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


Wildlife Aid open day results


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Simple crossword


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


Recipe - crab cakes


Ashtead Community Vision


Open dance auditions for Dorking panto


The future begins now - John Howarth


Local history article


Tour of Britain cycle race


Give a cat a home


Mole Valley Police Column


What’s on in September? Pages 74-78


Quiz - Musical Instruments


Leatherhead theatre


Andy’s Blog


Transition Ashtead


Heritage Open Days pages 30 & 32


Ashtead station update


Wellie walk for Africa’s elephants


Cryptic crossword


CAB adviser at Buckley Pharmacy


Support for landlords


Celia Cross fundraising events


Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Soc


The Common Column


General knowledge crossword


Quiz - City Nicknames


Report fly-tipping


Fake it ‘til you make it - a story


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n September we see the annual Heritage Open Days across the UK, and our area is no exception for the amount of interesting and absorbing events that have been arranged. I have given you just a small taste of what’s on offer from 12th-15th September on pages 30 and 32, but don’t forget to pick up a booklet from local outlets, or go online to and download a copy. I popped down to Gimcrack Hill on Sunday 4th August to watch one of the Prudential RideLondon cycle events, as ever the atmosphere was fantastic and I’m looking forward to picking my spot again for the Tour of Britain cycle race which will be thundering through Ashtead and Leatherhead on Saturday 21st September - more details can be found on page 20. I always make an effort to wear bright clothes so I can clearly spot myself on television when I playback the race. How sad is that? Our friends at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are organising a wellie walk on 14th September in order to raise money to protect Kenya’s wildlife, including rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned infant elephants to return to the wild when grown. You can see a photo of these little orphans on page 34, it really is just heartbreaking. Another of my favourite charities, the Celia Cross Greyhound Trust are holding their annual fundraising events on 8th and 14th September this year. The team there were thrilled with the turnout last year and mentioned that quite a few people turned up as a result of the article which appeared in the A&L Local this time last year. So a big thank you for that. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George. © Zen George All rights reserved 2013. 01372 376420

For the budding Darcy Bussells in the household, Dorking theatre are holding open dance auditions on 28th September for their panto Aladdin this year, see page 58 for details. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is taking place on the 27th and if you are interested in raising money for this worthwhile charity, then it’s not too late to pick up a ‘Coffee Morning Kit’ from them (p.12). Abdool has successfully opened his long-awaited pharmacy on the Street and, at the same time, I was contacted by the Citizens Advice Bureau informing me that they will have an in-house adviser available at the Buckley Pharmacy on the first Tuesday of every month. A few days ago I spoke with Feras Alshaker who is the Project Manager at Southern Railway, who filled me in on what was happening at Ashtead station, and he very kindly furnished me with an update which appears on page 82. Summer will soon be at an end and we will be blessed with all the gorgeous technicolour wonder that is autumn. I’ve already bought my warm dressing gown for winter... I don’t know what it is about the UK, but we seem to bear winter much better than a stifling summer - I know I do! Still musn’t grumble - at least this year my tomatoes actually ripened! Cheerio to all, and I hope the little ones enjoy the new school term. Zen George Publisher 01372 376420

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Founded 1945 What are Tesco doing about their site in The Street, Ashtead? It hardly seems possible that the first planning application submitted by Tesco Plc to develop their site in The Street, Ashtead goes back to August 2008. After several attempts a revised application received “Grant for Planning Permission” by MVDC last November. Subsequently we have been frustrated by the lack of action and as residents of Ashtead you are within your rights to ask – What happens next? This is a question your committee has pondered over whilst endeavouring to obtain worthwhile information from Tesco. Finally we had a meeting in May with Beth Greenhouse, Corporate Affairs Manager that followed an announcement by the company that they would be mothballing sites in the UK and with a lack of activity in Ashtead we felt there was cause for concern. At least we were assured that Ashtead was not on the list. Therefore we wanted to know what happens next and when could we expect action at the old Esso site that has become an eyesore and embarrassment to our village. We have tried some tactical manoeuvring and put forward the following requests:-

• Tidy up the site by cutting down the weeds and

making it look acceptable by means of landscaping

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months we have requested that the area should be enclosed with good quality fencing Also we have asked how does Tesco plan to establish a community partnership with the village?

All we can report is that our requests have been referred to the Asset and Estate team by Beth but as at the time of writing we regret to say that there has been

no evidence of action. Please be assured that we shall not allow matters to rest. In fact as a further leverage we have brought to the attention of Tesco the Tour of Britain cycle race that passes through Ashtead in September and with the international media in attendance we feel that Tesco would not wish us to promote their irresponsible attitude towards our village. Additionally we have asked our Councillors to investigate if there is a legal obligation for which Tesco could be held liable for the state of their site.

A Reminder

Surrey continues to be the “Cycling Capital of England”. On 4th August we saw the successful 100 mile RideLondon event couples with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic that mostly followed the Olympic route from last year. That is not the end; on 21st September the Surrey stage of the Tour of Britain starts on Epsom Downs and passes through Ashtead at 12.15 pm en route to Guildford via the Surrey hills.

Road Stewards Party

On 30th July the committee was delighted to host a party at Ashtead Cricket Club for our Road Stewards in appreciation of their continuing support. Chairman, Jim Malynn thanked all present and emphasised how important our network of volunteers is to the well being of the Association.

Buckley Pharmacy

By the time you read this article, The Street in Ashtead will have a new pharmacy. We have supported Abdool throughout his prolonged application and we wish him every success for his new business that will provide a most valuable service to the community.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION A Brief Sound of Silence, Cycles Rumble Through, the Roar of More Traffic to Follow At the time of writing, the Prudential RideLondon Cycle Race has just ended. Some of us enjoyed the spectacle of over 16000 cyclist pedalling through Leatherhead. The abundant energy of many people for numerous charitable causes exhibited true dedication. Some of my neighbours and I cheered for 3 hours and were sorry our voices would not withstand more shouting. Noticeably, few people observed the event. Some think only of the inconvenience of road closures and disruption the race causes. We were told that around 40 million pounds would go into the Surrey economy as a result of hosting the cycle race. This is far short of the over 700 million pounds brought by the 2012 Olympics games. However, in this time of austerity let's just hope that the money gives a boost to the local economy. One of the benefits of the road closures was a few hours of almost complete silence. There was no roar of motorway noise or hum of engines near or far. Briefly we were reminded of the Leatherhead of past times. By Monday we were brought back to reality. Unfortunately, part of that reality is the planned development of the Barnett Wood Allotments and the adjacent land belonging to Merton College. Whatever is planned for the site, further traffic and congestion will be generated. The nearby roads and motorways are already straining under an infrastructure that fails to cope. Some people are being exposed to noise and air pollution as cars create a car park like effect on key roads at peak times. Local people have petitioned the Council to cancel the plans to move the allotments from Leatherhead

to Ashtead. Over 2700 people signed the petition when given the opportunity on three occasions. Because the 'release of green belt land' and the 'development of allotment land' are highly emotive issues, many more would have been willing to sign. A big disappointment was that after delivering the petition to two groups at MV District Council, the petitioners were not allowed to hear the debate on the subject. Both MV Officers and Councillors expressed disappointment that EU rules on Procurement require that decisions be done without public exposure. By the time of publication, we will know which organisation has been given the right to put forward a plan for developing the site. Unfortunately, the petitioners had to wait two weeks to receive any information, although decisions will affect them profoundly. It is also a concern that the Council is giving the green light to the development of the Green Belt at this time. After all, the result of the Green Belt Boundary Review will not be published until December. In the meantime, the Fortyfoot Safety Campaign has come up with ideas upon which all parties can agree. For the first time in over one hundred years all involved have a common objective. The campaign's aim is the immediate repair of forty plus potholes for the safety of the children who are bused in daily. They also seek the long promised adoption of the road by Surrey County Council. LRA Open meeting - Monday 2nd September, Letherhead Institute, 7:30pm. Speaker: Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Kevin Hurley. All are welcome. Cheryl Allen

