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Issue 70 August 2011

Never underestimate the importance of community

‘Walk 10’ for Marie Curie Ashtead Village Day report LeatherHEAD START opens Volunteer for Children’s Trust Celia Cross Greyhound Events English National Sheepdog Trials Volunteers needed for Wildlife Aid Olympic Cycle Route Test - 14th August Golden Beach, Karpasia, North Cyprus

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


‘Walk 10’ for local Marie Curie nurses


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Simple crossword


Volunteers needed for Children’s Trust


Leatherhead Lions’ new President


Celia Cross Greyhound Fundraising


Quiz - Sporting Competitions


Quiz - Quotes


News from Ashtead Youth Centre


Leatherhead Theatre


English National Sheepdog Trials


Spine Cycle Challenge


Recipe - Cajun roast monkfish with rosti


School vouchers presented to school


Spot the difference


Lions’ Autumn mercy trip to Belarus


Leatherhead Rotary new President


Ashtead Village Day 2011 Report


Gardening by Pippa Greenwood


Give a cat a home


Local history article


The Bimbo Search - a story


August crosswords


Book review


LeatherHEAD START opens


St Giles’ School welcomes mini-beasts!


Mole Valley Police Column


Olympic Cycle Classic Test Event


Transition Ashtead


Volunteers needed for Wildlife Aid


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From the Publisher


ell here we are, with the school holidays upon us and, with the onset of lazy, hazy days there are also lots of things arranged to keep the little ones occupied. You’ll find a lot of interesting and fun activities on the what’s on pages (64-67) taking place at Denbies, the Ashley Centre, Bocketts Farm Park and events organised by the local council. Most are free to attend but some are ticketed.

I think children always remember the things that they get up to during their summer holiday and taking them to these sort of events will create memories that will last a lifetime. I remember as a child that we always used to have an entertainer visiting our local park every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon - sometimes these would be magicians, jugglers, clowns, escapologists or even fire eaters! It was such good fun and I still look back with fond memories at about 100 very excited children (including myself) sitting on the grass awaiting the start of the much anticipated show - how sweet. I also remember getting quite fed up with my ‘foreign sounding’ name that I spent an entire summer insisting that everyone call me Sandra, but that’s another story... The English National Sheepdog Trials will be taking place at Lower Boxhill Farm near Dorking from 11th-13th August, lots more details on page 58. In this month’s issue the Children’s Trust, Tadworth and Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead charities are both looking for volunteers, see pages 14 and 46 for details. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. 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.

The Olympic cycle test route takes place on Sunday 14th August, page 44. At the moment, road closures and parking suspensions in the Leatherhead/Boxhill area will be between 6.30am and 2.15pm, but exact timings may be subject to change nearer to the event. The ‘Walk 10’ event takes place at Denbies on Saturday 13th August, page 50, after the walk there will be a Caribbean themed barbecue and entertainment. This month the Mole Valley Police column tackles the issue of anti-social behaviour, page 82, which can be the bane of peoples’ lives. As we don’t have children, my partner and I tend to stay put in August, but we do look forward to spending time with friends and family, enjoying our garden and eating ‘al fresco’. This year I treated myself to a swing seat, I’ve wanted one for years but never got round to buying one, so I look forward to taking my laptop out in to the garden and working on the magazine from there.

No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, Finally, all that remains is for me to wish you a long, photocopying, or otherwise - without hot, happy and peaceful summer, wherever you may 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

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Cars - a love-hate relationship are far from being a panacea and are widely disliked. 20mph zones are my personal favourite but the criteria which need to be met are demanding and local government has no money…

It’s holiday time. The hectic pace of life seems to slow down a bit. This can provide an opportunity to reflect and to review our plans and priorities. This thought set me thinking. As a community, what concerns us most? And what might the future hold?

To control parking we could have more yellow lines, request stricter enforcement of restrictions, introduce residents only parking in some areas and perhaps increase parking charges to discourage short journeys. None of these steps would be cost free however, either financially or environmentally and we do not like creeping urbanisation; but some combination of these actions starts to look inevitable unless we radically change our behaviour.

Conventional wisdom is that development and planning issues are the widest cause of concern. We have certainly had our fair share of significant planning issues in Ashtead in recent years and this seems set to continue, especially once the economy starts to recover. The continued uncertainty over the Tesco site is unsatisfactory, we may face a growing threat to Green Belt land and….

Is there a radical alternative? Yes and Transition Ashtead is seeking to promote it by encouraging more sustainable lifestyles. Perhaps in common with an increasing number of people, I am broadly sympathetic to TA’s agenda but the obstacles to changing attitudes and behaviour are considerable including the various inadequacies in our public services and their management, including poor road surfaces, ill-kept footpaths and minimal local public transport. I wish TA well in its endeavours.

But day to day, it seems to me that issues relating to car ownership and use are an increasing concern and that taken together they possibly provide an equal or even greater threat to the lifestyle we enjoy and want to maintain. There is however a paradox. Many of us love our cars for the freedom and convenience they provide. So how do we find to an acceptable balance? Car ownership continues to increase. Most of us use our cars for various relatively short journeys, including school runs. Infill and larger developments increase the number of cars and this has until very recently been exacerbated by a daft national government policy which limited the number of car parking spaces for new developments.

What has Surrey County Council recently proposed? Parking meters near our shops! Yes, the current administration really is utterly out of touch!! None of this is new and I am not despairing; but the challenges are great. In my opinion the more noise we make as a community the more likely government both locally and nationally will be to wake up to these mounting problems and to reconsider their priorities.

