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Issue 131

September 2016 Never underestimate the importance of community

Leatherhead’s Bob Porter Heritage Open Days 8th 8th--11th September Marie Curie’s ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane’ Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Transform Leatherhead - Church St update Enter RHS Wisley’s ‘My best dahlia’ competition Dalewood House, part of Box Hill School, Mickleham (part of the Heritage Open Days programme of events)

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


Marie Curie ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane’


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Epsom Hosp receives generous donation


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Community Vision


Church Street, Leatherhead - update




Leatherhead Community Association




Late Birthday Project


Macmillan’s Coffee Morning 22 & 24


River Mole works


Quiz - Business


What’s on? Pages 67 - 74


Mid-Surrey Mediation Service


RHS ‘My best garden dahlia’ competition


Book reviews


Local history article


Quiz - Sporting terms


Ashtead Flower Show


‘Fake it ‘til you make it’ a story


Leatherhead’s Bob Porter


Barnado’s Positive Parenting Service


Cryptic crossword


Simple crossword


Transition Ashtead


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Heritage Open Days, pages 44, 46 & 48


Sept events at Ashtead Park Gdn Centre




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From the Publisher


ust as the September magazine is going to print we’ve reached the halfway point of the Rio Olympics, gosh we are doing well and doesn’t our team make us proud? I am always in awe of all Olympians, the sacrifices these people make, the early starts, the hours of training, the long days, the specific diets, it just goes on and on, but wow, when it all comes together on the day, I’m sure nothing beats the feeling of stepping onto the podium to collect their hard-earned medal. I know this isn’t strictly good form,, but when I’m watching Team GB competing for medals, there’s that rogue Greek gene that bubbles up - winning is everything. I know, I know, it’s not the winning it’s the taking part, but tell that to the one who came fourth! We also watched the Prudential RideLondon cycle race come thundering through Leatherhead on 31st July. Well I say thunder, it’s more of a whoosh! It’s great to watch at such close range and the atmosphere is so much fun building up to the race. I always wear something bright so I can see myself on the telly when I get home - sad! I met up with one of my cousins a few weeks ago who is a teacher, and she told me that her class were discussing the UK’s ‘Brexit’ vote and what it means for us when one little boy asked, “Miss, does this mean that Nando’s will have to close?”. Just brilliant. September sees the annual Heritage Open Days which this year runs from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September. As always, there is much to see and do and this year’s theme is ‘Lives and Landscapes’, and, as ever, I can only print a small selection of what is planned, and these events can be found on pages 44, 46 and 48. Also in September the Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is being held on the 30th. For some ideas on how you can fundraise, go to the A-Z list on pages 22 and 24. Advertising Staying with the theme of fundraising, Marie Curie are The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local suggesting people hold ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane’ in provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads October in order to raise much needed funds for Marie Curie Nurses in order for them to continue the fantastic cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential work they do, more on page 50. distribution (yes, really!) and can be Councillor Howard Jones, Exec. Member for Transform designed where required. Leatherhead has updated us on the timeline for Church Technical & Legal stuff Street, Leatherhead - looks like it’s all systems go, p. 56. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine RHS Wisley is holding its annual flower show in September and have introduced a ‘My best garden dahlia’ competition is accurate, the Publisher cannot to run during the show, more details of how to enter can accept, and hereby disclaims, any be found on page 74. liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions On page 66 is a report on works carried out to a stretch of resulting from negligence, accident the River Mole at the end of July by members of staff from or any other cause. UK Power Network and several other companies to provide fish refuge and reduce bank erosion. The guys have been No part of this magazine may be involved in working on the River Mole for over six years and reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - with the help of countless contractors, materials and machinery, the work was done quickly and efficiently. electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without Hopefully we’re in for an Indian summer to lead us gently prior permission of the Publisher. into autumn, we’ve not had a fabulous summer weatherAll in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Zen George.

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When Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) took over responsibility for grass cutting in the district from Surrey County Council they awarded the new contract to The Landscape Group (TLG). The contract calls for an amenity cut to a height of 50mm to 75mm in urban areas and 100mm to 150mm in rural areas (lawns are usually cut to a height of between 20mm to 35mm). Six cuts have been scheduled for 2016. Although MVDC worked with the contractors in an attempt to improve on the poor service level in 2015, residents have not seen much improvement, if any, this year and MVDC has continued to receive complaints about the service.

When this programme draws to a close, Surrey Highways are to focus upon poor pavements and this should start in 2017. Pavements already highlighted for recommendation include Park Lane, parts of the Leatherhead road (A24), outside the shops in Barnett Wood Lane, Woodfield Lane and Cray Avenue. If residents are aware of any others in dire need of improvement please email We can’t promise they’ll be added but we can make the request for inclusion in the scheme.

A number of those complaints have been about the mess left behind after cutting: a problem particularly noticeable this year due to the weather conditions which have resulted in the grass getting very long and the subsequent and considerable post-cut mess. However, the contract, in line with that of other similar local government contracts, does not call for the cuttings to be cleared up by the contractor so that is not something that can be addressed with TLG. Other complaints to MVDC have been that verges, and even complete roads, have been missed and MVDC has had to spend a lot of time getting the contractor to revisit those areas. In many cases, residents have taken it upon themselves to cut the verges outside their homes. Some complaints centred on the failure to strim around street furniture and road nameplates.

Lights on Woodfield

Over the years many residents have complained that there is a dark area from the last street light on the Woodfield until you reach The Woodman. Many residents use this route from the station and many have found the area intimidating, especially in the winter. The Residents’ Association has secured funding from Cllr Townsend and SCC’s Localism budget to pay for Skanska to install two further lights illuminating this final area of the path. Work should, we hope, be completed before the dark evenings set in.

MVDC has made clear to the Residents’ Associations in north Mole Valley, that it is very dissatisfied with TLG’s level of service and discussions with the contractor to address the delivery issues have now reached CEO level at the Council. Once the final cut of the year has been carried out, MVDC will hold a full review of the matter and determine how it will proceed with providing this service from 2017.

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The Friends of Leach Grove Woods obtained Village Green status for this small wooded area adjacent to Leatherhead Hospital in 2015, thereby ensuring that this popular play area would remain a recreation space available to the public for the future. Very sadly, however, the landowner, NHS Property Services Ltd, has managed to get this decision overturned because it was successful in its Judicial Review of Surrey County Council’s decision to award Village Green status to this site.

approved by Mole Valley Council. A representative of the LRA spoke at the meeting, raising the concerns of our members about increased traffic, parking and the fact that the play space had not been moved to the corner of the site where all children in the area would have had easy access to the grounds. We asked for more landscaping to reduce the impact on the Green Belt, and Cllr R Dickson obtained a directive for trees to be planted, particularly round the corner of Cleeve Road and Randalls Road to screen the development.

The judge upheld only one of the five claims made by NHS Property Services Ltd – that of statutory incompatibility, which is that all the land owned by NHS Property Services Ltd must be for its primary purpose, i.e. for use by the NHS.

There is the possibility of yet more houses being built on Cleeve Road, at the ERA site. There was an exhibition recently showing how moving the office car park to the rear created an area where 125 homes could be built.

A local resident, Tim Jones, who was the Interested Party for the Judicial Review, has been given permission by the court to appeal the decision. It is important to continue the fight as this judgment could make it more difficult to obtain Village Green status on land owned by a public body in the future. The appeal is considered to have a good chance of being successful, so it will be fought on a no win/no fee basis and costs, if the case is lost, will be limited to a maximum amount. Funds will be raised using a crowd funding website called Crowd Justice which is only for cases that affect a community or involve a big public issue.