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Ashtead Community Vision Site Allocation – how is this assessed? Good News! The Forum has been officially designated by Mole Valley, which means that we can now carry out overseeing the production of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). We have responded to requests that people would like to see profiles of Forum members so they know a bit more about who is doing the work and why. If you look at the website ‘About Us’ section you will see there is quite a cross section of the community involved. One of the comments made by the councillors at the designation meeting was that they would like to see more young (18-34) people represented, as would we. If you are in that age bracket, or know someone who is please urge them to get involved by joining the Forum. This is after all, about planning for the future of Ashtead for the next 15 years which will be most important to this age group – can they find or afford a house, and will there be sufficient school places? These are some of the questions we are grappling with. We often accuse politicians of short term thinking, so this is our opportunity to plan for the longer term and to have local input into the planning process right from the start – an exciting opportunity which is the reason why many people have joined the Forum. ACV have been awarded a grant of £5000 by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and have also been allocated some direct support, in the form of much needed help and advice, which is to be provided by Planning Aid England. At the August ACV meeting Stella Scrivener from Planning Aid England came to talk to us. Stella suggested holding a workshop in September on site selection and sustainability appraisal which is a very difficult part of the process. It is really important to understand that we have to have a clear, robust method for doing this and it must be completely transparent and fair so that all areas are assessed by the same method. Just because an area is being assessed does not mean that it is appropriate or even available for development. In fact quite the reverse, the assessment may well show that it is quite unsuitable for development for any number of reasons.

All land areas must be judged on 19 criteria that we are using based on the Mole Valley Site Appraisal Toolkit. (see ACV website ‘Documents & Information’) Examples of the kind of assessments that need to be made are: measuring how far a site is to the shops or the station; finding out if there any archaeological or historic features, or unusual ecological features; what is the access to the site like; does the area flood. The group is aiming to provide a draft Green Belt Boundary Review and the Housing Allocations Plans to the Forum in November before carrying out further public consultation and forwarding to Mole Valley for consideration in their Land Allocation Plan for the district. Further work on the NDP will then be undertaken in 2014. Sign up for the Newsletter on the website: Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 email: Find us on Face book Ashtead Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV


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‘The Future Begins Now’ “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”

John Kenneth Galbraith

Despite the words of Galbraith it is always necessary to look ahead and plan for the future. Surrey County Council is attempting to do this and their document “Surrey Future” describes what they are doing and how they will attempt to do this and engage with all parts of Surrey society in doing so. Recent figures from the ONS (Office of National Statistics) show that Britain’s population has hit a record 63.7million, with over half of the increase over the past twelve months being in London, the South East and East England. In Surrey we live in one of the wealthiest parts of one of the wealthiest economic areas (i.e. the South East of England) within Western Europe, not just in the UK. However we are not doing as well as we have in the past. The S.E. of England has slipped from 12 th to 16th (out of 118) European Regions in respect of Competitiveness, and Surrey’s share of inward investment for the South East is below that of, for example, Berkshire and Hampshire. Clearly Surrey County Council wants to remedy this situation – but these remedies will have consequences for us. And the consequences will be in respect of the provision of housing, schooling, healthcare, transport, shopping and employment. For example the population of Surrey is projected to increase by 9% over the next 20 years – with employment growth forecast at 11%. And some of the employment needs will have to be satisfied by people living outside Surrey – i.e. in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex – where population growth is estimated at 10%. This will put even further pressure on the transport infrastructure (roads and railways.)

So what about us in the northern part of Mole Valley?

Earlier this year Surrey County Council undertook a Consultation Programme under the broad heading of “Surrey Future.” Details of this, and the supporting documentation, can be found on the Surrey County Council web site. Perhaps surprisingly our area does not feature a great deal. The document does contain the following statement in respect of where we live: “The schemes listed below are also proposed to address the problems identified with the existing transport infrastructure within the district. They look to encourage more sustainable forms of transport and to minimise the need to travel:

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Junction improvements to the Leatherhead gyratory A package of schemes to address transport issues in Ashtead, Bookham, Fetcham and Leatherhead including passenger transport, highway improvements, parking measures, pedestrian and cycle facilities A package of schemes in rural areas providing highways improvements”

The devil, no doubt, will be in the detail. No mention yet of pressures on the Green Belt. At time of writing decisions in respect of Cherkeley Court and the allotment site between Ashtead and Leatherhead have yet been made public. And these too may have an impact on our wider environment. I began by saying that we live in one of the wealthiest regions of Western Europe. But our part of Surrey is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The challenge is in maintaining one aspect without damaging the other – and vice versa. Interesting times indeed!

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The Tour of Britain Cycle Race Stage 7: Epsom - Guildford Saturday 21st September - 12pm-3.45pm The Stage 7 section of the Tour of Britain commences at Epsom Downs Racecourse at 12 noon, reaching The Street in Ashtead by 12.15pm, then Leatherhead (into Epsom Rd through to Gimcrack Hill/Dorking Rd) at 12.17pm, up to Gt Bookham via Young St and Guildford Rd at 12.23pm, through Effingham at 12.26pm and entering Dorking from Ranmore Common at around 12.43pm (Chalkpit Lane, West St, South St - not the High Street). The race finishes in Guildford High Street around 3.45pm. The event will be featured live on ITV4 and British Eurosport. Road Closures The vast majority of the race route is delivered under a temporary rolling road closure, enforced by police and the National Escort Group (the same group who worked on the Olympic road races in Surrey) – 62 motorbikes in all – who initiate and maintain the road closures as the race approaches. These motorbikes close the roads in front of the race, allowing it to pass through without interference from non-race traffic. Once the cyclists have all left an area, the roads will open again. In practice roads may be closed between 10 minutes and half an hour, depending on the terrain, weather and race location. Closed roads will not open until the final vehicle in the convoy (known as the `broom wagon´) has passed.



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It is sometimes easy to forget that items stored in garages, sheds and outbuildings can be of quite high value – lawn mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers etc. If they are not kept in a secure location, they can be an easy target for thieves.

Fraudsters want your PIN and bank card 1. The Phone Call A fraudster telephones you claiming to be from either your bank or the Police. They tell you that your bank card details have been used fraudulently.

We are carrying out additional patrols and stopping and checking any vehicles which appear suspicious in any way but we must rely on members of the public to do everything possible to protect their own property.

2. The PIN Number They suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police to ensure the call is genuine. Do not be fooled by this as they stay on the line. They then tell you to read out or key in your PIN.

Sheds should be secured properly with sturdy bolts and padlocks. Perhaps consider marking your garden equipment distinctly with your postcode as this will make the items less attractive to a would-be thief?

3. The Courier They send a taxi/courier to you to collect your bank card as they say they need it for the investigation. With this card and your PIN they can spend your money.

Another option could be security marking your property which, in the event that it is stolen and then recovered, could make it much easier to reunite with the rightful owner.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Your bank or the Police will NEVER ask for your PIN or bank card - don’t give these details to anyone. If you have been a victim of this type of crime please call the Police on 101.

