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Issue 143

September 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Norbury Park Sawmill The future of Epsom Hospital Winning design for Fortyfoot Playground Bodyworn cameras issued to police officers River Mole Discovery Day ― 24th September ‘Dirty Dancing’ fundraising event in Ashtead Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby ― 3rd September Mayfield Lavender Farm, Banstead The truly local magazine produced by a Leatherhead resident for our community

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knew I shouldn’t have said anything in last month’s issue about the lovely summer we were having, the first few weeks of August have just been gruesome; still the upside is that during the rainstorms we spent our time wisely and went through everything in our loft, realising that we were keeping lots of ‘just in case’ stuff that we didn’t really need to keep at all. An entirely cathartic exercise... A rather important article on the future of local healthcare and Epsom Hospital appears on page 54 and 55, the details of which were in a note sent from the Director of Communications at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and asks us to respond to five important questions which will direct affect the services they provide to the local community. Sunday 24th September sees the River Mole Discovery Day event from midday to 4pm between the town and Thorncroft bridges. There are lots of interesting things to discover about our river and make a day of it and bring a picnic. Alongside the article on page 65 is a poem written by a ten year old girl about a river (not necessarily the Mole) which I thought rather poignant - out of the mouths of babes... Lots from the Surrey Wildlife Trust, firstly they are looking for full and part time Membership Ambassadors (page 28), SWT are also seeking ‘hedgerow heroes’ (page 48) and there’s an interesting piece on the Norbury Park Sawmill (page 86), an article quite close to my heart as my late father was a master joiner and it’s so heartening to see these skills are alive and well in Surrey. Home-Start in Epsom is another charity looking for volunteers and I have included a piece from a current volunteer and her fulfilling experience of working with Home-Start, which can be found on pages 50 and 51. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

The winning design for the Fortyfoot Playground in Leatherhead will be going ahead in September and you can see the design on page 82. There will be much fun to be had by the little ones in a few weeks when the work is finished. The organisers of the Oasis women’s group have planned a ‘Dirty Dancing’ fundraising event at St George’s in Ashtead on Saturday 16th September with the profits going to local charities Rianna’s Fund and Alternatives Trust. It’s a chance to dress up, have a jolly good time and raise much needed funds for charity - a win-win really! All the details, including where to buy tickets, can be found on page 66. For those of you who took a break, I hope you had a super time, for those of us who stay put in August, we must try and look forward to an Indian summer before the cooler weather sets in and the cardis are out of the wardrobe... Cheerio ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6



Working for Ashtead since 1945 Ashtead’s Community Life

If you want to offer your services to one of our community organizations, in a large or small way, regularly or occasionally, see what’s available out there and what your interests might be. Do consider the ARA when you do this; you’ll be welcome on the Committee and you’ll be very welcome as a Road Steward. Make a no-commitment enquiry by emailing the Chairman (also a volunteer!!) on Your help large or small will be welcomed.

This year’s Ashtead Village Day (AVD) seems a distant memory now but once again Ashtead Rotary did us proud, holding another hugely successful event. Yes it’s a village fête, but what a successful one, raising thousands not only for Rotary’s own charities but also for the 200 or so stalls representing local organizations. Seeing the number of volunteers running the stalls emphasized just how much our community relies upon their goodwill. We are so lucky to have so many different organizations in Ashtead covering, sports, the arts, horticulture, special interest subjects, charities and community groups providing support for young and old alike, all run by volunteers who put their feet on the ground and get down to the work of making things happen. Wherever you look, it’s volunteers who keep things going in our community.

Future Mole Valley Public Consultation MVDC’s first stage public consultation on Future Mole Valley has been extended to 1st September and the Association urges you to participate in this consultation at to make Ashtead’s voice heard loudly and clearly in the Council Chamber. The ARA Standing Committee would also be interested in hearing your views: please share them with us by emailing

Who are the volunteers? Many are retired people who feel the responsibility of giving something back to the community and whilst they may have some time to spare, they do want time to enjoy their retirement after a full working life. They also look to younger residents to bring their energy and fresh ideas to community life so that Ashtead can continue to be the place where we all love to live; not easy in a world where everyone works so hard and there are so many competing demands on people’s free time.

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Ashtead Residents’ Association (ARA) itself relies upon its Standing Committee members, Road Stewards and Tree Wardens, all of whom are • The Battling Baroness of Ashtead, speaker volunteers who give up their free time for the Richard Hughes: Sunday 10 September 1400benefit of the community. The ARA is always 1500, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, looking out for younger residents to help on the Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE Committee; we know that you may not be able to attend every meeting but your point of view is All events are free and no booking is required; valued and very much needed to provide a more details on each can be found on the ARA broader perspective on Ashtead issues. Or website. perhaps volunteering as a Road Steward might appeal; Road Stewards are an essential link David Baker between the Committee and ARA members. Highways & Webmaster What are the duties? Delivering the magazines & twice a year and once a year collecting the Janet Webber annual subscription of £2.50 per household – not Environmental Issues even the cost of a drink in the pub. 8

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indications show that our villages would like to see an increase in their population. There also seems to be a strong appetite for a totally new settlement in the Mole Valley. Unfortunately, we are informed that because of the time it takes to create a new village, this option will not solve the problems which this new Local Plan must address.

Even if you do not attend the meeting, the chairman's report is linked to the minutes of the meeting and appears on the LRA website. This report is packed with information: For example, most recently we were informed that Liz Rice, a Senior Communications and Marketing Officer is considering the parking needs of the whole district and would be happy to receive comments and suggestions via email at MV now has three Building Control Officers and offer an “in house” service for architects and the public. If you or anyone you know wishes to organize a fairly large one-off event, there are certain rules to follow, a bit like a Planning Application. Such requests are called TENs.

Using the result of the LRA's own consultation, on August 7th, Martyn Williams, the Future Planning Chairman, presented a proposed LRA reaction to the ideas in the Future Mole Valley Consultation. In addition, every LRA member has been encouraged to participate in the Mole Valley Consultation. We now await the draft to the new Local Plan, a task that is in the hands of Jack Straw and his team. Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 Leatherhead Open Gardens The weather was glorious and the feedback has been very positive. Whether you donated a raffle prize or plants for the sale, or baked a cake, or served teas and coffee, or gave of your time in an official capacity, or just purchased a ticket or raffle ticket, it takes all of this to make a successful event. However, most of all we send a huge "Thank You" to the 14 people who shared their gardens with an admiring public. £1381 was raised to be shared by the two organisations that sponsored the event.

These snippets of information are taken from a two page report so check out the website for additional information. Comments to Future Mole Valley Consultation Now Being Considered by MV August 31st will end the public consultation concerning Mole Valley's provision of housing over the next 15 years. The need to increase MV's housing by 25% will be a herculean task. Early

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Planning: Update on Tudor Motors Site Development

The latest application submitted by Stonegate Development, was considered by the MVDC Development Control Committee on the 14th June 2017 and was refused on the grounds that 'the proposal would constitute a cramped over development of the site, causing harm to the character and appearance of the surrounding area, exacerbated by the proximity to the site boundaries, the incongruity of the first floor overhang and the extent of second floor glazing.' Concerns for the effect upon traffic and parking have been identified and submitted by the Fetcham community and was included in the FRA’s own representations to the Planning Department. Surrey Highways had been satisfied that, subject to a number of conditions, this latest proposal did satisfy all their criteria. Although proposals for the design of the building itself has divided the community. At time of writing no further applications or appeals had been lodged.

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The first phase of the project in Church Street in well underway with the new Waitrose now complete and works progressing to address the drainage issues and re-pave the area making it more attractive. Display boards on

Transform Leatherhead were presented at our AGM and included plans to refurbish the Swan Centre. We understand that this is now confirmed and £1.4m is to be invested in the Swan Centre encompassing a new frontage, toilets, lighting, amendments to the car park itself, replacement lifts and possibly the offer of larger retail units.

Public Transport

We are pleased to report that the future of the 465 Bus route has been secured. This service runs from Kingston to Dorking, the proposal to terminate at Leatherhead has been abandoned. However we have no news on our request to extend the 416 Bus Route to Kiln Lane, Epsom. The future of bus services in the area is related to patronage and commercial viability, so the message is always "use it or lose it!”

