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Issue 142

August 2017 Never underestimate the importance of community

Sight loss event in Leatherhead Ralph Vaughan Williams’ score restored New plans for The Swan Centre unveiled Craft afternoons at Leatherhead Museum Community Recycling Centre consultation Fixed penalty notices issued for flytipping Heritage Open Days - book now for September Sweet peas at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 The truly local magazine produced by a Leatherhead resident for our community

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New Chief Exec for Mole Valley DC


Leatherhead Residents’ Association


Leatherhead WI


Fetcham Residents’ Association


Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI


Mole Valley Police Column


Local angling club




Mole Valley Indoor Bowling Club


Book Heritage Open Days now


Craft events at Leatherhead Museum


Quiz - Logos


Ashlea Medical Practice PPG wins award


Simple crossword


Music at Leith Hill Place


‘Vive La France’ - a story


Ralph Vaughan Williams’ score restored


Quiz - The Big Read


Leatherhead duck race


Book reviews


What’s on in August? Pages 64-69


New plans for The Swan Centre


General knowledge crossword


Rotary Club Supermarket Vouchers


Heritage Open Days - pages 72-79




Local history article


Recipe - A Twist On Pimm’s


Transition Ashtead


Recipe - Upside Down Berry Cake


Cryptic crossword


Sight Loss Event in Leatherhead


Gardening - Not always good to be green


Community Recycling Consultation


MV welcomes new Rotary Presidents


Jet Lag - how to recover from holiday


FPN for flytipping


Give a cat a home


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was fortunate this year to be given a press pass for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and I have to say that I usually attend on one of the Members’ Days, but press day was a revelation. Instead of the thousands of people who normally attend, there were just a few hundred members of the press and VIPs. It was lovely to look around at a steady pace, enjoying the show gardens, conceptual gardens, and stands of the very best flowers and garden produce as well as the commercial stands selling all sorts of gardening paraphernalia. We had a super time. We even got the on the telly when the Hairy Bikers were chatting to actor Stanley Tucci on the Monday programme, there we were right behind them. My sister said I looked very amateur as I was staring into the camera! My partner Matthew told me that he always knows when filming is taking place because I do a very “odd, slow, sideways walk, staring straight at the camera”. OK, OK, so I’m not a natural but I always have a laugh at myself - and I can’t believe that television adds 10lb to one’s physique (more like 4 stones). It’ll be the same again when the Prudential RideLondon cyclists come through Leatherhead on 30th July... It’s slightly early, but Heritage Open Days will be running from 7th-10th September and I thought it useful to extract a few lines from the booklet just to give you a taste of what’s been organised, more on pages 18 and 72-79. If you have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, or know someone who is living with this and other macular conditions, there’s an event being held at the Leatherhead Institute on Monday 14th August between 2pm-4pm which offers information and support for those with these conditions, more on page 44. New plans have been unveiled for the Swan Centre in Leatherhead, which are set out on page 36, these plans form part of the Transform Leatherhead project which is now well underway. Advertising The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local provides local businesses with affordable, quality advertising. Ads cost from £58 +VAT per month, per quarter page for a 10,000 residential distribution (yes, really!) and can be designed where required. Technical & Legal stuff Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Publisher cannot accept, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise - without prior permission of the Publisher. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local Limited. © Zen George All rights reserved 2017

The tireless volunteers over at the Leatherhead Museum will be, once again this year, holding their annual craft afternoons, all the information you need can be found on page 57. Our very own Ashlea Medical Practice Patient Participation Group won a prestigious award recently, the report can be found on page 58. The team work so hard to ensure that patients get the best possible service from our surgeries, it’s worth reading the report to see just how much they have accomplished over the past few months. What a lovely summer we’re having, although saying this out loud will be the kiss of death, but hey ho, it’s been terrific, terrible for sleeping, but luvverly for tanning. Enjoy the summer holidays with the little ones if you have them, or if you don’t, just enjoy the peace! Cheerio ducks, Zen George Publisher 01372 376420 6



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s mentioned in last month’s artice, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is currently preparing a new Local Plan that will set the development direction for the whole District for 2018-2033. The Plan, called Future Mole Valley, will identify new housing targets and also set out the areas within the District that will continue to be protected. MVDC’s first stage public consultation on Future Mole Valley is underway and will end on 12th August.

Greenfield Options • Urban Extensions: expand the largest built up

MVDC has identified that 5,900 new homes will need to be delivered to meet housing needs in the District over the next 15 years. Land to build 2,900 homes has been identified but the question remains: where will the land be found to build the residual 3,000 homes?

Create a new standalone settlement: design a completely new town or village with new infrastructure and its own local services.

Modest Expansion of Existing Villages: modest additional housing development in rural villages, which could help to support vibrant and successful rural communities and local services. Doing nothing is not an option for the Council as this risks planning decisions being taken out of their hands and applications being granted on appeal regardless of local views or wishes or, in the worst case, even having a plan imposed on us by Government.

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Expand an existing rural village: significantly increase the size of one or more villages to build new homes with extra infrastructure and local services where needed.

Each of these three options carries its own issues: please visit the Future Mole Valley website for details.

The current public consultation asks for your views on this question and sets out six options for building on brownfield (previously developed) land, three options for building on greenfield land and one further option for modest expansion of existing rural villages.

areas through one or more planned extensions to build new homes, with extra infrastructure and local services where needed.

Town Centre Redevelopment: building more intensively with taller buildings and more compact homes in town centres.

Increase Suburban Densities: increasing the number of homes built on sites that come forward within suburban areas.

The Association urges you to participate in this consultation to make Ashtead’s voice heard loudly and clearly in the Council Chamber. Do you want more expansion in the north or is it time for the south of the District to carry some of the development? This is your chance to say what you would like to happen: you simply have to answer Yes or No to the options and there is an opportunity at the end of the survey to add any comments you may have. There is still time so, if you haven’t already done so, please visit http:// and have your say.

Mixed Use Redevelopment: retaining existing uses and re-providing them in a more efficient manner to release land for residential use – e.g. flats above car paring.

The ARA Standing Committee would also be interested in hearing your views: please share them with us by emailing

Reallocate Commercial & Retail Land: redevelopment of a proportion of existing employment sites, which are currently protected. Rural Employment Sites: redeveloping sites operating within the rural economy such as equestrian sites, workshops and other rural businesses to provide homes.

Reallocate Recreation Land and Open Space: building homes on some existing open spaces and re-providing the spaces on the edge of the built area.

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Our Council is nearing the end of a six week consultation-Future Mole Valley-to help develop a new Local Plan, which will set out plans for land use for the next 15 years. If you missed the 2 Leatherhead roadshows, it is not too late to give your opinion. Full details can be found at where a video is available for viewing and you can give your opinion on line. Whether you choose to submit the short or long version of the consultation, the deadline for submission is 12 August 2017. Background Information A Local Plan sets out to allocate some land to meet new develop needs and to reinforce the protection on other areas. The new government target shows a projected need for 5900 homes to be built in 15 years. It is likely that 2900 homes will appear in the usual development process, leaving a shortfall of 3000. In order to meet this target, every nook and cranny is to be evaluated, starting with brownfield sites. The Council is putting several scenarios to us which include to: • intensify the town centres of Leatherhead and Dorking • add more homes to established villages • reallocate recreation land or simply build a new settlement from scratch.

Flood Alleviation and Transform Leatherhead

Last summer it was announced that flood alleviation would become a part of the project to Transform Leatherhead. Since that time, a group of concerned residents have met regularly with a representative of the National Flood Forum in order to form a Flood Action Group for Fetcham and Leatherhead. With a list of 29 concerns, the group finally held their multi-agency meeting in May. Representatives from both Thames and Sutton and East Surrey water companies, Surrey and Mole Valley Councils, and the Environment Agency (EA) listened as each question was presented. Promises were made to return in September to update progress. At the meeting, the Environment Agency announced that their proposed ideas for flood alleviation were being tested. A compilation of all the EA work done since the 2013 / 2014 Flood has just been received by Flood Action Group members. We look forward to hearing about the new plans in September.

Community Event Focuses on the Beauty of Leatherhead Gardens

The Leatherhead Open Gardens, a joint project with the Friends of the Parish Church and the LRA Environment Committee, has provided a wonderful opportunity for local residents. On a warm and sunny afternoon many enjoyed the variety and delight of the 14 gardens on show. We take this opportunity to thank the generous garden owners for allowing us the opportunity to share their special space.

You may have strong opinions about these possibly plans which the survey will allow you to express. If you have questions, the next local roadshow will appear at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 11am on Saturday, 5th August.

The next open meeting is Monday 7 August at 7.30pm at the Leatherhead Institute.