So we have more cars on our roads. The effects are increased by some driving too fast and satnavs sending vehicles down inappropriate roads. (I was recently asked to redirect an enormous ‘artic’ from Ottways Lane to Barnett Wood Lane…)

Paul Le Versha Chairman

Then there is the range of parking issues. These can be especially bad at school run times, in certain “hot spots” eg Grove Road and near some new developments. But the number of cars parked in many roads rises inexorably and I seem to be forever waving at fellow motorists to say thank you for a give way manoeuvre! “Something must be done!” But what? To restrict speed, perhaps road humps? But these


Are you a member of the ARA? If not, why not join and help us to become an even stronger voice for Ashtead? Membership currently costs £2.50 a year per household. If you would like to join or have a general query, please contact our Membership Secretary, Jim Malynn on 07733621614 or by email on He will be delighted to hear from you.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The last meeting of the Association was enlivened by a discussion on the merits and possible problems of the ambitious plans for Cherkley Court. The background to this discussion was the issue of how the residents of Leatherhead might interact with the operators to the mutual benefit of the Town and Country House. The plan is to convert the existing house and outbuildings into a luxury 40 bedroom hotel complex with an exclusive golf course laid out on the natural contours of the land. The original house was built by Abraham Dixon, the wealthy benefactor who provided Leatherhead with the Letherhead Institute. Many of the committee attended a seminar and tour of the house, home of Lord Beaverbrook, and frequently visited by Sir Winston Churchill. It was also the scene of the Irish treaty of 1916 when David Lloyd George agreed the Independence of Southern Ireland and partition of the six Northern Counties . The LRA have been invited to further talks with the Developers on how the development might work with the people of Leatherhead. Another issue was the future of the Leatherhead and District Forum. Since the Council have decided to drop the Area forums, at least for this Council year, it seemed reasonable for them to support the Forum which is intended to be a meeting place between the various organisations and residents of the Town.. it was announced

that Clrrs. Bridget Lewis-Carr and Rosemary Dixon would draft a motion for the Council to consider. This met with strong support from the residents. However on one side the motion was then expanded to include Dorking, and on the other side the Councillor was told that she should not support it. It seems to us that the two party group leaders have behaved in a totally irresponsible fashion. Hopefully the matter will have been resolved by the time this publication reaches you. Finally it should be said that two of our members raised objection to the recent article in the local paper which highlighted the differences between the Town Centre and the area in the north of the Town. The Association which represents folk from all areas of the Town, agreed with these members, and I explained that a number of us have been working to eliminate the past perceptions. In my interview, I had highlighted the progress made in reconciling the parts of the Town, but I regret that I was quoted out of context. This Association remains committed to the whole Town of Leatherhead. Our membership continues to grow, but we still welcome more new members.

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Celia Cross Greyhound Trust Annual Fundraising Sales 4th & 10th September Sunday 4th Sept:

found a home with one of our supporters and continues to thrive and respond with loving care every day.”

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Saturday 10th Sept: 11am, at same venue in the barn we have our massive Jumble and clearance sale. Entry is 50p and refreshments available. Sorry no early preview entry. For further information regarding the above events, please contact 01372 274 313 or 01372 454897 Jane Thompson, the Trust Manager, says, “Our Charity was honoured early this year with the award for the “Best Greyhound Rescue” 2011 at the Wetnose awards in central London. Many people think that rescue centres for dogs are sad and depressing places, but it is always important to remember that these centres play such as Sun Valley, play an essential part in today’s society. It is very sad that there are so many dogs looking for new homes; however people should never loses sight of the fact, that without rescue centres like us, these dogs would stand no chance of a new home. Thinking of a rescue centre in this light can transform the experience of visiting them, when people think of a visit to a rescue centre as a positive thing, they are more likely to go and visit, and offer their support" We encourage people to come and visit us here at Sun Valley, meet the staff and interact with our dogs. Many of our dogs arrive at Sun Valley with previous bad experiences and sad stories to tell. Annie (pictured top right) a six month old Lurcher bitch came to us in January from the dog warden, she had been mistreated, and was suffering with a horrendous case of mange and burns. After months of rehabilitation, including lots of love and care, she has now 16


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Traditional Maypole Dancing by Barnett Wood Infant School

The organisers are counting their lucky stars that the weather window for the 28th Ashtead Village Day on Saturday 11th June was perfect, with glorious sunshine – in contrast to the previous two days when the Barnett Wood Lane recreation ground was being set up in torrential rain and again from 6.30pm on the Saturday night when the Ashtead Rotary Club members were dismantling the marquees. All’s well that ends well – a record figure of over £25,000 was raised. These monies will be devoted to local and international good causes and details will be published throughout the year on the Club’s website -

The actor and winner of TV’s “I’m a Celebrity - Get me out of Here!” Christopher Biggins agreed to open the show and he did so with a certain panache, presenting Rotary Community awards and raising great cheers from the crowd. He arrived on board a vintage fire engine and paraded round the field parping the horn. Christopher spent time on the Infant Club Foot stand signing autographs and he donated £500 to that appeal so that local physician Dr Charlotte Hawkins could take out medical equipment on her current trip to Zanzibar, to correct club foot in babies and young children who would otherwise grow up deformed and have a low life expectancy. As ever, lots of fun was had be had for all ages from fairground rides and Xtreme motorbikes to Maypole dancing and the popular Dog Show – won this year by “Lottie” who is owned by Olivia Cook (pictured right, along with the Judge, Maureen Gunn and Rotary Club President, Maurice Pagella) Ashtead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who attended and they are very keen to have feedback so that they can make it even better next year. You can give your views by visiting

A new President was invested at the start of the new Rotary year when Len Wood (left) succeeded from Maurice Pagella (pictured right)

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The Bimbo Search prices of things on his mobile phone. Ben and Daniel were playing a silly fighting game on their DSI's so Sarah retrieved Bimbo from her rucksack and curled up to have a snooze. It only seemed like seconds later that she was being shaken roughly by Daniel. He said they were going to have a drink and if she didn't come she would be lost and stuck in the airport forever. Apparently there was a film made about a man who lived in the airport and if she wasn't careful she would be like that man and never see her Mum or Dad again. Sarah leapt up and raced after her brother.

Sarah loved Bimbo. She had loved Bimbo for as long as she could remember. Her tail was the perfect size for holding between curled fingers and the silky tip gave soft familiar reassurance, when stroked between Sarah's lip and nose. Bimbo, the fluffy black and white toy cat had arrived in Sarah's life when she was eight months old and had been her constant companion ever since. Every so often her mother, Ruth, would 'kidnap' Bimbo for the day but her friend would always be returned in time for bed, a bit fluffier and smelling of fabric conditioner. Her brothers also 'kidnapped' Bimbo and tormented Sarah with words like 'waste disposal unit', 'charity shop' and 'e-bay'. However, after a few strategically timed wails, Bimbo would be returned and the boys punished which always made Sarah forget about toy cats being thrust down waste disposal units.

After a hot chocolate and a muffin, she felt better and finally began to wake up properly. Her mother and father were reading the papers and the boys were arguing over whose mobile phone was cooler. She decided to do some puzzles in her puzzle book. She felt her face going hot and cold as a sharp stab of fear hit her stomach. Bimbo wasn't in her rucksack! She must have left her on the chairs where she was sleeping. Perhaps she had been stolen! Perhaps she would never see her beloved cat again! Sarah started to cry such loud, desperate sobs that it was almost impossible to speak.

