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Issue 116

June 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Help buy lunches for The Pitstop Ashtead Village Day - Saturday 13th June Leatherhead Fun Day - Saturday 6th June New foodbank collection point in Ashtead Community Hospital Services - have your say Celebrate MV Wellbeing Centre’s First Birthday Annual Leatherhead Duck Race - Sunday 28th June Enter the Ashtead Village Day Bake-Off Competition Fun at Ashtead Village Day 2014 image by Andy Newbold

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


Local entrepreneur reaches milestone



Ashtead Village Day - centre pages


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Community Vision


Marathon run for Cats Protection


Mole Valley Police


Leatherhead Play Scheme


MV Wellbeing Centre’s 1st birthday


‘Lost’ garden restored at Polesden Lacey


Book reviews


Leatherhead WI


Community Hospitals - have your say


Ashtead WI


Surrey Open Studios charity event


What’s on in June? Pages 68-74


Quiz - Toys & Games


Leatherhead Theatre


Ashlea Patient Participation Group


Leatherhead Community Association


Quiz - Mottos


Gardening - pests


Ashtead Village Day


Help buy lunches at the Pitstop


Pinching pants... A story


Royal visit to charity


Leatherhead Fun Day


Cryptic crossword


New food collection point in Ashtead


Local history article


Simple crossword


General knowledge crossword


Recipe - stinging nettle pesto


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une sees the arrival of the much anticipated Ashtead Village Day, this year being held on Saturday 13th, organised by the Rotary Club of Ashtead It’s always such a lovely day, the atmosphere is great fun and it’s good to see everyone there thoroughly enjoying themselves. I shall be there (I never miss it if I can help it) as it’s always nice to say hello and catch up with all the local clubs and organisations that are the lifeblood of our community and who so very often feature in this little magazine. Again this year we have the famous Bake-Off competition, judging will be held in the village day kitchen at 2pm. This year’s competition will be slightly different - all you have to do is to bake your bestest ever cake and the winner will win a day’s cookery course at the Four Gables Food Academy with David Gillott. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend two of these courses and they really are invaluable to all who are interested in adding new recipes to their repertoire, as well as invaluable tips and techniques. The Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre, in the Fairfield Centre, Swan Court, Leatherhead, will be celebrating their first birthday on Tuesday 2nd June. The centre offers a diverse range of fun, free activities in a safe and comfortable environment. Lots of activities are planned for the day, so do pop in, take part and even have a slice of cake! Page 18 has more info. A review has been underway for a few weeks about our Community Hospital Services, I have given the dates of the forthcoming meetings in June and July which can be found on page 23. This features venues in Dorking, Leatherhead and Epsom, but the subject matter at each meeting will be the same so there’s no need to attend all venues, however, there are also additional venues outside this immediate area if they are of interest to people further afield. One of my favourite restaurants, Five Rivers in Bridge Street, Leatherhead, has launched a ‘lunch for a lunch’ scheme which goes on until the end Advertising of July. The restaurant will donate £2, for every lunch The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local bought at the restaurant, to the lunch fund at The provides local businesses with Pitstop (which equates to two meals at the charity). It’s affordable, quality advertising. Ads a thoughtful campaign and a win-win for all parties. See cost from £53 +VAT per month, per page 80. Mine’s a lamb dhansak Raj!

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The annual Leatherhead Duck Race is on Sunday 28th June from 2pm by the town bridge, more details in next month’s edition which distributes on 25th June. The Ashlea Medical Practice patient participation group is on a mission to reduce the amount of appointments where patients simply do not show up. Not only is it bad form not to advise the surgery that you cannot attend, but it means that another patient cannot utilise that appointment. More on page 30.

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 70th Anniversary Year Working for Ashtead since 1945 ARA President

to them, at the time of writing they have still not yet been able to confirm it to us. Meanwhile, our letter to Surrey Highways expressing the Association’s concerns over Network Rail’s proposed changes to the road junctions around the crossing has met with a positive response. Following our letter, which Blanche will be well known to many of you as was reinforced by pressure from Ashtead’s she has lived in Ashtead since she was seven County Councillor Chris Townsend, and also years old, leaving only once since then for a many separate representations from residents, three-year spell in Somerset in the early years Surrey Highways met with Chris Townsend and of her marriage. She was a pupil at St Giles’ the ARA to discuss the road layout and priorities School when it was still a full primary and was around the crossing and they will pursue this followed there by her three children and two with Network Rail to find solutions that work grandchildren. During her children’s time at for all parties. Network Rail are in a cleft stick the school, Blanche was a member of the PTA because they cannot upgrade the crossing and she rounded off her connection with St without reviewing issues of road safety around Giles’ by becoming a Governor there for a it and their concern is heightened by the number of years. statistic that our crossing has the highest rate Blanche was a nurse by profession and for seven of red light jumpers in Surrey. But we don’t years was a District Nurse in Ashtead. In 1979, want changes that we think will exacerbate road safety around the crossing so please do she stood as an Independent Councillor for make sure that you come to the public meeting Common Ward and served Ashtead in that that Network Rail is holding on 24th June at capacity for 25 years. 7.30pm in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall so that you can make your views known to them. Blanche has been a member of Ashtead Also, keep an eye on the ARA website for all the Residents’ Association for 40 years and has latest updates on this and many other aspects been one of its Vice-Presidents since 2004. of Ashtead life! Through her long involvement with so many aspects of village life, Blanche has a deep knowledge of Ashtead, which she will bring to Village Day her role as President. The Association is Ashtead Residents’ Association was founded in honoured by her appointment and the Standing 1945 and this year we are celebrating our 70th Committee warmly welcomes her and is looking anniversary. Do visit our stand on Village Day forward to working with her in her new role. to meet members of the Standing Committee and talk to us about the things that matter to Level Crossing Upgrade/ you about Ashtead. At the Association’s AGM on 21st May, Blanche Douglass was elected as the new President of the Association, taking over from the late David Mitchell-Baker.

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You’d think that it would be a simple thing for Network Rail to let us know the date in August when they plan to start work on the level crossing upgrade but, despite repeated requests

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Anti Litter Art Exhibition Encourages us to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Over the last year, as a result of the highlighting of the ugliness and of the danger caused by discarded litter, the Environment sub-committee of the LRA has organised various Litter Picks around the town. These were extremely successful in that many bags of various types of dumped articles were picked up and properly disposed of. However, this was too late for 3000 small animals and birds that our local Wildlife Aid Foundation rescue annually which are entangled in litter. They are the ones who suffer directly from carelessly abandoned netting, fish hooks, or even rubber bands and plastic cups. A more direct method of educating the public was clearly called for. What better place to start than local schools. Art projects to be shown at an exhibition was decided on, to show by photos or by various artistic creations, what can usefully be done with items usually thrown away. The LRA’s aim was to open the eyes of children and young people to the amount of damage even a discarded, light plastic bag can do. With funds from MVDC, we were able to engage an artist to go into 3 local schools to guide the young people in producing works of art from materials usually used once and discarded. Trinity and West Hill developed a heightened awareness of materials that can be recycled as they designed much admired artwork. Members of the Environment committee worked with the Heads of Art of 3 further schools. The Downsend art students worked on a display featuring local animals while Polesden Lacey Infants’ School took the theme to the international stage highlighting the current threatened conditions

of the oceans and the sea life they contain. In particular, they depicted sea turtles of varying sizes from green and blue bottle tops, and, with an azure background, the effect of swimming in the sea was perfectly depicted. One poor turtle had a plastic bag in its mouth, having mistaken it for a jellyfish. Ingesting such an article would effectively result in his starvation. Sea turtles, which are an endangered species, are a key part of the eco system for the fishing and shrimping industry. Therfield senior school used their “rubbish” to make "shadow art". Guided by artist, Becci Kenning, they used this technique to portray the London skyline, using plastic bottles and loo rolls to create the shadows. St John's young artist produced individual canvases filled with images, some of which alluded to the fashion world. One depicted the Chanel symbol in gem-like candy wrappers. The possibility of wearing clothing made from “rubbish” was not forgotten. Photographs by LRA member, Annette Johnson, showed what is being achieved by our local recycling plant and, further down the line, pictures of what is currently being manufactured from recycled “rubbish” e.g shoes, garden chairs and tables, back packs, luggage, and fleeces. Artwork from various Surrey Schools gave visitors an opportunity to select their favourite poster. The winners will appear in Railway Stations (including Leatherhead) to promote the idea of "Keep your Railway Station Tidy." With 300 visitors and a great deal of positive feedback, the Committee looks forward to working with the CPRE to make Leatherhead a litter free environment. Caroline Brown