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Mole Valley Police Column How to better protect your home Despite many people taking sensible precautions to protect their homes and property, we have seen a disappointing rise in the number of reports received relating to domestic burglaries – and that includes break-ins to sheds, garages and outbuildings. The key points to remember is that burglars like to work unobserved and as quickly as possible. They tend to be opportunistic; ie they see a vulnerable property and take a chance on seeing if they can gain easy access to steal. The majority of burglars gain access from insecure premises via the ground floor at the rear of a property so; the simplest deterrent is to make these common access points as secure as possible. Obviously, this means ensuring that doors and windows are securely locked when you are not at home but there are some other simple things to consider which can make your home less “desirable” as a target. The first is the external visibility of your home. A clear line of sight from the roadside to the front of your home is a natural deterrent as there is a reduced opportunity for a burglar to work unobserved. Also, the installation of some simple dusk till dawn lighting at the front of your property removes pools of shadow which are very popular with burglars who want to avoid being seen. Not activated high intensity lighting – just low-level lighting that provides good visibility and conveys an impression that your home is occupied. Side gates need to be high enough to deter climbing and preferably secured with bolts or a padlock lower down on the door or gate, to minimise the chances of someone being able to lean over and unbolt the gate. Avoid placing wheelie bins near back gates too, as they make a very useful climbing aid. With garden sheds, always make sure that they are locked and secured, preferably with a sturdy padlock and consider painting any gardening equipment with your postcode and house number. This makes items far less desirable to a would-be thief. Consider registering your property on a free National database such as Immobilise. This is a secure system where you can register any of your property and even upload photographs of

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Vive La France Sam and Ruth were going to have a proper holiday this year. Another camping trip was out of the question for Ruth. Their last attempt had been a complete disaster. She wanted guaranteed sunshine and a roof. Funds were limited and Ruth knew that a ‘luxury’ roof was out of the question but she started her campaign in earnest and the 'Roof for Ruth' project eventually won the family over.

It began to get dark as they passed Bordeaux. Ruth tried to decipher the map and the directions they'd been given but tempers frayed as the roads got narrower and the villages grew further apart. The incessant cries of "Are we nearly there yet?" from the back didn't help. The narrow lanes led to even narrower tracks. They eventually reached their tiny little hamlet but were out the other side within seconds and had to turn round. It was almost completely dark when they found their green front door, in a row of shuttered houses. A piece of paper fluttered from under the old rusty knocker and Ben (the French speaker in the family) was sent to investigate. The note was for them, with an arrow pointing to the next door house: "Bienvenue! Mme Fabrice a la clé. Elle habite à côté." Ben didn't know what 'clé' meant but the arrow gave enough of a clue and they knocked at the neighbouring house.

Ben was studying French for GCSE so a hop across the channel sounded perfect. After securing a cut price ferry crossing, Sam was confident of finding a suitable self catering French idyll for them all. They eventually booked a small gîte, near Bordeaux, about an hour’s drive away from the coast. The photos on the website were minimal but he was reassured by the description of the property. Apparently it was “in a delightful rural hamlet” and had undergone “considerable renovation.” The unique selling point was the price. It also fitted his wife's criteria of having a roof and there was sure to be an abundance of delicious local wines.

Madame Fabrice was a rotund lady of advancing years but she gave them a very welcoming smile and thrust an antique looking key into their hands. She waved in the direction of the house and wished them "Bonne nuit."

Ruth packed a few vital basics: a corkscrew, a garlic press, two bottles of tomato ketchup, chocolate digestives, hot chocolate powder, tea bags, baked beans and Heinz tomato soup. At the last minute she also packed a bottle of Pimms and some lemonade. As soon as they arrived, they'd stock up at a French supermarket and she'd be able to create delicious French cuisine in her lovely French kitchen, overlooking the beautiful French countryside while sipping delicious chilled French white wine. There’d be fresh croissants every morning and oozing ripe soft cheeses with baguettes and mouth watering fresh fruit. It would be a world away from catering for five on a two ring camping gaz stove, outside a leaky tent in the rain.

They opened their green front door and were greeted with a musty, slightly farmyard smell. The furniture looked shabby but there was a certain rural charm about their new home. It was very, very small and the tiny television in the corner triggered wails of disbelief from the children. Over in the 'cuisine' section of the space was a table with a bottle of red wine and a note. The note read: "Bienvenue et bonnes vacances! Very sorry, the cooker it no work. There is a camping stove for you. The cooker will be mended on the day of Monday. Also, please not to move the bucket in the bedroom. Il y a un petit trou dans le toit. Je suis désolé. J'espère que tout va bien et J'espère qu'il ne pleut pas."

The children packed an assortment of games and sports equipment and the car was bursting at the seams when they started their journey. The squabbling started at about junction 6 of the M25 but Ruth turned the radio up and tried to ignore it. The queue for the ferry was long but the crossing itself wasn’t too bad. They did have a momentary scare when Ruth's daughter, Sarah, took a wrong turn at the toilets but the family were re-united after a few minutes of running up and down staircases. Once they got to France, the sun started to shine, the radio played French songs and the children began to look out of the windows with interest. It was a long drive, especially as they had to stop for something to eat and then again to search the car when Daniel convinced his sister that he'd seen a spider on her foot.

In the corner of the kitchen was a familiar looking camping gaz stove. "Anyone for baked beans, tomato soup and chocolate digestives?" Ruth asked as she opened the bottle of wine. Ben finished translating the note. “I think ‘pleut’ means rain and I’m pretty sure that ‘toit’ means roof… Mum, I think it says that there’s a hole in the roof!”


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Standard Deviation – Katherine Heiny

Graham’s second wife, Audra, is warm, sociable and always ready to throw herself headlong into any situation. The total opposite of his first wife, Elspeth, in fact. So when Elspeth unexpectedly comes back into Graham’s life, he finds himself wondering how on earth he could have fallen in love with two such different women, and whether he’s ended up with the right one. If you like quirky characters, wry humour and reflections on the absurdities of everyday life, this book is for you.

Palace of Curiosities – Rosie Garland

Abel and Eve are not like other people. Abel’s body heals itself. He has no idea how old he is, but his fractured memories suggest he’s been alive for a very long time. Eve – the Lion Girl – is covered from head to toe in golden hair. Together they are the two main attractions in a show featuring extraordinary people. Set in Victorian England, this is a beautiful tale of humanity and what it means to be ‘different’ in a world that prizes convention.

Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor

A teenage girl goes missing while on holiday in an English village. Seasons come and go and life goes on, but the girl’s mysterious disappearance continues to affect village life. Some people dream of finding her alive, others of discovering her body. This is not a crime novel, more a glimpse into human nature. There are a lot of characters, and you get to know each one as they go about their daily lives. It’s a quiet book, but it certainly draws you in.

100% Real – Sam Talbot

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Once in a Blue Moon Lodge – Lorna Landvik

A warm, comfortable kind of story with great characters, first loves, old flames and family dynamics. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge follows a family over two decades – Nora, her mother Patty Jane and her grandmother Ione. It’s the sequel to Patty Jane’s House of Curl, but works as a stand-alone novel. There is a large cast of characters, and the timeline is hard to follow at times, as it jumps from past to present. Nevertheless, it’s a very enjoyable beach read.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon

It’s 1976 and 10 year old Grace’s neighbour, Mrs Creasy, has gone missing. With her best friend Tilly in tow, Grace sets out to solve the mystery. It soon becomes apparent that the community is hiding plenty of secrets, some of which go back almost a decade. Grace comes across as rather naive for her age at times, but she’s very likeable. A funny, easy read that will make waiting around at a station or airport much more bearable.

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Exciting Plans for Swan Shopping Centre unveiled Mole Valley District Council has approved £1.4 million of investment into The Swan Shopping Centre to improve the shopping experience in Leatherhead for residents and visitors. Building on the feedback received during public consultation on the Transform Leatherhead Masterplan, a £1.2million investment will inspire a number of enhancements to the Centre of benefit to shoppers in the short-term, in addition to examining potential major schemes in the long-term. The short-term initiatives, planned to start later in the year, include: the creation of four new retail units at the Leret Way entrance to the Centre; essential maintenance to public areas; new toilets and enhancements to the Centre’s car park, including new lifts. Potential longer-term schemes will seek to address feedback received in consultation on the Transform Leatherhead Masterplan by identifying opportunities for leisure, larger retail units and considering incorporating housing in the Centre. Simon Edge, Executive Member for Transform Leatherhead, said: “These exciting plans for The Swan Shopping Centre have been driven by the feedback from residents and businesses during the creation of the Transform Leatherhead Masterplan. Residents want to see the car park improved and broadening the range of retail on offer to improve their shopping experience. These schemes will firmly anchor both The Swan Shopping Centre and the High Street at the heart of a transformed Leatherhead town centre. Further retail opportunities on Bull Hill will complement and extend the core town centre offering, enabling Leatherhead to compete with neighbouring towns.”

Further information about Transform Leatherhead can be found at Keep up to date with the project via Twitter (@transformleath1) and Facebook (@transformleatherhead)





Thwarting The Hackers Reports of some big company being hacked and its users’ data compromised are almost daily news. It seems that it’s more a case of asking when a particular service will be hacked rather than if. That means taking precautions against the inevitable, the biggest one being to never, ever reuse the same password on more than one website. If you do, then if one website is hacked the baddies have the password for your other sites and services too. And while we’re at it, let’s make sure we don’t use easily guessable passwords either: the UK’s favourite password is currently 12345678. If you need to create strong passwords you’ll never remember, an online service such as 1Password or LastPass will do the remembering for you. Apple’s Safari can do the same on Macs, iPhones and iPads, although many thirdparty password services are available too.


Local Rotary Club presents almost 10,000 supermarket vouchers to West Hill School!