Finally Circle Housing has put forward a preliminary idea to redevelop Kingston House Gardens with four blocks of flats. The LRA is liaising with the local residents to ensure a more sympathetic redevelopment, which respects the character of the area and the height of the site above Bull Hill.

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Several areas in our town are being considered for housing. The large development proposed for the corner of Cleeve Road and Randalls Road was recently

If and when these and other developments are built how will our town cope? Already, the roads are congested, the car parks by the station are full by 9am and the shops struggle to attract customers because of the lack of convenient parking and convoluted road system. The LRA does its best to be a voice for the residents of Leatherhead, and to press for improvements to the infrastructure to help maintain the character of the town as it expands. Comments are always welcome. Fran Smith

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Ashtead Community Vision Another Step Forwards as District-wide Consultation Ends behind it and the representations that have been received. The examiner is required to consider whether the Plan is consistent with government and local development strategies and is compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements. The examiner is not required to voice an opinion on whether the proposed policies are correct. The examiner will decide if the Plan should go forward to a referendum in the form that it has been submitted, whether it should be modified before a referendum or that it Our Neighbourhood Development Plan was should not proceed to a referendum. If the published by Mole Valley District Council on answer is to proceed, there will be a their website for a six-week consultation referendum when the Ashtead community will th period that ended on 5 August. During that be asked "Do you want Mole Valley District period, they received representations from a Council to use the neighbourhood number of statutory bodies including Epsom & development plan for Ashtead to help it Ewell District Council, Surrey County Council, decide planning applications in the the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Thames neighbourhood area?" If over 50% of those who Water, the Environment Agency and Historic vote say "Yes" the Plan will be adopted by England. These responses were generally Mole Valley District Council. We expect to get supportive of our proposals, with concerns to this stage early in 2017. raised about dealing with increased amounts The Plan contains policies about housing, of waste water and protection of the Listed economy, environment and infrastructure Building and other potential historic issues. It builds on existing planning policies structures on Agates Lane. There were in addition approximately twenty-four responses in Mole Valley and addresses issues of from individuals and businesses. Again, these particular concern in Ashtead. The Plan does not propose any alterations to the Green Belt. were generally supportive of the plan, with concerns raised over traffic volumes down The Plan and its supporting documents are Agates Lane and the appropriateness of available to view online on the Mole Valley smaller houses on areas where the houses are website and hard copies are available for generally larger. inspection in Ashtead Library, the

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A-Z of fundraising ideas...

lash mob your Coffee Morning Go all social media on us and flash mob your coffee morning. Send out the word via Facebook, Twitter or viral email then watch your Coffee Morning numbers swell.


ward yourselves Don’t let the best cake go uncelebrated – present the winner with an award. And why not make up categories? Every vote will put one more pound in the tin for people affected by cancer.


ift Aid it The quickest way to add extra jangle to your collection tin is to ask guests to Gift Aid their donations. For every £1 they spend, we can claim an extra 25 pence from the government. Have the cupcake Gift Aid forms at the ready – you’ll find these in your World’s Biggest Coffee Morning kit – and ask people to fill them in every time they donate some money.


ake off Lead up to your World’s Biggest Coffee Morning by holding a week-long bake off in the office. Get colleagues to pit their baked goods against each other while your panel samples the best of British and beyond. Charge workmates to enter and taste the produce.



olour by numbers Kids and cakes go together like Coffee Mornings and raising vital funds for Macmillan. So why not get the little ones colouring as well as tucking in? Run a ‘colour in the cake’ competition, providing them with lots of lovely Coffee Morningthemed drawings, and ask a pound an entry from their parents.

obby horse We all have interests outside the day job so why not encourage workmates to show and tell their hobbies at your Coffee Morning? Get them to bring in some of their work – for example jewellery, handmade cards or flower arrangements, and persuade them to donate a percentage of their sales.



ecorate, decorate, decorate Cakes taste even yummier when adorned with sparkles, flags or hundreds and thousands. Invite workmates to get creative and decorate your Coffee Morning cakes before the big event.

nto the groove Who said Coffee Mornings were for sitting down? Throw the chairs to one side and get everyone busting a move. Coffee, cakes and a good bop – and why not?



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ettle on It couldn’t all happen without our friend the kettle. So make sure he feels your appreciation by charging £1 every time someone flicks the switch to boil. Put a collection tin next to him so guests don’t forget to donate and you’ll soon make a pretty penny for everyone affected by cancer.

warm-up to the main event, it will make lashings of extra funds for people affected by cancer.


nderground, overground How about going underground with your Coffee Morning and holding it in the most unusual place you can think of? Whether it’s in a basement, at a local park or on a balcony, make sure you get permission first if needed.


oads of lolly If the sun has got his hat on, and even if he hasn’t, why not serve up ice lollies at your Coffee Morning? You could even make them yourself using fruit juices and yoghurt drinks.


ogue Give your Coffee Morning a decidedly fashionable flavour with a dress code, clothes swap or even a runway show. Ask models and audience members for £1 entry.


acchiato – skinny, decaf to go There are as many types of coffee as there are ways to fundraise for Macmillan. So why not serve up as many varieties as you can get your hands on?


ang your welly Why not move your Coffee Morning outside and get welly wanging? The sport involves hurling a welly as far as possible. Charge a pound a throw and make miles of vital funds.


aughty but nice Why not make your coffee morning chocolatethemed, with chocolate-flavoured coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate cakes and biscuits. The only item that won’t be made of chocolate will be the coins you collect for people affected by cancer.


marks the spot You may have played pin the tail on the donkey before but have you ever tried pin the cherry on the cake? Blindfold your participants, charge them £1 and whoever gets the cherry closest to the centre wins a free slice.


pen office As well as being a chance to raise vital funds for people affected by cancer, your Coffee Morning could mean an opportunity to meet new people. Hold an open office and invite other departments or companies to join in the fun. Just ask for a friendly donation to enter.


ummy mummy We’ve all got that family favourite stashed away – the recipe handed down by Mum, Grandma or Great-Auntie Flo. So why not hold a battle of the cakes and find out whose mummy’s is the yummiest?


ay day pamper Use your Coffee Morning as an excuse to throw a pay day pamper party. Invite a beautician to manicure, pedicure and massage guests’ cares away, and to donate a portion,, or all, of the takings to Macmillan.


est it up Why not make your Coffee Morning go with a zing by giving it a citrus fruit theme? Pack your table with homemade lemonade, fresh orange juice and lemon drizzle cakes aplenty. You’ll soon raise a sharp-sounding total for people affected by cancer.

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oll up for the raffle Everybody loves a good raffle so be sure to include one in your event. Just ask local businesses to contribute prizes or offer winners home-baked goodies, and you’ll soon be rolling in it.

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Burton’s The Miniaturist was one of 2014’s bestsellers, and personally I think her latest novel is even better. West Indian-born Odelle lands a job at a London art institute in 1967. Her friend, Lawrie, has a painting he thinks the institute might be interested in, but Odelle’s boss seems to know more about the picture than she’s willing to admit. Back in 1936, Olive is attempting to hide her artistic talents from her father, while building a life for herself in Spain. A brilliant portrayal of forging one’s identity in a foreign country.

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It’s 1066 and a Norman army is marching through England, destroying anyone and anything in their path. Five travellers are fleeing to the last Saxon stronghold, but will they reach it in time, and is it just the Normans they’re running from? There’s action scenes aplenty, interspersed with the individual stories of the five travellers – a servant, a lady, a priest, a warrior and a minstrel. Aitcheson has clearly done his homework on this era, and also manages to create characters that are every bit as human and flawed as their modern -day counterparts.

Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew – Susan Fletcher

Jeanne Trabuc is a dutiful wife and mother, but her sons have left home and the boredom and loneliness of life in rural Provence in the 1880s are settling over her in a quiet depression. So when a new patient arrives at the asylum that her husband runs, Jeanne can’t resist reaching out to him. An artist, with wild red hair, selfmutilated ear and attitude so different to anyone she knows, he has the power to reawaken the spark within Jeanne that she’s subdued for so long. A beautiful, fictional reimagining of Vincent Van Gogh’s time at the Saint-Paulde-Mausole institution.

Stolen Years – Kazia Myers

It’s 1940 and Poland is under occupation. Seventeen year old Anna is forced to leave her home near Krakow to work on an Austrian farm, where she is little more than a slave. But she finds solace, friendship and love amongst her fellow workers, even as the situation they find themselves in becomes progressively harder. The author’s parents were Polish refugees and survivors of Stalin’s labour camps, and this personal connection certainly comes across in this poignant tale. 30

The Farm at the Edge of the World – Sarah Vaughan

Will and Alice are evacuated to a Cornish farm to escape war-torn London. There they find safety, although it’s not the picturepostcard life they may have imagined. Friendship between Will and the farmer’s daughter Maggie blossoms into love, but a lie will change things between the three forever. Seventy years on, Alice wants to atone, but is it too late to make amends? An enjoyable story of love, friendship and how sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.

The Plague Charmer – Karen Maitland

It’s 1361 and plague is once more stealing through England. In its wake is an even deadlier curse – fear. As neighbours turn against each other and hysteria sweeps the nation, can Sara protect her family? Up in the manor house, 16 year old Christina and her secret baby are hiding from the world, waiting to see whether her abusive husband will come home from France and claim the child. With a long cast of characters, and plenty of plot twists and turns, The Plague Charmer could well stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

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uth 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. Time 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.

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 cotton cover on the massage table 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 scrutinised. However she was silently and pathetically grateful when her faded knickers were not mentioned.

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.

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 towel, she was asked to stand at one end, in a kind of ‘pop up’ tent, with her arms out wide and her legs apart.

She’d tried a bottled fake tan before but had ended up with streaky legs and a pervading odour of boiled vegetables, so this time she decided to put herself into the capable hands of a professional and visit a nearby beauty salon for a spray tan.

What followed was both comical and humiliating. Ruth stood in front of the elegant beautician in nothing but her ‘back of the drawer’ pants and was sprayed with an industrial looking spray gun. Her humiliation was complete when she was politely asked to lift up her bosoms so that the spray could reach underneath.

Two days before they were due to leave, she sneaked away, on the pretence that she was going to the supermarket to buy sun tan lotion. She didn’t want to tell her family because they’d only laugh and Sam would consider it a waste of money. She wanted her husband to be bowled over by her exotic beauty…

Back home Ruth could see herself changing colour. She was told not to shower for twelve hours and that she’d get significantly darker before the residue of fake tan could be washed off. By bedtime she was alarmingly orange and had to confess where she’d been, before Sam became worried for her health.

Ruth was welcomed into the salon by a pristine receptionist who smiled reassuringly when she whispered this was her first time. She was then ushered into a delicately candle lit room where a soft soundscape of whale song on the cd was combined incongruously with the sweet smell of lavender.

The following morning, Ruth showered, unnerved by the muddy water that streamed off her body. However, after she’d dried herself, Ruth looked at her new ‘bikini body’ in the mirror and smiled. She looked golden, healthy and ready for her holiday, even if she did smell just a tiny bit like over cooked vegetables and apricots.

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Booking arrangements are indicated where they apply. Some properties must be booked in advance, usually because the number of visitors needs to be controlled. Where bookings are made to the Dorking Halls Box Office, bookings can normally be accepted up until 5th September. If by that date the request for tickets has exceeded the number of places, a ballot will decide who will be issued with tickets. In some instances the number of places available will be limited and competition for tickets is high. The staff at the Box Office seek to distribute tickets as fairly as possible, so please be understanding if you are unsuccessful and bear in mind that there are other events that will be available. In order to permit a fairer distribution of tickets where numbers are limited, a maximum of two tickets will be issued per application. Tickets will normally be issued within two days of receipt of the booking request. When booking places through the Dorking Halls requests should be submitted by email to:– marked ‘Heritage Open Days’. Please ensure you state the event you wish to book, the number of places you would like, when you wish to visit, your name and postal address and a contact telephone number.

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There is a strong emphasis on landscape for this year’s theme. The Grand Opening of The Deepdene Trail takes place, the culmination of a £1m Heritage Lottery funded project to restore the historic and nationally important gardens of the Deepdene estate and open it up to the public for the first time. The celebration will include a range of fun events for all ages. The speaker at the launch event on Friday 9th September (details in next column) is Dr Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England. His illustrated talk entitled ‘Landscapes of Distinction’ will draw on examples of historic landscapes throughout England and closer to home.

Friday 9th Landscapes of Distinction

Martineau Hall, Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG This is our launch event and will be a talk by Dr. Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England. Since 1984, Historic England - formerly part of English Heritage - has been identifying landscapes of distinction. Today over 1,650 are included on the Register of Parks and Gardens and thus enjoy protection in the planning system. How do they reflect creativity? What messages do they convey from the past, and how do we read these centuries after? What are the threats and opportunities? How can landscape protection work best alongside other methods, like listing? This talk will give an overview of one aspect of Historic England’s work and include examples of local landscapes. Event not suitable for children under the age of 15. Max 100 people per talk. Directions: The talk will take place in the Martineau Hall within Dorking Halls. The Halls are at the east end of the town on the main route through the town centre. Open: Friday 9 September: 19:30-21:00. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls

Challenge 500

Heritage Open Days and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers have joined forces across the country this year to open up the heritage hidden inside England’s bell towers and bring to life the 400-year old tradition of English-style bell ringing. The challenge is to ring church bells in 500 of England’s churches. Here in Mole Valley, several churches will be playing their part and offering visitors opportunities to visit bell towers and to try their hands at bell ringing. The following pages feature a small selection of events, more information on local events can be found on the Mole Valley website:

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Thursday 8th Buckinghill Farm Tour, Stane Street, Ockley,

Friday 9th The Changing Face of Eastwick, The Pastoral

RH5 4PY Timber-framed medieval hall house dating from 1415 and located alongside the Roman road, Stane Street, with crown post roof, early 17th century parlour wing and separately listed 18th century threshing barn, all under Horsham stone and clay tile roofs. The farmhouse has many interesting internal features, including exposed peg-jointed oak framing with carpenters’ marks, inglenook fire, bread oven, restored brick cooking range and a stone floor. Max 8 people per tour. Directions: Buckinghill Farm is located at the end of a single-track road off a sharp bend on A29, one mile north of Ockley. Open: Thursday 8 September: Tours 11:30 & 14:30. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls.

Centre, St Nicolas Church, Lower Rd, Bookham, KT23 4AT A talk by Professor Peter Edwards about the changes that have taken place in Eastwick from the Middle Ages until the present day, and the people who have lived there. Max 50 people per talk. Directions: St. Nicolas Church is on Lower Road in the centre of Great Bookham. A pay-and- display car park is on Lower Road. The talk will be held in the Pastoral Centre, accessible from Church Road via a passageway or through the churchyard. Open: Friday 9 September: Talk at 14:30. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls.

