthcoming programme of events. Rotary clubs around the world have raised millions for charity and have been responsible for virtually eradicating Polio (the world is now 99% free of this disease) with their worldwide vaccination programme. If you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to be a part of this internationally renowned organisation made up of fundraising individuals, then please get in touch with Brian Griffin on 01372 275860. After including an article about Surrey Downs GPs view on the proposals to remove Epsom hospital’s A&E and Maternity services on page 18 of the August 2013 edition, I received an email from a concerned reader telling me that I was not impartial. OK, point taken, so the Joint Medical Directors of the Better Services, Better Value programme have Advertising written an open letter to the readers of this magazine setting out The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local their stall. Whatever you may think of their proposals please contact provides local businesses with them direct, the letter and their contact details can be found on affordable, quality advertising. Ads page 18. cost from £53 +VAT per month, per Whilst on the subject of the NHS, a patient participation group, quarter page for a 10,000 residential formed in 2011 is holding a meeting on 14th October in Ashtead distribution (yes, really!) and can be where focus groups will be set up with patients from the St Stephen’s designed where required. House surgery and the two Ashlea Medical Practices to discuss various

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Our annual Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival runs throughout October with lots of interesting events organised throughout the district, some of the details can be found on pages, 42, 44 and 46 and the excerpts are used by kind permission of Dick Jones. Do take a look as I believe there is something for everyone in October’s line up. I received a rather sad story from Mrs Jodie Ferrier of Malden Rushett whose beloved family dog, Fern, was stolen last April. It seems dog thefts are on the rise and Surrey police give advice on this worrying subject on page 88.

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500 houses We learned recently that the Council had moved to the next stage with regard to the potential development of the ‘Leatherhead By-Pass Site’. These are the fields owned by Merton College, Oxford and Mole Valley District Council that abut the M25 and Barnett Wood Lane. Barratts are the preferred bidder who wishes to construct 500 homes on the site. We are assured that this “preferment” does not constitute Planning Permission and that there is still a long way to go. Much has been made in the media of the effect permission will have on the Allotment holders and their consequent move from the present Leatherhead site to the proposed new Ashtead site on the opposite side of the motorway. Whilst in no way minimising the impact of such a move, there would seem to be more far reaching consequences of such a development and apart from one letter in The Advertiser, the media seem strangely quiet on the proposals. Those of us living in Ashtead know too well the queues that build up in Barnett Wood Lane. The queue often extends from the Plough roundabout all the way back to Craddocks Avenue and beyond. Add another 500+ cars exiting estates on both sides of the road and the result will be traffic chaos. Similarly the present sewerage system is already creaking. At peak times the present system cannot cope and surcharges occur from inspection chambers in many parts of Ashtead. Add more flow to this system and we can expect much more unpleasantness in Ashtead.

Covering a vast area with concrete will undoubtedly affect flooding and if drains are all vented into the Rye Brook, will this affect properties upstream? Can the stream cope with this extra flow? Whilst the estates will be in Leatherhead, they will surely have an effect upon nursery and school places in Ashtead where the former are already inadequate. Is there sufficient extra capacity for Doctors and Dentists in the area? How will the stations at Leatherhead and Ashtead cope with the extra demand upon parking? They are already at or near capacity. From the Council’s point of view these 500 houses together with other planned large developments in region will make a huge impact on their housing target. In addition the sale of the land will generate a massive amount of cash, not to mention the additional Council Tax revenue it will bring in. And probably houses are the best option if something has to be done. No-one wants a Bicester Village on their doorstep. However – and this is a big however – before planning permission is considered and long before a brick is laid, the infrastructure above must be put in place. It is no good looking to solve problems afterwards. Residents must be assured that all of the above aspects and more are addressed in advance of any development. Sewers, flooding, roads, parking, nursery and school places, doctors, dentists must be addressed in advance of the development.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION A Visit from Surrey's New Police and Crime Commissioner follows a Judicial Review Decision and Finds Local Campaigners Holding their Own The long anticipated visit of Kevin Hurley, Surrey's first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), did not disappoint. The round of applause following his September visit was genuine and heartfelt. The appreciative audience could not help agree that the voters got it right by selecting this Independent, in name and nature, candidate for the job. Mr. Hurley comes from a family of three generations of police officers with nine immediate relatives now serving or retired. He brings 30 years of experience, much at the senior level, to the job.

being supported by this savings. Read more about our new PCC www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk Judicial Review Decision (At Last) Many of us would have loved to have a luxury hotel at Cherkley Court. However, the viability of that project depended on having a very exclusive, luxury golf course on the site as well. When the LRA Planning Committee compared the Longshot application with the Local Plan we agreed with MVDC planning officers that the plan was unacceptable. Our opinion was based solely on Planning Policy. The Judge’s decision has now vindicated that opinion. The judge found the case to be 'not finely balanced' and could not justify an appeal. In spite of that fact, Longshot have decided to try to appeal, so there will be more 'wait and see'.

Having walked the beat in London and Surrey and Allotment Holders' Petition listened to thousands of residents, he has heard what is Over 2,700 signatures were not enough to sway the important to them. Based on his experience he pledges Council from giving Barrett Homes the green light to to: proffer an application for 500 homes, mostly in the Green Belt. The MVDC is required to supply about 1. Take a zero tolerance approach to policing 1000 homes by 2026. Amazingly, half that quota could 2. Deliver more visible street policing be built in the square mile most susceptible to traffic 3. Put victims at the centre of the criminal justice congestion in all of SCC. This location is between the system M25, the Bypass Road and Barnett Wood Lane. Many 4. Give people more opportunities to have their say people find these facts quite bizarre. For now we about policing await the application. 5. Protect local policing, standing up for officers and promoting the highest standards of service Other Campaigns 6. Provide the uncompromising standards the public The NHS has requested an extension to September 27th expects from the police to object to the Village Green Status application for Leach Grove Wood. The case is unlikely to be heard Mr. Hurley has the responsibility of overseeing Surrey Police and holding the Chief Constable, Lynne Owen, to before Spring 2014 because there are two applications account. He also has to set the budget and council tax ahead of us. precepts for Surrey Police. SCC is scheduled to make a 9th October decision on the Fortyfoot Road Safety Petition. These are challenging times to deal with budgets due to government austerity measures. However, the PCC Next Open Meeting: Monday 4th November, 7.30pm, immediately identified £73 000 savings from the Letherhead Institute running cost of his own office. Some funds were reallocated to the Surrey policing Cheryl Allen budget. Also, some community based projects are

