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BANSTEAD ARTS FESTIVAL f you live in Banstead you should have heard about the Banstead Arts Festival Society? And if you haven’t, you should of! It was founded in 1980 and brings to Banstead music, drama and art of high quality. It provides local people of all ages with the opportunity both to hear artists of national and international standing and to perform themselves in a professional atmosphere. Most importantly, at the beginning of May each year a two week Festival is held, which contains lunch-time concerts, exhibitions, talks, coach visits and concerts by a wide range of well known performers. The Festival includes a number of events arranged by other local organisations and societies and you can find out about the whole


schedule on page 28 of this issue. Membership of the Society only costs £5 a year, for which members receive postal information, the autumn/winter Concert programme, the Festival programme and the opportunity to book popular events in advance. Tickets are sold at Banstead Library and at the door before each event. For further information about the Society and its current programme of events, see their website or phone the Secretary on 01737 350288. It is well worth going to see some high quality performances on your doorstep without having to trudge all the way up to London! Richard Milbourn, Editor Email:

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s you will all be very aware, despite living in one of the wealthiest counties in the country we have been told that Surrey County Council is having to make swingeing cuts to its budget for the next few years in order to ‘balance the books’. One of the advantages that local residents can seize from these straitened times is that we can reclaim the initiative and set up local groups of volunteers to address the do-able projects on our wish list. Together with Banstead Village in Bloom (BVIB) and the support of Reigate & Banstead Council we have begun to address the issues surrounding many of the shabby and neglected areas around the village and are hopeful that in this centenary year marking the ending of WW1 we will all begin to see a huge improvement in our public spaces. Red, white and blue are to be the patriotic colours of the summer bedding this year, including a raised bed adjacent to the war memorial spelling out 1914-1918. It cannot have escaped your notice that a team of dedicated volunteers, The Winkworth Woodland Community Project(WWCP) led by one of my BVRA colleagues, Brian Ransom, has completely transformed one of the main gateways to our village, that previously dark and overgrown wooded area at the bottom of Bolters Lane and by the time of publication 4 APRIL 2018

you should be able to see the hundreds of daffodils and other spring flowers beginning to make their appearance. To complete that ‘corner’ it is proposed that a proper village sign be erected on the wildflower area there which denotes Banstead’s rich heritage. We are asking that you would please consider donating a small amount towards the cost of this so that we all ‘own’ a little bit of our history and are seen to be taking back responsibility for where we live. The appeal will be under the auspices of Banstead Rotary Association who hold the funds for BVIB, although this of course will be a designated fund attributable to the signpost. You will find marked containers in which to place your donation at Snuggs the Jewellers, in the High Street just opposite the turning for Wilmot Way, or Edibles, the delicatessen located opposite Waitrose. If you would prefer and find it easier to give your donation online please just go to Banstead Village Sign Appeal. It would be wonderful if we were to be able to see the sign erected in this very significant anniversary year and thank you in advance for your generosity in supporting us. Marion Hayns, Vice Chair, BVRA Tel: 01737 350288 Email:

OUR HEALTH 100 YEARS AGO Stuart Sweetman, Chairman of the Banstead History Centre, looks at how well we are compared to 100 years ago ecently there has been a lot in the news about the rise in the cases of measles and the pros and cons of vaccinating against the disease. I thought that I would investigate what things were like 100 years ago. Back then our area was ‘governed’ by the Epsom Rural District Council. This body had quite a wide geographic area to cover from Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon in the west to Banstead and Woodmansterne in the east. In the Banstead History Centre, we have the minutes of the Council meetings and they form an excellent source for studying social and local history. The Council had a Medical Officer who reported once or twice a month on the occurrences of infectious diseases. Overall the disease count for 1918 was Scarlet fever 25 Diphtheria 34 German Measles 31 TB 37 Enteric Fever (Typhoid) 6 Erysipelas 10 Measles 436 Total 579 Most of these are familiar names to us now but probably only in the news coverage of faraway places.


