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Issue 121

November 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Firework displays 2015 Christmas postal dates Volunteer for Wildlife Aid Syrian refugees and MVDC Vote for ‘Bilbo’ at Crufts 2016 Help out at Box Hill National Trust Flytipping - where’s your rubbish taken? Woodfield Lane widening - another viewpoint

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


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Wallace & Gromit’s Big Bake


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Recipe 2 - Snickerdoodles


Ashtead Community Vision


Green dog walker campaign launches


Mole Valley Police Column


Give a cat a home


Simple crossword


Syrian Refugee crisis & MVDC


Woodfield Lane widening


Top accolades for MV car parks


Flytipping - where’s your waste taken?


‘Movember’ campaign 2015


Charity Christmas card shop opens


Ashtead WI


Christmas postal dates


Futsal fever sweeps through Mole Valley!


Vote for ‘Bilbo’ at Crufts 2016


Walking for Heath - MVDC


Quiz - Land & Sea


What’s on? Pages 64 - 72


Polesden Lacey’s crumble rumble!


Firework displays


Quiz - Baby Names


Cryptic crossword


The Time Travelling Wife - a story


Transition Ashtead


Book reviews


Volunteering opportunities at Box Hill NT


The Downsmen hit town


Local history article


Volunteer at Wildlife Aid


General knowledge quiz




Gardening - Autumn planning & planting


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From the Publisher


few weeks’ ago I had a bit of a turn on my way home. I was driving up Windfield and about to turn right into Poplar Avenue when I noticed a girl in her 20s waiting for her dog to ‘do its business’ on the grass where the two roads meet. When the dog had finished she began to walk away, I opened my window and asked her if she was going to clear up his mess, her reply, “Well no-one can see it”! At the same time, a gentleman walking his little girl who was kicking around in the grass in her wellies, came up and also gave this girl short shrift. I found this young lady’s behaviour quite unbelievable and can just imagine where else her dog had left its waste around our area as she didn’t seem too perturbed by her action (or, rather, inaction). I’m afraid these inconsiderate dog owners make my blood boil, goodness knows how unpleasant it would have been for the little toddler following behind to have kicked this mess. These people give considerate dog owners a bad name. I’ve managed to get in touch with quite a few fireworks organisers in the area and you can find details of events in the area this November on page 68, but as always do check with organisers before setting out, especially if the weather hasn’t been too good. My chum, the gorgeous David Gillott, from Four Gables Food Academy is holding a demonstration of Christmas food and flowers at St George’s church on 27th November - the ticket price also includes a glass of mulled wine and scrummy mince pies - always a winner with me! Details on the what’s on page - 70. The terrible refugee crisis which has been reported widely in the media over the past months is of great concern and I am including a report from Mole Valley District Council on page 54 setting out their plans. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local An interesting fact has come to light recently, turns out provides local businesses with that the householder arranging for waste to be taken from affordable, quality advertising. Ads his/her premises is actually liable if this waste is found cost from £53 +VAT per month, per dumped illegally and the local authorities can prove it quarter page for a 10,000 residential belongs to the householder, as in the case of a Herne Hill distribution (yes, really!) and can be resident back in September whose rubbish was found in designed where required. Abinger - go to page 22 to see how this played out. Technical & Legal stuff Volunteers this month are being sought for Wildlife Aid in Whilst every care has been taken to Randalls Rd, Leatherhead and also for the National Trust on ensure that the data in this magazine Box Hill, pages 38 and 82 refer. is accurate, the Publisher cannot A lovely little cockapoo called Bilbo was recently accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or shortlisted for the ‘Pets As Therapy Dog of the Year’ at damage caused by errors or omissions Crufts 2016, as he’s a local dog, why not vote for him? resulting from negligence, accident Details on page 26. or any other cause. Gosh, it’s almost here isn’t it? Yes, Christmas is on its way No part of this magazine may be and, for us, it’ll be the start of getting used to Christmases reproduced, stored in any retrieval without our beloved dad. If I’m being totally honest, he system, or transmitted in any form - wasn’t keen on Christmas and couldn’t wait for it to be electronic, mechanical, recording, over - however, that didn’t mean we couldn’t have fun photocopying, or otherwise - without around him! prior permission of the Publisher. Cheerio ducks and see you next month for the Chrimbo All in-house artwork and editorial edition! presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

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

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of thousands) and included meetings with local businesses, visits to schools and workshop sessions with local community groups.

We did it! Thank you.

Earlier this year Ashtead’s SureStart Children’s centre was threatened with a public consultation and potential closure along with seven others across the county. ARA Committee member, Angelina Weybourne, having made excellent use of the centre herself in 2013, found this news horrifying and, backed by the Association, she agreed to look into a campaign to fight against it.

The key messages that came through from the public clearly indicate that a number of aspects need consideration during the preparation of the master plan:

• Achieving a better retail offering and shopping experience

• Improving access / parking • Improving the relationship between the town

The parents of Ashtead made it very clear that the Children’s centre was a vital service for our community and that its loss would be felt by many who relied on it. Through spring and summer, the campaign sprang into action to highlight the issue using social media, canvassing at Ashtead Village Day and press interviews. We joined forces with other Surrey campaign groups, which provided insight and solidarity and we secured data for our argument from the council and an online survey. Of course no campaign is complete without a petition so this was promoted heavily to gain maximum signatures.

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• Determining the role Bull Hill can play in Transform Leatherhead

The master planners are recommending that options based on the above are looked at during a Stage 2 consultation and a report will be taken to the MVDC Executive to consider this approach. If agreed, the public consultation will be similar to the communication and engagement process of the Stage 1 consultation and it will take place either side of the Christmas break. In addition, the master planners envisage that there will be a physical and digital visualisation of potential options. Visit the website at for updates on the Stage 2 consultation

All of this helped. In September, Linda Kemeny, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills, and Educational Achievement confirmed the Children’s centre will not be closed, and there are no current plans to close it. She adds “This has coincided with a refresh of the council's strategy and plans for improving outcomes for children and families and one of those plans is to look at the council's early help offer, the purpose of which is to provide support and services to families at an early stage thereby reducing the need in future for more specialist support.

Gatwick Airport: Independent Airspace Review

As a response to feedback from residents and residents groups in west Kent and Sussex, who have been most affected by recently changed narrower arrival paths into Gatwick, the airport’s Chairman Sir Roy McNulty has commissioned an Independent Airspace Review that will be led by Bo Redeborn. The scope of the review includes both westerly and easterly operations into the airport and Mr Redeborn will be contacting Mole Valley Councillors during the course of his work. For more information and to see the review’s terms of reference, please visit

So, sincere thanks to each of you who took time to fill in the questionnaire, sign the petition, volunteer your time or email your personal experiences. It all helped.

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In praise of the efforts of individuals

for her and her efforts. We think of Flip as the Campaigner, but few people will know that Ian was one of the Directors of the Cherkley Campaign Committee. Members of the Environmental Committee are also particularly appreciative of his help in producing their publicity materials, tickets and programmes for all the open garden events.

