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


Join the Leatherhead Community Assoc


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Simple Crossword


Spine Cycle Challenge


Recipe - stuffed roast lamb fillet


Ashtead Women’s Institute


MBE awarded to local volunteer group


Theatre - Win tickets to see Cars 2


What’s on in July? 62-65


Reunion for former MND carers


Quiz - Movie surnames


Leatherhead & District Friends’ Group


Mole Valley Police Column


Book reviews


Ashtead’s vegetables - Transition Ashtead


Local rotary - human trafficking talk


Local history article


Sports Day - a story


Vegetable growing with Pippa Greenwood


Quiz - Fashion


Sponsored walk for local loco


Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy


Get composting - Surrey County Council


Epsom Rotaract


July’s crosswords


Dorking Business Show


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From the Publisher Many apologies, it seems that the Native American Indian Rain Dances that I’ve been doing in the garden seemed to have worked. Still, the gardens needed all that water and so did our farmers. Rain does seem a rather feast or famine affair here and I recently heard that in the south east of England we actually have LESS water per head than they do in Mediterranean countries - hard to believe I know, but I did hear it on the BBC. Just before this edition went to print, I visited Ashtead Village Day and had a really nice time. The atmosphere, as ever, was warm and friendly and it was good opportunity to catch up with friends. The Gods were certainly smiling on the Rotary Club of Ashtead because the weather held out and, judging by what Len Wood of the Club told me - ie that there was an inch of water standing on the showground during the thunderstorm the day before - someone was definitely on their side. The day was superbly organised and it seemed that everyone I could see was having fun and thoroughly enjoying themselves. A big thank you to the Ashtead Rotary for all their hard work - it was a great day out. I also attended the Surrey County Show on 30th May, again, another day when rain was forecast, but again, this held out during the time we were there and only really started at around 4pm, when most people were thinking of making tracks. Another great day but on a different scale, and obviously without the warm, fuzzy village atmosphere that is unique to Advertising Ashtead Village Day. 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.

I had a really interesting day out at Ightham Mote in Kent, a National Trust property. It’s a rather stunning moated manor house built almost 700 years ago. When the property was entrusted to the National Trust in 1985 it was in a state of disrepair and they spent around £10m on restoring the Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to property - its largest ever conservation project to ensure that the data in this magazine date. History aside, as a big fan of cake, I am is accurate, the Publisher cannot always keen to undertake my usual contrast and accept, and hereby disclaims, any compare project in the restaurants/cafes of the NT liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions and I have to say that theirs certainly passed muster! resulting from negligence, accident I am pleased to report, as in previous months, that or any other cause. lots of new businesses are coming on board, and the No part of this magazine may be number of new advertisers in here is a positive reproduced, stored in any retrieval barometer of the health of this local economy.

system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, I do hope you have a pleasant July and we get a good photocopying, or otherwise - without mix of sunny and rainy weather to please all! 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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Local Government - is radical action needed? Local government takes an extraordinarily long time to act. The workings of local government appear to be paralysed by endless Committees, consultations, sundry related procedures and meetings. And to make matters worse, party political game playing uses valuable time and energy. The result is that even agreed priority actions proceed at a snail’s pace.

Surrey County Council proposes to introduce onstreet parking charges across the County. This has resulted in widespread and strong criticism. The proposals were poorly considered and ineptly handled. The public outcry has resulted in limited changes being announced, including the possibility of the first 30 minutes being free in some locations and detailed consideration of implementation being delegated to Local Committees.

Is it surprising therefore that many people do not know who is responsible for what and simply “turn off”?

These changes are welcome and suggest that the outcome may be more in tune with local needs. It remains disappointing however that no action is planned to analyse and address the underlying causes of the £500,000 pa deficit these changes are intended to address. This set me thinking about other recent experiences of the operation of local government.

It seems to me that radical reform is needed. The current government broadly appears to recognise this and time will tell what effects its plans will have. I suspect that its proposals are however not radical enough and that root and branch reform is needed to engage the public, provide clarity of function and accountability to facilitate a step change in efficiency.

It seems to me that our system of local government is a complicated, poorly understood and costly part of our economy which is overdue for radical and fundamental reform.

Part of the Government’s programme is to introduce Localism. How and when this will be introduced remains work in progress but I believe that it could provide an excellent opportunity for greater community involvement and engagement with local government. My hope is that Ashtead will grasp this evolving opportunity.

My musings started however on a positive note. My experience in meeting a number of local authority employees at various levels has been reassuring, as I have encountered a strong and pervasive ethos of public service. This appears however to be commonly frustrated by the hurried, ill-considered and inconsistent actions by those elected to central and local government, which all too frequently appear to be driven by political dogma and/or exaggerated egos. This frustration currently appears to be intense, as they struggle with uncertainty and inappropriate direction. My experience suggests that the level of public knowledge of who is responsible for what is low. Parking charges perhaps provide an excellent example of why. At local level we are governed by Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council. Car park charges are set by Mole Valley, on-street charges by Surrey. Some parts of Surrey have Borough Councils, others also have Parish Councils, adding to the complexity. And other parts of the country have yet more variations. Is this sensible?

If Ashtead is to respond positively to these emerging opportunities volunteers are needed. At present the ARA simply does not have enough activists to do so effectively. If you have some interest in becoming involved, please contact me or any other Committee member. We are open to ideas and offers of help. There has perhaps never been a better time to become involved in local affairs. 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, Jim Malynn on 07733621614 or by email on He will be delighted to hear from you.

