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Fetcham Xmas Festival Report

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Ashtead Xmas Festival Report

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Recipe - Beef and Barolo Stew

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Andy’s Blog

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Quiz - Pen Names

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Ashtead Residents’ Association

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Improve your language skills

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Can you help a future Paralympian?

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Quiz - Review of the Year

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association

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Number Cruncher

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Meredith’s Memories

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Trouble with your neighbours?

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Cashmere at Christmas - a story

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What’s going on?

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Jackie Quinn estate agents supports teenage cancer charity

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Book reviews

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A ‘thank you’ from Dr Guess

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January’s Crossword & Codeword

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Leatherhead Xmas Festival Report

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Local history article

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APMH needs your help

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Ashtead Rotary Club

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SurreySave Credit Union Bank

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That’s a funny thing to say!

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Leatherhead Theatre

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Gardening - Choosing a greenhouse

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Transition Ashtead

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MV Police Column

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Spot the Difference

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Care workers honoured at gala event

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Dec’s Code/Crossword Solutions

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Useful Numbers

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Solutions, page 86

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always find the start of a New Year really strange, why? Remember what it’s like to return to work after a summer holiday and how difficult it is to get back into the routine of work? Well, I think it’s the same in the New Year, but on a nationwide scale. It seems to be days into January before the sparkle and excitement of the Christmas break wears off. Hey ho, still getting to used it after umpteen years of work. Lots of lovely articles have been sent in to me for the January magazine, one of which is a ‘thank you’ from Dr Marian Guess for your kind donations towards Dementia Care (p.32); the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall needs help with its refurbishment plans (p.42); the SurreySave Credit Union bank is going great guns (p.44); I am again running the piece on Stephen Wagland, one of our future Paralympians, please do what you can to help (p.20). As this magazine starts its distribution slightly before Christmas, I am featuring the Christmas Festival reports for Leatherhead (p.36), Ashtead (p.14) and Fetcham (p.60), where a great deal of fun was had by all. There’s an update from Brian Griffin on all the wonderful support the Ashtead Rotary Club give to local charities and organisations (p.88). I was approached by the Mid Surrey Mediation Service to feature a piece about their work in the community and, unfortunately, if you are experiencing some angst with your neighbours, then take a look at the article, they may be able to help (p.72). Surrey Police are looking to put more bobbies on the beat and they are also clamping down on anti-social driving, all is explained on the Mole Valley Police Column on page 94. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £47 +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. 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 unless agreed in writing or stated on the article/ photograph.

You may have noticed that some of the SAS retailers are participating in a free monthly prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend in a selection of some, or all, of the participating retailers. Please pop into one of the local shops where you see the SAS logo (above) and complete your slip to enter the draw. No purchase is necessary. Finally, a warm welcome to new and returning advertisers this month: Grab-the-lead, a great dog-walking service (p.19); Cairds, the new estate agent in Ashtead village (p.9); Walkabout, a specialist outdoor sports clothing store in Epsom (p.21); M&M Strictly Ballroom, dance teachers (p.63); Epsom Coaches (p.17); Caroline Litman (p.40) and Annabel Parkin (p.53) both Pilates teachers; Exercise Outdoors (p.55); Manor House School and MAD Academy for the little ones, (p.61); Curves (p.41); Four Seasons Blinds based in Epsom (p.19) and Planters to the right. Just a reminder that Meredith Worsfold’s collection of stories about Ashtead village, entitled Meredith’s Memories, is available to purchase from the Post Offices in Ashtead Village and Barnett Wood Lane, as well as Bumbles in The Street and Barton’s in Leatherhead.

© Zen George. All rights reserved 2010.

Cheerio everyone,

Zen George 01372 376420 leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com www.ashtead-leatherhead.com

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Plant lanters ers of Dorking Planters of Dorking are long established specialists in solid oak and pine furniture and in 2010 will be celebrating 25 years of quality and service together with a reputation for individuality and price competitiveness.

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variety of styles featuring upholstered, leather, solid wood or rush seats.

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The intrinsically warm characteristics of solid oak furniture are reflected in Planters Planters extensive showrooms carefully selected traditional, are situated in historic West Street, Dorking, Surrey, probably with our comprehensive displays, classic and contemporary collections from France and you can also find a offering the widest selection of England. complementary range of home solid French and English oak furnishing accessories, including Established in 1985, Planters furniture in Surrey, Sussex and pictures, mirrors and lots more. continues to offer high quality the South East. Planters are also authorised furniture solutions. Our extensive displays include a stockists of Lloyd Loom hand made quality British furniture. wide selection of solid oak 40 West Street, Oak tables and other pieces are kitchen and dining tables and Dorking, Surrey, available in many different sizes chairs, sideboards, dressers, and we offer a number of bookcases, TV cabinets, coffee RH4 1BU tables, home office furniture and colours and finishes. Dining chairs are also available in a wide Tel: 01306 886080 bedroom furniture. Together

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Why Cairds? Why Ashtead? Cairds Estate Agents are the proud new tenants of 35 The Street. An experienced five-strong team will be led by their Managing Director, Paul Aboud. Having spent the last four years at the coal face in the Epsom market, Paul knows the value of the Cairds brand and his aim will be to replicate the success the brand has had in Epsom. “Cairds have become the first call for most sellers. The company has established a huge client base for repeat business. High levels of service and marketing has raised standards. The fresh approach of this company and its staff will add new value to Ashtead.” “Ashtead has been calling”, says Paul. “We have been, and currently are, successfully selling Ashtead properties. To meet this growing demand we have opened a first class office with first class staff, displays and position.” Cairds (Ashtead) is the logical expansion of Epsom’s leading estate agent. Just as Cairds brought a fresh approach to Epsom in 1994, Cairds (Ashtead) will do the same for Ashtead residents and those planning to move to the area. “Working together within the community will be at the heart of our success” says Paul, “I recognise the importance of property sales in people’s lives. Financially and emotionally this is almost always a memorable moment. I relish the chance to perform.” “Ashtead is a stunning village that has been under valued over the years. The office has been designed to offer our clients the best possible marketing for their properties.

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FREE MONTHLY PRIZE DRAW IN ASHTEAD TO WIN £100 VOUCHER The free monthly prize draw scheme commenced on 1st December 2009 and already it is causing a bit of a stir in Ashtead. The first name drawn out of the ‘pot’ will win £100 to spend with one, or a selection, of the SAS retailers* in The Street, Rectory Lane, Barnett Wood Lane, and Craddocks Parade participating in the draw scheme. The first draw will close on 31st December and the lucky winner will be notified during the first week of January. Don’t forget to ask for your entry slip at participating retailers for your chance to win £100 to spend in our local shops. *Not all SAS retailers are participating in the prize draw scheme Abracadabra, 51 The Street

