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September 2014 Never underestimate the importance of community

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Langley Vale Centenary Wood Update on Dell project, Ashtead SeeAbility - update on cycle race Age UK require caring home helps English Setter looking for a good home Heritage Open Days 11th-14th September Friends of Royal Marsden looking for volunteers


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

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Mole Valley’s Got Talent!

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Men, learn to sing!

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Ashtead Community Vision

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Leatherhead Women’s Institute

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Quiz - Surnames

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Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled

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Volunteer - Friends of Royal Marsden

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Age UK looking for home helps

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MV Police column

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Give a cat a home

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Heritage Open Days pages 28 & 30

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Sam the Setter needs a good home

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‘Friends’ Again - a story

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Quiz - Birds

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Book reviews

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Clandon Park during WW1

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Local history article

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Simple crossword

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Local business races the sun!

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Pictograms

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Ashtead Flower/Horticultural Show

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Update on Dell Project, Ashtead

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General knowledge quiz

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Recipe - coffee cream éclairs

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Langley Vale Wood (Woodland Trust)

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Recipe - The perfect fish pie

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Cryptic crossword

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GO50 Walks and Cycle rides

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Transition Ashtead

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Clandestine Cake Club

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Gardening

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SeeAbility - RideLondon 10th August

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Useful numbers

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his month’s edition is one of the biggest I’ve ever done - coming in at 104 pages no mean feat when you work on your own! I do hope you enjoy reading it.

September sees the annual Heritage Open Days, this year running from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th, as ever, there is so much to see and do that there just wasn’t sufficient space to cram everything in, so all I can do is to give you just a flavour of what has been arranged. Rather fittingly this year’s theme is ‘100 Years Ago’, more on pages 28 and 30. Leatherhead resident and photographer, James Duffy, has been working with the National Trust at Clandon Park and has written a fascinating account of the role which the house played during World War 1, see page 42. Some of James’ photos have been used in a new book called ‘The Country House at War’ by Simon Grieves available from National Trust Shops. You may remember in last month’s edition that Colin Bean, one of SeeAbility’s ‘Tandem Pilots’ was riding the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 along with Ivan Storey, his tandem ‘Stoker’. Well, despite the dreadful weather on 10th August these lads finished the race and Colin’s account can be found on page 56. Lesley Stewart, an Ashtead resident, is setting up her ‘Clandestine Cake Club’ where all levels of bakers can meet, make new friends, chat, eat cake and swap tips - what’s not to like? Lesley’s first meeting will be at the new Advertising deli - Handley’s - at 27 The Street. More info can be The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local found on page 55. provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

I received a heartbreaking call from Alison Little who is currently in Greece, desperately looking for a good home for her six year old English Setter Sam. Unfortunately Alison won’t be able to keep Sam with her when she returns to her home in Ashtead, and Technical & Legal stuff his future in Greece looks rather bleak. Is there Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine anyone out there who would love to have Sam as their new family pet - his story is on page 74. is accurate, the Publisher cannot

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You may have heard of The Centenary Woods project set up by the Woodland Trust to create four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and NI. The site selected for England is at Langley Vale which will be transformed into a peaceful place for reflection. More on page 92.

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945

www.ashteadresidents.org.uk School Expansions, Traffic and Parking

Thus we have a classic dilemma: the need for school places coupled with a need to resolve traffic and parking issues. This is recognised by the schools themselves plus the County Council and applications to expand a school must include a traffic management plan.

“Ask me my three main priorities for government and I tell you: education, education and education.”

The Association voiced its concerns over traffic and parking issues arising as a consequence of the St. Peter’s expansion. With regard to The Greville, political capital has been made out of criticising the Association for being out of touch with local residents concerns about the expansion. We will join the planned Sub-Committee to discuss the traffic and parking issues associated with the school’s expansion.

No matter what your politics, the above statement set the scene in the 1990’s and has continued ever since. The future of our country relies upon our young generation getting a proper education. Ashtead is blessed with excellent schools. For the majority, the state schools are the chosen option and in Barnett Wood Lane Infants, The Greville, St Giles’, St Peter’s and West Ashtead we have five fine educational establishments.

The Association has a powerful voice in local Government but that voice is as strong as its Quite rightly, parents who live in Ashtead level of membership and the Committee want their children to attend an Ashtead relies heavily on the information supplied by school but the increase in Ashtead’s younger its members in its work on Ashtead’s behalf. population combined with a rise in the birth While we have several thousand member rate have created demand that is outstripping households, there are localities within supply. Ashtead where we have struggled to recruit members and Road Stewards and we must St Peter’s has plans to increase its numbers, assume that those residents feel that the as does The Greville. Surrey County Council Association is not for them. How then are has taken the almost unprecedented step of we to add their voice at local Government buying a neighbouring property to Barnett Wood Lane Infants with plans to expand it to level? a full primary school once the current lease We have Committee members who are expires in 2016. All these moves will, it is experienced in matters such as Highways, hoped, allow Ashtead parents to place their Railways & Buses, Planning and Health but if children in Ashtead schools in the future. you are directly affected by, or have expertise in, other areas, such as school However for every forward step there is a price. Visit any of the above schools at drop- expansion and traffic management, we would welcome your input. We need your off or pick-up times and you will find assistance as much you might need our voice surrounding roads almost choked with traffic and parked cars. Many parents work and have in supporting your concerns. You don’t need even to join the Committee, but we need to drop off their child on the way. Some your help to help us help you! Let us know parents have to drive children to different your concerns. What are your solutions? schools, not always in Ashtead. Residents in

surrounding roads have to endure delays and Contact the Chairman on blocked driveways, plus also inconsiderately parked vehicles on verges. They only see the chairman@ashteadresidents.org.uk situation deteriorating when school capacities are increased or in some cases doubled. 8


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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Parking The recent proposal to change the single yellow lines in North Street to doubles highlights a major problem in the Town. You will appreciate that single yellow lines allow parking in the evenings and weekends, so the proposed change would have adversely affected activities, in the evenings and on Sundays. But, as the Council uses Parking Wardens who do not normally work after 6pm, the change would be unmonitored. Now the situation in North Street is being reconsidered, since the perceived problem is daytime congestion, and, after observing this for an hour, Councillor Tim Hall and the SCC Parking Manager, David Curl, agreed with me that the parking was not the cause of congestion. The cause was primarily due to delivery vehicles and to the ‘pinch point’ outside the ‘Penny Black’. This was put in to assist people trying to cross the road to the Post Office. It took well over a year to get the paperwork done and then, only weeks after it was built, the Post Office was closed. However there is quite a bit of selfish parking on the existing double yellow lines during the middle of the day. Would that be eased if the pinch point were to be removed?

habits of a minority, but might it not be worth trying to see what would happen if our parking wardens concentrated their efforts on the car parks? I suggest that it is a bit rash to depend on honesty boxes there! But perhaps we should allow both the shame of anti-social parking together with recognition of the need to park cars sensibly, to control on-street parking? Now perhaps I am quite wrong, as it has been noted that Highlands Road in particular has double yellow lines which are parked on every evening and weekend. This is because it is known that the wardens do not usually patrol it outside daytime hours. So what is to be done? Many will argue for surprise visits by the Wardens, but could the persistent offenders not be persuaded to change their selfish behaviour, or, on the other hand, are the regulations really necessary?

I therefore return to the question of whether no parking areas need be policed? People understand many of the basic principles of owning a car. So use yellow lines to indicate a hazardous parking spot. But there should not be a need to prosecute those who are silly enough to park there. Too simple? Well we seem to get by without having any law to say on which side of the road you should This raised a question in my mind as to how drive. So do we need fear of fines to control effective the parking regulations would be if they parking? Finally, may I say that I am saddened and were not policed at all. Most responsible drivers perhaps a little bit fearful, every time I drive respect the need for limiting the parking in narrow though a County where I am threatened by signs streets, and indeed, do we need the fear of parking telling me that ‘unmarked Police cars operate tickets to control people? I may be out of tune here’. with some when I say that a happy society is not one which is controlled by fear, but I believe that I Hubert Carr am right. Of course parking tickets are a small Vice Chairman of the LRA matter compared with other perceived anti-social

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reating a “vision” for Ashtead’s future is the first big step in developing the Village’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). It’s an important step because creating Other areas such as “wellbeing” covering that vision provides residents with a broad doctors, dentists, care for the elderly as well description of how we would like to see the as pre-school care and nurseries were also Village develop over the next 15 years. suggested as being essential aspects of the The NDP also provides an overarching message local community which could be impacted by planning decisions and so should be included to tell local and national planning authorities in the NDP. how Ashtead residents see the future of the area in which they live – at least as far as all It was felt that as the Vision was such an those matters impacted by planning are important aspect of the NDP the views of the concerned. Ashtead community should be sought early, so that the Forum and ACV work was, from the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum outset, consistent with local opinion. ACV will (the Forum) met recently to look at how the therefore soon begin a community ‘vision’ might be developed. The Forum felt engagement programme through interaction that a statement put to the meeting was with individuals, local organisations and clubs. broadly right for Ashtead as it sets out both the Forum’s mission as well as its objectives In terms of timing, the Forum heard that the as far as the development of an Ashtead NDP production of the NDP would not have to wait is concerned. until Mole Valley District Council had adopted its Housing & Traveller Sites Plan in mid 2016 The statement read, “The Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan will seek to but could be completed earlier than this, maintain and enhance the sense of community possibly during 2015.. within the village by protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment, assisting For further information concerning the the local economy, and improving travel, Ashtead NDP, either go to the website at: leisure and life-long learning opportunities www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk or email ashteadcommunityvision@gmail.com. while supporting our needs with appropriate You can also find us on Facebook and development”. Twitter @AshteadCV . The Forum raised a number of points such as whether an NDP could influence ‘lifelong John Morgan learning’ which, on the face of it, is not a planning issue. After discussion, it was agreed ACV member 12


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Mole Valley Police Column All change! September 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.

together in a bag, your car keys and other 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE neil.clarke@surrey.pnn.police.uk Tel: 101 Extension 30809 For more crime prevention advice visit www.surrey.police.uk If you need to contact your local policing team, you can always email us at molevalley@surrey.pnn.police.uk or call 101 and ask for extension 39635 – direct dial is 01483 639635.