Sarah and her family were going to Turkey on holiday. Everyone was very excited and the house had been full of suitcases and piles of laundry for days. Sarah had been bought two new swimming costumes (one with green and pink flowers, the other with blue and yellow spots) and some pretty pink flip flops with a flower on the top. She packed her purple rucksack very carefully. She had her DSI, a turquoise sequinned purse, a pencil case, several puzzle books, her 'Dr Who' card game, several necklaces and a 'make your own money box' kit which she had been meaning to do for ages. The rucksack was soon bulging and poor Bimbo had to be squished down with her head sticking out from the half zipped opening.

Once she had finally made herself understood, her father went off to look for Bimbo and her mother got angry with Daniel for suggesting saucers of milk and making 'meowing' noises. A lady in a smart red uniform passed by and asked if she could help. Sarah described Bimbo as best she could and was told not to worry as this kind of thing happened all the time. Sadly, this didn't reassure her at all and she started sobbing again.

They had a very early start as their flight was at seven thirty in the morning. Sarah was amazed when her father woke her at four o'clock to leave for the airport. She was told to have breakfast but eating Weetabix in the middle of the night felt very strange.

Sarah's mother started to panic when she noticed the flight departure screen. Their plane was boarding and she was missing one stuffed cat and one husband. An authoritative voice was then heard over the public address system.

The airport was surprisingly busy and Sarah was fascinated by all the passengers coming and going. She was intrigued by the destinations on the display boards and tried match the people with the countries they could be going to. This was easy for those wearing summer clothes but business men in suits were more of a challenge.

"This is a passenger announcement. Could Mr Sam Jones please come to the information desk where his Bimbo is ready for collection. Thank you."

After the excitement of tickets and passports there were lots of shops to explore but Sarah soon got fed up with watching her mother sniff hundreds of perfumes and her father check

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Talk on Prostate Cancer at Rotary Club meeting In early June around two dozen members, partners and friends of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead attended the club's weekly meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Leatherhead to hear Charles Egglington from the National Prostate Cancer Charity give a very interesting talk about prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men.

Charles Egglington from the National Prostate Cancer Charity and David Gibson, President of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead

Mr Egglington explained how around 37,000 men within the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with around 250,000 men living with the disease at any one time. Signs and symptoms of the disease vary from person to person but, if diagnosed early on, a number of treatments are available. For further information visit

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As the summer holidays stretch out, you’ll need plenty up your sleeve to keep the kids busy. Here’s a selection of books that’ll keep them entertained (and away from the TV/DS/Wii). How to make Stonehenge out of Biscuits by Tracey Turner and Clive Goddard A brilliantly creative assembly of ideas to keep the little ones out of mischief, not just through the summer, but every day of the year. From fun activities such as making invisible ink to more educational challenges such as the Kings and Queens quiz. Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection by Martin Handford This is perfect for whiling away the hours, with seven classic ‘Where’s Wally’ books crammed into one handy travelsized edition. See if you can find Wally any quicker than the kids! A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler This new title is a compelling read for girls aged 9+, managing to be heart-felt and humorous at the same time. Jenni Green finds herself travelling one year ahead in time only to discover that tragedy has struck and everything has changed for her friend Autumn. But can she travel back and change what lies ahead? A

beautifully written title that’s sure to be a favourite. Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids and Grownups by Tara Guber, Leah Kalish and Sophie Fatus Although not strictly a book, this was too good to leave out. Introducing basic yoga for adults and children, these wellillustrated poses are well explained and great fun too. Stretch and bend in ways you never thought possible with this fantastic set of cards. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney Greg Heffley is starting a new year at a new school, with older, taller, meaner pupils for company. Along with his best friend, our wimpy kid details his daily battle for popularity. Perfect for reluctant readers, this series has become a huge hit with school children of all ages. The Anti-Colouring Book by Susan Striker and Edward Kimmel For creative little minds, this is a musthave, packed with ideas and 40

inspiration to encourage children to expand their minds and develop their artistic ability. Ivan the Terrible by Anne Fine This brilliantly illustrated book is about Boris who takes on the role of interpreter for Ivan, his new Russian classmate at school. Using the communication barrier and Ivan’s constant requirement for rude and worrying translations, Anne Fine incorporates start-tofinish laughs, making this a fantastically naughty and perfect read for boys. You’re a bad man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton This fantastically funny book features miserable old Mr Gum, who has to keep his garden tidy or he faces a wallop around the head from a grumpy fairy. Children and adults will love reading this hilarious tale that’s reminiscent of the legendary Roald Dahl. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer If they have escaped the hype thus far, introduce your young teens to the fantastic Twilight series this summer. With a gripping plot, intriguing characters and a bit of romance thrown in, there’ll be no room for boredom.

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St Giles’ School welcomes the minibeasts! (top-bottom) Charlotte Lehane,

Eleanor Morgan and Freddie Wilson enjoy the new willow tunnel

St Giles Church of England Infant School in Ashtead unveiled its new ‘minibeast garden’. Welcoming bugs and beetles, and planting seeds and flowers to a dedicated area of the playground, the new garden was designed and built by parents with the help of local businesses and groups, and in consultation with the Head Teacher and pupils. The area houses a bug ‘hotel’, living willow tunnel, a wildflower meadow (to be planted in the Autumn), and woodchip area for the bugs and numerous plants to attract and feed them. The children are playing a key role by sowing seeds and planting flowers, and maintaining the garden going forward. This has been an invaluable exercise for the school and one in which the children will learn and appreciate the role of plants and ‘minibeasts’ as well as their symbiotic relationship. The children are now enjoying exploring the area in their break times and the teachers are able to use the area for exciting learning journeys with pupils.

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) kindly funded much of the work and materials and the school would like to thank a number of organisations for assisting with the project free of charge. Donations and assistance have been received from the following local businesses and organisations for which the school and students are most thankful:

Earthwise ( came to dig the ground and kindly donated ten tonnes of topsoil

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Ashtead Garden Centre (; Chessington Garden Centre (; Transition Ashtead ( who donated plants & seeds.

