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


Spot the Difference


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Recipe - Plum & Almond Tart


Heritage Open Days 9th-12th Sept




Quiz - Funny Movies


Andy’s Blog


MV Council launches new website


Transition Ashtead


Shopmobility Leatherhead


What’s going on in September?


Local man celebrates 80th in balloon


Amanda Charity Fashion Show for NSPCC


MV Arts Alive Street Party


News from Ashtead Youth Centre


Brigitte Trust needs volunteers


Tomatoes - a story!


Help needed for Pakistan (Red Cross)


MV Police - Burglary Advice Day


Quiz - Collective Nouns


Leatherhead Leisure Centre Update


Blackberry Picking - a story


Local History Article


Help needed for Pakistan (Rotary)


Win tickets to ‘Magic of the 80s’ Show


Celia Cross Greyhound Trust


Meredith’s Memories


Bacchus Family Fun Run


September Crosswords


First Aid Training by Red Cross


Book reviews


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From the Publisher


e are now hurtling full steam ahead into Autumn, but, in the past we’ve experienced some wonderful Indian summers. I hope that some of you managed to get away from the hurly burly of everyday life and put your feet up for a week or two. September brings the nationwide Heritage Open Days programme from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th (pages 16 and 18). As ever, a great deal of organisation and hard work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that much is on offer for us to see and do over this weekend. I have given just a taster of what’s going on in this area. Listings booklets are available from the Mole Valley Helpshop in Leatherhead High Street, or the council’s offices at Pippbrook, Dorking. In October we see the annual Arts Alive Festival and it all kicks off with a street party in Leatherhead, page 34. I shall be featuring some of the varied and fun events in next month’s issue. The Magic of the 80s show comes to Epsom Playhouse on Friday 8th October and I’ve been given a couple of tickets to give away, details of the show and competition can be found on page 90. Entry deadline is 28th September.

Both the Rotary Club of Leatherhead and the British Red Cross have been in touch with me to ask whether I could run an appeal to help those devastated by floods in Pakistan, details of their appeals can be found on pages 38 and 44. The British Red Cross is also running a First Aid Training programme in September, always a useful skill to have, details page 54. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2010. Zen George 01372 376420

I received a really nice note from Mr Keith Hughes of Bookham Camera Club about his friend, Fred Hart, who celebrated his 80th in a hot air balloon. It’s such a fun story and I thought you’d like to see Keith’s photos of the day on page 32. The lovely people over at Celia Cross Greyhound Trust are running two fundraising events this month (5th and 11th September - what’s on page 70) and there’s also an interesting piece about the good work they do on page 48. The work at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre is going great guns, I’ve included a few photos for those of you who are yet to visit, I’m sure the transformation will come as a surprise, page 86. Lots of new businesses in here, again, this month. I have received lots of positive and heartwarming comments from my advertisers about the great responses they receive from advertising in this magazine and I believe it is entirely due to the strong desire by residents to keep our regional economy thriving by using these local businesses. Tatty bye,

Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 © Cover design/photography by Andy Newbold 01372 383018

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An Ashtead Success Story During a period when many sports clubs have struggled to maintain membership and sport in many schools has diminished as a result of reduced facilities and engagement by both staff and students, Ashtead Cricket Club has bucked the trend.

I make no secret of the fact that I am a wholehearted enthusiast for team sports and over the years I have spent many happy hours trying to use my very limited talents. I believe that apart from the physical benefits, there are many valuable lessons to be learned by young and old alike from playing for a team. As an ex-playing member of the club, I have The club’s enthusiastic involvement in the followed the club’s fortunes with great interest Chance To Shine scheme, which brings Cricket during recent years but it was only when to pupils at state schools which do not provide attending a celebration lunch recently that I this opportunity, is one which I believe came to appreciate the full scale of the deserves special praise. achievement. The Club has been transformed with major improvements to every aspect of its Many in our community have benefited from these developments. The new pavilion in operations. It has changed from being a small Woodfield Lane is to my mind an exemplary village club which struggled to maintain development and excellent use of lottery modest playing standards, had aging facilities funds. It provides modern facilities which have and limited provision for young people into a maintained a traditional character for use by club which can boast four Saturday teams all players and supporters but it also provides the playing at the highest level in Surrey, a new pavilion with excellent facilities and a thriving venue for a wide range of other community group activities. youth section with nearly 400 young players. Turning the club round with such success has been a fabulous achievement. Great credit is due to all those involved, including the President, Chris Weller and the Chairman, Richard Laudy.

Ashead Cricket Club set its sights high and has been very successful. It is not however resting on its laurels and has ambitious plans for the future. It is even planning to field a Veterans team next season. Oh dear, such temptation….

Success breeds success and the club has plans for further improvements and expansion. These include the development of a sports field on the Parsons Mead site specifically for use by young players. With a widespread reduction in facilities for playing sport in some schools and limited open spaces in the area for recreation, this will be a most welcome development. Whilst the space is not large enough for adult cricket, many activities can be undertaken by younger players and following planning permission being granted last month for a pavilion and associated parking, there will also be excellent facilities. Whilst many lament the closure of Parsons Mead and the intensive development of the site for housing, this can at least be one lasting benefit for the community.

Perhaps there could be 400 veterans playing Cricket in Ashtead in 10 years time? Now that’s just being plain silly….. isn’t it???

Paul Le Versha Chairman Are you amember of the ARA? If not, why not join and help us to become an even stronger voice for Ashtead? Membership currently costs £2.50 a year per household. If you would like to join or have a general query, please contact our Membership Secretary, Judith Weller on 279944 or by email on She will be delighted to hear from you. 8

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association Trees:- At our last open meeting we enjoyed, and indeed were fascinated to learn about bees. It could have been a political lecture on the ideal socialist state! – so long as every bee knows his job in the hive, and does not think for him/herself! However the talk had to be terminated much against the wishes of some members because our booking does not extend overnight! Our thanks go to Graham Fyson for his talk. At a recent meeting it was suggested that our members should collect a list of all the trees in the Town, which may be considered as making a contribution to the townscape. This was prompted by one of our members who was concerned about the possible loss of a number of trees which screen the front of Leatherhead Hospital. The Council Tree Officer said that he could not put a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on these – which was surprising. This week a mature Horse Chestnut Tree on Bull Hill has been cut down. We understand that it was diseased which sounds a good reason, but the evidence has now gone. A TPO does not actually preserve a tree, but rather means that one must ask permission for its removal or pruning. There can be two reasons for placing a TPO, first of all if the tree is a good specimen of its type, and secondly if it makes a positive contribution to the visual amenities of its surroundings. That is that it provides a screen or improves the view. The first reason will normally require evidence from an acknowledged tree expert (arboriculturist) however any member can use the second reason so long as they can offer a coherent justification. The application is presented to the Planning Committee, and may or may not be upheld. We would therefore invite all Leatherhead residents, and any other visitors to the Town to send in a list of

the trees which they would like to be considered for TPOs. Frequency of Meetings:- One of the questions asked in a questionnaire in our Spring newsletter was whether we should meet less frequently. It has been noticed some members ‘vote with their feet’ and regularly stay at home on the first Monday of each month. Some people also indicated that fewer meetings might be required. The LRA Committee respect the views of members who may have the responsibility of balancing work, family, and leisure activity and simply do not have the time or interest to squeeze in a monthly meeting. However, it is the considered opinion of the committee that these meetings should carry on, at least in the short term, as we are committed to the monthly rental of the room in the Institute. We are taking this opportunity to support the idea of meeting frequently and to encourage people to attend when they can. It is easy to find reasons not to meet frequently. One would be that planning meetings, inviting guest speakers, and advertising their visits takes time and energy. However this is job for committee members, and at the present time there is plenty of enthusiasm within the committee to do this. We have agreed with the local Police to serve as their monthly contact point with the community in Leatherhead Town, and we shall also be reporting on Police actions in North Leatherhead as a number of our members hail from that side of the tracks. So our next meeting will concentrate on policing in the Town , hopefully with contributions from our Neighbourhood team and one of the specialist teams in Surrey Police. – See you there, 7.30 pm at the Letherhead Institute. Cheryl Allen and Hubert Carr Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Heritage Open Days 9th-12th September Listed below is just a small taste of what is on offer. More details can be found on or Leaflets can be picked up from the Council offices in Pippbrook or the MV Helpshop in Leatherhead High Street. Ashtead Common Ashtead Estate Office, Woodfield Road, Ashtead, KT21 2DU

Guided by expert rangers, visitors will be taken on a 3 mile walk to experience the results of a three week Roman villa and tile-kiln excavation by the volunteers from the Surrey Archaeological Society. See this year's finds, hear from the archaeologists, and treat yourself to tea and cake (donations to local charity). Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September: Tours 10am, 12pm & 2pm. Pre-booking required, telephone 01372 279083 or email

the 12th century. More recently, it is famous as a set for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Stained glass, village walks and history trail. Special Activities for Children/Families Quiz on historical elements of church. Guides to walking around village. Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th September: 10am-4pm Sunday 12th September: 12pm-4pm No pre-booking required

