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


Winner of Made in Mole Valley Project



Science Facts


ARA needs road stewards


Wallace & Gromit’s Adventure Challenge


Amanda Fashion Show


GO50 Guides Walks & Cycle Rides


Leatherhead Rotary to the rescue


Anyone for hockey?


Celia Cross Greyhound Trust events


Surrey Hills Onward Learning - Autumn


SAVI celebrates 90 years


WEA - Autumn


MV Police Column


Recipe - Cherry Bakewell Muffins


Brotherly Love - a story


Trading Standards information


Mid-Surrey Mediation Service


Book reviews


DEBRA London Bridges Sponsored Walk


What’s on in September? Pages 66-69


Quiz - Languages


Dog fouling and the law


Pedalling in aid of Alzheimer’s Society


Gardening - the evil weevil


Scam warning booklet by Met Police


RHS warns of reduced fruit crops


Quiz - Proverbs


Teazle Wood - update


Simple Crossword


September’s crosswords


Heritage Open Days pages 42, 46 & 48


Local history article


Olympics photos pages 44-45


Transition Ashtead


Homes needed for shy cats


Useful numbers


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From the Publisher


eren’t the Olympic Games an absolute triumph? I was hoping that they would be good, but not entirely expecting them to go so well. I don’t think there was a day that I didn’t run the entire gamut of emotions cheering on the athletes in their endeavours for glory, feeling their pain, sharing their joy; I now feel like a rag, but a happy rag at that! For me, it all started in Dorking on Friday 20th July when my partner and I saw the torch go past, despite the quick rain shower, the atmosphere was just electric, we had a great afternoon. Also, whilst driving out of Leatherhead on Thursday 26th July we saw the men’s Swiss cycle team in Leret Way just practicing their route for the following Saturday. I have to say they looked absolutely ethereal in their full kit, elite athletes at the top of their game I guess. On Saturday 28th July we walked down to Gimcrack Hill to see the men’s cycle race come past. When I say ‘see’, what I mean is ‘feel’, gosh they were so fast I barely managed to take a photo, but thankfully Andy Newbold and his team were around to take professional photos (see pages 44-45) which he has kindly sent to me. After the cyclists had whizzed through, we walked into Leatherhead and the atmosphere was just wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the town look so busy, or colourful (except for Christmas, Halloween or St. George’s Day!), with so many people spilling out of the many coffee shops and eateries, a real festival atmosphere - well done Mole Valley Council. Certainly the Olympics have given us all a lovely warm feeling and have made me very proud to be British thanks to the fantastic achievements of Team GB... and I had the strangest dream one night... I was in the Olympic Pool with Rebecca Adlington and Michael Phelps teaching them my famous ‘frog crawl’, could they get the hang of it, could they heck as like. I invented it many moons ago whilst on holiday, one lies on one’s front with arms and legs splayed out just floating on the surface of the water. I can complete an Advertising entire length of an Olympic sized pool in 26 minutes, 15 seconds The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local and 4 hundredths, which is not only my personal best but is also provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads the world record, which still stands... cost from £53 +VAT per month, per September sees the annual Heritage Open Days Festival (Thursday quarter page for a 10,000 6th to Sunday 9th), with four days of free events. I’ve given you distribution (yes, really!) and can be a taste of what’s on offer on pages 42, 46 and 48, but you can designed where required. pick up a booklet from the Helpshop and libraries, or download it Technical & Legal stuff from the Mole Valley Council website on: Whilst every care has been taken to and search for Open Heritage Days. ensure that the data in this magazine I am now looking forward to a successful Paralympic Games and it is accurate, the Publisher cannot seems that tickets are almost sold out, making them the most accept, and hereby disclaims, any successful Paralympic Games to date. I think we can give liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions ourselves a pat on the back. resulting from negligence, accident Celia Cross Greyhound Trust is holding its annual fundraising or any other cause. events in September, details on page 20. Mid-Surrey Mediation No part of this magazine may be Service is bringing some peace to our lives, page 28 and Ashtead reproduced, stored in any retrieval Residents’ Assocation is on the lookout for road stewards, page system, or transmitted in any form - 12. electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without All in all, a busy month coming up, but no doubt one we will all enjoy. 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 2012. 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 progress past one property. This meant having to steer his mobility scooter onto the soft verge and Having courted controversy in a recent article in run the risk of the wheels sinking into the ground which we suggested residents keep their verges and the vehicle toppling over. He was reluctant to trimmed, we run the risk again of starting another approach the householder in case the person debate regarding hedges. became aggressive so appealed to the Residents’ This wet and warm summer has made England a Association to take up the case on his behalf. As very “green and pleasant land”. Look at how we have an excellent relationship with Surrey much our lawns have grown and how frequently Highways they arranged for their contractors to we have to mow them. You will have also noticed cut back the hedge. how the rapidly the weeds have grown back in This though was an exceptional case and in other freshly cultivated earth. Whilst the fruit trees cases where hedges or trees block the footpath or have suffered with the heavy rain and winds, it pavement the Highways Authority will normally has not stopped them growing. request the householder take action, and can, The same can be said for our hedges. I know in my when this is ignored, cut the offending hedge or garden I have had to cut them more often this tree themselves and send the householder the year than in previous years to keep the growth bill! under control. It seems though that whilst many So, next time you are gardening and trimming residents have similar experiences with their own that hedge or tree, take a moment to step outside hedges, this maintenance extends only to the tops your own property and check to ensure your of hedges and the inside boundary of their hedge or tree is not obstructing the pavement or properties. Where a hedge lies alongside a footpath. Do not forget the public footpath that pavement or a footpath many forget that is their may run at the back or side of your property. responsibility also to keep this trimmed back. This Remember those residents with disability scooters job is not one that the Highways Authority is duty or pushchairs. Can they still come by your bound to undertake, and it is up to the property without hindrance and not have to duck householder to ensure their hedges and trees do or step onto a possibly wet and muddy grass not obstruct the pavement or footpath. verge? Also don’t forget your neighbours. If they Just recently the Residents’ Association received are elderly or infirm they might appreciate your an appeal from a disabled resident who in order help in cutting back their hedges - though of to use the pavement from his house to the shops course check with them first! had to move onto the grass verge in order to The Autumn Prune

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION After several years of preparation and many public meetings, consultations, massive volunteer involvement, and the allocation of significant local and county resources, the Olympic Road Cycle Road Races have come and gone. There can be no doubt that they left a lasting impression on all who witnessed what was the blur of cyclists that passed through Leatherhead in the blink of an eye. Crowds were out in force on Saturday 28th July for the Men’s race in which Mark Cavendish failed to live up to expectation. However, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the many hundreds of residents that packed the town and surrounding roads; the activities laid on by MVDC around the whole town were extensive and truly brought the whole town centre area to life. The atmosphere was wonderful and spectators were having a great time. The following day the town came alive again for the Women’s race with spirits only slightly dampened by the downpour that hit Leatherhead at the same time as the cyclists and the convoy of police and support vehicles. In addition to acting as marshals during the races, the committee of the Leatherhead Residents Association and members had helped prepare for the weekend; just 48 hours earlier a team of volunteers had cleared the town of litter and even managed to coax Network Rail to tidy their embankments visible to the prying TV cameras. Disruption did not appear to be as bad as expected and barriers were soon cleared away and roads opened; it seemed that lessons had been learnt from last year’s trial. Unfortunately the utilities have not let the residents off easily and Kingston Road, a major thoroughfare of the town, is closed one-way for 4-6 weeks while a new gas main is laid. Diversions which also affect bus routes are in place and this adds to the congestion on the bypass at peak periods. Leatherhead does seem to be