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They are all serious and have real impact on the individuals concerned. As can be seen 75% of the cases related to measles which we can assume will have mainly affected children. There were several peaks of cases during the year – February, June and October. In February it was reported that the schools in Banstead were closed for three weeks because of the outbreak. The same was the case in Cobham where schools were closed in the October outbreak. At the end of October schools right across the District were closed because of an Influenza outbreak – this was not a notifiable disease, but its impact was clearly serious and worrying for the community. One can only imagine what the news coverage would be like now if Reigate & Banstead started closing schools because of disease. Across the world Spanish Flu was taking hold - in 1918 the world faced a pandemic. Within months Spanish Flu had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history. Not cheerful facts – but that’s history. Stuart Sweetman Chairman of Banstead History Centre

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POLITICAL MAP SET TO CHANGE ENSURING ELECTORAL EQUALITY he independent Local Gover nment Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new patter n of council wards for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will redraw ward boundaries across the borough. The Commission has also announced that Reigate and Banstead should have 45 councillors in future: six fewer than the current arrangements. In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The


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review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Reigate and Banstead. Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Reigate and Banstead. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters. “If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 1 0








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NOMINATE YOUR VOLUNTEERS he Mayor of Reigate & Banstead is calling on residents, community groups and voluntary organisations to nominate their dedicated volunteers for the Mayor’s Volunteer Awards 2018. The nomination period for the awards is open now to find local people, groups and businesses that do so much valuable work for the borough and its residents. Improving lives The Mayor, Cllr Roger Newstead (right), said: “With an ageing population, an uncertain economic future, and increasing costs the need for volunteering will continue and may increase. Already a large number of our residents volunteer in some form or another. Their activities improve the lives of many of their fellow citizens and they deserve recognition for their efforts." Volunteers can be nominated in six award categories: G Young Volunteer Award (up to 25 years old) G Volunteer Award (over 25 years old) G Long Service Award (10 years or more) G Individual Trustee Award G Volunteer Team Award G Business Award New this year is the Long Service Award in recognition that many nominees have devoted many years’ service to volunteering. Celebrating volunteers The annual awards scheme, now in its fifteenth year, is run by Reigate &


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Banstead Borough Council and Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead to celebrate the role of volunteers and to show appreciation for their time and commitment to helping others. Alisdair Semple, Trustee of Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead, said: "Winston Churchill once said 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.' Volunteers enrich the lives of others, and themselves." How to enter The closing date for nominations is Friday 4 May 2018. To qualify, nominees must live and/or volunteer in the borough and not receive any remuneration for their time. For more information and to enter see the" Mayor's Volunteer Awards page. Successful nominees will be invited to a special awards ceremony which will be held in Reigate Town Hall in July.

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something.” The repeated refrain of the

easy as it once was, if that’s not

song is, “I gotta praise me somebody.” It

too sweeping a statement.

goes on to give a near perfect definition of

Statistics can make mincemeat

worship; I gotta compliment, I gotta serve, I

of most broad brushed pronouncements,

gotta serve, I gotta give someone all they

and there are exceptions to any rule (well,

deserve. Whilst declaring his determination

almost any, if I’m being consistent here.) If

to avoid worshipping God, Heaton lists all

you want to make a sweeping statement,

the other things he does worship and how

your best hope of running it by people

they all let him down (including an oblique

unchallenged is to put it in a song-title.

reference to the poor win ratio of Sheffield

Some song titles make profoundly sweeping statements about the human

United FC.) Though he once shaved a cross in his

condition and generally get away with it.

hair for a video (“Caravan of Love” nearly

“Everybody hurts,” sang R.E.M. in 1993, and

took The Housemartins to Christmas no.1 in

nobody disagreed with them. “Everybody

1986), Paul Heaton has made it clear he is

knows,” wrote Leonard Cohen in 1988. The

not a Christian. Yet his song does tell us

Dixie Chicks (2006) and McFly (2008) agreed

something about the human condition –

with him and sang songs of their own with

namely that we all end up worshipping

the same title but different lyrics. In the 70’s,

something, and if it isn’t God, it will be

Billy Joel sang that “Everybody has a

someone or something less worthy of our

dream”; in the 80’s, Tears for Fears were

adoration that will ultimately disappoint us.

convinced that “Everybody wants to rule the

We should instead take a closer look at

world,” but by 2004 Keane declared that

the God of the Bible and see whether He is

“Everybody’s changing.” Eight years later,

worthy of our worship.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds informed us that “Everybody’s on the run.” In the 90’s The Beautiful South covered

