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


Andy’s Blog


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Computer courses for the petrified


Locals have their say on Leatherhead


Local hockey club


Leatherhead Community Association


Swimathon Challenge 2011


Making it in Mole Valley


Spot the difference


Cats Protection


Recipe of the month


Chernobyl Children’s Life Line 2011


Local history article


Vocalists’ Night at Mezz Bar


Ashtead Winter Ball - report


Quiz - City Rivers


Book reviews


Leatherhead Theatre


What’s on?

Interested in forensic science?


Surrey Reuse Network launches


It’s a Bug’s Life - a story


Burns’ Night Supper - report


Macmillan Cancer Support


DNA Property Marking - Beat the Burglar


Quiz - Heroes & Villains


Transition Ashtead


Epsom Rotaract


Gardening - Fruit Trees


Winter Wellness - Part 2


Leith Hill Musical Festival 2011


Simple Crossword




February Crosswords solutions


Useful numbers




Solutions on page 91


From the Publisher


he signs of spring are definitely here. I grew some tulips in a ceramic pot by the kitchen door last year and this year they have started to shoot up in mid February, a sure sign? The garden is slowly coming to life and one knows this, not by the snowdrops or crocuses coming up, but by the seed and young plant catalogues that land on the doormat almost daily! Persephone will once again be in our midst, prising herself from the underworld of Hades (sorry, my ‘Greekness’ pops out from time to time!) March is always my favourite month as my birthday falls in this month, and I am very pleased to report that I can make my birthday celebrations continue for an entire week. I was contacted by Mid-Surrey Link who work with Chernobyl Children’s Life Line as they are just starting their project for 2011 when members of our community play their part in supporting children from Belarus. The children come to the UK for a recuperative break from the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster. A few weeks’ break from radiation, eating nourishing food and breathing clean air, is believed to improve their health significantly by giving their immune systems a chance to recover. More information about how you can help can be found on page 28. If you’re into ‘CSI’ then once again the Holy Cross School in New Malden is running its free Forensic Science course from June. Details of the course and how to apply can be found on page 40. 2011 is the Macmillan Cancer Support centenary, and they are challenging local businesses, organisations and individuals to raise Advertising funds by signing up to the Macmillan Centenary 100 The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local year challenge, page 44. 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.

A really interesting and useful project has started called Surrey Reuse Network, made up of six charities, it’s ethos is a simple one: to offer a wide range of good quality items (furniture and kitchen appliances) at affordable prices as well as offering Technical & Legal stuff training and employment opportunities to help local Whilst every care has been taken to families in need. I think we are all more conscious of ensure that the data in this magazine the need to recycle and this is a great way of donating is accurate, the Publisher cannot or buying used goods, page 76.

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

Lots of new businesses have come on board for March and I am sure you will be as excited as I am to discover the diversity and sheer number of businesses trading in the local area, and long may it continue. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward before you retire on Sunday 27th March and I’m sure, like most of you, I shall be commenting on how light it is for 6pm on that first Sunday! Fingers crossed for a mild and colourful spring, I, for one, can’t wait to take off my coat! Tatty bye, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420

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Preparing for action Looking forward, it seems to me that one of the challenges will be for representatives of the various local groups to work more closely together to harness the strong community spirit and identity we enjoy. Over the coming months, this will therefore be receiving our increased attention.

It is becoming clearer that the effects of cuts in local government finance and the introduction of “Localism” will present every community with both difficult choices and major challenges. The impact of cuts is yet to be fully felt but the introduction of on-street parking charges by Surrey County Council across the county and the public outcry about the closure of many libraries are perhaps a taste of things to come. Other plans are starting to form which will need a considerable increase in the involvement of the voluntary sector.

These changes are also likely to provide excellent opportunities for more residents to be directly involved in the development and operation of our community. If some involvement may appeal to you, please let me know (, as we are starting to plan for what The full impact of these major changes could be a challenging and rewarding upon our community is as yet unclear. new era. But I believe that Ashtead residents face a major challenge. How do we Ashtead Spring Clean respond positively, take advantage of opportunities offered and engage more This year’s Spring Clean takes place effectively with local government to on Saturday 2nd April starting at safeguard our community? 10am. Why not join us for an hour of litter picking to help to keep our Ashtead has a strong tradition of village looking clean and tidy? voluntary activity and community involvement. It should therefore be We will meet in the APMH car park and well placed to respond positively. at other points around the village and Some examples are the work then follow up with a coffee at the Leg undertaken by Ashtead Good of Mutton and Cauliflower. More Neighbours to assist with travel details in next month’s magazine. arrangements, the Ashtead Churches’ Community Trust which raised money to hire an additional youth worker and Paul Le Versha the varied charitable activities of Chairman Rotary. 8

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION successful. This will be history to you of course by the time you read this.

We live in interesting times. For as I write this we have just heard that the Olympic cycle races will come through Westcott and Dorking , up the zig zag to Boxhill and then through Leatherhead and on to Kingston. This will be shown on giant screens in the Dorking and the Red House Gardens, in Leatherhead. In preparation for this international view of our Town, it will be necessary to get the place looking spic and span. Hopefully the Residents’ Association will be at the centre of this and ensuring that the world sees us as we would like it to.

Over the years, Leatherhead has been very conscious of its image to the rest of the world. It is not so long ago that the Council tried to present us with a water-feature where the cross roads had been before the clock-tower stood there. A public consultation was held in which only 80 or so responses were received. Then the Council pushed ahead with their plans causing an outcry and over 500 people crammed into the Theatre to pour scorn upon the Councillors and Council Officers. Nevertheless the County Council still pushed ahead with their plans until they found a large underground concrete construction. This, rather than the democratic voice of the townsfolk finally won the day.

But that is not all. The Government is proposing to turn much of the delivery of local services upside down, so Parish Councils and Residents’ Associations will set the agenda for the delivery of services, such as Planning and Health Care. This is not a matter of trying to use unpaid volunteers to do the work of Council officers, nor is it a scheme to push Councillors to one side. But this is to get the local people to plan their Town themselves rather than be told from on high what is good for them. To start with, a few areas will be selected in which to try out the idea. Some of you may have seen a TV programme on BBC2 just before Christmas which suggested that Leatherhead might be an ideal town to show this off. I missed it as I was abroad. But since then things have moved on, and next week we shall know whether or not our bid has been

Following this, the ‘Health check’ was born and this lead on to the creation of a limited company to turn ideas into practice. Undoubtedly this has weighed heavily in favour of making the Town a possible ‘Vanguard’ leader in the democratic experiment. So what should we do? Well as a first step you should join and support your Resident’s Association, whether it is for Leatherhead or one of the surrounding villages, get involved! The eyes of the world will be upon us! Hubert Carr Chairman, Leatherhead Residents’ Assoc.

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Residents have their say on Leatherhead’s Future Residents of all ages attended a recent exhibition on 28 and 29 January in Leatherhead on the future of the town centre. The exhibition featured the findings of a consultation held in autumn 2010 by Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council. During the consultation the councils asked residents and businesses how Leatherhead should be improved. The exhibition gave the community the chance to comment further on which areas the councils should prioritise. Once all views have been taken into account the councils will finalise where they will spend the funding they have been given by developers to make the improvements. A number of written and verbal comments were collected during the exhibition. These join the 120 pages of written comments that people sent to the two councils during the consultation process via questionnaires. Opinion is united among the community on the need to look after what we have better. It is being suggested that access for vehicles to the High Street during the evening should continue, but with better management of car parking to avoid inconvenience to pedestrians and shops. More space should also be made for the outside tables and chairs that belong to the town’s Leatherhead High Street, many restaurants. image courtesy Andy Newbold Photography There is also a proposal to review the number and type of seats, litter bins and other street furniture to make the town centre more attractive. These could also stop car drivers from accessing areas that are vulnerable to damage or areas that have parking restrictions. The councils will also consider redesigning the entrance to the pedestrian zone close to The Leatherhead Theatre. Tim Hall, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency, said: “Immediate funding is limited but we intend to make a start on essential maintenance within a few weeks and reach agreement on other projects to be developed over the next couple of years.”