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Deepedene Estate: Hope Springs Eternal

Dorking Museum, The Old Foundry, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS An exhibition setting out the history and Four days of free events in celebration significance of the Deepdene Estate, the work of Mole Valley’s Heritage. that is currently underway to restore the landscape and the Heritage Lottery funded This year’s theme: project that sets out to restore and make What’s in a Name? accessible portions of the former estate. There will also be an opportunity to record your Often the evidence of the influence of an reaction to the proposals and add other ideas. individual or a family is in a street or building Directions: The museum is in West Street close name: Wesley House for example. Even the to the junction with High Street. Open: names of plants and animals can be a link to the Thursday 13.00 - 16.00; Friday & Saturday 10.00 history of discovery or circumstance. This year - 16.00; Sunday 13.00 - 16.00; no booking we place the spotlight on people who have required. made a difference to local communities. Names such as Pethick-Lawrence, Thomas Hope, Nathaniel Bland and Alfred Russel Wallace might Fetcham Village Infant School School Lane, Fetcham KT22 9JU not immediately spark a flame of recognition, You are welcome to visit our school and have a but in their time they were significant figures who have left their mark in the physical makeup tour of the original building built in 1854. Come and see the well that has been discovered; it of the land, the social life of the country or scientific thought. You can find out more about would have been part of the Headmaster’s scullery. Take a look at the school’s logbooks all of these people and many more during the from the 1880s. four days of Heritage Open Days. Directions: School Lane is off Guildford Road Heritage Open Days this year takes place in the (B2122) south of Leatherhead; meet at the School Office. Open: Friday 13.30 - 15.30; no context of a successful lottery bid for the booking required. Deepdene Estate on the edge of Dorking.

12th, 13th, 14th & 15th September

The following events are just a small selection of what has been arranged across Mole Valley including Ashtead, Bookham, Dorking, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Coldharbour, Stoke D’Abernon etc.


Fire and Iron Gallery, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead KT22 0EN Talk and guided tour of ‘Rowhurst’, a private house with three builds (pre-1346, 1346 and 1632). Owner Lucy Quinnell will give a presentation with images, focussing on this Ashtead Common year’s theme: ‘What’s in a Name?’ The AngloRoman Villa Excavation Saxon origin of the house name will be Over the weekend visitors can book on rangerexplained as well as the strange tale of how led guided walks which will take them onto the Lucy’s surname (Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘war Common to see the results of the Surrey woman’) led directly to four generations of her Archaeological Society’s thee week excavation family becoming blacksmiths. Refreshments of a Roman Villa and its associated buildings and available. tile kilns. Each of the Society’s trench leaders Directions: Just off Junction 9 on the M25 will explain the major findings from the year (eastbound), signposted with a brown sign, Fire and answer any questions about life on Ashtead and Iron Gallery, from the A244. Open: Common 2,000 years ago. Tea and cake is Thursday 17.00 (talk & tour); Saturday 16.00 provided by the Common’s conservation (talk & tour). Pre-booking essential: tel 01372 volunteers (donation to local charity). 386453 or email 30

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Teazle Wood

West Enders exhibition and book promotion. The Bland family owned Randalls Park Estate from 1811 - 1856 when it was sold to pay gambling debts. Nathaniel Bland helped to start the Mansion Grammar School (the Register Office and Library). He owned 15,000 acres in County Kerry. The story contains a murder, elopement, bigamy and legal battles. The family were related to Mrs Jordan, the actress, who in turn is related to the Queen, David Cameron & Boris Johnson. The book ‘West Enders’ will be available at the exhibition. Refreshments available. Directions: East end of High Street at junction of High Street, Leret Way and The Crescent. Open: Saturday & Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00; no booking required.

Visitors will be given a guided tour of Teazle Wood. Recently purchased by the community to ensure its survival as a vital ecological site. It is an interesting woodland with many fascinating natural and man-made features. Learn about the history and discover the origin of local place names. A tree hit by a 2nd World War bomb still stands, and visitors will be shown evidence of brick and tile-making activity in the southern part of the wood. Refreshments available. Directions: Meet at the Fire and Iron Gallery, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead KT22 0EN. Walk: Thursday tour at 11.00 & 15.00; Saturday tour at 10.00 & 14.00. Pre-booking essential: tel 01372 386453 or email

Thorncroft Manor

Thorncroft Drive, Leatherhead KT22 8JB Visitors can view the grounds surrounding the Manor House as well as the mirrored glass outer walls of the Manser building that reflect both the house and its gardens. Visitors can view the grand entrance hall of the Manor Houses with its high ceilings and original features. Directions: Enter via Thorncroft Drive via a bridge over the River Mole off Dorking Road, Leatherhead. Open: Sunday 10.00 - 16.00; no booking required.

For more information on September’s events, you can pick up the booklet from the Council’s offices, Leatherhead Helpshop, Dorking Halls, Letherhead Institute, libraries, as well as being available to download from: b/HOD_Booklet_Web_2013.pdf

Wesley House

Bull Hill, Leatherhead KT22 7AH Wesley House is named after the great reforming preacher and founder of Methodism, John Wesley. He visited Leatherhead in 1791 where it is believed he delivered his famous last sermon. Wesley House is a Grade II listed Art Deco building built in 1935. The ‘Council Chamber’, which has been restored to its original condition, can be viewed with many of its original features after first walking through the imposing entrance which shows off its distinctive Art Deco style. Directions: Wesley House can be approached on foot from Leatherhead town centre, on the north side of Leret Way. There is parking nearby in the Bull Hill car park (accessed off Randalls Road). Open: Sunday 10.00 - 16.00; no booking required.

West Enders - The Bland Family of St Marylebone, Leatherhead and County Kerry

The Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead KT22 8AH


There are four heritage trails, in Ashtead, Bookham, Dorking and Leatherhead. These have been established to encourage and allow people to explore the local heritage. All can be downloaded from the internet using the following links: Ashtead_Trail.pdf Leatherhead_Trail.pdf Bookham_Traills.pdf Dorking_Trail_1.pdf 32

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Join a jumbo-sized wellie walk for Africa’s endangered elephants Saturday 14th September

On Saturday 14th September, the locally based David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is inviting people to pull on their bestpair of wellington boots and take part in their ‘Wellies4Ellies’ walk. It’s a three or six mile sponsored walk across Happy Valley along the Old Surrey Downs, Old Coulsdon to raise funds for their projects to protect Africa’s threatened elephants and wildlife. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the day promises to be a great way to spend time with family and friends with prizes to be won for participants who raise the most sponsorship money and family games in the afternoon. The walk will start between 11am – 1pm and finish at Happy Valley Car Park, Old Coulsdon in Surrey. Everyone is invited to take part in the Wellies 4 Ellies Walk and - well-behaved dogs are welcome too! All monies raised from the event will go to the DSWT and its projects to protect Kenya’s wildlife, including its life-saving work rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned infant elephants to return to the wild when grown. The DSWT, based in Leatherhead, relies completely on donations and fundraising support to continue its work protecting wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Since 1987, the DSWT has successfully hand reared 145 elephants and in addition to their Orphan’s Project, the DSWT also operates Anti-Poaching Teams, Mobile Veterinary Teams and Community Outreach projects. Howeverin recent years, ivory poachers have decimated elephant and rhinoceros populations across Africa leading to an increase in milk-dependent baby elephants, orphaned by the trade in ivory.As Rob Brandford says, ‘the stories of many elephants we rescue is borne out of tragedy but with your help, we can achieve something incredible for Kenya’s orphaned infant elephants. So don your wellies, come along and join us!’