enduring a lot of disruption at the moment with new water mains being laid to properties in north Leatherhead, new gas mains to properties in south Leatherhead, road works at Gimcrack Hill and the Household Waste site in Randalls Road still closed since January for refurbishment. Formal plans to revitalise Leatherhead High Street and surrounding roads are keenly awaited; there is much speculation about planting schemes, street furniture and vehicular access but adequate parking with convenient pedestrian access is paramount if the town centre is to become a vibrant trading zone. Mole Valley Heritage Open Days, the festival of architecture, culture and history, are scheduled for 6th – 9th September. More than 80 events will celebrate the people and places that make Mole Valley so special. There will be talks, guided walks, exhibitions, music performances, open properties and much more for all ages – see for more details. Although funding is still required to repay loans, congratulations must go to Lucy Quinnell and the Friends of Teazle Wood following the securing of the area of woodland between Leatherhead and Ashtead for the enjoyment of future generations. Campaigners against the proposed development of Cherkley Court and construction of a golf course received a set-back when Eric Pickles, Government Minister decided not to call the application in; however, planning permission has yet to be granted so it is anyone’s guess how this story will eventually unfold. The next meeting of the Association is Monday 3rd September commencing 7.30pm at the Letherhead Institute when everyone is welcome to attend. A date for your diary is the meeting to be held on 5th November when representatives of St John’s School will speak about their plans for the ongoing development of the school.


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Request for new Road Stewards The Ashtead Residents’ Association is always on the lookout for new Road Stewards and in particular we are looking for new Road Stewards for the following roads:• Barnett Wood Lane 240-265, 200-230

• Rutland Close

• Berry Meade and Berry Meade Close

• Taylor Road

• Darcy Road and Darcy Place

• The Marld

• Oakhill Road 1-55, 2-46

• The Street (Residential)

• Ottways Lane 5-43, 32-62

• Wood Lodge (Craddocks Parade)

• Read Road

• Woodfield Road & Links Corner Cottage

If you think you can volunteer your time to help collect subscriptions and deliver the latest issue of the Ashtead Village News, please contact our Hon Membership Secretary, Clare Ansett on 07733 621614 or for further details.

Inventions -

unpatented 17” grass cutter designed to be pulled by a pony was built by Scotsman Alexander Shanks in 1841. The first chain driven mower was produced by Thomas Green in 1859 and mass production followed in the 1860s. In 1870, Ellwood McGuire of Richmond, Indiana designed a lightweight hand-pushed machine which was an instant commercial success. The basic design of the cylinder mower has changed little since the 1930’s although a light, efficient rotary mower was developed in the 1950s. Petrol driven mowers were improved with smaller more powerful engines, but the problem of maintenance and pollution remains. Electric mowers are now popular, but for limitations by cable length to the power source. Today, as we give our lawns that last autumn cut, let’s thank Mr. Budding for his foresight.

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Whatever the weather, one thing is certain grass grows! From town house mini-lawn to school playing fields to stately home green acres, every patch has been mown time after time through the summer. Now imagine that task undertaken with scythes and hand shears and we begin to appreciate an undervalued invention, the lawn mower! Formal lawns with short cropped grass first appeared in France in the early 1700s and the idea quickly spread to England, across Europe and the world. Lawns were first kept neat by animals and servant gardeners armed with scythes, sickles and shears. By the 1800s, progress in mechanical engineering produced machines with revolving blades. The first patent for a mechanical lawn mower was granted in August 1830 to engineer Edwin Budding of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Budding’s design was based on a cutting tool used for trimming carpet, with a series of blades arranged around a cylinder. An

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It’s ‘Showtime!’ at the Green Room Theatre!

Sunday 9th September Annual fundraising sale Cranleigh Show ground on the B2127, 11am – 4pm. The barn will be full of bargains of every description. Numerous attractions will be in the arena, including and auction, Pony & roundabout rides, hot and cold food all day and, the highlight of the day, a parade of our wonderful rescued dogs all hoping to find a new home. Please come along and enjoy a fun day. Free entry and parking.

Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society (DDOS) presents ‘Showtime!’ from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September, 7.30pm. ‘Showtime!’ will take you on a musical journey through the West End and Broadway, from powerful love ballads to hilarious comic numbers and everything in between, this musical variety show has something to suit all tastes. The three-performance run will raise money to support the upkeep of DDOS’ Green Room Theatre, a cosy, yet professional performance space situated behind the Dorking Halls in Reigate Road. The 86-seat theatre was originally built as a barracks for Canadian soldiers during World War II and is now home to the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society.

Saturday 15th September Massive jumble and clearance sale Cranleigh Show ground on the B2127, 11am-4pm Entry is £1, sorry no early entry.

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN offending motorists. We urge all motorists to consider the manner of their driving when approaching schools, especially at peak times and to avoid parking on zigzags and yellow lines. The safety of all children is, of course, paramount!

As you will all know, Surrey “hosted” several Olympics related events during July and August. In particular, the Torch Relay and the Men’s and Ladies’ Cycle races passed right through Mole Valley. We hope you will agree that there was a great atmosphere surrounding all these occasions? They were certainly very wellattended by both local residents and many visitors to Mole Valley and we are pleased to report that police involvement was almost totally in relation to supporting the smooth running of the events and being able to be out-andabout meeting the public, giving directions and telling people what other activities were available for people to enjoy.

Anti-social driving, which can be classed as driving in any manner which causes alarm, fear or distress to another road user or pedestrian, is an offence Under Section 59 of the Road Traffic Act. If reported, a formal warning can be issued by police, which covers both the registered owner of the vehicle and the vehicle itself, even if being driven by someone else. If a further offence of a similar nature is reported, involving either the registered owner or the offending vehicle, police have powers to seize the vehicle without any further warning.

Crime for Ashtead remains generally low but there have been several thefts from motor vehicles reported to us recently. Suspects are targeting cars and vans parked in the street and also on driveways. Regrettably, all of these vehicles appear to have been left insecure which makes it even easier for a would-be thief to target. Please remember to LOCK your vehicle and remove personal belongings when it is being left unattended.

We have had a few reports across the area from traders that counterfeit notes have been found in circulation. These notes are quite sophisticated and can easily be mistaken for the real thing. Please be vigilant and report any suspicions to the Police. PCSO 12874 Pauline Daly

Due to the ease of entry that can be gained to an insecure vehicle, it takes only seconds for it to be taken and there are rarely any useful leads for police to investigate.

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Also, inconsiderate parking continues to be a huge problem for many Ashtead residents. Complaints range from vehicles causing obstructions to incidents that can only be described as “road rage”. The Safer Neighbourhood Team is working alongside Traffic Enforcement Officers who will deal robustly with any Please use the 101 number when reporting any non-emergency matters to us by telephone. The old 0845 number is now permanently out of service. 01483 571212 can still be used if preferred. In an emergency always dial 999.


