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What’s in here this month? Ashtead Residents’ Association
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Leatherhead Residents’ Association
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Fetcham Residents’ Association
Foster a cat
Ashtead Community Vision
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s this edition goes to print we’re almost a week into the Paralympic Games and it’s wonderful to see our national team sitting in second place on the medals table - ahead of the United States and just underneath China. Coupled with the unbelievable success of the other Team GB at the Olympic Games a few weeks ago, this really has been a summer to make us proud and I believe a ‘homecoming parade’ through Manchester to celebrate our heroes has been organised for both teams. The parade will be held in October, but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. I have thankfully forgotten the embarrassment that was the England football team earlier this year at the Euro 2016 tournament. It does beg the question - does an obscene salary make a decent sportsman?... No need to write in, that was rhetorical, I think I know the answer! The charity Riding for the Disabled is looking for a volunteer fundraiser to help them; and another charity, Cats Protection in Ewell are looking for people with space in their homes to temporarily look after the burgeoning number of cats in their care, both appeals can be found on page 48. If you are a patient registered with the Ashlea Medical Practice then you may be interested in the open meeting being held on 13th October at St Michael’s Church Hall in Ashtead. There will also be a presentation by two Diabetes experts, along with a Q and A session, more details can be found on page 42. The NHS has set up a free counselling service for local residents registered with a GP in our area and suffering from stress or depression without Advertising first having to be referred by their GP, more on this The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local useful service can be found on page 50. 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.
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This year’s Arts Alive 2016 programme gets underway in October, I am featuring extracts from the official AA brochure on pages 36, 38 and 40, with lots to do and see over the month and into November, it seems that the Committee has been super busy this year organising the timetable of events. I have been contacted by the ‘allotmenteerers’ (is that a word?) at Ashtead Allotments to inform us that the waiting list for an allotment there is very short - if you are interested then it’s certainly worth contacting them on the details found on page 54. Larks galore again at the Leatherhead Halloween festival on Monday 31st October, timings and details can be found on page 59. Can the summer really be over? Yup, I guess so with the clocks going back on Sunday 30th October, don’t forget. Bed socks and woolly dressing gowns at the ready... Cheerio ducks, see you in November when I’ll again be featuring our local fireworks events. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ashtead-leatherhead.com 6
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Ashtead Tree Wardens Another community group is starting and this one is To Champion our Trees.
Tree Wardens are not expected to be experts, but simply need a love of, and It is commonly understood that "Ashtede", as interest in, trees and hedges. Ashtead was originally designated, means Typical involvement would be checking on "homestead among the ash trees", and we protected trees, documenting trees that are lucky to still live in a leafy green area. might qualify for protection and drawing But trees need to be protected from attention to trees that need maintenance development, given care as necessary, and work. The Ashtead Tree Wardens might new trees planted from time to time. organize collection of seed, set up a native tree nursery, and plant and protect young trees, on verges and in public spaces. Schools and other voluntary groups could be involved, and talks given to residents to encourage them to care for trees. The new local group is being established under the auspices of Ashtead Residents' Association, will be represented on its Standing Committee, and liaise with MVDC Tree (Planning) Officers. We are currently a "gang of four" namely Roy Guy (Chair), Keith Lelliott, Steve Kirton, and Chrissy Kerton (Secretary), but hope to expand, with your participation. Margaret Boston has joined as a Friend. The ecological expertise of Cllrs Hawksworth and Wiltshire will be available to the group.
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It seems likely that when it is finally approved, the new Local Plan will result in an increase in Another consequence may be less favourable the need for new homes in the District. however. As long as the space to be converted has been recently occupied, its conversion is Historically that would have meant renewed not deemed to be adding new floor space to pressure on the Green Belt, and, to some the market. As a result, the developer is not extent, it still might. However some of that liable for the soon-to-be implemented pressure is being relieved by developments in Community Infrastructure Levy (C. I. L). This another quarter. That is the conversion of requires that developers pay a capital sum to office space to residential use, which has been the Council for planning consents that create made much easier by the introduction of new space, and that is put towards the cost of “permitted development” legislation, whereby providing infrastructure. The less the Council planning consent for conversion is assumed to receives in CIL payments, the less it has to have been granted. spend on our hard- pressed local infrastructure. Every week sees news of another proposal to convert either purpose built office buildings or offices above shops into flats. If this process makes good use of under-utilised floor space, and, in so doing, relieves the pressure for
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Topical over the coming months has been grass cutting with many residents complaining about verge cutting; the lack of, the seeming sporadic system to get the job done, roads being missed out and the general poor quality of the job. Following engagement from all the local Resident Associations MVDC accepted these were common issues across the district and made it clear they were dissatisfied with the level of service. We are now assured this will improve, with better management and clearer schedules of works. The FRA along with other Resident Associations is expected to receive a schedule of works and naturally we will monitor the progress for Fetcham. A further follow up meeting is planned with MVDC to discuss how the matter has been addressed and how it will proceed in providing a better service in 2017.
already please ensure if your property adjoins a pavement or footpath that your hedges and shrubbery do not overhang your boundary. Mums with buggies, dog walkers have in some cases been forced onto roads and verges where foliage is so overgrown. It can be hazardous and dangerous so please check that your boundaries.