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Could you help a Chernobyl Child in 2011?

26th April 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident and today’s children of Belarus are still suffering from the aftereffects; they are living with a tragedy which not only did not occur in their lifetime, it did not even happen in their country.

eating nourishing food and breathing clean air, is believed to improve their health significantly by giving their immune systems a chance to recover.

The Mid-Surrey Link has operated in Ashtead, Epsom and Leatherhead since 2002, with members of our community playing their part in supporting children from Belarus lucky enough to come to the UK. The children come to the UK for a recuperative break from the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster. A four-week break from radiation,

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The Mid-Surrey Link is looking for volunteers living within easy reach of Epsom and The contamination in Belarus will remain for Ashtead to act as hosts, or to support a host, thousands of years until the radioactive for two weeks between Wednesday 20thJuly fallout from the explosion has decayed to a Wednesday 17th August 2011. Outings and “safe” level, and in the meantime it’s an activities are organised for the children, and inescapable legacy that the people of Belarus their hosts and supports can join in with live with on a daily basis. And one thing that many of these if they wish. parents are desperate for is the chance for Fundraising for the 2011 visit received a their children to have a break away from it. kickstart at the end of January when we That’s where the Mid-Surrey Link comes in. were invited to be the supporting charity for At a recent meeting in St George’s Christian the January Ashtead Bridge Drive, raising Centre, the chairman of the Mid-Surrey Link, enough funds to bring across one child this Maurice Jones, explained how the national summer. charity Chernobyl Children Life Line (CCLL) was set up shortly after the accident to try to help those suffering from the after-effects of If you are interested in finding out more about how you could help the the Chernobyl disaster. Every year families continue to invite children from Belarus into children of Belarus, please contact their homes as part of this initiative. the Link on 01372 741228, visit our


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With two successful years of jazz music in the Mezz Bar the Leatherhead Theatre bar has revamped its monthly event to include more opportunities for even more people to join in and enjoy the space in 2011. Are you an aspiring singer? If you would be interested to learn something new, then the beginning of the evening is for you. Sarah Jane Weston runs an hour long workshop which will teach you the basics and advanced techniques of singing drawing on years of performance experience and training. Each month the group learns a new song to add to their jazz repertoire and learns about how to work with a band. The second part of the night is where we feature a professional vocalist. This month the featured artist is Mandy Bell. Her personal and inimitable sense of style and musicality promises for this to be a performance not to be missed. In the final part of the evening we will open the floor to other musicians and vocalists from the workshop to sing and play. Bring along three copies of your music in your key for the band to play from, some supportive friends and your voice or instrument. 7.30pm – Workshop (£10 inclusive) 8.30pm – March featured artist Mandy Bell (£6 inc jam session) 9.30pm – Open floor Jam Session

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AN AUDIENCE WITH CHARLES DICKENS Wednesday 16th March at 7:30pm

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In aid of Action in Africa

Tickets: £15 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Step back in time for the glorious days of music hall presented by London’s famous Players Theatre. A talented cast of your favourite artistes who have all appeared on BBC’s longest running series ‘The Good Old Days’ will take you on a nostalgic trip and present for your warm delight and delectation an evening of song, dance and laughter. This heart warming and beautifully costumed show has lots of audience participation and captures the true Victorian spirit so come and enjoy the songs you love to sing and the jokes you love to hear. Unmissable! Book now to avoid disappointment!


Monday 7th at 7.30pm / Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th at 2pm and 7.30pm


Friday 11th, Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th at 7.30pm / Thursday 17th at 2pm and 7.30pm


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MONDAY Ashtead

Ashtead Baptist Church Barnet Wood Lane Mondays 7.00pm Tel: Ellen 07786 177517

Weight No Longer Ellen Clark has taken over the Ashtead Slimming World group on a Monday at 7pm at the Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnet Wood Lane. The weekly sessions are for anyone in the local community looking to lose weight. Ellen is a recent convert to the Slimming World approach after deciding to lose weight for her daughter’s forthcoming wedding. Ellen explained, “my first experience of Slimming World was at Tadworth. I went along to the Christmas countdown session in October and when I first walked through the door, I was struck by the sound of party celebrations and was surprised to see a table full of festive food and drink! I love cooking and this delicious food made a great first impression. However, I did wonder if I was in the right place! I am very pleased to report I was and from day one I really enjoyed the friendly and supportive atmosphere within the group. Slimming World has now become very much part of my social diary and by leading my own group I hope my experience will help others to regain their confidence, as I have mine.” Slimming World’s food optimising with Extra Easy allows members to enjoy generous unlimited portions of “free foods” such as meat, fish, pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables so there is no need to ever go hungry or feel restricted when eating out. If you would like to lose weight in a friendly, non-judgemental environment then Ellen is looking forward to welcoming fellow slimmers to share fabulous family friendly recipes, savvy shopping tips and fresh menu ideas. To find out more about the Ashtead group you can call Ellen on 07786 177517 and for information on other Slimming World groups in the area visit 39


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Interested in Forensic Science?

Changing Minds Counselling Service

The Holy Cross Girls’ School in New Malden has Science College Status. The aim of the status is to create a challenging environment which raises the standard of achievement in Science and Mathematics for all students. Science colleges are also expected to be active partners in a learning society with their local families of schools and their communities sharing resources and disseminating good practice. This has helped the department to broaden links with the community through out reach work in our local primary schools and also by offering a “Forensic Science Crime Scene Investigation Masterclass� for adults.

Face to face counselling service Confidential counselling for all emotional problems CBT & Person Centred counselling Bereavement, depression, alcohol dependency recovery, anxiety, self esteem, phobias, OCD, relationship issues, conflict resolution, stress management, anger management

The Masterclass course consists of a six week lecture series, commencing Thursday 9th June, covering the many fields within forensic science. Each session is held in one of the Labs at the school lasts about an hour starting at 6pm. During each session there is a practical activity that puts theory into practice. The course starts with an introduction to Forensic Science and Criminal Law and over the six weeks will cover subjects such as Forensic Anthropology and Fingerprinting as well as other interesting Forensic Science topics.

M.Sc Counselling Psychology Member of the BPS

There is no charge for the course and places will be reserved on a first come first served basis and at the latest by Friday 13th May.

For more information or to book sessions

To book a place or for more information on the course please contact Mrs Gowan, Head of Science, The Holy Cross School, New Malden, KT3 5AR on 020 8395 4225 or email

01372 742 158 07799 623 507


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Spring Clean Your Colon

With life-enhancing Colonic Hydrotherapy

A relaxing, gentle and safe experience

Help with constipation Irritable Bowel Syndrome Skin problems Headaches PMT Stress

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Detoxification Haemorrhoids Bloating Flatulence Chronic Fatigue Candida

Ashtead Healthy Living For an appointment please telephone Jane:

01372 279755

Newton Wood Road, Ashtead, KT21 1NN

Have you ever wondered what Colonic Irrigation is like? Well now you can at Ashtead Healthy Living. My name is Jane Ranger a Registered Nurse for 26 years now I have my own business as a Colon Hydrotherapist in Ashtead.

changes to your diet and lifestyle you can maintain any improvements brought about by the treatment. Here is a list of some of the health benefits quoted to me by my clients:

Colonic Hydrotherapy also known as Irrigation or Cleansing is actually an ancient method of cleansing the bowel and removing waste and toxins from the body. This complementary treatment is hygienic; I only use sterile, disposable equipment. As the only Colon Therapist in Surrey to use the British Made “Aqua-Clinic”®, an apparatus that controls the temperature and flow of the water plus a member of the International Register for Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT) I work to a high standard offering a safe, pleasant and relaxing treatment in comfortable surroundings.

