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Issue 141

July 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Ticks, hot cars and your dog Leatherhead Duck Race - 2nd July The new ‘Greville Rose’ is launched Have your say on Leatherhead Library Ashtead Rotary Village Day in pictures Prudential RideLondon Cycle Races - 30th July Skin cancer is on the rise - stay safe in the sun Leatherhead Angling Society Open Day - 22nd July Sir Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2016

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


Parking spaces @ Linden Hse Surgery


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Skin cancer is on the rise


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Stay safe in the sun


Ashtead Community Vision


RNLI - Excellence in volunteering award




Vote for The Grange


MV Police Column


Leatherhead Womens’ Institute


Simple Crossword


Ashtead Womens’ Institute


Ticks and your dog


Famous 5 at Wisley


Give a cat a home


Forty Foot Playground - Stage II


Dogs die in hot cars


Leatherhead Angling Society Open Day


Have your say on Leatherhead library


Prudential Ride London cycle races 62-63


Quiz - One to Ten


What’s on? Pages 64 - 71


The Long Stretch - a story


General knowledge crossword


Quiz - Missing Body Parts


Local history article


Book reviews


Breast Cancer Care - Afternoon Tea event


‘Windows’ on a budget


Cryptic crossword


Rotary Ashtead Village Day pictures


Transition Ashtead


Recipe - Salmon Gravadlax


Young Photographers snap up their prizes


Wedding services fraud


Gardening - transporting plants




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not often that I am lost for words, in fact I can find words for most things but a few days ago I was contacted by Glynis Peterkin, Chairman of the Ashtead Residents’ Association, who informed me that I had been nominated for the Ashtead Rotary Community Service Award in the category ‘Service above Self’. I went along to Village Day, as I always do, but this time it was not only to meet up with all my buddies from the charities and clubs that appear in the magazine, but also to pick up my award from the Rotary Club of Ashtead. It is humbling to know that so many put my name forward for this award, it means a great deal to me. Thank you to all those who voted for me. Whilst I’m on the subject of the Ashtead Rotary Village Day, I have included some photographs taken on the day by my old mate Andy Newbold, who was the official photographer for the day. He certainly captured the unique essence and atmosphere of the day and you can see his piccies on pages 40 and 41. It was the most perfect of days, the sun was shining and people were grinning from ear to ear, it was a happy, happy day full of warmth and fun - a big thank you to the Rotary Club for organising another spectacular event. Village Day always appears effortlessly put together, but the sheer amount of work put in by the Ashtead Rotary team behind the scenes during the months running up to the day will astound even the most conscientious of us. Another jam packed little edition for you. There are a couple of articles about dogs this month, the first is about how to spot ticks on your dogs. If you’re a bit squeamish then you can have them professionally and completely removed by either Jo Shoesmith at Bonnie Dogs (page 23) or Claire Neuhoff (page 25). The other article is about dogs being kept in cars, I really don’t think dog owners appreciate just how hot and dangerous the inside of a car can become and hopefully this article will raise awareness. The articles can be found on pages 22 and 26 respectively. Some rather unpleasant people are defrauding couples hoping to tie the knot. We’ve all heard just how expensive a modern wedding can be and it seems there are countless people out there ready to take advantage, hopefully the article on page 44 will ensure that this doesn't happen. Parking in Upper Fairfield Rd for the surgery, dentist or nursery, is proving to be difficult, and I can vouch for that being a patient at Linden House surgery. Hopefully the ‘permit holders only’ spaces can be reduced Advertising in number as these are very often empty whilst drivers The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local desperately look for a space in the main car park. provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

Very worryingly skin cancer is on the rise, so I have included a couple of articles about how to spot cancer and, also how to stay safe in the sun (pages 48 and 50). If we’re all careful, we can enjoy the sun safely. In an attempt to tear your kids away from their smartphone thingamajigs, why not take them down to Long Copse Ponds on the Fetcham/Bookham borders on Saturday 22nd July and enjoy a couple of hours’ free fishing - they may just get hooked (OK not literally as that’s a bit painful but you know what I mean), see page 61. Rosa ‘Margaret Greville’ was launched at Chelsea Flower Show a couple of months ago, more info on page 90. Don’t forget, it’s the Annual Leatherhead Duck Race on Sunday 2nd July from 2pm (page 67) - have fun. Have a super July, see you in August. Cheerio ducks,

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n the May elections this year, many of you will also have cast your vote in respect of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), resulting in a 92% majority in favour of its adoption as the basis for the Council to make planning decisions on development in Ashtead. But the world of planning never stays still for long and Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is currently preparing a new Local Plan that will set the development direction for the whole District for 2018-2033. This does not mean that Ashtead’s NDP will be rendered obsolete: it will remain in place but it will be reviewed in the light of the new District plan and amendments proposed should any policies be found to contravene the new development direction of the District.

We are launching a consultation on two main themes: making the best use of brownfield land, and the potential release of greenfield land. At this stage, the consultation is not about specific sites for development but is seeking your views on the options we have for general approaches to accommodating new development. The consultation runs from 1 July–12 August 2017. See the video on our website at which explains more. There is a questionnaire covering the options, as well as space for you to give us any other ideas you may have. During the consultation we will be hosting a series of events throughout the District so that we can meet people face-to-face, answer questions and receive views direct. We plan to be at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall in Woodfield Lane from 4-8pm on 3rd July and look forward to seeing you then.

MVDC will be conducting a public consultation on the first stage of the new Local Plan and would like as much feedback as possible from residents on the options being presented. To that end, we have been asked to publish the following message from Councillor Duncan Irvine:

This is an opportunity for everyone in our District to help shape the direction of development to meet the housing and economic needs of Mole Valley, whilst protecting the “Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is about countryside that we all love so much. We need to start work on its next Local Plan, “Future your views because we need to get this right, so Mole Valley”. The project will set out plans for please do take part. land use in the District for the next 15 years; it Yours sincerely, will include targets for delivering new Duncan Irvine development as well as setting out those areas Executive Member for Planning, MVDC” which will continue to be protected. This is about the future of the District for everybody who lives here, so it is vital that we understand what you think. We need to help households who are struggling to find suitable, affordable accommodation, create better conditions for local businesses and adapt to the changing demands on - amongst other things retail and leisure services. Doing nothing is not an option. It is clear that development will have to take place to meet these needs, and we want to positively shape how and where that development goes for the benefit of all.

The Association urges you to participate in this consultation to make Ashtead’s voice heard loudly and clearly in the Council Chamber. Please do try and attend the session that MVDC is holding at the APMH on 3rd July.

The ARA Standing Committee would also be interested in hearing your views: please share them with us by emailing Glynis Peterkin Chairman 8

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Members of the LRA Committee have served on a Community Reference Group during most of the last two years as plans to Transform Leatherhead have unfolded. At last, we are seeing some work in progress. Part of the Transform Leatherhead project is now focussing on Church Street. It has been said that sometimes the situation has to get worse before it gets better. Presently, the lovely paving stones that are beginning to appear give hope that this will one day be an inviting new entrance to Leatherhead. In the meantime, our much anticipated new Waitrose and all the businesses on Church Street are in the middle of the chaos that comes with redevelopment. Delivery vans and cars are struggling to cope with the small space. Thankfully, there are people who are willing to brave the adversity in order to shop. We hope that all the disruption will soon be over and we will have the lovely new space that we have wished for so long.

In this early planning stage, we hear that the Swan Centre is to get a new frontage onto Leret Way. Shop fronts are to be added at this approach. To this end, the public lavatories are to be relocated and updated. Many will agree that this useful shopping centre is in need of a "facelift' so we eagerly await the enhancement to the facility.

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As the new owners of the Swan Centre, the MVDC have plans for some alterations to the facility. Some of the improvement has to do with the Swan Centre Car Park. There is promise that some of the issues that people mention most frequently will be addressed. The entrances to the ramps are to be widened and the width of some parking spaces may be altered. The lifts and lighting are also to get some improvement.