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THE LEATHERHEAD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Since the last issue of the A & L Local, we have had our Annual General Meeting. At this it was agreed to change the format of our meetings. The first of these has now been held as well. These meetings are to be preceded by a police report, stating at 6.50 pm, when we enjoy a lively discussion of the monthly crime figures for the Town. We then proceed with an open committee meeting during which reports are received from the various sub committees. All members are encouraged to attend and join in with these discussions. There is always the opportunity to end the open meeting and deal with confidential matters amongst the committee. However as our interest is that of the community and not individuals, this should rarely be necessary. During this last meeting we had a stimulating report from our new environment subcommittee. Norbury Park may not be within the Town of Leatherhead, but it is enjoyed by many of the residents. The LRA has a representative on the Liason Committee, who reports back on the strange goings on with regards to the management by Surrey Wildlife Trust. We also heard more of the North Leatherhead Community Garden which now comes under a management committee on which the LRA is also represented. We also heard of the Green Mole Forum, an umbrella organisation that links the work of the other Transition Groups in the area including our sub -committee. Some money has been made available through the Forum in the form of grants to help with approved environmental enhancements. This lead on to a discussion of planters in the High Street, and hanging floral baskets. The LRA has also submitted a wish list of environmental enhancements to the MVDC planning department, to be funded by the appropriate planning tariffs.

The LRA have for a long time been pressing for the replacement of the sign in Epsom Road, indicating the Leatherhead hospital. The original sign was damaged by the County’s contractors when building the ill fated cycleway up the Epsom Road, and was never replaced. However credit must be given to the Friends of Leatherhead Hospital who have financed to temporary provision by the AA of 2 new yellow signs. The siting of these has to be approved by the County Highways Department, so it is to be hoped that this department will eventually realize their responsibilities in this matter and replace the permanent sign. SCC recently proposed to introduce parking meters onto Surrey streets. They say that the purpose is to increase the ‘churn’ (a technical term for the turnover, or frequency of availability). This has caused great concern in some areas. But the 10 spaces nominated in Leatherhead all have a 30 minute limit – so the effect here will be to extend rather than to reduce the time you can park in the spaces. We have been told that it will also make the policing much more efficient if cars display their time of arrival with a ticket. In the old days before we went technology mad, there was a simple disk system whereby a motorist could display their time of arrival by means of a cardboard clock-face and hand, in their windscreen, this is easily policed and virtually free. Since Council finances are so strictly controlled it seems more likely that the whole scheme is intended to finance the expensive meters from capital funds, to produce a small income in the revenue fund. Since Surrey is capital rich and revenue poor this sounds a good wheeze – to others it may sound like money laundering. But then we all suspect that Council finances operate in Alice in Wonderland, and not in the real world. Hubert Carr, Chairman


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Ashtead Women’s Institute - June 2011 meeting report News was given of our sub groups, and the winner of this month’s competition/challenge on Royal Memorabilia, was Pat Marriott, who had brought along a piece of Princess Margaret’s wedding cake. We are looking forward to an outing on the River Wey in August. Our July 6th meeting will be an Open Evening at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall (details on the ‘What’s on’ pages.) We meet at 7.15 for 7.30 pm. to welcome guests, friends and family along to hear about the work of the Siobhan Clarke is a Guide Lecturer, working for Historic Royal Palaces, and Surrey Air Ambulance, with proceeds from the evening to go to their very she gave us a wonderful insight into worthwhile work. Dressing for the Tudor Court. Interestingly, at that time it was fashionable to be small and plump (which pleased many of our members) Sandra Brown indicating that people were wealthy and could eat well. Flat shoes were often worn, and Siobhan described the 5 different layers of clothes, starting with a linen shift, which was worn by both men and women, and which could be washed regularly to protect the outer layers of very expensive fabrics. Everyone had clothes made for them, it cost one year’s salary for a set of clothes, for all classes, and clothing was often left in wills, turned inside out, altered – in fact items just wore out, hence why there are not many examples existing today. The clothes and jewellery of Queen Elizabeth I (a very tiny person) became more and more sumptuous, and when she died she left 2,000 gowns, many having been used for propaganda and to build up her image. This really was a fascinating talk and of course there were many questions afterwards on the subject. 16

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Pirates of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides

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Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

The Beaver

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Waitrose, Dorking At a meeting of the Development Control Committee on 1st June, an application to redevelop the existing Waitrose store to increase the size of the Waitrose supermarket was agreed.


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Reunion for former MND carers Back in May, around two dozen former partners and carers of people from across Surrey who have died from Motor Neurone Disease gathered at a special annual reunion event in the Gallery Restaurant at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. (see attached photo)

at some time during the last six years.

The event was organised by the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and all those present had lost someone very close to them to the disease

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Leatherhead & District Friends’ Group We are a small group but hoping to expand. Our meetings are held on the third Thursday in each month (apart from August and December) at Leatherhead Community Centre in Kingston Road, just over the bridge towards Tesco. The object of this group is for people over 50 who would like to come together to meet new people and to socialise. If we can build the group up we will be able to have interesting speakers, take trips to the theatre and places where members would like to go. We meet from 2pm-4pm and a welcome cup of tea with biscuits or cake are served at 3pm. We also have bingo sessions and hold raffles. Entrance is £1 per month.

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The Summer

It’s that time of year again; the kids are off school and if you’re lucky enough to have a holiday coming up, there’s no better way to while away the hours in the sunshine than with a good book. Here is a collection of new and recent titles to keep everyone entertained over the summer season, with something for all the family.

Hothouse Flower

Lucinda Riley Having suffered a huge personal tragedy, concert pianist Julia Forrester returns to the stately home where she grew up. Now undergoing renovations under a new owner, a hidden diary has been discovered which transports Julia and the reader to France and Thailand as she pieces together a love story from the distant past. Both funny and heartbreaking, there’s a real depth of emotion to this debut novel which won’t be quickly forgotten.

Artichoke Hearts

Sita Brahmachari This is the touching tale of twelve year-old Mira, who is on the verge of adulthood and trying to cope with the loss of a beloved Grandmother whilst also experiencing a blossoming friendship which opens a new chapter in her life. Exploring emotion on every level, from love, loss and acceptance to family, friendship and

seen through the eyes of a horse, Joey. Both horrific and powerfully involving, the author has captured hidden tales of friendship and humanity whilst revealing the futility of war in a way which both children and adults will understand. This special edition from Egmont will make a great gift, featuring beautiful illustrations from François Place.

growing-up, this is a lovely book which every girl must read.