At Banstead Community Church we seek to declare the truth about God from the whole Bible. We meet every Sunday at

the Harry Nilsson classic, “Everybody’s

10.30am in the hall of Banstead Community

Talkin”, a song about getting away to seek

Junior School in The Horseshoe. We have a

some peace and quiet by the sea. Paul

monthly meeting in Lilly’s Coffee Shop and

Heaton and Jacqui Abbott of The Beautiful

Pantry, 5 Eastgate, Nork, SM7 1RN. We’re

South are now back together as a duet,

there on the third Thursday of every month –

singing the sort of songs Heaton has been

an informal gathering to consider Bible

writing for thirty years or more. Their 2017

truths. We also meet in the upper room at

collaboration “Crooked Calypso” (Virgin EMI

Banstead library every Tuesday morning at

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THE IHT TIMEBOMB n increasing number of families are being dragged, in many cases unwittingly, into the Inheritance Tax net. It is predominantly a South East tax with families around the capital paying 50 times the IHT paid by those in the North East, due in most part to the substantial rise in property values over the past 30 years. We believe there is a great danger many families are walking into an IHT bill which, with the benefit of some planning, could be reduced, enabling you to leave more of your assets according to your wishes, rather than to HMRC! The basic principles of IHT are as follows: • Charged on the value of assets at the date of death in excess of the current threshold of £325,000 per person – effectively £650,000 for a married couple. • Tax is charged at a rate of 40%. • Potentially for a husband and wife with combined assets of £1m – this could result in a tax bill of £140,000. Given a choice, most people would be keen to leave as much as possible to their chosen beneficiaries. A recent survey by Canada Life highlighted the relatively poor awareness of this potential tax hit, with the following alarming results: • 27% of people likely to pay IHT do not even have a will – if you do not have a will your estate is distributed in accordance with the laws of


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intestacy, unlikely to be what you had planned. • 70% of adults over the age of 45 with assets in excess of £325,000 were not aware their assets exceeded the threshold. • 55% of adults over the age of 45 did not know the IHT tax rate. In one of his last budgets as Chancellor George Osborne did give some further relief, when he introduced a main residence nil rate band which has the potential, given certain criteria, to raise the family limit to £1m from 2020/2021 but this is a complex area. Having raised the alarm, the good news is that with careful planning there are things you can do to mitigate IHT and hence retain more of your family wealth. We are offering potential clients a free initial IHT consultation to help identify their current IHT exposure and appropriate strategies and plans to reduce this. Please call Paul Davies or Paul Dewey on 01372 742323 or email or if you feel you could benefit from this free consultation. Tudor John LLP, Nightingale House 46-48 East Street, Epsom, KT17 1HQ Tel: 01372 742323



FUNDRAISING & OPEN DAY EVENTS An ‘Eggcellent’ day out for the whole family – The Children's Trust Easter Fair romising enough chocolate eggs to feed the whole of Surrey, The Children’s Trust annual Easter Fair returns on Saturday 31 March. Taking place at the charity’s specialist centre in Tadworth between 12 and 4pm, this event is one not to be missed. Family fun includes the much-loved Easter egg hunt, an Easter themed market, Easter egg decorating, Wacky Wheelers mini-tanks, ponies, fairground rides, raffles and more. Local band Atlantis will also be entertaining crowds with music throughout the day. Last year the event raised more than £6,000 and it is hoped that this amount will be beaten with the fantastic attractions and games on offer for families from across Surrey and Sussex who attend. All proceeds from the event go to The Children's Trust, supporting children and families affected by brain injury and neurodisability. FREE entry for children (under 16), £3 for adults. Book now,


Surrey Cycle Challenge launched to raise money for The Children’s Trust he Surrey Cycle Challenge, a brand-new event, has been launched by The Children’s Trust. Taking place on Sunday 9 September, the challenge is encouraging cyclists to get on their bikes to raise money for children with brain injury and neurodisability. Cyclists are given the choice between a 46 or 68 mile route. Both challenges will start and finish at the charity’s specialist


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centre in Tadworth and promises a picturesque ride through Surrey’s stunning countryside, passing areas such as the Low Weald and the North Downs. Cyclists will be able to look forward to the all-important after party at The Children’s Trust headquarters where they will enjoy a complimentary sports massage, food and music. Early bird offer, signup before 1 April and pay a £20 entry fee. Usual entry fee £35. To register or for further information and visit: Recruitment Open Day at The Children’s Trust recruitment open day is to take place at The Children’s Trust’s national specialist centre in Tadworth on Saturday 17 March. Open between 9:30am and 3pm, the event will give prospective employees a chance to learn more about the roles available, meet the team and take a tour of the site. The charity is looking to recruit for a number of vacancies across a variety of roles and departments, including nursing and care, therapy, retail, housekeeping/facilities and fundraising. Audi Wheatcroft, Recruitment Lead at The Children’s Trust said: “The recruitment open day will enable us to showcase what a wonderful place The Children’s Trust is to work and will give people an overview of what the different roles would entail. We would encourage anyone interested in attending the event to register their interest by visiting our website.” The full list of vacancies is available on the website. Those who would like to attend can register their interest by visiting


