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Issue 118

August 2015 Never underestimate the importance of community

Become a volunteer driver ÂŁ1M grant for forgotten estate Conquest Art arrives in Epsom Mary Berry to open Wisley Flower Show Prudential cycle races - Sunday 2nd August Heritage Open Days 10th-13th September - book now BR standard 9F class 92212 on loan to Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, E. Sussex

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


Donation to MND charity by local group


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Can you help to support local families?


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Conquest Art arrives in Epsom


Ashtead Community Vision


Ashtead Women’s Institute


Quiz - Knights & Princesses


Leatherhead Morning Women’s Institute


Mole Valley Police Column


Bridgehead raced the sun!


Quiz - Medical Conditions


What’s on? Pages 66-71


The dangers of sunscreen - a story


Free fishing for the family


Book reviews


Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycle races


Heritage Open Days - book now


Local history article


New MV Rotary Club Presidents


Cryptic crossword


Become a volunteer driver


General knowledge crossword


Recipe - salmon en croute


Transition Ashtead


Simple crossword


Mary Berry to open Wisley Flower Show




Gardening - tropical paradise


Give a cat a home


£1M grant for forgotten estate


Mid Surrey Mediation Service


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From the Publisher ippee, summer’s here and hopefully we can all enjoy some good weather and get out and about. On Sunday 2nd August we have the annual Prudential cycle race thundering through Leatherhead. Timings can be found on page 74, with the amateur riders coming through around 9.05am and the professionals at around 5.25pm. Like it or loathe it, there will be road closures in the area so be sure to update yourselves before setting out on the 2nd. Our district council has sent in some info on this year’s Heritage Open Days which run from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September and, as ever, the events which need to be booked should be done so in advance, go to page 34. Did you know there was a band of hard-working people in Surrey who are part of voluntary car schemes who help thousands of elderly and vulnerable residents get to hospital/doctor appointments, social events and even collect prescriptions. For information on how to become one of these ‘angels’ then go to page 40. The lovely Mary Berry will be opening this year’s RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show which runs from 8th-13 September this year, more on page 86. Although this magazine deliberately does not take a political stance, I have to say that, along with the rest of the world, I was absolutely appalled at the atrocity which took place in Port el Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Kantaoui on 26th June in Tunisia. About three days provides local businesses with before this happened my partner and I had booked affordable, quality advertising. Ads to go to Sousse (about 8km from the attack) as we cost from £53 +VAT per month, per had been to Tunisia several times before and quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be thoroughly enjoyed it. designed where required.

Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Unfortunately we have now had to change our plans, but we had, until the FCO advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia, fully intended to go, not only to support the wonderful Tunisian people but also in defiance of terrorism.

As a young girl living and working in London, I remember all too well the IRA bombings in the capital and, like many thousands of others, although devastated by these events, carried on with my daily No part of this magazine may be life. By behaving like this, however, it meant that reproduced, stored in any retrieval what would be a relatively quick journey either from system, or transmitted in any form or to home would end up taking hours because of electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without bomb threats, but I felt then, as I still do now, that prior permission of the Publisher. terrorists, extremists, radicals - call them what you will - will not win. All in-house artwork and editorial

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ASHTEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 70th Anniversary Year Working for Ashtead since 1945 The Level Crossing – An Update

At a lively meeting organised by the Residents’ Association for Network Rail to deliver their plans for the Crossing, residents were stunned to hear that despite promises that the crossing would be upgraded in 2015, 2 years earlier than had been planned, the timetable has now been put back to 2016 with work completed in 2017. The reasons for this were “contractor resources, a changing programme and programme slippage”. We were also told the initial tenders were too expensive and the scheme had to be resubmitted. The new timetable is as follows:



Signalling Design Complete

January 2016

Start on Site

June 2016

Detailed Design Complete

July 2016

Work Complete

March 2017

Since the initial announcement about the upgrade, which included plans to change the road junction priorities around the crossing, residents have been writing to Surrey Highways objecting to the proposed revisions to the road layouts. At the behest of the Residents’ Association and SCC Councillor Chris Townsend, a site meeting was arranged with Surrey Highways at which it was proposed that Network Rail’s plans for north of the crossing be amended to give priority to traffic from Woodfield Road/Links Road instead of from Overdale. This would endorse the standard road junction feature of “give way to the right”. In addition, on the south side, Surrey Highways proposed making the turning from the slip road onto Woodfield Lane “No Right Turn” as opposed to the total closure proposed by Network Rail. The ARA believed that residents’ correspondence and the results of the site meeting had been communicated to Network Rail but were advised at the meeting this was so. We have since pressed Surrey Highways to send all details to the design team at Network Rail.

Many at the meeting expressed their annoyance at the delays between the lowering of the crossing barriers and the arrival of trains. Unfortunately, the team from Network Rail were unable to respond to this as it was “outside their area of expertise”. The Residents’ Association is now considering requesting Network Rail send along someone with that knowledge to explain the system and to examine if any changes are possible so that they can be installed simultaneously with the crossing upgrade. Chris Grayling was unable to attend the meeting due to commitments at the House of Commons but we know that he has been briefed on what occurred. We also know that he has asked for a meeting with Network Rail and will let residents know the outcome of this in due course.

The Iron Footbridge

Residents may have seen the markings on the footbridge steps and surface showing where repairs are necessary. The Association and local Councillor John Northcott have been chasing Network Rail to undertake these repairs as soon as possible before someone has an accident. One seriously damaged step has now been replaced as a consequence of this pressure and we hope other repairs will soon follow. If not we will chase again!

Alleyways and Town Paths in Ashtead

Many of these paths are used by parents and children on their way to school to avoid traffic and they are also used by Mums with buggies and people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. We know that many are overgrown with weeds, brambles and stinging nettles so please let the Association know where these paths are and we will use a Grant from Surrey Highways under the Localism Scheme to get these cleared. Tell us where they are – from where to where – by emailing David Baker Highways & Webmaster

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Fundraising, Surveying Opinions, Continuing the Anti-Litter Campaign A hot, mainly dry summer seems to be the ideal time for the fund raising that keeps various local organisations afloat. Thus we have had the Horticultural Society coffee morning, Ashtead and Bookham Village Days, Bookham Open Gardens, and, in Leatherhead, the Annual Duck Race, which helps to fund the Christmas Festival.

Nat West corner has benefited from our planting scheme because of its location. Its window boxes, which hold 18 planters at the market end of the High Street, can be viewed from all directions. We know that our effort is appreciated because of the favourable comments we receive when we replace plants seasonally. Imagine our delight when we were told that Nat West Bank would be contributing £100 annually to our flower fund. This donation has been 'the icing on the cake' to this year's successful fund raising.

The demands of the Anti-Litter Pop up Art Exhibition in April resulted in the Environment Committee's decision to postpone the open gardens until 2016. We knew it was more prudent for a small committee to focus on one main event at a time. Nevertheless, fund raising was on our minds and what better place than in members' gardens? Pam Wilson began the efforts with a Bring and Buy plant sale.