The project was bought to fruition thanks to the imagination and hard work of Year One parent, Ceri Morgan, supported by a team of willing parents. Head Teacher, Miss Judith Clawley, said: “I am delighted and thankful for all the donations and to all the parents and children who have helped make this dream a reality. The minibeast garden looks amazing and will be a huge asset to the school both for educational and recreational purposes in the future”. 42

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London-Surrey Olympic Cycle Classic Test Event Sunday 14 August

As London and the rest of the UK prepares for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012, a series of test events will take place from summer to 2011 to May 2012. The London-Surrey Cycle Classic test event is taking place on Sunday 14 August 2011 and will pass through Surrey's boroughs along the route. This will be your opportunity to get a taste of London 2012 a year early and watch world class athletes compete on your local roads. The London-Surrey Cycle Classic will start at The Mall in central London at 9am (please bear in mind that these times are approximate and may be plus or minus 15 minutes). Riders will pass some points twice. • • • • • • • •

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The Mall – start 09:00 & finish 12:10 Fulham – 09:05 & 12:05 Putney – 09:10 & 12:00 Richmond Park – 09:15 & 11:55 Richmond – 09:20 Bushy Park – 09:30 Hampton Court Palace – 09:35 & 11:40 Walton-on-Thames – 09:45

Ripley Village – 10:05 Gomshall – 10:25 Westcott – 10:30 Dorking – 10:35 Box Hill (restricted access likely) – between 10:40 and 11:20 • Esher – 11:35 • Kingston upon Thames – 11:50

Road closures will take place along the route. Arrangements will be made to minimise disruption for local residents and businesses. For more info go to the latest Surrey County Council newsletter, which can be found on: Detailed information and route maps of the Olympic Cycling events can be found via the Surrey CC newsletters. These newsletters are delivered to Surrey residents living within 100m of the route.


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Wildlife Aid needs you! Do you care about animals? Do you have time on your hands? If so, have you considered volunteering at the Wildlife Aid Foundation in Leatherhead? The charity run by broadcaster Simon Cowell MBE, who presents the documentary TV series Wildlife SOS is in desperate need of new volunteers to help cope with the evergrowing number of sick, injured or orphaned wild animals that come into the Foundation’s veterinary hospital on a daily basis. Open seven days a week, the Foundation relies heavily on volunteers to help with the 20,000+ wildlife emergencies that it has to deal with every year. The charity currently has the following vacancies for volunteers: Simon Cowell, MBE

office. Good customer service skills are essential, as well as computer literacy, numeracy and attention to detail. This post could suit a retired person, or someone looking to pursue an administrative career – the office covers all aspects of a charity’s work, from membership drives though to accounts and database maintenance. This is a varied and interesting role for those with the right skills and an interest in that area. Fundraisers: Always in need of new avenues for fundraising the Foundation spreads its net far and wide, and is always looking for people to complement its small fundraising team. If you can spare a few hours (or more) each week, the charity is always keen to hear ideas and suggestions for fundraising activities.

If any of the above positions are of interest to you, please visit the Wildlife Aid Foundation’s website,, and select “How to help” where you will find further information about our volunteering opportunities, and an application form.

Animal Care: Working in all areas of the hospital, and dealing with all British wildlife species from blue tits to badgers. Each day the pens need cleaning, every animal or bird needs feeding - and sometimes they need feeding many times each day. The hospital is open from 9am to 9pm (sometimes even later in the summer) and has three shifts each day to cover these hours. Receptionists: Every patient that comes into the hospital is greeted by one of our volunteer receptionists, to find out the history of their wildlife patient and book them into the hospital to be seen by our veterinary staff. This is an ideal position for those with good customer service and admin skills, and who would like to have some interaction both with the public and with the day to day activities in the hospital.

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There is also the opportunity to decorate memory lanterns prior to the walk; these are then lit for the 10pm ceremony where there is a minute’s silence to mark the start of a Marie Curie Nurse’s evening shift, Marie Curie nurses care for the terminally ill in their own homes, giving them the choice to die at home with their families.

This Walk Ten event, which is a new nationwide charity fundraising 10k evening walk, is a unique opportunity to walk through the rich landscape of the award winning Denbies Wine Estate at sunset. The largest in the country, this vineyard is worth a twilight wonder over the rolling hills and vines. On completion of the walk you’ll arrive back at reception for outdoor Caribbean themed entertainment with Caribbean BBQ available, steel drums, live dance acts and fireworks to finish at 10pm, an all round nice evening out suitable for all, friends and family – bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds at dusk!

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Leatherhead Lions’ New President Leatherhead Lions Club have a new President. Miles Loveday, an Environment Control Officer from Ashtead, becomes the Club’s 39th President since its formation in 1973.

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News from Ashtead Youth Centre We continue to be busy here at the Youth Centre, due to our proximity to the skate park our numbers actually go up during the warmer months which is against the trend. Ashtead Village Day has also been a big highlight for us as it is an opportunity for us to be a bit more involved in the community, and we make a point of raising money for a good cause outside of the youth centre. A group of young people worked hard all day staffing the wet sponge throwing stocks and together we raised £110.00. We are currently holding a vote on which good cause this money should go to. We also like to give a little back to the Rotary Club who have supported our work for many years. A number of our young people who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards came along on the Friday night and Saturday after the event to help with putting up and taking down the marquees, which although not a big deal on the face of it, seems to make the Rotary guys job a little easier. I have recently had the pleasure of assessing the Bronze Expedition of this group, which was run jointly between Gary (our ACCT Youth Worker) and the Leatherhead Youth Project. The young people did a great job navigating the winding paths across Boxhill and Ranmore Common. We are now looking forward to our summer activities including a week in Wales for the older ones and a weekend in the Cotswolds for the younger group. Richard Leary (Youth Leader in Charge) –

A few words from one of our members

My name is Stuart Jewell (aged 16) and I have been coming to the youth club since I was about 11. I am mainly involved with the youth club now as a volunteer with the Karting Project which has probably been my favourite thing to do.

We recently had a presentation evening with the Head of Youth Service who shared a meal with us and presented us with our Open College Network folders. The folder has come in really handy as I am looking for a job as an apprentice mechanic and it helps me to show someone what I can do. I have really enjoyed my time with the youth club and am happy that I can give something back. When I look back at my time at youth club I remember the time with my friends, the karting weekends, the holidays, and the fact that the staff are always there to help and encourage you. I am glad that I am now part of the team that can offer the same to other people.