Service Wing Museum, Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam, SM3 8AL

See what life was like below stairs in this mansion, a Grade II* listed building, designed by Jeffrey Wyatt in 1802. Rooms open include dairy, kitchen, sculleries, pastry and game larders, and the wet and dry laundries. Exhibition of rare Lovely 12th century stained glass from over 400 years. New display Grade II* listed church for 2010 featuring the Gardens of Nonsuch which has recently been Mansion and Nonsuch Gallery with information restored and refurbished. about Nonsuch Palace. Open for viewing and visitors, with volunteers to Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September: welcome you and answer any questions. 2pm-4.45pm. No pre-booking required Saturday 11th September: 2pm-4pm Sunday 12th September: 12.30pm-5pm 'Owzat!' - A celebration of 240 years No pre-booking required of cricket in Dorking

St Giles' Church Park Lane, Ashtead, KT21 1EJ

Buckland Windmill Buckland, Betchworth, RH3 7BD

Buckland Windmill is a small sawmill workshop built in the 1860s, in the garden of the house previously owned by the Estate carpenter. Restored in the period 1995-2004, the windmill now has a circular saw and lathe powered for demonstration purposes. It is believed to be the only surviving wind-powered sawmill in the UK. (Please note that the house (built 1713) is not open. Saturday 11th September: 1pm-5pm No pre-booking required

St Michael's Church Church Street, Betchworth, RH3 7DW

This early Grade I listed church has Norman origins and much of its construction dates from

Cotmandene, Dorking, RH4 2BL

Cricket match being staged to celebrate the famous painting of cricket on Cotmandene by James Canter (c.1770) which hangs in the Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground. Bring a picnic and enjoy the game. Sunday 12th September: 2.30pm-5pm No pre-booking required

Georgian Buildings in Mole Valley Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS

A photographic exhibition, with supporting text, of some of the best and most interesting examples of Georgian architecture in Mole Valley. Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September: 10am-4pm. No pre-booking required

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Heritage Open Day Events - continued Denbies Wine Estate London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA

viewpoints and vistas. There are hidden features to enjoy as well as wider estate walks and a new children's trail and play area. Saturday 11th September: 10am-6pm No pre-booking required

Denbies Wine Estate, England's largest vineyard, set in 265 acres. The Indoor Wine Experience and wine tasting. Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th September: Tours 10am Pre-booking required: email

Leatherhead Museum Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP

The museum, housed in a restored 17th century cottage, contains amongst others, displays on Roman remains, local defunct industries and memorabilia. For the Heritage Open Days weekend a small exhibition to complement the 'By George!' theme will be staged. Thursday 9th & Friday 10th: 1pm-4pm Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 10am-4pm No pre-booking required

Polesden Lacey Great Bookham, Dorking, RH5 6BD

Once home to legendary Edwardian millionairess Margaret Greville, Polesden Lacey provided the back-drop for lavish house parties and discreet liaisons. Feel like one of her guests as you discover the house with its extensive collection before strolling through the beautiful grounds, lawns and landscaped walks. Saturday 11th September: 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm). No pre-booking required.

Letherhead Institute 67 High St, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH

Built in 1892 by local benefactor Abraham Dixon for the use of local people for social, leisure and education. It is still used over 115 years later and has a beautifully-restored interior. Organised by the Leatherhead Community Association, there Set in 20 acres will be several displays on the theme of Georgian of spectacular, Leatherhead. undulating Copies of a free children's quiz (A Georgian manicured gardens which Detective Trail in the Mole Valley) are available include two from Mole Valley Libraries, Leatherhead grottos, two HelpShop, Dorking Halls and to download at temples, a fountain, articleid=5590. Find out about Georgian Mole streams and Valley and have fun at the same time! The quiz is many pretty bridges. The Manor of Wotton was particularly suitable for 8-11 year olds and there will be a prize for the winning child's entry first documented in 1086. Formerly known as Wudu-Tum in Anglo Saxon, which means 'the farm submitted by 17 September. by the wood'. During the 17th century the owner, Saturday 11th & 12th September: 10am-4pm the famous botanist and tree expert, John Evelyn, No pre-booking required designed the gardens in an Italian style. Bookham Commons - Woodland Saturday 11th September: 10am-4pm No pre-booking required Heritage Day

Wotton House Guildford Road, Wotton, Dorking, RH5 6HS

Claremont Landscape Garden Portsmouth Road, Esher,KT10 9JG

Tunnel Car Park, Church Road, Great Bookham, Leatherhead

Claremont is a beautiful garden surrounding a small lake and featuring an unusual grass amphitheatre. The garden's creation and development has involved great names in garden history, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and 'Capability' Brown. In 1726 it was described as 'the noblest of any in Europe' and the garden today is of national importance. Visitors walking round the lake will see the island and pavilion, grotto and many

A one day event to learn about woodlands and woodland produce. See woodland crafts being made. See a horse working in the woodland extracting timber. Have a go at making a besom broom or small stool. Watch charcoal being made in a kiln. Discover Bookham Commonsand enjoy its woodland setting. Walks will take place during the day. Saturday 11th September: 10am-4pm No pre-booking required


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Mole Valley District Council Proudly Launches New Website

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Mole Valley District Council is proud to launch its new, easy to use, accessible website at The site includes exciting extra features and information with a bright, modern new look.

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The new website now allows residents to pay bills on-line 24/7. This new feature is called ‘Mole Valley and Me’. Just type in a postcode to receive a range of information specific to your area including waste collection dates, contact details for your local councillor, information on planning applications in your area as well as where to find your nearest park, police station or church.


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Registered Manager, a call to enquire about vacancies. In terms of staff numbers, there are two qualified nurses on duty during the morning shift, one on in the afternoon with four carers and one on duty at night with two carers providing around the clock professional nursing. In addition, there are also housekeepers, maintenance and catering staff, supported by Helen, the Home’s Registered Manager to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

The front entrance I was invited by Alex, The Red House Administrator, to visit The Red House and meet with some of the staff and residents. The Red House has been advertising with me for many months and, despite, chatting with Alex over the telephone many times, I thought this would be a good opportunity to not only see the interior of The Red House but also to finally meet Alex in person.

The landscaped gardens

As soon as I walked in, I was immediately met by a friendly face who popped off to let Alex know I was there. Whilst waiting I looked through the ‘thank you cards and letters’ file on reception, all filled with lovely sentiments from friends and relatives thanking the care home for looking after their loved ones, these notes came from the heart and were all rather touching. Just before Alex came down to meet me, several members of staff asked if I needed help, which all added to the general friendliness of the place.

There are many activities available and I was informed that a typical programme would include: Singalongs; various musicians; Pampering Days; PAT (Pets as Therapy) Dog visits; London Childrens’ Ballet; Visits by local schools; Clothes Shows; the residents also visited Ashtead Village Day and throughout the year St George’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Burns’ Night, 4th July, etc., are all celebrated with themed parties.

Alex showed me around the public areas, such as the lounge, the wonderfully light and spacious conservatory overlooking the landscaped gardens and the dining room where the residents ate their meals.

I can honestly say that the approach of all the staff that I met towards the residents is one of kindness, compassion and dignity.

The property itself is a rather imposing Victorian building set back on Skinners Lane, Ashtead. It became a care home some 20 years ago and their maximum capacity is 25 residents. This number is made up of long term and respite care residents. The latter service is helpful for those families who would like to know that their loved ones are being cared for whilst they take a well-earned break from caring. Due to the transient nature of respite rooms, it is always worth giving Helen, the

I am grateful to Alex who gave up a precious couple of hours to show me around The Red House and long may their good service to the local community continue.

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Shopmobility Leatherhead - an invitation


f you have difficulties with walking and are finding it more and more of a problem to go shopping, we may well have the solution for you. We are Shopmobility Leatherhead and we provide powered scooters for people like you to use around Leatherhead town centre. The system is very simple – you join our scheme for an annual membership fee of £7.50 and this entitles you to borrow a scooter as often as you like. The scooters are up-to-date, safe, comfortable and very easy to operate – you don’t need to have had any driving experience to be able to use them.

often as you like during the year. You can just turn up when the office is open and take out a scooter, but it’s probably a better idea to reserve one in advance by phoning 01372 362400. We also have manual wheelchairs which members can hire and take home for extended periods. You could use one of these if for example you have a disabled relative or friend staying with you or if you have a temporary injury affecting your walking and you need to be mobile about the house or locally while you’re getting better. If you think that our scheme could help you why not drop in to the office? We’d be pleased to see you, to show you our scooters and to answer any questions you might have.