I would like to use this space in our local magazine, Ashtead and Leatherhead Local, to praise and highlight the amazing variety and volume of community work done by a pair of “Leatherhead” residents. Leatherhead in inverted commas because this pair originally hail from Hobart in Tasmania. They came here some 26 years ago and gave us all a good prod in the direction we needed to go.

Surprisingly few of us knew of Flip's artistic bent. Whether expressed in pottery, calligraphy, or quilting she has held workshops and training sessions to share her expertise in these skills. Ian is also a creative spirit both personally and professionally. He and Flip coproduced the guidebook 40 Walks Around the Beautiful Mole Valley. Many more of us will know of Flip’s part in the successful campaign to get Fortyfoot Road properly surfaced. Children in wheelchairs are no longer jogged unmercifully on their way to and from school.

Many readers will know instantly that I am talking about Flip and Ian Cargill. Whether you know them because of the walks they have led or as teaching colleagues, fellow Toastmasters, allotment holders, neighbours, clients, members of committees or as campaigners, you will know of the dedication, willingness to lead, and enthusiasm they bring to all their efforts. Flip served on the committee of the Leatherhead Residents' Association for several years. At a time when we needed a secretary and newsletter editor, Flip stepped into the demanding positions and worked tirelessly on our behalf. She was also an important member of the Environment Sub-committee, helping with Community Gardens and joining in litter picks large and small, the last being just seven days ago. By working with the Dorking, Bookham, and Ashtead Transition Groups she has brought their ideals to our Environment group. Her philosophies of treading lightly on the fragile Earth where we live, of living and working sustainably, and trying to make everything better for future generations are at the core of her very ethical being.

The crowning glory of Flip’s work for our community arrived on Wednesday, 23 September when the Planning and Regulatory Committee voted to accept her application to register Leach Grove Wood. Councillors went against the opinion of the Officers and Leach Grove Wood has been declared a town/village green. It is difficult to know what further “good works” Flip and Ian could do, but we would like to thank them for all they have achieved so far and are confident that their boundless energy will be spent in other worthwhile causes and activities.

Next LRA meeting on 2nd November, 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute.

Although the LRA worked most closely with Flip, we know that Ian has been a tower of strength and support

Caroline Brown and Cheryl Allen

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Local bus operator Buses Excetera have advised that services 477 and 489 have been withdrawn and service 479 has been enhanced to operate nearly every 30 minutes between Epsom and Guildford on Monday to Saturdays. On Sundays service 479 is operated under contract to Surrey County Council and there is no change to the Sunday service. Buses Excetera were reluctant to make such changes but following a complete review of the services they operate they have reported that services 477 and 489 cannot be sustained any longer. Patronage is very low and these routes are not a viable option to continue with. Opportunities are being investigated to reroute a current service via Levett Road in Leatherhead on Monday to Fridays to provide the community with a limited service for essential shopping.

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Ashtead Community Vision A new Incentive for Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan The local authority must spend the money on new infrastructure and not spend it on projects which remedy pre-existing deficiencies (unless these deficiencies will be made more severe by new development). So, for example, if a new housing development puts pressure on a local junction some way away from that development, CIL money could be used to help mitigate that new problem.


here is nothing like a potential incentive to get people involved so it is worth taking note of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) initiative. As you know, Ashtead Community Vision (AVC) is drafting a Neighbourhood Development plan (NDP) for the Village. One of the reasons for taking this seriously is that those communities which have a fully formed NDP can get a greater share of the cash set aside by the local authority for local ‘infrastructure’ projects than they might otherwise have done. The type of ‘infrastructure’ improvements have to be related to matters such as highways and transport, education, primary health care, leisure and recreation, community facilities, flood risk, waste and recycling. So in reality, this could mean anything from spending money on electronic indicator boards for our bus stops to boost bus usage to new footpaths or cycleways - from nurseries for early years provision to community health facilities.

It is also important to note that most CIL money does not have to be used where development is taking place so money raised in Ashtead could be used in other parts of the district – say to alleviate flooding problems along the river Mole or to build new cycle routes. However, a proportion of the CIL – at least 15% - has to be spent in areas where the development takes place. Where areas have adopted an NDP this increases to 25%. So where is development likely to take place? Mole Valley’s housing requirement for 20142026 is 1,980 dwellings or 165 dwellings per annum and this is aimed primarily for the built up areas in the north of the district around Dorking, Leatherhead and Ashtead. This is bound to put more pressure on existing infrastructure so it’s important Ashtead not only get its NDP - not only to reflect local wishes for such development - but also to get its CIL money to improve the infrastructure. ACV is currently drafting policies for all elements of its NDP including infrastructure so engagement by residents in this process is vital if we are to get our share of the CIL for infrastructure enhancements which help accommodate new development.

In fact, I would suggest the list is so wide, it could have a positive impact on virtually every person living in Ashtead, so it needs to be You can find out more about ACV and the taken seriously as does the development of Forum’s work at: the NDP. So what is the Community Infrastructure Levy? -Community-Vision/ And where does the money come from? In a nutshell, the CIL is a levy on new development which aims to fund infrastructure needed to support the growth of an area.

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Mole Valley Police Column Burglaries from homes, garages, sheds & cars This time of year tends to see an increase in reports of burglaries of domestic dwellings and thefts from garages, outbuildings and from motor vehicles.

simple timers to bring on lights in a staggered pattern can convey the impression that there is someone at home. This has been shown to be an effective deterrent, as burglars never want to meet their victims and only rarely target a property where it appears that anyone is there.

In my work, I am asked to visit people who have been victims of a burglary. It is sad to report that in many cases homes remain regrettably insecure. One in three burglars Also, I would emphasise (as I have done in do not have to force their way in – they the past) that any residents of Mole Valley have gained easy access through an can request a free home and property insecure door or open window. security survey. All you have to do to contact me is call 101 and ask to be put In most, if not all, cases we find that through to me on extension 30809. You access has been gained at the rear of a can also email property at ground floor level and this is and I will often because access to the rear is not restricted by locked gates or fencing. Any get your message to call you back to arrange an appointment. gates should ideally have bolts fitted at waist height to prevent someone reaching over and opening the gate easily. I will always focus on practical advice that is sensible and relevant to each individual’s Whilst it is impossible to prevent this type situation. I do not promote any specific of crime from happening in every situation, products or companies and can often there is so much that householders can do suggest relatively simple ways that people to make their property a less attractive can use to make their homes less attractive target to burglars. to a would-be burglar. Burglars prefer to “work” unobserved, so having a clear line of sight from the roadside to a property makes it less attractive than a home where there are high fences or hedges, where a would-be burglar will not be readily seen.

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Having some effective, low-level, exterior lighting can also provide a deterrent effect, as it removes areas of shadow which are so popular with burglars. Dusktill-dawn exterior lighting can be very attractive and cost-effective, as it generally uses low wattage bulbs and it also removes the need for people to switch exterior lights on and off.