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A Colonic treatment will rehydrate and remove stagnant waste from the large intestine, there is no odour or mess and a treatment will take 45 minutes. It can restore physical and emotional wellbeing. With simple

Clearer skin and stronger nails Higher energy levels Improved sleep Better able to deal with stress Greater body awareness Sense of wellbeing Reduction of stress and anxiety Reduced bloating and gas Improved bowel habits Weight maintenance Increased knowledge of nutrition Improved clarity of mind

Whether you want a healthier you in 2011; Spring Clean your Colon or just want to find out more about the treatment please contact me (details above). Appointments will be available from 4 April 2011.

Jane Ranger


It’s a Bug’s Life replacement creatures and dropped them into the case, adding leaves and flowers but deciding against a replacement custard cream.

Ruth's daughter, Sarah, was given a bug habitat for Christmas. It consisted of a large plastic case containing a fake looking green and brown plastic log, surrounded by an equally fake blue plastic 'stream'. It was covered in a clear plastic cover with a hole at the top, next to a magnified section in order to view delighted bugs in their cosy new world...

Sarah was very excited when she got home from school and headed straight to the window sill. "Hello boys, how are you today in your lovely little home? Wow, you must have been hungry, you've eaten the custard cream! You're all going to have to squidge up and make room soon because you're going to have some new friends!"

On a surprisingly sunny March day, Ruth suggested that Sarah go and explore the garden for insects to put in her habitat. Sarah thought this was a great idea and immediately assumed the persona of the world's greatest naturalist, searching tropical jungles for new species. Ruth stood at the kitchen window and watched her daughter scoop up handfuls of earth, hoping that Sam wouldn't be too concerned about the seeds he had sown in the flower bed only the weekend before. She then went to the computer to catch up with some emails, leaving strict instructions with Ben to keep an eye on his little sister.

"Sarah Darling, I think there are more than enough creepy crawlies in there and you mustn't give them so much water. They don't like it. Why don't you put them back in the garden to live in their natural habitat. They can't really be happy living in a plastic case. They'd much rather be in the garden with their friends. They need fresh air and sunshine." "You're wrong Mummy! They get lots of sunshine through the window and they seem so happy. They've been there for four days now and look how healthy they are! I'll leave the lid off for a while to give them some fresh air, if you like." "No! Leave the lid on please! I don't want Eddie the Earwig and his friends loose in my house thank you very much!"

An hour later, she found Sarah at the kitchen table, sifting through earth filled saucepans and frying pans, using her kitchen sieve to locate insects and her eyebrow tweezers to extricate them and drop then through the hole in the case. Ruth tried not to notice the muddy trail of footprints leading from the back door.

"Anyway, they're going to have new friends soon. I've heard that someone at school has loads of them. I just have to find out who it is. They're bound to have some spare to give to me." "What are you talking about?"

Sarah was having a wonderful time. She had rehomed all manner of creepy crawlies, naming each one as it plummeted into its new plastic home. There was Colin the Caterpillar, Eddie the Earwig and William the Worm. Apparently there were also two ants called Ant and Dec, and several unidentified creatures called Ollie, Justin, Leonardo and Bob. Interestingly they seemed to be all boys. Sarah then posted leaves, earth and flowers into the box and added half a glass of tap water for good measure. She proudly placed her 'case of creatures' on the window sill and went off to watch television.

"Here, it says in this letter." Sarah produced a crumpled piece of paper from her pocket. "We have been informed that someone in your child's class has a case of head lice... Imagine that! A whole case full! They would love it in my habitat!" Copyright Sarah Lott February 2010 Website: Email:

Over the next couple of days Sarah lovingly tended her to her menagerie, adding more leaves, flowers and water. Her brother Daniel also thought it would be interesting to add a custard cream. The insects were hidden from view but she was very happy with her new pets. After four days, the sludgy mess in the case was beginning to smell. Ruth took it off the window sill and gingerly opened the lid. Sadly Ant, Dec, Colin, Eddy, William, Ollie, Justin, Leonardo and Bob had not coped very well with their new surroundings. Ruth tipped the drowned corpses into the garden and washed the box out. She then saw the empty case and pictured Sarah's despondent face. Ten minutes later she was rubber gloved and rummaging in the flowerbed. She located


Margaret Spice

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MA, BA (Hons.), MBACP, BICA Abuse • Loss of Confidence Anxiety • Relationships • All aspects of Depression Bereavement Infertility

Ashtead Practice Tel: 01372 277802 42

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Mon 9-6, Tues 9-6, Weds 10-8, Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5 80a The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW

01372 274343

10% off all Dermalogica products in March OR Book a Dermalogica Facial Plus and receive an additional 10% off Dermalogica products. (The Facial Plus offer only available on production of this advert)

No More Waxing! IPL/Laser Hair Removal

Our Prices held for this month

ÂŁ49 per Area/Session

Hair Removal Areas:

Underarms, Face, Bikini & single lower leg

Nurse Led Clinic

01372 377744

Leatherhead Town Centre 43

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Can you support Macmillan Cancer Support in 2011? This year is Macmillan’s centenary, we are challenging local organisations, businesses and individuals to sign up to the Macmillan Centenary 100 year challenge. We are challenging local individuals, groups and organisations to pledge their support to Macmillan during our centenary year 2011. From £10 - £1,000, sitting in a bath of beans, running 5k, holding an event, to being your organisation’s 'nominated charity of the year', we are here to support your fundraising in any way we can. We are all affected by cancer, we can all help to raise money for essential Macmillan services.

To pledge your support, or for more ideas, contact Liz O'Hanlon on 01622 600050 or email:


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Hairdressing Introductory Offer

½ price cut and finish* 10% discount off your next appointment when booking before leaving the salon. Student discount 15% off

Opening times: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 9am – 6pm

Wed, Thurs 9am – 8pm

01372 740565

35 Upper High Street | Epsom | KT17 4RA * on production of this ad - offer ends Friday 1st April 2011

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

Judith Richardson 01372 279406 : 07773 284211 45

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

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

Dr Sue Taylor

Dr R Woodriffe

Dr M Talbot

Dr T Than

Phone Now for an Appointment 01372 363670 135 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX 47

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Saffron Massage Service S implistic A ffordable F riendly F ully insured R elaxing O rganic N atural

10% off your first treatment

Saffron Massage at Energie Fitness, 104 High St, Epsom, KT19 8BJ Mobile service also available

Call Susi Ezzard, ITEC Diploma; MFHT, on:

01372 210711 | 07952 808241 Epsom Rotaract What we do: Rotaract is a fun, dynamic and unique international organisation for people aged 18-30. Rotaract offers a wide range of activities that will enable you to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others. Rotaract offers a varied choice of social activities, actively supports the local community and raises money for charity. Rotaract also gives you the opportunity to develop your personal skills and gain new life experiences in the UK and Ireland, and abroad. We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 8:30pm at The Haywain (Brewers Fayre/Travel Inn), 2-4 St Margarets Drive, Epsom, KT18 7LB (near Epsom Hospital). New members are always welcome. See you there! 0776 837 2085 48

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Ashtead Chiropractic Clinic The practice uses gentle chiropractic techniques that are suitable for all ages and can help a wide variety of conditions.

