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What’s in here this month? Ashtead Spring Clean - ARA


Review of The Running Mare, Cobham


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Rotary Club appeals for vouchers


Surrey Re-use Network


A success story - cats protection


Quiz - Countries of Birth


WEA courses this Spring


Red Cross Appeal Week


Surrey Hills Onward Learning


Miles for Macmillan Sponsored Walk


Give a cat a home


Ashtead Youth Centre


Book reviews


Ashtead Rotary Club Crocus Display


Probus Club of Leatherhead


Cold Callers’ - A Warning


GO50 Monthly Epsom Walk


Surrey Council Composting Campaign


Simple crossword


Leatherhead’s Right Royal Occasion!


What’s going on? Pages 70-73


Dorking Quilters


Quiz - Crime & Punishment


Join NHS Organ Donor Register


Local history article


Mole Valley Police Column


Transition Ashtead


Leatherhead Theatre


March Crossword solutions


Petition against on-st parking charges


Gardening - Spring clean your garden


Give blood and save a life


Pictogram puzzle


Fire & Iron delighted by cycle route


April’s crosswords


Spring Cleaning - a story


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Solutions on page 80


From the Publisher


must tell you how much fun my sister and I had at the recent ‘Thank you for the music’ concert at the Leatherhead Theatre. The Abba tribute band were fabulous and they had the audience up and dancing, it was a real hoot and the atmosphere was great. At the theatre I bumped into Brian Griffin from the Ashtead Rotary Club, along with his lovely wife Dorothy, who I must say was looking right on-trend with her fabulous leather jacket. My birthday was spent working on the magazine (boo hoo), but I guess a deadline’s a deadline and if I don’t meet it then it causes a pebble in the pond scenario with my printer, then my distributor and then all the time sensitive events being held at the beginning of the month, but I am happy to say that I have never missed a deadline (full chest expansion with pride...). Sorry I digress, I had a lovely ‘birthday week’ with some fab presents. Apparently I am now titled Lady Zen George as Matthew bought me a piece of land in Glencoe, Scotland, obviously my new title won’t change me, but in any event I have ordered an ermine cape which should arrive by the middle of summer, nor do you need to curtsey when bumping into me in Sainsbury’s... Ashtead Residents’ Association have again organised the Ashtead Spring Clean to take place on Saturday 2nd April from 10am for an hour, all the details are overleaf. I was kindly invited by the Probus Club of Leatherhead to one of their lunch meetings last month, it was a very entertaining afternoon and you can read all about it on page 64. 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 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required.

The NHS has been in touch, firstly re an article about joining their Organ Donor Register (page 38), apparently donating your organs can help up to nine people. After a lifetime spent in the sun, I shall donate my skin to the small leather industry, who knows, it may be a new look for Louis Vuitton? Secondly, the NHS have also asked me to run an Technical & Legal stuff article on their ‘Give blood and save a life’ campaign Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine (page 46). As a blood donor myself, I can confirm is accurate, the Publisher cannot that my blood type is B+, how very apt! 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 2011. 01372 376420

Leatherhead town centre is celebrating the Royal Wedding and St George’s Day on Saturday 30th April, lots of events have been organised and the fun starts at 11am (page 34). GO50 are starting up a monthly 4 mile walk around the Epsom area, starting on Monday 4th April, page 65. Lots going on in April - starting with Mother’s Day on Sunday 3rd, Good Friday 22nd and the Royal Wedding on Friday 29th. I do love a good wedding, and, despite appearances, beneath it all, I am a romantic at heart! Zen George Publisher 01372 376420

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Come out, come out, wherever you are! Ashtead Spring Clean - Saturday 2nd April - 10am Why not come and join us in a LITTER PICKING group for just 1 hour? Meet at 9.50am for briefing by a member of the ARA Committee:

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION backed up a relief sewer causing a foul sewer to surcharge from a chamber on the garden site. The garden was flooded with sewage, and ruined. Even after the flood had passed the organic beds were contaminated, and had to be abandoned.

Localism is the current buzzword in local government. It means that communities should get out and do things to meet the needs of their community. In particular they should direct the Planners as to the future shape of their environment and housing needs. It is aimed at getting people to work together for what they want – social cohesion.

Undaunted and with a generous compensation payment from Thames Water, Simon and his colleagues joined forces with West Hill School, who had spare land and wanted to teach their pupils about gardening and arable farming. So out of failure a newer and bigger garden has been born. Tool sheds have been set up, and a full size polytunnel is to be installed.

At our last open meeting we had a stimulating presentation from Simon Woodhams on the North Leatherhead Community Garden. A group of residents wanted to learn how to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Many are flat dwellers who have no gardens of their own. So they took over a piece of land beside the Ryebrook. Things went well at first. The vegetables were grown organically, and the old Scout Hut on the land was turned into a class-room. But then tragedy struck. After heavy rain, the flood waters came down from Ashtead and the Ryebrook rose. A non-return valve stuck open and the flood waters

This is a true and inspiring story with a happy ending. It is one of local people coming together and working for what they find is needed in their community. It is a fine example of the localism concept, particularly as there is a waiting list for Council allotments. Hubert Carr Chairman, Leatherhead Residents’ Assoc.

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If you would like to get involved or find out more about the Leatherhead & Cobham Red Cross, please call Malcolm Cole 01372 457392 or Anne Collins 01372 454614.

The Leatherhead & Cobham Branch Our warm thanks to the Ashtead & Leatherhead Volunteers will be out & about in the area Local for donating this space. during the week with their collecting tins to The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal raise money for the work of the Red Cross, Charter 1908, is a charity registered both at home & overseas. Please give them a in England and Wales (220949) friendly word and as much cash as you can and Scotland (SC037738) spare! Thank you for supporting Red Cross Appeal Week. The Red Cross is here to support you in Surrey, not just far flung dusty places. The Leatherhead & Cobham branch is particularly active in providing the following services to the community:

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Buyers Beware! by local Estate Agent, Richard Elphick FNAEA When looking for a property, it is natural to want to see as many properties as possible before making the ‘right’ choice and common sense dictates that a handful of alternatives should be viewed before buying. Our job as professional estate agents is to help buyers make decisions that are genuinely in their best interests, which, without our assistance, they might have had difficultly making. So here are some pointers for those buyers who might be struggling to balance the merits of No.33 with its new kitchen against No.16 with the better garden. First, there is a place for instinct and sometimes the heart should be allowed to influence, if not rule, the head. This is a home after all and not a stock-market share. Ask yourself the obvious question, “Could we be happy here?” However, sometimes you need your head to agree with your heart. Is your favoured property a significant improvement on where you already live, or are you just being bowled over by a smart exterior or fashionable lighting? Weigh up the important aspects of life - commuting time, school run, parking, entertaining space etc.., satisfy these first before allowing the view or the extra storage space to sway you away from your reason for moving. Finally, you can bet your bottom dollar that if you instinctively like a particular house, other buyers will as well. We usually find that a property that fills most people’s basic needs, as opposed to their wants, will sell very quickly. The more you see, the more difficult it becomes to make a decision at all. So our advice is this: decide your minimum criteria with your head and once these are satisfied in a property, let your heart take it from there. Happy hunting! Richard Elphick is a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and Partner in Elphick Estate Agents in Ashtead. Comments and feedback welcome, also FREE market valuations: 01372 272321 21