Parking Review

The 2017 MVDC Parking Review is expected to start very shortly. We have collected reports from Fetcham residents that we hope will be fed into the review. Areas of concern reported to us included; obstructed sight lines along the Cobham Road on the bend, when entering the village from Leatherhead due to parked cars, the need for waiting restrictions outside Boots, the vets and post office to prevent long term parking. The extension of yellow lines outside Harrow Manor to prevent long term parking from obstructing this section of the Cobham Road. This and more information updates are regularly sent via email to our Members, so if you haven’t paid a subscription or made a donation this year and would like to do so; please visit our website ensuring you give your email address, its only £2!. To Join and Renew visit Susanne Taylor, Chairman Fetcham Residents’ Association 12

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eptember brings changes for many of us. Returning to work after a much needed holiday, going back to work or school; or even starting at a new school or college for the first time. This can be a very stressful time, when normal routines are disrupted and new routines have to be established. What has any of this got to do with your local policing team? It’s a fair question. The point is that it’s very easy to get caught up in all these changes and to forget the simple precautions that you would normally take to safeguard your possessions and property. It’s easy to forget to secure windows and doors when leaving the house in a hurry. Remembering to lock your car when it is parked and taking all items of value with you! All of these are things that you have probably got into the habit of doing automatically but it is easy to be distracted when there are so many other things on your mind at the time. It only takes a simple lapse to give a perfect opportunity for someone to take advantage and to gain entry to your home or your vehicle and to make off with things that are really important to you. During the summer months, many of us will have been gardening on a regular basis. Sometimes, it was tempting to leave equipment, such as mowers and garden tools out, rather than locking them away. We received a significant increase in reported thefts of quite valuable garden equipment over recent months, often from their being left out or being put away in insecure sheds. This remains a problem at this time of year. It’s also worth noting that would-be burglars will often make use of your tools, ladders etc to gain entry to your home.

personal possessions. Think of the inconvenience and unfortunate consequences of this happening to you! Always keep your handbag, purse or wallet close to you and never leave your bags unattended when you are out shopping. Also, be aware of who is around you when you are using cash points outside banks and ATMs. Quite a few people are tricked into being distracted by someone when withdrawing cash. Sometimes, you will have been seen entering your security code and then the card is taken while you are distracted and it can then be used to withdraw cash or pay for items using your account. Always make sure that no one is watching when you are entering your PIN code and do not respond to anyone approaching you while you are doing this. If they are genuine, then they will be happy to wait a few seconds while you complete your transaction. None of this advice is meant to cause anyone undue concern. It is just a reminder to do everything possible to avoid the additional stress of having to deal with a theft or burglary, when there is plenty already going on in your lives to keep you busy. Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call: Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters. Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (e.g. a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).

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uth had two precious cardboard boxes, hidden at the top of her wardrobe. One box contained baby clothes, first shoes, favourite books, ultrasound pictures, hospital identification bracelets and soft toys that still smelled of babyhood. She'd visit this box when the children were being particularly challenging or when she was feeling melancholic or broody.

distance, both emotionally and physically. He was studying a hundred miles away and preferred the idea of a long distance girlfriend because she wouldn't discover his one night stands on a Saturday night… Stewart had been sweet and gentle and loved Ruth with unrequited adoration and his letters were copious and gushing. He’d post them under her door almost every day for four weeks, until Ruth put him out of his misery.

The second box was completely different. This was her box. She’d occasionally open this one after an argument with Sam. It contained souvenirs of her time before children. There were school reports, diaries, cuttings from teenage magazines, pictures and concert tickets from her student days, souvenirs from her travels and letters from Sam before they were married. There were also photos and love letters from old boyfriends. She’d considered throwing these out but they were just as much part of her identity as everything else and reminded her that she wasn't always somebody's wife or somebody's mother.

Ruth met Sam at her first job. He was a friendly face amid a sea of competitive new sales recruits for a large insurance company. They were both there on a temporary basis as she was earning money to go travelling and he was working while applying for other jobs. Neither of them stayed long and they both hated the work but enjoyed admitting to friends that they’d been thrown together by car insurance. Ruth never told Sam about her Greek holiday romance and he’d never seen her in the emerald green bikini. He didn’t know that a dark skinned, brown-eyed Greek man told her she was beautiful and danced with her on a beach. She loved Sam deeply but she never forgot Dimitris. She remembered him when she was doing the washing up. She remembered him when she was cleaning the toilets or picking dirty clothes off the floor. She especially remembered him as she lay in the dark listening to Sam's snoring.

Along with souvenirs of her life were reminders of her sometimes dubious fashion sense. There was a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt from her time in America, a ruffled pink rah rah skirt, a ‘Frankie goes to Hollywood’ T-shirt and an emerald green bikini. The emerald green bikini was bought in Greece. She was wearing it when she met Dimitris, the tall, dark and handsome tour guide who’d introduced her to olives, Retsina and passionate kissing under the stars.

She never wore the emerald green bikini after that holiday. It wouldn't fit her now anyway. It stayed hidden in her box of memories to remind her of the girl she used to be.

She had been going out with Sam for three months before setting off on a back packing holiday through Europe with her friend Tanya. The trip had been planned before she started seeing Sam and things were still fairly casual between them. For Sam, Ruth's absence gave him the opportunity to realise how much she meant to him and for Ruth it gave her the opportunity to have a fling with Dimitris.

Copyright Sarah Lott July 2017 Website: Email: Twitter: @thememorybook Facebook: The Memory Book I hope you’re enjoying the summer holidays! During the Arts Alive Festival this October, I’ll be holding a series of free workshops which I’d love you to be part of. The first group of workshops are on Saturday mornings on the 7th, 14th and 21st of October and they are for anyone who’d like to write their life story or record the memories of someone they love. They’re being held at the Leatherhead Institute. The second group of workshops are at the Fairfield Centre in Leatherhead and are on Monday afternoons on the 2nd, 9th and 16th of October. These creative reminiscence workshops are for older people and those living with the early stages of dementia and their partners/carers. Places are limited so if you’re interested, please email me or give me a call on 01372 373844.

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The Life She Was Given – Ellen Marie Wiseman Lily knows she’s different. After all, her parents have kept her locked away for all of her nine years, in case she scares people. But then one day, in 1931, her mother drags her away from Blackwood Manor, and sells her to the circus. Fast forward to 1956 and Julia returns back to the home she ran away from. Two women, one house, 25 years apart; will the secret of Lily finally come to light? Well researched, with believable characters and a story that really

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Pieces of Happiness – Anne Ostby Recently widowed, Kat invites her four old school friends to join her on a cocoa plantation in Fiji. Now in their sixties, the women each have their own reasons for wanting to leave their old lives behind. Together they set up as chocolatiers, and let the island heal old wounds and allow them to make peace with their lives. As the subtitle says, this is a ‘Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate’. Perfect for fans of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Holly Seddon Sarah is the good girl, the one her parents can always rely on to behave. Robin is the impetuous one, who can always be relied on to cause havoc. The twins are devastated when their parents’ divorce separates them. Now in her 30s, Robin lives alone, trapped in her home by crippling agoraphobia. Sarah has built what seems to be the perfect life, but after being forced to leave it all 32

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The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s lives are changed forever when a violent crime destroys their family. 28 years later, Charlotte is working as a defence lawyer. She finds herself embroiled in a tragic event that leaves the town reeling, and the memories she’s tried so hard to bury come rushing back. Gripping.

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The Residence Nil Rate Band – A new chapter for Inheritance Tax Planning Changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) legislation have recently been implemented and, as tax is consistently a hot topic, these changes introduce fresh considerations both for individuals writing a Will for the first time and for those reviewing existing Wills. Presently, every person has a Nil Rate Band (NRB) allowance of £325,000. Put simply, this is the maximum sum a person can give away on death, without their estate becoming subject to IHT. Thereafter, IHT is paid on the balance at a rate of 40%. The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) has now been introduced and allows a person’s estate to benefit from an additional tax free allowance of £100,000, provided certain conditions are met. The RNRB is available to the estates of those who die on or after 6 April 2017 and who own a qualifying residential interest which is inherited by lineal descendants. Broadly speaking, a qualifying residential interest is an interest in property which has, at some stage during the period of ownership, been occupied by the deceased as a residence. A lineal descendant is a child, grandchild, adopted child and, interestingly, also includes a foster child or step child.