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Flytipping Caution – Homeowners Watch Out! Where is Your Waste Taken? A formal caution has been issued by Mole Valley District Council to a homeowner in Herne Hill, South London, whose waste was flytipped on Tanhurst Lane, Abinger (see picture below) by an unlicensed individual on 9th September 2015, completely blocking the road. The waste owner, a gentleman in his 50’s, made a contribution of £275 towards clean up costs and apologised that he was unaware of his responsibility to check the credentials of the company who removed his household waste. He did not have any details about the individuals who offered to take his waste away from his home for a fee of £300. Councillor Paul Newman, Executive Member for Environment said, “Failing to ensure waste is removed by a registered waste carrier is an offence and the gentleman cautioned had not taken any steps to ensure the company he used was a legitimate waste collection company. Our advice is if someone offers to take waste away from your property then make sure you check that that company is a registered waste carrier and then retain their details.” Residents and businesses should be aware that they have a responsibility to dispose of their own waste legally and should check that anyone taking building or DIY waste away from their property is registered as a waste carrier. Individuals can be held legally responsible if they dispose of waste through an unregistered person or company and they are required to obtain details of where their waste is being taken for disposal. Dumping any rubbish on public or private land is illegal and Mole Valley District Council is working with Surrey Police and neighbouring authorities to catch and prosecute those responsible.

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The Time Travelling Wife


hen the invitation from Ruth’s cousin came through the door, Ruth and Sam had different responses. She immediately started worrying about what to wear and Sam just laughed. To Ruth, Sam, Ben, Daniel and Sarah “Travel in Time! Help celebrate Helen’s 40th birthday by dressing up from any decade in history…”

The first discussion was held over lunch the following Sunday and each member of the family had a different opinion to put forward. Ben immediately said, “You’re not getting me to dress up. That’s so lame! Do we have to go?” Daniel said, “Can I be Darth Vader?” Sarah said, “That’s stupid Dan. Darth Vader’s not real. You have to be a character from history! Mummy, if Dan’s going be Darth Vader, I’m going to be Elsa.” Ben replied with, “You’re both so stupid! You should go as Marie Antoinette and Charles 1st with your heads chopped off…” Ruth couldn’t help but be impressed at her eldest son’s historical knowledge. “Sarah, you’re quite right. Darth Vader is not a character from history, nor sadly is Elsa, unless you mean Elsa the lion or Albert Einstein’s wife. Somehow I don’t think either of them would wear a pale blue Disney dress!” Now it was Sam’s turn to be impressed. “How on earth did you know that Einstein’s wife was called Elsa?”

Ben and Daniel used a whole tub of hair gel and the punk look really suited them. Ben had added green to his hair and was wearing a skull T-shirt and spiked wristbands. Ben wore a leather jacket and a plastic ‘barbed wire’ dog collar. Both of them had ripped jeans, held together with safety pins and were sporting several fake tattoos. They looked seriously cool. Ruth and Sam didn’t let their sons down. Ruth’s eye make up was dramatic and she wore a black and red spiky wig, a short tartan skirt with fishnet tights and a black leather jacket. She also had a skull and crossbones choker necklace and black fingerless gloves. Sam looked menacing in his electric blue Mohican wig, spiked dog collar and black trousers, with a chain hanging from the belt. He also had a black leather waistcoat and a Sex Pistols T-shirt. Their cheek and lip piercings really shocked the children, until they proved to be fake and made of plastic... They were just about to leave when the doorbell rang. Sam, fully in character by this point, opened the door with a “Yeah? Watcha want then!?!” Mrs. Stevens from number 40 was just delivering a Neighbourhood Watch newsletter. Her reaction was priceless. Shock came first, followed by confusion and then horror. She stammered a polite ‘Good Evening to you all. Sorry to disturb…’ and scuttled away. Her role as Neighbourhood Watch coordinator had just got very interesting…

Ruth laughed. “Year Three science projects sometimes have their uses! Do you remember that poster you made, Ben? That’s an idea - why don’t you go as Einstein! We could get you a white wig…” “No way! I’d be a complete nerd. If I really have to go, then I want to look at least a bit cool.”

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Ruth suggested, “Perhaps we should all go as the same decade to keep things simple. How about something Victorian? I’ve still got the costumes from your Victorian day at school.” “Boring!” “How about Saxons? Or Romans? Or Vikings? Or Egyptians? I could dye some old sheets…” “Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring!” Ruth clearly wasn’t having much success. Sam spoke very quietly but with a knowing smile and a sense of quiet conviction. “I think we should all go as punks. You can’t get much cooler than that…” After a bit of explanation and a search on Google images, it was decided. They were going to be a family of punks.

Over the next few weeks, Ruth took the role of chief costume designer. On the day of the party, they got dressed and met in the hall for a family photo. Sarah made a very cute ‘punk’. She’d insisted on wearing her Elsa dress but Ruth had accessorized it with a spiky blue wig, fingerless gloves and a necklace made out of safety pins.


If you, or someone you know, would like to travel back to a particular time in life and record precious memories, why not try my one of my new ‘Time Travel Sessions’? They’re an enjoyable and rewarding way to preserve family stories. (You don’t have to travel back to the punk era!) A special ‘Time Travel’ voucher would make the perfect Christmas gift for an older person in your family! Or treat yourself and then give your story as a present to your loved ones. Call me on 01372 373844 for a chat.

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.

contact David Lunn at the Epsom office on 01372 729555 or email

Found in Translation With Chaucer, Shakespeare and Austen forming the backbone of English literature, one could be forgiven for missing out on literary gems from other countries. Books afford us the chance to see the world from a different point of view, and this selection that takes in Sweden, Japan and China via France and Russia gives us just a taste of the wonders of the wide world out there.

FRANCE: Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

With its subtitle, ‘A story of provincial life,’ you could be forgiven for thinking that Madame Bovary is a bucolic tale of domestic bliss. Famed for the beauty of its rhythmical sentences in its original French, the novel tells the tragic story of Emma Bovary, a young woman married to a dull country doctor, who embarks on not one but two adulterous affairs to quench the raging of her unsatisfied desire. Unsurprisingly the novel, first published in 1856, caused a scandal, with reported ‘outrage to public morals and religion’ but today it stands as a beautifully crafted tragedy of love and longing.

CHINA: Wild Swans Jung Chang

Described as ‘a ghastly oriental fairytale’, Wild Swans was first published in 1991. The book tells much of the story of the author, Jung Chang’s mother and of her family’s history as they lived – and died – through the Cultural Revolution and periods of rapid political change in China. From the traditions of

foot binding and the keeping of concubines in the 1920s to Chang’s eventual move to Britain in 1978, the book depicts in vivid, beautiful and often harrowing detail what life was like for Chang’s ‘Three daughters of China’.

RUSSIA: Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.’ So begins this dark, dramatic and tragic tale of love, longing and lust. With some of the most memorable, complex and convincing characters ever to have been written, we follow with bated breath as the fate of our married heroine Anna unfolds. Tolstoy tells us that Count Vronsky, upon meeting Anna, “…Did not take his eyes off her and, without knowing why, smiled.” And somehow from this point onwards we know that things are not fated to end well. A magnificent story, most beautifully told.