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English National Sheepdog Trials come to Dorking Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th August

Lower Boxhill Farm, Old Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1NS Shepherds and farmers from across the country will be flocking to Dorking to compete for the title of England Champion and captain of the England team at the English National Sheepdog Trials. 150 of England's top sheepdogs will be competing with their handlers over a course set on the beautiful lower slopes of the North Downs at Box Hill by permission of the National Trust. Each of these dogs has qualified at regional trials for their chance to compete here. 50 dogs will compete on each day, with another 6 dogs competing in pairs for the brace championship each lunchtime. The winner of each day's singles trial will compete late Saturday afternoon in a run-off competition to determine the champion and captain of the team. This is an opportunity for the people of Surrey to see men and women compete with their dogs at first hand - far better than seeing it on the television. Each day starts early at 7.30am and continues until late into the afternoon. Parking is free and admission a reasonable ÂŁ2.50 per adult with children 16 or under getting in for free. Spectators are welcome to bring their dogs with them but please remember there will be sheep and your dog must be kept under control at all times. Anyone who gets peckish can find a good selection of food at the catering tent. This event is a good day out for anyone who has an appreciation of historic skills, farming and animals. It is expected to draw spectators from across the country as well as the continent. In addition to the trials there will be a farmers market each day selling local produce including bread, butter, cakes, cheeses, pasta, fish, fudge, sauces and relishes to mention a few. Other stalls will include a variety of crafts, stone plates and bowls; handmade jewellery; beeswax and honey products; wood crafts; sheepdog art; cards; shepherds crooks as well as spinners and weavers; a leather worker; the local Police and other neighbouring organisations. The event is being organised by the current South East Champion of sheepdog trialling - local farm manager Andy Jackman. Supporting him are a small team of sheepdog enthusiasts from the area including members of the Surrey Sheep Dog Society.





Food & Drink Monkfish has a wonderful firm flesh with a meaty flavour and is well suited to roasting, however cod loin or a thick piece of salmon fillet will work just as well.

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700g (1lb 9oz) monkfish fillet 2tbsp olive oil 1tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning 8 medium-sized waxy potatoes, such as Desiree Salt and freshly ground black pepper 225g (8oz) cherry tomatoes 1 lemon, sliced Sunflower oil for shallow frying 1.

Cut the monkfish into large chunks and place in a shallow roasting tin. Mix together the oil and lemon juice and pour over the fish. Sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.


Place the unpeeled potatoes in a large pan of salted water. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 mins. Drain and leave to cool for 10 mins.


Peel the skins off the potatoes and coarsely grate the potato flesh into a bowl. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, divide and shape the grated potato into about 8 flat cakes.


Place the lemon slices in the roasting tin with the monkfish and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 5-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and the tomatoes are tender.


Heat 30-45ml (2-3tbsp) oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the potato rosti, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown, adding more oil as necessary. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.


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It’s all Greek to me That would be understandable! The high drama of the Greek economy continues – with a chorus of cutbacks, riots, blockades and mayhem. Nevertheless many people still love to take their holidays in Greece or its islands. At Surrey Hills Onward Learning we are adding Greek to our repertoire of modern languages this year. It is a beginners’ course on Thursday evenings, and you don’t have to worry about the alphabet. Alpha and Omega will enter stage later. With all the excitement about next year’s Olympics there’s got to be interest in the country where it all started 2500 years ago - the discus and javelin, wrestling and riding, and the marathon (whose origins lie in the legendary run of Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens to bring the good news of victory in 490 BC). If all things Greek fascinate you, we also have a class in Classical Civilisations on Monday afternoons where you can learn about the adventures of Odysseus (aka Ulysses, whose Joycean rendering has been celebrated in Dublin this year). For further information on our classes, please phone 01372 363708, collect a brochure from the Letherhead Institute or local libraries, or visit our website

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I thought I'd drop you a line to say how pleased we were with the half page article in the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. We were thrilled to be a sell out show for all three nights and I am sure the article helped to achieve that goal, so many thanks again. Sara Brammall, Woodfield Entertainers

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“A home from home environment”, “a diverse community group”, “friendly”, “welcoming”, “professional” and “fun” are all quotes from parents and carers of children attending Fortyfoot Playgroup this year and also all things that the staff and volunteer committee of Fortyfoot Playgroup really pride themselves on providing for children in our care. Founded by two local mums in 1975, the semirural setting near Fortyfoot Recreation Ground, with our bright sunlit hall and large secure garden is the perfect place for children to explore and learn through play, supervised and nurtured by a conscientious and professional staff team. “Feels like we are part of a secret club here - the best little secret in Leatherhead!”

Fortyfoot Playgroup in Leatherhead is celebrating its 36th Anniversary of providing quality care and education while promoting learning through play in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Our sessions run Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 12.15pm for children aged 2-4. NEG funding for children over 3 Please call 01372 374769 or email to arrange a visit

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN AUGUST? Mole Valley District Council activities for children, to find out more about MVDC’s summer holiday activities, contact the Partnerships team on 01306 879 188.

Tuesday 2nd

10am-3pm. Design and create wonderful 3D sculptures using reclaimed materials at a Junk Modelling workshop on St John’s Community School in Dorking. The workshop is being led by Refab Arts, experts in providing art opportunities using recycled materials. Just bring along objects such as cardboard boxes and plastic tubes. Ages 8-13; £10 pp.

Tuesday 9th

10am-12pm. Learn some impressive new tricks at a Circus Skills workshop at Dorking Halls. Two professional artists will give masterclasses in diabolo, poi, juggling, spinning plates, staffs, pedal-go, unicycling, devil sticks and much more! Ages 7-11; £5 pp.

Wednesday 10th

10am-2pm Introduction to monoprinting methods at a Printing workshop in the Mulberry Centre in Dorking. Bring an apron and a desire to learn something new and fun. Ages 12-16; £10 pp.

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7th

11th Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival, Mickleham Village Hall, Dell Close, Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6EE. £10 per day or £15 for weekend. Sat 6th 12pm-11.15pm / Sun 7th 12pm-7.15pm. Lots of bands appearing, on Sunday young musicians are encouraged. E: Web:

Thurs 11th Saturday 13th

Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th August - English National Sheepdog Trials, see page 58 for details.