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Chatterbus is on the Road Chatterbus, the new local community bus service, is now in operation. In its orange and turquoise livery it is becoming a familiar sight, on weekdays between Oxshott, Cobham and Weybridge, and on Saturdays on the road to Fetcham and Leatherhead as well. This is the first time on a Saturday that a public bus – C2 on Surrey County Council timetables - has been available to take Fetcham and Leatherhead residents on local journeys to Leatherhead station, town centre and Leisure Centre, and Woodbridge Tesco. Further afield, the Saturday service also goes west to Oxshott, Cobham Station and town centre, Cobham Sainsburys, and Brooklands Retail Park and includes stops at Painshill Landscape Garden, Mercedes Benz World and Brooklands Motor and Aviation Museum. The timetable shows that, for example, the first bus leaves Leatherhead North Street at 9.07am, and arrives at Brooklands Museum just before 10am so you could enjoy over three and a half hours there before getting the bus back at 1.37pm. If shopping at Marks & Spencer or Tesco at Brooklands sounds like a good idea, you could leave Fetcham Orchard Close at 10.44am, spend just over two hours at the stores and be back by 2.22pm. Chatterbus is run by a Community Interest Company (CIC), and was set up in response to the

identification of Elmbridge being ‘transport poor’. It was discovered that inadequate transport is limiting access for those without the use of a car to a wider choice of shopping, entertainment, recreational attractions and sports facilities, as well as opportunities for employment, training and even access to state benefits, causing real hardship in some cases. Fares are £2 per adult for a single journey and £1 for under-16s. Concessionary travel passes and disabled passes are accepted. Full details of the timetables, fares, etc and access to a regular newsletter are all available at Community Hospital - Have your say Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group have started a review of the provision of community hospital services across Surrey Downs with a series of workshops. These workshops continue for June and July. Places are limited and it is essential to register before the events. To book your place, or for more information, please visit - get involved - or email You only need to attend one workshop each month, as the topics discussed will be the same in each workshop.


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Ashtead Community Vision ‘No’ to redevelopment of business premises sports facilities should be encouraged The report also says that there are a number of business premises within Ashtead, which are being considered for conversion to residential use, but it suggests that this trend should be resisted. The second report – on the environment reminds us that Ashtead’s residents are in favour of retaining the Green Belt and that sports areas attached to schools should be safeguarded because they not only benefit the schools but the whole community. It says that there are insufficient playing areas for sport Two further reports have been submitted for within Ashtead and various local sports clubs are discussion by the Ashtead Neighbourhood endeavouring to cope by using school sports Development Forum – one relating to developing facilities at weekends as well as using facilities the local economy – the other concerning the outside the village. environment. The Environmental report also suggests that Those who have been following the while air quality monitoring of Green Lane development of Ashtead’s Neighbourhood should continue other areas need to be Development Plan (NDP) will recall that the considered. For example, it cites the Grange housing report has already been drafted for the Road/Ermyn Way crossroads on the A24 and the Forum – now two further reports are being nearby schools. submitted to the forum by the working Group, The Environmental report highlights significant Ashtead Community vision (ACV). All three levels of activity aimed at improving local reports are building blocks which will form the habitats highlighting significant work on Ashtead evidence base to back planning policies which Common by the City of London Corporation as will be put out for consultation with residents well as that undertaken by the Rangers and before being submitted to Mole Valley District Council, scrutiny by a senior planning inspector volunteers. Also mentioned is the restoration of the Rye Brook and Meadows which is being and a local referendum. undertaken by local volunteers in conjunction As far as the Economic report is concerned, ACV with the South West Trains, the Environment is broadly following existing policies put in place Agency, the Wild Trout Trust and the Woodland by Mole Valley District Council. These policies Trust. Ashtead Pond is also mentioned, are aimed at encouraging the retention of particularly the work undertaken in 2014 to existing business premises and the appropriate improve the water quality and appearance of expansion of local firms; protecting existing the pond. retail shopping areas; and maintaining local employment opportunities. The Economic report says that there are no new sites for potential development of business premises within the boundaries of Ashtead and local demand is channelled towards Leatherhead as a major commercial area. It suggests that there is a need for a further convenience food store on The Street to draw more trade to that part of the village and thereby increase footfall to the other retail outlets.

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Mole Valley Police Column As the weather improves (hopefully), and people start to do more in the garden or on an allotment, there tends to be an increased risk of theft of metal and other items, including garden machinery or tools, from sheds, lock ups and garages. These locations are not always kept securely locked and, in some instances, may be located away from the house and are not, therefore, overlooked.

speak with visitors, advising them of the importance not to leave any valuables in their vehicles when they are unattended.

Even more important, is to ensure that nothing of value is left on view in vehicles. This appears to have had a positive impact in recent years but the work continues. For some reason, people still leave handbags in foot wells or under seats in cars, where they are I would like to emphasise the need to still partially visible. Common examples make it difficult for property to be of items taken include i-phones (not stolen by fitting sturdy bolts, locks and/ locked or password protected), purses or padlocks to sheds and outbuildings to with debit, credit and store cards, deter would be thieves. Also, painting laptops and even passports!! Please your house number and/or postcode don’t contribute to your becoming a onto items with gloss paint makes them victim of crime by helping thieves to far less desirable to thieves. They are target your cars. still perfectly useable but would be very Neil Clarke, 13363 difficult to “sell on” if stolen.

Again, in better weather people like to ventilate their homes by opening windows but please remember to close and lock them if you are going to be away at any stage, or even if you are outside working in the garden where you may not hear anyone gaining easy entry to your home. Please contact me on 01483 630809 if you require free advice on making your home and property more secure. You can also contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team by email at The issue of thefts from motor vehicles parked at beauty spot car parks across Mole Valley is a concern that it always seems to be with us – and seems to become even more prevalent during the summer months. Your local policing team and police units within Surrey will be focusing attention on patrols at all these car parks and will try to meet and

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Why you should make a will this month The reasons for making a Will are compelling, yet over half of the UK population die without having made one. A Will records your wishes regarding what happens to your assets when you die and any specific funeral arrangements. You nominate the most suitable people (executors) to deal with your affairs and to carry out instructions according to your wishes. In a Will you can state which of your family, friends and favourite charities you would like to benefit after your death, and how much each of them receives. If you do not have a Will then you die ‘intestate’ and the Intestacy Rules determine what happens to your property and possessions. These Rules are designed to be ‘one size fits all’, but the chances are that they won’t reflect your wishes or your personal circumstances. For example: • Your assets may end up going to family members who do not need them. • If you are not married or in a Civil Partnership, your partner will not automatically inherit anything (there are no such things as ‘common law’ marital rights) - they may have to go to court to make a claim against your estate.

• Conversely, if you are married but separated (not divorced), your estranged spouse could receive your whole estate. • The Intestacy Rules make no allowance for gifts to friends or charities, or into trust. • If your whole estate passes to your surviving spouse, they may in turn give everything to their side of the family, or to people you would never have intended to receive anything. Your other relatives could be left with nothing. • Your estate may bear more Inheritance Tax than necessary. In short, making a Will ensures that the people and causes closest to your heart can benefit from your assets in a tax-efficient way. If you have a Will, your loved ones can go forward in the knowledge that they are doing what you wanted, making what is inevitably a difficult time easier. Many people put off making a Will, but why let the law dictate what happens to your property and possessions when you die? You can contact us for more information, without cost or obligation, and we can provide you with a fixed price quotation based on your specific requirements.

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Local author Steve Little’s first novel More Than Just A Life was set in WW1 and followed young military policeman Frank Shipley’s friendship with deserter Eddie Wilson. Joining Forces is set after the war and charts Frank’s relatively sedate life as a village policeman and young family man. At the same time he is involved in covert operations as an ace marksman for MI5 involving him in episodes that might have changed the course of history. He infiltrates the British National Socialists, narrowly escaping death. The story culminates in in his desperate attempt to evacuate from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. An exciting and emotional read, evocative of the times.

MV Wellbeing Centre’s 1st Birthday Celebrations! On Tuesday 2nd June, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) marks the 1st Anniversary of the Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre with an all day Birthday Party. The Wellbeing Centre in The Fairfield Centre, Swan Court, Leatherhead will have free activities running all day, with complementary drinks and of course Birthday cake! The Centre offers a huge range of fun, free activities to encourage movement and intellectual stimulation to aid the effects of living with memory problems. Every day, attendees can choose from an array of drop-in classes that benefit communication skills and mobility in a safe, comfortable environment. Tim Ward, Community Support Services Manager at MVDC said, “We are proud of the work going on at the Wellbeing Centre in Leatherhead as it offers Mole Valley residents a chance to live more active and social lives. This Birthday event is a fabulous opportunity for individuals to drop in and discover these facilities where we encourage our residents to live active lives across the generations. All are welcome on this day to join the celebrations.” The Wellbeing Centre was set up in partnership with Surrey County Council and provides valuable information and advice on a range of support services for people living with dementia and their carers.