Many of you will also be doing last minute shopping before returning to work or school. Please keep your purses and wallets safe when you are out and about. It is easy to be distracted and it only takes seconds for an “expert” to deprive you of your cash, credit cards, driving licence and, if they are all

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Four days of free events in celebration of Mole Valley’s Heritage.

St Giles’ Open Days

St. Giles’ Church, Park Lane, Ashtead KT21 1EJ This beautifully restored 15th & 16th century church is built on a former Roman site and situated in a tranquil well-tended large churchyard. There will also be a church quiz, a churchyard treasure hunt, and a chance to look at the exciting proposals for a new centre down in the Dell next door. All with cream teas provided! Directions: Turn south off A24 into Park Lane at northern end of Ashtead High Street. Church quarter of a mile on the left. Open: Saturday & Sunday 1430-1700. No booking required.

This Year’s Theme:

‘100 Years Ago’

of photographs and accounts of the history of the buildings. Complete your tour with a visit to the exhibition in St Nicolas Church, the Grade I listed church, in the heart of the village. Directions: The centre of the village lies to the north of the A246 Leatherhead to Guildford Road. Lower Shott is to the south of the A246 and contains toilets and a pay & display car park. Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 08001700. No booking required.

Box Hill Centenary Display

Box Hill, Dorking KT20 7LB 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Box Hill being given to the National Trust. Join National Trust Rangers and the Friends of Box Hill in a Discover Great Bookham Church Road, High Street and Lower Shott, Great marquee which will house an exhibition about the last 100 years at Box Hill. Staff and Bookham KT23 4AG volunteers will be on site to answer any Visit Great Bookham to discover the history of questions. Hire a tracker pack or kite from the this vibrant village at the beginning of the 20th shepherd’s hut and enjoy a picnic overlooking the century. Explore the High Street, Church Road, views. and Lower Shott, where today you will find over Directions: The marquee will be on the Donkey 60 shops, cafes, pubs and other businesses. The village was very different one hundred years ago. Green at Box Hill. Open: Saturday 1000-1600. The changes can be seen by looking in many of No booking required. the shop windows, where there will be displays Continued overleaf... 28


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Children accompanied by an adult will be particularly welcome on all of the days when open and to participate in a special Heritage Open Days Dorking Quaker Meeting House, Butter Hill, South trail. Street, Dorking RH4 2LE Directions: The Museum is in Leatherhead Town This is the story of one man who chose not to fight Centre by the junction of The Crescent and in any war. He was a member of the Baptist Church Street. 10 minute walk from the station. Church, and trained and worked with Quakers to Open: Thursday & Friday 1300-1600. Saturday & make life bearable for people in France who had Sunday 1000-1600. had their farms and towns shelled and burnt and No booking required. their animals and crops destroyed. Fortunately his archive has been kept locally. Event not suitable ‘Leatherhead Town’ 100 years ago for children under the age of 6. The Letherhead Institute, Room G6, 67 High Directions: Opposite Waitrose in South Street. Street, Leatherhead KT22 8AH Open: Thursday & Friday 1400-1900. A display of photographs of Leatherhead Town No booking required 1880-1914 presenting ‘Leatherhead Town’ 100 years ago. See how things have changed: people A Sheltered Valley and places. Local history books will be on sale. Rowhurst, Fire and Iron Gallery, Oxshott Road, Children must be accompanied by an adult. Leatherhead KT22 0EN Directions: The Institute is located at the junction A talk looking at 1914 life at Rowhurst and Teazle of High Street, Epsom Road and Wood. Rowhurst is Leatherhead’s oldest domestic The Crescent close to the town centre and town building, with some parts dating from pre-1346, centre car parks. Teazle Wood was saved by the community in 2012. Open: Saturday & Sunday 1000-1600. No booking Current owner of Rowhurst, Lucy Quinnell, required. investigates who lived in her house in 1914. The Woodland Trust will be helping Lucy to investigate Your Country needs you’ - Art & the intriguing brickfield, now concealed under trees and foliage in Teazle Wood. What happened Design of World War One The Menuhin Hall, The Yehudi Menuhin School, to the people who worked in this complex of buildings and clay pits when war broke out? Event Cobham Rd, Stoke D’Abernon KT11 3QQ Talk by James Taylor (NADFAS lecturer), 2014 not suitable for children under the age of 12. Directions: Leave Leatherhead by B2430 and take marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Discover how art made a vital contribution to the last turning on the left before the campaigns of 1914-1918. Featuring the story of the road crosses the M25 Alfred Leete (1882-1933) who devised one of the Open: Thursday – talks at 1500 & 1900. Friday – world’s most famous posters ‘Your Country Needs talks at 1100 & 1900. You’ and artworks by Bone, Lavery, McEvoy, Nash, Pre-booking essential. Contact Lucy Quinnell on Nevinson, Orpen, Pears, Sargent, Spencer and 01372 386453 or lucy@fireandiron.co.uk. Wilkinson, as well as the origins of the Imperial Booking closes 5th September. War Museum. A paid bar is available. Directions: Leave Fetcham on the Cobham Road, Surrey on Film 1914-53 school on the left hand side after about a mile. - A community in peace and war Open: Friday 1930. The Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Pre-booking essential via email to Leatherhead KT22 8AH boxoffice@molevalley.gov.uk marked Heritage This fascinating compilation film from the Surrey Open Days History Centre traces community life in the county from peacetime through the trauma of two world This is just a small selection of the wars and closes with the coronation celebrations events being held in Mole Valley. of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Open: Sunday 1000-1600. More details can be found on: No booking required

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‘Friends’ Again? Ruth was on Facebook but rarely posted anything. She wished friends a happy birthday and enjoyed reading people’s news but couldn’t see the point of sharing details of her own life. Who would be interested? She wasn’t even interested! Ruth had one friend who couldn’t eat a restaurant meal until she’d posted a picture of her plate. She had another friend who put up endless photos of her dog, including one of a precisely curled pile of dog poo, surrounded by delicate pink petals sitting under a flowering rhododendron bush. It had the caption “My artistic doggie!”

hadn’t heard that name for years. James was her college boyfriend. She’d been desperately in love with him and her world had fallen apart when he broke things off after eighteen months.

Ruth worried about her children being on Facebook. She’d seen the flamboyant way her teenage niece and nephew shared pictures of themselves in various stages of drunkenness. Surely that was a bad idea? Sarah wasn’t allowed an account because she was far too young but she regularly posted her Candy Crush Saga scores on Ruth’s page, which was very embarrassing, as Ruth didn’t want her friends thinking she played such mindless games… Her eldest son, Ben, was now officially allowed to have a Facebook account but didn’t seem too fussed by it. He and his friends communicated more through the Xbox and it was mainly the girls in his year who posted endless pouting pictures of themselves. Ruth was a little upset when Ben rejected her friend request but was told in no uncertain terms that it was seriously uncool to have a mother as a friend. Fortunately he hadn’t been cyber bullied or trolled. Ruth couldn’t block out the mental images of an ugly monster under a bridge… It would be horrible to be trolled. She got upset when a lorry driver gave her a filthy look at a set of traffic lights. Ruth didn’t quite understand the friend request etiquette. She’d received requests from total strangers, which were easy to decline and Ruth always felt a strange satisfaction as she clicked on the ‘delete request’ button. However, there were others that lurked in the virtual world like silent stalkers. There were three types of friend requests that were tricky to deal with. There were those from the ‘silver surfing’ friends of her parents, lingering in cyberspace, unaccepted but not rejected. Ruth couldn’t bring herself to reject friends of her parents... She was far too polite. Then there were the requests from random people she knew from work and finally there were the requests from long lost friends and acquaintances from school and college, most of whom were ‘long lost’ for a very good reason. One evening, Ruth was checking her emails and was stunned to see a message that simply read, “James Sullivan wants to be friends on Facebook.” She

Ruth’s hand hovered over the keyboard. Her stomach lurched and her face flushed. Without thinking she pressed the confirm button. It was done. The update on her Facebook page was there for all to see. After fifteen years, she was now officially ‘friends’ with her ex. The next thing that happened really took her by surprise. James was on line and was sending her an instant message. “Hello Ruth, it’s been a long time. How are you?” Ruth’s stomach lurched again… Should she reply? “I’m fine, James, lovely to hear from you. How are things?” “Just got divorced actually… All very amicable but I’m back on the singles market. How about you? Married? Happy? It would be great to catch up. Fancy a drink?” Ruth was twenty one again. Her palms were sweating and her heart was racing. James wanted to see her! For a split second, she forgot her husband, she forgot her three children and she forgot the last fifteen years. The love of her life wanted to take her out… Just at that moment the door swung open and Sam’s head appeared, “Fancy a cuppa, darling? What are you doing in here? Are you on Facebook?” Ruth slammed the lid of her laptop down as if the very touch of it was burning her fingers to the bone. “No… Well, yes… I was just catching up with Sue. She’s posted another ridiculous picture of her dog…” “No worries. ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ is on in a minute. I’ll put the kettle on.” Ruth snapped back to reality. She wasn’t a naïve college student anymore. James belonged to another life. In this life she had three gorgeous children and a wonderful husband. Ruth felt as though she’d been unfaithful and was ashamed of herself. She quickly ‘unfriended’ James and went to find her cup of tea… And her husband.