£2 which exceeds the threshold. The estates of wealthy individuals could, therefore, not benefit from the RNRB at all. Down-sizing provisions do apply and, if a person has either sold their residence or down-sized on or after 8 July 2015, there is a possibility their estate may still benefit from the RNRB. Any unused RNRB is transferrable between spouses and civil partners in the same way as the NRB, so that it is still possible for spouses and civil partners to leave their estates to one another on the first death, if this perhaps remains desirable. Whilst the RNRB will not apply to the estates of those without children, or to the very wealthy, it is still an important consideration for many and expert legal advice will be essential in ensuring your Will and assets are structured in such a way so as to maximise the prospect of your estate benefitting from the new rules. For help and advice, or to arrange a ‘no obligation’ meeting to review your Will provisions, please get in touch through your usual solicitor at TWM or contact Madeleine Gooding.

The RNRB is £100,000 for the 2017/2018 tax year, rising to £175,000 by 2020/2021 and following this is set to rise with inflation.

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Old £1 coin will stop being legal tender on Sunday 15th October 2017 With the new 12-sided £1 coin now in circulation, the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October 2017. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them. Many banks and building societies will not accept them after this date, although some say they will continue to accept the old £1 coin, this will be for their own customers. If you still have the old coins in your piggybanks and coin jars, now is the time to spend, save or replace them. But if you’re saving for something specific, simply take the pound coins out and replace them with notes or other coins of a similar value. 34

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A World without Wires The best way to get wireless Wi-Fi at home or on the go If you go out and about this year, you’re in for a happy surprise: You don’t need to be travelling far from home to get free Wi -Fi. Many UK and Irish towns and cities have free Wi-Fi schemes - and most casual eating and coffee chains usually offer some form of free internet access. Just watch what you’re signing up for: such public-spirited provision is often there in order to capture valuable marketing data, so keep a close eye on any tickboxes you’re expected to complete. It’s also a good idea to use a virtual private networking (VPN) service such as Tunnelbear ( or Windscribe ( to keep your connection private if you intend to use public WiFi services. You never know who’s looking in. If you’re staying at home and just want to get better reception around the house 1 or in the garden, there are several ways to make your Wi-Fi work harder. The first, cheapest and simplest thing to do to improve your Wi-Fi connection is to move the router: ideally it should be higher than your furniture and obstacles such as radiators, which are hard for the radio waves to pass through. If your wireless router is getting on a bit

it’s probably stuck with older, slow Wi-Fi technology, so if you can stretch to an 802.11ac wireless router you’ll notice a huge difference in speed and range provided of course your laptop, tablet or smartphone has the same Wi-Fi support. If the speed is fine but the signal just doesn’t go far enough, a Wi-Fi extender may be just the trick: it connects to the 2 network and throws the signal further, so for example you might extend your home Wi-Fi network to the garden or patio. It isn’t expensive or difficult, either: good Wi-Fi extenders are available for less than £40 and take seconds to set up.

3 1. Netgear Nighthawk 802.11ac router. 2. Wi-Fi dongle to upgrade PC’s wireless. 3. D-Link Wi-Fi extender. 36


Wireless Black Spots Wireless networks do have coverage ‘black spots’ in the home. Some bits of your house get a great signal, while others don’t. The culprit is often metal - radiators, filing cabinets, cookers and other big metal things can block Wi-Fi’s radio waves - and there are all kinds of obstacles between your router and your devices. But before you consider buying a gadget such as a Wi-Fi extender, try moving your router: it might be in a particularly Wi-Fi unfriendly place, and just moving it a few feet up could make all the difference. If it’s an old router consider getting a newer one: the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, is much, much faster and stronger than older standards. Does this all sound like gobbledygook and you just want the problem fixed?! Be assured it can be fixed just call an expert.



Charity concert hits the perfect note!

On Sunday 30th July, over 100 members of the public attended a very special concert by the Melodica Ladies Choir (pic above) at Banstead Methodist Church in aid of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and in memory of one of the choir’s former members who had died very recently from Motor Neurone Disease. Throughout the evening, everyone present was treated to a wide variety of musical classics, from Scarborough Fair and Unchained Melody to I Could Have Danced All Night and The Rhythm Of Life, and a collection at the end of the concert raised over £1,100 for the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which will be used to provide vital care and support to people living with Motor Neurone Disease throughout the East Surrey area. Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, who was asked to say a few words at the concert about Motor Neurone Disease and the work of the MND Association, said he was very grateful to all the members of the choir, together with their Musical Director, Barbara Martin, and Pianist, Helen Anstis, for their wonderful support by way of the concert, as well as everyone who had attended the event and been so generous with their donations. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive neurological condition which kills six people every day within the UK. It can leave people unable to walk, talk or even feed themselves, whilst their mind and senses invariably remain unaffected. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just fourteen months and, as yet, there is no cure or effective treatment. The East Surrey Branch of the MND Association provides care and support to around sixty people living with MND throughout the East Surrey area, as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself. For further information about MND and the work of the MND Association, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or You can also follow the MND Association on Twitter at @mndassoc and the East Surrey Branch at @mndaeastsurrey. 38

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Pet fraud on the rise The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely to not exist. Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets:

• Stay within auction guidelines. • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that • • • • • •

due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer. Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online. Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it. Agree a suitable time to meet face-to-face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist. A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary. If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed. Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding. When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040. 42

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Body Worn Cameras Issued To MV Police Officers Body worn cameras (pic left) are visible cameras that officers wear attached to their chest to capture video and audio evidence when attending all types of crime incidents. These cameras are now being used by police officers to support prosecutions and assist the police in protecting their local communities. They are intended to provide better standards of evidence and an accurate record of street encounters (for example, when using stop and search powers), as well as encouraging increased professionQUALIFIED COUNSELLOR alism within the Margaret Spice frontline. They can be used at the scene of a crime to gather video evidence and obtain first accounts from people present, including victims, which can be useful later in collaborating statements. The footage obtained via these cameras can therefore assist in resolving cases more quickly.



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Ladies Take Top Honours at Ashtead Flower Shows For the fourth successive year, Ashtead Horticultural Society and Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group joined together to stage their Summer shows which took place on Saturday 15th July. As a result, members and visitors were treated to a colourful and high quality display of floral art under the theme ‘Summer Feast’, which complemented the Horticultural Society’s exhibits of Summer flowers and fruit, early vegetables, homemade cakes, and various items of handicraft. Artwork done by pupils of Barnett Wood Infant School was also on display and created a great deal of interest. Best Exhibit A total of 231 exhibits were staged by members of the Horticultural Society. The award for the best exhibit – the Lord Barnaby Cup - and the National Vegetable Society Medal, were won by Valerie Howard for two large and identical cucumbers. She also shared the Cup for most points in vegetable classes with Robert Greening. Other ladies to take top honours were Gill McPherson who won the Challenge Cup for the most points obtained in the fruit classes; the Mabel Tucker Memorial Cup for the best fruit exhibit with a plate of currants: and the Banksian Medal awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society to the exhibitor gaining the highest amount of prize money in horticultural classes. The award for best exhibit in culinary classes was won by Christine Stansfield with a plate of 10 cheese straws. Helen Seymour was awarded the Challenge Cup for most points in culinary and craft classes and a Certificate of Merit for the best cake in the show. And Imogen Greening won, for the fourth time, a Silver Rabbit in the children’s classes. Men took the top honours in flower classes. Society Chairman Colin Cheeseman’s vase of 5 dahlias was adjudged the best flower exhibit. Chris Golding won the Premier Vase class for mixed garden flowers, which is sponsored by Ashtead Park Garden Centre. And Ken Howe won Challenge Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in the flower section, plus the Messenger Trophy for pelargoniums and the Ken Lane Trophy for fuchsias. Ken Howe Ashtead Horticultural Society

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WEA - Fetcham & Bookham Branch Autumn 2017 courses start from 26th September, with subjects such as Famous & Notorious Local People; Digital Image Manipulation with Photoshop Elements; Photography: Managing your Digital Camera; Dressmaking; Astronomy; Current and International Affairs. For 2018 we start on 8th January with History on Trial (Five famous trials from British history); Parish Churches - Treasure Troves of History; Art & Social Change; Art in Tuscany; Current & International Affairs; Astronomy; Dressmaking. We shall be holding a ‘Day School’ on Saturday 3rd February 2018 from 10am-1pm on ‘Computer Use, Staying Safe, Secure and Combating the Digital Threat’. All courses are held in the Barn Hall, Bookham or the Leatherhead Institute and range over 5, 7, 8 and 10 weeks.

For further information and a brochure, please contact Joy Tapping on 01306 713355, email, website email Brochures can also be found in local libraries and shops.