Framing Workshop, 100 The Street

Amanda, 41 The Street

Hair Technique, 69 The Street

Andrea Lee Optometrists, 47 The Street

Jackie Quinn Estate Agents, 118 The Street

Ashtead Computer Services,

Michael Everett Estate Agents,

106 The Street

58 The Street

Ashtead Fisheries, 4 Rectory Lane

Milners, 40 The Street

Ashtead Fruiterers, 74 The Street

Occasions, 43 The Street

Ashtead Fireplaces, 86 The Street

Palmer’s, 25 The Street

Ashtead Health & Beauty, 80A The Street

Patrick Gardner Estate Agents,

Ashtead TV, 86 Woodfield Lane

66 The Street

Bailey Financial Services, 17 The Street

Park Lane Fine Arts, 102 The Street

Bumbles, 90 The Street

Rayner’s Opticians, 31 The Street

Damsel Dress Agency, 54 The Street

RSM Electrical, 37 The Street

DEG Office Supplies, 65 The Street

Run to Live, 200 Barnett Wood Lane

Elio’s, 84 The Street

Shehnai Restaurant, 9 Craddocks Parade

Elphick Estate Agents, 71 The Street

Style Cruises & Travel, 5 Craddocks Pde

Ex-Cellar, 19-20 Craddocks Parade

Temptations Jewellery, 88 The Street

Fit-Ex Interiors, 6 Craddocks Parade

Volkspeed Engineering Ltd

Flowers by Jackie, 45 The Street

13 Craddocks Parade, rear of car sales

Ward & Cross Hairdressers, 6 Rectory Lane

Four Seasons Fish & Chips and Chinese Takeaway

Ward & Cross Florist/Coffee Shop,

220 Barnett Wood Lane

5B Rectory Lane

There is no cash alternative / No purchase necessary / Not all SAS retailers are participating in the scheme

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Worlds End Interiors create beautiful interiors for the classic or the contemporary home. Offering a full interior design and decoration service; from simple home styling and colour consultations to complete refurbishment, we will create an interior space you simply adore. Our packages are designed to get your home picture-perfect for that special occasion; a potential sale; or just everyday stylish living.

0800 8799 599 (free phone) 07930 253041 Worlds End Interiors Ltd, Paddock View, Worlds End, KT11 1AG

Need help with your housework? • Competitively priced domestic cleaning and ironing service available in your area • Weekly or fortnightly to suit you • £10 per hour We also offer:

• Commercial cleaning (offices, restaurants, bars) • One-off and Spring cleans • Moving out / Moving in cleans (References available upon request) 12


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Ashtead Christmas Shopping Evening Tuesday 8th December

ÂŁ300 voucher from Milner Carpets, 2nd prize was a luxury hamper from Ashtead Fruiterers and 3rd prize a fabulous speaker system from Ashtead Computer Services. The traders would like to thank all those who attended and helped make the evening the success it was.

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he Ashtead Village late night shopping evening was a huge success. Despite the odd shower it was packed with people and there was a very festive atmosphere. As well as the side shows, rides, popcorn and candyfloss we had face painting free of charge in The Framing Workshop which was extremely popular, pony and trap rides, Santa's grotto, a BBQ, and a hog roast. We were delighted to have West Ashtead and Freemans school choirs and the Parish choir who all put on wonderful performances which really enhanced the evening. The traders did a fabulous job of offering great hospitality to all customers with drinks and nibbles as well as lucky dips etc. for the children. The evening ended with the free raffle draw which had excellent prizes donated by various shops. The 1st prize being a 14

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Tesco - an opportunity? There has recently been great local interest in Tesco’s second application to redevelop the old Esso site. I have the impression that views have become somewhat polarised. This is unfortunate and I suspect a consequence of the complexity of the issues and uncertainty on some key concerns.

built and steps were taken to ensure that the needs of APMH users can continue to be met. Tesco will naturally seek to maximise the return on its investment. That is the management’s duty to the company’s shareholders.

It seems however that residents have concluded that Tesco will have a presence on The Street, partly because of the Government’s continued delay in implementing the Competition Test recommended by the Competition Commission. There remain widespread and varied concerns about the applications made. The second application, despite showing some improvements, has the same underlying problems as the first one and fails to take sufficient account of the unusual features and limitations of the site. It seems to me that there is potential for an acceptable outcome for all concerned. The obstacles to achieving it however are considerable as is the resulting challenge. Where might there be common ground? • Tesco owns the site and is a highly successful retailer. Tesco operating in the Street could attract more people to the Village and increase activity generally at a time when trade is increasingly gravitating to superstores, neighbouring towns and the internet. • The Street needs additional investment and trade. The viability of independent retailers is already under threat. • Car parking provision in the Village is severely restricted and has to handle a range of needs, in particular those of APMH users. There is little scope for more street parking in the immediate vicinity, which is already a problem • The Woodfield Lane/A24 junction is a very long standing cause of concern, for which there is no easy solution. It seems to me that there could be a “win” for everybody if a smaller store were to be 18

To achieve this, strong local opposition to the current proposals is essential. Tesco might then in time be forced to reduce its requests to a viable level for this site. The Councillors who comprise Mole Valley’s Development Control Committee have an onerous responsibility. They are due to make a decision on February 3rd and face many pressures. These include direct pressure tp achieve Government targets and indirect pressures as a consequence of the severe financial constraints faced by Mole Valley. Many of these Councillors are not local to Ashtead and are consequently challenged to understand the specific circumstances of this site. Your views could therefore be very important to help them to reach a balanced and informed decision. In my opinion there is an opportunity to develop a solution which can improve the retail environment at the heart of Ashtead whilst maintaining its essential character and amenities. Achieving that will be challenging. There is still time to write expressing your views. You can do so right up to Feb 3rd. If you have not already done so, I urge you to give your views to Mole Valley Planning and your local Councillors before it is too late. Paul Le Versha Chairman 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, Judith Weller on 279944 or by email on membsec@ashteadresidents.org.uk. She will be delighted to hear from you.


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Can you help a future Paralympian to make Britain proud?? Stephen qualified for the Para Winter Championships held in Vale View after winning at Patchetts EC Para Winter Qualifier with his highest ever percentage at this level and will be representing Great Britain in 2010 at Millfield School in the Para Junior International.

Eighteen year old Ashtead resident, Stephen Wagland, was born with Pseudoachondroplasia and scoliosis a rare medical condition characterised by short limbs and stature and extreme pain in the hips and knees. Difficulty with walking and premature osteoarthritis further impedes mobility and uses an electric wheelchair. In 2004 at his first RDA National Championship he became Junior Champion. In 2006 Stephen was talent spotted and was invited to trial for the Great Britain Squad’s World Class Development Program 20062008. This is when Stephen started to train at a higher level and is Graded a Disability Grade 2 to compete in. Stephen has ridden in five RDA Regional and National Championships; he gained a high percentage at Vale view Para Talent spotting competition in 2008. Stephens qualified for the Millfield Young Rider and Junior Para Dressage International at Para winter qualifiers in 2008. He then represented Great Britain in 2008 for the first time in the World’s only Para Junior International held at the famous Millfield School on a horse called Forester. Many judges were impressed and remarked on how well he rode the horse despite his lack of competition experience.

Future hopes are to be selected for the Great Britain Para Team and compete and win Gold in London 2012, be a Team member and an ambassador for the sport. Stephen trains in Bookham on his horse, Troy Jones. Stephen is actively looking for businesses, and individuals like yourself to help in his ambition to win Gold at Paralympics, World and European Championships. If you would like to sponsor, donate (anything from £5 upwards) or a give a grant, this would help him tremendously with the costs involved in Para Dressage.

Contact details:

stephen@wagland.demon.co.uk 01372 275865

A week later he became the RDA National Champion in his grade and Freestyle to music winning both his classes and junior class at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. He received a score of 10/10 for rider equestrian skill and his highest ever score of 81.75%, on Forester The World Class Development Program were reselecting riders with natural talent that could go to 2012 Paralympics and beyond in November 2008 and Stephen went up for trails on the Reserve horse for the Paralympics in 2008 and was selected moving up a level to Silver Start a full member of the Great Britain Development Program. 20


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o maximise your fun this winter, the correct clothing and equipment will make all the difference. Walkabout is a specialist shop for the outdoors with over 20 years’ experience.