A Reminder of Other Good News: Leatherhead Open Gardens

Fourteen of our members are busy preparing their gardens for the LEATHERHEAD OPEN GARDENS on Sunday 9 July from 11am to 5pm. April brought a hard frost that nipped tender plants in the bud along with a total lack of "April Showers". This was followed by periods of heavy showers in May with high winds in early June. All these conditions had the potential for damage to gardens but our generous members have not been daunted as they ready their gardens for visitors. Don't forget that tickets are available in Barton's Book Shop. Buying your programme/ ticket early will allow you to plan your day. A map, garden descriptions, and a bus timetable are included. A walking tour is encouraged to gardens near the Parish Church although there will be some on street parking near most of the gardens. Parking is available at Randalls Road Car Park and by special permission at the Registry Office at the Mansion, 70 Church Street. Buses will be available from Randalls Road Car Park and the Parish Church. Cheryl Allen

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So, as you pause in your journey along the footpath and take in the tranquil views, please stop and read Following negotiations during 2016 and agreeing and the information board which outlines the history of identifying an appropriate area, the Fetcham the site and consider the benefit of the legacy left Residents’ Association with the support of SES to the village of Fetcham from the activities Water sought to reinstate ‘the beach’ as a of predecessors way back in the dark ages! community space for residents to enjoy once again. We are also grateful for our continued support from By seeking funding to create a hardstanding to the residents of Fetcham without which such provide benches upon which to sit awhile to take in projects would not be possible so if you haven't the view and a lecturn giving information about the already please join and renew, all information is on area. our website We are very pleased to announce that this has now Susanne Taylor, Chairman been achieved and completed in conjunction with a Fetcham Residents’ Association pond side clearance and fence replacement

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Ashtead Community Vision At Last We’ve Finished – Oh No We Have Not

At an Executive Meeting on 23rd May, our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was finally adopted by Mole Valley and now constitutes part of their planning policy set. In last month’s article I forecast a little rest for the Forum, but the next step in the creation of

a new Mole Valley Local Plan (now known as “Future Mole Valley”) is already upon us. Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) have already conducted an assessment of the number of new homes required by the year 2033. The result of this exercise shows that there is insufficient space to meet forecast demand and the council will be considering how to bridge that gap. There are three main options for meeting the demand: 1.


Meet Demand outside the District. MVDC is already taking to neighbouring councils to see if there are any benefits in joint working to accommodate development. However, most neighbours are in a similar situation to Mole Valley.


Release Greenfield Land for Development This could include the extension of existing built-up areas such as Ashtead; expansion of one or more rural villages and creation of a new settlement.

These options and more are explored in a paper produced by MVDC that will be subject to consultation during July and August. Mole Valley will publicize this consultation through the normal channels, by holding open meetings and by delivering a leaflet to every household in the district. We all need to make sure that we read this information when it becomes available and provide our views on the options put forward. MVDC will use this feedback and the evidence that they have gathered to identify a preferred direction that will be published for comment next year. The Ashtead Forum will continue to monitor progress of Future Mole Valley and use our current publicity channels to ensure that as many people as possible are kept up to date with the issues as they unfold. We will also keep an eye on the outcome of the government White Paper titled “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market”, which discusses the options for encouraging local councils to be more ambitious in their development plans and for streamlining the planning process for developers.

Finally we will monitor the results of our new Make more use of brownfield (previously local policies to ensure that they deliver what we intended. developed) sites. This could include developing high density sites in town Did I say we would have a rest! centres; reallocation of some commercial sites for residential use; increasing Tony Tuley suburban densities and reallocation recreational land. 14

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garage and especially in a petrol station. Keep part from your home, your car is probably your keys out of sight when they are left in your the most valuable thing you own. And yet it’s also the one most at risk. Car crime is now a home. problem that affects us all, no matter where we live or work. CD players and radios The latest security-coded equipment won't work Car thefts and thefts from cars, make up almost if someone tampers with it and disconnects it a third of crimes that are reported to police. from the battery. Some car stereos or the face About one in four cars reported missing each of them can easily be removed and taken out of year is never recovered but these statistics do the car. not take into account the inconvenience caused to you, the owner. If the car is not recovered, it Documents can take a month or more before insurance Your registration document, MOT and insurance claims are settled, not to mention the high costs certificate could help a thief to sell your car. involved if you have to hire a replacement car. Keep them in a safe place at home and not in Your frustration may not end there. If returned, the car itself. your car may be badly damaged – in need of repair or be beyond use. It’s only after the Parking insurance company’s inspection that you can When at home, the safest place to park is your finally put your vehicle in for what could be garage, if you have one. If not, choose a busy, expensive repairs. well-lit area as thieves don’t like being seen. It all adds up to a huge amount of delay and And remember... Thieves like older cars, too. inconvenience. In fact, to some extent thieves prefer them, especially so-called 'joy riders', as they don't Surrey Police is determined to reduce vehicle usually have sophisticated built-in security. crime and you can help us achieve this by following the advice given below Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division Car audio equipment and clothes PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE These are the most common items stolen from cars. But pretty much anything will get taken: CDs, tools, laptops, mobile phones, bags, briefcases, sunglasses and credit cards. The reason why things get taken is usually because they're on view for all to see.

To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email:

Remove - the temptation to a would-be thief by leaving nothing on view. Even shopping bags, cigarettes and loose change can encourage a break-in. If you don’t require an item of property for your journey, leave it at home.

Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters.


Lock them every time you leave your car, even if it's only for a couple of minutes because a couple of minutes are all a thief needs.

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Stress at work Does the fact that an employee is signed off work with stress for a prolonged period of time automatically render them disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 (“the EqA”)? If so, this has serious practical consequences for employers keen to avoid claims of disability discrimination.

employee who is unwilling to return to work until an issue had been resolved to their satisfaction, but who otherwise suffers little or no effect on normal day to day activities. The first employee is undoubtedly suffering from a mental impairment within the meaning of the EqA, the second is not.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) recently provided some useful guidance on the issue in the case of Herry v Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Applying this to the facts of the case, the EAT considered that D was not disabled within the meaning of the EqA. D was unhappily reacting to what he perceived as unfair treatment of him at work but there was no evidence that his normal day to day activities were affected in any way. The EAT was clear that the Tribunal was not bound to find that D had a disability purely because he had been signed off with stress for a long period of time.

The facts The employee in this case, D, was signed off work for several months with sick notes citing ‘stress and anxiety’, ‘work related stress’ and ‘stress at work’. The medical reports stated that “the behaviour of certain individuals [is] what is stopping [the employee] from returning to work…and causing him stress.” They also referred to “management issues…which are causing stress.” The EAT considered whether D was disabled within the meaning of the EqA. The EqA broadly defines disability as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the individual’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities. The decision The EAT held that D was not disabled within the meaning of the EqA.

What does this mean for employers? When employers are faced with an employee who is signed off work with stress, thought needs to be given as to whether the individual has a condition which qualifies as a disability. It should be remembered that work related issues can result in real mental impairment, especially for those susceptible to depression and anxiety. However, as has been demonstrated by this decision, an employee who is signed off work with stress for a prolonged period of time should not automatically be rendered disabled; medical evidence should be scrutinised to see whether a genuine mental impairment exists.

They referred to a previous decision (J v DLA Piper) which highlighted an important distinction between a ‘clinical condition’ and a ‘reaction to adverse circumstances’. Although both may claim to be ‘depressed’, the law differentiates between 1) the employee with clinical depression and 2) the

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Beware Of Ticks When Walking Your Dog under their skin which can have serious health consequences in the months that follow. You can buy a dedicated tick remover from your local pet shop or veterinary practice. Although other methods of removing ticks exist, tick removers allow you to twist and pull the tick from your dog, bringing the entire body away.

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Why are ticks dangerous to your pet?

Ticks cause Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, in dogs, but signs of illness don’t commonly appear until several months after they have been bitten.