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Funny Girls Barbara Streisand may have been the ‘Funny Girl’ of the silver screen, but some of these ladies have been making audiences laugh their Bridget Jones-style big pants off for years. We’ve put together a selection of books by funny women, for funny women, or just women in general…or men who want to talk about problems with hair in unwanted places, and how to walk in high heels

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own series such as Absolutely Fabulous. Then of course, there is her battle with cancer; again, not Moran’s definitive guide to being Dear Fatty - Dawn French something she had planned for. She female will tell every Miss, Mrs and National treasure Dawn French has doesn’t shy away from talking Ms everything we’re supposed to be had an amazing career as a funny about the tough times and it seems doing as we totter through life in girl and this memoir is written as a that laughter really could be the toe-crushing heels , as well as series of letters to people who have best medicine. raising all the questions we’re not influenced her life. Dear Fatty is a supposed to ask, such as ‘do we I Hate Everyone…Starting fantastic blend of honesty, really need to wax?’ and ‘should a poignancy and controversy, just With Me - Joan Rivers sense of broodiness be in-built?’ like the comedy actress herself. As It’s a laugh out loud book that will one half of the nation’s best-loved The queen of controversy and the heeled assassin of the red carpet, no make you feel better about your female comedy duo, French and one is safe from the acid-tongued old lady chin whiskers and your Saunders, she and her partner in Joan Rivers, including it seems, inability to get on a trampoline crime redefined the roles of women herself. The New York Times post kids. Billed as being ‘part bestseller is a no holds barred rant in entertainment. With their memoir, part rant’ this is a laughabout everything that gets on Joan’s sideways look at life that started out-loud-funny book that will nerves; nothing is sacred, especially with performances in Comic Strip reassure the ‘fairer sex’ and not ugly children. Rivers has made a they’ve sent up pretty much educate the male population, everyone in their hugely successful career out of making fun of people and this is a pretty hilarious rant. You provided the blokes can get past TV series. French tackles might want to read it in small doses the chapters on puberty. everything, from her career to her though, or face seeing the world father’s death, and not forgetting a through very jaded glasses Bossypants - Tina Fey nation’s obsession with her size. A Hollywood star Tina Fey has a brilliant read. unique ability to make us feel like That’s Another Story: she could be our best friend. In Bonkers: My Life in The Autobiography - Julie fact, she wouldn’t look out of place Jennifer Saunders Laughs Walters sat at your kitchen table, looking Beloved British star of both stage and We couldn’t talk about Dawn frazzled, glass of white wine in screen, Julie Walters is as well French and then not include hand, telling you about her remembered for belting out Abba’s Jennifer Saunders’ memoir, adventures into planning her classics as she is for her turn as Mrs Bonkers. A self-confessed daughter’s Peter Pan-themed Overall in Acorn Antiques. In her procrastinator, Saunders seems to birthday party. Bossypants follows autobiography she chronicles her Irish be under the impression it’s a bit Tina’s rise to fame from jobbing Catholic upbringing in 1950s of a miracle she’s achieved stand-up comic, to writing sketches Birmingham, to her convent school, anything. There’s never been a life for Saturday Night Live. The woman and her short-lived career as a nurse, whose Sarah Palin impersonation is plan she says, more a sort of before she turned to acting. West End performances, Oscar nominations and more well- known than, well, Sarah stumbling from one thing to the next, but it seems to be working those Harry Potter films then followed Palin is funny, often painfully for her. The book follows her over the next few decades. The book candid and incredibly selfhaphazard working life alongside reads just as you would expect it be deprecating, and you can’t help but love her for that. She gives the fellow ‘bluffer’ French and is full of like to have a chat and a cuppa with Walters: open, friendly, entertaining their adventures together as well impression of being a woman on and moving. as those had whilst working on her the edge; juggling an amazing

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Clandon Park during World War One by James Duffy

As a Veteran myself I have been particularly delighted to participate in an exhibition which is being staged at Clandon Park, a National Trust property two miles east of Guildford just off the A246. This will be a commemoration of the vital role played by Clandon Park, those who served there and of course their patients in response to this awful war which claimed so many lives under such evil conditions.

On the outbreak of World War 1 on 4th August 1914 the Earl and Countess immediately wanted to contribute to the war effort and offered their family home as an Auxiliary Military Hospital. On receiving official notification that Clandon Park had been accepted there was still some concern by the authorities that this facility was just too far away from the Medical Headquarters clearing hub at Woolwich, south east London, to be effectively supervised. There was also a lack of ambulances, a problem that was solved when Clandon's status was upgraded.

This exhibition gives a rare insight into what life was like at this time but also a glimpse into the humour both from the Front Line and during periods of convalescence, for it is in these times, sometimes under intense periods of stress where humour becomes an outlet to “let off steam.� Much humour would have been through the spoken word or gesture, however, at Clandon Park there is printed media, often moving, but also a selection of more formal photographic portraits as well as fine artistry found in cartoons and sketches.

On hearing this news, Countess Violet (wife of Lord Onslow) proceeded to Woolwich to discuss Clandon's role and its use primarily to care for the other ranks rather than officers. Later, when the usefulness of this facility was recognised Clandon was upgraded and became a Primary Care Centre and this negated the need for patients to be cleared through Woolwich first so they were now admitted directly.

The Great War finished in 1918 but the Clandon Park Centenary exhibition will run until April 2019 to fully represent Clandon's extended operation due to an epidemic of deadly Spanish flu just as the conflict was drawing to a close. This hospital looked after well over 5,000 patients during the conflict. The exhibition will be refreshed at times during its life although some imagery mentioned above will form a more permanent framework. Contributions have come in locally as well as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. A key plank to the exhibition are from two VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurses who left bequests following their service at Clandon Park. One, Amy Bates, left two colourful Autograph Books; these are filled with sketches, cartoons and observations contributed by her patients, depicting their life and experience both in combat and whilst staying at the hospital. These are among many other artefacts at Clandon Park giving a remarkable insight into life in these times. It was in 1909 that the War Office authorised both the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance to form Voluntary Aid Detachments and it is these nurses that were such an important part of staffing at Clandon Park.

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100 beds had to be made ready by 1st October and there were considerable preparations to be made first. The Earl's dressing room was converted to an operating theatre as it had both running water and favourable northern light for more intricate work. Only 12 days after opening, the first batch of patients came. Antwerp had fallen and just two days later, routed from Southampton to Clandon railway station, 100 injured Belgian soldiers arrived. They were in an appalling state, dirty and starving and this was the first glimpse that local people had of the horrors of the war.


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The redevelopment is called the Parish Dell Project, named after the dell in which the new building will be constructed. This is the same site as the current St Giles’ Church Hall, which is over 40 years old and in spite of regular maintenance ins in a poor state. It is located near St Giles’ Church, a beautiful medieval building set within two acres of rolling churchyard. “The whole site is a lovely place for our new centre and we’re so excited by the new opportunities it will bring, “ said Jan. “It will help us live out our vision in the community in so many ways. There’ll be more space for our expanding youth and children’s work and for extending our outreach to the elderly and other age groups. There’ll also be room for new initiatives, like mentoring job seekers. The community will benefit, too. Pre-school or after-school clubs, as well as community groups and businesses, will be able to meet in the Dell Centre. Families and friends will have a place to gather for wedding or funeral receptions. And for those visiting the churchyard, it will be a welcoming, restful space to stop before going home.” The new centre will be built on two floors, providing a large hall, meeting rooms and a modern kitchen. The parish of Ashtead consists of two churches, St Giles’ and St George’s. Members of both churches have been holding numerous fund-raising events.

If you would like to donate to the project, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/ charities/sgsgashtead or call 01372 200866. Details of fund-raising events are given on www.sgsgashtead.com “We are grateful for all contributions,” said Jan. 46

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“Church members have been very generous,” stressed Jan, “giving directly to the project as well as running many fund-raising activities. But we still need a considerable sum. Now that we’ve received planning approval, we want to go out to tender by the end of October. That should enable us to start construction early next year,” she said. “If we’re forced to delay project tendering until 2015, it may cost us an additional £100,000 or more because of changes to building regulations and inflation.”