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Brotherly Love This September was going to be different for Ben. His younger brother, Daniel, was about to join him at secondary school and Ben wasn't looking forward to it one bit. Daniel had built up quite a reputation at his junior school. He was rarely the cause of trouble or the perpetrator of any crime but was pretty much guaranteed to be at the scene. He had an endearing charm which usually cleared him of suspicion but a winning smile wouldn't be a panacea for tomfoolery once he was at senior school. As Ruth and Sam's eldest child, Ben had slipped quietly into his teens without any fuss. He was far more sensible and academic than his brother but quite happy to steer under the radar and avoid attention. He was good at sport, but never in the first team. He was clever but not in the top sets and he played in the school band but never took any solos. Ben was very content with this state of affairs. He could pretty much do as he pleased and remain incognito. Daniel meanwhile was noticed the moment he entered a room. Ruth tried to prepare her middle child but he was his usual carefree self. She didn't want to dampen his spirits or ruin the excitement of starting a new school but was concerned at her son's ebullient and sometimes naive approach to life. Sam was more pragmatic. If Daniel had to learn the hard way then he would just have to accept it. Ben could see his father's point of view but winced inwardly as he remembered the anxiety he'd felt on his first day and the fear he'd experienced when he was bullied by a boy called Chris Jones. He never told his parents and put up with the name calling and the random shoves as he walked down the school corridor. Fortunately Chris got bored with him and stopped after a few weeks but Ben feared for his brother. Bullies liked a reaction from their victims and Daniel wore his heart on his sleeve. His mother was right to be concerned. As the start of term approached, Daniel got more and more excited. He enjoyed shopping for his new uniform and was looking forward to his grown up adventure. Several friends from junior school were going with him so he felt confident and unconcerned. Ben didn't have much time for his younger brother but thought he should offer some brotherly advice and brought up the subject a few days before the beginning of term. "Senior school's very different from juniors, you know. You'll have to watch out for yourself. I don't want you embarrassing me or anything. Just be cool, ok?"

"Yeah, yeah... You're just Mr Perfect, aren't you...? I'm not going to be 'uncool' like you... Don't you go and act like the big brother, looking over my shoulder all the time. Let's just pretend that we don't know each other, OK? You ignore me and I'll ignore you!" "That's fine by me... I was only trying to help! Sort yourself out then... Don't come crying to me! Moron... You've no idea!" "I've plenty of ideas! My best idea is that I don't have a lame 'uncool' brother at the same school as me!" "Idiot..." That was the end of their brotherly conversation. The first day of school seemed to go ok. They ignored each other completely and only spoke once they were back home. Ruth was anxious to find out how the day went and their young sister, Sarah, was full of questions, most of them about lunch. Daniel had spent the day being shown around the school, collecting books and generally getting to know everyone. He'd messed around with his old mates at break and hadn't been fazed by the change of environment and the enormity of the school site. A few days went by and all seemed fine. The two brothers avoided eye contact in the school corridor and no one even knew they were related. The arrangement suited both of them perfectly. Things changed on the Friday. Ben walked by his brother, ignoring him as usual but something made him stop and look more closely. Daniel didn't look happy. He was standing against the wall and a slightly taller boy was leaning towards him with a threatening stance. Ben's reaction was instinctive. In two strides he was standing by his brother. "Is there a problem here?" The taller boy was startled and immediately unnerved by the quiet authority of this older student. "Nothing at all, er... I was just going..." He scuttled off with a red face. Ben and Daniel didn't say a word. They gave each other an almost imperceptible nod and went on their way. Copyright Sarah Lott July 2012

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DEBRA London Bridges Sponsored Walk Sunday 7 October 2012 The DEBRA London Bridges Walk will start at HQS Wellington taking in the five bridges of Blackfriars, Millennium, Southwark, London and Tower Bridge. There are several walks, 10k, 5k, a wheelchair-friendly route and a longer walk combining all eight bridges. DEBRA is the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest touch. In its worst form EB is fatal in infancy. Registration for the walk is between 10am -1pm and is £10, which includes a map of the route and a DEBRA t-shirt. Children under 16 are free. DEBRA would like participating adults to pledge to raise £50. It’s quick and easy to set-up a fundraising page at or to help with raising sponsorship. For more information, contact John Parker on 01707 879887 / 07786 575513, email or visit 30

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Dorking man set to pedal his way from London to Paris for Alzheimer's Society James Yeates, 29 of Westhumble, Dorking has taken up the challenge of cycling 300 miles from London to Paris for Alzheimer’s Society. James hopes to raise over £3000 by cycling from Crystal Palace in London, through the picturesque Kent countryside and then on through the undulating French countryside to the historic towns of Abbeville and Beauvais, to finally finish at the iconic Eiffel Tower. James said: ‘I decided to take part in this challenge for Alzheimer’s Society because my Grandfather suffered with the disease and I believe that this had a part to play, albeit indirectly in his death in June this year. It’s great to think that I will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.’ Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘We are delighted that James is giving his time to support Alzheimer’s Society. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like James to help us continue our vital work. Please back James in their fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer's Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.’ Skyline Events will be organising this cycle. With 20 years experience of adventure event management from Kilimanjaro Treks to the sights of Petra and of course the London to Paris cycle. Visit for more information

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ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Church Street, Betchworth RH3 7DW

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This early Grade I listed church has Norman origins and much of its construction dates from 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. Directions: Off A25 Dorking to Reigate Road. Open: Thursday to Saturday 09.00-17.00 (closed Saturday 12.00-14.00), Sunday 12.00-18.00; no booking required.

This year’s theme:

Jubilations & Celebrations Every Heritage Open Days is a celebration of all that makes the District special and different, from its countryside to its towns and villages, its culture and traditions, its architecture and its people. However, this year is a special year of celebration with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the arrival of the Olympic torch and cycle road races. An exhibition in Dorking Library in the week preceding and including the four days of events for Heritage Open Days remembers the occasions when, as a community, we have celebrated together. Visiting the many properties, guided walks, talks, performances and exhibitions cannot help but renew in us a strong sense of civic pride.

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The church is a Grade I listed building with parts dating from Saxon times and with later associations to Jane Austen and Fanny Burney. There will be static and DVD displays. Open: Friday 11.00-17.00, Saturday 10.00-17.00 & Sunday 11.00-15.00; no booking required.


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One of the oldest churches in Surrey, of Saxon origin, with part of the tower Saxon, circa 800. Also contains the Evelyn chapel (owned by the family), with 16th century origins and which contains John Evelyn’s remains (the famous diarist, garden designer and confidant of Charles II). Directions: Lane opposite Wotton Hatch pub on A25, 3 miles west of Dorking. Open: Saturday & Sunday 14.00-17.00 (Sunday service 11.15-12.30)

A gentle walking tour by local historian and Blue Badge Guide Allan Brigham highlighting the features that make Dorking one of the most attractive towns in Surrey. Described as ‘the epitome of paradise’ or as ‘a place to perish miserably of utter boredom and dry rot’? Come and find out for yourself! Directions: Meet at Almshouses, Cotmandene, behind south side of High Street (RH4 2BP). Walk time: Saturday 11.00-13.00; no booking required.

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The pretty village of Buckland, sandwiched between the North Downs and Greensand Hills, provides the setting for the 14th century church (Grade II listed), restored in 1860 by Henry Woodyer who designed St Martin’s Shared Church in Dorking (see separate entry). Stained glass windows, history trail for children to enjoy. Bell tower tours and afternoon tea will be available on Sunday only 14.30-18.00. Open: Thursday to Saturday 09.00-17.00; Sunday 12.00-18.00; no booking required.

Rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of this historical venue dating from 1931. This informative tour will take in the auditoriums and stage areas, technical stores, projection and lighting rooms and much more. Expect a few surprises! Refreshments are available. Open: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday tours 15.0016.30. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls, 01306 881717


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Town house built in the mid 19th century. Internally the building retains many of its original features and has a cantilevered stair case. Attractive walled garden. Tea and cakes available. Open: Sunday 14.00-17.00; no booking required.