Saturday 13th

Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes hosts a ‘Summer Celebration’, Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, KT17 4JQ, 10:30am-4:30pm. A fun day for all the family, Grand Raffle, Flower Festival, Live Music, refreshments. Tickets £7 in advance, £8 on the day. Please ring 01483 233230 for tickets.

Sunday 14th

Olympic Cycle Test Route - London-Surrey, see page 44 for details

Sunday 21st

Capel Music Festival 2011 in aid of Rainbow Trust. The Recreation Ground, Capel. 12pm-7.30pm. £5, under 12s go free. Family day, music, fun fair, stalls, food, bar, raffle, something for everyone. E: Web

Sunday 21st

Birds of Prey, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA. Free entry. 10am -2pm. Back due to popular demand! Birds of prey will be at Denbies for a day. They will be performing a display around the vineyard at 12noon. For more info: tel 01306 876616, web:

Monday 29th Aug - Friday 2nd Sept

Lego Exhibition. Denbies Wine Estate. Free entry. 11am-3pm. A professional Lego sculptor will be bringing his sculptures to view and discuss the building details. Also children can create their own masterpiece for the public exhibit, which anyone can enter. To exhibit, email: Contact details as for Sunday 21st Birds of Prey event at Denbies.

Monday 29th Aug - Friday 2nd Sept

Nature trail and outdoor tour. Denbies Wine Estate. £3 per person. 11am-3pm. A train journey through the vineyard with a woodland walk back. Contact details as for Sunday 21st Birds of Prey event at Denbies.

Tuesday 30th

‘Creepy Crawly’ Roadshow. Denbies Wine Estate, 11am-3pm. £6.50 per child (prebooking essential). Shows at 11am and 2pm. See, hold and learn about a wide range of creatures from tarantulas and bugs to snakes and lizards. Contact details as 21st.


Sunday 4th September, 10am onwards. Motor Neurone Disease Association, East Surrey Branch, ‘Walk to d’feet MND’. Sponsored walk around Box Hill, different walks for different ages and abilities. Child and dog friendly. For more info, call Simon Edmands 07753 821964 or email 64

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Summer Film Festival Craft Event at the Ashley Centre, Epsom Every Wednesday in August, children will have the chance to decorate part of a Movie Magic Big Screen featuring scenes inspired by this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest film releases including Harry Potter, Zookeeper, Winnie the Pooh and more. The finished Big Screens will be displayed at the end of the day and remainder of the week for the artists, their families and friends to view. All events run from 10am-4pm

Wednesday 3rd August - Wizard Academy

Calling all budding apprentices, grab your broom stick and join Harry and friends for a 'Magic Big Art.' Don't forget to design a Sorting Hat and come in fancy dress - you could win a prize!

Wednesday 10th August - Car-Tastic

Chequered Flag is up so race on down for a 'Big Screen Art Attack'! Meet the mechanics for a speedy make n' take personal number plate and have a go at our Pit Stop Quiz.

Wednesday 17th August - Zoo Mania

Love Crazy Critters of all kinds? Then join the Zookeepers for an action packed day full of fiercesome fun. Paint a Safari Bag to carry on your adventures and enjoy another spectacular Jungle Big Art. Come in 'Critter Costume' fancy dress and you could win a fab prize!

Wednesday 24th August - Smurf Spectacular

Have you got the blues? Get your face painted blue whilst helping our cute little friends decorate the Smurf Scene and make a Spotty Neckerchief. Dress all in blue - 'head to toe' for your chance to win!

Wednesday 31st August - Pooh Corner

Those with a sweet tooth simply must visit our runny honey cookie kitchen to decorate a delicious cookie and help with Piglets Painting amongst friends. Have a go at our 'Tigger-Trivia' Quiz and you could win a fantastic prize!

Please note that the fancy dress competitions and quizzes are judged at 3.30pm on each event day. You must be present at that time to be eligible for a prize. For more information please contact The Ashley Centre on 01372 742548 or visit: 65

WHAT’S GOING ON IN AUGUST? REGULAR MONTHLY / WEEKLY EVENTS Sat 30th July One day workshop on Tudor Miniature Portraits exploring their use, production & OR Friday artists: £applies. See : Tel 01372 272235 for details & 12th August calendar of talks. Wed 3rd (weekly)

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

Thurs 4th (monthly)

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

Thursday 4th GO50 L/d Health Walk. 10.15am for 10.30am. L/head Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. 1½ (weekly) hours / 2-3 miles. Richard Jeffries, 01483 534706, Thurs 4th Tues 9th Sat 13th Thurs 18th Tues 23rd Sat 27th

August walks with Ian and Flip Cargill, Sats 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles; eves 1+ hrs 2-4 miles.. Donation to charities. 01372 363589 Thurs 4th 7.10pm S. Holmwood Cp by church left off Betchets Green Rd Tues 9th 7.10pm Dorking Garden Centre overflow CP on left Sat 13th 10am Albury Heath Sportsground cnr Park & New Rd Thurs 18th 7pm Cherkeley meet cnr Highlands & Gimcrack Tues 23rd 7pm Bookham Common CP 100 yds east of station Sat 27th 10am CP behind St Mary's Church on A246West Horsley

Friday 5th (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. Started over 20 years ago by Elsie Avery with the idea of giving Friday shoppers an opportunity to take a break. Do come along, you would be most welcome.

Friday 5th (weekly)

Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 10.30am11.30am. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea.

Sunday 7th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Traditional Communion Service with Choir. 10.45-11.15am Coffee in Church. 11.15am Contemporary Service with Band (Check website for 14 August Olympic Cycle Test Race day as there will be some road closures in the area.)

Wed 10th

(2nd Wed mthly)

Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Friday 12th (weekly)

10am-12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Now stocking a range of haberdashery, beading supplies, papercraft and greetings cards. Come and take a look!

