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Issue 106 August 2014 Never underestimate the importance of community

Teazle Wood, Leatherhead Leach Grove Wood, Leatherhead Home-Start comes to Mole Valley New arrangements for vote registration Mole Valley wins Heritage Open Days Award Prudential RideLondon - Sunday 10th August Cheer on the Samaritans and SeeAbility Riders Leatherhead included in Government ‘Growth Deal’ New Presidents for Ashtead & Leatherhead Rotary Clubs Long Copse Pond, Fetcham

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GO50 Walks & Cycle Rides


Ashtead Community Vision


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Leatherhead inc in Gov ‘Growth Deal’


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Leatherhead Women’s Institute


Chairman’s Charity


Leatherhead & District Angling Society


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Home-Start comes to the Mole Valley


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What’s on in August? (Pages 70-74)


Teazle Wood, Leatherhead


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World War 1 - A Woman’s War?


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Rotary Club of Ashtead


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Book review


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ummertime and the living is easy, so the song goes. Despite producing a busy publication each month on my own, I do notice that everything seems to slow down for August, which, for me, is timely, we all need a break and it’s a great month to recharge those batteries. Whichever way you spend your time in August, be sure to put a little time aside for yourself. Our garden is starting to bear the fruits of our labours, with wonderful tomatoes, courgettes and figs now beginning to ripen. Unfortunately our cherries went to the birds, but the upside is that the tree is quite a pretty feature! Love it or loathe it (I love it), the Prudential RideLondon again makes an appearance on our streets on Sunday 10th August. Whizzing past the Leatherhead Parish Church at around 9am will be the Ride 100 (the mass participation race) and we will be able to cheer on the Samaritans and the tandem riders from SeeAbility. The Surrey Classic (the professional race) passes by later in the day. Information on the two charities and the RideLondon races can be found on pages 56-59. Sarah Lott, who you may know writes the most fabulous fictional stories for this magazine, has turned her hand to researching and writing a fascinating and factual article about World War 1 from a woman’s perspective. It always saddens me when I read about the struggles and hardship that people faced both at home and on the battlefields during wartime, but their stoicism certainly shone through and should be respected. Sarah’s article appears on pages 36 and 37. The Rotary Club of Ashtead have been busy over the last couple of months, including the wonderful Ashtead Village Day last June and a report of their recent activities can be found on page 38. 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.

Flip Cargill updates us on Leach Grove Wood in Leatherhead (p.30) and Lucy Quinnell fill us in on what’s been happening at Teazle Wood, Leatherhead (p.32). Home-Start, a national charity which supports families who are experiencing difficulties - perhaps through illness, disability, relationship breakdown or loneliness - has moved into the area and is already supporting families in Ashtead and Leatherhead. Home-Start are looking for volunteers, who they will fully train, on page 26. Leatherhead & District Angling Society have been busy at the ponds at Long Copse in Fetcham (see front cover), plus they are holding their annual open day on 16th August, more info can be found on page 56 and on the what’s on page 70. Congratulations to Mole Valley who won the Heritage Open Days Award (p.90) which doesn’t come as a great surprise because every year the committee and council put a great deal of work into organising this mammoth event. This year the event runs from Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th September, more info next month.

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The Ashtead Residents’ Association has a strong Committee. It needs to be strong because it supports over 3,400 households, which represent 60% of the community. Compare this to the percentage support for Councillors at recent Elections and you’ll see how valued the Association is.

return to paid employment was made and this has left him insufficient time to devote to the Association when coupled with his other roles within Leatherhead Lions and SeeAbility to name but two. He has reluctantly therefore had to resign from the Committee.

The third to leave us is Clare Ansett. Clare has given much to the Association, taking on the roles of Membership Secretary plus Events Secretary. Her organisational and planning skills have lead the However, an organisation is only as strong as its Association through AGMs, Autumn Meetings, the constituent parts and three stalwarts have left the ranks of the Standing Committee. Kelly Combeer, Jim Annual Spring Clean and the Road Stewards’ annual gathering. Her family commitments mean she can no Malynn and Clare Ansett have all left in recent months and their experience and wise counsel will be longer devote time to the Association and she too has reluctantly left the Committee. greatly missed. For many years, Kelly Combeer, working as publisher with the editor Pam Ventham-Smith, was key to producing Ashtead Village News. The glossy professional finish you see now in its editions is purely down to her professional expertise and attention to detail. As a long-standing member of the Committee, she brought her experience to meetings and guided the newer members. Her assistance in producing membership flyers and publicity for events such as the AGM or Village Day ensured the Residents’ Association’s presence was always felt. Jim Malynn took on the role of Deputy Chairman shortly after joining the Committee and this was closely followed by his appointment to Chairman when the incumbent, Paul Le Versha, moved away from the area back to his roots in Suffolk. Despite his short time on the Committee, Jim continued Paul Le Versha’s good work and ensured Ashtead’s voice was heard in planning meetings and within other consultations in the Council. However, the call to

We need people to fill key roles such as Membership Secretary, Events Organiser, Deputy Chairman and to bring more experience to the Committee as a whole. The 10 remaining Committee members are of the older generation and we acknowledge our experience with regard to, for example, education is out of touch. The addition of younger people and parents would help us to provide a more informed service to younger Ashtead residents and those with children at school or nearing school age. You could help even without joining the Committee. “Friends” of the Committee sit outside of the monthly meetings but assist the Association by taking on special roles.

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It may be a battle to get this 'war' off the In the meantime, feel free to work in quiet ground, but it is not too early to let residents ways. One LRA member, David Woodhead, know how huge an impact litter is having on has done more than his share to make all our lives, and our purses! Randalls Road litter free. He collects litter Several groups of local people have taken the daily as he walks to the town centre. idea of Localism very seriously. As We all agree that education is important and volunteers, they have targeted overgrown this campaign should also be taken to our pavements and paths near the River Mole and schools. Lucy Quinnell holds up West Hill cleared sacks full of green waste. Alan School as an example of what can be done. Thornhill and Caroline Cardew have liaised The school is practically litter free. How is it with MVDC and Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) done? The school simply decided not to have and concentrated on the area of the Mole any litter and they don't. near Thorncroft Drive. Their work will continue this summer. The people who championed the adoption of Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead Open Gardens continue to serve the community with Thank you to those who opened their gardens pavement clearing on Fortyfoot and Epsom and to visitors of the gardens. The success of Roads. Lucy Quinnell is spearheading the the event was aided by volunteers who sold clean-up of the Rye Brook and the area of plants and teas on the day and by those who Teazle Wood behind Tesco. donated raffle prizes, cakes, and plants. We Apart from overgrown bushes and Himalayan would also like to thank Barton’s Bookshop for selling tickets. We are delighted to have Balsam, what these 3 groups of volunteers earned £1756 for the two organisations have identified is the enormous problem of (Friends of the Parish Church and the LRA LITTER. Thus, there is a growing feeling of Environmental Sub Committee) who support for a big autumn campaign to sponsored the event. See our Blog for the eradicate it. list of prize winners. You can share any ideas you have by contacting Cheryl Allen 01372 370 091. Also do, please, place your name on a list of Cheryl Allen

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The ACV’s work is complex in that it also has to fit in with MVDC’s planning timetable by advising on Ashtead’s view of potential development and its impact on Green Belt as well as contributing to the Council’s Land Allocation Plan (LAP). That work has to be completed by April of next year and will form part of the draft NDP which has to be submitted to MVDC towards the end of next year following full public consultation.