All you have to do is to come to the Swan Centre car park and find our office on the second floor, where there are plenty of disabled parking spaces. You can’t really miss it – there’s a big blue Shopmobility sign just outside. There you’ll find a friendly volunteer on duty who will show you the scooters and how to operate them. You can have as much time as you need to try them out within the car park before you venture into the town centre. The office is open 11am-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Joining the scheme only involves completing a simple form, producing some proof of identity and paying £7.50 for your first year’s membership. You can if you’d prefer take a scooter out without obligation to make sure you’re completely happy with it. In this case there’ll also be a charge of £7.50 which becomes your membership fee if you do decide to join. Once you’re a member you can borrow a vehicle as 30

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Local man celebrates his 80th on a high! Fred Hart of Kingscroft Road, Leatherhead, celebrated his 80th birthday ‘on a high’! Friends clubbed together to give him a hot air balloon trip as a present. Although it had to be put off on a number of occasions (wrong type of wind!) he did eventually enjoy the experience. By the way my next birthday will be my 80th too!! Will I get a balloon trip, I wonder?! Keith Hughes Bookham Camera Club Pictured inset: Fred gives a wave before ‘lift-off’; main photo Fred (left) in the air

“Apart from still getting good service from a Roofer, Handyman, Gardener and Cleaning Services found through your magazine, we would also like to mention our appreciation of the "Ashtead Good Neighbours" who have rescued us from being housebound all this year. Without their help we would have felt like prisoners in our own home and would not have been able to keep various medical appointments. They certainly do sterling work and are a credit to the community. Another joy, of course, is your magazine. Keep up the good work and best wishes always from Audrey and Jack Bewsey”


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Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival 2010 Opens with street parties in Leatherhead & Dorking Saturday 25th September 10am-4pm

Mole Valley District Council is delighted to announce that the Arts Alive Festival is returning for a fourteenth year. The festival runs throughout October. Packed with over one hundred art, craft and entertainment events, there is something to appeal to everyone.

his roles in the popular television sitcoms Father Ted and My Hero, will also be appearing.

Street party 2009 Courtesy of Andy Newbold Photography

There are many exciting things to see and do during the festival and more information will appear in the October edition of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine, which is also available to pick up from the customer service desk at Leatherhead Sainsbury’s. Arts Alive officially opens on Saturday 25th September. Street parties will take place in both Dorking and Leatherhead from 10am to 4pm. During the day, artists, art groups and festival goers will have the chance to join together and start the celebrations with a bang.

There are plenty of activities for families across the district. Shakespeare 4 Kidz returns to Dorking Halls with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kirsten O’Brien from CBBC will be performing her brand new The festival patron for 2010 is Anita Harris. show Smart Art at Leatherhead Theatre. The She is an English festival closes on Sunday 31 October with a actor, singer Brass Spectacular. This features Mole Valley and entertainer. Silver Band and Regent Brass at Dorking She has Halls. performed in The Arts Alive festival organisers are plays such as My especially grateful to supporters Aerospace Cousin Rachel, Logistics, Arts Council England, Arts & Stepping Out, Business, Gatwick Airport Community Trust Bell, Book & and Jones Creative Services. Candle and Ruth The Arts Alive festival is organised by Rendell’s dark drama House of Mole Valley District Council’s Customer Stairs. Anita is Services & Partnerships Anita Harris courtesy currently of Andy Newbold Photography Department. For full listings recording two visit new albums and is also filming the title role Brochures are now available in the pilot of Verity Lake, a Victorian from local libraries, detective series. Leatherhead Help shop, Dorking

Halls and the Leatherhead Famous names to look out for include Acker Bilk, who is appearing with his Paramount Theatre or by telephoning Jazz Band at the Menuhin Hall. An exciting 01306 879188. art project funded by Arts Council England will see new work by Ackroyd & Harvey, Anne Brodie and Amanda Loomes. The work will be displayed in St Martins Walk Shopping Centre in Dorking. Ardal O’Hanlon, best known for 34

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Warm Gloves and Tea in Granddad’s Mug Thursday afternoon, and I must remember to put on an extra layer of clothing and be sure to take my gloves. I have quickly learned that shopping in Tesco involves a certain chill factor that it is wisest to be prepared for if I am not to lose all feeling in my fingertips. My shopping companion seems made of sterner stuff as we proceed slowly along the aisles, carefully selecting the wherewithal to sustain him for another week and, most importantly, not forgetting the needs of the cat.

worse, the sort of response that begins “Oh, I know someone who had the same as you.”

Shopping complete, and the always lengthy queue at the checkout finally negotiated, we pile the bags in the car and return to his house for a welcome cup of tea - always given in the mug that proclaims it is for a Special Granddad - and a chat. A lot of the conversation will feature my companion’s latest visit to The Royal Marsden, for he has cancer and is always anxious to fill in the details of all that has happened; be it the almost invariable lengthy wait, the particular route taken by that day’s driver or the fact that yet again he has seen a different doctor to last time. I listen mostly without interruption, with just the odd question or sympathetic acknowledgement of what I am hearing for this is my reason for being there. Oh yes, it is helpful to assist with the shopping and provide transport but what really matters is that I am there as a listener for someone who is suffering a life threatening illness. Someone who may one day need to talk not only about the particulars of his treatment at The Royal Marsden but maybe about his fears for the future or his anger at what is happening to him or the agony of knowing that he will in time have to make his final farewells to his children and grandchildren.

Learning not to self-disclose is another hard lesson, and I remember my first client looking hard at me and saying “You don’t give much away do you?” as I returned yet another mumbled answer to some probing question about my own life. In such situations I have learned the necessity to explain that you are there solely because of the client’s needs and that these are paramount. This said, inevitably if you remain with a client for any length of time they will discover a little about you even if it is only that you are susceptible to the cold! But the need to talk, to feel safe enough to open up, is something I imagine most people long to do at some time or other. Perhaps most especially as they face up to the reality of their own death. As a volunteer I will have my opportunity to talk at the monthly Supervision Meeting. These sessions have not only provided support and further training but have made me increasingly aware of just what a wonderful charity The Brigitte Trust is and that the work it is doing is so valuable in being alongside people in all walks of life and of all ages as they battle to come to terms with either their own situation or that of someone whom they love. In the short time I have acted as a volunteer, I have found it to be both a privilege and also very humbling as I have witnessed the quiet dignity of both clients and carers as they come to terms with the ultimate loss of life itself. As yet no one has shown an outpouring of anger or utter despair at the injustice of their fate but when it does happen I hope that all my training will have equipped me with the listening skills that will be needed then, and that my listening will provide at least a vestige of the comfort that my gloves give me during Thursday afternoon’s shopping trips.

A Brigitte Trust volunteer As a relatively new volunteer for the Dorking based charity The Brigitte Trust I still have so The next volunteer training course takes much to learn, even though I underwent an eight place in October week training that in its thoroughness and sensitivity probed so many issues connected with An Introductory Evening for volunteers is the pain and loss associated by those who are in being held on Thursday 16th September any way connected with the terminally ill and at the offices of The Brigitte Trust helped lay bare my own experiences of loss and partings. What is fundamental is the constant Please call soon awareness that all volunteers must have that we are with our ‘clients’ for the stated purpose of 01306 881816 listening and not to jump in with advice or far, far


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ROTARY CLUB AQUABOX APPEAL CAN YOU HELP THOSE IN PAKISTAN? Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland The Rotary Club of Leatherhead - District 1250 You can help with the life saving Aquabox scheme in one of two ways, either by collecting items from the list below to fill the boxes or by making a donation to purchase more Aquaboxes. The following items are required. PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLOTHING GENERALLY (SEE BELOW)

PLEASE TAKE THIS LIST TO THE SHOPS WITH YOU EATING AND DRINKING Plastic bucket Large Pan Bowls (Plastic advisable) Cups (nesting plastic beakers take less space) Plastic Bucket (rubber or canvas will do) Metal knives forks and spoons Scissors Can opener

TO GET STARTED Small shovel or Hand Trowel Screwdriver and some screws Hammer and some nails Scout knife HYGIENE New toothbrushes and toothpaste Toilet rolls Pack of cotton wool Small First Aid kit. (No medicines - only plasters, ointment etc.) Sanitary pads Large Towel Brush and comb Tablets of soap Washing powder or flakes

FOR THE BABY Towelling nappies (not disposable) Baby/Children’s Clothing Nappy pins Vests Baby-Grows Plastic pants Feeding bottle or cup

GENERAL Lightweight waterproofs (macs, jackets or cagoules) Childs small toys Insulation tape Pack of safety pins Needle and cotton Small torch Batteries for above (in sealed pack) Ball of string and clothes line Candles Pencil and paper Roll of Plastic Sacks Clothes Line and Garden Wire and Pliers

Contents of an ‘Aquabox’

Each Aquabox complete with filters, purification tablets and transport costs £50. Donations to help purchase Aquaboxes are always welcome.

To help please contact Graham Ryding on

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Looking forward to seeing clearly without glasses in 2010? ARE YOU

• An active 40–50 year old wanting independence from glasses?