Ozzy A very handsome cat, 5-year-old Ozzy was surviving as a stray in someone's garden for over 3 years before coming into care. Understandably it took him several weeks to get used to his fosterers as he was very nervous when he first arrived. With patience and care Ozzy is now affectionate towards people he knows and loves his dinner! Ozzy is looking for an understanding adult-only home, without other cats or dogs

If you can give Ozzy the loving forever home he so desperately deserves, please call Rosemary on 01737 350307 Epsom Ewell & District Branch

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Heroes Wanted – To Help Our Hedgerows! Hedgerows are a haven for wildlife such as hedgehogs, butterflies and birds, but this vital habitat may be under threat. Now Surrey Wildlife Trust is a launching an exciting new project called ‘Hedgerow Heroes’, to train an army of volunteers to help save the county’s precious hedge network. “Hedgerows are fantastically important for lots of different species, providing excellent habitat for dormice and commuting routes for bats. Hedgehogs use them for foraging and shelter and they are a magnet for birds and bees,” said Jim Jones, the Trust’s Living Landscapes Project Manager. “Hedgerows form vital natural highways, enabling wildlife to move around. They can also help prevent flooding and slow down soil erosion. But hedgerows are very under-recorded in Surrey. A lot of them may be in a very poor state – surveys suggest just 10 per cent are in good condition and that needs to change.” Hedgerows are at risk from intensive farming and development and many are being damaged by over pruning or neglect. Since the Second World War more than 120,000km of hedgerows have been lost. Some of the ancient hedges that remain are rich in plants such as hawthorn, hazel, blackthorn and oak – an amazing 130 species of conservation concern are known to rely on them. As part of the Hedgerow Heroes project, teams of volunteers will be shown how to carry out hedgerow surveys and trained in traditional hedgerow management techniques. They will also plant new hedgerows in some areas. Information collected by the volunteers will be used to build up a database of information about the current state of the county’s hedgerows. Dee Durham from Guildford has been volunteering with the Trust for some time and has recently signed up to become one of the Trust’s new Hedgerow Heroes. “I’ve learnt so much about habitats and species and I’m really looking forward to having a go at hedge laying,” she said. “Volunteering is great fun – I love being out in the fresh air and it’s a wonderful way of meeting new people, while doing my bit to help conserve the beautiful Surrey countryside.”

To sign up as a Hedgerow Hero to help hedges in your neighbourhood and for more information about the project visit Pic below left: A Hazel Dormouse which relies on hedgerows for food and shelter (image courtesy Danny Green) Pic below right: A laid hedge at Manor Farm, near Wisley (image courtesy Jon Hawkins, SWT)


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Considering how to spend her retirement seven years ago, Gill felt she wanted to do something for the community, as well as pursue her own hobbies. Having looked at a few options, she decided to become a Home-Start volunteer, because she liked the idea of being able to make an instant impact by providing hands-on help at the heart of family life. She looks back at her volunteer role to date.

Being a Home-Start Volunteer

On a practical level, a Home-Start volunteer pays a weekly visit to a family who are experiencing difficulties. These issues may include coping with a child’s disability, dealing with a multiple birth or battling depression. The visit lasts only a few hours and you often feel as if you haven’t done very much at all. It is only when you look back that you can see how you have gradually helped to bring about a change for the better.

number of help-lines to contact for specialist advice. The alternative is simply to contact one of your trainers for support: staff at the office provide a sympathetic ear and always seem to know what course of action to take. And in any case, you do have an element of choice in the family you are allocated. So if someone’s family situation appears a step too far for you (for example, the difficulty within the family is reminiscent of an issue you have had to face personally) you can ask for a new allocation. The Home-Start organisation is highly sensitive and sympathetic to the individual needs of its volunteers as well as its clients.

The only qualification you need to become a volunteer is to be a parent and you are certainly not sent out unprepared. Home-Start provides an excellent eight-week period of training, which equips you to deal with questions and situations of all kinds. For example, I lacked knowledge about autism and was worried that if I were allocated a family trying to cope with this condition I wouldn’t have been able to meet their needs. But training gave me the confidence to go out and help such a family. Furthermore, HomeStart continues to provide you with comprehensive support, throughout the period of service, in the form of on-going training, group meetings, social occasions and one-to-one reviews. So your confidence simply carries on blossoming!

In my seven years of volunteering, I have dealt with cases of anxiety, depression, a teenage pregnancy and a multiple birth. Each mother has needed precious time either to rest or to be listened to, so my duties have included playing with or walking babies or toddlers and discussing practical or emotional issues with their mums or dads. I gain a lot of enjoyment from helping others in this way. It is a privilege to be able to go into other people’s homes with the express intention of supporting a family in their quest to resume ‘normal service’. To me, being a volunteer means providing that little spot of glue which binds families - and ultimately society together.

Occasionally, though, the problem encountered may be unusual or even extreme, for example where a death has occurred in the family. The training nevertheless provides you with a

Why not make a real difference to a family? Give Home-Start a call now on 01737 379902 or email for further information on, or visit the website 50


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If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead.

Small friendly classes beginners welcome.

The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include: browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or Skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well.

Still life, flower & landscape watercolour techniques Mondays 1.45pm - 4pm at Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS

Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/ Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you!

Thursdays 9.45am-12pm & 1.45pm - 4pm at Old Barn Hall, Church Rd Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ

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Important information that could affect your future healthcare and the future of Epsom Hospital Epsom & St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust have announced an engagement (not a consultation) to get the views of the population it serves. This engagement form poses five questions which will affect your future healthcare from 2020 – 2030. The local population have been asked to submit their views in response to this engagement. Please do respond to this engagement questionnaire and let the Trust know your views. When reading the questions, please study them very carefully as your answers will affect what happens to Epsom General Hospital. The note below in italics was received from the Director of Communications at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Our passion and aim is to provide the very best of health and care to our patients and communities. It's our mission to provide great care to every patient, every day. We want to provide high quality healthcare services for the future – well beyond 2020. We have very committed staff and are achieving some great things, but we face some major challenges – our hospital buildings are old (some predate antibiotics), and 43% of our buildings are functionally unsuitable to deliver healthcare. We want to ensure we have the best services locally and to do this we need to make the case for an investment of £300 to £400 million. This will ensure we have local hospitals into the future and will enable our dedicated clinical teams to meet more care standards, providing care in buildings which we believe local people deserve. We have discussed what changes need to be made in the future with clinicians. We want to keep services local and 85% of patients will see no change to where they receive their care, although they will be seen in improved facilities. We want to build a specialist facility for acutely sick patients, where majors A&E, inpatient beds for children, births, and complex emergency surgery is delivered on one site. This would ensure we meet and exceed the new quality standards. We have a number of materials available on our website ( including a short 10 minute video with our current thinking to secure hospital services at Epsom and St Helier for 2020 to 2030. We have also produced a detailed booklet, also on the above website, and are asking as many people as possible to get involved. We would like to know what you think in response to the following questions (which are also contained in the booklet): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Do you agree with our aim to provide as much care as possible from our existing hospital sites at St Helier and Epsom and do this by working more closely with the other local health and care providers? Do you think we have made the case that we will improve patient care by bringing together our services for our sickest or most at-risk patients on a new specialist acute facility on one site? We have set out several scenarios on how we can do this (see table opposite). Do you think we should consider any other scenarios? How would you like to be involved in these discussions in the future? Is there anything else you would like to tell us? 54

You can have your say online (where you can read our booklet and watch the video we have produced), email your responses to: or post your responses to: ESTH 2020-2030 Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust 4th Floor Ferguson House St Helier Hospital Wrythe Lane Carshalton SM5 1AA


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The Ashtead Friendship Centre 20th Anniversary Celebration

On Wednesday 20th September 2017 members of the Ashtead Friendship Centre will meet at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall to celebrate the Centre’s 20th Anniversary. The event will commence with Afternoon Tea at 2pm and will also include entertainment by Steve Poole Singer/Guitarist. It is requested that members should book for this event. The Ashtead Friendship Centre was formed in September 1997 for retired people over 50. We have members from Ashtead and the surrounding area and the Centre is run by a Committee of nine members. The following activities are some of which we are currently involved: • Monthly Meetings - held at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on the third Wednesday at 2pm, dates are on the poster board outside the hall and appear in this publication • Monthly Pub Lunches at various local Pubs • Supper Club, an occasional evening event held at various local restaurants • Day Trips to Places of Interest, by coach • Theatre Trips • Christmas Lunch Most of our monthly meetings involve a Speaker, on varied subjects, to entertain us. We then have a chat over tea and biscuits, and check the notice boards for information about future events. Admission is £1. Members receive a free Quarterly Newsletter. The annual subscription for membership is £10 (£18 per Couple). Please contact the Chairman Don Butt via email on or telephone 01372 274288

Leatherhead Morning WI - July Meeting Our July meeting took place, as always, on the fourth Thursday in the month. After the opening business, and the coffee break, we welcomed Jan Heasman and Jill Elliott. The subject of their talk was about the introduction of WI’s in women’s prisons, following the campaign for ‘Care not Custody’ by the WI. Out of all the women’s prisons in the country, there are only five to introduce WI Groups, and these are all in Surrey - at Bronzefield, Send and Downview. They are known as Bronzefield Bees (2010), Send Inspired (2015) and Downview Dames (2016). Good to know that we are leading the way in Surrey! Our next meeting will be in Leatherhead Parish Hall, on 28th September at 10.15am. Our President, Mrs Hazel Richmond-Coggan, will be talking about the people and animals of Namibia and Botswana, with accompanying slides. Visitors will be welcome - just turn up! 56

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Invites you to a FREE introduction to indoor bowls at Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Every Saturday in September 10am - 1pm Get Active - Stay Active Enjoy Bowling Make New Friends New and experienced players welcome. Ladies, men, singles and couples, come and see our facilities.