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In spite of many people taking sensible precautions to protect their homes and property, we have seen a disappointing rise in the number of reports received relating to domestic burglaries. The key points to remember is that burglars like to work unobserved and as quickly as possible. Most burglars tend to be opportunistic; i.e. they see a vulnerable property and take a chance on seeing if they can gain easy access to steal. The majority of burglars gain access from insecure premises via the ground floor at the rear of a property so; the simplest deterrent is to make these common access points as secure as possible.

With garden sheds, always make sure that they are locked and secured, preferably with a sturdy padlock and consider painting any gardening equipment with your postcode and house number. This makes items far less desirable to a would-be thief. If you are considering installing an alarm system, I would suggest that you get a few quotes and check out the advice available on the NACOSS website, which can give impartial information about the various types of alarm systems that are available. Even a simple audible alarm, with clear signage to show that you have a security system in place is an excellent deterrent.

Obviously, this means ensuring that doors and windows are securely locked when you are not at home but there are some other simple things to consider which can make your home less “desirable” as a target. The first is the external visibility of your home. A clear line of sight from the roadside to the front of your home is a natural deterrent as there is a reduced opportunity for a burglar to work unobserved. Also, the installation of some simple dusk till dawn lighting at the front of your property removes pools of shadow which are very popular with burglars who want to avoid being seen. I don’t mean motion activated high intensity lighting – just low level lighting that provides good visibility and conveys an impression that your home is occupied.

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Side gates need to be high enough to deter climbing and preferably secured with bolts or a padlock lower down on the door or gate, to minimise the chances of someone being able to lean over and unbolt the gate. Avoid placing wheelie bins near back gates too, as they make a very useful climbing aid.

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Teazle Wood It is now almost two years since the community saved Leatherhead’s Teazle Wood. People, local businesses and organisations rallied to secure this vital woodland, with a vision of protecting and nurturing it for all time as an ecological, historical, educational and therapeutic gem. It has been an incredibly busy couple of years, with the focus on surveys and early conservation steps. Diverse surveys – from fungus and bats to amphibians and moths – have taken place or are underway, and already there are some great results and even a world first. The many endangered species that call Teazle Wood home are being carefully recorded and monitored, and where necessary their habitat is being managed and improved to ensure their long-term health and survival. Action on litter and fly-tipping is reaping rewards, and the lessons learned are now being rolled out across the district as several groups start working together to tackle major litter problems in the wider area. Working parties, supervised by conservation experts, have made a terrific impact in Teazle Wood, and it is difficult to remember just how badly abused and neglected the woodland looked in 2012. The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project, along with volunteers from Wates, Unilever and the Friends of Teazle Wood, made a significant impact on the large ponds at the south-eastern corner of the wood in 2013, and will be working on other ponds there this autumn, as well as improving the Rye Brook. The ponds are old clay pits the legacy of a Victorian brickyard, long-forgotten and now re-discovered. The abandoned brickyard is a fascinating example of a manmade landscape reclaimed by nature and now providing interesting habitats for wildlife.



To find out more, a volunteer from the Woodland Trust has been working with the Friends of Teazle Wood and researching the detailed history of the land. Old maps reveal that there was once a factory at the brickyard, and a house with an orchard and stables.

Census returns for 1881, 1891 and 1901 show the Mitchell family (brickmakers) in occupation. Father and son Francis and Edward Mitchell were the uncle and cousin of Frank Mitchell (pic left), a clay modeller employed by Mary Watts as the kiln-burner for the creation of the astonishing Watts Chapel at Compton near Guildford. By 1911 the brickyard (not in use), the house (derelict) and surrounding plots were up for sale. Some names associated with the site are Foster, Simms, Sayers, Young and Benson. The Friends are appealing for any information about or images of the brickyard complex. There may be someone living locally who has old family photos of people working there, for example. Teazle Wood will feature in Mole Valley’s Heritage Open Days in September, and the theme is Leatherhead life circa 1914.

If you can help, please e-mail Lucy Quinnell: 32

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World War One – A Woman’s War?


s part of the commemorations of the start of World War One, I’ve been looking into the changing roles of women during the terrible four years that were to follow. As a writer of life stories and family memories, I wanted to focus on individual experiences but felt it was really important to put their stories into context.

A quarter of a million women worked on the land and about 100,000 became nurses, close to the front line or in the many permanent and temporary hospitals and convalescent homes in Britain.

Traditionally women were domestic workers or compliant wives and mothers, without the vote and without any real voice. I found a fascinating quote that highlights the male dominated society of the time. Three days after World War One was declared, on the 4th of August 1914, an English dressmaker called Harriette Beanland, was heard to say: “There is an erroneous impression that this and other countries are at war with one another. They are not. Their governments, composed of men and responsible only to the men of each country, and backed by the majority of men who have caught the war and glory fever, have declared war on one another. The women of all these countries have not been consulted as to whether they would have war or not...” Within days, men were signing up in their thousands with a naïve patriotic expectation of adventure and glory. The war was to be over by Christmas after all… Mothers, sisters and daughters watched loved ones leave with desolate hearts and for many, across all social classes, life as a woman was about change more dramatically than they could ever imagine. Tens of thousands of women took on their husbands’ trades, including demanding tasks such as window cleaning, chimney sweeping and grave digging. Women also drove delivery vans, ambulances and worked on railways. Britain quickly experienced a crisis with ammunition supplies. The army fired off shells much faster than the industry could produce them. Before long 90% of the workers in munitions factories were women. The danger was enormous and the conditions appalling. Some female workers were soon nicknamed ‘canaries’ due to their yellow faces – the result of toxic jaundice caused by TNT poisoning.