Registration for the Wellies4Ellies walk costs just £5 per person in advance, £18 for a family of four or £7 per person on the day. To register your place, visit For further information, please visit or talk to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s fundraising team at To learn more about The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and its work in Kenya, please visit

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Celia Cross Greyhound Trust Fundraising Events Sunday 8th & Saturday 14th September The weather this year may have been wet, cold and miserable, but at Sun Valley Kennels, home to the most cherished rescue dogs, things were all cosy. In their centrally heated beds, our dogs were as snug as a bug. Although that does not mean we can relax, there are always dogs in need of our help; just one example of a needy friend was “Daisy” an elderly greyhound that was found in appalling condition, she had clearly been mistreated and neglected. Daisy came to us extremely underweight, covered in wounds, many of them suspiciously looking like cigarette burns along her back. Her nails were so long they were curling around her feet. Daisy was in much need of lots of TLC. It took months for Daisy to gain back her full health, and lots of cuddles from the visitors to help her trust again... But she did, and she is now living proof that there is life in the old dog yet!!! Daisy is now living with her new family, and has found the love and security she should have had before we found her. Sadly Daisy’s case is not a one off, and we are often faced dealing with reality that this cruelty to the dogs still carries on every day. Thankfully with the help of our wonderful supporters we can help many more “Daisy’s” that find their way through our gates. (Left and bottom left) Daisy was in a terrible state on arrival

Fresh as a Daisy – finally loving life after years of neglect

We are pleased to welcome you to our two annual fundraising events:

Sunday 8th September

In the huge barn at the Cranleigh Showground on the B2127 from 11am – 4pm. We will have on sale hundreds on donated items of every description. Other attractions on the day include an auction in our marquee, plus the highlight when our resident Longtails parade in the hope of finding a forever home. Free entry & parking, hot & cold refreshments available all day.

Saturday 14th September

Same venue and time, we are holding a giant jumble and clearance sale in the barn. Entry £1, sorry no early entry.

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The Common Column Once again, September is here - one of the busiest and most exciting months in the Ashtead Common events calendar! You may or may not be aware that Ashtead Common is home to some nationally important heritage features, including a Roman villa complex and triangular earthwork. The villa site was first excavated in 1924, with further work in the 1960s. More recently, a new series of excavations was started in 2006, led by Surrey Archaeological Society in partnership with the City of London Corporation. 2013 is the final year in what has been a fascinating seven-year project to unearth the secrets of the Ashtead Common Roman villa. Key features that will be looked at this year include the tile kiln complex, the nature of a new building to the west of the villa which was discovered in 2010, the nature and function of an enclosure wall which has been identified in places around the complex and a reassessment of the villa ‘house’. Whether you’ve been keeping up with the project over the years, or you’re a first timer, you’re in for a real treat. In line with the Archaeologists in action national Heritage Open Days, volunteers will be leading guided walks up to the site of the Roman villa complex where you have the unique opportunity to see the opened trenches and the remains of the Roman architecture. There will be three walks running on each day, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, at 10am, noon and 2pm and booking is essential on 01372 279083. The dedicated team of archaeologists will be present to explain the findings of their excavations and answer your questions about life on Ashtead Common 2000 years ago. The Ashtead Common Volunteers will also be providing some welcome refreshments in their tea tent, with drinks and home-made cakes available for a small donation. Money collected goes to local charities so please bring your pennies for a good cause. We hope to see you there!

The tile kiln

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Fake it ‘til you make it Ruth scrutinized her ‘bikini body’ in the bedroom mirror and,as her eyes slid down from her face, Ruth’s mood followed in the same direction. Her shoulder length brown hair was fine, her face wasn’t too bad, her arms and shoulders were passable but after that everything was beginning to droop. Pregnancy and breastfeeding had taken its toll and she felt a fleeting wave of irrational resentment as she frowned at the image in front of her. Ruth’s legs were a slight compensation but she could already see the beginning of varicose veins and the dappled evidence of cellulite on her thighs. They were off to Spain in a few days and Ruth was determined to get a suntan. However, this pale, pasty and winter worn body wouldn’t do at all. She knew it was too late to make a dramatic difference to anything that wobbled but she could do something about the colour. A fake tan would cover a multitude of sins and definitely prevent that ‘I’m on the first day of my holiday’ pallor by the swimming pool.

bottom. Ruth decided that her own underwear would have to do. She was agonizingly conscious that the pair she was wearing had seen better days because all her best pants were on her holiday packing pile but the lighting was dimmed and perhaps the beautician wouldn’t notice. Ruth slid under the covers and waited. The frolicking dolphins were surprisingly soothing and she started to relax. The beauty therapist gently entered the room and informed her in hushed tones that she was about to administer an organic salt scrub to prepare the skin for the tanning process. Ruth was looking forward to a relaxing massage but was soon made aware that ‘scrub’ really did mean scrub as every inch of her body was thoroughly scoured and scrutinized. However she was silently and pathetically grateful when her faded knickers were not mentioned.

She was then taken to a shower and told to come into the adjoining room as soon as she was ready. When Ruth entered the tiny room, wrapped in a She’d tried a bottled fake tan before but had towel, she was asked to stand at one end, in a ended up with streaky legs and a pervading odour kind of ‘pop up’ tent, with her arms out wide and of boiled vegetables, so this time she decided to her legs apart. put herself into the capable hands of a professional and visit a nearby beauty salon for a What followed was both comical and humiliating. Ruth stood in front of the elegant beautician in spray tan. nothing but her ‘back of the drawer’pants and Two days before they were due to leave, she was sprayed with an industrial looking spray gun. sneaked away, on the pretence that she was Her humiliation was complete when she was going to the supermarket to buy sun tan lotion. politely asked to lift up her bosoms so that the She didn’t want to tell her family because they’d spray could reach underneath. only laugh and Sam would consider it a waste of Back home Ruth could see herself changing money. She wanted her husband to be bowled colour. She was told not to shower for twelve over by her exotic beauty… hours and that she’d get significantly darker before the residue of fake tan could be washed Ruth was welcomed into the salon by a pristine off. By bedtime she was alarmingly orange and receptionist who smiled reassuringly when she had to own up to what she had done before Sam whispered that this was her first time. She was became worried for her health. then ushered into a delicately candle lit room where the dulcet tones of frolicking dolphins on The following morning, Ruth showered, unnerved the cd was combined incongruously with the by the muddy water that streamed off her body. sweet smell of lavender. However, after she’d dried herself, Ruth looked at her new ‘bikini body’ in the mirror and smiled. She was told to remove all her clothes, put on She looked golden, healthy and ready for her the pair of disposable underwear that had been left on the massage table and then make herself holiday, even if she did smell just a tiny bit like comfortable under the covers. over cooked vegetables and apricots. The only thing Ruth could find on the table was a plastic sachet containing what she initially thought was a face mask, presumably to protect her from breathing in the spray. On further investigation, she was mortified to see that it was, in fact, a black paper thong, which was somehow supposed to fit round her hips and

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It’s back to school in September and to help with your mental arithmetic, we’ve put together some of the best novels that feature numbers. Some may be more mentally challenging than others, but pay attention at the back, and it’ll all add up.


