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


Fairy cakes and street parties - a story


Leatherhead Drama Festival 2011


Recipe - Zesty lemon cake


Rare Waxwings seen in Leatherhead


Andy’s blog


Brigitte Trust’s Well-Being event


What do you know about The Priory?


Leatherhead Theatre


Simple crossword


On the Road - quiz


What’s going on in May? (Pages 66-69)


Airlines - quiz


Meredith’s Memories


Surrey County Show - 30th May


April’s crosswords solutions


Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trs Day


Transition Ashtead


Book Reviews


First Open Energy Surrey Event


Give a cat a home


Local history article


Spot the difference






Eastwick Allotments & Gardens Assoc.


Brigitte Trust’s Aerobathon


May crosswords


Mole Valley Police Column


Useful numbers


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From the Publisher


y partner Matthew and I recently returned from a long weekend in Norfolk and whilst there, decided to hire a boat for a couple of hours. I cannot believe how much fun it was, even with our limited ‘navigational’ skills. The best bit was trying to park it on our return (I don’t believe that’s the nautical term by the way). As it was in low season, most of the boats were parked along the quayside leaving a weeny space for our boat to get in (we’re sure the space was bigger when we picked up the boat). Needless to say we were banging and crashing against other boats. I was, in equal measures, screaming with panic and laughing with helplessness at our predicament. One of the boats was on sale for just under £200,000, so getting anywhere near that was creating its own terror, luckily we managed to miss that - a good thing for the owner no doubt. A group of people were collecting at the harbour completely bemused by our antics. It was at that moment that I knew I had lost all credibility as skipper of my own vessel, and realised I had blown out of the water any chance of ever appearing in a fish finger advertisement. Shame. During our visit we also joined the National Trust at Blickling Hall, and it is fitting, together with my newly acquired Title, that the nation is entrusted to me. I shall do my best to look after it, whether my life be short or long (where have I heard that before?). I had a call from local resident Graham Raine, who asked whether I could include a photo and a short article about the rare Waxwings that he espied in Tesco’s car park in Leatherhead, this pretty little bird can be seen on page 16. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £53 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

The Brigitte Trust charity is holding two events in May, the first is their Health & Well-Being event at Denbies on the 8th (page 18), and the other is an Aerobathon at Wotton House on the 15th (page 46). The Brigitte Trust supports families in Surrey facing life-threatening illness and are well worth supporting. The 8th Leatherhead Drama Festival will take place from 2nd-14th May and, as ever, there is always something for everyone. More information can be found on pages 10 and 11.

At the time of going to print, we’ve just had the most glorious few days, no doubt it’s all change soon, but it’s lovely to get out into the garden and get the sowing for summer underway. I’m pleased to say that our greenhouse has now been cleaned inside and out, seeds have been sown and tender plants potted on to await the warmer months. I shall certainly be popping over to No part of this magazine may be the Eastwick Allotments & Gardens Association for some reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - advice and ’gardener’s talk’ as well as purchasing some useful bits and pieces in the weeks to come. Details electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without about the club can be found on page 86. prior permission of the Publisher.

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not really of any concern, which is true for the most part. However, when the new development, road, rubbish site is located near to you it is harder to object and for your voice to be heard. Traditional Council planning activity is led by directives from central government whose whims can lead to developments which are quite out of character with an area. A local master plan for Ashtead will be essential in the coming years to ward off unwanted developments and also to encourage improvement where it is deemed appropriate. It’s going to be better if we have a plan for how we would like to see Ashtead evolve and which services we would like to be improved.

(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6) Better consultation

The recent addition of the playground on the recreation ground has been applauded by many in Ashtead and beyond, but has caused concern to some residents who were not consulted and now find many more people parking in their road. It would be hard to deny the benefits for the residents of Ashtead of the improved playground but the consultation seems to have missed out many of the affected residents. This is actually widely the case across Mole Valley where consultations take place at times when anybody who is working would find it hard to attend even if there was an awareness of the event itself.

Better connections So how do we all decide together what is best for Ashtead? This is the challenge. Fortunately, the internet and computer technology offer us a means to join together with those with similar interests to amplify the strength of our voices. More than ever, it is important for us to seek out those who are in the same boat and to keep up to date with developments that may affect us. There is a list below of local websites which are a good source of information. Some are new groups, some have been going for a while.