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The Big Top Roll up, roll up! June’s a time for carnivals, fetes and of course, the circus is coming to town. Whether these travelling entertainers bring joy or terror to the towns they visit, it’s all ‘fair’ game as far as we’re concerned, and it’s made for some great novels. Water for Elephants

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Newly-orphaned scholar Jacob Jankowski decides to kiss his old life goodbye and skip town, hopping on a passing freight train. It turns out to be the travelling Benzini Brothers and their Flying Squadron, billed as ‘the most spectacular show on earth’. Bedazzled by the glitz and glamour of the big top and the circus performers, Jacob falls head over heels in love with someone he definitely shouldn’t and he soon finds out that carrying on the affair could be the most risky of death-defying acts.

Not what you’d call ‘classic Irving’ but brilliant none the less, this tale of serial killings, twins separated at birth, class differences and even a dwarf chauffeur will have you wondering who on earth ‘dunnit’ in the bustling Indian city of Mumbai. It has a pretty intricate plot-line and a fantastic cast of colourful characters designed to cause confusion and intrigue in the mind of the reader. The Great Blue Nile circus features heavily but the story twists and turns like some great, rolling river and you’ll get totally washed away by it.

If you thought carnivals were all merry-go-rounds and candy floss, think again. Sixteen year old Blake’s got himself in a right pickle: he’s chased his thrillseeking brother Quinn into a carnival that’s free to get into, but could cost you your life to get out of. Blake finds he’s locked in a terrifying game where he must survive seven deadly sins before dawn. Blake must face his own inner demons and deep-seated fears to save his and his brother’s souls. It’s a terrible notion but a tantalising read.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury

Thirteen year olds James Nightshade and William Halloway find they have the unenviable task of saving the souls of everyone in their Midwestern town after a ‘dark carnival’ arrives. Can the best friends overcome the mysterious and evil ‘Mr Dark’ who is casting a spell over the local community, tempting them with their deepest, darkest secret desires? It’s a gripping novel that combines fantasy and horror. Should we fear what lurks in the shadows, or embrace it?

John Irving

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‘Fly’ is a taxi-driver who was born in a circus and grew up surrounded by clowns, acrobats and all manner of performing folk who inhabit such worlds. As he drives his cab across the city he spends his life picking up and dropping of all of life’s curious creatures. From drug dealers to prostitutes, he comes across all manner of debauched and depraved characters, causing Fly to muse that ‘the world is a carnival’. How wonderful, freaky and colourful it is.


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One for the Young Adult agegroup now and if you haven’t read any of Lemony Snicket’s offerings then you really must. The Carnivorous Circus is the ninth novella in the series and follows the continuing exploits of the orphaned Baudelaire children who are trying to escape from the clutches of the evil Count Olaf. In this instalment, the intrepid and inventive children must disguise themselves as circus freaks to hide in amongst the acts of the Caligari Carnival. Prepare for much craziness and mayhem… and baby Sunny in a beard.

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Community Hospital Services Review Monthly Workshops - Have Your Say Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group are hosting a series of monthly workshops, open to all patients and members of the public, over the course of its community hospital services review. At the June meetings participants will focus on existing services, how they came to be configured as they are and the impact of these services on the health of local patients. The workshop will be hosted by Tom Elrick, the clinician who is leading the review:

Tuesday 9 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Dorking United Reformed Church (Little chapel), 53 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS OR

Wednesday 10 June, 2-4pm

Leatherhead Hospital (Community Assessment Unit room), Leatherhead OR

Thursday 11 June, 6-8pm

St Joseph's Church (Chatterton room), St Margaret Drive, Epsom, KT18 7JQ At the July meetings participants will discuss the "business case for change", considering what needs to happen in order to bring current provision into line with patients' needs:

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Leatherhead artist Devra Wiseman is doing something entirely new during Surrey Artists Open Studios event, 6th-21st June. Visitors can add their own finishing touches to digital artwork they have chosen to buy, plus helping Sightsavers charity as well. Sightsavers supports millions of operations and treatments in the poorest areas of the world, thus giving children a chance for education and adults the means to earn a living. Devra says, “You can imagine how close I feel, as a visual artist, to such a task and goal.” Devra says “Some of my own paintings were exploratory and I decided to complete them by using them as a basis for digital art. As I was finishing them and printing them out, I thought: “People might really like to make their own art and they can finish these prints as they want. I’ll provide materials. It’s always good to take home something you’ve added your own stamp to. I don’t think this has ever been done before during Surrey Open Studios Event.” Devra will offer images to be completed by visitors, printed out on A4 artists’ paper, using longlife inks so the quality will be high. Above is an example of how you could add to Devra’s artwork. Devra prepared and printed out the pink and blue image. A dancing figure was added later, as it could have been by a visitor.

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activities programme • Deferred Payment Plan • Visiting professionals: - Chiropodist - Physiotherapist - ‘Pets as Therapy’ scheme

41 Skinners Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2NN

Tel: 01372 276052 Ashlea Patient Participation Group (PPG) Do you sometimes have a problem booking a GP appointment? With over 19,000 patients to care for in the AshLea Medical Practice it is sometimes a problem but one thing that can help to improve the system for the benefit of all patients is to cancel an appointment if you are unable to attend. The AshLea PPG is on a mission to reduce the Do Not Attend (DNA) figures to an absolute minimum. It may surprise you, but it is true, that at Gilbert House 24 hours per week were lost to DNAs and at Linden House, 37.2 hours (on average) during the month of March alone. How can you help? Very simply by cancelling if you cannot attend a booked appointment with your GP, Nurse or any other member of the medical team. Another patient will be delighted to take that slot and their valued time will not be wasted. Repeat prescriptions do not need a GP appointment – you can see the receptionist or order online. If you would like to book an appointment or order a repeat prescription online, ask the surgery receptionist for a user-name and password and you will immediately have the facility to do these two tasks. Simple!

Many thanks for helping our Practice to run more efficiently! If you would like to be kept updated on PPG work, please see the Practice website or email: ashlea.ppg@talktalk.neta 30

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Why make a will? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Do you want to protect your children? Do you want to protect your loved one, whether spouse or partner? Do you want to protect your family home, especially in old age? Do you want to express your wishes on a formal document, or leave it to chance? Do you want to telephone the number below and receive peace of mind?

Family Wills Surrey comes to you, at a time that suits, including evenings and weekends.

Our services include: Drafting of Wills  Lasting Powers of Attorney Estate Planning  Trusts Contact us now for a free no obligation consultation:

Contact: Ben Kopieczek Tel: 01372 374676 Email:

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01372 272240

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Security you can trust Fides GF Consulting is an Ashtead based security company offering a variety of services for domestic and commercial properties.

Family run business Est. 1998

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Ashtead Rotary Village Day Saturday 13th June 2015 The excitement builds for Ashtead Rotary Village Day. There is so much new and different going on this year. In the arena we have two performances by the Cumberland Giants (Mighty Mick and Terrible Ted doing battle), The Maypole Dance by Barnett Wood Infants, Dance Displays by Poptastic and Dandelion Theatre Arts. And there will be the most amazing displays by Ye Olde Falconry with their raptors; Falcons, Hawks, Vultures, Kestrels and an Eagle Owl. Come up close if you dare. The day will start with the Ewell St Mary's Morris Dancers in the Village and some beautiful and historic vehicles in our Cherished Car Run from City of London Freemen's School. Back in the QEII Field there will be some 130 stalls from nearly all the organisations, clubs and societies which operate in Ashtead with an all new and mouth-watering food court, two pop groups, The Mole Valley Silver Band, Atlantis Guitar Group, The Downsmen Barbershop singers, The ever popular owner’s dog-show, the funfair rides, Punch & Judy, Face Painting, Miniature Train, Pony Rides and much, much more. If you are foolish enough or unfortunate enough to crash your car Surrey Fire and Rescue will demonstrate how they get you out of the wreckage. No they are not asking for volunteers. And as is becoming traditional now, Ashtead's celebrity chef, David Gillott will be running the Ashtead Bake-Off competition. Watch his demonstrations and bring along your favourite homemade cake to be judged for the prize. All this and lots more. Details in the Village Day Programme, available from Ashtead Shops or any Ashtead Rotarian. Admission by programme only. £3.00 in advance (children under 12 free) or £5 on the day. See you there.