• Over 45 or considering cataract surgery? Announcing an Ophthalmic public information evening by

Mr Paul Ursell MBBS MD FRCOphth Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Council Member of the UK & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Wednesday 15th September Ashtead Hospital, Ashtead

Mr Ursell will talk on the latest premium lens implants that are proven safe and effective and how you can achieve close up, intermediate and distance vision without the need to wear glasses For further information, or to reserve your place, please call:

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Health & Beauty Jan King is your local acupuncturist; born in Kingston, she has lived in the area for almost 50 years. Undertaking an acupuncture treatment back in 1998, she found this ancient Chinese healing treatment made such a difference to her life that she graduated from the International College of Oriental Medicine in 2003 so that she could helping others enjoy a better quality of life too. Jan has held clinics in Cobham, Weybridge, Ashtead and now practises from her home in Bookham. The core of her practise is musculoskeletal – back/knee pain, sciatica, tennis elbow etc., and has also had good results helping ME sufferers come ‘out the other side’. Jan also specialises in ‘women’s health problems’, and, speaking frankly, she says, “It seems I attract patients suffering from the things of which I have personal experience: menstrual irregularities, infertility, pregnancy, miscarriage, postpartum recovery, stress, grief, depression, migraine, menopause and breast cancer. Yes, I have had an eventful life!” Having received the all clear from cancer, in her fight back to full fitness, Jan has taken on a Marie Curie Cycle Challenge. Over 5 days in October, along with Mr Motivator and 40 others, she will be cycling 380k along the coast of Jamaica. Jan is not a natural cyclist and is finding training quite a challenge in itself – so if you see her puffing and panting up our local hilly roads please DO give a hoot of encouragement (rather than of frustration at having been held up!). To support Marie Curie – the only charity to offer night time home nursing – please do so by sponsoring Jan in her challenge. You can send cheques (payable to Marie Curie Cancer Care) to her home or donate online via

To find out how acupuncture can help you, call Jan on 07970 182003.

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Ashtead Reflexology

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Reflexology helps to reduce stress and achieve natural balance in the body

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Beneficial for specific health conditions and promotes general health and well-being

Improver/Refresher - 9.15am-10.15am

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Blackberry Picking Sam had a niggling feeling of jealousy and irritation when he got out of bed, pulled back the curtains and the sun streamed into the bedroom. He hated going to the office during the summer. He privately acknowledged that entertaining three children was more demanding than sitting at a desk and was quietly grateful that Ruth's work was flexible during the school holidays. However, he couldn't stop his resentment at Ruth's gorgeous slumbering body still in their bed and made just enough noise with his electric razor to ensure that his wife's morning had also begun.

Sam went off to work, promising to be back by lunchtime. The morning went by and it was already midday before he looked at his watch. He called home to apologise and promised that he'd be back by two thirty and would take the children straight out for a long walk. If she could have the picnic tea ready for them, that would be wonderful. Ruth sounded more than a little irritated. Apparently her morning had been interrupted by a visit to the supermarket as they had nothing in the house suitable for a picnic. She seemed to have calmed down by the time Sam reached home and the children were ready to go. With tea packed in a cool bag, they were out of the house as soon as he'd put on his shorts, grabbed four tupperware boxes and given his wife a kiss.

"What are you going to do today darling? G ot any plans?" "I plan to stay sane..." Was the mumbled reply from under the duvet. "If I can stop the bickering, I might just be able to get some jobs done. The children go back to school next week and I have to sew on name tapes, buy them new shoes, get their hair cut, sort out school bags and PE kits, get them to do their holiday homework, clean the house, do the laundry and that's before I start getting my work organised. I've also got a report to write by Tuesday. Aside from that, it's a pretty quiet day really." Ruth emerged for a moment, smiled fleetingly at Sam and disappeared again.

Sam took his children blackberry picking and they had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, as he hadn't told Ruth of his plan, Sarah was wearing her new pretty pink and white top which was quickly stained with blackberry juice. After a while, the boys thought it would be funny to throw blackberries at each other rather than put them in the boxes. However, Sam was busy reminiscing about his own blackberry-picking childhood and left them to it. An hour later, the boxes were full and the children were filthy, scratched and hungry so they sat down to have their picnic. With renewed energy the four of them began a hill rolling competition which was great fun until Daniel rolled though a cow pat.

Without thinking, Sam found himself offering to take the afternoon off. It was a beautiful day and things were fairly quiet at work anyway. He suggested that they all go out for a walk in the country and have a picnic. Ruth reappeared from under the covers and gave a genuine smile this time.

After less than two hours out of the house, Sam and the children returned in a dishevelled and pungent state. Ringing the doorbell, they proudly held out their foraged produce as Ruth opened the door. For some reason she wasn't pleased to see them. Sam mistakenly tried to placate his wife by suggesting delicious blackberry and apple crumbles, blackberry jam and bramble jelly just like his mother used to make.

"That would be wonderful darling, it would give me a chance to get things done at home." Sam felt a wave of panic. "I meant all of us go out... I thought it would be nice to have a family day. You could make us a lovely picnic and we could enjoy the children together..." "Delightful as that sounds, I've so much to do that it would be really helpful to have some time alone. I've got this report to write and I can't concentrate when the children are in the house. I have so much to do... please darling..."

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British Red Cross launches Pakistan Floods Appeal The British Red Cross has launched an appeal in response to the severe flooding in north-west Pakistan, which has worsened considerably in recent days. More than 1,100 people are estimated to have died and at least 1 million people have been badly affected by the floods that the Pakistani authorities believe to be the worst to have hit the country in the past 80 years. The appeal will support the work of Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, which has been at the forefront of relief efforts for the past few weeks. Emergency aid including tents, tarpaulin sheets, food and kerosene stoves are being distributed and an emergency medical camp has been set up provide immediate medical assistance to almost 3,100 affected families. Pete Garratt, British Red Cross Disaster Relief Manager, said: “With more monsoon rains predicted over the next few days, the situation is going to get considerably worse. Thousands of people already have lost their homes and livelihoods, crops have been destroyed and whole villages have been washed away. Roads and bridges have been affected, leaving some areas cut off.” To donate to the British Red Cross Pakistan Flood Appeal go to: or call 0845 054 7206. Cheque donations, made payable to ‘British Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal’, can be sent to: British Red Cross, FREEPOST NAT21787, Paisley, PA1 1BR 44

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This Month’s Special Event

Experience the benefits of microdermabrasion

23rd September from 2pm Introductory Sessions ÂŁ10* Replenish summer skin with medical microdermabrasion *redeemable

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The Celia Cross Greyhound Trust 40 years of loving the longtails

It all began with a small greyhound bitch called “Lucky” which Celia found dying in a disused barn near her home in Headley. A little later she found another greyhound “Kim” who was in a very bad state; she soon began to question why these dogs were treated this way.

always important to remember that rescue centres play an essential part in today's society. It is sad that there are many dogs looking for homes; however people should never lose sight of the fact that without rescue centres these animals would stand no chance of a new life.

Having found out quickly what wonderful pets greyhounds made, Celia set about helping them. Quoting Celia” Greyhounds are so grateful for the warmth and security of a loving home, in racing they are starved of love and affection, but once they belong to someone they soon show their own great capacity for love”.

We welcome visitors here at the kennels to come down and see for themselves the work that we do here. We always encourage the public to get involved as it is because of peoples support and their generosity that we have survived for long.

From these small beginnings the Celia Cross greyhound trust was born. In the UK roughly 9000 greyhounds are retired from the track each year, usually aged between 3-4. Initially, Celia paid for kennelling of the dogs in various commercial kennels, but in 1993 the present kennels here at Sun Valley, west Clandon, were purchased and gifted to the charity.

We are holding two events this September, Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th, more details can be found on the what’s on page. Please come along and support what we do. Taking the greyhounds for their walk

The charity is particularly proud of the accommodation given to the dogs at the kennels, which can house up to 25 dogs, at any one time. All kennels have under bed heating, individual kennel runs, with views of the valley, and we are lucky enough to have our very own field of which all the dogs get their chance to leap around if they so wish. The dogs love it here after their experience in the basic racing kennels, indeed some are even very reluctant to leave. I am the current manager Jane Thompson, I have been here now for five months, for someone who loves dogs, this is the most satisfying and rewarding job it is ever possible to have. The atmosphere in this charity is delightful, for the supporters, the staff and me, but most importantly the dogs.

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust Sun Valley Kennels Shere Road West Clandon GU4 8SH

I particularly enjoy seeing the delight of the new owners welcoming their new dog into their family, it is sometimes difficult to know who is happier, the dog or the humans!! "Many people think that Rescue Centers for Dogs are sad depressing places, but it is

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Clubs & Activities Is the stress of everyday life getting you down? How about spending a few hours on the riverbank?

We have some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mole River, various ponds around the area and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex. For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Eric) on 01372 377654, or visit:

Workers’ Educational Assocation

Day and Evening Courses for Adults in Ashtead, Bookham, Fetcham and Leatherhead


he WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is a nationwide, voluntary and independent association founded in 1903, run by its student members to enable adults of all ages to decide upon and satisfy their educational needs enjoyably. No previous knowledge or qualifications are needed, just a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.

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Courses start from 20th September, Monday to Friday, and vary in length over 5, 6, 7, 10 and 20 weeks, held in local venues in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Bookham and Dorking.