Leatherhead Rotarians Gary Zabel and Barry Nethercott, presenting some of the pupils at West Hill School with their supermarket vouchers Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank all the residents of Mole Valley who so generously supported their recent appeal to collect Sainsbury’s ‘Active Kids’ vouchers for West Hill School in North Leatherhead. Altogether, a staggering 9,931 vouchers were collected, which will subsequently be converted by the school into vital sports and healthy lifestyle equipment for the coming academic year. Over the past ten years, almost 70,000 vouchers have now been presented to West Hill School as a result of the Rotary Club's annual appeal. West Hill School ( is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead. West Hill has previously been a secondary school supporting pupils aged 11-16 with learning and additional needs and Autism. In September 2016, West Hill also began a four-year transition to become a county-wide primary school for children with learning and additional needs and they currently have reception pupils and are looking forward to growing as their building adapts and changes. Simon Edmands, the Rotary Club’s PR Officer, said "It's great that we can help Mole Valley residents support West Hill School and its pupils in such a simple but effective way. This really will make a big difference to so many of their activities."

Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit, follow them on Facebook (/LeatherheadRotary) or Twitter (@LHRotary), or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or 38

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Upside Down Berry Sponge Serves 8

Preparation 20 minutes, cooking time 1 hour

This upside-down berry sponge is very versatile. You can use any fruits you have left over or that are becoming overripe. The berry version is perfect for the summer, but an alternative with apple and cinnamon served warm would be a perfect winterwarmer. This is best eaten on the day it’s made as the juice from the fruits start to seep through the light sponge and make it soggy.


• 200g (7oz) unsalted butter softened, • plus extra for greasing • 200g (7oz) golden caster sugar • 5 eggs • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour • 300–400g (11–14oz) ripe fresh mixed • berries (raspberries, strawberries, • blueberries, etc) • 50g (2oz) golden syrup Tip

Fruits must be just ripe. Never bake with fully overripe fruits, as they will be too mushy.

Recipe is from HomeBake by Eric Lanard, Master Pâtissier Published by Mitchell Beazley

1. Preheat the oven to 180.C (fan 160.C)/350.F/gas mark 4. Grease a shallow 22cm (8½in) springform cake tin with extra butter, and then line with baking paper. 2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, using an electric hand whisk at medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. 3. Beat in the eggs, one by one, until well combined. 4. Sift in the flour, then fold it in with a large metal spoon. 5. Place the berries in the base of the prepared tin. Pour in the golden syrup, then spoon the cake mixture on top. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until the cake is cooked through. Cool the cake in the tin, then remove the sides of the tin and the paper before serving.


Spiced pear: poach some peeled pear halves in a light syrup flavoured with gin and a few juniper berries. Replace the golden syrup with some light caramel syrup. Fresh plum: roast the fresh plums, cut in half, in a medium oven (180.C (fan 160.C)/350.F/gas mark 4) with some light brown sugar and some mixed spices. Roast for about 15 minutes or until the fruit is soft and sweet. Get rid of the excess juice and follow the recipe above, replacing the berries with the plums, and omitting the golden syrup. 42

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Sight loss open event comes to Leatherhead

14th August 2pm-4pm - Room G6, Letherhead Institute have AMD, with another 200 new cases being diagnosed every day. At the current rate, around 1.3 million people will be affected by 2050. Trudie Allibone, leader of the Leatherhead Macular Support Group, said: “Events like these are a great way to raise awareness of macular disease and highlight the work of the Leatherhead Macular Support Group. The group is here for anyone affected by macular degeneration and we want to see as many people using it as possible.

The Leatherhead Macular Support Group, in partnership with the Macular Society, has organised the event, which takes place on Monday 14 August, from 2-4pm, in Room G6 at the Leatherhead Institute in the town’s High Street. The event will offer information about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It will also highlight the wide range of support available to people living in the local area with AMD and other macular conditions.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and tips. The peer support can be so helpful – our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent. Guest speakers often visit our monthly social meetings to talk about a variety of interesting subjects, and we organise outings, trips and quizzes as well, so there is always something going on.

On the day, members of the Leatherhead Macular Support Group will be on hand to talk to visitors about the group’s activities and how it helps people with macular conditions living locally. The group, which has been running since 2009, meets at the Leatherhead Institute on the second Monday of each month. It is one of more than 350 macular support groups all over the UK and offers information, encouragement and friendship to people with macular disease.

“If you have AMD or any other macular condition, or if you have a friend or family member who has been affected by sight problems, then please come along and see us at the Leatherhead Institute to find out more.”

For more information on the event, or the Leatherhead Macular Support Group, please contact Trudie Allibone on 01372 454 077 or email:

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Community Recycling Centres Public Consultation Have your say by 7th August Councillor Vivienne Michael, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “Surrey County Council (SCC) could be making changes to the provision of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), more commonly known as tips, as part of the authority’s effort to find savings of £100million this year. One of the proposals is to close the Ranmore Road CRC in Dorking which, if approved, would leave the Randalls Road site in Leatherhead the only CRC in the District. “SCC has launched a public consultation on the proposals which is open until 7 August 2017 and I would urge our residents respond to this by visiting recyclingcentres and completing the online survey. Alternatively, hardcopies will be available by calling SCC on 03456 009 009. “MVDC will be responding to the consultation in the best interests of Mole Valley tax payers and provision of waste and recycling facilities in the District.” 46

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Jet Lag and Joy Lag: How to Recover from Your Holiday By Alison Runham

We look forward to holidays as a chance to relax and revitalise ourselves. So why do we sometimes feel exhausted and miserable when we return – and how can we stop it happening?

keep active (this is recommended for long flights anyway, to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis). • Avoid alcohol, which will dehydrate you and may increase jet lag symptoms. Remember that caffeinated drinks (e.g. tea, coffee and cola) may keep you awake. • When you arrive, adjust your day to the new time immediately rather than working up to it gradually. If you can, resist napping on arrival unless it’s night time. • While the NHS recommends going outside soon after arrival if it’s daylight, Dr Idzikowski, director of Edinburgh Sleep Centre, recommends using the calculator he created to tell you when to seek out or avoid daylight to reset your bodyclock, at Of course, you could always break your trip with a stopover or only holiday in countries with similar time zones: Western Europe, Greenland, Ghana – or parts of Antarctica.

JET LAG What exactly is jet lag?

Jet lag is a term for symptoms caused by travel to a different time-zone, which can disrupt your ‘body clock’ - your natural, circadian rhythm. This influences your sleep, eating and toileting patterns as well as digestion, temperature and blood pressure. Jet lag symptoms include changed bowel habits, tiredness, headache, anxiety, confusion and nausea. Their severity usually increases with age but primarily depends on how many time zones you cross. One or two? No problem. Three to six? You’ll feel the effects. Seven to twelve? You may need a few days to fully adapt, particularly when travelling east; ‘west is best, east is a beast’, probably because it’s easier to adapt to a longer day and delay sleep than make yourself sleep after a shorter day.


Reducing Jet Lag

It’s not uncommon to get back from your holiday and feel glum and exhausted. The weather is often more miserable at home and there’s no holiday to look forward to anymore. The thought of returning to your work and responsibilities (particularly if you’re not happy with them) can be daunting – as can that huge pile of holiday laundry. If you left in a rush and have been away for a while, your house may look untidy and dusty, making it hard to relax.

Jet lag can be inconvenient at the start of your holiday, but it’s not usually a problem because you’re on holiday. When you return, though, you may not have long to adapt before you’re back at work and in your usual routine. While you can’t prevent jet lag, there are ways to help reduce its effects. • If possible, start gradually changing your routine several days before departure so that it’s closer to that of the new time zone. • Ensure you’re well-rested and hydrated before and during your flight. • Nap on the plane if night time will be a long time away when you arrive (or if it will be dawn). If you want to stay awake,

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fun and relaxing as possible. Perhaps you could break your journey at a restaurant, or even a hotel – doing the final run home on a full holiday breakfast.

These tips can’t make your overjoyed to return from holiday – they’re not magic! But they will help to reduce your joy lag. Before your holiday, try to pack gradually. For instance, if there’s only a week before your holiday and you have more than a week’s worth of socks and underwear, grab a suitcase and pack those spares now. Avoiding last minute panics, such as turning the house upside down for passports and sunglasses, should prevent you coming back to a mess. If you can afford it, book a treat to look forward to a few weeks post-holiday. Ensure you have easy meals in stock for your return and if you can, book a day or two off after your holiday to adjust.

After your holiday, be kind to yourself. Cook easy meals or, if you can afford it, treat yourself to a meal out or a takeaway. Conversely, though, head for the washing machine as soon as you’re in the door and put a load in to wash. It will only take a minute or two and you’ll know you’ve made a start. Put suitcases out of sight until they’re empty. Here’s wishing you reduced jet lag, reduced joy lag and a happy holiday!

During your holiday, ensure you don’t cram every moment with trips or organised activities. Everyone needs time to chill. Shortlist trips, check the weather forecast and any special events and then plan the best days to venture elsewhere. Reserve the other days for relaxation, games or a gentle walk to a local park, beach or restaurant. If you can, try to make the journey home as 49

Peggy and Pepsi

Two-year-old Peggy (left) is an incredibly affectionate and loving cat to both people and to her beautiful Ninemonth-old daughter Pepsi. At only two-years-old she found herself as a pregnant stray and had no option but to give birth under a shed in someone's garden. Peggy hid her babies so well that the people whose garden they were in didn't realise there were kittens under there for a couple of months! Because of this it took a while to socialise Pepsi but now she is very friendly towards the people she knows, although still a little timid around strangers. Peggy and Pepsi need a home without young children, and with understanding owners who can accept that it may take Pepsi some time to get used to them. Peggy & Pepsi could be homed with other cats.