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Pinching Pants and other Fatherhood Foibles Sam was a loving but haphazard father. He adored his three children but lacked the mindreading expertise of his wife, Ruth. He also fell short of the required organizational, culinary and disciplinary skills. His own childhood had been very traditional. His mother did the day-to-day child rearing duties and his father was left with the fun bits and the discipline bits. He managed to combine the two remarkably well and Sam idolized him. He aspired to being a parent like his dad but 21st century expectations of fatherhood were very different and far more complicated than they used to be. Was his father ever asked to put parental settings on the computer and then broach the topic of ‘dangers of internet porn’ with his thirteen year old son? Was his father asked by his nine year old daughter why Miley Cyrus was naked on a big ball hanging from a chain during her music video? Did he ever have to paint his daughter’s fingernails with sparkly pink nail varnish and then sit patiently while she did the same to him? Did he then forget about it and turn up to an office meeting with sparkly nails? Somehow, Sam thought not… Making packed lunches would certainly not have been part of his father’s job description and Sam was hopeless at it. There were always complaints on ‘Daddy’ days when biscuits were forgotten, sandwiches had the wrong fillings and carrots weren’t peeled properly. Washing machine duty was another challenging area. Sarah was griefstricken when a black sock got into the wash with her white ‘Hello Kitty’ shorts and Daniel was distraught when his ‘Minecraft’ T shirt was shrunk in the tumble drier. Ruth seemed to take all this in her stride, managing to cook supper, test spellings and plait hair simultaneously. Sam was definitely a ‘one thing at a time man’. There were a few occasions where he rose to the top of the domestic tree and Sam basked in the glory of those moments. He was better at head lice control than his wife and took a macabre delight in scraping the corpses out of his children’s hair with the nit comb. He was also more proficient at maths homework and his knowledge of capital cities and Elizabethan history was second to none. He was equally superb at creating trampoline chaos and moderately skilled on a skateboard (until the notorious ‘hole in the road incident’ ended his brief skateboarding career).

Like his father before him, Sam was at his best on special occasions. His dad had created wonderful memories for his children and Sam wanted to do the same. The day to day humdrum might be forgotten but special days would stay with them forever. Sam’s firework displays never disappointed and trips to the seaside were always celebrated with beach cricket, over ambitious sandcastles and a fish and chip supper. Christmas heralded the dusting down of his trusty Santa Claus outfit and the ritual game of bingo, with made up calls like “Mum’s fat bum, 21”, “Dad doesn’t snore – 34” and “Dan needs a poo – 22”. He always tried to bring a bit of sophisticated humour to the occasion, particularly if his motherin-law was there. Sam prided himself on being true to his word, both at work and at home. If he promised something to the children, he tried his very hardest to make it happen. His father was like that and Sam always admired him for it. Unlike his father, however, he’d never smacked any of his children but he did once bury Daniel’s Xbox remote in the garden after he was discovered playing at three o’clock in the morning. One thing Sam’s father never had to tolerate was family confusion over underwear. In his day, men’s pants were white, sensible and easily identified… In Sam’s world of modern fatherhood, he and his sons wore very similar black jersey trunks. In the blur of the morning rush and muddle of laundry, mistakes could occur. Sam loved most aspects of being a parent but one thing he found very difficult to endure was spending a working day at the office, squeezed into ‘Age 13’ pants… Father’s Day is on June 21st. Does your father have a story to tell? If you’d like one of our Special Father’s Day quizzes, please get in touch via the contact page on my website. Also join the activity on our Facebook page!

Copyright Sarah Lott May 2015 Website: Telephone: 01372 373844 Email: Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book 38

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Hope for Leatherhead - Fun Day

Saturday 6th June - Park House, Randalls Rd, KT22 0AH A week of special events in Leatherhead will climax with a Fun Day featuring live music, puppets, bouncy castle, magic tricks, five-a-side football, story telling, Ruach card reading, candy floss, and much more...and it's all free! It takes place on Saturday 6th June from 1pm - 5pm. Also on site burgers, bacon baps and drinks will be available for purchase. The events main organiser, speaker and author Gerald Coates, explained: 'We live in dangerous and unstable times. Encouragement, support and fun can help us along the way. The week consists of a men's breakfast, a women's Self-Esteem event, an evening for influencers, and two Christian events. International speaker Jonathan Conrathe will be using humour and story telling to help people find faith, security and hope for the future'. The Fun Day will take place in the grounds of Park House in the centre of town. Rachel Hopper, who is helping to organise the day, explained: 'If the sun is kind this will be an opportunity for hundreds of people from around the area to enjoy time with their families and friends'. Posters will be going up across the park and in the town. We are also handing out flyers to the hundreds of people coming off the trains at Leatherhead station in the evenings. Gerald Coates added: 'There are so many people providing hope for the people of Leatherhead, we want to add to that hope through these free events'. Pioneer Engage Church, made up of residents in the area, are underwriting the entire project.

New food collection point in Ashtead Why do we need foodbanks? Every day people in the UK go hungry. The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. Low wages, lack of full time employment, and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food. Professionals such as doctors and social workers as well as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services. During Lent, congregations at St George and St Giles collected over half a ton of food for our local foodbank in Epsom which covers Ashtead and Leatherhead. We would like to continue this and would welcome support from the wider local community, many of whom use the St George’s Christian Centre and come to the café there. The collection point is by reception and we are asking especially for tinned and dried food. There is a list on the container detailing what is most needed. We are unable to accept any fresh food. Please help us support the most vulnerable people in our community. Thank you

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Up to 50% off in June (selected lines only)

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22 Bridge Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8BZ

Tel: 01372 377363

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Local entrepreneur reaches milestone Malcolm Dexter-Tissington OBE with the Silver 100,001 Interpreter

Local inventor, businessman and Fetcham entrepreneur, Malcolm Dexter-Tissington reached an important milestone in May, when his internationally renowned audio handset the "Interpreter " produced its 100,000th device. Malcolm's invention, The Interpreter continues to provide aid to legions of visitors to Museums, Castles, Visitor Centres, Tourist Attractions and Art Galleries throughout the world from Moscow to Australia - New York to Korea. His invention translates and provides commentaries in over 50 languages and each day over 2,000,000 visitors use his guide, in addition over 15 companies have developed similar products to service this important market. The setting was at the Royal Yacht Britannia, in Leith Scotland where 750 new interpreter mait 5's replaced Malcolm's previous mait audio guides which have been used since 1999. To celebrate the event a special silver version was produced to be given to the Royal Collection on the Britannia, with the serial number 100,001. Malcolm first invented the high tech equipment in early 1990, since then he has extended his range by over 12 versions including the new Visual Impaired Multi Media Guide which is also available at the former Royal Yacht. He was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours of 2004, and has been the recipient of many international awards and honours in Italy, Ireland, Poland, Russia and Serbia. Mr Dexter-Tissington is well known for his philanthropic work in the UK and abroad.

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Song Title Pictograms: 1. Three Times A Lady

2. Black Eyed Boy

3. The Final Countdown

Beautiful chocolates handmade locally with the finest chocolate and real ingredients AuBel is proud to win two Academy of Chocolate 2015 Bronze Awards

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Natasha Sutton AuBel Chocolate - Ashtead

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Licensing Act 2003 Application for a new Premises Licence

I, Neil Handley Of, Handley’s, 27 The Street, Ashtead, Surrey. KT21 1AA. I have submitted an application for a new premises licence certificate to Mole Valley District Council, Environmental Health Licensing Team, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ. The record of the application may also be inspected at this address between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday. I propose to sell alcohol during daytime opening hours of 11am – 5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm on Sunday and then as a wine bar on Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 11pm. We will also trade on occasional Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 11.00pm as a pop up restaurant. Interested parties and responsible authorities may make written representation to the relevant licensing authority by 13th June 2015. Such representation shall be made in writing. 47

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Ferris Wheel Miami Trip Helter Skelter Chair-o-plane Rock Climbing Wall Coconut Shy Bungee Swings Giant Slide Face Painting Children’s Open Top Bus Village Day Kitchen Miniature Railway Rides Vintage Stationary Engines


VILLAGE DAY CHERISHED CAR RUN entrants meet at City of London Freemen’s school outside the Main House


EWELL ST MARY’S MORRIS DANCERS perform at the Brewery Inn, The Street, Ashtead


CHERISHED CARS leave for The Street en route to the QEII Playing Fields

Sa Village Day Kitchen

In the Main Arena 12:00 noon 12:30pm

POPTASTIC DANCERS start the 32nd Ashtead Rotary Village Day Official opening of Village Day Presentation of Community Awards












CUMBERLAND GIANTS - “Will they make up?”