I am hoping that over the course of the next few years we will see a more connected Ashtead, with many more of us subscribed to local groups so that we can exert our opinion more easily on local council matters such as what to do with the funds received from the Parsons Mead developer to be spent on the local area.

I urge you to join at least one and if you have half an hour, why not set up your own blog, Twitter or Facebook page for your friends in Ashtead so that we all become more connected. Eventually, a plan will emerge for the future of Ashtead but we have to make sure that all voices are heard.

A Village Plan The localism Bill will place more power in our hands to decide on the future for Ashtead with a ‘Village plan’ advised for how we would like to see Ashtead develop. Recent additions to the Village such as the Parsons Mead development and others are controversial for local residents, especially those living close to the site. There are areas of Ashtead which we can as a community identify as ripe for development and others which we can seek to protect. All of which is easier if we do so as a collective. It is easy to sit back and to think that much of this is Ashtead Parents AshteadVillage


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Smut: Two Unseemly Stories Alan Bennett £12 Unexpected tales from the master of short fiction. "The Shielding of Mrs Forbes" Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. And her own husband would be better if she were mourning him than living with him. But this is Alan Bennett, so no matter the importance of keeping up appearances, what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately much more honest to people's predilections. "The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers (a young, broke couple) passions that she never knew existed are aroused, and her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...

New Life Stories David Attenborough £20 A personal view of the natural world New Life Stories is the second installment of Sir David's look back at the wildlife that has captured his imagination and enthusiasm over his distinguished career. It is a fascinating trip around the world in search of extraordinary plants, animals and people, in the company of this supreme communicator.

I Love My Daddy Giles Andreas & Emma Dodd £10.99 Perfect for Fathers’ Day, an amusing, touching and heartwarming look at the special relationship between father and child from the bestselling Giles Andreae, perfectly brought to life by Emma Dodd's charming and vibrant artwork. The follow-up to the award-winning I Love My Mummy.

To War With Wellington Peter Snow £8.99 The seven-year campaign that saved Europe from Napoleon told by those who were there.What made Arthur Duke of Wellington the military genius who was never defeated in battle? In the vivid narrative style that is his trademark, Peter Snow recalls how Wellington evolved from a backward, sensitive schoolboy into an aloof but brilliant commander. He tracks the development of Wellington's leadership and his relationship with the extraordinary band of men he led from Portugal in 1808 to their final destruction of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo seven years. Having described his soldiers as the 'scum of the

Giles Andreae is the bestselling author of Rumble in the Jungle, Giraffes Can't Dance and The Lion Who Wanted to Love and the creator and voice behind Purple Ronnie. Emma was brought up in Guildford in a family of artists. She still lives in Surrey with her husband and two children. Barton’s Bookshop, 2 Bridge St, Leatherhead 01372 362988 Web: Email: 38

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Henry, Marigold & Treacle

Henry is black and white, Marigold is tortie and white and Treacle is a brindle tortie. These three cats are totally devoted to one another and therefore must be homed together. Henry is 2 years, Marigold and Treacle are 9 months. Marigold has one front leg that is not completely straight but it does not hinder her in any way. She runs around and plays quite happily and normally. They are shy of strangers, so need to find a quiet and peaceful home, with an owner that has experience of nervous cats. With time and patience they are sure to be very rewarding. They need a home on a quiet road, with a safe garden.

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Hotel gears up for Charity Aerobathon - 15th May Wotton House is holding a charity Aerobathon on Sunday May 15th supporting Dorking-based charity The Brigitte Trust and health club were out in force to seek people to join in. The event runs from 9.30am – 12pm and is open to the general public Anyone who enjoys dance-based Aerobic exercise will love this event” said Vanessa Smith Promotions Manager of the Trust “It’s being held overlooking the wonderful grounds of Wotton House and there will be lots of gifts and surprises during the morning!” Participants are asked to raise just £50 in sponsorship though prizes have been donated by the hotel for the most sponsorship, including health club membership and dinner bed and breakfast. The Brigitte Trust supported 208 families in Surrey facing life-threatening illness during the past year. For more information call 01306 881816 or go to


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MOLE VALLEY POLICE COLUMN News from Surrey Police... We, in Mole Valley, are always mindful of how important it is that Safer Neighbourhood Officers build up a sound local knowledge of their areas and the needs and issues that are of most importance to residents. We can assure you that any new officers will be encouraged to be seen and available to meet with as many of you as much as possible from the outset.

perspective. We are still receiving reports of ATM cash dispensing machines being compromised, particularly by the addition of “cash grabbing� devices being placed over the slot where the money is dispensed. These devices have double sided sticky tape on the inside so that dispensed cash sticks to the bar and is then stolen when the device is removed. Please check any ATM machine carefully before using it, to make sure that nothing has been placed over the dispenser slot or the card reader.