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Ashtead Community Vision Where next for the baby boomers? They are the people who were born just after the Second World War and so called because there were plenty of them. So when were they born and just how big a boom was it? During the Second World War the birth rate dropped to below 600,000/year for a few years and afterwards it rose to 881,026 by1947. To put that into perspective the population is much higher now and the 2012 birth rate was 729,674, a peak in recent years.

brought about by the modern age we live in. Many occupiers wish to move or are contemplating a future move which would release larger properties to young families but are struggling to find suitable alternative accommodation. Our surveys have demonstrated that residents really like Ashtead and do not want to move away. They have an established life and friendship networks here. Research has also shown that the accommodation needs of the over 75 year age group are generally quite different to those who are in their midsixties. The over 75 age group often seeks smaller houses with smaller gardens; some want warden assisted accommodation, and others need residential care homes. Mole Valley, and Ashtead in particular, has not enough two and three bedroom homes already and the position will worsen significantly as the population gets older. The boomers will have to move out of Ashtead or stay in unsuitable accommodation. ACV is working on its housing policy proposals for submission to the Forum. This is difficult work as we are very aware that development of any green belt site will be controversial. But Ashtead will need an increase in the number of smaller homes for an ageing population. We hope that you will support ACV and the Forum when the proposals for the Green Belt Boundary Review and for new housing are put to the community for consultation.

Ashtead Community Vision (ACV), the Neighbourhood Forum’s working group, has been researching the population figures to help us determine the housing needs for the coming years. Ashtead has more baby boomers than average; generally they arrived here about thirty years ago with young children. They have brought up their children here and contributed greatly to the community. Many have moved within Ashtead and now live in largish four bedroom houses with fair sized gardens. Ashtead has proportionately more of such housing than Mole Valley or the south east. There is still a huge demand for large family homes; many are now arguably under occupied by couples and single people whose children have left home, and who are about to benefit from the ever increasing life span

The Forum remains open to new members, if you are interested in joining please contact me, Andy Ellis (chairman of ACV). Sign up for the Newsletter on the website: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 email: info@ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk Find us on Face book Ashtead Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV

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Expand your horizons on Age Concern’s Free Computer Course for over 55’s Have you ever wished you could have a wealth of information at your fingertips? Do you have friends and family that live far away? Do you have difficulty getting out to do weekly grocery shopping? Then learning how to use a computer could be just the solution and local charity Age Concern Mole Valley North can help. We run a free Computer Course based in Leatherhead for people over the age of 55 and the next one starts on Tuesday 8th October from 1:30 to 3pm. The course runs once a week for five weeks, with the option of an additional five weeks to reinforce and build on what you’ve learned. The topics covered will include: browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts (making communication with faraway family and friends a breeze!) and how to shop on the internet as well. Those who already own a laptop are encouraged to bring that to learn on but computers will be provided as well – it’s up to you! We always begin each session with a chat, a cuppa and of course a biscuit creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our brilliant tutor works at the pace of the class and where possible, we also have volunteers on hand to provide further support. For more details and to book your place, please contact us on 07442 017 169. All we ask is that you live within the Ashtead, Leatherhead, Bookham or Fetcham areas and are over the age of 55. Age Concern Mole Valley North is a local, independent charity that has been serving older people in the Mole Valley North district since October 2005. In addition to our Computer Course, we seek to serve the community by reducing isolation and loneliness for older people through a Befriending Scheme, which provides volunteers to visit people who are housebound and unable to get out easily. We also work in partnership with Age UK Surrey to offer information and advice to people who may need it and signpost people to an array of services offered by Age UK Surrey. If you would like to get involved in the work we do here are a few ways you can help: • Become a trustee. We are in need of individuals to help with the running of the charity, including fundraising, administration and hands on support to the charity’s Coordinator. • Become a Befriender. • Volunteer on our Computer Course. • Financially support us with a one-off gift or regular monthly donation Contact details: Dennis Wickham, Chairman Phone: 07442 017 169 Email: ageconcern.molevalleynorth@gmail.com

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Open letter from the directors of the Better Services Better Value programme “As joint directors of the Better Services Better Value programme, we are very grateful for this opportunity to explain why we believe our proposals will help improve the quality of health services that you receive.

hospitals featured in the BSBV review. We propose that St George’s should be a major acute teaching hospital and that Kingston and either Croydon or St Helier should be major acute hospitals, including an expanded A&E, maternity unit and inpatient children’s services. We propose that the hospitals that no longer provide major acute services continue as local hospitals, provide urgent care and a wide range of other services, and one (Epsom or St Helier) provides a state-of-the art planned care centre for planned operations involving an overnight stay. In all proposals, it is clear we need all five hospitals.

You will probably have heard of the BSBV programme but you might not realise that it is led by over 150 local clinicians who agree that we cannot go on as we are. BSBV is the name given to the programme of work to develop proposals for safe, sustainable and high quality services in south west London, Epsom and the surrounding areas.

As soon as the date for the 12 week consultation has been set we will advise you through this magazine.

We want to give all patients the best chance of survival and a fast recovery. We want every patient to be confident that:

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us on: 020 8251 0512 or email betterservices@swlondon.nhs.uk

• they are safe in their local hospital at the weekend • they are safe to have their baby in hospital after 5pm • when their child is very sick, it is safe to bring them into hospital at night.