The courses vary from 6, 8, 9, 10 and 20 weeks respectively and are held in local venues.

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Introduction to Medieval Europe Current and International Affairs British Prime Ministers Family History Philosophy - a guide for the curious Making friends with your computer Putting your digital images to work Digital image editing and manipulation

Astronomy - the modern universe Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing Wildlife habits People of the Portsmouth Road European Cathedrals Walks in South East England What weather we are having! Central Asia Modern Architecture and the Olympic Age

All our Tutors are qualified and specialists in their subjects.

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NEW OPENING NIGHT Every Thursday from 16th September BEGINNERS SPECIAL for Sept only (from 16th) Just £6 per session


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Bacchus Family Fun Day

How to be the life and soul


Sunday 12 September 11am

Few of us are blessed with the charisma to be loved by everyone we meet. If you’re not one of the very fortunate to whom confidence comes naturally, here are some tips to ensure you give the best impression at any gathering.

The Fun Day consists of a marathon, half-marathon and Family Fun Runs of 2k and 4k. We will also have children’s activities such as face painting available. You will be able to pay for the races on the day or enter beforehand at

1) Use every social occasion as an opportunity to chat to new people. Always remember the name of who you’re speaking to and use it in conversation to show that you are interested in what they have to say.

Ultimately, the point of the day is for you to have lots of fun and to enable us to raise some money for CHASE the children’s charity. Although the area is hilly, the route is not too bad and we've tried to keep it as flat as possible and remember what goes up...

2) Wear clothes you feel comfortable in avoid painful shoes or a dress which will have you breathing in all night, as it’s important to feel relaxed. Make sure you have an idea of dress code and if in doubt, always favour smarter clothes to avoid turning up underdressed. If you’re holding your own gathering, fancy dress is a fantastic way of attracting attention and creating discussion.

You are encouraged to run in fancy dress and enjoy 'samples' of Denbies’ finest at the water stations. The more you drink, the slower you will be (maybe?) so we've given you a very generous cut off of five and a half hours for the half-marathon and six and a half for the full. Easy walking pace really, watch your step though.

3) Have a drink if it relaxes you but don’t get drunk. In order to be fun you need to loosen up, look like you’re enjoying yourself and not be afraid of the dance floor. NB) Always remember to stay in control and ensure you’ve got a lift home.

You are invited to eat at the post race BBQ and enjoy a glass of wine with your meal and to wear your finisher’s medal and t-shirt with pride... and that's all included in the entry fee.

4) Smile: it’s the easiest and simplest way of becoming more approachable. Be open enough to laugh when something is funny and don’t be afraid of making small physical gestures. You’ll exude warmth and positivity, which will have you surrounded in no time.

The children’s events go around Denbies Vineyard on as flat a route as possible. All Fun Run Finishers will receive a medal. We are also hoping some of our best local bands will come along to entertain you at Denbies and food is available for purchase from the BBQ from 1pm.

5) Learn a party trick. Be it an inoffensive joke or a small magic trick, it’ll break any awkward silences and impress those around you. 6) If it’s all a bit much, find somewhere private and give yourself a little pep talk. Stand up straight and remind yourself of all your good points. Most importantly, focus on enjoying yourself and the rest will all come together.

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Education & Tuition We want you to have peace of mind when you leave your children with us, knowing that they will be loved and cared for in a friendly, safe and cheerful environment. • Children from 3 months-5 years • Learning environment of the highest calibre • Family values and atmosphere You are very welcome to visit us; please telephone to arrange an appointment. We look forward to giving you and your child the support you deserve and may need when combining work and parenting. Liz Chambers, Managing Director BEd. (Hons), Cert. Ed., Dip. SLD, P.P.A., O.U. (The First Years of Life)

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

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Recipe of the month

Plum and Almond Tart

Enjoy British plums at their best with this delicious baked tart. It tastes just as good warm or cold served with a spoonful of thick cream, custard or crème fraiche. Serves 8 Ready in 1 hr 15 mins • • • • •

• 55g (2oz) plain flour • 6 large firm plums, stones removed

300g (10oz) fresh shortcrust pastry 115g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened

and sliced

115g (4oz) caster sugar

• 4 tbsp plum jam, warmed and sieved • 1 tbsp lemon juice

2 large eggs, beaten 115g (4oz) ground almonds

1. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 23cm (9in) loose-based fluted flan tin. Trim the edges and prick the base and sides of the pastry with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 20 mins. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. 2. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and ground almonds then gently stir in the flour. Spread the mixture into the pastry case and level with a spatula. 3. Arrange the plum slices on top of the almond filling in concentric circles. 4. Place the flan tin on the hot baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 mins. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C, 350F, Gas 4 and bake for a further 25-30 mins until the filling is golden and set. 5. Mix the jam and lemon juice together and brush over the warm tart. Serve warm or cold. 58

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Voted as a ‘Top Summer Pub’ in Surrey Life Magazine, July 2010 The King William IV boasts glorious views of the Mole Valley from its position on one of the foothills surrounding Box Hill just below Mickleham Downs. Informal dining in cosy bars with crackling logs on open fires during the autumn and winter season. Al fresco dining year round as terraces remain open throughout the seasons with heating and lighting. Recommended in many good food guides including the prestigious Michelin Guide for three years in a row. Great local ales including Alton’s Pride (CAMRA Supreme Champion); Shere Drop and TEA On the route of public footpaths and ancient bridleways with breathtaking views. Close to peaceful woodland glades providing habitats for wildlife and rare plants. River Mole runs opposite the pub. Free car park at the foot of Byttom Hill. Adjacent to the No 465 bus stops, a regular service which runs every day!

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Down: 1 Undo, 2 Victim, 3 Perform, 4 Again, 5 Mother, 6 Appetite, 12 Absorbed, 14 Toilets, 16 Nation, 18 Canvas, 19 Screw, 22 Idea.

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Across: 3 Half crown, 8 Avon, 9 Hellenes, 10 Muesli, 13 Spain, 14 Gruyère, 15 Bat, 16 Reuters, 17 Ditto, 21 Ermine, 22 Meridian, 23 Dove, 24 Jack Frost.

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Down: 1 Palmistry, 2 Cote d’Azur, 4 Aphid, 5 Filbert, 6 Reel, 7 Wren, 11 Test pilot, 12 Pedometer, 14 Gas, 15 Brazier, 18 Venus, 19 Feta, 20 Mink.

That’s a Funny Thing to Say! By hook or by crook – achieve something by any way possible This originates in Medieval England when all forests were owned by the king and out of bounds to commoners unless they were collecting firewood. They were only allowed to collect the deadwood lying on the ground or branches which could be reached with a shepherd’s crook or cut off by w reaper’s billhook. Caught flat footed – to be unprepared This relates to horse racing and was used as early as the 18th century during Queen Anne’s reign. When horses line up at the start of the race they are often light on their feet and eager to run. Those who are slow to start and have all four hooves on the ground were said to be flat footed.

By a long chalk – to win easily, way ahead of the competition Believed to come from the atheltics or sports world. Chalk marks would be used to indicate the length of the throw (in the javelin for example) and the winning throw could be easily seen. An alternative origin could be when chalk was used to make merit marks, before lead pencils were in use, and the longer the merit mark the higher the score. The dog days of summer – very hot days of July and August This is an ancient expression coming from the Romans. They believed that the hottest days of summer coincided with the rising of Sirius the Dog Star. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and the heat of the star combined with that of the sun produces the stifling heat.


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at The Framing Workshop Thurs 30th Sept & Fri 1st Oct


Cheese for the event kindly supplied by Norbury Blue

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Mirrors, Medals, T-Shirts, Needlework