No obligation consultation ...all you have to lose is the pain...



Headache Neck pain Shoulder Arm pain

Pins & needles Numbness Back pain Leg pain

Doctors of Chiropractic

Dr Clare Hyland Dr Helen Bartlett

Dr Simone Cleverley Dr Lucy Schleibach

11 Craddocks Parade, Ashtead, KT21 1QL

01372 271970

Mr N. Patel B.D.S., U.Lond., L.D.S., R.C.S. Mr N. Stretch B.D.S., U.Lond., L.D.S., R.C.S. 49

Winter Wellness - Part 2 virtually all supermarket beef - takes on the fat ratio of the grain used to fatten it, i.e. 20:1, 30:1, and on up to 50:1. Walnuts, flax seeds, Chia seeds, fish, pumpkin seeds are also high in Omega 3s

Tony Buzan, author of umpteen books on mind and memory came up with this simple 4 point formula for life. I was happy to see the F word at the top of the list & all four points vital for strong immunity. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Superb quality food Plenty of O2 - exercise, breathe, open air Interest - activity for little grey cells Love

You will feel the difference as you make changes. What we think about and visualise we move towards.

What's the purpose of the immune system? To defend against attack & help initiate repair. Clearly. the better it defends & repairs, the better our health. How can we optimise our immunity? 1. Strengthen the whole immune 'army' - so the body can defend itself 2. Destroy unfriendly invaders - viruses, bacteria, yeasts etc 3. Clean up our environment - indoors & out - minimise indoor pollutants, filter water, regularly remove heavy metals from body. 4. Choose nutrient rich food & a balanced lifestyle. Poor food choice, can unbalance the digestive system, upset elimination system—which affects the immune system's ability to do its job, mind & emotions.

Flip Cargill Holistic Health Therapist Nutrition & Massage Rossiter System 01372 383468

What Other Foods heal? Eat healthy fats— Omega 3's & 6's help the immune system recognize what is self or nonself. This is key for cancer control. The immune system needs O3s & O6 fats to manufacture compounds which kill germs & invaders. We need them in a ratio of about 1:1 to 2:1. In the last 50/60 years, our “civilized world” has changed that ratio to 20:1 or 30:1, or 50:1. Steer clear of highly refined oils - corn oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, soybean - all high in Omega 6s. We need Omega 3s. Grass fed beef maintains those fats in the healthy ratio of 1:1 to 2:1, but grain fed beef


Ashtead, Leatherhead & Epsom

All levels welcome Amanda Skelly

Phone: 07507 550672 Email: Web:

Homeopathy The natural choice for health and well-being Give yourself a boost Meike Lawrence MBSH RSHom

01372 452994 Bookham based practice 50

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Take a bite out of winter! FREE estimates for new dentures Natural looking, comfortable and at a price to put a smile on your face!

Astek Dental Centre 19 Cannon Grove Fetcham, KT22 9LG

01372 377678


Chiropodist/Podiatrist Mrs P Sands, MChS, SRCh, HPC Registered

• Aching joints? • Back pain? • Shoulder or neck pain? • Headaches? • Muscle pain? • Recurring pain?

Recent injury or long-term problem, experience the benefits of osteopathy.

Footcare treatment inc: • Nail Surgery • Biomechanics/Orthotics • Cryosurgery (freezing) • Verrucae • Corn • Callus • Footpain

141 Cobham Road, Fetcham, KT22 9HX

01372 377022

Evening and Saturday appointments. Free off-street parking 51

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Across 7 Deprive of food (6) 8 Purpose (6) 9 Ajar (4) 10 Grows bigger (8) 11 Consequences (7) 13 Group of singers (5) 15 Normal (5) 17 Small country home (7) 20 Marvellous (8) 21 Painful (4) 23 Discussion (6) 24 Rhymes (6) Down 1 Cease (4) 2 Citrus fruit (6) 3 Under (7) 4 Young females (5) 5 Stiffening agent (6) 6 Going into (8) 12 Buttoned up (8) 14 Surgical instrument (7) 16 Overseas (6) 18 Tried (6) 19 Frequently (5) 22 In short supply (4) 52

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February Large & General Knowledge Crossword Solutions Across: 1 Homework, 5 Heated, 9 Develops, 10 Fierce, 11 Executed, 12 Genius, 14 Reflection, 18 Production, 22 Little, 23 Recovery, 24 Ironed, 25 Physical, 26 Greasy, 27 Wrinkled.

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Computer courses for the petrified Having now finished our courses on Getting going with Computers at the Leatherhead Institute, we are now moving on to the next stage – helping you to use your computer to communicate by Internet, emails, blogs and skype. You may have friends and family who tried to show you how to use these facilities, but they may have gone too quickly and didn’t make themselves clear, and you didn’t like to tell them.. Join our next course to learn in a friendly, patient and structured way, in a small group in which there is much individual help from the tutor, and you can move at your own pace. This will be held on Fridays (11.30 till 1 o’clock) starting on March 4. It costs £50 for five sessions. For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Leatherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

Anyone for hockey? It may be mid-season…..but it’s not too late to get involved. Leatherhead Hockey Club is looking for new players. The Ladies Section are keen to attract new members to boost their numbers with several players currently taking a break to start families and others having to re -locate to other parts of the country and overseas for work reasons. Ladies Section Administrator, Sue Ogden says "it's not a situation we would normally find ourselves in mid season but as this year we have, we are inviting interested local people of any age and ability to come and try us out."

Leatherhead Hockey Club 3rd X1 Team Lisa Davies is centre front row

Leatherhead Hockey Club fields 3 ladies' and 3 men's teams each week and it has a very popular colts' section too. Sue says "we are an extremely friendly and welcoming bunch. We attract players from all walks of life, ages and standards and in fact our recently formed 3rd XI team, which is doing very well at the moment placed 4th in their league, includes experienced players alongside those taking up hockey for the first time or returning to the game after a break. We recently had one of our goalkeepers celebrate her 18th birthday and another her 50th! " ctd... 56

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Leatherhead Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge every Monday and Friday Visitors welcome Secretary:

G. Cann

01372 372605 affiliated to E.B.U.

Lisa Davies who joined the club having never played hockey before says “It's really never too late to learn, as long as you are in good health and are prepared to work on your fitness. The club always has a lot going on socially. Its members are fun and interesting people, including school and university leavers, professionals, more mature individuals who maybe hadn't played hockey for many years, people just looking for a sociable way of keeping the pounds off and upping their fitness levels, plus of course seasoned players of a good standard wanting a challenging game each week. Training is provided by our very popular coach, Chris Brown on Wednesday evenings at Therfield School in Leatherhead. League and friendly matches take place on a Saturdays between September and April."

Ashtead Art Lovers would not be growing without The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local. Thank you Zen, for such a great magazine. Mell Fraser

For further details, please get in touch with Sue Ogden on 07712 194746 for the Ladies’ section, or Richard Craig on 07714 223225 for the Men’s section. Alternatively, visit


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Leatherhead Leisure Centre Launches 2011 Swimathon Challenge 8th-10th April The highest national Swimathon 2011 fundraiser will also win a fantastic trip for two to their choice of SwimTrek’s European holiday destinations.