The Man who Broke into Auschwitz

Denis Avey Perfect for Dads with a taste for a gripping true story, this is the incredible account of a British soldier who in 1944 marched willingly into Auschwitz to see for himself if the awful rumours were really true. Swapping places with a Jewish inmate, Denis Avey witnessed the horrors of the camp as well as the final Death March. Here he recounts his heartbreaking experience with both courage and wisdom.

The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

Christina Hopkinson Mary Gilmour is a frustrated mum with too much to do and too little time. Life is passing her by, she’s missing out on quality time with her two young sons and as far as she can see, there’s one thing making it all twice as difficult - and she’s married to him. Compiling a spreadsheet of ‘infringements’, from displaced used teabags to wet towels left on the bed, as well as a few positives to redress the balance, husband Joel unknowingly

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Kathryn Stockett An utterly absorbing, deeply moving tale which delves into 1960s America and the story of the black maids who raised white children whilst dealing with ongoing discrimination from a prejudiced society. The author creates some truly wonderful characters in her presentation of ‘the other side to Gone with the Wind’. Inspirational, beautifully written and sincere - you won’t be able to put it down.

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Local Rotary Club hosts Human Trafficking talk Back in April, around 50 members, partners and guests of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead attended a very special meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Leatherhead to hear Barbara Watts, President of Epsom and District Soroptimists, give a very informative and often quite harrowing talk about Human Trafficking and the work that both the Soroptimists and also Barnardo's, the national children's charity, are doing to raise awareness of human trafficking within the UK in particular and also their campaign to put legislation in place to ultimately put an end to it.

two charities nominated for particular support during the current Rotary year by David Gibson, the current President of the Leatherhead Club. For further information about either of these events, or the Rotary Club of Leatherhead in general, please contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or (Photo shows David Gibson, President of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead, and Barbara Watts, President of Epsom and District Soroptimists)

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Sports Day Having one 'sporty' son and one 'unsporty' son was a challenge. Ben was very athletic and a member of several school teams. He was passionate about football during the winter and cricket during the summer. Young Sarah was also showing a talent for sport. She loved gymnastics and spent hours cartwheeling and back flipping round the garden. Their father, Sam, still played for the local cricket club and used to enjoy football, until a slipped disc forced him off the team. Ben and Sarah had inherited their father's sporting ability and Sam loved it. Ruth's sporting career had been slightly different. Although she enjoyed tennis, her school experiences had been a disaster. Sadly, she had passed on her 'complete lack of coordination' gene to her middle child, Daniel. Ruth remembered waiting to be picked by smug team captains at the start of a PE lesson. She was always the last one left and that feeling of humiliation stayed with her into adulthood. Fortunately Daniel was a confident child and popular within his year group. He disguised any worries about his lack of sporting prowess by playing the fool and pretending that he didn't care. He was the class clown and his endearing cheeky smile was always quick to appear. Despite this, Ruth sometimes caught his expression when Sam and Ben were talking about cricket or practising in the garden. Underneath the bravado, she recognised his insecurities and felt sad for him. Sports Day was approaching and Daniel had been picked to do the long jump, the 'throw the cricket ball' and the relay race. Ruth knew he was worried about letting everyone down, especially in the relay. Sam and Ben spent hours in the garden with him. They placed sticks on the ground, moving them further away from each other as he jumped. They showed him better ways to throw and then practiced with tennis balls (cricket balls were considered to be a 'window risk'). Several disappeared over the back fence but significant improvement was made and Daniel enjoyed all the attention from his big brother and his Dad. He even started to train by himself and Ruth caught him doing press ups in his bedroom, although he insisted that he was trying to find a pound coin that had rolled under the bed.

He kept running round the block for practice but was terrified of dropping the baton. He couldn't master the handing over technique and practising with a rolling pin made no difference at all. Neither did practising with an empty cardboard tube or with a can of furniture polish and it was near disaster when he practised with a cricket stump. When the day arrived, Daniel went off to school like a man condemned. He tried limping when he first got out of bed but forgot to keep it up when racing Sarah to the bathroom. He made his mother promise not to call him over, waving a bottle of sun cream and his father promise not to wear the stupid hat he used for cricket. He then made them both promise to ignore him completely and not call out any words of encouragement or send him 'crossed fingers' or 'thumbs up' signals. They agreed and wished him a restrained good luck for the afternoon. Ruth and Sam kept their promises and stood silently by the side of the long jump. He came sixth out of ten which was a very respectable placing. They then moved to the cricket ball throwing area. Daniel came fifth out of ten and glanced over at his parents with a relieved smile. They smiled back, with their hands clasped firmly to their sides. The relay race was the big challenge. Daniel was number three out of four in the team and he looked genuinely terrified. Just as they lined up along the track the heavens opened and a sudden torrential shower of rain began to fall. In Daniel's mind the baton had now turned into a slippery eel that was destined to slide straight out of his fingers. A rapid announcement was made over the loudspeaker. "Unfortunately we will have to cancel the relay race due to the sudden inclement weather. Could event winners please go to the dining hall to collect their medals. Thank you." While everyone raced for cover, the three loudest cheers of the afternoon could just be heard through the drumming rain.

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climate of confused cat advice concerns expectant mums UK mums are confused and concerned over the advice they receive about cats and pregnancy, according to latest research conducted by Cats Protection. The study, which surveyed over 1500 mothers or expectant mothers through the website, found that almost seven out of ten women admitted they were worried they could catch something from their pet while pregnant and 60% were concerned that their cat could pass on an illness to their new baby. Maggie Roberts, Cats Protection’s Director of Veterinary Services, said: “Our research shows that women are worrying about diseases such as toxoplasmosis but they aren’t being presented with accurate information. Studies show that cat owners are statistically no more likely to get toxoplasmosis than non-cat owners. The chance of contracting the disease from your cat is very small indeed – in fact you are more likely to get it from handling raw meat. Of course all cat owners should practise good hygiene routines, especially hand washing after dealing with a litter tray and before handling food, but that’s just common sense”.

family pet because they wrongly believe they shouldn't have contact with cats during pregnancy. This can upset the whole family. As for the poor cat, it goes into care and charities like Cats Protection are stuck with finding new homes - not an easy task in this current climate.” In light of the findings, Cats Protection is keen to reassure all parents-to-be that, by following a few simple steps, it is safe to keep your cat while welcoming new additions to your family. 