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th St Giles’ Church and The Dell Centre Open Days, Park Lane, Ashtead, KT21 1EJ

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th Jane Austen at St Nicolas Church, Gt Bookham, Church Rd, Gt Bookham, KT23 3PN

On Saturday 10 September our bell ringers will ring a full peal from 09:30 dedicated to Heritage Open Days at this beautifully restored 15th & 16th century church built on a former Roman site and situated in a tranquil, well-tended, large churchyard. On Sunday 11 September our bell ringers will hold an open-tower from 14:30-16:30. Interested people can see what they do and ‘have a go’ under supervision. Come and meet the bell ringers. A quarter peal will be rung at 17:00. Our new Dell Centre will also be open between 14:00 and 16:30 and refreshments will be available to purchase. Bell tower not wheelchair accessible. Dell Centre fully accessible. Please do join us. Directions: Turn south off A24 into Park Lane at northern end of the main street in Ashtead (The Street). The church is a quarter of a mile on the left. Open: Sunday 11 September: 14:30-17:00. No booking required.

St. Nicolas is a Grade I listed building that has grown and developed over the centuries. There are several interesting memorials and stained glass windows to see, and a restful atmosphere to enjoy. We will have a display about the church’s connection to Jane Austen. On the Sunday, we will have services at 08:00, 10:00 and 16:00, to which all are very welcome. Visitors should park in the main car park adjacent to the Bookham Baptist Church - diagonally across the crossroads from St. Nicolas. Directions: Right by the crossroads at the centre of Great Bookham Village. Please access the church through the west door under the tower. Open: Thursday 8 September: 12:00-17:00. Friday 9 September: 09:00-17:00. Saturday 10 September: 09:00-11:30 & 15:00-17:00. Sunday 11 September: 12:30-15:30. Services at 08:00, 10:00 and 16:00.

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th Lives & Landscapes Prospects of Mole Valley

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Leatherhead Community Association, Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, KT22 8AH A display by the Surrey Gardens Trust illustrating some of the important landscapes in Mole Valley and the writers who described them from the 17th to the 19th century. Event not suitable for children under the age of 16. Directions: The Victorian building is at the top of Leatherhead High Street. Open: Saturday 10 September: 10:00-16:00. Sunday 11 September: 10:00-16:00 No booking required.

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th Life and times of S.C. Fuller’s South St Shop

Fullers, 28-30 South Street, Dorking, RH4 2HQ Visitors will be able to view local and family history and memorabilia of Dorking’s oldest retail business within the shop premises. Event not suitable for children under 5. Directions: Fullers is located on the west side of South Street, opposite the war memorial. Five shops down from Waitrose. Parking in town centre car parks. Open: Thursday 8 September: 08:00-17:30. Friday 9 September: 08:00-17:30. Saturday 10 September: 08:00-17:30. Sunday 11 September: 10:00-15:30. No booking required.

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Saturday 10th The Deepdene Trail Grand Opening

under supervision. Visiting ringers are welcome to ring with the band. All activities take place on the ground floor apart from the tours up the tower. These are restricted to able-bodied persons wearing sensible footwear. Directions: To reach the church from the north, travel down the A24 and turn left on the outskirts of Ockley along B2126 (Coles Lane). The Church is about 1km in the left. Open: Saturday 10 September: 10:00-12:00. Sunday 11 September: 14:00-16:00 No booking required

The Deepdene Trail, Deepdene Ave, Dorking, RH5 4AZ Come and celebrate the Grand Opening of The Deepdene Trail: an ancient landscape to explore, a beautiful ruin to admire and a once-buried treasure brought to light. The day will be fun for all the family. Join us on one of our guided walks, get an exclusive glimpse inside the Hope Mausoleum, enjoy a performance by story-teller Katrice Horsley, test out our amazing virtual tour of the 1825 Estate, have a go with our brand-new App on the Trail and much more! Become one of the first of many visitors to explore the reconnected and restored lost landscape of the Deepdene Estate. Directions: The Deepdene Trail entrance can be found on foot by walking south on Deepdene Avenue (A24) from Dorking’s famous cockerel roundabout. You will find the entrance to the Trail on the east side of the road (on your left) around 100 yards after the entrance to Kuoni House. Open: Saturday 10 September: 10:00-16:00. No booking required.

Sunday 11th Deepdene’s darkest days the scandalous story of the Deepdene Hotel

The Green Room Theatre, rear of Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG A talk by Richard Hughes, former Head of History at St John’s School, Leatherhead. In the 1920s and 1930s Deepdene House functioned as a hotel and quickly established a reputation for excess, debauchery and irregular activities, including witchcraft. Its owners comprised a motley collection of European exiles, suspected spies and questionable wheeler-dealers including the notorious Maundy Gregory. The talk explains how this fate befell this grand house and will describe some of the characters associated with the period of the house’s history. Directions: The Theatre is one of a number of huts to the rear of the Dorking Halls on the west side of the public car park. The Green Room sign is over the entrance. Open: Sunday 11 September: 14:00-15:00. No booking required.

Saturday 10th Dalewood House - Box Hill School

London Road, Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6EA Dalewood House was constructed in 1883. Its design is both mock-Tudor and Gothic. The interior is full of hand-painted tiles, beautifully crafted stained glass windows and fine wood paneling, with magnificent fireplaces throughout. In 1890 the house was sold to David Evans (19th century’s preeminent silk printer). On his death it passed to his daughter Lucie Fosberie until converted into a school in 1939. Tours of the school will be by school staff and will inc refreshments. The building is on three floors with no lift access. Directions: Box Hill School can be found in Mickleham Village close to the Parish Church and Running Horses public house. Open: Saturday 10 September: Tours: 10:00, 11:30 & 13:00. Pre-booking essential via Dorking Halls

Sunday 11th 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 the Manor House and its gardens. Visitors can enter into the grand entrance hall of the Manor House with its high ceilings and original features. Stairs-only access into The Manor House. Directions: Entry via Thorncroft Drive, bridge over the River Mole. Property backs onto Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Open: Sunday 11 September: 10:00-16:00. No booking required.

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th St Margaret’s Church, Ockley

Coles Lane, Ockley, Dorking RH5 5LS The church is 12th century with a 14th century nave, 15th century porch and tower rebuilt in 1699. Guided tours are up a stone spiral staircase to view the bells hanging in the bell chamber. The bells were cast in 1701 and are reputedly the oldest full set in Surrey. The steps are worn in places, not well lit and there is no handrail. The final ascent is by open wooden ‘ladder style’ steps, then through a hatch. Outside tour times, there will be a demonstration of ringing by a band of bellringers. Visitors will have a chance to try,


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Transform Leatherhead - Church Street Update As many of you will have seen work is well underway to accommodate the Waitrose store opening in Church Street – it is anticipated that the store will open in November. Along side this there will be a number of significant enhancements to the public realm in Church Street as part of Phase 1 of the Transform Leatherhead masterplan. The masterplan was adopted by MVDC last month and has received overwhelming support from thousands of local residents and a large number of businesses. The Church Street scheme will deliver improvements to the quality of the local environment for all users be they pedestrians, cyclists, motorists or local businesses. The street has long needed revitalising, and the designs that are close to completion, will take away a lot of the street clutter and increase the width of the footways to encourage the use of the space for outdoor seating. A number of new trees will also be planted to lift the feel of the area. The Leatherhead Theatre is a vital part of the town’s culture and it is hoped that the improvements to the immediate environment of the theatre will help to increase the number of visitors. Once Waitrose opens, car parking in the Church Street car park will increase to seventy five spaces, MVDC also recently announced the opening of an additional twenty five spaces at the Bridge Street car park. The final detailed design for Church Street is being worked on by Atkins and the objective is to have all works completed by the end of March 2017. For more information visit Councillor Howard Jones Executive Member for Transform Leatherhead