Wed 17th

NHS Blood donor session: St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church Rd, L/head. Two sessions: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

Thursday 25th (mthly)

Leatherhead & District Friends Group, 2pm-4pm, North Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd (other side of the bridge). If you are over 50 and would to come along, a warm welcome awaits you. Tea/coffee/biscuits are available, bingo, raffles. £1 per month. If there’s an event in September you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Friday 12th August. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 66

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Summer Exhibiti xhibition on & Sale Sale of Paintings Paintings Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane

Grand Opening - Monday 1st August August 7.307.30-9.3 9.30pm 0pm 2nd - 5th August August 10am 10am-8pm -8pm (S (Sat at 6th 9.30am-4 9.30am-4pm) pm) FREE FR EE ENTRY with over 200 pictures showcased This event is being supported by Mole Valley Art Forum

Invitation to join Charity Golf Day An invitation is extended to all golf enthusiasts to take part in the annual Charity Golf Day at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club, Leatherhead, Surrey, on Thursday, 29th September 2011, in aid of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. The annual golf day, held on the championship golf course, is sponsored by Linden Homes. The organisers are hoping that local residents and companies will show their support by joining up to take part in this prestigious event and enjoy a great day of golf. Team entry is £360 for a fourball team, which includes an 18-hole round of golf, various golfing competitions, refreshments throughout the day and a buffet dinner at the Grade II listed clubhouse, where additional guests* can join the golfers. (*There is a charge of £45 for guest diners). A live auction and a prize-giving ceremony, with some exciting prizes, will take place during the evening.

Tickets are available to book online at, or, for further information, please telephone the Events Team on 01737 364324. 67

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Lathyrus odoratus - Sweet Pea Deliciously scented sweet peas are a dream flower for every garden. These easy to grow annuals actually thrive on having their flowers picked, so you can have the pleasure of the aromatic blooms both inside and outside your home. Keep cutting the flowers because if you let them go to seed, flowers will no longer be produced. You can plant the seeds directly in the ground in March or April where you want them to grow and they will flower by July. However, for stronger plants, consider planting in the autumn or winter depending on your local conditions. This will help them flower earlier too. Sweet peas flourish in an open, sunny site with well-cultivated soil. They benefit from the addition of a small amount of well-rotted manure or organic compost. Feed with a weak solution of flower-producing fertiliser during the summer. Create a cane wigwam of twigs and raffia for them to scramble up and train the tendrils around it as they grow. These plants grow to between 1 and 2 metres and need support. A vast number of cultivars are available, although some are grown for their showy or unusual flower colours rather than their scent.

Leatherhead Rotary Club Welcomes New President On Wednesday 29th June 2011, around 20 members of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead attended the club's annual 'handover' meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Leatherhead, when outgoing Club President, David Gibson, handed over the Presidential regalia, together with 'control' of the club to incoming President, Chris Pelley, himself a former President of the club just eight years ago! Thanking those present for their support over the past twelve months, Mr Gibson wished Mr Pelley every success in his second Presidential term of office. Mr Pelley congratulated Mr Gibson on an excellent year as President, adding that he looked forward to leading the club through another year of community service and fundraising. The photos show (L to R): Chris Pelley (Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead), David Gibson (Outgoing President) and Ken Prentice (Vice President). The Rotary Club of Leatherhead meets at 7pm most Wednesday evenings 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 or 68

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by Pippa Greenwood There’s no doubt that having wildlife in and around your plot will add an extra and very appealing dimension... literally bringing your garden to life. Anything you do to encourage wildlife is worthwhile, but here are my top ten suggestions: Slugs and snails When you use those little blue slug pellets there is plenty of evidence to suggest that you’re also endangering wildlife such as hedgehogs and birds. Use biological controls, organic slug deterrents, beer traps or copper rings to keep slugs off your plants instead.

beneficial or harmful insects as well as the ones that you are trying to control. Wipe out the beneficial insects and you’ll not only reduce the interest in your garden, but may also be killing some of the insects which have the potential to be your allies as they would normally help to control the pests.

Insect Cafe Make sure that you provide plenty of nectar as a vital food source for beneficial insects such as hoverflies, pollinators such as bees, a wide array of butterflies and all those other harmless creatures that might otherwise go short of food. Simple shaped (non-double) flowers, especially those with open centres are best – try poached egg plants, sedums and achilleas.

Bird Boxes Bird boxes really help to encourage birds to nest and reproduce in your garden. Try to put some up Corridors of Power now as the birds will be used to them by next spring Ground living wildlife such as some of the insects, and more likely to occupy them. During the winter frogs, toads and hedgehogs to name a few, need to months, birds and insects often use nest boxes as be able to move safely within a garden and also roosting places too, hiding and finding protection from one garden to the next. Try to arrange some of from the worst of the weather. Make sure that you your planting so that they can safely scuttle from choose bird boxes with the RSPB or BTO sign of one plant to the next, protected by the plants’ approval, or make your own using instructions from foliage and stems. Large expanses of open space these organisations. makes life harder for them. Ponds and Water features Butterflies Install a pond or even just a simple water feature Butterflies start out as caterpillars, and for those and you’ll be amazed by the amount of wildlife it caterpillars to develop there needs to be attracts. Dragonflies, damselflies, other insects, somewhere for the adult to lay her eggs. Nettles are plenty of birds and other animals will use the pond widely used as a good plant on which the or feature as a drinking place. If you can manage to caterpillars of some butterflies can grow and squeeze in a wildlife pond then you’ll also be develop. If your garden is quite big then try to spare providing potential breeding and feeding places too. a corner to allow nettles and other ‘wild’ plants to thrive. If you don’t like the idea of having nettles in Berried Treasure Plant some shrubs that produce tasty berries or hips your flowerbeds, then plant some into flowerpots and plunge these in a sunny spot near your beds and later in the year. Autumn fruiting plants, especially those whose fruits last in to the winter, provide a borders – this way you’ll give the butterflies the vital source of food for many animals, especially plant but won’t risk the nettles spreading. birds. Wild roses, Pyracantha, Crab Apples – all Birds make great garden plants but also provide a useful Provide a ‘bird bath’ for birds of all shapes and sizes food source. to use when they need a drink or to bathe. Shallow water works well but it will need changing and replenishing frequently, especially in hot weather. Pippa Greenwood is a gardening writer, journalist and Make sure that you install it somewhere that is well regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Pippa gives a wide range of talks and lectures to out of reach of local cats and other predators. Garden Chemicals Don’t buy any more garden chemicals - they may seem to provide an easy and quick solution to your garden problems, but most end up endangering


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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 30