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y name is Ian (pictured above) and I am the Curate at All Saints Church Banstead and one of my responsibilities is to lead on how we engage and support the community around us and how we can support that community. One of the projects we have just started is Cage Cricket for those over 50’s, and particularly for those over 50’s who are either trying to get/stay active or for those who live alone and just want to get out of the hose and meet up with other people. During the spring and summer this will be in the basketball courts at Lady Neville Park and in the autumn and winter we will run indoors at the 3rd Banstead Scout Hall in Banstead Road. The cost of a session is £3. Individuals, men and women, play against each other to score points awarded for batting, fielding and bowling. It’s great fun and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve played cricket before. All equipment is provided and currently our sessions are on Wednesday mornings 11 am – 12 noon. As I said earlier our objectives are


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twofold - firstly to get inactive over 50 years old out and active and secondly to provide opportunities for those who maybe isolated and living alone to meet up with others. For this we will not only be providing the cage cricket sessions but also encouraging those who come along to go for coffee/lunch together afterwards. If you fit the above in any way please and interested in joining us please contact me at or on 07961 382293. If you are not sure coming along on and have a look. Cage Cricket has been used, elsewhere in the UK, to create a positive impact upon the lives of those on the margins of society and in danger of social exclusion. For example, those with mental health issues, the disabled, young people with self-confidence issues to name just a few. If you work with people in any such groups or maybe you are in such a group and would be interested in discussing a future partnership with us please contact me at the above e-mail address. Rev’d Ian Whitley, Pioneer Assistant Curate


FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS f things aren’t working out, we can help you with good advice and information. Happy relationships with family and close friends matter very much. It can be hard to know which way to turn when problems arise. Our trained advisers offer confidential advice to help you find the best way forward. They have up-to-date legal information and links with many specialist support groups if a referral would help. Family matters and close relationships are often complicated because they’re so important. Every year Citizens Advice helps with many thousands of problems in all these different areas: • Everyone’s rights if a relationship has broken down • Marriage and civil partnerships • Domestic violence and abuse • Rape and sexual assault


• Children, young people and education • Looking after people and the caring services • Death and wills. Whatever the cause of the problem it’s important to try to tackle it as soon as possible – for your own sake and your loved ones. Don’t let it go on spoiling the things everyone needs: the comfort and happiness that are the meaning of home. Check our detailed online advice at for practical information about all family and relationship issues. Alternatively, you can contact Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead 03444 111 444, 10am-4pm Mon-Friday. Or drop-in at The Horseshoe Banstead – to see our opening hours go to Twitter @ReigateandBCAB Facebook citizensadvicereigatebanstead

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in Burgh Heath. A new singing group for people with dementia will be starting in April – Melodies with Memories. We offer a volunteer befriending, telephone befriending, signposting service and trips out, and monthly pub lunches. We are actively seeking members to join our community and volunteers to help and expand with our activities and services. Tracey Baxter, Live at Home Scheme Manager Tel: 01737 816247 Mobile: 07968 351211




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Meet every 4th Thursday in the month at the Banstead Centre in the Horseshoe here are the monthly meetings when we do arrange for outside speakers to visit us. The subjects are varied we try to account for the interests of all members. Therefore, if you are not interested in the subject one month the following month’s talk might be more to your preference. We do not say we win them all. However your input might help us improve. Lunches are arranged during the month and other social occasions include suppers and afternoon teas and visits to places of interest. We are a 'crafty' lot and will be making our own Easter cards and entering WI competitions. All this enables members to meet up and exchange news and views and forge lasting friendships. This enables members to meet up and exchange news. We are forever trying out new ideas to interest our members. The Banstead Evening W.I is part of the North Heathlands Group – the local institutes meet socially several times a year for an exchange of views. So come along and make new friends. The W.I. is a way of meeting people who live locally and discuss things that are happening in the district. Your views are important. Why don’t you join us? We would be very happy to see you. Contact: Hazel Hoare 0208 642 8328 or Jennie Smith 01737 352443

Helen Learney, Vice President took the February meeting as President Lesley Earl had a last minute emergency. Following the business part of the evening Helen introduced speaker Colin Parish who gave an insight to the lives of the illegitimate offspring in the history of England’s kings. Which included, as we all know, Henry VIII and Charles II. The talk was fascinating and very interesting. These illegitimate people wereoften given power andwere sometimes dangerous, they were England’s alternative royal family and some of them thought they should have claim to the English throne.