Mr Michael Bailey, Consultant Surgeon; Dr David Finch, GP; Dr Marilyn Plant, GP Joint Medical Directors”

Emergencies happen day and night and also at weekends so we want to have teams of the most senior, experienced and specialist staff on hand during the night as well as during the day seven days a week. This will deliver safer, better services, but to achieve this we need to concentrate teams of our highly trained professionals at fewer hospitals. We are proposing concentrating emergency and consultant-led maternity services in three hospitals so the more experienced clinicians provide round-the-clock care, seven days a week. We are reorganising these services rather than cutting them. It would mean some people travelling further, but the emergency departments, maternity units, and the services that back them up, would be bigger and safer in the three hospitals that provided them. We don’t currently provide round-the-clock consultant cover in these services and there is good evidence that this costs lives. For example, you are 10% more likely to die in a London hospital on a Sunday than a Monday (these figures include Epsom Hospital as it is part of a London Trust). As clinicians, we do not believe this is acceptable. For ‘low risk’ pregnancies we are also exploring the option of having a stand-alone midwifery led unit on one of the local hospital sites, if there is sufficient demand from local women. Our proposals do not involve closing any hospitals. We see a role for all five of the

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Nothing To Be Afraid Of

The Shining

Stephen King For Jack Torrance, taking a new job as caretaker at the remote Overlook Hotel is far from the fresh start he’s hoping for. Off-season at a deserted hotel means a playground for madness, leaving Jack and his unsuspecting family isolated and in danger. Five year old Danny Torrance is the only one who can sense the horrors to come. He’s gifted with ‘the shining’, a sort of sixth-sense for the sinister and the threatening. As the snow begins to fall, the curtain of madness descends.

The Day of the Triffids

John Wyndham Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the garden… If you’ve ever hated that ‘morning after the night before’ feeling then Bill Masen is having the day from hell. He misses a major meteorite shower because his eyes have been bandaged, but the next morning is far from a sight for sore eyes. He wakes to find everyone else has been blinded and the world has become a postapocalyptic nightmare.

If you don’t open your door to trick-or-treaters, try opening up a book with a terrifying plot-line. There are plenty of great novels and short stories to start your knees knocking and teeth chattering for this time of year…

Written in a time rife with Cold War paranoia, Wyndham’s vision of biowarfare has made this a science fiction classic.

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Charlie Higson Your teenagers will either love this book, or it’ll terrify the pants off them. In a postapocalyptic London, all adults have been infected with a sickness, effectively rendering them zombies. They’re hungry and crazed and are running amuck in the capital, leaving everyone under fourteen who have survived the zombie virus to either find a place to hide, or come up with a plan to defeat them. It’s the first in an absolutely cracking series. Just don’t make it your bedtime reading.

The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

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jealousy, deviousness, lust for revenge and sometimes just pure hatred. Whether it’s the ‘da-dum, da-dum’ of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ or the haunting refrain of ‘The Raven’, his tales of terror will crawl inside your head, make a little nest, and stay there… until you’re just about to nod off to sleep.

1984

George Orwell 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'. Winston Smith works in the Record Department at the Ministry of Truth and is beavering away rewriting history to manipulate the present and future. Under the watchful eye of Big Brother, Winston secretly plots to overthrow the totalitarian regime. He’s going to need an ally and he thinks he’s found it in the form of new love, fellow-worker Julia. One of the most influential books ever written, Orwell’s dystopian vision has spawned many an imitator and many a reality TV show. Oh, the irony.


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The Great Bake Off and the Even Greater Bowl Disaster Daniel, who was Ruth and Sam’s middle child, was cheeky, naughty and lazy but Ruth loved him through and through. Daniel always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time but there was no malice in him and his twinkling blue eyes and winning smile meant that most of his misdemeanors were soon forgotten.

dramatic tension to the film by turning the bowl upside down to prove that the meringue was stiff enough. She knew it was a potentially perilous exercise but made sure that it was well whipped. After a quick practice ‘off camera’, all went well and Daniel beamed as he held the bowl over his head with a flourish.

He was now in his second year at senior school and no longer the new boy. He was far more confident than his elder brother and was well known as a bit of a clown.

The bright blue meringue mixture was then spooned onto greaseproof paper and put in the oven to cook.

As part of a charity fundraising venture, the school was holding a “Great British Bake Off” competition for the children. The cakes would be judged and then sold off to raise money for the school’s chosen charity. The extra dimension to the competition was that the pupils could submit a video of themselves cooking. These ‘instructional’ videos would also be judged, with the winner receiving two tickets to Thorpe Park.

The next culinary challenge was the chocolate fudge cake. Daniel was becoming increasingly confident in front of the camera and zoomed in on the ingredients, the scales and the greased cake tin. He also took a moment to film the meringues through Ruth’s very grubby glass oven door. The blue mounds looked almost extraterrestrial as they sat proudly on their baking trays.

Butter, sugar, flour and cocoa powder were weighed and measured, producing brown and white clouds, which settled as a layer of powdery silt on Daniel was determined to create a masterpiece and the worktops. More eggs were needed but Daniel pored over Ruth’s cookbooks. He liked the sound of insisted on filming them being cracked open, so the a Genoese cake or Sachertorte. If he couldn’t meringue failures had to stay in the fridge. pronounce the names, they must be very grand Daniel was doing an excellent job and Ruth tried to cakes indeed. ignore the growing pile of washing up in the sink. Ruth finally persuaded him that simplicity was the Somehow she didn’t think her son would be so keen key and they settled on blue meringues, which to film that part of the baking process. Daniel thought would look exciting on camera and The phone rang and Ruth went to answer it in the attract great attention from the judges. He also other room, leaving Daniel excitedly melting wanted to bake a chocolate fudge cake, to double chocolate in the microwave. his chances of winning and so that he could lick the bowl afterwards. Sam’s mother was in a chatty mood and keen to discuss Christmas plans before she “got booked He set up the family video recorder, put on his up”. Ruth was very polite and said that it was still father’s barbeque apron and started his only September and they really hadn’t thought introduction, smiling confidently into the camera: about Christmas yet. Her mother-in-law then got onto the subject of Christmas presents and how she “Hi guys! Today I thought I’d show you something simple that you’ll all be able to bake at home. I’ve really needed to cut back this year as children all had far too much these days and that in her been making meringues for several years now and childhood she was delighted to get a book, or an have perfected them to a goey, crunchy orange and some chocolates from her grandparents. yumminess. First you take the eggs…” He switched off the camera with the sudden realisation that he had absolutely no idea how to make meringues and turned to give his mother one of his most winning smiles... After each failed attempt to separate the yolk from the white, the camera had to be stopped and the scene ‘reset’ for another take. Eventually Daniel agreed to a “here’s a bowl that I prepared earlier” scene and Ruth fished the eggshell out of the bowl of failures and put it in the fridge for an omelette supper.