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Fund-raising for a new centre at St Giles’ Church in Ashtead is at a critical stage as the parish strives to raise almost £1 million pounds of the total £2 million price tag. Parishioner Jan Barker, leader of the redevelopment project, says unless an appreciable sum is raised by the autumn costs could go up significantly.

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Makes 10, Ready in 1 hour, plus cooling

Ingredients: • 50g unsalted butter • 65g plain flour • 2 medium eggs, beaten • 300ml double cream • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 100g icing sugar • 1 tbsp cold strong black coffee To dampen the baking sheet just sprinkle about ½ tsp of cold water over it – this will create extra steam in the hot oven which will help the choux pastry to rise.

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, 200°C fan, Gas 7. Place the butter and 150ml water into pan and heat gently until the butter melts. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil then quickly tip in the flour and a large pinch of salt and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a smooth ball that comes away from the sides of the pan. Cool for 2-3 minutes. 2. Gradually add the beaten eggs, beating well after each addition, until the mixture is firm and glossy. You may not need to add all the beaten egg. 3. Spoon the mixture into a large disposable piping bag fitted with a large plain nozzle and pipe 10 x 9cm lengths of the pastry onto a large dampened baking sheet. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is risen, golden and crisp. Pierce each éclair with the tip of a knife to allow the steam to escape and bake for a further 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 5. Halve each cold éclair. Whip the cream and vanilla extract together in a bowl until softly peaking and drop spoonfuls into the bottom halves of the eclairs. 6. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and beat in the coffee to make a smooth icing. Gently dip the top half of each éclair in the icing. Carefully sandwich the éclairs back together.

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

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

web: ageuk.org.uk/surrey/activities--events

September Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Mon 1: Lingfield, 4m Meet 10am in the main car park nearly opposite The Cage pub in the main road in Lingfield. A lovely, flat, varied walk over fields and footpaths with good views. Many refreshment choices. RH7 6AH | GO FURTHER: Tue 2 S: Ifield & Lamb’s Green, 7m Meet 10am at Ifield Church, west of Crawley. It is also known as Rectory Farm. Park in theatre car park. Very varied, undulating walk to Rusper for lunch and a return via Lamb’s Green. RH11 0NN / TQ247375 | Tue 9: Old Oxted, 5½m Meet 10am at the end of the old Godstone Road in Old Oxted. Walk across the golf course to Tandridge & Hurst Green. Bring snack. TQ382521 / RH8 9JX | Wed 10: Milton Heath, 3m Meet 10:15am at the Milton Heath car park ½ mile out of Dorking, down the lane to the left signed ‘Bury Hill Fisheries’ off the A25 Westcott Road. Varied walk behind Wescott to Mad Horse Copse and fishing lakes. Use pubs in Wescott or Dorking for lunch afterwards. TQ155488 / RH4 3JT | Sun 14: Epsom Common, 4m Explore Epsom & Ashtead Commons. Visit Roman brick works. Mainly flat, reasonably easy, but can be muddy. Meet 9:45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park. B280 between Epsom & Malden Rushett. TQ184612 / KT18 7TR | Mon 15: Crowhurst, 4m Meet 10am adjacent to The Brickmaker’s Arms in Tandridge Lane, Crowhurst Lane End. Just under 2m from Godstone turn left down Miles Lane and then right to the pub. A flat, pleasant walk through lanes and fields north and west of Crowhurst. TQ378483 / RH8 9NS | Wed 17: Fetcham Downs/Norbury Park, 4m Meet 10:15am at Bocketts Farm car park off the roundabout on A246 south-west of Leatherhead (not car park by the roundabout). Walking on easy paths with some good views. Refreshments at the Farm Café. TQ155550 / KT22 9BS | GO FURTHER: Fri 19: Ardingly/Horsted Keynes, 9m Meet 10am in the free car park in Ardingly village, opposite the baker’s shop. From Ardingley, enjoy a circuit walk to Balcombe for lunch at the pub or in the tea rooms. Walk back via the reservoir to the start. TQ348294 / RH17 6AN | Tue 23: Dormansland, 5m Meet 10am at the Plough Pub, Dormansland. Please park on the road alongside the pub. Enjoy a hilly walk to Iron Fort with wonderful views - open fields with few stiles. Return by woodlands of the estate of the Manor House. TQ406428 / RH7 6PR | GO FURTHER: Tue 30: Boxhill & Mickleham (Mole Valley): 8m Very challenging, hilly walk with lunch in the middle. Meet 10am at Stepping Stones car park (not the pub!), just off A24 London Rd. TQ171517 / RH5 6BS

September Guided Cycle Rides - All meet 10am (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Thu 11: West Horsley 15m Hilly ride along tracks and some quiet roads taking in Sheepleas & North Downs. Meet at King William IV pub, The Street, W Horsley. A246 from East Clandon, left at the roundabout down The Street. TQ080536 / KT24 6BG | Tue 16: Bocketts Farm Meet at Bocketts Farm (TQ152549). A hilly ride consisting of Polesden Lacy, Ranmore Church, Denbies Vineyard, Box Hill and Norbury Park. KT22 9BS | Mon 29: Ashtead Common 16m Mainly easy ride across Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park, Langley Vale then some hilly stuff to Tattenham Corner returning across the Downs and Epsom Common. Meet at The Star pub A243 Kingston Road TQ166600 / KT22 0DP | Tue 30 : Newdigate 15m An easy ride to Holmwood Common. Mainly on tracks but some cycling on fairly quiet roads. Good views. Meet at the car park behind the Six Bells in Newdigate. TQ197420 / RH5 5DH

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having little or no impact on the body Classes for all ages No contracts Family discounts Based at St Andrew’s School, Grange Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 7JN To book your free trial or to find out more call

07725 914754

or visit www.leatherheadckd.com

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Clandestine Cake Club The Great British Bake Off is back. Do you love the cakes they bake and the fun they have? Well I love baking, I love GBBO and I love meeting new people, so I have created The Ashtead, Bookham & Leatherhead Clandestine Cake Club. It's open to men and women, to novices to the more experienced bakers (I did mention it's open to men too didn't I?): there is no judging, it's just for fun and you never know who you might meet. The idea is that anyone who fancies their hand at baking can bake a cake, cupcakes, a sweet pie/tart, flan cookies or biscuits and bring it along. Each meeting will have a "theme" ie: naughty but nice, fruit & nut, family fun, chocolate, chillies etc it just has to be sweet. Membership is free and each baking member will be able to bring a non baking guest with them; then everyone will try each other's offerings and take a selection home; so make sure you bring empty boxes ... and the only cost will be for your drinks. So what's not to like? The first meeting will be at Handleys Fine Food & Coffee Shop, 27 The Street Ashtead KT21 1AA and the theme for our first meeting will be "Freehand", bake what ever you want, it's just for fun. To be part of this fantastic trend and to discover the date of our clandestine meeting all you need to do is register; via the Facebook page Ashtead Clandestine Cake Club or email lesley.ccc@outlook.com. It is advisable to get registered early as space will be limited so it will be on first come first served basis. I will need your name, your email address, a contact number preferably a mobile number and the name of the non baking guest you will be bringing with you. Remember, you will be the baking member and your guest will be non baking on this occasion, but, if they would like to bake in the future they can simply register. I have been asked if I arrange workshops to show how to bake without wheat, how to stop your fruit dropping to bottom of your cake and what are the different types of buttercream icing, so please keep watching out for details on: Facebook: Ashtead Clandestine Cake Club, Email: lesley.ccc@outlook.com. I hope you enjoy this years GBBO and I look forward to meeting you and your baked goodies. Lesley

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SeeAbility’s ride through London and Surrey Sunday 10th August

We (Ivan Storey of SeeAbility and Colin Bean, SeeAbility Tandem Club volunteer, pictured left) completed the Ride London Surrey 100 on our bright yellow tandem despite conditions best described as challenging. The forecast was bleak and we soon forgave the organisers' brave but wise call to remove part of the course, which would have been rendered too dangerous in such weather. Whilst it made the challenge a 'mere' 86 miles, the torrential rain and high winds made up for the shortened distance. We arrived triumphant, emotional, elated and shattered on after The Mall 7 hours and 11 minutes, with a moving time of 5 hours 39 minutes after numerous stops. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience for us both and really good fun. Ivan is chuffed to bits with his lovely heavy medal and so many vivid memories. If you cheered, we hope you heard the response from our comedy hooter! We would like to extend thanks to all our supporters and donors. If any readers now feel such an effort deserves a donation, please email cbean13@outlook.com and I will reply with details of how you can donate either online or offline. We will even collect your donation in person if you would like to see and feel the medal!

Mole Valley’s Got Talent Mole Valley’s youth council, Youth Voice, has launched a talent contest for young performers. The winner gets to perform to hundreds of people at the grand and glittering Youth Showcase Awards ceremony next spring. Any young person with a talent can enter, whether it’s singing, dancing, acting or acrobatics. The youth councillors want to see a variety of acts. Contestants should upload a video of their performance onto YouTube and email the link to Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) partnerships team on partnerships@molevalley.gov.uk. Youth Voice will invite finalists to audition in front of a panel of judges on Tuesday 21 October at an event being held as part of Mole Valley’s arts festival, Arts Alive. This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in Arts Alive, the largest annual arts festival in Mole Valley. Throughout October, dance, drama, comedy, art and music performances and workshops will take place across the district. Residents can soon download the brochure listing all the events at www.arts-alive.co.uk.