Transition Ashtead Food shopping - Supermarkets or local shops? It has been suggested that our food is responsible for 20% of the UK's entire carbon footprint. I’ve noticed that some foods now have a carbon footprint labelling, although a quick check of my kitchen showed the only thing labelled was the milk. One way of reducing the carbon footprint is to eat more veg and less meat, and another is to source more of it locally to reduce 'food miles'. Food miles are only part of the story - less energy may be used in growing a tomato in Spain and shipping it to the UK than in growing it in the UK where more heating and fertiliser may be used. I find these things difficult to work out but a few good rules of thumb are – try to source food locally, eat seasonally, avoid over-packaged items, eat less meat and grow at least some of your own! Does buying locally include shopping at a big new local supermarket?! By the time this issue of the Local hits your doormat, the result of the appeal by Tesco’s (other supermarkets are available...) will probably be known. Transition Ashtead has supplied a report to the appeal process on sustainability issues. Our expert, Professor Barrie Mould of the Transition Ashtead Energy group, prepared the report. He was able to demonstrate that neither of the two proposed supermarket planning applications fulfilled requirements that new development should be as carbon-neutral as possible, mostly related to the large size of the proposed stores. Both plans had insufficient use of sustainable construction, renewable energy and energy conservation principles, including low-energy lighting. The new store will have a design life of 40 - 60 years, yet it doesn’t even meet today’s sustainability targets, never mind the tightened goals for the future. Judy Smale, of Transition Ashtead, addressed the Appeal, making the points that the time to enforce sustainability excellence is now and that both of Tesco’s proposed plans for Ashtead are failing to meet the targets set by EU, Government, MVDC and their own corporate goals. Tesco’s defence was that on average over all their new stores they meet these targets. But not in Ashtead! Hmm! They also claimed car miles would be less – true for a smaller store but not for these large ones, which will attract shoppers from outside Ashtead – hmm again. Whilst the supermarkets are responsible for the sustainability of their stores and their (often global) supply chain, we are responsible for where and what we purchase. Whatever the outcome of the appeal. your buying choices will influence what the supermarkets and stores stock – so look for UK-grown, seasonal, unpackaged produce. Local food shops and Farm shops have the lowest footprint in the supply chain as they provide local and seasonal produce. Food waste has a really high impact on the environment too. Planning better to avoid over stocking and using up left-overs is incredibly important – welcome back cold meat Mondays! Another small change would be to borrow from ‘an egg’ neighbour rather than make an extra trip in the car to “top up”. Each small step we make is helping our future. And don’t forget about growing your own fruit and veg! Nowhere to grow your own? Ask about the Transition Ashtead garden share scheme! Get involved locally – join one of our Action Groups; the Food Group or the Home Energy Group would welcome new members. Or tell us what groups you’d like to see started! Judy Smale

For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at or contact our Secretary Derek Smith on 01372 378914, or email 66

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I have been advertising in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local now for over eighteen months and my expression of thanks is well overdue. My business's visibility, credibility and profitability have increased as a direct result of my continued presence in the magazine. The large distribution of 10,000 households and an estimated readership of 25,000, coupled with Zen’s continued support and integrity, will keep me in the magazine for a long time to come. Louise White, LifeCoach2Success 69


Leatherhead Community Association ‘Tea & Talks’. 2pm, Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, admission £1. The talk with slides is entitled ‘Flowers’ and will feature blooms taken at Wisley and Kew by the accomplished photographer Martina Bennellick. Tea and cakes will follow. Non-members very welcome, no booking required, just turn up.

Saturday 4th

Leatherhead Car Boot Sale, The Beeches, Fortyfoot Rd, KT22 8RZ. 12pm-3pm. £5 per car, book early, contact Tel: 01372 227540, Email:

Sunday 5th

NCCPG (Surrey) Plant Fair. 11am-4pm. Local plants for sale. Free entry. Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. 01306 876616

Sunday 5th

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust - Bumper Bargain Sale. Cranleigh Agricultural Showground (B2127). 11am-4pm. Bargains galore on sale in the barn and many other attractions in the arena. Rescue dogs will parade in the hope of finding a new home. Also an auction of collectables plus a dog team from Devon are giving a display of heel walking to music - a first for the charity event. For info contact: 01372 274313 / 454897

Saturday 11th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society Flower Show. Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, 2pm5pm. Free entry. Some plants available to purchase.

Saturday 11th

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust - Jumble and Clearance Sale. Cranleigh Agricultural Showground (B2127). 11am-4pm. The charity is holding a massive sale, entry 50p, refreshments in the barn. For info contact:01372 274313/454897

Friday 17th

Lecture 'Early Motoring in Surrey' by Gordon Knowles Letherhead Institute (top of High St). Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8.00pm. Admission £1, all welcome. Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Saturday 18th

WEA ( East Surrey) Free Dance Taster sessions at Mickleham Village Hall, 1.30pm5.30pm. The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is entering its 4th year of working in partnership with East Surrey College to deliver Adult Learning courses across the East Surrey area. Join us to celebrate this anniversary at our FREE Dance Taster event at Mickleham Village Hall (C3729572) with sessions of Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, Ballroom for Beginners and ending with a Tea Dance for those more experienced. For timings of the individual sessions or to pre-enrol please use the course code in brackets to search online at or call Freephone 0800 328 1060.

Wednesday 22nd

From Plot to Plate Farm Walk, Polesden Lacey. Walk 5.30pm, dinner 7.30pm-10pm. Tickets, £35, booking essential. Polesden Lacey's award-winning tenant farmer, Steve Conisbee, will take you on a leisurely walk and talk across our beautiful farmland. After building up a healthy appetite, enjoy a hearty three course dinner in the Courtyard Restaurant, tasting Conisbee's fresh meat and other local produce. Tickets and details from: Tel: 01372 452048, Email:, Webs:

Friday 24th

Leatherhead Community Association hosts the second Joan Kirby Lecture. 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute, free admission. Lecture given by Benedict Allen, the explorer, author and television presenter, entitled ‘Into the Abyss’ - a story of a journey across the top of the world. Booking essential, please send your request for a ticket(s), along with an SAE to: Leatherhead Community Association, Joan Kirby Lecture, LCA Post Box, The Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH

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What’s On / Activities

Ideal for:

• Parties


• Weddings

Charity Fashion Show

• Anniversaries • Meetings

Wed 15th September

• Functions

Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start

Available daytime or evening. Weekdays or weekends Licensed bar & Fully staffed

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Please call

Tickets £10 each, to include a glass of wine and nibbles.

01372 360151 07973 346965

In aid of

or email


Tickets available from Amanda, 41 The Street, Ashtead

The Grove at Leatherhead Football Club Fetcham Grove Leatherhead KT22 9AS 71


Ashtead WI talks. ‘Pikeman to Lord Mayor of London’. 7.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thursday Come sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £2.50, 2nd (weekly) Doris Gibson 01372 374160. Thursday 2nd (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm, first Thurs of the month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844

Day Centre Luncheon Club, arrive 10.30-11am, lunch served at 12.30pm, £3.50 per Thursday visit. Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in 1966 for the elderly 2nd (weekly) who were living on their own or to give their carers a short break during the day. Some vacancies currently exist. More info from Mary Fenton Jones 01372 276042 Friday 3rd (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Drop in for a full range of haberdashery and beautiful greetings cards.

Friday 3rd (weekly)

10.30am -11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. From homemade cakes to homegrown plants and lots more. Refreshments served.

Friday 3rd (weekly)

Coffee morning serving home made cheese and fruit scones. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Started in the 1980’s to raise funds for APMH maintenance and provide a friendly venue for people to meet with their friends, new visitors always

Sunday 5th

10.30am Family Service at Leatherhead Parish Church. Come and join us for an uplifting service with lively music, suitable for all ages and followed by a welcome cup of coffee in the hall.

Wednesday 8th (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Join us for lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat.

Tuesday 7th & Friday 10th

The artist, Edgar Degas, is famous for his images of dancers. We will examine his life & works in relation to the events of avant garde Paris at the end of 19th century - £10 inc refreshments: Tel: 01372 272235; email;

Friday 10th

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI. Cakes, haberdashery, bric-a-brac, plants, cards, jewellery etc. Free entry.

Sunday 19th

Denbies Local Farmers’ Market, every third Sunday of the month. 10am-2.30pm. Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. 01306 876616

Weekend & evening walks Saturday 4th Tuesday 7th Sunday 19th Tuesday 28th

Spring walks in and around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. Donation to charities. Weekends 1½-2 hrs; eves 1-1½ hrs. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on Sat 4 Abinger meet at Green near Church 10am Tues 7 Frascati’s on A 24 to Dorking 7pm Sun 19 Gomshall Cnr High View & Queen St 10am Tue 28 Burford Bridge Ryka’s Car Park (bring torch) 7pm

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What’s On / Activities Ashtead Choral Society

Leatherhe atherhead ad Friends Group Group

Come & Sing

Would you like somewhere to meet new friends over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake?

Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria' Monday 20th September

The ‘LFG’ for older people, meets on the last Thursday of the month at

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Woodfield Lane 7.30pm to start singing at 8pm

Bfree Cafe, Bfree Cafe, All Saints Churc Church, h, Kingst Ki ngston on Road Road,, Leatherhead Leatherhead Our next meeti meetings ngs are at 1pm,

This is the beginning of the ACS's season and we are holding a Come & Sing for anyone wanting to join us in singing Vivaldi’s 'Gloria'. Who knows, you may then want to join the choir!

Thursday 26th August August & Thursday 30th Septem September ber For info call

Michelle Miche lle McSorley McSorley on

For further details please contact Sue Early on 01372 272835

07917 053524

We are also looking for volunteers

This is a FREE event - Music and refreshments will be supplied.

The Café

Leatherhead Choral Society is looking for more tenors and basses to join us for our winter concert "Love Sacred and Profane" featuring Carmina Burana and the world premiere of the cantata "The Song of Songs" written by our musical director Ian Assersohn. The performance takes place at the Menuhin Hall on Saturday 27th November. Rehearsals start on Monday 6th September 7.45 pm, Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST.

at St George’s, Ashtead

Visit our Café at St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead.

In the Spring term we compete in the Leith Hill Musical Festival and in the summer we hold a concert or other musical event.