Symptoms include: • High fever • Loss of appetite • Swelling of the joints • Swollen lymph nodes • Lethargy

icks pose a serious health risk to your dog during the summer and early autumn months, particularly if you take them for walks through bracken and heather. If your dog has a long coat, a tick will barely be noticeable on the skin, so it’s important that you physically check their body when you finish your walk.

Once diagnosed, a prolonged course of antibiotics can be used to fight the infection, but some dogs may continue to experience recurring symptoms throughout their life.

What does a tick look like?

Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures that attach themselves to a ‘host,’ and feed on their blood. Once they start to feed, the tick increases in size and becomes more noticeable to the human eye.

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Dogs die in hot cars We’ve all heard the warning about dogs in hot cars. So why is it that the emergency services still have to be called to hundreds of cases each year, where the life of a much loved family pet is at risk? Here are some commonly believed falsehoods about dogs and cars: • It’s only dangerous to leave my dog in a car on a hot day. • If I park in the shade, the car will stay cool. • If I leave the window open, the car will stay cool. • If I’m only popping out for a couple of minutes, that’s not long enough for the car to heat up. Well intentioned and loving owners can put their dog in a seriously dangerous situation, simply because they are unaware of the facts, which are: • A parked car heats up like an oven. On a temperate 24°C day, the interior of the car can reach 34°C in 10 minutes. • Dogs don’t sweat through their whole bodies like us, but only through their paws, and so they have to pant to cool themselves down. • Leaving the window open a few inches or parking in the shade makes virtually no difference to the temperature inside the car. Dogs can die from heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes, and heatstroke can cause serious brain damage in a very short time. The bottom line is, don’t leave your dog in the car. Even for a few minutes, and even on a relatively cool day. If you’re still not convinced, try it yourself, with a fur coat on! What should you do if you come across a dog who is trapped in a hot car?

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If the dog is showing any signs of heatstroke, such as excessively panting and drooling, is collapsed or vomiting, or appears drowsy and lethargic, dial 999 immediately. If the emergency services won’t be able to arrive quickly enough and you think that the dog’s life is in immediate danger, then before you break into the car, take photos or footage of the dog, and gather at least one witness who can testify that it was the necessary course of action. Let the police know what you intend to do, as unfortunately without proper justification you could be vulnerable to a charge of criminal damage. Once the dog has been removed from the car, take him immediately to a shaded or air conditioned place. Never used iced or cold water as this can cause a hot dog to go into shock – instead douse the dog with cool water or apply wet towels, particularly to his groin area, stomach, chest and paws. Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water. Once his breathing becomes steady again, take the dog to the nearest vet and let them know it is an emergency. 26

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uth lay in bed with her eyes closed. She was enjoying the bliss of snooze. It was Monday morning and the sun was streaming through the curtains. She could feel warmth on her face as she started to dream again.

Ruth took a deep breath and went to have a shower. Ten minutes later she discovered Sarah and Daniel, mindlessly eating Cheerio's out of mugs and staring at the television. Daniel, still wearing the mask, was inserting the little round hoops through Frankenstein's scarred rubber mouth. Ruth cleared the trail of cereal on the kitchen table and made herself a cup of tea.

Sam began to crash grumpily round the room before shutting the wardrobe door with a little more force than necessary.

After retrieving a neglected book from a top shelf she wiped away the dust and opened it at the first page. It was entitled, '101 Things To Do With Your Children'. The first suggestion was, 'Why not make a papier-mâché space ship?' Ruth had an instant mental image of pasty globules in Sarah’s hair and a trail of stickiness throughout the house. She hastily turned the page. 'Why not get out an atlas, pick a country and create a fun project?' This author clearly did not have children of her own... The third suggestion seemed more achievable: 'Why not let your children make their own picnic and go to the park?' This seemed simple enough. She would go with number three.

“Sorry about that, my hand slipped. Did I wake you? I’m off now. See you later.” “Bye Sam, have a good day. Leave Cracker in the kitchen and I’ll come down in a minute and feed her.” Sam didn’t answer. He was already stomping down the stairs. Ruth knew he was jealous. The summer holidays had arrived and Ruth had cut down her work hours. The morning routine was different now. There was no need to make breakfasts or packed lunches and there were no PE bags to fill. She didn't have to scream at children who wouldn't get out of bed - in fact there was no need to wake them at all. Not a single nag was necessary. Exams were over, term had finished and the long summer stretched ahead of her. She could relax.

At ten thirty, Daniel and Sarah were still in their pyjamas and Ben was yet to emerge. Ruth knocked on his door, politely suggesting that he get up. "Come on Ben, it's a beautiful day. We're going on a picnic!" This was greeted with a disapproving grunt. "I'm not going anywhere!”

In previous years, the children had been packed off to an activity camp at a local school, so that Ruth could work. Ben and Daniel were both too old now and Sarah refused to go. She didn’t want to be organised. She wanted to have fun and see her friends. It made sense for Ruth to be at home for a while and she was really looking forward to it.

Downstairs, Daniel had emptied the contents of the food cupboard and was filling the picnic basket with biscuits and crisps. Sarah couldn't find any sweets so had packed packets of cubed jelly instead. The Kitchen was a mess and when Ruth looked out of the window, threatening clouds were gathering.

As the front door closed, she lay back and contemplated how they would fill their time. They could play tennis in the park, they could relax in the garden or they could go swimming at the leisure centre. There would be no need for television or computer games. Life was going to be perfect.

Ben sauntered into the kitchen. He cuffed his younger brother over the head, made some toast and then sauntered back to his room, leaving crumbs and blobs of jam in his wake. It was now starting to rain and Ruth looked at the clock. It was still only five past eleven.

Ruth started to drift off sleep. Suddenly she felt the pounce of a furry ball of excitement as Cracker the cockerpoo joined her on the bed, with a soggy and chewed stuffed toy in her mouth. Sam clearly hadn’t heard her request or had chosen to ignore it…

Next morning, Sam crashed grumpily round the room and Ruth lay in bed with her eyes closed. It was Tuesday and the sun was streaming through the curtains. The long summer stretched ahead of her and Ruth groaned. Sam gave her a kiss, smiled sweetly and went off to work.

She then heard a piercing scream from Sarah. Ruth leapt out of bed and raced to her daughter’s bedroom. Daniel had woken his sister by flicking cold water into her face while wearing a fluorescent green Frankenstein mask. Ruth's eldest son, Ben, stormed out of his room, furious at being disturbed. He used some colourful expletives to express his frustration before returning and slamming the door.

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Summer Escapes From future catastrophes to whole new worlds, this month’s reads are pure escapism. The Night Brother – Rosie Garland

Two souls – one body. Nineteenth century Manchester is home to Edie by day and Gnome by night. But as both start to resent the other’s presence, an internal war breaks out which threatens to tear them apart. Throw in suffragettes, love affairs and family dynamics, and you have a truly absorbing read. If you enjoyed Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, or anything by Angela Carter, this book is for you.

Naondel – Maria Turtschaninoff

19 year old Kariba falls for a power-hungry young man and reveals to him the secrets of her family’s spring: it can foretell the future and bestow health or harm. Once Iskan has harnessed the spring’s power, there is little anyone can do to stop him. He starts collecting women to his harem, treating them as little more than playthings. Naondel is told from the point of view of Kariba and the other women, over the span of several decades. Beautifully written, and at times quite harrowing, this will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Space Between the Stars – Anne Corlett

A boy wizard learning to control his powers, mystical lands, magical battles, dragons – this book has them all. First published in 1968, A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of Ged – a boy who saves his village from attack and is sent to train to be a wizard. He learns to control his power, but accidently unleashes a shadow creature that nearly destroys him. Like Rowling, Tolkein and numerous other fantasy writers, Le Guin’s work will appeal to older children and adults alike.

Jamie survives a virus that’s wiped out most of humanity. She’s on a planet far from home, and far from Daniel – the man she once loved. Together with the handful of other survivors she finds, Jamie sets out on the long journey across the stars back to Earth. If you’re not a sci-fi fan, don’t let that put you off. The Space Between the Stars is much more about human relationships and fragile societies than it is about space ships. This has summer bestseller written all over it.