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Fetcham has also suffered from unsocial behaviour and unsavoury litter at its playgrounds in particular Cock Lane. The police are unaware of the issues we have had but if you see any further vandalism or unsocial behaviour please report it directly to the police on 101. Litter sadly is also an ongoing battle particularly outside the shops in the village and in communal areas so â€˜love where you liveâ€™
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Ashtead Community Vision Examiner to review Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan NDP to ensure it meets all the requirements of the relevant government Acts and guidance. If all is well and we get the green light, then we should hold a local referendum next May.
The Summer’s over so it’s back to Neighbourhood planning matters. As I write, we are waiting to hear if the Ashtead Community Vision’s (ACV) preferred candidate for an independent Examiner has been approved. ACV – the working group of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum – asked Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) to come up with three options for potential professional planners – ones that would be acceptable to all parties. Having seen the CV’s of all three, ACV opted for one individual who appeared best suited for our NDP. There wasn’t much between them but our chosen candidate was well versed in NDP’s from areas similar to Ashtead across the UK. I can’t of course, let the cat out of the bag and say who we’ve opted for just in case that person turns out not to be available, but suffice it to say, it’s someone with a great deal of experience in looking at Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs).
Between now and May, ACV have decided to focus articles in the The Local on some of the issues raised by the consultation exercise recently conducted about by Mole Valley District Council on our NDP. The consultation received just 24 responses – mainly from statutory bodies – which compares with the 211 responses the Ashtead Forum received when it did its consultation exercise. All the responses are publicly available. The ACV website includes both the original consultation responses concerning the draft NDP and also those received by MVDC on the published version. The Mole Valley website shows the responses for their recent consultation. As the Forum chairman Tony Tuley said in last month’s ‘Local’ article, the responses to MVDC were generally supportive of the Ashtead Forum’s proposals, but concerns were raised by some. As he said in last month’s article all the concerns have been identified during the production of the Plan and documented nevertheless all responses will be reviewed in detail to ensure that they have been addressed. The forthcoming ‘Local’ articles will therefore look at each area of particular concern and explain the thinking behind why we have proposed them. So, that’s it until next month when, we start looking at those issues and, hopefully, we can reveal who our Examiner is going to be.
Once the Examiner is announced and appointed, that person will then examine the
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Mole Valley Police Column Halloween & Bonfire Night As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, local officers will be out, as usual, visiting shops and licensed premises to ask for their co-operation in minimising the risks of people buying fireworks or alcohol underage, as well as other items such as flour and eggs which may not be intended for cooking!!
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Sadly, however, this type of crime tends to evolve and change so I would like to reinforce the message that genuine callers from the police or other organisations, such as banks, building societies, local council etc. will NEVER ask you to disclose personal Although the majority of people enjoy these account details. Please help us to spread the word to anyone you may believe could festivities in a pleasant and friendly be vulnerable to this type of fraud? atmosphere, some people use the opportunity to target vulnerable residents If you have any concerns yourself or feel and cause criminal damage. Please speak to that someone could benefit from being your children to ensure that they do not contacted by their local policing team (or throw anything at other people’s houses or, by me as the Crime Reduction Advisor for for their own safety, knock on doors of the District), then please call us on 101 or people they do not know. email to address given above. As in previous years, police will be out in This time of year also tends to see an force on the evening of Halloween and will increase in the number of rogue traders take a very dim view of anyone causing any going door-to-door, offering to do “work” damage or intimidating residents. If you live for inflated prices. If you have any near someone you consider may be concerns about this, or have been targeted vulnerable to this type of targeting, please yourself, please let us know by calling us on visit them and if you think it is necessary 101, or contact Trading Standards. then let your local officers know of your concerns. You can contact your local team Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction/ on 01483 639886 or by email to Crime Prevention Design Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org On a totally different matter, we had been very pleased to note a significant decline over the summer in the number of reports we received about telephone scams – where people had been tricked into giving money or their bank details to people pretending to be from the police, the bank or building society. When this first came to our notice, we tried to spread the word about this type of fraud via many methods, including handing out information in local banks and shopping centres. I was also able to visit many sheltered accommodation schemes across Mole Valley to talk to residents about this type of criminal activity. Hopefully, all
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Much goes unsaid by the teenagers who live in a small Alaskan community in the 1970s. Ruth can’t talk to her grandmother about where her mother went, or the baby she’s carrying. Alyce can’t tell her dad of her dreams to go to dance school. And Dora can’t speak to the neighbours about how scared she is of her father. Plus there’s Hank, who just wants to keep his brothers safe. But as secrets come out into the open, and connections start revealing themselves, the teenagers may find their own solutions to their problems. A beautiful debut novel about friendship, love and family ties.