Here, in Surrey, many large homes opened their doors to returning soldiers and offered help where they could. Lady Violet Onslow, at Clandon Park, (pictured right with some of her patients) was a remarkable woman and there is currently an exhibition at the house, which is now owned by the National Trust, detailing how it was converted to a hospital. She became the Commandant and welcomed the first hundred patients on the 12th of October, after the fall of Antwerp. The house was transformed and Lord Onslow’s Dressing Room became the vitally important operating theatre, as it had a running water supply and reliable north-east light. Under Lady Violet’s stalwart supervision, 5059 patients were admitted from Flanders, France and Turkey, and around 700 operations were carried out in the operating theatre. As part of my research, I also spent a lovely afternoon with ten ladies in the Springfield Care Home, in Cobham, gathering stories and memories. Denise Martin said that her Uncle Philip volunteered when he was only seventeen. Her father and other two uncles were already fighting. He was killed a month later and she remembered his picture on the wall beside a little vase, which her grandmother always kept filled with fresh flowers. Britain experienced its first aerial attacks and Zeppelins were terrifying for everyone. One hundred year old Lucy Heffernan (pictured opposite celebrating her 100th birthday) remembered hiding under a table in the centre of her house, which was considered the safest place. She also remembered being shocked to see wounded soldiers returning on the train from the front and hated the blackened bread, made from potato scraps, which they had to eat.


Countess-nurse Lady Onslow and patients at Clandon Park, Illustrated War News, Wednesday 10th May 1916

Lucy’s father was very clever at making things and worked creating missing parts for aeroplanes. He’d say: “Give me a piece of metal and a fire and I’ll make it”. Her mother had a small drapery business and would sew underwear for people in the countryside who had no access to shops or material.

Lucy Heffernan

Eileen Buchan’s mother worked in a munitions factory and her father, who was too old to fight, drove ambulances. One of the things that struck me after talking to these lovely ladies was how reluctant their families had been to talk about the First World War. Although the after effects were clear to see in the faces and health of the men who were lucky enough to return, there was a strong need to lock the horrors away, never to be revisited. Life went on, as simple as that. Vera Brittain, who worked as a nurse during the war, wrote a powerful poem called ‘Perhaps’ which sums up the feeling that many women must have had during that difficult time. The first verse reads:

“Perhaps some day the sun will shine again, And I shall see that still the skies are blue, And feel once more I do not live in vain, Although bereft of You.”

If you know anyone with a story to tell or you want to preserve your family memories please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

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Founder of The Memory Book Company

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Many thanks to Elizabeth at Merlin Genealogy, the lovely ladies at Springfield Care Home and Sarah Watkins and June Davey from Clandon Park for their fascinating knowledge and enthusiasm. 37

Rotary Club of Ashtead Our big event of the year has come and gone – again. Ashtead Rotary Village Day. Lettice Rowbotham, our own local lass who made the finals of Britain's Got Talent, really shone for us. She rode through the neighbourhood in a romantic, white, open horse-drawn carriage acknowledging the cheers and greetings from the crowds of people who turned out to see her. On the field she opened the event, gave a violin performance and presented the Community Service Awards to Dr Margaret Chilton, Geoff Boswell (sadly Geoff has since died) and The Ladies who provide the Soup Lunches at St. Michael's. All of them have made major and long standing contributions to the Community Life of Ashtead.

Our Village Day Manager Tim Ashton greeting Lettice Rowbotham

We had a heavy rain interlude during the afternoon which discouraged many people but when it stopped the crowds returned. Perhaps due to the rain and perhaps a sign of the times fewer people came this year and takings were down. Nevertheless, over ÂŁ17,000 was raised and every penny will be spent during the coming year on Rotary supported local, national and international charities. During July, The Rotary Club of Ashtead has presented beautifully illustrated 'Dictionaries for Life' to the year six pupils at all Ashtead State Primary Schools (Greville school, left) to mark their graduation to secondary education and to provide them with an absorbing and fascinating reference work which will last their lifetime and can be shared with family and friends. The strength of our Club was strongly boosted on 10th July by the induction of two new members, Judith Howe and Samantha Lewis (see pic below left). They will add immensely to the work the Club undertakes. A host of members and friends came along to enjoy dinner and make them welcome to our ranks. The meeting really hummed as we delighted in the assembled company.

L to R: Judith Howe; Sam Lewis and Joy Wemms

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Ian Oxley-Crawford (pic left)has taken over as President of the Rotary Club of Ashtead for the year 2014-2015. He is a popular choice among the membership having held the same office with distinction in 2003-2004. (Just Google 'Ashtead Rotary')

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Bountiful Books The summer is in full-swing and there’s an abundance of luscious fruits to get our lips smacking. We’ve handpicked some choice novels that are ripe with ideas, visions, fantastic stories and characters we will never forget. It’s a bumper crop, so kick back in the sunshine and tuck in.

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

If you want drama on an epic scale, then The Grapes of Wrath will whip you into a frenzy, beat you into a pulp and then spit you out into the corner. It’s the American Dream in its purest and most stark form, and follows the lives of one family of sharecroppers, the Joads from Oklahoma. Driven from their homes and their agricultural land by the Dust Bowl, they head west to California in search of work and a future. The devastation wreaked by the Great Depression scarred the landscape and battered these migrating ‘Okies’ into submission. Steinbeck won a Pulitzer for his tribute to the human spirit, endurance and dignity and possibly the greatest American classic ever written.

Watermelon Marian Keyes

How does it feel to have your husband walk out on you, the day your first child is born? Claire is quite literally left holding the baby, when her husband decides to up and leave her for the woman who lives in the flat downstairs. Oh, the humiliation. So Claire packs her bags and heads back to the bosom of her own family in Dublin to lick her wounds and

plan her future. What happens when the philandering husband then tries to worm his way back into Claire’s affections? Stronger and much more resolute, the ‘new’ Claire must decide whether or not she’s going to forgive or forget.

Oranges are not the Only Fruit

Jeanette Winterson

Sixteen year old Jeanette looks all set to lead the life of a devout missionary, carrying out God’s work and committing her life to the church, having been adopted as a child by a family of evangelists. That is until she finds a greater object of passion and a reason to commit to a mere mortal; a young female convert of hers. Suddenly the path that seemed set out for her is vanishing before her eyes and she is forced to leave behind the church, her family and her home in the industrial north of England. This is a powerful and challenging story, taking one girl a long way from where she started, in the pursuit of happiness and a clear idea of ‘self’.