If you can give Peggy & Pepsi the peaceful forever home they so desperately deserve please call Rosemary on 01737 350307 Epsom Ewell & District Branch

If you cannot adopt a cat but would still like to help us please go to:

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Karen Brimacombe has been appointed Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council Councillor Vivienne Michael, Leader of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), said: “Following a robust recruitment process, I am pleased to confirm that Karen Brimacombe (pic left) has been appointed as Mole Valley’s new Chief Executive. Karen succeeds Yvonne Rees, who has taken up the position of joint Chief Executive of Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire District Council. “Karen brings 25 years of local government experience to this important role. Karen’s previous posts include Head of Environmental Health at Spelthorne, Head of Health, Housing and Community Development at Chiltern District Council and, latterly, Operations Director at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We were particularly impressed with Karen’s depth of experience and her attitude to working with partners and other stakeholders. We expect her to join us in the autumn”. Karen Brimacombe said: “I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive at Mole Valley. Everyone I met during the interview process reinforced my view that Mole Valley, with its balance of rural and urban areas, strong track record of partnership working, talented workforce and ambitious plans for the future, was indeed the place for me. I am acutely aware of the pressures that local government is operating under at the current time and the intense commitment and teamwork required to ensure that we continue to improve the services we provide.” 50

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Old £1 coin will stop being legal tender on 15th October 2017

WATERCOLOUR CLASSES With Frances Jordan BA (Hons) Fine Art

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With the new 12-sided £1 coin now in circulation, the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October 2017. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them.

Small friendly classes beginners welcome. Still life, flower & landscape watercolour techniques Mondays 1.45pm - 4pm at Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS

Many banks and building societies will not accept them after this date, although some say they will continue to accept the old £1 coin, this will be for their own customers.

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Leatherhead Morning WI - May Meeting Our meeting on 22nd May attracted a smaller number than usual, which was rather disappointing. This happens when there are five Thursdays in the month, causing confusion. However, as always, it was an interesting morning. We were pleased to have a visit from Vivian, the President of Ottershaw WI. She is also a delegate of the WI so travels around to various places finding out what other groups are doing. She recently attended an AGM in Liverpool, which was attended by 6,500 women. One of this year’s resolutions was for action to be taken about the increasing hazards of plastic and the dangers by the widespread use in many forms. On the same day, some of our members went to Worthing, however, the high winds and rain made it a challenging feat to even walk along the seafront, but thankfully everyone returned safely. The morning concluded with a talk by Beryl, who told us about her work at Bletchley Park. Until a few years ago, the work there was highly secretive and not able to be discussed. Luckily the ban had been lifted and it was fascinating to hear about what went on in this important place. Our next meeting is on 27th July when Jan Heasman will be talking about the innovation of WI in women’s prisons and the benefits to their welfare. Our meeting on 24th August is an outdoor event and we welcome new members. This meeting will be at our usual venue, Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am. If you are interested, please come along and have a coffee with us.

Mole Valley (Fetcham) WI July meeting At our July WI we were told that our current membership is in excess of 225,000 and Ann Lilleywhite reported back from the Annual General Meeting held in Liverpool in June that of the 5000 who attended she noted a very high presence of younger women. Two resolutions the Mole Valley WI supported were voted on and carried • •

Alleviating Loneliness Plastic Soup (the effect microfibres are having on sea life)

There were moving speeches on both subjects at the AGM. Ann found the delegate experience enjoyable, informative and fun and would recommend it to other members. Carol Ransome then gave an enlightening talk on KNICKERS - a history of ladies undergarments through the ages. This all started in 2004 when Carol was asked by a friend to "fill a gap" at the last minute when a speaker had let their group down. Carol has not looked back since. Mole Valley Members were treated to a visual display of these items from the 1800's to present day. There was even some audience participation with Carol involving selected members and their particular 'knicker interest' or at least Carol's own idea about what that might be. There was a lot of laughing and good fun had by all. Everybody was thoroughly entertained by Carol and her amusing stories. Next meeting at Fetcham Village Hall on Tuesday 8 August. Visitors most welcome. Linda McMeikan


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Remember how much fun it was to catch a fish? ...did you know all this and more is on your doorstep?

Membership gives you access to some of the most beautiful stretches of the River Mole, local ponds and concessionary rates to commercial fisheries within Surrey and Sussex.

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Our new season is well underway - join now!

The weir at Norbury Park, River Mole

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Invites you to a FREE introduction to indoor bowls at Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Every Saturday in September 10am - 1pm Get Active - Stay Active Enjoy Bowling Make New Friends New and experienced players welcome. Ladies, men, singles and couples, come and see our facilities.

For more information please call: Guy Tortise on 01372 374653 or visit

Cancer awareness at local Rotary Club In early July around thirty members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club attended the club’s weekly meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead, to hear local Prostate Cancer UK volunteer, Chris Eglington, give a talk about prostate cancer and the work of Prostate Cancer UK. Prostate Cancer UK has been chosen as Leatherhead Rotary Club’s main charity for support throughout the coming Rotary year, by incoming Club President, Gary Zabel. Mr Eglington, who himself has been treated for prostate cancer in the past, spoke about how one in Chris Eglington (left) with Gary Zabel eight men in the UK will develop the disease, with age, ethnicity and weight being key factors towards this. Prostate Cancer UK is the UK’s largest charity dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer and how to reduce the risk of developing it, as well as supporting men living with the disease. For further information, please visit

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The return of our popular

FREE FAMILY CRAFT AFTERNOONS Fridays 11th, 18th and 25th August 1pm-4pm There will be a mix of hands-on crafts, which will vary for each session, for children to participate. Entry is free but donations welcome. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Special ‘guests’ Frank and Hilda Hollis, the last private occupants of Hampton Cottage will be there in period costume to welcome visitors to their room in the Cottage, set out as it may have been in 1945. Also with Frank and Hilda will be Debra, a Victorian maid, all in period costume.

Please note that whilst there is step-free access into the courtyard, in the Cottage there are narrow passages, low headroom and a steep stairway to the upper rooms

Leatherhead Local History Museum Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DP Museum opening times: Thursday/Friday 1-4pm

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Congratulations to Ashlea Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) The AshLea Medical Practice PPG were recently delighted to receive news from the National Association of Patient Participation Groups that they had been awarded the prestigious Corkill Award for the PPG of the Year Award 2017 and Chairman, Richard Garrard, recently attended their Annual Conference in Basingstoke to receive this on behalf of the PPG and Practice. What has been happening at both Linden and Gilbert House to warrant such an accolade you may ask?

Following a patient survey, recommended changes and improvements to the Appointment Process. These were accepted and implemented by the Practice.

Improvement to the service provided to Under 18 patients suffering from Autism.

Developed a number of paths for twoway communication with patients. Patients can now have a voice and know they will be listened to.

Richard Garrard receiving PPG of the Year Award from N.A.P.P.

Looked into the reason why a number of patients with eye conditions were being sent to St Helier and not Epsom. Introduced changes to the booking system which resulted in patients now mainly going to Epsom.

Produced a 12 page twice yearly Practice Newsletter aimed at informing and educating patients on a range of health and Practice issues.

Compiled a Local Services Signposting leaflet for both Doctors and patients which detailed contact points for local support services.

Actively involved Local Councillors and Surrey County Council in the car parking and access issues affecting Linden House surgery.

Introduced twice yearly Open Meetings where patients are brought up to date with PPG and Practice matters. To date we have welcomed speakers on Alzheimers, Stroke, Diabetes and the Princess Alice Hospice.

Much to be proud of and if you would like to become involved in any way, big or small, please contact: or call: 07436 003 449 58

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A Summer of Music at Leith Hill Place Leith Hill Place will be the picturesque venue for a series of outdoor informal music performances on Sundays this August. The historic National Trust house, formerly the childhood home of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, is the perfect place for people to relax on a summer Sunday. Visitors are welcome to look round the house as usual, enjoying the Wedgwood exhibition, art installations and learning about the history and music associated with the house. The informal music which will be running each Sunday will hopefully be held outside (weather permitting) where visitors may bring a picnic whilst relaxing in the sunshine to the live music. The breathtaking backdrop of the unrivalled views and a cream tea will make for a perfect outing for friends and family. The line-up is as follows:

6 August - Julian Everett, Flamenco guitar 13 August - Childe Rolande, folk band

Childe Rolande is a six-piece electro/acoustic folk group originating in South East London. Like Vaughan Williams, the group draw their inspiration from the folk music tradition which has evolved over the centuries. They include some traditional pieces in their repertoire but much of the music is self-penned, often referencing historical events as well as myths and legends and drawing on the influences of contemporary, traditional and Celtic folk.

20 August - Les Deux Cent, saxophone quartet

Les Deux Cent (pic above) was formed as a breakaway group from a community brass and wind band, established in Surrey in 2014. The group are constantly striving to increase their repertoire and musical excellence and to widen their performances to new regions and audiences.