Walkabout has a carefully chosen ski range for both adults and children. The North Face always delivers winning performance ski wear for both men and women. Women in particular will appreciate the flattering cut of Schoffel. Five Seasons design some incredible value jackets and pants with Scandinavian styling. When skiing in particular, Merino wool is the best for base layers and socks. Its breathability and performance outclasses synthetics. Icebreaker and Smart wool are the leading brands, once used there is no going back. Walkabout stocks a comprehensive range of accessories including, gloves from the North Face, Salomon and Barts. Glasses and Goggles from Oakley and Bloc and Après Ski boots. Walkabout also stocks a range of outdoor clothing and equipment for hill walking from the leading brands. Award winning Gore-Tex jackets from Mountain Equipment, guarantee total mountain comfort. Fleece and Soft-shell in many different options offer versatility. Walkabout’s footwear department has over 60 models, to fit most people. These will be professionally fitted with the correct socks to optimise comfort and performance.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Leatherhead, blue, yellow and (faded) brick red! The good news first: several kingfishers have been seen on the River Mole between the Town Bridge and Thorncroft Bridge. This welcome piece of information was given out at the Leatherhead Residents’ Association social evening last Monday. There had been a lot of worry over these birds while the River Path and an adjacent office block were being built.

the other, neighbouring roads fill up. Homelands, Fortyfoot, Melvinshaw, Daymerslea Ridge, Oaks Close all look set to receive unprecedented numbers of early visitors. Being early will be the key factor in obtaining a free parking place; after 6.30 am it will almost certainly be impossible. Residents of Kingston Road, Park Rise and Windfield are going to have to be extremely careful and remove their cars during the “Forbidden Hour” or they are likely to find summonses attached the windscreens of their own cars right outside their own homes.

Sometime in the New Year, however, many of the town’s roads are due for yellow paint, some for a considerable amount of yellow paint. In some cases this will be extremely welcome – the Epsom Road must be an example of this, but in other cases many residents are unhappy with the proposals. However, the numbers actually writing in to object were not sufficient for the council to alter the plans. Conversely, it was noted that even when virtually the whole road wrote in to request one plan, because it was not one of the council’s recommended solutions, it was not accepted. It will be very interesting, on Day 1, to see how quickly

Lastly, hopes for a third lane the whole length of Station Approach between the bridges have been dashed. This would have involved the dismantling of the old staircase access and a costly road widening scheme. Instead, just the scaffolding is to be removed revealing the old brick retaining wall. Caroline Brown

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Meredith’s Memories Cataracticus

Cataracticus - nonsense! There’s no such word. Ah yes there is, I have just invented it. A juxtaposition of similar sounding words with a linked meaning. CACTUS - a succulent plant, from the Latin succus juicy. CATARACT - a rush of water, well, the eyes do water don’t they? Floods of tears etc., and if that is not sufficient, further drops may be medically subscribed. As for CARACTICUS the British Chieftan who fought the Romans in the 1st Century, I am not sure about the watery link, but his name does provide 10 letters of the 12 which constitute this page title. You may well be wondering what all these meanderings are leading up to (and probably not for the first time in Meredith’s Memories). If my heading had been CATARACT you perhaps would have read no further. Who wants to read about ophthalmic surgery. Please read on, you may be surprised.

face which produced not darkness but a luminous blue background with little blobs of white like clouds in a blue sky. There was a soft soothing background of murmuring voices, unintelligible, as the job proceeded. There was not an iota of pain or discomfort during the operation, just an overall sense of tranquillity ad wellbeing. Finally, the cover was removed from my face, an eye shield fitted and I was wheeled back to the ward. Straight away I was eased off my trolley, walked to a chair and was served with tea and biscuits. My ‘Ashtead Good Neighbours’ driver was there, ready for my return and after a few minutes paperwork checking out, back to Ashtead. One other extraordinary event in this story happened the next morning when I first removed the shield covering my repaired eye. I was dumbstruck! The post-op information states that eyesight will improve slowly over the next few weeks. Now in those first few expectant moments the clarity of vision and the richness of colours were incredible. I had forgotten what my vision had been like years ago. What had been my good left eye was now inferior to my renovated right eye. Instant transformation!

I am writing these notes just a few days after my cataract operation at Epsom hospital on 23rd June 2009, and I know that events on that day will remain vividly in my memory for the rest of my days. I had been reassured so many times of the ease and lack of stress in this particular procedure, and I had no qualms. Zero hour came and I was wheeled through a zig-zag of corridors to the theatre where I was welcomed by the surgeon and her team. I was given a tranquilising injection and more eye-drops as a local anaesthetic. I was eased back into a prone position and told to relax and make myself comfortable.

I must close before you tire of my eulogy and I am running out of superlatives. My final words are an expression of sincere gratitude to everyone who was involved in my cataract operation. I hope Cataracticus conveys to you something of my feelings of Joy and Exhilaration.

Then began my wonderful experience, fantasy is not the word - this was no imaginative fiction. I was fully conscious during the whole operation. The first step was to have a cover placed over my upper

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could find a colour she preferred, she could make a direct exchange.

As Ruth and Sam stood at the door, their smiles were genuine enough. They loved their family and they loved Christmas, but the prospect of normality fuelled their enthusiastic waving as their last guest drove out of sight. They closed the front door, turned to each other and breathed a sigh of relief. The house was a mess and the carpet was embedded with pine needles. Empty bottles and black bags of detritus lined the garage waiting for absent bin men. An exhausted Ruth collapsed onto the sofa. Christmas was over.

Ruth raced to join the scrum of cashmere bargain hunters and fought her way to a raspberry pink V-neck in a size twelve. Just as she was about to pounce, a ‘larger than size twelve’ lady grabbed the jumper and added it to the heap of cashmere in her basket. Ruth tried to protest but was greeted by the nonnegotiable determination of a seasoned hunter. Ruth managed to locate one in royal blue but as it was a size twenty, she reluctantly returned it to the scrum. She rummaged through all the sage green jumpers that littered the table and suddenly spotted the edge of a powder blue sleeve. She grabbed it and weaved the jumper through a row of shoppers as she pulled it towards her. It was V necked and a size twelve. Perfect.

All things considered, they had enjoyed the festivities. Their presents had been well received, the turkey was moist and the bread sauce had been a success. The children hadn’t fought too much and Sam had been surprisingly helpful. Two presents heading straight to the charity shop were a bizarre wine bottle ‘cosy’ and a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle depicting a plate of baked beans. Also, Ruth’s friend Clare delighted in buying her clothes that were several sizes too small. Ruth couldn’t decide whether being given a size eight jumper was a compliment or a pointed statement from her ‘size eight’ friend. Ruth’s tomboy daughter, Sarah, had been sent a delicate, pink party dress, which was greeted with the contempt of a child who had to be bribed to wear a denim skirt.

Ruth returned to customer services and after another long wait, finally exchanged her sage green jumper for the blue one. Sam had been very nervous of her decision to swap his mother’s present, but acknowledged that its replacement suited her far better. However, just as Ruth was admiring herself in the bedroom mirror, the phone rang. It was Barbara. “Hello, dear. Thank you so much for having me yesterday. I think we put on quite a good spread, don’t you? It was my pleasure to help you so much, dear. I know you struggle. Now, the real reason for my telephone call is to talk about that beautiful jumper I bought you. I did actually buy one for myself, in a lovely shade of beige. However, I think the sage green colour would suit me much better and I’m sure the beige would look better on you. The green colour made you look a bit ‘shadow eyed’, don’t you think? Anyway, I thought I would pop over this afternoon and swap the jumpers over. I’ll be with you at about four o’clock, in time for tea and one of those lovely mince pies we made. Bye dear, see you then.”