Most towns and villages have regular police panel meetings and surgeries, which gives members of the community a chance to meet their local policing team and to let them know the key issues and concerns that you would like them to focus on. Details of dates and times of these meetings are published on the Surrey Police website at Just type in your postcode or select your location and the latest updates from your local officers will be displayed, including dates of any specific events planned for your neighbourhood. Some areas are also holding village days and community events over the summer months and your local policing team always aims to be there to meet with the local community and to support them whenever possible. In addition, local teams will be carrying out a number of crime prevention initiatives across Mole Valley. For example, we are hoping in the near future to start providing a saddle marking service, where owners can bring along saddles to be properly marked and the details recorded on our computer system. In addition to making it easer to reunite stolen saddles with their owners, property marking does have the side benefit of making items less attractive to steal. We always try to make people aware of the main areas of concern from a policing 48

Theft of metal, particularly in rural areas, is also an ongoing concern. This can be as varied as taking scrap metal items left in gardens or on building sites, to taking lead from the roofs of premises or stealing telephone cabling, which has a copper core. Just recently a resident in Dorking called us regarding a theft of metal which led to three people being arrested by PC 2892 Mike Mann and PC 2303 Dom Loraine. If you see any persons or vehicles that give you cause to be suspicious, do please contact us on 0845 125 2222 Neil Clarke, 13363 Neighbourhood Team Co-ordinator Tel: 01483 630809 To contact Surrey Police, telephone 0845 125 2222. In the event of a crime in progress or an emergency, telephone 999 Your local team can also be contacted by email to

Health & Beauty It has been a pleasure to watch the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local develop over the past five years and for me it has been a great place to promote my work as a photographer. I am sure that Zen's friendly approach and down to earth personality has been a big factor in its success and she understands the needs of her advertisers, avoiding the 'pressure sell' which so often puts people off advertising. I hear regular praise from people who have advertised in the mag the proof of the pudding is of course the responses I have had and the extra awareness and business it has created for me - I am proud to be associated with Zen and The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local, and hope to be so for many years to come. Andy Newbold

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Fairy Cakes and Street Parties "Apparently it's all down to the size and curvature of the top of the cake. Cupcakes have a flat top and fairy cakes are smaller with a domed top. I believe that the American cupcake often has a cream cheese icing, or 'frosting', as they choose to call it."

drinks by Mr and Mrs Doukas. The only person who wasn't entirely happy was the American resident of the street, Amy Frampton, who wanted to bake cupcakes but was nominated to make ham, cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches instead. She was given strict instructions by Mrs Barker to remove crusts and avoid peanut butter at all costs. Little Lucy Platt was allergic to nuts and they didn't want any upset.

"We must call them fairy cakes. This is England after all! Can we get edible Union Jacks to put on the top? If we were to use red, white and blue icing, would we have a problem with the artificial colours? We don't want hyperactive children running amok, do we?"

Ruth was tasked with making individual jellies. She wasn't quite sure why Mrs Barker had associated her with a simple thing like jelly but was relieved that she had been spared the fairy cakes. Mrs Barker had insisted on that duty herself. Jelly making sounded simple but Ruth soon realised a problem. How was she going to fit eighty five jelly cases into her fridge?

This had been the start of the preparations for the Royal Wedding street party several weeks before. Joyce Lawson and Mrs Barker (nobody had ever plucked up the courage to ask her first name) were formidable widows who lived next door to each other at the top of the road. They had decided to 'unite the residents' by organising a party for the big day. Considering themselves ably qualified to take on this role, having organised similar parties for Charles and Diana's wedding and the Silver Jubilee, they confidently posted hand written notes through everyone's front door, inviting them to attend a preliminary planning meeting in Mrs Barker's living room. This was where the cupcake versus fairy cake discussion took place.