The Lemon Table Julian Barnes

All the characters in Barnes’ The Lemon Table are facing the end of their lives, and all with a 40

different perspective and reactions to reaching the ‘end of the road’. One man measures his life in the number of haircuts he has given, whilst a retired army major prepares for his trip to his regimental dinner, and his regular date with ‘working girl’ Babs. Elsewhere, a woman in a nursing home develops a new correspondence with an author that brings vitality to an ageing mind and body. None of them will go quietly into the night, and each finds a way to face up to their mortality with passion and vigour. It’s a lesson for us all, told in the most poignant of ways.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café Fanny Flagg

With good food and friends you can’t go far wrong. Idgie and Ruth open their cafe, and their arms to the local townspeople, creating a home from home for many of their customers. It’s a book that’s jam-packed with laughter, tall tales and even the occasional murder, all served up with a side of grits. Reading Fried Green Tomatoes is like tucking into some hearty southern fodder; ‘soul food’ as they say in Alabama, and good for the soul is exactly what this delicious and mouth-watering offering is.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 66

Leatherhead War Memorial The dedication of The War Memorial, Sunday 3rd April, 1921 Triptych Shrine

Sunday April 3rd 1921 - The Hymn ‘For all the Saints who from their labours rest’ was sung and the Vicar Thomas Frederick Hobson pronounced the Blessing. The day was fine and sunny. The Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser described the unveiling saying ‘The day maintained its brilliance until the last post was being sounded, near the end of the service, when, as though with the passing of the souls of the gallant dead from the conflicts of life to the eternal peace of the realms beyond, it [the sun] passed behind a cloud’. The service was concluded with the singing of The National Anthem, which was sung heartily by all. There then followed the laying of wreaths by the bereaved and representatives of local organisations including: The Fire Brigade, The Red Cross, The Leatherhead Town Silver Band and others. After the service a muffled peal of bells was rung by the ringers at The Parish Church. nges to the wall and The buildings in Gravel Hill are still recognisable and apart from some changes the addition of a hedgerow this view is almost unaltered today. On the 4th December 1921 the wooden triptych shrine was moved from the Clock Tower to the Parish Church. For many years it was situated beneath the tower. It is currently in a more fitting position, against the West wall of the North Aisle, acquiring the original position of the font which was itself relocated beneath the tower at the same time.

We shall remember them and also those who have since given their lives in subsequent conflicts. Goff Powell – For further information on the local War Memorials go to

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

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


August Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) GO FURTHER: Fri 1: Copthorne/Turner’s Hill, 8m Circular, fairly flat walk. Bring a picnic. Meet 10am in the slip road next to Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill Lane. TQ339400 / RH10 3EL Wed 6 AUG: Capel, 4m Meet 10:15am at The Crown pub in the middle of Capel village off A24 south of Dorking. No hills, but some stiles. Coffee at Tanhouse Farm half-way round. Optional lunch at the Crown after the walk. | GO FURTHER: Fri 8: Titsey walk & ‘Sausage Sizzle’, 7m Meet 10am. Park outside 25 Granville Road, Oxted (past library). Walk around Titsey and return for lunch at Mike’s house. Hot dogs provided, but bring other food & drink. RH8 0BX | GO FURTHER: Sat 9: Rusper, 8½m Meet 10am at Rusper Recycle Centre car park, (Grid ref: Explorer 134/TQ204374). Walk through farms and woods with some good views over the surrounding countryside. May be some mud. Bring picnic lunch – no pub. | Mon 11: Outwood, 4m Meet 10am at the National Trust car park off Outwood Lane, almost opposite Gayhouse Lane by the windmill. Walk through rolling farmland and woodlands. Several stiles. Pubs nearby. TQ328456 / RH1 5PW | Tue 12: Holmbury Hill, 4m Undulating walk with good views, no big hills. Optional pub refreshments. Meet 10:15am in Hurtwood Control CP No 9. Take B2126 south from A25 Abinger Hammer. After 1½m you pass a sign to Holmbury Youth Hostel on the right - 350 yds further on the car park is on the right (before you reach Felbury House). TQ108451 / RH5 6NL | Wed 13: Denbies, 4m Meet 10:15am in the car park at Denbies Vineyard (just North of Dorking on the A24). Walk through the vineyard to the North Downs Way to Ranmore with good views. A climb at the beginning of the walk. Refreshments at Denbies. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Dorking station | GO FURTHER: Thu 14: Walton on the Hill (Reigate & Banstead), 8½m Walk via Headley church to Mickleham Downs, and return across Headley Heath. Bring snack. Meet 10.30 in the free car park opposite junction of B2032 Dorking Road & Deans Lane. TQ227544 / KT20 7TP | GO FURTHER: Fri 15: Denbies, Ranmore & Polesden Lacey, 8m Circular walk via North Downs way with good views. Bring picnic – refreshments available afterwards. Meet 10am at Denbies Wine Estate car park. TQ166511 / RH5 6AA (T) Dorking station | Tue 26: Buckland, 5m Three village walk including Buckland, Betchworth & Brockham. Meet 10am near the Post office and shops in Buckland. RH3 7DN | Thu 28: Ockham Common, 3½m Meet 10.15am. From B2039 turn left at war memorial into Ockham Lane, then left at Black Swan pub into Old Lane. Car park is 1st on right after 1 mile. (Not the CP with Café). One hill, no stiles. | Thu 28: Newchapel, 3½m Meet 10am at The Wiremill pub, a left turn soon after Newchapel roundabout on A22. An easy, flat walk along tracks & field paths with interesting twists and turns. Goes very near the Mormon Temple. TQ367419 / RH7 6HJ | Fri 29: Godstone, 4-5m Meet 10am at Godstone Green (by the Pond). Pleasant walk through Coldharbour, over fields to Castle Hill (slightly steep) and return via golf course and “Hilly Fields” to Godstone. Bring snack. TQ349516 / RH9 8DP

August Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Mon 4: Reigate Hill to Epsom (2) Meet David H at Reigate Hill CP, just off M25 Junc 8 (TQ263524). Circular ride taking in Epsom Downs. | Mon 11: Leigh 12m Easy ride around the area south of Leigh. Meet at the Seven Stars, Bunce Common Rd, Leigh. TQ217472 / RH2 8NP (will switch to more road ride if too muddy) | Tue 19: Bookham Common Two rides across Bookham Common: easy ride with tracks and quiet roads; moderate ride visiting Polesden Lacey & views across Box Hill. Meet at The Windsor Castle, Little Bookham St, Bookham. TQ125545 / KT23 3AA | Thu 21: Reigate 17m Challenging ride from Reigate Heath to Box Hill and a new way back . Meet at Skimmington Castle pub, Bonny’s Road, off Flanchford Rd, Reigate. Park in CP behind pub. TQ238497 / RH2 8RL 52

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The Cycling Granddads The Cycling Granddads are Ashtead resident Bob Weller and his friend Greg Snell from Norwich. In 2012 they were featured on ITV's The Cycle Show as Team of the Week. Their past rides have included Lands End to John O'Groats, South to East and in 2012 The Opposite Diagonal (Durness to Dover). September 2014 sees their latest adventure. In celebration of their 67th birthdays they are cycling from London to Venice. Specifically they are leaving from Little Venice (near Paddington) and riding across France via Colmar (where part of this lovely old town is known as La Petite Venoise) and on through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Italy, planning to arrive in Venice on Sunday September 21st.