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Taxis & Garages Thank you for publishing the information about our trueCall Care initiative, Zen. We have already had enquiries from local people who have read about the project in The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thanks and regards. Katherine Preston, Senior Trading Standards Specialist, Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards

Leatherhead Community Association We would like to welcome members and non-members to the Letherhead Institute to come and enjoy one or more of the many activities that are being organised by the Association over the next few months, both indoors and away from Leatherhead. Our Art/History lectures start on 28th September with the first of two lectures by Jessica Saraga entitled ‘Lost, Stolen and Strayed; the dispersal of Art at the English Reformation’ These will be followed by four further lectures of equal interest between October and December given by Paul Pickering and Dr Katy Brown. The popular monthly Tea and Talks afternoons, which are free, start again on 14 October, and on 11 November the Phoenix Entertainment Group from the Bookham U3A will be making a return visit. There are visits already arranged to Hampton Court in September, a London Walk in October, a concert in the Royal Festival Hall in November and ending with the highly popular Christmas tea for members in December. The recorded music afternoons will continue as usual on every third Wednesday, and don’t forget that there is scrabble every other Friday, social bridge twice a month, and table tennis and snooker every Monday Afternoon. Peter Humphreys has planned his Autumn walks which start on 7 September with a short walk on Holmwood Common. The other short walks are on the first Wednesdays of October, November and December and the long walks start on 14 September along the Wey canal at Ripley. There will be two other long walks on the second Wednesdays of October and November but not in December. Peter usually makes sure that there is a pub stop for lunch and he is very happy for you to ring him for full information of all the walks - 01372 378347. There will be no strolls until the New Year. Did you know that there are several rooms available for hire at the Institute, morning, afternoon or evening, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis or for one specific occasion, there is limited parking but the Swan Centre multi-storey is close by. Please ring Sarah for all the details. Some of the activities are free but Membership of the Institute is only £5 a year and you are very welcome to visit to see all that goes on in the building. There you can pick up a Newsletter and there is nearly always a cup of coffee or tea available in the library which is open every morning where you can borrow books as well as DVD’s. Sarah is in the office every morning from 9.30 12.30, and she will give full information about joining a walk, a visit or tell you what the Institute is all about. The phone number is 01372 360508 or the email is


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Calling all budding writers... Mercury Writers is a brand new group starting in Ashtead this September. Run by Morag Thorpe, playwright and founder of Imagination Productions, the group aims to encourage and support anyone who loves to write - be it stories, poetry, memoirs or even creative shopping lists! 'Everyone is welcome', Morag stressed, 'whether or not you have a burning ambition to be the next J.K. Rowling. Come along and share your work, explore your creativity, and hear new writing, or simply join us to enjoy a few lively discussions’. The number of members is restricted to allow enough time for each person to develop their ideas, and the cost is kept as low as possible. Mercury Writers Group aims to showcase its work early next year in a platform performance, followed up by an anthology of members’ writing. With visits from published authors, agents and publishers planned, budding writers can take their creative aspirations as far as they want.

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Education & tuition

Italian at the Leatherhead Institute!

Starting in September 2016 courses for: Beginners - Wednesdays 11.15am-12.45pm Lower Intermediate - Mondays 9.30-11am Intermediate - Mon 11.15am-12.45pm, Tues 7.30-9pm, Wed 9.30-11am Upper Intermediate - Wed 1-2.30pm Contact Elisabetta Pellegrini on:

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Clubs & Activities

Invites you to a FREE introduction to indoor bowls at Leatherhead Leisure Centre Saturdays: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September & 1st October 10am - 1pm Novice and experienced players welcome. Ladies, gents, singles and couples, please come along and look at the exciting features in the club and have a go at bowls

For more information please call: Guy Tortise on 01372 374653 or visit


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U6-U11 Footballers wanted for innovative Surrey/Sussex Football Academy A groundbreaking Surrey football initiative is making 110 new places available from September, and offering free trials and tasters to boys and girls aged U5-U11 at its training ground in Dorking. Late Birthday Project (LBP) combats the significant Relative Age Effect in youth football, by providing a professional academy environment, opportunities and coaching for players born between March and August only (although genuine latedevelopers born Jan-Feb will also considered). LBP launched on Sundays in June but, with this first academy nearly full to capacity, is opening a new Saturday afternoon invitation-only academy, as well as a Friday Development Centre for all abilities. LBP offers UEFA qualified coaches, premium 3G pitches, free futsal and free Adidas team kit, plus an innovative curriculum, including sprint and strength training, aimed at giving younger players a fighting chance when it comes to maximising their potential. Richard King, Director of LBP said: “We’re delighted to offer the LBP experience to even more players from Surrey, South London and Sussex, including girls for the first time. The Relative Age Effect is proven to have a significant impact on the development of young footballers born later in their year groups. So our objective is to allow these players to flourish without the influence of older, bigger players who might usually dominate”. LBP are supported by Adidas, Surrey FA and Mole Valley and Horsham District Councils and train on the 3G pitch at St John’s C of E Primary School in Dorking.

Saturday Academy trials will take place from 3.15-6pm on Saturday 10 September, and Friday Development Centre tasters will be held between 4-5.30pm on Friday 16 September.


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The River Mole Works

Members of staff from UKPN Services and UK Power Network volunteered to carry out works on the River Mole along the Norbury Park stretch, to provide fish refuge, revetments and reduce bank erosion. As a result of UKPN and their contractors’ community work schemes, Dave Tarrant, Project Engineer for UK Power Network, has been involved in several projects in the area over the past six years bringing much needed expertise, manpower, materials and machinery to local groups. The works were carried out on the 27th and 28th July last, with a total of 16 UKPN staff and four ‘Blu 3’ staff, attending over the two days. Terry Smart Ltd provided the funding for the materials that were required for the works and Southern Cranes provided the heavy machinery that would help. In addition, Blu 3 staff were available to operate this specialist machinery. Over the two days, over three quarters of the scheduled work was completed. The weather went from being damp and overcast to sunny and humid, thankfully it hadn’t rained before or during the project as this would have meant cancelling the work. Dave Tarrant says, “I am so proud of the staff that came along to help on this task as some live almost 80 miles from here and will probably never get the opportunity to see the fruits of their labour, especially with regard to fish stocks and river habitat and of course ensuring that local residents and anglers can use and safely enjoy the river. It was the most challenging task that I have been involved in.”


What’s On?

Charity Fashion Show by AMAN DA

Wednesday 21st September Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall In aid of

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Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby Polesden Lacey - Sunday 4th Sept

The Leatherhead Lions Club are returning to Polesden Lacy with their popular “Donkey Derby”. The Leatherhead Lions Club in conjunction with the National Trust is organising a fun filled day of entertainments for all the family on Sunday 4th September. There will be a warm welcome for the donkeys from Hunts of Worplesdon and we shall have seven races which can be sponsored or backed to win on the Tote. Children’s Punch & Judy, sideshows, a bouncy castle plus craft stalls, a large food court and beer tent for the adults will provide other attractions to one and all. Last year many local charities benefited from the takings on the day, it is always the Lions’ belief that money raised locally should be spent locally and what better way than having a happy day at a beautiful National Trust property.