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name badges and a results sheet to fill in as they progressed though the competition. Daniel did well. He won his first three games but forgot to press the timer between moves. He was also unnerved by the enforced silence and kept trying to strike up a conversation with his opponent. At one point, he got the giggles because the girl to the side of him scraped her chair and he thought it sounded rude. A stern looking adjudicator came over to see what the problem was. Being a logical and honest child, Daniel saw no harm in explaining why he was laughing. Unfortunately his honesty resulted in a red face for his neighbour and an official warning for Daniel. Sam, meanwhile, was keeping himself going with cups of insipid milky coffee and rich tea biscuits. He was sitting on an uncomfortable school chair in a separate room. Parents weren't allowed to watch the games in case they influenced their children so Sam was getting extremely bored. There was to be no punching the air or cheers of support here. Heâ€™d initially struck up a conversation with some of the other parents but all the chess 'banter' was completely alien to him. The competitiveness of parents on the sports field paled into insignificance when compared with these chess parents. Complex pre-game strategy was followed by even more complex post-game analysis and Sam was unable to follow the terminology and references to Russian chess masters.
Sam was desperate to share sporting glory with his younger son, Daniel, but the opportunity rarely presented itself. Daniel wasn't a natural athlete and therefore never in a school team. Sam had introduced him to several different sports but Daniel just wasn't interested and his lack of enthusiasm frustrated his father enormously. However a surprising opportunity for parental smugness arose when Daniel came home one day with the school chess trophy. Sam took great delight in praising his son and basking in reflected glory. After all, heâ€™d been the one to introduce his son to chess and a trophy was a trophy... Daniel's school victory led to an invitation to compete in a regional chess tournament. Father and son immediately started a serious training programme to prepare for this important event. Ruth enjoyed seeing their heads together in deep concentration but soon tired of the endless discussion of tactics over meal times. The chessboard was often brought to the table, until Daniel slopped a huge dollop of tomato ketchup over the white queen.
Glorious sunshine taunted him from behind the smeared school windows and Sam fidgeted on his plastic seat. He was due to play football with some friends later in the day and the more chess games Daniel won, the less likely this was to happen. Daniel emerged from his fifth match with a victorious grin and Sam's heart sank. "If I win this match Dad, I get through to the next regional tournament! And what's even more brilliant is that the next tournament is on your birthday... And it's in Sheffield!
Daniel and Sam set off for the chess tournament, confident of success. The competition took place in a local secondary school and, as they walked through the doors of the vast dining hall, they were presented with seemingly endless rows of tables with chessboards and timers. The stale cooking smells and disconcerting atmosphere of whispered solemnity brought back buried memories of school exams, which made Sam feel very uncomfortable.
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Ashlea Medical Practice Patient Participation Group Open Meeting - Thursday 13th October
The AshLea Medical Practice PPG is holding their next Open Meeting on 13th October at 7.30 pm at St Michael's Church Hall, Woodfield Lane/The Marld, Ashtead. All AshLea Medical patients are welcome to attend and we are fortunate in having two guests to speak on the subject of Diabetes, a condition which is not only serious, but on the increase. Margaret Stubbs, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse at the AshLea Practice and her colleague, Jo Sewell, also a DSN working for the Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group Diabetes Service will be joining us to give a presentation and Q&A session. Please do come to hear a short update from the PPG Chairman and then learn more from Margaret and Jo. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Donkey Derby ‘a roaring success’ The 3rd Annual Donkey Derby organised by the Leatherhead Lions Club with the support of the National Trust took place on Sunday 4th September at Polesden Lacey. Thousands came to the event, to enjoy the donkey racing, dog show and Punch & Judy. It is estimated that over 6000 people came many with young children, Jim Malynn “ Lions President remarked ”With the cost of admission charges and car parking we must be especially thankful to the National Trust for opening the estate grounds free to all visitors. The day was started by the arrival of Cllr Simon Ling Vice Chairman of MVDC and Mrs Cynthia Ling who toured the stalls and gave encouragement to the donkey riders. Children were attracted to the donkey rides, miniature train trips, the amusement areas and the dog show. Adults visited the many stalls and enjoyed the full range of food stalls. Even one lucky winner won the star prize of £100 in the grand draw. Undoubtedly the star attraction of the day were the donkey races which attracted huge crowds cheering on their favourite donkey, our thanks go to Hunts of Worplesdon for supplying the runners. There were no shortage of riders over the seven races although some fell off there were no injuries except to their pride. The Tote ran successfully and many visitors were delighted to having picked a winner over the seven races. Our thanks to the sponsors of the donkeys for their financial contribution and to the donkeys for each racing no less than seven times during the afternoon. Record numbers of dogs entered the show and the judges had the greatest difficulty in choosing the winners. Jim Malynn said “ Although it was a bit overcast everybody enjoyed themselves and the Lions have had a successful day in raising funds for more community projects.