FETCHAM PARK HOUSE Off Badingham Drive, Fetcham KT22 9HD

Fetcham Park House is a hidden gem - a 300 year old Grade II listed mansion set in nearly six acres of formal gardens - hidden amid quiet residential streets. Behind its grand facade lie some equally grand rooms and murals by Louis Laguerre, whose work also graces Chatsworth House and Hampton Court. This year’s open day follows the theme of ‘Celebrate with Us’, with displays illustrating the fashionable weddings hosted at Fetcham Park in the Edwardian and Victorian periods, together with other events that the villagers of Fetcham marked with parties and fetes. Open: Sunday 10.00-16.00; no booking required.

EXHIBITIONS HEADLEY ARCHIVES Headley Village Hall, Church Lane, KT18 6LD

An exhibition of photographs, maps and documents relating to the history of Headley. Refreshments available. Directions: Next to village shop. Open: Saturday 10.00-16.00, Sunday 09.00-16.00; no booking required.

SURREY ON FILM 1914-1953 A COMMUNITY IN PEACE AND WAR Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, KT22 8AH

A chance to see this fascinating film produced jointly by the Screen Archive South East and Surrey History Centre. It traces community life in the county from peacetime through the trauma of two world wars. In this year of the Diamond Jubilee, the film closes with the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Refreshments will be available. Open: Saturday & Sunday 10.00-16.00; no booking required.


musical instruments. Ask them to show you! Members of Leatherhead Orchestra will be on hand to tell you more. Refreshments will be available. Open: Saturday & Sunday 10.00-16.00; no booking required.

OPEN DAYS HA-HA AND FRENCHMEN: ALL ABOUT A WALL Rhododendron Wood car park, Tanhurst Lane, Leith Hill, Coldharbour RH5 6LZ

Restoration of the old brick wall around the Rhododendron Wood has begun this year. Come and see the volunteers at work and have a go at bricklaying. Directions: Tanhurst Lane is on a staggered junction, Leith Hill Lane, and Abinger Road (TQ132428). Open: Sunday 10.00-14.00; no booking required.


Visit UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory to learn about the origins of the UK’s space science programme and the world-leading role that is played today as telescopes are put into space to study the sun, planets, galaxies, black holes and more! Listen to talks, meet the scientists and engineers and see the telescopes we build. A tour will guide you through the history of Holmbury House where we are based. Children aged 8+ years are most welcome. Light refreshments available. Directions: Travel to Holmbury St Mary by B2126 from A25 at Abinger Hammer or A29 at Ockley. In the village, turn west up Pitland Street onto Holmbury Hill Road for a little over one mile; limited on-site parking. Open: Saturday 14.00-17.00 (programme begins at 14.00). Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls, 01306 881717

MUSEUMS LEATHERHEAD MUSEUM Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DP

The museum is housed in a restored 17th century timber-framed cottage with a small courtyard at the rear containing a well. In addition to the usual displays and artefacts of local historical interest, there will be a special photographic display of public celebrations in keeping with this year’s theme. Directions: Leatherhead town centre at junction of Church Street and The Crescent. Open: Thursday & Friday 13.00-16.00, Saturday & Sunday 10.00-16.00; no booking required.

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Private Plantagenet and Carolean house. Rowhurst’s owner Lucy will be baking special Heritage Open Days cakes to mark diverse occasions, from the Diamond Jubilee to the rather daunting 666th birthday of one half of her house! The displayed cakes will include Victorian acorn cake and Tudor “Maids of Honour”. You will be able to see the cakes and the ground floor of the house at the same time. If you fancy baking a cake to join in the celebrations please send a photograph of your cake with your recipe, age and contact details to: by 31 August and we’ll include it in our cake display. Zen George of The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local will choose her favourites and a senior (over 16) and junior (16 and under) prize will be awarded, donated by Rowhurst Forge and Fire and Iron Gallery, which have their own 80th and 30th birthdays in 2012. Refreshments will be available. Directions: Just off Junction 9 M25 (eastbound). Signed ‘Fire and Iron Gallery’ from A244. Open: Friday to Sunday 13.00-17.00; no booking required.


The City of London Freemen’s School was founded in 1854 for “70 boys and 30 girls, to be admitted to the school between the ages of 7 and 10 and to be kept until the age of 14, during which time they should be fed, clothed and educated without charge”. Originally located in Brixton, the school moved to Ashtead Park in 1926. The estate was purchased in 1680 by Sir Robert Howard and remained a private residence until the Ralli family sold the estate to the Corporation of London in 1924. Today the school is an independent coeducational day and boarding school. The school remains committed to the aims of the founders, maintains its City links and continues to welcome back former pupils, parents and staff. Come and view our archive and tour the grounds and historic school buildings. Light refreshments available. Open: Sunday tours 13.00 & 15.00. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls, call 01306 885001 for details.

A talk by James Dixon - great, great, great nephew of Abraham Dixon, a former owner of Cherkley Court and local benefactor. Refreshments available. Directions: From A24 at Beaverbrook roundabout take B2033 (signposted Headley). The entrance to Cherkley Court will be found after ¼ mile on the right hand side. Sunday 14.30. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls, 01306 881717


A walk around the grassland, oak woods and ponds at Bookham Commons, including a visit to the bird hide. The walk will be slow-paced and on level ground so perfect for a Sunday afternoon outing for the all the family! Directions: Meet at Tunnel car park, 150m east of Bookham Railway Station, Commonside, Church Road, Great Bookham KT23 3LT (TQ130557). Walk time: Sunday 14.00-15.30; no booking required.


There are four heritage trails, in Ashtead, Bookham, Dorking and Leatherhead. These have been established to encourage and allow people to explore the local heritage. All can be downloaded from the internet using the following links: Ashtead_Trail.pdf Leatherhead_Trail.pdf Bookham_Traills.pdf Dorking_Trail_1.pdf


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Made In Mole Valley Project Announces Winner A team of judges has picked a winner for Mole Valley District Council’s film project Made in Mole Valley. The standard of entries was high for the Inspire Mark-awarded project which centred around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and celebrated the district’s culture and heritage. The winning film came from 18-year-old Michael Fendick from Fetcham and is entitled ‘The Rider’. It shows a BMX rider exploring the urban landscape of Leatherhead at night. When submitting his entry Michael wrote: “Prior to starting production of the film, I spent a lot of time looking at this genre of short film. I wanted to make sure I had a good story that held together and the audience would understand, and that I could film in a way that was appropriate for the sport. “’The Rider’ is not meant to show BMX as a competitive sport. It captures the essence of the lifestyle and the enjoyment of riding locally, close to home, using the landscape the riders have around them.” The five entries have been available to view on the Made in Mole Valley project’s YouTube channel. The winner will be featured on big screens in Dorking and Leatherhead during the Olympic Cycling Road Race weekend alongside other Inspire Mark and Olympic-inspired films. One of the judges, Andy Newbold from Andy Newbold Photography in Leatherhead, said of the winner: “I loved this (film) - good soundtrack, great angles and creative elements and a good use of locations, camera techniques etc. This film had a lot of atmosphere and was rounded off well at the end. Well done to all though!”


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Leatherhead Community Choir Re-convenes Tuesday 11 September 6.30pm – 8pm Kings Croft Chapel Kingscroft Road, Leatherhead

(by kind permission of the Chapel) This friendly and informal group meets on a weekly basis just to sing – and have fun! No prior singing experience is assumed and there are no auditions. Weekly donation of between £2 and £4 Why not come along and give us a try?