The Three Musketeers

Imagine that every time you look into someone’s eyes, you see the date on which they’ll die. Such is fifteen year old Jem’s secret. Understandably, she tends to keep away from people in general. Then along comes Spider. He and Jem strike up a friendship that will bring Jem out of herself. It’s all going quite well, until they take a day trip into London. What happens when you realise that everybody in a massive queue has the SAME number? Impending doom seems likely and only Jem and Spider can save them.

If you’re thinking dogs and cats then you’re confused with Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds. This is the original historical romance by Dumas, chronicling the adventures of D’Artagnan and the King’s Musketeers, aka Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Defending the regiment against the forces of Cardinal Richelieu, we’re transported back to seventeenth century France for some dramatic encounters, fast-paced action and drama, not to mention the villainous ‘Milady’, who goes down in history as one of the best female baddies of all time.

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A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’ begins Dickens’ classic set in prerevolutionary France, following the life of the aristocrat Charles Darnay who, despite his kindhearted nature, will become a victim of the tumultuous times that lie ahead. His life is paralleled with that of English Barrister Sydney Carton, who is suffering the pain of unrequited love. The object of his affection: Darnay’s wife. Originally published in weekly instalments, it was a veritable Dickensian soap opera about the days of their lives and the build-up to the French Revolution.

Alexandre Dumas

Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut

Told through the eyes of World War 2 soldier Billy Pilgrim, this satirical novel is deemed to be one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. Chaplain’s assistant Billy refuses to fight and is captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He and his fellow POWs are kept in a disused slaughterhouse and, along with their German guards, are some of the few survivors of the firebombing of Dresden. Billy’s funny, often bittersweet story is an odyssey through time and is another ‘must-read’ for everybody searching for meaning in life. 46

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey

Told through the eyes of the seemingly-mute American Indian, Chief Bromden, this is the story of the inmates at an Oregon State mental hospital, where Nurse Ratched rules the wards with a tyrannical arm. Into this mix comes McMurphy, the twinkle-inhis-eye, cat-among-the-pigeons livewire who’s ready to turn Ratched’s regime on its head. Kesey’s masterpiece is moving and compelling, very funny at points and at others, absolutely terrifying.

I am Number Four Pittacus Lore

They killed Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. John Smith is Number Four. Just a teenager, John moves from place to place, anxious that those hunting him will catch up. This is science fiction writing at its best and you’ll definitely be sucked in, especially when you realise that Earth isn’t the only planet in the universe that can sustain life. John has escaped from a rival caste on his own planet and is now one of nine in hiding. The fugitives can only be killed in their number order and they will survive… as long as they remain apart.






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Recent Open Day gives £12k boost to Wildlife Aid The Open Day on 7th July gave members of the public a unique look behind-the-scenes at the WAF wildlife hospital in Randalls Road and was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the charity that has over the years saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of wild animals. WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE said: "We are hugely appreciative of all those who came to Open Day and donated to the charity on the day. Thanks to the generosity of the public the money raised will help us continue caring for injured and orphaned wildlife and give them a second chance." Open Day organiser Becky Banning added: "Credit goes to each and every person who contributed in some way to the day's success. Open Day takes a lot of organisation but it would not be possible for me to even attempt it without the support of our WAF volunteers" For information on the charity's work with wildlife, visit the WAF website,, or write to: The Wildlife Aid Foundation, Randalls Farmhouse, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0AL.





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Open Dance Auditions for Dorking Panto On Saturday 28 September, dance auditions will be held for Dorking Halls’ spectacular panto Aladdin which will run for 15 performances from 21st-29th December. Enthusiastic local dancers aged 8 and over are needed to perform alongside the professional cast, including Aaron Sidwell (pictured left) from Eastenders and Chris Stanton from CBBC’s M.I. High. Those aged 8-11 will be auditioned at 11am (registration from 10.30am), 12-15 year olds will be auditioned at 1pm (registration from 12.30pm) and those aged 16 and above will be auditioned at 3pm (registration from 2.30pm). All are welcome – there is no upper age limit! Producer Jezz Weatherall, who is excited about this year’s show, said: “We’re looking for local performers with dance experience and a strong jazz technique. They’ll need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear to their audition and be available to rehearse every Sunday and Monday evening during November and December as well as for the pantomime itself.” Director Guy Pascall said: “It’s going to be great fun for all the family. Aladdin is a really magical pantomime, including the Genie of the Lamp and of course a flying carpet, and ever since Disney sprinkled their magic touch on the story it’s become a firm Christmas favourite with audiences. We can’t wait to start rehearsing the magic carpet flying sequences and we’re really looking forward to amazing Dorking audiences with the show’s special effects this Christmas.”


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Education & Tuition

The Glory of the Garden

WATERCOLOUR CLASSES With Frances Jordan BA (Hons) Fine Art

Our Garden Design class on Tuesday mornings helps you to plan a garden which suits your personality. This starts with site analysis, aspect and orientation; focal point; views and visual effects, light, shade and colour, space and atmosphere, variety and mystery. It includes hard and soft landscaping.

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

We also have a set of five-week courses appropriate for each season, on Tuesday evenings -whatever is topical.

Thursdays 9.45am-12pm Mon & Thurs 1.45pm- 4pm Grange Centre, Bookham and Barn Hall, Great Bookham

‘If it’s only netting strawberries and killing slugs on borders ‘ - we’ll help you with that too!

Please contact

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

Frances Jordan

Tel: 01372 377079

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WEA 2013-14 We have arranged 15 courses, varying in duration of 9, 10 or 20 weeks. As before, we have our regular themes of Current & International Affairs, Philosophy, Astronomy, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Computer Image manipulation using PSE, but we also have new, exciting subjects such as:

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History of the Crystal Palace London & The Thames Dressmaking Samuel Pepys Charles Booth’s London Sources of Energy Making of Europe

Crystal Palace

King James Ist

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The Tudors The Stuarts

All venues are either in Ashtead, Leatherhead or Bookham. For further information please contact Joy Tapping on 01306 713355 or browse our website

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Nordic Wellbeing “Add life to your years – not just years to your life” For further information contact

Becki Stevenson

07502 215 827


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Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute The meeting opened with the minutes of the last meeting being read. This year’s resolution by the WI to support the revival of High Street shops was approved by 87%, which is very encouraging. A trip to a Christmas marketing in Chichester in December is planned which means our Christmas lunch will now be on 5th December. A cooling thought on a very hot day! The programme for 2014 is being compiled and suggestions for future events welcomed. Our entertainment was provided by Pam Barton, a local lady, and was entitled ‘Musical Snippets’. Pam brought a selection of CDs which comprised of classical music from bygone days. The programme featured tracks from famous composers of the age. It included a composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and his connections with Dorking. Next month we will have our usual tea party in Betty’s garden - nice weather please. Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in the month at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 10.15am and visitors are always welcome. For more information ring Betty on 01372 374570.


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 55

Ballands Hall (formerly The Rectory), The Street, Fetcham

Ballands Hall, Fetcham, formerly the Rectory once home to the Moon family, is now divided into separate residences. It was built in the late seventeenth century with alterations in the next two centuries. In a Particulars of Sale dated 1788 the rectory is described as ‘one of the finest parsonage houses in Surrey. The Ballands Hall estate was sold in 1919. There had been a sale of the contents of the house in 1911, which gave a good impression of the layout and size of the house at that time: an entrance hall which led into the Library and the Morning Room, with the Dining Room and Drawing Room on the first floor . There were as many as 16 bedrooms on the top floor of the house. However , the 1919 sale catalogue is more comprehensive, because it includes the house itself and 23 acres of land, with 13 bedrooms ( I wonder what happened to the other three) and dressing rooms, a suite of reception rooms plus valuable building sites and ‘picturesque country cottages. The buyers, Mr. and Mrs. Julian, are recorded as being community minded and the annual Christmas Party for local children was held at the Hall. The majority of the building survives in the original form, but the conservatory shown in picture and a ballroom, dating from the nineteenth century were demolished in the 1920s following the 1919 sale.