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Ever wanted an allotment? Ashtead Allotments Association
Ever thought about having an allotment and ‘growing your own’? Think you have to wait years to get an allotment in Ashtead? Think again! Just now there isn't much of a waiting list for an allotment at the Ashtead site, so if you are interested please email:- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01372 276215. Come and join us!
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Dust off your violins... The Leatherhead Orchestra begins its 62nd year as a community orchestra, offering amateur players the opportunity to practice and perform in an atmosphere of 'pleasure, not pressure' . We need more string and brass players this year and would like to encourage former players and those who have taken up instruments as adults to come and give us a try. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 8-10pm in the Leatherhead Institute. For more information, go to www.Leatherheadorchestra.co.uk or contact our membership secretary Sue Newman at
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Friday 21st October 7pm-10.30pm
Come and try friendly Duplicate Bridge free of charge There will be plenty of experienced players to help with rules and scoring if required
All bridge players welcome Coffee and cakes from 7 pm Bridge from 7.30pm-10.30pm when you can meet the members We are a friendly bridge club playing Duplicate every Monday and Friday evening at the Day Centre behind Sainsbury's
Contact John on 01372 459115 55
Beer to Champagne: the rise of a sparkling socialite William McEwan
supported Maggie throughout her life and the two shared a loving relationship. He equipped Maggie with all the trappings a sparkling socialite would need, including Polesden Lacey – her lavish country retreat and This autumn the house at Polesden Lacey will be party house, which she bequeathed to the open every day for the first time. The property National Trust in memory of McEwan in 1942. launched a new autumn theme from 1st Her husband, Captain Ronald Greville, was quite September celebrating Maggie Greville’s a catch. With friends in high places, like King astonishing social rise from her humble Edward VII and the inner circle on the beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish beer baron and her transformation into Marlborough House Set, he had just the sort of the darling of the Edwardian social scene. address book an up-and-coming socialite would need to build a star-studded guest list for the perfect Edwardian house party. That’s not to Meet Maggie’s men mention his rather fetching moustache… Beer to Champagne: the rise of a sparkling socialite explores Maggie’s relationships with Throughout her life, Maggie enjoyed socialising the three most important men in her life. Her with and ‘collecting’ kings, beginning with her father, William McEwan, was a self-made husband’s most illustrious acquaintance, King millionaire. Quiet but fiercely ambitious, Edward VII. It speaks to Maggie’s charismatic McEwan built a business empire out of working personality that even after Ronnie’s death in man’s ale with exports travelling as far as 1908, His Majesty attended Maggie’s first house Australia. Despite the obscure circumstances party at Polesden Lacey in 1909, thus cementing surrounding her illegitimate birth, McEwan her place in Edwardian high society. 56
What’s On? McEwan’s Fountain Brewery, Edinburgh
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This restoration work is part of the wider ‘Unlocking Polesden’ project, an ambitious plan long-term plan to restore an additional 40% of the house, including the king’s suite and the servants’ quarters.
A taste of Scotland
Visitors can discover more stories about Maggie and her men throughout the house, the gardens, the Granary Café and the gift shop. Polesden’s chefs have whipped up three Scots-inspired dishes in honour of Maggie’s heritage. Choose from haggis, neeps and tatties, Scottish rarebit, or chocolate and ale cake. Or head to the gift shop to take home and try a taste of the golden ale that saw Mr McEwan become an international entrepreneur and a self -made millionaire. Beer to Champagne: the rise of a sparkling socialite runs until 30th November 2016. The house will be open every day with tours running on weekdays from 11am – 12:30pm followed by free flow exploration in the afternoons and at weekends.