To enter visit or call 0845 36 700 36

Leatherhead Leisure Centre has thrown down the challenge to local swimmers with the invitation to join in the 2011 Swimathon being held on 8th-10th April and beat last year’s impressive fundraising target. Nationwide, more than 20,000 swimmers took part last year, raising more than £2m for Marie Curie Cancer Care Trust. This year Swimathon will take place in 580 pools across the UK with over 22,000 swimmers expected to participate and raise money for charity.

Gail Porter & Duncan Goodhew

The Café

at St George’s, Ashtead

Steve May, general manager at Leatherhead Leisure Centre says: “We’re aiming to get 60 swimmers to take part. It’s a tough challenge but anyone can join in and we hope a lot more people will be inspired to take part in what is world’s biggest swim. “We’ll be organising training sessions for anyone interested in registering for the Swimathon this year, as well as good training for skilled swimmers, it’s a fantastic way to get started. More than 1000* people began swimming because of Swimathon last year.”

Visit our Café at St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Open to all from 10am-2pm, Mon-Fri,

for a coffee break, delicious snacks and hot lunches. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Rosie and the team

Anyone can enter either in the individual challenges of 1.5k, 2.5k, or the ultimate 5k. Alternatively you can join up with your friends and family and take on a team challenge and set up a relay. 58

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Modern Jive Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing’s

Lilia Kopylova

ZUMBA Fitness


Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Weekly on Thursdays 7.55-10.45pm (£7/£8) (½ Price LeRoc with this ad)

Strictly Come Dancing’s

Lilia Kopylova ZUMBA Fitness

The Latin inspired fitness party

Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Thursdays 6.30-7.45pm £8 07944 971195 | 01737 769600 |

Volunteers needed to lead organised cycle rides If you’re seriously into cycling, you might find that becoming a volunteer cycle leader is right up your street. GO50 is looking for new leaders who can commit to leading other cyclists in following a particular route on a particular day of your choice. You can plan your own routes or use one of our many existing routes. All rides are advertised in our quarterly programme, available from libraries or from You will receive support and friendship from our team of experienced volunteer leaders, many of whom have been with the programme since it started ten years ago. We need leaders located anywhere in Surrey – however, cyclists willing to lead rides anywhere east of Leatherhead are especially welcome, as the east of the county is less well-covered in our programme. The programme aims to introduce people in the 50+ age group to a healthier lifestyle and the benefits of regular exercise. 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.

Contact Richard Jeffries on 01483 534706 or for more details. 59

Education & Tuition We want you to have peace of mind when you leave your children with us, knowing that they will be loved and cared for in a friendly, safe and cheerful environment.

months--5 years • Children from 3 months • Learning environment of the highest calibre • Family values and atmosphere You are very welcome to visit us; please telephone to arrange an appointment. We look forward to giving you and your child the support you deserve and may need when combining work and parenting. Liz Chambers, Managing Director BEd. (Hons), Cert. Ed., Dip. SLD, P.P.A., O.U. (The First Years of Life)

“Very many thanks for the article in the November edition - we were overwhelmed with the numbers of people who came into the 'Christmas Special' market and I'm sure that was down to your excellent magazine and the publicity that we received for this event. We have already broken last year's record for the amount of money donated to the RNLI so we are delighted with the success of our markets.” C hris Townsend, Ashtead Friday Market, APMH.

01372 276825 / 279935 Barnesmead Woodfield Lane Ashtead Moorlands The Marld Ashtead



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Exam Coaching for: • 11 Plus • Common Entrance • GCSE • A/S Level • A Level Extra tutoring for au pair students taking English proficiency courses

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Food & Drink

Recipe of the month Seared Fresh Tuna with Warm Bean Salad Fresh tuna steaks have a lovely firm and meaty texture and a delicious not-toofishy flavour. Take care not to overcook the steaks as the flesh can quickly dry out and make sure your skillet or griddle pan is really sizzling hot before you start cooking. Serves 4 Ready in 20 minutes 4 fresh tuna steaks


Brush the tuna steaks with some of the olive oil and season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and a little sea salt. Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle pan until very hot and cook the steaks for about 2 mins on each side.


Meanwhile, heat the rest of the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the red onion for 3-4 mins. Stir in the beans, parsley, coriander and lemon juice and cook for a further 1-2 mins until heated through. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Divide the bean salad between four serving plates and top with the tuna steaks. Serve immediately garnished with lemon wedges.

45ml (3tbsp) virgin olive oil 1 large red onion, peeled and chopped 2 x 300g cans cannellini beans, drained 2tbsp fresh chopped flat leaf parsley 2tbsp fresh chopped coriander Juice from ½ a lemon Lemon wedges to garnish


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 25

The Warren Estate – The Duckhams - Ashtead The Warren Estate c.1930s

In 1921 Ashtead had a population of 3,226 which had increased to 4,783 by 1931, nearly 50% in ten years. As in the immediate pre-war decades, Ashtead was continuing to attract commuters. After the end of the First World War, builders were quick to acquire land where they could erect houses for the purchase by outsiders, mainly Londoners. The Warren Estate was one of the areas developed at this time, mainly for large houses. Even a golf course, begun as part of the planned Estate development, but was never completed. With its spacious houses on large plots, the Estate attracted men who had done very well out of the war and able to pay the then very high prices of around £2,000 to £3,000. One of the most impressive of these houses was High Warren, finished in 1922 and containing three oak panelled reception rooms and six bedrooms. This was for many years the residence of Sir Arthur and Lady Maud Duckham. Sir Arthur McDougall Duckham born in 1879 at Blackheath, London, was a Gas Engineer. He was one of the founders of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and its first President. He was Knighted for services rendered in the Ministry of Munitions during the Great War. He died in 1932 and is buried in St Giles' Ashtead graveyard. Lady Maud was the daughter of landscape painter Arthur Peppercorn (b.1847), who lived for many years at Longreach, West Horsley, but died 1926 in Ashtead. Goff Powell

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


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Wood & Pickett has been established since 1947, specialising in Classic Mini since the 1960’s and now BMW Mini - the next generation...

01372 388248

Wood & Pickett | Old Station Approach | Leatherhead | KT22 7TE


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Established 1990 Small, local, friendly garage between Leatherhead and Guildford Servicing and repairs (ABS brakes, clutches, tyres,

exhausts, diagnostics, airconditioning)

Free loan car We are also Seat and Skoda specialists, but we can also accommodate other manufacturers, just call us Open View Farm Epsom Road West Horsley KT24 6AP

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The Ashtead Winter Ball at the Duchess’s Stand The very first Winter Ball organised by Ashtead Conservatives was a tremendous success just prior to Christmas, with 270 people of all ages dancing the night away in the Diomed Room at the Duchess’s Stand at Epsom Downs. A welcoming Champagne reception got the evening off to a great start and after a delicious 3 course meal with coffee & mints there was the excitement of an Auction & Raffle in aid of Help for Heroes. Tempting Auction lots included: a dinner party for 6 in your home; a signed Manchester United football The Ball Committee L-R Brian Griffin, shirt; a Driving Experience at Mercedes Benz World; a day as Howard Jones (Chairman, Ashtead Conservatives) James Morton and Tim Ashton a Racehorse Owner; a signed print by Ashtead artist Sheree Valentine Daines; and a bottle of House of Commons Champagne signed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Guests watched excerpts from a DVD showing the miraculous achievements of the staff at our very own Headley Court in helping our service personnel walk again after amputations and grievous injuries. It was very moving and people gave generously. Dancing to a cool jazzy combo ‘Wired’ carried on until midnight, punctuated only by visits to the Casino tables where blackjack and roulette were available to test revellers’ skills and all for a prize for the person ending up with the most gambling chips at the end of the evening. Ashtead Conservatives are delighted to announce that as a result of The Winter Ball, a donation of £7000 will be made to Help for Heroes. Thanks are extended to everyone who participated and to the local business people who advertised or donated raffle prizes and auction lots. A really great community effort and a lot of fun! (Above image courtesy of Chater Dunham Photography)