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What’s On?

Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY &

Music on Wednesdays Christ Church United Reformed, Epsom Rd, KT22 8ST

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

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Thursday 8th Sept - LMC Cavendish Winds  Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon

Wed 14th Sept Christ Church

Gary Sieling, organ. Director of Music, St Mary the Virgin church, Henley-on-Thames

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Thursday 29th Sept - LMC

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What’s On?

FETCHAM SINGERS We are an all ladies choir and sing a wide range of music from classical to the shows. New members are always welcome and there are no auditions. We meet on Monday evenings at the Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start Why not come along and join us, your first two evenings are free

For further information please phone Sandra Brown on 01372 276736


What’s On?


Ewell Horticultural Association's Autumn Show, Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Free admission. Exhibits; plants, bulbs and garden sundries for sale, raffle and floral art displays. Free parking, refreshments and cakes.

Sunday 4th

Leatherhead Lions’ Donkey Derby, Polesden Lacey, see page 67

Tuesday 6th

Rehearsals recommence for the Bookham Choral Society. Tuesdays, Eastwick Rd Church Hall, Bookham 7.45pm-9.45pm.. We are a friendly, group; no auditions are held so if you love singing why not come along and have a go? Male singers (Tenors or Bass’ would be particularly welcome).

Saturday 10th

Leatherhead Horticultural Society’s 82nd Annual Flower & Vegetable Show at the Parish Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead 2pm-5pm, Free admission. Exhibits, Raffle, Refreshments, Produce & Autumn Bulbs.

Sunday 11th

Ashtead Allotments Association annual Macmillan Coffee morning, see opposite for info.

Tues 13th & Thurs 22nd

New term starting for two choirs: 13th Sept 7.30pm, Soundbytes and 22nd Sept 7.45pm SongWorks, both in Ashtead. See ad on page 65 for more details. To book your free taster, please call Hazel on 01372 278016 or email

Tuesday 13th

Dorking Quilters, talk by Jennifer Hughes - "All Stitched Up", 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. Coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome £5. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month - new members are always welcome. For more information contact Sue on 07563 687070

Friday 16th

Leatherhead History Society Meeting, Letherhead Institute, High St, Leatherhead. 8pm, coffee from 7.30pm. Admission £2, non-members are most welcome. ‘Farnham and its unique castle’ by David Graham, former President of the Surrey Archaeological Society.

Tuesday 20th, Wed 21st & Thurs 22nd

Rye Brook restoration, Kestrel Field, Ashtead. 10am-4pm. Over the last couple of years volunteers have opened up the river and installed structures to improve its flow. As part of the ongoing Rye Brook Restoration Scheme, volunteers will pollard bankside trees and carry out further scrub clearance on the banks. More details on how to volunteer from the Lower Mole Countryside Partnership on, 01372 743783 or email

Wed 21st

Amanda Fashion Show, see page 67 for details.

Sunday 25th

Celia Cross annual charity sale - see opposite for more details.


Leatherhead Parish Autumn Fayre, more info next month.

Saturday 15th OCTOBER

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

Friday 28th OCTOBER

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Barn Dance, 7.30pm-11pm with The Hersham Revellers plus fish and chip supper. Tickets £15 from Di at 01372 279501. Proceeds go to fund new side porch and disability access doors. If there’s an event in October that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) before Monday 12th September. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events70are correct at time of print.

What’s On?

Sunday 11th September

Ashtead Allotments Assoc Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning

10.30am – Midday

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

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

All proceeds to go to Macmillan

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust Charity Sale Sunday 25th September From 11am

Cranleigh Showground, Ewhurst Road, Cranleigh GU6 7DW • Bargains galore at our many stalls • Refreshments, • Greyhound parade, • Entertainment • Auction • Free Parking • All dogs welcome

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What’s On?


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

Friday 2nd (weekly)

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

Friday 2nd (monthly)

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

Friday 2nd (weekly)

Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy a range of goods which are often hand-made, home-grown or home-baked, including plants, cakes, savouries, eggs, cards, Fair Trade goods, crafts, personalised candles and haberdashery - looking for more cooks and bakers . Contact Janine 01372 374914

Sunday 4th (weekly)

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Sunday 4th (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

Monday 5th

Fetcham (Ladies) Singers, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, 7.30pm -9.45pm Two free sessions with no auditions, friendly group welcome new members. Info from Sandra Brown on 01372 276736.

Mondays 5th & 19th

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

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Tuesday 6th (1st Tues monthly)

Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters and meets every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 7th (weekly)

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

Wed 7th

Wednesdays (weekly termtime) 10am - 12noon The Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. New members welcome.

Wed 7th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm, 61st AGM followed by demo by Claire Bryant, ’It will come in handy one day’. Visitors welcome, tickets for visitors, £8 from Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 7th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Speaker Sheila Willis on Handbags to Handcuffs. Info from Sandra Brown 01732 276737

Thurs 8th (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 8th (weekly)

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm-10.15pm. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160 72

What’s On?

REGULAR EVENTS ctd Thurs 8th (weekly)

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

Friday 9th

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

Sundays 11th & 25th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG. Sellers 8am Buyers 9am until 12.30pm. Cars £10, Small Vans, MPV and 4WD £12, Trailers £3 extra. Larger vans from £15.

Monday 12th (2nd Monday monthly)

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

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. 7.45pm Judy Tuesday 13th Anderson on The Remarkable Story of Great Ormond Street Hospital. More info from Meriel Sexton, Wed 14th

Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. 7.15pm. Lecture on 20th-century renaissance in Czech (Bohemian) glass design. Guests welcome: please contact or John Andrews on 01372 373083.

Wed 14th

Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50 for lunch (annual sub £10), Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Call Pat Date info on 01372 454879

Thurs 15th

‘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.

2nd Wed mth

(3rd Thurs mthly)

Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, coffee from 9.45am. Lecture by Mr Stephen Duffy- The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Tuesday 20th Collection. Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. More details from Pat Anderson, Membership Secretary, email, or mobile 07958 560707 Wed 21st Thurs 22nd (4th Thurs)

Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Speaker Lorna Maye on Lavender Fields. Info from Don Butt 01372 274288 Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Speaker Tina Cox on ‘Paramedics’. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Friday 23rd

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall SESSION TIMINGS: 1.30PM-4PM & 5PM-7.30PM

Wed 28th

Ashtead Bridge for Charity (this month’s charity - ‘Princess Alice Hospice’), Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6 refreshments included. Bridge prizes and raffle. More info from Maureen and Peter Cox,, 01372 275855

Wed 28th

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

Thurs 29th

(last Thursday monthly)

Friday 30th

Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional guest speakers on legal, health matters, bereavement, skincare and general wellbeing. Call 07843 620295, email, or Holbein: His life & Times: The man who painted Henry VIII & his Court, but there is so much more to Holbein than the Tudors. 2.30 & 7.30 pm £10 inc refreshments. 01372 272235 email 73

What’s On?

Calling all Dahlia enthusiasts and growers

The RHS ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ Competition RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show 6th-11th September The RHS will be holding its annual competition open to all visitors, Dahlia enthusiasts, families and keen gardeners. The ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition runs Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September. To enter visitors must bring along one stem of their favourite home grown dahlia for judging. Entries must arrive for registration in the Dahlia Society tent by 11am on either Sat or Sun and a display vase will be provided. Judging is carried out by members of The National Dahlia Society (NDS) who will also have their annual National Dahlia Society Show on display. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third places. We wish all those dahlia growers who enter good luck!