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Ashtead Youth Centre I am writing this month’s article after having supported our young people who went to India at the glitzy Youth Voice Showcase Awards at Dorking Halls. It was an event that was a great testimony to how much young people care about their community and the considerable achievement that goes on which we rarely hear anything about. I was of course rooting for our group in the Teamwork category and for Mark Haythorne (Youth Service District Manager) and Gary Nash (Ashtead ACCT Youth Worker) in the Youth Practitioner category. It was a real pleasure to share this experience with all of them and see their efforts rightly appreciated and acknowledged amongst their peers and the wider public. When we are not at “Oscar” style awards ceremonies it is very much business as usual. As we start to approach our summer season we are preparing for our Transition Project which involves Gary supporting young people in the last year of Primary school to see them through their move into Secondary School, we have the longstanding Rally Karting which as usual is oversubscribed, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions, Summer Adventure Challenge, and a summer programme full of fun and exciting things to do. This all happens alongside our bread and butter of Youth Clubs, Schools work and support for young people who need just a little bit more of our time. Richard Leary (Youth Leader in Charge) 01372 276912 –

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My name is Sam Shorey, I have been part of the life of the Youth Centre since I was fourteen. I am now eighteen and although no longer come along to the clubs, I am still very much involved. I really enjoyed my time as a member, the evening clubs were a great place to meet my mates and do things together that we enjoyed. I helped build the new DJ stage and wired up all of the different bits of kit. The Karting was amazing and you get to do it for two years, at the end after you have done the coursework you go out for a meal together to celebrate. Being around the staff was really helpful for me as they challenge you in a nice way and help you think things through. I am busy studying at college and working, but I have signed up to volunteer at the club and have also recently been offered a job as a non-executive director with the Surrey County Council Project Board that is overseeing all of the changes in services to young people, I hope I can use my experience at the youth club to help other young people to have the same benefit that I did.

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Ashtead Rotary Club’s purple crocus display foiled by the snows! Helped by pupils from Barnett Wood Lane School, Rotarians planted 5000 crocus corms back in October with the aim of having them blooming in a glorious purple display in time for Rotary Day on 23rd February. Oops! – only a few spindly stems had arrived on the appointed day. The harsh winter meant that they were delayed until March and we now have a wonderful carpet of flowers at the junction of Barnett Wood Lane and Woodfield Lane. The significance of the colour purple is that Rotary International ‘s ‘Thanks for Life’ campaign to eradicate polio in the few remaining countries where it persists, involves vaccinating an individual and then dipping the little finger into purple ink to identify the dose and ensure that no one is treated twice. On Rotary Day some 27 shops and businesses agreed to put up a purple poster to publicise the opportunity to give through the [Leatherhead Rotary sponsored] website It is believed that various ‘purple crocus’ initiatives by Rotary Clubs in the Mole Valley area have raised over £1800.

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Leatherhead Town Centre Saturday 30th April Come to Leatherhead town centre on Saturday 30th April for a ‘Right Royal Occasion’ between 11am and 4pm. The flags will be out to celebrate not only St George’s Day but also the Royal Wedding. There will be lots of fun for all the family throughout the day with plenty of great street entertainment from the Granny Turismos with their pumping tunes, hilarious tomfoolery and juggling from a couple of jesters or grab a cup of fun with Bridie the trolley dolly. Atlantis will be performing hits from well known British Artists and the Downsmen Singers will be giving two performances (11am and 1pm). ‘The Best of British’ theme continues with a fancy dress competition, young and old alike are encouraged to dress as their favourite British Hero past, present or fictional! No celebration would be complete without dancing and the ever popular Ewell and St Mary Morris Men will perform throughout the day and to mark the special occasion of the Royal Wedding, Leatherhead Churches Together will perform a special wedding dance. Get up close to Animazing’s real life reptiles and find out more about these fascinating creatures. Don’t forget to have your face painted – will you choose to be a dashing prince, a pretty princess or a fire-breathing dragon? Children can keep busy by entering a free competition ‘Where’s (Prince) William?’ around the town’s shops, with the chance to win a prize. Or why not take time out to watch the St George and the Dragon puppet show which will take place at 12noon, 2pm and 3:30pm. We hope you can join the celebrations!

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Dorking Quilters The Dorking Quilters held their February meeting at the Friends’ Meeting House, Butterhill, South Street, Dorking. It was a sewing evening, when members came together to begin the completion of a Mystery Quilt started by our friend, Barbara, last year. Sadly, Barbara did not live to finish her quilt, and members have been working on it, so that the completed quilt may be given to the Princess Alice Hospice, where Barbara died. At our lively March meeting the OTT group of quilters showed us their range of quilts entitled ‘The Four Seasons.’ At our next meeting we hope to complete Barbara’s quilt – or continue with our own sewing. In May we will have a visit from Jo Baddeley from Puddleducks shops in Sevenoaks.

Meetings start at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are most welcome, and can contact Lesley on 05601 534169 for further details. 36

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Become an organ donor and transform up to 9 lives More than 1,000 people saved the lives of over 2,700 individuals last year, the highest ever, announced NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). The 1,014 donors represented a 28% increase in deceased donation since the beginning of 2008, when initiatives designed to increase donation in hospitals across the UK began. “Thanks to the altruism of donors and their families, a record number of organs were made available for transplantation in 2010 and a record number of peoples’ lives were saved or improved as a result,” said Lynda Hamlyn, Chief Executive, NHSBT. These improvements are based on the implementation of the Organ Donation Taskforce recommendations made in 2008. This aimed to bring about a 50% increase in organ donation rates by 2013. Clinical Leads, who are mainly intensive care consultants, work collaboratively with Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation, most of whom are resident in hospitals. They work alongside hospital donation committees to champion donation and streamline the pathways of potential donors. This helps make sure that more people have their decision to donate fulfilled and more lives are saved through transplantation. One donor can save or transform up to 9 lives and many more can be helped through the donation of tissues. At 7th January this year, there were currently 7,845 people in the UK on the active waiting list for an organ transplant. This figure changes constantly as people join and leave the transplant list. Further people are on the suspended list because they are too ill or unable to receive a transplant at present. This brings the current total needing an organ transplant in the UK to more than 10,000. In 2010, more than 6,900 organ and cornea transplants were carried out in the UK, thanks to the generosity of deceased and living donors – the highest on record.

There are currently 13 people waiting for a transplant in the postcode area KT19-24. 12 are waiting for kidneys and 1 is waiting for a lung. Since April 2010 there have been 5 organ transplants carried out on people living in this area. As of 26 January 2011 there were 34,318 people residing in the above postcode area on the UK Organ Donor Register.