Menagerie – Rachel Vincent

The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A travelling carnival has come to town, complete with its menagerie of fantastical beings. Delilah has always thought herself human, but her reaction at the exhibits’ treatment is anything but, and she is locked away and put on display herself. Delilah befriends her fellow captives, refuses to accept her slavery and forms an uneasy alliance with one of her ‘handlers’. But is escape really an option in a world where she has fewer rights than an animal? An easy, enjoyable read, perfect for the sun lounger.


Isabella’s village is under the control of the ruthless Governor Adori, but the surrounding woods are under the control of a force even more dangerous. Isabella dreams of crossing the forest and charting the Forbidden Territories. A girl is found dead, and Isabella’s friend, Lupe, goes missing. With nothing to guide her but an ancient map, her beliefs, and her determination, Isabella sets out to rescue Lupe. This children’s book has gained rave reviews and while it lacks the depth needed to truly appeal to an adult audience, it’ll keep 912 year olds enthralled.

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Wedding Services Fraud For those individuals who are considering making wedding plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved. According to ‘’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111. This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few. Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time. Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud: Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company. Social Media - Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites, offering low cost services. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;

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Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court. Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance - Policies vary in cover and can be purchased up to two years in advance. They can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act. Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings and ask the vendor to provide details of past clients you can speak to. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source. For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Look for inconsistencies in style; Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums. If you like an image from a wedding, ask to view the photographs taken of the whole event so you can see the overall quality. Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

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Ashlea Medical PPG fight for additional parking spaces at Linden House Surgery, Leatherhead If you are a patient at Linden House Surgery (or, in fact, Dental Elements or parent at Little Oaks Nursery) you will know the issue of trying to find a parking space in the public car park in Upper Fairfield Road. As there is no nearby alternative, this causes significant problems for patients, particularly the elderly, and mothers with young children/pushchairs. This has resulted in patients being late, or even missing appointments, and the knock-on effect causes considerable disruption and problems to both Doctors and surgery staff. We discovered that the spaces currently designated for "Permit Holders Only" are leased by the Council to a local business and cannot therefore be used by the general public. For patients, this situation is increasingly frustrating as not all of these spaces are used on a regular basis and, on occasion, are completely empty! Consequently, the Practice and its Patient Participation Group decided to jointly organise a petition with a request to the Mole Valley District Council to review the situation. Councillor Joe Crome was asked for his help and guidance and a petition of 582 signatures was presented to MVDC on the 25th May 2017. AshLea Practice Manager, Lucy Shabrokh has also written to both Mole Valley D.C and Surrey County Council asking that consideration be given to both drop kerbs and an ambulance/dropoff bay outside and adjacent to the surgery to assist both paramedics and disabled and wheelchair users who already face an uphill and difficult task in getting from the current allocated disabled bay. The PPG has contacted Councillor Tim Hall to request his assistance in helping to make this happen.

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Skin Cancer is on the Rise According to Cancer Research UK, malignant melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. Around 14,500 new cases of malignant melanoma are diagnosed in the UK each year, and around 2,000 people die from it each year in the UK. It is now the second most common form of cancer in people under 50 years of age.

What causes malignant melanomas?

There is one main preventable factor that increases the risk of developing melanoma ultraviolet light (radiation). Ultraviolet light comes from the sun or sunbeds. Over-exposure to sunlight can cause patches of rough, dry skin called solar keratoses. Studies show that people with solar keratoses have a risk of melanoma on their head, neck or limbs that is four times higher than the general population.

Moles and melanoma

Moles are clusters of cells that produce a pigment in the skin and it is normal to have them. Melanomas develop when those cells behave abnormally and invade the skin around moles or spread to other areas such as the lymph nodes, liver and lungs. Some of us have more moles than others. The more moles on the body, the higher the risk of melanoma, although clearly it does not mean that one will definitely get melanoma if they have lots of moles. However, it does mean that those people should be more careful about exposure to the sun, and certainly keep a watchful eye on all their moles.

What are the warning signs

It is important that you keep a look out for things that may be signs of something more serious than an innocent mole, particularly if they changed in shape, colour or sensation. All melanomas do not look the same and there are several different types.


Follow the ‘ABCDE’ rule below as a melanoma may show one or more of the following features: A asymmetry (an irregular shaped mole) B borders (ragged edges) C colour change or a mole that is a different colour in one part than in another D diameter (any increase in size, but particularly more than about 6mm across) E elevation (raising from the surface, especially if it is irregularly raised)



Melanomas can appear on any part of the skin but they are most common in men on the trunk, and in women on the legs.

Who is at risk?

High risk groups include those with fair skin who burn easily, people with lots of moles, those with a family history of melanomas, those who were sunburnt in childhood and those with weakened immune system.

How are melanomas treated?


There are a number of factors that the specialist considers when they plan treatment. The main factor is how deeply the melanoma has grown into the skin, and whether it has spread (the stage). Surgery is the main treatment for people with early melanoma. If the cancer has spread (advanced melanoma), then treatment may involve biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. See the article on how to keep safe in the sun overleaf 48

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Stay Safe in the Sun Lobster’ arms. Heat exhaustion. It seems that despite the publicity, we’re still not getting the sun protection message – and we’re risking serious health issues. PROTECTING YOUR SKIN “A tan is actually a sign that the skin has been damaged and is trying to protect itself,” warns the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). The brown colour is caused by melanin, produced by your body in a desperate attempt to protect itself from further UV damage – and UV damage can lead to skin cancer. In effect, sunburn is a radiation burn.

BAD recommends reapplying it at least every two hours afterwards.

This doesn’t mean you should never go out in the sun. We need a little sunshine to keep Vitamin D levels topped up (specifically outdoor sunshine, as glass blocks the UVB needed for Vitamin D production). But it does mean protecting your skin is important.

It also needs to be applied again straight after you’ve been in water, even if it’s ‘waterresistant’, as it will have been compromised by sweating, towel drying and friction. Remember too that you’ll feel artificially cool due to the water on your skin.

This means:

• Don’t use expired sunscreen. Even sunscreen still in date may be much less effective if it’s been allowed to get hot or sit in direct sunlight.

finding shade when the sun is strongest (usually 11am - 3pm from March to October in the UK);


The BAD warns that water can increase the sun’s radiation by 5%, and sand by 17%.

covering your skin (remembering that fabrics allow UV light through to various extents);

choosing a suitable sunscreen - and using it properly.

The sensitive skin of babies and children need extra protection. “Damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life,” warns the NHS. Children under 6 months should be kept out of strong sunlight completely.

You should take extra care if you have:

Choosing Sunscreen Choose sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. ‘UVA’ will be in a circle logo and is rated up to 5 stars. UVB protection is indicated by the SPF (sun protection factor). SPFs range from 2 to 50+; the higher the number, the higher the protection.

• pale, white or light brown skin; • freckles or red or fair hair; • many moles (look out for new moles,

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Look for a cream with at least four-star UVA protection and at least 30 SPF. Using Your Sunscreen Sun cream is only as effective as its application, so:

• skin problems relating to a medical

• a family history of skin cancer.


Apply liberally. “The overall message in terms of sunscreen use is ‘more is better’”, says the BAD. Apply at least two teaspoons of sunscreen to cover the head, arms and neck and two tablespoons to cover the entire body while wearing a swimming costume. Apply frequently. If you plan to be in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out. The 50

You should also take extra care if you:

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are only exposed to intense sun occasionally e.g. on holiday);

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pale clammy skin, cramps in the arms, legs and stomach, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature of 37C or above and intense thirst.

Treating Sunburn Cool it down by applying plenty of cold water, then a soothing product such as after sun or calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream that contains a local anaesthetic can help, as can basic painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. If you feel unwell or your skin swells badly or blisters, seek medical help. Avoid the sun until all redness has gone.