Fundraising aside, the most important thing happening in the local area this summer is the consultation concerning Transform Leatherhead. By now everyone will have had the chance to name one change for Leatherhead and to send in some other ideas online However, after reading and completing the Transform Leatherhead questionnaire, we (the LRA) sent out a short supplementary questionnaire to our members seeking their opinions on the shopping The Environment Committee’s fundraising began four and parking facilities which, perhaps, had been years ago when Ann Cardew opened her garden to insufficiently covered. Overall, people did not want raise money for flowers to brighten the Town Centre. vast changes. They wanted a few more shops, some As the number of open gardens increased, we have more parking spaces of various types, retention of the been able to make contributions to worthwhile High Street embargo on traffic between 10am and 4 environmental causes. This year we decided to have a pm, improvement of the road surface in Church Street series of afternoon teas. Although only limited and High Street, and expressed concerns over future numbers of people can be accommodated in most maintenance. To preserve its countrified feel, gardens and the catering demands are daunting, we people did not seem to want cafes and/or restaurants were able to overcome these challenges. We have had down by the river and nor did they want development two successful events in the lovely gardens of in the Red House Grounds which is the only usable Caroline Cardew-Smith and of Susan and Chris green space Leatherhead has and could deflect Leveritt. Proceeds from such events are not great but shoppers away from the town centre. We shall learn with a windfall from Nat West Bank we have covered more in November. the cost of maintaining 20 High Street planters. Cheryl Allen and Caroline Brown

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On July 21st, Fetcham Residents’ Association was delighted to visit Oakfield Junior School to present two bursaries to its students. The first Bursary of £100 is intended to be long standing one from the Fetcham Residents’ Association; the 'John Piper Award' aptly named as John Piper was a past President of the FRA and this bursary is to be awarded for handwriting and good presentation.

beautiful displays for the village planters this year.

In a bid to keep everyone more up to date our Notice Boards in the village are in the process of being revamped and we are looking The second being a new annual Bursary to include an up to starting this year is to be granted to two date list of clubs students from each year group and is entitled and activities held “Behaviour for Learning”, which will cover willingness, involvement, conduct, attendance in Fetcham, so if and overall attitude and this award is for £160. you run a group or activity we would like to hear from you. The Fetcham Residents’ Association is very happy to contribute to “Fetcham’s Future” and Equally any ‘Whats on’ or other community information you would like displayed please looks forward to hearing news of the worthy send to winners. Mrs Susanne Taylor Special Thanks go to the ‘Brighter Editor Fetcham Residents’ Association Fetcham’ Team who have created particularly


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Ashtead Community Vision New housing for Ashtead? A Brownfield Greenbelt perspective the Shell garage in The Street and an office site off Barnett Wood Lane. Generally though, there is very little available previously developed land in Ashtead (and in most of Mole Valley). So if there is to be any extensive building then it may have to be directed at the Green Belt – a controversial act which will be resisted by many of Mr Osborne’s followers with not an inconsiderable amount of local pressure being directed at the Leader of the House of Commons - our own MP Chris Grayling (who hancellor George Osborne’s statement also happens, lives in Ashtead). Just as well about giving open house to developers who want to build on so-called ‘Brownfield’ then, that the Government currently says it sites created a whole flurry of activity in the wishes to avoid building on the Green Belt. national media. Which is why Mole Valley District Council, contrary to Mr Osborne’s assertions about The hand wringing in Downing Street about the intransigence of local authorities, in its Britain being “incapable of building enough recent assessment activities has been keen homes” made me smile at least in the to identify, Brownfield land wherever it context of the Ashtead Neighbourhood exists - in large part to ensure it counters Development Plan (NDP) which is currently the pressure coming from those who would being put together by Ashtead Community like to concrete over the Green Belt. Vision on behalf of the Ashtead


Neighbourhood Development Forum.

AVC’s housing report – which is part of the evidence backing the soon to be written housing policies in the NDP – suggests there aren’t many Brownfield sites in Ashtead. Most previously developed land that has been redeveloped in recent years, has been on very small sites. The exceptions are the two largest sites at Parsons Mead and St Andrews - sites which yielded 117 dwellings. Of course, drama is never far away from But to put that into perspective the average aspiring politicians so the FT helpfully ‘windfall’ rate – the number of small included the Osborne punchline, “I am not prepared to stand by when people who want Brownfield sites becoming available in to get on the housing ladder can’t do so.” All Ashtead - has been 8 dwellings per year between 2006 and 2014. good knock about political stuff. But what are the implications of this Brownfield debate for Ashtead? You can find out more about ACV and the Forum’s work at: Well, not much more than noise given the fact that the village is pretty much fully developed with few, if any, ‘Brownfield’ -Community-Vision/ sites – otherwise technically known as ‘previously developed land’. Currently going AcvComms The story made the front page of the Financial Times and no doubt on those of some of the other lesser rags in order to point the finger of Britain’s housing woes firmly at the local authorities who are charged with enacting our planning policies.

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Mole Valley Police Column Anti-Social Behaviour As part of the regular work carried out by your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (including the specialists in Crime and Casualty Reduction), we monitor closely the types of issues that are raised with us, not only from calls into our contact centre but also from people who take the trouble to let us know their views at panel meetings, police surgeries or, most commonly these days, via Facebook and Twitter. What comes across quite clearly is that there remains a general concern about anti-social behaviour, which can take many forms. Examples that are reported to us include: inconsiderate driving of motor vehicles, riding mopeds or scooters through villages at excessive speed and people throwing objects about in the street, either directed at a target or just indiscriminately. Also, we receive reports about people behaving in an inconsiderate manner (whether or not influenced by alcohol), excessive noise, littering and people behaving in a manner which causes concern or distress to other members of the community. This is something that is totally unacceptable and your local officers will deal with any situations they encounter. If anti-social behaviour is having an impact on your life, we always want you to let us know. Ideally, it is helpful to have as much detail as possible, such as days, dates, times, plus if you happen to be able to name or provide a description of who may be responsible. This is so we can target our attention and resources at when these problems are actually occurring.

During the school holidays, children obviously have more freedom to go out, meet up with friends and enjoy themselves, which everyone would encourage. That said, we hope that parents or guardians make sure that they know what their children are doing, where they are going, for how long and when they will be home. Part of this must be, of course, to ensure the safety of children when they are away from adult supervision and care. Sometimes, children do not consider the consequences of their actions, so we would ask parents and guardians to get their children to think about whether their actions could be causing alarm or distress to others, damaging the environment or putting themselves or others in danger.

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The dangers of sunscreen Ben reluctantly handed over the iPad and Ruth turned to Sam. “I’m not giving you my phone, I’m not a child… I need it for work.”

Ruth was in paradise. She lay back on the sun lounger and closed her eyes with a sigh of pleasure. She was in the south of France, lying by a pool, a glass of chilled Chablis on one side of her and a trashy novel on the other. She was smothered in factor fifty sun lotion and all was good with the world. They’d nearly missed their flight down here but now she could relax.

“You’re on holiday. You’re not at work. You act as though that phone is stapled to your hand…” Sam could see his sons starting to snigger and began to enjoy himself.

Her daughter, Sarah, was splashing quietly in the shallow end, diving for brightly coloured plastic discs. She was wearing her favourite flowery swimming costume and a pair of tightly fitting pink goggles. She ducked down, holding her nose with her left hand and stretching out frantically with her right, in the vague direction of one of the discs. The goggles were great but she still automatically closed her eyes as she went down, which made the diving exercise more challenging than it needed to be.