It’s simple to join the NHS Organ Donor Register by going to, or by calling 0300 123 23 23


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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Making it easier for you to contact us... As most people know, your local Neighbourhood Policing Team holds regular meetings within the community to give people a chance to let officers know about the issues and concerns that are most important to them. Sometimes, these are included as part of regular meetings by local residents’ associations but we also have specific Police Panel meetings at various locations across each village or town. We also try to update people through Neighbourhood Watch newsletters, by publicising events in the local press and by posting regular updates on the Surrey Police website –

able to “spread the word” about an issue, incident or concern that may have occurred in their area. As already mentioned, the contact information that is held is treated with the strictest confidence in line with current data protection legislation and we need to ask people to complete and sign a form to confirm their permission for us to hold their contact data and to ensure that they understand fully the purposes that this information would be used by Surrey Police. If you already know that you are part of this system and would like to check that we have your correct contact details, then please contact us on 0845 125 2222 and ask to speak to the local policing team for your neighbourhood. This number can also be called if you are interested in knowing more about the Active Citizen database and may wish to be included in future communications. You can also email

We have just changed our main email address to Please use this email if you need to contact your local officers, or raise any issues or concerns direct with the team. Also, some members of the community have already signed up to being “Active Citizens” in support of the local policing teams in their area. Surrey Police holds a secure database of contacts so that we can keep people informant about issues that may be of interest or importance to their local community. Of course, we need to make sure on a regular basis that people still want to be part of this communication network and to make sure that essential contact details have not changed over time.

Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Tel: 01483 630809 To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999 Your local team can also be contacted by email to

Our Active Citizen database makes it quick and easy for us to contact local residents, businesses and other key members of the whole community across Mole Valley. This could be to update them about policing issues, either local or national, which may be of interest but, occasionally, it can be invaluable in helping us to contact the people most 40

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Date: Friday 15th April at 7:30pm Tickets: Adult £18.50 and Friends £16.50 OVER 18’S ONLY Originally a ‘timber man’ from Lavant Tin Mine, Jethro will be performing armed with nothing more than a microphone, a stand and a small table with his favourite drink to hand. As he paces the stage from side to side, you’ll hear of his hilarious antics in a warm, Cornish accent. Selling over 4 million stand-up comedy DVD’s to date, isn’t it about time you can and experienced some serious nonsensical twaddle? Book now to see Jethro at The Leatherhead Theatre!


by Vienna Festival Ballet Date: Tuesday 19th April at 7:30pm Tickets: Adult £18.50, Friends £16 and Under 15s £12.50 The story of Cinderella is one of the best known fairytales and it’s lifted to new heights in Vienna Festival Ballet’s coming production. A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly stepsisters and a handsome Prince combine to make an entrancing piece of story-telling. With a specially commissioned score, created solely for Vienna Festival Ballet by Chris Nicholls, and music from some of Rossini’s most famous operas, Vienna Festival Ballet’s Cinderella will transport you to a magical fantasy world.

Talbot House – A Home from Home

Date: Thursday 28th April at 7:30pm Tickets: Adult £14.50 and Friends £12.50 Talbot House in Poperinge, Belgium became a “home from home” for thousands of Allied troops during the Great War. It was a place where they could enjoy some of the comforts of home and remember the men that they really were. Based on real events and aimed at a family audience, this moving feel-good drama gives a glimpse of the rich history of the house and, with the aid of poetry and music from the Great War, draws you in to experience the moments shared by the men at Talbot House. FILMS SHOWING IN APRIL: BRIGHTON ROCK | MAMMOTH | GNOMEO AND JULIET | ADJUSTMENT BUREAU | CHALET GIRL INSIDE JOB HALF TERM FAMILY FILMS: RANGO | HOP!

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CPRE adds its voice to local campaigns against on-street parking charges The Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has come out against the introduction of on-street parking charges in small towns. The group says that the plans by the County and by local district and borough councils around Surrey to bring in pay-and-display machines to High Streets could sound the death knell for many small local shops. This is potentially a very serious issue for CPRE as one of the organisation's main concerns is to protect the character of small towns and villages, as well as defending the countryside. CPRE Surrey Branch director Andy Smith says: "Ending free parking in High Streets will eventually kill off local shops as it will drive people increasingly towards the out-of-town superstores where they can still park for free. Can the local authorities not see where this would lead? Councils should never have given permission for so many out-of-town and edge-of-town supermarkets and retail developments in the first place, but the least they can do now, to make amends, is to safeguard the remaining local shops and abandon this crazy plan for on-street parking charges. That is why we are completely opposed to these proposals to expand the areas covered by parking charges, as we see this as a major threat to small-town and village life. It is part of the ongoing 'urbanisation' of Surrey and must be resisted.”

STOP Surrey’s Parking Charges. Sign the “Parking Charges” e-petition against them on website- get your friends to sign too! http:// OR write to: ‘The Leader of Surrey County Council, Dr Andrew Povey, County Hall, Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN’ 44

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I have been reviewing books for the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local for over two years. I know it has made customers look at books and authors they might not otherwise have heard of and I have sold many books that would otherwise have been left on the shelf. Customers keep telling me how much of interest they find to read in this magazine. Well done Zen - in the words of the Spencer Davis Group "Keep on Running". Peter Snell, Barton’s Bookshop

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01372 210711 | 07952 808241 Give blood and save a life Have you ever considered helping those in need or saving lives? NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is reminding people to donate blood at a local session to help save lives. One donation can save and improve the lives of sick and injured patients who undergo a wide variety of treatments including: routine operations, accident and emergency, childbirth, heart surgery and in cancer therapy (i.e. after chemotherapy). Red cells are often transfused to patients suffering from anaemia and severe blood loss while platelets help blood clot and are used to treat those suffering from leukaemia, cancer and with severe infections. The whole process of donating blood only takes an hour which includes completing essential paperwork and a brief chat with medical staff. The actual blood donation, which is 470ml takes about ten minutes, then you get the opportunity to relax, read and have a cup of tea and a snack. First time donors should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit, for local sessions see info on the what’s on pages of this magazine. 46

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Leatherhead metalworkers “delighted” by cycling route

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Fire and Iron’s owner Lucy Quinnell couldn’t quite believe it when recently a customer drew her attention to the route for the Olympic cycling road race. It takes the cyclists through Leatherhead, where Fire and Iron Gallery is located.

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Bizarrely, and quite coincidentally, Fire and Iron’s exhibition for summer 2012 is sculpture made from bicycles. Sculptor Daren Greenhow, himself a keen cyclist who has participated in many races, has been creating artworks from recycled bicycles for many years, and he and Lucy had met up the week before the route was announced, in order to plan his 2012 show at Fire and Iron.

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“We’re so excited. Daren’s work is such fun, and he buys the bicycles from the Sue Ryder charity, so there is a great benefit to a very worthwhile cause, too. I think he’s secretly pleased because he can nip out and watch the race while he’s working here!”

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Lucy thinks it is a great thing for Leatherhead and Dorking to have a taste of the sporting fever that will no doubt grip the nation next year. “It will be so inspiring for all the local children, and something they will remember forever.”

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She was also amazed to see the Dorking Cockerel on the official cycle route map. The giant cockerel was produced by Fire and Iron in 2007. “It really made me smile to see him up there with Buckingham Palace and Putney Bridge!”.