If someone is suffering from heatstroke, you must lie them down, raise their feet and cool them down by providing cold drinks, removing unnecessary clothing and placing them in the shade. Call 999 if the person is no better after 30 minutes or if they feel hot and dry, have a temperature of 40°C or above, are breathless or breathing rapidly, are confused, lose consciousness or have a seizure.

PROTECTING YOUR EYES UV light damages eyes too, so protection is vital.

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As soon as they’re old enough to understand, teach children never to look at the sun and how serious the consequences can be. Adults and children should wear sunglasses, even on cooler sunny days. Ensure they protect against both UVA and UVB and choose sunglasses with wraparound lenses or wide arms with the CE Mark and European Standard EN 1836:2005.

To avoid heatstroke, stay hydrated, keep your head covered and rest in the shade when the sun is hottest. Useful links: The Cancer Research UK tool to assess skin type and burn risk:

HEATSTROKE Heatstroke starts with heat exhaustion. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness and confusion, appetite loss, feeling sick, excessive sweating,

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RNLI gives Excellence in Volunteering Award to Bookham & Leatherhead Branch Chairman The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has given an Excellence in Volunteering Award to Richard Bywaters (pic right), the Chairman of its fundraising branch in Bookham & Leatherhead. The award is an RNLI Large Tamar Class Crystal along with a letter of thanks from the Director of Community Lifesaving. The letter states how since being the founding chairman when the branch was re-launched in 2008, Richard has led to branch to achieving outstanding financial results and has created an atmosphere where volunteers feel valued and relaxed. It notes his support and encouragement of the development of the youth education work of the branch and how his enthusiasm, attitude and forward thinking fully embody the RNLI values of being courageous, trustworthy, selfless and dependable.

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RSM Community Support Scheme helps Ashtead and Leatherhead single parent families RSM Domestic Appliances Managing Director Steve Haydon presented 10 kettles and 10 toasters to help single parent families through the charity at The Besom in Ashtead and Leatherhead warehouse a few weeks ago in May. The Surrey white goods chain is making the donation as part of its Community Support Scheme, which is committed to making a monthly donation of domestic appliances and or services to people in need throughout Surrey. Launched in January 2017 Her Worship the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Anne Murray, was keen to find out more about the initiative that has already helped so many last month when it made a donation of kettles and toasters to The Besom in Woking. RSM, which is based at Ashtead, Bookham, Knaphill and Guildford, has already donated seven Blomberg appliances worth £2,000 to the new Woking Hospice currently under construction and has helped families in need in Guildford and Woking. The Besom in Ashtead Coordinator, known simply as Julia, says: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of Steve Haydon of RSM Domestic Appliances. As a Christian charity "Besom" works with social services offering practical help for their clients. We try to provide everything they might need to create a home. The 10 brand new toasters and kettles will mean a lot to the people we try to help as they rarely get new goods.”


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Leatherhead Morning WI - May Meeting It was a bright, sunny morning for our May meeting. Our visitors from The Grange at Bookham at our last meeting made a great impression and it was so interesting to hear about their work. We look forward to seeing for ourselves when we partake of a cream tea there later on. A trip to Beaulieu in Hampshire is being planned for September. As requested, members brought along childhood photos of themselves, which we tried to identify. This proved to be more difficult than we had thought, as photos were not as common in those days, unlike the ‘selfies’ to day! At 11am a minute’s silence was observed in remembrance of the Manchester tragedy. This year’s resolutions, to be put forward by the WI, were discussed. The first one was to help combat loneliness in older people and the second one was regarding the evergrowing problem of discarded plastics. Attempting to deal with this scourge was agreed by the majority. At our meeting on Thursday 27th July, Jan Heasman will be talking to us about ‘WI in Women’s Prisons’. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am and visitors are always welcome.

Ashtead WI - June Meeting A wonderful selection of plants, both flowers and vegetables organised by our Garden Group awaited our arrival this evening, and sales soon got underway raising welcome funds for our W.I. There was even a ‘name the plant’ competition. Our Co-President Marilyn Belton was pleased to welcome two new members and four visitors to our June meeting. She reminded us about the proposed outing to Sussex in August. Two members of our committee recently went to Downsview Womens’ Prison who have their own W.I. group, and thoroughly enjoyed their visit, seeing the craft work done by the women there. Debbie Lewington was our very colourful speaker - and dancer – this evening in her Spanish costume, telling us about Flamenco music and dancing which originated from the 13th C. while gathering influences from many other cultures in Spain over time. We were surprised that the songs came into being first, with the singer in charge on the stage telling stories of sadness, loss, betrayal, etc., before the dance element arrived. As an audience we were able to join in with foot tapping some of the many complex rhythms, and tried the very particular arm and hand movements which are so important. Debbie showed us and used her castanets, although surprisingly they are not strictly part of flamenco, and told of the shawls, flowers and fans which are used. It’s lovely to know that many Spanish towns still have fairs and parties to continue celebrating this tradition. Our meeting closed with the raffle, news of our monthly lunch and details of our many subgroups. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th July, 7.15 for 7.30 at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, when Paul Whittle will be telling us about The Lady with the Lamp. Sandra Brown 56

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The Famous Five Inspired Summer Adventures at RHS Garden Wisley To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s first book from The Famous Five series, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley has developed the ‘The Famous Five on a Garden Adventure’ trail for young explorers this summer, running from 22nd July – 3rd September 2017. The RHS is inviting children to share Enid Blyton’s passion for the great outdoors by following its self-guided trail around the garden at Wisley. Children taking part will be tasked with helping The Famous Five to find Uncle Quentin, who has gone missing on a horticultural research mission, with clues to discover and puzzles to solve along the way. To take part, simply pick up a free paper trail at the garden entrance. The 11th August marks another special anniversary for Enid Blyton, as it would be the author’s 120th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, RHS Garden Wisley is hosting a mass picnic party in the beautiful surroundings of the garden. No need to book, just come along with a picnic on the day to join the fun. Additional fun activities will be running each day at the garden during the summer holidays, such as hands-on ‘sow & grow’ gardening workshops, craft sessions to ‘design your own treasure’, puppet and creepy crawly shows, storytelling, and birds of prey displays.

Normal garden entry applies; events and activities are suitable for all the family. To view the full programme of events, opening times, and booking information go to:


Education & Tuition

Wemms Education Centre Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Grades for Wemms

Whilst Wemms Tuition Centre is about to celebrate its 10th birthday, the Wemms Education Centre has just marked its first official birthday by welcoming Ofsted to its fold Wemms Education Centre is the fully registered school that works in The Street, Ashtead. A boutique environment; it now offers inspiration and hope to 16 young people who have previously found mainstream schooling a nightmare. Joy Wemms, Principal, reports “ Ofsted spent three days with us and took an active part in all that we offer. They even came to the gym! They were impressed with our students’ behaviour and motivation, grading the school outstanding in this field. Ofsted recognised our students make significant gains in self-confidence and feelings of self-worth in a very short period of time and also recognised that excellent relationships between the pupils and teachers underpin the success of the school. Sharon, Head of English, commented “To be told we were world class in delivery of Maths, English and Science was not totally unexpected, after all the same leading teachers who run the tuition centre also work in the school, but it is nice to have the accolade of Ofsted Outstanding for teaching and learning”. The Humanities Faculty were delighted that Ofsted also awarded an outstanding grade for spiritual and moral education and British values . Wemms prides itself on offering a holistic education that feeds both the mind and the soul. Ofsted agrees that Wemms Students are very well prepared for life in modern Britain and their report stated that the quality of teaching, pupils’ outcomes and behaviour of the pupils are outstanding. Ofsted also went on to say that pupils value highly the opportunities to learn in one to one and small group sessions and make rapid and sustained progress. Parents were pleased Ofsted offered them considerable opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and totally concurred with the Inspection team’s conclusion that Pupil Progress and Outcomes should also be highlighted as outstanding. The Parents were unanimous in their conclusion that Wemms has been transformational for their children.