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TH E  N O RTH H E AT H L A N D S   G R O U P O F  W I S Over 100 ladies from the North Heathlands Group of WIs enjoyed a fun filled afternoon on 14th February in the Banstead Community Hall. The Quiz Master was once again, Angela Leeson, who has now become a regular for this event. Members brought delicious homemade cakes which were served, along with tea or coffee during the afternoon by Worcester Parkers and Woodmansterne Evening. Stoneleigh came first again, making it the 6th successive year they have taken home the cup. They also made second place with a tie-break question; How many bones are in the human body? The afternoon finished with a raffle of lovely prizes organised by Chipstead Evening.


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stalls selling cakes, bric-a-brac, craft

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what we are about, and, if the weather is fine to

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perhaps try out the game on the green. So, if

or along in Woodmansterne.

you are interested, please just turn up at

At Banstead Neville Bowling Club (behind

10.00am and you will be made very welcome.

Barclays Bank in Avenue Road) winter and

Alongside the bowling events we are

spring are the times to put hard work into

planning a full social programme which will

preparing the green for a lot of summer activity.

include a BBQ at the end of May, a Wimbledon

There is a real pleasure in stepping onto an

Royal Box themed High Tea in June and a

immaculate green for the first time.

Summer Fun Day in August. So, if you join as a

We kick off our season with a Coffee Morning on Saturday 21 April. This is a chance

Social Member, your diary will fill up quickly. If you are interested, look up our web site at

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WHAT’S ON B A N S T E A D   A RT S   F E S T I VA L D I A R Y   O F   E V E N T S

Saturday 28 April Banstead Art Group 10am – 3pm The Orchard, High Street, Banstead Young Musicians’ Showcase 7:30pm Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead Monday 30 April Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Chiho Sunamoto 7:00pm All Saints’ Church Institute, Banstead Tuesday 1 May Lunchtime Concert 1:00pm Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux violin Thomas Kelly piano All Saints’ Parish Church, Banstead Wednesday 2 May Coach Visit Meet 8:30am Banstead Library Abingdon & River Cruise from Oxford The Gage Players & Banstead U3A 8:00pm Vintage Hitchcock Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead Saturday 5 May May Queen Procession 11:30am Procession starts from United Reform Church Crowning and May Fayre 12:00 noon Crowning in the Orchard, High Street Tim Vine 7:30pm Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead Sunday 6 May Festival Walk Birdwatching at Canons Farm & Banstead Woods Meet at 9:00 at Canons Farm, Canons Lane, Burgh Heath Tuesday 8 May 28 APRIL 2018

Lunchtime Concert 1:00pm Duo Dec & Lajdorf All Saints’ Parish Church, Banstead Art in the Garden 8pm – 10pm Banstead Horticultural Society Priory School Bolter’s Lane, Banstead Wednesday 9 May Schools’ Poetry Competition 6:30pm St Anne’s Roman Catholic Primary School Thursday 10 May Coach Visit Meet 8:30am Banstead Library Abingdon & River Cruise from Oxford Friday 11 May Banstead History Research Group 7:30pm The Banstead Local History Detectives Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead Saturday 12 May Festival Walk Flowers and Butterflies of Park Downs Meet 10:30am at Holly Lane car park, Banstead Woods The Oxford Clerks 7:30pm Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead Sunday 13 May Choral Evensong 6:30pm All Saints’ Parish Church, Banstead Please see the website from the end of March for full details. Tickets will be on sale from 31st March online at and at the Banstead Library. Tickets will also be on sale at the door if still available.