Get someone else to change your cat’s litter tray if you can, and if you can't, wear gloves and wash your hands carefully after changing the box Change cat litter daily as T. gondii is infectious between one and five days after the cat defecates Do not feed your cat raw meat Wash your hands after contact with stray cats and kittens Keep outdoor sandboxes covered Wear gloves when gardening in case a cat has toileted there

The survey also revealed that over a quarter of women who received advice from a family member were told to get rid of their cat. Even more worrying, according to Maggie Roberts, over 16% of respondents were advised to give up their cats by a nonqualified resource such as a blog or forum. “As a vet, I’ve noticed the rise in new media has led some pet owners to assume they are receiving expert knowledge from the internet when often quite the opposite is true,” she warned. “People should always ensure they are taking advice from a reputable source.”

To support its recommendations, Cats Protection has produced a leaflet on toxoplasmosis which can be downloaded from

Family doctor and parenting author Dr Carol Cooper also believes the misconceptions the survey revealed are cause for concern: “I'm horrified how many women give up a loved

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Epsom Rotaract raises over £1k for Children's charity Epsom Rotaract, a social and community group for 18 to 30 year olds, recently organised a Race Night in aid of the children's charity Lifelites ( Lifelites provides technology to children in hospices for play, learning and a sense of independence. A sold out crowd attended the Kingswood Village Club last March and placed their bets at the Tote and bought horses in droves, for the Epsom Rotaract Race Night. Rotarians, Rotaractors, friends and relatives helped to raise over £1,126 on the night! Raffle tickets and 'stand up bingo' tickets were also on sale. Guests of all ages bought raffle tickets, bingo tickets, tote tickets and horses. The efforts of all involved made the event a big success, in what was the highest grossing race night in Epsom Rotaract History! Epsom Rotaract meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 8:30pm at The Haywain (Brewers Fayre/Travel Inn), 2-4 St Margarets Drive, Epsom, KT18 7LB (near Epsom Hospital). New members are always welcome. See you there!

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Hourly seminars will run throughout the day, following an early bird business networking breakfast at 7.15am. International networker and speaker, Ian Oakley, opens with a seminar on ‘Pulling People towards you through Influence’. The lunchtime seminar is provided by the Surrey 2012 team who will provide an update on the impact of the London 2012 Olympic Cycle Race following the London Surrey Classic cycle race trail in August 2011. More information on booking a business exhibition stand and the seminars can be found on or email

Following the success of last year’s event, the Dorking Business Show will return to Dorking for a second year on Thursday 22 September 2011 at the Dorking Halls. Organised by the Dorking Chamber of Commerce, the Dorking Business Show is already attracting businesses and entrepreneurs from Dorking and all across Surrey. The Dorking Business Show presents local businesses with an opportunity to showcase their services and offers free seminars throughout the day. The Show this year is organised by the Dorking Chamber of Commerce who are determined to keep charges affordable so that local growing businesses can benefit.. A dedicated special hall called ‘Business Cares’, where inexpensive stand spaces are available, will showcase what these much needed organisations do. Lucky individuals can experience a range of free taster session including de-stressing massages


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Leatherhead Community Association Did you know that the Leatherhead Community Association (or LCA as it is known) has been in existence for 34 years? It is a self-financing organisation which aims to provide educational, social and recreational activities for the people of Mole Valley and those within six miles of the boundaries. It is a registered charity and is run mainly by volunteers. The membership stands around 400. The LCA is based in the Letherhead Institute at the top of the High Street. It leases the large hall there and a number of smaller rooms where many of its activities take place. These can be rented out to other organisations when not in use. The activities of the LCA are numerous. They include table tennis, snooker (on a quarter size table), Scrabble, guided walks in the beautiful countryside around Leatherhead, recorded music afternoons and evenings, art history lectures, a reading group, talks on a variety of interesting subjects followed by tea and cakes.

There are also coach outings to places of interest. Recent visits include one to Down House, home of Charles Darwin and to Ightham Mote, a rate example of a moated medieval manor house dating from 1320. There are also trips to concerts, theatre visits and holidays. In May a group spent a week in Yorkshire sightseeing and enjoying the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. A quarterly newsletter is sent to all members giving details of all activities and outings. The LCA also likes to help the local community and to this end have awarded a five year bursary to Therfield School to enable one of their students help finance his further education. A grant has also been given to Trinity School to provide financial support for extra curricular activities so that no pupil will be excluded from these through lack of funds.

There is also a library within the Institute with a wide range of books, a small clubroom where one can meet ones’ friends and enjoy a cup of coffee. A bigger coffee morning get together is arranged once a month.

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Food & Drink Perfect for a summer Sunday lunch this lamb roast has a delicious stuffing made with fresh mint, dried apricots and pine nuts. Simply serve with boiled and buttered new potatoes, steamed green beans and a spoonful of tangy redcurrant sauce.

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25 g (1oz) butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 75 g (3 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs 25 g (1oz) pine nuts 8 no-need-to-soak dried apricots, chopped 2 tbsp beaten egg 2 tbsp fresh chopped mint Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large lamb fillets 2 tbsp light olive oil 8 shallots, halved 1 ½ tbsp honey, warmed 1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Heat the butter in a frying pan and gently fry the onion for 10 minutes until very soft, adding the garlic after 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs, pine nuts and apricots. Leave to cool. Stir the egg and mint into the cooled mixture and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2. Place the lamb fillets on a chopping board and, using a sharp knife, make a deep cut along the length of each fillet (taking care not to cut all the way through). Open each fillet out and flatten slightly with a meat mallet or rolling pin. 3. Spoon the stuffing down the centre of one fillet then place the second fillet on top to enclose the stuffing. Tie together at intervals with fine string. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and quickly fry the stuffed lamb over a high heat until just browned all over. Place in a shallow roasting tin. 4. Cook the shallots for 1 minute in a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Drain well then place in the roasting tin around the lamb. Pour the remaining oil over the shallots. 5. Roast the lamb and shallots for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle the warmed honey over the shallots. Roast for a further 10-15 minutes until the lamb is cooked to your liking. Cover the lamb and leave to rest in a warm place for 20 minutes before carving. 56