The plans had been comprehensive and followed through with military precision. They even had gazebos at the ready, in case it rained. Mrs Barker and Joyce Lawson were justifiably proud of themselves and Ruth felt uplifted by the new sense of community that had been established. Residents had started to chat in the street and friendships had been made. The day was going to be a wonderful success and everyone was looking forward to it.

Ruth had to admire them. They successfully recruited several fellow residents to form a working party and allocated jobs for each household. No one had managed that level of co -operation before, even when setting up a protest at the cancellation of the weekly rubbish collection. Mrs Barker had been a triumph when it came to allocating appropriate responsibilities and almost everyone had been happy to take on their particular duty. Neighbourhood watch coordinator, Mr Gohain, was to keep an eye out for any potential security problems and the Clarksons, who were renowned for their loud parties, were put in charge of music. Glamorous and frequently mini-skirted Cheryl Moretti, with the smartest house in the road, was to organise decorations. She had been allotted several surprisingly willing men, including Ruth's husband, Sam, to erect the bunting and assist her with the stepladder. Martin Shipton, from number three, was a key member of the working party as his brother was the local butcher and was supplying all the burgers and sausages at a reduced cost. Alcoholic drink was being organised by the 'fun loving' Platts and soft

They held one final working party meeting to go over the finishing touches. All was going well until Mr Gohain started to tremble. He suddenly realised that one vital thing had been missed. No one had applied to the local council for permission to close the road. Mrs Barker was horrified. Permission to close roads hadn't been an issue at the Silver Jubilee, back in 1977. Ruth saw the panic in the old lady's eyes and summoned the courage to speak up. She may have only been on jelly duty, but perhaps she could help now. The road was a cul de sac and the party was going to be down at the far end. They could simply write a sign, wishing everyone a happy Royal Wedding day and apologise to those who wanted to get through. If there were any problems she would help Joyce Lawson deal with them. No one could get angry with a charming seventy eight year old lady, wearing a red, white and blue hat holding a tray of very British fairy cakes. Copyright Sarah Lott April 2011 Website: Email: 50

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“Apart from still getting good service from a Roofer, Handyman, Gardener and Cleaning Services found through your magazine, we would also like to mention our appreciation of the "Ashtead Good Neighbours" who have rescued us from being housebound all this year. Without their help we would have felt like prisoners in our own home and would not have been able to keep various medical appointments. They certainly do sterling work and are a credit to the community.

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Recipe of the month

Zesty Lemon Cake

This cake is lovely served while still warm, with a drizzle of lemon curd, generous helpings of whipped cream and a big sprinkle of freshly grated lime and lemon zest. Note: The lemons are prepared the day before. Serves 8 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking: 50 minutes • 3 unwaxed lemons (average size) • 200g ground almonds • 300 g caster sugar • 6 medium eggs • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • Home-made lemon curd, or premium quality shop bought Use Fairtrade, organic and free-range produce wherever possible

1. Prepare the lemons the day before you need them. Pop them as they are (zest and peel still on) into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer very gently for 1½-2 hours until soft. Drain and leave in a bowl to cool. When you are ready to use them, cut them in half, remove any hard end bits and remove any obvious pips. 2. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (gas mark 4) 3. Grease and line a 9” diameter springform tin with 3” high sides (or similar) 4. To make the cake, simply put the lemons, almonds, eggs, sugar, two heaped 5. dessert spoons of lemon curd, the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a blender and whizz for a few seconds until well-mixed. Make sure the oven is hot before you start whizzing, as it’s such a quick process. 6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for an hour (check after 4550 minutes, as this is often long enough – the cake is quite damp anyway, so a little undercooking won’t hurt, but burnt edges spoil it). 7. Let the cake cool for a while before releasing the tin, preferably sitting the whole thing on a wire rack.

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New courses at the Institute Surrey Hills Onward Learning has been listening to people, particularly readers of the Ashtead and Leatherhead Local. and is arranging courses which are suggested by our public. The list of classes which start next September is now available, on request, at the Leatherhead Institute and includes some new subjects – for example Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Classical Civilisations, Sociology, Geography, British Art, among others. We are also extending our range of languages to include modern Greek, and have added to the popular series How Your Garden Grows.

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Sunday 8th

Rainbow Ramble, Bocketts Farm Park, 9am-4pm (registration to 11am). Two routes, 3k or 6k. Bring a picnic, or pre-order from Bocketts to be delivered to you en route. Free entry to Bocketts after walk. Adults £12, 12-15 yrs £7. Rainbow Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and ask participants to try and achieve at least £25 in sponsorship. More details, Lucy 01372 220013.