A tribute to the musical ‘MY FAIR LADY’ performed by the DANDELION THEATRE ARTS GROUP



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Fire Engine Pony Rides Balloon Modelling Dog Show Tea Cups & Saucers Atlantis Band Punch & Judy Mole Valley Silver Band Tea Marquee Food Court Junction 9 Band Red Cross & Ambulance

The programme may be amended to suit the circumstances of the day. Our public address announcer will do his best to keep you informed of the latest news. The copyright of this entire Ashtead Village Day Programme is owned and retained by The Rotary Club of Ashtead. © 2015. LOST PROPERTY: If you have lost or found something please contact the Rotary Control Point by the Arena. After Village Day please contact Tim (01372 276337).

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Ashtead Rotary Village Day Programme of events

Ferris Wheel Miami Trip Helter Skelter Chair-o-plane Rock Climbing Wall Coconut Shy Bungee Swings Giant Slide Face Painting Children’s Open Top Bus Village Day Kitchen Miniature Railway Rides Vintage Stationary Engines


VILLAGE DAY CHERISHED CAR RUN entrants meet at City of London Freemen’s school outside the Main House


EWELL ST MARY’S MORRIS DANCERS perform at the Brewery Inn, The Street, Ashtead


CHERISHED CARS leave for The Street en route to the QEII Playing Fields

Sa Village Day Kitchen

In the Main Arena 12:00 noon 12:30pm

POPTASTIC DANCERS start the 32nd Ashtead Rotary Village Day Official opening of Village Day Presentation of Community Awards












CUMBERLAND GIANTS - “Will they make up?”


A tribute to the musical ‘MY FAIR LADY’ performed by the DANDELION THEATRE ARTS GROUP



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Fire Engine Pony Rides Balloon Modelling Dog Show Tea Cups & Saucers Atlantis Band Punch & Judy Mole Valley Silver Band Tea Marquee Food Court Junction 9 Band Red Cross & Ambulance

The programme may be amended to suit the circumstances of the day. Our public address announcer will do his best to keep you informed of the latest news. The copyright of this entire Ashtead Village Day Programme is owned and retained by The Rotary Club of Ashtead. © 2015. LOST PROPERTY: If you have lost or found something please contact the Rotary Control Point by the Arena. After Village Day please contact Tim (01372 276337).

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New RJ Clinic Website It’s with great excitement that we unveil our new website The new site is aimed at helping new and existing patients to better understand what could be wrong with them but also help them decide what sort of treatment would suit them best. With an increasing number of therapists popping up on every corner it is difficult to know who to trust and who will look after you. Our new website reflects the clinic and how much we value our patients. So many of our patients come in saying “we didn’t know you could treat shoulders, or ankles” so many people often say to us “We thought you only treated backs!”. This is not the case, on the website we have listed all the areas of the body that we can treat and help. One area I think people like the most is the section where we have explained all the different types of treatments available at the clinic and the other options to help you make better choices for self-referral. In addition we now have a blog page which will be updated periodically with news and updates on what’s going on in the clinic. For those of you that have not visited our clinic before we have a special offers section which may be of some interest. We hope that the new website is informative and interesting for you. You can like the clinic on Facebook, Twitter or Google plus. We will be sending out useful hints and tips via Facebook and our RJ newsletters to help you stay pain free and thinking about your body posture.

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Reena Joshi


70% better in 3-5 sessions

Understand ‘what is wrong’ and ‘how to prevent problems and or pain’

Massage Therapist Available (also ante and post-natal)

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“Hello all – my name is Sylvester. I am a lovely, large black and white exstray. I can be a little shy before I get to know you but when I do I am very gentle and affectionate. I think I am around 4 or 5 years old. Since I was rescued and found myself safe at the Cats Protection cattery I have been progressing extremely well and have gained a lot more confidence. I love being stroked and I would be an incredibly rewarding companion to someone who has a quiet home; and I could even share that home with another cat!”

If you feel that you could give Sylvester a much deserved forever loving home please call ROSEMARY ON 01737 350307

Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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

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

Gosia Raczek - a marathon success! Massive congratulations to Gosia Raczek (pic right), who completed the London Marathon crossing the finish line with an amazing time of 4:49:17 The volunteers and all the felines in our care at the Cats Protection Epsom, Ewell & District branch would like to extend HUGE thanks to Gosia for all her efforts in training and on the big day – see her photo with medal. Gosia said that it was a hard race, but to date she’s raised £1,024.80 of her £1,400.00 target (73%) - so it was really worth it.

Can you help her reach the target? There’s just under £400 to go. If you can, please go her justgiving page and donate to this very worthy cause 54

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• Well-Established Modern Practice • Fully Air Conditioned • Same Day Emergency Service • Cosmetic Dentistry including Tooth • • • •

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Epsom fertility clinic to offer IVF patients refund if they don’t have a baby An innovative IVF programme is making private infertility treatment more accessible to couples in the Surrey and Greater London area through a partnership between one of the country’s leading fertility clinics and Access Fertility - the UK’s first independent provider of IVF payment programmes and treatment plans. For the first time IVF patients will be offered a 70% refund if they fail to have a baby after undertaking fertility treatment at NewLife Fertility Clinic in Epsom. NewLife Clinic is the first fertility clinic in Surrey and Greater London to provide Access Fertility’s innovative programme, with the aim to reduce the financial pressures and emotional toll IVF treatment can have. Access Fertility programmes at NewLife Fertility Clinic offer options that make it easier for patients to commit to multiple cycles of IVF, significantly improving their chances of success. By committing to multiple cycles patients can expect to save almost 40% on treatment costs compared to traditional ‘pay-as-you-go’ IVF treatment options. Those choosing Access Fertility programmes have the peace of mind that they have a plan in place which will also reduce their financial risk. The Access Fertility IVF Refund programme offers a 70% refund if patients do not have a baby at the end of their treatment, and covers up to three cycles of IVF and all frozen embryo transfers for patients under 37 years old (using their own eggs and subject to medical review). Any patient who is ineligible for the Refund Programme will automatically be offered the MultiCycle programme, which gives patients (using their own eggs) up to two IVF cycles and all frozen embryo transfers requiring no medical review. All patients aged 42 and under can benefit from the Multi-Cycle programme. Mr Amin Gafar, Medical Director of The NewLife Fertility Clinic, says: “Having a baby with the help of IVF can be a tremendous emotional journey for patients and comes with many challenges. We are delighted to partner with Access Fertility to offer programmes that give patients undertaking our highly specialised and bespoke fertility therapies added financial security in the event of unsuccessful treatment. “

Newlife Fertility Clinic invites patients to attend our regular open evening events to meet the team and tour the facilities. Further details are available on the website To find out more information please contact our enquiry team on 01372 738932 or email


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01372 738 932 The Pines, 2 The Parade, Epsom KT18 5DH

Leatherhead Podiatry


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Love your feet! Lesley Pennington S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., B.Sc.Hons., HPC reg

Ashtead Practice Tel: 01372 277802

25 years experience

• Corns • Calluses • Orthotics • Ingrowing Toe Nails • Verrucae

“The Rotary Club of Leatherhead is very grateful to the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for its ongoing support and promotion of the club's community and fundraising activities, which has generated a great response from across the area." Simon Edmands, Rotary Club of Leatherhead

• Problematic Nails • Athlete’s Foot • Bunions • Sports Injuries • Heel Pain

10% off your first appointment on production of this ad (offer ends 30th June 2015)

01372 374125

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A friendly, family-run beauty service in the heart of Bookham Massage - Facials - Tanning Eye Lash Extensions Eye Lash & Eyebrow Tinting Exfoliation -Waxing - Gellux Nails Gift Vouchers also available

‘Portelet’, Leatherhead Road, Gt Bookham, KT23 4RR (opposite Chandlers Builders’ Yard - FREE off-road parking) | Charlotte: 07772 030334 | Holly: 07825 688090

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Leatherhead Play Scheme Woodlands School, Fortyfoot Rd

Challengers Leatherhead play scheme has an exhilarating summer coming up and they are looking for children to come and join in the fun. According to research by Contact A family, a staggering 86% of disabled young people do not have regular access to play. The scheme will be running over the summer holidays and Saturdays during term time, from Woodlands School, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY and is for the ages of 4-12, organising fun -filled days with age appropriate activities. Leatherhead play scheme has some fantastic activities planned for the summer term and holidays including; turning the room into outer space and learning about our universe, exploring food with homemade pizzas and spaghetti painting, and dressing up and showing off your tricks in a circus day. Challengers are an independent charity, based in Guildford, providing play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people between the ages of 2-25. Challengers is unique as every child is welcome to come and play no matter the severity of impairment and also welcomes non-disabled siblings to join in the fun with them. They strive to provide an environment for young people that is their own, a space that is relaxing, supportive and above all else, fun! The schemes also provide parents with short breaks which families say is crucial to them leading normal lives. One parent said “Challengers for us is a godsend, it is a safe, happy place for me to leave one of the most precious things in my life for a few hours, worry free, to look after the other precious things in my life.” This is why Challengers is so important and want more people to come and visit our amazing schemes like Leatherhead.