Greg Snell (left) and Robert Weller

Their ride will help to raise funds for Breast Cancer Campaign and Prostate Cancer UK. More detailed information and regular updates on their training is posted in their blog at greg-bob-blog. To sponsor The Cycling Granddads visit

Leatherhead Rotary Club welcomes new President On Wednesday 2nd July Fiona Miles (pictured far left) was welcomed as the club’s President for the coming Rotary year. Handing over the reins to Mrs Miles, outgoing President, Simon Edmands, thanked the club for their support during his year as President, adding, “I’m delighted to welcome Fiona as Leatherhead Rotary Club’s first ever female President, a real milestone in our club’s 61-year history.”. As well as welcoming Mrs Miles as the club’s new President, everyone present also enjoyed a very interesting and informative presentation by Barbara Watts (pictured with Mrs Miles) from local charity ‘My Time for Young Carers’, who talked about her organisation’s work providing fun activities for young carers aged between 7 and 13 living within the Epsom, Ewell and Mole Valley areas. For further information, please visit ‘My Time for Young Carers’ is also one of the two charities nominated by Mrs Miles for the club’s support during her year as President. Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 54

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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute Following a brief account of the last meeting, we were reminded that next year will be our 30th anniversary. As it is also the centenary of the formation of the WI, celebrations are on the cards. A baton to represent the WI will make its journey through the country passing through Surrey from 19th-22nd May 2015. Together with members of the Fetcham WI, we enjoyed a very pleasant day in Worthing. The weather was perfect, and the sea looked its sparkling best - I even bought a sun hat! After the coffee break at our June meeting we welcomed three of our local firemen who arrived in a fire engine as they were on call, but fortunately did not have a shout whilst with us. Their spokesman, tony, gave a talk on safety in the home, with helpful advice. The importance of having smoke alarms was emphasised and a fire officer will call, free of charge, to advise and fit an alarm if required. We were told that if a fire occurs, rather than try to tackle it yourself, one should immediately ring for help. The popularity of decorative and scented candles has proved a hazard in many cases and great care should be taken when using them, and never leave them unattended when lit. Tony was glad to answer questions, and I am sure we all benefited from his advice.

Our next meeting is on 28th August (the fourth Thursday in the month), at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am. Visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570 55

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News from Long Copse Ponds For the past few years, Leatherhead and District Angling Society (LDAS) has benefited from the staff of UK Power Networks giving up their time, knowledge and skills to help with a variety of projects aimed at improving access to our local ponds. The previous focus of their efforts has been the ponds in Ashtead Park. This year, however, their attention turned to Long Copse ponds in Spring Grove, Fetcham, the society’s most popular venue and also well used by locals. The ponds are prone to flooding and together with the lack of a path around the circumference; approaching the water’s edge had become a slippery mudslide in places! Thanks to UK Power Networks, there is now a safe, all-weather pathway, much improving access to the water’s edge and around the larger pond. No doubt all users of the Copse and ponds would like to thank the staff and management of UK Power Networks for all their hard work. Additionally, a special thank you goes to the society’s Fisheries Officer – Dave Tarrant, who has been responsible for the involvement and organisation of UK Power Networks and will be retiring from this role at the end of this year.

If you would like more information, go to or why not come down to Long Copse for the annual open day on Saturday 16 August – for more information, go to the ‘what’s on’ section on page 70.



Cheer on our very own SeeAbility riders! On Sunday 10 August, SeeAbility have a team of 7 riders tackling the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100. The course starts from the Olympic Park in Stratford and takes in many iconic sites and landmarks along the way, finishing on The Mall. There is a twist – local residents Ivan Storey and Colin Bean (pictured below) will be riding the 100 mile challenge on a tandem. Colin is a Tandem Pilot volunteer for the SeeAbility Tandem Club and many readers will have seen them out and about, taking those under SeeAbility’s care to the cafes of Surrey by tandem on a Friday afternoon. Ivan, the tandem ‘Stoker’, has been under the care of SeeAbility in Leatherhead since 1958. He doesn’t let his 74 years and visual impairment stop him from enjoying his favourite past-times. There will be just 150 tandems in the event out of the 18,000 cycles taking part. Colin says “our fundraising campaign will assist with a much-needed new minibus for The Millennium Centre and our campaign message is 1pennypermile. We hope many residents can donate just £1 and get their friends and colleagues to support us too. It will be huge challenge to negotiate the course, with the three major climbs of Newlands Corner, Leith and Box Hill coming close together. When we crest Gimcrack Hill by St Mary’s Church, it will be really exciting to hear the cheers and support from the local residents. We’ll be sure to honk the comedy horns to get them going. We’re also hopeful local businesses and employers may wish to support us by donating and sharing links on their intranets and social networks in return for some value PR whilst helping the community in which they operate”

If any local cyclists are interested in volunteering as Tandem Pilots for the Tandem Club, please get in touch through the Comments page on or contact Hannah Stuart, Volunteer Coordinator at SeeAbility on 01372 389428 Please spare a moment to visit their Virgin Money Giving page which can be found on to make a donation and please browse/follow/share their experience on their website: 58

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Cycle Races Sunday 10th August

Road Closures

If you usually park on a road used for the event, please move your vehicle the night before. Vehicles cannot park on the event route from 00:01 on Sunday 10th August, any vehicle left on the route will be removed. The A246 will be open all day between West Horsley and Young St, giving access to the south side of Leatherhead town centre via Hawk’s Hill.


Road closures in Dorking from 5am, not expected to re-open until 6pm. Road closures in Box Hill village from 7.30am, re-opening approximately 5pm Road closures in Leatherhead from 7.30am, re-opening approximately 6.15pm

The route

The routes for the Surrey 100 and the Surrey Classic from Headley Heath will follow the B2033 Reigate Road, onto the A24 Leatherhead By-Pass, then Givons Grove roundabout, turning right towards Leatherhead (Dorking Road, Gimcrack Hill, Church Street), then sharp right onto The Crescent, left onto Linden Road, Leret Way, then right onto Bull Hill (against normal flow of one-way system), left onto Randalls Road, then turning right at the junction onto Oaklawn Road, joining the A244 towards Oxshott.