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Interested in Local History ? Then why not think about joining the Leatherhead & District Local History Society? If you are a non-member you can: • As a guest, attend our monthly lectures at the Letherhead Institute. (see below for more details) • Visit our website: go to www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk (there’s lots to explore here) • Visit our Museum (admission free) in Church Street, Leatherhead (Hampton Cottage built in the 1640s) Or become a member with benefits including: • Quarterly Bulletin, packed with news and information. • Receive your copy of the annual “Proceedings”. • Getting to know fellow members at our monthly meetings. HOW TO JOIN Contact our Membership Secretary, Frank Haslam Tel. 01372 379341 or email :frank.haslam@gmail.com AUTUMN LECTURE PROGRAMME • Friday 18th October “Local War Memorials” by Frank Haslam and his research team. • Friday 15th November. “The County Maps of Surrey” by Carole Garrard from the Surrey History Centre. Lectures begin at 8pm with coffee served from 7.30. Admission £2.

New heated barn facilities at Bocketts Farm! Enjoy fantastic new heated play barn facilities at Bocketts Farm this Autumn! The popular main play barn with slide has been refurbished and extended and will open fully in September. Improvements made to the indoor area will allow the play barn to become heated throughout the colder months, and the adjoining extension will house a lovely new seating area to provide a comfortable space for adults to spectate! What’s more, wonderful new toilet facilities along with disabled access and baby change will open alongside. ‘We are really excited to be able to offer our visitors an escape from the cold outside. Whilst it’s fun to get outdoors and wrap up in the colder months, we hope that this warm indoor area will provide a warm relaxing space for adults and a fun comfortable play zone for the children.’ says Becky Gowing, General Manager. Look out for the great value Off Peak Winter Weekday entrance rates too. Visit www.bockettsfarm.co.uk for more details. 54


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Ashtead Women’s Institute - September 2013 Meeting Again, we were pleased to welcome two visitors to our September meeting, had an update on news of members, and heard about the most enjoyable visit to Hinton Ampner during the summer. Also there was news of our 40th Birthday Supper at our October meeting with a meal and entertainment. It was a busy evening for our committee as there were also future events we could sign up for during the coffee break – including a Christmas lunch at Leatherhead Golf Club,a London Lights visit in November, and a reminder of a special day visit to our own Denman College in October. We were delighted to welcome two special visitors – Delia Petty, and Tina Cox, who gave us an update on the work of our own WI Charity – Associated Country Women of the World, which we collect for at our monthly meetings. Tina had done some wonderful fund-raising ventures at home and overseas - supplying water, tractor driving tuition, literacy courses, a women’s refuge, crafts and education for children – some of their many projects. We hadn’t realised that the current World President is local, living in Scotland! There was such a lot to hear about, and it’s possible that many W.I. members had not known quite how much work ACWW does, and how important it is for us all to fully support it and its many volunteers. After coffee we were given details of our many sub-groups, our next just-come-along pub lunch, and even news of Carol Singing in December! We look forward to our special Birthday meeting in October, which has to be for members by pre-received ticket (just so we know how many to cater for). Sandra Brown

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Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild At our meeting on September 3rd Laura from the Born Free foundation gave a very interesting talk about their work in animal rescue, conservation & checks on zoos to see how their animals are treated. Much of their rescue & conservation takes place in Africa, India & Sri Lanka.

As the August get-together was our annual tea party in Betty’s garden, the big question was would the weather be fine enough to be outside? Fortunately, after a damp morning, the sun appeared, just at the right time. As always, it was a very pleasant afternoon with lovely refreshments and chat. We were delighted to be joined by Zen George, editor of this magazine.

We will be holding our annual Beetle Drive on 3rd October. Mid Surrey Federation of Townswomen's Guilds have held croquet & bowls days & an afternoon of scrabble, all much enjoyed. In October Mid Surrey are organising a visit to Brooklands Museum & Boxgrove & Merrow Guild are showing a film on Lewis Carroll followed by tea.

Our warmest wishes were extended to Betty and Denis Tunstill on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, which they recently celebrated. The framed photograph of HM The Queen, together with her message of congratulation was much admired.

At our next meeting on October 1st, our 68th birthday, we are having a Magical Entertainment by George Yates . We will be holding a produce stall at that meeting. Why not come & join us you will be very welcome. We meet at The Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Margery Curtis on 01372272588

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Patient participation in the NHS locally There are a number of bodies, statutory and voluntary, and appointees who represent patients’ interests in the NHS. These are generally above the local surgery level and for some years the government has encouraged practices and patients to form their own local patient reference or participation group. Each would be a “critical friend” to the practice to help improve the patient experience - but not to handle complaints. The Ashlea Medical Practice, in Leatherhead and Ashtead, and St Stephens House Surgery, in Ashtead, has each formed a patient group which is working hard to become effective. To find out more about each group, speak to their respective reception desk.

St Stephens Patient Participation Group (PPG) was formed in 2011 and is holding their AGM at 7.30 pm on Monday 14 October in the Ashtead Cricket Club Pavilion off Woodfield Lane to elect the PPG Team for 2013/14 and to Meet the GPs – Dr Lidia Bush will introduce the two new GPs who joined the practice in July and they will tell us a bit about themselves. Patients will be invited to suggest focus groups for particular conditions or ailments eg diabetes, COPD, arthritis; or particular forms of cancer, to share experiences and what has helped them. For example, many who suffer from bad knees and hips are fearful of undergoing the operation for fear of a general anaesthetic. Those who have been through the process can tell them how much less traumatic it was, answer questions and allay their fears. Denise Crone, patient representative on Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) will explain how the CCG will spend our money and how spending will be prioritised. We will then break for a chat over a glass of wine, cup of tea or coffee.