Saturday 14th

Dorking Halls, 7.30pm. Dorking Concertgoers’ final concert of the season. Recital by Stephanie Oade (cello) & Andrew Booth (guitar) Sponsored by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Music by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Saint-Saens, Fauré, Schubert, Casals, Piazzolla, Granados, Gnattali & Cole Porter. Tickets £15 (students £7.50, children under 16 £3.75) from 01306 740619 and Dorking Halls box office 01306 881717 or on line at

Friday 20th

Lecture 'Lovelace in Surrey : a Project' by Peter Hattersley and Andrew Norris, Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street). Coffee 7.30pm, lecture 8pm. All welcome. Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Monday 30th

Surrey County Show, Stoke Park, Guildford. 8am-6pm. Tickets from 01483 890810 or visit See ad for details.


Ashtead Village Day, Barnett Wood Lane Recreation Ground, fantastic annual event organised by The Rotary Club of Ashtead - more information in next month’s issue.

Leatherhead Rotary Club Midsummer 10K. Whatever your standard, join this fantastic event at Headley Heath at 10am in aid of CHASE Hospice Care for Children or use the DATE FOR YOUR race to raise funds for another charity of your choice. Details, DIARY: Sunday 19th June, book online at, or contact Adrian O’Loughlin on 01483 203748. GO50 at Age UK Surrey offers guided Walks, Cycle Rides & Nordic Walks for the 50+ age group. This is just a taste of what’s on offer. For more routes and info contact Richard Jeffries 01483 534706, or e:

May Guided Walks (Walking boots or other suitable footwear recommended) Thurs 5th

Wotton Hatch : 8 mls Bring picnic. Meet 10:15am in car park behind Wotton Hatch Hotel on A25. TQ126476 / RH5 6QQ (T) Bus 32, Guildford-Dorking

Wed 25th

Ranmore : 4½ mls Along the North Downs Way, over Ranmore Common and edge of Polesden Lacey Estate. Meet 10:15am at the free car park at the west of Ranmore Common Road (not the NT car park at Denbies Hillside). TQ121500 / RH5 6SS

May Guided Cycle Rides (Please bring a bike suitable for off-road cycling ) Monday 16th

Leatherhead Hills : 15 mls An intermediate level, rolling ride across Mickleham, down to Leatherhead and back to Headley. Some moderate climbs. Meet 10am at the Cock Inn, Headley. TQ206548 / KT18 6LE 66

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Spring Spri ng Exhibition and

Sale Sa le of Painti Paintings ngs

Denbies Vineyard Gallery, Dorking, RH5 6AA

2nd-15th 2nd -15th May 10am-5.30pm 10am-5.30pm da daily ily (4.3 (4.30pm 0pm Sundays) Sundays) FREE FR EE ENTRY with over 120 original pictures to view This event is being supported by Mole Valley Art Forum 67


May Walks Tues 3rd Thurs 12th Sat 21st Sat 28th

NEW SERVICE TIMES: Leatherhead Parish Church, Church Road, welcomes everyone to our services. 9.30am Traditional Communion Service with Choir. 10.30-11am Coffee in Church. 11.15am Contemporary Service with Band. Spring walks with Ian and Flip Cargill, Moderate pace and fitness. Saturdays 1½-2 hours, 4-5 miles; eves 1+ hrs. Donation to charities. 01372 363589, maps on where details on more walks can be found. Tues 3rd 7.15pm Betchworth Church CP Thurs 12th 7.15pm Bluebells top Young St CP Sat 21st 10am Reigate Heath, Flanchford Road Sat 28th 10am Zigzag Rd, Box Hill, 1st CP on left

Tuesday 3rd

Ashtead Evening Townswomen’s Guild talks ‘The Story of Dictionaries’ Susan Purcell. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.45pm. Visitors welcome £2. Julia Mitchell 01372 276511.

Wed 4th (monthly)

Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group - demonstration by Jean Plaskett ‘Going Going’, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm-4.30pm. Visitors welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501

Wednesday 4th

Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Talk entitled 'The Kitchen Goes to War' 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Sandra Brown 01372 276736

Wed 4th (weekly)

(Termtime) 10am - 12noon Leatherhead Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group welcomes all under 5's with an adult. Lots of toys, refreshments and chance to play or chat. New families welcome - just turn up.