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Education & Tuition French and Spanish Tuition and Translation All Levels Welcome

Shelagh Linford BA (Hons) For further information please contact:

Tel: 01372 373954


Thank you for publishing the information about our trueCall Care initiative, Zen. We have already had enquiries from local people who have read about the project in The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thanks and regards. Katherine Preston, Senior Trading Standards Specialist, Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards

Wemms Education Unlimited is expanding again!

We are looking for vibrant, enthusiastic, gifted Science teachers to join our amazing team! Applicants should:

be fully qualified, UK trained Science Teachers • have, or be prepared to attend CPD to achieve, be able to teach all Sciences to GCSE Safeguarding Level 2 have preferably able to offer A level Science in • have, or be prepared to gain, a current First Aid at Work certificate at least one discipline • be prepared to laugh, offer bespoke education • have recent classroom experience and sound and commitment to highly motivated students knowledge of Common Entrance, Edexcel, OCR who wish to excel. and AQA syllabus • have, or be prepared to obtain, current DBS clearance • • •

Wemms operates a seven day week, 9am-8pm timetable. Our teachers pick the days and times they wish to work (between 4 and 30 hours a week). Great working environment, smashing colleagues, a pretty wellequipped Science lab. CPD opportunities and social events. A school in which there is room to breathe easy; offering an Education which is as Unique as the Learner!

Please apply with CV and names of two referees to:

Joy Wemms, Principal, 90B The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW 01372 276499 Closing date for applications 26th June 2015 60

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Visitor donations restore the ‘lost garden’ of Polesden Lacey The visitor raffle at Polesden Lacey has raised £12,978 towards the restoration of the lower sunken garden, often referred to as Mrs Greville’s ‘lost garden.’ The money has paid for contractors to clear and expose a number of the terraced pathways that were laid out through this area of the garden. The pathways are currently being re-surfaced with recycled and natural materials to ensure good access for our visitors. Additional plants that are suitable for the alkaline soil conditions will continue to be added over the coming autumn and winter months. ‘We’re really pleased that we’ll finally be able to restore the lower sunken garden to its true state,’ said Tony Gregory (pic below), the Garden and Outdoors Manager at Polesden Lacey. ‘The project has taken a tremendous amount of effort and our thanks go to our amazing volunteers and all the visitors who donated.’ It is believed that the lower sunken garden was designed as an attractive woodland walk, an escape from the formality of the rest of Polesden Lacey’s pleasure grounds. This garden was a place where the formality of the grand Edwardian formal gardens merged with the natural woodlands on Ranmore Common. Mrs Greville’s guests could experience the wilderness of the wider estate, while only being a few hundred yards from the mansion house and the prying eyes of social gossips. With a thick canopy of yew, beech and box trees, the lower sunken garden, which opened in May, will provide a cool and shady retreat for visitors during high summer.

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Clubs & Activities

WALKING WEDNESDAYS With NCT Leatherhead and District Would you like to get some exercise, meet other Mums and find walks you can do with your child? Why not try NCT’s summer buggy walks! Free buggy-friendly guided walks are running on Wednesdays every fortnight from June to September. Walks start at 10am and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be an NCT member. Wed 3 June – Polesden Lacey. Meet in the car park by the entrance, RH5 6BD. Car parking fee for non-National Trust members Wed 19 June – Norbury Park. Meet in Bockett’s Farm car park KT22 9BS

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MONDAY Ashtead

Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Grรกinne 07912 112421

TUESDAY Leatherhead

The Royal British Legion, Lower Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, KT24 5JP 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652


Clubs & Activities

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute April 2015 Meeting April brought our long-awaited 30th birthday celebration. It took place in the afternoon of a bright and sunny day. It was well attended and we were pleased to welcome guests from other local groups. The hall looked very festive, with our new colourful pennants displayed along the stage, and many compliments were received on their variety. Betty had brought her collection of photo albums, which she had collated over the years, depicting memorable events in the past. As it happened to be St. George’s Day, this was represented by flags to remember the day. A mouth-watering tea was served and, as our guest was Mark Davidson, Editor of the Leatherhead Advertiser, a special effort was made! Mark gave us a very entertaining insight into his ‘Time for Tea’ reports and the various comments made about them. He said that there were still places yet to visit so we look forward to more. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month, our next meeting is on 28th May, at Leatherhead Parish Hall, Church Road at 10.15am. For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570.

Ashtead W.I. - May 2015 Meeting Again, we were pleased to welcome visitors to our May meeting and hope they enjoyed their evening with us all. However, we were also sad to report that another of our long-standing and much valued members, Pat Marriott, had recently died and will be very much missed. The W.I. will soon be celebrating its 100 year anniversary, so the AGM at the Royal Albert Hall in June will be a very special occasion. As always a Resolution is proposed to put forward to Government, and this year it concerns the Assessment of Need of Long Term Care. Two of our members have won tickets to the W.I. Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, and Ashtead will be having its own celebratory Sparkling Tea for our members to mark the special occasion. Our speaker tonight was the hilarious and very entertaining Graham Cornick from Hydestile Resident Animals, near Godalming, who brought some friends along with a story about each one. We met a rescued baby squirrel, a pigeon which cannot fly after being shot, Fern the cross polecat/ferret, and a barn owl badly disabled due to inter-breeding. We loved the blind hedgehog, but were told these creatures are an endangered species and were given advice as to how to help them. Star of the show was a superb European Eagle Owl – an abandoned pet which Graham had cared for over 20 years. The charity also help foxes, injured deer, and others, always keeping and caring for animals which cannot be returned to the wild. It was a very thought-provoking and enjoyable evening for us all. Finally we were updated on plans for Ashtead Village Day, and also to Salisbury in August. We were pleased to thank Rosemary Stark for arranging our recent very happy and successful W.I. holiday in Leicester. We look forward to our next meeting on 3rd June, 7.15 for 7.30 at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall when our speaker will be Oliver Symons, ‘In and Around the Royal Ballet’. Sandra Brown 66

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U3A is an organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.


Leatherhead U3A has around 350 members and nearly 40 interest groups ranging from Antiques & Collectables to Wine Appreciation.


There is a monthly meeting in the United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road with a speaker and refreshments. And all this for a subscription of just ÂŁ12 a year. To find out more, check our website, contact Sue on 01372 375756 or

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making a difference to children in Uganda Whisper is a small UK registered charity focussing on children in Uganda. The founder, Veronika, started the charity six years ago and it has grown from funding through car boot sales in the early stages to a likely income this year of over £100,000. Whisper runs various programmes, including:

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A transitional home for severely ill or neglected children, along with a school; A nursery school for 100 refugee children; A medical programme to combat jiggers (flesh burrowing fleas) using a cutting-edge technique An agricultural programme on charity-owned land Long-term plans to build a major school

Whisper has no paid staff in the UK and all our admin costs are covered by a private donor. This means 100% of the money you raise will go to our project in Uganda.

Help us to raise money for this worthwhile work by running in our Half Marathon on 11th October (see image below). To find out more or to follow our work please visit us at:;; http://;


What’s On?

Saturday 6th June St George’s Christian Centre Ashtead Ashtead residents have a chance to join Marty and Doc as they Step Back In Time for charity on Saturday 6 June at 7pm. In the village’s version of “Save the Clock Tower”, the event, organised by Ashtead resident Hannah Underwood, is designed to raise funds for two local charities; The Dell Project – a new church hall at St Giles Church – and Leatherhead charity The Pitstop which supports homeless and vulnerable people. Inspired by the ‘Secret Cinema’ events, the whole of St George’s Church and Christian Centre will be transformed so guests can experience the world of the iconic film Back to the Future. From Doc’s workshop, to a classic car garage, American Diner and the ‘school hall’ set up for the “Enchantment Under The Sea” dance...Ashtead will become Hill Valley for one night only! Entertainment will include live music, acting, a diner serving hotdogs and burgers and even a pop -up make up and hair salon for pampering and sprucing 50s and 80s styles. And of course the film itself – don’t hold back on popcorn! To join in the spirit of the evening, guests can dress in 50s or 80s clothing. The brainchild of Hannah Underwood, she said: “I have wanted to run this event for some time – something really fun and different for people to enjoy while having a truly worthwhile outcome. As there are two local charities at critical stages - the Dell Project to create a community hall for all to enjoy, and The Pitstop which is literally moving to new premises through its Forever Home Appeal, it felt like the ideal time to host this event. We are hoping to raise substantial funds for each charity while making sure that people have a night they will always remember.” The Pitstop’s chairman of trustees, Richard Langtry, said: “We are so grateful to Hannah and the team for including us as beneficiaries for this event. We are a small charity and it’s so helpful and heart-warming when local people offer their support. It sounds like such an unusual and fun event, too!” Robert Newhouse from The Dell Project commented: ““We hope that everyone very much enjoys this charity event with a difference and in a few months’ time they come and visit the new St Giles’ Dell Centre and enjoy that also!” Step Back In Time runs from 7pm on Saturday 6 June at St George’s Christian Centre.