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Book Reviews Becoming Lola Harriet Steel It is strange that Lola is so little known today. In her own time and for many years after her death in 1860, she was, after Queen Victoria, the most famous woman in the world, albeit for rather different reasons. Whilst the queen was a model of propriety, Lola’s career included scores of love affairs, including the one with Ludwig I, which was so unpopular with the Bavarian people that he had to abdicate when he refused to give her up.

poetry anew and to experience its humanity and its beauty, while at the same time turning much of what we have ever learned about modern British poetry on its head. Birds Britannia Stephen Moss £17.99 We Brits love our birds. They hold a special place in our hearts – whether it's the sound of birdsong on a spring morning, the sight of a Barn Owl hunting on a summer's evening, or a Robin perched on our garden spade. In this book, Stephen Moss focusses on some of our most beloved and charismatic birds. He explores their fascinating biology, and their place in the evolving culture and history of the British people. The author delves into the worlds of Sea Birds (Puffin, Sea Eagle and Gannet), Water Birds (Kingfisher, Swan and Avocet), Countryside Birds (Red Grouse, Nightingale and Skylark ) and Town & Garden Birds (Robin, House Sparrow and Magpie), weaving their stories together to tell four very different stories about the changing face of Britain.

She married three times, twice bigamously. There were also several incidents where she horsewhipped or stabbed men who fell foul of her legendary temper, as well as numerous court cases in which she often represented herself. Her risqué Spanish dancing, in particular her trademark Spider Dance, drew full houses and she toured the Eastern seaboard of America, the gold rush country of California, and Australia’s cities and outback with great success. A consummate self-publicist, if she had lived today, she would rarely have been out of the tabloids and would probably have taught Katie Price a trick or two.

The Yellow House Blake Morrison £11.99

Edith Sitwell Richard Greene £25.00 Born into a privileged family of eccentrics, Edith Sitwell set out during the years of the Great War to create a life in the arts. A friend of Siegfried Sassoon, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein, she ran an unlikely London literary salon that attracted most of the great writers and artists of the day. Her quips and anecdotes grew legendary, and she established herself as the quintessential poet of the Blitz. Regarded in her own time as a truly great poet, for the better part of forty years Sitwell's work has been neglected by critics intimidated by her large gestures. This meticulously researched, groundbreaking and brilliant biography allows readers to grasp her

A favourite back in print! One day, on the way to the park, a little girl climbs the gate of an old yellow house. Although no one has lived there for a very long time, a little boy suddenly appears before her. “Come and play with me,” he beckons. He leads her through an enchanted garden, showing her all its marvellous inhabitants: a tiger playing with its cubs in the long grass, a dolphin leaping in the goldfish pond, a pelican roosting high in the apple tree. Then the mysterious boy is gone, the girl’s mother is calling, and all is as it was before. In this well-loved picture book, Blake Morrison and Helen Craig bring us to a place where, for a moment, magic is real. Barton’s Bookshop, 2 Bridge St, Leatherhead 01372 362988 Email: 68




The Land of Painted Caves Jean M. Auel £19.99 THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni – one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers. Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today's news. 69

Work / Life Balance Twenty four hours. That's all we get. No amount of wishing, complaining, or manipulating will ever change that. Each day contains only so many hours, each week just so many days. Yet the amount we must try to squeeze into those hours can be mind-boggling. Top tips… • Prioritise. Not everything is urgent or even necessary. Focus on what's most important and set other things on the back burner. • Ask for help. Don't make the mistake of trying to do it all on your own. Call upon a friend, family member, or colleague. People are often glad to lend a helping hand. (Wouldn't you do the same for them?) • Take a break. In 30 minutes or less, you can de-stress, refocus, and re-energize yourself. Why not read a book, take a walk, or ride your bike? When time's up, get back to work. Your improved effectiveness and productivity will more than make up for the 30 minutes of "down time." • Say no! You don't have to agree to every request that comes your way. Both at work and at home, it's perfectly appropriate, healthy (and necessary) to set limits on which tasks and activities you will add to your already full schedule. • Stop trying to be perfect. There's very little in life that has to be done to the point of perfection. Few people notice the difference between a job well done and a job perfectly done. Do it well and then move on. The reality is that it will never be easy to balance the demands of work, family, and life itself. Find gratification in your work, enjoy your family and friends, take pride in your accomplishments. With the proper balance and perspective, life can be more than simply manageable. It can and should be rewarding, engaging, and at times simply magnificent.

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Motor Neurone Disease Assoc ‘Barn Dance’. 7pm. St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. £15 inc hot supper, bring your own drinks. 07753 821964

Friday 4th

Women's World Day of Prayer, 2.30pm Christ Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead. The service this year has been provided by the women of Chile. The theme "How Many Loaves Have You?" Fairtrade Stall and refreshments following the service. All Welcome.

Friday 4th

Leatherhead Community Association Special General Meeting, 2pm, Letherhead Institute (see page 22 for more details)

Sunday 6th

Sacconi String Quartet, Dorking Halls, 3pm. Mozart: Quartet no.23 K590, Janácek: Quartet no.2 Intimate Letters, Beethoven: Quartet op.59 no.3, Rasumovsky Tickets £18 (students £9, children under 16 accompanied by an adult £4.50) from 01306 740619 and Dorking Halls box office 01306 881717 or on line

Wed 9th-Sat 12th

Hinchley Manor Operatic Society (HMOS) presents ‘Godspell’. Godspell is a highenergy musical based upon the Gospel according to St. Matthew. featuring a sparkling, seminal score by Stephen Schwartz and a string of recognisable songs such as 'Day by Day' and 'Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord'. Adrian Mann Theatre, Nescot, Ewell, KT17 3DS. 7.30pm & Sat Mat 2.30pm. Tickets £13 & 15. Tickets: Box Office - 020 8942 6867

Wednesday 16th

Amanda Charity Fashion Show - see advertisement on right for more details

Saturday 12th

1st Ashtead Scout Group Jumble Sale, 1pm, entrance 50p. The Scout Hut, Woodfield, Ashtead. Jumble Sale JUMBLE WANTED! Can be delivered to The Scout Hut, tel 01372 274437 or 07980160642 for collection

Sunday 13th

Afternoon Tea Dance, Denbies Wine Estate. 4pm-6.30pm. Traditional tea dance and afternoon high tea. £12.95 per person. Info: 01306 876616,

Friday 18th

Lecture' Dowsing in Archaeology' by Keith Harmon Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street) coffee 7.30pm lecture 8.00pm entrance £1 All Welcome Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Saturday 19th

Compost Works Open Day. Compost and Self-sufficiency. How to make compost and how to grow and preserve your own fruit for a year-round supply. 8 The Drive, Fetcham, KT22 9EN. 2- 5.30pm. Free admission

Saturday 26th

Concerts In Church Leatherhead, are presenting 'Atlantis', the well established and popular group of singers/musicians. Covering classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and some more recent hits from the 80s, 90’s and 2000’s. Leatherhead Parish Church at 7.30pm and tickets will be on sale from the 5th March from Bartons Bookshop Leatherhead; the Parish Office (Wed-Fri 9am-noon) 01372 362544; and 01372 372049.