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Spice of Life - Cumin Cumin is the dried seed of an annual herb, Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. Although native to the Mediterranean, cumin is most commonly associated with the spicy cooking of the Far East and North Africa. It’s an ingredient in most curry powders. The small, thin seeds are light brown with a striped pattern of nine ridges and a strong, aromatic flavour. Cumin can also be bought ready-ground. Whole seeds should be lightly dry-roasted before being used to release the aroma. This spice has been known for millennia and cumin seeds have been found in Egyptian pyramids. It was also used by the Greeks and Romans as a medicine and a cosmetic. Medicinal uses are focused on the gastrointestinal tract, although cumin has been used as a paste to treat boils and is said to be effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that a line of cumin seeds prevented chickens from wandering away from home. This belief also applied to lovers, so it was often carried by a bride and groom throughout the wedding ceremony in the hope of bringing a happy and faithful, marriage.


The Queen honours outstanding volunteer group Effingham & District Community First Responders with prestigious Award Effingham & District Community First Responders scheme has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard. Effingham & District Community First Responders scheme has received the Award for making the difference between a life lost and a life saved to people in East and West Horsley, Little and Great Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ockham, Ripley, Send, Cobham and Downside, Ranmore and Givons Grove. The scheme, which operates as a partnership with the NHS, is run by Surrey St John Ambulance. Responders are skilled first aiders equipped with defibrillators and oxygen who are dispatched by ambulance control when there is a 999 call in their local area. Since its launch in 2006, the unit has attended 802 call outs. The speed with which they can attend casualties and begin first aid while the ambulance is still on its way, saves lives. Those receiving this year’s Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the

public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community. The Effingham & District CFR scheme was nominated by Malcolm Ash, one of the people whose lives they saved. He suffered a heart attack but thanks to prompt attention by the first responders, he survived. Effingham & District Community First Responders scheme will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's representative in Surrey, Lord Lieutenant Sarah Goad, at a special ceremony. The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer. Speaking of their success, Scheme Co-ordinator Craig Chitty from Effingham & District Community First Responders scheme said: “St John Ambulance believes everyone should have the first aid skills to be the difference between a life lost and saved. Volunteering as a Community First Responder enables people to be that difference in their own community and we are absolutely thrilled to have been able to help Malcolm and to be selected for the Queen’s Award.” For details of all this year’s Award winners and information on how to nominate a group, visit, where a nomination form can be downloaded.


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GCSEs at the Letherhead Institute It is an unfortunate fact of life that, when English weather is at its brightest and best, our brightest and best young people find themselves embroiled in examinations. But looking on the sunny side, these are steps towards qualifications that lead to a satisfying career, so well worth the effort. With increasing local demand, Surrey Hills Onward Learning is adding to its range of GCSEs from September. Law is now a daytime class and, being taught by a barrister, will include a visit to a court . Among our new subjects, Classical Civilisations introduces you to the politicians, poets and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome. Geography GCSE has a practical element – a dip in the river Mole perhaps? or an analysis of Leatherhead shoppers? We offer Maths and English Language free to anyone over the age of 16, and also welcome adults who need these subjects for a career change (for example if they want to train to be teachers). All our GCSEs are free to young people between the ages of 16 and 19. 15-year olds who are being educated at home may also join these classes. For this group the fee is £300 per GCSE.

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21st Birthday of the Guildford Festival Boat Gathering, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB. 12pm-6pm. Celebrate at Millmead Island from 12 noon. the excellent display of decorated boats in the pageant starts at 4pm. This year's theme is 'Nursery Rhymes'. Children's activities will be available from the National Trust's Learning team.

Saturday 2nd

‘All tied up’ floristry workshop, Painshill Park, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham, KT11 1JE. 9.30am-3.30pm One day contemporary workshop by Dr Christina Curtis, NAFAS Demonstrator and Judge. Includes light lunch and your floral creation to take home. £75 (members £70). Booking essential, please call Bookings Manager on 01932 868113.

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd

Loseley Park Food & Drink Festival, Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS. 10am-5pm. Celebrating local food and drink producers and those from further afield. Also featuring cookery demos, wine and beer tastings. Adults £5, Children £2, Family £12. Discounted advance tickets,

Saturday 9th

Children’s Trust Family Fun Day. 1pm-5pm. Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU. Annual Fun Day is back! With popular attractions including fairground rides, bouncy castles, miniature steam railway rides, and much more! And for adults, an opportunity to relax and enjoy a cool glass of Pimms or beer. For more info call 01737 365017 / 365019, or go to

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th

New France Old England Re-enactment Camp, Painshill Park, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham, KT11 1JE. 10.30am-5pm. Watch history come alive as you discover the adventures of mid-18th century North America. Tented encampments, talk to the uniformed soldiers and civilians. Watch out for the fearsome Native American warriors. Fun for all ages and no advance booking is required. Event included in the price of normal admission.

Friday 15th

Soundbytes Choir Summer Concert. Free (donations to charity welcome.) Ashtead Baptist Church, 8pm. Contact Hazel Hannam for more details 01372 278016

Saturday 16th

Mole Valley Police, Community Safety Day on Meadowbank Park, Dorking, 10am -2pm. Come along to meet your local polcing team, working in partnership with many other local agencies and businesses all involved in helping to keep our community safer.

Saturday 16th

A nostalgic Victorian experience aboard ‘Iona’. £14 pp inc cream tea. 2pm. Godalming Wharf (opposite Sainsbury's), Wharf Road, Godalming GU7 1JL. Travel the Victorian way along this unspoilt waterway on the narrow boat Iona, pulled a Godalming packetboat heavy horse, via river, canal and through a lock. Book through 01372 376650, June Robinson,

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th

Ashtead & Dorking Fuchsia Group Annual Show, Squire’s Gdn Centre, Epsom Rd, W.Horsley, KT24 6AR. Sat 12pm-5.30pm/Sun 10am-3.30pm. Free entry.