Goff Powell – Extracted from History of Fetcham – Images of Bookham & Fetcham and other sources

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: Website: 64

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Hats off to Leatherhead Rotary! Leatherhead Rotary Club is delighted to have made a recent donation of £250 to Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), which will enable the group to replace some of their oldest riding hats. Leatherhead RDA offers the chance for young children with a disability to learn to ride. The children, who come to the group's sessions from Woodlands School in Leatherhead, have learning difficulties and may also have physical disabilities and behavioural problems. For further information, please visit Pictured below right: Margaret Bentley (right), Group Organiser and Trustee of Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled Association, holding Leatherhead Rotary's recent donation to the group of £250.


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Belle & Queenie

A mother & daughter duo, Belle & Queenie were much loved pets whose owner had to move & sadly could not keep them. Belle is four and her daughter, Queenie, is three; both are very friendly when they get to know you. They are used to a garden but as they are a little timid, they would like an adult only home. These two are understandably a little camera shy & just need the right home to flourish. If you feel that you could offer Belle & Queenie a forever home please contact Rosemary on 01737 350307 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.

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? Weekdays through September

Polesden Lacey rooftop tours, 11.30am & 2.30pm weather permitting. A rare opportunity to see how the Polesden roof is maintained and how special places are kept going for everyone to enjoy. Normal admission.

Sunday 1st & Sunday 15th

Charity Car Boot Sale in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Rd, Epsom, KT18 7EG. 9am-12.30pm (sellers 8am). Sellers: cars £10, large cars/small vans £12, trailers £3 extra, booking not required. Entry by donation. Email for info:

Tuesdays: 3rd / 10th / 17th / 24th

Tuesday Gardens Talks, Polesden Lacey. Normal admission. Talks will include the following topics: 3rd & 17th: Herbaceous Border / 10th: Bee Keeping / 24th: A day in the life of a Ranger

Saturday 7th

Leatherhead Community Association open day, see right for details

Saturday 7th

Ewell Horticultural Assoc Autumn Flower Show, Blenheim High School, Longmead Rd, Epsom, KT19 9BH. 2.30pm-4.30pm. Free admission. Flowers, home grown veg, floral art, plant sales, bulbs, raffle, refreshments, home made cakes.

Thursday12th - Sunday 15th

Heritage Open Days, this year’s theme ‘What’s in a Name?’ more info from or see pages 30 and 32 for details

Saturday 14th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society's 79th Annual Flower & Vegetable Show at Parish Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead 2pm-5pm. Exhibits, raffle, refreshments, produce & Autumn bulbs. Admission Free.

Saturday 14th

NT in association with the Ralph Vaughan Williams Soc - piano recital. Leith Hill Place, Tanhurst Lane, Holmbury St Mary, RH5 6LU. 6.30pm-8pm. Tickets £15. Contact: 01306 712711,

Sunday 15th

The Ashtead Allotment Gardens Association annual fundraising Macmillan Coffee Morning, see overleaf for details.

Wed 18th

Amanda Charity Fashion Show, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, see right for details

Saturday 21st

Tour of Britain Cycle race, see page 20

Thurs 26th

Charity Golf Day at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in aid of the RNLI. For more info contact John Edgcumbe on or 07930 287258.

Saturday 28th

‘Magic of a thousand strings’ a group of over 20 Surrey harpists will play from their diverse repertoire a selection of classical, Celtic and popular music. St Nicolas Church, Gt Bookham, KT23 4AT 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets £12 from 01372 458492

Sunday 29th

MG Car Club Day, Polesden Lacey from 10am. Normal admission fees. Iconic cars in a glorious setting.


Autumn Fayre at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead, 1pm-4pm. New name, new time, all your favourite stalls and more. Quality donations welcome. BBQ from 12noon, Community Choir at 12.30pm. Contact Nicky 01372 372313

Saturday 5th OCTOBER

Barn Dance supported by National Counties Building Society in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom & Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, KT19 9JW, 7pm-11pm. Dancing to the Hogsmill Group. Tickets £15 each (including a hot meal) from Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181. Bring your own drink and glass. If there’s an event in October that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Thursday 12th September. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 74

What’s On?

LCA Welcome Day


Saturday 7th September 10am-3pm

Charity Fashion Show Wed 18th September

Do you know what is available in the Letherhead Institute? This is the home of the Leatherhead Community Association – a registered charity run by volunteers. LCA activities include table tennis, scrabble, book club, music appreciation and a full programme including lectures, concerts, visits and holidays plus coffee mornings and a lending library.

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 The Princess Alice Hospice who provide high-quality compassionate care and support for patients, their families and carers.

There are seven rooms available for hire, including the Abraham Dixon Hall (pic above) accommodating over 100 people. We currently hire our facilities to some 80 local organisations for meetings and events. Come to our Open Day and look around the building and see what’s on offer. We look forward to seeing you.

Tickets available from ‘Amanda’, 41 The Street, Ashtead 01372 274333 75


Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 10.30am Parish Communion followed by refreshments. (Children's Church resumes 8th)

Mon 2nd / Wed 4th & Fri 6th (weekly)

Extra days - 10.00am-12noon The Sewing Shop, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Treasure trove of buttons, ribbons and all things colourful and sparkly! Also open by appointment to suit you - phone 374914. Trade discount 25% whole rolls/packs. Public discount 25% on Mondays during September. Warm welcome to customers of Granary Crafts and Craft Genie which closed recently.

Tuesday 3rd

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Born Free Foundation, visitors welcome £2. Contact Margery Curtis 01372 272588

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Club Show AGM followed by a talk by Pamela Holt ‘The Botanic Gardens, Kew’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 2.30-8.30pm. All welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501.

Wed 4th (weekly)

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

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, speaker from Associated Country Women of the World - Delia Perry. Info from Sandra Brown 01372 276736 Music on Thursdays - 12.30pm in Leatherhead Methodist Church, and admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs. Sandwiches, cakes, drinks available to buy after each concert.

Thursdays weekly: 5th 12th

5th Sept 12th Sept

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 5th (weekly)

Rotary Club of Ashtead meet at Epsom Golf Club 7.30pm for 8.00pm for dinner. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thurs 5th (monthly)

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

Friday 6th (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 6th

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

Friday 6th (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.


ACACIA - Samantha Pearce, flute & Heather Wrighton, harp Thomas Humphreys, voice & Raya Humphreys, piano students of the Royal Academy of Music

September walks around the beautiful Mole Valley with Ian & Flip Cargill, 01372 383468, walks 4-5 miles, approx two hours. Moderate pace & fitness. Car Share suggested. Saturday 7th Please phone on day if bad weather 07766 166794. Donation to charities. Saturday 21st Saturday 28th Sat 7th 10am Gomshall Station off A25 Sat 21st 10am Ranmore Common East, NT CP Sat 28th 10am Cockshot Cottage CP, Lodgebottom Rd 76

What’s On?

Sunday 15th 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.