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World famous Band of the Grenadier Guards to perform at The Harlequin Come and see the internationally renowned Band of The Grenadier Guards perform at The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, Redhill on Sunday 18 March 2018 at 3pm. The concert promises an exciting programme of music designed to appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, from pop to classical to musicals and everything in between. The event is being promoted by the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Roger Newstead in aid of SSAFA, Britain’s oldest Armed Forces charity and one of the Mayor’s nominated charities during his Mayoral year. “This prestigious event provides a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s premier military bands at close quarters and the varied musical programme offers something for everyone, no matter what your musical taste”, said the Mayor. “By supporting this event you will also be helping SSAFA Surrey branch to support the needs of service personnel, veterans and their families. Make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.” The Band performs at state functions, including Royal Weddings and Trooping of the Colour, and at many social events. Tickets for this unique event cost just £12.50 from the Harlequin box office. To book visit: or call the 30 APRIL 2018

Banstead Neville Bowling Club are holding their annual Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st April 10am 12.30pm.There will be the usual Stalls & Raffles - Entrance £1 inc. coffee/tea Also, if you would like to ‘have a go’ at playing BOWLS, the Club’s coaches will be on hand to help you – you only have to wear flat shoes. We look forward to welcoming you to our ground in Avenue Road. Further details about the Club can be obtained from Gloria & Brice Corp on 01737 370826. Banstead Flower Club invite you to join us to watch, listen and learn from the Award Winning Michael Bowyer MBE on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 2pm. Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, SM7 3BS. Visitors £6 – New Members always welcome. Banstead Flower Club We are your local friendly Flower Club and have lessons, workshop and monthly Demonstrators On Wednesday May 23rd the amazing Lucia Dawn Taylor will demonstrate “Playing with the Palette”. Visiitors are very welcome on Wednesday 23rd May at 2pm. Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, SM7 3BS. Visitors £6 – New Members always welcome

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WHAT’S ON Rotary Club of Banstead Sponsored Charity Walk Sunday 6th May 2018 A fully marshalled walk of approximately 8 miles through some of the most attractive scenery of the North Downs starting and finishing at Epsom Downs. Walk to raise money for your preferred charity. A great family day out – dogs welcome! Entry and sponsor forms available online Further information available from:Roger de la Perrelle (01737) 813870 Derek Aram (01737) 212397 E-mail: or BANOS Musical Theatre (Formerly Banstead & Nork Amateur Operatic Society) are presenting Lionel Bart’s hit musical ‘Oliver’ at the Epsom Playhouse, 16-19 May 2017 – Evenings 7.30pm Matinee Saturday 2.30pm. The show marks the Society’s 90th year as a performing society - we began at the Banstead Institute. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, and its 1968 film adaptation, directed by Carol Reed, won six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Everyone relishes the story of the boy from the workhouse presided over by Mr Bumble, falling foul of Fagin and his gang and being rescued by Mr Brownlow. There is the tragic Nancy and the villainous Bill Sykes. Then there are the memorable songs ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Where is love’, ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’, ‘As Long as He Needs Me’ and many more. 32 APRIL 2018

In May 2017 BANOS Musical Theatre’s successful production of Made In Dagenham –The Musical at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell earned outstanding reviews from Sardines Magazine and NODA. To Book: tickets (£18, under 16 £16) are available online from or phone Playhouse Box Office 01372 742 555. See also the society’s Website: CAOS comes to Banstead's Oaks Park Art Studios again in 2018 Oaks Park Studios, Banstead are once again preparing for the exciting new arts festival, Carshalton Artists Open Studios. CAOS will once again bring original exhibitions and engaging demonstrations to the community, showcasing the amazing array of artists at Oaks Park and its all for free!. The CAOS festival will take audiences on a journey of discovery, encouraging them to visit the Oaks Park studios and also Carshalton’s amazing array of talented artists, heritage centres, historical buildings, places of outstanding natural beauty and vibrant galleries. The event itself runs from June 23rd and finishes on July 1st. "This annual event will once again increase the benefits to the community and local heritage centres. Our aim is to continue to refresh community spirits through regular creative interaction” Neal and Helena Vaughan (festival organisers). You can find out more at the event website

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Painshill, the Restoration Story

In 1981 Painshill Park Trust was set up to restore a beautiful yet forgotten 18th century landscape which was originally created by the Hon. Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773. The landscape garden was completely overgrown and derelict. However, after years of hard work and determination Painshill has now been restored. The crystal Grotto is once again a sparkling centrepiece within the landscape garden. The last great project, the rebuild of the Temple of Bacchus has just been completed.

Date: Friday 1st June 2018 Venue: Banstead Library, The Horseshoe, Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2AW Time: 7pm for 7.30pm ADMISSION ÂŁ5 inc. light refreshments plus raffle Contacts: Audrey Carty, 01737 351747 Richard Mantle, 01737 357055 E-mail:

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