“Oh, my God, Ruth, you’re right! It is stapled to my hand… Look, I can’t get it off! It’s stuck!“ He dramatically waved his hand in the air. “Look boys! What am I going to do? How can I possibly enjoy my holiday with my phone stuck to my hand?” Ruth started to laugh. “Sam stop it, I just want you to put it away for a bit and join us. Don’t be daft...” Sam was now in full flow. “What shall I do? I’ll have to stand by the plug socket all night to charge it up! How can I eat? How can I shower? How can I wipe my…”

Daniel and Ben were inside, playing with Ruth’s iPad and Sam was texting on his phone. Although Ruth was luxuriating in her tranquility, a small knotted ball of digital resentment started to grow in her stomach. She knew exactly how the argument would unfold. She’d go inside and berate the boys for playing on a screen and they’d immediately justify their behavior by pointing at Sam. “Sarah, stay in the shallow end. I’m just going inside to find the others. Don’t do any more diving until I get back, OK? You need some more sun tan lotion anyway.”

“Sam! Stop it. I’ve got to get back out to Sarah. She’s out there by herself and she needs more sun cream.” “I’ll never be able to play the trombone again!” Ben and Daniel were in fits of giggles. “Dad you’ve never played the trombone!” Sam picked up the bottle of sun cream. “I can’t go out in the sunshine. I can’t cover myself in factor fifty like you do…! My holiday is ruined…”

“I hate sun cream, it’s all slimy… I’ll come out now for a bit. My fingers are going all wrinkly anyway. Can you pass me my flip-flops?”

“Take that bottle out to Sarah, Sam, and put that phone down!” Sam went to the French doors. Sarah was sitting on the edge of the pool, slapping her flip-flops together. “Sarah, I’ve got a problem. I have to put sun cream on you but my phone is stapled to my hand!”

Ruth hopped comically across the scorching tiled terrace, the heat piercing her feet with every step. She picked up her daughter’s flip-flops and hopped over to the pool before hopping back to the house again.

Sam was laughing so much that the searing heat didn’t immediately register in his bare feet. He suddenly leapt in the air like a scalded cat and tried to reach the cool, wet stonework at the edge of the pool. As he skidded on a patch of water, his phone proved not to be stapled to his hand when it dived elegantly into the shallow end to join Sarah’s brightly coloured discs.

“It’s so wonderful out here, please come and sit in the sunshine… Sam, come off that bloody thing. You’re on holiday! Boys, off! I don’t want to see you playing those stupid games – you can do that at home…” “You play Sugar Candy Crush all the time and that’s really stupid…” Ruth was indignant. “I’m not going to play this holiday… I only bought my iPad to check emails!” “Yeah, right… You were playing this morning. I saw you!” “You were, love… Give them a break. They’re on holiday…”

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Ruth glared at her husband. This wasn’t going the way it was supposed to. “Sam! You’re not helping. Boys, give me the iPad. Sam, give me your phone. We’ll put them in the cupboard and you can have them back later. Let’s go and play volleyball in the pool.”


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Hooray for Hollywood! Summer is the time for the great cinematic blockbuster, but there are days when it’s way too nice to be stuck in a dark movie theatre. Why not get out the deckchair and read the book before seeing the film after dark? Seeing how some of these great novels paved the way for Hollywood, it’s no wonder they’ve made millions for the studios.

Jurassic Park -

Lord of the Rings

We’ve just taken an ill-fated trip to Jurassic World this summer, but why not read the original and best? Michael Crichton wrote his cautionary tale about what happens when scientists mess around with dino DNA way back in 1990, and the subsequent film made millions of children around the world believe that dinosaurs could roam the earth again. Throw in some Chaos Theory and some moral and ethical questions and you’re left with one extraordinary book that’s full of suspense, and opportunities to roll your eyes and weep for the future.

Michael Crichton

Psycho - Robert Bloch

In 1959, Robert Bloch wrote a book that would make us all morbidly fearful of so-called ‘Mummy’s Boys’. Inspired by a real life murder case in Wisconsin, the novel was quickly snatched up by Hollywood, and Hitchcock brought the story of seriously disturbed Norman Bates to the silver screen. Middle-aged Norman runs the Bates Motel along with his domineering mother. Unwitting guest Mary Crane arrives at the motel, on the run having stolen $400,000 from her boss so she can marry her boyfriend and pay off his debts. But Norman’s momma is still running the show, and she’s not too happy about Mary’s arrival. It will, most definitely, all end in tears. Disturbing and harrowing, if he still lives with his mum when you meet him, then run like the wind.

The Firm - John Grisham

J R R Tolkien

Most wondered how on earth (or rather, how on Middle Earth) Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel could possibly be turned into a movie. Turns out, it was made into three. A sequel to ‘The Hobbit’, the novel expanded exponentially, and remains one of the best sellers of all time. The Dark Lord Sauron has created a ring to rule over all the other Rings of Power and bring him to reign over the whole of Middle Earth. What he hasn’t counted on is complications caused by a group of hobbits, along with some elves, and a wizard known as Gandalf. Complex and intricate it’s great to get lost in Tolkien’s world.

Grisham’s second novel was a hit of stratospheric proportions, so it was no surprise that Hollywood soon came a-knocking. Mitch McDeere is a hotshot lawyer in the making, but the Harvard graduate turns down offers from major firms in New York and Chicago to work for Bendini, Lambert and Locke based in Memphis. They offer him a deal he can’t refuse but it soon becomes apparent that it may have cost him a lot more than he anticipated. No one ever seems to leave ‘The Firm’, or least, no one seems to leave the firm alive. Gritty and gripping it will at least ensure that you read your contract through carefully in future.

Jaws - Peter Benchley

The Hunger Games

This isn’t perhaps what you’d call ideal beach reading, but the suspense that Peter Benchley created in his 1974 novel of a great white shark terrorising a seaside resort is absolutely compelling. Focusing on the stories of the three men who are tasked with hunting and killing the killer shark, it’s tense, intense and a real nail-biter. ‘Jaws’ was a huge success, despite coming under attack from literary critics. It’s no Moby Dick, but it’s the very definition of a page-turner and you’ll be devouring the story, much like a giant man-eating fish devours surfers.


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Mole Valley’s Heritage Weekend 10th – 13th September Book up Now!

Bookings for the much anticipated annual Heritage Open Weekend are now open. From Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September, over 70 free events will take place throughout Mole Valley to celebrate the best of the District’s heritage, with a special emphasis this year on its literacy and musical connections. The programme of events is available online at, from Pippbrook’s reception, the Leatherhead Help Shop, local libraries and a variety of other local outlets. Buildings to be explored this year are as diverse as a sawmill, a little-known castle, a mausoleum, an air-raid shelter, caves and two grand country houses. A preview of the much-publicised works to uncover the Deepdene Estate by Mole Valley District Council is an exciting part of the programme. Events will be organised by local historians, musicians, actors, ‘Blue Badge’ guides and other experts keen to bring to life the fascinating, the quirky and the amazing facts that make Mole Valley unique. This year there is a special emphasis on the theme of ‘words and music’ and there is much to draw upon as Mole Valley is rich with historical connections to internationally famous figures such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Vaughan-Williams, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, the Broadwood family, Laurence Olivier, Thomas Hope and Daniel Defoe.