2013 Prudential RideLondon, Box Hill

The Surrey 100 (mass participation race) is expected to go through Dorking at 8.40am, Box Hill village at 8.50am and then Leatherhead at 9.05am. The Surrey Classic race (professional race) later in the day is expected to go through Dorking between 3pm-4.30pm (the riders are passing through Dorking four times), through Box Hill at 4.35pm, then Leatherhead at 4.50pm.

Emergency services

Emergencies will be treated as a priority in the usual way. Emergency vehicle access will be prioritised throughout the event. On the day stewards and volunteers will be on hand to give assistance, and they will be able to help or escalate issues as necessary.

Events along the route

As the professional race flies through Dorking four times, Dorking Town Centre will feature big screens and entertainment around the St Martin’s Walk area and along the High Street. Denbies will also be featuring the event live on the big screen, and have organised a local food festival and cycle celebrations for all the family. In Leatherhead the Prudential RideLondon Hub will be based at the Swan Shopping Centre

Information correct at time of going to print, for more details, please go to: 59

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Between a rock and a hard place Our Geology classes have been running for several years now, often to full houses. However newcomers are always welcome. This year we are coming closer to home with the Wednesday morning class studying the Coast of Southern England - Kent, Sussex, Hampshire – to consider how this area was shaped - its minerals, structures and landforms. The afternoon class will look at fossils – trilobites, graptolites, brachiopods, which are to be found along our cliffs and hills, and also more exotic creatures, especially corals These courses are very practical with specimens to handle, slides, photographs, maps and handouts. 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 61

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Stepping into Summer! So, according to the calendar summer is finally here! The social engagements are stretching ahead and your holiday getaway is booked. Our thoughts focus on our wardrobes and what to wear and most importantly what shoes to wear. This applies as much for you boys as us girls and at some point – hopefully, we’ll all end up in sandals or flip flops! “Ahh” I hear your feet say as they relax and spread after the winter confinements of socks and laces. However, after a day or two of flip or flopping around in flat sandals or gliding around in summer heels you begin to get pains in your legs, shin splints, sore calves or hip pain! Why does this happen? Unfortunately, most summer shoes have completely flat soles with no inner arch support. For many of us, we are unaware until we walk in this style of shoe, how flat footed we are or even worse how we rotate inwards through our ankles. This misalignment and lack of support creates extreme muscle tension in the legs and can be extremely painful. So what can you do to alleviate these symptoms? 1. Stretching out our calves in the morning and evening will help loosen these muscles. 2. Standing with your feet hip -width apart, take a deep breath in, engage your tummy muscles and slowly on your out breath, bend forward towards your toes. Do not do this exercise if you are suffering from any kind of back pain. 3. Balancing on the balls of your feet on the stairs or a step, drop your heels down with your weight dropping through your heels. I suggest you hold onto the banister for balance and you can either do this one foot at a time or both together. 4. Rotate your ankles, clockwise and anticlockwise, 6 times in each direction. 5. Point your toes down to the ground and hold for the count of 60 seconds. 6. Point your toes up to the sky and hold for the count of 60 seconds. Another option is to have a quick 30min massage at RJ Clinic and let Laura loosen up those muscles so that you can enjoy wearing your summer shoes without the aches and pains! Call RJ Clinic to make an appointment. 64

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Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW, 5.30PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652

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What’s On?


FREE microchipping for dogs, 11am-3pm, Barnett Wood Rec Ground - see opposite.

Saturday 2nd

Cranleigh Show, The Showground, Cranleigh, GU6 7DW. 8am-5.30pm. £11 per adult. Family day out at a traditional country show, family entertainment in Main Ring displays, traditional livestock and equine classes, a companion dog show, rural sports demonstrations and over 200 trade stands.

Sat 2nd & Sunday 3rd

Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival. 12pm-11.15pm Saturday (7.15pm Sunday). £13 day ticket, weekend £17. Mickleham Village Hall Dell Close, Mickleham, RH5 6EE. Bands playing: Mardi Grass Chris Moreton, Andrew Perry & Good Company, Foxchase. Workshops: Guitar Chris Moreton, Banjo Jason French, Mandolin Ray Hutchings. More info on 079821196381, or

Sunday 3rd Lazy Jazz Sundays, every Sunday in Aug, inc BH Monday, Polesden Lacey, 12-2pm. 31st & BH Mon Normal grounds admission, NT members free. Listen to live jazz in an idyllic setting. Monday 4th each weekday (exc BH Mon)

Summer Holiday Activities, Polesden Lacey, a different activity each week - inc kite flying and snail racing. Normal grounds admission + £2 per child.

Monday 4th

‘Lights out’ 10pm-11pm. On 4 Aug 1914 Britain declared war on Germany, prompting the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey to remark: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”. In a nationwide event ’Lights Out’ is an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection. The Royal British Legion will be holding a short reflecting service, with readings and poems at 11am at both Leatherhead and Fetcham War Memorials.

Sat 9th & Sunday 10th

Creepy Crawly Show, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. 10.30am-5pm. Normal garden admission prices apply, event is free once inside. Fun packed Creepy Crawly Show; jungle challenges, comedy, music. See snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, lizards, giant African snails, hissing cockroaches, turtles... Articles/Wisley-Great-Garden-Quest or telephone 0845 260 9000

Saturday 9th

"Come and Sing-Along to some of the wonderful music of The Lion King. Ashtead Baptist Church, 192 Barnett Wood Lane, KT21 2LW, 11-4pm. See advert for details or call 01372 278016 or"

Sunday 10th

RideLondon Cycle race through Surrey - go to page 59 for more info.

Wed 13th

Savage Saxons, Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF, £5 per child, 2-3.30pm. Meet a visiting Housecarle from the Kings court, listen to tales of his life in the King’s household, from deeds of bravery in battle to the table manners at feasts. Enjoy listening to the epic tale of Beowulf and hear how the Saxons spoke. More info from David Brooks on 020 8394 1734.

Saturday 16th

Leatherhead & District Angling Society Open Day, Long Copse Ponds, Spring Grove, Fetcham (see front cover and page 56). 10am-5pm. FREE event. A fun day out for all the family at one of our recently renovated and most enjoyable venues. Our experts will be supervising and teaching the under 17s, and adults can also have a try. Info from Eric on 01372 377654 or 07818 493505.

Please see overleaf for continuation of what’s on events in August If there’s an event in September that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th August. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 70

What’s On?