Wemms Education Centre 50 The Street Ashtead KT21 1AZ 01372 276499 / 01372 270375 58

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Forty Foot Playground, Leatherhead ― Stage 2 Mole Valley District Council’s project to revamp the Forty Foot playground in Leatherhead has now reached a second stage. Local residents and playground users had been invited to choose their favourite three from a number of preliminary playground designs during a five-week consultation, which ended in mid-June. The companies whose designs made it to the final three have had the opportunity to make amends to their designs, taking into account feedback from the public. The favoured three designs are available to vote on again from Tuesday 4th to Friday 21st July; this time to help decide the winning design. As in the last stage, the three favourite designs can be viewed and voted on online. Please visit for more information. The designs and voting slips will also be available at the HelpShop in Leatherhead and the Council’s offices in Dorking. A number of public drop-ins will be held during the consultation period too. Locations, dates and times for those drop-ins are available by visiting Once the voting has closed, the winning playground design will be announced in August and work will start on the new facility in the autumn.


Clubs & Activities

Summer Fun Respite Care Days

Local Rotary Club Supermarket Vouchers Appeal ends in June

The Grange, Bookham

Mon 24th July ― Fri 18th August 9.15am ― 4.15pm

Please send your vouchers to:

Summer Fun is an exciting new event for adults with learning disabilities.

Leatherhead Rotary Club, c/o Donovan Hewitt, Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN

We offer a day of activities on our beautiful site for people with disabilities who want to try new things, make friends and have fun.

by Friday 30th June

Call 01372 455229

or email:


Clubs & Activities


Saturday 22nd July 10am-5pm Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD

The Leatherhead & District Angling Society is holding its annual family open day on Saturday 22nd July. Join up on the day and your joining fee is waived. Everything is FREE you don’t even need a licence! Experienced club members on hand to teach the basics. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up.

Due to the popularity of this event, each fishing session will be limited to a maximum of two hours per person/family.


Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 and Surrey Classic Sunday 30 July 2017 RideLondon-Surrey 100

RideLondon-Surrey Classic

The route of the Prudential RideLondonSurrey 100 offers a perfect, traffic-free ride for a range of cycling abilities. Everyone can enjoy a challenging day in the saddle pedalling through the roads of London and Surrey. As well as the personal challenge of completing the route, participants’ involvement will also benefit good causes – Prudential RideLondonSurrey 100 aims to become the largest charity fundraising cycling event in the world.

Departing from Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park in central London, the professional cyclists roll out from the heart of a historic and iconic London landscape, After passing through the natural beauty of Richmond Park, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route continues through the heart of Kingston upon Thames, then into Surrey after crossing the River Thames at Hampton Court Bridge and continues along the route made famous by both the road race and time trial events during 2012 Olympic Games.

Starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, riders first cross the River Thames at Chiswick and pass through Richmond Park and the heart of Kingstonupon-Thames, before crossing Hampton Court Bridge. Then into the Surrey countryside as cyclists head south past Newlands Corner, Abinger Hammer and Holmbury St Mary before tackling the biggest ascent on the route at Leith Hill. After a well-earned descent towards Dorking, it's onto the next challenge: the world-famous zig-zags of Box Hill.

The professional cyclists then go through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Ripley, Abinger Hammer, Westcott, Dorking then onto Leith Hill, back through Dorking, then three circuits through Westhumble to Ranmore Common before racing back again to Dorking and onto the challenge of Box Hill, following the 2012 Olympic Race route via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher. Onwards to Kingston-upon-Thames, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, Putney Bridge, Chelsea, Westminster, Trafalgar Square, sprinting along The Mall heading towards the finish line at Buckingham Palace.

After heading north through Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher the route takes riders back into London through Kingston and over Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames for a final time, working towards a spectacular finish on The Mall.

Surrey Classic

Surrey 100

Expected timetable of riders (Westcott & Kingston multiple passes)

Expected timetable of first and last riders


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All images courtesy of Prudential RideLondon

What’s On?

Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY (LMC)

(Parking in the Swan Centre car par, behind Waitrose or car park off Church Road)

Music on Wednesdays Christ Church United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, KT22 8ST (CC)

12.30pm lunchtime concerts Featuring international students of the Royal Academy of Music, recent graduates, professional musicians, local musicians of similar standard and organists from around London, SE England and France

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Full details:

Thursday 6th July - LMC

Joshua Cirtina, bass trombone §, with piano accompanist, & trombonist Quinn Parker §: music by Brahms, Brubeck, Charles Small, Mahler

18th ― 22nd July

10am-5pm (Tues 7pm/Sat 4pm)


Thursday 13th July LMC Alice Bishop, soprano, Simon Marlow, piano

Wed 19th July - CC

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Thurs 27th July - LMC

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Guest organist: Gary Sieling, Director of Music, St Mary the Virgin Church, Henley-on-Thames Hugh Millington, classical guitar §


§ performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music


What’s On?

Alice’s Tea Party

‘Fun’draising for Head2Head Theatre Something unusual is happening in Surrey. For two special days, special schools in the county are being transformed. A walk through the rabbit hole takes children and their families on some amazing adventures. A bird’s nest drops out of the sky and has to be hauled back up the tree. A talking caterpillar appears on a large mushroom and a wacky Duchess is discovered cooking in the garden. And that is before the children even meet up with Hatter, Dormouse and March Hare! It is all conjured up by ‘Alice’s Tea Party’ Head2Head’s latest family show. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Community Foundation for Surrey, ‘Alice’s Tea Party’ is a multi-sensory, interactive walkabout performance accessible to both children and young people with special needs, and their families. “It is totally interactive, family fun,” says Anni Rhodes-Steere, founder of the charity. “The children (and adults) become part of the show … serpents attacking the bird’s eggs, wriggling caterpillars, brightly coloured creatures swimming through the pool of tears … but there is no pressure. They haven’t got to ‘perform’ and can get involved as little or as much as they want.” Head2Head is linking a fundraising campaign with this production. Why not hold your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party? or set yourself a challenge, or simply have some friends over for tea or dinner? As a volunteer-led charity Head2Head appreciates any support you can give. For ideas and inspiration please get in touch for a fundraising pack.

Please contact Anni on 01372 278021 or email h2hoffice@gmail


What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? Friday 30th JUNE & Friday 7th JULY

Try Bowls at Ashtead Bowling Club 5.30-8pm. It will be fun and free with no obligation to join. Coaching will be available and bowls will be provided. Please bring flat soled shoes. All ages welcome. If wet we will play in the pavilion, we’re behind the Cricket Club on Woodfield Lane. There will be a BBQ and bar, so why not make an evening of it. We will also be holding this event at the same time on Friday 7th July. For more info, please contact Mike Bradford, 01372 273142 or John Crowley 01372 272396

Saturday 1st JULY

Children’s Trust annual ‘Summer Screen’, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU, showing two films outdoors -2pm ‘Secret Life of Pets’. 8.30pm ‘Bridesmaids’ (rated 15). Refreshments, blanket and chair hire. £12 pp, Child £7, family ticket £29 (2 adults + 3 children). Book in advance via tel 01737 364303

Saturday 1st

Ewell Castle Choir at Ashley Shopping Centre, 11.30am-12.15pm. The choir will be singing to raise money for the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund.

Sunday 2nd

Annual Leatherhead Duck Race, see opposite for details.

Sunday 2nd

Deepdene Trail Guided Walk, Deepdene Ave, Dorking, RH5 4AZ. 2pm-3.30pm. £4 pp. Walk through the newly rejuvenated Deepdene Estate, taking in the grotto, woodland walks, parterre and temples, spectacular views across the Weald and exclusive entry to the grade II* listed Hope family mausoleum. Book through

Monday 3rd

Mole Valley District Council consultation on the future of Mole Valley, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 4pm-8pm, more details on the Ashtead Residents’ Assoc page 8.

Friday 7th

Oasis, a women’s group for all ladies in their 20s, 30s and 40s meets on Friday mornings from 9.15-10.30am, at St George’s Church, Ashtead. All welcome for free refreshments and creche. We are celebrating ‘Wonder Women’ - with a series of talks from local women who have achieved amazing things in their careers or private life.