SWEDEN: The Summer Book - Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson is more famous here in the UK for her childrens’ stories about the Moomin family, But her books for adults,


recently translated into English, are a real treasure trove of sparse yet evocative prose. The Summer Book follows a six-yearold girl, Sophia, and her artist grandmother as they spend a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. Deeply touching and hilarious in turn, it’s an easy yet profound read that will leave you longing for fresh air, deep seawater and the kind of precisely true observations about the world that only the very young and the very old can provide.

JAPAN: Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami

Oh, Murakami. Master of the bittersweet memory, of loves lost and of the intricate details that bring Japan and all its beauty alive to his readers. Norwegian Wood is a love story that spans the decades. It follows a young man, Toru Watanabe, as he hears a cover version of his favourite Beatles song and remembers his youth, his days as a student – and Naoko, his best friend’s girlfriend. All is calm, until an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and turns it upside down.

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The Attendance Allowance According to a recent survey 80% of Surrey’s adult population have earnings, savings or an estate valued above £24,500. If you are one of the 80%, when the time comes you will be responsible for sourcing and paying for your own care, but don’t panic as there is some funding available to help with paying for care. Through our work at Home Counties Carers ( we advise and help a number of Clients in the local area who are considering a little extra support at home. As part of our Care Assessment we speak with Clients about what funding might be available to them and how to find out more. Set out below is some information that might be useful to those already caring for a loved one or to those considering getting some extra support at home. The Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit paid by the Government for people who are aged 65 or over and who need help with care. To apply for Attendance Allowance you need to contact the Direct Gov telephone helpline on 0800 88 22 00, or go to Attendance Allowance has 2 weekly rates, and the rate you get depends on the help you need. You’ll get:

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£55.10 if you need help in the day or at night £82.30 if you need help both in the day and at night.

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The Downsmen hit town The North Surrey Barbershop Harmony Club – The Downsmen – have been out and about during September supporting the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival. They sang a short programme from their repertoire in both Leatherhead High Street and Dorking. One photo shows them in The Swan Centre, Leatherhead, joined by Margaret Cooksey, Chairman of the Mole Valley District Council, the other at St Martins Walk, Dorking. The Downsmen will be presenting “Give me a Song”, at The Leatherhead Theatre on Saturday 21st November at 7.30pm. As well as The Downsmen Chorus, ‘Soundbytes’, a mixed choir who sing a range of song styles, and Catherine Jones, an up and coming soloist, who has sung with Glyndebourne, will be taking part. The Downsmen are also pleased to announce that the Barbershop quartet RECKLESS will be topping the ‘Bill’. RECKLESS are one of the top UK quartets and have numerous gold medals between them and are well worth seeing and hearing.

Tickets at £14 (concessions for under 16 year olds at £13) available from Peter on 020 8642 3734 or Stuart on 01483 276905 and also from The Leatherhead Theatre Box Office on 01372 365141. 36

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Spare some time, have some fun, help our wildlife Wildlife Aid Foundation, the Leatherheadbased animal rescue centre made famous by television’s Wildlife SOS, is in need of volunteers. The centre, which deals with around 20,000 wildlife related incidents a year, is desperately in need of new helpers and is appealing for anyone with a few hours a week to spare to get in touch. It is looking for people with a range of skills; from general animal care to volunteer vets and vet nurses, general maintenance and office workers. The charity can also offer invaluable free training for those interested in learning new skills or who have been out of work for a while and need a refresher course. In addition to the core task of caring for the animals at the centre, there are opportunities available in the administration, fundraising and general maintenance departments with on-the-job training for dedicated volunteers. WAF recently lost several young volunteers in September when they went back to college and university and now needs replacement helpers. WAF office manager Becky Banning explains: “There are plenty of opportunities for people who want to learn new skills in exchange for giving us some of their time. For people who want to keep active there is the opportunity to do animal care or maintenance work, for others who prefer an office environment we have an admin department which always needs staffing. Work done by volunteer vets and vet nurses here can also count towards their Continual Professional Development (CPD) training. Volunteering is a great addition to any CV and joining us also gives people the opportunity to meet like-minded people and open up a whole new social life.�

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Audi VW Specialists • • • • •

Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres, exhausts, diagnostics, air conditioning) Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

Why use a generalist when you can use a specialist? Email: Web:

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Art, Jewellery & Gifts

∗ Bespoke Framing ∗ Framed Originals & Limited Edition Prints ∗ Gifts & Jewellery ∗ Cards ∗ Ready Made Frames & Mounts

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BUMBLES Bumbles has many new Melamine Breakfast Sets Available. Christmas is just around the corner and new items are arriving all the time. Come and see. There are many lines reduced as well so don't miss out. 90 The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW Tel/Fax 01372 276219 41

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Food & Drink Licensing Act 2003 Application for extended opening hours to sell alcohol I, Neil Handley of Handley's cafe/winebar of 27 The Street, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 1AA have applied to Mole Valley district council to extend our opening hours to sell alcohol between the hours of 11am 01.00am on the evenings of Fridays and Saturdays each week. The application can be viewed between the hours of 09.00 - 16.00 on Mondays at Environmental Licensing Dept, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1SJ. Interested parties and responsible authorities may make written representation to the relevant licensing authority by 13th November 2015


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Food & Drink

Cake and Bake Snickerdoodles These classic American cookies are crisp at the edges, chewy in the middle and have a delicious cinnamon sugar coating. Try them warm from the oven with a milkshake or hot chocolate – and if you need an excuse, America is celebrating Thanksgiving this month!


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115g unsalted butter, softened 100g dark muscovado sugar 2 tbsp maple syrup 175g self-raising flour 1½ tbsp granulated sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper. 2. Place the butter and muscovado sugar in a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until creamed. Beat in the maple syrup. Sift over the flour and beat in with the wooden spoon to form a rough dough. 3. Mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon on a flat plate. Divide and shape the dough into about16 walnut-sized balls (keep them roughly shaped – not smooth) and roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar. Place, well spaced (they will spread out quite a bit in the oven), on the baking sheets. Flatten each ball of mixture slightly with your fingertips. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 13-14 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and sprinkle any remaining cinnamon sugar over the cookies. Leave on the baking sheets for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Makes 16 Ready in 35 minutes, plus cooling

TIP Add some chopped pecans or toasted chopped hazelnuts to the cookie dough for a crunchy texture, or top with white or dark chocolate chips just before baking. 46


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With Christmas rapidly approaching, we thought it may be useful to highlight some of the items that will be featuring under the Christmas Tree this year. Custom built PC’s are immensely popular as it provides you exactly the specification and power required, built from the highest quality components available, at the most advantage prices. Please come and discuss your needs with us Tablets - There are an ever increasing number of 7-10 “ tablets on the market. The Apple iPads are clear market leaders of the premium product / premium price area. We have Android tablets from £50.00 and Windows tablets starting from £95.00 which includes a full 12 month subscription of Microsoft Office Sonos- with a wide selection of products all with room filling sound- Liberate your music from only £169.00 Smart Home - Turn you home Smart, with easy to use and flexible remote connection devices you can control your heating system, lighting control, domestic appliances and even CCTV and security monitoring. As the items all speak a “common language” you can

build your kit bit by bit and mix different devices to create the optimum solution. Solid State Hard Drives (SSD)- This is the upgrade your computer has been waiting for. Due to dramatic price cuts in the cost of SSD’s, now is a great time to upgrade. Having an SSD in your machine will speed up the loading and running performance hugely, we have just upgraded a machine which was taking 4.5 minutes to boot, with the SSD installed it now boots in 35 seconds. Costs start from £45.00 and we can install and copy all your data across if required. Gamers Mice, Mats and Keyboards - Yes we know it sounds odd, but we have a selection of high performing Mice, keyboards and mice mats specifically for the gamers out there. They are full adjustable with some keyboards being illuminated- it could be the answer for that present dilemma Total Care - Allow us to look after your computer fully, we will protect it from virus’s and malware, we backup all its data to our cloud, and provide unlimited remote and workshop support- for just £100 + vat per year