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GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks and Cycle Rides for the 50+ age group.

This is just a taste of what’s on offer. Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, email:


September Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended)

Thurs 6th Wednesday 12th Friday 21st Wednesday 26th

Thu 6 : Chertsey : 4m Flat walk around outskirts of Chertsey town centre, around a lake and along River Bourne. 10:45am at the Twynersh, Thorpe Rd, Chertsey (Good value meal available here). TQ033672/KT16 9EG | Wed 12: Milton Heath : 3½m Behind Westcott to Mad Horse Copse and fishing lakes. Local pubs for lunch. 10:15am at Milton Heath car park, ½m out of Dorking on A25 Westcott Rd, down lane signed ‘Bury Hill Fisheries’. TQ155488/RH4 3JT | Fri 21 : Headley Heath : 8-9m Undulating walk on good tracks over heathland. Picnic stop at Box Hill, return by Ashurst Centre. 10am at Headley Heath NT car park (NT or £2.50), Headley Common Rd B2033, opp. cricket pitch. TQ205538/KT18 6NN | Wed 26 : Reigate Heath : 3¾m Flat walk to Skimmington Castle and Wonham Mill. Bring snack. 10am at Flanchford Rd CP, west of Reigate. TQ238503/RH2 8AB

September Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling )

Monday 10th Friday 14th Thursday 20th

Mon 10 : Reigate: Exploring some quiet lanes and bridleways to south and west of the Skim. Meet Gwyn at Skimmington Castle pub, Bonny’s Rd off Flanchford Rd, Reigate. Park in CP behind pub. TQ238497/RH2 8RL Fri 14 : Horton Country Park: Explore Horton Country Pk, the Hogsmill & Ashtead Common. Meet David at the Woodman, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. TQ179586/KT21 2DA | Thu 20 : Mogador: Circular tour of local heaths, commons and woodland. Meet Gwyn at Sportsman pub, Mogador. TQ239532/ KT20 7ES 54

Clubs & Activities / Education & Tuition

Anyone for hockey? If you can’t attend on 1st September but are interested in joining the club, please get in touch via the email address or contacts on our website, All information on the club is posted on our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our club.

With an amazing bronze medal for the women’s team and 4th position for the men’s, has the Olympics inspired you to get back to hockey or get involved for the first time? Look no further – the only hockey club catering for men, women and colts in Mole Valley, Leatherhead Hockey Club always welcomes new faces! We would love to see any budding players, coaches or umpires at our Club Open Day on Saturday 1st September at St Teresa’s School, Beech Avenue, Effingham Hill, Dorking, RH5 6ST (Ladies start at 10.30am, Men at 12.30pm). All standards are welcome from beginners to lapsed or more experienced players. And afterwards why not come along to our start of season barbeque at Oxshott Village Sports Club, and find out more about the social side of the club!

French and Spanish Tuition and Translation All Levels Welcome

Shelagh Linford BA (Hons)

Leatherhead Hockey Club runs 8 teams (3 men, 3 women, 1 mixed and Colts). Our Mens and Ladies teams compete in the Surrey Hockey leagues and play matches most Saturdays from September until April. Adult training sessions are on Wednesday evenings starting on 5th September 2012 at 8pm (please call/email for venue confirmation). Our Colts section (8-14yrs) which trains every Sunday morning continues to produce fantastic talent which feeds our senior teams. Colts training starts Sunday 16th September at St Teresa’s School at 10:30am.

For further information please contact:

Tel: 01372 373954


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Education & Tuition It’s never too late... to enrol for a class at Surrey Hills Onward Learning Our classes start in September and many are now full, but there are still vacancies in some -- for instance - The Glory that was Greece on Monday mornings (£70 for ten weeks). Isn’t this the year of the Greek? The Olympics? The drama of the drachma and its possible comeback? Our class covers history and philosophy, Greek tragedy and Doric temples, and a review of everyday life in the fifth century BC. We have spaces still in our series of courses on Women Novelists on Monday afternoons (£40 for five weeks), beginning with Jane Austen. We cannot cover all her six novels, but will focus on the favourites, starting with Pride and Prejudice. Still on the feminine theme, Women Returners is a new course on Thursday afternoons (£70 for ten weeks) which aims to help women who are at a turning point in their lives and/or relationships and need to think this through – to gain confidence, assess their strengths and weaknesses, determine priorities, learn what is on offer in the way of qualifications, understand the job market, and learn about self-employment. There is no gender-bias in What is this thing called Psychology? on Thursday mornings (£70 for ten weeks). The basics of psychology will be covered but learners are encouraged to bring their own questions for discussion on how and why people behave in the ways they do. There are also vacancies in some of our GCSEs, and in three of our one-year A levels..

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Letherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

WEA Autumn Term The Autumn term commences on Monday 24th September with a broad mixture of our regular and popular subjects, the following is just a small selection of what’s on offer: Astronomy - The Modern Universe with Tony Sizer MA.Cantab FRAS MRI. Find out about supernova, quasars, black holes, nebulae, comets, meteors, the sun, moon and planets. Starting 26th September, 11am-1pm, Waterfield Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham. Fee £158 for 20 weeks. Course ref: C3733188 Current & International Affairs with Guy Arnold MA. We live in a world of constant manoeuvres and confrontations between countries all around the globe from the USA and China, to Britain, the EU and Russia, between India and Pakistan and Turkey, Iran and Israel. The search for resources and power still continues. Tuesday 25th September, 10am-12pm, Letherhead Institute, fee £158, course ref: C3733179 Philosophy - Puzzles and Dilemmas with Howard Martin MA. Looking at ethics, free will, natural law, hedonism, utilitarianism, reason and moral choice, fairness and equality, religious codes, global and applied ethics. Previous experience not required and discussion based. Tuesday 25th September, 20 meetings, Letherhead Institute, 2-4pm. Fee £158, course ref: C3733184 Photoshop Elements (PSE) Software with Terry Pullen. Introductory level course for those wishing to manage their digital images. Own laptop required. Tuesday 25th September, 10.30am -12.30pm, Waterfield Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham. Fee £79, course ref: C3733181

For further details, go to:, contact Joy Tapping on 01306 713355, or pick up a brochure from local libraries, Letherhead Institute, St Michael’s Church Hall Ashtead, Leatherhead Helpshop or MV District Council office. 56

Education & Tuition

WATERCOLOUR CLASSES With Frances Jordan BA (Hons) Fine Art

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Food & Drink

Recipe Cherry Bakewell Muffins 1.

Heat oven 160°C / 310°F Gas Mark 2½


Whisk sugar, egg, butter, yogurt and almond extract


Fold in flour, baking powder and ground almonds


Spoon half into 12 muffin cases, add 1 tsp jam and then cover with remaining mixture


Bake for 20/25 minutes


Mix icing sugar with a little hot water, ice the muffins, top with a cherry and decorate with flaked almonds.

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150g golden caster sugar 1 egg 125g butter 175ml greek yogurt 1 tsp almond extract 200g plain flour 1 rounded tsp baking powder 100g ground almonds 12 tsp cherry jam 150g icing sugar Flaked almonds Glacé cherries Makes 12 muffins Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes

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adverse reactions linked to products containing DMAA. Products containing DMAA are being sold in the UK as preworkout sports supplements and as socalled fat burning food supplements. Where DMAA is present in a product it may be listed on the packaging as: • 1,3-dimethylamylamine • DMAA Solution: Check your sunglasses for a CE • geranium extract mark. If you see these on sale please let us • geranamine know via the Citizens Advice Consumer • methylhexanamine Helpline on 08454 04 05 06. • 4-methylhexane-2-amine Issue: Novelty 2012 Sunglasses that are not CE marked (these are ’CC’ marked - there is no such thing!). Wearing these type of products that have not been tested for safety may hurt your eyes and not protect from UV rays! These have been found in Surrey.