For more information about the extensive restoration work at Polesden Lacey, explore the ‘Unlocking Polesden’ project blog at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey
Never before seen spaces
As part of the new theme, Polesden’s conservators have restored the first floor bedroom that belonged to William McEwan, Maggie’s father. Until very recently, this room was used as collection storage, but extensive restoration work, including the demolition of a partition wall, has transformed this space allowing National Trust visitors to explore it for the very first time. Key aspects of the bedroom’s authentic look have been restored, including the original cornicing and, perhaps most notably, the vivid red hue of the walls and carpet. 57
Halloween Family Fun in Leatherhead Monday 31st October 3pm-6pm
This popular family event in Leatherhead returns with spooky goings on and scary surprises around the corner. There will be killer clowns and the return of the crazy chimp, creepy crawlies and snakes from Animazing, a marvellous mad professor will be entertaining the crowds. There will be mesmerising magical mirrors and an opportunity to fly your own broomstick! The Surrey Society of Model Engineers will once again be offering rides on their miniature steam train throughout the day (at a cost of 50p per ride). There will be a chance to take part in the various competitions: fancy dress, pumpkin carving and the skeleton scavenge! These and lots more games await you at this fun family event. We look forward to seeing you there! More info on www.molevalley.gov.uk or the Events Co-ordinator MVDC on 01306 879287, email@example.com or Swan Centre Mgt on 01372 376358
Please note, there will be a small charge for some of the games and competitions. The barrier to the High Street will be closed to traffic until 7.00pm
An amazing 74 people came to Leatherhead Methodist Church recently to hear Yehudi Menuhin School student Leyla Cemiloglu's superb piano recital. We can't expect those numbers every week but it is quite magical when it happens. Overall numbers are up this year. As few as four or five extra on the average attendance makes a big difference for this selffinancing project. Thank you once again for the support you give by publicising our concerts. Best wishes, Peter Steadman, Music on Thursdays 59
WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? Saturday 8th
Jumble sale in aid of Mid-Surrey Mencap, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead KT22 8RY, 11am-1pm. Admission 50p. Do come! Light refreshments available
The Royal British Legion is holding an advisory session at Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Road, 10am-2pm. Come along have a cup of tea and a chat. There will be information on what the RBL has to offer serving-ex-service people and their dependants. The Women’s Section will also be on hand to help. So please come along. Children welcome. Derrick & Jane Summerfield 01372 811422
Ashlea Medical Practice Patient Participation Group Open Meeting, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Church Hall, Woodfield Lane/The Marld, Ashtead. See page 42.
Leatherhead Parish Autumn Fayre, Parish Church Hall, Leatherhead, see opposite.
RNLI Barn Dance and Fish Supper at Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Bookham, 7-11pm. Entry by advance ticket only from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01372 378812
Natural Voices Choir Charity fundraiser, the Olive Tree, Ashtead Park Gdn Centre, Pleasure Pit Rd, KT21 1HU. From 6.30pm. Fun, upbeat contemporary songs along with remixes of old favourites. £5 inc. a glass of Prosecco. Book a table to guarantee seat. Proceeds to Cherry Trees - respite care for disabled youngsters. 01372 271188.
Leatherhead History Society Meeting, Letherhead Institute, High St, Leatherhead, 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm. Admission £2, non-members are most welcome. “St. John’s School, Leatherhead in the First World War” by Sally Todd, archivist at St. John’s.
Charity concert in aid of Transform Housing & Support (who give homeless and vulnerable people a second chance in life), by local choirs Earthly Voices and Treble Clef, Menuhin Hall, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham Rd, Stoke d’Abernon, 7.30pm10pm. Tickets £15, children £10, email@example.com
Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Barn Dance, 7.30pm-11pm with The Hersham Revellers plus fish and chip supper. Tickets £15 from Di at 01372 279501. Proceeds go to fund new side porch and disability access doors.
Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Epsom Playhouse,7.30pm to perform "Northern Lights’: Helios Overture, Nielson; Piano Concerto no. 1, Tchaikovsky, performed with award winning pianist Sophia Dee: Symphony no. 2, Sibelius. Tickets cost £14 (£5 children) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Playhouse box office on 01372 742555
Halloween Fun in Leatherhead town centre, see previous page for details.
SAVE THE DATES IN NOVEMBER Friday 4th & Saturday 5th NOVEMBER
Pilgrim Quilters 22nd Exhibition in aid of St Raphaels Hospice, Priory School, Bolters Lane, Banstead, SM7 2AJ. Admission £2.50, partners and children free. 10am-4pm each day. Adjacent public parking. Display of quilts, demos, craft and trade stalls. Raffle for handmade quilts, tombola and refreshments. Enquiries Lin Jones 020 8644 3490.
Saturday 26th NOVEMBER
Battle of the Somme Centenary Commemorative Concert, Leatherhead Choral Society, Epsom Male Voice Choir and Farnham Youth Junior Choir will be performing Ian Assersohn’s DIES IRAE, forming part of centenary of The Somme, Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Pre-concert discussion with the composer, 6.30-7.00pm. Tickets £16, £14, £12, £5 (under 14s) 01306 881717. www.leatherhead-choral.net/diesirae As a prelude to this world première concert Dorking Halls will be screening The Battle of the Somme film on Sunday 6th November at 2pm and 4pm.
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PARISH AUTUMN FAYRE Saturday 15 October
12noon – 3pm raffle draw
Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead KT22 8BD Find treasures and bargains at all your favourite stalls including Auntie’s Attic ~ Books ~ Bake Sale ~ Jewellery ~ China and Glass Tombola ~ Accessories ~ Beauty and Fragrance Promises ~ Raffle ~ Flowers ~ Toys
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Chocolate Tombola ~ Wine Bottle Game ~ Guess the House Price 12noon BBQ outside Leatherhead Trinity School Choir Tea and cake in the Café Contact Jane on 362544 to donate items or for queries
WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Sunday 2nd (weekly)
Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of October services and events including 2nd October Harvest Thanksgiving - check out www.leatherheadparish.co.uk
Sunday 2nd (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 www.sgsgashtead.com.