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Ashtead Reflexology Reflexology may help reduce stress and encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance Helpful for: • Stress-related conditions • Back pain • Headaches & migraine • Sleep disorders • Hormonal imbalances • Promote general health & well-being • Fertility issues “Relax with Reflexology” gather your friends round for some “you time” and each enjoy a taster session – special rates for Spring 2011 For more information please call me

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Spring Cleaning They had only used it once, when the aunt in question had visited them, several years before. The teapot was considered far too valuable to use every day so remained neglected, waiting for a suitably important occasion to be used again. Ruth took the teapot in both hands and gently placed it on the carpet, several feet away from the glasses. She sprayed and polished the shelves and stood back to admire her handiwork.

Ruth gazed at the sunshine, streaming through the living room window and hitting the vase on the coffee table. She watched the rays of sun bathing the yellow petals. Daffodils were happy flowers and Ruth was seduced by their optimism. Winter was over, Sam was at work, the children were at school and she had a rare day to herself. The shafts of light were almost tangible and Ruth was hypnotised by their definition. However, she soon realised that this definition was not caused by any miraculous solar effect but by smeared, dirt splattered windows and swathes of neglected household dust floating in the air. Sadly, Ruth realised that her peaceful day at home was going to be curtailed by the need for some serious spring cleaning. She found the polish and dust cloths and got to work.

Moving on to the next section, Ruth took out some beautiful china plates and a rather unpleasant ornament of a woman carrying a basket of puppies. This had belonged to her grandmother and although she disliked it intensely, she had been assured that it would be worth something one day and that she should hang on to it until the market for that kind of thing picked up again.

After about ten minutes she was bored and went to make a cup of tea. An hour later, after an absorbing interlude watching houses being transformed on television, she returned to transform her own living room. She decided to tackle the large glass fronted wall unit which dominated the far end of the room and contained their china, glass and fragile possessions. Most of the contents of the cabinets were wedding presents which had been 'saved for 'best' and therefore barely used. The shelves looked fine at first glance, but when Ruth lifted a wine glass there was a perfect circular polished area, surrounded by a thick film of dust. She tried replacing the glass in exactly the same position and then dusting around the spaces but it was too late. Dust streaks were now clearly visible and she would have to do the job properly. Ruth was very nervous of this cabinet. Sam was paranoid about potential breakages so Ruth was always reluctant to move anything valuable. Her nervousness, combined with her tendency towards clumsiness, were not a good combination.

She found a tarnished silver dish containing the insides of a party popper, a child's tooth, a cufflink, an earring, a very small plastic Scooby Doo and the remains of what she could only assume was once pot pourri. She also found a dead spider and a silverfish. Retrieving the cufflink, earring and Scooby Doo, she tipped the rest of the contents into the bin and put the dish on the floor. After an hour the unit was clean and there had been no breakages. There was a pleasant aroma of polish in the air and the glasses sparkled in the sunlight. Just as she was finishing off, the door bell rang and made her jump. The glass door crashed against the unit as it closed. The glasses vibrated with the sudden movement. The lady with the basket of puppies wobbled. Ruth swore again and turned to check for any damage. Fortunately all was well. Ruth wondered who was at the door. As she moved forward, the tip of her shoe caught the spout of the forgotten teapot which had been so carefully placed away from the glasses. The teapot delicately tipped over and caught the edge of the fireplace. The teapot handle gently tapped the edge of the hearth. The bone china separated cleanly away from the rest of the teapot and lay like a beautifully carved letter 'C' on the beige carpet. Ruth swore for a third time and went to answer the door.

She gingerly removed the glasses, wiped them and placed them carefully on the floor. As she reached down to pick up the tin of polish she caught the stem of a tall wine glass. The glass toppled onto another glass and a sickening domino effect started as three matching glasses fell over. Ruth momentarily shut her eyes and swore loudly. Fortunately, the carpet had cushioned their fall and they all survived.

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Recipe of the month Warm Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad This quick and easy warm salad can be served as a main meal or simple starter. If you like strong flavoured blue cheeses choose Stilton or Roquefort, but if you prefer something a little milder pick Danish blue or creamy Dolcelatte.

Serves - 4 Ready in 15 minutes 1 tbsp olive oil


Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the pear slices and fry gently for 2-3 minutes on each side until tender and light golden. Add the walnuts to pan for the last 2 minutes of cooking time.


Divide the salad leaves between four serving plates. Top with the warm pear slices and walnuts and scatter over the blue cheese.


Place all the dressing ingredients in a jug and whisk until thoroughly blended. Adjust the seasoning to taste and pour the dressing into the frying pan. Heat gently for about 1 minute then pour over the salads. Season with a little more ground black pepper and serve immediately.

Small knob of butter 2 large firm pears, halved, cored & thickly sliced 55g (2oz) walnut halves, roughly chopped 1 large bag mixed rocket salad 115g (4oz) blue cheese, diced or crumbled DRESSING 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp caster sugar 5 tbsp olive oil Salt & freshly ground black pepper 52





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of the day’ (today’s was a whole plaice with garlic spinach), ‘soup of the day’ (tomato and puy lentil) and a ‘pie of the week’ (lamb, red wine and tomato). The specials above are in addition to their ‘regular’ menu items, which consist of dishes such as calves’ liver, rib eye steak, mussels, My partner Matthew and I popped along for lunch vegetarian pasta, fishcakes, along with lighter at The Running Mare in Tilt Rd, Cobham a few lunch choices such as baked potatoes and freshly Thursday’s ago. made sandwiches. We were greeted by our friendly waiter, Ned The menu is extensive Humphreys, who clearly enjoyed his job, showing and there is something us to a lovely table by the window. The dining to suit everyone’s taste area of the public house was rather like walking and pocket. One of the into a friend’s dining room. I was immediately dishes for which they struck by the lovely oak beams, warm colours are renowned is the and a roaring fire, all pointing towards the whole grilled lobster promise of good things to come... served with garlic butter and ‘skinny fries’ which comes in at just under £20, a pretty competitive price for a whole lobster! I discovered that Sunday lunch is served from 12pm-5pm giving an opportunity for the ‘early birds’ and ‘late starters’ to enjoy a relaxing lunch at The Running Mare. Matthew ordered the Cumberland sausages served with green mash (spring onion) and caramelised red onion gravy, I went for the lamb, red wine and tomato pie served with fries, swede and carrot mash and broccoli. There was a little time to wait for our meals as the kitchen was so busy, but Ned kept us informed and it was no Ned Humphreys great hardship waiting in such comfortable surroundings. In fact it We settled in at our table and I noticed that The is good to know that in Running Mare’s customers were a mix of local today’s challenging residents, business people and walkers and many market a restaurant can of whom were known to the staff, which is be so busy at lunchtime always a good sign, and always adds a great deal during the middle of the to the friendly atmosphere. week, and this is a Ned handed us our menus and allowed us some testament to their good time to look through, but before he left our food and service. table, he talked us through their specials: ‘catch Unsurprisingly, it became quite busy in the restaurant and I am pleased we arrived just before the lunchtime rush so I could take some photographs of the interior.


Local Rotary Club appeals for supermarket vouchers!