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New Mole Valley Rotary Club Presidents Mole Valley is delighted to welcome its five new Rotary Club Presidents for the coming Rotary year, which runs from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016. Together with a combined membership of over 130 men and women from across the Mole Valley area, Tricia Haynes (Ashtead Rotary Club), Peter Hudson (Bookham & Horsley), Jenny Partridge (Dorking), Jon Weller (Dorking Deepdene) and Graham Ryding (Leatherhead) will be looking to build upon the successes of their predecessors. Between them, the five clubs raise on average around ÂŁ100,000 each year, the majority of which is used to support a variety of local, national and international charities and other voluntary organisations. Charities already chosen for support over the coming twelve months include Alzheimer's Research UK, The Brigitte Trust, Combat Stress and Kids for Kids. As well as raising money themselves, many Mole Valley Rotary projects involve the clubs and their members organising events which enable other local charities and organisations to raise awareness of and funds for their own activities, from Ashtead Village Day, which now includes stalls from over 100 worthy causes as well as providing thousands of local residents with a memorable day out, to a number of sponsored events, including a 10k run across Headley Heath and a 'swimarathon' at Dorking Sports Centre, enabling participants to raise funds for their own preferred charities. At an international level, Rotary continues to work closely with many of the well-known international aid agencies to provide hands-on disaster relief, through its network of over 1.25 million members in around 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, and in conjunction with its own range of specialist disaster relief equipment, such as ShelterBox and AquaBox. The five Mole Valley clubs will also be working hard to raise funds for 'End Polio Now', Rotary's global polio eradication campaign, which, since being launched in 1985, has succeeded in eliminating polio from all but three countries throughout the world. To find out more about your local Rotary club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or

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‘Drive into Action’ Become a volunteer driver and help your community Each year Surrey’s voluntary car schemes help thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the county to access hospital appointments, collect prescriptions and to enjoy social events. Each one is run by local volunteers for the benefit of their communities, by providing lifts for those who may not have easy access to transport. As the population ages, and as cuts impact on local transport services and result in the centralisation of health services, demand for the service provided by voluntary car schemes is increasing year on year but the number of volunteer drivers is falling in Mole Valley. That’s why Surrey Community Action, which provides help to develop new schemes and on-going advice and support to existing schemes, and Surrey County Council have teamed up to boost the number of volunteer drivers in the district. Becoming a volunteer driver is easy and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they choose, as well as decide the days and times during which they are available. In return, volunteers are rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping elderly neighbours to live independently for longer. Feedback such as “This is the first time I have been out for six months" and "What would we do without you? We are so grateful for all you do” makes a little bit of effort very worthwhile. Barbara, 88, from Ashtead became a client of Ashtead Good Neighbours after an eye condition meant she could no longer keep her driving licence. Barbara says: “It never dawned on me, the things that I wouldn’t be able to do after I stopped driving. It was a big, big loss but it’s good to know that I have Ashtead Good Neighbours to call on whenever I need to get to the surgery or to the optician.” Marian is a volunteer driver for Ashtead Good Neighbours and helps local people like Barbara to get out and about. “Sometimes the only people our clients see are our volunteers” she says. “But many of our volunteers are getting older themselves so we really need more people to join our scheme and give up a little time every now and again to help others like Barbara.”

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“Hello my name is Dora. I have finished with motherhood, my babies have gone to a lovely family and now I am looking for my forever home.

I am a neutered, black and white semi-long haired small cat, vaccinated and microchipped. I was very protective of my kittens but now they have gone I have blossomed into a loving, friendly cat. I was an indoor cat but now I would love a garden. However I don’t know if I would like young children and I am selective about whether I like other cats! Would you like to adopt me please? I am desperate to find a loving new forever home”.

If you feel that you could give Dora a much deserved forever loving home please call ROSEMARY ON 01737 350307 Epsom, Ewell & District Branch

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Want to join the local peacemakers? Are you a good listener, like meeting people, own a car and have some time to spare? Then you may like to become a volunteer mediator with Mid-Surrey Mediation Service and help bring peace and harmony to our local neighbourhoods. Ever had neighbour trouble? Smoky bonfires, inconsiderate parking, overgrown hedges, noisy parties? Or maybe you know someone who has been at loggerheads with next door for months and it’s stressing them out. Mid-Surrey mediators help to resolve neighbourhood disputes using a method where both sides can be winners. The neighbours are helped to find solutions which are sustainable and keep channels of communication open in the future. How does it work? Two mediators visit each household to hear about the problems. They are impartial, preserve confidentiality, and offer the service free of charge. They will suggest a meeting where all parties meet at a nearby venue, and there the mediators create a secure atmosphere in which the neighbours can communicate more effectively, each explaining to the other how the problems have affected them and getting a fair hearing. Frankness is encouraged as long as abuse is avoided! Once the issues have been fully aired the mediators encourage the neighbours to come up with workable suggestions which lead to an agreement.

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A bloomin’ marvellous donation! The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association would like to thank Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group for raising almost £5,000 for the Branch over the past two years. As well as donations and raffles at their regular monthly meetings, the group also held several large fundraising events, including stalls at Ashtead Village Day and a very special 'Bling on Broadway' flower arranging demonstration evening in May 2015, a sell-out with over 150 people attending. Having already presented the Branch with a cheque for over £1,500 in July 2014, the group were delighted to make a second donation of £3,335 on Wednesday 1st July 2015. Pat George, who chose the Motor Neurone Disease Association as her nominated charity for her two years as the group's Chairman, said she was overwhelmed with the amount the group and its members had raised. Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, said he was very grateful to the group for their wonderful support, adding, 'As well as raising such a fantastic amount, Pat and her members have also helped to raise an amazing amount of awareness about Motor Neurone Disease and the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to so many people.' Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive terminal condition that kills five people every day within the UK. It can leave people unable to walk, talk or even feed themselves, whilst their mind and senses remain intact. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just fourteen months and, as yet, there is no cure or effective treatment. The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association provides care and support to around 60 people living with MND as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself. (photo shows Pat George, Chairman of Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group and Simon Edmands, Chairman of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association)

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Tips to prevent a ‘pain in the house’ Housework really can cause pain in all sorts of parts of the body. So here are a few hints and tips to prevent pain in your body while trying to go about your normal homely duties: Ironing Try using a thick book like the old fashioned Yellow Pages, or a little step to place one foot on to prevent back pain whilst you iron. When we stand it causes a curve in the lower back leading to pain and discomfort after a little while. A step reduces the curve and therefore reduces strain. Cleaning the bath Use a sponge with a longer handle to prevent bending over the bath tub and having to scrub. Vileda Bath Magic Mop, this is an extendable pole with a sponge on the end. Vacuuming Try not to stretch the arm too far forwards and keep weight bearing equal between each leg, this prevents pain extending up from the hips to the lower back Lifting laundry basket Lifting should always be done without twisting and bending. Bend the knees and hold clothes in front of you not under the arm. Carrying children whilst working There is a wonderful hip seat by Hippy Chick called the ‘hipseat’ it supports the lower back and prevents parents having to push their hip out when carrying their babies. Parents do this all the time when babies cry but housework still needs doing! This hip seat will prevent injury and keep parent and baby happy.