Mondays 4th & 18th
(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 4th (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. www.topicofcancer.org.uk/
Wednesdays (weekly termtime) 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. New members welcome. (Half term 26th)
Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm, Demo by Annette Parshotam - ‘Hollywood to Bollywood’. Visitors welcome, tickets for visitors, £8 from Di Stirling 01372 279501
Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Speaker Sarah Oldridge ‘Through the Seasons at Kew Gardens’. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737
Thurs 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.
Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm. First Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth Gwilliam. 01403 750844
Thurs 6th (weekly)
Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. 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, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy a range of goods including plants, cakes, savouries, eggs, cards, Fair Trade goods, crafts, personalised candles and haberdashery - 28th Macmillan Coffee morning. 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, KT18 7EG. Sellers 8am Buyers 9am until 12.30pm. Cars £10, Small Vans, MPV and 4WD £12, Trailers £3 extra. Larger vans from £15.
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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Monday 10th
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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
Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm The Rev Tuesday 11th Dr Nicholas Henderson on ’Fortitude and Fancy - Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn’. More info from Meriel Sexton, email@example.com Wed 12th Wed 12th
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Leatherhead DFAS illustrated lecture on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, revealing the beauty and inventiveness of his images. 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or John Andrews on 01372 373083. 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, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, for the RNLI
Oasis, open for all women aged 20-50 years, is hosted at St George’s Church, Ashtead, from 9.15 until 10.30am. This term we are exploring themes within the popular series Gray’s Anatomy; from friendship, marriage, rivalry and mental health. No need to have watched the series, we will show clips. Free tea, coffee and homemade cake and a chance to bring along friends or make new ones. Crêche provided for pre-schoolers.
Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture by Dr James Lindow - The Genius of Raphael. Anyone on the Tuesday 18th waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email email@example.com, or mobile 07958 560707 Wed 19th
Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Anne Skinner on ‘Kinder Transport’. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288
Ashtead Bridge for Charity (this month’s charity - RNLI), Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6 refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. More info from Peter Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01372 275855
‘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.
Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Alan Baker ‘From Music Hall to Variety’. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948
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Thurs 27th (4th Thurs)
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Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Speaker Rosemary Horton ‘New Zealand on Impulse’. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570 Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email email@example.com, or www.ashteadcancergroup.org 2.30 & 7.30 pm Caravaggio & The Baroque: a look at Caravaggio's life and work and how he influenced French and Dutch art of the 17th century. £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 email firstname.lastname@example.org 63
Music on Thursdays
Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY &
Music on Wednesdays Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST
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
Thursday 6th Oct - LMC Clare Tunny, soprano & accompanist
Thursday 13th Oct - LMC
Jacqueline Phillips, cello Bachâ€™s Cello Suits No 2 & No 6
Wednesday 19th Oct Christ Church
John Sharples, organist Charlwood Parish Church
Thursday 27th Oct - LMC Amici Trio Gill Herbert, violin; Hilary Taylor, cello; Lynda Chang, piano
artiste appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music
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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 92
The Rising Sun, Fetcham The Rising Sun Guildford Road, c: 1920s
Built in the late 1930s when Hodgsonâ€™s Brewery purchased the piece of land opposite the old Rising Sun in Guildford Road.
The Rising Sun Cobham Road c: 1960s
It was typical of its time with a Saloon, Public and Private Bar together with an Off Licence. For many years the Rising Sun was a well-known stop-off for coaches returning to London from a day out at the seaside. The pub even supplied its own piano player.
The Courage Group eventually purchased the Hodgson Brewery. In recent years it was part of the Harvester chain of restaurants. In 2005 it was demolished and the site is now a housing development called Harroway Manor. Goff Powell
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Talk of equals, surprisingly (6)
Um, love poetry before head (8)
Like a salver, it's off course (6)
10. University intake in favour of… (8) 12. …a short story character? (3,5) 13. Greets wrong birds (6) 15. Newts left strangely content (4) 16. Minute components, perhaps (7) 20. Concern a cross yeti produced (7) 21. Villainous character in front in the past (4) 25. Hang about, Eliot turned 3. right! (6)
One track may end indifference (6)
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Reject against toe treatment (4)
19. Shrink initially remaining in touch (8)
Disloyal Frenchman aged badly (8) 7. Poems written after the Queen deteriorates (6) 8. Vegetable mostly raw – lovely! (6) 11. Trouble one forgets having (7)
22. Fate of a fool hangs on openings (6) 23. Ship behind fuming buccaneer (6) 24. Writer pronouncing 'awe' properly (6) 27. Leader astir beaten without me (4)
26. Nothing left? Fair enough 5. (3,5) 28. Cross tyrant rival leaders 6. opposed (8) 29. An eyepiece cracked near it (6) 30. It's plain a vessel's to capsize (8) 31. Wardrobe shut, then opening (6) Down 1. 2.