The deadline for entries is 14 September. The Youth Showcase Awards ceremony will take place on 6 March 2015 at Dorking Halls. Hosted by Youth Voice, and supported by MVDC, the ceremony recognises the achievements of young people and those working with young people. This Oscars-style event is glamorous and great fun.

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FUN, Confidence, Creativity, Posture, Co-ordination

Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), Tap & Theatre Dance taught by highly trained and qualified teachers for students from 3 years of age Principal: Maxine Simpson LRAD, AISTD 01372 272177 maxine@ashteadballetschool.co.uk www.ashteadballetschool.co.uk

Invites you to a FREE introduction to indoor bowls at Leatherhead Leisure Centre Saturdays: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th September & 4th October 10am - 1pm Novices and experienced players welcome: ladies, gentlemen, singles or couples, come and meet us for a chat and a cup of coffee

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Men, learn to sing! Over the last few years Gareth Malone has helped bring choir singing back into fashion. Now, a national music education charity is providing an opportunity for local men to become singers with a free six-week course starting on 1 October. The North Surrey Barbershop Harmony Club, more popularly known as The Downsmen, will be hosting the Wednesday evening sessions at the Methodist Church Hall in Leatherhead. The Downsmen perform locally at fairs, for charity fundraisers and even in national competitions. Its members give different reasons for joining saying: they thought they couldn’t sing; they last sang at school; or that their partners thought they should get out more! They have members of all ages, from those in their thirties to chaps in their eighties! For people who can’t read music they have ‘teach tracks’ that can be downloaded and listened to. The group’s musical director is Lisa who has been conducting and leading a cappella groups in the area for 10-years now. She chooses the tunes, teaches good practice and helps develop individual members to sing and present to their best ability.

If you’d like to attend a rehearsal and just listen or would like to know more about the free Learn to sing course, ring Allan Scott on 020 8642 8104 or David Tidd on 01372 723 206. Alternatively, check out the group’s website at www.downsmen.co.uk or The Downsmen Facebook page.

Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute Several weeks ago an invitation was offered by the WI Federation to use £20, given by them, to turn into a profit. After some discussion, it was decided to take a stall at Ashtead Market to sell craft items, bric-a-brac and other goods. This proved to be successful as well as interested and we made £53 profit which was divided between us and the Federation. We always have a bring and buy table at our meetings too, which is important for fundraising. We had a very enjoyable trip to the Lavender Fields at Banstead recently and then went on to the Woodcote Garden Centre at Epsom. A collection was taken for the Princess Alice Hospice, in memory of Barbara Bennett, who was a former member, and remembered fondly. Our speaker was Janice Hansen, who regaled us with memories of her dancing days. She took part in cabaret at famous nightclubs and worked with many big stars of the time, including Danny La Rue and Barbara Windsor. She also appeared in films such as ‘Half a sixpence’ and revealed that, although the scenes were supposed to be in mid-summer, it was filmed in November when everyone was frozen. Her chance came to work in the US and took her to Las Vegas and the Sunset Strip, where she worked with Sammy Davis Jnr, and countless other celebrities. She brought along a collection of photos from that time, which were most impressive.

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 A long established competitive swimming club  Caters for all abilities and ages of swimmers from Learn to Swim Academy through to Junior competition up to Elite level

 Swimmers develop their skills in a structured and sociable environment  Actively encourages individual and team participation in ASA licensed galas and meets including the National Arena Swimming League, Rother League and Junior Cup competitions.

 Swimmers have regularly represented LSC at County, Regional and National level  New Masters Squad launched in September 2014 (21+ years) LSC trains at a number of local locations including Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Leatherhead Swimming Academy is part of the club and runs at St Teresa’s School, Effingham, RH5 6ST. Free Swim Trial and Membership Enquiries Potential new joiners are offered a free Swim Trial, held at Leatherhead Leisure Centre

For all Swim Academy enquiries and LSC Main club membership enquiries visit www.leatherheadsc.co.uk. You can complete our joining enquiry form found at www.surreycommunity.info/leatherheadswimmingclub/joining/joining-enquiry

Friday 26 September Ashtead Common Meet by St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead KT21 2DA

For more information call Emma Adler on 07881 785634

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Art Class Starts Soon ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS TO IMPROVERS WILL LOVE THIS COURSE!

GREAT NEWS for all our readers looking for something fun to do over the next few months! There is a 14 week part-time Art Class (3 hours a week, mornings or afternoons) starting soon. Easy access by bus or easy parking if you come by car.

4 different media; pencil drawing & sketching, Oil pastel painting and techniques, painting and blending with water colours and acrylics. Step by step tuition in the basic techniques and secrets needed to create beautiful pieces of art.

SEASIDE VISTAS

The course is designed to be fun for Absolute Beginners who have never picked up a brush before through to Improvers.

By the end of the course, students have created a minimum of 8 pieces of their very own original art they can enjoy forever, from Beautiful Countryside Landscape Scenes to Incredible Seaside Vistas

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDANCE

YOUNG AT HEART

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS TO IMPROVERS - JUST LIKE YOU!

We adapt to each student’s needs and give them all the guidance and help they need to develop their artistic skills. The curriculum is fun, comprehensive and interesting. Over 14 weeks we will explore

This part time course is over 3 months, so will give you plenty of time to master your new hobby.

FUN EXHIBITION

The final day of the art class will be the preparation for an exhibition later that day, featuring the work created on the course.

LIMITED PLACES

To maintain a high standard to our classes and the tuition you will receive, classes are kept to small numbers – so places available are limited! We recommend that if you are interested, you call now for a chat.

For information on dates, course fees and bookings, call now on

0203 669 6197

Bring out your inner artist • Beginners to Intermediates

ARTCLASS

Part-time 14 Week Course, 3Hr Classes Once a week STARTS SOON AT A COZY VENUE NEAR YOU

LIMITED SPACES - CALL NOW FOR DETAILS

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This course is a brilliant way to learn new skills you will be able to enjoy forever. It is also a great way of meeting new friends and to have a fun experience you will always remember and cherish! It is open to adults of all ages.

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WATERCOLOUR CLASSES With Frances Jordan BA (Hons) Fine Art

Always wanted to paint but not had the confidence? Small friendly classes beginners welcome. Still life, flower & landscape watercolour techniques Weekly classes:

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

Please contact

Frances Jordan

Tel: 01372 377079

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WEA Courses for 2014-15 For the coming 2014-15 academic year we have courses on: • • • • • •

Do you care for a loved one? Feel alone? Worn down with everyday life? Don’t know where to turn?

Current & International Affairs History in Georgian Times Advanced manipulation using Photoshop elements An introduction to ‘Lightroom’ software Astronomy - The modern universe Introduction to dressmaking

Courses are held either at the Letherhed Institute or Barn Hall, Bookham.

For more details or a brochure, contact Joy Tapping on 01306 713355, email rolfey27543@btinternet.com or go to www.weafetchamandbookham.org.uk

You are invited to a Carers Roadshow

Thursday 25th September 2pm-4pm St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead For more information contact

Jacqui Kershaw 01372 813200

Jacqui.kershaw@ashteadparish.org

La Plume de ma tante At Surrey Hills Onward Learning, (a provider of adult education classes) we are delighted to have the opportunity to appear in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local.

We English are notoriously poor at languages. But at this time of year, despite our unseasonably fabulous weather, many will still be travelling to Europe to seek the sun. And with that comes the desire, at least temporarily, to be able to communicate with the folks in Nice, the Algarve, the Costa Blanca or the Italian Riviera.

The ‘A & L Local’ is well presented, accessible and has a wide readership, so ideal for getting one’s brand known.

Our language classes increase in number each year as we extend the range and the level. Some are already full – French Advanced and Upper Intermediate, Italian Upper Intermediate, but there are still vacancies in other classes including Portuguese which is new to our programme.

Every time we include an advertisement we get several enquiries which result in enrolments.

Enrolment is by the term (£100, or £90 if you book before the end of August) and there are both daytime and evening classes.

We are sure that the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local has contributed significantly to the rise of our student numbers by some 15% during the last year. Jill Harris, Principal

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708/ 07802 412285, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website www,surreyhillsonwardlearning.org.uk

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French and Spanish Tuition and Translation All Levels Welcome

Shelagh Linford BA (Hons) For further information please contact:

  

Tel: 01372 373954

Email: shelaghlinford@btinternet.com

Struggling to finish a dress? Need help to make a pair of trousers? Preparing for a Prom or Fashion College?