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septicaemia in the UK each year. People of any age can develop the disease, but infants and teenagers are particularly susceptible.

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The single most effective way to prevent meningitis is to vaccinate. The Meningitis B vaccine was licensed for use in Europe in January 2013. Last year, the UK Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation recommended the vaccine for routine use and vaccination of babies in the NHS is proposed to start in September this year. However, the NHS will only be vaccinating babies. If your child is aged over 4 months at the start of the programme, they will not be eligible and there is no catch-up programme currently planned. The Meningitis B vaccine is available privately though, for those who wish to vaccinate their children. INforMATIoN SoUrCEd froM NHS.UK, ANd

Meningitis can be caused by bacterial, viral and fungal organisms. Six different kinds of bacterial meningitis: A, B, C, W, X, and Y collectively cause the most disease. Meningitis C was the most common until routine vaccinating of children, with the Men C vaccine, reduced cases to just a handful each year. Currently, there are approximately 1700 cases of Meningitis B each year in the UK, making it the most common type of meningococcal disease. It is estimated that about 3,200 people get bacterial meningitis and associated

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Clubs & Activities Conquest Art Comes To Epsom

One of the readers of the A & L Local, Mrs Marjorie Gardener, sent through this poem, unfortunately it’s anonymous but is thought to have been published in 1907. Nothing changes!

Starts Tuesday 1st September

Conquest Art is a charity that works with those whose life is limited by disability and health issues, working creatively can bring relief, relaxation and an improvement in wellbeing and our groups also bring the opportunity to make new friends. The new group commences on Tuesday 1st September at Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Rd, Epsom, KT18 5AQ, 2–4pm. The first session is free and thereafter there would be a nominal charge of £1 per week and an annual £5 subscription, all art materials are provided and absolutely no experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

‘They took a little gravel and they took a little tar, And various ingredients imported from afar They hammered it and rolled it and when they went away They said they had a road that would last for many a day

This is a testimonial from one of our Members: “Since joining the Stoneleigh Group I have rediscovered my creative side and I really enjoy my relaxed, social afternoon of fun with like-minded people. I have discovered a lot more benefits of belonging to a non-competitive group where we are encouraged to be creative within a friendly supportive environment” – Diana Pinchin

But they came with picks and smote it – to lay a water main And then they called the workmen to put it back again. To lay another water main they took it up once more – And then they put it back again, just where it was before

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They took it up for conduits to run a telephone And then they put it back again as hard as any stone. They took it up for wires to feed the electric light And then they put it back again – which was no more than right Oh the roadway’s full of furrows – there are patches everywhere You’d like to ride upon it, but it’s seldom that you dare! It’s a very handsome roadway – a credit to the town – but.. They’re always digging of it up – or putting of it down.’

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Ashtead W.I. - July 2015 Meeting On this hottest of July days for many years, our thoughtful committee had provided us all with drinks of ice cold water to cool us down during the heat of the evening. Our treasurer told us of wonderful results from our W.I. stall at Ashtead Village Day, so well supported by our members, and the funds will help us continue our excellent meetings during the coming year. Our delegate told us about the 100 years celebratory AGM at the Royal Albert Hall attended by The Queen, Princess Royal and Countess of Wessex, and that the baton which had travelled around the country was presented to The Queen during the day. The Queen (who is a W.I. member) gave a speech on the achievements of women. One of the speakers was the historian Lucy Worsley, talking of Cakes, Bakes & Troublemakers, and another, Tanni Grey-Thompson, gave a very amusing account of her life. Everyone attending was very pleased to hear that nationally the W.I. had in excess of 28,000 new members since June last year! Our speaker this evening was the very entertaining Sheila Kennedy, telling us of her many years working at Heathrow for airline companies from the early days until recent times, assisting passengers in so many ways. Of course there were many varied and heart-warming tales which we enjoyed hearing about, including the funny things people say, celebrities she has met, and unexpectedly helping people in particular times of need. Sheila’s life has been very full indeed including tap dancing with Roy Castle, and running dog kennels in Wales. Amazingly, she has travelled everywhere and helped with frightened flyers, but doesn’t like flying herself! After coffee we concluded our meeting with news of our many sub-groups, the informal lunch at a local venue, and confirmation of details of our summer outing to Salisbury which takes place instead of an August meeting. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd September Sandra Brown

Leatherhead Morning W.I. - June 2015 Meeting Our June meeting opened with an introduction to another new member. We have been fortunate enough to have welcomed three new women to join our number in recent weeks. Hopefully this trend will continue, as we are always delighted to see new people. Our trip to Worthing in June was very enjoyable and we were blessed by a fine day. The idea of forming several groups with special interests, is proving to be a popular one and will, hopefully, take shape in the near future. Our President, Hazel Richmond-Coggan, described her recent visit to the Royal Albert Hall. This event was to mark the 100th anniversary of the W.I. It was a magnificent occasion, attended by The Queen, Princess Royal and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Our speaker at the meeting was Tony Leppard, an old friend of ours. His extensive tour of Chile was illustrated by film of this fascinating country. It was intriguing to have such an insight into this very interesting place. The ever-changing scenery as he travelled around, showed volcanoes to a vast desert area. Here it is unknown to have rain, but incredibly there was a time when snow fell, completely altering the landscape for a time. We were transported for a while to a very different location from a sunny morning in Leatherhead. A reminder that our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10.15am at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Do come along for a friendly welcome. For any further information, please ring Betty on 01372 374570. 64

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Ashtead Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW 9.30AM, 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Gráinne 07912 112421


Leatherhead The Royal British Legion, Lower Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, KT24 5JP 5.30PM and 7.30PM Tel: Lyn 07803 712652

BridgeHead Software Raced the Sun! On 27 June 2015, two teams from BridgeHead Software, the specialist healthcare data management company, completed a gruelling climb, bike and canoeing charity challenge ‘Race the Sun’ in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. This year there were two teams – Team 1: Tony Cotterill, Gareth Griffiths, Brendan O'Leary and Neil Brown and Team 2: Natalie Perry, Pavlin Penchev, John McCann and Andy Gallagher. The teams raised a total of £5,155: cycling 45 miles, climbing 2,907ft to the highest peak in South Wales (Pen y Fan) and canoeing a 3km course on Pontsticill Reservoir - starting at sunrise and finishing by sunset - racing the sun finishing well before sunset! The BridgeHead Software teams raised this money in aid of Action Medical Research for Children; a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children in the UK and has been behind numerous breakthroughs such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and the foetal heart rate monitor that could help save thousands of at-risk babies.

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WALKING WEDNESDAYS With NCT Leatherhead and District

Would you like to get some exercise, meet other Mums and find walks you can do with your child? Why not try NCT’s summer buggy walks! Free buggy-friendly guided walks are running on Wednesdays every fortnight from June to September. Walks start at 10.45am and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be an NCT member. Wed 12 August – Walton-on-the-Hill. Meet by the Grey Dove Café, KT20 7RW. Free parking on Walton Street Wed 26 August - Newlands Corner. Meet by the visitor centre, GU4 8SE

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Fergie the Tractor at Bocketts Farm Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August

Come along to Bocketts Farm on 8th and 9th August to meet Little Grey Fergie and friends! Fergie, the popular live action tractor brings magic and fun to learning about life on the farm. There will be four live shows running throughout the day and a chance for visitors to meet him in sessions afterwards! Plus don’t miss all the usual farm activities, friendly animals and plenty of indoor and outdoor play. Advance tickets not necessary.