Leatherhead Museum Friday Fun Afternoons Leatherhead Museum is holding three Family Fun Craft Afternoons in the museum garden on Friday 1st, Friday 8th and Friday 15th August. There will be a variety of activities on each of these afternoons in the long summer holiday, so just turn up between 1pm-4pm and get busy.

Friday 29 August Newlands Corner Meet by the visitor centre, GU4 8SE Friday 26 September Ashtead Common Meet by St George’s Christian Centre, KT21 2DA

Keep an eye out for posters for more specific details about what is available on each day or phone 01372 386348 on the day. Each session is free so come and enjoy working in and visiting your local museum at 64 Church Street (by the traffic lights)

For more information call Emma Adler on 07881 785634


What’s On?


Royal British Legion, Randall’s Park Crematorium, 3pm, will be holding a lawn Service to commemorate the beginning of World War I. Light refreshments will be available, and all are welcome.

Sunday 17th

Cranleigh Classic Car Show, Cranleigh Showground, Bookhurst Road, Cranleigh GU6 7DW, 9.30am-4.30pm. £6, under 16s free. 1,800 classic vehicles, arena events, trade and craft stands, food and drink, live bands and attractions for all the family. Displays of interesting vehicles, plus a selection of vehicles from the Brooklands Museum.

11th - 14th SEPTEMBER

Heritage Open Days - more information in next month’s edition


Leatherhead Parish Church Autumn Fayre - if you can donate good or as new items or offer help, please phone 362544.

WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? - REGULAR EVENTS Friday 1st (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 1st (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, pastry, preserves, plants, meat, eggs, crafts, cards and haberdashery together with coffee or tea. Want to help out the local community? Why not come and help on one of our stalls and make some new friends too. Phone Janine on 374914 or call in for a chat

Friday 1st (weekly)

10.30am-12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and see me for threads, buttons, ribbons, zips and more. Full range of Milkwood cards at bargain price. Contact 01372 374914 anytime.

Friday 1st (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.

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am St Mary and St Nicholas Church Parish Communion - Everyone is welcome at all our services. Check the website for more events.

Sunday 3rd (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 .

Sundays: 3rd & 24th

Charity Car Boot Sales at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 7:30am, buyers 9am. Cars £10, Larger cars, MPVs, 4WD, Small Vans - £12; trailers - £3 extra. Buyers Entrance by Donation. No booking necessary. Refreshments – hot and cold drinks.

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Wed 6th

Blood Donor Sessions: Wednesday 6th - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead, 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm.

Thurs 7th (weekly)

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

August - Baroque Month Thursday 7th August - LMC

Anna Tam, viola da gamba / Graham Davies, harpsichord

Thursday 21st August - LMC

Eva Caballero & Merlin Harrison baroque flutes, plus harpsichord

Thursday 28th August - LMC

Anna Tam, viola da gamba, + lute

Thursday 14th August - LMC

(® performer appears courtesy of the

Yair Avidor, lute

Royal Academy of Music)

WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 7th (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:

Thurs 7th (mthly)

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

Tues 12th (2nd Tues monthly)

Dog walking club, Polesden Lacey, 9.30am-10,30am, free. Meet at Cowshed Coffee Shop.

Tuesday 12th Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community (2nd Tues Centre, Kingston Rd. Ploughman’s supper, 7pm. £6.50. We have interesting speakers, monthly) and a very varied programme. For more info please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Wed 13th (2nd Wed monthly)

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

Thurs 14th

Transition Ashtead, no open meeting in August, but we will be gathering for social drinks at The Brewery pub at 7.30pm, please come along.

Thurs 14th (2nd Thurs monthly)

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. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Friday 15th

2.30pm & 7.30 pm: English Artists of the Tudor Court: Who were they & what did they paint? £10 inc refreshments: Tel 01372 272235 email: Numbers limited.

Wed 20th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Canal boat outing. Annual sub £10 + £1 per mtg. Info: Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 21st (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.

Friday 29th (last Fri monthly)

Summer Buggy Walks with NCT Leatherhead & District, get some exercise and meet other mums. 10.45am, free buggy-friendly guided walks. August walk at Newlands Corner, meet by the visitor centre, GU4 8SE. Info from Emma Adler on 07881 785634 73

What’s On?

Summer Exhibition and Sale of Paintings

Monday 4th - Saturday 9th August Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE

Grand Evening Reception Monday 4th 7.30pm-9.30pm 10am-8pm DAILY

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Head2Head Theatre will be staging more interactive performance storytelling events for children with disabilities, their siblings and family members during the Summer holidays. ‘Toad on the Road’ is an interactive drama experience based on Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Led by a team of Head2Head’s actors, participants will move around the venue and grounds discovering scenes and meeting characters from the story. With rhyme, rhythm, repetition, reduced dialogue, puppetry, movement -to-music, role play and sensory moments, ‘Toad on the Road’ is accessible and appropriate for all levels. Advance Packs will be distributed to familiarise participants with storyline, characters and rhymes. If weather permits, some of the action may take place outdoors. As usual, Head2Head will be providing giant games, craft activities and their ever-popular sensory tent for all participants to enjoy, with an eating area available for families that wish to bring along a picnic (12noon – 1pm). Each participant and their carer will have free entry – all other family members (ages 4+) will need to pay an entrance fee of £5 each. Morning or afternoon sessions are available (10.45am or 1.15pm).


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All venues have accessible toilet facilities (some with hoists) and free parking. To book a place, please contact Head2Head Theatre: Tel/Fax: 01372 278021 Email: Web: Comments from previous audiences: “I was bowled over by the experience. The love and attention shown to each child was incredible - particularly as they had never met the children before. The standard was unexpectedly high and the attention to detail made the performance suitable for the many types of challenges the participating children were coping with. I cannot recommend the company highly enough.” “As we approached the area we came across a large sensory tent full of amazing sights and sounds. My daughter immediately joined in the fun of the tent and so began the well written, very funny and completely special needs friendly show. My daughter loved moving from scene to scene and really loved joining in where she could and believe me there were lots of chances to do that. “ “We ALL enjoyed ourselves today!!! It was such a bonus that the whole family had so much fun!” “We have a special needs son and two mainstream children. All of our children thoroughly enjoyed your production, particularly our son with severe learning difficulties. There are not many things that keep his attention but your interactive performance certainly did! Colourful, loud, musical and very, very enjoyable.” 82

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1. Android 2. Transformers 3. Thin Lizzy (named after Tin Lizzie) 4. 5. Doctor Who 6. a) it must obey all orders given to it by a human; b) it must always protect its own existence; or c) it must not injure a human or allow a human being to come to harm? c) it must not injure a human or allow a human to come to harm (note that "a" can be ignored if the orders conflict with rule "c", and "b" can be ignored if it conflicts with "a" or "c") 7. Solving a Rubik's cube 8. Catchphrase 9. Cyborg 10. Jeremy Clarkson