27 August – A Summer Singalong with Leith Hill Timeline Choir

Singers from Leith Hill Timeline Choir and directors Stef Conner and Claire Robinson will perform an afternoon of favourite British songs, from Britten to the Beatles, including plenty of Vaughan Williams! As well as a mixture of solo and small ensemble songs from the choir, there will be opportunities for the audience to learn a few harmonies and join in with some much-loved folk songs.

Each performance runs from 2pm - 3.30pm with an interval. There will be no charge for this informal music just normal admission. For more information please call Leith Hill Place on 01306 711685 or visit the website 59

What’s On? Music on Thursdays

Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, KT22 8AY (LMC)

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Music on Wednesdays

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, KT22 8ST (CC) 12.30pm lunchtime concerts Featuring international students of the Royal Academy of Music, recent graduates, professional musicians, local musicians of similar standard and organists from around London, SE England and France

Concert admission is free with a retiring collection to cover costs Full details: Thursday 3rd August - LMC

Emmanuel Bach, violin with pianist

Thursday 10th August - LMC Amy Roberts, oboe § with pianist

Wednesday 16th August St John’s School New Chapel, Epsom Road, 12.30pm

Guest organist: Carl Jackson MVO, Director of Music, HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, playing the 2015 Tickell organ

Music on Thursdays in the Old Chapel, St John’s School Thursday 17th August, 12.30pm Lux Musicae London 5-piece early music consort, soprano, tenor, recorders, bass viol

Thursday 24th August, 12.30pm Buck Brass Trio trumpet, horn, trombone

Thursday 31st August - LMC Daniel Nicholson, piano From Bach to Jazz

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What’s On? Ralph Vaughan Williams’ working copy of Bach’s St Matthew Passion score restored: Viewing and talk by Conservator Victoria Stevens Tuesday 19th September ― Dorking Halls


eith Hill Musical Festival was approached in 2016 by Conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who performed all the symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams (pic right) in Leningrad in the late 1980s, as he wanted to perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion with The State Academic Symphony Capella of Russia at the Moscow Conservatoire using a copy of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ full score. The score is owned by Leith Hill Musical Festival and is kept by the Surrey Performing Arts Library in their Vaughan Williams Collection and was in need of restoration.

was intended by Vaughan Williams without risk to the original, which has now been stabilised for posterity, future careful handling and display.” (A more detailed The Festival arranged for the score to be explanation of restored by conservator Victoria Stevens. It will the be on display in a specially commissioned case conservation at a talk given by Stevens on Tuesday 19th process is September 10.30am–12.30pm at Dorking Halls. A available from the Festival). digital copy of the score will then be available Festival Chairman Graham Aslet said, “It will be to view by appointment at the Surrey interesting to see how Vaughan Williams’ Performing Arts Library as part of the Vaughan markings influence the performance. A Williams Collection. recording of the 1958 Festival concert runs to Stevens said, “This collaborative project is a more than two and a half hours which is very great example of how conservation methods and long for a modern day audience!”. digital imaging can provide the best possible The St Matthew Passion was first performed at outcome for balancing the sometimes the Festival in 1931 with a special massed choir conflicting requirements of access and longof around 700 singers conducted by Vaughan term care of an inherently fragile object such as Williams. The performance marked the opening this, which is clearly of great interest for future of the Dorking Halls which were built to house performance and research. The information in the growing Festival and was in memory of the the score can now be accessed and used as it conductor’s sister and cofounder of the Festival, Margaret Vaughan Williams who had died earlier that year. The St Matthew continued to be conducted by Vaughan Williams at the Festival until 1958.

Tickets cost £7.50 (free to Festival Friends and Patrons), inc tea/coffee. To reserve a place, please email: or telephone: Mandy Begg 07775 745689 61

Leatherhead’s Duck Race Makes a Splash! The annual Leatherhead Duck Race was cheered on by hundreds on the banks of the River Mole on Sunday 2nd July. This year’s Duck Race was bigger and better than ever as over 1,000 ducks and even some swans took part in the eight races organised by Mole Valley District Council. A wonderful, free family afternoon out; face painting and fabulous story telling kept little ones busy, whilst the tote tent offered adults some betting fun as they placed small bets on their favourite ducks. Leatherhead’s 2017 Pantomime cast made an appearance, with the Fairy Godmother from ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ appearing in full costume on the bridge. Councillor Simon Edge, Executive Member for Economic Development & Transform Leatherhead said “Today’s event was all about fun! This annual race is very well supported by the community including many local businesses. It was great that so many people were out and about enjoying themselves in Leatherhead. Events such as these could not happen without the support of many volunteers, I’d like to thank everyone who was involved.” “Leatherhead has a strong history of fabulous community events supported by volunteers and this one raises money for both the atmospheric Christmas lights and our famous, much-loved Halloween event in the town centre.” Local charity Wildlife Aid Foundation will benefit from the Swan Race event following sponsorship by Leatherhead businesses. Social media users can check out #mvduckrace to view the photos taken for the day’s photography competition to win a family pantomime ticket for the 2017 show at Leatherhead theatre.


What’s On?

Summer Fun Respite Care Days

The Grange, Bookham Until Fri 18th August 9.15am ― 4.15pm

Summer Fun is an exciting new event for adults with learning disabilities.

Sunday 17th September

Ashtead Allotments Assoc Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning

We offer a day of activities on our beautiful site for people with disabilities who want to try new things, make friends and have fun.

10.30am – Midday

Allotment Site (look for the banner) Leatherhead Road, Ashtead

All welcome. Tea, coffee and cake plus allotment produce available for a donation

Call 01372 455229

or email:

All proceeds to go to Macmillan

Ashtead Art Group Golden Jubilee 2017 He studied at Epsom Art School, painted in St. Ives and Paris, taught classes in his studio in Ashtead and then in 1967 local artist Tom Parr realised a long-held ambition to encourage local painters to share their hobby at regular meetings in Ashtead. So was born the Ashtead Art Group. 50 years on from the swinging sixties the club he founded is still welcoming local artistic talent through its doors. The summer art exhibition in the Peace Memorial Hall in Ashtead has become a popular part of the local calendar and this year from Monday 31st July – Saturday 5th August the 80 current members are promising it will be the best year ever to celebrate their Golden Jubilee. 63

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WHAT ’S ON IN AUGUST? Bat Walks at Polesden Lacey. Use bat detectors to try and find our nocturnal residents 1st/5th/9th, 12th/15th/19th as you explore our gardens and estate after dark with our rangers. Adults £8, child £4, /23rd & 26th telephone 01372 452048 Now until 3rd September

‘Go Wild Summer Crafts’, Polesden Lacey. Pick up a bag full of craft activities and games and explore the woods. Weekdays only, £3 per pack. For info, call 01372 452048.

Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival, Mickleham Village Hall, Dell Close, Mickleham, RH5 6EE. £13 per day, £20 for weekend. Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 12pm-7pm. Full weekend Jam Saturday 5th & sessions workshops and concerts. Workshops for band guitar banjo mandolin fiddle Sunday 6th evening concerts with Chris Moreton, The Vanguards, Rocky Road, Pilgrims Ghost Town, Showdown Bow-Legged skeeter Andrew Perry and Good Company and Nigel Canter., tel 07821 196381 or email

Monday 7th

Dorking Local History Group, Crossways Community Church, Junction Road, Dorking £2 on door, annual membership £8. Talk on "Coach Roads to Brighton; History, Incidents, and Anecdotes from Coaching Days" by Geoff Howlett. Email:, tel 01306 888401

Monday 7th

Leatherhead Residents’ Association open meeting, 7.30pm at the Leatherhead Institute.

Saturday 12th

Poetry Summer School Workshop. The Upper Lecture Room, Christian Centre by St Martin's Church, Dorking RH4 1DW, 2pm-4.30pm. Admission £10. Writing in the Margins Helen Overell, a published poet and long time member of Mole Valley Poets, will lead a workshop on 'Writing in the Margins’, sharing her work and those of others to explore the theme and encouraging writing on the day to share with the group. An opportunity to participate in an inclusive and inspiring poetry fuelled afternoon with knowledgeable guidance and encouragement.

Saturday 12th

Poodle Fun Day Dog Show - Pachesham EC, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 0AL. 10am4pm. Tickets £5, available in advance, 07802 974942. Fundraising dog show, dog show, agility, animal photography, stalls, heel work demo and more.

Wed 16th

The Romans at Home, Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. 2pm-3.30pm. Discover what Roman Ewell was like with its sacred spring and secret shafts where gifts for the gods were left guarded by phantom dogs. In the largest shaft the remains of 53 people were found. Discover how the building of a road brought Ewell in touch with the whole Empire. Handle Roman objects and make your own Roman lamp. £5 per child, booking essential. 020 8394 1734

Monday 14th Sunday 27th

Epsom & Ewell Art Group Late Summer Exhibition, 9.30am-5pm, Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA. Free entry and parking. An opportunity to see a wide variety of the latest works by local artists. original work at affordable prices.


Age Concern Barn Dance, Bookham, see opposite for more details.