Tickets cost £25.00 with all profits going to the two charities, and are available from the reception of St George’s Christian Centre or by emailing For more information please visit 69

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WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? Sunday 7th

Princess Alice Hospice Summer Fete & Dog Show, 11am-4pm, Princess Alice Hospice, West End Lane, Esher, KT10 8NA. Adults £3, under 12s free, dog show £2.50 per class. A fun day of games, activities and our popular dog show! Join us for a day of games, browsing our stalls and see which four-legged friend will be crowned top dog in our popular Dog Show. Dog Show places are limited, so please register. Free parking and shuttle bus at Garsons Farm., 01372 461808

Wednesday 10th

Lecture on the sculptor Henry Moore, at 7:15 pm, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. His sculpture and drawings will be portrayed in the context of his time. Guests are welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083. Entry is free for a first visit, but £5 for subsequent visits by non-members.

Saturday 13th

Ashtead Village Day - see centre pages for more details

Saturday 13th

The Children’s Trust Donkey Derby, 1.30-5.30pm. The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5UR. Adults £3, under 16s free. Local schools taking part in donkey races, performers, refreshments, family day out. 01737 364303

Saturday 20th

Royal British Legion, Women’s Section are holding a Jumble Sale, 11am-1pm, free entry. Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd.

Saturday 20th

Charlwood Village Fete & Fun Dog Show, 11am-5pm. Recreation Ground, The Street, Charlwood, RH6 0BY. Free entry. Traditional summer fete with lots of fun for all the family, inc splat the rat, penalty shoot-out, coconut shy, face painting, real ale bar, BBQ and local crafts for sale, annual tug-of-war and dog show. More info and Dog Show and tug of war entry forms from

Saturday 20th

Ewell Horticultural Assoc Summer Show, Blenheim High School, Longmead Rd, Epsom, KT19 9BH. Free entry, free parking. Refreshments, homemade cakes, displays of fruit, veg, flowers and floral art, raffle, plants and garden sundries for sale. 020 8393 1749,

Sunday 21st

Bookham Annual Open Gardens Day, 10am-5pm. Featuring private gardens, local schools, The Grange, and allotments. Tickets (from 16th May onwards): £5 in advance from the Old Barn Hall, Bookham KT23 3PQ (Mon, Weds, Fri 9.30am-12pm), or £6 on the day from first garden. Info:, or Tina Hutton on 01372 457598 or

Saturday 27th

Armed Forces Day, Guildford High St and Stoke Park. 9.30am-7.30pm. Spectacular free celebration, servicemen and women, cadets, veterans and thousands of visitors will gather in Guildford as it hosts the national event for this year’s Armed Forces Day. Celebrations include a High Street military parade and action-packed free show in Stoke Park. More info and timings on

Sunday 28th

Annual Leatherhead Duck Race from 2pm by the town bridge, more details in next month’s edition.

Friday 3rd JULY

APMH Friends' 3 course dinner (6.30 for 7pm) followed by a talk by Sheila Willis 'Who dun the Whodunits'. Tickets £20.50 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members. Preceded by the Friends' AGM at 6.10pm

Friday 3rd JULY

60’S theme flower demonstration ‘Love is...’ 6.30pm (doors open 5.30pm), Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Rd, KT22 8DN. Tickets £12 from 01372 274517

Friday 3rd JULY

Soundbytes' choir FREE summer concert with donations to SeeAbility. Christchurch UR, Epsom Rd, Leatherhead 8pm. Pop songs in glorium! More details see advert on page 64.


If there’s an event in July that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Friday 12th June. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 70

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(1st Tues monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church rooms, behind the church, Lower Road, Bookham, KT23 4DH. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 3rd

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Talk by Oliver Symons ‘In and Around The Royal Ballet’. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 3rd

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Nigel Whyles ‘Shaken not Stirred’, Visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (mthly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Friday 5th

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. Sessions 1.30 −4pm and 5−7.30pm

Friday 5th (weekly)

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

Friday 5th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 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 5th, (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Mick 01372 453959 with any queries.

Friday 5th (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Shop can meet all your sewing needs - now independent in the Committee Room of the Parish Church Hall. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote.

"Keep Calm and Create!", a series of hands-on workshops and demonstrations run by Oasis, for ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Oasis runs on alternate Friday mornings, 9.15Fridays 5th & 10.30am at George's Cafe, St George's Christian Centre. Activities for pre-school children, whilst mums relax with coffee, cake and chat! No charge. FRIDAY 5TH: 19th Learn how to decorate cupcakes and party cakes like a professional! FRIDAY 19TH: We'll be having a make-up masterclass - get yourself ready for Friday night! Sunday 7th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of June services and events including the 24 hour prayer weekend check out 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 Thursday 4th June - LMC

Wednesday 17th June - Christ Church

Thursday 11th June - LMC

Thursday 25th June - LMC

Leyla Cemiloglu, piano, plays works by Bach, Graham Davies, Organist of Pinner Parish Mendelssohn, Liszt Church Liza van der Peijl, contralto ® ♦ Roberta Terchi Nocentini, piano ®

Duo Vastedt ♦ Irma Vastakaite, violin ® ♦ Greta Astedt, piano ® (® performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music)

WHAT’S ON IN JUNE? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Sunday 7th (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 7th and 21st

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund held at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Cars £10, MPV, 4WD and Small Vans £12. Larger vans from £15. Trailers £3 extra. Entrance: By donation. All profits for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Food available. Toilets. Info 020 8337 8181.

Friday 12th

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

Tuesday 9th

Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Wed 10th

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 18th

‘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.

Wed 24th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, speaker Ken Dalston on the History of Punch & Judy. Visitors welcome £2. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Thurs 25th

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

(2nd Tues monthly)

2nd Wed mthly

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(4th Wed mthly)

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Friday 26th

Nicholas Hilliard (1547 - 1619): England's first great portraitist. Trained first as a goldsmith he became a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Come and hear his story. 2.30 and 7.30 pm £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 to book: http:// for details. 73

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Leatherhead Community Association There is a really busy and interesting Summer programme of visits, talks and walks planned by the LCA over the Summer months. How about going to the Physic Gardens and Saatchi Gallery on 25th June? Or there is a Day at the Races at Lingfield Race Course on 8th July, a visit to houses connected with the Bloomsbury Group on 15th August or even Buckingham Palace State Rooms and Gardens on 8th September. Looking ahead, there are recorded music afternoons at 2.15, on 17th June, 15th July and 19th August, no booking necessary, and tickets have already been reserved for the Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert on 12 December. The Tea and Talks subject on 12 June is ‘Life on a Lighthouse’ by Peter Smith who grew up in a lighthouse - not many people have done that! Peter Humphreys has planned a very varied programme of short and longer walks and strolls which include Teazle Wood, Ham - Twickenham riverside, and the Leith Hill Rhododendron Dell.

Full details of all these events can be found at the Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street Leatherhead, or contact Sarah on 01372 360508 weekdays between 9am and 12pm. Also, please click on to the website to find out more - http// or email us on 74

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Tickets ÂŁ12 available from Ticket Officer 01372 274517


Making A Pest Of Themselves By Pippa Greenwood They might be small but aphids - widely known as greenfly and blackfly - are one of the most common and widespread garden pests, with more than five hundred different species found in the United Kingdom alone. Greenfly and blackfly vary in colour, from green or black to grey, yellow, pink, brown or kaki. The majority are about 2mm long

pyracantha and cotoneaster. Colonies of the aphid covered with white, waxy, fluffy fibres develop on the bark, especially near pruning cuts on older stems, or on younger stems where they also cause swellings on the stem.

Most damage is done throughout spring and summer but there are aphids feeding somewhere pretty well throughout the year. In sheltered parts of your garden or in greenhouses and conservatories, some can be found even during the cooler winter months. They can breed rapidly and this is often done asexually or without need of a male. For much of the year females are predominant and give birth to huge numbers of genetically identical offspring.

It is pretty well impossible to garden without aphids causing some grief – the best you can do is to reduce their numbers. Encouraging naturally occurring predators such as blue tits, ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings will all help. In some situations it is also worth introducing biological controls and these work especially well in an enclosed area such as a greenhouse or conservatory. Aphid predators such as the larva of the midge Aphidoletes and even ladybirds, can all be purchased, as can the tiny parasitic wasp Aphidius. Ladybirds (available from my website, are perfect for using on aphid outbreaks anywhere in the garden from pots and borders to hanging baskets and hedges. The great thing with these is that, once established they will start to breed and add to the natural ladybird population.