Across: 1 Abracadabra, 8 Flippers, 9 Jeep, 10 Kylie, 11 Asphalt, 13 Sister-in-law, 15 Gallery, 17 Lodge, 20 Fern, 21 Elevator, 22 Horseradish Down: 2 Balmy, 3 Au pairs, 4 Alec, 5 Assassin, 6 Rajah, 7 Yellow, 12 Peerless, 13 Spades, 14 Leotard, 16 Lingo, 18 Goods, 19 Bear

Quiz - Assassinations

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When less was more... The Transition Ashtead team was delighted to meet many of you at Ashtead Village Day in June. It was a day of changeable weather and at our stall we tried to illustrate how national eating habits have changed since the war years. Some of the older residents remembered rationing in the war but also that, surprisingly perhaps, people were actually quite healthy, with obesity and its related problems much rarer than it is now. It is very difficult to over-eat if there is a food shortage, whether it's due to rationing, failed harvests or poverty. But it is one of life's inconvenient truths that when food is available in a plentiful supply (in the developed world, that is...), and we can afford to buy what we chose, there is a natural tendency to over-eat. In fact, nature conspires against us in this regard as well - we are programmed to seek out energy-rich foods, in case there is a shortage in the future. But the food industry also pushes us in the same direction, smuggling sugar and fat into many processed foods to make them tastier and more appetising. What's wrong with tasty, appetising food, I hear you ask? Well nothing really, unless we are seduced into consuming excessive amounts. We can be persuaded by attractive packaging and convenience to eat more than we need to...which means that although the food is eaten, it is actually being wasted because we don't have to eat more than we need and gaining extra weight can have damaging consequences - which is a waste of your health! An adult’s weekly ration of food during WW2

The biggest change in our national diet since the war is the industrialisation of food production and processing. This makes it quite tricky to know what we are actually eating, unless we are good at de-coding the nutrition data on packets. For example, sugar is described in so many ways - dextrose, corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, raw sugar, brown rice syrup, molasses etc etc.. words often chosen to sound healthier than plain old "sugar"!

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L to R: Nick Gray; Sarah Sheridan (of Downs Solicitors and Heritage Open Days Committee); June Robinson (Chairman Leatherhead Community Assoc and NADFAS); & Simon Jenkins (photo courtesy of Rahim Ahmad) Mole Valley was the proud winner of the national ‘Star Organisers’ Award at Heritage Open Days’ Anniversary Reception held in London last week. The ‘Star Organisers’ award recognises those who have established outstanding coordination and promotion of Heritage Open Days. Mole Valley’s Heritage Open Days Committee is made up of a small number of volunteers and is supported by Mole Valley District Council both financially, and through the tireless efforts of its Principal Conservation Officer, Rod Shaw. Sadly Rod could not attend the star-studded ceremony in London, but he was ably represented by MVDC’s Strategic Director Nick Gray, who mingled with Heritage Open Days’ Patron, Loyd Grossman, Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust and Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice as well as a large number of volunteers. Nick proudly heard the citation for Mole Valley which reads: “An exemplary partnership between the local authority and the voluntary sector. This wonderful collaborative approach leads to a well coordinated programme with a great sense of local ownership. And some members of the committee have been participating since 1994!” He said: “I am always impressed by the range of opportunities our Heritage Open Days brings to residents and visitors to explore parts of our beautiful district that they would not normally be able to see. This event was about acknowledging and celebrating the tremendous hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make the Heritage Open Days happen every year. Congratulations to all of Mole Valley’s Heritage Open Days Committee.” Loyd Grossman, who hosted the awards said: ““Heritage Open Days is unique because every one of our thousands of events is different, organised by individuals who care passionately about their town, village or region, and the history that has created it. Our winners exemplify that passion, and the creativity that comes with it.”

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Grow your own take-away

for an unexpected little extra take a few spare cloves and pot them in trays of compost. Keep the compost slightly moist and in a week or two the cloves will start to sprout. What you’re after here aren’t the sprouts though, but the bright green foliage which adds a definitely garlicy flavour to stir-fries and a touch of colour as well.

By Pippa Greenwood We all know that homecooked food is better for us than a stream of takeaways, but then we all deserve a little self-indulgence from time to time. So why not save yourself the guilt (and some cash) and grow your own Chinese takeaway right here in your own garden? No I haven’t turned cookery writer, but you can easily grow some of those tasty and crunchy vegetables that make the backbone of many a Chinese stir-fry... and the great thing is that oriental vegetables do well from late summer sowings, so it’s off to the garden centre (not the takeaway) you go! Bean sprouts are so easy to grow you could almost do it with your eyes shut. The common types are sprouted mung-beans, and you can either buy packets of seed or a small packet of the beans themselves from your local health food store. They’ll come with easy cultivation instructions and before you know it you’ll have the beginnings of a stir-fry.

Radishes add heat as well as crunch, and there are some lovely oriental varieties such as Mantanhong, which is a British-bred Chinese variety with a superbly crunchy bright red-to-pink inner flesh and spherical white roots – great for colour and texture and with a sweet almost nutty flavour. Sow in open ground or pots from now until early September for cropping in a few weeks’ time. Spring onions are another classic stir-fry component. You won’t get a fully mature crop for harvesting this year unless you’re extremely lucky; but what you will get is a super-young onion that will add both colour and intense flavour to the contents of your wok.

And finally, mushrooms will add a meaty texture to your home-grown vegetable stir-fry. Kits for growing both oyster and field mushrooms are available in many garden centres or by mail order. It’s not always easy to get right, I know, but the challenge is definitely worth it when you have exotic mushrooms And where would your Chinese meal be without growing in your cellar, garden frame, that delicious Oriental veg, pak-choi. It’s greenhouse, or shed. another easy vegetable to grow late in the summer: just sow the seeds in a well-forked soil, water, and wait. Thin out as per the instructions of the seed packet (you can eat the thinnings too), then just pinch off the roots Visit Pippa’s website and pop the plants into the wok. Pak-choi also for her “Winter thru Spring” vegetable collection, plants for September, regular advice emails from grows well in a container of multi-purpose Pippa, and a range of gardening products compost.

Mizuna has got to be one of the most attractive leafy vegetables you can grow. Its green leaves appear soon after sowing the seed in a pot or in open ground, and they add a great spicy flavour to your stir-fry and also add a zing to salads and sandwiches.

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