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Leatherhead Community Association Sept sees a visit to the Garden Museum London then a visit to Westminster Abbey in Oct and in Nov a visit to the Music Museum with a Christmas concert and tea. Art/History lectures commence on 27th Sept ranging, amongst others, from the Bloomsbury Group to Children of the Enlightenment. Tea & Talks commence on 8th Sept with ‘Early Motoring in Surrey’, Gardens of France in Oct and in Nov the U3A Phoenix Players will be presenting their play ‘Entente not so Cordiale’! Recorded Music Afternoons start in Sept with ‘Autumn Leaves’ then ‘Anniversaries this year’ and then ‘Fireworks’ ending the year with ‘Christmas gifts in music’. Entry is only £1. The walks programme commences with the shorter ones on the first Wednesday monthly which will take in Ashtead Park, Denbies, Painshill and a Downside Circular. Longer walks of 4-6 miles are on the second Wednesday monthly, and they always incorporate a lunch or picnic break. Walks may be subject to alteration, but up-to-date information is available from Peter on 01372 378347. Social Bridge is now played on two days, there is Scrabble on every other Friday and Table Tennis and Snooker every Monday afternoon. The Institute is open over the Heritage Open Days weekend and the LCA has a full programme of events over the weekend and entry is entirely free. Membership of the Institute is only £5 a year and most of the activities in the Institute are free to Members. There is nearly always a cup of coffee or tea available in the library which is open every morning where you can borrow DVD’s as well as books.

Sarah is in the office every day from 9.30 - 12.30. Tel 01372 360508, Email or Website

Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI August meeting Imagine this. Our WI members walking into the hall talking and laughing and all carrying a plateful of sweet or savoury food which they then put on to the centre table. The reason for the food is that it is our Summer Party. Meriel Sexton, our President, welcomed everyone to the Summer party meeting in the Village Hall. She then wished everyone with an August birthday a very happy birthday. In July we held a garden party but due to the weather we had to be indoors but still very enjoyable. There is a Federation Meeting at Dorking Halls on 16 October where the main speaker is Jo Hampson, former Chief Superintendent with Met Police. We are holding our annual Quiz night on Saturday 21 October in Fetcham Village Hall with a chicken/ fish and chip supper. Our Christmas outing this year is a Lunch Cruise on Southampton Water which includes lunch and the cruise, with commentary, sails round the Water and various points of interest pointed out. After the WI business, we then got down to the business of eating and drinking (Pimm’s or soft drinks). Our Programme Planning Committee had been very busy during the early evening decorating the hall with four different categories of pictures – flowers, wildlife, paintings and places of interest around the world. We had to define what these were and the winner of each category won a little prize. A very enjoyable evening was had by all. Mole Valley WI meets at Fetcham Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.45 and at our meeting on 12 September the talk will be entitled “Chiropractic Explained” by Dr Charlotte Barnett. You will be made very welcome. Throughout the year we have various activities available for members – badminton, bridge, homecraft, bookclub, rambling, knit and natter, mah-jong and scrabble. Further details can be found on our website


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Remember how much fun it was to catch a fish? ...did you know all this and more is on your doorstep?

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Membership gives you access to some of the most beautiful stretches of the River Mole, local ponds and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex.

Wildlife pond, Ashtead Park

Long Copse, Fetcham/Bookham border

For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Matthew) on 07940 892841, email: or visit:

Ashtead U3A: University of the Third Age Learn, laugh and live

Ashtead U3A is a friendly and welcoming organisation. We have at present 680 members, mainly from Ashtead but also from Leatherhead, Bookham, Fetcham and Epsom. The annual membership fee is ÂŁ12. We have 80 study and leisure groups, covering a vast range of subjects including languages, history, music, philosophy, wine tasting and walks. The groups usually meet once a month when we share our knowledge and skills, everybody learning something new and interesting. Our general monthly meetings are on the first Thursday of the month, at 2.30pm in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. After tea and biscuits we have a talk by an outside speaker. The talks are varied and entertaining: Medieval Women, Farming in the 40s and 50s, City Livery Companies, to name a few recent titles. We also organise visits to stately homes and gardens, London shows or art exhibitions. If you are semi-retired or retired and would like to keep fit mentally and physically, at the same time as making new friends, then Ashtead U3A is for you. You will enjoy our activities and we will enjoy welcoming you as a new member.

For more information telephone 01372 273690 or email Turid Houston Ashtead U3A Secretary 59

What’s On?


Barn Dance and Fish Supper

Saturday 14 October 7-11pm

at the beautifully restored Grade II listed 15th Century Manor Farm Tithe Barn Manor House Lane Bookham KT23 4EW Entry by advance ticket only £22 from

01372 378812

with The Byfleet Brewers and caller

Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby

Polesden Lacey - Sunday 3rd September The Lions are back with a roar!

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” so goes the famous quote and nothing is more true than the Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby. Based on the success of previous years the fun day is back for its fifth year on Sunday 3rd September, the Lions will be staging their seven race calendar of racing donkeys at Polesden Lacey by kind permission of the National Trust. Entry for placing bets on the Tote is by purchase of a race card at £2. All the fun and excitement of trying to back the winner plus the combination of amusements and stacks of food and drink stalls and entry for free will make this another year to remember. Dogs have their day as the popular dog show is back with 10 competing classes to enter so give your pet a chance to be a winner. If you fancy a train ride the enthusiasts from Leatherhead Model Railway Society will be giving rides along the woodland track. New President of the Lions Miles Loveday says “It will be the best ever show for the whole family to enjoy, so don’t miss it.” 60

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Charity Fashion Show by AMAN DA

Wednesday 20th September Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall In aid of

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening showcasing the latest autumn fashions whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and canapés

Tickets £15 from Amanda, 41 The Street, Ashtead : 01372 274333 All proceeds go to Emma’s Bubble Trust - a local charity supporting teenagers with cancer 61

What’s On? Music on Thursdays

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

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

Music on Wednesdays

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

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

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Full details: Thursday 7th Sept - LMC

William Robert Allenby, operatic bass-baritone soloist with ENO, WNO, Covent Garden, Professor of Voice at London College of Music. Emanuele Mollica, piano Accompanist & MD, London College of Music

Thursday 14th Sept - LMC Emily Andrews, flute, with French pianist Alice Rosset

Wed 20th Sept - CC

Guest organist: Graham Thorpe § Assistant Director of Music, St Michael's Cornhill, London EC Student of the Royal Academy of Music, former organ scholar at Guildford Cathedral

Thursday 28th Sept JAZZ on Thurs at LMC

The Alice Auer Quartet (four graduates of the London College of Music) Alice Auer, vocals Alastair Elms, piano Dan Hemsley, double bass Josh Neale, percussion § performer appears courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music 62

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RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show 5-10 September 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley Flower Show is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with spectacular floral displays and special shopping opportunities. The highly-anticipated show will enable visitors to browse and purchase top-quality plants and get expert advice from more than 50 specialist nurseries – including many RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners. Additionally, there will be trade stands exhibiting garden goods, such as handmade wooden furniture, greenhouses, and outdoor art, in the beautiful setting of RHS Garden Wisley. The National Dahlia Society Annual Show will also take place at the anniversary event, providing visitors with the chance to admire the best in dahlia cultivation and colour. The show will feature over 100 classes, plus a special 25th Wisley Flower Show anniversary class with five vases of five blooms. Visitors to the Dahlia Show are invited to get involved and enter their own blooms into the ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition, taking place on 9 and 10 September. On either day, entrants just need to bring along a single stem of any type of dahlia that they have grown, to be judged by a panel of experts. This year’s theme from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) is ‘Switched On!’, and will see the society showcase eye-catching floral exhibits and classes themed on popular TV shows. Visitors to the show will also get to view the new Exotic Garden at RHS Garden Wisley, where they will be able to find lush tropical foliage, showy dahlias and a wide range of palms. Additionally, the annual Surrey Sculpture Society Trail will be running throughout the show, with artistic sculptures nestled around the garden.