Friday 7th

APMH Friends' three course dinner (6.30pm for 7pm) followed by a talk by Mary Fiorenza 'Great Lovers'. Tickets £21 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members. Preceded by the Friends' AGM at 6.10pm.

Sunday 9th

Leatherhead Open Gardens Day

Wed 5th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society talk at Fetcham Park House, Badingham Drive. Local historian Vivien White will talk on ‘Mr Moore’s Fine House on a Hill’ and its historic landscaped gardens at 6.30pm and at 8pm. Registration and refreshments from 6pm onwards with time to explore the house and grounds. Free tickets are now available by application via email, or tel 01372 371000.

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th

RHS Wisley Summer Nights Open-Air Cinema Screenings. Outdoor film screenings of ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Grease’. Ticket price for RHS members and non-members, £13 per person for each screening, early-bird price £11pp (up to six weeks in advance). Under 5s go free. To book visit or call Box Office 01332 290606.

Saturday 22nd

Leatherhead & District Angling Society, annual open day, 10am-5pm, Long Copse ponds, corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD. See page 61 for details.

Wed 26th

Evening Bat Walk. RHS Wisley and The Surrey Bat Group will host a guided evening’s stroll to discover the secret world of bats. Pre-booking is required; Adult £9 or Child £5, call 0203 176 5830. If there’s an event in August that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th July. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 66

What’s On?

FETCHAM SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT Christ Church (United Reformed) Epsom Road, Leatherhead KT22 8ST

Saturday 1st July ― 7.30pm


Entry £8 (children free) includes donation to Charity and Interval refreshments

Leatherhead Duck Race Sunday 2nd July - 2pm If you have not had the opportunity to make it down to the River in previous years, the sight and sense of excitement as hundreds of yellow bath-time ducks take to the water is something you should not miss out on! Ducks can be sponsored for £1 on the day or in advance from the Swan Centre or Barton's Bookshop in Leatherhead. There are prizes to be won if your duck crosses the finish line ahead of all others on the day. The always popular Swan Race returns this year to complete the fun on 'race day'. Plastic Swans can be sponsored on the day for £1, with all money raised going to the Wildlife Aid Foundation. There is a grand prize up for grabs too if your swan is victorious. Aside from the races on the day, there will be face painting and storytelling by the river bank. However, the miniature train ride in Mill Lane will not be available this year. Children up for a challenge in the lead up to race day are also invited to take part in the popular Duck Trail from now until 3rd July. Simply find all the giant ducks 'nesting' in a number of Leatherhead shops to be in with a chance of winning a prize. competition forms are available from participating shops.


What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? - REGULAR EVENTS Sunday 2nd (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of July services and events and check out

(First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Monday 3rd & Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners 17th welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info.

Tuesday 4th

Leatherhead Probus Club - social events for retired men, three course lunch with speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. Members’ Ladies Summer Buffet. Margaret Watson, Harpist Life on a Harp String. We also arrange lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. Booking essential, contact Jon McCarthy on 07947 361406 or email

‘Simple Scones Cream Teas’, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, Tuesdays 4th, KT23 4DZ. Simply Scones tea room is run by people with disabilities who 11th, 18th, are learning catering skills. Enjoy freshly-baked scones or cake. £3.50 pp. 25th (weekly) Booking essential on 01372 452608. Scones and cakes also made to order. Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Wed 5th-19th 10am - 12noon The Wednesday morning Baby & Toddler Group for all (weekly under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, termtime) Church Rd, Leatherhead. New members welcome. Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Rebecca Tiller “A Walk on the Wild Side”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 5th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. The Lady with the Lamp by Paul Whittle. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Thursday 6th & Thurs 20th

BLOOD DONATION: Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG 1.30pm4.30pm & 5.20pm-8pm

Thursday 6th (weekly)

Ashtead over 60s Lunch Club meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room APMH, for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open at 10.30am for a cup of tea or coffee. More information call Brenda (chairman) on 01372 813276.

Thursday 6th (weekly)

The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860 68

What’s On?

REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thursday 6th (1st Thurs mthly)

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

Thursday 6th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm10.15pm. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

Friday 7th (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 7th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities.

Friday 7th (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Hall funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Hearing Aid check on 21st. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sundays 9th & 23rd

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG. Cars £10, Small Vans, larger cars, MPV and 4 wheel drive £12, Larger vans from £15.

Friday 14th (monthly)

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, proceeds go to the RNLI

Monday 10th (2nd Mon mth)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters, The Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ, at 7.30pm. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Monday 10th (2nd Mon mth)

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

Monday 12th

Bookham Wine Club presentation on wines entitled ‘Languedoc’s Best’ by Heather Dougherty in The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, 7.30 for 8.00pm. For more info contact; or check out our website

Tuesday 11th

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm ‘Knickers’ by Carol Ransom. For more info contact Meriel Sexton via email on 69

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN JULY? - REGULAR EVENTS (ctd) Wed 12th (2nd Wed mthly)

Tylney Lunch Club for ladies, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Three course lunch followed by a speaker, membership £10 pa and £16 for lunch. Info from Pat Date on 01372 454879

Wed 12th (monthly)

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the Huguenot weavers of Spitalfields, showing their work and their 18th-century houses. 7.15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Thurs 20th (3rd Thurs mthly)

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

Tuesday 18th (monthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Love and Loss: The story of Orpheus & Eurydice in art and music given by Dr Lois Oliver MA, AMA, PhD. Anyone on membership waiting list is welcome, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707

Wed 19th (monthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker David Hodges on Concorde ― Queen of the Skies. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 26th

BLOOD DONATION: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY. 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm

Wed 26th (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Speaker, Mrs Cuthbert on ‘Sauntering through the Isles of Scilly’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Thurs 27th (4th Thur mth)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Jan Heasman on ’The WI in Women’s Prisons’. Visitors welcome. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for Thurs 27th cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. (last Thursday 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. monthly) Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or Friday 28th

BLOOD DONATION: Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Gt Bookham, KT23 3PQ. 2pm4pm & 5.30pm-8pm

Friday 28th

The Renaissance Portrait: Why did portraiture become a key component of PR propaganda in the early 1500s? Who painted these iconic portraits and why? Is official portraiture relevant today? £10 inc refreshments: 01372 272235 or email: to book. Places limited 70

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 101

Leatherhead Railway Stations The first station in Leatherhead was that of the Epsom and Leatherhead Railway, which opened on 1st February 1859 terminating near Kingston Road. The ELR was later bought by the London and South Western Railway.

LBSCR Station Buildings c: 1950s

In 1867 the route from London by Epsom, Dorking, and Horsham to Portsmouth was completed by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company (LBSCR) rendering

redundant its running rights over part of the London and South Western Railway line (that is from Epsom to Leatherhead) by jointly acquiring a section of the line, but with a separate station at Leatherhead what is still the station today opened on the 4th March 1867. This Grade II listed station when built had a station master’s house, ticket office and booking hall, guard’s room, waiting rooms and a goods room. Today many of the rooms, including the station master’s house, are not now in use.