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Late Start You return from your summer holiday, the kids go back to school, the evenings draw in, now’s the time to plan your winter activities, and, for many of you, learning something new will play a part in that. At Surrey Hills Onward Learning, based at the Leatherhead Institute, there are still some classes with vacancies. For gardeners, although Pruning and Autumn Gardening are now full, there are some spaces left in Garden Design on Tuesday mornings. For linguists, most French classes are full, but there are vacancies in French Elementary on Wednesday evenings. If you were disappointed in not Getting going with computers, another one starts on November 7.And you can still put in a bid to join the Bridge class on Wednesday afternoons. To transport you back in time, we have Greek Life and Literature on Monday afternoons or for the recent past, 20th century History (War and Peace) on Tuesday evenings. And of course there are new classes starting after half term – Digital Photography on Wednesday afternoons ( reminisce with those holiday snaps!) and Personal Finance on Monday afternoons. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

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BridgeHead Software Races the Sun On August 31st, BridgeHead Software, the healthcare data management company based in Ashtead, saw four of its employees take part in ‘Race the Sun’, a triathlon-style adventure challenge in the Lake District, all in a bid to raise money for charity. The team of four, consisted of Tony Cotterill, John McCann, David Lane and Gareth Griffiths, who all cycled 50 miles, hiked to the summit of England’s second highest mountain – Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m) and canoed a 3km course on Lake Thirlmere – starting at sunrise and finishing before sunset – racing the sun! Even in 35 mph winds, low cloud, rain and sub-zero temperatures, the team completed the course in 11 hours 24 minutes and came joint 44th out of 75. Although a massive personal test for the BridgeHead Software team, it is in aid of a very important cause, Action Medical Research. This is a children's charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children in the UK and has been behind numerous breakthroughs such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and, more recently, the fetal heart rate monitor that could help save thousands of at-risk babies. The team has made £5,237.00 in personal sponsorship so far, including a large pledge from the BridgeHead Software management team. The charity relies entirely on donations so to back the team and help the charity, please visit - http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/bridgehead 64


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Wildlife Aid Foundation warns of children massacring birds with air rifles The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) is warning of the danger of allowing children to use air-guns unsupervised after seeing evidence of a 'massacre' of birds in the Bookham area. Six doves were brought into WAF's hospital in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, for treatment on 21st August, but only two survived. The other four were so badly injured they had to be put to sleep (left). Then on 22nd August a further seven wounded doves were brought into the hospital. All of them had been shot. WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE said: "We currently have nine doves that we are treating at the WAF hospital. Five of them are just babies. Every one of them was shot with an air-rifle. We understand that some local children in Bookham are responsible for this appalling situation. According to the police there are three suspects aged 10 and 11. Between them these children killed more than fifty birds and left others seriously wounded. It was a massacre. We are fighting to save the lives of the nine that are here at the hospital. It was sad that four of the doves brought in had to be put to sleep, but there was nothing we could do for them, other than relieve their suffering. What on earth motivates children - or anyone - to take pot shots at birds? It is despicable. Why aren't their parents exercising their parental responsibility and putting a stop to these terrible activities?" PC John Hockley, Wildlife Officer for Surrey Police, said: "This was an horrific incident, with the offenders showing absolutely no regard for the life of these birds and the injury and distress they caused to those who survived." Anyone who has information on the shooting of the doves is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference MV/13/3283 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? Saturday 5th

Autumn Fayre at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8BD. 1pm-4pm. BBQ from 12noon, Community Choir at 12.30pm.

Saturday 5th

Barn Dance in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom & Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, KT19 9JW, 7pm-11pm. Dance to Hogsmill Group. Tickets £15 each (inc hot meal) call Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181. Bring your own drink & glass.

Friday 4th Sunday 6th

Autumn Food Festival, Polesden Lacey. Local food & drink from suppliers around Dorking, Leatherhead and surrounding areas will be displaying their produce for you to sample and buy; our restaurant will feature dishes from locally sourced ingredients.

Sundays 6th & 20th

Charity Car Boot sale in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Rd, Epsom, KT18 7EG. 9am-12.30pm (sellers 8am). Sellers: cars £10, large cars/small vans £12, trailers £3 extra, booking not required. Entry by donation. Email: Bess Harding bess.harding@ntlworld.com

Saturday 12th

Dorking Concertgoers Piano Recital by Alan Brown, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Music by Cesar Franck; Medtner; Brahms; Ravel; Gershwin & Chopin. Tickets £20; students ½ price; under 18 with ticket holder, free. Tickets Dorking Concertgoers’ 01306 740619 or Dorking Halls 01306 881717 or online at www.dorkinghalls.co.uk.

Saturday 12th

Mole Valley Pumpkin & Squash Festival, Christian Centre, Church St, Dorking, RH1 4DW, 12.30-5pm. Exhibits of rare and colourful pumpkins. Free entry. This year’s theme ‘2013: A Squash Odyssey’. More info from Alaster Calder, 07968 833376

Sat 12th & 26th/Sun 13th & 27th

Behind the Scenes Family Tours, Polesden Lacey, 11.30am. A rare chance to catch a glimpse below stairs in these guided tours of the kitchens and servants’ rooms. Tours will include rooms in the basement and last 45min-1 hr. Normal admission

Wed16th Sunday 20th

Taste of Autumn Festival at RHS Wisley. 9am-5pm. Food stalls, Wisley apple tastings and edible mushroom talks and demos. Preserve workshops, beekeeping talks, cheese and wine tasting sessions, jam and chutney making. Book Talks and Signings: BBC TV’s James Martin (Wed, 2pm) ; Jekka McVicar (Wed 11.30am & 1.30pm); Pippa Greenwood (Fri, Sat, Sun 11.30am); Author of Sun, Bread and Sticky Toffee, Sarah al-Hamed (Sat 12.30pm) Free with normal Garden entry, 0845 260 9000, www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Saturday 19th

Afasic fundraising barn dance, St Georges Church, Ashtead 7.30pm. Live trio. £12.50 (teens £7.50) inc ploughman's. Afasic helps children with speech, language & communication impairments, www.afasicnorthsurrey.org.uk. Tickets from julie@afasicnorthsurrey.org.uk or 07914 575599.

Wednesday 23rd

Charity Dinner in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at the Galu Mediterranean Bar & Grill, 30 Nork Way, Banstead, SM7 1PB, 7pm. Tickets £20 each to include 2 course meal (starter and main course), from Bess Harding 020 8337 8181.