Saturday 23rd

Mid Surrey Mencap Summer jumble sale. 11am-1pm. Fortyfoot Hall, Fortyfoot Rd, Leatherhead. Admission 30p. Light refreshments on sale.


Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th August - English National Sheepdog Trials, Lower Boxhill Farm, Old Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1NS. Details in next month’s edition


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


Saturday 22nd October, 7pm. Motor Neurone Disease Association, East Surrey Branch, Quiz Night, St Mark’s Church Hall, Tattenham. £11, inc fish & chip supper. For more info, call Simon Edmands 07753 821964 or email

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What’s On? Polesden Lacey Greville Days A great success

Almost 6,000 people came up to Polesden Lacey over the Bank Holiday to enjoy some traditional Edwardian entertainment, including Punch & Judy, croquet, silhouette cutting and some fabulous Lagonda cars! Staff dressed in period costume and visitors learnt more about the fascinating Mrs Greville who bought Polesden Lacey in 1906 and turned it into the venue for her famous weekend parties.


WHAT’S GOING ON IN JULY? REGULAR MONTHLY / WEEKLY EVENTS Want to know about Post Modernist art etc? 15th & 19th: Las Vegas & the PostFriday 1st OR Modernist manifesto: AAL will examine the what, who, how and when and why Las Tues 5th Vegas is pure post-modernism. £10 inc refreshments. Tel 01372 272235: email: ; for info. Tuesday 5th (monthly)

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks ’A Writer’s Life’ Mrs S Osborne. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm. Visitors welcome £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511.

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group Open Meeting. ’Fabulous Flowers’ with Tony Brown (see right), Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wed 6th (monthly)

Ashtead WI, talk. Surrey Air Ambulance (speaker tbc). 7.15pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome. Details Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 6th (weekly)

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

Wed 6th (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group Under 5's with an adult. Toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat.

Thurs 7th (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 7th 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, Friday 8th (weekly)

10.30am - 11.30am Leatherhead Country Market, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Cakes, plants, meat, pies, eggs and crafts together with coffee or tea.

Friday 8th (weekly)

10am - 12noon The Sewing Room, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. Full range of haberdashery in stock. Order service also available. Beading supplies now available. Beautiful greetings cards. Come and take a look.

July Walks Sat 2nd Thurs 14th Sat 16th Thurs 21st Sat 30th

Friday 8th (monthly) Wed 13th (2nd Wed mthly)

Spring walks with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. Saturdays 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles; eves 1+ hrs 2-4 miles.. Donation to charities. 01372 363589 Sat 2nd 10am Meet at Buckland Church off A25 Thurs 14th 7.30pm Wotton Hatch back CP Sat 16th 10am Reigate Heath, Flanchford Rd 5 miles Thurs 21st 7.30pm Dorking Garden Centre overflow CP Sat 30th 9.30am Newlands Cnr CP 5 miles

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free entry. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric-a-brac and much more. Tylney Luncheon Club, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, 12.30pm. Different speaker each month, visitors always welcome. More info from Iris Heims 01932 864 822

Saturday 16th

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group Summer Show ‘A Place in the Sun’ with Ashtead Horticultural Society. 1.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Come and see how our members interpret such titles as 'A Caribbean Carnival', 'Indian Bazaar' and 'On Safari'.

Thursday 21st (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.

Wed 27th

NHS Blood donor session: St Mary & St Nicholas Church Hall, Church Rd, L/head. Two sessions: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm. 64

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Fetcham Singers

Summer Concert

Saturday 2nd July - 7.30pm

Baroque to the Beatles Including: Vivaldi’s “GLORIA”

Songs by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Handel, Lennon & McCartney Special Guest

Victoria Barnes Violin

Interval with refreshments

St Mary & St Nicholas Church Road, Leatherhead £7 donation (children free) includes contribution to Church funds

GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group.

This is just a taste of what’s on offer.

Contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, or e:

July Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Friday 8th Wed 20th Friday 22nd Monday 25th

Friday 8th: Epsom Common, 4 miles. Wed 20th: Leatherhead, 7¾ miles, 10.15am, meet by Natwest Bank in the High St. Friday 22nd: Evening walk from Esher, 3 miles. 6pm Ember Ct Sports Club, Ember Lane, East Molesley. Followed by optional meal £6 and quiz night at the Sports Club. Monday 25th: Buckland 3½ miles, 10am Lawrence Lane car park nr Buckland.

July Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Monday 4th Wed 6th Monday 11th

Monday 4th: Walton 13 miles, 10am at The Weir, Walton on Thames KT12 2JB. Wed 6th: Horsley 18 miles. 10am King William IV pub, The Street, W Horsley. Monday 11th: Worth to East Grinstead 13 miles. 10am Worth Church off the B2036. Flat, ideal for a first ride. Take a ‘train’ ride on Sustrans ‘Worth Way’

July Guided Nordic Walks (Please bring your own poles)

Friday 15th Tuesday 26th

Friday 15th: Garson’s Farm, 4½ miles. 10.15am Garson’s Farm overflow car park, Winterdown Rd off West End Green, Esher, KT10 8LR. Optional refreshments at cafe or nearby pub after the walk. Tuesday 26th: Bocketts Farm to Polesden Lacey 5½ miles. 10.15am Young Street car park. Coffee stop and toilets midway at Polesden Lacey, NT members bring cards. 65

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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN Road Safety Advice from Surrey Police Nearly four people a month on average are killed or seriously injured on Surrey’s roads in collisions involving drink or drug- impaired drivers or by those who are driving carelessly. Statistics show that drinking and driving affects people across all age groups in the county, both male and female, but 17 to 25 year-olds are at the greatest risk. In particular, in the coming months, we will be looking at the issue of drivers who are driving inconsiderately, dangerously or who are seen using their hand-held mobile phones. You are ten times more likely to have an accident when being distracted by using a mobile phone, which could result in a £60 fine and three points on your licence or result in a court appearance. Even if they are not stopped at the time by officers, those who are seen doing this will be contacted by police to outline the consequences of their actions. With summer now upon us, we are also reminding drivers not to risk the safety of all road users by drinking and driving as statistics show an increase during the summer months.