Highlights of the Show:

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The National Dahlia Society will be featuring stunning floral displays There’s fantastic shopping to be had - a record number of 75 nurseries (17 new to the show) and exhibitors will be attending showcasing the best in home and gardening accessories along with a fabulous array of plants to buy Talks and demonstrations A free shuttle bus from Horsley station every 20 minutes throughout the show

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 91

The Brewery Inn, The Street, Ashtead

The Brewery Inn The Street, Ashtead c: 1870 The Brewery Inn appears to have started life around 1800 as a small beer house. A tithe map of 1839 describes it as a “cottage, beer house and grocery shop” owned by Rhoda and William Carter. Under George Sayer from around 1850 until his death in 1880 and subsequently his son, also named George, the combined inn and brewery prospered, the latter being housed in wooden buildings at the rear of the premises. Sayers’ Ashtead Brewery and its four public houses were leased to the Swan Brewery Co. Ltd. In 1913, they immediately closed down the brewing operations and a mineral water factory was established on the site. In the early 1900s the premises underwent some dramatic changes including an ugly urban public house frontage.

The Brewery Inn The Street, Ashtead c: 1920s This was replaced by the current mock Georgian style in the 1930s. It was once part of the Ember Inn chain of pubs but is now in the hands of the Stonegate Pub Company. Goff Powell

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Spectacular Displays of Colour at Ashtead Flower Show Despite the cold Spring and wet conditions in June and early July, Ashtead gardeners produced a fine display of flowers, fruit and vegetables at their Summer Show on Saturday 16th July. Once again, they were supported by the Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group whose vibrant and colourful displays of floral art and design added to the spectacle. They staged their own competition with seven different classes under the common theme of “Floral Fun”. Results of a weaving project undertaken by over 50 children aged between 5 and 6 at Barnett Wood Infant School in Ashtead were also on show and created a great deal of colour and interest. Items which the children had woven included a replica of a hanging basket, table mats, a jumper and scarf for a teddy bear, a picnic basket and a “mini beast” garden.

Best Exhibit

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Leatherhead’s Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London There would be no Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, the all-encompassing celebration of choral music in central London, without Leatherhead’s indefatigable Bob Porter (pic right) who, as Artistic Director, runs well over 100 concerts per year. An accomplished bassoonist and conductor, his career now encompasses musician, conductor, teacher and concert promoter. In 1991 Bob was made a Freeman of the City of London for services to music. He abounds with enthusiasm and energy and was thrilled to tell us about the one of the highlights of this year’s Brandenburg Autumn Series. “This will be the first visit to the Festival by the world renowned Choir of King's College, Cambridge on 25th September. Taking place in London's hauntingly atmospheric Temple Church, it promises to be an unforgettable choral experience”. Catering for all musical tastes, the Autumn Series 2016 runs from 10 September to 17 November. Centred on the heart of the Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Brandenburg Festival of London provides superb spiritual and magnificent iconic London venues for accomplished choirs to showcase their talents. In his spare time, Bob is passionate about cricket, red wine and jazz – not necessarily in that order!

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Perhaps boy slips badly (8) 9. Tin set by that ravine: could be grand! (6) 10. Secretly listen when roof parts fall (9) 12. Foam-covered English material (7) 13. Sue sour at strange bridal wear (9) 14. Prompt snooker stick (3) 15. Emblem: the sort that charms, OK? (8) 17. Shelf first left on a border (5) 21. Snake that finds maths easy! (5) 24. Hero deaf to change part of the face (8) 25. One point before the Spanish swimmer (3) 27. An abnormal annual rut against nature (9) 28. Anarchical as well, to a point (7) 29. Put emphasis on top source of illumination (9) 31. Vocalist resigns anew (6) 32. Tell Huns about seed covering (8) Down 2. Please cut out conjecture (9)


Trade and manufacture in sturdy new deal (8) 4. Lion man (3) 5. A calmer sort of toffee (7) 6. Dopy hit leads to serious infectious fever (7) 7. Enters uninvited in rudest way (8) 8. Fourth Greek river mouth (5) 11. Determined courage to remove feathers (5) 16. Bill's partner (3) 18. Senior manager gets four inside put to death (9) 84

19. Incapacitate, as player is twisted (8) 20. Separates from cadet she mistreated (8) 22. Pulling along a picture (7) 23. He's bound to ensure fair play (7) 24. Turn red and level (5) 26. Disney's dog planet (5) 30. Three letters that show my debt (3)

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead Cut out draughts and see your energy bills fall... Draught-proofing - this is almost back to where the Transition Ashtead Energy group began more than six years ago. It's one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy – and money – in any type of building, and the time to do it is now – ahead of the beginning of the heating season. Both draughts and ventilation let fresh air into a house; good ventilation is controlled and helps reduce condensation and damp, whereas draughts are uncontrolled and they let in too much cold air and waste too much heat. To draught-proof a house you need to block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Keeping warm air in means you’ll use less energy to heat the house, so you'll save money as well as making your home pleasantly snug and help tackle climate change. How much could you save by draught-proofing? Draught-proofing around windows (particularly single glazed windows) and doors could save you £25 to £50 per year. Draught-free homes are comfortable at lower temperatures – so you should be able to turn down the thermostat. This could save 10% of your heating bill. Where to look for draughts? Draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps in the structure of a house, and where openings are left uncovered. They can occur at any accidental gap in a house that leads outside, such as: windows, doors – including keyholes and letterboxes, loft hatches, chimney/fire places, electrical fittings in ceilings, suspended floorboards, and pipework leading outside. You can block most of these – but be careful in areas that need good ventilation, such as rooms where there are open fires or flues, and those where a lot of moisture is produced, such as the kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms. DIY or professional? - DIY draught-proofing typically costs a few pounds per project, but between £100 to £250 for the materials for a whole house. Getting a professional in might cost double this amount. But if you are ok with carrying out simple DIY tasks, draught-proofing should not be a problem. However, some homes, especially older ones with single glazing, will be more difficult to draught-proof. A professional job is likely to save more energy because the installer should know exactly the right materials to use and where to use them. As an example, draught-proofing external doors can save a lot of heat and will only cost you a few pounds. There are four main things to consider:- Keyhole – buy a purpose-made cover that drops a metal disc over the keyhole; Letterbox – use a letterbox flap or brush (pic above), but remember to measure your letterbox before you buy; Gap at the bottom – use a brush or hinged flap draught excluder; Gaps around the edges – fit foam, brush or wiper strips like those used for windows. For more general information have a look at web sites such as Barrie Mould For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at or email 86

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M D Edwards & Son Kitchen Specialists

Friendly Family run local business established over 25 years. Kitchens supplied and installed to a very high standard. Excellent Portfolio and local references. We also have a complete team of qualified tradesmen: Builder, Plasterer, Electrician, Heating Engineer, Tiling and Flooring Specialists Fully Insured for your peace of mind Project managed by us from design to completion Kitchen facelifts also undertaken, Choose from large range of bespoke door styles, Granite, Engineered Stone, Corian, laminate and wood worktops, sinks, taps and integrated appliances. We also undertake remedial jobs - new hinges, drawer runners, etc.