Ruth’s mother in law always considered her gifts very carefully. She thrived on appreciation and price tags were often left on display to illustrate her generosity. Barbara was an exacting houseguest and her ‘well meaning’ household and catering tips followed Ruth around the house. This year, Barbara gave Ruth a cashmere jumper. It came from a well-known store and should have been perfect. Unfortunately, it was a rather unpleasant shade of sage green. Ruth hated the colour and planned a gracious thank you letter and a prompt visit to exchange the gift. This was a risky strategy as presents from Barbara were always closely monitored. However, Ruth had no intention of wearing sage green and couldn’t bear the thought of the beautifully soft fabric taunting her from her sweater drawer. Early the following day, she drove to Epsom and joined the queue of ‘present returners’. After half an hour, she reached an exhausted sales assistant and optimistically tried to get a refund without a receipt. This of course wasn’t possible but there were several of the jumpers left in the sale section of the store and if Ruth

As I grabbed my coat and headed for the door, I called out to Sam. “Just going back to Epsom, back by three thirty... You better tidy up, your mother’s coming...”

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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall is more than 80 years old, there have been many changes and additions to make it into the successful Hall we have today. The history of the Hall by Meredith Worsfold, a long time resident of Ashtead, shows what a valuable asset the Hall has been over the years to the residents of Ashtead, truly a place WHERE ASHTEAD MEETS Now the Trustees feel the time is right to bring the Hall into the 21st century for the benefit of present residents and the generations of the future. The plan is to improve the toilet facilities, storage and the office, and to enlarge the size of two of the meeting rooms and the Bar. The approved plans are on display in the foyer of the Hall for all to see. This of course will cost money and this is where the residents can help and contribute to your own Village Hall. We have approximately 5000 homes in Ashtead and if each gave £5.00 it would go a long way towards the funds we need for the improvements. If you would like to help with this exciting project your donation will be invaluable. Whatever the size of your gift it will help to maintain the Hall to a high standard, a building Ashtead can be proud of for the 21st century. If you would like to donate, please complete the slip at the bottom of this page send your donation to: The APMH, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE

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A task force comprising local representatives from Guildford, Waverley and Woking Borough Councils, Mole Valley Housing Association, the Co-operative Fund, the CAB and voluntary services meet regularly to work on setting up the Credit Union. Cllr David Wright, Chair of the Steering Group, says: “SurreySave Credit Union will be a competitive, convenient and safe way for everyone in Surrey to save and borrow as an alternative to traditional banking. As well as encouraging saving, it will keep money circulating within the local area, provide advice and support to members and it will have no private shareholders”. Heather Ward from Leatherhead says, “This is a good time to be setting up a credit union. For those able to save, a credit union, which is a not-for-profit organisation, is an ethical and safe home for their money. We know that some local people, on the other hand, are in the clutches of home credit companies, loan sharks and money shops that charge a minimum of 183% APR, and SurreySave will help them organise their finances better and have access to secure banking services.” Regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), a credit union is run as a financial, self-help co-operative that is owned and controlled by its members, who both save and borrow from it. Any profits that are left over after running costs have been covered are paid to its saving 44

Pictured above from L to R: Heather Ward and Andrew Furtek from Mole Valley, Cllr. David Wright from Guildford, Peter Ford and Cllr. Anne Murray from Woking.

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you so much for your efforts with The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine. We have recently moved to the area and are finding it a really useful tool with regards to local activities and businesses. Good luck with it and thanks again. Mrs S., Fetcham.

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Leatherhead Theatre becomes the setting for an epic battle this Christmas as Robinson Crusoe faces his long-time adversary, the infamous Captain Hogwash. And everyone is invited to watch! The show tells the story of Robbie, heroic captain of The Good Ship Lizzie. His mission: to seek out wondrous treasures, discover strange new lands, and to boldly go where no action-packed adventure has gone before. Yet, when Crusoe is shipwrecked, he has more than new lands and treasure on his mind. There's his hilarious new friend, Man Friday; the beautiful Princess Moonflower; and the wicked pirate, Captain Hogwash.

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Saturday 9th January 7.30pm £19.50 (U16 £9.50, Friends and Groups £17) The Kings Chamber Orchestra are a unique family of distinguished London-based performing musicians, who have performed together in the UK and abroad for over 20 years. Originally formed by Gerard Le Feuvre (cellist/conductor and composer), the orchestra sought to support a variety of Christian charities alongside professional work and has placed a strong emphasis on spreading good-will in communities with its sense of fun and enthusiasm. Its members play regularly with many of the finest professional orchestras in the country, and currently KCO perform around fifty concerts a year. These concerts are throughout the Home Counties, and in a variety of London venues from tiny churches to the Royal Albert Hall, with the orchestra also travelling to France and regularly to the Channel Islands. The orchestra’s enthusiasm and humour, and a unique ability to improvise, has attracted large and often unprecedented audiences. KCO has produced a number of CDs available at its concerts and online. www.kingschamberorchestra.co.uk

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Saturday 23rd January 1pm & 3.30pm £13, Child £11 & Family (4 tickets) £40 “The Little Big Club - Live in Concert” is heading to the UK for the first time with a brand new singing and dancing stage show that brings together an ensemble of the world most popular and best loved preschool characters in one exciting adventure! The new 90-minute theatrical and musical extravaganza from Premier Stage Productions, Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Angelina Ballerina™, Pingu™, Fifi Forget-meNot™ and Fireman Sam™ together on stage for the very first time and offers something younger members of the family will never forget! The live show also introduces The Little Big Club band, formed by young ‘musicians’ who encourage the audience to join in and have fun with each character as they perform their own ‘set’ in the concert line up. So come along and be part of the magic. 46


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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead Permaculture – Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares It’s not often you get to meet a real enthusiast but I did this week. It was at the most recent Transition Ashtead Open meeting, where the topic was Permaculture. The enthusiastic speaker was Phil Howard, a community outreach consultant for Emerson College in Forest Row, East Sussex and also a friend of Barry, our Chairman. Phil enjoys travelling around south-east England to spread the word about Permaculture. One of the phrases he used in his talk stuck in my mind – that we are ‘robbing our grand children to feed our children’. An odd idea, you may think, but I know what he means. If we don’t become good stewards of the world, even though we are all rushing around doing what we think needs to be done to keep the wheels of our lives turning, we are in danger of leaving a real mess behind for future generations. This idea of caring for the land is the core idea of Permaculture. Phil explained that the principles of permaculture have developed into a philosophy, where ‘careful thought is followed by minimal action, rather than hasty action followed by long-term regrets’. Not a bad modus operandi! The first thing to do is stand back, observe and then interact with your garden. Phil Howard enthusing He talked about compost being ‘good for the soul’, being consistent with a no-waste approach to horticulture, where all rubbish is recycled back into the soil, to enrich it, aiding water retention and holding nutrients where plants can use them. The soil should never be left bare, so when crops have been harvested, if there is no follow-on crop to plant immediately, you can sow “green manure”, which are plants that can catch and store energy and nutrients, and be dug back into the soil before planting the next crop. Permaculture values the diversity of nature and aims to mimic the mixed planting that arises in nature, to maximise the use of the land area and reduce the impact of pests and diseases; so plant your fruit bushes around fruit trees, grow tomatoes on your patio and nasturtiums near the broad beans to lure the black flies away! Mix it all up and integrate your veg patch with the rest of the garden. Phil has offered to organise a ‘hands on’ Permaculture training day or weekend to get you started, either here in Ashtead or in Sussex, so let us know if that would appeal to you and we’ll get it organised. It was good to be able to welcome Graeme Kane, the Sustainability Manager for Mole Valley, to the meeting, as well as people from Leatherhead, Epsom and Ashtead. It was largely a very well informed audience, with many years of gardening and food–growing experience between them and it is pleasing that enough came forward for us to get the Transition Ashtead Food Group going! If you missed the meeting but would like to get involved with the Food Group, please get in touch, contact details below. We ended the evening with chat, coffee and home-made cakes – Transition Ashtead cakes are just so good! Permaculture is all about low carbon, eco-friendly, integrated, abundant living. Why not give it a go? It could be your New Years resolution… For more information on Permaculture, see http://www.permaculture.org.uk/ For more information about Transition Ashtead, see our website at www.TransitionAshtead.org.uk. Contact our Secretary Derek Smith on 01372 378914 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk Chris Ellis 48