For more information you may like to check out Alternatively, you can contact your local Casualty Reduction Officer, PC Tom Arthur. Just call 0845 125 2222 and ask to be put through to him. Please be responsible when you are out driving and do not do anything that is likely to cause injury to yourself or to others. The consequences could be with you for a long time to come. If you witness dangerous driving or suspect that someone may be driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs then please report it. Call 0845 125 2222 or 999 in an emergency. We do appreciate that the vast majority of road users in Surrey drive responsibly but there are always those who put other road users at risk. Please don’t forget that Mole Valley Police is hosting a Community Safety Day on Meadowbank Park, in Dorking, on Saturday, 16th July between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Please come along to meet your local policing team, working in partnership with many other local agencies and businesses all involved in helping to keep our community safer.

It is important to remember that alcohol takes time to leave the system and you may still be “over the limit”, with impaired driving capabilities, the day after that party!

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Transition Ashtead

Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Village Vegetables I imagine that by now you have noticed the change to the normal bedding plants in the raised planters in The Street? On Derby day, instead of going to the races, a group of us planted them up with vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, many of which we had grown ourselves from seed. Go and take a look and help yourself to the produce when it’s ready to pick, but please leave some for the rest of the community to enjoy! We have included runner beans, tomatoes, sweetcorn, lettuces, cabbages, leeks, strawberries. You can also pick herbs - mint (for your Pimms!) various kinds of thyme, marjoram, hyssop (good with fish), chives and others. Why not make a ‘bouquet garni’ a mix of all tied together to add flavour to stock for summer soups? The aim of the project (which is strongly supported by MVDC, the Ashtead Village Traders Association and SAVE) is to encourage Ashtead residents think about our food buying choices, particularly for fresh food. - the real cost of production, packaging and transport and the importance of buying seasonal produce, grown as locally as possible. The apple pressing event last autumn showed how many apples are grown in Ashtead - contrast that with apples in the shops now - they come from South Africa, New Zealand and China. There’s an environmental and energy cost in making and disposing of all the packaging as well. My Mum said when I was a child (going back a bit, suffice to say I am over 50!) - she said apples usually came from Kent, never imported, and out of season she just bought something else. Now, I choose to buy English strawberries instead of imported apples, which are just as nutritious and full of vitamin C. And I am actually looking forward to our English apple season this year! What if there were vegetables grown locally in places like outside the library, doctor’s surgeries, old people’s homes, schools, the APMH, and other public land? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a market garden and fruit orchards near to Ashtead? With a little bit of imagination, hard work and commitment, we can change where we get our fresh food from, provide local jobs, help save energy and preserve the environment. A quadruple wammy if you ask me! We hope that the planters in The Street will inspire you to think about getting your 5-a-day from local sources. Transition Ashtead is hosting a presentation and discussion about Food Miles & Packaging at 7:30pm on Monday 11th July at St George’s Christian Centre. Hope to see you there! Caroline Cardew-Smith

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 29

Fetcham Village Infant School - School Lane

Fetcham Village Infant School today

School and Headmaster’s House c.1907

In 1854 a parcel of land was donated by the Hankey family to the Rector and churchwardens of Fetcham. It was to be for a purely Church of England School, and under the care of the National Society. Alongside the school was the headmaster's house rent free and furnished; it comprised two living rooms and two bedrooms, all in a Tudor Gothic style, built of brick with a slate roof. When the school opened in 1854, there were 61 children on the register paying a penny a week per child. The accommodation in the schoolroom was cramped even though it complied with the national criteria of 10 sq. ft. per child. In 1872 an Inspector's report recommended a 'gallery for infants' as the school was contained in one large room. A repeat observation in 1874 resulted in the addition of the infants' room during the following year... In 1886 the school was again enlarged with separate entrances for boys and girls. In 1936 it became necessary to accommodate 194 pupils - an enormous expansion on the low figure of 66 in 1932. This surge was due to the start of further residential development in the village. Additional buildings provided four spacious classrooms, a staff common room, a head teacher’s office and a school office. Accommodation in November 1957 comprised: 5 classrooms (1936); 2 prefabricated single storey classrooms (1954); 1 temporary classroom in the playground (1956); and the use of the village hall for two classes... The toilet facilities at the school - across an exposed playground - had, for a long time, been unacceptable so the need for provision of meals in the school premises and improved toilet facilities became the basis for the building of a new servery, hall and classroom which had been promised in 1957. They were not achieved for another 25 years as the new hall and servery was finally obtained and opened for use in 1982. Goff Powell – Extracts from History of Fetcham L&DLHS 1998 – for more information visit