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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. 4. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 18. 20. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Down 1. Formal expression of praise (6) 2. Spice used in curry powder (5) 3. Military unit (7) 5. Aquatic mammal (5) 6. On the Origin of ___, work by Charles Darwin (7) 7. Harvester (6) 8. Inexpensive lodging place for student travellers (5,6) 14. Emblems of high office (7) 15. Fabric made of silk (7) 16. Wander about aimlessly (6) 17. Fire-breathing dragon used in medieval heraldry (6) 19. Cotton fabric used especially for hosiery and underwear (5) 21. Accounting entry (5)

Prevent from being included (6) Light tanker for supplying water or fuel (6) Pain in the lower back (7) Eighth letter of the Greek alphabet (5) Puppet character, one of Jim Henson's Muppets (5) White, ant-like insect (7) Bread slice dipped in egg and milk and fried (6,5) Devotional exercise said by Catholics at morning, noon and sunset (7) Light-headed (5) Solid projectiles shot by a musket (5) Confer dignity or honour upon (7) Pencil mark remover (6) Steve ___, US actor and comedian (6)

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September Events at Ashtead Park Garden Centre Saturday 10th September

‘How to Grow Beautiful Bulbs’ talk by Chelsea Gold-winner Johnny Walker, 2.30pm. Everything you need to know about bulb planting and care and the chance to put your questions to a leading expert! Find out how to bring your Paperwhites into flower for Christmas and masses of other great tips. Free event – donations to Cherry Trees welcomed. No need to book. Details at

Thursday 16th September

Live Music with duo ‘As One’ in The Olive Tree restaurant, 6pm. Full evening menu, drinks and cocktails accompanied by this great duo, followed by dancing for the more daring! Booking required 01372 271188, no charge, other than for the meal.

Friday 30th September

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, The Olive Tree restaurant, 9-11am. Donate for scrumptious Olive Tree cake in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Visit us for breakfast/brunch and sample some of our delicious homemade cakes with the perfect excuse! You can also donate for tea and toast, one of our award-winning scones with butter or breakfast pastries if it’s too early for cake! Please come along and support us. Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, KT21 1HU 90

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September: visit us for shrubs, grasses & late Autumn colour

How to Grow Beautiful Bulbs Talk

Live Music @ The Olive Tree As One

Top tips and guidance from bulb master and multiple Chelsea gold-medal winner Johnny Walkers. Free event.

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Saturday 10 September, 2.30pm

Thursday 15 September

Forthcoming diary dates: Natural Voices Charity Performance Thurs 20 October Late Night Shopping Fri 25 November Festive Weekend - with Santa! 10 & 11 December Christmas party nights Mondays in December Enquire now: 01372 271188

The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning @ The Olive Tree Friday 30 September, 9-11am

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Brilliant Bulbs

By Pippa Greenwood It is spring bulb time in all the garden centres now; they should be crammed full of bulbs, many at a reasonable price and all of which promise to provide glorious masses of colour for years to come. By all means plant bulbs in beds and borders, but if you only have a terrace, patio or a back yard, then there are still plenty of bulb planting opportunities to be had! Bulbs have the potential to make any garden look gorgeous, but you can use them to add an element of fun as well as glamour, colour and perfume.

An old bucket - particularly an enamelled or galvanized one - makes a fabulous planter, but remember to drill some holes in the base or place a layer of pebbles or grit at least 2” (5cm) deep in the bottom, so that excess water accumulates below the level of the roots and the bulbs do not rot off.

Bulbs look fantastic if allowed to naturalise beneath trees, but miniature varieties look equally good beneath shrubs. Choose miniature daffodils or crocuses and plant them in a scattered effect beneath the shrub, taking care to minimise damage to the shrub’s roots. Keep them well watered in spring and you should have a fantastic display.

If your garden or back yard is a good size, then large containers will look particularly handsome. Packed with a single variety of one of the daffodils or tulips or any other spring bulbs, they will make a striking display. Plant the container up in two layers, so that one lot of bulbs is a couple of inches deeper than the other, and the deeper ones will flower later than those planted closer to the surface to prolong the display.

Ornamental plastic-lined woven baskets, which are available inexpensively from local markets or on the internet, make perfect planting containers provided they are at least 3” (8 cm) deep. Shallower baskets can be used for smaller bulbs such as crocuses - simply fill them with bulb fibre and plant up as you would a bowl of indoor bulbs. To ensure adequate drainage, puncture some holes in the plastic liner and use any normal multi-purpose or loam based compost mixture. Baskets like this look particularly decorative in the spring, and if you add a couple of ferns or ivies to larger baskets they will look even better.

An old bathroom suite or parts of it make wacky and unusual planters. A bath may need a lot of compost to fill it – and don’t forget drainage but it can act like a full-sized flowerbed. Even a hand basin, lavatory or the cistern can be planted up to great effect. Old watering cans, wheelbarrows or even a decrepit pair of wellies or boots with a hole in them will also make wonderful planters and will save you a fortune! Visit Pippa’s website for Pippa’s ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ collection of vegetables for planting next month, along with a really useful selection of Pippa’s favourite gardening items including Nemaslug to control slugs, pop-up crop covers, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, ladybirds to control greenfly, pull-out mini tunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

An outdoor table is unlikely to be used for entertaining in spring, so simply cover it to prevent the surface being spoiled and arrange a selection of pots full of spring bulbs on it – the effect can be really splendid. 92

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JB Landscapes

Over 10 years’ landscape construction experience, Fetcham based JB Landscapes offers a local, affordable and reliable service for all those projects from the simplest to the most complicated. We specialise in:

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August Crossword Solutions

Annie Get Your Gun Freepost Five Jacob Marley Vince Cable Tom Cruise Richard Branson Paper merchant b) ferrets Elvis Presley

Across: 1 Honeysuckle, 9 Amalgam, 10 Revue, 11 Twin, 12 Magic eye, 14 Radar, 15 Watch, 20 Anaconda, 22 Jade, 24 Titus, 25 Obelisk, 26 Philosopher. Down: 2 Ocarina, 3 Ergo, 4 Simian, 5 Carnival, 6 Levee, 7 SautĂŠ, 8 Newel, 13 Carousel, 16 Chalice, 17 Haiti, 18 Odious, 19 Gecko, 21 Aitch, 23 Neap. Across: 1 Panache, 5 Liberal, 8 Intellect, 9 Aster, 11 Cedars, 12 Dressage, 15 Puerto Rico, 18 Ugli, 21 Even, 22 Bed of roses, 23 Transept, 26 Margin, 29 Bathe, 30 Originate, 31 Erupted, 32 Ingrate. Down: 1 Principle, 2 Noted, 3 Culprits, 4 Eyes, 5 Later, 6 Bears, 7 Large, 10 Tear gas, 13 Ego, 14 True, 16 Elegant, 17 Clog, 19 Insincere, 20 Creating, 22 Bye, 23 Table, 24 Scent, 25 Proud, 27 Ghana, 28 Mini.

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

Eggbeater Kick - Water Polo Flea Flicker- American Football Gain Line - Rugby Union Googly - Cricket Grapple Tackle - Rugby League Half Nelson - Wrestling Panenka - Football Schuss - Skiing Side Out - Volleyball Slapshot - Ice Hockey

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USEFUL NUMBERS Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 278538 (Anne Wallace) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Day Centre Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society 01372 813994 (Membership Secretary) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 07752 665066 Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07804 026577 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Tennis Players Club 01372 721104 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James) Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Carers’ Support Mole Valley 01306 640212 Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 08444 111444 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 783 8866 (powercut information line) Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Residents’ Association 01372 375212 (Marion Doherty) Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999

(minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787) Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 372553 (Cathy Smith, Secretary) 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 01372 274618 (Jim Malynn) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police - Non-emergency 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 272595 (Peter Waterhouse) 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 Samaritans - 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead 01372 274388 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley (based in Dorking) 01306 640369 (10am-1pm, answerphone) Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline) 98


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