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:

March Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Monday 7th Tuesday 15th Wednesday 23rd Wednesday 30th

Ashtead Common & Princes Coverts - 5 miles. Epsom Common - 4 miles Bocketts Farm & Fetcham Downs - 4 miles Denbies - 4 miles

March Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Monday 14th Friday 18th

Bookham Common - 14 miles Friday Street - 17 miles

March Nordic Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Monday 3rd

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What’s On?


Charity Fashion Show Wed 16th March

Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Tickets £10 each, to include a glass of wine and nibbles. In aid of

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Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group - demonstration by Sue Wright ‘Romantic Melodies’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 2nd (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.

GO50 Leatherhead Health Walk. Meet 10.15am for 10.30am start at Leatherhead Thursday 3rd 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 3rd 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 4th (weekly)

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. Come and take a look.

Friday 4th (weekly)

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.

Sunday 6th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church, Church Road, welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Contemporary Service with Band and children's group 11.15am Parish Communion with Choir.

Tues 8th, Fri 11th or Tues 22nd

As a background to the V&A exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860 - 1900, Ashtead Art Lovers will explore the people and events that created this Victorian artistic movement. £10 inc refreshments Tel 01372 272235 w/site:

Friday 11th (monthly)

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.

March Walks Sat 12th Sat 19th Sat 26th

Spring walks with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. 1-2 hours, 2-4 miles, dependent on weather. Donation to charities. More info 01372 363589, maps can be found on Sat 12th 10.30am Silent Pool car par, west of Shere, A25 Sat 19th 10.30am Denbies to Leatherhead Sat 26th 10.30am Top of Crabtree Lane, Bookham

Monday 21st

Mole Valley Police "Ashtead Focus Group Meeting", Ralli Room, APMH, 7pm (approx one hour) An opportunity for local residents to raise Police related issues. For more info, go to the Mole Valley Ashtead page of Surrey Police’s website:

Wed 23rd

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 April you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p. 6) before Friday 11th March. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 74

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Earth, Sea & Sky Ashtead Choral Society will be returning to Dorking Halls with a wonderful concert entitled Earth, Sea and Sky celebrating the music of local legend Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Norfolk Rhapsody No 1 will be performed by the London Gala Orchestra. When folksong meets classical music, it’s usually as a rhapsody. Vaughan Williams gathered together a number of Norfolk folksongs and constructed 3 rhapsodies. After their initial performances and for unknown reasons, Williams withdrew all three but the first was revived and published in 1925 with a tender ending replacing the original lively finish. Local young violinist, Rebecca Baker, will be presenting the notoriously demanding but poignant work for violin and orchestra, The Lark Ascending. This was written in 1914 and was inspired by George Meredith’s poem of the same name about the skylark. The work was written for and dedicated to the English violinist, Marie Hall, who gave the first performance with piano accompaniment. The choir will be conducted by Paul Dodds, accompanied by the London Gala Orchestra and joined by Sally Harrison (soprano) and last year’s Kathleen Ferrier award winner, South African Njabulo Madlala (baritone).

The concert will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2011 at 7.30pm. Tickets for this amazing concert are priced at £17, £15 or £12 (half price for under 18) and can be obtained from the ACS Box Office Manager on 01372 275369 75

Looking for quality and quantity? Give your house an affordable makeover

When you’re buying new furniture and products for your home, have you ever thought about visiting a reuse organisation? Buying reusable furniture and kitchen appliances is great value, good for the environment and you might just find a hidden treasure. The Surrey Reuse Network offers a wide range of good quality items at affordable prices. Made up of a group of six charities, the network aims to find new homes for donated furniture and kitchen appliances, as well as offering training and employment opportunities and helping local families in need.

Why buy from a local reuse showroom? •

Fantastic savings – whether you buy a modern piece of flat pack furniture or a 100-year-old solid wood piece, you’ll be getting a bargain.

Excellent choice – new items come into the showrooms all the time so there is always a wide range to choose from.

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Good cause – buying from the network enables the community support it provides, helping families in need and enabling people to get back into work.

Did you know there’s an estimated 3,000 tonnes of reusable furniture and white goods that end up in Surrey landfill? Why donate my unwanted furniture? •

It’s easy – a simple phone call is all it takes to donate. A member of our friendly team will arrange for collection or you can drop it off if easier

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Help on hand – staff from the reuse charities will help take the items out of your home.

Low cost – it will almost always be cheaper to have the items collected and taken away.

Community benefit – your donation will help raise funds for the community work the charities carry out, helping families in need and enabling people to get back into work.

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Annual Burns’ Night Supper Rotary Club of Leatherhead

On Friday 21st January, around 120 people, many in traditional Scottish dress, enjoyed an excellent evening of singing, dancing, speeches and poetry, together with a superb four-course meal (including, of course, the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties and a 'wee dram' of whisky) at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, to celebrate the 252nd anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet, Robert Burns, on 25th January 1759. The 'Immortal Memory to Robert Burns' was given by Rotarian Adrian O'Loughlin, with Rotarian David Slater and his wife, Barbara, proposing the (L to R): Adrian O'Loughlin from the Rotary Club toasts to the 'Lads and Lassies'. A raffle at the of Leatherhead, Denbies Chef Jaroslaw Kasina, event raised ÂŁ535, which will be donated to Master of Ceremonies Glen Grant and CHASE Hospice Care for Children, based in Piper Major Gordon Mullen Guildford.

The Rotary Club of Leatherhead meets at 7pm most Wednesdays at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its activities, please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964. 78

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DNA Property Marking Scheme helps Beat the Burglar


Theft from residential properties in three areas of Surrey has dropped dramatically following the use of forensic property marking solution SelectaDNA by householders. Burglaries from homes in Guildford, Elmbridge, and Epsom and Ewell, fell on average by 66% in the six months following the launch of the project and 58% when compared to the same time period the previous year.

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Following the success of the initiative, part of Surrey Police’s Beat the Burglar campaign, all residents in the county are now being offered the chance to buy a SelectaDNA home property marking kit at a reduced price.

Tel: 07944 026856 or: 01372 373409

SelectaDNA is a uniquely coded, non-toxic liquid enabling homeowners to ‘forensically mark’ valuable posessions such as laptops, games consoles, jewellery, electrical items and tools. It can also be used to mark property stored outside the home, including garden equipment, pedal cycles etc. Barely visible to the naked eye and almost impossible to remove, the solution glows under ultraviolet (UV) light making it easy for police to detect and return property to the rightful owner, if stolen.

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Ideas to help cut your domestic fuel bills Have you ever wondered what you can do to cut your domestic fuel bills and reduce your carbon foot print? Transition Ashtead Energy Group has been set up to help you do just that! The problem is, where do you start? Getting the right information and advice is crucial before you make any decisions - to help with this, the Energy Group organised a Solar Energy event at the beginning of February at the APMH. Over 70 people attended, eager to find out about renewable energy installations. Four speakers came along to give practical and technical information about installing solar energy (photo-voltaic or PV) panels and solar water heating systems (solar thermal). They also explained the all-important Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. The FiT means that once you have installed PV panels, as well as reducing your carbon emissions, you sell the electricity generated to the National Grid, and you can expect a tax-free return on the capital investment of around 8%. You get paid by the government for generating electricity, a good deal for the householder and a good deal for the UK, as we as a country are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 15% by 2020. Other countries, particularly Germany, are well ahead of us in domestic and industrial PV electricity generation, so there is plenty of scope for us to increase our renewable power generation. We have a similar sunshine profile to Germany, so don’t think the UK isn’t sunny enough to make it worth while! PV panels work best in locations with sloping roofs with a southerly aspect, (from south east through to south west). Flat roofs can also be used as long as they have a sunny aspect. The Energy Group is also planning to set up a “buyers club” so local people can join together and negotiate with suppliers a reduced price for renewable-energy products. If you missed the event but would like to join the buyers club, contact Barrie Mould - contact details below. The Energy Group has also joined Actio2n Surrey to help with the “Surrey Green Homes” scheme. The aim is to assist households to upgrade the existing housing stock by encouraging energy efficiency measures and renewable technology. On March 26/27th there will be an “open–house” weekend, where householders with these measures and technologies in their homes invite others to see what they have done. Things on display in this area will include the solar panels and water heating systems already mentioned, upgraded loft insulation, double and secondary glazing, wood-burning stoves and air and ground source heat pumps. If you are considering installing any of these things, register for an Eco-homes visit and get some up-to-date and practical information from people who have done it already!