For further information, please call 01372-370300 or email 48

Technology ~Surreys favourite Computer Store~

14 North Street, Leatherhead tel: 01372 - 370300 Monday - Saturday 9:00 - 5.30pm

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Green Dogs Walked to Success in Mole Valley! Meadowbank Park in Dorking, was the only place for discerning pooches to be seen last September as Mole Valley launched its ‘Green Dog Walker’ campaign! Dogs came from far and wide to sign up to the scheme, receive doggie treats and of course take their owners for a walk. Councillor Paul Newman, Executive Member for Environment said, “This was our first ‘Bark in the Park’ event, and following the fantastic level of support from our residents on Saturday we intend to expand it further next year. The morning was a great opportunity for owners to mingle whilst discussing canine care with our animal wardens, 40 ‘Green Dog Walkers’ were signed up to the scheme, dogs were micro-chipped free of charge and 15 Deputy Dog Wardens (children) were commissioned. The serious message underlying this fun and friendly campaign is about the responsibility of dog owners to pick up after their own dogs within Mole Valley, keeping our beautiful environment clean for everyone’s enjoyment.” Those that didn’t make it down to the park on the day can easily sign up to the scheme by contacting . For regular updates on Mole Valley Dog Warden, see the facebook page, and


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Newlife Fertility Clinic We can help.

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

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

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

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RJ Clinic - Fetcham Tell us about the RJ Clinic?

The RJ Clinic is a place where the osteopaths genuinely care about your journey to becoming pain free. Although patients can see any practitioner at the clinic we constantly keep a close eye on all patients’ progress therefore don't be surprised if your osteopath gives you a call to see how you are getting on. We genuinely want you to get better fast. We also offer the Neil Asher Technique for frozen shoulder

We also offer 15 minute spinal checks or MOT sessions which are half the price of a normal session. We offer concessions for senior citizens, babies and children as well as in house special offers which help patients get great savings on a regular basis.

How long is each appointment?

Your first visit is 45 minutes, follow up sessions are 30 minutes

What training have you (Reena Joshi) undertaken and how many years’ experience do you have in this field?

And we have a Spinal assessment machine which measures your spinal curves allowing you to see for yourself what your osteopath can see!

I qualified in 2001 with a BSc Honours in Osteopathic Medicine. I have a Certificate in Education in 2007 which enables me to teach adults. I teach at the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine based at NESCOT and with this qualification I have also lectured abroad.

Can osteopathy help children and babies too?

Yes it can. There is a very gentle type of osteopathy called Cranial Osteopathy which is perfect to treat babies and children. We find that babies with colic, gastric reflux, glue ear, teething pain and general digestive issues can be helped considerably by having cranial treatment, helping babies and children to be more settled during the day and at night.

Who can be treated at your clinic?

All age ranges can be treated from newborn to the elderly. We can help everyone. However, if we feel osteopathy is not the correct type of treatment for you, or that this type of treatment doesn't suit you, then we would recommend other therapies or practitioners with whom we work very closely, who may be able to help you.

Is osteopathy covered by health insurance?

Yes. Please bring the relevant codes with you on the first visit. Please just ask the receptionist what information you need to bring with you, all insurance companies are different and have different requirements.

Another question people ask is: 'What is the clicking sound and do I have to have this type of treatment each time I visit an Osteopath?

No. Not everyone needs to be 'Clicked' it depends on your medical history and whether As a new patient this is £45 for the first we feel it will improve your pain. For session, during this session the Osteopath will example if you have osteoporosis or take a detailed account of the painful area, osteophytes due to arthritis change, we record your medical history (which helps us would not manipulate the joints. The clicking to choose the relevant techniques for sound is air releasing from joints that have treatment) examine the area, give a been restricted for a long time. diagnosis and then treat you. Patients will go home with a new patient pack which includes Reena Joshi a personal care plan helping patients to RJ Clinic, remember all the advice and information Shamrock Close, Fetcham their osteopath has given them. 01372 363721 Follow up visits cost £40. These consist of treatment of the affected area.

How much does each appointment cost?


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Chewie & Zoom “Hello all – my name is Zoom, I am the lovely 6 year old long haired tabby to the right and the adorable girl on the far left is my daughter Chewie who is 5. We found ourselves in the care of Epsom Ewell & District Cats Protection when our owner unfortunately could no longer keep us. We are incredibly affectionate cats who long for human attention. We are desperate to go to a loving home together, and could be homed with children but certainly no other animals. Could your home be our new forever home?”

If you feel that you could give Zoom & Chewie a much deserved forever loving home please call ROSEMARY on 01737 350307 Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to:

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Syrian Refugee Crisis & MVDC

In response to the conflict in Syria, the Prime Minister announced a significant extension of the existing Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) Scheme for Syrian Refugees on 7 September. Since then, further detail has followed on the extension of funding for the scheme to ensure local authorities can provide the right support for those being relocated to the UK. The Government intends to resettle up to 20,000 refugees based in refugee camps in Syria’s neighbouring countries over the next five years. Councillor Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement and Resident Services said: “Mole Valley continues to support the Government’s proposals which, rightly, target support for the most vulnerable refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria. We are working with the other Surrey districts and boroughs, Surrey County Council, the Local Government Association and central Government to ensure that we have a Surrey-wide programme in place that not only offers the most appropriate support but is sustainable in the longer term. We welcome recent announcements from Ministers that the Government will provide long-term funding for this resettlement programme to avoid the costs of support falling on councils, and ultimately local people.”