Shocked initiate went first (8) Greatest amulet? It broke (8)
14. Leo hits out, being aggressive (7) 17. Dine out on a small sum, but it's not proper (8)
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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead
Are you flexible enough? If you utter the phrase "...because we always do it like that" in my hearing, follow the firework code and retreat to a safe distance, for explosions are likely to occur. It is the very worst justification for anything, ever, in the whole world. And it is particularly bad in the context of behaviours that affect the environment. Here are a few examples: "We always set the thermostat to 22 degrees..." Why? Is that the law?! Have you tried a lower temperature to see how that feels? I'm not advocating living in a fridge but having a domestic temperature a little lower and wearing a jumper instead of shirtsleeves could save you a surprising amount of money. "I always dry the washing in the tumble drier." If you are lucky enough to have access to some outside space, like a garden, your clothes may like a visit to the washing line on a sunny day. They come in smelling great and they have been dried for free, with no carbon footprint. It's a very direct way of using wind and solar energy, cutting out the middle man of generating electricity. "I always pick the kids up from school in the car." It's a tricky one, weaving work and family commitments together when time is short. But the benefits of avoiding the parking problems outside schools, encouraging the kids to take exercise and spending time with them at the end of the day before homework, TV and electronic devices get in the way is something worth thinking about...and it can help you to break the habit of "always using the car." "I always leave the PC/TV/etc on standby." Modern appliances are now more likely to switch themselves off when they are idle but they don't all do it. It doesn't take long to boot things up again (it used to but times have changed...) so consider using the Power Off button as you walk away. "I always eat meat for dinner, I couldn't be a vegetarian." But could you 'eat veggie' some of the time? My husband made a spaghetti bolognese recently, substituting Quorn mince for meat and I didn't even spot the difference. Nuts, seeds and pulses are also very good for you, so as well as helping to tackle the methane and CO2 output created by meat farming, you could improve your health. It's a win-win! I've just realised this could sound like a bit of a rant - but what better thing to have a rant about than a rantable issue like the environment? Carrying on doing things in the same way we have in the past isn't going to take us to a bright new future. But the future will be bright, if we can change our habits and find new and better ways to do things. Change takes innovation, imagination - and a flexible approach. It can feel unsettling but can also be invigorating and exciting. Get bending, be flexible, vive la change! Chris Ellis For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org 76
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Tools Of The Trade By Pippa Greenwood With the arrival of autumn, there is plenty of maintenance work needed in the garden. Using the right equipment will ensure that jobs are completed as easily and quickly as possible. but if you are very tall, then longer ones are available from some manufacturers. My favourite is the SpeedHoe, UK designed and with an unusual almost heart-shaped head with a blade running around all edges and a pronged rear, making it the easiest and most effective hoe I’ve ever used.
It really is worth buying as good a quality garden tool as you can afford. Poorly made and badly designed tools can work out a lot more expensive (and frustrating!) in the long run, so start with a few good ones and build up gradually. A good quality fork and spade are essential and they need to be sturdily built. The neck and head of the spade should be moulded from one piece of metal for added strength. The shaft is usually constructed from wood or metal and you should make sure that it is firmly attached at both the head end and the handle. Ensure the metal parts have been treated to prevent rust.
A spring-tined rake is really useful because it has thin flexible wire tines which make it perfect for raking up lightweight debris and fallen leaves or, of course, lawnmower clippings. Although a garden rake can also be used to rake up leaves, its main purpose is to break up lumps of soil and help you to create a fine level area for sowing seed, whilst at the same time removing stones, lumps and other debris.
A hand fork and trowel are essential for smaller jobs such as weeding or gardening in confined spaces, and they are also great for moving and dividing smaller plants, for planting bulbs and for mixing up small amounts of compost. It is definitely worth feeling the handle to ensure that that the grip is comfortable.
If you plan to grow vegetables, then a small hoe known as an onion hoe is an invaluable tool and allows you weed between fairly closely spaced crops. For really tight spaces and weeding between paving, I’m addicted to my SpeedWeeder, a small red-handled tool l which is the best I have used for hoiking out dandelion roots in one piece too!
Next decision: stainless steel or coated steel? Stainless steel does not rust and many people find they move through the soil better, but they are pricey. Coated steel tools are much cheaper and provided you keep them clean and oil them periodically and at the end of each season, they last well.
Finally, if the tools carry a guarantee then make sure that you keep the receipt and any relevant label from the tool itself or else it may well be difficult to prove precisely when and where you bought it.