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Undergoing fertility treatment can be a time of great stress for most couples usually involving hope and despair. Help is at hand with a regular, dependable space to explore and process thoughts and feelings with a trained non-judgmental third person. Mr Shehata, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, holds clinics at 84 Harley Street, Ashtead and Parkside Hospitals and The Clockhouse medical practice, Epsom For further information on any of the above please contact his secretary on : 020 8401 9928 or visit www.miscarriageclinic.co.uk Pastel paintings, top left ‘Jaune Cicelé’, top right, ‘Tenderness’ from the Mother & Child pastel paintings collection by Marie Lydie Joffre. Visit her website: www.marielydiejoffre.com 49


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Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! It’s Kapilan! “As the newest member I am excited to be adding a new dimension to an already incredible team at the RJ Osteopathic Clinic. My interest in osteopathy had grown from benefiting myself from osteopathic treatment, whilst playing sport at a representative level. So it is no surprise that I have homed the skills I acquired, in my degree from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, to assist in returning individuals to the best shape to tackle whatever physical demands they place on themselves. Sport can be involvement in teams in a competitive arena to playing with the kids in the back garden. Either way it is important to feel comfortable and capable of taking the stress and strains in these situations. With my experience in physically demanding situations I am able to incorporate my understanding of anatomy and diagnosis to ensure movement is restored and performance enhanced. Kapilan I would say my success would lie in my ability to recognise each and everyone’s limits and encourage the body to function at its optimum level. I have a very direct structural approach, whilst incorporating soft tissue, hydrotherapy and body mechanics to treat each case effectively. I look forward to the challenges each patient presents at the clinic, but am further looking forward helping each and everyone return to doing what they love to do the most.” Kapilan Balasubramaniam B.Ost.Med ND DO (‘Kaps’)

For a small business, it's essential that advertising is carefully targeted to potential customers only. We therefore only advertise locally, which is why we are happy to support The Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. There couldn't be a more friendly and enthusiastic editor than Zen. David Donner, Optometrist

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Health & Beauty A New Year, a new beginning! Visit a Health Centre that is empathetic and realistic!

For a truly unique health experience visit us at:

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Yoga

“You are doing a huge amount to pull the community together in various ways.” Christine Kerton, Ashtead Residents’ Association, Standing Committee

Ashtead & Leatherhead All levels welcome Amanda Skelly

Phone: 07507 550672 Email: info@amandaskellyyoga.com Web: www.amandaskellyyoga.com

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ASHTEAD PILATES AND PERSONAL TRAINING BOOK NOW FOR JANUARY Mat Pilates Classes

exercises to improve posture, core strength and flexibility.

Beginners, Intermediate and Gentle Back Care Classes available. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings. Thursday evenings.

EnergyBlast

NEW! (A mixture of Bootcamp, Swissball, and circuits with a Pilates cooldown!) Wednesday mornings.

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or small group pilates/personal fitness training appointments at home also available, in Ashtead, Leatherhead and Oxshott .

Please contact Annabel Parkin for further details

01372 278168 / 07711 508745

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Caroline Lewis Hypnotherapy D.Hyp. G.Q.H.P. GHR Reg.

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Fertility (The Fertile Body Method) Relaxed childbirth Weight loss Postnatal depression Confidence Stop smoking

Come and try out my HAPPY MUM EXPERIENCE some time to focus on your challenges, strengths, favourite moments and truly see what makes you a fantastic Mum! If you are feeling tired, stressed, trapped, overwhelmed and fed up, this two hour experience could be just the lift you need! For individuals or groups.

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Fetcham Village Day The welcome winter sun brought out a large crowd for Fetcham Village Day on Saturday 5th December. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mole Valley District Council and local shops and businesses they enjoyed free children’s rides, entertainment, singing and dancing. “The 24 dancers from Dance Shack were particularly spectacular and drew a big audience” said Village Day Co-ordinator Martin Roberts “The combined carol singers from the four local churches were in good voice and were

joined by children, a donkey and its companion Shetland pony from Bocketts Farm Park in a representation of the nativity.” Also popular amongst the 40 Stalls, Sideshows and Rides run by the 30 Businesses, Charities and Public Services present were the Human Fruit Machine, The Fire Engine, The Police Motorcycle, the Help for Heroes stall and Father Christmas who rode into town on a Harley-Davidson.

Members of the RJ Osteopathic Clinic were giving taster sessions and, to raise money for SAVI, people had to guess how many bones there are in a skeleton.

There are 206 (208 if you count the sternum as three bones). The name of the lucky winner of the competition was pulled out of the box by John, a member of the Fetcham Village Day committee from St Mary’s Parish Church. Also in attendance was Mick from SAVI. The winner is Mr A Lewis of Fetcham, who wins a £20 gift voucher kindly donated by Argos. The nominated charities this year are The Surrey Association for Visual Impairment (SAVI) whose headquarters are in Fetcham and Help for Heroes, provider of substantial financial support for the Rehabilitation Centre in Headley and Combat Stress in Oaklawn Road.

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

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

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Join Michael & Martina for a New Ballroom & Latin Beginner’s Class Fridays 7.30-8.30pm

Nuffield Health Centre 3 The Crescent L/head KT22 8DY £10 per person

Also available for Private Lessons, Wedding Dances and Performances.

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Start Tues 5th January 10.30am-12.30pm Ashtead Cricket Club. Winter Term of 12 lessons - Fees £75 Please contact John Cumming Tel: 01372 815162 E: john.cumming2@ntlworld.com

NEW Thursday 7.45-11pm (from 7th Jan)

TYLNEY HALL BALLROOM LEATHERHEAD LEISURE CENTRE Monday 7.45-10.45pm

FRIENDS PROVIDENT SOCIAL CLUB Tuesday 7.45-11pm

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4,300 MEMBERS SINCE 1998 WEEKEND DANCES, INC ASHTEAD Full details on website

Tel: 01883 740559 / 07944 971195

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Recipe of the month

Beef and Barolo Stew

One of the great Italian classics, paired here an equally great British classic - the dumpling. Flecked with parsley and a hidden hit of hot horseradish, yum. Serve with lovely buttery mash. If Barolo is beyond your pocket, opt for a full-bodied, robust red wine. This stew is always better the second day, so leave it overnight if you can and reheat the next day. Serves 8 Preparation time 30 mins, cooking time 3 hours. • 2kg best braising steak, cut into large cubes • Seasoned flour • 2 large onions, chopped • vegetable oil for frying • 4 sticks of celery, sliced • 4 large carrots, cut into 2cm lengths • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole • 2 large leeks, cut into 1½cm discs • 1 swede, peeled and cut into cubes • 1 bottle Barolo or other robust red wine • 2 x 400gm tins chopped plum tomatoes • Sea salt and black pepper • A bouquet garni made with a large sprig of parsley, rosemary, thyme, 2 bay leaves and 2 strips of orange peel, tied together