Sat 26th Oct Sun 3rd Nov

Halloween Spooks & Stories, Polesden Lacey. Scary ghost trail in our wild woods! Normal admission, plus £2 per child

Saturday 26th

Mid-Surrey mencap will be holding their Autumn Jumble Sale, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead (yes, the one with the potholes!) 11am-1pm, admission 30p. Do come and find some bargains!

Thursday 31st

Halloween Festival in Leatherhead town centre, 3pm-6pm. Fun and frolics with goblins, stilt walkers, exotic animals from Animazing, a balloon modelling witch, Maggot Mania, Chest of Chance and the ever-popular fancy dress competition at 5pm.

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‘Come and Sing’ the Brahms Requiem

Monday 7th October Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Ashtead Choral Society will begin rehearsals for the next concert season in September under the baton of newly appointed Associate Conductor James Henshaw. James will make his ACS debut rehearsing the exquisite and powerful Brahms Requiem to be performed in November at the Dorking Halls. As part of the Mole Valley Arts Festival, ACS will be holding a free “Come and Sing” on Monday 7th October 7.30 for 8pm, at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Singers of any standard are warmly invited to come and join the choir rehearsing excerpts from the Brahms Requiem. Music and refreshments will be provided free of charge. The evening is always great fun, and many people have, as a result, been inspired to join our friendly choir and reap the benefits of singing great choral works.

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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday 1st (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Magical Entertainment, George Yates. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Weds 2nd (weekly)

Every Wednesday (term time only) 10-11.30am. The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with a carer at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along for coffee and meet other parents and childminders while the children play.

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, demo by Lee Berrill ’Over the Rainbow’. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 2nd (weekly)

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

Wed 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ’Back in 1973’ - our 40th birthday. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 2, Fri 4 & Mon 6(weekly) til Fri 18

Extra days - 10.00am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. (From 18th open Fridays within the Community Market to make way for Cards for Good causes) Contact 01372 374914

Thurs 3rd Thurs 10th Wed 16th Thurs 24th Thurs 31st

Music on Wednesdays & Thursdays (final sessions of 2013), 12.30pm, admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs. www.musiconthursdays.org Leatherhead Methodist Church: 3rd Edita Zurauskaite-Durrant, mezzo-soprano, Peter Bailey, piano 10th Yuka Nagel, violin & Kei Takumi, piano, students of the RA of Music Christ Church, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead: 16th Graham Davies, organ 24th Anna Tam, cello & Graham Davies, harpsichord 31st Karim Said Piano Trio students of the Royal Academy of Music

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 3rd (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, richard.jeffries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 3rd (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 3rd (monthly)

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

Friday 4th

Friends of Ashtead Village Hall 3 course dinner with speaker Geoff Hutchinson ‘History of Comic Verse’. 6.30pm for 7pm. Licensed bar and raffle. Tickets £19.50 from Janet Marsh 01372 278988 or from the Hall at Friday coffee mornings.

Friday 4th (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 4th

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

Friday 4th (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.

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October walks around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, walks 4-5 miles, approx 2-2½ hours. Moderate pace & fitness. Car Share suggested. If it’s very wet or wild please phone at 9am 07766 166794. Donation to charities. livewellnaturally.co.uk 10am Starveal Cnr CP Leith Hill Rd Sat 5th 10am Brockham Green Sat 19th 10am Top of Woodlands Rd Effingham Sat 26th 72


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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall - ‘Sparkling Ball’ Saturday 26th October

The Trustees of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall invite you to attend their ‘Sparkling Ball’ on Saturday 26th October to help celebrate the completion of the Vision 2010 refurbishments throughout the hall. • Dance to the 15-piece 42nd Street Big Band. • Three course dinner • Doors will open at 6.15pm, dancing will start at 7pm • Tickets - £30 per head which includes dinner • Dress is optional black tie but don’t forget the essential

touch of ‘bling’ to help make it a sparkling occasion!

Contact Di on 01372 279501 for tickets. WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Sunday 6th

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Allage Communion followed by refreshments. Come & hear about youth work in L/head

Thursdays (weekly)

FROM 10TH OCT: Vocality choir. 8-10pm at St Michael's Church Hall, The Marld. A new fun and friendly choir, open to all. Uplifting harmony songs, no experience necessary. www.vocalitysinging.co.uk or tel Catherine 07985 094322.

Thurs 10th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, Open meeting, expert speaker on the topic of ‘Fracking’, please come along.

Friday 11th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI

Friday 18th

Leatherhead & District History Soc, Letherhead Inst, L/head High St. “Local War Memorials” by Frank Haslam. Coffee 7.30pm, for 8pm, all welcome. Non-members £2.

Wed 16th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, monthly meetings 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Several outings each year. Speaker on ‘What the Victorians did for us’

Sunday 13th (weekly)

10.30am Leatherhead Parish Church - Parish Communion with Children's Church

Thurs 17th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Thurs 24th (weekly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, 10.15am, all are welcome, no strings attached. For more info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Fri 25th & Wed 30th

The Life & Works of Bauhaus artist, Paul Klee (talk & discussion) £10 inc wine & nibbles. spaces limited T: 01372 272235: www.ashteadartlovers.couk for more info.

Friday 25th

Blood Donor Sessions, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm 73


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 56

Hampton & Devonshire Cottages - Church Street, Leatherhead Hampton Cottage is a labourer’s cottage erected on glebe (church) land sometime between 1642 and 1682. It is timber framed of elm, some re-used and prefabricated as were many all timber framed houses in the town. Some of the original wattle and daub infilling can still be seen. In 1682 it was the home of the widow of William Fering, a falconer, working possibly for the lord of the manor, either at Thorncroft or Pachesham. Since it was church property, most of the tenants worked for the Rectory (now Vale Lodge). In 1872 Margaret Ottaway, a widow of a ‘brewer of the Swan Pit Brewhouse’ owned it, together with Devonshire Cottage. She left it in 1822 to her niece Caroline Fisher who married Albion Ockenden of Littlehampton. It seems that is how the cottage got its name. In 1946 it was sold and in 1960 became the property of Mr and Mrs Hollis, Mrs Hollis being Hilda Barnard, the daughter of a Swan Hotel coachman. She was a dressmaker and lived and worked in the cottage. The Leatherhead and District Local History Society set up the Leatherhead Museum and Heritage Centre Trust to purchase the property in 1976. They carefully restored it and it is now the Leatherhead Museum. Devonshire & Hampton Cottages photo courtesy of Gwen Hoad