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Vegetable Growing by Pippa Greenwood There is something lovely about this time of year: even on the less appealing days it rarely gets too chilly, the soil is warm and feels all the more full of potential. But there is no doubt that your vegetable growing may seem to be close to peaking and perhaps in some areas on the decline. Rather than forgetting the fun of growing your own until next year, why not add to what you already have and start some crops from fresh? If you’ve missed the boat totally and never actually planted anything this year, there’s still time to grow some tasty home grown vegetable and’s not too late to start, but you’ll have to get your skates on. Sow yourself some ruby chard. These fantastically brightly coloured plants mean you can create something seriously good-looking as well as tasty. ‘Bright Lights’ is the wackiest with bright yellow, orange, red, pink and purple stems. It can be sown successfully into August and can be used as ‘baby leaves’ for salads or as an alternative to spinach. Several of the oriental vegetables respond especially well to later sowing. Mizuna is one of my favourites. With its pretty divided leaves and ability to grow very fast, it can be sown right through from now and into September. Good in stir fries or as a salad ingredient, Mizuna does best in a sunny site. A covering of fleece helps to keep the flea-beetle away and so prevent the leaves becoming riddled with tiny holes. Spring onions make really tasty additions to salads, ploughman’s lunches and stir-fries. They grow rapidly and although it is getting late, a prompt sowing now should still give you a crop of tiny spring onions in October. Sow enough to leave some in the soil where you can then harvest fullsized versions in March. Carrots can be sown for many weeks of the year and some varieties of ‘maincrop’ carrot including ‘Ideal’ can still be sown until early August. Sow before the end of June/first couple of weeks in July and you’ll be cropping from autumn to Christmas time. Choose a light soil, free from stones, or grow in a deep container. If in doubt about sowing times, just check the packet. I love eating them, but hate buying those ridiculously expensive baby spinach leaves, but grow your own and you can have as many as you like for little outlay. They are perfect in salads and sandwiches....and much, much tastier and more tender (and a lot cheaper) than those you buy in cellophane bags. Make successional sowings from now and in to September and in five to six weeks you can harvest the baby leaves. If you like full-sized spinach leaves, then just leave the crop in the ground and allow it to grow a little more. If you enjoy miniature beetroot or baby beet as they’re often known, then buy a packet of beetroot seed and sow some of them promptly for

a delicious, crop of small-sized beetroot from the autumn until Christmas. French beans are so much better when grown at home. It is hard to make them tough or tasteless. A speedy sowing now should produce plenty of beans that you can harvest in midautumn. Choose a variety such as ‘Tendergreen’ and it should perform well. There are numerous different colours and shapes of salad leaf available and they can be sown now, either singly or in combination. Simply use scissors to snip off what you need and as long as you don’t cut too low, they’ll act as a cut-andcome-again crop. Look out for mixed seed packs including all sorts of tasty varieties such as rocket, baby beet, lettuce and basil. As conditions become cooler, cover the row with fleece. Rocket with its spicy dark green leaves makes a great ingredient for salads and because the plants grow so fast, a sowing made now will soon be producing a brilliant crop. Make successional sowings every couple of weeks. There...almost too much to eat!

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Local Loco funds hike A group of locals are attempting to inject some urgency into the fundraising side of a Locomotive Preservation Society. The three people are David Farrow, Ron Baker and Paul Johnson. They will be walking from Leatherhead to Isfield a total of some 47 miles, as the crow flies, on 4th, 5th and 6th of August. The aim is to raise £5,000 towards the restoration of an old steam locomotive that had languished at the water park behind Leatherhead Leisure Centre for 26 years. The locomotive has been rescued by the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society and moved to The Lavender Line at Isfield in March this Year. It is estimated that between £60,000 and £80,000 will be required to return the engine to steam. The locomotive was built in 1934 and spent its whole working life at Stewarts and Lloyds steelworks in Corby. It was converted to oil firing along with several other similar engines but will be returned to coal by the members. The society now has a membership of 43 and is steadily growing. Working parties are organised most weekends with transport costs from the area to Isfield shared. The Walk will commence at Leatherhead Leisure Centre and will follow footpaths and bridleways as much as possible via Boxhill, Brockham, Leigh, Copthorne and Nutley to Isfield. The team will be aiming to cover 16 miles per day in order to achieve their goal.

If you wish to sponsor them, become a member, or donate towards this worthwhile cause please e-mail Brian Davis (Secretary) on brian.davis1947@btinternet and for more information and a progress report on their preparations www.3837.pvsonline.


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Get composting Whether you’re a keen gardener or just want to choose the greenest, most natural way to deal with your food and garden waste, composting is the perfect solution.

Grass cuttings, dried leaves, twigs and vegetable peelings are just some of the ingredients that can go into a compost bin or heap to make peat-free compost – ideal to use in potting or planting in your garden or allotment. Getting started is easy. All you need is a compost bin or a small space in the garden to create a heap. Then just follow our easy guide to creating your own supply of natural food for your garden. Get composting today – for a greener tomorrow.

Why compost? Compost is a natural, nutrient-rich food product for your garden. It will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and flowers will love it! Home-made compost is peatfree, which means it’s good for the environment outside your garden too. It reduces the need to buy peat products, which have been commercially sourced and extracted from peat bogs, resulting in the release of the carbon stored in them.


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A step-by-step guide

Recipe for success

1. Find the right site. Site your bin or heap on bare soil. If space is limited, put your bin on concrete, tarmac or patio slabs; but make sure there’s a layer of soil or existing compost on the bottom so garden creatures can colonise. 2. Add the right ingredients. Fill your kitchen caddy with the right ingredients such as tea bags, taking care not to compost cooked food, meat or fish. 3. Fill it up. Empty your kitchen caddy and your garden waste into your bin or heap. A 50/50 mix of greens and browns is the perfect recipe for good compost. 4. After 9-12 months. The ingredients you have put in your bin or heap should have turned into a dark brown, earthy smelling material at the bottom of the bin, which can be dug out, with the newer material being left. Don’t worry if your compost looks a little lumpy with twigs and bits of eggshells – this is perfectly normal. Simply sift out any bits and return them to your bin or heap. 5. Ready! Once your compost resembles thick, moist soil and smells very earthy, it’s ready to use. 6. Collect the compost. Instructions will be delivered with your bin. Simply lift the bin slightly or open the hatch at the bottom and scoop out the fresh compost with a garden fork or spade. If you have built your own, simply rake out the ready compost. 7. Use it. And watch your garden bloom. Compost can be used for all types of planting needs – vegetable plants for allotments; general potting (if mixed with something like ordinary soil); or flowerbeds and enriching new borders by mixing in existing soil.

Right ingredients Greens Tea bags Coffee grounds Vegetable peelings Fruit scraps Salad leaves Grass cuttings Old flowers Dead plants Browns Dried leaves, twigs Toilet/kitchen roll tubes Scrunched up paper Vacuum bag contents Wood chippings, straw Crushed egg shells Cereal/egg boxes Wrong ingredients Cooked vegetables Meat Dairy products Diseased plants Dog mess or cat litter Nappies

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