Further information about the crisis, the response from Mole Valley District Council and information on how residents can help, can be found on MVDC’s website 54

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

Whitening & Advanced Facial Aesthetics Full Disabled Access Hygienist Service NHS For Children Easy Parking

Dr Sue Taylor

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Phone Now for an Appointment 01372 363670 135 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX 55

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Specialist foot and lower limb care, including: Corns & Callus Cracked heels • Verrucae treatments • Flat feet

Orthotics Heel pain • Ball of foot pain • Ingrowing toenails

Emma Ashdown

(BSc)Hons MChS HCPC Registered

01372 270571 62 West Farm Ave, Ashtead, KT21 2JY

Top Accolades For Mole Valley’s Car Parks Safe & Secure Four of Mole Valley’s car parks have been awarded the “Park Mark, Safer Parking” status. This national standard has been achieved by Mole Valley for four car parks that have met a challenging assessment by police assessors. The mark confirms that all the necessary measures have been put in place to help deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, ensuring a safer environment for the public and their vehicles. Charles Yarwood, Executive Member for Property & Parking said, “Giving residents and visitors safe, secure, places to park when then travel by car within Mole Valley is important for our local economy, environment and for the wellbeing of our residents.” “These four awards have confirmed that our car parks are both a convenient and safe option for drivers. The physical elements considered by these awards, combined with the regular, presence of our enforcement officers contribute to the safety of all our Mole Valley car parks. We work hard to ensure our car parks are well maintained and yet they still offer great value for money with our penny per minute fee and no charges after 6pm and on Sundays.” Park Mark Status Achieved by:

• Reigate Road, Dorking • Upper Fairfield, Leatherhead • Station Road, • Pippbrook, Dorking Leatherhead


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Movember: Because Men’s Health Matters By Alison Runham Since 2003, ‘Movember’ has inspired 4 million moustaches worldwide. But what’s it really about? Let’s look behind the moustache.

a doctor, or intended to, to discover their ‘key numbers’.

What is Movember? The November challenge asks men to grow moustaches and talk about their health, with the aim to increase awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for the Movember Foundation, a global charity whose mission is “to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health”. The Foundation aims to reduce male mortality from prostate and testicular cancer and improve sufferers’ physical and mental health, and to reduce mortality from male suicide by reducing mental health discrimination and ensuring that men and boys understand how to stay mentally healthy, taking action early when they experience problems.

The Movember Foundation’s Advice for Men KNOW YOUR KEY NUMBERS – ‘one of the most important things you can do,’ whatever your age. Track your body mass index, weight, waistline measurement, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels. KNOW YOUR FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY – including illnesses suffered by family members who have passed away. KEEP MOVING – maintain (or work up to) 20-30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 2-3 days a week, avoid sitting for too long and stay on the move.

So far, it has raised £346 million and financed 800 research and awareness programs in 21 countries. “In the last 10 years or so... we’ve built the largest global men’s health movement off the back of the simple act of growing a moustache and a sense of fun and mateship,” says Adam Garone, CEO and Co-Founder. Why Focus On Men’s Health? In 2011, the average UK life expectancy was 82.6 years for women but just 78.7 years for men, who were 14% more likely to get cancer and 32% more likely to die from it. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in 25-49 year olds, but highly curable. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point. The Foundation believes the main reasons for men’s poor health are: • Lack of awareness and understanding of men’s health issues • Men’s reluctance to discuss their health and feelings or take action when they’re unwell • Engaging in risky activities • Mental health stigmas

TAKE ACTION EARLY – ‘Early diagnosis is often key to living a healthy life’. if there’s nothing wrong, your mind is put at rest. Attend that prostate examination and check your testes regularly ( provides a useful guide). DON'T SMOKE- smoking doubles heart disease risk and makes you 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer. EAT WELL – think moderation and variety. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts and minerals, and avoid foods and drinks with added sugars or high saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and salt. SLEEP WELL – lack of sleep and poor quality sleep can damage your immune system and increase appetite and vulnerability to stress. STAY MENTALLY HEALTHY – spend time doing things you find enjoyable and relaxing. Be proactive about your mental health. DRINK ALCOHOL ONLY IN MODERATION

The Foundation’s most recent research showed that 99% of Movember participants talked to someone about their health, 75% were more aware of potential health issues and 62% had seen 58

WEAR SUNSCREEN – and check skin changes with your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment dramatically increases melanoma survival rates.

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Ashtead W.I. - October 2015 Meeting We were very pleased to welcome four new visitors to this evening’s meeting, and a coffee morning will be held for all new members in November, when they will be able to meet each other informally, and learn about our W.I. and its wider W.I. world. This evening we had a successful Bring & Buy to help raise funds for our Institute. Surrey W.I. has its Autumn meeting at Dorking later in October, when Adam Henson from Countryfile will be a speaker. We were asked whether we would again be willing to go Carol Singing in Ashtead during December – this has to be arranged well in advance as we have to apply for a licence. Over many years of Carols for the Princess Alice Hospice, we are pleased to have raised considerable funds for this very worthwhile charity. Also, we have mentioned before that some of our W.I. ladies have been knitting blankets for the Rainbow Trust’s premature babies , and a remarkable 100 blankets have now been made and very well received. We must mention our member Biddy Watts, who has beautifully sewn most of the pieces into these lovely blankets. We will now make some in Christmas colours, and also some Christmas patchwork quilts for slightly older children. Our speaker this evening was Ray Hampton, on The History of Playing Cards. These have been popular in the Far East and Europe for many hundreds of years, though the format of the fronts and backs of the cards have changed over time, reflecting the needs of particular games, and the need to avoid cheating by marking individual cards. We learned that there was a Card Tax in the 17 th C, which surprisingly carried on until 1960. Mr Hampton assured us that there were more than 365 versions of Patience! and before finishing, showed us close-up some sleight of hand card tricks. Looking ahead, many of us will soon be enjoying our monthly ‘local lunch’ date, and we finished with news of our many sub-groups. Our AGM will take place next month on Wednesday Nov. 4th, and our local florist will give ideas for small Christmas arrangements suitable for us to do at home. Sandra Brown


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


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Futsal fever sweeps through Mole Valley! Children enjoyed a taster session of these new to Mole Valley courses. Girls and boys are now encouraged to come and enjoy a free taster session of these indoor sessions that Messi and Neymar played as children! Futsal is a FIFA and UEFA recognised indoor, small-sided football game that helps improve players’ technical ability and tactical awareness. Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is working in partnership with Futsal Fever, with classes offered at Dorking Sports Centre and Leatherhead Leisure Centre, offering Futsal classes for 3-14 year olds. These new classes, run by Futsal Fever Academy ( are all fun, friendly sessions aimed at honing the skills and team-play required for outdoor football. Skills learnt include passing accuracy, ball control and fast decision-making. Sessions are run fully inclusively, for girls and boys and those with disabilities – and all new players can benefit from a free taster session. MVDC is offering support for those who would like their children to be involved but are on a low income, contact Futsal Fever directly for details.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday 5th December 2015 from 4pm

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Firework Displays 2015

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THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER Guildford Firework Fiesta

Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1ER Voluntary contributions welcome. Funfair and food. Torches on sale at 6.30pm from Tunsgate Arch, torchlight procession starts 7.30pm, fireworks 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER Kingston Fireworks Display

Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, KT1 3PB Gates and funfair 6.30pm, fireworks 8pm. Advance tickets adults and children (over 5s) £4 from website below, £5 on the day.

Coldharbour Bonfire Display

Cranleigh Lions Bonfire & Fireworks

The Common, Cranleigh, GU6 8LU 1pm funfair opens; 6.30pm torchlight procession; hog roast, refreshments available. 7.20pm bonfire; 8pm fireworks. Free event but voluntary donations welcome.