Garden admission is free to RHS members. For further information about the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, including how to book tickets and travel advice, visit

Four year old Lily Evans carries home a fuchsia from last year’s show

Pic courtesy Luke McGregor & RHS 63

A River’s Story I remember when life was good. I wandered through the never-ending countryside, gushed down hills, I winded and rippled between prairie grasses, dipped and dived under bright rainbows. kingfisher as swift as swallows, swooped down and plunged into me for food. I wore giant pink flowers like great awards. Insects, colourful and content, rested on my surface. The fish were my entertainers, the tadpoles like my own babies. Squirrels in trees were my undercover agents. It was a sweet time, a gone time. A time before vast cities expanded, tower by treacherous tower, and left me forgotten, under a pile of junk. Like evil devils, they spread my nightmares into me. Today one lovely pink flower brings some hope, against my remains. Little ones, come and find me if you wish, I am your inheritance. Between the abandoned housing estates, you will discover my resting place, full of unused rubbish and garbage, to an open sewer I’ve shrunk. I, who have experienced history, who have seen cottages become houses, houses become tower blocks, tower blocks become skyscrapers, am decreased to desolate puddles of filth, beneath the constantly burning stars Christina Navaranjan, aged 10


What’s On?

River Mole Discovery Day Sunday 24th September

Sunday 24th September marks World Rivers Day. On that day a host of organisations are coming together on the banks of the River Mole in Leatherhead to celebrate the role that rivers play in all our lives, whether we realise it or not. ‘River Mole Discovery Day’ will be a celebration of our rivers and the River Mole in particular. The task of protecting the river’s waters from threats to its wildlife and its water is a huge one that is shared by a large number of organisations. All of the important ones will be attending River Mole Discovery Day to tell you what they do and provide you with some interesting challenges. If you always wanted to know what lurks within the waters of the Mole, to meet a river monster face to face, to know where the water goes to and comes from or how it gets to your tap, or what happens when it floods, and what fish, birds and insects inhabit its banks. River Mole Discovery Day is for you. All your questions can be answered by a range of experts: ecologists, hydrologists, historians and more. Where can you spot a kingfisher? What is that pink plant I see along the river banks and why are people pulling it up? What is a sink hole? Who built the shell bridge (pic above)? Is the river clean and healthy? What is the rarest plant that grows on the river bank? Can I sail on the river? Is the river clean and healthy? World Rivers Day is a day to celebrate the important role that rivers play in providing a vital corridor for wildlife, in supplying water for different purposes, in draining the land and preventing flooding, and in providing space for people to undertake different leisure pursuits from walking and fishing to canoeing. Rivers are vital to our quality of life and are fragile environments, easily damage and requiring careful management to balance competing needs. Maintaining the biodiversity of the River and its tributaries is a huge challenge if it is to be protected from potential pollution, over-abstraction of water, the invasion of non-native species, the impact of chemicals and a range of other threats. Fortunately the River Mole Catchment Partnership is up to the challenge. The Partnership brings together a host of organisations and volunteers committed to raising water quality and improving wildlife habitats as well as encouraging people to enjoy the river in various ways. The Partnership wants to tell you what it is doing and to challenge you to think differently about the beautiful River Mole.

Come to one of the most beautiful and interesting stretches of the river between the Town Bridge and Thorncroft Bridge in Leatherhead between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday 24th September and bring a picnic. The site is located between the Leatherhead Football Club and the River Mole within the grounds of the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Children and adults are welcome. There is car parking in the grounds of the Leisure Centre and it is within easy walking distance of Leatherhead Town Centre. 65

What’s On?

Film Fundraising - you’ll have the time of your life at this charity event with a difference “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”

Saturday 16th September 7pm-11pm St George’s Church & Christian Centre

St George’s will be transformed into the famous holiday resort from iconic film Dirty Dancing for one night only as local women’s group Oasis hosts a fundraising event like no other. On Saturday 16 September, from 7-11pm, the whole of St George’s Church and Christian Centre will be converted into Kellerman’s resort from Dirty Dancing. Guests will be welcomed to “Kellerman’s” for the best break of their lives. It promises to be a spectacular night where you can learn the Samba with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Hanna Haarala – watch out for those spaghetti arms! – try your hand at crazy golf, check out a new look with a fun wig, and enjoy magical acts. ‘Stars’ from the film will be present, with live action before and during the film. (Pictured left: Ashtead’s very own ‘Johnny Castle’ and ‘Baby’, Lizzie Simpson and Jordan Farrell) Bring your own drinks to enjoy alongside delicious hot dogs, and be entertained with live performances from local band Junction 9, Glee Club Choir, and truly dazzling dancing. Then sit back and enjoy the iconic movie with live acts throughout. The event has been organised by Hannah Underwood, Ashtead resident and member of Oasis. She says: “We ran a similar film event a couple of years ago and had a fantastic response. It’s a chance for people to really let their hair down, live and breathe this amazing film which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. We are doing this firstly to raise funds for two fantastic charities, but also to have a great community event so guests can meet new people, dress up and have fun!” Dress: 1960s style, or anything goes!

Tickets: £15 with all profit shared between two charities, Rianna’s Fund and Alternatives Trust. Spaces are limited so book soon at St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead, or by emailing 66

What’s On?

Wooden Spoon Concert Treorchy Male Voice Choir Saturday 14th October 7pm Leatherhead Theatre

For 130 years the Treorchy Male Voice Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest ensembles of all times. On the evening the choir will be joined by The Jazz Band from Therfield School. Wooden Spoon is a Children’s Charity of Rugby, funding projects that support children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage in Surrey.

Tickets £22, with concessions from 01372 365141. More info from 67

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History walk, Chalk Lane to World’s End, old Epsom. 2pm-3.30pm, £5 pp. Meet by the pond in Rosebery Park (Ashley Rd). Discover Westgate House and its resident ghost together with other grand houses. See the Durdans, home to Lord Rosebery and visited by kings, and learn about the influence of the Northey family. Discover pubs past and present and the impact that both World Wars had on this part of town. Booking essential via tel 020 8394 1734 or email

Saturday 2nd

Ewell Horticultural Assoc Autumn Show, Blenheim High School, Longmead Rd, Ewell, KT19 9BH. 2.30pm-4.30pm, free admission, free parking. Displays of colourful autumn flowers, home grown vegetables, cookery and floral art plus plants and garden sundries for sale. Raffle, refreshments and homemade cakes.

Sunday 3rd

Donkey Derby, Polesden Lacey. 10am-5pm. Enjoy a family funday full of donkey races, dog shows and fayre games in support of the Leatherhead Lions. Free entry (page 60)

Monday 4th

Leatherhead Residents’ Association Open Meeting, Letherhead Institute, 7 for 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Cllr. Simon Edge whose portfolio includes Economic Development for Mole Valley and Transform Leatherhead.

Thursday 7th

Guided Walk of Historic Dorking, Dorking Museum, 62 West St, Dorking, RH4 1BS. 10.30am-12pm, £3 pp. See its architecture and the secrets that lie behind the streets of modern Dorking., 01306 876591.

Saturday 9th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society’s 83rd Annual Flower & Vegetable Show at the Parish Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead 2pm-5pm. Exhibits, Raffle, Refreshments, Produce & Autumn Bulbs. Admission Free.

Saturday 9th

The worst jobs in Tudor times. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Bourne Hall, Spring St, KT17 1UF. 1pm-2.30pm, £5 per child (inc accompanying adult). A gentleman usher from Henry VIII’s palace of Nonsuch is looking for a gong farmer, a food taster, a spit boy, a groom of the stool, a wool dyer and an executioner! Do you fancy a change of job and a short life?! Book via tel: 020 8394 1734 or email

Wed 20th

Charity Fashion Show by Amanda, see page 61 for details.