Open to all from 10am-2pm, Wed-Fri,

for a coffee break, delicious snacks and hot lunches.

The choir’s social life is important to us, with events ranging from Monday night trips after rehearsals to The Running Horse, quiz and social evenings and a recent musical holiday together in the Cotswolds. Come and try us out on 6th September!

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Rosie and the team

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News from Ashtead Youth Centre Summer 2010

This is a very special article as it is being written from a hostel in a town called Calangute in Goa, India.

"You don't realise how much work means to people when there is no safety net" - Luke. "Every day has been different - a big change from normal life" - Wayd.

A group of 14 left Ashtead on Sunday 1st August and are now mid point on our sixteen day working trip with ten young people from the Youth Centre aged 16 & 17.

"We have realised that they make so much out of so little out here" - Robert.

The trip was organised by Gary Nash, (the Ashtead Churches Community Trust worker) and has been supported by myself and colleagues from the Youth Development Service. We have just completed a week at a school, teaching English to children from some of the most deprived communities. We are soon to start our second week working in an orphanage.

Each of our group has been working towards a TEFL qualification. They started their week with some support from staff and have finished barely needing us there at all.

This is what the young people have said: "I really enjoyed the teaching and learning how they do things differently here" Louise. "I have learned how to teach and the change of routine has been a real challenge" - Nuno. "I feel much more confident speaking to large groups of people" - Elise. "I have really thought about life and how privileged we are" - Nathan. "It has bene a great experience as i want to go on to be a teacher." - Ben A. "We have learned all about the local culture and customs" - Danny.

"The children are really lovely and they have made it great fun" - Ben B.

We are immensely proud of each one of our group. They have had to show flexibility, committment and a resolve to get the job done in what at times has been very challenging circumstances often with very early starts and late finishes. I am sure that all of us will return home knowing more about ourselves, have a greater appreciation for those around us and will keep an aspect of the trip with us for many years to come.

Richard Leary - Ashtead Youth Centre Ashtead Youth Centre Barnett Wood Lane Recreation Ground, KT21 2BZ 01372 276912

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Fully Insured for your peace of mind Project managed by us from design to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs new hinges, drawer runners, etc. No job too small.

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Step outside… The Comfort Zone By Unknown

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail. The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn‘t matter that I wasn’t doing much. I said I didn’t care for things like commission cheques and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone, But deep inside I longed for something special of my own. I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win. I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin. I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before, I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door. If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt. A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true. Reach for your future with a smile; Success is there for you! Comfort zones keep us safe and secure and they do have a special place in our lives. Yet, for many people they are allowed to restrict and limit. They dictate the reasons decisions are made and they keep us locked away from what lies outside. Fear is usually the overwhelming reason that allows the comfort zone to have such a power over us. Sometimes, we should feel the fear and do it anyway… Sometimes we should remember that..when one door closes another one opens. Coaching successfully supports people who have decided to take control and to explore what lies outside.

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“Thank you so much for printing the article about the Ashtead Friday Market in your magazine. We had lots of new people in the hall and several wanting to take a table for next time. It certainly made a difference to our numbers and it highlighted the event, which was fantastic! Many thanks again.” Chris Townsend, Ashtead Friday Market, APMH. 79

WARNING - Do not 'allow' your other half to grow tomatoes Tomatoes straight from the garden taste delicious but suddenly you find that they all ripen at once. Being thrifty and hating seeing food go to waste you will try to use tomatoes in everything you cook.

Even worse thoughts then invade your serenity thoughts about wasting food, starving children, being an ungrateful so and so who moans about having 'too much' when so many have not enough.

You will force them onto your children when they come to visit, take some round to your Mother, make sure your sisters aren't buying any as you have 'loads they can have', put a bag of them in the car every time you go out 'just in case' you meet someone who is tomato-less may even try to smuggle them into your dog's food.

Finally, in a zealous moment of madness you may find yourself deciding to make a huge batch of tomato soup - that'll get rid of them.

You may even decide to put a nice big pan of them on your gatepost with a lovely printed notice saying ' Free Tomatoes - please help yourself'. This altruistic act is not a good idea as you then spend the rest of the day peering round the curtains 'spying' on every 'old dear' who stops to read the notice. You'll find yourself 'tutting' as they 'rifle' through them, sniff them, hold them up to the light to examine them, and then 'shuffle' away after they've spent a good five minutes carefully selecting three tomatoes. You may even find yourself rushing outside once the said 'old dears' have 'shuffled off' to rearrange the tomatoes into a more aesthetically pleasing mound.

You scrub out the sink, boil countless kettles to fill up the sink and then tip in one of the cardboard boxes of tomatoes lurking in your kitchen. Deep joy, the sink 'holds' exactly one of the cardboard boxes full of tomatoes. You may then decide to nip outside for a quick fag before removing the skins from the tomatoes. Being easily distracted this 'quick fag' may turn into two 'quick fags and a cuppa while you have the chance'; when you then 'remember' the tomatoes in the sink the water is no longer boiling hot but lukewarm. The skins slide easily off the tomatoes but due to their long bath in the hot water the tomatoes are a bit 'cooked' and squishy and need to be handled extremely gently. ctd overleaf...

In all likelihood you will forget to remove the pan of tomatoes from the gatepost before the local secondary school finishes for the day; this is not a good idea as teenage boys seem to be particularly attracted to throwing free tomatoes at each other. You will then have to go outside to sweep the abused tomatoes from the pavement before your other half comes home and discovers the fate of his beloved tomatoes. You may also feel like weeping whenever you see the two large cardboard boxes of tomatoes sitting in the corner of your kitchen. Nasty, vindictive thoughts then distrurb your peace of mind: 'Shove them at the bottom of the wheely bin - he'll never find them', 'No, bung them in some carrier bags and find somewhere to dump them away from home', ' Bury them at the bottom of the compost bin - they'll rot down quickly and he'll never know', ' Who asked him to grow tomatoes anyway - if he loves them so much let him blooming well 'deal' with them'. 80

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House & Garden After 10 mins of handling the tomatoes delicately you may find yourself getting fed up, you then rip the skins off and forcefully squeeze the tomatoes between your fingers into any available container (saves chopping them) - have you any idea how long it takes to skin a sinkful of tomatoes?? Hours later you have sweated onions in olive oil, ripped basil leaves, added tomatoes, stock, seasoning and simmered and you have three huge pots of home made tomato soup. You then whizz it in batches in the blender before returning it to the various pans - though you have to keep giving your blender frequent 'rests' as it keeps overheating! You may find that your kitchen looks as though there's been a massacre as there's red tomato juice everywhere, your nice white t-shirt may be splattered with tomato juice and a heap of tomato skins may still be on the draining board.....and you still have to get all the bloomin’ tomato soup into suitable containers and into the freezer. The person responsible for all the tomatoes may come in and say happily: 'Oh you've been making soup - great, just as well we've so many as it would have cost a fortune to buy that lot'. Finally, you get everything 'sorted' and retire to the garden for yet another sneaky fag and a well deserved very large glass wine. You close your eyes, relax, enjoy the wine and the late evening sunshine. Your beloved dog is at your feet, you're mentally planning what to do with the rest of your evening. Someone is whistling happily in the garden, you open your eyes and turn with a smile on your face. Then you see it...



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Michaelmas daisy - Aster Michaelmas falls on 29th September each year and heralds the start of autumn, the time when your garden starts to fade into quiet sleep. But there is a flower that comes into full bloom now; the old-fashioned Michaelmas Daisy. These pretty, simple daisy-like flowers come in all shades of purple, with blue, pink, white and red varieties. Asters provide glorious patches of colour and their flowers last for many weeks, brightening up rapidly dwindling flower beds. These plants come in sizes ranging from 60cm to 150cm. The bright yellow centres attract insects and are loved by bees and butterflies. Asters are also excellent cut flowers. As fully hardy perennials asters return every year. Asters can be propagated by dividing clumps every couple of years in spring. Over the years, plants can become leggy and spread via runners and self-seeding. Watch out or they may become weeds! Cut back after flowering to prevent powdery mildew. If this isn’t a problem in your garden, leave the dead flower heads to provide food for winter birds and insects. As these plants are not fussy about soil conditions, they are a wonderful plant for all gardens, providing welcome colour at a time when other flowers are dying down.


MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Burglary Advice - Saturday 25th September have done so is an effective way to deter a potential burglar. It also makes it more difficult to sell on items and vastly increases the likelihood of linking a thief to a crime, as well as increasing the chance of your property being returned to you if it is stolen.

Surrey Police will be distributing burglary prevention advice at the Swan Centre, Leatherhead, on Saturday 25th September. As part of a force wide “Beat the Burglar” campaign, members of the local safer neighbourhood policing team will be at the Swan Centre to talk to the public about how to reduce the opportunity of burglars gaining access to their property. There will also be a chance to win some home security products including a Selecta DNA forensic home marking kit.