Solution: The FSA is working closely with enforcement authorities to ensure that Issue: Reports of elderly residents food supplements containing DMAA are not throughout Surrey with blocked drains on sale in shops. Consumers are also being charged thousands of pounds. advised not to buy online any food supplements or products containing DMAA. Solution: We suggest that you: If you have consumed products containing • Obtain a couple of quotes • Don't get taken in by the trader claiming DMAA and you feel unwell, please contact your GP that it's an urgent job • Check your paperwork

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Please report these or similar instances to us via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.

Issue: More reports of residents being cold called by companies offering domestic alarm systems as part of a Government Scheme - there is no government scheme!

Just a note to say thank you very much for promoting the Leatherhead Choral Society Simply Singing Afternoon. Many of the people who came had seen it in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Great stuff! Thanks again, Jo Forrest, Press Officer

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Saved by the Bell

September signals the end of the summer holidays and the start of the new academic year. While you’re replenishing supplies of notepads and pens, why not pick up a novel that’s based in a school? Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

On the face of it, Hailsham boarding school in the heart of the English countryside seems idyllic. The students are nurtured, encouraged to stay healthy and are protected from the outside world. The story centres round the love triangle of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. As a now thirty-one year old, Kathy begins to reflect on their time at Hailsham and what it means to have been a student there. Without wanting to give the plot away, Hailsham has a dark secret and only a special type of person may attend. Ultimately, it’s a story about love, friendship and hope.

Skippy Dies Paul Murray

Opening with a dramatic doughnuteating contest in which Skippy does indeed kick the bucket, this is a wildly funny and equally gross insight into the minds of teenage boys. Overweight genius Ruprecht Van Doren and his roommate Daniel ‘Skippy’ Juster attend Seabrook College for Boys in Dublin. Beginning at the end, it then goes back in time to follow Ruprecht in his pursuit of Lori from the neighbouring girls’ school. If you thought teenage boys were obsessed with flatulence and other bodily functions, you’re

right. They’re also children struggling to find their identity and for that, the book is incredibly endearing.

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

From the opening paragraph we’re in the mindset of the rebel with a cause, the ‘catcher in the rye’ himself, 16 year old Holden Caulfield. He’s been expelled from prep school and through his biting narration, edgy cynicism and general teenage angst, we’re all reminded what it’s like to be adolescent. It still remains on many banned book lists and thus has become an anthem for youth.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling

From the moment Harry, Ron and Hermione board the Hogwart’s Express at platform 9¾ we know that school will never be the same again. Who wouldn’t want to dine in the Great Hall, be tutored in muggle studies and represent your house at Quidditch? Featuring every aspect of boarding school life wizardstyle, it’s an absolute mustread.


Goodbye, Mr Chips James Hilton

This time it’s the teachers’ turn to have a voice. ‘Goodbye, Mr Chips’ is the sentimental tale of Mr Chipping, a much-loved staff member at a fictional boys’ public boarding school. Failing to connect with the pupils at first he eventually finds his confidence and a new love. Ok, it’s a bit mushy and sentimental but there’s something about these warm recollections of the retired schoolmaster that will melt your heart. Beautifullywritten and wonderfully nostalgic it’ll have even the former bad boys remembering school through misty eyes.

The Blackboard Jungle Evan Hunter

Set in New York, this is a gritty and realistic portrayal of a new teacher’s struggle to maintain discipline in an inner -city school. It may have been set in the 1950s but the subject matter is timeless, dealing with violence in a way that rings as clear as the school bell within today’s society. It has a brilliant climax that’s worth the wait and will make your old comprehensive feel like something from Enid Blyton.




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Notebook buyers guide Most schools and universities expect their students to have access to a computer and the Internet for homework and coursework. To help you make the correct decision when buying a machine we have drawn up some ideas on what to look for in a notebook and to explain a bit about the terminology. The term laptop or notebook refers to exactly the same machine type, this is a portable PC which can be battery powered. Typically these machines have a display size ranging from 12” to 19” diagonal, with 15.6” being the most popular. Typically a notebook will run off battery power for around 2-4 hours, some are now able to run for 8 hours between charges. The average 15.6” notebook will have an inbuilt DVD drive for film playback and data backup, the smaller machines tend not to have an inbuilt DVD drive, but an external drive can be added. If the machine is running Windows 7 ensure it has 2Gb ram or more also make sure the machine has a minimum of 100Gb hard drive, wireless networking and a webcam is often very useful. The processor or CPU cannot easily and economically be changed therefore get the best and fastest for your needs. Buying a Celeron, Celeron dual core or Sempron is not a great decision, as it has limited performance. For general needs we would recommend the Dual Core, Core i3 and Core i5 processors, for more demanding needs like design and creative work we would recommend the i5 or i7 based processor. Currently we have a range of Core i5 notebooks, which are at the same price as the Core i3’s therefore buying the Core i5 is a better decision. Typically a good quality, high spec notebook would cost you from £320, but please look at our advert or call in for some great offers we currently have. Netbooks are a smaller version of a notebook, they almost always have 10-11” display, and their processor is usually an Intel Atom, which is great for running the less demanding applications like word processing and web browsing. They are very light at 1Kg and have very long battery life between 7-11 hours. As standard they have 1Gb Ram (which is best to upgrade to 2Gb- as it makes the machine work faster), 100Gb plus hard drive, wireless networking, web cam and a limited version of Windows 7 (Starter Edition). No netbooks have built in DVD drives due to their size limitations. Netbooks prices start at around £250 and go up from there. The latest notebook design is the supper slim, superfast Ultrabooks, they enjoy higher performance, longer running battery life and much smaller and lighter. The Asus Zenbook is a fantastic example and will only cost £840.00 It is probable that you will also need a printer, antivirus software and the latest Microsoft Office software. If you would like more information or advice please contact us, our opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00-5:30

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Walk to d’feet’mnd - East Surrey Motor Neurone Disease Assoc stroll/hike around Box Hill and the North Downs (different walks for various abilities, includes children’s one hour fun trail) 10am onwards. Maps available as well as path markers on route. Unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Register in advance by contacting Simon Edmands on 07753 821964,

Tuesday 4th

Soundbytes' Choir new term starts. New members welcome. Free taster session. Contact Hazel 01372 278016 or

Sat 8th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead. 2pm-5pm. Free entry. Refreshments available

Sunday 9th

Bacchus Marathon & Family Fun Day. Half or full marathon commencing at Denbies and trailing through the Surrey Hills. A fun day for all the family, fancy dress, live music, barbecue and much more. Details and entry:

Sunday 9th

Ashtead Allotment Gardens Association – Macmillan Coffee Morning. 10.30am – 12pm. Come and join us to help raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity to help provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system. Enjoy coffee, tea, light refreshments and produce fresh from the allotments in a peaceful horticultural oasis. Everyone welcome. Ashtead Allotment Gardens, A24 Leatherhead Road, between Ashtead Hospital and Leatherhead.