1. Preheat oven to 150ºC/300ºF/gas 2. Toss the meat into the well-seasoned flour, ensuring that it is well coated. Shake off any excess and brown the meat in vegetable oil in batches, frying in a single layer in a heavy bottom pan. Remove each batch to a plate as you go, adding more oil if you need to. 2. Now start frying the onions in more oil, adding a little salt at the outset so that they begin to release their juices; then add all the vegetables one by one in the given order, sautéing them gently until the onions have begun to soften and turn translucent. 3. Return the meat to the pan and add the wine in two or three bursts, waiting for it to reach simmering point before you add the next slug. 4. When all the wine has begun to simmer, pour in the tomatoes. The meat and vegetables should be pretty well covered by now. Season with salt and pepper and, when the stew comes back to a simmer, tuck in the bouquet. 5. Cut out a sheet of greaseproof to fit on top of the stew in the pan and cover with a lid. Place in the oven and gently cook for three hours. 6. Prepare parsley and horseradish dumplings (see overleaf) in time to cook them on top of the stew for the last 20 minutes of cooking time. Recipe taken from Tamasin’s Kitchen Classics by Tamasin Day-Lewis

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Zen Garden will be holding a special charity dinner in early February. All proceeds will go to The Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Staffordshire. For more details please contact Miranda on 07712 000380

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Parsley & Horseradish Dumplings Use grain mustard or Colman’s English mustard powder and chopped thyme instead of the parsley and horseradish if you like. Both are equally delicious with beef.

• 110g self-raising flour • 55g suet (beef or vegetable) • 2 tbsps finely chopped parsley (or 1 tbsp chopped thyme) • 2 tsp fresh grated horseradish (or horseradish in a jar with no cream or additives), or 1 heaped dessertspoon grain mustard • Sea salt and black pepper

1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the suet, herbs and horseradish (or mustard) and seasoning. Mix together. 2. Slowly add cold water, a tablespoon at a time and mix with your hands until the dough comes together and isn’t too wet or sticky, if it is, add a little more flour. 3. Flour your h ands and form 20, walnutsized balls with the mixture. 4. Put the dumplings on top of the simmering stewy juices for the last 2025 minutes of the cooking time until they have swollen and are cooked through.

Recipe taken from Tamasin’s Kitchen Classics by Tamasin Day-Lewis

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Takeaway service available, with 10% discount on all orders over £15 Outside catering available for large parties. We are open 7 days a week, inc Bank Holidays 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm

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01372 274810 / 273627 Why not try our new branch The Mogul - 66 Terrace Road, Walton on Thames.

Shellwood Farm, Leigh, Reigate

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Want to improve your language skills? Holidaying abroad in 2010? Own a property overseas? Or just want to brush up your language skills. If you know a little of the language and want to revive and improve it, you can try a ‘Next Step’ course free of charge with Surrey Hills Onward Learning starting in January. It is amazing how a stimulating class with an experienced tutor will help you to recall and use the language you thought you had largely forgotten, and then build on that. You can attend one class free of charge to see if it is at about the right level for you. If you decide to enrol, all SHOL classes cost £70 for 10 sessions. You may also need to purchase one book at a cost of around £15.

Mrs Jo Barker - our German teacher

Surrey Hills offers Next Step classes on Tuesday evenings in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German, and on Thursday morning in French. (There are also more advanced classes in French and Portuguese on Tuesday evenings).

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he Black Dog Gallery in Bridge St, Leatherhead offers a fabulous bespoke framing service and sells an eclectic selection of pictures, jewellery, cards and gifts.

They are happy to frame almost anything and welcome a challenge, so apart from oil paintings, watercolours,prints and photographs, they also frame 3D objects and sportshirts. The Gallery owners, Becky and Sue are happy to give advice and have a huge range of mounts and mouldings So please feel free to pop in and discuss your framing requirements or just have a browse, you can be sure of a warm welcome. 22 Bri Bridge dge Stree Street, t, LLeathe eatherhead, rhead, KT22 KT22 8BZ www.theblac www.theb lackdo kdogg ggallery.c allery.co.uk o.uk

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BUMBLES Established in 1991 we have changed with the times to meet the local needs

If you have not visited us recently come to see what you cannot do without this month

We wish you all a Very Happy New Year Our latest jewellery design for 2010

90 The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AW Tel: 01372 276219 Open: 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday - Saturday

Email: bumblesofashtead@btinternet.com Proprietor: Barbara Kay

“I am delighted with the response to the adverts that Fire & Iron has placed in the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local; it has proved to be a terrific way for us to communicate with our local audience, reaching people in an economical and highly effective way. Zen is incredibly helpful and friendly too, which makes the whole process of placing a single advert, or planning a long-term campaign, very easy.” Lucy Quinnell, Fire & Iron

FRAMED ORIGI ORIGINA NALS LS & LIMITED LIMI TED EDITION PRINTS PRINTS GIFTS AND JEWELLERY JEWE LLERY CARDS CAR DS BESPOKE BESPO KE FRAM FRAMING ING READY MADE FRAMES FRAMES & MOUNTS MOUNTS 22 Bri Bridge dge Stree Street, t, LLeathe eatherhead, rhead, KT22 KT22 8BZ

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One of the organisations that Mole Valley District ID-SURREY Council helps to fund is the Mid Surrey Mediation EDIATION SERVICE Service. In these days of rushed, busy lives and frequent moves it’s not surprising that difficulties sometimes arise in relationships with neighbours. These disputes can escalate and take over people’s lives causing great distress, sometimes affecting health and well- being. The Mid-Surrey Mediation Service aims to sort things out before the problems escalate. Our trained mediators listen to both sides of the story and chart a path to peace. Boundary disputes, high hedges, noise, parking problems, and children and pets running amok are among issues which commonly set neighbours at odds. But the group says the involvement of an "outsider" can defuse the tensions. By seeing things with a fresh eye, we can get neighbours talking and help them come to a satisfactory agreement. "We try to negotiate a way forward that will be beneficial to both parties. We are free, confidential, impartial, and non-judgemental, encouraging people to find their own solutions," said Sarah Parry of the group, which is staffed by a dedicated band of volunteers "We are always looking for new recruits with an interest in people, good communication skills, and a desire to make the community in which they live a safer and pleasanter place."

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN JANUARY? 1st Jan - 28th Feb

Painshill Park - free entry every Wednesday during January and February 2010 from 10.30am-4pm. Enjoy a wonderful winter walk in the parkland. 01932 868113, www.painshill.co.uk

To Tues 5th Jan

Alexandra Simpson: Enchanting Jewellery Design, Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St, KT22 8DN. 01372 272235 . An exhibition of handmade jewellery with a delicate, graceful and sensual quality. 10am-7pm, closed New Year’s Day.

To Tues 5th Jan

Jenefer Ham: Kiln Formed Glass. Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St, KT22 8DN. An exhibition of distinctive, vibrant glass to adorn windowsills, walls, and wardrobes. 10am-7pm, closed New Year’s Day. 01372 365141

Saturday 9th

Big Act Theatre School FREE Taster sessions for 8-16 year olds every Saturday in January. Run by industry professionals in fantastic facilites. St Martin’s House, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX. lucy@bigacttheatre.co.uk, www.bigacttheatre.co.uk

Sunday 10th

The Natural Health Fair, Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, KT6 7LQ. 10am-4pm. 200 stands promoting natural health from acupuncture to Zen massage. Lectures and workshops throughout the day. £3 on the door, £2 on website. www.naturalhealthfair.co.uk

Friday 15th

‘The Famous and Infamous of Leatherhead’ by Edwina Vardey. Letherhead Institute. Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm, visitors £2. Leatherhead and District Local History Society.