GO50 Leatherhead Health Walk. Meet 10.15am for 10.30am start at Leatherhead Thursday 5th Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL. Walk will last for about 1½ hours and cover 2-3 miles. (weekly) Richard Jeffries, Age UK Surrey, 01483 534706, Thursday 5th Leatherhead Barn Dance Club. 8pm-10.15pm first Thurs of the month. Abraham (monthly) Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute. £2.50. Ruth & Jim Gwilliam, 01403 750844 Friday 6th (weekly)

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

Friday 6th (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.

Friday 6th Wed 25th

Blood donor sessions: 6th Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane. Timings as for L/head below. 25th Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead. Two sessions, same time at each venue: 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm.

Wednesday 11th (2nd Wed mthly)

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

Friday 13th (monthly)

Ashtead Friday Market, 9am-12.30pm. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Supporting the RNLI - free entry. Cakes, collectables, plants, cards, jewellery, gifts, wool, bric -a-brac and much more.

If there’s an event in June you’d like mentioned, please contact me (details p.6) before Thursday 12th May. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details correct at time of going to print. 68

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Amble for Arthritis Week 2011

My name is Megan Sturt, I am 14 and have had Juvenile Arthritis since I was 8. This year I am doing some fundraising for Arthritis Care to raise money for others like myself. The week of 9th–15th May is ‘Amble for Arthritis Week’ and I am organising several sponsored walks for my local Brownie units to take part. I will be taking part in all of the walks and if you would like to sponsor me you may do so online at Many thanks in advance for your support.

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Meredith’s Memories Memories of Portland

East Ware 2004 - A stretch of the coastal path between Church Ope and The Grove

A solid block of limestone 4½ miles long and 1¾ miles wide, tethered to the mainland by an immense bank of pebbles. Thus does one writer introduce his reader to the Island(?) of Portland in his guide book. Hardly welcoming is it? The Island has no rivers so all its water comes from wells or springs, suggested by names such as Southwell, Fortuneswell, Merrywell, Maidenwell and Chiswell. My first visit to Portland was about 1930, and I well remember my first sight of the new lighthouse, finished in 1906 and the Pulpit Rock both generally the main tourist attractions. I was taken by my grandfather in the train from Weymouth to Easton station in the centre of the Island, and this too was quite an exciting adventure as part of the line was laid beside the Chesil Bank link with the Island. We had an Aunt living in Dorchester and we often as children enjoyed holidays at her home. Dr Marie Stopes was a well known author and pioneer in the field of birth control and sex

education. She owned the old Higher Lighthouse which she used as a holiday home and loved living in Portland. She entertained Thomas Hardy and Margot Fontaine there. Her involvement in Portland is expressed by her purchasing two cottages at the lower end of Wakeham with a view to establishing a museum on the Island. This was transpiring at the time of my first visit. I have on several occasions called in at the museum and found so many of its artefacts interesting and the personnel so able and ready to cope with queries from time to time. I have also been intrigued by the fact that she also had lived in Mole Valley at Norbury Park Mansion until her death in 1958. Having reached this point in my narrative I can see that this is going to be a two-parter. After reading my opening sentence I can imagine you are wondering whatever caused me to refer to Portland as my favourite holiday resort. Read part two if you wish to know...!

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Meredith Worsfold in 1930

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Working towards a sustainable Ashtead