The food arrived beautifully presented and the portions were huge! The red onion gravy was a cross between a gravy and a rich sauce, Matthew said it was delicious and provided a good foil for the meatiness of sausages.

As in previous years, The Rotary Club of Leatherhead is appealing to Mole Valley residents to help the club support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting special schools vouchers from Tesco and Sainsbury's supermarkets.

My pie was a deconstructed affair and was very tasty, the lamb tenderised by the long slow cook in red wine, I could have eaten all of it, but I do, unfortunately suffer from the ‘eyes bigger than’ syndrome, and have to make myself stop!

For every £10 spent in each of the supermarket chains, customers are given either a 'Schools & Clubs' voucher from Tesco, or an 'Active Kids' voucher from Sainsbury's, which can subsequently be converted by the school into vital computer and sports equipment. West Hill School ( is an outstanding special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondary-aged pupils from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism.

Needless to say the pull of pudding was a strong one and Matthew and I chose to share their Ginger sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. It was very similar to Parkin but without the oatmeal and much, much lighter. A complete joy. Other desserts we could have had were blueberry bread and butter pudding, brownies, home made ice cream or English & Continental cheeses, all looked excellent.

In recent years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, the Rotary Club of Leatherhead has been able to presentover 10,000 supermarket vouchers to the school, enabling them to 'buy' hundreds of pounds worth of equipment to support their pupils!

We ended our meal with coffee which we discovered was freshly roasted and ground in Cobham. Ned also informed me that all the meat, including their sausages, was locally sourced, which really supports our local farmers.

Simon Edmands, the Rotary Club's PR Officer, said "This is such a simple way for people to support West Hill School and its pupils. Our club has been working with the school in a variety of ways for quite a few years now and both the pupils and staff alike are a genuine inspiration!"

I would recommend The Running Mare, the food was excellent, the service attentive but not invasive and the atmosphere welcoming, comfortable and relaxed. Booking is strongly recommended, especially Friday to Sunday.

Please send your vouchers to Rotary Club of Leatherhead, c/o Donovan Hewitt, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN.

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Three courses for spring

Here at Cats Protection we believe for every cat there is a perfect home. Sometimes cats can stay a little too long in our care but often it’s because they are waiting for the “right” owner to come through the door and that’s exactly what happened to Cheeky.

What weather we are having Starts: Wednesday 6th April Waterfield Room, Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Bookham 7 x 2 hourly sessions from 10.30am-12.30pm Fee £56 A seven week course with Gordon Tripp, MA., BA. which will cover all aspects of the weather including observations, forecasting, main elements such as air masses, fronts, cloud types and weather disasters we may have experienced, together with weather lore and meteorological factors involved in climate change. The work of Admiral Fitzroy, the first head of the Met Office, who sailed Charles Darwin on his travels of discover may also be included.

A young and lively black and white male cat that had no tail, Cheeky was very friendly – if he liked you! – but could be a little unruly if he didn’t. He was very playful but didn’t like other cats. Cheeky had been in our care for a long time, almost a year, and he hated it. He needed to find a good home, without other feline company and with a nice garden to run around in. One day his now new ‘mum’ Kim was in the vets with her then cat who was receiving treatment for a brain tumour. Whilst in the waiting room, Kim noticed our ‘Cat of the Month’ poster featuring Cheeky and it really caught her eye. Sadly the cat she had taken to the vet passed away and she felt that without a cat, her house was somehow empty. So she decided to go and see Cheeky at the fosterers.

Central Asia Starts Thursday 7th April Pastoral Centre, St Nicolas Church, Church Rd, Bookham 6 x 2 hourly sessions from 2pm-4pm Fee £48 A six week course with Guy Arnold MA which will cover the struggle for Central Asia between India, China and Russia as the disintegration of the USSR left a vacuum to be filled including the role of Pakistan and any alliance between Turkey and Iran that could tip the balance; whether the USA will keep its forces in the Middle East and what influence the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation may wield?

Unfortunately Cheeky was not on his best behaviour that day; he was scratchy and snarly and less than appealing. Indeed that behaviour had seen off a few earlier prospective new owners. However as an experienced cat owner, Kim knew he wasn’t bad, he just needed love and a home and told our fosterer Rosemary that she’d take him. It must be said that all were quite nervous when Cheeky arrived at his new forever home, but he popped out of his basket so pleased to be out of the pen and played for ages with Kim’s daughter. That night he even jumped into bed and snuggled up to Kim, happy and grateful to be in his new forever home.

Modern Architecture & the Olympic Age Starts Tuesday 10th May Church Gate House, St Andrew’s Church, Downside Bridge Rd, Cobham 5 x 2 hourly sessions from 2pm-4pm Fee £42 A five week course with Keith Hasted MA, China and the developing world are building at a stunning pace, but London is a vital centre for architects. Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and many more have taken a leading international role and we will look at these new ideas and building across the globe.

More information from Joy tapping on 01306 713355, or contacting the website:

Grumpy, scratchy Cheeky was not a bad cat he was just frustrated – as any of us would be if cooped up or months with no-one to play with or cuddle. He is now so at home and very settled. Kim describes him as good fun, wilful and playful and she loves him to bits. In fact so much so that she has said she would urge anyone wanting a cat to adopt a rescue cat as they really do make truly wonderful loving pets. For more information or to home a cat please contact Cats Protection Epsom Ewell & District on 01737 640882 for more information, or visit our website: 56

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Short and Sweet for Spring During the five weeks between Easter and the Spring Bank Holiday, Surrey Hills Onward Learning arranges short courses on a range of topics. Among these we have two on Art Appreciation. On Tuesday evenings from April 26 at the Leatherhead Institute, we offer American Masterpieces in which we study some of the greatest painters of the United States – including Mary Cassatt, Walter Sickert, Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock. On Wednesday mornings from April 27 we have The World’s Greatest Sculpture which looks at sculpture from the earliest days to the contemporary scene, and includes Bernini, Michelangelo, Donatello, Rodin, Giacometti, Hepworth among others. In each of these there is a visit to a London gallery in addition to the five classroom sessions. The fee for each course is £50.

For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website 57

Clubs & Activities Is the stress of everyday life getting you down? How about spending a few hours on the riverbank?

We have some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mole River, various ponds around the area and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex. For more info, call the Leatherhead & District Angling Soc Membership Secretary (Eric) on 01372 377654, or visit:

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Snowdrop is a five year old long-haired black and white female. She is a quiet but affectionate little girl and does not like other cats. She is on a prescription diet as she has a delicate tummy but adores boiled fish as a treat. She loves being brushed and her long coat must be brushed daily. She also loves being outdoors in the garden. She came into care as her owners were emigrating - it was a very sad parting. She is looking for a quiet home - no young children and no other cats.

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On Saturday 16th April from 10.30am until 3.30pm Barton’s Bookshop will be hosting a book launch signing for this title.

Russia Martin Sixsmith £25.00 Russia is a country of contradictions: a nation of cultural refinement and artistic originality and yet also a country that rules by ‘the iron fist’, with an ingrained eagerness to sacrifice the individual for the collectivist cause. In this riveting history, Martin Sixsmith shows how Russia’s complex identity has been formed over a thousand years, and how it can help us understand its often baffling behaviour at home and abroad. This book accompanies a new landmark BBC Radio 4 series.