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Vegetables Win Top Award at Ashtead Show
Colin Cheeseman with his award–winning vegetables
Two hundred and forty entries were staged by 31 exhibitors at Ashtead Horticultural Society‘s Autumn show which was held in the Peace Memorial Hall on 3rd September. The standard of flowers and vegetables was commended by the judges, with particular emphasis on dahlias, chrysanthemums and tomatoes. The ‘Best in Show’ award was won by Society chairman Colin Cheeseman with a collection of 4 different vegetables comprising
carrots, parsnips, onions and potatoes. He also showed his versatility by winning the Harding Cup for the exhibitor gaining the highest number of points in the 10 dahlia classes. Other prize winners included Chris Golding who took the Cullum Trophy for most points accumulated in all horticultural classes, plus the Storr and Lovejoy Cups for chrysanthemums. Roly Edwards won the trophy awarded for a collection of vegetables grown on an allotment in Ashtead. And David Skinner repeated his success of last year by winning the award for the best flower exhibit with a display of 30 mixed dahlias in one container. Gill Mcpherson won the Violet Maples Cup for achieving the highest number of points in the rose classes; a bunch of grapes entered by Jean Renwick was adjudged to be the best fruit exhibit; and Helen Gilbert-Harris won the Top Vase class for flowers. Gillian Wood won the Messenger Trophy for most points in the culinary classes; and first-time exhibitor Ann Madden was awarded a certificate of merit for the best culinary exhibit with an excellent Victoria sandwich. Several new members of the Ashtead Horticultural Society won first prize in individual classes and there was a record 22 entries in the two photographic classes, the subjects being ’a climber in bloom’ and a ‘bridge’.
Ken Howe, Ashtead Horticultural Society
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Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season Get set for sensational colour and fantastic family events at the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden in Surrey as RHS Garden Wisley announces an exciting line-up of autumn events set to inspire and entertain visitors this season.
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October
Woodfest, sponsored by STIHL, features talented exhibitors and demonstrations of traditional woodcraft skills and artisan products. There will also be a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Roadshow with Britain’s top lumberjack athletes demonstrating sawing, chopping and slicing at speed. A range of handcrafted artisan pieces will be available
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Look out for the steam saw and tree climbing demonstrations. Wood sculptor and environmental artist Paul Sivell will also be creating stunning wood carvings in the Wild Garden. Children can pick up a Beauty of Bark trail guide and set off on an exciting hunt around the garden, exploring the trees of Wisley. The RSPB will be running guided walks each day to discover the wildlife at Wisley and the Surrey Fungi group will show visitors areas of the garden where they can discover the magical world of fungi.
Wednesday 19th - Sunday 23rd October
Taste of Autumn is back by popular demand this year and will be brimming with over 30 exhibitors, offering visitors the chance to buy delicious artisan food and drink, from ales to olives, and cheese to traditional sweets.. The Wisley Edibles Team stand will be running apple identification and pressing sessions, as well as offering free samples of delicious Wisley apples: the perfect place to taste fresh apple juice and get advice on growing your own. Visitors will see over 700 varieties of apple cultivars and bountiful produce and colour as the Edibles Team offer tours of the Orchard, Fruit and Vegetable Gardens each day. For the children there will be a ‘Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin’ competition run by the National Vegetable Society alongside kids cookery classes with Fun Kitchen (pre-bookable only). A display of vintage tractors will also delight the agricultural history enthusiasts among you.
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 30th October
For October Half Term, celebrate Animals of the Night. Discover the world of bats and learn how to attract these stunning creatures to your garden. Each day there will be fun, free events for children including craft workshops, sow and grow sessions, storytelling plus pumpkin carving! All activities are free with the exception of the pumpkin carving which is bookable and chargeable in advance. To book tickets visit rhs.org.uk/battyatwisley. Activities will run from 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 3:30pm unless otherwise stated. Visit rhs.org.uk/wisley for more full details. Normal garden admission applies.
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The Olive Tree Thursday 20 October, 7pm Enjoy fun, upbeat contemporary songs as well as remixes of old favourites. Local choir led by a West-End Actress.
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Garden & Estate Machinery Established 1952
• Large selection of new and second hand machines • Part exchange service offered • Comprehensive hire fleet • Manufacturer trained mechanics • Servicing on garden tractors, cylinders and rotary mowers, 2-stroke machinery and shear/secateurs sharpening. • Collection and delivery service • Large spares department Tel: 01372 453411 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us for your complete garden service and receive a free no obligation quote.
t: 01372 453333
Qualified Tree Surgeons We are fully insured
email@example.com www.dbgardenservices.co.uk All aspects of Fencing · Tree surgery · Stump Grinding Hedgecutting · Hard and Soft Landscaping · Garden Tidy Up Regular Garden Maintenance · Grasscutting · Hardwood Logs and Woodchip supplied
Donâ€™t hang around! While these are uncertain times, it should reassure you to know that there is a strong demand for homes in this area. So if you are considering a move, we are here to help you sell, rent, let or buy. Jackie Quinn Estate Agents are award-winning sales and rental property experts specialising in the local area since 1995 who will steer you through a well-informed and stress-free move with honesty and professionalism.
Call us today on 01372 271504
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