Effingham Fireworks Spectacular

King George V Playing Field, Browns Lane, Effingham, KT24 5ND (on A246 Effingham) Funfair, stalls food & bar. Gates open 5.30pm, torchlight procession 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm (funfair open until 10pm). Tickets £4 in advance, £5 on gate (under 12s free). For advance tickets go to:

Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair

Hook Rd Arena, Epsom Funfair and food from 5.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Free park & ride - Chessington Garden Centre or Longmead Ind Estate Tickets £7.50, or £5 in advance from selected retailers in Ashtead and Leatherhead.

From Starveall Car Park, Leith Hill Rd, RH5 6LU Celebrate Leith Hill Tower's 250th birthday. From 6.30pm, bonfire 7.15pm, fireworks 8pm, event subject to weather and attendance. Food and drink. Tickets Adults £5/children £2.50 in advance from The Plough Coldharbour, Abinger Hatch, Stephan Langton Lingfield Park Firework Display Racecourse Road, Lingfield, RH7 6PQ public houses. 5pm doors open for funfair and refreshments, bonfire lit at 6.45pm, 7.30pm fireworks. £5 adult / £2.50 under 17s (family ticket £12.50 in advance from SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER website). (VIP Adult £30 to inc buffet and table in restaurant.) Free parking in main car park. Brockham Bonfire Brockham Village Green, Brockham, RH3 7HP Car parks open 4.30pm; 6.15pm torchlight procession; 7.45pm bonfire; 8.15pm fireworks (please Reigate Rugby Club Fireworks & Bonfire Colley Lane, Reigate, RH2 9NB note these timings are yet to be confirmed). Buses Licenced bar, hot food/drink, sweets, glow toys from from Dorking. Voluntary donations welcome. 6.30pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm. In aid of Junior Rugby club. Club/bar open until 11pm. Adults £6/ children £5, or in advance (£2 less) from website. Carshalton Park Fireworks Display Limited parking for blue badge holders only. Allow Carshalton Park, Ruskin Rd, SM5 3DD time to walk to ground. Organised by Wallington & Carshalton Round table. Gates open 5pm, fireworks 7pm, bonfire 7.30pm. Advance tickets £5, on the gate £7.50, under 5s free, SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER profits to charity.

Meath School Bonfire Night

Brox Road, Ottershaw, KT16 0LF Meath School is a special needs school run by the Chiddingfold Green, Chiddingfold, GU8 4TX charity I CAN. Refreshments/hot food available. Road closures from 3pm, 5pm park & ride from Witley Gates open 5pm, fireworks 6pm, event ends 7.30pm. Stn (small charge). Burgers, hot drinks, refreshments. Gate prices: Adult £7, £4 children/OAP. Family 6.30pm torches on sale at St Mary’s School, 7pm tickets £20 (2 adults & 2 children) torchlight procession, 7.30pm bonfire, 8pm Tel: 01932 872302 fireworks. Free event but voluntary donations welcome.

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Bohemian Rhapsody, Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Epsom Playhouse. 7.30pm. Dvořák's Slavonic Dances and Symphony no.6, and Liszt Piano Concerto no.1. £14/£13/ £5, from or from the Playhouse on 01372 742555

Sats & Suns 7th - 29th

Glorious Glimpse Tours, Saturdays and Sundays in November. Discover Polesden Lacey’s fabulous collection and a story rich with gossip on a tour led by our tour guides. Normal admission applies.

Saturday 14th

Bookham Choral Society and the Dorking Chamber Orchestra, Autumn Concert at The Elizabeth Green Hall, Manor House School, Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, 7.30 pm. Featuring John Rutter’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves and The Lark Ascending and choral works by Will Todd. Tickets £12 (under 18s £6) from Cascade, Bookham, or 01372 375644,, or on the night.

Saturday 14th

Dorking NCT Nearly New Sale, North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill, North Holmwood, RH5 4JP. 10.15am-2pm. Great bargains, sell your children's old toys and clothes; newborn and children's clothes, maternity wear, toys and equipment (prams, cots etc). E:, Web:

Friday 20th

Mid-Surrey Mencap Christmas Coffee Morning, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, 10.30am-12pm, free admission. Christmassy things on sale, refreshments, all are welcome!

Saturday 21st

Christmas Craft table top sale in aid of Fortyfoot Playgroup, 10.30am-1.30pm, Christ Church (URC) Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST. 50p per adult (inc hot drink), children free. Christmas crafts, sweets, pickles, chutneys, cards, pictures, fabric and crochet items, Phoenix Trading, jewellery+. Raffle, tombola, cake stall. Free parking.

Saturday 21st

Royal British Legion - Women’s Section Are holding their annual Christmas Market, Community Centre, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, from 11-1pm. refreshments, and a variety of stalls. Father Christmas is paying us a visit . Entrance is free.

Saturday 21st

‘Give me a song’ an evening of singing from a variety of genres from a variety of voices at The Leatherhead Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £14 from 020 8642 3734

Friday 27th

Friends of the former Stoneleigh Dancing Club, Christmas Dance at Peace Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Ballroom and Latin dancing to Andrew Varley's Keyboard music. All welcome. Tickets in advance £16, M&S Refreshments, bar, dress formal - Details: Sue & Pat Hunt 01372 277938 or Ricky Lesser 01737 819699

Friday 27th

Join David Gillott from Four Gables Food Academy for ‘A Festive Family Affair’, Christmas demonstrations of food and flowers at St Georges Church in aid of The Dell Project. 7.30pm-9.30pm with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival. Tickets £15 from the St Georges Office

Saturday 28th

The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU, 12-4pm. Adults £3, children free. Santa’s Grotto, skating (both pre-bookable via website), Peppa Pig, Christmas market, arts and crafts, donkey rides, fairground, band, face-painting etc.


APMH Friends three course dinner (6.30 for 7pm) followed by a musical presentation 'The History of Musicals'. Tickets £20.50 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members If there’s an event in December that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Thursday 12th November. 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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Ashtead Friday Market Christmas Special Friday 13th November - 9am-3pm

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE Once again it is time to hold our Christmas Special market following on from the success of previous years. We will have 32 stalls with lots of great ideas for Christmas and all the usual lovely things too. We have a longer market running to 3pm with free entry all day, so there is plenty of time to get a cup of tea or coffee and browse through the marvellous selection of goods including gifts, cards, toys, collectables, cakes, plants, jams and marmalades, china, glass, handicrafts, pottery, books, children's clothes, antique and contemporary jewellery, charity stalls, bric-a-brac and much more besides. All proceeds go to the RNLI and last year we raised a record ÂŁ2,403 which was amazing. Do come along and see what we have to offer - there is something for everyone and a friendly welcome is guaranteed!

For further info ring Chris on 01372 272076


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

Sunday 1st (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 .

Mondays 2nd & 16th

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

Tuesday 3rd (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, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 4th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Demo by Tracey Griffin ‘Inspired by Nature’, visitors welcome. More info from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 4th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Social evening. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (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.

Thurs 5th

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

Friday 6th (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 6th (monthly)

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

Fridays 6th, 13th, 27th & 27th

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 Liz 0797 726 8290 with any queries.