Mother and Son team Patricia Campbell Hunt and Patrick Hunt have joined forces with Patrick providing the story and sharing the illustrator’s role with his mother. Please check our website (details below) for more details about this charming Taoist inspired tale of Joe and the clay animals he makes; which come to life to teach him an inspiring range of life lessons.

A Taste of the Sun Elizabeth David £6.99

Monsieur Linh & His Child Philippe Claudel £12.00 I read this book at one sitting and simply can’t tell you how unbelievably sweet and poignant it is. Any synopsis runs the risk of spoiling the story for you but I will summarize the background to the tale. Traumatized by memories of his war-ravaged country, and with his son and daughter-in-law dead, Monsieur Linh travels to a foreign land to bring the child in his arms to safety.

Legendary cook and writer Elizabeth David changed the way Britain ate, introducing a postwar nation to the sun-drenched delights of the Mediterranean, and bringing new flavours and aromas such as garlic, wine and olive oil into its kitchens. This mouth-watering selection of her writings and recipes embraces the richness of French and Italian cuisine, from earthy cassoulets to the simplest spaghetti, as well as evoking the smell of buttered toast, the colours of foreign markets and the pleasures of picnics.

Mathematics of Life Ian Stewart £20.00 Biologists and mathematicians are picking apart the hidden complexity of animals and plants to throw fresh light on the behaviour of entire organisms. Ian Stewart, in characteristically clear and entertaining fashion, explores a whole range of pertinent issues, including how far genes control behaviour and the nature of life itself. He shows how far mathematicians and biologists are succeeding in tackling some of the most

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The Probus Club of Leatherhead Mr Merrick Kidd of the Probus Club of Leatherhead, very kindly invited me to join them for lunch at the Rubbing House at Epsom Downs. Merrick is a wonderful man who I met some years ago at an earlier meeting of the Club and his company has always been engaging, recounting the stories of his five difficult years as a PoW during the Second World War in Germany, but coming through it at the end of the war with his good humour (and sanity) intact. After a long working career, for some, retirement can come too early, and for those who want to remain active, the Probus Clubs were set up to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests.

the theatre; concerts; the Royal Albert Hall; Abba tribute band at Leatherhead Theatre; Evita at Woking and so on. These are well organised and well-subscribed events. Everyone around the table at lunch really enjoyed each other’s company with a great deal of laughter and joking between the members and their partners/wives, all in all a very convivial way to spend a few hours.

If you are interested in joining this very sociable and enjoyable club, please contact Eric Martin on 01372 452353 or Andrew Crawford on 01372 450930.

The Probus Club of Leatherhead meets every first Tuesday of the month for a formal lunch followed by a speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. In addition to the monthly formal lunches, every second Tuesday of the month informal ones are organised at various venues, for instance the Rubbing House and Zen Garden. One of the Club’s members, John Mimpriss, reliably informed me that many trips are organised throughout the year and mentioned, amongst others, a recent trip to the Royal Opera House for a backstage tour; future visits include regular trips to 64




GO50 Monthly Epsom Common Walk If you love the countryside around the Epsom area, come along for a 4-mile walk with GO50 exploring Epsom and Ashtead Commons. Every month, Anthony leads the walk from Epsom Common Stew Ponds car park on the B280 (TQ184612 / KT18 7TR). The next two dates for the walk are Monday 4th April and Thursday 5th May. Meet at 9.45am (10am start). The walk is mainly flat and can be muddy. The GO50 programme from Age UK Surrey aims to introduce people in the 50+ age group to a healthier lifestyle and the benefits of regular exercise through a programme of volunteer-led walks, cycle rides and Nordic walks across Surrey. Socialising as you exercise adds significantly to the beneficial effects. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, alleviate depression and defend against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

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It has been a pleasure to watch the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local develop over the past five years and for me it has been a great place to promote my work as a photographer. I am sure that Zen's friendly approach and down to earth personality has been a big factor in its success and she understands the needs of her advertisers, avoiding the 'pressure sell' which so often puts people off advertising. I hear regular praise from people who have advertised in the mag the proof of the pudding is of course the responses I have had and the extra awareness and business it has created for me - I am proud to be associated with Zen and The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local, and hope to be so for many years to come. Andy Newbold

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Mothering Sunday 9.30am Contemporary Service with posies 11.15am Parish Communion with posies at Leatherhead Parish Church, Church Road. Coffee between services in Church

Friday 8th

Come and enjoy an evening of song from Eva Cassidy to Nina Simone, The Beach Boys to Fleetwood Mac in glorious harmony. FREE entry, donation to charity welcome. 8pm, Ashtead Baptist Church, 192 Barnett Wood Lane. Call Hazel for info on 01372 278016 or email:

Saturday 9th

Rotary Club of Leatherhead Quiz Night, St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. Tickets £12, inc fish and chip supper. Richard Punnett 01372 379266

Tuesday 12th Saturday 23rd

Leatherhead Art Club Spring Exhibition. 40-44 Church St, Leatherhead (opposite Prezzo restaurant). Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm; Sun 12-5pm. All work will be for sale. For info, contact either the Club Chairman, Stuart Stanley, on 01372 377173 or the Press Officer, Alistair Deane, on 01932 865900

Thursday 14th Saturday 16th

Epsom Book Fair, Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ. 14th & 15th (10am-8pm) 16th 10am-4pm. Entrance 50p (children and students free). Enormous annual event, fantastic selection of books and music at bargain prices. The Fair raises money for the Church's appeal to build a new youth hall for the 7th Epsom Scout Group and the charity 'Action for Children' . Refreshments and light lunches. 01372 726738, email: (see page 75).

Sunday 24th

Easter Day 9.30am Contemporary Service with Communion 11.15am Parish Communion at Leatherhead Parish Church, Church Road. Coffee between services in Church

Tuesday 26th

‘Soundbytes Choir’ free taster evening. All abilities welcome, don’t worry if you can’t read music. Call Hazel for info on 01372 278016 or email:

Saturday 30th

Piano Recital by Bernard d’Ascoli, 7.30pm at The Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon. Beethoven Sonata No.32 Op111 / Liszt "Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude" / "Jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este" and La Leggierezza / Chopin No 4 in F minor op. 52 and Andante spianato & grande polonaise Op. 22. Tickets £18 (students £9, children under 16 accompanied by an adult £4.50) from 01306 740619 and Menuhin Hall box office 08700 842020

Leatherhead Rotary Club Midsummer 10K. Whatever your standard, join this fantastic DATE FOR YOUR event at Headley Heath at 10am in aid of CHASE Hospice Care for Children or use the DIARY: race to raise funds for another charity of your choice. Details, Sunday 19th June, book online at, or contact Adrian O’Loughlin on 01483 203748. GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. For more routes and info contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, or e:

April Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Monday 4th Tuesday 5th Friday 8th Wednesday 27th

Epsom & Ashtead Common - 4 miles - 9.45am at Epsom Common Stew Ponds KT18 7TR Norbury Pk- 4 miles - 10.15am car park on Young St A246, Leatherhead KT22 9BS Denbies - 5½ miles - Meet 10am, Denbies Vineyard car park Polesden Lacey Tulip Festival - 10.15am Polesden Lacey CP (NT card or pay £2.50).

April Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Monday 4th Friday 21st

Epsom Common - 11 miles - easy. Meet 10am Epstom Stew Ponds, KT18 7TR Westhumble - 16 miles - challenging. Meet 10am at Rykers Cafe, bottom of Box Hill.

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Saturday 16th April The English Arts Chorale is to sing Handel’s great oratorio Messiah in St Mary’s Church, Reigate on Saturday April 16th at 7.30 pm. directed by conductor Leslie Olive, with the Camerata of London and a fine line up of soloists. For the last few years this wonderful work has been sung in December as a preparation for the Christmas season, but it is just as relevant to Passiontide and Easter.

Tickets are priced £12, £15 & £18 and can be ordered by telephone 01737 762097 or from the website:

Easter Eggstravaganza at

Bocketts Farm Park 9th – 25th April Enjoy a great day out at Bocketts Farm this Easter with plenty to see and do! Lambing is the main highlight for most with over 300 newborn lambs due, including an amazing 10 sets of triplets. There’ll be cute chicks and cuddly bunnies to meet too in the animal handling sessions. Children can also take part in the Easter Egg Hunt trail following the clues around the farm, with a yummy chocolate treat for everyone! With indoor and outdoor play plus pony rides, tractor rides, pig racing, gold panning and more, you can be sure of a great day out for the whole family!

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10am - 12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Full range of haberdashery in stock. Order service also available. Get sewing and crafting for spring and Easter! Beautiful greetings cards. 21st & 28th THURSDAY not Friday!

The Rococo style epitomises 18th C French society and the art of Antoine Watteau. Friday 1st or Ashtead Art Lovers will explore the Rococo. £10 inc refreshments Tel 01372 272235 Tuesday 5th w/site: Friday 1st (weekly) Tuesday 5th Wed 6th (monthly)

10.30am - 11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with a welcome cup of coffee or tea. 21st & 28th THURSDAY not Friday Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks ‘Easy cooking for one or two’ Mrs J Manning. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511. Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group - demonstration by Tan Strong ‘Trading Places’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Talk entitled ‘From Titanic to Harry Potter’. Visitors welcome. Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat. New families welcome - just turn up. Closed 13th & 20th. 27th children’s photographer

GO50 Leatherhead Health Walk. Meet 10.15am for 10.30am start at Leatherhead Thursday 7th Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. Walk will last for about 1½ hours and cover 2-3 miles. (weekly) Richard Jeffries, Age UK Surrey, 01483 534706, Thursday 7th Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm first Thurs of the month. Abraham (monthly) Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844 Friday 8th (monthly) Friday 15th or Tues 19th Wednesday 13th (2nd Wed mthly)

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free entry. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric -a-brac and much more. Ashtead Art Lovers - The Life and times of Antoine Watteau, see entry 1st April for contact details. Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. For more info call, Iris Heims 01932 864 822

April Walks Sat 2nd Sat 9th Sat 16th Sat 23rd

Spring walks with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. 1½-2 hours, 3½4 miles. Donation to charities. 01372 363589, maps on 2nd 10am Crabtree Lane CP from Dorking End 9th 10am Wotton Hatch back CP 16th 10am Flanchford Rd, Reigate Heath CP 23rd 10am Bluebells Top Young St CP

Wed 20th

Blood donor sessions: Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead. Two sessions: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

If there’s an event in May you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Tuesday 12th April. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 72

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Oxfam Bridal welcomes

The songs of Edith Piaf

Epsom Playhouse - 18th May

Years 11, 12 and 13 ladies from Leatherhead and Ashtead Schools to our

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Edith Piaf has become synonymous with French Cabaret of the 1940s & 50s and remains France’s most popular singer. Piaf’s life was the stuff of legend, from her dramatic rise from Paris street urchin to star of international renown.

Saturday 9th April 10.00am until 4.30pm

Sunday 10th April 11.00am until 3pm.

We have a large selection of new and ex sample dresses, elegant and affordable. Every gown sold raises money for Oxfam’s work so you won’t just look amazing, you will change the world a bit too…

‘Absolutely wonderful arrangements! And as for that Piaf singer - amazing. She is better than the real thing, and I don't say that lightly.’ John Hardy, composer, Bafta award winning Abraham’s Point.

We look forward to meeting you.

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When buses were first operating in Leatherhead they were stabled in the yard of the Swan Hotel from 1921 and later also at the Bull. The East Surrey Traction Company, as agents for the London General Omnibus Company, were urgently looking for sites for five bus garages in their area and in 1924 they found the site in Guildford Road, Fetcham, just west of the of the railway bridge. The land was part of a market garden run by the Mizen Brothers. The garage was built to hold twenty-four vehicles under cover, together with the necessary offices and stores, but by 1928 it had been extended to hold a further twelve buses and the roof was also raised. By 1932 the depot was taken over by London General Country Services Ltd to be replaced the following year by London Passenger Transport Board, who also enlarged the building in typical London Transport architectural style. Eventually this garage was closed by Arriva on 30 April 1999 and the following its demolition the site was developed for office known as United Technologies House and Juniper House. Courtesy of Leatherhead & District Then & Now – Linda Heath and Peter Tarplee

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Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Green fingers - orange toes?

As a child, I spent many happy hours in the garden, with my own small wheel barrow and miniature forks and trowels “helping” my Dad in the vegetable garden. The method of seed planting seemed like a magic ritual – raking the warm soil, watering (I had a mini watering can too…) stretching a string line out and making a straight little furrow to sprinkle the seeds in, raking the fine soil over the seed line... Then (my favourite part…) using the back of the rake to tamp down the earth to tuck the seeds in ready to start growing. I would do a daily check to watch for the fresh little shoots emerging and report back to Dad when I spotted them. A childhood spent in wellies, and in my memory, constant sunshine! I’ve now got a garden and allotment of my own (and full-size wheel barrow and watering cans!) and still get a buzz from watching dry, lifeless-looking seeds transform into plants we can eat. You plant one runner bean seed and you get a plant with hundreds of beans on it! My parent’s generation “dug for victory” during times of food rationing. Now, “growing your own” apart from being a delightfully active way to spend time outside, is a way of reconnecting with the production of our food, knowing that it has been produced with minimum environmental impact. Walking into your garden to pick veg for dinner means food transport is measured in metres not miles, it can be as organic as you like (compost instead of agrichemicals) and it is really fresh so doesn’t need packaging or storing. It’s for these reasons that Transition Ashtead is so keen to promote growing your own. If you have little space, you can start really small, with herbs on your window sill. You can grow strawberries or even some varieties of tomatoes (“Tumbling Tom”) in window boxes or hanging baskets. Don’t think you have to chose between a flower border or a veg patch – mix them up! Fill gaps with carrots or fennel (nice foliage!), plant strawberries among your bedding plants for a summer treasure trove. Potatoes grow happily in containers on the patio, as do runner beans and courgettes (but keep them well fed and watered) Or if you have big ideas but a small garden, the Transition Ashtead Garden Share scheme may be what you’re looking for. We currently have offers of many Gardens for Sharing, including spaces on several plots that are quite separate from the owner’s main garden and absolutely ideal for getting on with your own thing. Is this Spring the one when you actually get out there and get growing your own? Get in touch (contact details below) and ask about Transition Ashtead Garden Sharing!