Devonshire Cottage probably dates from the late 16th century when it was owned by Richard Rogers of the Rectory, but by 1708 it belonged to the Mansion. The building follows the extended hall range and jettied cross-wing form although the roof is postmedieval. During plaster stripping in 1979 some of the external framing has been revealed. There was a family connection with Hampton Cottage since Margaret Ottaway died there in 1886 and the Ockendens who had 10 children, moved next door when they grew older, leaving the lager house to the younger members of their family. Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Edwina Vardey – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS

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Bright Warm White LED’s in the Kitchen Summer’s not over yet. Or at least may it continue into the autumn and give us some late seasonal warmth. How we need it after such a cold winter! As we head into autumn, though, and the evenings draw in we start to use more electricity in our homes, not only for cooking and heating but also for lighting. Led (light emitting diode) technology has improved so much in the past few years that a huge saving can be made on our electricity bills by having led downlighters installed in the most used areas in our homes. In the kitchen led light fittings offer repayment targets of 18 months or so on the initial cost of the fittings and then continue to reduce electricity costs by 90 per cent. They are that efficient. However, they are cost effective all over the home. Not only are they bright, offering three types of white, warm, neutral, and cool white and they generally carry guarantees in excess of 7 years. Ultimately, led light technology can be expected to replace all of our lighting needs with a greater choice of lighting mood, adjustable and remotely controllable for our modern times with the advantage that this new science reduces not only our energy footprint but the impact we make on our environment. Steve Hinchey, Power On (see advertisement bottom right)

Leatherhead Lions Belarus Appeal The Leatherhead Lions club would like to the readers of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine for their generous response with donations for the Belarus Appeal. Two lorry loads have now been delivered to our central warehouse ready for onward shipment in September. Gifts included clothes for adults and children, blankets and computer equipment even a typewriter. Everything and anything helps improve the lives of many people young and old living in the villages around the town of Gomel in Belarus. The UK Lions have helped form a Lions club there and the enthusiasm of those involved to help fairly distribute the goods knows no bounds. It is understood that most of the baby clothes will go to an orphanage, a type of institution that does not exist any more in UK but still flourish in Eastern Europe. The disaster of Chernobyl seems such along while but the aftermath of sickness and ill health still lingers on. By your efforts in helping with these gifts their lives can be improved. This collection could not have happened without the kind loan of garage space for storage by Mrs Pam Mercer of Ashtead

THANK YOU The Leatherhead Lions club meets twice a month at the Police Federation House, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. If you like to learn more about our work then we would love to meet you, call Jim Mallyn on 01372 274618 or check out our website on www.leatherheadlions.org.uk. Mike Rushby Leatherhead Lions Club 84


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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Shall we go Dutch? "It's all right for the Dutch, Holland is really flat..." Reasons not to cycle, one, two and three! If you haven't ever used a bike or haven't since you were about 12, the thought of getting in the saddle can be a bit of a challenge. Why would you?! But it can be very convenient (no problems with parking!), gets you a bit of incidental exercise in your daily routine (without going to the gym) and it's so easy to stop for a chat if you chance across someone you've been meaning to contact but hadn't got round to yet... But it is true, the Surrey terrain isn't quite as flat as Holland, so it can be that bit more of an effort than pedaling around in Amsterdam. One way around this is to use one of the various versions of bikes with electric motors eg e-bikes, also known as a Pedelecs. These are legally classed as bicycles and have a reasonable but not excessive top speed. The legal definition of these bikes means the pedal-assist must only kick in when the rider is pedaling and the max continuous rated power isn't more than 200 watts, but this can be exceeded for short bursts for example when going up a short steep hill. The electric motor only provides assistance, so they are particularly useful for people in hilly areas or for those yet to achieve the athletic prowess of London's enthusiastic cycling Mayor! The range of an e-bike can vary from greatly, from 7 - 70 kms, depending on the terrain and the weight of the rider. They have rechargeable batteries and some use regenerative braking with the motor switching to a generator to slow the bike down. Due to the small size of the batteries compared to those in cars, they are ideal for charging using solar power and parking them under photo-voltaic panels would make them the ultimate green transport system, particularly in urban areas. Users extol the convenience, economy and health benefits of their e-bikes and with panniers fitted it’s great for shopping.. They really are ideal replacements for cars for short commutes, especially in urban areas, as you can slip past traffic jams and park right next to your destination, with no hassle about finding a parking place. The only downside is the initial capital expense but they can be bought second hand (the ultimate in re-cycling, ha ha!!) and can soon pay for themselves in terms of reduced petrol/diesel use. They are also handy to use for extending the range of leisure cycling you could even take turns on the family electric bike if your legs get tired when out cycling with others. Using a bike to get around is getting a lot more popular - with Boris bikes, pedaled rickshaws and bike couriers. Would an e-bike help you turn your transport green? Chris Ellis

The Open Meeting on Thursday October 10th at 7:30pm at the APMH will be by expert speaker on the topic of Fracking. 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

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Dog thefts on the rise Thousands of dogs are lost every year, many as scanner over the microchip, and allow the a result of theft, and even the most reliable and dog to be reunited with its owner. well-cared for dog can get lost or stolen. Dog Micro chipping prices vary but a one-off theft has been attributed to two broad motives payment of around £20.00 will get your pet on - breeding and ransom. Mole Valley Police offer to the PetLog database for life. Owner details this advice: can be quickly amended if any details change. How to prevent dog theft To micro chip your pet: • Make sure that your dog wears a collar and identification (ID) tag when in a public place. Include your surname, telephone number, address and full postcode – if there's room put 'microchipped' on the tag if your dog has a chip. • Microchip your dog so that it is permanently identifiable should the collar and ID tag be removed. • Do not leave your dog tied up outside a shop or unattended in a car. • Keep all documentation relating to your dog in a safe place, and include clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog. Also make a note of any unusual markings. • Make sure that your dog does not go out of your sight on walks. Vary your walk times and routes. • Be cautious when you invite people into your home to view dogs or puppies for sale. Restrict the number of visitors and their access, and always have someone with you. • Make sure that your dog is neutered as this will reduce the chances of theft for breeding. • Make sure that your fencing is adequate and check it regularly for wear and tear. Keep your dog in view when it goes out into the garden. Micro chipping The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) recommends that the best way to make sure a lost or stolen pet is found is to have the pet microchipped.