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Prudential Classic & 100 cycle races through Surrey, timings and road closures on p.74

Monday 3rd Saturday 8th

Ashtead Art Group Summer Exhibition and sale of paintings, see opposite for details.

Saturday 8th

Leatherhead & District Angling Society Open Day, Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, 10am-5pm. Children under 14 must be accompanied. FREE event. More details on, see opposite.

Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival, 3pm-11.15pm. Tickets Day £13, weekend £18, under 16s £6. Festival with workshops (£6 extra). Chris Moreton, Howard Burton, Nigel Canter Saturday 8th & Andrew Perry & good Company Bow-Legged Skeeters. Saturday Band workshop 3pm Sunday 9th (Sunday workshop 12.30pm-2.30pm). Concert 7pm. Info, tel: 07821 196381 Chertsey Agricultural Show, Mead Lane, Chertsey, KT16 8LN. £10 adults, £7 concessions cheaper online tickets in advance. 9am-5.30pm. Fun for the family, including Saturday 8th & traditional animal competitions, classic car and motorcycle displays, craft stalls, donkey Sunday 9th show, heavy horses displaying their skills, floral art and pet shows. The Knights of the Damned will be demonstrating their jousting skills. Capel’s Big Weekend, Capel Recreation Ground, Mortimer Rd, Capel, RH5 5LB. 12pm7.30pm. Saturday adults £4, under 12s free, Sunday adults £10. Family fun filled Saturday 15th weekend, Saturday sees Capel Horticultural Show, Capel Classic Car & Bike Show and & Sunday 16th Capel's Got Talent, Sunday for Capel Music Festival. Info on 01306 711449 or go to Tuesday 18th Path Surfacing, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, KT19 8PL. 10am-4pm. Help Thursday 20th the Lower Mole Partnership resurface the footpath in the centre of the park. More info & Tues 25th from Louise Wilford on 01372 743783, or Thursday 27th

Friday 28th

England Masters Cricket, Avenue Road, Banstead, SM7 2PP. £5 for programme + £5 per car for parking. Former England players in a T20 match against Banstead Cricket Club, the "Rams" plus colts cricket, stalls, games, food tents, entertainment and bar. Info from David Kellingley, 07764 614318,

Sunday 30th

Mane Chance Summer Open Day, Mane Chance Sanctuary, Monkshatch Garden Farm, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ, 12pm-5pm. £6 adults, £4 child, discounts for advance purchase. Horse sanctuary founded by actress Jenny Seagrove, to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome, abandoned, old and abused horses. Day inc tours, stalls, activities, BBQ, mini cinema showing sanctuary’s work. Email for more details on, go to or telephone Abi Smart on 07512 363400


Heritage Open Days, see page 34 for details or go to: or More information in next month’s edition.

Sunday 13th SEPTEMBER

Bacchus Marathon in aid of Princess Alice Hospice, Denbies. 10am-6pm. Entry £45 for full or half marathon, £5 for fun run. With wine stations, post race BBQ, fancy dress, stunning views - great fun. Details on, 01372 461808

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

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Free Fishing for all the family

Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD

Saturday 8th August 10am - 5pm

The Leatherhead & District Angling Society is holding its annual open day on Saturday 8th August. The biggest fish caught on the day wins a year’s free membership! Everything is FREE, we provide all the tackle you’ll need - even the bait! There will be experienced anglers on hand to teach the basics to beginners, as well as to pass on tips to the more advanced. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up. Due to the popularity of this event, each fishing session will be limited to a maximum of two hours per person.

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Summer Exhibition and Sale of Paintings

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE Grand Evening Reception Monday 3rd 7.30pm-9.30pm

Exhibition open Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th August 10am-8pm DAILY

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

Sunday 2nd (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 .

Tuesday 4th (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 at its new venue at Thatcher’s Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting.

Wed 5th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (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 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th (weekly)

GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ hours/2-3 miles. More info on: 01483 534706, or email:

Thurs 6th (weekly)

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

Thurs 6th

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

Friday 7th (weekly)

10.30am-11.30am Leatherhead Community Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. Come and join us for coffee and buy home-produced cakes, savouries, plants, veg, crafts and preserves along with Conisbee’s meat and Collaroy eggs. Limited availability so either come early or order in advance. Contact Mick 01372 453959 with any queries.

Friday 7th (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Sewing Shop in the Committee Room of the Parish Church Hall can meet all your Haberdashery needs. Learning to sew ? Free technical advice available. Contact Janine 01372 374914

Friday 7th (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 7th (monthly)

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

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

12.30pm lunchtime concerts

featuring students of the RA of Music, London’s music colleges & talented local musicians Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Thursday 6th August - LMC

A concert of English and Icelandic music ♦ Emily Andrews, flute ♦ Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir, piano

Thursday 13th August - LMC

Fabrizio Falasca, violin ® ♦ Marios Panteliadis, piano ®

Conservatoire ♦ Chloe Percy-Smith, soprano sax ♦ Emma Jones, alto ♦ Rachael Kendall, tenor ♦ Chalcedony Williams, baritone. music by Gershwin, Dvorak, Pedro Iturralde

Thursday 27th August - LMC

Alice Bishop, soprano and Simon Marlow, piano (® performer appears courtesy of the

Thursday 20th August - LMC

Royal Academy of Music)

NUANCE - Saxophone Quartet - from Birmingham

WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? - REGULAR EVENTS ctd Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund held at Epsom General Sundays 9th & Hospital. Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Cars £10, MPV, 4WD and Small Vans £12. Larger vans 30th from £15. Trailers £3 extra. Entrance: By donation. All profits for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Food available. Toilets. Info 020 8337 8181.

Wed 12th

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Tilney Lunch Club for ladies, meet at 1pm for 3 course meal and speaker, £14.50, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Further info on 01372 454879

Tuesday 11th Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. (2nd Tues monthly) For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422 Wed 19th

Ashtead Friendship Centre, 2pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Annual sub £10 + £1 per meeting. No August meeting, outing to Chartwell instead. More info from Don Butt 01372 274288

Thurs 20th

‘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.

Wed 26th

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. No meeting in August, but two social events - Summer Lunch & Variety Group’s Cream Tea. For info contact Di James on 01372 273948

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Private garden that’s not overlooked: your new garden is overgrown, probably with leylandii.

According to the experts moving home can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. Think about it for a moment: picture yourself updating all those direct debits, the sheer effort required to pack everything, the quest to find a reliable removals company, and the memory test involved in redirecting your post. Are you stressed yet?

Tiered garden: steep - watch out for landslides. Located in the heart of the countryside: hope you enjoy smells and flies. In the centre of a close-knit community: all the locals will want to know your business.

But, of course, first you have to find your perfect property, which means learning the gentle art of estate agent interpretation. Here’s a handy reference guide that you may want to take along on your next house-hunting expedition.