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are often sufficient; check them from time to time to see they are not biting into the bark. Put the pot onto pot feet or bricks, so that water can drain out freely. Repot every year in Many gardeners think they can’t grow fruit in autumn, into a slightly larger pot each time, the garden, either because they feel they do until you have reached about 37.5 cms (15 not have the space or because they fear that inches) for gooseberries, say, and 45 cms (18 the fruit will be damaged by cold weather in ins) for apples. Investing in a pot trolley makes spring. However, it is possible to grow most sense if you need to move pots under cover in tree and soft fruit in containers and pots; winter. these will not only take up very little space, A watchful watering and feeding regime is but can also be moved under cover in bad essential if the plant is to thrive and produce weather, if necessary. Container growing also fruit, which sets and comes to maturity. The gives all gardeners the opportunity to grow main cause of fruit drop is uneven or exotic fruit, such as citrus, which cannot be insufficient watering. Mulch the surface of the planted out of doors in this country, as well as compost in spring, and use a high-potash liquid those like blueberries, which are very fussy feed frequently once the fruits have formed. about soil. If grown well, container fruits will Little water is required in winter, because the yield reasonable quantities of fruit but, plants are dormant. perhaps as important, they look very handsome Hardy fruits, such as apples and pears, can on a patio, and can even be used as miniremain outside in the winter, but the roots are orchards or moveable components of garden vulnerable in very cold weather, so the design. containers should be enclosed in bubble wrap Tree fruits grown specifically for pot use (leaving the top clear for watering), and put in are often grafted on to ‘semi-dwarfing’ a place sheltered from freezing winds. rootstocks, although the size of pot and the Conversely, in very hot weather in summer, finite amount of compost in it will restrict root roots of any plant in a pot can be damaged by and top growth in any event. Any fruit tree heat, so place the containers in the shade variety grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock during heatwaves. needs to be grown in a fertile, well-drained © Ursula Buchan, 2010 soil, such as John Innes No 3 compost, which contains loam and is suitable for plants growing permanently in pots. Blueberries and cranberries need a very acid soil; these should be planted in a proprietary ‘ericaceous’ compost. Citrus are also best in a dedicated citrus compost. Plant the tree into a pot which is slightly larger than the one from which it came, if it is containerised, or big enough to comfortably contain the roots, if it is bare-rooted. (Barerooted trees are planted in the dormant season, while containerised plants can be planted at any time.) With the latter, make sure that the roots are not ‘pot-bound’. If they are badly girdled, return the tree to the retailer; otherwise, tease them out carefully. Put a few flattish stones over the holes at the bottom, then place the tree in the centre, filling in all round with compost. The tree should be planted at the same depth as it was in the nursery, about 5 cms (2 ins) below the rim of the pot to allow for watering. Trees on dwarfing rootstocks will need staking since they don’t make extensive root systems. A bamboo cane and small tree ties 88

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80 year old tradition started by Ralph Vaughan Williams opens 2011 Leith Hill Musical Festival Season

LHMF 2010, courtesy of Simon Ames OBE

Bach’s St Matthew Passion was first performed at the Leith Hill Musical Festival in 1931 with a special massed choir of around 700 singers under the Festival’s founding conductor Ralph Vaughan Williams. Eighty years on, the St Matthew Passion performance, now rotated with Bach’s St John Passion and Handel’s Messiah, will open this year’s LHMF season on Sunday 13th March with Festival Conductor Brian Kay at the helm. Festival conductor Brian Kay says, “This tradition is a real musical and spiritual treat and it is with immense pleasure that we fulfil Vaughan Williams’ request that we should continue to perform this great music.” The concert is an opportunity for independent singers, to join those from the twelve Festival choirs and rehearse from January with chorus-master Robin Gritton. Baroque orchestra Canzona, led by Theresa Caudle, and professional soloists, tenor Huw Rhys-Evans taking the part of the Evangelist and bass Samuel Evans, Christus, join the Festival choir in the performance at the Dorking Halls.

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NEW Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Bird gasping endlessly (6) 4. Gland for Virginia, say (8) 10. Tiny axe splitting nerves (7) 11. Expressionless god after 19 (7) 12. Lyon stew and nothing else (4) 13. Poetry about a sick place (10) 15. Green man in cove design (6) 16. Hounds born next to birds (7) 20. Soother converted in Paris (7) 21. Gangster covering a single (6) 24. Glowers from high deltas (10) 26. Pain advanced by Guevara (4) 28. Gold-bearing Indian city (7)

29. Good girls holding drinks (7) 30. Symbol made of grass and tin (4,4) 31. Fallen pedals moved around (6) Down 1. Greek against small groups (8) 2. Animal garments: bloomers (9) 3. I’m ten and a wild creature! (4) 5. Sun god – serves vegetables (8) 6. Old city garland; it’s damaged (10) 7. A quiet chum causing shock (5) 8. Grave not holding a person (6) 9. Exhausts said to be car parts (5) 14. Bread cooling in empty sheds (10) 17. Dispiriting clergymen, perhaps (9)

18. Game using sound put on (5) and smell (4-4) 25. Vessel from Tonga 19. Hollow device or Tampa (5) stopped late (8) 27. Celebration an 22. Tithes organised for inmate set up (4) a deity (6) 23. Beast Egypt’s leader

General Knowledge Crossword Across 3. Contest in which teams pull opposite ends of a rope (3-23) 7. Hindu divinity worshipped as the preserver of worlds (6) 8. Fell down like a waterfall (8) 9. Vegetable, emblem of Wales (4) 11. Wish harm upon (4) 12. Item commonly eaten on Shrove Tuesday (7) 15. Worn away as by water, ice or wind (6) 17. Minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed (6) 20. Turner with a narrow flexible blade (7) 22. Titled peer of the realm (4) 24. Polynesian rain

dance (4) 25. Substance used to clean, smoothe, etc, by scratching and grinding (8) 26. Native of Damascus, for example (6) 27. Part of a bed (8) Down 1. Not at the scheduled time (7) 2. Song used to praise the Deity (5) 3. Friar associated with Robin Hood (4) 4. Filaments from a web spun by a spider (8) 5. Former French unit of currency (5) 6. Long, narrow hill (5) 10. First name of authoress Blyton (4) 13. Metal device used in a lock (3) 14. State capital of South Australia (8) 16. Fabric with

prominent rounded crosswise ribs (3) 18. Hollow metal device which rings when struck (4) 19. Experienced person, veteran (3,4) 20. Group of many insects (5)


21. Make brown and crisp by heating (5) 23. Fertile tract in the desert (5) 24. German politician, deputy leader of the Nazi Party 1934-1941 (4)

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