• Contact the RSPCA advice line: 0300 1234 555 or your veterinary surgeon for advice. • Call 0870 606 6751 for more information about joining PetLog. Jodie Ferrier’s story:

‘We bought Fern in May 2012 for our son Ethan. They were the best of friends and we had to buy a baby gate to stop her from jumping on Ethan's bed whilst he slept, as she was not very subtle about it! Fern was outside with our other three dogs with myself, my husband and Ethan whilst we did some work in the horses field directly outside our home on Rushett Farm in Malden Rushett. I last saw her sitting on the driveway (visible from the busy A243) next to our collie Trio Two minutes later she had vanished. After an immediate and extensive search there was no sign of her and two days later she was logged as stolen with the Metropolitan Police. This all happened at 6:30pm on Sunday 28th April ‘13.’

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• This is a simple injection of a tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice which is painlessly inserted under the animal's skin. The microchip then permanently links the dog to its owner, increasing the chances of them being reunited if the animal is lost, stolen or strays. • The microchip contains the owner's details and is put on the national PetLog database. • If a lost or stolen microchipped dog is found, this information will be revealed by passing a 88


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Simple Crossword solution Across: 1 Used, 3 Faithful, 9 Tornado, 10 Large, 11 Mayor, 12 Rescue, 14 Tangle, 16 Grease, 19 Stages, 21 Chums, 24 Alive, 25 Opening, 26 Together, 27 Ants Down: 1 Ultimate, 2 Early, 4 Aboard, 5 Tells, 6 Formula, 7 Leek, 8 Barrel, 13 Messages, 15 Nothing, 17 Richer, 18 Ashore, 20 Great, 22 Union, 23 Daft

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A clown Scorpio Blue Dorothy's house falls on her Mississippi The lemur Victor The Sixth Sense True The Nightmare Before Christmas

Across: 1 Palate, 4 Molasses, 9 Geyser, 10 Election, 12 Librated, 13 Aspect, 15 Stun, 16 Laundry, 20 Run down, 21 Pine, 25 Result, 26 Breathed, 28 Imitated, 29 Revere, 30 Tweaking, 31 Pauses. Down: 1 Pugilist, 2 Layabout, 3 Toecap, 5 Oslo, 6 Ancestry, 7 Soiled, 8 Sonata, 11 Regards, 14 Unaware, 17 Full back, 18 Fishnets, 19 Needless, 22 Artist, 23 Aspire, 24 Camera, 27 Mean.

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Jack Torrance - The Shining Michael Myers - Halloween John Doe - Seven Max Cady - Cape Fear Jason Voorhees - Friday The 13th Patrick Bateman - American Psycho Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre Damien Thorn - The Omen Buffalo Bill - The Silence Of The Lambs Papa Jupiter - The Hills Have Eyes

Across: 1 Caucus, 7 Marzipan, 8 Mussel, 10 Sheath, 11 Scull, 13 Beef tea, 16 Lectern, 17 Marsh, 20 Diwali, 22 Sister, 24 Aloe vera, 25 Yankee. Down: 1 Cosmos, 2 UFOs, 3 Smelt, 4 Frisbee, 5 Mile, 6 Mattress, 9 Split, 12 Chenille, 14 Flats, 15 Trailer, 18 Harare, 19 Assay, 21 Aden, 23 Tuck.

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Climbing Plants By Pippa Greenwood Climbing plants, especially those with flamboyant flowers or fantastic foliage can transform a garden and offer a whole new planting opportunity, as your garden literally goes upwards and takes a vertical climb. Supporting Cast A few climbers are self-clingers and don’t need a special support system when grown against a fence or wall; Virginia creeper and Hydrangea petiolaris for instance. But most need to have a proper support, and it pays to put this in place before you plant. For lighter weight climbers some trellis, perhaps prettily painted will do the trick, but for heavier climbers such as a vigorous clematis, or wisteria, you will need galvanised straining wires.

sturdy vine-eyes as fixings. Choosing a scented climber or two will add to the charm of a cosy arbour or archway. Clever Combinations If the surface that you want to plant up is big enough, try to use climbers that flower in different seasons as, chosen carefully, the plants you use will increase the period for which the arch, pergola, arbour, wall or fence, looks its best.

Easy Access If you use trellis as a support on a wall, it can be attached to wooden battens which are fixed to the wall using rawl plugs. Use a series of hinges to attach one edge of the trellis to the batten, and a few hooks to allow you to raise or lower the trellis for when you need to maintain the wall.

Bare Ankles Many climbers do have a habit of becoming a bit bare at the base, especially after they’ve been in place for a few years. Try some seasonal bedding plants around the base, or plant a small and attractive shrub a little further away to hide the bare stems.

Planting Distance Climbers won’t thrive if they don’t receive enough water at the base. The ‘rain shadow’ created by the house roof and the drying effect of the wall’s foundations can make the soil close-by extremely dry so plant a minimum of 45cm (18in) away from the base of the wall and fork in plenty of wellrotted bulky organic matter before planting too. Train it well If the climber is quite small, it may need to be trained in the right direction. A short bamboo cane or several for a multi-stemmed plant, can be angled from the base of the plant to the vertical surface, allowing you to tie in the stems and edge them towards the support. Once the climber has reached the wall, the enlarging network of stems may become congested if left to its own devices, so actively train the stems to grow in the direction you need them to. Extra Care Climbers planted against a wall will need extra TLC if they’re to look their best. Make watering them top-priority, especially for the first 18 months whilst they’re becoming established. Apply a good, bulky organic mulch to a depth of about 8cm (3in) or so all around the rooting area, but take care to avoid the mulch coming in to direct contact with the stems. Arches, Arbours and Pergolas Climbers don’t just look good on house, garden and garage walls and fences, they can also be used to great effect over arches and pergolas or to clothe an arbour. You may need to install some supporting wires here too, so go for galvanised wires and

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