The symptoms they cause include leaf yellowing or other brightly coloured discolouration, puckering, poor growth and stunting. The plant sap on which the aphids feed has an extremely high sugar content; in fact it is so sugary that the aphids cannot digest it all, so their excreta is very sticky and sugary. This is called ‘honeydew’ and you may have noticed it beneath aphid-infested plants. Because it is so sugary, honeydew attracts harmless but unattractive black ‘sooty moulds’. On roses there are several species of aphid which may attack, often forming dense colonies on shoot tips, new leaf growth and flower buds. These aphids are mostly green, pinkish or yellowish in colour and up to 3mm long.

There are a number of different chemicals (including organic or ‘green’ ones such as those based on fatty acids or plant oils) available for controlling aphid pests too, but not all are suitable for use on every plant, so check the label carefully before buying or using, and always follow the instructions carefully.

If vegetables are more your thing then you may see the black bean aphid as it forms dense colonies especially at the shoot tips and beneath the leaves of broad beans in the spring. If you pinch out the aphid-encrusted shoot tips on beans the problem is often solved.

Visit Pippa’s website for ladybirds and other biocontrols to control greenfly, Nemaslug, brilliant weeders, pop-up crop covers, copper tape and lots more besides.

Another common one is the woolly aphid which attacks apple trees and is also often seen on ornamental Malus such as crab apples, 76

If you haven’t found us yet - you don’t know what you’re missing...

We are proud to be taking part again in this year’s Ashtead Village Day on Saturday 13th June and look forward to seeing you there! Do pop along to our stall and say hello.

FATHER’S DAY - SUNDAY 21st JUNE Why not treat Dad to a delicious Sunday Lunch in our Olive Tree Café? Advance booking required 01372 273891

We have plenty of great gifts here for Dad / 01372 273891 Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1HU 77

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Help buy lunches at The Pitstop Popular Leatherhead restaurant Five Rivers in Bridge Street has set up a ‘Lunch for a Lunch’ scheme until the end of July to provide meals for local charity The Pitstop. As part of the services run by The Pitstop for local homeless, vulnerable and socially isolated members of the community, a hot lunch is served every day, and now - during the ‘Lunch for a Lunch’ campaign - for every lunch bought at Five Rivers, the restaurant will donate £2 to the lunch fund of The Pitstop - the equivalent of two meals at the charity day centre currently running from the United Reform Church Hall in Leatherhead. The campaign aims to both support the charity financially and to raise awareness of its Forever Home Appeal to raise funds to acquire, refit and furnish a permanent base in Leatherhead. Five Rivers owner Raj explains: “Five Rivers has always been looking out for the local community and as so many of our customers are local and loyal, we thought it was time for the restaurant to get more involved and to extend our support.”

Five Rivers owner Raj Dhaliwal with Gayle Scrivens from The Pitstop

Pitstop Chairman of trustees Richard Langtry is delighted. “We are thrilled to have the support of Raj and the team at Five Rivers and the ‘Lunch for a Lunch’ scheme is a wonderful idea! Since we lost our premises in the floods of winter 2013/14, we have been working hard to keep our clients safe, warm and well-fed while we raise money to acquire and refurbish new premises.”

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We are an Ashtead based loft conversion company who offer a full range of services to work with your requirements and budget. With all loft conversions we offer: • • • • •

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Charity’s 30th Anniversary marked with Royal Visit HRH Princess Alexandra made a visit to St. John’s School Old Chapel in Leatherhead on Friday April 24th to mark the 30th Anniversary of The Brigitte Trust.

Main pic: Volunteers celebrate 30 years of service , below: HRH Princess Alexandra with Lucy Drummond (pictures courtesy of Laurence Photography)

The Princess met frontline members of the charity, including two volunteers, Wendy Lane and Deirdre Lay, who have been with the Trust for 30 years and spent an hour speaking with volunteers, trainers and supporters. The Princess also spent time talking to The Drummond family who were supported by the Trust. A posy was presented by Lucy Drummond after the unveiling of a plaque and cutting an anniversary cake made by a supporter of the charity.

The Trust is recruiting volunteers for its next training courses in Woking, Epsom and Crawley in the coming months. For more information please call 01306 881816 or visit the charity’s website 82

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 76

The Hut - The Paddocks - Ashtead

Left: The Hut c: 1919 Above: The Hut Right: The Paddocks c: 1908

The Hut was situated at the end of a private avenue of poplars, on the south side of Ottways Lane, opposite Agates Lane. It was built in 1876 and the first resident was Colonel Alexander Cameron Gleig of the Royal Artillery, a veteran of the Crimean War. He later moved to Murrays Court. The Hut has been demolished and only one poplar tree remains from this beautiful avenue. The Paddocks was a large house standing in five acres of land. It was built for George Masterson, a race horse trainer and his horses. In the grounds were two cottages for his staff, both still remain and are now called Hermon and Paddocks Barn. In the early 1960s The Paddocks was demolished and twenty-two detached houses were built forming Paddocks Way. Sorry to say no photograph of The Paddocks could be found, however, on the left is a map showing the house and a somewhat strange looking Equestrian Building. If you can help the Society rectify this in anyway please contact John Rowley Leatherhead & District Local History Society: Ashtead Archive Email: Tel: 01372 723417 Goff Powell - Extracted from Ashtead A Village Transformed L&DLHS 1977 / History of Ashtead L&DLHS 1995

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Humans are an invasive species ‘Where Do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species’ is Ken Thompson’s latest book. In it he says that we take a far too short term view of our natural world. Left to its own devices nature will often evolve and re-balance what we consider the problem of invasive plants and animals. We blame invasive species when often they are merely taking advantage of areas degraded by human-made change. The blame really lies in overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, overgrazing, climate change, intensive agriculture and all the other much more fundamental causes of our environmental problems. These issues are harder to address and we find it much easier to blame invasive species. The science is not always clear about their impact or even if they are the cause. Mink used to be blamed for the decreasing numbers of otters, but in fact it is now known that organo-chlorine pesticide pollution was responsible as the water quality has improved there has been an increase in otter numbers. It’s not that we shouldn’t deal with invasive species but we need good research to know if they are really the cause of any problems and the cost of removal, often it is just not practical. New research from University of York, reported in this month’s Royal Horticulture Society magazine, has also concluded that non-native plants are not a threat to the floral diversity of Britain. How do we define native plants anyway? Are they ones that have been here since pre-Roman times, or pre-1500 with the discovery of the New World or is it plants that were here before the era of Victorian plant hunters? Crayfish are considered native having been here for 600 years, snakeshead fritillary are also considered native and although cultivated here in 1597 no records exist of it in the wild until 1776. Many plants considered native are actually invasive, for example brambles, nettles and bracken. Heather covers hundreds of square miles of British uplands to the virtual exclusion of everything else but nobody is suggesting that it is an invasive problem. Rhododendrons only became widespread due to being widely planted in 1838 to provide cover for game on shooting estates. Even without our help, plants and animals move in response to climate and conditions. Landscapes and biodiversity are continually changing for many reasons including human impacts and climate change, extreme weather like major storms, earth quakes, forest fires and natural pathogens. Teazle Wood is a classic example of changing landscape and biodiversity. 150 years ago there were substantial Victorian brickworks covering about half the area. The clay pits are now a vital habitat for great crested newts and other creatures and plants. 50 years ago this area was mainly grazed fields with a small ancient woodland in the centre which still remains but is now surrounded by secondary woodland. In a hundred years it may look different again, we don’t know what impact ash die back or climate change will have. We might think that our landscape has always been and will always look like it is now, but that is an illusion. Today is merely a freeze-frame of a time in the history of planet earth. And let’s not forget that humans are surely the most invasive species of all Caroline Cardew-Smith Website: Email: 90

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

A yo-yo Jenga The Furby Red Jigsaw puzzles Candy Crush Saga Mr Potato Head Five Mattel (from parts of their names "mat" and "el") 10. The rope

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Quiz - Mottos 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Be prepared - Boy Scouts Blood and fire - Salvation Army Don't be evil - Google For home and country - Women's Institute It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness - Amnesty International 6. Nation shall speak peace unto nation - BBC 7. Spirit in motion - Paralympic Games 8. The Lord is my light - University of Oxford 9. Through adversity to the stars - Royal Air Force 10.United in diversity - European Union

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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 01372 277350 (Marian Guess) Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07733 621614 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 372006 (Paul Fairweather) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787)

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