The Crescent Cinema – Church Street - Leatherhead

The Crescent Cinema built on the site of the old Manor House opened in 1939 with a seating capacity of 1,282. It was equipped with a Hammond illuminated console electronic organ. The cinema had a stage 30 feet deep, with two dressing rooms provided and the proscenium was 40 feet wide. It was run by a local family - Mr H.G. Prickett was the manager. Like most cinemas in their heyday, it offered real value for money - The adverts – a short ‘B’ film followed by a cartoon, the news reel, forthcoming attractions. Whilst during the interval the usherettes would be selling cigarettes and ice creams. Then at long last the ‘Main feature film’. It was also used for stage shows featuring local and international performers. The Cinema was closed in around 1967 and bingo was tried out, but wasn't successful and the building was sold to the local council. In 1969, architect Roderick Ham made great alterations, to the stage end, the frontage and also the auditorium, re-opening as the Thorndike Theatre. The auditorium now had a bare brick finish and 530 seats and is considered one of the best theatre designs of its time. In 1995 the Thorndike Theatre began screening films as well as live performances, but the management company went bankrupt and the theatre closed in mid-1997. At the end of 1997, it was taken over by Screen Works to become a 180 seat cinema, using only the rear seating area, but this was a short lived venture. It then was used by religious groups for meetings. Re-named Leatherhead Theatre, it re-opened in 2001. The main auditorium now has 512 seats and there is a studio theatre seating 80 and a 40 seat conference room. The building was designated a Grade II Listed building in 1999. 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: 74

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LeatherHEAD START Residents Move into New Home The ten-month refurbishment of LeatherHEAD START, formally Leatherhead Night Hostel, which provides temporary accommodation for homeless people in the District, was recently completed on time and on budget.

transformation of such an important local building, which offers those who face a lower quality of life than many Mole Valley residents the opportunity to rebuild their lives. By supporting this essential service we can reach those in our communities who are most in need.”

LeatherHEAD START, in Church Road, has new individual en-suite bedrooms, including a room for a couple, a new lounge and dining/kitchen facility that doubles up as training and activity rooms, improved accessibility and a larger office. The service will be available 24 hours a day and will provide enhanced support and training to help vulnerable people back into independent living.

Myfanwy Tothill, Chairman of the Trustees at LeatherHEAD START, said: “We are most grateful to Mole Valley District Council for the enormous amount of help they have given to us over our long association and in particular in the last few years to ensure that this project has been completed successfully. Thanks also to Raven Housing Trust who have been involved with the project from the start. The close working relationship between ourselves, Mole Valley District Council and Raven Housing Trust has achieved a result which has far surpassed our wildest dreams.”

The refurbishment was made possible after £855,000 of funding was secured from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Bathroom Fitting A substantial Kitchen Fitting amount of funding was Painting also provided by & Decorating Mole Valley (Interior & Exterior) District Council One of the bedrooms (MVDC), Raven Plastering Housing Trust and the charity itself. The hostel has been at Church Road for more than 30 years and a refurbishment was much needed. After a substantial review of the options, MVDC, the former owners of the building, decided to sell the property to Raven Housing Trust, who carried out the refurbishment. The day-to-day management of the hostel remains with the established team who have been providing the service for homeless people across Mole Valley since the hostel first opened. Councillor Vivienne Michael, Portfolio Holder for Customer Service and Wellbeing, said: “The Council is proud to support the

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Anti-social behaviour At this time of year, it is usual for us to remind people about the importance of leaving their homes and property secure, if they are fortunate enough to be going away on holiday. This message has been passed on so many times and we hope sincerely that most people automatically consider general security if their homes are to be unoccupied for any length of time.

of who may be responsible. This is so we can target our attention and resources at when these problems are actually occurring.

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 our regular panel meetings, police surgeries and community events. This is all in addition to what people tell our officers when they are out on patrol in their communities. It has become clear to us 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

We also emphasise the need and requirement for parents, guardians or carers of young people under the age of 18 to take a significant responsibility for the behaviour of children in their care. Police will deal robustly with anyone who is found committing an offence but a part needs to be played by the adults responsible for children . During the school holidays, children 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. Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Ashtead Village - part of the Global Village It’s ironic that while the ‘developed west‘ is desperately trying to reverse some of the worst aspects of having cheap fossil fuels and abundant cheap goods, developing countries are striving to “catch up”, imagining that this will ‘improve’ their lives. This was really obvious when I spent a year in Uganda when I was 17, working in a home for abandoned children. I could see how life was in this lovely country. Many of the people own land, and, particularly in the rural areas, the main activity is subsistence farming, supplemented with a few cash crops. It’s a very fertile country and most young Ugandans learn how to grow food. In this environment, it struck me as strange that Ugandans strive to own and maintain new technologies. Shops, that are more shacks than anything else, will pay for electricity so they can have a fridge to keep sodas cool. The new mobile phones are a “must-have”, and surprisingly, they are a common sight in the clubs and bars, even though they cost 3 months wages (300,000 Ugandan Shilling, equivalent to £100). Internet cafes are springing up all over the cities and towns, although the internet is normally painfully slow, and Facebook is extremely popular. I am sure this is boosted by tourism - Western people can be seen travelling all over Uganda. Hip-hop videos are loved by all, and set fashion trends by showing the new clothes, phones and cars, just like they do here in the West. Central Kampala, the capital, has areas full of fancy restaurants, nightclubs and shopping centres, like many other big cities. Further out, shops become `cheaper, restaurants more “local” and roads rougher. Supermarkets are not frequented by the locals, being way too expensive. Markets and small road side shops are the place to buy your food. Haggling is the norm, as everyone wants the best price - people know what to expect when buying a kilo of tomatoes. The local butcher is the best place to buy meat, locally raised. The idea of having meat driven over from Kenya would be laughable. Cooking is mainly done using wood burning stoves, which in highly populated areas is leading to deforestation. Solar-panel ovens would solve this problem - I saw one being used for cooking and boiling water. The woman I talked to swore by it, saying it was the best thing she owned – it was efficient and quick. On hot sunny days, it would quickly boil water, making it safe to drink, meaning expensive bottled water isn’t needed, cutting down on pollution and deforestation as well. Waste disposal is a problem in Uganda, especially in towns. The Marabou Stork (left) is a common sight, scavenging on rubbish tips. They are scary to look at, standing at around four feet high and they are rumoured to be so toxic that to touch them can cause death or at least serious illness. It’s estimated that in Kampala alone, they eat 100 tonnes of rubbish per year, which would otherwise become a health hazard. I learnt a lot during my time in Uganda, but most importantly, that people all over the world need the same things – food, water, housing, fuel - and we need to share what the world has to offer. I’m not 20 yet – I hope that when I’m as old as my Mum, we will have it sorted! Wesley Cardew-Smith

For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 84

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The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local  

Issue 70, January 2011. Never underestimate the importance of community.