Private lane: do you know anyone who does reasonably priced tarmac? If not, you’ll need to find someone. Shared access: have a solicitor on stand-by. By Derek Thompson

Bijou / compact / snug / cosy: different ways of saying ‘tiny’. Do not take a cat along to the viewing. Dual aspect: you’ll hear traffic and your neighbours from two directions, and you’ll need to keep two pairs of curtains closed. Recently refurbished throughout: the house was a tip until three months ago. Has possibilities for the right buyer: it’s still a tip. Gravel drive: drive has now become a litter tray for the neighbourhood cats.


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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 & Classic Cycle races Sunday 2nd August ROAD CLOSURES Roads closed from 07:30: • A24 (By-Pass Road) from Beaverbrook Roundabout to Givons Grove Roundabout. • A24 Northbound from Dorking to Burford Bridge. • A24 Southbound from Mickleham to Pixham Roundabout. • B2450 (Dorking Road), Church Street, The Cresent, Leret Way, Bull Hill and Randalls Road. • A246 between junction with A25 at Clandon and The Street at West Horsley. • A244 (Oxshott Road/Leatherhead Road) from junction with Oaklawn Road towards Esher. • A3 slips at Esher Common. • The A246 between West Horsley and Hawk’s Hill/Young Street remains open throughout the day. • Oaklawn Road closed from 08:30.

LOCAL ACCESS The Swan Shopping Centre and car park will remain open. Access is possible to the car park, vehicles should approach from Bridge Street to North Street where temporary traffic lights will permit entry into and out of the car park. The A246 between West Horsley and Hawk’s Hill/ Young Street remains open throughout the day. Leatherhead Station – train station drop offs can be made on Station Road when approaching from Guildford Road and Bridge Street or on Kingston Road (A245) on the north of the route. Stewarded pedestrian crossing points will help you cross the event route. Access to and from Mickleham and Givons Grove can be made via Young Street (A246) and a contraflow at the Givons Grove Roundabout throughout the closure period. Givons Grove is accessed via Mickleham Drive and Mickleham is accessed via Old London Road at Box Hill School from the A24. The Prudential RideLondon Hub will be based at the Swan Shopping Centre in Leatherhead, making it a great spot to watch both events. If you have an access question about social care, or medical visit, a wedding, or any other planning needs for the day of the event, email or call 0345 8949773. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained throughout the day.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 78

Gimcrack Hill - Dorking Road - Leatherhead

Why Gimcrack Hill? , the definition of Gimcrack means appearing attractive and expensive, but in fact badly made, perhaps the surface of the road was poor in earlier days and hence the name was given and remains to this day. Roads became much improved following the recommendation of McAdam and others. The stage-coaches passing through Leatherhead en route to Dorking and Worthing would have had to go via Gimcrack Hill. Their average speed would have been 10 mph. The coaches had no proper brakes but on steep hills, an iron plate, a skidpan or drag, was applied to the rear wheels, acting as a primitive form of braking. For many years one was embedded in the wall of the St.Mary’s Road side of Gimcrack Hill, near the top. Much to the dismay of local residents it disappeared some years ago. It was a modest memorial to a carter, George Clark, who died in a wagon accident there. A similar device can be seen in Leatherhead Museum. The 18th Century house on the left hand side of the picture is named after Sir Lawrence Weaver. In 1937 a health and education centre was set up as a memorial to him (he died in 1930 following a heart attack) and his wife Lady Kathleen (who had died in 1927 of pneumonia,) they were founders of the ‘Ashtead Potters’. It was opened by George Lansbury, the Labour MP, and despite a host of good intentions it failed to prosper and closed down in 1939. Goff Powell Extracted from– History of Leatherhead – A Town at the Crossroads – by Edwina Vardey L&DLHS with additions

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 76

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Greek high-flyer, one vehicle in front of you and me (6) 4. Arrest in twisted sieve (8) 9. Stick together, a little firm in this place (6) 10. Flog cereal crop for Dante's love (8) 12. Shortly about holding nothing for eggs (3) 13. Fruity-sounding twosomes! (5) 14. Angry Christian emblem (5) 15. Past period in cricket (4) 16. Prudence changes directions (10) 20. Enough nice stuff I sorted out (10) 22. Floating mass found in ambergris (4) 25. Cheap variety of fruit (5) 26. Races round, shows concern (5) 27. Garland hidden in a hole in the wall (3) 28. Girl with no time initially to be sulky (8) 29. Place of worship found on the side of the head (6) 30. Suffered emotional strain when puddings were sent back (8) 31. Odd space-time feature (6) Down 1. Run up debts without interest (9) 2. The tale spun by a sportsman (7) 3. Green prune I diced (6) 5. Steer round timber producers (5) 6. Baked tart and cake critic (8) 7. Biro Ian put in a capital place (7) 8. Staggers about bobbins (5) 11. Island swimwear (6) 17. Middle region after a recent change (6) 18. Ten niggle about being careless (9) 19. Man without pants, we hear! (8) 21. More level to lavish praise and compliments on (7) 23. Shape to leak back between two points (7) 24. Evaluate the donkey on three points (6) 25. Diarist who takes little looks, we hear (5) 26. Light boat in churning ocean (5) Solution in next month’s edition


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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Short play preceding the main performance (7-6) 7. Diplomat having less authority than an ambassador (5) 8. Small axe with a short handle (7) 9. Egyptian royal tomb (7) 10. Plain dough cake, often griddled (5) 11. John ___, English dramatist whose works include Look Back in Anger (7) 17. Minor parish official (5) 18. Mass of precious metal (7) 20. Territory occupied by a nation (7) 21. One of the two main branches of orthodox Islam (5) 22. Native of Freetown, for example (6,7) Down 1. Causing a sensation as of things crawling on the skin (6) 2. Large streams (6) 3. Bottomless gulf or pit (5) 4. Skilled craftsman (7) 5. Educational institution (6) 6. Having decayed or disintegrated (6) 82

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Transition Ashtead Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Fairtrade and Transition Movements walking hand in hand The Fairtrade and Transition Movements share the same aims: both want to make an intelligent use of resources so that we live in a greener, fairer planet. One of Transition’s principles is that if we can’t imagine a positive future we won’t be able to create it; Fairtrade has a vision of a positive future for producers worldwide where they get a fair price, are helped to improve their production methods, thereby improving their lives and the lives of their families and associates. Fairtrade companies support people living in some of the world’s poorest countries, in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Smallholder farmers, who produce 70% of the planet's food yet are 50% of its poorest people, cannot afford enough food basic healthcare, or education for their children. In the first three months of this year, the UK Government matched public donations to the Fair Necessities Appeal pound for pound. International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, said “By matching public donations to the appeal pound-for-pound, we can give isolated farming households the skills, equipment and services they need to boost their incomes, improving the quality of life of thousands of people for good." The Fairtrade Foundation, a global organisation working to secure a better future for farmers and workers, says “Not all trade is fair - farmers and workers at the beginning of the chain don’t always get a fair share of the benefits of trade. Fairtrade enables consumers to put this right. It is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers sell on Fairtrade terms they get a Fairtrade Premium in addition to the agreed Fairtrade minimum price.” Farmers and workers vote democratically on how this Premium is spent: roads are laid, nurseries equipped, helpful new tools put to work. Electricity and clean water are all benefits that the farmers’ co-operatives have introduced in their communities. Two years ago a sugar farmer from Malawi visited Leatherhead schools and organisations and proudly showed us pictures of the houses he and his colleagues had been able to build to replace their mud huts. In the United Kingdom Traidcraft is the largest retailer of fairly traded goods. They work hand in hand with smallholder farmers in many parts of the world, teaching better business practices and more effective cultivation techniques, so that they grow a greater diversity of crops. The company also sells recycled household and paper products, reducing waste, and channel the profit to the farmers they are helping. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty in the world through their everyday shopping. When a product carries the Fairtrade Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards, which are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets, and the injustices of conventional trade. This fits well with Transition’s principle of helping people access good information and trusting them to make good decisions, as well as building resilience. Margaret Jones Website: Email: 84