Cut your domestic fuel bills and make your home more eco-friendly

Have you ever wondered what you can do to cut your domestic fuel bills, reduce your carbon foot print and make your home more environmentally friendly? The problem is - where do you start? Getting the right information and advice is crucial before you make any decisions and it would be even better if you could see it in action and talk to someone who has already gone down the path. Well, on 26/27th March there was the Surrey Eco-homes open weekend when 30 houses across Surrey opened their doors to help demonstrate practical applications of eco-technology, ranging from solar electric and wood stoves to energy efficient insulation and rainwater harvesting. Three of the open homes were here in Ashtead and a range of local and not-so-local visitors came through on pre-arranged tours of individual houses to see what was on offer. In Culverhay, one of the homes was able to show three different types of solar technologies – solar electricity, Solar hot water and a passive solar garden room. The latter of course is nothing new – a well-insulated room that has lots of south facing windows – but it is certainly able to provide warmth into the rest of house on a sunny winter’s day. The solar room replaced an earlier conservatory that was too hot in summer and too cold in winter. The room is now usable at least ten months of the year with minimal additional heat input. For the Solar-generated electricity, there is the all-important Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme that means that once you have installed PV panels, as well as reducing your carbon emissions, you can expect a return on the capital investment of around 8-9% (tax free – a lot better than almost any other investment you can make and that is guaranteed to be inflation proofed for the next 25 years). This is an excellent deal for the householder and a good deal for the UK, as we, as a country, are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 15% by 2020. Elsewhere around the county, homes were open showing upgraded loft insulation, double and secondary glazing, wood-burning stoves and air and ground source heat pumps. However, the clear advice is, before you start thinking about installing any of the renewable energy technologies, get the insulation and energy efficiency of your home up to standard first –it’s the best investment. If you are considering installing any of these solar technologies, then get in contact with our Home Energy Group and we can get you some expert advice for free! We can also lend you our light bulb library so you can try out a wide range of low-energy light bulbs before you decide which ones work well in your home. If you missed the Eco weekend, Action Surrey has a show home that you can visit and where you can get free advice –

For more information about Transition Ashtead or to join any of our Action Groups, see our website at Contact our Secretary Caroline on 07768 806201 or email 78

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How a smart energy plan can benefit your business Organised by Surrey County Council - 17th-18th-19th May

With energy prices predicted to increase by 60% this decade and the introduction of new Government incentives for renewable energy, businesses who manage their energy use can get a competitive edge. Surrey’s first Open Energy event will show local companies how to benefit from incentives and how easy making changes can be. Open Energy Surrey will take place from 17-19 May 2011 launching with a half-day conference on the first day and site tours being offered on the following two days. It is a key event for both public and private sector. The conference will focus on the financial business case for energy management and provide information on measures such as lighting, insulation, heating controls, combined heat and power and renewable measures such as solar PV, air source and ground source heat pumps, wind turbines. Site tours will be available on 18 and 19 May led by individuals with knowledge of the showcased technologies. Businesses will be able to visit a range of buildings with energy efficiency features or renewable energy systems, in both older and newly built sites, across Surrey.

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Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 27

Congregational Church - North St - Leatherhead Christ Church (United Reformed) - Epsom Rd - Leatherhead North St, c. 1905

North St, c. 1948

The first Congregational Church or Independent Chapel as it was previously known was a barn in the centre of the town, formally used by strolling players, which was opened as a place of worship in 1816. The church became fully active in 1829, and a larger building was soon found to be necessary. A piece of land near the crossroads at the town centre was secured and by 1844 a new church had been built, capable of seating 250 people. The 1844 church originally had a clock, but in 1860 it was removed and placed on the Fire Engine House at the bottom of Gravel Hill because they could not afford to pay the tax imposed on public clocks. The church had a fine looking organ, and a hall at the rear of the building was used for Sunday School and the ‘British and Foreign Schools Society’ (known as the ‘British School’) which closed in 1902. The church remained in use for just over 90 years when it was replaced by the present building in Epsom Road. Christ Church was dedicated on 1st May 1935 and in October 1972 it became known as the United Reformed Church. Goff Powell - extracts from ‘History of Leatherhead, L&DLHS 1988 and Archive Photographs of Leatherhead Tempus 1996.

For information regarding Membership, Lectures and Museum opening hours contact: Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8DP Tel: 01372 386348 mail to: Website: 82

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Spring has sprung and this month we are looking at some beauties! If I said Bleeding Hearts, Horny Goat Weed and Aphrodite’s Tears, would that pique your interest? Each have a connection to this month’s flowers: Dicentra, Epimedium and Pulsatilla. Every one of these plants are interesting in their own right – and it is always great to be able to tell the story of the plants in your garden...

Dicentra Lore

Dicentra spectabilis

jealousy and seduction with a bit of selfishness and vindictiveness thrown in for good measure. Arbitration came in the form of Calliope who ruled that Adonis split his time one third of the year with Aphrodite, one third with Persephone and, in order to regain his strength, a third by himself. Aphrodite wasn’t happy with the arrangement and cheated by wearing her alluring magic girdle! This caused Adonis to renege on the deal and spend his whole year with Aphrodite. It all ends with Adonis being killed by Aphrodite’s enraged lover Ares (Mars), in the guise of a wild boar. Persephone, filled with jealous rage had told Ares of Aphrodite’s infidelity. It is said that from the earth soaked with Adonis’ blood, pulsatillas or anenomes sprang to life. However there are those who say that they sprang from the tears of Aphrodite herself, when she witnessed his death.