Saturday 16th

Ashtead Choral Society - The Armed Man, details opposite

Saturday 16th

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dorking Halls. Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Elgar Cello Concerto, Beethoven Symphony No 7. Tickets £10-£26, concessions available. www.dorkingconcertgoers.org.uk. 01306 740619

Friday 22nd

Van Gogh: The Artist and the Man. A background talk on an intriguing artist for those planning to visit the RA exhibition (commencing 24th Jan), and anyone interested in post impressionist art. £10 inc refreshments: phone 01372 272235, or email ashteadartlovers@googlemail.com to book.

Sat 23rd Jan Tues 30 March

Kingston Museum Exhibition - Silk, Squalor and Scandal: Hogarth’s London This exhibition introduces and examines William Hogarth’s remarkable career and the range of his work, from polite society portraits or ’conversation pieces’ to London street scenes depicting the seedy side of 18th-century life. Though well-known for his brilliant satirical print series, Hogarth was also an accomplished and innovative painter. Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston, KT1 2PS.

Thursday 28th

Showcase Concert by Pupils from the Yehudi Menuhin School, presenting a programme of solo and chamber music. 1.20pm. Tickets from £5-£20. The Yehudi Menuhuin School, Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham, KT11 3QQ. Box office: 087000 842020

Friday 29th

A Survivor’s Story - RMS Titanic, Thames Motor Yachting Club, Hampton Court, KT8 9BW. 7.30pm. Alexander James Littlejohn was steward to W. T. Stead, newspaper editor and peace campaigner, who went down with the Titanic. Alexander survived, and this illustrated talk by his grandson Phillip Littlejohn will be a highly personal account of the tragedy. All proceeds to the RNLI’s SOS campaign. www.rnlitwickenham.org.uk

Sunday 31st

Dorking Book Fair. Dorking Halls, Dorking, RH4 1SG. 10am-3.30pm. Thousands of second hand and antiquarian books for sale. Prices to suit every pocket. Admission £1. Accompanied children free. Enquiries 01372 725075

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What’s On

Bocketts Farm Park

OPEN THROUGHOUT THE WINTER A great day out – rain or shine! Friendly farm animals, newborn piglets & lambs Inside: 2 huge playbarns including 70ft 4 lane wave slide & 6 trampolines. All the staff and animals at Bocketts Farm Park wish all their visitors past, present and future a very Happy New Year.

NEW YEAR SPECIAL OFFER – Half price entry (off full entry price) per person any day in January 2010 (max. 5 people) – only with this ad. Open daily 10-5 pm

Tel: 01372 363764 www.bockettsfarm.co.uk

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Thursday 21st January 2010 7.30pm

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, (Ralli Room), Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE

Thursday 22nd April 2010 7.30pm

Green Room, Leatherhead Theatre, Church St, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN

“Thank you so much for printing the article about the Ashtead Friday Market in your magazine. We had lots of new people in the hall and several wanting to take a table for next time. It certainly made a difference to our numbers and it highlighted the event, which was fantastic! Many thanks again.” Chris Townsend, Ashtead Friday Market, APMH.

Bookham-Fetcham Area 14th January 2010 7pm

Church of the Holy Spirit Church Hall, 5 Bell Lane, Fetcham, KT22 9ND

14th April 2010 7pm

Bookham Baptist Church Hall, Lower Road, Bookham, KT23 4DH

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Book Reviews by Peter Snell The I Diet

answer these questions. Although meditation is a life-long process even for the wisest, "The Art of Meditation" demonstrates that by practicing it on a daily basis we can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. In this brilliant short book, Matthieu Ricard talks us through the theory, spirituality and practical aspects of meditation. He illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples and pictures, leading the reader deeper into their own practice. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard shows the significant benefits that meditation, based on selfless love and compassion, can bring to each of us.

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Hectic times for Ashtead Rotary Club Since Keith Allardyce assumed the presidency last Summer from Tim Ashton, Rotarians have been as busy as ever with their speaker programme, social activities and donating to both local and international causes.

The Street and Rotary street collections in Craddocks Parade and Barnett Wood Lane and ending the year with a Christmas Party with local band ‘Atlantis’ and a President’s Christmas drinks reception. All this and a start has been made on planning Ashtead Village Day 2010 – to be held on 12th June.

Most recently there has been support for young Ashtead Paralympic Dressage hopeful Stephen Wagland (featured in this issue and the December magazine), involvement with the young mothers in the Ashtead Recreation Campaign (helping them fundraise at the ‘Party in the Park’ with a kiddies slide) and more recently donating to the Alzheimer’s Society in response to local doctor Marion Guess completing a gruelling fundraising walk in the Sinai Desert.

Looking ahead to 2010, a busy Spring social programme starting with a Scottish ‘Burns Evening’ on Thursday 28th January at Tyrrell’s Wood GC (guests welcome), an Italian Evening with the Claudio Allodi Band on Friday 12th February to be held in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall and open to everyone - tickets @ £25 from Rotary (see below) and an “Antiques Road Show” to be held in the APMH on Monday 8th March – bring along your ‘objets’ to be valued by experts.... (held in conjunction with Rotary Club of Ewell, proceeds to joint charities).

Another cause helped in response to a moving talk at the Thursday evening Rotary meetings included financial support for a local nurse and a teacher who spent time helping Mumbai street children in a project to give 400 kids one meal a day from an old bus. A local dental surgeon Nigel Paget gives up his time to work on a ‘Mercy Ship’ moored in West Africa, providing the only hope for people with acute medical and dental problems – Ashtead Rotary has supported this work along with many other local and international projects.

To find out more about any of these events or to contact Rotary Club of Ashtead for more information about the club please contact Keith Allardyce (01372 727573) or Brian Griffin (01372 275860). Meetings are held on Thursdays at Tyrrell’s Wood Golf Club.

To take two further examples – the club has supported the Surrey Association for the Visually Impaired (SAVI) and ‘Crossroads’, a project helping children in South Africa. November found Ashtead Rotary Club busy with a Gourmet Evening (no, it’s not just a dining club – well not all of the time!). Members were delighted to hear from local police officer PC Jason Woods about his fundraising work and his thoughts on policing the village of Ashtead.

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wood warps and rots after some years. Cheap soft woods may only last five years while hardwoods, such as teak, last longer but aren’t ecologically sound and are very expensive. Galvanised steel is strong and durable, but does rust eventually. PVC is a cheaper framing material but it’s not very strong and deteriorates in sunlight. There is a special UV protected PVC which should last for around 20 years. Fibreglass frames are also available. Aluminium is the most popular choice as it’s low maintenance and durable. Watch out for steel screws and bolts though, as these will rust. Glazing materials are the next option. Basically you choose between glass and plastic. The main drawbacks of plastics are their lack of total transparency and tendency to scratch. They diffuse light more than glass, so there’s less chance of your plants being scorched. Plastic also retains heat more efficiently and is lighter than glass. Glass is great, but fragile, so if you have children buy strengthened safety glass. It’s also heavy so you may need a foundation for a large greenhouse. This is another reason for dealing with professional greenhouse companies who will advise you which materials are best for you. Ctd...

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ost people know about the main legal requirements associated with driving a motor vehicle, such as having current and valid insurance, a current MOT certificate and vehicle excise license and of course a valid Driving Licence covering the vehicle being driven. We also hope that road users are aware of the consequences and penalties for driving without a seatbelt (apart from very specific exemptions) and the use of hand-held mobile phones.