Sunday 9th

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust annual fundraising sale. Cranleigh Showground, 11am – 4pm. Numerous attractions will be in the arena, including and auction, Pony & round about rides, hot and cold food all day and aparade of our wonderful rescued dogs all hoping to find a new home. Please come along and enjoy a fun day. Free entry and parking. Further information, please contact 01372 274 313 / 01372 454 897

Mon 10th

Bat Walks, Polesden Lacey. 8.45pm – 10.15pm, Join our Rangers for an evening ramble and discover our amazing night time creatures. See the bats dart and dive, listen to their ‘silent’ nocturnal calls with special detectors and have a go at catching other nocturnal beasties. £8 Adult £4 Child (12 and under)


Celia Cross Greyhound Trust jumble and clearance sale. Cranleigh Showground 11am-4pm. Entry £1, sorry no early entry. Contact details as for Sunday 9th.

Sun 16th & Sun 30th

SHOPFEST market place at Denbies, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA, 10am-3pm. Presenting a showcase of fabulous arts, crafts, homewares, jewellery and independent business. With wine tours all year round, conservatory restaurant, free admission and free parking.

Wed 19th

Amanda Fashion Show in aid of DYSCOVER, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm for 8. £12.50 to inc glass of wine and canapés. Tickets from shop, 41 The Street. 01372 274333

Friday 21st

Leatherhead & District History Society lecture 'Surrey Weather' by Ian Currie, Letherhead Institute ( top of High St.) coffee 7.30pm lecture 8pm, all welcome admission £1

Sat 22nd

Longbow archers event, Polesden Lacey, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The Fraternity of St George will show you how to shoot like the longbowmen of Agincourt with their 50 minute have-ago sessions. To book your place visit £15pp (not suitable for children under 5 years)

Friday 28th

Shampers & Shepherds Grand Quiz Night - Leatherhead Lions Club are holding a themed quiz night at St Michael's Church Hall off Woodfield Road, Ashtead, 7.30pm. £12, includes Cava, Shepherds Pie and a mystery prize for the winning team. Teams of eight ideal, but smaller groups will be welcomed. If there’s an event in October that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Wednesday 12th September.. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. 66 of going to print. Details correct at time

What’s On? What’s On?


Ashtead Choral Society

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MONDAY 1st OCTOBER 7.30 for 8.00 pm Copies will be available for free loan

FREE TEA and COFFEE Singers of any standard welcome to come and sing this wonderful music

Come & Sing - The Fauré Requiem Ashtead Choral Society will begin rehearsals in September. As participants in the Mole Valley Arts Festival, ACS will be holding a free ‘Come and Sing’ on Monday 1st October 2012, 7.30pm for 8.00pm, at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead. Anyone interested is warmly invited to come and join the choir for the evening, singers of any standard welcome, to sing the Fauré Requiem. Music and refreshments will be provided free of charge. The evening is always great fun and who knows, you may then want to join the choir and be part of our very exciting, forthcoming season.

For any further information, please contact Sue Early on 01372 272835. 67


(most weeks)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion with Choir and children's Sunday Club. Also 6.30pm Informal Service with Band. Please check website for weekly updates (30th is Harvest Thanksgiving)

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group AGM, followed by demo ‘Cheerful Things’, Graham King . Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.30-4.30pm, visitors £4. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Tuesday 4th

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks, ‘The Tesco Effect’ Pam Goodall. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Tues 4th & Fri 7th

The Pre-Raphaelites: Were they really so avant garde? To coincide with the exhibition at Tate Britain we will explore their work and perhaps come to some conclusion. £10 inc refreshments: Tel: 01372 272235 email: to book.

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Wed 5th

Ashtead WI, ‘Ruth Ellis, My Sister’s Secret Life - How I came to Ghostwrite the Book’, Monica Weller. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. More info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Thursdays weekly 6th 13th 20th 27th

Music on Thursdays - St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead. 12.30pm-1.20pm

Admission to these lunchtime concerts is free. There will be a retiring collection if you would like to help cover costs. If you complete a Gift Aid envelope we will be able to top up your contribution by 25p per pound of recovered Income Tax or CGT.

6 September – TBC 13 September – Students from the Royal Academy of Music 20 September – David Oldfield, organ 27 September – Students from the Royal Academy of Music

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. £3. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

Thurs 6th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Tyrrells Wood Golf Course, 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian on 01372 275860

Thurs 6th (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm 1st Thurs of month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam. 01403 750844

Friday 7th

NHS Blood donor session: - Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Two sessions: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am 10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea. Be early or miss out!

Friday 7th (weekly)

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

Friday 7th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, between noon and 2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. All money goes to Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. A welcoming venue to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two worthy charities.

Friday 7th


10am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Come and pick up some lovely haberdashery so you can be creative! Beautiful greetings cards - fantastic value. 68

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REGULAR EVENTS Continued Sat 8th Sat 22nd Sat 29th

Summer walks around the beautiful Mole Valley, with Ian & Flip Cargill 01372 383468 / 07766 166794 ,, Donation to charities, car share suggested, all 10am start Sat 8th Ranmore East NT CP (Bring NT card) Sat 22nd Milton Heath CP west of Dorking off A25 Sat 29th Friday St CP Hollow Lane, off Friday Street Rd

Wed 12th

(2nd Wed mthly)

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Thurs 13th (mthly)

Transition Ashtead meeting. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Jim Jones from the Surrey Wildlife Trust will explain more about both projects and the wildlife on the sites.

Friday 14th

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

Sunday 16th (3rd Sunday mth ‘til Oct)

The Leatherhead Lions car boot market, Leatherhead Leisure Centre fields, 7.30am, no need to book, just £10 for a car or £14 for a van. Craft stalls are welcome, catering on site. For info contact Tony 01372 274822 or Tom 01372 272360.

Sat 22nd

Leatherhead Men’s Breakfasts - 8am at URC, Leatherhead. More info can be found from or go to 69

Dog Fouling and The Law On the 1st March 1999 the Mole Valley District Council Dogs (Fouling of Land) Order 1999 came into effect. This order means that it is an offence to allow your dog to foul public land. The maximum fine for failing to clear up after your dog is ÂŁ1,000. Not only is it against the law and antisocial, but it can be a danger to public health. Dog waste can contain the roundworm Toxacora which can result in a serious infection lasting between six and 12 months. The infection, Toxocariasis, most commonly affects children between the ages of 18 months and five years.

waste. Picking up dog waste is not dangerous to health if done correctly. Please see downloadable poster for how to clear up dog waste properly. The council provides specialist dog waste bins across the district. Although you can also use a normal rubbish bin provided the waste is bagged. If there is no waste bin nearby then carry your dog's waste home and dispose of it in your own black bin.

Report it

You can report instances of dog fouling under the "Report It" section of the Mole Valley website, or email In order to investigate or prosecute the council would need the address of the person causing the fouling. If this is not possible then MVDC would need details such as; a description of dog and owner with a regular time and place where the fouling is committed.

Where does the Law Apply?

The law applies practically everywhere outside the boundary of your own property. The order states you must clear up after your dog on "all land within the district of the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access." Failure to do so may result in a fine. Reasons not to pick up such as "I've forgotten my poo bags" or "Its natural fertiliser for the soil" are not valid excuses.

Be Prepared

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The Evil Weevil By Pippa Greenwood The vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) will always feature in any gardening poll of ‘top pests’. They’re an immensely successful pest; there are only females and each one is capable of laying about 1,000 eggs during the summer. If you have them in your garden, whether you like it or not, you probably need to get to know better. How Do You Know You Have Vine Weevils? The adult vine weevil is just under 1cm long, matt black with tiny gingery brown flecks on its wing-cases. They’re a classic weevil shape with elbowed antennae and a phenomenal ability to grip on to nearly any surface. You’re likely to notice the notches around the leaf margins before you see the weevil. They tend to feed in the evening or at night, usually on the lower, most accessible leaves.