Saturday 23rd

Mid-Surrey Mencap jumble sale, Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8RY. 11am-1pm, admission 50p, light refreshments available.

Sunday 24th

River Mole Discovery Day - see page 63

Sunday 24th

The annual Celia Cross Greyhound Trust Charity Sale - see opposite.


St Stephen’s House Surgery PPG AGM & Quiz night with fish & chip supper, see page 90.

Friday 6th OCTOBER

APMH Friends' 3 course dinner (6.30 for 7pm) followed by a talk on 'Cheese' by Rosemary Horton. Tickets £21 available at Friday coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members.

Saturday 14th OCTOBER

RNLI Barn Dance and Fish Supper to live music at Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Bookham, 7pm -11pm. £22. Entry by advance ticket only from or 01372 378812

If there’s an event in October that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) Before Tuesday 12th September. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 68

What’s On?

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust Charity Sale Sunday 24th September 11am

Cranleigh Showground, Ewhurst Road, Cranleigh GU6 7DW • Bargains galore in the Barn • ‘Posh’ tent and auction for those special

or quirky items • Refreshments • Greyhound parade at 2pm - during the

parade we will be showing some of our dogs who need ‘Forever Homes’ • Entertainment • Free Parking • All dogs welcome

For more info call 01306 712615 or 01252 781917

Registered Charity 1020383

Sunday 17th September

Saturday 2nd September

Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Bookham

Ashtead Allotments Assoc Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning

6.30pm-11pm - All are welcome

10.30am – Midday

£15 inc fish & chip supper Bring your own drinks

Allotment Site (look for the banner) Leatherhead Road, Ashtead

To book your ticket, please call 01306 899104 / 07442 017169 Email:

All welcome. Tea, coffee and cake plus allotment produce available for a donation

All proceeds to go to Macmillan

Registered Charity No 1111678 69

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Friday 1st (First Friday monthly)

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Leatherhead Group meet in Fetcham Village Small Hall 10am-12noon with a talk on ‘Poems’ by Janice Allen. The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship has a varied programme. Sometimes a speaker, or social event in the hall such as a lunch or tea. Members pay an annual subscription of £5, and £1 per meeting (extra when a meal is involved). Members do not have to have been Civil Servants. Info from Anne Thomson 01372 373258

Friday 1st (monthly)

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

Friday 1st (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 1st (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Hall funds, or as a customer buying anything from cakes to crafts and enjoying a cup of coffee too. Hearing Aid check on 15th. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sunday 3rd (weekly)

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

Monday 4th & 18th

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

Tuesday 5th

Leatherhead Probus Club - social events for retired men, three course lunch with speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. Speaker Judge Peter Thompson ‘When I was at the Bar’. We also arrange lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. Booking essential, contact Jon McCarthy via email on or tel 07947 361406.

Tuesdays 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th (weekly)

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

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Wed 6th (weekly termtime)

The Wednesday morning Baby & Toddler Group, Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead, 10am - 12noon. For all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Newcomers welcome.

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, 62nd AGM followed by demonstration by Julia Knights “Hello Broadway”. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1pm – 4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Confessions of a Sword Swallower, by Fred Delins. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Wed (6th) (weekly termtime)

10am - 12noon The Wednesday morning Baby & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Newcomers welcome. 70

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REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thursday 7th (monthly)

Ashtead U3A general meeting, 2.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker: Dr Helen Fry: Secret Listeners Who Bugged The Nazis in World War 2. Annual membership £12. For more info tel 01372 273690 or email

Thursday 7th (weekly)

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

Thursday 7th (weekly)

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

Thursday 7th (1st Thurs mthly)

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

Thursday 7th (weekly)

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

Friday 8th (monthly)

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

Friday 8th & Friday 15th

8 September, 3pm: Speaker Bill Whitman on the origins of the Howards of Effingham and their involvement with the Spanish Armada of 1588. (Heritage Open Days), St Nicolas Church, Bookham, 15 September, 7.30pm: Tony Matthews will give a presentation at the Letherhead Institute on the Society’s recently introduced oral history service. More information from

Sundays 10th & 24th

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

Monday 11th (2nd Mon mthly)

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

Monday 11th (2nd Mon mthly)

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

Monday 11th

Bookham Wine Club event, ‘New from Croatia’ by Mislav Kapetanovic in The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, 7.30 for 8.00pm. For more info contact; or check out our website

Tuesday 12th

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. ’Chiropractic Explained’ by Dr Charlotte Barnett. For more info email Meriel Sexton on 71

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What’s On?

WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS (ctd) Wed 13th (monthly)

Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society illustrated lecture on how women lived, loved and died in Paris 1939-1949, culminating in Christian Dior’s New Look. 7.15pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Wed 13th (2nd Wed mthly)

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

Thurs 14th

BLOOD DONATION: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane. 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm

Tuesday 19th (monthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture on Lost on the Titanic; The Great Omar Bindin given by Dominic Riley, BA, HND. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707

Wed 20th (monthly)

Ashtead Friendship Centre. 20th birthday celebration (non-members welcome). Info from Don Butt on 01372 274288.

Thursday 21st (monthly)

Leatherhead U3A monthly meeting at 2pm in United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead. Speaker Kenneth Bare on “The Surrey Hills and the Surrey Hills Society”. The U3A welcomes anyone no longer in full time employment. Info on or check out the website to find out about opportunities to pursue an interest and to make new friends.

Thurs 21st (3rd Thurs mthly)

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

Thurs 28th (4th Thurs mthly)

Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. The People & Animals of Namibia and Botswana by Hazel Richmond-Coggan For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Thurs 21st

BLOOD DONATION: Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG 1.30pm-4.30pm & 5.20pm-8pm

Wed 27th (monthly)

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

Thurs 28th (last Thursday monthly)

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

Friday 29th

Is this a young William Shakespeare? I will discuss the research behind the Wadlow portrait. Could it be a portrait of the young Bard? 11am & 7.30pm. £10 inc refreshments. Email or telephone 01372 272235 to book. Numbers limited. 72

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A fundraising feast On June 10th Fundraising Friends Invited some 120 friends and supporters to their Tudor Feast in aid of their Charity of 2017 Sight for Surrey (Children’s Services) held at the 15th century Tithe Barn in Bookham. Authentic Tudor recipes were served, such as a vegetable potage to start, followed by rumps of English beef, turkey and Scottish salmon accompanied by Tudor spinach pie and many salads. The delicious dessert of a meringue cheesecake adorned with fresh English strawberries finished a wonderful meal. The very professional serving staff dressed for the occasion in mop caps and aprons and many guests also adorned dress of the era. Sadly Henry VIII was indisposed for the evening but his place was ably taken by the Knight in residence at Warwick Castle alias Chris Hampson. He arrived adorned in armour and chainmail and kept everyone entertained and sent us away thinking about how similar we still are to our ancestors of the Medieval and Tudor times ! The CEO and Head of Children’s Services at Sight for Surrey, Bob Hughes and Jane Vincent and some staff attended the event and told the guests something of their work and how funds already raised had been spent. The Chair of Fundraising Friends recalled how she had visited Sight for Surrey and had been so impressed with the work they do with blind and partially blind children and how important children’s events and activities are in highlighting a greater understanding of the world in which we live, giving them opportunities to understand different concepts – something that visually impaired children very often struggle with. Fundraising Friends would like to thank all those who supported this event and especially all the local businesses who generously provided sponsorship, raffle prizes etc to make this an outstandingly successful evening.