L&SWR Station c: 1910

At the same time as the LBSCR were building this station the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) extended their services with a branch line just before it to a new terminus just beyond the LBSCR Station. In 1885 the line was continued to Bookham and Guildford. In 1927 having two stations was deemed unnecessary, so the LSWR the line from Guildford was diverted to join the LBSCR line to the south of the LBSCR station. Over the years the station and its buildings fell into greater and greater disrepair, and the old line was finally removed in the 1980s. Traces may still be seen of the staircase from Station Road to the LSWR station and Old Station Approach still contains some old railway cottages. In the 1930s, it was planned to extend a new line from Chessington to Leatherhead. However, World War II caused this to be put on hold, and a subsequent protection order on Ashtead Common meant that this was never built. Suggested reading ‘Railways Around Leatherhead & Dorking by Peter Tarplee – 2011 L&DLHS ISBN No 0955278563 Goff Powell

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 74

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Transition Ashtead Working towards sustainable consumption Back to the future? Hanging the washing out on the line on this sunny, breezy morning brought back childhood memories of my Mother doing the same (never my Father, but that's a whole different issue!) My parents were young during World War II, a time of great deprivation and austerity and the 'Make do and mend' mindset never really left them. Food, fabric, fuel and all sorts of things, were rationed, making thrift and ingenuity a way of life. There was no choice - the loss of merchant shipping meant the UK had precious few imports. Exotic fruit such as bananas and oranges weren't available for years. As my Mother frequently reminded me, 'There was a war on!' Did I ever get tired of hearing that?! Looking back, that way of life was very environmentally friendly, before the concept was even thought of...less meat was consumed, people cycled more, kept chickens, grew veg, up -cycled, re-used.... Rationing ended the year I was born but consumerism didn't get going for some time. The economy staggered along and no-one had much money. I always wore homemade clothes and hand-me-downs from my older sister. Who would choose to go back to all that? But something is afoot. People have noticed the inexorable rise of global CO2 levels, the northwards drift of plant and animal species away from areas of raised temperature, unusual weather patterns and events, toxic air pollution in our cities, from London to Beijing...People have noticed that we can't treat our planet as a kind of pollution credit card, where we pollute now and pay back later. We are building up a massive pollution overdraft that no-one will be able to write off in the future. So how can we reduce the 'pollution overdraft'? Re-adopting some of those war-time habits (see above) of thrift and ingenuity, updated for the modern context is a good way to start. No space to keep chickens? Then eat less beef and more poultry and try some vegetarian meals time for veg growing? Maybe switch to seasonal foods grown locally...Can't find a parachute to make a summer dress? Check out your nearest charity shops for vintage bargains... On a bigger scale, new, greener technologies will hopefully prevent a large slice of pollution , so probably the most effective thing you can do is to divest any investments you make away from the fossil fuel industry and put savings into environmentally-sound companies to help boost efficiency of use and generation of power. We need to push our economy towards sustainable industries, and money talks pretty loudly. My laundry will be dry by now - and it will smell of fresh air. All done without the aid of a tumble drier or fabric conditioner - lovely! It may be my Mum's old fashioned method but it's very modern to protect the future... Chris Ellis

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Young Photographers snap up their prizes!

Congratulations to Brody Dunham, Naomi Townend and Lauren Smewing (pic above), winners of this year’s ‘Mole Valley Young Photographer’ competition, organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Reflections’ and, altogether, over 100 photographs were received, with the winning entries in the three age categories judged to be Brody Dunham in the Junior category, with a very emotive black and white photo of his sister staring into a mirror, Naomi Townend in the Intermediate category, with her close-up shot of a river reflected in a polished stainless steel sphere, and Lauren Smewing in the Senior category, with her beautifully composed photo of the sea reflected in a mirror on the beach. Helping to judge this year’s entries was Steve Lewis, a former senior photographer at The Sun newspaper for 35 years, who also very kindly gave the three winners a two-hour photography tutorial, as well as a copy of his book, ‘London’s East End’, a collection of his own black and white photographs of the East End of London from the 1960s. ctd overleaf 82

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Young Photographers snap up their prizes! (ctd)

As well as receiving their prizes from Mr Lewis, the three winning entries also progressed through to the next round of the competition, at a combined Surrey and Sussex level, where Lauren Smewing’s ‘Mirror on a Beach’ came a very commendable third in the Senior category. Young Photographer is one of around half a dozen national youth competitions organised by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland each year. The competition is open to students in full-time education aged between 7 and 17 and aims to encourage them to experiment with either digital or more traditional methods of photography, to interpret their chosen topic or subject. Please contact Leatherhead Rotary Club for more information. Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please follow ‘Rotary Club of Leatherhead’ or @LeatherheadRotary on Facebook or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 84

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Safe Journey By Pippa Greenwood Now that the weather is really summery, everyone is rushing to their local garden centres, garden shows and nurseries to stock up on new plants for the garden. Before you get too carried away, don’t forget to make sure that the plants you buy have a good chance of surviving, not only once they get home, but also during the journey there. It is amazing how many plants are seriously damaged in the short period of time between leaving the garden centre and arriving in the new owner’s garden. If you really want to ensure that everything goes smoothly, it’s worth taking a few very sensible precautions.

If the plant does fit in your car then remember to wrap the root ball in a black bin liner or a box, to prevent the back of your car becoming full of compost, grit etc. Always use the garden centre as the last port of call before travelling home, as in hot weather temperatures build up fantastically fast in a closed car, even if you leave the windows or the sunroof open. Under these conditions the plants can soon be boiled alive, literally! Plants in the boot should be safer for a slightly longer period of time, but even then you should try to travel straight home once you have made your purchases.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can take something home the day you buy it if it is really far too large to fit in your car. The number of plants I have seen travelling home sticking out through the sunroof of a car is quite amazing. In a position like this, however slowly you drive, the foliage is going to be scorched and damaged and it is quite possible that a not too pliable stem may be broken. If a plant doesn’t fit in your car easily, then take advantage of the delivery service - almost all garden centres now offer delivery and this is usually free of charge within a reasonable radius. Admittedly it may mean that you have to wait until the delivery day for your area, but it is much better than seriously damaging your plant as you attempt to get it home yourself.

If you are absolutely determined to take something home that protrudes slightly from your car, then it is essential that you wrap up anything which is sticking out really well to prevent leaf scorch and damage to fine twigs. The garden centre should be able to provide you with something (and if not you should do it yourself), but make sure that it is tied down extremely well so that it can’t blow off on the way home. Remember that anything protruding from 88

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your car could potentially cause a driving hazard to other road users, so bear this in mind before you do anything too foolhardy!

them a week or two to recuperate in dappled shade in a protected position in your garden.

Even on a short journey home, plants which are exposed to exaggerated heat inside a car or the scorching effect of sunlight travelling through the car glazing can be seriously damaged, so cover them up with something to decrease the risk. It is worth taking a few old newspapers with you when you go to the garden centre, as these make perfect temporary tents.

And don’t forget that when you plant anything new in your garden, if the weather is at all dry it is well worth waiting until the evening or at least late afternoon before planting. Then make sure that everything is kept well watered, as this will increase the chances of the plants establishing without too much distress. Visit Pippa’s website for a really useful selection of favourite gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls and copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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The Greville Rose Launched at the Chelsea Flower Show Ellen Oakley and Jamie Harris with Carol Klein

Polesden Lacey launched the Rosa ‘Margaret Greville’ at the recent RHS Chelsea Flower Show in celebration of 75 years since Mrs Greville bequeathed the property to the National Trust in 1942.

Finding the right rose

Rosa ‘Margaret Greville’, or the Greville Rose as it’s known to staff and volunteers, was cultivated exclusively for the National Trust at Polesden Lacey by Peter Beales Roses.

The rose in bloom

In horticultural terms, Beales describe the rose as follows: ‘‘Margaret Greville’ has delightful tight buds of deep coral pink that open beautifully into medium sized semi-double blooms of coral to salmon pink, which with age reveal a coronet of golden anthers.’ “We like to say that it’s peach perfection with a heart of gold,” says Jamie Harris, Head Gardener at Polesden Lacey.

Maggie - such fun

Mrs Greville was renowned for rubbing shoulders with the Edwardian glitterati at house parties she threw at Polesden Lacey, her lavish countryside retreat. Fabulously wealthy, over the years she played hostess to countless famous faces, including King Edward VII, Winston Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Find the rose at Polesden

Maggie’s namesake rose holds an especially prominent place in the garden, planted in the beds before her grave in the Ladies Garden. Visitors to Polesden can enjoy it in bloom from mid-June or buy it in the gift shop to enjoy at home.

Launching at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

At the Chelsea Flower Show, Carol Klein, of BBC Gardeners’ World, presented a bouquet of the Rosa Margaret Greville to Ellen Oakley, one of Polesden’s costumed volunteers, dressed as an Edwardian debutante. 90

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