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1.The Great Train Robbery 2. Professor Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes' arch-enemy) 3. Lethal injection 4. He was naked (he was known as the Naked Rambler) 5. James Brown 6. The Old Bailey 7. Plane spotting 8. Borstals (named after the village of Borstal) 9. 12 (15 for Scotland) 10. He killed the British Prime Minister

Down: 1 Sure, 2 Athens, 3 Amusing, 4 Snail, 5 Icicle, 6 Majestic, 12 Aircraft, 14 Nucleus, 16 Signal, 18 Negate, 19 Inert, 22 Tide.

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Across: 1 Puffin, 4 Prostate, 10 Anxiety, 11 Deadpan, 12 Only, 13 Versailles, 15 Novice, 16 Beagles, 20 Aspirin, 21 Capone, 24 Headlights, 26 Ache, 28 Toronto, 29 Glasses, 30 Star sign, 31 Lapsed. Down: 1 Platoons, 2 Foxgloves, 3 Ibex, 5 Radishes, 6 Stalingrad, 7 Appal, 8 Ernest, 9 Tyres, 14 Schillings, 17 Exorcists, 18 Ping-pong, 19 Deceased, 22 Thetis, 23 Stage, 25 Aorta, 27 Gala.

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Tools of the trade Before you tackle your garden, have a quick sort through your tools. Give them a clean, decide what needs to be replaced and scrub off any rust, before rubbing on a little vegetable oil to keep them in tip-top condition. Check your mower and hedge trimmer to see if any blades need sharpening or replacing and throw away any old chemicals cluttering up your shelves, which may even present a health risk.


ith the flowers blooming and new leaves appearing on the trees, April is a time when most of us like to have a bit of a tidy-up and revitalise the garden for summertime. Whether you’re preparing for the growing season, or simply wanting to improve the look of your garden, we have some great ideas to give your green space a good spring clean.

Throw out the old plants Start by removing dead annuals or plants showing any sign of disease, and pull up invading weeds - but don’t add them to your compost bin. Any bulbs which have finished flowering will need deadheading, but don’t


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rub down and coating of varnish or teak oil. To remove rust spots, scrape away with a steel wool pad, and use a dry paintbrush to remove particles left on the surface. Finally, apply a waterproof sealer, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

remove the leaves as they will provide the energy for next year’s growth. Some shrubby plants with woody stems, such as buddleia and lavender, will need to be pruned in order for new blooms to appear on the freshly-cut branches.

Give your pond some life Start by getting rid of dead leaves, fallen branches and old plants, but don’t throw these – instead, try replanting in new soil. Next, remove the pump, replace the filter and check everything still works properly. If you have any paving slabs, give them a bit of a scrub and tidy back any overhanging plants. Note however that if you have fish, try not to cause too much of a disturbance as they are still in winter mode.

Patios, paths and rough edges A little touching up here can make the world of difference. Start by trimming overhanging grass from the edges of your patio, pathways and borders, and check to see if any stepping stones have sunk below ground height – if they have, raise them so that loose soil won’t cover them when it rains. Brush off any old leaves from your patio before giving it the once-over with a pressure washer. If you don’t mind a bit of graft, scrub with a specialist path and patio cleaner. Finally, pull out any invasive weeds from the gaps between the patio stones, and lift up encroaching moss.

Get growing The weather is warming up and now is the ideal time to cultivate some seedlings. Start off with some tomatoes, sunflowers, salad leaves and chillies, and place them somewhere warm, ready for the sun when summer comes. Clean all your old pots with a scrubbing brush, re-plant your window boxes and, finally, sit back and enjoy!

Treat garden furniture To prolong the life of your garden furniture, it will need a yearly service to remove any rust spots and prevent against decay. Your wooden furniture will benefit from a good 83

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Fix Your Street!

A new way of contacting the council Recently I became the proud owner of an iPhone and I have to admit I’m smitten. We walk together, talk together and at night I tuck it into it’s little charger and reluctantly say goodnight. Now my iPhone has helped me complain to the Council!

Not all problems will be dealt with as swiftly as mine but this is an effective, free service that was as easy to use as tripping into a Leatherhead pothole. You don’t have to find the telephone number of the council, speak to anyone or write a letter. You can also remain anonymous.

Some readers may shudder at technology’s intrusion in our lives. Even our dear Publisher berates herself for her Luddite ways. However there are times, as when the first television programme was aired or the first electric kettle boiled, that technology is your friend.

Sally Edwards Leatherhead resident Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. You need a signal to send your report and fix the location (if you have no signal at the time you can save the report and send later).

Here’s why. I found an ‘app’. App is short for application. You get them on your iPad, iPhone or iTouch. This app is called Street Report. Don’t panic!!! If you don’t have an iThingy but you have a computer then check out It’s the same thing. Street Report allows you to quickly and easily report a council related problem anywhere in the UK to the relevant authority and Mole Valley DC is no exception. I recently saw a huge case of flytipping. I went to the app Street Report, took a photo of the problem with my phone, filled in the tiny little form (it’s VERY VERY easy I promise) and pressed send. The form supplies categories of problems for you to just tick: like lighting, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, loose paving stones, potholes), you confirm the location, and it contacts the correct authority and department for you. You can monitor the progress of your complaint via the website. By the time I got home I received an email from Street Report asking me to confirm my report. I received an email the very next morning from Mole Valley council telling me they would send a work team and that very afternoon a friend watched the council clear up the flytipping. Did I mention this was all FREE of charge?

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Down 2. Main artery of the body (5) 3. Portable rocket launcher (7) 4. Capital of West Germany between 1949 and 1989 (4) 5. Military wake-up call (8) 6. Lofty nest of a bird of prey (5) 7. Grasslike marsh plant (5) 12. Pedal digit (3)

13. Animal or plant that 18. Natives of Helsinki, lives in or on a host for example (5) (8) 19. Bulb, traditionally 15. Pointed tool for from Holland (5) punching small holes 21. Remove the fleece (3) from (5) 17. Unit of heat, often 22. Highest volcano in applied to a foodstuff Europe (4) (7) Solutions in next month’s edition 88

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Capturing the true spirit of the Emerald Isle, ‘Essence of Ireland’ is a breathtaking show of superb musicianship, spectacular dance routines and dazzling costumes which comes to the Epsom Playhouse for one day only on Thursday 7 April at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. With a mixture of traditional and modern songs, a touch of Irish craic and endless energetic dance routines, anyone Irish or otherwise who is a fan of quality music and dance cannot fail to be mesmerised by this spectacular top drawer show. “If you liked Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Spirit of the Dance, you will love this show, because it’s even better!” Southampton Echo

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