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 103

Proposed Fetcham Railway Station

In the early 1930s it was proposed to build a railway station in Fetcham Village on the left hand side of the present bridge in Cobham Road with a platform on the Reading Room side going towards Waterloo. The plan also proposed Allotment Gardens, National Playing Fields and sites for a Public House, Petrol Station and shops. Alas, the plan never happened and the land eventually went into building houses estates, Monks Green, Hilley Field Lane and Meadow Lane There was an advertisement for the Monks Green estate c1935 which stated that "the station would be opened shortly" With Acknowledgment to Alan Pooley President of the L&DLHS for his input and providing a copy of the proposed map from the Society’s collection Goff Powell

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Transition Ashtead Working towards sustainable consumption

Are you a worrier or a warrior? Worrying is a necessary tool. If you are going to a meeting, worrying about getting up and being ready in time to catch the train is necessary to motivate you to set the alarm and to get up rather than turning over for another half hour’s snooze. But what about at the other end of the scale? The life and death worries like whether a plane will crash, whether you will get struck by lightning, or whether you will get cancer? Well, you can’t do much about the plane - it’s in the hands of the pilot and luck or God; in a storm you can take the sensible precaution of lying down and not shelter under a tree; to reduce the chance of getting cancer you can live a healthy life - including not worrying unnecessarily! All of these events you either have no control over (so there is not much point in wasting energy and time worrying) or you can take sensible action to reduce the chances of something happening. But what about the really big worries that will affect all of us? How will climate change affect me and my children’s life? How habitable will the UK (and the planet) be in fifty or one hundred years? And what will be the effect of plastics/air/water pollution and all our actions on the natural environment and our quality of life? These worries seem so huge that our responses seem to divide into either a) it’s too big so nothing I do will make any difference or b) the head in the sand option (I don’t believe that man-made global warming is happening so I won’t do anything). But what about c)? If we all took some action and changed our lifestyle gradually putting the needs of planet earth higher up (or even above!) both our personal and the political agenda; collectively we CAN make a huge difference. I worry immensely about what the world will be like for our children, even to the extent of wondering if I want grandchildren; but on the other hand humans are very adaptable and so is the natural world. In the UK we have acted to reverse some terrible environmental problems – the Clean Air Act in the 1950’s; switching to unleaded petrol in the 1980’s; cleaning up the river Thames which at one time had no fish. It’s not impossible to make our local river Mole status ‘good’; or clear up the plastics in the oceans; switch to electric cars, reach a virtuous sustainable circle of recycling and remaking. I guess that worldwide there are millions of small projects all making a difference - from growing local food in Todmorden, Yorkshire, to cooperative fairtrade farmers in South America. This is heartening and we need to have a positive vision of the future. We must focus our understandable worries to take warrior-like action. However small, each action will make a difference and all of us making just small changes will add up to a super-human effort! Caroline Cardew-Smith

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Craftsmanship Rules at Norbury Park Sawmill Nestled in woodland near Leatherhead is one of Surrey’s hidden gems – the Norbury Park Sawmill. The traditional workshop is home to Norbury Park Wood Products, which specialises in a range of high-quality timber articles, ranging from countryside benches and signs to garden furniture. The sawmill was founded in the 1970s and has been managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust since 2002 as part of the Norbury Park estate. It uses only sustainably sourced English timber and its products are a celebration of traditional joinery techniques. It also operates on ethical and environmentally friendly principles. Richard Smithers has been part of the sawmill team for more than 30 years and explains why he still loves coming to work every day: “We start with a round tree, sourced locally, and end up with a bench! Here you can see the process right through from the start to the finished article. It’s what makes us unique.” The sawmill uses local English oak where possible, while most other high-end outdoor furniture makers tend to buy from overseas. Oak is the most durable of our native timbers, but larch, western red cedar and Douglas fir is also stocked. Whatever the wood, the team is careful to use every part of it. Workshop off-cuts fuel the woodburning stoves that heat the office, workshop and timber drying kiln. Sawmill off-cuts make topquality BBQ charcoal, shavings for stables and sawdust can be used for smoking meat and cheese. Graeme Wheeler started working at the sawmill a couple of years ago and says what makes Norbury Park special is that each piece is made individually to order. “Over the last few years there has been a reawakening of interest in craftsmanship and handmade items. People realise that if a craftsman has put their heart and soul into something, it’s worth more than an off the shelf product,” he said. Customers include large organisations such as the National Trust, Royal Parks, RHS, RSPB and Thames Water, parks and estates, local councils, small businesses and people looking for a bespoke piece. If you buy from Norbury Park Wood Products, you aren’t just getting a high-quality product, but helping secure the future of traditional craftsmanship. And because of the sawmill’s link to Surrey Wildlife Trust, you are also helping to protect the long term future of our woodlands and the wildlife that depends on it.

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Houseplants on holiday By Pippa Greenwood

This year I didn’t get a summer holiday but I’m proud to say that my houseplants did – no need for costly air fares or over-priced hotels and dodgy meals out however, because they spent the summer in the garden. Most houseplants grown widely up and down the country need to be just that, plants in houses, but come the summer it usually gives them a real boost to get the higher natural light levels, refreshing (relatively warm) rainfall and seriously fresh air. But now that September is here it is time to bring them indoors. The daytime temperatures are generally warm enough in almost all areas of the country but there will soon be some noticeably nippy nights and these can do untold damage, especially to some of the more tender varieties.

Also look for pests like scale insects - tiny brownish elliptical insects which feed beneath leaves or on soft stems, often producing copious quantities of sticky, sugary honeydew - or aphids, which may be found clustered on the more tender, newer growth. If you find any infestation, it is essential it is dealt with before the plants go inside, as once the pots are back indoors the pests will flourish in the now warmer and more protected conditions, and will soon multiply and may even spread to other healthy plants, causing potential chaos! Most problems like these, if caught early, can be dealt with by using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs to snip off infected areas, or by some careful picking off by hand. If you find scale insects, aphids or fluffy patches of mealy bug, you can purchase a brilliant biocontrol to sort them out in a totally environmentally friendly way that is also completely safe for you and your pets. For more information, visit protect-your-crops

Before bringing them in though, it is essential to put your plants through their paces; think of it as being a bit like going through Customs on your way back from your seasonal break! First I go over them checking for dead, damaged or dying leaves, and then use a sharp pair of scissors to remove these, cutting back neatly into clean, healthy growth. Next it is time to inspect the stems, foliage and any flowers for pests and diseases. There is often a wide range of these problems that can infest or infect your houseplants, and it always pays to bring them in totally clean. Look out for white powdery mildew deposits, often accompanied by a bit of leaf yellowing, and check for greyish fuzzy fungal patches caused by the notorious Botrytis or grey mould - this will often start out on an already dead part of the plant such as a faded leaf or flower, but is often associated with yellowing, petal browning and dieback too.

Once the plants themselves have had a check over, I always inspect the pots, including the surface of the compost and beneath the base and rim of the pot itself. If you can, and as long as the plant won’t be damaged in the process, gently ease it out of its pot and check the root ball. This may sound a little extreme but all of these more ‘hidden’ and out of the way places 88

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some gems in the supermarket too - how about a marvellously elegant moth orchid (Phalaenopsis) or two? I treated myself to a couple when I was working at The Woburn Abbey Garden Show this summer, and they’ve proved to be a beautiful reminder of a lovely show and I know that even with my sometimes erratic care they should keep on performing for years to come!

provide perfect places for stowaways: the pests which live in the garden but would appreciate spending the cooler weather in your house - things like vine weevils, slugs and snails. Not the sort of house guests you or your plants would appreciate, I’m sure. When the check over is complete, gently scrape away the uppermost surface of the compost and replace with the same quantity of fresh, similar compost, wipe down the sides of the pot and take your plants inside, taking care not to put them anywhere which is too hot, too dry or too draughty for their liking.

Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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St Stephen’s House Surgery Patient Participation Group Notice of AGM Wednesday 4th October - 7pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

The AGM will include the official business of the PPG and an update from the Surgery, followed by a Fundraising Fish & Chip Supper and a Quiz. Tickets for the Supper and Quiz are £15 each and will also include a small dessert plus tea or coffee. The APMH Bar will be open before the Supper and before the Quiz begins. Tables of 8 will be provided and we look forward to some fun competition amongst teams. All proceeds from the evening will go to our new appeal to purchase a Brachial Blood Pressure Monitor for the Surgery. Tickets will be on sale at the APMH Coffee Morning on each Friday in September (10am-midday) in the Ralli Room or on 01372 277877 or via email on Do book your tickets now for a great evening out with friends. 90

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Football McCoys a) its back Only Fools And Horses The sardine (after Sardinia) California Highway Patrol Deputy Dawg Catchphrase Marlin Sid Waddell

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Quiz - Animal Anagrams 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Across: 1 Magnet, 4 Moccasin, 9 Sultan, 10 Coverlet, 12 Above all, 13 Stamen, 15 Ewer, 16 Minerva, 20 Sparrow, 21 Free, 25 Truman, 26 Winnipeg, 28 Peaceful, 29 Kirsch, 30 Egyptian, 31 Stolen. Down: 1 Mistaken, 2 Galloped, 3 Evades, 5 Oboe, 6 Creative, 7 Solemn, 8 Noting, 11 Algiers, 14 Deposit, 17 Apparent, 18 Proposal, 19 Lengthen, 22 Staple, 23 Sugary, 24 Enlist, 27 Cuba.

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