Sunday 3rd

Donkey Derby, Polesden Lacey. 10am-5pm. Enjoy a family funday full of donkey races, dog shows and fayre games in support of the Leatherhead Lions. Free entry for all If there’s an event in September that you’d like mentioned, please contact Zen (details p.6) Before Saturday 12th August. All entries appear on a first come, first served basis. Details of the above events are correct at time of print. 64

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Saturday 2nd September

Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Bookham 6.30pm-11pm - All are welcome £15 inc fish & chip supper Bring your own drinks To book your ticket, please call 01306 899104 / 07442 017169 Email:

Registered Charity No 1111678

Golden Jubilee Summer Exhibition Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BE

Grand Evening Reception Monday 31st 7.30pm-9.30pm

Monday 31st July - Saturday 5th August 10am-8pm DAILY

9.30am-4pm SATURDAY 5th

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Leatherhead Probus Club - social events for retired men, three course lunch with speaker at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. Speaker Patrick Griffin from ‘The Crossrail Project’. We also arrange lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. Booking essential, contact Jon McCarthy on 07947 361406 or email

‘Simple Scones Cream Teas’, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Gt Bookham, Tuesdays 1st, KT23 4DZ. Simply Scones tea room is run by people with disabilities 8th, 15th, who are learning catering skills. Enjoy freshly-baked scones or cake. 22nd & 29th £3.50 pp. Booking essential on 01372 452608. Scones and cakes also (weekly) made to order. Wed 2nd


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Thursday 3rd (weekly)

Rotary Club of Leatherhead, Police Federation Headquarters, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. 7pm-9pm. Further information from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964. Ashtead over 60s Lunch Club meets every Thursday in the Ralli Room APMH, for a freshly prepared hot lunch and dessert. Doors open at 10.30am for a cup of tea or coffee. More information call Brenda (chairman) on 01372 813276. The Rotary Club of Ashtead meets 7.30 for 8.00 pm for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 01372 275860

Thursday 3rd

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

Thursday 3rd

Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Rd. 7.45pm10.15pm. More info from Mrs Gibson, 01372 374160

(1st Thurs mthly)


Friday 4th


Friday 4th


Friday 4th


Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Prepared and served by volunteers to raise money to help run the Hall. Soup Lunch held in St Michael's Church Hall, the Marld, Ashtead. Homemade soup, bread and pudding, served with tea/coffee, between 12 noon and 1.30pm, all for £5. In aid of Princess Alice Hospice, CAFOD (CAtholic Fund for Overseas Development) and BESOM. Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for three charities. Martha’s Market 10.30am-11.30am, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. We look forward to welcoming you as a stallholder selling almost anything and paying just 10% to Hall funds or as a customer buying anything from cakes to plants, eggs, crafts, haberdashery, preserves and bric-a-brac. Hearing Aid check on 18th. Contact Janine 01372 374914


What’s On?

REGULAR EVENTS ctd Sunday 5th (weekly)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of August services and events and check out

Sundays 6th & 26th

Charity Car Boot Sales in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG. Cars £10, Small Vans, larger cars, MPV and 4 wheel drive £12, Larger vans from £15.

Monday 7th & 21st

(First & third Mondays), Bookham Folk Dance Club, Harrison Room, Rear of Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, 8pm–10pm, £3. Beginners welcome. Contact Jan on 01306 889329 for more info.

Tuesday 8th

Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. For more info email Meriel Sexton on

Tylney Lunch Club for ladies, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Three course lunch followed by a speaker, membership £10 pa and £16 for (2nd Wed mthly) lunch. Info from Pat Date on 01372 454879 Wed 9th

Wed 9th

Monday 14th

(2nd Mon mthly)

Monday 14th

(2nd Mon mthly)

10.30am. Leatherhead & District Local History Society visit to Ashtead Park for a tour led by Pat Jenkins following her talk in April on its history. More information from Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters, The Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ, at 7.30pm. Contact details on the website or just come along to a meeting. Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Rd, 8pm, 2nd Monday of the month. Interesting speakers and events. For more info and to book please contact Jane on 01372 811422

Monday 14th

Bookham Wine Club event, Nick Wenman from Albury Vineyard, in The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, 7.30 for 8.00pm. For more info contact; or check out our website

Wed 16th

BLOOD DONATION: St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY. 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm

Thurs 17th (3rd Thurs mthly)

‘Stepping Stones’ Club, meets at Ashtead Baptist Church, Barnett Wood Lane at 2.15pm. Varied programme of events, £2, over 55’s welcome. Brian Chandler 01372 275206. 67

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Leatherhead Morning WI, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road. 10.15am. Annual outdoor event. For info contact Betty on 01372 374570

Thursday 24th

BLOOD DONATION: Dorking Halls, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG 1.30pm4.30pm & 5.20pm-8pm

Thurs 31st (last Thursday monthly)

Open Monthly Meeting of the Ashtead Cancer Group, a support group for cancer patients, their families, friends and carers, providing support. Free. 7pm-9pm St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Workshops and occasional speakers. Call 07843 620295, email, or

(4th Thurs mthly)

Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild, no August meeting, next meeting 27th September, details in next month’s edition. Ashtead Friday Market, no market in August, next market is on 8th September. Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society, no lecture in August, next lecture is 13th September, details in next month’s edition. Ashtead Decorative & Fine Arts Society no lecture in August, next lecture is 19th September, details in next month’s edition. Ashtead Friendship Centre. No meeting in August, but coach outing to Stonor Park on 16th August, non-members welcome. Info from Don Butt on 01372 274288. The Wednesday morning Baby & Toddler Group for all under 5s with a carer - back in September - Wednesdays (weekly termtime) 10am12noon. Lots of toys and coffee too. Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead. New members welcome. Contact Jackie on 07764 686914 Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, no meeting in August, next meeting, including AGM, is on 6th September, details in next month’s edition.

Ashtead WI, no August meeting, next meeting 6th September, details in next month’s edition.


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House & Garden General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Latticework used to support climbing plants (7) 5. Russian city on the Vyatka River (5) 8. Percussion instruments that are shaken (7) 9. Occasions for eating food (5) 10. German painter and engraver of the Renaissance (1471–1528) (5) 11. Accumulation deposited by a glacier (7) 12. Construction built by a spider (6) 14. Scottish dish (6) 17. Restrain with fetters (7) 19. Water-filled ditches surrounding castles (5) 22. Mete out (5) 23. The working together of two things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects (7) 24. Mineral used as an abrasive (5) 25. Family appellation (7)

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Heritage Open Days 7th-10th Sept Directions: Access via Ashtead Woods Road (KT21 2EQ) off Links Road, Ashtead. Parking not available in Ashtead Woods Road. Ample parking can be found in Links Road. 200m into Ashtead Woods Road there is a wooden farm gate into the Meadows. Walk along the Rye Brook through several fields until you reach Centenary Field. Return by walking back through the fields or taking the footpath to Bushey Shaw (off Links Road). Please be considerate to our neighbours. No booking required.

Guided Walk around Ashtead Village Sunday 10th September 2pm-4pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE

Enjoy a two hour guided walk around the village of Ashtead which will be led by a member of the Leatherhead and District Local History Society. We will walk around the village centre, visit the beautifully restored Parish Church of St Giles and see many of Ashtead’s oldest buildings. We will discuss some hidden aspects of Ashtead’s life in the 19th and early 20th century. Max 25 people. Directions: The walk starts from Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall off the main A24 road by the Brewery Inn pub at the south end of Ashtead Village. Pre-booking essential through Dorking Halls, details overleaf.

A fantastic programme of four days of events organised around Mole Valley based on this year’s theme of ‘Wheel’s in Motion’. Lots of varied events, some will require pre-booking and for others you will just need to turn up. I have featured a short excerpt from the booklet accompanying this event. Booking information on page 79.

Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands

Saturday 9th September 12pm-2pm Ashtead Woods Road, Ashtead, KT21 2EQ

Photographs of daytrippers at Box Hill

In the last five years volunteers have been creating a wetland area alongside the Rye Brook. In that time we have planted a Jubilee Wood, reshaped the river banks and created ponds and scrapes to encourage the biodiversity of the area. We have resurfaced the footpaths to enable circular walks to take place without the need to cross muddy ground and also ensure buggies and pushchairs can be used. A Centenary Field has been created commemorating those Ashtead residents who fell in the Great War and a wooden walkway constructed to the ponds where there is seating. The Meadows are a very pleasant walk along the Rye Brook. Walking boots or wellingtons recommended.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Septemebr 10am-3pm Box Hill Learning Space, Box Hill Road, Tadworth KT20 7LB

A photographic exhibition depicting the day trippers’ love of Box Hill. This iconic site’s appeal has lasted for hundreds of years, with south London day trippers arriving in their thousands by train, bus and charabanc. This exhibition will share some fantastic vintage photos of this bygone era. Directions: The Learning Space at Box Hill is on the right hand side of the servery and café at the top of Box Hill. No booking required.


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Heritage Open Days 7th-10th Sept and caves cut into the soft Greensand dating back to at least the 17th century. The entrance is via a discreet doorway at street level into extensive galleries used, until recently, as wine cellars. From the wine cellars a series of steep staircases lead down deep under Butter Hill to a cave of uncertain age and purpose. Explore the caves with expert guides. Please note the access restrictions detailed below. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. WC nearby. No wheelchair access. The tour is not suitable for people with bad arthritis, heart or breathing problems, claustrophobia, Richard Hughes, former Head of History at arachnophobia or advanced pregnancy. St John’s School, Leatherhead, tells her remarkable story emphasising her legendary Sensible footwear must be worn. People wearing flip flops, high heels and open-toed feats in the Great War. Max 100 people. Directions: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall is shoes will not be admitted. Max 12 people per tour. Please come 10 minutes located next to the pay and display car early for the safety briefing. The entrance park on Woodfield Lane close to the is beside the War Memorial in South Street. junction with The Street. Directions: Opposite Waitrose, beside the War Memorial. No booking required. Pre-booking required via Dorking Museum.