Avoid re-using compost in containers as it might contain grubs or eggs, which are impossible to spot. As vine weevils can’t fly, making barriers is relatively easy. Put a ring of non-setting glue around the rim of containers, use a gritty mulch to reduce the number of eggs that are laid and hatch and try creating miniature moats around the legs of greenhouse staging, by standing each leg in a bowl of water. Vine weevils can’t swim and won’t be able to access the plants provided the staging doesn’t touch the sides of the greenhouse.

The young stage weevils or grubs are about 1cm long, creamy white in colour and often curled into a ‘C’ shape, with no legs but a gingery brown head. You’ll find them in the compost or soil, close to the roots or tubers that they’ve been feeding on. Unless you’re removing a plant you’re unlikely to notice the grubs; it’s when a plant suddenly starts to wilt or die, or you realise that something is no longer firmly rooted that alarm bells should begin to ring.

I’m a fan of the biological nematode controls. They’re available from mail order suppliers (including and seed catalogues and are applied as a compost or soil drench. To work effectively, keep the area moist, so that the nematodes can move through the compost to attack the grubs, entering their bodies and producing a bacterial infection to kill them. The nematode controls need to have a soil or compost temperature of 5-21C and work best during August and September.

What Do Vine Weevils Attack? Vine weevils will attack nearly any plant you try to grow, particularly in containers. They’re a greater problem on perennial plants and those with fleshier roots or tubers. The adult beetles emerge mostly between March and May, but also at other times in greenhouses. The eggs are dark brown, less than 1mm diameter and are placed close to a suitable host plant. The eggs hatch to produce the creamy coloured grubs which feed and grow until they reach full size.

Visit the new products area on Pippa’s website for a great selection of products - signed copies of Pippa’s books, Grower Frames, cloches, pop-up plant cloches, raised bed kits, delightful terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, Nemaslug and other natural pest controls and lots, lots more! You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening.

What Can You Do? Try to avoid getting vine weevils in the first place. Check plants, including their roots, carefully for foliage damage before introducing anything new to your garden. 72

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RHS warns of reduced fruit crops this autumn The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is recommending a number of ways that gardeners can use to counteract the potential poor fruit crops expected this year. Although the warm start to the year initially raised hopes of a good harvest, frosts in April and cold rainy weather in May and June reduced pollination and led to losses of remaining fruitlets. This will mean poorer plum crops this summer and a dearth of apples and pears later. The charity is suggesting that to preserve whatever crop is left it is even more important to keep down weeds around trees so that there is less competition for nutrients - especially important if there are dry spells. Careful control of pests and diseases will also help. And there will be little need to thin out the remaining fruit. The RHS is advising gardeners that it will be necessary to summerprune restricted forms of fruit trees such as cordons and espaliers. With few fruits to support it is expected that trees will grow too many branches and leaves. "Because trees have dropped quite a lot of their developing fruits, gardeners should be wary about thinning fruits - and in many cases not thin out at all this year," says Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor. "This current warm, moist weather, in the absence of a heavy fruit crop, will also encourage lush growth so summer pruning will help direct nutrients to the fruit and promote productivity for 2013. Adding potassium (high potash) fertiliser to the weed-free area at the base of the tree can help harden growth and promote fruitfulness."


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Goblin BVC Factory, Ermyn Way At the east end of Leatherhead, bordering on Ashtead once stood the factory of Goblin BVC, makers of vacuum cleaners, washing machines and clocks employing 1000 workers. The founder, Hubert Cecil Booth was the inventor of the first vacuum cleaner. In 1904, he produced the world’s first portable vacuum cleaner which only needed two operators, one to pump the bellows and the other to operate the cleaning tool. In 1921, his company produced the first electric upright bag model and a few years later, the cylindrical model, the whole range coming under the trade name of ‘Goblin’. In 1938 Goblin BVC moved to a complex in Ermyn Way and during the Second World War made munitions which included mine-sinkers, shell fuses and camouflage netting. Post-war, Hoover became a major competitor and so dominated the market that vacuum cleaning became known as ‘hoovering’. Nevertheless, Goblin had diversified and itself contributed to the generic vocabulary with Goblin ‘Teasmade’. H.C. Booth died in 1955 and in spite of expanding in 1959 to manufacture miniature electric motors (some used in Concorde); Goblin slowly had to run down its organisation. It finally closed in 1984 and the valuable site on which it stood was eventually taken over by Esso. A display of Goblin products can be seen in the Leatherhead Museum. Goff Powell – with acknowledgement to Edwina Vardey – History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads - L&DLHS 1988 For a more comprehensive history on Goblin BVC, I suggest you read Peter Tarplee’s Past Industries of Ashtead, Leatherhead & Bookham, available from The Museum, Barton’s Bookshop Leatherhead and Bumbles Ashtead.

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Working towards sustainable consumption Two gold medals for the environment! I am really pleased to report two bits of amazingly positive news this month for the environment. Firstly, Teazle Wood in Leatherhead has, by a hair’s breadth, been bought by the Friends of Teazle Wood, led by Lucy Quinell. Teazle Wood is now safe from any potential development and will forever be woodland for us and future generations to enjoy. The purchase Teazle Wood, Leatherhead was funded by many generous donations and loans, but your help is still needed to repay these loans. Cheques can be sent to ‘Friends of Teazle Wood’ c/o Lucy Quinell, Rowhurst Forge, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0EN. Thank you! Teazle Wood contains a large block listed in the Ancient Woodland inventory. It forms part of the best site in the country for the ‘Schedule 8’ plant Green Hound’s-tongue, and hosts a healthy population of Great Crested newts and stag beetles. Many schools use it as an educational resource and ex-Service veterans from Combat Stress and the residents of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for the disabled use it therapeutically. Sadly, the wood has been neglected in recent years, but there is no shortage of volunteer groups who would love the opportunity to nurture it back to health. Teazle Wood is the last sizeable block of woodland left in Leatherhead, providing rural ‘backdrop’ views for Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham. It’s a vital screen from M25 noise and pollution – when I walked there a few weeks ago I was struck by how good the trees are at absorbing the road noise. Secondly, the other exciting news is that earlier this summer Daphne Burnett, who owns 48 acres of land adjacent to Ashtead common, has seen her vision for the Rye Meadows coming to fruition. Plans are well advanced to begin the work of turning the meadows and brook into a haven for plants, birds and wildlife. These two projects unite, both physically and socially, the communities of Ashtead and Leatherhead. The Rye brook and the adjacent land is also an example of a ‘living landscape’ corridor in action, connecting separate habitats, thus supporting the wildlife’s food supply. The brook starts on Epsom common, runs across Ashtead common, through the Rye Meadows, under the M25, along the edge of Teazle Wood behind Tesco, and ends up flowing into the river Mole. Private gardens and public green spaces both play a vital part in helping to make the ‘living landscape’ corridors work. This is our ‘rainforest’, right here on our door step! So many areas like these are disappearing and we must fight for and conserve every scrap that we can. This is not an ‘add on’ or ‘nice to have’ - all green areas are important and not just for wildlife and ecology – they are now being recognised as vital for our own health and well being too. At our next meeting Jim Jones from the Surrey Wildlife Trust will explain more about both projects and the wildlife on the sites. Thursday 13th September. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Caroline Cardew-Smith 01372 275304 84

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