I am very keen that as many local people as possible are made aware of our plans from myself, rather than through reporting in the local media, which is likely to only give an interpretation of our plans hence this email for your information. In summary, we want to:

The penalty if an officer stops a driver for not wearing a seatbelt is a fixed penalty which carries a fine of £60. If an officer stops someone driving when using a hand-held mobile phone, this can result in a fixed penalty notice which incurs a fine of £60 and a minimum of three points on the driver’s licence.

• Create up to 200 new police constable posts

to improve the service we deliver. There will be more officers working in neighbourhood policing teams tackling anti-social behaviour, and more officers tackling cross border criminality and organised crime groups. • There will be a greater range of places to meet neighbourhood policing teams (e.g. from libraries, shopping centres, council offices). • We will be exploring replacing a number of police stations with better ways to access our services. Many of our police stations are old, costly to maintain and not particularly accessible to the vast majority of local communities - borne out by very low numbers of people visiting them. • In order to invest in 200 additional constables we will be reducing the number of senior managers within Surrey Police.

What constitutes “anti-social driving”? This is not just driving in an “anti-social” manner, but can also include aggressive driving, including “tailgating”, wheel spinning, bad or dangerous parking, illegal off-road riding or driving or driving in a manner which causes alarm or distress to other road users or members of the public. Police have powers to tackle anti-social driving and these include issuing formal warnings against named drivers, if any further offences are committed, can result in the vehicle being seized by police. It is very important, therefore, for members of the public to let us know if they experience anti -social driving as we can actually take robust action to tackle persistent offenders. Ideally, we would like to know dates, days and times when problems occur, together with a vehicle description and registration details. You can report incidents on 0845 125 2222 or by email to mvalley.snt@surrey.pnn.police.uk

It will take a number of months to make the changes, and we want to work with communities to review the best way of meeting and engaging with neighbourhood policing teams.

Mark Rowley Chief Constable Surrey Police To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or emergency telephone 999

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The Beeches management team works hard to create a friendly homely atmosphere with an imaginative and creative activities programme for service users, including growing their own vegetables and baking bread. The team runs fund-raising events that involve all staff with full support from families, friends and the local community and encourage residents to have a full and active lifestyle.

he winners and finalists of the Surrey Care Awards 2009 were announced at a high profile gala event organised by Surrey Care Association back in October. The Surrey Care Awards 2009, the county’s first ‘Oscars’ for care workers, recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of people working in adult social care. The awards ceremony took place at Denbies Vineyard (Dorking) on Friday 9 October and was attended by over 300 people. Guest of honour was The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mrs Sarah Goad JP, and the awards presenter was actress and older peoples’ rights campaigner Amanda Waring. Compères for the evening were BBC Surrey presenters Mark Carter and Clare Cowan.

Learner of the Year Award. Finalist: Janette Fairbrother, Tendacare, The Street, Ashtead Janette has worked in the care sector since 1997 and was thrilled to gain her NVQ Level 2 recently. Janette is an inspiration to other staff members, encouraging them to take more qualifications.

Nominated by colleagues and managers, with glowing and often moving testimonials from service users and their families, over 40 finalists waited with baited breath as the winners were announced. The 10 awards categories ranged from Young Care Practitioner of the Year to Lifetime Dedication Award, for people who had dedicated the best part of the working lives to the care sector.

Manager of the Year Award. Finalist: Helen Lockyer, The Red House, Skinners Lane, Ashtead Helen’s ability to manage the home demonstrates her commitment and her high level of interpersonal skills, together with her high quality nursing expertise and professional approach to all areas of the business.

Some of the inaugural Surrey Care Awards winners and finalists were: Beyond the Call of Duty Award (Care at Home) sponsored by Citation Winner: Glenys John, Care Worker for older people. Employed by Smart Care Ltd, Weybridge.

Surrey Care Association represents the interests of over 700 care provider organisations in the county and works in partnership with Surrey County Council and other statutory bodies to ensure that standards of care continue to be raised for the benefit of all service users.

Care Home Nutrition Award sponsored by 3663 Winner: Cavendish Care (Briar House) Horley.

After the huge success of this year’s awards, Surrey Care Association intends to make the Surrey Care Awards a regular event to continue to raise the profile of adult social care in the county and highlight the rewarding employment opportunities that exist within the sector.

Learner of the Year Award sponsored by Ashcroft Care Services Ltd Winner: Daniel Codrington, Support worker for adults with learning difficulties at Malvern House, Horley. Employed by Ashcroft Care Services Ltd. Lifetime Dedication Award sponsored by Bramley House, Dorking Winner: Ryan Kelley, Chief Executive of Whitmore Vale Housing Association, Hindhead.

Creative Innovation Award Team Award. Finalist: The Beeches, Forty Foot Road, Leatherhead

For further information contact Felicity Otterson, OSGL on 01372 720017 / 07770 227216 or Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive Surrey Care Association on 01372 825116

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USEFUL NUMBERS Age Concern 01372 386911 Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 274690 (Jenny Williams) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 373794 Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 277331 (Gill Northcott) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 01372 277350 (Marian Guess) Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 274708 (Sue Jones) Ashtead Library 08456 009009 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Residents’ Association 01372 279944 (Judith Weller, Membership) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 272077 Ashtead Women’s Institute 01372 276736 (Sandra Brown) Childline 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 01372 375522 Cruse Bereavement Care 020 8393 7238 Electricity (EDF) 0800 783 8866 Epsom General Hospital 01372 735735 Fetcham Singers (ladies choir) 020 8393 7153(Barbara Bunce) Gas (Transco) 0800 111999 (minicom/textphone for deaf/hard of hearing 0800 371787) Leatherhead Choral Society 01372 277742 (Vivien Redman) Leatherhead & District Angling Society 01372 377654 Leatherhead Community Association 01372 360508

Leatherhead Helpshop 01372 363385 Leatherhead Horticultural Society 01372 375605 (Len Skilton) Leatherhead Leisure Centre 01372 377674 Leatherhead Library 08456 009009 Leatherhead Lions Club 020 8224 5356 (David Careswell) Leatherhead Museum 01372 386348 Leatherhead Orchestra 01372 376871 (Membership Secretary) Leatherhead Police Station 0845 1252222 Leatherhead Residents’ Association 07986 430935 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley Carers Support 01306 640020 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Probus Club of Ashtead 01372 276742 (Brian Light) Probus Club of Leatherhead 01372 450930 (Andrew Crawford) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Ashtead Branch 01372 817492 Samaritans 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 08456 009009 Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 Volunteering Centre, Leatherhead 01372 383456 Water (Sutton & E Surrey Water) Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24 hr helpline, calls 50p per min) 98


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RESIDENTIAL SALES & LETTINGS Jackie Quinn & Co are raising funds during 2010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s South East Appeal for a new unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton which will provide the very best care facilities to help young people fight cancer. Launching the initiative, Jackie Quinn says “We’re proud to be supporting Teenager Cancer Trust. Just to be a teenager is difficult enough but to be diagnosed with cancer at this time of your life must be devastating. For every house we sell, we will be donating a percentage of our commission to The Teenage Cancer Trust.” Also, the staff at Jackie Quinn & Co will be donating part of their salaries each month and organising fund raising events and would be delighted to receive your support. Please visit: www.justgiving.com/south-east-appeal to make a donation

ASHTEAD VILLAGE £159,950

BOOKHAM £625,000

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ASHTEAD £199,995 TO LET

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The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local.  

January 2010, issue 51

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