The Battling Baroness of Ashtead

Sunday 10 September: 2pm-3pm Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, Surrey. KT21 2BE The Baroness de T’Serclaes M M, born Elsie Shapter, was a resident of Ashtead for nearly 50 years until her death in 1978. Already an early pioneer of motorcycling, she became internationally famous during the First World War for her extraordinary courage in running an independent first-aid unit on the front line near Ypres. She married a Belgian aristocrat and carried her title with pride for the rest of her life.

Bookham and the Armada

Friday 8 September: 3pm-3.40pm St Nicolas Church, Great Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 3PN A talk on Bookham and its links with one of the great events of English history. The talk will outline the origins of the Howards of Effingham, the Spanish Armada 1588 and how the Howards came to Effingham. It will include a family tree and illustrative slides. Directions: The church is located in the centre of Great Bookham at the crossroads where Lower Road meets High Street and Church Road. Parking is available in the nearby public car park off Lower Road. No booking required.

Dorking Cave Tour

Mullins House / Coffee Shop

Thursday 7, Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September: 9.30am-4.30pm Sunday 10 Sept 10am-3pm 58 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS Mullins House takes its name from former Dorking resident, William Mullins, a local shoemaker and Pilgrim Father, who travelled to America on the Mayflower in 1620. The building dates from between 1568 and 1610 and is the only example of a Pilgrim Father’s home still in existence. You will be able to read more about Mullins’ journey to the New World and enjoy a cup of coffee and home-baked cakes at 10% discount for Heritage Open Days visitors. Directions: Next to Dorking Museum.

No booking required. Saturday 9 September: Tours at 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm South Street, Dorking RH4 2HQ Part of Dorking’s extensive system of cellars 74

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Heritage Open Days 7th-10th Sept it, illustrated with examples of conservation areas in Mole Valley.

Hope Mausoleum Open Day

Sunday 10 September: 10am-3pm. Talks start at 11am & 2pm Deepdene Avenue, Dorking RH5 4BX

No booking required.

Venture into the peaceful interior of the last remaining standing example of a magnificent building designed by Regency taste-maker Thomas Hope. Originally built in 1818 to honour Thomas’ young son Charles, the Hope Mausoleum is where Thomas and his family were finally laid to rest. This unique structure was literally dug out of the ground only a few years ago and has been beautifully restored as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Deepdene Trail project led by Mole Valley District Council. Normally closed to the public without a guide, the Mausoleum will be open all day for visitors and there will be talks on site about the history of the Mausoleum and the Deepdene Trail project by Project Manager Alexander Bagnall. There is a single disabled parking space available in the small overflow car park of Dorking Golf Club off the A24 between the Dorking Golf Club main entrance and Chart Lane South, RH5 4BX. There is a short steep slope in the car park and a steady low incline up to the Mausoleum along a packed gravel path. Refreshments will be available on the day. Directions: The nearest car park is Dorking Halls/Reigate Road RH4 1SD. Walk south on the A24 from the Dorking roundabout, the pedestrian entrance is off to the left between the Dorking Golf Club entrance and Chart Lane South. No booking required.

From Phaetons to Phantoms

The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN Friday 8 September: 7.30pm-8.30pm Pre-booking is required at the Theatre Box Office open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 12pm. Tel: 01372 365141. Email: Website: www. or write to Theatre, address above.

This is the launch event for Mole Valley’s Heritage Open Days. As part of this year’s Mole Valley theme for Heritage Open Days – ‘Wheels in Motion’ – Clive Barham Carter (accredited by The Arts Society) will describe some common types of carriage, trace how they influenced car design, say something of the skills involved, and illustrate coachwork design in its extravagant heyday of the first half of the 20th century. The first bodies to be built on early motor cars were provided by existing carriage makers. Most of these ‘cars’ were really carriages with added motors; and we still talk of ‘carriageways’ and ‘coachwork’. There will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Theatre. Please advise the Theatre when booking of any special needs for access. Booking opens 1 August and closes: 7 September 5pm.

Rowhurst Forge & Teazle Wood: Leatherhead - a cause for celebration: Turn! Turn! Turn! 50 years of Conservation Areas Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 September:

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September: 10am-4pm Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead KT22 8AH

Tour at 4pm Fire and Iron Gallery, Rowhurst Forge, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead KT22 0EN

It is 50 years since the introduction of the Civic Amenities Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation relating to the conservation of the built environment. The Act introduced conservation areas, of which there are now about 10,000 nationwide. This exhibition tells the story of how the legislation came about and the people behind

A guided tour of the downstairs and semibasement of the private historic house ‘Rowhurst’, including short stories inspired by the theme ‘Wheels in Motion’, illustrated with beautiful images and dramatic aerial footage. Wheels feature strongly in the intriguing history of the house and the landscape of Leatherhead around it, from a stylised chariot wheel design on an Iron Age


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Heritage Open Days 7th-10th Sept gold coin found in Rowhurst’s garden in 1960, to the coming of the M25 motorway which dramatically split the land at Rowhurst and adjacent Teazle Wood in the 1980s. Stories and pictures provide an entertaining glimpse into the lives of those who occupied this part of Mole Valley over the last two thousand years. Rowhurst is a Grade II* Listed Building. There are some steps and uneven paths. Max 20 people per tour. Tour lasts for about two hours. Pre-booking is required, book early to avoid disappointment. Call Lucy Quinnell on 01372 386453 or email: Directions: Free parking at Fire and Iron Gallery (on the same site). Sat nav is not accurate so checking the location prior to visit is recommended. Directions by car or public transport on website:

Leatherhead & District Local History Society Museum

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September: 1pm4pm and Saturday 9 September 10am-4pm Leatherhead Museum, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DP The Museum is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Leatherhead & District Local History Society. For Heritage Open Days it will feature our own transportrelated items, the story of Venthams Motor Cars and possibly a horsedrawn carriage. Directions: The museum is located at the junction of Church Street and The Crescent. No booking required.

Denbies Wine Estate

Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September, tours begin at 11am. London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA Denbies Wine Estate is a 627 acre estate on The Victorian Horse-Drawn Bus the slopes of the North Downs above Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September: Dorking. 265 acres of this beautiful 10am-4pm landscape is clothed with vines, making Park House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead. KT22 Denbies one of the largest producers of 7AH English wine in the UK. From 1850 to 1894 A special opportunity to see this fine the estate was owned by Thomas Cubitt, example of a Victorian London Bus built in master builder and developer of 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Bloomsbury, London. The estate has seven Jubilee. Built by the London General miles of footpaths, one of which takes Omnibus Co. Ltd., it ran in Central London. visitors up to St However, after service in London ended it Barnabas, the estate church built in 1859 by was eventually sold to Mr. Swift who ran the Sir George Gilbert Scott – also open for Three Tuns in Dorking High Street, and Heritage Open Days. For Heritage Open Days finally Daniel Fairbrother who owned the Denbies offer complimentary vineyard tours Windmill Pub in Flint Hill, Dorking. The bus on a first come first served basis (see will make its way on Saturday from the Six booking instructions). The 45 minute Bells Pub in Newdigate to Dorking. On vineyard tour takes visitors to some of the Sunday it will travel from Dorking to most beautiful viewing points in the Leatherhead and finish at Park House on vineyard. Max 40 people per tour. Bull Hill where exhibition material will be on display. There will be opportunities to Pre-booking required. Call: 01306 876616. see the bus and talk to Tony Drewitt about Email: the remarkable story of its discovery in a Booking opens 1 August 10am and closes 6 field in Mole Valley and its restoration. September 5pm. Directions: Park House is located adjacent to the Bull Hill car park (free to use on Sunday) and within the Red House Gardens. No booking required.

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Heritage Open Days 7th-10th Sept Keymer Handmade Clay Roof Tiles & Wienerberger

Saturday 9 September: 10am-3pm Ewhurst Works, Horsham Road, Walliswood, Ockley RH5 5QH Wienerberger’s Ewhurst factory is one of the largest brick manufacturing sites in the south east of England. Opened in the 1920s the site is in excess of 350 acres including large areas of historic woodland and farmland, which help to screen the quarry and factory operations. The factory uses weald clay from the extensive reserves in the adjacent smokejacks’ clay pit. This quarry site was the source of two of the most significant finds of dinosaur remains in the UK. The site was the home of the famous ‘Double Diamond’ brick, from the 1920s until 2004. Visitors will be able to look around the showroom, and participate in a full factory tour. The factory is split into two areas. The main factory makes Wienerberger bricks. At the back of the factory hand-make Keymer clay tiles are made using the same methods for over 400 years. There will be an opportunity to make your own Keymer tile! In the visitor centre people will be on hand to show you around and answer questions. Both adults and children are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be provided. The working factory is unfortunately not accessible to wheelchairs or pushchairs. Factory tours will

be on the hour at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 & 14:00. The tours are not suitable for very young children. Max 10 people per tour. Directions: This site lies to the south of Walliswood. No booking required.