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10.30am - 12noon Come along to the Sewing Shop in the Parish Church Hall to add some sparkle and prettiness to your Christmas. Contact Janine 01372 374914

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Tuesday 10th Mole Valley WI, Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS, 7.45pm. AGM, and ’A Christmas Table Decoration’ by Stella Phipps. Non members very welcome. More details (2nd Tues monthly) on Wed 11th Wed 11th

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Friday 13th

Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the life and work of artist Paula Rego, best known for depictions of folk tales and images of women. 7.15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: Contact or John Andrews Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879 Ashtead Friday Market, Christmas Special, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-3pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI. See previous page for more details.

Tuesday 10th Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. (2nd Tues monthly) For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Wed 18th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. ‘Surrey Safari’ speaker Geoff Lunn. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Wed 18th


Thurs 19th (3rd Thurs) mthly)

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

Friday 20th

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Lecture, ‘Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England, her secret life and the Leatherhead connection’ by Monica Weller. Letherhead Institute, High St, Leatherhead, 7.30pm coffee, lecture 8pm. £2, nonmembers welcome.

Wed 25th

Ashtead Bridge for Charity, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, £6. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. For more info contact Maureen and Peter Cox, 01372 275855,

Wed 25th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

Thurs 26th

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

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Friday 27th

2.30 & 7.30 pm Vermeer & The Masters of the Dutch Interior. An examination of the interior paintings of the 17th C Golden Age of Dutch art by Vermeer, Jan Steen & Pieter de Hooch & how these paintings are now important social documents as well as works of art. £10 inc refreshments 01372 272235 to book. Numbers limited. 73

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Why are Hedgehogs canaries? Nothing symbolises the English countryside more than our native hedgehog. But they also could be our twenty-first century ‘canary’. At the start of the twentieth century, miners used to carry caged canaries into the tunnels with them. If dangerous gases, such as carbon monoxide, were present they would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a simple early warning system. In the 1950’s when I was a child my favourite book was Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggy Winkle. Hedgehogs were common garden visitors then and their population was estimated at 30 million throughout Britain. By 1995 hedgehogs had reduced alarmingly to 1.5 million. The downward trend continues to the extent that their status is now classified as ‘Native and locally common but declining’ - but why? That isn't known for certain, but several factors are probably at work, for example more built-up areas, intensive agriculture with larger fields and loss of hedgerows and permanent grassland. The use of pesticides reduces the prey available. In towns and villages, smaller and tidier gardens with fencing prevent hedgehogs moving between gardens to find food. New buildings and roads carve up suitable habitat, so that small populations can become isolated and more vulnerable to local extinction. Road deaths might be an important cause of decline locally - spines are little defence against wheeled predators! Badgers hunt hedgehogs so our spiny friends will avoid areas where they are likely to be eaten. Where the habitat is large enough and provides sufficient cover and good foraging opportunities, badgers and hedgehogs can coexist quite happily. So what are these spiny ’canaries’ warning us about? There are a number of issues but perhaps the most obvious is that we should take care to preserve areas of wild habitat free from intensive farming and development. Many species can survive some pressures but if wildlife has to live in smaller and smaller fragmented areas, it is common sense that eventually they will die out from lack of food, shelter and sufficient space to support a healthy breeding population. In our area the green belt is often the last bastion of un-developed green space. We are privileged to have it, and it must be protected both for our benefit and for our wildlife including the 'spiny canaries'. We can all do our bit to make sure hedgehogs don’t become some strange animal only found in books our grandchildren read. To help make your garden hedgehog friendly, don’t be too tidy - make leaf and log piles; leave gaps under your fences and don’t leave netting lying about. It’s Bonfire night on 5th November so please remember to check your stacked up wood before lighting it to make sure there are no Mr or Mrs Tiggy Winkles taking a winter nap!

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 81

Where in Leatherhead...? For many years now I have compiled Potted Histories on Places, People and Companies, and I hope they have given readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local much pleasure. Now it is time for readers to help me in identifying some buildings in Leatherhead. The house on the left is a postcard, postmarked Leatherhead and dated 28th August 1913. It is addressed to a Miss Avery in Ulverston, Lancs. and just signed M.L.S.

Yet another house I would like to identify is this one. The postcard although not used it bears an embossed postmark, probably the card was placed in an envelope. It reads 14th April 1914 and bears the name of the photographer H. Penny of Fairfield, Leatherhead.

If you recognise either of these buildings please contact me via email on: 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: 84

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Autumn Planning and Planting By Pippa Greenwood There is no doubt that the main growing season is over for the year and autumn is now very much with us, which makes it a perfect time to review exactly how your garden looks at this time of year and to do some planning and planting too. If everything is looking a bit glum, why not make sure that for years to come you have many rich autumnal shades of orange, red, yellow and gold to brighten things up? There are numerous trees, shrubs and climbers with brilliant autumn colour and now is the perfect time for planting, as the soil should still be relatively warm and considerably more moist than it was during summer. It is also a perfect time to shop for plants which you can enjoy at this time of year, giving you the chance to see the plants ‘in the flesh’ and find out which individual tints and hues you find the most attractive.

have lovely autumn colours and for bright yellow autumn foliage then the witch hazels (Hamamelis and Fothergilla) are some of my favourites, although they prefer an acid soil. The numerous maples, particularly the Japanese maples, not only bring vibrant colours into your garden during autumn but being relatively small or very slow growing are suitable for most plots. There are lots of different types of Acer palmatum which bring lovely colour, including Acer palmatum ‘Lutesens’, which turns a rich yellowish gold, ‘Crimson Queen’, ‘Trompenburg’, ‘Garnet’ and ‘Seiryu’, ‘Osakazuki’, ‘Orange Dream’, ‘Heptalobum’ and Acer palmatum ‘dissectum’ and Acer palmatum ‘dissectum atropurpureum’, and also the beautiful leaves of Acer palmatum ‘BeniShidare’.

Make sure that you check the growing requirements of the trees and shrubs you choose carefully and ensure that you can supply them with exactly what they need, as soil and site conditions can hugely influence autumn colour. For instance, one of my real favourites is the sweet gum or Liquidambar but this is unlikely to produce the striking colour for which it is renowned if planted in a relatively shallow soil over chalk. You should also try to choose a relatively sheltered site for plants grown for autumn colour, avoiding the most windswept areas where strong winds will rapidly knock the leaves from the shrub or tree just when the plant has come into the best of its autumnal shades. The ultimate choice of plants will be largely determined by the conditions in and the size of your garden, so a trip to your local garden centre is worthwhile. The Japanese crimson glory vine (Vitis coignetiae) is a fabulous ornamental vine which can grow to a height of 90 feet, so can be used to train over trees or large buildings. Its toothed leaves turn a range of purple, crimson and reddish-orange colours in autumn. Some viburnums, including Viburnum dentatum, also

Whatever you choose it is important to make sure that the plants’ root balls are thoroughly watered and teased out, before being placed in a well prepared planting hole. Plant at the correct depth, so that the shrub or tree is buried to the same depth as it was whilst in the compost. Always keep the soil just moist around the roots, both now and throughout next year, to help them get well established so you can enjoy them for years to come.


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