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Mary Berry to open RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show 8th - 13th September

RHS Ambassador Mary Berry will open this year’s annual flower show at RHS Garden Wisley. Mary Berry was appointed an RHS Ambassador last year, and champions the principle of growing your own food as well as RHS Garden Wisley, her favourite garden. As well as opening the show on 8th September, she will also participate in a book signing. The show will be a colourful visual feast with over 60 nurseries and garden trade stands displaying their wares and more than 100 exhibitors competing for the top prizes in the National Dahlia Society Annual Show. Members of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) will be displaying a vibrant selection of floral art under the theme ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ The show also offers the chance to source free, authoritative gardening advice from the Royal Horticultural Society. Many of the UK’s best nurseries, including 28 medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, will be offering plants for sale. There will be a strong programme of talks throughout the show on a range of gardening topics, from Mediterranean gardening and orchid cultivation to how to control Britain’s number one pest – the slug. Visitors to the show can also enjoy the spectacular colour of the herbaceous borders and the creative inspiration of the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail around the garden. Around 60 sculptures from established and up-and-coming artists from across South East England will be on display and available to buy. There will be a free shuttle bus from Horsley station every 20 minutes throughout opening hours of the show, and those who travel by train will receive 25% off their entry ticket.

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Mary Berry adding the final rose to a spectacular cake made of flowers at last year’s show (courtesy RHS/Helen Yates) 86

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Tropical Paradise By Pippa Greenwood

As the summer’s end is not too far away, many of us will be wishing for that exotic holiday we never quite had. But you can recreate that Typically Tropical Feel in your own garden instead. The temperatures may not be quite what they might be on a real exotic holiday, but it’ll certainly help to make your garden feel warmer and more appealing, and you can be sure that it’ll last a lot longer than the classic two week long trip.

worst weather and then brought out again once it has started to warm up the following spring.

A tropical oasis might be particularly well suited to an urban garden, where temperatures are often warmer and conditions more sheltered and protected, but even if your garden gets its fair share of frosts you can still make an impact using a mixture of tender and hardy plants all of which have that exotic feel to them. Plant closely or fill ‘gaps’ with temporary plantings of the less hardy tropical look plants and you will create that dense, lush looks which spells tropical paradise.

Don’t forget the vertical surfaces such as trellis, walls and fences as they too can be given a floral and foliage makeover. These may look boring now, but will look great when covered with passion flowers, ornamental vines or the pretty Cobea scandens commonly known as the cup and saucer plant. Then add to the ‘action’ using a few dramatic features – perhaps a Trachycarpus fortunei palm in open ground or a pot, or in the form of a sculpture or statue. If you go to the garden centre, many statues and garden ornaments are much more affordable than you might think. Partially hidden with some lush foliage they help to add to the junglelike atmosphere. There are plenty of tropical-effect plants to choose from including: tree ferns, phoenix palms, yuccas, cordylines, Rodgersia pinnata, Gunnera manicata, Rheum palmatum, cycads, citrus (including lemons, calamondin orange and other fruiting varieties) and bamboos.

Lush, large leaves will always help to create a rainforest or exotic atmosphere and you could even grow a miniature banana called Musa ‘Basjoo’, which shows a good degree of hardiness. Indian shot plants, also known as the cannas are great and fast growing too. For very bold, colourfully striped foliage and screaming orange flowers try Canna ‘Tropicana’, or for a larger than life effect try the banana Ensetes ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ which grows very fast and has wonderfully rich purple-green leaves. If you want more than just foliage, the bulbous Eucomis bicolour has out-of-this world greenish yellow flowerheads which give it the common name of ‘pineapple plant’. Another favourite of mine is the Angel’s trumpet. These gorgeous looking plants may be very poisonous but the flowers of Brugmansia (previously known as Datura) as angel’s trumpet is also known, take some beating – choose white, yellow or cream and enjoy their perfume and elegant good looks. Although not hardy if you grow it in a pot it can be kept in the garden during all but the

So, you see, the potential is there to create a holiday paradise without having to leave home, brave delays at the airport, find a house or pet-sitter…..all you need now is a deck chair and a cocktail or two, delivered on a tray! Visit Pippa’s website for Nemaslug & other biocontrols, Speed Hoes, Speed Weeders SoftTie, pop-up crop covers, copper tape and lots more besides. 88

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Our re-development is now well underway and those of you who visit us regularly will see daily progress. It will be necessary for us to close The Olive Tree for a few weeks during the month of August whilst we put the finishing touches to the kitchen and interior. Please do check our website for dates of closure - and you can also see the plans for the new look Olive Tree. Meanwhile, it will be business as usual in the rest of the Garden Centre - we will have our late summer flowering plants in stock to bring colour to your garden. / 01372 273891 Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1HU 89

£1 Million Grant for Dorking’s Forgotten Estate Following an application for funding made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is delighted to announce that a £1million grant has been awarded to the inspirational ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ Project. Whilst led by MVDC and the Mausolea Monuments Trust, the successful bid was made possible with support and involvement from a number of partners. The grant will fund restoration work to the Deepdene estate and landscape, including garden buildings, key paths and site of the old Deepdene House, once the grand home of renowned Regency taste-maker Thomas Hope, before being demolished in 1969. Upon completion of the two-year project, residents and visitors will be afforded an exciting opportunity to be enthralled by the grand sights of one of the nation’s magnificent forgotten estates, located just outside Dorking town centre. Public access to the existing Grade II gardens will be extended, courtesy of Kuoni Travel and Dorking Golf Club, and access to neighbouring Betchworth Castle and the remarkable Hope mausoleum will feature as just two of the many highlights on a newly formed Deepdene Trail. The project will also deliver a range of educational activities to engage with the local community through the Dorking Museum. Restoration work to the estate’s Hope mausoleum, led by a devoted group of around 25 volunteers, The Friends of Deepdene, began in 2011 and there has been significant progress. The HLF grant will help support future work and fully rediscover this remarkable sleeping landscape. Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said “We’re delighted to fund the next exciting chapter in Deepdene’s story, which has included periods as a 17th century Italianate style garden described as the ‘epitome of paradise’ and as a Second World War base for a railway company. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players this story will be brought to life, providing a fantastic boost for our region’s heritage“. MVDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement & Resident Services, Councillor Vivienne Michael, said “The Heritage Lottery Fund’s award is wonderful news and will enable us to share this fantastic asset and environmental gem with residents and visitors, helping to boost prosperity in our District.”

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