Marking your property with a forensic marking product and using warning labels and window stickers will make burglars think twice about targeting your home. How do I security mark my property? Forensic marking products – such as Selecta DNA – offer a cost effective and robust method of marking. These contain a unique synthetic UV dye registered to the owner and proving ownership conclusively. The dyes are virtually impossible to remove and glow under UV light making detection easy. Surrey Police will be able to demonstrate how these forensic marking products work at the event on the 25th.

Although Surrey is one of the UK’s safest counties, Surrey Police is never complacent. We are constantly aware of the potential risk of burglary and we do all we can to prevent this distressing crime from happening – including giving out professional advice where and when it is needed. We know, for example that many homes remain regrettably insecure. One in three burglars don’t force their way in – they have easy access through an insecure door or window.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Tel: 01483 630809

The Crime Prevention Design Advisor for Mole Valley, PC Mike Bessent, will be present to give out advice on how to protect your home and your valuable property – including advice on burglar alarms, window and door locks, how to secure sheds and garages and property marking.

To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999 Your local team can also be contacted by email to

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Weller’s Rose Gardens and Swimming Pool c.1920s

Littlewoods Swimming Pool 1933 – Photograph: ‘An Act of Faith’ by Barbara Dawson – 100 Years of Education at Parsons Mead School.

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No: 20

The Floral Swimming Pool – Green Lane Littlewoods Swimming Pool – Ottways Lane - Ashtead There used to be good swimming facilities in Ashtead in the early part of the 20th century when Henry Weller, a nurseryman, developed the old clay pit of Sparrow’s brickworks into the Floral Swimming Pool, with steps, a raft and a diving board, as part of his Rose Garden. The pool was used by local swimmers and by many day trippers from London. Since the pool was deep (30ft at one point) and unsafe for poor swimmers, many parents, and children too, must have been greatly relieved when about 1930 Edgar Littlewood built swimming pools in the garden of his house, Littlewoods, in Ottways Lane. There were two pools – a small one for the young children and learners and a large one with diving boards for those who could swim. Parties of children came from the local schools to be taught to swim by Littlewood’s daughter, Mrs Brooker. These pools disappeared in the 1950s to provide housing, though a small part of the Floral Pool can still be seen today between the The Chase and the railway line.

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Win tickets to see The Magic of the 80s Show Friday 8th October - Epsom Playhouse

It’s time to return to an era when real men wore make-up and backcombed girls boasted the biggest hair in history... The Magic of the 80s features more than 30 hit songs from the decade that discovered Boy George, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Wham!, Spandau Ballet, Erasure, Soft Cell, The Eurythmics and The Human League – to name but ten legendary artists. The cast of The Magic of the 80s guarantees a lifelike slice of the Eighties nostalgia.

to Love, Bananarama’s Venus, Katrina and the Waves’ Walking on Sunshine, Yazoo’s Don’t Go, Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ’n’ Roll, Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven is a Place on Earth, Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Europe’s Final Countdown. Whether you’re young, young-at-heart or old enough to know better, The Magic of the 80s tribute show is the perfect party night out for everyone.

Sandwiched into the completely live production are classic 80s songs like Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, Gary Numan’s Cars, Robert Palmer’s Addicted

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Meredith’s Memories Those Blue Remembered Hills...ctd So, here we were at Abergele in north Wales, enjoying ourselves and exploring the area. We had all noticed two prominent mountains, not too distant inland - about five or six miles and referring to our map they were identified as Moelfre Isaf 1038 ft and Moelfre Uchaf 1299 ft. They seemed to be attracting us and so in the middle of that first week we got in the car and set off to find a convenient spot in the vicinity of Isaf to start our first family climb Robin and Mary, Mum and myself. It was just a pleasant walk really and we easily found the summit cairn. We took photographs, enjoyed the views and were thrilled by the sensation of being ‘on the top’ where every direction was sloping downwards. We then moved five miles west and tackled Uchaf with equal delight and the added satisfaction of a glimpse of Snowdon. Although unaware at the time, this day and those two mountains were to prove to be a pivotal point to Robin and me.

Following that memorable Welsh holiday in 1966 Robin meticulously kept a log of every hill and mountain he climbed, recording height, location date and climbing partner, total to date 75. As I write this he is off in the school holidays with Rachael to Wales. I wonder! I notice that the first 14 entries all label Dad as his climbing partner and I am pleased to think that together we cultivated the great delight we shared in wandering in the high hills. I want to mention W A Poucher who has written splendid books on the Welsh, Scottish and Lakeland Peaks, all illustrated with superb photographs and detailed ascent routes clearly defined and most useful to inexperienced climbers. We have found his books a wonderful aid to our exploration. Another famous name is Wainwright whose books are illustrated with his own beloved north country around the Lake District. T hirdly, through the media of television we have recently been able to follow the progress of Julia Bradbury with her interesting commentary on the Wainwright Walks as she strides along with such confidence and resolution.

Thereafter we took any opportunity we could of enjoying being in mountain country. Before the end of our Welsh fortnight we had climbed to the summit of Snowdon on the way. Snowdon of course is the highest point in Britain south of Scotland.

A final word, and this is only a personal opinion and without wishing in any way to diminish the magnificent achievement of the world’s ace mountaineers. I think that one does not ‘conquer’ a mountain, but rather does courageously face a challenge. The Himalayas have been there for about 50 million years and personally I feel that no mountain is conquered by a man standing on its summit. Enough said. (Perhaps too much!)

View from Mount Snowdown

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Meredith Worsfold in 1930

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That’s a Funny Thing to Say! Go by the board – to be finished with

Navy ships in the 19th century to rouse the sailors from their hammocks. A popular belief is that it comes from the time when women were allowed to stay overnight on Royal Navy ships when they were in port. If a woman’s leg was visible after the call was made they were left to sleep on.

This has a nautical origin from the 17th century. The side of a sailing ship was known as the board and early uses of the term refer to a mast on a sailing ship falling over the side of the ship.

Toffee nosed – snobby

Get down to brass tacks – to get down to basics

The word ‘toff’ has probably come from the word ‘tuft’ which was the name given to the gold tassel on academic caps worn by the sons of House of Lords peers studying at Oxford University. The term ‘toff’ was used by the lower classes in Victorian times to describe upper-class well-dressed gentlemen. The ‘nosed’ part of this phrase refers to the allusion that the upper classes held their noses up in the air particularly when near to the poor.

Show a leg – get up out of bed.

‘Show a leg’ was the order given on Royal

This is thought to come from 19th century America. There are a couple of versions of its origin. Old haberdashery shops had brass tacks positioned one yard apart along the edge of the counters and these were used for measuring the cloth. Presumably this was more accurate than measuring a yard of cloth along an arm’s length. An alternative origin relates to the use of brass tacks in upholstery during the 19th century. To repair a fault these would have to be removed and the chair stripped back to basics.


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Book Reviews by Peter Snell More Than Just a Life Steve Little £9.99

mecca of Hollywood stars, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. A very British star, The Elephant to Hollywood is the remarkable full circle of Michael Caine's life.

Based on the stories of their time in the First World War, Steve’s relatives provided the background and inspiration for this novel. On the verge of a professional sporting career, young Wilson was sent to the Front, undertrained and ill equipped. There he experienced the horrors and deprivations of trench warfare. Nursed back to health by a young French widow after a breakdown, he is recaptured and, during an eventful journey back to Belgium forms a friendship with his captor. The dramatic events before, during and after the Court Martial provide a gripping finale. Get a first edition from this local author before they are all gone.

Scarlett Dedd Cathy Brett £6.99 Last year Cathy launched her fantastic first fiction title for teens. You may remember how we “set the shop on fire” to launch “Ember Fury”. In this new title Scarlett is absolutely mortified (in more ways than one) to discover that she's accidentally killed herself while trying to get out of a school trip. Even worse, she's taken her entire family with her. Life as a ghost is pretty dull - if only some of her friends were dead too... Can you imagine what we will do to the shop this time? You will just have to come to the launch and signing – details soon on our website, in the shop and local press. Whatever we do I promise it will be “Dedd” good.

The Elephant to Hollywood Michael Caine £20.00 This month we have reviews of three local writers and this is one of them. It's been a long journey for Maurice Micklewhite - born with rickets in London's poverty-stricken Elephant & Castle - to the bright lights of Hollywood. With a glittering career spanning more than five decades and starring roles which have earned him two Oscars, a knighthood, and an iconic place in the Hollywood pantheon, Known now as Michael Caine he looks back over it all.Funny, warm, honest, Caine brings us his insider's view of Hollywood (where there's neither holly nor woods). He recalls the films, the legendary stars, the offscreen moments with a gift for story-telling only equalled by David Niven.Hollywood has been his home and his playground. But England is where his heart lies.

Heartstone C J Sansom £18.99 Summer 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake and Barak find themselves in Portsmouth, a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. The emerging mysteries involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne.

And where he blames the French for the abundance of snails in his Leatherhead garden. A plaque now celebrates him at the Elephant in London. His handprint is one of only 200 since 1927 to decorate the hallowed pavement outside that

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Issue 59, July 2010. Never underestimate the importance of community.