Angie Child professional Ceramicist and teacher

Having completed 8 modules you will have gained the skills and techniques to complete any outfit

Pottery classes in own studio in Ashtead

   

D of E Skills Themed Days

Small friendly groups Taught in separate modules 1 to 1 tuition 2-3 hour workshops

Call Jennie on

Commissions taken

01372 450687 or 07979 500314

07779 680114

Email: jcustomclothes@aol.com Web: www.customclothes.co.uk

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A friendly, family-run beauty service in the heart of Bookham Massage - Facials - Tanning Eye Lash Extensions Eye Lash & Eyebrow Tinting Exfoliation -Waxing - Gellux Nails Gift Vouchers also available

‘Portelet’, Leatherhead Road, Gt Bookham, KT23 4RR (opposite Chandlers Builders’ Yard - FREE off-road parking)

www.apeallingbeauty.co.uk | apeallinginfo@gmail.com Charlotte: 07772 030334 | Holly: 07825 688090

Apealling Beauty

Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled Group will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary in October 2014. We would like any past volunteers and riders to contact us so that we can invite you to the Celebration. Please email

leatherheadrda1@hotmail.com or telephone

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Forever homes needed for beautiful black kittens 1. Black cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt, and owning black cats was thought to bring good luck. 2. Lots of famous cats have been black. Black cats have been featured in popular shows and movies including The Simpsons, Star Trek, Looney Tunes, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Coraline. If you feel that 3. Black cats are so elegant. They’re always ready for a fancy black tie you could give a affair. much deserved 4. Black cats are the ninjas of the domestic cat family. Wouldn’t you forever loving like to have your very own ninja running silently through your house? home to our 5. Both here & in Japan, black cats are considered lucky beautiful black 6. Black goes with everything; plus place a black cat on your lap and kittens please notice the slimming effect! call Rosemary on 7. Black fur won’t show up on black clothes, so whether you’re wearing 01737 350307 comfy black leggings or a little black dress, you won’t have to worry about cat hair.

www.cats.org.uk/epsom

Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend.

www.cats.org.uk

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Reena Joshi

RJ OSTEOPATHIC CLINIC 

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Understand ‘what is wrong’ and ‘how to prevent problems and or pain’



Massage Therapist Available (also ante and post-natal)



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20% off your first visit

FOR AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE TELEPHONE JANE 07910 914 957

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

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

Dr Sue Taylor

Dr R Woodriffe

Dr M Talbot

Dr T Than

Phone Now for an Appointment 01372 363670 135 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX 68


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Leatherhead Podiatry

QUALIFIED COUNSELLOR

Margaret Spice

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

Ashtead Practice Tel: 01372 277802

25 years experience

www.surreycounsellor.co.uk

• Corns • Calluses • Orthotics • Ingrowing Toe Nails • Verrucae

"Having GO50 activities listed in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local each month has been a real help in spreading the word about healthy activities for older people in Surrey." Richard Jeffries, Age UK Surrey

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

10% off your first appointment on production of this ad (offer ends 30th September 2014))

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New Slimming World Consultant in Leatherhead! After years of struggling with her weight Gráinne Beckett was inspired by a friend who had lost weight with Slimming World and couldn’t believe the transformation! Plucking up the courage to join her local group Gráinne said “I couldn’t believe how lively and friendly the group was and knew I had made the right decision!” As a keen cook Gráinne was anxious about the sort of food she could eat but without going hungry once she lost 4 ½ lb in her very first week! Gráinne said, “With a few small changes to the way we shopped and prepared food, my family could still eat a Sunday roast, spaghetti bolognaise and fish & chips at the weekend! I can still enjoy a glass of wine and some chocolate and never feel like I’m missing out!” Gráinne who has been a Slimming World member since 2012 and lost over 5½ stone said, “I love how I feel and I want others to feel the same way”. Gráinne takes over the Leatherhead group on Wednesday 27th August at 7:30pm. If you would like more details on the group please call Gráinne on 07912 112421.

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MONDAY Ashtead

Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW, 5.30PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652

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Newlife works with Recipe for Health to boost your fertility The building blocks for our eggs, sperm and hormones come from our food. So it’s no surprise that a healthy preconception diet can help boost fertility and increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Ideally you need to make dietary changes to prepare for conception at least 3 months beforehand. This applies to both men and women as this is the length of time for both the sperm and egg to fully mature. However, it is never too late to start eating well as nutrition is important throughout pregnancy. To boost fertility it is necessary to have the right macronutrients – good quality protein for the maturation of the sperm and egg and implantation of the embryo, the right fats for hormone and immune function and slow releasing, unrefined carbohydrates which are rich in fibre, help balance hormones and contain more nutrients. Fibre is important for fertility because it supports the reproductive system by clearing out old hormones and toxins. There are around 30 micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that are crucial for health and have a role in conception and pregnancy. For example, Vitamin B6 and zinc are important in the formation and regulation of female sex hormones and in reducing the risk of miscarriage. Vitamin C can help trigger ovulation in women and increase sperm count in men. Trying for a baby can be very stressful and unfortunately many of these vital nutrients are diverted to supporting your stress response and away from supporting fertility. We don’t just focus on women – men need specific nutrients for sperm formation and motility in particular the amino acids L-Arginine and L-Carnitine and CoQ10 for motility and to prevent DNA damage. At Newlife Fertiltiy Clinic the approach to supporting your fertility is personalised and this applies equally to the nutritional advice offered by Ceri & Ann of Recipe for Health. This works on 2 levels 1. 2.

You may have a specific condition (e.g. PCOS, endometriosis or immune issues) or type of treatment (e.g. IVF, ICSI) or have other health issues such as poor digestion, low energy, weight gain/loss Everyone is an individual in terms of how they eat, cook and shop and their lifestyle backdrop (e.g. stress, travel, work shifts or long hours)

At Recipe for Health the advice is tailored to take account of your personal circumstances so that making beneficial changes to your diet is as easy as it can be. We make our advice very specific and actionable, focusing on types of foods and recipes that will suit your tastes and be available in the places you eat and shop.

For further information contact 01372 738938 or email enquiries@newlifeclinic.org.uk

www.recipeforhealth.co.uk

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Newlife Fertility Clinic We can help. www.newlifeclinic.org.uk

01372 738 932 The Pines, 2 The Parade, Epsom KT18 5DH Thank you so much for advertising this year’s Party in the Pub in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. The day was a great success and we raised the fantastic sum of £2,750 for the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund (EMEF) to help purchase much needed items of equipment. The sum raised at Party in the Pub has been assigned to purchase a cardiology ultrasound probe which will allow consultants to obtain detailed images from the smallest infants and babies born prematurely. Early diagnosis will mean earlier detection and treatment at Epsom General Hospital rather than transferring newborns to other medical facilities. In some cases lives will be saved. EMEF founder, Bess Harding MBE, has asked us to pass on her sincere thanks to you. On behalf of everyone at the Wheatsheaf we thank you again and wish your publication continued success for the future. Lee, Demi, Darren, Gary, Wendy and Kim, The Wheatsheaf Team, Ewell

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Sam Needs A Good Home Sam is a pure bred English Setter and is a rescue dog from Greece. We are trying to find a good home for him in the UK. He is about 6 years old and neutered. A few months ago he was found starving and unable to walk, but now he’s a happy, healthy, affectionate and lovable dog. He’s also been poisoned, but we saved him in time. Right now, he’s in Greece, but all transport and vet costs to the UK can be paid. If you are interested in having Sam, or would like further details, please contact:: alislittle@yahoo.com

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I’m a very fine swan indeed...

Marney, the owner of Streets Ahead in Fetcham, invited me to have a couple of treatments and to see the newly opened Day Spa suite behind the salon, well it would have been rude not to accept.

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? Tues 2nd Sunday 7th

RHS Wisley Flower Show, Spectacular, late-summer show which includes the National Dahlia Society Annual Show (2nd-5th). 2nd-6th 9am-6pm, 7th 9am-5pm with more than 100 exhibitors. Buy and get advice from more than 60 nurseries and garden trade stands. Mary Berry will be opening the show on Tuesday 2nd.

Saturdays: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

MV Indoor Bowling Club Invites you to a FREE introduction to indoor bowls at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. 10am-1pm. Novices and experienced players welcome: ladies, gentlemen, singles or couples, come for a chat and coffee. Info from Guy Tortise on 01372 374653 or visit www.mvibc.co.uk

Sunday 7th

Mrs Greville’s Donkey Derby, Polesden Lacey, see page 80.

Saturday 13th

Summer Screen, Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, KT20 5RU. 1pm-5pm, showing family film ‘Despicable Me 2’. 7.30pm-11.30pm, showing adults only film ‘Dirty Dancing’. Children’s attractions and entertainment on family afternoon and gourmet burgers, Pimms, Prosecco and beer bar on adults evening. More info/ticket prices on www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/summerscreen or 01737 364303.

Saturday 13th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society's 80th Annual Flower & Vegetable Show, Parish Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead 2-5pm. Exhibits, raffle, refreshments, produce & autumn bulbs. Admission Free.

Sunday 14th

Bacchus Festival Half/Full Marathon and 2.5km Fun Run - from 10am. Denbies Wine Estate. Voted 2nd best half marathon in the country by ‘Runners World’ mag. Wine stations, fancy dress, AND a post race BBQ! Go to www.eventstolive.co.uk or info@eventstolive.co.uk

Wed 17th

Amanda Charity Fashion Show, APMH see right for details.

Friday 19th

Zen Relics Memorial Gig, APMH in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice, see page 80.