Our story is told using a Bleeding Heart flower and like many fairytales it features a prince and princess. The prince is in love with the princess and expresses his Epimedium affection by giving her gifts - these are illustrated during the telling of the tale by taking a Bleeding Heart flower apart (Bunnies, earrings, a dagger and a good imagination!). In the end, like many of these tales, the prince kills himself and the princess realises that she did rather like him after all. Alas, it was too late and her heart bleeds after her lost prince to this day Don’t you just love those happy endings!!

Pulsatilla in Myth

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Now here’s a sorry tale - The myth of Adonis who was adored by both Aphrodite (Venus), goddess of love, and Persephone, goddess of the Underworld. A love triangle of possession and obsession,

On a lighter note the tale of Horny Goat Weed… Hundreds of years ago, a goat herder on the northern plains of China noticed persistent sexual behavior in his goats. He closely observed the goats and Epimedium x perralchicum their conduct Frohnleiten (he had a lot of time on his hands!) he became aware that whenever they ate certain plants – Epimedium being the worst culprit, the goats promiscuity was even more pronounced – and so it is told that the name Horny Goat Weed originates from this tale. This story is folklore and I for one cannot vouch for of its basis in fact! Try these varieties to brighten up your garden and your smalltalk!


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Eastwick Allotments & Gardens Association For over fifty years the Eastwick Road allotments in Bookham have been home to the Eastwick Allotments and Gardens Association. Our aim is to provide gardening goods to members at bargain prices, membership being open to anyone with an interest in growing plants. Many of our members come from Fetcham, Leatherhead and further afield. The trading hut is staffed by members and is a treasure trove of almost everything one needs for gardening, from well rotted organic manure to pea netting and weedkiller. We open every Sunday morning from 10 am to 12 noon and are a friendly bunch, always willing to swap advice. Membership costs a mere ÂŁ3 a year, which entitles the purchase of goods from the Hut with considerable cost savings! Gardening is very much about planning ahead, and the Association is no exception. Later in the year we are aiming to refurbish the trading hut. In the garden, May is time to start thinking of sowing biennials for 2012 - foxgloves, bellis and campanula, etc. It is also worth taking time to inspect your roses, fruit and veg, so you can take measures against pests and diseases before they get a hold. For this we can provide what you need. If you would like to know more come and see us one Sunday. We would be very glad to see you whether you are an allotment holder or just have a window box.

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22. Soldier gal; a bit of a looker (6) 23. Make your hair curl or pass (6) 24. Girl circling a hot desert (6) 27. Liberal king put in charge (4)

General Knowledge Crossword

Across 1. Sweet, dark purple plum (6) 7. Native of Cairo, for example (8) 8. Erotic desire (4) 10. Asian plant widely cultivated for its oily beans (4) 11. Colour of the rainbow (6) 12. Country, capital Khartoum (5) 14. One-horned beast of legend (7) 17. Disciple of Saint Paul who became the leader of the Christian community at Ephesus (7) 18. Band around a horse's belly (5) 21. Spring that discharges hot water and steam (6) 23. Try to hit a golf ball into a hole by striking it gently (4) 25. Supreme god of

ancient Greek mythology (4) 26. Trellis on which to train a fruit tree (8) 27. Plaid associated with Scotland (6) Down 1. City located in the heart of the Texas oil fields (6) 2. Kate ___, celebrity model (4) 3. Country, capital Kathmandu (5) 4. Sanitary principles and practices (7) 5. Adult male horse kept for breeding (4) 6. First name of former prime minister, Mrs Thatcher (8) 9. Island in the West Indies (6) 13. All existing matter and space considered as a whole (8)

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Solutions in next month’s edition

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USEFUL NUMBERS Age UK 01372 386911 Ashtead Art Group 01372 272987 (Jan Cheeseman - Mem Sec) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 274690 (Jenny Williams) Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 272835 / 278359 Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) 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 07733 621614 (Judith Weller, Membership) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 276511 (Julia Mitchell) 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 Bruce) 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 St Helier Hospital Main switchboard 020 8296 2000 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) 90


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Issue 67, January 2011. Never underestimate the importance of community.