MV Speakers’ Club offers a fun, friendly and supportive environment to develop your public speaking skills. APMH, 7.30pm-9.30pm., 462719

Wed 11th

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Pat Date 01372 454879

Thurs 12th

Transition Ashtead, 7.30pm, APMH, Action Surrey - our local specialist for energy efficiency. See article on page 80 for more details.

Friday 13th

Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellery, plants, collectables, bric-a-brac and much more, supporting the RNLI

Wed 18th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, monthly meetings consisting of report by Chairman, a speaker, tea and biscuits. Several outings each year inc local pub lunches. 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. Life of a lady cruise director on luxury liners.

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Thurs 19th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, (inc painting, craft, quizzes, film), refreshments inc. £2, over 55’s very welcome. Contact Brian Chandler 01372 275206.

Wed 25th & Friday 27th

Gustav Klimt: His life & Work. A talk showing his influence on art at the beginning of the 20thC. £10 inc wine & nibbles: email Tel: 01372 272235 to book.

Friday 27th

Blood Donor Sessions, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm 77

What’s On? To make a booking, please contact the box office on 01372 365 141 or go to Live Events:

Les Misérables – Schools Edition Showdown Theatre Arts

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September 7:30pm. Saturday 14th September, 2:30pm & 7:30pm £14. Concessions/Child £12. Showdown Theatre Arts, a leading theatre school for the future of the performing arts industry, present Broadway's legendary musical and now also an Oscar winning film 'Les Miserables'. This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean's adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed. With favourites like 'I Dreamed a Dream', 'One Day More' and 'Master of the House' this much loved production is not to be missed.

Live Screenings: We are asking our patrons to save the date and check with our Box Office prior to booking tickets for this live screening.


Tuesday 17th September, £16. Concessions/Friends £13. Child £10 The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season gets off to a dramatic start with the return of Puccini’s musically sublime final opera Turandot. This sad, yet romantic opera, set in Ancient China includes the famous tenor aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ and has captivated the hearts of audiences since its first performance in 1926. One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom, makes her Royal Opera debut, with Marco Berti, a wonderful Puccinian singer, in the role of Prince Calaf.

Film Screenings: To bring our Family Fun Films to an end we will be screening The Lone Ranger during the final week of the school holidays. We also be showing Breathe In just before we begin to screen a selection of foreign language films to link in with European Day of Languages on the 26th September. We will be screening a variety of foreign language films; from French comedy Populaire to a Spanish twist on the Snow White Fairy Tale Blancanieves. All dates and times of these screenings can be found on our website: Alternatively contact our Box Office on 01372 365 141 or come into The Theatre’s foyer where you are able to pick up a film flier.

Box Office Opening Times – Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon. When an evening film or performance is scheduled the Box Office will remain open 15 minutes after doors open. When there is no evening event the Box Office will close at 6pm 78

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

A “Green” deal – saving money and the environment The Government’s Green Deal has been much talked about in the last couple of years but apparently without much action. Things now appear to be happening and there is real opportunity for those who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes but lack the spare capital to carry out some of the cost-effective upgrades. The aim of the scheme is to allow you to do the improvements and pay for them through your electricity bills at rate that is based on the amount of energy you should have saved.The energy-saving improvements that may be considered for the scheme are insulation – both loft or wall; heating systems (boilers); draughtproofing; double glazing; and some renewable energy technologies (e.g. solar panels). Some of these may also qualify for a cash-back scheme until March 2014. The process is to get an accredited Green Deal Assessor to assess your property’s current energy efficiency. The assessment is impartial and is conducted using industry standard calculations. They produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which shows the current and potential energy efficiency rating of your property, and looks at the way energy is used within your home. The assessor will then generate a Green Deal Advice Report which will include recommendations of potential energy saving improvements and guidance on the estimated energy savings you could expect if these were installed. If you want, this Report can be taken to any Green Deal Provider (the people you get to organize the work and who provide the investment finance). There have been about 45,000 such reports made so far under the scheme. The amount you repay for Green Deal improvements is based on what a typical household of your type is expected to save on energy bills by having such work done. The cost will be shown on a Green Deal Plan (the contract between you and the provider), and will include the interest rate. If you decide to proceed with Green Deal finance and you pass a credit check, the improvements and repayments (including interest) will be documented in the Green Deal Plan. Although Green Deal finance is provided by way of a personal loan, it is not a conventional loan since the bill payer may not be liable for the full capital cost of the improvements, only the charges due whilst they are the electricity bill payer for that property. Under a Green Deal Plan, the cost of the repayments is added to your electricity bill in whatever way you currently pay for your electricity. You are only responsible for making the repayments while you live in the property and are the bill payer. If you move, the next occupant will become responsible for the repayments and the loan will transfer into their name. It can be a great deal and really save you money and lower energy-related pollution. Barrie Mould Our September meeting (Thursday 12th 7.30 at the APMH) follows on from this article and will be given by Action Surrey – our local specialist organisation for energy efficiency. Please come along. For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 80

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In August 2012 Southern and Network Rail began construction work on enhancements to Ashtead Station. The works were divided into three phases: Phase 1: The extension of the car park to the west of the station to increase the number of parking spaces by more than 50;

Ashtead Station Update

By Feras Alshaker Project Manager - Southern Railway

Phase 2: The construction of a new station building to the east of the 1970s building in the location of the Victorian station; and Phase 3: The demolition of the 1970s building and the remodelling of the car park to suit the new station building location. The car park extension was completed in October 2012 and the new station building opened to the public on 1 June 2013. You will have noticed that the 1970s station building was demolished in June and we are in the process of remodelling the car park to suit the location of the new station building. This will be completed by the end of the summer holidays.

Station entrance as it is now


We have also added a fourth phase which will overlap with the works to the car park. Network Rail have agreed to fund the resurfacing of the platforms, this will include the installing of tactile paving and the regauging of the platforms (this will reduce the stepping distance between the trains and the platforms. This work will take approximately three months, most of which will be carried out at night when the trains are not running.

outhern and Network Rail first approached The Ashtead Residents Association (ARA) about a new station building in 2009 following the announcement from the Government that Ashtead was to receive funding to construct a new station building Once these works are competed, Southern and under the National Stations Improvement Network Rail will have invested over £2m in Programme. During 2011 we worked our way Ashtead Station. through the design process and as part of this, dialogue between Southern, Network Rail, and the ARA was an essential element of the design development. As part of this process a meeting was arranged at New car park and inset ‘before’ ‘Before’ Ashtead Village Hall hosted by The ARA to meet local residents and discuss the plans. The suggestions made by residents at the meeting meant that the plans were adjusted to address some of the issues raised, in particular around the entrance and exit to the car park. At a later meeting representatives from the ARA chose the colours for the bricks at the station. 82