Saturday 20th

Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Soc. 80th birthday, Isfield Railway Station, Station Road, TN22 5XB. Steam traction engines, vintage vehicles, stalls, 5” gauge steam engines, and refreshments. Concert with songs from the 30's and musicals. Tickets for the concert £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Free entry for residents born in the 1930's. Tickets/info from hl3837ps@yahoo.com or Paul Johnson on 07989 393044 or 01825 791659

Saturday 20th

Ashtead Allotment Gdns Assoc annual Macmillan Coffee Morning - see right for details

Friday 26th

Piggy Racing Party, 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute, Abraham Dixon Hall see page 82.

Saturday 27th

Leatherhead Branch of the Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, jumble sale. 11am1pm. Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 7PJ. More info from Jane on 01372 811422.

Sunday 28th

Ashtead Family Fair, APMH, see page 81 for details.

Friday 3rd OCTOBER

APMH Friends’ Dinner celebrating 90th anniversary of the Hall. 6.30pm for 7pm. Three course meal plus magic from John Field. Tickets £20.50 available at Fri coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members.

Saturday 4th OCTOBER

Autumn Fayre. 1-4pm Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. If you can donate good or as new items or offer help, please phone 362544, or drop items in to the Parish Office (rear of Church Hall) on Wednesday - Friday mornings, 10-12noon.

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Saturday 20th September The Ashtead Allotment Gardens Association is holding its annual Macmillan Coffee morning at the allotment site, Leatherhead Rd, Ashtead - look out for the large banner at the gate - between 10.30am-12midday. All welcome. Tea, coffee and cake plus allotment produce available for a donation. All proceeds to go to Macmillan.

Charity Fashion Show

17th September

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

7.30pm for 8pm start.

Tickets £12.50 to include a glass of wine and plate of nibbles.

In aid of SeeAbility

Tickets available from ‘Amanda’, 41 The Street, Ashtead

01372 274333

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday 2nd (monthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm, ‘Up the High Street’ - Heather Symes. Visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wednesday 3rd (mthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. AGM followed by a talk on ‘Floral Photography’ by Steve Merryfield. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 3rd (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ‘Surrey Customs & Traditions’ - Matthew Alexander. Info Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (weekly)

Ashtead Over 60s Lunch club - meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room, APMH for a freshly prepared hot lunch ad dessert. Doors open 10.30am for tea and biscuits. Places available - call Olive on 375640 or Brenda on 813276.

Thurs 4th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, or email: go50@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Thurs 4th (mthly)

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

Friday 5th (monthly)

Soup Lunch held in St. Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, 12pm-2pm. Homemade soup, bread and pudding with tea/coffee for £5. In aid of Save The Children and CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development. Enjoy a good meal and raise funds for two charities.

Friday 5th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come along to buy home-baked, handmade and home- grown goods. Or if you have any of these to sell do pop in for a chat to find out more. Contact Janine 01372 374914 with any queries.

Friday 5th (weekly)

10.30am- 12noon The Sewing Shop within the Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Trade, professional or beginner -call in and see me for a whole range of haberdashery - 25% discount on whole rolls of ribbon or complete packs of most items. Contact Janine 01372 374914 for free advice or a quote

Sunday 7th (weekly)

10.30am St. Mary and St.Nicholas Church, Parish Communion. Families are particularly welcome. Full range of children's activities to suit 0-13 year olds at 10.15am in the Hall. Call Chris 01372 374914

Sunday 6th (weekly)

St Giles’ and St George’s Churches, Ashtead — 7 worship services held across our two churches every Sunday. From lively gospel songs to quiet, reflective Communion. All welcome. Details on www.sgsgashtead.com .

Sundays: 7th & 21st

Charity Car Boot Sales at Epsom General Hospital. Sellers 7:30am, buyers 9am. Cars £10, Larger cars, MPVs, 4WD, Small Vans - £12; trailers - £3 extra. Buyers Entrance by Donation. No booking necessary. Refreshments – hot and cold drinks.

Friday 5th (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. 78


What’s On? Music on Thursdays (at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY) & Music on Wednesdays (at Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST) 12.30pm lunchtime concerts

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs

Thursday 4th Sept - LMC

Lesley Gladigau, soprano, and Lynda Chang, piano

Thursday 11th Sept - LMC

Jacqueline Phillips, cello, with violinist

Wed 17th Sept - Christ Church

Anthony Cairns, organist of Christ Church

Thursday 25th Sept - LMC

Acacia Flute & Harp Duo Samantha Pearce, flute, and Heather Wrighton, harp

WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Oasis for ladies in their 20s to 40s. St George’s cafe, St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. 9.15am-10.30am. Activities for pre-school children, whilst Fridays 5th & mums relax with coffee, cake and chat. This term we're looking at how we can make 19th best use of our time in a busy world. On Friday 19th local GP, Dr Alison Anderson, shares her tips for juggling a busy lifestyle. All welcome, no charge. More info 272177. Tues 9th (2nd Tues monthly)

Tuesday 9th (2nd Tues monthly)

Dog walking club, Polesden Lacey, 9.30am-10,30am, free. Meet at Cowshed Coffee Shop. Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd. Speaker John Sutherland ‘Life in Leatherhead in the 60s’. For more info please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Wed 10th 2nd Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Wed mthly Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879 Thurs 11th Thurs 11th (2nd Thurs mnthly)

Transition Ashtead, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm with a talk by Dr Pat Wiltshire ‘Soil is a place, not stuff’. See Transition Ashtead article. Please come along. Topic of Cancer is a support group for anyone touched by cancer, at any stage, to be with others who understand. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham. Free tea/ coffee. More details on the website or just come along. www.topicofcancer.org.uk/. Topic of Cancer is a registered charity and receives support from Macmillan.

Friday 12th

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

Wed 17th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker Neil Sadler, ‘A Policeman’s lot can be a very interesting one’ Annual sub £10 + £1 per mtg. Info: Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 18th (3rd Thurs mthly)

Friday 19th Friday 26th

(last Fri 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. Leatherhead & District Local History Society lecture, Letherhead Institute, coffee from 7.30 for 8pm. ‘Surrey Roads from Turnpike to Motorway’ by Gordon Knowles. Non members heartily welcomed. Admission £2 Summer Buggy Walks with NCT Leatherhead & District, get some exercise and meet other mums. 10.45am, free buggy-friendly guided walks. Ashtead Common, meet by St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead. Info from Emma Adler on 07881 785634 79


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Mrs Greville’s Donkey Derby Sunday 7th September 11am-5pm

In conjunction with the National Trust at Polesden Lacey, the Lions are organising a fun day for all the family on Sunday 7th September. It promises to be a day to suit all tastes with free entry as part of the Heritage Weekend openings, so after admiring the house and gardens you can proceed to the field where a wealth of entertainment will be there for your enjoyment: Watch the Donkey Racing and have a flutter on the Tote; bring your best hat to win the ‘ASSCOT’ competition and children make your wackiest one; if you are a dog owner bring your four-legged friend, nothing too serious just lots of classes to join; admire the classic cars; choose a gift for a loved from a variety of stalls; keep the children amused at the selection of games and amusements; and there’s live music to keep us happy all day. Tony Hudson Lions organiser says “This is the most ambitious event we have attempted for some while, based on the success of other Lions clubs, we were delighted when the National Trust enthusiastically embraced the idea of a Donkey Derby. The opportunity to hold the festivities in such a beautiful environment is just great and for the public it’s free entry” All monies raised will go to local charities.

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What’s On Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall events Autumn Thanksgiving Event Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th October

The final weekend of the celebrations will begin on Friday with a ‘Friends of the Village Hall’ dinner when the speaker will be John Field, the magician. The Friends raise funds for the hall by holding a quarterly dinner with entertainment for its members. On this occasion the event will be open to all. For tickets please contact 01372 278988. On Saturday morning Ashtead Choral Society invite anyone interested in singing with a choir to join them in a ‘Come and Sing’ session from 10.00 – 12.00.

Piggy Racing Party

Friday 26th September 2014 7.30pm, Letherhead Institute, Abraham Dixon Hall. Tickets £10 to inc fish or chicken & chips.

In the evening there will be a Beetle Drive – APMH’s favourite social event, which also took place in the early life of the hall. Tickets will be on sale for this event.

In aid of the Leatherhead Christmas Festival.

Celebrations will conclude on Sunday afternoon with a reception for those kind enough to organise the above events plus guests, and a closing ceremony again involving the Ashtead Branch of the British Legion.

Tickets from Barton’s Bookshop. Sponsor a named race for £10, or name your little piggy for £5. Tote racing.

www.apmh.org.uk

Please bring your own drinks and cutlery

Leatherhead Community Assoc

Belarus Bonanza

The Leatherhead Community Association has a full Autumn programme, appealing to all ages, including a Music Appreciation Club and an afternoon Tea and Talks when a speaker is invited. A recent one was given by the Surrey History Centre and future one will be about the history of Lyons Corner House. Walks, both long and short are arranged each month, and there are strolls for the less energetic.

The Leatherhead Lions club would like to thank the readers of the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local for their generous donations of clothes, bedding and other items in response to the Lions Belarus Appeal. Mike Rushby Appeal Organiser says “I am amazed by the extent of readers generosity, brand new items unworn and in their original wrappers have been given, I’m told by people they like the idea of giving to a group that they can trust to try to get help to those in need”.