When booking places through the Dorking Halls requests should be submitted by email to: marked ‘Heritage Open Days’. Please ensure you state the event you wish to book, the number of places you would like, when you wish to visit, your name and postal address and a contact telephone number. If you do not have access to the internet, postal bookings can be sent to: Dorking Halls Box Office, Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG enclosing a stamped addressed envelope using one of the vouchers below. If you would like to make applications for several events, then please photocopy the voucher below before completing it.


Leatherhead & District Local History Society Potted Histories No 102

Ashtead Railway Station c: 1910

Ashtead Common, Rye Bridge

Ashtead Station was built in 1859 as a joint station between the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) and the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) , and was absorbed into the Southern Railway by the grouping of 1923. The station passed to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. In the 1980s, the station was served by Network Southeast until the privatisation of British Rail. Over the years the station has undergone many changes. The main ticket office building was rebuilt in 2013. By 1925 electric trains passed through Ashtead from Waterloo. The new signal box was followed by the construction of the new gates. In 1929 the train services from London Bridge became electrified. However, steam goods trains still passed through Ashtead until the 1960s. The old semaphore signals were replaced

by coloured lights in 1964. Up until the outbreak of WWII the woods and common saw many visitors, including school outings from London. Access to the woods and the common has changed very little over the years. Suggested reading ‘Railways Around Leatherhead & Dorking by Peter Tarplee – 2011 L&DLHS ; ISBN No 0955278563 Goff Powell

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Transition, Localism and Subsidiarity At the heart of the Transition movement lies the idea of Subsidiarity – of as much local resilience and decision-making as is possible. In Transition we seek to nurture a caring culture, supporting each other as groups and in wider communities, building the resilience that we need - and there are thousands of groups around the world joining in.

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Brexit and Localism The EU referendum result means the UK is pulling back from the larger European community, so it could be said to be a step towards localism. But the UK remains one of the most centralised nation states, with fewest powers at the local level, Brexit won't in this respect make much difference. One result has been a decrease in the value of the pound giving an advantage to domestic producers. This is already improving business prospects for small food producers, and should strengthen our local food supply chains. So, please help them – and yourself - by buying locally and from independent shops, where possible, rather than supermarkets. Money spent in small shops and market stalls tends to recirculate within the community and boost our local economy. Money spent in supermarkets goes off to their remote headquarters. We have some good local food straight from the farm in the Leatherhead Markets, and in some of the Farmers' markets We are also lucky to have numerous small shops, in both Ashtead and Leatherhead, many of which are not part of chains. Remember that many towns and villages around England are dying because so many people buy everything in the nearest giant supermarket or online Also buy in season – easier from small local shops – things like asparagus, strawberries, new potatoes and salad. The odds are it will be fresher and tastier (and healthier) than imported food, which is often bred primarily for a lengthy shelf life. It really makes a difference when people do this. Huge amounts of energy are wasted moving goods around the world despite good local alternatives. We can all do our bit to reduce this. And when our friends in other countries do likewise, visiting them is much more fun as eating becomes a different experience, instead of yet more burgers and chips. Tony Cooper

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It’s Not Always Good To Be Green By Pippa Greenwood

Water is great in a garden and whether you have a large pond, a formal pool, a miniature pond in a half barrel or a self-contained fountain or other water feature, the chances are that from time to time you will have been frustrated by the fact that the water turns green: the so-called ‘pea-soup’ effect! Generally, this will be due to one of many different types of algae infestation, and this problem tends to get much worse during warmer weather. Sometimes it completely ruins the appearance of the water feature and on other occasions it is just a passing phase, but what should you do about it?

every scrap of it from your pond or it will soon be back. Where possible, try to avoid the build-up of algae by creating your pond carefully and taking precautions with what you grow and keep in it. Avoid making a new pond in a very sunny position, as lots of sunlight increases the algal growth and makes the problem worse. Bear in mind, however, that a pond situated too close to a large tree will soon become clogged by leaves over the autumn months! You should also make sure that the pond is as deep as possible: shallow water is much more inclined to develop algal problems than a pond which has deeper water. If you want fish that’s fine, but avoid putting too many fish in a pond as their excreta raises the nitrogen level in the water and this encourages algae. It really helps if you grow plenty of surface floating plants – water lilies are a wonderful solution, as they help to shade the water’s surface and so are particularly useful if the pond is in a fairly sunny site.

Blanket weed is so called because the long filaments of algae tangle up together, making a mass that resembles a dense green blanket. The easiest way to remove this once it has taken hold is to simply pull or rake it out. Over large areas a rake is worthwhile, providing you can avoid bringing the pond plants with it. Alternatively, use a stick or bamboo cane that you twirl into the mass of algae (rather as you would load spaghetti onto a fork) and then compost it down in your compost bin. Surface floating pond weeds such as duckweed, which looks like lots of very tiny oval leaves floating on the water’s surface, can be a real nightmare too. Sometimes it is impossible to work out how it got there, but I think it is often brought in on new plants or simply on the feet of birds or other creatures as they come to the pond to drink. It builds up very rapidly, soon forming a bright green layer on the surface and the best control for this is to regularly scrape the weed off using a goodsized kitchen sieve. Again it can be composted, but do make sure that you remove

I’d also suggest that with a new or existing pond, you go down to your local garden centre or pond plant supplier and ask for a selection of oxygenating plants. Some of these float in bundles in the water, others can be grown in containers, and all of them help to raise the level of oxygen in the pond and so decrease the problem with algae. Installing something which moves the water around, such as a spout or fountain, will help 86

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essential that you have straw taken from barley and no other cereal crop. If you can get hold of this, cram some of it into something like an old pair of tights and submerge in the water by weighing them down with several bricks. Alternatively, you can buy pads of barley straw, in some instances mixed with lavender stalks, and these will help to do the job for you.

to reduce the amount of algae because it also oxygenates the water, but do bear in mind that water lilies do not like water that is in motion. It is important not to give up on a pond too quickly – if you keep changing the water in an attempt to keep it clear, the pond never gets the chances to create its own natural balance and the situation will not get better. Try to be patient and usually, provided you try all the above, the pond will eventually sort itself out and you can enjoy seeing clear water again.

Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UKgrown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

You can consider using various proprietary physical and chemical controls for algae, but always make sure that the one you have chosen is suitable for your size and type of pond and that it can be used safely where wildlife or your pond fish are living. The much-loved method of using barley straw to clear algae in ponds does work, but it is


Mole Valley welcomes new Rotary Presidents Mole Valley is delighted to welcome its five new Rotary Club Presidents for the coming Rotary year, which runs from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018. Together with a combined membership of around 120 men and women from across the Mole Valley area, Gareth Evans (Ashtead), Ken Picknell (Bookham & Horsley), Peter Evans (Dorking), Sarah Slade (Dorking Deepdene) and Gary Zabel (Leatherhead) will be looking to build upon the successes of their predecessors. Between them, the five clubs raise on average around ÂŁ100,000 each year, the majority of which is used to support a wide range of local, national and international charities and other voluntary organisations. Charities already chosen for support over the coming twelve months include Prostate Cancer UK, PSDS and the Friends of Dorking Hospital. As well as raising money themselves, many Mole Valley Rotary projects involve the clubs and their members organising events which enable other local charities and organisations to raise awareness of, and funds for, their own activities, from Ashtead Rotary Village Day, which now includes stalls from over 100 worthy causes as well as providing thousands of local residents with a memorable day out, to a number of sponsored events, including a 10k run across Headley Heath and a 'swimarathon' at Dorking Sports Centre, enabling participants to raise funds for their own preferred charities. At an international level, Rotary continues to work closely with many of the well-known international aid agencies to provide hands-on disaster relief, through its network of over 1.25 million members in around 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, and in conjunction with its own range of specialist disaster relief equipment, such as ShelterBox and AquaBox. The five Mole Valley clubs will also be working hard to raise funds for 'End Polio Now', Rotary's global polio eradication campaign, which, since being launched in 1985, has succeeded in eliminating polio from all but three countries throughout the world.

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Incoming Rotary Presidents (L to R) Gareth Evans (Ashtead), Gary Zabel (Leatherhead), Sarah Slade (Dorking Deepdene), Ken Picknell (Bookham & Horsley) and Peter Evans (Dorking)) 88

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Fixed Penalty Notices issued in response to Flytipping Incidents Mole Valley District Council’s crackdown on environmental anti-social behaviour has this year resulted in a formal caution and four separate Fixed Penalty Notices having been accepted by offending parties for fly-tipping and littering offences.

Access rd, Leatherhead tip £300 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). Anyone who undertakes work themselves, or hires a contractor or tradesperson to do work to a property – be that at home or a place of work – has a duty of care to ensure that the resulting waste is removed and disposed of in a responsible and legal manner.

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The formal action taken so far this year by MVDC for fly-tips in Dorking and Leatherhead included a formal caution being accepted by a tradesman and FPN’s being paid by a householder, building contractor and property maintenance company. Despite not carrying out the fly-tip themselves, those who accepted fault failed to undertake the necessary checks to ensure the waste was going to be disposed of in a legal manner by a third party. The £75 littering FPN was issued after a witness submitted photographic evidence to MVDC that captured the littering taking place in Dorking. Councillor David Mir, Executive Member for Environment & Parking, said: “If a fly-tip is reported to us, we will work with our partners and contractors to clear the waste as quickly as possible and follow any leads with the intention of identifying and prosecuting the offender”.

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