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Support for Landlords Preventing homelessness among young people MoVE Leatherhead Start is a new support and advisory service enabling young homeless people to move to independent private living in their local community, part of a strategic approach to tackling and preventing homelessness in the local area. Roy Chamberlain (pictured below), the new private rented sector officer explained that the aim is to help homeless people, particularly young single people who live on low wages or are in receipt of benefits, and who are generally the lowest priority when it comes to allocating the scarce supply of social housing. MoVE works directly with prospective tenants and private sector landlords in a partnership with local councils, local CAB offices and the Probation Service, to tackle homelessness by supporting landlords who take on more vulnerable people within the community and providing ongoing support to ensure that tenancies are sustained. The scheme is funded and supported by Crisis, the national charity for the single homeless, with additional funding from Mole Valley District Council, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and the Three Oaks Trust. The service is completely free to both landlords and tenants. MoVE interviews and assesses all tenants before they approach any landlord and try to match tenants to suitable properties. Starting with advice and support to help clients increase their knowledge and experience of being a tenant in the private sector, housing benefit applications are fast tracked and financial security provided in the form of a Bond guarantee in place of a deposit. MoVE can advise on tenant matters and changes in the law to help landlords keep up to date with housing legislation, handle all the paperwork including tenancy agreements and an inventory for the property. Landlords therefore have the chance to let their property promptly, avoiding loss of rent, and have someone on hand to help keep the tenancy on track. MoVE have recently helped a young lady (let’s call her Sally) who was studying for a qualification at Nescot and working part-time in a shop in Epsom. Her family had to move away for work reasons but she needed to stay in the area to complete her studies and had nowhere to live and could not afford a deposit. Sally was assessed as low priority by the council but, with the support of the MoVE scheme, she was able to rent a room in a house with a resident landlady. Assistance was given to the landlady to ensure that the property met with the necessary safety standards and a suitable tenancy agreement was provided. With a Bond guarantee, and her housing benefit claim fast tracked Sally was able to move in quickly and has been able to stay in the area in safe and secure accommodation. Roy would be happy to hear from any landlords who would like to take advantage of this new opportunity. They are invited to contact him on 07964 173438 or email 86

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Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society In the two years or so since the purchase of 3837 by the society we have come an incredibly long way thanks to the generosity and help of the people of Leatherhead and Ashtead. In 2010 the locomotive was purchased from Mole Valley District Council by the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society. This is a small group of local individuals that have come together with the sole aim of saving the locomotive that was at Leatherhead Leisure Centre for 26 years. In the long hard winter of 2010/11 many man hours were spent extricating the loco from its resting place. Moving inch by inch with track being laid and bridges constructed, as what was essentially 28 tons of scrap metal moved inexorably towards the car park and ultimately to The Lavender Line’s Headquarters at Isfield in East Sussex. Many hours have since been spent travelling to Isfield by our loyal band of volunteers, cosmetically restoring 3837, as we agreed with the Lavender Line management team ,finally emerging in her new green livery. With the initial work now complete and the locomotive safe we can now concentrate on raising the necessary funds to return this important piece of Britain’s industrial heritage to steam. Because of the locomotive type and her history she will never be the “commercial draw” of engines the like of Tornado and Flying Scotsman but this does not mean she is of no importance. Many small preserved railways depend on these engines for their survival. Drawing crowds of people to heritage railway lines to revisit their youth or experience the joy of steam, sometimes for the first time. Even in these difficult economic times steam railways are more popular than ever and an important part of society. One of our most effective ways of fundraising has The 3837 in use at Corby Steelworks, been the sale of 2nd hand model railway items. 4th October 1963 Please check your shed or loft, all items sell regardless of condition and they would be most welcome. We see ourselves as custodians of the engine and are always looking to welcome new members into our group. Whether you want to take an active part by working on the locomotive, joining the management committee or helping with the fundraising or just being a member with “an interest” we would be very pleased to hear from you. As part of our fundraising effort we shall be creating a book of memories. This would include memories of ex drivers of the Corby engines through to the children of Leatherhead and its environs that used the water park and climbed on the engine. For more information call Paul on 07989 393044 or e-mail Check out our website on and help us turn dreams in to reality. Our sales stand will be at the following: Surrey society of Model Engineers 8th September and 13th October The Effingham Indoor Christmas Market on 30th November. King George V Hall, Browns Lane The Lavender Line East Sussex most Sundays during the summer. come to the vintage transport gala on the 5th and 6th October and talk to team. 88

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

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By Pippa Greenwood Ask a dictionary the definition of a weed and you’ll read that it’s ‘a plant growing in the wrong place’. Ask a gardener, and they’ll tell you that weeds are often the number one menace in their garden. Some weeds are pretty, some less so, but one thing they all have in common is that they are indeed growing where you don’t want them, and may be causing your garden plants to suffer. So if you want to wage war on those pesky weeds, and stand a chance methods is to tackle them with a sturdy old of winning, take a look at my multi-pronged kitchen knife or a daisy-grubber tool. It may be attack strategy. a slow process but will allow you to dig them Off with their Heads out individually. Whatever the weed problem, it’s essential to prevent them from setting seed as most weeds Deep Rooted Problems are very efficient at building up their numbers Some weeds such as docks and dandelions have by seed. So even if you don’t have the time to tough and chunky roots that are very difficult to sort the weed out properly, make sure you cut kill. And to make matters worse, if you leave off its head before it has a chance to even start any sizeable bit of the root in the soil, it’s likely to set seed. The old saying that ‘one year’s seed to form a new plant. Do everything you can to is seven years’ weed’ isn’t far from the truth. take out the entire root as you’ll be saving a lot of time in the long run. I have recently Stop Stowaways discovered a great pocket-sized weeder, When you’re next shopping for plants in your originally from New Zealand but now local garden centre or nursery make sure that manufactured over here. It’s brilliant for you only bring home what you want, not those removing this sort of weed and others such as pesky weed stowaways that often lurk on the small thistles, creeping buttercups and so forth. compost surface. I always do a bit of weeding before buying: especially for weeds such as the Find out more in the ‘products’ section of It is also great for innocent looking hairy bittercress (Cardamine easing weeds out from gravelled areas. hirsuta) with their tiny rosettes or leaves and pretty little white flower heads. Laying Carpet If large areas are weedy you could try the Spaghetti roots carpet option; literally covering the surface with Some weeds like couch grass, bindweed and a layer or two of carpet, held in place with nettles have amazingly resilient and farbricks. If the carpet is placed fluffy side down reaching underground stems or roots. If you’ve just taken on a new plot of land, be it a garden and left in place for at least 18 months, the or an allotment, there is a good chance that it’ll weeds will start to die off from lack of light. Make sure that the carpet is made from natural be riddled with at least one of these spaghettirooted weeds. Whatever you do, don’t succumb fibres, not synthetic or else you’ll be left with it to the temptation to use a powered cultivator or in the soil, and for allotments, check that there are no restrictions on using carpet. rotovator as this will chop the roots in to little bits and end up spreading and increasing the Time it Right problem in the process. Some weeds such as the purple flowered oxalis spread by forming tiny ‘bulbils’ or miniature Lawn Louts bulbs below ground. If you try to dig these Lawn weeds such weeds out at this time of year, you’ll run in to as dandelions and daisies are difficult trouble as the bulbils will be shed into the surrounding soil as you lift the plant out, making to control as matters worse. Wait until next spring when the unlike the taller bulbils will be firmly attached and weed them weeds, these out then. rosette-forming plants won’t be ctd opposite... harmed as you mow the lawn. One of the best 96

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Hoe, hoe, hoe An old fashioned and still just as useful method of weed control is the hoe. They’re readily available at any garden centre and are a great way to weed your garden, especially if it’s largely annual weeds such as chickweed or groundsel that invade your plot. Keep the hoe sharp and use it regularly. Careful what you Compost Only compost the green, leafy bits of weeds; avoid any chunky roots, and never put any flowering or seeding weeds in the compost heap. Some weed seeds will easily survive most domestic composting systems. Visit Pippa’s website for a great range of gardening products including Pippa’s favourite weeder, Nemaslug, Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh & Envirofleece and lots more besides. 97

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