There is a full programme over the Heritage Open Days weekend, free entry but booking necessary, there are two concerts arranged at the Royal Festival Hall in the Autumn and also a visit to the Christmas Market in Lille. The list is endless!

The consignment along with others from other Lions Clubs will go to Gomel in Belarus in early September and be managed by the local Lions club. Good on yer - readers of the A&L Local

For full information please visit our website at www.leatherheadca.org.uk, or phone Sarah on 01372 360508.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 67

Ashtead War Memorial Left: photo courtesy of the Ashtead Royal British Legion Below: The Peace Memorial Hall c:1930s

The Memorial was erected in 1920 close to the north-west corner of St. George’s Church, in Barnett Wood Lane four years prior to the opening of the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, in Woodfield Lane. The foundation stone of the Memorial Hall’ was laid on the 21st June 1924. Sir Rowland Blades officially opened the building at a ceremony on 3rd November that same year. The Ashtead Branch of the Royal British Legion dates from 1924and ever since then it has helped ex-service men and women, raising money for all manner of causes. These have included the renovation of the memorial on several occasions. However, with Branch membership declining it became clear that another custodian needed to be found to guarantee the long term maintenance cured. of the memorial. The future care of Ashtead’s war memorial has been secured. Ashtead Residents’ Association is to take over responsibility for maintaining the village’s war memorial is clearly welcome news.

We shall remember them and also those who icts. have since given their lives in subsequent conflicts. Goff Powell – For further information on the local War Memorials go to www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk -war-memorials For more detailed information on Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall see Potted History No: 17

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: staff@lheadmuseum.plus.com Website: www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk 84


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12. Point ahead of time, almost (6) 13. Adult male seen in Normandy (3) 16. Cease to resist when I cut a petal wrongly (10) 17. Sporting item to talk about endlessly (6) 21. Expanded when red angel was turned (8) 23. City in Sussex, eternally dull (6) 24. Digit held by tomatoes (3) 25. Turn as orbiting planet (6) 27. Topless girl competition (4) 28. Close up marine creature (4) 29. Singer back in Scotland (4) Solution in next month’s edition

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Simple Crossword solution Across: 1 Also, 3 Welcomes, 9 Earache, 10 Nanny, 11 Improvements, 14 Apt, 16 Plait, 17 Ski, 18 Deliberately, 21 Watch, 22 Special, 23 Speeding, 24 Asks. Down: 1 American, 2 Strop, 4 Eye, 5 Concentrated, 6 Minutes, 7 Says, 8 Accomplished, 12 Erase, 13 Bicycles, 15 Trestle, 19 Exits, 20 Owes, 22 Son.

August crossword solutions

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

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Andersson - Sweden Bianchi - Switzerland Borg - Malta De Jong - Netherlands Dimitrov - Bulgaria Gruber - Austria Hansen - Norway Peeters - Belgium Popescu - Romania Schmit - Luxembourg

Across: 3 Allot, 8 Athens, 9 Amused, 10 Stair, 11 Pickle, 12 Pale, 13 Aplomb, 15 Serenade, 16 Lap, 17 Hassle, 18 Switch, 20 Kit, 21 Lacrosse, 24 Averse, 25 Epic, 27 Spread, 29 Alibi, 30 Talent, 31 German, 32 Arson Down: 1 Ethiopia, 2 Peek, 3 Assemble, 4 Load, 5 Tartar, 6 Turpentine, 7 Sealed, 14 Obstructed, 15 Spoke, 18 Star sign, 19 Castaway, 22 Appear, 23 Sonata, 26 Miss, 28 Rare

Quiz - Birds

24 ("four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie") The phoenix Cloud Cuckoo Land Emu (Rod Hull's puppet, who attacked him in an interview, knocking him out of his chair) A penguin Woody Woodpecker Albatross Ravens Albania's 184 (7 swans-a-swimming on 6 days, 6 geese-alaying on 7 days, 4 colly birds on 9 days, 3 French hens on 10 days, 2 turtle doves on 11 days, 1 partridge on 12 days)

Across: 1 Rollercoaster, 7 Manager, 8 Bleed, 9 Ward, 10 Neurotic, 12 Stamen, 14 Thresh, 16 Bracelet, 17 Filo, 20 Actor, 21 Whiting, 23 Darning needle. Down: 1 Ram, 2 Liner, 3 Ergs, 4 Cornet, 5 Trestle, 6 Radicchio, 8 Borsht, 9 Washboard, 11 Meteor, 13 Adaptor, 15 Hedwig, 18 Iliad, 19 Nile, 22 Gee.

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Soil is a place, not stuff We are all familiar with soil, but what exactly is it? There are various definitions but none is truly satisfactory. It is certainly not just “stuff�; it is highly complex and, when relatively undisturbed, supports myriads of microhabitats in which very many organisms live and function. Many are microscopic while others, such as earthworms are obvious as soon as the spade lifts a clod. However, soils are highly variable and each one will support distinctive biological communities, and may suitable for only certain plant species. What is soil made of? How does it form? Can we change our soil? What makes a fertile soil and, in any case, what do we mean by that? Why will some plants only grow in this one and others in that? How does soil affect our landscape? The more we know about soil, the more we can predict where we will find certain types and the communities of plants growing on them, and animals living in them. This has proved to be very useful in forensic investigation. In my forthcoming presentation, I will attempt to answer some of these basic questions and, perhaps, give some surprising information, even to those who have worked the soil for many years. Pat Wiltshire

Our September meeting, Thursday 11th September 7.30pm at the Ashtead Peace memorial Hall, follows on from this article with a presentation by Dr Pat Wiltshire (pic above). Free entry.

Himalayan Balsam clearing, River Mole at Leatherhead We are continuing to help clear the non-native invasive plant Himalayan Balsam. We need more volunteers to tackle the large stands along the river bank at the Common Meadows, Leatherhead. Despite growing to over 2 metres tall it is very easy and satisfying to pull out. If you can spare a few hours please come and join us on Tuesday 16th and/or Monday 22nd September any time from 10am to 3pm.

Sunday 31st August - Community Picnic To celebrate the hard work everyone is doing and how lucky we are to have such a wonderful stretch of the river Mole at Leatherhead, please come along with a picnic. The Himalayan balsam clearing will be the fun free activity - children of any age can help by jumping on the piles to flatten them! For more information on where to meet and what to bring please see our website or contact Caroline Cardew-Smith, email caroline@allbright.co.uk .

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Frugal Gardening By Pippa Greenwood If you feel that your garden has become an expensive hobby, check-out my top tips for gardening on a budget.

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Apply for an allotment. An allotment opens up a whole new opportunity to grow almost unlimited food at very little cost, get exercise without paying for the gym, and learn a lot from your neighbouring plot holders. Gardeners are a very generous bunch, so don’t feel embarrassed to ask, friends, neighbours, or fellow allotmenteers for cuttings or seedlings of plants that you have admired. It is part of what gardening is all about. Collect softish, deciduous leaves to make free soil improver. Just make a ‘cage’ from galvanised wire with posts at the corners or cram the leaves into bin liners and puncture a few holes. Make the most of every bit of fruit and veg that your garden or allotment produces. Make jams, chutnies, jellies and of course bottle or freeze just about anything else. Make your own wasp trap. Use a jam jar part filled with stale jam, mixed with water and topped with tin foil with a few holes in it made using a pencil.

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Many local councils offer really good value composters and compost bins. Better still, if you’re at all handy with the hammer and nails, create your own from old pallets or floor boards. Fill a flowerbed with colour by sowing it with hardy annual seeds – some can be collected from existing plants, others from packet seed, often at under £1 per packet. Ask your local pub to give you any stale beer from the driptrays and use it as slug bait. Use an old plastic beaker part filled with beer and placed so that the rim is about 1cm above soil level in a slug and snail prone area. Enjoy some wild food. Many garden plants are edible, and don’t forget the old favourites such as hedgerow blackberries great for crumble, stewed with some apple or for making into bramble jelly.

Many fruits sold in the supermarket come in smart, clear-plastic trays, which can be used as miniature seed trays, and most even come with a clear plastic top, the perfect mini propagator lid. Growing your own vegetables really can save you a packet. Right now you can order in seed for crops, and onion sets and garlic for crops early next summer. Then early in the year start planting potatoes and sowing seed. Look after your garden tools. Store them in a dry shed or garage, wipe over any metal parts with an oily rag to keep rust at bay and they’ll last years longer. Invest in a few raspberry canes. This has to be the best money saving crop, as they are expensive in the shops. Once established autumn fruiting varieties yield heavy crops and can give you ‘posh’ fruit... for just pennies. Garden furniture is probably the most costly item in your garden and statistics show it’s what gardeners spend most money on replacing. Remove washable seat-pads and cushions first, wash and dry these and then cover the furniture up or move it into a shed or garage if possible.

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Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 277742 (Vivien Redman) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 373493 (David Wells) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 0300 200 1001 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 274639 (Alan Goulder) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 St Helier Hospital Main switchboard 020 8296 2000 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteer Centre Leatherhead 01372 740394 (based at L/head library weekly) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 102


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